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Monday, May 22, Tossup At Vineyard Golf

The Monday, May 22 Tossup winners at Vineyard Golf was Stacy Owen, Henry Warwick and Norgie Hester. Owen led the team with a one-under par 71. Tossups are held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Share:

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Submit your graduate’s photo and information

 Congratulations to the Class of 2017! BladenOnline.com is proud of all of our 2017 graduating seniors and would like to celebrate their accomplishments. You can submit photos of your graduating Senior to bladenonline.com@gmail.com and we will publish them to our Lifestyles page. Be sure to include the name of the graduate, their school, their accomplishments and a few words about them. Congratulations to all of our seniors! Share:

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Bladen Community College Students Win at State Competition

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College students attending the annual SkillsUSA state competition in Greensboro have returned home with exemplary accomplishments. Welding student Savannah Schmidt has won first place in Jobs Skills Demonstration. Delilah Cramer received third place in Welding Art/Sculpture. Cosmetology students also received high honors. Allyson Hughes was awarded first place in Job Interview and Britney Porter won second place in Showplace Skills. East Bladen High school student Maniya Chatman received third place in the high school beginner skills competition in Cosmetology. First place winners Schmidt and Hughes will represent North Carolina at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. The national SkillsUSA competition is the world’s …..

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Man arrested in Clarkton shooting makes first court appearance

The man charged in the shooting death of Lonnie Level Smith of Clarkton made his first appearance in court Monday before Judge William Fairley. Harold Eugene Swindell, 47, of Clarkton, is charged with first degree murder and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently being held without bond. If convicted of first degree murder, Swindell could be facing the death penalty. No bond was set. Judge Fairley told Mr. Swindell he will be submitting his application for an attorney to the Indigent Defenders’ Office in Durham. The Indigent Defenders’ Office will appoint an attorney to represent Swindell. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for June …..

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Unemployment numbers for North Carolina drops for April 2017

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s April 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 3,721 over the month to 4,710,797 and increased 108,587 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 8,930 over the month to 234,768 and decreased 8,984 over the year.     Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 7,000 to 4,380,500 in April.  The major industries …..

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Bladen County proposed budget Public Hearing Notice

The proposed FY 2017-2018 Bladen County budget for all economic development activities has been submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration.  The County of Bladen budget for economic development activities include: Bladen County Economic Development Commission Salaries, retirement, and healthcare costs for two full time staff members and one part time member are $198,336, a portion of which is reimbursed by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial Inc.  Operating costs (advertising, telephone, utilities, memberships and dues, client entertainment, postage, copier costs, supplies, travel) are $22,095.  Bladen County will carry over to the 2016-2017 budget $144,000 that was allocated for product development in the FY16 budget.  The funds will also be allocated …..

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Bladen County Upcoming VFW Buddy Poppy Campaign

The Raymond W. Biglow VFW Post 8062 in Elizabethtown has scheduled its Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Campaign for Saturday, May 27th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Walmart and Tractor Supply locations. Donations are welcome but not required to receive a Buddy Poppy. Please come by and support your local VFW Post on this special day and wear a Poppy for a veteran. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the bloodshed by American service members. It reiterates that VFW will not forget their sacrifices. The Poppy movement was inspired by Canadian …..

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Bladen Veterans of Foreign Wars presented 2017 awards

The Raymond W. Biglow Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 8062 held their regular monthly meeting on Saturday, May 20th, and afterwards hosted a reception for recipients of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year, the Patriot’s Pen and the Voice of Democracy awards for the local Post. VFW Post 8062 Commander Oliver Gause presented the Teacher of the Year to Celeste Lennon of East Arcadia School. Nick Norris of Clarkton School of Discovery received the Patriot’s Pen award. Dylan Melvin of East Bladen High School was presented the Voice of Democracy award. The VFW Teacher of the Year award recognizes classroom teachers who teach citizenship education …..

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Education Contest Winners

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

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A new week begins, but first a look back. A recent article in newspapers nationwide compared ‘the average age at death’ by county, nationwide. Bladen County was on the lower end of the chart, but improving. In 1980, the average age of death in Bladen County was 70 years old. In 2014, it was 75. BladenOnline has had a couple of weeks of unusually high numbers. Week of May 7-13, 2017 Weekly Page Views: 175,660 (2nd highest in history) Weekly Visits: 37,778 (4th highest in history) Daily page views: 59,717 (May 12, 2017) (All Time Record) Weekly visits 37,778 (4th highest in history) Most read story 40,044: Bladen County teacher …..

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Dublin Motor Speedway Racing Results

DUBLIN – After posting a trio of top-three finishes, Fayetteville’s Robbie Turner claimed his first victory of the season in Saturday night’s Late Model race at Dublin Motor Speedway. Randy Guyton finished second behind Turner, and Conway’s Coley Jennerette took third place. Myrtle Beach’s Benji Thompson won his second straight Super Street race – and third of the season – at Dublin as he finished ahead of 2-time 2017 Dublin winner Johnny Moore. David Royal claimed third place. Ryan Gilbert ran his winning streak at Dublin to four straight as he took the checkered flag in Pure Stock ahead of Conway’s Stephen Erskine. Parkton’s Elvin Matthews finished third. Glenn Register …..

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East Arcadia teacher received National Citizenship Award

East Arcadia Principal, Demetrice Johnson Jones, announced she was asked to nominate a teacher for a Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States award. She said, “Early in the school year I was given the opportunity by the VFW to nominate an outstanding teacher.” Ms. Jones continued, “There was no hesitation in my part to nominate Ms Celeste Lennon.”   The honored teacher, Ms. Lennon, was presented with the National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award by the VFW for promoting citizenship education in her classroom and school.  Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 22

  • 05/21/2017
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This Day in History – May 22 1761 – 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia. 1803 – 1st public library opens (Connecticut). 1819 – 1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Georgia). 1843 – 1st wagon train with 700 – 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon. 1849 – Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions. 1892 – Dr. Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube. 1906 – Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane. 1919 – A.E. Douglass establishes the relative dates of two archaeological sites using ancient wood samples, marking a …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

 The Elizabethtown Jaycees elected Gary Grady President. Bobby Guyton was appointed to a two year term on the Elizabethtown Housing Authority. The Elizabethtown Jaycees named Robin Facsnacht Jaycee of the Year and Kent Dunn Rookie of the Year. Bladen County Hospital Assistant Administrator George Repa resigned. Share:

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Raleigh Mayor Announces Dalai Lama to Visit

