07/20/2019
  • 6:07 pm Bladen County softball team reaches SWAC 16U state final
  • 11:36 am Dublin Cannabis Co Marks Milestone for Global Extraction Company
  • 11:30 am Bladen County Board of Commissioners have a long agenda
  • 7:18 am Obituary for Hilda P. Sullivan
  • 7:14 am Christmas in July sale set at River View Trading Post
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January 29, 1928 – July 15, 2019 Hilda Poirier Sullivan, 91, of Frederick, Maryland, died peacefully surrounded by family on July 15, 2019. Hilda was born in Elizabethtown, North Carolina on January 29, 1928, the daughter of Clara McCall Priest and Lee G. Priest. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by […]

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Some celebrate Christmas all throughout the year and one local shop in Elizabethtown is spreading the holiday cheer. River View Trading Post announced Friday they will hold a Christmas in July Sale this coming week. “We will be full of the Christmas Spirit,” Kyle Culkin, one of the store owners said. “Some of our vendors […]

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Filing for municipal elections ended at noontime Friday, busy time at the Bladen County Board of Elections. All the results are on our Politics page. … About as much activity as seen in recent years. Bladenboro, Elizabethtown and White Lake incumbents have opposition. Tar Heel Mayor Roy Dew is unopposed and Sam Allen filed for […]

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1861 – Confederate states’ congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia. 1868 – 1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes. 1890 – Snow and hail in Calais, Maine. 1907 – A train wreck on the Pere Marquette Railroad near Salem, Michigan kills thirty and injures seventy more. 1917 – WWI draft lottery held; #258 is […]

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Four people filed Friday morning for a seat on the Elizabethtown Town Council to challenge the three incumbents as municipal slates were set for November’s elections. Crystal Lewis Crumb, Mary M. McMillian, Jessica McKoy Wilson and Debbie Heyward will be joined on the ballot by Elizabethtown councilmen Howell Clark, Dicky Glenn and Ricky Leinwand for […]

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Filing for municipal election ends at noon today. Check our political page for candidates as of Thursday afternoon. All have a full slate, except Tar Heel. No one had filed for town council or mayor. Bladenboro, Clarkton and White Lake have attracted incumbents and newcomers. Filing fee … $5. And, 12:01 p.m. today will be […]

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Three Bladen County All-Star teams will be competing in StateWide Activities Committee State Softball Tournaments in Tarboro this weekend. The 16-and-Under Bladen All-Stars did not have a sectional qualifying tournament and will open play in the state tourney Friday night at 7:30 against Warren County. Members of the Bladen 16U All-Stars are: Taylor West, Lauren […]

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Bladen County Schools has scheduled pre-kindergarten application days for July 22, 23 and 24 at the Bladen County Board of Education for children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31. Screening times will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day for enrollment for eligible children for the upcoming school […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections office has been a busy place the past two days with eight candidates filing for municipal offices and races assured in at least four contests. Filing ends Friday, July 19 at noon, according to the Elections office. The filing fee is $5. Tim Tart and Jon Hall filed Thursday […]

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1845 – Fire in NYC destroys 1,000 homes and kills many. 1848 – 1st US women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. 1875 – Emma Abbott, a floating hospital for sick children 1912 – A meteorite of estimated 190kg mass explodes over Holbrook in Navajo County, […]

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Summer Jams Concert Series continues this evening (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at Goldston’s Beach, White Lake featuring Pink Slips. It’s free courtesy of local sponsors and the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. All are invited. I realize I am beginning to sound like a broken record, but just a few hours left to file […]

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By Ray Jones Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Buttercup, a 10 to 12-week old female kitten. She is very friendly and playful. She loves to get attention and would make a great family pet, says Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. Buttercup has been looking for a special someone to give her a loving home. […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver Since the time we sat around campfires or in caves, wondering what lay beyond the flickering flames, most humans have had a fear, or at least a discomfort, with the night. While humans are naturally diurnal, there have always been some who were willing to venture out from the circle of comfort […]

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1743 – 1st half page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal) 1853 – Completion of Grand Trunk Line, trains begin running over 1st North American railroad between Portland, Maine and Montreal. 1864 – US President Abraham Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for military service. 1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1907” premiers in NYC. […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections released new candidate filings. On July 16 White Lake resident Gray Evans Marshburn filed for the mayor of White Lake Election. Marshburn will be running for mayor challenging incumbent Mayor Goldston Womble. Mayor Womble, who is also an attorney, said he has held his position as […]

