05/25/2019
  • 9:34 am Bladen County Board of Commissioners hold special meetings
  • 9:22 am Military pay raise and troop increase endorsed by Senate panel
  • 9:20 am USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Marketing Assistance Loan Deadlines
  • 9:17 am Naked places and open spaces
  • 9:11 am Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Kendrick Hester retires as chief of the Bladen County ASCS Office. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson of Elizabethtown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. WTVD was running a promotion film featuring White Lake. The Bladen County blueberry crop was termed “excellent.” Blueberry farmers estimated that the crop would garner around $6.12 million of income. Share:

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RALEIGH – Mr. Clarence Angus Ferguson, 69, of Raleigh, NC, died on Thursday, May 16, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Clarence was born in Robeson County to the late John Rogers and Katherine Lee Ferguson, and he grew up in Clarkton, NC. He graduated from Clarkton High School in 1968 where he earned state-wide […]

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Golf

With the great weather that we are having the question arises “Where should I play golf this week.” Here’s a list of golf courses that are within an hour’s drive of Bladen County with published rates for weekday play for 18 holes riding a cart. All courses have other rates, such as senior, junior, twilight, […]

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East Bladen’s Jay McGill and Jackson Bostic and West Bladen’s Jose Osorio have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference Men’s Tennis Team. McGill, a junior, posted a 12-4 record in Three Rivers singles matches while playing No. 1 singles for the Eagles. McGill also teamed with junior Jake Evans to win 13 of 16 […]

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GREENSBORO – West Bladen junior Andrew AJ Brown finished 13th in the long jump at the NCHSAA Class 2A Track & Field Meet on Friday at North Carolina A&T State University. Brown leaped 19 feet, 8.5 inches in the meet final. Two more Knight juniors competed at the state meet, but didn’t reach their event […]

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Hundreds of people enjoyed the activities Saturday at the 41st annual White Lake Water Festival. And there, truly, was something for everyone. The highlight was the parade that made its way down White Lake Drive. It, of course, included floats, pageant winners and politicians. Crafts and vendors were set up at Goldston’s Beach. There were […]

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WASHINGTON – Five East Bladen errors led to four unearned runs, and a pair of pickoffs stymied the Eagle running game as Washington escaped with a 5-4 victory Friday night in the fourth round of the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. Pam Pack lefthander Logan Everette pitched 6.2 innings and allowed four runs – one […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

East Bladen Eagles baseball team lose in 2A playoffs … Washington, NC, High School 5, East Bladen 4. Tough loss, great season. Kyle Tatum, Eagle alum, recently completed two years of study and baseball at Brunswick Community College, great year, great experience with Coach Robbie Allen’s team. White Lake Water Festival continues. Day 1 complete […]

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club tournament winners were Blake Baysden, Jonathan Gooden, Luke Gooden and Carlton Floyd (Photo by Ray Jones) Sixteen teams participated in the Third Annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club golf tournament Friday afternoon at Vineyard Golf at Whiteville. The format was four-person Captain’s Choice. The proceeds from the tournament go toward scholarships for Bladen County […]

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This Day In History

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

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners are expected to hear from Health and Human Services director Terri Duncan and Planning director Greg Elkins on Monday in their regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the lower level assembly room of the Courthouse in Elizabethtown. Duncan will give a vital statistics report […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Several Bladen units, including Lisbon, White Lake, Tar Heel, Clarkton, and Bladen EM responded with the Forest Service and Columbus County crews to a major wildfire off Old Northeast Road at the county line Friday. Several aircraft were also deployed. Share:

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The Driver Education Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting Tuesday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 7th floor State Board of Education meeting room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Agenda highlights: DPI Update Safety and Traffic Education Program (STEP) “An innovative pathway to licensure for professionals and paraprofessionals.” Alternate access […]

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Upcoming Events

The Whiteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosts a “Conversation with Authors” on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Columbus County Arts Council, 104 Pecan Street, Whiteville, NC. The three featured authors are:  Celeste Lennon (Bladen County native), Leon D. Dockery and Patricia Woodard. The three […]

