02/18/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
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Earlier this week I mentioned about a railroad in or near the town of Elizabethtown, was not sure of location, except it crossed Peanut Plant Road near Bladen Builder’s current location.  Latest response came from Jim McLaney…”When my father and George McLaney owned Southern Pine Mills, Inc. in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored that would criminalize lynching, attempts to lynch, and conspiracy to lynch for the first time in American history. The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act was introduced by Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Tim Scott (R-SC). […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the India Caucus, issued the following statement after a Pakistan-based terrorist group bombed and killed an estimated 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir: “Today’s terrorist attack against Indian paramilitary police is a despicable act of violence, however I know it will not weaken the resolve […]

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Weekend has arrived!  Any special plans? If you were in charge of the government in D.C., N.C. Bladen County or your home town for a day, month or a year….what would be your top priority?  Put your name on the ballot for next election, tell your story and who knows, you may be in the hot seat! […]

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By Jefferson Weaver I went looking for my mother the other night. Logically, I knew I wouldn’t find her; I won’t see her again until we meet in Heaven, but I looked for my father after his death, so to I had to look for my mother. I hadn’t intended to go on such a […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden My wife is not an economist, but she does sometimes ask me about economic issues. One of her most frequent questions is about Social Security. Although she is retired and eligible to receive Social Security benefits, on my advice she has delayed until her monthly payment will be much higher in […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, held a joint committee hearing with the Senate Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee on the current condition of privatized military housing. Tillis and his Senate colleagues heard testimony from military family members, companies, and the Department of Defense on the […]

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Kinda sad to read about the flooding in Kelly, about the dikes that for years protected the community.  Remember Mr. Elliott Henry explaining how the community agreed to tax themselves in the 60s, maybe into the 70s and a local committee dealt with the complicated dike system.  As a former County Commissioner, I learned about so many interesting, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the EPA will move forward with additional regulatory actions as part of its comprehensive PFAS management plan. “I’m glad the EPA listened to the concerns raised by communities and state regulators across the country, including those in North Carolina, regarding PFAS contamination,” said Senator Tillis. “This management […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr sent a bipartisan letter led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urging congressional leaders to promptly pass disaster supplemental funding legislation to help communities recover in the aftermath of recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Florence. In the wake of Hurricane Florence making landfall in North Carolina, Tillis and Burr immediately began working with the North Carolina Congressional […]

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Congratulations to the Best of the Best winners of BladenOnline’s recent survey…. Did you know, at one time there was a railroad in Elizabethtown?  The rails had been removed prior to my arrival in the early 60s…Apparently came from the west and either ended or crossed Peanut Plant Road near what is now Bladen Builders…. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored that will strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country’s more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students (HBCU PARTNERS) Act was introduced by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Gary Peters (D-MI), David Perdue (R-GA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Fostering Innovation Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would provide commonsense regulatory relief for many innovative companies that are in scientific and medical research fields. Currently, emerging growth companies (EGCs) are exempt from certain regulatory requirements for five years after their […]

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UPDATE: Bladen’s Best of the Best continued BladenOnline.com readers and fans ask and we listen. We have added a Part II of Bladen’s Best of the Best 2019 to include some people and places our readers would like to celebrate by voting them Bladen’s Best of the Best in their category. There are now only 10 […]

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Duke 71 – Louisville 69….Blue Devils down 38-29 at the end of first half, and down by 23 with nine minutes remaining roared back to win 71-69.  The Blue Devils are 6-0 on the road, 22-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play.  Next game vs NC State Saturday, 6 PM. Virginia is tied with UNC for […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Senate passed The Natural Resources Management Act, which includes a provision authored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City,” with Wilmington, North Carolina likely to be among the first […]

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Municipal elections will be held this year.  Filing dates are July 5 – July 19. New NC State Board of Elections must be receiving a ‘crash course on elections’, as they attempt to deal with 2018 elections issues and prepare for more.  12 months from now, a new election cycle that includes the presidential primary, as well […]

