Bladen County's top website for news, sports, advertising and more!


Bldn_Online Kids Care 2016

REGIONAL NEWS <<<click link for regional news

Cape Fear Heating & Cooling Experts ad for BladenOnline

Lumberton Ford new ad for May

Southeastern HealthSkyes paving Revised ad

Sports Ag News Obits Lifestyles Classified Events Guestbook Churches Helpful Links Service Directory Regional News Opinion Politics


July 4th Sidewalk Sales

Thursday, June 30th – Monday, July 4th


IGA Store Banner


This Day in History – July 1
This Day In History1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies.
1795 – John Rutledge becomes 2nd chief justice of US Supreme Court.
1836 – US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington.
1847 – 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin & 10 cent Washington, NYC.
1862 – Congress outlaws polygamy for the 1st time.
1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco & on incomes over $600 (progressive rate)  READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 1
Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature   103 degrees    2012
Lowest Temperature     57 degrees     1958
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                 1.70 inches      1943
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 86 degrees.
Thompson Small Engine Repair ad for May


Thumbs up in the clouds spotted in Elizabethtown, NC

Photo contributed by Heather Cain

Thumbs up cloud in Elizabethtown

Water Rescue assists boater 
By Erin Smith
Water Rescue assists boaterThe Bladen County Water Rescue responded to a call from a boater stranded on the Cape Fear River on Thursday afternoon.

The boater was reported to be floating on the river between the Lock And Dam No 3 near the DuPont Fayetteville Works plant and the bridge at Tar Heel.  READ MORE

Pedestrian struck and killed in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith

A collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle resulted in a fatality on Wednesday night.

Kyasia Hayes, 16, was struck killed as she and several others were walking east along Broad Street in the vicinity of Danaher, Lt. Mark McMichael. READ MORE


Water Rescue called for stranded boater

breaking news for bladenonlineWater Rescue is responding to a call of  a stranded boater on the Cape Fear River. The boat is floating on the river between Lock and Dam No. 3 near DuPont Fayetteville Works and the landing near the bridge in Tar Heel. READ MORE

 Dance Infinity 8

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, July 4, in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, July 5.

Bladen Builders Supply

LCFH offers free grief workshop

Lower Cape Fear HospiceLower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a free 90-minute grief workshop, Healthy Coping in Grief. It will be 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at LCFH’s Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown.

“Grieving is a long and difficult process,” Melissa Rogers, LCFH bereavement counselor, said. “In addition to understanding how stress can take a toll on a person physically, emotionally and spiritually, we need to understand practical guidelines to ease the process. This workshop will focus on strategies those grieving can use to help maintain healthy momentum as they proceed through grief.” READ MORE

 Ad for Gordon Kinlaw Thermal Image audit

SeHealth receives new quality-based accreditation from DNV GL

Anderson-2013 (1)Lumberton – Southeastern Health (SeHealth) announces the successful completion of its new accreditation process for Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) from DNV GL – Healthcare.

By earning accreditation, Southeastern Health’s SRMC has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. READ MORE


Chamber Ambassadors hold organizational meeting

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their organizational meeting of the Chamber Ambassadors program on Tuesday morning at City Sandwich Shop in Elizabethtown.

There are 11 Ambassadors who are currently serving. Erin Smith and Bille Sue Hall were selected to serve and chair and co-chair respectively.

“I’m really excited about the Chamber Ambassadors program and I look forward to serving with everyone. I think it will be an exciting year for both the Chamber Ambassadors and the Chamber Board,” said Smith. READ MORE


After hours at Bladen County Park

Patti MillerWe caught Patti Miller with Bladen County Parks and Recreation getting the weeds out of the flower bed she planted for all to enjoy at the county park. READ MORE

 BCC Small Bus. Center

All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

 Center Road Baptist Church

Independence Day Celebrations fast approaching Bladen County

Goldstons Beach Fireworks 2People looking for a good concert in Bladen County this summer don’t have far to look. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has added the Summer Jams Concert to the festivities celebrating Independence Day this coming week.

