04/22/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 8:55 am Bladenboro Town Board to meet
  • 8:33 am The Cross marks celebration of Easter
  • 8:21 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:13 am This Day in History for April 22
  • 6:43 am Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: Pinecrest 4, East Bladen 3
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Most older adults – about 94 percent – want to stay at home as they age. But a new survey from the Home Instead Senior Care network shows many seniors are redefining what it means to age in place, revealing that one in four plan to move to a new home to accommodate their changing […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Part of what makes our nation unique is our diversity. Social Security touches the lives of nearly all Americans; so, we are accustomed to serving a diverse population. Online, our People like Me pages help inform the many different people we help. From people […]

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Contributed Virtuoso trumpeter Dean Simms will visit the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton with a night of classic jazz as he leads “Satchmo: Tribute to Louis Armstrong” 7pm Saturday April 27. Dean has performed or recorded lead trumpet with many famous acts, such as the Ohio Players, Rick James Stone City Band, […]

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As the weather begins to warm and the skies begin to brighten, what better way to welcome Spring than to play a round of golf. The third annual Rotary International Cup Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday, May 17, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The Elizabethtown Rotary […]

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Trey Duncan, Financial Representative with WoodmenLife, presented a donation on behalf of WoodmenLife Chapter 262 to support this years Special Olympics. The Bladen County Special Olympics will take place today (Thursday, April 18) at 10 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School. Pictured from left to right are Cheryl White-Smith Director of Exceptional Children’s department, Angela […]

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By Erin Smith The Easter weekend is an important time for many individuals. In honor of the Easter weekend, many area offices have announced their schedule changes. All federal offices will be open on Friday, April 19th, and Monday, April 22nd. Most banks will be operating on a regular schedule for Good Friday and Easter […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host a free educational event titled “Addiction vs. Pain Management: What You Need to Know about the Opioid Crisis” on May 15 in Elizabethtown. Featuring presentations by Kincy Barrow, Southeastern Carolina Crossroads Executive Director, and Dr. Kelly Erola, Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s (LCFH’s) Chief Medical Officer, the free event will […]

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Kiwanis Clubs of Carolinas District across the region met at the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina at Lake Waccamaw on Saturday for the annual Kiwanis One Day. Mary Winfree, the District Trustee for the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and other surrounding clubs welcomed the large group.  There were an estimated 20 clubs represented with […]

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Former East Bladen football coach Bob Lewis was inducted into the North Carolina High School Hall of Fame Saturday in Cary at the Embassy Suites. During his professional career, Lewis coached the high school teams of Clinton, East Bladen, Harrells Christian, Pender, and Whiteville. Lewis not only had an impressive coaching record with 322-146-6, but […]

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Contributed 4 th Grade A Honor Roll Nadya Colon, Samarah Daughtridge, Jaida Harrison, Ellie Kinlaw, Matilda Kinlaw, Mallory McDuffie, Angie Paredes Palacio, Jamiya Peterson, Jordan Robinson, Brooklyn Skinner A/B Honor Roll Janice Alvarez-Nunez, William Borza, Emily Campos-Estrada, Mario Covington, Yurisa Hernandez Lopez, Anette Hernandez-Cruz, JaQuan McRae, Aaliyah Monroe, John Monroe, AlLaysia Owens, Akira Pinckney, Alayah […]

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Elizabethtown – The Cape Fear Masonic Lodge #300, Prince Hall affiliated is having a fish plate sale Saturday, April 13, starting at 12 noon until everything is sold.  Plates are $8 which includes baked beans, coleslaw and roll. All proceeds go to the Bladen County Relay For Life. Contact persons for more information are Brother […]

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By Dr. Lisa Lee Bryan Cancer kills the young, the old, the rich, and the poor.  Cancer does not care who you are or your plans for the future.   At age 27, I received a phone message – “Lisa, please call us your results came back as cancer”.   My daughter Elizabeth was not […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Hello everyone, please forgive the delay in bringing you the restaurant report for March, you’ll also notice some January reports at the bottom of the list. Better late than never, I always say. What a month was March? It didn’t come in like a lion, but it managed to see some spring […]

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By Erin Smith Pinwheels are starting to make their appearance around Bladen County in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Jill Sampson, with the Bladen County Department of Social Services, encourages all county residents and business owners to plant a Pinwheel Garden as a reminder to everyone to help prevent Child Abuse. Also, there will […]

