12/17/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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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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Lumber River Council of Governments Present Regional Awards On December 13, 2018, the Lumber River Council of Governments (LRCOG) celebrated 46 years of excellence and recognized individuals who have generously given their time and energy towards the work of the LRCOG. LRCOG Board of Directors Chairman, Mary Jo Adams, presided over the event. Jean Lloyd, […]

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The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties based on economic well-being and assigns each a Tier designation. This Tier system is incorporated into various state programs to encourage economic activity in the less prosperous areas of the state. The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties […]

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Governor Cooper announces expansion by Advance Auto Parts in Wake County RALEIGH: Advance Auto Parts, Inc., (NYSE: AAP) will designate Raleigh as its corporate headquarters and expand operations in Wake County by adding up to 435 new jobs over five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. These roles will enable the company to add value for customers […]

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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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RICHMOND, Va. and SMITHFIELD, Va. — Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, Inc. are joining forces in an historic initiative to transform the future of sustainable energy and agriculture, announcing their first projects in North Carolina, Virginia and Utah. The companies are forming a joint venture called Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)℠ that will capture methane emissions […]

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Contributed Cape Fear Distillery®  recently sold the first legal bottle of alcohol that was distilled in Bladen County. Cape Fear Distillery®, which is part of Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery® in Elizabethtown, just released its “Maritime Gin™,” which is available for purchase at Cape Fear Distillery® now and will be available in ABC stores soon. […]

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A proposed consent order between Chemours, the state Department of Environmental Quality and Cape Fear River Watch announced Wednesday night will require the Bladen County-based facility to pay a $12 million civil penalty, $1 million for investigative costs, dramatically reduce GenX air emissions and provide permanent replacement drinking water supplies for those with drinking water […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that House Fitters, Inc.’s Vice President, Robert B. Jernigan, age 52, of Kinston, North Carolina, was sentenced today to a 12-month probationary sentence by United States District Judge James C. Dever III after a guilty plea to unlawfully […]

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Contributed Brian Long, Plant Manager with Chemours Fayetteville Works plant, addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday regarding GenX and the company’s efforts to reduce emissions at the plant. Long stated that in June 2017 is when the community and the news media became concerned about the wastewater discharges at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant. […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in September. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 6.2 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.4 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 4.6 percent had […]

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Online Portal Connects Veterans with Job Fairs, Training and Other Resources RALEIGH: North Carolina veterans now have new tools available to help them find jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today just ahead of Veterans Day and Employ a Veteran Week. The North Carolina Department of Commerce has developed the NCWorks Veterans Portal – located at veterans.ncworks.gov – […]

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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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The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering many great no-cost seminars and webinars this November. Postponed due to Hurricane Florence, the main campus hosts the useful seminar: “Quickbooks Hands-on for Small Business and Non-Profits” on Saturday, November 17, from 9 AM- 12 noon. “This hands on Quickbooks experience is built for […]

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Duke Energy affiliate will construct, own, operate and maintain on-site solar facilities for customers Projects in the Carolinas could be as large as 1 megawatt in capacity CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy wants non-residential customers to have another option to install solar power on their premises. The company recently filed to be a certified solar lessor with […]

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Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security plays an especially important role in providing economic security for women. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. But, women face greater economic […]

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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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By Erin Smith Chemours Fayetteville Works is preparing to break ground on a new emissions control facility on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. The groundbreaking marks the construction of an Emissions Control Facility which includes a thermal oxidizer and a thermolysis reactor as well as other technology that in combination is expected to result in […]

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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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By Erin Smith An expansion is in the works for the Oyster Shell Ridge subdivision off of Owen Hill Road near Elizabethtown. Christian Campbell said the project is being undertaken by the Hilton-DeVane Company. Campbell, who is the project manager, said the expansion will be the third phase of the subdivision. She said plans call […]

