12/11/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 3:47 am This Day in History – December 11
  • 1:04 pm Bladen County Solid Waste holiday schedule
  • 12:58 pm Gov. Cooper Encourages Public to Remain Vigilant Due to Remaining Snow and Ice in Some Areas of North Carolina
  • 12:41 pm Man charged with Hania Aguilar’s murder denied bond
  • 12:35 pm Period to apply for FEMA assistance ends Thursday
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Bladen County Solid Waste has announced their holiday schedule for the Christmas and New Years Day holidays. Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, December 24th thru Wednesday, December 26th – are as follows: All convenience sites will be in operation until 3:00 PM on Monday, December 24th. They will be closed Tuesday, […]

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RALEIGH: With some portions of North Carolina receiving up to 20 inches of snow and ice, Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging the public to remain cautious as cold temperatures will result in refreezing. “North Carolina has gotten through the worst of the storm, but we need to stay vigilant,” Governor Cooper stated. “Unfortunately, the snow has […]

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By Erin Smith The man arrested and charged with Hania Aguilar’s murder made his first appearance in Robeson County Court Monday where his bond was revoked, according to court records. The FBI announced late Saturday that an arrest had been made in the murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.  According to the release from the FBI, […]

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The period to apply for disaster assistance for damages from Hurricane Florence will remain open until Thursday, December 13th, 2018. The Disaster Recovery Center in Bladen has closed; however, applications can be taken and any questions can be answered by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. This line is open from 6am – 10pm EST daily. If you received […]

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As the investigation into alleged election fraud in Bladen County continues, some useful links can be found below. From the News and Observer:  ‘The guru of Bladen County’ is at the center of NC’s election troubles Understanding the elections fraud allegations in North Carolina’s 9th District Robeson County sounded alarms last summer–now State is investigating election […]

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RALEIGH- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has partnered with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to offer a federal program that is available to assist local governments with emergency watershed recovery projects. The last day to request assistance is Dec. 31. The department’s Soil and Water Conservation Division received $10 million in […]

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

  Plans are underway for the 31st annual parade honoring the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which will be held in Elizabethtown, North Carolina on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. National Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  MLK promoted Civil […]

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The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties based on economic well-being and assigns each a Tier designation. This Tier system is incorporated into various state programs to encourage economic activity in the less prosperous areas of the state. The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

  1672 – New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston. 1690 – Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money. 1836 – Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia. 1884 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is first published in the […]

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Congratulations to Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown golfer had a good day yesterday in the 29th Charles Tilghman Jr. Championship Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC.  After one round of play he is one stroke off the lead.  He was one of 3 that shot a 73 at the Surf Club & Beach Club, Grande Dunes Member Club.  […]

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This Day In History

1793 – Noah Webster establishes New York’s 1st daily newspaper, the “American Minerva” 1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Commission on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress. 1878 – Joseph Pulitzer buys St Louis Dispatch for $2,500. 1884 – Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate. 1889 – US President Benjamin Harrison […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, as parts of North Carolina begin to feel the effects of a major winter storm, Governor Cooper is urging residents to quickly finish their storm preparations, be ready for power outages and plan to stay off the roads once conditions worsen.  “This is a snow storm, not a snow fall. It’s serious,” […]

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Contributed by Bob Westerfield With the Christmas season upon us, many folks have already spent $50 to $100 dollars for a dead, cut Christmas tree, or perhaps dragged their plastic version out of storage. While there is something to be said about having a traditional cut tree such as a blue spruce or Douglas fir, […]

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Contributed by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Why do online shoppers have to take special precautions? The internet offers convenience not available from other shopping outlets. From the comfort of your home, you can search for items from multiple vendors, compare prices with a few mouse clicks, and make purchases without waiting in line. However, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Gladwin ‘Bo’ Priest, long time face of the Tar Heel Rescue Squad, He was recently recognized for his contributions by being named a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, by Governor Roy Cooper.  Rep. William Brisson made the presentation.  Bo has been a faithful servant to the squad for 42 years… […]

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The Bladenboro Town Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. The board is scheduled to conduct a public hearing for a proposed rezoning request for the property located at 15498 NC Highway 131. The board will consider consent agenda items, which include approval of agenda items, approval of minutes, approval of […]

