02/18/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 3:13 pm Farms are important to Bladen County, voice your opinion
  • 1:59 pm Four County Electric Membership Corporation Awards Scholarships to Bladen Community College
  • 1:45 pm Parker and Jackson cases on court docket for March 4
  • 1:19 pm Gene Therapy Firm AveXis to Expand in Durham County
  • 1:11 pm WECT: Live NC 9 Election Fraud Hearing
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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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  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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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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March is National Women’s History Month and Bladen Community College will offer the program, “Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina,” on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the library. Randell Jones, Editor of “Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State,” will present the program.  He is a member of the […]

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By Erin Smith A Clarkton author will hold a book signing on Sunday, February 24th at the Clarkton Public Library from 2 until 4 p.m. Clarkton First Baptist Church Pastor Mark Miller will be signing copies of his novel, “The Pure in Heart.” Copies can be purchased the day of the signing for $15 each plus tax. […]

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UPDATE: Bladen’s Best of the Best continued BladenOnline.com readers and fans ask and we listen. We have added a Part II of Bladen’s Best of the Best 2019 to include some people and places our readers would like to celebrate by voting them Bladen’s Best of the Best in their category. There are now only 10 […]

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National Weather Service

Beginning next Tuesday, February 19, the WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC will be down for approximately five days for the refurbishment of the transmitter. Although the form, fit, and function of the transmitter will remain the same, old breakers and cables original to the radar will be replaced […]

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Black History Month

RALEIGH: In celebration of Black History Month, Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper will honor African American musicians and artists from North Carolina at a reception at the Executive Mansion beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. “Black History Month is a time to reflect on the deep contributions made by African Americans to […]

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Paul Brown Leadership Academy

Contributed The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $1,000. The drawing for the winner will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019. Wade Kinlaw, a member of the PTO said, “They want to do more repairs and upgrades to the buildings. Such […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, […]

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Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church’s Senior Missionary Ministry is presenting a “Black History Celebration” and a good ole time feast. The feast will consist of “Soul food,” the cuisine that has been historically associated with Black culture, consists of foods that are symbolically and basically “made with love” and are timelessly identified within […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer grant assistance to convenience stores interested in offering healthier food options to those living in one of the state’s 349 food deserts. The funding is a part of the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program. “The goal of the Healthy Food Small Retailer program […]

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Erin Smith Residents in the community of Kelly are asking some hard questions about the aftermath Hurricane Florence. The biggest question seems to be, “Can someone help us?” Numerous homes were flooded after the White Oak Dike was breached in several locations, allowing flood waters to stream into the town following Hurricane Florence. Both homes […]

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By Erin Smith As spring is approaching, many thoughts turn to boating and water sports. The White Lake Marina and Water Sports is now open under new management and gearing up to offer residents a variety of services. Jeff and Nancy Howell have taken over the management at White Lake Marina and Water Sports. When […]

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Public Meeting

The Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s regular scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  A public body may close a session for the following purpose:  to establish, or to instruct the public body’s staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the […]

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By Erin Smith As you drive down Barney Coe Road in the Lagoon community you can still see the devastation wrought by Hurricane Florence. Homes that were once bustling with activity are now quiet. Gordon Lewis and his wife reside at the end of Barney Coe Road. Their home is almost hidden from view by […]

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Bladen County Students are performing well at the North Carolina State Beta Club Convention. Bladen has two officer candidates, Khalil McKoy from East Bladen High School for President and William David deAndrade from Harrells Christian Academy Candidate for Secretary. Newly announced East Bladen’s Peyton Fell and Jackson Bostic made top 5 in their talent competition […]

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Contributed An integral part of fulfilling Farm Bureau’s mission is to make leadership development available to our members.  We feel that education is an important component of leadership.  Providing opportunities for our future leaders to obtain an education is important to us.  We are proud to offer the following to our members. Our Cecil McClure […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Rotary Club has been distributing scholarships for years to local high school students. This year the club has a goal to award even more scholarships according to their President, Col. Roy Allen. Michael Leinwand, the club’s Golf Tournament chair, announced yesterday the specifics of the upcoming event. The Rotary Golf Tournament will […]

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There will be a Valentine Gala to support Bladen County Relay for Life on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the Clarkton Entertainment Center. Dress is casual. A guest speaker is planned as well as a fashion show and recognition of cancer survivors. The cost to attend is $25 per person in advance […]

