05/26/2019
  • 8:13 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 26
  • 11:37 pm Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball: Elite 7, Reds 3
  • 11:32 pm Bladen Recreation 13-16 Fast-Pitch Softball: Slammers 9, Comets 6
  • 11:22 pm This Day in History for May 26
  • 9:34 am Bladen County Board of Commissioners hold special meetings
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I’ll be honest – I didn’t think I’d see it in my lifetime. I’m talking about gas prices being under $2 per gallon. It’s one of the true “good news” items in the economy. Or is it? A funny thing has happened on the way to the gas pump. The more gas prices have dropped, […]

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It’s Thursday, my favorite day of the week. For years, my siblings and I along with spouses and, our neighbor, meet each Thursday evening to share time and food.  We move around from one nearby restaurant to another.  The food is usually very good, but the time together is the highlight of the evening. Recently, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, bill language authored by Congressman Rouzer to designate and recognize the city of Wilmington as the first nationally recognized “American World War II City” passed the House of Representatives.  H.R. 1512 establishes a process to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate at least one city in the United […]

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It is long-john weather and the cold snap is expected to last for most of the coming week. Two presidential primaries down and 48 more to come, yet some candidates are folding their tents, conceding defeat and headed home.  A couple of reasons —lack of support, financial and at the polls. How does President Sanders […]

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Colder weather is on the way….Low temps are expected to be below freezing for the next week or longer.  Temps could ‘dip’ below 20 degrees a couple of mornings.  Plan accordingly. The New Hampshire is set for today.  Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are expected to lead their respective tickets.  The primaries move to South […]

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Attended visitation for a classmate recently, was told she had been in a nursing home for a few years and while there saw another classmate who told me that her husband (also a former classmate) had suffered a stroke a few months ago.  I see others strugglin’ with health problems and I am reminded again, […]

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It’s Thursday, it is going to be a wet day with temps beginning to drop mid morning and continuing throughout the day. If you receive mail with a window that appears to be a check, addressed to you or last known resident, trust me, it will not be a check. Social media allows us to […]

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Well, Punxutawney Phil reportedly did not see his shadow yesterday, so, we should have an early spring. You do believe in Phil, don’t you? Warm, windy and wet later in the day as a front moves through. Lots of activities in the area.  Our Events page provides info on many. Congratulations to Jr. Beta Club […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, with the support of Congressman Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, to curb the easing of economic sanctions that had been imposed on Iran before it signed last year’s nuclear deal.  H.R. 3662 requires that the President certify that Iranian individuals or companies […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver As I write these words, it’s a lovely January afternoon. The sun is shining, the sky is clear, the geese are calling, and the chickens are content. It’s a day that carries the promise of spring. But by midnight, that will change, since we will enter the month of February. I detest […]

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I spent my Sunday afternoon learning about Iowa caucuses, and about some of the candidates.  I have deliberately not watched any of the debates.  When the number is reduced and the serious candidates remain, I will spend some time watching and listening. I switched between CNN, Fox and MSNBC.  Same ‘crap’ on all, just with […]

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Another great week for BladenOnline, so far as numbers go. Anything over 100,000 ‘pages viewed’ is great and we topped that number again. Erin, Charlotte, John, Ray and the crew continue to amaze me. Today closes out year 8 for BladenOnline. I remember as if it were yesterday and the early days were a struggle […]

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1846 – After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1851 – Gail Borden announces invention of condensed milk. 1865 – Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America. 1865 – General Robert E. Lee named Commander-In-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War. 1871 – Millions of […]

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1781 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland. 1797 – US Congress refuses to accept 1st petition from African-Americans. 1800 – US population: 5,308,483; African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%) 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a US President. 1847 – Yerba Buena […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension I love the North Carolina State Fair. My wife will tell you that around June 1 I start the countdown to the opening of the fair. Everything about the fair – the farm animals, the exhibits, the food, the happy people, and even the rides – appeals to […]

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Weather will be the news story of the day. Best I can tell, it will be a wet, ‘nasty’ day, pretty much all day long. Our precipitation could be in the form of rain, some snow and ice. Hopefully little or no accumulation, but could be slick spots on some roadways. 100 percent chance of […]

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Weather will likely be a primary topic for all, over the next few hours.  Local temps are expected to be near or above freezing during that period of time, however precipitation in one form or another is expected tonight and could continue through Saturday. Drive with care.  Busiest places around….likely to be anyplace that sells […]

