08/17/2019
  • 7:04 am Thoughts While Shaving for August 17
  • 12:46 am This Day in History for August 17
  • 12:31 am Vacation leave, overtime pay policies on Bladen commissioners’ agenda
  • 12:05 am Vineyard Golf Club Championship Set Sept. 14-15
  • 11:55 pm Desmond Bryant Football Camp Set For Aug. 24
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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County is moving closer to the next election with a fully seated Board of Elections. Board Chair, Ms. Louella P. Thompson kept the meeting held on Tuesday, August 13 on the agenda topics leaving time for concerned citizens to address the board. The newest member of the board, Republican Michael Aycock […]

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By Roxana Ross Southeastern Health staff are excited about the opening of a new AirLife North Carolina base at the Lumberton Rescue Squad. The new base means emergency and trauma patients who need to be airlifted will no longer have to wait for a helicopter to fly into Lumberton for transport, because one will be […]

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By Roxana Ross Myron is not a therapist, but he listens calmly and attentively to patients who are scared or sad, and he often makes patients feel better. He also lets patients pet and cuddle him, as long as they don’t mind a little shedding. A frequent visitor to nursing home residents, Myron, along with […]

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Company will invest $18.4 million in Cary Xerox (NYSE: XRX), a Fortune 500 technology company, will build a new Center of Excellence in Cary, creating 600 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $18.4 million in Wake County. “Xerox, which had many locations to choose from, selected North Carolina because they know we […]

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Governor Cooper appointed Joseph Edgar Brown III and Christopher J. Welch to serve as District Court Judges in Districts 7 and 4, respectively. “Ed has an impressive legal background and is a leader in his community,” said Gov. Cooper. “I look forward to seeing him serve his district in this new role.” Joseph Edgar Brown […]

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Brunswick Fire Department assistant chief and treasurer David Heath Porter was arrested Monday on embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said. Porter, 31, of Whiteville, was taken to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center and was released after posting a $235,000 bond, according to a news release […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections on Tuesday unanimously selected Damon Circosta as State Board chair. The 5-0 vote came after State Board Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell swore in Circosta as a member of the State Board. He replaces former Chair Bob Cordle, who recently resigned. “We have a lot of work […]

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By Charlotte Smith Smithfield Foods, Dominion Energy (together Align Renewables) , and hog farmers are all working together to create renewable energy with biogas in Southeastern North Carolina. The first of the new biogas gathering systems in NC to be constructed by Align is located just South of Turkey, NC on the Sampson/Duplin county line. It will include up to 19 […]

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Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Precautionary Limited Recall of Baby Spinach Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach. The products being recalled are 6 oz Dole Baby Spinach bag, Lot code W20308A (UPC code 0-71430-00964-2), and 10 oz Dole Baby Spinach clamshell, Lot code W203010 (UPC code 0-71430-00016-8), […]

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RALEIGH – On the morning of July 22, Trooper Chris Wooten was seriously injured as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred near the intersection of Tuckaseegee Road and Edgewood Road in Charlotte.  Since the crash, Wooten has been hospitalized, receiving around-the-clock care due to the serious nature of his injuries.   On Thursday, August […]

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By Charlotte Smith The old saying, “They don’t make them like they use to,” may be showcased this weekend. The annual Made in the Shade Open Car and Truck Show takes place Saturday on the lawn in front of San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Registration is from 8 a.m. until noon and judging will begin […]

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Fayetteville-based Highway Division 6 Gets 88 Projects Projects cover years 2020-2029 RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has unveiled this week the final draft of its 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP. It includes more than 1,700 projects across all transportation modes and in every county in the state. The complete draft STIP list […]

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As kids start going back to school and life get busier, now’s the time to check your child’s safety seat. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 1-19. Many people don’t know that children should ride in the backseat until age 13. It’s also a good idea to choose […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, President Trump signed Senator Thom Tillis’ LEGION Act into law, bipartisan legislation that will extend eligibility for American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II. Senator Tillis introduced the legislation with Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). “I was proud to work with Senator Sinema to build the support needed to unanimously pass […]

