06/17/2019
  • 4:34 pm Arrest made in arson fires in Bladen and Columbus Counties
  • 4:14 pm Upcoming road closings in Bladen County
  • 10:57 am River View Trading Post is the new small town store helping small town entrepreneurs
  • 10:51 am Baltimore Community Center Voter Registration Program
  • 9:44 am Tillis & Burr Advocate on Behalf of NC to Secure $110 million in DOT Grants
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By Charlotte Smith Kenneth Clark, Bladen County Fire Marshal confirmed Monday afternoon arrests have been made in relation to the recent arson fires over the weekend. “Friday, starting about 4:30 in afternoon we had three structure fires in Bladen County and one structure fire in Columbus County,” Clark said. There was a vehicle that was […]

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Road Closing

Becky White Walker, MA, Administrative Specialist I, Division 6, in District 3 with North Carolina Department of Transportation announced new upcoming road closures for Bladen County. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: NC 210, Near US 701 NC 210 will close for pipe replacement project DF00250 on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM. This will remain closed from June 17, 2019 […]

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By Charlotte Smith River View Trading Post offers a variety of locally made products to help small town entrepreneurs.  The owners of the new business James Leach, Crystal McDaniel, and Kyle Culkin, collaborated together to help others with crafty talents succeed. James explained, “Crystal and I were both looking for a place. We saw others […]

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By Charlotte Smith Ms. Quessie Peterson has been organizing events for the community at the Baltimore Community Center in Council. A Voters Registration and Resources Workshop was held at the center on June 7th sponsored by Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc., Bladen County Get Out and Vote Organization and the Baltimore Community Center. Ms. […]

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NC DOT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding North Carolina three grants totaling more than $110 million dollars after advocating on behalf of stakeholders in the state. The three grants are: Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program $34,898,895 to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) […]

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Internet has changed the way we communicate. Enjoyed the numerous praises of fathers as I did for mothers on Mother’s Day. Children praising dads, moms praising husbands, but none better than the Bill Storms family of Bladenboro celebrating Father’s Day on his 100th birthday. Someone shared how much more was spent on Mother’s Day, compared […]

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Happy Father’s Day… What is a father? Thought I knew, but decided to check Webster’s dictionary, and here is what I discovered. 1. a male parent 2. a person regarded as a male parent, protector 3. God 4. a forefather, 5. an originator; founder; ancestor; forebear There were others, like, to act like a father, […]

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By: Cheryl Hemric / James Sprunt Community College Driving down a dirt road, you can almost miss one of the newest farms in Bladen County, which is tucked away like a hidden treasure. With just an acre and a half, Charles Vickers is growing success, one garlic clove at a time. It is a ‘Made […]

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The upcoming Board of County Commissioners’ meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 17, 2019.  It will begin at 6:30pm, and will be held in the Commissioners’ Room on the lower level of the Courthouse. If you would like to access a more detailed version of the Agenda, including any attachments and supporting documentation, please click here. […]

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Friday’s weather was near perfect. … Today, another sunny day, a little breezy and highs in the low 80s. Weather for Father’s Day, sunny with a high in the upper 80s, breezy with gust up to 20 mph. Next chance of rain. … Wednesday and Thursday with a 30% to 40% chance of thunderstorms. Bet […]

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The East Bladen High School commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2019 was held Friday, June 14, at 6 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. The seniors and dignitaries marched into the packed auditorium in a processional to “Pomp and Circumstance.” LeeDenasia Cotten performed the National Anthem after the East Bladen JROTC presented the colors. […]

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Road Closing

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Bladen County road closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with NCDOT on Friday afternoon. CLOSINGS: SR 1700 Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road  SR 1700    (Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road) is closed for crossline repair. It is 0.12 MI. S. of SR1708. This […]

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Sheriff’s Office and Department of Social Services Launch Joint Operation Sheriff James A. McVicker said his office working jointly with members of the Department of Social Services Child Support Unit began an early morning operation on Monday, June 10th that has so far resulted in the arrest of 13 individuals on 16 cases of Child […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Tar Heel area of Bladen County. During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the below listed individuals were responsible for distributing Controlled Substances. This investigation originated from citizen […]