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By Charlotte Smith Recently Town of Elizabethtown Manager, Eddie Madden spoke with Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce members about the decline in the sustainability of small towns in the nation. However, the message Madden brought was one of optimism.  The damages from Hurricane Florence and the publicity brought by the elections’ investigation hit the […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, remaining unchanged from March’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.6 percent. North Carolina’s April 2019 unemployment rate remained unchanged from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 11,371 over the month to 4,837,740 and […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Training Unit undertook a training event unlike any that Chief Pete Batton of Dublin Fire Department had seen in more than 26 years of fire service he said. The Rescue Task Force concept was launched on Thursday at the Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center. Fire, rescue, ems, […]

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Contributed Emereau: Bladen brought the production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. center stage at Robeson Community College on Thursday evening. Executive Director of Emereau: Bladen, Mrs. Carla Fisher welcomed the large audience to the heavily anticipated event. Mr. Quentin Lovette, Director, Set and Costume Designer prepared the crowd to be entertained as he presented the popular […]

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By Charlotte Smith Tar Heel Fish House located at 14291 Highway 87 in Tar Heel held their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, May 16. Owner of the new business, Ms. Yeseree Robinson, a 1998 graduate of Tar Heel High School welcomed all who attended. Dawn Maynard, Executive Director with the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area […]

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Dozens of health care and business leaders across North Carolina support Medicaid expansion. Supporters include: Ashe Memorial Hospital, Chatham Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Erlanger Western North Carolina, Henderson County Hospital Corporation, J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital, Johnston Health Services Corporation, Nash UNC Health Care, North Carolina Healthcare Association, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, Novant […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), introduced legislation that would protect probation officers and enhance their ability to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties. “Probation officers play a critical role in our criminal justice system […]

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Contributed The Clarkton PFWB Church welcomes you and friends to our 66th HOMECOMING Celebration Sunday June 2. Beginning at  10 am we will enjoy spiritual songs by Mr. TJ Tatum of Wilmington. The SILENCE Family of Jacksonville, NC will bless our church. Each group will bless us with their beautiful  talents. Our guest speaker, Rev. Randy Carter general superintendent of PFWB in […]

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The 2019 edition of the Annual White Lake Water Festival is underway, and all are invited. Schedule of Events for today (Friday, May 17, 2019) 11 a.m.: 3rd Annual Rotary International Cup Golf Tournament – Captain’s Choice at The Vineyard Golf Course. 6 p.m.: Classic Car Cruise-In at Goldston’s Beach 6 p.m.-9 p.m.: Street Dance […]

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Golf

The winning team, shooting 7-under par, in the May 16 Thundering Herd At Vineyard Golf at White Lake was Jake Womble, Kent Fisher, Conor Bullard and Roger Smith. The Thundering Herd is played every Thursday at 6 p.m. The cost to play is $18 for members and $20 for guests. The Thundering Herd is a […]

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GREENVILLE – East Bladen grad Kyle Tatum completed his sophomore season at Brunswick Community College Monday ranked second in Region X in stolen bases with 23 and fifth in runs scored with 41. The BCC Dolphins won their first three games to reach the championship games in the Region X/Southeast District Tournament, before dropping their […]

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After knocking off First Flight, top-seeded Midway and ninth-seeded NC School of Science & Math, East Bladen’s Eagles will make the three-hour trip to fourth-seeded Washington on Friday night for a fourth-round game in the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles pulled away with an eight-run fourth inning in Tuesday’s 13-0 romp […]

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This Day In History

1733 – Great Britain passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions. 1792 – 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street. 1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established. 1877 – Edwin T. […]

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RALEIGH — Joseph Anthony Vaught was sentenced to 150 months in prison Thursday in federal court on drug charges following an undercover investigation that began in late 2016. Vaught, 29, of Wilmington, also was sentenced to five years of supervised probation following his release from custody, according to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – Based on public input last fall, the N.C. Department of Transportation has revised a proposal for upgrading U.S. 74/76 in Columbus County. Officials will hold another open house May 30 to show the new preliminary design, the organization announced Thursday. The department continues to upgrade U.S. 74/76 to interstate standards by removing […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Thin Blue Line Act to ensure that criminals face the strongest possible punishment in federal cases when they kill or attempt to kill local law enforcement officers. “Law enforcement officers go to work every day not knowing whether they’ll return home safely to their families,” said Senator […]