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The National Weather Service indicates a 70% chance of showers today with high temps in the mid to upper 50s.  Actually showers are likely over the next 48 hours.  Sunny skies are forecast for Wednesday and highs in the low to mid 60s. Congressman Walter Jones passed away yesterday in Greenville.  The 76 year-old incumbent was re-elected […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Congressman Walter B. Jones.  He humbly served the great people of Eastern North Carolina in the state legislature and in Congress for more […]

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Raleigh, NC — Following the news that Representative Walter Jones has passed away at the age of 76, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “Walter Jones was a man of decency, honor, and upstanding moral character. He and I used to travel together back and forth from North Carolina when I had […]

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RALEIGH: Gov. Cooper released the following statement today on the passing of Rep. Walter Jones: “I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr. He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed.” Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.: “Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. was the true embodiment of a public servant. He will be long remembered for his tireless advocacy for Eastern North Carolina, which he loved dearly, and for always following his […]

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We are living in interesting times … seems everyone is accusing someone of something … Been ongoing in DC for about as long as I can remember … but more so now … both sides of the aisle … Most recent are the claims in Virginia, Governor, Lt. Governor and even some leaders in the […]

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Bladen County Committee of 100 and Bladen Agri-Industrial are hosting ‘Casino Night” at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery this evening (Saturday). Doors open at 7, game time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. It’s a repeat event. Proceeds go to support economic development in Bladen County. A good time to learn more about the […]

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Easy for us all to complain about debt at the local, state and national level.  Ever stop and think about the amount of money received in this state, this county over the past couple of years…assistance to attempt to restore our area to where it was prior to the last couple of storms?  And, what […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at the Department of Commerce, requesting additional information on the […]

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Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2018 meeting of the North Carolina General Assembly. ACUF’s Ratings—both federal and state—are an initiative of ACUF’s Center for Legislative Accountability. These ratings are designed to reflect how over 8,000 of the nation’s elected officials view the role of government and illustrate the […]

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By Jefferson Weaver I awoke to a Spanish Inquisition quality cramp in my bad leg, unable to breathe, but with the foulest of hound-breath fogging my face and somehow breaking through the congestion to pollute my tortured nasal passages. Then I realized it was finally February. I hate February. As always, I will offer this […]

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Congratulations to Jair McElveen of Elizabethtown.  He is a student at Clarkton School of Discovery and earlier this week was elected State President of the Junior High Beta Club at their annual meeting in Greensboro. Kelly Robeson, Bladen County Division of Aging Director is hosting a  “Dementia Friends NC” information session on Friday, February 22, 2019, and is […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) re-introduced the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act in the Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation would help ensure that alternative procedures for challenging drug patents do not tilt the playing field contrary to Hatch-Waxman’s design. This bill will restore balance and integrity to the patent system and ensure drug manufacturers have the proper incentives to continue developing life- […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would improve the GEAR UP federal grant program by giving grant recipients increased flexibility to cater to local students’ needs, reducing administrative burdens for grant recipients, and ensuring a more fair and competitive application process. The GEAR Up for Success Act was led by John Cornyn (R-TX) […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) signed a bipartisan letter urging the Trump Administration to stabilize the Medicare Advantage program, which provides quality health care to 21 million seniors and individuals with disabilities. The senators wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma requesting she consider how to strengthen the program, innovate with technology and ensure […]

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Supporters of President Trump are pleased with his State of the Union address last night, and those who have little respect for him still have little respect, according to overnight polls. He has had numerous successes, but sometime tends to overstate accomplishments, thus the huge divide.  If you loved him before, you no doubt thought […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: “President Trump laid out a visionary agenda for a strong, secure and more prosperous America.  Tremendous progress has already been made on many fronts.  And if every member of Congress would be willing to come to the table […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement in response to the State of the Union address: “I appreciated President Trump’s call for more bipartisan cooperation. The American people are sick and tired of people on the far-right and far-left drowning out those in the middle who want to get things done. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) welcomed North Carolina natives Pastor Andrew Brunson and Norine Brunson as his guests to the State of the Union. Throughout 2018, Senator Tillis worked to help secure the release of Pastor Brunson, who was facing an effective life sentence in Turkey, accused of crimes he did not commit. […]

