03/22/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 11:48 pm Baseball West Bladen 5, South Robeson 2
  • 11:45 pm Boys Tennis East Bladen 6, South Columbus 3
  • 11:44 pm Middle School Baseball Clarkton School of Discovery 2, Williams Township 1
  • 11:40 pm Middle School Baseball Bladenboro 6, Tar Heel 1
  • 6:38 pm Full day of problem solving for county officials
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ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmores Freddy Wooten and Zach Meares teamed up to pitch a 5-hitter and strike out ten batters as East Bladen defeated St. Pauls 4-2 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. Wooten pitched 5-plus innings to pick up the win and allowed a run on one hit and one walk while striking […]

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By Charlotte Smith A Tar Heel man was charged this week with Indecent Liberties with a minor according to Chief Deputy Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department. The report was filed in November of 2018. The District Attorney’s office requested a medical exam (CME) of the victim be completed. The exam had no […]

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The Bladen County Board of Education announced a special session on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the 2019-2020 school year calendar, and to discuss personnel matters, including the superintendent’s annual evaluation as per NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (1) and to consult with an attorney, if […]

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Four County Electric Membership Corporation is a local company who believes in giving back to the community. Every year the electric company donates funding to teachers through their North Carolina Bright Ideas Grants. East Bladen Hight School was featured on the membership corporation’s social media account. The post said, “We love to hear from teachers […]

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Chairman of the Bladen County Republican Party, Walter McDuffie has sent a letter to the North Carolina Board of Elections to dispute a request he said the North Carolina State Board of Elections made. McDuffie said the state requested the Bladen County Republican Party make new nominations for the local Board of Elections. Bobby Ludlum […]

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By Charlotte Smith The White Oak Dike in Kelly damage has created much debate in recent months. The responsibility of who is to repair the dike has been in question. Announced today, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 according to Bladen County […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Two news items motivated me to write this week’s column about debt. One is a debate in the North Carolina General Assembly over state funding for new educational facilities, such as school buildings. The other is a new study on how households pay off debt, and whether they use economic logic. […]

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Don’t test your luck this weekend during St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Law enforcement is increasing patrols in looking for impaired drivers as part of the Booze It & Lose It campaign.  Be sure to app your ride, call a friend, or take a bus or cab. Never drink and drive. For more information about NCDOT Now, contact […]

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RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Railroad Safety You wouldn’t take photos in the middle of an interstate or on an airport runway, so why consider standing on railroad tracks to get that one […]

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Federal government data confirms state’s status as No. 2 solar producer Duke Energy has banner year connecting both utility-scale and rooftop solar Customer programs continue to promote renewable energy growth   CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Annual solar energy production in North Carolina jumped 36 percent in 2018, according to the latest government data – firmly placing […]

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Today is the final day for candidates for the NC 9th Congressional House District to file for the seat.  According to the NC State Board of Elections website, as of closing time Thursday (yesterday), 7 candidates have officially filed, 1 Democrat, 5 Republicans and one Libertarian. Dan McCready (D) David Blackwelder (R) Mathew Ridenhour (R) Stevie […]

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BLADENBORO – Nyquan Richardson scored the winning run in the top of the tenth inning as Clarkton School of Discovery edged Bladenboro 4-3 Thursday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball action. Richardson reached base on an error in the top of the tenth inning, and Parker Greene laced a single to centerfield as Richardson scored […]

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BLADENBORO – Karli Priest pitched a 2-hit shutout and struck out 3 batters to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 7-0 Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball victory over Bladenboro Thursday. Kolee Wilkins cracked a second-inning single, and MaKenzie Singletary smacked a single in the seventh inning. Priest did not issue a walk and hit […]

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TABOR CITY- South Columbus defeated West Bladen 6-3 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: Jose Hernandez Osorio (WB) defeated South Columbus #1 6-4, 6-4 South Columbus #2 defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 Victor Arellano (WB) defeated South Columbus #3 6-0, 6-3 South Columbus #4 defeated Eduardo Carranza (WB) 6-2, 6-1 […]

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BLADENBORO- St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 6-3 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: Jose Hernandez Osorio (WB) defeated Israel Gonzalez (SP) 6-1, 6-1 Joel Martinez (SP) defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 6-4, 6-3 Victor Carrisosa (SP) defeated Victor Arellano (WB) 6-1, 6-2 David Estrada (SP) defeated Eduardo Carranza (WB) 7-5, 6-4 Jose Garcia […]