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Contributed Supplemental Absentee & Provisional Meeting at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC. Share:

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By Dora Brogdon This year will mark the 41st annual White Lake Water Festival for Bladen County since it began in 1979. The festival will last for three days, starting on the 17th at 11 a.m. The 3rd Annual Rotary International Cup Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament will begin Friday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The […]

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Contributed Elizabethtown  resident, Mr. Dan Allen, the only remaining participant in the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy was awarded his Certificate of Completion last night (5-15-2019).  Other candidates had dropped out of the classes, but Mr. Allen persevered and completed over forty (40) hours of law enforcement training since January 7th this year. Mr. […]

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By Charlotte Smith Every person counts. That is the message the 2020 Census and Bladen County officials want all residents to understand. The Bladen County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee met Thursday  morning in the Bladen County Library Conference room, according to Greg Elkins with the County of Bladen.  The primary goal of the 2020 […]

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By Charlotte Smith The US Highway 701 bridges over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown are now open. The southbound bridge had been closed for months due to debris removal under the bridges. North Carolina Department of Transportation District Engineer, Kenneth Clark, PE confirmed earlier in May the Highway 701 bridge did receive inspection approval. […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: E-N-G Mobile Systems, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of specialized vehicles, will create 60 jobs as it locates its first East Coast operations in Cumberland County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company and a related company will invest $2.3 million in the new facility, located in Fayetteville. “Manufacturers know they can find the […]

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NC DOT

Contributed RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Hurricane Preparedness Hurricane season begins June 1. Preparation and planning are the keys to keeping you and your family safe during a hurricane. Some key things to remember: […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) today announced Hobbton High School student Maegan Hering as the winner of the 2019 7th Congressional District Art Competition. Hering’s piece, “Pig in Sunset”, will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol along with other winners from congressional districts across the country. Hering and a guest will be invited to attend a […]

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The event will still be held at the Bladen County Park off US-701, and will be on a Thursday-JUNE 27th (3-6PM). Share:

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has signed the following bills into law: Senate Bill 505: Rural Job Retention Act Senate Bill 605: Highway Storm Recovery Act Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Enjoy talking to or spending time with friends, mostly senior citizens, who are ‘throttling back’, some retiring, some due to illness, others just feel it’s time to move to the sidelines, for whatever the reason, a drastic change in life … sudden changes are the most difficult to deal with. On the other end of […]

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Pictured are: Front Row (Left-Right): Jennifer Gaytan-Morales, Fabiola Sandoval, Mireya Sandoval, Alyssa Bell, Haleigh Dunn, Marley Fletcher, Tristen Sadler. Back Row (Left-Right): Autumn Brisson, Savannah Lee, Elizabeth West, Alyssa Smith, Jose Osorio, and Victor Arellano. The West Bladen tennis teams held their tennis banquet Tuesday night at Dublin Primary School. Individual awards were presented to: […]

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This Day In History

1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina. 1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins. 1866 – US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime) 1891 – George A. Hormel & […]

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“Annie: The Musical” will open a four-day, five-show performance June 13 at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton. Directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, and based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has been performed worldwide and has won seven Tony Awards. Show are scheduled Thursday, June 13, Friday, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis honored the 371 officers who were added to the National Peace Officers Memorial on Wednesday, including N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Keith Conner (Pictured) from Bladenboro, who was killed in the line of duty in Columbus County. “My heart goes out to the families and colleagues of the […]

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The summer wave of nutrition is coming to five Bladen County schools this summer. Free summer meals will be offered by Bladen County School’s School Nutrition Department to anyone 18 years and younger beginning in June. The Dairy Alliance helps sponsor the program. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Obstetricians and pediatricians from across North Carolina shared with Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary Mandy Cohen of the Department of Health and Human Services the urgency to close the health care coverage gap in North Carolina. The roundtable meeting focused on how Medicaid expansion can help reduce the rate of infant mortality and […]

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First published on May 15, 2019 at 15:23 By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County General Election for Bladen County Commissioner District 3  and the local Soil & Water District Supervisor races ended on Tuesday, May 14, but it may not be over. Some would say the race was a nail biter. Only four votes separated […]

