03/25/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 12:50 am Pork Skins Recall
  • 12:27 am Sayaun Dent & Sandhills Fifth In NJCAA Nationals
  • 12:24 am Track & Field Knights Third in St. Pauls Meet
  • 12:16 am Patty Evers Coaches North Carolina to All-Star Win
  • 12:11 am DeVane and Harrelson initiated into oldest Honor Society
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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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2019 is underway and so much going on today, this week and beyond. Friday was a huge day on the stock market, will it continue? NFL football playoffs underway with a couple of interesting games Saturday and Sunday, especially the Eagles vs Bears. Bears missed a field goal at the end of the game…and are out.  Playoffs […]

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NFL results from Saturday play: Colts 21 – Texans 7 Cowboys 24 – Seahawks 22 Today’s schedule: 1:00 p.m.   LA Chargers vs Baltimore Ravens  (CBS) 4:40 p.m.   Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears  (NBC) Monday College Football National Championship Game: 8 p.m. Alabama vs Clemson  (ESPN) Tar Heel/White Oak area fundraiser for one of their own last night, […]

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A group of Tar Heel and White Oak area residents are sponsoring a reverse raffle fund-raiser for one of their own this evening at the Tar Heel Fire Department.  Tickets are $50 for a couple, includes two steak meals and a grand prize of $500, (if my memory is not playing tricks).  For tickets or more […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump signed bipartisan legislation co-introduced by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid GI Bill housing benefits into law. The Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act was introduced to address the VA’s failure to fully comply with updated Basic […]

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The Executive Director of the NC Republican Party was in Bladen County on Thursday night to talk with local Republican party leaders and to show support during the ongoing investigation into election fraud allegations in the 9th Congressional District. Woodhouse was in Bladen County on the same day Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver I do not know James Perry Garris, but I know a lot of men and women like him. My beautiful cousin Christen knows him, and thinks a lot of him, so that would be enough for me, even if he were not a firefighter and an EMT. Unfortunately, I have learned more […]

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments in March 2019 in a challenge to North Carolina’s 2016 congressional map, which is one of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders in American history. It will also hear the Maryland challenge, in which Democrats discriminated against Republicans for their party affiliation in its 2011 maps, in March as […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden I make about 80 presentations across the state each year on a variety of economic topics. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job at N.C. State University, by allowing me to become acquainted with many people and groups in almost every region of our beautiful state. Recently I […]

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The plot thickens in the nations capitol.  A Democratic House, as expected, passes legislation that will re-open government offices that were recently closed, fails to fund a wall and will not likely get a hearing in the Senate, and will not make it to the President, and, if it did, it would be rejected. In […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has issued the following statement: “We applaud Congressman-Elect Mark Harris’ campaign for taking this important action to make sure the more-than 750,000 people in the Ninth Congressional District are represented in Congress. The North Carolina Republican Party fully supports this needed court action. “Given multiple opportunities for a […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party takes their obligations under the law and State Constitution seriously. Our unwillingness to participate in the creation of an unlawful ‘interim’ State Board of Elections results from a desire to ensure that any future investigation surrounding the Ninth Congressional […]

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Occasionally, my inquisitive mind leads me to take a look at some type of detail info that I would not normally even think of…such was the case over the past couple of days as I looked for recent changes in laws in North Carolina.  Doesn’t take long to get ‘bogged down’ and give up. I […]

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New Year (2019)…..return to original daily schedule following a couple of holidays…Life is one big adjustment, but no better example than the Christmas – New Year holidays. Headlines have changed little over the holidays….a portion of government still closed and officials (both parties) blaming the other.  Just get it done, that’s your job….. Bladen County […]

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“As a Member of Congress for the last six years, I am deeply grateful for the privilege of serving the 9th Congressional District. Regardless of the determination of the evidentiary hearing, I will not be a candidate in a possible primary election. “During my tenure in Congress, I focused on national security issues to protect our homeland. […]

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Happy New Year, 2019. Time for inventory, are you better off today, financially than a year ago, 5 years ago? Gator Bowl results:   Texas A&M 53 – NC State 13.  Trayveon Williams ran for 236 yards, scored 3 touchdowns, and broke a 30-year-old A&M school record leading the Aggies to the victory….. New Year parties are […]

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Time to bid farewell to 2018.  Hope it was a good year for all, always some ups and downs, hopefully more ups than downs.  Whatever, 2019 is just hours away… One more reminder of New Years Resolutions.  Not sure that it is as big a deal as it was years ago. Rainfall over the past 24 to 48 […]

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The holiday season continues for some and for others, it’s back to a regular routine…with a break for New Year’s Day on Tuesday… Looking back, how was your Christmas season? Very good for this set of Hesters’…..Spent time with all the immediate family and my siblings and have time planned for in-laws over next couple […]

