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This Day in History for April 26

1865 – Confederate General J E Johnson surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina. 1887 – Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity. 1900 – American League baseball opener in Cleveland draws 6,500. 1920 – Harlow Shapely and Heber D. Curtis hold ‘great debate’ on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him American League home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season. 1941 – A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs) 1954 – Nationwide …..

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Bladen County Educator tapped for SkillsUSA honor

By Erin Smith A Bladen County educator was recognized as the Glenn Barefoot Educator of the Year at the Skills USA competition last week.  “It was incredibly humbling to be recognized by your peers in a humbling way,” said Graham Yarborough.  He added that he was unaware he had been selected to receive the honor until he was called to come onto the stage during the awards ceremony at SkillsUSA.  He first became involved with SkillsUSA in 1979 as an adviser and remained involved with it. Yarborough said he retired from teaching in 2010 but he and his wife both remain involved with SkillsUSA on both the state and national …..

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Turn out brisk for One Stop Voting in Bladen County

By Erin Smith One Stop voting is under way in Bladen County for the May 8 primary. As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 659 ballots had been cast in Bladen County. One Stop voting is taking place in four locations in the county. They are The Bladen County Public Library, the Dublin Lions Club building, the East Arcadia Town Hall and the Bladenboro Historical Society building.   In Elizabethtown, the One Stop voting schedule at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 S. Cypress Street is Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. …..

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Bladen County Veteran still serves

We salute our men and women in our armed forces. Bladen County has a lot of honorable service people. BladenOnline.com has started a new series called Bladen County Veteran’s Stories. The first video of the series is Bladen County Veterans’ Stories: Featuring Retired Lt. Commander Larry Hammond. In the video, Hammond gives our viewers a glimpse into a local Veteran’s service in the United States Coast Guard.  Hammond shares some of his service memories with BladenOnline.com in our newest video on YouTube. With a start from New Jersey, Hammond toured the globe assisting in many different efforts while serving his country. Some of his services included search and rescue missions, recruiting, polar operations …..

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Jefferson Weaver

The death of a newspaper

By Jefferson Weaver For 21 years, the Old Man wrote a column every year, saying goodbye to The Dunn Dispatch. Sometimes it made print, sometimes it didn’t. In 2001, he lay in his hospital bed, too weak to sit up. He asked me to carry on his tradition. I promised I would. Sometimes mine have made it to print, sometimes they haven’t, but I kept my promise to my father. I also made a promise to myself that day, about another column. Lord willing, you’ll read that one in a few days. Sometimes, silence is a comfort. Changes in my trade have forced a lot of evolution in the way we …..

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Cape Fear Valley Earns Top Patient Safety Grades

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has been awarded an “A” for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group. The grade was announced in a biannual survey of more than 2,300 hospitals nationwide by the Washington D.C.-based patient safety organization. The group’s rating system is considered the gold standard for patient safety. It is the first and only hospital rating system to be peer-reviewed by the Journal of Patient Safety. The Leapfrog survey analyzes 28 measures of publicly available safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score for each facility. The grade represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The ratings are important …..

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Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day

  • 04/25/2018
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By Erin Smith If you have unused medications in your medicine cabinet, there are ways you can properly dispose of them. The best way is to turn them in during a Prescription Drug Take Back event or you can turn them in at one of the prescription medicine drop boxes in Bladen County.  A prescription drug take back event was held during the Bladenboro Spring Fling but officials report no medicine was turned in during that event. While there is not a drug take back event planned for this Saturday, there are some options for you if you need to dispose of unused medications. Prescription Drug Drop boxes are located at …..

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Road Closing

Road Closings and Opening

By Faye Boyne OPENINGS: CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons.  SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) will close on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.  It will be closed to thru traffic. It will open on Thursday, April 26 at 3:30 and will close again next week to thru …..

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April Terrific Kid Gift Certificate Winner

Contributed Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School  principal Deborah Guyton is Jayden Ruffin, kindergartner who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates twenty-five dollars for the purchase of the Pizza Palace gift certificate to the winner of the monthly drawing at each of the Terrific Kid ceremonies for the school year. April Bladenboro Primary School Terrific Kids Ceremony Pictured are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School. Every other month the students who are chosen Terrific Kids are recognized at a ceremony where they receive a Terrific Kids certificate, bumper sticker, and pencil.  …..

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Child Abuse Awareness Walk Saturday

By Erin Smith Each year children in North Carolina are the victims of child abuse or neglect. April is Child Abuse Awareness month and Bladen County will mark the occasion with a Child Abuse Awareness Walk on Saturday beginning at noon in the San Jose parking lot in Elizabethtown.  The walk will leave the San Jose parking lot and travel down West Broad Street ending on the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue as a symbol of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Jill Sampson, with the Bladen County Department of Social Services, said at the Courthouse there will be a butterfly release and the names of the children …..

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Farm Service Agency Makes Administrative Change to the Livestock Indemnity Program

April 24, 2018 – Starting today, agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance program. USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced an administrative clarification nationwide to the Livestock Indemnity Program. In the event of disease, this change by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) authorizes local FSA county committees to accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management. The committees may then use this certification to allow eligibility for producers on a …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The rain came down, much needed rain and amounts appeared to vary greatly, between just over 1.5 inches at  Curtis Brown Airport, to nearly 2.5 inches at the unofficial site in the Hester’s backyard southwest of Elizabethtown.  There is a 30 percent chance of rain today and again tomorrow Hopefully, very little or no rain tomorrow.  Bladen We Care’s Annual Golf fundraiser will be played, weather permitting, at The Vineyard at White Lake.  Full field, about 50 teams with shotgun starts in the AM and PM. Recently planted corn just ‘peeping’ thru the soil, looking good. Stock market swings from great to a disaster, yesterday, mostly a disaster. I enjoy reading BladenOnline’s 35 years …..

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This Day in History for April 25

1719 – Daniel Defoe publishes “Robinson Crusoe” 1861 – The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, D.C. (US Civil War) 1875 – Latest date for measurable snow in NYC (3″) 1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April. 1901 – New York becomes 1st state requiring automobile license plates ($1 fee) 1928 – Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank. 1933 – US & Canada drop Gold Standard. 1945 – 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in San Francisco. 1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure …..

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Brunswick Opioid Task Force hears about NC’s response to Opioid Epidemic

By Erin Smith The Brunswick County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon at the St. James Community Center in St. James and learned more about North Carolina’s response to the Opioid Epidemic. Allen Dellapenna with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health addressed the group and told them that through the year 2016, Brunswick County had the third highest opioid death rate in the state. Brunswick County Sheriff Ingram asked Dellapenna if there was any data for the county death rates in 2017, to which Dellapenna replied all 2017 data is still being reviewed and calculated. Dellapenna said, “Folks working on this issue …..

