05/19/2019
  • 8:50 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 19
  • 1:27 am This Day in History for May 19
  • 1:22 am Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
  • 1:17 am Obituary: Clarence Angus Ferguson
  • 1:05 am Where Should I Play Golf … And What Does It Cost?
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Thoughts While Shaving

The 41st edition of the White Lake Water Festival appeared to be a huge success. Despite temps in the low 90s under a blistering sun, the crowds were large and eager for a good time. WECT folks did a great job of show-casing the area over the past few days. Now, back to a normal […]

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This Day In History

1506 – Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego Columbus as sole heir. 1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North. 1857 – Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G. Farmer patent the electric fire alarm. 1884 – Ringling Brothers circus […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Kendrick Hester retires as chief of the Bladen County ASCS Office. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson of Elizabethtown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. WTVD was running a promotion film featuring White Lake. The Bladen County blueberry crop was termed “excellent.” Blueberry farmers estimated that the crop would garner around $6.12 million of income. Share:

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RALEIGH – Mr. Clarence Angus Ferguson, 69, of Raleigh, NC, died on Thursday, May 16, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Clarence was born in Robeson County to the late John Rogers and Katherine Lee Ferguson, and he grew up in Clarkton, NC. He graduated from Clarkton High School in 1968 where he earned state-wide […]

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Hundreds of people enjoyed the activities Saturday at the 41st annual White Lake Water Festival. And there, truly, was something for everyone. The highlight was the parade that made its way down White Lake Drive. It, of course, included floats, pageant winners and politicians. Crafts and vendors were set up at Goldston’s Beach. There were […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

East Bladen Eagles baseball team lose in 2A playoffs … Washington, NC, High School 5, East Bladen 4. Tough loss, great season. Kyle Tatum, Eagle alum, recently completed two years of study and baseball at Brunswick Community College, great year, great experience with Coach Robbie Allen’s team. White Lake Water Festival continues. Day 1 complete […]

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This Day In History

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

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners are expected to hear from Health and Human Services director Terri Duncan and Planning director Greg Elkins on Monday in their regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the lower level assembly room of the Courthouse in Elizabethtown. Duncan will give a vital statistics report […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Several Bladen units, including Lisbon, White Lake, Tar Heel, Clarkton, and Bladen EM responded with the Forest Service and Columbus County crews to a major wildfire off Old Northeast Road at the county line Friday. Several aircraft were also deployed. Share:

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By Charlotte Smith Recently Town of Elizabethtown Manager, Eddie Madden spoke with Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce members about the decline in the sustainability of small towns in the nation. However, the message Madden brought was one of optimism.  The damages from Hurricane Florence and the publicity brought by the elections’ investigation hit the […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, remaining unchanged from March’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.6 percent. North Carolina’s April 2019 unemployment rate remained unchanged from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 11,371 over the month to 4,837,740 and […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Training Unit undertook a training event unlike any that Chief Pete Batton of Dublin Fire Department had seen in more than 26 years of fire service he said. The Rescue Task Force concept was launched on Thursday at the Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center. Fire, rescue, ems, […]

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Contributed Emereau: Bladen brought the production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. center stage at Robeson Community College on Thursday evening. Executive Director of Emereau: Bladen, Mrs. Carla Fisher welcomed the large audience to the heavily anticipated event. Mr. Quentin Lovette, Director, Set and Costume Designer prepared the crowd to be entertained as he presented the popular […]

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By Charlotte Smith Tar Heel Fish House located at 14291 Highway 87 in Tar Heel held their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, May 16. Owner of the new business, Ms. Yeseree Robinson, a 1998 graduate of Tar Heel High School welcomed all who attended. Dawn Maynard, Executive Director with the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area […]

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Contributed The Clarkton PFWB Church welcomes you and friends to our 66th HOMECOMING Celebration Sunday June 2. Beginning at  10 am we will enjoy spiritual songs by Mr. TJ Tatum of Wilmington. The SILENCE Family of Jacksonville, NC will bless our church. Each group will bless us with their beautiful  talents. Our guest speaker, Rev. Randy Carter general superintendent of PFWB in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The 2019 edition of the Annual White Lake Water Festival is underway, and all are invited. Schedule of Events for today (Friday, May 17, 2019) 11 a.m.: 3rd Annual Rotary International Cup Golf Tournament – Captain’s Choice at The Vineyard Golf Course. 6 p.m.: Classic Car Cruise-In at Goldston’s Beach 6 p.m.-9 p.m.: Street Dance […]

