06/17/2019
  • 4:34 pm Arrest made in arson fires in Bladen and Columbus Counties
  • 4:14 pm Upcoming road closings in Bladen County
  • 10:57 am River View Trading Post is the new small town store helping small town entrepreneurs
  • 10:51 am Baltimore Community Center Voter Registration Program
  • 9:44 am Tillis & Burr Advocate on Behalf of NC to Secure $110 million in DOT Grants
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By: Cheryl Thurston Construction is underway at D’Vine Foods in Elizabethtown, the grading is done, the padding has been laid and the crews are pouring concrete for the foundation. But the future requires a few changes to the plans Ron Taylor had for the land his family has held for years. Taylor envisioned an entrance […]

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We offer in home services to individuals who would otherwise be at risk for nursing home placement. Adult Services include: • In-home aide services • Nursing • Medical Supplies • Medical Equipment • Respite/Caregiver Relief • Telephone Alert • Case Management Child Services include: • Pediatric Nurse level services • Nurse aide services • Respite/Caregiver […]

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Three Elizabethtown men were arrested Monday night and charged in an armed robbery of the Dollar General store in Dublin, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The men were apprehended after a brief vehicle chase that ended in a mobile home park at the intersection of Owen Hill Drive and Robin Drive less than […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the apprehension and arrest of three individuals responsible of an armed robbery of the Dollar General store on Albert Street in Dublin Monday night. McVicker said the robbery call came in at approximately 8:45 pm. The call was made by a customer who was at the back of the store […]

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Sgt. Richard Bailey and Deputy Spencer Bryant of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be awarded a life saving commendation for administering CPR to an infant and saving the child’s life. A ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Bladen EMS in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park next to the airport. The award […]

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Farmer Malcolm Cross of Elizabethtown lost 3,000 pounds of tobacco in a fire. The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown was planning a golf tournament at Carolina Sands Country Club. An area off highway 242 near Bladenboro was designated for public housing. A group of citizens from Bladenboro was asking for a recall on the fire district […]

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — August 25, 2015 — Small business owners gave North Carolina a B- for its business friendliness, with B+ grades for labor regulations and ease of hiring, according to Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Complete results for North Carolina will be published at https://www.thumbtack.com/nc/. Nearly 18,000 U.S. small business owners responded to the […]

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Highland Gardens Assisted Living of Clarkton was shut down Friday by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services because conditions at the 60-bed facility on South Smith Street presented “an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the residents,” the agency said. In documents mailed Thursday to Inez Myles, who is listed […]

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Remember…You do not pass a stopped school bus…and if you do, hopefully someone will report it and you receive a citation…maybe a time ‘on foot’ will jog the ‘common sense’ portion of the brain. If you see it happen, jot down the license plate number and report to law enforcement. Hopefully this is the day […]

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1829—President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses. 1864—Combination rail & ferry service available from San Francisco to Alameda. 1910—Yellow Cab is founded 1912—1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin. 1915—Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage. 1916—US Department of Interior forms National Park Service. 1932—Amelia Earhart […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Tuesday, August 25 1. Mark your calendar. Bladenboro Historical Society’s Fun Day is scheduled Sept. 12. It will be held on the grounds of the Bladenboro Farm Life School next to Bladenboro Middle School. The event serves as a fundraiser to help support the Bladenboro Farm Life School. […]

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PEMBROKE – Rain may not stop the postal service from delivering the mail. It also didn’t stop the West Bladen soccer team from scoring goals. The Knights scored twice in a downpour in the opening four minutes Monday en route to a 5-2 win over the Purnell Swett Rams. It was West Bladen’s second win […]

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East Columbus won three games by a total of six points and squeaked past East Bladen 3-1 Monday night by game scores of 25-23, 18-25, 25-23 and 26-24 in non-conference volleyball action at East Bladen. Senior Claire Campbell lit up with the scoreboard with 20 service points, 3 aces, 5 kills and 5 assists. Campbell’s […]

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Fairmont defeated West Bladen 3-0 Monday night in non-conference volleyball action at West by game scores of 24-19, 25-10 and 25-20. Junior Logan Autry topped the West Bladen scoring with 9 service points, 4 kills and an ace. Teammate Kathryn Schultz followed with 5 service points, an ace and a kill. Junior Kaylee Stevens chipped […]

