03/25/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:25 pm Tillis Sends Bipartisan Letter Seeking Answers on Possible Tariffs for Foreign Autos
  • 4:12 pm Work to retrieve vehicle from river to resume soon
  • 3:44 pm April 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter
  • 3:19 pm Firefighters battle brush fire near Clarkton
  • 2:30 pm Dietary Manager
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By Erin Smith Investigators are still waiting for flooding on the Cape Fear River to subside before returning to the bridge at Tar Heel to continue an investigation of a car that was reported in the water. A vehicle that was reported to have been in the Cape Fear River in Tar Heel in February […]

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Public Meeting

The April 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of Bladen county, will be held on the first Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod St, Elizabethtown. The meeting is on Friday, April 5. The meeting time is 3 PM The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group for parents […]

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By Erin Smith A brush fire on Bridgers Road near Clarkton kept firefighters busy on Monday afternoon. According to fire officials on the scene, a resident at 1506 Bridgers Road was burning trash in her yard when the fire got away from her. The fire was quickly contained. The NC Forest Service is working to […]

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WILMINGTON, NC- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District has closed the recreational area at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Cape Fear River located near Elizabethtown. The primary reason for this closure is to provide sufficient time to complete construction of repairs downstream of the dam. Turbulence resulting from water flowing over […]

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By Erin Smith Several court cases of interest in Bladen County were continued last week in Bladen County District Criminal Court in Elizabethtown. Judge Nancy Phillips presided over the proceedings which were conducted on Wednesday. Attorney Oscar Blanks made an appearance on behalf of Daniel James Storie and Daniel Paul Storie who operated Freddie’s on […]

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By Erin Smith The NC Department of Transportation has announced that NC 53 near White Oak has reopened. This is the first time the road has opened following Hurricane Florence. Andrew Barksdale with the NC Department of Transportation said that the bridge on NC 53, which spans Ellis Creek in Bladen County, was reopened Sunday […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. […]

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RALEIGH – Six North Carolina hog farmers – and one allied company – were honored at an awards luncheon on Thursday, Mar. 21 at the annual N.C. Pork Conference. Jim Stocker of Kenansville was inducted into the N.C. Pork Council Hall of Fame for a career that helped shape North Carolina’s thriving pork industry. Stocker became […]

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The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering seminars and webinars this week. Johnny Wilson is back again to present “Build a Church/Non-Profit Around Mission and Vision” on Monday, March 25th, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This will  also be live streamed at the Elizabethtown Incubator location. Click here to register online.   […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

March Madness Sweet 16 match-ups are set.  Great games so far, few upsets. Action continues Thursday & Friday, March 28 & 29. The Sweet 16 line-up: Thursday 7:09 PM  #1 Gonzaga vs #4 Florida State  CBS 7:29 PM  #3 Purdue vs #2 Tennessee  TBS 9:39 PM  #3 Texas Tech vs #2 Michigan  CBS 9:59 PM  #1 Virginia […]

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This Day In History

1776 – Continental Congress authorizes a medal for George Washington. 1813 – First US flag flown in battle on the Pacific, frigate Essex. 1863 – First US Army Medal of Honor awarded. 1865 – SS General Lyon at Cape Hatteras catches fire & sinks, killing 400. 1902 – Irving W. Colburn patents sheet glass drawing […]

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Friday the appointment of David Stegall as the new deputy superintendent of innovation at the Department of Public Instruction. Stegall, who will begin his duties in June, brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in education, most of it in North Carolina K-12 public schools.   “Dr. Stegall’s wealth […]

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Because of the federal government shutdown at the beginning of the year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services continues to adjust distribution schedules for Food and Nutrition Services benefits. “We thank families for their patience and understanding during this difficult and uncertain period while we’ve worked to make sure their access to […]

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By Charlotte Smith Tragedy has struck Bladen County repeatedly this week. Multiple fires have firefighters using their teamwork skills. However, one family lost everything according to Bladen County Fire Marshall, Kenneth Clark. The loss was from a structure fire on Maysville Lane in Tar Heel according to Clark. The call was dispatched on Wednesday evening […]

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Barbara Horrell Applewhite, age 82, of Ivanhoe passed gently from her earthly life on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center. She was born October 22, 1936 in Bladen County, the daughter of the late Conrad Hewett and Emily Ruth Barnhill Horrell. She is also predeceased by her husband, Carl Jackson “Jack” […]

