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Ribbon cutting announced

By Erin Smith The town of Elizabethtown is growing by yet another new business. A ribbon cutting and Grand Opening celebration are planned for Do Right Carpet and Flooring located at 210 Peanut Road in Elizabethtown. The celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, from 3 until 5 p.m. Do Right Carpet and Flooring specializes in all types of flooring to meet your needs. Everyone is invited to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting. Share:

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BCC welcomes climate change expert to campus

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will host a presentation by University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Emeritus Professor Dr. Robert Miller about the science of climate change in North Carolina. The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 5, at 11 a.m., in the Student Resource Center (building 7) on the Dublin campus. Miller has published numerous papers in professional and scientific journals and is the author of the book Urban Forestry: Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces. He earned bachelor and master’s degrees in Forestry from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts.  This presentation focuses on the science behind climate change, beginning with the earliest warning …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes New Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer in Wilmington

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., September 25, 2017 – CresCom Bank, a community-banking leader within the Carolinas, is pleased to welcome Shameena Broach as the new assistant vice president and commercial loan officer at the Wilmington, North Carolina branch. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Broach worked at South State Bank in several management roles including retail area manager vice president, retail sales leader assistant vice president, assistant branch manager and accounting assistant. Broach earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in religion at Meredith College and later attended North Carolina Bankers Association School of Banking where she expanded her management banking skills. “We are happy to welcome Shameena to the CresCom …..

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Golden Leaf Scholarship recipients announced for Bladen Community College

Three Bladen Community College students have received Golden LEAF Scholarships. Receiving scholarships are  from left Victoria P. Sullivan, Quinisha L. Herring, and Fabiola L. Taylor. The Golden LEAF Scholars Program has provided over 11,500 scholarships since its inception to help North Carolinians attend participating community colleges. For information regarding available scholarships at Bladen Community College, contact the financial aid office at 910-879-5567. Share:

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East Bladen High School homecoming parade

The East Bladen High School Homecoming parade is scheduled for Friday, October 6, at 3:30 p.m. Those interested in entering the parade are asked to line up behind the Elizabethtown Municipal Building by 3:10 p.m. There is no charge to enter the parade. For more information contact Brandy Wikins at East Bladen High School or via email at bhwilkins@bladen.k12.nc.us. Share:

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Woman sentenced to probation in child drowning

By Erin Smith Teresa Denise Lauderback, 33, was recently sentenced to a 24 months probation on a misdemeanor child abuse charge. The sentence was suspended, according to court records. She was charged following the July 15, 2015, drowning of her 4 year-old son at White Lake. White Lake Police Officers responded to a report of a possible drowning at 2038 White Lake Drive. When officers arrived on the scene they found an unresponsive male child. Samaritans administered CPR and members of the White Lake Fire Department and NC State Parks and Recreation personnel took over efforts to resuscitate child. He was transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare where he was …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bobby Gooden of Clarkton was having a signing party at the Clarkton Library for his new book “Showbiz”. SBI Agent Mike Lowder was the guest speaker at the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting. Paula Greene was the newest attorney to begin practicing in Bladen County. J.B. Monroe was honored for 30 years of service to the town of Dublin. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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Late night NFL score….Redskins 27 – Raiders 10.  Tonight Cowboys vs Cardinals at 8:30 PM. Can you believe?  This is the first day of the last week of September 2017… Daily average high and low temps for September is 83 and 62…..for October, 75 and 50. Municipal elections are just 6 weeks from tomorrow (Tuesday).  Not much visible activity in the county.  Filing for county, state and national elections begins in early 2018. Wish we could all be more civil in matters related to the ‘political state’ of our nation.  Not sure I have ever witnessed a division as great as the current situation at the state and national level.  I …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 25

1493 – Columbus sails with 17 ships on 2nd voyage to the Americas. 1775 – American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured. 1804 – Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice President, becomes effective. 1867 – Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard University in Washington, DC. 1878 – British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking. 1911 – Groundbreaking begins in Boston for Fenway Park. 1919 – US president Woodrow Wilson suffers a breakdown in Colorado, his health never …..

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College football results: NC State 27, Florida State 21 Duke 27, UNC 17 Wake Forest 20, App.State 19 Alabama 59, Vanderbilt 0 Clemson 34, Boston College 7 South Carolina 17, Louisiana Tech 19 Winston Salem University lost to Virginia State 33-27, in overtime and dropped to 2-2 overall  and 0-1 in conference play.  Former East Bladen star Farrell Murchison led the Rams in rushing with 85 yards. ECU (0-3) plays at Connecticut (1-1).  Game on ESPNU at 12 noon. And there is a full slate of NFL action today as well. Someone will take home a nice ‘chunk of cash’ after today’s final round of the PGA Tour Championship.  Paul Casey …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 24

1657 – First autopsy & coroner’s jury verdict is recorded in Maryland. 1789 – US Congress establishes Post Office Department following the new constitution. 1789 – US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court. 1924 – Boston, Massachusetts, opens its airport. 1928 – Cohan/Lardner’s musical “Elmer the Great” premieres in NYC. 1929 – Lt. James Doolittle guides a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane over Mitchell field in NY in 1st all-time instrument flight. 1946 – Yanks set season attendance record of 2,309,029 besting 1929 Cubs. 1948 – The Honda Motor Company is founded. 1952 – American fast food restaurant chain “KFC” {Kentucky Fried Chicken} opens its first franchise …..

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Social Security’s Online Estimates Help You to Plan for Retirement and More

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security encourages all Americans to take steps toward ensuring their financial security. Wherever you are in life — starting your first job, beginning a family, or getting ready to retire — it is never too late or too soon to start planning for the years ahead. We are here to help, and we offer a suite of online tools you can use to plan for a secure future for you and your family. Your personalized Social Security Statement is among the many resources available to you through your online my Social Security account. This important planning document allows …..

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All Eyes on Hurricane Maria

All eyes are turning towards the Atlantic Ocean as Hurricane Maria, now a category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, churns it way northward.  The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington is encouraging residents from Cape Fear through the Outer Banks to keep an eye on the storm’s progress and to stay tuned to local news stations for more information. Share:

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Elizabethtown Fire Department Receives Medium Rescue Certification

The Town of Elizabethtown is pleased to announce that the Elizabethtown Fire Department is now a Certified Medium Rescue provider by the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services. The Elizabethtown Fire Department now has certified rescue personnel along with a full complement of technical rescue equipment required to qualify as a medium rescue provider. The rescue certification was awarded after more than a year-long process of training classes and equipment acquisition that concluded with an inspection on September 8th, 2017 by the Rescue Association. Official notification of the certification was received on September 19th, 2017. You can read the letter in its entirety here. Elizabethtown is the …..