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Contributed June 11, 2019 – Boost the ‘Boro, Inc. announced today that Haley Brooke Hester and Alana Nichole King, both graduates of West Bladen High School, are the recipients of this year’s Boost the ‘Boro Scholarship. According to Sunday Allen, Scholarship Committee Chair, “The final selection was a difficult one for our four person committee, […]

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The West Bladen High School Commencement for the graduating class of 2019 was held Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. in the school’s auditorium. The seniors and dignitaries marched into the packed room in a processional to “Pomp and Circumstance”. West Bladen Senior, Jalen Baxley gave a passionate Invocation. JROTC Color Guard Cadets Jacob Young, […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office released three photos on Thursday evening in reference to an attempted larceny of a dog and a breaking and entering case in Clarkton. The photos were taking on Monday, June 10th, around 8:20 p.m. The Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s assistance. The office stated, “We would like to […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thinking back over the years….some good times and some not-so-good.  Remember the old saying, when you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hold on.  No special reason, just on my mind… Was told recently the Tar Heel Rescue Squad is no longer providing service.  They are like so many others, […]

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By Ray Jones Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Duke, a 1-to-2 year-old male shepherd mix. Duke is a very friendly dog and loves to play, which makes him a great addition to the family. He gets along well with other dogs says Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. Duke has been looking for a special […]

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Grab your camera and get ready for wild encounters! VBS 2019 takes you on a wild adventure, with elephants and egrets, polar bears and penguins, cockatoos and crocodiles. As you seek out exotic animals, you’ll also find snapshots of real-life encounters with Jesus in Scripture. Kids go from bewildered to believing as they get “In […]

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RALEIGH – The State Board of Elections on Thursday certified results in the Republican primary in the 9th Congressional District. Dan Bishop won with 47.68% of the votes. Bishop will face Democrat Dan McCready, Green Party candidate Allen Smith and Libertarian Jeff Scott in the general election on Sept. 10 for the U.S. House seat. […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver After a particularly toe-stomping sermon by Pastor Kincy a while back, I decided that I could do better about helping folks. I will preface all this by saying I am not trying to boast; I am neither the high priest crossing the road to avoid the victim in the ditch, nor am […]

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BladenOnline.com will be live streaming the graduations on our Facebook page at East Bladen and West Bladen tomorrow, Friday, June 14th thanks to sponsorships from Star Telephone Membership Corporation, McDuffie Pest Control, Paul Norris with Farm Bureau Insurance, Smellie Bloomers, and Hester, Grady & Hester Law Firm. West Bladen High School graduation will be held […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc held their annual meeting on Thursday, June 6 at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown. The major accomplishments of Committee of 100 were presented to the audience by Chuck Heustess, Bladen County Economic Development Director before the guest speaker, Economic Development Attorney, Ernie Pearson, spoke […]

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As the 2019 hurricane season begins, the Department of Justice reminds the public to be on the lookout for fraud against natural disaster victims, and report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF). The Atlantic Hurricane Season opened June 1 and runs through November 30. “Committing fraud against natural disaster victims is an […]

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RALEIGH – Safety and accessibility will be improved along the intermodal rail corridor between the Port of Wilmington and Charlotte, thanks to a grant awarded today. The Federal Railroad Administration awarded the N.C. Department of Transportation a $34.8 million grant as part of the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program. The grant goes toward […]

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BladenOnline was ‘down’ most of yesterday. Last report was someone ‘hacked’ the website. One of the hazards of being online. But, the good outweighs the bad. Thanks to Charlotte Smith and others. Today, we bid goodbye to a lady who has spent a lifetime quietly providing a valuable service to members of Dublin Baptist Church […]

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By Joy Warren Citizens of White Lake shared their concerns during the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday evening.  Many spoke regarding the low level of the Lake and coming with an expectation that the Board needs to “do something about it”. Residents on the Hwy 53 side complained of not being […]

