12/11/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 3:57 am The Gift That Tops Parents’ Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You
  • 3:55 am Duke Energy restores power to 618,000 Carolinas customers following winter storm
  • 3:50 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 3:47 am This Day in History – December 11
  • 1:04 pm Bladen County Solid Waste holiday schedule
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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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WASHINGTON – Johnston County Hams, a Smithfield, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat deli-loaf ham items were produced from April 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018. The following products are subject […]

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Daniel “Jack” F. McKeithan, Jr. died unexpectedly on September 21, 2018 at his favorite place, his lake cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin, with his sweet, loving and devoted wife, Patti, by his side. Jack was born on Nov. 8, 1935, in Abbottsburg, N.C. He attended Duke University (Go Blue Devils!) and transferred to […]

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NC DOT

​RALEIGH – The state’s work on Hurricane Florence is shifting from emergency response to recovery, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday, but North Carolinians need to remain careful in areas hit hard by the storm. “Florence is gone but the storm’s devastation is still with us,” Gov. Cooper said. “As we’re shifting from emergency response to full-time […]

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By Erin Smith Attorneys involved in the hog farm lawsuits against Murphy-Brown LLC have filed motions to allow an appeal to the verdict in the third case. The motions were filed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday afternoon. The Plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael Kaeske, filed three motions. The first motion […]

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The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 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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Camp Clearwater of White Lake will host a Harvest Party on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vendors are being sought for the event. Reserve your vendor space for the 2018 Camp Clearwater Harvest Party. Spaces measure 10×10 and cost $20.00 each. To reserve your vendor space(s) please email the following information […]

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Contributed Bladen County Native, Kelva Autry-Jones will be the speaker for the Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association’s Annual Awards Banquet.  Jones is the daughter of Kevin and Johnice Autry of Elizabethtown, NC.  She is a 2004 graduate of East Bladen High School. She holds a BS Degree in Education from Fayetteville […]

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MKE, LTD, owner John White, has promoted Terry Joyce to Vice-President of Sales Operations for the State of North Carolina. Mr. Joyce’s duties will consist of recruiting and training of new sales representatives. MKE, LTD offers home improvement, masonry work, concrete work, and metal roofing. MKE ROOFING’s main office is in Bladenboro with satellite offices […]

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By Erin Smith The first of the appeals of the verdicts in the first three hog farm lawsuits against Murphy Brown, LLC may soon be moving forward after the plaintiffs filed a motion Wednesday afternoon withdrawing their opposition to the appeal. The Plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael Kaeske, filed three motions on Wednesday afternoon in the United […]

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DUBLIN – Classically trained singer, musician, and Bladen Community College adjunct professor Mary Tyndall has recently performed with the Opera Wilmington production of Die Fledermaus at the UNCW Mainstage Theatre, in Wilmington. “This was my fourth production with Opera Wilmington,” stated Tyndall, “and I think it was my favorite because it was a comedy.” Composed […]

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Bladen Women’s Health Specialists and Kid’s Care were recently awarded the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics. The recipients of this award represent the best our state has to offer in terms of support for the breastfeeding family. Machelle Williams with the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition presented the award. She said that on average, about […]

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The proud parents of Zachary Scott Burney would like to congratulate him for graduating from West Bladen High School on June 15, 2018. Zachary, “Zach” (as known by his friends in school) received a trophy and special recognition, for graduating with 12 years perfect attendance, K-12. His Dad and two older brothers, Patrick and Jeffrey Burney, […]

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By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Down East Pest Control in Bladenboro. The well attended event included a barbecue lunch and free cups, fly swatters and other items. Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard welcomed the company to the town and also welcomed them as […]

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NC DOT

Closure at U.S. 74 and 76 needed for new interchange WHITEVILLE – Starting Monday, Aug. 6, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Hallsboro Road at U.S. 74 and 76 to begin constructing an interchange east of Whiteville where trees have been cleared for the project. The closure means traffic on Hallsboro Road will be unable […]

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The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will meet Thursday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The agenda is available online.  The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to NCDPI Communications at (919) 807-3450. Share:

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Friendship Baptist Church will hold Revival services beginning Sunday night, October 14, through October 17 with Rev. Bradley Tatum of Forest Lawn Baptist Church in Tabor City.  There will be special singing nightly and we invite everyone to come and worship with us.  Sunday night services will begin at 6:30 pm and Monday – Wednesday night services will begin at 7 pm nightly. Friendship Baptist Church is located […]

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Van Oriental Foods Inc., a Dallas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 10,385 pounds of heat treated but not fully cooked and not shelf stable pork egg rolls that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The pork egg rolls were […]

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Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was awarded national accreditation on July 28, 2018 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Following a year-long self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr., First Sergeant […]

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The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 5:30 P.M. in the board room in the Essic Williams Administration Building (building 10) on the Dublin campus. For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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Pastor Kevin L. Joyner, Sr. of Kevin Joyner & Men of Standard and the Minister of Music at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church of Elizabethtown, NC has been selected in the top three gospel groups for WIDU Carolina Best out of 100 quartets.  The competition continues 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville NC.  He and the […]

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Public Meeting

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, will hold a meeting on the First Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown. The August meeting will be Friday, August 3, at 3 PM. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, […]

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US Congressman David Rounder will be hosting an Opioid Symposium for the 7th Congressional District on Monday night in Wilmington at the Coastline Convention Center from 6 until 8 p.m. The symposium will be live streamed on Congressman Rouzer’s Facebook page and You Tube page. The symposium will be comprised of four different panels for […]

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As the lazy days of summer are winding to a close, many parents are beginning to think about sending their children back  to school. To help parents with the many tasks involved of preparing for back to school such as purchasing school uniforms, school supplies and haircuts, a Back to School Blast has been planned […]

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By Erin Smith The Kraft Heinz Company issued a voluntary recall for its Taco Bell brand Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip, over concerns regarding Botulism contamination. The recall affects approximately 7,000 cases of the dip, according to the company website. The release issued by the company reads, “As a precaution, approximately 7,000 cases of Taco […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement on Friday(July 27) will host a public demonstration of all voting equipment under consideration for certification in North Carolina.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the State Board office in the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.  The purpose of this demonstration is […]

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Clarkton, NC — Attention wizards, witches, and muggles ages 10 & up! You are invited to join the Bladen County Public Library system for a free, magical fun-filled evening celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday on Tuesday, July 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Clarkton Public Library located at 10413 N. College St., Clarkton, […]

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Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL), a globally diversified financial services group providing insurance, reinsurance and mortgage insurance, will open an operational hub in Raleigh and create 365 new jobs over four years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $12.9 million in North Carolina by the end of 2019. “Global finance and technology […]

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Colly Chapel Church will conduct a Yard Sale on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 7 a.m. All proceeds will go to David “Punk” Johnson for medical expenses and travel to to the doctor. The church is located at 3857 Mote Road, Harrells, NC. Share:

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August 2, 1954 – July 22, 2018 Edward Luke Thurston, 63, of Oak Island, has transitioned from the Earthly plane. He was an islander from birth, an Eagle Scout, a teen-aged heart-throb, a roadie, a beach bum, an electrician, a ship’s Captain, a pirate, a tile mason, a brother, a father, a son, a cousin, […]

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May 20, 1961 – July 21, 2018 Elizabethtown, North Carolina James “Tommy” Hall Jr., age 57, of Elizabethtown passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018. He is survived by his parents James T. “Hooker” and Martha Lou Hall of Dublin, wife Billie Sue Priest Hall of the home, son: James Thomas “Trey” Hall III (Cindy) […]

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Mr. Phillip Long Watson, 58, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, formerly of Fayetteville, NC passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Arthur and Juanita Watson. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Myra Watson of the home; a daughter, Melissa Britt-Kennedy and husband, Jesse of […]

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees elected a new chair for 2018-19, Whiteville native and businessman Ronald B. McNeill, a member of the board since 2011. He succeeds Wilma W. Daniels, who served as board chair for two years. Mr. McNeill is the vice president and CFO of Liberty Healthcare Services and a North […]