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Filing deadline for municipal elections fast approaching, and numerous positions with no candidate. … Deadline is noon Friday, July 19. Filing fee, $5. I followed, with great interest, the story of the lady ‘snatching’ her own child from a nursery in Bladenboro. Fortunately, all ended well, so far. Pray for all concerned. Sunset Jams concert […]

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1775 – 1st military hospital approved. 1861 – US Congress authorizes paper money. 1867 – 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established. 1925 – Tris Speaker, is 6th to get 3,000 hits. 1935 – “Variety” publishes famous headline “Stics Nix Hick Pix” 1938 – Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan leaves NY flying for […]

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WINNABOW – A seven-run third-inning propelled Bladen County to a 16-10 victory over North Granville on Monday in the third round of the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament at Town Creek Park. Bladen County had rolled to a 19-3 victory over Brunswick County National on Monday morning. The Bladen All-Stars will play Brunswick […]

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WINNABOW – Bladen County rolled to a 19-3 mercy-rule victory over Brunswick County National Monday morning in the second round of the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament at Town Creek Park. After Brunswick scored two runs in the top of the first, Alex Strange walked and raced home when Devon Strange ripped a […]

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I among men most richly blessed … just need to remind myself occasionally. Think back 10 days to a couple of weeks ago, when we walked outside, could hear a crackling sound, grass brown and little hope of it changing. Then a few showers and all around, the grass is green, all over again … […]

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A  four-month old girl was abducted from a day care facility near Bladenboro on Monday afternoon by her mother who was not allowed unsupervised visits, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said late Monday night. The name of the facility was not given. Authorities are searching for Juanita Renee Askew, 22, of Whiteville, who went to […]

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By Melissa Martin Water was probably the substance for the first mirrors; reflecting images back to humans. The earliest mirrors were from polished stone and black volcanic glass obsidian. Visit www.mirrorhistory.com to read the history of mirrors. Is a mirror an object of vanity? In Greek mythology, Narcissus was known for his exceptional beauty. He […]

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1790 – Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States. 1867 – D.R. Averill of Ohio patents ready-mixed paint. 1912 – Naval torpedo launched from an airplane patents by B.A. Fiske. 1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos. 1936 – 1st x-ray photo […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

By Charlotte Smith The Town of Bladenboro Board of Commissioners met on Monday, July 8th at Town Hall to discuss several items of business. Since the meeting, progress has been made in the Bryant Swamp Canal Clearing Project, the Ordinance has been updated and facilities are receiving repairs. Mr. Blake Proctor, Town Administrator gave each […]

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1870 – Georgia becomes last confederate state to be readmitted to US. 1901 – NY Giant Christy Mathewson no-hits St. Louis Cards, 5-0. 1904 – 1st Buddhist temple in US forms, Los Angeles. 1916 – 22.22″ of rain falls in Altapass, NC (state record) 1916 – Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in […]

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If you have been praying for hot weather, maybe you need to take a break. Forecast for the next week or so expected to be in the mid 90s, with triple digit heat values. One bright spot, a slight chance of rain, like 20% daily. Former Whiteville Wolfpack pitcher moved up to Double-A Texas team. […]

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Weather continues to be big news … flood in portions of Bladen yesterday, especially around White Lake, zero to a few tenths in other areas. Extremely hot weather forecast for the next few days … temps in the 90s, heat index in triple digits. Plan accordingly. Celebration continues for Elizabethtown Dixie Youth baseball team preparing […]

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1798 – 1st direct US federal tax on states-on dwellings, land and slaves. 1832 – Opium exempted from federal tariff duty. 1845 – 1st postmasters’ provisional stamps issued, NYC. 1861 – Naval Engagement at Wilmington, N.C. – USS Daylight establishes blockade. 1870 – The United States Congress grants Mary Todd Lincoln a life pension in […]

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On Wednesday, July 10th, District 46 Republican House Representative Brenden Jones announced he had a meeting with a Verizon Wireless executive in Raleigh. Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States, according to reports. Rep. Brenden’s social media page he gave an update on Wednesday. It stated, “VERIZON UPDATE:  Today an […]

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Cooper signs bill increasing penalty for shooting officer   Share:

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Crystal C. Edwards is a Physician Assistant (PA) – General practicing in Lumberton, NC . She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants Society of Dermatology. She is on the staff of Southeastern Dermatology in Lumberton where she has been for over 14 years. […]