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Kiwanis Club passes pencils to all Bladen County students

Kiwanis of Elizabethtown each year supports the schools, teachers, and students of Bladen County in different ways. Scholarships and the Terrific Kids program are just two of the ways the local organization gives back. This year is the third year the civic group has supplied pencils to the schools for every student in the county’s public schools. “We love and appreciate all our educators in Bladen,” said Club Secretary Dr. Lisa Bryan. Kiwanis of Elizabethtown Club President Jeff Futrell, was photographed passing out the pencils at some of the schools this week. Share:

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Bladen County 4-H’ers win honors at State 4-H Congress

Contributed This year  Bladen County 4-H celebrated a state presentation winner as well as District level club honors. 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 29-Aug. 1, attracted more than 500 young people and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. Some of our winners and participants are highlighted below. Luke Barber, 12, son of George and Sonya Barber of Elizabethtown, won a gold medal in 4-H presentations for his presentation on poultry production. In addition, Arriel Staten, age 13, also participated in state level presentations this year, competing in junior level presentation in the Health …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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I have learned a new word…dotard…Kim Jong-un of North Korea’s description of President Trump after our Presidents UN speech.  Webster, as in the dictionary, defines dotard as …a person in his dotage; foolish and doddering old person.  I was called much worse as a local elected official 40 years ago. I recall a visit to Sen. Jesse Helms office in DC where he had one wall covered with cartoonist renderings of mostly uncomplimentary cartoons of him.  He seemed to enjoy, just a part of public life. Saw a news article relating to another new record of US debt, so I looked it up, earlier today (Saturday, September 23, 2017)  We, …..

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Cape Fear Propane says, “Thank You!”

The weather was perfect for an outside event. Friday, September 22nd, Cape Fear Propane in Elizabethtown held their annual Customer Appreciation under warm, sunny skies. The local business had food, prizes, gifts and more to offer their loyal customers. Walter Wilkins with WKML was live on the scene too helping celebrate the big occasion. Scott Johnson, General Manager at the Elizabethtown and Clinton locations said he was glad to see everyone come out for the special event. Also, the Friday kicked off a food drive at Cape Fear Propane. The Share the Love Food Drive will continue through October 31st.  Bladen County residents can drop off 10 cans of food …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 23

1642 – Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass, 1st commencement. 1806 – Lewis & Clark return to St. Louis from Pacific Northwest. 1845 – 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code. 1879 – Richard Rhodes invented a hearing aid called the Audiophone. 1897 – 1st frontier days rodeo celebration (Cheyene Wyoming) 1912 – 1st Mack Sennett “Keystone Comedy” movie released “Cohen Collects a Debt” 1926 – Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title. 1938 – Time capsule, to be opened in 6939, buried at World’s Fair in NYC (capsule contained a woman’s hat, man’s pipe & 1,100′ of microfilm. 1949 – US President Harry Truman …..

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North Carolina Joins 14 States in Bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina will join 14 other states in the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is the bipartisan coalition launched in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The bipartisan group of states is committed to reducing their share of the U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. “In the absence of leadership from Washington, North Carolina is proud to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, and we remain committed to reducing pollution and protecting our environment,” said Gov. Cooper. “Clean air and a healthy environment are vital for a strong economy and a healthier future. So much of North Carolina’s economy …..

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State Highway Patrol Graduates 23 New Troopers

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 23 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 142nd Basic Highway Patrol School.  The celebration ended 15 weeks of extensive academic and physical training. The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m.  The oath of office was administered by Justice Michael R. Morgan, Supreme Court of North Carolina.  Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided words of encouragement. “My challenge to you on this day is a charge to be an effective law enforcement leader, to carry out your duty to North Carolina with loyalty, integrity and professionalism,” said Col. Glenn M. …..

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Bladen County FSA Updates

Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum announced that farmers and ranchers in North Carolina now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone. Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service enables FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications while on the go. Producers will receive text messages regarding important program deadlines, reporting requirements, outreach events and updates. Producers can text NCBladen to FSANOW (372-669) to subscribe to text message alerts from Bladen County. Standard text messaging rates apply. Contact your wireless carrier for details associated with your particular data plan. Participants may unsubscribe …..

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Specialty Product Technologies (SPT) Celebrates First Fortive Day of Caring

Elizabethtown Facility Donates 2,400 Hours to Serve Their Neighbors on October 2, 2017 #fortivecares Elizabethtown, NC – On October 2, 2017, more than 300 SPT employees will join forces to give back to their communities. SPT has offered every employee a day to volunteer as a team, or with the community organization of their choice. The SPT team joins over 100 events around the world, sponsored by the other operating companies and locations of their parent company, Fortive Corporation.  In Elizabethtown and surrounding areas, the SPT employees will be working on approximately 10 projects to feed the hungry, boost educational opportunities, and fight homelessness. “With over 300 employees in the …..

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Fun Friday Bladen Beauty Tips

BladenOnline.com was excited to announce last week, Jenna Lee, as our new Account Executive. Not only will Jenna be assisting our customers with their advertising and marketing needs, but once a week she will offer beauty tips. Jenna is certified in cosmetology and has plenty of tips to share. In order for our readers and viewers to get to know Jenna better we will be publishing a weekly video of Jenna’s beauty tips on our YouTube Channel. View this week’s video now by following the link below. Jenna has been going around to business leaders this week announcing the opportunity to advertise in our new first edition, “Bladen County Beautiful” magazine. For …..

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Sheriff’s Office searching for two suspects in Clarkton armed robbery

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two suspects in an armed robbery which took place in Clarkton on Thursday night. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, a clerk was behind the counter in the Scotchman store on U.S. 701 in Clarkton when a tall black male entered the store and pointed a gun at her. Chief Deputy Guyton said the suspect told the clerk he was not “playing and give him the money.” “She opened the register and he took the money. He told her to open the safe and she said she couldn’t open it,” said Chief Deputy Guyton. According to the …..

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North Carolina receives international accolades for swift water and flood rescue

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – North Carolina has received the international Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response in October 2016 to Hurricane Matthew. More than 30 teams rescued 2,336 people and brought them to safety as Matthew’s floodwaters rose.  The premier internationally recognized award for excellence in swift water and flood rescue was presented last night during the annual conference of the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals in South Bend, Indiana. “When the flood waters rose after Hurricane Matthew, these heroes put their lives on the line to save others,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “We’re grateful for their courage and …..

