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For Better Living: Pick a Pear

By Sandra R. Cain The pear is a fruit that has been cultivated for centuries. Though there are thousands of varieties of pears, only about ten are grown and sold commercially. While pear culture is somewhat similar to apple culture, several factors inhibit pear production. Nevertheless, there are quite a few roadside market growers of pears primarily in the apple-producing areas of the state. The Kieffer variety is an old variety that produces a fairly reliable product. Many homes in central and eastern North Carolina have one or more Kieffer trees. This variety will generally produce some fruit every year. Although the fruit is rough and of limited dessert quality compared to Bartlett, it …..

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Sheriff’s Office searching for two suspects in Clarkton armed robbery

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two suspects in an armed robbery which took place in Clarkton on Thursday night. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, a clerk was behind the counter in the Scotchman store on U.S. 701 in Clarkton when a tall black male entered the store and pointed a gun at her. Chief Deputy Guyton said the suspect told the clerk he was not “playing and give him the money.” “She opened the register and he took the money. He told her to open the safe and she said she couldn’t open it,” said Chief Deputy Guyton. According to the …..

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North Carolina receives international accolades for swift water and flood rescue

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – North Carolina has received the international Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response in October 2016 to Hurricane Matthew. More than 30 teams rescued 2,336 people and brought them to safety as Matthew’s floodwaters rose.  The premier internationally recognized award for excellence in swift water and flood rescue was presented last night during the annual conference of the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals in South Bend, Indiana. “When the flood waters rose after Hurricane Matthew, these heroes put their lives on the line to save others,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “We’re grateful for their courage and …..

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Mark Andersen and Friends Present “Phantom of the Opera”

Contributed Mark Andersen and Friends will present “Phantom of the Opera” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 26th. Organist and composer Mark Andersen returns to his home theater and our Mighty Morton theater organ with a special evening of film and singing just in time for Halloween. The first half of the show features Andersen accompanying on organ the 1925 silent horror film classic with his own original score, while the second half features some of the region’s best vocalists performing selections from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s hit musical. An utterly unique evening not to be missed!  Performers:  Melvin Ezzel will sing the Phantom, Janiel Miller will sing Christine, Brad Thompson will sing …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By: Dora Brogdon On Friday, an online webinar called Ten Tips and Tricks for Your Pitch from 10 until 11 a.m. will take place through Bladen Community College. All seminars are open to the public and provided at no charge due to special funding arrangements for the Small Business Center and Bladen Community College. To register for any of the seminars or for more information, contact Todd Lyden, Small Business Center Director, at 910-879-5572 or register online: https://www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75040. There will be a display of Upcycled and Repurposed Garden Projects this Saturday. The program is free but a pre-registration will be required. It will start at 9 a.m. until noon located at the Bladen County …..

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Rotarians learn about Vocational Rehabilitation

Michael D. Ramey from N.C. Vocational Rehabilitation in Elizabethtown addressed the Bladenboro Rotarians at their Monday night meeting. Mr. Ramey presented a brief overview of services offered to qualifying individuals. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides people with physical, psychiatric, and intellectual disabilities the training to acquire skills necessary to obtain gainful employment. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 22

1817 – John Quincy Adams becomes US Secretary of State. 1851 – City of Des Moines, Iowa incorporated as Fort Des Moines. 1862 – President Lincoln says he will free slaves in all states on January 1. 1905 – 11th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 314 at Myopia Club, Mass. 1911 – Cy Young beats Pitts 1-0 for his final career victory, number 511. 1920 – Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspire to fix the 1919 World Series. 1922 – US Congress passes the Cable Act, under which an American women who marries an ‘alien’ will not lose citizenship; neither will women …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

High School football action slated for tonight.  East Columbus at West Bladen and East Bladen travels to Red Springs.  Kick-off for both games is 7 PM. East Bladen boys soccer team 7-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play and the Knights ladies tennis team is off to a 9-0 start. Check current sports news on our Sports page.  John Clark covers local sports like no other. NFL’s Thursday night game results…LA Rams 41, 49ers 39. While on the topic of sports, the 2017 PGA Tour Championship is being played in Atlanta.  30 players aiming for a ‘lions share’ of the $8,750,000 total prize money.  Kyle Stanly leads at 6 under after …..

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Single vehicle crash claims life of one

By Erin Smith A single vehicle crash in the Ammon community took the life of one Bladen County man on Wednesday. Roman Blake Barnes, 29, of Garland, was killed when his 1999 Buick Regal crashed on Wednesday morning on Old Fayetteville Road near NC 242, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Sgt. Ezzel said Barnes was driving east on Old Fayetteville Road when he entered a right-hand curve and his car began to slide. Sgt. Ezzel said Barnes overcorrected and the vehicle ran off the road to the left and struck a ditch and overturned. Sgt. Ezzel said Barnes, who was ejected from the vehicle, was not wearing a …..

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Youth Ambassadors program teaches leadership skills to teens

By Erin Smith Men and Women United for Youth and Families’ Youth Ambassadors program is a unique program that teaches leadership skills and self sufficiency to teens in Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties. The program boasts about 20 teens who are working to make a difference in their communities and schools. During a meeting of the Youth Ambassadors program at the Columbus County Cooperative Extension office on Wednesday evening,  Randolph Keaton said, “Part of being a Youth Ambassador is taking a leadership role, part of a leadership role is giving back to your community.” The group is working diligently to give back to their communities.  The group is planning  to …..

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Chemours to supply bottled water to homeowners after positive preliminary tests

By Erin Smith Preliminary results on water samples from residential wells which were tested by Chemours are back and at least 11 of the residential wells sampled by the company were shown to be contaminated with the chemical GenX. Chemours has been directed by state officials to make bottled water available to those impacted. Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility has voluntarily tested 32 residential wells for those living near the plant for GenX only. The preliminary test results showed 11 wells tested positive for the presence of GenX at levels higher than the state recommendation of 140 parts per trillion. The majority of those residents are located on the north side …..

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Crime Victims Compensation Commission Honors Longtime Chair Dick Adams

RALEIGH – For the first time since it was created in 1987, the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Commission soon will have a new chairperson. Dick Adams, who has chaired the Commission for the past 30 years, retired after today’s quarterly meeting. The Crime Victims Compensation Commission reimburses victims of violent crime for medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and other losses related to their victimization. Adams, who has been involved with crime victim rights since the murder of his son, Richard, in 1982 during a robbery, was honored by the Commission and the state of North Carolina prior to the meeting. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the …..

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Today is World Peace Day

By Erin Smith Today marks World Peace Day. It is a day celebrated annually on September 21st specifically to recognize and call for the absence of war and violence. The theme of the 2017 World Peace Day is “Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All.” One suggestion for honoring the day is to fold origami cranes and sign up on a website to exchange your crane with someone else in another city around the world. To learn more about the Peace Crane Project, go to: https://peacecraneproject.org/. The first observance of World Peace Day took place in 1982 and it has been observed by many nations around the world on an annual basis. …..