Elizabethtown downtown merchants have an annual side walk sale the week of July 4th and this year will be no different. Both sides of the street will be packed with savings on some great products starting Thursday, June 30th and lasting through the holiday. READ MORE

 Poplar Heights Help wanted ad

How to stay cool in extreme heat

BladenHealthandHumanServicesBladen County Health Department wants to inform you of how to stay cool and safe in extreme heat. READ MORE

Gooden Farms Corn

Campbell University releases list of Spring graduates

Campbell UniversityCampbell University has released the list of graduates for Spring 2016 and three Bladen County County residents earned degrees. READ MORE

 Big Blue Store

West Bladen High School Cadets Demonstrate Skills at JROTC Leadership Challenge

Eight West Bladen High School JROTC cadets joined over 700 young leaders from the southeast who participated in the rigorous Jr. ROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) at Fort Jackson from June 11-17.  JCLC is an annual event at which selected high school cadets participate and compete in a variety of hands-on training such as Team Development, High Ropes, Rappelling, Obstacle Courses, Water Safety, Virtual Rifle Safety and Marksmanship, and Land Navigation.  West Bladen cadets completing this year’s challenge were:  Kieara Porter, Kalil Richardson, Andrew Davis, Taniyah Robinson, Hunter Cimbolo, Turea Lucy, Justin Monroe and Cynthea Landreth. READ MORE

Elizabethtown White Lake Chamber Summer Concert Series

Thoughts While Shaving for June 30

Thoughts While ShavingJune 30, tomorrow we begin the second half of 2016.  Check your New Years Resolutions.

Suggested reading, an article in ‘The Atlantic’ news source: “How American Politics became so Insane,” by Jonathan Rauch.  It is in the July-August 2016 edition.  Google it.  It’s long, but very informative. READ MORE




Amy’s Academy of Dance Arts takes national competition

Amy’s Academy of Dance Arts competed on Saturday, June 25, at Dance Machine Productions National Dance Championships in Rock Hill, SC with our Large Production routine “Misdemeanor.”  AAODA won 12 & under Production Grand National Champions.  They were also awarded a Diamond Trophy, the highest award that could be won.  This eight minute routine was performed by 52 dancers. There was supposed to be 54 dancers in all, but two were injured, according to Amy Watson. READ MORE

Iphone and Ipad Tips: Big Changes for Dropbox

By: Gordon Kinlaw
Dropbox – free

DroBoxlogoIf you are not a dropbox user, get it today. It’s a great way to store and share your documents on the cloud (on a web server). I have been using it for years. READ MORE

NC Southeast host Economic Development Workshop in Bladen

NC-SoutheasternNorth Carolina Southeast (NCSE) is hosting a two day meeting of representatives of the private and public sector from 16 participating counties.  The meeting is being held at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown.

The purpose of the meeting is for local Economic Development representatives to make presentations to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EPCNC) that will assist the state agency in determining the best fit for industrial prospects that express an interest in locating in the state. READ MORE

Rotary receives visit from scholarship recipients

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club celebrated a year of service in the community on Wednesday as well as meeting the recipients of this year’s scholarships.

President Renee Horton addressed the club for the final time as her term as President came to a close. She shared a video of the club’s activities and programs from the past year. Horton said the club accomplished many goals this year including a successful 8K event in support of USO of North Carolina. READ MORE

Dr. Aycock joins Columbus County Health Department

By: Erin Smith

DrSusanAycockDr. Susan Aycock has joined the Columbus County Health Department, according to Health Department Director Kim Smith.  She began her duties there on June 21 and will be working two days per week.

“We are excited to have her. She is great to work with and has a great attitude,” said Smith. READ MORE

Man receives second-degree burns in grill incident

By: Erin Smith

Jones-Lake-State-ParkA man grilling at Jones Lake State Park on Wednesday received second-degree burns on his left arm following an incident involving a grill. READ MORE

Board of Elections fields questions regarding vote canvass

By: Erin Smith

Board of Elections1During a meeting of the Bladen County Board of Elections held on Tuesday afternoon, questions were asked of the Board members about an incident that ocurred during the June Primary which resulted in the redaction of one vote.

Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson asked the board what they planned to do about the voting irregularities from the June Primary. He asked if the Bladen County Board of Elections would be forwarding the information to the State Board of Elections in Raleigh for an investigation. READ MORE

Board of Elections votes on One Stop plan, no Sunday voting hours

By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday and voted to approved the One Stop Implementation Plan for the General Election on Nov. 8. but voted down the addition of Sunday voting hours.

