05/19/2019
  • 8:50 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 19
  • 1:27 am This Day in History for May 19
  • 1:22 am Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
  • 1:17 am Obituary: Clarence Angus Ferguson
  • 1:05 am Where Should I Play Golf … And What Does It Cost?
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By Erin Smith PayPal is warning individuals and businesses who use PayPal to process payments for goods they sell online, to beware of a new scam. The way the scam works, according to PayPal, is the scammer will send an email to someone about purchasing an item they have for sale. The scammer will request […]

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HICKORY – Citizens from Rolesville to Rutherfordton are getting deceptive calls from people who are spoofing the State Bureau of Investigation’s Northwestern District Office phone number and claiming to be from the SBI. These people are not with the SBI and have no connection with the agency. Spoofing uses technology that allows an anonymous person to […]

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DUBLIN – As the fall semester commenced at Bladen Community College, the August 30th convocation was an opportunity for pensive reflection and great expectations for students and staff on campus. “There is no limit to what you can achieve,” remarked Board of Trustees Chair Dennis Troy. In this assembly of campus-wide staff, faculty, and students, […]

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North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested 226 people on alcohol, drug and other charges during an operation August 24th as part of a statewide crackdown. During the operation, ALE special agents in Fayetteville intervened during a shooting following a disturbance outside a Food Lion on Rosehill Road and provided medical aid to the shooting victim until […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Training Center at White Lake has been a hub of activity this week as a group of Bladen County Detention Officers have undergone specialized training. Sgt. Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Training Division, said, “In an effort to more efficiently serve the citizens of our county and […]

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By Erin Smith A ReBuild NC Hurricane Matthew application center has opened in Bladen County, at the Bladen County Training Center at White Lake. The application center is located at 5853 US 701 Highway North, Elizabethtown, NC. On Tuesday morning, Kimberly Robertson, the Community Development Specialist with the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Emergency […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker reported the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office had a busy start to the weekend. Sheriff McVicker said his Narcotics Unit began the weekend with a search warrant in the Rico Road area of Clarkton early Friday morning. “My deputies, assisted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 253 […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today that his Office is “proud to partner with Homeland Security Investigations and other top-tier law enforcement agencies to pursue benefit fraud investigations and prosecutions. Immigration fraud is a significant national problem, and we need to address it […]

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the […]

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RALEIGH – North Carolina Emergency Management has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to help deploy and test three prototype, low-cost flood sensors designed to help bring early flood detection and warning to more communities at a reasonable cost.   Beginning in mid-August, NCEM will deploy a total […]

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By Erin Smith Strong thunderstorms passed through Bladen County overnight Sunday leaving many residents without power and yards littered with debris. One Elizabethtown family had a tree fall on their home. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said there were multiple reports of trees down throughout the county and one tree was reported to have […]

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A goal of the Elizabethtown Police Department is to promote transparency and accountability within our community. In an effort to achieve this goal, Elizabethtown has become the first law enforcement agency in Bladen County to implement body worn cameras. With the assistance of the North Carolina Crime Commission, we received a 50/50 grant that allowed […]

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Contributed Brunswick County, N.C. – In keeping with best practices and in an effort to ensure the safety of judges, staff, and the public, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office along with Brunswick County Court Officials will be holding an active shooter training exercise inside the Brunswick County Courthouse the afternoon of Thursday, June 21st. An […]

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RALEIGH – This morning at approximately 8 a.m., two correctional officers were assaulted in a dining area incident at Central Prison. Early indications determined several inmates refused orders from staff. Two of the correctional officers who responded were both assaulted by one inmate who hit them with his fists. The situation was brought under control by other […]

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RALEIGH – When river levels began rising last year after a late-April storm dumped five to eight inches of rain across North Carolina’s Piedmont, North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) warned community leaders along the Neuse River what day and time the river would crest and just how high water levels would rise in their community. […]

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by Erin Smith Update: A missing Brunswick County teen has been found safe. READ MORE The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing teen. Jessica Marie Millis, 17, was last seen leaving her residence on Potterfield Road in Winnabow on foot at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday wearing a multicolored striped T-shirt and cut-off jean […]

