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Columbus County Interchange Would Improve Safety on N.C. 87 at N.C. 11

Open house will be Nov. 28 RIEGELWOOD – People are invited to attend an open house later this month to review a proposal to improve the intersection of N.C. 87 and N.C. 11 in Columbus County. The N.C. Department of Transportation has proposed rebuilding the intersection into an interchange with an overpass, loops and ramps. The project would improve safety and traffic flow on both highways. The interchange design will accommodate plans to widen N.C. 87 in Columbus County. Last year, the department made the intersection into an all-way stop as an interim measure to reduce the risk of crashes until the interchange project could be developed. State transportation planners were successful in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

NFL score from last night….Seahawks 27-Packers 24….. High School football tonight…East Bladen will host Wilson Beddingfield in the NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs at 7:30 PM. I still miss broadcasting high school football and I know my cohorts do as well, but my time was over and no FM radio available in the area.  Still have folks asking why? Remember years ago when this time of the year farming chores included cuttin’ ditch banks with a bush ax?  Shopping for a Christmas tree was different, just go in the woods and locate a nice small tree, cut it down and drag it to the house and make the decorations…farmers settlin’ up …..

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This Day in History for November 16

1676 – 1st colonial prison organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts. 1776 – 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port – US Andrew Doria at Fort St Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean island) 1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post. 1824 – New York City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business. 1871 – National Rifle Association is first chartered in the State of New York. 1901 – Booker T. Washington and his family are invited to dine at the White House with Teddy and Edith Roosevelt, prompting condemnation from the South. 1914 – Federal Reserve System formally opens. 1933 – Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR. 1939 – Al …..

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Developing an Understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease

Contributed Eastpointe will be holding their next Monthly Community Education Series on Monday November 19th 2018. It will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office in Elizabethtown. The topic for the session will be Developing an Understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease and  will begin at 10 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m. The presenter for the session will be William B. Sellers. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Share:

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Lumberton Man Sentenced for Drug Distribution

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Anthony Andrews, 51, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 132 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Andrews was named in an Indictment filed on March 15, 2016, charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute Endocet, Methadone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and Oxymorphone. On October 11, 2016, Andrews pled guilty. According to the investigation, from June 2012 until April 2015, Andrews conspired with, among others, Dr. Donovan Dixon to distribute large volumes of prescription drugs in the Robeson County …..

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USDA Designates 32 North Carolina Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 32 North Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to excessive flooding and wind caused by Hurricane Florence that occurred Sept. 14, 2018, and continuing, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The counties in the primary damaged area are Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Granville, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson counties in North Carolina. This designation by Secretary Perdue allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to …..

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Online Portal Now Open for First-of-Kind Broadband Grant Program

Contributed Raleigh, N.C. – Internet service providers interested in the new GREAT Grant Program can now apply for funding through an online portal, the state’s Broadband Infrastructure Office announced today. The $10 million GREAT Grant Program is the state’s first public grant program designed to expand broadband access in North Carolina. The program was established by the legislature after Governor Cooper included a similar initiative in his last two budget proposals. It allows internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives to compete for funding to help improve broadband service in the state’s 40 Tier One counties. “To succeed in today’s classrooms and workforce, access to high-speed internet is not optional. …..

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Emergency Services Keeping an Eye on Cape Fear

By Erin Smith  Bladen County Emergency Services personnel said on Thursday afternoon, they are keeping a watchful eye on the Cape Fear River. The river is overflowing its banks and is expected to continue to overflow its banks through early next week. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw met with members of the Kelly Fire Department on Thursday afternoon and said they do not have any major concerns for the diem system. “There will be some water that comes back through the dike (due to the breaches caused by Hurricane Florence),” said Kinlaw. He said the gauge at the William Huske Lock and Dam No. 1 near East Arcadia, …..

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Gov. Cooper Declares Nov. 15 Rural Health Day

Contributed RALEIGH: The North Carolina Office of Rural Health, the oldest in the United States, today celebrates 45 years of service improving access to health care for the people of North Carolina. In honor of the milestone, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed November 15 Rural Health Day in the state. “North Carolinians deserve access to affordable, high-quality health care no matter where they live in our state,” said Governor Cooper. “I’m grateful for the work done by the Office of Rural Health, along with rural health care providers and other stakeholders, to help deliver needed care for our rural and underserved communities. We can help all North Carolina communities—rural and urban—even …..

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Applications Open for NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative

Contributed RALEIGH – To reduce bicycle injuries and deaths, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is issuing a call for applicants for its annual Bicycle Helmet Initiative. The NCDOT uses funds from the sale of “Share the Road” specialty license plate to pay for bike helmets that are distributed at bicycle safety events for underprivileged children. Helmets save lives. While less than half of all children typically wear one while biking, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by nearly 90 percent. As part of the initiative, NCDOT distributes helmets to government and non-government agencies conducting bike safety events. Examples of partners include police and …..

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NCDOT Issues Road Updates for Bladen County

By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT OPENINGS: SR1708 (Rosindale Road) SR1708 (Rosindale Road) opened on Thursday, November 8. It is open now from SR1709 (Coley Road) to SR1719 (Vause Road).   UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1708 (Rosindale Road) SR1708 (Rosindale Road) is will close on Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00 am for Maintenance on cross lines. It will be closed from SR1719 (Vause Road) to SR1712 (Lisbon Road). It will be closed until November 16.   ELWELL FERRY: The Ferry remains closed due to high water and mechanical issues. Share:

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Second Annual Pork and Beats Festival set for Saturday

By Erin Smith The second annual Pork and Beats Festival will take place on Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The weather is forecast to be warm and sunny. Opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.  Mike Shaw, one of the many organizers for the event, said this year’s festival will have plenty of fun for the whole family. The festival will kick things off with a barbecue cooking contest on Friday night. Shaw said last year there were four entries in the contest and this year, eight cookers have signed up. The barbecue will be offered for sale on Saturday during the event. New items this …..

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NCDOT Announces New Awards for Multimodal Transportation Projects 

Awards highlight the role of multimodal investments in creating vibrant, healthy, connected communities RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to honor North Carolina towns, cities and counties that have completed multimodal transportation projects that spurred economic development, created jobs, improved public health and enhanced communities. Starting today, the department is seeking entries for the first annual NCDOT Mobi Awards (“Mobility”). The Mobi Awards will showcase the important role that investments in aviation, bike and pedestrian facilities, ferries, public transportation, roadways and rail play in creating healthy, vibrant communities and sparking economic development. “The goal of the NCDOT Mobi Awards is to raise the profile of multimodal projects and the …..