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Bankers offer tips for those dealing with Equifax breach

By Erin Smith Bladen County’s bankers have offered some tips to those who have been impacted by the Equifax security breach. The most important thing you can do is to monitor your bank account for any type of suspicious activity. Mike Davis, Branch Manager with First Bank in Elizabethtown, said, “We have not had a great number of issues with it (the Equifax breach).” He added, there have been clients who have had questions regarding the breach. Davis said there is a link everyone can go to and follow the instructions to learn if they may have been a victim. That link is https://www. equifaxsecurity2017.com. “This is legit,” said Davis of …..

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Bladen County to benefit from Crime Commission grants

By Erin Smith Bladen County law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District will receive $97,123 from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to assist them in performing their duties. The District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties, will receive $76,955.38 for Bladen/Columbus Domestic Violence Prosecution. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will receive $20,167.62 for the purchase of jail extraction suits. The extraction suits provide protection to officers from blunt force trauma injuries. There were 437 programs throughout North Carolina which received funding in the 2017 grant cycle. A total of $73 million in grants was made available …..

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice offers Family Day for Families with Children Coping with Grief

Healing the Hearts of Families with a Special Fun-Filled Day WILMINGTON, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) will offer a no cost, one-day camp for families with children coping with the death of a loved one. It will be from 10 a.m.until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21st, at New Life Church of God, 107 Maultsby Street in Whiteville. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, call 910-515-66899 or 910-796-7991. “Children grieve differently than adults and experience many emotions they’ve never had to face,” Kristen Rudy, children and youth bereavement counselor, said.  “They may not feel comfortable talking about these emotions with their parent(s), because they know seeing them sad makes their parent(s) sad. …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Appointed as Vice-Chair of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief

Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Robeson, Bladen) was recently appointed as Vice-Chair of the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief. “I am pleased to have been appointed by the Speaker of the NC House of Representatives, Tim Moore, to serve as Vice-Chair  on the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief,” stated Rep. Jones.  It is an honor to be chosen for this position as a Freshman Member and I look forward to working with my colleagues on a topic of such vital importance.” The Committee may study the following: Hurricane Recovery and Flood Preparedness 1.  May receive updates and provide oversight regarding implementation of the Disaster Recovery Acts …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

  My memory is slipping, but do not recall as much destruction caused by natural disasters, at least in recent years, and more storms still active.  Thankfully, Maria appears to be tracking off shore, away from the coast of the US. Our friends in Robeson County and Fair Bluff, still attempting to return to normal following Hurricane Mathew.  Governor Roy Cooper is scheduled to visit Fair Bluff today. FEMA funds for our area have been placed on a temporary hold, as Fed officials deal with Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico recovery efforts. Recently, President Trump referred to Kim Jong-un as “rocket man”, now North Korea’s foreign minister has referred to those comments as …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 9, West Columbus 0

CERRO GORDO -Senior Brooks McGill blistered the nets with a ‘Hat Trick plus one’ of 4 goals, and junior Greyson Heustess dished out 4 assists to lead East Bladen to a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over West Columbus Wednesday night. The Eagles remained unbeaten in league play at 3-0 and are 7-1 overall. Heustess played a ball out of midfield to Gabe Barber who sent a pass to McGill who knocked in the first goal from 7 yards out in the 6th minute. Five minutes later McGill converted an assist into a goal off a header from Heustess that was set up by a Gabe Barber throw-in. …..

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This Day in History for September 21

1776 – Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested. 1784 – 1st daily newspaper in America (Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser) 1827 – According to Joseph Smith, Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon. 1837 – Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores. 1895 – First auto manufacturer opens-Duryea Motor Wagon Company. 1903 – First cowboy film “Kit Carson” premieres in US. 1928 – “My Weekly Reader” magazine made its debut. 1938 – Hurricane (183 MPH winds) in New England kills 700. 1948 – “Texaco Star Theater” with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV. …..

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Farmers say fall harvest is looking good

By Erin Smith Farmers in Bladen County are beginning to gather their fall crops and most say their fields are looking good. They say good weather and a good moisture content in the soil is helping the harvest. Dan Ward of Clarkton said they have completed harvesting their corn crop and it was a good harvest. “We started digging peanuts this week,” said Ward. He said they will continue to dig peanuts for about another month. Ward said based on the fields they have dug so far, the peanut crop looks to be on target for a big harvest. He said based on the  USDA yield estimate for 2017, this …..

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JV Volleyball: East Bladen 2, West Bladen 0

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – East Bladen defeated West Bladen 2-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 26-24 and 25-12. Freshman Kayleigh Raynor fired in 3 service points as East Bladen grabbed a 4-1 lead in the first set. Freshman Khadijah Jones rallied the Lady Knights to a 6-4 lead with 4 service points. Another Raynor service run of 3 points edged East ahead 15-14. Back came West with another Jones’ service run of 4 straight points that put West Bladen up 19-16. Two service points from freshman Katie Evans and one each by Cheylee Mathis and Lila McDuffie tied the set 24-24, before Raynor claimed …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Volleyball: Clinton 2, East Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Clinton defeated East Bladen 2-0 Monday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-20 and 25-12. Five service points from sophomore Abbie Cross staked the Lady Eagles to a 7-2 lead in the first game. Service points from freshmen Alyssa Futrell and Cheylee Mathis kept the East lead at 12-8. Clinton rallied to take a 16-14 lead, but a pair of service points from Cross vaulted East ahead 17-16. The Lady Dark Horses then rode a 9-3 spurt to take the game. A run of ten straight service points gave Clinton a 14-2 lead early in the second game. Two service points from Futrell and one …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Free American Pastor Held in China

WASHINGTON – For the past three years, Greensboro, N.C. pastor Reverend John Cao has worked to build 16 schools for impoverished ethnic minorities near the China-Myanmar border. This year, Rev. Cao began to face pressure from the Chinese government, including travel restrictions and the forced closure of some schools.  He was arrested for “illegal border crossing” on March 5th, despite previously having traveled between Myanmar and China without trouble as part of his humanitarian work. This week, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), who serve together on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, wrote Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to ask that the State Department prioritize Rev. Cao’s case.  …..

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Consumer Advocates Urge Congress To Cap Payday Loan Rates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), Americans for Financial Reform (AFR), and nearly 40 national and state organizations sent a letter urging Members of Congress to pass the Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act, a bicameral bill introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright (D-Penn.) and Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.). The bill would protect consumers from predatory lenders by capping payday and car-title loans at no more than 36% annual percentage rate (APR). “Currently, payday and car title lenders charge triple digit annual interest rates, often 300 percent or higher. A large body of research has demonstrated that these …..

