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Thunderstorms bring hail, gusty winds to Bladen County

Thunderstorms swept through portions of Bladen County late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, bringing hail and gusty winds.

Some large hail was spotted along N.C. 20 near the intersection with N.C. 87, around Tar Heel and in White Oak. READ MORE

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Elizabethtown man sentenced for possession of firearm by felon

Brandon_WardBrandon Quinnard Ward was sentenced Tuesday to between 20 and 33 months in custody for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon under a plea agreement entered in Bladen County Superior Court.

Ward, 31, was arrested Sept. 30, 2015 at his home on South Lower Street in Elizabethtown after officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducted a warrantless search of the house, according to court statements. Ward was on probation at the time and subject to warrantless searches. READ MORE

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Man given 59 months for three robberies in Garland area

Rodney_AutryRodney J. Autry was sentenced to between 59 and 83 months in state custody on two counts of common law robbery and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court.

Autry, 25, twice hit people with a pistol during two of the three robberies he plead guilty to under an agreement with the state. All of the crimes took place in the Garland area. READ MORE

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Collins sentenced to prison for driving while impaired

Brandon_CollinsBrandon Collins received a three-year sentence, with the first year in state custody, Tuesday for repeated charges of driving while impaired and driving with license revoked for impaired driving.

Senior Judge Douglas B. Sasser ordered Collins, 31, to two years of supervised probation after serving 12 months in custody during the session in Bladen County Superior Court. Collins will be given credit for time served in Bladen County Jail since being arrested in June 2015. READ MORE

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Arson second-leading cause of wildfires in N.C.

NC-Forest-Service-ShieldArson is the second-leading cause of wildfires in North Carolina over the past 10 years, the N.C. Forest Service says. May 1-7 is Arson Awareness Week.

From 2005 through 2014, North Carolina had 45,609 wildfires, of which 8,461, or 19 percent, were intentionally started. Arson trails only careless debris burning among the causes of wildland fires in the state. And with North Carolina ranking No. 1 nationally in the amount of land that falls within wildland urban interface zones, the risk to homes and other buildings is high. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 4

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature    92 degrees      2012

Lowest Temperature    41 degrees      1981

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Precipitation                 2.84 inches      1946

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 78 degrees.

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This Day in History – May 4

This Day In History1780 – American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Baldwin, John and Samuel Adams founding members.

1805 – Henry C. Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in Bronx.

1846 – US state Michigan ends death penalty.

1864 – General Ulysses S. Grant’s Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee’s Confederates at Rappahannock River.

1878 – Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House. READ MORE



Bladenboro PD investigates stabbing

By: Erin Smith

GrahamThe Bladenboro Police Department is investigating a stabbing that took place early Monday morning, according to Police Chief Chris Hunt.

Officers are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.

“We received a call at about 8:02 a.m. that a subject had been stabbed,” said Hunt. READ MORE

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Bladen Healthcare to celebrate Nurses Week

Nurses Week is celebrated internationally each year May 6-12. Locally,  Bladen Healthcare invites all nurses-past, present and future- to celebrate two special events during this week.

 Monday, May 9, at 2 p.m. the annual Blessing of the Hands will be held at the Nightingale Tree, located at Bladen Healthcare. This ceremony is a non-denominational, cherished hospital tradition.  READ MORE

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Bladen County Board of Elections learns about new Congressional map

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday morning and got a look at the new voting precinct map for the redrawn Congressional districts that take effect with June 7 primary election.

The June 7 primary will feature the Congressional races and a nonpartisan judges race.

Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw said the Board of Elections staff worked with Bladen County GIS, the State Board of Elections and the State Board of Elections IT department to align the voting precincts with the proper Congressional districts following the redistricting that was ordered by a federal judge. READ MORE

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Elizabethtown Council hears about sewer billing issue

By: Erin Smith

Elizabethtown CouncilThe Elizabethtown Town Council met at noon on Monday and heard from Bud and Martha Lotz regarding the sewer service billing.

Finance Director Jay Leatherman said that the town staff recently performed an audit of accounts that were paying for town water services but not being billed for sewer services.  The Lotz’s account was one that was found to have not been billed for sewer services, said Leatherman.

