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Governor Cooper Signs Bill into Law

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: Senate Bill 3: An Act to Enact the 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on the bill: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure.” Share:

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Governor Cooper Comments on Florence Recovery Package

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following comment on the Hurricane Florence recovery package that passed the legislature tonight: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure.” Governor Cooper intends to sign the bill into law soon. Share:

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Pastor Brunson Released From Turkish Prison

North Carolina native Pastor Brunson is on his way home to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. While the Brunson family has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic and political nightmare for the last two years, their unwavering optimism and faith kept them strong during this very difficult and stressful time. Despite the anguish Pastor Brunson has had to endure locked away in prison with his fate uncertain, I was personally inspired when I watched him stand up in a Turkish courtroom during his trial – facing an effective lifetime sentence – and announce that he harbored no animosity or bitterness towards the …..

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Tillis Statement on the Release of Pastor Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson: “North Carolina native Pastor Brunson will soon return home to the United States, where he will be reunited with his family. While the Brunson family has been caught in the middle of a diplomatic and political nightmare for the last two years, their unwavering optimism and faith kept them strong during this very difficult and stressful time. Despite the anguish Pastor Brunson has had to endure locked away in prison with his fate uncertain, I was personally inspired when I watched him stand up in a Turkish courtroom during his trial – …..

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You Decide: Why Do We Take Risks?

By Dr. Mike Walden In the aftermath of hurricane season, I’ve been thinking a lot about risk. Indeed, many people are. I have friends who are second-guessing their decisions to move to the coast after retiring.  Others are questioning why development is allowed in storm-prone beaches and barrier islands. To help think about these questions, it’s useful to step back and consider the concept of risk. Risk indicates an inability to perfectly predict the future, especially bad outcomes. For example, people who move to the North Carolina coast know hurricanes periodically happen. But they don’t know exactly when, where and the storms’ intensities. Risk doesn’t just apply to dramatic weather …..

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Tillis Urges Turkey to Release Pastor Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the Senate floor to speak on North Carolina native Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned by the Turkish Government since October 7, 2016. Pastor Brunson has his next hearing scheduled for tomorrow. Tillis on Pastor Brunson: “I’m here to talk about a man named Pastor Brunson, a North Carolina native who has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 7, 2016. He’s a Presbyterian minister that in 2016 under the emergency orders in Turkey, President Erdogan ended up ordering the arrest of many people, including Pastor Brunson. The two-year anniversary was last Sunday, and I called Pastor Brunson to speak with him …..

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Tillis, Shaheen, Lankford, & Graham Issue Joint Statement on Pastor Brunson’s Hearing Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued the following joint statement on Pastor Brunson’s hearing date scheduled for tomorrow: “Pastor Andrew Brunson and his family have been through an incredibly trying ordeal for the last two years. Their faith and strength have been an example to us all. It is our greatest hope that the Pastor will finally be allowed to return home to his family in the United States after his hearing tomorrow. This significant step would not only allow the Brunson family to move forward with their lives, but it would help improve U.S.-Turkey relations for the long-term. Ultimately, the United States …..

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Tillis & Burr Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance Applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr issued the following statement regarding North Carolinians who are applying for federal disaster assistance: “We’ve recently heard stories of North Carolinians who were denied federal assistance for losses associated with Hurricane Florence. Our offices are now requesting additional information from FEMA and local officials to get a better sense of specifics surrounding these reported cases. While not every North Carolinian who suffered property damage will be eligible for federal assistance, we want to make sure everyone who is eligible for assistance receives it. We encourage any North Carolinian having issues with their application for federal assistance to contact our offices by calling 704-509-9087 (Tillis) or …..

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Treasury Department Begins Implementation of Pittenger National Security Legislation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury, as chair of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), today issued temporary regulations to protect critical American technology and intellectual property from potentially harmful foreign acquisitions. The new regulations are a result of Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which was signed into law by President Trump this August as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Treasury Department will implement pilot programs that expand CFIUS review into certain non-controlling investments in U.S. businesses involved in critical national security technology.  Previously, China has used joint ventures and minority position investments to strategically gain access to sensitive technology …..

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Video Series Highlights Voters Who Could be Impacted by Voter ID Requirements

  The campaign launches one week before Early Voting begins   DURHAM, N.C. – Five videos released today by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice are the first installment of a campaign that’s aimed at educating voters about who may be disenfranchised if a state constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote is approved in this November’s election.  The “What’s at Stake” video series highlights the stories of North Carolinians who faced hurdles during the 2016 primary election when photo ID was required.  Some were either turned away for lack of the ID or forced to cast a provisional ballot that was never counted. Others would be unable to vote in …..

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Governor Cooper Recommends Robust State Funding Package for Hurricane Florence Recovery and Resiliency

Preliminary Estimates Show Florence Caused Almost $13 Billion in Damages; Recommends State Allocate $1.5 Billion to Help Those in Need  Full Budget Recommendation Can Be Read HERE For More Budget Documents Please Click HERE  RALEIGH: Less than one month after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today shared his state budget recommendations for Florence recovery and future storm resiliency. Gov. Cooper shared that preliminary damage estimates from Florence total almost $13 billion. To cover the state portion of recovery, Cooper recommends a robust $1.5 billion package to tackle a smarter, stronger recovery. “Hurricane Florence devastated our state and left families, businesses and farmers reeling from the impact,” said Governor …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen School Board Approves Giving Property to Bladen County Youth Focus

By Bethany Stephens The Bladen County Board of Education met Monday for its monthly session where they recognized Dr. Fredrica Renee Steele, a teacher at Elizabethtown Middle School, for being selected to participate in the Friday Institute’s North Carolina Digital Leadership Coaching Network for the 2018-2019 school year. Robyn Wilson, who is in accounts payable in Finance Department, was recognized for recently graduating from the NCASBO School Business Management Academy. The board and several members of the school’s past alumni were recognized for being a part in the Bladen County Training School (former location of The School of Extended Hope on Martin Luther Dr.) having been entered into the National …..

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Bladen County voter registration extended to Oct. 15

Bladen County is among 28 counties that have had voter registration extended to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 because of the impact of Hurricane Florence. The NC General Assembly passed the legislation and it was signed this week by Gov. Roy Cooper. The registration deadline remains 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 for the state’s other 72 counties not covered by the legislation. “We do not want this devastating storm to keep people from voting,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, who is the State Board of Elections’ executive director. “Voters may cast ballots by mail or in person during the early voting period or on Election Day. We hope voters take advantage …..