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Today, Rouzer for Congress announced key findings from its most recent poll conducted among primary voters across the 7th District of North Carolina. With 94% name ID among primary voters across the district, Rouzer holds an impressive 66% favorable/9% unfavorable image rating.  Rouzer’s standing is even more impressive among “strong” Republicans with a 72% favorable/5% […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolinians are being asked to consider a big mortgage for the state. Totaling $2 billion, the mortgage would allow the state to build a variety of projects, including university and community college facilities, water and sewer infrastructure and recreational offerings. There are two key questions for voters to ponder: First, is […]

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Today, with the support of Congressman Rouzer, the House passed a joint resolution with the Senate to block the “Waters of the United States” rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which expands the types of waters subject to the agencies’ rules and regulations.     Currently, the […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville National Trivia Day reminds us that knowledge about Social Security empowers you and prepares you for retirement. Remember, the more you know about Social Security, the more control you have over your bright future. What is the average number of years someone has paid into […]

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Congratulations to the East Bladen Eagle girls basketball team, holding onto the top spot sporting a 15-0 record. One more sports note, on Monday, January 11, 2016, Alabama was the best college team in the nation, defeating a very good, previously undefeated, Clemson Tiger team.  The Tide rolled, again. Was an interesting night, as many […]

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At the outset of my first year serving in Congress, I laid out three main priorities to focus on in order to help make America prosperous at home and strong abroad while also addressing the unique needs of the 7th Congressional district. My first priority was to put in place an office that is responsive […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07), the House of Representatives passed the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.  Originally passed by the House of the Representatives in the fall and modified by the Senate, this reconciliation bill repeals key elements of Obamacare and […]

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No winner in last night’s Power Ball Lottery drawing, so we go through the process (hype) again. Temps nice this AM compared with those of the past couple of mornings. Now, if the stock market could rise as well….or will it be 4 days in a row of huge losses, and continue the “ugly” beginning […]

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No winner in last night’s Power Ball drawing. The estimated jackpot for the next drawing is over $350 million, with a lump sum payment of over $200 million. A lot of grocery money will be spend this week on lottery tickets. Think the Carolina Panthers can capture a win over the Bucs from Tampa Bay […]

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New Year’s day is officially behind us for 2016. Good day to re-pack Christmas decorations, watched bits and pieces of a parade, and football games. There is no shortage of bowl game. Remember when only the best college teams played on New Years Day? Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl, were the biggies or a […]

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Happy New Year, hope 2016 will be the best ever. A quick look back. The weather was a huge story, dry weather early, followed by lots of rain, a total of over 63.5 inches for the year. Normal rainfall in Bladen County is 48 to 50 inches annually. Needless to say, the wet weather was […]

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Each New Year, millions of people make resolutions to eat more healthy foods, lose weight and be more active.  Many times, people try to make drastic changes that are difficult to sustain for a long period of time. When it comes to eating more healthfully, making moderate changes may be more beneficial for long-term success. […]

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December 31, 2015 has arrived.  All those things you thought you would/should accomplish this year have hopefully been fulfilled.  If not, just a few hours remain. More rain is expected today and tonight.  As of 6 a.m. today, we have received nearly 64 inches of rain this year in Bladen County.  Our annual average is […]

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Checking headlines over the weekend: Panthers lose their first game of the NFL season.  They have won 14 games, Meadowlark Lemon, Wilmington native and longtime Harlem Globetrotter, died in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 83.  He was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 1975. Time Warner customers experienced an interruption in […]

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Santa (Christmas) is tough competition…expect our BladenOnline numbers to be down for the past week….but still the best around. Looking back and ahead. Would have thought there would have been some resolution (?) to the Lennon Lacy situation. FBI called in over a year ago. Must be many interviews, etc. Maybe in 2016. Lacy was […]

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Hope your Christmas was one of the best ever. For many, Christmas continues throughout the weekend. Can’t think of a better way to spend the holiday than with family…children, grandchildren and, siblings and their families, all on Christmas day. I am among men most richly blessed. Did you see the moon? Beautiful full moon for […]

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Thoughts While Shaving Can you believe? Christmas 2015 is just hours away. Maybe a good time to reflect on New Year’s Resolutions. How did you do? Hope this day is a good one for all…. A few thoughts to ponder; Why not turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones? Don’t bother just to be better […]

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Well, well, the filing season is over for the 2016 election and locally, I am surprised, disappointed at the lack of interest in the races for Board of Education and Board of Commissioners, not about who is running, but those that just sit on the sidelines and moan and groan, complain and condemn but will […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver I began writing this column a number of years ago, and many of you have been kind enough to request it every year.  Some other folks were kind enough the other year to decide it deserved an award; I was flattered, but I didn’t write it for anyone’s praise. I wrote it […]