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The N.C. Department of Transportation has designated 60 scenic byways to give visitors and residents a chance to experience a bit of North Carolina history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures. The byway routes are carefully selected as safe and interesting alternatives to the faster-pace and […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The White Oak High School class of 1934 was having a 50 year class reunion. Officials of White Lake reported a drowning. This is the first drowning at White Lake in two years. The Clarkton Chief of Police Steve Gonsalles announced his resignation. Share:

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth AAA Minors team. They swept a doubleheader yesterday (Friday) over previously unbeaten Stanly by identical 6-4 scores to win the state championship and will advance to the nationals in Louisiana, first time since 1982, I am told … 37 years ago. The tournament was played in Dunn. And there […]

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RALEIGH – Women landowners and natural resource professionals interested in learning more about management and conservation of private lands are invited to attend one of three ForestHer NC workshops, which will be held across the state in August. The workshops will run from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and cost $25 per person. Pre-registration is […]

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Bladenboro Entrance

The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, according to Mayor Rufus Duckworth. The meeting is to consider Change Order #9 for Bryant Swamp Drainage System Debris Removal Grant. The meeting is open to the public. Share:

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Lawyer Goldston Womble Jr. will seek another term as White Lake mayor and East Arcadia commissioners Carlee Carter and Horace Munn filed for re-election Friday, according to the Bladen County Board of Elections. The only contest thus far in Bladen County municipal elections with a week remaining for people to file is White Lake Board […]

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1787 – US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territory. 1835 – Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson files for a patent for his screw propeller design. 1865 – P. T. Barnum’s museum burns down. 1898 – San Francisco Ferry Building at foot of Market Street, opens. 1923 – American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovers […]

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1804 – Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. 1843 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy. 1862 – US Congress authorizes Medal of Honor. 1882 – 1st ocean pier in US completed, Washington, D.C. 1909 – 16th […]

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We received a little more rain yesterday, more is needed. 60 percent chance for today (Friday), tonight and Saturday. All associated with thunderstorms. Highs for the next few days in excess of 90 degrees. Greed is the root of all evil. Hasn’t changed over the years. From the ‘did you know department’ … that suicide […]

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Olivia Herring, a teacher at Emereau School in Elizabethtown, was awarded the North Carolina Farm Bureau 2019 Ag In The Classroom “Going Local” Grant by Bladen County Farm Bureau Vice-President Chris Barnhill recently. The grant is awarded yearly to a deserving K-8th grade teacher to honor them for their desire to integrate agriculture into the […]

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LUMBERTON – The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing plans to widen almost 19 miles of Interstate 95 between Lumberton and Hope Mills and wants the public’s input. The department has scheduled two public meetings this month to answer questions, accept comments and show preliminary design maps to widen I-95 between mile marker 22 in […]

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Olivia Barnes was awarded two scholarships by Farm Bureau recently. She plans to continue her education at UNC Pembroke and later transfer to N.C. State to pursue a career in Animal Science. Bladen County Farm Bureau Vice-President Chris Barnhill is shown presenting Barnes with the Bladen County Farm Bureau Scholarship for 2019. Barnes also was […]

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USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage. Producers can enroll through Sept. 20. Authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill, DMC replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). The program offers […]

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BladenOnline.com intern, Kylee Kellam found an interesting article today for Throwback Thursday. Here in this photo is an article written by John Clark about the first ever district tournament in Dixie Youth Baseball. You may stop by our office at 8849 US Hwy 701 South in Clarkton to read more. Share:

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Some of America’s greatest business folks, men and ladies, are farmers. They deal with the good and the bad and keep on farming. They also may be some of our biggest gamblers. Planting seed, along with fertilizer, using expensive equipment, and hope and pray for a good crop. Dixie Youth playoff activities continue, and more […]

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CLARKTON – Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center still has a critical need for type O blood, Cape Fear Valley Health said Wednesday. The need stems from a nationwide shortage of the blood type, as well as shortage of local blood donors. Cape Fear Heating & Cooling and BladenOnline.com are hosting a community blood drive […]

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WASHINGTON – USDA’s Farm Service Agency is accepting nominations for county committee members through Aug. 1. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate. The Bladen County Farm Service Agency is located at 450 Smith […]

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There will be a race for seats on the White Lake Board of Commissioners in November. Incumbents Tim Clifton and Tom Riel filed for re-election Wednesday and are joined by Jay Young and Dean C. Hilton as candidates for the three seats on the board. Filing will end Friday, July 19 at noon, according to […]

