02/18/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 1:45 pm Parker and Jackson cases on court docket for March 4
  • 1:19 pm Gene Therapy Firm AveXis to Expand in Durham County
  • 1:11 pm WECT: Live NC 9 Election Fraud Hearing
  • 12:58 pm Celebrate President’s Day by learning more about the Constitution
  • 12:45 pm Sweet Home Church Road resident waiting for assistance
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By Erin Smith Two court cases of interest in Bladen County will be on the docket in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday, March 4, 2019. The case of Delane Jackson, a former Bladenboro Town Manager, is expected to be present in Bladen County Superior Court. He is charged with one felony count of obtaining property […]

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By Charlotte Smith On President’s Day we want to remind our readers of the importance of the United States of America’s Constitution. We have had many admirable Presidents, but the one thing that has out lasted them all is our great Constitution. President’s Day was originally established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington. The […]

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By Erin Smith One resident who resides on Sweet Home Church Road says she is waiting patiently to learn what assistance, if any, she will receive to help with repairing hurricane damages to her home. Cynthia “Cindy” Tatum said that her home received damages from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. She has applied for assistance from […]

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Appalachian State University has issued their Dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester. Bladen County residents were named to that list. The list are as follows: Madison Amelia Hill of Saint Pauls Brianna Sage Lindly of Elizabethtown Dylan Payne Melvin of Elizabethtown Share:

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Campbell University has released their honors lists for the 2018 fall semester. Several Bladen County residents have been named to the President’s List and Dean’s List. They are as follows: President’s List Stephen Harrelson of Bladenboro Dean’s List Hannah Allison of Elizabethtown Landon Batten of Clarkton Madison Singletary of Bladenboro Share:

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By Erin Smith When people think of Hospice, they general think of end-of-care. Hospice offers its clients much more than that. Brooke Hinson, the Community Outreach Coordinator with Lower Cape Fear Hospice, shared with the members of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce how Hospice offers clients and care givers more than just end-of-life […]

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The Distance Learning and Science Departments of Bladen Community College are excited to announce that Mr. Gannon Medwick, chief Meteorologist at WECT News in Wilmington, will be speaking at Bladen Community College on Thursday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. in the college auditorium. Medwick earned his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Penn State in […]

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Contributed Dublin Primary School conducted their first Terrific Kids award ceremony of the 2018 – 2019 school year,  Tuesday, February 8, at 12:30 p.m. in the school gym.   Ten students from the second grade classes were recognized as Terrific Kids. The recipients were Amanda Bollinger, Levi Velasco Garcia, Taylor Cruz, Derek Mendoza Perez, Emma Bordeaux, Rut […]

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Contributed The Bladen Relay for Life had their first organizational meeting of February at the Bladen County Library on Tuesday, February 12th, at 6 p.m. The chair of this year’s event, Mary Carter Williams, welcomed the teams and organizers. The meeting allowed the teams to share information about upcoming fundraising events, important dates, and updates […]

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A hearing is set for today in Raleigh to begin the process of deciding how to settle the contested US District House race for the 9th Congressional district that includes a portion of Bladen County. Bladen has been shuffled around from the 7th to the 3rd, to the 1st and back to the 7th and is currently […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC In February, our nation honors African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Recognizing our shared history is one way we can affirm our belief in freedom and democracy for all. For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with […]

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Earlier this week I mentioned about a railroad in or near the town of Elizabethtown, was not sure of location, except it crossed Peanut Plant Road near Bladen Builder’s current location.  Latest response came from Jim McLaney…”When my father and George McLaney owned Southern Pine Mills, Inc. in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the […]

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This Day In History

1621 – Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony. 1801 – US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie, chooses Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr. 1817 – First US city lit by gas (Baltimore) 1876 – Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine. 1878 – 1st telephone […]