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White Lake Board Receives 2017 Tourism Impact for Bladen County

By Joy Warren During the regular meeting of the White Lake Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening, Mayor Goldston Womble shared information from Dawn Maynard, executive director for the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. Her report indicated that visitor spending increased in Bladen County for 2017 at the highest growth rate since 2011. Statistics released recently by Visit NC revealed a 4.78 percent increase over 2016. Maynard also indicated that last summer showed an increase for White Lake visitors. Womble indicated that improving the lake clarity prior to the start of the summer made a difference. The Board approved a resolution to regulate the hours of Halloween trick-or-treating. Hours designated …..

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Tillis & Coons Call on Saudis to Investigate Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following statement: “We are closely following the concerning reports about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul one week ago today. Freedom of the press is a fundamental democratic value, and it sends a chilling message to journalists and those who support democracy around the world when voices of dissent are silenced. As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we urge Saudi authorities to immediately investigate and verify Jamal’s location.” Share:

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Opinion: Are you registered to vote

By Darius Spillman “Are you registered to vote?” It’s a common, and imperative question this time of year. Political advertisements are seen on billboards, television, and often times found in your mailbox. The message is loud and clear, but truthfully, the majority of ads are seen as a nuisance, ignored, and tossed in the trash upon receipt. A lot of us are ignorant about the importance of voting, simply because we aren’t aware of a candidate’s intentions. We don’t take time out of our busy schedules to study each candidate and determine how that individual can positively affect our personal well-being and the communities we reside in. As of October …..

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Tillis Statement on Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court of the United States:   “Judge Brett Kavanaugh is one of the most eminently qualified individuals to be nominated to serve on the Supreme Court in recent memory. He has spent the last decade serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals, earning a reputation for being a mainstream and fair-minded jurist with excellent judicial temperament. He will be an outstanding Supreme Court justice.   “When the President nominated Judge Kavanaugh, I made a simple request to my Democratic colleagues to keep an open mind and treat him …..

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Chairman Hayes’ Statement on Kavanaugh confirmation

Raleigh, NC — Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate this afternoon with a 50-48 vote. Chairman Hayes released the following statement: “First of all, I’d like to congratulate Judge-now-Justice Kavanaugh on his confirmation to the United States Supreme Court,” stated Hayes. “He is an extraordinarily qualified judge with a fair and impartial judicial record. I firmly believe he will be an exceptional Justice that will uphold the Constitution and will not legislate from the bench. “Second, the conduct of Senate Democrats has been shameful,” continued Hayes. “Senate Democrats pushed vicious smears and uncorroborated allegations as fact. Some members of the press reported them without question as others openly cheered for …..

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Tillis: GOP Must Resist Urge To Emulate Democrats’ Tactics In Future SCOTUS Confirmations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on future Supreme Court confirmations: “Roles will be eventually reversed when a Democratic president nominates a Supreme Court justice. For the good of the nation, Republicans must resist the urge to reciprocate the politics of personal destruction when that time comes. The toxic search and destroy tactics employed by Senate Democrats during the Kavanaugh confirmation have debased the integrity of the Supreme Court, disgraced our political discourse, and upended innocent lives. It revealed the dark and disturbing depths one side is willing to go to win at all costs, regardless of the collateral damage – including lasting harm to our nation, our institutions, and …..

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Tillis Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Crisis

Landmark Legislation Heads to President’s Desk   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) voted in favor of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, bipartisan legislation to combat the nationalopioid crisis. The sweeping legislation is the result of bipartisan work by five committees in the Senate and eight committees in the House of Representatives. “The opioid epidemic has reached every corner of America and devastated communities for too long. It is heartbreaking that more North Carolinians die every day to overdose than car crashes, and it is a trend that must be reversed,” said Senator Tillis. “This consensus legislation will help our communities fight back through education, prevention, and treatment, and I am proud …..

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Senator Thom Tillis’ Statement On FBI Report

Senator Thom Tillis’ statement on FBI Report: “This morning I received an extensive and detailed committee staff briefing on the FBI background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh. There is still no contemporaneous evidence that corroborates these allegations. I look forward to reading the complete report later today.” Share:

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Governor Cooper Applauds Federal Funding For Hurricane Florence Response

Cooper Asked Senators for “Urgent Help” As Storm Ravaged NC Administration Working to Cut Red Tape to Respond to Two Historic Storms in Two Years RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today applauded news that Congress passed legislation that includes critical funding for Hurricane Florence recovery. Congressional leaders have indicated that North Carolina will receive approximately $1 billion of the $1.68 billion included for disaster recovery in the bill. Governor Cooper sent a letter to U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis on September 17 requesting their “urgent help in securing resources” to respond to Florence. That letter can be read HERE. “We appreciate the working relationship with the Congressional delegation in both …..

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Congressman Pittenger announces $841,151 grant to benefit Lumbee students

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce an $841,151 U.S. Department of Education grant to improve college and career preparedness for Lumbee Indian youth, with a particular emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The grant, which is expected to be renewed annually for a total of four years, will: *Create a STEM program for 878 Lumbee Indian elementary, middle, and high school students, including integrated year-round STEM and career-focused academic, career, and cultural enrichment activities. *Promote STEM awareness and college and career exploration for 400 Lumbee students. *Remove pedagogical, academic, curricular, and financial barriers to student success in STEM courses for 2,200 Lumbee high school students. …..

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Leinwand reappointed by Governor Cooper

  Governor Roy Cooper announced 63 appointments for North Carolina Boards and Commissioners today. In the list of appointments, Elizabethtown Business Owner, Richard (Ricky) Leinwand was named. Cooper reappointed Leinwand to serve another term on the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees. View Gov. Cooper’s full list of appointments here: Governor Cooper Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions Share:

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Governor Cooper Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced 63 appointments to various state boards and commissions for North Carolina. “I’m grateful that these skilled North Carolinians will share their expertise with our state by serving on these key boards and commissions,” said Gov. Cooper. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Board of Education:   Jill Camnitz of Greenville as a representative of the 1st Education District. Camnitz is chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain Board of Directors. Camnitz also serves on the Parents for Public Schools of Pitt County, Pitt County Educational Foundation and Brody Foundation. She previously served as a member and as chair for …..

