01/23/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:58 pm Bladen County business helping federal employees
  • 4:46 pm Elizabethtown murder case remains unsolved
  • 4:35 pm Health and Human Services Agency meeting needs 
  • 3:03 pm Tillis & King Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Secure Seasonal Worker Relief in Funding Agreement
  • 2:50 pm Secret about Bladen County Early College
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dog

Dogs are great friends and are considered to be part of a family. Spending time with dogs is entertaining and brings joy. But at the initial stages, you will find it hard to communicate with your pets. Training can make them understand you more quickly, be more friendly and much more obedient. Teaching your dogs […]

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Foster Care

Whether it’s a result of substance abuse, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, or sexual or physical abuse, there’s been an “explosion” in the number of children in Bladen County now in protective custody, says Department of Social Services Director Vickie Smith. Smith told the Bladen County Board of Commissioners last week that 59 children, ranging […]

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Golden Leaf Foundation

The Golden LEAF Foundation offers scholarships for high school seniors entering as Freshmen into eligible 4 year college/university OR Community College transfer student programs. Students may submit an application online at www.cfnc.org/goldenleaf by March 1, 2015. Up to 215 scholarships are awarded, each valued at $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years) for […]

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cherry cream cheese pie

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature 1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust 1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling, chilled   Directions: In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

 In our travel through life we meet many interesting folks, many wonderful people who leave their mark in our memory bank for all the good reasons… We have an article online about Kent Dunn, a young man who came to Bladen County (WBLA) in the early 80’s from Central Carolina Community College… A delightful young man who has made […]

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We greatly appreciate all our readers.  We know that changes aren’t always welcome, but sometimes needed.  Our goal is to continue bringing our community the latest local news, sports, and advertising in a way that keeps our community connected in the most efficient way possible.  We cannot do it without you and the dedicated team […]

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Road Closing

SR 1138 – Booker T. Washington Road is opening SR 1137 – McKee Road is being patched back this morning.  It will open either late today or first thing Tuesday morning (will provide a follow-up later today) SR 1136 – White McEwan Road will remain closed in order to expedite NC 211 paving (they will […]

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Registration deadline is Feb. 11 RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host its fifth annual workshop for managers of local farmers markets Friday, Feb. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Greensboro. The workshop will be held at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office, 3309 Burlington Road in Greensboro. […]

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Smile photo teeth whitening

Use a toothbrush and floss Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Make sure it’s a soft-bristle brush and, to prevent gum erosion, clean your teeth with a short, vertical sweeping motion, not a horizontal scrubbing one. Alternatively, many dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush. When you floss, slide the thread […]

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Would you like to learn more about how you and your family can Eat Smart and Move More? We are currently looking for a church in Bladen County that would be willing to host our “Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More” classes that would be available for you, your church members, and citizens of Bladen County to join! These […]

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Mary Lennon

Mary Katelyn Lennon, a 5th grader at Elizabethtown Middle School, has been selected to compete at the district level for her DAR essay. Her essay was chosen to represent the Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. The students were required to write a historical fiction essay portraying […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The last week in the month is not normally a ‘big time’ news time…but there are some special events this week…. Tuesday, Bladen County Commissioners will meet at 2:45 p.m. to discuss the new jail… Friday, Bladenboro Town Commissioners invite area residents to attend the ribbon cutting festivities at the new Community Building.  This facility […]

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Family Fun Time

Start Scrapbooking – Scrapbooking is a great idea to save memories.  Scrapbooking with your children will make the books an even greater treasure. Watch a Family Movie at Home – Find the movies you liked to watch as a child and then share them with your children. Trace Your Family Tree – Help your children […]

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Miss Crusader Crowned

The senior class girls of Harrells Christian Academy were honored recently and recognized as the Miss Crusader Court was presented during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Coastal Christian High School. Ashley Usher, daughter of Juston and Joy Usher of Watha, was crowned the 2015 Miss Crusader.  Each year, Miss Crusader is voted on […]

