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Road Closure Update

By Kenneth Clark, NCDOT According to Kenneth Clark with the NC Department of Transportation, due to concerns with having Center Road and Cabbage Road closed simultaneously,  NC DOT made a switch today and closed Marsh Road in lieu of Center Road. An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows: CLOSINGS: Cabbage Road Cabbage Road is closed at a location 1.24 miles south of Singletary Millpond Road in order to replace a crossline pipe damaged during the hurricane.  The location will be closed through the middle of next week. Marsh Road Marsh Road is closed at a location 0.64 miles north of NC 41 in order …..

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Bladen Community College Students Win at State Competition

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College students attending the annual SkillsUSA state competition in Greensboro have returned home with exemplary accomplishments. Welding student Savannah Schmidt has won first place in Jobs Skills Demonstration. Delilah Cramer received third place in Welding Art/Sculpture. Cosmetology students also received high honors. Allyson Hughes was awarded first place in Job Interview and Britney Porter won second place in Showplace Skills. East Bladen High school student Maniya Chatman received third place in the high school beginner skills competition in Cosmetology. First place winners Schmidt and Hughes will represent North Carolina at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. The national SkillsUSA competition is the world’s …..

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Man arrested in Clarkton shooting makes first court appearance

The man charged in the shooting death of Lonnie Level Smith of Clarkton made his first appearance in court Monday before Judge William Fairley. Harold Eugene Swindell, 47, of Clarkton, is charged with first degree murder and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently being held without bond. If convicted of first degree murder, Swindell could be facing the death penalty. No bond was set. Judge Fairley told Mr. Swindell he will be submitting his application for an attorney to the Indigent Defenders’ Office in Durham. The Indigent Defenders’ Office will appoint an attorney to represent Swindell. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for June …..

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Unemployment numbers for North Carolina drops for April 2017

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s April 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 3,721 over the month to 4,710,797 and increased 108,587 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 8,930 over the month to 234,768 and decreased 8,984 over the year.     Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 7,000 to 4,380,500 in April.  The major industries …..

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Bladen County proposed budget Public Hearing Notice

The proposed FY 2017-2018 Bladen County budget for all economic development activities has been submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration.  The County of Bladen budget for economic development activities include: Bladen County Economic Development Commission Salaries, retirement, and healthcare costs for two full time staff members and one part time member are $198,336, a portion of which is reimbursed by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial Inc.  Operating costs (advertising, telephone, utilities, memberships and dues, client entertainment, postage, copier costs, supplies, travel) are $22,095.  Bladen County will carry over to the 2016-2017 budget $144,000 that was allocated for product development in the FY16 budget.  The funds will also be allocated …..

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Bladen County Upcoming VFW Buddy Poppy Campaign

The Raymond W. Biglow VFW Post 8062 in Elizabethtown has scheduled its Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Campaign for Saturday, May 27th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Walmart and Tractor Supply locations. Donations are welcome but not required to receive a Buddy Poppy. Please come by and support your local VFW Post on this special day and wear a Poppy for a veteran. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the bloodshed by American service members. It reiterates that VFW will not forget their sacrifices. The Poppy movement was inspired by Canadian …..

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Bladen Veterans of Foreign Wars presented 2017 awards

The Raymond W. Biglow Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 8062 held their regular monthly meeting on Saturday, May 20th, and afterwards hosted a reception for recipients of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year, the Patriot’s Pen and the Voice of Democracy awards for the local Post. VFW Post 8062 Commander Oliver Gause presented the Teacher of the Year to Celeste Lennon of East Arcadia School. Nick Norris of Clarkton School of Discovery received the Patriot’s Pen award. Dylan Melvin of East Bladen High School was presented the Voice of Democracy award. The VFW Teacher of the Year award recognizes classroom teachers who teach citizenship education …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A new week begins, but first a look back. A recent article in newspapers nationwide compared ‘the average age at death’ by county, nationwide. Bladen County was on the lower end of the chart, but improving. In 1980, the average age of death in Bladen County was 70 years old. In 2014, it was 75. BladenOnline has had a couple of weeks of unusually high numbers. Week of May 7-13, 2017 Weekly Page Views: 175,660 (2nd highest in history) Weekly Visits: 37,778 (4th highest in history) Daily page views: 59,717 (May 12, 2017) (All Time Record) Weekly visits 37,778 (4th highest in history) Most read story 40,044: Bladen County teacher …..

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White Lake near drowning

 White Lake was the site of a near drowning on Saturday afternoon. The incident happened at 4:30 p.m. near Goldston’s Beach. According to Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw, a 17-year-old male entered the water to swim. Later a couple of boys swimming nearby noticed he was in trouble and helped the victim onto the pier. Kinlaw said the young man was conscious when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare as a precaution. Share:

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2017 White Lake Water Festival

The White Lake Water Festival continued today with a parade at 10 am. The crowd gathered to enjoy the beautiful floats, firetrucks, clowns, cars, local school bands, and lots of candy. The streets were lined with families enjoying their weekend get-a-way and the yearly festival with live music, several vendors selling hand crafted items, and fair foods. The White Lake Fire Department also gathered to sell BBQ and Chicken plates to raise money for their annual budget. The crowds worked their way from the parade to the festival area and continued on to purchase from the Fire Department to support the cause. Many members of other local Fire Departments supported …..

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Swindell turns himself in on murder charge in Clarkton shooting

The man accused of shooting to death Lonnie Level Smith on Wednesday at a Clarkton housing community turned himself in to authorities Saturday morning, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. Harold Eugene Swindell, 47, of South Page Road in Clarkton, is charged with first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He turned himself in about 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bladen County jail in Elizabethtown, McVicker said. He is expected to have a first appearance hearing Monday in Bladen County District Court. Smith, 38, of Jasmine Lane of Clarkton, was shot and killed during an altercation in the parking lot at Oakdale Homes in Clarkton …..

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Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Haunted House up in flames

Photo by: Rusty Marsh An early morning fire on Saturday has claimed the house which served as the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Haunted House. The house located on NC 211 near Abbottsburg was a total loss, according to Rusty Marsh with the Clarkton Fire Department. Frankie Burney, District 2 Director of Dixie Youth Baseball, said he received a telephone call notifying him of the fire at 6 a.m. The well attended event is a fall favorite for many people in Bladen and surrounding counties. Burney said those who attend the event often comment about the event “being the best haunted house around here.” He explained the haunted house is Clarkton …..