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UNCF Reception for Bladen Honorees

Bladen County UNCF Cabinet will host a reception for Bladen County Honorees on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Paul R. Brown Building located on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown. This year’s Honorees are Anita Hall of Little Hands Daycare; Ophelia Munn Goins, Bladen County Commissioner; Audtra McKoy Cole, Distinguished Musician; Rev. Carl Smith, Pastor of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church; and Mathew Cromartie, Riverside Lodge Worshipful Master. These Bladen County Citizens are being honored because of their volunteer service to their communities. All former Honorees, all people interested in learning more about UNCF, anyone interested in learning more about UNCF Scholarships and …..

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Carvers Creek United Methodist Church homecoming

  • 09/20/2017
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Carvers Creek United Methodist Church in Carvers Creek will celebrate their homecoming on Sunday, October 8th. The guest speaker will be past minister, Pastor Brian Perry. Dinner will follow on the grounds after the service. All are invited! Share:

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Eastpointe Board learns about Compliance Monitoring

By Erin Smith The Eastpointe Board of Directors received training from Theresa Edmundson regarding compliance monitoring of providers and Eastpointe staff.  She told the  board it is important to have a strong compliance program in place. “When you handle the amount of money Eastpointe handles, you have to have compliance monitoring in place,” said Edmondson.  Chief Executive Officer Sarah Stroud asked Edmondson to explain the difference in external compliance program integrity and provider monitoring. Edmondson said external compliance program integrity monitors for things such as potential fraud, waste and abuse committed by providers.  Provider monitoring reviews the various types of services offered by providers and ensures the clients are receiving the …..

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Bladen Community College hosts diversity speaker

DUBLIN – Dr. Robert Canida, II, Director for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will speak on the BCC campus on Tuesday, October 3, at 11 A.M., in the Student Resource Center (building 7). Canida is the immediate past Chair for UNCP’s Staff Council and serves on the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has co-authored and presented numerous publications addressing the importance of diversity in academic settings and the workplace. His presentations include discussions about cultural competency and organizational change. Canida holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University, a Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and a Doctorate …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

So much news, ESPN and others provide sports round-the-clock, Meteorologist cover the weather from infancy of a storm to destruction.  News is covered instantly and often…..All good, helpful….but, remember grading and tying tobacco in a hot pack house, listening to major league baseball on an AM station….poppin and cracklin’.  Growing up in Bladenboro, WTSB in Lumberton provided our entertainment.  I recall a time when 3rd baseman Eddie Mathews hit 3 or 4 homeruns in a game for the Milwaukee Braves, in the early 60s  The Braves were my #2 favorite team, second only to the Yankees. Remember when they were the Boston Braves?  Now, the Atlanta Braves. Sports has been a big part of …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 8, East Bladen 1

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN- West Bladen’s Lady Knights stretched their unbeaten streak to nine in a row Tuesday with a 8-1 women’s tennis victory over East Bladen. Coach Mary Catherine White’s Lady Knights are now 9-0. Singles Conner Brisson (WB) defeated Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 6-4, 6-2 Savannah Lee (WB defeated Ting Lin (EB) 6-4, 7-5 Helen Lopez (WB) defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 6-0, 6-1 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated Lily Lin (EB) 6-0, 6-1 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Sammi Jiang (EB) 6-0, 6-1 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Carlie West (EB) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles J. Frady/T. Lin (EB) defeated C. Brisson/Haleigh Dunn (WB) 8-6 H. Lopez/ A. Brisson (WB) …..

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, East Bladen 0

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – West Bladen defeated East Bladen 3-0 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-15, 25-18 and 27-25. Junior Raegan Davis reeled off 5 straight service points as West Bladen grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first set. Senior Mikayla Winebarger stretched the Lady Knight lead to 15-5 with 6 straight service points. A trio of service points from senior Alise Pait padded the West lead to 19-6. Sophmore Lexie Corrothers knocked in a pair of service points as the lead grew to 22-7. Senior Kaley Smith rallied East to within 22-10 with a pair of service points. Four consecutive …..

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This Day in History for September 20

1814 – “Star Spangled Banner” published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith. 1859 – George Simpson patents electric range. 1877 – Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan) 1891 – The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. 1904 – Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II. 1919 – Booth Tarkington’s “Clarence” premieres in NYC. 1939 – Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title. 1951 – 1st North Pole jet crossing. 1954 – 1st FORTRAN computer program run. 1958 – Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0. …..

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Campbell Oil Company helping with relief efforts after hurricanes

  • 09/20/2017
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By Tonya Bockover As residents of North Carolina keep a wary eye on Hurricane Maria, a local company has been active in the relief efforts since hurricane Harvey. “We sent our first crews to Katy, Texas, on August 29th,” said Tracy Hardin, manager of the Fuel Products division at Campbell Oil in Elizabethtown. Campbell Oil has had multiple fuel truck crews out continually since Harvey. The company currently has several crews in south Florida distributing fuel. Campbell Oil works together with other oil companies to provide fuel to crews such as the utility crews that are working to restore power in Florida. They also have fuel generators that are providing …..

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Bradley Kinlaw

Bladen County hurricane victims put on hold

Last week Bladen County Emergency Services told eight county residents funding had been approved for them to receive assistance due to their damages from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. This week, County officials are having to call the eight residents back to inform them the funding has been frozen according Emergency Services Director, Bradley Kinlaw. The federal funding approved for the local residents was allocated to assist the property owners with elevation, reconstruction, or acquisition of their property according to Kinlaw. However, since disaster has struck in Florida and Texas recently the federal dollars Bladen County residents had been approved to receive have been frozen to enable funds to be sent …..

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Tillis, Klobuchar Bipartisan Legislation to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) applauded the Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation to help veterans who have been exposed to toxic burn pits as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act would create a center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to better understand the health effects associated with burn pits and treat veterans who become sick after exposure. “Many of our brave men and women in uniform were exposed to harmful substances from toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we have an obligation to care for them,” said Senator Tillis. “Understanding …..

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Bladen County Chemours fighting DEQ; settles lawsuit for similar issues in Ohio Valley

By Erin Smith For residents of Parkersburg, West Virginia, the news of the dumping of GenX and Nafion chemicals into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, brought back  memories of a similar incident which resulted in a lawsuit against DuPont and Chemours. Chemours Fayetteville Works facility in North Carolina is currently under investigation by state officials after the chemical GenX was found in the Cape Fear River and in the water system of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority in a study conducted in 2013-14. The study was released only recently in the Environmental Letters The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has threatened to suspend Chemours’ permit to discharge …..

