04/22/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 8:55 am Bladenboro Town Board to meet
  • 8:33 am The Cross marks celebration of Easter
  • 8:21 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:13 am This Day in History for April 22
  • 6:43 am Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament: Pinecrest 4, East Bladen 3
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Bladenboro Town Hall

The Bladenboro Town Board will meet tonight for purpose of tonight’s meeting is to take up the matter of the proposed budget. The board continued the meeting from Monday, April 8, 2019 to tonight. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall. Also up for discussion is consideration of which […]

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Photos contributed by Summer Cain The well attended play “The Cross” was performed on Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market helped to mark the celebration of Easter in Bladen County. Several churches came together to perform the play which follows the trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The event was well attended and received […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Easter Monday, and for those who celebrated on Friday, time to return to work.  For others, a day off. According to the Bladen County School calendar, Spring Break for students and staff, except Bladen Early College. Just a few weeks remain before this school year is over and the Class of 2019 moves on to college or joins […]

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This Day In History

1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 cents coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”) 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1898 – US President […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Easter Day… Remember as a youngster hearing the Easter story of Jesus hanging on a cross.  Never gets old. We celebrate with Cantatas and other forms of worship.  Youngsters enjoy Easter Egg Hunts, a tradition that reportedly dates back to the late 16th century, when the Protestant reformer Martin Luther organized egg hunts for […]

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Most older adults – about 94 percent – want to stay at home as they age. But a new survey from the Home Instead Senior Care network shows many seniors are redefining what it means to age in place, revealing that one in four plan to move to a new home to accommodate their changing […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Part of what makes our nation unique is our diversity. Social Security touches the lives of nearly all Americans; so, we are accustomed to serving a diverse population. Online, our People like Me pages help inform the many different people we help. From people […]

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This Day In History

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in the American colony, allowing freedom of worship for Christians but sentencing to death anyone who rejected the divinity of Jesus. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington) 1974 – New York City formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a person. According to Lt. Mark McMichael, the police department wants to speak with him regarding a larceny that occurred at the Elizabethtown Walmart store on Friday. The suspect is described as a white male with red hair and what appears to be tattoos on […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The East Bladen High School Band received a superior rating by the North Carolina Band Master’s Association. The Elizabethtown Rescue Squad responded to 66 calls during the previous month. Sonya Nance of Bladenboro was a finalist in the Miss North Carolina U.S. Teen Pageant. Doug Smith of Tar Heel High School threw a no-hitter against […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving Looking forward to this day, after the storm yesterday.  Checked with National Weather Service on info gathered at the local airport (Curtis Brown) just east of Elizabethtown.  Highest sustained winds were in the 28 mph range with gusts as high as 38 mph between 4:30 PM and 5 PM.  As you know, winds were strong […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2019 — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, which replaces […]

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WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with Honeywell International Inc., and International Paper Co., for cleanup of contaminated soils and sediments at the LCP-Holtrachem plant in Riegelwood, Columbus County, North Carolina. The United States brought its action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and […]

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This Day In History

1777 – New York adopts new constitution as an independent state. 1836 – Territory of Wisconsin created. 1871 – US 3rd Enforcement Act (President can suspend writ of habeas corpus) 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson, having dispatched more travel ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed forces if necessary; […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Bladen County until 6:15 p.m. Share:

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The tornado warning for Bladen County has been lifted by the National Weather Service. A tornado watch remains in place for southeastern North Carolina, including Bladen County, until midnight. The tornado warning was issued after Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Council and moving north at 50 miles […]

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A tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for Bladen County until 3 p.m. The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning which expired at 2:45 p.m. At 2:18 pm a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Council and moving north at 50 miles per hour. Areas expected to […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Bladen County until midnight tonight. Steven Pfaff, a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington said, “The Storm Prediction Center has updated today’s Severe Weather Outlook.” According to Pfaff, a large swath of the Carolinas continues to be highlighted in a Moderate Risk for […]

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The severe thunderstorm issued for Bladen County has been allowed to expire. The National Weather Service in Wilmington issued a severe thunderstorm warning at about 10:45 AM for southeastern Bladen County,  and portions of Brunswick County and Columbus County until 11:45 AM. According to the National Weather Service, at 10:54 AM, a severe thunderstorm was located […]

