08/17/2019
  • 7:04 am Thoughts While Shaving for August 17
  • 12:46 am This Day in History for August 17
  • 12:31 am Vacation leave, overtime pay policies on Bladen commissioners’ agenda
  • 12:05 am Vineyard Golf Club Championship Set Sept. 14-15
  • 11:55 pm Desmond Bryant Football Camp Set For Aug. 24
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RALEIGH: Today, Gov. Roy Cooper appointed the Hon. Reuben Young and Christopher Brook to the North Carolina Court of Appeals. “The work of the North Carolina Court of Appeals must instill confidence in the people of our state, reminding them they live within a fair and just society,” Gov. Cooper said. “These appointees will bring […]

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Jasper Carl Jessup Jr., 83, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  He was the son of Bessie Lashley Jessup and Jasper Carl Jessup. He grew up in Elizabethtown N.C.  After graduating high school, he served in the United States Navy.  He later graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. degree in […]

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The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). For more information contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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Elner Guy Bunn, 92, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019. He was born in Edgecombe County March 15, 1927 to the late Bennett L. Bunn and Clara Proctor Bunn. His life revolved around family, church, and work. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife, […]

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The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is pleased bring a great slate of webinars and seminars this month. On campus, speaker Sam Gore returns to present on Saturday, April 13th, from 9 AM until 12 PM on “How to File a 501c3 for Non-Profit.” Off-campus seminars: At Bladen County Public Library at […]

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Contributed Bladen Community College students recently traveled to Selma, Alabama, to attend the North Carolina Chapter on Black American Affairs 15th Annual Student Leadership Conference.  Students from Catawba Valley Community College, Davidson County Community College and Isothermal Community College accompanied them.  Students participated in the conference at the campus of Wallace Community College in Selma. […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As part of its commitment to build a cleaner and smarter North Carolina, Duke Energy is proposing the largest investment in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure ever in the Southeast – a $76 million initiative to spur EV adoption across the state. In a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), Duke […]

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Public Meeting

The Emereau:Bladen Board of Director’s will meet on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Emereau:Bladen Charter School, 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown, NC  28337. If you have questions, please call (910) 247-6595 Share:

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Bladen County Solid Waste has announced their hours of operation for Friday, April 19th – Good Friday: All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7 AM to 7 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Monday, April 22nd. Share:

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Fellowship Bible Church 2503 Waddell St. Elizabethtown, N.C. April  20th Items for sale to include microwave,computer,electric organ, vacuum cleaner,air purifier,along with kitchen,bath and home decor. All proceeds will be donated to Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Share:

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By Erin Smith An underage driver, who is facing charges in a crash that claimed the life of West Bladen High School student Aldo Hernandez, is scheduled to appear in court on May 9, 2019. The driver is charged with reckless driving to endanger and license/permit no supv. driver under the age of 18. She is […]

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The Trinity United Methodist Men’s Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser will be April 4th 11:-00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $8.00 per plate. Tickets can be purchased at Bladen Builders, Dickerson’s Pharmacy, or the Trinity United Methodist Church office. Share:

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  The Clarkton Beautification Committee will host a Spaghetti fundraiser on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Clarkton Depot. Plates cost  $7.99 and include beverage, salad, bread and dessert. All proceeds will go to make Clarkton more beautiful! All members of the Clarkton Beautification Committee are volunteers! Share:

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The annual Kelly Spring Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Kelly ball field. A parade begins at 10 a.m. on White Oak Road across from the Kelly ball field ending at Centerville Baptist Church. Parade entries should be lined up by 9:30 a.m. Local live entertainment will be provided by […]

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Wilmington, N.C. ­– The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s master’s degree programs in nursing and public administration each moved up 12 places on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2020 Best Graduate Schools,” the university announced today. Three other programs – social work, education and part-time M.B.A. – also made the Best Graduate […]

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On Saturday, March 9, 2019, Marianne Porter Absher, dedicated and loving wife and mother of two children, passed away peacefully at her son’s home in Raleigh at the age of 61. She was under the care of Heartland Hospice, as well as her immediate family. Born in Elizabethtown, NC on July 18, 1957 to Hugh […]