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Rotarians learn about Vocational Rehabilitation

Michael D. Ramey from N.C. Vocational Rehabilitation in Elizabethtown addressed the Bladenboro Rotarians at their Monday night meeting. Mr. Ramey presented a brief overview of services offered to qualifying individuals. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides people with physical, psychiatric, and intellectual disabilities the training to acquire skills necessary to obtain gainful employment. Share:

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High School football action slated for tonight.  East Columbus at West Bladen and East Bladen travels to Red Springs.  Kick-off for both games is 7 PM. East Bladen boys soccer team 7-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play and the Knights ladies tennis team is off to a 9-0 start. Check current sports news on our Sports page.  John Clark covers local sports like no other. NFL’s Thursday night game results…LA Rams 41, 49ers 39. While on the topic of sports, the 2017 PGA Tour Championship is being played in Atlanta.  30 players aiming for a ‘lions share’ of the $8,750,000 total prize money.  Kyle Stanly leads at 6 under after …..

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Single vehicle crash claims life of one

By Erin Smith A single vehicle crash in the Ammon community took the life of one Bladen County man on Wednesday. Roman Blake Barnes, 29, of Garland, was killed when his 1999 Buick Regal crashed on Wednesday morning on Old Fayetteville Road near NC 242, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Sgt. Ezzel said Barnes was driving east on Old Fayetteville Road when he entered a right-hand curve and his car began to slide. Sgt. Ezzel said Barnes overcorrected and the vehicle ran off the road to the left and struck a ditch and overturned. Sgt. Ezzel said Barnes, who was ejected from the vehicle, was not wearing a …..

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Youth Ambassadors program teaches leadership skills to teens

By Erin Smith Men and Women United for Youth and Families’ Youth Ambassadors program is a unique program that teaches leadership skills and self sufficiency to teens in Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties. The program boasts about 20 teens who are working to make a difference in their communities and schools. During a meeting of the Youth Ambassadors program at the Columbus County Cooperative Extension office on Wednesday evening,  Randolph Keaton said, “Part of being a Youth Ambassador is taking a leadership role, part of a leadership role is giving back to your community.” The group is working diligently to give back to their communities.  The group is planning  to …..

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Chemours to supply bottled water to homeowners after positive preliminary tests

By Erin Smith Preliminary results on water samples from residential wells which were tested by Chemours are back and at least 11 of the residential wells sampled by the company were shown to be contaminated with the chemical GenX. Chemours has been directed by state officials to make bottled water available to those impacted. Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility has voluntarily tested 32 residential wells for those living near the plant for GenX only. The preliminary test results showed 11 wells tested positive for the presence of GenX at levels higher than the state recommendation of 140 parts per trillion. The majority of those residents are located on the north side …..

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Today is World Peace Day

By Erin Smith Today marks World Peace Day. It is a day celebrated annually on September 21st specifically to recognize and call for the absence of war and violence. The theme of the 2017 World Peace Day is “Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All.” One suggestion for honoring the day is to fold origami cranes and sign up on a website to exchange your crane with someone else in another city around the world. To learn more about the Peace Crane Project, go to: https://peacecraneproject.org/. The first observance of World Peace Day took place in 1982 and it has been observed by many nations around the world on an annual basis. …..

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Bankers offer tips for those dealing with Equifax breach

By Erin Smith Bladen County’s bankers have offered some tips to those who have been impacted by the Equifax security breach. The most important thing you can do is to monitor your bank account for any type of suspicious activity. Mike Davis, Branch Manager with First Bank in Elizabethtown, said, “We have not had a great number of issues with it (the Equifax breach).” He added, there have been clients who have had questions regarding the breach. Davis said there is a link everyone can go to and follow the instructions to learn if they may have been a victim. That link is https://www. equifaxsecurity2017.com. “This is legit,” said Davis of …..

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Bladen County to benefit from Crime Commission grants

By Erin Smith Bladen County law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District will receive $97,123 from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to assist them in performing their duties. The District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties, will receive $76,955.38 for Bladen/Columbus Domestic Violence Prosecution. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will receive $20,167.62 for the purchase of jail extraction suits. The extraction suits provide protection to officers from blunt force trauma injuries. There were 437 programs throughout North Carolina which received funding in the 2017 grant cycle. A total of $73 million in grants was made available …..

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice offers Family Day for Families with Children Coping with Grief

Healing the Hearts of Families with a Special Fun-Filled Day WILMINGTON, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) will offer a no cost, one-day camp for families with children coping with the death of a loved one. It will be from 10 a.m.until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21st, at New Life Church of God, 107 Maultsby Street in Whiteville. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, call 910-515-66899 or 910-796-7991. “Children grieve differently than adults and experience many emotions they’ve never had to face,” Kristen Rudy, children and youth bereavement counselor, said.  “They may not feel comfortable talking about these emotions with their parent(s), because they know seeing them sad makes their parent(s) sad. …..

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  My memory is slipping, but do not recall as much destruction caused by natural disasters, at least in recent years, and more storms still active.  Thankfully, Maria appears to be tracking off shore, away from the coast of the US. Our friends in Robeson County and Fair Bluff, still attempting to return to normal following Hurricane Mathew.  Governor Roy Cooper is scheduled to visit Fair Bluff today. FEMA funds for our area have been placed on a temporary hold, as Fed officials deal with Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico recovery efforts. Recently, President Trump referred to Kim Jong-un as “rocket man”, now North Korea’s foreign minister has referred to those comments as …..

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This Day in History for September 21

1776 – Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested. 1784 – 1st daily newspaper in America (Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser) 1827 – According to Joseph Smith, Jr., the angel Moroni gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Joseph translated into The Book of Mormon. 1837 – Charles Tiffany founded his jewelry & china stores. 1895 – First auto manufacturer opens-Duryea Motor Wagon Company. 1903 – First cowboy film “Kit Carson” premieres in US. 1928 – “My Weekly Reader” magazine made its debut. 1938 – Hurricane (183 MPH winds) in New England kills 700. 1948 – “Texaco Star Theater” with Milton Berle premieres on NBC-TV. …..

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Farmers say fall harvest is looking good

By Erin Smith Farmers in Bladen County are beginning to gather their fall crops and most say their fields are looking good. They say good weather and a good moisture content in the soil is helping the harvest. Dan Ward of Clarkton said they have completed harvesting their corn crop and it was a good harvest. “We started digging peanuts this week,” said Ward. He said they will continue to dig peanuts for about another month. Ward said based on the fields they have dug so far, the peanut crop looks to be on target for a big harvest. He said based on the  USDA yield estimate for 2017, this …..

