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Sandra R. Cain For Better Living A Healthier Way to Make Pizza

Sandra Cain

Sometimes pizza gets a bad rap for being junk food. When you carefully select the toppings or make it yourself, pizza can be a very healthy option for a snack or a meal. Pizza can contain all of the food groups in a single slice. It can contain whole grains, vegetables, fruit, lean meat and low fat cheese. Whole grain crust can be hard to find in restaurants or at the store so you may need to make your own. It is more work to make your own dough, but the benefit of being able to control the salt and increase the fiber can be worth the effort. And the flavor is incredible.

In order to make sure that your children like it, be sure to include them in making the pizza. Instead of making one or two large pizzas for the family, divide the dough into smaller pieces. Let everyone in the family create their own.

Toppings: Get creative with your topping combinations. Don’t just think of traditional Italian combinations. Borrow flavors from Mexican, African, Mediterranean or Asian dishes to develop a great tasting pizza. READ MORE 

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Message From Mayor Duckworth of Bladenboro 

NCDOT says the projected completion date for the Bladenboro Main Street Paving Project is August 5, 2015. As long as there are no unforeseen circumstances. 

Escaped Robeson County prisoner captured

Jamie-ParrishLUMBERTON – A prisoner who escaped from the Robeson CRV Center on Thursday night was captured Friday morning at the WalMart store in Pembroke, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was discovered missing from the center about 10 p.m. Thursday.

Jamie Parrish, 40, was serving his final day of a 90-day sentence for a violation of his post-release supervision at the Robeson County facility. However, he was scheduled to be tranferred to Wayne County on Friday to face charges there for larceny, possession of stolen goods, driving while impaired and other driving offenses, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Parrish was captured about 7:15 a.m. Friday by Robeson County Sheriff’s Office deputies.  READ MORE



This Day in History—–July 31

This Day In History1790—1st patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
1792—Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Philadelphia.
1893—Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.
1922—18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minn)
1932—George Washington quarter goes into circulation.
1944—US troops occupy Sansapor, New-Guinea.
1948—US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY.
1964—Al Parker glides 644 miles without a motor.
1965—Cigarette advertising banned on British TV.
1968—Beatles close Apple Boutique, giving clothes away for free.
1970—Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends “Huntley-Brinkley Report”
1973—ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to NY Nets.
1978—Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44.  READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 31

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature      103 degrees    2011
Lowest Temperature        62 degrees     1966
Greatest One-Day Precipitation    3.75 inches      1959
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 95 degrees.

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A friendly reminder of the fund-raiser tomorrow for Ayven Lennon in Bladenboro.  Fun activities begin at 10 a.m. and Chicken and BBQ plates, and an auction from 4 to 7 p.m. and of course cakes, all types of cakes and all proceeds go the family of the young man who is suffering from cancer.  Donations are welcomed.  The activities and meals will be available at the Bladenboro Historical Building.
A follow up to yesterday’s thoughts….related to sports awards for local athletes…..
1969-70 WBLA All Stars invited to a banquet….  READ MORE 


Columbus County man arrested in Bladen County on drug charges

45 year old Kris Andrey Bryant, 45, of Bowen Blanks Road, Riegelwood was arrested recently in Bladen County, charged with trafficking opium, the sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or place for a controlled substance.

His arrest by Columbus County Sheriff’s officers followed a three month investigation into the distribution of a controlled substances in the county. Undercover agents reportedly made multiple purchases of prescription medications from Bryant following complaints by citizens in the Delco and Riegelwood communities.  READ MORE 

You Decide: What is the State of Our State’s Education?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

YouDecideThe kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the last century. One hundred years ago most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was
passed from generation to generation with little need for “book-learning.” The stamina and
strength to endure back-breaking work day after day were the main requirements for success.

The dawn of the manufacturing age and the growth of cities made educational fundamentals, like reading and math, important for more jobs. As a result, more children attended formal schools, and initially eighth-grade, and then high-school, graduation rates soared. READ MORE 


Man pleads guilty to 2014 carjacking in White Oak


Badr Rashada Colvin pled guilty earlier this week in Bladen County Superior Court to charges resulting from a carjacking in October, 2014, according to a news release from the office of District Attorney Jon David.