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By Erin Smith The hog farm nuisance lawsuits were the subject of the evening at the Sampson County Friends of Agriculture’s 18th annual Rally for Agriculture held Tuesday night at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton.  Andy Curliss, CEO of the NC Pork Council, spoke about the trials and those who are supporting the lawsuits. Curliss announced […]

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A Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bladen Community College Auditorium. Vendor space is available. If you are seeking employment, you are encouraged to bring your resume and meet and talk with potential employers. Vendor spaces are available and the space is free of […]

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Columbus Charter School Kindergarten students will celebrate learning to read on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:45 AM with an awards ceremony. Students will receive an “I Can Read” certificate and their own book to celebrate their landmark achievement. Columbus Charter School’s “I Can Read” ceremony will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019 at […]

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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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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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Community Care of The Lower Cape Fear is holding a Community Resiliency Model training on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, for anyone who is interested in learning about the biology of stress reactions and building resiliency skills. The training will take place at the Columbus County Center in Whiteville from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This […]

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By Erin Smith Damages to the Elizabethtown City Cemetery that occurred during hurricane Florence were discussed at the Elizabethtown Planning Retreat along with the economic impact the airport has on the local economy. The meeting was held on Tuesday at the newly completed Elizabethtown Airport Terminal Building. FEMA projects from Hurricane Florence were a topic […]

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Bladen County Smart Start is now registering students for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. When you sign your child up, they will receive one free book each month until their fifth birthday. To learn more, contact Bladen Smart Start at 910-862-3335.   Share:

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Raleigh, N.C. – The State Library of North Carolina and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NC DIT) are pleased to announce the official launch of a new partner program with the Robeson County Public Library and the Public Schools of Robeson County. The pilot program is funded by a $250,000 […]

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Eastpointe MCO will conduct an Opioid and Naloxone Training session in Bladen County. The training will be conducted on March 19th, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office in Elizabethtown, N.C. Mr. James Hood, with Lenoir EMS, will be the Trainer. Everyone is welcome to attend. Preregistration is required […]

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RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol honored 55 sworn and 11 civilian members today during a promotional ceremony held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary. First Sgt. C. M. Hardee, who is currently assigned to Troop B Cumberland County, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and his new duty station will be Troop B Headquarters.  […]

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The Distance Learning and Science Departments of Bladen Community College are excited to announce that Mr. Gannon Medwick, chief Meteorologist at WECT News in Wilmington, will be speaking at Bladen Community College on Thursday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. in the college auditorium. Medwick earned his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Penn State in […]

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Contributed Laughter will be the order of the evening when the “Laughter with a Melody Clean Comedy” takes place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at East Bladen High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door and children ages 7 to […]

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By Erin Smith Smithfield Foods Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the 30th annual Bladen We Care Gala, to be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. The band for this year’s gala will be the Legacy Motown Revue. Mac Campbell Jr. said of Smithfield Foods, “They […]

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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at […]

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Paul Brown Leadership Academy

Contributed The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $1,000. The drawing for the winner will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019. Wade Kinlaw, a member of the PTO said, “They want to do more repairs and upgrades to the buildings. Such […]

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By Erin Smith If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not try the Casino Night at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Saturday, Feb. 9. The event is presented by the Bladen County Committee of 100. “If you are looking for something fun to do, come on out,” said Chuck […]

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Public Meeting

The Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s regular scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  A public body may close a session for the following purpose:  to establish, or to instruct the public body’s staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the […]

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Contributed Nine teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as the state’s regional Teachers of the Year for their dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve. These accomplished educators will now compete for the title of 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner succeeds the 2018 Teacher […]

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There will be a bake sale to benefit Bladen County Relay for Life on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Star Telephone Communications. The bake sale will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Star Telephone Communications Office is located at 3112 Martin Luther King Dr., Elizabethtown, N.C. Share:

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The votes were cast for the Bladen’s Best of the Best contest in January. Almost 1,500 entries were submitted. Each entry was made from a different electronic device to help keep the contest fair and unbiased. “We are really excited about our first annual Bladen’s Best of the Best. We are looking forward to making […]