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State Highway Patrol Concludes Operation Drive to Live

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live on Friday, Apr. 20, after a week-long effort to reduce teen related collisions statewide.  Troopers conducted more than 153 traffic safety presentations and patrolled nearly 560 school zones, monitoring driving behaviors of teens as they traveled to and from school.   The operation, which began Monday, Apr. 16, is conducted each year around prom season, focusing on education and enforcement.  Across the nation, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death of teens each year.   In 2017, SHP investigated over 58,529 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 – 19. Of those collisions, 10,905 injuries …..

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Cape Fear Valley Receives Grant Money For Water System Upgrades

  • 04/24/2018
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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has been awarded a $375,350 grant to help upgrade its emergency water pump system.   The funding was awarded through the Golden LEAF Foundation Disaster Recovery Grant Program. It will be used to build two additional on-campus water wells, bringing the total to four. The wells would pump groundwater into large storage tanks that could be used during natural disasters.   Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has experienced three major breaks in the past decade. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew forced the hospital to manually pump water from its two existing wells and to flush toilets and power massive heating and air conditioning units …..

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Hagen Scholar Named at WBHS

WBHS Senior, Anna Moser, who will be attending UNC-Charlotte in the fall of 2018 has been named as a Hagan Scholar. The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. These students graduate from  public high schools located in counties having fewer than 50,000 residents. During the fall semester of the first year of college, each scholarship will help pay the unmet financial need of the recipient, up to $5,000 each semester. During the fall semester of the second year of college a $10,000 Schwab Scholar Account will be established for each scholarship recipient. During the fall semester of the third year of college each …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Rain continues to fall as of early Tuesday, in fact the National Weather Service forecast predicts showers, possible thunderstorms, and high winds today, continuing into the evening hours.  Total rainfall from Sunday through tonight (Tuesday) could be in the 2 to 3 inch range, and all is much needed.  Planting time for farmers. Ever go to the bathroom and forget why?  If you live long enough you may experience. From the good reading department.  Steve Ballmer is a billionaire and a philanthropist, former Microsoft CEO and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.  He and his bride are involved in a lot of good.  One thing he has worked on for several years is where our tax …..

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This Day in History for April 24

1704 – “Boston News-Letter” 1st successful newspaper in US, forms. 1800 – US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation. 1833 – Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain. 1888 – Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman. 1897 – 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House. 1898 – US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines. 1907 – Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened. 1913 – Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened – world’s tallest building at the time. 1917 – US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, …..

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Clarkton man dies at Columbus County Detention Center

By Erin Smith A Clarkton man who was arrested last week in connection with a joint investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff”s Office and Columbus County Sheriff’s Office of a marijuana growing operation was found dead in his cell on Thursday. A press release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office on Monday stated Andrew James Ellis, 37, of Mercer Mill Road, Clarkton, was found unresponsive at the Columbus County Detention Center in Whiteville at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19. According to officials, jail staff attempted CPR until Whiteville Rescue arrived and Ellis was transported to Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville were he was pronounced dead. Ellis was facing charges of: *Possession with the Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver …..

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Cape Fear Valley Health Chooses Epic For Comprehensive Health Record System 

Contributed FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has selected Epic, the most widely-used comprehensive health record software in the U.S., to unite all of its hospitals and clinics under a single information-sharing platform. Moving to Epic ultimately benefits patients by providing a complete digital record spanning their entire continuum of care. It also improves patient access and engagement through Epic’s MyChart patient portal. Cape Fear Valley currently uses two Cerner software systems for record keeping. The switch to Epic will streamline services, such as scheduling, clinical applications, billing and population health initiatives. Many of the nation’s leading health systems already use Epic to exchange data, share best practices and promote innovation. “The benefits of …..

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Bladen County Afghans offered at Cooperative Extension

By Erin Smith If you are in need of a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day look no further than Bladen County Cooperative Extension. They are offering afghans which depict various historical events and places from around Bladen County.  The afghans were started as a fundraiser for the Cooperative Extension office to meet some of its funding needs. LaToya Lucy, with Bladen County Cooperative Extension, said of the afghans, “It was a way to furnish extra money for programming support for Extension.”  Both she and Director Becky Spearman said the afghans have been a staple of Bladen County Cooperative Extension for a while.  The afghans cost $55 each and they can …..

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Bladen farmers getting ready for growing season

By Erin Smith Many Bladen County farmers are busy getting their fields ready for the summer growing season. Tractors can be encountered on our highways throughout  Bladen County as farmers move equipment from one field to another, ripping the soil, and preparing the land to plant.  Ripping the soil is a method farmers use to break up hard-packed soil layers so water can seep through the layers underneath, according to the NC Department of Agriculture.  For many Bladen County farmers, corn, soy beans, tobacco and cotton are all crops that will soon begin to dot the landscape. Some other crops that are reported to be performing well include strawberries and blueberries.  …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Celebrates Renovation Completion, Offers Free Event on April 28

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield is proud to announce that the park’s two main visitor use facilities, the primary Visitor Center and the recreational use Patriots Hall Community Center are now opened to the public.The center received a new metal roof and updated flooring that will help to extend the life of this 60 year old structure. The Visitor Center will resume normal operational hours: the facility is opened Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; it is closed along with the rest of the park on all Federal Holidays. Patriots Hall, another 1950’s structure, also known as a Mission 66 building, was in serious need of renovations and updates when Hurricane …..

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Tips to protect against sex trafficking after woman was approached in Fayetteville

By Charlotte Smith A video about an encounter at the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville is going viral as you read this article. The video is of a Facebook user, Adrienne Nichole Holland, detailing an experience she had this past Sunday, April 22nd, which left her and others puzzled and concerned. The video describes a unnerving situation in the Cumberland County shopping complex. Two women approached Holland as she and her four year old son went to the pretzel shop in the mall. “Have you heard about the prophecy, God the Mother?” the ladies asked Holland. One of the women appeared to be Asian in her late 20’s or early …..

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Billy Hair remembered with tree at Bladen Community College

By Erin Smith An overcast morning greeted those who gathered outside the administration building at Bladen Community College in Dublin on Monday morning as William Jennings “Billy” Hair was remembered. Hair was a founding Trustee for the college when it was established in 1967 and a Bull Bay tree was planted and dedicated in his memory.  Hair, who passed away on March 21, 2018, served as Superintendent of Bladen County Schools as well as serving as a teacher and principal. He also served as one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees for Bladen Community College. In fact, prior to his death, Mr. Hair was the last founding member of …..