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1781 – British and American forces clash during the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. British suffer heavy losses surrendering to George Washington in October. 1820 – Maine admitted as 23rd state of the Union. 1867 – Michigan becomes 1st state to tax property to support a university. 1892 – 1st escalator patented by […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard from more than one speaker on Wednesday. Two worthy causes were brought to the local civic club, both with goals in mind. Peyton Fell and Jackson Bostic from East Bladen High School Beta Club preformed  the National Anthem to open the meeting. The two announced their efforts of raising […]

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A vehicle that was parked on Gooden Street resulted in the arrest of the vehicle’s owner on drug related charges. On Monday, March 11th, 2019, the Elizabethtown Police Department with the assistance of Probation & Parole and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department discovered 112.3 grams of Marijuana packaged for sale and over $1,000 dollars upon […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has issued a permit to Chemours for the installation and operation of a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system to reduce air emissions of PFAS and GenX at the Fayetteville Works Facility. The permit incorporates the requirements of the consent order signed on February […]

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Contributed Fort Mill S.C. – March 14, 2019 – Sharonview Federal Credit Union, one of the nation’s top 200 credit unions, is thrilled to announce the launch of its newest credit card, the Visa® Signature Credit Card. Members can enjoy bigger rewards for everyday purchases and the added perk of no annual fee. The Visa® […]

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Contributed FORT MILL S.C. – March 14, 2019 – Sharonview Federal Credit Union, one of the nation’s top 200 credit unions, announces the promotion of Ricky Otey to Executive Vice President, an expansion of his existing role as Chief Operating Officer. “As a respected financial industry leader for over 30 years, Ricky’s leadership and commitment […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement: “I agree with President Trump that there is a crisis at our southern border and have always supported his desire to build new infrastructure and barriers. “The concerns I’ve raised were never about what President Trump is trying to accomplish but rather with […]

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Contributed State Superintendent Mark Johnson will visit Town Creek Elementary School in Winnabow (Brunswick County) on Friday, March 15, to observe the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Florence making landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14, 2018. The storm caused serious flooding and other damage to schools throughout eastern North Carolina. Town Creek Elementary School was […]

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Congratulations to the Bladenboro Middle School Battle of the Books team for winning the middle school district competition today.  The school will represent our district in the regional competition on April 10, 2019, at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, NC. Share:

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Contributed RALEIGH: Governor Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 91 to increase internet access across North Carolina including through a new Governor’s Task Force on Connecting North Carolina. The order directs state government leaders to identify and remove barriers to affordable, high-speed internet access, eliminate the homework gap that results from students not having internet access, […]

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By Charlotte Smith In the past year Bladen County has suffered a lot, but difficult situations are not  stopping the Mother County. The message of hope and overcoming was presented to the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce by Bladen County Manager, Greg Martin. The issues with the White Lake water, the hog industry trials, […]

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By Erin Smith More than 78,000 pounds of ground turkey have been recalled by Butterball LLC in Mount Olive, NC. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the product may potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. The product in question was packaged on July 7, 2018. They were shipped to institutions […]

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Photographers Urged to Not Take Prom Photos on Tracks During Prom Season RALEIGH – You wouldn’t take photos in the middle of an interstate, so why stand on railroad tracks to get that one shot? That’s what the N.C. Department of Transportation’s BeRailSafe program is asking people to consider, especially during prom season. Standing on or […]

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By Erin Smith A fire was reported early on Thursday in the vicinity of Bladen Community College. The fire was reported at about 6 a.m. Ethan King with the Dublin Fire Department said, “When we arrived the whole thing was completely engulfed.” He noted that the roof caved in during the fire and was covering the […]

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DUBLIN – Local businessman and community supporter, Brian Campbell, has been appointed by the Bladen County Commissioners to a four-year term as a trustee for Bladen Community College. Mr. Campbell took the oath of office at a recent Bladen Community College board meeting. Pictured from left to right are Bladen County Clerk of Court Niki […]

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By Erin Smith A new initiative has been implemented in the court system in Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick counties and it is helping to ease the burden on the Superior Court System. The system is called H & I Felony Court and is conducted in the Bladen County District Court. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney […]

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March 14-16 marks the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, and State Superintendent Mark Johnson is using the half-year mark to remind all North Carolinians of the damage wrought by the storm and of the ongoing recovery efforts. “We’re not that far removed from this major storm, yet many in North Carolina may […]

