08/18/2019
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Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners are expected to consider approving revision of the county’s adverse weather conditions, annual vacation leave and pay plan overtime policies at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night. Human Resources Director Shonteia Keaton will address the board about the proposal, according to the meeting agenda released by the board. The […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County is moving closer to the next election with a fully seated Board of Elections. Board Chair, Ms. Louella P. Thompson kept the meeting held on Tuesday, August 13 on the agenda topics leaving time for concerned citizens to address the board. The newest member of the board, Republican Michael Aycock […]

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PUBLIC NOTICE 1 st ABSENTEE MEETING TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown Louella P. Thompson-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Governor Cooper appointed Joseph Edgar Brown III and Christopher J. Welch to serve as District Court Judges in Districts 7 and 4, respectively. “Ed has an impressive legal background and is a leader in his community,” said Gov. Cooper. “I look forward to seeing him serve his district in this new role.” Joseph Edgar Brown […]

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By Joy Warren The Town of White Lake met for its regular Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday evening. Much of the business was routine until time for the Open Forum Session where citizens can speak for three minutes. Several citizens (full-time and part-time residents) questioned the Commissioners regarding issues with the lake — asking about […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections on Tuesday unanimously selected Damon Circosta as State Board chair. The 5-0 vote came after State Board Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell swore in Circosta as a member of the State Board. He replaces former Chair Bob Cordle, who recently resigned. “We have a lot of work […]

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Mrs. Valeria Peacock McKoy, Interim Director with the Bladen County Board of Elections released the new agenda for the next Bladen County Board of Elections meeting. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at 301 S Cypress St in Elizabethtown. The new board member, […]

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Last week there was a long awaited trial held in Bladen County Superior Court. The State of North Carolina versus MacKenzie Brisson was a unique case according to Judge Michael A. Stone who presided over the case. Brisson was accused of becoming violent with his grandfather, shooting his mother’s house causing tens of thousands of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate unanimously passed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to help family farms reorganize after falling on hard times. The legislation previously passed the House and now heads to President Trump’s desk to be signed into law.   “Farmers in North Carolina and […]

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Seven people, including Leslie McCrae Dowless, who were indicted Tuesday on alleged absentee ballot irregularities turned themselves in Wednesday at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. The first court appearance for all of the suspects is Monday in Wake County, the law enforcement agency […]

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Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners are scheduled to meet Monday in the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include: Approval of the CodeRed Services agreement and addendum for $11,300 for a two-year period beginning Sept. 9. CodeRed is a fully integrated system that enables […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, President Trump signed Senator Thom Tillis’ LEGION Act into law, bipartisan legislation that will extend eligibility for American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II. Senator Tillis introduced the legislation with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). “I was proud to work with Senator Sinema to build the support needed to unanimously pass […]

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Democrats gave away their votes to the Governor so his veto couldn’t be overridden Funding for Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties now uncertain, as Cooper refuses to negotiate budget separately from Medicaid ultimatum Raleigh, N.C. – The legislature passed a bipartisan budget that included more than $98 million for high priority projects in Bladen, […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections has a new member.  Michael T. Aycock was appointed to the board and sworn in today, Wednesday, July 24, according to Valeria Peacock McKoy, Interim Director with the Bladen County Board of Elections. Mr. Aycock will fill the vacant Republican seat on the board. The State Board of Elections […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners had a long agenda Monday evening, but moved through the items swiftly. Two baseball teams from Bladen County were recognized for winning the state playoffs in their divisions and for qualifying for the World Series. The commissioner’s meeting was moved for the first part of the meeting to the […]

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By Max Greenwood Democrat Dan McCready and North Carolina Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop are neck and neck in their race to represent the state’s contested 9th Congressional District, according to an internal poll from McCready’s campaign obtained first by The Hill on Monday. The survey, conducted by the Democratic firm ALG Research, shows McCready […]

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The State Board of Elections on Sunday, July 28 will consider the certification of three new voting systems for use in North Carolina elections. The Board will meet at 5 p.m. in the Triangle Ballroom at the Cary Embassy Suites. The meeting will include a recess during which State Board members and attendees may view […]