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Bladen County commissioners keeping close eye on mental health issues

  The Bladen County Commissioners have been asking a lot of questions about mental health and getting answers. Some answers are leaving more questions. Eastpointe, the Managed Care Organization for Bladen County’s Mental Health, Behavioral and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services provided the commissioners with a presentation of services and a Needs and Gaps report. The Eastpointe LME MCO Community Behavioral Health Service Needs, Providers and Gaps Analysis has a graph showing in the Fiscal Year 2015 the percentage of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse  Medicaid members [patients] served in Eastpointe’s area falls under the state average at about 5% served. The same report shows gaps of service in the six disability populations. All but two populations …..

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Beef franks recalled

JOHN MORRELL AND CO. RECALLS BEEF FRANK PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE FOREIGN MATTER CONTAMINATION WASHINGTON, May 19, 2017– John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to- eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The beef franks items were produced on January 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:  14 oz. sealed film packages containing “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS,” with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017.  16 oz. sealed film packages containing “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks,” with …..

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Migrant worker shot dead Friday night during home robbery

A migrant worker was shot and killed during a struggle Friday night during a home robbery on Oakview Trail in Elizabethtown, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. Oakview Trail is about three miles north of downtown Elizabethtown off Willard Tatum Road on the way to White Lake via U.S. 701. Leonardo Zongua, 33, was shot at least twice during the robbery, McVicker said. He was taken to Bladen County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident began about 9:30 p.m. Friday when six people were outside of their rented mobile home and were approached by “several black males described as being in their late teens to early 20s,” McVicker …..

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Cruisers and dance set the stage for White Lake Water Festival

 The 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival officially began on Friday evening, May 19, with a cruise-in and a street dance.  Helen Holt, a Meteorologist with Channel 3, was at White Lake a large part of the day for a spot light on the local television station.  About 15 vehicles showed up for the cruise-in while folks danced to the Southern Touch Band.  Tiina Mundy, Elizabethtown – White Lake Chamber of Commerce President said, “We have a variety of things going on at this year’s event.” She expects a large crowd tomorrow at the festival.  She explained, “There will be bands under two tents, arts, crafts, a car show, a tractor …..

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Senior Games winner presented medal

One resident of the Elizabethtown Nursing Center was all smiles on Friday afternoon. Judy Scott placed first in the Silver Arts category in the Lumber River Regional Senior Games which were held recently. Her first place win allows her to compete in the State Senior Games to be held in Raleigh September 16 through the 25th. On Friday, Twilla Allen with the Lumber River Council of Government accompanied Ursula Selles, the Coordinator of the Lumber River Regional Senior Games, to present Ms. Scott with her medal. “I’m excited,” said Ms. Scott about learning her acrylic painting of two horses in a field had won first place in the Senior Games. …..

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Crash at NC 20 and Chickenfoot Road slows traffic

Traffic was moving slowly on NC 20 Friday morning after two vehicles collided in the intersection of NC 20 and Chickenfoot Road. No serious injuries were reported. NC Highway Patrol Trooper R. L . Walker said Daniella Takela George of Raeford was traveling south on Chickenfoot Road and failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign at NC 20. Anna Alicia Hernandez of Raeford was traveling east on NC 20 when George’s vehicle collided with her vehicle. Ms. George was charged with failure to yield the right of way at a duly erected stop sign. There were three passengers riding in Ms. Hernandez’s vehicle. They were Henry …..

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Crime Report

Elizabethtown PD still following leads in murder

The Elizabethtown Police Department are still following leads in the murder investigation of an immigrant that took place in June at 902 Church Street in Elizabethtown. According to investigators, the murder was the result of a home invasion-type robbery. “By no means is this case closed,” said Lt. D. Cheshire. He said there are several persons of interest and leads that are still being investigated. The NC State Bureau of Investigation is also assisting the department in the case. Lt. Cheshire said authorities believe the individual or individuals responsible for the crime were familiar with the area. The victim, Blandio Nolasco Morales, 24 years of age, was a farm laborer. …..

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John Bowen Signs to Play Basketball at Belmont Abbey

DUBLIN – West Bladen senior John Bowen made it official Thursday when he signed his Letter of Intent to play basketball at Belmont Abbey College.   Bowen had given his verbal commitment via twitter one week earlier after sorting through loads of interest and seven actual offers.   “I probably had more than 150 calls about John,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “I talked with more coaches about John than I did for all the other recruits that we have had here combined.”   The seven offers came from Centerville, OH, Elizabeth City State, Chowan, Georgian Court, NJ, Fayetteville State and Lenoir Rhyne as well as Belmont Abbey. Others …..

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Weekend Events for Bladen residents

By: Dora Brogdon This weekend White Lake will be holding its 39th annual Water Festival for the residents of Bladen. The festival begins this Friday at 6 pm and will last till 9 pm. It will start back up on Saturday morning at 10 am and will be over at 11:30 pm. There will be lots to do, from a Car Cruise to Barbecue Plate Sale by the White Lake Fire Department and more. Read more about events on our Events Page. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The 2017 edition of the White Lake Water Festival begins today, and continues through late Saturday evening. BladenOnline has all the events posted on our news page. Some members of the East Bladen Track team will participate in the state meet today at NC A&T University, Greensboro. President Trump is set to visit 5 countries over the next 8 days. He is joined by some family members and staff. The first 2 stops of this trip are Saudi Arabia and Israel. You can always do more than you think you can. John Wooden Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost. Mistakes are proof that you’re trying. Do …..

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Marching orders at a new Hardee’s

The town of Tar Heel has a new business in town. Hardee’s, the new fast food restaurant, is not only offering food, but job opportunities for the local small town. The West Bladen High School Band helped the new establishment celebrate by performing a small concert at their Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.  The privately owned franchise is located at the intersection of NC Highway 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road. There was a large crowd drawn at the official event. Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker, along with other dignitaries and citizens, welcomed Hardee’s to the community. View the video of the West Bladen High School Band …..

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Bladen County charter school announces parade schedule

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold on campus parades on the following days and times this month.  The Public is invited to attend. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold on campus parades on the following days and times this month.  The Public is invited to attend. 19 OCT 2017 4:00 pm Armed Forces Day Parade This parade honors the men and women currently serving in the United States Military.  All members of the United States Armed Forces are invited to attend. 24 MAY 2017 9:00 am Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Parade All Law Enforcement Officers past and present are invited to attend. 25 MAY 2017 9:00 …..

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PBLA Commencement information

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold its 2nd Commencement Exercise on 27 May 2017.  The ceremony will take place in the Bladen Community College Auditorium at 1000 a.m.   The commencement speaker will be Kevin Wendling Headmaster of the Robert Land Academy.   Robert Land Academy is Canada’s only high school military academy.  Major Wendling is the second headmaster in the Academy’s thirty nine year history. Wendling was appointed as Headmaster of Robert Land Academy, Wellandport, Ontario, Canada in August of 2016.  Prior to this appointment he held the post of Deputy Headmaster from January 2016 till August of 2016. Mr. Wendling holds a Master of Religious Education from the …..