Leatherman said that Martha Lotz did acknowledge they are using the town’s sewer service. He said the town did not go back and charge for any past due amounts. The bill only charged the Lotz for last month’s sewer use, said Leatherman. READ MORE


E’town Resident Ed Tatum To Appear In The Documentary Film “The Unknowns”

Tomb_of_the_Unknowns_crackThe Unknowns” is a documentary film created by Army Veterans Ethan Morse and Neal Schrodetzki. Both were stationed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, and bring a unique perspective to the rigorous and intricate training process that soldiers must endure to be stationed there.

The film covers select portions of the Sentinel training program, and will answer questions and dispel myths that have circulated regarding the elite site since its establishment. READ MORE

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Family medicine specialist joins Lumberton Medical Clinic

AlmondDr. Charles Almond has joined Southeastern Health’s Lumberton Medical Clinic.  A native of Robeson County, Dr. Almond earned his medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1970. READ MORE



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Man pleads guilty in robbery of Dublin Dollar General

Nyquan_WardOne of three men charged in an armed robbery of the Dollar General store in Dublin last August was sentenced Monday to between 99 and 131 months in prison for his role in the crime.

Everette Nyquan Ward, 26, of Elizabethtown, plead guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping under an agreement with the state during Monday’s session in Superior Court before Senior Judge Douglas B. Sasser. READ MORE

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Elizabethtown Town Council Awarded Seven Seals Award

by Joy Warren

Elizabethtown Town Council Awarded Seven Seals AwardThe Elizabethtown Town Council met in regular session Monday evening.  Former Councilman Dr. Darrell Page presented the Council and Mayor Campbell with the Seven Seals Award.  The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves and is presented at the discretion of the State Chair or by ESGR senior leadership. The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission.  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense office that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws.  Dr. Page thanked the Council for their leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve the National Guard and Reserve.

Other ESGR committee members presenting the award were Al Penlee and Roy Allen.

A presentation was made on the proposed FY 2016-2017 Budget at the Noon work session.  READ MORE 

Commissioners hear budget request from Bladen Community College

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a budget request from Bladen Community College President Wiliam Findt. The college is requesting $1.4 million from the county for the FY 2016-17 budget.

The budget request includes $92,000 for sheriff deputies; an additional custodian position as the school currently has two custodians that clean 17 buildings; a two percent cost of living adjustment for all county-paid employees; funding for capital improvements including a roof replacement, campus lighting, drainage, an ADA required restroom renovation, and siding at the East Arcadia Center.  READ MORE

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Commissioners declare May 6-12 as National Nurses Week

By: Erin Smith

National Nurses WeekThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and recognized May 6 through May 12 as National Nurses Week with a proclamation.

The proclamation was received by a group of registered nurses from Cape Fear Valley-Bladen County Hospital who attended the meeting.   READ MORE

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoClarkton Town Board approves 20 public housing units to be built in the town.

State Auditor Ed Renfro was the main speaker at the Bladen County Democratic Convention at the courthouse.

Kathy Fields was named ABWA Woman of the Year.  READ MORE

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Kelly man sentenced for possession of firearm by convicted felon

Andrew_SimmonsA Kelly man charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon received a suspended sentence and two years probation Monday morning in Bladen County Superior Court under an Alford plea with the state.

Andrew Jackson Simmons Jr., 72, had more than 140 weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his home off N.C. 53 East when Bladen County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the home in December 2015, according to court statements before Senior Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser. READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving for May 3

Thoughts While ShavingAn early morning thunderstorm with lightning, wind and rain makes for a rude awakening.  Remember the hit song, “Rainy Days and Sundays Always Get Me Down.”

Did you see the CNN coverage of the killing of al Qaeda’s bin Laden last night?  It was interesting from the War Room in DC to the residence in or near Pakistan.  The military personnel were unreal.

Will you vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?  We have had better candidates, my humble opinion. READ MORE

This Day in History – May 3

This Day In History1654 – Bridge at Rowley, Mass begins charging tolls for animals.

1662 – Royal charter granted to Connecticut.

1765 – 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia.

1802 – Washington, DC is incorporated as a city.

