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This Day in History – December 16

1835 – Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC. 1897 – 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated. 1903 – Majestic Theater, NYC, becomes 1st in US to employ women ushers. 1905 – “Variety” covering all phases of show business, 1st business. 1912 – 1st US postage stamp picturing an airplane, 20 cent parcel post, issued. 1924 – Hiram Bingham is elected as a Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate forcing him to resign as Governor of Connecticut after serving only one day in office, the shortest term of any Connecticut Governor. 1930 – Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E. Sullivan Award. 1937 – Theodore Cold and Ralph …..

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Partnering to end Opioid Abuse

The Opioid Epidemic has been on the top of a lot of folks mind. Bladen County has a special task force in place to help put an end to the heartbreaking issues of opioid abuse. A lot of young opioid abusers report their addictions started while they were school age. To help combat the issue with the student population, Bladen County Sheriff’s Detective Allen shared opioid and drug abuse information with the Bladen County School’s superintendent and the district administrators during a leadership meeting this week. The Opioid Task Force collaborates with many community stakeholders. Their next meeting is in January. Share:

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Elizabethtown Police Department brings joy

Families First in Elizabethtown is a place where domestic violence victims can turn to in a time of need. The local Families First office received a special delivery. Elizabethtown Police Department’s Lieutenant Cheshire, Officer Avant and Lieutenant McMichael delivered bicycles to Families First this week. On the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Facebook page, they say they made the donation, “to help bring a little joy this Christmas.” Share:

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The parades are over, shopping is underway, church cantatas are planned (many his weekend) all in preparation for the arrival of Christmas Day. For most, a huge celebration, for others a stressful time.  A good time to reach out and help those strugglin’ individuals and those working for organizations that do good work. I attended a meeting recently where David Chesnutt, leader of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads was the speaker, the folks that work with addicted males, those on drugs and alcohol. He spoke about what was going on at the camp, about their needs.  Providing meals and $s for other needs, example, utilities, etc.  It’s an expensive project, but worth every dime.  They are a Christian based organization and not eligible …..

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Golden Leaf accepting scholarship applications

The Golden LEAF Scholarship applications are now available at CFNC.org/goldenleaf. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 1, 2018. A total of 215 awards will be offered to first-time recipients to assist with tuition at participating institutions for the 2018-19 academic year. The awards are valued up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate education) for high school seniors and up to $9,000 for community college transfer students from qualifying counties who attend a participating North Carolina campus. Be on the lookout for an upcoming change in the application process. The Golden LEAF Foundation will soon be moving to an online only application process to increase …..

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Bladenboro Middle School performs songs of the season

The Bladenboro Middle School 7th grade performed on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, directed by Pamela Bryant. (Principal Randi Harrelson & Asst. Principal Brendan McCarthy). They sang “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Joy to the World” to the delight of those in attendance. You can view a video of the performance here. Share:

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Sampson County Church destroyed by fire

  • 12/15/2017
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By Erin Smith A Sampson County church was destroyed in a fire overnight Wednesday. The Evening Light Holiness Church in Garland was gutted in the fire with only the brick walls remaining. The Garland Fire Department was assisted by units from three different counties. Units from Sampson County included Harrells, Autryville, Taylor’s Bridge, Clinton, Halls, Spivey’s Corner, Roseboro, Salemburg and Turkey fire departments. In addition they were also assisted by Bladen County units from White Lake, Hickory Grove, Ammon, Bay Tree Lakes, and Elizabethtown fire departments and the Magnolia Fire Department in Duplin County. According to reports, the church is more than 100 years old and was located on Airport …..

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Elizabethtown Middle School makes toy donation

By Erin Smith The students at the Elizabethtown Middle School wanted to do something special for Christmas to help children have a special day. It was decided to conduct a toy drive for the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. The toys were presented to Bladen County Shrine Club President Donald Melvin and Past President Garrett Smith. The local Shriners will deliver the toys to the Shrine’s Children’s Hospital in time for Christmas. “This just means so much,” said Smith. Both Melvin and Smith thanked the students for the donation. Share:

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State officials: More well testing for GenX

By Erin Smith An information session regarding Chemours and GenX was conducted on Thursday night at the Gray’s Creek High School auditorium in Hope Mills. Several hundred people attended meeting seeking answers regarding contaminated wells and potential health effects. Cries of “shut them down” were heard at various points during the presentations and question and answer session. Officials did state that a third round of well testing will be performed and state officials are performing “spot checks” on wells tested by Chemours after concerns were expressed by members of the public regarding the reliability of testing performed by Chemours. Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Ray Britt, who attended the meeting, said, …..

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SBI Develops New Hand-held Fingerprint Technology

The State Bureau of Investigation has deployed a mobile fingerprint scanning application for local and state law enforcement officers that instantly searches state and national databases for a positive identification. The process is simple. A suspect places his or her finger on a small portable device, about the size of a smartphone and the fingerprints become digitized and sent to the SBI’s Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System and to the FBI for a search of their databases for any matches. The Rapid ID System allows law enforcement officers to capture fingerprints remotely using the mobile fingerprint scanner. An officer quickly receives the results of a search on the hand-held device. If a fingerprint …..

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Salemburg Food Bank benefits from donation

Contributed On Thursday evening, Dec 7th, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mingo Militia Camp 1717 held their annual Christmas Party. Members enjoyed a steak supper with all the trimmings followed with banana pudding chocolate pound cake and coconut cake baked by Mrs. Pat Hulen. After the meal the camp and their families were entertained  by Ms. Kelly Hinson of Jackson Springs as she read “General Lee and Santa Claus” by Louise Clack published by Scuppernong Press of Wake Forest NC. The members brought boxes and bags of food to donate to the Salemburg Food Bank. Mr Woodrow Smith was very grateful for the donation. Commander Hulen stated that as a …..

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Online News & Advertising expands

The Online News & Advertising, LLC (dba: BladenOnline.com) staff are excited as we have launched SoutheasternTimes.com. In our efforts to keep you up to date with all of the latest news that matters to you we are expanding our coverage to include Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina.  “We are really excited to launch SoutheasternTimes.com. Southeastern Times was a local newspaper years ago and such an important part of Bladen County’s history and the community. We wanted to bring it back, but make it broader,” said General Manager Erin Smith. The former owner of the past newspaper Southeastern Times, Norgie Hester, is a contributor for BladenOnline.com. He said, “I think it …..

