NCAA tournament has produced some interesting results…So, how many local, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia teams remain. UNC meets Texas A&M 5:15 PM today (Sunday) Clemson vs Auburn 7:10 PM today (Sunday) Duke vs winner of Michigan State-Syracuse game (next Friday) Who have I missed? Many basketball coaches have a clause in their contract that guarantees a bonus for reaching various levels of NCAA tournament action. Don’t know about the Virginia coach, but despite the disappointing game earlier this week…think he has earned ‘his keep’ for the year. East Bladen Eagles Booster Club held their annual fund-raiser Saturday evening. A huge success, about 215 tickets sold and that is no …..
1541 – Hernando de Soto observes first recorded flood in America (Mississippi River). 1810 – “Converse”, first US opera, premieres in NYC. 1818 – US Congress approves first pensions for government service. 1850 – Henry Wells & William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo. 1881 – Barnum & Bailey’s “Greatest Show on Earth” opens (Madison Square Garden). 1911 – North Dakota enacts a hail insurance law. 1922 – WBT-AM in Charlotte, NC begins radio transmissions. 1931 – First electric shavers go on sale in US (Schick). 1948 – Philips begin experimental TV broadcasting. 1952 – First plastic lens for cataract patients fitted (Philadelphia). 1953 – Boston Braves move to Milwaukee. …..
Contributed The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8062 in Elizabethtown conducted their March meeting on Saturday. The group meets the third Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. at 108 Hill Street in Elizabethtown. The VFW supports veterans and members of the military. For more information contact VFW Post Commander Oliver Gause at 910-645-6678 or 910-862-9543. Share:
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Shocker: NCAA Basketball Tournament…No. 16 UMBC 74, No. 1 seeded Virginia 54. UMBC is University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Ryan Odom is in his 2nd year as head coach. He is the son of Dave Odom, former head coach at East Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina, and a former assistant coach at Virginia. Joe Kelly, former deputy sheriff, recently passed away. Joe was a good man, loved by all who knew him. Tickets for the Bladen We Care Gala are on sale. Tickets are $50 each, in the past tickets were $100 per couple. Took a long time to determine singles enjoyed the ‘fun event’ as …..
By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meting Room located in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse. The board is expected to deal with several issues on the agenda. The board is scheduled to approve a consent agenda which includes the proposed agenda, the minutes of the March 12, 2018 meeting, county attorney invoices in the amount of $3,870, the Bladen County 2019 holiday schedule , a memorandum of agreement with the town of Newport, and a text amendment to Animal Control Ordinance to Section 5.7 g to delete “or Other Warm Blooded Animal” for consistency. The board …..
1756 – St. Patrick’s Day is first celebrated in New York City at the Crown & Thistle Tavern. 1845 – Bristol man Henry Jones patents self-rising flour. 1868 – Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued. 1898 – John Philip Holland achieves successful test run from the first modern submarine of Staten Island, submerging for 1 hour 40 minutes. 1926 – Richard Rogers & L Hart’s musical “Girl Friend” premieres in NYC. 1929 – General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel. 1956 – 8th Emmy Awards: “Ed Sullivan Show”, Phil Silvers Show & Lucy Ball win. 1960 – US President Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA. 1961 – NY …..
KINSTON – Middle school students from Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen County and high schools students from Camden Early College in Camden County won the regional contest today in the annual Model Bridge Building Competition held at the Global TransPark in Kinston. Students work in teams, allowing them to also demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, communication, research and interpersonal skills. The teams were judged in four categories: written report, oral presentation, design drawing and the ability of their bridges to sustain weight. The challenge of building a bridge out of balsa wood and having it sustain ever increasing amounts of weight was dramatic for students who watched in awe …..
KINSTON – The North Carolina Global TransPark will host an international conference next week – the first time in its six-year history to be held in the United States – on the latest developments and trends in the field of unmanned cargo aircraft. The Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, which runs March 19-21, will explore the emerging technology to transport goods to areas that do not have the infrastructure or geography to accommodate traditional forms of transportation. “North Carolina has a long history of aviation and aerospace innovation, so it is fitting that North Carolina was chosen to host the conference for the first time in the U.S.,” Global TransPark Executive Director Allen Thomas said. Unmanned …..
Flags are being flown half staff in honor of a retired Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy who passed away this week. Joe Kelly served with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office from 1971 until his retirement in 1994. He served as one of the first school resource officers to serve in the county. Mr. Kelly is also retired from the United States Army. The following are the visitation and funeral arrangements for Deputy Joe Kelly. Visitation: Wednesday, March 28th, from 2-6 p.m. at Johnson’s Funeral Home located at 207 S. Pine Street in Elizabethtown. Funeral: Thursday, March 29th, at 12 noon at Mt. AME Zion Hill Church located at 807 MLK Drive …..
Faye M. Boyne, NC Department of Transportation The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road openings and closings for Bladen County. The current list of openings and closings is below. CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions. Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. Mercer Mill Road Mercer Mill Road remains closed for the replacement of Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons. ELWELL FERRY: Is closed due to high water Share:
“Operation Southern Impact II” A total of 76 people were arrested, and 13 children were rescued or identified as victims during a mutually coordinated operation among eight southeastern states. The joint, proactive event, Operation Southern Impact II, was coordinated by nine Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in those eight states and focused on persons who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using technology and the internet. The planning for Operation Southern Impact II began four months ago and culminated in two days of investigative actions to include search warrant executions, undercover operations, and arrests in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South …..
RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 93 of North Carolina’s counties in January, decreased in one, and remained unchanged in six. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 14.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent. Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases while one remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.9 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.7 percent. The January not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.7 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above January 2018 55 42 …..
An Exceptional Children’s Spring Fair is planned for Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gymnasium. Everyone is invited to come by and say, “hello.” Resources will be available for parents such as IEP Notebooks, sensory tools and more to take home. There will be visits from school mascots, Smokey the Bear, the fire department and much more. Share:
Estate Sale! Starting Friday, March 16th, 2018 until everything is gone. Located at 2622 Hwy 701 N. Elizabethtown A large variety of antiques, collectibles, and more! Call for more information 910-641-1376 or 910-653-4482 Share:
By Erin Smith The Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina addressed the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon. John D’Ambrosio, who works with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), said the BBB is a form of voluntary self-regulation for businesses. “We try to advance marketplace trust,” said D’Ambrosio. The goal of the BBB is to ensure consumers are informed so they can do business with trustworthy businesses. He explained the way the BBB works is a business will ask to join and pay their membership fee, and the BBB will conduct a survey of the business. D’ambrosia said the business will either pass the survey with a grade or it won’t …..
By: Dora Brogdon There will be plenty to see and do in Bladen County this weekend. On Saturday, March 17, the United Way of Bladen County will be having a fundraiser at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. The event will begin at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. along with Jason Jackson and Randall Canady performing at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The joyous event will include live bands, face painting, carriage rides, corn hole tournament and, Sunset Slush. Everyone is welcomed to join and for anymore information call Christy Sasser at 910-991-6751. Also on Saturday, the East Bladen Booster Club will be hosting a fundraiser at the East Bladen High School in the cafeteria. The …..
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from December’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s January 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.4 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 3,505 over the month to 4,747,769 and increased 85,879 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 407 over the month to 222,256 and decreased 20,263 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 8,700 to 4,457,900 in January. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Professional & Business Services …..
Raleigh (March 16, 2018) – Today, Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) announces a trio of new changes to North Carolina’s Special Needs Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) have become law, including opening eligibility to thousands of additional students with special needs. PEFNC also shares the news that the application deadline for ESAs has been extended to midnight on Monday, April 2, giving families additional time to apply. “Thanks to the efforts of Senators Michael Lee and Chad Barefoot, the new Special Needs ESA program is strong and open for business,” said Brian Jodice, Interim President of PEFNC. “By March 1st, 792 families had already submitted applications for 330 …..
RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service is encouraging all North Carolinians to plant a tree this weekend to celebrate Arbor Day in North Carolina, which takes place on Friday, March 16. Seedlings are available to order through the N.C. Forest Service Nursery and Tree Improvement Program. Trees bring more than scenic beauty; large deciduous trees shade and cool houses in the summer, reducing dependence on air conditioning. Evergreen trees help save on heating bills by blocking the wind in the winter. Trees are also excellent filters for pollution that find their way into our lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters and underground sources of drinking water. “Residents interested in planting trees …..
Found an interesting post on Facebook…’Just spent 15 minutes searching for my phone in my car, while using my phone as a flashlight!’ Sound familiar? Congratulations to Rev. Warren Hill. He is the recipient of a “Carrying for Others Award” presented to him recently by Tar Heel WOW. I stopped watching Cable News sometime ago. Last night I was interested in more news related to the ‘walkway’ that came crashing down in Miami, Florida, so I ‘flipped’ thru several channels, CNN, Fox, MSNBC. Didn’t take long to refresh my memory why I stopped watching. No wonder so many are so confused, aggravated, ill with all. I soon returned to the Andy Griffith Show, Sanford and …..
RALEIGH — The Department of Public Safety today announced additional action steps taken to improve prison safety. The prison reform measures involve security policies and practices, training and hiring. “DPS has moved forward swiftly to provide a safer working environment for our employees,” Judge Reuben Young, Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice stated. “We realize there is still much work to be done and the department’s leadership and prison managers are committed to the ongoing effort. We focus on these improvements every day and are continually working to enhance operations.” The department implemented the reforms following two tragedies that resulted in the deaths of five prison …..
RALEIGH – State officials are hosting a public hearing Mar. 22 on the Pender County Utilities’ request to transfer more water from a neighboring river basin to meet the system’s projected water demands. The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Mar. 22 at the Public Assembly Room, 805 South Walker Street in Burgaw. Speaker registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will enable the public to comment on the petition for the proposed certificate. The public utility is required to obtain an interbasin transfer certificate from the N.C. Environmental Management Commission to move up to 14.5 million gallons of water a day from the Cape …..
By Erin Smith Freezing temperatures the past several nights have had farmers keeping long hours to save their early fruit crops. Blueberry farmers have been irrigating their crops with water to protect blossoms and early fruit from freezing. North Carolina State University (NCSU) recommends using irrigation systems to control frost on blueberry plants that are susceptible to freezing temperatures. NCSU recommends using 12 sprinklers per acre. Farmers were feeling optimistic on Thursday morning as they checked their crops and fields. Carey Horrell with Barnes Food Company/Big Sky Blueberry Farm near White Lake said, “I feel like we are doing well.” He said his sprinklers were still operating as of 9:30 …..