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Duke Energy teams up with DonorsChoose.org to help teachers and students recover from Hurricane Florence

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Duke Energy Foundation announced it is providing a $160,000 grant to DonorsChoose.org to fund relief projects by public school teachers in 16 counties across North Carolina and South Carolina. “Many of the communities Duke Energy serves are still recovering from the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Florence,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “The last thing that teachers and children should have to worry about during this difficult time is whether they have enough school supplies.” DonorsChoose.org will allocate $10,000 each to 11 counties in North Carolina and five counties in South Carolina. Teachers in these counties are eligible for up to a $500 grant to cover the cost of their relief project, which can include direct relief items for …..

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West Bladen Teacher Wins Statewide Donation Award

Contributed West Bladen High School teacher, Gaye G. Davis, has won the inaugural Donate Life NC Hero Award. Davis was nominated for the statewide prize for the work she has done educating and advocating for organ donation in Bladenboro and surrounding areas. Since 2016, Davis has worked on raising the organ donor registration rates in Bladen County, which previously had the lowest registration rate in the state. After speaking with various community groups, she made organ donation awareness the theme of her 2017 DREAM team, a group of high school athletes who focus on a single project throughout the year.  With her guidance, they had health fairs, bulletin boards, made …..

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Bladenboro pursuing federal funds for Wateree Creek Clean Up

By Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro is seeking federal funds to clean up a portion of Wateree Creek. The section being discussed runs from Butler Mill Road to the railroad tracks. The town board discussed the availability of federal funding for the clean up of the creek during the board meeting on Tuesday night. Mayor Rufus Duckworth introduced the letter of support for a federal grant for clean up of Wateree Creek to the board. He told the board it would cover the area from Butler Mill Road to the railroad tracks. Interim Town Administrator Melanie Hester said, “I just want to make mention, if you look at the …..

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Former Bladenboro Mayor Recalled for His Love of the People

By Erin Smith A former Bladenboro Mayor who served in that capacity for 20 years has passed away. Edgar Evans, 87, served as Mayor of the town of Bladenboro from 1974 until 1993, according to town records. He was a friend to everyone he met. Current Mayor Rufus Duckworth said, “Edgar was a good friend to me.” Duckworth recounted on his Facebook page how Evans contacted him following his election as Mayor and offered to help him. He also said he would miss the conversations he and Evans shared about the town and things that were occurring. Bladenboro Town Commissioner Gene Norton said, “I’ve known him all of my life.” …..

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New Digital Platform Simplifies Doing Business with the DMV

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will launch a new online payment platform so customers can complete several types of vehicle registration transactions online beginning Saturday. Customers will eventually be able to use the myNCDMV platform to complete other services, in addition to vehicle registration transactions. The new online platform marks an improvement because people who currently conduct business online with the NCDMV must complete one transaction and then log in again to complete a second transaction. “We are excited to provide faster, more efficient services for people looking to complete DMV business online,” DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup said. “myNCDMV will allow us to meet people’s needs in a …..

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Slight Risk for Severe Weather This Morning

There is a slight risk for severe weather developing later this morning, according to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. “A warm front will move in off the ocean over the next several hours.  Temperatures will warm into the 60s and lower 70s behind this front producing an unstable atmosphere,” said Timothy Armstrong with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. There is the potential for damaging winds and isolated tornadoes near the frontal boundary. “Once low pressure moves to our north this afternoon, colder air will wrap back across the area ending the potential for severe weather,” said Armstrong. Share:

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Public Safety Officials Urge Public to Prepare for Blast of Winter Weather

Western Counties Will See Greatest Impacts of Ice, Rest of the State Will Get Heavy Rain  RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging the public to pay close attention to their local forecast and be prepared for ice in western counties. State emergency and transportation officials are closely monitoring weather and road conditions and are working with local emergency officials to provide support if needed. “The biggest threat for western North Carolina will be ice on power lines and scattered downed tree limbs,” Governor Cooper said. “Other parts of state will see heavy rain in areas that are already saturated. Everyone should be prepared for power outages, flooding and potentially hazardous …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thanks for all the ‘birthday’ wishes yesterday, ‘another day older and deeper in debt’…Remember the old Tennessee Ernie Ford tune??? Seems I have attended more funerals this year than ever before…..Sometimes a long walk, alone, is necessary.  Helps to keep all in perspective….. Remember the country song, “I am among men mostly richly blessed”….. Think it was a Bill Anderson….Jimmy Dean type recitation from years ago…. Sometimes I think of advice I have heard and used…example….”Make friends before you need them”…. Difficult to remember all the ID and Passwords needed to operate in this world…write them down, misplace them….change them and begin anew…..It must be an age thing… Ever discover you have …..

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House fitter’s Inc.’s Vice-President Sentenced For Unlawfully Employing An Illegal Alien

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that House Fitters, Inc.’s Vice President, Robert B. Jernigan, age 52, of Kinston, North Carolina, was sentenced today to a 12-month probationary sentence by United States District Judge James C. Dever III after a guilty plea to unlawfully employing an illegal alien. Jernigan was also ordered to forfeit $9,649.00 in connection with the criminal conduct. According to court records, Jernigan, in his role as House Fitters, Inc.’s Vice President, hired Oscar Obdulio Lopez-Garcia, a previously deported alien from Guatemala, knowing Lopez-Garcia was not authorized to undertake employment in the United States. In order …..

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This Day in History for November 15

1763 – Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland. 1791 – 1st Catholic college in US, Georgetown, opens. 1864 – Union Major General Sherman leaves Atlanta on his “March to the Sea” 1869 – Free postal delivery formally inaugurated. 1904 – King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade. 1919 – US Senate 1st invokes cloture to end a filibuster (Versailles Treaty) 1937 – First US congressional session in air-conditioned chambers. 1939 – The first unemployment compensation law, under the Social Security Act, that of the District of Columbia, was approved for grants by the Social Security Board. 1940 – 1st 75,000 men called …..