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Contributed Emereau:Bladen, a local public charter school in Elizabethtown celebrated the end the second year with 3 awards ceremonies at Bladen Community College. Eumreau (You-mah-Ray) Awards celebration. Eumreae stands for: Elevating Unique Moments and Recognizing Excellence At Emereau. As always these awards are completely different from any other school. Students were presented awards based on […]

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NC DOT

Next improvement requires road closure on Monday ELIZABETHTOWN – The threat of future floodwaters closing N.C. 210 in Bladen County will be diminished, thanks to a series of major culvert upgrades that will wind down this summer. On June 17, a section of N.C. 210 is scheduled to close about a mile south of U.S. 701 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Politicians at the national level are gearing up for the next election.  Before it gets too ‘nasty’, when you something that concerns you check to see who is sending….Check Fact Check or Snopes or some other reputable website….As we get closer to the Iowa primary in early 2020, no doubt strange websites begin to make […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced the 2019 spring semester honor students. Full-time students who demonstrate academic achievement are recognized in two ways. Students who have maintained a 4.0 grade point average for the term are named to the President’s List. Those students are Rolando Almazan, Gabriel Barber, Royce Bernhardt, Corbett Booth, Kasey Brewington, […]

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Honor Roll

Superintendent’s List – Grades of 96 and above in all Classes 7th Grade: Violet Allen, Samuel Hernandez Velasquez, Kiera Lynnette Lewis   “A” Honor Roll – Grades of 90 and above in all classes 5th Grade:  Josiah Belle-Robinson, Brittany Jacob Ortiz, Ayana Murchison, Michael Reyes Maldonado, Dylan Taylor, 6th Grade: Alina Chavez, Devyn Clanton, Madison […]

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There is another new retail shop in Elizabethtown. River View Trading Post offers handmade gifts, jewelry, and more. James Leach, Crystal McDaniel, and Kyle Culkin opened the new store in town offering a variety of gifts made from several different vendors.  The store held a grand opening on June 1st and said the day was […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Water District sent out a notice today, June 11, stating the Live Oak Well has been repaired and is ready to be put back in service. On Monday, June 3, 2019 the Live Oak well was shut down due to unexpected equipment related issues according to the water district. […]

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Contributed The Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has awarded a 2018-19 senior at East and West Bladen High Schools the DAR Good Citizen Award. West Bladen chose Edgardo Lara and East Bladen named Olivia Hollingsworth for the honors. The honorees were selected on the basis of dependability, […]

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met Monday for their monthly session where they recognized Marjorie Graham of East Arcadia School and Debra Manegre of Elizabethtown Middle for being Spire teachers of the year. The Spire curriculum is used to help non-readers and struggling readers improve their reading skills. Attendance Awards were presented, and […]

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Honor Roll

Bladenboro Middle School released their Honor Roll lists on Tuesday, June 11. Honor Roll 4th Quarter June 2019 5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +)  O’Marion Brown, Jonah Bryan, Franklin Pait, Jackson Pait, Natalee Sykes, Makenna Thurman, Leea Wilkins, Faith Wren A Honor Roll (90+)  Kali Allen, Natalie Britt, Miles Bullard, Juandiego Burga-Cupen, Ashondre Green Bryant, […]

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Thankful for the rainfall. Most areas, could use more. Forecast includes a 40% chance today, and 80% chance for Wednesday and Wednesday night. Crops looking better, especially corn. Father’s Day Sunday, lest you forget. Congratulations, one more time, to graduates at every level. For those going into the work place, should be more opportunities than […]

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By Charlotte Smith Awards are often given to honor persons who give to others without fanfare or expectations of reward other than personal satisfaction. One local humanitarian, Mr. Thomas Ireland, of Elizabethtown, went without acknowledgment and recognition for his good deeds. The seniors at the local center in Elizabethtown were saddened to hear about the […]

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Contributed Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited.  Elder Abuse occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, […]

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The Bladen County Fire Marshal announced the lifting of the County burning ban effective today, Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5pm.  Persons choosing to burn must still use caution. Fire officials recommend that anyone burning have resources immediately available to control their fire. Those resources include water hoses, buckets of water, and hand tools. Should […]