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Town Of Elizabethtown

Please come join the Town of Elizabethtown as we celebrate the recently renovated Tory Hole Park. The Park is located at 275 N. Poplar Street. A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony will be held on July 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend this event. Share:

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General Surgeon DuBose Medlock, Jr., M.D., has joined Southeastern Surgical Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. Dr. Medlock earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986. He completed a surgical residency at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans, La., in 1991. He is board certified in general […]

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The Men and Women United for Youth and Families will hold their annual Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, August 4th, 2018, at 4 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Riegelwood. Tickets cost $10 each. For more information call 910-655-3811. Share:

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Caregiver resources are available for grandparents who have their grandchildren residing with them. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson said the Lumber River Council of Government offers resources and caregiver training classes. Robeson said it is a requirement for the children to reside solely with their grandparents. If you are interested in obtaining […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced details for the 7th District Opioid Symposium which builds upon his work to raise awareness, decrease the stigma, and inform members of the community on best practices throughout the district in an effort to curb the opioid epidemic. “The 7th District of North Carolina is comprised of nine counties with a […]

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By Erin Smith With lawsuits being filed against local hog farmers, the pork industry is facing yet another challenge with a federal anti-trust lawsuit which was filed in June in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The class-action lawsuit names Argi-Stats Inc., Clemens Food Group LLC, Hormel Foods Corporation, Indiana Packers Corporation, […]

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If you want to get an early start on your Christmas shopping the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center will host the annual “Christmas in July” Bazaar and Salad Lunch from 10 a.m. until 2 pm. Lunch includes chicken, pasta, vegetable and fruit salads, bread sticks and a beverage for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Extension […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Later this month, the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement will host a public demonstration of all voting equipment under consideration for certification in North Carolina. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the State Board office in the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The purpose […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

There will be a special called meeting of the Bladenboro Town board on Monday, July 16th, at 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a pre-treatment administrative hearing for Carrol Poultry’s fine appeal. The company was fined during the town’s July meeting for exceeding their discharge permit. […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 23 grant requests totaling $17,021,540, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 425 jobs, 186 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract $117.6 million in private investment. “As Governor Cooper has emphasized in his ‘Hometown Strong’ […]

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A fundraiser is planned for David Johnson on Saturday, August 4th, at Merritt Brothers located at 8906 NC Highway 41 East near White Lake.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last all day. The event will feature bikes, big rigs, cars, trucks and a Jeep Cruise-In. Cost is $10 per entry and trophies […]

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ROSE HILL, N.C. – Duplin Winery releases two all-new muscadine wines this July – Summertime Strut and Carolina Shag. With the addition of Summertime Strut and Carolina Shag to its product list, Duplin Winery has over 40 delicious muscadine wines for its fans to enjoy. Summertime Strut is an aromatic white wine made with early harvest Doreen and […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement will hold a candidate filing period from noon July 9 to noon July 13 for Superior Court District 19D (Hoke and Moore counties) and District Court District 20A (Montgomery and Stanly counties). Session Law 2018-121 made changes to those districts and required the special filing period. According to the law, “only residents […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Committee of 100 conducted their annual meeting on Wednesday evening at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.  The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean of and Associate Professor of the UNC-Pembroke School of Business. O’Brien said when he first arrived in July 1, 2016, at UNC-Pembroke […]

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Public Meeting

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, now meets in Bladen County at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. This month we meet on Friday, July 6th, at 3 p.m. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling […]

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By Erin Smith The NC General Assembly completed an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the NC Farm Bill 2018 on Wednesday morning. The measure will now become law and it will restrict when and how neighbors of farms can file a lawsuit. The NC Senate override vote was 37 for and 9 against […]

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People with homes damaged by Matthew can call 2-1-1 to begin applying for help RALEIGH – Three new Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Application Centers will open June 28 to help hurricane survivors whose homes were damaged by the devastating storm. The newest ReBuild NC Application Centers are located in Windsor, Fair Bluff and Kinston and will join […]

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Contributed Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Wednesday, July 4th – Independence Day: The Mercer Mill Road Convenience Site will be operating on its normal schedule, 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. All other convenience sites will be closed. The Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Thursday, July […]

