01/21/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:40 pm We Are All One Humanity 
  • 4:33 pm Elizabethtown Truck Driver missing since Lenoir County crash found
  • 3:06 pm Fayetteville Police seek missing woman
  • 2:54 pm Fayetteville Police announce arrest of man wanted on 17 warrants
  • 2:45 pm Collaborative Transmission Plan identifies 19 major reliability projects
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By Charlotte Smith The event, “We are all one Humanity,” focused on celebrating the continuing dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was held at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church drew a large crowd after the local parade. A hot dog lunch was served before Reverend Jerrod Lowry addressed the audience. Mayor Sylvia […]

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By Erin Smith A search  in Lenoir County for a missing Elizabethtown man has come to a sad ending. The body of a missing truck driver from Elizabethtown was recovered over the weekend from the Neuse River near Kinston. The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed on Monday the family of Richard White had been notified […]

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Contributed Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Elizabeth A. Thomas, 37, was reported missing on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. She was last seen on December 26, 2018, in the 500 block of N McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville. Elizabeth Thomas is described as a […]

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By Erin Smith The Office of the NC Medical Examiner has released data for the State regarding the number of Opioid-related deaths. The data reveals that opioid-related poisonings increased in North Carolina in 2017, the latest year for which data is available. The State had a rate of 5.6 confirmed poisoning deaths per 100,000 individuals […]

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The United Way of Robeson County will be offering personal hygiene and household items at 302 North Chestnut Street  in Lumberton. Items will be given away beginning at 12 noon and continue while supplies last. Please bring a copy of your FEMA declaration with you.     Share:

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By Erin Smith A nationwide recall has been issued for  Irbesartan and Irbesartan HCTZ tablets due to possible contamination by cancer-causing agents. The recall  was issued by Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., dba Solco Healthcare, LLC who manufactures the drug. The lots involved in the recall contain an ingredient called N -nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) which was found to […]

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The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade in downtown Elizabethtown celebrated Dr. King’s dream with style. There were floats, Queens, car clubs, horses, motorcycles, business and political leaders all enduring the 30 degree weather for the big event. Kierra Whitted said the motorcycles were her favorite part. Bladen County Commissioner Arthur Bullock and […]

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The annual Bridal Show at Lu Mil Vineyard was a great success, according to Becky Packer with Lu Mil Vineyard and the vendors in attendance. Packer said there were over 70 brides registered for the event. “It was a really good turn out with a lot of different vendors,” said Kayla with Giorgios Restruant and […]

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By Erin Smith When temperatures plunge below freezing, there comes the risk for frozen water lines, which can break leading to costly repair bills. Taking a few simple steps to prevent your pipes from freezing can stop broken water lines from occurring. According to the American Red Cross, the pipes which are most likely to […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Cooper and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging his administration to allow U.S. Coast Guard service members to receive federal food assistance through a Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) fund. Due to the partial government shutdown, Coast Guard service members have not been paid since December 31, 2018. […]

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MLK parade scheduled for today….bundle up, temps near freezing at 11 AM.  High for today in mid to upper 30s by mid afternoon. NFL playoff results: LA Rams 26, Saints 23 (overtime) New England Patriots 37, KC Chiefs 31 (overtime) Super Bowl in Atlanta in a couple of weeks, Rams vs Patriots…. Scrolling through the […]

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1677 – 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox) published in Boston. 1846 – 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ newspaper “The Daily News” 1853 – Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (U.S. Civil War) 1899 – Opel manufactures its first automobile. 1908- “Sullivan Ordinance” is passed in NYC, making it […]

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By Charlotte Smith The new year has some local organizations looking at achievements made in 2018 and setting goals for 2019. Boost the Boro, Inc., a non-profit committed to improving business and revitalization in Bladenboro had a lot to celebrate. There first meeting of the year was held at the community building in the small […]