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Clinton, N.C. – Faster Internet is coming to parts of Bladen County.  Governor Roy Cooper along with the NC Department of Information Technology and its Broadband Infrastructure Office awarded Star Telephone Membership Corp., dba (Star Communications) a portion of the GREAT (Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology) Grant to expand High-Speed Internet into rural […]

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RALEIGH – Record-high temperatures in North Carolina have proven to be a challenge for local blueberry farmers this May. Despite this, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says consumers can expect a good crop this year. “Farmers are always at the mercy of weather, and this May was one of the hottest on […]

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Harrells Christian Academy – Headmaster’s List (All A’s) – 2018-2019 3rd grade Oakley Brice, Caleb Coats, Emma DuBose, Riley Maddox Falatovich, Brantley Frederick, Addison Haney, Eve Bradlee Hardison, Bella Jernigan, Miller Ludlum, Lainey Malpass, Sammy Martin, Dodge Pope, Davis Rogers, Luke Weeks, Kenton Willard 4th grade Walker Clifton, Jack DuBose,  Windsor Farrior, Hutchens Glenn, Clara […]

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Oh, the rain has been great, much needed and we could use more. Rainfall has been spotty, at best. Total rainfall at the Curtis Brown Airport weather station has recorded less than 3/4 of an inch, about 3 or 4 miles west, maybe southwest, where I live, we have recorded over an inch. … OK, […]

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Rodriquez D. McNeil of Elizabethtown has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Fayetteville convenience store cashier, according to the Fayetteville Police Department McNeil, 23, of the 800 block of Thompson Avenue, had warrants drawn Friday for first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a […]

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Happy Sunday … some rain in Bladen County, amounts depend on location. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, the weather station at the Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown had recorded nearly a half inch. … More is needed. Prospects for additional appear to be pretty good, if the current forecast is correct. 80% today, 70% Monday, […]

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By Charlotte Smith Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India, according to Wikipedia. Mr. Eric Procknal of White Oak has been practicing Yoga to help with pain for years since he was injured in a car accident. He has been a physical fitness instructor for […]

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By Charlotte Smith Photos by Kylee Kellam The new ladies clothing store, Amy’s Boutique, owned by Amy Johnson of Elizabethtown has had Bladen County waiting with anticipation for a while now. The wait is over. Amy’s slogan is “Making the world a better place, one outfit at a time.” The Grand Opening started yesterday, Friday, […]

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A late night tweet from President Trump indicated the U.S. has reached an agreement with Mexico that heads off the start of tariffs on Monday. One tweet down, no doubt, more to come. We’ve come a long way … remember when we sent messages on a penny post card. Still no rain, well, no measureable […]

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The recently completed “Click It Or Ticket” campaign found Bladen County with 548 total traffic and criminal violations. There were 8 check points in Bladen County. The county had 2 21 and over DWI’s, 165 Occupant Restraint violations, 210 speeding violations, 61 Driving With License Revoked, 21 Reckless Driving Violations, 381 Total Traffic Violations and […]

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They were boxers, baseball players and barbers. Farmhands and fathers. Policemen and petty criminals. Career soldiers and draftees who just wanted to go home. They were Americans. It was 75 years ago that Americans and their allies dropped from the sky and fought through the surf to begin the end of the Third Reich. Somewhere […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Commissioners met on Monday, June 3 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Hurricane relief, recognitions, advisory boards and more were all on the agenda for the meeting. In the consent items all the commissioners unanimously voted to designate Commissioner Ashley Trivette as Bladen County Voting Delegate, and Commissioner Arthur Bullock […]

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One person died and two others were critically injured Thursday afternoon when the vehicle they were traveling in ran a stop sign and crashed into a tractor-trailer near Chadbourn in Columbus County, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol and published reports. The wreck happened about 1:30 p.m. on N.C. 410, according to reports. The identities […]

