06/19/2019
  • 8:49 am Sunset Jams concert series kicks off this week
  • 8:12 am Fayetteville Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for Drug Distribution and Firearm Offenses
  • 8:09 am Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Communities to receive generators for powering critical public infrastructure
  • 7:36 am Thoughts While Shaving for June 19
  • 6:03 am Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy
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Following a letter from Congressman Robert Pittenger urging stiffer penalties against Chinese state-affiliated companies which violate Iran sanctions laws, the Commerce Department has issued a subpoena to Huawei Technologies.  According to The New York Times, Commerce is seeking documents related to Huawei’s alleged role in selling embargoed technology to the Iranian government.  Huawei is closely […]

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Bladen County Commissioners and staff are working on a budget for 2016-17.  Seems the needs grow each year.  One focus this year is additional staff for EMS.  Rescue Squads are strugglin’, some out of business.  Manpower, equipment, operating funds, state regulations, all come into play.  EMS is a ‘must’ service.  Don’t expect another tax increase, […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Politicians of all parties and persuasions have one thing in common on the campaign trail: They are talking about economic growth. Actually, they’re talking about the lack of robust economic growth and solutions for making the economy stronger. It’s not that the economy isn’t improving; it is. In […]

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Yesterday was a good day and a sad day.  I do little for BladenOnline on a day to day basis, but occasionally I am asked to cover a meeting or event.  Some I shy away from, feel inadequate, think someone else would do a better job. I had the task/pleasure of attending the 48th Annual […]

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While I no longer live in the 9th Congressional District, I believe it’s important that Republican Primary voters consider the risk they would take in nominating Congressman Robert Pittenger. We cannot afford to hand this seat over to the Democrats. Robert Pittenger is currently under investigation by the FBI for a loan made to his […]

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By Jefferson Weaver On the calendar above my desk, there are 16 “official” days of something or other in May. Some are national holidays, either for here, Mexico or Canada; I have yet to figure out why we need to know what days are special to our friends in the North or those to the […]

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Dear friends, I am writing to you today not as a political pastor but as a concerned Christian. As we all know, our nation is moving further and further away from its original biblical moorings.  While our motto remains, “In God We Trust”, our actions speak much louder than those words. You may or may […]

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Students and teachers are ‘wrapping up’ another school year.  The Board of Education website indicates East Bladen High School graduation will be held Friday, June 10.  West Bladen seniors will graduate Saturday, June 11. A Bladenboro man is one of several charged with possessing counterfeit items at various locations in Robeson County.  Mark Lee Williams […]

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Organizers of the Annual White Lake Water Festival made the most of a less than perfect weather day.  The rain stopped minutes before the parade and it was well received, as were other activities. Farmers should be happy.  The crops look good.  They have benefited by the recent rains. Remember your senior year in high […]

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By: Congressman David Rouzer Every year, on the last Monday in May, our nation pauses to pay tribute to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Memorial Day is a day to honor and memorialize our fallen heroes for their courageous fight for freedom, liberty and security.  It is also a time […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver Once upon a time, I knew a little kid named Jimmy. His parents were neighbors of ours, and Miss Rhonda was asked to babysit him one time. Just once, mind you. My beloved has always had an incredible touch with little kids, and at five years old, Little Jimmy was just the […]

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement following the passage of Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, an authorization bill considered by Congress every year to set funding levels for the military to continue its operations and remain a global leader: “As a Congress, it is our obligation to ensure our […]

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Dr. Mike Walden I’m up to my neck in jobs. However, don’t contact me for a job; I don’t actually have any to hand out! Instead, I’ve been looking closely at jobs in North Carolina — what kinds they are and how they have been changing. Our job market is constantly churning, meaning there are […]

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Unpredictable weather for the next few days could cause problems for the White Lake Water Festival.  Everything remains a GO.  That includes a Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Department and a BBQ plate sale at noon. Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers are sponsoring their Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 4, at Vineyard Golf at […]

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RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute has released the following statement from Civitas President Francis X. De Luca: “We at Civitas urge our state and educational leaders to reject President Obama’s latest attempt to overstep his lawful role, ‘fundamentally transform’ the nation, and impose a radical agenda on every school in the state and nation. North […]

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Congressman David Rouzer recently introduced H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, to ensure veterans who suffered service-ending combat-related injuries are not being wrongfully taxed on their severance packages from the Department of Defense (DoD). Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not […]

