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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

When “Stuff Happens” Speak Out – Just an opinion

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Lennon Lacy remembered by community

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…

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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…

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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…

Somebody Ought to Do Something

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…

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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…

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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’…

August 25, 2015: 3 things to know

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Sunroofs, downpours and deus a machina

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

I hate August

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Team Work Cleans Up Bladen County

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 Cat’s Tale…….Who Owns Who?

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…

Ranking of Presidents

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…

Why the possum crossed the road

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…

Why I love the “Mother County”

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.…

You Decide: How Can a Business Stay Afloat?

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…

A thug is a thug

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…

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