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BCC Curriculum Graduation Honors Students

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College honored 224 graduating curriculum students at its commencement event on May 16. College president William Findt welcomed graduates to the ceremony and Board of Trustees chairman Dennis Troy greeted the assembly. The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Male Chorus provided musical entertainment. Guest speaker Robin Gary Cummings, M.D., Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, shared his personal story, describing his family farm roots, his inspiring high school teacher who planted the seed that Cummings should become a doctor, and his remarkable career as a cardiothoracic surgeon. “I had the God-given opportunity to hold 3,000 hearts in my hand.” He encouraged graduates, stating “You …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Shooting Update 2: Investigation continuing in Clarkton shooting

An investigation into the Clarkton shooting death of Lonnie Smith is continuing and no arrests have been made as of Thursday morning. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, investigators are still continuing to question suspects. Chief Deputy Guyton, told Bladen Online the shooting occurred at about 6:05 p.m. at Oakdale Homes in Clarkton. Two individuals were detained for questioning at that time.  The father of the victim, Bernard Kemp, told Bladen Online at the hospital his son, Lonnie Smith of Jasmine Lane in Clarkton, was shot multiple times and had died as a result of his injuries. Ms. Augusta Smith is the mother of the 37 year old deceased man …..

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Bladen County Beauty Guru gives 6 tips

Bladen County has many types of talented people. YouTube has helped one local resident show off his talents and beauty. Known as, Curly Guy, on his YouTube Channel, Dawan Pearson, has been a favorite of BladenOnline.com for years. Now Allure Magazine has showcased our hometown beauty expert on their online platform. Curly Guy gives tips on some do’s and don’ts in the Allure article. Read it at: http://www.allure.com/story/natural-hair-male-vlogger Check out the latest Curly Guy video on his YouTube Channel. Share:

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Bladen Community College graduates one of the largest classes

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Bladen Community College conducted their graduation ceremony on Tuesday evening and graduated one of the school’s largest classes with 224 students earning degrees and certificates. Bladen Community College Board of Trustees President Dennis Troy welcomed everyone to the ceremony and challenged the graduates reminding them they have the opportunity to “change the world.”  Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt welcomed the graduating students and their families to the event. The Baldwin Branch Male Chorus performed a variety of songs for the ceremony. University of North Carolina at Pembroke Chancellor Dr. Robin Cummings gave the commencement address. He said many students who earn Associate Degrees at BCC …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The 39th edition of the White Lake Water Festival is just hours away, begins tomorrow (Friday) with a Street Dance at Goldston’s Beach featuring Southern Touch Band (free) from 7-9 PM and Classic Car Cruise in at 6:30. Saturday morning, the Parade begins at 10 AM. This years Grand Marshall is Mike Minter, Campbell University Head Football Coach. We have the complete line-up of all activities on our Events page. Finishing touches are being applied to the new Bladen County Detention Center, scheduled to open in the next few weeks. It’s located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown, across the street from the Ag Center. Graduation date for East Bladen Seniors …..

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Bladen County Opiate Related Deaths go from 0-5

In the past ten years opioid addictions have turned into a crisis. North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper reported on new data released on May 16th, showing a sobering local impact of the opioid crisis. In 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid-related deaths, a 73 percent increase from 2005 according to the newly released data. Bladen County Opiate related deaths went from 0 in 2005 to 5 Opiate Related deaths in 2015. “Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation,” said Governor Cooper. “This is a uniquely challenging crisis for our communities and will require a new level of collaboration between law enforcement, treatment-providers, and those in recovery. I am …..

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Thom Tillis doing well after Capital Challenge 5K

Background information Senator Tillis has been released from the hospital and is doing very well. He became dehydrated and overheated during today’s ACLI Capital Challenge and collapsed. Several good Samaritans, including Capitol Police, immediately provided assistance to the Senator, including chest compressions. The Senator was taken to the hospital, and doctors found the episode was caused by overheating. He was released after receiving a clean bill of health.  Senator Tillis is incredibly grateful to the good Samaritans who assisted him at the race and the medical professionals at the hospital.   Share:

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Farmers should prepare for hurricane season

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year, considering many are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew is a painfully fresh reminder of just how important it is to have an emergency plan for your farm, food company or agribusiness,” Troxler said. “Take precautions and think through your plan now, and discuss it with your employees and family. Doing this can help no matter what emergency strikes.” Scientists at N.C. State University are predicting 11 to 15 named storms in the Atlantic basin this year, numbers in line with the average since 1950. Of those storms, four …..

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Bladen County man dies from gun shot wounds

UPDATE: Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton first reported the shooting on Wednesday evening. The shooting occurred at Oakdale Homes. One person was shot on Wednesday afternoon in Clarkton and two people have been detained for questioning, according to Guyton’s report. Chief Deputy Guyton told BladenOnline that the victim, a male, was in serious condition when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Hospital. While at the hospital in Bladen County, Mr. Bernard Kemp, introduced as the father of the victim, told a BladenOnline.com reporter his oldest son [Mr. Lonnie Smith] had been shot multiple times. Mr. Kemp said the hospital staff informed him his son died. The hospital …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Shooting In Clarkton

UPDATE: Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton first reported the shooting on Wednesday evening. The shooting occurred at Oakdale Homes. One person was shot on Wednesday afternoon in Clarkton and two people have been detained for questioning, according to Guyton’s report. Chief Deputy Guyton told BladenOnline that the victim, a male, was in serious condition when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Hospital. While at the hospital in Bladen County, Mr. Bernard Kemp, introduced as the father of the victim, told BladenOnline.com reporter his oldest son [Mr. Lonnie Smith] had been shot multiple times. Mr. Kemp said the hospital staff informed him his son died. The hospital parking …..

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Another Bladen County Road Opened

Hurricane Matthew left Owen Hill Road in Elizabethtown closed for seven months. Elwell Ferry Road has been open and closed since the big storm. NCDOT announced some new openings this week. Wednesday May 17th, Kenneth Clark with NCDOT announced Owen Hill Road is now open again for traffic. An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows according to Clark: OPENINGS:   SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) North of NC 211 Business SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) north of NC 211 Business will open just after noon today.   SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) is open.   CLOSINGS:   SR 1100 …..

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Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop Luncheon

In July of 2016 the first Adopt-A-Cop event took place in Bladen County, a chance for the community to show appreciation for the 118 local officers and three canine officers that serve our communities. Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, the most recent Adopt-A-Cop took place in Elizabethtown at the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Center. The luncheon sponsored by First South Bank (of Elizabethtown), Subway, Cape Fear BBQ, Burney’s Sweets & More, A Bite of Delight and Taylor Jackson (pageant queen from Grays Creek/Fayetteville area), and members of the Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop organization. “All officers and canines were adopted by members of the community encompassing one adoption from Hickory, NC and two adoptions from Alaska, which …..

