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NC Emergency Management – Joint Information Center Streaming video of State EOC news conferences may be viewed here live:   Share:

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Bladen Disaster Relief Distribution Site New Hours of Distribution for Hurricane Relief Supplies

Contributed Bladen Disaster Relief Distribution site was launched as a concerted effort with Foundation Bible Church, Bladen Crisis Assistance, Bladen County United Way, and the County of Bladen. The organization has been staffed entirely by volunteers from many local churches and residents from in-and-around Bladen County. We are pleased to announce that we have served over 9700 residents of Bladen and surrounding counties at least once, thus far. The new hours of distribution, effective immediately, are: Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 am We take this opportunity the sincerely thank all of our volunteers who have assisted in this effort, and welcome any new …..

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Governor Cooper Signs Bill into Law

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: Senate Bill 3: An Act to Enact the 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on the bill: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure.” Share:

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Haley George 3rd; A. J. Smith 4th In TRC Meet

WHITEVILLE – West Bladen’s Haley George and East Bladen’s A. J. Smith posted top four finishes Monday in the Three Rivers Conference cross country championship meet. George, a freshman, posted a time of 27 minutes, 39.77 seconds to take third place in the girls meet behind Red Springs senior Keira Bryant (26:06.80) and Whiteville sophomore Fatima Reyes (26:43.01). Smith, a sophomore, was clocked in 21 minutes, 40.66 seconds to claim fourth place in the boys meet behind St. Pauls Tristan Lupo (19:27.32), and Whiteville’s Jalen McMillian (20:16.22) and Brandon Nguyen (20:29.79). Other Bladen County finishers in the girls meet included East Bladen’s Erica McKoy (13th place, 36:46.21) and Vena Metz (18th place, …..

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BB&T to Build 500-Person Facility & Donate Grants

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – BB&T Corporation today announced it will build an approximately 100,000-square-foot office facility at 301 S. James K. Powell Blvd. in downtown Whiteville, North Carolina. The new approximately $20 million building will consolidate the 500 BB&T associates who currently work in nine locations in the Whiteville area including one of its primary Client Care Centers on James B. White Highway. BB&T expects to begin site work on the project during the first quarter of 2019 with an opening date yet to be determined. In addition, the BB&T Charitable fund announced grants totaling $1 million to Southeastern Community College, Whiteville; Robeson Community College, Lumberton; Bladen Community College, Dublin; and …..

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Open in Bladen County

RALEIGH, N.C. – A disaster recovery center is now open in the town of Elizabethtown in Bladen County. North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA will open additional centers in affected counties in the coming days. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the North Carolina federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence. Representatives from the State of North Carolina, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs. The center is located at: Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center 450 Smith Circle Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337 Hours: …..

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Governor Cooper Comments on Florence Recovery Package

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following comment on the Hurricane Florence recovery package that passed the legislature tonight: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure.” Governor Cooper intends to sign the bill into law soon. Share:

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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY ROBERT J.HIGDON, JR. ANNOUNCES PROGRESS IN MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER THROUGH PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS, “TAKE BACK NORTH CAROLINA” INITIATIVE

RALEIGH – One year ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which Attorney General Sessions has made the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. Throughout the past year, we have partnered with …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Just about every conversation begins with the weather, sooooo, how about the weather?  High today near 80 with a 40 percent chance of rain, low tonight around 65 with a 50 percent chance of rain.  High Wednesday near 74 with 50 percent chance or ‘wet stuff’.  Cooler temps Wednesday night with lows around 49, high in the mid 60s on Thursday and low Thursday night around 44 degrees.  Cool streak could last a few days. As election day draws near, just about everything related to politics causes more confusion.  Our ‘political fuse’ is short.  It’s just another election season.  It comes around every two years for county, state and national elections.  Early …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 7, Elizabethtown 1

ELIZABETHTOWN –Sophia Masaid blistered the nets with a ‘Hat Trick’ plus one of 4 goals to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 7-1 Waccamaw Middle School girls soccer victory over Elizabethtown at County Park. Jinely Mandujano staked the Lady Blue Devils to an early lead with a goal in the second minute off of an assist from Cydney Campbell. Twelve minutes later Molly Evans banged in a goal off of a corner kick by Mauri Flores. In the 21st minute Masaid knocked in her first goal of the game off of an assist from Mandujano to pad the Clarkton lead to 3-0 at halftime. Masaid opened the second half …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Bladenboro 4, Tar Heel 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Four different players scored goals Monday as Bladenboro’s Lady Bulldogs closed out their Waccamaw Middle School girls soccer season with a 4-1 victory over Tar Heel. Rylee Chadwick knocked in a goal to open the scoring for Bladenboro, and teammate Kaden Thurman boomed in a goal off of a corner kick to give the Lady Bulldogs a 2-0 halftime lead. Whitney McLean pounced on a loose ball and drilled in a second-half goal, and Lainey Autry raced down the left side on a breakaway and fired in the final Lady Bulldog goal. Azillyah McDonald scored the Tar Heel goal. Coach Kristen Parker’s Lady Bulldogs finished the season with …..

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JV Volleyball: Whiteville 2, East Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 2-0 Monday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-23 and 25-13. The Lady Eagles led for most of the first set. Service points from juniors Adrienne Howell and Shanell McMillian, sophmores Alyssa Futrell and Cheylee Mathis and freshman Merritt Martin pushed East in front 12-8. A trio of service points from Howell widened the gap to 16-11. Another Futrell service point and 2 more from sophmore Cheyanne Merritt kept the East lead at 22-17, but an 8-1 Whiteville closing run claimed the set. Whiteville raced to a 12-3 lead in the second set and closed out the match. Futrell …..

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Volleyball: Whiteville 3, East Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 3-0 Monday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-18. Service points from junior Lorna Mendell and sophmore Kayleigh Raynor edged East ahead 6-5 early in the first set. Mendell knocked in a pair of service points, and Raynor and senior Sarah Johnson tallied one service point each to keep the Lady Eagles up 18-15, but a 10-2 Whiteville run claimed the set. The Lady Wolfpack started the second set with a 17-4 run. A trio of service points from Raynor and two more by Johnson interrupted the run, but Whiteville took the set. Service points from …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 10, West Columbus 1

CERRO GORDO– Junior Jake Evans fired in a ‘Hat Trick’ plus one of 4 goals Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 10-1 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over West Columbus. The victory avenged the Eagles only loss of the season – a shoot-out loss to the Vikings on September 28th. Monday night the Eagles raced to a 7-1 first half lead and ended the game on the mercy rule in the 70th minute of play. Senior Greyson Heustess racked up 4 assists and banged in 2 goals for the winners. Junior Jay McGill blasted in 2 goals and dished out an assist. Senior Pierce Melvin distributed 2 …..