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Wedding rings

National Spouse’s Day is dedicated to recognizing spouses everywhere; from being thankful for fulfillment and security of a long-term relationship, to the boost of morale and well-being provided by spouses. Spouses Day, an unofficial holiday, is always celebrated on January 26th.  It is a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that […]

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Bladen County

Three Bladen County towns were awarded almost $2 million in loans and grants by the State Water Infrastructure Authority to help pay for drinking water and wastewater projects, the N.C. Department of Energy and Natural Resources announced Thursday. The Town of Clarkton will receive $1.097 million to help fund three projects. Clarkton was awarded a […]

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Sandra Cain

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Ground meat has been linked to several outbreaks of foodborne illness in the United States. The most notable was in 1993, when four children in the Pacific Northwest died after eating undercooked hamburgers at a fast food restaurant. When ground meat, as well as any meat,  is not handled […]

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Christopher's Steakhouse and Seafood

Steaks, ribs and seafood are only a few of the mouth-watering foods offered at Christopher’s Steakhouse & Seafood restaurant in Elizabethtown.  The new restaurant opened on January 3rd this year and has been busy serving great food to happy customers every day since. Open every day of the week at 11 am, customers can enjoy […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Friday was an interesting day… I covered the Joseph Sledge hearing in Columbus County… As I listened to the folks with an interest in the judicial process, It became clear to me, all is not as it should be and as many would like it to be…but better now than then… Thank goodness for DNA….I listened […]

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Soft Drink

Number Ten: Coca-Cola Classic Coca-Cola Classic is certainly not healthy for you, although there are now many soft drinks on the market that have more sugar and caffeine content. Coke Classic is on this list because it essentially started the soft drink phenomena and is the “face” of the industry. Number Nine: A&W Cream Soda […]

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This Day In History

1899—Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O’Sullivan  1901—1st game played in baseball’s American League 1901—Denmark and the US sign a treaty under which Denmark will sell the Danish West Indies to the USA for $5 million, but the sale will be postponed until 1917. 1908—Gen. Baden Powell starts Boy Scouts. 1935—1st canned beer, “Kruger Cream Ale,” […]

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Mountains To Sea

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation and the Friends of the Mountains- to-Sea Trail (FMST) are pleased to jointly announce the naming of the Coastal Crescent Trail, an additional option for hikers seeking to walk across North Carolina.   The Coastal Crescent Trail, a new hiking option developed by FMST, will serve as […]

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Dennis Hawes, Barber

Back when Johnson was president, the cost of a stamp was .05 cents, and Boston defeated the LA Lakers in the NBA Championship, Mr. Dennis Hawes, a seemingly quiet man, began his career that would span the next 50 years.  This month Bridgers Barber and Beauty Shop celebrates, Hawes, a talented, hard-working, and dedicated barber.  […]

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new years resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.  Every January, roughly one in three Americans take part in the annual tradition of making resolutions.  Only a small percentage of people actually stay true to their resolutions. A study shows about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Many times, change is difficult for us to accept.. like when when manufacturers stopped making tubes for TVs and eventually moved to flat screens… Remembered when we pushed our lawnmower…. Our change on BladenOnline is not that dramatic or drastic…but necessary at some time…and if you have not updated your browser, maybe you should if […]

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Chapped Lips

1. Drink plenty of fluids. Your lips chap due to a lack of moisture in your lips and your body. The first step is to stay hydrated in the winter by drinking enough fluids. This will help your lips have enough moisture to decrease the chance of them becoming chapped in the first place. 2. Moisturize […]

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The fight against Ebola and other diseases takes a group effort. Mike Davis, a member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, gave an update at the club’s weekly meeting on the Ebola outbreak and Rotary involvement. To date there have been 8,500 deaths due to Ebola.  “It had the potential to be millions of deaths. How does […]

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Mike Davis, Rotarian

The fight against Ebola and other diseases takes a group effort.  Mike Davis, a member of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, gave an update at the club’s weekly meeting on the Ebola outbreak and Rotary involvement.  To date there have been 8,500 deaths due to Ebola.  “It had the potential to be millions of deaths.  How […]

