03/22/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 11:48 pm Baseball West Bladen 5, South Robeson 2
  • 11:45 pm Boys Tennis East Bladen 6, South Columbus 3
  • 11:44 pm Middle School Baseball Clarkton School of Discovery 2, Williams Township 1
  • 11:40 pm Middle School Baseball Bladenboro 6, Tar Heel 1
  • 6:38 pm Full day of problem solving for county officials
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Prepare for a wet Friday. The forecast is for a 100% chance of rain. East and West Bladen high school football teams are scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. today…..East at Midway and West at Union….To be determined…..I am sure both local head coaches would love to play today, if possible….Next Friday, West will be […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Much of the economic news has been rather gloomy recently. There have been wild swings in the stock market, with multi-hundred point losses on some days. The Chinese economy may be in free-fall, while Europe is dealing with thousands of refugees from the war-torn Middle East. Canada is […]

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By: Phyllis Miller of Clarkton Understanding that our county is identified as a high poverty, economically depressed county and with known budget restraints, we do need to look at how we can cut costs and what can be done to keep our best community schools open. I hope that all the citizens of Bladen County […]

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Bladen County is losing a good public servant. Was a little disappointed that Cris Harrelson announced his resignation Monday, as Bladen County Human Services Director. Brunswick County announced later he had been hired in a similar position….He served Bladen well. Not difficult to understand the move….In Bladen, the salary range for the Health Director is […]

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Autumn has arrived….The autumnal equinox arrived precisely at 4:21 a.m. this morning (Wednesday, September 23). Today’s high temp should be in the 80 degree range. The cooler weather arrives tonight….along with the possibility of rain…..Low tonight in the mid 60’s range and high’s for the balance of the week in the mid 70’s with northerly […]

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We have published a new interview video about the proposed school closings today on our YouTube Channel. [vsw id=”eFk8U1zysn0″ source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”yes”] Christian Ryckeley, graduate of Clarkton School of Discovery aspiring to be a neurosurgeon, said, “I don’t want to see this school to close down,” when we interviewed him. Christian spoke about his […]

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Hope you enjoy this last day of summer….Weather should be more autumn like…Slight chance of rain in the A.M…..Mostly cloudy…..wind from the north at about 9 to 14 mph and gusts as high as 20…Should blow a few leaves off the trees…….. The big news nationally will likely include coverage of the Pope’s to the […]

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Congratulations to the organizers of the Dublin Peanut Festival Committee…. Huge crowd, good parade, good entertainment, good food, a good time for all… Good things happen when folks work together for a common cause….Wish that could carry over to our elected and appointed leaders…from the local level up. Warm weekend…..but cooler weather is on the […]

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Another beautiful day today….Enjoy… Good health at any age is a blessing….Look around at those less fortunate….and give thanks…. Check our list of activities listed on our Events page. Highlights from 1977 Tar Heel All Sports Banquet program. MVP’s Football: JeVon Pone JV Football: Alvin and Calvin Lewis Girls Basketball: Minnie Council Boys Basketball: Teddy […]

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The 23rd Annual Dublin Peanut Festival will be held today beginning at 10 a.m. with a parade down NC 87….For the entire line-up of events and to learn more about the festival, the folks involved and how they work year-round and share their proceeds with the area….visit their website… www.dublinpeanutfestival.com. It will be one big […]

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TGIF…..Friday means high school this time of the year….Laney (Wilmington) (1-3) will be in Elizabethtown today for a 7:30 p.m. game with the EB Eagles (3-0). West Bladen (3-1) has an open date. East Bladen Booster club members are sponsoring a fund-fundraiser from 4 PM – 6:30 PM today at the Elizabethtown Farmers Market. BBQ […]

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The 23rd Annual Dublin Peanut Festival is fast approaching….Saturday, September 19, the parade kicks-off at 10 a.m. and festivities continue all day long….Google Dublin Peanut Festival for the complete lineup….Included is the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, Band of Oz, The Mighty Echoes, Classic Car Show, and a BBQ plate sale beginning at 11 a.m. […]

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Can’t blame the weather…best I can tell….The weather is perfect for any outdoor activity…. Farmers are busy harvesting their crops….the corn stalks are on the ground and the corn in a bin…Hope the crop is good….Farming is still the backbone of Bladen’s economy. Rally in Raleigh is planned for October 1. A flyer begins with […]