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The Bladen County Sheriffs Office has been conducting training to enhance the safety of our school children, residents, and businesses on a repetitive basis since the Specialized Training Section was established in 2015. On Thursday another initiative was launched to support those goals and objectives, according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Gary Turlington. “In […]

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RALEIGH – As the amount of traffic increases across the state due to motorists traveling to their intended vacation destinations, reducing collisions is a top priority of the State Highway Patrol. Combating needless collisions that result in serious injury or death is a nationwide effort of which the Patrol will partner with nine other states […]

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NC DOT

  STAR – The N.C. Department of Transportation has a safety message for motorists: Never try to outrun a train at a railroad crossing. To illustrate its point, the agency today staged and videotaped a simulation showing a remote-controlled car trying to beat a train at a railroad crossing in Montgomery County. The car, fitted with […]

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  By Erin Smith On Monday, the Take Back NC Initiative unveiled a get tough plan for drug dealers. The plan calls for stiffer penalties for those caught dealing drugs and for those dealers whose products cause the death of a user to be charged with second degree murder. That theme was continued as the […]

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RALEIGH – In anticipation of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, increased traffic congestion is expected across the state, as motorists travel to their intended destinations.  North Carolina provides several vacation opportunities from the mountains to the coast which also invites an increased number of visitors from surrounding states.                                                   With this in mind, the State […]

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RALEIGH – The NCDMV License and Theft Bureau held graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 18, for its 23rd Basic Inspector Class at the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg.  Eight new inspectors will be assigned to various regions of the state and will join 190 other inspectors who primarily investigate vehicle theft, title fraud, driver license ID […]

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NC DOT

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to 19 North Carolina airports. The $10.2 million in funding will be used to provide improvements such as better lighting, longer runways and repairs to hangars and terminal buildings. North Carolina airports serve as a vital economic engine connecting people […]

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RALEIGH – State officials announced an information session has been scheduled about the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. The information session is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, at St. Pauls Middle School, located at 526 West Shaw Street in St. Pauls. This will be the fifth information session […]

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NC DOT

BOARDMAN – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants citizen input on the preliminary design for building an interstate-style interchange on U.S. 74 in Columbus County. The interchange would carry Old Boardman Road/Macedonia Church Road over U.S. 74 and have loops to allow traffic to enter the highway without stopping. Currently, motorists on the side roads must […]

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By Faye Boyne, NCDOT OPENINGS: SR1176 (Forrest Drive) SR1176 (Forrest Drive) is open as of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) […]

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RALEIGH – As the summer travel season begins, the N.C. Department of Transportation, in partnership with GEICO, today announced a new, statewide effort that encourages North Carolina drivers to stop driving distracted. Highway rest areas are now rebranded as “Safe Phone Zones”, and have signage asking drivers to wait to check their phones until they arrive […]

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By Erin Smith State officials are continuing to investigate a fish kill that occurred over the weekend at White Lake. Bridget Munger, the Public information Officer for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, said on Wednesday afternoon the state still has not received any test results from samples collected at White Lake and a cause of the fish […]

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NC DOT

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC program, is reminding drivers to “Make Room for Bikes” and bicyclists to take steps to be safe on the state’s roadways during Bicycle Safety Month. May is recognized as Bicycle Safety Month, both in North Carolina and nationally, as a time to celebrate the benefits of two-wheeled […]

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Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day: All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, May 29th.   Share:

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Burgaw, N.C.- Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC), received national recognition for its compliance with a comprehensive safety program called the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP). RESAP is one of the few programs in the country that provides electric cooperatives a management tool for continuous safety and loss control assessment. The certificate, […]

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Raleigh – NC Emergency Management this week notified four communities that they soon would receive $2.2 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The initial award funds the first five projects using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grants. “We know homeowners and communities have been waiting patiently […]

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Road Closing

By Faye Boyne OPENINGS: CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is […]

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By Erin Smith The Brunswick County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon at the St. James Community Center in St. James and learned more about North Carolina’s response to the Opioid Epidemic. Allen Dellapenna with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health addressed the group and told them […]

