03/22/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 11:48 pm Baseball West Bladen 5, South Robeson 2
  • 11:45 pm Boys Tennis East Bladen 6, South Columbus 3
  • 11:44 pm Middle School Baseball Clarkton School of Discovery 2, Williams Township 1
  • 11:40 pm Middle School Baseball Bladenboro 6, Tar Heel 1
  • 6:38 pm Full day of problem solving for county officials
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1664 – New Jersey becomes an English colony. 1850 – 1st US $20 gold piece issued. 1868 – US Congress abolishes manufacturer’s tax. 1894 – Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi. 1904 – Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund. 1912 – Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) […]

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By Marsha Burney The Bladen County Commissioners struggled to agree on two different issues Monday night. On the first issue, Planning Director Greg Elkins presented the board with a consideration to rezone property located at 3785 Cromartie Road from residential/agricultural to commercial zoning. Elkins told the commissioners the Planning Board had met and made a […]

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The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from December’s revised rate, according to a news release Monday from the N.C. Department of Commerce. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. North Carolina’s January 2019 unemployment rate decreased 0.7 of a percentage […]

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By Erin Smith The filing period for the new 9th Congressional District election has gotten underway on Monday. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15.   As of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, one person has filed for the Republican primary. Stony Dwight Rushing, of Wingate, NC has filed seeking election to […]

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StoryWalk, located at Singletary Lake State Park, is a book and walking path combined. Enjoy reading while getting exercise in the great outdoors! The story is titled There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro. The storyboard signs are arranged along an easy 1/2-mile loop trail. Come out to Singletary Lake […]

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By Erin Smith Victims of Hurricane Florence received a gift of a free quilt on Saturday morning courtesy of the ministry, Quilts of Compassion. Numerous victims from throughout Bladen County gathered at the Bladen County Disaster Distribution Center in Elizabethtown to receive the cherished gift. The faces of those who waited patiently for their turn […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Gov. Roy Cooper named Judge Mark Davis as Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. “I know Judge Davis is dedicated to his work and to serving the people of North Carolina, and I know he will continue to serve with distinction as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court,” said Gov. Cooper. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to eliminate the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits they earned by contributing to Social Security. The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act introduced by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) would build on previous steps by Congress and […]

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The second annual Lumbee Film Festival takes place May 2019 at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator in Pembroke, NC. The festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States. The Festival features a panel discussion with community organizers, filmmakers […]

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By Erin Smith A four-wheeler crash on Marsh Road on Saturday evening sent two people to the hospital. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 6:42 p.m. near Bladenboro. Michael Babson, 29, of Bladenboro, and a passenger, Keri Hester, 32, also of Bladenboro, were riding a four-wheeler northbound on Marsh Road […]

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Contributed Bladen Radiology Ultrasound has been granted ACR Accreditation. Images were surveyed by the Committee on Ultrasound Accreditation of the Commission on Quality and Safety. This accreditation is for General, Vascular, OB (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Trimesters), and GYN including Cerebrovascular, Deep Abdominal Vascular, and Peripheral Vascular. Share:

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By Erin Smith A West Bladen High School student has died from injuries he sustained in a weekend wreck. The crash occurred on Butler Mill Road on Sunday at 1:50 p.m., according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. A social media post on the school’s Facebook page on Monday night stated Aldo Hernandez, who was […]

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By Charlotte Smith There was a large crowd out this weekend for mountain biking at Browns Creek Bike Trail & Nature Park in Elizabethtown. The North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League held their first race for the 2019 season at the local park on Sunday, March 10. The NC Interscholastic event drew about 450 mountain bike […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, March 11, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for their regular meeting in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. One of the items for consideration is the scheduling of a special meeting regarding the Kelly Dike. The […]