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DPS Recognizes Outstanding Employees at 2018 Badge of Excellence Awards Ceremony

Contributed RALEIGH – The Department of Public Safety today honored some of the department’s most committed and exceptional employees during its annual Badge of Excellence Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, held in Raleigh, recognized DPS employees who have made outstanding contributions to the department’s mission of improving quality of life through enhanced public safety. The Badge of Excellence program promotes department-wide recognition of these employees and celebrates their impactful contributions to the overall goals and mission of the department, North Carolina state government and to North Carolinians. “Today, we honor 18 exceptional public servants,” said Secretary of Public Safety Erik A. Hooks. “We recognize and honor them because they honor the people …..

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Shriners Fry Up Successful Fundraiser

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Shrine Club was busy on Wednesday as they kicked off their annual fall fish fry event. A large number of automobiles were lined up at lunch time for the drive-thru line at the Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown. People were standing in line in Bladenboro for a plate of fresh hot fish and all the trimmings. Donnie Williams, who was volunteering at the Bladenboro Fresh Foods location, said “We’ve got a lot of deliveries going out during the lunch hour.” Philip Little was volunteering at the Food Lion parking lot location in Elizabethtown. He said the Shrine Club is expecting to cook more …..

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Public Notice Board of Elections to Meet Thursday

The Bladen County Board of Elections  will conduct a regular meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Board of Elections office located at 301 S. Cypress Street, in Elizabethtown. The purpose of the meeting is for PROVISIONAL AND ABSENTEE REVIEW. Bobby Ludlum-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Library Holiday Closings

All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 22-Saturday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen on Monday, November 26. Share:

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Chickenfoot Road to Close This Weekend in Cumberland County

Contributed HOPE MILLS – The installation of drainage pipes associated with a safety improvement project will require a stretch of Chickenfoot Road in Cumberland County to close this Friday night. An N.C. Department of Transportation contractor needs to close the road near Sandhills Road from 8 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, to install two pipes underneath the roadway. The closure of Chickenfoot Road is just south of the exit 41 interchange with Interstate 95. A detour will send motorists onto Sandhills Road, Cypress Lakes Road and H. Bullard Road to access Chickenfoot Road. The contractor is improving the safety of the road by realigning Sandhills Road and …..

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Governor Cooper Visits Washington To Push for More Florence Recovery Help from Federal Government

  • 11/14/2018
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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C.: Governor Roy Cooper today met with the North Carolina Congressional delegation and key federal officials to push for more federal assistance with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. The storm, which took 41 lives in North Carolina, caused an estimated $17 billion in damages in North Carolina—more than Hurricanes Floyd and Matthew combined—and dumped 8 trillion gallons of rain in the state making it the heaviest rains in east coast history. Cooper had a productive meeting with the state’s Congressional delegation to advocate for further recovery funding that Congress can consider immediately. Funding will be needed from a broad spectrum of federal sources to address housing, infrastructure, agriculture and …..

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2019 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest Takes Flight

RALEIGH – The power of art comes from its ability to move people. The same is true about aviation. To bring the two together, and engage young people in aviation and aeronautics in the state, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is sponsoring the 2019 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme is ‘My Dream to Fly.’ All students who live in and/or attend school in North Carolina and were born between Jan. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2012 are encouraged to participate by submitting their own artwork. Prizes for the top three will be awarded to both the artist and their school across three age groups: junior (ages …..

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Governor Cooper Announces Cybersecurity Training Initiative for Veterans in North Carolina

RALEIGH: Cisco Systems will partner with leading industry partners and the state to train North Carolina veterans for jobs in the cybersecurity workforce. The announcement was made by state officials and representatives from Cisco at this morning’s meeting of the NCWorks Commission meeting, Governor Cooper’s statewide workforce development board. “North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation and we’re proud that so many of our veterans choose to stay here when they return to civilian life. Veterans play a crucial role in powering our economy and we must make sure they have the skills they need to thrive in the workforce. The cybersecurity field is vital to …..

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Bladenboro to get new look in downtown area

By Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro will be getting a new look in the downtown area, courtesy of the Town and Country Garden Club. Pam Hamilton addressed the Bladenboro Town Board on Tuesday night and made a request for the garden club to be allowed to purchase metal benches which will be bolted into the concrete and placed throughout the downtown area. She described the benches as black metal and plaques will be placed on the benches acknowledging those who donated them. “These benches will be located against the wall. They will not be freestanding out in the sidewalk area,” said Hamilton. She told the board that as of …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Makes Narcotics, Patrol Arrests

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Narcotics Unit has closed out several investigations into the sale of illegal drugs in the county recently. “My Investigators continue to work every day to locate and put drug dealers out of business,” he said. McVicker noted the Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances in the Top Hog Road area of Elizabethtown. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted narcotics agents to investigate the area.  Agents conducted undercover purchases from the defendant in this investigation where prescription medication was purchased. At the conclusion of this investigation, on November 9, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office served arrest warrants …..

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Crusaders Celebrate Service and Sacrifice

Contributed On the morning of November 8th, Harrells Christian Academy welcomed two highly decorated Veterans into their midst in a celebration of service and sacrifice.  Retired Army General Dan Allyn and Retired Navy Captain Chuck Deleot shared their inspiring testimonies during HCA’s school-wide Veterans Day chapel service, an event that students and faculty always look to with reverence and utmost sincerity. Both speakers appeared on behalf of the Patriot Foundation where Captain Deleot serves as President and General Allyn serves on the Advisory Board.  The Patriot Foundation provides scholarship funding for children of killed, wounded, injured, or seriously ill soldiers from Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Campbell, KY, and Fort Carson, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up early thinking about so many activities going on and some good folks. and long, long ago…… Edgar Evans, former Bladenboro Mayor died after many years of suffering medical issues.  He was the ‘E’ at J & E service station in Bladenboro for years, but he was more….came from a good family, he and his bride produced a good family.  He was a good public servant (longtime Mayor of the ‘Boro).  You expected and he did not fail to deliver a firm handshake and greeting when you met him.  He is survived by a good family…. I was fortunate to call him my friend. Remember NASCAR’s Silver Fox?  David Pearson, …..

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This Day in History for November 14

1666 – Samuel Pepys reports on 1st blood transfusion (between dogs) 1732 – First professional librarian in North America, Louis Timothee, hired in Philadelphia. 1832 – First streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents, rode on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Street. 1834 – William Thomson enters Glasgow University at 10 years, 4 months. 1851 – “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville first published by Harper and Brothers in the US. 1883 – “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is first published as a book by Cassell & Co. 1908 – Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light. 1910 – 1st airplane flight from deck of a …..