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It’s Monday, our temps are a little cooler, hope your weekend was good. Bladen County Commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. today. Local governments in Bladen (city and county) and around the state are working on new budgets that go into effect on July 1.  The same law applies to the state, expect some action in […]

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This Sunday is expected to be a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and lower temps than we have enjoyed over the past few days. Today’s high is expected to be in the lower 70s. A perfect day for a visit to the new Elizabethtown Inn, located just off Broad Street at 105 Cromartie Road. […]

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Today is Friday the 13th.  According to some reports, Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition.  It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday. Recent Friday the 13th events:  October 13, 1989, a stock market crash and November 13, 2015, Paris Terrorist […]

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Spent a day in Raleigh yesterday representing a retiree group, along with about 20 others from across the state.  My term as a lobbyist began early in the morning and ended by mid-afternoon.  Saw many friends that I had not seen in years, lobbyists and legislators.  Hopefully, the visit was worthwhile. Parking is always a […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver I had to say ‘no’ to a fellow the other day, and I heard my father. The details of the refusal aren’t important; what matters is that we parted on good terms. My friend’s firm has some ties that I find not just questionable, but downright wrong, and it would have been […]

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Who would have thoughts six months ago, Donald Trump would be the presumptive Republican nominee for president and Bernie Sanders would still be in the democratic race against Hillary Clinton? Saw several ducks swimming in a nearby pond, all in a line with one bigger duck leading and one bringing up the rear.  Some ducks […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning Attorney General Loretta Lynch will announce “law enforcement action” against North Carolina: “Is Attorney General Lynch preparing a raid by the thought police? How far will President Obama go to bully the State of North Carolina into agreeing with his radical views? “The Constitution proscribes a […]

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By Congressman Robert Pittenger Garland Denny was a patriotic, selfless, and persistent local veteran. Mr. Denny dedicated his retirement years to promoting several outside-the-box, creative ideas to increase funding for veterans services without increasing the tax burden, wisely recognizing that Washington bureaucrats don’t have all the answers. One of his ideas was to create a […]

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Dr. Mike Walden The year was 1978. A young, newly hired economics professor was making one of his first public presentations to a group in Washington, N.C. The professor quickly learned locals referred to their town as “Little Washington,” to distinguish it from the nation’s capital. He was also told Little Washington was founded years […]

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Interesting news over the past few hours.  Disruptions at East Bladen and Dublin School; a bear visits Elizabethtown;  and Willie Corbett, a quadriplegic BCC student was honored by the NC Community College system with the Dallas Herring Achievement Award. This weekend, Relay for Life is set for Saturday at Elizabethtown Middle School, Elizabethtown Police Department will hold their annual […]

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Raleigh — A new Civitas poll reveals how voters in NC currently feel about leading presidential and statewide candidates, including strong support for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2). Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “This is our first statewide poll of all likely voters in 2016 […]

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I enjoy Facebook, especially pictures from years gone by. BladenOnline is the best source of ‘news you can use’.  Numbers continue strong.  Beautiful weather is the toughest competition for readers…..a reminder, The Best Is Yet To Come. Charlotte, Erin, John, Ray, Norgie, Joy, all the contributors provide a very valuable service to the area.  THANKS. […]

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I am sorry Wesley Floyd is leaving West Bladen.  He has been principal for a couple of years, he succeeded Toni Warwick who was there for a short time who replace Todd Finn who was there for a short time. Russell Dove has either departed the scene as head football coach, or will soon.  He succeeded […]

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Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. That’s about 1 in every 7 Americans. Unfortunately, our current welfare system traps many of these individuals in an inescapable poverty loop that disincentivizes those in poverty from seeking a better and independent life. The framework of our current welfare system is based on President Lyndon […]

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It appears to be Trump vs Clinton for the next president of the USA, following yesterday’s primary elections. Invite your friends to visit Bladen now.  Over night accommodations now available at several locations, including Cape Fear Winery, The Elizabethtown Inn, Green’s Pond Cabins, Lu Mil Vineyard, and at White Lake, all open and accepting reservations.  Most, […]

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East Bladen Eagle baseball team added another conference victory last night, downing Clinton 8-5.  The Eagles, loaded with underclassmen, are now 10-0 in Four County play and 14-3 overall.  West Bladen, hopeful of a good season, has had numerous injuries and other mishaps and are strugglin’.  They are 4-5 in conference play and 5-12 overall. […]

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CHARLOTTE – The Washington Post reported Saturday that Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is calling for clarification from the Department of Defense following conflicting statements regarding their information technology supply chain. Recently, the Air Force circulated an e-mail removing Lenovo, a Chinese-owned technology company, from the approved products list. After being questioned by the media, the […]

