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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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