The incident took place Oct. 14, 2014 when Colvin approached a vehicle that was parked near 10120 N.C. 53 West, according to the release. Colvin pointed a gun at the driver of the vehicle, Henry Wood, and ordered Wood out of the vehicle. Colvin then took the vehicle. READ MORE 

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of two individuals wanted on multiple charges


StevenArrested Wednesday, July 29th was Bernard Murchison, 52 of 1472 Baldwin Branch Church Road, Elizabethtown. Murchison had outstanding warrants from an undercover operation conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department, back in January of this year. He was also wanted on felony probation warrants.

Murchison was apprehended after a short foot pursuit at his residence. He was charged with two counts of Possession with intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of Sale of Cocaine, two counts of Delivering Cocaine, and two counts of Manufacturing Cocaine. In addition to his drug charges he was served with two counts of felony probation violation and one Order for Arrest for Failure to appear in court. READ MORE 

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Making a Smooth Transition to Preschool or Kindergarten

ECAC presents making a smooth transition to Preschool or Kindergarten. A FREE workshop for parents and families. Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm at the Children’s Development Services Agency in Fayetteville, NC. READ MORE  


Kids Health is important too


By: Healthworks Fitness and Wellness

Children are learning how to live healthy lives at Healthworks Fitness and Wellness through the HealthFit for Kids program. The program that started in June of this year is really making an impact on children’s lives.

According to Jeff Stephenson, Facility Manager, and HealthFit Program Director at the fitness center, introducing this concept at an early age helps to establish a healthy and strong attitude that will help combat the common adolescent problems of physical inactivity and childhood obesity.READ MORE 

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Further Look at BladenOnline through the eyes of Google Analytics July 19-25 Robert G Hester

BladenOnline latest report from Google Analytics indicates the upward movement continues.

July 19-25
Pages Viewed 96,585
Visits 19,363
Users 9,203

Breakdown by Desktop, Mobile and Tablet
Pages Viewed
Desktop 55,498
Mobile 29,043
Tablet 12,031 READ MORE

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WASHINGTON – As part of the Justice Department’s celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act this year, the department announced today the signing of a settlement agreement with Robeson County, North Carolina, to improve access to all aspects of civic life for persons with disabilities. The agreement is part of Project Civic Access (PCA), the department’s wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  READ MORE

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Gingersnaps, ugly ties and unsplashed puddles

By: Jefferson Weaver

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Everybody needs a bright spot on a dreary day. I call mine Gingersnap. She has bright red curls that rebel with all the feistiness a natural redhead can muster, and the mischievous grin of a playful ball of fire. She likes puppies, flowers and puddles.

,She’s at her happiest when a neighborhood park floods, since she can splash the resultant puddles to her heart’s content.

She isn’t mine, of course—her mom Heather and I just happen to be friends. Miss Heather and the Gingersnap came by to see me the other day while they were on the family walk. It was one of those oppressive days when clouds threatened a frog-strangling, ditch-overwhelming, road-destroying afternoon storm, a promise that was fulfilled later on. READ MORE 


Harmony Hall received large donation from McDuffie Pest Control

By: Charlotte Smith

Harmony HallThe “Let Freedom Ring” Fundraiser for a new roof for Harmony Hall is on a roll. The Pre-Revolutionary War historic plantation home located on the Cape Fear River in White Oak is in desperate need of a new wood shingle roof. The estimated expense of the roof is around $7,000.

McDuffie Pest Control of Elizabethtown donated quarterly pest control services for a year to Harmony Hall to help protect the building against termites and rodents. Dana McDuffie, with McDuffie Pest Control said, “I feel it is important to keep this historical landmark protected for future generations.”