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Four people filed Friday morning for a seat on the Elizabethtown Town Council to challenge the three incumbents as municipal slates were set for November’s elections. Crystal Lewis Crumb, Mary M. McMillian, Jessica McKoy Wilson and Debbie Heyward will be joined on the ballot by Elizabethtown councilmen Howell Clark, Dicky Glenn and Ricky Leinwand for […]

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NOTICE OF MEETING The State Board of Elections will hold a telephonic public meeting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the following audio-only dial-in: Line: (415) 655-0052 Code: 116-244-602 Public meeting materials will post on a rolling basis to the online meeting portal. TENTATIVE AGENDA Statement regarding ethics and conflicts of interest […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections office has been a busy place the past two days with eight candidates filing for municipal offices and races assured in at least four contests. Filing ends Friday, July 19 at noon, according to the Elections office. The filing fee is $5. Tim Tart and Jon Hall filed Thursday […]

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The G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met on July 17-18, 2019 in Chantilly, France.  The United States was represented by Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.  One of the items on the agenda was Competition and the Digital Economy.  In preparation for this meeting, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim met on June 5 […]

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N.C. Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael S. Regan makes the following statement regarding WesternGeco’s appeal of North Carolina’s Coastal Zone Management Act consistency objection:   “We remain vigilant in our opposition to activities related to oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. WesternGeco’s proposal for seismic airgun blasting poses too many risks […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections released new candidate filings. On July 16 White Lake resident Gray Evans Marshburn filed for the mayor of White Lake Election. Marshburn will be running for mayor challenging incumbent Mayor Goldston Womble. Mayor Womble, who is also an attorney, said he has held his position as […]

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Bladenboro Entrance

The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, according to Mayor Rufus Duckworth. The meeting is to consider Change Order #9 for Bryant Swamp Drainage System Debris Removal Grant. The meeting is open to the public. Share:

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Lawyer Goldston Womble Jr. will seek another term as White Lake mayor and East Arcadia commissioners Carlee Carter and Horace Munn filed for re-election Friday, according to the Bladen County Board of Elections. The only contest thus far in Bladen County municipal elections with a week remaining for people to file is White Lake Board […]

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There will be a race for seats on the White Lake Board of Commissioners in November. Incumbents Tim Clifton and Tom Riel filed for re-election Wednesday and are joined by Jay Young and Dean C. Hilton as candidates for the three seats on the board. Filing will end Friday, July 19 at noon, according to […]

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By Joy Warren During the regular session of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting Tuedsay night, an ordinance was approved to regulate the use of self-propelled vehicles such as golf carts, four wheel utility vehicles, mopeds or electric bicycles on the multi-use path. None of these types of vehicles are allowed, except […]

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Update: Tuesday, July 9, the Bladen County Board of Elections released an updated list of candidates filing for the municipal elections before they closed their office at 5 p.m. David Gillespie Kirby was the only new name to appear on the list. Kirby serves on the Town of Dublin Board of Commissioners. All incumbents from […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections members will discuss poll workers at the next meeting which will be held tomorrow, July 9 at 5 p.m. at the Board of Elections office in Elizabethtown. The agenda for the regular meeting on July 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. is a follows: 1. Call to Order 2. Invocation […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold an educational seminar about voter photo identification requirements and general election administration at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18 th 2019, at Bladen Community College Auditorium 7418 NC Hwy 41W, Dublin, NC 28332. Topics will include the following:  Photo ID Requirements […]

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1. The Bladen County Board of Elections at 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC. Wednesday, August 21 – Saturday, August 24 Monday, August 26 – Saturday, August 31 Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, September 6 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm 2. Tar Heel Municipal Bldg. at 14867 NC 87 Hwy. W. Tar Heel, NC. […]