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A queen’s farewell

By Jefferson Weaver We met through a true friend on a late spring day, and fell in love on a farm where pears and persimmon blossoms were in riot after a long cold winter. We said goodbye a few days before Hurricane Florence as my best friend, my wife, dried my tears. June was malnourished, sick, and abused when she came into the rescue league back in 2012. Hers was one of the worst cases; she was nursing a nine-month-old filly, and eating fast food wrappers out of desperation to produce milk. I saw the pictures, but I didn’t meet her until she was healthy again, and I didn’t recognize …..

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Tillis Statement on U.S. Trade Agreement With Mexico and Canada

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada: “I applaud the Trump Administration on reaching an agreement with Mexico and Canada to replace the outdated NAFTA and ensure our alliances with our neighbors remain strong. Agriculture is the number one industry in North Carolina, and it is vital we provide certainty to the industry and the millions of jobs the U.S. agricultural industry it supports. This agreement is a step in the right direction for North Carolina’s farmers, businesses, workers, and consumers, and I look forward to reviewing the details in the coming weeks.” Share:

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As Recovery Moves Ahead, North Carolina Mourns Lives Lost, Works to Connect Storm Survivors with Housing

Gov. Cooper urges FEMA registration, launches new Back@Home temporary housing program RALEIGH: Communities, families, farmers and businesses across eastern and southern North Carolina continue to dig out from deadly Hurricane Florence, which has now officially claimed 39 lives in the state. The latest fatalities, both related to storm clean-up, include: A 47-year-old man found dead outside a Duplin County residence on Sept. 21 due to a head injury sustained when he fell from a ladder while repairing storm damage. A 69-year-old man in Pender County who died on Sept. 22 after falling from a roof while cleaning storm debris and repairing damage. As friends and family mourn loved ones lost to …..

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Governor Cooper proclaims October Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Cooper has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month in North Carolina. The initiative is part of a month long campaign by the Department of Information Technology to educate people about cybersecurity threats and ways they can guard against them. “Data thieves continue to find new ways to try to get to private information from your homes, our business and our governments,” said Eric Boyette, State Chief Information Officer and Secretary of the Department of Information Technology. “Well-meaning people sometimes make this easier by not being careful. This month, we want to try to remind people of some easy ways they can stop data theft.” The North Carolina Department of Information …..

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Bladen County approves attempt to quash federal subpoenas

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard from Bladen County Board of Elections Chairman Bobby Ludlum and Bladen County Attorney Leslie Johnson regarding recent subpoenas that were served by the Federal Department of Justice on behalf of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The federal subpoena was served on September 4, 2018, to Bladen County Board of Elections. The NC State Board of Elections and 43 other counties in North Carolina were served with a federal subpoena. The subpoena received by the Bladen County Board of Elections requests “all poll books, e-poll books, voting records, and/or voter authorization documents and executed official ballots including absentee ballots from the …..

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Elizabethtown Adopts Zoning Ordinance Rewrite and Zoning Map Update

By Joy Warren After 14 months of meetings and hard work, the Elizabethtown Zoning Ordinance Rewrite and Zoning Map Update was presented during a public hearing in September. The Town Council adopted the plan as presented during Monday evening’s regular council meeting. During discussion, Howell Clark noted that “it is a good document, but not perfect”. Although he voted to approve the document, he did express concern that “we are keeping the most heavily traveled part of our town (the bypass) from being developed. People are passing right by without stopping in Elizabethtown.” Mayor Sylvia Campbell said the rewrite will provide the Town staff with guidance in the orderly growth …..

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Republican meeting announced

Contributed Important meeting tonight, please be in attendance.  We will have slate cards ready to hand out and also need a list of volunteers and times for the early voting pole at Bladen County Library starting October 17, 2018. Thank You Walter McDuffie Share:

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NC Republican Party Statement Regarding RNC 2020 Convention Dates

Convention Will Be Held August 24-27, 2020 In Charlotte Raleigh, NC — The Republican National Committee has announced the dates for the 2020 Convention that takes place in Charlotte for August 24-27, 2020. NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes issued the following statement: “First and foremost, we must continue to express our gratitude and appreciate to Mayor Vi Lyles and the City of Charlotte for their hard work in this process,” stated Hayes. “Taking place from August 24-27, we look forward to working with the RNC, Charlotte officials, and the respective campaigns from the state and country to make the Convention a resounding success.”  Share:

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Bladen County Board of Commissioners Agenda

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners has a scheduled meeting Monday, October 1st at 106 East Broad Street in Elizabethtown starting at 6:30 p.m. The agenda is full for the elected officals to mull over this evening. View the Bladen County Commissioners Agenda  Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The vacation is over for students and teachers of Bladen County schools.  School resumes this AM, 2 hours late, for all.  Hopefully, all the roads are passable. A reminder of the many high school sporting events today, football, volleyball, ladies tennis, men’s soccer and cross country.  John Clark has it all listed on the BladenOnline Sports page.  Football, South Robeson at West Bladen at 7 PM. Volunteers continue to collect various items for Kelly area folks, those hit hardest during the recent hurricane.  The collection site is the old Paul H. Sessoms Wholesale building on Cypress Street, one block east of the Bladen County Courthouse.  Among the most needed items are cleaning …..

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Tillis & Shaheen Statement on Macedonian Referendum on Sunday

Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-chairs of the NATO Observer Group, issued the following statement ahead of Sunday’s referendum where the Macedonian people will vote on a change to their constitution that will clear a path toward NATO accession. The Senators’ remarks echo statements made by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany:   “As the Macedonian people prepare to vote in this weekend’s referendum, we wish to send them a message that the U.S. Senate NATO Observer Group stands ready to welcome you should you choose to join the most successful military alliance in history,” said …..

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Greene Becomes 28th County Eligible for Florence Disaster Assistance

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper’s request for major federal disaster assistance for Greene County has been approved by FEMA to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Florence. With the addition of Greene County, 28 counties have now been approved for federal assistance in recovering from Hurricane Florence: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson. Additional counties are currently undergoing damage assessments and may be added. FEMA has approved all 28 counties for Individual Assistance, which makes possible rental assistance and Transitional Sheltering Assistance in hotels. It also provides Public Assistance, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up humming, I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill, the old Fats Domino tune. Kelly area folks are returning home and for the most part, returning to a ‘mess’.  Lots of folks assisting.  One group is led by Judge Douglas Sasser, they will meet at Centerville Baptist Church at 9 this morning to determine where they will go.  Other groups are providing food, others all types of cleaning supplies, volunteers are needed, all types of volunteers.  The task will last longer than one day, the needs are great.  If not today, pick a day. Bladen County schools will welcome students and staff Monday, October 1, according to info on the Bladen County …..

