12/16/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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The recent Congressional election fiasco, moved the GenX issue off the front page, for a while…. Received nearly 2 inches of rainfall over the past couple of days.  This year may have been one of the wettest ever.  We normally average about an inch a week, year round (48 to 52 inches).  The Wilmington area recently broke […]

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Baby, it’s wet outside….forecast is for less rain later today and tomorrow… More jobs available in Bladen…Formal ceremony at Smithfield Foods yesterday opening new expansion, new hires should total 250 or so between now and early 2019, and WARP Company in Clarkton is seeking to add another 75 to 100 employees in the next few months… Don’t want to hear…there […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-introduced to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the U.S. government’s capability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and other mass atrocities wherever […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) that section 201 solar tariffs played a role in the decline of utility-scale solar installations in the third quarter: “The growth of solar energy in North Carolina has […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded passage of bipartisan legislation to reform the process to pursue claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination experienced on Capitol Hill is headed to the president’s desk. The legislation would reform the dispute resolution process, protect workers, increase transparency and hold Members of Congress […]

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Bladen’s election story continues to grow.  I am told some high percentage of those with additional info are either totally untruthful, or partially untrue.  Think it’s about time to begin using the ‘lie detector’.  It’s bad enough without the ‘pile-on’ group.  Broaden the investigation to anyone who ‘assisted’ someone with their ballot, other than a […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, the House of Representatives passed the conference report to Accompany H.R. 2 – Agriculture Improvement Act sending the five-year farm bill to the President’s desk for his signature.  The 2018 Farm Bill conference report is the result of an agreement reached between both chambers of Congress that will strengthen the farm […]

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Lest we forget, Christmas is a perfect time to do something nice for someone…..just do it.  Lots of sickness, deaths and other concerns…do it now. Christmas parties and cantatas are being held.  Cantatas are special, choirs and directors are working hard to prepare. Soon it will be added to the memory bank. Speaking of cantatas, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored 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. “Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who are victims of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to expand access to much-needed resources and investment for rural entrepreneurs to start and expand local businesses was included in the Farm Bill that passed the Senate earlier this week. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) introduced the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018 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 and make sure that drug manufacturers have the proper incentives to continue developing life-saving medications. […]

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Seems there is a new revelation, or chapter in the ongoing 2018 election saga, daily.  Unraveling the facts from fiction must be one heck of a mess for those in charge.  How did we get here and how many more revelations?  Dig deep, there must be more.  Can’t believe there aren’t other counties with similar […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) supported the passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill Conference Report, which includes several provisions secured by Senator Tillis. The bipartisan report passed the Senate and will now head to the House for final passage. “This year has truly been one of the most challenging in recent memory for North […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded President Trump for signing the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act into law. The bipartisan legislation recognizes the unique kind of harm caused by child pornography and requires restitution in a manner that will support victims. The legislation helps child pornography victims seek restitution from defendants and gives […]

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Washington, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman David Rouzer’s bill, H.R. 6118, to direct the Department of Interior to designate one city per year as a nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  Due to the hard work and dedication of Wilmington native Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), who is […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, introduced a resolution to establish a John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission, modeled after the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the resolution would create a bipartisan commission to examine […]

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The period to apply for disaster assistance for damages from Hurricane Florence will remain open until Thursday, December 13, 2018.  The Disaster Recovery Center in Bladen has closed: however, applications can be taken and any questions can be answered by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.  This line is open from 6am – 10pm EST daily. If you received […]

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  1672 – New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston. 1690 – Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money. 1836 – Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia. 1884 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is first published in the […]

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Congratulations to Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown golfer had a good day yesterday in the 29th Charles Tilghman Jr. Championship Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC.  After one round of play he is one stroke off the lead.  He was one of 3 that shot a 73 at the Surf Club & Beach Club, Grande Dunes Member Club.  […]

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Congratulations to Gladwin ‘Bo’ Priest, long time face of the Tar Heel Rescue Squad, He was recently recognized for his contributions by being named a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, by Governor Roy Cooper.  Rep. William Brisson made the presentation.  Bo has been a faithful servant to the squad for 42 years… […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. The First Step Act combines prison reform proposals that overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with sentencing reform provisions from the broadly bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Many consider the National Football League (NFL) to be the most successful professional sports organization in the world. To many, having an NFL team is a signal a city and region have arrived and are in elite company. This is one reason why NFL franchises sell for in the multi-billions of […]