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Rebates May Help Some, But Are No Silver Bullet for High Drug Costs

By Mark Tosczak If you get your health insurance from Aetna or UnitedHealthcare, you might — with an emphasis on “might” — find some of your prescriptions are cheaper at the drug store next year. Both companies have announced in the last few weeks that in 2019 they will pass on any rebates they receive from drug manufacturers directly to consumers. But the new policy won’t benefit all patients. For starters, if you’re covered by a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina plan, you’re out of luck. Blue Cross, which last year received $227.4 million in rebates from drug companies, said it already uses those funds to reduce …..

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Weekly Weather Forecast

  • 04/23/2018
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By Richard Neuherz, Meteorologist, NOAA • An area of low pressure and the attendant frontal system will bring showers and possibly a few thunderstorms to the area Monday and Tuesday with lingering showers possible Wednesday morning. • Light showers are possible late in the week as a cold front affects the area, otherwise mainly fair weather is expected into the weekend. • Wind advisory through 5 AM Tuesday for wind gusts up to 45 MPH for the coastal counties. • One to three inches of rain forecast with as much as four possible through Wednesday morning. • High Rip Current Risk at area beaches today and a Gale Warning over …..

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DIT Leaders Honored

Raleigh, N.C. – Three leaders in the North Carolina Department of Information Technology have been honored by a national publication for being among the best in their fields. Deputy State Chief Information Officer Tracy Doaks, Chief Customer Officer Jon Minshew and Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson were among 50 state IT professionals recognized for excellence during the StateScoop 50 Awards in Baltimore on Sunday evening during the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) midyear conference. “The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has quality people serving at every level and in every field,” said DIT Secretary and State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette. “These are three of our finest leaders and …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Clarkton School of Discovery Honor Rolls

Superintendent’s List (Having a 96 or above​ in all ​classes 6th Grade:  Lena Damasco-Trinidad, Caroline Kirby, Reagan Moore, Dyiamon Robinson, Keiara Stacker 7th Grade:  Luke Barber, Cathleen DeVane, Andrew Dowd, Jacie Kinlaw, Karli Priest, Morgan Tatum 8th Grade:  Devin Avant, Hannah Davis, Hailey Guyton, Heather Hardin, Merritt Martin, Jenna Stephenson, Skylar Suggs “A” Honor Roll​ ­(Having all A’s in every class) 6th Grade:  Addie Bowen, Jake Futrell, Levi German, Jalil Hayes, Reese Hester, Rodney Lacewell, Emma McDuffie, Riley McIntyre, Jair McElveen, Keyon McKoy, Octavio Morales, Autumn Nye, Nicholas Phillips, Kevin Rivera, McKenzi Storms,  Michaella Troy, Geniyah Wells 7th Grade:  Jamae Atkinson, Ahonesty Blake, Gianna Enloe, AnnaGrey Heustess,  April Huggins, Valencia …..

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Adopt-A-Cop for National Peace Officers Week

By Erin Smith In honor of National Police Week in May, the Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop is offering our local communities the opportunity to show their support for our Bladen County law enforcement officers by “adopting” an officer for National Police Week. Melanie Davis, one of the many organizers for Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop, said this will be the third year for the event. Gifts are due by Friday, May 11th.  Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop offers citizens an opportunity twice per year to show their support for law enforcement by adopting an officer and providing them with items such as chewing gum, candy, gift cards, and items they can keep in their patrol cars …..

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Updated listing of Bladen County Road Closings

By Faye Boyne, NC DOT OPENINGS:  CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons. SR1710 (Elkton Road) SR1710 (Elkton Road) will be closed for approximately two weeks starting April 9 – April 20 to replace a large diameter pipe.  UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) will close on Tuesday, …..

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White Lake Triathlon Results

Three triathlons were held over the weekend at White Lake. The results were: White Lake Spring Half: Men’s Winner: Scott Shumate, Virginia Beach, Va., 4:17:36. Women’s Winner: Jacqueline Miller, Holly Springs, N.C., 5:20:39. White Lake Spring International: Men’s Winner: Van Fletcher, Raleigh, N.C., 2:14:39. Women’s Winner: Laura Greene, Cary, N.C., 2:23:41. White Lake Spring Sprint: Men’s Winner: Dyllon Gonsolus, Kenesha, Wisconsin., 1:09:37. Women’s Winner: Jet Francis, Matthews, N.C., 1:15:24. Share:

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West Bladen Boys Third in Red Springs Meet

RED SPRINGS –West Bladen’s Boys finished third in the five-team Three Rivers Conference track meet held at Red Springs High Thursday. St. Pauls won the boys meet with 111 points. Host Red Springs was second with 99 points, followed by West Bladen with 65 points. Whiteville tallied 52 points, and South Columbus was fifth with 24 points. Whiteville won the girls meet with 107 points. St. Pauls was second with 87 points followed by South Columbus with 52 points, Red Springs (50 points) and West Bladen (49 points). West Bladen’s 4×800 meter relay team won their event with a time of 9:34. The Knights 4×400 meter relay team posted a second-place finish …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ready for a new week?  It’s here and there is so much activity in the area. First, early elections continue at sites in Bladenboro, Dublin, East Arcadia & Elizabethtown.  Google Bladen County Board of Elections for exact locations and hours of operation.  The time varies for each location. Bladen We Care Golf Tournament will be held Thursday at The Vineyard, White Lake, NC.  Special Olympics is upcoming soon, White Lake Water Festival is less than a month away and more sponsors are needed.  Contact Dawn Maynard at the E-town-White Lake Chamber of Commerce.  I’m sure there are others.  Check our Events page for more. Rain is in the forecast, much needed rain …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 23

1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded.   1789 – President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York.   1861 – Robert E Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)   1900 – 1st known occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY Journal)   1939 – Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR.   1945 – US troops in Italy cross river Po.   1950 – 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)   1952 – New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game & hits his only HR.   1959 – “Destry Rides Again” opens …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Sunday, April 22

Volunteers had a very successful day raising money to assist Alvin Butler in hopefully returning to a more normal life, well, as much as possible. His home and belongings were recently destroyed by a fire and his wife of many years died in the blaze. Yesterday, friends and neighbors raised funds to assist, last report about $16,500 was raised. That could change. Builders in the area have indicated, if supplies are provided, they will rebuild his home, no cost for labor. If you could not attend yesterday’s event and would like to make a donation to the cause, bet you can mail or deliver contributions to Bladen Baptist in Elizabethtown. …..