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Need to begin by correcting one item from yesterday.  Bladen County Commissioners meet Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at their usual meeting place, the Bladen County Courthouse.  The change is due to Monday being a holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…. The MLK Annual Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m.  Monday thru downtown Elizabethtown.  A memorial service is […]

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1778 – 1st American military court martial trial in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1788 – Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Georgia. 1887 – US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor. 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded. 1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit) 1937 – 1st US Presidential […]

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1825 – Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans. 1865 – Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina. 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey. 1903 – 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England. 1915 – […]

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By Charlotte Smith As of Friday, January 18, the North Carolina and Bladen County registered voters’ lists have decreased by the thousands since December 2018. On December 29th, there were 23,338 registered voters in Bladen County and 7,139,604 registered voters in North Carolina. Now there are 21,221 registered voters in Bladen County and 6,564,003 registered […]

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By Erin Smith Record rainfall has been falling in Bladen County as well as across North Carolina. For 2018, Bladen County received 64 inches of rainfall. The average amount of rainfall for Bladen County is 50 inches, according to US Climate Data. The rainfall has had an impact for growers such as Ron Taylor of […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Applicants have until 5 p.m. March 1 to apply. “Specialty crops make up a significant portion of the state’s $87 billion agriculture industry and we would like to see this area of production […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public meeting and public hearing on Monday, February 18, on a draft permit for the Chemours Company to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facility. The system will significantly reduce the emissions of PFAS, […]

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Decorated military veteran MG Autry says service to others is central to his life. Even when he is facing his own health challenges, he would have it no other way. By Bill Schaller Director of Communications and Marketing UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center January 10, 2019 MG Autry of Smithfield, North Carolina, has lived a […]

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By Erin Smith Johnsonville, LLC is recalling their pork patty products over concerns they may be contaminated with rubber particles. The recall is for 48,371 pounds of raw frozen pork patties produced and packaged on Sept. 27, 2018, Oct. 17, 2018, and Oct. 18, 2018. The products are as follows: *24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic bag […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The board is scheduled to recognize several county employees for their […]

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NEW BERN: Governor Roy Cooper and leaders from his administration will be in New Bern Tuesday to discuss issues facing Eastern North Carolina and will take part in events across the region. On Tuesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m., Gov. Cooper, representatives from cabinet agencies, and senior staff will meet at the North Carolina History Center […]

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The East Bladen High School Class of 1994 is having their 25th Class Reunion at Cape Fear Vineyard on August 3, 2019, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The cost to attend is $65 for singles and $100 for couples. If you are planning to attend or have question, please contact someone on the committee […]

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By Erin Smith Detention hearings were held for a former Elizabethtown doctor and his girlfriend this week at the federal courthouse in Wilmington. Dr. Jong Whan Kim  appeared before US Magistrate Judge Robert Jones Jr. on Thursday who allowed Dr. Kim to be released from the custody of US Marshals. Dr. Kim was ordered to […]

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Contributed There will be a new platform for what has been known as Boy Scouts starting in February. Family Scouting offering iconic Boy Scouts of America programs to boys and girls was the topic of discussion presented by Boy Scout’s District Commissioner, Alex Hursey at Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting. He opened his topic by stating, “I’m […]

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The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, remaining unchanged from November’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent. North Carolina’s December 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 4,299 over the month to […]

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By Charlotte Smith Traveling through Bladen County this week we found this happy porker. His smile is contagious. We found him at the home of a Clarkton resident. The pink, haystack monument is a testimony. Pork is one of our top industries here in the County of Bladen. A lot of our citizens are very […]

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The Bridger Memorial Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights   The Game Nights will be held on Monday, January 28, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday February 25, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Monday, March 25, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event is for ages 10 and […]

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The Clarkton Public Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights. They will take place on Tuesday, January 29th, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 26th from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 26, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.  The event is for ages 10 and older. Free food […]

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By Erin Smith Perdue Foods LLC of Perry, Georgia, is recalling more than 68,244 pounds of chicken nuggets due to possible contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the nuggets may be contaminated with wooden pellets. The chicken nuggets, advertised as ready-to-eat, were produced on October 25, 2018. The product […]