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For farmers who want to offer feedback on the state’s new Swine General Permit, time is running out. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting comments on the draft permit until March 4, 2019. You can view the draft permit and related materials online at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-quality-regional-operations/afo A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Desserette. Desserette is a historic plantation house and national historic district located near White Oak, Bladen County, North Carolina. The house was built about 1840, and is a two-story, frame double-pile house in the Greek Revival style. It rests on a […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department was investigating a break-in at the B.C. Moore Store in Elizabethtown. The Clarkton Board of Commissioners turned down a request for a beer and wine referendum in the town. Faye L. Singletary was awarded the Terry Sanford Award for Education Creativity in Bladen County. Sabrina Lanier was voted Miss East […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday night in the Commissioners meeting room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse. The Commissioners will honor Dr. Pearly Graham Hoskins and recognize Danette Sessoms for her retirement. The board is expected to approve several items on the consent agenda. They are the […]

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By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings for Bladen County. They are as follows: NC 53 Near White Oak NC 53 West is closed toward White Oak for a bridge replacement at Ellis Creek. A signed detour is in place. This will remain […]

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Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan programs require that applicants have a satisfactory credit history. A credit report is requested for all FSA direct farm loan applicants. These reports are reviewed to verify outstanding debts, if bills are paid timely and to determine the impact on cash flow. Information found on a customer’s credit report […]

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Weekend has arrived!  Any special plans? If you were in charge of the government in D.C., N.C. Bladen County or your home town for a day, month or a year….what would be your top priority?  Put your name on the ballot for next election, tell your story and who knows, you may be in the hot seat! […]

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Sheriff Jim McVicker of Bladen County announced more drug arrests made with joint agency efforts. Arrests involving cocaine, narcotics and marijuana were all part of what the Sheriff announces as the “Valentines Roundup”. On February 14, 2019, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Bladenboro Police Department executed a search warrant at […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County Emergency Management officials are still working Saturday evening to remove a vehicle from the Cape Fear River near Tar Heel. As of 7 p.m., the vehicle still had not been removed from the river. Two men who were fishing on Friday evening noticed tire tracks that led down a bank and into […]

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By Erin Smith When people think of Black history they often think of politicians, judges, and educators. Many do not think of architects, engineers or craftsmen. Thomas Sheridan, who lived from the period 1787 to 1864, was an emancipated carpenter who actively worked in Bladen County and is credited with building Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement: “It doesn’t matter who the President is or what party they belong to: I strongly believe in the separation of powers and curbing the kind of executive overreach that Congress has allowed to fester for the better part of the last century, including during […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Beautiful, Bladen County’s showcase magazine, presented the first Single Mingle in Elizabethtown this Valentine’s Day with the assistance of the sponsors. The sponsors Big Tom’s Subs ‘N More, Ray’s Furniture & Jewelry, BladenOnline.com, Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, Town of Elizabethtown along with one anonymous sponsor helped make sure singles […]

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By Erin Smith Work on the new airport terminal building has been completed and the town staff are now putting the finishing touches on the building. The town is now gearing up for a grand opening celebration. Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said, “A ribbon cutting is planned for Friday, March 1.” Mayor Sylvia Campbell sent […]

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Contributed Laughter will be the order of the evening when the “Laughter with a Melody Clean Comedy” takes place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at East Bladen High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door and children ages 7 to […]

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By Erin Smith Smithfield Foods Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the 30th annual Bladen We Care Gala, to be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. The band for this year’s gala will be the Legacy Motown Revue. Mac Campbell Jr. said of Smithfield Foods, “They […]

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A board retreat of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled on February 22, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the Student Resource Center, Building No. 7, on the main college campus in Dublin, NC. The February board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a meal at 6:30 p.m. For […]

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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke announced the Chancellor’s and Honors list for the Fall 2018 semester. Chancellor’s List Bladenboro: Marley Lane, Charity Pait, Darria Parker, Hunter Willoughby Clarkton: Alexander Coates Elizabethtown: Kayla Pipkin, Harmony Weathers Harrells: Tabitha Cain Tar Heel: Laura Bellamy Honors List Bladenboro: Elizabeth Allbright, Rachel Bryan, Kaitlyn Gause, Sydney Jackson, […]

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Contributed East Carolina University has released their Chancellor’s List, Dean’s List, and Honor Roll for the Fall 2018 semester. Several Bladen County residents were named to those lists. Chancellor’s List Megan Atkinson of Elizabethtown Dean’s List Megan Bennett of Bladenboro Cierra Coleman of Council Cassie Hancock of Elizabethtown Kaycei Pait of Bladenboro Emily Scott of […]