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When you shop, eat or stay local you help create more local jobs. According to a report 28 more jobs are reported when you shop with independent retailers. BladenOnline.com will have a template with the Shop Local, Eat Local, Stay Local campaign featured in the middle with advertisements of local businesses around the perimeter of […]

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – BB&T Corporation today announced it will build an approximately 100,000-square-foot office facility at 301 S. James K. Powell Blvd. in downtown Whiteville, North Carolina. The new approximately $20 million building will consolidate the 500 BB&T associates who currently work in nine locations in the Whiteville area including one of its primary Client […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Work means different things to different people, but it can give you a sense of self, a community to rely on, and much-needed structure. Some people define themselves through their careers, while others enjoy the social aspect of their jobs. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has restored power to 180,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina following Tropical Storm Michael. *490,000 customers remain without power in the Carolinas as of 6:30 p.m. ET. *Additional outages are expected as the storm continues to roll through eastern North Carolina tonight. *The company will provide estimated power restoration times once field crews complete damage assessments, […]

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Some outages could last several days Crews will begin repairs as soon as conditions safely allow CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy projects Hurricane Michael could cause 300,000 to 500,000 power outages in North Carolina and South Carolina this week, based on the storm’s current forecasted track. The power outage projections are based on the company’s […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy’s advancement of battery energy storage technologies in the Carolinas includes $500 million of projects in the company’s 15-year forecast – continuing the company’s industry-leading deployment of the technology. “Duke Energy is at the forefront of battery energy storage, and our investment could increase as we identify projects that deliver benefits to our customers,” […]

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The Small Business Center at Bladen Community College announced new classes for the month of October. CLICK ANY OF THE TITLES FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PRE-REGISTER! YOU CAN ALSO CALL 910-879-5572 TO REGISTER AS WELL!  Oct 9 Tue 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Entrepreneurs Academy: Alternative Funding Sources Bladen Community College- Building 3  Room 104 Register Oct 11 Thu 6:30 […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Cycle North Carolina Mountains to the Coast Ride took place as originally scheduled bringing around 1,200 tourists through Bladen County. The tourist event started on Saturday, September 29th, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The tour ended on Saturday, October 6th, with cyclists leaving Elizabethtown and heading to Oak Island. As the […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 88 of North Carolina’s counties in August, increased in four, and remained unchanged in eight. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.1 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and one remained unchanged. […]

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NC DOT

Fourteen applicant projects receiving funds for improvements   RALEIGH – Fourteen short line railroads will soon be making improvements to their infrastructure thanks to approximately $7 million in matching grant funds being awarded as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Short Line Improvement Program. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact these grant funds […]

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DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars and webinars in September. Seminars offered on campus at Bladen Community College in Dublin include: On Thursday, September 13, from  6:30 PM to 7:30 PM the seminar “Fundraising Tips and Tricks” will be offered. You can register here. On […]

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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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Staff report Thursday afternoon NC Governor Roy Cooper visited Bladen County to discuss Hurricane Matthew recovery needs, Emergency Services Training Center, education, and Farmers.  Watch our YouTube video featured below to find out what Gov. Cooper had to say while visiting the mother county.  Share:

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By Erin Smith Shoppers are getting their lists ready, and merchants are preparing their stores for the upcoming Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown. The annual event will take place Friday through Monday. Stores will be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise, as well as new fall arrivals, will […]

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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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Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, has released tourist information for our state for 2017. With the tourist season winding down in Bladen County and southeastern North Carolina here are some figures from 2017 for counties in our area: Money spent (in millions) Bladen County..$40.55. Brunswick..$562.63. Columbus..$56.20. Duplin..$41.95. […]

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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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Staff Report A new restaurant has opened in Tar Heel to the delight of many residents. Dani’s Kitchen, held their grand opening on Saturday. The restaurant is located at 247 Tar Heel Road in Tar Heel, NC. The grand opening included music, food and a backpack giveaway. “Everything went great and everything turned out great,” […]

