05/25/2019
  • 11:23 pm Middle school carjacking suspect arrested in Fayetteville
  • 6:01 pm Results are the same in recount, Priest remains commissioner
  • 5:54 pm Construction and improvements to Lock and Dam No. 2
  • 5:49 pm The land of wolves
  • 5:08 pm Governor Cooper Statement on Stalled Federal Disaster Relief Funding
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 The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from August’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.7 percent. North Carolina’s September 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.6 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 418 […]

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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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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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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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Governor Cooper announced on Thursday the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies complete their training. The program will leverage up to $7 million in federal funds to help students pay for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care, or other financial emergencies that students may face through […]

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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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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in April. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.9 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.8 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 5.8 percent had the […]

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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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The State Board of Education (SBE) approved Achievement for All Children (AAC)–a non-profit organization based in Forest City, North Carolina–to be the Innovative School Operator for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. Dr. Eric Hall, Superintendent for the Innovative School District (ISD), recommended AAC to be the operator at a special […]

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Click the photo below to view our newest version of Bladen County Beautiful magazine. Volume III: Issue 1 Volume II: Issue 2 Volume II: Issue 1 Volume I: Issue 1 Share:

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By: Charlotte Smith This week an old restaurant in Elizabethtown was torn completely down. Demolition work began in late January on the old Cape Fear BBQ building. There are plenty of speculations surrounding what may stand in its place one day, but no official announcement has been made by the property owners.  Related article: Iconic restaurant […]

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Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, Inc., announced they have strengthened their partnership with Bladen County earlier this year. The local non-profit’s objective with the county is to create jobs and investment for Bladen County and its’ citizens according to Leon Martin, Chair of Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, Inc (BBAI). “Since the inception of BBAI, Bladen County has invested […]

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BladenOnline.com’s first Print Edition: Bladen County Beautiful Share:

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC More than 85 percent of American homes have some sort of computer. Millions of people rely on computers daily to access, formulate, and store information. People use computers for everything from sharing family pictures to shopping to banking and paying bills. But, we haven’t […]

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The Solar Eclipse is gone, but the word “Solar” is still being used in Bladen County and North Carolina. Randy Wheeless with Duke Energy announced a new solar law passed in North Carolina is big news for the local power company. Following is the announcement Wheeless made this week about the new law. Want solar […]

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Smithfield Foods has announced plans to construct a new distribution center and expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel. The project is expected to create 250 new jobs and Smithfield will invest $100 million in the two projects. In addition to new jobs, additional employment opportunities will be […]

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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 4.3 percent. North Carolina’s July 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.8 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed […]

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By Erin Smith One young Bladen County resident said after having lived away from the area for a while, he appreciates life in Elizabethtown. He also enjoys being able to serve his country through his involvement with the North Carolina National Guard. Lane Greene first attended Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, then attended […]

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Three-year vision incorporates expanded footprint, ambitious targets for marketing and job growth Elizabethtown, N.C. – The board of directors of The Southeastern Partnership has approved a strategic marketing plan that will guide the regional economic development organization’s work during the coming three years. The nine-page strategy outlines direct marketing, product development, research and technology activities, […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, decreasing 0.3 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s June 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.7 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed […]

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New businesses are making their mark on the landscape of downtown Elizabethtown. A new store opened on Saturday at 106 West Broad Street called Nicholson Liquidation: A Little Bit of Everything. The business is owned by Tyler and Heather Nicholson. The couple started their business two years ago on Facebook and it has continually grown. […]

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The Southeastern Economic Development Commission met on Wednesday at the Burney Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to conduct the first of three of regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) sessions. Two more CEDS sessions are planned for Thursday in Laurinburg at the Scotland County Small Business Innovation Center […]

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The Elizabethtown Airport terminal project is slowly inching forward with the recent bid opening. Town Manager Eddie Madden said the bids have been received and reviewed by town staff but no bid has been awarded. “The bids came in slightly above budget,” said Madden. He said town staff have been working with Burney and Burney […]

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A proposed runway extension project at the Elizabethtown Airport is one step closer to becoming reality. The town of Elizabethtown has been notified by the North Carolina Department of Transportation the proposed runway extension has been approved but the project will not be funded before the year 2024, said Town Manager Eddie Madden. “It is […]

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Voters in the town of Dublin will not only voting to elect who will represent them on the town board, they will also be deciding whether to allow the sale of malt beverages and unfortified wine.  The town submitted a resolution to the Bladen County Board of Elections requesting the item be added to the November […]

