02/20/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 12:51 am This Day in History for February 20
  • 12:36 am Three Rivers Conference Basketball Tournament
  • 12:10 am Bladen Recreation Nuggets Basketball Team
  • 12:06 am Bladen Recreation’s Orange Basketball Team
  • 12:02 am Bladen Recreation’s Carolina Blue Team
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NC DOT

Contributed RALEIGH – North Carolina students will continue learning about how to safely walk and bicycle to school through the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program. The department has set aside $1.5 million of Transportation Alternative Program funds for Safe Routes to School programming. Communities can use the funds to develop creative […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper inducted North Carolina’s Ninth Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green, at a ceremony in the North Carolina State Capitol. Green is the first African American and the third woman to serve as the state’s ambassador for poetry and the spoken word. Green succeeds Shelby Stephenson, who was named poet laureate Feb. 2, […]

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National Weather Service

Contributed Today (Tuesday, February 19) the WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC will be down through this Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 for the refurbishment of the transmitter. Although the form, fit, and function of the transmitter will remain the same, old breakers and cables original to the radar will […]

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RALEIGH: AveXis, Inc., a leading gene therapy company developing treatments for rare and life-threatening neurological diseases, will create 200 jobs as it expands its manufacturing center in Durham County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The new center was first announced in May of last year. AveXis will invest an additional $60 million in the facility. “North Carolina’s expertise […]

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On Saturday and Sunday, February 23 – 24, 2019, from 10 am – 4 pm, Moores Creek National Battlefield, in collaboration with the Moores Creek Battleground Association, will be commemorating the 243rd Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, one of the first Patriot victories of the American Revolution. Over 150 Living Historians dressed […]

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Peruvian festival music performers La Patronal will visit the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater on Saturday March 30, 2019 to share their authentic music and dance with a 1-2 p.m. free community dance workshop and a 7 p.m. performance. This is an amazing opportunity to learn about a different culture!  The workshop is family compatible, […]

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a media day on February 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Carolina Beach Pier, Carolina Beach, N.C. The Wilmington District awarded a periodic nourishment contract on Nov. 30, 2018 at a cost of approximately $17.4 million to Weeks Marine, Incorporated. This […]

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Contributed Laughter will be the order of the evening when the “Laughter with a Melody Clean Comedy” takes place on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at East Bladen High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door and children ages 7 to […]

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  Cooper Continues Push for Federal Government Urged to Set Science-Based Standards for GenX and Similar Compounds RALEIGH: The U.S Environmental Protection Agency must move faster to help states like North Carolina dealing with unregulated chemicals that are causing serious concerns about drinking water, Governor Roy Cooper said today. The EPA today rolled out an action […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public meeting and public hearing on Monday, February 18, on a draft permit for the Chemours Company to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facility.  The system will significantly reduce the emissions of […]

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Eight School Leaders Now Vie for State Title Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year and will now compete for the state title of 2019 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2018 recipient, Tabari Wallace, principal of West […]

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GREENVILLE – Justin Lee Myers was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday on drug trafficking and money laundering charges, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. Myers, 34, of Tabor City, was among eight people charged as part of a 22-count indictment filed […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina residents whose lives were upended by Hurricane Florence may be eligible to get a case manager to help them with their recovery. FEMA approved the State of North Carolina’s request for the Disaster Case Management program for use in the counties affected by the flooding that followed Hurricane Florence. The […]

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Black History Month

RALEIGH: In celebration of Black History Month, Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper will honor African American musicians and artists from North Carolina at a reception at the Executive Mansion beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. “Black History Month is a time to reflect on the deep contributions made by African Americans to […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper named Associate Justice Cheri Beasley as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. “Chief Justice Mark Martin has admirably served our state for years, and I wish him well in his new role,” said Gov. Cooper. “Justice Beasley is a well-respected jurist, and I know her to be fair and […]

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RALEIGH: Gov. Cooper released the following statement today on the passing of Rep. Walter Jones: “I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr. He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed.” Share:

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Updated: In 2018 1,600 North Carolina State Troopers wrote 346,000 citations for speeding, 19,910 citations for DWI, and investigated 1,037 fatalities in North Carolina. The troopers patrolled over 78,000 miles of North Carolina highways. In 1921, 150,558 motor vehicles were registered in North Carolina. By 1929, the number of registered vehicles increased to 503,590. As […]

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North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced several leadership additions for the Department of Public Instruction today. “We continue to build a great team, and whether talent comes from promoting existing DPI staff, from school districts or from elsewhere, I am excited to be working with top talent to bring needed innovations to […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina homeowners who want to participate in a special program that provides rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence must take action by Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm, Governor Roy Cooper urged today. Feb. 10 is the final deadline and will not be extended again. North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential […]

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RALEIGH — The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W Boyle sentenced Cheyne Martin Potrafka, 35, of Burgaw to 220 months’ imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervised release. Potrafka pled guilty to one count of receipt of […]

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By Matthew Burns from WRAL Washington — Gov. Roy Cooper urged Congress on Wednesday to take a more active role in battling climate change. Speaking to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, Cooper recounted North Carolina’s recent history with so-called 500-year floods. The state has seen three of them in less than 20 years […]

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Contributed Duke Energy is advancing a smarter energy future. Solar energy is part of that future and will help meet our customers’ evolving energy needs. We’re working to ensure solar continues to grow in North Carolina for the benefit of all our customers. Building a Cleaner Energy Future for our NC Customers – North Carolina […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – High Point Halal Meats in High Point is voluntarily recalling all production lots of chicken, lamb and beef products because they were produced without benefit of required inspections. “Inspectors with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Meat and Poultry Inspection Division discovered uninspected meat and poultry products in commerce,” said […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following statement after voting to advance Bill Barr’s nomination to the floor of the U.S. Senate: “Throughout his decades of public service, Bill Barr has put the rule of law ahead of partisan politics and he has […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) were announced as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. Jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property includes the United State Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Copyright Office, oversight of the functions of the federal government as they relate […]

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas is providing another affordable renewable energy option for its South Carolina customers that will enable them to see real savings in their monthly bills from the output of two new solar facilities in Anderson County. Following on the successful launch of a nearly identical program last year by Duke […]

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After 26 years of service with the North Carolina Judicial Branch, Judge Marion R. Warren is resigning as director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC), effective February 28, to become senior associate dean of Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va. “Working with the statewide court system to provide programs […]

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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton, NC announces the opening of the “River Run Art Show” featuring the students of Robeson Community College’s painting class under the direction of artist Joy McGugan. A reception for the exhibit will be held 10 am-2 pm Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the theater during the […]

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Contributed On Monday, February 4, 2019, minutes before 3:00 pm, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy was on routine patrol in the Green Acres community of Tabor City, when he observed a vehicle parked near the wood line. The CCSO Deputy drove to the vehicle to check on the vehicle and offer his assistance. […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) announced the first recipients of the Governor’s Educator Discovery Award. Seth Hardison, Amanda Hoke and Emily Warnke will each receive a $1,000 award to help them pursue professional development opportunities. “Teaching is a challenging, inspiring career, and North Carolina’s hardworking […]

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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that on February 1, 2018, Samuel DeWayne Doolittle, 33, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan for interstate transportation for prostitution and use of the internet to promote an unlawful […]

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson and North Carolina Community College System President Peter Hans have joined to proclaim the month of February “Career Pathways Month” in North Carolina. The proclamation acknowledges the many great career paths that are available to North Carolina’s public school students. Superintendent Johnson and President Hans made the announcement at the North […]

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Contributed Nine teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as the state’s regional Teachers of the Year for their dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve. These accomplished educators will now compete for the title of 2019 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year. The winner succeeds the 2018 Teacher […]