Maureen Bell, Harmony Hall Fundraiser Coordinator and local photographer and business owner was very excited about McDuffie Pest Control’s gift. She said, “This is a huge blessing as mice are bad out there.”  READ MORE  

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Bladen Unemployment Rate For June Was 8.6 Per Cent


RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in four counties, and remained unchanged in one county.
Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.3 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.7 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 8.9 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 5.0 percent. The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.1 percent. READ MORE 

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Rep. Rouzer Votes for Regulatory Reform

Rep David Rouzer

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) released the following statement after the House passed the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 427) by a vote of 243 to 165:

“Our Founding Fathers understood that it is dangerous for any branch of government to have unchecked power. The REINS Act would require executive agencies to submit every new major rule to Congress for final approval. This would re-assert Congress’s oversight authority as established in the Constitution.”

Under the REINS Act, Congress would have 70 legislative days to approve a major rule with economic impact over $100 million, as certified by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), last year federal agencies published 80 major rules; based on historical data, over the last five years, the average was 82 major rules per year.

Father Found Guilty of First-Degree Sexual Offense

John Owen Jacobs was found guilty in Bladen County Superior Court today after a week-long jury trial for one count of First-Degree Sexual Offense with a Child Under the age of 13, which occurred on April 25, 2013 in Bladenboro, NC. On that date, John Jacobs committed a sexual offense with an eleven year-old girl at his residence. The victim reported the crime to her teachers at school, who then informed the proper authorities at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and the Bladen County Department of Social Services. READ MORE 

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The County Commissioners decided on a new airport site for Bladen County. That site was Fisher Field near Elizabethtown.

Veeder Root has a most successful blood drive. They secured 217 pints of blood during their drive.

Bill Ellis resigned as a Bladenboro Town Commissioner. He was replaced by Homer Benton.

A tornado touched down in Tar Heel. No one was injured.

Ron McKinney was named General Manager of West Point Pepperell in Elizabethtown.

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BCC has Representative on Local High School Campuses


A Bladen Community College employee will soon be a familiar face at East and West Bladen High Schools. Cierra Griffin will serve the community as the College and High School Programs Coordinator.

The position is a collaborative creation. Barry Priest, Vice President of Student Services and Anthony Thomas, Director of Students, worked with administrators in the Bladen County School System to provide the cooperative arrangement.

“Ms. Griffin will be located on each high school campus (East and West Bladen) one day per week,” states Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest. “She will be responsible for enrolling high school students in the Career and College Promise Program, providing guidance, and coordinating Bladen Community College recruiting events for middle school and high school students.” READ MORE   

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Upcoming Non-Profit Seminars

Bladen Community College

Register online or call: 910-879-5572
Starting August 11, the Second Tuesday of each month will have a Non-Profit seminar at East Arcadia campus

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The Business Side of Operating a Faith Based Organization Register
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
A MUST for churches and other faith based organizations. This seminar will guide church leaders to understand the business side of church management. Churches are not informal clubs… they are recognized by IRS as a legitimate business and as such, they are required to follow certain rules. READ MORE

Heustess with Economic Development speaks to Elizabethtown Optimist Club


The regular Elizabethtown Optimist Club meeting was last night, Monday evening and Chuck Heustess with Economic Development was their speaker. The club meets the second and fourth Monday at 6:30 pm every month.

Heustess spoke about the big employers in our county and how Bladen County and the world benefits from these employers. Some of the employers he spoke about were Smithfield, Kuraray, DuPont, Danaher, and Chemorus.

Dickie Glenn, a member of the Elizabethtown Optimist Club said, “Everything we do is in relationship to youth. Chuck spoke about increasing the industry in our county. If we can increase the industry, we can help the children. If the parents can get jobs we can help the children that way.” READ MORE


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Preliminary numbers for the past week indicate BladenOnline continues to do well… The numbers are compiled by Google Analytics and shared on a weekly basis.
Page Views

July 19-25: 96,585

July 12-18: 89,246

July 5-11: 77,918

Most Read Stories (July 19-25)

3,833: Bladenboro woman pleads guilty to murder

2,933: LACS concert draws hundreds to ATV park

1,805: Kirby van is not trying to sell vacuum cleaners

1,740: Mother charged in child drowning at White Lake

1,617: ALE, Bladen sheriff raid illegal nightclub

1,391: Bladen commissioners recognize employees

842: Bladen sheriff’s office assists with meth arrests

791: Elizabethtown breaks ground at Leinwand Park

528: Bladen commissioners meet

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Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series announced for the 2015 State Fair