There is excitement in the air in Raleigh following the announcement on Friday the Dalai Lama will be visiting the city this fall. According to Raleigh Mayor Nancy MacFarlane, the visit will occur in October but she did not give an exact date. She said the Dalai Lama will likely spend several days in Raleigh and at least one major event will be held. The proceeds from that event will go to charity, according to WRAL. Mayor MacFarlane also said he will be visiting the schools. The Dalai Lama is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and is the spiritual leader of the Buddhists, according to Wikipedia. Following a failed coup …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving  Thanks to all who worked so hard on the White Lake Water Festival. Fun time for those who attended. It has been a busy weekend for law enforcement. Thanks for your efforts….Drugs, guns and humans can be a bad combination. Congratulations to graduates at all levels. A reminder that Freedom Quartet will be at Northside Baptist Church at 7 PM today. Good southern gospel music for those that enjoy. Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday at 5:30 PM as they continue working on a budget for the coming year. Towns in the county continue the process as well. The new fiscal year begins July 1. Believe in yourself! …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Thunder 6, Force 4

The Thunder broke a scoreless tie with a 5-run third-inning en route to a 6-4 victory over the Force Thursday night in Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball action at County Park. Haley Bryan and Lainey Autry drew walks to begin the Thunder third inning. Lainey Hughes, Rylee Chadwick and Savannah Turbeville cracked back-to-back-to back singles that scored Bryan, Autry, Hughes and Chadwick. One out later Kaden Thurman knocked in Turbeville with a single for the fifth run of the inning. The Force answered with 2 runs in the fourth. Kylee Ward belted a lead-off single, and Michaiah Carson, Ava Mohr and Brooke Priest drew walks that forced home Ward. Taylor’s fielder’s …..

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Bladen County Sports

Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball: Comets 10, Slammers 7

  • 05/20/2017
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 Lauren Pait hammered a 2-run single that keyed a 5-run fifth-inning rally that lifted the Comets to a 10-7 victory over the Slammers in opening night action Thursday in the Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball League at County Park. With the score tied 5-5, Katelyn Willoughby walked, Amber Hickman was safe on a bunt, and Natalie Ludlum was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pait’s hit scored Willoughby and Hickman. Alyssa Suggs’ fielder’s choice scored Ludlum, Amelia Brisson walked and Lauren Taylor knocked in Pait and Brisson with a single. Shanell McMillian slammed a double to start the Slammer fifth, stole third base and raced home on a passed …..

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This Day In History

This Day In History – May 21

  • 05/20/2017
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 1804 – Lewis & Clark Expedition begins. 1832 – 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore). 1861 – Richmond, Va, is designated Confederate Capital. 1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton. 1906 – Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars. 1914 – Greyhound Bus Co. begins in Minnesota. 1918 – US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote. 1929 – Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC. 1954 – Amendment to give 18 year-olds right to vote is defeated. 1959 – “Gypsy” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances. 1969 – Robert F. Kennedy’s murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death: later commuted to …..

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White Lake near drowning

 White Lake was the site of a near drowning on Saturday afternoon. The incident happened at 4:30 p.m. near Goldston’s Beach. According to Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw, a 17-year-old male entered the water to swim. Later a couple of boys swimming nearby noticed he was in trouble and helped the victim onto the pier. Kinlaw said the young man was conscious when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare as a precaution. Share:

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2017 White Lake Water Festival

The White Lake Water Festival continued today with a parade at 10 am. The crowd gathered to enjoy the beautiful floats, firetrucks, clowns, cars, local school bands, and lots of candy. The streets were lined with families enjoying their weekend get-a-way and the yearly festival with live music, several vendors selling hand crafted items, and fair foods. The White Lake Fire Department also gathered to sell BBQ and Chicken plates to raise money for their annual budget. The crowds worked their way from the parade to the festival area and continued on to purchase from the Fire Department to support the cause. Many members of other local Fire Departments supported …..

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Swindell turns himself in on murder charge in Clarkton shooting

The man accused of shooting to death Lonnie Level Smith on Wednesday at a Clarkton housing community turned himself in to authorities Saturday morning, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. Harold Eugene Swindell, 47, of South Page Road in Clarkton, is charged with first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He turned himself in about 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bladen County jail in Elizabethtown, McVicker said. He is expected to have a first appearance hearing Monday in Bladen County District Court. Smith, 38, of Jasmine Lane of Clarkton, was shot and killed during an altercation in the parking lot at Oakdale Homes in Clarkton …..

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Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Haunted House up in flames

Photo by: Rusty Marsh An early morning fire on Saturday has claimed the house which served as the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Haunted House. The house located on NC 211 near Abbottsburg was a total loss, according to Rusty Marsh with the Clarkton Fire Department. Frankie Burney, District 2 Director of Dixie Youth Baseball, said he received a telephone call notifying him of the fire at 6 a.m. The well attended event is a fall favorite for many people in Bladen and surrounding counties. Burney said those who attend the event often comment about the event “being the best haunted house around here.” He explained the haunted house is Clarkton …..

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Bladen County commissioners keeping close eye on mental health issues

  The Bladen County Commissioners have been asking a lot of questions about mental health and getting answers. Some answers are leaving more questions. Eastpointe, the Managed Care Organization for Bladen County’s Mental Health, Behavioral and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services provided the commissioners with a presentation of services and a Needs and Gaps report. The Eastpointe LME MCO Community Behavioral Health Service Needs, Providers and Gaps Analysis has a graph showing in the Fiscal Year 2015 the percentage of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse  Medicaid members [patients] served in Eastpointe’s area falls under the state average at about 5% served. The same report shows gaps of service in the six disability populations. All but two populations …..

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Beef franks recalled

JOHN MORRELL AND CO. RECALLS BEEF FRANK PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE FOREIGN MATTER CONTAMINATION WASHINGTON, May 19, 2017– John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to- eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The beef franks items were produced on January 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:  14 oz. sealed film packages containing “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS,” with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017.  16 oz. sealed film packages containing “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks,” with …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

 The White Lake Water Festival, 2017 edition, is today. See the line-up of events, beginning with the Annual Parade, at 10 AM, on our news page. Fun for all ages, all day long. Organizers are to be commended…Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and volunteers doing their thing to mark the beginning of the White Lake summer season. Do we have to speak bad things about those who disagree on any subject? Can we respect their thoughts and agree to disagree? Hope you read the article from the Sheriff’s Office related to the murder of a migrant laborer Friday night. Don’t know all the details, but best I can tell a …..

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Migrant worker shot dead Friday night during home robbery

A migrant worker was shot and killed during a struggle Friday night during a home robbery on Oakview Trail in Elizabethtown, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. Oakview Trail is about three miles north of downtown Elizabethtown off Willard Tatum Road on the way to White Lake via U.S. 701. Leonardo Zongua, 33, was shot at least twice during the robbery, McVicker said. He was taken to Bladen County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident began about 9:30 p.m. Friday when six people were outside of their rented mobile home and were approached by “several black males described as being in their late teens to early 20s,” McVicker …..