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Bladen Community College’s Small Business Center will offer seminars for non-profits/churches. On Thursday, August 23, the seminar How to Start a Group Home will be offered from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown. Click here to register. On Monday, August 27, the seminar  Cash Flow/Budgeting for Non-Profit/Faith-based Organizations […]

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By Darius Spillman American jobs are continuously a controversial topic of discussion. More jobs and products are being outsourced, instead of Made in the USA. Now, due to new tariffs on Canadian newsprint put in place by the Trump administration in January and March, the overall cost has spiked about 30 percent. Newspapers based in the Midwest […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public information session on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The session will include updates on the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.  At this meeting: The Division of Waste Management will present the latest data on the […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent. North Carolina’s July 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed […]

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By Erin Smith A new small business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown is entering the final stages of construction after more than two years of setbacks. Bladen County Economic Development Director, Chuck Heustess, said the new windows are being installed in the building this week. He said the project experienced delays due to asbestos removal, Hurricane […]

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When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home. “Location was so important to us. We got used to walking everywhere while we were in Germany. Grocery stores, restaurants, beer gardens and pubs were all within walking distance of […]

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2018 has been a record-setting year for the North Carolina Ports. Over last fiscal year, the North Carolina Ports moved a record number of containers through the Port of Wilmington. Container growth increased by 38 percent while general cargo growth is up 18 percent since the 2017 fiscal year. The Port of Morehead City was […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in three.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.0 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.  All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.  Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at […]

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By Charlotte Smith The folks at Kinlaw Furniture are having a great celebration today, Wednesday, August 1st. The reason for the festivities is on this day 50 years ago, Ms. Virginia Allen started working at the local furniture store. Kinlaw Furniture is a family owned business in Elizabethtown. Calvin Sasser purchased the business back in […]

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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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By Erin Smith Clarkton’s business district is growing, as K & S Donuts has opened its doors. The store is located at 112 N. Elm Street, Clarkton, NC and is owned and operated by Tom Keo, and his brother, Sopheak Keo. The store carries a variety of donuts, from glazed to frosted, to everyone’s favorite—donut […]

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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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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate.  The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. North Carolina’s June 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed […]

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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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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas has achieved a major milestone in its support of solar energy as more than 5,000 of the company’s South Carolina customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, reaching a legislative goal for customer-owned solar capacity. Customers can still install solar – and sell the electricity they produce to Duke […]

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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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The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has a new member. The RIA is the appointed board that awards Rural, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Utility Account grant funds. Dean Hilton from White Lake was appointed to RIA on July 1 by Senator Philip E. Berger. There are 16 members of the appointed board. […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two major Duke Energy solar energy programs are rolling out this month in North Carolina, making solar more abundant and affordable for customers. “Duke Energy’s solar rebates and the competitive bidding program have been highly anticipated and will drive further solar-related investment, job creation and economic development for North Carolina,” said David […]

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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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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 60 of North Carolina’s counties in May, increased in eight, and remained unchanged in 32.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.8 percent.  Seven of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases, one increased, and seven […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced that it has received the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the U.S. Department of Defense gives to companies for their outstanding support for employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The award is presented annually by the Secretary of […]

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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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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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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce conducted their 66th annual banquet on Tuesday evening at Lu Mil Vineyard. During the banquet, David Clark was honored with the award of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The award was presented to Clark by long-time friend and Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell. She […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted the fiscal year 2018-19 budget on Monday night. The budget carries a cost of living adjustment for county employees. There will be no property tax increase. The budget does increase funding to the Bladen County Board of Education over this year’s budget. Bladen County Commissioner […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has selected four properties in North Carolina and South Carolina for participation in the first half of its 2018 Site Readiness Program to enhance the readiness of the sites for business and industrial development. The Site Readiness Program has helped prepare properties that have won 29 major projects in the Carolinas since the program […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s May 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed […]

