08/20/2019
  • 4:23 pm Commissioners approve Beaver Management Program
  • 11:28 am Bladen County Opioid and Other Substance Use Community Survey
  • 6:41 am West Bladen Volleyball Schedule Changes
  • 6:37 am JV Volleyball: West Bladen 2, Westover 1
  • 6:31 am Volleyball: West Bladen 3, Westover 0
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Willie Granger and Carson Brown took home Best of Show trophies Saturday afternoon at the Made In The Shade car show, but it was four Bladen County charities who were the big winners. It’s estimated more than $6,300 was raised for Bladen County Hospice, Bladen We Care, Bladen County Relay for Life and assisted living […]

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The presence of abandoned, nuisance, and junked motor vehicles can threaten the character and safety of a neighborhood, according to Billie Hall with the Town of Elizabethtown Planning Department. Hall presented a brief update to the Elizabethtown Town Council at its August meeting on the town’s Voluntary Junk Vehicle Disposal Assistance Program. She reported receiving […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

RUSTON, La. – The AUM-Montgomery team from Alabama that defeated Elizabethtown 2-0 in its opening game last Saturday in the Dixie Youth AAA World Series went on to win the championship, beating Mississippi 4-2 in the title game. After the win over Elizabethtown, Alabama defeated Mississippi 2-1, Florida 7-1, and South Carolina 4-2, before dropping […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Elizabethtown Rescue Squad reported that in the previous month they made a total of 75 calls, most ever by the squad. Al Bishop of Ammon received his Eagle Scout Award in August of 1984. Mike Simmons was named to the Bladen County Morehead Scholar Committee. Houston Brisson and son Nile Brisson shot a score […]

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1776 – American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London. 1833 – Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200. 1846 – US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world’s largest museum and research complex. 1869 – O.B. Brown patents moving picture projector. 1921 – FDR stricken […]

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Ever get something on your mind … worry for a while, then when everything is exposed, all is well? … Feels good. Ever considered seeking public office? I did, years ago. Served as county commissioner from ’74 to ’82. Decided to ‘not seek’ reelection. Great experience … no desire for another day. I never dreamed […]

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RALEIGH – On the morning of July 22, Trooper Chris Wooten was seriously injured as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred near the intersection of Tuckaseegee Road and Edgewood Road in Charlotte.  Since the crash, Wooten has been hospitalized, receiving around-the-clock care due to the serious nature of his injuries.   On Thursday, August […]

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Southeastern Carolina Crossroads has been assisting men with addiction rehabilitation needs since 2015. There have been many positive outcomes for the men who have received services offered at the Christian non-profit organization according to Rev. David Foster with the Bladen Baptist Association. The rehab facility provides, “Help and Hope Over Addiction for Men.” The treatment […]

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By Charlotte Smith The old saying, “They don’t make them like they use to,” may be showcased this weekend. The annual Made in the Shade Open Car and Truck Show takes place Saturday on the lawn in front of San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Registration is from 8 a.m. until noon and judging will begin […]

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Dublin – Bladen Community College (BCC) faculty and staff convened together to kick off the 2019-2020 academic year during an all campus assembly held on August 1st. The gathering included important updates and information to support student enrollment, completion, and safety as well as professional development. Vincent Morris, BCC welding student, gave a very motivating […]

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Mary Caitlin Campbell has won a State Championship title for weight lifting and now she is helping the community she lives in. Campbell and her co-worker Cameron Hatcher from Healthworks in Elizabethtown both addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday at San Jose restaurant. Hatcher went over some of the benefits the local gym offers […]

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Town of White Lake

The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at 7.pm. according to Brenda Clark, MMC/NCCMC, Administration Director/Town Clerk/Finance Officer. Following is the agenda:  OPENING & CALL TO ORDER: 7:00 P.M.  INVOCATION  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE  AGENDA ADOPTION AGENDA ITEMS: 1. APPROVAL OF […]

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We made it through another work week. Have fun this Friday. We hope these jokes make you laugh or at least chuckle a bit. You know why you never see elephants hiding up in trees? Because they’re really good at it. What is red and smells like blue paint? Red paint. A dyslexic man walks […]

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Road Closing

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Bladen County’s upcoming road closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with NCDOT. CLOSINGS: NC210 Near US 701 NC210 closed on Monday, June 17, 2019 and will remain closed until December 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  They will be replacing existing pipes with […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

