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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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today, Daquan Madrid Pridgen, 27, of Whiteville, North Carolina was convicted in federal court following a three-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The jury found Pridgen guilty of bank robbery, discharging a firearm in furtherance of a bank robbery, […]

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Burn ban issued for 18 eastern North Carolina counties due to hazardous forest fire conditions Kenneth Clark, Bladen County Fire Marshal issued a Burn Ban Proclamation today. Bladen County Burn Ban issued May 30, 2019 RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled […]

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Drivers headed toward the intersection of N.C. 41 and N.C. 410 may notice road construction. North Carolina Department of Transportation announced plans for constructing a roundabout where N.C. 41 and N.C. 410 cross outside of Dublin. The construction was announced to take place starting in June, but cones are in place today marking a construction […]

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Columbus County, NC – On May 18, 2019, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) conducted a checking station in the Chadbourn community.  During the checking station, a 1999 Honda passenger car approaching the checking station abruptly turned in the middle of the road and began traveling North on Joe Brown Highway. A CCSO Deputy pursued the […]

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By Charlotte Smith Sobering facts listing suicide as a leading cause of death among children and teenagers along with reports of mental health issues continuing to rise in this age group is not something easy to report. However, talking about the issues is one of the best ways to combat suicide and mental illness according […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

What a difference a few months makes. Rainfall totals for Bladen County over a three day period in mid-September was 36 inches, a full 3 feet of water. Came with Hurricane Florence and we all know about the damage in Bladen, especially in the Kelly area. Compare with current conditions. Guess it’s feast or famine. […]

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This Day In History

1498 – Christopher Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America. 1806 – Future US President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy. 1821 – James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose. 1848 – William G. Young patents ice cream freezer. 1879 – Gilmore Garden (NYC) […]

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RALEIGH — Bladen County and the rest of North Carolina’s 99 counties saw not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decrease in April, the N.C. Department of Commerce reported Wednesday. Bladen County’s rate was 4.4%, which was down from 5% in March. The statewide rate was 3.6%. Hyde County had the highest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate […]

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West Bladen High School announced marshals for its 2019 graduating class. The marshals are the top 15 ranked students academically in the junior class. Marshals are: Front Row, left to right: Sandra Maldonado Ortiz, Olivia Sholar, Kasee Singletary, Autumn Brisson (lead), Alyssa Bell, Ana Zurita Possa, Janet Rivera and Kyla Gore. Back row: Ashley Hunsinger, […]

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The Southeastern Fellowship Golf Association held a 4 man Superball Tournament at Diamond Back Golf Course on Tuesday, May 29, with 60 members participating. The First Flight winners with a score of 63 were C.L. Gore, Jack Thompson, Charles Hungerford and Jerry Willoughby. Second flight winners with a score of 65 were Wilber Simmons, Terry […]

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Cade Hancock (pictured, right) is shown with the Tar Heel Cup Elizabethtown’s Cade Hancock played a key role in the East team’s victory over the West in the 4th Annual Tar Heel Cup then earned NCISAA All-State honors with a fourth-place finish in the state tournament. The Tar Heel Cup pits teams of the best […]

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On May 23, 2019 officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department executed a search warrant at 111 W. Mckay Street in Elizabethtown.  The search warrant was obtained after conducting numerous hours of surveillance and citizens complaints of suspected illegal activity at the residence, according to Detective Sgt. W.Thompson with the police department. Prior to the search […]

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Many are staying indoors during this last week of May. The extreme heat is forecasted to continue. The Wilmington National Weather Service center announced some facts about the weather for May 2019. There were 20 days with temperatures above normal so far this month. Four days the high temperature broke the high temperature records. There were two days […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Yesterday was about as hot, weatherwise, as we see in this area. At 3:45 p.m., the National Weather Service, Curtis Brown Airport reporting station, reported 100 degrees. The weather stats are recorded every 20 minutes, then every 3 hours. Apparently, the temp reached 101 degrees between reporting times, based on the three-hour report. Remember years […]

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East Bladen and Whiteville battled to a tie for the Three Rivers Conference girls soccer championship this season, and the two teams shared all of the conference’s top post-season honors. Lady Eagle freshman Maya McDonald and Whiteville junior Olivia Smith were named Co-Players of the Year in the league, and East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor […]

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This Day In History

1721 – South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony. 1765 – Patrick Henry’s historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!” 1849 – President Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people […]