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Cliff Tyndall, a Wilmington resident who teaches at Bladen Community College, has a new book out called “Camp Davis: a 21 Century History & Guidebook”. The author will be speaking in the college’s auditorium on Tuesday, March 19th at 6pm on the book’s subject and background.  The new publication is a supplement to Tyndall’s 2006 […]

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  The Clarkton Beautification Committee will host a Spaghetti fundraiser on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Clarkton Depot. Plates cost  $7.99 and include beverage, salad, bread and dessert. All proceeds will go to make Clarkton more beautiful! All members of the Clarkton Beautification Committee are volunteers! Share:

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The annual Kelly Spring Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Kelly ball field. A parade begins at 10 a.m. on White Oak Road across from the Kelly ball field ending at Centerville Baptist Church. Parade entries should be lined up by 9:30 a.m. Local live entertainment will be provided by […]

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Prospective students, their families, and the residents of southeastern North Carolina will have the opportunity to discover the exciting array of educational opportunities and resources at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Open House, which is specifically targeted at prospective students and their families, will be conducted on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 […]

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Wake County Superior Court Judge Sends Case to Three-Judge Panel RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday, Wake County Superior Judge Vince Rozier, Jr. issued an order that allows a state constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID law to move forward in front of a three-judge panel. Chief Justice Beasley will appoint the three members of the panel. The […]

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USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that producers who purchased or plan to purchase the 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) policy should report Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election intentions to their crop insurance agent by March 15, 2019, or the acreage reporting date, whichever is later. Producers have […]

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CLINTON- West Bladen exploded for six first-inning runs Wednesday en route to a 9-4 non-conference jayvee baseball victory over Clinton. Freshman Alex Strange smacked a one-out single to left field in the Knight first inning. Freshman Bryley Williams walked, and sophmore Sam West knocked in Strange and Williams with a single. Freshman Brycen Blackmon laced […]

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RICHMOND, VA – White Lake’s Lacey Suggs was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball team Tuesday night by a vote of the league’s coaches. Suggs, a junior guard, has helped lead her UNC-Wilmington team to an 18-11 overall record and 11-7 league mark that was good enough for the Lady Seahawks to receive […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced appointments to twenty one North Carolina boards and commissions. “These appointees bring strong skills and diverse perspectives to state boards and commissions,” said Gov. Cooper. “Their work will provide valuable guidance and oversight on a variety of issues critical to North Carolina.” Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act, commonsense legislation that provides much-needed oversight of asbestos bankruptcy trusts to ensure victims receive fair and just compensation. “Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were created to compensate asbestos victims, not trial lawyers,” said Senator Tillis. “The PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act will […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

This should be a perfect spring-like day, weather wise.  Some sunshine expected with temps in the mid 70s.  The calendar indicates spring officially arrives next Wednesday. Stock market looking good, great for savings accounts, especially for retirees…. Former East Bladen all-everything, Lacey Suggs continues her great career as a member of the UNCW basketball team.  […]

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TABOR CITY – Sophmore Kenia Medina fired in two goals off of a pair of assists from sophmore Katie Evans as East Bladen defeated South Columbus 3-0 in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. In the 13th minute, senior Ashley Hardin sent a pass to junior Sydney Wober who knocked in the first East Bladen […]

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CLINTON – Sophmore Shelby Pharr pitched a 5-hit shutout and struck out five batters to lead West Bladen to an 11-0 non-conference victory over Clinton. It was the first complete game and the first shutout of Pharr’s West Bladen career. The righthander walked only one and hit a batter. Two of Clinton’s five hits were […]

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CLINTON – A 3-run fifth inning rally propelled West Bladen to a 5-2 non-conference baseball victory over Clinton Wednesday night. The Knights led 2-1 when senior Dalton Pait laced a one-out single to leftfield in the fifth inning. One-out later, junior Nolan Bryant hammered a double to left that drove in Dalton Pait. After seniors […]

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1794 – Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin machine revolutionizing the cotton industry in the southern US states. 1812 – Congress authorizes war bonds to finance War of 1812. 1862 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina: General Burnside conquers New Bern. 1900 – US currency goes on gold standard after Congress passes the Currency […]

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WHITEVILLE – Columbus Christian defeated Emereau 12-2 Tuesday in middle school softball action. Gabby Bray pitched the first inning for the Emereau Lady Aviators, and Jenna Bryce, a fifth grader, relieved and pitched the final four innings. Catcher Martha Simmons and Bryce scored the Emereau runs. Layla Lent turned in a defensive highlight snagging a […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Britt Sasser and Zach Sholar combined to pitch a one-hitter Tuesday to lead the Emereau Aviators to a 13-3 middle school baseball victory over Fayetteville Christian at County Park. Sasser allowed no hits, no earned runs and struck out five to pick up the win. Sholar relieved and gave up only one hit […]