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Jerena Purdie Signs to Play Basketball at Methodist

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Jerena Purdie had her heart set on one school, and Friday that dream came true as she signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Methodist University. “It’s close to home and not a big school,” said Purdie. ‘I like the coach, they offer chemistry that I want to major in.” Then she mentioned another reason, “My brother Jerome graduated from there.” The 5-foot, 10-inch center averaged 7.5 points and 6 rebounds per game this year as Coach Rick Rhoda’s Lady Knights qualified for the Class 2A play-offs with a 7-7 Four County Conference record and 12-15 overall mark. Jerena’s mom, Connie Purdie was …..

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Eian Hines Finishes Second in State Long Jump

GREENSBORO – East Bladen’s Eian Hines finished second by just ¾ of an inch Friday in the North Carolina High School Association State Long Jump finals at North Carolina A&T State University. Eian Hines leaped 23 feet, 2.25 inches to finish second behind Jayhlen Washington of North Brunswick’s winning jump of 23 feet, 3 inches. Eian’s twin brother Ethan Hines finished fifth in the Long Jump with a jump of 22 feet, 7.75 inches. East Bladen’s 4X100 Meter Relay team finished third in their event with a time of 43.39 seconds. Forest Hills won the relay with a time of 42.24 seconds and Wilson Beddingfield was second. Members of the …..

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Cruisers and dance set the stage for White Lake Water Festival

 The 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival officially began on Friday evening, May 19, with a cruise-in and a street dance.  Helen Holt, a Meteorologist with Channel 3, was at White Lake a large part of the day for a spot light on the local television station.  About 15 vehicles showed up for the cruise-in while folks danced to the Southern Touch Band.  Tiina Mundy, Elizabethtown – White Lake Chamber of Commerce President said, “We have a variety of things going on at this year’s event.” She expects a large crowd tomorrow at the festival.  She explained, “There will be bands under two tents, arts, crafts, a car show, a tractor …..

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This Day In History

This Day In History – May 20

  • 05/19/2017
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 1310 – Shoes were made for both right & left feet. 1639 – Dorchester, Mass., forms 1st school funded by local taxes. 1775 – Citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC declare independence from Britain. 1830 – D. Hyde patents fountain pen. 1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th & last state to secede from Union. 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets. 1899 – First speeding infraction by a New York cabbie driving an electric car – 12 mph down Lexington Street. 1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting. 1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies. 1927 …..

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Have you made a difference this year? Is there still time?

By Amy Schumacher The school year is coming to a close and most teachers are busy teaching to “the test” that is required for each student to take. Reflection is not high on the teachers MUST DO list but its very important that teachers ask themselves some questions and remind themselves that there is a great deal more to “teaching” than the bulleted content outlined in the content standards. Take 15 minutes and ask yourself these five questions, taken from Education Week.  Reflect on these questions to ensure that the time has been taken to teach the skills children need to grow into strong, capable, compassionate, and caring people. The world …..

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Senior Games winner presented medal

One resident of the Elizabethtown Nursing Center was all smiles on Friday afternoon. Judy Scott placed first in the Silver Arts category in the Lumber River Regional Senior Games which were held recently. Her first place win allows her to compete in the State Senior Games to be held in Raleigh September 16 through the 25th. On Friday, Twilla Allen with the Lumber River Council of Government accompanied Ursula Selles, the Coordinator of the Lumber River Regional Senior Games, to present Ms. Scott with her medal. “I’m excited,” said Ms. Scott about learning her acrylic painting of two horses in a field had won first place in the Senior Games. …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsors Back The Blue Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, co-sponsored the Back the Blue Act of 2017, legislation introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that would increase the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. “Last year was one of the deadliest years ever for law enforcement officers, a stark reminder that these men and women go to work every day not knowing whether they’ll return home safely to their families,” said Senator Tillis. “Our law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect ours, and the Back the Blue Act will enact new …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Caffeine’s Hidden Dangers

By Sandra Cain Caffeine has been in the news recently as a result of the unfortunate death of the young boy in South Carolina. Caffeine is a drug that affects the central nervous system. It can make people feel more alert. For most adults, consuming 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine daily is not harmful. However, more caffeine can cause problems. High levels of caffeine can cause irritability, upset stomach, nervousness, diarrhea, anxiety, increased heart rate, difficulty sleeping, increased blood pressure, headaches, dehydration, and difficulty concentrating. Sources of Caffeine Caffeine is found in tea leaves and kola nuts. It is also found in coffee and cocoa beans. Tea, cola drinks, …..

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HURRICANE MATTHEW RECOVERY: SEEING THE JOB THROUGH

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Hurricane Matthew brought immense devastation to eastern North Carolina, with thousands forced from their homes, hundreds of damaged roads, destroyed farms, closed schools, and flooded businesses and community facilities. Just days after the storm, I toured Robeson, Bladen, and Cumberland counties, detouring around flooded sections of I-95, visiting evacuees at a Red Cross Shelter at South Robeson High School, speaking with Lumberton residents at a water distribution station on Farringdom St., and meeting with local officials in all three counties. Armed with that information, I returned to Washington to help secure $334 million in initial disaster relief funding. On Monday, I joined Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth …..

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Vineyard Golf

May 18 Thundering Herd Results From Vineyard Golf At White Lake

The weekly Thundering Herd was played Thursday, May 18, at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The winning team, with a score of 7-under par, was Blake Davis, Cade Hancock and Jason Douglas. Taking second place, with a score of 6-under par, was Jon Russ, Jay Davis, Campbell White and Jake Womble.   The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday at Vineyard Golf. The cost to play is $18 for members and $20 for guests. Anyone interested in playing should call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Tee time for the Herd is 6 p.m. Share:

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Crash at NC 20 and Chickenfoot Road slows traffic

Traffic was moving slowly on NC 20 Friday morning after two vehicles collided in the intersection of NC 20 and Chickenfoot Road. No serious injuries were reported. NC Highway Patrol Trooper R. L . Walker said Daniella Takela George of Raeford was traveling south on Chickenfoot Road and failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign at NC 20. Anna Alicia Hernandez of Raeford was traveling east on NC 20 when George’s vehicle collided with her vehicle. Ms. George was charged with failure to yield the right of way at a duly erected stop sign. There were three passengers riding in Ms. Hernandez’s vehicle. They were Henry …..