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Tillis Statement on Kavanaugh Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on today’s hearing:   “Allegations of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously, which means both parties must be heard and receive due process, regardless of whether the allegation is made in the context of a criminal complaint or a Senate confirmation. I went in today’s hearing with an open mind – without prejudging either side – and listened to both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testify under oath.   “I found Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony and denial of all allegations against him to be emphatic and unequivocal. As a federal judge, he is …..

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Governor Cooper Maps Recovery Path for Hurricane Victims

Focus Remains on Linking Storm Survivors with Post Disaster Aid, Services RALEIGH: Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast, Governor Roy Cooper and emergency response teams are focused on helping those impacted by the storm across the state get back on their feet. The hurricane has claimed the lives of 37 people in the state, and countless others are coping with flooded and damaged homes and businesses. “We’ll be by your side every step of the way, and we’ll work diligently to keep people from being left behind,” Gov. Cooper said at a morning press briefing. As emergency response operations now shift to full-time recovery, …..

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Gov. Cooper Encourages Donations and Volunteers to Aid Florence Recovery

Donate to the NC Disaster Relief Fund HERE Sign up to Volunteer at VolunteerNC.org RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper encouraged people in North Carolina and across the country to donate time and money to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. “As North Carolinians affected by Florence begin picking up the pieces, I want them to know that we’ll work diligently to keep people from being left behind,” Gov. Cooper said. “Donating to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund or volunteering can help people who have been devastated by Florence.” About the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund will support non-profit organization and local governments working to address immediate and short-term …..

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Bladen County Republican Chair makes announcement

We will have a very important meeting on Monday October 1, 2018 at 6pm.  We will have slate cards ready and will need to assign volunteers for early voting at the Elizabethtown Library beginning October 17th.  This election is a very important one for us.  Please encourage people to get out and vote. Thanks Walter McDuffie Share:

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HOUSE PASSES BILL WITH $1.6 BILLION IN DISASTER FUNDING FOR CAROLINAS IN WAKE OF FLORENCE

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 302, Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 2018, which included a $1.68 billion down payment for Hurricane Florence disaster relief.  The relief includes $1.14 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funding for North Carolina to support recovery activities such as housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. “I thank the House leadership, the appropriators and my other colleagues for working with me and the rest of the North Carolina Delegation during the past two weeks since Hurricane Florence hit to put together this initial disaster recovery package.  The swift action Congress is taking today is …..

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You Decide: What is the Path of Hurricane Recovery?

By Dr. Mike Walden Hurricane Florence will likely go down as one of the most damaging storms to ever hit North Carolina. One estimate pegs the total cost at near $50 billion, which would place Florence as the sixth most expensive hurricane in the 21st century. The recovery efforts will take a long time. As the rebuilding takes place, and homes and businesses are put back together several important economic questions arise. Are there different kinds of costs and damages from a hurricane? Can we expect a surge in unemployment, and if so, how long will it take to bring jobs back? Could Florence’s devastation plunge the state into an …..

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Carolina Senators Lead Push For Florence Federal Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Tim Scott (R-SC) applauded the House for granting their request for a $1.68 billion down payment for Hurricane Florence disaster relief in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. The relief includes $1.14 billion for North Carolina and $540 million for South Carolina. The senators made the formal request for a $1.68 billion down payment in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funding in a letter to appropriators earlier this week. The CDBG-DR grants would support a variety of disaster recovery activities in North Carolina and South Carolina, including housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic …..

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Letter to Editor: Age of accountability for sex acts

Is there a age of accountability or cut off point for acts committed as a child like the one Judge Kavanaugh is accused of? I understand he would have been 17 at the time the act was said to have been committed. How about middle school age? How about primary school? If a little boy pulls a girl’s pigtails or pinches her on the butt in kindergarten or 1st grade, is it going to come back to haunt him in his later years? Wm Settlemeyer Riegelwood NC Share:

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Tillis & Burr Provide Update on Florence Recovery Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr provided an update on North Carolina’s ongoing recovery from Hurricane Florence: “North Carolina is reeling from the destruction caused by Florence, and many of our communities are under the threat of more historic flooding as rivers crest. Federal assistance will be the key to North Carolina’s recovery over the coming months and years. Based on initial forecasts, we began engaging with Senate appropriators before Florence even made landfall, and over the last week we’ve had productive and encouraging conversations with President Trump, Leader McConnell, administration officials, Congressional appropriators and our House colleagues. We will continue to work diligently behind the …..

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Tillis & Burr Join President Trump in North Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr joined President Trump during his visit to North Carolina to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Florence. “We are now moving towards the next step, which is getting the initial funding for recovery. We’ve made a request, and we’ll be moving forward and working with Governor Cooper with trying to get the money in place for some of the initial recovery,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank all the volunteers as well who have come together, this is when North Carolina and America is at its best.” “I’ve been doing disasters in North Carolina as an elected representative …..

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TAXPAYERS’ FRIEND AWARD

Annual award recognizes Members of Congress for supporting lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom.   WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is the latest recipient of the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” in recognition of having one of the strongest pro-taxpayer voting records in Congress.   Presented annually by the National Taxpayers Union, the award is based on support for lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom.  This year, Congressman Pittenger was one of only 66 Members of Congress to receive an “A” rating from the non-partisan organization.   “We must restore fiscal sanity in Washington,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For too many years, and too many trillions, Washington has refused to live by the …..

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Political powers working together to help Bladen

By Charlotte Smith Congressman Mark Meadows with North Carolina District 11 and Republican Candidate for Congress Mark Harris paid a visit to Bladen County on Tuesday. While they were on the way down to Bladen County, they were on the phone with FEMA and President Trump. Harris said, “Sheriff McVicker helped us navigate down here because with the roads as bad as they are we would not have been able to get here without his guidance. We saw incredible damage in Bladenboro. Congressman Meadows has come in from a helicopter tour of Bladen County. Meadows came down and toured the county after Hurricane Matthew as well. After he finished his …..

