07/17/2019
  • 12:08 pm Successful blood drive leads to another
  • 11:49 am Incumbent mayor of White Lake faces new comer to the election race
  • 11:20 am Juanita Askew accused media of racism after her first court appearance in Bladen County for child abduction
  • 6:47 am Thoughts While Shaving for July 17
  • 11:58 pm Greyson Heustess, Xavier Wooten Are Dixie Majors State Champions
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Bladen County has a lot of road construction going on in different areas. NCDOT, Whiteville Resident Engineer, Rusty Marsh mostly spoke with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about the construction happening at the intersection of 87 and 701 in Elizabethtown. The construction at the intersection started on March 3rd, 2015 with the prime contractor for the […]

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National Heat Awareness Day is observed each year on the last Friday in May.  Resulting in numerous fatalities each year, heat is one of the leading weather related killers in the United States. 1980 – Heat wave claimed 1,250 lives 1995 – Heat wave claimed more than 700 lives in Chicago (the deadliest weather event in Chicago […]

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Check our list of Upcoming Events for activities this weekend… A “biggie” is Relay for Life Saturday (tomorrow) at the Elizabethtown Middle School athletic field… The event was scheduled a few weeks back but had to be postponed due to the weather… Forecast Saturday is for mostly sunny skies…The purple commodes with floral arrangements has […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate. The national rate declined 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.4 percent. North Carolina’s April 2015 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people […]

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Bladen County Relay For Life is set for this Saturday from 11 am until 11 pm at the Elizabethtown Middle School Field. “Our slogan this year is ‘Stricking Out Cancer’, because that is exactly what we want to do,” Jessica Inman, Co-Chair of this year’s event said. Thus far, there are 34 teams signed up […]

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Important meeting at 1 p.m. today… Bladen County Commissioners and members of the Board of Education talk money…all about a budget for the coming fiscal year.  The meeting will be held at the Ag Center on Smith Drive.  Crunch time… Relay for Life festivities were delayed recently due to inclement weather… It is re-scheduled for […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice is in need of volunteers to help families in Bladen County. Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for families and patients with advanced illnesses. Volunteers serve as caring friends to people in need. They offer companionship, visit or read to patients, listen, hold a hand, run errands, allow […]

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Coastal Carolina Off-Road (CCOR),  will be hosting a race event this Sunday, May 31st at the Brown’s Creek Trail in Elizabethtown. There will be a  kids race starting at noon, followed by all the other classes that will start at 1 pm.  This is the 7th race this year for CCORS. The event is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. Rockstar supports […]

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When I check the headlines, I am amazed…with the good that is ongoing.  But sometimes, in fact many times, the bad news is overwhelming. Examples of bad…Wallace, NC pastor facing indecent liberties, statutory rape charges.  IRS confirms thieves have stolen tax info from 100,000 or more, Clinton officer charged with passing a stopped school bus.  […]

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Life expectancy in North Carolina varies dramatically according to new studies related to children. The life expectancy in Bladen County is 75 to 77 years. In Columbus and Robeson counties, life expectancy is 73 to 75 according to the report, while in counties east of Bladen…Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick, life expectancy is 78 to […]

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A Bladen County legend was laid to rest yesterday.  Dr. Robert L. Summerlin, Jr.  was a hero to many.  He practiced medicine for many, many years in Dublin…at the office and at his home.  His utensils were apparently with him most of the time.  He is the last of the Doc’s that never said no….regardless […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver The boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air. The boy had about a dollar, and he […]

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Happy Memorial Day 2015.   Be safe in your travels and thank a vet.    For many, this is a day off the normal routine, maybe one of millions traveling our highways or using other forms of transportation…but for others, just another workday…..   Looking ahead this week….some of the activities planned:   Tuesday, May […]

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Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is celebrated, each year,  on the last Monday in May.   This day is in honor and remembrance of all men and woman who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.   Originating after the American Civil War and formally known as Decoration Day, it […]