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East Bladen’s jayvees swept visiting East Columbus 2-0 Monday in non-conference volleyball action by game scores of 25-17 and 25-17. Sophomore Kaley Smith knocked in 10 service points, 3 aces and a kill, while dishing out 8 assists to lead the Lady Eagles. Team mate Bethany Lesane followed with 6 service points, an ace and […]

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Fairmont defeated West Bladen 2-0 Monday in non-conference jayvee volleyball action at West by game scores of 25-13 and 25-22. Freshman Raegan Davis led the Lady Knights with 9 service points, 2 aces and 4 digs. Sophomore Elizabeth Allbright fired in 8 service points and 2 aces. Sophomore Brinkley Collier followed with 7 service points […]

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The Fairmont at West Bladen Women’s Tennis match was stopped by rain Monday with Fairmont leading 4-3. The remaining in-progress doubles matches will be completed when West Bladen travels to Fairmont on Sept. 2nd at 3:30 p.m. Singles: Taylor Britt (F) def. Alanna Ludlum (WB)                  8-5 Amber […]

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VaShawn Mitchell and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III to headline event, Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company WASHINGTON—Stellar award-winning gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell will perform and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III will deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Annual Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention […]

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NC Capitol Connection has released a list of almost 100 North Carolina and local government email addresses that have been uncovered so far as part of the hack of the online affair website, Ashley Madison. Included on the list is a Bladen County Board of Education email address. There are at least 2 Robeson County […]

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Sept. 20 – Briar Branch Baptist Church will hold their Fall revival services beginning Sunday, Sept. 20 and continuing through Wednesday, Sept. 23. Services begin at 7:00pm on Sunday night and 7:30pm Monday through Wednesday night. Reverend Kevin Kinlaw will be bringing the message each night. The church is located on NC242 approximately 8 miles […]

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The Clarkton PFWB Church will host their Fall Revival beginning October 11th through October 14th. Sunday Oct. 11th will begin at 6 pm. Monday the 12th through Wednesday the 14th will begin at 7 pm. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Mike Jacobs, pastor of the Mt. Sinai Holiness Church of Bolton, NC. Special Singing each […]

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By: North Carolina Pest Management Association Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) welcomed a new slate of executive officers for 2015-2016 last month. The officers were sworn in during the 2015 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The new officers include President, Lee Smith of Rid-A-Pest, Inc. in Morehead City; Vice […]

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Center Road Baptist Church in Bladenboro will hold its annual Fall Festival on Sunday, September 20th beginning at 11am.  Planned activities include food, games, children’s fun, bounce houses and will feature the music of the world renowned gospel group The Anchormen as well as local gospel and contemporary Christian singers.  The church is located at […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Healing Thoughts Foundation will host a free Begin the Conversation workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Bladen Community College East Arcadia Campus, 1472 East Arcadia Road in Riegelwood. This workshop is free to everyone in all stages of life, and will provide attendees information and resources to […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice is looking for volunteers to help with its Meals of Love program at Angel House Hospice Care Center. Volunteers prepare meals that are shared by families visiting loved ones at the inpatient hospice care center at 206 Warrior Trail Road in Whiteville. Meals of Love allow families to concentrate on spending […]

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The 9th Annual Mike W. Merritt Memorial Scholarship Ride will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015. Proceeds benefit Bladen Community College Foundation. The ride will begin at the White Lake Fire Department and end at Beaver Dam Community site located at 1171 Ludhorne Road, Roseboro. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 and the bikes […]

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Paving of East and West Broad Street in Elizabethtown is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced Monday. Work is scheduled to be completed by November, weather permitting. West Broad Street will be paved between Harwood Street and Gillespie Street, and East Broad Street will be paved between Courthouse Drive and […]

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) sent a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald pressing for answers after the Department of Veterans Affairs mistakenly declared two NC-7 (District 7) veterans “deceased” resulting in the sudden loss of their benefits. “The 7th district of North Carolina is fortunate to have 60,000 plus veterans […]