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Bladen County Emergency Responders announce training

When you have an emergency it is nice to know the personnel responding to the situation are trained and ready to assist in your needs. From time to time, BladenOnlie.com reports about the training occurring with Bladen County first responders. Bladen County Emergency Director, Bradley Kinlaw announced a training will be held today for emergency responders at 7:00 p.m. According to Kinlaw several fire, rescue and other emergency personnel may be seen later today, Tuesday, September 19 at or around Airport Road. Kinlaw stated he wanted to make the announcement so citizens would not be alarmed when they see so many emergency responders in one area. Share:

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER MOVES INTO PERMANENT FAYETTEVILLE OFFICE

Facility Closed for Months Due to Hurricane Matthew   FAYETTEVILLE – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) unpacked boxes and hung pictures in his permanent Fayetteville office.   Located in the Post Office Building in downtown Fayetteville, the facility had been closed since last October due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew.   “We are excited to finally unpack.  At the same time, we recognize there are still families in Cumberland, Robeson, and Bladen waiting for necessary FEMA or HUD assistance to rebuild or repair their homes,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “On Thursday, I’m meeting with the Office of Management and Budget to discuss North Carolina’s remaining disaster recovery needs.  We’ve been engaged since I-95 …..

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Tillis Secures Provisions in NDAA To Fund Upgrades To NC Military Installations And Improve Quality of Life For Servicemembers and Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the Senate passage of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included several key provisions introduced by Senator Tillis that will make critical improvements to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, provide an across the board pay raise for servicemembers, and implement important reforms that will make life easier for military families. Senator Tillis chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel , which has oversight over half of the Pentagon’s budget. On a bipartisan basis, Senator Tillis and his subcommittee colleagues pushed through an across the board 2.1% pay raise for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. The subcommittee also …..

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Men’s Soccer East Bladen 9, East Columbus 0

LAKE WACCAMAW – Junior Greyson Heustess recorded a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over East Columbus.   Heustess was also credited with an assist in the match. Senior Caleb Hatchell racked up 2 goals and an assist for the Eagles. Junior Pierce Melvin fired in 2 goals, and senior Brooks McGill dished out 3 assists.    Sophmore Gabe Barber was credited with 2 assists and a goal. Sophmore Jake Evans and freshman Garrett Melvin added one goal each for the winners.    In the third minute, Evans booted a corner kick to Gabe Barber who laid the …..

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Volleyball Clinton 3, East Bladen 1

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong   ELIZABETHTOWN – Clinton dropped the first set then rallied to take the next three sets in a 3-1 non-conference volleyball victory over East Bladen Monday night by scores of 21-25, 25-13, 25-6 and 25-13. Senior Kaley Smith and junior Sarah Johnson tallied 2 service points each to keep East Bladen even at 7-7 in the first set.  Smith later reeled off a run of 6 straight service points that edged the Lady Eagles in front 18-17. Two service points by Jozee Strickland kept East on top at 21-18, before Sarah Johnson served out the set with a trio of service points. Kaley Smith started the second game …..

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Men’s Soccer West Bladen 3, Red Springs 2

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Freshman Joseph Masaid fired in a pair of first-half goals to lead West Bladen to a 3-2 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over Red Springs Monday night. Junior Victor Lopez also scored a first-half goal off of an assist from Masaid as the Knights built a 3-0 halftime lead then held on as the Red Devils fought back with a pair of goals in the second half. “I am proud of the way our team fought for the lead and was able to maintain it,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. “Our defensive play was really our best to date. Goalkeeper Angel Martinez had …..

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Superintendent Pitches School Construction/Consolidation plan to Bladen County Commissioners

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a presentation from Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor regarding proposed school construction and consolidation plans. Dr. Taylor told the Board of Commissioners the Bladen County Board of Education has been studying the issue for some time now of how best to handle declining enrollment numbers and how to handle aging school facilities which are in need of repairs and upgrades and recruitment of teachers. Dr. Taylor said the school district has worked hard trying to maintain the aging, crumbling buildings but some of the schools simply need to be closed. Dr. Taylor told …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s Lumbee Recognition Act To Be Subject of Key Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs today announced a legislative hearing on Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R. 3650), scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th. “This is the next step in bringing Lumbee recognition up for a vote,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “The Lumbee Tribe has sought full federal recognition since 1888.  We are working closely with the Lumbee Tribe and other leaders to ensure a strong showing next Tuesday.” Congress recognized the Lumbee Tribe in 1956, but unfairly prevented the tribe from receiving federal benefits.  As a result, the Lumbee Tribe is not eligible for vital economic development programs through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and …..

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Tillis Joins Bipartisan Effort to Extend Critical Funding for Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) to call for immediate action to extend critical funding for community health centers before funding runs out at the end of this month. In a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman and Ranking Member, Tillis, Stabenow, Blunt, and 58 other Senators expressed their strong support for community health centers, which provide access to cost-effective primary and preventive care for families across the country. “Without extension of the CHCF, community health centers will lose seventy percent of their funding,” wrote the Senators. “This will result …..

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Boil Water Advisory for Forest Hills area rescinded

The Boil Water Advisory for the Forest Hills area, and the area in close proximity has been rescinded.  This means that all normal human consumption of water can continue again. If you have any questions concerning this Notice, call Public Services (910) 862-2035 or Town Hall (910) 862-2066. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Have discovered that renewing NC drivers license is less painless when done online, and I am still needed around the house as long as we use a hand-operated can opener and I can reach items on the top level of our kitchen cabinets. Remember when retail outlets respected Sunday as a day of rest?  Even fuel for our vehicles was difficult to find.  Times have changed, Sunday is pretty much like any other day.  A recent Sunday school lesson reminded us of God’s law…..Exodus 31 says, “Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you.  Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death…..” Kinda looking forward to 50 degree mornings and high temps …..

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This Day in History for September 19

1778 – The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States. 1796 – George Washington’s farewell address as president. 1849 – 1st commercial laundry established, in Oakland, California. 1933 – NY Giants clinch the pennant. 1951 – 1st broadcast of “Search for Tomorrow” on CBS-TV. 1952 – “Adventures of Superman” TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US. 1959 – Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland. 1960 – Chubby Checker’s “Twist” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1968 – Denny McLain’s 31st win & Mickey Mantle’s 535th HR. 1970 – “The Mary Tyler Moore” show premieres on CBS. 1980 – “Ordinary People” directed …..

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Vineyard Golf Announces 3rd Anniversary Golf Tournament

Vineyard Golf’s Third Anniversary Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, October 7 (rain date Oct. 9) with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. This event will be a four man Captain’s Choice. The cost is $260 per team and the entry deadline is October 5th. There will be a car given away for the first hole in one on No. 16. $5,000 will be given for the first ace on No. 5. There will also be a $5,000 putting contest and there will be a meal to follow play. While playing in the tournament you are invited to witness and meet ABC Sports Long Drive Champion Jeff Crittenton. Vineyard …..