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Christian Caroline Smith, attended the North Carolina Azalea Festival this year as a granddaughter of Cape Fear Garden member, Candus Clarke. Her proud grandfather, Billy R. Everette, resides in Elizabethtown.  Her parents are Missy and Pat Smith and her grandparents  are Susie and Aubrey Smith of  Pawleys Island, S.C. Caroline will be graduating from Emsley […]

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Each year, Tiffany Pait, Clinical Educator for Bladen County Hospital makes sure Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare and its clinics provide education to everyone who enters any of the facilities about Child Abuse Prevention month. The information offered includes a wide range of items to include information about the Child Advocacy Centers and what they do, […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper declared April 7 – 13, 2019 National Volunteer Week in North Carolina to celebrate the work of volunteers. Gov. Cooper is encouraging state employees and North Carolina residents to mark the week by volunteering in their communities. “Whether they’re aiding survivors of disasters like Hurricane Florence or providing meals for the hungry, volunteers […]

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All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 for the Easter Holiday. The libraries will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 22. Share:

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Leland, NC – All families who have experienced the death of someone special are invited to Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s no-cost Spring Family Day on Saturday, May 11, in Shallotte. Led by LCFH counselors and trained volunteers, this day combines fun activities with grief education and emotional support. Spring Family Day allows families to meet friends […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladenboro Spring Fling drew a crowd Saturday in downtown Bladenboro. Live entertainment, food and craft vendors, with plenty of other happenings going on kept the crowd busy. The event started at 10 with clouds in the morning sky. There were close to forty vendors lining the downtown area, according to Paige […]

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By Charlotte Smith The weather forecast for Saturday, April 6, is stated to be in the mid 70’s and cloudy, which should be perfect weather for the annual Spring Fling in downtown Bladenboro. Live music, vendors, contests, and other entertainment are all on the agenda for the community event. The annual event is organized by […]

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Wilmington, NC – A lifelong painter, Marcia Zachary had never shown or sold her artwork – until Thursday, when more than 100 people and one surprise guest turned out for a special gallery opening featuring the Lower Cape Fear Hospice patient’s work. Over the years, Zachary has painted dozens of coastal scenes and still life paintings, […]

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Prom is one of the highlights of high school. While planning and enjoying the big night, make smart decisions to help keep it safe, low-stress, and fun! If you or someone you know is going to the prom, here are a few tips for a great experience. Look and Feel Awesome Get in shape slowly […]

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Touch of Beauty Salon & Hair Supply Store will have its Grand Opening on Thursday, April 4, starting at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Crystal Moore, the salon’s owner, said, “My salon was located at 105 East Broad Street, beside the Scotchman, but it was destroyed by Hurricane Florence.” She states, “I’ve been in business […]

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Contributed The Emereau: Bladen Charter School Elementary Spring Concert was held on Tuesday evening, April 2 at Bladen Community College. Executive Director of the school, Mrs. Carla Fisher welcomed the audience to the concert. Musical Director, Mr. Quentin Lovette, introduced the evenings musical selections, the classes performing and the student conductors. He invited everyone in […]

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Elizabethtown, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice is offering 90-minute “Navigating Grief” workshops in Elizabethtown on the second Tuesday of each month. Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of grief and the grieving process. Upcoming topics include Tools for Healing on May 14 and Grief in the Workplace on June 11. The workshops are held […]

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The Mother County Genealogical Society (MCGS) will meet Saturday, April 13th, from  12 noon until 2 p.m. in the  Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro. All with an interest in genealogy and history are welcome. Mr.  Jerome Tew will present his research on the Revolutionary War Battle of Elizabethtown.  Mr. Tew has […]

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The newest edition of the Bladen County Beautiful magazine is hot off the press. The publication is Volume III: Issue 1 features Bladen’s Best of the Best, Tips from the determined, Thoughts While Shaving and much more.   You may pick a copy up at one of the advertisers featured on this issue or at one […]

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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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McDuffie Pest Control Biz Card

McDuffie Pest Control encourages homeowners to take precautions against spring pests Elizabethtown, NC  – April is National Pest Management Month, an annual public observance recognized by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Chase’s Calendar of Events, that celebrates the pest management industry and pest control professionals for their commitment to protecting the public’s health, […]