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Ever get the feeling, everyone is upset about something???? The pressures of life can put a frown on our face and take the bounce out of our step…. School consolidation is the topic of discussion right now, and when that issue is dealt with or left for the next generation, there will be another…. School […]

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Love the cooler, early morning temps….at 6 a.m., 55 degrees at the Curtis Brown airport in Elizabethtown… Headlines today include school consolidation proposal in Bladen County… (More coming at Board of Ed meeting his evening)… Details related to the proposed North Carolina budget… (Expect some surprises…always happens when the decisions are made behind ‘closed doors.’)… […]

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We are proud of our latest numbers….For the fourth week in a row our number of  ‘pages viewed’ have exceeded 100,000….In a county of 35,000, unreal…..We do not do the counting…Google Analytics provides the information….  The story that was #1 was the article related to the possibility of a proposal to recommend the closing of […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver I hope you will forgive me, friends, but I’m doing something a little different this Friday. I still want you to hug your momma, roll in the grass with your dog, read to a little kid, pray for those who need it and those who don’t want it, and fiercely, unapologetically love […]

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Lots of activities on today’s Event page….including Fun Day in Bladenboro….. A small plane crashed Friday night off Old Lake Road near Riegelwood in Columbus County…One dead, identity has not been released. West Bladen football team won their 3rd game of the young season last night…They have one loss. East Bladen (3-0) had an open […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension I moved to North Carolina in 1978. One of the first purchases I made in my new state was a desk. To me, having a desk to use for writing and preparing lectures was more important than having a bed. I slept on the floor of my apartment […]

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Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? The day terrorists caused great pain to our great nation…. 14 years ago…..The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold a short 9-11 Remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m. today on the steps of the academy, on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown. Tomorrow, (Saturday) Bladen […]

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Another 90 degree day is in store for today, according to the weather folks….but cooler days are just a few weeks away….Average high for Bladen County in September is 84 and average low is 62 with just over 5 inches of rain. With all that in mind, the average first frost for our area is […]

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Tuesday was a news filled day…..for BladenOnline…Scroll down our news page and see, if you haven’t already. And there’s more today. We had the local government meetings covered….Tuesday evening… Every now and then I enjoy reflecting on ‘the way it was, years ago.’ Tobacco was king and there was a huge festival to mark the […]

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Less than half of Bladen County’s 13 schools met their academic growth goals in 2014-15 in the Performance and Growth of North Carolina Public Schools report released last week, but, says Superintendent Robert Taylor, one report doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story about how a school is performing. “Student performance is certainly increasing in some […]

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Began thinking about city managers over the past few years, that served in Elizabethtown, Bladenboro and Bladen County …The other towns have not had a full-time manager, unless my memory is playing games…..again. In Elizabethtown, no special order….and the list may not be complete…but those I have some knowledge of: David Bone….departed the scene to […]

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One business that never seems to slow is the funeral homes business…We continue to lose some good folks…The past few days reads like a “who’s who” in the area. They will be missed. There is much conversation about the presidential hopefuls…Years ago, the candidates “stepped up” their campaigning after Labor Day…Think it has been “stepped […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston The UNC College Republicans are petitioning Chancellor, Carol Folt; Professor, Beverly Taylor; UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature; UNC Board of Trustees; and the UNC Board of Governors, in an attempt to remove a professor, and a course, from the UNC Chapel Hill roster. The course is titled: English 72, “Literature […]

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As I reflect on the past week  we have had a steady stream of news, but not the big story….looking forward to our weekly BladenOnline numbers from Google Analytics….I am pleased at the strength over the past few weeks, thanks to our readers, sponsors….and to the staff….The Best Is Yet To Come.   Add your business to our […]

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Every now and then, I reflect on the past and think I have seen and heard it all….I added a new page last night……a high school football game that ended after 11 p.m., in fact both Bladen County teams played late, very late games….all due to the weather.  Rain and thunder and lightning came shortly before […]

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Labor Day weekend has arrived…It’s a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September and honors the labor movement. The holiday was established in 1887 by U.S. President Grover Cleveland. Canada also celebrates Labour Day at the same time, however over 80 other countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1. A reminder of […]

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Maybe we are experiencing our last 90 degree-plus days for 2015. Love those mid 80 daytime highs…. Every weekend is busy in Bladen…remember the Side Walk Sale…and check our Events section for other weekend plans…Check the sports activities related to our schools…The schedules are at the bottom of our sports page. I enjoy checking all […]