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Men’s Soccer: St. Pauls 2, West Bladen 0

ST. PAULS – Senior Alexis Mendez and sophmore Allan Diaz scored first-half goals Monday night to lead St. Pauls to a 2-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over West Bladen. “We will regroup for our Wednesday game and get back on track,” said West Bladen Coach Phillip Turnage. The Knights, now 4-4 in league play, will host East Columbus Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Share:

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This Day in History for October 16

1780 – Royalton, Vermont and Turnbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War. 1829 – Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston) 1848 – 1st US homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania. 1869 – Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing. 1875 – Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah. 1907 – Belasco Theater opens at 111 W 44th St NYC. 1916 – Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic in the US at 46 Amboy St, Brooklyn. 1940 – Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. is promoted to brigadier general, the first African-American person to become a general in the US military. 1943 – Chicago …..

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JV Volleyball: West Bladen 2, East Columbus 0

BLADENBORO – West Bladen swept East Columbus 2-0 Monday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-23 and 25-7. Ashlyn Cox drilled in 6 aces, 5 service points, a kill and had one dig for the Lady Knights. Freshman Hannah Pait hammered in 5 kills and 5 service points. Freshman Lauren Pait racked up 5 service points, 2 aces and a dig. Caroline Brisson filled up the stat sheet with 6 service points, 2 aces, 2 assists and a dig for the winners. Freshman Kylee Ward knocked in 3 kills, a service point and had one dig. Freshman Savannah Turbeville pounded in 2 kills. Sophmore Alyssa …..

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, East Columbus 0

BLADENBORO – West Bladen swept East Columbus 3-0 Monday in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 26-24. The victory avenged a 3-1 loss to the Lady Gators back in August and raised the Lady Knights record to 8-7 in league play and 9-8 overall. Senior Raegan Davis racked up a team-high 12 assists, 9 service points, 8 kills, 2 aces, 2 solo blocks and had one dig for the winners. Senior Caroline Davis sparked the defense with a team-high 20 digs. Junior Lexie Corrothers pounded in a team-high 14 kills, 2 aces, a service point and had one assist for West. Junior Mikayla Meadows …..

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Lifestyles: Detours, Friends a Gospel Singing

Contributed by Bobbie Todd For the past month if you have traveled anywhere you have seen your share of detour and road closed signs. Hurricane Florence was not invited into our lives by no means. She changed what we know as normal to utter chaos. One road at a time, they began to be repaired, opened and once again our travel directions were back to normal. Bladen County, once again, has one of their own whose life has taken a drastic detour and no longer is normal, Darby Carroll Bordeaux. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Connie Carroll of Dublin, NC. Darby’s journey began in 2008 when …..

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USDA Offers Secure, Convenient Online Business Options

Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters Encouraged to Sign-In/Sign-Up RALEIGH, NC – Oct., 15, 2018 – Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers in North Carolina now have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in. “You can conduct business with USDA from the comfort of your home, office, or mobile device,” said Len McBride, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director for North Carolina. “These online services save time, reduce paperwork …..

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Groundbreaking held for new STEM facility

By Erin Smith Excitement could felt all around the Bladen Community College campus on Monday morning. The prospect of a groundbreaking for a new STEM facility on the campus brightened an otherwise grey morning. BCC President Dr. William Findt welcomed everyone to the groundbreaking and introduced the dignitaries in attendance. “We could not have done this without the partnerships you see here,” said Dr. Findt. The new facility, which will cost about $2 million, will house the college’s science and technology programs. STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The building will house a manufacturing technology lab, industrial/chemistry lab, a computer lab, office space and …..

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Help Available for North Carolina Businesses Affected By Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH: As North Carolina’s strong and coordinated response to Hurricane Florence recovery continues, Governor Roy Cooper today encouraged small business owners harmed by the storm to access loans and other programs that can help. The N.C. Department of Commerce and the Small Business Technology Development Center have partnered with state and federal organizations to compile resources for businesses affected by the storm. Assistance includes help with developing recovery strategies as well as access to capital needed to support immediate cleanup costs and longer-term recovery from physical damage and economic losses. “Small businesses are the economic engine for our local communities. Business owners face more than physical damage to their place …..

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Public Notice: First Mail Absentee Meeting

The Bladen County Board of Elections First Absentee Meeting will be conducted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at 301 S. Cypress St., Elizabethtown, NC. Bobby R. Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Clarkton Public Library to host Haunted Library Party

Halloween is a time that is enjoyed by many children as they prepare to dress as their favorite characters and prepare for trick or treating. The Bladen County Public Library’s Clarkton branch will host a “Haunted Library Party” on Tuesday, October 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The party is for children ages 2-12 and adult supervision is required. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes. Pre-registration is required. To register your child,  call 910-647-3661. Share:

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Bladen County Public Library to Host Children’s Monster Bash

Halloween is a time that is enjoyed by many children as they read spooky stories and dress up as their favorite characters. The Bladen County Public Library’s main branch in Elizabethtown will host a Children’s Monster Bash on Thursday, October 25, beginning at 6 p.m. The party is for children ages 2-12 and adult supervision is required. Pre-registration is required. To register your child,  call 910-862-6990. The main branch of the library is located on S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Campbell joins Hilton Auction & Realty for new career 

  Elizabethtown, NC: Charlie and Dean Hilton of Hilton Auction & Reality in Elizabethtown are excited to announce their newest team member. Christian Campbell also from Elizabethtown recently accepted a position at Hilton Auction & Realty to start her new career as a Real Estate Broker. Campbell graduated from UNC Wilmington with a degree in Exercise Science and teaches classes at HealthWorks Fitness & Wellness in Elizabethtown, but she wanted to do more.  “I wanted to come back to the area because I feel like there is a lot opportunity here,” Campbell said.  Residential and commercial sales is the focus of Campbell’s work right now, but she will also be …..

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Arrest made in Bladenboro after narcotics investigation

Contributed   The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Todd Britt Court area of Bladenboro. During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the below listed individual was responsible for distributing Controlled Substances in and around Bladenboro.  This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to the area of 205 Todd Britt Court, Bladenboro, NC.  Agents conducted undercover purchases from the defendant in this investigation where prescription medication was purchased. At the conclusion of this investigation, on October 12, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office served arrest warrants on the defendant.  The defendant …..