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Virtuoso trumpeter Dean Simms will visit the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton with a night of classic jazz as he leads “Satchmo: Tribute to Louis Armstrong” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Dean has performed or recorded lead trumpet with many famous acts, such as the Ohio Players, Rick James Stone […]

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Contributed Pack 600 Webelo Pack completed their “Webelo Walkabout requirement” on Saturday at the Turnbull  Creek Educational Forest. “This was a great experience. I want to thank Chris Clark for coming back out and giving us a hand,” said Andy Runion. The Webelos walked 3.5 miles and learned about many of the great things the […]

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By Erin Smith A bright sunny morning in Ammon was punctuated with the chugs and hisses of hit and miss engines and the sounds of antique tractors as the Old Fashioned Planters Day was held at the John Graham farm. The event featured displays of antique farm equipment, antique cars, hit and miss engines, and […]

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By Erin Smith During the recent Cape Fear Council-Boy Scouts of America Council Recognition Banquet held on March 14th, 2019, Walter Bullard was recognized as the 2018 Eagle Class Honoree.  The banquet was held at the Hotel Ballast Wilmington in Wilmington, NC. Bullard has been involved in Scouting throughout his life and is the founder […]

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By Dora Brogdon This Friday and Saturday will be marking the 27th annual Old Fashioned Planter’s Day event which set to be held at the Graham farm located on Old Fayetteville Road near Ammon. The Old Fashioned Planters Day was originally held and sponsored by the Ruritan Club in White Oak, according to John Graham. […]

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By Charlotte Smith There are hundreds of cases in Bladen County of damaged homes and property due to Hurricane Florence. Some residents have reported being denied for assistance and/or taken advantage of by contractors or insurance agencies. The Golden Leaf grant has funded a free to the public In-person Civil Legal Relief Assistance Clinic with […]

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East Bladen High School

Contributed The East Bladen Booster Club has an annual Reverse Raffle Dinner every year. This year the Reverse Raffle Dinner will be held this Saturday, March 30, 2019 in the East Bladen High School’s atrium from 6:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. according to Ricky Leinwand, Booster Club supporter. There are 50 tickets left for the […]

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Contributed by Go FundMe Page Men and Women United for Youth and Families, CDC (MWUYF) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Delco, NC that serves underprivileged and at-risk youth in Lower Bladen, Northwestern Brunswick, and Columbus Counties.  We have an outstanding Youth Ambassadors Program which aims to instill leadership, entrepreneurship, and social skills […]

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In an open letter sent to BladenOnline.com, Minuteman Food Mart thanked customers for raising money to support Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  According to the Mayo Clinic, muscular dystrophies is when abnormal genes lead to muscle degeneration. Most forms begin in childhood. Damaged muscles become progressively weaker. Most people who have the condition eventually need a […]

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Many families face the problem of disposing of prescription medication and non prescription medication after the passing of a loved one. As our society ages more and more drugs are prescribed and used. When elderly family members or even younger family members die there is often a need to go through their personal belongings and […]

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Elizabethtown Baptist Church excited to be hosting the Greatest Hits Live Tour on April 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. in our Christian Activity Center.  We have tickets for sale in the church office for the following prices:  General admission for one is $24.99; a group of 10 or more is $17.99 each; a family 4 […]

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By Charlotte Smith One Bladen County resident tried his luck and won during this March Madness season. The lottery game played was “Win It All” according to the North Carolina Education Lottery’s website. Now, Mr. Harold McDowell from Elizabethtown has a great return on his investment for the one lottery game ticket. McDowell purchased the […]

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Public Meeting

The April 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of Bladen county, will be held on the first Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod St, Elizabethtown. The meeting is on Friday, April 5. The meeting time is 3 PM The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group for parents […]

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As the weather is warming, many individuals are beginning to plan their Easter Celebrations. Shane Freeman, Park Superintendent with Jones Lake, announced the 9th annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place  at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday, April 20, 2019. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin in 11 a.m. There will be games, concessions, […]

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By Charlotte Smith Two Bladen County natives are now in one of the nation’s oldest honor societies. Both college students attend Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Susanna DeVane of Elizabethtown and Stephen Harrelson of Bladenboro were initiated into the prestigious organization this month. Campbell University announced the Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Ceremony on […]

