04/22/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 8:33 am The Cross marks celebration of Easter
  • 8:21 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:13 am This Day in History for April 22
  • 6:43 am Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: Pinecrest 4, East Bladen 3
  • 6:34 am Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: Terry Sanford 6, West Bladen 2
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Photos contributed by Summer Cain The well attended play “The Cross” was performed on Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market helped to mark the celebration of Easter in Bladen County. Several churches came together to perform the play which follows the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The event was well attended and received […]

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Easter Monday, and for those who celebrated on Friday, time to return to work.  For others, a day off. According to the Bladen County School calendar, Spring Break for students and staff, except Bladen Early College. Just a few weeks remain before this school year is over and the Class of 2019 moves on to college or joins […]

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This Day In History

1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 cents coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”) 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1898 – US President […]

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East Bladen High School

FAYETTEVILLE – A 3-run fourth-inning rally carried Pinecrest to a 4-3 victory over East Bladen Saturday in the opening round of the Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament. Nick Phan’s bases-loaded walk forced home a Pinecrest run in the second inning. The Eagles tied the game in the third inning. Senior Greyson Heustess led off with a […]

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FAYETTEVILLE –Cruize Hertz and Justin Ebert combined to pitch a 5-hitter and strike-out nine batters as Terry Sanford defeated West Bladen 6-2 Saturday in the opening round of the Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament. Hertz allowed a run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 in his 6 innings on the mound. Ebert […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Easter Day… Remember as a youngster hearing the Easter story of Jesus hanging on a cross.  Never gets old. We celebrate with Cantatas and other forms of worship.  Youngsters enjoy Easter Egg Hunts, a tradition that reportedly dates back to the late 16th century, when the Protestant reformer Martin Luther organized egg hunts for […]

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Most older adults – about 94 percent – want to stay at home as they age. But a new survey from the Home Instead Senior Care network shows many seniors are redefining what it means to age in place, revealing that one in four plan to move to a new home to accommodate their changing […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Part of what makes our nation unique is our diversity. Social Security touches the lives of nearly all Americans; so, we are accustomed to serving a diverse population. Online, our People like Me pages help inform the many different people we help. From people […]

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This Day In History

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in the American colony, allowing freedom of worship for Christians but sentencing to death anyone who rejected the divinity of Jesus. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington) 1974 – New York City formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so […]

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CERRO GORDO – Both the West Bladen girls and boys teams finished second to Whiteville Tuesday in a Three Rivers Conference track & field meet. Whiteville posted 127 points in the boys meet to defeat West Bladen (97.67), East Columbus (51.33), West Columbus (40) and South Columbus (23). The Whiteville girls racked up 163 points […]

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WHITEVILLE – Williams Township defeated Clarkton School of Discovery 14-10 Thursday to win the Waccamaw Middle School Conference’s AA Division softball championship. The two teams were tied for first place before Thursday’s game. Williams Township finished with an 8-2 league record, while Clarkton finished league play with a 7-3 record and a 9-3 overall mark. […]

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East Bladen High School

ST PAULS – East Bladen’s girls finished second behind St. Pauls in a Robeson County track & field meet held Tuesday. The Eagle boys placed third in their meet. The St. Pauls girls racked up 155 points followed by East Bladen (86), Red Springs (53), Fairmont (48) and South Robeson (23). The St. Pauls boys […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a person. According to Lt. Mark McMichael, the police department wants to speak with him regarding a larceny that occurred at the Elizabethtown Walmart store on Friday. The suspect is described as a white male with red hair and what appears to be tattoos on […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The East Bladen High School Band received a superior rating by the North Carolina Band Master’s Association. The Elizabethtown Rescue Squad responded to 66 calls during the previous month. Sonya Nance of Bladenboro was a finalist in the Miss North Carolina U.S. Teen Pageant. Doug Smith of Tar Heel High School threw a no-hitter against […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving Looking forward to this day, after the storm yesterday.  Checked with National Weather Service on info gathered at the local airport (Curtis Brown) just east of Elizabethtown.  Highest sustained winds were in the 28 mph range with gusts as high as 38 mph between 4:30 PM and 5 PM.  As you know, winds were strong […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, which replaces […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Defending United States Citizens and Diplomatic Staff from Political Prosecutions Act of 2019 (S. 1075) to address the ongoing wrongful detentions of U.S. citizens and diplomatic staff by the Government of Turkey. Throughout 2018, Senator Tillis worked to help secure the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, […]