1830 – 1st regular steam train passenger service starts.

1861 – President Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers & another 18,000 seamen.

1915 – John McCrae writes the poem “In Flanders Fields”  READ MORE 

Third person pleads guilty from Kelly marijuana operation arrests

Sebastian Zea plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of more than 1/2 ounce and less than 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana Monday in Bladen County Superior Court under a plea agreement with the state that stemmed from a marijuana growing operation found in Kelly in October 2015.

Zea, 23, received a 120 day suspended sentence and 24 months supervised probation from Senior Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser under the agreement.  READ MORE


Elizabethtown Police Department set to hold Kids Appreciation Day on Saturday

By: Erin Smith

ElizabethtownPatchThe Elizabethtown Police Department is getting ready for their 10th annual Kids Appreciation Day which is planned for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. behind the Elizabethtown Municipal Building. 

Ellen Bennett said that the event will include games for the kids, a skate boarding demonstration at the new skate park, and pony rides to name just a few of the activities planned. The highlight of the day will be a homerun derby and a basketball free throw competition. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each event. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Council gets first glimpse of proposed budget

By: Erin Smith

Elizabethtown CouncilThe Elizabethtown Town Council got their first look at the preliminary 2016-17 budget during the noon work session on Monday.

Finance Director Jay Leatherman gave the council an overview of the revenues for the proposed budget. He told the council there is no change to the current ad valorem tax rate of $0.615 per $100 of valuation. The Business Improvement District Tax will remain at $0.10 per $100 valuation. The water rates will also remain the same. READ MORE

Kuraray hosts students for Pollinators Garden

Kuraray employees of the Fayetteville site hosted 30 Elizabethtown Middle School students, to learn about pollinators and how to plant a pollinator garden, at their Elizabethtown warehouse.  Students learned the safety rules that are followed at the Fayetteville site, watched a safety presentation, and received safety glasses and gloves for them to keep.  The students also had the option of wearing protective overalls.  During the presentation, the students learned techniques to avoid stings or bites from insects.

Instructors presented on how to prepare plots for pollinator gardens, planting flowers, and seed planting requirements.  Approximately 200 plants conducive to attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds were planted.  READ MORE

Duke Energy Renewables acquires six North Carolina solar projects from Community Energy

Duke EnergyCHARLOTTE – Duke Energy Renewables today announced it has acquired six 5-megawatt (MW) solar projects in Eastern North Carolina from Community Energy.

Five of the six sites are in service, with the final project, Seaboard, coming on line in May. Collectively, these facilities will generate enough solar energy to power about 6,000 homes.

“Last year, our commercial and regulated businesses added 300 MW of solar power in North Carolina, and these projects continue the momentum of renewable energy growth in the state,” said Greg Wolf, president, Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio. “We’re pleased to work with Community Energy and proud to be a part of the economic development and jobs the solar industry has brought to North Carolina.” READ MORE

National day of Prayer Service set for Thursday at Elizabethtown Municipal Building

By: Erin Smith

NDP-Slider-WakeUpAmericaThe National Day of Prayer is set to take place on Thursday, May 5, at noon at the flag pole located in the front of the Elizabethtown Municipal Building.

The theme for this year’s event is “Wake Up America” and the scripture is Isaiah 58:1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”

Organizer of the Bladen County National Day of Prayer Clara Adams said this day is very important. READ MORE

JROTC Student receives award from VFW Post 8062

Oliver Gause and JROTC StudentEach year, VFW Post 8062 presents awards for JROTC students at the local high schools.  This year’s honoree from East Bladen High School, Erika Baza, is congratulated by Post Commander Oliver Gause.   READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for May 2

Thoughts While ShavingI enjoy Facebook, especially pictures from years gone by.

BladenOnline is the best source of ‘news you can use’.  Numbers continue strong.  Beautiful weather is the toughest competition for readers…..a reminder, The Best Is Yet To Come.

Charlotte, Erin, John, Ray, Norgie, Joy, all the contributors provide a very valuable service to the area.  THANKS. READ MORE


Why Me 2 Coming to Bladen County in September

LoWanda D Productions presents Why Me 2It’s time to laugh again. LoWanda D Productions announced this week “Why Me? 2” will be held at Elizabethtown Middle School on September 2nd 2016. The Special Guest this year is will be announced later. Owner of the production company, LoWanda D. Davis said, “Plan to join us for a night of laughter.”