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White Lake Honors First Responders and Hurricane Florence Volunteers

By Joy Warren During the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners regular session, the Mayor and Board recognized and honored the service to the Town and surrounding communities by all first responders and White Lake Volunteer Fire Department members. A resolution was approved and presented to Chief Dale Brennan on their behalf. Mayor Goldston Womble said, “Our volunteers provided countless hours to assist the Town and surrounding areas during all types of situations, especially during emergency situations such as Hurricane Florence.” Brennan shared pictures of some of the rescues the volunteers performed. He said they responded to 109 calls during the emergency. Another volunteer …..

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Bladen County Educational Foundation to Meet

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, Inc., 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, November 20, 2018, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway #701, South, in Elizabethtown. All members and other interested parties are asked to attend this meeting, and the same should not last more than thirty (30) minutes. All individuals who have an interest in and care about the public schools of Bladen County are urged and invited to attend this meeting. The Foundation will be discussing …..

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Bladenboro PD Accepting Donation for annual Christmas for Kids Drive

By Erin Smith Making Christmas brighter for children in Bladenboro is one of the most heart warming and rewarding things the Bladenboro Police Department does throughout the year, according to Lt. Kevin Rouse. The Bladenboro Police Department is now collecting donations for the annual Christmas for Kids program. You can take your donations to the Bladenboro Police Department or to Bladenboro Town Hall. Lt. Rouse said, “One of the most important things that occurs during the year is to be able to take the kids shopping, being able to make sure they have Christmas.” The teachers at Bladenboro Primary School will select up to 25 students to participate in the …..

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Bladen County Solid Waste Announces Thanksgiving Schedule

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Thursday, November 22 thru Friday, November 23: All convenience sites will be closed Thursday, November 22 in observance of the holiday. All convenience sites shall resume normal operations on Friday, November 23. The Transfer Station will be closed both days in observance of the holiday. The Transfer Station shall resume normal operations on Monday, November 26. Share:

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Duke Energy helps protect and restore North Carolina’s wildlife and natural resources with $1.1 million contribution

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy is providing more than $1.1 million to support 11 North Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations to preserve, protect and enhance natural heritage across the state. “North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful and treasured natural resources,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We are proud to support initiatives that protect wildlife and natural resources and encourage people to enjoy and care for their surrounding environment.” Each organization received a $100,000 grant to support environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and educational programs that will improve the environment in their communities. The Conservation Trust of North Carolina, for example, will use its grant to provide service opportunities for diverse youth and …..

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In Harnett County School Visit, Gov. Cooper Signs Proclamation For American Education Week

ERWIN: Today, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed November 12-16 as American Education Week in a visit to Gentry Primary School in Harnett County. Created and sponsored by the National Education Association and the American Legion, American Education Week celebrates public schools and the role they play in providing opportunities for students and strengthening our communities. “No matter the circumstances, our schools are the beating hearts of our communities. They’re centers of learning, they’re meeting places for parents and teachers, and they’re some of the most trusted places in our lives,” Gov. Cooper said. “During American Education Week, we recognize the many ways our schools strengthen communities, inspire curiosity, and provide a …..

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Annual “A Robeson County Christmas” Show Set for December

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s annual holiday performance of “A Robeson County Christmas” Show will be held December 6-9 at the theater in downtown Lumberton, NC.  The show is a musical  revue for the entire family and features the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays. This year’s show features Lumberton’s own former Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels Lowry, X-Factor Top 40 selection Brent Tyler, Jef the Mime and featured singers as well as the beautifully staged dancing of “The Civettes” and adorable performances by the show’s youth cast.  The theater will be beautifully decorated for Christmas and there will be appearances by Frosty the Snowman and …..

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New Police Chief Takes Oath in Bladenboro

By Erin Smith A new police chief has taken over the helm of the Bladenboro Police Department on Tuesday morning. William Howell took his oath of office on Tuesday in Bladenboro as Interim Police Chief Randy Sykes and Lt. Kevin Rouse looked on.  His oath of office was administered by Town Clerk/Interim Town Administrator Melanie Hester. Sykes officially relinquished his duties as Interim Chief but said he will remain on the force for a brief time as lieutenant at the request of Chief Howell. Both Sykes and Rouse said they are looking forward to working with Chief Howell. Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth, who did not attend the swearing in ceremony, …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

NFL results  Giants 27 – 49ers 23 Weather today — Warmer, windy and a chance of rain….high temps in the 60s. Stock Market in a nose dive, like down…..down…down. Volunteers still doing good deeds, assisting those devastated by hurricanes….. Bet if we all went through our closets and removed all the clothing we haven’t worn in the past 5 years, we could provide warm clothing to all in the area, in need.  I am hesitant to say I will do it….I’ve made the same promise over the past ??? years. Bladen County Shriners will be cooking fish again Wednesday (tomorrow) at two locations…Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown, and at Fresh Foods parking lot …..

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This Day in History for November 13

1789 – Ben Franklin writes “Nothing…..certain but death & taxes” 1843 – Mt Rainier in Washington State erupts. 1865 – US issues 1st gold certificates. 1895 – First shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii. 1909 – 259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois. 1909 – Collier’s magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields. 1920 – Hudson River frozen at Albany. 1927 – New York – New Jersey Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens. 1942 – Minimum draft age lowered from 21 to 18 in the US. 1952 – False fingernails 1st sold. 1967 …..

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Lowering GenX Emissions topic of Rotary Discussion

Contributed Brian Long, Plant Manager with Chemours Fayetteville Works plant, addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday regarding GenX and the company’s efforts to reduce emissions at the plant. Long stated that in June 2017 is when the community and the news media became concerned about the wastewater discharges at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant. Long explained that a small component of the company’s wastewater discharge contained GenX and Daimler Acid. N.C. State University scientists were able to develop methods to detect GenX in the water of the Cape Fear River. Long said at the time, Chemours’ analytics were not able to detect it. Long explained that GenX is used …..

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Governor Cooper Proclaims Employ a Veteran Week 

  • 11/12/2018
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RALEIGH: As part of Military Family Appreciation Month, Military Veterans Small Business Week and the observance of Veterans Day, Governor Roy Cooper declared November 12 – 16, 2018 Employ a Veteran Week in North Carolina. “Our veterans are a tremendous resource to North Carolina’s business community because their valuable skills transfer to civilian life,” Gov. Cooper said. “Their unique experience, leadership and teamwork skills make them invaluable to our state’s workforce. I am committed to making sure that our veterans continue wanting to call North Carolina home and receive the benefits and opportunities they deserve.” Veterans can receive career services at the more than 80 NCWorks Career Center locations around the state. In addition, veterans can access …..

