05/25/2019
  • 11:23 pm Middle school carjacking suspect arrested in Fayetteville
  • 6:01 pm Results are the same in recount, Priest remains commissioner
  • 5:54 pm Construction and improvements to Lock and Dam No. 2
  • 5:49 pm The land of wolves
  • 5:08 pm Governor Cooper Statement on Stalled Federal Disaster Relief Funding
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Congratulations to Sam Boger, retired East Bladen basketball coach and teacher.  The Bladen County Board of Education recently voted to name the gym at Elizabethtown Middle School (formerly East Bladen) in his honor.  Coach Boger coached teams enjoyed much success over the years at the site.  His teams won 18 conference championships, he was named Coach of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, sent a letter to the Acting Register of Copyrights raising concerns that a recent Supreme Court decision could prejudice American copyright owners and hinder the enforcement of constitutionally protected intellectual property rights. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit […]

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  On Monday, March 25, 2019 the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. Registration is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the convention will begin at 7 p.m. Precinct meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Dallas […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) urged the Trump Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that could lead to changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury Rule. The letter led by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tom Carper (D-DE) said that the proposed rule could lead to the undoing of the Mercury Rule, […]

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Enjoy this last day of winter, 2018.  Weather forecast for today, should be much like yesterday, maybe a few degrees cooler with lots of sunshine and high temp around 60 degrees. Bladen County Commissioners meet in Kelly at 6 p.m. this evening at Centerville Baptist Church.  Purpose of the meeting is to receive comments, suggestions regarding the White […]

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Sometimes I spend some time reminiscing about ‘the way it was’ before TV and Internet…. When folks would listen to The Lone Ranger, Amos ‘n Andy, the major league baseball game of the day or week while grading tobacco in a hot pack house.  Before the days of TV or even FM radio.  It was AM radio, […]

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Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday evening, 6:30 p.m., regular session.  They will also meet at Centerville Baptist Church in Kelly, Tuesday, March 19, a Special community meeting related to the White Oak Dike Levee System than failed during the last major storm, late last year and caused flooding in the community.  And, a third meeting this week, another […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Yeah runnin’ down a dream That never would come to me Workin’ on a mystery, goin’ wherever it leads Runnin’ down a dream… Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers   It took weeks of negotiations—all right, begging—but I had finally talked the Old Man into it. If I could talk her daddy into […]

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Ten Republicans, one Democrat, and one candidate each from the Green Party and Libertarian Party are candidates for the NC 9th Congressional seat, currently vacant after the NC State Board of Elections failed to certify the November 2018 General Election, because of alleged irregularities in Bladen and Robeson county.  A primary election contest will be held […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Two news items motivated me to write this week’s column about debt. One is a debate in the North Carolina General Assembly over state funding for new educational facilities, such as school buildings. The other is a new study on how households pay off debt, and whether they use economic logic. […]

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Today is the final day for candidates for the NC 9th Congressional House District to file for the seat.  According to the NC State Board of Elections website, as of closing time Thursday (yesterday), 7 candidates have officially filed, 1 Democrat, 5 Republicans and one Libertarian. Dan McCready (D) David Blackwelder (R) Mathew Ridenhour (R) Stevie […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act, commonsense legislation that provides much-needed oversight of asbestos bankruptcy trusts to ensure victims receive fair and just compensation. “Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were created to compensate asbestos victims, not trial lawyers,” said Senator Tillis. “The PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act will […]

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This should be a perfect spring-like day, weather wise.  Some sunshine expected with temps in the mid 70s.  The calendar indicates spring officially arrives next Wednesday. Stock market looking good, great for savings accounts, especially for retirees…. Former East Bladen all-everything, Lacey Suggs continues her great career as a member of the UNCW basketball team.  […]

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For those who have been in the area for a few years…remember Kent Dunn?  He came to Bladen fresh out of broadcasting school in Sanford…The Roxboro native arrived at WBLA…must have been in the late 70s, maybe early 80s…After a few years he accepted a position with the Beasley Media Group in Raleigh and he […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and David Rouzer (R-NC-07) applauded President Trump for signing the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which includes a provision authored by Tillis and Rouzer to direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American […]

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April 15 is a month away, but the closer we get, the faster time seems to move along. Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is set for 12 noon today at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market.  Guest speaker will be Greg Martin, Bladen County Manager.  Dutch lunch provided by Burney’s Sweets & More.  Members are […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to eliminate the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits they earned by contributing to Social Security. The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act introduced by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) would build on previous steps by Congress and […]

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Bladen County Commissioners meet today at 6:30 p.m. in their meeting room in the courthouse.  Included on the agenda is ‘Consider scheduling of a Special Meeting regarding the Kelly Dike.”  Kelly area folks suffered greatly during the last storm when the dike system failed.  The meeting is open to the public. Local temps from mid […]

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We are now on Daylight Savings Time, means we rise an hour early and have more daylight in the afternoon and evening.  Often wonder why, so I Googled.  Among the definitions was this…..”Daylight savings time is a widely used system of adjusting the official local time forward, usually by one hour from the official standard time for […]

