01/23/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:58 pm Bladen County business helping federal employees
  • 4:46 pm Elizabethtown murder case remains unsolved
  • 4:35 pm Health and Human Services Agency meeting needs 
  • 3:03 pm Tillis & King Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Secure Seasonal Worker Relief in Funding Agreement
  • 2:50 pm Secret about Bladen County Early College
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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following  statement in response to the story that former Bladen County Board of Elections Vice Chairman Democrat Jens Lutz engaged in absentee ballot irregularities: “In our press conference this week, we stated Congressman-Elect Mark Harris should be certified. Now, the evidence shows exactly why Democrats were quick […]

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Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings and openings due to repairs. CLOSINGS: NC 53 (Near White Oak) NC 53 West is closed toward White Oak for a bridge replacement at Ellis Creek. A signed detour is in place. This will remain closed […]

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A reminder of the MLK, Jr., parade through downtown Elizabethtown Monday, 11 AM.  Following the parade, Rev. Jerrold Lowry will  speak, followed by a light lunch at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.  Special music will be provided by a Cooperative Choir made up of the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church Choir and the Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Choir.  All are invited to […]

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1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting. 1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston. 1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco. 1903 – The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts. 1911 – 1st shipboard landing […]

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In the last month, smoke has been seen and smelled because of prescribed burns at Bladen Lakes State Forest and other areas across the state. In Bladen County, more than 1,100 acres of forestland has been treated with prescribed burning on state and private lands since the beginning of January, with over 650 acres on […]

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Here are results from Saturday’s first week of play in the Lil Knight basketball league at West Bladen High School. Big 4 League (1st-3rd grade Coed) N. C. State 4, Duke 2 UNC 6, Wake Forest 5 ACC League (4th-6th Coed) Clemson 22, Georgia Tech 10 Syracuse 28, Virginia 14 Pro Division (Boys) Thunder 35, […]

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TAR HEEL – MaKayla Dixon fired in all 12 of her points during a 22-9 second-half surge that carried Clarkton School of Discovery to a 33-14 victory over Bladenboro in the Bladen County Middle School Girls Tournament Championship game. Dixon tossed in 3 baskets and 2 free throws as the Lady Blue Devils stretched an […]

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TAR HEEL – Elizabethtown built a 32-16 lead Thursday night en route to a 38-29 victory over Tar Heel in the Bladen County Middle School Tournament championship game. Cougar guard Malcolm Bolden drove for a pair of first quarter baskets, and Jacob Nixon nailed a 3-point shot. Phillip McKiver and Zamar Lewis sank 2 free […]

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Contributed The public is invited to join faculty, staff and students to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a celebration held in Bladen Community College’s  auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 24th, at 11 a.m.  Community advocate and respected minister, Shawn Maynor, will be the keynote speaker. Rev. Maynor is the pastor of the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution that designates April 2019 as “Countering International Parental Child Abduction” month and instructs the federal government to educate state and local law enforcement about the issue and how to combat it. According to the Department of State, from 2008 to 2015 more than 9,000 […]

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By Erin Smith The sound of Ospreys could be heard overhead in Elizabethtown this week. Some residents were asking questions about what is taking place and reported feeling vibrations as the aircraft passed overhead as they headed to the airport. When asked about all of the air traffic, Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said, “The […]

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Rescue work is not for the faint of heart. One non-profit is celebrating 5 years of success. “October 2013 marked the date we went from being a backyard bird barn to a full- scale sanctuary,” Ces Erdman founder of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary said. READ MORE “October 2013 marked the date we went from being a […]

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Arthur Bullock, Bladen County Commissioner and organizer of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Parade made an exciting announcement. This year the professional boxer, James “Bonecrusher” Smith is the Grand Marshall for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. According to Smith’s website, James Smith, nicknamed “Bonecrusher”, is a native of Magnolia, North Carolina […]

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By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Bladen Express Lube and Tire in Elizabethtown. The well attended event included a barbecue lunch. Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard welcomed the business to the town and also welcomed them as a new Chamber member. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell also […]