The Bladenboro Board of Town Commissioners have a regular session meeting scheduled for Monday, August 12, 2019 at  7:00 p.m. according to Melanie Hester, Town Clerk/Finance Officer. There will be public hearings for the proposed Amendment to Chapter 152-Non-Residential Building Maintenance Code of Bladenboro’s Code of Ordinances, the proposed Amendment to Chapter 73-Golf Carts of […]

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NC DOT

Fayetteville-based Highway Division 6 Gets 88 Projects Projects cover years 2020-2029 RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has unveiled this week the final draft of its 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP. It includes more than 1,700 projects across all transportation modes and in every county in the state. The complete draft STIP list […]

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West Bladen grad Matt Hill has been named the new head boys basketball coach at South Columbus effectively completing a swap of roles between Hill and former South Columbus coach Bryant Edwards. Hill resigned as head basketball coach at Lumberton in March, and Edwards who is the son of Bladen County native Worley Edwards, was […]

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Special election for US House of Representatives, District 9 will be held September 10, 2019. Check Bladen County Board of Elections for more info. Candidates are, in alphabetical order: Dan McCready – Democrat Jeff Scott – Libertarian Allen Smith – Green Dan Bishop – Republican Just vote and be ready to accept the results, whatever. […]

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Soccer | Volleyball | Tennis | Cross country | JV Football West Bladen varsity football DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug. 10 Scrimmage at Douglas Byrd 9 a.m. Aug. 13 Scrimmage at Wilmington Ashley 6 p.m. Aug. 23 South Brunswick 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at North Brunswick 7 p.m. Sept. 6 Red Springs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 […]

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Soccer | Volleyball | Tennis | Cross country | JV Football | JV Soccer . East Bladen varsity football DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug. 12 Scrimmage at Lumberton 6 p.m. Aug. 16 Scrimmage at James Kenan TBA Aug. 23 Wallace-Rose Hill 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at Clinton 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Whiteville 7:30 p.m. Sept. […]

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Golf

The team of Will Fisher, Michael Pastore, Jimmy Schultz, Ricky Williams and Scott Gordon won the August 8 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf with a score of 8-under par. The Thundering Herd, a nine hole event, is played every Thursday at 6 p.m. The cost to play is $18 for members and $20 for guests. […]

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1842 – US-Canada border defined by Webster-Ashburton Treaty. 1904 – Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, New York patents his check-writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers. 1910 – Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine. 1918 – Reds manager Christy Mathewson suspects Hal Chase of taking bribes to fix games, and suspends him […]

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Former Bladen County Hospital President Dr. Roxie Wells has been elected to the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees, it was announced Thursday. The term is for three years beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Dr. Wells is president of Cape Fear Valley Hoke Healthcare, where she manages Hoke Hospital and its associated outpatient clinics. She also […]

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters monitoring oceanic and atmospheric patterns said Thursday that conditions are now more favorable for above-normal hurricane activity since El Nino has now ended. Two named storms have formed so far this year and the peak months of the hurricane season, August through October, are now underway. Flooding is always […]

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RALEIGH – A St. Pauls man was sentenced Thursday to eight years in federal prison followed by four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced. Stanley Jamar […]

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Hurricane season is here, and Cape Fear Valley Health in Fayetteville has a jump on preparations because of a new emergency water pump system. Costing nearly $380,000, the system went online in late July. It is located on Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s campus and includes two new water wells and three massive storage tanks. […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will suspend online vehicle registration services this weekend as part of routine scheduled maintenance by the N.C. Department of Revenue. During the maintenance period, scheduled from Friday at 8 p.m. until Sunday at noon, NCDMV online vehicle registration services will not be available. Customers will not be […]

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State Treasurer Dale Folwell announced Thursday that the state’s health insurance plan will include major hospitals in the state as in-network providers next year as part of the Blue Options Network and the new State Health Plan Network. The State Health Plan covers more than 727,000 teachers and state employees. Blue Cross Blue Shield of […]

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Been on the road for a few days and soooo happy to be home again. Mentally and physically tired. … Do not remember going to bed last night …. ever have such an experience … slept well … but, woke up tired … more mental than physical. Actually attended a telephone conference sponsored by NTCA, […]

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1786 – US Congress unanimously chooses the dollar as the money unit for the United States. 1844 – Brigham Young chosen as head of Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) following the death of Joseph Smith. 1854 – Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges. 1898 – Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes. […]