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RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live on Friday, Apr. 20, after a week-long effort to reduce teen related collisions statewide.  Troopers conducted more than 153 traffic safety presentations and patrolled nearly 560 school zones, monitoring driving behaviors of teens as they traveled to and from school.   The operation, which began Monday, Apr. 16, is […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Three leaders in the North Carolina Department of Information Technology have been honored by a national publication for being among the best in their fields. Deputy State Chief Information Officer Tracy Doaks, Chief Customer Officer Jon Minshew and Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson were among 50 state IT professionals recognized for excellence during […]

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By Faye Boyne, NC DOT OPENINGS:  CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. […]

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CDC

By Erin Smith The Centers for Disease in Atlanta, Georgia has expanded a nationwide recall of romaine lettuce to include all forms of Romaine lettuce. The recall was issued following an E. Coli outbreak that has been connected to Romaine lettuce. The CDC’s warning states the recall applies to all types of Romaine lettuce from […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department telecommunicator who helped counsel a colleague in training after a 911 call during which a psychiatric patient threatened to harm himself and his mother. The incident resulted in the patient being shot and killed by police. Wendy Bignall of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department peer […]

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RALEIGH: At Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks’ request, the Governor’s Crime Commission has established a special committee consisting of representatives from law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, schools and others to identify resources and develop recommendations to strengthen school safety. “School shootings have tragically become too common an occurrence in our country. We must use […]

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RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is proud to announce it will join a collaborative effort to reduce collisions along the I-95 corridor.  Through support from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and states along the eastern portion of the U.S., the Drive to Save Lives Campaign is intended to increase visibility of law […]

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By Erin Smith If you have purchased eggs recently, you may want to check to see if your eggs are part of a recall issued by Rose Acre Farms in Seymour, Indiana. The company has recalled more than 200 million  eggs due to potential Salmonella contamination.  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the […]

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By Faye Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of roads in Bladen County which are open and closed. OPENINGS: SR1302 (Bladen Union Church Road) SR1302 (Bladen Union Church Road) will be close for cross line repair starting Tuesday, April 10. CLOSINGS: SR1302 (Bladen Union Church Road) SR1302 […]

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By Erin Smith UPDATE: Both missing from Bladen County Found As Friday’s search at Singletary Lake State Park comes to close, there is still no sign of a missing Fayetteville man, according to Katie Hall with NC State Parks. Jesse Sgro, 23, of Fayetteville, was reported missing on Saturday, April 7. According to Hall, crews searched […]

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RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol opened its annual “Operation Drive to Live” initiative with a press event today in Nash County.  The week long initiative is designed to bring attention to the loss of life suffered from teen driving fatalities across our state. The event was held at Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount […]

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RALEIGH: This morning at approximately 8:30, an inmate assaulted another inmate at Lanesboro Correctional Institution. Correctional officers responded to the situation and one of the inmates turned and assaulted one of the officers.   The correctional officer and both inmates were taken to outside medical facilities with non-life-threatening injuries. Lanesboro’s close custody units are on lockdown. […]

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NC DOT

Robeson County Vision Zero Taskforce will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the Robeson County Emergency Operations Center, located at 38 Legend Drive, Lumberton, NC. The featured speaker will be Transportation Secretary James Trogdon, who has made highway safety a top priority, will speak to the task force’s executive committee and […]

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NC DOT

FAYETTEVILLE – Last year, two people died and 147 crashes occurred in work zones in Cumberland County. Going too fast and not paying attention behind the wheel are among the top causes of work zone crashes. Statewide last year, there were more than 7,200 crashes and 38 deaths in work areas. This spring, the N.C. Department of […]

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RALEIGH: The NC Division of Prisons today announced mission changes at several facilities to address safety, security and operational needs. The changes, which could take up to a year to complete, include converting Lanesboro Correctional Institution in Polkton (Anson County) into a facility for female inmates and renaming it Anson Correctional Institution. The facility currently […]

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The Elizabethtown Fire Department would like to pass along reports of two recalls to ensure the safety of the local and surrounding communities. The recalls involve products that may cause burns and fire hazards. Elizabethtown Fire Department first announced Vornado Air Recalls Electric Space Heaters due to fire and burn hazards and then the Paw […]