Yesterday students across the nation participated in a political Walkout in reference to the political gun control debate. Bladen County School’s students took the opportunity to make the day about making a positive change instead of making a political statement. “It’s an Honor Walk – not a Walkout,” Bladen County Schools posted on their Facebook page. The agenda of the organized lesson was teaching students to honor and respect lives and to take time to be nice to others. In an orderly and respectful manner Bladen County Schools’ students at East Bladen High School, Elizabethtown Middle School, Clarkton School of Discovery, Tar Heel Middle School, Bladenboro Middle School and West …..
Fundraisers for many groups/organizations that provide very valuable services to local residents are scheduled over the next few days and weeks, so many to keep up with. Check BladenOnline’s news, sports and events pages for those we are aware of. The latest unemployment rate for the state is 4.5%. Buncombe County (Asheville) had the lowest rate in the state (3.4 %) and Hyde County (Swan Quarter) was the highest at 10.6%. The next county by county unemployment rate update is scheduled to be released Friday, March 16, 2018 (tomorrow). Bladen County’s rate is usually slightly higher than state average. Anyone looking for a job should be able to find one …..
Contributed Bladen County native Lauren Bowen has been named to the Honor Roll for the first semester at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. Bowen was also selected as the Most Improved Player on the junior varsity basketball team. Share:
Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of openings and closings in Bladen County. There currently are no new openings. CLOSINGS: Mercer Mill Mercer Mill Road remains closed to replace Bridge 32. The closure is expected to last for 120 days. It is located just north of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posted at 5 tons. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Old NC 20 Road Old NC 20 Road will close Monday, March 12, 2018, at 8 a.m. at 1.83 mi W of NC87 ELWELL FERRY: Elwell Ferry is closed at 2 p.m. due to high water Share:
Bladen Community College and West Bladen students have returned with medals from the regional SkillsUSA competition in Fayetteville. West Bladen student Sarah Allen won first place in Job Skills Demonstration in category A. BCC student Ricardo Vazquez Ramirez won fourth place in the welding competition. Both students will advance to the state SkillsUSA competition in Greensboro in April. Share:
By Erin Smith An update on Teen Challenge opened the meeting for the Bladen County Opioid Task Force on Tuesday afternoon. Amy Munn said Teen Challenge has made the downpayment on a house on Lula Long Road in Ammon and efforts are under way to raise $30,000 by April 15. The deadline can be extended for an additional 30 days if needed, said Munn. “We need the County’s support. We need everybody’s support. A little bit can go a long way,” said Munn of the fundraising efforts. She reminded the group there is a need in the county for a facility of this type. Teen Challenge is a long-term, faith-based …..
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Preliminary FY 2018-19 Budget Meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the Courthouse. Ray Britt Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:
By: Dora Brogdon This week a 1-year-old male cat by the name of McKinley has been chosen to be Pet of the Week! This little cutie is very friendly and has an outgoing personality! He just loves to play and he needs a loving family to take him to his forever home! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12 noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Cir, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. For more information …..
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, March 20, 2018, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, in Elizabethtown. All members and other interested parties are asked to attend this meeting, and the same should not last more than 30 minutes. We will be discussing and making our plans for the upcoming Jail-A-Thon which will be held at the Board of Education on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 1 P.M., until 5 …..
Growing old has its advantages, so I am told, still searching. Enjoy pictures from yesteryear. Someone sent a photo of a Doug Henderson coached team recently, shared it on our sports page and seeing pictures of old tobacco barns with workers ‘stringin’ tobacco, or other activity that reminds me of my younger days. United Way of Bladen County is sponsoring an event Saturday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. St. Patricks Day, a fun day for youth and adults. It’s 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit United Way activities in Bladen. Questions or comments should be shared with Christy Sasser. Her contact info is 910-991-6751 or email Sasser02@srm.org. Voting is over in …..
By: Tori Chestnutt Parents have an obligation to their child to ensure their safely. One growing concern according to many is the increase in sex crimes throughout North Carolina. According to stopitnow.org 88% of sexual abuse is never reported. Here are six tips to help parents safeguard their kids from sexual abuse. 1) Education your children on stranger danger. 2) Create a safe word for when your child feels in danger. 3) Teach your children to not take things from strangers no matter how tasty or fun it looks. 4) Utilize the buddy system at all times. 5) Listen to your children when they …..
DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will welcome Dr. Stanley Knick to campus on March 26, 2018, at 11 A.M. in the library (building 7) to discuss Contemporary Challenges Facing Native Americans. Before his retirement, Dr. Knick was Research Associate Professor and Director of the Native American Resource Center at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. During this tenure, he taught university courses in Native American health, contemporary issues of Native Americans, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and video ethnography. His current interests include video ethnography of N.C. American Indians, Native American health, archaeology in southeastern North Carolina, art and culture of Native Americans, and global traditional cultures. Dr. Knick is …..
By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and adopted a consent agenda item which will allow the county attorney to object to waivers of court costs and fees. Attorney Leslie Johnson, who is with Johnson Law Firm and represents the County along with his son, Allen, said that in some parts of the state, fees and court costs are waived for defendants on a frequent basis. “Sometimes it is abused,” said Johnson of the statute. He also noted that such fees are not waived often in Bladen County. Court fees and other associated court costs can be waived under North Carolina law if the defendant’s …..
Carol is a native of Bladen County. Carol is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with 23 years prior experience as a Registered Nurse. She is a native to Bladen County and continues to work and serve our patients with personalized care in various clinics here at Bladen County Health Department. Those clinics include our Family Planning/Maternity Clinics, as well as our Children’s Health Clinics. Family Planning Clinic provides family planning services to women of childbearing age who want help in planning their pregnancies and/or in limiting their number of pregnancies. Family planning and reproductive health services are also available for men. Maternity Clinic provides quality prenatal care, counseling, and education …..
