06/17/2019
  • 4:34 pm Arrest made in arson fires in Bladen and Columbus Counties
  • 4:14 pm Upcoming road closings in Bladen County
  • 10:57 am River View Trading Post is the new small town store helping small town entrepreneurs
  • 10:51 am Baltimore Community Center Voter Registration Program
  • 9:44 am Tillis & Burr Advocate on Behalf of NC to Secure $110 million in DOT Grants
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Internet has changed the way we communicate. Enjoyed the numerous praises of fathers as I did for mothers on Mother’s Day. Children praising dads, moms praising husbands, but none better than the Bill Storms family of Bladenboro celebrating Father’s Day on his 100th birthday. Someone shared how much more was spent on Mother’s Day, compared […]

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Happy Father’s Day… What is a father? Thought I knew, but decided to check Webster’s dictionary, and here is what I discovered. 1. a male parent 2. a person regarded as a male parent, protector 3. God 4. a forefather, 5. an originator; founder; ancestor; forebear There were others, like, to act like a father, […]

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Contributed by: Melissa Martin, Ph.D By writing humorous columns and articles about aging, I encourage oldsters (including myself) to laugh and poke fun at the changes that accompany our birthdays. However, ageism is not funny. Betty White, an actress that is as sassy and playful as the day is long, celebrated her 97th birthday in […]

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Friday’s weather was near perfect. … Today, another sunny day, a little breezy and highs in the low 80s. Weather for Father’s Day, sunny with a high in the upper 80s, breezy with gust up to 20 mph. Next chance of rain. … Wednesday and Thursday with a 30% to 40% chance of thunderstorms. Bet […]

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Thinking back over the years….some good times and some not-so-good.  Remember the old saying, when you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hold on.  No special reason, just on my mind… Was told recently the Tar Heel Rescue Squad is no longer providing service.  They are like so many others, […]

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By Jefferson Weaver After a particularly toe-stomping sermon by Pastor Kincy a while back, I decided that I could do better about helping folks. I will preface all this by saying I am not trying to boast; I am neither the high priest crossing the road to avoid the victim in the ditch, nor am […]

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BladenOnline was ‘down’ most of yesterday. Last report was someone ‘hacked’ the website. One of the hazards of being online. But, the good outweighs the bad. Thanks to Charlotte Smith and others. Today, we bid goodbye to a lady who has spent a lifetime quietly providing a valuable service to members of Dublin Baptist Church […]

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Politicians at the national level are gearing up for the next election.  Before it gets too ‘nasty’, when you something that concerns you check to see who is sending….Check Fact Check or Snopes or some other reputable website….As we get closer to the Iowa primary in early 2020, no doubt strange websites begin to make […]

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Thankful for the rainfall. Most areas, could use more. Forecast includes a 40% chance today, and 80% chance for Wednesday and Wednesday night. Crops looking better, especially corn. Father’s Day Sunday, lest you forget. Congratulations, one more time, to graduates at every level. For those going into the work place, should be more opportunities than […]

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Oh, the rain has been great, much needed and we could use more. Rainfall has been spotty, at best. Total rainfall at the Curtis Brown Airport weather station has recorded less than 3/4 of an inch, about 3 or 4 miles west, maybe southwest, where I live, we have recorded over an inch. … OK, […]

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Happy Sunday … some rain in Bladen County, amounts depend on location. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, the weather station at the Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown had recorded nearly a half inch. … More is needed. Prospects for additional appear to be pretty good, if the current forecast is correct. 80% today, 70% Monday, […]

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A late night tweet from President Trump indicated the U.S. has reached an agreement with Mexico that heads off the start of tariffs on Monday. One tweet down, no doubt, more to come. We’ve come a long way … remember when we sent messages on a penny post card. Still no rain, well, no measureable […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Most of the time when economics makes the headlines it’s about big things, like recessions, trade wars, tax changes and jobs. But economics also deals with smaller, technical matters – things that are boring to most people but fascinate those of us who have spent our careers in the “dismal science.” […]