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NC DOT

RALEIGH – As the weather warms up and more people hit the roads, there’s a greater chance drivers will encounter a work zone. The safety of motorists and construction crews is the top priority of the department, and wants to ensure everyone makes it home tonight. Last year, there were more than 7,200 crashes and 38 […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – The cause of a wildfire that has burned more than 500 acres near White Lake over the past two days remains under investigation, the NC Forest Service said Tuesday in a news release. Strong wind allowed the fire to grow to about 300 acres Monday before fire lines were completed, said Brian Haines, […]

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The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the arrival of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Monday, Apr. 2 to examine aspects of the organization’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure SHP complies with […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Public Safety is partnering with the N.C. Department of Information Technology to combat the growing threat of cyberattacks. A new entity – housed in the State Bureau of Investigation’s N.C Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC) – will focus on promoting cyber awareness and information sharing and to provide […]

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The Burke County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Division of Prisons, are investigating inmate Jose Rios’ (1548344) assault on an officer at Foothills Correctional Institution. As previously reported, the assault happened Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m. in a housing unit at the facility. Prisons Director Kenneth Lassiter’s statement on the assault: “Rios has a […]

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Flags are being flown half staff in honor of a retired Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy who passed away this week. Joe Kelly served with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office from 1971 until his retirement in 1994. He served as one of the  first school resource officers to serve in the county. Mr. Kelly is also […]

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DALLAS, NC – State correctional and local law enforcement officers are seeking Gaston Correctional Center minimum custody inmate Thomas Walker (#0421574), who was reported missing from the facility Thursday night. Campbell was last seen near the facility at 11:21 p.m. Campbell, 41, is a white male with a thin build who stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 126 […]

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RALEIGH — The Department of Public Safety today announced additional action steps taken to improve prison safety. The prison reform measures involve security policies and practices, training and hiring. “DPS has moved forward swiftly to provide a safer working environment for our employees,” Judge Reuben Young, Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Correction and Juvenile […]

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The last week of February and continuing through March 15th, the Bladen County First Responder Training Center at White Lake has been and will be a busy location. Gary Turlington, with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, said the training center has hosted the entirety of the uniformed members of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol […]

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By Erin Smith A house fire early Sunday morning claimed the life of a Bladenboro woman. According to Bladen County Assistant Coroner Kenneth Clark, the fire happened at 5 a.m. near the intersection of Center Road and NC 410. Clark said four people were asleep in the house when the fire occurred. He said the […]

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NC DOT

Bridge to close on Jan. 22 CHADBOURN – Contract crews will close N.C. 410 over Beaverdam Swamp on Monday, Jan. 22, to begin replacing the 70-year-old bridge, which is about four miles south of Chadbourn. The closure will require a detour that includes Rough and Ready Road and U.S. 701. The new bridge is expected […]

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The State Bureau of Investigation has deployed a mobile fingerprint scanning application for local and state law enforcement officers that instantly searches state and national databases for a positive identification. The process is simple. A suspect places his or her finger on a small portable device, about the size of a smartphone and the fingerprints become digitized […]

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RALEIGH – Eight new officers with the State Capitol Police were sworn in today in a formal ceremony at the Justice Building in Raleigh. Officers Jon Bennett, Tyrone Champion, Dustin Dobson, Tito Frink, Colby James, Quantina Seydel, Shelby Smith and Jesse Urban were all welcomed to the agency by Chief Glen Allen, who provided opening remarks. […]

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Raleigh – A new law goes into effect today that helps increase public safety at prisons in North Carolina. As of Dec. 1, it is illegal to fly unmanned aircraft systems, also called drones, 250 feet above and within 500 feet of correctional facilities. Under the new law, those who use drones to try to […]

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On​ ​November​ ​30th,​ ​2017,​ ​West​ ​Bladen​ ​High School Future Farmers of America (FFA)​ ​members​ ​and​ ​Bladenboro​ ​Police​ ​Officers​ ​visited the​ ​Over​ ​Yonder​ ​Ice​ ​Cream​ ​shop​ ​in​ ​Bladenboro.​ ​​ ​The​ ​West​ ​Bladen​ ​FFA​ ​members​ ​got​ ​to​ ​talk and​ ​visit​ ​with​ ​the​ ​police​ ​officers​ ​for​ ​a​ ​little​ ​while,​ ​and​ ​presented​ ​them​ ​with​ ​a​ ​care​ ​package.​ ​​ ​The […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