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Coat donation to Bladen County Schools

Some local children go without a coat during the winter. One local group is working to ensure no child goes without this cold season. Elizabethtown Primary received an unexpected donation. The local school tweeted out, “Big Thank You to The Good News Club for their generous donation of winter coats for our students!” Share:

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NFL results:  Denver Broncos 25 – Indianapolis Colts 13. Paul R. Brown Academy is sponsoring a fundraiser today in the Fresh Foods (BO’s) parking lot on Popular Street, in Elizabethtown.  Barbecue pork, slaw, baked beans, roll and dessert for $7, 11 AM until….Cost is $7 per plate, donations are welcomed.  Proceeds will be used to repair the gym (formally Bladen Central) on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown.  See details elsewhere on BladenOnline. And, check our Sports Page.  Read about a recent presentation to Lacey Suggs, former East Bladen athlete.  A full scholarship at UNCW to play basketball.  She was a walk-on (late commitment) and earned it the old timey way….hard work that produced results. Pretty nice Christmas …..

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This Day in History for December 15

1791 – 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania. 1854 – 1st street-cleaning machine in US used in Philadelphia. 1902 – German agricultural tariffs are increased. 1933 – Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15. 1938 – Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 1939 – “Gone With the Wind”, drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time) 1939 – 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn in Seaford, Delaware. 1941 – USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship. 1942 – …..

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Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon Saturday, Dec 16 ** Tickets for the Gospel Apollo are on sale. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and will be taking place at the Brunswick Missionary Baptist Association. ** From 9 a.m. until noon will be a no-cost business seminar at the Bladen Community College. The seminar will be about The Business Side of Non-Profits and Faith-based Organizations. ** At 10 a.m. join a park ranger at Jones State Lake Park to learn about the geological mysterious of the Carolina Bays. ** The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church will be having a Clothes Closet that will begin at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Food …..

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Pet of the Week: Pepsi

By: Dora Brogdon This week a affectionate 8 month old male by the name of Pepsi was chosen for Pet of the Week. He’s very friendly and loves to love all over those he cares about. This sweet boy deserves a loving family to take him home for Christmas. Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats from December 1st through December 29th. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and …..

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Rotarians serve families of Families First, Inc.

The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club love serving in their communities. The Rotarians wanted to find a way to make Christmas better this year for families being served by Families First, Inc. Rotary Club Service Chairman Michael Leinwand and President Anne Beyer shopped for gifts, including two bicycles, which were presented to Families First’s Marjorie Lewis on Wednesday afternoon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Lewis visited with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday during their annual holiday social. Lewis addressed the Rotarians and shared her own story as a survivor of domestic violence. “My mother and father told me not to marry him (her fiancé),” said Lewis. She …..

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Salvation Army makes Christmas toy delivery

By Erin Smith Christmas will be a little brighter this year for some Bladen County families after the Salvation Army made a delivery of toys and bicycles on Thursday morning. Families began gathering before 8 a.m. in the cold to ensure a spot in line to receive their gifts. This year, 96 families received assistance from the Salvation Army. Marjorie Lewis, with Families First, Inc. said, “We’ve been doing this for six or seven years. We opened our building up for their clients to come in and sign up and then we opened our building up today for the delivery.” Lewis said about six or seven years ago the Salvation …..

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Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy fundraiser planned

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will conduct a barbecue plate fundraiser on Friday, December 15th, 2017, at the Fresh Foods parking lot in Elizabethtown. The proceeds will go toward the repair of the heating, lighting and bathrooms in the school’s gymnasium. Plates will cost $7 each and will consist of barbecue, baked beans, roll and a dessert. The Fresh Foods parking lot is located at 302 Poplar Street, Elizabethtown. Share:

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Christmas time is here, festivities are underway. Great night at Wesley’s Chapel UMC last evening.  A Christmas program that featured youngsters, if they could walk they were eligible, as a cow or some other animal.  Fun, delicious  meal and a huge crowd.   And, Christmas activities continue Sunday evening when the choir presents their cantata, ‘Christmas is Real’.  All are invited. Check with all local churches for Christmas programs, time and place.  It’s that time of the year! Causes me to think back at Christmas’ long ago when I was a youngster, in a Christmas program at Zion Hill Baptist Church near Bladenboro and later when we had 2 youngsters, on …..

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This Day in History for December 14

1793 – 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky to Cincinnati. 1798 – David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine. 1849 – 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston) 1862 – Battle of Kinston, fought in Lenoir County, North Carolina begins (Goldsboro Expedition), Union victory (US Civil War) 1903 – The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright Flyer for the first time at Kitty Hawk, NC. 1916 – America’s first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee. 1934 – 1st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany, …..

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Sandhills Behavioral Services discusses services

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce learned about the various services offered by Sandhills Behavioral Services. The business is located at 119 Courthouse Drive, Elizabethtown. Robert Smith, owner of Sandhills Behavioral Services, said his company offers a variety of mental health and substance abuse services. They also provide transportation for their clients to attend meetings and appointments. Smith said he understands the difficulties individuals experience in dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. The center provides DWI services in English and Spanish, an intensive outpatient substance abuse program, after school programs, drug testing, a sex offender program, and more. Smith said the center also provides …..

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Bladen County Shriners install new officers for 2018

Contributed The Bladen County Shrine Club installed new officers for the upcoming year on Thursday evening. The new officers are President Donald Melvin, Vice-President Jimmy (Odell) Pait, Secretary Donnie Williamson and Treasurer Paul Johnson. The Past President is Garrett Smith. Several guests were also present for the installation service.   The Bladen County Shrine Club conducts two fish fries each year in April and October to benefit the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Plans are under way for the 2018 fish fries and the club appreciates your continued support and looks forward to the upcoming year. Share:

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Alabama US Senate race results: Doug Jones (D)  673,236    49.92% Roy Moore  (R)  652,300    48.38% Write-ins 22,783 No early concession from Moore. US Senate make-up: 51 (R) 49 (D) Political prognosticators have much to talk about, both sides! Bottom line in new congressional tax bill.  Big business wins, Christmas shopping is underway, for sure. Christmas programs, Christmas parties and a Santa on every corner. It’s a most wonderful time of the year for most, for too many, not so good. BladenOnline results from last week (Dec 3-9) 170,426 page views is 6th most in a week in BladenOnline history. 47,641 page views on Thursday, Dec. 7 is 6th most for …..