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Tillis on Judge Kavanaugh Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement: “Senate Judiciary Democrats deserve the criticism they are receiving from across the political spectrum for making a conscious decision to sit on this serious allegation for nearly two months without taking action. They have badly mishandled this and have done a disservice to the accuser, Judge Kavanaugh, and the American people. “Allegations of misconduct must be taken seriously. That requires a fact-based process that is fair and respectful to both the accuser and the accused. “The Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning an investigation and is inviting both individuals to appear before the committee next week to ensure the allegation is thoroughly …..

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NC Congressional Delegation Requests Expedited Approval of Hurricane Florence Major Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina’s entire Congressional delegation, led by Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the administration swiftly approve Governor Cooper’s request for an expedited Major Disaster Declaration as Hurricane Florence brings historic flooding and destruction to counties across North Carolina. “The severity of damage and number of areas impacted is rapidly increasing and is forecast to worsen drastically in the coming days,” the members wrote. “Accordingly, we sincerely appreciate your timely consideration of this expedited Major Disaster Declaration request.” “Although the totality of devastation will continue to unfold, it is imperative that North Carolina has the resources now to …..

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An important message about Hurricane Florence from NC Superintendent Mark Johnson

An important message about Hurricane Florence from NC Superintendent Mark Johnson Parents, caretakers, and educators, As the State Superintendent of North Carolina’s public schools, I want you to know that your child’s success in school and beyond is our top priority. We are leading improvements for our schools, and starting this school year, we will regularly engage with you to make sure we are on the right track for students, parents, and teachers. But today, storm preparation is the most important topic. No matter where you live in North Carolina, please take Hurricane Florence very seriously. The storm is so large that every North Carolinian may experience severe weather. Schools in eastern …..

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Rep. David Rouzer offers tips and information for Hurricane Florence

As our state continues to prepare for Hurricane Florence, I wanted to provide you with various resources to assist you in advance and the potential aftermath of Hurricane Florence.  Please continue to monitor our website as it will be updated frequently with information as we receive it. Up-to-Date Information: Please visit ReadyNC.org for preparedness tips and the most recent updates on Hurricane Florence.  I would encourage you to download the ReadyNC mobile app for information on real-time traffic and weather conditions, river levels, evacuations and power outages. Evacuation Routes: Please heed evacuation orders as today is the last day to safely travel out of coastal areas and finish preparing for Hurricane Florence.  The following locations …..

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Tillis Statement and Information on Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on Hurricane Florence, which is expected to impact North Carolina later this week: “Hurricane Florence is expected to be unlike any storm we have seen in recent times, bringing historic flooding and destruction to communities across our state. Our first responders, as well as local, state, and federal officials are already hard at work and preparing for the worst in order to mitigate losses. I urge all North Carolinians to comply with evacuation orders and make sure they and their families have an emergency plan in place and ready to be executed. While homes and material possessions can be …..

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You Decide: What’s the New Outlook for Jobs?

By Dr. Mike Walden A few years ago, a couple of economists made a big splash by predicting almost half of occupations in the country had a big chance of being replaced by automation and technology in coming decades. Unemployment rates would soar to double digits and stay there. The economists’ forecast revived fears of “technological unemployment” posing a bigger threat to jobs than any future recession. How out-of-touch those forecasts now look today. Companies are hungry for workers. Many are hiring unqualified people and then training them. Unemployment rates are reaching historic lows among many groups and in many regions. The job situation and facts have significantly improved from …..

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Tillis Statement on Executive Order Protecting Election Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Executive Order signed by President Trump to impose sanctions against foreign individuals, entities, or governments that meddle in future U.S. elections: “I applaud the Trump Administration for taking a strong stand against election interference and sending a direct warning to foreign adversaries that are planning on interfering in the upcoming mid-terms. The Russian government’s interference in the 2016 election were hostile acts against America’s democratic system that were designed to cause division and discord within our nation, and we cannot allow such hostile acts to occur again. It is imperative that America remains united in punishing potential election meddlers …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s statement on 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attack

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement as he reflects on the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: “We forget how complacent America had become, confident in a false sense of peace and security that was shattered at 8:46 a.m. on September 11th.  Yet 17 years later, some are once again becoming complacent, with foolish calls to abolish ICE and American companies selling critical technology to foreign adversaries. “On September 11, 2001, brave American citizens and first-responders stood up to radical Islamic terrorists and proclaimed through their actions that America stands for freedom and liberty.  Let us never forget the lives lost, or the bravery of the first-responders, or the …..

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NC Congressional Delegation Requests Approval of Hurricane Florence Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina’s entire Congressional delegation, led by Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the administration approve Governor Roy Cooper’s Emergency Declaration in advance of Hurricane Florence’s landfall.    “Hurricane Florence poses an imminent and dangerous threat to North Carolina, and its approach necessitates the state to once again activate the State Emergency Response Team and numerous other state resources,” the members wrote. “An Emergency Declaration will provide the needed assistance to the state and local communities to allow them to properly prepare for the effects of Hurricane Florence. We respectfully request you approve this declaration and enable North Carolina to prepare …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

High School football scores from Friday night play; East Bladen 31, Whiteville 28 Fairmont 28, West Bladen 6 John Clark captured all the action on BladenOnline Sports Page, as usual… Next week, East Bladen entertains another pre-season conference favorite, South Columbus.  Red Springs will be at West Bladen. The win over Whiteville by the Eagles is, not doubt, good therapy for Coach Robby Priest, still recovering from a bout with cancer. 5 former NC Governors, 3 D’s and 2 R’s, all opposing constitutional amendments written and re-written by the NC Legislature, is pretty strong.  Need to take a hard look at their reasons why…..Governing the business of the state is serious business and our forefathers set …..

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Campaign signs reported stolen

Staff report According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office an investigation was started on Tuesday involving campaign signs being stolen. The signs were reported missing from US 701 South, NC 242 South and Peanut Plant Road. According to the North Carolina General Statute 136-32 (e), it is illegal to remove political campaign signs that have been appropriately placed. If caught removing political signs, a person can be charged with a misdemeanor, according to the North Carolina General Statutes. There are 15 small signs and one 4 foot x 4 foot sign from the Beverly Parks for Register of Deeds campaign reported missing according to law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office said no …..