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Bladen Community College hosts diversity speaker

DUBLIN – Dr. Robert Canida, II, Director for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will speak on the BCC campus on Tuesday, October 3, at 11 A.M., in the Student Resource Center (building 7). Canida is the immediate past Chair for UNCP’s Staff Council and serves on the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He has co-authored and presented numerous publications addressing the importance of diversity in academic settings and the workplace. His presentations include discussions about cultural competency and organizational change. Canida holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University, a Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky, and a Doctorate …..

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So much news, ESPN and others provide sports round-the-clock, Meteorologist cover the weather from infancy of a storm to destruction.  News is covered instantly and often…..All good, helpful….but, remember grading and tying tobacco in a hot pack house, listening to major league baseball on an AM station….poppin and cracklin’.  Growing up in Bladenboro, WTSB in Lumberton provided our entertainment.  I recall a time when 3rd baseman Eddie Mathews hit 3 or 4 homeruns in a game for the Milwaukee Braves, in the early 60s  The Braves were my #2 favorite team, second only to the Yankees. Remember when they were the Boston Braves?  Now, the Atlanta Braves. Sports has been a big part of …..

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This Day in History for September 20

1814 – “Star Spangled Banner” published as a song, lyrics by Francis Scott Key, tune by John Stafford Smith. 1859 – George Simpson patents electric range. 1877 – Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan) 1891 – The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. 1904 – Orville & Wilbur Wright fly a circle in their Flyer II. 1919 – Booth Tarkington’s “Clarence” premieres in NYC. 1939 – Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title. 1951 – 1st North Pole jet crossing. 1954 – 1st FORTRAN computer program run. 1958 – Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0. …..

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Campbell Oil Company helping with relief efforts after hurricanes

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By Tonya Bockover As residents of North Carolina keep a wary eye on Hurricane Maria, a local company has been active in the relief efforts since hurricane Harvey. “We sent our first crews to Katy, Texas, on August 29th,” said Tracy Hardin, manager of the Fuel Products division at Campbell Oil in Elizabethtown. Campbell Oil has had multiple fuel truck crews out continually since Harvey. The company currently has several crews in south Florida distributing fuel. Campbell Oil works together with other oil companies to provide fuel to crews such as the utility crews that are working to restore power in Florida. They also have fuel generators that are providing …..

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Boil Water Advisory for Forest Hills area rescinded

The Boil Water Advisory for the Forest Hills area, and the area in close proximity has been rescinded.  This means that all normal human consumption of water can continue again. If you have any questions concerning this Notice, call Public Services (910) 862-2035 or Town Hall (910) 862-2066. Share:

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Have discovered that renewing NC drivers license is less painless when done online, and I am still needed around the house as long as we use a hand-operated can opener and I can reach items on the top level of our kitchen cabinets. Remember when retail outlets respected Sunday as a day of rest?  Even fuel for our vehicles was difficult to find.  Times have changed, Sunday is pretty much like any other day.  A recent Sunday school lesson reminded us of God’s law…..Exodus 31 says, “Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you.  Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death…..” Kinda looking forward to 50 degree mornings and high temps …..

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This Day in History for September 19

1778 – The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States. 1796 – George Washington’s farewell address as president. 1849 – 1st commercial laundry established, in Oakland, California. 1933 – NY Giants clinch the pennant. 1951 – 1st broadcast of “Search for Tomorrow” on CBS-TV. 1952 – “Adventures of Superman” TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US. 1959 – Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland. 1960 – Chubby Checker’s “Twist” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1968 – Denny McLain’s 31st win & Mickey Mantle’s 535th HR. 1970 – “The Mary Tyler Moore” show premieres on CBS. 1980 – “Ordinary People” directed …..

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Bladen County Young Professionals: Making financial dreams come true for clients is his goal

By Erin Smith For one Bladen County resident, helping clients to achieve their financial goals is one thing he enjoys. After working in Fayetteville and Raleigh, returning home to Bladen County has been refreshing, said Jeremy White. “My whole life is about helping other people,” said White. White, who works with Woodmen of the World, said he really didn’t see himself returning to Bladen County when he graduated from high school. But, White said he soon learned returning home was an excellent choice. After graduating from East Bladen High School in 1999, White attended UNC at Pembroke where he intended to play baseball. He said he only played baseball for …..

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Bladen County Special Olympics invited to invitational Bocce competition

The Bladen County Special Olympics has been invited to participate in an invitational in New Hanover County on Sunday, October 8th, in the sport of Bocce. Any athletes, child and adult, who are  interested in participating, must contact Shayla Yancey by Friday, September 22, 2017. The Bocce invitational will take place at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. Check-in for the event is from 9 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and warm ups start at 9:30 a.m and the competition will begin at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all coaches, volunteers and athletes. If anyone is interested in participating or volunteering, contact Shayla Yancey so arrangements can be made for transportation, …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery is ‘Boasting the B!’

By Erin Smith The team of teachers, staff and students at Clarkton School of Discovery are celebrating a B grade on their school report card. “We are ‘Boasting the B’,” said Clarkton School of Discovery Principal Stephanie Norris. She said being located in rural North Carolina and being able to achieve a B grade is a testament to the dedication of her faculty, staff, students and parents working together. She said the growth composite score, which measures how much a student grows academically from the beginning of a school year to the end of the school year, was the deciding factor. The school exceeded growth with a growth index of …..

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It is a wonderful time of the year!!!! Boiled peanuts are all around and very good.  Should soon begin to see huge trailers, loaded with peanuts headed to market.  Observers indicate a great crop this year. Falcons held on in late NFL action last night to win 34-23.  Earlier in the day, Carolina Panthers  defeated the Buffalo Bills 9-3 in a defensive struggle.  A win is a win, but. Another rock-solid week for BladenOnline for week of September 10-16, 2017. Page Views: 110,231 Visits: 19,970 A week earlier: Page Views: 106,445 Visits: 18,675 BladenOnline is also available on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Most Read Stories: 4,647: Man exits vehicle during road …..

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The end of the Dublin Peanut Festival

Photos by Jeff Owen: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2XqoYb By: Charlotte Smith The 25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival may be the last. The roads were overflowing with people in the local Bladen County town which was great, but organizers confirmed rumblings of this being the festival’s final year.  James Hopkins brought his whole family to the parade from Grays Creek for the first time. He said, “This is awesome. I’ve never seen anything like this in my whole life.” Dublin Peanut Festival Committee member, Mrs. Bobbie Todd explained the benefits to the community of the festival. The nonprofit donates money every year to the Dublin Dixie Youth , Bladen We Care, Boy Scout Troop …..