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Thirteen Columbus Charter School (CCS) alumni were inducted into The Columbus Career and College Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society on April 23, 2019. Eleven Columbus Charter School alumni are already current members. The stated purpose of the group is “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote […]

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By Charlotte Smith Two years ago today on May 15th, the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association erected a monument in honor of the fallen officers in Bladen County. Many recognize the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers.   The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 2019 Peace Officers Memorial […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden In many aspects of life there are rules we follow. These rules are usually based on experience, and they give us a general idea of what to expect.  The rules don’t always work, but they do give us some guidelines. For example, one of my father’s rules was about education. As […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Cape Fear Valley’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for […]

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Contributed Bladen County businesses and parents helped celebrate Teacher’s Appreciation Week last week. Emereau: Bladen, a local public charter school, celebrated their teachers with many gifts and acts of kindness according to Jantzen Hardie Yandle. Over 50 businesses assisted in the celebration according to Ms. Carey Patrick with Emereau: Bladen. Share:

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By Charlotte Smith The mother county holds some of the oldest documented trees in the world according to recent reports. Results published on May 9, 2019 in Environmental Research Communications, a peer reviewed journal, announced findings in Bladen County, North Carolina of the oldest bald cypress tree on record. The publication of the Institute of […]

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RALEIGH – With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and kids’ activities, the Got to Be NC Festival promises to be a not-to-be-missed event at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 17-19. “The antique tractor and farm equipment display, featuring a daily tractor parade, and the Food Lion […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting applications from communities for the 2019 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans. All North Carolina municipalities are eligible to apply for a standard bike or pedestrian plan. Additionally, the following options […]

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GRACEPOINTE QUARTET from Durham, NC will be in concert at Friendship Baptist Church on June 23 at 11 am.  Gracepointe is an awesome group of men who loves to share the gospel in song.  Please feel free to come and join us.  Friendship Baptist is located at 1989 Bull Street, Garland, NC.  For more info, please contact […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Winners in yesterday’s election (Bladen County) US Congress   Dan Bishop Bladen County Commissioner (must be certified) Russell Priest  676 Wayne Edge   672 Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors (2 highest win) Earl Storms    1140 Charles Wendell Gillespie   1090 Tim Gause   954 9th Congressional race: Dan Bishop (R) receives 47% district-wide and will face Dan McCready (D) in […]

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The hospital in Bladen County received damages during Hurricane Florence. The staff at the hospital announced a lot of renovations have already been completed. However, there is still more renovations to come. Ashley Dowless, Director of Bladen County Hospital Foundation & Public Relations said this morning, “We will begin renovation on the main lobby later […]

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Baseball

West Bladen High School will host a baseball camp for ages five through 12 on Saturday’s at the school’s field. Camp registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and instruction will last until noon. Cost of the camp is $10. The camp will focus on hitting, fielding and throwing. Share:

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Golf

The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association played at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course on May 14 with 74 players participating. Two teams tied with a score of 50. The teams were Larry Suggs, David Medlin, George Cochran and Bob Cox; and Don Salsbery, Danny Wiggins, Johnny Wallace and Mitch Nance. The next tournament will be […]

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East Bladen High School

DURHAM – Seniors Pierce Melvin and Spencer Scott combined on a four-hit shutout, and East Bladen rode an eight-run fourth inning to a 13-0 victory over the N.C. School of Science & Math on Tuesday in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles improved to 19-6 with the […]

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This Day In History

1672 – 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts. 1829 – Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith. 1862 – US Department of Agriculture created. 1896 – Tornado kills 78 in Texas. 1905 – Las Vegas founded in Nevada. 1916 – Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the […]

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By Joy Warren During the White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Goldston Womble updated the members about the Third Annual White Lake Water Clean-Up/Fill the Dumpster Campaign. The campaign began May 11 and will continue through Thursday, June 6. People are encouraged to participate by removing debris such as overgrown vegetation, fallen […]

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Bladen County Election Results Democrat incumbent Russell Priest narrowly defeated Republican challenger Wayne Edge by four votes Tuesday in final unofficial returns in the race for the Bladen County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat. Priest had 676 votes and Edge, a former commissioner, had 672 votes after the Hollow precinct reported about 11:25 p.m. […]

