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E-Wallet App Protects Family Debit Card Number

Many families have a single debit or credit card shared among several individuals, including teens and college students who may lose track of purchases, buy from unsecured websites, or access money without clearing the amount with parents.These problems may do more than cause friction in the family; they can put the family credit at risk if a card number is stolen or a card is misplaced.A simple solution: Prepaid credit cards with unique one-time-use numbers distinct from a family’s debit card number and bank account.One example of the latest in prepaid card technology is MovoCoin.Users of the MOVO e-wallet app can create digital prepaid cards on the spot in exact …..

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Americans Are Flossing in the Strangest Places

Where have you flossed other than your bathroom? If you’re like nearly 40 percent of Americans, the answer is… in a car.How about on a date? Seven percent admitted to flossing on a date. Another six percent said on an airplane, and then there was the five percent who said in a work meeting.While experts agree that even some flossing – no matter where – beats none at all, the survey by Atomik Research for the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) illustrates a bit of a dichotomy: Only seven percent of Americans name flossing as most important to their personal care routines when it comes to perfecting their smiles, revealing …..

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Columbus County Sherriff’s Office makes arrest in pharmacy theft

  • 07/21/2018
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Contributed Whiteville, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit have initiated an investigation into the larceny of narcotics from Baldwin Woods Pharmacy located at 607 Jefferson Street in Whiteville. On July 19, 2018, Baldwin Woods Pharmacy contacted Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) after a recent inventory revealed discrepancies. CCSO Vice-Narcotics Detectives responded to the pharmacy and initiated the investigation. During the investigation, CCSO Vice-Narcotics Detectives discovered that an outside contractor, gained access to the pharmacy while performing his job duties. During the defendant’s visit to the pharmacy on July 19, the defendant did steal, take and carry away 700 Oxycodone tablets. CCSO Vice-Narcotics Detectives identified the defendant and the vehicle he was driving. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Weather forecast for today (Saturday).  Cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 90.  Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Saturday Night…Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11 pm.  70% chance of precipitation with new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. I am in full ‘check mode’ when it comes to news, any type news.  Snopes and FactCheck are two pretty good sources to determine the truthfulness, or lack of truth for most articles, wherever they originate. Bladen County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 5pm Monday to consider a request from the Board of Education to consider including a referendum related to an additional 1/4 cent …..

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This Day in History for July 21

1669 – John Locke’s Constitution of English colony Carolina is approved. 1865 – In market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown. 1873 – Jesse James and James Younger gang’s 1st train robbery (Adair Iowa) 1915 – Woodrow Wilson sends the third Lusitania note, warning Germany that future infringement of American rights will be deemed ‘deliberately unfriendly’ 1925 – John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial’, Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 & costs. 1930 – US Veterans Administration forms. 1943 – “Stormy Weather”, directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill …..

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Town Of Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown Town Counicl to conduct special called meeting

On Monday, July 23, 2018, the Town of Elizabethtown Town Council will be meeting in a Special Called Meeting after their lunch at the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery, 195 Vineyard Drive, Elizabethtown, N.C. to consider an offer received to purchase real property. The property is located at the address of 432 West Broad Street. Sylvia Campbell, Mayor   Share:

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13 Driver License Examiners Added to DMV Staff  

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will add 13 new driver license examiner graduates to seven driver license offices next week. Following graduation from DMV’s Basic Examiner Training School on Friday, July 20, the examiners will begin work at area offices on Monday, July 23. The examiners had six weeks of intensive classroom study at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg.  They will take applications for learner permits, driver licenses, REAL ID and basic identification cards using modernized systems that create counterfeit-proof documents that protect against identity theft.  They will also conduct road tests for new drivers. “Every driver license examiner holds a high place of public trust,” said DMV …..

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Faith Based Leaders Brunch planned

By Erin Smith A free Faith Based Leaders Brunch is planned for Saturday morning at the Bladen Community College Auditorium hosted by a subcommittee of the Bladen County Opioid Task Force. Registration and brunch begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 a.m. The guest speakers will include William Sellers with Eastpointe MCO, who will present an Opioid 101, Richard Allen with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Friar Bill Eberle with the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force will discuss the recent Opioid Sunday held in Brunswick County, and there will be a brief time for each speaker to take questions and answers. There will be plenty of information regarding the opioid crisis and how …..

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If you are an avid reader of BladenOnline.com, why not consider purchasing a Loyal Reader’s Club Membership? Our members in the Loyal Reader’s Club receive many benefits and continue to help make BladenOnline.com successful.  “Our loyal readers mean a lot to us. We value their input as well as their readership,” said General Manager Erin Smith.  Your membership in our Loyal Reader’s Club is a way of saying, “Thank you” to our indie news outlet for the continued service to Bladen County. Your membership also entitles you to copies of our magazines, tickets to events and more!  “We want to continue serving Bladen County for another 10 years,” Charlotte Smith, owner of BladenOnline.com said. “Our …..

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Eleven Pender County Homeowners to Receive Buyouts for Properties Flooded by Hurricane Matthew

  • 07/20/2018
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Fire department in Mitchell County receives grant to move out of floodplain Eleven Lenoir County homeowners flooded by Hurricane Matthew will receive nearly $1.6 million in federal and state funds to buyout their storm damaged homes and move elsewhere, North Carolina Emergency Management announced today. “This funding will help 11 Pender County families flooded by the Cape Fear River and local streams relocate to homes outside the floodplain, and will create public open space where their homes were,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. Today’s announcement of $1,582,426 for 11 Pender County residential properties brings the total of Hazard Mitigation Grants awarded in North Carolina after Hurricane Matthew to $81.5 million for …..

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UNCW Board of Trustees Elects McNeill New Chair

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees elected a new chair for 2018-19, Whiteville native and businessman Ronald B. McNeill, a member of the board since 2011. He succeeds Wilma W. Daniels, who served as board chair for two years. Mr. McNeill is the vice president and CFO of Liberty Healthcare Services and a North Carolina State University graduate. “I’m honored to get the opportunity to serve as chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees,” McNeill said. “It is exciting to be a part of this great university’s tremendous growth, pursuit of academic excellence and continued impact within the local community and the state.” Henry L. (Hal) Kitchin, Jr. , a Wilmington …..

