06/18/2019
  • 7:19 am Thoughts While Shaving for June 18
  • 12:18 am DYB District 2 AA (Coach-Pitch) Supplemental Tournament: Elizabethtown 8, Whiteville 6
  • 12:02 am Thompson, Hancock participate in golf tournaments
  • 11:53 pm DYB District 2 AA (Coach-Pitch) Tournament: South Columbus 9, Bladen County 2
  • 11:27 pm DYB District 9 AA (Coach-Pitch) Tournament: Lumberton Gold 18, Elizabethtown 4
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By Charlotte Smith Ms. Quessie Peterson has been organizing events for the community at the Baltimore Community Center in Council. A Voters Registration and Resources Workshop was held at the center on June 7th sponsored by Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc., Bladen County Get Out and Vote Organization and the Baltimore Community Center. Ms. […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-introduced the bipartisan Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Service members Leasing Relief Expansion Act. Military families may relocate frequently or suddenly as the result of a service member’s military orders, and these moves often involve entering into leases for a house, apartment, or other […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Republicans believe in patient-centered health care that delivers the choices they want, the affordability and protections they need, and the quality they deserve. That is why Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues today introduced the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that Americans have the peace of mind knowing that they and their loved ones will […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper declared April 7 – 13, 2019 National Volunteer Week in North Carolina to celebrate the work of volunteers. Gov. Cooper is encouraging state employees and North Carolina residents to mark the week by volunteering in their communities. “Whether they’re aiding survivors of disasters like Hurricane Florence or providing meals for the hungry, volunteers […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, legislation that would support small businesses by removing burdensome restrictions from individuals who want to invest in startups and help create jobs. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) and also co-sponsored by […]

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The Bladen County GOP has rescheduled their regular monthly meeting for April. The regularly scheduled Monday meeting in April falls on Easter Monday (April 22, 2019). The meeting has been rescheduled to the next Monday, April 29, 2019, at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, reaffirmed Congress’ commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in advance of the organization’s 70th anniversary. Senators Tillis and Shaheen held a Senate NATO Observer Group meeting with Ambassador Kay Baily Hutchison and more […]

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Raleigh, NC — Chairman Hayes today announced he has relinquished most of his day-to-day duties of managing the NCGOP to other constitutional officers. “In the best interest of the party, I make this announcement today and will let our respected officers lead on a temporary basis until our regularly planned party elections this June,” said Hayes. “After […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Trump Administration that it will halt the delivery of F-35 equipment to Turkey after the decision by the Turkish government to proceed with the purchase of the Russia’s S-400 air defense system: “Turkey’s decision to purchase the S-400 air defense system from NATO’s adversary Russia […]

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By Joy Warren During the regular Monday evening meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council, Mayor Sylvia Campbell announced that the Town was notified of an award of a $500,000 Grant from the NC Office of Recovery & Resiliency. The grant will fund debt service expenses for two years for purchase of property for the new […]

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NCGOP Will Elect A New Chair At Convention In June Concord, NC — Former five-term Congressman Robin Hayes, who was also elected four times to lead the North Carolina Republican Party as its Chairman, will conclude his time as Party leader in his home town of Concord on June 8 at the 2019 North Carolina Republican Party […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jim Risch (R-ID), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced bipartisan legislation in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and in recognition of the great accomplishments the organization has made over the past 70 years. “Over the last 70 […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Had she been any more grateful for the simple little thing I did, the lady would have embarrassed me. I promised not to use her name, so I won’t; she had a problem and didn’t know where to turn. It took me but a moment to find the telephone number and name […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to address contamination from chemicals containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The PFAS Detection Act provides the U.S. Geological Survey with $45 million to develop new advanced technologies to detect PFAS and then to conduct nationwide sampling for PFAS in the environment. “North Carolina has […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government certifies that Turkey will not accept delivery of Russia’s S-400 air defense system. Under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Economics sometimes suffers from a bad image. Economists are famous for disagreeing over public policies. Economics has its own language which is almost impenetrable for those without a degree in the “dismal science.” And speaking of dismal, many have the opinion economics provides little help for everyday decisions. I’ve spent much […]

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We support teachers and are championing the changes our education system needs, but I cannot support protests that force schools to close. The protest organizers should choose a non-school day. The legislature will be in session in Raleigh for at least another three months, a time period that spans dozens of days students are not […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ed Markey (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide state and local law enforcement […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to help family farms reorganize after falling on hard times. The Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 was introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and is also co-sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Doug Jones (D-AL), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Tina Smith (D-MN). […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide free, accessible legal assistance for seniors who need help reporting abuse and neglect, threats to income security, difficulty accessing and affording health care and other violations. The bipartisan Senior Legal Hotline Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Health […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act. Amidst ever increasing numbers of robocall scams, the TRACED Act gives regulators more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties for those caught, promotes call authentication and blocking adoption, and brings relevant federal agencies and […]