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by Mike Walden When driving, U-turns can be tricky. The driver often has to turn against oncoming traffic, and, if the turn is at a light, the driver hopes the turn can be made before the light changes to red. Even if the turn is successfully made, the driver must quickly accelerate to merge into […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security encourages people to rejoin the workforce when they are able. Ticket to Work is our free and voluntary program that helps people get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals, and other employment support services. This program is for people ages 18 to 64, […]

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Contributed by: Virginia McQueen The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their Annual Meeting and dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19th, in the Grand Ballroom of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown.  Our speaker this year will be Mr. Chris Lloyd, Sr. Vice President of Infrastructure and Economic Development with McGuire Woods Consulting. This […]

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Clarkton Getting Another Solar Farm By Erin Smith The town of Clarkton will soon be getting another solar farm following the granting of a conditional use permit on Tuesday night. Sadiebrook Solar LLC petitioned the town of Clarkton for the permit for a 28-acre solar farm to be located north of the town on S. […]

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The Southeastern Economic Development Commission conducted their 49th annual meeting on Monday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. The keynote speaker for the event was US Congressman Robert Pittenger. Congressman Pittenger related how he had recently attended a ceremony for a group of Bladen County World War II veterans. “Freedom is a precious commodity. Sometimes […]

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RALEIGH —Bladen County reported an unemployment rate 5.5 percent for April. Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in April and increased in three.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced […]

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Part 1: Bladen County Board of Commissioners – FY: 17-18 Budget Proposal Meeting Part 2: Bladen County Board of Commissioners – FY: 17-18 Budget Proposal Meeting Share:

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The town of Tar Heel has a new business in town. Hardee’s, the new fast food restaurant, is not only offering food, but job opportunities for the local small town. The West Bladen High School Band helped the new establishment celebrate by performing a small concert at their Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 17th, […]

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  WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Financing, voted to approve the Financial CHOICE Act.   “In 2010, President Obama’s Dodd-Frank financial reform appeared to many as a lifeline.  The evidence shows it has done more harm than good,”explained Congressman Pittenger.  “The […]

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As Congress prepares for budget negotiations for the 2018 fiscal year, a bipartisan group of 28 senators is urging appropriators to increase funding dramatically for veterans nursing homes.   In a letter Wednesday to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that handles veterans affairs, Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., asked for “robust funding” […]

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Elizabethtown, NC – A farming family from Bladen County has been approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to import top quality certified industrial hemp seeds from Europe in support of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program early April 2017.   Cesar and Luciano Alvarado, brothers and owners […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, May 1st, 2017 for the first meeting of the month to discuss an array of items. View the report about what was on the agenda for the evening: Agenda for Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting for May 1st. View the full meeting on video: Share:

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By: Erin Smith In the world of Economic Development, a vacant industrial building is generating interest in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. The building, known locally as the Vulcan AMP building, is being contemplated by at least four companies and possibly more, said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Huestess. The building measures a total of […]

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By: Erin Smith Work is slowly progressing on a small business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown. The former US Post Office building located on East Broad Street in Elizabethtown was purchased by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial to be renovated and turned into incubator spaces for small businesses. “We hope businesses can start out here and grow into […]

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 WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement following today’s release of President Trump’s proposal on tax reform:  “President Trump’s tax proposal will undoubtedly set off waves of rhetoric from Washington insiders and special interest groups committed to maintaining the status quo.  They’ll be defending their lucrative slice of America’s 70,000-page tax code at […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.5 percent. North Carolina’s March 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed […]

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RALEIGH – Secretary Erik A. Hooks of the Department of Public Safety today named two senior administrators to new leadership roles as Director of Prisons and Director of Community Corrections. Kenneth Lassiter will serve as Director of Prisons, while Tracy Lee will become the Director of Community Corrections. Both appointments are effective May 1. Lassiter […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension We are again involved in a debate about health insurance for those not covered by their employer, Medicare, Medicaid or other group. Many want to replace the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “Obamacare”) that addresses the uninsured, but consensus on a replacement has not been found. […]

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Region expands to include new industrial, military and recreational assets Elizabethtown, N.C. – April 3, 2017. The board of directors of The Southeastern Partnership has approved requests by three counties to become part of the regional marketing organization’s geography and programming. The vote to admit Craven, Lenoir and Moore counties into the Partnership occurred at […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in February.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 15.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.  All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.2 percent had […]

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DURHAM N.C. — If local building officials notified you that your home is substantially damaged, you may be able to receive funds to make your structure safer and stronger. If you are rebuilding or repairing a substantially damaged home or business, your communitymay require you to elevate or make other changes. Substantial damage applies when […]

