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Tropical Storm Bonnie forms off South Carolina

TS BonnieTropical Storm Bonnie has formed just off the South Carolina coast. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Depression No. 2 to Tropical Storm Bonnie.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from Savannah River to Little River Inlet, SC. READ MORE

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VFW honors fallen Veterans with Buddy Poppy event

By: Katie Galyean

On Saturday, May 28, if you were to walk into the Elizabethtown Walmart, you would have seen people everywhere wearing small, red flowers. These flowers were the Buddy Poppies that the VFW gives out every year in honor of the fallen veterans.
Both young and old got into the spirit of remembrance.  Both McKenzie Storms, 10, of Dublin and Catherine Dowless, 10, of Bladenboro agreed that being able to show their respect for veterans in a visible way gave them a sense of pride. READ MORE

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Elwell Ferry resumes operations

NC DOTRiver levels in the Cape Fear River have dropped sufficiently for the Elwell Ferry to resume operation.NC Department of Transportation Officials will continue to monitor the weather conditions and river levels and any changes to the ferry’s operating schedule will be announced.

Special Update for Tropical Depression No. 2

Residents along the southeastern United States are still being advised to keep a watchful eye on Tropical Depression No. 2 through the weekend. Michael Caropolo of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington advises Tropical Depression No. 2 is anticipated to become Tropical Storm Bonnie later today (Saturday) or early Sunday morning.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the entire South Carolina coastline or abut 275 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach. The system is moving northwest at 14 miles per hour. The latest coordinates as of 7 a.m. are Latitude 29.9 North and Longitude 77.0 West. READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving for May 28

Thoughts While ShavingThanks to Wilbur Smith for sharing info related to his sister’s recent retirement from the U.S. Senate after 40 plus years on the job. Many folks in the Bladenboro area remember Ruby Smith, now Ruby Paone. Sometimes we wonder whatever happened to so and so. Well, Ruby not doubt has had a successful, interesting career in DC.

And thanks to Wilbur for sharing. Love it when local folks do well…   READ MORE

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This Day In History – May 28

This Day In History1431 – Joan of Arc is accused of relapsing into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing justification for her execution.

1664 – 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston)

1754 – Battle of Jumonville Glen: forces led by George Washington kill French Canadian officer                     Joseph Coulon de Jumonville.  READ MORE


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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 28

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature    93 degrees 1975

Lowest Temperature     40 degrees 1961

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                  2.58 inches 1996

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 86 degrees.

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Tropical Depression #2 Expected to Strengthen on Saturday

TD2At 8 PM, Tropical Depression #2 was
about 400 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach is
expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Bonnie
on Saturday.  READ MORE


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Tropical Depression No. 2 forms, could be TS Bonnie by Saturday

TD2A low pressure system located about 425 southeast of the South Carolina coastline has ben classified as Tropical Depression No. 2 by the National Hurricane Center. The depression is expected to become Tropical Storm Bonnie by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the entire South Carolina coast. It is anticipated the system will reach the South Carolina coast near Charleston by Sunday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Timothy Armstrong. READ MORE

Longtime Senate staffer honored

Us_senate_sealA former Bladen County who has served for more than 40 years in the United States Senate, was recognized this week in the Congressional Record. Ruby Paone, the sister of Bladen County Board of Education member Wilbur Smith, was recognized as she retires from her position as a US Senate staff member.

The following are the tributes that were read into the Congressional Record on Wednesday and Thursday. READ MORE

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Let’s help a veteran

BryanAs we pause this weekend to remember our fallen heroes, there is one veteran in Bladen County who needs our help.

Freda White has begun a Go Fund Me account for her grandfather, Lelmer C. Bryan, to help him raise funds to repair the roof on his home. According to White’s post, Bryan is the oldest living World War II veteran in Bladen County. READ MORE


Annette Bryant and Sharon Cooper  Appointed to Local Government Federal Credit Union Eastern Sandhills Advisory Council

LGFCUlogoLocal Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) proudly announces the addition of Annette Bryant and Sharon Cooper, to its Eastern Sandhills Advisory Council, which includes Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen and Robeson counties. READ MORE

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Firefighter Academy graduates first class of students

By: Valerie Newton

On Thursday, May 26, in the Bladen County Superior Courtroom, 30 students from East Bladen and West Bladen High schools became the first graduates of the Bladen County Schools Firefighter Academy. This is also the first school system in the Eastern Region of the State to graduate students from the Firefighter Academy program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, State Fire Marshall’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Career and Technical Education division.