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Last week we received a call about a man by the name of Tim Adriany, from Robeson County, and his last wish to ride in a muscle classic car. We wanted to share the story to show how social media is changing lives, and how friends, even if only virtual, can make a difference. Tim […]

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Do you want to share your first day of school photos with BladenOnline.com for a chance to win a prize for your school? Email us a photo of your student(s) first day of school at bladenonline.com@gmail.com. The photos emailed to us will be published on our Lifestyles page. Please remember to add your name, the […]

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A 62 year old man was killed Thursday, August 20, when his 1993 Toyota Camry collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 17 near Bolivia in Brunswick County. David Christopher Satrazemis was pronounced dead at the scene. Terry Maurice Baxley, 49, of White Oak, operator of the tractor-trailer, is facing charges of misdemeanor death by motor […]

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Summer vacation officially came to an end Monday morning for hundreds of Bladen County students. For high school seniors, the countdown is on until graduation in June. For kindergarten students, it’s the excitement of something new without regard that it’s 2,340 school days until high school graduation. Here’s how many school days are left depending […]

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The big yellow buses return to the road, loaded with eager youngsters headed back to school. Please drive with care, watch for children along the roadway waiting for the bus…and a reminder, passing a stopped school bus is dangerous, illegal, could cost cash, and maybe your driver’s license, and it should. If you do the […]

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1682—Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn. 1853—1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum (Saratoga Springs, NY) 1854—National emigration convention meets in Cleveland. 1869—Cornelius Swarthout patents waffle iron. 1891—Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera. 1909—Workers start pouring concrete for Panama Canal. 1919—Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning. […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Monday, August 24 1. Mark your calendar for Thursday’s Summer Sounds Concert at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. Bladen County’s own Blackwater Rhythm & Blues band will perform beginning at 6 p.m. It’s the last in the four-concert series that’s been a tremendous success. 2. Nine […]

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Harrison Freeman, one of the top long snappers in the country, has Bladen County roots and has been selected to the Carolinagridiron.com 2015 Preseason All-Gridiron Team. Freeman, a senior at Raleigh’s Leesville Road High, is the son of Tony and Anne Marie Freeman. Tony Freeman played football and baseball at Bladenboro High School and graduated […]

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West Bladen’s girls tennis team is in a rebuilding mode this year. Departed via graduation are 5 seniors from last year’s team that went 12-2 and  qualified for one of the NCHSAA’s top 32 play-off berths in Class 2A. Among the losses from last season were four starters. “That is a lot of playing experience […]

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      Four County Conference West Bladen 46, South Robeson 0 East Bladen 36, South Columbus 6 Wallace-Rose Hill 42, Wilmington Laney 14 Topsail 32, Heide Trask 12 Lakewood 7, Union 0 Midway 33, Hobbton 13 Pender, Open Clinton, Open Other Area Results South Brunswick 43, West Columbus 42 North Brunswick 28, Whiteville 19 […]

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Wow! What a week you, our readers, gave Bladen Online. It may have been a record-breaker. If not, it was very, very close. Bladen Online is on pace to far surpass its best month, statistically, in its eight year history. For the week of Aug. 16-22, Bladen Online had 113,882 page views and 18,062 visits. […]

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Johnny Brown won the featured Pure Stock race and the $500 top prize Saturday at Dublin Motor Speedway. Brown finished ahead of Ryan Gilbert and Martin Sweat in the 15-lap contest that drew a field of 12 cars. In other races, Dean Bowen won in Late Model, Taylor Cook in Open Wheel Modified, Chris Powers […]

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Nothing quite like spending some time with dear friends from years gone by…Had that experience Saturday…reliving yesteryear, sharing tall-tales and events of days gone by…But such occasions sooner or later turn to those who are no longer with us…Some who have been deceased for some time, others in recent days…Live today to the fullest, we […]

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Some of the names in the East Bladen backfield have changed, but the results are still the same. The ground-and-pound physicality of Farrell and Larrell Muchison has graduated, but it has been replaced by the slash-and-dash of Ethan and Eian Hines as well as Nikita Owens – all three of whom rushed for over 100 […]

