03/22/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 9:10 am Students succeed in Bladen County Battle of the Books
  • 9:00 am Almost Daily Prayer – Passion for God
  • 8:46 am Boys Tennis Red Springs 5, West Bladen 4
  • 8:44 am Middle School Softball Williams Township 5, Clarkton School of Discovery 4
  • 8:43 am Middle School Softball Bladenboro 10, Tar Heel 0
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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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The one gift that may secretly top most parents’ holiday wish lists? Help with paying college costs for their kids. A whopping 84 percent of parents surveyed said they’d “welcome” contributions to their 529 college savings accounts in lieu of other traditional presents, according to new data from Fidelity Investments. However, only 29 percent had actually […]

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Contributed by Bob Westerfield With the Christmas season upon us, many folks have already spent $50 to $100 dollars for a dead, cut Christmas tree, or perhaps dragged their plastic version out of storage. While there is something to be said about having a traditional cut tree such as a blue spruce or Douglas fir, […]

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Contributed by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Why do online shoppers have to take special precautions? The internet offers convenience not available from other shopping outlets. From the comfort of your home, you can search for items from multiple vendors, compare prices with a few mouse clicks, and make purchases without waiting in line. However, […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

James Reaves was named The Bladen Journal football player of the year in Bladen County. Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Barnhill of Ivanhoe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Vance Clark of Elizabethtown was elected Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. The Elizabethtown High School Band and the Clarkton High School Band scheduled a […]

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CHARLOTTE, NC ──The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle school students, has announced plans to reestablish its national program in Bladen County, NC. Says Charles Winters, President of the National League of Junior Cotillions, “We will be selecting a director for a local […]

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On Thursday, December 20th the Clarkton Public Library is inviting kids to their Christmas Party! The party will begin at 6 p.m. and will end at 7:30 p.m. Call 910-647-3661 to register, space is very limited for the event.   Share:

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Kids are invited to a Christmas Party at the Bridger Memorial Library on Monday December 17th. The party will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 7 p.m. Space is very limited so call 910-863-4586 to register.   Share:

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The Bladen County Public Library will be having a Christmas Party next Thursday on December 13th. The party will begin at 6 p.m. and to pre-register call 910-862-6990.   Share:

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Well here we are in the middle of the holiday season, the time of year when we gather with family and friends, to enjoy food and fellowship, and to express our gratitude for the things we have. The hurricane season is over for the year, and even though September and October were […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a 2 to 3 year old female Chow mix by the name of Lola has been picked for Pet of the Week. She is super sweet to everyone and very playful. She is also affectionate and gets along okay with other dogs. Lola is waiting at the Bladen County Animal […]

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Wilmington, NC – The dust has settled from five days of spirited celebration in downtown Wilmington after the 24th annual Cucalorus Festival closed on Sunday, November 11. Hundreds of creative leaders, innovators, and artists took the stage to share stories and explore new collaborations during the standout November event which featured more than 200 screenings, […]

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Contributed Kyle Underwood from Bladen County was in an accident, suffered major injuries and has a lot of medical bills. His family and friends have a fundraiser planned to help Underwood with his medical expenses. There will be a BBQ Plate Sale and a Benefit Concert for Kyle Underwood on December 8. The BBQ Plate Sale […]

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By Charlotte Smith This Saturday morning the Cape Fear Farmers Market hosts craft and farm vendors. Handmade items, tasty treats, fresh vegetables and more may be on site with Tom’s Subs and Burney’s Bakery also open. Craft vendors can be found at the Cape Fear Farmers Market the first Saturday of each month. For more information about the Cape Fear […]

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By Charlotte Smith Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The new year will bring a documentary, Always In Season, about Lennon Lacy. Lacy was a 17 year old West Bladen High School Football player, found dead in August of 2014. He was hanging from a swing set, in a mobile home park not far from his home. […]

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Winter Weather Preparedness Week is December 2 – 8 RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has declared December 2 – 8, 2018 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week and is encouraging North Carolinians to plan and prepare now before potentially dangerous winter weather arrives. “Some North Carolina families have already seen their first round of winter weather while others are still […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County has a lot of small businesses. During this holiday season the BladenOnline.com team would like to remind our readers why it is important to “Shop Local, Eat Local and Stay Local”. We will be distributing coupons at the Bladenboro Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 1, at 10:30 am. In case you […]

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By Erin Smith On Friday morning, friends, family members and co-workers gathered to say goodbye to a longtime member of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Rodney Hester, who has worked in law enforcement for 30 years, was honored with a retirement breakfast.  Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker opened the breakfast by acknowledging Captain Hester’s […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a 10- to 11-month-old male hound mix named Sammy has been picked for Pet of the Week. He is very friendly and gets along with other dogs. Sammy is waiting at the Bladen County Animal for his forever family to come adopt and take him to his new home! The […]

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By Charlotte Smith November is the month of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. We here at BladenOnline.com are grateful for those men and women who serve our country honorably. We have decided to start a video series titled, “A Veteran’s Service” to feature local military service people. This month we sat down with Bladen County resident, Ed Tatum. […]