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Canned food collection challenge to schools

Contributed The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown is having a can food drive for the month of October. Since our county has suffered so much the club decided to expand their drive and make it an annual event. The Kiwanians put a challenge out to both East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School. Both, Mrs. Peggy Hester, Principal of West Bladen and Dr. Jason Wray, Principal of East Bladen High School accepted the challenge. The challenge starts today, October 15 and will go through the end of the month. The challenge is the students of the high schools are to collect can goods (can goods only) for the month …..

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NCDMV Seeking Contract Applications for Moore Co. LPA

Applications due by Nov. 15 RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is seeking applicants to operate a license plate agency (LPA) in northern Moore County. The agency, located at 101 North Middleton Street in Robbins, is currently operated under a contract that will end following the selection of a new operator.  The policy of the division is to open applications to operate a new or existing license plate agency at a point following the end of a contract or when a current contract is nearing expiration. Completed applications must be returned to NCDMV no later than Nov. 15.  The applications (Form MVR-93 or Form MVR-93AA) are located on …..

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Public hearing scheduled for a Community Transportation Program Application

A public hearing is scheduled for tonight (Monday, October 15th) regarding a Community Transportation Program application.  The public hearing will take place during the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Bladen Courthouse in Elizabethtown. Also, the Board of commissioners is expected to approve a consent agenda which consists of the following items: the Proposed Agenda, minutes of the October 1, 2018 Regular Meeting, budget amendments, County Attorney Invoices totaling $3,275, Tax Releases No. 9-18, a Solid Waste Disposal Agreement with Sampson County Disposal, Inc., a service agreement with Mobile Communications America in the amount of $50,331.96, Homeland Security Grant Program Notification (Grant #EMW-2018-SS-00053) …..

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Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts in Bladen County to be topic of meeting

The ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence will be the topic of a special meeting of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Topics to be discussed include: County activities; State activities; FEMA activities; Red Cross activities; US Small Business Administration; and the Kelly Water Dike and Drainage District. The public is welcome to attend. Share:

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NC DIT Leader Honored for NC Tech Awards

Raleigh, N.C. – A leader in the North Carolina Department of Information Technology has been honored by NC TECH, a professional association dedicated to promoting technology and innovation in North Carolina. Deputy State Chief Information Officer and Chief Services Officer Tracy Doaks was named Public Sector CIO of the Year by NC TECH for the organization’s annual NC TECH Awards. She is one of eight people recognized for their accomplishments and impact on the tech sector in North Carolina. “Tracy Doaks is a great driving force for The North Carolina Department of Information Technology,” said Eric Boyette, State Chief Information Officer and Secretary of the Department of Information Technology. “Her passion …..

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State Highway Patrol Announces Operation Stop Arm

RALEIGH – While many schools across the state have been in operation for more than two months, the State Highway Patrol is taking proactive steps to ensure school bus safety is not overlooked. Beginning Monday, October 15, troopers statewide will participate in Operation Stop Arm, a week-long event held each year.  Objectives of the campaign include an increase in educational programs and enforcement in and around school zones.  Throughout the week, troopers will ride on school buses and use unmarked vehicles to monitor bus routes to and from school. “Every child should be afforded a safe means of travel as they attend their respective educational institution”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Busy weekend in the rearview mirror, hoping for a normal week. The 2018 General Election begins this week.  In the meantime, Bladen is one of 28 counties where the voter registration deadline was extended through today (Monday-October 15).  The extension was for counties most affected by Hurricane Florence and named by the North Carolina State Board of Elections. One-Stop Early Voting also begins this week, on Wednesday, October 17, and continues through Saturday, November 3, 2018.  For more info, call or visit the Bladen County Board of Elections. Bladen County Commissioners meet twice today, maybe more.  One is a Special Called Meeting and later, 6:30 PM, their regular semi-monthly meeting, at …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 15

1789 – First presidential tour-George Washington in New England. 1846 – Dr William Green Morton 1st public use of ether. 1878 – Edison Electric Light Company incorporated. 1883 – Supreme Court declares Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional. 1919 – 14 horses begin 300-mile race from Vermont to Massachusetts for $1000 prize money. 1924 – US President Calving Coolidge declares Statute of Liberty a national monument. 1933 – 20th Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect President term begins in January not March. 1939 – LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC. 1952 – Arthur Laurent’s “Time of the Cuckoo” premieres in NYC. 1952 – “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White and illustrated …..

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Mary Caitlin Campbell 16th in USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals

SPOKANE, WA – Bladen County’s Mary Caitlin Campbell finished sixteenth in the Women’s 3-Lift Open event for the 72kg (154 pound) Class Saturday in the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals at the Hotel RL. Campbell who won the USA Powerlifting North Carolina State 72kg Raw Open back in June posted personal bests Saturday in the squat (167.5 kgs, 369.3 lbs) and dead-lift (175.4 kgs, 385.8 lbs). She also benched 87.5 kgs (192.9 lbs). The Bladenboro native’s total for the 3 lifts was 430 kgs or 948 lbs. That was an improvement over her winning totals from the state meet of 420 kgs (926 lbs). It was her second year of competing …..

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Achieving Self Support with Social Security

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Work means different things to different people, but it can give you a sense of self, a community to rely on, and much-needed structure. Some people define themselves through their careers, while others enjoy the social aspect of their jobs. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments and want to start working or return to work, we can help. A plan for achieving self-support (PASS) is a plan for your future. This plan lets you use your income or resources you own to help you reach your work goals. You could set aside money to go to school and get …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Hope your weekend has been good so far! Great for this group of Hesters’.  Grandson (Brooks) and longtime lady friend (Katie Hinton) were married late Saturday near Raleigh.  Wish them well.  Beautiful wedding.  Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Hester of Raleigh, NC. If we failed to answer or return your call, sorry… Revival services begin at 7 PM today at Wesley’s Chapel UMC, Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown, with Rev. Tim Reaves, Pastor of Pine Valley UMC, Wilmington, leading the services through Wednesday evening.  Rev. Reaves was former pastor of Bladen County UMC Charge.  All are welcomed, special singing, nightly.  Rev. Darrell Copeland is Pastor. So much road repair to be done following a couple of …..