By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard an update from Steve Dial, Dawn York and Keith Walls regarding the Lock and Dam Fish Passage project. York is a Coastal Biologist with Dail Cordy and Associates and is working on the Lock and Dam Fish Project. “Tonight we wanted to give you a brief update on where we are with the fish passage project,” said York. She explained to the board that all three of the William O. Huske Lock and Dams Numbers 1, 2, and 3, which are located in Bladen County, are all meant to have a comprehensive watershed strategy …..
By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met Monday for their March session where they recognized Elizabethtown Middle School’s Soccer Team, Elizabethtown Middle School’s Girls’ Basketball Team, and Elizabethtown Middle School’s Boys’ Basketball Team for winning the Bladen 5 Conference Championship in their respective sports. Serenity Flakes and Yasmine Benson of Tar Heel Middle were both recognized for winning first place in the Junior Technology Division of the Region 4 Science and Engineering Fair at UNC Pembroke. In addition to winning first place, they earned a $1,000 scholarship for also winning the Chemistry and Physics Departmental Award and Best Overall Project Award. From West Bladen High School, Brenda Dimas-Lopez …..
By Tim Armstrong, National Weather Service Meteorologist The chances of measurable snow remain low this evening and are focused mainly across Southeastern North Carolina. Some snow and sleet has already been reported from Robeson and Bladen counties in North Carolina, with no accumulation. Several nights of freezing temperatures this week will probably be the bigger story for those with agricultural interests, and a freeze warning has been issued for all but the immediate coast. Share:
A Youth Leadership Summit is planned to take place on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Hickory. The event will invite high school students to learn about the opioid problem and discuss how they can help confront the issue at home. The summit will focus on raising awareness and building advocacy skills. The interactive and hands on event will also introduce ideas and tool kits for community action and charge the participants with developing a community project that confronts the opioid epidemic. Leading to Change, a nationally awarded training agency will help to facilitate the event. Paid lodging options may be provided for the night of April …..
The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering a Non-profit Academy during the month of March. The first seminar is Do you Need to File for Your Non-Profit? planned for March 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The second seminar is Do You Need to File for Grants? scheduled for March 15 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The third seminar planned for March is called Perhaps Fundraising Ideas planned for March 29 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. To register for these informative seminars/webinars, call 910-879-5572. Share:
A Career and Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 17, at the Bladen Community College Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. There will be approximately 30 businesses and industries participating in the event. Share:
By Erin Smith NC Governor Roy Cooper’s Office has generated draft guidelines for public records requests and those guidelines are now available for review and comment. The draft will be available online now though April 9. Public records include such items as books, maps, notes, recordings, photographs, computer data and any other items which document the functions of the public body and that are owned by a public body or government agency. The proposed guidelines also note that documents which may contain non-public items can be public records if the non-public items are redacted from the document. The document suggests agencies charge 0.05 cents per page for making photocopies of …..
By Erin Smith The annual Bladen We Care Gala is scheduled for Friday, April 20, at the Venue at White Lake at 7 p.m. and the 29th Annual Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. The Gala will feature the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band and is sponsored by Smithfield. Cost is $50 per person and attire is “Island casual.” “Our support for individual grants is never ending and helps us fill a need for those unable to support their health costs. Support for Bladen Crisis, Bladen Baptist, Carolina Crossroads and …..
Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Command Sergeant Major Annie L Walker, a native of Elizabethtown and a graduate of East Bladen class of 1985, had her Change of Responsibility Ceremony on Thursday, March 9, 2018, at Fort Jackson, S.C. Fort Jackson was where CSM Walker last served as the 10th Command Sergeant Major, United States Army Financial Management School, Corps and Regiment. CSM Walker proudly served her country for 32 years. Share:
Bladen We Care information for 2018 will be released, possibly as early as today, related to dates and times of their annual fundraisers, Gala and Golf Tournament. ACC will be well represented in 2018 March Madness basketball play. Virginia seeded No. 1 and most agree, best college team this year. Winning the NCAA tournament would be ‘icing on the cake’ for the Cavaliers. Bladen County Commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. today, same place and same time; Bladen County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. Meeting open to the public, and Bladenboro Town Council meets at 7 p.m. for regular monthly meeting, numerous issues on the agenda and the public is welcomed. Wish I would …..
There is the possibility of a mix of rain and snow late Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected throughout Monday which may change to a mixture with snow after 11 p.m. before gradually ending early Tuesday morning, according to the forecast. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. The high temperature Monday is forecast to be 49 degrees with wins out of the northeast at 10 mph. It’s expected to become cloudy Monday night ahead of the possible mix of snow and rain. The low will be around 30. Share:
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Mark Twain Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. Mark Twain You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. Joyce Meyer Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John C. Maxwell Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. Peter Drucker God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with. Billy Graham Someone is sitting …..
Spring isn’t here yet, but we still must spring forward. This evening before you go to bed don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour. Daylight saving time 2018 in North Carolina will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 11 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 4. The Spring Equinox of 2018 in Northern Hemisphere will begin at 12:15 PM on Tuesday, March 20. Flowers and trees started blooming early this year. Farmers have been working over time to save their crop. Share:
By Erin Smith The North Carolina Highway Patrol has released the names of the victims involved in two deadly crashes on Wednesday and one driver has been charged with death by motor vehicle. According to Trooper Anders, Levon Johnson of Elizabethtown was arrested and charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in a crash that occurred on NC 20. Trooper Anders said the crash occurred on Wednesday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on NC 20 as Johnson, who was driving a Dodge Durango was attempting to pass two commercial trucks. One of the commercial vehicles being driven by Keshon Bailey of Salemburg was attempting to make a turn from NC …..