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Bladenboro Board talks about state of town parks during budget meeting

The Bladenboro Town Board met on Tuesday night to resume discussion of the proposed 2017-18 budget. The board held a lengthy discussion about the state of the town’s parks, namely Wateree Park. After asking each Town Commissioner if they had anything they wanted to discuss, Mayor Rufus Duckworth said, “One thing I think we’re going to have to look at—I think we’ve got in here (the proposed budget) about $5,000 for the parks. I think everybody here has had the opportunity in the last week to go out to Wateree Park. We’re going to need some more money. We’ve got some major stuff we’ve got to do out there.” One …..

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BCC Celebrates High School Completion Graduates

DUBLIN – Forty-six students walked across the stage to receive their high school completion diplomas at the Bladen Community College Readiness Commencement Program in May. Student speaker Samantha Haverty encouraged graduates. “This is only the beginning!” she stated. “After 13 years and seven failed attempts to get my high school diploma, it took only one attempt and six weeks at Bladen Community College for me to succeed. Never give up on yourself. Never give up on your dreams.” Commencement speaker Kerry L. Shipman, Sr., who received his high school credential through the College Readiness Program at BCC, is currently a second year law student at the Charleston School of Law …..

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Sen. Thom Tillis: ‘I’m fine’

Sen. Thom Tillis issued a video statement on his Twitter account Wednesday from the hospital saying, “I’m fine,” after collapsing  during a race in Washington, DC. View his statement here: https://mobile.twitter.com/SenThomTillis/status/864839398575280136/video/1 Sen. Tillis was competing in the ACLI Capital Challenge Three Mile Team Race held in Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C. The proceeds from the race go to charity. According to reports, he was leading his own team in the race. He is a junior Senator from North Carolina. He was elected to the US Senate in November 2014 and prior to being elected to the US Senate, Tillis served in the North Carolina General Assembly. Share:

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Sen. Thom Tillis collapses

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis collapsed Wednesday morning during a race in Washington, DC. According to reports he was taken from the scene by ambulance after CPR was administered.  Several reports indicated Sen. Tillis was revived and breathing as he was taken from the scene. It is not immediately known which hospital he was taken to for treatment. He was competing in the ACLI Capital Challenge 3 Mile Team Race. The race is touted as drawing competitors from all over Washington, DC. According to WECT, Sen. Tillis was leading his team in the race and the proceeds from the race go to charity. Sen. Tillis, 57, is a junior senator from …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

A couple of baseball thoughts. Elizabethtown Middle School baseball team finished their 2017 season 6-0 according to John Clark’s articles. The Cougars, coached by Tripp Lancaster, reportedly scored 90 runs, allowed 3 for the season. Great season. Baseball America is touting MacKenzie Gore, Whiteville Wolfpacker, as the top left-handed pitcher in the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft. The 6-2, 180 pound prospect has committed to East Carolina, but may never arrive in Greenville. The article indicates he is a sure first rounder. Gore has been rumored as high as number 3 to the San Diego Padres and would make a good fit with Atlanta who has the number 5 pick. …..

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BCC Graduates Associate Degree Nursing Students

  DUBLIN – Bladen Community College graduated its largest associate degree nursing class ever in May, with a pinning ceremony for 31 nursing students. The service included remarks of appreciation by students Candace Erin Tatum-Merritt and James Zachery Davis. Heather Grimsley was selected by her fellow students to receive the Professional Nursing Award, for demonstrating strong leadership qualities and providing a worthy role model for others. The Florence Nightingale Award was given to Doris Worley, by faculty choice, as the student with the strongest theory and clinical application skills. Jessica Stanley was recognized with the highest grade point average with the Outstanding Student Nurse Award. Marshalls for the occasion were …..

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Bladen County Roads Update

Kenneth Clark NCDOT An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows: OPENINGS: SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) North of NC 211 Business SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) north of NC 211 Business will open just after noon today. SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) is open. CLOSINGS: SR 1100 (Center Road) SR 1100 (Center Road) remains closed just south of SR 1121 (Zion Hill Church Road) in order to replace a damaged crossline. The road will open tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) SR 1128 (Barry Lewis Road) remains closed at a location 0.98 miles north of SR 1176 …..

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39th annual White Lake Water Festival on tap

There is excitement in the air as business owners, residents and town officials are gearing up for the 39th annual White Lake Water Festival. The annual event is set to take place this weekend with plenty for everyone to see and do. The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with a Classic Car Cruise in at 6:30 p.m. and a street dance featuring the Southern Touch band from 7 until 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach. The Bladen County Firefighters Association Honor Guard will hold a pancake plate sale at the White Lake Fire Department from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $5. On  Saturday, the annual White Lake …..

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Mental Health top discussion for Bladen County Commissioners

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meetings lasted for over four hours Monday evening. Mental health and substance abuse has been a topic of many discussions the commissioners have reported and yesterday the topic took a large majority of the time. Commissioners noted the lack of mental health and substance abuse services in Bladen County and the importance of finding solutions to these concerns. Eastpointe, Bladen County’s managed care organization for substance abuse, mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities was represented with three staff members and three of their network providers at the commissioners meetings. One important thing to take away from the presentation according to Chairman Charles Ray …..

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Bladen County employees receive critical incident training

Bladen County employees were presented training by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for Critical Incidents last week. This training fosters work place safety and awareness concepts. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker wanted this training completed to enhance employee safety at work and at home, according to Sgt. Gary Turlington of the BCSO Training Division. Additionally, through employee awareness the community is better prepared by having these leaders trained in Crisis Response ideology. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin’s office fully supported the training session, stated Sgt. Turlington. “Safety is a lifestyle and mindset. It doesn’t favor the untrained and unprepared,” said Sgt. Turlington. According to Turlington, there were six classes delivered …..

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Bladen County Schools property going to continue education

The Bladen County Youth Focus Project along with Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy staff, parents and students were in attendance at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday evening. The Board of Commissioners received a request from Dr. Robert Taylor about the Bladen County Schools’ property which was of interest to Bladen County Youth Focus Project and the local charter school. According to Bladen County Manager, Greg Martin, the request from Dr. Taylor was the county’s interest in obtaining a small piece of property at the location on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive now housing the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. According to Martin the land in question is …..