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This Day In History

1733 – Great Britain passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum and molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions. 1792 – 24 merchants form New York Stock Exchange at 70 Wall Street. 1865 – The International Telegraph Union (later the International Telecommunication Union) is established. 1877 – Edwin T. […]

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RALEIGH — Joseph Anthony Vaught was sentenced to 150 months in prison Thursday in federal court on drug charges following an undercover investigation that began in late 2016. Vaught, 29, of Wilmington, also was sentenced to five years of supervised probation following his release from custody, according to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – Based on public input last fall, the N.C. Department of Transportation has revised a proposal for upgrading U.S. 74/76 in Columbus County. Officials will hold another open house May 30 to show the new preliminary design, the organization announced Thursday. The department continues to upgrade U.S. 74/76 to interstate standards by removing […]

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By Dora Brogdon This year will mark the 41st annual White Lake Water Festival for Bladen County since it began in 1979. The festival will last for three days, starting on the 17th at 11 a.m. The 3rd Annual Rotary International Cup Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament will begin Friday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The […]

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Contributed Elizabethtown  resident, Mr. Dan Allen, the only remaining participant in the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy was awarded his Certificate of Completion last night (5-15-2019).  Other candidates had dropped out of the classes, but Mr. Allen persevered and completed over forty (40) hours of law enforcement training since January 7th this year. Mr. […]

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By Charlotte Smith Every person counts. That is the message the 2020 Census and Bladen County officials want all residents to understand. The Bladen County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee met Thursday  morning in the Bladen County Library Conference room, according to Greg Elkins with the County of Bladen.  The primary goal of the 2020 […]

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NC DOT

Contributed RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Hurricane Preparedness Hurricane season begins June 1. Preparation and planning are the keys to keeping you and your family safe during a hurricane. Some key things to remember: […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) today announced Hobbton High School student Maegan Hering as the winner of the 2019 7th Congressional District Art Competition. Hering’s piece, “Pig in Sunset”, will be displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol along with other winners from congressional districts across the country. Hering and a guest will be invited to attend a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Enjoy talking to or spending time with friends, mostly senior citizens, who are ‘throttling back’, some retiring, some due to illness, others just feel it’s time to move to the sidelines, for whatever the reason, a drastic change in life … sudden changes are the most difficult to deal with. On the other end of […]

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This Day In History

1771 – The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina. 1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins. 1866 – US Congress authorizes the nickel 5 cent piece (replaces silver half-dime) 1891 – George A. Hormel & […]

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“Annie: The Musical” will open a four-day, five-show performance June 13 at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton. Directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, and based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has been performed worldwide and has won seven Tony Awards. Show are scheduled Thursday, June 13, Friday, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis honored the 371 officers who were added to the National Peace Officers Memorial on Wednesday, including N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Keith Conner (Pictured) from Bladenboro, who was killed in the line of duty in Columbus County. “My heart goes out to the families and colleagues of the […]

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The summer wave of nutrition is coming to five Bladen County schools this summer. Free summer meals will be offered by Bladen County School’s School Nutrition Department to anyone 18 years and younger beginning in June. The Dairy Alliance helps sponsor the program. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Obstetricians and pediatricians from across North Carolina shared with Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary Mandy Cohen of the Department of Health and Human Services the urgency to close the health care coverage gap in North Carolina. The roundtable meeting focused on how Medicaid expansion can help reduce the rate of infant mortality and […]

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This Day In History

1672 – 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts. 1829 – Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to Joseph Smith. 1862 – US Department of Agriculture created. 1896 – Tornado kills 78 in Texas. 1905 – Las Vegas founded in Nevada. 1916 – Claiming that the USA must act to quell dangerous disorder, the […]