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Christine Seme, left, member of the Scholarship Committee, presenting the Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers’ 2019 Scholarship to Callie Lewis. Anna Smith was not available. Submitted by Mike Melvin, President, Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers The Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers met Thursday for their regular monthly meeting and recognized two scholarship recipients for 2019 […]

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NC DOT

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation reminded drivers to be safe at railroad crossings as part of Thursday’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2019. NCDOT’s BeRailSafe program hosted a crossing blitz Thursday in Gibsonville to educate drivers about the dangers of not stopping for trains. The crossing blitz is like a license check, as […]

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By Charlotte Smith June 6, 1944 is known as D-Day. With the codename Operation Neptune, D-Day is the day on which Allied forces from Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. The beach invasion known as the Invasion of Normandy during World War II was the largest seaborne […]

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Burn ban still in effect according to Mike Hinson, Bladen County Ranger with the NC Forest Service until the county receives significant rain. Previous article:  Bladen County in burn ban issued for 18 eastern NC counties   Share:

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Kinda all over the board today … Love one-liners. … When in doubt – abstain. We hear about drug dealers, maybe not the names until an arrest, but we know folks all around us accused of using or dealing in drugs … But, there is much good going on as well. … Churches and individuals […]

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By Ray Jones Jesus Jam fun, good eats, learning about Bladen’s past and a canoe adventure are just some of the events happening this weekend in Bladen County. • On Saturday, June 8, the fifth annual Jesus Jam Community Event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church at 501 […]

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D.M. (Mac) Campbell Jr. (right) presents check from Bladen We Care to Rev. Kinsey Barrow, director of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads, to support the rehab center that is located on Susie Sand Road in Elizabethtown. Bladen We Care is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. Campbell has said the group has raised $2.5 million over 30 years. The […]

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DURHAM – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $3.8 million to reimburse the South River Electric Membership Corporation in Dunn for damage to its electrical system following Hurricane Florence. The cooperative provides electrical service to Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston and Sampson counties, which were included in the presidential disaster declaration following Hurricane Florence. […]

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By Ray Jones Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Girl, a 3 year-old female bulldog mix. Girl is a very friendly pup and loves to play. She is very affectionate and whenever she meets people, she gets so excited her whole body wiggles, says Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. The only thing the shelter cautions […]

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By Charlotte Smith On Sunday, May 26 a blue, female, pit bull dog was stolen from the area of Chicken Foot Road and Calvin Tyson Road in St. Pauls near Tar Heel, according to the owner. Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance. There have been two […]

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Bladen County was the host site for Marine Corp training on Tuesday evening and night. The Bladen County Emergency Services Training facility at White Lake and the airport in Elizabethtown were used during the training exercises. Sergeant Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced the training. He said, “The second Marine division is […]

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By Charlotte Smith Ladies gathered for some chainsaw training this past Saturday morning. Laura Hendrick, Assistant Regional Forester with the North Carolina Forest Service and the NC Cooperative Extension assisted with the Women Owning Woodlands: Chainsaw Safety 101 Workshop held at Jones Lake State Park.  Ms. Hendrick along with Mr. Joe Mattox with Safe Steps […]

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The chance of rain over the next week is in the 30% to 70% range daily, with the best chance Friday. Several days the forecast is from a quarter to a half inch. The shower last week was good, but much more is needed. The Bladen County Committee of 100 will hold their annual meeting […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center at White Lake has hosted many local, state and federal agencies’ training exercises. Starting this evening the Marine Corps will have troops training at the center in between Elizabethtown and White Lake, NC. Sergeant Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced the training. He […]

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By Cheryl Thurston Ah, May has come and gone, and with it the school year is nearly over. As months go, May was beautiful, and though it had a few extremely warm days, its always been one of my favorite months of the year. Its great to see that even in May the local school […]

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When driving, especially nighttime, I am constantly looking for a deer to jump into the roadway. …Ever have that thought? Not sure why, just thinking out loud. Apparently construction is underway on the new round-a-bout at the intersection of NC 41 and NC 410, near Bladen Community College. A recent trip to Lumberton from Elizabethtown […]