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This Day in History for December 13

1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard. 1759 – First music store in America opens (Philadelphia) 1879 – First federal fish hatching steamer launched (Wilmington, Delaware) 1922 – Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players’ sleeves or caps. 1928 – Clip-on tie designed. 1934 – Mark Hellinger Theater (Warner Bros) opens at 237 W 51st St, NYC. 1944 – Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138. 1950 – James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial. 1957 – “Peyton …..

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White Lake Board Hears Update From Cape Fear Valley Health

  By Joy Warren Dr. Roxie Wells, Associate Chief Medical Officer with Cape Fear Valley Health, updated the White Lake Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday evening regular meeting. Dr. Wells stressed the importance for rural communities to have access to care. The hospital is looking forward to the new clinic scheduled to be constructed in White Lake. “I am committed to this community and to quality healthcare for the community,” stated Dr. Wells. Mayor Goldston Womble thanked her for coming and stated the Town is looking forward to working with the hospital. Womble administered the Oath of Office for re-elected commissioners Tim Blount, Paul Evans and Mike Suggs. Tom …..

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CresCom Bank Promotes Patty Vernon to Branch Manager and Banking Officer

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to promote Patty Vernon to branch manager and banking officer for the CresCom branch in Wilmington, N.C. Vernon joined the bank in 2016 as a customer service representative. In her new position as branch manager, she will oversee the branch’s day-to-day operational programs, policies, procedures and sales while ensuring a high level of customer care. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Vernon worked in many customer care roles at Newbridge Bank, SunTrust Bank and East Carolina Bank. “Patty has significant banking experience and has truly integrated herself into the Wilmington community,” said David L. Morrow, CEO of …..

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Groundbreaking held for new airport terminal in Elizabethtown

  • 12/12/2017
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By Erin Smith While temperatures were chilly, there was an air of excitement at the Curtis Brown Jr. Field (Elizabethtown Airport) on Tuesday morning as dignitaries and guests gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new terminal building. The new terminal, which will measure about 4,500 square feet, will be constructed on the site of the former terminal building and was designed by local Architect Chris Adams. The new terminal will feature office space, a conference room, a pilot’s lounge, classroom space, restroom facilities, kitchen space, shower facilities, and storage space. The projected completion date for the project is October 2018. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell welcomed members of the Elizabethtown …..

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Board of Education final meeting of 2018

By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where they recognized several groups of students for various achievements. HOSA students from both high schools were recognized for placing and representing Bladen County at the District IV competition. The following students were recognized: *Alexis Allen and Peyton Fell for 8th place in Health Career Display Event *Sammi Jiang, Lily Lin, Katie Evans, and Alyssa Futrell for 4th place in The Creative Problem Solving Event *Hannah Wheeless and Tatianna McElveen for 3rd place in the CPR Event *Kim White for 2nd place in the Nutrition Event *Ebony McKoy for 2nd place in the Nursing Assisting Event …..

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Bladen County Road Closure Update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Kenneth L. Clark has issued an updated list of road openings and closings in Bladen County. An update of road openings / closings is as follows: UPCOMING OPENINGS: Richardson Street – Elizabethtown Richardson Street will open late this afternoon CLOSINGS: Mote Road Mote Road is closed at a location 3.69 miles from NC 41.  The road will be closed through Thursday afternoon at which time it will re-open, then close at another location on Monday. Coley Road Coley Road is closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  The bridge replacement project will take until late November / early December.  A signed detour will be …..

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Late night NFL action – Miami Dolphins 27 – New England Patriots 20. Newly elected and re-elected town officials across the county are being sworn-in.  Congratulations to all. Congratulations to East Bladen football coach Robby Priest who was named Football Coach of the Year.  He shares the honor with two others, both with Bladen County ties.  Russell Dove of South Columbus (Bladenboro native – former West Bladen football coach) and Whiteville’s Luke Little, (parents are Clarkton area natives).  Pretty good company, all young, all smart and all very successful. John Clark covers it all in our Sports section…. Coach Ken Cross, former East and West Bladen basketball coach, retired, sort of and is working …..

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This Day in History for December 12

1787 – Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution. 1800 – Washington, DC, established as he capital of the United States of America. 1878 – Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing “St. Louis Dispatch” 1899 – George F. Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee. 1914 – The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%. 1925 – Arthur Heinman coins term “motel”, opens Motel Inn, San Luis Obispo. 1937 – NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV-vans onto the streets of NY. 1946 – ‘Tide’ detergent introduced. 1946 – UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1957 – …..

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Bladenboro board hears concerns about McLean Park

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board heard concerns about McLean Park during their meeting on Monday night. Town Commissioner Sarah Jane Benson asked Town Administrator John O’Daniel for an update regarding McLean Park. “I was wondering what the status is of lightning out at McLean Park. Did we ever find out what we could and could not do or what was available?” asked Benson. O’Daniel said, “I talked with Four County. I’ve given them what we are looking for and they are working on putting together a proposal.” Benson also asked about the status of the replacement of the swings and repairs of the bleachers at Wateree Park. O’Daniel …..

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Hanukkah to be observed

By Erin Smith Tuesday evening marks the beginning of Hanukkah which is also known as the Festival of Lights. It is an eight day Jewish holiday which commemorates the victory of the Israelites over the Greek army and the relighting of the lamp in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. Some of the traditions of Hanukkah include the lighting of the candles of the Menorah over a period of eight days. Families also play dreidel, eat traditional foods, and exchange gifts, according to My Jewish Learning. Some traditional food consumed during Hanukkah include Latkes, Tostones (similar to plantain bananas) and Sufganiya (similar to a jelly doughnut), according to My Jewish Learning. …..

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DPS to Establish Five New Reentry Councils to Help Former Inmates, Prevent Repeat Offenders

  • 12/11/2017
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RALEIGH — The Department of Public Safety is awarding contracts to five organizations to establish new reentry councils in Onslow, Jones, Guilford, Pamlico, Craven, Forsyth and Cumberland counties to help people released from prison transition back into their communities and to help communities prevent repeat offenders. A contract for $149,976.55 will go to the Guilford County Government for the Guilford County Local Reentry Council. Contracts for $150,000 each will go to the Piedmont Triad Regional Council in Forsyth County and Action Pathways, Inc., in Cumberland County. Contracts of $225,000 each will go to Tri-Counties Crusaders in Onslow/Jones counties and Eastern Carolina Council of Governments in Pamlico/Craven counties. These funds will help …..