Reminder: Set clocks/watches forward an hour before bedtime tonight. Spring forward. #6Tar Heels vs #1 Cavaliers for ACC Tournament Championship, 8:30 PM at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. There have been characters in the ACC male coaching ranks for years, Bone McKinney (Wake Forest), Lefty Driesell (Maryland), Jim Valvano (NC State), Frank McGuire (UNC & USC) and no doubt, others will be added in years to come. More names from the past, Everett Case (NC State), Dean Smith (UNC), Norm Sloan (NSCU), Cliff Ellis (Clemson), Terry Holland, former Virginia coach, and a Clinton, NC native. And current coaches who are among the all time greats, Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) since 1980 and Roy Williams …..
1849 – Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent (only US President to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions. 1862 – US issues 1st paper money ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000) 1891 – Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching. 1896 – After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world Heavyweight championship he says, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall” 1910 – Pittsburgh Courier begins publishing. 1933 – Nevada becomes 1st US state to regulate narcotics. 1941 – Lee MacPhail, Dodger GM predicts …..
The alumni of Tar Heel High School classes from 1980 through 1989 will hold a Class Reunion on June 30, 2018. If interested in participating in this event, please contact Karen Singletary Sands now by email at F100man@bellsouth.net Share:
By Erin Smith It’s time to move those clocks forward one hour this weekend. While you are changing your clocks, it is also a good time to check your batteries in your smoke detectors as well. According to the North Carolina Department of insurance, residents should also take note of the following fire preparedness tips: *Place a smoke alarm on every level of your home outside sleeping areas. If you keep bedroom doors shut, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom. *Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it. *Prepare and practice an escape plan – know at least two ways out of …..
Contributed Harrells, NC – For three very full days, whether traveling down the road in Harrells or flying to Costa Rica, HCA students rolled up their sleeves to help people in need. The school’s annual “C-Mester” projects are an opportunity for HCA students to live out the Christian call to service in real-world settings. This year those settings included a local church, an international ministry, a senior center, a hospital garden, two Christian camps, and a town park. Closest to home, the Town of Harrells welcomed 26 students to its senior center and public park. This is the fifth year that Harrells students have provided significant cleaning and repair assistance …..
The last week of February and continuing through March 15th, the Bladen County First Responder Training Center at White Lake has been and will be a busy location. Gary Turlington, with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, said the training center has hosted the entirety of the uniformed members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troop B, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and local law enforcement agencies have all utilized the facility. Turlington said the Highway Patrol is conducting their spring firearms training, proficiency, and qualifications. That brings more than 250 State Troopers into Bladen County, said Turlington. “They will return in the fall,” said Turlington. The North Carolina …..
By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday afternoon to officially declare the Knights Way Cafe at West Bladen High School as open. The students working in the cafe were excited as they waited for the ribbon cutting and were eager to get started serving their customers. The cafe is actually an Occupational Lab which was made possible through a partnership with the Cumberland County non-profit group Miller’s Crew. “This is not a business,” said Schumacher on Thursday afternoon. She explained to those gathered that the Occupational Lab is a learning tool to help her students learn the job skills and social skills they will need when …..
By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board will meet on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall. Mark Southerland will make a presentation to the board of a five year economic development plan for the town. The board will also consider changes to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant application; consider a library beautification plan; and consider an emergency response plan. The board will also consider a field use agreement for Dixie Youth Baseball; consider an agreement for concession stand operations; consider a shelter request for Wateree Park from Dixie Youth; and review the bids for the Elm Street project. The board is also expected …..
RALEIGH – State Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen today announced Roger “Chip” Hawley will join the agency as its new deputy chief. Hawley, a veteran law enforcement professional with 32 years’ experience, will assume his duties on March 12. “Chip Hawley is a seasoned professional who has a wealth of experience managing large events and specialized assignments in Wake County,” said Chief Allen. “I’m pleased to have him join our team at State Capitol Police where he will be a very welcome addition.” As deputy chief, Hawley will help supervise officers and non-sworn personnel of State Capitol Police, a division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. SCP, whose primary mission is to provide …..
ACC tournament winners following Thursday’s play: Virginia, Duke, Clemson and UNC. Friday’s semi-final pairings : 7 PM No. 1 Virginia v No. 4 Clemson 9 PM No. 2 Duke v No. 6 UNC Championship game Saturday, 8:30 PM. Three vehicular deaths recorded in Bladen County Wednesday. One on NC 20 and two on NC 87 near the Bladen-Cumberland County line. Details on our news page. One is too many. The BladenOnline ‘crew’ celebrated our 10th year of business Thursday, at Giorgio’s in Elizabethtown. About a dozen folks attended, several from the early days of the local online newspaper, who still contribute. Some recent additions that contribute daily. Nice gesture by current owners, Charlotte and Daine Smith. BladenOnline began a daily service of …..