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Sandra Cain

Maybe you have a drawer or a file full of recipes that you’ve clipped from newspapers, magazines or saved from the internet. It can take forever to sort through them when you want to try something new, so it is usually easier and faster to go back to your old favorites. Here are a few […]

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A BladenOnline Salute to the Kemp sisters, JaToya and Jazmine Kemp.  Two former East Bladen players had their number 20 uniforms retired in a brief ceremony last night prior to the East Bladen Holiday Classic basketball tournament.  Both of the young ladies went on to star with the UNCP basketball teams.  EB coach Patty Evers, in […]

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Today is the final day to file for political offices, for the March 15 primary.  Locally, Board of Education and Board of Commissioner seats for the next 4 years to be determined.  There are other positions to be decided as well.  The filing deadline is 12 noon today. Well, well…if you have waited to the last minute […]

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A reminder, filing for the March 15th primary election, ends at noontime Monday.  The local Board of Elections has been very quiet since the first couple of filing days.  Locally, Board of Commissioners and Board of Education, NC House and NC Senate seats, US House and US Senate and President are possibilities.  There are others, […]

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Christmas Eve is just a week away. Our weather has been so nice recently, there is a possibility of thunderstorms later today.  Plan accordingly.  One weather source indicates Christmas Day should be cloudy with a high of 72 degrees.  But, forecasting that far into the future is risky at best. Still little or no interest in upcoming […]

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  It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for many.  Sadly, for some, the most stressful time of the year.   Christmas is just 2 weeks away.  2 weeks from tomorrow.   Sometimes a sincere, warm greeting may make someone’s day more bearable, and how about a visit or a card for those incapacitated, regardless […]

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 1793 – Noah Webster establishes NY’s 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva. 1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress. 1878 – Joseph Pulitzer buys St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500. 1883 – New Brunswick adopts Eastern Standard Time (until 1902) 1902 – American League […]

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  WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed the Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act (H.R. 158) to close security gaps and strengthen the Visa Waiver Program by prohibiting individuals who have been to countries of concern as well as countries designated as State Sponsors […]

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 And the rain came down, again.  0.80 inches at one location in Happy Valley, near E-town. If you are interested in filing for a political office, the folks at the Bladen County Board of Elections are ready, willing and able to sign you up.  For more info, stop by their office at 301 Cypress Street […]

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Cookies. Candy canes. Pie. Hot chocolate. It seems that everywhere you turn during the holidays, temptation is at your fingertips. This time of year, more than any other, our plans to eat smart can be tested.  Fortunately, holiday foods don’t have to undermine your goals. A few tricks can help you survive the season’s most […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Congressman David Rouzer to protect consumers and small businesses from the increased costs of a recent rule introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   In early March of 2015, the EPA published a final rule that established costly new standards for the […]

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Our world is changing and we have a ringside seat in front of our TV.  As expected, some for the better, but some not good. Remember when we knew everyone around us, may have a ‘strange’ neighbor, but neighbors took care of neighbors.  Fast forward to today….For many……no idea who our neighbors are. Bladen County will have a […]

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Tomorrow (Tuesday), filing for political offices begins at 12 noon.  For more info, contact the local Election office in Elizabethtown.  It is located at 301 Cypress Street, behind the Elizabethtown Post Office.  The telephone number is 910-862-6951. Recently elected municipal office holders will begin to be sworn in over the next couple of weeks. A change in the weather today. How […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver As I have noted many times, I was bearded long before the Good Family Roberson’s duck calls and eccentricities made beards somewhat mainstream. I actually appreciate the fact that Uncle Si and his kin have made beards popular again, moreso than anytime since the invention of the affordable razor. The Robersons gave […]

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Tomorrow (Tuesday), filing for political offices begins at 12 noon.  For more info, contact the local Election office in Elizabethtown.  It is located at 301 Cypress Street, behind the Elizabethtown Post Office.  The telephone number is 910-862-6951. Recently elected municipal office holders will begin to be sworn in over the next couple of weeks. A change in the weather today. How […]

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  Black Friday, an exciting time of the year for many shoppers…the biggest day of the year for many merchants. Been feeling good about using my encrypted credit card, now learn only about one in five merchants around the US have updated their systems to fully protect their customers from being “ripped” off. Some of […]