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PUBLIC NOTICE Regular Board Meeting on July 9th, 2019 at 5:00pm at 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC Louella P. Thompson-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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NC Governor Cooper Vetoed the Budget last week. In a press release Governor Roy Cooper said, “I am vetoing this budget because it prioritizes the wrong things. It values corporate tax breaks over classrooms, gimmicks over guaranteed school construction, and political ideology over people.” The legislative budget does not contain a bond, opting instead for […]

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By Charlotte Smith Yesterday, Tuesday July 2nd, District 46 Republican House Representative Brenden Jones announced he has requested a meeting with Verizon Wireless representatives in Raleigh. Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States, according to reports. Many in Bladen, Columbus and Robeson County have made comments about the service quality […]

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Bladen County Board of Elections to conduct educational seminar on voter ID requirement and election education RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold an educational seminar about voter photo identification requirements and election education at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Bladen Community College Auditorium 7418 NC […]

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By Joy Warren During the noon work session of the Elizabethtown Town Council on Monday, Sara Burroughs from Sage Design presented a site plan for the proposed cemetery site that the town is considering. At Monday night’s meeting, Town Manager Eddie Madden (pictured, above) gave an overview of that presentation to the citizens in attendance. […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. State Board of Elections is seeking public comments from June 21 to July 12 on proposed rules changes related to the implementation of the new voter ID law, including the photo identification requirement for absentee-by-mail voting. The State Board is required to develop temporary rules by July 1 and permanent rules by January 1, 2020. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to improve coordination of veteran mental health and suicide prevention services and to better measure the effectiveness of these programs in order to reduce the alarming number of veteran suicides. The IMPROVE (Incorporating Measurements and Providing Resources for Outreach to Veterans Everywhere) Wellbeing for Veterans […]

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By Charlotte Smith North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill, House Bill 283, also known as Conner’s Law, in early March 2019. The bill was presented by District 46, House Representative, Brenden Jones in honor of the late North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. NC State Trooper Conner was a Columbus County residents and a […]

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By Charlotte Smith As par for course the commissioners debated about policies and procedures during the first part of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting held on June 17th at the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. Important budget and water matters were addressed during the proceedings as well. Commissioner Ashely S. Trivette was excused […]

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By Charlotte Smith Ms. Quessie Peterson has been organizing events for the community at the Baltimore Community Center in Council. A Voters Registration and Resources Workshop was held at the center on June 7th sponsored by Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc., Bladen County Get Out and Vote Organization and the Baltimore Community Center. Ms. […]

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NC DOT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding North Carolina three grants totaling more than $110 million dollars after advocating on behalf of stakeholders in the state. The three grants are: Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program $34,898,895 to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) […]

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RALEIGH – The State Board of Elections on Thursday certified results in the Republican primary in the 9th Congressional District. Dan Bishop won with 47.68% of the votes. Bishop will face Democrat Dan McCready, Green Party candidate Allen Smith and Libertarian Jeff Scott in the general election on Sept. 10 for the U.S. House seat. […]

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Fair Districts NC is a nonpartisan partnership of the League of Women Voters of NC, the NC Council on Churches, and the Libertarian Party of NC.  It is a statewide campaign working to educate North Carolinians about redistricting, the dangers of gerrymandering to our democracy, and how we can improve how our state draws political […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will be conducting a regular meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at 301 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown, NC. Agenda for Regular Meeting on will be as follows according to Louella P. Thompson, Chairman of the board. 1. Call to Order 2. Invocation 3. Agenda Approval 4. […]

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A $19.1 billion disaster aid bill sailed through the U.S. House on Monday and headed to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats. Bladen County was hammered by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence last year. Both storms caused severe damage […]

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By Joy Warren After a brief public hearing with no citizen input, the Elizabethtown Town Council voted Monday night to approve the fiscal year 2019-20 budget with one exception. Council denied any new fire service fees that were included in the proposed budget. Dicky Glenn was the lone vote against the budget. He stated concerns […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections next regular scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, June 11 starting at 4 p.m. according to Chairman Louella P. Thompson with the Bladen County Board of Elections. The location of the meeting will be at 301 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Friday afternoon Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, Charles Ray Peterson announced three upcoming special meetings. The first meeting the Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold is a Special Meeting regarding the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 Budget. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The next […]