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They were boxers, baseball players and barbers. Farmhands and fathers. Policemen and petty criminals. Career soldiers and draftees who just wanted to go home. They were Americans. It was 75 years ago that Americans and their allies dropped from the sky and fought through the surf to begin the end of the Third Reich. Somewhere […]

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Kinda all over the board today … Love one-liners. … When in doubt – abstain. We hear about drug dealers, maybe not the names until an arrest, but we know folks all around us accused of using or dealing in drugs … But, there is much good going on as well. … Churches and individuals […]

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The chance of rain over the next week is in the 30% to 70% range daily, with the best chance Friday. Several days the forecast is from a quarter to a half inch. The shower last week was good, but much more is needed. The Bladen County Committee of 100 will hold their annual meeting […]

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When driving, especially nighttime, I am constantly looking for a deer to jump into the roadway. …Ever have that thought? Not sure why, just thinking out loud. Apparently construction is underway on the new round-a-bout at the intersection of NC 41 and NC 410, near Bladen Community College. A recent trip to Lumberton from Elizabethtown […]

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Ever imagine being an office holder of one of the top branches of government, President, leader of the US Senate, House of Representatives, or maybe Governor? Since none of us are, if you were advising at either level … what would be the topic of your advice or question be? How about another a North […]

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Yesterday was a beautiful day … checking today’s forecast, a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Highs in the upper 80s, with winds as high as 17 mph. Stats for BladenOnline for the month of May 2019: Page Views: 262,513 Visits: 104,472 Both down slightly … but changes […]

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We can close the door on May 2019, one of the driest months ever in Bladen County … hot & dry, now we move on to June. We did get some rain, vastly different totals depending on your location. Two-tenths at the Curtis Brown (Elizabethtown) Airport National Weather Service location. Sons #1 and #2 reported […]

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What a difference a few months makes. Rainfall totals for Bladen County over a three day period in mid-September was 36 inches, a full 3 feet of water. Came with Hurricane Florence and we all know about the damage in Bladen, especially in the Kelly area. Compare with current conditions. Guess it’s feast or famine. […]

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Yesterday was about as hot, weatherwise, as we see in this area. At 3:45 p.m., the National Weather Service, Curtis Brown Airport reporting station, reported 100 degrees. The weather stats are recorded every 20 minutes, then every 3 hours. Apparently, the temp reached 101 degrees between reporting times, based on the three-hour report. Remember years […]

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BladenOnline.com would like to welcome all readers back to the Guestbook page. In the past some advertisers threatened to pull advertising from our media outlet due to  comments made on our Guestbook page. We have made the decision to bring back the Guestbook page even at the risk of losing advertisers because we value the freedom […]

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Happy Memorial Day … Remember the reason for the day. NASCAR and Indy racing, exciting yesterday, both well attended … Simon Pagenaud was the Indy winner and Martin Truex Jr. won the 600 mile race in Charlotte. Despite hot weather, a large crowd expected at White Lake today. Water is clear, but a little low […]

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We are in the middle of a heat wave … and more on the way, according the National Weather Service. Today, (Sunday), Sunny and hot, high near 98, Memorial Day (Monday), Sunny and hot, high near 98, Tuesday, Mostly sunny and hot, high near 98, Wednesday, Sunny and hot, high near 100, Thursday, Mostly sunny, […]

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WOW! Yesterday was one hot day, 97 degrees and apparently we are in for more of the same. Highs for the next few days in the mid 90 range. No rain in sight, and it is badly needed. Recently planted fields very dry, plants beginning to looked stressed. Memorial Day approaching means lots of folks […]

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By Jefferson Weaver The boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air. The boy had about a dollar, and he […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden A couple of weeks ago I had plenty of time – specifically 30 hours – to consider our travel system up close. My wife likes to call it a trip to honor her late sister, who unexpectedly passed.   The sister left three cats, and it was our job to transport them […]

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Memorial Day is fast approaching, and for many, just a day off work, or time for a party, maybe a cookout. “Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in […]

