07/18/2019
  • 12:06 am Bladen Online Pet of the Week: Buttercup
  • 11:48 pm SFSGA Plays July 16 Tournament At Stryker Golf Course On Fort Bragg
  • 11:35 pm Jefferson Weaver: Whatever goes bump in the night
  • 9:50 pm Bladen County Wins Dixie Baseball Pre-Majors State Championship
  • 9:40 pm This Day in History for July 18
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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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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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Not a lot of new info….Just a re-hash and encouragement for anyone with any info to come forward….FBI investigation is ongoing, according to the speakers…   Elizabethtown Commissioners are holding a workshop today…BladenOnline will be there.  Actually, not unusual for local governments to hold workshops as budget time approaches….Bladen County Commissioners are meeting more often…Their […]

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In 1990, the United States Congress designated March 25th, of each year, as National Medal of Honor Day,  a day that is dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients.   It was on March 25, 1863 when the first Medals of Honor were presented.  Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton presented Medals of Honor (Army) to […]

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Tuesday was a roll-a-coaster type day….discovered someone apparently struck my vehicle on the rear corner..I am doing well..cool, calm and collected..no reason to be otherwise…who cares?  Not the individual who re-arranged the back of the auto. Anyone know a good body shop in the nearby area?   Then after a visit to my CPA, learned I […]

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This Tuesday (today) could be one nice day weather-wise… Former Commissioner Bobby Roberts was laid to rest Monday…4 ministers, good service, good attendance and great comments….   Bobby and I served together on the Board of Commissioners for several years…One of those folks that you go from seeing on a regular basis to very seldom…No […]

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Why should I be surprised that a very small number of Guestbook guests do not want to post their names….I do not need any info from any such individual…Why should I trust anything they say…Most folks are happy to do so…Let me guess, some of those same smart folks have used fictitious names in the […]

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How about the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels men’s basketball teams?….both winners yesterday….Wolfpack upset Villanova in Pittsburgh and UNC’s Tar Heels defeated Arkansas in Jacksonville, Florida. Today, Duke plays San Diego in Charlotte….on CBS. ACC has fared well so far…I know, there are other teams/games but big news when 2 of the 3 local teams […]

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March 21st is the day set aside to observe National Single Parent Day.  This day was created to honor and recognize the hard work, devotion, and sacrifices of single parenting.   Raising children can be challenging  . We all know of a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or someone who is a single parent.  On National Single […]

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Spring is here…and so are some “crazy” news stories… I am, for the most part, a positive thinking individual….but some recent news is more than I can comprehend… In New Bern, a young man kills three youngsters that lived nearby and this morning a man in New Orleans attacks folks in the airport…and in both […]

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Sandra Cain

Eating smart and staying healthy sounds simple. But with all the conflicting advice on what we should be eating to stay healthy, eating smart can be a challenge when considering the ample variety of sweet and savory snack foods that fill our grocery shelves and vending machines as well as the focus on “super sizing” […]

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Welcome to Springtime…. Tar Heel and Wolfpack fans can now take a deep breath….both teams struggled to advance in the NCAA play-offs….NCSU will play Villanova Saturday at 7:10 p.m. and the Tar Heels take on the Razorbacks of Arkansas at 8:40 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday)   Duke plays Robert Morris at 7:10 this p.m.  Davidson plays […]

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Jeffery Winston Lewis age 54 born June 25, 1960 of Bladenboro died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at his home. Survived by his father, Bobby Winston Lewis, of Bladenboro. His mother, Barbara Ann Fikis, of Ocean Isle Beach. His brother, Elbert Gregory Lewis. Two sons, Daniel Winston Lewis, and Lucas Lee Lewis, both of Bladenboro. One […]

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Hopeful of a quieter, more peaceful time in Bladen… I need not remind anyone that we are living in turbulent times… A reminder of two events sponsored by Bladen We Care….a Gala at The Venue at White Lake on April 17th…food, fun, music, reverse raffle… and tickets are the same price they have been for many years….$100 a […]

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Declan Meirion Owen, age 24 of Elizabethtown, died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The beloved and only child of Marian McGovern. Survivors also include, Aunt Frances Jones, and husband, Cyril, Cousin Karen Nolan and husband, Andy and their two children Niamh and Casey, all of Wales, UK. Uncle David Owen, and wife, Raechel of France. […]

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Tuesday is a perfect reason BladenOnline was birthed..We had a busy news day and we dealt with the newsmakers…no taking someone else’s word for it…. ‘Man with gun is shot, killed by Bladen Officers’…One of our part-timers was at the ballgames being played at West Bladen…heard the shots being fired and drove through the barricades […]