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools will be closing early today (Friday, April 19) due to forecast inclement weather. Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton stated that based on information we have received from the National Weather Service all Bladen County Schools will be operating on an 1:00 p.m. early release today for students and staff. Schools will […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – It was a Homecoming of sorts Thursday at East Bladen High School as Principal Dr. Jason Wray announced that Aking Elting, a star player on the Eagles’ 2001 Class 2A State Championship team, would be the new boys basketball coach. “It is not every day that you can add someone with as rich […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Special Olympics event, 2019 was well attended by an enthusiastic crowd, Thursday at Elizabethtown Middle School football field.  Lots of energy by participants and supporters. Mark your calendar… Thursday, April 25, Bladen We Care Golf Tournament at The Vineyard Golf Course, White Lake. Saturday, April 27, Relay for Life from 11 AM to […]

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By Erin Smith Rumors have been circulating recently that a Waffle House restaurant is seeking to locate in Elizabethtown. To the disappointment of some, the rumors of a Waffle House locating in Elizabethtown are unfounded at this time, according to Town Manager Eddie Madden. “We have no knowledge of it,” said Madden. He added that no permits […]

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This Day In History

  1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation of Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1908 – 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania. 1914 – World War I: […]

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Contributed Virtuoso trumpeter Dean Simms will visit the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton with a night of classic jazz as he leads “Satchmo: Tribute to Louis Armstrong” 7pm Saturday April 27. Dean has performed or recorded lead trumpet with many famous acts, such as the Ohio Players, Rick James Stone City Band, […]

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By Erin Smith With the weather turning warmer and Easter weekend upon us, many people are planning cook outs and other outdoor activities. If you have outdoor plans for Friday evening, you may want to keep a watchful eye on the skies and listen to the latest weather forecasts as there is a potential for severe […]

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By Erin Smith The sounds of laughter and cheering could be heard echoing across the athletic field at Elizabethtown Middle School on Thursday morning.  The air crackled with excitement as the Bladen County Special Olympics got under way. Bladen Lakes School Principal Dia Thomas served as emcee for the event and opened the games by […]

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On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Bladen County hosted a Lunch & Learn for employees to attend to learn more about the Bladen County Dementia Friendly initiative, and to become a Dementia Friend. Twenty-three county employees were in attendance at the NC Cooperative Extension from several agencies including the Cooperative Extension, Bladen County DSS, Health Department, […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s March 2019 unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 8,543 over the […]

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As the weather begins to warm and the skies begin to brighten, what better way to welcome Spring than to play a round of golf. The third annual Rotary International Cup Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday, May 17, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The Elizabethtown Rotary […]

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Trey Duncan, Financial Representative with WoodmenLife, presented a donation on behalf of WoodmenLife Chapter 262 to support this years Special Olympics. The Bladen County Special Olympics will take place today (Thursday, April 18) at 10 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School. Pictured from left to right are Cheryl White-Smith Director of Exceptional Children’s department, Angela […]

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On April 4, Bladen County Schools held a retreat to discuss each department. No actual budgeting or costs associated with each department or program was discussed at the meeting, according to Valerie Newton, director with Bladen County Schools. However, the funding sources for each of the departments was listed on the presentation powerpoint without the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen We Care Golf Tournament, 30th edition, slated for a week from today at The Vineyard, White Lake.  Still a few starting times remain if you would like to participate.  Call 910-874-2008 for details.  And, a reminder, all proceeds assist Bladen County residents struggling with healthcare issues, and the support of nursing scholarships at Bladen […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture and arrest of escaped inmate Cul Priest Jones. Mr. Jones is a black male, age 45, approximately 6’0” feet tall, weighing 184 pounds and walks with a limp. On October 14, 2018, inmate Cul […]

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By Erin Smith With the ending of the NC STEP program in early April, there have been numerous questions regarding the exact number of homes that have received repairs through the program in Bladen County. There has been confusion reported in learning exactly who is performing work and exactly how many homes have been repaired […]

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By Erin Smith A series of suspicious fires that ocurred in February and March remain under investigation near Dublin, according to the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office. “We’ve got some persons of interest,” said Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. “We’re still looking, watching and waiting.” The series of fires all ocurred within a mile […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain other USDA disaster assistance programs. These payments are being made available today, and they […]