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Bladen County Commissioners to meet in Special Session

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018 regarding a request from the Board of Education to consider including on the November ballot a referendum related to an additional ¼ cent sales tax. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Ray Britt Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate.  The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. North Carolina’s June 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 13,721 over the month to 4,787,970 and increased 67,608 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 4,079 over the month to 209,552 and decreased 8,046 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 13,200 to 4,518,300 in June. The major industries with the …..

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Update: Head on Collision on NC 211 Sends Two to Hospital

Photos courtesy Morgan Malpass By Erin Smith Update 1: Ms. Morgan Malpass, wife of Derrick Webb, who was driving the GMC Denali pick up truck involved in a crash on NC 211 east Thursday, said on Friday morning her husband has been released from Columbus Regional Health System in stable condition with minor injuries. In an email, she writes, “The other vehicle came into his lane hitting the driver’s side of his truck head on causing the Denali to flip 6 times uncontrollably. A witness to the crash was riding slightly behind Derrick’s truck.” Mr. Webb was transported to Columbus Regional Health System in Whiteville where his wife was on duty …..

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Big Time Party Band Brings Party to White Lake

By Erin Smith The second concert in the Sunset Jams “Alive after Five” Concert series drew a large crowd to Goldston’s Beach at White Lake on Thursday. The featured band was the Big Time Party Band, and many in the crowd enjoyed dancing. The band played hits such as “Lady Soul,” “Pontoon,” and “Wagon Wheel.” Guitarist Craig Saunders, entertained audience members as he wandered through the crowd, playing as he went. Several audience members participated in line dancing and shagging to the sound of the music. The next Sunset Jams Concert will take place on Thursday, August 16, at 6 PM at Goldston’s Beach and will feature the Fantastic Shakers. …..

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Stand Down Event Draws Crowd in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith A Stand Down event was held at the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown on Thursday. The event helped veterans and their families to learn about various types of services they are eligible to receive. Ann Garrett said the Bladen County Veterans Day Committee partnered with the NC Works Veterans Representative Renee Deramus, to bring the event to Bladen County. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy presented the colors to open the event. Michael Dorman, with Military Missions in Action, spoke briefly and welcomed all of the veterans and their families to the Stand Down. The guest speaker was Sgt. Maj. Paul A. Berry (retd). He recognized all …..

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Local Leaders Submit Comments of Support Regarding Chemours

By Erin Smith Bladen County’s leadership is voicing support for Chemours, in comments that were emailed to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ). The comments were submitted as part of a proposed court order issued on June 11, which requires Chemours Fayetteville Works, to implement measures to either reduce or eliminate air emissions and water discharges which contain the chemical GenX. The comment period closed on July 11, and the Department of Environmental Quality has now made the comments publicly available on their website at (https://files.nc.gov/ncdeq/GenX/Chemours-Draft-Order-Public-Comments-Final-071218.pdf). Bladen County Manager Greg Martin wrote in his email to the NC DEQ, that Chemours is an important industry for Bladen …..

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Emereau: Bladen to hold Open House

Emereau:Bladen will hold an Open House on Thursday, July 26, from 4 PM until 6 PM. Come out and meet the teachers and staff and learn about what is new this year. Each students will receive a ticket in their classroom for a free Sunset Slush. The school is located at 995 Airport Road near Elizabethtown. Share:

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NC DOT issues list of current road openings and closings in Bladen County

By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a list of updated road openings and closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: OPENINGS: NC 11 NC 11 opened on Thursday, July 19th. River Road River Road is open as of July 18. CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions. Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. It is expected to open July 24, 2018. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Peanut Plant Road Peanut Plant Road will closed on Monday July 23, at 8:00 and will open August 3 at 5pm. This will be closed for crossline repair. It will be …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Did you see the recent article making the rounds about the young man, college graduate who walked 20 miles, just about all night long to be on time for his new job?  Great article, helped along by a policeman and rewarded by his new boss, who gave him an auto after he witnessed the determination by his new employee.  GOOGLE Walter Carr. Town of Elizabethtown will celebrate the recently renovated Tory Hole Park with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Monday, July 23, at 11 AM and all are invited.  A nice addition to the town. A reminder from the East Bladen Athletic Department that passes are now on sale for the upcoming school year for all …..

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This Day In History for July 20

1861 – Confederate states’ congress began holding sessions in Richmond, Virginia. 1868 – 1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes. 1881 – Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull, surrenders to US federal troops. 1917 – WW I draft lottery held: #258 is 1st drawn. 1921 – Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the floor of US House of Representatives. 1926 – A convention of the Methodist Church votes to allow women to become priests. 1935 – 1st broadcast of “Gang Busters” on NBC-radio. 1940 – Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey) 1944 – US President FDR …..

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Bladen County Farm Bureau Scholarship Awards

Bladen County Farm Bureau President Albert Beatty presents Jacob Barber with the Bladen County Farm Bureau Scholarship for 2018. Jacob was also awarded the R. Flake Shaw Scholarship given by North Carolina Farm Bureau. Jacob is the son of George and Sonya Barber. He plans to continue his education at NC State University and obtain a major in Plant and Soil Science. Our program provides an important service to deserving youth in our area and state that have a desire to further their education and pursue a career path in agriculture. Share:

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Search Warrant Leads to Recovery of Stolen Weapons

Contributed Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said a search warrant executed today in the Lisbon area has resulted in the recovery of two stolen weapons, cocaine, marijuana and the seizure of two vehicles. “Narcotics and Criminal Investigators along with a member of our K-9 Unit executed a search warrant at 6750 Airport Road this morning and it has lead to an arrest,” said McVicker. “My investigators are making a concerted effort to visit every known drug dealer in Bladen County in the weeks and months ahead,” McVicker disclosed. “It is our goal to put as many of them out of business as we can.” This morning’s search warrant led …..

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Kelly Area Drug Arrests Made

Contributed Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Pender County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Units have completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Cane Tuck Road area of the Kelly community. The joint investigation centered on Sherwood Anderson who it was determined to be the primary suspect and from citizen complaints naming Anderson. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018 the Bladen County Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigations Unit, K-9 Unit, Patrol Unit and members of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, K-9 Unit and Special Response team executed a search warrant at 104 Cane Tuck Road, Kelly. Agents seized Crack Cocaine, Powder Cocaine, as well as prescription medication in the …..