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I rise early every morning, just a morning person and love it. Began on the farm, later ‘signed on’ at WBLA for years, traveled the state for 20 plus years, and enjoyed traveling to next destination early in the morning. Now a senior, senior citizens, still rise early. Old habits are hard to break. Some […]

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High School graduation and various award programs being held this time of year. After children and grandchildren have moved on in life, easy to forget the excitement of end-of-school-year functions. Social media is a great way for senior citizens to stay in touch. For those of us over the hill, Dick Tracy comic strip was […]

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Memorial Day is Monday, lest you forget. Weather forecast is for a hot day, like 98 degrees. Weather for today is sunny and a high of 89 degrees, Wednesday, a high of 86, Thursday’s high near 91 … then temps rise. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day …. highs in the 96 to 98 degree […]

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Mid May and already several days with temps in the 90-plus range and no rain. Forecast for today, mostly sunny, high near 90 with southerly winds in the 9 mph range with gusts as high as 17 mph. Tonight thunderstorms possible near midnight. Low around 70 degrees and a 30% chance of rain. Temps in […]

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The 41st edition of the White Lake Water Festival appeared to be a huge success. Despite temps in the low 90s under a blistering sun, the crowds were large and eager for a good time. WECT folks did a great job of show-casing the area over the past few days. Now, back to a normal […]

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East Bladen Eagles baseball team lose in 2A playoffs … Washington, NC, High School 5, East Bladen 4. Tough loss, great season. Kyle Tatum, Eagle alum, recently completed two years of study and baseball at Brunswick Community College, great year, great experience with Coach Robbie Allen’s team. White Lake Water Festival continues. Day 1 complete […]

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The 2019 edition of the Annual White Lake Water Festival is underway, and all are invited. Schedule of Events for today (Friday, May 17, 2019) 11 a.m.: 3rd Annual Rotary International Cup Golf Tournament – Captain’s Choice at The Vineyard Golf Course. 6 p.m.: Classic Car Cruise-In at Goldston’s Beach 6 p.m.-9 p.m.: Street Dance […]

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Enjoy talking to or spending time with friends, mostly senior citizens, who are ‘throttling back’, some retiring, some due to illness, others just feel it’s time to move to the sidelines, for whatever the reason, a drastic change in life … sudden changes are the most difficult to deal with. On the other end of […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden In many aspects of life there are rules we follow. These rules are usually based on experience, and they give us a general idea of what to expect.  The rules don’t always work, but they do give us some guidelines. For example, one of my father’s rules was about education. As […]

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Winners in yesterday’s election (Bladen County) US Congress   Dan Bishop Bladen County Commissioner (must be certified) Russell Priest  676 Wayne Edge   672 Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors (2 highest win) Earl Storms    1140 Charles Wendell Gillespie   1090 Tim Gause   954 9th Congressional race: Dan Bishop (R) receives 47% district-wide and will face Dan McCready (D) in […]

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Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce meets at noontime today at Cape Fear Farmers Market.  Today’s speaker is Eddie Madden, Elizabethtown City Manager.  All members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest. Pray for our nation and our leaders…and for the rank and file….. Lots of folks on edge…some more so than others.  Got a one […]

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Springtime has arrived, spring sports at the 2 high schools in the county have completed regular season play, but some individual athletes and a team or two are involved in post-season play.  Exciting times… East Bladen’s baseball team (18-6) defeated #1 seeded Midway (21-2) recently to extend their season.  Next opponent is N.C. School of […]

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Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers, young and old, and in between. Mothers deserve the attention and the flower, candy, clothing and other businesses that feature gifts for moms, appreciate your business. Voters in the 9th US Congressional District will go to the polls Tuesday to cast a vote in the Republican primary, many candidates, […]

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Mother’s Day is tomorrow and nothing is more important to a mom than a visit by children and hopefully grand-children.  We are fortunate, the children are coming, one today and the other on Sunday.  Makes mom very happy. I miss my mom, even more so on special occasions.  She was never a wealthy person, meager means, her later years […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Let me preface this by saying I have nothing but respect for doctors. It takes incredible fortitude to study for years, then go into a line of work where lawyers and the intricate vagaries of the human wait hungrily around every turn. I’ve always been blessed with good doctors – the late […]