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One arrested on drug possession charges

By Erin Smith One Bladen County resident was arrested for two counts of felony drug possession charges on Thursday. Tamra Rae Russ of Tar Heel was arrested and charged with one felony count of possession of schedule 1 controlled substance and one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. She is scheduled to appear in Bladen District Court on December 18th. Share:

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Deadline to pay property taxes is approaching

By Erin Smith The deadline to pay your 2017 property taxes is fast approaching. Your property taxes, both real property and personal property, must be paid by January 5, 2018, to avoid accruing interest. According to Bladen County Tax Administrator Renee Davis, property taxes for 2017 will begin accruing interest on January 6th, 2018. The Bladen County Tax Office has the authority to begin force collections such as wage garnishments on 2017 property taxes on that date, said Davis. Davis said there are several methods you can use to pay your taxes. You can by telephone, pay online at http://bladen.ustaxdata.com/ TaxSearch.cfm, or use the drop box on the outside of the …..

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For NFL fans, the past weekend featured some great games, but the best was saved for late last night.  Steelers win over Ravens 39-38. ‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger passed for 228 yards in the 4th quarter, and became the first QB to have three 500 passing yard games in leading his team to a 39-38 victory.  A last minute field goal clinched the victory. Tonight, the New England Patriots square off against the Miami Dolphins. If you haven’t visited Lu Mil to see the Christmas Lights, you’ve missed a treat.  Can’t explain, except, great sight for a bargain price. Opioid addiction is at or near the top of many folks list of concerns, as …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 11

1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock. 1620 – Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became as the “First Encounter” 1816 – Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union. 1872 – Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback takes office as the first African American US Governor in Louisiana. 1902 – The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products. 1909 – Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC. 1919 – Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama. 1930 – Bank of the United States closes in New York …..

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BladenOnline.com Helps Friends Reconnect

Contributed To quote the Disney Theme Park ride, “It’s a Small World after all.” BladenOnline.com followed the progress of former East Bladen basketball coach Alvin Thompson, his son Alvin Thompson, Jr. and their Wake County Cowboys football team at the Pop Warner Super Bowl Play-offs in Florida this past week. Coach Thompson texted us to thank us for our posting and to share that there are more ties to Bladen County on the Wake County Cowboys team. One of the players on the team is Buchanan Simmons (No. 16 in the team photo). “Buchanan is a friend of my son and the nephew of Norma Martin of Bladen County,” said …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

  Kathy Gooden of Clarkton was voted Miss Pembroke State University. Unemployment in Bladen County was at 14.6%. A plan was being discussed to four lane highway 701 around Elizabethtown. Donna Gooden of Elizabethtown was a district finalist for the Morehead Scholarship. Share:

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North Carolina High School football teams decided state-wide championships in all categories yesterday and last night, despite cold weather, including snow and rain at time in many games. Among the last to be decided: Wallace Rose Hill 35 – Reidsville 28 in overtime for 2A title. Dollar General stores all across the state, makes shopping more convenient in urban and rural settings. 2.6 inches of rainfall over the past week at the Hester household, approximately  2 or 3 miles (as the crow flies) southwest of downtown E-town. For years, there has been concern about jobs for local residents, now the concern is a lack of labor, OK, a lack of labor who …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 10

1672 – New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston. 1690 – Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money. 1836 – Emory college (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia. 1884 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error) 1906 – US President Theodore Roosevelt is the 1st American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1922 – Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards. 1927 – Grand Ole Opry makes its 1st radio broadcast, in Nashville, TN. 1936 – Edward VIII signs …..

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Share The Gift Of Security

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC We have all received gifts we have wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you are there for them, no matter what, is the best gift of all. You avoid the embarrassment of giving an awkward gift. Social Security is also there for you and your family — all year long. For this holiday season, give your loved ones some peace of mind by introducing them to Social Security’s many programs. While creating new holiday memories, help your family members …..

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FEMA : Holiday and Travel Safety Toolkit

Share ways to prepare for the holidays with your family, friends, and community. The Ready Campaign’s Holiday and Travel Safety Social Media Toolkit provides preparedness information and graphics to help this season. The main tips for holiday and travel safety include: Stay off the road during and after a winter storm. Keep candles away from flammable materials or consider using flameless candles instead. Keep an eye on food when cooking. Turn off holiday lights at night. Keep your tree watered, do not let your holiday tree dry out. Shop securely online over the holidays. For more tips, hashtags, promotional content, Twitter, and Facebook messages, visit the Holiday and Travel Safety …..

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BladenOnline continues to be a busy place. Thursday, December 7, 2017, we recorded 47,641 page views, 6th most in our nearly 10 year history. A couple of news stories topped the list, the Downing sentence and a Clarkton murder were the main factors. Sad news, but good news. You do the crime, you pull the time. From one extreme to another, there is no greater feeling for a parent or grandparent than to witness a young family member reach another milestone, and this time of year many are graduating and ready to move on, into the real world and make this a better place. That is really good news. Pray …..

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Boys Basketball: Red Springs 77, East Bladen 39

  • 12/09/2017
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RED SPRINGS – Senior guard Caleel Mitchell bombed in four 3-point shots and scored 19 points Friday night to lead Red Springs to a 77-39 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen. Mitchell and Jayshawn Carthens connected on one 3-point shot each and combined for 13 first-period points as the Red Devils took an 18-12 lead. Junior guard Adonis Avery drained a 3-point shot, and Avery, freshman Javant McDowell and Robert Cooley scored a basket each for East Bladen in the first quarter. Mitchell caught fire in the second quarter and sparked a 24-9 Red Devil surge with a trio of 3-point baskets. Senior Marcus Monroe contributed a …..

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Annual Christmas for Kids in Bladenboro

The Bladenboro Police Department has completed their annual Christmas for Kids for this year. Officers were able to take children shopping and the Southeastern Cruisers Car Club partnered with the police department to provide the children with bicycles. Each child was able to purchase a winter coat, three to five outfits, shoes, socks, undergarments, hygiene products and toys, said Chief Hunt. “We thank everyone who donated because their donations ensured these kids had a Christmas to remember. We hope they (those who donated) have the satisfaction of knowing they helped these children have a brighter Christmas,” said Chief Hunt. Chief Hunt said that it’s not too late to get your …..

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This Day in History for December 9

1540 – Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Mass colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin. 1793 – Noah Webster establishes New York’s 1st daily newspaper, the “American Minerva” 1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of War is established by the U.S. Congress. 1884 – Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate. 1902 – American League announces purchase of grounds for a stadium in NY. 1907 – First Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington, Delaware, post office) 1926 – USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs. 1935 – Walter Liggett American newspaper editor and muckraker killed in gangland murder. 1936 – American League OKs baseball for St. …..