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Contributed Carter Farms is a blueberry farm located at White Lake. We are looking for seasonal employees that can work May-August. The hours will vary. Pay based on experience. Forklift/ Farm Equipment Operators The Forklift Operator is responsible for operating a forklift to move, locate, relocate, stack, and count merchandise. The Operator is accountable for […]

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Contributed WILMINGTON, NC- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District has closed the recreational area at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Cape Fear River located near Elizabethtown. The primary reason for this closure is to provide sufficient time to complete construction of repairs downstream of the dam. Turbulence resulting from water flowing […]

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RALEIGH: On Monday, March 25, 2019, North Carolina middle school teachers will learn how to connect classroom teaching to STEM careers at the second-annual emPowering STEM Classroom to Career Conference, held at the GSK headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The emPowering STEM Conference will help teachers learn how to help students get the skills they need […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Sam Boger, retired East Bladen basketball coach and teacher.  The Bladen County Board of Education recently voted to name the gym at Elizabethtown Middle School (formerly East Bladen) in his honor.  Coach Boger coached teams enjoyed much success over the years at the site.  His teams won 18 conference championships, he was named Coach of […]

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WHITEVILLE – Hunter Smith and Chase Knight combined to pitch a 2-hitter and strike-out 11 batters as Elizabethtown defeated Williams Township 13-0 Monday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball action. Smith struck out 8 batters and allowed two hits and no walks in his 4 innings on the mound. Knight struck out the side in […]

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Contributed Fire hydrant flow testing will conducted on Saturday March 23 rd between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Hydrants will be tested in the vicinity of W Broad St, Greenwood St, Harwood St, 1 st , 2 nd , and 3 rd St. Residents may experience cloudy water for several hours during and after testing. […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard from two Bladen County citizens regarding issues with beavers in the county. E. W. Bowen of East Arcadia addressed the board stating he believes the beaver issue needs to be placed back on the agenda for further discussion instead of waiting until July when a […]

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By Erin Smith Three suspicious fires remain under investigation near Dublin, according to the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office. “We’ve got some persons of interest,” said Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. The first suspicious fire occurred when an unoccupied home on NC 410 burned near West Bladen High School on Tuesday, February 5th, and […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved a lease agreement for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to utilize a building located on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown to store evidence. The Memorandum of Understanding states that the lease between Bobby and Janice Guyton and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is in effect […]

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Contributed Congratulations to Elizabethtown Primary School for their first place win in the Elementary Battle of the Books competition. Team members are  Janice Alvarez-Nunez, Emily Campos-Estrada, Jaida Harrison, Ellie Kinlaw, Mallory McDuffie, Jamiya Peterson, Brooklyn Skinner, and Allysa Stringfield. Battle fo the Books team coaches are Shantell Faircloth and Lashanta Junious and Elizabethtown Primary School […]

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RALEIGH: Communities across North Carolina from Sylva to Elizabeth City will get $127 million in loans and grants to help pay for 96 critical drinking water and wastewater projects statewide, Governor Roy Cooper announced today “Clean water is critical for our health and our economy,” Gov. Cooper said. “These funds will help communities improve their water […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is giving people more opportunities this spring to get their N.C. REAL IDs quicker. REAL ID Express Days have drawn more than 700 customers to offices in Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Charlotte. Now, the NCDMV will open driver license offices for REAL ID Express Days in a host of other locations. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Enjoy this last day of winter, 2018.  Weather forecast for today, should be much like yesterday, maybe a few degrees cooler with lots of sunshine and high temp around 60 degrees. Bladen County Commissioners meet in Kelly at 6 p.m. this evening at Centerville Baptist Church.  Purpose of the meeting is to receive comments, suggestions regarding the White […]

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting Ag Awareness Day. Farmers, agribusiness leaders and agriculture supporters will attend to show their support for North Carolina’s No. 1 industry and to thank legislators for passing the $240 million Hurricane Florence Ag Disaster Relief package. Participants will meet with legislators and attend a program […]

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By Erin Smith The annual Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors Gala will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is Super Heroes of Hope. The event is open to cancer survivors and their caregivers. Event Chairwoman Mary Williams said the speaker […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man recently celebrated his 100th birthday in style as he was presented with the Key to the City. Deacon Grover Cleveland Hall was greeted by fellow church members, friends and family at Glenda’s Just Desserts in Elizabethtown recently. To mark the occasion Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell presented Hall with the […]