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Congressman Pittenger Receives “Taxpayers’ Friend Award”

Annual award recognizes Members of Congress for supporting lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom   WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is the latest recipient of the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” in recognition of having one of the strongest pro-taxpayer voting records in Congress. Presented annually by the National Taxpayers Union, the award is based on support for lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom.  This year, Congressman Pittenger was one of only 66 Members of Congress to receive an “A” rating from the non-partisan organization. “We must restore fiscal sanity in Washington,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For too many years, and too many trillions, Washington has refused to live by the same financial …..

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19 foreign nationals indicted for illegally voting in 2016 elections

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Nineteen foreign nationals were charged with unlawfully voting in the 2016 elections Friday, and a U.S. citizen was charged with aiding and abetting an alien to falsely claim U.S. citizenship to register to vote. The indictments follow an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as part of a newly created Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) in the Eastern District of North Carolina. A federal grand jury in Wilmington charged the following foreign nationals with falsely claiming U.S. citizenship to register to vote in North Carolina, and also with unlawfully voting. If convicted, these individuals face maximum penalties of six …..

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Tillis Questions Judge Kavanaugh at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) participated in the second round of questioning by Senate Judiciary Committee members during hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Click HERE to watch the full video. 02:46 – “I would like to thank the Capitol Police officers who are working mandatory 16-hour shifts during these hearings. It is difficult for people in the room to see the work that they are doing, but the complex operation they are undertaking to keep us, as well as those exercising their First Amendment rights, safe is extraordinary.” 04:06 – “It is obvious Republicans and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are at an impasse …..

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Tillis & Merkley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Staffing at VA Health Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Health Care Staffing Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to make common-sense changes in staffing policies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve veterans’ care at VA health care facilities. Joining Senators Tillis and Merkley as original co-sponsors are Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mark Warner (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). At many VA health centers around the country, veterans face wait times of weeks or even months for an appointment. These severe roadblocks to providing timely and quality health care to veterans stem in part from policies that make the recruitment and retention of …..

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US House Committee holds hearing on Rouzer bill to designate Wilmington as “American World War II City”

Washington, D.C. –  Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing examining H.R. 6118 – Congressman David Rouzer’s bill to designate and recognize the city of Wilmington as the first nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  Due to the hard work and dedication of Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), a Wilmington native, distinguished author and veteran active in the community, the idea and introduction of this bill came to fruition.  Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., testified on behalf of the bill during the hearing. “Our region is fortunate to have Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., advocating on behalf of the great city of Wilmington to be …..

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Rouzer Engages in Farm Bill Conferee Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate appointed to serve on the bipartisan Farm Bill Conference Committee held a public meeting as work begins to produce a final Farm Bill that can pass both chambers.  During the meeting, members delivered opening remarks highlighting the shared goal of strengthening the farm safety net during a time when net farm income is down by 52 percent from where it stood five years ago and farm bankruptcies are up 39 percent over the past two years. “Agriculture is the number one industry in North Carolina – contributing more than $87 billion to our state’s economy,” said Congressman David …..

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Opinion: Hog grower response to Rep. Billy Richardson

By Charlotte Smith U.S. District Court Judge Earl Britt lifted the gag order preventing hog growers from speaking to the media on Friday, August 31. The order was put in place to keep the media exposure of the cases at bay in hopes it would prevent the jury pool from being persuaded by coverage according to Britt’s order. The three trials’ verdicts totaled more than $500 million dollars in damages against Smithfield Hog Production, doing business as Murphy-Brown, LLC. The defense team has called for a mistrial due to the handling of the cases and has requested appeals according to court documents. Since the gag order was lifted on Friday, …..

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Tillis Delivers Opening Statement at Supreme Court Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) delivered his opening remarks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Click HERE to watch the video.  Tillis on Senate Democrats’ stall tactics: “We have had nearly every member in the minority on this committee either publicly state or participate in a press conference that they were going to vote against Judge Kavanaugh, with most of them announcing it within the first 24 hours. Now, they are asking for thousands of pages of documents, and they have been graciously provided those by Chairman Grassley. These members have had plenty of time to get through the documents, they are …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Labor Day 2018…ENJOY… Brad Keselowski picked up a couple of wins in Darlington over the weekend.  Top 5 in Bojangles Southern 500: Keselowski Joey Logano Kyle Larson Kevin Harvick Chase Elliott Sidewalk sale continues in Elizabethtown, big day expected as thousands enjoy beautiful White Lake. More great news for BladenOnline.  Another great week and month…. A new record was set for page views (63,058) for a single day on Thursday, August 31.  It was also the eighth most page views for a week (172,925) and ninth most visits for a week (36,192) August 26-Sept 1 Page views: 172,925 Visits: 36,192 Year Ago Page views: 125,537 Visits: 23,154 MOST READ STORIES …..

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Lots of folks moving around today.  Drive safely. Hot weather continues…. High School football scores: East Bladen 21 – North Brunswick 16 Midway 55 – West Bladen 32 Elizabethtown merchants Sidewalk Sale continues, on the street and inside. Last big weekend of the season for White Lake…been a good year according to several sources. White Lake traffic is good for many reasons, tourism is good, clean business, more is better. Bladen County Commissioners meet Tuesday, September 4 for regular monthly session, same place, 6:30 PM and same location, Bladen County Courthouse, Lower Level, Assembly room.  Open to the public. Retirement is good. Visited local grocery store recently, saw former Bladen County Planner and former Lumber River …..

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You Decide: How is North Carolina’s Economy at Mid-Year?

By Dr. Mike Walden The actor Tom Selleck was in a TV crime show series 30 years ago that my wife and I enjoyed.  It was called Magnum PI, and the lead character – played by Selleck – would often say, “I know what you’re thinking,” as a humorous way of interacting with the audience. I want to borrow his phrase and say, “I know what you’re thinking – the fall of 2018 is almost here, so mid-year was months ago. Why are you writing about mid-year?” Good question. We now live in a time of almost instantaneous information, so we’re used to being right up-to-date. Unfortunately, this isn’t the …..

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In previous years, the political advertising season would begin shortly after Labor Day, and my guess is the pattern will not change greatly this year, however, some are getting an early start.  Apparently $s are not a problem for the candidates, party, or interested supporters.  It’s our system, the best in the world. We are being ‘slammed’ early, warning bout the ‘rascals’, if we can believe the ads…. When in doubt about national news presented as FACT, GOOGLE….FactCheck.org. or  Snopes.  At least a little background info that may be helpful.. Lots happening in coming weeks including an election on November 6. Locally, add another to the list…..Seafood and Sunset, October 11, 6 PM at White Lake.  …..