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Contributed Why was Dan McCready not declared the winner? Why was a new election ordered? Because the State Board of Elections found that the election was tainted and could not determine who would have won the election if not for absentee voting and other irregularities, it did not certify a winner. The State Board has […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Bladenboro Town Hall. The board will approve a consent agenda that consists of the approval of the agenda, approval of the minutes from the February meeting, approval of departmental reports, and the approval of budget amendments. Action […]

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The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors will meet on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the meeting room at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. The winery is located at 195 Vineyard Drive in Elizabethtown. For additional information call 910-247-3457 Share:

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Corey and Irish Lyons will be celebrating their first anniversary as Pastor and First Lady of First Missionary Baptist Church of 501 Martin Street in Elizabethtown, N.C.  They have two children Ashton and Trent. Elder Teresa McClelland, Pastor of St. Paul Holiness Church will render the morning service beginning at 11:00 a.m.  Elder Teresa McClelland […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Commissioners meet today at 6:30 p.m. in their meeting room in the courthouse.  Included on the agenda is ‘Consider scheduling of a Special Meeting regarding the Kelly Dike.”  Kelly area folks suffered greatly during the last storm when the dike system failed.  The meeting is open to the public. Local temps from mid […]

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This Day In History

1665 – New York approves new code guaranteeing Protestants religious rights. 1779 – US Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time) 1789 – Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L’Enfant begin to lay out Washington, D.C. 1823 – 1st normal school in US opens, Concord Academy, Concord, Vermont. 1850 – Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (1st […]

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FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA – West Bladen grad John Bowen scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds Sunday but his Belmont Abbey Crusaders were defeated 75-72 by Emmanuel in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game. Bowen dropped in a 3-point play just before halftime, but the Crusaders still trailed 42-32 at intermission. Belmont Abbey pulled to […]

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East Bladen’s Lady Eagles dominated the Three Rivers Conference girls basketball play during the season and now they have won the league’s major post-season awards. Senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson was named the TRC Player of the Year, and Coach Patty Evers was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year. Senior Ashley Hardin and junior Patience […]

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East Bladen grad Lacey Suggs scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds Friday night as her UNC-Wilmington Lady Seahawks closed out their regular season with a 66-62 victory over College of Charleston. Suggs connected on 5 of 6 free throws and dropped in a fast-break lay-up in the second quarter as the Lady Seahawks rallied […]

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Monday, March 11 4 p.m. Tar Heel at Whiteville Central 4 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery at Nakina 4 p.m. Hallsboro at Elizabethtown Thursday, March 14 4 p.m. Elizabethtown at Tar Heel 4 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery at Bladenboro Monday, March 18 4 p.m. Tar Heel at Nakina 4 p.m. Hallsboro at Clarkton School […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC March is Women’s History Month. It is a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation’s remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers and daughters, aunts, and grandmothers. Each of them plays a special […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

We are now on Daylight Savings Time, means we rise an hour early and have more daylight in the afternoon and evening.  Often wonder why, so I Googled.  Among the definitions was this…..”Daylight savings time is a widely used system of adjusting the official local time forward, usually by one hour from the official standard time for […]

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HENDERSON – The Bladen County Recreation 10U Girls All-Stars competed in the State-Wide Activities Committee sectional tournament at Aycock Recreation Center this weekend. Bladen County defeated Dunn 18-14 Friday night in their tournament opener. Bladen County was edged 9-8 Saturday morning by CCP&R. The Bladen girls bounced back with a 20-9 victory over Onslow County, […]

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The Bladen County Recreation 10U Boys All-Stars competed in the State-Wide Activities Committee sectional tournament at Selma Middle School this weekend. Bladen County won their first game Friday night defeating Henderson-Vance 38-29, but were then edged 31-30 Saturday by the Cleveland Rams. Holly Springs eliminated Bladen County 31-28 later Saturday. Members of the Bladen 10U […]

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NEW BERN – The Bladen County Recreation 12U Girls Basketball All-Stars competed in the State-Wide Activities Committee sectional tournament Saturday at West New Bern Recreation Center. Bladen County lost their first game Saturday by a 24-18 score then rolled to a 30-18 victory in their second game. Onslow County defeated Bladen County 32-29 Saturday afternoon […]