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The Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Charles Ray Peterson issued an official statement to the media and the public in attendance at Monday night’s Commissioners meeting. In the statement Peterson said progress has been made in the past 6 to 8 weeks regarding the county’s economic development program. Peterson said some specific measures to be taken […]

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By Congressman Robert Pittenger Should the federal government treat able-bodied adults better than the disabled or elderly? When President Lyndon B. Johnson first signed Medicaid into law, the program was intended to serve the most vulnerable Americans, including the elderly, disabled, children, and pregnant mothers. But under President Obama, Medicaid’s focus shifted to include able-bodied, […]

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By: Charlotte Smith According to a proposed plan presented to the board of commissioners on Monday evening, Tax Payers could pay 60% of construction costs to grow Bladen County according to Chuck Huestess, Director of Economic Development Commission and with Bladen’s Bloomin’. In the past, Bladen’s Bloomin’ would build a speculative building and the Bladen County […]

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Retailers are reporting strong sales during the Christmas shopping season. Stores in Bladen County are reporting that Christmas sales were up this year. Mike Suggs, owner of Fishers Mens and Ladies Shop, said, “It went very well. We’re very pleased.” He said sales were up in the store over last year. “We had a really good […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 68 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 14, and remained unchanged in 18.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.  Twelve of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, one experienced a decrease, […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 90 of North Carolina’s counties in July, increased in two, and remained unchanged in eight. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.0 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.8 percent. Twelve of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and three remained unchanged. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Lots of confusion related to the upcoming election.  Early voting, confusion about redistricting, and who to vote for.  It will all be worked out, hopefully before November 8. Remember the days when Bladen County Commissioners and the Board of Education were elected countywide and it took all night long to count the ballots? Think you […]

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By: Derrick Rice In 1984 a young, self taught, self trained engineer, Terry Baxter was transferred from London, England to the States by Crusader Lawn Tractor with a charge of designing products for manufacturing. Unfortunately the Crusader brand was unable to compete with the established brands such as John Deere and dissolved its operations. Baxter decided to stay […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent. North Carolina’s July 2016 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 13,203 over the month to 4,601,491 and increased […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension I’ve been avidly following presidential elections since 1960. Then, as a ten-year-old, I watched the Kennedy-Nixon race go down to the wire with the final outcome being decided by only a handful of votes. Now, just as in 1960 and almost every election since, today’s presidential contest […]

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Bladen Community College is hosting a series of no-cost business seminars. The topics and schedules are shown below. So You Think You Want to Start a Small Business? Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Do you have what it takes to successfully operate your own business? This seminar is for individuals […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners heard an update from Finance Director Lisa Coleman on Monday regarding the fund balance for the year ending June 30, 2016. Coleman told the board that the fund balance for the year ending FY 2015-16 could see an estimated increase of $3.5 million. “This is just an estimate,” […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and received the financial report for the  period ending July 31, 2016, from Finance Director Lisa Coleman. The county began a new budget year on June 30, 2016.  She told the board that as of July 31, the county has collected 5.96 percent […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their monthly lunch meeting at the lake with Goldston’s Restaurant as the host. White Lake Mayor, Goldston Womble, spoke about the excellent water quality the lake has and his disappointment in the media. Mayor Womble and White Lake Town Council Board members, Paul Evans […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Discontent with one’s life and the reactions motivated by that unhappiness have been the source of numerous literary efforts, from Shakespeare to Steinbeck. Today’s political campaigns have revealed a new level of discontent among many people. Although statistics show the economy has improved since the end of […]

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A feed truck crashed on NC 41 Northeast in Duplin County near Hanchey Road clipping a power line pole that holds a three phase breaker.  The crash led to an outage for 500 people.   “My understanding is the driver is okay,” said Spokeswoman Gay Johnson.   She said that power crews are working to […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 96 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in four.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.  All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at […]

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This morning marked the inaugural sale of the first $200 million of the $2 billion Connect NC bond to support investments in our state’s education, parks, National Guard and water and sewer infrastructure introduced by Governor Pat McCrory and overwhelmingly passed by voters in March. “This is a great day for North Carolina as we […]

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DUBLIN – In July, the Small Business Center of Bladen Community College will offer free business workshops on campus and in the community. Human Resources Management is scheduled for July 13th from 11 A.M. until 12 P.M. This seminar includes instruction on diversity, effective recruiting, effective hiring, retaining employees, and competing for good employees. On […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension The economy is one of the top issues in this year’s elections, all the way from state and local races to the major contest of the year – the presidential election. So it may be helpful to make a mid-year assessment of the economy – how it’s been […]

