01/16/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 2:06 am JV Girls Basketball: Fairmont 35, West Bladen 13
  • 1:54 am JV Boys Basketball: Fairmont 57, West Bladen 26
  • 1:40 am JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 34, Whiteville 12
  • 1:29 am Boys Basketball: Fairmont 78, West Bladen 51
  • 12:59 am Girls Basketball: West Bladen 47, Fairmont 20
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Congratulations to the West Bladen Knights football team and coaches…Huge win over South Robeson…Coaches worked hard, all day long to make the field playable…East Bladen’s game was postponed until 7 p.m. today against South Columbus at Vinegar Hill, near Tabor City. Weather forced changes in some schedules in the area. One final reminder of the […]

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There has been some conversation lately regarding county commissioners attending state and national meetings and concerns about the cost associated. I have some thoughts…but first, full disclosure… I was a county commissioner in Bladen County for 8 years (1974-1982), nearly 5 years as chairman….and 25 years as an employee of the North Carolina Association of […]

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It was one of those nights….For no apparent reason, wake up and begin to think about the world we live in… I ask a question yesterday…Would you vote for Donald Trump if he was the Republican candidate for president?….I had lunch with a Tar Heel/White Oak delegation yesterday and the answer appeared to be a […]

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Would you vote for Donald Trump for president if he is the republican selection? Read Fayetteville Observer article yesterday (Tuesday) about the former Ft. Bragg soldier sentenced to prison for 18 years for confrontation with law enforcement….A group is concerned about Vietnam Veterans Syndrome. We do not do well with folks suffering from mental health…military […]

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It has been a newsy few days in Bladen County…Airplane crash, termination of Tax Administrator, $20 million loan approved for the construction of a new Detention Center and Sheriff’s Department…. Speaking of construction…..the US 701-NC 87 bypass construction is moving forward…..and is expected to continue for another couple of years….. Schools are likely to see […]

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Bladen County Commissioners have a busy schedule today….a special meeting at 12 noon to discuss personnel and a regular session at 6:30 p.m. with a full agenda including a discussion related to a nearly $20 million loan to finance a new Detention Center and Sheriff’s office… Just one of several important issues on the evening […]

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Many times news comes all times of the day and night….like a plane crash in Bladenboro at 5 p.m. on a Saturday…Fortunately, Richard Bryan of Bladenboro first reported a first-hand account on social media complete with pictures….Richard and I are Facebook friends….I am hesitant to contact some folks around dinner time on a Saturday evening […]

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The Summer Sounds Concert series at Cape Fear Farmers Market has been well received and last night’s concert appears to have been the best to date….Good music featuring ‘the Fantastic Shakers’…..great weather and a big crowd….It is good for folks to come together and have a fun time….Congratulations to the organizers.. One more planned for […]

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Congratulations to Kinlaw Furniture…. celebrating 77 years of service to the area… It all began in 1938…. Remember Aaron Smith?  He was among the early managers…. Calvin Sasser soon entered the picture and has been the owner/manager for many years.  Stopped by recently, good to see Calvin in the store… He has had a few […]

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I have never been a big fan of having a sunroof in a vehicle. Call me old fashioned, but I think only the windows on the sides of a car should open, or the back glass if one is driving a truck. Of course, said window should be of sufficient size to be worthwhile. There […]

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The 2016 Republican race for president is in full gear…..We watch the daily numbers of who is doing well, and who is not….Donald Trump holds on to top spot in the latest USA Today poll in Iowa… Donald Trump     17% Scott Walker        12% Marco Rubio        10% Ben Carson           9% Ted Cruz               7% Carly Fiorina         7% Jeb Bush              […]

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As we approach the middle of August, temps are lower, high school fall sports practice will soon turn to real competition and time for another school year.. Today, West Bladen’s football team will participate in a multi-team scrimmage at Green Sea/Floyds SC beginning at 6 p.m. and tomorrow, the Knights will travel to Red Springs for a […]

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I wish I enjoyed golfing….So many of my friends enjoy, but they have played for years and are good golfers.. The Bladen County Classic Car Club members put on a good show Saturday under the pecan trees on West Broad Street, Elizabethtown…despite the threat of rain….The club members support worthy causes in the county with their proceeds… We […]