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Congratulations to Bladen County students at the State Beta Club convention. Valentine’s Day is a week from Thursday. Wonder what our churches will look like/be like 10 years, 15, 20 years from now? Can you imagine meeting a driverless vehicle traveling 55 mph and all occupants in the back seat, maybe you have, already? Was […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that North Carolina natives Pastor Andrew Brunson and Norine Brunson will be his guests to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019. Throughout 2018, Senator Tillis worked to help secure the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who was facing an effective life sentence in Turkey, accused […]

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Super Bowl 2019 winner…..New England Patriots….surprise, surprise, surprise.  Not really, Pats win 13-3 over the LA Rams.  A defensive struggle for both teams. I was thinking of previous Super Bowls as the game progressed.  One of my most memorable games was the ’68 New York Jets win over the Colts, led by Broadway Joe Namath.  […]

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Super Bowl Sunday has arrived.  New England Patriots vs LA Rams in Atlanta.  Kick-off is set for 6:30 p.m. on CBS. How about the NC State/Virginia Tech basketball game Saturday?  May be the worst game ever for the Wolfpack, coaches, players and fans… Large news organizations are buying up newspapers, left and right then cutting […]

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Had the pleasure of assisting organizers of the recent annual Dixie Youth fundraiser in Elizabethtown.  Impressed with the number of folks involved, the continuous support level from so many throughout the area and the effort it takes to make it a success.  AND, no doubt it was a huge success…. Reminds me of others throughout […]

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By Jefferson Weaver We were halfway watching the late-night news, trying not to nod off before the weather, when I sat bolt upright. A house in Wilmington had burned; no one was injured, thankfully, but like so many old houses built of pine, the structure was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived. The home was destroyed. […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden During over four decades of teaching, I’ve enjoyed asking students the following questions in my introductory economics course: “What if you could write a check and never have to deduct the amount from your balance? Wouldn’t that be great? Is there any agency or company that can do that?” I receive […]

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Wow, where did January go?  Today is February 1, 2019, and on this date in 2008, BladenOnline made its debut.  The support has been GREAT, and the Best Is Yet To Come…. Saw the announcement that Ms. Alma Farris is celebrating her 102nd birthday.  Remember Parker Farris Department Store? Can’t remember the exact line-up on downtown […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and 10 other colleagues to allow federal law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants criminally charged with killing or seriously injuring another person. The legislation was re-introduced in honor of Sarah Root, who […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act of 2019 (S. 265), bipartisan legislation that would create a task force of experts to provide recommendations for a national strategy to keep communities safe from targeted violence through threat assessment and […]

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The Bladen County Republican Party will meet Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Items to discuss include setting up the upcoming Convention in March, updates on Mark Harris’ status and updates on the NC Board of Elections status. Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reaching a major milestone in the implementation of the VA MISSION Act, landmark legislation passed last year that strengthens health care services at the VA. “The publication of the new access standards required by the VA MISSION Act, which greatly improve upon the […]

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So, how are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?  I ceased making them years ago…. I am so impressed with much of what is going on all around us…I know, lots to be done.  So few making such a huge contribution. Visited Carolina Crossroads, briefly, recently.  Great work being done, quietly, by mostly volunteers on a […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, legislation that would provide responsible management of the wild horse population around Corolla, North Carolina and the Outer Banks. Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives in previous Congresses and has been a long time champion of protecting the Corolla wild horse […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls by improving the federal government’s response to addressing the crisis. Savanna’s Act would increase coordination among all levels of law enforcement, increases data collection and information sharing, and empowers tribal governments with the resources they need in cases […]