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LAURINBURG – The Bladen County Recreation 12U Boys All-Stars competed in the State-Wide Activities Committee sectional tournament this weekend at Sycamore Lane Elementary School. Bladen County raced to a 39-19 victory over Hamlet Friday night then outlasted the Spring Lake Spartans 41-36 in their first game Saturday. Lee County edged Bladen County 44-43 Saturday evening, […]

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FRANKLIN SPRINGS, GA – West Bladen grad John Bowen dropped in the game-winning lay-up with 4 seconds remaining Saturday to lift Belmont Abbey to a 77-76 victory over Barton in the semi-finals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Crusaders rallied from 13 points down to tie the game 72-72. DeQuan Abrom vaulted Belmont Abbey in […]

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By Erin Smith Photos by Gordon Kinlaw A piece of construction equipment that was being moved from the employee parking area to another parking area at Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel was struck in the rear on Thursday evening, according to the NC Highway Patrol. The crash occurred at 5:58 p.m. on NC 87 when a piece of […]

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This Day In History

1791 – John Stone of Concord, Massachusetts, patents a pile driver. 1849 – Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent (only US President to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions. 1876 – First telephone call; Alexander Graham Bell says “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you” to […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Sadie Minter retired from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Minter was the first lady officer in the department. Brian Watts won the Elizabethtown Optimist Club Essay Contest. Pam Hammonds of Elizabethtown led the UNC Lady Tar Heels as they won the ACC basketball tourney with a 99-76 victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack. […]

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By Erin Smith A Wake County jury has ruled against Murphy Brown LLC in the fifth hog farm nuisance to be held in federal court in Raleigh. The verdict reached on Friday evening awarded the plaintiffs a total of $420,000, much lower than the past five verdicts. The jury awarded the plaintiffs $139,000 in compensatory damages and $281,000 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The cost of a second election process for counties in the 9 congressional district will be paid for by county governments.  Don’t know anyone happy about a do-over.  But, no other option.  And, many prognosticators think the votes cast will be less….To be determined. Another lawsuit determined by the court system….Smithfield Foods lost again, truth […]

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Recently, environmental groups released a report alleging widespread contamination from coal ash basins. Duke Energy’s perspective Despite how some may try to characterize the information, there is nothing new for Duke Energy, where we’ve been transparently reporting groundwater information from our plants for years and we’re closing all our coal ash basins. The only thing […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper appointed Brian Tomlin of Greensboro to serve as District Court Judge for Judicial District 18 in Guilford County. “Mr. Tomlin brings extensive legal experience to the bench and will serve the people of North Carolina well,” said Gov. Cooper. Tomlin will fill the seat previously held by the Honorable Lora […]

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1798 – Dr. George Balfour becomes 1st naval surgeon in the US Navy. 1822 – Charles Graham of NY granted first US patent for artificial teeth. 1861 – Confederate currency authorized – $50, $100, $500, $1,000. 1862 – USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack battle in Hampton Roads. 1907 – 1st involuntary sterilization law enacted, Indiana. […]

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Emereau Aviators Baseball March 8: at Christ the Cornerstone, 5:30 p.m. March 12: Fayetteville Christian, 5 p.m. March 14: at Wayne Preparatory, 4 p.m. March 15: at Wilmington Christian, 5 p.m. March 22: at Christ the Cornerstone, 4 p.m. March 28: Wayne Preparatory, 5 p.m. April 4: Myrtle Grove, 5 p.m. April 11: at Myrtle […]

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Rain was the big winner Friday night as all of Bladen County’s baseball and softball games didn’t start or were halted early by unplayable conditions. The Wallace-Rose Hill at East Bladen and South Robeson at West Bladen baseball games were postponed due to rain. Four Wallace-Rose Hill softball batters made it to the plate before […]