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Bo Green Bladen Builders

The newest expert at Bladen Builders Supply is Bo Greene. Bo is a Boykin Spaniel that loves to go to work with his human, Jackson Greene. Like the rest of the staff at Bladen Builders Supply, Bo wants to be helpful to his loyal customers. He will start a monthly article with helpful tips and advice.  This […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

What a difference a year makes….Last year about this time, much was being said about the upcoming political season….beer and wind referendum…. This year municipal elections will be held later in the year…but never produces the interest of county, state and national elections It is tax time…no rush, deadline is April 15….. Wish everyone could […]

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Money

Food Substitute coffee for expensive coffee drinks. The $2 a day you could well save by buying a coffee rather than a cappuccino or latte would allow you, over the course of a year, to completely fund a $500 emergency fund. Bring lunch to work. If buying lunch at work costs $5, but making lunch […]

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Kiwanis Club Members

Elizabethtown, NC – Happy 100th Anniversary Kiwanis Club!  A century ago the club started its service in in Detroit Michigan and now has clubs all across the globe, including Elizabethtown, NC. The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club was organized in 1954 and has served the Bladen County community for over 60 years. The club is a collaboration […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Some days there is very little news….zilch–zero…seems one person is to many…and then others are, very busy…This promises to be a very busy day…so check often…We will keep you updated… Included today…Bladen County Commissioners meeting, (BladenOnline the only news source covering)…and lots of local sports news… Had some time to think about Bladen County while […]

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bbq chicken in cornbread cups

Ingredients: 2 (7 oz) packages sweet yellow cornbread mix 1 cup whole milk 2 large eggs 1 1/2 cups Springer Mountain Farms chicken, chopped cooked 1/3 cup barbeque sauce chopped sweet pickles, for garnish Directions: Preheat the oven to 400º Lightly spray a 24-cup miniature muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine […]

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Boy Scouts

Dublin, NC- A large crowd gathered at the Dublin Scout Hut on Friday evening to celebrate the re-dedication of the newly restored building. Dublin Troop 622 members thanked their many supporters and sponsors. The troop announced that the re-dedication ceremony was to honor Scout Paul Davis. Davis was a member of Troop 622 back in […]

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NC DOT

CSX Railroad will be closing roadway locations as follows: Wednesday    1/21/15      Elm Street in Clarkton Thursday        1/22/15      SR 1138  (George W Kelly Road) Thursday        1/22/15      SR 1137  (McKee Road) Friday            1/23/15      SR 1136  (White-Mckewen Road) Friday            1/23/15      NC 211 Monday          1/26/15     SR 1172  (Grimsley Farm Road) Monday          1/26/15     SR 1175  (Fourth Road) Plans at this time are […]

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Bladenboro Historical Building

A collection of paintings by Haley Barnes of Lake Waccamaw is on display through February at the Art Gallery in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building on South Main Street. The show, which is presented by the Bladenboro Visual Arts Council, also includes paintings from her late great grandmother. A reception for Barnes is scheduled Sunday, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving Well, well….guess by now you know we are changing our look…not just our look, but some of our internal workings that will hopefully assist us in better serving the area…..still not complete and bugs continue in the system….but we are making progress….I promise… Change is more difficult for the senior members of the […]

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Steaming Coffee

5 Ways to Make Your Coffee Super Healthy For many people, it is actually the single largest source of antioxidants in the diet, outranking both fruits and vegetables… combined. Here are a few tips to turn your coffee from healthy… to super healthy. 1. No caffeine after 2 PM Caffeine is a stimulant. This is one of the […]

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Red Hats at MLK Parade

Elizabethtown, NC- The floats passed, the beauty queens waved, and the politicians tossed candy to eager children Saturday in Elizabethtown at the 27th annual parade honoring the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On a sunshine-filled day and with the temperature in the mid-50s, several hundred people gathered along Broad […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on the third Monday of every January.  Martin Luther King Jr.(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. King has become a national icon in the history of American […]

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will be offering several free boating and hunting education courses this year. The classes are held each year and are free to the public. Boating education and hunting education will be 6 hour courses. We will be offering our first boating education class on February 15th from 1pm-7pm. It […]