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Governor Cooper Calls for Improved Broadband, Cybersecurity

Modern education, health and economic systems require digital technology, Gov. Cooper saidWednesday at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit. However, hundreds of thousands of people in rural North Carolina are being left behind because they lack access to reliable high-speed broadband service. The North Carolina Digital Government Summit is a two-day meeting of public and private sector leaders to address current issues in government IT. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology is a partner in the annual event. Gov. Cooper told the audience of more than 400 people that students without internet access at home risk falling behind their peers and that small businesses, farms and manufacturers without service are unable to …..

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Tillis & Burr Welcome Nomination of Allison Rushing As Judge for the Fourth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Allison Rushing, a native of North Carolina, to serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. “North Carolina native Allison Rushing has an incredible wealth of judicial experience and is regarded as one of the best legal minds in the country,” said Senator Tillis. “She will be an outstanding addition to the Fourth Circuit, and I look forward to advancing her nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee.” “I’m pleased to see a respected and qualified North Carolinian, Allison Rushing, nominated to serve on the …..

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NCGOP Officials’ Statements On The Passing Of Sen. John McCain

Raleigh, NC — The following were statements released by Republican elected officials from North Carolina: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, John McCain. John was a true patriot, who placed his duty to his family and his country above all else. He faced this battle, which would be his last, with the courage that defined his career and the grace that comes from a life well-lived. He will be remembered as he hoped to be remembered: as a man who served his country with honor. Brooke and I are grateful for his service, and send our prayers to Cindy and the entire McCain family.” – Sen. Richard …..

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Tillis Statement On The Passing Of Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis issued the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: “America has lost John McCain – a true titan of the Senate who was one of our nation’s greatest war heroes and public servants. He will be long remembered for his principled leadership, courage, grit, and always putting country first. “It was an honor to call John McCain a friend and serve alongside him in the Senate, especially on the Armed Services Committee where he acted as a mentor to myself and the other members. “Susan and I are deeply saddened by John’s passing, and we send our condolences to Cindy and …..

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Tillis Authors and Introduces Legislation To Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) authored and introduced the Ensuring Coverage for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, legislation that would guarantee Americans have equal health care coverage, regardless of their health status or pre-existing conditions. Joining Senator Tillis as co-sponsors are Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Barrasso (R-WY), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). Oral arguments in Texas v. United States will begin on September 5th, and if the judge rules in favor of the plaintiffs, protections for patients with pre-existing conditions could be eliminated. This legislation amends the Health Insurance Portability and …..

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Tillis Continues Call for Pastor Brunson’s Release on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the Senate floor to speak on North Carolina native Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned by the Turkish Government since October 7, 2016. Tillis on Turkey’s sincerity on releasing Pastor Brunson: “When I talk to Turkish officials, they say, ‘you’ve got to respect our justice system, this just has to play out.’ But I really wonder if they’re sincere, because several months ago President Erdogan, the President of Turkey, made a public statement saying, ‘how about this — we’ll give you your pastor if you give us our pastor.’…But let me tell you what’s interesting about making that offer in …..

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Speaker Moore Responds to the Destruction of Public Property in Chapel Hill

Raleigh, N.C. – State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) released a statement on the destruction of public property Monday night at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: “There is no place for the destruction of property on our college campuses or in any North Carolina community; the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted by public safety officials to make clear that mob rule and acts of violence will not be tolerated in our state,” Moore said. Share:

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You Decide: How Does North Carolina Compare on Incentives?

By Dr. Mike Walden The use of financial incentives to attract new businesses is a controversial topic in most states, including North Carolina. The debates might get more heated with the prospects of Apple and/or Amazon coming to our state. Most states do use business incentives. In this column I won’t address the pros and cons of incentives. I’ve done this in past columns and will likely revisit the question in the future. Instead, here I want to compare North Carolina’s use of incentive to other states. I do this by making use of a newly released data set compiled by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Upjohn was able …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Election Day 2018, 12 weeks away on Tuesday, November 6.  Over the years, campaign rhetoric reaches a new level after Labor Day.  Expect the same, soon. Incidentally, Labor Day is little over 2 weeks away on September 3rd, followed by Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and a new year begins, all over again. Years ago, (40s, 50s & 60’s) ’bout this time of the year would begin to talk about Farmer’s Day, remember?  Moved around a little between Clarkton & Elizabethtown, not sure about Bladenboro.  For the most part, Clarkton was the ideal place, had tobacco warehouses where it could be held, mostly inside, no worry about ‘bad’ weather.  Farmer’s Day was an annual event, marked …..

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Defense Secretary Mattis thanks Congressman Pittenger for Serving as Architect of National Security Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger has received a letter from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis expressing “sincere appreciation” for serving as the architect of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, which President Trump recently signed into law. “I want to express my sincere appreciation for your commitment to safeguarding our Nation’s competitive advantage as the architect in the House of Representatives of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act,” writes Secretary Mattis.  “Strengthening and protecting critical national security infrastructure, technologies, and functions are vital to safeguarding our freedoms for the next generation.  The updates FIRRMA provides to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United …..

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White Lake Recognizes Woodmen of the World Donation

By Joy Warren During their regular monthly Board of Commissioner’s meeting Tuesday evening, the White Lake Town Board recognized The Woodmen of the World organization for providing new flags for the Police Department, Town Hall and also for their latest donation of flags and poles at the entrance to White Lake on 701 across from the Wam Squam. Mayor Womble presented a copy of the adopted proclamation and thanked the organization for their continued support and contributions to the Town. Alycia Thornton, Director of Development for the NC FFA Center, gave a brief presentation on the expansion of the NC FFA Camp. The NC FFA Camp plans to start construction …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the monthly meeting of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting, 12 noon today, at Goldston’s Beach.  Guest speaker will be Alycia M. Thornton, Director of Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advancement, NC State University.  She will provide an update on the NC FFA Center Initiative and future additions at the FFA center at White Lake. The Hester research team reported slightly over 2 inches of rainfall since ’bout noontime Friday, unofficial of course. Stumbled across the latest report on the US budget deficit.  A 21% increase has it on track for the biggest gap in six years.  $76.9 billion deficit in July, the Trump Administration has sharply revised upward estimations …..