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East Bladen High School

Volleyball: South Robeson 3, East Bladen 2

ROWLAND – For the second time this season, South Robeson edged East Bladen 3-2 in a marathon Three Rivers Conference volleyball match Saturday by set scores of 19-25, 24-26, 25-12, 29-27 and 15-12. Sophmore Katie Evans opened the match with a pair of service points for the Lady Eagles, and junior Gracyn Martin knocked in 5 straight service points to keep East in front 10-7. A trio of service points from sophmore Cheylee Mathis padded the Lady Eagle lead to 21-16, before Martin served out the set with a trio of service points. Mathis fired in 5 straight service points to stake the Lady Eagles to a 12-6 lead in …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 14

1773 – American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom’s East India Company tea ships’ cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland. 1774 – First Continental Congress makes Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia. 1834 – First African-American granted a US patent, Henry Blair, for a corn planter. 1884 – George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film. 1901 – Justin Huntly McCarthy’s “If I were King” premieres in NYC. 1922 – 1st Tom McAn shoe store opens on Third Avenue NYC. 1926 – A.A. Milne’s book “Winnie the Pooh” released. 1943 – US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17s during assault on Schweinfurt. 1952 – UN General Assembly first meets at its new headquarters …..

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Grape Festival Provides Fun For All

By Erin Smith While the morning air had a crisp feel to it, the atmosphere at Lu Mil Vineyard’s NC Grape Festival Saturday was one of fun and laughter. The well attended event had plenty to offer from the soft sounds of jazz music to the laughter of the Grape Stomp event. Denise Bridgers estimated the crowd in attendance to be 2,500. “I’m just thrilled. I think everything went well,” said Bridgers. She explained that organizers changed the festival layout slightly, and it made a very positive impact. Festivities kicked off with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Dublin Boy Scouts. The day continued with a food truck round up …..

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Power restored to more than 900,000 Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas 48 Hours after Tropical Storm Michael passes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — About 1.1 million customers in the Carolinas were affected by power outages from Tropical Storm Michael. As of Saturday afternoon, that number was down to 175,000. At the height of the storm Thursday, about 554,000 customers were without power – the peak number during the event. “We have more than 10,000 people working to restore power,” said Duke Energy Storm Director Rufus Jackson. “We are grateful to our customers for their patience after enduring two major storms in the past month. We have restored nearly one million outages in the two days since the storm passed, and we won’t rest until everyone is back.” Jackson added that all Carolina-based …..

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Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Bladen unemployment was the highest in N.C. with a rate of 18.3 percent. North Carolina DOT announced a grant of $139,426 for road work in 7 Bladen County municipalities. The Bladen Journal announced that their circulation stood at 5,650 subscribers. WestPoint Pepperell announced pay raises for all employees in Bladen County. Share:

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 4, East Columbus 1

LAKE WACCAMAW – Senior Pablo Ortega fired in 2 goals Saturday to lead West Bladen’s Knights to a 4-1 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over East Columbus. It was the third consecutive win for Coach Phillip Turnage’s Knights who improved to 4-3 in league play and moved into fourth place in the TRC standings. “We are playing as a team now,” said Coach Turnage. “The defense, especially Joey Ferretiz, played exceptionally well as did goalkeeper Angel Martinez.” Junior Wilmer Garcia and senior Edgar Pollo Garcia scored the other West Bladen goals. The Knights will travel to third-place St. Pauls Monday for a 6 p.m. game. Share:

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West Bladen’s Savannah Lee Second in Three Rivers Singles

ELIZABETHTOWN – West Bladen senior Savannah Lee finished second in the Three Rivers Conference tennis singles championship Friday, dropping the final match to South Columbus’ Elizabeth Koonce 6-3, 6-2. Lee and Koonce both qualified for next week’s Class 2A MidEast Regionals that will be played at Jaycee Park in Reidsville on October 19 and 20th. In opening round play, East Bladen senior Sarah Meares defeated St. Pauls’ Melissa Cantor 6-3, 6-3. South Columbus’ Vanessa Faulk defeated West Bladen senior Haleigh Dunn, and Fairmont’s Ashton Turner defeated East Bladen sophomore Sammi Jiang 6-3, 6-2. In second round play, Lee, the top seed who received a first-round bye, defeated Meares 6-1, 6-0. …..

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West Bladen’s Autumn Brisson & Alyssa Bell Win TRC Doubles Championship

ELIZABETHTOWN – West Bladen’s doubles team of juniors Autumn Brisson and Alyssa Bell won the Three Rivers Conference tennis doubles championship Friday. Brisson and Bell were the top-seeded doubles team and defeated the second-seeded doubles team, South Columbus’ Cartrette and Lewis, 6-3, 6-2 in the championship match. East Bladen’s doubles team of Ting Lin and Ashley Hardin also qualified for the MidEast Regionals by finishing fourth in the conference tournament. The top four doubles teams qualified for the regionals. In opening round play, Ting Lin & Hardin defeated Red Springs’ Alexandra Macias & Francisca Meneses. The West Bladen team of Mireya Sandoval & Alyssa Smith defeated Fairmont’s Ashlyn Turner & …..

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Pastor Brunson Released From Turkish Prison

North Carolina native Pastor Brunson is on his way home to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. While the Brunson family has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic and political nightmare for the last two years, their unwavering optimism and faith kept them strong during this very difficult and stressful time. Despite the anguish Pastor Brunson has had to endure locked away in prison with his fate uncertain, I was personally inspired when I watched him stand up in a Turkish courtroom during his trial – facing an effective lifetime sentence – and announce that he harbored no animosity or bitterness towards the …..

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Bladen County residents place in NC State Fair Competition

Contributed Bladen County residents of all ages love the NC State Fair as it is sure sign Fall has arrived. Many Bladen County residents enjoy entering the competitions the fair offers. Andrew Runion II, age 9, of Garland, grew watermelons this year for competition at the local fairs. He won the Cumberland County Fair and the Wayne County Fair, and he placed third in the North Carolina State Fair and 10th in GPC competition which includes other states. Andrew’s sister, Alexa Runion, 6, placed third for her apple. Their parents are Andy and Amber Runion of Garland. “We fought through two hurricanes. We had to store them (the watermelons) in the …..

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Friday’s High School Football Results for October 12

Three Rivers Conference East Bladen 35, St. Pauls 24 West Columbus 38, West Bladen 24 South Columbus 61, Fairmont 26 Whiteville 27, Red Springs 24 East Columbus 18, South Robeson 12 (Wednesday)   Other Area Results North Wake Saints 16, Harrells Christian 14 Jack Britt 20, Purnell Swett 10 Clinton 37, Goldsboro 28 Seventy First 21, Scotland 6 South View 20, Cape Fear 16 Goldsboro Rosewood 43, Lakewood 13 North Duplin 23, Union 6 Overhills 22, Douglas Byrd 20 Pine Forest 55, E. E. Smith 0 Princeton 69, Hobbton 14 Richmond Senior 53, Hoke County 0 Terry Sanford 34, Westover 19 Topsail 22, Wilmington Laney 20 Wilmington Hoggard 42, Wilmington …..