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By Erin Smith The United Way of Bladen County held their second annual St Patrick’s Day Fun Day and 5K on Saturday morning at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. Temperatures were cool and the wind was brisk but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming to those who came out to meet the vendors […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, March 18, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. for their regular meeting in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. Mr. Eddie Knight will provide information to the County Commissioners regarding a Tar Heel Fire Service District Tax […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After a year of record-setting weather events – from tornadoes and flooding to ice storms and hurricanes – the Duke Energy Foundation today announced $1 million in funding to help North Carolina communities increase their resiliency to these major weather events with advanced preparation and planning through the Powerful Communities: Storm Resiliency […]

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Sometimes I spend some time reminiscing about ‘the way it was’ before TV and Internet…. When folks would listen to The Lone Ranger, Amos ‘n Andy, the major league baseball game of the day or week while grading tobacco in a hot pack house.  Before the days of TV or even FM radio.  It was AM radio, […]

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West Bladen junior Tyre Boykin and East Bladen sophmore Javant McDowell have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference boys basketball team. Boykin poured in 21.1 points per game to lead the Knight offense. He scored over 30 points twice and had 13 games of 20 or more points. McDowell, a 6-6 sophmore, was a […]

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GOLDSBORO – Miriam Devane walloped the first home run of her career, but Emereau Charter dropped a narrow 12-11 softball decision to Wayne Preparatory Thursday. Gabby Bray slammed a double for the Lady Aviators. Bray and catcher Martha Simmons combined to drive in 6 runs. Karly Ross started in the pitching circle for Emereau and […]

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East Bladen High School

ST PAULS – East Bladen’s boys and girls both finished second to St. Pauls in a 3-team Three Rivers Conference meet Thursday. In the boys meet, St. Pauls rode a 29-point advantage in the field events to an 87-51 point victory. Third-place West Columbus tallied 31 points. In the girls meet, the Lady Bulldogs dominated […]

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Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in January. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.4 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.0 percent had the […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen racked up 21 runs in just two innings Friday en route to a 21-1 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball mercy-rule victory over St. Pauls. Tyler Hill rapped a one-out single to centerfield in the first inning, and Dylan Fine knocked him in with a double. Freshman Raymond Autry drilled a double […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Jordan Kinlaw struck out 12 batters Friday to lead East Bladen to a 14-4 Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball victory over St. Pauls. The Lady Eagle jayvees improved to 3-2 on the season Share:

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church is seeking revival!  We want to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and our commitment to Him and His calling to share Him with our neighbors and the world. We believe that God desires revival in our nation, world and county.  What are “Revival Services”?  They are special times set […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

UNC-Asheville defeated Pembroke State University 62-56 in the NAIA District 26 basketball tourney. UNC-A was led by Clarkton’s Sheila Ford who scored 26 points. The Bladen Lakes Players presented a most successful play, BusStop, which was written by William Enge. Local players were Chris Register, Robert Regan, Cathy Kinlaw, Dan Allen, Judy Cross, Kelly Cross, […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Oakland Plantation. Oakland Plantation, situated on a bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River in Carvers, Bladen County, North Carolina, was built over 200 years ago by General Thomas Brown, an American Revolutionary War patriot. It is one of a few houses […]

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TAR HEEL – Alyssa Strickland pitched a 5-hitter and struck out 13 batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 15-5 Waccamaw Middle School Conference victory over Tar Heel Thursday. Lainey Hughes hammered a triple to leftfield, and Stacey Gomez belted a single that scored Hughes for a 1-0 Lady Cougar lead in the first inning. Tar […]

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The 2019 District 9 umpires clinic will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Elizabethtown Municipal Building. All umpires interested in calling Dixie Youth league games and District 9 DYB Tournament games should attend. Share:

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – A 5-run East Bladen seventh inning rally fell one run short as St. Pauls escaped with an 11-10 Three Rivers Conference softball victory Friday night. The Lady Bulldogs scored 4 unearned runs in the top of the seventh to stretch their lead to 11-5, before sophmore Alyssa Futrell and junior Abbie Cross started […]

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TAR HEEL – Coleman Tatum and Hunter Smith combined to pitch a 2-hitter and strike-out 14 batters as Elizabethtown defeated Tar Heel 13-2 Thursday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball action. Coleman Tatum struck out eleven and allowed 2 hits and one run in his four innings of work. Smith relieved and struck out the […]