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The cost of a second election process for counties in the 9 congressional district will be paid for by county governments.  Don’t know anyone happy about a do-over.  But, no other option.  And, many prognosticators think the votes cast will be less….To be determined. Another lawsuit determined by the court system….Smithfield Foods lost again, truth […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to combat the high rate of suicide among members of the National Guard and Reserve. Currently, members of the National Guard and Reserves undergo annual health assessments to identify medical issues that could impact their ability to deploy, but any follow-up care must almost always […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following House consideration of H.R. 1: “The new Democratic majority has made clear its top priority is putting in place measures to allow the federal government to interfere in our country’s election system forcing taxpayers to fund campaigns they may not support.  A ‘one size fits […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Democratic Party Convention will be held at the Bladen County Court House in the Superior Courtroom, on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The Convention will be called to order at 10:00 a.m. Irving L. Joyner will be the guest speaker for the convention. He has worked as a Professor at North Carolina […]

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Springtime arrives March 20, less than two weeks and over the years, volunteers have planned numerous local events, many time fundraisers, to assist in various ways.  No different this year. In no special order…. March 16th in Bladenboro a fundraiser is planned for Murray Hester.  BBQ-benefit will be held at Bladenboro Historical Building from 4-7 […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need (HAVEN) Act this week to protect the economic security and well-being of veterans and their families who rely on disability benefits and may be experiencing financial hardship. Under current bankruptcy law, disability benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing and discussed issues military families are facing with on-base military housing.Last week, Senator Tillis toured homes on Fort Bragg with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and participated in a listening session with military families. Tillis on touring military housing at Ft. Bragg: “I want […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr sent a letter to Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Jim Crowell to express support for additional funding for the Middle District of North Carolina’s United States Attorney’s Office for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 and for all of fiscal year […]

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One of the events I missed during the sickness of my bride was the ribbon cutting at the new Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building at the Curtis Brown Airport.  Missed seeing Col Curtis Brown, retired astronaut and the remarks about Mr. Mac, Sr.  Remember Curt as a youngster growing up, his dad was the owner-operator of […]

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On Monday, March 25, 2019, the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, NC 28337. Registration is from 6 pm to 7 pm and the convention will begin at 7 pm. Precinct meetings will be held at 6:30 pm. All registered Republicans are encouraged to […]

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Many have asked about my bride who has recently been hospitalized, she appears to be doing better.  More doctors’ appointments.  Keep her in your prayers and thanks for asking. We are a small family…two sons, two grandchildren, (one married) and a very smart, supportive daughter-in-law.  Like to think we are stable folks.  One son has been employed […]

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Surprise, Surprise.  We Have Snow in Bladen.  Checking the local National Weather Station at the Curtis Brown Airport, it began near 3:30 this morning.  Very little accumulation, but dangerous….Be safe in your travels.  High later today 47 degrees and mostly sunny. Spring arrives in a couple of weeks…..March 20. Any idea where the most politically tolerate […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Plaintiffs in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina filed their final brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today, just more than three weeks before the Court is slated to hear oral arguments in the partisan gerrymandering cases out of North Carolina and Maryland on March 26.  Lower court victories for the plaintiffs mark […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced legislation that would bar known gang members and those convicted of dangerous crimes from entering the United States. Criminals with known gang associations  would be disqualified from taking advantage of our immigration laws and receiving […]

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Reidsville, NC- Jen Mangrum announced today that she will seek the office of North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Education at UNC-Greensboro. Jen has more than a decade of classroom experience as well as a decade in teacher preparation at both NC State University and […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged Attorney General Bill Barr to make full use of the International Parental Kidnapping Crime Act to combat international parental child abduction. Every year, several hundred American children are abducted by one parent and brought to a foreign country, where they are […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) within one year of enactment declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, and also enable a requirement that polluters undertake or pay for remediation. […]

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Been out of place for a few days, difficult to get started again.  Kinda reminds me of my favorite computer that has aged with me.  The longer I am idle, the longer it takes to get ‘up and running again.’ Much like a former neighbor of our family….he lived about 4 or 5 miles from […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden It’s March, and for most of my colleagues, neighbors and friends, this means only one thing – “March Madness” and the NCAA basketball tournament. This is a big deal in the country, but especially so in North Carolina where we have so many great teams. But I have to admit something. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, reintroduced 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 […]

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By Jefferson Weaver General Lee was a hero. Before you get to attacking my Southern heritage, of which I am not ashamed and for which I shall not apologize, let me clarify: in this case, I am referring to William Lee, not Robert E. Lee. While Robert E. Lee will always be a personal hero […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, held their first subcommittee hearing of the116th Congress to examine the 2019 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress. The committee heard from the Honorable Vishal Amin, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced new election dates to fill the seat in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, which has been vacant since Congressman Walter Jones, Jr. passed away earlier this month. “People in eastern North Carolina need a voice in Congress,” Gov. Cooper said. “We’re moving ahead so they can choose their new representative […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tina Smith (D-MN) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to secure health care benefits for “Atomic Veterans” who were exposed to harmful radiation when they cleaned up nuclear testing sites during the late 1970s. U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) reintroduced the House companion bill. The Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act would allow veterans […]