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Graham Tabernacle Freewill Baptist Holiness Church in Clarkton has planned a four-night Revival beginning Tuesday, August 20 and lasting through Friday, Aug. 23. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. Speakers will include Dr. Joyce Gause, Evangelistic Vermethia Lance, Evangelistic Blanche McFarland and Pastor Merkethia Clarida. Graham Tabernacle FBH Church is located at 281 […]

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Golf

The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association, with 42 players participating, played its August 6 tournament at Cheraw State Park Golf Course. The winning team, with a score of 56, was Bobby Rabon, Breece Horton, Jack Thompson and Terry Medlin. Next week’s tournament will be held at Gates Four Country Club. 1st Place: (56) – Bobby […]

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The West Bladen boys’ soccer team is practicing in preparation for its season opener scheduled Aug. 26 at Hobbton. East Bladen’s season opener is scheduled Aug. 21 at home against Wallace-Rose Hill. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Share:

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Having fun in the sun and dancing the night away is one memorable way to spend your summers. The Town of Elizabethtown hosts Summer Sounds Concerts sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and its members. The concerts in the series are held on Thursday evenings at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. The […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Town of Elizabethtown Council members discussed plans for repairs to the Town Cemetery on Queen Street in Elizabethtown.  Scott Sigmon, an engineer with W. K. Dickson and Associates, gave a presentation to the council regarding the geologic damage to the City Cemetery back in January this year. Elizabethtown received roughly 15 […]

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Contributed Dublin, NC – After months of prayerfully seeking God’s will, it is with great joy and excitement that Dublin First Baptist Church announces the election of Jason Lee as our new Senior Pastor on July 21, 2019. Jason is a Lancaster Bible College Graduate and a military veteran. Jason and his wife, Krista ministered […]

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PUBLIC NOTICE “The Bladen Community College Practical Nursing and Associate Degree in Nursing programs are pursuing pre-accreditation candidacy status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2500.  Interested parties are invited to submit third party comments in […]

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Bladen County Parks and Recreation Soccer Registration is underway and will continue through Friday, August 30. Registration is for the following: Tot Soccer (ages 3-4) – $30 Soccer (ages 5-7 coed, 8-10 girls and boys, 11-14 boys and girls) – $35 *Age as of August 1, 2019* There also is a need for soccer coaches. […]

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Football

Registration for Bladen County Recreation’s Cheerleading, Flag Football and Tackle Football programs is underway through Sept. 6. Cheerleading is for ages 7-12 years-old. Flag Football is for ages 5-7, and Tackle Football is for ages 7-12. Registration fee for cheerleading is $35 and for football is $40. Registration can be completed in the Bladen Recreation […]

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1782 – George Washington creates the Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army. 1882 – Hatfields of south West Virginia and McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die. 1904 – Train derails on bridge in Eden, Colorado, during a flash flood, kills 96. 1912 – […]

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Temps in the 90s for a few days … chance of thunderstorms and some rain today. On the road again … headed home. Church Billboards Too cold to change sign … Message inside. Tweet others as you would like to be tweeted. Having troubles sleeping? Try one of our sermons. Spring is here – I’m […]

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The East Bladen boys’ soccer team is practicing in preparation for its season opener on Aug. 21 at home against Wallace-Rose Hill. West Bladen’s season open is set for Aug. 26 at Hobbton. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Share:

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Bladenboro- Abuse of Power: WECT Investigates risks seniors face with powers of attorney READ MORE Share:

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By Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce along with the Town of Elizabethtown Town Council joined the new Carolina Vision Center for their ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, August 5th at 5:30 pm. The new facility is located at 432 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. The company, which has several locations across […]

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Bladen County Animal Control/Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee on cats starting today until the end of August. “The Shelter is full of cats right now and we hope that waiving the adoption fee will help more cats find a loving home,” said Karen Suggs, Bladen County Animal Shelter manager. You will still be […]

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North Carolina A & T State University Chancellor, Harold L. Martin Sr., Ph.D., paid a visit to local students with the Innovation Station mobile stem lab on Thursday, August 1 at Tabernacle Holiness Church. This stop provided attendees an opportunity to see Innovation Station in action. N.C. A&T’s Innovation Station, a 41-foot-long mobile makerspace, brings […]

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The Town of Elizabethtown had much to celebrate on Monday, August 5. Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West announced an improved fire suppression rating through the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS) at the Town of Elizabethtown Town Council meeting. The fire district recently completed an extensive inspection by the Office of State Fire Marshal and […]