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By Joy Warren During the White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Goldston Womble updated the members about the Third Annual White Lake Water Clean-Up/Fill the Dumpster Campaign. The campaign began May 11 and will continue through Thursday, June 6. People are encouraged to participate by removing debris such as overgrown vegetation, fallen […]

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Bladen County Election Results Democrat incumbent Russell Priest narrowly defeated Republican challenger Wayne Edge by four votes Tuesday in final unofficial returns in the race for the Bladen County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat. Priest had 676 votes and Edge, a former commissioner, had 672 votes after the Hollow precinct reported about 11:25 p.m. […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a three to five year old lab and shepherd mix male dog by the name of Bolo has been chosen to be Pet of the Week! According to the Bladen County Animal Shelter staff he has been at the shelter for three weeks now. Staff at the animal shelter say […]

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By Charlotte Smith Today was officially the last luncheon for Dawn Maynard, as the Executive Director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Around 35 business leaders were in attendance.  The group voted on new incoming chamber board members. Mrs. Maynard announced Jake Womble with Goldston’s Beach at White Lake and Lauren Godwin with […]

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Public Meeting

Contributed The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway #701, […]

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Contributed Moores Creek Battleground Association President Connie Hendrix announced that the Association’s June 1st Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Luncheon will feature as guest speaker Medal of Honor recipient Col. W. Joseph Marm, Jr. (USA, Retired). Colonel Marm was a 2nd Lt. in Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment when his unit was engaged […]

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Contributed The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). For more information contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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Contributed There will be a special LEPC meeting Thursday May 16, 2019 at 10:00am at the health department. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a new Chairperson and Secretary. Please try to attend. Share:

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Contributed The Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s regular scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Emereau: Bladen Charter School, 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. If you have questions, please call (910) 247-6595. Share:

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Bladen County election results Last updated: 11:59 p.m., May 14, 2019 (Unofficial results, 17 of 17 total precincts reporting) COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 VOTES (i) Russell Priest (D) 676 Wayne Edge (R) 672 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR (2 SEATS) VOTES Earl Storms 1,140 Charles Wendell Gillespie 1,090 Tim Gause 954 NATIONAL HOUSE DISTRICT […]

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Dr. Robin Peace of Southeastern Regional Medical Center will present “Calling All Girls: Who Wants to be A Doctor?” on Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown The program is geared toward girls 13 to 16 years old to help them reach goals to become a doctor. Dr. […]

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RALEIGH – St. Pauls and Fayetteville are among eight North Carolina communities hit hard by storms that will get a share of $2.7 million in special housing infrastructure grants to help develop more affordable housing, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday. The 2019 Rural Housing Recovery Fund, established through a partnership between the N.C. Department of […]

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This Day In History

1787 – Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution. 1804 – Meriwether Lewis & William Clark’s expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St. Louis for Pacific Coast. 1853 – Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and investor, patents his process for condensed milk. 1878 – Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S.Patent […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, young and old, and in between. Mothers deserve the attention and the flower, candy, clothing and other businesses that feature gifts for moms, appreciate your business. Voters in the 9th US Congressional District will go to the polls Tuesday to cast a vote in the Republican primary, many candidates, […]

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This Day In History

1607 – English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia. 1846 – US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins. 1888 – DeWolf Hooper 1st recites “Casey at Bat” 1911 – NY Giant Fred Merkle is 1st to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st) 1913 […]

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This Day In History

1777 – 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi in the NY Gazette) 1792 – Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented. 1865 – Last land action of Civil War at Palmito Ranch, Texas. 1888 – Crouching start 1st used in track and field by Charles Sherrill of Yale. 1902 – 140,000 miners of […]

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By Charlotte Smith Local business owners have reported sales down for 2019 and the county’s sales tax revenue is down as well.  Commissioner Arthur Bullock stated recently, “We need more small businesses.” Bullock and other county commissioners have been discussing the decline in sales tax and the decrease in people shopping local.  Bladen County Manager, […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Commander Glenn Batten of Clarkton was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. Carolyn Kelly was elected President of the Elizabethtown Jaycettes. Marilyn Butler of Bladenboro was elected May Queen at Peace College. Judge Giles Clark was elected Boss Of The Year by the Elizabethtown ABWA. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and nothing is more important to a mom than a visit by children and hopefully grand-children.  We are fortunate, the children are coming, one today and the other on Sunday.  Makes mom very happy. I miss my mom, even more so on special occasions.  She was never a wealthy person, meager means, her later years […]