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Lu Mil Vineyard Bridal Show

Dublin, NC- This past Sunday made another successful year for the annual Bridal Show hosted at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. Around 40 different vendors offered information to the brides-to-be, the bride’s family members and friends, and the general public.  “There was a real big crowd here” said Robin Summerlin, with Front Porch Party Rentals.   […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving Changes coming to BladenOnline….thanks for your patience, past support and support in the future…BladenOnline was birthed on February 1, 2008… A reminder of the MLK activities in the area today…In Elizabethtown, a parade beginning at 11 a.m…It will travel through the downtown are on Broad Street, right on Poplar Street and ending in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving Death is difficult for us….but sudden death in more difficult…but it happens…. Every time I hear the sound of an EMS or Rescue Squad vehicle, I am sad….not good for someone…however, I am thankful we have trained folks who manned the vehicles and are ready to care of those in need… I think/hope I […]

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10 foods you should never eat: 1. Quaker Oats 100 % Natural Oats and Honey Granola contain 3 teaspoons of sugar per half cup, and come laden with more artery-clogging fat than a McDonald’s hamburger. 2. Gwaltney Great Dogs Chicken Franks contain 10 or 11 grams of fat per frank. Most hotdog manufacturers now offer pork, beef, turkey, or […]

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A B Honor Roll

Harrells Christian Academy Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll for Second Grading Period Headmaster’s List (All A’s) Twelfth Grade:  Jessi-Kate Batts, Margaret Clark, Spencer Cooke, Fredrick Strickland, Amanda Sutton. Eleventh Grade: Catherine Armstrong, Rachel Bland, Anna Laurie Carter, McKenzie Parks, Vanna Prestage. Tenth Grade: Don Banks, Anna Burgess, Gray Fussell, Will Huff, Payton Johnson, Amos Lanier, […]

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Bladen County Agency Resource and Information Fair

Resources Fair Showcases Area Benefits This first Bladen County Agency Information and Resource Fair, held Saturday, January 17th at the National Guard Armory, was greatly needed and well received. Ann Garrett with the North Carolina Works Career Center of Bladen County was aware of the need to help get resources and information out to the […]

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Browns Creek Bike Trail

Community Working Together at Bike Trail This Saturday made for a perfect day for folks to come together to work to improve Brown’s Creek Bike Trail. The plan for the day was to put decking down on the 62 foot tunnel bridge, continue working on the new section of trail, and work on a changing […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving I rose early this morning and began going through old file/folders that should have been discarded years ago…I re-shuffle them from time to time….re-label, place in a different file for no apparent reason… Began to compare cost over the past humpteen years…Had it all laid out in a table….but it didn’t do […]

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January programs at Jones Lake State Park Jones Lake State Park has free programs planned each Saturday in January. Each event is open to the public. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center. For more information, call (910) 588-450. Here’s the schedule: Snakes: Jan. 17, 11 a.m.: Ever wonder what snakes species are at home […]

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 16 1493—Columbus leaves the new world and sets sail for Spain on his 1st trip. 1777—Vermont declares independence from NY. 1847—John C. Fremont is appointed Governor of the new California Territory. 1865—Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Ft. Fisher NC, 40 die. 1870—Virginia becomes 8th state readmitted to US after […]

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

27th annual MLK parade Monday in Elizabethtown More than 75 entries, including, perhaps, more than 500 motorcycles, are expected to participate in Monday’s parade in Elizabethtown that honors the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. It will be the 27th year that Elizabethtown has held […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving January has been an interesting month….more cloudy, dreary weather than I recall in a while (may just be more forgetful)…but, every day is a good day… I appreciate “thoughts” readers….and never am I reminded more than when I make a boo-boo…and they tend to come often…The latest… I misquoted a gospel tune..The correct […]

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Kiwanis

Each year Kiwanis of Elizabethtown/Bladen County gives a scholarship for a Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District representative to attend the annual Resource Conservation Workshop.  The 2014 scholarship representative was Kaitlin Butcher, a senior at East Bladen High School.   At the Kiwanis meeting on January 6, 2015, Kaitlin shared her experiences at the workshop with […]