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1784—Eastern Tennessee settlers declare their area an independent state & name it Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejects it. 1796—African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated. 1869—1st carload of freight (boots & shoes) arrives in San Francisco, from Boston. 1889—1st ship-to-shore wireless message received in US (SF) 1904—Automobile tire chain patented. 1919—“Gasoline Alley” cartoon strip […]

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Who said summer is a slow period for news? Not in Bladen County. In the past week, a tax administrator was fired, two law enforcement officers were cleared of wrongdoing in a fatal shooting in March, the school system asked for more money from the county and teachers went back to work in preparation for […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Sunday, August 23 1. The kids are sad and the parents are happy as public schools open Monday in Bladen County. Please don’t forget that school buses will be on the road beginning around dawn and again late in the afternoon. As a driver rushing to work or […]

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Eva Pait is one of the luckiest little girls you might ever meet, and at the same time, one of the most unfortunate I’ve ever met. Sweet little Eva was born on March 2nd, this year, with Tricuspid Atresia, a type of heart disease, in which the tricuspid heart valve is missing or abnormally developed. […]

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Some hardy golfers showed up Thursday, on a rainy day, to participate in the Thundering Herd. The winning team, with six-under par was Chris Cook, Billy Augustine, Jr., Cade Hancock and Pam Taylor. In second place was the team of Jimmy Davis, Jim Hancock and Jake Womble with five-under par. The Thundering Herd is held […]

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Congratulations to the West Bladen Knights football team and coaches…Huge win over South Robeson…Coaches worked hard, all day long to make the field playable…East Bladen’s game was postponed until 7 p.m. today against South Columbus at Vinegar Hill, near Tabor City. Weather forced changes in some schedules in the area. One final reminder of the […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Saturday, August 22 1. A BBQ plate sale is scheduled today to help raise money for the family of 5-month-old Eva Pait with medical expenses. It starts at 11 a.m. at Center Road Baptist Church Community Building, 2484 Center Road, in Bladenboro. Plates are $8 each. Eva, who […]

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1762—1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury 1848—The United States annexes New Mexico. 1867—Fisk University forms, 1867. 1901—Cadillac Motor Company is founded. 1902—President Teddy Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car. 1906—1st Victor Victrola manufactured. 1921—J. Edgar Hoover becomes Assistant Director of FBI. 1945—Vietnam conflict begins as Ho […]

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Teams always are excited and anxious to start a new season, never quite knowing what to expect. For the West Bladen High School football team, the season couldn’t have started much better. Photos By: Kenneth Armstrong Stefon McDonald ran for two touchdowns and passed for another Friday night as the Knights routed the South Robeson […]

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According to a DHSR staff member Highland Gardens Assisted Living located in Clarkton received a Summary of Suspension this week by the State of NC and all 34 residents from the facility have been relocated. No further information is available at this time. Share on social media using the short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=23092 Share:

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Sophomore Brooks McGill and freshman Greyson Heustess scored two goals each to lead East Bladen to a 4-0 non-conference victory over visiting St. Pauls Thursday night. After a scoreless first 15 minutes the game was delayed by more than 45 minutes due to lightning. “The delay was a blessing because we were not playing the […]

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A Bladen County Sheriff’s deputy and Bladenboro police officer were justified in using deadly force when they shot and killed an Elizabethtown man in March and no criminal charges will be filed, District Attorney Jon David announced Friday afternoon. David’s ruling came after an SBI investigation into the shooting. On March 15, Deputy Cley Carroll […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 5.3 percent. North Carolina’s July 2015 unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 11,743 over […]

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By: Sandra R. Cain Which spread is better for your heart: butter, margarine, peanut butter, cream cheese or jam? In the past, the answer would have been jam or none of the above. Jam is the only one that’s fat-free. Recent evidence, however, points to peanut butter as a better choice. Why? Because of the […]

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Xavier Wooten rushed for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the East Bladen JV football team to a 26-6 victory over South Columbus in the season opener for the Eagle JV team. On the second play from scrimmage, halfback Trey Carter went around left end for a 69 yard touchdown run that gave the […]

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West Bladen and Purnell Sweat got started this afternoon but the rains came interrupting the match. Singles: Alanna Ludlum (WB) was leading 4 to 3 over Nikina Oxendine (PS) Amber Long (WB) def. Brooke Huggins (PS) 8-0 Helen Lopez (WB) was leading 5-2 over Emily Deese (PS) Kari Brooks (PS) was leading 6-5 over Madison […]