State-Fair-2015RALEIGH — Since its beginning, the North Carolina State Fair has showcased the best the state has to offer. This year the State Fair takes it up a notch with its “Homegrown North Carolina” concert series in Dorton Arena, which features a mix of rock, country, R&B, contemporary Christian, indie, salsa, Indian, beach and gospel music by acts that call the Tar Heel state home.
“We are excited to showcase even more of the musical talent that this state is known for,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “There is no shortage of talent, including several nationally known recording artists. We are proud to offer the performers a stage for their music, and hopefully, fair-goers will discover some new music while at the fair.” READ MORE  

Things that made me smile and take a moment to think

Last week I had a lot of resting and thinking to do. Time to reflect is always time well spent, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the moment. I wanted to share some of the things I pondered about and some of the things that made me smile.

Last week was a very busy news week. When you are sick or not healthy, it is amazing how much you seem to miss. It broke my heart to hear about all the shootings around our nation, to hear about the mother who was arrested after her child drown at White Lake. It seems our nation is under attack and we need to make some big changes or it will only get worse.

I smiled when I saw all the flags at half-staff round our county. It allowed us the chance to show we are a nation that stands together and show that we too felt the loss suffered in TN. READ MORE

Eating Healthfully on the Run – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain

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Breakfast from the drive-thru at McDonalds, lunch out of a vending machine and dinner at your favorite sit-down restaurant. Sound familiar? Whether it’s fast food, take-out or a fancy restaurant, eating out has become part of the American lifestyle.

Today, food is available at almost every turn, whether we’re at work or school, in the mall or at our favorite store, taking in a cultural event or cheering on our favorite team. While many of the foods available at these events are high in fat, salt and sugar, you can make wise food choices. Here are some tips on how to make eating on the run a healthy experience:

-Take time to look over the menu. Read the fine print for clues on how the entree will be prepared and ask questions if you’re not sure about what you’re ordering. READ MORE 

Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: West Bladen 11, Halifax County, Virginia 1

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – For West Bladen, the hits just kept on coming in the first inning. By game’s end, the Knights had an 11-1 win over Halifax County, Virginia, on Sunday in the winner’s bracket of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. The game was stopped in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.

The win left West Bladen as one of three unbeaten teams in the 12-team double elimination tournament. The Knights are scheduled to play Monday against North Charleston, South Carolina, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. North Charleston defeated Murfreesboro, Arkansas, 10-5, in a winner’s bracket game Sunday night. The other undefeated team is Independence, Louisiana.

West Bladen also will play at 8 p.m. Monday. If the Knights win their first game Monday, they will play Louisiana. If the Knights lose their first game Monday, they will play the winner of the Georgia-Alabama game.  READ MORE 

Our new Miss Princess of North Carolina is on a mission

Hayley Hall Miss Princess of NCHayley Hall won the title this week of Miss Princess of North Carolina. Now she is on a very important and worth-while mission. Hayley said, “My mission is to fund raise for Victory Junction Camp. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Victory Junction, it is a camp right here in North Carolina that strives to give disabled children a normal summer camp experience. The camp is highly visited by NASCAR drivers and celebrities alike.”

Hayley says she is honored to support Victory Junction Camp because it is a wonderful organization, and appreciates any help with this project.  READ MORE




EOG score reports released, RBA charters top counties again

By: Roger Bacon Academy

Leland– Columbus Charter School in Columbus County was the county’s top-scoring school and outscored both state and county averages in every subject area as revealed by the data. Established in 2007, Columbus Charter School currently has 891 students in grades K-8. Their students scored “Proficient” on 61.7% of all tests taken in English, math, and science, which was the highest of all schools in the county. More staggering is their performance compared to the county’s— a full 18.2 percentage points higher—than the county’s 43.5% proficiency rate, which fell nearly 13 percentage points below the state average.  READ MORE

West Bladen dedicates game to Ayven Lennon

West Bladen Team Dedicates to Ayven LennonGUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – The West Bladen baseball team showed a fighting spirit Saturday by rallying from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Ozark, Alabama, 9-4, in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series.

