04/24/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 12:22 am Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: Cape Fear 6, West Bladen 5
  • 11:21 pm Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational: Richmond County 18, East Bladen 0
  • 11:17 pm Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: Midway 5,East Bladen 4
  • 10:54 pm This Day in History for April 24
  • 10:42 pm Early voting begins Wednesday in 2 Bladen races, 9th District Republican primary
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently introduced the bipartisan Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA). The legislation streamlines existing bankruptcy procedures and provides new tools to improve a small business’ ability to restructure.   “The current one-size-fits-all method that dictates the Chapter 11 […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s March 2019 unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 8,543 over the […]

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Governor Cooper Announces 299 Jobs and $37.6M Investment by Pacon Manufacturing NAVASSA: Pacon Manufacturing Corporation, a contract manufacturer, has selected Brunswick County for its new plant, creating 299 new jobs and investing $37.6 million, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will bring manufacturing to Navassa, N.C. “Hurricane Florence dealt a powerful blow to this area […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in February and increased in one. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.5 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at […]

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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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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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Over 30 individuals recently participated in a new and unique training program at Bladen Community College called “Working Smart: Soft Skills for Workplace Success”.  The training program was developed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Development Partners and was brought to the community by BCC.   It is designed to provide the work and life skills […]

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The magazine Business North Carolina has named the top 100 hospitals in North Carolina for 2019. Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, the parent company of Bladen County Hospital, was named 14th best in North Carolina. Cape Fear Valley was ranked 17th in the 2018 list.   Share:

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The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering seminars and webinars this week. Johnny Wilson is back again to present “Build a Church/Non-Profit Around Mission and Vision” on Monday, March 25th, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This will  also be live streamed at the Elizabethtown Incubator location. Click here to register online.   […]

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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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By Erin Smith A long awaited Bojangles restaurant is taking another step towards becoming reality this week. Construction equipment has arrived at the proposed location on S. Poplar Street and equipment could be seen removing asphalt and other debris on Tuesday. A search of the Bojangles company website also shows six (6) jobs listed for […]

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

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

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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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By Charlotte Smith One spec building in Elizabethtown could triple in size if the need is there according to Chuck Heustess with Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, Inc. The drywall is going up this week on the newest spec building located on Ben Greene Industrial Road in Elizabethtown. The project is being funded by the local non-profit […]

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By Charlotte Smith HD3 Farms of the Carolinas a local agriculture company is introducing their inaugural Young Entrepreneur Agriculture Initiative. The program is similar to the idea found in watching the popular television show, “Shark Tank,” according to creators of the initiative, Dean Hilton and Allison Barbour with HD3 Farms. The target audience for this program […]

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Update: Our votes have been collected. Click the ribbon below to see 2019 Bladen’s Best of the Best winners! There are options to thank your supporters and advertise your products and services online and in the Bladen County Beautiful magazine. For more information call 910-879-1029 or email bladenonline.com@gmail.com. We will also have a list of the […]

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Bladen Community College’s Small Business Center announced their new location and upcoming classes. The office for small business owners to seek assistance is now located inside the newly renovated business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown. Chuck Heustess, Bladen County Economic Development Director explained the incubator’s ammendaties. The entryway showcases tenants’ literature and information. There is a shared […]

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AUCTION: In order to satisfy a lien for non-payment of rent and other charges, Dublin Self Storage, PO Box 207, Dublin NC 28332 will hold a public sale to dispose of all contents of the following units, including personal property and household furnishings: Unit # 21 Daniel Christian Unit # 1338 Crystal Evers Sale will […]

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By Erin Smith PayPal is warning individuals and businesses who use PayPal to process payments for goods they sell online, to beware of a new scam. The way the scam works, according to PayPal, is the scammer will send an email to someone about purchasing an item they have for sale. The scammer will request […]

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By Erin Smith The issue that was causing Verizon Wireless users to be unable to call 911 in Bladen County and surrounding counties has been resolved, according to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw.  The service was reported to have come back up in Bladen County a little before 3 p.m.  Verizon Wirelesses customers had reported […]

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By Erin Smith Solar energy is a source of “clean” renewable energy that takes little to produce but requires a lot of the land and landowners. As you drive down many North Carolina backroads, including in Bladen County, you will likely see an array of solar panels that have been set up to harness the […]

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Sampson Bladen Oil Company, one of Bladen Counties oldest businesses, has been ranked 21st private company in the state by Business North Carolina Magazine for 2018. Sampson Bladen’s President is Haddon M. Clark III.  They employee 797 folks in North Carolina and are ranked in the $500-$999 million dollar category. Share:

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RALEIGH – Hickory-based Merchants Distributors, LLC, or MDI, has been named the 2019 N.C. Exporter of the Year by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The award recognizes individuals or companies that have made a positive impact on N.C. agricultural exports. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler presented the award to John Gray, director of […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in December and remained unchanged in one. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.0 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 21, 2019 – CresCom Bank, the second largest community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to announce its planned expansion into the Charlotte, North Carolina market. With this development, CresCom Bank is pleased to welcome Robin Lyle as Charlotte market leader and senior vice president to the CresCom Bank team. “With half […]

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The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, remaining unchanged from November’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent. North Carolina’s December 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 4,299 over the month to […]

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By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Bladen Express Lube and Tire in Elizabethtown. The well attended event included a barbecue lunch. Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard welcomed the business to the town and also welcomed them as a new Chamber member. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell also […]

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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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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown business was the victim of a breaking and entering early Tuesday morning. Lt. D. Cheshire with the Elizabethtown Police Department said the Dragonfly Coffee House located at 119 West Broad Street reported a breaking and entering on Tuesday morning. “The suspect or suspects took an undisclosed amount of money,” said Lt. Cheshire. Anyone who may […]

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Contributed All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Share:

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By Erin Smith The downtown area of Elizabethtown has been undergoing some changes for several years. One project that is finally being completed in the downtown is the Small Business Incubator that is located in the former post office building located at 207 East Broad Street. Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess said, ”We hope […]

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By Dora Brogdon A familiar business in Elizabethtown is getting a new owner and new name.  The business will be called Bladen Express Lube and Tire and it will be located on 104 Peanut Plant Road in Elizabethtown near Walmart. The business is in the location of the former Shell Lube and it will be […]

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Contributed The state’s seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, remaining unchanged from October’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent. North Carolina’s November 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 3,415 over the month to 4,814,098 and increased […]

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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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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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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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