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Crime Report

Elizabethtown PD still following leads in murder

The Elizabethtown Police Department are still following leads in the murder investigation of an immigrant that took place in June at 902 Church Street in Elizabethtown. According to investigators, the murder was the result of a home invasion-type robbery. “By no means is this case closed,” said Lt. D. Cheshire. He said there are several persons of interest and leads that are still being investigated. The NC State Bureau of Investigation is also assisting the department in the case. Lt. Cheshire said authorities believe the individual or individuals responsible for the crime were familiar with the area. The victim, Blandio Nolasco Morales, 24 years of age, was a farm laborer. …..

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Bladen County Warrants Obtained in Clarkton Shooting

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced this afternoon that warrants have been obtained on Harold Eugene Swindell, 47 of 245 South Page Road, Clarkton for the murder of Lonnie Level Smith, 38 of 225 Jasmine Lane, Clarkton. “My Investigators have been working this case since yesterday afternoon and today were able to obtain enough probable cause to obtain a warrant for First Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon on Swindell,” said McVicker. “We have reason to believe Swindell is still in the state and we are asking anyone with any information on his location to please contact us at 910-862- 6960.” McVicker said Swindell should be …..

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John Bowen Signs to Play Basketball at Belmont Abbey

DUBLIN – West Bladen senior John Bowen made it official Thursday when he signed his Letter of Intent to play basketball at Belmont Abbey College.   Bowen had given his verbal commitment via twitter one week earlier after sorting through loads of interest and seven actual offers.   “I probably had more than 150 calls about John,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “I talked with more coaches about John than I did for all the other recruits that we have had here combined.”   The seven offers came from Centerville, OH, Elizabeth City State, Chowan, Georgian Court, NJ, Fayetteville State and Lenoir Rhyne as well as Belmont Abbey. Others …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon Bladen County Animal Shelter opened yesterday, Wednesday May 17th, after being closed since Tuesday, May 9th due to the Parvo Virus. Karen Suggs, Bladen County Animal Shelter Manager said the virus has been eliminated from the facility. This week’s pet of the week is a male pit mix named Harley. This 2 year old dog is friendly, loves affection and, is an all around good boy according to Suggs. Parvo eliminated at Bladen County Animal Shelter Share:

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Weekend Events for Bladen residents

By: Dora Brogdon This weekend White Lake will be holding its 39th annual Water Festival for the residents of Bladen. The festival begins this Friday at 6 pm and will last till 9 pm. It will start back up on Saturday morning at 10 am and will be over at 11:30 pm. There will be lots to do, from a Car Cruise to Barbecue Plate Sale by the White Lake Fire Department and more. Read more about events on our Events Page. Share:

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The 2017 edition of the White Lake Water Festival begins today, and continues through late Saturday evening. BladenOnline has all the events posted on our news page. Some members of the East Bladen Track team will participate in the state meet today at NC A&T University, Greensboro. President Trump is set to visit 5 countries over the next 8 days. He is joined by some family members and staff. The first 2 stops of this trip are Saudi Arabia and Israel. You can always do more than you think you can. John Wooden Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost. Mistakes are proof that you’re trying. Do …..

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East Bladen Track Team in State Meet Friday

East Bladen’s Boys Track & Field team will compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Meet Friday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Eian Hines, the Mid-East Regional Long Jump champion, and his twin brother Ethan Hines will compete in the Long Jump and the 100 Meter Dash. The two brothers will be joined by teammates Travaris Carter and C. J. Murphy on the Eagles 4X100 Meter Relay team. Eagle senior Atlas Goss, the Mid-East Regional Discus champion will compete in the Discus at the State Meet. The events will begin at 10 a.m. Share:

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Women’s Conference Registration Now Open

 A women’s conference “Already Extraordinary” is planned for Saturday, September 16, at The Venue at White Lake. Pre-registration for the conference is now open. The cost for the conference is $35 which includes a lunch. A Pastry and Coffee Social begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. Door prizes will also be given away during the conference. Tonya Hoglen, founder of Girlfriends in Faith Together (G. I. F. T.), said there will be two speakers for the conference. They are Teresa Allen and Beth Greer. Allen is the President and founder of Merry Hearts Ministries and will be sharing her testimony. “She has some comedy …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 19

  • 05/18/2017
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 1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England. 1848 – 1st department store opens. 1848 – Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war. 1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres. 1910 – Passage of Earth through tail of Halley’s Comet causes near-panic. 1921 – Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system. 1935 – NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936. 1958 – South Pacific soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks. 1962 – Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner’s NL hit record with 3,431. 1975 – 27th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert …..

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Marching orders at a new Hardee’s

The town of Tar Heel has a new business in town. Hardee’s, the new fast food restaurant, is not only offering food, but job opportunities for the local small town. The West Bladen High School Band helped the new establishment celebrate by performing a small concert at their Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.  The privately owned franchise is located at the intersection of NC Highway 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road. There was a large crowd drawn at the official event. Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker, along with other dignitaries and citizens, welcomed Hardee’s to the community. View the video of the West Bladen High School Band …..

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Bladen County charter school announces parade schedule

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold on campus parades on the following days and times this month.  The Public is invited to attend. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold on campus parades on the following days and times this month.  The Public is invited to attend. 19 OCT 2017 4:00 pm Armed Forces Day Parade This parade honors the men and women currently serving in the United States Military.  All members of the United States Armed Forces are invited to attend. 24 MAY 2017 9:00 am Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Parade All Law Enforcement Officers past and present are invited to attend. 25 MAY 2017 9:00 …..

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PBLA Commencement information

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold its 2nd Commencement Exercise on 27 May 2017.  The ceremony will take place in the Bladen Community College Auditorium at 1000 a.m.   The commencement speaker will be Kevin Wendling Headmaster of the Robert Land Academy.   Robert Land Academy is Canada’s only high school military academy.  Major Wendling is the second headmaster in the Academy’s thirty nine year history. Wendling was appointed as Headmaster of Robert Land Academy, Wellandport, Ontario, Canada in August of 2016.  Prior to this appointment he held the post of Deputy Headmaster from January 2016 till August of 2016. Mr. Wendling holds a Master of Religious Education from the …..

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BCC Curriculum Graduation Honors Students

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College honored 224 graduating curriculum students at its commencement event on May 16. College president William Findt welcomed graduates to the ceremony and Board of Trustees chairman Dennis Troy greeted the assembly. The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Male Chorus provided musical entertainment. Guest speaker Robin Gary Cummings, M.D., Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, shared his personal story, describing his family farm roots, his inspiring high school teacher who planted the seed that Cummings should become a doctor, and his remarkable career as a cardiothoracic surgeon. “I had the God-given opportunity to hold 3,000 hearts in my hand.” He encouraged graduates, stating “You …..