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Was it LBJ who compared a pile of sun-baked cow manure to some politically related activity years ago? Maybe it was another politician but it was an issue that would not go away…. The comment was, “the more you stir it, the more it stinks”.  Kinda relates to the current stinky political situation in Bladen County […]

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Like many US citizens, I kinda kept up with activities related to the passing of our former President George H.W. Bush yesterday and enjoyed the action and commentary, despite announcing in yesterday’s ‘Thoughts’ that he would be buried in Texas…..yesterday. I never met President Bush, but had a sister who served for some time as […]

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About three weeks ’til Christmas. A bad day on the Stock Market yesterday… Today, former President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest in Texas. Bladen County continues to receive bad press related to the just completed General Election, not the Board of Elections or staff, but ‘vote for pay’ activities by bad actors.  […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will host over 300 Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors, and other officials from 80 nations for the 12th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum on Thursday, December 6th.   First conceived in 2014 to help restore U.S.-European relations in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, the forum has grown into a premier global […]

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By Jefferson Weaver There are times when, like Miguel Cervantes’ famous and misunderstood character, I find myself incensed by man’s inhumanity toward man, the sheer idiotic desire to make misery out of mirth. Unlike Ol’ Mike’s hero, I have no plans to mount a broken-down horse, grab a battered, rusty sword and go fight windmills […]

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It’s flu shot time, if you have not had yours, better do so soon. Had the pleasure of attending the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad Christmas Party last night, held at the VFW building.  Local Rescue Squads continue to have staffing problems.  Nothing new, but when you continue to lose members who take call, others must double-up.  […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “Per usual, Governor Cooper takes a bad situation and makes it worse by continuing to erode confidence in the neutrality of the Board. Democrat Joshua Malcolm is the most partisan member of the NCSBE from either party. As highlighted by The Charlotte Observer, it was Mr. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is continuing his bipartisan effort to support North Carolinians recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael with a direct appeal to Senate leadership urging support for disaster assistance for North Carolina farmers and the state’s agriculture community. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tillis requested that Congress provide supplemental […]

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Much has been spoken and written over the past few days about the late, former President, George H.W. Bush, one of the best equipped chief executives in my lifetime.  His longtime bride was also a huge asset.  How could you not like Barbara Bush? Bladen County commissioners have a couple of meetings today, a Special […]

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December 1, WOW…..2018 is coming to a close and action is picking up…. Congratulations to Dr. Findt on his retirement at Bladen Community College, job well done. Had the pleasure of attending retirement party for Sgt. Rodney Hester at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department yesterday (Friday), well attended, family, friends, co-workers, very nice function.  Sgt. […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has a legal and moral duty to certify Congressman-Elect Mark Harris’ winning bid for Congress on Friday.  If not, immediate court action will follow. “There are simply not enough absentee ballots in question […]

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College Basketball….late last night….No. 7 Michigan 84 – No. 11 UNC 67 NFL Thursday Night Game….Saints (10-1) at Cowboys (6-5), game on FOX at 8:20 p.m. Kevin Conner, NC Trooper (Bladenboro native) recently killed in the line of duty was honored Wednesday by NC House of Representatives. The body of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar of Lumberton has […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Imagine, if you will, a big yellow bus filling with children at the end of the day, with laughter and talk and the occasional greeting for Mrs. Baker, the bus driver. The doors closed with a familiar hiss as Mrs. Baker checked the list by the camera that records every vehicle beside […]

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Had a couple of busy days, on the road…a little business and some fun…… The 2018 Christmas Show at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach may be the best ever, at least those were the thoughts of 30 friends who made the trip recently…A great combination of music & comedy….Can’t think of a better beginning […]