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Repairs on Struck I-95 Bridge in Dunn Start Friday

  • 07/19/2018
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DUNN – Emergency repairs are expected to start Friday, July 20, on the Interstate 95 South bridge over U.S. 421 in Dunn. An N.C. Department of Transportation crew on Wednesday discovered a steel beam on the bridge had been damaged when it was apparently struck by something traveling along U.S. 421. It is not known when the bridge was struck or what hit it.   The bridge remains safe and is open for traffic on I-95 South. A contractor that specializes in the type of repair needed, called heat straightening, has been hired. Workers heat the beam to a high temperature, enabling them to return it to its original shape and strength. The  repair is …..

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Carter Commits to Louisburg College

By Erin Smith East Bladen’s Trevares Carter committed to run Track at Louisburg College this fall. He signed his paperwork on Thursday morning in the East Bladen High School Media Center. Carter competed in Track throughout his high school career at East Bladen. Most recently, he was a member of the school’s 2017 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team, which placed third at the State meet, and the school’s 2017 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team which placed second at the Regional 2A meet. “First and foremost I want to thank God because, without Him, this would not have been possible,” said Carter. He also took time to thank his …..

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Bridgers’ Barbershop to Be Featured in Film

By Erin Smith As motorists made their way to work on Thursday morning, they may have noticed film crews hard at work on the sidewalk in front of Bridgers’ Barbershop. The Lighthouse Film Company, based in Wilmington, is spending the day filming scenes for the production of “Long Drive to Yadkin” both on the sidewalk and inside Bridgers’ Barbershop. According to Producer Shon Blotzer, the film is a dark comedy about a man who is driving to Yadkin and he decides to stop at a barbershop along the way. The short film features a barber who finds himself in an “existential crisis once he realizes his last customer of the …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

  • 07/19/2018
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By Dora Brogdon This week a 5-year-old male cat named Barley has been picked for Pet of the Week. He is very friendly and can also be shy at times. Barley has already been neutered and weighs a bit on the chunky side. He weighs 19 pounds and he needs to be on a diet when his new forever family adopts him. Puck, a 6-year-old neutered male, came in with Barley and weighs the same. He too is friendly and also shy like his friend. Both cats deserve a kind and loving family to adopt them and take them to their forever home.  The cost to adopt a dog is …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend there will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Today (Thursday, July 19th), the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health will be sponsoring the annual Sunset Jams Concert Series at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. The event will begin at 6 p.m., whether it rains or not, and will end at 9 p.m. The band named The Big Time Party Band will be taking the stage and admission to the concert is free. On Friday at 1 p.m. a Beginning Genealogy group will be meeting at the Bladen County Senior Center, located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. Remember to bring a notebook and a pencil! …..

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Duke Energy Carolinas files new rates to pass federal tax savings to North Carolina customers

  • 07/19/2018
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy Carolinas today filed new rates for North Carolina customers based on the North Carolina Utilities Commission’s (NCUC) order issued June 22. The proposed changes in customer rates include savings from recent federal tax reform. The new rates will remain below the national average, even after adjustments are made to reflect investments in cleaner, more reliable energy. “The recent federal tax reform provides a unique opportunity to pass the direct benefits of that reform to customers,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “With the North Carolina Utilities Commission’s decision in hand, we will deliver real savings to customers while providing the full benefits of …..

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Training Tower Completed at Bladen County Training Center

Contributed The Bladen County Training Center has been a hub of activity recently, as work has progressed on the training tower. The facility is at the former location of the White Lake Prison Camp, which now serves as classroom and training space for firefighters and law enforcement agencies throughout the region. Recently, members of the Bladen County Firefighters Association volunteered their time to complete the construction of a training tower. The tower has been painted and can now be utilized to simulate various firefighting or law enforcement training scenarios. Officials said they want to send a special “thank you” to all of the sponsors who generously helped to accomplish completion …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The Sunset Jams Concert Series continues this evening at Goldston’s Beach, White Lake, featuring the Big Time Party Band.  It’s free, thanks to many sponsors in the area, cooperating with the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. Checked my rain gauge yesterday and discovered more rainfall at the Hester household than reported by the National Weather Service at the nearby, local airport.  Had not checked since last Saturday morning.  Since that time, recorded over 1.5 inches.  Totals vary greatly when it is the result of summer storms.  We are thankful for all.  Some nearby areas have recorded much less. Had the pleasure of attending Vacation Bible School festivities at Wesley’s Chapel UMC last evening.  …..

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This Day in History for July 19

1692 – 5 more people are hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts. 1860 – 1st railroad reaches Kansas. 1875 – Emma Abbott, a floating hospital for sick children, makes trial trip, NYC. 1910 – Cleveland Indian baseball player Cy Young registers 500th career victory against Washington 5-4 in 11 innings. 1913 – Billboard publishes earliest known “Last Week’s 10 Best Sellers among Popular Songs”, Malinda’s Wedding Day is #1. 1930 – Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould, and their polar expedition team return to the United States following the first exploration of the Interior of Antarctica. 1939 – Dr. Roy P. Scholz is 1st surgeon to use …..

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Missing Columbus County woman located, charged

A missing Columbus County woman has been located. Felicia Ann Turnage was taken into custody yesterday (Tuesday, July 17) by Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Detectives.  She was arrested at 603 Spivey Road in Whiteville, without incident. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was attempting to locate Turnage in order to serve her with multiple outstanding warrants. She was served with the following warrants: Tabor City Police Department 1 felony count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle 1 misdemeanor count of Injury to Personal Property 1 citation of Hit/Run Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Columbus County Sheriff’s Office 1 felony count of Breaking and Entering 1 felony count …..

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NCSHP Participating in Nationwide “Best Looking Cruiser Contest”

  • 07/18/2018
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RALEIGH- The American Association of State Troopers has kicked off the 2018 “Best Looking Cruiser Contest” and the NCSHP will be represented again this year with a 2018 marked Dodge Charger.  We want all of our SHP friends and family to “Like” our picture and “Share” it so your friends and family can show their support as well.  The contest will run today July 18th through July 25th at 5 p.m., so vote now!   As a tribute to fallen Trooper Samuel Bullard, who was stationed in Surry County at the time of his death, the SHP chose Pilot Mountain State Park as the backdrop for the photograph.  Pilot Mountain State …..

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Board Meets for July Session and Discusses Maintenance, Quarter Cent Sales Tax, and Tenative Charter School Numbers

Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday night where they presented Dr. Tanya Head, Assistant Superintendent, a plaque in honor of her upcoming retirement on August 1st after serving in the education field for thirty-seven and a half years. Sharon Penny, Finance Director, presented a financial summary for the month of June for information purposes only. Penny explained that the Capital Outlay balance is expected to increase after the school’s portion of sales taxes come in. Lou Nelon, Maintenance Director, reported on various maintenance jobs happening across the county. Parking and drainage projects at Elizabethtown Primary are currently being put up for more bids and should be completed in the …..