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BLADENBORO – West Bladen’s Lady Knights scored 8 runs in the bottom of the first inning Friday and were still batting when their Three Rivers Conference softball game was suspended by rain with West leading South Robeson 8-3. The Lady Mustangs scored 3 runs in the top of the first on two walks, a hit […]

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Three of Bladen County Recreation’s all-star basketball teams won opening round games in the State-Wide Athletics Committee sectional tournaments Friday night. Bladen County’s 12U Boys (pictured above) rolled past Hamlet 39-19 in their sectional tournament at Sycamore Lane Elementary School in Laurinburg. The Bladen All-Stars advance to play the Spring Lake Spartans Saturday at 11:15 […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Sydney Wober and sophmore Kenia Medina scored 2 goals each Friday night to lead East Bladen to an 8-1 non-conference girls soccer victory over Wallace-Rose Hill in the Lady Eagles season opener. Wober lit up the scoreboard quickly with a goal in the first 15 seconds of play. Freshman Maya McDonald knocked […]

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By Charlotte Smith Today is International Women’s Day. Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere, according to the International Women’s Day website. As a publication dedicated to celebrating differences and achievements we would like to take the opportunity to recognize some great examples on this Women’s Day. Locally, we have celebrated […]

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Janice Grimes, the founder of Quilts of Compassion, will be handing out quilts to Hurricane Florence disaster survivors Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 10 am. at the Bladen Disaster Relief Distribution Site (the former Paul Sessoms building) in Elizabethtown. Disaster survivors will need to fill out a simple form, and should bring a FEMA letter […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to combat the high rate of suicide among members of the National Guard and Reserve. Currently, members of the National Guard and Reserves undergo annual health assessments to identify medical issues that could impact their ability to deploy, but any follow-up care must almost always […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Gov. Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: Senate Bill 77: An Act To Extend The Deadline To Apply For The Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program Of 2018 For Certain Counties That Received A Presidential Or Secretarial Disaster Declaration As A Result Of Hurricane Michael After The Original Deadline “Just weeks after […]

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By Erin Smith The annual Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors Gala will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is Super Heroes of Hope. Event Chairman Mary Williams said the speaker for this year’s Survivor’s Gala will be the Rev. Lorraine […]

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SPARTANBURG, SC — Victoria Pait of Bladenboro, NC, has been named to Sherman College of Chiropractic’s Dean’s List for grades earned during the fall 2018 academic quarter. Dean’s List students have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the quarter. Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive education, preparing them […]

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By Erin Smith Work to remove a log jam from the Cape Fear River that has been pressing against the US 701 bridge near Elizabethtown, has been moving slowly recently  thanks to periods of high water and flooding. Andrew Barksdale, with N.C. Department of Transportation’s Communications Office, said the work to remove the log jam […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following House consideration of H.R. 1: “The new Democratic majority has made clear its top priority is putting in place measures to allow the federal government to interfere in our country’s election system forcing taxpayers to fund campaigns they may not support.  A ‘one size fits […]

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East Bladen High School

The start times for today’s Wallace-Rose Hill at East Bladen varsity baseball, softball and girls soccer games have all been changed to 5 p.m. There will not be a jayvee baseball game. Share:

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East Bladen High School

CERRO GORDO – Senior Pierce Melvin and sophomore Freddy Wooten combined to pitch a 3-hitter and strike out ten batters Thursday night as their East Bladen Eagles defeated West Columbus 8-1 in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. Melvin worked the first 3.2 innings on the mound and allowed one run on 2 hits and 7 […]

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Friday’s South Robeson at West Bladen varsity baseball and softball games will begin at 5 p.m. because South Robeson doesn’t field a jayvee team in either sport. Share:

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Contributed The Bladen County Democratic Party Convention will be held at the Bladen County Court House in the Superior Courtroom, on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The Convention will be called to order at 10:00 a.m. Irving L. Joyner will be the guest speaker for the convention. He has worked as a Professor at North Carolina […]

