12/16/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-introduced to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the U.S. government’s capability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and other mass atrocities wherever […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) that section 201 solar tariffs played a role in the decline of utility-scale solar installations in the third quarter: “The growth of solar energy in North Carolina has […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded passage of bipartisan legislation to reform the process to pursue claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination experienced on Capitol Hill is headed to the president’s desk. The legislation would reform the dispute resolution process, protect workers, increase transparency and hold Members of Congress […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous passage of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, bipartisan legislation that would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health. The BOLD Act now heads to the House of […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation he co-introduced that secures new protections for minors and improves accountability measures in the federal juvenile justice grant program. “I applaud the Senate on passing this important bipartisan legislation to support juvenile justice and delinquency prevention because I’ve seen the […]

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By Charlotte Smith There will be a Town Hall held on Tuesday, December 18th about the Bladen County Primary Election’s missing ballots. The hosts of the event are the Democracy North Carolina, Progress North Carolina Action and Southern Coalition for Social Justice organizations. Also listed as hosting the event are the NC NAACP, NC Black […]

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State Board continues investigation into 9th Congressional District irregularities State Board continues investigation into 9th Congressional District irregularitiesRALEIGH, N.C. – The ongoing investigation into absentee voting irregularities and other alleged activities in the 9th Congressional District is the top priority at the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. The agency confirms that Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. is a […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley praised Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) for his work to improve the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. Senator Tillis worked with Chairman Grassley his Senate colleagues on changes that would build additional support for the bipartisan legislation.  The revised legislation further clarifies eligibility for earned […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, the House of Representatives passed the conference report to Accompany H.R. 2 – Agriculture Improvement Act sending the five-year farm bill to the President’s desk for his signature.  The 2018 Farm Bill conference report is the result of an agreement reached between both chambers of Congress that will strengthen the farm […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. “Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who are victims of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to expand access to much-needed resources and investment for rural entrepreneurs to start and expand local businesses was included in the Farm Bill that passed the Senate earlier this week. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) introduced the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018 in the Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation would help ensure that alternative procedures for challenging drug patents do not tilt the playing field contrary to Hatch-Waxman’s design and make sure that drug manufacturers have the proper incentives to continue developing life-saving medications. […]

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By Joy Warren Dr. Diane Lauritsen with LIMNOSCIENCES presented an update to the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners at the Tuesday evening meeting. She discussed with the Lake partners what actions might need to be taken to provide more data with respect to the potential for nutrients already in the lake bottom. Internal Loading […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) supported the passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill Conference Report, which includes several provisions secured by Senator Tillis. The bipartisan report passed the Senate and will now head to the House for final passage. “This year has truly been one of the most challenging in recent memory for North […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded President Trump for signing the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act into law. The bipartisan legislation recognizes the unique kind of harm caused by child pornography and requires restitution in a manner that will support victims. The legislation helps child pornography victims seek restitution from defendants and gives […]

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Washington, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives unanimously passed Congressman David Rouzer’s bill, H.R. 6118, to direct the Department of Interior to designate one city per year as a nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  Due to the hard work and dedication of Wilmington native Captain Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., USNR (Ret.), who is […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, introduced a resolution to establish a John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission, modeled after the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the resolution would create a bipartisan commission to examine […]

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The Bladenboro Town Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. The board is scheduled to conduct a public hearing for a proposed rezoning request for the property located at 15498 NC Highway 131. The board will consider consent agenda items, which include approval of agenda items, approval of minutes, approval of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. The First Step Act combines prison reform proposals that overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with sentencing reform provisions from the broadly bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Many consider the National Football League (NFL) to be the most successful professional sports organization in the world. To many, having an NFL team is a signal a city and region have arrived and are in elite company. This is one reason why NFL franchises sell for in the multi-billions of […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will host over 300 Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors, and other officials from 80 nations for the 12th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum on Thursday, December 6th.   First conceived in 2014 to help restore U.S.-European relations in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, the forum has grown into a premier global […]

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By Jefferson Weaver There are times when, like Miguel Cervantes’ famous and misunderstood character, I find myself incensed by man’s inhumanity toward man, the sheer idiotic desire to make misery out of mirth. Unlike Ol’ Mike’s hero, I have no plans to mount a broken-down horse, grab a battered, rusty sword and go fight windmills […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “Per usual, Governor Cooper takes a bad situation and makes it worse by continuing to erode confidence in the neutrality of the Board. Democrat Joshua Malcolm is the most partisan member of the NCSBE from either party. As highlighted by The Charlotte Observer, it was Mr. […]