This is the fourth play the production company has brought to Bladen County. In February 2015, “He Cheated, Why Me” was held at the middle school with special guest, Palmer Williams Jr. from Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”. Read our article,  “He Cheated! Why Me?” a Huge Success from last year to learn more about the play.  READ MORE

Bladen Child Abuse Awareness event mixes fun, serious issue

The weather was ideal Saturday afternoon for about 50 people to walk a mile from the Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown to the Bladen County Courthouse. The reason they walked was to draw attention to child abuse in Bladen County.

The seventh annual Bladen County Child Abuse Awareness walk and activities are a way to get the word out about prevention of abuse and to bring families together for an afternoon of fun, says Bladen County Child Protective Services supervisor Jill Sampson. READ MORE

Dublin scouts raise money for new roof, summer camp

01_scoutsIt’s been a bit more than two years since the project began to refurbish the Dublin Scout Hut and a little more than a year ago that the log cabin at the end of Fifth Street was officially reopened for use.

Saturday, scout members served barbecue and chicken plates to help raise money to put a new roof on the hut and to offset the cost of summer camp at Camp Bowers. READ MORE


Success at the Spring Fest in Bladenboro

The threat of rain clouds loomed on Saturday, but held out to offer the Spring Fest in Bladenboro a very pleasant day.

The event was held at the Farmer’s Market with the Master Gardeners’ kicking off the celebration with their annual plant sale starting at 8:00 am. Fresh strawberries from Jack Pait were sold. Hand made clothes, bows, jewelry, ornaments, soaps, lotions and a lot more were offered by local crafting folks.   READ MORE

Tomato Sandwich Day Hits the Spot at Lu Mil Vineyard

They say for a business to be successful, there needs to be diversity. The Taylor family, owners of Lu Mil Vineyard among other businesses, are experts at diversifying.

Ron Taylor came up with another great idea, Tomato Sandwich Day on the Doc’s Deck at Lu Mil Vineyard this Saturday.  READ MORE

West Bladen HS Principal Resigned
nQzoSphN_400x400Wesley Floyd has resigned as West Bladen High School principal according to a Board of Ed spokesperson.
Floyd’s resignation is effective June 30, 2016.

An ad on the School Jobs (The North Carolina Public Schools Application System) website list the position available on July 1, 2016READ MORE

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Elizabethtown Council to meet Monday night
By: Erin Smith
The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday night and receive the Seven Seals Award from Dr. Darrell Page. The award recognizes employers for their support of the Guard and Reserves.
“The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis,” according to the ESGR website.  READ MORE


Bladen Commissioners to meet Monday night

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Seal with In God We Trust 1The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse.

The board will issue proclamations for Nurses Week and also Older Americans Awareness Month. READ MORE

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Adopt-a-PetSpring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.  READ MORE

McCrory Administration Honors North Carolina Student Leaders at Youth Legislative Assembly

Gov. McCroryGovernor Pat McCrory’s Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office recognized more than a dozen student leaders for their outstanding service during the 46th annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA), which was held April 1-3 in Raleigh.

“We are focused on supporting North Carolina’s next generation of future leaders,” said Governor McCrory. “Our state’s high school students are the best in the country, particularly when it comes to civic leadership and public service. I am proud of each and every one of these student leaders.” READ MORE

Legislative committee mulls police body cameras

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Police Body CamerasThe General Assembly will soon be getting a look at a bill that could place severe restrictions on who can have access to police body camera and dashboard camera footage.

The legislation proposed by Reps. Faircloth and McNeill clearly states that body-camera footage is not public record. This runs in stark contrast to NC General Statute 132-1 which defines among other things, sound and film recordings or other tapes created during the transaction of business as public record. READ MORE

Bladen Fire Chiefs hold retreat

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Bladen County Fire Chiefs held a retreat Thursday evening at San Jose Restaurant to discuss issues of the fire departments for the next year. This meeting is held annually.