Under the leadership of Chief Tim Tatum, East Bladen High School, and Chief Gary Estep, West Bladen High School, the students are now certified as Level II and III firefighters. READ MORE

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Bladen County Animal Shelter to hold June Adoption Special

By: Erin Smith

June Adoption SpecialIf you are thinking of adding a dog or cat to your home, why not check out the Bladen County Animal Shelter. The Bladen County Animal Shelter will have an adoption special for the month of June.

The adoption fee is $25 for dogs over the age of 6 months and $15 for cats 6 months old or older. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs said that the fee includes the pet’s core shots and a rabies vaccination.  Folks who are planning to adopt a new pet will need to bring their photo identification with them and the required adoption fee. READ MORE

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Keeping a wary on the tropics for Memorial Day weekend

MemorialDay StormFolks are keeping a wary eye towards the tropics as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Timothy Armstrong said that a low pressure system is approaching from the southeast and has about a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical storm either later Friday or on Saturday. READ MORE

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Crash in downtown Elizabethtown results in multiple charges

By: Erin Smith

Car CrashA crash at the intersection of Broad Street and Poplar Streets in Elizabethtown ended with officers involved in a brief foot chase near the Cape Fear River on Thursday night. According to Lt. Mark McMichael of the Elizabethtown Police Department, officers lost the suspect, 38-year-old John Marshall Rhodes of Myrtle Beach, SC in the woods.

The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking if anyone has seen Rhodes to contact the department at 910-862-3125.

Lt. McMichael said warrants have been issued charging Rhodes with felony hit and run, resisting arrest, reckless driving and violation of the open container law.

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State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship  to Area High School Student

WBHS 2016State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Allison Brooke Morris, a senior at West Bladen High School.  Allison is the daughter of Dean and Valerie Morris.  This scholarship was awarded for study at NC State University, part of North Carolina’s   17-campus University of North Carolina System.

Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. READ MORE



Voter turnout is light for first day of One Stop voting

By: Erin Smith

Vote logoVoter turnout for One Stop voting in Bladen County got under way on Thursday with 30 voters casting their ballots for the June 7 primary.

There is only one One Stop voting site for the primary and it is located at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street, Elizabethtown.  Polling hours are Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Tuesday May 31, through Friday, June 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for May 27

Thoughts While ShavingWe are on the verge of a holiday weekend…Memorial Day. It’s not just a another long holiday weekend. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Thank a Vet, today and every day.

Spoke recently about changing a computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10…mistake by me. May be a good move by some, but for me, an expensive move. Could not remove it myself, cost of removing, coming soon. Discovered I am one of many in the same category.  READ MORE

This Day in History – May 27

This Day In History1796 – James S. McLean patents his piano.

1850 – Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado.

1896 – Tornado hit St. Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless.  READ MORE


FBI attempting to identify more victims in case involving man with White Lake ties

BlackThe FBI is attempting to identify possible victims of child sex abuse that involve a man who is alleged to have White Lake connections.

The FBI along with the Raleigh Police Department and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Officer are seeking to identify more potential victims of Ronald Keith Black Sr. of Lillington. Officials arrested Black on April 29 and charged him with 29 counts of first degree sexual offense and 12 counts of indecent liberties with a minor. The arrest came after an investigation involving dissemination of child pornography over the internet.  READ MORE

Karaoke at City Sandwich Shop

City Sandwich ShopSometimes to succeed you must spice things up. The owners of City Sandwich Shop in Elizabethtown are doing just that every Friday night.

James Leach, the diners owner, said there will be a Karaoke contest this coming Friday evening from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The top three singers will receive prizes.   READ MORE

Still time to participate in Bring on Bladen survey

By: Erin Smith

SteeringCommitteeFolks in the county are being asked to express their opinion regarding what they see as challenges and accomplishments in Bladen County for the Bring on Bladen survey. The deadline for surveys for Bring on Bladen is Tuesday, May 31.

The Bring on Bladen survey is a project of the Bladen County Steering Committee.

Many folks in Bladen County still have not participated in the survey, but you still have time to share your thoughts, said Jan Maynor of the Lumber River Council of Government and a member of the Bladen County Steering Committee. READ MORE

Student surprises teacher with portrait 

By: Erin Smith

WestEarldrawingTeachers are accustomed to receiving gifts at the end of the school year such as books, cards or even a note thanking them for their efforts. For Cheryl West, her end of the year surprise was one that took much time and displays a wealth of talent.