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Tillis Statement On The Selection Of Robert Mueller As Special Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed to serve as special counsel: “Robert Mueller is an excellent choice for special counsel, and I welcome his appointment. He has a well-deserved reputation for fairness and independence from political pressure, and I have confidence he will lead this investigation with professionalism and impartiality, taking it wherever the facts may lead. “The Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Chairman Burr, is currently conducting a bipartisan investigation, and I expect Director Mueller will work with the Committee to ensure their investigation can move forward unimpeded.” …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Shooting Update 2: Investigation continuing in Clarkton shooting

An investigation into the Clarkton shooting death of Lonnie Smith is continuing and no arrests have been made as of Thursday morning. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, investigators are still continuing to question suspects. Chief Deputy Guyton, told Bladen Online the shooting occurred at about 6:05 p.m. at Oakdale Homes in Clarkton. Two individuals were detained for questioning at that time.  The father of the victim, Bernard Kemp, told Bladen Online at the hospital his son, Lonnie Smith of Jasmine Lane in Clarkton, was shot multiple times and had died as a result of his injuries. Ms. Augusta Smith is the mother of the 37 year old deceased man …..

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Bladen County Beauty Guru gives 6 tips

Bladen County has many types of talented people. YouTube has helped one local resident show off his talents and beauty. Known as, Curly Guy, on his YouTube Channel, Dawan Pearson, has been a favorite of BladenOnline.com for years. Now Allure Magazine has showcased our hometown beauty expert on their online platform. Curly Guy gives tips on some do’s and don’ts in the Allure article. Read it at: http://www.allure.com/story/natural-hair-male-vlogger Check out the latest Curly Guy video on his YouTube Channel. Share:

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Bladen Community College graduates one of the largest classes

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Bladen Community College conducted their graduation ceremony on Tuesday evening and graduated one of the school’s largest classes with 224 students earning degrees and certificates. Bladen Community College Board of Trustees President Dennis Troy welcomed everyone to the ceremony and challenged the graduates reminding them they have the opportunity to “change the world.”  Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt welcomed the graduating students and their families to the event. The Baldwin Branch Male Chorus performed a variety of songs for the ceremony. University of North Carolina at Pembroke Chancellor Dr. Robin Cummings gave the commencement address. He said many students who earn Associate Degrees at BCC …..

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9th Congressional District Convention to be held

The 9th Congressional District of the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is pleased to announce our 2017 District Convention. The 9th Congressional District includes the counties of Anson, Bladen, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, and Union. The convention will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium and Community Center, on the campus of Richmond Community College, at 1042 W Hamlet Ave, Hamlet, NC 28345. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and we will gavel to order at 11 a.m. Lunch may be purchased at the meeting via a food truck. “I’m so excited by the overwhelming turnout at our recent Democratic events around the district. There has been so much interest from both long time and new Democrats!” said Cynthia Wallace, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The 39th edition of the White Lake Water Festival is just hours away, begins tomorrow (Friday) with a Street Dance at Goldston’s Beach featuring Southern Touch Band (free) from 7-9 PM and Classic Car Cruise in at 6:30. Saturday morning, the Parade begins at 10 AM. This years Grand Marshall is Mike Minter, Campbell University Head Football Coach. We have the complete line-up of all activities on our Events page. Finishing touches are being applied to the new Bladen County Detention Center, scheduled to open in the next few weeks. It’s located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown, across the street from the Ag Center. Graduation date for East Bladen Seniors …..

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Bladen County Opiate Related Deaths go from 0-5

In the past ten years opioid addictions have turned into a crisis. North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper reported on new data released on May 16th, showing a sobering local impact of the opioid crisis. In 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid-related deaths, a 73 percent increase from 2005 according to the newly released data. Bladen County Opiate related deaths went from 0 in 2005 to 5 Opiate Related deaths in 2015. “Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation,” said Governor Cooper. “This is a uniquely challenging crisis for our communities and will require a new level of collaboration between law enforcement, treatment-providers, and those in recovery. I am …..

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NCHSAA Baseball Play-offs

Here are results and schedules for the NC High School Athletic Association softball playoffs. Class 2A East Third Round Randleman 5, North Johnston 1 South Granville 13, Ayden-Grifton 2 North Lenoir 3, St. Pauls 1 Edenton Holmes 2, Roanoke Rapids 1 Fourth Round No. 6 North Lenoir at No. 2 Edenton Holmes No. 5 Randleman at No. 1 South Granville Class 1A East Third Round Bear Grass Charter 6, Oxford Prep 1 Whiteville 5, Williamston Riverside 0 Goldsboro Rosewood 11, Northside-Pinetown 1 Voyager Academy 8, Perquimans 0 Fourth Round No. 6 Voyager Academy at No. 4 Goldsboro Rosewood No. 5 Whiteville at No. 1 Bear Grass Charter Class 4A East …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Racers 16 Force 0

Karli Priest and Amber Jones combined to pitch a 3-inning no-hitter Tuesday night as the Racers blanked the Force 16-0 in the opening game of Bladen Recreation’s 11-12 Softball season at County Park. Priest struck out five and issued a walk to Kolee Wilkins in the second inning that accounted for the lone Force base-runner. Jones pitched a perfect third inning and struck out two batters. Hailey Guyton batted a perfect 3-3 and scored 2 runs to lead the Racer hitters. Priest finished 2-2 at the plate with a double and scored 3 runs. Emma Turbeville batted 2-2 with a double and scored 2 runs. Lead-off batter Zoe Smith slammed …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Thunder 6, Sandpipers 1

Rylee Chadwick pitched a no-hitter and struck out 13 batters Tuesday night to lead the Thunder to a 6-1 victory over the Sandpipers on opening night of Bladen Recreation’s 11-12 Softball season at County Park. Singles by Lainey Hughes and Mackenzie Singletary keyed a 3-run first inning for the Thunder. Alexus Mitchell walked and scored the Sandpiper run in the bottom of the first on Ashlyn Williams’ grounder. Chadwick hammered a double to drive in Lainey Autry with a third-inning Thunder run then scored on Savannah Turbeville’s fielder’s choice for a 5-1 lead. Chadwick cracked a single in the sixth and raced home on Singletary’s fielder’s choice. Chadwick walked one …..