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We ‘moan and groan’ and enjoy living in the greatest nation in the world…. We are so blessed….and for the first few hours of this Memorial Day weekend, the weather has been perfect, however you choose to judge good weather… A reminder to be alert while driving…no ‘texting’ or ‘drinking and driving’, In plain English…’It […]

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living* By: Sandra R. Cain The link between diet and health is important. Food alone cannot make you healthy. But good eating habits, based on variety and moderation, can help keep you healthy and even improve your health. Good eating habits include knowing how to prepare and select foods that fit into the […]

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‘This n that’ North Carolina residents continue to be ‘hoodwinked’ by our honorable lawmakers in Raleigh…Our gasoline tax money that is suppose to be used for better roads and our lottery money that was designated (a large portion of it) for education at the local level, continue to be diverted to the general fund so […]

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Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, it is National Don’t Fry Day. The goal of National Don’t Fry Day is to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun. It is important for everyone to remember to use good sun protection and sun safety practices. Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing […]

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We celebrate Memorial Day this weekend….Lots of folks on the highways…for many more, just another day… “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday in May, was formerly known as […]

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Ingredients 4 (6-8 oz) russet potatoes, scrubbed and pricked all over with a fork vegetable oil, to coat potatoes 4 slices bacon 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch 4 green onions, thinly sliced, white and light green parts; dark green parts […]

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Rain at the Hester household would be welcomed… A reminder of the new date for the Bladen County Relay for Life at Elizabethtown Middle School… Mark your calendar… Saturday, May 30th.  Preliminary info indicates  lots of participation, despite the fact the event had to be “pushed back” because of the weather.  The event begins at […]

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Bladen Community College will be offering shag lessons beginning Thursday evening, 5/21 at 6:00 PM at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The registration fee is $20 per student. Interested participants should contact Stephanie Gonzalez at 879.5539. Brad White is a professional shag dancer and instructor from Wilmington, North Carolina where he has been teaching group […]

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Up and down the hallway, the guardian angels sat patiently waiting. What with the end of the school year, it was a busy time in the Injury Division. A few looked up as Zacharias opened the door and limped in to the waiting area. He signed in and looked around. An older angel motioned him […]

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May 22… Pushing Back the Dark will be held Friday, May 22nd at Elizabethtown Middle School Football field beginning at 8 p.m. and continues until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23.  Ken Freeman will be the speaker and music will be provided by Four Points North and Divine. May 22 & 23… Friday and Saturday, May […]

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Over the past few days, our schools athletic teams have been competing in state playoffs and  in some sports it is about individual competition. All together it’s the time of the year to close out another school year.  A look back indicates a good year overall. In baseball, Croatan ended the season for East and West Bladen teams.  We had […]

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By: McDuffie Pest Control Elizabethtown, NC – Although the atypical winter weather caused a slight delay to the start of pest season, several regions across the country are now reporting an increase in mosquito and tick activity. Dallas Hammond, McDuffie Pest Control’s first full time employee over 42 years ago, is still a dedicated team […]

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We reached our first 90 degree temp of 2015 yesterday and could be a as high as 91 today… Last night’s County Commissioners meeting provided a little extra suspense…guess that would be one way to describe.  Dr. Robert Taylor, Bladen County School Superintendent requested a transfer of funds from their capital improvement line item to […]

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***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC IMAGE! *** Elizabethtown NC – According to A Shelter Friend, a local rescue group, Rufus, a stray Bladen County dog, in desperate need of assistance and deserves a second chance. He is a homeless dog and wandered into the wrong yard. The resident’s dog attacked him. Rufus retreated into the woods and was […]

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The White Lake Water Festival was packed on a perfect spring day this Saturday. After Friday night’s Cruise-In and Street Dance, Saturday promised to be packed full of fun. The parade and festival drew in thousands of folks from near and far. Dawn Maynard, Chair of the WLWF committee and Executive Director of the Chamber of […]

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The latest edition of the White Lake Water Festival is over and from an ‘outsiders’ point of view….another very successful effort…Congratulations to those who worked hard to make it happen…. I am proud of our weekend edition of BladenOnline….Lots of locally produced, articles and pics of many different events involving Bladen related activities… Some we […]