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Betty Guyton of 549 Apt 11B Hwy. 410 Bladenboro, passed away Saturday evening at her residence surrounded by family and friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday January 29, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Majestic Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A Service of Remembrance will begin at 4 p.m. in the Life Celebration […]

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Public Meeting

The February 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of Bladen County, will be held on the first Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod St, Elizabethtown. The meeting is on Friday, February 1. The meeting time is 3 PM. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group for parents […]

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The Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will hold a Valentines Make It and Take It event on Thursday, February 7, at 6 p.m. The event is for adults but children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend. You can make Valentine for that special someone or to keep for yourself. All supplies will […]

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The Mother County Genealogical Society will meet on February 9th from 12-2 pm in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. The program speakers will be C. J. and Yvonne Council. They will tell of their experience cleaning and repairing gravestones. Perhaps most importantly, they tell what not to do when cleaning and […]

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Lennon Lacy Bio Pic

By Erin Smith A new documentary on the death of Lennon Lacy is set to premier this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival which is held from Saturday, January 26th, through Saturday, February 2, 2019. The name of the documentary is “Always in Season” and features Claudia Lacy’s attempt to find answers and justice. Lacy’s mother, […]

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a Community Mitigation Resiliency Workshop on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Bladen County Emergency Operations Center. Area residents can get tips and advice on how to make their homes more resistant to flood damage at community mitigation resiliency workshops. FEMA mitigation […]

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On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 (alternate weather date February 14), a prescribed fire workshop for private landowners will be held at the Bladen County Extension Office at 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. The workshop will give attendees the opportunity to learn about prescribed fire and gain hands-on experience applying it under the guidance of […]

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By Erin Smith A nationwide recall has been issued for  Irbesartan and Irbesartan HCTZ tablets due to possible contamination by cancer-causing agents. The recall  was issued by Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., dba Solco Healthcare, LLC who manufactures the drug. The lots involved in the recall contain an ingredient called N -nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) which was found to […]

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Joey Wood Taylor, 64, of White Lake passed away Friday, January 18, 2019.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.  Joey is preceded in death by his father Ernest Kent “Tom” Taylor, paternal grandparents Calvin Taylor and Flora “Taffie” Taylor and his maternal grandparents John L. Clements and Etta Mae Grady […]

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The East Bladen High School Class of 1994 is having their 25th Class Reunion at Cape Fear Vineyard on August 3, 2019, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The cost to attend is $65 for singles and $100 for couples. If you are planning to attend or have question, please contact someone on the committee […]

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Contributed The public is invited to join faculty, staff and students to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a celebration held in Bladen Community College’s  auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 24th, at 11 a.m.  Community advocate and respected minister, Shawn Maynor, will be the keynote speaker. Rev. Maynor is the pastor of the […]

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By Erin Smith Kuraray America, Inc. announced late Wednesday afternoon they are planning to invest $20 million at the Fayetteville Works site in Bladen County. The investment will feature the modernization of the Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) Film line and the phasing out of PVB resin production at the Fayetteville Works plant. In a release, Kuraray […]

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

By Erin Smith Area offices and agencies have announced their schedules for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. All banks are closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the holiday and will re-open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, Jan. 21. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Tuesday, […]

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Passing peacefully at her home surrounded by her family in Newport News, Virginia, Ellen Ann Bordeaux Bain, aged 80, was reunited with her late husband on Monday, January 7, 2019. Ellen was born the youngest of 16 children in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. She was a dedicated wife and mother first and foremost. She treasured her […]

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George Aubrey Monk of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, passed away on January 7, 2019, at the age of 65. He bravely confronted life with a devotion to family and friends. George was a straightforward and passionate man who loved to have a great time. George had childhood memories from St. Joseph, Missouri, especially South end, and […]