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NFL results from Monday night football action: Texans 34 – Titans 17. Most of us have pet peeves….How about driving late PM, about dark-thirty, without lights?  Dangerous for all… Been traveling a little recently, surprised at the state of many small to medium size towns….some in various stages of disarray, others where leaders obviously do a […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Two topics of interest to most people are taxes and public spending. So whenever I find research focusing on these two areas – especially if they’re applied to North Carolina – I think it’s worthy of mention. Two new studies recently came across my desk fitting this profile. One looked at […]

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Between church activities, a parade and decorating for Christmas, for many, the past weekend was busy, busy … with more to follow … ‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year. NFL action last night … Vikings 24 – Packers 17. One game tonight to conclude Week 12 … Titans at Texans at 8:15 PM… […]

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Checking our neighborhood…. Thanksgiving season must be final date for all Christmas decorations to be in place….looking good…the Hesters’ are usually last or near last to complete the task….working on it.. Checking football scores from yesterday’s play….. NC State 34 – UNC 28 (overtime) Wake Forest 59 – Duke 7 Cincinnati 56 – ECU 6 Clemson 56 […]

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The Christmas shopping season is underway for many, for others it will come later…. Never been one to battle large crowds….but some enjoy… Ever wake up with something on your mind…and it just lingers?  Last night, began to think about how businesses come and go, kinda run their course and especially so in small towns, […]

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Hope your Thanksgiving Day was good….for our immediate family….Great, all together, good fellowship, good food…fun time.. Quick check of NFL scores from ‘Turkey Day’ games: Bears 23 – Lions 16 Cowboys 31 – Redskins 23 Saints 31 – Falcons 17 Current NFL leaders AFL East     Patriots 7-3 AFL West    Chiefs   9-2 AFL North   Steelers 7-2 […]

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Thanksgiving began years ago.  Bet we all recall our teachers in the lower grades sharing about the ‘First Thanksgiving’, and it’s worth sharing again… One account explained it this way.  “The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621.  This […]

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Thanksgiving 2018 is fast approaching…..Turkey is in the oven, travel plans are complete and a celebration is just hours away… Can you recall a very special Thanksgiving? Can you imagine the first Thanksgiving season, many, many years ago? The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade through downtown Elizabethtown is all set for Sunday, […]

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As we approach Thanksgiving we have so much to be thankful for…family, good health (if we enjoy good health), good neighbors and friends.  Yet, there is too much bad news….the recent kidnapping of the young girl in Lumberton, concern over guns in the hands of those who do not obey the laws, California fires, we could […]

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NFL action last night – Bears 25, Vikings 20 Tonight – Rams vs Chiefs…. Short work week for many…Roadways will be crowded as we celebrate Thanksgiving….Drive as if your life depended on it…..because it does…. Many would be thankful for a more ‘settled’ stock market, especially retirees who depend on 401Ks and other such plans […]

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Whew….time to take a deep breath as we head into the Thanksgiving season….. College football scores from Saturday… NC State 52 – Louisville 10 UNC 49 – WCU 26 Pittsburgh 34 – Wake Forest 13 Clemson 35 – Duke 6 Appalachian State  45 – Georgia State 17 ECU 55 – Connecticut 21 Alabama 50 – […]

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How often have I heard, deaths come in threes.  Well, two of my favorite people ‘passed away’ this week…Hope there is not a third, soon! Shared a little about Edgar Evans yesterday, and about his contributions to the area.  Did not tell you the numerous ways he made life a little more manageable when I […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the FDA’s recent announcement on tobacco and vapor products: “I applaud the FDA’s commitment to developing a robust plan to combat underage use of e-vapor products. However, I hope the FDA revisits some of its actions affecting traditional products that have been marketed […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, issued the following statement in response to Vice President Pence’s criticism of Burma’s treatment of the Rohingya: “As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we have repeatedly condemned the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in […]

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NFL score from last night….Seahawks 27-Packers 24….. High School football tonight…East Bladen will host Wilson Beddingfield in the NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs at 7:30 PM. I still miss broadcasting high school football and I know my cohorts do as well, but my time was over and no FM radio available in the area.  Still have […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will lead a bipartisan delegation to participate in the 10th annual Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tillis and Shaheen are the co-chairs of the recently re-established Senate North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group. They will join 300 delegates from around the […]

