04/21/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 6:43 am Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: Pinecrest 4, East Bladen 3
  • 6:34 am Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: Terry Sanford 6, West Bladen 2
  • 9:00 pm Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:50 pm Most Seniors Want to Age at Home, but More Are Moving to Make it a Reality
  • 8:36 pm Social Security helps people like you
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By Charlotte Smith Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The new year will bring a documentary, Always In Season, about Lennon Lacy. Lacy was a 17 year old West Bladen High School Football player, found dead in August of 2014. He was hanging from a swing set, in a mobile home park not far from his home. […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

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

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

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Thoughts While Shaving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Health Grades

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A new jail is in town and new jobs have been created. In September 2017 the Sheriff’s office held an open house at the new Bladen County Law Enforcement and Detention Center on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Almost a year later there are a little less than 20 new positions filled with more personnel hires needed […]

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By Charlotte Smith There have been many contractors in Bladen County since Hurricane Florence assisting homeowners with property repairs. Local and out of town professionals have been seen from one end of the county to the other. However, one reputable insurance agent has reported suspected price gouging. An elderly lady who owns a double wide […]

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By Erin Smith Voters have begun heading to the polls to cast their ballots with One Stop Voting having started on Wednesday. As of 2 p.m. Friday, 1,275 ballots had been cast, according to the Bladen County Board of Elections. Bladen County has 23,124 registered voters, according to the NC State Board of Elections. The […]

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Staff report The Kelly community is seeking answers for how to repair and maintain the White Oak Dike system that protects the community from flooding. The Kelly Dike system was one of the topics of discussion on Monday during the Bladen County Commissioners’ Hurricane Florence briefing.  The White Oak Dike located in Kelly was breached in […]

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OCTOBER 22, 1979 ~ OCTOBER 17, 2018 (AGE 38) Read the full obituary from Inman Funeral Home by clicking here. [divider] Share:

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Flu Season is just around the corner! Did you get your flu vaccine? The flu can affect people of all ages, even those in good health. Protect against the flu by getting a flu shot, and use these tips to stay healthy during flu season: The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine by the end […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a 1 to 2 year old female bulldog mix named Autumn has been picked to be Pet of the Week. She is very friendly and doesn’t seem aggressive towards other dogs. Autumn is waiting at Bladen County Animal Shelter for her forever family to come by and adopt her. The […]

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Contributed If you put any stock in the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s going to be a harsh winter. Which is one of the many reasons to check the health of your roof now . By using your attic, you may save yourself a trip to the hospital. Think of it this way: No homeowner wants to […]

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By Timothy J. Malinich Cacti (singular cactus) catch the eye of many hobbyists. They are easy and rewarding to grow, fun to display, and readily available. People are often hesitant to grow them because they fear the reputation of these desert denizens. Here are a few tips that will hopefully de-mystify the collecting of cacti. […]

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East Bladen High School

Friday night East Bladen will be accepting canned food items at both gates during the varsity football game to help with the canned food drive for Bladen Crisis. Also, Do Right Carpet will be giving away a $250.00 store credit that will go along with the 50/50.  Tickets will be sold at the front gate […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

West Bladen High School will host it’s annual Veteran’s Recognition Assembly on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., in the West Bladen High School gymnasium at 1600 NC Hwy. 410, Bladenboro, NC 28320. There will be a small reception for Veteran’s at 8:30 a.m. in the media center. If you plan on attending the […]

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By Erin Smith There was an air sadness as residents, family members and friends gathered along the sidewalks of Main Street in Bladenboro to say goodbye to a favorite son. Fallen NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner grew up in the town and its residents gathered to pay tribute to him. Trooper Conner was shot […]

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Contributed Since Hurricane Florence struck Bladen County businesses with a mighty blow in September, many have been searching for answers. Todd Lyden, Director with the Small Business Center at Bladen Community College met with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club to explain options for storm victims. “A lot of business owners were prepared for this storm because […]

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North Carolina Bluegrass band Sweet Potato Pie will perform November 1 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton. In partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council as part of its annual Bluegrass on the Blackwater series: Sweet Potato Pie has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with their classy blend of Americana, […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina will receive $27 million over the next year to fight the state’s opioid epidemic by getting people off opioids and preventing others from misusing them, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Grants include $23 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control […]