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The BladenOnline team was all over the county Saturday…Check our news and sports page… Congratulations to the West Bladen baseball team defeating Edenton Holmes 2-1 last night…John Clark has all the details, including pics on our sports page… East Bladen’s track team came up a little short in the NCHSAA 2-A State Track Meet in […]

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This will be one very busy day for White Lake Festival organizers and one huge day for all who attend…The 37th Annual White Lake Water Festival. We have listed the entire line-up of activities on BladenOnline…The weather promises to be perfect, today and tomorrow and there will be activities for all ages…A Parade, Music, Games, […]

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Sandra Cain

By: Sandra R. Cain Believe it or not, it is possible to raise kids who like eating a wide variety of vegetables. The secret is to never bribe or threaten them about eating green or orange things. Just follow as many of these simple steps as you can. *Enjoy a variety of vegetables yourself* The […]

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Memories fade as the aging process advances…Sometimes a current event rekindles the memory process…. Such is the case of the most recent events related to Danaher…. It was in the early 60’s, Dan Moore was running for Governor of North Carolina…an industrial prospect came to Bladen County…The normal process is for such a prospect to arrive […]

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The Bladenboro Community Farmers Market invites you to bring your produce to the Market for a convenient, well located venue to sell your fresh grown products. The Market is located in downtown Bladenboro on highway 131/410 at 204 North Main Street. This location has an average of 9000 vehicles a day passing by, carrying people […]

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The 37th edition of the White Lake Water Festival is fast approaching….A complete line-up of events is available by clicking on the Water Festival ad on this page.  A Classic Car Cruise-In and Street Dance highlight the Friday activities…and Saturday is jam-packed with fun events for the entire family, including the Annual Parade beginning at […]

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On Monday, May 11, Harrells Christian Academy honored its high school students who achieved academic excellence throughout the school year at the annual Upper School academic banquet. The final award of the evening, The Crusader Award, was presented to HCA senior Fredrick Strickland.  The Crusader Award is awarded to either a junior or senior at […]

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There’s another “challenge” running around on the Internet, and this one, frankly, makes me angry. Not disgusted. Not perturbed, but downright angry. Old Testament prophet style anger is something I try to avoid, since it leads to wrath, which is not our privilege. Wrath is reserved for God, and let’s face it, He does a […]

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Happy Vapors & Tobacco Local business is important to our economy and the people at Happy Vapors & Tobacco understand the impact of offering local products. Owner, Mike Algozy, of Happy Vapors & Tobacco says, “Most of our liquids are made in North Carolina.” Cigarettes are a global business that generates more than half a […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Tuesday evening Boost the Boro members decided to reschedule the Spring Celebration at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market originally set to take place in May. The new date is set for Saturday, June 6th. The event will be held from 4 pm until 7pm and will have live entertainment, food and fun for […]

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We nearly tied our high temp yesterday for May 12.   Our 91 degree high was just one below the all time record for the date…. When you hear a radio or TV commercial and near the end a voice speaks so fast it is very difficult to understand anything being said, What do you think?…My […]

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Nightly bank deposits led Bobby Kinlaw to a career in law enforcement. A love for Elizabethtown and Bladen County kept him here. On Aug. 27, the former convenience store manager will retire after 34 years with the Elizabethtown Police Department, including the past 15 as its chief. “I could have retired five years ago,” Kinlaw […]

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Spring sports continue for several Bladen County teams….John Clark has listed a complete schedule of area teams in our sports section….. They include in baseball…Wednesday 7 p.m. No. 22 .West Bladen (10-8) @ No. 11 Ayden-Grifton (17-5)  No. 30 East Bladen (10-12) @ No. 3 Croatan (15-2) Softball Wednesday @ 7 p.m. Jacksonville Northside @ East Bladen […]

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Pictured- (L-Tonya Lee , Middle- Brenda McLamb, R-April Rich) In honor of Hospital Week, I wanted to shed some light on the amazing people that make up our hospital and outpatient clinics. National Hospital Week is an opportunity to promote our hospital’s support of community health and celebrate the dedicated men and women who make […]