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Fun Friday Video

A new video series has started for December called, “Fun Friday Video” with Paul Alan Smith. Paul talks with Charlotte Smith about holiday fun, quotes and jokes. View the video now: Share:

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Romanian Man Sentenced for Role in International Fraud Scheme Involving Online Marketplace Websites

A Romanian man was sentenced today to 29 months in prison for his participation in an international scheme involving fraudulent advertisements on online marketplaces that induced victims to send over $870,000 to conspirators for the purchase of various items that were not actually available for purchase. Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee made the announcement. Vlad Diaconu, 37, originally of Bucharest, Romania, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen of the Northern District of Illinois, who sits in the Middle District of Tennessee by designation.  Diaconu pleaded guilty to …..

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Rotary Club learns local history

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about local history and grave marking on Wednesday during their luncheon meeting. Layton Dowless addressed the club and talked about his experience in learning about how to locate and mark Revolutionary War period graves. Many of us have a Patriot ancestor but many have not had their graves marked with headstones denoting their service. Dowless said he can assist you with that service. He explained he can help you in locating the grave and ordering and setting a gravestone in place. Over the years, Dowless said he has gotten his grandchildren involved and each grandchild has adopted a cemetery. He said they place flags on …..

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Kiwanians entertain ladies from Boys and Girls Homes

Christmas got a little brighter on Tuesday evening as the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club helped to spread holiday joy. The Kiwanians treated some young ladies from the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Homes to a shopping experience at Leinwand’s for new clothes. Then they shared a catered holiday meal with the Kiwanians at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. The youth introduced themselves and spoke about what they wanted to do when they graduate before the feast began. The girls spoke briefly about their career plans and have promising futures. The Kiwanians were also joined by the East Bladen High School Key Club. The Key Club has officially completed their requirements to …..

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White Lake Dollar General to conduct Toy Drive 

By Erin Smith The Dollar General on US 701 North near White Lake will be conducting a Holiday of Hope Toy Drive on Saturday, December 16th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. “The toy drive is a way to give back to the community,” said Store Manager Brandy Brigman. There will be an opportunity to have your child’s picture taken with Santa Claus at no cost and coloring pictures will also be available, said Brigman. Fire trucks will also be on display from White Lake Fire Department, White Lake Water Rescue and Bay Tree Lakes Fire Department. Cupcakes will be available for the children to enjoy. The goal of the …..

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Man pleads guilty to drugs possession

By Erin Smith DeMerion Jamar Barnhardt pled guilty to felony possession of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance in Bladen County Superior Court on Wednesday. Judge Rueben Young sentenced him to 6 to 17 months probation suspended and 24 months of supervised probation. Barnhardt will also receive credit for time served and he must consent to periodic warrantless searches and random drug testing. Judge Young told Barnhardt that in the event he should have a positive drug test, he is ordering he be immediately arrested and placed in jail under a $50,000 secured bond. Bladen County District Attorney Courtney Sanford told the court her office made an offer to Barnhardt on January …..

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One sentenced in Bladen Hardware break-in

By Erin Smith One of the defendants charged with breaking and entering and larceny of the Bladen Hardware Store in Elizabethtown was sentenced on Wednesday. Christopher Lamonta McDowell of Brown’s Creek Church Road, Elizabethtown,  accepted a plea arrangement which allowed him to plead guilty to one count of breaking and entering and one county of larceny of a firearm.  Judge Rueben Young asked McDowell if he was under the influence of any substances to which McDowell answered he had “smoked weed” Tuesday night prior to coming to court. Judge Young then sent McDowell to be drug tested before continuing with the sentencing process. It was announced later in court the drug test was positive for …..

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NFL action last night:  Atlanta Falcons 20 – New Orleans Saints 17. What do you know about Bitcoins? Watching news out of DC is confusing to say the least.  Watch Fox, then CNN, discussing same issues, same people….Sounds like 2 different worlds…..So who do you trust? Me? Neither! ….No Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley or Chet Huntley type folks on either….My thoughts… Filing for political offices from the Courthouse to US Congress is currently scheduled to begin in early February. Local offices & current office holders: County Commissioners: District 1      Arthur Bullock District 2      Charles R. Peterson District 2      Russell Priest Board of Education: County-wide           Vinston Rozier Tim Benton Dennis Ray …..

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This Day in History for December 8

1776 – George Washington’s retreating army crosses Delaware River from New Jersey. 1792 – 1st cremation in US, Henry Laurens. 1863 – Abraham Lincoln issues his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South. 1902 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. became Associate Justice on US Supreme Court. 1914 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Watch your Step” premieres in NYC. 1930 – Broadway Theater opens at 1681 Broadway NYC. 1931 – Coaxial cable patented. 1940 – 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0. 1941 – US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II. 1941 – President Roosevelt delivers “Day of Infamy” speech to US Congress …..

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Bladen County native will be sharing his book on Sunday

If you are still looking for that perfect Christmas gift, you are in luck. This weekend Bladen County native Joe Hamilton will be sharing stories from his book, “Firepot Stories,” on Sunday, Dec. 10. Hamilton will be at Lu Mil Vineyard at 4 p.m. and plans to discuss his book which features stories which originated in Bladen County. He will also be available to sign copies of his book as well. Hamilton is the founder of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and has compiled a lifetime of outdoor writing in his new book, “Firepot Stories: Collected Writings of a Naturalist, Conservationist, Wildlife Biologist, Sportsman and Raconteur,” available from QDMA. …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By Dora Brogdon This week a kitten named Dusty has been chosen for Pet of the Week. He is a 3 to 4 month old male that loves to play and is very friendly. This kitten needs a new home home for Christmas! The Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats from December 1st through December 29th. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon  until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is …..

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Governor’s Crime Commission Looks at Ways to Improve Prison Security

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Update on Raise the Age Implementation Plans Also Provided Raleigh – Today during its quarterly meeting, the Governor’s Crime Commission discussed  prison management practices and efforts to improve safety at North Carolina prisons. “We’re continuing to work to identify proven safety and security practices we can implement to make North Carolina’s prisons safer, with many improvements already put in place,” Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks said. “We’re looking at all options for making our prisons and those who work in them as safe as possible, and I look forward to receiving the commission’s full report and recommendations.” As part of the discussion, the Commission heard about a study of best …..