While people are searching for bargains and trying to find the perfect gift, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said don’t let your guard down at malls and stores. “The holiday season is upon us and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” said Sheriff McVicker. […]

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By Erin Smith As folks begin to think about Christmas, one group of law enforcement officers’ wives want to make sure those who protect our citizens are not forgotten. The Second Annual Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop for Christmas is now under way. “We have 125 officers,” said Melanie Davis, one of the event’s organizers. The officers […]

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Raleigh – The U.S. Marshals are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls not only to their local U.S. Marshals Service office, but also to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has the […]

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NC DOT

Safety is always the top priority at the N.C. Department of Transportation, not only for drivers and employees, but also first responders. Each year, hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are injured or killed by distracted drivers while responding to calls for service. In an effort […]

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Update: Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Mathue Hannaniah Johnson, 23, of 40 Fredrick Britt Road, Bladenboro. He is facing charges of felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny, and felonious possession of stolen goods. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Johnson, you are asked to contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960. […]

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Many teens today are using vapors instead of smoking cigarettes, according to Israel Morrow, an assistant special agent in charge for Alcohol Law Enforcement who oversees the state’s tobacco program. “Vapor juice infused with marijuana is appealing to teens who get a euphoric high from ingesting the vapors,” Morrow said. Also, candy made with CBD […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies traveled to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol’s Precision Driving Facility in Raleigh on Friday to learn the specific handling properties of the new Dodge Charger that is being issued to the deputies. “The Patrol’s driving facility affords the deputies an opportunity to operate the vehicle in […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is conducting Operation Glamour in the Slammer this afternoon to raise funds for Bladen We Care. All Bladen County employees, municipal employees, and elected officials are encouraged to participate. To participate simply come to the magistrate’s office at the new detention center between the hours of 2 p.m. and 8 […]

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SOUTH BEND, Indiana – North Carolina has received the international Higgins and Langley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Swift Water Rescue for the coordinated local, state and federal response in October 2016 to Hurricane Matthew. More than 30 teams rescued 2,336 people and brought them to safety as Matthew’s floodwaters rose.  The premier internationally recognized award for excellence […]

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RALEIGH – For the first time since it was created in 1987, the state’s Crime Victims Compensation Commission soon will have a new chairperson. Dick Adams, who has chaired the Commission for the past 30 years, retired after today’s quarterly meeting. The Crime Victims Compensation Commission reimburses victims of violent crime for medical bills, lost wages, […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County law enforcement and the District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District will receive $97,123 from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to assist them in performing their duties. The District Attorney’s Office for the 13th Prosecutorial District, which includes Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties, will receive $76,955.38 for Bladen/Columbus […]

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RALEIGH – Correction Enterprises and Nash Community College have had a great relationship thanks to the school providing complimentary space and cooperation for an on-campus optical center. On Thursday, Correction Enterprises presented the school with its first Platinum Partnership Award. The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to support Correction Enterprises’ mission. […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting training on Forced Vehicle Stops in Kelly this week. The training consists of classroom session conducted at the Kelly fire Department and then practicing what they have learned in the classroom on Haw Bluff Road, explained Sgt. Gary Turlington. “This is the third part of the Forced […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to conduct a public hearing regarding a proposed golf cart ordinance for the town. Following the public hearing, the board will consider whether or not to adopt the ordinance. The need for a golf cart […]

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Friday, September 1, marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2017. This year’s theme is Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can. In addition to the overarching theme for the month, each week has a theme highlighting different preparedness actions. The focus for the first week of NPM, September 1-9, is, Make a Plan for Yourself, […]

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Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will begin classes for men and women interested in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) on September 21. Over the past 25 years, the college has graduated 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to local, town, county, regional, state, and federal organizations. The BLET program combines physical conditioning with […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has surpassed the 100,000 milestone since the REAL ID debuted in May. The N.C. REAL ID is a new form of identification that meets new federal security requirements for boarding a commercial airplane or visiting a military base or other federal facility. “We are glad North Carolinians are getting ahead of […]