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Snow is most likely a no go this weekend in Bladen County. Rain, however, is expected. The National Weather Service is forecasting up to three inches of rain in areas of Bladen County this weekend as a low pressure develops along the Gulf Coast on Saturday morning as high pressure builds down from the north. […]

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It is almost time for a new year, so the team at BladenOnline.com wanted to start with a new look as well.  We are working to bring you, our readers, a new refreshed look in a format that is easier to read and navigate. BladenOnline.com’s General Manager Erin Smith said, “One of our many goals […]

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By Charlotte Smith During this holiday season many wonder about the condition of one local cemetery in Bladen County. The Elizabethtown City Cemetery behind the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown has shown significant geological damage since Hurricane Florence. Even with the holidays in full swing, the Town of Elizabethtown and contracted specialists have been […]

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By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT      The NC Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: Closings NC210 East at Rowan Creek NC210 East has been closed since November 26th at a location 0.2 miles North of Brown Road in order to replace […]

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Contributed Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Narcotics Unit have conducted a search warrant and made other arrests this week. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Graham Road area of Clarkton. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to the […]

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When many people hear the word dementia, they often think of someone who has severe memory loss and/or other cognitive impairments. People with dementia often feel alone, isolated and left out of events and social gatherings due to their inability to easily recall places and names. Kelly Robeson, Director of the Bladen County Division on […]

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CHARLOTTE, NC ──The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle school students, has announced plans to reestablish its national program in Bladen County, NC. Says Charles Winters, President of the National League of Junior Cotillions, “We will be selecting a director for a local […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An early December storm will bring a mixed bag of hazardous wintry precipitation to the Carolinas this weekend, likely to cause prolonged power outages in some areas as snow and ice bring down trees, limbs and power lines. Duke Energy meteorologists continue to monitor weather conditions and the company is making plans accordingly. Line […]

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By Erin Smith The opening of an electronic gaming facility in Clarkton has prompted the town board to review their electronic gaming policy. On Tuesday night, the owners of Freddy’s on Elm attended the board meeting for the discussion. Daniel Storie and Danny Storie listened as the board discussed the policy. Mayor Arthur Whedbee told […]

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On Thursday, December 20th the Clarkton Public Library is inviting kids to their Christmas Party! The party will begin at 6 p.m. and will end at 7:30 p.m. Call 910-647-3661 to register, space is very limited for the event.   Share:

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Kids are invited to a Christmas Party at the Bridger Memorial Library on Monday December 17th. The party will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 7 p.m. Space is very limited so call 910-863-4586 to register.   Share:

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The Bladen County Public Library will be having a Christmas Party next Thursday on December 13th. The party will begin at 6 p.m. and to pre-register call 910-862-6990.   Share:

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) announced they have secured three BUILD Transportation grants totaling more than $60 million for North Carolina: GoTriangle will receive $20 million. The project will construct a new bus facility and structured parking to create a multimodal transit center in downtown Raleigh. The […]

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Contributed Wilmington, N.C. (December 6, 2018) – The University of North Carolina Wilmington has received a $10 million gift commitment from alumnus David Congdon ’78, and his wife, Helen, the university announced today. This represents the largest outright gift commitment in university history; with it, UNCW will establish the “David S. Congdon School of Supply […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Service to 911 centers in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast was restored Thursday afternoon, according to telecommunications companies that serve the centers. Reports of interrupted service throughout the region began Wednesday and had been returned to normal by 1 p.m. Thursday. Assistance at the centers was still available by calling the local […]

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The first Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 7, 2019 and will conclude with a graduation presentation on April 22, 2019. The Citizen’s Police Academy sessions will consist of eight classroom sessions on selected Monday nights and two practical exercises conducted on Saturdays during the four month […]

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The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda K. Lee has been selected as the new college president. Dr. Lee was unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees from a pool of four finalists who were interviewed earlier this fall. “Dr. Lee brings a vast amount of experience, not […]

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By Erin Smith The southeastern United States is experiencing outages with the 911 system involving multiple carriers on Thursday, according to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw. “In the southeastern part of the country, multiple carriers are having problems with connections with wireless and landline connections,” said Kinlaw. He added, “When we tested ours […]