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1. Protect yourself from the sun One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection: […]

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Bladen County Commissioners have a “full plate”….preparing for hearing appeals from the recent revaluation as a Board of Equalization and Review, ongoing meetings related to the building of a new jail, work on a budget for fiscal 2015-16….plus the routine business that is “never ending.” Yesterday was a wonderful break from the cold, wet, windy weather of […]

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Bladen County Commissioners meet at 6:30 this p.m…..regular bi-monthly meeting and the Bladenboro Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. for a Special Session.   Driver’s Ed classes begin today at West Bladen High School.  Must be 14 1/2 years old to sign up…East Bladen will offer classes beginning on April 13….   We had […]

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We lost a dear neighbor to Alzheimer’s over the past few days….JoAnn Howell lived across the road for about 50 years….but the last few years it has been difficult for her, her children and Roy….and her caregivers….Her family from Johnston, Wilson and Bladen counties honored her life Saturday by attending her memorial services.. RIP…   Continue to […]

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Lots of activities today….Check our Upcoming Events section….. Monday activities include a Bladen County Commissioners meeting (regular session) Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the commissioners room at the courthouse…   Remember waiting for your 16th birthday so you could get driving privileges….Another group is on the way…Driver’s Education classes begin Monday at West Bladen High […]

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Today is Friday the 13th… A reminder of a couple of activities tomorrow…maybe more….Annual Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Round Branch Baptist Church near Bladenboro and a Spaghetti plate fundraiser and silent auction for Kevin Nash at White Lake Fire Department from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Plates lunches are $6. […]

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I hope you have read Jefferson Weaver’s latest article on BladenOnline…It is about the life of Elliott Henry…I highly recommend…A very good article about one of Bladen’s finest, written by one who knew him best…He lived a full life…in his own quiet way…   BladenOnline is moving merrily along…Our initial purpose was to provide a […]

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Ingredients 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup honey 2 cups powdered milk 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 cup chocolate, melted 1 1/2 cups sweetened corn cereal, crushed Preparation Mix peanut butter, honey and milk together to form very thick mixture. Roll out into small balls about the size of a walnut. Roll in confectioner’s sugar. […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver Elliot Henry’s eyes were deep-set and often merry, but piercing. “Hey Bo,” he’d say. “You in a hurry? I want to show you something.” Mr. Elliot was a little man, but he was a man among men. On his 85th birthday, he rode a zipline out across the canal and dropped into […]

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Can’t help but wonder how much water can be taken from the Cape Fear River without some impact on our area…..Seems some of the metro areas need another source of water…understandable…but the town/city of Cary is proposing taking millions of gallons from the river, treating, using and then dumping the water into the Neuse River….seems […]

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Enjoy this day…weather-wise, it would be difficult to complain about anything… Partly sunny, with a high near 76 and a southerly breeze in the AM. Nothing helps me put things in perspective more than a trip to one of our larger cities in NC.  I-40 from Benson to Raleigh was a zoo Monday…and I was just […]

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Enjoy this day…weather-wise, it would be difficult to complain about anything… Partly sunny, with a high near 76 and a southerly breeze in the AM. Nothing helps me put things in perspective more than a trip to one of our larger cities in NC.  I-40 from Benson to Raleigh was a zoo Monday…and I was just […]

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Enjoy this day…weather-wise, it would be difficult to complain about anything… Partly sunny, with a high near 76 and a southerly breeze in the AM. Nothing helps me put things in perspective more than a trip to one of our larger cities in NC.  I-40 from Benson to Raleigh was a zoo Monday…and I was just […]

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National Napping Day is celebrated annually the day following the return of daylight savings time. National Napping Day provides everyone with the opportunity to have a nap and catch up on the hour of sleep that  they lost due to the, spring forward,  time change. Mid-afternoon naps are an integral part of most cultures, and […]

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Daylight Savings times is a day when people of various countries and states across the world set their clocks one hour ahead of the standard time.  The practice was first introduced in Europe during the First World War. The idea was to take advantage of the longest summer days by gaining an extra hour of […]

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After a drive around the county Sunday, other than ‘boo-koos’ of tree limbs safely off the roadways right-of-way…all appears to be in good condition following freezing rain, snow and much wind in February… March promises to be better… We have some folks who will not work…as my mom would say, “they wouldn’t work as tasters […]

