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Thoughts While Shaving for January 12

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…

Thoughts While Shaving for January 7

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…

Thoughts While Shaving for January 3

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…

Thoughts While Shaving for January 2

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.…

Thoughts While Shaving for December 31

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

This Day in History ….. December 9

 1793 – Noah Webster establishes NY’s 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva. 1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War…

Thoughts While Shaving….December 8

 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…

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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…

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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…

Glitter is for girls

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…

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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…

Thoughts While Shaving …..November 27

  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…

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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. …

Thoughts While Shaving ……November 25

  The day before Thanksgiving and so much to do, but mostly fun things as we look forward to sharing time with family and friends.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Dear Claire and Tom

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

You Decide: Can We Resolve Our Tax Issues?

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….…

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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…

Is the Climate Changing?

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…

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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…

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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…

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  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…

iPhone & iPad Tips

iPhone & iPad Tips By: Gordon Kinlaw (910)862-6292 iOS9 & other Apple Tidbits  –  When to Update or Not!! Needless to say, you have noticed…

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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…

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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.…

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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.…

Another view on the proposed Bladen County School Closings

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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

Guns, flagpoles and a piece of plastic

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…

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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…

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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.…

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