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By Charlotte Smith It has been an unpredictable week for weather, but time marches on. Rain or shine springing forward should be on your agenda this weekend. Sunday, March 10th, will be Daylight Savings Time, and time for everyone to spring forward. When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2:00:00 […]

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WARSAW, N.C., March 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smithfield Foods, Inc.announced a $42,172 contribution to 34 primary and secondary schools in 21 counties across Eastern North Carolina, Eastern South Carolina, and Southern Virginia in partnership with AmeriGas, the nation’s largest propane company. These donations, earned through the AmeriGas School Days program, will be used to provide school supplies, invest in […]

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By Erin Smith A fifth individual has been arrested following an investigation into election fraud in Bladen County.  The arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation into absentee ballot irregularities in Bladen County. Rebecca D. Thompson was arrested on Thursday evening after turning herself in at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Thompson has been charged with […]

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Kayla Thompson continued her quest for a pro golf career this week when she participated in the National Woman’s Golf Association Tournament at Grenelefe Resort South Course in Haines City, Florida. Kayla, who played four years of golf at UNCW, shot 83-85-77=245 and finished in 25th place to earn 275 points. Share:

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The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed a search Warrant at the 701 Business Center located at 2388 James B White Highway North in Whiteville. During the search warrant, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately $8,000.00 in cash, over 80 video gaming machines, and approximately 10 flat screen televisions. On Monday, March 4, 2019, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Springtime arrives March 20, less than two weeks and over the years, volunteers have planned numerous local events, many time fundraisers, to assist in various ways.  No different this year. In no special order…. March 16th in Bladenboro a fundraiser is planned for Murray Hester.  BBQ-benefit will be held at Bladenboro Historical Building from 4-7 […]

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CERRO GORDO – An 8-run second inning propelled East Bladen to an 18-11 victory over West Columbus Thursday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball action. The Lady Eagles’ Adrienne Howell slammed a double and scored a first-inning run, but West Columbus answered with 2 runs in the home first. After East Bladen went up 9-2, […]

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CERRO GORDO – Mahki Cromartie pitched five strong innings, and East Bladen pounded out 13 hits en route to an 18-3 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory Thursday over West Columbus. Cromartie struck out eight and allowed only 4 hits to pick up the win. Drew Sholar pitched a hitless sixth inning of relief. The […]

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 9-0 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: Bridger Warlick (W) defeated Jose Hernandez Osorio (WB) 6-1, 6-1 Tyler Floyd (W) defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 6-1, 6-0 Andrew Cahn (W) defeated Victor Arellano (WB) 6-1, 6-0 Tanner Hester (W) defeated Eduardo Carranza (WB) 6-1, 6-0 Bryce Russell […]

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1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded. 1865 – Battle of Kinston, North Carolina (Wilcox’s Ridge, Wise’s Forks) 1884 – Susan B. Anthony addresses U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, 16 years after legislators 1st introduced a federal women’s suffrage amendment. […]

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FAIRMONT – East Bladen defeated Fairmont 7-2 victory Thursday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: Jay McGill (EB) defeated Anthony Hyatt (F) 6-2, 6-4 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Elijah Watkins (F) 6-4, 6-2 Jake Evans (EB) defeated Ethan Gromme (F) 6-0, 6-1 Will Hester (EB) defeated Javian Manning (F) 6-2, 6-4 Eduardo Perez […]

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CERRO GORDO – Senior Kristen Meares tripled home the tying run and scored the winning run as West Columbus rallied for 4 runs in the seventh inning to edge East Bladen 8-7 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference softball action. An error, junior Leah Floyd’s triple and a sacrifice fly sliced the Lady Eagle lead […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act this week to protect the economic security and well-being of veterans and their families who rely on disability benefits and may be experiencing financial hardship. Under current bankruptcy law, disability benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing and discussed issues military families are facing with on-base military housing.Last week, Senator Tillis toured homes on Fort Bragg with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and participated in a listening session with military families. Tillis on touring military housing at Ft. Bragg: “I want […]