New fire engine undergoes final inspection

By: Erin Smith

Members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department traveled to Pennsylvania this week to take part in the final inspection for the newly constructed Engine 55.  The new apparatus is undergoing construction at KME Fire Apparatus in Nesquehoning, PA.

“We were excited to see the finished product and it has definitely met our expectations,” said Chief Nick West on Friday morning. READ MORE

Legislation filed to name Cape Fear River Bridge in Tar Heel

By: Erin Smith

Resolution submitted by Bladen County Commissioners in 2014.

Resolution submitted by Bladen County Commissioners in 2014.

A bill filed in the NC General Assembly to name the newly constructed Cape Fear River Bridge at Tar Heel in honor of former Ferry Skipper David B. Melvin is making its way through the legislature.

Tar Heel Mayor Roy Dew said, “I think its a good thing. I can remember the ferry from when I was kid.”

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution requesting the naming of the bridge at a meeting on March 17, 2014. According to the resolution, Melvin was a ferry skipper in September 1954 when he was operating a ferry at night and fell into the Cape Fear River and drowned. READ MORE

Ipad/Iphone Tips: WiFi Assisted Calling Revisit, Using AirDrop

By: Gordon Kinlaw

WiFi Calling

iphoneI am showing the WiFi calling tip below again. If you have tried to use it, you may have heard some error messages on your phone. Be sure you include the area code with your phone number.

Where has this been?? Don’t they know how bad cell signals are inside an office building in rural NC? After thousands of cellular repeaters have been installed, iOS 9.3 brought us WiFi-assisted calling. Prior to this we could only make Facetime Audio calls to another iPhone user over the WiFi network. READ MORE

West Bladen Transition Night

West Bladen High School’s Freshman Honors Science Class and EC Adaptive Class shared their Bright Ideas grant information and experiences.

Bladen Community College Shag for Beginners Class at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market


Bladen Community College offers “Shag for Beginners” class at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Thursday evenings through May 5th. If you missed the class this time, another Shag six -class session is scheduled to begin May 19 at a cost of $35. For more information contact Stephanie Gonzalez at Bladen Community College.


Health Department holds Open House

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Health Department and Safe Kids held an Open House on Thursday evening. Children were thrilled to meet the newest member of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit Jax.

The children were mesmerized by the Belgian Malinois as he showed off his skills finding narcotics and finding lost objects. His handler, Deputy Clark, told those gathered that Jax is about 18 months old. He explained that Jax is still considered a puppy but will soon be full grown.  READ MORE

County Commissioners begin budget process

By: Erin Smith

GregMartinThe Bladen County Commissioners got down to business on Monday night as they held their first budget work session. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin presented the commissioners with their first look at the preliminary budget figures and the news was mixed.

“The numbers are very preliminary,” said Martin.

He told the board there are several positives regarding the budget. READ MORE 

Bladen County Special Olympics is held

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Special Olympics was held on Thursday at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. Members of Bladen County law enforcement, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County EMS, Bladen County Schools, Bladen County Schools staff, volunteers from the community and members of the community all gathered to cheer on the athletes.

Members of Bladen County law enforcement carried the Special Olympics torch down South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, escorted by the Elizabethtown Police Department, to the Elizabethtown Middle School football field for the Opening Ceremony. The officers carried the torch around the track and lit the Special Olympics Caldron to officially open the games. READ MORE 

Over 400 N.C. Students to Compete for Awards and Scholarships at State Natural Resources Competition

Middle and high school students will test their knowledge and skills in natural resources conservation.

Event to be held in Cedarock Park near Burlington, N.C., April 29-30, 2016.

The North Carolina Envirothon is one of the largest competitions of its type in the United States.

State winning team advances to the National Envirothon competition in Ontario, Canada, July 24-29, 2016.

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2016) — Hundreds of North Carolina’s brightest middle and high school students will be competing at the 2016 North Carolina Envirothon at Cedarock Park near Burlington, April 29-30, 2016. The two-day event is designed to test the knowledge and skills of students that have a strong interest in natural resources conservation. The N.C. Envirothon is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States.  READ MORE


Duke EnergyDuke Energy accelerates renewable energy growth goal by 33%

  • Company plans to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of capacity by 2020
  • More company data and goals spelled out in new Sustainability Report

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Continuing its dramatic growth in renewable energy, Duke Energy has raised its 2020 renewable energy goal by 33 percent.