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Parvo eliminated at Bladen County Animal Shelter

The Bladen County Animal Shelter has been closed to the public since Tuesday, May 9th. The reason for the sudden shutdown was an outbreak of the Parvo virus according to Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. The Health and Human Services Director David Howard gave an update on the issue to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners Monday, May 15, at the regularly scheduled board meeting. Howard explained an animal control officer with the county took four dogs from the same residence due to the owner’s inability to care for the animals. The four dogs were taken to the local shelter. Howard said, after the five day holding period the dogs were released …..

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Charter Schools Clash at Lake Waccamaw

Leland, NC – Four local charter schools competed in a high intensity, academic, “Race of Champions” recently at Lake Waccamaw. Seventy students from Charter Day School, Columbus Charter School, Douglass Academy and South Brunswick Charter School participated. The event was held by The Roger Bacon Academy as the culmination of its yearly FASTAR (Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading) competitions. Each school hosted an intra-school FASTAR event from which their best competitors advanced to the Race of Champions. Columbus Charter School won the competition for its third Race of Champions title – more than any other school. Shree Bhagailia, a fifth grader from Columbus Charter School and fastest …..

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New law signed by Governor ends emissions testing for some counties

A new law signed by N.C. Governor Roy Cooper this month would end emissions testing for 27 counties in North Carolina. Here locally, only Cumberland, New Hanover and Onslow counties will be required to continue emissions testing on vehicles. The changes were included in a bill designed to offer “regulatory relief” to the citizens of North Carolina. According to WITN, state environmental regulators say North Carolina’s air quality is clean enough to allow for emissions testing of vehicles in only 22 counties. Before this law, 48 of the state’s 100 counties were required to perform emissions tests on vehicles. Counties who are still required to perform emissions tests are mainly …..

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Council man sentenced for sex offense with minor

A Council man plead guilty to statutory sex offense against a minor Monday in Bladen County Superior Court and was sentenced up to 21 years  in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office. John Wayne Parks, 58, of Railroad Street, was sentenced to between 166 months and 260 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections under the agreement with the state. Parks was arrested in March 2015 following an investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The case began in December 2014 when a 14-year-old victim told authorities that she had been inappropriately touched in her genital area by Parks while the two were on a hunting trip in Bladen …..

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Tar Heel Hardees location set to hold ribbon cutting

The Hardees Restaurant location in Tar Heel will celebrate their grand opening on Wednesday. The restaurant is located at the intersection of NC 87 and River Road. The Hardees will be open Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Festivities and give-aways will be taking place all day.  Manager Wanda Jacobs said  WKML will be broadcasting live from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the ribbon cutting is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. The West Bladen High School Band and flag team will be on hand beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Hardees Restaurants offers customers a menu that …..

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Former teacher makes first appearance on charges

A former West Bladen High School teacher made her first appearance in court on Monday afternoon.  Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Nikki Dennis presided over the proceedings. Shanna May Harrelson, 38, of Clarkton, was asked if she had seen the charges against her and she replied no. Dennis explained to Harrelson she could have either a court appointed attorney or she could hire an attorney of her choice. Dennis allowed Harrelson to complete the affidavit for a court appointed attorney and Andrew Wall was appointed to serve as her attorney. Assistant District Attorney Alisha Benjamin read the charges against Harrelson in court. The charges are as follows: disseminating obscene …..

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Flags lowered in honor of peace officers

Flags were lowered to half-staff on Monday in honor of National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day. The day is set aside to honor and remember our local, state and federal law enforcement officers who serve and protect our citizens and those who lost their lives in the line of duty. According to flagexpress.com one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty in the United States every 58 hours. National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day was signed into law by President John F Kennedy in 1962. A National Law Enforcement Memorial Walls in Washington, DC pays tribute to fallen law enforcement officers. According to Wikipedia more than 19,000 names of …..

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Bladen Community College presents update on nursing program

Sharron Thomas of Bladen  Community College presented an update of the nursing program to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. She noted that National Nurses Week is celebrated from May 6 through May 12. She noted that May 12 was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, one of America’s most notable nurses. “She is the icon for my profession and we celebrate her each year when we celebrate nurses,” said Thomas. She began her discussion by noting that one of our highest gross domestic products is health care. The number one profession in health care is the nursing profession, according to Thomas. The retirement of older nurses from the profession of nursing is …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Could not ask for a more beautiful day, and why not? It was Mother’s Day, 2017. Corrections to my Sunday edition of Thoughts. I mentioned my Grandpa Marshall Cain, stating he died at an early age, actually he died in the 1940s, and he was in his 60s. The road by his home was later named Marshall Cain Road. It’s located north of Bladenboro in the Zion Hill Church community. BladenOnline continues to amaze me. For the record: May 7-13, 2017 stats: Pages viewed: 175,660 (2nd most – record 177,077 January 3-9, 2016) Weekly visits: 37,778 (4th most – record 41,535 January 3-9, 2016) Daily Page views: 59,717 Friday, May …..

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Spring Homecoming at Harmony Hall

By: Tonya Bockover   Spring Homecoming took place on Saturday May 13th at Harmony Hall Plantation in White Oak, North Carolina. The Plantation dates back to 1768 and boasts that it is one of the oldest residents in Bladen County. Sunday Allen, History teacher at East Bladen High School, was on hand with members of EBHS’s History Club. Many of the students dressed in period costumes as they portrayed and informed visitors on the lives of those who spent their days there. In the Harmony Hall Chapel, EBHS History Club President, Ross Johnson, along with Ms. Sunday Allen spoke to Elizabethtown Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Allen and Johnson …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

400 people attended the Special Olympics sponsored by the Elizabethtown Jaycees. A group of Kelly parents ask for their children to be transferred to Elizabethtown Primary from East Arcadia. Fender and Lathan Cable Company began to operate in Bladenboro. The town of Elizabethtown was expanding the Elizabethtown Housing Authority from five to seven members. Share:

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East Bladen High School

NCHSAA Class 2A Baseball Play-offs:North Johnston 9, East Bladen 8

KENLY – North Johnston used 9 walks and only 2 hits to score 5 runs in their final 2 at-bats and pull out a 9-8 victory over East Bladen in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Baseball Play-offs. After the Panthers had taken the 9-8 lead in the home sixth, East Bladen’s rally in the top of the seventh was cut short by an interference call. Sophmore Shy Pone drew a lead-off walk and appeared to have stolen second on a 2-strike pitch, but the home plate umpire ruled that the batter interfered with the catcher’s throw that almost got Pone without the help from the ruling. Senior …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Mothers Day to all Mothers. Woke up this AM thinking about Mother’s Day over the years. As a youngster, remember that the day began by going to Zion Hill Baptist Church, north of Bladenboro, followed by a trip to Grandpa and Grandma Hesters’ (Kingsbury and Mary) followed by a trip to see Grandma Cain (Helen Anders Cain). Grandpa Marshall Cain died at an early age, think I must have been about 4 years old. Sometimes the order of the visits were reversed, but the visits were never in doubt. Always a good meal and time to play with cousins, some who lived nearby and some we seldom saw, their …..