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Extended Clinic Hours for Bladen County Health Department

Bladen County Health Department will begin offering extended clinic hours starting on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018. The extended hours will be offered on Tuesday evenings throughout January 2019, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Extended clinic services available: *Immunizations (to include Flu Vaccines) *Birth Control pick-ups *Depo Shots *Pregnancy Testing *TB Skin Tests Please call Bladen County Health Department at 910.862.6900 to make an appointment for our normal business hours, or our Tuesday evening extended clinic hours from 5-7. Share:

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WECT: Clearing the air: the hog farm lawsuits

WECT: Clearing the air: the hog farm lawsuits http://www.wect.com/2018/11/ 12/clearing-air-hog-farm- lawsuits/   Related articles and information: New trial to start Another trial where lawyers are suing NC hog farms is about to begin. On November 13, jury selection will begin, with opening arguments potentially beginning on November 14 in Raleigh. Many have expressed an interest in showing their support by attending these trials. A sign-up has been created to coordinate this effort. Please visit the following link for further information and to sign-up.  https://www. signupgenius.com/go/ 10c044fa4ac23aa8-support2 Opinion: Miscarriage of Justice in hog trial Share:

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FBI Releases Additional Photos of Missing Teen, Surveillance Videos

By Erin Smith Today, (Monday, November 12) marks one week since a Lumberton teenager was abducted from her yard. The FBI has released additional photos of the missing Lumberton teenager and surveillance videos of a man they would like to speak with regarding the abduction. The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the return of Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13, of Lumberton, and the arrest of the person responsible for the abduction. NC Governor Roy Cooper added an additional $5,000 to the reward bringing the total reward to $20,000. Aguilar had gone outside into the yard to wait for someone to drive her to school at the …..

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Bladen County Shrine Club to Host Annual Fish Fry

The Bladen County Shrine Club is preparing for their Annual Fall Fish Fry. The fish fry will be held Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Shrine Club will have two locations — one at the Food Lion in Elizabethtown and a second one at Fresh Foods IGA (formerly Bo’s) in Bladenboro. Tickets can be purchased from any Bladen County Shrine Club member. All proceeds are for the benefit of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Share:

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Week In Review

Nov. 5-11 Week in Review: Incumbents win re-election

After several weeks of looking at road signs, receiving lots of mailings and being bombarded by advertising, Bladen County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the midterm elections. Almost 13,000 votes were cast, which is 55 percent of eligible voters. When the results were posted Tuesday night, only one incumbent fell short in a bid to be re-elected and voters, once again, soundly defeated a local sales and use tax, based on unofficial returns. “I just wanted to thank each and every person that has supported me during this election,” said Sheriff Jim McVicker, who was elected for a second term by defeated former deputy Hakeem …..

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SHP Increases Patrols During Thanksgiving Holiday

RALEIGH – As family and friends prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday period, the State Highway Patrol is also making preparations of its own in hopes of ensuring safe travel.   According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for travel across the country.  In anticipation for the increased number of vehicles that will travel across North Carolina, troopers will be out in full force to monitor driver behavior.   “Thanksgiving is a time for loved ones to once again unite together”, said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol.  “Our mission is simple; reduce needless collisions in hopes of reporting zero fatalities …..

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Baldwin Branch Salutes Veterans

Elizabethtown – On Sunday, November 11th, Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church paused to salute and recognize the veterans of our military services with gifts and words of gratitude.  Veterans have been through a lot and several challenges.  Once they are discharged they continue to give sacrifices.  Battles and encounters they faced while in the military often last throughout life by way of negative impacts on their health.  These issues just do not stop when they are discharged they continue on for a lifetime. Veterans have put their lives on the line to protect the freedom that we enjoy today.  They are dedicated to the country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.   “Da Branch Family” salutes all …..

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Baldwin Branch Offers Twirling Program

Elizabethtown –  The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church presents a baton twirling program entitled Twirlers For Christ.  It is designed to teach youth and teen girls twirling while promoting a Christian attitude, high self esteem, and positive social skills All youth are invited to join the program.  They do not have to be a member of the church. * No fee required,  however must purchase a baton * Meetings are second and fourth Saturdays 1:30 p.m. at Baldwin Branch *Available to participate in parades and mission projects * Grades 3-8 Contact Katrina Boykin at (910) 990-7310 for more information.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Many offices will be closed today observing Veterans Day.  A partial list includes banks, postal service, local and state governmental offices and Bladen County public schools.  Most retail outlets will be open for business as usual.  When in doubt, call ahead. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War 1.  Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday in 1938. The weather forecast for Sunday morning was expected to be in the low 30s, but National Weather Service reported low at Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown was a balmy 36 …..

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This Day in History for November 12

1799 – Andrew Ellicott makes the first known record of a meteor shower observation in the U.S. from a ship off the coast of Florida Keys. 1873 – Bay District Race Track in San Francisco opens. 1915 – Theodore W Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in chemistry. 1922 – The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is founded on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1925 – US & Italy sign peace accord about war debts. 1926 – The first recorded aerial bombing on US soil took place in Williamson County, Illinois, during a feud between rival liquor gangs, the Sheltons and the Birgers. 1927 – Notre …..

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Bladen County Offices, Agencies Announce Veterans Day Schedules

Area offices and agencies have announced their schedules for Veterans Day. All banks are closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day and will re-open for business on Tuesday, Nov. 13. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, Nov. 12. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 13. North Carolina state offices, courts and county and municipal government offices will be closed for Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 12. They will re-open for business on Tuesday, Nov. 13. All Bladen County Public Library branches will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. All library branches will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up early this morning with a song on my mind!  Remember, ‘Over the river and thru the woods to grandmothers house we go….The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh’……..It was a favorite, ’bout this time of the year when I was a youngster….. Salute a veteran today….Most have interesting stories of their days in the various wars and in times of peace. Some prefer to not talk about those days. Too many made the ultimate sacrifice.  We owe them so much. A few area football scores from yesterday: Duke 42 – UNC 35 Clemson 27 – Boston College 7 Tulane 24 – ECU 18 Appalachian State 38 – Texas State 7 Alabama …..