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EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. – Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr.; Mohamed Ahmedna, dean of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; and other leaders from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will travel more than 500 miles touring the eastern part of the state July 31- Aug. 1. Coordinated by Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T, […]

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Cape Fear Valley Awarded Arts Council Grant For Patient Therapy FAYETTEVILLE – July 30, 2019 –  Cape Fear Valley Health has been awarded a $7,935 grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. The money will help fund the Art Therapy for Behavioral Health Patients program, which provides group art therapy sessions in the inpatient Behavioral […]

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Attorney General William P. Barr Directs the Federal Bureau of Prisons to Adopt an Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol and Schedule the Executions of Five Death-Row Inmates Convicted of Murdering Children Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol—clearing […]

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Road to reopen before schools are back in session TABOR CITY – A section of U.S. 701 north of Tabor City will close next week to allow N.C. Department of Transportation crews to replace and upsize a drainage pipe underneath the roadway. The work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 29, closing the highway in both […]

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By Charlotte Smith This week the local non-profit, Men & Women United are working together with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CPF) to repair four homes damaged by hurricanes, according to Rev. Keith Graham with Men & Women United in East Arcadia. There are 13 members from Monte Vista Baptist Church located in Maryville, TN on the […]

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Raleigh, N.C.- Black’s Tire Service, Inc, a tire distributor and service company will create 26 jobs as it expands its operations in Columbus County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $2.7 million to expand their current distribution center, located in Whiteville. “The Black’s Tire Service decision to expand its operations in rural […]

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Apeks Supercritical Hits Industry Milestones Putting 600th CO2 Cannabis Oil Extraction System into Service Apeks Systems help meet rising global demand for cannabis/hemp oil and infused products Johnstown, OH (July 17, 2019) – Apeks Supercritical, one of the world’s largest CO2 extraction system manufacturers serving the cannabis industry, is putting its 600th CO2 extraction system into service […]

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By Roxana Ross Two new Tru-D robots are now a part of Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s infection control toolkit. The UV light machines are the first of their kind to be used in a hospital in Southeastern North Carolina, according to the manufacturer. After going through a training period with SRMC staff for several weeks, […]

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The Department of Justice today announced three major developments related to the implementation of the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA): Over 3,100 federal prison inmates will be released from the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) custody as a result of the increase in good conduct time under the Act. In addition, the Act’s retroactive application […]

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Season tickets go on sale 12PM August 1 with general tickets on sale August 12.   Ticketing Information Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to the theater’s web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or with credit card or cash noon to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday through […]

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By Roxana Ross Julius Meekins, a fitness technician for Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Lifestyle Center for Fitness in Lumberton, says he has always been motivated by fitness. After taking home the bronze medal in the 100-meter dash at the National Senior Games in June, he’s hoping he also motivates other seniors to be active, and maybe […]

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Update from Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 4:13 Amber Alert Lifted For 4 Month Old Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the recovery of 4 month old Lonnisha Renee Askew and the arrest of her mother, Juanita Renee Askew. “At approximately 1:30 this afternoon we recovered baby Lonnisha near the bus station in Lumberton with the help […]

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Clarendon, NC – On July 12, 2019, at approximately 11:40 am Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Walter Todd Road in Clarendon in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies located Timothy Tyrone Riggins, 31, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. CCSO Deputies quickly secured the scene.  CCSO […]

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By Charlotte Smith An Elizabethtown resident and mother was murdered by her father’s own hands this week. Jada Swindell, 21, texted, “He’s killing us,” to her mother on Monday as her father was stabbing her to death, according her sister’s report. The nightmare unfolded at John D. Hargrove’s home in Warren County, North Carolina, after […]

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Flowers Foods is recalling hot dog and hamburger buns and other bakery products because they may contain foreign material, more specifically pieces of plastic. These hard plastic bits may pose a choking hazard. No reports of injury or adverse reactions have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The company initiated the recall […]

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Abby Lynn Patterson has been missing from Lumberton since 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. In September of the same year a reward was offered for her safe return. The Federal Bureau of Investigation now features a downloadable poster of Miss Patterson on their FBI Most Wanted list for kidnapped/missing persons list. Patterson was […]