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Elizabethtown –  The Baldwin Branch Male Chorus recently celebrated their 48th Anniversary. Rev. Andy Anderson, pastor of Father’s Cup Overflow Ministries, 2357 Water Tower Road, Longs, South Carolina was the official host/master of ceremony. Featured on the program were musical openings by the Baldwin Branch Praise Ensemble, guests; Ambassadors for Christ; Fayetteville NC; Mt. Olive […]

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with Honeywell International Inc., and International Paper Co., for cleanup of contaminated soils and sediments at the LCP-Holtrachem plant in Riegelwood, Columbus County, North Carolina. The United States brought its action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and […]

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This Day In History

1777 – New York adopts new constitution as an independent state. 1836 – Territory of Wisconsin created. 1871 – US 3rd Enforcement Act (President can suspend writ of habeas corpus) 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson, having dispatched more travel ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed forces if necessary; […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Bladen County until 6:15 p.m. Share:

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper formally requested that the US Small Business Administration provide assistance following last week’s explosion in downtown Durham. “Our thoughts are with the victims of this tragic incident and state and local officials are continuing to investigate the cause of last week’s explosion,” Gov. Cooper said. “We must also help […]

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The tornado warning for Bladen County has been lifted by the National Weather Service. A tornado watch remains in place for southeastern North Carolina, including Bladen County, until midnight. The tornado warning was issued after Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Council and moving north at 50 miles […]

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A tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Bladen County until 3 p.m. The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning which expired at 2:45 p.m. At 2:18 pm a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Council and moving north at 50 miles per hour. Areas expected to […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Bladen County until midnight tonight. Steven Pfaff, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington said, “The Storm Prediction Center has updated today’s Severe Weather Outlook.” According to Pfaff, a large swath of the Carolinas continues to be highlighted in a Moderate Risk for […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Hunter Smith pitched a one-hitter and struck out nine to lead Elizabethtown to a 13-0 Waccamaw Middle School Conference victory over Tar Heel Thursday. Evan Pait and Donavan Burton drew walks to begin the Cougar first inning. Garrison Tatum laced a single to right that scored Pait and Burton, and Smith pounded a […]

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BLADENBORO – Bladenboro scored 8 first-inning runs en route to an 11-1 non-conference baseball victory over Emereau Charter Thursday. Andre Moore drew a lead-off walk, stole second base and scooted home when Aiden Russ yanked a single to leftfield. Michael Young slammed a double to left-centerfield, and Russ darted home on a passed ball. Stephen […]

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The severe thunderstorm issued for Bladen County has been allowed to expire. The National Weather Service in Wilmington issued a severe thunderstorm warning at about 10:45 AM for southeastern Bladen County,  and portions of Brunswick County and Columbus County until 11:45 AM. According to the National Weather Service, at 10:54 AM, a severe thunderstorm was located […]

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools will be closing early today (Friday, April 19) due to forecast inclement weather. Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton stated that based on information we have received from the National Weather Service all Bladen County Schools will be operating on an 1:00 p.m. early release today for students and staff. Schools will […]

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ST. PAULS – St. Pauls scored a first-half goal Thursday night to edge West Bladen 1-0 in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. Wednesday night the Lady Knights were also defeated by a 1-0 score as East Columbus scored in the second half. The Lady Knights, now 4-7 in league play, will host Whiteville after […]

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ST PAULS – West Bladen pounded out 16 hits en route to a 16-3 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over St. Pauls Thursday night. The Lady Knights took charge early with 5 runs in the second inning. Pitcher Shelby Pharr hammered a triple down the rightfield line and scored as freshman Lauren Pait reached base […]

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ST PAULS – A six-run fourth inning rallied West Bladen to a 9-6 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory over St. Pauls Thursday. With St. Pauls ahead 5-3, freshman Brycen Blackmon and sophmore Andrew Pait drew walks to begin the Knight fourth inning. Freshman Devon Strange and sophmores Samuel West and Kendall Johnson drew consecutive […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