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy to conduct first annual golf tourney

The Elizabethtown Christian Academy is conducting their first annual golf tourney and space is rapidly filling up. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, September 23, with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Registration for the tournament is open and spots are filling rapidly. Todd Coates said, “It’s going really well.” As of Friday morning, there were 18 teams entered and there is a 30 team or 120 players cap. There are plenty of prizes for players to win. There will be a putting contest for a chance to win $5,000 and the lucky player who scores a Hole in One on the 16th hole will win a Buick Envision courtesy of …..

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Bladen County Young Professionals: Making financial dreams come true for clients is his goal

By Erin Smith For one Bladen County resident, helping clients to achieve their financial goals is one thing he enjoys. After working in Fayetteville and Raleigh, returning home to Bladen County has been refreshing, said Jeremy White. “My whole life is about helping other people,” said White. White, who works with Woodmen of the World, said he really didn’t see himself returning to Bladen County when he graduated from high school. But, White said he soon learned returning home was an excellent choice. After graduating from East Bladen High School in 1999, White attended UNC at Pembroke where he intended to play baseball. He said he only played baseball for …..

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Elizabeth Miller Wins at Sun Fun Classic

Elizabeth Miller won first place in sparring in the 5-year-old division Saturday at the “Sun Fun Classic” in Myrtle Beach.   Elizabeth also took second place in forms.  She is pictured with her instructor, Daniel Miller, from Bladenboro’s Carolina Karate. Share:

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Bladen County Special Olympics invited to invitational Bocce competition

The Bladen County Special Olympics has been invited to participate in an invitational in New Hanover County on Sunday, October 8th, in the sport of Bocce. Any athletes, child and adult, who are  interested in participating, must contact Shayla Yancey by Friday, September 22, 2017. The Bocce invitational will take place at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. Check-in for the event is from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and warm ups start at 9:30 a.m and the competition will begin at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all coaches, volunteers and athletes. If anyone is interested in participating or volunteering, contact Shayla Yancey so arrangements can be made for transportation, …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery is ‘Boasting the B!’

By Erin Smith The team of teachers, staff and students at Clarkton School of Discovery are celebrating a B grade on their school report card. “We are ‘Boasting the B’,” said Clarkton School of Discovery Principal Stephanie Norris. She said being located in rural North Carolina and being able to achieve a B grade is a testament to the dedication of her faculty, staff, students and parents working together. She said the growth composite score, which measures how much a student grows academically from the beginning of a school year to the end of the school year, was the deciding factor. The school exceeded growth with a growth index of …..

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East Bladen Stars Honored With Banners 

East Bladen High School unveiled banners at Lenon Fisher Stadium Friday that honor two of their biggest stars, Desmond Bryant and Kevin Richardson. Bryant, a defensive tackle, went on to play college football at Harvard then played pro football with the Oakland Raiders from 2009-2012 and with the Cleveland Browns from 2013-2016. Bryant has made 238 career tackles in the NFL with 26 sacks and forced 4 fumbles. He is currently a free agent. Richardson was the starting running back for Appalachian State teams that won 3 straight FCS national championships from 2005-2007. He scored multiple touchdowns in all three of those national championship games and rushed for 88 yards in the …..

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Farrell Murchison Rushes for 77 Yards in Winston-Salem Win

RICHMOND, VA – East Bladen grad Farrell Murchison rushed for 77 yards on 12 carries Saturday night as his Winston-Salem State Rams defeated Virginia Union University 21-20. Murchison broke free for a 16-yard gain to the Virginia Union 5 yard line in the first quarter that set up teammate Rod Tinsley’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Darren Dowdell two plays later. In the third quarter Murchison gained 11 yards on 2 carries during a 76-yard Ram touchdown drive that tied the game 14-14. Later in the period Murchison raced 40 yards to the Virginia Union 17 yardline, but an intercepted pass ended that threat. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It is a wonderful time of the year!!!! Boiled peanuts are all around and very good.  Should soon begin to see huge trailers, loaded with peanuts headed to market.  Observers indicate a great crop this year. Falcons held on in late NFL action last night to win 34-23.  Earlier in the day, Carolina Panthers  defeated the Buffalo Bills 9-3 in a defensive struggle.  A win is a win, but. Another rock-solid week for BladenOnline for week of September 10-16, 2017. Page Views: 110,231 Visits: 19,970 A week earlier: Page Views: 106,445 Visits: 18,675 BladenOnline is also available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Most Read Stories: 4,647: Man exits vehicle during road …..

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Please Shop Knight Football Team Store

West Bladen apparel and spirit wear items are available on the Knights Football 2017 Football Team Store.    “It is an approved fundraiser for us and there’s some great spirit wear items for the general public,” said West Bladen Football Coach Kris Williams.     You can shop now at https://www.bsnteamsports.com/ v3/shop/team_shop/KnightsFoo . The Store will be open from:September 7 until September 19.    The short link for the store is: http://bit.ly/2eGosEA Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 18

1679 – New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1769 – John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano. 1789 – 1st loan is made to pay salaries of the presidents & Congress. 1842 – 1st edition of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, published. 1851 – New York Times starts publishing (2 cents a copy) 1895 – Booker T. Washington delivers ‘Atlanta Compromise’ address. 1919 – Hurricane tides 16 feet above normal drown 280 along Gulf Coast. 1928 – The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air, with 18 stations (and WOR as NYC affiliate) 1944 – US 266th division occupiers Brest Bretagne. 1947 – US Air Force created as …..

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Middle School Volleyball Bladenboro 2, Elizabethtown 0

Photos by: East Arcadia EAST ARCADIA – Bladenboro defeated Elizabethtown 2-0 Thursday in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference volleyball opener for both teams. Bladenboro won the first set 25-14 then edged the Lady Cougars 27-25 in the second set. “It was a good game for both teams,” said Lady Bulldog Coach Jessica Rhodes. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 17

1691 – Massachusetts Bay Colony granted new charter.   1787 – US constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention.   1872 – Phillip W. Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires.   1897 – 3rd US Golf Open: Joe Lloyd shoots a 162 at Chicago GC in Wheaton, Ill.   1908 – Thomas Selfridge becomes first fatality of powered flight.   1917 – Honus Wagner, retires at 43, Pirates retire his #33.   1931 – 1st LP record demonstrated (RCA Victor, NYC), venture failed.   1943 – Load of “ammunition in transit” explodes at Norfolk Naval Air Station.   1947 – Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The 25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival has come and gone.  Organizers confirmed it is likely to be the last.  Why?  Same crew year after year and they are growing older.  The committee will continue with other activities, ex. oyster roast-fish fry and pageant.  Proceeds are shared with worthy non-profits countywide who serve others. Fall arrives next Friday! My mind wonders back to yesteryear, when we pulled peanuts, stacked them in the field to dry before being transported to market. Cotton was picked by hand, corn was harvested and loaded on a wagon pulled by a mule or horse and stored in a pack house, few tractors, none at our house…..back-breaking work.  …..