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FORMER CONNECTICUT RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY TRANSPORTING PROTECTED WILDLIFE

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that WILLIAM CARL BARTLETT, 65, of Eastpoint, Florida, formerly of Cheshire, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel in Bridgeport to two counts of illegally transporting protected wildlife. According to court documents and statements made in court, BARTLETT is a snake and reptile collector.  In July 2012, BARTLETT shipped via overnight mail courier 10 Outer Banks kingsnakes from Connecticut to an individual in Emporium, Pennsylvania.  Prior to that date, BARTLETT collected a male and female kingsnake from the Outer Banks in violation of North Carolina law.  In North Carolina, the Outer Banks kingsnake is …..

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Minor damage, no injuries in Bladenboro fire

By Erin Smith A fire on Bellamy Road near Bladenboro resulted in minor damage to the home and no injuries to the residents or firefighters. According to officials on the scene, a wire beside the chimney burned and caused the insulation and ceiling to start burning. Jackie Coleman, with the Bladenboro Fire Department, said the fire was contained to the area around the chimney. The home’s occupants, John Bellamy and Houston Brown, were home at the time of the fire, according to their nephew Corey Davis. Davis said he had delivered a puppy to its new owner and decided to stop and check on his uncle who resides at 162 …..

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Three Arrests Made in Ida’s Lane homicide

Three arrests have been announced by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in a homicide near Clarkton. On December 6th, 2017, at approximately 5:31 p.m. the Bladen County Sheriffs Office received a call of an unknown situation at 84 Ida’s Lane, Clarkton. Upon arrival deputies located Charles Leon Leach, 60 years of age of Clarkton, deceased in the residence. Investigators have determined that the victim in this case was the victim of an apparent robbery, according to Captain Jeff Singletary. An autopsy was conducted this morning by the Medical Examiner in Raleigh and the exact cause of death will be determined; however, blunt force trauma to the head was noted. Three …..

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Bladen County Solid Waste announces Christmas, New Years schedules

Bladen County Solid Waste has announced their schedules for the Christmas and New Years holidays. *Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, December 25th through Wednesday, December 27th – Christmas: All convenience centers will be closed Monday, December 25th in observance of the holiday. Normal operations for shall resume on Tuesday, December 26th. The Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Thursday, December 28th. *Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, January 1st – New Years Day: All convenience centers will be operating on their regular schedule, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM. The Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. …..

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Today is Pearl Harbor Day

By Erin Smith Today, marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Japanese.  This vicious attack led to the United States joining in World War II. in the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack caught the US Navy by surprise and eight battleships were sunk. Two battleships—the USS Arizona and the USS Oklahoma—did not return to duty. All totaled, 20 American vessels were either damaged or destroyed and 300 aircraft were damaged or destroyed. During the attack, numerous service men and women lost their lives. According to Wikipedia, the number of US citizens who …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston Happy December everyone. By now your Thanksgiving feast, (and all those left-overs) is just a pleasant memory. We all have a lot to be thankful for, like the fine folks at the Bladen County Health Department who work hard each month to ensure our safety when we eat away from home. As always, BladenOnline.com is serving the Mother county by publishing the results of the sanitation inspections that were performed last month. Check out the list below to see which restaurants and kitchens were inspected in November. Bon Appitité.   Share:

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Sheriff’s Office investigating apparent homicide

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide.  On Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, at approximately 5:31 p.m. the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an unknown situation at 84 Ida’s Lane, Clarkton, according to Captain Jeff Singletary. Upon arrival, deputies located Charles Leon Leach, 60 years of age, of Clarkton, deceased in the residence. Investigators determined foul play to be a part of the investigation, according to Captain Singletary. At this time, no other details are being released, but the investigation is ongoing and we will share updates as new information becomes available, said Captain Singletary. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker asks that if you have any …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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Christmas is just 18 days away! Busy, busy time of the year. Shopping to be done, then wrapping. Time to get Christmas cards addressed and in the mail. Church choirs busy practicing their Cantata. Plans for Christmas Day nearing completion. Look around, lot’s of hurt.  You can help make this a M-E-R-R-Y Christmas for someone. Seems the end of December Is a popular time for retirements…maybe yours? Preparations for colder weather should be complete. Property taxes will be past due in about a month and a penalty added. Begin to think ahead, gather info related to filing your state and federal taxes. Filing for numerous political offices begins early 2018. Just thinking about …..

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This Day in History for December 7

1696 – Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull. 1787 – Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify the US constitution. 1808 – James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President. 1868 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin, Missouri, kills 1. 1891 – 52nd US Congress (1st to appropriate $1 billion) holds 1st session. 1909 – Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermo-setting plastic, Bakelite, sparking the birth of the plastics industry. 1917 – US becomes 13th country to declare war on Austria during World War I. 1926 – Gas refrigerator patented. 1937 – Red Sox acquire the contract …..

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Clarkton Board Members Sworn In

By Erin Smith Two members of the Clarkton town board received their oaths of office on Tuesday night. Incumbent Jerome Myers will be joined by newly elected Town Commissioner Stephen Wayne Hester. Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis administered the oaths of office. Hester was joined by his family. Share:

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Election Protest denied

By Erin Smith The protest to the Dublin Town Commissioners race was denied on Tuesday afternoon after the candidate Richard Sibbett ceded 10 of the 16 ballots he had initially protested based on the  residency of the voters. “Mr. Sibbett has filed a petition saying that domicile is the issue and that is the issue before this board,” said Attorney Leslie Johnson, who serves as the attorney for Bladen County. He was joined by Allen Johnson who also represents Bladen County. Johnson explained that 18 people were subpoenaed or sent registered letters instructing them to appear for the protest hearing. Sibbett claimed in his protest that the voters who cast …..

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To often we take good health for granted.  Continue prayers for Coach Robby Priest and Judge Ola Lewis and others dealing with health issues. Cade Hancock recently participated in American Junior Golf Tournament in Florida and played a round with PGA Pro Ricky Fowler.  He raised over $25,000 for the event, the most ever by a participant, with half going to AJGT and the other $12,640 going to Operation Smile, in honor of his sister who was born with a cleft pallet.  After a dozen surgeries she is A-OK, a student at ECU.  Cade, a 16 year old Harrells student, also won a custom set of Taylor Made golf clubs valued at …..

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This Day in History for December 6

1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1876 – US Electoral College picks Rutherford B. Hayes as President, despite Samuel J. Tilden winning more votes. 1877 – 1st recording made of the human voice made by Thomas Edison reciting “Mary had a Little Lamb” 1877 – Washington Post publishes 1st edition. 1907 – Coal mine explosions in Monongah, West Virginia kills 361. 1922 – 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY. 1939 – Cole Porter’s musical “Du Barry was a Lady” premieres in NYC. 1944 – US 95th Infantry division reaches Westwall. 1955 – New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins “$64,000 …..