WHITEVILLE – Nyquan Richardson’s run-scoring double keyed a 2-run ninth inning that carried Clarkton School of Discovery to a 6-4 Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball victory over Williams Township Thursday. Ja’Nathan Johnson led off the ninth with a single to centerfield. Johnson stole second base and dashed home with the go-ahead run when Richardson blasted […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – It was a Homecoming of sorts Thursday at East Bladen High School as Principal Dr. Jason Wray announced that Aking Elting, a star player on the Eagles’ 2001 Class 2A State Championship team, would be the new boys basketball coach. “It is not every day that you can add someone with as rich […]

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Bladen County Special Olympics event, 2019 was well attended by an enthusiastic crowd, Thursday at Elizabethtown Middle School football field.  Lots of energy by participants and supporters. Mark your calendar… Thursday, April 25, Bladen We Care Golf Tournament at The Vineyard Golf Course, White Lake. Saturday, April 27, Relay for Life from 11 AM to […]

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TABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 5-4 Wednesday to move into a 3-way tie for second-place in the Three Rivers Conference boys tennis standings. South Columbus moved into a tie for the league’s second play-off spot with East Bladen and St. Pauls. Singles Jose Hernandez Osorio (WB) defeated South Columbus #1 6-1, 2-6, […]

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By Erin Smith Rumors have been circulating recently that a Waffle House restaurant is seeking to locate in Elizabethtown. To the disappointment of some, the rumors of a Waffle House locating in Elizabethtown are unfounded at this time, according to Town Manager Eddie Madden. “We have no knowledge of it,” said Madden. He added that no permits […]

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This Day In History

  1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation of Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1908 – 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania. 1914 – World War I: […]

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WHITEVILLE – Led by individual medalist Caleb Click’s 76, South Columbus won the Three Rivers Conference Golf Tournament Tuesday with a 353 total score at Land O Lakes Golf Club. West Bladen was second with a 394 total. The Knights’ Chad Garner shot an 86 to finish second in the individual scoring. Teammate Wyatt Bordeaux […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Baseball: Whiteville Central 10, Clarkton School of Discovery 5 WHITEVILLE – Whiteville Central grabbed an early 7-0 lead en route to a 10-5 Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday. The Hornets bunched 3 hits and an error to score 3 runs in the first inning. Central capitalized […]

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Aking Elting, a star player on East Bladen’s 2001 Class 2A State Championship team, has been named the new boys basketball coach at East Bladen High School. Share:

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Contributed CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As temperatures begin to climb, many customers who have Piedmont Natural Gas service solely for heating sometimes choose to disconnect their service for the summer months. Piedmont encourages those customers to keep their service on year-round, a decision that could save them time and money. When customers disconnect their service during […]

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USDA

Contributed WASHINGTON, April XX, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, which […]

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Contributed Virtuoso trumpeter Dean Simms will visit the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton with a night of classic jazz as he leads “Satchmo: Tribute to Louis Armstrong” 7pm Saturday April 27. Dean has performed or recorded lead trumpet with many famous acts, such as the Ohio Players, Rick James Stone City Band, […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Superior Plastics Extrusion Company, Inc., known as Impact Plastics, will expand its manufacturing operations in Richmond County and create 13 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $5.3 million in Hamlet. “This announcement is just the latest example of a manufacturer finding success in North Carolina and deciding to expand […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Communications Director Jeff Hauser released the following statement: “The day before Good Friday, Governor Cooper has chosen to stand with infanticide and extremist groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL over life,” stated Hauser. “It is grotesque to think that Cooper believes providing care to infants born alive during an abortion […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the following bill: Senate Bill 359: “AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE BORN-ALIVE ABORTION SURVIVORS PROTECTION ACT.” Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on his veto of Senate Bill 359: “Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients. This needless legislation […]

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By Erin Smith With the weather turning warmer and Easter weekend upon us, many people are planning cook outs and other outdoor activities. If you have outdoor plans for Friday evening, you may want to keep a watchful eye on the skies and listen to the latest weather forecasts as there is a potential for severe […]

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By Erin Smith The sounds of laughter and cheering could be heard echoing across the athletic field at Elizabethtown Middle School on Thursday morning.  The air crackled with excitement as the Bladen County Special Olympics got under way. Bladen Lakes School Principal Dia Thomas served as emcee for the event and opened the games by […]