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Contributed by Bobbie Todd For the past month if you have traveled anywhere you have seen your share of detour and road closed signs. Hurricane Florence was not invited into our lives by no means. She changed what we know as normal to utter chaos. One road at a time, they began to be repaired, […]

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  Elizabethtown, NC: Charlie and Dean Hilton of Hilton Auction & Reality in Elizabethtown are excited to announce their newest team member. Christian Campbell also from Elizabethtown recently accepted a position at Hilton Auction & Realty to start her new career as a Real Estate Broker. Campbell graduated from UNC Wilmington with a degree in […]

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Contributed The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown is having a can food drive for the month of October. Since our county has suffered so much the club decided to expand their drive and make it an annual event. The Kiwanians put a challenge out to both East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School. Both, […]

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By Erin Smith While the morning air had a crisp feel to it, the atmosphere at Lu Mil Vineyard’s NC Grape Festival Saturday was one of fun and laughter. The well attended event had plenty to offer from the soft sounds of jazz music to the laughter of the Grape Stomp event. Denise Bridgers estimated […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong East Bladen High School held its homecoming at Friday’s football game. The king, queen and court were announced. Share:

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This week is Fire Prevention Week! This year’s theme is LOOK. LEARN. LISTEN. Many deaths and injuries from fires happen in homes, but fires can happen anywhere. Use these fire safety tips to help prevent and respond to a fire in your home: Make sure your smoke alarms work. Choose interconnected alarms so when one sounds, […]

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Conditions deemed safe after Remnants of Hurricane Pass Through NC RALEIGH – North Carolina ferries resumed their normal schedules Friday morning, after heavy winds subsided and conditions were deemed safe by the state Ferry Division. Heavy winds from the remnants of Hurricane Michael, which pounded parts of North Carolina with wind and soaking rain, forced state […]

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On Saturday, October 27th, White Oak Fire Department will host our spring All You Can Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Plates are dine in or take out! Donations are appreciated. The fire department is located at 10838 NC 53W, PO Box 130, White Oak. Share:

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WASHINGTON, DC – Valley Fine Foods, a Forest City, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 35,516 pounds of heat-treated, not fully cooked meat and poultry products that may be adulterated due to presence of spoilage organisms that have rendered it unwholesome and unfit for human food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) […]

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Contributed The ancient arts of massage therapy and acupuncture are known all the world over for being methods of stress relief and healing. The members of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Elizabethtown Massage R & R as a new member during Tuesday’s luncheon meeting. Chamber Members also learned more about the services […]

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Upcoming Events

By Dora Brogdon This weekend will be filled with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fall weather. On Saturday morning  the Annual NC Grape Festival will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. No payment is needed to attend. Vendor spaces will be available and booth spaces are free. The Grape Stomp […]

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WINSTON-SALEM – High school and college students who are interested in careers in the arts are invited to visit the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem for a day and discover why it is the place for exceptionally talented students to study and thrive. Fall Open House has been scheduled for […]

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By Erin Smith The annual NC Grape Festival is on go for this Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard. Admission to the festival is free. The band for this year’s event is the “Three to Get Ready” jazz band. “Jazz is a type of music we have not […]

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Contributed Many property owners are still recovering from damage received in Hurricane Florence. Since the hurricane hit, Bladen County citizens have been scrambling to repair and recover communities. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard from Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC at their last meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. The company’s owner, Daine Smith, […]

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The 12th Annual NC Grape Festival at Lu Mil Vineyard is almost here and we are ready to celebrate! This year’s festival is Saturday, October 13, from 9 am until 3 p.m. After all the destruction to our communities recently, we are encouraging everyone to come spend some time with us for a free family […]

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Contributed Hurricane Florence victims of Bladen County may benefit from Free Laundry Day at a local laundry mat. Quarters for a Cause was organized by Cornelia Hester and Tina Brock.  Brock said, “We are real excited about this event.” The two announced two loads of laundry per family effected by Hurricane Florence may be washed […]

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces $141 million in school construction grants to 13 districts North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that $141 million in grant funds from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund will be awarded this year to school districts in Anson, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Cherokee, Columbus, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Nash, Swain and […]