The Bladen County Democratic Party will hold its annual convention on Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m. in the Superior Courtroom of the Bladen County Courthouse. Democratic candidates for local and state officers are invited to participate in the convention. Candidates are welcome to make a short speech and to participate in a question-and-answer session. For information, call Democratic Chairman Ben Snyder at 910-876-3565. Share:
Do you have a child starting Pre-K or Kindergarten this year? If so, contact Bladen County Health Department today to schedule a physical exam. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Physical includes vision and hearing screening. Immunizations may also be given at this appointment if needed. Don’t have a child starting school? We see children from birth through 20 years of age for wellness checks and also offer sports physicals. Medicaid and insurance accepted. Payment based on income is also available for those without insurance. Call 910-862-6900 for appointments. Share:
The designation demonstrates the highest level of commitment to quality healthcare BEULAVILLE, NC– Eastpointe is proud to announce that it has earned URAC accreditation in Health Call Center, Health Utilization Management and Health Network. URAC is the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. By achieving this status, Eastpointe has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes. “This award is the result of years of Eastpointe putting the right policies, procedures, and processes in place to ensure that Eastpointe is continually assessing quality, ensuring access to services for our members, and improving health outcomes. The achievement of Eastpointe being awarded …..
By Erin Smith The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating two separate crashes that have resulted in the deaths of three people on Bladen County’s roads on Wednesday. The first crash occurred on Wednesday afternoon at about 3 p.m. on NC 20 as a vehicle was attempting to pass two commercial trucks. One of the commercial vehicles was attempting to make a turn and clipped the side of a vehicle that was passing, causing it to overturn. According to Trooper Anders, the vehicle then flipped multiple times ejecting the occupants, one of which died from his injuries. Trooper Anders said there were multiple occupants in the vehicle that overturned and …..
By Erin Smith A freeze warning is in effect for Bladen County beginning at 1 a.m. and ending at 8 a.m. Friday. Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing in most locations including Bladen County. According to the National Weather Service office, the overnight low for Thursday is forecast to reach 29 degrees in Bladen County. These temperatures can kill crops and other tender vegetation. Share:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With this week being the 20th anniversary of National Consumer Protection Week, Piedmont Natural Gas is again taking the opportunity to educate its customers and communities on how to avoid being victims of utility scammers. “Given the many ways people can fall victims to scams, this is a message that simply can’t be shared too often,” said Jared Lawrence, vice president of meter services and Piedmont Natural Gas customer operations, and executive chairman of Utilities United Against Scams (UUAS). “Scammers are becoming more sophisticated with each passing year, so consumers must continue learning new ways to protect themselves.” UUAS has made available a Consumer’s Guide to Imposter Utility Scams, which provides descriptions of …..
HEAD START is now accepting applications for children who will be 3-4 years of age by August 31, 2018. Applications on children with special needs are also accepted. Children will be transported to and from home by bus. Please bring: Birth certificate, shot record, Social Security numbers of all family members in household, directions to home, mailing and physical address, verifications of income, WIC verification and health insurance information. Contact your the Head Start center closest to you for more details. Share:
HEAD START is now accepting applications for children who will be 3-4 years of age by August 31, 2018. Applications on children with special needs are also accepted. Children will be transported to and from home by bus. Please bring: Birth certificate, shot record, Social Security numbers of all family members in household, directions to home, mailing and physical address, verifications of income, WIC verification and health insurance information. Contact your nearest Head Start center closest to you for more details. Share:
By Erin Smith A Dublin native has been named as the Park Superintendent for the Lumber River State Park. Lane Garner, a veteran of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Service, began his service as Superintendent on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Garner said he is going to miss his colleagues at Jones Lake State Park and Singletary Lake, but he is ready for the new challenges he will face at Lumber River State Park. According to the North Carolina Parks and Recreation website, Lumber River State Park was established in 1989, and now encompasses 12,039 acres and recorded 72,731 visitors in 2017. Garner said it is the fourth largest state park …..
BY Faye M. Boyne, NCDOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road openings and closings for Bladen County. The road openings and closings as of Thursday, March 8, are as follows: OPENINGS: Old NC 20 Road Old NC 20 Road will open Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. at 0.22 mi W of NC87 CLOSINGS: Mercer Mill Road Mercer Mill was closed beginning Monday, February 26th, and remains closed to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Old NC 20 Road Old NC 20 Road …..
ACC men’s basketball winners yesterday (Wednesday): Louisville, Notre Dame, Boston College and UNC. Today’s schedule: 12 PM No. 1 Virginia vs No. 9 Louisville 2 PM No. 4 Clemson vs No. 12 Boston College 7 PM No. 2 Duke vs No. 10 Notre Dame 9 PM No. 3 Miami vs No. 6 UNC Low temp tonight, 30 degrees with west wind around 8 mph. Check the thermostat. Sixty to seventy years ago, needed lots of dry wood for the heater. Stock market unpredictable, stability in DC would help. Remember when the UNC announcing team included Woody Durham and Mick Mixon? The pair came to Bladen County several times, thanks to Lee …..
Contributed The East Bladen Booster Club met last week to discuss plans for their upcoming fundraiser. The event will be on March 17th and will include a steak dinner with all of the trimmings for two in the East Bladen High School Cafeteria. The meal is served at 6 p.m. and the auction will begin at 7 p.m. There will also be a raffle. Tickets can be purchased through any East Bladen Booster Club member. Tickets will be collected on March 12th. You do not have to be present to win the raffle. Share:
RALEIGH – The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Craven Correctional Institution Administrator Larry Dail as the new Eastern Region director for Prisons. Dail, 64, who has spent 35 years with the state in Prisons, replaces Annie Harvey, who was promoted to the deputy director of Prisons on July 31, 2017. The Eastern Region consists of 12 prisons. “We could not have selected a better person to fill this role than Larry Dail,” said Interim Chief Deputy Secretary Reuben Young. “He is an example of someone who is proud of his correctional officer roots and has worked at every level of prison operations with distinction.” Said Dail, “I …..