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Football: East Bladen 35, St. Pauls 24

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior halfback Eric Chancy shouldered the rushing load for East Bladen Friday night with 184 yards and 3 touchdowns on 33 carries as the Eagles rallied for a 35-24 Three Rivers Conference victory over St. Pauls. All three of Chancy’s touchdowns came in the second half after the Bulldogs had built a 17-7 lead courtesy of Kalvin Carpenter’s 82-yard touchdown return of the opening kick-off and a pair of Eagle turnovers. The Eagles tied the game early as junior Lawson Hester intercepted a Bulldog pass and sprinted 59 yards for the tying touchdown. Junior Gabe Barber booted the extra point. After an East Bladen …..

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Town of White Lake

Town of White Lake: Revenue Collections Specialist

Responsible for billing/collecting revenues for the Town of White Lake including ad valorem taxes, utility bills, and other revenues. Assists the public with various information and fees regarding Town services for establishing and closing utility accounts, and serve as backup for coworkers as needed. One to four years’ experience in municipal tax and/or utility billing, accounting, accounts payables/receivables preferred. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Administrative Services Director. Desirable Education/Experience: Graduation from a two-year college or business school, supplemented by courses in tax law and collection procedures, and considerable experience in collections, billing, or fiscal work, preferably in a municipal or county finance or tax office; or …..

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Football: West Columbus 38, West Bladen 24

CERRO GORDO – Senior quarterback Shawn Tyson ran for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns Friday night to lead West Columbus to a 38-24 Three Rivers Conference victory over a short-handed West Bladen team. The Knights lost star quarterback Tyre Boykin on the third play of the second quarter when he was flagged for a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and disqualified from the game. “We had to fix a lot on the fly,” said Knight Coach Kris Williams. “We had to move Shyron (Adams) to quarterback and replace him at receiver. We were already thin with Kerron (Washington) out with an injury.” Still the Knights battled back from 26-6 and …..

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Essential Fire Prevention Tips to Share With Your Family

This week is Fire Prevention Week! This year’s theme is LOOK. LEARN. LISTEN. Many deaths and injuries from fires happen in homes, but fires can happen anywhere. Use these fire safety tips to help prevent and respond to a fire in your home: Make sure your smoke alarms work. Choose interconnected alarms so when one sounds, they all sound. Don’t be caught off guard. Place smoke alarms inside and outside every bedroom. Make sure everyone in your home knows how the alarms sound. Smoke alarms don’t last forever. Test alarms every month. If your alarms are 10 years old or older, it’s time to replace them. When you hear a smoke …..

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Mold found in Bladen County Courthouse, remediation under way

By Erin Smith Elevated levels of mold have been found in at least two rooms of the Bladen County Courthouse and Bladen County officials say remediation efforts are under way. Humidifiers are operating in the Jury Deliberation Room and the District Court Room, on the third floor of the Courthouse and the Southeastern Community and Family Services room in the basement of the Courthouse. The District Court Room has been closed since Monday, October 8, and District Court Judge Scott Ussery has been using the Bladen County Commissioners meeting room to hear cases, according to Bladen County Manager Greg Martin. “We had mold testing performed on September 24th and we …..

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NC DOT

NCDOT Seeks Vendors for Disaster Recovery Operations

RALEIGH – As the state recovers from the effects of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the N.C. Department of Transportation is looking for vendors that can clear debris, provide facility support services, furnish necessary supplies and much more. NCDOT is committed to increasing and expanding diversity participation within the state emergency plan and operations. Certified Disadvantaged, Small, Minority and Woman-owned Business firms interested in disaster response and recovery opportunities should visit the NC Interactive Purchasing System (IPS) to register and have free access to projects in the various affected areas. For contract opportunities, businesses must own preferred equipment for emergency response, be pre-qualified (for assistance visit Connect NCDOT Business Partner Resources), and have worker’s comp …..

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Tillis Statement on the Release of Pastor Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson: “North Carolina native Pastor Brunson will soon return home to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. While the Brunson family has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic and political nightmare for the last two years, their unwavering optimism and faith kept them strong during this very difficult and stressful time. Despite the anguish Pastor Brunson has had to endure locked away in prison with his fate uncertain, I was personally inspired when I watched him stand up in a Turkish courtroom during his trial – …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Set to Reopen After Hurricane Florence Recovery

Currie, NC –  On Monday, October 15, 2018, Moores Creek National Battlefield will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Florence hit the area nearly 1 month ago. Nearly 2/3 of the park flooded, with some parts receiving over 15′ of water in places. The park remained flooded for over two weeks. Park staff were able to get in last week and begin the long recovery process. The park’s Visitor Center, Administration Building, and Maintenance Building remained dry and did not receive any damage. However, the Patriots Hall Community Building received over 5′ of water in it. The boardwalk, a part of the History Trail that crosses over …..

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NC Ferries Resume Normal Schedules Friday Morning After Michael Passes

Conditions deemed safe after Remnants of Hurricane Pass Through NC RALEIGH – North Carolina ferries resumed their normal schedules Friday morning, after heavy winds subsided and conditions were deemed safe by the state Ferry Division. Heavy winds from the remnants of Hurricane Michael, which pounded parts of North Carolina with wind and soaking rain, forced state officials to temporarily suspend all ferry operations along the coast Thursday. For the safety of passengers and ferry crews, the state’s ferries do not run during potentially unsafe weather. Winds at times exceeded 30 mph along the North Carolina coast. Share:

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USDA Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Michael

Contributed (Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses potentially impacted by Hurricane Michael of programs to provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices stand ready and eager to help. Additionally, USDA’s Operations Center will function around the clock. “Hurricane Michael quickly grew into a dangerous storm, and residents within its path should heed the advice from their local authorities to ensure their safety,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “All of USDA’s relevant agencies are ready to assist when natural disasters strike, and we will be there for …..

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You Decide: Why Do We Take Risks?

By Dr. Mike Walden In the aftermath of hurricane season, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk. Indeed, many people are. I have friends who are second-guessing their decisions to move to the coast after retiring.  Others are questioning why development is allowed in storm-prone beaches and barrier islands. To help think about these questions, it’s useful to step back and consider the concept of risk. Risk indicates an inability to perfectly predict the future, especially bad outcomes. For example, people who move to the North Carolina coast know hurricanes periodically happen. But they don’t know exactly when, where and the storms’ intensities. Risk doesn’t just apply to dramatic weather …..