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East Bladen travels to South Columbus Friday night to open the 2015 football campaign and renew an old Waccamaw Conference rivalry. The Eagles and Stallions have not met on the gridiron since the 2012 campaign which was the first for Coach Robby Priest at the helm of the Eagles. In 2012 East Bladen defeated South […]

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West Bladen’s Knights kick-off the 2015 football season Friday night when they host the South Robeson Mustangs. The Knights have won four of their last five games against South Robeson and are 2-0 against the Mustangs with Coach Russell Dove at the helm, winning 34-12 in 2013 and 42-8 last season. Last season West Bladen […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Friday, August 21 1. Yes, you probably already know, but just in case you don’t know, here’s what you need to know. High school football starts tonight. West Bladen is home against South Robeson, and East Bladen plays at South Columbus. Kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Can’t […]

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1841—John Hampton patents Venetian blinds. 1858—1st Lincoln-Douglas debate (Illinois) 1864—Battle of Summit Point, Va. 1878—American Bar Association organizes at Sarasota, NY. 1888—William Seward Burroughs patents adding machine. 1897—Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors Corp division. 1901—Joe McGinnity, suspended from NL for punching and spitting on an umpire. 1929—Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team […]

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There has been some conversation lately regarding county commissioners attending state and national meetings and concerns about the cost associated. I have some thoughts…but first, full disclosure… I was a county commissioner in Bladen County for 8 years (1974-1982), nearly 5 years as chairman….and 25 years as an employee of the North Carolina Association of […]

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This double rainbow was seen in Clarkton, Bladenboro and other areas in Bladen County on Thursday evening. In the photo, the colorful bows are seen over Gildan, a business in Clarkton. We are thankful for the rainbows that come after the rain.  Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=23003 Share:

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Dublin – Bladen Community College will welcome Lisa DeVane as guest speaker for the 2015 Fall Convocation Service on September 1, 2015, at 11 AM, in the college auditorium. She serves the college as a faculty member and Department Chair for Math and Science. Ms. DeVane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science […]

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The Bladen County Animal Shelter and control was out today, Thursday, August 20th at the State Employees Credit Union in Elizabethtown. The shelter staff members were offering pets for a forever home, 1-year Rabies vaccines, and micro-chipping services. Karen Guyton, a community member from Bladenboro said, “These events are great.” Karen Suggs said, “We have […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston BladenOnline.com recently received several posts on our guestbook concerning the expenditures of the County Commissioners who attended the NACo Expo, which took place in Charlotte, in July. Bladen County was cited as spending the most of any of the 5 counties that sent delegates to the Expo, a total of $7,349.00, which included […]

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Bladen County may soon own the former Bladen County Correctional Center. The North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill that would transfer ownership of the facility to Bladen County for $1. The bill now goes to Gov. McCrory for his approval. If, as expected, McCrory signs the bill, Bladen County will own all […]

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Dublin – State Employees Credit Union Members, through the member-funded SECU Foundation, have awarded $5,000 scholarships to Cody Long and Emily Mote, students at Bladen Community College. Based on the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”, these scholarships recognize the students’ leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement. Scholarship funds will be applied […]

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61 year old Scott Barnett of Bladenboro died in an early morning wreck on U.S. 701 early Wednesday morning. Barnett was pronounced dead at the scene.  The accident occurred about 9 miles south of Clinton. Barnett’s 2008 Dodge automobile was hit by a 2012 Toyota car driven by Richard Alfonso Hureta, 27, of Four Oaks.  Hureta reportedly was […]

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Dig out your favorite peanut recipe and brush up on your cooking skills! Make plans to enter the cooking contest during the Dublin Peanut Festival on September 19. Dishes will be judged in 3 categories including Candy, Bread and Dessert. Contestants will be divided into 2 age groups: Youth (Ages 8 – 16) and Adult […]

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ST. PAULS – Irvin Hernandez scored the tying goal in the 53rd minute as West Bladen tied St. Pauls 1-1 on Wednesday in a non-conference soccer game. St. Pauls opened the scoring in the 35th minute on a goal by Ricardo Flores that gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 halftime lead. The game was stopped with […]