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General Surgeon Dr. DuBose Medlock Jr. will begin treating patients at Southeastern Multi-Specialty and Urgent Care Pembroke on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon beginning Aug. 6, Southeastern Health announced Wednesday. Dr. Medlock earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986. He completed a surgical residency at Tulane […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver I have been accused, and rightly so, of drinking too much coffee. The bean that caused riots in Persia and built fortunes in South America, Asia and Africa is a major part of my life. At the gritted-teeth insistence of several doctors, I have substantially reduced my intake; at least that’s my […]

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1798 – US Marine Corps established by an act of Congress. 1804 – Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel. 1864 – Confederate forces led by General J. Early begin invasion of Washington, D.C. 1892 – US Patent Office says Joseph […]

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RALEIGH ­ The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Plant Industry Division is asking travelers to several northeastern states to take precautions against the spread of the highly destructive Spotted Lanternfly this summer. “If your summer travel plans have you driving through Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware or New Jersey, please review the Spotted […]

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Nearly 2 inches (1.92) of rain recorded Tuesday at the Curtis Brown Airport near Elizabethtown with highs in the 80s. Today (Wednesday), high near 88 and a 60% chance of rain. Over the next few days (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) 90 degree temps return with rainfall in the 40% to 60% range. Sunday, hot, 95 […]

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1850 – Millard Fillmore sworn in as President of US (replacing Taylor) 1890 – Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage) 1892 – 1st concrete-paved street built (Bellefountaine, Ohio) 1911 – 105 degrees F at North Bridgton, Maine (state record) 1917 – Emma Goldman imprisoned for obstructing draft. 1919 – US President […]

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RALEIGH – With the 2019 hurricane season upon us, Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is encouraging residents to be prepared this season to avoid the suffering that followed last year’s Hurricane Florence on the coast and mudflows in the western part of the state. Causey has scheduled disaster relief town hall meetings across the state to […]

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Bladen County Schools announced the appointment of Ursula Wooten as the new principal of East Arcadia Elementary School effective July 1. Wooten obtained her master’s degree in school administration with a concentration in curriculum from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in middle grades education with a concentration in […]

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By Joy Warren During the regular session of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting Tuedsay night, an ordinance was approved to regulate the use of self-propelled vehicles such as golf carts, four wheel utility vehicles, mopeds or electric bicycles on the multi-use path. None of these types of vehicles are allowed, except […]

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Update: Tuesday, July 9, the Bladen County Board of Elections released an updated list of candidates filing for the municipal elections before they closed their office at 5 p.m. David Gillespie Kirby was the only new name to appear on the list. Kirby serves on the Town of Dublin Board of Commissioners. All incumbents from […]

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By Joy Warren The first in a series of educational workshops titled “Understanding White Lake” was held Tuesday afternoon at White Lake Town Hall. Citizens and property owners filled the room to hear Dr. Diane Lauritsen (pictured, above), PhD with LIMENOSCIENC, give an overview of White Lake and the data that has been compiled over […]

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Bladen is a busy place! Dixie Youth action continues and more is on the way. John Clark has it all covered on our Sports page. A reminder, a new tournament will be played beginning this weekend at the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Complex. It’s the Dixie Youth Majors D2 State Tournament, and all are invited […]

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1795 – James Swan pays off the $2,024,899 US national debt. 1842 – Notary Stamp Law passes. 1868 – Tennessee and South Carolina are 1st to ratify the 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights. 1878 – An improved corncob pipe patents by Henry Tibbe, Washington, Missouri. 1916 – 1st cargo submarine to […]

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The annual Christmas in July Bazaar and Salad Lunch will be held Friday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown, according to Krista Johnson, extension agent with Family & Consumer Sciences at the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Bladen County Center. Lunch includes chicken, pasta, vegetable and fruit salads, […]

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Dementia Friends of North Carolina has scheduled a one-hour informational session on Friday, July 26 ath the Bladen County Division of Aging & Senior Center on McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. The session, which will begin at 2 p.m., will teach participants what dementia is, what it’s like to live with the disease and tip for […]

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The Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services is collecting school supplies through Friday, July 19 for students who are living with their grandparents and may need extra help for the upcomig school year. Donations are being accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at: Bladen County Division of Aging, 608 McLeod Street, […]

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Rakeem Sincere Douglas of Spring Lake entered guilty pleas Monday afternoon in Bladen County Superior Court for an armed robbery of the Family Dollar store in Bladenboro in 2017. Douglas, 27, was sentenced to a minimum of 139 months and a maximum of 179 months in prison, a news release from the Bladen County District […]