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Contributed But over half oppose the Popular Vote Interstate Compact RALEIGH, NC – The latest statewide Civitas Poll found that 43 percent of likely voters would like to retain the Electoral College for electing president, whereas 47 percent prefer to move to a popular vote. As the 2020 elections near, much attention has been given to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting against the “Green New Deal”: “The Green New Deal is an absurdly expensive and unserious policy proposal and the underlying problem is that it seeks to give the federal government more control over the American people, attempting to dictate the kind of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arguments have concluded at the U.S. Supreme Court in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina, a partisan gerrymandering challenge to North Carolina’s congressional plan that was consolidated with Rucho v. Common Cause.  In addition to the two North Carolina cases, the Supreme Court also heard arguments in a Maryland partisan gerrymandering challenge, Lamone […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) signed a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to release its report on whether imported automobiles and auto parts threaten the country’s national security. Last year, Commerce self-initiated a “national security” investigation into automotive imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Under the statute, the […]

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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 the summary of Special Counsel Mueller’s report: “Robert Mueller should be commended for leading a fair and thorough investigation. In the end, the special counsel found there was no collusion and President Trump has been vindicated.” […]

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Here is a review of some of Governor Cooper’s work last week: On Tuesday last week, Governor Cooper announced that communities across the state will get $127 million for 96 drinking water and wastewater projects. The grants will help update aging infrastructure, prepare water facilities for future storms, and create new drinking and wastewater systems. […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has issued the following statement: “After two years of burdensome and overzealous investigations, costing the American taxpayer tens of millions of dollars, the Mueller Report has returned exactly what President Trump has been saying the entire time: No collusion. While President Trump has led our nation […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from January’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s February 2019 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County officials met at the Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building in Elizabethtown on Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Election costs, highway widening, Parks, county planning, economic development, beaver management, board policies and procedures, diversity, inclusion and the county budget were some items on the Bladen County Board […]

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

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners have been working in Washington DC and in Bladen County with federal legislators for assistance to help the local rural communities. US Congressman David Rouzer spoke with the commissioners on Wednesday afternoon and the commissioners gave a report on the National Association of Counties annual Legislative Goals Conference […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, sent a letter to the Acting Register of Copyrights raising concerns that a recent Supreme Court decision could prejudice American copyright owners and hinder the enforcement of constitutionally protected intellectual property rights. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit […]

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  On Monday, March 25, 2019 the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. Registration is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the convention will begin at 7 p.m. Precinct meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Dallas […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) urged the Trump Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that could lead to changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury Rule. The letter led by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tom Carper (D-DE) said that the proposed rule could lead to the undoing of the Mercury Rule, […]

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Chairman of the Bladen County Republican Party, Walter McDuffie has sent a letter to the North Carolina Board of Elections to dispute a request he said the North Carolina State Board of Elections made. McDuffie said the state requested the Bladen County Republican Party make new nominations for the local Board of Elections. Bobby Ludlum […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced the PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act, commonsense legislation that provides much-needed oversight of asbestos bankruptcy trusts to ensure victims receive fair and just compensation. “Asbestos bankruptcy trusts were created to compensate asbestos victims, not trial lawyers,” said Senator Tillis. “The PROTECT Asbestos Victims Act will […]

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The Bladen County Democratic Party will have its annual county convention on Saturday, March 23. The guest speaker will be Professor Irving L. Joyner. Joyner has worked as a professor at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law since 1982. From 1984 to 1992, Joyner served as the Associate Dean of NCCU School of […]

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By Joy Warren Eddie Madden, project manager for the White Lake Multi-Use Path, provided an update during the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners. Excavation work and laying of stone has started along the N.C. 53 and part of U.S. 701. Construction crews began installation of pilings for the […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and David Rouzer (R-NC-07) applauded President Trump for signing the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which includes a provision authored by Tillis and Rouzer to direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American […]

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By Marsha Burney The Bladen County Commissioners struggled to agree on two different issues Monday night. On the first issue, Planning Director Greg Elkins presented the board with a consideration to rezone property located at 3785 Cromartie Road from residential/agricultural to commercial zoning. Elkins told the commissioners the Planning Board had met and made a […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to eliminate the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits they earned by contributing to Social Security. The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act introduced by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) would build on previous steps by Congress and […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to combat the high rate of suicide among members of the National Guard and Reserve. Currently, members of the National Guard and Reserves undergo annual health assessments to identify medical issues that could impact their ability to deploy, but any follow-up care must almost always […]

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