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Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings and openings due to repairs. CLOSINGS: NC 53 (Near White Oak) NC 53 West is closed toward White Oak for a bridge replacement at Ellis Creek. A signed detour is in place. This will remain closed […]

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A reminder of the MLK, Jr., parade through downtown Elizabethtown Monday, 11 AM.  Following the parade, Rev. Jerrold Lowry will  speak, followed by a light lunch at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.  Special music will be provided by a Cooperative Choir made up of the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church Choir and the Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Choir.  All are invited to […]

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1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting. 1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston. 1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco. 1903 – The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts. 1911 – 1st shipboard landing […]

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Contributed The public is invited to join faculty, staff and students to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a celebration held in Bladen Community College’s  auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 24th, at 11 a.m.  Community advocate and respected minister, Shawn Maynor, will be the keynote speaker. Rev. Maynor is the pastor of the […]

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By Erin Smith The sound of Ospreys could be heard overhead in Elizabethtown this week. Some residents were asking questions about what is taking place and reported feeling vibrations as the aircraft passed overhead as they headed to the airport. When asked about all of the air traffic, Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said, “The […]

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Rescue work is not for the faint of heart. One non-profit is celebrating 5 years of success. “October 2013 marked the date we went from being a backyard bird barn to a full- scale sanctuary,” Ces Erdman founder of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary said. READ MORE “October 2013 marked the date we went from being a […]

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Arthur Bullock, Bladen County Commissioner and organizer of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Parade made an exciting announcement. This year the professional boxer, James “Bonecrusher” Smith is the Grand Marshall for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. According to Smith’s website, James Smith, nicknamed “Bonecrusher”, is a native of Magnolia, North Carolina […]

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By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Bladen Express Lube and Tire in Elizabethtown. The well attended event included a barbecue lunch. Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard welcomed the business to the town and also welcomed them as a new Chamber member. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell also […]

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By Erin Smith When one drives through Bladen County you notice farm fields, wooded areas and the occasional blighted property. When it comes to cleaning up dilapidated mobile homes and burned out houses, Bladen County Manager Greg Elkins said there is little the county can do. For example, on NC 41 East, near White Lake, […]

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Contributed A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005, and has not taken the training class. This Class Is Also Open To The Public: DATE:     January 29, 30, 31, Feb.1 2019 LOCATION:    Red Training Room Board of Education Anyone that needs a School Bus Pocket Card to drive an activity […]

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By Erin Smith A sweepstakes establishment has opened it doors on US 701 South in the former location of Woodies Grill. The establishment is also within 500 feet of a childcare facility which is a violation of county ordinances.  Bladen County Planner Greg Elkins said he has issued a notice of violation to the business […]

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By Erin Smith Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will mark the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, with a presentation followed by a light lunch in the PAC Building immediately following the parade. The speaker for the event will be the Coastal Presbytery’s General Presbyter and Stated Clerk Rev. Jerrod Lowry. Before […]

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By Erin Smith Some Bladen County residents have recently reported being contacted by someone calling from a Jamaican telephone number posing as a Publisher’s Clearing House representative. At least one resident reported that the caller stated they were with the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol and needed their address to verify their winnings. Others have […]

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By Roxana Ross Dr. Archie “Zan” Tyson has brought a new procedure to Southeastern Health that is expanding the treatment options for local cardiac patients. Cardiac ablation is a safe and tested procedure that has been practiced regularly in the United States for many years but has never before been offered at Southeastern Regional Medical […]

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition […]

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Some things I have learned over the years…. Regardless of thoughts related to politics, anything you say, left or right (R or D) will offend someone.  So, after  80 years, I have learned it is best to keep my thoughts to myself…why cause a problem over something neither can change. And too often, both have strong feelings, […]

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1821 – Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen. 1963 – Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia. 1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873) 1899 – US take possession of Wake Island in […]