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Happy Thanksgiving Day.  It is and always has been a very important day for the Hester family. I remember visiting may grandparents as a youngster.  All or most of my aunts, uncles and cousins were there. In recent years, our immediate family is together, sometimes for a very short time,  but together. Thanksgiving was a […]

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RALEIGH – A new Civitas poll finds that overall, parents want to be able to choose the education that they believe is the best fit for their children. A strong majority of participants, 62 percent, say that if they could, they would enroll their child in a private, charter, magnet, or home school. “Our poll […]

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  The day before Thanksgiving and so much to do, but mostly fun things as we look forward to sharing time with family and friends. For addicted shoppers, Thanksgiving Day is just one obstacle to overcome or live through before Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. I have no desire to go anywhere […]

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The Thanksgiving season is a great time to count our many blessings…should do it year round and some do…sort of… I am among men most richly blessed. Filing season for many political offices begins at 12 noon Tuesday, December 1. and continues til noontime, Monday, December 21, 2016. Will be listing the offices to be voted on over […]

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By: Erin Smith ELIZABETHTOWN – The town of Elizabethtown is considering adding Wi-Fi service to the Cape Fear Farmers Market.  The item will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the town council’s next meeting. Town Manager Eddie Madden said the service, if approved by the town council at their December meeting, will be […]

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By: Erin Smith ELIZABETHTOWN – The town of Elizabethtown is considering adding Wi-Fi service to the Cape Fear Farmers Market.  The item will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the town council’s next meeting. Town Manager Eddie Madden said the service, if approved by the town council at their December meeting, will be […]

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Sandra Cain

Although we look forward to the holidays, many of us wonder how we can fit anything else into our already busy lives. Besides decorating and sending cards, we’re busy baking and preparing special dishes, shopping for just-the-right gifts, attending parties and entertaining. We often find ourselves exhausted, grouchy and sometimes with a few extra pounds […]

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Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is an effort to help area residents who are dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.  Saturday, a BBQ plate fund raiser will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Building from 4 to 7 p.m.  The cost is just $7 per plate, and donations are welcomed.  Homemade cakes, benches and Adirondack chairs will be offered […]

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It’s Monday, the first day of a very important week as we draw near to the holiday season. Thanksgiving is just 10 days away. East Bladen Eagles football practice begins for another week in the state 2A playoffs.  The next opponent is Southwest Edgecombe High School, a very good football team. Eagle coaches have had […]

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Colder weather has arrived. You will need warmer clothing, compared to recent days, as you head out to church this AM. Low this morning in the low 30s and highs expected to be in the upper 50s, maybe 60 by 3 PM. Bladenboro fireman celebrated the official opening of their new fire station yesterday, West […]

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After the first round of NCHSAA football games, Bladen County Schools are 1-1. East Bladen came up with a big defensive play in a game with Graham to win 35-34. West Bladen was defeated by Kinston. Visit our sports page for details. East travels to the Wilson/Rocky Mount area to play Southwest Edgecombe next Friday […]

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Sunshine on a fall day, love it. A salute to Wanda Everette on her retirement after many years at the Board of Education. She has seen many Superintendents come and go. Lots of institutional memory will depart the scene, when she departs the scene. Veterans Day is an important holiday. We thank them all. Nice […]

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If you have been praying for rain, think your prayers have been answered…. Veterans Day is Wednesday, however, the 10th annual Bladen County ceremony will be held Tuesday (tomorrow) with Command Sgt. Major Annie L. Walker the guest speaker.  Walker is an Elizabethtown native.  The ceremony will be held at the National Guard Armory beginning […]

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Some leftovers from Tuesday’s election….. The local Board of Elections must certify the election…That occurs Tuesday, November 10. If the contest between Lawrence McDougald and Jimmy Hudson for a seat on Clarkton Town Board is still deadlocked, my guess is the State Board will provide guidance on a way to break the tie…..Both received 25 […]

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Well, well, the Municipal Election is over, sort of….We know most of the winners….The Board of Elections still has some work to do….There is a tie for one Clarkton commissioner’s seat and write-ins in Tar Heel will determine who will serve on the Town Board. A salute to winners and thanks to those who offered […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver I must preface this with an apology; at this point, I have no idea if you are both boys, both girls, or one of each. As I write these words, it hasn’t been long that your mom has known she was expecting. We know there are two of you, since the doctor […]