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On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Bladen County hosted a Lunch & Learn for employees to attend to learn more about the Bladen County Dementia Friendly initiative, and to become a Dementia Friend. Twenty-three county employees were in attendance at the NC Cooperative Extension from several agencies including the Cooperative Extension, Bladen County DSS, Health Department, […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s March 2019 unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 8,543 over the […]

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association played a tourney on Tuesday, April 16 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake.  Sixty-four players entered the tournament. The winners are as follows: 1st Place–(53)–Jimmy Jones Mickey Brisson Joe Canady Terry Miller 2nd Place–(56)–C.L. Gore Sammy Stanley Sandy Holland Charlie Kiese 3rd Place–(57)–Frank Gray Larry Suggs Billy Malpass John Blake […]

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The Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Golf Tourney scheduled for April 25 at Vineyard Golf has announced that the morning tourney has filled up but some spots are still available for the afternoon tourney. Mac Campbell of the BWC board has stated “We are so grateful for the teams that have entered our tournament. There […]

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East Bladen High School

ST PAULS –Jay McKoy and Drew Sholar combined for five hits Tuesday to lead East Bladen to a 10-5 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory over St. Pauls. Jay McKoy batted 3-3 with a triple, 2 runs batted in and 2 runs scored to lead the Eagle hitters. Drew Sholar walloped 2 doubles and scored […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Hundreds of North Carolina’s brightest middle and high school students will be competing at the 2019 North Carolina Envirothon at Cedarock Park near Burlington, May 3-4, 2019. The two-day event is designed to test the knowledge and skills of students that have a strong interest in natural resources conservation. The N.C. Envirothon […]

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As the weather begins to warm and the skies begin to brighten, what better way to welcome Spring than to play a round of golf. The third annual Rotary International Cup Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday, May 17, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The Elizabethtown Rotary […]

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Trey Duncan, Financial Representative with WoodmenLife, presented a donation on behalf of WoodmenLife Chapter 262 to support this years Special Olympics. The Bladen County Special Olympics will take place today (Thursday, April 18) at 10 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School. Pictured from left to right are Cheryl White-Smith Director of Exceptional Children’s department, Angela […]

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On April 4, Bladen County Schools held a retreat to discuss each department. No actual budgeting or costs associated with each department or program was discussed at the meeting, according to Valerie Newton, director with Bladen County Schools. However, the funding sources for each of the departments was listed on the presentation powerpoint without the […]

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Busy law office seeking Full Time Receptionist: Must be dependable, friendly, team-player and well organized. Desired applicant will multi-task, answer multi- line phone system and direct calls. Must be able to type 50+ words per minute. Receptionist also assists legal assistants and attorneys with correspondence, general office duties and special duties. Excellent writing and analytical […]

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Middle School Softball: Elizabethtown Clinches Divison Title WHITEVILLE – Elizabethtown clinched the Waccamaw Middle School Conference’s AAA Divison championship Monday with a 3-1 victory over Whiteville Central in the opening game of a double-header. Central won the second game 8-7. The Lady Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the opener. Laura […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

WHITEVILLE – Clarkton School of Discovery raced to a 7-0 lead en route to an 8-3 Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball victory over Whiteville Central Tuesday night. Karli Priest, Emma Turbeville and Addie Bowen drew walks to begin the game, and Shy’Asia Ratliff belted a 2-run single. Priest, Turbeville and Bowen all scored for a […]

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Soccer

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville scored the game’s only goal in the first ten minutes of play to hand East Bladen their first loss of the season 1-0 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. “It was Senior Night and a lot of emotions going into the game, and those emotions got the best of […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophomore Brady Hollingsworth cracked a 2-out walk-off single that drove in the winning run to lift East Bladen to a 4-3 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over East Columbus Wednesday night. With the score knotted 3-3, senior Shy Pone and sophmore Freddy Wooten drew 2-out walks in the Eagle seventh inning. Hollingsworth swatted […]

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Southeastern Fellowship Golf Association played at the Vineyard Golf Course on April 16th with 64 players participating. The winning team with a score of 53 was Jimmy Jones, Mickey Brisson, Joe Canady and Terry Miller. Next weeks tournament will be at Deercroft Golf Course. Share:

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Bladen We Care Golf Tournament, 30th edition, slated for a week from today at The Vineyard, White Lake.  Still a few starting times remain if you would like to participate.  Call 910-874-2008 for details.  And, a reminder, all proceeds assist Bladen County residents struggling with healthcare issues, and the support of nursing scholarships at Bladen […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture and arrest of escaped inmate Cul Priest Jones. Mr. Jones is a black male, age 45, approximately 6’0” feet tall, weighing 184 pounds and walks with a limp. On October 14, 2018, inmate Cul […]