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The farmers markets in Bladen County are offering residents the opportunity to prepare for the Christmas holidays. You can find all manner of locally grown produce and hand-crafted items to complete your shopping list. The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open on Friday and Saturday offering locally grown produce, pecans and honey. The Bladenboro Farmers […]

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RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks today announced the appointment of Roger “Chip” Hawley as the new Chief of Police at State Capitol Police. Hawley, a veteran law enforcement professional with more than 36 years of experience, had been serving as deputy chief of the agency since March. “Chip Hawley has been […]

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Financial services firm to add 436 new jobs in Charlotte RALEIGH: LendingTree, Inc., which operates the leading online loan marketplace, will expand its headquarters in Mecklenburg County, creating 436 new jobs by the end of 2023, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “The Charlotte area serves as a home to many corporate headquarters, and LendingTree’s expansion raises […]

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Governor Cooper encourages personal preparations as state and counties get ready RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper is urging North Carolinians to watch the forecast closely and prepare their homes and families for winter weather arriving this weekend, as the state gets ready for the first major winter storm of the season. “The forecast is still evolving, but […]

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By Charlotte Smith Investigations can be tiring for many under the microscope. After working for several years at the Bladen County Board of Elections, one employee has turned in their retirement letter. Bladen County Board of Elections Director, Cynthia Shaw, is retiring, according to Greg Martin, Bladen County Manager. Shaw submitted her retirement letter back […]

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By Erin Smith The issue of cleaning the towns canals and ditches and who is responsible for their maintenance was discussed in Clarkton on Tuesday night. Jim Perry, Special Projects Planned for the Lumber River Council of governments, wrote a letter to the Clarkton Town Board attempting to clear up the questions surrounding the ownership of […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladenboro man pled guilty to second-degree murder in connection to a shooting that left one dead and one injured in September 2016. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser presided over the proceedings on Wednesday. Henry Spivey, 40, pled guilty to second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault with a […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Well here we are in the middle of the holiday season, the time of year when we gather with family and friends, to enjoy food and fellowship, and to express our gratitude for the things we have. The hurricane season is over for the year, and even though September and October were […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Like many US citizens, I kinda kept up with activities related to the passing of our former President George H.W. Bush yesterday and enjoyed the action and commentary, despite announcing in yesterday’s ‘Thoughts’ that he would be buried in Texas…..yesterday. I never met President Bush, but had a sister who served for some time as […]

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By Erin Smith A competency hearing was held on Wednesday afternoon for an Elizabethtown man who is accused of murder. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser ruled on Wednesday afternoon Jonathan Parker is competent to stand trial. Parker is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 78-year-old John Robert […]

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Photo Courtesy Gordon Kinlaw Power is out on West Broad Street on Wednesday afternoon following a motor vehicle crash near Elizabethtown Baptist Church. A Jeep SUV a power line pole on West Broad Street plunging many residents and businesses into darkness. Power was also reported to be out as far away as Dublin following the […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a 2 to 3 year old female Chow mix by the name of Lola has been picked for Pet of the Week. She is super sweet to everyone and very playful. She is also affectionate and gets along okay with other dogs. Lola is waiting at the Bladen County Animal […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: North Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Florence have one week from Thursday left to register for assistance programs with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA and for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.  “Hurricane Florence was a gut […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper joined leaders from the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in the State Capitol’s Old House Chamber to sign a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve.  “I’m proud to join employers who appreciate the unmatched leadership and unique skills Guard members, Reservists and veterans […]

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Contributed Shane Todd and Rodney Hester were joined this morning by a small contingency of members from Boost the Boro to present a framed picture of North Carolina Highway Patrol, Master Trooper Kevin K. Conner, to the Bladenboro Fire Department. “Kevin, who was killed in the line of duty on October 17, 2018, will be […]

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By Erin Smith The NC State Board of Elections and Ethics still has not set a date for an evidentiary hearing regarding alleged irregularities in the US House 9th District race in Bladen County. In a surprise move last week, after a lengthy closed session, the NC State Board of Elections and Ethics voted 7-2 […]

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By Erin Smith Two court cases of interest to Bladen County were on the docket this week in Bladen County Superior Court. The case of former Bladenboro Town Manager Delane Jackson was continued in Bladen County Superior Court. He is charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. His last court appearance […]