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No end in sight to determine the winner of the District 9 US House seat.  Mark Harris, the Charlotte minister and presumed winner on election night is hospitalized with an infection.  As of this date, folks from Bladen to Mecklenburg counties have no voice in the US House of Representatives as the election fraud investigation continues. […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper released the following statement on the agreement to reopen the federal government : “Today’s agreement finally ends President Trump’s unnecessary shutdown and alleviates anxiety for thousands of working families in North Carolina, and for all who rely on the federal government to inspect our food, ensure safe travel, test water […]

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The federal government is open for business, again. Volunteers are needed today and tomorrow to assist in renovating two dormitories at the Bladen County Emergency Training Center. (It’s a part of the former prison buildings near White Lake).  Just show up with whatever equipment you have…. Congratulations to Dr. Pearly Graham Hoskins on her retirement […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement: “The end of the partial government shutdown provides much-needed relief to federal workers who have demonstrated tremendous dedication to the country throughout this political stalemate. “It is vital that we do not end up in the same spot three weeks from now, which will […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following President Trump’s announcement to temporarily reopen the government: “The agreement announced today by the President to temporarily reopen the government provides Democrats with yet another opportunity to come to the table and negotiate in good faith.  It is my hope that we are finally […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-chairs of the Senate North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group, issued the following joint statement in response to the Greek parliament’s vote ratifying the Prespes Agreement, which recognizes the renamed Republic of North Macedonia. The agreement ends a 27-year dispute between the nations and will […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Pay Our Coast Guard Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD) that would ensure the U.S. Coast Guard receives funding during the government shutdown. As a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard has been severely affected by the shutdown, including approximately 42,000 active-duty, […]

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Remember yoyos, a toy available at most toy stores, including Toys R Us?  One of many items we no longer see or hear about…not like he or she is a yoyo. That usually led one to believe someone was/is, quiet a character. The folks who make handkerchiefs must be suffering, young folks, maybe some older folks do not carry […]

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Raleigh, NC — A story out from Charlotte Observer reporter Jim Morrill confirms that Joshua Malcolm, former Chair of the defunct North Carolina State Board of Elections, will not be nominated to serve on the new NCSBE. The new Board will be appointed on January 31, 2019, and expects to set a date for an evidentiary hearing regarding the Ninth Congressional District investigation […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Senate voting on two separate proposals to end the shutdown: “President Trump’s proposal to re-open the government and take a positive step to secure our borders and provide a degree of certainty to the DACA and TPS populations is a good faith effort […]

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Pray for our nation, our leaders and those most affected by the partial shutdown….especially the ‘worker bees’, many who are working and receiving no compensation. And, for others who are ‘laid off’ and no pay. This must be a ‘new’ low for the USA.  Sure there have been shutdowns before, but few, maybe none like this one. Quoting one […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Congressional Leadership urging them to provide a meaningful solution for the H-2B temporary guest worker program in any government funding agreement. “As all of you are aware, we have been working in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion for years to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) sent letters to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeking more information on how they plan to prepare law enforcement officials to effectively access and analyze digital evidence in support of criminal investigations. The […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, the Civitas Institute released the results of its annual North Carolina School Choice Poll, which surveyed registered voters regarding their opinion on school choice issues. The week of January 20-26 is National School Choice Week. The compelling findings send a clear signal that North Carolinians of all ages, races, and political […]

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Weather should be improving over the next couple of days….High today in the mid 60s overnight lows upper 50s and Thursday, high should be near 67 degrees… Stock market was a ‘stinker’ yesterday….and apparently we can expect it to be greatly affected by what’s going on around the globe….tariffs, border wall issue, a shut-down of […]

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By Jefferson Weaver There’s a whole lot of talk these days about toxic masculinity, whatever that is. I am of the opinion that many of today’s problems come from a lack of masculinity. Society has taught men that we are inherently bad. We are often painted as barely one step above Australopithecus, club-wielders incapable of […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “Nothing about today’s court hearing changes the fact that Congressman-Elect Dr. Mark Harris won the election. He received more legal votes and no public evidence has shown the outcome is in doubt. We are confident that Dr. Harris will be certified by […]