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Ever just begin to hum a song, not sure what or why? … One of my most recent … ‘Count Your Many Blessings Name Them One By One’ … brings back memories over the years, youngster on the back row at Zion Hill Baptist Church north of Bladenboro. Either Rev. Pete Lingle or Rev. J. […]

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Memorial service for fallen heroes, held Wednesday at the Bladen County Sheriff’s office, very impressive, and well attended…Among those remembered were: Roy Franklin Fores….former Bladenboro Chief Marvin James (Jimmy) Bell….former Elizabethtown Chief Joe Ramey…..former Bladenboro Police Officer Brian Collins….former Bladen County Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Charles Hester….former Bladen County Deputy Sheriff The most recent to be […]

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All are invited to a special Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, at 10 AM, today (Wednesday).  Fallen officers will be honored, unfortunately, the list continues to grow.  Families of the fallen, as well as friends will hopefully attend. That’s TODAY, 10 AM at the Sheriff’s Department. Speaking of the Sheriff’s Department, if […]

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Checked my rain gauge and compared with the official numbers at the nearby Curtis Brown Airport…total rainfall over the past 3 or 4 days, about an inch.  Bet farmers would like to see more.  Next best chance is the weekend, ranges from 30% to 60%, Friday thru Sunday. Thinking about items no longer needed on todays’ farm….horse […]

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Looking forward to a new week.  Before looking ahead, a quick peek at last week. Folks had another successful fund-raiser for one of their own.  Noah Deaver is dealing with health issues….friends raised nearly $28,000 for him Saturday.  Say what you will, the Bladenboro volunteers spring into action when needed.  4-7 p.m. $28,000.  The whole community […]

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Several months ago, my favorite grand-daughter, my only grand-daughter, shared some thoughts on social media and today I share, again. “My grandpa, Robert G. Hester, writes a “Thoughts While Shaving” entry daily for an online newspaper. This is my rendition, but I’ll call it “Thoughts while painting nails and sipping Relaxation tea”. Dental school, thus […]

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You’ve heard this before.  This is a busy weekend in Bladen….Many across the county, doing good deeds. Today: 7 – 10 AM…White Oak Volunteer Fire Department sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast.  The location is 10838, NC 53, White Oak. 10 AM…Carvers Creek May Day Festival. 4 – 7 PM…Bladenboro Fund Raisers will be serving BBQ plates at […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Miss Lois, her hands shaking, handed me the wooden box. “It’s yours now,” she said. Mother gave the Old Man the box when they were first married; I think she bought it as a surprise when they got their new furniture, shortly before or after I was born. It sat upon the […]

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By Charlotte Smith In January of this year the Elizabethtown Town Council received a request for a resolution of support to the NC Board of Transportation to name North Carolina Highway 87 Bypass in honor of Mr. Mac Campbell, Jr., an Elizabethtown native.   Mr. Danny DeVane, retired Chief Secretary of NCDOT, made the request in person […]

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I am not a huge contributor to Facebook.  Check it out, briefly 2 or 3 times daily, but do wish all on my ‘friends’ list, Happy Birthday.  Some days none, some days several.  Today, it was several, and enjoy reminiscing about each.  How did I meet them, and what did I learn from them?  Old […]

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May 1,  WOW, 2019 year is nearly half over. Remember eons ago when May 1 arrived, we celebrated May Day at school.  I GOOGLED May Day, discovered it was celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent.  In some parts of the United States, May baskets are made.  These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or […]

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NC House of Representatives rolled out their first proposal of the budget for the coming fiscal year last night (Monday).  Long way from a final document.  Governor Roy Cooper introduced his proposed budget a couple of months ago.  After the House works out final numbers, it will go to the NC Senate for more input, then the […]

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Had the pleasure of spending a little time cruising portions of Bladen County that I seldom visit recently.  Most fields are prepared for planting.  Farmers are busy… Expect many would say more rain is needed. Occasionally, receive funny one liners, enjoy reading and using a few, but tend to shy away from political humor, I enjoy […]