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Kinda sad to read about the flooding in Kelly, about the dikes that for years protected the community.  Remember Mr. Elliott Henry explaining how the community agreed to tax themselves in the 60s, maybe into the 70s and a local committee dealt with the complicated dike system.  As a former County Commissioner, I learned about so many interesting, […]

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By Erin Smith If you are driving on East Broad Street in Elizabethtown, you have noticed the construction work that is taking place at the intersection of East Broad Street and South Cypress Street. The preparation work has begun on the lot that will become the future home of the Elizabethtown Fire Department. The new […]

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  Cooper Continues Push for Federal Government Urged to Set Science-Based Standards for GenX and Similar Compounds RALEIGH: The U.S Environmental Protection Agency must move faster to help states like North Carolina dealing with unregulated chemicals that are causing serious concerns about drinking water, Governor Roy Cooper said today. The EPA today rolled out an action […]

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The Elizabethtown Primary School has released the honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period. 4th Grade Superintendent’s List A Honor Roll Janice Alvarez-Nunez, Emily Campos-Estrada, Nadya Colon, Samarah Daughtridge, Jaida Harrison, Yurisa Hernandez Lopez, Ellie Kinlaw,  Mallory McDuffie, Jamiya Peterson, Brooklyn Skinner A/B Honor Roll William Borza, Ta’Mani Brown, Mario Covington, Johnny Gonzalez […]

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Tar Heel Middle School has released the honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period.   Superintendent’s List – Grades of 96 and above in all Classes 7th Grade: Samuel Hernandez Velasquez, 8th Grade: Daniel Arellano, Neida Romero Pena “A” Honor Roll – Grades of 90 and above in all classes 5th Grade:  Ava […]

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March is National Women’s History Month and Bladen Community College will offer the program, “Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina,” on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. in the library. Randell Jones, Editor of “Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State,” will present the program.  He is a member of the […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public meeting and public hearing on Monday, February 18, on a draft permit for the Chemours Company to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facility.  The system will significantly reduce the emissions of […]

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By Erin Smith A Columbus County man charged in the shooting death of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner was indicted by the Columbus County Grand Jury on Thursday morning on a first-degree murder charge for a murder that took place in 2016. Chauncey Askew, of Chadbourn, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge  in […]

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By Erin Smith Will there be a new election? That is the question on everyone’s mind as the State Board of Elections prepares to conduct an evidentiary hearing beginning Monday regarding allegations of election fraud and absentee ballot tampering in Bladen County. Attorneys for candidates Mark Harris, a Republican, and Dan McCready, a Democrat, have filed briefs […]

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Congratulations to the Best of the Best winners of BladenOnline’s recent survey…. Did you know, at one time there was a railroad in Elizabethtown?  The rails had been removed prior to my arrival in the early 60s…Apparently came from the west and either ended or crossed Peanut Plant Road near what is now Bladen Builders…. […]

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RALEIGH – Gary Lynn Gatlin of Orrum was charged Tuesday for possession of a firearm by a felon after allegedly firing multiple shots toward law enforcement officers last Friday, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Wednesday in federal court. The case was brought using the Take Back […]

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By Erin Smith A White Lake man lost his life on Wednesday afternoon after a mobile home he was attempting to move fell on him. Bladen County Coroner Kenneth Clark said Randy Barnes, 55, of Barnes Loop Road, was preparing to move the single-wide mobile home from White Lake to his blueberry farm. Barnes was […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Council met on Monday night and discussed the mold remediation efforts at the police department building. When asked about the condition of the mold in the building, Town Administrator Blake Proctor said there was actually very little mold found. “It’s not that bad. There was a lot less upstairs than we […]

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By Erin Smith A Clarkton author will hold a book signing on Sunday, February 24th at the Clarkton Public Library from 2 until 4 p.m. Clarkton First Baptist Church Pastor Mark Miller will be signing copies of his novel, “The Pure in Heart.” Copies can be purchased the day of the signing for $15 each plus tax. […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina residents whose lives were upended by Hurricane Florence may be eligible to get a case manager to help them with their recovery. FEMA approved the State of North Carolina’s request for the Disaster Case Management program for use in the counties affected by the flooding that followed Hurricane Florence. The […]