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Blackbeard’s Flag on NC Ferries

Those taking a ferry this summer at the Outer Banks will do so under the black flag of North Carolina’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard. In partnership with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the flag will fly on ferries serving the Hatteras-Ocracoke, Cedar Island-Ocracoke, and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes. The Pamlico River route between Bayview and Aurora will also hoist the flag, as both areas have historic ties to the 18th century pirates. The flags are part of a series of events taking place in observance of the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death in 1718. Ferry tickets can be booked online today. For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The golf team of David Cross, “Skeeter” Covington, Charles DeVane and Pat Jessup shot 60-59=119 to win the Carolina Sands Golf Tourney.  The town of White Lake voted 106 against and 29 for the sale of beer within the limits of the town. The Bladen Lake’s Players were presenting the play “California Suite”. Elwell Ferry was closed for one month for maintenance. Share:

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Rep. Pittenger’s Weekly Column

  • 04/21/2018
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On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence joined me in Charlotte for an event highlighting Tax Reform’s stremendous impact. The main takeaway from the event can be summarized in two sentences: Americans are seeing their paychecks grow, businesses are reinvesting in our communities, and folks in North Carolina and across the country are once again confident about the future. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, America’s economy is roaring back to life and hardworking Americans are winning again. The event began with a panel discussion where Senator Tillis, local business leader Dan DiMicco and I highlighted the ways in which North Carolinians are benefiting from Tax Reform. We noted …..

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Stolen Property Recovered in Columbus County

  • 04/21/2018
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Contributed Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen items from the residence of two individuals on April 14, 2018. These individuals are responsible for at least two Columbus County residential break-ins, prior to their arrest. On April 11th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 130 Ken Ray Drive in Tabor City was broken into. Numerous items were stolen including a firearm, an Apple iPad, foreign coins, lawn and garden power tools, and a purse. On April 13th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 6488 Lebanon Church Road in Tabor City was broken into. Two firearms, two laptops, a …..

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CDC expands nationwide lettuce recall

By Erin Smith The Centers for Disease in Atlanta, Georgia has expanded a nationwide recall of romaine lettuce to include all forms of Romaine lettuce. The recall was issued following an E. Coli outbreak that has been connected to Romaine lettuce. The CDC’s warning states the recall applies to all types of Romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. The expanded warning follows reports of new outbreaks of the E. Coli infection which have occurred in Alaska. The CDC warns if you have purchased Romaine lettuce in any form to throw it out and to avoid eating Romaine lettuce in restaurants. Symptoms of E. Coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and …..

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A festive time at Bladen We Care Gala

By Erin Smith It was a festive time at the 29th annual Bladen We Care Gala which was held on Friday evening at The Venue at White Lake. A large crowd turned out to to enjoy dancing, fellowship, delicious food and to show their support Bladen We Care. One of the many Bladen We Care Board members, Mac Campbell, addressed the crowd. He told those gathered Bladen We Care awarded 82 grants in 2017 to help those in need in Bladen County. The group also awarded scholarships at Bladen Community College and UNC-Pembroke. The funds go to benefit residents of Bladen County residents in health care assistance. The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Whew, Saturday has finally arrived. Sunny with highs in the mid 60s today. Did you see the headline: Amazon Prime has 100 million members. Wells Fargo bank slapped with a 1 $billion fine. National debt over $21 trillion!  Actually, with all the future obligations the debt is nearly $70 trillion. Millions, billions, trillions, what the heck, it’s just money.  Attitude seems to be, who cares?  The political party in power ignores, the minority power complains, then they switch roles.  Been that way for as long as I can remember. Enthusiastic crowd was ready for a party at the first of Bladen We Care’s annual fundraisers last night at The Venue, White Lake.  The Byron Gooden Memorial …..

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This Day in History for April 21

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in American colony, allowing all freedom of worship. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington) 1794 – NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British. 1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington. 1878 – NY installs 1st firehouse pole. 1914 – US marines occupy Vera Cruz, a major Mexican port; they will stay 6 months. 1940 – 1st $64 Question, “Take It or Leave It,” on CBS Radio. 1944 – NFL Chicago Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3) 1952 – Secretaries’ …..

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NCDOT, UNC-Pembroke Break Ground on Road Makeover

PEMBROKE – State and local officials celebrated on Friday, April 20, the start of a much-anticipated project that will improve the safety and traffic flow of a University of North Carolina Pembroke gateway in Robeson County. James Trogdon, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, joined UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Pembroke Mayor Charles Gregory Cummings in a groundbreaking ceremony to reconstruct a mile of North Odom Street/Prospect Road along the campus. The university contacted the department about the safety of its students crossing the road, and state engineers investigated and recommended several roadway enhancements. “We collaborated with the university and the town to fine-tune what became an innovative …..

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Bladen We Care Gala set for tonight

By Erin Smith The 29th annual Bladen We Care Gala will take place Friday, April 20th, 2018, at 7 p.m. at The Venue at White Lake. The theme for this year’s event is island casual. At the gala there will be a live auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available. The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, which is always a crowd favorite, will also perform. The Gala is sponsored by Smithfield.  All of the funds raised through its two main fund raisers, the Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament and the Gala, remain in Bladen County to help Bladen County residents. Proceeds from the event are used to provide support for local residents …..

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Alamance-Burlington High School Teacher Wins NC’s Top Honors

Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, was named the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today in Cary. McKinney was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools. McKinney has been teaching for 13 years, the last three at Williams High School, in the Alamance-Burlington School System, where he teaches World and European history and also is co-coordinator of the school’s International Baccalaureate Pathway Program.  A self-described “village teacher,” McKinney also sees his role as an educator reaching beyond the classroom, leading international service-learning adventures, working also …..

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NC 911 Board Honors Crisis Support Member, Awards Grant at Monthly Meeting

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department telecommunicator who helped counsel a colleague in training after a 911 call during which a psychiatric patient threatened to harm himself and his mother. The incident resulted in the patient being shot and killed by police. Wendy Bignall of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department peer support team talked through the 911 call and helped a MEDIC Telecommunicator process the incident. “Being a 911 dispatcher is an intense job. You’re the first of the first responders,” said Secretary Eric Boyette of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, who is chair of the N.C. 911 Board. “I can’t imagine going through a …..

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Crisis Response Exercise at PBLA deemed a success

  • 04/20/2018
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By Erin Smith A Crisis Response Training Exercise conducted at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown was rated a success by coordinators on Friday afternoon. The school was a hub activity as the training scenario was conducted.  Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Gary Turlington, who oversees training for the Sheriff’s Office, said Friday’s exercise is unique in that it is the first such exercise in this region to utilize an integrated response where firefighters, EMS and law enforcement are all taking part in the training session together. The scenario was designed to create a situation all of the agencies could potentially face should such an event take place in real life. The exercise scenario …..