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The ‘thud’ you may have heard yesterday was the stock market crashing, could go lower today … for whatever the reason. Checking in on the progress of MacKenzie Gore, former Whiteville lefty who signed for a ‘pot full’ of money to pitch for the San Diego Padres. He has had a sensational year, only one […]

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Ms. Dianne Hatcher was recognized for over 22 years of dedicated service as a Detention Officer of Bladen County on Monday evening at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting. Ms. Hatcher was presented with a plaque and well wishes from the commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office. Ray Jones was also recognized during the meeting […]

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1819 – Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the United States. 1861 – US Congress passes First Confiscation Act. 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmier becomes the 1st person to be executed by electric chair. 1914 – Denis Patrick Dowd, Jr. enlists in […]

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Charlotte Smith

Last week there was a long awaited trial held in Bladen County Superior Court. The State of North Carolina versus MacKenzie Brisson was a unique case according to Judge Michael A. Stone who presided over the case. Brisson was accused of becoming violent with his grandfather, shooting his mother’s house causing tens of thousands of […]

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By Charlotte Smith  Since 1790, the United States has held a census to count its citizens. The US Census is collected every 10 years.  Demorrio Thomas with the United States Census Bureau gave a presentation on Monday in Elizabethtown. Before he gave information about the Census to the board, he was introduced by Billie Hall […]

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On Sunday, July 21st, 2019, Robert Roosevelt Peterson (“Bob”), beloved husband of the late Pura Gonzales Peterson, father of Erick Gonzales Peterson, and father-in-law of Christina Pitrelli, passed away peacefully at his home in Rockville, MD. The eleventh and youngest child of the late Mary Brown Peterson and Pearlie Peterson, Bob was born and raised […]

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Friendly, helpful faculty and staff will be on hand at Bladen Community College for FALL 2019 FINAL REGISTRATION DAYS – Wednesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 8. Share:

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The Disaster Support Group, hosted by Hope4NC, Foundation Church, and Bladen Disaster Recovery Team will host an event for those in Bladen County affected by the recent hurricanes. There will be resources, prep information, resilience information and activities for all ages, and a film about resilience being shown as well. The event will be held […]

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As kids start going back to school and life get busier, now’s the time to check your child’s safety seat. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 1-19. Many people don’t know that children should ride in the backseat until age 13. It’s also a good idea to choose […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate unanimously passed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to help family farms reorganize after falling on hard times. The legislation previously passed the House and now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.   “Farmers in North Carolina and […]

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Elizabethtown’s Minor League All Stars lost 7-3 Sunday, but like the Bladen County All Stars a week ago, you represented us well. We are proud of both teams. How many youngsters played Dixie Youth baseball this year, and when it was time for the best to play the best, we had two teams in the […]

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1812 – War of 1812: Tecumseh’s Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne’s 200 Americans at Brownstown Creek, causing them to flee and retreat. 1846 – Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel. 1861 – President Lincoln signs the first US personal Income Tax into law (3% of incomes over $800) 1864 […]

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Fans of the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball AAA team gathered Saturday night at San Jose Restaurant to watch the game between Elizabethtown and Montgomery, Alabama in the World Series in Ruston, Louisiana. Alabama won 2-0. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong On Sunday, Metairie, Louisiana defeated Elizabethtown 7-3, eliminating the local team from the tournament. Share:

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Members of the Elizabethtown team are: Front Row (Left-Right): Braylon Cromartie, Collin Cole, Hunter Wood, Claxton Tatum, Fox Sutton, Tyler Eason. Second Row (L-R): Brady Marlowe, C. J. McCracken, Jayce Hatcher, Joshua Dawson, Jaxon Hair, Easton Bostic. Back Row (L-R): Coaches Dale Wood, Kyle Bostic, Joseph Hatcher. RUSTON, La. – Elizabethtown battled back to within […]

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Alabama 2, North Carolina 0 in the AAA Dixie Youth Minors World Series game played in Rustin, Louisiana last night. Today, North Carolina (Elizabethtown) vs Louisiana, game time, 4:30 p.m. Last night’s game was all about great pitching stopping good hitters. Line score … Alabama 2 runs on 5 hits. For North Carolina, 0 runs […]

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RUSTON, La. – Matthew Lutz and Sam Wallace combined to pitch a 2-hitter as Montgomery, Alabama defeated Elizabethtown 2-0 on Saturday night in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) World Series. Elizabethtown will play Louisiana Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time in an elimination game. Louisiana lost its opening round game […]

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West Bladen  began football practice Thursday. The Knights will host South Brunswick in their season opener on Aug. 23. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Share:

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East Bladen Eagles  began football practice Thursday. The Eagles will host Wallace-Rose Hill in their season opener on Aug. 23. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Share:

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1862 – US government collects its 1st income tax. 1892 – Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden arrested in Fall River, Massachusetts on two counts of murder. 1914 – US declares neutrality on the outbreak of WWI. 1925 – US marines leave Nicaragua after 13-year occupation. 1944 – Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The town commissioners of White Lake announced that the White Lake ABC store would be closing. The Clarkton Tobacco Market opened with great fanfare. The New Clarkton Warehouse, on the first day of sales, sold 101,765 pounds of tobacco at an average price of $1.54 per pound. The Jimmy Green Warehouse sold 200,000 pounds of […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Good-bye July, hello August. Are you enjoying fond memories of your summer vacation? Did you go somewhere sunny? Did you rest and relax on a stay-cation? Did you get a tan? I didn’t get a tan, I got a new granddaughter. Vacation or stay-cation, either way July is usually a great month, […]

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Elizabethtown’s Dixie Youth team arrived safe and sound in Rustin, Louisiana and are preparing for game 1 against Alabama (Montgomery) tonight, 9 p.m., Bladen County time. The game is expected to be televised on HiCast Sports Mobile App in conjunction with JockJive Sports. Game may be free … not sure. HiCast is advertising a 7-day […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

West Bladen’s Knights started their official fall football practice season Thursday and things went well, according to new head coach Jon Sherman. “We had a good practice,” said Coach Sherman. “We had about 50 jayvee and varsity players. Those numbers need to rise, and we will work on that.” The lightning and stormy weather forced […]

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Members of the Elizabethtown team are: Front Row (Left-Right): Braylon Cromartie, Collin Cole, Hunter Wood, Claxton Tatum, Fox Sutton, Tyler Eason. Second Row (L-R): Brady Marlowe, C. J. McCracken, Jayce Hatcher, Joshua Dawson, Jaxon Hair, Easton Bostic. Back Row (L-R): Coaches Dale Wood, Kyle Bostic, Joseph Hatcher. RUSTON, LA – The Elizabethtown All-Stars will open […]

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1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with three ships, Santa Maria, Pinta and Nina from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the “Indies” 1863 – Governor Seymour ask President Lincoln to suspend draft in NY. 1882 – US Congress passes 1st law restricting immigration. 1900 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver I hate August. Not my dear friend and brother in Christ who sadly shares the same name, but the month, four and a fraction weeks of humid, unproductive, foul-smelling misery that simply doesn’t want to end, because it enjoys inflicting pain and suffering. The month of August is a spavined, worm-ridden, mangy, […]

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By Jefferson Weaver The Whiteville News Reporter The woman who sparked an Amber Alert when she allegedly kidnapped her infant from a daycare near Bladenboro has been charged in the July 8 beating of a Chadbourn man. Juanita Askew (pictured), 22, has been charged with common law robbery, felony larceny, assault inflicting serious injury, first […]

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Seven people, including Leslie McCrae Dowless, who were indicted Tuesday on alleged absentee ballot irregularities turned themselves in Wednesday at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The first court appearance for all of the suspects is Monday in Wake County, the law enforcement agency […]

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Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners are scheduled to meet Monday in the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include: Approval of the CodeRed Services agreement and addendum for $11,300 for a two-year period beginning Sept. 9. CodeRed is a fully integrated system that enables […]

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By Charlotte Smith A man involved in a 6-hour standoff with law enforcement in Dublin on November 21, 2017 charged with three felony counts of assault with a firearm on a government official stood trial this week. Judge Michael A. Stone presided over the case. The unique case has no historical example with similar happenings […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College graduated its largest class of Practical Nursing students in a pinning ceremony on July 25. BCC Board of Trustees chair Dennis Troy and college executive vice president Jeff Kornegay provided greetings to the 28 graduates and others in attendance. Michelle Thompson, a past graduate of the program and now registered […]

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NC DOT

DUNN – Pope Road, which crosses Interstate 95 at exit 72 in Harnett County, was be restricted to one travel lane Thursday. The restriction will last several weeks until the bridge can be repaired, says Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Barksdale Inspectors with the N.C. Department of Transportation closed the right southbound lane for about […]

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Emereau Charter School welcomed more than 500 students Thursday on the first day of the new academic year. The 2019-2020 school year has students in grades kindergarten through eighth with a grade level added each year. The school reported that staff and students were very excited to get the school year started. Share:

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Fayetteville Social Security is here for you, not just when you need us financially, but when you need accurate information about our programs, retirement, and more. There are many online sources for Social Security information, but you need to make sure you are getting the right information. […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden My wife and I just returned from a short vacation to Buffalo. “Buffalo,” you might respond. “Not the beach or the mountains?” Mind you, we both love North Carolina’s mountains and beaches, as well as many fun places in-between. My wife was born near Buffalo, and Buffalo also has the largest […]

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VERO BEACH, FL – Lefrederick Wooten (pictured in file photo), a rising junior at East Bladen High, was one of 250 baseball players (ages 13-18) selected from around the United States to attend the Hank Aaron Invitational in Historic Dodgertown this week. Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), USA Baseball […]

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Both East Bladen and West Bladen High Schools kicked off their official practice seasons Thursday evening, although inclement weather played a role in shortening the Eagles practice. “Practice went great until lightning stopped us at the end,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “We didn’t get to finish up with the ‘county fair’ (a conditioning drill).” […]

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Elizabethtown All-Stars left yesterday for Louisiana. The Dixie Youth Class AAA (Minors) team will represent North Carolina in the World Series. Their first game is set for Saturday, 9 p.m. ET. Their opponent … Alabama. We wish them well, in their travel and on the field. The big ‘thud’ yesterday was the drop of several […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, President Trump signed Senator Thom Tillis’ LEGION Act into law, bipartisan legislation that will extend eligibility for American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II. Senator Tillis introduced the legislation with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). “I was proud to work with Senator Sinema to build the support needed to unanimously pass […]

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The Mother County Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, August 10th, from  12-2 pm at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC.  Anyone with an interest in history and genealogy is welcome. The Program Speaker will be Yvonne Council. This program will be Part 2 of a program on cleaning and repairing […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in three. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.4 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.4 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at […]

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Another Dixie Youth team, coaches, moms and dads and other supporters, are either on the way or already in Louisiana for the AAA (Minors) World Series. Play begins this weekend. High school fall sports practice underway, or will be shortly … football, tennis, soccer … maybe more. Did you watch the Democratic presidential candidates debate […]

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The Elizabethtown All-Stars will leave Thursday morning around 8 a.m. en route to Ruston, LA to represent North Carolina in the Dixie Youth Class AAA (Minors) World Series. The team has posted a 12-1 record in district and state tournament play and will open the World Series Saturday night at 9 p.m. against the Alabama […]

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1867 – Blacks vote for 1st time in a US state election in the South (Tennessee) 1893 – Henry Perky patents a machine for the preparation of cereals for food, otherwise known as shredded wheat. 1901 – Burials within San Francisco City limits prohibited. 1907 – Bank of Italy (later Bank of America) opens 1st […]

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By Ray Jones Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Akira, a 1- to 2-year-old female Domestic Short Hair. She is very friendly, but can be shy at times. She needs a family that will give her the extra tender loving care that she deserves, says Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. Akira has been looking for […]

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By Charlotte Smith It’s that time of year again. Bladen County students and their parents are preparing for school. There are some homeschooled students as well as charter schools reporting classes are already in session.  Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville already have Bladen County students in classes. […]

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EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. – Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.; Mohamed Ahmedna, dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; and other leaders from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will travel more than 500 miles touring the eastern part of the state July 31- Aug. 1. Coordinated by Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T, […]

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RALEIGH – A four-year-old, unvaccinated mare in Cumberland County was euthanized after contracting the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis in North Carolina this year. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. EEE causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord and is usually fatal. Symptoms include impaired […]

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-Farm Location: Cedar Creek/HWY 53 -Hispanic preferred that can speak some English -Experience is a PLUS -7 day a week job -Must have transportation or at minimum a DL to drive 2 miles to work location from housing Benefits: -Competitive FLAT Salary (paid weekly/even during down time of a bird sell) -Housing provided -Cell phone […]

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Did you ever go cruisin’? Back when drive-in restaurants were favorite hangouts for young folks? Kept cruising’, from one to another, afraid you would miss something… Comedians and politicians seem to be getting top billing on the Internet. Difficult to tell them apart. Oh, and one more … commercials for attorneys, suing any number of […]

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DALLAS, Texas – East Bladen grad and current North Carolina State standout Larrell Murchison has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 Outland Trophy that is given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman. The Outland Trophy is one of college football’s most prestigious awards and has been presented annually since 1946. […]

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