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The Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors meeting originally planned for December 11 has been canceled. The board will meet on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the small auditorium in the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. All supervisors are urged to be in attendance. Share:

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Administration collaborates with North Carolina Business Committee for Education and Fidelity Investments and on free, first-of-its-kind tool to match educators with local businesses RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced a free, first-of-its-kind online tool to lead the way in connecting education to career. The new work-based learning tool, called “The Navigator,” brings together members of the […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in reference to locating Curtis Sanders Cromartie.  Cromartie is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred on December 3, 2018 in Elizabethtown that seriously injured a female who was inside of a residence. Felony warrants have been obtained for Cromartie’s arrest for Assault With A […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) meeting for Thursday, December 6th,  will be held in the auditorium of the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown at 12 noon. Share:

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About three weeks ’til Christmas. A bad day on the Stock Market yesterday… Today, former President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest in Texas. Bladen County continues to receive bad press related to the just completed General Election, not the Board of Elections or staff, but ‘vote for pay’ activities by bad actors.  […]

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By Erin Smith A massive black plume of smoke could be seen from as far away as the NC 87 Bypass and from downtown Elizabethtown after a former dye plant caught on fire on Monday afternoon in Elizabethtown. The fire was reported at about 3 p.m. and West Broad Street was shut down in the vicinity of Cromartie Road […]

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The Dementia Friends initiative will meet on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 3 until 4 p.m. at the Division of Aging in Elizabethtown. During the session you will learn what dementia is, what its like to live with the disease and some tips on how to communicate with people who have dementia. Due to space […]

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By Erin Smith Beavers are wreaking havoc in the southern section of Bladen County. E. W. Bowen told the Bladen County Board of Commissioners that attempts by State officials to improve drainage concerns in East Arcadia are being thwarted by beavers. First, before the business session began, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners conducted their […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a brief report of the vital statistics for Bladen County and an update on the Phase IV water system expansion. The first order of business was the swearing in of two Commissioners, Arthur Bullock and Charles Ray Peterson. Next, the board elected […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has ordered a Book of Condolences to be placed at the North Carolina State Capitol for members of the public to sign in remembrance of President George H.W. Bush. The book rests on a table at the foot of the George Washington statue in the Capitol Rotunda, and members of the public […]

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Plain View Primary School has issued their honor rolls for the first nine weeks grading period. They are as follows: 3rd Grade A Honor Roll Andy Basilio-Ortiz, Camyrn Easter, Alexia Munoz-Rodriguez and Isaiah Smith. A/B Honor Roll Terrence Burden,  Aiden Davis, Randy Grimsley, Payshince Hammonds, Ariadna Hernandez, Noah Locklear, Ethan McMorrow, Blake Grimsley and Hillary […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed new bills into law. Senate Bill 823: Hurricane Florence/Supplemental Act. “With many crops still in the field at landfall, Hurricane Florence was devastating for North Carolina farmers,” Gov. Cooper said. “This legislation will provide badly-needed relief for our state’s agriculture industry while also supporting housing and other critical recovery efforts.” […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

It’s flu shot time, if you have not had yours, better do so soon. Had the pleasure of attending the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad Christmas Party last night, held at the VFW building.  Local Rescue Squads continue to have staffing problems.  Nothing new, but when you continue to lose members who take call, others must double-up.  […]

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Visitor Assistance Center at W. Kerr Scott will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 5 due to the National Day of Mourning for the 41st President, George H.W. Bush. It will also be closed on Dec. 6 and potentially on Dec. 7 for repairs to a water system. No amenities will be […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper named Joshua Malcolm Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections and appointed former board member Robert Cordle to the board’s vacant position. “North Carolinians deserve to have confidence in our democratic process and as Chair, Joshua Malcom’s leadership and experience will help ensure fair and honest elections. Robert Cordle […]

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By Joy Warren During the Monday evening meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council, George Hopkins was recognized as the 2018 “Employee of the Year.” Hopkins works in the Public Services Department. Town Manager Eddie Madden said “George undertakes the jobs he may be assigned with a smile each day. During Hurricane Florence, he stayed at […]