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Boost the Boro, Inc. announced today that the organization will again be making two scholarship awards in 2019. Selections will be made in May and awards presented at our June 11 th Boost the Boro monthly meeting. According to newly elected President of Boost the Boro, Terry Nance, “we are pleased to announce that we […]

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A large crowd gathered celebrating Ms. Shelby Patrick and Ms. Berline Graham for their work with the with Bladen County Senior Citizens with the Department on Aging at the Baltimore Community Center in Council. The Retirement Luncheon was organized by the Carvers Creek Citizens Association with Director, Ms. Quessie Peterson. Mrs. Berline P. Graham served […]

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Contributed Despite the grinding roar of tractor-pulling contests going on behind them, and the thunderous concussion from a Confederate reenactors cannon exploding from across a road next to them, Bladen County’s amateur radio enthusiasts proved that they can operate and maintain worldwide communications, including emergency radio networks, even under the toughest of circumstances, and in […]

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Bladenboro Middle School Battle of the Books team won the Bladen County Middle School Battle of the Books Competition, which was held at Bladen Community College on Thursday, March 14. All 4 middle schools in the county competed in 12 rounds of competition, answering questions related to 27 books. Members of the team include Alan […]

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Maryellen Robeson with Shooter Ready, LLC spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about gun safety this week at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. Robeson is a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, NC Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, Staff Instructor for NRA Whittington Center, New Mexico, Women’s Wilderness Escape, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, and is a Retired […]

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by Joy Warren The Bladen County Board of Education met Tuesday evening for a special called meeting to discuss the school calendar for 2019-20.  Prior to discussion of the calendar action item, citizens were allowed to address the board.  The only participant was White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble.  Womble spoke in opposition to the Year […]

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Contributed Kiwanis of Elizabethtown had a busy agenda Tuesday evening. Relay For Life, Boys Scouts, Beta Club, the Boys & Girls Homes, and Lower Cape Hospice were all on the list for the club to assist in at least one way. First up, Brooke Hinson, Community Liaison with the Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) gave […]

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Contribute 2nd Annual Best Biscuit Baker Contest & 1st Annual Pound Cake Contest “Searching for the Best Pound Cake & Best Biscuit Baker” Judging will be at the stage Downtown during the Spring Fling-April 6, 2019 $10 Entry Fee Best Bakers will receive a Grand Prize of $100 & Trophy with “Best Biscuit Baker” & “Best […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen Disaster Recovery Team has heard the cries of local hurricane victims for months now. The newly organized group is striving to make a difference and meet the needs of those in Bladen County devastated by Hurricane Florence. A new fundraising effort was started on Monday, March 19 at noon through […]

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By Erin Smith The annual Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors Gala will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is Super Heroes of Hope. The event is open to cancer survivors and their caregivers. Event Chairwoman Mary Williams said the speaker […]

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church is seeking revival!  We want to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and our commitment to Him and His calling to share Him with our neighbors and the world. We believe that God desires revival in our nation, world and county.  What are “Revival Services”?  They are special times set […]

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Four County Electric Membership Corporation is a local company who believes in giving back to the community. Every year the electric company donates funding to teachers through their North Carolina Bright Ideas Grants. East Bladen Hight School was featured on the membership corporation’s social media account. The post said, “We love to hear from teachers […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard from more than one speaker on Wednesday. Two worthy causes were brought to the local civic club, both with goals in mind. Peyton Fell and Jackson Bostic from East Bladen High School Beta Club preformed  the National Anthem to open the meeting. The two announced their efforts of raising […]

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

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

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Prospective students, their families, and the residents of southeastern North Carolina will have the opportunity to discover the exciting array of educational opportunities and resources at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Open House, which is specifically targeted at prospective students and their families, will be conducted on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 […]

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StoryWalk, located at Singletary Lake State Park, is a book and walking path combined. Enjoy reading while getting exercise in the great outdoors! The story is titled There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro. The storyboard signs are arranged along an easy 1/2-mile loop trail. Come out to Singletary Lake […]