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If you failed to set your clock to new time…you may be late for church…SPRING FORWARD…. The Duke-Carolina game was more fun for Duke fans than Carolina…If you missed the score….84-77 Duke…. Now on to the ACC tournament….. Been keeping up with the gold heist on I-95….near Wilson….More to come, I am sure…Never know what […]

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1. Your Memory By the time you get to your desk in the morning, chances are you’re already frazzled. You open up your email and are bombarded with the need to pack your short-term memory full of the most important things to get done, asap. More than one study done on adults (and young people) […]

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Just when I think I have seen it all….learn something new….. Yesterday’s weather was different…Don’t think I have ever seen a change as drastic and as quick as what we were exposed to ….   At 3 p.m. our temp was 80….an hour later it had dropped to 45…and it continued even lower…but a 35 […]

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Just when I think I have seen it all….learn something new….. Yesterday’s weather was different…Don’t think I have ever seen a change as drastic and as quick as what we were exposed to ….   At 3 p.m. our temp was 80….an hour later it had dropped to 45…and it continued even lower…but a 35 […]

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Just when I think I have seen it all….learn something new….. Yesterday’s weather was different…Don’t think I have ever seen a change as drastic and as quick as what we were exposed to ….   At 3 p.m. our temp was 80….an hour later it had dropped to 45…and it continued even lower…but a 35 […]

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Ingredients 1 cup pepper Jack cheese, (4 oz), grated 1/2 cup green olives, chopped and pitted 4 tablespoons butter, softened 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 loaf olive bread, (or Italian bread) halved lengthwise Preparation In a bowl, combine the pepper Jack cheese, olives, butter, cream cheese and garlic […]

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National Multiple Personality Day is observed annually on March 5th.. After much research, we have found that it is looked at in two different ways: Some people look at National Multiple Personality Day as a day to look at yourself and connect with who you are.  Exploring your own  personality traits and examining the roots of […]

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Congratulations to the Lady Eagles of East Bladen and the Boys Knight team at West Bladen for a very, very successful basketball season…A sudden stop is tough and that is what happened to both teams Tuesday evening.  For the Eagles, their first loss of the season….The season has ended for both teams, painfully.  Hopefully the pain […]

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Wonder about the status of a couple of investigations in Bladen….Lennon Lacy, FBI reportedly investigating…..and the murder of the Davis ladies who were killed nearly 40 years ago….Joseph Sledge was recently determined to not be the killer, after nearly 40 years in prison…DA said a new investigation would be undertaken. I enjoy following local folks […]

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Mail Man

There is mail in your mailbox six day days a week so let’s take time out of our day to thank the mail person who is responsible for getting it there! Thank A Mailman Day  is always celebrated on February 4th.   It is a day that is  a reminder of  just how important mail […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By: Jefferson Weaver Across the pond in Great Britain, there are parents who don’t like their child. This is obvious, since their baby’s name is 22 words long. Apparently they wanted to honor every grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, cousin, neighbor, and postman in the neighborhood, as well as the night clerk at the local liquor […]

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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED DAY is always celebrated on February 3rd. This day we remember the unfortunate and untimely death of singers 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 17-year-old Richie Valens, and 28-year-old J. P. Richardson, aka: “The Big Bopper”.  These three singers died in an airplane accident on February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa. Their pilot, […]

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Been a little ‘puny’ over the past couple of days….to much time to think…and reminiscence…. Remember running boards and fender skirts on autos…horse collars for mules and horses?…..Six man football teams and when girls played on one end of the basketball court….counter checks were the norm…   That was years before Apple and Microsoft…   […]

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Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8. Spring time officially arrives Thursday, March 20…..   First of the month governmental meetings are scheduled for tonight….Bladen County Commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m., Bladenboro and Elizabethtown also meet tonight…..   The basketball season is winding down and baseball, soccer, track, golf, and tennis moves into […]

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This Day In History

1799—Congress standardizes US weights & measures. 1824—Interstate commerce comes under federal control.   1831—John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission.   1953—Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory.   1861—Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant.   1866—1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn.   […]

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This Day In History

1799—Congress standardizes US weights & measures. 1824—Interstate commerce comes under federal control.   1831—John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission.   1953—Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory.   1861—Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant.   1866—1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn.   […]

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This Day In History

1799—Congress standardizes US weights & measures. 1824—Interstate commerce comes under federal control.   1831—John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission.   1953—Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory.   1861—Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant.   1866—1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn.   […]