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UPDATE: Bladen’s Best of the Best continued BladenOnline.com readers and fans ask and we listen. We have added a Part II of Bladen’s Best of the Best 2019 to include some people and places our readers would like to celebrate by voting them Bladen’s Best of the Best in their category. There are now only 10 […]

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National Weather Service

Beginning next Tuesday, February 19, the WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC will be down for approximately five days for the refurbishment of the transmitter. Although the form, fit, and function of the transmitter will remain the same, old breakers and cables original to the radar will be replaced […]

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Black History Month

RALEIGH: In celebration of Black History Month, Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper will honor African American musicians and artists from North Carolina at a reception at the Executive Mansion beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. “Black History Month is a time to reflect on the deep contributions made by African Americans to […]

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Paul Brown Leadership Academy

Contributed The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $1,000. The drawing for the winner will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019. Wade Kinlaw, a member of the PTO said, “They want to do more repairs and upgrades to the buildings. Such […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education is studying a modified year-round calendar for the 2019-20 academic year. The proposed calendar shows a proposed start date of August 12, 2019, and a proposed last day of school as May 22nd, 2019. Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said, “It is not a […]

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By Erin Smith Town of Elizabethtown officials say they are waiting for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to notify the town regarding repairs to the town’s cemetery suffered during Hurricane Florence. When asked if more movement has occurred at the site, Town Manager Eddie Madden said the engineers have set benchmarks at various points […]

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Duke 71 – Louisville 69….Blue Devils down 38-29 at the end of first half, and down by 23 with nine minutes remaining roared back to win 71-69.  The Blue Devils are 6-0 on the road, 22-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play.  Next game vs NC State Saturday, 6 PM. Virginia is tied with UNC for […]

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By Joy Warren A packed room heard an update on the Lake Water Restoration project during Tuesday night’s White Lake Board of Commissioners regular meeting. Mayor Goldston Womble introduced the team of scientists who have been working on short-term and long-term solutions to the lake water clarity — Dr. Diane Lauritsen with LIMNOSCIENCE, Dr. John […]

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A small group of visitors spent the morning at the BladenOnline.com office on Tuesday morning. Alyssa Hill of Elizabethtown Middle School, Angie Perez of Tar Heel Middle School, Eva Ayala – Martinez and Jose Reyes, both of Tar Heel Middle School spent the morning learning about journalism during their job shadowing. Together they researched medical […]

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By Erin Smith A trial date has been set for a Wilmington man who is charged in the 2017 shooting death of Allen Blanchard, also of Wilmington. David Wayne Gore, 54, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, is charged with felony second degree murder for the shooting death of Blanchard which occurred […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, […]

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Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church’s Senior Missionary Ministry is presenting a “Black History Celebration” and a good ole time feast. The feast will consist of “Soul food,” the cuisine that has been historically associated with Black culture, consists of foods that are symbolically and basically “made with love” and are timelessly identified within […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC – Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than […]

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By Erin Smith Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited North Carolina on Monday and met with farmers, business leaders, elected officials and college students at the University of Mount Olive. Perdue listened to concerns as well as answering questions regarding agricultural trade tariffs, disaster relief and the issues with farm workers. One question asked is […]

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Bladen Community College’s Small Business Center announced their new location and upcoming classes. The office for small business owners to seek assistance is now located inside the newly renovated business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown. Chuck Heustess, Bladen County Economic Development Director explained the incubator’s ammendaties. The entryway showcases tenants’ literature and information. There is a shared […]

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Municipal elections will be held this year.  Filing dates are July 5 – July 19. New NC State Board of Elections must be receiving a ‘crash course on elections’, as they attempt to deal with 2018 elections issues and prepare for more.  12 months from now, a new election cycle that includes the presidential primary, as well […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer grant assistance to convenience stores interested in offering healthier food options to those living in one of the state’s 349 food deserts. The funding is a part of the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program. “The goal of the Healthy Food Small Retailer program […]