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Guess what?   More rain expected over the next few days.  High today 67, 50% chance of rain. Thursday showers likely, high near 68….Friday, a slight chance of rain (20%) and high near 62. East Bladen girls basketball team defeated Oxford Webb, 72 – 34.  The Eagles will host High Point Andrews Thursday night. West Bladen […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a group of his colleagues introduced a bipartisan disaster relief package with the backing of President Trump, which would provide additional federal relief for North Carolina as it recovers from Hurricane Florence, as well as other states reeling from recent natural disasters. President Trump, working with this […]

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Washington Post By: Senator Thom Tillis February 25, 2019 President Trump has few bigger allies than me when it comes to supporting his vision of 21st-century border security, encompassing a major investment in technology, personnel and infrastructure, including new physical barriers where they will be effective. It is a vision that will take many years […]

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A couple of reminders related to Bladen We Care.  Dates for the annual fundraisers have been announced.  This years Gala, the 30th annual, will be held Friday, April 5th, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown from 7 to 11 p.m. featuring The Legacy Motown Revenue, presented by Smithfield.  Tickets are $100 per couple.  […]

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Should have a couple of days of partly cloudy skies and temps in the lower 60s.. Later in the week, more rain in the forecast. A good article in yesterday’s Fayetteville paper related to the investigation into the death of Hania Aguilar, the Robeson County teenager killed recently and how the law enforcement community put the pieces together […]

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Appears candidates are lining up for the next election for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional contest…No date is set for primary or general election date….and over 750,000 residents have no Congressman in D.C., actually closer to 1.5 million with the vacancy in the 3rd district (due to death of Rep. Walter Jones). Interesting times. How ’bout […]

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Lest we forget, Uncle Sam wants to hear from you and me prior to April 15.  Hopefully the new tax law passed by Congress will be kind to all.  Time will tell. Looking forward to clear skies and temps in the 70s, but not today. Weather forecast for today….Cloudy, high near 53, breezy and a […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced the LEGION Act, bipartisan legislation that would extend American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II. Currently, only veterans who served during periods of declared hostilities are able to join the American Legion. The […]

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A couple of weeks ago, Senator Thom Tillis sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, noting the “potential economic benefits coming from offshore energy production” but also noting the economic importance of North Carolina’s tourism and fishing industries. In his […]

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Due to extenuating circumstances, the meeting for Monday February 25 is rescheduled to Thursday, February 28th at 6 pm -San Jose. This meeting will be important to organize for the upcoming conventions. The Convention is set for March 25th at 6pm at the Powell Melvin building. The guest speaker will be Dallas Woodhouse.  We will […]

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Public service can be a wonderful career for an individual who is prepared to take a few ‘licks’ along the way, it is not for everyone.  The highs tend to be higher and the lows….lower.  Must have tough hide and a pretty good size ego. Interesting turn of events yesterday in the NC Board of Election […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper released the following statement on the State Board of Elections’ decision to call for a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District: “I thank the Board for unanimously doing the right thing. People must have confidence that their vote matters and this action sends a strong message that election fraud must […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer announced details for a Hurricane Recovery Roundtable, an information session and overview of the critical recovery efforts led by non-profits and companies in the 7th District.  The roundtable will take place at the Ed Emory Auditorium, located at 165 Agriculture Drive, in Kenansville on Monday, March 4th from 6:00 p.m. to […]

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Weather in North Carolina is interesting.  Yesterday’s high was in the upper 40s, high today (Thursday) near 70, high tomorrow mid 50s and there is a chance of rain thru Saturday… Guess ‘yucky’ is about the best way I could describe Wednesday. But, better than many places….family member lives near Winchester, Va., sent a photo from […]

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Public Comment Opportunity for NCDOT Division 6 Projects FAYETTEVILLE – Area residents will get a chance to learn more about the N.C. Department of Transportation’s draft 10-Year transportation plan for 2020-2029 at a week-long open house in Fayetteville next week. The department unveiled its proposed funding and construction plan in January with more than 1,600 transportation projects across […]

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Been watching the NC State Board of Election hearings of possible illegal activities in Bladen and surrounding counties in the November, 2018 General Election.  Can’t help  but wonder how many other counties have problems that have not surfaced, maybe not to the extent of the local issues.  When we lose faith in the election process, […]

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A holiday for a retiree, or for this retiree, is, for the most part, just another day. I did monitor (listen & watched) much of the activities of the State Board of Elections hearing related to the November election for the 9th Congressional race in North Carolina, with much attention on Bladen and Robeson County.  My take away […]

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A hearing is set for today in Raleigh to begin the process of deciding how to settle the contested US District House race for the 9th Congressional district that includes a portion of Bladen County. Bladen has been shuffled around from the 7th to the 3rd, to the 1st and back to the 7th and is currently […]

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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: Our votes have been collected. Click the ribbon below to see 2019 Bladen’s Best of the Best winners! There are options to thank your supporters and advertise your products and services online and in the Bladen County Beautiful magazine. For more information call 910-879-1029 or email bladenonline.com@gmail.com. We will also have a list of the […]

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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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