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Yesterday was a good day, hope today is even better. The more you do, more is expected. A broken hand works, but not a broken heart. A drowning man is not troubled by rain. Persian Proverb A hen is heavy when carried far. Irish Proverb As the big hound is, so will the pup be. […]

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Have you noticed that your wallet is lighter?  Thanks to Tax Day, you and I had the distinguished opportunity to send a chunk of our hard-earned money to the federal government.  Some of this money is spent on vital functions, such as national defense.  Unfortunately, there is also rampant waste, fraud, and abuse at federal […]

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rouzer visited Hobbton High in Newton Grove to recognize Moriah Pate, the winner of the NC-07 Art Competition. Pate’s entry, entitled “Priceless,” is a depiction using graphite and colored pencils of a young female painting a mural of individuals and objects. Pate used the mural to demonstrate and reflect this […]

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By: Erin Smith As the great bathroom debate wages on and on in infamy, there are a few issues that, at least in my mind, ought to take a higher priority. While I do strongly support House Bill 2, I also think that there are more pressing issues that need to be addressed. There are […]

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The death of Prince reminds me of the reaction to Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.  All made a huge impression on different generations in the USA. Rep. Walter Jones, Jr., shared recent news articles related to the reconstruction of Afghanistan. An NBC article “12 Ways Your Tax Dollars Were Squandered in Afghanistan” is a stinging […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Recently I have found myself thinking about issues I have never really focused on before. Maybe it’s my age, not that I’m old, or maybe it’s my line of work, or maybe a problem presents itself in my line of vision and I can’t stop thinking, maybe I can do something to […]

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Dr. Mike Walden Recently Wake County, the state’s second largest county in population, reduced the time between property revaluations from eight to four years. The change has created some confusion as well as claims the move is a veiled way of increasing taxes. To fully understand why the change happened and what its implications are, […]

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The Wilmington Star News would not publish this without seriously editing the meaning of it! What will you do? This is what eventually happens to a society when “good people” let their children be raised and schooled by ungodly liberals and leftists. This is what happens when we don’t teach the Bible in our homes […]

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Today, H.R. 1206, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, authored by Congressman David Rouzer passed the House of Representatives where it now heads to the floor of the Senate.  H.R. 1206 incentivizes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to verify and ensure that current employers are paying their taxes. “Today we found who stands […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver The redheaded kid named Robby had an aluminum bat, the first I ever saw. I was the son of a traditionalist, and was proud of my Mickey Mantle Special, so the space-age silver bar held no fascination for me. It really didn’t make a difference for Robby; while he was an excellent […]

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WASHINGTON – Today, the Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing held a hearing focused on ISIS financing through illegal antiquities sales. “While this Administration’s overall strategy remains questionable, both parties can agree that preventing the flow of dollars to fund ISIS and its caliphate must remain a top priority of our government,” […]

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Dear Mama, First, let me start by saying that you are Amazing! As I reflect on my journey of life, the one thing that is always constant is your unconditional love for me, even at times when I was unlovable…Thank you! You were my first teacher, role model, hero, and nurturer. I can sincerely say […]

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Elizabethtown, White Lake, Bladen County is on the verge of becoming more of a ‘destination’ for visitors. Just a few of the new or expanded attractions, housing, restaurants and much more. Housing…Check the following websites: The Elizabethtown Inn (Chris Adams) Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery (Alex Munroe) Greene’s Pond (Green Family) Lu Mil Vineyard (Ron […]

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For two years I have taught at West Bladen and for two years I have felt so blessed to be a part of this wonderful family of teachers! Teachers who truly care about and for the students and teachers who show their love and acceptance for many who need this! Mr. Ronald Autry’s class is […]

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Last week, I helped lead a Congressional delegation to Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, and Argentina to investigate terrorism financing and the growing link between terrorist organizations and Latin American drug lords. Hezbollah is very active in Latin America, and we are concerned other terrorist organizations will follow. Multiple terrorist and criminal organizations already operate within the […]

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Interesting how some weeks speed by and some d-r-a-g.  It is still Friday. Read with interest about the termination of Ted Voorhees, Fayetteville City Manager.  Does not mean he is a bad manager, or works with a bad board, sometimes priorities change. I spent several years working with county commissioners and county managers across the […]

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By: Erin Smith There is a movement afoot of late to spread a little more joy in the world. One group has made it their mission to work night and day (literally) to see that come to fruition. The group is behind the website randomactsofkindness.org and call themselves Raktivists. They say they are tired of […]