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By Erin Smith Kuraray America, Inc. announced late Wednesday afternoon they are planning to invest $20 million at the Fayetteville Works site in Bladen County. The investment will feature the modernization of the Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) Film line and the phasing out of PVB resin production at the Fayetteville Works plant. In a release, Kuraray […]

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By Erin Smith On Wednesday, four Bladen County families who suffered damages from Hurricane Florence received assistance in the form of new furniture to fill their homes. Men and Women United for Youth and Families teamed up with Designing Station to assist the families who had lost their furniture as a result of the storm. […]

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RALEIGH: The deadline for North Carolinians who are eligible for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to February 1, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. That’s the date by which homeowners need to complete the forms to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power […]

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By Erin Smith Five individuals wanted in the Operation Take Back Bladenboro round up remain at large. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating them. When asked about progress with arrests on Tuesday, Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said, “The five are still at large.” If you have seen these […]

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Growing older has some advantages, some disadvantages….Think about how cold it is outside, early in the AM and give thanks for a warm home and no reason to be outside…..also give thanks for the fact I could, if it was necessary. Memory does not improve with age….forgot two meetings yesterday….promise to do better today. Weather […]

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1493 – Christopher Columbus leaves the New World and sets sail for Spain. 1777 – Vermont declares independence from New York. 1865 – Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Fort Fisher NC, 40 die. 1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit. 1883 – Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil […]

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By Erin Smith As many brides begin to prepare for their special day, they may have questions about the many choices available to them for everything from food to photographers. Lu Mil Vineyard can help as they prepare to host their 12th annual Bridal Show on Sunday, January 20th, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. […]

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East Bladen graduate Ashley R. Brown-Poteat is promoting her new book ‘Out of Bounds.’ She attended the basketball at East Bladen High School on Friday night to share her book and what she has learned with others. A former East Bladen athlete, Brown-Poteat wants to ensure that individuals, no matter what their circumstances may be, […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board got good news with regard to the annual audit report. Bryon Scott of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Company in Elizabethtown, presented the audit to the board during Monday night’s meeting. Scott told the board the town has a total amount in the general fund of $447,000 which is […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown business was the victim of a breaking and entering early Tuesday morning. Lt. D. Cheshire with the Elizabethtown Police Department said the Dragonfly Coffee House located at 119 West Broad Street reported a breaking and entering on Tuesday morning. “The suspect or suspects took an undisclosed amount of money,” said Lt. Cheshire. Anyone who may […]

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Mac Campbell, Jr., President of BladenWeCare, has announced the dates for the annual Gala and Golf Tournament. The Gala will be held on April 5 at Cape Fear Vineyard and the Annual Byron Gooden BladenWeCare Golf Tournament will be held April 25 at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The golf tournament will be a 4-man […]

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By Erin Smith If you enjoy playing games such as Black Jack, Roulette or Craps, then come out to the third annual Casino Night and take your seat at the table. The Casino Night is planned for Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and tickets cost $50 each. Chuck Heustess said Bladen’s […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board adopted a memorandum of understanding with Carroll Poultry, LLC on Monday night that will allow the company to continue to operate. The board voted unanimously to approve the memorandum. The board held an administrative hearing in December where they heard from Attorney Matthew Dixon, who is representing the owners of […]

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Contributed The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). For more information contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where the board was recognized and presented gifts from the county’s schools and various departments in honor of School Board Appreciation Month. Both West Bladen High School and Bladen Lakes Primary had made videos with students thanking the board for their […]

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By Erin Smith The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Clarkton man on charges of indecent liberties with a child. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew Lee Bass of Clarkton, on Friday and have charged him with two counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of statutory rape of a child […]

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

By Erin Smith Area offices and agencies have announced their schedules for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. All banks are closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the holiday and will re-open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, Jan. 21. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Tuesday, […]