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Mosquito-borne diseases can be deadly to horses, donkeys, mules  RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis and West Nile Virus. “April until November is prime mosquito-breeding season in North Carolina and when horses are at risk if not properly vaccinated,” Troxler said. “EEE […]

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By Erin Smith The NC House passed a bill on Tuesday (April 16) that is seeking to allow North Carolina to end changing from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time. The bill was proposed in March by NC Representatives Jason Saine, Kelly Hastings, and John Szoka. The bill, NC House Bill 350, is called the […]

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Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: CLOSINGS: US701 Lane shift for shoulder closure and to move southbound traffic to northbound bridge for the purpose of debris removal from under the southbound Cape Fear River bridge. […]

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By Erin Smith As you are preparing to celebrate Easter this weekend, there are several area events and Easter Egg Hunts taking place that are open to the public. On Saturday, April 20: Jones Lake State Park is hosting their annual Easter Egg hunt from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Easter Egg Hunt will […]

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Contributed Bladen County Health and Human Services Director Terri Duncan addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. She spoke about several accomplishments and programs of the department. Mrs. Duncan also spoke about her time since becoming Director of the Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services. “This is the first time a nurse has been over […]

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Honor Roll

West Bladen High School has released the honor rolls for the third quarter.   SUPERINTENDENT’S LIST – Grades of 96-100 in all West Bladen High School (WBHS) classes and no more than 7 absences in any WBHS class. Miguel Aguilar, Nicholas Alioto, Olivia Allen, Arely Alonzo, Leslie Baxley, Alyssa Bell, Joshua Benson, Autumn Brisson, Hannah […]

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This Day In History

1492 – Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the “Indies” with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism.  This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered. 1704 – First successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell. 1864 – Battle of […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

On the way home from DC. Been a good, hopefully productive trip to Washington. Spent considerable time Tuesday with Elizabethtown native Bryan Martin.  Bryan has been a part of the late Congressman Walter Jones staff for the past 4 years.  Jones died late last year, a primary elections will be held shortly for a new 3rd […]

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North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority Grant to Help Protect Jobs from Flooding LUMBERTON: Governor Roy Cooper today visited Rempac Foam Corporation’s manufacturing facility in Lumberton, where he announced a grant to help protect the business and its jobs from future floods and discussed ongoing efforts to rebuild from Hurricane Florence. During his tour, the governor […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard from Holland Consulting’s Ryan Cox regarding the Hurricane Matthew DRA Rehabilitation project. Cox told the board that the original low bidder for the project was W. F. Carr, however, since bidding on the project, Mr. Carr has fallen ill and underwent surgery […]

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Contributed The BCC Foundation encourages participation in its Bladen Community College Faculty/Staff Mini-Grant program.  A new BCC Foundation program, eligible activities are creative, innovative, and beneficial project for students and/or for staff job-related enrichment.   The BCC Foundation may award up to $1,000 total in mini-grant funding during any fiscal year, with a maximum of […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and received the 2017-18 audit report where they learned there were some issues found in relation to Medicaid. “We tested 90 Medicaid files and did find some issues,” said Bryon Scott with the Thompson Price, Scott, Adams and Company in Elizabethtown. He also stressed […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and recognized five employees for their years of service and one retiree. The Commissioners began the evening by recognizing Clara Johnson who retired from the Bladen County Health Department on April 1 with 25 years of service to the county. She was presented a plaque […]

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Bladenboro Primary School announces the honor roll for the third nine weeks grading period. 3rd Grade Superintendent’s List Andrew Wren 3rd Grade “A” Honor Roll Talon Bailey, Joshua Blackmon, Makenna Bryan, Nicholas Hilburn, ShaMoni McNair, Tylar Moretz,  Norman Ramos George, Ashley Shaw, Talon Storms, Chloe Walters 3rd Grade “A/B” Honor Roll   Ashton, Bryan, Lucas […]

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Contributed On Monday evening, February 8th, retired NC State Trooper Harry Stegall was a guest speaker at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy. “He was a survivor of an assault that left him on the side of the road for dead having been shot seven times by a fugitive outlaw from justice that he […]