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Whiteville, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested one individual on May 07, 2019, at the conclusion of an investigation. This investigation was initiated as the result of social media posts. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit received information that a student was advertising the sale of prescription medication on a social […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a three to five year old lab and shepherd mix male dog by the name of Bolo has been chosen to be Pet of the Week! According to the Bladen County Animal Shelter staff he has been at the shelter for three weeks now. Staff at the animal shelter say […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: In a letter, Governor Roy Cooper urged Republican legislators to use recently announced surplus revenue to invest in public education and health care in the 2019 – 2021 state budget. “Seize this easy choice to strengthen North Carolina’s schools and health care,” Gov. Cooper wrote in the letter. “Let’s show the nation that we […]

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By Charlotte Smith Today was officially the last luncheon for Dawn Maynard, as the Executive Director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Around 35 business leaders were in attendance.  The group voted on new incoming chamber board members. Mrs. Maynard announced Jake Womble with Goldston’s Beach at White Lake and Lauren Godwin with […]

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Public Meeting

Contributed 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, May 21, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway #701, […]

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Contributed Moores Creek Battleground Association President Connie Hendrix announced that the Association’s June 1st Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Luncheon will feature as guest speaker Medal of Honor recipient Col. W. Joseph Marm, Jr. (USA, Retired). Colonel Marm was a 2nd Lt. in Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment when his unit was engaged […]

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Contributed The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, May 28, 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 There will be a special LEPC meeting Thursday May 16, 2019 at 10:00am at the health department. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a new Chairperson and Secretary. Please try to attend. Share:

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Contributed The Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s regular scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Emereau: Bladen Charter School, 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. If you have questions, please call (910) 247-6595. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce meets at noontime today at Cape Fear Farmers Market.  Today’s speaker is Eddie Madden, Elizabethtown City Manager.  All members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest. Pray for our nation and our leaders…and for the rank and file….. Lots of folks on edge…some more so than others.  Got a one […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Gov. Cooper released the following statement today on North Carolina receiving $336.5 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to assist communities struggling to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Florence. The money will not be made available to the state until the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban […]

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Bladen County election results Last updated: 11:59 p.m., May 14, 2019 (Unofficial results, 17 of 17 total precincts reporting) COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 VOTES (i) Russell Priest (D) 676 Wayne Edge (R) 672 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR (2 SEATS) VOTES Earl Storms 1,140 Charles Wendell Gillespie 1,090 Tim Gause 954 NATIONAL HOUSE DISTRICT […]

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Dr. Robin Peace of Southeastern Regional Medical Center will present “Calling All Girls: Who Wants to be A Doctor?” on Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown The program is geared toward girls 13 to 16 years old to help them reach goals to become a doctor. Dr. […]

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RALEIGH – St. Pauls and Fayetteville are among eight North Carolina communities hit hard by storms that will get a share of $2.7 million in special housing infrastructure grants to help develop more affordable housing, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday. The 2019 Rural Housing Recovery Fund, established through a partnership between the N.C. Department of […]

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This Day In History

1787 – Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution. 1804 – Meriwether Lewis & William Clark’s expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St. Louis for Pacific Coast. 1853 – Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and investor, patents his process for condensed milk. 1878 – Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S.Patent […]

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East Bladen’s Eagles, the No. 16 seed in the East, will hit the road again Tuesday with a trip to Durham for a third-round game in the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs against ninth-seeded N.C. School of Science & Math. The Unicorns do not have lights at Branson Brown Field, so the NCHSAA set the […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Office hosted a multi-agency checking station on North Carolina Hwy. 87 just east of Tobermory Road near the Bladen County/Cumberland County line on Friday, May 10 th , which resulted in multiple charges. At the conclusion of the multi-agency checking station 62 traffic related charges and 13 criminal charges […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Board of Commissioners met last Monday, May 6 for a regular meeting. On the agenda were budget requests from Bladen Community College and Bladen County Schools. Before the college and the school items were recognized on the agenda Mr. Horace Munn with the Town of East Arcadia addressed the Bladen […]