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Public Meeting

Contributed Reservations are still being accepted for the Bladen County Committee of 100 Annual Meeting and dinner on Wednesday, June 27th.  The meeting will begin with a social time at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Gallery Ballroom of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown.  Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean and Associate Professor, UNC-Pembroke School of Business, will […]

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By Roxana Ross There will be a free giveaway of over-the-counter medicines and other medicine cabinet items on Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, which is located at 200 E. Eighth St., Lumberton. During the event, participants should arrive at the church sanctuary, where they will […]

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Contributed RALEIGH, N.C. — Poyner Spruill partner and former North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre has been honored for a lifetime of public service by the North Carolina Bar Association. McIntyre received The Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award at the Bar Association’s Awards Banquet at its convention on Thursday, June 21st, in […]

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By Erin Smith Some Bladen County businesses and government offices have spent the past few weeks moving to new addresses. The Bladen County Administration Department, Tax Department, Human Resources Department, and Finance Department have all moved from the Bladen County Courthouse to 201 E. King Street, Elizabethtown. This location formerly served as the Bladen County […]

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The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is offering a workshop “All About Squash” on Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. Learn what to do with your excess summer squash. The workshop will explore a variety of ways to use squash in your meals. There is no cost to attend. The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is […]

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The filing period for judicial candidates has begun in North Carolina. The filing period for the judicial races ends at 12 noon on Friday, June 29th. There are two judicial races of local interest. They are the race for the NC Superior Court District 13 seat currently held by incumbent Judge Ola Lewis and the NC […]

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State Awards Mitigation Grants to Get Matthew Survivors into More Resilient Homes Raleigh – NC Emergency Management today announced that 18 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina soon will receive $2.7 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. “This latest round of funding assistance is […]

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A barbecue chicken plate fundraiser is planned for Saturday, June 23rd, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the White Oak Community Building.  Proceeds go to benefit Sandy Hunsinger during her recovery. Cost is $9 per plate and all fixings are included. For more information call Caroline Rising at 910-874-1285. Share:

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Application Centers remain open in four counties, with more opening soon Raleigh – North Carolinians whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew should apply for help through application centers, state emergency management officials urged today. With more than $650 million already spent on Hurricane Matthew recovery – and more help on the way – North […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a request from Cynthia Chisholm, a teacher at Bladen Lakes School, for more funding for teachers’ positions. Chisholm reminded the Commissioners that the Board of Education has closed Booker T. Washington School and seven teachers have been riffed as a […]

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Othella Santee Heflin and Becky Heflin presented scholarships to three West Bladen High School seniors on Tuesday, June 12th, in the media center. Glorimar Cuz Pagan received a $500 scholarship in honor of Rebecca (Becky) Heflin. Glorimar is pursuing a career in nursing. Nakayla Pridgen received a $500 scholarship in honor of Gladysteen Pait. Mrs. […]

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Filmmaker Christina D. King will also be in attendance  Wilmington, NC — Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Lakota) is confirmed to attend the first ever Lumbee Film Festival with the film Warrior Women, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator. This inaugural festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially […]

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The famous gospel artist Euclid Gray will be featured in the Blue & Silver Banquet on Saturday, July 14, at the Faith Temple Evangelist Center in Clarkton. Dinner will be served at the banquet but seating is limited for the event. Tickets will cost $20 and to purchase the tickets and for more info call […]

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The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 26, at 5 P.M., in the boardroom in the Essic Williams Administration Building (building 10) on the Dublin campus. Share:

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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Elizabethtown recently held recognitions for Mothers of the Year, Cadet Kieara Porter and the 2018 graduates. Mothers-of-the-Year who were recognized were  Ardenlian “Dean” Jessup and Hilda F. Cromartie.  Ardenlian Jessup was selected due to her enthusiasm and effectiveness in all that she does as a member.  She is dedicated to the […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their Annual Meeting and dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27th, in the Gallery Ballroom of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown.  Our speaker this year will be Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean and Associate Professor, UNC-Pembroke School of Business. Dr. O’Brien will be speaking on “Entrepreneurship and Small […]

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