East Bladen High School’s Bradley Earl presented West with a drawing of her on Tuesday afternoon. It was a drawing he had taken his time and worked on diligently for several weeks.  Earl used a photograph of West taken by his Art Teacher Mr. Warren.

Earl said that he got the idea when Mr. Warren assigned the art class a project that involved drawing a portrait. READ MORE

Lowering of US & NC Flags in Recognition of Memorial Day

Flag_of_North_CarolinaAs a sign of honor and respect for the sacrifices of our armed services personnel, Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 30. The Governor encourages all citizens to display flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses as well. READ MORE

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Tropical storm potential for Memorial Day

WeatherMemorialDayForecasters are keeping a wary eye peeled on the tropics this weekend as a low pressure system near there Bahamas. Steven Pfaff, of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, said the system has the potential to develop into a tropical or sub-tropical system during the weekend.

“The primary impact expected at this time is from rainfall and the potential for some flooding. Rainfall amounts are expected to be highest along the coastal areas. In addition, rough surf and the potential for rip currents will likely increase this weekend as well,” said Pfaff. READ MORE

Former Eastpointe CFO, contractor indicted by federal grand jury

By: Erin Smith

DOJA federal grand jury in Wilmington returned a 47 count indictment against former Eastpointe CFO William Robert Canupp and a contractor, Ronnie L. Davis, on Tuesday.

The indictment charged Canupp and Davis with conspiracy, bribery, organization fraud, and wire fraud. In addition, Canupp also faces a charge of money laundering. READ MORE

One Stop voting has begun in Bladen County

By: Erin Smith

Vote logoOne Stop voting got under way on Thursday morning in Bladen County for the June 7 primary.

One Stop voting is taking place only at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street, Elizabethtown. Polling hours are Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Tuesday May 31, through Friday, June 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. READ MORE

BCC announces small business seminars

BCCADDUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering free business seminars in June.

The Top Ten Management Survival Skills is scheduled for Wednesday June 1st from 1-2 P.M. This workshop gives you the tools you need to become a more effective manager. The class meets in building 2 on the Dublin campus. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving For May 26

Thoughts While ShavingWaited to near last minute to update to Windows 10 and what a mess. I’m strugglin’.

After listening to political rhetoric about who is making what for speeches and how some are making ‘big time’ money and it’s true, according to my research team….me..

Here are my findings…….  READ MORE


Beware of IRS telephone scam

By: Erin Smith

Scam-AlertAt least one Bladen County resident says he has received a telephone call from a scammer claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service.

Everett Butler of Bladenboro said he was away from home and upon his return he found a voice mail message on his answering service. The message requested that Butler call a New York telephone number. The telephone number that was left on Butler’s answering service is 315-207-3091. READ MORE

Mail Absentee voting going well

Bladen-County-Board-of-ElectionsThe Bladen County Board of Elections staff report that absentee voting for the June 7 primary election is going well.

A total of 227 mail absentee ballots have been returned to the Board of Elections office out of 981 ballots that were issued and re-issued. Ballots were re-issued if a voter submitted a request wanting a ballot that was different, if they were registered as unaffiliated in March and voted Democrat. READ MORE

Thank you Bladen County 

A huge thank you going out to every Law Enforcement Officer, Town and County employee that went out to help with the EOG testing. Plus, let’s not forget our teachers, and school staff members.

Elizabethtown Rotary learns about Cape Fear Council

IanHooksIan Hooks of the Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America visited the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday. The club holds the charter for Boy Scout Troop 600 in Elizabethtown.

The Cape Fear Council, BSA is made up of of four districts — the Coastal District, the Lakes District, Lumber River District and the NE Cape Fear District. The Cape Fear Council serves a nine county region within those four districts. The counties served are Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, Northern New Hanover, Columbus, Pender, Robeson, Scotland and Hoke.

Hooks told the club that he serves as District Executive with the Lakes District of the Cape Fear Council. The Lakes District is made up of Bladen and Columbus Counties. READ MORE

One Stop voting to get under way Thursday

By: Erin Smith

Bladen-County-Board-of-ElectionsOne Stop Voting will get under way for the June 7 primary election beginning Thursday, May 26.