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Harmony Hall Christmas Open House

By Erin Smith Harmony Hall Plantation Village will hold their annual Christmas Open House this weekend. The house will be open for tours on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and experience Harmony Hall Plantation Village in its holiday finest. Hot cider and cocoa will be available and children will have the opportunity to try their hands at making traditional Christmas crafts to take home. Don’t forget to take walk on the newly refurbished River Trail while you’re there. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Share:

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First Beer Sale recorded in Dublin

Melissa Lockamy of Inman’s IGA shared a photo of the first beer sale made in Dublin. Clint Ward made the purchase on Monday afternoon. “After years of much controversy it has finally happened,” wrote Lockamy in an email.      Share:

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Eight New State Capitol Police Officers Sworn In

RALEIGH – Eight new officers with the State Capitol Police were sworn in today in a formal ceremony at the Justice Building in Raleigh. Officers Jon Bennett, Tyrone Champion, Dustin Dobson, Tito Frink, Colby James, Quantina Seydel, Shelby Smith and Jesse Urban were all welcomed to the agency by Chief Glen Allen, who provided opening remarks. “These officers have a broad range of education, training and experience, which makes them valuable additions to our agency,” said Chief Allen. “I’m proud to welcome them to State Capitol Police and to have them on board.” The oath of office was administered by North Carolina Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Paul M. Newby. Shortly after …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Monday Night NFL results: Steelers 23 – Bengals 20. Congratulations to our new local leaders.  Ray Britt was elected chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners last night and Michael Cogdell, vice-chair.  Both on 5-4 margins. Tiger Woods is hopefully on the road to recovery, after numerous back surgeries, had a good showing this past weekend in his first PGA event in a long time.  Picked up another $100,000 plus in winnings, but bet he would say the money is nice, but to be physically able to play competitively is worth much more. Christmas time is coming and there are many youngsters who will have little or nothing under their Christmas tree, unless someone …..

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This Day in History for December 5

1776 – First US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William & Mary College), forms. 1792 – George Washington re-elected as US President. 1848 – US President Polk triggers Gold Rush of 1849 by confirming gold discovery in California. 1876 – Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench. 1879 – 1st automatic telephone switching system patented. 1908 – 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh) 1929 – 1st US nudist organization, the American League for Physical Culture in New York City. 1932 – German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America. 1941 – Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved. 1941 – US aircraft carrier …..

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Elizabethtown Wells Show No Concentration of Gen-X

By Joy Warren Elizabethtown Town Council met in regular session Monday evening and heard a report from Public Works Director Pat DeVane regarding testing of the Town’s wells. DeVane stated that “the wells were tested for Gen-X and 4 related compounds with no measurable concentration of the compounds.” He will continue to keep up-to-date with the information from the State, but, as of right now, “the Town’s water supply is safe”. After a public hearing, Council approved an ordinance to reduce the speed limit to 20 mph on McLeod Street at the entrance to Bladen Medical. Safety of McLeod Village residents was a concern as residents are walking or riding …..

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Bladen County Animal Shelter to waive adoption fees

Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats from December 1st through December 29th. You will still be required to pay the $25-$30 dog and $15 cat vaccinations fees. The staff of Shelter hope that having this adoption special will help a lot of dogs and cats find homes for Christmas. The Shelter will be open on December 22nd for extended hours for adoptions from noon  until 6:30 p.m. The Shelter will also offer a one year Rabies clinic during this event on December 22nd. If you have any questions, please call the shelter at 910-862-6918. The shelter will be closed for the Holidays on December 25th …..

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Habitat for Humanity Home dedicated

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, conducted a home dedication on Monday afternoon. The McIntyre family received the keys to their new home located at 701 King Street, Elizabethtown. The McIntyre home in Elizabethtown is the result of an effort an effort by the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity to build one new home in both Bladen and Sampson counties with funds from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation. Regina McIntyre, along with her husband, Jerry McIntyre, and their twin sons, Sherod and Jerry Jr., were officially presented the keys to her new home by Van Gunter with Fayetteville Area …..

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CIT graduates first class of EMS, firefighters, and 911 operators in region

By Erin Smith Eastpointe held a special graduation ceremony on Thursday for its Critical Incident Training class at the White Lake Training Facility. The class consisted of 18 participants and it was the first class to graduate EMS members, firefighters, and 911 telecommunicators along with law enforcement officers in our four county region. The class consisted of participants from Bladen County, Brunswick County, Pender County and Columbus County law enforcement, fire service, EMS and 911 Communications. The graduates were presented with a certificate and a CIT pen denoting they have completed the training. During the graduation ceremony, participants were asked to give their testimony regarding the class and what they …..

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Jones Lake State Park is Hosting Programs for January

Jones Lake State Park is offering various programs for the month of January. The schedule is as follows: *January 1, 2018 @ 10 a.m. First Day Discovery Hike Start the year off in the outdoors! Join a park ranger for a four-mile hike around Jones Lake! We will be hiking the Bay Trail which travels through several habitats that are found around Carolina Bays.  Discussion on the hike will include the history of Jones Lake State Park and the flora and fauna. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes. This event is free of charge and …..

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Jones Lake State Park is Hosting Programs for December

Jones Lake State Park is hosting various programs during the month of December. Program dates and times are as follows: *December 9, 2017 @ 10 a.m. Discovery Hike Join a park ranger for a hike through the bay forest at Jones Lake State Park and “discover” why this environment is unique.  Discussion on the hike will include the flora and fauna of the forest, and why Carolina Bays are important.  Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for this program. Please bring bug spray, water, and hiking shoes.  This event is free of charge and is open to the general public.  Contact the park office at (910) …..

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Elizabethtown Receives Grants for Airport Terminal project

By Erin Smith The Curtis Brown Jr. Field (Elizabethtown Airport) has been undergoing a makeover,  which includes the construction of a new terminal building and the repairing and repaving of the parking lot. It was announced on Friday by the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division on Aviation that the town of Elizabethtown has received grant funding in the amount of $35,000 for the parking lot repairs and $126,000 for site work for the terminal building. Town Manager Eddie Madden said, “This (the grants) completes all of the funding needed (for the project).” The town awarded the bid for the construction to Graca Builders of Whiteville in October. “The notice …..