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East Bladen High School

HOBBTON – Freshman Maya McDonald poured a ‘Hat Trick’ plus two of five goals into the net Friday night to lead East Bladen to a 9-1 non-conference girls soccer victory over Hobbton. McDonald also dished out two assists in the game. Junior Sydney Wober fired in 2 goals and had one assist. Senior Ashley Hardin […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ten Republicans, one Democrat, and one candidate each from the Green Party and Libertarian Party are candidates for the NC 9th Congressional seat, currently vacant after the NC State Board of Elections failed to certify the November 2018 General Election, because of alleged irregularities in Bladen and Robeson county.  A primary election contest will be held […]

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1781 – British and American forces clash during the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. British suffer heavy losses surrendering to George Washington in October. 1820 – Maine admitted as 23rd state of the Union. 1867 – Michigan becomes 1st state to tax property to support a university. 1892 – 1st escalator patented by […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard from more than one speaker on Wednesday. Two worthy causes were brought to the local civic club, both with goals in mind. Peyton Fell and Jackson Bostic from East Bladen High School Beta Club preformed  the National Anthem to open the meeting. The two announced their efforts of raising […]

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A vehicle that was parked on Gooden Street resulted in the arrest of the vehicle’s owner on drug related charges. On Monday, March 11th, 2019, the Elizabethtown Police Department with the assistance of Probation & Parole and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department discovered 112.3 grams of Marijuana packaged for sale and over $1,000 dollars upon […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has issued a permit to Chemours for the installation and operation of a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system to reduce air emissions of PFAS and GenX at the Fayetteville Works Facility. The permit incorporates the requirements of the consent order signed on February […]

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Congratulations to the Bladenboro Middle School Battle of the Books team for winning the middle school district competition today.  The school will represent our district in the regional competition on April 10, 2019, at Richmond Community College in Hamlet, NC. Share:

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By Charlotte Smith In the past year Bladen County has suffered a lot, but difficult situations are not  stopping the Mother County. The message of hope and overcoming was presented to the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce by Bladen County Manager, Greg Martin. The issues with the White Lake water, the hog industry trials, […]

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By Erin Smith More than 78,000 pounds of ground turkey have been recalled by Butterball LLC in Mount Olive, NC. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the product may potentially be contaminated with Salmonella. The product in question was packaged on July 7, 2018. They were shipped to institutions […]

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Photographers Urged to Not Take Prom Photos on Tracks During Prom Season RALEIGH – You wouldn’t take photos in the middle of an interstate, so why stand on railroad tracks to get that one shot? That’s what the N.C. Department of Transportation’s BeRailSafe program is asking people to consider, especially during prom season. Standing on or […]

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By Erin Smith A fire was reported early on Thursday in the vicinity of Bladen Community College. The fire was reported at about 6 a.m. Ethan King with the Dublin Fire Department said, “When we arrived the whole thing was completely engulfed.” He noted that the roof caved in during the fire and was covering the […]

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DUBLIN – Local businessman and community supporter, Brian Campbell, has been appointed by the Bladen County Commissioners to a four-year term as a trustee for Bladen Community College. Mr. Campbell took the oath of office at a recent Bladen Community College board meeting. Pictured from left to right are Bladen County Clerk of Court Niki […]

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By Erin Smith A new initiative has been implemented in the court system in Bladen, Columbus and Brunswick counties and it is helping to ease the burden on the Superior Court System. The system is called H & I Felony Court and is conducted in the Bladen County District Court. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney […]

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March 14-16 marks the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, and State Superintendent Mark Johnson is using the half-year mark to remind all North Carolinians of the damage wrought by the storm and of the ongoing recovery efforts. “We’re not that far removed from this major storm, yet many in North Carolina may […]

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Cliff Tyndall, a Wilmington resident who teaches at Bladen Community College, has a new book out called “Camp Davis: a 21 Century History & Guidebook”. The author will be speaking in the college’s auditorium on Tuesday, March 19th at 6pm on the book’s subject and background.  The new publication is a supplement to Tyndall’s 2006 […]

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The annual Kelly Spring Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Kelly ball field. A parade begins at 10 a.m. on White Oak Road across from the Kelly ball field ending at Centerville Baptist Church. Parade entries should be lined up by 9:30 a.m. Local live entertainment will be provided by […]