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Social Security and Medicare, Working Side by Side

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security and Medicare have worked side by side for decades. Both programs have improved the quality of life for millions of Americans. Social Security reaches almost every family and, at some point, touches the lives of nearly all Americans. We are with you through life’s journey — from birth to your golden years. Social Security helps older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. In 2017, about 174 million people worked and paid Social Security taxes and about 62 million people received monthly Social Security benefits. We want you to understand …..

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Veteran Recalls Time Spent in Vietnam

By Erin Smith For many Veterans in Bladen County and across the United States, Veterans Day is time to pause and remember those with whom they served and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. For John B. Guions, who is the Commander of the American Legion Post 404 in Elizabethtown, Veterans Day is a time to pause and remember those who served along side of him. He served 21 years in the United States Marine Corps. Guions said during his military career he served 13 months in Vietnam as a Supply Clerk with the United States Marine Corps. “It was very dangerous,” said Guions. He said while his job had …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 11

1647 – Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies. 1750 – The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It was the first college fraternity. 1807 – Washington Irving’s Salmagundi periodical published – first to associate the name “Gotham” with New York City. 1851 – Alvan Clark patents telescope. 1889 – Washington admitted as 42nd state of USA. 1909 – Construction of US navy base begins at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 1921 – US President Warren G. Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. 1926 – U.S. Route 66 is established. 1930 – Patent number US1781541 …..

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FEMA May Reimburse Short-Term Lodging Expenses

Contributed FEMA provides financial assistance to make sure those displaced by Hurricane Florence are in safe and secure housing. This is especially true as colder temperatures move into North Carolina this weekend. If a person has received FEMA funds, they can use that money to pay for a hotel or motel room. Many people are staying in a home without heat or outside in a tent or other temporary shelter. If you know someone doing so, encourage them to use their FEMA funds for a hotel room. If residents do get a hotel room during this cold snap, they should keep their receipts. This will serve as proof that the …..

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Governor Cooper Signs Proclamation Observing Veterans Day

Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper hosted military veterans and their families at the Executive Residence for a reception to commemorate the sacrifices military veterans have made for North Carolina and the country. During the reception, the governor signed a proclamation declaring November 11, 2018 Veterans Day in North Carolina. “We owe a solemn debt to our veterans and military families. Their service and sacrifice make our nation safer and our communities stronger. I’m proud that so many veterans continue to call our state home when they leave active service and we must continue to offer our support while we work to ensure North Carolina remains the most military friendly state …..

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One of our Own, Halle Stanley, Making a Difference in Africa by way of Halle’s Haven

  • 11/10/2018
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By Jennifer Smith If you’re a native of Bladen County or Columbus County, that in itself, is a gift because of the wonderful people within the hearts of both counties. For 17 year old, Halle Stanley, the values instilled within her as a young child from her early years spent in the small towns of Clarkton and Whiteville, hold true today as she is striving to make a significant impact within the continent of Africa. Halle is the daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Stanley of All Tied Up Clothing in downtown Whiteville and Dr. Jennifer Smith, an International Superintendent and Consultant from Clarkton. Halle began her infant and pre-school …..

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Governor Roy Cooper Proclaims November as American Indian Heritage Month

Contributed RALEIGH: In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, Governor Roy Cooper today proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month in North Carolina. Leaders from North Carolina’s eight tribes joined Governor Cooper as he signed the proclamation Friday. North Carolina’s eight recognized tribes include the Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony, and Waccamaw-Siouan. “North Carolina is proud to be the home of the eighth largest American Indian population in the United States and the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “We encourage all North Carolinians to join us as we celebrate American Indian culture, …..

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Temperatures To Drop To Freezing

Contributed If you have plants outdoors, tonight will be a good time to bring them inside. Temperatures on Saturday night are forecast to drop to near freezing. A strong cold front will move through the area Friday night and temperatures will be much cooler on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Highs are forecast to reach into the 50s on Saturday and drop into the 30s Saturday night. Share:

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By Robert Hester Bundle up tonight…if the weatherman is right, temps are expected to drop below freezing, like 31 degrees…. High School football scores South Columbus 28 – East Bladen 13 (conference championship, both teams advance in state play-offs) Red Springs 35 – West Bladen 12 Star Telephone’s Annual meeting of members at 10 AM today, at Bladen Community College…. Monday is Veteran’s Day… Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber meeting Tuesday, 12 noon at Cape Fear Farmers Market. Guest speaker will be Carla Fisher, Emereau Charter School. Shriner’s fish fry on Wednesday in Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown and Fresh Foods parking lot in Bladenboro from 11 AM until 7 PM… …..

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Bridge in Randolph County to Be Named For Slain Sheriff’s Deputy

Contributed RALEIGH – While attempting to serve an arrest warrant 15 years ago in Randolph County, deputy sheriff Toney C. Summey was shot and killed. On Thursday, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved a request to dedicate the prominent U.S. 64 bridge over the Uwharrie River after Deputy Summey in honor of his sacrifice in the line of duty. On April 27, 2003, Summey, along with Deputy Nathan Hollingsworth from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, were serving the warrant on a person wanted for domestic violence. The person shot both deputies. Hollingsworth survived his injuries, but Summey, who had been shot three times, did not. The suspect later surrendered to …..

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This Day in History for November 10

1766 – The last Colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signs the charter of Queen’s College (later renamed Rutgers University) 1775 – The Second continental Congress forms Continental Marines, precursor to the United States Marine Corps. 1891 – Granville T Woods patents electric railway. 1898 – Race riot in Wilmington, NC (8 killed) 1908 – 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room. 1911 – Andrew Carnegie forms Carnegie Corporation for scholarly and charitable works. 1920 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” premieres in NYC. 1942 – US-British troops occupies Oran, Algeria. 1951 – 1st long distance telephone call without operator assistance. 1954 – “Marine Corps War Memorial” unveiled …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

A Christmas Club Sweepstakes promotion was started by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. Rogers Clark of Elizabethtown was named President of the North Carolina Oil Jobber’s Association. Bladen County Hospital received a Certificate of Need to allow the hospital to instigate a $6 million expansion. Suzette Edge was Bladen County’s nominee for the Morehead Scholarship. Share:

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Governor Offers Reward in Robeson County

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads investigators to the location of Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13 years old. The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI are investigating the kidnapping of Hania Noelia Aguilar. Hania was outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park located at 3525 Elizabethtown Road, Lumberton, North Carolina, on November 5, 2018. A witness saw a male subject dressed in all black and wearing a yellow bandana force Hania Noelia Aguilar into a green, 2003 Ford Expedition with South Carolina license plate NWS-984. On November 8, the stolen SUV …..