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Portion of US 701 open after hurricane damage repairs completed

Hurricane Matthew’s destruction left a lot of roads closed and needing repair. U.S. 701 in between Bladen and Columbus county was closed from the storm’s damage. However, this week U.S. 701 between Elizabethtown and Whiteville has been opened once again. More roads are scheduled to open up soon in Bladen County. Share:

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Free Writing and Photography Workshops for Veterans

What Can’t They See? Free Writing and Photography Workshops for Veterans and Military Invisible Wounds of War Project, in partnership with The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, is offering free workshops for veterans and active duty military. The workshops are free, but pre-registration is required by email or phone. invisiblewoundsnc@gmail.com 910-208-0518. www.invisiblewoundsnc.com What Can’t They See? Writing Workshop for Non-Writers and Writers In your brave service to our country, you may have returned home with wounds that are invisible to other people. Writing about those wounds could lead to some healing, and maybe even give you the words to share the experience with your loved ones in …..

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Bladen 2017 Relay for Life

For more pictures:https://bladenonline.smugmug.com/2017-Bladen-County-Relay-For-Lif The 2017 Bladen Relay for Life took place at Elizabethtown Middle School on Friday May 12 from 11:00am to 11:00pm and was a successful event, raising money to find a cure for Cancer. Over the years the event has diminished in size and community support but the “love” and “support” of the people who still chose to attend was evident. The survivor walk was emotional for the entire crowd and a beautiful experience to be a part of. Many local churches and businesses offered foods and craft items to raise money for the cause. The overall proceeds have not been reported at this time but those details …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Relay For Life for 2017 was another successful event. It was held yesterday at Elizabethtown Middle School. This has been an Annual Event for many, many years and hopefully goals were met in the fight to defeat cancer. Some successes have been made, more are needed. Another example of volunteers doing good. Can’t help being a little frustrated when we are told proceeds from certain products will benefit designated needs. Example, gasoline taxes over the years were to be used to improve our roads, then we learn that some portion of the proceeds are used to balance the state budget, nothing new, been going on for many, many years. Secondly, …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Parents, staff and community support CSD

  The parents, staff and community’s support of Clarkton School of Discovery goes “Above and Beyond.” The local middle school will be headed to Disney in June for the National Junior Beta Club Convention. A BBQ plate sale is on schedule for Saturday, May 13th at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. Money raised will go towards helping all the students make it to the competition. Share:

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Crime Report

Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery of Riegelwood Federal Credit Union

GREENVILLE –United States Attorney John Stuart Bruce announced that today in federal court before United States Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Swank, BORENZO CORTEZ PATRICK pled guilty to Armed Bank Robbery and to Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence. During the defendant’s guilty plea hearing, the Government summarized the evidence supporting the defendant’s guilty plea. The evidence established that on December 22, 2016, at approximately 8:16 a.m., PATRICK robbed the Riegelwood Federal Credit Union (RFCU), located at 2065 Andrew Jackson Highway, Leland, NC, at gunpoint. During the robbery, PATRICK conducted a violent armed takeover of the credit union, and was carrying an AK-47 style assault rifle. Though …..

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Bladen County Teacher charged with sex crime

A West Bladen High School science teacher was charged Friday with sexual activity involving a student, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. Shanna May Harrelson, 38, of 3082 US 701 South in Clarkton, was arrested on charges of disseminating obscene material to a minor, crimes against nature and committing a sex act with a student, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Harrelson was placed under a $55,000 secured bond and is expected to have a first appearance hearing in Bladen County District Court on Monday. Harrelson was suspended without pay Friday by Bladen County Schools, it was announced. Harrelson had been suspended with pay April 26, the school system said in …..

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ALS receives funds from Bladen County

Aim for a Cure ALS Benefit Archery Shoot was held on Saturday, May 6th at Allen Brother’s Hunting Preserve. Event organizer, Alex Daniel, said he was excited to present the first annual fundraiser to help find a cure for the dreaded Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) disease. ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, displays varying early symptoms such as tripping, dropping things, and slurred speech according to the ALS Association. The patient eventually requires ventilator support as breathing muscles become compromised. The disease typically leads to death within three to five years, although some people endure for 10 years or more according to WebMD. Alex said he was very pleased …..

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East Bladen Junior Marshals for the 2017 graduation

Contributed photo and information East Bladen Junior Marshals for the 2017 graduation was announced early Friday, May 12th. The top Top 15 students of Junior class were selected as Marshals. The Head Marshal is, Jacob Russell Barber. All the Marshals for East Bladen High School are listed below: Barber, Jacob Russell Avery, Ayanna Unique Daniels, Lataiya DeVane, Hannah Catherine Dove, Nicholas Lee Ezzell, Tyler James Hogan, ShaHyra Unique Jessup, Dawson Taylor Johnson, Faith McDowell, Braydan Tyrese Melvin, Dylan Payne Norton, Tucker Reid Potter, Makenna Blair Smith, Kaley L Wax, Michael Leander Share:

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April Bladen Lottery Winners Announced

Bladen County Lottery winners for April was announced. A total of 10 lottery players were successful in winning. The most amount won in April was $6,000. The winners are listed below. $1,000 Winners: Brenda Cherry, Clara Murphy, George Clark, Barbara Robinson, Andy Cribb, Lonnie Burney, Elisabeth Venegas-esteva. $2,600 Winner: Wakiya Shipman. $3,000 Winner: George Page. $6,000 Winner: Alton Hopgood. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day In History May 12

 1792 – Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented. 1864 – US Civil War Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia. 1890 – Louisiana legalized prize fighting. 1902 – 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike called by the United Mine Workers after the owners have refused to recognize the UMW, negotiate or submit to arbitration. 1908 – Wireless Radio Broadcasting is patented by Nathan B. Stubblefield. 1921 – National Hospital Day 1st observed. 1932 – Body of kidnapped son of Charles Lindbergh is found in Hopewell, NJ. 1934 – “Cocktails For Two” by Duke Ellington hits #1. 1942 – 1,500 Jews gassed in Auschwitz. …..

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April Bladen Lottery Winners

April Bladen Lottery Winners Announced $1,000 Winners: Brenda Cherry, Clara Murphy, George Clark, Barbara Robinson, Andy Cribb, Lonnie Burney, Elisabeth Venegas-esteva. $2,600 Winner: Wakiya Shipman. $3,000 Winner: George Page. $6,000 Winner: Alton Hopgood. Share:

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Bladen Community College receives Cannon Foundation Grant Award

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has been awarded $140,000 from The Cannon Foundation to purchase advanced welding equipment. According to Dean of Engineering and Business Programs Edward Dent, “With a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) building on the horizon, this grant will allow our welding program to increase the variety and quality of certificates, diplomas, and associate degree programs offered at BCC for workforce development.” Assisting community colleges in Tier 1 counties in North Carolina is one area of focus for The Cannon Foundation giving, as they seek to improve lives and institutions in meaningful ways. Today’s job market requires high standards of mathematics, sciences, and machining. The …..