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By Erin Smith Several Bladen County elected officials took their oaths of office on Monday afternoon. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser administered the oaths of office along with Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis. While the Swearing in ceremony was conducted in the Bladen County Superior Court Room for the […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor’s Office spokesman Ford Porter issued the following statement on NOAA’s decision to grant incidental harassment authorizations to companies, a step toward opening the Atlantic Coast to seismic testing: “Seismic testing that opens the door to offshore drilling threatens marine mammals and our fragile ocean ecosystem and is simply not worth the risk to […]

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Public Meeting

The Emereau: Bladen Board of Directors’ Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  A public body may close a session for the following purpose:  to establish, or to instruct the public body’s staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the public body […]

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Governor Cooper Announces $34.5 Million Investment by Pendo to Grow its Corporate Headquarters in Raleigh RALEIGH: Pendo, a growing technology company founded in Raleigh, will more than triple its local operations over the next five years, adding 590 jobs and investing $34.5 million in Wake County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “North Carolina is home to […]

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By Erin Smith Four Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputies were honored with Lifesaving Awards on Friday morning. Each officer was recognized with a pin to be worn on their uniforms. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker welcomed everyone to the Sheriff’s Office and Chief Deputy Larry Guyton opened the ceremony. “Within the last few months this office has […]

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Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said members of the Narcotics Unit made arrests on Sunday of two individuals for the sale of controlled substances to undercover officers. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the East Broad Street area of Elizabethtown. During the investigation, […]

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System adds domestic violence records; piloting nationwide crime data Raleigh, N.C. – Law enforcement has a new tool to help them protect the people of North Carolina – technology that allows them to search anywhere, on any device, for criminal records. The records are provided through the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services, or CJLEADS. […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office along with the White Lake Police Department conducted a joint operation that shut down a Methamphetamine Lab near White Lake last week. Sheriff James A. McVicker said, he and White Lake Chief of Police Bruce Smith, are very proud of the joint operation. The investigation started after observations made by the […]

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RALEIGH: To ensure more students are prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow, Governor Cooper has proclaimed December 3 – 9, 2018 Computer Science Education Week. “Nearly every industry in today’s economy needs computer programmers,” Gov. Cooper said. “To ensure our students are ready for high-demand jobs today and into the future, we must provide […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Much has been spoken and written over the past few days about the late, former President, George H.W. Bush, one of the best equipped chief executives in my lifetime.  His longtime bride was also a huge asset.  How could you not like Barbara Bush? Bladen County commissioners have a couple of meetings today, a Special […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladen Lakes Players were presenting the stage play “Charlie”. The Bladen County Hospital Employee of the Month was Flender Mae Campbell. Larry Guyton was the new editor of The Bladen Journal. Rev. Charles Leon Warren was the new pastor at the White Oak Baptist Church. Share:

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  Breaking hard news is not what I normally do, but, feel I must…. Al Scoggins, our long time neighborhood Mr. Fixit, died Saturday (yesterday).  According to his bride, Carolyn, he left home about 12 noon, unannounced and failed to return, after several hours she began to look for him.  He was found mid to […]

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By Charlotte Smith The 45th Annual Bladenboro Christmas Parade pulled in thousands to the small town this Saturday morning. The chance of rain forecasted had officals starting the parade early, but the weather was ideal and the multitudes were present with good cheer. Many folks gathered to celebrate the holidays and many were celebrating their recovery […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

December 1, WOW…..2018 is coming to a close and action is picking up…. Congratulations to Dr. Findt on his retirement at Bladen Community College, job well done. Had the pleasure of attending retirement party for Sgt. Rodney Hester at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department yesterday (Friday), well attended, family, friends, co-workers, very nice function.  Sgt. […]

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By Charlotte Smith Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The new year will bring a documentary, Always In Season, about Lennon Lacy. Lacy was a 17 year old West Bladen High School Football player, found dead in August of 2014. He was hanging from a swing set, in a mobile home park not far from his home. […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ meetings scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2018 have several important topics on the agenda. The board will elect the next Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners during the regular scheduled meeting. Kelly Robeson with the Bladen County Division on Aging will lead a […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County has a lot of small businesses. During this holiday season the BladenOnline.com team would like to remind our readers why it is important to “Shop Local, Eat Local and Stay Local”. We will be distributing coupons at the Bladenboro Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 1, at 10:30 am. In case you […]

