02/21/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:47 pm Time to register for Day School
  • 4:29 pm State Board of Elections votes for new election for Congressional District 9
  • 4:24 pm USDA 2018 Farm Bill Implementation Listening Session
  • 3:59 pm Candidate Mark Harris asks for new election
  • 3:47 pm Hayes Statement On Harris Decision
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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 private information from your […]

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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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Contributed by  Monique Travise Safe Kids Bladen will be hosting a car seat take back event. The purpose of this event is to exchange any damaged car seats from Hurricane Florence with new seats. The event will held October 18th from 3-7 PM or while supplies last in Elizabethtown beside San Jose Mexican Restaurant. If […]

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Contributed by Marianne Valentiner Maintain, don’t gain this holiday season with the 12th annual Holiday Challenge! This FREE 7-week program provides you with access to weekly newsletters, daily tips, healthy holiday recipes, and a virtual race through Rome. Last year’s Holiday Challenge was the largest to date with more than 28,000 participants from all 50 states, all 100 North […]

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Contributed Volunteers helping with disaster relief from Hurricane Florence was the topic of discussion at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club meeting. Rotary President, Col. Roy Allen, Bladen County teacher and Vertical Church member, Anita Willington and Cathy Page with Bladen Crisis Center told the members at the last club meeting about the great need for donations […]

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The second Saturday afternoon after Hurricane Florence was a work day for many in Bladen County. A lot of people were seen taking advantage of the sunny day to start recovering from the devastation left behind from the storm. Judge Douglas Sasser helped organize a work crew in Kelly. Local volunteers with Boost the Boro, […]

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By Charlotte Smith A representative with the North Carolina Department of Insurance would like all BladenOnline.com readers to know representatives are in town to assist victims of Hurricane Florence. Jared Lowery with the NC Department of Insurance said Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and other representatives with the department are stationed at the Elizabethtown Middle School […]

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RALEIGH – Hurricane Florence not only flooded many areas, knocked out power and destroyed the possessions of thousands of homeowners and businesses in North Carolina, it may have washed away household termite protection as well, Commissioner Steve Troxler said today. “If soil eroded from around the foundation of a house, or if more soil was […]

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Contributed by Ellen Gause Fifty years after they were first united on the battlefields in Vietnam, 18 veterans and 11 wives met again for their 8th annual reunion.  The venue for the gathering was the picturesque Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee.  These veterans served with the Americal Division, Alpha Company 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry […]

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By Erin Smith With the lifting of the evacuation order and curfew for the Kelly community, many residents have slowly begun to return to their homes. On Thursday, some residents on Natmore Road were taking advantage of the warm, sunny weather to drag their belongings outside to dry. Some homes along NC 53 still had trees […]

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Focus Remains on Linking Storm Survivors with Post Disaster Aid, Services RALEIGH: Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast, Governor Roy Cooper and emergency response teams are focused on helping those impacted by the storm across the state get back on their feet. The hurricane has claimed the lives of […]

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By Erin Smith There is a desperate need for volunteers to help man the Bladen County Disaster Distribution Site located in the former Paul. H. Sessoms building located at 108 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Kelly Robeson, Bladen County Disaster Relief Coordinator, said, “We are in desperate, desperate need of volunteers to come to the […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown Cemetery and bridge are causing great concerns for residents and officials. Since the hurricane waters receded the Elizabethtown City Cemetery and the U.S. 701 Bridge over the Cape Fear River have been compromised according to Town of Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia, Campbell. A substantial amount of debris has accumulated under the […]

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  New disaster relief distribution site for victims of hurricane located at 108 South Cypress St. in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker’s office released a missing person’s report on Chantal Kristen Carrico from Bladenboro on Thursday, September 27th in the early afternoon.  Major Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department reported there have been no new leads in Carrico’s disappearance. If anyone has any information, please contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s […]

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Sheriff Jim McVicker said a fire late Wednesday evening has resulted in the death of the homeowner. Joyce Beard Dowless, age 82, was found dead in her home located at 8511 NC Hwy 41, Bladenboro following a late night fire. A passing motorist saw flames coming from the house and stopped to get a neighbor […]