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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton, NC announces the opening of the “River Run Art Show” featuring the students of Robeson Community College’s painting class under the direction of artist Joy McGugan. A reception for the exhibit will be held 10 am-2 pm Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the theater during the […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston It seems like January flew by in a flash, and already, we are into the second month of 2019. Are you still keeping up with your New Year’s Resolutions? Most years I start off with good intentions and reconsider with the first blast of arctic cold. But this year, I am keeping […]

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Black History Month

Obie Sterling Ellison born in Carver’s Creek was a shining example of what a citizen should be in a community. Ellison was born in 1914, the sixth of thirteen children to William Alton Van Buren Ellison and Lessie Hall. The family attended Carver’s Creek African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the children attended local schools. […]

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Murder Mystery’s are becoming popular in Bladen County. The game Clue may be a staple at most homes in the Mother County, but now local businesses are getting in on the Murder Mystery fun. Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery has held multiple dinner murder mysteries in the past year or so which drew a crowd […]

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There will be a bake sale to benefit Bladen County Relay for Life on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Star Telephone Communications. The bake sale will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Star Telephone Communications Office is located at 3112 Martin Luther King Dr., Elizabethtown, N.C. Share:

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Planning and saving are core elements to a successful retirement. For over 80 years, Social Security has helped Americans achieve that goal. Each year the American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week. This week is an opportunity for organizations to […]

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Bladenboro Historical Society

Contributed John Hector Clark House is a historic home located at Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built about 1865, and is a one-story, board-and-batten “coastal cottage”. It features a broad gable roof and full-facade engaged front porch. It was moved to the present site in 1928–1929, and realigned in 1932. The town of […]

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Contributed As part of its “Films that Matter” series the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton will be screening the newest documentary film by director Cash Michaels on Thursday March 7.  “AL: MY BROTHER” is the true story of white civil rights activist/attorney Alan McSurely, and his over 50-year battle against racism and […]

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By Erin Smith A circus is coming to town. The Lewis and Clark Circus is coming to Lu Mil Vineyard on Thursday, April 25, 2019, with two show times, 5 pm and 7:30 pm. Advance tickets for the circus are on sale now. Advance adult tickets are $10 each and two children, 12 and under, are admitted free with […]

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The votes were cast for the Bladen’s Best of the Best contest in January. Almost 1,500 entries were submitted. Each entry was made from a different electronic device to help keep the contest fair and unbiased. “We are really excited about our first annual Bladen’s Best of the Best. We are looking forward to making […]

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By Dora Brogdon Do you know the origin of St. Valentine’s Day? Valentine’s Day hasn’t always been about giving your significant other chocolate and cards covered in hearts. Instead, there was something very different that took place on February 15 and was celebrated by the Romans. Lupercalia, as it was called, was a pagan ritual […]

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Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. Some local businesses wanted to make sure single adults have some fun on Cupid’s day too. Come join us for an evening of fun and entertainment. There will be free admission for the first Single Mingle presented by Bladen County Beautiful (a BladenOnlinline.com publication) sponsored by the Town of […]

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Contributed ALMA PARKER, (married) FARRIS, was born on January 31st, 1917, in Rocky Mount, NC. Today we celebrate her 102nd birthday. Anne and I are certain that our mother will enjoy that wonderful cake that Kathryn is creating for the occasion! Dorothy Farris Findlen Share:

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Contributed Bladen County United Way is planning a fundraiser for St Patrick’s Day. The St. Patrick’s Day Fun Day is set for Saturday, March 16th, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This year, there will be a 5K St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run beginning at 9 a.m. You can […]

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Raleigh –These days the traditional, almost ceremonial way of doing a real estate closing with a home buyer gripping a pen to sign countless sheets of paper in a blur with the lawyer and notary public hovering to stamp and seal the growing stack is coming to its own “closing.” Many buyers, particularly younger ones, […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC The idea of applying for Social Security retirement benefits might seem daunting, but it is not. There is no need to visit an office. You do not have to use the phone. We have an online retirement application that you can complete in as […]

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Each week we feature an historical place in Bladen County. This week our featured place is Carver’s Creek Methodist Church. Carver’s Creek Methodist Church, also known as Carver’s Creek United Methodist Church, is a historic Methodist church located near Council, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built in 1859, and is a frame Greek Revival-style […]

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By Erin Smith A short independent film that showcases the town of Elizabethtown and Bridgers’ Barber Shop is now available for viewing. The film, Long Drive to Yadkin, is a dark comedy about a man who walks into a barbershop seeking a hair cut only the hair cut turns out to be his last one. The film follows what happens when […]

