01/16/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 2:06 am JV Girls Basketball: Fairmont 35, West Bladen 13
  • 1:54 am JV Boys Basketball: Fairmont 57, West Bladen 26
  • 1:40 am JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 34, Whiteville 12
  • 1:29 am Boys Basketball: Fairmont 78, West Bladen 51
  • 12:59 am Girls Basketball: West Bladen 47, Fairmont 20
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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Due to the current situation with road closures and flooding, the Bladen County GOP  will not have their meeting tonight.  A new date will be announced soon. Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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…. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Staff report Thursday afternoon NC Governor Roy Cooper visited Bladen County to discuss Hurricane Matthew recovery needs, Emergency Services Training Center, education, and Farmers.  Watch our YouTube video featured below to find out what Gov. Cooper had to say while visiting the mother county.  Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Contributed by Johnny Anderson Hundreds of people came out for the Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker’s meet and greet at Carter’s Blueberry Farm. Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Town Of Elizabethtown

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 […]

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