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An evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) will be held at the Carolina Civic Center Historic theater at 7 pm Saturday, October 13. From recording her first song at the age of two years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her […]

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Bladen County Environmental Health would like to remind everyone to “Tip and Toss” all items in your yard that can hold water in order to help control mosquitoes that come out during the day. *Beekeepers will need to call Environmental Health with the location of their beehives at 910-862-6852. Mosquito dunks are available to be […]

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The Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown will conduct a Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be spaghetti plates available for a cost of $5. There will be vendors available offering crafts, jewelry, crochet, canned food, snacks, woven  baskets, ornaments, and much more!! Bladen County Senior […]

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Descendants of Cornelius and Lucy Cain will conduct a family reunion on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. The reunion will be held at Windsor United Methodist Church, 12863 NC Hwy. 242 N, Fellowship Hall, Ammon, NC 28337. Please bring food or drinks to share with others. Also, please bring any photographs or documents to […]

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Bladen County Schools will be closed the rest of this week according to an announcement made earlier. Valerie F. Newton, Public Relations & Information Officer with Bladen County Schools stated in a press release, “Upon further assessment of road conditions throughout Bladen County by DOT and school transportation staff, we feel that the conditions are […]

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Dear readers, The outpouring of compassion seen in Bladen County is remarkable. We cannot possibly report on all the good deeds performed during this devastating time or begin to thank everyone involved in helping recover from Hurricane Florence. We would like to try to help give credit where credit is due, but we need your […]

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The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located on Smith Circle  is offering classes free of charge for the community. They are as follows: *Straw Bale/Wine Bottle Decoration A fun little project using a small straw bale and three empty wine bottles. I will provide a straw bale and hot glue. You will need to bring […]

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A fun little project using a small straw bale and three empty wine bottles. I will provide a straw bale and hot glue. You will need to bring three wine bottles, one string of 100 white Christmas lights and flowers or whatever you are using to decorate. This would be beautiful at the front door, […]

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Bladen County Schools

Valerie Newton, Public Relations & Information Officer released the following update regarding school schedules for next week. “At this time, we are unable to make a determination as to when students may return to school. Road conditions must be evaluated by DOT prior to being able to safely transport students. We will make an announcement on Tuesday […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Town of Elizabethtown Manager, Eddie Madden, would like to remind everyone the curfew for Elizabethtown has been lifted. Many have wondered why the town lifted the curfew when the county is maintaining their curfew daily. Madden answered that question by saying, “We lifted the curfew in hopes that our businesses in […]

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Bladen Community College will resume full operations on Monday, September 24, 2018 for students, faculty, and staff. This includes all day, evening, and online classes. Share:

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(NewsUSA)  – National Hispanic Heritage Month is here! Microsoft shares inspiring stories about Latinos driven by passion, determination, faith, love – and everything in between. Join the celebration sharing your story using #MicrosoftLatinx and #HispanicHeritageMonth. From Fisherman to Senior Program Manager: A Life Full of Perseverance and Hope Thirty years ago, I came to the U.S. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Emergency folks in Bladen County have been very busy, doing good, even halting rumors.  A rumor began to spread that Lock and Dam 1 on the Cape Fear River had failed.  Local Emergency Service folks and the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, stepped in and confirmed there was no failure.  The issue was flood waters were […]

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Photos by Kelly White “These men got a tree cut up – tree off the fence – a new pole set – new lines to our neighbors house – in less than 30 minutes,” Kelly White said. She added, “It was amazing to see the teamwork of these Tennessee and Georgia workers.” Share:

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We have only received updates from Bladen County Schools, Emereau: Bladen and Bladen Community College at this time regarding their schedules starting Monday. Bladen County Schools posted the following on their Facebook page regarding school closings: Please share: With continued severe impacts to our area from Hurricane Florence, Bladen County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Florence. The National Hurricane Center expects impacts from Hurricane Florence along the coastal southeastern U.S. into the mid-Atlantic region. According to the National Hurricane Center, flooding, hurricane […]