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International young educator has Bladen ties

Contributed When it comes to Halle Jordan Stanley, the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Halle is the 16 year old daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Stanley, of All Tied Up Clothing Store in downtown Whiteville, and Dr. Jennifer Smith, an International Education Leader and Superintendent, from Clarkton. At the young age of 16, Halle has already experienced a life that most people can only dream about.  Due to her mother’s career internationally, she has gained the opportunity to live abroad and attend private international schools in four different countries and continents:  Seoul, South Korea; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Africa, and Germany.    Halle has always …..

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Boil Advisory from the Town of Elizabethtown

Boil Water Precautionary Advisory for the area(s): Forest Hills Neighborhood Including Singletary, Jessup, Keith, Clark, Johnson, Robbins, First, Second, Third, Tanglewood, & Some of W. Broad St. The water customers of the Town Of Elizabethtown in the above described area and those within close proximity may be experiencing periods of low pressure and/or outages in the distribution system due to a water main break. The Town of Elizabethtown is presently working to correct the problem in the fastest and most efficient manner. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system. Therefore, the Town Of …..

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Update from Congress: Devastating Floods

Devastating floods in Texas.  Storm surge and mammoth power outages in Florida. Over the past three weeks, America has witnessed catastrophic destruction caused by two major hurricanes.  Like you, I am saddened by the tragic impact and continue to pray for those whose lives have been torn apart. For many in North Carolina, the scenes of devastation are frighteningly familiar.  We are approaching the one year anniversary of Hurricane Matthew, which destroyed nearly 100,000 homes and 20,000 businesses, while inflicting $4.8 billion in damage.  Despite FEMA’s immediate disaster relief effort, recovery is far from over.  Thousands of hardworking North Carolinians are still waiting for long-term disaster assistance.  That is precisely …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The Pizza Hut in Elizabethtown was robbed by two gunmen who escaped with over $700. Hilda Coleman was named permanent Bladen County Clerk of Court to replace Smithy Harris who had recently passed away. Bladen County Commissioners approved a bonus for eight county department heads in the amount of 2.3% of their salary. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Bordeaux celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Share:

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The end of the Dublin Peanut Festival

Photos by Jeff Owen: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2XqoYb By: Charlotte Smith The 25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival may be the last. The roads were overflowing with people in the local Bladen County town which was great, but organizers confirmed rumblings of this being the festival’s final year.  James Hopkins brought his whole family to the parade from Grays Creek for the first time. He said, “This is awesome. I’ve never seen anything like this in my whole life.” Dublin Peanut Festival Committee member, Mrs. Bobbie Todd explained the benefits to the community of the festival. The nonprofit donates money every year to the Dublin Dixie Youth , Bladen We Care, Boy Scout Troop …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Dublin Peanut Festival kicks off with a parade at 10 AM today….Fun, food and a good time, all day long. East Bladen High School football team (3-1) suffered their 1st loss of the year Friday night, losing to South Columbus 14-13 in a battle of the 2 top teams in the conference.  The Stallions should be favorites for the conference title, East Bladen will need help.  Still lots of high school football remaining this year. West Bladen evened up their record at 2-2 losing to Red Springs 27-14. Next Friday night, Eagles at Red Springs, Knights host East Columbus. John Clark captures all the action in both games in our Sports section. …..

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JV Volleyball: East Columbus 2, East Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Columbus defeated East Bladen 2-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-19 and 25-11. Freshman Kayleigh Raynor led the East Bladen servers with 6 service points. Freshmen Cheylee Mathis and Katie Evans finished with 2 service points each, and sophmore Abbie Cross, freshman Alyssa Futrell and Lila McDuffie added one service point each. Share:

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JV Volleyball: East Bladen 2, South Robeson 0

ROWLAND – East Bladen defeated South Robeson 2-0 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-19 and 25-21. The teams battled on even terms in the first game until freshman Katie Evans reeled off 7 straight service points to give East Bladen a 12-6 lead. Five more service points from Lila McDuffie stretched the Lady Eagle lead to 20-8, and they closed out the game on a trio of side-outs. Six straight service points from Cheylee Mathis propelled the Lady Eagles to a 12-8 lead in the second game. Two service points each from McDuffie and freshman Kayleigh Raynor kept East Bladen within 20-18, before …..

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Friday’s High School Football Results

Three Rivers Conference South Columbus 14, East Bladen 13 Red Springs 27, West Bladen 14 Whiteville 40, East Columbus 0 Fairmont 34, West Columbus 0 St. Pauls 42, South Robeson 26 Other Area Results Trinity Christian 46, Harrells Christian 0 Clinton 27, Southern Lee 23 Midway 40, Hobbton 12 Union 64, Jones Senior 0 Wilmington Hoggard 38, Purnell Swett 14 East Duplin 40, Wilmington Ashley 15 North Lenoir 41, Lakewood 40 E. E. Smith 53, Grays Creek 34 South View 29, Westover 26 Cape Fear 28, Overhills 7 Pine Forest 49, Douglas Byrd 0 Jacksonville Northside 42, James Kenan 7 Share:

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Football: Red Springs 27, West Bladen 14

RED SPRINGS – Lee McLean rushed for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead Red Springs to a 27-14 Three Rivers Conference football victory over West Bladen Friday night. McLean banged into the end zone from a yard out with 2:32 left in the first period then ran for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead. Early in the second period McLean scored from 3 yards out on a fourth down play that gave the Red Devils a 14-0 lead. The Knights answered 3 minutes later as senior B. J. Drake caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from sophmore quarterback Tyre Boykin. Freshman Joseph Masaid nailed the extra point kick to …..

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Football: South Columbus 14, East Bladen 13

ELIZABETHTOWN – South Columbus scored a fourth quarter touchdown then ran out the clock to edge East Bladen 14-13 in an early Three Rivers Conference showdown between unbeaten teams Friday night. The Stallions had edged the Eagles 42-41 in the third round of last season’s Class 2A play-offs, and the two teams were rated No. 1 and No. 2 in the Three Rivers coaches pre-season poll. The Eagles drove 41 yards on their first possession of the game as seniors Xavia McDowell and Xavier Wooten ripped off back-to-back ten-yard runs. However an Eagle fumble was recovered by the Stallions Dalton Worley at the South 23 yardline. After a South Columbus …..