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If you missed the ‘Made in the Shade’ Classic Car and Truck show in Elizabethtown, you missed a treat…one of the largest display of cars and people I have seen in this area in a long, long time…..even with the seemingly constant threat of rain…The setting was just right, under the pecan trees, a wide […]

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I have learned a few things in my lifetime….ex. nothing travels faster than gossip…. A person of one political persuasion believes just about every thing that agrees with their preconceived notions, ideas and beliefs….truth or not….and they continue to go back to those same sources for more “fodder’…. When I receive a far–out accusation on […]

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And the rain came down….We are thankful for every drop….. I had an occasion to be on the road during the storm. The ditches were full and in some instances, overflowing…. This morning, in our community, there was no standing water in the ditches, and a few sprinkles of rain… More rain is expected to day…. […]

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One final reminder of the Bladen County Committee of 100 annual meeting and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. today.  The meeting will be held at the Powell-Melvin Ag Center located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown.  Bladen County businessmen David Clark and Mac Campbell will discuss the past, present and future of economic development […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver As the next millionaire in North Carolina argued with the cashier about the price of lottery tickets, beer and discount cigarettes, I realized once again that I hate august. Not my friend who bears that cross as his first name; he’s a good man, and one I’d be proud to have at […]

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DOT engineers Rusty Marsh and Ken Clark passed along info related to the opening of two new bridges in Tar Heel, one over the Cape Fear River, should open later today… both on Tar Heel River Road. Another such project is underway in the far eastern part of the county on NC 11.  That project was […]

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I received an email from a long time friend now living in the Wilmington area…Dan McLaurin….I know Dan as an athlete at White Oak High School, an educator….teacher, coach, principal and now a retiree. Dan shared plans for a ‘big’ event Saturday in White Oak….and I share with you.  It is an annual White Oak Reunion, […]

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I am glad I live in Bladen County….many of our folks struggle when the unexpected occurs….but in Bladen, more than likely friends and family are ready to step in and do a good deed…. Two examples yesterday….The first in Tar Heel where a fundraiser was held for 16 year old Ja’Na’ Sims who has been […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Sitting in court all day can be very boring, but when you are in Bladen County Superior Court watching the trial of a man charged with First Degree Sex Offense with a Child, and three counts of First Degree Rape of a Child, emotions get involved, and you find yourself wanting to […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension The kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the last century. One hundred years ago most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was passed from generation to generation with little need for “book-learning.” The stamina and strength to endure back-breaking work […]

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Last week I had a lot of resting and thinking to do. Time to reflect is always time well spent, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the moment. I wanted to share some of the things I pondered about and some of the things that made me smile. Last week was a very […]

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By: Norgie Hester Growing up I owned a dog. I really never cared much for cats. That all changed when the wonderful lady I married was a cat lover. Over the years we have accumulated a total of 10 cats, give or take a couple that show up at meal time. The ten cats have […]

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) sent the following letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald regarding the internal plumbing issues at the Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as the facility’s lease agreement. “Months have passed without resolution to the plumbing issues at the Wilmington VA, which is unacceptable. Our […]

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A favorite pastime for many of us is to condemn/praise and compare presidents we know about, or think we know. Earlier this year, a couple of writers compiled their list. Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaughn “surveyed 162 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents & Executive Politics section and asked them to rate the […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver The possum rubbed his eyes as he crawled out of the trashcan. He wondered if there was something wrong with his day-old half of a cheeseburger. Coming toward him was something that looked like a cross between his Cousin George and a turtle. “Who the heck are you?” the possum demanded, wiping […]

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From Bladen County baseball and softball teams showing their skills, to concerts, fun by the water, and great churches, Bladen County is always standing tall. I would like to share some things that made me smile this weekend and some of the reasons I love the “Mother County”. First off, congratulations to all our fine […]

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By: Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Operating a business is tough. Meeting payroll, hiring qualified workers, attracting buyers and complying with regulations are just a few of the challenges faced by business owners. Statistics show 44 percent of new businesses shut down within three years. Opening a business is no guarantee it will […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver The Oxford dictionary’s historical root version describes the word “thug” as a “member of a gang of murderers and robbers in India who strangled their victims.” The thugs (properly know as the thugees) roamed about the country in gangs. They pretended to be pilgrims or traveling peddlers, and when the opportunity arose, […]

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Some troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called gross domestic product”, or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than in the nation. The comparison was a 1.4 percent gain for the state versus a 2.2 percent […]

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