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By Charlotte Smith After Hurricane Matthew citizens were victims of price gouging, fraud and scams. Don’t let that happen to you. “After hurricane Matthew people in Lumberton were charged for tearing out damaged duct work at the same rate we charge for tearing out the duct work and installing brand new duct,” Daine Smith with […]

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Something else to think about while your are preparing for Hurricane Florence is your flags and signs. Folks should take their flags down if possible. Most flags are only rated for 70 mph winds. Also, political and other wire stand signs may need to be taken up to prevent damages. Share:

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Dublin Peanut Festival Canceled due to Hurricane Florence according to Jade Carter, one of the event organizers. Share:

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There is still hope, prayer and remembrance. Founded following the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks, Cry Out America is a grassroots prayer initiative signaling hope. Though the State of Emergency announcements canceled the local annual event organized to remember those who lost their lives 17 years ago, residents are still asked to pray. September 11, 2001 was a moment […]

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State Evacuation Ordered for Vulnerable Coastal Areas Read Executive Order Here With powerful and dangerous Hurricane Florence zeroing in on North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today issued a mandatory state evacuation order for vulnerable coastal areas. The state order is in addition to local evacuation orders already in place in most coastal communities. The storm is expected […]

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Update 3 : Several organizations, event organizers and schools have announced closings and delays due to Hurricane Florence. Below is the current list of closings and cancellations as of  Tuesday morning. In order to ensure the safety of staff, all branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Thursday, September 13- Saturday, September […]

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Emereau: Bladen Charter School will operate on a regular schedule on Tuesday, Sept 11. Carla Fisher, Executive Director of Emereau: Bladen announced the school will be closed for students and staff Wednesday, September 12th through Friday, September 14th due to predicted inclement weather.  Share:

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By Dr. Lisa Lee Bryan, MCP Get ready Florence is coming! Some technology tips. 1 – Back up everything and carry backups with you. 2 – Unplug all your computer/network equipment including printers. 3 – Get everything off the floor. Put on table tops.  4 – Cover and seal everything in trash bags. Make sure […]

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Due to expected weather conditions associated with Hurricane Florence, this Friday’s sold out concert by Masters of Soul at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton has been rescheduled to 7 pm Saturday, January 26, 2019. All tickets purchased for this show will be honored for the January 26 show with same seating. When a show is […]

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Currie, NC –  Due to the incoming Hurricane Florence and uncertainty of its trajectory, Moores Creek National Battlefield will be closed beginning Monday, September 10, 2018, and remaining closed until after the storm passes and park management can make an assessment of park conditions. For questions or concerns related to Special Use reservations, please send inquiries to mocr_information@nps.gov. […]

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Each day, 43 families in the United States will hear the dreaded news that their child has cancer. Some Bladen County residents are well aware of childhood cancer and the effects it has on children.  Cancer is the number one disease killing children from age six months to young adulthood. It is the leading cause […]

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking assistance from deer hunters to report wildlife observations from Sept. 8 through Jan. 1. Hunter observation information helps Commission biologists track long-term wildlife population and distribution changes, as well as provides valuable data on fawn survival and buck-to-doe ratios. Additionally, observation information is useful in understanding the impact […]

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Contributed Oyster Shell Ridge is one of the newer subdivision developments in Bladen County and is located right off of Owen Hill Road. There are many newer homes located here, and there will be more new homes coming soon as the plan is to begin another phase of development within the next few months. This […]

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By Charlotte Smith Our team at BladenOnline.com have been contacted by several different readers about citizens with disabilities being discriminated against or not having adequate services in the mother county. We are dedicated to helping our communities stay informed and help prevent discrimination of any kind. Therefore we are starting an educational series on disabled […]

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

RALEIGH, N.C.  — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority are seeking artists for their annual N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Print competition. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2019-2020 waterfowl conservation stamp, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp. Artists 18 years and older are eligible to enter the competition. Entries, along with a $50 […]

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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton presents an Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) at  7 p.m. Saturday, October 13. From recording her first song at the age of two years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her […]

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Bladen County Smart Start is now registering students for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. When you sign your child up, they will receive one free book each month until their fifth birthday. To learn more, contact Bladen Smart Start at 910-862-3335.   Share:

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Camp Clearwater of White Lake will host a Harvest Party on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vendors are being sought for the event. Reserve your vendor space for the 2018 Camp Clearwater Harvest Party. Spaces measure 10×10 and cost $20.00 each. To reserve your vendor space(s) please email the following information […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Good-bye August, and take your humidity with you. I remember when I was younger and lots of folks didn’t have air-conditioning in their homes. If they cooked dinner at home, they had to sit on the porch until 11 p.m. because that’s how long it would take for the kitchen to cool off after […]

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MKE, LTD, owner John White, has promoted Terry Joyce to Vice-President of Sales Operations for the State of North Carolina. Mr. Joyce’s duties will consist of recruiting and training of new sales representatives. MKE, LTD offers home improvement, masonry work, concrete work, and metal roofing. MKE ROOFING’s main office is in Bladenboro with satellite offices […]

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Members of the Bladenboro Veterans were joined by members of Boost the Boro for a couple of hours on Saturday morning to continue working on a joint initiative of what is referred to as the Downtown Corner project. According to Don White, President of Boost the Boro, “This is an ongoing effort that is being […]

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By Charlotte Smith A lot of folks were ready for five o’clock this Friday due to the long holiday weekend ahead. In Tar Heel, just past Smithfield, on Highway 87 North we saw a NC Highway Patrol Officer on his hands and knees helping a stranded motorist change her flat tire. By the time we […]

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Bladenboro Historical Building

The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is sorry to announce that the art exhibit planned for Sept. through Nov., by Ben Gordan, the caricature artist, will be postponed indefinitely, due to unforeseen circumstances.  We hope to have Ben with us in the future, and we will be announcing that at the time.  Thus, there will not […]

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It is almost time for the annual McKee Reunion.  Family and friends will meet at the Clarkton Presbyterian Church located at 10433 N. College Street, Clarkton, in the fellowship hall on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. to socialize and eat around 12:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite foods and any McKee family memorabilia you […]

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Staff report Thursday afternoon NC Governor Roy Cooper visited Bladen County to discuss Hurricane Matthew recovery needs, Emergency Services Training Center, education, and Farmers.  Watch our YouTube video featured below to find out what Gov. Cooper had to say while visiting the mother county.  Share:

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Upcoming Events

A dedication ceremony is planned for the former Bladen County Training School/Bladen Central High School Gymnasium located at 1360 Martin Luther King Jr.  Drive Elizabethtown, NC on Wednesday, September 5, at 10 AM. All graduates, attendees of the school and individuals in the community and surrounding areas are invited to attend. For additional information, please […]

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Elizabethtown, N.C – In September, Bladen County Health Services will host a car seat check for parents that travel with children. The event will be held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market, on Friday, September 28, from 10 am until 1 pm. The car seat check is for all parents that would like to ensure […]

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The time has come to educate, equip and elevate the community one family at a time. Please join FergusonStrong & Associates at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Please come learn how money works. You will also be able to enjoy vendors including jewelry, hats/bags, Mary Kay, & […]

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The sun rises again on the farm industry. Captured in this photo is the industrial park in Bladenboro. The park houses different farming industries and their operations.  Share:

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Staff report Many residents in Bladen County have reported an usual looking vehicle traveling the roads and highways this week. On Wednesday the vehicle was caught in Bladenboro.  The vehicle has been spotted in other areas of the mother county like Clarkton, Elizabethtown, White Lake and White Oak according to BladenOnline fans on Facebook.  Apple […]

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By Erin Smith Shoppers are getting their lists ready, and merchants are preparing their stores for the upcoming Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown. The annual event will take place Friday through Monday. Stores will be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise, as well as new fall arrivals, will […]

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Photos by BladenOnline.com, Rod Fritz and Andrew Finkler Contributed by Terry Smith Edited by Sheila Calloway Bagpipes and cannon fire burst through the serenity of a sunlit Sabbath as a few 18th Century-clad history enthusiasts hosted a gathering at Tory Hole Park August 26th to commemorate the 237th stage. Following an opening blast from an […]

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By Erin Smith Two Bladen County towns have been awarded NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grants. NC Governor Roy Cooper announced the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority have approved more than 6.7 million for projects throughout North Carolina. Locally, the town of Bladenboro was approved to receive $200,595 in grant funds for […]