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By Joy Warren During the Monday evening meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council, George Hopkins was recognized as the 2018 “Employee of the Year.” Hopkins works in the Public Services Department. Town Manager Eddie Madden said “George undertakes the jobs he may be assigned with a smile each day. During Hurricane Florence, he stayed at […]

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By Erin Smith Several Bladen County elected officials took their oaths of office on Monday afternoon. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser administered the oaths of office along with Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis. While the Swearing in ceremony was conducted in the Bladen County Superior Court Room for the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis is continuing his bipartisan effort to support North Carolinians recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Michael with a direct appeal to Senate leadership urging support for disaster assistance for North Carolina farmers and the state’s agriculture community. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tillis requested that Congress provide supplemental […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of former President George H. W. Bush: “George H.W. Bush will be long remembered for dedicating his life to protecting and bettering the country he loved, from his heroic service as a Navy pilot during WWII, to his steady leadership as […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “Last night we lost a great man. George Herbert Walker Bush was a man of honor and character. He is the true embodiment of the notion that public service is a noble calling, serving this country as a World War II aviator, […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared a statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush. “President George H.W. Bush was a true statesman dedicated to serving the country he loved and leading the charge for a more compassionate and united world,” said Governor Cooper. “We are grateful for his commitment to patriotism and public service. May […]

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By Charlotte Smith A hearing was held today in Raleigh by the North Carolina State Board of Elections in regards to “numerous irregularities and concerted fraudulent activities related to absentee by mail ballots and potentially other matters.” After the meeting today it was announced by officials, Bladen County absentee votes are under investigation and may […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The Charlotte Observer editorial board is right: ‘An election certification is being held up. The person behind the delay is being a bit coy about it. The public is in the dark. That needs to change — and soon.’ Further, are ‘the issues [being] raised widespread enough […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “The North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has a legal and moral duty to certify Congressman-Elect Mark Harris’ winning bid for Congress on Friday.  If not, immediate court action will follow. “There are simply not enough absentee ballots in question […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Imagine, if you will, a big yellow bus filling with children at the end of the day, with laughter and talk and the occasional greeting for Mrs. Baker, the bus driver. The doors closed with a familiar hiss as Mrs. Baker checked the list by the camera that records every vehicle beside […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Two topics of interest to most people are taxes and public spending. So whenever I find research focusing on these two areas – especially if they’re applied to North Carolina – I think it’s worthy of mention. Two new studies recently came across my desk fitting this profile. One looked at […]

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Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, Rev. William J. Barber, II, People Directly Impacted by Voter Suppression and Hurricane Florence, and Moral Leaders and Advocates to Hold Moral Day of Action In Raleigh, NC. [RALEIGH, NC] —  On Tuesday, November 27th at 10:00am ET at BICENTENNIAL MALL, 1 E. JONES STREET, RALEIGH, NC the NC NAACP, Repairers of the Breach, The NC Poor People’s […]

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2018 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce announced today that William “Bill” Beam has been appointed by the Trump Administration to serve as Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs (DAFP). Beam was sworn in on Oct. 22, 2018.  As Deputy Administrator, Beam will be responsible for […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced that North Carolina native Sarah Bolton has joined his administration in the role of Policy Director. Bolton, a Raleigh native and graduate of Appalachian State University, was previously the Education Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Senior Policy and Budget […]

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By Erin Smith The general election is over and local vote canvassing is complete. Some candidates still have signs displayed in the county. According to North Carolina General Statute 136-23 (b), political signs are permitted up to ten days after the election. The statute reads, “During the period beginning on the 30th day before the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the FDA’s recent announcement on tobacco and vapor products: “I applaud the FDA’s commitment to developing a robust plan to combat underage use of e-vapor products. However, I hope the FDA revisits some of its actions affecting traditional products that have been marketed […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, issued the following statement in response to Vice President Pence’s criticism of Burma’s treatment of the Rohingya: “As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we have repeatedly condemned the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims in […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will lead a bipartisan delegation to participate in the 10th annual Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tillis and Shaheen are the co-chairs of the recently re-established Senate North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group. They will join 300 delegates from around the […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Corporate Governance Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would strengthen corporate governance and help ensure that investors may confidently rely on the advice of proxy advisory firms by requiring the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to regulate all major proxy advisory firms under […]