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NCHSAA Softball Play-offs

Here are results and schedules for the NC High School Athletic Association softball playoffs. Class 2A East Third Round South Granville 5, South Columbus 4 North Johnston 6, Bunn 5 Jordan-Matthews 4, Providence Grove 0 Eastern Randolph 6, Washington 5 Fourth Round No. 8 Eastern Randolph at No. 6 Jordan-Matthews No. 4 North Johnston at No. 1 South Granville Class 1A East Third Round Riverside 3, Wallace-Rose Hill 2 Louisburg 8, Perquimans 3 Whiteville 11, East Columbus 1 Princeton 2, East Carteret 0 Fourth Round No. 3 Riverside at No. 1 Louisburg No. 11 Whiteville at No. 7 Princeton Class 4A East Third Round Cape Fear 6, Hoke County 1 …..

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“Nunsense, the Musical” June 9-11 and 16-18 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton will be staging its own production of “Nunsense, the Musical” June 9-11 and June 16-18.  Directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook, Sister Julia, child of God, accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first-in-charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead …..

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Thom Tillis doing well after Capital Challenge 5K

Background information Senator Tillis has been released from the hospital and is doing very well. He became dehydrated and overheated during today’s ACLI Capital Challenge and collapsed. Several good Samaritans, including Capitol Police, immediately provided assistance to the Senator, including chest compressions. The Senator was taken to the hospital, and doctors found the episode was caused by overheating. He was released after receiving a clean bill of health.  Senator Tillis is incredibly grateful to the good Samaritans who assisted him at the race and the medical professionals at the hospital.   Share:

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ROUZER ANNOUNCES NC-07 ART COMPETITION WINNER, STUDENT AT TOPSAIL HIGH SCHOOL

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced Jocelyn Artman, an 11th grade student of Topsail High School, the winner of the NC-07 Art Competition.  Artman’s entry, entitled “Hidden History,” is a depiction of a post-World War II Watch Tower used for missile testing located in Surf City, North Carolina using water color and acrylic paints.  Artman’s artwork demonstrated and reflected this year’s Art Competition theme, “What I Love Most About North Carolina.” “It is an honor to announce Topsail High’s Jocelyn Artman as the winner of the 2017 Art Competition,” said Rep. David Rouzer. “Jocelyn’s artistic talent is inspiring and she is well-deserving of this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Every time I go …..

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Farmers should prepare for hurricane season

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year, considering many are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew is a painfully fresh reminder of just how important it is to have an emergency plan for your farm, food company or agribusiness,” Troxler said. “Take precautions and think through your plan now, and discuss it with your employees and family. Doing this can help no matter what emergency strikes.” Scientists at N.C. State University are predicting 11 to 15 named storms in the Atlantic basin this year, numbers in line with the average since 1950. Of those storms, four …..

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Dublin Motor Speedway action for Saturday, May 20

According to Dublin Motor Speedway’s Facebook page, “The Rattlesnake returns to action this Saturday, May 20th with racing action in all divisions! Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting at 6:30 with hot laps to follow, then we will move on with our weekly features! Our kids candy drop this week will be sponsored by Larry & Shannon Eldridge with the #8 UCar! Make plans now to join us for some exciting racing action!” Share:

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This Day In History

This Day In History

1631 – John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1852 – Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school. 1897 – American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game. 1916 – US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft. 1917 – US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment. 1927 – Ritz Hotel opens in Boston. 1934 – TWA began commercial service. 1942 – NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II. 1953 – 1st woman to break sound …..

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Bladen County man dies from gun shot wounds

UPDATE: Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton first reported the shooting on Wednesday evening. The shooting occurred at Oakdale Homes. One person was shot on Wednesday afternoon in Clarkton and two people have been detained for questioning, according to Guyton’s report. Chief Deputy Guyton told BladenOnline that the victim, a male, was in serious condition when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Hospital. While at the hospital in Bladen County, Mr. Bernard Kemp, introduced as the father of the victim, told a BladenOnline.com reporter his oldest son [Mr. Lonnie Smith] had been shot multiple times. Mr. Kemp said the hospital staff informed him his son died. The hospital …..

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Principal and Teacher of the Year Announced

The 2017-2018 Bladen County Principal and Bladen County Teacher of the year have been announced. Both educators have been described by colleagues and students as two outstanding women for their service and dedication. Deborah Guyton was named Principal of the Year and Patsy Moffat was named Teacher of the Year. Principal of Bladenboro Primary School, Deborah Guyton, was awarded the 2017-2018 Bladen County Principal of the Year. Teacher, Pasty Moffat, at Elizabethtown Middle School, was awarded the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.   Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Shooting In Clarkton

UPDATE: Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton first reported the shooting on Wednesday evening. The shooting occurred at Oakdale Homes. One person was shot on Wednesday afternoon in Clarkton and two people have been detained for questioning, according to Guyton’s report. Chief Deputy Guyton told BladenOnline that the victim, a male, was in serious condition when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Hospital. While at the hospital in Bladen County, Mr. Bernard Kemp, introduced as the father of the victim, told BladenOnline.com reporter his oldest son [Mr. Lonnie Smith] had been shot multiple times. Mr. Kemp said the hospital staff informed him his son died. The hospital parking …..

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Another Bladen County Road Opened

Hurricane Matthew left Owen Hill Road in Elizabethtown closed for seven months. Elwell Ferry Road has been open and closed since the big storm. NCDOT announced some new openings this week. Wednesday May 17th, Kenneth Clark with NCDOT announced Owen Hill Road is now open again for traffic. An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows according to Clark: OPENINGS:   SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) North of NC 211 Business SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) north of NC 211 Business will open just after noon today.   SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) is open.   CLOSINGS:   SR 1100 …..

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Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop Luncheon

In July of 2016 the first Adopt-A-Cop event took place in Bladen County, a chance for the community to show appreciation for the 118 local officers and three canine officers that serve our communities. Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, the most recent Adopt-A-Cop took place in Elizabethtown at the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Center. The luncheon sponsored by First South Bank (of Elizabethtown), Subway, Cape Fear BBQ, Burney’s Sweets & More, A Bite of Delight and Taylor Jackson (pageant queen from Grays Creek/Fayetteville area), and members of the Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop organization. “All officers and canines were adopted by members of the community encompassing one adoption from Hickory, NC and two adoptions from Alaska, which …..

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Bladenboro Board talks about state of town parks during budget meeting

The Bladenboro Town Board met on Tuesday night to resume discussion of the proposed 2017-18 budget. The board held a lengthy discussion about the state of the town’s parks, namely Wateree Park. After asking each Town Commissioner if they had anything they wanted to discuss, Mayor Rufus Duckworth said, “One thing I think we’re going to have to look at—I think we’ve got in here (the proposed budget) about $5,000 for the parks. I think everybody here has had the opportunity in the last week to go out to Wateree Park. We’re going to need some more money. We’ve got some major stuff we’ve got to do out there.” One …..