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Contributed The Lumber River Area Agency on Aging (LRAAA) and Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) is having an Aging Conference “Charting the Course to Better Aging”.  The conference will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Southeastern Agricultural Center (1027 US Hwy 74 E, Lumberton, […]

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Bladenboro Historical Building

The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is glad to announce that September 8, 2018, from 2 until 5 p.m., we will have Ben Gordan, caricature artist, drawing caricatures while you wait during the reception for him.  We hope the public will join us and also will enjoy Ben’s other art forms, including semi-Realism and mixed media […]

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Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, has released tourist information for our state for 2017. With the tourist season winding down in Bladen County and southeastern North Carolina here are some figures from 2017 for counties in our area: Money spent (in millions) Bladen County..$40.55. Brunswick..$562.63. Columbus..$56.20. Duplin..$41.95. […]

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Contributed Cape Fear Teen Challenge will be holding their Walk for Recovery on Saturday September 29, 2018.. Registration begins at 8:30am and the walk begins at 9:00am. Please contact the Cape Fear Teen Challenge office (910)588-4115 to register for the walk or to make a donation to sponsor someone who is going to participate in […]

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Contributed Southern Belle Organics, Bladenboro, N.C., has hired Vince Ferrante to help the blueberry company expand into organic and conventional vegetables. Ferrante, executive vice president at Southern Belle, has a background in vegetables and berries, according to a news release. For 20 years, he helped manage Teixeira Farms, a Santa Maria, Calif., operation owned by his wife’s family. […]

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The NC Lottery announced today, “Thanks to you and your play of lottery games, the lottery raised $670 million in fiscal year 2018 for education programs in North Carolina. That’s the most in a single year ever.” The state’s lottery website made the following announcement. Education wasn’t the only big winner. Players won big too […]

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By Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways, North Carolina Department of Transportation OPENINGS: SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) opened August 23 at 5:00 pm. This was closed for crossline repair. It is open now ¾ Mi. S. of  NC20 UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) will close Monday, August […]

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By Dora Brogdon August 26: This Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. the Grape Escape will start and finish at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. Registration is $45 and riders can register online at https://www.active.com./cycling through August 24th. Anyone that still wants to attend can sign up onsite on the day at 11 a.m. […]

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Contributed A lot of people search for how to live a more fulfilling life. Matt Ham from Wilmington spoke about how to live a richer life during the weekly Elizabethtown Rotary meeting. Ham is a new business owner of a company by the name of YouPrint, LLC. Ham also wrote a book titled, “Redefine Rich”. […]

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By Erin Smith A large crowd said farewell to the carefree days of summer on Thursday night at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The North Tower band drew a crowd that danced throughout the evening. The annual Summer Sounds Concert Series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club met this week and the biggest topic on the agenda was service projects. Kiwanian Johnny Anderson reported on his experience at the Kiwanis Club’s convention held in Durham. “My take away is everyone is having membership issues.” Anderson said Greg McDonald is the new Governor and Joe Crostic is the […]

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Bladen Women’s Health Specialists and Kid’s Care were recently awarded the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics. The recipients of this award represent the best our state has to offer in terms of support for the breastfeeding family. Machelle Williams with the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition presented the award. She said that on average, about […]

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By Charlotte Smith A tariff by definition is a tax or duty to be paid on a particular class of imports or exports. President Donald Trump has applied tariffs on a list of Chinese imports, which took effect on Thursday, August 22nd. In exchange, China has applied tariffs on U.S. goods, according to Business Insider. […]

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Upcoming Events

Doing a few winter chores now will assure you  of extra time come spring. Come to class to find out what needs to be done and how best to take care of the lawn, vegetable garden, house plants, perennials and other outdoor spaces prior to the cold season. When: October 10, 6:00 pm to 8:00 […]

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Upcoming Events

A fun little project using a small straw bale and three empty wine bottles. I will provide a straw bale and hot glue. You will need to bring three wine bottles, one string of 100 white Christmas lights and flowers or whatever you are using to decorate. This would be beautiful at the front door, […]

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