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  As I grow older, I am spending much more time at doctor offices and at funerals. 4 way stops and round-a-bouts are replacing stop lights.  Not that it matters, but round-a-bouts are my preference. Think about $’s spent on roads over the past few years, much due to storms.  Just look at repairs and updates in […]

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Check yesterday’s Thoughts for a list of activities in Bladen, today, and add a few.  The N.C. Interscholastic Cycling League Mountain Bike Race, a 2 day event, is underway at Brown’s Creek Nature Park & Bike Trail.  The Trail is located at 1992 East Broad Street, across from the entrance to Lock & Dam #2.  […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden As a nation, we’re now engaged in a new version of a debate I’ve heard many times in my 68 years of life, and which actually goes back several hundred years. It’s the debate over how we should organize the economy. And – to get to the point – specifically it’s […]

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Thanks to all who participated in any way with the 2 recent annual fundraisers for Bladen We Care, Gala and golf tournament.  Both very successful. Yesterday’s golf tournament consisted of over 50 teams, great weather and all appeared to have a good time.  Well run, excellent golf course, wonderful food and participants were provided with a great […]

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By Jefferson Weaver A newspaper office is a living, breathing thing during the week. People are coming and going; phones ring; the scanner blares a tone announcing a tragedy in someone’s life. People talk, and sometimes they just yell across the room. Carts and handtrucks rumble through the back, carrying newspapers and inserts. Sometimes even […]

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Today is a big day for the Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament, the biggest source of revenue for the not-for-profit organization. Only two events a year, the recent Gala and the golf tournament. Over the past 29 years, more than $1.5 million (my numbers) has been raised and provided to Bladen residents who, thru […]

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A computer repairman I am not. Having issues! Voting begins today in the Special Primary for the 9th U.S. Congressional District.  Early voting in Bladen County is at the Board of Elections office behind the Elizabethtown Post Office. Lots of happenings over the next few days in Bladen County, listed many in yesterday’s thoughts.. Not sure if […]

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Reminder of the Bladen We Care Annual Golf Tournament at The Vineyard golf course at White Lake, it’s Thursday, April 25.  Proceeds benefit folks having a difficult time healthwise ‘falling thru the cracks’ in our health care system.  If you do not play golf but would like to contribute, mailing address is Bladen We Care, PO […]

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Spring time marks new beginnings in a lot of ways. This Easter Monday is no different. Our beloved, Erin Smith, resigned today as General Manager of BladenOnline.com. Our staff is grateful for Erin’s three year tenure. She worked hard bringing the latest news and happenings in our area to our loyal readers. “The departure did […]

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Easter Monday, and for those who celebrated on Friday, time to return to work.  For others, a day off. According to the Bladen County School calendar, Spring Break for students and staff, except Bladen Early College. Just a few weeks remain before this school year is over and the Class of 2019 moves on to college or joins […]

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Happy Easter Day… Remember as a youngster hearing the Easter story of Jesus hanging on a cross.  Never gets old. We celebrate with Cantatas and other forms of worship.  Youngsters enjoy Easter Egg Hunts, a tradition that reportedly dates back to the late 16th century, when the Protestant reformer Martin Luther organized egg hunts for […]

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Thoughts While Shaving Looking forward to this day, after the storm yesterday.  Checked with National Weather Service on info gathered at the local airport (Curtis Brown) just east of Elizabethtown.  Highest sustained winds were in the 28 mph range with gusts as high as 38 mph between 4:30 PM and 5 PM.  As you know, winds were strong […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Defending United States Citizens and Diplomatic Staff from Political Prosecutions Act of 2019 (S. 1075) to address the ongoing wrongful detentions of U.S. citizens and diplomatic staff by the Government of Turkey. Throughout 2018, Senator Tillis worked to help secure the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, […]