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BLADENBORO – Senior Hannah Arnett fired in two goals to lead West Bladen to a 3-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory Wednesday night over West Columbus. Freshman Haley George scored the other goal for the Lady Knights. Junior Alyssa Smith recorded the shutout in goal and made 3 saves. West Bladen evened their conference […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – East Bladen swept East Columbus 9-0 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: Jay McGill (EB) defeated Austin Ward (EC) 6-3, 6-4 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Thomas Greene (EC) 6-0, 6-2 Jake Evans (EB) defeated William Akins (EC) 6-1, 6-1 Will Hester (EB) defeated Luis Salmeron (EC) 1-6, 6-3, 12-2 […]

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A parking violation led to one person being issued a citation for marijuana by the Elizabethtown Police Department. While on patrol, Patrolman Todd came into contact with a vehicle parked illegally in a handicap parking spot near Wash Tubs, according to Lt. Mark McMichael. Patrolman Todd stopped to speak with the driver, Janiya Hicks, about […]

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Wilmington, N.C. ­– The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s master’s degree programs in nursing and public administration each moved up 12 places on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2020 Best Graduate Schools,” the university announced today. Three other programs – social work, education and part-time M.B.A. – also made the Best Graduate […]

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RALEIGH — “Poisonings and deaths occur when prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands,” said Commissioner Causey. “That’s why I am touring the state to protect our communities and environment by educating residents about the responsible way to get rid of unused medication.” For the first time, unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of […]

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WILMINGTON, N.C.—The President released the budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) which includes funding for ongoing projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District. The FY20 budget provides $393,000 of Investigations funding to complete a disposition study for the Cape Fear River Locks & Dams. The president’s budget proposal includes about $52.5 […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced this week that producers who purchased or plan to purchase the 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) policy should report Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election intentions to their crop insurance agent by March 15, 2019, or the acreage […]

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On Saturday, March 9, 2019, Marianne Porter Absher, dedicated and loving wife and mother of two children, passed away peacefully at her son’s home in Raleigh at the age of 61. She was under the care of Heartland Hospice, as well as her immediate family. Born in Elizabethtown, NC on July 18, 1957 to Hugh […]

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By Erin Smith The filing for the 9th Congressional District election has gotten underway with four candidates declaring their intentions to run for the vacant seat. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15. As of Wednesday morning, two individuals have filed for the Republican primary. Stony Dwight Rushing, of Wingate, NC […]

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By Erin Smith The hog farm nuisance lawsuits were the subject of the evening at the Sampson County Friends of Agriculture’s 18th annual Rally for Agriculture held Tuesday night at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton.  Andy Curliss, CEO of the NC Pork Council, spoke about the trials and those who are supporting the lawsuits. Curliss announced […]

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A Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bladen Community College Auditorium. Vendor space is available. If you are seeking employment, you are encouraged to bring your resume and meet and talk with potential employers. Vendor spaces are available and the space is free of […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Judicial Branch has launched a new court date notification service allowing you to quickly and easily subscribe to up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders via email or SMS/text messages at www.NCcourts.gov/services. Subscribers are immediately notified of court date, room or session changes, as well as upcoming court date reminders seven days and one […]

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The Southeastern Fellowship Golf Association opened the season with 64 members playing at Timberlake Golf Course on Tuesday. The winning team with a score of 50 was Ronnie Tart, Bob Latham, Dave Randall and Rob Conway. Second place with a 53 was Gareth Williamson, Joe Canady, Larry Mitchell and Joe Jackson. Next weeks tournament at […]

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Columbus Charter School Kindergarten students will celebrate learning to read on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:45 AM with an awards ceremony. Students will receive an “I Can Read” certificate and their own book to celebrate their landmark achievement. Columbus Charter School’s “I Can Read” ceremony will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019 at […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, […]

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Contributed We can all “LIVE UNITED” this weekend and support our United Way of Bladen County in their fundraising efforts.  The 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fun Day fundraising event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

For those who have been in the area for a few years…remember Kent Dunn?  He came to Bladen fresh out of broadcasting school in Sanford…The Roxboro native arrived at WBLA…must have been in the late 70s, maybe early 80s…After a few years he accepted a position with the Beasley Media Group in Raleigh and he […]