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Latoya Beatty, daughter of Nathan Beatty and Beverly McDowell of Bolton, is raising funds to support her medical service trip to Ethiopia this summer. Latoya Beatty is a second year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. She graduated from East Columbus High School in 2004, University of North Carolina at […]

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Films and Specials “Patch Adams” “Finding Neverland” “The Brothers Grimm” “Teen Witch”  “30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men” “Evelyn” “Mercy Rule” “Monster High: 13 Wishes” “Monster High: Ghouls Rule” “Rules of Engagement” “Food Chains” (March 5) “The ABCs of Death 2” (March 5) “Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden” (March 6) “My Own […]

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Rare Disease Day is recognized each year on the last day in February. First observed in Europe in 2008, Rare Disease Day was established by Eurordis, (the European Rare Disease Organization).  In 2009, NORD was asked by EURORDIS  to sponsor Rare Disease Day in the United States.  NORD accepted and 2014 celebrates the 6th annual RARE […]

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By: Healthworks Fitness & Wellness Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, but there are ways to prevent it or slow its progress — including eating a healthier diet, exercising, and reducing stress. February is American Heart Month, Healthworks Fitness and Wellness would like to raise awareness about the important issue of heart health. Preventing […]

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The weather has capture headlines across the state in recent days…hopefully the topic will change to something better. Law enforcement in the area are undergoing training and every agency in the county is involved…Re-enforces my thoughts over the years….I appreciate what they do…..I just have no desire to be in law enforcement   Our local […]

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Ingredients 2 lbs medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 large bell pepper, diced 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated 1 box wild rice, cooked Preparation In a large skillet, sauté olive oil, […]

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By Jefferson Weaver, Staff Writer They fall by wind, lightning, disease or old age. Too often they have to fall, because man wants to do something else with that little piece of earth, and a chainsaw and bulldozer can accomplish in minutes what nature has failed to do for a century or more. We take […]

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The fourth Thursday in February celebrates one of America’s favorite winter dishes; chili, which is also known as chili con carne (“chili with meat”). In Spanish, chili refers to “chili pepper”  and carne means “meat”. Chili is most commonly made up of tomatoes, beans, chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions and cumin, however, there are many variations to the basic chili. Chili is […]

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The rain continues to come down…but we may have missed a bullet… Hundreds of thousands with no power to the west and north of Bladen County….Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham…Around Bladen…rain…but hopefully that should end this a.m….   Hopefully this is the last really ‘bad’ weather this year….Heard one meteorologist promise we would see no more of […]

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A local EMS Officer, Farmer, and Volunteer, Kyle Cashwell lost an arm and leg on October 20th, 2014 in a farming accident. He played football and graduated at East Bladen High School. Cashwell is well known and loved in Bladen and surrounding counties. Cashwell is a husband and father of three children. Fundraisers will be […]

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March is just days….(hours) away….Understand that February may break the all-time low monthly average… I am so pleased that BladenOnline is here to keep everyone up to date on closings, etc.. We were the first to get serious about an online newspaper and remain #1…and it is because of your support and the hard work […]

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Is February over yet?  Wake me when it is March…and hope for more Bladen County type weather…Think White Lake in July.   What a month…weather-wise….Time to ‘hunker down’ and be safe…   See our updated list of closings and delays..we will attempt to keep up as the day progresses..   Have you taken a look […]

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coffee cups

Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or some form of caffeine everyday. Although caffeine is generally accepted as safe for consumption in moderation, there are some solid benefits of breaking the habit and quitting coffee, energy drinks, tea, soda etc. 1. Break the Addiction In most people caffeine is an addictive substance to some degree, […]

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The break from typical February temps was nice…but hold on…..there’s more to come…. Congratulations to Darrell Melvin who is retiring after 20 years of teaching and coaching, at Clarkton School of Discovery (CSD)….   Speaking of coaching….Ann Hancock is enjoying another good season at Wingate University… The former East Bladen grad has led the ladies basketball […]

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What a difference a day makes….just 24 little hours….weather-wise seemed like we went from one season to another….Weather man calling for warmer weather today and a promise of more winter for much of next week. All 4 of our high school varsity basketball teams will advance in statewide competition…If it feels like we missed one […]

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Family

1. Go fly a kite Take the kids outdoors and fly a kite. If you are really adventurous, make one of your own. Fly it at the park, in the schoolyard or at a nearby field. Kite flying on a sunny day is a ton of fun and a terrific way to get your vitamin […]