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Congratulations….to our college graduates….Best of luck as you begin a new life… Ana…what can I say?  Not a bad storm as storms go…caused some frustrations, cancellations and postponements….Saw a map showing the path of the storm…It appeared to have traveled near US 701 from Whiteville, through Clarkton, to Elizabethtown and on into Sampson County… Rainfall […]

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Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers….My mom died years ago..Miss those visits and conversations…. The next few hours promise to be interesting so far as weather is concerned…Thunderstorms, 100% chance of rain, winds in the 25 to 30 mph range with gusts up to 45….Our next hope for sunshine and normal Bladen County type weather […]

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By: Sandra R. Cain Why are protein foods important? Protein is used for body growth and repair of skin, hair and nails. It also helps heal wounds and fight infection. Protein is important for building muscles. It also keeps us strong and healthy and helps children grow. Many protein foods are good sources of iron […]

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Today will be a bad hair day for those with hair….The weather folks indicate a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly after 2 p.m., with northeast winds 8 to 14 mph and gust as high as 22 mph…temps will in the low 80s. Tonight, tropical storm conditions possible..Still only a 40% chance of rain […]

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Seems I am spending more time apologizing for mistakes, forgetfulness, you name it…. The threat of rain, including possible thunderstorms and wind over the next several days, has caused several events scheduled for this weekend to be postponed….   Check before you head out to make sure scheduled events are still a “go.”  The possibility […]

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Health Grades

Bladen Online offers our readers a monthly update on the health scores given to area eating places in our county. Below you can see the report for the eating establishments that were inspected in April. Your local Health Department schedules regular inspections for restaurants, school cafeterias, grocery stores, and day-care kitchens. (Child and Adult) Every […]

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Celebrate Veterans – It Matters! Lower Cape Fear Hospice & Life Care Center celebrated US Veterans on May 7th, with a Luncheon and Recognition event at 11:00 am, which was hosted by Dublin Baptist Church. LCFH&LCC Community Outreach Coordinator, Lisa Priest Clark, said, “We sponsor this event annually in Bladen and Columbus counties, and this […]

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The organizers of Relay For Life have decided it would be best to postponed their annual event after checking the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday…..Sorry they had to do it..but think it is a good decision…The proposed new date is the last weekend this month..More time for those purple potty’s in the area…That has […]

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The Annual Relay for Life of Bladen County is was set to begin this Friday, May 8th at Elizabethtown Middle School Field. Due to expected inclement weather it has been postponed. The new date is tentatively set for Saturday, May 30th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be a large variety of foods […]

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A BladenOnline salute to George (Giorgio’s) Boussais…George posted a hole-in-one recently at the Vineyard Golf at White Lake….His ace was on the 12th hole, a 120 yard par 3. I receive numerous cute suggestions…Thought I would share a few today….   Penny Johnson, former Bladen County resident now residing in Wake County shares the following:  […]

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Thank goodness, the mistreated horse we recently reported on, has been located, safely and is in recovery at Leilani Mae horse rescue in Linden, NC.  (see our article and pics) If you would like more info on POC, the agency that deals with such animals, email clover0323@gmail.com or call 585-260-8454.  That gets you to the […]

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week from McDuffie Pest Control! Thank you for all the hard work you do every day and for your dedication to the children of Bladen County. Teachers play pivotal roles in our lives. They have encouraged us, taught us, guided us and changed our lives, and done the same for our children. […]

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By: Ashley Dowless Each year since 1954, May 6th-12th is deemed Nurses’ Week and concludes with Florence Nightingales’ birthday on the 12th.  The American Nurses Association (ANA) theme for this year’s  nursing week is Nurses:  Ethical Practice and Quality Care.  We will be celebrating the delivery of the highest level of quality care that our nurses provide to our […]

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Pictured above are the Harrells Christian Academy second graders from Mrs. Jane Phillips’s class. The students presented a special chapel program in honor of their mothers as an early Mother’s Day gift. The class sang songs, quoted scripture and poetry, and then entertained the mothers with their own sock puppets. Following the program, the students […]