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By Erin Smith A crowd of friends, colleagues and neighbors gathered on Friday afternoon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown to celebrate a milestone. After giving 31 years of her life to working in the field of medicine, Dr. Pearly Graham Hoskins has decided it’s time to retire. Dr. Hoskins was welcomed to the podium with […]

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The Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will hold a Valentines Make It and Take It event on Thursday, February 7, at 6 p.m. The event is for adults but children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend. You can make Valentine for that special someone or to keep for yourself. All supplies will […]

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Bladen Community College officially announces the move of its Small Business Center to the new Elizabethtown Small Business Incubator located in the renovated post office building at 209 East Broad Street in downtown Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown Small Business Incubator is the perfect new location for the Small Business Center to reach individuals, small businesses, non-profits […]

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You are cordially invited to join Hickory Grove Baptist Church for its annual Community Barbecue on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 6 PM until 7:30 PM.  The menu will consist of pork barbecue with sides, desserts and beverages. The event will be held in the Family Life Center, located at 6414 Center Road, Bladenboro, and […]

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The Mother County Genealogical Society will meet on February 9th from 12-2 pm in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. The program speakers will be C. J. and Yvonne Council. They will tell of their experience cleaning and repairing gravestones. Perhaps most importantly, they tell what not to do when cleaning and […]

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Lennon Lacy Bio Pic

By Erin Smith A new documentary on the death of Lennon Lacy is set to premier this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival which is held from Saturday, January 26th, through Saturday, February 2, 2019. The name of the documentary is “Always in Season” and features Claudia Lacy’s attempt to find answers and justice. Lacy’s mother, […]

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Contributed Volunteers are needed to assist with a project to repurpose two dormitories at the Bladen County Emergency Training Center on  Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27. Work teams are needed to assist with converging the former prison buildings, into a billet and mess hall where first responders can stay during disasters at no cost and training […]

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By Charlotte Smith The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade in downtown Elizabethtown celebrated Dr. King’s dream with style. There were floats, Queens, car clubs, horses, motorcycles, business and political leaders all enduring the 30 degree weather for the big event. Kierra Whitted said the motorcycles were her favorite part. Smiles were seen […]

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The annual Bridal Show at Lu Mil Vineyard was a great success, according to Becky Packer with Lu Mil Vineyard and the vendors in attendance. Packer said there were over 70 brides registered for the event. “It was a really good turn out with a lot of different vendors,” said Kayla with Giorgio’s Restaurant and […]

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By Charlotte Smith The new year has some local organizations looking at achievements made in 2018 and setting goals for 2019. Boost the Boro, Inc., a non-profit committed to improving business and revitalization in Bladenboro had a lot to celebrate. There first meeting of the year was held at the community building in the small […]

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Thursday evening was a time of celebration for some in Bladen County. The Tar Heel Camp 1044 Woodmen Life held their annual awards night on January 17th. Those in attendance recognized three community members for the work they do in the county. Archie Bordeaux was presented the Environmental award. Wanda Singletary was presented the Community […]

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Nick West

In June 2004, Elizabethtown Fire Department and Lisbon Fire Department were dispatched to a call of a man trapped in a grain silo. Seven different fire departments responded to the scene and the rescue took all day, according to reports. Elizabethtown Fire Chief, Nick West explained to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday a new […]

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The Bridger Memorial Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights   The Game Nights will be held on Monday, January 28, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday February 25, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Monday, March 25, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event is for ages 10 and […]

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The Clarkton Public Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights. They will take place on Tuesday, January 29th, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 26th from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 26, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.  The event is for ages 10 and older. Free food […]

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Rescue work is not for the faint of heart. One non-profit is celebrating 5 years of success. “October 2013 marked the date we went from being a backyard bird barn to a full- scale sanctuary,” Ces Erdman founder of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary said. READ MORE “October 2013 marked the date we went from being a […]

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Arthur Bullock, Bladen County Commissioner and organizer of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Parade made an exciting announcement. This year the professional boxer, James “Bonecrusher” Smith is the Grand Marshall for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. According to Smith’s website, James Smith, nicknamed “Bonecrusher”, is a native of Magnolia, North Carolina […]

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By Erin Smith As many brides begin to prepare for their special day, they may have questions about the many choices available to them for everything from food to photographers. Lu Mil Vineyard can help as they prepare to host their 12th annual Bridal Show on Sunday, January 20th, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. […]