In a related matter, the Board received a letter from Democratic Party Chairman Zane Singletary requesting the Board to expand One Stop Voting hours to include Sunday hours from 1 until 5 p.m. on the first Sunday of the One Stop voting period.

In his letter, Singletary wrote that by allowing Sunday voting, it would give those who attend church a chance to cast their ballots after church while they are in town and have access to transportation. READ MORE

Bladenboro to hold special called meeting

3 Bladenboro MeetingThe Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Ivey Street. READ MORE

North Carolina’s May County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen At 6.3 Percent

UnemploymentRALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 98 of North Carolina’s counties in May and remained unchanged in two.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.5 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and one remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.9 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.7 percent.  The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.7 percent. READ MORE

First annual Senior Prom held 

By Katie Galyean

If you had gone to the Senior Center in Elizabethtown on Tuesday, June 28, you would have been greeted with party lights, red and black decorations and Marvin Gaye singing in the background.

The seniors of the county were all invited to the first annual Senior Prom that took place from 2 pm to 4 pm. About 115 seniors came out and feet were tapping the entire time. READ MORE

Golden Leaf Scholarship awards for 2016

Golden Leaf Scholarship Winners June 2016Four Bladen Community College students were recently awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships. From left to right are Clarissa Patterson (Nurse Aide I), Paula K. Hester (Nurse Aide I), Jordan Blair Rogers (Nurse Aide I), and Kristen Michelle Pittman (EMT-B). Standing with the students are Vice President for Workforce and Continuing Education Sondra Guyton and Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest.

Highway Patrol Promotes 38 in June Ceremony

SHPPromotionsJune2016On Monday, June 27, 28 sworn members of the State Highway Patrol and 10 civilians took part in a promotion ceremony held at Hope Community Church in Raleigh.  The sworn members affirmed that they would support the Constitution of the United States, be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina and be alert and vigilant to enforce the criminal laws of the state. READ MORE

Center Road has reopened after hog truck crashes

road_closed1Center Road has reopened to traffic following a crash involving a hog truck early Wednesday morning.  The road was temporarily closed in the vicinity of Marsh Road after a truck carrying dead hogs crashed during the early morning hours of Wednesday.

According to reports, the truck was transporting dead hogs to a facility at Smithfield Foods. READ MORE

Sampson County family searching for missing son

By: Erin Smith

A Garland family is searching for their missing son. Jenny Moore said her son, Andrew Moore, 20, has been missing since 7 a.m. Monday. If anyone has seen Andrew, they are asked to contact the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-592-4141.

Ms. Moore said this is out of character for Andrew to not contact his family. Ms. Moore added Andrew did not call in to work on Monday to get his work schedule for Monday night and she said it is also out of character for him to miss work. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for June 29

Thoughts While ShavingEver get the feeling our world is falling apart?

Yesterday, another bombing, this one in Istanbul, Turkey.  First reports were 20 killed and 40 injured.  Early this morning (Wednesday), those numbers had risen to over 40 killed, and 150 or more injured. READ MORE

This Day in History – June 29

This Day In History1776 – Mission Delores founded by San Francisco Bay.

1776 – Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor.

1863 – George Armstrong Custer, age 23, appointed Union Brigadier General.

1891 – US National Forest Service organized.

1906 – US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce.

1915 – Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time.  READ MORE


Bladen County Public Library to hold Summer Reading program

By: Erin Smith

Library Reading 2The Bladen County Public Library will be conducting their annual Summer Reading program beginning July 11 through August 3. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, and Read.”

Bladen County Public Library Director Kelsey Edwards said the Summer Reading program is a period of time during the summer when all three branches of the library encourage reading. READ MORE


Transportation Officials Ask for Feedback on Future Transportation Projects

NC DOTState transportation officials want to hear from the public on what regional and local  transportation projects should be top priorities in the next version of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – the 10-year plan that identifies funding for projects and schedules them for construction. Data and local input are used to determine which projects get built based on a funding formula championed by Governor Pat McCrory to reduce congestion, increase safety and promote economic growth. READ MORE

E’town PD working to identify homicide victim

homicideThe Elizabethtown Police Department is still attempting to identify the victim of a home invasion/homicide that ocurred at 902 Church Street in Elizabethtown on Saturday.