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By: Erin Smith With temperatures climbing to nearly 90 degrees, many folks were looking for ways to keep cool on July 4.  Goldston’s Beach was the place to be on Monday as can be attested by the large crowds that took time to enjoy a swim in the lake, or visit the Goldston’s Beach Gift […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The White Lake tax rate was proposed at 80 cents per hundred. Clark-Shaw Ford buys Clark Brothers Chrysler in Elizabethtown. Beverly Bryan of Tar Heel made the President’s List at Campbell University. Miss Bladen County Kathy Memory was third runner-up in the Miss North Carolina Pageant. Share:

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By: Erin Smith The annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale saw shoppers out enjoying the beautiful weather and  and checking out the bargains on Friday.  The event draws area shoppers as well as shoppers from Fayetteville, Columbus County and Sampson County and those visiting White Lake. Dainne and Donnie Godwin of Sampson County stopped to […]

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their organizational meeting of the Chamber Ambassadors program on Tuesday morning at City Sandwich Shop in Elizabethtown. There are 11 Ambassadors who are currently serving. Erin Smith and Bille Sue Hall were selected to serve and chair and co-chair respectively. “I’m really excited about the Chamber Ambassadors […]

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North Carolina Southeast (NCSE) is hosting a two day meeting of representatives of the private and public sector from 16 participating counties.  The meeting is being held at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown. The purpose of the meeting is for local Economic Development representatives to make presentations to the Economic Development Partnership of […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 98 of North Carolina’s counties in May and remained unchanged in two.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.5 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and one remained unchanged. Among the Metro […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, decreasing 0.3 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate.  The national rate declined 0.3 of a percentage point to 4.7 percent. North Carolina’s May 2016 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago.  The number of people […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Committee of 100 met on Wednesday night at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery for their annual meeting. The keynote speaker for the evening was Cape Fear Valley Health CEO Michael Nagowski. He discussed the future of health care in the Bladen area. He began by giving those in attendance […]

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The Council of State unanimously approved a resolution today for the issuance and sale of $200 million in bonds to support the Connect NC investments in our state’s education, parks, National Guard, and water and sewer infrastructure. This is the first issuance of the $2 billion Connect NC Bond introduced by Governor Pat McCrory and […]

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Eleven site selection consultants and commercial real estate brokers joined county, regional and state leaders for a familiarization tour of the I-73/74 Micro Region earlier this month. The three-day “FAM tour,” which highlighted Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties, followed closely on the heels of a similar event organized last fall in the Greater […]

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A new NCDOT study indicates the Curtis L. Brown Airport in Elizabethtown has an annual economic impact of more than $4-million in the area and supports at least 30 jobs. The study by the NC Department of Transportation is the latest report on the effects of airports, statewide, on the state’s economy. The total dollars created by the airport, according […]

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By: Erin Smith The NC Competes for Jobs tour made a stop in Lumberton at Robeson Community College on Wednesday afternoon to discuss opportunities various program within the NC Department of Commerce that can happen rural counties and towns to grow and compete for jobs. The event was attended by about 100 folks from Robeson, […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and received the financial report for the  period ending April 30, 2016, from Finance Director Lisa Coleman. She told the board that as of April 30, the county has collected 85.29 percent of the budgeted revenues for FY 2015-16. The county has spent […]

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Charlotte Smith

By: Charlotte Smith Recently I have found myself thinking about issues I have never really focused on before. Maybe it’s my age, not that I’m old, or maybe it’s my line of work, or maybe a problem presents itself in my line of vision and I can’t stop thinking, maybe I can do something to […]

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 12, 2016 – A new solar facility designed in the shape of a “not-so-hidden-Mickey” is the latest step by Duke Energy to expand renewable energy in Central Florida. Duke Energy joined with Walt Disney World Resort and Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID) to develop the five-megawatt solar facility located on […]

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By: Erin Smith Janet Quick of Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown addressed the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at their noon luncheon meeting. Quick said that the owner is Alex Monroe and he grew up in Whiteville. Quick said that Monroe moved his business to the Elizabethtown Industrial Park and while walking […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Standards Division has collected fines from stores in Duplin, Durham, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Wake and Wilson counties because of excessive price-scanner errors. The Standards Division conducts periodic, unannounced inspections of a business’ price-scanner system to check for accuracy between the prices advertised and the prices that […]