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Mac Campbell, Jr., President of BladenWeCare, has announced the dates for the annual Gala and Golf Tournament. The Gala will be held on April 5 at Cape Fear Vineyard and the Annual Byron Gooden BladenWeCare Golf Tournament will be held April 25 at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The golf tournament will be a 4-man […]

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Contributed With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and 58 percent of Americans saying increased diversity makes the U.S. a better place while only 9 percent say it makes the U.S. worse – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most Racial Progress as well as accompanying videos. To measure […]

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Contributed The N.C. Forest Service will be holding a free two-day landowner workshop to learn about the benefits of owning forestland. There will be multiple experts to help attendees learn about a variety of topics. The workshop will be held at Jones Lake State Park on Jan. 31st and Feb. 28th. Both days will be from […]

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Contributed There is a chance to help a child fight this upcoming weekend. Debbie Edwards with the Bladenboro Benefit Committee announced Waylon is fighting Fibular Hemimelia on social media. In order to assist Waylon and his family, Edwards posted, the Bladenboro Benefit Committee announced they will be having a BBQ benefit and bake sale for […]

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By Charlotte Smith In 2018, the BladenOnline.com team committed to raising awareness on issues people with disabilities face in our county. A series was started in September 2018 to assist the platform for the disadvantaged, which, at times, are often over looked. Two concerned citizens, Tocarra Osborne and Marie Smith, wrote a letter to the […]

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Our readers and fans have asked for us to hold a contest to celebrate Bladen County’s favorite people, places and services. Please cast your vote by providing the name of the person or place under each category you feel deserves the Bladen’s Best of the Best title. There will be only one vote per electronic device […]

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Contributed On Tuesday, January 15th, a Relay for Life of Bladen County meeting will be held in the Bladen County Library located in Elizabethtown. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come and attend. Participants are requested to come prepared to offer their ideas and bring lots of enthusiasm. New volunteers […]

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By Erin Smith Aisha Royalty Mitchell will have the unique distinction of being the last New Years Day baby born in Bladen County. The birth center at Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare has been closed since suffering damages in Hurricane Florence and will not re-open. She was born at Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare on January 1, […]

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There is still a lot of work that needs to be done in response to Hurricane Florence. AmeriCorps is a group working in Bladen County doing tarping, muck outs, and mold suppression spraying. They will be leaving January 30, and will not be able to complete all the homes that still need these services. Because […]

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Tar Heel Baptist Church is sponsoring a fundraiser for Fernando and Sandy Arrufat, of White Oak, whose home was flooded during Hurricane Florence on Saturday, January 5, 2019. The fundraiser will include a steak dinner and a chance to win prizes. The fundraiser costs $50 per person and will be be held from 6 to […]

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Auditions will be held February 8, 9, and 10 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton for two separate upcoming productions. 1)    My Time To Shine Talent Competition February 8 (6:00 & 7:30 p.m.) and 9 (11:00 a.m.) The theater’s popular and competitive annual talent competition includes all categories of talent including singing, […]

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By Dora Brogdon There’s nothing like curling up on the couch with a snack in hand and watching your favorite shows or movies on Netflix. With 4,010 movies it can be kind of hard finding that one perfect movie to watch especially when you don’t know where to begin looking. To make things a little […]

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Contributed Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and badass multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board. Roughstock calls them a “Superstar Act… with Killer Songs.” Rolling Stone says, […]

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new years resolutions

By Erin Smith Now that the New Year has officially begun, some of you are beginning to wonder how you will be able to keep those New Years Resolutions. Here are some tips to help you stay on track with your resolutions and reach your goals in 2019. 1. Be realistic. Don’t set goals that […]

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The Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will host a poetry workshop on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Bladen County native Cara Lee Faircloth of White Oak will be present to lead the workshop. There will be opportunities to discuss poetry, write poetry and discuss the things that drive us […]

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By Erin Smith Now that the Christmas holiday has passed, many residents are beginning to remove the colorful decorations and preparing to dispose of their live trees. In Bladen County, no one has announced plans to grind or recycle the live Christmas trees. Kip McClarey with Bladen County Solid Waste, said, “We have not done […]

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By Charlotte Smith Many children in the United States had new cell phone at the top of their Christmas wish list this year. Now Christmas has come and gone and some minors received exactly what they asked for, a new phone. The mobile phone gifts bring to mind a news report from several years ago. […]

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By Charlotte Smith The winter holiday season is not a happy time of year for many. The celebrations such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year may be a fun time of the year filled with parties and social gatherings with family and friends. However many folks find this time of year filled with anxiety, loneliness, […]