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The Best Is Yet To Come….One huge step was announced Monday….Charlotte Smith, BO owner, announced Erin Smith is the new editor….Can’t think of a better addition….Welcome to the BladenOnline family…   Many on our team have been involved for several years…It is a fun group to work with, and we are delighted with the latest addition….   The […]

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If you live in a Bladen County municipality……a reminder, Early Voting is underway….Questions should be directed to the Bladen County Board of Elections…If you do not vote….don’t complain about the final outcome…. World Series underway….Game one…..KC Royals 5—NY Mets 4….Game two at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO. at 8:07 this PM..(Wednesday) I hope […]

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Winter time is coming, winter time is coming and I know it won’t be long….I know, not this week, but Halloween is followed by Thanksgiving and then ho-ho-ho season and if the past is any indication….colder weather is coming soon….. Remember snow and some ice in December???? I appreciate folks who own and operate small […]

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It’s Monday, the last Monday in October, 2015.  Halloween caps off the week & month….a full week and weekend of activities in the area….Many church related, the Bladenboro BeastFest and so much more.  Check our Events section… Local football teams head back to the practice fields following a “not so good” Friday night performance.  Well, […]

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A couple of weeks ago we published an article about Mrs. Geri Anderson, a local piano teacher loved by many in Bladen County. October 11th was Mrs. Anderson’s birthday and her son, Johnny Anderson, wanted Ms. Anderson’s birthday to be extra special asking her students to send her messages. We found a special birthday gift to Ms. […]

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I call them Punch and Judy. They turned up on our road a week or two ago; the dogs might be a year old, maybe less. Judy is a black and tan hound mix, Punch is best described as a plain ol’ dog, red-brown with a generous helping of hound on his own. The first […]

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By: Clifton Young I, recently, had a very positive experience with Cape Fear Heating and Cooling of Clarkton, NC and wanted to share that experience with BladenOnline and the residents of Bladen County. So, a little over a week ago I go to fire up my furnace— and much to my surprise, I didn’t have […]

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It’s Friday…..Please check our events page for many, many fun events in the area…. Yesterday was the 61st anniversary of Hurricane Hazel. I remember as if it were yesterday…Have mentioned it many times… State Fair will be a fun place to be this weekend….Began yesterday and if you have never been…..Take cash and patience….. And […]

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FYI….NC State Fair begins today and continues thru Sunday, October 25th. Frost normally arrives late October….could be as early as Monday and Tuesday of next week…. The Bladen County Shriners Fish Fry appears to have been another success…..Weather was perfect…large crowd when I made my purchase and the food was very good. There were two […]

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Love him or hate him…..hate to see Steve Spurrier leave USC….especially with his team suffering through a tough season. Love his wit…good and not so good… On his age…”The Pope is 77 years old and he’s in charge of a billion people. All I have to do is put 11 on the field.” On Florida […]

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By: Phyllis C. Miller I know you have heard from the people in and around the Clarkton community, however, I believe it is important that you know the perceptions of Clarkton School of Discovery and Booker T. Washington on a state level.  Below is a letter from Ms. Michelle Burrows from the A+ Schools Program […]

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The baseball playoffs are underway for… High School football teams still playing near Thanksgiving are among the best….East and West Bladen have high hopes of being amongst the select group… State Fair begins Thursday….If you have never been, you should go at least one time….A fun event. How would you like to be Speaker of […]

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It’s Monday…..Columbus Day and for some a day off….for most in Bladen….Just another a work day. According to Wikipedia, many countries in the New World and elsewhere officially celebrate as a holiday the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the American, which happened on October 12, 1492. Colorado was the first state to make if […]

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As make our way through this world we live in, we spend far to much time…it seems to me….we worry…about this and that…mostly things or situations we have no control over…. Health is not good, a friend or family member continues to struggle….bad job or no job….maybe it’s a friend or family member hooked on […]

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Another busy weekend in the area…Hope the rain does not cause disruptions…. Check all our sections…news, sports and events section for scheduled events. FYI….East and West Bladen football teams scored victories last night…..East over Pender and West over Heidi Trask… Austin Dillon won the Xfinity race in Charlotte last night. Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch […]

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What a difference a week makes….A week ago, we were watching the rain down…and we watched and watched and watched….10 inches in the area….Today….if the weatherperson is right…a beautiful day…enjoy… I am a huge gospel music fan….Every now and then I hear a song that sticks with me…..Most recent is The McKamey’s recording of ‘Unspoken […]

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By: Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Taxes are always part of discussions about government and public policy, and taxes were clearly a hot topic in the recent session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Debates occurred about taxing services, lowering income tax rates, implementing incentives for business and energy expenditures, and dividing public […]