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This is a most wonderful time of the year…..Our temps are expected to be in the 90s for the next two or three days, then temps return to Labor Day type weather…with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid to upper 60s… Speaking of Labor Day, a reminder of the popular Side Walk […]

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Been thinking about folks who came to or through Bladen County in my lifetime, some quietly, some with fanfare, those who made a difference…. One of the quiet ones was David Bartlett…..In the mid 70’s he was hired as part-time manager of Bladenboro. He also served in the same capacity, at the same time, in […]

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Hope you read about our latest numbers for the past week…August 23-29. Unreal is the best way to describe…A second record in 2 weeks….According to Google Analytics, BladenOnline had 125,908 views and 22,277 visits…If you would like your company included on our site, call Charlotte Smith at 910-876-5393. We are proud of our accomplishments…thanks to […]

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Bladenboro Town Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday evening…a closed session to deal with personnel…  Melanie Hester, current Administrator, recently asked to return to position of Clerk to the Board… The Mighty Echoes gospel group is celebrating their 55th anniversary tonight at the Brunswick Waccamaw Baptist Association Building in Whiteville…Several groups will participate….Check […]

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Great morning to go for a walk….temps in the low 60’s…beginning to feel like autumn….Labor Day is next weekend…Summer’s last “fling.”…but no walk for this old ‘codger’ today….do that 5 days a week, Monday through Friday… Saw some stats on the “Ashley Madison” website….the website that promotes married folks “cheating” on their spouses…Only 3 zip […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston On Friday, August 28, 2015, Dr. William Barbor, of the NAACP, the Rogers Law Firm, of Fayetteville and the people of the local community, came together at the First Baptist Church, in Bladenboro, to honor the memory of Lennon Lacy, the 17 year old West Bladen High School Football player, who was […]

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The final Summer Sounds concert was held last night and another huge, appreciative crowd….Congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce and their financial supporters.. Not much left of August ’15…. The financial markets have been a “sight to behold’ recently….A little like riding a roller coaster….Up and Down….A wild ride…. Four County EMC announced recently their […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension North Carolina and South Carolina were once one – one colony that is – prior to our nation’s independence. Sometime around the late 1600s or early 1700s – historians differ on exactly when – the two colonies separated. Then, when the United States was formed, they become two […]

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The 2015 Summer Sounds Concert series concludes this evening at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market featuring the music of the Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band. The last of 4 for the year…All have been well received…A great time to relax with friends… The senseless killing of two Virginia TV journalist is more than my weak mind […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver The young lady was incensed. “Somebody ought to do something,” she exclaimed. Now, the crisis at hand involved a solution that wasn’t very clean, glamorous or sanitary. Nor could it be profitable in any way whatsoever, save in having done the right thing. The young lady, who I know in passing, had […]

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Hope you had a good night’s rest….for some; sleep was interrupted by a series of storms…between 2:30 and about 3:15 a.m. At the Hester household the storm was intense…thundering, lightning and heavy rainfall. Nearby at the Curtis Brown Airport, rainfall totaled about 2.4 inches, as of 5 a.m., according to the National Weather Service…It was […]

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Remember…You do not pass a stopped school bus…and if you do, hopefully someone will report it and you receive a citation…maybe a time ‘on foot’ will jog the ‘common sense’ portion of the brain. If you see it happen, jot down the license plate number and report to law enforcement. Hopefully this is the day […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Tuesday, August 25 1. Mark your calendar. Bladenboro Historical Society’s Fun Day is scheduled Sept. 12. It will be held on the grounds of the Bladenboro Farm Life School next to Bladenboro Middle School. The event serves as a fundraiser to help support the Bladenboro Farm Life School. […]

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The big yellow buses return to the road, loaded with eager youngsters headed back to school. Please drive with care, watch for children along the roadway waiting for the bus…and a reminder, passing a stopped school bus is dangerous, illegal, could cost cash, and maybe your driver’s license, and it should. If you do the […]

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Nothing quite like spending some time with dear friends from years gone by…Had that experience Saturday…reliving yesteryear, sharing tall-tales and events of days gone by…But such occasions sooner or later turn to those who are no longer with us…Some who have been deceased for some time, others in recent days…Live today to the fullest, we […]

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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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