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By Erin Smith The students at Elizabethtown Middle School received a generous gift from their counterparts at West Lee Middle School in Sanford and were also treated to turkey baskets by Baldwin Branch Church. Many Bladen County students and their families have been impacted by Hurricane Florence. “I was contacted after the hurricane by a counselor […]

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By Charlotte Smith Many citizens are in the giving spirit today because it is #GivingTuesday. A day set aside for people to make donations to their favorite non-profits. One campaign across the nation asking for support is the Toys for Tots. The organization was put in place by the United State Marine Corp. This year, […]

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Contributed On Thanksgiving, November 22, Clarkton United Methodist Church conducted its fourth annual God’s Bounty ministry.  Turkey dinners were prepared and given to anyone that is hungry.  The meals can be eaten at the church, delivered to a site or can be picked up and carried out.  The church began serving meals at 11 a.m. […]

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By Charlotte Smith Santa came to town this Sunday, November 25, for the annual Elizabethtown Christmas Parade organized by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at 3 p.m. in the local downtown on Broad Street proceeding to Poplar Street. Many area businesses, churches, civic organizations, schools and beauty queens participated […]

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By Charlotte Smith Small Business Saturday came in rainy and gloomy, but left warm and prosperous according to some local business owners. Sunday will help set the tone of the season with the annual Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Christmas parade. Some downtown merchants will be open for extended hours today offering savings. BladenOnline.com will be on […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Jimmy Green Day was planned for the town of Clarkton. White Lake votes to annex Watergate Subdivision. Bladen County Mayors elected were: Dan Meshaw (Clarkton), Irene Brisson (Dublin), Willie Dixon (East Arcadia), and Howard Monroe (Tar Heel). The town of Clarkton changed the name of 211 Business to Green Street. Share:

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Contributed by from the Bladen Small business Center While there has been quite a few things that have set individuals, companies, and more back this year including natural disasters and more, there is always something to be thankful for. Here is our top five things to be thankful for!  5. Between FEMA, SBA, and the […]

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

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Thanksgiving is almost here! If you’re traveling to see family or hosting guests at your home, it is important that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Use these tips to have a safe holiday: Decide on a family emergency meeting spot and make sure your guests know how to get […]

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By Charlotte Smith Thanksgiving has now become a time of shopping instead of a time of feasting for some. Most local merchants will be closed or operate on a limited schedule on Thanksgiving, but the Elizabethtown Walmart has extended hours. One Walmart representative said the store will open at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day […]

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Contributed    Wednesday evening Pack 600 Elizabethtown Cub Scouts, The Webelos Den, earned their “Duty to God” requirement. Runion explained the scouts learned about Pack 740 of Currie NC had lost everything in Hurricane Florence. The local Webelos started making calls and sending emails. “Well, Coleman and Academy Sports stepped up and last nite they were […]

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Contributed First Bank of Elizabethtown is participating with Bladen County Department of Social Services Foster Care program by providing an angel tree this year. The bank has 29 foster children to choose from displayed on their Christmas tree displayed as paper ornaments. Visit the bank’s branch in Elizabethtown at 232 West Broad Street and choose […]

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There is a working meeting for Family History/Genealogy on the First and Third Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod St., in Elizabethtown. The December meeting will be Friday, December 7, and Friday, December 21, at 1 PM. People who are interested in looking into their family history and recording their […]

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Emereau:Bladen staff spent the week educating and visiting with civic organizations and talking about the charter school and its programs.  Carla Fisher, the new director of Emereau:Bladen, addressed the Chamber of Commerce at their lunch meeting on Tuesday. She discussed how Charter Schools are unique. “One of the differences is that we can present our […]

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By Bob Byers As the weather gets cold and dreary, we tend to put away the gardening boots in favor of an easy chair and a good book (or plant catalog). But wait, there’s still something beautiful going on in the garden. Or there should be: camellias. The envy of many gardeners from colder climes, […]

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  By Charlotte Smith This time of year lends the perfect opportunity to celebrate the year’s successes. One small group, Bladen County Innovative Approaches Steering Committee, has a long list of accomplishments from this year. They gathered at the public library in Elizabethtown to share their victories and make new goals. The steering committee is […]

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With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, the North Carolina Community Colleges Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmall and support your local small businesses. Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants with the power of […]

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By Erin Smith Organizers of the second annual Pork & Beats Festival deemed the event a success on Saturday. Mike Shaw, one of the many organizers, said, “I couldn’t be happier with the turn out we have had.” Shaw said the festival has grown and this year, there were 11 entries in the Barbecue Cook […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Tim Kinlaw resigned as Bladen County Inspector. August 1983 Bladen County unemployment was at 14.4%. The White Lake Town Commissioners made plans to close the White Lake ABC store. Elizabethtown Revco had their Grand Opening. Share:

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  Monday, November 12 marked one week since Lumberton teenager, Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13, was abducted from her yard. The FBI has released additional photos of the missing Lumberton teenager and surveillance videos of a man they would like to speak with regarding the abduction. The FBI announced they are offering a $15,000 reward for information […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