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Elizabethtown Primary Treats Moms   On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 Elizabethtown Primary School hosted our annual Muffins for Moms Breakfast and it was a huge success. Juice and a choice of blueberry or cinnamon crunch massive muffins were offered to all Moms. ETP served over 100 moms! The front hall held lines of Moms and […]

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“A Night to Celebrate” planned for cancer survivors The 2015 Relay for Life team will host “A Night to Celebrate” for survivors of cancer on Thursday, February 26 at the Clarkton Entertainment Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. All Team Captains and Committee Members are urged to bring finger food and all survivors are invited.  If you are […]

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This Day In History

1762—Fraunces Tavern opens in NYC. 1777—People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England. 1780—American Continental Congress establishes court of appeals. 1831—1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr. & Mrs. Person, Charleston, SC. 1844—University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana. 1861—Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis. 1863—1st US newspaper printed on wood pulp paper, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Anyone think you prefer August heat over January cold?  mmmm still think I prefer January…Really enjoy the spring and fall season…. Do you remember when you could travel by rail in Bladen County?  Catch the train in Clarkton or Bladenboro and travel east or west… I barely remember… Thought about that recently while in the […]

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3 Signs You May Have an Iron Deficiency 1. You’re exhausted The most common symptom of iron deficiency, it’s also possibly the most difficult one to detect. “Women are so used to having frenetic lives and feeling tired,” says Nancy Berliner, MD, deputy editor of Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology. “They often […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The threat of bad weather causes many to change their schedule…..Even if the bad weather is forecast for a short period of time…gotta have milk and bread…. Many years ago, before the Internet and the many new means of communications, I was the early morning DJ at WBLA radio station and Mr. Billy Haire was […]

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a mobile homeowners insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. The N.C. Rate Bureau is not part of the Department of Insurance and represents all companies writing mobile homeowners insurance in the state. Two forms of mobile home […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking nominations for the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals who provide leadership in the conservation of wildlife diversity in North Carolina. The Wildlife Commission will accept nominations through Feb. 10. Nominators must submit a completed nomination form and a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Prepare for a few days and nights of cool temps and rain…could last through Thursday night….Fret not…Sunny skies is in the Friday forecast. We are approaching 2 million “hits” in January 2015 and according to Webalizer, a service that tracks our readers and much more…99.55% of our readers are individuals, a small percentage is listed as […]

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1. Add Weather Stripping To Your Doors If you can slip a sheet of paper under your door frame or between the frame and the door itself, then the gap is too wide and you are losing precious warm air to the outside elements. You are essentially trying to heat the whole neighborhood like our […]

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Sandra Cain

Serve and Store Soups Safely Make a large batch of soup and enjoy some for another meal. Many soups, with the possible exception of seafood soups, may taste even better the next day! For best safety and quality, plan to eat refrigerated soup within 2 to 3 days or freeze it. To avoid the growth […]

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National Save the Eagles Day

Save the Eagles Day is commemorated on the 10th of January every year to save the eagles from extinction. The eagles were once in extinction in the later part of 20th Century, but as on June 2007, the Bald Eagle- national bird of the United States, was removed from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, […]

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Their faces looked tired. I found their photo in a pile of debris created when their Hoosier cabinet collapsed onto their rotten kitchen floor. A china berry tree had ripped open the roof during one storm or another, and since no one cared about the old house, the tin was never repaired, allowing nature to […]

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The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners on Monday are expected to recognize two women for their devoted service to the community and First Baptist Church. Annie J. Lacy, 87, and Juanita P. Jones, 86, will be honored at the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meet at Town Hall on Ivey Street. The meeting will begin at 7 […]

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Harrells Christian Academy

On Thursday, January 8, during lower school chapel, Harrells Christian Academy students who were chosen as Terrific Kids for the second nine week grading period were recognized.  Each lower school homeroom teacher chose a student with inquisitive and energetic character traits. These students are pictured L-R as follows: Bottom row: Jewell Carr, Joeson Pope, Landon […]