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East Bladen High School

FAIRMONT – Fairmont rallied for 4 runs in their last at-bat to edge East Bladen 8-7 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. The Tornadoes capitalized on 3 hits and a walk to overcome a 7-4 East Bladen lead. East Bladen had scored 4 runs in the top of the fifth to overtake a […]

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East Bladen High School

FAIRMONT – Sophomore Jordan Kinlaw pitched 5 strong innings and struck out nine batters Tuesday to lead East Bladen to a 9-3 Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball victory over Fairmont. East Bladen’s Joi Kemp led off the game and came around to score the first East Bladen run. After Fairmont scored 2 runs in the […]

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 16-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. Alex Strange and Alex Brisson connected for one hit each for West Bladen. Share:

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 11-2 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. Senior Jeremy Pait and junior Dawson Bryan belted run-scoring singles for the Knights. Junior Logan West started on the mound for West Bladen. Juniors Lincoln Ransom and Jake Inman and sophmore Jacob Allgood shared the pitching duties for Whiteville. West […]

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville rallied for 8 runs in the third inning to overcome a 4-1 West Bladen lead en route to a 15-5 Three Rivers Conference softball victory Tuesday night over the Lady Knights. Junior Kyla Reed walked, and junior Alara Cashwell legged out an infield hit in the West Bladen first inning. Reed came […]

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FAIRMONT- Sophmore Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 5-hitter to lead East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 16-1 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over Fairmont Tuesday night. Raynor struck out three and walked only one. A walk, a single and two stolen bases produced the only Lady Tornado run in the fifth inning. Raynor lined a single […]

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FAIRMONT – Senior Pierce Melvin and sophmore Freddy Wooten combined to pitch a 4-hitter and strike-out 10 batters as East Bladen rolled past Fairmont 10-1 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. Melvin pitched the first 6 innings and allowed 4 hits, 3 walks and no earned runs while striking out eight. Wooten worked […]

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TABOR CITY – East Bladen exploded for 7 runs in the final two innings to defeat South Columbus 10-3 in Three Rivers Conference baseball action Monday night. The Eagles trailed 3-2 entering the fifth inning, but senior Shy Pone hammered a 2-out triple and later scored the tying run. Senior Dan Tatum was hit by […]

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1639 – Cambridge College, Massachusetts, renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard. 1677 – Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000. 1869 – Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law. 1884 – US adopts Standard Time. 1897 – San Diego State University is founded. 1913 – Kansas legislature approved censorship of motion pictures. 1925 – Tennessee […]

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The Bladen County Democratic Party will have its annual county convention on Saturday, March 23. The guest speaker will be Professor Irving L. Joyner. Joyner has worked as a professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law since 1982. From 1984 to 1992, Joyner served as the Associate Dean of NCCU School of […]

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By Joy Warren Eddie Madden, project manager for the White Lake Multi-Use Path, provided an update during the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners. Excavation work and laying of stone has started along the N.C. 53 and part of U.S. 701. Construction crews began installation of pilings for the […]

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By Erin Smith A long awaited Bojangles restaurant is taking another step towards becoming reality this week. Construction equipment has arrived at the proposed location on S. Poplar Street and equipment could be seen removing asphalt and other debris on Tuesday. A search of the Bojangles company website also shows six (6) jobs listed for […]

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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 […]

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NC DOT

Contributed LUMBERTON – Drivers on U.S. 74 in Robeson County may encounter temporary roadblocks Tuesday night and Wednesday night when bridge girders are set for a new interchange. An N.C. Department of Transportation contractor is converting the Broadridge Road intersection with U.S. 74 south of Lumberton into a grade-separated overpass with on and off ramps […]

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By Erin Smith A federal grand jury for the Eastern District of North Carolina is now investigating potential election fraud that occurred in the 9th Congressional District race. A federal grand jury subpoena was issued to the NC State Board of Elections on Tuesday morning requesting all documents and records regarding the State Board of Election’s investigation […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and David Rouzer (R-NC-07) applauded President Trump for signing the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which includes a provision authored by Tillis and Rouzer to direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church and Cemetery. Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church and Cemetery is a historic Presbyterian Church and cemetery near Elizabethtown, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built in 1845, and is a frame Greek Revival style church with a pedimented […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

NAKINA – Karli Priest pitched a 5-hitter and struck out six to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 9-2 Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball victory over Nakina Monday. Ashlynn Williams drew a second-inning walk, advanced on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error for a 1-0 Lady Blue Devil lead. Cydney Campbell led off […]