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This Day in History for September 16

1630 – Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston. 1782 – Great Seal of the United States of America used for the first time. 1858 – 1st overland mail for California. 1901 – Alturas, California, is incorporated as the only city in Modoc County. 1908 – Carriage-maker, William C. Durant, founds General Motors in Flint, Michigan. 1919 – American Legion incorporated by an act of US Congress. 1928 – Hurricane hits West Palm Beach – Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die. 1940 – Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives. 1948 – “Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston” closes at Century NYC after 12 performances. …..

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For Better Living: Breakfast – The Most Important Meal of the Day

  • 09/16/2017
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By Sandra R. Cain You have often heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many studies have shown that starting your day with breakfast offers many benefits. Eating breakfast is associated with a better attitude toward work or school, higher productivity and an improved ability to handle tasks that require memory. People who eat breakfast also tend to have more strength and endurance as well as better concentration and problem-solving ability. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to be tired, irritable and restless in the morning. If breakfast is so important, why is it often skipped? The most common reasons include: “There isn’t …..

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You Decide: What Are The Good And Bad In Today’s Economy?

By Dr. Mike Walden Although my late mother never finished high school, she still was a wise person. One of her favorite sayings was, there’s two sides to every story. Of course when I tried to use this logic after I disobeyed one of her rules, she would reply – there are exceptions! I’m frequently reminded of my Mom’s advice when I give presentations about the economy around the state. Attendees often challenge me on whether the economy is doing well or not. I look forward to these discussions because they allow me to elaborate and give more “sides” – good and bad – to the economic story. In this …..

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Events for Bladen Residents

There are many events happening in and around the Bladen County area this weekend. If your schedule is not full plan to attend a local event. The 25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival will be underway on Saturday. The parade will kick off the event at 10 a.m. Vendors, rides, peanuts of all varieties and more will be offered at Dublin Elementary School following the parade. Dublin Motor Speedway will host the return of the Modlite division along with racing in all weekly divisions which will include Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Super Street, Pure Stock, and U-Cars. Pits open at 4:00 pm with grandstands opening at 5:00 pm. Practice is set …..

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N.C. August 2017 Unemployment Figures

North Carolina’s August Employment Figures Released RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, remaining unchanged from July’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s August 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 2,496 over the month to 4,702,213 and increased 69,738 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 347 over the month to 200,200 and decreased 42,910 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 8,400 to 4,423,000 in August. The major industries …..

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Final NFL score Thursday evening: Houston Texans 13 – Cincinnati Bengals 9.  Unless there is much improvement by both teams, Texan and Bengals fans need not worry about a trip to the Super Bowl this season. Dublin Peanut Festival tomorrow (Saturday), all day long at Dublin School. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 14.  NC Grape Festival at Lu Mil Vineyard….Grape Stompin’, Blackwater Rhythm @ Blues Band.  U Pick Grapes NOW.  Check their website for details. High School football tonight.  Both Bladen County teams in conference action.  South Columbus at East Bladen and West Bladen at Red Springs.  Gametime for both 7 PM. Discharge by The Chemours Company into the Cape Fear River is …..

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This Day in History for September 15

1683 – Germantown, Pennsylvania, founded by 13 immigrant families. 1789 – US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State. 1831 – the locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad. 1912 – Red Sox pitcher Joe Wood ties then record of 16 straight wins. 1928 – Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza. 1942 – US aircraft carrier Wasp torpedoed at Guadalcanal. 1945 – A hurricane in southern Florida and the Bahamas destroys 366 planes and 25 blimps at NAS Richmond. 1946 – Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 innings, game called because of gnats. 1949 – “Long …..

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Officials answer questions about GenX well water testing

By Erin Smith Residents and area leaders gathered at the St. Pauls Middle School to learn more about the residential well testing for the presence of the chemical GenX. Testing is set to begin Friday, September 15th. Representatives from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services were on hand to answer residents’ questions. A relatively small crowd attended the event held in the school’s auditorium. Information was provided regarding the ongoing investigation into the the chemical compound and the latest on the well sampling tests conducted on groundwater testing wells on the Chemours property. As a result of those tests, …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER:  TWELVE KEY WINS YOU WON’T HEAR ABOUT ON THE NIGHTLY NEWS

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to pass the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354), which funds government agencies for FY 2018.   “This is governing,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For the first time in almost a decade, the House passed all twelve appropriations bills on time, responsibly funding government operations while also advancing key conservative reforms.”   Here are twelve key wins for the American people:   Respects hardworking American taxpayers by eliminating dozens of duplicative, wasteful, or ineffective government programs. Increases funding for biomedical research at NIH by $1.1 billion, including Alzheimer’s and pediatric cancer research. No funding for Planned Parenthood, saving taxpayers $330 million. Supports rural communities by providing $2.6 billion for …..

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Star Communications talks commercials, videos

By Erin Smith Members of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce learned about making commercials and marketing their business thanks to Star Communications, who was also the spotlighted business. Dickie Walters and Chris Heuer with Star Communications explained how commercials are made using digital technology to simulate a home on fire, an accident and more. They also briefly discussed various services offered by Star Communications such as internet, television, security services, cell phone services, and telephone services. “Telephone is changing day in and day out. Most people are going away from the regular phone lines at their residence and we started saying what can we do differently? The advent of …..

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Dublin Peanut Festival is this weekend. Good food and fun and the proceeds assist worthy causes in the area. Begins Saturday with a 10 a.m. parade. 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 annual meeting on Tuesday, September 19, at 5:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701, south of Elizabethtown. Should last about an hour and interested individuals are invited to attend. New officers are expected to be elected and plans for upcoming fund-raising efforts will be discussed. Would you pay $1,000 or more …..

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Bladen County Educational Foundation to meet

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 annual meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, in Elizabethtown. This is an important meeting and all members and interested parties are urged to attend. Your presence at this meeting will be greatly appreciated and certainly needed, as we will attempt to elect new Officers and members of the Board of Directors, and will discuss plans for upcoming fund raising events. The meeting should …..

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This Day in History for September 14

1716 – 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit (Boston Harbor) 1814 – Francis Scott Key inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry”, later becomes lyrics of the “Star Spangled Banner” 1848 – Alexander Stewart opens 1st US department store. 1872 – Britain pays US $15 1/2 million for damages during Civil War. 1886 – George K. Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon. 1901 – Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the youngest man to serve as US President, after William McKinley finally dies after an anarchist shoots him in Buffalo. 1939 – World’s 1st practical helicopter, the VS-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky takes (tethered) flight in Stratford, …..