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By Charlotte Smith A hearing was held today in Raleigh by the North Carolina State Board of Elections in regards to “numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee by mail ballots and potentially other matters.” After the meeting today it was announced by officials, Bladen County absentee votes are under investigation and may […]

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By Erin Smith  A fire in a peanut roaster had emergency responders on the scene quickly Friday afternoon at the Houston Peanuts Salt Plant. According to Bladen County Fire Marshal, Kenneth Clark, the fire involved one roaster. The roaster was cooking about 100 pounds of peanuts when the fire occurred. The sprinkler system activated quickly extinguishing the […]

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By Erin Smith Faculty members, staff members, members of the North Carolina Community College System, and community members all gathered Thursday evening at Bladen Community College to say farewell. The gathering was filled with laughter and reminiscing as BCC President Dr. William Findt greeted each guest and warmly welcomed them to the reception. Dr. Findt called the […]

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By Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro is set to hold their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday (November 30) evening at 6 p.m. at the Bladenboro Farmers Market. New Light Church will be serving cookies and the Bladenboro Rotary Club will be supplying hot chocolate to chase away the cold. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be […]

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Contributed The West Bladen FFA Chapter participated in the 2018 North Carolina FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on November 27th, 2018 in Wake County, NC.  This event is sponsored by the North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association and the North Carolina State Fair.  Team members include: Amelia Harris, MacKenzie Morris, and Kayla Norris.  Most of the […]

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Strong talent pipeline and exceptional quality of life attract Honeywell to North Carolina  Company plans to bring more than $248 million in investment to Mecklenburg County CHARLOTTE: Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company providing software-oriented solutions for many of the world’s most complex industries, will locate its headquarters in Mecklenburg County, creating 750 well-paying jobs, Governor Roy […]

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RALEIGH – Farmers with damage from Tropical Storm Michael may be eligible for disaster assistance from the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018. The $240 million bill approved today by the N.C. General Assembly would help farmers with storm damage and agricultural losses from both Hurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael. The program will […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Temps should be in he mid 60s today, a welcome change for most after a couple of winter-like days….. Bladenboro Christmas Parade tomorrow (Saturday) morning…. Had a request for Debbie Heustess from someone interested in making a donation to her Elf Angels effort, if my memory is correct the 12th annual.  She purchases new gifts […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a 10- to 11-month-old male hound mix named Sammy has been picked for Pet of the Week. He is very friendly and gets along with other dogs. Sammy is waiting at the Bladen County Animal for his forever family to come adopt and take him to his new home! The […]

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By Erin Smith The North Carolina Department of Transportation unveiled the proposed maps and drawings for a new cloverleaf design to be constructed at the deadly NC 87 and NC 11 intersection on Wednesday night. The Open House was held at the Sandyfield town hall near Riegelwood. The proposal by NC DOT calls for a […]

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Reser’s Fine Foods and JBB Packaging Investing in Halifax County RALEIGH: Halifax County will see 129 new jobs and $14 million in private investment from two economic development projects with manufacturing companies, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Reser’s Fine Foods will create 79 new jobs with an expansion in Halifax, and JBB Packaging will create […]

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NC DOT

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s traffic operations center has earned national recognition for its response to Hurricane Florence. The department’s Statewide Transportation Operations Center (STOC) was recently honored with a Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Award. The Raleigh-based STOC coordinates state responses to travel emergencies. The award comes from the National Operations Center […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces the unsealing of an Indictment charging Kelvin Donnell Johnson, Khadir Elijah Beamon, Timothy Lydell Jones, Carvis Charles Marable and Brandon Darnell McNeill with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and theft of mail. According to the allegations in the Indictment, […]

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The Bladen County Register of Deeds Office in Elizabethtown will close temporarily on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 2 p.m. for the swearing in of staff. The office will reopen immediately following the ceremony. Share:

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By Erin Smith Rumors about an arrest in the abduction of a Lumberton teen have been making the rounds in Bladen County and on social media. On Thursday afternoon (November 29th), the FBI is reporting there have been no arrests in the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar. “No one has been arrested or charged in […]

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Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in October. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 6.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.6 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 4.8 percent had the […]

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