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240 Million dollars for military construction in NC

Senate Passes NDAA with Multiple Tillis Provisions, Heads to Presidents Desk Includes $240 Million for Military Construction in NC, Provisions to End Domestic Violence and Child Abuse   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Senate passage of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The bipartisan legislation includes more than a dozen provisions authored by Senator Tillis, including a bipartisan provision he authored with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that directs the Secretary of Defense to submit an assessment of the potential purchase by the Republic of Turkey of the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation, as well as an assessment regarding Turkey’s …..

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A great day for Bladen County Democrats

Contributed by Sabrina Murchison The Bladen County Democratic Party celebrated the grand opening of their headquarters on Thursday, August 9th with a ribbon cutting by Mr. David Clark. A standing room only crowd welcomed our honored guests, long time Democrats Dr. Delilah Blanks, Mrs. Berline Graham, and Mr. Edd Nye.  Our guest speaker was 7th District Congressional Candidate Dr. Kyle Horton. The office is located at 300A Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving- August 12

The past week was an eventful week, some good news, some bad, some very bad…. When was the last time you shed a tear, whatever the reason?  Were you driving, maybe in the bathroom?  Most likely alone in your secret place. Am I wrong to think that the folks with least experience give the most advice?  I am reminded of a friend long, long ago who shared, ‘give advice sparingly and only when requested’.  Nothing has changed. Don’t know about you, but in moments where little is going on I think of something or someone from days gone by….Like the Hester Carter store, near Bladenboro High School when I was a …..

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Money

BREAKING: Illegally Overcharging Military Servicemembers to be Easier As CFPB to Stop Supervision of Lenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, the New York Times reports that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will no longer supervise financial institutions to ensure they are complying with the Military Lending Act (MLA), a law that protects active duty servicemembers from predatory financial practices. The MLA prevents servicemembers from being charged more than 36% interest on most loans and provides other rights, including protection from forced arbitration. Instead of the CFPB conducting oversight of lenders, they will move to a complaint-based system, where CFPB enforcement depends on reporting of illicit activity. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Federal Advocacy Director, Scott Astrada, issued the following statement:   “Ripping-off military servicemembers is appalling …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

We have a pretty good chance of rain over the next 3 or 4 days, 60% today according to the National Weather Service, 40% tonight, 60% Sunday, 70% Monday and just a 30% chance on Tuesday. Received 3/10 of an inch or rainfall ’round 6 PM Friday at the Hester household a couple of miles southwest of E-town, as the crow flies, same amount recorded at the nearby Curtis Brown Airport. Pretty good excuse to ‘not’ mow grass. Looking forward to late October or early November, first frost of the year about that time, and mowing season ceases. Couple of annual events upcoming you may need to add to your calendar.  Dublin Peanut Festival WILL be held Saturday, September 15and …..

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Tillis and Burr Support Disaster Declaration Request for Western NC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long to support Governor Roy Cooper’s request to declare a major disaster declaration for the state of North Carolina as a result of the impacts from rain and flooding that occurred in western North Carolina from May 15, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The rain event beginning on May 15 caused flash flooding and damage across several counties in western North Carolina through May 20. Additionally, the region was hit with Subtropical Storm Alberto from May 24 to May 31, causing further damage and the loss of five lives due to the combined accumulation of substantial …..

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Opinion: Thank you from the Taylors

First and foremost, Joey and I would like to thank God for all our many blessings.  Each day is a gift from God and we truly know how blessed we are!  Two and ½ years ago when Joey was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer our entire world changed.  We thought they could take out the cancer and he could go through treatments and everything would be just fine.  Unfortunately with some cancer that is not the case!  With God giving us strength and the love, comfort and support from friends, family, co-workers and our church we have made it thus far.  The doctors at Duke have said that Joey is lucky because …..

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Break the Majority and Local Democrats to Launch Wilmington Field Office

Raleigh – On Thursday afternoon, Break the Majority, an initiative between the North Carolina Democratic Party and Governor Cooper, will open a new field office in Wilmington with a rally featuring Democratic candidates Harper Peterson (SD-9), Leslie Cohen (HD-20), and Marcia Morgan (HD-19). Each Democratic candidate will discuss their campaigns and rally supporters. The field office is one of 20 offices that Break the Majority plans to open as part of building one of the largest legislative field campaigns in the country. The New Hanover field office will support all of Break the Majority’s efforts in the surrounding counties and is focused on electing strong Democrats up and down the ticket. WHO: Democratic candidates …..

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Opinion: Farming Lawsuits Have Potential to Become Debilitating to North Carolina and US

By Erin Smith The lawsuits against hog farmers in North Carolina that have resulted in record damage awards have many economists, farmers and residents alarmed. Everyone should be alarmed with the potential for the loss of many farms. According to the Pacific Standard Magazine, hog farms in North Carolina generated $2.9 billion while hog farms in Iowa generated $6.8 million. The lawsuits don’t just stop in North Carolina. They are reaching into other states and impacting farmers all over the United States. In May 2018, Iowa residents filed a lawsuit against the State of Iowa over air emissions from industrial hog farms. The concerns with these lawsuits is the fact …..

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Town Of Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown Council Hears About Drainage Problem

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council met on Monday and heard from Ms. Grimes, who resides on Hill Street, regarding drainage problems at 402 Hill Street. Ms. Grimes told the board she had spoken with Public Works Director Hugh Bedsole regarding the issue. She told the board she was informed the storm drain in front of her house is “…stopped up.” Bedsole was out of town and did not attend the meeting, but Assistant Town Manager, Pat DeVane, did address the board regarding the situation. He explained the drainage issue at Ms. Grimes’ home has been ongoing for several years, and the town has attempted to rectify the problem. …..

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Commissioners Learn About Sharing of Juvenile Information, Update on Litter Pick Up

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard from Bladen County Department of Social Services Director, Vickie Smith, regarding how information is shared between agencies regarding juveniles in the court system. Smith presented the board with a memorandum of understanding relating it the confidentiality of juvenile court information. She explained all counties have to sign the agreement with the State of North Carolina. Smith said the agreement explains how information shared between the District 13 Guardian Ad Litem Program, the District Court Judge’s Office, and Bladen County Department of Social Services. Smith explained the JWISE reporting system assists Child Welfare workers in tracking …..

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