One Stop voting will take place at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown only. The hours for voting will be Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3 from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. READ MORE

Southeast FAM Tour Highlights I-73/74 Micro Region 

NCSE logo w taglineEleven site selection consultants and commercial real estate brokers joined county, regional and state leaders for a familiarization tour of the I-73/74 Micro Region earlier this month. The three-day “FAM tour,” which highlighted Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties, followed closely on the heels of a similar event organized last fall in the Greater Wilmington micro region.
“Fam tours let site selection consultants get up-close-and-personal with our communities and the regional assets that connect companies to their location strategies,” says Steve Yost, president of The Southeastern Partnership. Consultants themselves recommend such regionally oriented FAM tours as an efficient, effective way to showcase economic amenities. READ MORE

On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign Begins This Week

OTROTW Radabaugh 5-24-16RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off the sixth annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with a news conference today in Wrightsville Beach.

The multi-agency safety initiative works to reduce alcohol-related accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, both of which see increased traffic during summer months. According to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, North Carolina ranks 10th nationally in boating fatalities. READ MORE

Cromartie named to Dean’s List, honor society

JasmineCromartieShaw University in Raleigh recently celebrated their Awards Day Program and Jasmine Cromartie was awarded the Silver Pin. All totaled, 373 students were recognized during the awards ceremony.

The Silver Pin is awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 to 3.74. Criteria include full-time enrollment in the Fall 2015 semester (at least 12 hours undergraduate, 9 hours graduate [Divinity], 6 hours graduate [education]), and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the Fall 2015 semester. READ MORE

State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship  to Area High School Student

EBHS 2016State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Charlanna E. Coleman, a senior at East Bladen High School.  This scholarship was awarded for study at UNC Chapel Hill, part of North Carolina’s   17-campus University of North Carolina System.

Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. READ MORE

WW II pilot makes ultimate sacrifice to save many lives

By: Katie Galyean

If you had the chance to save dozens of lives, would you? Most of us would undoubtedly say yes. But what if it meant sacrificing your own life so the others could live?

This is the choice Robert Mercer, 21, was faced with on January 28, 1945, in Belgium after a bombing mission gone wrong. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for May 25

Thoughts While ShavingBladen County Law Enforcement Officers are sponsoring a Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 4th at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The cost is $200 per team. For details, check the groups Facebook page. Proceeds benefit Operation Christmas. Last year 10 families and 20 children were assisted.  READ MORE

This Day in History – May 25

This Day In History1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent.

1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency.

1898 – 1st US troop transport to Manila leaves San Francisco.  READ MORE


Two Bladen County students have been tabbed for Governor’s School East 2016

By: Erin Smith

GovernorSchoolTwo Bladen County students have been tabbed for Governor’s School East 2016. They are David C. Pridgen to study English and Emily M. Scott to study Natural Science.

Both, Scott and Pridgen attend East Bladen High School.

The Governor’s School is scheduled to take place from Sunday, June 19, through Sunday, July 27. The programs offer students a chance to study topics of interest in an environment where there are no grades and testing. Instead, classes utilize a blend of discussion and practical application. READ MORE

Board of Elections meets and approves mail absentee ballots

By: Erin Smith

ElectionsThe Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon and reviewed 105 mail absentee ballots.

Upon reviewing the ballots, the board approved 104 mail absentee ballots and one ballot was found to be incomplete. Board of Elections staff will attempt to notify the voter and have them come in and complete the ballot.  READ MORE

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, May 30th – Memorial Day Holiday

All Convenience Centers will be operating on their normal schedule, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., however the Transfer Station will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of the holiday with normal operations resuming on Tuesday, May 31.

All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.

Larrell Murchison named to Louisburg Dean’s List

d6bbt0wxj21vm98sFormer East Bladen football star Larrell Murchison has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Louisburg College. READ MORE


Duke Energy inks second innovative swine waste power deal in 2016

Duke EnergyDuke Energy announced today it has finalized a second deal in 2016 to buy captured methane gas derived from swine waste. The planned project will be at farms in Kenansville, N.C.

The project will use captured methane gas to generate carbon-neutral renewable electricity at two power stations. Optima KV will construct a digester at each farm and pipe the captured methane gas to a centralized facility where it will be cleaned to pipeline quality specifications and injected into the natural gas pipeline system. READ MORE

Bladen County Committee of 100 annual membership drive under way, annual meeting planned

HayesPettewayWhat is a Committee of 100? If you Google this question on the internet, you will find that it has many different meanings based on the intent of the organization.  It basically means that a group of people have pooled their resources for a common cause, most often economic development.