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Wesley Pines was recently recognized as the Top Performer in the 2016-17 Life Care Services (LCS) Life Plan Resident Satisfaction Survey in the areas of Overall Satisfaction, Accounting, Assisted Living, Communications, Executive Director, Extraordinary Impressions, Food and Beverage, Health Center, Marketing and Sales, Plant Operations, Security and Transportation. Rick Exline, Executive Vice President of Life […]

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By Erin Smith The site of the former Elizabethtown Post Office has become a hub of activity once more. The building is being transformed into a small business incubator to help local entrepreneurs get started. The small business incubator, which was undertaken by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, was designed to house a small business temporarily until […]

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By Erin Smith   A new service is coming to Healthworks in Elizabethtown in the form of electrolysis. Anna Jacobs, who  is board certified in electrolysis, is booking appointments and is planning an Open House for June 21st. Jacobs said electrolysis is the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved permanent hair removal system. The […]

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By Erin Smith A family-owned Elizabethtown business is celebrating 70 years of service to the residents of Bladen County. One employee has remained with the company for 50 of those years. As of May 2018, Campbell Oil Company began to celebrate their 70th anniversary and Mac Campbell also celebrated 50 years of working at the […]

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By Erin Smith Big Blue Stores is gearing up to celebrate 40 years in business this weekend. The Big Blue Stores are planning a special sale event for Friday through Sunday. “Our 40th anniversary means the world to us. Being in business for several decades is a major accomplishment and gives us an opportunity to […]

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By Erin Smith Smithfield Foods is investing in Bladen County with a $115 million expansion. Part of that expansion will see the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT) assist the company with improving truck access to the facility. Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess said, “The expansion is a phenomenal project for Bladen County.” […]

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Staff report It is budget time for a lot of municipalities and the Town of Bladenboro is no exception. The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners met Monday evening to discuss the new proposed budget as well as economic development, zoning and a few other items. Before the Board of Commissioners discussed the proposed budget, economic development […]

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Contact one of our team members today! Clayton Homes of Whiteville 1233 South J.K. Powell Blvd. Whiteville, NC 28472 910-641-0100 claytonhomesofwhiteville.com  Share:

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By Charlotte Smith The packed room was full of discussions at the Boost the Boro, Inc meeting on the last Monday in April. The meeting held at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market had some hot topics as the non-profit group went line by line down the agenda. Penny Walters the Spring Fest chair said in spite […]

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SALISBURY, N.C.-Food Lion Feeds has partnered with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the United States Postal Service (USPS) and food banks in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina and South Carolina to support the 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Throughout the week, Food […]

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Burgaw, N.C.- Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC), received national recognition for its compliance with a comprehensive safety program called the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP). RESAP is one of the few programs in the country that provides electric cooperatives a management tool for continuous safety and loss control assessment. The certificate, […]

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their May Monthly Lunch Meeting on Tuesday, May 8th, at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. The Chamber will hold their annual business meeting and a membership vote on incoming board members Anne Beyer and Sondra Guyton. Ambassador applications are being submitted for 2018-2019 calendar year. Their will […]

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A statement was released by Smithfield Foods regarding the recent verdict of the nuisance lawsuits. It is as follows: Smithfield Foods Statement Regarding North Carolina Verdict We are extremely disappointed by the verdict. We will appeal to the Fourth Circuit, and we are confident we will prevail. We believe the outcome would have been different […]

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Statement from Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler about the verdict in the Murphy-Brown LLC/Smithfield Foods nuisance lawsuit “I am very disappointed in the verdict and believe it will harm our hard working farm families who produce food for the state, nation and the world. I fear this will have a detrimental effect on their ability to […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced the following staffing promotions. Carlton Bryan, former Registrar, is now Disabilities, Testing, and Veterans Services Director. Former Assistant Registrar Andrea Carter-Fisher is now Registrar. Bridgette Singletary, former Cashier, is now Accounting Specialist. Former Accounting Coordinator Roy Thompson, is now Accounting Specialist and Construction Project Coordinator. Share:

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 RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s March 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 3,495 over the month to 4,755,447 and […]