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Mr. James Ara Smith, 62, of 527 Frank Melvin Rd., Elizabethtown, NC; died Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Raleigh Duke Hospital, Raleigh, NC   Survivors: Wife- Lonice Smith of the home, 2 sons-Barry Smith of Bladenboro, NC, Randy Smith of Abbottsburg, NC, 1 daughter- Santana Smith of the home, 4 sisters- Sally Sinkler of Elizabethtown, NC, Diann Smith of Elizabethtown, NC, Lena […]

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Star Communications is participating in the Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship program in 2019. Each year, the Foundation for Rural Service offers an annual college scholarship program and awards one-time $2,500 scholarships in different regions of the United States to students from rural America to assist with their first year of college, university of vocational-technical […]

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Star Telephone Membership Corporation is offering scholarship opportunities to high school seniors. The scholarship program is open to all high school seniors who have one of the Star Communications services in their residence on record with their respective school and they must provide proof of that service. The student must also plan to attend a […]

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Raleigh — Doris Schweriner Silvers, 93, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully on Saturday, December 29. She was born December 8, 1925 in Philadelphia. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Alan, and her parents Edwin and Yvette Schweriner. Doris was generous, kind-hearted and never met a stranger. She loved plants, needlepoint, bird figurines, […]

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Elizabethtown –  The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church presents their annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza December 31, 2018, coordinated by Dr. Katrina Boykin. The musical festivities begin at 9:30 p.m. Helen Miller known for her distinguish musical, “Lean On Me” will be in attendance. Additionally, there will be special performances by the 3G Mime, Praise Dancers, a “look alike” […]

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Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of United States Army Specialist Jose Juan Melendez, Jr., age 31. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Specialist Melendez was meeting […]

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Contributed Bladen Community College (BCC) recently received its largest donation to date from the BB&T Charitable fund in the amount of $250,000. The funds are earmarked for the college to develop a technology curriculum to train and prepare students to be workforce ready, potentially for BB&T’s Client Care Center, and other businesses requiring these skill […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Opioid Task Force has received a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to help with the creation of a strategic plan. The grant, in the amount of $157,520, will be used to fund a program coordinator, pay for a consultant, cover meeting expenses and other related items, […]

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The Bladen County Animal Shelter have announced their holiday hours. They will be closed on December 24th, 25th and 26th for the holidays. Share:

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Karen Suggs Bladen County Animal Control/Shelter has received a lot of donated 1 year Rabies vaccinations. We would like to share this wonderful donation with the community by holding free 1 year Rabies vaccinations. Anyone wishing to get their dogs or cats vaccinated with a 1 year Rabies vaccination at no cost can come to […]

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SMITHFIELD, Va. — Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new distribution center in Tar Heel, North Carolina, which will create approximately 250 new jobs in the state. Smithfield invested more than $100 million into the over 500,000-square foot facility, about the size of eight football fields, and its blast cell […]

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Public Meeting

The Emereau Bladen Board of Director’s Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 18, 2018 has been changed to 6:30 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m. as previously announced.  A public body may close a session for the following purpose:  to establish, or to instruct the public body’s staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken […]

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When Peter Hans became the president of the state’s community college system this past May, he pledged to visit all 58 community colleges in North Carolina.  Recently, he visited Bladen Community College where he met with Dr. William Findt, BCC President and his leadership team. During the visit, Hans observed and commented “Our community colleges are […]

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By Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro has named a new Town Administrator. Blake Proctor has been on the job less than one week and has been busy getting acquainted with the town staff and business owners. On Monday night, Proctor was present for his first town board meeting. Town Commissioner Sarah Jane Benson introduced […]

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The farmers markets in Bladen County are offering residents the opportunity to prepare for the Christmas holidays. You can find all manner of locally grown produce and hand-crafted items to complete your shopping list. The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open on Friday and Saturday offering locally grown produce, pecans and honey. The Bladenboro Farmers […]

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NC DOT

Public meeting is Dec. 3 ORRUM – The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on its proposal to convert two intersections along U.S. 74 in Robeson County into one interchange with an overpass and ramps. To improve safety and traffic flow on U.S. 74, the project would involve replacing intersections at N.C. 72 and N.C. […]