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Contributed by: Virginia McQueen The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their Annual Meeting and dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6th, in the Grand Ballroom of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. The speaker this year will be Ernie Pearson, one of the nation’s top economic development lawyers. Ernie has […]

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Evangelist David Pait with Real Word Outdoors and Randy Garner, one of the coordinators of Get Lit Bladen 2K19 sat down with Charlotte Smith from BladenOnline.com to discuss the upcoming Youth Revival. The event was spurred into action after the death of a high school student happened in March of this year leaving students asking […]

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Greater Vision Baptist Church of Bladenboro will be having their VBS June 17-21. Starting at 6:00 till 8:30 nightly. Come join us for ‘In The Wild”. We are located on Singletary Mill Pond Rd off of 410/ 131. Come join the fun! Share:

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BladenOnline.com would like to welcome all readers back to the Guestbook page. In the past some advertisers threatened to pull advertising from our media outlet due to  comments made on our Guestbook page. We have made the decision to bring back the Guestbook page even at the risk of losing advertisers because we value the freedom […]

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Finding humor in the circumstances of life can lift moods with laughter. Humor helps people to better deal with and overcome difficult experiences according to mental health professionals with Four Mind Four Body. Levels of stress hormones decrease when you find humor in life. Your heart, lungs, and muscles are stimulated and there is increased activity […]

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The first quarter of the year came with high waters, but the weather has not stopped the Town of Elizabethtown from pressing forward with needed construction and repairs. Town of Elizabethtown Manager, Eddie Madden gave updates on several of projects. Madden announced the second phase of downtown revitalization is going well. The utilities part of […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections next regular scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, June 11 starting at 4 p.m. according to Chairman Louella P. Thompson with the Bladen County Board of Elections. The location of the meeting will be at 301 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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USDA

May 31 Deadline for Feed Grains, Upland Cotton, Soybeans and Minor Oilseeds WASHINGTON, May 24, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers of the May 31, 2019, deadline to apply for crop year 2018 marketing assistance loans for feed grains, upland cotton, soybeans and minor oilseeds. “These commodity loans provide […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Holidays over for a few weeks, back to a normal routine … Pray for the sick and those who have lost relatives and friends. The weather is the talk of the town for many … checked normal high-lows and rainfall for the area. Average high for May is in the 80 degree range, average low […]

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Three East Bladen Eagles – sophomore Lefrederick Wooten and seniors Spencer Scott and Shy Pone – and West Bladen Knight junior Logan West have all been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference baseball team. Wooten batted .352 with 21 runs batted in and posted a 5-2 pitching record. The sophomore righthander pitched a 4-hit shutout […]

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This Day In History

1774 – 1st Continental Congress convenes in Virginia. 1818 – 1st steam vessel to sail Great Lakes launched. 1889 – Edouard and Andre Michelin incorporate the Michelin Tyre company. 1892 – Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature. 1923 – US Attorney General says it is legal […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County native, Mr. Ed Tatum gives a  fitting announcement for Memorial Day.  ‘Honor Guard’, a new Docuseries about the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment training is being produced. The new series featuring Oscar nominated Actor Sam Elliott as the Narrator is currently being filmed to honor our military service members dedication, according […]

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Announcements for May 29, 2019 and for the month of June 2019 for First Missionary Baptist Church  501 Martin St of Elizabethtown, NC.  They are as follows: May 29 – FEMA Field Workers at 7:00 p.m.  There are still funds available to NC residents affected by Hurrican Florence. Please come out and partake in this […]

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Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown tied for 11th in the 7th annual Creed  Junior Boys Invitational Golf Tournament played at the Camden Country Club in Camden, S.C. on May 25-26. Hancock shot 70-76 on the par 70 course. He was among six players who shot 146, which was eight shots behind winner Zachary Reuland of Rock […]

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DUBLIN – Class registration for the 2019 summer term at Bladen Community College is still underway and final registration day is Wednesday, May 29 th . Summer classes begin June 3 rd and end July 26th. BCC staff will be on hand to personally enroll perspective students on May 29 th from 9:00 am until […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Memorial Day … Remember the reason for the day. NASCAR and Indy racing, exciting yesterday, both well attended … Simon Pagenaud was the Indy winner and Martin Truex Jr. won the 600 mile race in Charlotte. Despite hot weather, a large crowd expected at White Lake today. Water is clear, but a little low […]