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The Bladen County Republican Party  will meet on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. We will be discussing the upcoming Convention that will be held in March.  Our tentative date for the Convention is Monday, March 25, 2019. We have many things that need to be addressed to […]

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The weather forecast was for cold weather over the past 36 to 48 hours and, it was cold….Better days ahead, warmer later this week with the possibility of rain. Holidays are nice, but looking to return to a normal schedule… December, 2018, seasonally adjusted unemployment stats for U.S. and N.C. were released recently, county by county […]

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Need to begin by correcting one item from yesterday.  Bladen County Commissioners meet Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. at their usual meeting place, the Bladen County Courthouse.  The change is due to Monday being a holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…. The MLK Annual Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m.  Monday thru downtown Elizabethtown.  A memorial service is […]

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The weather will be changing over the weekend.  The forecast is for the coldest weather this winter beginning Sunday afternoon, evening and night. Today….(Saturday) 20% Chance of showers before 4 p.m., mostly cloudy, high in mid 60s. Tonight…Chance of showers likely, 100% chance after 1 a.m., south wind 9 to 15 mph, gust up to 23 […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher.  Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as conversation – hopefully not at the same time! One thing she chronically complains about is the increased traffic […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following  statement in response to the story that former Bladen County Board of Elections Vice Chairman Democrat Jens Lutz engaged in absentee ballot irregularities: “In our press conference this week, we stated Congressman-Elect Mark Harris should be certified. Now, the evidence shows exactly why Democrats were quick […]

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A reminder of the MLK, Jr., parade through downtown Elizabethtown Monday, 11 AM.  Following the parade, Rev. Jerrold Lowry will  speak, followed by a light lunch at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.  Special music will be provided by a Cooperative Choir made up of the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church Choir and the Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Choir.  All are invited to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a 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 2015 more than 9,000 […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Since last fall’s hurricane, I have fallen into the habit of taking a walk or two a day. Sometimes it’s for recreation and exercise, sometimes to check the fence line. Occasionally it’s to make sure the ne’er-do-wells haven’t returned. Often I am checking the ditches and canals for beavers and absentee that […]

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Some things I have learned over the years…. Regardless of thoughts related to politics, anything you say, left or right (R or D) will offend someone.  So, after  80 years, I have learned it is best to keep my thoughts to myself…why cause a problem over something neither can change. And too often, both have strong feelings, […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following his vote against H.R. 268 — Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019: “The supplemental appropriations bill brought to the floor today is nothing but a political ‘gotcha’ vote designed to go after Republicans by coupling disaster relief, which includes language that I have co-authored, with […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored legislation to ensure federal workers that are deemed “essential” and continue to work are paid despite the partial government shutdown. The Shutdown Fairness Act authorizes federal agencies affected by the current government shutdown to pay the dedicated personnel that are still working every day to serve thepeople of the United States. “Federal workers who are expected to continue […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. “It is past time for members of Congress to amend the Constitution and […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) was selected to be on the deputy whip team for Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) for the 116th Congress. “This is a dynamic team, and I will rely on each of these men and women over the next two years. I’m thrilled to have the experience of Sen. […]

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Growing older has some advantages, some disadvantages….Think about how cold it is outside, early in the AM and give thanks for a warm home and no reason to be outside…..also give thanks for the fact I could, if it was necessary. Memory does not improve with age….forgot two meetings yesterday….promise to do better today. Weather […]

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Try to be positive, but more bad news than good on any given day… Three in custody after third-generation trooper shot in Wilson County, NC late Monday….Good news, if you can call it good, is the trooper’s injuries are not life threatening No resolution to federal situation, thousands required to work, receiving no compensation while our leaders accomplish […]