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Thanks for all the ‘birthday’ wishes yesterday, ‘another day older and deeper in debt’…Remember the old Tennessee Ernie Ford tune??? Seems I have attended more funerals this year than ever before…..Sometimes a long walk, alone, is necessary.  Helps to keep all in perspective….. Remember the country song, “I am among men mostly richly blessed”….. Think it […]

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Woke up early thinking about so many activities going on and some good folks. and long, long ago…… Edgar Evans, former Bladenboro Mayor died after many years of suffering medical issues.  He was the ‘E’ at J & E service station in Bladenboro for years, but he was more….came from a good family, he and […]

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NFL results  Giants 27 – 49ers 23 Weather today — Warmer, windy and a chance of rain….high temps in the 60s. Stock Market in a nose dive, like down…..down…down. Volunteers still doing good deeds, assisting those devastated by hurricanes….. Bet if we all went through our closets and removed all the clothing we haven’t worn […]

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Many offices will be closed today observing Veterans Day.  A partial list includes banks, postal service, local and state governmental offices and Bladen County public schools.  Most retail outlets will be open for business as usual.  When in doubt, call ahead. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of […]

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Woke up early this morning with a song on my mind!  Remember, ‘Over the river and thru the woods to grandmothers house we go….The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh’……..It was a favorite, ’bout this time of the year when I was a youngster….. Salute a veteran today….Most have interesting stories of their days in the […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina was once known as a state of small towns. The reason was the state economy. Led by the “Big Three” of tobacco, textiles and furniture, the economy was organized around small towns. Farmers took their crops and livestock to the closest town for processing and sale. Textile mills often […]

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A loss is a loss is a loss, but not sure which causes the most pain, an old fashion butt-kicking like the Steelers delivered to the Panthers (52-21) in NFL play last night or a loss on the last play of the game like Wake Forest delivered to the NC State Wolfpack (27-23).  Both are […]

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Thanks to all who offered their services for political office.  Without candidates our system of government would not operate very well….We all have preferences, but I repeat….we need candidates, so thanks to the winners and those who did not win.  And, it you have never ‘cast your hat into the ring’, you have no idea…it […]

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The 2018 General Election is over, hallelujah!.  Check our news page for results of local political races.  And, for a complete rundown of all races, local, state and federal, Google NC State Board of Elections. Best I can tell, nationwide, Democrats take over leadership in the US House of Representatives and Republicans strengthen their position in the […]

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Frost arrived on schedule….again.   Average date of first frost in Bladen County is last few days of October to first week of November. Did you see Larrell Murchison intercept a Florida State University pass Saturday?  The 6 foot 4, 277 pound, former Eagle, now Wolfpacker, made a big time play. Last night NFL action – Patriots 31-Packers […]

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Checking local and area sports scores… High school football….East Bladen 48 – West Bladen 12… NCHSAA Class 2-A Boys’ Soccer: East Bladen 5, Trinity 0…. John Clark provides details on our Sports Page.. Area College football scores: Syracuse 41   Wake Forest 24 Georgia Tech 38  UNC 28 NC State 47  Florida State 28 Duke 20  Miami […]

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By Robert Hester Today is the last day for Early Voting at the Bladen County Library. Polls close at 1 PM. Election will be held Tuesday, November 6 at all 17 precincts, county-wide. Time changes tonight, fall back. Move time pieces back one hour…..also a good time to check, maybe change the batteries in your […]

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By Jefferson Weaver I had two devices demanding attention, an aching leg, and a car whose stubbornness challenged Mabel the Donkey. I was dramatically late for work, and the only thing in the mailbox was a rightfully insistent demand that a bill be paid. The dogs and cats were behaving as they usually do when […]

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Districts ordered to be redrawn in the next regular legislative session for use in 2020 RALEIGH – A three-judge state court panel today issued a unanimous ruling declaring four state House Districts in Wake County to be unconstitutional.  The panel agreed that the unnecessary redrawing of state House Districts 36, 37, 40, and 41 violated the […]