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By Erin Smith Fire officials have issued their ruling in a December fire that occurred at the former Accent Dye Works building on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Officials stated the devastating fire  was the result of an issue with the electrical panel box.  Elizabethtown Fire Department Chief Nick West said, “There is no indication from […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County residents who suffered damage in Hurricane Florence and want their house purchased, elevated or need help with reconstruction can apply now for hazard mitigation assistance. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw made the announcement on Monday morning. He said the deadline for residents who want to be considered for […]

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By Erin Smith A letter sent to the NC State Board of Elections from a US House member indicates Congress may step in and resolve the disputed US House District 9 race.  Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from California, is the Chairperson for the Committee on House Administration. She sent a letter to NC State Board […]

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Contributed Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), the United States Marshal’s Service, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Probation Office are requesting the public’s assistance locating Zhivargo K. Jenkins, 41, who has 17 outstanding warrants for arrest and orders for arrest. Jenkins is currently wanted for the following: […]

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Contributed The N.C. Forest Service will be holding a free two-day landowner workshop to learn about the benefits of owning forestland. There will be multiple experts to help attendees learn about a variety of topics. The workshop will be held at Jones Lake State Park on Jan. 31st and Feb. 28th. Both days will be from […]

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By Erin Smith A traffic stop initiated by the Elizabethtown Police Department on Friday afternoon led to the arrest of a man wanted for at least two break-ins that occurred in 2014. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, Shajuan Morgan James, 28, of Fayetteville, was stopped by Elizabethtown Police Officers on Friday. During the traffic stop, […]

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For the next few weeks we will be featuring some of the historical places in Bladen County and giving you information concerning them. This week we feature Walnut Grove near Tar Heel. Walnut Grove, also known as Robeson Plantation, is a historic plantation house complex and national historic district located near Tar Heel, Bladen County, […]

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Bladen County Solid Waste has announced their hours of operation for Monday, January 21st, 2019, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, […]

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Winter time’s a-coming, more like winter time is here…..high temps for the past couple of days in the low to mid 40s… The list of teams still in the running for Super Bowl LIII is down to four after past weekend play…  Next weekend action has the New England Patriots traveling to Kansas City for the AFC championship […]

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1639 -1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford, published by Rodger Ludlow. 1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches” 1784 – US Revolutionary War ends with the US Congress of the Constitution ratifying the Treaty of Paris. 1864 – General Sherman begins his march to the South. 1868 – North […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today declared a State of Emergency for all 100 counties to help utility workers restore power quickly in parts of western and central North Carolina, following power outages caused by the snow, ice and freezing rain from this weekend’s winter storm. A wintry mix of precipitation ranging from a few inches of […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Running a small business is not just a fulltime job — it can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, and services, not to mention marketing, can be exhausting. Social Security can make your life easier with our suite of services that allows […]

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Checking sports activities: NFL Saturday results: KC Chiefs 31 – Indianapolis Colts 13 LA Rams 30 – Dallas Cowboys 22 Action continues today as all aim for the Super Bowl.. 1 PM  LA Chargers vs New England Patriots 4:40 PM  Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints Super Bowl LII will be played in Atlanta, Georgia Sunday, February […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Educational Foundation will conduct their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., at the Bladen County Board of Education Public Meeting Room. This will be an important meeting and I look for a good crowd to attend. Again, we are already five months into the new school year, […]

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Contributed There is a chance to help a child fight this upcoming weekend. Debbie Edwards with the Bladenboro Benefit Committee announced Waylon is fighting Fibular Hemimelia on social media. In order to assist Waylon and his family, Edwards posted, the Bladenboro Benefit Committee announced they will be having a BBQ benefit and bake sale for […]

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Contributed Governor Roy Cooper today wrote to President Donald Trump to urge him to end the federal government shutdown that is holding back hurricane recovery efforts and threatening North Carolina’s farming economy. “While we continue the short-term recovery with FEMA’s help, our critical long-term work to rebuild stronger and smarter is delayed with every day […]

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Contributed Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February. “We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners […]