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Trump Administration Appoints Barry Bushue to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Oregon

Contributed TUALATIN, Ore. – October 11, 2018- The Trump Administration recently appointed Barry Bushue as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Oregon Farm Service Agency (FSA). Bushue will join the Oregon FSA team on Tuesday, October 9. Bushue is a proven leader and advocate for agriculture and natural resources in Oregon with over 25 years of experience in the industry. He is the owner and operator of Bushue Farming in Boring, Oregon. Bushue previously served as president and chief executive officer of the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation where he represented the agriculture industry by advocating for public policy for farmers and ranchers. He also served as vice …..

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Valley Fine Food Recalls Meat and Poultry Products

WASHINGTON, DC – Valley Fine Foods, a Forest City, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 35,516 pounds of heat-treated, not fully cooked meat and poultry products that may be adulterated due to presence of spoilage organisms that have rendered it unwholesome and unfit for human food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The heat-treated, not fully cooked, refrigerated meat and poultry products were produced on various dates from Aug. 15, 2018 through Oct. 4, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: *12-oz. tray packages containing “SIMPLE DISHES™ Chicken Penne Alfredo” with case code #19034, case UPC code 1-07-42753-34709-0, and “BEST IF USED BY” “10/09/18” …..

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Massage Therapy, Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Stress

Contributed The ancient arts of massage therapy and acupuncture are known all the world over for being methods of stress relief and healing. The members of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Elizabethtown Massage R & R as a new member during Tuesday’s luncheon meeting. Chamber Members also learned more about the services the company offers. Massage Therapists Judith Brogdon, Carrie Kelly, Wanda Thomas, and Acupuncturist Leslie Brown, discussed the various procedures performed and how they help their clients. Brown spoke first regarding acupuncture. She said while many people fear needles, such as getting shots, the needles used in acupuncture are very different. The acupuncture needles are small …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend will be filled with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fall weather. On Saturday morning  the Annual NC Grape Festival will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. No payment is needed to attend. Vendor spaces will be available and booth spaces are free. The Grape Stomp Competition will begin at 10 a.m. and there is no cost to enter. For more information, please either call  910-866-5819 or go to www.lumilvineyard.com. Also on Saturday, the Mother County Genealogical Society will be having a meeting at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. Terry Smith will be speaking about Colonel James Gillespie who was a delegate …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

NFL football – Eagles defeat Giants. High School football tonight: 7:30 PM   St. Pauls at East Bladen 7:30 PM   West Bladen at West Columbus Women’s Tennis 10 AM   Three Rivers Conference 2A Class 2A Tournament at East Bladen We survived another Hurricane….a little rain and lots of wind. (Dems blame Rep for the rain, Rep blame the Dems for wind), not really, just seems that way.  One party says hot, other says cold, neither willing to give an inch. Stock market stinks, better days ahead, I hope. Today (Friday) is the last day to register for November 6th General Election. Check out News page and Events page for some of the activities …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 12

1609 – Children’s rhyme “Three Blind Mice” published in London. 1773 – America’s first asylum opens for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia. 1792 – First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York. 1836 – 18″ of snow falls in Bridgewater, NY. 1859 – Self-proclaimed Emperor of the USA, Emperor Norton issues edict abolishing the US Congress. 1892 – US Pledge of Allegiance first recited in public schools during Columbus Day. 1900 – The first modern submarine is commissioned by the U.S. Navy as the USS Holland, named for its designer John Philip Holland. 1901 – Theodore Roosevelt renames “Executive Mansion” as “The White …..

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Governor urges continued caution as Michael treks across North Carolina

Tree Falls on Vehicle, Kills One Person In Iredell County RALEIGH: As Tropical Storm Michael’s punishing winds and rains sweep across North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the storm has claimed the life of a man who died this afternoon in Iredell County when a tree fell on his vehicle. Governor Cooper warned all North Carolinians to remain cautious and alert and to avoid going out in the storm if possible “As night falls, please don’t go out unless you have to,” Gov. Cooper said. “Falling trees and rising waters, along with landslides in our mountains, are making travel difficult and even life-threatening in some areas.” Flooding remains a serious …..

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Tillis Urges Turkey to Release Pastor Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the Senate floor to speak on North Carolina native Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned by the Turkish Government since October 7, 2016. Pastor Brunson has his next hearing scheduled for tomorrow. Tillis on Pastor Brunson: “I’m here to talk about a man named Pastor Brunson, a North Carolina native who has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 7, 2016. He’s a Presbyterian minister that in 2016 under the emergency orders in Turkey, President Erdogan ended up ordering the arrest of many people, including Pastor Brunson. The two-year anniversary was last Sunday, and I called Pastor Brunson to speak with him …..

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Duke Energy restores power to 180,000 customers in Carolinas following Tropical Storm Michael

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has restored power to 180,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina following Tropical Storm Michael. *490,000 customers remain without power in the Carolinas as of 6:30 p.m. ET. *Additional outages are expected as the storm continues to roll through eastern North Carolina tonight. *The company will provide estimated power restoration times once field crews complete damage assessments, which could take up to 24 hours. *Some outages could take several days to repair. *Latest outage numbers can be found here. *6,000 workers – including power line technicians, damage assessors and tree specialists – are responding to the storm’s impact in the Carolinas. *Additional repair crews from Florida and the Midwest are traveling to the Carolinas to …..

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Tillis, Shaheen, Lankford, & Graham Issue Joint Statement on Pastor Brunson’s Hearing Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued the following joint statement on Pastor Brunson’s hearing date scheduled for tomorrow: “Pastor Andrew Brunson and his family have been through an incredibly trying ordeal for the last two years. Their faith and strength have been an example to us all. It is our greatest hope that the Pastor will finally be allowed to return home to his family in the United States after his hearing tomorrow. This significant step would not only allow the Brunson family to move forward with their lives, but it would help improve U.S.-Turkey relations for the long-term. Ultimately, the United States …..

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Suspects wanted for prescription medication sells

  • 10/11/2018
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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit is asking the public for help in locating three individuals wanted for the sell of Schedule II Controlled Substances (Prescription Medication). Two of the individuals are from the Elizabethtown area and one is from the Bladenboro area of the county. Anyone having information on the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-874-0656. All information will be kept confidential. Suspect # 1 Name: Franklin Q. Pharr, 34 (Elizabethtown) Charges: Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substances, Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substances Suspect # 2 Name: Devon Johnson, 58 (Bladenboro) Charges: Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled …..