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Prospective students, their families, and the residents of southeastern North Carolina will have the opportunity to discover the exciting array of educational opportunities and resources at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Open House, which is specifically targeted at prospective students and their families, will be conducted on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 […]

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Wake County Superior Court Judge Sends Case to Three-Judge Panel RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday, Wake County Superior Judge Vince Rozier, Jr. issued an order that allows a state constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID law to move forward in front of a three-judge panel. Chief Justice Beasley will appoint the three members of the panel. The […]

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USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that producers who purchased or plan to purchase the 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) policy should report Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election intentions to their crop insurance agent by March 15, 2019, or the acreage reporting date, whichever is later. Producers have […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced appointments to twenty one North Carolina boards and commissions. “These appointees bring strong skills and diverse perspectives to state boards and commissions,” said Gov. Cooper. “Their work will provide valuable guidance and oversight on a variety of issues critical to North Carolina.” Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to […]

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This should be a perfect spring-like day, weather wise.  Some sunshine expected with temps in the mid 70s.  The calendar indicates spring officially arrives next Wednesday. Stock market looking good, great for savings accounts, especially for retirees…. Former East Bladen all-everything, Lacey Suggs continues her great career as a member of the UNCW basketball team.  […]

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1794 – Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin machine revolutionizing the cotton industry in the southern US states. 1812 – Congress authorizes war bonds to finance War of 1812. 1862 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina: General Burnside conquers New Bern. 1900 – US currency goes on gold standard after Congress passes the Currency […]

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A parking violation led to one person being issued a citation for marijuana by the Elizabethtown Police Department. While on patrol, Patrolman Todd came into contact with a vehicle parked illegally in a handicap parking spot near Wash Tubs, according to Lt. Mark McMichael. Patrolman Todd stopped to speak with the driver, Janiya Hicks, about […]

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RALEIGH — “Poisonings and deaths occur when prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands,” said Commissioner Causey. “That’s why I am touring the state to protect our communities and environment by educating residents about the responsible way to get rid of unused medication.” For the first time, unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of […]

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WILMINGTON, N.C.—The President released the budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) which includes funding for ongoing projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District. The FY20 budget provides $393,000 of Investigations funding to complete a disposition study for the Cape Fear River Locks & Dams. The president’s budget proposal includes about $52.5 […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced this week that producers who purchased or plan to purchase the 2019 Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) policy should report Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) election intentions to their crop insurance agent by March 15, 2019, or the acreage […]

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On Saturday, March 9, 2019, Marianne Porter Absher, dedicated and loving wife and mother of two children, passed away peacefully at her son’s home in Raleigh at the age of 61. She was under the care of Heartland Hospice, as well as her immediate family. Born in Elizabethtown, NC on July 18, 1957 to Hugh […]

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By Erin Smith The filing for the 9th Congressional District election has gotten underway with four candidates declaring their intentions to run for the vacant seat. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15. As of Wednesday morning, two individuals have filed for the Republican primary. Stony Dwight Rushing, of Wingate, NC […]

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By Erin Smith The hog farm nuisance lawsuits were the subject of the evening at the Sampson County Friends of Agriculture’s 18th annual Rally for Agriculture held Tuesday night at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton.  Andy Curliss, CEO of the NC Pork Council, spoke about the trials and those who are supporting the lawsuits. Curliss announced […]

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A Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bladen Community College Auditorium. Vendor space is available. If you are seeking employment, you are encouraged to bring your resume and meet and talk with potential employers. Vendor spaces are available and the space is free of […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Judicial Branch has launched a new court date notification service allowing you to quickly and easily subscribe to up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders via email or SMS/text messages at www.NCcourts.gov/services. Subscribers are immediately notified of court date, room or session changes, as well as upcoming court date reminders seven days and one […]

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Columbus Charter School Kindergarten students will celebrate learning to read on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:45 AM with an awards ceremony. Students will receive an “I Can Read” certificate and their own book to celebrate their landmark achievement. Columbus Charter School’s “I Can Read” ceremony will take place on Friday, March 15, 2019 at […]

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Public Meeting

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, March 19, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, […]

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Contributed We can all “LIVE UNITED” this weekend and support our United Way of Bladen County in their fundraising efforts.  The 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fun Day fundraising event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