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By Erin Smith Victims of Hurricane Florence received a gift of a free quilt on Saturday morning courtesy of the ministry, Quilts of Compassion. Numerous victims from throughout Bladen County gathered at the Bladen County Disaster Distribution Center in Elizabethtown to receive the cherished gift. The faces of those who waited patiently for their turn […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Gov. Roy Cooper named Judge Mark Davis as Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. “I know Judge Davis is dedicated to his work and to serving the people of North Carolina, and I know he will continue to serve with distinction as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court,” said Gov. Cooper. […]

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The second annual Lumbee Film Festival takes place May 2019 at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator in Pembroke, NC. The festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States. The Festival features a panel discussion with community organizers, filmmakers […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC March is Women’s History Month. It is a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation’s remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers and daughters, aunts, and grandmothers. Each of them plays a special […]

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By Charlotte Smith Today is International Women’s Day. Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere, according to the International Women’s Day website. As a publication dedicated to celebrating differences and achievements we would like to take the opportunity to recognize some great examples on this Women’s Day. Locally, we have celebrated […]

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By Erin Smith The annual Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors Gala will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is Super Heroes of Hope. Event Chairman Mary Williams said the speaker for this year’s Survivor’s Gala will be the Rev. Lorraine […]

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The Semper Fidelis All-American Program recently announced Alyssa Bell, a junior at West Bladen High School as a 2019 Semper Fidelis All-American due to her successes. Sgt. Rubio with the Semper Fidelis All-American Program said the officials were impressed with Bell’s fighting spirit and how she has overcome so much to get where she is […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County fans voted on who they felt deserved the title “Bladen’s Best of the Best”. The the 2019 contest has ended. First, second, and third place winners will be published in the upcoming Bladen County Beautiful magazine. The magazine will be distributed on March 22nd. The deadline to place your thank […]

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RALEIGH – After receiving a record 2,793 entries, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Aviation Art Contest. After weeks of judging and voting, the winners in three age groups have been announced and can be seen below.  This year’s theme was “My Dream to Fly.” Junior (born […]

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By Cheryl Thurston Well here we are in March already. Remember the old adage: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? That used to mean it started cold and ended warm, but after the 70 degree days we had in February, having a 56 degree day to start March doesn’t […]

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By Charlotte Smith It was a full day in Bladen County for astronaut Colonel Curtis Brown, Jr. After Brown assisted with the Elizabethtown airport’s ribbon cutting ceremony he took questions from local students. Emereau: Bladen, one local public charter school in Elizabethtown, welcomed decorated NASA astronaut and retired United States Air Force Colonel, Curtis L. […]

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

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Contributed April Clark, who is the Rotary District Governor for the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, spoke to the local club on Wednesday. Clark, who resides in Swansboro, is a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club. “It’s a servant role,” Clark said of her role, “I work for you.” She spoke about the grant opportunities available through […]

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Contributed Some Bladen County students honored a funeral procession recently. The students stopped what they were doing and said a prayer for the family. According to their teacher, Pamela Bryant, “Some of my 7th grade students were playing football yesterday (Friday) during their ‘Free Friday’ time when a funeral procession began passing by. I was […]

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Article contributed by Cathy Kinlaw with Bladen Community College in 2015; republished in honor of Black History Month. Earnestine Keaton and Claretta Johnson have a story to tell. It is a history lesson. It is personal. It is global. And it begins with a bicycle and a cameraman. Born in 1888, Mack Munn was, according […]

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By Charlotte Smith Many in North Carolina have been talking about the unpredictable weather this year. One day it is sunshine with rays of hope for spring in the air and other days the rain pours and the clouds cover the atmosphere. Rain or shine spring is closer than it has been all year. Before […]

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Contributed The East Bladen High School’s Key Club has made it their mission to help hurricane victims in Bladen County by providing service work. The local youth club, which is a branch of the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown, worked from early morning until late afternoon at one area home. The students tore out damaged insulation […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala was well attended on Saturday evening. The elegant event was held at Lu Mil Vineyard and a program of jazz music was performed by Jane Clark and Tom Noonan during the meal. Bladen County Hospital Public Relations Director Ashley Dowless recognized four employees, Terri Duncan, Sylvia […]

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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton, NC will host Hawley Magic on Saturday, April 13th, at 7 p.m.  They will perform their Las Vegas style illusion show that includes one of a kind grand illusions, expert sleight of hand close-up magic, and Houdini-inspired escapes. A few of their accomplishments include being finalist on […]