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Capt. Jeff Singletary is retiring from the Sheriff’s office after 30 years, joining his long time partner Captain Jeff Bridgers in retirement.  Singletary, among other things, played a major role in the construction of the new Law Enforcement Center. Early voting continues today and until 1 PM Saturday at the Bladen County Library.  The General Election is set […]

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Early voting is coming to a close.  It ends Saturday, November 3, at 1 PM.  Only one early voting site in Bladen County, at the library in Elizabethtown.  General elections will be held Tuesday, November 6, at all 17 voting sites in the county. Vote, by all means vote, regardless of political persuasion, vote for […]

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Trick or Treat time.  Remember as a youngster, we lived in rural Bladen County, neighbors were few and far between, memory is getting dim.  Not sure how or where but we participated and were treated.  Remember ‘Mary Jane’ and ‘Kits’ penny candy? Still big in some areas, but in many areas churches sponsor ‘Trunk or […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold an Absentee Meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Election Office located at 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC  28337. Bobby R. Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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NFL score: Patriots 25 – Bills 6 As I observe the political ads today and think back over the years, the campaigns get more personal and so much of it, we have no idea who made the purchase, on TV, regional newspapers and slicks that flood our mailboxes.  No doubt, party plays a huge role […]

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Late night’s NFL score, Saints 30 – Vikings 20. Tonight, Patriots vs Bills Boston wins the World Series, 4 games to 1. Red Sox won last game of 2018 series 5-1 over Dodgers. Hobgobblins are coming.  Trick or Treat this week.  Buy good candy, and if the youngsters go Trunk or Treating, you can enjoy. This is the […]

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If you missed the Bladenboro Beast Fest, you missed a good time.  A huge crowed attended despite it being a little cool and windy.  The day began with a tribute to Trooper Kevin Conner, the native son who was killed while on duty in Columbus County recently.  Great local talent, introduction of politicians, beauty queens, good food, […]

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The 12th Annual Bladenboro Beast Fest is officially underway and will continue throughout the day and into the evening hours.  It’s free and all are invited.  Google BladenOnline for a lineup of today’s activities including one of the biggest events of this year…7 PM, The Band of Oz will be on stage.  Hope to see […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Who knew trade negotiations could play out like a best-selling thriller? The negotiations for a new trade treaty between the U.S., Mexico and Canada had a deadline of September 30th, which was a Sunday. I followed the news that day, and it was all gloomy about successful resolutions to several problems […]

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By Jefferson Weaver All I do is tell the stories, best as I can. My friends in blue, gray, brown, red and green live the stories. So do their families. A couple years back, while I was on the way home one afternoon, Trooper Kevin Conner called me. Like many phone calls I have with […]

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Spent most of yesterday in South Carolina looking for Mega Millions winner, no luck.  Not really, did travel through much of the state, headed to Asheville for a meeting. Can really appreciate Bladen after a few days away. Check our Events section for lineup of ‘what’s happening’ in the area.  And, John Clark has a […]

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World Series 2018–Game 1 Red Sox 8 – Dodgers 4 The two teams face each other again at 8:09 PM today.  It’s a best 4 of 7 series. Well, despite my prayers, and promises, I did not win the Mega Millions.  $4 wasted. The winning ticket was sold in South Carolina.  Still a chance of winning […]

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I have a love-hate relationship with technology.  When it works, I love it.  When it doesn’t work right, I hate it. Usually the reason it doesn’t work right is something I ‘messed up”, but I still need to blame someone or something other than my own actions/decisions. Confused???? So am I. Tonight, the Mega Millions […]

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Late NFL score   KC Chiefs 45 – Bengals 10 Earlier, Panthers defeated the Eagles 21 – 17. Tonight, NY Giants at Atlanta Falcons Hundreds bid farewell to Master Trooper Kevin Keith Conner yesterday at South Columbus High School.  The 38-year-old Bladenboro native was the victim of a senseless murder last week while doing his job.  […]

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ACC football results Syracuse 40 – UNC 37 (overtime) Clemson 41 – NC State 7 Virginia 28 – Duke 14 Florida State 38 – Wake Forest 17 Other scores Alabama 58 – Tennessee 21 USF 37 – ECU 10 Purdue 49 – Ohio State 20 LSU 19 – MS State 3 Appalachian State 27 – […]