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Whiteville defeated visiting East Bladen 3-0 Wednesday night in non-conference volleyball action by game scores of 25-20, 25-18 and 25-21. Junior Lexie Mendell knocked in a kill for the first Lady Eagle point and later added a service point, but Whiteville built an 11-5 lead in the first game. Junior Anna Grace Long flipped a […]

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East Bladen pulled out a pair of close games at Whiteville Wednesday by scores of 25-22 and 25-20 to claim a 2-0 non-conference jayvee volleyball victory. Sophomore Hannah DeVane racked up 9 service points, an ace and 2 kills to lead the East Bladen attack. Freshman Ashley Hardin fired in 3 aces and totaled 6 […]

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West Bladen’s  Lady Knights opened their 2015 women’s tennis season Wednesday with an 8-1 non-conference victory over West Columbus at Cerro Gordo. Singles: Logan Elkins (WC) def. Alanna Ludlum (WB)         8-2 Amber Long (WB) def. Morgan McDonald (WC)     8-3 Helen Lopez (WB) def. Chole Pate (WC)            […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Thursday, August 20 1. Would you like to learn another language? What about sign language? Bladen Community College has an American Sign Language class underway. Classes are Mondays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Building 3, Room 102 on the main campus. Call Silas Acosta at 879-5588 […]

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It was one of those nights….For no apparent reason, wake up and begin to think about the world we live in… I ask a question yesterday…Would you vote for Donald Trump if he was the Republican candidate for president?….I had lunch with a Tar Heel/White Oak delegation yesterday and the answer appeared to be a […]

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1781—George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis. 1864—8th/last day of battle at Deep Bottom Run, Virginia  (about 3,900 casualties) 1866—President Andrew Johnson formally declares US Civil War over. 1896—Dial telephone patented. 1912—Plant Quarantine Act goes into effect. 1920—1st US commercial radio station, 8MK (WWJ), Detroit begins daily broadcasting. 1920—Allen Woodring wins […]

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A new fiscal year is just beginning and after a month, a little over 8% of revenues have been collected.  Property tax notices were sent out in late July or early August and collections were low, as you might expect.  3.73% of the property taxes had been paid as of July 31, 2015, however totals […]

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By: Erin Smith, Rotarian of Elizabethtown Rotary Club ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club officially presented Frankie Oxendine of the Wounded Warrior Project with a donation from money raised at the recent 8K Trail Run and Walk that was held in April at Brown’s Creek Nature Park & Bike Trail along East Broad Street. Former […]

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The latest information on the Bladen County Tax Office indicates two employees have been terminated for “unacceptable personal conduct” Tax Administrator Chris Ellis was terminated following a special meeting at noontime Monday. Supporting the firing was Chairman Charles Ray Peterson, Russell Priest, Jimmy Smith, Daniel Dowless, Billy Ray Pait and Wayne Edge. Opposing was Dr. […]

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As the state Legislature plods along, working agonizingly slowly toward passage of an overdue budget, officials in Bladen County and its seven municipalities await a decision on how local sales tax revenue collected by the state will be distributed. It would have been a revenue windfall for Bladen County if the original proposal had passed. […]

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Jason Wright, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Festival of Trees’ Holiday Luncheon. It will be 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Northwood Church, 2672 James B. White Highway in Whiteville. Wright will share his inspirational and moving message […]

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East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rolled to a 3-0 season-opening victory in non-conference volleyball action at St. Pauls Tuesday by game scores of 25-10, 25-8 and 25-18. Seniors Miller Heustess and Lacey Suggs sparked the Lady Eagle attack. Heustess rang up 16 service points, fired in 4 aces and collected 5 assists. Suggs blistered the court […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Wednesday, August 19 1. The 13 Bladen County schools have scheduled open houses Thursday. Here are the times: 1-6 p.m.: Bladen Lakes Primary; 1-7 p.m.: East Bladen High; 2-6 p.m.: Elizabethtown Primary; 3-5 p.m.: Plain View Primary; 4-6 p.m.: Clarkton School of Discovery, Dublin Elementary and Tar Heel […]