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By Joy Warren During the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners regular session, the Mayor and Board recognized and honored the service to the Town and surrounding communities by all first responders and White Lake Volunteer Fire Department members. A resolution was approved and presented to Chief Dale Brennan […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina was once known as a state of small towns. The reason was the state economy. Led by the “Big Three” of tobacco, textiles and furniture, the economy was organized around small towns. Farmers took their crops and livestock to the closest town for processing and sale. Textile mills often […]

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The 2018 General Election is over, hallelujah!.  Check our news page for results of local political races.  And, for a complete rundown of all races, local, state and federal, Google NC State Board of Elections. Best I can tell, nationwide, Democrats take over leadership in the US House of Representatives and Republicans strengthen their position in the […]

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Looking for election results? Bladen Online will post returns Bladen Online will post election returns from the Bladen County Board of Elections tonight as soon as numbers are available. Polls close at 7:30 p.m. Check back shortly after the polls close for results of contested races on the home page and a full list of […]

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By Joy Warren During the Monday noon work session, Elizabethtown Town Council members heard an initial report from Scott Sigmon with W.K. Dickson and Associates. Sigmon is a Special Projects Engineer and he presented his preliminary findings on the cemetery. During the evening meeting, Council approved the scope of work for Sigmon so an in-depth […]

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Last updated: Nov. 7, 2018 (All precincts reporting) BLADEN COUNTY SHERIFF VOTES (i) Jim McVicker (R) 6,930 Hakeem Brown (D) 5,543 BLADEN COUNTY LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX VOTES Against 8,415 For 3,977 REGISTER OF DEEDS VOTES (i) Beverly T. Parks (D) 7,138 Jason Britt (R) 5,455 COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 1 VOTES (i) Arthur Bullock […]

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By Jefferson Weaver I had two devices demanding attention, an aching leg, and a car whose stubbornness challenged Mabel the Donkey. I was dramatically late for work, and the only thing in the mailbox was a rightfully insistent demand that a bill be paid. The dogs and cats were behaving as they usually do when […]

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Districts ordered to be redrawn in the next regular legislative session for use in 2020 RALEIGH – A three-judge state court panel today issued a unanimous ruling declaring four state House Districts in Wake County to be unconstitutional.  The panel agreed that the unnecessary redrawing of state House Districts 36, 37, 40, and 41 violated the […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced two judicial appointments to the North Carolina Superior Court. “Our state depends on experienced, dedicated public servants like these appointees to fill critical roles in our justice system,” Gov. Cooper said. “I appreciate their commitment to serving the people of North Carolina.” Gov. Cooper appointed Stephan Futrell as […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold an Absentee Meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Election Office located at 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC  28337. Bobby R. Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Staff report Some totals are in for early voting in Bladen County. However, some residents are still trying to decide exactly how to vote on the proposed Constitutional Amendments featured on the ballots this election. There are six proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. While the “act requiring photo identification to vote” is pretty clear cut […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Who knew trade negotiations could play out like a best-selling thriller? The negotiations for a new trade treaty between the U.S., Mexico and Canada had a deadline of September 30th, which was a Sunday. I followed the news that day, and it was all gloomy about successful resolutions to several problems […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has asked President Trump for an official waiver that will allow more North Carolinians impacted by recent hurricanes to receive more funding through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster-Relief (CDBG-DR) program. “We’re working to help more North Carolinians access the funding they deserve to rebuild their homes and their lives,” […]

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By Jefferson Weaver All I do is tell the stories, best as I can. My friends in blue, gray, brown, red and green live the stories. So do their families. A couple years back, while I was on the way home one afternoon, Trooper Kevin Conner called me. Like many phone calls I have with […]

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Contributed We still need volunteers to help a the poles, anyone can come and help at any time but these are slots that we don’t have anyone listed to help. All you have to do is hand out cards for people coming in to vote.  Please help us out, this is an important election. Today […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is reminding voters using paper ballots to read the ballot instructions carefully and be sure to vote for the correct number of candidates in each contest. Voters with questions about the instructions should ask a poll worker for help.   When a voter “overvotes” (voting for […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is reminding voters that North Carolina law prohibits taking photographs of voted ballots. N.C.G.S. § 163A-1133(c).   Voters are allowed to have phones or electronic devices with them while voting as long as those devices are not used to photograph a ballot or communicate with anyone via […]

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Not sure about a Mega Million (Billion) winner last night.  As of early Saturday (10/20/18) no one had stepped forward. Still early. According to statistics related to US lotteries $72.97 billion is spent annually on lottery tickets or about $223 for every American citizen.  Not sure if the math adds up, just repeating someone else […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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Bladen County Schools

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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:   […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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