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We are looking for temps to rise above 30 degrees today…in fact, our high today should be near 52 and in the low 60’s Sunday…..February weather has been a “challenge.” For the school system, much lost time …3 days with 2 hour delays and a day off due to snow…The snow date must be ‘made […]

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Green Tea The Benefit: Helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and cavities. Green tea contains a rich concentration of flavonoids and polyphenols, natural antioxidants that may protect cells from carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and inhibit tumor growth by helping to neutralize free radicals in the body. The tea’s antioxidants may also guard against heart […]

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Muffin

PB&J Muffins 2 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder ¾ teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 2 eggs ¾ cup apple juice concentrate ½ cup reduced-fat peanut butter ¼ cup fat-free milk 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1/3 cup strawberry spreadable fruit In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine […]

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By: Sandra R. Cain February is American Heart Month, a time to turn our thoughts to scientific matters of the heart. Cardiovascular diseases, those diseases of the circulatory system, are still America’s number one killer. According to estimates, over 52 million Americans have the disease. Based on mortality rate data, more than 2200 Americans die […]

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If you have been praying for very cold weather….your prayers have been answered…. New record low as of 5 a.m.….a bone chilling 13 degrees…our previous low was 19…High today is not expected to reach the freezing mark…actually in the 28 degree range, about the same as yesterday…   Hang on, better days are just ahead…High Saturday […]

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In all my years I think I could count on my fingers and toes the number of days when high temps for this area have failed to reach 30 degrees….Today, the weather forecast is for high near 26 and northwest winds around 18 mph with gusts as high as 29 and that makes our chill factor […]

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Hot Cocoa

Ingredients   Original recipe makes 4 servings   1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  3/4 cup white sugar  1 pinch salt  1/3 cup boiling water  3 1/2 cups milk  3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract  1/2 cup half-and-half cream   Directions    Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. […]

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The new moon comes on February 18, 2015, and then reaches perigee less than one-third day later. It’s the closest new moon of the year, which qualifies it as a new moon supermoon. It’s also a seasonal Black Moon; that is, the third of four new moons in the current season (December solstice to March equinox). […]

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We are in the middle of winter with lots of evidence and more on the way… Bladen County schools will open 2 hours later than normal today for students, teachers and staff.   Bladen Community College is operating on a similar schedule for students, teachers and staff.  Classes begin at 10 a.m.   The weather […]

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1. Stomp, Stay and Steer It’s easy to use antilock brakes properly: Stomp, stay and steer. Stomp on the pedal as if you were trying to snap it off. Stay hard on the pedal.  2. Winter Tire Requirements To have adequate snow traction, a tire — even a winter tire — requires at least 6/32-inch deep […]

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We are facing some serious weather possibilities between now and near noon Tuesday….Plan for the worse and hope for the best… The National Weather Service has several locations in Bladen County where there are weather stations….Low Sunday morning was 21.  High Sunday was 33 and temps early Monday were in the mid 20’s and expected to drop […]

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Sandra Cain

Sodium is a mineral that the body needs in small amounts. It is found in foods mostly as sodium chloride. Sodium chloride is another name for table salt. One teaspoon of salt contains about 2,000 milligrams (mg) of sodium. Most Americans consume 10 – 15 times more sodium than they need. How Much Sodium Do […]

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  Happy Valentine’s Day….2015. Government is an easy target for all….always something happening and many times we (the public) do not understand, to often we do not seem to care….. A few “pot” shots today… Our distinguished Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg, like many of us, took a nap during the State of the Union […]

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This Day In History

  1778—“Stars and Strips” arrives in foreign port for 1st time. (France) 1803—Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void. 1849—In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Mathew Brady) 1859—Oregon admitted as 33rd state […]

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chocolate molten love cake

Ingredients:  1 lb sweet butter 1 lb 64% dark chocolate 1/2 lb sugar 9 eggs 4 1/2 oz cake flour, sifted, divided 3 cups heavy cream, (40%) 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 9 egg yolks 1 pint fresh raspberries 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup water, plus 7 tablespoons, divided 1 cup whole milk […]

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by Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension I just had a birthday. I won’t give you my age, but here’s a big clue: I’m now one year away from Medicare! Each year the age gap between me and my students widens. I like to think I bring experience and wisdom to share with them. […]

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My dreams last night included some time dealing with winning the lottery, celebrating the birthday of both grandchildren and life in general… Dreams….I hope the young lady that won the lottery in Brunswick County has some help in making sure she has $’s that will last her lifetime and beyond…The winning was “pure” luck…Taking care […]