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One-stop voting for the 9th District Republican Primary and two Bladen County races ended Friday afternoon. Election day is scheduled Tuesday when voting will take place at Bladen County’s 17 precincts. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot, according […]

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This Day In History

1751 – Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin. 1752 – First US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia. 1850 – Work starts on first brick building in San Francisco. 1904 – Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace. 1907 – Bank of San Francisco incorporated. 1924 – Pulitzer Prize […]

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By Dora Brogdon These weekend the New Hope Missionary Church and The Spiritual Educational Outreach Ministries in Wilmington will be celebrating Women’s Day. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and the guest speaker for the event will be Rev. Gabrilla Ann Garrett who is the pastor at Spiritual Educational Outreach Ministries. Also on May […]

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The new Mac Campbell Sr. Terminal Building at the Elizabethtown Airport (Curtis Brown Field) has been in use since the ribbon cutting in early March 2019. Today the facility hosted the North Carolina Airport Association Regional Meeting, according to Town of Elizabethtown Manger, Eddie Madden.  “I want to recognize and thank Eddie Madden. Thank you […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Veterans Services office in Elizabethtown moved. Veteran Services Director, Larry Hammond says the new location will better serve the local veterans.  Yesterday, the veterans services moved from their office once shared with the Bladen County Elections office located at 301 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Veterans may now receive […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver Let me preface this by saying I have nothing but respect for doctors. It takes incredible fortitude to study for years, then go into a line of work where lawyers and the intricate vagaries of the human wait hungrily around every turn. I’ve always been blessed with good doctors – the late […]

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Contributed Matthew Bristow-Smith, a past regional teacher of the year who has led Edgecombe Early College High School to high student performance for the last five years, was named Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year at an awards luncheon today in Cary. The small, application-based high school earned an “A” school performance grade […]

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Ever just begin to hum a song, not sure what or why? … One of my most recent … ‘Count Your Many Blessings Name Them One By One’ … brings back memories over the years, youngster on the back row at Zion Hill Baptist Church north of Bladenboro. Either Rev. Pete Lingle or Rev. J. […]

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1652 – John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia. 1752 – Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment. 1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels. 1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal […]

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Contributed Dr. Renee Steele, 7 th grade teacher at Elizabethtown Middle School, is one of thirty teachers nationwide to be selected to attend the 2019 C-SPAN Middle School conference in Washington DC this summer. The conference is designed to lay a foundation to better utilize C-SPAN Classroom’s free resources. Dr. Steele stated that she is […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and kids’ activities, the Got to Be NC Festival promises to be a not-to-be-missed event at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 17-19. “The antique tractor and farm equipment display, featuring a daily tractor parade, and the Food […]

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CHARLOTTE – More than 8,900 pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in for safe and proper disposal in North Carolina during the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration’s 17th National Prescription Take-Back Day held Saturday, April 27. The state’s total was the highest collected in the state since the program began 10 years ago, DEA […]

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1792 – US establishes the military draft. 1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre. 1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy. 1879 – George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile. 1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine) 1919 – 1st transatlantic flight […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Maya McDonald recorded a goal and an assist Tuesday night as East Bladen defeated East Davidson 2-1 in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A girls’ soccer playoffs. East Bladen grabbed the lead in the third minute of play as McDonald sent a pass to junior Sydney Wober who knocked in […]

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Contributed Honoring the nearly 900,000 small businesses operating in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May 5 – 11, 2019 as Small Business Week in the state. “Small businesses are the heart and soul of North Carolina’s communities, economy and future prosperity,” Gov. Cooper said. “From cutting-edge tech startups to long-established hometown businesses, small […]

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USDA

Contributed WASHINGTON, May 6, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019. “Producers can visit their […]