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A Special 2018 Earth Day Message from: Len McBride, State Executive Director, North Carolina Farm Service Agency

America’s farmers and ranchers are the original stewards of the Earth. You understand the fragility of the land and work tirelessly to sustain and protect it to ensure its availability for generations to come. The 2012 United States Census of Agriculture counted 3.2 million American farmers, ranchers and foresters. That’s over 3 million responsible landowners and caretakers continuously looking for new and sustainable operating practices to help preserve our natural resources, while supporting an ever-growing population.  Your use of precision agriculture technologies, along with other conservation practices, help protect drinking water and reduce soil erosion. Your efforts also help preserve and restore wildlife habitats, forests and wetlands.  The world relies …..

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Commissioners to conduct budget meeting Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018, regarding the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Draft Budget. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Share:

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Crisis Response Exercise to take place today at PBLA

Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a multi-agency Crisis Response Exercise at the Paul Brown Leadership Academy (PBLA) today (Friday, April 20, 2018) from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This exercise is the first of it’s kind to be conducted in our area where regional and local assets will work together in an integrated public safety response to a crisis at a school, said Sgt. Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Participating in the event are local and regional law enforcement, fire departments, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare Emergency Staff, and other emergency response entities. Sgt. Turlington said the event will …..

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Eastpointe CEO updates board on Opioid Crisis

By Erin Smith In a recent meeting of the Eastpointe MCO Board of Directors, CEO Sarah Stroud updated the board regarding the Opioid Crisis in North Carolina and strategies being taken to combat the situation.  Eastpointe MCO serves a ten county area following the disengagement of Nash County in 2017 and Columbus County in March 2018. The counties currently being served by Eastpointe MCO include: Bladen, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties. Stroud told the board that as of February 2018, Eastpointe has distributed 1,094 Narcan kits in their service area. They began passing out the Narcan kits in July 2017. They have also hosted …..

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Sunny but cool weekend weather

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias, Meteorologist NWS This weekend’s weather will be full of sun, but cooler than normal. High Pressure will migrate from the Upper Midwest to New England through the weekend. This will maintain a cool flow shifting from the north to the east. Temperatures will, therefore, run unseasonably cool with plenty of April sunshine through much of the weekend. Clouds will increase through late Sunday with the approach of the next rain maker arriving after the weekend.         Share:

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Teen wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder

By Erin Smith A teenager is wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The teen is being sought on two charges of attempted murder following a shooting that occurred in Bolivia on Thursday.  According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s’ Office, Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, of Delco, is wanted in connection to a shooting that ocurred at 3:15 p.m. on Zack Street in Bolivia. Watkins is alleged to have fired a gun towards two individuals who were outside of the residence.  Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Jadakis Jeheim Watkins should contact Det. Hester at 910-713-8360 or call 911.   Share:

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Governor Cooper’s proposed budget carries funds for improved school  safety

By Erin Smith Governor Roy Cooper released his proposed budget on Thursday which calls for $130 million in funds to protect students and improve safety at schools.  “North Carolina’s classrooms must be safe and supportive places for educators to work and children to learn,” said Governor Cooper. “We should address both classroom security and youth mental health needs and my budget takes meaningful steps to prevent school violence and protect teachers and students.” Some of the preposed improvements include:  *$65 million for public safety upgrades in public schools, state universities and community colleges.  *$40 million for student support services including school nurses, psychologists, counselors, and social workers to help identify and treat …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

High temp yesterday in the mid 80s and windy, overnight low in the low 40s.  Today’s high should be near 65 with sunny skies and northeast wind around 8 mph.  Highs for the next week in the upper 60s to lower 70s with a chance of rain Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Bladen We Care Gala/Dance tonight, 7-11 pm, at The Venue at White Lake.  Blackwater Rhythm & Blues will provide the music.  Proceeds benefit folks dealing with medical issues and limited resources. A reminder of the fundraiser at Center Roads Baptist Church to benefit Alvin Butler who lost his house and wife in a recent fire.  BBQ dinner, donations only, beginning at 11 a.m., lasting until. Timothy Peters …..

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This Date in History for April 20

1777 – New York adopts new constitution as an independent state. 1896 – 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premieres in NYC. 1912 – Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11. 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, ask a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary, Congress approves. 1920 – Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi. 1935 – “Your Hit Parade” begins broadcasting (become #1 quickly) 1940 – 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa. 1945 – US 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg. 1948 – NYC hikes …..

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Board of Education Discusses Clarkton School of Discovery, 1:1 Initiative

By Bethany Stephens The Bladen County Board of Education met Monday night for its monthly session where it recognized several students and schools for various accomplishments. East Bladen High School and Elizabethtown Middle School both won at the state level for their Breakfast in the Classroom and Second Chance Breakfast programs. Both schools were able to increase the percentage of participation in school breakfast during the past year. East Bladen won second place and were led by their manager, Stephanie Bryan, and their principal, Jason Wray. Elizabethtown Middle won third in the state and was led by manager, Melony Edwards, and their principal, Elizabeth Cole. Dublin Primary School won this …..

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Bladen County Commissioners continue work on budget

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a second budget meeting on Wednesday evening. The Commissioners reviewed Capital projects and personnel requests. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin told the board county staff still have not received the preliminary budget requests from the Bladen County Board of Education and Bladen Community College. He said they typically submit those requests to the county in May. Martin once again began the evening by reviewing the 2017 audited fund balance with the board. Martin said as of Wednesday, the county will need to use $682,000 from fund balance to complete the fiscal year. That is down from an earlier estimate of $803,000. He attributed …..

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Cape Fear Valley Lifts Flu Restrictions

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has lifted its visitor policy restricting children under age 12 from visiting its hospitals effective immediately. The policy was implemented in early January to minimize the spread of flu.   In addition, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department is no longer limiting visitors to just one per patient.   Individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose, are still urged not to visit friends and family at the medical center. They should remain home instead and call their primary care physician for treatment guidance.   Hand washing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of flu …..

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NC DOT issues updated listing of road openings and closings in Bladen County

By Faye Boyne, NC DOT   The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road openings and closings in Bladen County.   OPENINGS: Bladen Union Church Road Bladen Union Church Road will open today (April 19th) at 5:00 p.m.     CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. Mercer Mill Mercer Mill closed on Monday, February 26th, to replace Bridge 32. It is expected to remain closed for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is …..

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Governor’s Crime Commission Forms Special Committee to Improve School Safety

RALEIGH: At Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks’ request, the Governor’s Crime Commission has established a special committee consisting of representatives from law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, schools and others to identify resources and develop recommendations to strengthen school safety. “School shootings have tragically become too common an occurrence in our country. We must use every resource available to us to examine and address this dangerous threat posed to our children and educational professionals,” Secretary Hooks stated. “I have made this a continuing priority for our department and have asked the members of this special committee to help us find solutions to the threat of shootings in schools.” The committee …..