The victim is described as an unidentified Hispanic male in his mid 20s, said Lt. Cheshire, an investigator with the Elizabethtown Police Department. READ MORE

Board of Elections to meet today

Bladen-County-Board-of-ElectionsThe Bladen County Board of Elections will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 4 p.m. located at the Bladen County Board of Elections office 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown.            

This meeting is for the approval of One-Stop Hours for the November General Election 2016.

Tar Heel couple remains in hospital

Car CrashPhil and Alice Allen, a Tar Heel couple seriously injured last week in a auto collision on US 701 south of Whiteville, remain hospitalized, according to a family friend.

Alice remains in Grand Stand Hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC recovering from two broken arms and a broken leg.  She is expected to be in rehab for several weeks after her hospital stay. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for June 28

Thoughts While ShavingIf you decide to drink and drive, be aware of ‘Booze It & Lose It.’  Bladen County local and state law enforcement officers are expected to be setting up road checks during the July 4th holiday.  In fact, had a report they were already in the area.  If you drink and drive, I hope you get to meet them, handcuffs and all.

Pat Summit, long time legendary Tennessee girls basketball coach died this morning.  She had suffered from an Alzheimer type dementia disease since 2012.  Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig disease, and there are more, so sad to see folks suffer.  Summit coached teams won 1,098 games in her 38 years as Volunteer coach.  READ MORE  

Crash occurs at White Lake Monday

White_Lake_wreckBy: Erin Smith

A crash occurred at the intersection of US 701 and NC 53 in the vicinity of Wam Squam at White Lake on Monday afternoon.

Trooper Russ said that Renee Elizabeth Byrne of Louisiana was traveling west on NC 53 and failed to yield the right of way at the intersection. Byrne’s GMC Denali struck a black Lexus operated by Robelyn Brinson of Elizabethtown that was traveling north on US 701. READ MORE

This Day in History – June 28

This Day In History1762 – 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston)

1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress.

1846 – Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax.

1855 – The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University.

1894 – Labor Day established as a holiday for federal employees. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoA federal lawsuit against Bladenboro Mayor Edgar Evans was dismissed by the courts.

The Elizabethtown tax rate was proposed to be 78 cents per hundred.

John Sharpe of Lumberton was hired as photographer and staff writer at The Bladen Journal.

Gwenda Priest of Council was awarded a law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

Bladen County population increased from 26,447 in 1970 to 30,488 in 1980.



Alligators a part of life on the Cape Fear River

By: Erin Smith

CampbellalligatorAlligators are known to ply the waters of the Cape Fear River though not in large numbers. One Bladen County family got a little closer to an alligator this weekend they would like.

Chris Campbell and his son, Zach, were enjoying a day at the family property on the Cape Fear River just south of Elizabethtown when they noticed an alligator swimming just off of the family pier, according to Sylvia Campbell. READ MORE

Board of Education holds brief budget meeting

By Bethany Stephens

BladenCountySchoollogoThe Board of Education met this Monday for a brief budget meeting where they approved budget amendments for the current fiscal year.  READ MORE

Bus driver training class offered

School-Bus2A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005 and has not taken the training class. This is a mandatory class. This class is also open to the public. READ MORE

Joint operation between E’town PD and Sheriff’s Office results in drug arrests

Sheriff James McVicker and Elizabethtown Chief of Police Tony Parrish announced the arrests of several individuals in a joint operation between the county and city.

The arrests come as a result of a six-month investigation conducted jointly by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department. The operation targeted those responsible for distributing prescription pills, methamphetamine, and cocaine throughout several communities in the county. READ MORE

Personal Interest Classes at Bladen Community College

BCCADDUBLIN – Whether you want to pursue a personal interest or acquire a new hobby, Bladen Community College offers a variety of unique community classes for students. READ MORE

Homicide investigation under way in Elizabethtown

By: Erin Smith

homicideThe Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating a homicide that ocurred on Church Street on Saturday.

The call came in between 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, said Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.   READ MORE

Miss North Carolina, Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen crowned

Miss Bladenboro Scholarship 1The Miss North Carolina Scholarship pageant and the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen pageant have been completed and the winners crowned. Though they did not leave with the crown, Miss Bladenboro Haven Cashwell and Miss Bladenboro Princess Anna Grace Allen represented the town of Bladenboro well.