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By Erin Smith An elegant evening is planned for this year’s Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala. The event will take place on Saturday, February 23rd, at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin and is a black-tie optional event. There will be a red carpet photo booth available for folks who want that added […]

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By Charlotte Smith Spring will be approaching soon and one local non-profit is planning their annual celebration for the new season. Boost the Boro has hosted the Spring Fling for several years. Penny Walters the event Chairman announced the band performing at the event will be Gary Lowder and the Smokin’ Hot. The band will […]

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Contributed Two topics drew a lot of interest, but have huge differences. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard about Cuba and Emereau: Bladen, a public charter school this month during their meetings in February. Clark Valentiner spoke to the local club about Cuba after he visited the country from where his family originated. Valentiner explained the […]

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Dublin, NC – A recent clinical study just released by Wake Forest Medical School proves what the muscadine industry has thought for years. The topic of the February 12, 2019 Dean’s Forum was “Exploring The Extraordinary Health Benefits of the Muscadine Grape” and it was great news for the future of muscadine grapes. This study […]

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Contributed The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown in Bladen County has a lot on their plate after they met at Cindy’s Restaurant this month. The group is helping with scholarships, Hurricane Florence recovery efforts and the fight against cancer. Jeff Futrell, President of the Club welcomed the group of Kiwanians and Key Club members. Under his […]

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Grieving Parents have support in Bladen County through the Compassionate Friends is a self-help group for parents whose children have died- at any age, from any cause. The Compassionate Friends group announced any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling may wish to attend their meetings. “We meet to share and understand our […]

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FLORENCE, S.C. — A long-time Florence doctor, Dr. William H. Hester, is an assistant dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and is tasked to run the  Florence campus of the school. Dr. Hester is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hester and grandson of the late Mr. and […]

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By Charlotte Smith On President’s Day we want to remind our readers of the importance of the United States of America’s Constitution. We have had many admirable Presidents, but the one thing that has out lasted them all is our great Constitution. President’s Day was originally established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington. The […]

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By Erin Smith One resident who resides on Sweet Home Church Road says she is waiting patiently to learn what assistance, if any, she will receive to help with repairing hurricane damages to her home. Cynthia “Cindy” Tatum said that her home received damages from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. She has applied for assistance from […]

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

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Contributed The Bladen Relay for Life had their first organizational meeting of February at the Bladen County Library on Tuesday, February 12th, at 6 p.m. The chair of this year’s event, Mary Carter Williams, welcomed the teams and organizers. The meeting allowed the teams to share information about upcoming fundraising events, important dates, and updates […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC In February, our nation honors African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Recognizing our shared history is one way we can affirm our belief in freedom and democracy for all. For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with […]

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On Saturday and Sunday, February 23 – 24, 2019, from 10 am – 4 pm, Moores Creek National Battlefield, in collaboration with the Moores Creek Battleground Association, will be commemorating the 243rd Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, one of the first Patriot victories of the American Revolution. Over 150 Living Historians dressed […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a break-in at the B.C. Moore Store in Elizabethtown. The Clarkton Board of Commissioners turned down a request for a beer and wine referendum in the town. Faye L. Singletary was awarded the Terry Sanford Award for Education Creativity in Bladen County. Sabrina Lanier was voted Miss East […]

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By Erin Smith When people think of Black history they often think of politicians, judges, and educators. Many do not think of architects, engineers or craftsmen. Thomas Sheridan, who lived from the period 1787 to 1864, was an emancipated carpenter who actively worked in Bladen County and is credited with building Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church […]

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Peruvian festival music performers La Patronal will visit the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater on Saturday March 30, 2019 to share their authentic music and dance with a 1-2 p.m. free community dance workshop and a 7 p.m. performance. This is an amazing opportunity to learn about a different culture!  The workshop is family compatible, […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Beautiful, Bladen County’s showcase magazine, presented the first Single Mingle in Elizabethtown this Valentine’s Day with the assistance of the sponsors. The sponsors Big Tom’s Subs ‘N More, Ray’s Furniture & Jewelry, BladenOnline.com, Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, Town of Elizabethtown along with one anonymous sponsor helped make sure singles […]

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

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

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