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By: Marvin Burney Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week has a double meaning at my house. When I first met Marsha Hough she was a reporter for The Bladen Journal with dreams of moving on to The New York Times. Less than a year later, we were married and had purchased a home in Clarkton. That is when […]

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The first full week in a new month is normally a busy time..expect nothing less this week…. Last weekend was busy, busy, BladenOnline part-timers and full-timers are very busy on weekends….We think you want to know…and normally, we are the only ones covering….   Have heard nothing new about the horse volunteers who were searching in the […]

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What a beautiful rainbow late Thursday….If you missed it…check our news page..Heather Cain shared a pic with BladenOnline…Thanks Heather…. One of the highlights of the past week was the special award for a special young lady….Abby Norris, an outstanding athlete and academic leader at East Bladen High school, was the recipient of the Spirit of […]

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Today is April 30…my how time passes by….. Yesterday’s (Wednesday) meeting between the Board of Education and Bladen County Board of Education was interesting to say the least….Two boards who have a responsibility that they take seriously…One depending the other to provide a major source of funding…Commissioners looking at their situation…reval, a new jail and generally […]

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A couple of reminders related to meetings today ….The Annual Education Foundation Jail-A-Thon is set for today…A fun event and a fund-raiser for our schools….All because of the work of volunteers… One other important event…Bladen County Commissioners and the Bladen County Board of Education meet this afternoon to discuss budgets for the coming fiscal year.     […]

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Check our upcoming events, news and sports pages for events taking place to day….and tomorrow… Abbey Norris will be honored Wednesday at the East Bladen Gym..begins at 9:45 a.m.…See John Clark’s article on sports page….A special young lady….   Today, an Army Community Covenant Signing Ceremony….1:30 at E-town City Hall…   Ever heard of Rocky […]

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Difficult to think that we are approaching the end of April…1/3 of the year 2015 is nearly over…No time to fret, good days ahead… So sad to see pics coming out of Nepal…..An earthquake has devastated areas of the country…Can’t imagine…   Kenneth Brown, a Bladen County native, has written a book, ‘Me, Myself & […]

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What a busy week and what a very busy day Saturday…despite the uncooperative weather…Bladen volunteers were busy… Normally, the last week in the month is a little less hectic…We shall see…   As a youngster, a busy week meant an extra event at Zion Hill Baptist Church….and I remember as a youngster the times we […]

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living  By:Sandra R. Cain Are you confused by the terms dealing with choices in foods that are nutritious and healthy? If so, you’re not alone. It seems that almost daily we are hit with new terms and research that totally disagrees with what you heard previously. There are some basic guidelines for making […]

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It’s Saturday….and it is a busy day for many……lots of activities in the area…Hopefully, any bad weather will be delayed til all of today’s events are completed….. Cape Fear Chicken & BBQ has reportedly leased the space at the Cape Fear Farmers Market vacated recently by Inman’s Deli & Meat Market.  Cape Fear will use the […]

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Thursday was a busy, interesting, fun, day…. Bladen We Care’s golf tournament was as good as it gets…Great turnout…over 50 teams….good food in the early AM and at noontime and the best golf course ever to play on…More cars than I have ever seen at the golf course…Parking lot was full and cars parked along […]

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Nice to be home from DC… A look back… The group I was with in the nation’s capitol earlier this week…visited with Congressman Rouzer and staffers from Congressman Elmers and Jones office…. Good to see former E-town Planner Bryan Martin.  He is working with Congressman Jones in DC.  He led our group through underground tunnels from […]

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 Bladen County Shrine Club members are getting ready for the big plate sale tomorrow. Their annual fish fry will be tomorrow, Wednesday April 22, at the Food Lion Parking Lot from 11-7. Plates are $7.00. Share:

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A reminder…the annual Bladen We Care golf tournament will be played Thursday of this week at Vineyard Golf of White Lake…Call 874-4011 for more info…   Saturday, April 25, Bladen County will be offering about 50 autos that have been declared surplus property, along with numerous other items…Begins at 11 a.m. at the County Operational […]