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Crime: Counterfeit bill passed in Elizabethtown

A man passed a counterfeit bill in Elizabethtown, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. On Monday, May 1, at about 9:57 p.m. a man walked into the Pizza Hut and asked for change for a $100. According to Lt. Cheshire, the clerk gave the man five $20 bills in exchange for the $100 bill. Shortly after the man left, it was discovered the $100 bill was counterfeit. Lt. Cheshire said the investigation into the incident is ongoing. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thursday is my favorite day of the week. I spend a couple of hours every Thursday reading statewide newspapers. For years it was a daily task and I shared results with nearly 300, mostly county and city managers statewide. Still have request for articles related to the work group, but share with just a few. For 25 years, I was Field Rep for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). Best job in the state. Thursday evening, for the past mmmm 20 to 25 years (guessing) I have shared the evening meal with siblings and my mom, prior to her death. Some habits are difficult to change, and in …..

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Updated Road Closings/Openings

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials have issued the following update of road openings / closings for Bladen County: OPENING Ballpark Road Ballpark Road is now open. Twisted Hickory Road Twisted Hickory Road is now open. CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed just south of Zion Hill Church Road in order to replace a damaged crossline. The road will be closed through the middle of next week. Webb Faulk Road Webb Faulk Road is closed 0.3 miles north of NC 211 in order to replace a crossline pipe. NC DOT anticipates the road will open late tomorrow afternoon. Owen Hill Road Owen Hill Road remains closed due to construction …..

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Bladen Community College Prepares for Graduations

DUBLIN – Two hundred and twenty four candidates for graduation will move their tassels from right to left as Bladen Community College awards diplomas to curriculum students on Tuesday evening, May 16. Likewise, 41 high school completion candidates will receive their high school credentials. Over one-third of the curriculum candidates will receive associate degrees in the arts and sciences that will transfer into four-year universities. With the growth of the Career and College Promise Program, 19 high school students will graduate from BCC with two years of college credits before their graduation dates from their respective high schools. Business technologies, public service technologies, and health sciences graduates also continue to …..

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Bladen County Judge Honored: Gov. Cooper Presents Medallion Awards for Volunteer Service

Honorees Receive Awards in State Capitol Ceremony This week, Governor Roy Cooper presented Medallion Awards for Volunteer Service to honorees at the State Capitol in Raleigh. “Volunteerism teaches us all that we need to know about being good neighbors and better citizens,” Gov. Cooper said. “Volunteers are the best of us, and those of you being honored today have gone above and beyond.” Gov. Cooper issued 22 Medallion Awards in 14 categories to the following recipients: Animal Volunteer Category Tyra Scroggins, Cause N Dog Rescue Service Disaster Volunteer Category Judge Doug Sasser, Hallsboro Fire Department Emmett Smith, Dare County Emergency Management Faith-Based Volunteer Category Asbury United Methodist Church and Pastor …..

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Celebrate Nurses with Bladen Healthcare

Nurses Week is celebrated internationally each year May 6-12.   Locally,  Bladen  Healthcare invites all nurses-past, present and future- to celebrate two special events during this week. Tuesday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. the annual Blessing of the Hands will be held at the Nightingale Tree, located at Bladen Healthcare. This ceremony is a non-denominational, cherished hospital tradition.  The blessing provides a spiritual renewal for nurses, linking the art of nursing with the science of nursing practice.  Each year we gather to celebrate “our calling” and the unique gifts of each nurse. The Nurses Week Committee has chosen Dr. Pearly Graham-Hoskins to lead the ceremony. Thursday, May 13 at 7:30 …..

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National Nurses Week is May 6-12, 2017

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners made a proclamation for Nurses Week. Read it now: https://bladenonline.com/ wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ National-Nurses-Week- Proclamation-2017.pdf?utm_ source=rss&utm_medium=rss Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ever feel you are overwhelmed by news reports from around the world, Washington, DC and Raleigh, NC, and it seems it is mostly ‘bad’ news? Head of FBI fired, Russia intervening in our elections and others around the world, do we have an Independent investigation or leave to Congress and the President, some who’s names are being ‘batted around’ as participants? In Raleigh, one squabble after another. Plane crashes in Myrtle Beach, fire kills several in campground, drug arrest continue in our area, Dog Pound is sick and closed, what do we do about our schools? Hard to look to our religious leaders for direction, they are busy as many …..

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Bladen County Board Of Education Community Forum

By Amy Schumacher The Bladen County Board of Education conducted their fourth and final community forum meeting at Elizabethtown Middle School concerning the consolidation of schools in Bladen County. The Board Of Education Superintendent, Dr. Robert P. Taylor, presented the findings and facts concerning the condition of many of our schools and the associated costs that can be expected. The $38 million dollar projected price tag would encompass building a school in the Tar Heel area that would serve k-8 grades, repairing the roofs of both the East Bladen and West Bladen High schools and building Field Houses at both high schools.  Two schools are in very bad disrepair and with the consolidation …..

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White Lake Prepares For 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival

By: Joy Warren The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday evening, announcing the 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival to be held on May 19-20th.  The parade will be held on Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m.  Everyone is invited to attend all the scheduled events. Mayor Womble introduced Mrs. Kimberly Grey, a new employee in the administrative department.  Mrs. Grey and her husband, Alex live in White Lake.  He works at Harrells Christian Academy. A request was received from Twilla Allen with the Lumber River Council of Government asked the Board to adopt a proclamation claiming May as Older American Awareness Month.  The …..

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Rotarians learn about solar farms

Solar farms are growing in popularity and North Carolina is one state where they are prevalent. The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard a presentation from Gregg Cohn, Vice-President of Engineering with Four County Electric Membership Corporation, last week regarding solar farms. Cohn said that as a cooperative, Four County remains neutral on the issue of solar energy. He said the company has certain mandates for power they have to meet. Cohn said it makes more sense to buy renewable energy certificates on the open market rather than constructing solar farms. Cohn said in 2007 a Senate bill was adopted that mandated energy companies had to start going “green” …..