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By Erin Smith With the ending of the NC STEP program in early April, there have been numerous questions regarding the exact number of homes that have received repairs through the program in Bladen County. There has been confusion reported in learning exactly who is performing work and exactly how many homes have been repaired […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced TYRA MAKAVA WATSON, 19, of Lumberton to 144 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised released, and BOBBY PRESTON MCNAIR, 26, of Lumberton to 184 months’ […]

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Bladen County Sports

ELIZABETHTOWN – League-leading East Columbus scored eight runs in the final 3 innings to pull out a 12-5 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over East Bladen Wednesday night. The Lady Gators snapped a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning turning 2 hits, 3 errors and a passed ball into 4 runs for an 8-4 lead. […]

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This Day In History

1775 – Paul Revere and William Davies ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming!” 1865 – Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina. 1840 – An F4 tornado strikes Marshfield, Missouri, killing 99 people and injuring 100. 1890 – NY Commission of Emigration ends, closing […]

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By Erin Smith A fire that broke out in a locker in the welding shop on Wednesday afternoon at West Bladen High School caused very little damage, said Principal Peggy Hester. All activities planned for the evening at the school will go on as planned. The fire was reported at 4 pm. Everyone was evacuated […]

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By Erin Smith A series of suspicious fires that ocurred in February and March remain under investigation near Dublin, according to the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office. “We’ve got some persons of interest,” said Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. “We’re still looking, watching and waiting.” The series of fires all ocurred within a mile […]

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The 2019 edition of The Thundering Herd begins Thursday, May 2, at Vineyard Golf At White Lake located on highway 701 between Elizabethtown and White Lake. The Herd will be a 9 hole Captain’s Choice tournament starting every Thursday at 6 p.m. If you would like to play you will need to call the pro […]

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  Online Pet Supply Retailer Chewy to Invest $55 Million in Salisbury RALEIGH: Chewy, an online pet supply retailer, has selected Rowan County for its new fulfillment center, creating 1,200 new jobs and investing $55 million, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will locate in Salisbury, N.C. “Chewy selected North Carolina because from our […]

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Golden LEAF Board Appoints SVP Ted Lord as Acting President ROCKY MOUNT – Dan Gerlach, the president of the Golden LEAF Foundation for the past 10 years, today announced to the Golden LEAF Board of Directors that he would resign his position effective May 3, 2019. Gerlach leaves to serve as interim chancellor of East […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain other USDA disaster assistance programs. These payments are being made available today, and they […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, andRepresentatives Doug Collins (R-GA-9), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Hank Johnson (D-GA-4), and Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) released a bipartisan, bicameral framework on Section 101 patent reform. The framework comes just months after Senators Tillis and Coons revived the […]

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Mosquito-borne diseases can be deadly to horses, donkeys, mules  RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis and West Nile Virus. “April until November is prime mosquito-breeding season in North Carolina and when horses are at risk if not properly vaccinated,” Troxler said. “EEE […]

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BLADENBORO – East Columbus defeated West Bladen 18-3 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball action. The Lady Knights scored all three of their runs in the second inning. Pitcher Taylor West was hit by a pitch, and Kaylee Page reached base on an error. Briley Stanley belted a single to centerfield that scored West. […]

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BLADENBORO – Nick McLamb and Landon Potter combined to pitch a 2-hitter and strike out 11 batters Tuesday night to lead East Columbus to a 7-1 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over West Bladen. McLamb allowed an unearned run on 2 hits and 3 walks in his 5 innings of work while striking out eight. […]

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TAR HEEL – Bladenboro defeated Tar Heel 24-12 Monday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball action. Lainey Autry and Kolee Wilkins sandwiched singles around a walk to McKenzie Singletary in the Bladenboro first inning. All three of them scored as the Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 3-0 lead. In the Bladenboro second inning, Rylee Chadwick, Lainey […]

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By Erin Smith The NC House passed a bill on Tuesday (April 16) that is seeking to allow North Carolina to end changing from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time. The bill was proposed in March by NC Representatives Jason Saine, Kelly Hastings, and John Szoka. The bill, NC House Bill 350, is called the […]