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Bladenboro Primary Terrific Kid Gift Certificate Winner Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School  assistant principal Stephanie Norris is Campbell McLaurin, first grader 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 […]

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This summer you can learn how to paint, crochet, shag, make a floral arrangement, wreath, or quilt, play the guitar, or the piano. Bladen Community College has classes for all these interesting hobbies. Register today at Bladen Community College in Building 2, Room 215, or contact Stephanie Gonzalez at (910)879-5539 or email her sgonzalez@bladencc.edu.  Share:

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The weather should be much better today… get the week off to a good start. Spent more of Sunday on the road than had planned…from Bladen County to Washington, DC… Met a lot of folks, all in a hurry, especially between Richmond, Va and DC… A snail’s pace in many locations… in fact at every […]

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Baseball

I enjoy scanning area news sources and see how Bladen County area athletes are doing..primarily those in various colleges….Can’t keep up with all…memory problems…. Michael Inman is having a very good year at Methodist U…Inman, a Monarch senior pitcher is sporting a 3-1 record this year and a 2.70 era…He has appeared in 10 games, […]

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I am proud to claim Bladen County as my home….I know, a large, rural, depressed, but proud area of North Carolina. When something needs to be done, over and over again, volunteers step up….The attitude seems to be, if not me, Who? and if not now, When?   Activities on any given weekend prove the […]

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Each year on April 16th, the day after taxes are due in the United States, it is time to let go of the stress and wear your pajamas to work. After all, it is National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day. What some people are calling “the best holiday of the year”, this day was […]

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Been thinking about my mom who died 11 years ago…April 2004….well into her 80s…She was a strong lady…6 children and most, maybe all weighed over 10 pounds…Apparently, “healthy” babies were big babies….and best I can tell, for the most part, all are still in reasonably good health.. My mom loved her family, Zion Hill Baptist […]

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Ingredients 2 cups water 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup fresh ginger, minced 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves 2 cups lemon juice, freshly squeezed 1 liter seltzer water, cold Preparation Combine water, sugar, ginger, and mint in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and allow to steep until room temperature. […]

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Today is April 15….Maybe the most unpopular day of the year….Uncle Sam wants to hear from you, if you haven’t filed your federal tax info…. Hope you read our news release related to Kuraray’s logistics center at E-town.  Kuraray recently purchased some of the Dupont product line and by expanding their operation in Bladen County, hopefully […]

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Budget time is stressful for most governmental officials….Saw some of that Monday as the Bladen Board of Education attempted to work through the process… I am not sure why anyone wants to serve on the Board of Ed.  No taxing powers in North Carolina…gotta depend on the local Board of Commissioners and the NC Legislature […]

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Remember the name Jordan Spieth….The 21 year old set all kinds of record over the past weekend winning the Master’s Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia….pocketing $1.8 million.  His earnings over the past couple of weeks….Nearly $2.3 million….Bet the large companies are lining up with hefty endorsements…. So many positive things going on around us this week…..Budget […]

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We are getting there…I know you have heard the old expression…When it rains it pours….Charlotte Smith is a hard worker and we all—are determined to get to the bottom of the technical issues with BladenOnline…We will overcome… A group (Charleston food Bloggers) has named a ‘Best Resturant’ in each county in the state (more than one […]

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Keep an eye on the sky for the next few days….conditions are right for severe winds, with gusts up to 45 MPH…. I see folks that appear to really enjoy working around the house…in the yard and shrubbery….not my thing…Don’t know what my thing is….smile…   Another reminder of a couple of Bladen We Care fundraisers….The […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By: Jefferson Weaver I admit it, I loved the movie Jurassic Park. Not just because of the acting, the dinosaurs, or the concept, but because of a line spoken in deep sarcasm by Jeff Goldblum: “What could possibly go wrong?” What with another JP movie coming out, the media has been covering the whole cloning […]