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Learning about hurricanes will help keep you prepared during hurricane season, which continues through November 30. Make sure you do not confuse myths for facts, so you can be confident about taking the proper preparedness actions. Here are a few myths to look out for when you are preparing for a hurricane: Myth: Homeowner’s insurance […]

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A solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, August 21. Many people will be hosting parties, going to the beach, and planning camping trips to view this rare occurrence. If you are planning to view the solar eclipse, do so safely with eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet the […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Some laws are put in place to protect citizens safety. Elizabethtown residents have voiced concerns about young golf cart drivers and their lack of safety and supervision on public roads in town. Children barely able to see over the steering wheel have been reported as recklessly driving golf carts on public roads […]

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Bladen County business owners are asked to be aware as business email scams are rampant. This is where the use of sites such as constructaquote.com public liability insurance come into play. Having insurance will allow you to protect yourself against anything like this happening. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning regarding an […]

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By Erin Smith A three vehicle crash caused emergency officials to close NC 211 in the vicinity of Twisted Hickory Road on Monday afternoon. The road remained closed for about an hour as the crash was investigated and officials worked to clean the crash scene. The crash occurred at 4 p.m. North Carolina Highway Patrol […]

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  A Bladen County home caught fire Wednesday evening according to a neighbor. The home is located in the Bay Tree Lakes’ community. No injuries have been reported at this time. Emergency responders are on the scene to assist the fire fighters due to the heat outside and the task of fighting the fire. More […]

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RALEIGH – As the July 4 Holiday weekend approaches, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to focus on safety while traveling.  Several festivities are planned across the state to celebrate our nation’s independence which will lead to an increased number of vehicles on the state’s roadways. Along with increased travel, SHP is placing a […]

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  WASHINGTON, June 9, 2017 –  Tyson Foods Inc., a New Holland, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,485,374 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) breaded chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products could contain milk, a known allergen, which is not […]

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WASHINGTON – The Atlantic hurricane season starts today, and there is no better time to get ready than now. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages residents and businesses across the nation to prepare by understanding their risk, planning together for the entire family, and downloading the FEMA App. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

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Fallen Members Honored For Sacrifice RALEIGH—The State Highway Patrol held a memorial service today to honor the 62 members killed in the line of duty since the patrol’s inception in 1929. The service began with remarks provided by Col. Glenn McNeill, who welcomed the attending family members of those being honored.  After each fallen member’s […]

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Bladen County employees were presented training by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for Critical Incidents last week. This training fosters work place safety and awareness concepts. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker wanted this training completed to enhance employee safety at work and at home, according to Sgt. Gary Turlington of the BCSO Training Division. Additionally, […]

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The Bladen County Animal Shelter announced on Tuesday, May 9, the local shelter will be temporarily closed. According to Marianne Valentiner with the Bladen County Health Department the Bladen County Animal Shelter will be closed until May 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. The reason for the temporary closure, Valentiner gave, is due to several animal illnesses in […]

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By: Amy Schumacher The week of May 14 – May 20 is recognized as “National Police Week” and has brought about the opportunity to once again “Adopt-A-Cop”. Melonie Knight Davis who works at First South Bank in Elizabethtown and is married to one of the police officers that serves the people of White Lake, Officer Jay […]

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State One of Eight Selected by NGA to Develop Opioid Treatment for Inmates North Carolina is one of only eight states nationwide selected to participate in a learning lab to find better ways to fight opioid addiction among prison inmates, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The National Governors Association selected North Carolina to participate in […]

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Flags at the Bladen County Fallen Officers memorial were flying at half-staff on Thursday in honor of a fallen Corrections officer. Governor Cooper has ordered that state flags are to fly at half-staff in honor and remembrance of Sgt. Megan Lee Callahan. Flags are to remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, April 28, 2017. Sgt. […]

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By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department and Elizabethtown Fire Department, together, will be conducting their annual Kids Appreciation Day event on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The event will be held at the Elizabethtown Town Hall located at 805 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown. There will be food, games, horseback riding, a home run derby, a […]

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RALEIGH – Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks has named Caroline C. Valand as the next executive director of the Governor’s Crime Commission.  She begins her new duties May 1. “Caroline is a strategic thinker and consensus builder and will work well managing the Governor’s Crime Commission staff,” said Hooks.  “She has worked with CEOs and […]

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