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Meeting for well testing for Bladen and Cumberland residents Thursday

By Erin Smith Officials with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Health and Human Services will conduct a meeting Thursday, September 14, at 6 p.m. to discuss the planned testing of private wells near the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant in Bladen County. The information session will take place at St. Pauls Middle School located at 526 West Shaw Street, St. Pauls. The information session will give residents the opportunity to ask questions and to sign up to have their wells tested. Last week it was learned that groundwater test wells located on the property of the Chemours plant were found to be contaminated with GenX. …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes New Talent To North and South Carolina Banking Teams

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading bank within North and South Carolina communities, has expanded its talented team with the addition of Amber Jenkins, Stefanie Norman, Gail Bradford and Chelsey Thacker. Charleston, South Carolina Amber Jenkins has joined the bank as a head teller at the West Ashley branch. Prior to joining the bank, Jenkins worked as a lead teller at Wells Fargo. Greer, South Carolina Stefanie Norman has joined the bank as an item processing specialist. Previously, Norman worked as a collections loss mitigation specialist at TD Bank. Norman holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Gail Bradford has …..

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Correction Enterprises Donates Canned Food, Cleaning Items to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC to Aid Hurricane Victims

  • 09/13/2017
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RALEIGH – Every year, Correction Enterprises donates surplus cans of produce from the Caledonia Farm cannery operation at Caledonia Correctional Institution in Tillery to food banks for distribution to needy individuals and groups. On Tuesday, Correction Enterprises donated two truckloads of goods to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh for Hurricane Harvey  victim relief in Texas and, possibly, to Floridians hit by Hurricane Irma through an organization called Feeding America. The donated goods included 300 cases of canned sweet potatoes; 352 cases of canned green beans; 300 cases of canned baked beans; 66 cases of disinfectant; and 52,800 bars of soap. Correction Enterprises Director Karen Brown …..

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Division on Aging offers newsletter for Bladen County Seniors

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Division on Aging has many exciting programs and trips planned for this Fall.  This month, the agency debuted their first edition of the agency newsletter which will keep Seniors in Bladen County abreast of all of the activities taking place throughout the month.  The newsletter is free and is published by Liturgical Publications of Ohio, said Carol Mitchell of the Division on Aging. She said she learned about the company while attending a conference recently. “The company representative came out to the Division on Aging and met with me and I filled out a questionnaire for vendors,” said Mitchell. She said the advertisers are what …..

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Reward offered for missing Robeson County woman

A reward in the amount of $1,000 is being offered for the safe return of a missing Robeson County woman. Abby Lynn Patterson has been missing from Lumberton since 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. She is believed to be in danger. If you have seen her, please call the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3846 or call 911. Share:

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The Times, The Towns, The Tales: Home is where your heart is

By Tonya Bockover For Elizabethtown resident Billie Hardee, Kelly, North Carolina, will always be home. Born October 1922, Ms. Hardee spoke fondly of her quiet little community. “We had a ball field, a school and we had floods,” said Ms. Hardee. She remembers the flood of 1945 very vividly. On September 15th of that year, the Homestead Hurricane fell upon Southern Florida. The remnants of this hurricane reached North Carolina three days later bringing with it flash flooding along the Cape Rear River. Ms. Hardee recalled her father, Mr. Potter, lugging mattresses to the second floor of the old brick Kelly school house where flood victims took refuge. The majority …..

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We missed another couple of hurricanes, Irma and Jose. At the Hester household, had a total of 2.3 inches of rainfall from the remnants of Irma. Politico is reporting that House Speaker Paul Ryan is meeting today with top Democrats to discuss legislative options to protect Dreamers. Dreamers, debt ceiling, healthcare, budget, overhaul of tax system, busy time inside the DC beltline.  Read some place where members of Congress were to arrive late Tuesday to begin work and were leaving Thursday.  My kind of work week, pay not bad and pretty good benefits.  Wonder who sets their work schedule? Hardly a sound locally about municipal elections!  Less than 8 weeks ’til election day …..

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This Date in History for September 13

1788 – NY City becomes 1st capital of US. 1789 – 1st loan to US government (from NYC banks) 1849 – 1st US prize fight fatality (Tom McCoy) 1932 – NY Yankees clinch their 7th AL pennant. 1934 – Judge Landis sells World Series broadcast rights to Ford for $100,000. 1944 – 30th infantry division of US 1st Army frees Margraten. 1948 – Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me) elected senator, 1st woman to serve in both houses of Congress. 1956 – IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, 1st commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage, weighs over a ton. 1958 – Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to …..

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Five CTE teachers recognized by Bladen Board of Education

By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Tuesday for their monthly session where they recognized five Career and Technical Education teachers and their classes for earning 100 percent proficiency. Mitchell Newkirk of East Bladen High School, Brandy Wilkins of East Bladen High School, Debra Kinlaw of West Bladen High School, Gail Marsh of West Bladen High School, and Mary Todd of West Bladen High School all had classes that earned the 100 percent proficiency rating. Additionally, Cedric Matthis, a now retired teacher from East Bladen, had a class that also earned the recognition. In related news, Bridget White, Instructional Management Coordinator for the CTE Program, later presented the …..

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White Lake Multi-Use Path Project Set to Begin

By Joy Warren The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday evening. The Town is ready to begin the first phase of the Multi-Use Path by approving a contract with The Wooten Company for $68,400 to provide professional services for the construction of the multi-use path. The services will include the design, permitting, bidding and construction phase services of a 10-foot-wide, asphalt surfaced multi-use path approximately 10,000 feet in length. The Board also heard and accepted a proposal from Eddie Madden, grant coordinator with the project, for management and grant reporting services that he will provide. His monthly fee will be $1,000. The project is …..

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Bladen County conducts opioid forum

By Erin Smith Opioid addiction is claiming more and more lives each day. Elected officials, members of law enforcement, EMS, Bladen County Schools staff and faculty, Bladen Community College staff, business leaders, Bladen County commissioners, members of the judicial system, and members of the community gathered at Bladen Community College to discuss the opioid epidemic. The forum featured sobering statistics as well as information on access to care for substance abuse. David Howard, director of Bladen County Health and Human Services, said that in 2005 there were no deaths in Bladen County related to opioid use. In 2015, Bladen County had 15 deaths due to overdoses. Howard said people lose …..