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LUMBER BRIDGE – A familiar theme ensued again Monday in the Three Rivers Conference golf match at Scothurst Golf Club. South Columbus won their third consecutive match, and West Bladen was second for the third week in a row. South Columbus’ Caleb Click copped medalist honors with a 78, and teammate Jonathan Williams was second […]

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Contributed COVE CITY, NC: Six months after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, storm survivors are getting help to recover and work is underway to make homes, businesses and infrastructure more resilient. However, much work lies ahead and North Carolina and its recovery partners are committed to helping people and communities rebuild, Governor Roy […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday to discuss a request for the construction of an equalization basin from Carroll Poultry. The board opted to have the item added to the April meeting agenda for discussion in order to give the town’s engineers time to review the request. Town Administrator Blake Proctor […]

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met on Monday night for their monthly session where after recognizing Vinston Rozier, Board Member, for his time served as board chair, they recognized several Clarkton School of Discovery students for their wins and accomplishments at the North Carolina Junior Beta Club Convention. Mitchell Newkirk, Fontina Hinson, and […]

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  The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 12 people Tuesday following investigations into the sale and delivery of controlled substances throughout the county. Two of those charged had bonds set at more than $1 million. Sheriff Jim McVicker said the investigations were initiated after several complaints from citizens. McVicker added that anyone […]

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An Elizabethtown man is recovering from a gunshot wound he received on Monday and another man is being held on attempted murder charges, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. The Elizabethtown Police Department received a 911 call of a subject shot in the area of James Street near Della Street in Elizabethtown around 11 am […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

April 15 is a month away, but the closer we get, the faster time seems to move along. Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is set for 12 noon today at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market.  Guest speaker will be Greg Martin, Bladen County Manager.  Dutch lunch provided by Burney’s Sweets & More.  Members are […]

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East Bladen High School

ST PAULS – Junior Sydney Wober lit up the scoreboard with a ‘Hat Trick’ plus one of 4 goals and dished out 3 assists Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over St. Pauls. The Lady Eagles cracked the scoring column in the sixteenth minute as junior […]

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WHITEVILLE – A 9-run fourth inning broke open a 6-3 game and propelled Whiteville Central to a 15-3 Waccamaw Middle School Conference victory over Tar Heel Monday. The Panthers grabbed an early lead with a second inning run. Ahmir Stepps walked, stole second and sprinted home when Parnell Hooper hammered a triple to the right-centerfield […]

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WHITEVILLE – Williams Township scored 4 runs in the fifth inning to defeat Bladenboro 5-2 Monday in the Bulldogs Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball opener. A passed third strike and an error allowed John Gore to score an Aggie run in the first inning. Andre Moore walked and came around to score the tying run […]

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WHITEVILLE – Bladenboro survived a Williams Township seventh-inning rally to secure a 4-3 softball victory in their Waccamaw Middle School Conference opener. With the Lady Bulldogs leading 4-2 in the seventh, a hit, an error and 3 walks plated a run and loaded the bases for the Lady Aggies, but a force-out at second base […]

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CERRO GORDO- West Columbus defeated West Bladen 7-2 Monday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: Jose Hernandez Osorio (WB) defeated Aaron Elkins (WC) 6-1, 6-2 Logan Enzor (WC) defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 10-8 tie-break Timothy Britt (WC) defeated Eduardo Carranza (WB) 6-3, 6-2 Ryan Meadows (WC) defeated Dylan Dove […]

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ST PAULS – St. Pauls won 2 of 3 doubles matches to edge East Bladen 5-4 Monday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: St. Pauls #1 defeated Jay McGill (EB) 7-5, 6-6 (1-7), 10-6 tie-break Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated St. Pauls #2 6-3, 6-0 Jake Evans (EB) defeated St. Pauls #3 6-3, 2-6, […]

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TABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 2-0 Monday night in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. “Alyssa Smith had a huge game in goal for us,” said Lady Knight Coach Kristen Parker. West Bladen will host West Columbus Wednesday night. Share:

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown exploded for ten runs in the first two innings and rolled to an 11-0 Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball victory over Hallsboro Monday. The Cougars scored 5 runs in the first inning. Evan Pait and Coleman Tatum ignited the rally with singles, and Garrison Tatum, Hunter Smith and Hunter Elks drew walks. […]

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TABOR CITY – Senior Anna Suggs pitched a 4-hitter and struck out ten Monday night to lead South Columbus to an 11-1 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over East Bladen. The Lady Stallions scored 2 runs in the first, tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth innings then closed the game out with […]

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