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A $19.1 billion disaster aid bill sailed through the U.S. House on Monday and headed to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats. Bladen County was hammered by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence last year. Both storms caused severe damage […]

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By Charlotte Smith Recognitions were made at the first meeting in June by the Bladen County Board of County Commissioners. An oath of office, recognition of 42 years of service and an elder abuse proclamation were a few of the items on the agenda. Surrounded by family, Russell Priest, Bladen County Commissioner for District 3 […]

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WASHINGTON – USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Friday, June 14. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate. The Bladen County Farm Service Agency is located at […]

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By Joy Warren In response to the growing problem of junk car throughout the town, Billie Hall with the Planning Department presented a brief overview to the Elizabethtown Town Council at its June meeting Monday evening. Hall (pictured) said that the presence of abandoned, nuisance, and junked motor vehicles can threaten the character and safety […]

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By Joy Warren After a brief public hearing with no citizen input, the Elizabethtown Town Council voted Monday night to approve the fiscal year 2019-20 budget with one exception. Council denied any new fire service fees that were included in the proposed budget. Dicky Glenn was the lone vote against the budget. He stated concerns […]

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The Bladen County Water District sent out a notice Monday afternoon. Due to unexpected equipment related issues, the Live Oak Well (serving the White Oak Community and the Highway 53 Corridor) has been turned off for an emergency repair. Water is being rerouted from another location causing a temporary discoloration in the water. Bladen County […]

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Road Closing

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Bladen County road closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with NCDOT. The closings have started today and will last for a couple of weeks. CLOSINGS: NC210 NC210 is closed due to cross line repair .06 miles N. of Green Sea Road. This […]

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By Charlotte Smith Overcoming odds is something Alyssa Bell, a West Bladen High School student and athlete displays well in every aspect of her life. One challenge she has dealt with in her 16 years of living is battling Scoliosis. Scoliosis occurs most often during a growth spurt just before puberty. The condition may cause […]

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The June 2019 Bladen Community College Small Business Center Seminars offered by Bladen Community College in Dublin, NC have been announced. The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is excited to announce a youth summer entrepreneurial camp this month! As part of the BCC Community Service Program’s Youth Summer Camps. The Small Business […]

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The Town of Elizabethtown Town Council is scheduled to meet this evening at 7:00 p.m. A review from the noon work session, budget items, the junk car program, updates on monthly projects, surplus property and a presentation by Alice Jackson Williams with the Lumber River Council of Governments, along with more town matters are all […]

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By Charlotte Smith A structure fire call came in Saturday morning at 1:59 a.m., according to Mr. Kenneth Clark, Bladen County Fire Marshal. The call was for a house located at 65 West Green Street in Clarkton. Many Bladen County citizens know the home to be that of the late,  Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Green. Photos […]

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Ever imagine being an office holder of one of the top branches of government, President, leader of the US Senate, House of Representatives, or maybe Governor? Since none of us are, if you were advising at either level … what would be the topic of your advice or question be? How about another a North […]

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Yesterday was a beautiful day … checking today’s forecast, a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Highs in the upper 80s, with winds as high as 17 mph. Stats for BladenOnline for the month of May 2019: Page Views: 262,513 Visits: 104,472 Both down slightly … but changes […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Clarkton High School and Tar Heel announced their athletic awards. Clarkton: Football MVP Israel Cromartie, Basketball MVP Terry Packer, Girl’s Basketball MVP Carolyn Leach, Baseball MVP Dean McDonald and Waymon McKoy, Softball MVP Lisa Hester, Boy’s Tennis MVP Jeffery King, Girl’s Tennis MVP Clair Watts, Cheer Leading MVP Theresa Staten. Tar Heel: Football MVP Steven […]

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We can close the door on May 2019, one of the driest months ever in Bladen County … hot & dry, now we move on to June. We did get some rain, vastly different totals depending on your location. Two-tenths at the Curtis Brown (Elizabethtown) Airport National Weather Service location. Sons #1 and #2 reported […]