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By Erin Smith When one drives through Bladen County you notice farm fields, wooded areas and the occasional blighted property. When it comes to cleaning up dilapidated mobile homes and burned out houses, Bladen County Manager Greg Elkins said there is little the county can do. For example, on NC 41 East, near White Lake, […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Since last fall’s hurricane, I have fallen into the habit of taking a walk or two a day. Sometimes it’s for recreation and exercise, sometimes to check the fence line. Occasionally it’s to make sure the ne’er-do-wells haven’t returned. Often I am checking the ditches and canals for beavers and absentee that […]

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Contributed State Superintendent Mark Johnson will visit Roger Bell New Tech Academy in Havelock, on Friday, Jan. 18.  Craven County was among the areas of eastern North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence last year. Johnson will be delivering books donated by students at Shiloh Elementary School in Union County. He will also deliver letters written […]

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Contributed A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005, and has not taken the training class. This Class Is Also Open To The Public: DATE:     January 29, 30, 31, Feb.1 2019 LOCATION:    Red Training Room Board of Education Anyone that needs a School Bus Pocket Card to drive an activity […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world was signed into law. The legislation, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the U.S. government’s capability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and other mass […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on the Disaster Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House: “Yesterday, the U.S. House took action to pass a much-needed $14.17 billion disaster relief package that’s critical to North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence. I urge the U.S. Senate to pass this bill and for […]

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By Erin Smith A sweepstakes establishment has opened it doors on US 701 South in the former location of Woodies Grill. The establishment is also within 500 feet of a childcare facility which is a violation of county ordinances.  Bladen County Planner Greg Elkins said he has issued a notice of violation to the business […]

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By Erin Smith Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will mark the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, with a presentation followed by a light lunch in the PAC Building immediately following the parade. The speaker for the event will be the Coastal Presbytery’s General Presbyter and Stated Clerk Rev. Jerrod Lowry. Before […]

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By Erin Smith Some Bladen County residents have recently reported being contacted by someone calling from a Jamaican telephone number posing as a Publisher’s Clearing House representative. At least one resident reported that the caller stated they were with the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol and needed their address to verify their winnings. Others have […]

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By Roxana Ross Dr. Archie “Zan” Tyson has brought a new procedure to Southeastern Health that is expanding the treatment options for local cardiac patients. Cardiac ablation is a safe and tested procedure that has been practiced regularly in the United States for many years but has never before been offered at Southeastern Regional Medical […]

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Some things I have learned over the years…. Regardless of thoughts related to politics, anything you say, left or right (R or D) will offend someone.  So, after  80 years, I have learned it is best to keep my thoughts to myself…why cause a problem over something neither can change. And too often, both have strong feelings, […]

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1821 – Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen. 1963 – Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia. 1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873) 1899 – US take possession of Wake Island in […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following his vote against H.R. 268 — Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019: “The supplemental appropriations bill brought to the floor today is nothing but a political ‘gotcha’ vote designed to go after Republicans by coupling disaster relief, which includes language that I have co-authored, with […]

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By Erin Smith Kuraray America, Inc. announced late Wednesday afternoon they are planning to invest $20 million at the Fayetteville Works site in Bladen County. The investment will feature the modernization of the Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) Film line and the phasing out of PVB resin production at the Fayetteville Works plant. In a release, Kuraray […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored legislation to ensure federal workers that are deemed “essential” and continue to work are paid despite the partial government shutdown. The Shutdown Fairness Act authorizes federal agencies affected by the current government shutdown to pay the dedicated personnel that are still working every day to serve thepeople of the United States. “Federal workers who are expected to continue […]

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By Erin Smith On Wednesday, four Bladen County families who suffered damages from Hurricane Florence received assistance in the form of new furniture to fill their homes. Men and Women United for Youth and Families teamed up with Designing Station to assist the families who had lost their furniture as a result of the storm. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. “It is past time for members of Congress to amend the Constitution and […]

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RALEIGH: The deadline for North Carolinians who are eligible for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to February 1, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. That’s the date by which homeowners need to complete the forms to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power […]

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Contributed Hurricane Florence forced thousands of families from their homes. Through FEMA assistance, many of these families are staying in temporary housing situations such as in local hotels. In an effort to get families back into their homes more quickly, the STEP Program was implemented by the State of North Carolina. “We were really excited […]