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The Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee quickly approved its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill Tuesday by a voice vote, endorsing the Defense Department’s requests for 7,700 additional troops and a 3.1 percent military pay raise next year.   The subcommittee, the only of the Armed Services panels to hold a public markup, […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met Friday to canvass results from the elections held May 14 and to recount votes in the race for the District 3 seat on the county Board of Commissioners. The canvass meeting was slated to begin at 11 a.m. and the District 3 recount at 1 […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on stalled federal disaster relief funding legislation: “North Carolinians working to recover from disasters like Florence and Michael have been waiting too long for Washington to act,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m disappointed North Carolinians continue to wait for much-needed relief, and I urge the House to swiftly pass […]

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Nearly 56,000 state employees could benefit from Executive Order No. 95 Read the Fact Sheet HERE RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper signed an executive order Thursday creating a new paid parental leave benefit for most state employees. Starting Sept. 1, new mothers will get eight weeks paid leave after giving birth with full pay. Fathers and other partners will […]

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RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 95 on Thursday, extending paid parental leave to state employees in cabinet agencies. “This new paid parental leave policy will give state employees more time to recover from childbirth and give their newborns the care and attention they need,” Cooper said. “It will help reduce gender […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Health Department Director, Terri Duncan gave a review to the commissioners of the 2018 Vital Statistics Report during the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting held on Monday evening. The annual report listed Bladen County with 162 births and 228 deaths in 2018. The report only gives data on the […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have scheduled several public hearings for Monday, June 3 in the meeting room on the lower level of the Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., according to Chariman Charles Ray Peterson. The public is invited to the hearings. Among the hearings on the agenda concerns […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will meet Friday to canvass results from the elections held May 14 and to recount votes in the race for the District 3 seat on the county Board of Commissioners, Elections Board chairwoman Louella P. Thompson announced Tuesday. The canvass meeting is slated to begin at 11 a.m. and […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners are expected to hear from Health and Human Services director Terri Duncan and Planning director Greg Elkins on Monday in their regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the lower level assembly room of the Courthouse in Elizabethtown. Duncan will give a vital statistics report […]

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Dozens of health care and business leaders across North Carolina support Medicaid expansion. Supporters include: Ashe Memorial Hospital, Chatham Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Erlanger Western North Carolina, Henderson County Hospital Corporation, J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital, Johnston Health Services Corporation, Nash UNC Health Care, North Carolina Healthcare Association, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, Novant […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), introduced legislation that would protect probation officers and enhance their ability to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties. “Probation officers play a critical role in our criminal justice system […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Thin Blue Line Act to ensure that criminals face the strongest possible punishment in federal cases when they kill or attempt to kill local law enforcement officers. “Law enforcement officers go to work every day not knowing whether they’ll return home safely to their families,” said Senator […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has signed the following bills into law: Senate Bill 505: Rural Job Retention Act Senate Bill 605: Highway Storm Recovery Act Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis honored the 371 officers who were added to the National Peace Officers Memorial on Wednesday, including N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Keith Conner (Pictured) from Bladenboro, who was killed in the line of duty in Columbus County. “My heart goes out to the families and colleagues of the […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Obstetricians and pediatricians from across North Carolina shared with Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary Mandy Cohen of the Department of Health and Human Services the urgency to close the health care coverage gap in North Carolina. The roundtable meeting focused on how Medicaid expansion can help reduce the rate of infant mortality and […]

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First published on May 15, 2019 at 15:23 By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County General Election for Bladen County Commissioner District 3  and the local Soil & Water District Supervisor races ended on Tuesday, May 14, but it may not be over. Some would say the race was a nail biter. Only four votes separated […]

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By Joy Warren During the White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Goldston Womble updated the members about the Third Annual White Lake Water Clean-Up/Fill the Dumpster Campaign. The campaign began May 11 and will continue through Thursday, June 6. People are encouraged to participate by removing debris such as overgrown vegetation, fallen […]