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Spearman named as Extension Director

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office has new leadership. Becky Spearman was recently named as the new County Extension Director. “I’m excited. We have a really good staff. We do a lot of things for the citizens of Bladen County,” said Spearman of her new role. She said her new role will allow her to get to see more of the programs offered at Cooperative Extension and to be more involved with the things agents are doing in the community. Spearman has worked at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office as a Livestock Agent for 14 years and prior to that she was employed with Murphy Brown at …..

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Upcoming Events

FAMACHA Goat and Sheep Training May 10

There will be a FAMACHA Certification Training for Goat and Sheep Producers on Thursday, May 10th at 4 pm at West Bladen High School, located at 1600 NC 410 Hwy Bladenboro, NC.  The training will be behind the school at the greenhouse. Becky Spearman, Extension Livestock Agent in Bladen County and Liz Lahti, Extension Livestock Agent in Cumberland and Hoke Counties, will present the training.  There will be a classroom portion of the training and a hands-on portion at the school.  The cost is $15 per card (a farm can certify multiple people and get 1 card or more). Please bring money to class – either cash or check made payable to Bladen Extension.  Please call 910-862-4591 …..

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This Day in History for April 19

1775 – American Revolution begins – Lexington Common, shot “heard round the world” 1861 – Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War) 1892 – Charles Duryea takes the 1st American-made automotive for a test drive. 1897 – 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world’s oldest annual marathon. 1919 – Leslie Irvin of US makes first premeditated free-fall parachute jump. 1924 – “National Barn Dance” premieres on WLS Chicago. 1932 – President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week. 1934 – Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, “Stand Up & Cheer” 1945 – Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Carousel” opens on Broadway. 1945 – …..

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Bladenboro Fire Victim identified

By Erin Smith The victim of a fatal fire that occurred at 740 Zion Hill Church Road in Bladenboro has been identified. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark, identified the victim as Richard Collins, age 60.  Clark said three individuals who were also inside the home at the time of the fire were transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare where they were treated and released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, said Clark. Related article: Bladenboro fire claims life of one Share:

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Bladenboro fire claims life of one

By Erin Smith A fire in Bladenboro at midday claimed the life of one man. The fire occurred at a home on Zion Hill Church Road. The name of the victim was not released pending notification of next of kin. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark  said three other individuals in the home were transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare where they were treated and released. Share:

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Two Whiteville Men Pled Guilty to Bank Robbery and Firing Weapons at Law Enforcement Officers

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court today, Rashad Davonte Young, 27, and Jeramie Ross Vaughn, 30, of Whiteville, North Carolina pled guilty in Raleigh before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle to one count of Bank Robbery and one count of Discharging a Firearm in Furtherance of a Bank Robbery. On January 23, 2018, at approximately 3:35 p.m., Young, Vaughn, and two co-conspirators entered the PNC Bank in Lumberton, North Carolina where they held the PNC Bank employees and a customer at gunpoint while they stole over $40,000 in United States currency. They were in the bank for approximately 10 minutes. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving-April 18

Condolences to the Bush family.  Barbara Bush set standards for all to live by. One Stop voting begins tomorrow, April 19.  Check with Bladen County Board of Elections for more info. Bladen We Care annual Gala/Dance is set for Friday, 7-11 PM at The Venue, White Lake featuring Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band.  A limited number of tickets still available, $50 per person. How about the stock market?  Two very good days as companies announce quarterly earnings. I love calling North Carolina home and happy to be back in Bladen County. Good visits Tuesday in DC at a couple of congressional offices, Rep. Rouzer and Jones.  Planned to visit a couple of more but confirmations came late …..

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Joseph Habedank to appear a Fayetteville Community Church Sunday

Contributed Joseph Habedank will perform at Fayetteville Community Church on Sunday, April 22, during the morning worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Daywind recording artist Joseph Habedank is a Dove Award winning, GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter and Singing News Magazine’s 2017 Soloist of the Year. He has a unique and equally powerful testimony that has been featured on FoxNews.com’s Spirited Debate, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and in such publications as Billboard Magazine, CCM Magazine, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.  For ten years, he served first as baritone, then as the lead singer for one of Southern Gospel’s favorite family groups, the Perrys, and shared his songs in some of America’s greatest churches and …..

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Duke Energy to hold annual shareholders’ meeting May 3

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy will hold its annual shareholders’ meeting Thursday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. ET, online using a live video webcast. Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Lynn Good will provide an overview of the company’s 2017 performance and strategy for the future. Shareholders will be able to watch her presentation, vote on company and shareholder proposals and, through a website, submit questions before and during the meeting. All questions will be answered, either during the meeting or afterward through a web posting. Shareholders without computer or internet access to view the webcast will be able to listen to the meeting by calling a toll-free number. Information about how shareholders can access the …..

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Early voting for May 8 primary begins Thursday

RALEIGH, N.C. – In-person early voting for the May 8 primary election begins Thursday (April 19) in North Carolina. The 17-day early voting period – which ends Saturday, May 5 – allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person at any early voting site in their county. Early voting also offers “same-day registration,” which allows eligible individuals who aren’t yet registered in their county to register and vote at the same time. Statewide, about 290 early voting sites will offer more than 26,000 combined hours of voting before Election Day. To find early voting locations and schedules by county, go here.  Voters should bear in mind that the busiest early voting days are typically the first and last days. Voters …..

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The Sign on the Door Says it All

By Jefferson Weaver “We will be closed Saturday, Oct. 8, due to the storm. We pray everyone will be safe.” There’s mold on the sign now, just as there is on much of the merchandise still visible in the store window. A handful of unfortunate insects became trapped between the paper and the window at some point, leaving behind a dried-out husks. I was early for an appointment in Fair Bluff the day I saw the sign, and went for a walk through downtown. My buddy George was the only business I knew was open, but since I’d already had lunch, I just went wandering. I grew up in towns …..

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Paul R. Brown Leadership to be site of Crisis Response Exercise Friday

Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a multi-agency Crisis Response Exercise at the Paul Brown Leadership Academy (PBLA) on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  This exercise will be the first of it’s kind in the area where regional and local assets will work together in an integrated public safety response to a crisis at a school, said Sgt. Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Participating in the event are local and regional law enforcement, fire departments, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, Bladen County Hospital Emergency Staff, and other emergency response entities.  The event will be staged at the Elizabethtown Middle School and …..