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Frustrating to read and hear our state and federal leaders quibble and quarrel about current issues…State issues mostly related to Bladen County and the election of a congressman in the district that stretches from Mecklenburg (Charlotte) to Bladen (Elizabethtown), created by the current leaders in Raleigh.  If one side says right, the other goes left.  DC […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper sent a letter to the two major political party chairs requesting nominations for the State Board of Elections by close of business today. These members will serve until a new board is convened on January 31, 2019 per HB 1029. NC Republican Party Chair Robin Hayes stated publicly this afternoon that he […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party has encouraged the Mark Harris campaign to take immediate legal action in federal court to force the State of North Carolina to do what it is required to legally, constitutionally, and morally do: certify Dr. Mark Harris the […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Vice-Chairman Michele Nix has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party would like to thank our four State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement members for their service to the citizens of a North Carolina over the last two years. Stacy ‘Four’ Eggers IV, Jay Hemphill, Ken Raymond, and John […]

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Holiday traffic is bumper-to-bumper, and not just on the interstate….and most restaurants are very busy.  Just enough ‘wet stuff’ to cause serious traffic issues.  Patience, Lord, now….please. Duke outscored Temple 35-0 in the second half of the Independence Bowl yesterday and won 56-27.  Both teams complete the 2018 season play with 8-5 records.  See yesterday’s Thoughts for […]

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Love this time of the year, between Christmas and New Years.  Less pressure on schedule, at least at the Hester household. Enjoy friends and family time together, the tasty leftovers, clean up the mess, catch up on college football, just a more relaxed pace. Looking back, good year…one interesting change in my latest Drivers License Renewal.  Took […]

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Hope your Christmas Day was good.  Very good for our family….Time together, sharing gifts and tales and delicious food….One couple missing, out of state visiting, and hopefully, we will be with them later this week…meanwhile, the Hester siblings will hopefully be together over the next couple of days….Enjoy making memories.. So how about your Christmas? With […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….. Up early, checking on Santa…..had not arrived….but I have high hopes. Thinking back to Christmases…long, long ago.  Tree fresh out of the woods, homemade decorations, no lights on the tree, a few gifts under the tree….fruit, nuts, a small amount of candy and a new shirt, or a new pair of […]

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Here comes Santa Clause, here comes Santa Clause right down Santa Clause Lane……The stout man in the red suit is on his way, with a sleigh loaded with goodies for all good little boys and girls and big girls and boys…. Hope this is the best ever for you and yours. Just a reminder, there are some […]

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NFL scores from yesterday: Titans 25 – Redskins 16 Ravens 22 – Chargers 10 Full slate of games today Interesting article related to Chargers QB, NC State grad Philip Rivers. Married, 8 children, team moved from San Diego to the Los Angles area in the past few years. The Rivers family decided it would be […]

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Winter has officially arrived, as of yesterday.  Sunrise this AM was 7:17 and sunset at 5:07 PM, or 9 hours and 50 minutes of daylight. First day of partial shutdown by federal government, not sure if I should be happy or sad, sad I think that all the smart folks we elected can’t get it […]

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Charlotte Smith

Political stories end differently when the truth comes out. In this season of peace, hope and joy Bladen County and North Carolina are in heated political battles. The battles against red verses blue are nothing new. However, making national news due to the tactics the parties use in local politics recently gained the mother county […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden It’s that time of year when economists are looked to as fortune-tellers. The fortune, in this case, is our collective well-being tied to growth in the overall economy. Of course, no economist – no matter how well-trained – can perfectly predict the future of a $19 trillion economy like we have […]

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Congratulations to Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown teenager, student at Harrells Christian Academy, and a very good golfer.  He has accepted a scholarship offer from Mt. Olive College to continue his education career….and his golf career.  And, we wish him well. I think back over the past 10 to 15 years, remembering some I have met along […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on a possible federal government shutdown: “If not resolved quickly, shutting down the federal government could harm a critical program that helps children and families and delay needed federal funds for hurricane recovery. I urge the federal government to act responsibly to prevent a shutdown.” Background: […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Personnel, issued the following statement:   “Jim Mattis is the definition of an American Patriot. From his enlistment in the Marine Corps to his service as Secretary of Defense, he has always served our […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the President for signing the 2018 Farm Bill into law. The bipartisan legislation included multiple wins for North Carolina’s farmers, including legislation he co-sponsored that delists hemp as a controlled substance, allowing NC’s hemp farming industry to continue to grow. The bill also includes the Carryover Equity Act (S. 2384), legislation co-sponsored by Tillis […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — Bladen County Republican Party Chairman Walter McDuffie has released the following statement: “In releasing its case file regarding Bladen County and the 2016 elections, the North Carolina State Board of Elections has proven only one thing: the 2018 election fiasco could have been avoided if the State Board of Elections had […]

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My predication…..The elections ‘mess’ in Bladen County is not going away any time soon.  Among the latest bits of info to emerge, is ‘Dowless Declaration’ the man at the center of the voting controversy, relating activities related to the first election of ‘Jim McVicker for Sheriff’ effort.  Who and how money was received and spent and the involvement […]

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