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WILMINGTON, NC – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District awarded a periodic nourishment contract on Nov. 30, 2018 at a cost of approximately $17.4 million to Weeks Marine, Incorporated. This contract for coastal storm risk management covers all or portions of the shorelines within Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Periodic nourishment, or […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Federal environmental experts need to set standards for chemicals that are causing serious concerns about drinking water in North Carolina and across the country, Governor Roy Cooper wrote to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler today. Recent reports indicate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is declining to set standards for chemical compounds known […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: The deadline for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to Sunday, February 10, 2019 Governor Roy Cooper announced today. That’s the date by which eligible homeowners need to complete the forms to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper’s statement on the Virginia governor: “This is a reprehensible picture that is deeply disappointing and I know must come with pain beyond what many of us can even understand,” said Governor Cooper. “Resignation is the only way forward.” Share:

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) signed a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to develop federal drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), including the chemical know as GenX, as part of the agency’s national management plan for this class […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – Woodland owners in 52 counties impacted by Hurricane Florence and recognized as federally-declared disaster areas can now apply for cost-share funding for reforestation efforts. The North Carolina General Assembly approved $2.5 million in time-limited funding for reforestation efforts that will be administered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and […]

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Contributed WHO/WHAT: The Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold an advisory committee meeting to review the trust fund budget, hear updates on ADFP work and review Cycle XII requests for proposals. This meeting is open to the public. WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 6 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Hall of Fame Meeting Room, Agriculture Building […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored legislation to require the President and Congress to enact annual balanced budgets. S.J.Res.3 is a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution requiring the President to submit, and Congress to approve, a balanced budget each year. The legislation has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I […]

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Contributed MOREHEAD CITY: North Carolina commercial fishermen hit hard by Hurricane Florence will soon get relief as part of $11.6 million being distributed by the state Division of Marine Fisheries, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries in Morehead City today mailed the first round of checks […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted Governor Roy Cooper’s request for a federal disaster declaration for 21 North Carolina counties that were hit hard by Tropical Storm Michael in October. The declaration provides public assistance to these counties, allowing local governments, state agencies, eligible non-profits and houses of worship to be reimbursed for […]

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Contributed As part of its “Films that Matter” series the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton will be screening the newest documentary film by director Cash Michaels on Thursday March 7.  “AL: MY BROTHER” is the true story of white civil rights activist/attorney Alan McSurely, and his over 50-year battle against racism and […]

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RALEIGH:  Governor Roy Cooper is working to encourage resolution of a football scheduling dispute between East Carolina University and Virginia Tech that arose following cancellation of a game due to Hurricane Florence. Governor Cooper has called Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and asked him to encourage Virginia Tech officials to work towards a resolution that keeps this […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper appointed new members to the State Board of Elections. “North Carolinians deserve fair and honest elections, and I am confident this board will work to protect our electoral process,” said Gov. Cooper. Gov. Cooper appointed the following individuals: *Stella Anderson, of Boone. Anderson was the Board Chair of the Watauga County […]

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Contributed Southeastern Health will host “Your Window to Wellness,” a MyChart patient portal sign-up event and health fair, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center in Lumberton. This event is free and open to the public, and attendees can also enjoy a free guest admission to the […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolinians must act now to participate in a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper urged today. Eligible homeowners have until Friday, February 1, 2019 to complete a Right of Entry Form (ROE) to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. The […]

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Following through on a promise he made last December, State Superintendent Mark Johnson will be one of the thousands who participate in the 15th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh this weekend.  The event begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday February 2 at the NC State Memorial Bell Tower.  Superintendent Johnson announced he would participate after […]

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Youth Empowered Solutions will be offering a Youth Leader Training session on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 10 .m. until 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The event will take place at the Kiwanis Recreation Center located at 352 Devers Street, Fayetteville. The training will include skills in youth advocacy, action planning identifying issues and […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In communities affected by Hurricane Florence, local building officials or floodplain managers may find that a structure has been “substantially damaged” and must be updated to meet the requirements of floodplain ordinances. “Substantial damage” applies to a severely damaged home or other structure in a Special Flood Hazard Area in National Flood […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. stated today: “I was pleased to return the United States Attorney’s Office to full operations this morning following the resolution of the lapse in appropriations by our leadership in Washington. And as we resume normal operations, I want to thank and commend the lawyers and staff […]