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The Knicks defeated the Lakers 26-8 Tuesday night in the championship game of Bladen Recreation’s 10-12 Boys League Pre-Season Basketball Tournament.  The runner-up is the Lakers. Share:

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TAR HEEL – Kearean Ballard fired in 22 points to lead Tar Heel to a 37-24 boys basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday night in the Bladen County Middle School Tournament. Samaj Dove tossed in a basket and a free throw, and teammates Rodney Lacewell and Martin Rojas-Jacinto netted baskets as the Blue […]

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TAR HEEL – Malcolm Bolden fired in 26 points Tuesday to lead Elizabethtown to a 49-34 victory over Bladenboro in the Bladen County Middle School Boys Tournament. Bolden nailed a 3-point shot and threw in 3 other baskets in the opening quarter. Michael Young and Deonte Lacy answered with 2 baskets each for the Bulldogs, […]

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Contributed It was a true battle as the Harrells Christian Academy middle school basketball team faced off against Myrtle Grove Christian Academy last Thursday evening.  The Crusaders were able to come out on top with a final score of 24-23 after a very intense and surprising game. Everyone in the gymnasium could feel the tension […]

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By Erin Smith Five individuals wanted in the Operation Take Back Bladenboro round up remain at large. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating them. When asked about progress with arrests on Tuesday, Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said, “The five are still at large.” If you have seen these […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) was selected to be on the deputy whip team for Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) for the 116th Congress. “This is a dynamic team, and I will rely on each of these men and women over the next two years. I’m thrilled to have the experience of Sen. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Growing older has some advantages, some disadvantages….Think about how cold it is outside, early in the AM and give thanks for a warm home and no reason to be outside…..also give thanks for the fact I could, if it was necessary. Memory does not improve with age….forgot two meetings yesterday….promise to do better today. Weather […]

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BLADENBORO – A 17-2 third-quarter spurt propelled Fairmont to a 35-13 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday. Alexandria Perez threw in a basket and a free throw in the opening period, and freshman Hannah Pait tossed in a basket to keep the Lady Knights within 7-5 at the quarter break. […]

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BLADENBORO – Fairmont defeated West Bladen 57-26 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Donovan Stone nailed a 3-point shot and added another basket in the second quarter then scored 2 more baskets in the second half to lead the Knights with 9 points. Teammate Josh Lewis threw in a trio of […]

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WHITEVILLE – Aaniyah Jackson and Ronkira Lennon tossed in 9 points each to lead East Bladen to a 34-12 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over Whiteville Tuesday. The Lady Eagles raced to a 10-2 first quarter lead and padded that margin to 18-7 at halftime. A 9-0 third quarter blitz stretched the East […]

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BLADENBORO – Fairmont exploded for 22 first quarter points en route to a 78-51 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night. Transfer Waltay Jackson fired in all 8 of his points in the opening quarter, and guard Tyrese Bradley drained a pair of 3-point shots as the Tornadoes raced to a […]

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BLADENBORO – Junior Lexie Corrothers posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead West Bladen to a 47-20 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Fairmont Tuesday night. Junior Kasee Singletary stole the ball and pitched ahead to Corrothers for a lay-up in the first six seconds of play. Singletary drove for […]

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville’s front-line duo of senior Cameron Richardson and junior Antonio McFadden scored 17 points each to lead the Wolfpack to a 66-43 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday night. McFadden threw in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the opening quarter, and junior William Godwin bombed in a […]

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WHITEVILLE – Senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson poured in 29 points Tuesday night to lead East Bladen to a 66-45 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Whiteville. The Lady Eagles edged ahead of the stubborn Lady Wolfpack 11-10 in the first quarter and stretched their lead to 25-21 at halftime. An 18-9 East Bladen blitz in […]

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1493 – Christopher Columbus leaves the New World and sets sail for Spain. 1777 – Vermont declares independence from New York. 1865 – Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Fort Fisher NC, 40 die. 1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit. 1883 – Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil […]

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Making good on the promise he made when he entered office, State Superintendent Mark Johnson today announced initiatives to reduce the testing currently required for students in North Carolina’s public schools. The steps come after getting feedback from parents and teachers. Recent surveys showed a high percentage feel that students are taking too many tests. […]