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Updates on Court Cases of Local Interest

By Erin Smith MacKenzie Brisson, who was involved in a standoff with law enforcement in December, is due back in Bladen County Superior Court on August 6, 2018. Brisson was arrested following a 6-hour standoff on November 21, 2017. He is charged with three felony counts of assault on Bladen County law enforcement officers. In November, Brisson barricaded himself in a home on Paul Brisson Road and began firing rounds of ammunition inside and around the home. Law enforcement officers did not return fire, and no one was injured in the incident. Once Brisson ceased shooting, officers sent a robot inside the home in an attempt to check on Brisson. …..

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Former Bladen County Teacher Named Principal at Pinecrest High School

By Erin Smith An educator with ties to Bladen County Schools has been selected to lead Pinecrest High School in Moore County. Stefanie Phillips served as Assistant Principal at the school before being named as principal. Phillips has also held various positions in Scotland and Bladen County Schools. She was a Specialist for Science and Healthful Living in the district office, a Principal at Aberdeen Elementary School, and she was a former teacher at Pinecrest and West Bladen High School. Phillips, will officially begin as principal Monday, July 23, when the current principal, Bob Christina, resigns to pursue retirement. According to reports, the interview process included input from students, staff, …..

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Bladen Community College offering test prep workshop

Bladen Community College is offering a TEAS Prep English Workshop for students who are interested in nursing careers. The Test of Essential Academic Skills, (TEAS), is administered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education. The test is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who would succeed in nursing school. It evaluates skills in reading, math, science, and English. The preparatory workshop will be online on July 23, 2018 at 1 P.M. To join in the workshop, visit www.zoom.us. The meeting identification number is 765-253-5826.   For information about BCC nursing programs and allied health opportunities, contact Sharron Thomas at 910-879-5532. Share:

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BCC student completes skilled career and high school credentials simultaneously

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College student Kimberlee Sessoms is not afraid of a challenge. In May, she graduated as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and received her high school diploma through the college readiness program. “My dad and grandparents were my inspiration,” remarked Sessoms. “My dad died two years ago, and he wanted me to get an education.” In middle school, Sessoms was an excellent student. In the seventh grade, she tested into the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), and was always at the top of her class. But high school presented Sessoms with a different environment and difficult personal choices. She never finished high school. “I just made …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office makes drug arrests

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced on Wednesday the arrest of several county residents for selling controlled substances. “The Narcotic’s Unit has been busy during the past few weeks buying drugs and arresting dealers,” said Sheriff McVicker. “We are beginning to see an increase in the use and sale of heroin in the county. This is a trend of addicts who once used prescription medication and can no longer get it, who are now switching to the cheaper but even more addictive heroin as a substitute.” Sheriff McVicker said members of the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Unit of the Elizabethtown Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s OfficeNarcotics Unit with …..

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Makes Narcotics Arrests

Chadbourn, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances throughout the Chadbourn community in Columbus County. During the investigation, it was determined by Vice-Narcotics Agents from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office, that Gene Archie Bellamy, 64, was responsible for distributing controlled substances throughout the community of Chadbourn. This investigation originated from information gathered from numerous citizen complaints. This information led Vice-Narcotics Agents to the area of Wellonton Apartments in Chadbourn. Agents conducted undercover purchases from the defendant in this investigation where amounts of Cocaine were purchased. At the conclusion of the investigation, on July 16, 2018, the Columbus County …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Been on the road for a few days, happy to be home.  Met a lot of new friends up and down I 95.  We cozied up to one another traveling about 80 MPH, most of the time.  Not one of my favorite speedways, but thankful it is there.  No stoplights, and lots of people in a hurry, and I made every effort to not slow anyone down. Major League All Star results…..American League 8-Nationals 6.  American League scored 3 in top of 8th, National League scored 2 in bottom of 9th, but not enough. Check NWS rain gauge at Curtis Brown Airport.  Not sure if 1/2 inch or 1 inch, but we …..

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This Day in History for July 18

1743 – 1st half-page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal) 1864 – US President Abraham Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for military service. 1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1907” premieres in NYC. 1914 – US army air service 1st comes into being, in Signal Corps. 1940 – Democratic Convention nominates FDR for a 3rd term. 1942 – 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Golden State Park track opens. 1947 – US President Harry Truman signs Presidential Succession Act. 1951 – Jersey Joe Walcott, at 37, becomes oldest to win heavyweight championship. 1955 – 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially. 1960 – Baseball’s …..

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Impact on Children

Contributed Do you ever think back on things that happened to you as a child and recognize what kind of an impact it had on your life?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future health outcomes, violence, victimization, and lifelong opportunities. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as potentially traumatic events that can have negative, long lasting effects on health and well-being.  Children and families representing all types of demographics and socioeconomic backgrounds will experience stress.  There are different types of stress:  positive, tolerable, and toxic. Toxic stress (extreme, repetitive stress) is proven to have …..

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UNCW Opens First K-8 Lab School in the State at D. C. Virgo

The School is the First Year-Round K-8 Public School in Wilmington Wilmington, N.C.  – UNCW has officially opened the first K-8 lab school in North Carolina with classes beginning tomorrow, the university announced. The first year-round K-8 public school in Wilmington, the new D.C. Virgo’s curriculum focuses on inquiry-based learning, community engagement and the importance of literacy. “We could not be more excited about the opening of D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy,” said Watson College of Education Dean Van Dempsey. “The team that has pulled all of this together has done outstanding work, guided always by doing what is in the best interests of the children. D.C. Virgo’s students are going to have …..

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Board of Elections Names New Chariman, Vice-Chairman

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday at 12 noon, and elected a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Outgoing Chairman Jens Lutz joined the meeting by telephone. Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw told the board that a directive from the State Board of Elections indicated the Chairman must be a Republican and the Vice-Chairman must be a Democrat. NC House Bill 90 changed the make-up of the local and state board of elections. The board named Bobby Ludlum as Chairman and Jens Lutz to serve as Vice-Chairman. They will serve in their roles until July 2019, according to Shaw. Al Daniels was named to serve as Secretary, and …..