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I love holidays, however, scheduled events must be re-arrange and as I grow older, change becomes more difficult… Bladen County Commissioners meeting was moved back 24 hours, Elizabethtown City Council met Tuesday rather than Monday and there was a special meeting at White Lake related to the “Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail” that runs through Bladen County, all […]

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Go Duke….and they did…congratulations…. I hear the comments…one and done, rent a player….The rules are the rules….the NCAA rules…   The Blue Monday Shad Fry is another great example of community pride….Current residents of the East Arcadia area carrying on a community tradition…..   Our latest numbers, that we share weekly, continue strong.  The numbers, […]

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Hope your Easter was good….busy, but good would best describe many, including the Hester household…Early morning service, breakfast at church, Sunday School, Worship Service, lunch with extended family, visit neighbors in p.m. and enjoy a good nights rest….did miss son #2….but had a couple of conversations….all in all… a good day. Enjoy spending time “playing on […]

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For many, this is one of the most sacred times of the year….the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. For others a time to travel our roads, to drink and drive or dope and drive and thank goodness for our law enforcement…maybe those that ride the roads in an intoxicated or drugged manner should be placed in the “slammer”…and […]

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This day is as good as it gets for college basketball fans…..4 teams remaining, 2 after today for the NCAA championship….Duke vs.Michigan at 6:09 p.m. and Kentucky-Wisconsin at 8:49 p.m.  Winners play Monday night for all the honor and glory..of being the NCAA Champion 2015. There have been so many great games over they years…few […]

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March winds and April showers are in our weather forecast for the next 48 to 60 hours… Three news released related to the Bladen County/Cape Fear Valley hospital yesterday….All good news….   Time for a trip to the grocery store….need ice cream, cookies, diet cokes, bread, orange juice, multi-grain cheerios and prescription refills…All or anyone of […]

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We survived April Fool’s Day…..I think….   The Bladen County Board of Education has a workshop upcoming on April 13….Some tough decisions to be made in the not to distant future….Reduction in attendance, many old school structures, and a squeeze from every funding source…or so it seems….   Difficult to talk and listen….many deep thinkers listen carefully […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Be careful….this is April Fool’s Day…. Yesterday tested the fabric of all associated with BladenOnline… Our technical service is hosted by GoDaddy.com and a server was “down.”  It happens, but we have been very fortunate over the past 7 years… On one occasion we were “down” for a couple of days…excruciatingly painful…but we survived.   […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Go Duke….great basketball over the weekend….March Madness ends in April…Duke vs Michigan State on Saturday, April 4 and Kentucky plays Wisconsin.   Kentucky, Wisconsin and Duke were all #1 seeds.  Michigan State was a #7 seed….   Hope the berry crops are OK in Bladen.  Near noontime Sunday, many blueberry farmers were still spraying water on the […]

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Difficult to believe..but true…A year ago today our low temp was 26 degrees….I remembered as I was strolling around at the White Oak Ruritan Club’s Old Fashion Planters Day near Ammon yesterday….They work so hard and postponing is virtually impossible because of all the folks who bring items to show….Next week, they will likely be […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

March 28….the birthdate of our youngest…Happy Birthday John Charles Hester….We celebrate Sunday… As I looked back a year ago, we had a low of 26 degrees…and if my memory is correct….cloudy, some rain……   It was the date of the White Oak Ruritan Clubs Annual Old Fashion Planters Day at 9252 Old Fayetteville Road,  near Ammon […]

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Sandra Cain

By: Sandra R. Cain Eggs and Food Safety During the Easter holiday weekend, many families with young children and grandchildren will be boiling and dyeing eggs.  If you plan to eat the eggs later, be sure to think about safety. A food safety concern with eggs is Salmonella bacteria. Eggs are perishable and must be […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Weather could be a big story over the next 72 hours….temps dropping throughout the day to the mid 40’s this afternoon…90% chance of rain and windy…gusts up to 20 mph.   Saturday and Sunday high temps around 54 degrees……Monday’s weather should return to more normal conditions with mostly sunny skies and highs near 66… Blueberry and […]

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