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RALEIGH – Residents whose driver licenses or permits are suspended or revoked will now receive a state-issued identification card from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. DMV has an office at 196 North Pine Street in Elizabethtown. The office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. The phone number is (910) […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will transition to a new software system to integrate all of its hospitals and clinics to a single electronic health record. The switch to Epic electronic health records (EHR) will occur Friday, May 3. Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown is part of Cape Fear Valley Health. “Having one integrated […]

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1789 – First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington, in NYC) 1840 – Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, kills 137. 1877 – Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term “Bullpen” to indicate foul territory. 1912 – Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer. 1914 – US Congress […]

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RALEIGH – As North Carolina works to rebuild from past storms, Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday urged North Carolinians to take steps now to get ready for the next hurricane season. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30 Cooper proclaimed May 5-11 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. “North Carolina has been hit by two […]

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An Elizabethtown man pleaded guilty to second degree murder Monday in the stabbing death of his stepfather in 2015, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. Jonathan Parker, 47, was sentenced to between 192 months and 243 months in Bladen County Superior Court for killing 78-year-old John Robert Cole at Cole’s home in Elizabethtown […]

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Many citizens in the county are still recovering from hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman, Charles Ray Peterson has seen the devastation of both storms first hand. The North Carolina Emergency Management sent out a press release with seven tips for citizens to be prepared for hurricane season. Peterson would like […]

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1835 – James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent) 1837 – John Deere creates the first steel plow. 1851 – Dr. John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine” 1896 – Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on […]

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1816 – American Bible Society organized in New York. 1847 – American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia) 1865 – 1st US train robbery (North Bend, Ohio) 1893 – Panic of 1893 causes a large crash on the NY Stock Exchange. 1908 – Great White Fleet arrives in San Francisco. 1920 – US President Woodrow Wilson makes […]

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Several months ago, my favorite grand-daughter, my only grand-daughter, shared some thoughts on social media and today I share, again. “My grandpa, Robert G. Hester, writes a “Thoughts While Shaving” entry daily for an online newspaper. This is my rendition, but I’ll call it “Thoughts while painting nails and sipping Relaxation tea”. Dental school, thus […]

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You’ve likely seen hummingbirds flitting around flowers and feeders. Blink an eye and the tiny birds are gone. Henry Singletary has captured the beauty of a hummingbird feeding on a passion flower among his wild bird photographs that are on exhibit through July 28 in the Bladenboro Visual Arts Council gallery. The gallery is located […]

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The 3rd annual White Lake Water Clean-Up is set for Saturday, May 11 through Thursday, June 6 as the town seeks volunteers to help restore and protect the community resource. White Lake is asking for help to “Clean the lake, fill the dumpster” by removing debris from the shoreline and the lake. Among the items […]

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1780 – American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members. 1805 – Henry C. Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in the Bronx. 1846 – US state Michigan ends death penalty. 1883 – John Gordon Cashman publishes 1st edition “Vicksburg Evening Post” (Mississippi) 1904 – […]

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By Charlotte Smith May is Electrical Safety Month! This month, make electrical safety a priority. Help your family avoid dangerous situations by taking a few easy precautions, Four County Electric Membership Corporation reminded their members earlier this week.  Charles Lewis, First Class Lineman and Brent Croom, Director of Safety with Four County Electric Membership Corporation […]

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A Bladenboro man was sentenced up to 26 years Thursday after entering a guilty plea to second degree murder in the shooting death of Crystal McLamb of Tar Heel in 2016. Kelly Dwayne Hamilton, 47, of Bladenboro, entered the plea Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office. He […]

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Contributed Dan Gerlach, recently named interim chancellor at East Carolina University, will be the featured speaker at the 2019 curriculum graduation ceremonies for Bladen Community College. Since October 2008 and until his recent appointment as ECU interim chancellor, Mr. Gerlach has served as president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, a non profit which works to […]

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1765 – 1st North American medical college opens in Philadelphia. 1802 – Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city. 1830 – 1st regular steam train passenger service starts. 1861 – Lincoln ask for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen. 1915 – John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields” 1921 – West Virginia imposes […]