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RALEIGH:   A total of 12 coastal communities will get more than $1.1 million in grants to improve public access to coastal beaches and waters, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The grants go to towns along the coast from Manteo to Holden Beach and many points in between. “North Carolina’s coast is one of our greatest treasures […]

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Raleigh –These days the traditional, almost ceremonial way of doing a real estate closing with a home buyer gripping a pen to sign countless sheets of paper in a blur with the lawyer and notary public hovering to stamp and seal the growing stack is coming to its own “closing.” Many buyers, particularly younger ones, […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Cooper urges residents to follow their local weather forecast and be prepared for another round of sub-freezing temperatures and winter weather over the next few days – and to exercise caution on the roads in areas were wintry precipitation falls. “North Carolina is bracing for more cold and snowy weather, and I urge people […]

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NC DOT

FAYETTEVILLE – Seven bridges across Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties will be replaced over the next two years, thanks to newly awarded contracts. The N.C. Department of Transportation this month signed off on two contracts totaling $4.7 million to a group of companies that will design and build the new bridges, and demolish the […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper released the following statement on the agreement to reopen the federal government : “Today’s agreement finally ends President Trump’s unnecessary shutdown and alleviates anxiety for thousands of working families in North Carolina, and for all who rely on the federal government to inspect our food, ensure safe travel, test water […]

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Masceline Petitlubin, a 2012 Fayetteville State University (FSU) chemistry graduate and current Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidate in the Broadwell School of Business & Economics, began full-time position with NASA on January 22.  Petitlubin was offered a position within the Information and Logistics Management Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as […]

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By Erin Smith A 3-year old boy missing from Craven County has been found alive. The Craven County Sheriff’s Office announced the news late Thursday night. Searchers received a tip of a child crying in the woods on Thursday. According to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, searchers reported to the area and located Casey Hathaway […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – The Blood Donor Center is in urgent need of type O negative blood due to critically low supply levels. The center currently has less than a day’s supply of type O negative blood. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. Babies in the neonatal […]

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RALEIGH: To promote workforce development and strengthen connections between education and job readiness, Governor Roy Cooper has declared the week of January 28-February 1, 2019 as Career Pathways Week in North Carolina. During the week, regional NCWorks Career Pathways teams will host workshops across the state aimed at raising awareness among K-12 and community college career […]

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By Erin Smith A search in Craven County for a missing 3-year old boy resumed at 8 a.m. Thursday. The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation into Casey Hathaway’s disappearance. According to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, Casey was playing outside his grandmother’s house on Toler Road near Ernul, NC, with two other children […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper appointed 28 new members to 23 North Carolina Boards and Commissions. “I’m thankful for the expertise each appointee brings to serving North Carolina, and for their help as we work to move North Carolina forward,” said Gov. Cooper. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the Board of Directors of the […]

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a Community Mitigation Resiliency Workshop on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Bladen County Emergency Operations Center. Area residents can get tips and advice on how to make their homes more resistant to flood damage at community mitigation resiliency workshops. FEMA mitigation […]

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By Erin Smith A 3-year old boy is missing from Craven County. A search was conducted overnight and is expected to resume on Wednesday morning. A post on the Craven County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page reads, “Residents living in the area are asked to check storage sheds, vehicles, and their property for the child.” The child, […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – The application period for the 2018 GREAT Grant program will close February 1 at 11:59 p.m., Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and State Chief Information Officer, said today. The GREAT Grant Program is a new $10 million program authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly and administered […]

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Contributed Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Elizabeth A. Thomas, 37, was reported missing on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. She was last seen on December 26, 2018, in the 500 block of N McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville. Elizabeth Thomas is described as a […]