Recognizing that most communities who have experienced substantial growth have been aided by a Committee of 100, a group of progressive minded citizens, led by Leon Martin, formed the Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. in 1995 to help enhance the county’s economic development program.  This county-wide, non-profit development corporation is devoted to helping ensure that sustained economic growth occurs within the county.  It is funded by its members, who are citizens and others interested in the economic well-being of this area.  READ MORE

Bladen Online welcomes Interns for the summer

By: Erin Smith is proud to welcome two interns for the summer.  Dora Brogdon was selected to serve as our High School Intern and Katie Galyean was selected to serve as our College Summer Intern. READ MORE

Children’s Emergency Department Set To Move

CFVlogoFAYETTEVILLE – The Children’s Emergency Department is moving to a new location on Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s campus.

Beginning June 1, the unit will be located on the hospital’s Village Drive side, next to the Adult Emergency Department. The Children’s Department is currently located on the opposite side of campus, facing Melrose Road. READ MORE

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Children’s Emergency Department Set To Move

FAYETTEVILLE – The Children’s Emergency Department is moving to a new location on Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s campus.

Beginning June 1, the unit will be located on the hospital’s Village Drive side, next to the Adult Emergency Department. The Children’s Department is currently located on the opposite side of campus, facing Melrose Road.  READ MORE

Sealed bids being accepted

By: Valerie Newton

Activity Bus 2016 Bid PacketThe Bladen County Schools Transportation Department is accepting sealed bids on five activity buses and one Genie lift. The equipment is marked as salvage and have parts removed. Bids will be opened on Tuesday, May 31, at 2 p.m. with the winning bidder notified by 4:30 p.m. READ MORE

VFW to Host Annual Buddy Poppy Fundraiser

By: Katie Galyean

buddypoppy_vfwThis Saturday, May 28, the local Veteran’s of Foreign Wars post will be hosting their annual Buddy Poppy distribution to honor the veterans who gave their life in combat.

The VFW will be keeping their traditional distribution locations at Walmart and Tractor Supply in Elizabethtown and will also be adding the IGA in Bladenboro for the first time. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Rotary Club hears about keeping kids safe in hot summer

Marianne Valentiner with the Healthy Kids Collaborative spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club recently about keeping animals and children out of hot cars and other items to help keep children safe. She was joined by Berkleigh Pridgen.
They gave a very informative talk about about the dangers posed by leaving your pets and children in the car during the summer, even “for a few minutes.” READ MORE

Bladen County veteran to march in National Memorial Day Parade

By: Erin Smith

One Bladen County veteran is planning to spend his Memorial Day marching in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Lt. Col. retired Rusty Marsh said that he is marching on Monday, May 30, to call attention to the veterans who served in Operation Desert Storm and obtain funding to build a national Desert Storm War Memorial.

Marsh said more than 500 veterans representing Operation Desert Storm are expected to take part in the march.  US Congress adopted legislation in 2014 authorizing the construction of the war memorial and the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association has been working diligently to raise the millions of dollars to construct the monument. READ MORE

Counterfeit goods off the streets in Robeson County

RobCo SheriffMore than $100,000 in counterfeit goods have been taken off the streets thanks to a partnership between the Robeson County Sheriff’s office and the NC Secretary of State’s Office. Some of the counterfeit items that were seized include CDs, perfume, handbags, clothing and more.

Counterfeit brands that were seized included Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Versace, Ray Ban, Oakley and Timberland. The counterfeit items were seized from 12 businesses located in Lumberton, Maxton, Pembroke, and Red Springs, according to reports. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe third major fire in Bladen County in a week’s time burned 250 acres.

Boy Scout Camp Bowers, located in the Live Oak section of the county, was dedicated.

The Dublin PTO scheduled a cake sale to raise funds for the school. READ MORE

Elizabethtown, looks have changed over the years

Old Elizabethtown back in the 60'sPhoto contributed by Mr. Hubert Kinlaw

Elizabethtown like most everything else, has changed over the past fifty or so years. The Pure Station in the photo contributed by Mr. Hubert Kinlaw was Sampson-Bladen Oil Company’s station, and the building beside the station was their office. Across the road from the old station was Cole’s Dress Store, according to Kinlaw.

The old road, well that is Highway 701 in Elizabethtown.   READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving for May 23

Thoughts While ShavingStudents and teachers are ‘wrapping up’ another school year.  The Board of Education website indicates East Bladen High School graduation will be held Friday, June 10.  West Bladen seniors will graduate Saturday, June 11.