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Bike Path2

The advantages of having more areas to bike safely are numerous.  Showing how many advantages bike paths would bring to our area will greatly increase our funding opportunities. Therefore, the Town of Elizabethtown has formed a collaboration to help get the ball rolling on planning for more places for bicycling. The Kick-Off Bike Plan meeting for […]

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Elizabethtown, NC – Have you thanked a school board member lately? School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community. That is why we are taking this opportunity to recognize them […]

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A chicken processing company is coming to Bladenboro. Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess ask commissioners to re-direct Community Development Block Grant Funding to the new plant. Another prospect had committed to the Bladenboro site but had to withdraw due to unforeseen problems. A formal announcement will be made in the near future, but Heustess said […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Tuesday, January 6 1. The North Carolina Resources Commission will hold the first of several public hearings across the state tonight at Bladen Community College. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Among the items to be discussed is the use of hunting dogs on portions of the Bladen […]

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Bladen County commissioners recognized 4 employees who recently retired from their county positions. Connie Hyatt retired after serving over 9 years, most recently in the Bladen County Library.  County Manager Greg Martin expressed appreciation on behalf of the county for her years of service. Madison K. (Matt) Dennis (R) retired from the Bladen County Sheriff’s […]

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Emergency services staff at Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center are urging the public to visit their family physicians or use local clinics for all health conditions not requiring emergency care.  Currently all staffed beds at Southeastern Regional Medical Center are occupied and patients seeking admission are facing delays. “We are seeing a very large […]

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Cameron Lewis

God calls upon his followers to help spread his message, asking people to reach out to share the gospel with those not attending church.  <–Kelly and Noah inside a village in Uganda. For Kelly and Cameron Lewis, it was definitely a long-distance call. The couple, along with their three children, Noah, 9, Anna, 7, and […]

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Sandra Cain

Make Healthful Eating a Resolution in 2015 – Sandra Cain Each New Year, millions of people make resolutions to eat more healthy foods, lose weight and be more active.  Many times, people try to make drastic changes that are difficult to sustain for a long period of time. When it comes to eating more healthfully, […]

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Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary

Polly Wants a Cracker, but Charlie Wants to Paint Bladen County native, Alan Smith and his partner, Ces Erdman, would like to draw your attention to the Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary that is blossoming in Pink Hill, NC. Erdman, who is the Director of the Sanctuary, rescues, rehabilitates, and cares for parrots that are unwanted, […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension My wife recently bought a new car. Well, not exactly “new new,” but “newly used.”  Some experts say this is the best way to purchase vehicles because you get an almost-new car without paying for the excessive depreciation that occurs when a brand-new car is driven off the […]

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About 30 people took a plunge into White Lake at noon Thursday in the third annual Camp Clearwater Polar Plunge. Others watched from the pier and shoreline as participants ran into 42-degree water, then dived under the water before returning to shore. The event began in 2013 when former Army soldier Ray Goodin challenged ex-Marine […]

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The Women’s Services Department at Bladen County Hospital would like to thank Ms. D. Nancy Wallace for providing baby blankets to newborns.  She is a retired OB Nurse and mother of Dr. Kathleen Heer,  OBGYN. Ms. Wallace lives in North Huntington PA near Pittsburg. She makes blankets for the babies at Bladen County Hospital.  She has […]

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McDuffie Pest Control

This year, McDuffie Pest Control marks a milestone as they celebrate 50 years in the pest control business. Over the past five decades, the McDuffie family has gone that extra mile to demonstrate professionalism with knowledgeable technicians providing reliable and affordable services. Mr. Walter McDuffie started his business in 1964, with one part time employee, who is still on the team […]

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Bladen Community College Early Registration

Jack McDuffie As the winter break holidays begin, registration for the Spring 2015 semester is drawing near at Bladen Community College.  The final registration period for the upcoming semester is slated for Monday and Tuesday, January 5 & 6.   Registration times are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 4 – 7 p.m. Students wishing to […]

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing Jan. 6 at Bladen Community College on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. It will be the first of nine hearings throughout the state. Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating […]