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Dr. James A. Anderson, Chancellor of Fayetteville State University (FSU), and Dr. Amanda K. Lee, President of Bladen Community College, recently signed an agreement that permits Bladen Community College associate degree graduates to complete an online bachelor’s degree at FSU at a total cost of no more than $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses. The $10K Pathway […]

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Lumberton, NC–Junior volunteers are a welcome sign of summer at Southeastern Health. The Junior Volunteer Program accepts students ages 14 to 18 to serve their community by offering a helping hand at the hospital and across the SeHealth system. Students, in turn, gain valuable experience that will help them on their resumes and college applications. […]

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Check out this report about Independence Day in Bladen County from 1976 in The Southeastern Times newspaper owned and operated by Norgie Hester. Share:

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NC Governor Cooper Vetoed the Budget last week. In a press release Governor Roy Cooper said, “I am vetoing this budget because it prioritizes the wrong things. It values corporate tax breaks over classrooms, gimmicks over guaranteed school construction, and political ideology over people.” The legislative budget does not contain a bond, opting instead for […]

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Six rural North Carolina communities will share $1.2 million in federal grant funds to strengthen and expand their response to opioid use disorder with increased planning; prevention; evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment; and recovery service delivery. This new federal funding was awarded as a $200,000 grant to each of the following: Ashe Memorial Hospital in […]

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By Charlotte Smith Yesterday, Tuesday July 2nd, District 46 Republican House Representative Brenden Jones announced he has requested a meeting with Verizon Wireless representatives in Raleigh. Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States, according to reports. Many in Bladen, Columbus and Robeson County have made comments about the service quality […]

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced narcotics arrests around Bladenboro Middle School and surrounding areas early on Wednesday morning. Sheriff James A. McVicker released the names of several individuals arrested recently on illegal narcotics possession and sale. Several of these arrests were individuals who lived in and around Bladenboro, specifically the areas around Bladenboro Middle School […]

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RALEIGH – Authorities have identified Enrique Lopez, 26, of Smithfield as the suspect in yesterday’s pursuit involving a state trooper in Johnston County.  Lopez was attempting to elude law enforcement while fleeing in a stolen tow truck on US 70 Business.  During the pursuit, Lopez began shooting at pursuing troopers who then returned fire as they […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced AARON WAYNE PICKRELL, 50, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 3 years’ probation and 90 days house arrest. PICKRELL was named in a five-count Indictment filed on December 12, 2018, and on […]

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Operation Sugar Hill Gang defendants receive more than a century of time in federal prison. RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that ANTONIO KEVIN MCKOY, 32, of Garland, NC, TONY CHEVALLIER, 40, of Clinton, NC, and JABARR RYEHEINE RUDOLPH, 39, of Clinton, NC were sentenced by […]

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By Catherine Truitt, Chancellor, WGU North Carolina Last fall in a panel discussion at the Gig East event in Wilson, moderator Tom Ruhe of the NC IDEA Foundation asked, “Where are the Red Hats of tomorrow going to come from?” The panelists concurred that there’s no reason why the next Red Hat – currently being acquired by […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said a call into the Bladen 911 Center shortly before 10 am by a concerned neighbor resulted in the foiling of a breaking and entering and a high speed chase. The call was about a home in the 8300 block of NC 41 West, Bladenboro. “We received a call from a […]

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You may have noticed that cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be available almost everywhere, and marketed as a variety of products including drugs, food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, pet food, and other animal health products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the significant public interest in cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, particularly CBD. However, there are […]

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Robeson County Deputies, Bladen County Deputies and Highway Patrol Trooper’s are in the area of Littlefield School with ground units and a helicopter searching for a suspect involved in a Break In and high speed chase that started in Bladen County according to Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins. Bladen County Deputies were trying to overtake […]

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(Fayetteville, NC June 18, 2019) Rainbow Pediatrics founder Taner Esensoy, MD, is pleased to announce the addition of a new pediatric provider who has expertise in behavioral health and culinary medicine. Board certified in both psychiatry and primary care, Laurie Powers, PA recently joined the team and began seeing patients in their Fayetteville clinic. Rainbow […]