For those who have been in the area for a few years…remember Kent Dunn?  He came to Bladen fresh out of broadcasting school in Sanford…The Roxboro native arrived at WBLA…must have been in the late 70s, maybe early 80s…After a few years he accepted a position with the Beasley Media Group in Raleigh and he […]

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1639 – Cambridge College, Massachusetts, renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard. 1677 – Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000. 1869 – Arkansas legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan law. 1884 – US adopts Standard Time. 1897 – San Diego State University is founded. 1913 – Kansas legislature approved censorship of motion pictures. 1925 – Tennessee […]

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The Bladen County Democratic Party will have its annual county convention on Saturday, March 23. The guest speaker will be Professor Irving L. Joyner. Joyner has worked as a professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law since 1982. From 1984 to 1992, Joyner served as the Associate Dean of NCCU School of […]

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By Joy Warren Eddie Madden, project manager for the White Lake Multi-Use Path, provided an update during the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners. Excavation work and laying of stone has started along the N.C. 53 and part of U.S. 701. Construction crews began installation of pilings for the […]

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By Erin Smith A long awaited Bojangles restaurant is taking another step towards becoming reality this week. Construction equipment has arrived at the proposed location on S. Poplar Street and equipment could be seen removing asphalt and other debris on Tuesday. A search of the Bojangles company website also shows six (6) jobs listed for […]

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By Erin Smith A federal grand jury for the Eastern District of North Carolina is now investigating potential election fraud that occurred in the 9th Congressional District race. A federal grand jury subpoena was issued to the NC State Board of Elections on Tuesday morning requesting all documents and records regarding the State Board of Election’s investigation […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

NAKINA – Karli Priest pitched a 5-hitter and struck out six to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 9-2 Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball victory over Nakina Monday. Ashlynn Williams drew a second-inning walk, advanced on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error for a 1-0 Lady Blue Devil lead. Cydney Campbell led off […]

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LUMBER BRIDGE – A familiar theme ensued again Monday in the Three Rivers Conference golf match at Scothurst Golf Club. South Columbus won their third consecutive match, and West Bladen was second for the third week in a row. South Columbus’ Caleb Click copped medalist honors with a 78, and teammate Jonathan Williams was second […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday to discuss a request for the construction of an equalization basin from Carroll Poultry. The board opted to have the item added to the April meeting agenda for discussion in order to give the town’s engineers time to review the request. Town Administrator Blake Proctor […]

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met on Monday night for their monthly session where after recognizing Vinston Rozier, Board Member, for his time served as board chair, they recognized several Clarkton School of Discovery students for their wins and accomplishments at the North Carolina Junior Beta Club Convention. Mitchell Newkirk, Fontina Hinson, and […]

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  The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 12 people Tuesday following investigations into the sale and delivery of controlled substances throughout the county. Two of those charged had bonds set at more than $1 million. Sheriff Jim McVicker said the investigations were initiated after several complaints from citizens. McVicker added that anyone […]

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An Elizabethtown man is recovering from a gunshot wound he received on Monday and another man is being held on attempted murder charges, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. The Elizabethtown Police Department received a 911 call of a subject shot in the area of James Street near Della Street in Elizabethtown around 11 am […]

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April 15 is a month away, but the closer we get, the faster time seems to move along. Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is set for 12 noon today at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market.  Guest speaker will be Greg Martin, Bladen County Manager.  Dutch lunch provided by Burney’s Sweets & More.  Members are […]

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1664 – New Jersey becomes an English colony. 1850 – 1st US $20 gold piece issued. 1868 – US Congress abolishes manufacturer’s tax. 1894 – Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi. 1904 – Andrew Carnegie establishes Carnegie Hero Fund. 1912 – Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) […]

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By Marsha Burney The Bladen County Commissioners struggled to agree on two different issues Monday night. On the first issue, Planning Director Greg Elkins presented the board with a consideration to rezone property located at 3785 Cromartie Road from residential/agricultural to commercial zoning. Elkins told the commissioners the Planning Board had met and made a […]

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The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from December’s revised rate, according to a news release Monday from the N.C. Department of Commerce. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. North Carolina’s January 2019 unemployment rate decreased 0.7 of a percentage […]

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By Erin Smith The filing period for the new 9th Congressional District election has gotten underway on Monday. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15.   As of 4:30 p.m. on Monday, one person has filed for the Republican primary. Stony Dwight Rushing, of Wingate, NC has filed seeking election to […]

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