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Contributed Dublin Primary School conducted their 3rd 9 weeks Terrific Kids award ceremony of the 2018 – 2019 school year,  Thursday, April 11, at 10 a.m. in the school gym.   Four students from the second grade classes were recognized as Terrific Kids. The recipients were Kayla Inestroza, Alyssa McKoy, Carley Rorick, and Bryan Maldonado Ortiz. Presenting the awards was […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

How about Tiger Woods winning another green jacket, a symbol of a Master’s winner.  Must have a closet full.  He has come full circle professionally and personally….Never give up. Still in D.C., meetings all day long, speakers from FCC, Department of Agriculture and others.  One of the top issues is mapping…where is the current fiber.  Mapping […]

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Bladen County Sports

CERRO GORDO – West Columbus pulled away with 5 runs in the seventh inning to defeat West Bladen 8-2 Monday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. Dylan Blackwell doubled home Shawn Tyson who had walked to start the inning. Nigel Ceesay walked and Blackwell raced home on a passed ball. L. B. Allen cracked […]

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By Erin Smith The Easter weekend is an important time for many individuals. In honor of the Easter weekend, many area offices have announced their schedule changes. All federal offices will be open on Friday, April 19th, and Monday, April 22nd. Most banks will be operating on a regular schedule for Good Friday and Easter […]

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By Erin Smith Today is the deadline to have your 2018  income taxes filed. If you have not already done so, you have until midnight tonight (April 15th) to get your return in the mail. If you are not ready to file your tax return by April 15th, you can file for an extension, according […]

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By Erin Smith There was an air of excitement on Monday morning as Food Lion employees and curious shoppers gathered at the front of the Elizabethtown grocery store for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon cutting was to celebrate the official start of a new service at the store called Food Lion to Go. Food Lion Store […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host a free educational event titled “Addiction vs. Pain Management: What You Need to Know about the Opioid Crisis” on May 15 in Elizabethtown. Featuring presentations by Kincy Barrow, Southeastern Carolina Crossroads Executive Director, and Dr. Kelly Erola, Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s (LCFH’s) Chief Medical Officer, the free event will […]

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Bladen County Extension Master Gardeners annual Spring Plant Sale will be on Saturday, April 27th, and Saturday, May 4th, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown starting at 9 am until. Along with our great selection of flowering plants, shrubs and trees, we have a great variety of tomato plants such as Big Beef, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Greetings from Washington, DC…. Was on the road several hours yesterday, mostly I-95, running nearly 80 MPH, 3 wide for the better part of 7 hours, give or take little, arriving late in the day with 3 others….two using their cell phone to assist as we entered the city, to arrive at the designated location.  […]

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This Day In History

1817 – 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, Connecticut)   1861 – Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Abraham Lincoln (US Civil War)   1865 – Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.   1878 – Harley Procter […]

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Bob Lewis, former East Bladen, Clinton, & Harrells Christian Academy football coach, was formally inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame Saturday.  Bob won his first state championship with East Bladen High School in 1973.  He had his greatest success as the Clinton Dark Horses coach winning state championships in […]

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Kiwanis Clubs of Carolinas District across the region met at the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina at Lake Waccamaw on Saturday for the annual Kiwanis One Day. Mary Winfree, the District Trustee for the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and other surrounding clubs welcomed the large group.  There were an estimated 20 clubs represented with […]

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ATLANTA – National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Robert Vogel announced the selection of Matthew Woods as superintendent of North Carolina’s Moores Creek National Battlefield, effective April 14. “Matthew has a deep understanding of Moores Creek National Battlefield and will help to ensure the park’s history and resources are well preserved,” Vogel said. “He is […]

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Former East Bladen football coach Bob Lewis was inducted into the North Carolina High School Hall of Fame Saturday in Cary at the Embassy Suites. During his professional career, Lewis coached the high school teams of Clinton, East Bladen, Harrells Christian, Pender, and Whiteville. Lewis not only had an impressive coaching record with 322-146-6, but […]

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The Emereau Bladen Board of Director’s will meet in special session on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel matters as per NCGS 143.318.11 and to consult with an attorney if needed. The meeting will be held at Emereau: Bladen Charter School, 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown, NC  28337.   If you have questions, please call (910) 247-6595. Share:

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A group of ladies gathered at the Baltimore Center in Council on Friday morning for a program called Women Making a Difference. The guest speaker was Bladen Community College President, Dr. Amanda Lee. Before Dr. Lee spoke, the group sang the hymn Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. BCC Trustee Dennis Troy introduced Dr. Lee. “Women do make […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC – Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such […]

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Six donors have contributed to the Bladen Disaster Recovery Team CrowdRise Community Thrives fundraiser. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $10,000 to assist Bladen County residents that are still displaced and/or struggling from the damages of Hurricane Florence. Rev. Darrell Copeland, the Secretary of the non-profit, Bladen Disaster Recovery Team said, “I believe […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina will receive a $12.2 million grant to expand crisis counseling services to Hurricane Florence survivors in 28 counties, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “Along with physical damage to homes and businesses, storms like Florence take an emotional toll,” Governor Cooper said. “This grant will help meet the need for mental health services as […]

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The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). For more information contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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By Erin Smith Bladen Community College has much to offer the county and its students. That was the message at the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on Tuesday as BCC President Dr. Amanda Lee spoke to the members. Dr. Lee began her talk by speaking about her own educational experiences and how […]

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The Bladenboro Middle School has released their honor rolls for the third quarter grading period. 5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +)   Omarion Brown, Jonah Bryan, Miles Bullard, Franklin Pait, Jackson Pait, Makenna Thurman, Faith Wren A Honor Roll (90+)   Kali Allen, Gwendolyn Cordle, Juandiego Burga-Cupen, Brenna Hester, Dalton Hester, Hunter Hester, Noah Lee, […]

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A former Elizabethtown attorney, Woody White, has made a list of super lawyers in North Carolina. The Super Lawyer’s List is published by Thompson Reuters who canvass lawyers around the state to arrive at their list. White now practices in the Wilmington area. WOODY WHITE CATEGORY: Super Lawyers-Criminal Defense FIRM: Woody White Law Firm PLLC […]

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By Erin Smith, Photos Courtesy Tammy Keshler After learning of the plight of Bladen County residents impacted by Hurricane Florence, a city in Kentucky reached out to help the  residents of the town of Elizabethtown.  Six months later, the town of Elizabethtown, Kentucky is still assisting Bladen County’s residents who are impacted by the damages […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The Masters Golf Tournament is one of the elite sporting events, began yesterday and what a day.  Low round of the day was 66 shared by a couple of young guns…Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson had a 67 and Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson posted rounds of 68, in all nearly 30 golfers, […]

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This Day In History

1776 – Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina. 1861 – Fort Sumter in South Carolina is attacked by the Confederacy, beginning the American Civil War. 1869 – North Carolina legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan Law. 1900 – The US Congress passes the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory (effective 1 […]

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Contributed SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion will offer its “Food Lion To-Go” grocery pick up service beginning Monday, April 15, at its location at 1202 West Broad St., Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at each location at 8:45 a.m. on April 15, and to help introduce customers to this new […]

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Contributed 4 th Grade A Honor Roll Nadya Colon, Samarah Daughtridge, Jaida Harrison, Ellie Kinlaw, Matilda Kinlaw, Mallory McDuffie, Angie Paredes Palacio, Jamiya Peterson, Jordan Robinson, Brooklyn Skinner A/B Honor Roll Janice Alvarez-Nunez, William Borza, Emily Campos-Estrada, Mario Covington, Yurisa Hernandez Lopez, Anette Hernandez-Cruz, JaQuan McRae, Aaliyah Monroe, John Monroe, AlLaysia Owens, Akira Pinckney, Alayah […]

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By Erin Smith A Silver Alert for a missing Kelly woman has been cancelled. She has been located and is safe. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Man Tracking Team and bloodhounds assisted the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in locating Brown in a wooded area on Thursday.  Brown has been returned to her home. The Bladen […]

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DUBLIN – Important information about Bladen Community College graduation plans was released to students this week.  Due to the large number of graduates this year, Bladen Community College will hold an additional graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 16th. All ceremonies will be held in the college’s auditorium.  Students will be assigned to a specific ceremony. […]