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Fall of the year is a wonderful time of the year…. Ever wonder what our United States would be like with no politics, no political parties? mmmmmm Not sure our system is bad…..just seems to attract some “bad” actors… We are a nation of 325,829,960 as of early this A.M., and continue to add to […]

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Yesterday was one of those “newsy” days…..and no one covered it all better than BladenOnline, thanks to the efforts of Charlotte Smith and staff… A visit to Bladen County by Governor McCrory and Ag Secretary Troxler was a hastily planned event….We received notice late Monday, it was announced at the Annual meeting of Four County […]

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Four County EMC held their annual meeting in Elizabethtown last night…drew about 1,500 to 1,600 in bad weather, the Dixie Melody Boys were great and the program was interesting….We will have an article shortly, hopefully with pics… Governor McCrory and NC Secretary of Agriculture, Steve Troxler will be in Bladen County today…..Not sure how long […]

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My mistake….the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting, normally held on Monday, will be held Tuesday this month. Commissioners made the decision at their last meeting. The Four County Electric Membership Cooperative Annual Meeting is being held tonight at Elizabethtown Middle School and several commissioners wanted to attend, so they moved their regular meeting back […]

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The weather has been the big story for the past 3 or 4 days…and will be again today…Breezy and more rain is the forecast in a nutshell…Chance of rain is 70% for our area today with winds out of the northeast 18 to 21 mph. The chance of rain increases to 80% tonight and tomorrow […]

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And the rain came down…and more is expected…. At the Hester household, about 3 miles southwest of Elizabethtown, as the crow flies…..Our rainfall since Wednesday afternoon measures 8.2 inches of rain. Totals will vary greatly if past history is any indication. A Flood Watch will continue for Bladen County through Monday and the National Weather […]

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We have been promised rain….It has arrived….I promise to stay inside or close by…unfortunately, some have no choice….Let’s all use extreme caution as we move about over the next few days. We have numerous cancellations of planned events…When in doubt, call ahead… And, send your cancellation notices to BladenOnline.com@gmail.com …Part of our commitment is to […]

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By: Phyllis C. Miller Keeping You Informed Clarkton, NC – On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Sadie Perry and I met with Dr. Robert Taylor at the Board of Education in Elizabethtown to obtain additional research on his Proposal Plan for closing Clarkton School of Discovery and Booker T. Washington.  AsTuesday afternoon at 3:40 pm, Dr. […]

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As you go about your daily rituals, keep an eye on Hurricane Joaquin…..As I think about hurricanes, I am reminded of Hurricane Hazel in 1954…Communication was nothing to compare with what we have today…. We were told someone at Whiteville school called Bladenboro school to inform about the storm and students were sent home….in the […]

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We live in interesting times….. Much discussion, distrust, and rumors related to Bladen County school board proposed mergers. Checked a few headlines from the region…. “Local football game marred by brawl.” “Warrants reveal Caswell Beach mayor’s alleged ‘secret life.’” “City of Fayetteville tops study’s list for natural disaster potential.” “Man arrested in Clinton murder.” “Four […]

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Monday night high school football games are not the norm, especially an away game. East and West Bladen scored wins in Monday night games, both on the road. East Bladen defeated previously unbeaten Midway and West Bladen came from behind to down Union….. There were other sporting events….Check our BladenOnline sports page….for results… October 2015 […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston This year has seen its share of extreme weather events like: the worst volcanic eruption in Iceland, in 200 years (which finally calmed down in March); in May we had 2 weeks of worry about the Larsen C and Larsen B ice shelves possibly collapsing and the glaciers of Antarctica have been […]

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It’s Monday and we are nearing the end of September. October begins Thursday. Hope you will check our Events section….Numerous events this week, including several at Bladen Community College… and a very special fundraiser on Thursday sponsored by Bladen Community College Foundation at Camp Clearwater at White Lake…Seafood and Sunset has been a fun event […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The Battle of Elizabethtown organizers deserve much credit. I was expecting more rain over the past few days….at the Hester household about 1/2 inch, however that included 3 or 4 bugs….Rainfall totals  vary greatly…and even with the bugs, we received about all we needed….And we are thankful for every drop……… Saturday was a busy day….in the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

  Friday was a busy news day…mostly on the national scene….with the Pope in the US,  Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting with President Obama  at the White House, House Speaker John Boehner announcing that he will step-down as Speaker and a member of Congress at the end of October and the Stock Market still unsettled…..It […]

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