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NC DOT

Contributed RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina State University are teaming up to improve the longevity of bridges across the state. “The NCDOT Research Office partners with our universities and business units on cutting edge and practical research to extend the life and improve the safety of North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure.” […]

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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 in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. NC Transportation Summit More than 1,000 people from around the world registered to attend the first ever NC Transportation Summit at the Raleigh Convention Center on […]

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1773 – First public museum established in North American colonies (Charleston, SC) 1803 – US Senate approves Thomas Jefferson’s nomination of James Monroe and Robert Livingston to negotiate purchase of New Orleans from France. 1839 – Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron, Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania. 1865 – Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher, NC. 1896 […]

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William Brisson, North Carolina House Rep

By Erin Smith NC House Speaker Tom Moore has announced Representative William Brisson will be serving as a Chairman on the NC House Committee on Appropriations. “It kind of surprised me when he called my name,” said Brisson, who is a Republican representing NC House District 22 which includes Bladen County. He explained the Committee […]

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By Erin Smith A Columbus County judge is allowing the State to move forward a capital case against one of the two men accused in the shooting death of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. Chauncy Askew, 18, of Chadbourn, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting. While his attorney argued that Askew was […]

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By Erin Smith Residents and business owners in Elizabethtown were overtaken by surprise when a cloud of smoke arrived in town on Friday afternoon. Some residents in Elizabethtown were reporting smokey conditions and ash falling in parking lots. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark confirmed the smoke is coming from a controlled burn being conducted by […]

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By Erin Smith The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office is warning North Carolina residents to be alert for a new scam targeting your Social Security number. According to reports, the scammer poses as a Social Security employee and will either threaten the victim or give them misleading information in an effort to obtain their Social […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy has received the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) “Emergency Recovery Award” for the company’s outstanding power restoration efforts after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina and South Carolina in September 2018. The Emergency Recovery Award is given to select EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers […]

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By Erin Smith As you drive through Bladen County, you observe beautiful farm land and trash along the roadsides. In some of the far reaches of the county, you will also find illegal dumpsites hidden in the woods or on less travel roads. A drive through Bladen County recently yielded a mattress and boxspring tossed […]

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Our readers and fans have asked for us to hold a contest to celebrate Bladen County’s favorite people, places and services. Please cast your vote by providing the name of the person or place under each category you feel deserves the Bladen’s Best of the Best title. There will be only one vote per electronic device […]

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Effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will implement visitation restrictions due to the increasing trend of flu cases throughout the region. “Influenza is widespread in our state at this time and we are taking these precautions to prevent possible spread of the virus to our patients,” said SeHealth […]

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By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The NC Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings scheduled for Bladen County. They are as follows: CLOSINGS: NC 210 East at Rowan Creek NC 210 East has been closed since November 26, 2018, at a location 0.2 miles North of SR1548 (Brown Road) in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

It’s winter time in Bladen…took a while….remember last year, I forgot, but I am reminded, it was cold…as it was this A.M. Ever read an obit, someone you did not have the pleasure of knowing and think…wish I had known him or her… Eighty-one entries this A.M. in my greymail file…junk, spoof, spam and others, fortunately […]

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1759 – 1st American life insurance company incorporated. 1794 – U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth is killed in Augusta, Georgia, trying to serve court papers, first US marshal to die carrying out his duties. 1838 – First public demonstration of telegraph message sent using dots & dashes at Speedwell Ironworks, Morristown, New Jersey by Samuel Morse […]

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By Erin Smith Homeowners who suffered damages when Hurricane Matthew struck North Carolina in 2016, are still waiting for repairs to begin to their storm damaged homes. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said, “There is a lot of red tape you have to complete before houses can be torn down or repaired.” He […]

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Contributed All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Share:

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By Erin Smith A former Elizabethtown doctor and his former girlfriend appeared in federal court before US Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones Jr on Monday in Wilmington. Dr. Jong Whan Kim was advised of his rights and the charges against him were read, according to court documents. He is represented by attorneys James B. Polk […]

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