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By Charlotte Smith For the past several weeks BladenOnline.com has been contacted by our readers about the gas prices in Bladen County. Local motorists are saying they don’t understand the reasons behind the higher gasoline prices. In Elizabethtown and Clarkton the gas prices at times have been more than 30 cents different than those prices […]

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The berries were sold at Walmart and Save-A-Lot stores in select states. Frozen blackberries sold at Walmart and Save-A-Lot stores in select states have been recalled because they could be contaminated with Norovirus. Alma Pak of Alma, Georgia is recalling four lots of the frozen blackberries, the company said in an announcement. It says the […]

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Bladen County Clerk, Maria Edwards sent a notice out on Thursday, June 20th that the United States and North Carolina Flags will be at Half-Staff in honor of US Army Private First Class William “Hoover” Jones on Friday, June 21, 2019. Governor Roy Cooper ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities […]

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Wilmington, NC – After 19 years of experience working with healthcare foundations, public relations and marketing, Terrie Priest has joined Lower Cape Fear Hospice as Foundation Manager. Priest has several decades of experience in communications and development, including 19 years working for Columbus Regional Healthcare System (CRHS), most recently as VP of Marketing & Community Relations […]

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Dr. Matthew McIntyre, formerly of Bladen County, is now associated with Crepe Myrtle Animal Hospital in Angier, North Carolina. McIntyre, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herb McIntyre of Bladen County, is a graduate of Campbell University and North Carolina State Vet School. After graduating from high school McIntyre attended Campbell University on a golf scholarship. […]

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

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced LUIS JOEL ROBLES LATORRES, 42, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 162 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. LATORRES was named in a 12-count Indictment filed on December 12, 2017, and on […]

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Hazard Mitigation Grants fund projects to build more resilient communities FEMA and the state of North Carolina have approved funding of more than $1.4 million for 24 generators, which will help North Carolina communities become more resilient in the face of future storms and disasters. Through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), 24 generators will […]

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

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Red Springs High School Licensed Athletic Trainer Chris Chapman, an employee of Southeastern Health, was presented with the LifeSaver Citation by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. The award is designed as a special recognition from the NCHSAA at their annual meeting, which was held this year on May 2, for service to a […]

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As the 2019 hurricane season begins, the Department of Justice reminds the public to be on the lookout for fraud against natural disaster victims, and report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF). The Atlantic Hurricane Season opened June 1 and runs through November 30. “Committing fraud against natural disaster victims is an […]

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Southeastern Health will open a new walk-in clinic, The Clinic at Brisson Drugs, at 217 West Broad St. in St. Pauls on Monday, July 8. Family Nurse Practitioner Matthew Herring of St. Pauls will treat patients there for minor health conditions and issues without an appointment. He earned an associate degree in nursing from Robeson Community […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced MARCUS ANTONIO BLANKS, 32, of Saint Pauls, North Carolina, to 168 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. On February 6, 2019, BLANKS pleaded […]

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Zakaryia Abdin, 20, of Ladson, South Carolina, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Abdin previously entered a guilty plea in August of 2018 and has remained […]

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Contributed Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited.  Elder Abuse occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, […]

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Raleigh- On Friday, June 7, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the State Highway Patrol was notified of a plane that had gone missing and possibly crashed in Nash County, N.C. The last reported radar indication of the plane was in the area of NC 43 and Harrison Road.   The State Highway Patrol responded to the area, […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today, Daquan Madrid Pridgen, 27, of Whiteville, North Carolina was convicted in federal court following a three-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. The jury found Pridgen guilty of bank robbery, discharging a firearm in furtherance of a bank robbery, […]

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Columbus County, NC – On May 18, 2019, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) conducted a checking station in the Chadbourn community.  During the checking station, a 1999 Honda passenger car approaching the checking station abruptly turned in the middle of the road and began traveling North on Joe Brown Highway. A CCSO Deputy pursued the […]

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

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May 24 marks National Poppy Day. This flower is a symbol of sacrifice worn since WWI to honor those who served and died for our country. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the bloodshed by American service members. It […]

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Memorial Day Travel As of this morning, the department has suspended most road construction activities on major routes to make travel easier for drivers. This hold on construction projects will continue along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes until Tuesday evening on May 28. To safely navigate the highways during Memorial Day weekend, remember these tips: […]