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Bladenboro Town Hall

Carroll Poultry Must Pay Fine in Full

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night to hear an appeal of a fine the town issued to Carroll Poultry at their June meeting. The fine was the third such fine the company has received for violating the “flow” they were allowed in their permit. They also have failed to accurately complete their required reports. On Tuesday, Town Administrator John O’Daniel said company officials were unable to attend the meeting. “The board made a decision the company will have to pay the fine in full,” said O’Daniel. Carroll Poultry officials have until August 20th to pay the fine of $22,050. O’Daniel said the company paid the first fine in full …..

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Man Arrested for Prescription Drug Abuse

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest Monday of a Bladenboro area man following an investigation by the Narcotics Unite into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Storms Road area of Bladen County. “My investigators learned an individual was selling suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction,” said McVicker. “Suboxone is similar to methadone in its intended use. It is meant to treat addiction but sadly it can be abused and become addictive itself or serve as a substitute when addicts cannot obtain the drug of their choice.” Arrested following the investigation and a search warrant executed at his residence was Jonathon Wade Hester, 25, of 1208 …..

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Elections Agency working to secure voting process

RALEIGH, N.C. – Following today’s indictment of Russian military intelligence officers, the office of the N.C. Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement Office wishes to assure voters of ongoing efforts to enhance elections security. For nearly two years, North Carolina elections officials have partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on a series of engagements in our joint effort to secure voter data, voting systems, and election processes. “Our State benefits from a deep and productive partnership with the intelligence community,” said executive director Kim Westbrook Strach. “We will make any and all efforts to ensure the security of the vote.” Congress this spring appropriated more than $10M that will be …..

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Bladen County Man Killed in Leland Crash

By Erin Smith A Bladen County man has succumbed to injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run crash in Leland on July 10th. According to the Leland Police Department, Sidney Joe Lanier of Council was involved in a moped crash on US 74 near the exit ramp for Village Road in Leland. He died on Friday, July 13th, from injuries he sustained in the crash. A moped is a motorized bike which reaches a traveling speed of about 30 miles per hour. Leland Police are searching for a silver 2004-2008 Toyota Solara with a black convertible top. Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to contact Detective McCade with …..

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Tillis Statement On U.S.-Russia Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on U.S.-Russia relations after the meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin:   “There cannot be any equivocation: Vladimir Putin is to blame for Russia’s poor relations with the United States and the rest of the free world. It is Putin’s regime that illegally invaded Crimea, props up Assad’s murderous regime in Syria, assassinates dissidents on foreign soil, and meddles in the elections of the United States and its European allies.   “I’ve long maintained that America needs to take a strong position when it comes to Russia. While we should work with Russia on the specific instances where …..

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A Community Comes Together to Support Family

Contributed A fire can be devastating, as one Chadbourn family learned during the wee hours of Saturday morning. Around 2 AM, a family of five lost everything due to a house fire. Chadbourn Police Officer Tavon Pierce and his wife Allison Pierce have three small children; Javie who is 3 years old, Taye who is 18 months old and Nova who is 7 months old. Kayla Brown was with the family on Sunday when they received a tremendous amount of support from the community. Ms. Brown said she wanted to show everyone just how amazing the Chadbourn Police department and the Klondyke-Chadbourn Fire and Rescue are along with many other …..

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West Bladen fall sports schedules

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Soccer | Volleyball | Tennis | JV Football West Bladen varsity football DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug. 9 Scrimmage at Jack Britt 6 p.m. Aug. 24 South Brunswick 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Midway 7 p.m. Sept. 7 at Fairmont 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 Red Springs 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at East Columbus 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 South Robeson 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Whiteville 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at West Columbus 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 St. Pauls 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at South Columbus 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 East Bladen 7:30 p.m. . West Bladen varsity boys’ soccer DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug. 14 at Purnell Swett 6 p.m. Aug. 15 …..

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This Day in History for July 17

1603 – Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James. 1775 – 1st military hospital approved. 1856 – The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people. 1867 – 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established. 1902 – Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play, they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL. 1925 – Tris Speaker, is 5th to get 3,000 hits. 1942 – Estimated 34.5 inches of rainfall, Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record) 1944 – 2 ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, California, killing 322. 1954 – Construction of Disneyland commences. …..

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Nearly $2 Billion Now Available for Eligible Producers Affected by 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Signup begins July 16, 2018, and continues through November 16, 2018. “Hurricanes and wildfires caused billions of dollars in losses to America’s farmers last year. Our objective is to get relief funds into the hands of eligible producers as quickly as possible,” said Secretary Perdue. “We are making immediate, initial payments of up to 50 percent of the calculated assistance so producers can pay their bills.” Additional payments will be issued, if funds remain available, later …..

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Second Show in Sunset Jams Concert Series Set for Thursday

By Erin Smith The second show in the Sunset James “Alive after Five” concert series will take place Thursday night at Goldston’s Beach in White Lake from 6 until 9 PM featuring the Big Time Party Band. The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. The Big Time Party Band, which is celebrating their 15th anniversary, plays a variety of beach music and classic rock songs. The band is from Pittsboro and are known for songs such as “Drink Up,” “Oh What A Feeling,” and “Do Ya Like.” The Sunset Jams concert series began when the Chamber sponsored a concert at Goldston’s Beach, …..

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Event Aims to Connect Veterans with Resources

By Erin Smith The National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown will be the site for a Stand Down event for Veterans and their families on Thursday, July 19th, from 10 AM until 2 PM. The featured guest speaker will be U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Maj. Paul A. Berry (retd). Renee Deramus with NC Works said there will be medical and dental screenings, homeless prevention assistance, employment and job counseling, and mental health providers on site; as well as Legal Aid of NC. There will also be information available regarding veteran educational opportunities and chaplain services. Deramus said Michael Dorman with the Military Missions in Action will also speak during the event. …..

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General Surgeon joins SeHealth

General Surgeon DuBose Medlock, Jr., M.D., has joined Southeastern Surgical Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. Dr. Medlock earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986. He completed a surgical residency at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans, La., in 1991. He is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Medlock is experienced in a broad range of surgical procedures including: diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy; open laparotomy; repair of abdominal hernias; comprehensive diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast, thyroid, and GI malignancies; thyroid and parathyroid surgery; and upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy. He …..