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Britt Sasser raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night as the Red defeated the Royal 4-3 in Dixie Boys Baseball action at County Park. Sasser was placed at second base due to the international tie-breaker rule that the league applies in extra innings. One out later Ja’Nathan […]

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The first day of summer still is more than three weeks away, but the last week of May is going to feel a lot like late July or early August. The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the upper 90s to 100 degrees through Thursday with virtually no chance of rain in Bladen County. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

We are in the middle of a heat wave … and more on the way, according the National Weather Service. Today, (Sunday), Sunny and hot, high near 98, Memorial Day (Monday), Sunny and hot, high near 98, Tuesday, Mostly sunny and hot, high near 98, Wednesday, Sunny and hot, high near 100, Thursday, Mostly sunny, […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

BLADENBORO – Aiden Russ and Cade Allen combined to pitch a 2-hitter and strike-out 12 batters as the Bladenboro Elite defeated the Bladenboro Reds 7-3 Thursday night in Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball action. Russ pitched the first 5 innings and struck out ten batters while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, a walk and […]

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A six-run fourth-inning rally propelled the Slammers to a 9-6 victory over the Comets in Bladen Recreation’s 13-16 Fast-Pitch Softball League action Thursday night. With the Comets up 5-3, a walk to Kaitlynn Brisson and Kadance Hammonds’ single started the winning rally. Taylor West hammered a 2-run triple that tied the game 5-5. West and […]

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This Day In History

1647 – Alse Young becomes first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut. 1868 – US President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote. 1896 – Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.84) 1898 – San Francisco approves City Charter, allows […]

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Friday afternoon Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, Charles Ray Peterson announced three upcoming special meetings. The first meeting the Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold is a Special Meeting regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 Budget. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The next […]

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The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee quickly approved its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill Tuesday by a voice vote, endorsing the Defense Department’s requests for 7,700 additional troops and a 3.1 percent military pay raise next year.   The subcommittee, the only of the Armed Services panels to hold a public markup, […]

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USDA

May 31 Deadline for Feed Grains, Upland Cotton, Soybeans and Minor Oilseeds  WASHINGTON, May 24, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminds producers of the May 31, 2019, deadline to apply for crop year 2018 marketing assistance loans for feed grains, upland cotton, soybeans and minor oilseeds. “These […]

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Nude beaches, retreats, and resorts are destinations for some travelers during the summer. However, a public nudity scene is not on my Bucket List for a relaxing get-away trip. Wrinkly old gals and hairy geezers is not my idea of a vacation paradise. Old folks, put some clothes on and cover up those naughty bits. […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Tar Heel Volunteer Fire Department was having a “Fun Day”. Bladen County Hospital voted to establish a medical facility at White Lake. 45 students received their GED certificates from Bladen Technical College. Among those was a mother-son pair,Nancy and Jerry Chavis. The Grand Jury returned four bills of indictment against Elton McLaughlin and Eddie […]

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Heading to a beach, lake, river or pool this holiday weekend? Officials at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services caution swimmers to take steps to ensure water safety, including keeping a close watch on children and young adults and avoiding rip currents at the coast. Drowning deaths among young children often happen […]

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The Suncats and Snowbirds played on the final day of the season in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Year-Old Coach-Pitch Softball League. Kenneth Armstrong photos   Share:

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The Diamond Divas and the Sweet Heat played on the final day of the season in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Year-Old Coach-Pitch Softball League. Kenneth Armstrong photos Share:

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The Thunder rallied for six runs in the fifth inning to edge the Force 14-13 Thursday night in Bladen Recreation’s 11-12 Softball League action. With the Force leading 10-8, Marlie Walters walloped a triple to begin the Thunder fifth inning. Kallie Bass reached base, and Holland Davis belted a single. Abbie Hickman and Jahyra Priest […]

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The Pirates were the runners-up in the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament. Members of the team are: Front-Center: Greyson Nobles Front Row (Left-Right): Wyatt Price, Eli Johnson, Liam Heath, Gracin Greene, Lyrik Lawson. Second Row (L-R): Maddox Thornton, John High, Jr., Prince Powell, Cooper Long, Prince McKoy. Back Row (L-R): Coach Adam Nobles, Coach […]

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The Yankees won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament Championship with a victory over the Pirates Friday night. The Yankees were also the league’s regular-season champion. Members of the team are: Front Row (Left-Right): Jemeel McKiver, Owen Hall, Noah Ray, Colt Lewis, Jordan Babson. Second Row (L-R): Holt Campbell, Tyre Owens, Landon Pusey, Hayes […]