A Bladenboro man is one of several charged with possessing counterfeit items at various locations in Robeson County.  Mark Lee Williams of Elizabethtown Road, Bladenboro reportedly offered counterfeit shoes, handbags, wallets, sunglasses, watches and more at the Lumberton Flea Market, earlier this month. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 23

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature    92 degrees       1957
Lowest Temperature    46 degrees        2002
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                 1.96 inches       2003
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 73 degrees.
This Day in History – May 23
This Day In History1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
1788 – South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution.
1861 – Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession from the union.
1863 – Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.
1867 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)
1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin.  READ MORE


Two missing boaters found safe
Two boaters who were reported missing were found safe at White Lake.

According to reports the boaters who were reportedly fishing on the Cape Fear River decided to attend the White Lake Water Festival and neglected to inform their families of the change in plans.

According to reports fire crews spent Saturday evening searching the Cape Fear River from the Old Wilmington Boat Launch to the Bladen County line.  READ MORE  

Thoughts While Shaving
Thoughts While ShavingOrganizers of the Annual White Lake Water Festival made the most of a less than perfect weather day.  The rain stopped minutes before the parade and it was well received, as were other activities.
Farmers should be happy.  The crops look good.  They have benefited by the recent rains.
Remember your senior year in high school?  Happy the long exercise was coming to an end, sad because friends you have seen often/daily for many, many years you no longer see, but memories are forever.  Enjoy the celebrations, begin to make new friends, and plan the next reunion.  READ MORE

This Day In History – May 22

This Day In History1761 – 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia.
1803 – 1st public library opens (Connecticut)
1807 – Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Virginia (acquitted)
1807 – Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks (Philadelphia)
1843 – 1st wagon train with700 – 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon.
1849 – Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions.  READ MORE


LCFH hosts free Alzheimer’s workshop

Melanie BunnLower Cape Fear Hospice will host a free three-hour workshop, Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. It will be from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday, June 8, at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. Melanie Bunn will be the featured speaker.

Bunn, RN, MS, GNP, is founder of Bunn Consulting and is a training specialist for Alzheimers North Carolina. She volunteers as an Alzheimer’s support group facilitator and was named 2001 Educator of the Year by the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. READ MORE

School grant opportunities available

active-schools-logo3Some grant funding opportunities are currently available for schools to encourage healthy eating and physical activity. These grant funding sources are encouraging students to lead a more active lifestyle and make healthier choices for life. READ MORE

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy now Enrolling for 2016-2017 Year

Paul Brown Leadership AcademyThe Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is now enrolling students for the 2016-17 academic year. The Academy has openings in sixth thru eighth grade. The mission of The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is to serve its students through a commitment to excellence in an education that serves today, tomorrow, and the future by providing an academically rich program that encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership. Students wear uniforms which are provided by the Academy. Parents are responsible for their student’s hats and shoes. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is a tuition free North Carolina Public Charter School. For more information, please call the Academy at 910-862-2965. Students may apply in person or at the Academy’s website

Give 5 Read 5 book drive underway

Read5Give5ELIZABETHTOWN —  Have you ever heard of the term summer loss? This is not a seasonal diet or exercise program, but a troubling trend in which students lose valuable literacy skills when they stop reading during their summer break from school.

Many children are susceptible to this problem because they often go home to an environment where there are very few books or other reading resources. As a result, by the end of fifth grade, these students are approximately 2 ½ years behind their more affluent peers in terms of reading ability, primarily because of summer loss. Research shows that reading just five books during the summer can help students reduce learning loss. READ MORE

Your input is needed to make Bladen County Better

SteeringCommitteeThe opportunity to voice your opinions about changes needed in Bladen County is here. About ten years ago the citizens of Bladen County were asked to take a survey. After the surveys were collected, task forces made up of concern citizens set out to make the changes suggested in the surveys. 
It’s time again to take a long serious look at our home, Bladen County.  The Bladen County Steering Committee made up of about 20 different community members have held two meetings.  READ MORE

Elizabethtown Christian Academy now enrolling for 2016-17 academic year

Elizabethtown Christian AcademyElizabethtown Christian Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year, grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Day School Program is also currently enrolling children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. ECA offers students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in their lives by providing an excellent education that centers on Biblical truth, academic achievement and character development.

ECA students benefit from limited class sizes, quality, certified teachers, a non-denominational learning environment, weekly Chapel, a dress code, enhancement classes including music, technology, physical education, and art.  After school care is also available. READ MORE now offers app AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now has an app too. readers with mobile smart devices can download our app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.

There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free!  READ MORE


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