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Southern Environmental Law Center Sues Department of Environmental Quality over GenX

By Erin Smith The Southern Environmental Policy Law Center and Cape Fear River Watch, an environmental group from Wilmington, have filed a lawsuit against Chemours and the NC Department of Environmental Quality. The lawsuit was filed in New Hanover County Superior Court on Friday. The lawsuit demands the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ), stop Chemours from releasing the Chemical GenX and other similar compounds into the Cape Fear River and the air. According to the filing, on June 15, 2018, the Department of Environmental Quality refused to take any action following a request from Cape Fear River Watch for the department to use its regulatory authority to prevent …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 16

We are moving thru the month of July at a fast pace, or so it seems. BladenOnline stats are great for the first 14 days of the month.  BladenOnline had 289,852 page views.  That’s 94,185 more than the first 14 days of July 2017 (195,667 page views). July 8-14 Page views: 150,312 Visits: 31,996 Year Ago Page views: 113,243 Visits: 22,172 MOST READ STORIES 14,424: Bladen County Magistrate arrested by Robeson County Sheriff’s Office 5,400: Opinion: Hot trial misleading, living high on the hog isn’t for everyone 5,033: Jury to decide country smell or collateral damage in hog industry suit 3,552: Bladen County man pleads to indecent liberties with a child, sentenced to prison …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for July 16

1755 – John Adams graduates Harvard. 1790 – Congress declares the city of Washington in the District Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States. 1867 – D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint. 1912 – Naval torpedo launched from an airplane by B A Fiske. 1920 – Babe Ruth seats season home run record with 30 en rout to 54. 1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos. 1936 – 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY. 1941 – Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game. 1951 – Novel “Catcher in Rye” by J.D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company. 1956 – …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 15

Was out of my comfort zone for several hours yesterday (Saturday) headed south on I-95.  Knew it was going to be an experience, early.  Traveled NC 242 to Boardman and discovered traffic was bumper to bumper on 74 as far as the eye could see.  Soon discovered it was travel with the flow, or be ‘run over’.   I choose ‘going with the flow’. I guess I forget how hectic it is away from the friendly confines of home, back roads of Bladen County, NC. Number 2 son shares his experiences as a truck driver daily, on 95 and other major roads in eastern NC.  Too often, I tend to down-play his thoughts and wish him safe travels…but each time …..

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Cool Down When the Weather Heats Up

Stay safe as summer heats up. Prepare yourself for the high temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sickness from the heat occurs when your body cannot compensate and properly cool you off. However, heat-related illness and death are preventable. Before the next heat wave, or outdoor activity, follow these protective actions from the CDC and stay cool this summer: *Stay in an air-conditioned location as much as possible. *Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. *Take several breaks from the heat, especially midday when the sun is hottest. *Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and sunscreen. Remember that you should reapply sunscreen …..

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10 Powerful Ways To Use Social Security Online

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Chances are good that you use the internet or a cell phone app every day. Social Security has you covered. We have created online tools to make the lives of millions of people easier. We have put together a top ten list of easy-to-use resources for you. Do you want access to our latest news, retirement planning tips, and helpful information? Social Security Matters is our blog at blog.socialsecurity.gov. There, you can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, where you can watch our popular videos. Our online calculators, such as the Retirement Estimator, the Life …..

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This Day in History for July 15

1863 – President Davis orders service duty for confederate army. 1870 – Georgia becomes last confederate to be admitted to US. 1904 – 1st Buddhist temple in US forms, Los Angeles. 1916 – 22.22 inches of rain falls in Altapass, NC (state record) 1916 – Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington. 1929 – 1st airport hotel opens at Oakland, California. 1932 – US President Herbert Hoover cuts own salary 15%. 1934 – Continental Airlines commences operations. 1941 – Howard Florey and Norman Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin) 1949 – WBT TV channel 3 in Charlotte, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting. 1954 – 1st commercial jet …..

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Letter to the Editor: Board of Elections now has Facebook page

The Bladen County Board of Elections now has a Facebook page and the public is encouraged to join and like the page, we will publish important public information. With the popularity of Facebook, we feel that this will greatly enhance our ability to inform voter’s of changes in law and upcoming public information seminars. I would also like to commend our board on it’s successful bipartisan efforts in securing voter access and confidence in the security of their votes.  Furthermore, I realize that change does not come easy to many individuals but this board realizes the many security concerns in elections and would rather take a pro active implementation approach …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

A $50 reward was offered for arrest and conviction of persons breaking unto the VFW Hut in Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown Rescue Squad answered 66 calls in June, 1983. Bladen County unemployment rate was 13.6%. A tornado hit the downtown Elizabethtown business district. Share:

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Governor Cooper announces Finish Line Grants to aid Community College students

Governor Cooper announced on Thursday the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies complete their training. The program will leverage up to $7 million in federal funds to help students pay for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care, or other financial emergencies that students may face through no fault of their own. “We know far too many students cite challenges other than academic reasons for not finishing school, and this program will help ensure more people can finish their training and get a good-paying job to support themselves and their families,” said Gov. Cooper. Grants will be available for the 2018-2019 school …..

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking information in the case of a stolen enclosed trailer. On January 20th, a white, Carson 7 foot x 12 foot enclosed trailer was stolen from Peacock Road in Chadbourn. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD with a utility bed. If you recognize the vehicle in these photos or have information about the incident, please contact Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at 910-640-6629.   Share:

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Mid-summer Leaf Fall

Everything is going along fine, then your favorite tree’s leaves begin to drop. What caused this and will the tree die? Here is a list of factors that could lead to mid-summer leaf drop. 1. In droughts, a tree may shed up to 10 percent of its leaves. This helps, because then it loses less water into the air. Loss of this much food-making capacity does little harm. 2. Vigorous trees may produce too many leaves. In wet springs, foliar growth may be over lush. Once normal summer dryness arrives, the excess leaves drop in adjustment. Such physiological leaf drop doesn’t hurt trees. 3. Inner leaves and twigs are “shaded …..

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Is Your Home Prepared for Wildfire?

Where there is smoke, there could be fire! Wildfires can occur anywhere, any time of the year, and destroy homes, businesses, and natural resources. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 45 million homes and 72,000 U.S. communties face the risk of wildfires. However, you can prepare yourself, your business, and where you live in the event you may experience a wildfire emergency. Get started by: *Watching the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s wildfire animation – When the Fire Starts. *Reviewing your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to ensure you have the adequate coverage for your property and personal belongings. *Removing flammable items, such as firewood piles and portable propane …..