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Bladen Community College announces four finalists in Presidential Search

Contributed Bladen Community College has selected four finalists in the search for the college’s next president. The search began earlier this year, when Dr. William Findt, president of Bladen Community College announced he would retire at the end of December 2018. Findt has served Bladen Community College with distinction for 10 years. Following Dr. Findt’s announcement, the Bladen Community Colleges Board of Trustees engaged the services of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist with the nationwide presidential search for candidates. The four finalists and their current positions are: Jewel B. Cherry, Ed.D., is Vice President for Student Services at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston Salem, NC. …..

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Governor Cooper Appoints New Members to State Boards and Commissions

Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper appointed new members to 55 boards and commissions. “These appointees go the extra mile in serving North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “I’m thankful for the experience and dedication they will bring to these boards and commissions.” Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board: Daniel Couch of Buxton as an elected official from a county under 40,000 people. Couch is a Dare County commissioner. He is the owner of Hatteras Tours on the Outer Banks and a real estate broker with Hatteras Realty. Couch serves as chair of the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. …..

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Road Closing

Bladen County Road Updates

  • 11/09/2018
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CLOSINGS: OPENINGS: SR1708 (Rosindale Road) SR1708 (Rosindale Road) opened on Thursday, November 8. It is open now from SR1709 (Coley Road) to SR1719 (Vause Road). UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1708 (Rosindale Road) SR1708 (Rosindale Road) is will close on Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00 am for Maintenance on cross lines. It will be closed from SR1719 (Vause Road) to SR1712 (Lisbon Road). It will be closed until November 16. ELWELL FERRY: The Ferry remains closed due to high water and mechanical issues. Share:

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Duke Energy utility issues historic $1 billion green bond offering

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has completed its inaugural issuance of $1 billion in green bonds that will finance eligible green energy projects – including zero-carbon solar and energy storage – in North and South Carolina. This represents one of the largest green bond transactions issued by a utility. “Today marks a milestone for our company and demonstrates our continued commitment to generating cleaner energy for our customers and communities,” said Duke Energy executive vice president and chief financial officer Steve Young. “We are proud to provide this option for investors to advance our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030.” Duke Energy Carolinas …..

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FEMA Steps for Continuing Rental Assistance

  • 11/09/2018
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Are you a renter who was forced out of your home by Hurricane Florence and initially was eligible for rental assistance from FEMA? Do you still need FEMA’s help? If you are still eligible, you need take only two steps to get the help you need: Complete a Declaration of Continuing Need for Rental Assistance. This is a legal document mailed to all rental grant recipients 15 days after the rental assistance grant is received. Survivors with additional housing needs must complete the Declaration. Return the form and all required documentation to FEMA by one of the following: Mail the completed form to FEMA, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055; …..

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To Be A Patriot on Veterans Day

By Erin Smith Some gave all and all gave some. That was the theme for the message of the Veterans Day Program held at Bladen Community College on Thursday morning. Dr. William Findt, President of Bladen Community College (BCC), welcomed those in attendance. Tina Mundy, Director of Human Resources at Bladen Community College (BCC) introduced the keynote speaker, US Army Retired Sgt. First Class, Leroy Atkins. He currently serves as a JROTC Instructor at East Bladen High School. Atkins spoke passionately about what it means to be a patriot and a veteran. “As a patriot, all gave some and some gave all,” said Atkins. He noted there is no place …..

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Narcotics Arrests Made In County

Sheriff James A. McVicker said members of the Narcotics Unit conducted undercover operations in the Lisbon, White Oak, and Elizabethtown areas of the county that resulted in the arrest of three individuals. “We are getting more and more information from the community about people selling illegal drugs,” said McVicker. “I believe it is because they know, if they call, we will act on the information.” Sheriff McVicker said he is proud of the work of the Unit but take even more pride in the fact that citizens are coming forward with information knowing something will be done. Arrested this week were the following individuals: Arrested from her home, just outside …..

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Annual Ag’Em Up Days held at schools

Contributed Ag’em Up Days, a two day annual Agricultural Field Day Adventure for Bladen County 3rd graders, was postponed this year until October 29, 30, and November 1, 2018.  Normally, we set up at the Bladen County Recreation Park, but due to damages from the storm, we needed to keep our students in class. Our team of partners and volunteers took the show on the road, visiting seven schools across our county. Bladen County Cooperative Extension, Bladen County Farm Bureau, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Bladen County Livestock Association, Four County Electric, Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, Prestage Farms, Representative William and Brenda Brisson,, Southeast Farm Equipment, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A loss is a loss is a loss, but not sure which causes the most pain, an old fashion butt-kicking like the Steelers delivered to the Panthers (52-21) in NFL play last night or a loss on the last play of the game like Wake Forest delivered to the NC State Wolfpack (27-23).  Both are painful! High School football action tonight for the Three Rivers Conference championship when the East Bladen Eagles travel to South Columbus. West Bladen entertains Red Springs.  Game time for both is 7:30 PM. Lu Mil Vineyard’s Annual Festival of Lights and country buffet  begins in a couple of weeks. Star Telephone’s annual meeting will be held …..

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This Day in History for November 9

1620 – After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod) 1821 – 1st US pharmacy college holds 1st, Philadelphia. 1857 – Atlantic Monthly magazine 1st published. 1904 – 1st airplane flight to last more than 5 minutes. 1924 – Miriam (Ma) Ferguson becomes 1st US elected woman governor (of Texas) 1925 – Robert A. Millikan confirms the existence of cosmic rays from outer space in a speech to the National Academy of Sciences at Madison, Wisconsin. 1930 – 1st nonstop airplane flight from NY to Panama. 1936 – American fashion designer Ruth Harkness captures a panda cub …..

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SUV Involved in Abduction of Lumberton Teen Found

By Erin Smith A stolen SUV that was used in the abduction of Lumberton teen was found on Thursday morning, according to the FBI. The FBI reported that the SUV was located just off Quincey Drive in Lumberton at 8 a.m. Hania Aguilar, 13, remains missing. There is a $15,000 reward being offered by the FBI for information leading to the location of Aguilar. In a statement from the FBI, the vehicle is being processed for evidence on Thursday afternoon. According to the FBI, Aguilar was outside in the yard of her home when she was abducted from the Rosewood Mobile Home Park at 3525 Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton Monday …..