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Entries sought for MLK Parade

The annual Martin Luther King Parade in Elizabethtown is planned for Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 11 a.m.  Come with your family and friends and enjoy the floats, classic vehicles, high school queens and kings, bands, dancers, social organizations, motor cycle clubs, VFW Posts,  Boy Scouts, American Legion Posts, usual parade participants, etc.   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  MLK promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience.  He is perhaps best known for his “I have a dream…” speech in 1963.  He was assassinated in 1968.  Martin Luther King, Jr. day became a federally recognized holiday in 1983.  The …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Late night NFL score: Seahawks 24 – Eagles 10. Janice Johnson, my deceased walking ‘buddy’ must have been happy, observing her funeral service yesterday, her granddaughter played on her musical instrument, loving thoughts of her and Dennis (her deceased husband), lots of laughter, and some tears.  Salt of the earth type folks, respected by all.  What they told you, you could believe. From time to time, I enjoy reflecting on days-gone-by. As a youngster, enjoyed setting trot-lines in June Singletary millpond, with some of my buddies. Playing baseball on a Sunday afternoon in the cow pasture with only 4 or 5 on each team.  Sometimes no one with a glove, using a hand-made ball, made …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for December 4

1682 – First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester) 1816 – James Monroe (Va), elected 5th US President, defeating Federalist Rufus King. 1833 – American Anti-Slavery Society formed by Arthur Tappan in Philadelphia. 1881 – The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published. 1915 – F. F. Fletcher is first US admiral to receive Congressional Medal of Honor. 1915 – Henry Ford’s peace ship, Oscar II, sails for Europe ‘to get the boys out of the trenches by Christmas’ 1923 – Cecil B. DeMille’s first version of “The Ten Commandments” premieres. 1933 – FDR creates Federal Alcohol Control Administration. 1942 – FDR orders dismantling of Works Progress Administration (WPA). …..

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Habitat Home Dedication planned

The Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity in partnership with Bladen County Habitat for Humanity will conduct a home dedication for the McIntyre family at their new home on Monday at noon at 701 West King Street, Elizabethtown. The family has spent many hours working hard on their new home and have completed their “sweat equity” and are ready to move in. Everyone is encouraged to come out to the home dedication and help welcome them home. The partnership is an effort of the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity’s commitment to build one new home in both Bladen and Sampson counties with funds from the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation. A …..

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Santa visits Lu Mil Vineyard

You better watch out and you better not pout if you visit Lu Mil Vineyard. Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting Lu Mil Vineyard now through December 23rd to learn what children in Bladen County want for Christmas. During the Christmas Light Show event, Santa will be on-hand to hear your child’s wish list. After visiting with Santa, you and your family can stop in the Candy Shop which is stocked with a variety of old fashioned candies which are sure to bring back memories.     Share:

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New Law Helps Enhance Prison Safety

Raleigh – A new law goes into effect today that helps increase public safety at prisons in North Carolina. As of Dec. 1, it is illegal to fly unmanned aircraft systems, also called drones, 250 feet above and within 500 feet of correctional facilities. Under the new law, those who use drones to try to sneak cell phones, weapons or other contraband material into a correctional facility can be charged with a felony. People who simply fly drones near prisons can be charged with misdemeanors. “Unfortunately, there are those who want to use this technology for nefarious purposes rather than its intended use,” said Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks. …..

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WBHS FFA Participates in State FFA Livestock Evaluation Event

The West Bladen FFA Chapter participated in the 2017 NC FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on November 28th, 2017. This event took place in Raleigh, NC and is sponsored by the NC Cattlemen’s Association. Team members were: Amelia Harris, Logan Lewis, Helen Lopez, MacKenzie Morris, and Sean Nunnery. At this event, students evaluated livestock based on breeding and market characteristics, defended their decisions to a panel of judges, completed a written test, and a team activity. Harris, Morris, and Nunnery are also members of the Bladen County 4-H Youth Livestock Team. Share:

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West Bladen High FFA fellowships with Bladenboro PD

On​ ​November​ ​30th,​ ​2017,​ ​West​ ​Bladen​ ​High School Future Farmers of America (FFA)​ ​members​ ​and​ ​Bladenboro​ ​Police​ ​Officers​ ​visited the​ ​Over​ ​Yonder​ ​Ice​ ​Cream​ ​shop​ ​in​ ​Bladenboro.​ ​​ ​The​ ​West​ ​Bladen​ ​FFA​ ​members​ ​got​ ​to​ ​talk and​ ​visit​ ​with​ ​the​ ​police​ ​officers​ ​for​ ​a​ ​little​ ​while,​ ​and​ ​presented​ ​them​ ​with​ ​a​ ​care​ ​package.​ ​​ ​The care​ ​packages​ ​included​ ​clipboards,​ ​pens,​ ​chewing​ ​gum,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​items​ ​that​ ​could​ ​help​ ​them during​ ​their​ ​day​ ​to​ ​day​ ​routine​ ​on​ ​the​ ​job.​ ​The​ ​West​ ​Bladen​ ​FFA​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​thank​ ​all​ ​police officers​ ​for​ ​what​ ​they​ ​do,​ ​and​ ​considered​ ​it​ ​a​ ​privilege​ ​to​ ​fellowship​ ​with​ ​local​ ​officers​ ​in​ ​their community. In the photo, President​ …..

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RAFEDAIN SHISH KABOB RESTAURANT, INC. RECALLS CHICKEN PATTY SHISH KABOB PRODUCTS

Rafedain Shish Kabob Restaurant, Inc., a Detroit, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 813 pounds of chicken patty shish kabob products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products contain milk, wheat and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label. The chicken patty shish kabob items were produced on various dates between Feb. 7, 2017 and Nov. 27, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 9-oz. vacuum-packed tray packages containing four pieces of “RAFEDAIN FULLY COOKED CHICKEN PATTY SHISH KABOB.” The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST 44196” inside the USDA mark …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Late night college football score – Clemson 38 – Miami 3. Other scores of interest: Ohio State 27 – Wisconsin 21 Georgia 28 – Auburn 7 Oklahoma 41 – TCU 17 Confused about claims by our elected officials?  Google FactCheck.  Yesterday, topics included: 1) Websites that have published fake or satirical stories 2) President Trump recent claims during speeches 3) Sen. Warren’s claim of being part native American 4) Michael Flynn activities 5) Nancy Pelosi claims 6) Rep. Kevin Brady, Chairman of US House tax writing committee, claims Check the site and make your own conclusions. Check our Sports section for info on West and East Bladen student athletes who …..

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