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By Charlotte Smith View photos by Kenneth Armstrong of the event, here: https://www.kenarmphoto.com/Events/Dr-Hoskins-retirement-lunch-at-East-Arcadia/ Over the past few months Dr. Pearly Graham Hoskins has been celebrated for her achievements, dedication and compassionate care in Bladen County. The community held a special event for Dr. Hoskins on Saturday, May 18 in East Arcadia. The Order of the Long […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Register of Deeds, Beverly Parks announced two important items for public awareness this week. First, the register of deeds office will be offering birth records from other counties starting Monday. Also, there are misleading solicitations going out to Bladen County residents about real estate records. Anyone born since 1971 in […]

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Contributed by Mrs. Cheryl West East Bladen High School announced marshals for its 2019 graduating class. The marshals are the top ranked students academically in the junior class. Head Marshal: Gabe Barber Gracyn Martin, Elijah Turner-Dobson, Izzy Smith, Abby Cooley, Ramon Ponce, Jordan Stanley, Reid Potter, Zac Yankasky, Faith Faircloth and Grace Faircloth, Madison Smith, […]

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Some things you learn by living … Retirement is not always what it is ‘cracked up” to be, but better than the alternative. As a senior citizen, we tend to meet our friends at different locations. … In my earlier years, it was Little League, high school sports events, class reunions, church, smart shops, (the […]

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North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Thursday that the agency has contracted with Sandy Hook Promise to provide a statewide Say Something Anonymous Reporting System beginning with the next school year in the fall. The Say Something program, including an anonymous mobile tip app, is a school safety program designed to change and save […]

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By Ray Jones Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Tina, a 1-to-2-year-old female bulldog mix. Tina has been at the Bladen County Animal Shelter for about a month, says Shelter manager Karen Suggs. She is a very sweet and friendly pup. She loves to play and have fun, which makes her a great addition […]

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By Ray Jones Temperatures aren’t expected to reach 100 degrees this weekend, but the heat wave will linger. The National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures in the 90s. So, being indoors might be the best idea. Here are some things to do inside in Bladen County this weekend. Henry Singletary has captured the beauty […]

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Burn ban issued for 18 eastern North Carolina counties due to hazardous forest fire conditions Kenneth Clark, Bladen County Fire Marshal issued a Burn Ban Proclamation today. Bladen County Burn Ban issued May 30, 2019 RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled […]

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Drivers headed toward the intersection of N.C. 41 and N.C. 410 may notice road construction. North Carolina Department of Transportation announced plans for constructing a roundabout where N.C. 41 and N.C. 410 cross outside of Dublin. The construction was announced to take place starting in June, but cones are in place today marking a construction […]

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By Charlotte Smith Sobering facts listing suicide as a leading cause of death among children and teenagers along with reports of mental health issues continuing to rise in this age group is not something easy to report. However, talking about the issues is one of the best ways to combat suicide and mental illness according […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

What a difference a few months makes. Rainfall totals for Bladen County over a three day period in mid-September was 36 inches, a full 3 feet of water. Came with Hurricane Florence and we all know about the damage in Bladen, especially in the Kelly area. Compare with current conditions. Guess it’s feast or famine. […]

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RALEIGH — Bladen County and the rest of North Carolina’s 99 counties saw not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decrease in April, the N.C. Department of Commerce reported Wednesday. Bladen County’s rate was 4.4%, which was down from 5% in March. The statewide rate was 3.6%. Hyde County had the highest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate […]

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West Bladen High School announced marshals for its 2019 graduating class. The marshals are the top 15 ranked students academically in the junior class. Marshals are: Front Row, left to right: Sandra Maldonado Ortiz, Olivia Sholar, Kasee Singletary, Autumn Brisson (lead), Alyssa Bell, Ana Zurita Possa, Janet Rivera and Kyla Gore. Back row: Ashley Hunsinger, […]

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Many are staying indoors during this last week of May. The extreme heat is forecasted to continue. The Wilmington National Weather Service center announced some facts about the weather for May 2019. There were 20 days with temperatures above normal so far this month. Four days the high temperature broke the high temperature records. There were two days […]

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