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School uniforms planned for Southside Ashpole Elementary

The NC Innovative School District (ISD), in partnership with Achievement for All Children (AAC), will establish a K-5 school uniform dress code at South Ashpole Elementary school in Rowland, NC. The uniforms will consist of blue polo-style tops with the school logo and khaki bottoms. Each student will receive three sets of uniforms to start the school year and to help defray initial costs to families. “At a recent community meeting, parents and others in the community expressed a desire to have the students wear uniforms. We want to accommodate that request without burdening families with extra costs, so we are actively exploring options to acquire the necessary funding to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 14

Bits ‘n pieces…. Huge headline in a single publication, but little attention paid apparently.  US Budget deficit a record $74.9 billion in June, a month that according to this source, usually runs a surplus.  Deficit for year to date, $607.1 billion, 16.1 percent higher than same period a year ago.  The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting the deficit for the entire budget year will total $793 billion.  Hopefully the numbers improve as adjustments are made following the recent congressional tax overhaul, initiated by our national leaders. Update on Cade Hancock who has been participating in the IMG Academy Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.  He posted …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for July 14

1798 – US Sedition Act prohibits “false, scandalous & malicious” writing against government. 1832 – Opium exempted from federal tariff duty. 1850 – 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration by Florida physician John Gorrie. 1861 – Naval Engagement at Wilmington, North Carolina – USS Daylight establishes blockade. 1870 – The United States Congress grants Mary Todd Lincoln a life pension in the amount of $3,000 a year. 1914 – Robert Goddard is granted the first patent for liquid-fueled rocket design. 1927 – 1st commercial airplane flight in Hawaii. 1940 – Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmets with earflaps. 1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “Common Sense Book …..

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OPINION: Hog trial misleading; living high on the hog isn’t for everyone

By Charlotte Smith Some would agree country living is worth millions, maybe even priceless. Jurors in two landmark trials have awarded multi-millions of dollars to country neighbors in the recent months. Bladen County farmers are in the midst of the third lawsuit in a series of more than 20 cases over the nuisances from smells and pests. The plaintiffs claim nuisances are produced on the farms stretched across Bladen, Duplin, Harnett, Johnston, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Wake counties. Rural, farm counties may see changes they don’t like in the coming months and years. My husband and I lived over 12 years as country neighbors. We had dozens of mice …..

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Christmas in July event sees plenty of shoppers, raises money for scholarships

By Erin Smith Bladen County residents turned out to start their Christmas shopping early on Friday at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Extension Office in Elizabethtown. The well attended event offered all manner of crafts including homemade preserves, handcrafted jewelry, handmade cutting boards and handmade ornaments to please everyone on your shopping list. Dorothy Barnes said she enjoyed shopping and the lunch was delicious. She also was able to get an early start on her Christmas shopping list. Shirley Hough of Elizabethtown also stopped in to shop and talk with friends. Ms. Hough said, “I enjoy getting out and seeing people I don’t normally get to see.” The event is hosted by …..

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Survive the Drive Initiative Concludes But Efforts Continue

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol, in partnership with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, has concluded a multi-agency initiative entitled Survive the Drive.  Launched in January, the six-month campaign focused on reducing collisions along rural roads throughout the state. Officials from local, county and state law enforcement organizations intensified their efforts to alter driver behavior using a two-prong approach; education and enforcement.  Safe driving practices were offered throughout the campaign using traffic safety programs, PSA’s and social media. Along with education, officers also increased the enforcement of motor vehicle laws to include distracted driving, speeding, seatbelt and driving while impaired violations. While agency participation was statewide, Cleveland, Harnett, Johnston, Randolph and Sampson …..

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After Overpass Is Struck in Cumberland County, I-95 North Must Detour

I-95 North to reopen by tonight; N.C. 82 will remain closed FAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the N.C. 82 (Exit 65) bridge off Interstate 95 and started detouring I-95 northbound traffic around it after a truck hauling logging equipment struck the bridge and damaged it. Bridge inspectors are still assessing the damage to the concrete girders. NCDOT is detouring traffic so no vehicles pass under the damaged bridge while temporary repairs are being made. Instead, northbound traffic has been reduced to one lane as NCDOT directs motorists to get off at Exit 65, and then re-enter the interstate on the other side of the overpass. NCDOT officials hope to be …..

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Caregiver resources available for grandparents

Caregiver resources are available for grandparents who have their grandchildren residing with them. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson said the Lumber River Council of Government offers resources and caregiver training classes. Robeson said it is a requirement for the children to reside solely with their grandparents. If you are interested in obtaining Caregiver Resources or participating in Caregiver Classes, contact the Bladen County Division on Aging at 910-872-6330 or stop by their offices located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Piedmont Natural Gas to build new liquefied natural gas facility in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Piedmont Natural Gas today announced plans to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Robeson County, N.C. The facility will help Piedmont Natural Gas continue providing customers with a reliable supply of natural gas during peak usage days, when extremely low temperatures create a higher-than-normal demand for natural gas. “We continually make investments in our natural gas infrastructure as part of our commitment to providing safe, reliable and affordable natural gas for our customers,” said Frank Yoho, president of natural gas operations. “This facility is the most cost-effective solution to meet peak-day demand.” Economic Benefits The project will deliver immediate and significant economic benefits to local communities and help …..

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Cooperative Council of North Carolina offers podcast

The Cooperative Council of North Carolina is offering a podcasts of the group’s activities including their annual summer camp held each year at the FFA Center in White Lake. The podcasts for this week features an interview with Emily Nail of the North Carolina Cooperative Council. She shared information regarding the history of the NC Cooperative Council and the activities campers took part in during summer camp. You can listen to the podcast here.   Share:

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Rouzer announces Opioid Symposium

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced details for the 7th District Opioid Symposium which builds upon his work to raise awareness, decrease the stigma, and inform members of the community on best practices throughout the district in an effort to curb the opioid epidemic. “The 7th District of North Carolina is comprised of nine counties with a wide range of communities from urban to very rural.  Throughout the district there are unique challenges presented by the opioid epidemic with a variety of initiatives that have been taken to address them.  The objective of the 7th District Opioid Symposium is to gather the best and brightest from across Southeastern North Carolina, those who have …..

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Pork industry facing anti-trust lawsuit

By Erin Smith With lawsuits being filed against local hog farmers, the pork industry is facing yet another challenge with a federal anti-trust lawsuit which was filed in June in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The class-action lawsuit names Argi-Stats Inc., Clemens Food Group LLC, Hormel Foods Corporation, Indiana Packers Corporation, JBS USA, Seaboard Foods LLC, Smithfield Foods Inc., Triumph Foods LLC, Tyson Foods Inc. as defendants. These companies manufacture such familiar brands as Tyson Foods, Hormel, Smithfield, SPAM, Steak-eze, Jimmy Dean, Nathan’s Famous, Sara Lee, Ball Park Franks, Hillshire Farm, Bosco’s, Jennie-O, and others. The lawsuit was filed by the Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro law …..