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Mackenzie Gore lived up to his billing in the Futures Game played in Cleveland Sunday night. It was the best of the American and National League minor leaguers and after walking the first batter he faced, Gore was on target, picking the base runner off at first, then faced two more batters, easy outs … […]

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1776 – Colonel John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia. 1796 – US State Department issues 1st passport. 1835 – Liberty bell cracks (again). 1870 – Governor Holden of North Carolina declares Caswell County to be in a state of insurrection. 1889 – […]

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I look forward to holidays, spending time with family and friends. But, also look forward to returning to my regular routine. At the church I attend (Wesley’s Chapel UMC, near Elizabethtown), I look around at the congregation. Many I would have never met had we all not decided this place of worship is where we […]

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1802 – 1st comic book “The Wasp” is published in Hudson, New York criticizing Republican politicians. 1863 – 1st military draft by US (exemptions cost $100) 1891 – Marcellus F. Berry, an American Express employee is granted four copyrights for what he called “the travelers cheque” 1908 – Great White Fleet leaves San Francisco Bay. […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The “New Dublin Speedway” is opening with a big race scheduled. Houston Brisson, of Dublin, owner of Houston’s Peanuts, buys Carolina Sands Golf Course and renames it White Lake Golf Course. Mr. Brisson’s brother, Dixon Brisson, was one of the founders of the group that built the course in the early 60’s. The Elizabethtown Town […]

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A day late, but worth the wait. That may be the best description for the fireworks show Friday night at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. Thunderstorms on Thursday postponed the Fourth of July show as hundreds of people had gathered to celebrate the nation’s independence. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The weather was ideal Friday night […]

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White Lake fireworks were very good Friday night, a day late due to inclement weather. Speaking of the weather, Thursday rainfall totals in local areas ranged from near none to 4 inches or more. Had one report of a quarter of an inch, several in the 3 to 4 inch range. We are thankful, but […]

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1785 – US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the “dollar” and adopts decimal coinage. 1798 – US law makes aliens “liable to be apprehended, restrained…..& removed as alien enemies. 1854 – 1st Republican state convention (Jackson, Michigan) 1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tests an anti-rabies vaccine. 1898 – US Senate agrees […]

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Thankful for the rain, sorry it caused the July 4th fireworks at White Lake to be postponed. The rain was so badly needed and hopefully there will be more over the next few days. The chance of more over the next 3 or 4 days is in the 60% to 70% range. So how much […]

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1841 – Thomas Cook opens first travel agency. 1865 – US Secret Service begins operating under the Treasury Department. 1891 – Hail kills 16 horses in Rapid City, South Dakota. 1929 – WOWO-AM, Indiana returns to air, 1 day after transmitter burns down. 1935 – FDR signs US National Labor Relations Act. 1937 – Spam, […]

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Contributed by Melissa Martin, Ph.d When unexpected death enters our world, we are caught off-guard and unprepared for the intense loss and agonizing pain. We did not get to say good-by to our loved one. In a mere second of time our lives are forever changed. We struggle to do daily life without our person. […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – A few good volunteers are needed to roll up their sleeves and share a few smiles with hospital patients. The volunteers would work throughout Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, including in the hospital’s new Discharge Foyer. The area serves as a final waiting area for discharged patients waiting for their ride home. The […]

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By Ray Jones Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Jolene, a 2-to-3 year-old female hound mix. Jolene is a very friendly dog, she is very sweet and shows no aggresion, and is very friendly with other dogs, which makes her a great addition to the family says Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. Jolene has been […]

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The numbers are in from the Spring litter sweep! Thanks to everyone who participated in helping keep NC beautiful. We’ll see you Sept. 14-28 for the fall pickup. ncdot.gov/littersweep     Share:

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1776 – US Congress proclaims the Department of Independence and independence from Britain. 1796 – 1st Independence Day celebration is held. 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson. 1845 – Texas Congress votes for annexation to US. 1865 – First edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden My wife taught elementary school (grades pre-K-5) for 32 years. She was an excellent teacher. Even though she worked with numerous principals, she never received an annual review less than the highest evaluation (exemplary) in her career. My wife estimates she taught over 10,000 students in her career. Maintaining discipline in […]