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Bladen County Election Results Democrat incumbent Russell Priest narrowly defeated Republican challenger Wayne Edge by four votes Tuesday in final unofficial returns in the race for the Bladen County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat. Priest had 676 votes and Edge, a former commissioner, had 672 votes after the Hollow precinct reported about 11:25 p.m. […]

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Bladen County election results Last updated: 11:59 p.m., May 14, 2019 (Unofficial results, 17 of 17 total precincts reporting) COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3 VOTES (i) Russell Priest (D) 676 Wayne Edge (R) 672 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT SUPERVISOR (2 SEATS) VOTES Earl Storms 1,140 Charles Wendell Gillespie 1,090 Tim Gause 954 NATIONAL HOUSE DISTRICT […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. State Board of Elections on Monday appointed Karen Brinson Bell as the Board’s executive director, the chief state elections official, effective June 1. (Resume and photo attached) Brinson Bell, who has more than 13 years of elections administration experience, becomes the State Board’s fourth executive director in modern history. She will replace Kim Westbrook Strach, […]

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  5th ABSENTEE MEETING at 5:00 pm TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC Louella P. Thompson-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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One-stop voting for the 9th District Republican Primary and two Bladen County races ended Friday afternoon. Election day is scheduled Tuesday when voting will take place at Bladen County’s 17 precincts. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot, according […]

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  4th ABSENTEE MEETING at 5:00 pm MONDAY, May 13, 2019 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC Louella P. Thompson-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to select the Research Triangle as one of three finalists to become the new home of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The USDA received expressions of interest from 136 parties in 35 states across the […]

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RALEIGH: In the wake of devastating natural disasters across the United States, Governor Roy Cooper and bipartisan governors from nine additional states urged President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders to finalize federal disaster relief. “We appreciate that preliminary disaster packages have advanced in both chambers,” the governors wrote. “These are indeed encouraging signs, but after months […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the recent committee passage of bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the Debbie Smith Act and give much-needed resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to complete forensic analyses of crime scenes and untested rape kits. “In North Carolina alone, there are more than 15,000 untested rape kits,” said Senator Tillis. “Victims […]

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This week the Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ met to discuss the budget concerns. The commissioners are set to met again on Monday. The meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm on Monday, May 6, 2019 will be held in the Commissioners’ Room on the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse. The address is 106 East […]

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On Friday afternoon around 3 p.m., 630 Bladen County residents had cast their votes during early voting according to Valeria Peacock McKoy, Interim Director of Bladen County Board of Elections. Monday through Friday next week. The elections consists of the 9th Congressional District Primary, the Bladen County General Election is held for the Commissioner District […]

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After Serving in Leadership of Two of North Carolina’s Largest Counties, Sarah Reidy-Jones Seeks Support of Delegates in Bid for Vice Chair of the NCGOP  Charlotte, NC – After serving in leadership of two of North Carolina’s largest counties, Sarah Reidy-Jones has announced that she will seek support of delegates in bid for Vice Chair […]

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By Charlotte Smith Greg Martin, Bladen County Manager, lead the Bladen County Board of Commissioner’s special called budget meeting with a presentation on Wednesday morning at the Bladen County Courthouse. Martin jumped right into budget challenges the county is currently facing after the group of community leaders in attendance recited the pledge and prayed. Budget […]

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Income tax relief for families, franchise tax relief for businesses   Budget modernizes sales tax in response to Wayfair ruling on online sales   Extends historic tax credits and implements market based sourcing   Raleigh, N.C. – Another increase in North Carolina’s zero-tax bracket for working families is proposed in the state House of Representatives’ budget […]

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By Charlotte Smith Last week, Valeria Peacock McKoy, Interim Director of Bladen County Board of Elections said early voting was off to a busy start. Ms. McKoy,  Gina P. Ward, Deputy Director along with  Christopher L. Williams, Elections Technician have been seen at the elections office working hard to insure the election runs smoothly for […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County special election is off to a busy start for early voting according to Bladen County Elections Interim Director, Valeria McKoy. The elections consists of the 9th Congressional District Primary, the Bladen County General Election is held for the Commissioner District 3 and Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. […]