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NC Theological Seminary of Bladen County Open House

By Erin Smith   NC Theological Seminary conducted an Open House recently at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church. The Open House was a time to introduce new and prospective students to the seminary which has been serving Bladen County for four years, according to Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Louie Boykin. The school is certified through the North Carolina Board of Governors, which certifies all colleges, and is accredited by the Transworld Accrediting Commission International. The Rev. Boykin serves as President and his wife, Katrina Boykin serves as Vice-President of the school, which is a satellite campus of the North Carolina Theological Seminary. Students have the option to …..

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Bladen County Public Schools will be operating on a 2 hour delay today, based on info received from Valerie Newton, Public Relations and Information Officer.  Reason for the delay is weather, caused by remnants of Hurricane Irma. Emereau, Bladen County local charter school will be closed today, no info on other educational institutions in the area. Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber meeting at 12 noon today at Cape Fear Farmers Market.  Dickie Walters and Chris Heuer of Star Communications will be the sharing many opportunities and services of the company they represent.  All are welcome. Dublin Peanut Festival is set for Saturday at Dublin School Beast of Bladenboro Festival upcoming later part …..

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This Day in History for September 12

1776 – Nathan Hale leaves Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) for spy mission. 1787 – American statesman George Mason suggests the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated. 1857 – 423 die when “Central America” sinks off Cape Romain, SC. 1914 – Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, becomes youngest manager. 1927 – Sigmund Romberg’s musical “My Maryland,” premieres in NYC. 1928 – Katharine Hepburn’s NYC stage debut in “Night Hostess” 1935 – Millionaire Howard Hughes flies his own designed plane at 352.46 mph. 1941 – 1st German ship in WW II captured by US ship (Busko) 1944 – …..

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Bladenboro Board vetoes personnel policy change

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night and voted to leave the career ladder plan and requirements unchanged. The board had considered amending the policy to add language that would allow the town to hire someone who has not completed their GED or high school education. Bladenboro Town Commissioner Gene Norton suggested the town leave the policy as it is. “We don’t want to encourage young people to quit school to go to work,” said Norton. Commissioner Jeff Atkinson noted the current policy specifies one must have a GED or high school diploma to be considered for full-time employment. Town Administrator John O’Daniel told the board …..

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August Lottery Winners In Bladen County

Staff report August was certainly one of the slowest months for lottery winners in Bladen County. The winners were: $1,000 Winners: Jiovana Concepion, Tasha Melvin, Tony Cooper, Raymond Lee. $5,000 Winner: Mike Melvin. Share:

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We Won’t Forget 

By Erin Smith Flags flew at half mast on Monday in Bladen County in recognition of Patriot’s Day. This day has been set aside to remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. In the attack, more than 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, PA. Also, 400 police officers and firefighters lost their lives on that fateful day. Patriot Day was set aside as a national day of service and remembrance for those that lost their lives when then-President George Bush signed a resolution on …..

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Bladen Charge opens their hearts to Hurricane Matthew victims in Lumberton 

Almost one year later, there are victims of Hurricane Matthew who still remain housed in hotels or other forms of temporary housing. The Bladen Charge held their Revival called Love Out Loud this past weekend. Besides a time of coming together in worship, the churches of the Bladen Charge performed service projects during the weekend. Bladen Charge Pastor Brock Meyer said, “We are a community desiring to actually Live Out Loud. It was on our heart to serve our community and serve the community surrounding us who are hurting.” The scriptural basis for the event was Mark 10:42-45 which reads: “ Jesus called them together and said, “You know that …..

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TEAS preparatory session to be held at BladenCommunity College

Bladen Community College is offering preparatory sections for potential BCC nursing students who will take the Test of Essential Academic Skills  (TEAS). The test consists of English, reading, math, and science sections. There are 20 free sessions beginning Monday, September 11, 2017 and ending January 25, 2018. Students will have opportunities to ask questions, acquire test-taking skills, refresh their memories about fundamental concepts, and practice taking the test. All potential BCC nursing students are encouraged to attend the TEAS preparatory sessions in building 3, room 102. Sessions are Mondays and Thursdays from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 until 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Director of Nursing Sharron Thomas at 910 …..

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NCDOT Reminds Drone Hobbyists: No Drones in Disaster Zones

RALEIGH – As Hurricane Irma approaches, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is urging drone hobbyists not to fly while disaster relief and response efforts are ongoing. While licensed and well-trained professional drone operators can be a huge help in disaster response efforts, hobbyists get in the way more often than not. In a number of recent natural disasters, including wildfires in the western U.S., recreational drone users flying without authorization have forced emergency responders to cease operations out of concern for the safety of their crews. During and after a disaster, the Federal Aviation Administration often imposes temporary flight restrictions over affected areas.  Drone users should always check the FAA …..

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Board of Education meeting postponed

The regular monthly meeting of the Bladen County Board of Education scheduled for tonight (Monday, September 11, 2017) is being moved to Tuesday, September 12th, beginning at 6 p.m. at the board of education administration building. Share:

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Allison Fisher: An Evening with a Champion

The most accomplished female in the history of cue sports, Allison Fisher will be appearing in the Gallery Ballroom at Cape Fear Winery for An Evening with A Champion on September 30th. The Show includes dinner, her empowering story, trick shot exhibition, Q&A, challenge matches, and special guests 12-year-old Joey Tate and 14-year-old Joshua Shultz. The Cape Fear Winery is located at 195 Vineyard Drive in Elizabethtown, NC. Tickets are on sale now at www.corkroomdining.com You can learn more on this event at Allison’s Facebook Page or  on YouTube check out Allison’s Highlight Reel and the promo video for the event! Cape Fear Winery, located between Fayetteville, NC and Wilmington, NC …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Schools will be closed for students today (Monday, September 11) due to Hurricane Irma and it will be an optional workday for teachers with an 8 AM start time. After watching the weather channel off and on over the past few hours I am convinced that one requirement for storm assignment, need to have a few extra pounds to maintain an upright position in strong winds and rainfall. Continue to pray for Floridians.  Many still in the state and many more up and down I-95 (including NC) and other major roadways having left home seeking ‘safe haven’, ’til the storm that has caused havoc across the state, passes by.  Reminds me …..