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By Cheryl Thurston Wow! What a great month was April? And now we are into May, but before we get too far into our fun-in-the-sun mode, let’s take a look at the restaurants and eateries which were inspected for sanitation in April. Bladen County is definitely the place to eat. In April, six local kitchens […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver Miss Lois, her hands shaking, handed me the wooden box. “It’s yours now,” she said. Mother gave the Old Man the box when they were first married; I think she bought it as a surprise when they got their new furniture, shortly before or after I was born. It sat upon the […]

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Contributed Due to a lot of planning and preparation as well as the collection of over 1,500 pounds of food, the Eagle’s Nest Food Bank at Bladen Community College is opening the first week of May. BCC Faculty Senate President, Sharon Coe, reported to the college trustees at their recent board meeting, that after Hurricane […]

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1863 – Stonewall Jackson attacking Chancellorsville is wounded by his own men. 1865 – US President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis. 1885 – “Good Housekeeping” magazine is 1st published. 1890 – Territory of Oklahoma created. 1908 – “Take me out to the Ball Game” registered for copyright. 1916 – US […]

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Bladen County unemployment rate dropped three-tenths in March from a month ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce, and was down four-tenths from a year ago. Bladen County’s unemployment rate, which was not seasonally adjusted, was listed at 5.0 percent. That was down from 5.3 percent in February and 5.4 […]

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The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, the weather tracking organization is watching an area of potential tropical development off the southeast coast of the United States. Bladen County was flooded by Hurricane Florence last September and pounded by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Will the Mother County be […]

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1822 – John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston. 1841 – First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California. 1873 – 1st US postal card issued. 1886 – US general strike for 8-hour working day begins. 1912 – Beverly Hills Hotel opens. 1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City. 1937 – […]

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By: Dora Brogdon This week a cute one to two year old male dog mix named Sam has been chosen to be Pet of the Week! This sweetie has been at the shelter since March 9th, almost going on to two months now according the the Bladen County Animal Shelter staff. The staff reports Sam […]

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Contributed The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is pleased to bring a great slate of webinars and seminars for the month of May. At the new Small Business Incubator on 207 E Broad St. in Elizabethtown, a livestream of “National Small Business Week with Google” will play on Wednesday May 8 th […]

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1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. 1803 – Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of $15 million, doubles the size of the USA. 1861 – US President Abraham Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to May 17. The deadline was extended from May 1 because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in may parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres, the […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County has weathered a lot of storms and disasters. The county’s local emergency services team, lead by Bradley Kinlaw, has always been first on the scene. Kinlaw has lead teams for recovery efforts both locally and abroad during catastrophic events such as, natural disasters, fires, train derailments, vehicle wrecks, and search […]

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This Day In History

1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey accused of treason and removed from office. 1818 – US President James Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. 1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston. 1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico. 1919 – […]

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By Charlotte Smith It’s time to stop child abuse. April is Child Abuse Awareness month and many in Bladen County have participated in some way to bring awareness about the issue.  Bladen County Department of Social Services work all year long with the issue and this Saturday was no different. The Child Abuse Awareness Day […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The White Lake community was preparing for the Water Festival which was scheduled for May 12-13. Bladen County officials announced that there were 37 construction permits valued at $1,268,549 approved in Bladen County for January, 1984. The citizens of Clarkton and Bladenboro were waiting for Bladen County Cablevision to come on line. Federal Paper Company […]

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By Charlotte Smith Celebrating communities is not a past time. Kelly Spring Fest organized by Kelly Fire Department, Station 56, held on the last Saturday of April every year provides the opportunity for celebrating community.  Jeff Huff, Kelly Firefighter helped commentate the parade this year with BladenOnline.com. After the devastation of hurricane Florence hit the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Check yesterday’s Thoughts for a list of activities in Bladen, today, and add a few.  The N.C. Interscholastic Cycling League Mountain Bike Race, a 2 day event, is underway at Brown’s Creek Nature Park & Bike Trail.  The Trail is located at 1992 East Broad Street, across from the entrance to Lock & Dam #2.  […]

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1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1838 – Fire destroys half of Charleston. 1865 – Steamboat “USS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home. 1877 – Rutherford B. […]

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