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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, April 16, 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 Cape Fear Masonic Lodge #300, Prince Hall affiliated is having a fish plate sale Saturday, April 13, starting at 12 noon until everything is sold.  Plates are $8 which includes baked beans, coleslaw and roll. All proceeds go to the Bladen County Relay For Life. Contact persons for more information are Brother […]

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West Bladen Coach Gaye Davis has announced a mini-volleyball camp to be held at the school on July 15-16 for ages 8-16. Early registration fee is $50 in advance and includes a T-shirt or $60 on the first day of camp. Camp sessions for grades 3 to 5 will be held on July 15 from […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Shrine Club conducted their annual fraternal fish fry on Wednesday. They reported the day was a success. Shriner Garrett Smith said, “”It was a pretty outstanding day. The weather has been outstanding for us.” With warm sunny skies, many who attended the fry, enjoyed plates of hot fresh whiting, […]

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Updated announcement at 5:08 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2019 Elderly Woman Found Near Her Home Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced that an 81 year old resident of the Kelly area was located Thursday morning after spending two nights in the woods. “My office received a report of an elderly person, Ms. Ada […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the company issued the following statement in response to an April 1, 2019, order by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) requiring excavation of coal ash basins at the company’s Allen, Belews Creek, Cliffside/Rogers, Marshall, Mayo and Roxboro facilities. The state decision came after the company submitted to NCDEQ detailed […]

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Contributed Miss Olivia Sholar and Mr. Weslier Velaquez, of West Bladen High School, were among twenty area high school juniors who attended the twelfth annual Four County EMC’s Youth Leadership Weekend on March 15 -17 at Camp Kirkwood in Watha. On Friday afternoon, the students were taught the cooperative business model as well as what […]

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By Dr. Lisa Lee Bryan Cancer kills the young, the old, the rich, and the poor.  Cancer does not care who you are or your plans for the future.   At age 27, I received a phone message – “Lisa, please call us your results came back as cancer”.   My daughter Elizabeth was not […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the celebration at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, beginning at 3 PM.  Their male chorus has been in the singing business 48 years. Other groups will be singing as well, open to all. About half of Bladen County will join counties along the NC-SC border, all the way to Mecklenburg County attempting […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Hello everyone, please forgive the delay in bringing you the restaurant report for March, you’ll also notice some January reports at the bottom of the list. Better late than never, I always say. What a month was March? It didn’t come in like a lion, but it managed to see some spring […]

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By Erin Smith A tractor-trailer overturned on Wednesday morning spilling a load peanuts and forcing the closure of NC 41 in the vicinity of NC 41 Grocery and Grill.  The incident occurred at 11:24 a.m. and the road remained closed at 4:30 p.m. NC Highway Patrol Trooper G. White anticipates the roadway will re-open later Wednesday evening. Trooper White said the Maceo […]

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Contributed by Donna Taylor The Curtis L. Brown, Jr. Field in Elizabethtown had a visit from a G5 Gulfstream (GV-SP) today. The G5 Gulfstream is a business jet aircraft. The GV-SP is the largest plane to land at the airport since the new Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building ribbon cutting ceremony, according to witness, Donna […]

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The Clarkton Lions Club is seeking local homeowners who still have recovery work required from Hurricane Florence. The Clarkton Lions Club may be able to supply construction material to assist with your project. To learn more about this program, you can meet with the members of the Clarkton Lions Club on April 23, 2019, or […]

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By Erin Smith The Dementia Friends leadership group met on Tuesday and discussed how best to raise awareness of dementia in Bladen County. Dementia Friends Coordinator Kelly Robeson said a lot of people have expressed interest in having a Dementia Friends information session at their place of business or church. One idea discussed is to […]

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By Erin Smith Students, faculty and staff of Bladen Community College enjoyed a warm spring day while learning about the dangers of driving drunk, visiting foreign countries, and learning how to perform CPR. Exhibits included using stationary bicycles called Blender Bike to make smoothies and salsa, a virtual reality tour of Europe, Japan and the […]

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RALEIGH -This year, farmers can add CropCheck, a pilot program offered by Field Watch, that allows growers to map small grain/commodity crops by herbicide-resident traits. Crops include cotton, corn and soybeans. It’s been three years since the online mapping programs Driftwatch and BeeCheck were launched in North Carolina. Since then, it has become a valuable […]

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