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New school director named for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC

The NC Innovative School District (ISD) and their partner Achievement for All Children (AAC), selected Bruce E. Major to lead the intervention efforts at Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC. “We were looking for a proven leader who fit the needs of the community and that was motivated by the challenge of increasing student success at a low-performing school. We found an outstanding educator who delivers on all accounts. Throughout his career, Mr. Major has demonstrated his commitment to maintaining high educational standards for all students, regardless of their circumstances,” said Tony Helton, CEO for AAC, the organization hired by the ISD to manage operations at Southside Ashpole. As the …..

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Division on Aging still has fans left

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Division on Aging still has fans left for those who need them. There are 15 fans remaining which were donated by Duke Progress Energy, according to Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson. Robeson said a shipment of fans donated by Four County Electric Membership Corporation have already been distributed. In order to receive a fan, you will need to bring a copy of your most recent electric bill, photo identification, be a minimum of 60 years old and reside in Bladen County. The Bladen County Division on Aging is located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown or for more information call 910-872-6330. Share:

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NCDA&CS Agronomic Services can help ID growth concerns

RALEIGH — With the growing season for summer agronomic crops underway and many landscapes actively growing, it is an excellent time to utilize diagnostic testing to identify existing abnormal growth problems. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Division offers a range of services to help optimize crops and yards. Soil testing, nematode assay, and plant tissue analyses are usually used for predictive, routine testing, but they can also help identify a current growth concern or problem. With soil testing, clients receive reports with crop-specific lime and fertilizer recommendations. A nematode assay will provide crop-specific control measures based on nematode species and populations. Plant tissue analysis provides …..

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Attend the Main Stage Series at Carolina Civic Center

TICKETS GO ON SALE NOON JULY 24! Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to our web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or with credit card or cash noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance. Masters of Soul 7 p.m. Friday, September 14 A regular sell-out show, Masters of Soul is a celebration of artists discovered in the Motor City in the 1960s. The show features …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 13

A wise person once told me I should listen, then speak.  Sometimes I forget, or ignore. Anyone have a good home remedy for a cramp?  A teaspoon filled with mustard is not very tasty, however, that, plus gatorade occasionally appears to do the job.  Cramps in fingers and toes are painful, in fact a cramp anywhere in the body gets your undivided attention. A storm ‘blew through’ late yesterday.  Rainfall amounts vary greatly.  At the Curtis Brown Airport, the National Weather Service indicates little over half an inch, was recorded.  Weeds probably grown several inches overnight. Superstitious?  Today is Friday 13th. Cade Hancock, the young Elizabethtown golfer is in San Diego, participating in …..

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This Day in History for July 13

1787 – US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territory. 1835 – Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson files for a patent for his screw propeller design. 1865 – Horace Greeley, founder and editor of he “New-York Tribune” reputedly advises his readers to “Go west young man” 1919 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield. 1923 – American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first recognized dinosaur eggs, in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. 1930 – David Sarnoff reports in NY Times “TV would be a theater in every home” 1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut. 1950 – Doctors …..

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Crowd braves the rain for Summer Sounds Concert

By Erin Smith Rain could not dampen the spirits of those who turned out for the Summer Sounds Concert at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Thursday. The event was sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. The North Tower Band played many crowd favorites while folks danced the evening away. Some of the songs included “I’ll be Dog Gone” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Heavy downpours finally forced audience members to seek shelter and wait it out. The rain-shortened event was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The next Summer Sounds Concert is scheduled for Thursday, July 26th, at 6 p.m. at …..

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Letter to the Editor: Concerned and frustrated parents

To whom it may concern: Bladen County is in crisis, not only from the lawyers trying to hurt our hog farms, the opioid crisis that is making drug more readily available in our small community, the lack of jobs in the area. We are also under crisis from the lack of information and willingness to help a community that mostly goes unseen from the general public. It is a community that most only see if they scroll through Facebook and see a post about a girl who is the first Zumba instructor with Downs Syndrome, the young man who is most non verbal and chose the moment of graduation to …..

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Bladenboro Town Board discusses J C Pallet

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday and dealt with several agenda items. The board discussed the parking situation along Grief Street near the J. C. Pallet Company. Mayor Rufus Duckworth said, “J. C. Pallet has corrected the problem.” Mayor Duckworth emphasized that the company was not doing anything wrong with their handling of the parking situation prior to making changes. In other business: *The board voted to approve a pay and classification plan update. *The board approved the bid award for a code enforcement action at 605 5th Street in Bladenboro. The bid was awarded to K and S Trackhoe Service in the amount of $2,105 …..

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NC Department of Transportation issues updated list of Bladen County road closings

Faye M. Boyne, NC Department of Transportation The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: CLOSINGS: River Road  UPDATED River Road will be closed July 9th at 8:00 am – July 18 at 1:00 pm.  The road is closed for cross line repair. There will be a signed detour the closing is between NC53 and Burney Road.   Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions. Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. It is expected to open July 24, 2018.   UPCOMING CLOSINGS: NC11 NC11 will close on Monday July …..

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Bladen County Man Pleads to Indecent Liberties with a Child, Sentenced to Prison

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC – William Bryan Clark, 36, of Elizabethtown, entered guilty pleas to two felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child on Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court. As a result of the guilty pleas, Clark was sentenced to 23-37 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction. The charges stem from two separate incidents in 2017 involving Clark when a 9- year-old victim alerted a parent that Clark had repeatedly sent graphic sexual messages to the child over social media. The parent notified law enforcement who initiated an investigation, interviewed Clark, and arrested him. Investigators with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department filed the second Indecent Liberties with …..

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State Board to host public demonstration of voting equipment

RALEIGH, N.C. – Later this month, the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement will host a public demonstration of all voting equipment under consideration for certification in North Carolina. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the State Board office in the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The purpose of this demonstration is for members of the State Board and the public to witness voting systems demonstrations and have their questions and concerns addressed by the vendors. This demonstration fulfills the requirements of Section 3.5.10 of the Elections Systems Certification Program adopted by the State Board in 2017. “This is a major step in the process …..

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