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  By Erin Smith A body was discovered on Tuesday afternoon off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County, according to the FBI and Lumberton Police Department. The discovery was made at about 4:45 p.m. today as investigators were following leads in the case of missing Lumberton teen Hania Aguilar. The body has not been positively […]

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Cascades will expand its operations in Wagram RALEIGH: Cascades Holdings U.S., Inc. (Cascades) has selected Scotland County for a significant expansion of its operations. The company will invest $58 million and create 66 new jobs over two years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “International manufacturers like Cascades are thriving in North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “Our state’s global […]

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The Flu season is just beginning and Bladen County Health Department wants to remind you of our extended clinic hours on Tuesday evenings, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. These extended hours will continue each Tuesday throughout January 2019. Extended clinic services available: *Immunizations (to include Flu Vaccines) *Birth Control pick-ups *Depo Shots *Pregnancy Testing […]

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By Erin Smith The intersection of NC 87 and NC 11 at the Columbus-Bladen County line will be getting an extreme makeover in 2019. The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be conducting an open house on Wednesday, November 28, at the Sandyfield town hall from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The intersection has been […]

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The magic of the holidays is in the spirit of giving!  Southeastern Hospice will host their 33rd annual Festival of Trees this year with a parade of beautiful, theme-decorated trees, wreaths, and garland. The event will be held at the Osterneck Auditorium at 102 N. Chestnut Street, directly across from the Robeson County Public Library, from […]

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The Governor’s Crime Commission – Special Committee on School Shootings is hosting a public forum tomorrow in Greenville. Public forums have been scheduled in both Greenville and Greensboro and are designed to ensure that community voices and ideas are heard and incorporated into the Special Committee’s report. The Special Committee will compile comments and/or questions […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 14 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 146th Basic Highway Patrol School.  The ceremony ended 15 weeks of demanding training preparing them for a fulfilling career of service to the state of North Carolina. Bladen County resident Fernando Belmonte Bautista was among the graduates. His duty […]

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Edgar Clyde Evans, 87 year old Army Veteran of Bladenboro passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents: J. Clyde and Fannie K. Evans, beloved wife: Elizabeth “Lib” Evans, one son: Richard Evans, two brothers: Charles and Riley Evans and two sisters: Betsy Dorton and Margaret Pigford. Edgar is […]

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Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, November 12th – Veteran’s Day: All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, November 13th. Share:

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There has been a change in the location of the Bethel Precinct voting location due to Hurricane Florence. Voters who are voting in the Bethel Precinct will be casting their ballots at Singletary United Methodist Church in Dublin. Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw said the change was made due to damage that ocurred to […]

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Elizabethtown –  The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church is presenting a Hurricane Florence Relief Center 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018, for individuals impacted by Hurricane Florence.  Several food items, perishable and non-perishable, toiletries, water, cleaning supplies, etc. will be available.  The Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; […]

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Leesville – Mary Elizabeth Erskine Martin Floyd, 102, affectionately known as “Mama Beth” passed away peacefully at home on October 30th, 2018. A funeral service will be held at Dunn’s Chapel Church (281 Chapel Road, West Columbia), on November 3rd at 1:00pm, preceded by a visitation from 11:30-12:30. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. […]

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Funding part of company’s new Powerful Communities philanthropic program Grants available to address summer reading loss and energy, engineering and environmental education CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy Foundation is accepting grant applications for programs that support K-12 education as part of its new Powerful Communities philanthropic program, which will award strategic charitable grants to nonprofit organizations to […]

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Families First, Inc. is hoping they can Christmas brighter for many children in Bladen County.  The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for assistance from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, October 30) at Families First, Inc. office located at 105 West Broad Street (between Corner Cafe and Main Street Antiques). Share:

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Executive Order No. 80 Reaffirms North Carolina’s Commitment To Reducing Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Supporting the Expansion of Clean Energy Businesses  RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 80 highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to fight climate change and lead North Carolina’s transition to a clean energy economy. The executive order calls for the State of North […]

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A special children’s story time is planned this week at branch of the Bladen County Public Library system. April Oxendine , Director with the Innovative Approaches Initiative, will read the book “Amazing Me: It’s Busy Being 3!” There will be a coloring sheet for children to do after the story and each child in attendance […]