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Elizabethtown Middle School held its athletic banquet recently. Malcolm Bolden was named Male Athlete of the Year and Lainey Hughes was Female Athlete of the Year. Athletes honored were: Male Athlete of the Year  – Malcolm Bolden Female Athlete of the Year – Lainey Hughes Football MVP – Malcolm Bolden Rookie of the Year (8th) […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service urges everyone to be cautious with fire over the holiday weekend. The lack of rainfall in most areas has increased the probability of wildfires, especially within the eastern portion of the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor lists 21 counties in southeast North Carolina, including portions of Bladen County, as […]

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This Day In History

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s first insurance agent. 1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding. 1844 – First telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot. 1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency. 1927 – Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

WOW! Yesterday was one hot day, 97 degrees and apparently we are in for more of the same. Highs for the next few days in the mid 90 range. No rain in sight, and it is badly needed. Recently planted fields very dry, plants beginning to looked stressed. Memorial Day approaching means lots of folks […]

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The man wanted in connection with a robbery and carjacking of an Elizabethtown Middle School bus driver in the predawn hours at the school was arrested Friday in Fayetteville, according to Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. Michael Darrell Smith, also known as Pooh Daddy, was booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center on an outstanding […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met Friday to canvass results from the elections held May 14 and to recount votes in the race for the District 3 seat on the county Board of Commissioners. The canvass meeting was slated to begin at 11 a.m. and the District 3 recount at 1 […]

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District closed the recreational area at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Cape Fear River located in Elizabethtown. The primary reason for the closure was for construction of repairs downstream of the dam. Turbulence resulting from water flowing over the dam scoured out a deep hole in […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver The boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air. The boy had about a dollar, and he […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on stalled federal disaster relief funding legislation: “North Carolinians working to recover from disasters like Florence and Michael have been waiting too long for Washington to act,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m disappointed North Carolinians continue to wait for much-needed relief, and I urge the House to swiftly pass […]

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We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday weekend as we remember those who sacrificed for our freedom. In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, BladenOnline.com office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 8 a.m. Our office is located at 8849 […]

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May 24 marks National Poppy Day. This flower is a symbol of sacrifice worn since WWI to honor those who served and died for our country. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the bloodshed by American service members. It […]

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Memorial Day Travel As of this morning, the department has suspended most road construction activities on major routes to make travel easier for drivers. This hold on construction projects will continue along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes until Tuesday evening on May 28. To safely navigate the highways during Memorial Day weekend, remember these tips: […]

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The Town of Bladenboro’s Governing Board will hold a public hearing on June 10, 2019 at 7:00pm for the purpose of obtaining public comment on the proposed FY2019-2020 Budget. The budget has been submitted to the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners and is available for public inspection in the Town Hall. Share:

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David Wayne Gore of Wilmington was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man in a lumber yard in Kelly in 2017. Friday morning Gore was sentenced in Bladen County Superior Court. Gore, 57, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, had been charged with murder. Gore was […]

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Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lee Register and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crotts are honored to announce the upcoming marriage of their children Caroline Kate Register To Brinson Robert Crotts On Saturday, the first of June Two thousand and nineteen At Three o’clock in the afternoon Trinity United Methodist Church 901 West Broad Street Elizabethtown, North […]

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Town of White Lake proposed budget for Fiscal Year 19-20 has been presented to the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners and is available for public inspection at the Town Hall at 1879 White Lake Dr., White Lake from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays. The White Lake Board of Commissioners will conduct a […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden A couple of weeks ago I had plenty of time – specifically 30 hours – to consider our travel system up close. My wife likes to call it a trip to honor her late sister, who unexpectedly passed.   The sister left three cats, and it was our job to transport them […]

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Nearly 56,000 state employees could benefit from Executive Order No. 95 Read the Fact Sheet HERE RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday creating a new paid parental leave benefit for most state employees. Starting Sept. 1, new mothers will get eight weeks paid leave after giving birth with full pay. Fathers and other partners will […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and for many, just a day off work, or time for a party, maybe a cookout. “Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in […]

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Golf

The winning team in the May 23 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf at White Lake was Campbell White, Matthew Hardee, Jonathan Gooden and Collins Bullard with a seven under par. The Thundering Herd is played every Thursday at 6 p.m. If you would like to play, please call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 before 5:30 […]