After the game, the Knights dedicated the game to a youngster who also is showing a fighting spirit in a much more important and serious battle. Ayven Lennon, the five-year-old son of Misty and Toby Lennon of Bladenboro, was diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia in May.

The West Bladen players thought of Ayven during their post-game prayer and dedicated the victory to the youngster. The team is planning to present Ayven with an autographed baseball from the World Series.  READ MORE


New Bladenboro Fire Department

By: Charlotte Smith

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to have a guided tour of the new Bladenboro Fire Department by Fire Fighter / Fire Department Secretary Wanda Coleman and I was very impressed. Our Fire Fighters deserve the best equipment and facilities and I was glad to see Bladenboro is receiving a nice facility.

The construction of the department is now complete and I wanted to share with our readers a little of what I saw on the tour. The fire department has infrared heaters; the bay doors have safety features so the doors will automatically stop if someone walks under them while they are coming down. There is a laundry room with a washer and dryer, and hopefully a place to shoot some pool.

The department has eight trucks and all the trucks will fit in the new facility. The drive way goes around the entire building. Fire Chief Jackie Coleman has a plan already worked out on how to get the trucks in and out as fast as possible when needed according to Wanda.  READ MORE 


ALE Special Agents Target Illicit Liquor and Pill Trafficking in Bladen County

FAYETTEVILLE – Following a 12-month investigation, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested six people today in Bladen County on drug trafficking and alcohol violations.
Special agents raided a home at 1966 Tar Heel Ferry Road, White Oak, and seized 16.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $111 in U.S. currency and non-tax paid alcoholic beverages.

In addition, during the year-long investigation, ALE agents seized 202 dosage units of opiates and 24 dosage units of schedule IV, controlled substances, including diazepam and various amounts of illicit liquor. READ MORE 

High School Laptop Payment Portal Now Open

By: Valerie Newton

Bladen County SchoolsThe online payment portal for high school laptops is now open. Beginning July 21st through midnight on August 16th, the Early Bird fee is $40. That’s $10 off the regular fee of $50. After August 16th, the fee is $50. The online portal will remain open for laptop payments through August 19th.

Visit your high school website home page where you will find a link on the left hand side of the page to the Online School Payment portal.

You can also click here  to access the portal. You can use a credit or debit card to make your online payment. Cash or check payments must be made at the school.

It’s SOCCER time!

Bladen County Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration for Tot Soccer and Youth Soccer. Tot Soccer is for boys and girls ages 3-4. The registration fee is $25. Youth Soccer leagues are for boys and girls ages 5-7, 8-10, and 11-14 and the registration fee is $30.

Deadline to register will be Friday, August 28, 2015. Please come by the Bladen County Recreation Department located on 803 King Street in Elizabethtown to register or call 862-6770 for more information. Be sure to visit our website – – for more information.

Committee of 100 Annual Meeting Date Set

The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their annual meeting Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Powell/Melvin Agricultural Service Center, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown. Every citizen in the county is invited to join and attend.

This year’s program will feature an evening with David Clark and Mac Campbell, Jr. leading a discussion on the Past, Present, and Future of Economic Development in Bladen County.
The Committee of 100 has been active in promoting Economic Development in Bladen County for many years.  READ MORE

Kids Fun Day Fundraiser for Ayven Lennon

AyvenLennonFor those who may not have heard, a Bladenboro family received the news last month every family hopes they never hear. Ayven Lennon the 5 year old son of Misty and Toby Lennon was diagnosed with Lymphocytic B-Cell Lymphoma and Leukemia. According to a Go Fund Me set up for the family, Ayven will have a three year journey, which includes weekly trips to UNC Childrens Hospital for Chemo.

Our community members want to help the family with their burden. So along with the other fundraisers going on in our area for this family, there will be a Kids Fun Day held Saturday, August 1st in Bladenboro at the Bladenboro Historical Building. The day will include bounce houses donated by Bounce Brothers, train rides donated by David Hales, Face painting, Slushies donated by Lu Mil Vineyard and more! The fun will begin at 10 am and last all day.  READ MORE



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