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New Judges Will Serve Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Sampson, Randolph, Hoke and Moore Counties RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has appointed three new judges to serve Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Sampson, Randolph, Hoke and Moore counties. “District court judges play a critical role in our justice system and I believe these appointees will serve our state and its people […]

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Public Notice The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting Regarding a Preliminary FY 2019-20 Budget at 9am on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The meeting will be held in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located on the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC. Charles R. […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC – Last week, Cooper vetoed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, choosing to stand with the campaign cash of anti-life extremist groups Planned Parenthood and NARAL. In doing so, Cooper snubbed the Democrats who voted for the bill, all of whom are African Americans and represent rural districts. From The Laurinberg Exchange: “Rep. Garland […]

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RALEIGH – One-Stop, in-person early voting begins Wednesday in the Republican primary election for the 9th Congressional District, which includes all or parts of eight counties – Anson, Bladen, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Robeson,Scotland and Union, the N.C. State Board of Elections announced Tuesday. In Bladen County, the State Board also ordered new general elections for […]

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On Tuesday, April 23rd the Bladen County Board of Elections will hold their first absentee meeting according to the Bladen County website. Absentee voting allows you to vote by mail. Every state has absentee voting and rules on who can take part in absentee voting. The Bladen County meeting about the absentee voting will be […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently introduced the bipartisan Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA). The legislation streamlines existing bankruptcy procedures and provides new tools to improve a small business’ ability to restructure.   “The current one-size-fits-all method that dictates the Chapter 11 […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Defending United States Citizens and Diplomatic Staff from Political Prosecutions Act of 2019 (S. 1075) to address the ongoing wrongful detentions of U.S. citizens and diplomatic staff by the Government of Turkey. Throughout 2018, Senator Tillis worked to help secure the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, andRepresentatives Doug Collins (R-GA-9), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Hank Johnson (D-GA-4), and Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) released a bipartisan, bicameral framework on Section 101 patent reform. The framework comes just months after Senators Tillis and Coons revived the […]

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Raleigh, NC — Acting Chairman Aubrey Woodard has released the following statement: “The NCGOP Central Committee had its bi-monthly meeting on Sunday, April 14 with a full agenda. One of the leading subjects was the planning for our State Convention to be held in Concord, NC, on June 6-9. This is a very important convention in that we will […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver Sitting here staring at a screen, this is not the column I wanted to be writing this evening. It’s Holy Week; I wanted to share a message of hope and love through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But instead, I’m writing about hatred. We have the constitutional right to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) both members of the Senate Banking Committee with jurisdiction over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, recently introduced the Respect the Caps Act. The bill comes after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Inspector General reported the FHFA has allowed compensation for executives at Fannie Mae […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr expressed disappointment today over Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster aid to assist North Carolina’s Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. After Senators Tillis and Burr secured an initial down payment last October to help North Carolina’s long-term recovery efforts, the senators have worked to negotiate in good faith […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced new appointments to fourteen North Carolina boards and commissions. “By serving on state boards and commissions, these appointees are helping give back to their communities and move our state forward,” said Gov. Cooper. “I appreciate their service and look forward to their work for the people of North Carolina.” Gov. […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Got a message the other night from a long-lost friend, and I was reminded of matters of mice and men–Mercury outboards. I think Robert Burns’ poem, “Ode to a Mouse”, should be carved into the deck of every boat. Maybe not the entire poem, but specifically the lines – “The best laid […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of their bipartisan Senate resolution that designates April 2019 as “Countering International Parental Child Abduction” month and instructs the federal government to educate state and local law enforcement about the issue and how to combat it. According to the Department of State, from 2008 to […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden I need to remind you I’m an economist. I say this so I don’t shock you with my next statement.  One of the publications I eagerly look forward to each year is titled Facts and Figures: How Does Your State Compare?  It’s published by a Washington think tank called the Tax Foundation. […]

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