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Scars earned and lessons learned

By Jefferson Weaver On my right arm, there are two parallel knife scars. On my left jaw, under my beard, is another, unrelated knife scar. The origins of all three have no real bearing here, except that I learned some lessons in both situations. I reckon I could, were I vain, have them removed, but it would accomplish nothing. A few thousand dollars in surgery wouldn’t erase what happened, and might marginalize the good that came about in each case. The scars – and both the good and bad memories that led to them — are part of my own history. My family in New Orleans is more than a …..

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BCC Celebrates High School Completion Graduates

DUBLIN – Forty-six students walked across the stage to receive their high school completion diplomas at the Bladen Community College Readiness Commencement Program in May. Student speaker Samantha Haverty encouraged graduates. “This is only the beginning!” she stated. “After 13 years and seven failed attempts to get my high school diploma, it took only one attempt and six weeks at Bladen Community College for me to succeed. Never give up on yourself. Never give up on your dreams.” Commencement speaker Kerry L. Shipman, Sr., who received his high school credential through the College Readiness Program at BCC, is currently a second year law student at the Charleston School of Law …..

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Bulldog Young Men and Young Ladies Academies mark successful year

The Bladenboro Middle School Bulldog Young Men and Young Ladies Academies marked a successful year with a special visit from Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tanya Head. They addressed the group and reminded the students of what it takes to be successful in life. Following the talk by Dr. Taylor and Dr. Head, each participant received a certificate for completing the academy. Dr. Taylor reminded the students of the various speakers who have addressed their group throughout the academic year offering words of encouragement and advice for the future.  “What I am hoping is that you take those words of encouragement, the words of wisdom …..

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Sen. Thom Tillis: ‘I’m fine’

Sen. Thom Tillis issued a video statement on his Twitter account Wednesday from the hospital saying, “I’m fine,” after collapsing  during a race in Washington, DC. View his statement here: https://mobile.twitter.com/SenThomTillis/status/864839398575280136/video/1 Sen. Tillis was competing in the ACLI Capital Challenge Three Mile Team Race held in Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C. The proceeds from the race go to charity. According to reports, he was leading his own team in the race. He is a junior Senator from North Carolina. He was elected to the US Senate in November 2014 and prior to being elected to the US Senate, Tillis served in the North Carolina General Assembly. Share:

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Congressman Pittenger’s statement on Sen. Thom Tillis

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement after learning Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) required CPR and was rushed to a hospital this morning: “This is very unsettling news, and I am praying that Senator Tillis makes a full recovery.  To Susan, their children, and Senator Tillis’ staff, I think of 2nd Thessalonians 3:16:  ‘now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  The Lord be with all of you.’” Share:

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Sen. Thom Tillis collapses

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapsed Wednesday morning during a race in Washington, DC. According to reports he was taken from the scene by ambulance after CPR was administered.  Several reports indicated Sen. Tillis was revived and breathing as he was taken from the scene. It is not immediately known which hospital he was taken to for treatment. He was competing in the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race. The race is touted as drawing competitors from all over Washington, DC. According to WECT, Sen. Tillis was leading his team in the race and the proceeds from the race go to charity. Sen. Tillis, 57, is a junior senator from …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

A couple of baseball thoughts. Elizabethtown Middle School baseball team finished their 2017 season 6-0 according to John Clark’s articles. The Cougars, coached by Tripp Lancaster, reportedly scored 90 runs, allowed 3 for the season. Great season. Baseball America is touting MacKenzie Gore, Whiteville Wolfpacker, as the top left-handed pitcher in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft. The 6-2, 180 pound prospect has committed to East Carolina, but may never arrive in Greenville. The article indicates he is a sure first rounder. Gore has been rumored as high as number 3 to the San Diego Padres and would make a good fit with Atlanta who has the number 5 pick. …..

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Saturday’s Dublin Racing Winners

Fayetteville’s Zack Blackwell capped Dublin’s Saturday night racing program by taking the checkered flag in the Late Model Race. Dunn’s Shaun Sewell finished second. Robbie Turner took third place –his third top three finish at Dublin this season. Lumberton’s Zack Cox who won the April 15th Late Model Race at Dublin placed fourth this week. Andy Boahn won the Open Wheel Modified race. Boahn finished second in the Southeast Dirt Open Wheel Modified Series race on April 29th at Dublin. Wayne Gray finished second Saturday night, and Ashland, VA’s Ryan Toole was third. Myrtle Beach’s Benji Thompson returned to the winner’s circle Saturday night in the Super Street race. Thompson …..

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This Day in History for May 17

1775 – American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada. 1792 – 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street. 1877 – Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st telephone switchboard burglar alarm. 1881 – Revised version of New Testament. 1884 – Alaska becomes a US territory. 1897 – The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its designer John Philip Holland. 1932 – US Congress changes name “Porto Rico” to “Puerto Rico.” 1946 – US President Harry Truman seizes control of nation’s railroads to delay a strike. 1953 – Yankees …..

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Making Clay Pot People Workshop to be held

On Saturday, May 27, from  10 a.m. until 1 p.m. there will be a workshop on making clay pot people. We will put clay pots together and paint them to look like either a boy or a girl. All materials are provided and you will take your pot person home with you. Cost is $25.  Space is limited and registration fee is due by May 23 in order to purchase materials and to reserve your spot. If you have a small fan please bring it to help dry paint. See you there!! The fun will be at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension at 450 Smith Circle Dr., Elizabethtown. For questions, …..

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State Highway Patrol Memorial Service

Fallen Members Honored For Sacrifice RALEIGH—The State Highway Patrol held a memorial service today to honor the 62 members killed in the line of duty since the patrol’s inception in 1929. The service began with remarks provided by Col. Glenn McNeill, who welcomed the attending family members of those being honored.  After each fallen member’s name was read, a ceremonial wreath was posted at the patrol’s monument, located at the training academy in Garner. “I am proud of the service demonstrated by each member”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill, Commander of the Highway Patrol.  “We can never repay our debt to them; this morning’s service is but a token of remembrance …..

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Vineyard Golf

Monday, May 15, Tossup At Vineyard Golf

The team of Jimmy Davis, Steve Godwin and Norgie Hester won the Monday Tossup at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. They shot 2-under par on the front and 2-over par on the back. Tossups are held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Share:

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BCC Graduates Associate Degree Nursing Students

  DUBLIN – Bladen Community College graduated its largest associate degree nursing class ever in May, with a pinning ceremony for 31 nursing students. The service included remarks of appreciation by students Candace Erin Tatum-Merritt and James Zachery Davis. Heather Grimsley was selected by her fellow students to receive the Professional Nursing Award, for demonstrating strong leadership qualities and providing a worthy role model for others. The Florence Nightingale Award was given to Doris Worley, by faculty choice, as the student with the strongest theory and clinical application skills. Jessica Stanley was recognized with the highest grade point average with the Outstanding Student Nurse Award. Marshalls for the occasion were …..