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As an economic development organization representing 16 counties in southeastern North Carolina, The Southeastern Partnership is committed to building infrastructure and job-creation capacity for our region.  As such, we are confirming our full support for the CSX Transportation’s Central Carolina Connector (CCX) intermodal terminal. Once operational, CCX will be unlike any facility that exists in […]

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BLADENBORO – Boost the Boro, Inc. will host its 2016 Spring Fest event on Saturday, April 30, at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market in downtown Bladenboro.  “We are very excited about our annual event this year and have decided to combine the event this year with the Master Gardener’s annual plant sale.  Historically, both of these events […]

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Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the development assets associated with the proposed 20-megawatt (MW-AC) Longboat Solar Power Project in California from EDF Renewable Energy. The project will be built in San Bernardino County near the city of Barstow. With this addition, Duke Energy Renewables has seven solar power projects in California totaling more than 130 […]

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Last Tuesday’s election results are expected to be certified this week. Some appear to be concerned that Gov. McCrory eliminated the Coal Ash committee, after courts ruled the NC Legislature overstepped its authority by naming the committee. To Donald Trump supporters…Would you vote for Trump if he decides to seek the highest office in the […]

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By Erin Smith There is excitement in the air at the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce with the first meeting to launch the Chamber Ambassadors program. The meeting, which took place Thursday at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown, was the first meeting to explain the program and accept applications for Chamber Ambassadors. The members […]

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The Southeast Regional Industrial Park, a 160-acre property three miles west of Whiteville, now holds the distinction of being “triple” certified as a destination for consumer foods and beverage makers. In late 2015, Duke Energy and Ohio-based Austin Consulting awarded the property designation as a “Shovel Ready Site for the Food and Beverage Industry.” The […]

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The solar energy site near DuPont Fayetteville Works is now online and generating electricity, according to Duke Energy Spokesman Randy Wheeless. The solar farm at the DuPont site will generate about 23 megawatts of electricity. “It began producing electricity for the grid in December. It is one of our larger projects,” said Wheeless. He added […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon and approved 72 absentee ballots. Originally, 73 ballots were returned since the last meeting but one was incomplete and needed additional information. Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw also updated the board on several matters. The first matter involves House Bill 2. […]

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In less than a month, North Carolinians will cast their votes on whether or not the state should invest in its future. Connect NC seeks to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure, improve state parks, modernize National Guard outposts and agricultural research facilities, and construct and renovate instructional buildings at our colleges and universities. North Carolina’s […]

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By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council met on Tuesday and got down to business planning for the upcoming budget process. The retreat was held at the White Lake Town Hall. Council members heard from department heads regarding the needs for their departments such as firefighting equipment, new police cars, the need for more personnel […]

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.3 million grant to the Bladen Community College to help build an Advanced Manufacturing building on the college’s main campus. The Department of Commerce is committed to helping communities develop a workforce with 21st century skills, said Secretary […]

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Following a federal judge’s declaration that two US House districts in North Carolina were unconstitutional, the Republican lawmakers have reconfigured 13 of the state’s US House districts. The proposal that is set to be voted on Thursday has a portion of Bladen County that would be placed in the 9th District and the remained for […]

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Hardee, Hunt and Williams Real Estate Agency has been announced as the top selling real estate agency on Wrightsville Beach for 2015.  Jim Hardee, a native of Elizabethtown, is one of the three owners of the agency. In 2015, HH&W sold $21,162,200 worth of property on Wrightsville Beach. HH&W was listed ninth overall for real […]

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I’ll be honest – I didn’t think I’d see it in my lifetime. I’m talking about gas prices being under $2 per gallon. It’s one of the true “good news” items in the economy. Or is it? A funny thing has happened on the way to the gas pump. The more gas prices have dropped, […]

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By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The guest speakers were CVI, Inc. owner Tracey Trivette and Investigator Jerry Price. Tracey Trivette, CVI owner, told the group that CVI is a private investigations firm and the full […]

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Bladen County Commissioners held a Special Meeting Monday night, at the Powell-Melvin Ag Center on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Eight of nine board members were present.  Dr. Delilah Blanks did not attend. The purpose of the meeting was to follow up on several issues and provide staff with guidance as the budget process approaches. The […]

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White Lake voters are set to cast their ballots either “for” or “against” an upcoming referendum “on premises” and “off premises” sale of unfortified wine and the  “on premises” and “off premises” sale of malt beverages. At least one business owner in White Lake is in favor of the upcoming referendum. Susan Inman, owner of The Venue, […]

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