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By: Hailey Smith Valentine orders have already been delivered by local florist. Couples celebrate the day in different ways. Beautiful flowers, tasty treats, and sparkling jewelry are the most popular gifts in our area for the sweet occasion. Our local florists have worked hard this season to offer Bladen County the perfect gifts for Valentine’s […]

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1. Eat at home. Instead of making reservations at a restaurant, cook at home. You can make a gourmet meal for the fraction of what it would cost. Not into gourmet? No problem. Have a good ole’ fashioned picnic in front of the fireplace, if you have one. If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t […]

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I thank Charlotte Smith for all her hard work on BladenOnline…If you only knew…..and the part-timers are doing a great job as well…..covering the news.  If not us…the part-timers, WHO and if not now…WHEN…. And the Best Is Yet To Come…Trust Me…BladenOnline remains FREE and Updated numerous times throughout the day…With all the changes, our counting […]

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By: Hailey Smith Ayman Elshouki, the new owner of River House Seafood Grille announces his doors will be open for business starting, Thursday, February, 11th offering a new menu to Bladen County residents.  The restaurant at 152 N. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown has pastas, poultry, southern seafood, burgers, turtle cheese cake and much more. Five […]

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National Umbrella Day is celebrated across the nation each year on February 10th. On this day, we honor one of the world’s most convenient inventions, the umbrella!   Not only does the umbrella help keep us dry from the rain, it also protects us from the heat of the sun.   Umbrellas can also be […]

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Have friends, family, co-workers who are forever making negative comments….about any and everything?  They do little, and only see the dark side of everything and everyone….Make you want to scream?  They walk among us….Remember what my mom would say….If you can’t say something nice about someone, say nothing….   Preliminary work is underway around the US […]

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Materials:                                                                                        Variety of soft/gummy themed candies bamboo skewers clear bags ribbon Directions: […]

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By: LoWanda “Dee” Davis I would like to send out a special thanks to Ms. Karen Baker. In my book this lady holds the title of BEST STAGE MANAGER EVER. I really appreciate her faithful work at my show. She came all the way from Georgia just to help me with my production “He cheated! […]

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Bladen County Commissioners meet in Special Session at 6 p.m. today.  The meeting is for the purpose of discussing tax assessment, billing and collection procedure…as they move to a Board of Equalization and Review over the next few weeks in the property revaluation process.   Check our Upcoming Events and if you have an upcoming […]

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By: Charlotte Smith If you were not in Elizabethtown to watch the production, “He Cheated! Why Me?”, you missed an entertaining romantic comedy. The crowd laughed a lot and was reminded of some valuable lessons about relationships. Deborah Jones traveled from Columbus County to see the show.  She said, “I really liked it.  It was […]

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The Master Gardener Volunteer program in Bladen County is growing.  A pinning ceremony was completed Thursday night for new members.  To become a Master Gardener Volunteer the members must complete 40 hours of training and volunteer internship. The Master Gardener program is part of the Cooperative Extension Service. The Volunteers provide valuable services to the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The bus accident Friday afternoon could have been much worse. There appears to be no serious injuries to the students on board and hopefully little damage the bus…Students may pickup their belongings left on the bus, today (Saturday) between 12 noon and 2 p.m. at Clarkton School of Discovery. Just in case you did not […]

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Today is National Wear Red Day.  Shoe Show employees in Elizabethtown took it step further.  The national Shoe Show chain  launched a Facebook Campaign creating awareness about the day by having a contest. Elizabethtown Shoe Show employee, Teresa Gardener Highsmith, posted a photo of her and two other co-workers saying, “Did you know, each year, […]

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By: Jack McDuffie Photojournalist and author Ben Casey will be the guest speaker in a program presented by Bladen Community College on Monday, February 23, in the Library.  The program is a part of the Humanities Department’s Writers Series and will focus on Casey’s photography and books about North Carolina’s coastal waters. A North Carolina […]

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) encourages women to don’t miss a beat: Learn about heart disease in women and how to lower your risk. It’s the leading killer of women in the United States. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” around the same number of women and men die […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Wrap up today, better weather is on the way…..over the weekend. TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crash in Taiwan was the result when one engine “went idle” 37 seconds after takeoff and the pilots may have shut off the other while attempting to restart them….WOW…15 people were rescued from the water where the plane crashed….Over 30 bodies […]

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Wear Red

The first Friday in February is National Wear Red Day to help raise awareness of women with heart disease.  Before you leave for the day, don’t forget to put on your red! More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined.  February is American Heart Month.  According to the Centers for Disease Control […]

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