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Wilmington, NC – Eight Lower Cape Fear Hospice nurses were recognized at the 23rd Annual Nurses Day Celebration at UNCW Tuesday, May 7. The celebration, held each year during National Nurses Week, recognizes working and retired nurses. Nurses who have been nominated for recognition are celebrated, as well as nursing scholarship nominees. This year’s nurse […]

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Contributed Last week Doris B. Brisson with Bladenboro Primary School announced the Terrific Kids.  Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School principal Deborah Guyton, Alfonso Flores Ramos, kindergartner who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates twenty-five dollars for the purchase of the Pizza […]

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HAMMOND- U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II recognized the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, which is being observed Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18, 2019. In October 1962, Congress enacted a joint resolution, which the President signed,declaring May 15th as National […]

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Internist and Pediatrician Dr. Toni Chagolla Oxendine has joined Southeastern Health at Southeastern Multi-Specialty and Urgent Care Pembroke. “I’m very excited to be able to come back and serve Robeson County, where I’m from, and to be able to provide such an array of services,” Dr. Oxendine said. Dr. Oxendine earned a bachelor’s degree in […]

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The NC Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts’ State Speech Contest was held Friday, May 10, 2019, in the Bill G. Ross Environmental conference Center, Nature Research Center, Raleigh. A group of approximately 60 students, teachers, parents, judges, district employees, and division employees gathered in excitement to hear the 2019 State Speech contestants speak […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. State Board of Elections on Monday appointed Karen Brinson Bell as the Board’s executive director, the chief state elections official, effective June 1. (Resume and photo attached) Brinson Bell, who has more than 13 years of elections administration experience, becomes the State Board’s fourth executive director in modern history. She will replace Kim Westbrook Strach, […]

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  5th ABSENTEE MEETING at 5:00 pm TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC Louella P. Thompson-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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North Carolina Department of Transportation officials spent $16 million to remove seven million pounds of roadside litter in the state and the estimated cost of litter pick up is about 30 cents per piece of litter according to 2013 data. One local committee is fighting back against litter with education. Cecilia Tadt, Bladen County Intern and […]

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Contributed Joyce Ward of Farm Bureau Ladies Group presents the book Anywhere Farm to Bladenboro Primary Assistant Principal Jason Folsom. Share:

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ROSE HILL, N.C., May 13, 2019 – With the addition of a new bottling line in its Rose Hill, N.C. production facility, Duplin Winery now has the capability to bottle 9,000 bottles of wine per hour. The Winery’s previous bottling line bottled 6,000 bottles an hour. The new bottling line, built in Italy by GIA, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Springtime has arrived, spring sports at the 2 high schools in the county have completed regular season play, but some individual athletes and a team or two are involved in post-season play.  Exciting times… East Bladen’s baseball team (18-6) defeated #1 seeded Midway (21-2) recently to extend their season.  Next opponent is N.C. School of […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, young and old, and in between. Mothers deserve the attention and the flower, candy, clothing and other businesses that feature gifts for moms, appreciate your business. Voters in the 9th US Congressional District will go to the polls Tuesday to cast a vote in the Republican primary, many candidates, […]

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This Day In History

1607 – English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia. 1846 – US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins. 1888 – DeWolf Hooper 1st recites “Casey at Bat” 1911 – NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st) 1913 […]

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Golf

A large crowd of golfers arrived Saturday at Vineyard Golf to play in the Bay Tree Lakes Volunteer Fire Department’s annual golf tournament. The event raises money for the department. Sixty golfers formed 15 teams in two flights to swat the golf ball around on the fairways and manicured miniverde greens at the White Lake […]

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BURLINGTON – West Bladen graduate Laikyn Pait batted 5-for-11 and slugged a home run for Southeastern Community College in the Region X/District F DII Softball Tournament at Springwood Park. Pait slammed a double Thursday morning, but her SCC Lady Rams lost to No. 2 seed Louisburg College 4-1. The sophomore catcher walloped a home run, […]

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Track

A trio of West Bladen Knights have qualified for the Class 2A state track & field meet on Friday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro Junior Tyre Boykin finished third in the MidEast Regional to qualify for the state 100 meter dash. Junior Andrew AJ Brown also advanced to the state meet with […]

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