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The Bladen County Shrine Club’s annual fall Fish Fry has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 14. There will be two locations once again this year — the Fresh Food IGA in Bladenboro and the Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown. According to Phillip Little, one of the event’s many organizers, the reason for rescheduling the […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Cycle North Carolina Mountains to the Coast Ride took place as originally scheduled bringing around 1,200 tourists through Bladen County. The tourist event started on Saturday, September 29th, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The tour ended on Saturday, October 6th, with cyclists leaving Elizabethtown and heading to Oak Island. As the […]

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Making Christmas Brighter for Children of Storm Victims By Erin Smith A group of dedicated volunteers is hoping they can make Christmas a little brighter this year, for children whose families have been victims of Hurricane Florence’s flood waters. Debra Douglas said Camp Clearwater conducts a motorcycle ride each year in September, to raise money […]

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Facebook breach affects millions Contributed On Friday, September 28, 2018, Facebook announced an attack on its computer network impacting the personal information of nearly 50 million users. While Facebook has addressed the issue and informed law enforcement, you should still take steps to help protect yourself. Consider changing your password for Facebook. Use a strong password […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. James Allen Slape, 23, of Morehead City, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 4, 2018, as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation. Slape was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously. Sgt. […]

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Public Meeting

The Mother County Genealogical Society will meet October 13th from 12 noon until 2 PM in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building located at 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. Terry Smith Cain will speak on  Colonel James Gillespie, who served with distinction in the American Revolution. Gillespie was a delegate to the 1776 Halifax Convention […]

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An Evening of Music and Baseball to Be Featured in Clarkton By Erin Smith Congratulations to our second Facebook Fan Trivia Contest Winner, Matt Needham. Need ham has won two free tickets to a local concert. Currently, Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball is still on go for hosting an evening of music as one of their […]

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Contributed by Vickie K. Smith, Director, Bladen County DSS The Cooperative Site for the administration of DSNAP benefits closed on Wednesday, October 3, at 6:30 pm. Anyone may visit any of our other sites to apply for DSNAP benefits: Bladen DSS, 208 East McKay St, Elizabethown, NC Bladenboro Voluntary Fire Department,  519 West Seaboard St., Bladenboro, NC Centerville Baptist Church, 18577 […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston How many of us went out to eat in September? Was that before the hurricane or after? With all the storm damage and flooding it was difficult to get out of the house for a week or two. A few places remained open during the storm because they had generators, but many […]

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East Bladen High School

Contributed by Ashley Cashwell The East Bladen High School Homecoming Parade will be held on October 12, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. If anyone is interested in participating in the Homecoming Parade, please call or email Ms. Cashwell at East Bladen High School at (910) 247-4610 or adcashwell@bladen.k12.nc.us (There is No Charge to Participate) Share:

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By Charlotte Smith Anyone who has suffered through a tragedy in life knows it is better to give than to receive. Volunteers are needed at the Bladen County Disaster Relief Distribution Site at 108 South Cypress Street in Elizabethtown from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. daily, Monday through Saturday, to help those who have recently […]

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Photos contributed by Don White Written by Erin Smith While businesses and residents begin the process of rebuilding, Boost the ‘Boro members have been working to repair flood damage to the Bladenboro Farmers Market. The local Farmer’s Market is the host of fresh produce, handmade crafts and so much more. Hurricane Florence caused record breaking […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College Foundation and Bladen Community College Student Services joined forces to host the first annual Scholars Breakfast on Wednesday, September 12th . Scholars were invited to attend the breakfast to learn more about student services offered by the college, to get better acquainted with key college department representatives and gain a […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Cooper has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in North Carolina. The initiative is part of a month long campaign by the Department of Information Technology to educate people about cybersecurity threats and ways they can guard against them. “Data thieves continue to find new ways to try to get to […]

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Staff report Bladenboro has not only seen loss of homes and businesses, but has also suffered loss of Town personnel. Cherished Chief of Police, Chris Hunt retired Friday, September 28 after 23 years of service. John O’ Daniel, Town Administrator served his last day on September 10th. Just days before Hurricane Florence hit the small […]

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Contributed BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING BEGINS NOVEMBER 1st AT BCC DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will begin classes for men and women interested in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) on November 1 st , 2018. Over the past 25 years, the college has graduated more than 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to local, […]

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Contributed by Harry Meggitt   Confederate Riders MC presented Hot Rods restaurant at White Lake, owner Kim and family with a certificate acknowledging their outstanding support to the community by keeping their business open using a generator. “Without her loyalty to the community a lot of people would not of been able to have a […]

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