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RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 74 of North Carolina’s counties in February, increased in 10, and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 14.9 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.5 percent. Bladen […]

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By Cheryl Thurston Ahhh, Spring has finally arrived, with sunny days and mild nights. I love it. It makes me want to walk right out of the kitchen and go eat out. I may be still working off those 10 extra winter pounds but I can’t let myself starve. I remember when March used to […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from December’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s January 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.4 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 3,505 over the month to 4,747,769 and […]

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A Career and Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 17, at the Bladen Community College Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. There will be approximately 30 businesses and industries participating in the event. Share:

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston So long, February. You were short, but sweet. You started with warm temperatures, even though Punxsutawney Phil called for more winter. You brought us sweets for the lovers, sales for the presidents, and lots of important Black History. I’ve often wondered why the maker of the calendar didn’t just take an extra […]

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RALEIGH – North Carolina farms that welcome visitors can take advantage of the 2018 Agritourism Marketing Cost-Share Grant available through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “There are more than 1,000 agritourism farms across North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This grant is a great opportunity for agritourism farms to attract more […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to introduce Chris Robbins as senior vice president and east region credit risk manager for the CresCom branches in Eastern, N.C. In his new position, Robbins will work closely with the regional market executive and commercial relationship managers to provide an […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, promotes and welcomes new team members throughout its North Carolina and South Carolina branches. New team members and promotions include: Charleston, S.C. *Meshelle Sealy has joined the bank as a full time customer service representative and floating teller. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Sealy […]

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By Erin Smith Chemours has been directed by state officials to control additional sources of GenX pollution. On Monday, the NC Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued yet another notice of violation to the company. PDFs Chemours Feb 12 Notice of Violation Chemours Pilot Study Request Letter regarding new air technology The notice of violation […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, welcomes new team members throughout its branches. New team members include: Cane Bay, S.C. *Youvanska Herbas has joined the CresCom Bank team as a part time teller. Prior to joining the bank, Herbas worked as an assistant manager at Popular Community Bank in New York. […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 12, 2018 – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to introduce Erik Gray as a commercial loan office and vice president. Based at the Wilmington branch, Gray will be responsible for managing commercial loans and deposits for customers throughout the area. Before joining CresCom Bank, Gray worked as a […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C.– CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to introduce Cindy Register to the CresCom Bank team as branch manager and assistant vice president. In her new position at CresCom Bank serving the Tabor City, N.C. market, Register will oversee the branch’s day-to-day operational programs, policies, procedures and sales while ensuring a […]

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by Joy Warren During the noon meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council on Monday, Mr. Terry Cox made a presentation to update the Council on the proposed architectural design of the new fire and rescue building.   The new building will be located at the former Jessup Motors property on Broad Street.  The project is being funded by the […]

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Company filing outlines recommendations to lower customer bills in the near term and help offset future rate increases CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today outlined its proposal to pass along savings from the new federal tax law to its North Carolina customers in ways that will lower bills in the near term and help offset increases in the future. […]

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We made it 10 full years in existence with BladenOnline.com. Today starts year number 11. We appreciate all our Readers, Advertisers and Team Members.   Thank you for visiting BladenOnline.com. BladenOnline.com was started as the result of lots of conversation and work by Michael Simmons and Robert Hester in Bladen County. Then, in September 2014 […]

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For the eighth straight year the firm of Hardee, Hunt and Williams is the top selling real estate team on Wrightsville Beach. Jim Hardee, formerly of Elizabethtown, is the senior partner in the HH&W organization. For the year of 2017 HH&W had 56 transactions with a total amount sold of $55,235,138. Hardee is married to […]

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Photos courtesy Denise Bridgers By Erin Smith The North Carolina Muscadine Grape Growers Association met on Saturday at Lu Mil Vineyard. The event was attended by about 80 Muscadine growers.  “We always appreciate any occasion to help promote the Musacadine wine and grape industry and feel that hosting this event is an honor. It gives […]

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