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NC Superintendent Thanks Teachers during 2017 Teacher Appreciation Week

NC Superintendent Mark Johnson marked National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12) and National Teacher Day (May 9) by posting a video message to teachers across North Carolina public schools and public charter schools. In the message, Superintendent Johnson noted his gratitude to teachers for all the roles they assume to help students succeed. He also called teachers “the most important part of a student’s learning in school.”   National Teacher Appreciation Week was first formally recognized by the National PTA in 1985. Each year, schools and communities make a special effort to say thank you to local teachers for their key contributions in students’ lives and in the community. In North Carolina, …..

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Bladenboro board hears budget recommendation

The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday and recognized Andy Coleman for 30 years of services to the town. Mayor Rufus Duckworth presented Coleman with an engraved watch to commemorate the event. Also, the Bladenboro Town Board received their first look at the proposed 2017-18. The proposed total budget is for $1,702,180, said Town Administrator John O’Daniel. The board scheduled a budget workshop for May 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. O’Daniel told the board the proposed budget is a decrease from last year’s budget of 1.9 percent due to several items that were debt service that have been removed contributing to the decrease. The Consumer Price Index which town staff …..

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Elm Street repairs topic of Bladenboro Town Board meeting

By: Erin Smith Badly needed repairs for Elm Street were the topic of discussion during the Bladenboro Town Board meeting on Monday. Lloyd Hayes, who resides on Butler Mill Road addressed the board during the Open Forum section of the meeting regarding issues with the condition of Elm Street. “I rode down to the end a while ago and it looks like somebody has fixed the holes,” said Hayes. He said the area to which he was referring to is located in front of the senior citizens center. Hayes said it was his understanding the town is responsible for paving the roads and he would like to know if there …..

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Bladen County Animal Shelter closed due to illnesses

The Bladen County Animal Shelter announced on Tuesday, May 9, the local shelter will be temporarily closed. According to Marianne Valentiner with the Bladen County Health Department the Bladen County Animal Shelter will be closed until May 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. The reason for the temporary closure, Valentiner gave, is due to several animal illnesses in the shelter.  The county representative used the term Parvo. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs confirmed Tuesday afternoon two adult dogs have died as a result of Parvo Virus. “We had four adult dogs in the shelter who came from the same residence and they were here at the shelter for five days. They were released to …..

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Bladen County Democratic Party announces upcoming meeting and update from convention

Contributed photos and information The Bladen County Democratic Party County Convention was held on Saturday, April 8th in the Bladen County Courthouse Superior Courtroom. The featured guest speaker was Christian Cano, Democratic candidate for the 9th Congressional District. Bladen County Democratic Executive Officers were elected as pictured: Chairman Ben Snyder; 1st Vice Chair Althea Weaver; 2nd Vice Chair Patsy Sheppard; 3rd Vice Chair Cristin Hursey; Secretary Janet Hall; and Treasurer Iris Martin. The next Bladen County Democratic Party meeting will be held on May 11th, with the Democratic Women meeting at 6:00 p.m. and the Democratic Party meeting at 7:00 p.m. All registered Democrats are urged to attend this very …..

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Update from NCDOT on Bladen County roads

The NCDOT released an update on Bladen County roads opening and closing. SR 1003 (Twisted Hickory Road) did not open on Monday afternoon, but is scheduled to open this afternoon, May 9th, 2017. SR 1100 (Center Road) will still close Tuesday but it will be in the afternoon instead of in the morning. Share:

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NC Gov. Cooper proposes more education funding for support personnel in Bladen County

NC Gov. Cooper announced a proposed budget for flexible spending, in a press release. Governor Cooper’s budget proposal, Common Ground Solutions for North Carolina, allotted $20 million in flexible funding for schools to hire additional instructional support personnel—teaching assistants, assistant principals, nurses, behavioral support staff and others. “To succeed, we must make sure our kids have the support they need,” said Governor Cooper. “My budget recommends investments in support personnel like teaching assistants and nurses, who help our students in every facet of their education. I urge the General Assembly to make this investment.” In the new budget Bladen County would receive $58,468 for support staff. In addition the press release …..

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Bladenboro Pastor speaks to Rotary Club

The Bladenboro Rotary Club meets every Monday at the community center in Bladenboro. The guest speaker for this week’s meeting was a local pastor, Rev. Larry Hayes. Rev. Hayes enlightened the group on the local neighborhood watch program according to Rotarian Pam Benton. The dedicated citizens on patrol to stop crime meets the 3rd Thursday of each month in the conference room of the Bladenboro Police Department according to Rev. Hayes. Anyone interested in attending the neighborhood watch program is invited to attend. The Bladenboro Rotary Club is also planning their annual Golf Tournament. READ MORE Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Mother’s Day is Sunday, plan accordingly.  If your mother is still living, you are fortunate.  Enjoy! They love attention and have earned it. Kris Williams is the new West Bladen High School football coach.  John Clark has all the details on our sports page.  Check it out. Wish there was less partisanship at the state and national level of our government.  Think both parties have some good ideas, but it appears on far to many issues, it’s my way or no way. And forget Independents.  The reason there are Independents is they are usually highly opinionated individuals who seldom agree with anyone on anything. I do believe our political system is begin influenced …..

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CSD Bridge Building Competition Champs

Clarkton School of Discovery competes yearly in the NC DOT Bridge Building competition. Our team of seventeen won the regional title in March, with a bridge constructed by CaraBeth Lewis and Darian Montgomery and went on to Raleigh to win the state title on April 28th, with a bridge constructed by Cate DeVane and Madison Taylor. At the state level, the team competed against four other regional winners from around the state. The winning bridge, constructed of balsa wood, held 24 lbs. of weight; more than any middle or high school bridge at the competition. Our team won $500 which will be used to help fund the team event for …..

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Graduating High School Seniors enroll as College Juniors

DUBLIN – The Bladen Community College Career and College Promise Program (CCPP) continues to launch high school students into university environments with up to two years of college credits and a sampling of college rigors. Cierra Griffin, BCC College and High School Programs Coordinator explains, “The College Transfer Pathway provides students with the opportunity to take college classes that will not only transfer to the high school as honors credit and can be applied to graduation requirements, but will also transfer to any of the 16 state universities and some private schools in North Carolina.” In August, 19 Bladen County high school students will begin their university experience with two …..

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Tiina Mundy swims for a Cause

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College employee Tiina Mundy believes in making a difference. “In 2012, I wanted to do something meaningful for my 50th birthday,” she explained. “A friend of mine challenged me to swim 50 miles. Instead, I swam 100 miles.” Because of her Finnish ancestry, the quest to swim 100 miles was dubbed the Finn Swiim Challenge, and a scholarship fund raising effort was born. Now, as the annual challenge reaches its fifth year milestone, the first Finn Swiim scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in summer classes at BCC. “This is a rewarding moment,” remarked Mundy. “It has taken five years of fund raising and …..

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