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By Erin Smith As many brides begin to prepare for their special day, they may have questions about the many choices available to them for everything from food to photographers. Lu Mil Vineyard can help as they prepare to host their 12th annual Bridal Show on Sunday, January 20th, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. […]

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Starting today, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction is seeking formal proposals from charter schools across the state to join a $26.6 million federally funded state initiative to help meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students. Under the five-year program, Advancing Charter Collaboration and Excellence for Student Success, or NC ACCESS, the Department of Public […]

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East Bladen graduate Ashley R. Brown-Poteat is promoting her new book ‘Out of Bounds.’ She attended the basketball at East Bladen High School on Friday night to share her book and what she has learned with others. A former East Bladen athlete, Brown-Poteat wants to ensure that individuals, no matter what their circumstances may be, […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board got good news with regard to the annual audit report. Bryon Scott of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Company in Elizabethtown, presented the audit to the board during Monday night’s meeting. Scott told the board the town has a total amount in the general fund of $447,000 which is […]

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Contributed “The Entire Legitimacy Of The Investigation Is Compromised” Raleigh, NC — This morning, the North Carolina Republican Party held a press conference laying out the problems with the Ninth Congressional District investigation in specific detail. “‘The fact remains that a critical election hangs in the balance, and the voters of the Ninth Congressional District […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown business was the victim of a breaking and entering early Tuesday morning. Lt. D. Cheshire with the Elizabethtown Police Department said the Dragonfly Coffee House located at 119 West Broad Street reported a breaking and entering on Tuesday morning. “The suspect or suspects took an undisclosed amount of money,” said Lt. Cheshire. Anyone who may […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, issued the following joint statement to reiterate the strong support for NATO in the United States Senate: “NATO’s broad bipartisan support in the Senate has been repeatedly expressed through the re-establishment of the Senate NATO Observer […]

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Mac Campbell, Jr., President of BladenWeCare, has announced the dates for the annual Gala and Golf Tournament. The Gala will be held on April 5 at Cape Fear Vineyard and the Annual Byron Gooden BladenWeCare Golf Tournament will be held April 25 at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The golf tournament will be a 4-man […]

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By Erin Smith If you enjoy playing games such as Black Jack, Roulette or Craps, then come out to the third annual Casino Night and take your seat at the table. The Casino Night is planned for Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and tickets cost $50 each. Chuck Heustess said Bladen’s […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board adopted a memorandum of understanding with Carroll Poultry, LLC on Monday night that will allow the company to continue to operate. The board voted unanimously to approve the memorandum. The board held an administrative hearing in December where they heard from Attorney Matthew Dixon, who is representing the owners of […]

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Contributed WILMINGTON, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2019: Club Golf Indoor is set to tee off at RiverLights™ with a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 19, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Test your golfing abilities in the closest to the pin challenge, practice your swing with a wide open driving range, and improve your accuracy with choices […]

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Contributed The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). For more information contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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Contributed RALEIGH: North Carolina has been awarded a $4.5-million preschool development grant, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The grant will help North Carolina improve the health, safety, and developmental and academic readiness of young children across the state. “Every young child in our state deserves a strong start in a safe and nurturing family and […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on University of North Carolina’s Chancellor Carol Folt’s decision to remove the remainder of Silent Sam: “I appreciate the Chancellor’s actions to keep students and the public safe. North Carolina is welcoming to all, and our public university should reflect that.” Share:

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where the board was recognized and presented gifts from the county’s schools and various departments in honor of School Board Appreciation Month. Both West Bladen High School and Bladen Lakes Primary had made videos with students thanking the board for their […]

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Contributed With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and 58 percent of Americans saying increased diversity makes the U.S. a better place while only 9 percent say it makes the U.S. worse – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most Racial Progress as well as accompanying videos. To measure […]

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Try to be positive, but more bad news than good on any given day… Three in custody after third-generation trooper shot in Wilson County, NC late Monday….Good news, if you can call it good, is the trooper’s injuries are not life threatening No resolution to federal situation, thousands required to work, receiving no compensation while our leaders accomplish […]