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Washington, D.C. – This week, H.R. 1206, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, authored by Congressman David Rouzer passed the House Committee on Ways and Means where it now heads to the floor of the House of Representatives.  H.R. 1206 incentivizes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to verify and ensure that current employers […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver I have never really been a slave to fashion. My taste in clothes is stuck firmly between 1930 and 1960; as far as hairstyle, I guess mine could be described as well-groomed barbarian, except on Saturdays. Most Saturdays, I end up with twin braids reminiscent of a less-well-groomed barbarian. My only requirement […]

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Congressman Robert Pittenger is excited to announce two additional finalists for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. **Anna Lichtenberger, a junior at Charlotte Christian School, was selected as the “Wild Card” finalist by Megan Glasco of the Art Institute of Charlotte for her scratch art entry titled “Big Sur View.” **Kenna-Faith Hovey, a freshman at Statesville […]

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A new day, another day to do good for someone. Woke up this AM to all the clocks blinking, a power outage had occurred over night, but after the clocks are re-set, no problem….appreciate those who respond to such issues in the middle of the night. A more thorough discussion of House Bill 2 by members […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger is excited to announce five local students have been named finalists in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. **Sneha Mehrotra, a junior at Ardrey Kell High School, was selected for the mixed media entry titled “Yogi.” **Parker Greaves, a senior at Renaissance at Olympic High School, was selected for the graphite […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Cuthbertson High School senior Tony Giaimo has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Mr. Giaimo speaks German, French, and Czech, is captain of his high school robotics team, and is active in the Civil Air Patrol, where he serves […]

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A reminder….The Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Trail Run and Walk is set for Saturday, April 16. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and it is being held at Brown’s Creek Nature and Bike Trail, 1910 East Broad Street in E-town. Registration is $25 per person. For more info email elizabethtownrotary@gmail.com or call 910-876-5393. ‘Breaking News’ […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has returned home after helping lead a Congressional delegation to Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, and Argentina to investigate terrorism financing and the growing link between terrorist organizations and Latin American drug lords. “Hezbollah is active in Latin America.  We are concerned other terrorist organizations will follow.  After more than two […]

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By definition, a rare disease affects a small number of people, but the community as a whole is immense. More than one million North Carolinians have a rare disease. Nearly every family and community in the state feels the impact of these illnesses in some way. This week, I spoke before the Health, Education, Labor […]

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The past weekend was interesting. The Bladen We Care Gala was held Friday night, a huge success.  Saturday, the March winds were constant and at White Lake the moss in the trees was holding on and the white caps were beautiful. Hopefully the Sunday morning frost failed to damage the ‘local berry crop and if you watched […]

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Last month, Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly passed H.B. 2, a bill to address Charlotte’s misguided bathroom ordinance. Charlotte’s bathroom ordinance would have created a public safety loophole allowing predators to use women’s bathrooms, showers, or locker rooms under false pretenses. Many parents, businesses, and citizens expressed serious concerns and the state […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension One of the first principles I teach my new economics students is the benefits of trade. I use the following example (remember, I’m talking to 18- to 20-year-olds): Two students live across the hall from each other. One student has some minor car trouble and discovers the across-the-hall […]

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PANAMA CITY, PANAMA – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this reaction to PayPal’s decision to cancel construction of a global operations center in Charlotte: “PayPal does business in 25 countries where homosexual behavior is illegal, including 5 countries where the penalty is death, yet they object to the North Carolina legislature overturning a misguided ordinance […]

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Remember when a handshake was a contract? When life gives you a lemon, know how to make lemonade? Hear folks talk about shopping at home, just wonder if they really do. I think often about folks who, due to an accident, or a health problem or some other reason, go through life-changing situations.  I am […]

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CHARLOTTE – 35 high school students from Charlotte, Matthews, Waxhaw, Weddington, Cornelius, Mooresville, and Harrisburg have submitted entries for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.  Now, Congressman Robert Pittenger (N-09) is asking the community to help select five finalists. “If it were up to me, I’d display each of these entries in the U.S. Capitol, because […]

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The 2016 college basketball season is over.  Tough loss for Tar Heels, sweet victory for Villanova. How about the last shot for each team? Stayed up to late, but great game, if you did not care who won. Will be a long trip home for UNC fans, including a grand-daughter who was with other students […]