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The Braves won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Regular Season Championship. Team members are pictured: Kneeling (Left to Right): Zach Sholar, Cole Butler, Hunter Simmons, Nate Edwards, Colin King. Garrett Dunham Standing (L-R): Coley Sasser, Gabe Cashwell, Colton Daly, Jackson Taylor Share:

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West Bladen High School Logo

A trio of West Bladen athletes made their college commitments official Wednesday at a signing ceremony at the school with their friends and family present. Hannah Arnett signed to play soccer at Guilford College. Nyzella Guions signed to attend Methodist University and become a cheerleader for the Monarchs. Kerron Washington signed to attend North Carolina […]

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RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 95 on Thursday, extending paid parental leave to state employees in cabinet agencies. “This new paid parental leave policy will give state employees more time to recover from childbirth and give their newborns the care and attention they need,” Cooper said. “It will help reduce gender […]

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HCA Yearbook Co-Editors Jeana Grace Bowker and Stefani Boussias with their advisor Natalie Pope. HARRELLS – Harrells Christian Academy’s yearbook program has been named a 2019 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence, it was announced Tuesday. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while […]

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Bladen County was battered by hurricanes the past two years. There was Michael in 2017 and Florence in 2018. What can be expected in 2019? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center announced Thursday that it’s predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely for 2019. NOAA’s outlook forecasts a 40% chance […]

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NEW BERN — A Lumberton man could serve more than seven years in prison after he was sentenced Thursday in federal court on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a news release. Frederick Beverly, 41 pled guilty to the charge in January, says Robert J. Hidgon Jr., who is the U.S. […]

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David Wayne Gore of Wilmington was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man in a lumber yard in Kelly in 2017. Gore, 57, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, had been charged with murder. A sentencing hearing is expected to be held Friday in Bladen County […]

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Temperatures Friday are expected to be in the high 90s across most of the area, with possible heat index of 100 degrees in some spots Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced Thursday. Similar conditions are expected for Sunday and Monday. Take precautions to stay safe during this early heat wave. Visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat for the […]

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This Day In History

1738 – John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day. 1830 – “Mary Had A Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon. 1844 – Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in the world’s first telegraph message. 1899 […]

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By Charlotte Smith The 41st White Lake Water Festival was one of the best ever according to Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The Car Show held at the new White Lake Christian Camp & Retreat Center made a big difference, Maynard explained. Photos by Dora Brogdon and Pam […]

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RALEIGH – With an estimated 37.6 million motorists taking to the roadways this Memorial Day weekend, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to plan ahead before traveling. Regardless of the intended destination, an increase in motor vehicle travel is expected which may lead to congestion on major interstate, US and NC highways.  With this in mind, troopers […]

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White Lake, NC: Utility Maintenance Technician: Grade 12 Position requires assisting with daily operation and maintenance of Town’s water distribution and wastewater collection systems. Experience in water and sewer operations and/or equivalent experience and ability to obtain water distribution/wastewater collection certification. Graduated from accredited high school or GED is required. Valid NCDL required. Considerable experience […]

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West Bladen juniors Kyla Reed and Alara Cashwell and East Bladen sophomore Kayleigh Raynor have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference softball team. Reed, a shortstop, batted a sizzling .520 with 7 doubles, 6 triples, 2 home runs and scored 35 runs. Cashwell, who split time between second base and catcher, walloped 4 home […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I rise early every morning, just a morning person and love it. Began on the farm, later ‘signed on’ at WBLA for years, traveled the state for 20 plus years, and enjoyed traveling to next destination early in the morning. Now a senior, senior citizens, still rise early. Old habits are hard to break. Some […]

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All games played at Bladen County Park May 20 Red at Navy, 6 p.m. May 22 Royal at Navy, 6 p.m. May 24 Royal at Red, 6 p.m. May 31 Nay at Royal, 6 p.m. June 3 Navy at Red, 6 p.m. June 7 Red at Royal, 6 p.m. June 10 Red at Navy, 6 […]

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Members of the Cubs are: Tyler Lewis, Gavin Elks, Jordan Hester, Jake Gooden, Aiden Hargrove, Tredon Scott, Cooper Padrick, Conner Padrick, Isaiah Loftis and Joshua Strickland. Head Coach is Ashley Harrelson. Assistant Coaches are Justin Lewis and Nick Gooden (not pictured). ELIZABETHTOWN – Jordan Hester blasted a 3-run home run to tie the game then […]