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By Dr. Lisa Bryan The Bladen Relay for Life chairwoman Mary Williams and the committee hosted survivors, teams, and participants at the 2018-2019 awards and wrap-up meeting on June 25 at the Bladen County Agriculture Extension Office in Elizabethtown. The meeting was held to celebrate cancer survivors and the many donors and sponsors which made […]

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The McDowell & Lesane American Legion Post 404 in Elizabethtown recently sponsored two students to attend a one-week program designed to give teens an insight into training for State Troopers. The program is named “Student Trooper Program” and was held June 16-21. The training is sponsored annually as a joint venture by the NC American […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Happy 4th of July. Surely, everyone is ready to celebrate our nation’s freedom and enjoy some time with friends and family. I know I am. Just in time for your vacation celebration, here is the restaurant report card for the month of June. As you know, our friends at the Bladen County […]

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1775 – George Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1891 – 1st savings bank in US (Bank of Savings in NYC) opens its doors. 1839 – 1st state normal school in US opens, Lexington, Massachusetts, with 3 students. 1861 – Pony Express arrives in San Francisco with overland letters from NY. 1884 […]

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Thursday is July 4th and we celebrate “the legal separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain in 1776 (actually occurred on July 2), when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great […]

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Reminder … Sidewalk Sale in Elizabethtown continues thru Saturday, July 6. Town of White Lake is holding a Community Meeting Tuesday, July 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to provide an update on the ‘Lake’ Water Restoration Project. It will be the first of several planned on ‘Understanding White Lake and its Management Challenges.’ […]

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1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine. 1776 – New Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds. 1843 – An alligator falls from the sky during thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina. 1862 – President Lincoln signs act granting land to state agricultural […]

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Bored. Hot. Need to liven things up. Here you go. Check out this video of Tommy Rains with Cape Fear Wildlife Control LLC pulling a raccoon from transfer truck. Share:

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A person suspected of stealing a tow truck in Johnston County died Monday afternoon after the vehicle ran off the road and struck trees following a chase and exchange of gunfire, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said. The name of the suspect had not been released as of late Monday night. The incident began about […]

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The U.S. Marshals Eastern District of North Carolina Violent Fugitive Task Force, in coordination with various federal, state and local agencies, arrested 174 people in June as part of Operation Zero Hour II, the federal agency announced Monday. The operation was designed to locate suspects in Cumberland and Robeson counties who were wanted on outstanding […]

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By Joy Warren During the noon work session of the Elizabethtown Town Council on Monday, Sara Burroughs from Sage Design presented a site plan for the proposed cemetery site that the town is considering. At Monday night’s meeting, Town Manager Eddie Madden (pictured, above) gave an overview of that presentation to the citizens in attendance. […]

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A new week, a new month and more hot weather, welcome to Bladen… Temps are expected to range from low 90s to 100 degrees every day this week. Best chance for rain … 20% on Wednesday, 30% Saturday and 40% Sunday. Sidewalk sale continues in Elizabethtown, all week long… Fireworks at White Lake Thursday, July […]

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1847 – 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cents Franklin and 10 cents Washington, NYC. 1861 – 1st public schoolhouse opens at Washington and Mason St., San Francisco. 1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco and on incomes over $600 (progressive rate) 1874 – 1st US zoo […]

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Chemours claims in a lawsuit that DuPont downplayed environmental liabilities at its Fayetteville Works plant in Bladen County, according to The Associated Press. DuPont has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and wants the matter resolved through private arbitration. The lawsuit was unsealed Friday after a judge in Delaware ruled that the continued secrecy […]

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We close out June today with little hope of cooler temps, or measureable rainfall. Looking at the week ahead, temps thru Saturday are expected to be in the mid 90s to 100 degrees on Wednesday. Our best chance of rain is Thursday (Independence Day), a 30% possibility. Average high temp for July is 89, average […]

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More than two dozen archers took aim at deer, hogs, turkeys and a bear Saturday at the Allen Brothers Outdoors Clubhouse. Their real target, however, was helping find a cure for a disease named after former New York Yankees baseball great Lou Gehrig. Photos by Ray Jones   The third annual Bladen County Aim for […]

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Derby C. Sykes of Bladenboro was arrested Friday and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct in North Myrtle Beach, the town’s police department announced Saturday morning. Sykes’ bail was set at $10,000. Sykes, 32, is accused of assaulting a “young female” who was swimming in the ocean near 4th Avenue North on Tuesday evening, […]

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1834 – Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) 1896 – W.S. Hadaway patents electric stove. 1898 – Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse.” 1906 – US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, these laws […]

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