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When I was a kid, there was a series of cartoon shorts called Schoolhouse Rock. They used catchy little songs to help children learn about history, grammar, civics and other forgotten subjects. The cartoons came on between commercials, and included such fun little lessons as Conjunction Junction,  Lolly Lolly Lolly Get your Adverbs Here, and […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is traveling to Latin America this week for a series of meetings with foreign leaders to discuss efforts to combat terrorism financing. “The nexus between radical Islamist terrorists, Latin American drug lords, and Iran is a growing threat to America’s national security,” said Congressman Pittenger. “We know that terrorist […]

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Ever get something or someone on your mind and can’t “shake it?” Had one of those times recently and thought about Dick Hilburn. For older folks in the Bladenboro area, Dick Hilburn is a name to remember. He was born without legs, and only one arm. He was a proud man who, according to all […]

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April Fool’s Day….FYI. Ever talk to the steering wheel while driving.  I highly recommend it.  Doesn’t talk back, no apologies needed and after you have had an opportunity to have your say…no one else needs to hear it. With that in mind, I thought about a huge hit for country singer Faron Young, many, many […]

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With the level of political discourse in this country dropping to a new low each day, I want to take a moment and highlight some of the selfless young men and women who have committed themselves to military service and earned a United States Service Academy appointment this year. These students exemplify the best of […]

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Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting a youth leadership conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District on April 5, 2016.  The first annual 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference provides two juniors from each high school an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurial leaders, discuss ways to achieve entrepreneurial success and […]

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There is no shortage of news, from the local to state, US and around the world.  The 24 hour news media must have reporters in every corner of the universe. A skirmish in DC, continued efforts to solve the France, Belgium and Pakistan bombings and now the high-jacking of an Egyptian airplane.  And, politicians make […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension North Carolinians having repairs made to their vehicles are now in for a little bit of a shock. With a few exceptions, they will now have to pay state sales tax on the labor cost of those repairs. So, too, will folks paying for repairs to their computers […]

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Republican presidential political campaigns have reached new lows with the topic turning to spouses.  My, my, my.  Thought one Dem had a ‘lock’ on that topic.  Maybe not. I have been amazed that the article in BladenOnline several months ago just will not ‘go away.’  It was related to a group traveling in the area […]

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A reminder of the upcoming Bladen We Care fund-raisers.  The first is a Gala set for The Venue at White Lake on Friday, April 8.  Tickets are on sale for $100 for a couple, includes food, music, a reverse raffle, lots of fun at the lake.  I have tickets, as do other members of the […]

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Congressman Robert Pittenger recently released an impressive list of endorsements. He added key votes of support from NC House of Representatives Majority Leader Mike Hager (NC-112), Scotland Co. Sheriff Ralph Kersey, Union County Commissioner Richard Helms, Union County Commissioner Lance Simpson, Matthews Town Commissioner Jeff Miller, and Matthews Town Commissioner John Ross. He was also […]

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Filing has gotten under way for the June 7 Congressional primary. The filing period ends at noon on Friday, March 25. The primary was moved from its original March 15 date after a federal judge declared two Congressional districts unconstitutional. The federal judge was expected to issue a final ruling on the newly proposed Congressional […]

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Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will be in Raleigh on Friday, March 18, to file for re-election after continuing a two day tour of the newly proposed District. On Thursday, March 17th the Congressman will visit future constituents and 2nd amendment supporters at a Friend’s of the NRA rally in Fayetteville.  “Our President’s policies, especially his […]

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By: Erin Smith The filing period for the US House of Representatives has begun. The filing period began at noon on Wednesday and will remain open until noon on Friday, March 25. The congressional primary was moved from March 15 to June 7 following a federal judge’s ruling declaring two districts as unconstitutional. The new […]

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Yesterday’s high temp of 86 degrees, tied a record set for the date (March 17) in 1977.  Need to roll out the lawnmower soon. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, Arbor Day is celebrated in North Carolina tomorrow, Palm Sunday is March 20 followed by Easter Sunday a week later. Did you vote for all the winners on Tuesday, or like […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver My wife was escorting the dogs on their bedtime constitutional, and I was getting ready for bed, when the gates of bedlam were opened. The donkey brayed, the porch rooster crowed, the dogs barked, and Miss Rhonda hollered. “There’s something going on in the pasture,” she said. “Melanie’s pitching a fit!” It […]

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It is once again time for the Bladen County GOP Convention.  This year we will be electing Delegates to the District and State Republican Conventions.  Invited speakers include Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker,  District Attorney Jon David, and North Carolina Republican State Vice Chair Michelle Nix. Additionally, numerous candidates for office will be invited to […]