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RALEIGH – On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at approximately 3:26 a.m., the State Highway Patrol stopped to check on a Chevrolet SUV that was parked stationary on the shoulder of I-40 near mile marker 340 in Sampson County. During the course of the investigation, the driver of the Chevrolet pointed a gun at the trooper.  As […]

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Morgan County man convicted on federal hate crime charges   INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced that Nolan Brewer, 21, of Eminence, Indiana, was sentenced in federal court yesterday evening to three years in prison for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, a Jewish synagogue in Carmel, Indiana. Brewer […]

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RALEIGH – With summer right around the corner, residents and visitors in North Carolina will be taking to the skies in record numbers with their personal drones. Around 30,000 North Carolinians now own and operate drones for personal and recreational use. As this number grows, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drone pilots to follow […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners watched a video presented by Chairman Charles Ray Peterson on behalf of the Lumber River Council of Governments during their meeting Monday evening. Photos and videos shared from Bladen, Hoke, Robeson, Richmond, and Scotland counties were featured to document the destruction left behind after Hurricane Florence. […]

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MANNS HARBOR – North Carolina’s newest transportation option, a passenger ferry called the Ocracoke Express, made its maiden voyage on the Outer Banks on Monday morning. At 9 a.m., 57 women, men and children, and a dog named “Cotton” boarded the Ocracoke Express in Hatteras Village and arrived about 70 minutes later in Ocracoke Village. […]

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RALEIGH – A statewide ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of being an unbelted occupant in a vehicle, got underway at the North Carolina State Highway Patrol training track in Raleigh on Monday. The staged crash involved two Dodge Chargers on a pully system, headed towards each other at about […]

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RALEIGH – Summer is peak rabies season and State Veterinarian Doug Meckes is encouraging livestock owners to consider having their animals vaccinated against the disease. “This year we have seen a rise in the number of reported rabies in livestock at seven cases,” Meckes said. “Last year the state had three cases reported for the […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – In its May meeting, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved state and federal grants for projects to bolster the economy and improve safety at nine North Carolina airports. Nearly $13.6 million in state and federal funding has been granted for projects that will help these airports grow, such as new hangar sites and updated safety […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C., May 20, 2019 – CresCom Bank, the second largest community bank in North and South Carolina, welcomes new Team Members throughout its North and South Carolina branches. New Team Members include:   Kinston, N.C. Jennifer Creech has joined the bank as a Branch Manager at the Kinston branch. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Creech served […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – Based on public input last fall, the N.C. Department of Transportation has revised a proposal for upgrading U.S. 74/76 in Columbus County. Officials will hold another open house May 30 to show the new preliminary design, the organization announced Thursday. The department continues to upgrade U.S. 74/76 to interstate standards by removing […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: E-N-G Mobile Systems, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of specialized vehicles, will create 60 jobs as it locates its first East Coast operations in Cumberland County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company and a related company will invest $2.3 million in the new facility, located in Fayetteville. “Manufacturers know they can find the […]

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RALEIGH – With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and kids’ activities, the Got to Be NC Festival promises to be a not-to-be-missed event at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 17-19. “The antique tractor and farm equipment display, featuring a daily tractor parade, and the Food Lion […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting applications from communities for the 2019 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans. All North Carolina municipalities are eligible to apply for a standard bike or pedestrian plan. Additionally, the following options […]

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Whiteville, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested one individual on May 07, 2019, at the conclusion of an investigation. This investigation was initiated as the result of social media posts. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit received information that a student was advertising the sale of prescription medication on a social […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: In a letter, Governor Roy Cooper urged Republican legislators to use recently announced surplus revenue to invest in public education and health care in the 2019 – 2021 state budget. “Seize this easy choice to strengthen North Carolina’s schools and health care,” Gov. Cooper wrote in the letter. “Let’s show the nation that we […]

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Contributed Moores Creek Battleground Association President Connie Hendrix announced that the Association’s June 1st Annual Meeting and Covered Dish Luncheon will feature as guest speaker Medal of Honor recipient Col. W. Joseph Marm, Jr. (USA, Retired). Colonel Marm was a 2nd Lt. in Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment when his unit was engaged […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Gov. Cooper released the following statement today on North Carolina receiving $336.5 million in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to assist communities struggling to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Florence. The money will not be made available to the state until the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban […]