How often have I heard, deaths come in threes.  Well, two of my favorite people ‘passed away’ this week…Hope there is not a third, soon! Shared a little about Edgar Evans yesterday, and about his contributions to the area.  Did not tell you the numerous ways he made life a little more manageable when I […]

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By Erin Smith The second annual Pork and Beats Festival will take place on Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The weather is forecast to be warm and sunny. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.  Mike Shaw, one of the many organizers for the event, said this year’s festival will have […]

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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s annual holiday performance of “A Robeson County Christmas” Show will be held December 6-9 at the theater in downtown Lumberton, NC.  The show is a musical  revue for the entire family and features the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays. This year’s show features Lumberton’s own […]

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The Bladen County Shrine Club is preparing for their Annual Fall Fish Fry. The fish fry will be held Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Shrine Club will have two locations — one at the Food Lion in Elizabethtown and a second one at Fresh Foods IGA (formerly Bo’s) in […]

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Contributed Ag’em Up Days, a two day annual Agricultural Field Day Adventure for Bladen County 3rd graders, was postponed this year until October 29, 30, and November 1, 2018.  Normally, we set up at the Bladen County Recreation Park, but due to damages from the storm, we needed to keep our students in class. Our […]

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Bladenboro Christmas will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. If you would like to be in the parade please contact Amanda Sykes at 874-2627; Greg Sykes at 879-8502; Jane Walters at 648-4379 or Sara Benson 876-4265. Share:

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RALEIGH – Whether you’re choosing the perfect Christmas tree, learning in a workshop with friends, or picking out a great gift for grandma, N.C. farms are open this holiday season with a variety of agritourism experiences for everyone to enjoy. “North Carolina is home to more than 1,000 agritourism farms, and each offers a unique […]

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Contributed Alyssa Bell won the title of Miss North Carolina Queen of Hope 2018-19.  This is a State Pageant that comes with a scholarship to the school of her choice, several photo shoots and many other gifts. As Queen, Alyssa plans to bring more awareness and hope to those battling cancer, a disease that has […]

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Contributed There will be a a candlelight service Thursday, November 15, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. during “National Family Caregiver Month” and “Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month” to enlighten our communities and leaders to the growing number of families involved in caregiving. The Candlelight Reflection service will take place at the Bladen County Division on Aging […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston October is gone and we are on to the holidays. Many of us will find ourselves out shopping soon with our minds on the treasures we can find to share with others. Undoubtedly, we will hunger from our efforts and we’ll look around for something to eat. This area has a lot […]

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Southeastern Community College will host a free family movie night on Saturday, November 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m. (cash only). Bring  lawn chair  and your blankets and find the perfect spot on the front lawn of Southeastern Community College.   Share:

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By Erin Smith  Hurricane Florence has left an indelible mark on Bladen County. The flooding which occurred in the aftermath of the storm has left many residents with damaged or destroyed homes. Those residents who have chosen to return to flooded homes and attempt to make repairs are faced with many unique challenges and issues. One […]

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Photos Courtesy Sharron Bernhardt By Erin Smith While the weather was dark and gloomy, many folks chose to come out to the Fall Festival at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday. There was plenty to see and do during the festival. Park Superintendent Shane Freeman said the attendance numbers were down slightly for Fall Festival […]

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Families First, Inc. is hoping they can Christmas brighter for many children in Bladen County.  The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for assistance from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, October 30) at Families First, Inc. office located at 105 West Broad Street (between Corner Cafe and Main Street Antiques). Share:

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First Baptist Church of Clarkton has two events scheduled this week. The chuch has planned a Halloween Trunk and Treat on Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Several people will be handing out candy from the trunks of their vehicles to children. Hot dogs also will be served. On Saturday the church’s annual yard […]

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By Erin Smith One volunteer is hoping she and the Toys for Tots program can make Christmas a little a brighter for children in Bladen County this year. Following the devastation of Hurricane Florence, Beverly Rodgers said she almost didn’t volunteer with the program this year due to the damages she received at her home. […]

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By Erin Smith For those who are preparing for a night of howling good fun, the following towns have announced trick or treating hours for Wednesday, October 31st.  *In Bladenboro, trick or treating hours are from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Only children 12 years old and under are allowed to trick or treat and […]

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by Susan Randstrom Bruck Here’s a kid-friendly project that won’t send shivers down your spine. When autumn winds turn bone-chilling cold and children dream of becoming vampires, parents might want to have some crafty ideas in their bags of tricks. If you don’t feel like getting pumpkin slime all over the kitchen this year, try […]

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By Erin Smith UPDATE: Excellent weather and plenty of excitement are expected to be the order of the day for the 12th annual Bladenboro BeastFest on Saturday, October 27. There will be pre-festival celebrations as well on Friday, October 26.  Boost the ‘Boro President, Don White, said, “We are expecting a big festival this year.” He […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a male kitten by the name of Skittles has been chosen for Pet of the Week. He is 10 weeks old and loves to play. He’s very friendly and affectionate and would make a great family pet. Skittles is waiting for his forever family to come by the Bladen County […]

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The Kelly Volunteer Fire Department will host their annual All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Donations are appreciated. The fire department is located at 18628 Nc Hwy. 53 East, Kelly. Share:

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