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Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: CLOSINGS: US701 Lane shift for shoulder closure and to move southbound traffic to northbound bridge for the purpose of debris removal from under the southbound Cape Fear River bridge. […]

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church of Bladenboro invites the community to join in our Easter celebrations. On Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m., children of all ages are invited to our Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt, where we will hear the Easter story, enjoy games, and have lunch. On Sunday, April 21st, an Easter Sunrise Worship […]

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By Erin Smith As you are preparing to celebrate Easter this weekend, there are several area events and Easter Egg Hunts taking place that are open to the public. On Saturday, April 20: Jones Lake State Park is hosting their annual Easter Egg hunt from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Easter Egg Hunt will […]

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Contributed Bladen County Health and Human Services Director Terri Duncan addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. She spoke about several accomplishments and programs of the department. Mrs. Duncan also spoke about her time since becoming Director of the Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services. “This is the first time a nurse has been over […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Clarkton held off the Bladenboro Reds 11-10 Monday night in Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball League action. Clarkton took an 11-4 lead into the final inning before a furious 6-run Reds rally came up a run short.  Share:

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced Rufus Lamar Parker, 28, of Wilmington to 78 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On July 9, 2018, Parker pled guilty to six counts […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bringing more cost-effective solar energy to the Carolinas, 14 utility-scale projects have been selected during an independently judged bidding process – part of a 2017 comprehensive renewable energy law. Based on an independent evaluation process, Duke Energy will produce or purchase a total of 602 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy from projects […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN- Two East Bladen doubles teams and West Bladen singles player Jose Osorio have all qualified for the Class 2A Mid-East Boys Tennis Regionals due to their finish Tuesday in the Three Rivers Conference Tournament. The East Bladen doubles team of Jay McGill and Jake Evans advances to regional play as the No. 2 seed […]

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TAR HEEL – Aaron Wren knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning, and Michael Young struck out 20 batters as Bladenboro defeated Tar Heel 6-4 Monday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball action. Andre Moore drew a lead-off walk in the Bulldog eighth inning and raced home on Wren’s single […]

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WHITEVILLE –Elizabethtown swept a Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball double-header from Whiteville Central Monday by scores of 6-2 and 7-1. Coach Larry Williams’ Cougars improved to 9-0 on the season and clinched the Waccamaw’s AAA Division Championship by virtue of their 3-0 record against Central. Coleman Tatum pitched a 4-hitter, struck out 9 and walked […]

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BLADENBORO – West Bladen turned 12 walks, 7 hits, and 3 hit batters into 22 runs Monday en route to a 22-2 Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball victory over West Columbus. Madison Walters, Hailey Guyton, Taylor West, and Kayla Norris all drew walks and scored in the West Bladen first inning. Kaylee Page knocked in […]

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ST PAULS – Seniors Pierce Melvin and Spencer Scott teamed up to pitch a 2-hit shutout and strike-out 6 batters to lead East Bladen to a 10-0 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over St. Pauls Tuesday night. Melvin pitched the first 4 scoreless innings and allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out five. […]

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BLADENBORO – Senior Arianna Daniels pitched a 3-hitter Tuesday night as East Columbus defeated West Bladen 16-1 in Three Rivers Conference softball action. The Lady Gators built an 11-0 lead in the first two innings led by Alanna Deal who batted 3-3 with 2 runs batted in and scored 3 runs. Teammate Sanauwa Campbell finished […]

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Honor Roll

West Bladen High School has released the honor rolls for the third quarter.   SUPERINTENDENT’S LIST – Grades of 96-100 in all West Bladen High School (WBHS) classes and no more than 7 absences in any WBHS class. Miguel Aguilar, Nicholas Alioto, Olivia Allen, Arely Alonzo, Leslie Baxley, Alyssa Bell, Joshua Benson, Autumn Brisson, Hannah […]

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This Day In History

1492 – Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the “Indies” with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism.  This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered. 1704 – First successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell. 1864 – Battle of […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

On the way home from DC. Been a good, hopefully productive trip to Washington. Spent considerable time Tuesday with Elizabethtown native Bryan Martin.  Bryan has been a part of the late Congressman Walter Jones staff for the past 4 years.  Jones died late last year, a primary elections will be held shortly for a new 3rd […]

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