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High Demand for Special-Needs Education Savings Accounts Shows Parents Want Choice

Raleigh – Demand for North Carolina’s new Special Needs Education Savings Account (ESA) has surged during the program’s first application year, reports Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the state’s leading voice for educational choice. By the close of applications on April 2, 1,430 students had applied for 330 slots to participate in the ESA program, according to the latest numbers from the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA). The 330 available slots are based on the appropriated $3 million at $9,000 per scholarship. NCSEAA expects to begin the award process by the week of April 30th. “While we’re not surprised, we’ve been blown away by the rush …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Baseball East Bladen 10, West Columbus 1

CERRO GORDO – Freshman Jacob Priest pitched a 4-hitter and struck out six batters to lead East Bladen to a 10-1 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory over West Columbus Tuesday. The Eagles jumped in front with a 5-run fourth inning. Freddie Wooten, Tyler Hill, Priest, and Garrett Melvin all connected for hits and scored runs in the inning. Makhi Cromartie added a hit, and Drew Sholar walked and scored. Hill and Priest belted singles and scored runs in the East Bladen fifth inning. Melvin smashed a double that scored Hill, and Sholar knocked in Priest with a single as the lead grew to 7-0. The Eagles tacked on 3 more …..

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Middle School Softball Bladenboro 14, Elizabethtown 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Savannah Turbeville slugged a home run and batted 4-4 to lead Bladenboro to a 14-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Elizabethtown Tuesday. Turbeville also doubled, knocked in 6 runs and scored four. Pitcher Rylee Chadwick batted 3-4, scored 4 times and drove in a run. Teammate Megan West finished 2-2 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in. Catcher McKenzie Singletary batted 2-4 with 2 rbi’s and a run scored. Lainey Autry, Hannah Pait and Lauren Pait added one hit each to the Lady Bulldog attack. Autry scored 2 runs, and Hannah Pait and Lauren Pait scored one run each. Chadwick …..

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2018 Teacher of the Year to be Announced Friday

The 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday, April 20, during a luncheon at The Umstead Hotel, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. The actual announcement is expected to take place around 1:45 p.m. The winner succeeds the 2017 Teacher of the Year, Lisa Godwin, a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Onslow County. The 2018 North Carolina Regional Teachers of the Year are: Northeast: Kaley Kiffner, Perquimans County Middle (Perquimans County Schools); Southeast: Cameron Gupton, Greene Early College High (Greene County Schools); North Central: Kedecia Stewart, Pinkston Street Elementary School (Vance County Schools); Sandhills: Lindsey Sise, West Hoke Middle (Hoke County Schools); Piedmont-Triad: Freebird McKinney, …..

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Middle School Baseball Bladenboro 6, Elizabethtown 4

Photography by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – A 3-run first-inning propelled Bladenboro to a 6-4 victory over Elizabethtown Tuesday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball action. The Bulldogs bunched one-out singles by Devon Strange, Brycen Blackmon, and Michael Young to score their first run, before Kaiden Stanley slammed a 2-run double for the 3-0 lead. Chase Starkloff led off the Cougar first with a hit and scored on Jackson Wright’s hit to trim the margin to 3-1. Blackmon began the Bulldog third inning with a hit, and Stanley drove him in to push the lead to 4-1. Trenton walked in the Bladenboro fourth inning, and Devon Strange knocked him in with a …..

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Bladen County Beautiful magazine to be available

By Erin Smith The team at BladenOnline.com understands Bladen County has a rich and storied history. For our second issue, we decided to focus on some of the county’s rich history. We also added some current news and events and future plans.  We will be out at the Camp Clearwater Spring Fest at White Lake this Saturday (April 21st) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. We will have plenty of copies of our second issue of Bladen County Beautiful magazine for you to pick up.  Next Saturday, April 28th, we will be out at the Kelly Spring Festival at the Kelly Ball Field located on NC 53 in Kelly beginning at 10 a.m. Stop by our booth and say …..

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Bladen County Education Foundation Jail-A-Thon on tap for Thursday

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Education Foundation is gearing up for some good natured fun with their 10th annual Jail-A-Thon set for Thursday, April 19, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education. Bladen County Education Foundation’s David Wall said the Jail-A-Thon is an event the community enjoys. He said all of the money raised during the Jail-A-Thon goes to the school system.  The way the Jail-A-Thon works is you sign up a friend, business partner, loved one, or boss to be “arrested.” The person being arrested will then be picked up by a police officer and transported to the Bladen County …..

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Two Month Cross County Undercover Investigation Leads to Arrest

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of Curtis Devon Ballard, 33, of Clint Drive, Whiteville. “This arrest is the result of an undercover investigation involving controlled buys by members of the Bladen County Narcotics Unit,” said McVicker. Ballard was arrested Tuesday at his residence by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division. He was placed in Columbus County Detention Center under a $125,000.00 secured bond. Ballard was charged with Sell/Deliver Marijuana (2 counts), Sell/Deliver Schedule II (Cocaine), Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana (2 counts), Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II (Cocaine), Manufacture Marijuana (2 counts), Manufacture Schedule II (Cocaine), Maintaining a Vehicle For …..

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This Day in History for April 18

1775 – Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming!” 1848 – American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opens the way for invasion of Mexico. 1865 – Confederate General Johnson surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina. 1906 – San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city. 1912 – Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City. 1915 – US Secretary of State warns Germany that the USA may break diplomatic relations unless torpedo attacks on unarmed ships stop. 1923 – 74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand …..

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NASCAR driver supports #robbystrong effort

Many people in Bladen County and elsewhere have all come together to help support East Bladen Eagles Coach Robby Priest in his fight against cancer. Now, a NASCAR driver has joined the ranks of #robbystrong. His name is Ricky Stenhouse Jr. He is a two time NASCAR Xfinity champion. Stenhouse has won two NASCAR Monstor Energy series races. He is the favorite driver of Cara and Ryne Priest, Robby’s children. Kelley Lewis said, “We met him four years ago. Ryne, Robby’s son, was 4 years old and all he wanted was to meet Ricky for his birthday.” Lewis said they spoke with Andrea Perry, who is the public relations representative …..

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Federal Jury Convicts Pembroke Medical Doctor for Unlawfully Distributing Oxycodone

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Raleigh – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, jr., announced today that, Donovan Dave Dixon, 51 of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was convicted after a four-day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III.  The jury found Dixon, who was a licensed medical doctor at the time of the offense, guilty of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute oxycodone and twenty (20) counts of unlawful distribution of oxycodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. The evidence at trial showed that Dixon was a licensed medical doctor who operated a family medical practice in Pembroke, NC from 2012 until April …..