Miss Mecklenberg County McKenzie Faggart walked away with the title of Miss North Carolina 2016 and Miss Clayton Outstanding Teen Catherine White was crowned as the 2016 Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen. READ MORE

Today is National HIV Testing Day

HIVTestinglogoBladen County Health Department wants you to know that today (Monday, June 27) is National HIV Testing Day, an awareness campaign. National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) founded National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) in 1995 in response to the HIV epidemic’s steady growth, in the middle-income neighborhoods where people thought, “it doesn’t happen here”.

All Americans need to know they should Take the Test, Take Control, at least once a year. And we should also know that people with HIV, who are in treatment with Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) drugs, are significantly less at risk for passing their virus on the others than people with HIV, who are not in treatment. Test-and-treat is not the whole answer to the epidemic, but it’s an indispensable first step. READ MORE

Pinwheel garden winner released

Trinity UMC PinwheelsThe Bladen County Department of Social Services celebrated Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with a Child Abuse Prevention Walk. They also conducted a community pinwheel contest in support of the event. Businesses and residents were encouraged to put their best pinwheel display together and submit them to the Bladen County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Unit. The winner was Trinity United Methodist Church of Elizabethtown.

Trinity UMC received a winners certificate and were also named at the event. READ MORE

Delco man dies in Sunday crash

Car CrashA Delco man was killed when his pick-up truck crashed on Old Lake Road on Sunday evening.

According to NC Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Hilburn,  the crash ocurred about 41 feet west of State Road 1879.  The crash ocurred when Johnny Alan Lanning, 25, of Delco, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned. READ MORE

Board of Education to hold special called meeting today

Board Of EducationThe Bladen County Board of Education will conduct a special called meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Board of Education meeting room. READ MORE

Seven Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training

Front row, left to right: Capt. Mickey Little, Philip Fulmer, Bradley Jordan, Jake Thompson, Lt. Ben Meyer Back Row, left to right: Brandon Bonner, Devin Layne, Justin Owenby, Eric McManus

Front row, left to right: Capt. Mickey Little, Philip Fulmer, Bradley Jordan, Jake Thompson, Lt. Ben Meyer Back Row, left to right: Brandon Bonner, Devin Layne, Justin Owenby, Eric McManus

Seven cadets were sworn in as wildlife officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. After 13 weeks of rigorous training, each officer took an oath to enforce conservation and boating laws and to assist those who enjoy wildlife-related recreation and outdoor activities across the state. READ MORE


Bladenboro Middle School Places in the National Junior Beta Club Convention

Bladenboro middle schoolCongratulations going out to Bladenboro Middle School for representing Bladen County well in the National Junior Beta Club Competition. The club has been at the competition held in New Orleans this weekend.

According to their mentor and teacher, Mrs. Polly Hancock, who attended the competition with them, the Bladenboro Betas won 5th place in the sculpture competition and 4th in the t-shirt competition. READ MORE

Sun, shopping and splashes at Goldston’s Beach, White Lake

The crowds have arrived at the nation’s safest beach. Goldston’s Beach has been bringing crowds to White Lake for many years and this year is no different. Folks can be seen playing on the beach, shopping in the gift shop, smiling in the arcade, laughing on the rides and enjoying food from the restaurants.

Seven Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training

RALEIGH, N.C.  — Seven cadets were sworn in as wildlife officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. After 13 weeks of rigorous training, each officer took an oath to enforce conservation and boating laws and to assist those who enjoy wildlife-related recreation and outdoor activities across the state.

The seven new wildlife officers now begin six months of on-the-job training under supervision of a veteran wildlife officer. Upon completion of field training, each officer will be assigned a permanent duty station. READ MORE


Tar Heel couple injured in Columbus County wreck

Phil and Alice Allen of Tar Heel were injured in a head on collision south of Whiteville on Friday morning.

The driver of the other car reportedly crossed the center line near Beaverdam Swamp on U.S. 701. READ MORE

Take Your Pet to Work Day 2016

Friday was Take Your Pet to Work Day, a celebration first started in the United Kingdom in 1996 and begun in the United States on June 24, 1999. Our Editor, Erin enjoyed the day.

At McDuffie Pest Control in Elizabethtown, every day is Take Your Pet to Work Day. They sure seem to be a happy at work.