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A group formed in 2014 to assist students in Bladen County called, Uniform Closet, has uniforms for those students needing them.  Sonya Edge, Founder of the group started the Uniform Closet for Bladen County students that need school uniforms, but do not always have the means to purchase the uniforms. Sonya sent out a reminder […]

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Would you vote for Donald Trump for president if he is the republican selection? Read Fayetteville Observer article yesterday (Tuesday) about the former Ft. Bragg soldier sentenced to prison for 18 years for confrontation with law enforcement….A group is concerned about Vietnam Veterans Syndrome. We do not do well with folks suffering from mental health…military […]

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1849—NY Herald reports gold discovery in California. 1891—William Huggins describes astronomical application of spectrum. 1895—American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas. 1903—Phillies suffer record 9th straight postponed game. 1909—Indianapolis 500 race track opens. 1918—Irving Berlin’s musical “Yip Yip Yaphank” premieres in […]

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East Bladen’s jayvee volleyball team opened the 2015 season with a 2-0 non-conference victory at St. Pauls Tuesday by game scores of 25-17 and 25-16. Sophmore Shardajah Brown topped the Lady Eagle scoring with 10 service points and 3 aces. Sophmore Hannah DeVane fired in 3 aces, 6 service points and a kill. Lady Eagle […]

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Raleigh, NC (August 18, 2015)–The N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a prescribed today (Tuesday) on the Suggs Mill Pond Game Land–60 acres in Bladen County. The prescribed burn is to reduce litter and undesired vegetation, and to stimulate growth of native vegetation to benefit wildlife. Contact Hannah Whitley for more information at (910) […]

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Mutual Aid Agreements were discussed by town police forces in the county. Testimony began in the $1 million civil suit against Mayor Edgar Evans of Bladenboro by pool room operator Graham T. Hester. After a short period of time a mistrial was declared. The Pait-Pate Clan was scheduling their family reunion. The town of Bladenboro […]

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Fairmont swept visiting West Bladen 3-0 Monday in a season-opening non-conference volleyball match by scores of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-13. The Lady Tornadoes jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the opening game, but junior Morgan Schumacher halted the Fairmont run with a block, and junior Laikyn Pait reeled off six straight service points as […]

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Fairmont defeated visiting West Bladen 2-0 Monday in a season-opening non-conference jayvee volleyball match by scores of 25-6 and 25-15. Patience Parker slammed in 2 aces and 2 kills to go with 6 service points for West Bladen. Freshman Raegan Davis also racked up a team-high 6 service points that included one ace. Sophomore Elizabeth […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Tuesday, August 18 1. The Bladen County Animal Shelter has scheduled an adoption event Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Employees Credit Union located on U.S. 701 near the intersection with N.C. 87 Bypass. Adoption fees will be $25 for dogs and $15 for […]

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It has been a newsy few days in Bladen County…Airplane crash, termination of Tax Administrator, $20 million loan approved for the construction of a new Detention Center and Sheriff’s Department…. Speaking of construction…..the US 701-NC 87 bypass construction is moving forward…..and is expected to continue for another couple of years….. Schools are likely to see […]

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1817—Gloucester, Mass., newspaper tells of wild sea serpent seen offshore. 1838—1st US marine expedition. 1862—General Lee’s adjutant major Stuart captured. 1872—1st mail-order catalog issued by A.M. Ward. 1896—Adolph Ochs (39) buys NY Times. 1919—Anti-Cigarette League of America forms in Chicago, Illinois. 1926—Weather map televised for 1st time. 1930—Eastern Airlines begins passenger service. 1944—US 20th Army […]

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This Monday evening the Bladen County Board of Commissioner held their regular meeting with a full agenda. The commissioners listened to reports, proposals, community members, made a proclamation, scheduled a workshop, and took action on several items. USDA Representative Larry Sampson presented the USDA forms for obligation of funds regarding the detention and law enforcement […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners were asked to approve another $200,000 worth of funding for Bladen County Schools by Superintendent, Dr. Robert Taylor, but many in the room were not receptive to the proposal from Taylor. According to Taylor the State budget has yet to come in. He explained the $200,000 funding from the […]

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