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Contributed CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy Progress, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has completed its first issuance of $600 million in green bonds that will finance eligible green energy projects, including the development, construction and procurement of solar generation in the Carolinas. This transaction, which involved two minority-owned banks to place the bonds, […]

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Contributed On Saturday, March 2, the Clarkton School of Discovery Science Olympiad teams attended the regional competition at the University of North Carolina- Wilmington. The Varsity team, coached by Jordan Raynor, medaled in 6 events and finished 12th overall. The JV team, coached by Joshua Parker, walked away with a first place medal in Thermodynamics. […]

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USDA

Contributed WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage […]

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ST. PAULS – Drivers on Interstate 95 in Robeson County will encounter overnight detours next week to allow an N.C. Department of Transportation contractor to replace the riding surface of several bridges. The Arizona-based prime contractor, The Truesdell Corp., will do the work first on the pair of I-95 bridges, both north and southbound, at exit […]

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The Semper Fidelis All-American Program recently announced Alyssa Bell, a junior at West Bladen High School as a 2019 Semper Fidelis All-American due to her successes. Sgt. Rubio with the Semper Fidelis All-American Program said the officials were impressed with Bell’s fighting spirit and how she has overcome so much to get where she is […]

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RALEIGH: Cellectis, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company is planning to create up to 200 jobs as it locates its U.S. commercial-scale manufacturing facility in Wake County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company is developing immunotherapies based on gene-edited allogeneic CAR T-cells (UCART). “North Carolina is proud to be a national leader in life sciences,” said Governor Cooper. “The […]

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By Erin Smith The Clarkton Town Board unanimously approved replacing the roses at the town entrance signs and replacing them with flowers. Clarkton resident Linda Croom addressed the board on Tuesday and asked if she could remove the rose bushes currently planted there. “The roses are not doing well,” said Croom. She added she had […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr sent a letter to Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Jim Crowell to express support for additional funding for the Middle District of North Carolina’s United States Attorney’s Office for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 and for all of fiscal year […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker is warning the public of several phone scams where individuals are using the Sheriff’s Office as a cover to gain personal information. “We have had several calls from the public asking if this office can provide further information on calls they have received,” said McVicker. “We are telling everyone that this […]

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By Erin Smith Four individuals have now been arrested following an investigation into election fraud in Bladen County. A fifth individual who was indicted has not yet been arrested. “The SBI is working with local law enforcement to arrest Rebecca D. Thompson in connection to this investigation,” Anjanette Grube, Public Information Officer with the North […]

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Registered Nurse (RN) – Long Term Care LTC Elizabethtown Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Elizabethtown, NC Elizabethtown Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, an 86 bed facility, is dedicated to providing professional, compassionate care that enriches and enhances our residents’ lives. A variety of programs distinguish Elizabethtown Healthcare & Rehab as a respected nursing and rehabilitation center, establishing […]

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The SFSGA Tournament scheduled for Land O’ Lakes Golf Course on March 5 was cancelled due to the snow/wet weather. The next tournament at  Timberlake Golf Course in Clinton on March 12 will start at 10 a.m. Share:

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North Carolina is traditionally an active tornado and severe thunderstorm state, and spring is peak season for severe weather, although it can occur at any time of year. All North Carolinians are urged to prepare and practice safety plans now. March 3-9 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week, so make sure you know how to stay […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

One of the events I missed during the sickness of my bride was the ribbon cutting at the new Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building at the Curtis Brown Airport.  Missed seeing Col Curtis Brown, retired astronaut and the remarks about Mr. Mac, Sr.  Remember Curt as a youngster growing up, his dad was the owner-operator of […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: In his budget proposal, Investments for a Determined North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper proposed putting a bond worth $3.9 billion to the vote of a people for investments in schools and other critical infrastructure. Data released today show how North Carolina public schools, UNC system schools, and community colleges could benefit from the Invest NC bond. The proposed […]