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RALEIGH – St. Pauls and Fayetteville are among eight North Carolina communities hit hard by storms that will get a share of $2.7 million in special housing infrastructure grants to help develop more affordable housing, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday. The 2019 Rural Housing Recovery Fund, established through a partnership between the N.C. Department of […]

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HAMMOND- U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II recognized the service and sacrifice of federal, state, local, and tribal police officers on the occasion of National Police Week, which is being observed Sunday, May 12 to Saturday, May 18, 2019. In October 1962, Congress enacted a joint resolution, which the President signed,declaring May 15th as National […]

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Internist and Pediatrician Dr. Toni Chagolla Oxendine has joined Southeastern Health at Southeastern Multi-Specialty and Urgent Care Pembroke. “I’m very excited to be able to come back and serve Robeson County, where I’m from, and to be able to provide such an array of services,” Dr. Oxendine said. Dr. Oxendine earned a bachelor’s degree in […]

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ROSE HILL, N.C., May 13, 2019 – With the addition of a new bottling line in its Rose Hill, N.C. production facility, Duplin Winery now has the capability to bottle 9,000 bottles of wine per hour. The Winery’s previous bottling line bottled 6,000 bottles an hour. The new bottling line, built in Italy by GIA, […]

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By Roxana Ross Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) Shift Supervisor and Registered Nurse Don “Jake” Jacobs was honored as Southeastern Health’s 2019 Baker Nurse of Excellence Tuesday night, May 7. Jacobs was named as this year’s honoree during a ceremony hosted by the organization’s Professional Growth Council as part of National Nurses Week. “I have […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration hearing on the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Senator Tillis on the human toll of people coming here: “When the Flores court decision was reached in 2015 and people in other countries […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act. The bill directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to release $16 billion in long-awaited disaster relief funding within 60 days to nine states […]

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Contributed Matthew Bristow-Smith, a past regional teacher of the year who has led Edgecombe Early College High School to high student performance for the last five years, was named Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year at an awards luncheon today in Cary. The small, application-based high school earned an “A” school performance grade […]

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Appointees from Alamance, Bertie, Brunswick, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Carteret, Catawba, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Guilford, Harnett, Hayward, Hertford, Macon, Mecklenburg, Moore, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Person, Randolph, Robeson, Southampton, Surry, Swain, Union, Wake, Warren, Wayne, Wilson Counties RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced new appointees to twenty-eight boards and commissions. “I appreciate […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and kids’ activities, the Got to Be NC Festival promises to be a not-to-be-missed event at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 17-19. “The antique tractor and farm equipment display, featuring a daily tractor parade, and the Food […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Better internet access is coming to 19 rural, economically disadvantaged counties in North Carolina thanks to nearly $10 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced today along with the NC Department of Information Technology and its Broadband Infrastructure Office. “Access to reliable, high-speed internet service is critical for businesses to grow, students […]

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The University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper has announced that three recent UNC System graduates will serve as Presidential Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Presidential Scholars serve a one-year appointment and provide a wide range of professional functions for the UNC System Office. The scholars will interact with the president, his senior leadership and members […]

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The Annual Meeting and Pot-Luck  Covered Dish Luncheon will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Patriots Hall at Moores Creek National Battlefield on Hwy. 210 in Currie, NC. The program begins at 12:00 p.m. with live period music by the talented musicians comprising the Wilmington based group Masonboro Parlor followed by lunch and […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Piedmont Natural Gas announced today it has selected Matrix Service Inc., a subsidiary of Matrix Service Company, to build its liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Robeson County, North Carolina. The facility will help Piedmont Natural Gas continue providing customers with a reliable supply of natural gas during peak usage days, when […]

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Contributed Honoring the nearly 900,000 small businesses operating in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May 5 – 11, 2019 as Small Business Week in the state. “Small businesses are the heart and soul of North Carolina’s communities, economy and future prosperity,” Gov. Cooper said. “From cutting-edge tech startups to long-established hometown businesses, small […]

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