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Contributed Officers and Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), Gang Unit, and members of the United States Marshals Service have located and arrested Zhivargo K. Jenkins (B/M, 41 years of age), who was wanted for seventeen (17) outstanding warrants for arrest and orders for arrest. Jenkins was located along the […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Participants in the North Carolina Transmission Planning Collaborative (NCTPC), made up of representatives from the state’s electric utilities, have identified 19 major projects that will maintain and improve the electric transmission network as part of the 2018-2028 Collaborative Transmission Plan (“2018 plan”) for North Carolina. The projects represent more than $657 million in investments […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 21, 2019 – CresCom Bank, the second largest community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to announce its planned expansion into the Charlotte, North Carolina market. With this development, CresCom Bank is pleased to welcome Robin Lyle as Charlotte market leader and senior vice president to the CresCom Bank team. “With half […]

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The United Way of Robeson County will be offering personal hygiene and household items at 302 North Chestnut Street  in Lumberton. Items will be given away beginning at 12 noon and continue while supplies last. Please bring a copy of your FEMA declaration with you.     Share:

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RALEIGH: Governor Cooper and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging his administration to allow U.S. Coast Guard service members to receive federal food assistance through a Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) fund. Due to the partial government shutdown, Coast Guard service members have not been paid since December 31, 2018. […]

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By WECT Caroline Burkard | January 18, 2019 at 4:03 PM EST – Updated January 18 at 7:56 PM After battle with cancer, Lewis sworn in as senior resident superior court judge Share:

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NEW BERN: Governor Roy Cooper and leaders from his administration will be in New Bern Tuesday to discuss issues facing Eastern North Carolina and will take part in events across the region. On Tuesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m., Gov. Cooper, representatives from cabinet agencies, and senior staff will meet at the North Carolina History Center […]

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The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, remaining unchanged from November’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent. North Carolina’s December 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 4,299 over the month to […]

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Contributed State Superintendent Mark Johnson will visit Roger Bell New Tech Academy in Havelock, on Friday, Jan. 18.  Craven County was among the areas of eastern North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence last year. Johnson will be delivering books donated by students at Shiloh Elementary School in Union County. He will also deliver letters written […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world was signed into law. The legislation, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the U.S. government’s capability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and other mass […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on the Disaster Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House: “Yesterday, the U.S. House took action to pass a much-needed $14.17 billion disaster relief package that’s critical to North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence. I urge the U.S. Senate to pass this bill and for […]

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By Roxana Ross Dr. Archie “Zan” Tyson has brought a new procedure to Southeastern Health that is expanding the treatment options for local cardiac patients. Cardiac ablation is a safe and tested procedure that has been practiced regularly in the United States for many years but has never before been offered at Southeastern Regional Medical […]

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition […]

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RALEIGH: The deadline for North Carolinians who are eligible for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to February 1, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. That’s the date by which homeowners need to complete the forms to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power […]

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Contributed It was a true battle as the Harrells Christian Academy middle school basketball team faced off against Myrtle Grove Christian Academy last Thursday evening.  The Crusaders were able to come out on top with a final score of 24-23 after a very intense and surprising game. Everyone in the gymnasium could feel the tension […]

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Making good on the promise he made when he entered office, State Superintendent Mark Johnson today announced initiatives to reduce the testing currently required for students in North Carolina’s public schools. The steps come after getting feedback from parents and teachers. Recent surveys showed a high percentage feel that students are taking too many tests. […]

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Starting today, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction is seeking formal proposals from charter schools across the state to join a $26.6 million federally funded state initiative to help meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students. Under the five-year program, Advancing Charter Collaboration and Excellence for Student Success, or NC ACCESS, the Department of Public […]