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1801 – Massachusetts enacts first state voter registration law. 1854 – Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machines to stitch buttonholes. 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell receives a patent for the telephone in the US. 1887 – North Carolina State University is founded by the North Carolina General Assembly. 1908 – Cincinnati Mayor Mark Breith […]

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By Erin Smith Several drug-related cases were on the docket for Wednesday’s session of Bladen County Criminal District Court. During the session, several drug-related charges were dismissed and 17 cases were continued to the April session. Sharonda Stevens accepted a plea arrangement through her Attorney Goldston Womble. Stevens pled guilty to one count of possession […]

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East Bladen grad Kyle Tatum has played a key role in Brunswick Community College’s perfect 11-0 start to the college baseball season. Tatum opened the season with a pair of 2-4 performances that included a double, a run batted in and 2 runs scored in wins of 6-2 and 9-6 over the East Carolina Club […]

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West Bladen grad Laikyn Pait leads Southeastern Community College’s softball team through the first eight games of the season in batting (.357), runs batted in (6), home runs (2), hits (10) and slugging percentage (.571). Highlights for Pait included a 3-4 performance with a home run, 3 rbi’s, and 2 runs scored in an 8-4 […]

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East Bladen grad Lexi Dawson is leading the St. Andrews softball team in hitting with a .340 batting average and .447 slugging percentage. The Garland native has slammed 5 doubles, scored 5 runs and drove in 5 runs in 20 games. In a double-header split with Mount Olive, Dawson batted 4-5, hammered a pair of […]

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Contributed Erwin Gutzwiler with Employer Support for Guard and Reserve organizations went over the Top 10 reasons to hire members of the Guard and Reserve with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club at their weekly meeting on Wednesday. The list Erwin presented itemized reasons to hire the Guard and Reserve members is as follows: 10. Global perspective- […]

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By Erin Smith A pedestrian was struck and killed on NC 211 West on Sunday evening at 6:59 p.m., according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Nicole Bolie, 47, who was a resident of the Oak Grove Family Care Home, was walking eastbound on NC 211 when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Jimmy […]

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On Monday, March 25, 2019, the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, NC 28337. Registration is from 6 pm to 7 pm and the convention will begin at 7 pm. Precinct meetings will be held at 6:30 pm. All registered Republicans are encouraged to […]

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By Erin Smith Two Bladen County men pled guilty to charges stemming from a series of break-ins that ocurred at several Bladen County hog farms in the fall of 2018. Wesley Carroll was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Croom to 77 to 105 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of felony […]

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A Kelly man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in home invasion that ocurred in Elizabethtown. Marcus Blake, 35, entered guilty pleas to robbery with a dangerous weapon, first degree burglary, and possession of firearm by felon in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. Blake was sentenced by Judge Croom to […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Many have asked about my bride who has recently been hospitalized, she appears to be doing better.  More doctors’ appointments.  Keep her in your prayers and thanks for asking. We are a small family…two sons, two grandchildren, (one married) and a very smart, supportive daughter-in-law.  Like to think we are stable folks.  One son has been employed […]

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RED SPRINGS – A 6-run fourth-inning explosion propelled East Bladen to a 12-2 victory over Red Springs Tuesday in the Eagles Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball opener. The Eagles took an early lead with a pair of first-inning runs. Jay McKoy and Jacob Priest drew walks to start the game. Tyler Hill’s fielder’s choice retired […]

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RED SPRINGS – Red Springs defeated East Bladen 15-1 Tuesday in the Three Rivers Conference junior varsity softball opener for the Lady Eagles. Pitcher Jenna Stephenson walked and raced home with the only East Bladen run in the third inning when Adrienne Howell walloped a triple. Carlie West cracked a second inning single for the […]

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