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Churches in Bladen County – Click HERE To View Church Listings How many churches are there in Bladen County? How many adherents (supporters or followers)? and what denominations are represented in the county? According to a website, The Association of Religious Data Archives that was completed in 2010 there are 120 congregations listed in Bladen […]

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This Day in History – January 6 1857—Florida troops seize Federal arsenal at Apalachicola. 1893—The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress.  The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison. 1912—New Mexico becomes 47th state. 1914—Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded. 1927—US marines sent to Nicaragua. 1929—Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin her […]

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Cape Fear Valley Medical

Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Alternate heat source important, emergency director says The frigid temperatures in Bladen County earlier this month served as a warning that winter is coming. The coldest season of the year officially begins at 6:03 p.m. on Dec. 21. Bradley Kinlaw, who is the director of Bladen County Emergency Services, says now […]

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living Sandra Cain   Safe Handling of Wild Game After the big hunt, hunters are eager to prepare the meat for a meal. Most game meats are low in fat compared to domestic animals.  The care of any wild game begins with planning prior to the hunt. Game must be cooled as soon […]

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Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened very early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many […]

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On Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Elizabethtown Christian Academy held its Third Annual Thanksgiving Feast. Students from each class selected the role of an Indian or Pilgrim and made a gift to exchange. After a time of welcoming and exchanging gifts, students, parents, and friends enjoyed the feast of turkey and all the trimmings. Each year […]

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The schedule for the January 2015 Public Hearings for proposed changed in Wildlife and Fisheries Management Rules has been released and the first of nine meetings will be held at Bladen County College on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  The meetings are open to the public. Meetings will be held statewide and all begin at 7 p.m. […]

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Release date: 11/26/2014 AG Cooper encourages shoppers to avoid common problems Raleigh: With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, Attorney General Roy Cooper offered the following tips to help consumers avoid common shopping problems that come up around this time of year. “Giving gifts to others is a huge part of […]

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Hospice offers free health directives clinicsLower Cape Fear Hospice will host a free Begin the Conversation clinic from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in ElizabethtownClinics will be from 10-11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. These sessions, which are free to everyone in all stages […]

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Elizabethtown Christmas Parade, Small Business Saturday highlight first holiday weekend The Christmas season begins this weekend in Elizabethtown. Saturday, downtown stores will have holiday sales in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Sunday, the Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, will take place. It’s scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. “It’s a […]

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The family and friends of the late Mike Merritt excelled again this year in their drive to raise funds for the Mike W. Merritt Endowed Scholarship, a scholarship managed by the Bladen Community College Foundation and presented to students attending the college.  The group raises funds for the scholarship with an annual motorcycle (and car) […]

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RALEIGH – Over the next few weeks, North Carolina families will visit choose-and-cut farms, tree lots, farmers markets and shopping centers in search of the perfect fresh Christmas tree for their holiday decorations. It’s important to know how to care for the tree once you get it home. “For many families, choosing the perfect Christmas […]

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9th Grade Honor Roll The Superintendent’s List Jacob Barber, Lataiya Daniels, Dawson Jessup “A” Honor Roll Ayanna Avery, Nicholas Lee Dove, Tyler Ezzell, Andrew Gill, Faith Johnson, Tyler Lloyd, Dylan Melvin, Blair Potter “A/B” Honor Roll Summer Ackiss, Ashley Aguilar, Tiara Allen, Josue Arteaga, Isavier Blake, Abigail Bright, Shar’Dajah Brown, Hannah DeVane, Jaquandra Faulk, Rachel […]

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Members of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church delivered fifty-six (56) food baskets Monday to families throughout Bladen County just in time for Thanksgiving.  The baskets contained all the trimmings for a wholesome meal, desserts and a turkey. Previously on Saturday, November 22, the Branch food pantry, “From His table to Yours” provided food items to forty […]

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Faye-Sykes

Faye Sykes has spent the past 37 years listening to the trains rumble through downtown Bladenboro, and once helped chase a chaos-causing squirrel out of Bridger Memorial Library. Along the way, she’s made hundreds of friends and helped people find what they need. When Bladenboro’s branch of the Bladen County Public Library system closes Wednesday, […]

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