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Bladen County Ready for Tropical Storm Michael

By Erin Smith Bladen County Emergency Management officials are expecting few problems with the visit from Hurricane Michael. The forecast calls for winds gusting to 40 miles per hour and up to 4 inches or rainfall in Bladen County for Thursday into Thursday night. “We stand ready to respond,” said Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw. Bladen County has not declared a State of Emergency ahead of the storm. Bladen County Schools, Emereau:Bladen, and Bladen Community College cancelled classes for Thursday, as a precaution. He said officials do not expect to see issues like the ones experienced with Hurricane Florence. Hurricane Michael is expected to move quickly through the …..

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Gov. Cooper Urges North Carolinians to Stay Alert and Safe as Tropical Storm Michael Moves Through North Carolina

RALEIGH: As North Carolina feels the impacts of Tropical Storm Michael, Governor Roy Cooper continued to urge all North Carolinians to take this storm seriously, and stay alert as conditions deteriorate during the day due to high winds and heavy rainfall. “For North Carolina, Michael isn’t as bad as Florence, but it adds unwelcomed insult to injury, so we must be on alert,” Gov. Cooper said. “If you have to travel, slow down and leave extra space between your car and others. And never drive through standing or rushing water, or around road barricades.” A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for most of the state through early Friday morning. Flash …..

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NCDA&CS announces fifth phase of voluntary  floodplain swine buyout program

RALEIGH- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has partnered with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to continue its program to purchase permanent conservation easements on swine operations within the 100-year floodplain. This will be the fifth time the state has offered this program which began in 2000 following devastating flooding from Hurricane Floyd. The program offers an opportunity for swine production operations with a high risk of flooding to convert to other forms of agriculture more compatible with floodplain locations. A total of 42 swine operations from the 100-year floodplain were bought out using funds from four Clean Water Management Trust Fund grants totaling $18.7 million.  Buyout …..

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Cape Fear Valley Closings Due To Hurricane Michael

FAYETTEVILLE – Due to the arrival of Hurricane Michael, the following Cape Fear Valley Health clinics and services will be closed today, Thursday, Oct. 11. All Cape Fear Valley Health and Harnett Health clinics in Cumberland, Bladen, Robeson, Scotland, Hoke and Harnett counties *Health Pavilion North ExpressCare *Health Pavilion North Pharmacy *Center Pharmacy *Behavioral Health at Executive Place *Stephen A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley *Crisis services at Roxie Avenue *HealthPlex *Cape Fear Valley Diagnostic Center The following meetings scheduled for tonight have been canceled: *Pacemaker Support Group *Mended Hearts Program Services at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Hoke Hospital, Bladen County …..

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Tillis & Burr Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance Applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding North Carolinians who are applying for federal disaster assistance: “We’ve recently heard stories of North Carolinians who were denied federal assistance for losses associated with Hurricane Florence. Our offices are now requesting additional information from FEMA and local officials to get a better sense of specifics surrounding these reported cases. While not every North Carolinian who suffered property damage will be eligible for federal assistance, we want to make sure everyone who is eligible for assistance receives it. We encourage any North Carolinian having issues with their application for federal assistance to contact our offices by calling 704-509-9087 (Tillis) or …..

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Student artists are invited to UNCSA Open House on Friday, Nov. 9

WINSTON-SALEM – High school and college students who are interested in careers in the arts are invited to visit the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem for a day and discover why it is the place for exceptionally talented students to study and thrive. Fall Open House has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, for high school programs in dance, drama, music and visual arts and college programs in dance, design and production, drama, film and music.  Online registration is required. During the Open House, visitors will receive a guided walking tour of the campus that includes movie set facades, music and dance practice rooms, and stunning performance venues and screening spaces. They will also meet the deans, faculty, and current students, …..

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NC Grape Festival On Go for Saturday

By Erin Smith The annual NC Grape Festival is on go for this Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard. Admission to the festival is free. The band for this year’s event is the “Three to Get Ready” jazz band. “Jazz is a type of music we have not relied on before. We’re really excited about that (the jazz band),” said Denise Bridgers. She said the band will perform on Doc’s Deck, near the Grape Stomp competition. There will be a Super Yard Sale, and vendor spaces will be available. Booth spaces are free (call 910-866-5819). The local favorite, the Grape Stomp Competition, will …..

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Purdie United Methodist Church to Conduct Open Air Revival

  • 10/11/2018
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Purdie United Methodist Church will have an Open Air Revival starting Sunday, October 21 through Tuesday, October 23. The church is located on NC 87 between Dublin and Tar Heel. Speakers are as follows: On Sunday, the Rev. Neill Smith and CrossTalk will be featured; On Monday, the Rev. Willie Allen and 4 Points North will be featured; On Tuesday, the Rev. Francis Daniel and The Shade of the Cross will be featured. Services start at 6:30 p.m. each night in front of the Church, weather permitting.  Hot dogs and drinks will be available. Please plan on coming and bring people with you. For further information, call theRev. Al Marshburn …..

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Nancy Ethel Noble Haney

Nancy Ethel Noble Haney, 81, of Fairview, NC passed away on October 7, 2018. She was born on November 1, 1936, to Ethel and Chapel Noble. She graduated from Oakley High School Class of 1954. She was actively involved with Alcoholics Anonymous for over 20 years, providing guidance and support for many; however, her greatest passion was her family. Nancy adored her children and grandchildren. She loved the time they were able to spend together. In addition to her parents, Nancy is preceded in death by her brother, Chappell Noble and grandson, Jayson Haney. Nancy leaves behind her sons, Ray (Debbie) Haney of Sarasota, FL; Andrew (Leonora) Haney of Orange Park, FL; daughter, …..

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Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church to offer clothes closet, food pantry

The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Sheriff Issues Appeal to Citizens In Fight Against Crime

Contributed Responding to the increasing number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Sheriff James A. McVicker today announced that Bladen County citizens are being invited to become Honorary Members of the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. Membership applications go out in the mail this month. Individuals choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for $25, while businesses can show their support with a $50 contribution. The funding provides critically important technical resources, legislative support on key criminal justices issues, support for the NCSA Undergraduate Criminal Justice Scholarship Program at state universities, and additional training for Sheriffs and …..

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Clarkton UMC Responds to Hurricane Matthew

Contributed In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Clarkton UMC in Bladen County served as a localized distribution hub for disaster supplies.  They received inputs from United Methodist charities, and distributed supplies to people in need in the Clarkton area.  They also distributed to other nearby churches who in turn distributed them to needy folks in their areas. Pastor Shannon Ross initially offered Clarkton UMC to help as a relief supply distribution point.  Pastor Ross leveraged the contacts she’s made with numerous other churches in the area over the years to make sure the supplies got to the needy. District Superintendent Rev. Edie Gleaves (pictured below with Rev. Shannon Ross) visited Clarkton UMC …..