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Kenneth Armstrong photos   The Mets defeated the Royals Tuesday night in the opening round of the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament. The Mets advanced to a semi-final game Thursday at 6 p.m. Share:

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This Day In History

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. 1863 – Organization of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. 1882 – 6 inches of snow falls in eastern Iowa. 1900 – Associated Press News Service forms in NY. 1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted by Wisconsin. 1911 – NY […]

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RALEIGH – In a round table discussion with Gov. Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, early childhood professionals from across North Carolina shared stories of how the health care coverage gap is negatively affecting their colleagues. Attendees expressed concern that too many early childhood educators without access to health care are […]

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Steven Blanton operates a crane during the competition earlier this month in Robeson County. (NCDOT photo) Tractor mower Wade Kinlaw and motor grader Tracy Dowless, both based in Bladen County, won their competitions during the NC Department of Transportation’s Division 6 ‘Roadeo’ held May 7-9 in Lumberton. About 150 division employees squared off in seven […]

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By Charlotte Smith The trial for a Wilmington man who is charged in the 2017 Christmas weekend shooting death of Allen W. Blanchard, 34, also of Wilmington started Monday in the Bladen County Superior Court . David Wayne Gore, 54, owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, was charged with felony second degree murder for the […]

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RALEIGH – On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at approximately 3:26 a.m., the State Highway Patrol stopped to check on a Chevrolet SUV that was parked stationary on the shoulder of I-40 near mile marker 340 in Sampson County. During the course of the investigation, the driver of the Chevrolet pointed a gun at the trooper.  As […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced today there were multiple suspects arrested and some are still wanted by Sheriff Jim McVicker and his team members with the Vice/Narcotics Unit, the Criminal Investigative Division, and the K-9 Unit. Some of the charges listed included heroin, cocaine, and selling controlled substances 1,000 feet from school grounds. The […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Health Department Director, Terri Duncan gave a review to the commissioners of the 2018 Vital Statistics Report during the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting held on Monday evening. The annual report listed Bladen County with 162 births and 228 deaths in 2018. The report only gives data on the […]

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October 21, 1947 – May 19, 2019 Philip Bruce “Phil” Baysden, 71, of Mechanicsville, Va., passed away suddenly, yet peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Hazel Baysden. Phil grew up in Elizabethtown, NC and graduated from Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He retired from […]

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Crime Report

Morgan County man convicted on federal hate crime charges   INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced that Nolan Brewer, 21, of Eminence, Indiana, was sentenced in federal court yesterday evening to three years in prison for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, a Jewish synagogue in Carmel, Indiana. Brewer […]

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RALEIGH – With summer right around the corner, residents and visitors in North Carolina will be taking to the skies in record numbers with their personal drones. Around 30,000 North Carolinians now own and operate drones for personal and recreational use. As this number grows, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drone pilots to follow […]

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May 21, 2019–(56 Players) Next Tournament–Diamond Back Golf Course May 28 1st Place–(52)–Gareth Williamson Lewis Sauls J.C. Wiggins Bob Latham 1st Place–(52)–Sammy Stanley Sandy Holland John Blake Rob Conway 3rd Place–(53)–Mike Waddell Joey Gore Ray Crabtree Dennie Pait 4th Place–(54)–Edwin Skipper Terry Strickland Charles Hungerford Doug Palmer 4th Place–(54)–Rudy Pait C.P. Lewis Livingston Lewis Emery […]

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RALEIGH — Soils in our humid southern climate are naturally acidic and some old-timers often referred to soil needing to be “sweet” for good plant growth. This expression most often relates to the use of lime to correct our acidic soils. Lime is commonly used by farmers and home gardeners to help soils obtain a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

High School graduation and various award programs being held this time of year. After children and grandchildren have moved on in life, easy to forget the excitement of end-of-school-year functions. Social media is a great way for senior citizens to stay in touch. For those of us over the hill, Dick Tracy comic strip was […]

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Golf

The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association played at Bayonet at Puppy Creek Golf Course near Raeford on May 21 with 56 players. Two teams tied for first with a score of 52. They were Gareth Williamson, Lewis Sauls, J.C. Wiggins, Bob Latham; and Sammy Stanley, Sandy Holland, John Blake and Rob Conway. Next week’s tournament […]

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