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Bladen County Special Olympics event, 2019 was well attended by an enthusiastic crowd, Thursday at Elizabethtown Middle School football field.  Lots of energy by participants and supporters. Mark your calendar… Thursday, April 25, Bladen We Care Golf Tournament at The Vineyard Golf Course, White Lake. Saturday, April 27, Relay for Life from 11 AM to […]

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Bladen We Care Golf Tournament, 30th edition, slated for a week from today at The Vineyard, White Lake.  Still a few starting times remain if you would like to participate.  Call 910-874-2008 for details.  And, a reminder, all proceeds assist Bladen County residents struggling with healthcare issues, and the support of nursing scholarships at Bladen […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, andRepresentatives Doug Collins (R-GA-9), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Hank Johnson (D-GA-4), and Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) released a bipartisan, bicameral framework on Section 101 patent reform. The framework comes just months after Senators Tillis and Coons revived the […]

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On the way home from DC. Been a good, hopefully productive trip to Washington. Spent considerable time Tuesday with Elizabethtown native Bryan Martin.  Bryan has been a part of the late Congressman Walter Jones staff for the past 4 years.  Jones died late last year, a primary elections will be held shortly for a new 3rd […]

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Raleigh, NC — Acting Chairman Aubrey Woodard has released the following statement: “The NCGOP Central Committee had its bi-monthly meeting on Sunday, April 14 with a full agenda. One of the leading subjects was the planning for our State Convention to be held in Concord, NC, on June 6-9. This is a very important convention in that we will […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Sitting here staring at a screen, this is not the column I wanted to be writing this evening. It’s Holy Week; I wanted to share a message of hope and love through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But instead, I’m writing about hatred. We have the constitutional right to […]

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How about Tiger Woods winning another green jacket, a symbol of a Master’s winner.  Must have a closet full.  He has come full circle professionally and personally….Never give up. Still in D.C., meetings all day long, speakers from FCC, Department of Agriculture and others.  One of the top issues is mapping…where is the current fiber.  Mapping […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) both members of the Senate Banking Committee with jurisdiction over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, recently introduced the Respect the Caps Act. The bill comes after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Inspector General reported the FHFA has allowed compensation for executives at Fannie Mae […]

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Greetings from Washington, DC…. Was on the road several hours yesterday, mostly I-95, running nearly 80 MPH, 3 wide for the better part of 7 hours, give or take little, arriving late in the day with 3 others….two using their cell phone to assist as we entered the city, to arrive at the designated location.  […]

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Bob Lewis, former East Bladen, Clinton, & Harrells Christian Academy football coach, was formally inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame Saturday.  Bob won his first state championship with East Bladen High School in 1973.  He had his greatest success as the Clinton Dark Horses coach winning state championships in […]

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High School prom time.  Remember yours?   WOW, so long ago, Bladenboro, NC, class of ’56, at National Guard Armory…I think. Seldom see many of my classmates, but think of them often. Tax time…every year around April 15, for as long as I can remember. Showers off and on overnight and more forecast for today.  Highs today should […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Got a message the other night from a long-lost friend, and I was reminded of matters of mice and men–Mercury outboards. I think Robert Burns’ poem, “Ode to a Mouse”, should be carved into the deck of every boat. Maybe not the entire poem, but specifically the lines – “The best laid […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of their bipartisan Senate resolution that designates April 2019 as “Countering International Parental Child Abduction” month and instructs the federal government to educate state and local law enforcement about the issue and how to combat it. According to the Department of State, from 2008 to […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden I need to remind you I’m an economist. I say this so I don’t shock you with my next statement.  One of the publications I eagerly look forward to each year is titled Facts and Figures: How Does Your State Compare?  It’s published by a Washington think tank called the Tax Foundation. […]

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The Masters Golf Tournament is one of the elite sporting events, began yesterday and what a day.  Low round of the day was 66 shared by a couple of young guns…Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson had a 67 and Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson posted rounds of 68, in all nearly 30 golfers, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-introduced the bipartisan Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Service members Leasing Relief Expansion Act. Military families may relocate frequently or suddenly as the result of a service member’s military orders, and these moves often involve entering into leases for a house, apartment, or other […]