Bladen residents earn degrees from NC State

NC State UniversitySeveral Bladen residents have earned degrees from N.C. State University in Raleigh. READ MORE


Columbus County Deputy involved in fatal collision

ColumbusCoSOA Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a crash that killed a motorist about 7 a.m. Friday morning near the Cerro Gordo community.

The collision ocurred on Princess Ann Road when Columbus County Deputy Ryan Gibson’s patrol car drifted left of center into the path of a pick-up truck operated by Robert Brownlee, 30, of Fair Bluff. READ MORE

Preliminary competitions have wrapped up for Miss North Carolina, Miss NC Outstanding Teen

MNCOT>Miss Bladenboro Haven Cashwell and Miss Bladenboro Princess Anna Grace Allen have had a busy week in Raleigh as they competed for the titles of Miss NC and Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen respectively. READ MORE



Bladen resident named to Chancellor’s List at UNCG

unc_greensboro_logoThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro has released its Chancellor’s List for Spring Semester 2016. One Bladen County resident was named to the list. READ MORE

UNC-Greensboro released Dean’s List, Bladen residents named

unc_greensboro_logoThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro has released its Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2016. Three Bladen County residents were named to the list. READ MORE

Bladen residents named to Dean’s List at UNC

UNCThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released its Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2016. Five Bladen County residents were named to the list. READ MORE

Today is National Take Your Pet to work day

hqdefaultToday is national take your pet to work day. While to some it may seem a bit troublesome to bring pets into the workplace, studies have shown that there are benefits.

According to various studies, pets in the workplace help to reduce stress levels and improve relationships among co-workers. READ MORE

Let’s make this Arizona teen’s birthday wish come true

Jacob+PriestleyCalling all Bladen County residents! An Arizona teen is battling a rare and potentially deadly disease called mitochondrial disease and he has just one wish for his birthday—lots and lots of birthday cards! It seems Jacob Priestly, loves birthday cards. READ MORE

Slight risk of severe weather this afternoon

Severe Weather 6-24-16The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington says there is a slight potential for the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon which could produce strong wind gusts and hail. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Fire to compete in Fayetteville tourney

By: Erin Smith

ElizabethtownFireDepartmentlogoWhile the members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department are busy training, cleaning and inspecting equipment and responding to calls, they still manage to find time to take part in interesting activities in the community and surrounding areas. READ MORE

Operation Dry Water Brings Heightened Law Enforcement to N.C. Waters

425500p6635EDNmainODW2016weekendlogoThis weekend, officers from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s law enforcement division will participate in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide campaign that reminds boaters to never operate a boat while impaired.

“All public waterways in North Carolina are subject to additional patrols this weekend,” said Maj. Chris Huebner of the Wildlife Resources Commission. “It’s always a good idea to designate a driver, both for boating and for the drive home. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher is subject to arrest.” READ MORE

E’town PD to take part in Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker

unnamedThe N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program and state and local law enforcement kickoff their annual Fourth of July Booze It & Lose It – Operation Firecracker enforcement campaign on Friday, June 24, 2016.

Since its inception 22 years ago, the Booze It & Lose It campaign zeros in on drunken drivers with innovative and extensive impaired driving enforcement and education. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in the campaign through continually running sobriety checkpoints in all North Carolina counties. READ MORE

Eight month investigation by Columbus/Bladen Task Force results in cocaine arrest

Hernan Castro- BazaThe Columbus/Bladen Task Force completed an eight month long investigation into the distribution of cocaine in both Columbus and Bladen Counties.

Hernan Castro-Baza, 24, of Bolton was arrested and charged with one count of carrying a concealed firearm, two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver marijuana, two counts of maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for use, sale, or storage of controlled substance and one count OFA for failure to appear on possessing cannabinoids issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. His bail was set at $195,000. READ MORE

Paratrooper drops in on White Lake Residents

Paratrooper at white lakeWHITE LAKE – A United States Army paratrooper dangled from a tree on Thursday, June 23, after gusty winds pushed him approximately 300 yards north from the intended target in White Lake, and into the yard of Tim and Cathy Kinlaw. The photograph was captured by paratrooper Kirk Brinker, who was also blown away from the lake. READ MORE


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

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

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


Leave a Reply