By Erin Smith Two Bladen County Principals were recently recognized and awarded the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Award from the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals’ Association. The recipients of these awards are Elizabethtown Middle School Principal Elizabeth Cole and East Bladen High School Principal Jason Wray. The Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP) offers participants opportunities and methods to study and learn what “distinguished” school leadership should look like. The program is one year in duration. According to a release, “in DLP, practicing North Carolina principals are provided as models of exemplary school leadership allowing participants to study the behaviors, attitudes and competencies that define a “Distinguished” school leader. Throughout the …..
The White Oak Volunteer Fire Department will conduct a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Plates are dine-in or carry out and cost is a donation. Everyone is encouraged to come out and bring your friends and family with you. Donations appreciated. The fire department is located at 10838 NC Highway 53 West, in White Oak. Share:
The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Cape Fear Vineyard is located at 195 Vineyard Drive, Elizabethtown, NC For additional information, call 910-247-3457. Share:
East Bladen’s annual fundraiser, steak dinner and reverse raffle, is set for Saturday, March 17th, at the school. Tickets are on sale, $100 per couple and available at usual locations. Call the school for more information. Blueberry and strawberry growers will be watching weather forecast more closely as blooms begin to ‘spring forth’. Last year, temps dropped below freezing on more than one occasion, doing harm to the plant and the crop, if memory is correct, ’round mid-March. A reminder, time change early Sunday morning. Spring forward so you arrive at church on time. Very good article in NC State Wolfpacker magazine, about former East Bladen star athlete, Larrell Muchison of Elizabethtown, ‘Fighting …..
By: Dora Brogdon This week a 2-year-old male feline by the name of Gizmo has been chosen to be Pet of the Week. He is a very friendly cat that loves to play. This little furry guy needs to go to a good home where he will be loved! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more …..
By Cheryl Thurston So long, February. You were short, but sweet. You started with warm temperatures, even though Punxsutawney Phil called for more winter. You brought us sweets for the lovers, sales for the presidents, and lots of important Black History. I’ve often wondered why the maker of the calendar didn’t just take an extra day from a couple of the 31 day months to make February as long as the others. But I digress. The good folks at the Bladen County Health Department didn’t mind the shortness of February though. They went right on with their inspections of the kitchens, cafeterias, and restaurants we love to visit. Without their …..
BladenOnline.com is proud to announce the second edition of Bladen County Beautiful magazine is now available! The new publication is double the size with more coupons, articles, and more. You can find your copy of the magazine at the advertisers listed in the magazine, at area hospitals, medical centers and chamber of commerce. You can also find a digital copy of the magazine here, on BladenOnline.com under the Bladen County Beautiful magazine tab. Share:
By Erin Smith The Internal Revenue Service is wanting tax payers to be aware of a new scam involving fraudulent tax refunds. This scam involves the scammer actually filing fraudulent income tax returns and using the victim’s real bank account to deposit the refunds. The scammer then devises a scheme to regain the refund from the victim. According to the IRS, the scammers have breached computer data files for numerous tax preparers and have downloaded information on hundreds of tax payers. Once they have the taxpayer’s information, the scammer will then file fraudulent income tax returns for hundreds of dollars in income tax refunds. The scammer will have the fraudulent …..
The Bladen County Board of Elections Special Meeting scheduled for today at 1 p.m. has been cancelled because a court panel declined to extend the Supreme Court stay issued July 20, 2017 stating that a two member board could conduct business. Bobby Ludlum-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:
Harrells, NC – To conclude their study of the Holocaust Memoir Night written by the late Elie Wiesel, ninth grade Honors English students at HCA read poems written by children who became victims of the Holocaust and created unique butterflies inspired by each of the poems. On Friday, February 16th, the 9th graders shared their projects with the 1st grade students reminding them that everyone’s life matters. We are all special, and Christ teaches us to love one another despite our differences. Ninth grader Abigail Madden says she “enjoyed sharing with the 1st graders that high school students sometimes get to play with glitter and glue as well! Also, it …..
Local governments beginning to put budget proposals together for the coming year. Guess other than re-evaluation, nothing is more challenging. Every department could use more money to operate, and most politicians ‘run’ on a promise of no increase in taxes. Been that way for as long as I can remember. One huge difference in local budgets and those at the federal level, the locals follow the letter of the law. Deadline for approval of a new county or city budget is June 30th, unless approval is granted by the Local Government Commission, a seldom occurrence. Federal budget was due last October, still no budget approved. I am not a blueberry or strawberry grower, but check the …..
By: Joy Warren Elizabethtown Town Council met in regular session on Monday evening. They held a public hearing regarding a Rezoning Request from Smithy’s Enterprises, LLC, for property at 711 Martin Street. After no comments during the public hearing, Council approved the zoning request to change the zoning from R12 to R10-High Density Residential. This will allow single family dwellings and will meet area requirements to bring both houses on the property into conformity. A second public hearing was held regarding a Code of Ordinance Amendment for Chapter 92-Cemeteries. No comments were made from the public and Council approved changes including the following: A vault is required for all burials in the Elizabethtown City …..
The Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office has announced three scheduled prayer sessions for Judge Ola Lewis, all to occur on Mondays on the courthouse steps. Please know your prayers and presence continue to support and sustain Judge Lewis. Here are the dates: *Monday, March 12, at 12:45 p.m. *Monday, April 2, at 12:45 p.m. *Monday, May 7, at 12:45 p.m. Share:
If you have a child with special needs, you are welcome to join us for Coffee Talk. Coffee Talk is a support group for parents and families of children with special needs. There they can find support of other parents who are facing similar challenges. Coffee Talk meets every third Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dragonfly Coffee Shop located at 162 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Share:
By Erin Smith The First Annual Autism Awareness Festival is planned for Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Athletics Field. Events will include a 1K Fun Walk, vendors, information booths, rock painting with Bladen rocks, food, fun and more. Share:
By Erin Smith A Bladen County Commissioner is now facing allegations of misdemeanor child abuse. BladenOnline.com has learned that Ashley S. Trivette, a Republican who represents District 3 on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, is facing a charge of misdemeanor child abuse in Brunswick County. According to court records, she is scheduled to appear in Brunswick County Superior Court on April 10, 2018. She is also scheduled in Brunswick County Superior Court on April 2, on charges of DWI and expired registration card/tag. We’ve made attempts to reach out to Mrs. Trivette at Healthworks Fitness and Wellness and were told she has stepped away from managing it. We have …..
By Erin Smith A former Bladenboro Town Manager made an appearance in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. Delane Jackson, who once served as the town manager for the town of Bladenboro, appeared before Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser on Monday and informed the court he did not need a court appointed attorney. Defense lawyer Harold “Butch” Pope told the court he was making a “general appearance” on behalf of Jackson. Judge Sasser continued the case until April 2. Jackson was indicted in February by a Bladen County Grand Jury. The indictment was issued following a State Bureau of Investigation probe of Jackson, who resigned from his …..
Spring is coming soon and with it will be Easter Celebrations. Shane Freeman, Park Superintendent with Jones Lake, announced the 8th annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday, March 31, 2018. The Easter Egg Hunt will begin in 11 a.m. There will be games, concessions, crafts, prizes and special events. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register your child, call 910-588-4550. Share:
Contributed Elizabethtown Middle School Girls With PEARLS continues to provide positive opportunities for girls. According to Dr. Renee Steele, organizer and seventh grade social studies teacher, this year the girls have been working in collaboration with Mrs. Laura Hall, EC teacher, to create a flower garden for students in her Exceptional Children class. Dr. Steele stated this is a year-long project and it is geared towards teaching the importance of service to others. In addition to the in-school service project, Dr. Steele stated the girls continue to have phenomenal women speakers to share words of wisdom. Ms. Shonteia Keaton, Bladen County Human Resources Director, spoke to the girls about presenting …..
The Bladen County Board of Elections will conduct a Special Meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 1 p.m. for the purpose of developing the One-Stop Implementation Plan, for the May 8, 2018, Primary Election. Bobby Ludlum-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:
Henry Singletary, Volunteer with the Bladenboro Historical Society Paintings, drawings and wood carvings by Mr. Bernard Frink will be on exhibit through May 27th in the Bladenboro Art Gallery, in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. Open hours are 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. During the 1930’s, Mr. Bernard Frink attended several years of school in what was originally the Bladenboro Farm Life School and now the Bladenboro Historical Society building. He graduated from high school in 1943. After a long working career away from Bladenboro, he returned “home” and into retirement. The Farm Life School building was saved from destruction in 1992. Mr. Frink is one …..
By Faye M Boyne, NCDOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road openings and closures in Bladen County. OPENINGS: George Long Road George Long Road will open Monday, February 5, 2018, after 5 p.m. CLOSINGS: Mercer Mill Mercer Mill will close Monday, February 26th, to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just north of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Old NC 20 Road Old NC 20 Road will close Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 8 a.m. at 0.22 mi W of NC87. ELWELL FERRY: Is operating Share:
One hundred and thirty-four employees reached milestone years of service at Southeastern Health in 2017. These employees were honored Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) annual service awards banquet. SeHealth’s Vice President of Talent and Culture, Dr. Patrick Ebri, led SeHealth Administrators and Directors as they presented service award certificates and gift cards to honorees in attendance during the after-dinner ceremony held in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s dining room. Those in attendance made dinner selections from a variety of delicious entrees prepared by SeHealth’s Food and Nutrition Services staff. SeHealth Foundation Board Member and Vocalist Lisa Rust was accompanied by Mark Anderson on the piano as the evening’s entertainment. …..
By Erin Smith The man involved in a standoff with law enforcement in Dublin in November had his case continued in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. Attorney Harold “Butch” Pope told the court his client, McKenzie Brisson, is in a treatment center in Asheville. A letter sent to his office recently said Brisson will be in the treatment center for 21 days and will then move to a recovery program, according to Pope. The Bladen County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser continued Brisson’s case until April 2. Brisson was involved in an armed standoff with law enforcement which lasted 6 hours in November. During the standoff, Brisson …..
Say a prayer for residents of coastal northeastern USA. Winds and waves have caused so much damage. Seems there are so many more weather related events in recent years, or maybe the news coverage is better. UNC Pembroke men’s basketball team defeated Clayton State 70-60 yesterday to claim their second-straight Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship. The Braves (26-5) become just the second team to win both the regular season and tournament crowns in consecutive seasons. Number 3 UNC Pembroke will play No. 6 Francis Marion (20-9) Saturday, March 10, at Harrogate, TN in the first round of NCAA II Southeast Regional tournament action. A reminder, move your clock forward one hour Saturday night. Spring forward! Ever make notes so …..