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Bladen County Sports

TAR HEEL – AnnaGrey Heustess and Maegan Burney combined for 28 points Monday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 36-11 victory over Tar Heel in the opening round of the Bladen County Middle School Girls Tournament. Heustess led the Lady Blue Devils with 16 points, while Burney followed with 12 points. Shy’Asia […]

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Blastball Registration started January 7th and ends March 1st. Blastball is for ages 3-5. Fee is $25. Softball Registration started January 7th and ends March 1st for ages 5-10. Fee is $30. Softball Registration for ages 11-16 ends April 5th. Fee is $30. To Register Online visit the Recreation Department at www.bladeninfo.org. – Select Departments then choose Parks & Recreation. […]

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Bladen County Sports

TAR HEEL – MaKayla Wright fired in 14 points to lead Bladenboro to a 43-29 victory over Elizabethtown Monday in the opening round of the Bladen County Middle School Girls Tournament. Wright dropped in 2 baskets and a free throw, and Rylee Chadwick popped in a pair of baskets as the Lady Bulldogs built a […]

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This Day In History

1831 – 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run. 1844 – University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana. 1861 – Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis. 1865 – Ft. Fisher, NC, falls to Union troops. 1870 – Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper’s Weekly. 1907 […]

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Raleigh, NC — As chair of the Health and Human Services committee, Sen. Pate has been instrumental combating the opioid epidemic and working with his colleagues to address this issue. Sen. Pate leaves with the respect and trust of his colleagues from across the aisle. He most recently served as Deputy President Pro Tempore. “Sen. Louis Pate […]

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By Erin Smith The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Clarkton man on charges of indecent liberties with a child. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Lee Bass of Clarkton, on Friday and have charged him with two counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of statutory rape of a child […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation that will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws. The legislation was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and currently has 30 co-sponsors […]

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Davidson, NC – Local law firm owners Bob McIntosh and Larry Shaheen, Jr. announced the formation of Carolina Revaluation Services, a joint venture between their firms, to assist commercial and residential property owners with their property revaluation appeals. The practice area will cover all counties in North Carolina currently undergoing revaluation. “Revaluation letters with newly assigned […]

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

By Erin Smith Area offices and agencies have announced their schedules for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. All banks are closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the holiday and will re-open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, Jan. 21. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Tuesday, […]

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Eight Harrells Christian Academy students were recognized last Thursday, January 10th at the Terrific Kids, Golden Resource, and Jammin’ for Jesus celebration. Kiwanis Club representative Bobby Spell attended the ceremony to present Terrific Kid certificates. Aubrey Edwards, Matilda Parker, Arabella Wasserman, Lilly Kate Rogers, Sammy Martin, Adriana Wasserman, Laney Bell, and Ray Anna Ginn were […]

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By Erin Smith Fire officials have issued their ruling in a December fire that occurred at the former Accent Dye Works building on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Officials stated the devastating fire  was the result of an issue with the electrical panel box.  Elizabethtown Fire Department Chief Nick West said, “There is no indication from […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County residents who suffered damage in Hurricane Florence and want their house purchased, elevated or need help with reconstruction can apply now for hazard mitigation assistance. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw made the announcement on Monday morning. He said the deadline for residents who want to be considered for […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: A State of Emergency declared by Governor Cooper this weekend remains in effect as utility workers are quickly restoring power across the Triad area and some Western North Carolina counties. “We are grateful for the hard work of utility crews who have been out all weekend in freezing and icy conditions,” said Governor […]

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By Erin Smith A letter sent to the NC State Board of Elections from a US House member indicates Congress may step in and resolve the disputed US House District 9 race.  Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, is the Chairperson for the Committee on House Administration. She sent a letter to NC State Board […]

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Contributed Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), the United States Marshal’s Service, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Probation Office are requesting the public’s assistance locating Zhivargo K. Jenkins, 41, who has 17 outstanding warrants for arrest and orders for arrest. Jenkins is currently wanted for the following: […]

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Contributed The N.C. Forest Service will be holding a free two-day landowner workshop to learn about the benefits of owning forestland. There will be multiple experts to help attendees learn about a variety of topics. The workshop will be held at Jones Lake State Park on Jan. 31st and Feb. 28th. Both days will be from […]