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Plays May 16 Tourney At Cheraw State Park Golf Course

Sixty-three players teed it up Tuesday to play South Carolina’s Cheraw State Park Golf Course. The winning team, with a score of 56, was Al Hackney, Larry Suggs, C.L. Gore and James Simmons. A feature of this week’s tourney was Elizabethtown’s Stacy Owen having his first hole-in-one. Stacy’s ace came on hole number 8, a 125 yard par three. Next week’s tourney will be using the Stableford System and will be blind flighted. It will be held at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Share:

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Bladen County Roads Update

Kenneth Clark NCDOT An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows: OPENINGS: SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) North of NC 211 Business SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) north of NC 211 Business will open just after noon today. SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) is open. CLOSINGS: SR 1100 (Center Road) SR 1100 (Center Road) remains closed just south of SR 1121 (Zion Hill Church Road) in order to replace a damaged crossline. The road will open tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) remains closed at a location 0.98 miles north of SR 1176 …..

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39th annual White Lake Water Festival on tap

There is excitement in the air as business owners, residents and town officials are gearing up for the 39th annual White Lake Water Festival. The annual event is set to take place this weekend with plenty for everyone to see and do. The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with a Classic Car Cruise in at 6:30 p.m. and a street dance featuring the Southern Touch band from 7 until 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach. The Bladen County Firefighters Association Honor Guard will hold a pancake plate sale at the White Lake Fire Department from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $5. On  Saturday, the annual White Lake …..

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Mental Health top discussion for Bladen County Commissioners

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meetings lasted for over four hours Monday evening. Mental health and substance abuse has been a topic of many discussions the commissioners have reported and yesterday the topic took a large majority of the time. Commissioners noted the lack of mental health and substance abuse services in Bladen County and the importance of finding solutions to these concerns. Eastpointe, Bladen County’s managed care organization for substance abuse, mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities was represented with three staff members and three of their network providers at the commissioners meetings. One important thing to take away from the presentation according to Chairman Charles Ray …..

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Bladen County employees receive critical incident training

Bladen County employees were presented training by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for Critical Incidents last week. This training fosters work place safety and awareness concepts. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker wanted this training completed to enhance employee safety at work and at home, according to Sgt. Gary Turlington of the BCSO Training Division. Additionally, through employee awareness the community is better prepared by having these leaders trained in Crisis Response ideology. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin’s office fully supported the training session, stated Sgt. Turlington. “Safety is a lifestyle and mindset. It doesn’t favor the untrained and unprepared,” said Sgt. Turlington. According to Turlington, there were six classes delivered …..

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Bladen County Schools property going to continue education

The Bladen County Youth Focus Project along with Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy staff, parents and students were in attendance at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday evening. The Board of Commissioners received a request from Dr. Robert Taylor about the Bladen County Schools’ property which was of interest to Bladen County Youth Focus Project and the local charter school. According to Bladen County Manager, Greg Martin, the request from Dr. Taylor was the county’s interest in obtaining a small piece of property at the location on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive now housing the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. According to Martin the land in question is …..

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Parvo eliminated at Bladen County Animal Shelter

The Bladen County Animal Shelter has been closed to the public since Tuesday, May 9th. The reason for the sudden shutdown was an outbreak of the Parvo virus according to Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. The Health and Human Services Director David Howard gave an update on the issue to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners Monday, May 15, at the regularly scheduled board meeting. Howard explained an animal control officer with the county took four dogs from the same residence due to the owner’s inability to care for the animals. The four dogs were taken to the local shelter. Howard said, after the five day holding period the dogs were released …..

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Charter Schools Clash at Lake Waccamaw

Leland, NC – Four local charter schools competed in a high intensity, academic, “Race of Champions” recently at Lake Waccamaw. Seventy students from Charter Day School, Columbus Charter School, Douglass Academy and South Brunswick Charter School participated. The event was held by The Roger Bacon Academy as the culmination of its yearly FASTAR (Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading) competitions. Each school hosted an intra-school FASTAR event from which their best competitors advanced to the Race of Champions. Columbus Charter School won the competition for its third Race of Champions title – more than any other school. Shree Bhagailia, a fifth grader from Columbus Charter School and fastest …..

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How to Win at History-local students wow parents

Wilmington, NC – Two charter schools battled for historical supremacy in Douglass Academy’s auditorium recently. Students from Brunswick County’s Charter Day School and Columbus County’s Columbus Charter School answered 300 questions in two hours as part of the third annual “History Bowl”. The event was organized by The Roger Bacon Academy to foster healthy competition and interest in history. Charter Day School emerged victorious by a slim margin in front of a standing room only crowd of parents and friends. Brett Tharpe, a Charter Day School parent, exclaimed “The History Bowl is a great event. It is impressive to see the depth of knowledge the students have and how quickly …..

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New law signed by Governor ends emissions testing for some counties

A new law signed by N.C. Governor Roy Cooper this month would end emissions testing for 27 counties in North Carolina. Here locally, only Cumberland, New Hanover and Onslow counties will be required to continue emissions testing on vehicles. The changes were included in a bill designed to offer “regulatory relief” to the citizens of North Carolina. According to WITN, state environmental regulators say North Carolina’s air quality is clean enough to allow for emissions testing of vehicles in only 22 counties. Before this law, 48 of the state’s 100 counties were required to perform emissions tests on vehicles. Counties who are still required to perform emissions tests are mainly …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival will be held this weekend. We have the lineup of activities on BladenOnline from the first events on Friday thru the final event Saturday night. One of the highlights is the Parade scheduled to kick off at 10 AM Saturday. Something for every member of the family and it’s the beginning of another fun-filled summer season at White Lake. Remember when it was the Blueberry Festival? It was ‘birthed’ by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, the town of White Lake and Elizabethtown and numerous volunteers. That was over 50 years ago. A few changes, but still a fun-filled weekend for locals and …..

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Council man sentenced for sex offense with minor

A Council man plead guilty to statutory sex offense against a minor Monday in Bladen County Superior Court and was sentenced up to 21 years  in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office. John Wayne Parks, 58, of Railroad Street, was sentenced to between 166 months and 260 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections under the agreement with the state. Parks was arrested in March 2015 following an investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The case began in December 2014 when a 14-year-old victim told authorities that she had been inappropriately touched in her genital area by Parks while the two were on a hunting trip in Bladen …..

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