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Contributed Linda Burney, Executive Director of Bladen Community College, received the prestigious NC CORD Distinguished Service Award last week at the NC CORD annual conference recently held at Central Carolina Community College. The award recognizes those who have served the organization and the cause of resource development in NC Community Colleges for many years. It […]

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The Small Business Center at Bladen Community College has postponed the Drone Seminar which was scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. The seminar will be rescheduled at a later date. For more information call, 910-879-5572. Share:

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Gov. appoints commission to work with communities across the state to “Make NC Count” Potentially billions of dollars in federal funding and congressional seat at stake for NC RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order 79 to establish the North Carolina Complete Count Commission and named members to the Commission to help achieve the most accurate and […]

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The Kelly Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Donations are appreciated. The fire department is located at 18628 Nc Hwy. 53 East, Kelly. Share:

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RALEIGH – The 2018 N.C. State Fair ended it’s 10-day run with a final attendance of 977,256. This included two record days. Friday, Oct. 19, set an attendance day record of 109,396 and Sunday, Oct. 21, had record attendance of 130,319. “Despite having to delay our opening by a day, we have had some bright […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and State Chief Information Officer, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Boyette will be responsible primarily for oversight of NASCIO’s finances – developing and presenting the annual budget for approval, communication with NASCIO’s investment […]

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The Booker T. Washington Alumni Association will conduct their first annual fish and chicken fry on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The fundraiser will benefit the scholarship fund. Cost of a Fish or Chicken Dinner is $8.00 It will be held at the Lewis Building located at 1711 Martin Luther […]

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Contributed Bladen Disaster Relief Distribution site was launched as a concerted effort with Foundation Bible Church, Bladen Crisis Assistance, Bladen County United Way, and the County of Bladen. The organization has been staffed entirely by volunteers from many local churches and residents from in-and-around Bladen County. We are pleased to announce that we have served […]

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Halloween is a time that is enjoyed by many children as they read spooky stories and dress up as their favorite characters. The Bladen County Public Library’s main branch in Elizabethtown will host a Children’s Monster Bash on Thursday, October 25, beginning at 6 p.m. The party is for children ages 2-12 and adult supervision […]

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NC DOT

Conditions deemed safe after Remnants of Hurricane Pass Through NC RALEIGH – North Carolina ferries resumed their normal schedules Friday morning, after heavy winds subsided and conditions were deemed safe by the state Ferry Division. Heavy winds from the remnants of Hurricane Michael, which pounded parts of North Carolina with wind and soaking rain, forced state […]

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Nancy Ethel Noble Haney, 81, of Fairview, NC passed away on October 7, 2018. She was born on November 1, 1936, to Ethel and Chapel Noble. She graduated from Oakley High School Class of 1954. She was actively involved with Alcoholics Anonymous for over 20 years, providing guidance and support for many; however, her greatest passion […]

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Storm expected to bring strong winds, rain, potential flooding to North Carolina RALEIGH: To prepare North Carolina for Hurricane Michael, Governor Roy Cooper today declared a State of Emergency and waived certain transportation rules. Forecasters expect the storm to bring strong wind and rain to North Carolina. “I’m taking action to get North Carolina ready for […]

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Preliminary Estimates Show Florence Caused Almost $13 Billion in Damages; Recommends State Allocate $1.5 Billion to Help Those in Need  Full Budget Recommendation Can Be Read HERE For More Budget Documents Please Click HERE  RALEIGH: Less than one month after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today shared his state budget recommendations for Florence […]

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Bladen Community College’s  groundbreaking ceremony for the STEM and Advance Technology Training Center scheduled for Thursday, October 11 has been rescheduled for Monday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. due to the anticipated inclement weather of  Hurricane Michael. Share:

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701, South, in […]

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded an $8.8 million grant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in support of NC Project ACTIVATE, a five-year program that increases mental health awareness for students, provides training for staff in recognizing and accommodating students with mental health needs, continues research into […]

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