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Over 500 Athletes Participate In Triathlons At White Lake

White Lake was loaded this past weekend with runners, swimmers and bikers. 550 athletes participated in three triathlons held at the lake. All three events had their headquarters at the FFA camp on highway 53. Two triathlons were held Saturday and one was held Sunday. The White Lake Fall Half 2017 Saturday consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. The winner in the men’s division was James Duff from Carrboro with a time of 4:04:55. The winner in the women’s division was Kelli Kerkhoff from Wilmington with a time of 5:07:25.. Also held Saturday was the White Lake Fall International 2017 which consisted …..

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Bladen County under a wind advisory

Bladen County is under a wind advisory from Monday 2 AM EDT until Tuesday 12 AM EDT. East winds increasing to 25 to 35 MPH with gusts of 45 to 50 MPH with the strongest winds expected late Monday morning to Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.  Bladen Online will keep you posted of delays or cancellations as we receive them. Share:

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Hilda Coleman was named acting Bladen County Clerk of Court following the passing of Clerk Smithy Harris. Bonnie Pait was appointed Business Manager of The Bladen Journal. Dr. Chris Conovay and Dr. Betty Bradley were appointed managers of the Bladenboro Community Medical Center. Mayberry Smith was named Mayor Pro-Tem for the town of White Lake. Share:

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How to Volunteer for Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Irma rapidly approaches Florida, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies, along with non-profit, faith- and community-based organizations, and volunteers will be working together to provide services and assistance to help those affected by the destructive storm. “Right now where we need citizens, neighbors helping neighbors, is in the life safety mission,” said Brock Long, FEMA Administrator. “The objectives are clear: restore power, ensure lifesaving and life sustaining supplies, provide emergency medication, and maintain security. This response and recovery will take the whole community…” FEMA expects thousands of volunteers to be needed to support mass care activities for evacuation …..

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  Pray for residents of Florida.  Early Sunday, Hurricane Irma was just off the coast of south Florida, moving forward at about 8 mph. We could have some rain and wind Monday, but nothing to compare with what we were expecting from the storm a few days ago. We appear to be on the fringe area of Hurricane Irma.  The threat to our area, in addition to some rain and wind, is possible tornado warnings and a slight possibility of power outages, as the storm moves northwest, hopefully missing North Carolina.  Eventually Irma should be down graded to a tropical storm in the Tennessee/Kentucky area by midweek. The Cry Out America event scheduled for …..

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“Hyperactive” Atlantic hurricane records broken

Last night we had two Atlantic storms with 150+ mph winds simultaneously. (Irma and Jose)  This was the first time this has occurred in Atlantic Ocean history. We also have three category 2 or stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic simultaneously. (Irma, Jose, and Katia)  The last time that this happened was in 1893. These three hurricanes combined to set a new record for the highest single-day Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE index) yesterday in Atlantic Ocean history with 14.37.  The ACE index sums up the amount of power being generated in active tropical cyclones. ​From Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49 on Twitter)   Hurricane Irma is already #4 on the all-time list for …..

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This Day in History – September 10

1776 – George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers. 1847 – 1st theater opens in Hawaii. 1875 – 15th British Golf Open: Willie Park, Sr. shoots a 166 at Prestwick Golf Club. 1910 – Great Idaho Fire destroys 3 million acres of timber. 1918 – Players on both sides threaten to strike the World Series unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners & 1,000 each for the losers. 1927 – 22nd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Philadelphia (3-2) 1953 – Swanson sells its 1st “TV dinner” 1955 – “Gunsmoke” premieres on CBS TV. 1960 – NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 643′ HR over right field …..

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Bells Across America

The Battle of Elizabethtown DAR Chapter would like to invite the citizens of Bladen County to participate in the Bells Across America ceremony on the courthouse lawn on Sunday, September 17th at 4:00 pm in celebration of the cornerstone of our freedoms, our Constitution. Constitution Week, September 17 through 23,  commemorates the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States.   Bells will be ringing from coast to coast to celebrate this great historical milestone.  At the end of the ceremony, the bell on the courthouse lawn will be rung 230 times. Anyone who would like an opportunity to be one of the bell ringers should arrive by …..

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Bladenboro Historical Society Farm Life School Centennial Celebration and Fun Day

By: Tonya Bockover A beautiful day greeted a large crowd in Bladenboro as the Bladenboro Historical Society’s Farm Life School Centennial Celebration and Fun Day took place. Cool temperatures gave a fall-like feel to the air as folks gathered to reminisce about the days the building served the town’s school. The day kicked off at 7:30 am, with a pancake and sausage breakfast, hosted by the Bladenboro Rotary Club and Bladenboro Historical Society. Folks were treated to warm pancakes dripping in sweet maple syrup and their choice of meat. At 10 am, a welcome was given by Ricky Walters, President of the Historical Society, out on the front lawn of the building. …..

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Two bedroom, one bathroom home for rent

  • 09/09/2017
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Two bedroom, one bath, newly renovated home for rent in Elizabethtown.  $600 per month Easy access to town. Fenced in back yard. Pet friendly. Appliances included: stove, refridgerator, microwave, washer and dryer. Call 910-876-2884 to view. Share:

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Evidence gathering and storage has changed over the years

By Erin Smith When a crime occurs, one of the first things responding officers do is to secure the crime scene and begin searching for and gathering any evidence that may help them to learn the identity of the perpetrator. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is no different as techniques for collecting and storing evidence have changed over the years. The new Bladen County Law Enforcement and Detention Center contains a larger evidence storage area than the previous facility. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said when he was elected there was no evidence custodian. Once elected, Sheriff McVicker said he hired Ron Matthews to serve as Evidence Custodian. The current …..

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Dedication for the new Bladen County Law Enforcement Center and Detention Center on Friday was a huge success, well attended. The 25th Dublin Peanut Festival is just a week away.  One of Bladen’s most popular events annually.  Google their website for the line-up that begins with a parade, followed by BBQ plate lunch and continues throughout the day.  Volunteers have been working hard for weeks and at the end of the festival, proceeds support worthy efforts in our area. Three Rivers 1A-2A conference is more like yesteryear with teams from Bladen, Robeson and Columbus counties.  East and West Bladen compete in the 2A division. Last night, West suffered their 1st …..

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Dedication service for Bladen County Law Enforcement and Detention Center

By Erin Smith The bright morning sun made for a celebratory mood on Friday morning as members of the community, elected officials, members of law enforcement and the fire service all gathered in front of the new Bladen County Law Enforcement and Detention Center located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The gathering marked the Open House and dedication of the Fallen Officers’ Memorial. Those wishing to do so, could take a tour of the new facility. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker noted the new facility will replace the previous jail which was constructed in 1965 and the former sheriff’s office facility which was constructed in 1947. “It is times like …..

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