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Raleigh, NC — As chair of the Health and Human Services committee, Sen. Pate has been instrumental combating the opioid epidemic and working with his colleagues to address this issue. Sen. Pate leaves with the respect and trust of his colleagues from across the aisle. He most recently served as Deputy President Pro Tempore. “Sen. Louis Pate […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation that will allow individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to exercise those rights in any other state with concealed carry laws, while abiding by that state’s laws. The legislation was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and currently has 30 co-sponsors […]

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Davidson, NC – Local law firm owners Bob McIntosh and Larry Shaheen, Jr. announced the formation of Carolina Revaluation Services, a joint venture between their firms, to assist commercial and residential property owners with their property revaluation appeals. The practice area will cover all counties in North Carolina currently undergoing revaluation. “Revaluation letters with newly assigned […]

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Winter time’s a-coming, more like winter time is here…..high temps for the past couple of days in the low to mid 40s… The list of teams still in the running for Super Bowl LIII is down to four after past weekend play…  Next weekend action has the New England Patriots traveling to Kansas City for the AFC championship […]

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Checking sports activities: NFL Saturday results: KC Chiefs 31 – Indianapolis Colts 13 LA Rams 30 – Dallas Cowboys 22 Action continues today as all aim for the Super Bowl.. 1 PM  LA Chargers vs New England Patriots 4:40 PM  Philadelphia Eagles vs New Orleans Saints Super Bowl LII will be played in Atlanta, Georgia Sunday, February […]

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The wranglin’ continues related to North Carolina US House of Representatives, District 9….Confusion reigns… If I were a federal employee required to work without pay, I would be upset…even more so while politicians who fail to do their job, continue to be paid…Fly back and forth, at our expense.  That should not be……I mean all politicians, regardless […]

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William Brisson, North Carolina House Rep

By Erin Smith NC House Speaker Tom Moore has announced Representative William Brisson will be serving as a Chairman on the NC House Committee on Appropriations. “It kind of surprised me when he called my name,” said Brisson, who is a Republican representing NC House District 22 which includes Bladen County. He explained the Committee […]

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Our readers and fans have asked for us to hold a contest to celebrate Bladen County’s favorite people, places and services. Please cast your vote by providing the name of the person or place under each category you feel deserves the Bladen’s Best of the Best title. There will be only one vote per electronic device […]

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It’s winter time in Bladen…took a while….remember last year, I forgot, but I am reminded, it was cold…as it was this A.M. Ever read an obit, someone you did not have the pleasure of knowing and think…wish I had known him or her… Eighty-one entries this A.M. in my greymail file…junk, spoof, spam and others, fortunately […]

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Some of my fondest memories as a youngster was growing up in a house, two adults and five siblings, where the only source of heat was a ‘trash’ heater, not sure why it was called that, but if my memory is correct, we could use wood or coal.  Remember coal?  Purchased it in a …25 or 50 pound […]

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So far so good as we reach the midway point of the first full work week in 2019…. College football bowl games are over, I think.  NFL playoffs continue for the next few weeks leading up to Super Bowl LIII, 2019  at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., Sunday, February 3.  Game time for the 53rd edition is […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on President Trump’s address to the nation regarding border security: “For decades, both parties have promised the American people they would secure our nation’s borders, promises that have gone unfulfilled. With the government partially shut down and the stakes high, if Congress can’t reach […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable, was signed into law by President Donald Trump. “Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) announced they will re-introduce the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act this week. The legislation would protect the current and any future Special Counsels from inappropriate removal or political pressure. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last Congress with an overwhelming […]

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NCAA Championship – – Clemson 44 – Alabama 16.. Tigers undefeated….Tide lost only one….two great college football programs, two great teams and two great coaches…Dabo Swinney and Nick Sabon. Remember Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant and Frank Howard….pretty good coaches & programs years ago…at both schools… I have no desire to get involved in climate change discussion…just […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) that would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health was signed into law by President Trump. “Successfully getting this legislation signed into law has a deep personal meaning for me, as I was a caregiver for […]

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