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Bladen County Public Library to Hold Junk Swap

Contributed On Tuesday, November 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. will be a junk swap. It will take place in the meeting room at the Main Branch of the Bladen County Public Library located in Elizabethtown. People can bring between one to ten items to swap. For every item that is brought in, you are allowed to take an item with you. Any items that are left over will be donated. Rules: Items must be gently used, not broken, and must be smoke-free. Items/materials must be clean and not dusty, moldy, etc. No sharp objects or weapons are allowed. No items/materials that are heavier than you can carry are …..

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation Meeting

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. in the Small Auditorium, Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center, Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. For additional information call 910-247-3457. Share:

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Clarkton May Get Electronic Gaming Business

By Erin Smith Clarkton may be getting an electronic gaming establishment in the near future, according to Town Clerk Kentrina Woods. She told the Clarkton Town Board on Tuesday night a new tenant in town may be considering opening up a video gaming business. Woods said, “Tim (Tart) came in and he said he had rented this building over here next to us (town hall). He’s rented it to somebody, basically, and they are going to open up a internet sweepstakes, so they may be getting in contact with you.” Woods added, no one has been to town hall as of Tuesday to inquire about opening a new business. “I …..

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Global Logistics Company Selects Rockingham County for New Facility

Sanritsu Logistics to create 24 jobs and invest $9 million in Reidsville  RALEIGH: Sanritsu Logistics will open a new warehouse and manufacturing plant in Rockingham County, creating 24 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The international and domestic logistics services company plans to invest $9 million in Reidsville and will service clients throughout the southeastern United States. “International companies like Sanritsu Logistics recognize North Carolina’s advantages for reaching customers in North America,” said Governor Cooper.  “Our dedicated workforce, strong business climate and robust transportation networks offer a winning combination for growing companies.” Sanritsu Logistics, whose parent company is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, is a third-party logistics company (3PL) that supports multiple …..

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Town Begins Process to Revoke Wastewater Permit

By Erin Smith The Carroll Poultry plant has been sitting idle in the Bladenboro Industrial Park for several months due to issues with capacity and wastewater discharges. Last week, the Town of Bladenboro officially notified the company they are seeking to revoke its wastewater permit. The decision to revoke the company’s wastewater permit was made at the town’s October meeting. The certified letter from the Town of Bladenboro to Carroll’s Poultry notifying them of the termination of their wastewater permit was mailed on November 2. According to Interim Town Administrator Melanie Hester, the company has 30 days from the date they receive the letter to respond. As of today (Thursday, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thanks to all who offered their services for political office.  Without candidates our system of government would not operate very well….We all have preferences, but I repeat….we need candidates, so thanks to the winners and those who did not win.  And, it you have never ‘cast your hat into the ring’, you have no idea…it is an experience like no other. Huge high school football game Friday (tomorrow) night.  East Bladen at South Columbus for conference championship.  Regardless of the outcome, both teams will participate in the playoffs…..Go Eagles… West Bladen concludes their season Friday night when they host Red Springs. Basketball season is here.. The folks that monitor action on …..

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This Day in History for November 8

1701 – William Penn presents Charter of Priviliges. 1731 – In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st library in the north American colonies. 1789 – Bourbon Whiskey 1st distilled from corn by Elijah Craig in Bourbon, Kentucky. 1861 – USS San Jacinto commanded by Charles Wilkes captures two Confederate diplomats from the British mail steamer Trent, almost causing a war between the US and the UK. 1904 – American President Theodore Roosevelt (R) defeats Alton B. Parker (D). 1910 – 1st Washington State election in which women could vote. 1910 – William H. Frost receives the first U.S. patent for an electrical insect destroyer. 1933 – FDR creates Civil Works Administration. …..

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West Bladen High School Open House

West Bladen High invites all parents and students to attend our Open House on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. Student led conferences, question/answer sessions, tables of interest and teacher/parent/student collaboration time will take place. Don’t miss this opportunity to partner with your school for success! Share:

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One Man Involved In Shooting of Trooper to Face Death Penalty

By Erin Smith One of the two men arrested and charged in the shooting death of North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner will be facing the death penalty. District Attorney Jon David’s office announced on Wednesday afternoon the Columbus County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Chancy Askew for his role in the shooting of Trooper Conner. David’s office said the State does plan to seek the death penalty in this case. Askew, 18, of Chadbourn is scheduled to appear in Columbus County Superior Court on December 13th. Askew, was arrested in Loris, South Carolina on Tuesday, October 23rd, by law enforcement officials from both North Carolina and South …..

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Cooper Office Statement on Election Results

RALEIGH: Sadie Weiner, spokesperson for Governor Roy Cooper, shared the following statement after last night’s election: “By breaking the Republican supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature and by overwhelmingly rejecting the power grabbing constitutional amendments, North Carolinians sent a strong message to the legislature that they want their state leaders to find more common ground and work better with the Governor. Governor Cooper is ready to work with Democrats and Republicans to invest more in education and clean water, to create better paying jobs, to expand access to health care and to help our state recover from the recent devastating hurricanes.” Share:

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School board to give property to Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy

By Erin Smith A request regarding the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy property, which was formerly known as the School of Extended Hope, was brought before the Bladen County Commissioners on Monday. Before the presentation on the property, the Commissioners recognized Captain Jeff Singletary for his retirement after 30 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jim McVicker thanked Captain Singletary for his service as did Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Ray Britt. Captain Singletary was joined by his wife and children. Following the recognition, Bladen County Manager Greg Martin presented the property request to the Commissioners requesting the School of Extended Hope property be given to Bladen County Youth …..

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SBA Extends Physical Damage Application Deadline to Dec. 13; Columbus County Business Recovery Center Relocates

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages in North Carolina. Businesses and individuals with physical damages caused by Hurricane Florence on Sept. 7 – 29, 2018, should apply for SBA low-interest disaster loans before the Dec. 13, 2018 deadline. SBA announced the relocation of a Business Recovery Center from the Old Columbus County Board of Elections Building, 50 Legion Drive, Suite A, Whiteville, NC 28472 (last day of operation Saturday,  Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.) to the Columbus County Community Farmers Market, 132 Government Complex Road, Whiteville, NC 28472 as indicated below and will operate until further notice: Columbus …..

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