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By Donald R. van der Vaart Secretary, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Governor Pat McCrory has become a national leader in fighting the Obama administration’s attempts to impose costly federal mandates that would hurt North Carolina’s economy and eliminate jobs. Thanks to the governor’s leadership, North Carolina successfully stopped federal takeover of states’ electricity […]

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Poyner Spruill, a leading North Carolina law firm, has joined The Southeastern Partnership as the organization’s latest investor. With offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Southern Pines, the firm has 101 attorneys representing 36 practice areas. It traces its roots to the 1883 founding of Spruill & Spruill in Henderson. Former U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, […]

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It’s Election Day in Bladen County and across the state. The dates were moved from the first Tuesday in May to March 15 so North Carolina could be more involved in the race for President. Polls are open at 17 precincts around the county until 7:30 p.m. today. BladenOnline will link to the NC Board […]

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As a candidate, I witnessed the rhetoric and the unethical practices to stand to undermine the integrity of what our electoral system is all about. I would like to shed some light on some of the misbehaviors of some of our elected officials in the hopes that we can foster positive change even in the […]

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Think about advice shared with me many years ago.  Give advice only when requested and then sparingly, and one more, leave while they still want you to stay. Received a call from a strange number this week.  During election time, calls that come from folks interested in telling me about a candidate, I politely bid […]

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Approximately five years ago, I became involved in trying to help my husband Oliver Gause locate veterans he had served with during his twelve-month tour in Vietnam during 1968 – 1969.  I initially began searching only for his platoon buddies.  I searched the internet for names and addresses, made phone call after phone call, and […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Political pundits following the presidential campaigns of the candidates have agreed on one conclusion – many people appear to be angry. Experts offer this as the reason voters are backing non-traditional candidates – or outsiders. If the analysts are correct, then the follow-up question is, why? Why are […]

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Yesterday, I was told I needed to sign some papers for Bladen Agri-Industrial and as I normally do, I headed to the Elizabethtown Industrial Park.  And as I do from time to time, I wonder around to see what is new in the park and then spend some time in the office. I was in […]

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By: Charlotte Smith I’ve heard it said somewhere, “When we learn how to work together versus against each other, things might start getting better.” However, it seems in today’s time, it’s an “all about me” agenda and some of our leaders have forgotten the basic rules of working together. It has been my observation, some […]

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By Jefferson Weaver I stopped, stood still, and listened as the morning awakened everything. There was something mingling with the roosters’ mutual trashtalk, the gossip of the geese, and the grinding shriek of the poor lonesome guinea. The muted whisper of munching horses, the chatter of an aggravated squirrel, and the tentative notes of an […]

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By:  Maj Ed Coet, USA (Ret) My name is Ed Coet. I am a retired US Army Intelligence Officer. In my last job in the army I was the Chief of the Human Intelligence Branch for the US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. In that capacity I was also the Designated Program Manager for a […]

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Congressman David Rouzer is now accepting submissions for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.  All high school students who are residents of the 7th District of North Carolina are encouraged to participate.  The winning entry will be displayed in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. “This year’s art competition is an opportunity for students […]

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Early voting continues for the next few days at four locations in the county, Bladenboro, Dublin, East Arcadia and at the Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown.  The primary elections will be held at all 17 precincts in the county on Tuesday, March 15.  Questions should be directed to the Bladen County Board of Elections at […]

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It is my privilege to serve the residents of our county through Bladen Community College where daily, we see success stories for students, their families, and our local economy. The college invests faculty, staff, facilities, resources, and time in the lives of both young and older adults. We are dedicated to providing the upmost academic […]

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Please Help Us KEEP White Lake as the “Nations Safest Beach” I really have been thinking a lot about the upcoming vote about beer and wine at White Lake.  I have lived in Bladen County all  my life.  I  was part of the last class at Elizabethtown High School.  I have worked in Elizabethtown for […]

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Abbey Walters, former West Bladen athlete, is setting a blistering pace in softball at UNCP.  The team was 10-7-1 overall after weekend play and 2-0 in Peach Belt conference play. With all the political crap going on, listen yesterday as General Colin Powell made an interesting statement, “I am an American first and my political […]

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Have you ever wanted to thank your representative for their service or an ask them a question? Here’s your chance when the 8th Politician’s Appreciation Day on Saturday at 5 p.m. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Cindy Brisson said that they can confirm US Congressman Robert Pittinger, Judge Marion […]

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