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This Day in History for September 16

1630 – Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston. 1782 – Great Seal of the United States of America used for the first time. 1858 – 1st overland mail for California. 1901 – Alturas, California, is incorporated as the only city in Modoc County. 1908 – Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan. 1919 – American Legion incorporated by an act of US Congress. 1928 – Hurricane hits West Palm Beach – Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die. 1940 – Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives. 1948 – “Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston” closes at Century NYC after 12 performances. …..

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For Better Living: Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

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By Sandra R. Cain You have often heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many studies have shown that starting your day with breakfast offers many benefits. Eating breakfast is associated with a better attitude toward work or school, higher productivity and an improved ability to handle tasks that require memory. People who eat breakfast also tend to have more strength and endurance as well as better concentration and problem-solving ability. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to be tired, irritable and restless in the morning. If breakfast is so important, why is it often skipped? The most common reasons include: “There isn’t …..

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You Decide: What Are The Good And Bad In Today’s Economy?

By Dr. Mike Walden Although my late mother never finished high school, she still was a wise person. One of her favorite sayings was, there’s two sides to every story. Of course when I tried to use this logic after I disobeyed one of her rules, she would reply – there are exceptions! I’m frequently reminded of my Mom’s advice when I give presentations about the economy around the state. Attendees often challenge me on whether the economy is doing well or not. I look forward to these discussions because they allow me to elaborate and give more “sides” – good and bad – to the economic story. In this …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsored Bill to Ease Requirements on Military Members Seeking Commercial Driver’s Licenses Passes the Senate Unanimously

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) that streamlines and eases the burden on the process whereby active-duty military, reservists and veterans apply for their commercial driver’s license passed out of the Senate unanimously. “The brave men and women that serve in the U.S. military learn a wide-range of skills applicable to jobs once they enter the civilian workforce, but too often face unnecessary barriers that makes it harder for them to find jobs,” said Senator Tillis. “I applaud my colleagues for passing this legislation that allows our active-duty military, reservists, and veterans to apply the …..

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Bladen County Road openings and closings

OPENINGS: N/A   CLOSINGS:   SR 1709 (Coley Road) SR 1709 (Coley Road) is closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  The bridge replacement project will take until late November / early December.  A signed detour will be in effect to use SR 1704 (Airport Road) / SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) / SR 1719 (Vause Road) / SR 1708 (Rosindale Road)   UPCOMING CLOSINGS:   US 701 Bypass in Clarkton The closure of US 701 Bypass at the railroad tracks in Clarkton will be postponed until October 2, 2017.  The railroad plans to install an upgraded crossing at the location.    SR 1122 (Cabbage Road) Beginning Monday, September …..

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Board of Elections meeting gets contentious over poll workers

Video by Gordon Kinlaw Article by Erin Smith Discussions of how to proceed with the selection of Chief Judges, Judges and Poll Workers for the upcoming November election cycle became contentious on Thursday afternoon. The meeting was conducted at the Bladen County Board of Elections office in Elizabethtown. Under Actions and Plans, the board was presented a proposed list of names for consideration to be appointed as Chief Judges, Judges and Poll Workers from Bladen County Democratic Party Chairman Ben Snyder . Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw also gave the board the list of judges and poll workers from the Nov. 8, 2016, General Election to review. She presented …..

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JV Soccer East Bladen 1, Clinton 1

CLINTON – East Bladen battled Clinton to a 1-1 tie in non-conference jayvee men’s soccer action.  The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half. “Clinton has a great soccer program and their success may have been a little intimidating for our guys in the first half,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “Once we got to half and they could see that they could play with them it became a different game for us.”    Clinton went up 1-0 on a score from a misplayed ball in the back, but East Bladen’s Jay McKoy tied the game with a goal in the 73rd minute.     Both teams …..

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Men’s Soccer Clinton 3, East Bladen 0

CLINTON – Clinton scored a pair of second half goals to clinch a 3-0 non-conference men’s soccer victory over East BladenThursday night. It was the first loss of the season for the Eagles, now 5-1. “We seemed to control the first 20 minutes of the game scoring on a corner kick that was nullified by an offsides call but Clinton put it to us,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “They ran onto a misplayed ball in the back and tucked it into the net from close range. Clinton become more of the aggressor as time went on. Especially after halftime.” Raynor noted that a year ago the Eagles were down 1-0 at …..

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Events for Bladen Residents

There are many events happening in and around the Bladen County area this weekend. If your schedule is not full plan to attend a local event. The 25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival will be underway on Saturday. The parade will kick off the event at 10 a.m. Vendors, rides, peanuts of all varieties and more will be offered at Dublin Elementary School following the parade. Dublin Motor Speedway will host the return of the Modlite division along with racing in all weekly divisions which will include Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Super Street, Pure Stock, and U-Cars. Pits open at 4:00 pm with grandstands opening at 5:00 pm. Practice is set …..

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N.C. August 2017 Unemployment Figures

North Carolina’s August Employment Figures Released RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, remaining unchanged from July’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s August 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 2,496 over the month to 4,702,213 and increased 69,738 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 347 over the month to 200,200 and decreased 42,910 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 8,400 to 4,423,000 in August. The major industries …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON LONDON TERROR ATTACK

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning of the terrorist attack on the London Underground: “This vicious terrorist attack on innocent commuters in London with an improvised explosive device once again reflects the harsh reality of these barbaric adversaries.  We must be vigilant and united in our efforts to expunge these diabolical enemies.” Congressman Pittenger serves as Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, and Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism. Share:

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Residents say “no” to proposed Black River State Park

By Erin Smith A large crowd of concerned Bladen County residents gathered at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown on Thursday evening for an Open House in order to learn more about the proposed Black River State Park.  “No park,” was the mantra from most who attended. The Open House was an informal gathering designed to allow residents to learn more about the proposed state park and to ask questions as well as voice concerns. Dave Head, who is the Planning Program Manager for the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, said, “The legislature said to do a feasibility study whether or not this should be a park.” He said …..

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KEEPING OUR FAMILIES SAFE:  CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES TO DEPORT GANG MEMBERS, BLOCK BENEFITS

WASHINGTON – Currently, membership in a violent gang is not sufficient grounds for deportation.  Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined a bipartisan majority to change that. The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act (H.R. 3697): ·        Allows illegal immigrants to be deported if they are identified as gang members, whether or not they have been convicted of other crimes. ·        Specifically bars non-citizen gang members from being admitted to the United States. ·        Ensures illegal immigrants who are gang members are not eligible for asylum, temporary status, and other immigration benefits. “My primary duty is to protect and defend the United States,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Violent gangs terrorize innocent Americans, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Final NFL score Thursday evening: Houston Texans 13 – Cincinnati Bengals 9.  Unless there is much improvement by both teams, Texan and Bengals fans need not worry about a trip to the Super Bowl this season. Dublin Peanut Festival tomorrow (Saturday), all day long at Dublin School. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 14.  NC Grape Festival at Lu Mil Vineyard….Grape Stompin’, Blackwater Rhythm @ Blues Band.  U Pick Grapes NOW.  Check their website for details. High School football tonight.  Both Bladen County teams in conference action.  South Columbus at East Bladen and West Bladen at Red Springs.  Gametime for both 7 PM. Discharge by The Chemours Company into the Cape Fear River is …..