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Erin Smith Residents in the community of Kelly are asking some hard questions about the aftermath Hurricane Florence. The biggest question seems to be, “Can someone help us?” Numerous homes were flooded after the White Oak Dike was breached in several locations, allowing flood waters to stream into the town following Hurricane Florence. Both homes […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the Bladenboro Town Hall. The board will approve a consent agenda that consists of the approval of the agenda, approval of the minutes from the January meeting, approval of departmental reports, and the approval of the 2018 Tax […]

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By Erin Smith As spring is approaching, many thoughts turn to boating and water sports. The White Lake Marina and Water Sports is now open under new management and gearing up to offer residents a variety of services. Jeff and Nancy Howell have taken over the management at White Lake Marina and Water Sports. When […]

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Each week we present information on an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Clarkton Depot. Clarkton Depot is an historic train station located at Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built as a passenger and freight station by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1915. It is a one-story, rectangular frame […]

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The National Weather Service indicates a 70% chance of showers today with high temps in the mid to upper 50s.  Actually showers are likely over the next 48 hours.  Sunny skies are forecast for Wednesday and highs in the low to mid 60s. Congressman Walter Jones passed away yesterday in Greenville.  The 76 year-old incumbent was re-elected […]

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RALEIGH: Gov. Cooper released the following statement today on the passing of Rep. Walter Jones: “I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr. He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed.” Share:

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We are living in interesting times … seems everyone is accusing someone of something … Been ongoing in DC for about as long as I can remember … but more so now … both sides of the aisle … Most recent are the claims in Virginia, Governor, Lt. Governor and even some leaders in the […]

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Updated: In 2018 1,600 North Carolina State Troopers wrote 346,000 citations for speeding, 19,910 citations for DWI, and investigated 1,037 fatalities in North Carolina. The troopers patrolled over 78,000 miles of North Carolina highways. In 1921, 150,558 motor vehicles were registered in North Carolina. By 1929, the number of registered vehicles increased to 503,590. As […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Elizabethtown Board of Commissioners hired Willie Griffin as Housing and Community Development Coordinator. The White Lake Town Board voted 4-2 against annexing the Watergate community. Andy Donaldson of Clarkton made the Deans List at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Construction permits in Bladen County for the month of November amounted to $2,464,000. Share:

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By Erin Smith If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not try the Casino Night at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Saturday, Feb. 9. The event is presented by the Bladen County Committee of 100. “If you are looking for something fun to do, come on out,” said Chuck […]

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Bladenboro Primary

Contributed Bladenboro Primary School has announced the honor roll for the  second nine weeks grading period for the 2018-19 school year. 3rd Grade “A” Honor Roll Talon Bailey, Joshua Blackmon, Makenna Bryan,Venus Cortez Garcia, Alayiah Cromartie, Nicholas Hilburn, ShaMoni McNair, Tylar Moretz,  Norman Ramos George, Ashley Shaw, Talon Storms, and Andrew Wren. 3rd Grade “A/B” […]

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By Erin Smith Methamphetamines are starting to make their way into Bladen County, according to local law enforcement agencies. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the overall drug misuse trend in Bladen County is moving to methamphetamine use. He said many arrests still find opioids and heroin and some fentanyl. “Now, a […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladen County hit and run death still remains unsolved after more than ten years. Amber Paige Babson was struck by car in September 2008 as she sought help from a residence on Pleasant Grove Church Road near Bladenboro. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the case is also being investigated […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – A section of Johnsontown Road, which had been closed since Hurricane Florence, reopened this afternoon in Bladen County. The September storm’s floodwaters undermined the pavement leading to both sides of the bridge, and it damaged the substructure of the bridge, which was built in 1970 and crossed Turnbull Creek near N.C. 242. To expedite […]

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Public Meeting

The Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s regular scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  A public body may close a session for the following purpose:  to establish, or to instruct the public body’s staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the […]

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Bladen County students performed in many division at the North Carolina State Senior Beta Club Convention in Greensboro. Taking time out from other commitments like classes and sports practices reaped rewards for the local students and schools. Amy Lutrell, Club Sponsor, addressed the club members saying, “You all have been some of the most kind, […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is sending out letters next week to manufacturers and retailers who sell products containing CBD oil, detailing what is legal to sell in North Carolina. “Under federal Food and Drug Administration laws, CBD is considered a drug,” said Joe Reardon, NCDA&CS assistant commissioner of consumer […]