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Duke Energy projects Hurricane Michael could cause 300,000 to 500,000 power outages in Carolinas

Some outages could last several days Crews will begin repairs as soon as conditions safely allow CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy projects Hurricane Michael could cause 300,000 to 500,000 power outages in North Carolina and South Carolina this week, based on the storm’s current forecasted track. The power outage projections are based on the company’s storm modeling tool, which analyzes variables including storm magnitude and track, wind speed, size of the wind field and ground saturation. Historical data and company experience indicate complete power restoration from a storm of this magnitude could take several days – depending on the extent of damage, crews’ ability to access remote areas, and conditions …..

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All North Carolina Disaster Recovery Centers to close Thursday

The North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will close  all Disaster Recovery Centers in North Carolina on Thursday, Oct 11, 2018, due to the potential for severe weather associated with Hurricane Michael. The NCEM and FEMA anticipate reopening the centers at 9 a.m. Friday, weather permitting. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Weather remains the big story.  Two hundred year storms in two years and now two hurricanes in less than a month. Weather for today…Showers and thunderstorms.  High near 83.  Breezy, with a southeast wind 11 to 20 mph.  Winds could gusts as high as 30 mph and 100 percent chance of rain with new rainfall amounts of 3/4 to 1 inch expected. Tonight, a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m., then a slight chance of showers between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.  Lows around 62.  Breezy with west wind 13 to 23 mph becoming northwest after midnight.  Winds could gust as high as 34 mph, 30 percent chance …..

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This Day in History for October 11

1726 – Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England. 1811 – The Juliana, 1st steam-powered ferryboat, begins operation. 1887 – A Miles patents elevator. 1890 – Daughters of American Revolution founded. 1922 – First women FBI “special investigator”, Alaska Davidson, appointed. 1929 – JC Penny opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states. 1939 – Albert Einstein informs FDR of the possibilities of an atomic bomb. 1956 – American League President Will Harridge bars Washington Senators move to west coast, unless unanimously approved by the other AL owners. 1958 – 2nd US Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 8, Hallsboro 0

ELIZABETHTOWN- Sophia Masaid racked up a “Hat Trick’ plus two of five goals Wednesday to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to an 8-0 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls soccer victory over Hallsboro at County Park. In the fourth minute of play, Masaid opened the scoring with an unassisted goal. Three minutes later Masaid turned an assist from Maegan Burney into her second goal for a 2-0 Lady Blue Devil lead. In the 22nd minute, Masaid sent a pass to Cydney Campbell who knocked in the goal for a 3-0 lead. A minute later Masaid delivered her second assist with a pass to Molly Evans who banged in the goal for …..

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JV Volleyball: South Columbus 2, West Bladen 1

BLADENBORO – South Columbus won the final two sets and defeated West Bladen 2-1 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-21, 24-26 and 15-9. Freshman Hannah Pait blasted in 11 kills and 4 service points to lead the Lady Knights. Sophmore Alyssa Suggs drilled in 4 aces, 5 service points, a kill and had 2 digs. Ashlyn Cox hammered in 4 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills and had 5 digs. Taylor West knocked in 4 kills, 5 service points, 2 aces and had 2 digs for the Lady Knights. Freshman Lauren Pait was credited with a team-high 10 digs, an ace and …..

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Volleyball: South Columbus 3, West Bladen 1

BLADENBORO – South Columbus won the final two sets and defeated West Bladen 3-1 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-16 and 25-13. The teams played in honor of West Bladen junior Nathan Nance who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Tshirts are currently being sold at West Bladen and a silent action was held during Wednesday games. All money raised will go to the CF Foundation of North Carolina – Sanford Chapter. “Nathan struggles to breathe each day,” said Lady Knight Coach Gaye Davis. “We take our breathing for granted.” West Bladen jumped out to early leads of 9-3 and 15-10, but South …..

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 1, Red Springs 0

BLADENBORO- Sophmore Keni Verdugo Gomez fired in a first-half goal, and the West Bladen defense made it stand up for a 1-0 Three Rivers Conference victory Wednesday night over Red Springs. For Gomez it was his fourth goal of the season as the Knights evened their conference record at 3-3. “Our defense held up to seal the win,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. Junior Angel Martinez recorded the shutout in goal for West Bladen. The Knights will travel to East Columbus Saturday. Share:

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 8, East Columbus 0

LAKE WACCAMAW- Senior Greyson Heustess lit up the scoreboard with a ‘Hat Trick’ plus one of 4 goals to lead East Bladen to an 8-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory Wednesday over East Columbus. Junior Gabe Barber fired in 2 goals for the Eagles, and senior Pierce Melvin and junior Ebrahim Algozy scored one goal each to for the winners. Pierce Melvin dished out 2 assists for East Bladen. Senior Dan Tatum, sophmore Jay McKoy, junior Milton Estrada and senior Keshaun Davis were credited with one assist each. The Eagles poured in six first-half goals and tacked on two more goals in the second half. Sophmore Jacob Priest recorded …..

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North Carolina Readies for Hurricane Michael

45 Counties Now Under Tropical Storm Warning for High Winds, Heavy Rain RALEIGH: With tropical storm warnings expanded to nearly half the state, Governor Roy Cooper this evening urged North Carolinians to stay alert and prepare for the incoming storm. “Hurricane Michael hit Florida with brutal force and is quickly heading for North Carolina,” said Gov. Cooper. “Michael will lose some of its punch before it reaches us but will still pack damaging wind and flooding rain and we need to take it seriously.” A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for 45 counties in eastern and central North Carolina and a high wind warning is in effect for three counties. In …..

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Bladen Community College announces schedule during storm

Bladen Community College (BCC) will be closed Thursday, October 11thdue to the inclement weather event of Hurricane Michael. This includes all activities and workforce continuing education classes.  BCC plans to reopen on Friday. Any closure notices or updates will be distributed through our ReGroup messaging system, on the college website, college social media, and through area media outlets. Share:

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Damages grow at cemetery; no new news with bridge

By Charlotte Smith The damages are growing at the Elizabethtown City Cemetery on Queen Street in Elizabethtown. At first report a couple weeks ago some emergency officials on site and citizens said the geological damages at the cemetery may be a sink whole or a land slide. However, no geological professional has varied exactly what has caused the soil and asphalt damages at the local grave site. Since the first report by BladenOnline.com in September there seems to be more movement in the soil at the cemetery. The ground at the cemetery in some areas has split open to almost three feet in depth. There has been more movement in …..

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