The company expects to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass capacity by 2020 – a 33 percent jump from the old goal of 6,000 megawatts established in 2013.

“Duke Energy is accelerating the pace of our renewable energy program allowing us to increase our goal for wind, solar and biomass on our system,” said Cari Boyce, vice president, Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Strategy.  READ MORE

Health Department to hold Open House today

The Bladen County Health Department will hold an Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday, April 28). There will be an appearance by Minnie Mouse, Pet Adoptions, Health Screenings, Melinda’s Twirlers and More! The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Road, Elizabethtown. 

Special Olympics set to take place Thursday

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Special Olympics Spring Games (2)The Bladen County Special Olympics is set to take place today (Thursday, April 28) with opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field.  The theme for this year’s event is “What is Your Superpower?”

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, April 22, but the date had to be moved due to inclement weather.

Reida Roberts with the Bladen County Schools Exceptional Children’s program said, “This is a big day for children with disabilities to get to shine and get to be celebrated for what they can do. This event is very steeped in tradition in Bladen County.” READ MORE

The death of a newspaper, 1978

Jefferson-WeaverYou always had to beat the train. If a paperboy was careful, he could dash out the front door of the office, and run 50 feet to get across the railroad tracks. You’d balance on a broken railroad tie across the ditch or leap the ditch entirely, and climb the slight rise to run across the lot called the “Pond behind the Post Office,” where people joked they had caught the big fish they proudly brought by the paper to be photographed.

The trains came through several times a day, as well as during the night, usually a freight. Once there was a real, live circus train. I was 12, so I couldn’t be expected to know everything that was going on, but the newspaper that fed my family was dying.  READ MORE

11th annual Hogs and Rags motorcycle ride

By: Jacqueline Madden

The 11th annual Hogs and Rags motorcycle ride took place on Saturday, April 23. Members of the Cumberland County and Bladen County Sheriff’s departments escorted the  motorcycle ride beginning at the Special Ops Museum in Fayetteville, NC, then  to Rocking-A-Ranch in White Oak, NC and continued on to Myrtle Beach, SC. A member of the Altman family said  “this was the biggest turnout yet with over 215 bikes and over 400 people in attendance.” Participants in the event lined up their bikes and classic cars as they enjoyed a freshly prepared breakfast, great music, a live raffle, free t-shirts and other door prizes.  READ MORE 


Local author to hold book signing

Book CoverElizabethtown resident, Faye M. Hardin, has scheduled a book signing for her recently published book, A Good Man.

The book signing will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 15, in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m.  Books, previously reserved by individuals, as well as some additional books will be available, for purchase, at this book signing.  The books that will be available are in hardback form, and are priced at $26.99 by the publisher.  Anyone wishing is reserve a book, in advance, can do so by calling Mrs. Hardin at 910-862-3076. READ MORE

Frances Weller to be keynote speaker at BCC graduation

Frances WellerWECT-TV 6 anchor and Wilmington native, Frances Weller will provide the keynote address to attendees of the 2016 Bladen Community College curriculum graduation, at 7:30 p.m. on May 17.

Weller graduated in 1981 with a major in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her television career in 1982 with WECT-TV in Wilmington. She worked as a general assignment reporter for three years before becoming co-anchor of the television station’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news programs.  Weller now also anchors the WECT News at 5 p.m. READ MORE

Elizabethtown PD gearing up for 10th annual Kids Appreciation Day

By: Erin Smith

ElizabethtownPatchThe Elizabethtown Police Department is gearing up for their 10th annual Kids Appreciation Day to be held on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  and they need your help to make the event a success. The department is anticipating between 700 to 1,000 children will attend the event. READ MORE


Summer breakfast program is available

School nutritionLearning does not end when school lets out. Neither does the need for good nutrition.

The 2016 Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program will again be available to all students and children in the Bladen County. This program is free to all children between the ages of 1 and 18. Please contact Amy Stanley at 910-862-4136 for more information. READ MORE

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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