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By Erin Smith The newly impaneled State Board of Elections held their first meeting on Thursday and promptly tabled making appointments to the Bladen County Board of Elections. During the meeting, Dr. Alexander made a motion to table making the appointments to the Bladen County Board of Elections. “I move that we table appointments in […]

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By Erin Smith A fire consumed a vacant mobile home during the early morning hours on Friday. The fire was reported at 4 a.m. on NC 41 West in the vicinity of Bladen Community College. The roadway was closed for a couple of hours while fire crews fought the blaze. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark labeled […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina homeowners who want to participate in a special program that provides rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence must take action by Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm, Governor Roy Cooper urged today. Feb. 10 is the final deadline and will not be extended again. North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential […]

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By Dora Brogdon North Carolina State University has released their Dean’s List for the Fall  semester 2018. Several students from Bladen County were named to the list. They are as follows: Sarah E Baldwin, Savannah Jeanette Campbell, Sophie McQueen Campbell, Allison Brooke Morris, Jacob Russell Barber, Jeremy Lynn Davis, and Emily Michelle Thomas. Share:

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By Dora Brogdon The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has released their Fall 2018 Dean’s List. Several students from Bladen County were included on the list and they are as follows: Bladenboro: Chelsea Danielle Burney Clarkton: Grey Wilton Caballero, James Brandon Thompson, and Abigail Kenan Ward. Elizabethtown: Cynthia Millie Benovitz, Lindsey Louise Bockover, Kenneth […]

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Easy for us all to complain about debt at the local, state and national level.  Ever stop and think about the amount of money received in this state, this county over the past couple of years…assistance to attempt to restore our area to where it was prior to the last couple of storms?  And, what […]

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By Erin Smith As you drive down Barney Coe Road in the Lagoon community you can still see the devastation wrought by Hurricane Florence. Homes that were once bustling with activity are now quiet. Gordon Lewis and his wife reside at the end of Barney Coe Road. Their home is almost hidden from view by […]

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Bladen County Students are performing well at the North Carolina State Beta Club Convention. Bladen has two officer candidates, Khalil McKoy from East Bladen High School for President and William David deAndrade from Harrells Christian Academy Candidate for Secretary. Newly announced East Bladen’s Peyton Fell and Jackson Bostic made top 5 in their talent competition […]

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Contributed An integral part of fulfilling Farm Bureau’s mission is to make leadership development available to our members.  We feel that education is an important component of leadership.  Providing opportunities for our future leaders to obtain an education is important to us.  We are proud to offer the following to our members. Our Cecil McClure […]

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Contributed Bladen Community College Health and Wellness Committee kicked off the observance of American Heart Month by wearing red on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 1st. On the first Friday of every February, people across the nation come together by wearing red to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of […]

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By Erin Smith The Clarkton town board is mulling its options regarding the security camera system installed by the town last year. The system is still not fully functioning. Clarkton Town Clerk Kentrina Woods told the board she had researched the cameras, and the town entered into the agreement with Johnson controls on March 1st, […]

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By Erin Smith As Bladen Community College is preparing to close their satellite campus located at 675 Smith Road in East Arcadia, questions remain about who is responsible for making repairs to the building. In addition, the college has announced the closing of the satellite campus which will take place Friday, February 8th. The East […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Rotary Club has been distributing scholarships for years to local high school students. This year the club has a goal to award even more scholarships according to their President, Col. Roy Allen. Michael Leinwand, the club’s Golf Tournament chair, announced yesterday the specifics of the upcoming event. The Rotary Golf Tournament will […]

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The Beta Club members at East Bladen and West Bladen High Schools are in Greensboro this weekend to compete at the state the annual Senior Beta Club Convention held at the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel and Koury Convention Center. Khalil McKoy of East Bladen High School will campaign for the seat of President and William […]

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There will be a Valentine Gala to support Bladen County Relay for Life on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 4 p.m. at the Clarkton Entertainment Center. Dress is casual. A guest speaker is planned as well as a fashion show and recognition of cancer survivors. The cost to attend is $25 per person in advance […]

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