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 5, West Columbus 1

CERRO GORDO – West Bladen exploded for 4 first-half goals and went on to defeat West Columbus 5-1 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer action. “We had a convincing and much needed win last night,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. “This is an example of what our team can do when we play together as a team. The defense, led by Johnny Santana was very effective. Angel Munoz, the goalkeeper, had multiple blocked shots on goal.” Freshman Joseph Masaid fired in 2 goals and fellow striker Victor Lopez also scored 2 goals. Edgar Pollo Garcia knocked in the other West Bladen goal. “Joseph had a very strong showing, …..

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JV Football: West Bladen 26, Red Springs 16

DUBLIN – Sophmore Dashawn Hines scored 3 touchdowns Thursday night to lead West Bladen to a 26-16 Three Rivers Conference jayvee football victory over Red Springs. Hines squirted loose from a pair of tacklers and darted into the end zone from 3 yards out for the first Knight touchdown with 4:07 left in the first quarter. The conversion failed and West Bladen led 6-0. In the second quarter Hines popped through the line, veered left and raced 68 yards for a Knight touchdown. Sophmore Nyjae Tate carried into the end zone for the 2-point conversion and a 14-0 West lead with 6:57 left in the half. West Bladen freshman Shy’Ron …..

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JV Football: East Bladen 26, South Columbus 16

TABOR CITY – A 35-yard touchdown pass from freshman Zach Meares to sophmore Jordan Robinson gave East Bladen a 20-8 halftime lead en route to a 26-16 Three Rivers Conference jayvee football victory over South Columbus. Meares’ touchdown pass to Robinson came on the last play of the first half. Robinson also ran for another touchdown and had another touchdown on a punt return called back by a penalty. Sophmore Lawson Hester raced 30 yards for an Eagle touchdown, and freshman Kari Price dashed 8 yards for the other East Bladen touchdown. Meares connected with freshman Tyler Hill on a 2-point conversion pass. Coach Ritchie Priest’s Eagle jayvees improved to …..

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Volleyball: East Bladen 3, South Robeson 1

ROWLAND – East Bladen dropped the first set then won 3 sets in a row to defeat South Robeson 3-1 Thursday night in Four County Conference volleyball action by set scores of 19-25, 25-19, 25-16 and 25-22. Junior Sarah Johnson reeled off four straight service points to give the Lady Eagles a 7-3 lead in the first set, but South Robeson pulled even at 13-13 and gradually took leads of 16-13 and 20-16 en route to taking the set. Senior Kaley Smith opened the second set by firing in 7 straight service points as East Bladen took an early 8-5 lead. Two service points from junior Ashley Hardin lifted the …..

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Women’s Tennis: East Columbus Sweeps Pair from East Bladen

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Columbus swept a pair of Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis matches from East Bladen Tuesday by scores of 6-3 and 8-1. The first match was the completion of a suspended match from earlier in the year at East Columbus Suspended Match: Singles Graceanna Sessions (EC) defeated Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 9-7 Ting Lin (EB) defeated Sealey Sessions (EC) 8-2 Olivia Rogers (EC) defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 8-4 Lily Lin (EB) defeated Alyssa Lewis (EC) 8-4 Cori Bordeaux (EC) defeated Sammi Jiang (EB) 8-1 Madison Long (EC) defeated Carlie West (EB) 8-2 Doubles G. Sessions/S. Sessions (EC) defeated J. Frady/T. Lin (EB) 8-8 (10-5) A. White/L. Lin …..

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Women’s Tennis: South Columbus leads West Bladen 4-2

DUBLIN – South Columbus led West Bladen 4-2 Thursday in the battle for first place in the Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis standings when rain stopped play. The doubles matches will be completed when the teams play at South Columbus. Singles South Columbus #1 defeated Conner Brisson (WB) 6-1, 6-1 South Columbus #2 defeated Savannah Lee (WB) 6-4, 6-1 South Columbus #3 defeated Helen Lopez (WB) 6-7, 6-1, 13-11 tiebreaker Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated South Columbus #4 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 tiebreaker South Columbus #5 defeated Mireya Sandoval (WB) 6-1, 6-4 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated South Columbus #6 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 tiebreaker Share:

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Women’s Tennis: East Bladen 9, South Robeson 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated South Robeson 9-0 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. South Robeson only brought 4 players to the match so two of the singles matches and one doubles match were forfeited. Singles Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) defeated Destiney Purdie (SR) 8-0 Ting Lin (EB) defeated Miami Hunt (SR) 8-1 Anna Kate White (EB) defeated Makoa Riveria (SR) 8-0 Lily Lin (EB) defeated Jada Hunt (SR) 8-0 Sammi Jiang (EB) won by forfeit Carlie West (EB) won by forfeit Doubles J. Frady/T. Lin (EB) defeated Purdie/M. Hunt (SR) 8-0 Olivia Barnes/Carleigh Devane (EB) defeated Riveria/J. Hunt (SR) 8-2 Share:

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This Day in History for September 15

1683 – Germantown, Pennsylvania, founded by 13 immigrant families. 1789 – US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State. 1831 – the locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad. 1912 – Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood ties then record of 16 straight wins. 1928 – Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza. 1942 – US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal. 1945 – A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroys 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS Richmond. 1946 – Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 innings, game called because of gnats. 1949 – “Long …..

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Officials answer questions about GenX well water testing

By Erin Smith Residents and area leaders gathered at the St. Pauls Middle School to learn more about the residential well testing for the presence of the chemical GenX. Testing is set to begin Friday, September 15th. Representatives from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services were on hand to answer residents’ questions. A relatively small crowd attended the event held in the school’s auditorium. Information was provided regarding the ongoing investigation into the the chemical compound and the latest on the well sampling tests conducted on groundwater testing wells on the Chemours property. As a result of those tests, …..

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Bladen County Citizens warned: Equifax data breached

WORRIED YOU MAY BE ONE OF THE MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS AFFECTED BY THE EQUIFAX DATA BREACH? As you may have read by now, data giant Equifax has suffered a massive security breach. Hackers accessed private information (including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, etc.) about 143 million Americans. The company collects data and financial information and it may hold information about you even if you’ve never dealt directly with them. Check here to see if your data has been compromised in this breach. (Click “Potential Impact”)   Even if your data hasn’t been compromised, we strongly urge you to consider freezing access to your credit. A security freeze (also known as a …..

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