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A reminder of the celebration at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, beginning at 3 PM.  Their male chorus has been in the singing business 48 years. Other groups will be singing as well, open to all. About half of Bladen County will join counties along the NC-SC border, all the way to Mecklenburg County attempting […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Republicans believe in patient-centered health care that delivers the choices they want, the affordability and protections they need, and the quality they deserve. That is why Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues today introduced the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that Americans have the peace of mind knowing that they and their loved ones will […]

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A reminder of the Shriners Fish Fry today at the Food Lion parking lot, West Broad Street in Elizabethtown….11 AM until.  See you there. Employment in North Carolina was 4.2% state wide, slightly lower in 99 counties.  Buncombe (Asheville) was the lowest at 3.2%….Hyde (Swan Quarter) was highest at 12.5%. Others in the area: Bladen    5.3% […]

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Virginia Cavaliers 85 – Texas Tech Red Raiders 77 (overtime) Many are calling the game one of the best ever as March Madness, 2019 comes to an end. Kyle Guy named MVP. Keep an eye on the weather today…the forecast is for showers and thundershowers.  Some storms could be severe, with hail and damaging winds.  Cloudy, […]

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Tonight, NCAA crowns the men’s basketball champion and it will be….either Texas Tech or Virginia.  The game will be televised on CBS, tip-off at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 9:20 PM. Ladies championship goes to Baylor 82-81 winner over Notre Dame. Most of the match-ups have been great. It’s Monday and spring time in Bladen.  […]

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NCAA action…..Virginia 63 – Auburn 62 Texas Tech 61 – 51 The Richmond, Viginia newspaper described the first game very well.  Kyle Guy made “three terrific, amazing, spectacular free throws” to win.  And I would add, he made the free throws with less than a second left in the game to pull a victory from the […]

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Bladen We Care 30th Anniversary Gala, well attended.  The Legacy Motown Revue provided the entertainment at Cape Fear Winery, Saturday evening.  Sponsor for the event was Smithfield Foods and the local BWC committee. Bladen We Care Annual Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, April 25 at Vineyard Golf Course, White Lake. For those unable to attend or […]

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I wonder if the president of the US, members of congress, members of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and other prominent office holders receive robo calls?  How about astronauts in outer space?  Is there no place to escape?  At our house, the numbers are increasing, daily.  Think the abusers have created a new industry and must be […]

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The Bladen County GOP has rescheduled their regular monthly meeting for April. The regularly scheduled Monday meeting in April falls on Easter Monday (April 22, 2019). The meeting has been rescheduled to the next Monday, April 29, 2019, at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Spring time events are ‘springing up’ all around… Check our Events page… Friday, April 5….Bladen We Care Gala, at Cape Fear Vineyard…7-11 PM…Music by The Legacy Motown Revue…tickets $100 per couple. Saturday, April 6…..Bladenboro’s Annual Spring Fling…10 AM to 10 PM.  Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot will entertain beginning at 7 PM. Thursday, April 18…Bladen County […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, reaffirmed Congress’ commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in advance of the organization’s 70th anniversary. Senators Tillis and Shaheen held a Senate NATO Observer Group meeting with Ambassador Kay Baily Hutchison and more […]

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Raleigh, NC — Chairman Hayes today announced he has relinquished most of his day-to-day duties of managing the NCGOP to other constitutional officers. “In the best interest of the party, I make this announcement today and will let our respected officers lead on a temporary basis until our regularly planned party elections this June,” said Hayes. “After […]

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Hopefully, winter is over and springtime has returned.  Tuesday’s high temp in Bladen was 48 degrees with rain and wind…..today should be sunny and 68 and northwest winds 3 to 5 mph.  Thursday’s high near 71.  And, a 70% chance of rain on Friday with high near 70…. Guess we all enjoy a ‘feel good’ story.  […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Trump Administration that it will halt the delivery of F-35 equipment to Turkey after the decision by the Turkish government to proceed with the purchase of the Russia’s S-400 air defense system: “Turkey’s decision to purchase the S-400 air defense system from NATO’s adversary Russia […]

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