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Contributed “The Entire Legitimacy Of The Investigation Is Compromised” Raleigh, NC — This morning, the North Carolina Republican Party held a press conference laying out the problems with the Ninth Congressional District investigation in specific detail. “‘The fact remains that a critical election hangs in the balance, and the voters of the Ninth Congressional District […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, issued the following joint statement to reiterate the strong support for NATO in the United States Senate: “NATO’s broad bipartisan support in the Senate has been repeatedly expressed through the re-establishment of the Senate NATO Observer […]

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Contributed WILMINGTON, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2019: Club Golf Indoor is set to tee off at RiverLights™ with a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 19, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Test your golfing abilities in the closest to the pin challenge, practice your swing with a wide open driving range, and improve your accuracy with choices […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: North Carolina has been awarded a $4.5-million preschool development grant, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The grant will help North Carolina improve the health, safety, and developmental and academic readiness of young children across the state. “Every young child in our state deserves a strong start in a safe and nurturing family and […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on University of North Carolina’s Chancellor Carol Folt’s decision to remove the remainder of Silent Sam: “I appreciate the Chancellor’s actions to keep students and the public safe. North Carolina is welcoming to all, and our public university should reflect that.” Share:

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Eight Harrells Christian Academy students were recognized last Thursday, January 10th at the Terrific Kids, Golden Resource, and Jammin’ for Jesus celebration. Kiwanis Club representative Bobby Spell attended the ceremony to present Terrific Kid certificates. Aubrey Edwards, Matilda Parker, Arabella Wasserman, Lilly Kate Rogers, Sammy Martin, Adriana Wasserman, Laney Bell, and Ray Anna Ginn were […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: A State of Emergency declared by Governor Cooper this weekend remains in effect as utility workers are quickly restoring power across the Triad area and some Western North Carolina counties. “We are grateful for the hard work of utility crews who have been out all weekend in freezing and icy conditions,” said Governor […]

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Contributed Detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), the United States Marshal’s Service, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Probation Office are requesting the public’s assistance locating Zhivargo K. Jenkins, 41, who has 17 outstanding warrants for arrest and orders for arrest. Jenkins is currently wanted for the following: […]

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Contributed Governor Roy Cooper today wrote to President Donald Trump to urge him to end the federal government shutdown that is holding back hurricane recovery efforts and threatening North Carolina’s farming economy. “While we continue the short-term recovery with FEMA’s help, our critical long-term work to rebuild stronger and smarter is delayed with every day […]

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Contributed Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Urgent Care Pembroke is changing its name to more accurately reflect a growth in services offered. The urgent care is expanding to the neighboring clinic space within the Southeastern Health Pembroke complex which housed the former Trinity Urgent Care. Trinity’s provider, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Denene Smith, has joined Southeastern Health’s […]

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By Erin Smith A Gofundme page has been started to raise funds to assist the Raleigh Police Officer who was shot wounded on Wednesday night. The page was started by David Blackwelder who is the Wake County Chapter President of the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance. The group hopes to raise $50,000 to assist officer […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy has received the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) “Emergency Recovery Award” for the company’s outstanding power restoration efforts after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina and South Carolina in September 2018. The Emergency Recovery Award is given to select EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers […]

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Effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will implement visitation restrictions due to the increasing trend of flu cases throughout the region. “Influenza is widespread in our state at this time and we are taking these precautions to prevent possible spread of the virus to our patients,” said SeHealth […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: North Carolina is preparing for another round of winter weather expected this weekend and now is the time for people to get ready, especially in the mountains and foothills, Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday. “Our emergency managers and DOT engineers are watching the forecast closely and making sure North Carolina is prepared for […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With returning cold temperatures and potential negative impacts from the ongoing federal government shutdown, Piedmont Natural Gas is reminding its customers and communities of programs for people who need assistance paying their energy bills. “Higher energy bills this time of year can make financial hardships even more stressful for individuals and families […]

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NC DOT

Contributed RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation today unveiled its draft 10-year transportation plan for 2020-2029 at the monthly Board of Transportation meeting in Raleigh. The plan, called the Draft 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), includes 17 new highway projects in Division 6. The division covers Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties. The […]

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