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By Erin Smith A traffic stop initiated by the Elizabethtown Police Department on Friday afternoon led to the arrest of a man wanted for at least two break-ins that occurred in 2014. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, Shajuan Morgan James, 28, of Fayetteville, was stopped by Elizabethtown Police Officers on Friday. During the traffic stop, […]

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For the next few weeks we will be featuring some of the historical places in Bladen County and giving you information concerning them. This week we feature Walnut Grove near Tar Heel. Walnut Grove, also known as Robeson Plantation, is a historic plantation house complex and national historic district located near Tar Heel, Bladen County, […]

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Bladen County Solid Waste has announced their hours of operation for Monday, January 21st, 2019, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Winter time’s a-coming, more like winter time is here…..high temps for the past couple of days in the low to mid 40s… The list of teams still in the running for Super Bowl LIII is down to four after past weekend play…  Next weekend action has the New England Patriots traveling to Kansas City for the AFC championship […]

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1639 -1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow. 1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches” 1784 – US Revolutionary War ends with the US Congress of the Constitution ratifying the Treaty of Paris. 1864 – General Sherman begins his march to the South. 1868 – North […]

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The Bladen County Middle School Basketball Tournament will begin Monday at Tar Heel Middle School at 4 p.m. In previous years the Bladen teams had played a post-season tournament, but with Bladen County joining Columbus County this year to form the Waccamaw Middle School Conference the tournament will be played this week while Columbus County […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today declared a State of Emergency for all 100 counties to help utility workers restore power quickly in parts of western and central North Carolina, following power outages caused by the snow, ice and freezing rain from this weekend’s winter storm. A wintry mix of precipitation ranging from a few inches of […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Running a small business is not just a fulltime job — it can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, and services, not to mention marketing, can be exhausting. Social Security can make your life easier with our suite of services that allows […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Checking sports activities: NFL Saturday results: KC Chiefs 31 – Indianapolis Colts 13 LA Rams 30 – Dallas Cowboys 22 Action continues today as all aim for the Super Bowl.. 1 PM  LA Chargers vs New England Patriots 4:40 PM  Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints Super Bowl LII will be played in Atlanta, Georgia Sunday, February […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Educational Foundation will conduct their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., at the Bladen County Board of Education Public Meeting Room. This will be an important meeting and I look for a good crowd to attend. Again, we are already five months into the new school year, […]

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Former West Bladen star John Bowen has played a key role this season for the Conference Carolinas leading Belmont Abbey Crusaders. Bowen has contributed 7.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game while playing 22 minutes. The Bladenboro native has started 10 games as the Crusaders have posted a perfect 8-0 league record […]

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Former West Bladen star Rahu Purdie is having a strong senior season at Lander University averaging 12.8 points and 3.5 assists per game as the Bearcats have posted a 4-4 Peach Belt Conference record and 5-9 overall mark. Purdie scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half Saturday in a 90-88 Bearcat overtime […]

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This Day In History

1630 – Letters Patent issued to Plymouth Colony. 1733 – James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, South Carolina. 1794 – Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes. 1863 – Chenille yarn making machine patented by William Canter in NYC. 1893 – US Marines land in Honolulu from the USS […]

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Contributed There is a chance to help a child fight this upcoming weekend. Debbie Edwards with the Bladenboro Benefit Committee announced Waylon is fighting Fibular Hemimelia on social media. In order to assist Waylon and his family, Edwards posted, the Bladenboro Benefit Committee announced they will be having a BBQ benefit and bake sale for […]

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Contributed Governor Roy Cooper today wrote to President Donald Trump to urge him to end the federal government shutdown that is holding back hurricane recovery efforts and threatening North Carolina’s farming economy. “While we continue the short-term recovery with FEMA’s help, our critical long-term work to rebuild stronger and smarter is delayed with every day […]

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Contributed Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February. “We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners […]

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Bladen County has quite a presence on the North Carolina Corn Growers Association Board. The President of the association is Alex Jordan of Clarkton. Fred Tate of Elizabethtown is the Treasurer and Wade Byrd, Jr. of Clarkton serves as the Corn Congress Alternate. The North Carolina Corn Growers Association’s purpose is to promote the growing […]

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