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By Erin Smith For many, with the joy of Christmas morning also comes the need for returning gifts. The National Retail Federation (NRF) says about 68 percent of holiday shoppers plan to continue to shop and browse during Christmas week. Michael Leinwand, of Leinwand’s Department Store in Elizabethtown, said while they do not offer money […]

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By Erin Smith While for many folks Christmas has come and gone, and today marks the day when people return those unwanted or mis-sized gifts. In some countries such as the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe, the holiday continues with the tradition of Boxing Day. Boxing Day is celebrated as a formal holiday […]

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By Charlotte Smith On the search for a great gift, I went to Pinterest. I found some great recipes. A recipe I found included one of my family’s favorite candy bars. Below is the adjusted recipe I made this holiday season that everyone is still raving about in our home. I am sure you can […]

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By Charlotte Smith Our local firefighters distribute information all year long informing our communities about different dangers. The holiday season is no exception. We found tips on Bladenboro, Elizabethtown, Tar Heel, White Lake Fire Departments’ social media accounts to share with our readers. Below are the tips and recall notices published by your local emergency […]

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January and February are the best months to buy. Forget the “experts” who warn you shouldn’t try to time the market. A recent study from NerdWallet shows houses typically cost 8.45 percent less during those two months than in June and August. True, the pickings might be slimmer, given that most sellers list a house […]

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Contributed Friends of Carletta Stephens are asking for help this holiday season.  Carletta Stephens who is hospitalized and fighting a Chronic Heart disease. Stephens needs a heart transplant. There has been a GoFundMe page started for the Bladen County resident. The page states, “These proceeds will help raise the money she needs to continue her with a […]

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Contributed If you’re cold, your pets are too! Make sure you keep your pets safe and warm this winter with these tips: Always bring your pets inside when temperatures are below freezing. Wipe off your dog’s paws after going outside in winter. Ice-melting chemicals can make pets sick. Don’t let pets lick antifreeze. Your pets […]

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Contributed ELIZABETHTOWN – Bladen Healthcare employees played Santa’s little helpers recently by donating toys and food items for needy families. The donated items were collected during the health system’s Annual Employee Toy and Food Drive held each December. This year’s toy haul was delivered to the Bladen County Department of Social Services to be given […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard an update from Bladen County Planner Greg Elkins regarding flood damage data collection and the substantial damage assessment from Hurricane Florence. Elkins told the board that following the hurricane, FEMA officials traveled to various parts of Bladen County and looked at all of the structures […]

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The students and staff of the Elizabethtown Primary School wanted to do something to make Christmas special this year for Bladen County children. After much thought, they decided to conduct a toy drive for the Christmas season. “Thanks to our students, staff and community for the generous donations to our Toy Drive. We were able […]

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Contributed The East Bladen Keyettes and the Clarkton School of Discovery made donations to the Bladen County Foster Care Angel Tree. All items are to assure that every foster child in Bladen County custody has a cheerful Christmas. The Bladen County Department of Social Services Foster Care Unit thanks the Keyettes and the students of […]

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The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies. Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it’s easy for physical health to fall to the wayside. And, with the excitement of the holidays many forget to take into account the emotional and mental […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce met for their December luncheon on Tuesday afternoon at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson discussed the Dementia Friendly Initiative and how businesses in Bladen County can join. “Dementia Friends USA is an initiative that started in the […]

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Contributed The members of Girl Scout Troop 713 in Elizabethtown have been busy assisting Santa with his duties. The group recently learned of children in need of a wonderful Christmas Elf through the Elf Angel Organization started by Debbie Heustess of Clarkton! They picked a child and shopping they went. “They each gave from the […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladenboro Police Department and Southeastern Cruisers Car Club brought holiday cheer again this year. The annual Christmas for Kids project ended with a visit from Santa, big smiles and gift giving on Thursday, December 13, 2018.  Officers took children shopping with the donations they collected throughout the year. Children were able to […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Rotary Club practices its motto, “Service Above Self” by giving to others. Recently the club members have been spotted all over Bladen County giving to others. The club just wrapped up its annual dictionary giveaway by distributing a dictionary to third graders in Bladen County Schools. Michael Leinwand, the service chair for […]

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December Terrific Kid Gift Certificate Winner Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School  assistant principal Jason Folsom is Riley Hester, kindergartner who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates twenty-five dollars for the purchase of the Pizza Palace gift certificate to the winner of […]

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