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Wilmington Crash Derby Set For Saturday

By Dora Brogdon On April 21, beginning at 3 p.m. the Full Contact Racing Association will be having a Wilmington Crash Derby at Haw Hill Raceway. The event is open to the public with adults being $15, kids under 12 years old will be $10 and, kids under 5 years old are free! Share:

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Bladen family farm earns recognition

  • 04/17/2018
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By Erin Smith At a recent meeting of the Pork Council, a Bladen County farmer was recognized as the Outstanding Pork Producer of the Year. “It was an honor,” said Charles Gillespie as he recalled the night. He said when he was approached about being nominated, he really didn’t know the criteria for the award. Gillespie said he quickly learned the criteria included such things as community involvement. He smiled and said that he and his family participate in many community events such as Ag’Em UP Days and Envirothon. He said they are also involved in many boards and organizations including the Bladen County Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Livestock …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Responds to Recovery Aid Money not Being Released

Raleigh, NC – On Monday, April 16th, Rep. Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Bladen, Robeson) attended the House Select Committee on Disaster Relief.  A representative from the Department of Emergency Management presented information and answered questions pertaining to Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. “After yesterday’s committee meeting, I am incredibly frustrated and concerned that Governor Cooper and officials responsible for administering these funds refuse to explain why they are not providing assistance in a reasonable amount of time,” stated Rep. Jones.  “Recent reports indicate that a $236 million grant intended to assist recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew has yet to be spent by the Governor.  South Carolina is moving quickly on their recovery …..

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BCC will celebrate Arbor Day with tribute to Billy Hair

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will remember founding trustee member William Jennings “Billy” Hair at the Arbor Day celebration on Monday, April 23, at 11 A.M. near the Essic Williams Administration Building (building 10) on the Dublin campus. During the celebration, a tree dedication will commemorate Mr. Hair’s service to the college and the community. Bladen Community College has earned a Tree Campus USA Award recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for the past two years. The honor is issued to colleges and universities that enjoy well-maintained and green-friendly campuses. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy McGurgan at 910 879-5668. Share:

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Second annual Bladen County Aim for a Cure event announced

By Erin Smith The second annual for Bladen County Aim for a Cure with Steven’s Stompers event is planned for Saturday, May 5th, at 9:30 a.m. at Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ALS Association of North Carolina. The Bladen County AIM for a Cure founders are Alex Daniel and Sandra Robbins. Ms. Robbins is also the founder for Steven’s Stompers, an ALS awareness and fundraising team, in honor her brother, Steven Davis. He was diagnosed with ALS on April 30, 2012. Event categories for the May event include a 3D Archery tournament, a 50-50 Tough Hunter Challenge, Kids & First Timer Zone, a practice …..

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Bladen- Columbus Narcotics Team Arrest one After Search

On Monday, April 16, 2018 Narcotics Agents with the Bladen/Columbus County Narcotics Taskforce executed a search at 9329 Mercer Mill Road, Clarkton NC after citizen complaints of an indoor marijuana grow operation.  Pursuant to the search, Andrew James Ellis, 37, of Clarkton was arrested and charged with the following criminal offenses: Bladen County Sheriff’s Office charged Ellis with: Felony possession of marijuana Manufacture marijuana Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana Maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of keeping/selling marijuana  Columbus County Sheriff’s Office charged Ellis with: Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana Possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver Schedule II CS Ellis was arrested in Columbus County and taken to the …..

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From chasing storms to scaling poles, Duke Energy lineworkers keep the grid running

  • 04/17/2018
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Lineworkers have jobs unlike any other – they chase storms, climb poles and know the ins and outs of the energy grid – and, with the demands of the job, are always on standby when severe weather strikes. On April 18, we celebrate our lineworkers’ role in powering the lives of millions of people across the country for National Lineman Appreciation Day. Their jobs are no easy feat and not for the faint of heart. Whether they are scaling a 40-foot pole or sky-high in an elevated bucket truck, lineworkers ensure power flows to vital infrastructure such as hospitals and water treatment facilities and to our everyday conveniences at …..

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The Bladen County Commissioners learn about Tax and Tag program

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation regarding North Carolina’s Tax and Tag program. The presentation was made by Bladen County Tax Administrator Renee Davis and Tina Stone, manager for the Motor Vehicle and Personal Property for Local Government and the NC Department of Revenue. Davis explained to the board the Tax and Tag program began in 2013. She said the goal was to incorporate vehicle registration, fees and taxes into one notice. It was designed to help increase the collection rates for motor vehicle taxes and is also a convenient way for residents to pay, said Davis. Davis explained how the program works. She …..

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Elizabethtown Primary releases honor roll

3rd Grade Superintendent’s List Mallory McDuffie A Honor Roll Jaida Harrison, Ellie Kinlaw, Brooklyn Skinner A/B Honor Roll Janice Alvarez-Nunez, Kaylie Atkins, Nyasia Banks, William Borza, Ta’Mani Brown, Emily Campos-Estrada, Nadya Colon, Samarah Daughtridge, Avi’Anna Hamilton, Jiraiya Johnson, Matilda Kinlaw, Maverick Merritt, Aaliyah Monroe, AlLaysia Owens, Akira Pinckney, Alayah Powell, Martha Quesada, Khyonna Ripley-Smith, Alize’ Robinson, Jordan Robinson, Edwin Rojas, Landyn Scott, Javonte Smith, Jayda Smith, Jaylen Smith, Zy’Asia Smith, Allysa Stringfield, Alejandra Ventura, Kaylee Watson, Ijohne Weathers 4th Grade A Honor Roll Cabria Baldwin, Makayla Caudle, Colton Daly, Dajour Davis, DeAdra Dimery, Madison Franzeo, Jacob Gooden, Destiny Gore, Isaiah Lee, Joseph Martinez, Olivia Meggs, Jayden Osborne, Alina Rabanales, Yureysy …..

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N.C. strawberry season has arrived

RALEIGH – Strawberry lovers won’t have to wait any longer because N.C. strawberry season is here. Growers in Eastern North Carolina are already harvesting their crop, and growers in the piedmont and mountain regions of the state are slated to begin in the coming weeks. “Despite unusually cold weather in the first quarter of the year, crop conditions at this point look to be good,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “It may not be a record-breaking year, but there should be plenty of N.C. strawberries for consumers to enjoy.” North Carolina is the third-largest producer of strawberries in the nation, with about 1,200 acres harvested across the state. The peak …..

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Bladen Community College

BCC Employees Participate in Walk Toward Wellness

Bladen Community College employees participate in the Walk Toward Wellness program on the Dublin campus. Pictured from left to right are Lucinda McKoy, Regina Valenta, Christine McDonald, Diane Vitale, Tiina Mundy, Mary Granger, and Brenda Malloy. Share:

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Bladen Community College

BCC Hosts Career and Job Fair

Bladen Community College will host a Career and Job Fairon Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the auditorium (Building 9) on the Dublin campus. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Tina Mundy at 910.879.5556. Share:

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