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Not sure about a Mega Million (Billion) winner last night.  As of early Saturday (10/20/18) no one had stepped forward. Still early. According to statistics related to US lotteries $72.97 billion is spent annually on lottery tickets or about $223 for every American citizen.  Not sure if the math adds up, just repeating someone else […]

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Condolences seem so inadequate for a man who lost his life protecting ours.  RIP Trooper Kevin Keith Conner.  Visitation and funeral are planned for Sunday afternoon at South Columbus High School.  Google Inman Ward Funeral Home in Tabor City, NC for details. Early voting is underway for the 2018 General Election.  The election will be held Tuesday, November […]

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Early voting for the November 6, 2018 General Elections is underway as of today.  Just one early voting site his year, at the Bladen County Library on N. Cypress Street.  Will be interesting to see how much activity in Bladen County this year.  Two years ago, in the presidential election, 15,743 voted in the county….54.1 […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: Senate Bill 3: An Act to Enact the 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on the bill: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following comment on the Hurricane Florence recovery package that passed the legislature tonight: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to […]

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Just about every conversation begins with the weather, sooooo, how about the weather?  High today near 80 with a 40 percent chance of rain, low tonight around 65 with a 50 percent chance of rain.  High Wednesday near 74 with 50 percent chance or ‘wet stuff’.  Cooler temps Wednesday night with lows around 49, high […]

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Busy weekend in the rearview mirror, hoping for a normal week. The 2018 General Election begins this week.  In the meantime, Bladen is one of 28 counties where the voter registration deadline was extended through today (Monday-October 15).  The extension was for counties most affected by Hurricane Florence and named by the North Carolina State […]

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Hope your weekend has been good so far! Great for this group of Hesters’.  Grandson (Brooks) and longtime lady friend (Katie Hinton) were married late Saturday near Raleigh.  Wish them well.  Beautiful wedding.  Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Hester of Raleigh, NC. If we failed to answer or return your call, sorry… Revival services begin at 7 […]

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North Carolina native Pastor Brunson is on his way home to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. While the Brunson family has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic and political nightmare for the last two years, their unwavering optimism and faith kept them strong during this very difficult […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson: “North Carolina native Pastor Brunson will soon return home to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. While the Brunson family has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic and political nightmare […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden In the aftermath of hurricane season, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk. Indeed, many people are. I have friends who are second-guessing their decisions to move to the coast after retiring.  Others are questioning why development is allowed in storm-prone beaches and barrier islands. To help think about these questions, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

NFL football – Eagles defeat Giants. High School football tonight: 7:30 PM   St. Pauls at East Bladen 7:30 PM   West Bladen at West Columbus Women’s Tennis 10 AM   Three Rivers Conference 2A Class 2A Tournament at East Bladen We survived another Hurricane….a little rain and lots of wind. (Dems blame Rep for the rain, Rep […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the Senate floor to speak on North Carolina native Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned by the Turkish Government since October 7, 2016. Pastor Brunson has his next hearing scheduled for tomorrow. Tillis on Pastor Brunson: “I’m here to talk about a man named Pastor Brunson, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued the following joint statement on Pastor Brunson’s hearing date scheduled for tomorrow: “Pastor Andrew Brunson and his family have been through an incredibly trying ordeal for the last two years. Their faith and strength have been an example to us all. It […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding North Carolinians who are applying for federal disaster assistance: “We’ve recently heard stories of North Carolinians who were denied federal assistance for losses associated with Hurricane Florence. Our offices are now requesting additional information from FEMA and local officials to get a better sense of […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Weather remains the big story.  Two hundred year storms in two years and now two hurricanes in less than a month. Weather for today…Showers and thunderstorms.  High near 83.  Breezy, with a southeast wind 11 to 20 mph.  Winds could gusts as high as 30 mph and 100 percent chance of rain with new rainfall […]

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Charlotte Smith

By Charlotte Smith Families are homeless, some business owners have been forced to close their doors but, hope still seeps through in Bladen County, North Carolina. While the government means well with their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) outreach, it is really ordinary citizens making an impact during disaster and tragedy. In the past few […]

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