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This Day in History – October 26

This Day In History1492 – Lead pencils first used.

1682 – William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York.

1774 – First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia.

1776 – Benjamin Franklin departs for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.  READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 26

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature          86 degrees       1978

Lowest Temperature          28 degrees        1962

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Precipitation                       2.15 inches        1990

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 68 degrees.

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Bladen County Clerk of Court office staff donates to hurricane victims

clerk-of-court-office-donates-to-hurricane-victimsBladen County Clerk of Court’s staff purchased $500 in supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew. Diapers, toiletries, cleaning products and more were all purchased and distributed to help residents in the county affected by the storm.

Niki Dennis, Clerk of Superior Court said, “I would like to say just how proud I am of my wonderful staff.  READ MORE

Emerau:Bladen charter school to host open house

The Emerau:Bladen Charter School will host an open house at 118 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.

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Towns announce Trick-or-Treating schedules

halloweenSome towns in Bladen County have announced the designated times that Trick-or-Treating will be allowed. All town spokespersons said that Trick-or-Treating will take place on Monday, October 31. The towns that have announced scheduled times for Trick-or-Treating are listed below. READ MORE


NC Ground Water Association offers flood victim rebate program

ncgwalogoIn an effort to assist home owners that have been affected by the Hurricane Matthew, the NCGWA is offering a rebate program to home owners impacted through the storm.

A home owner of an occupied residence in need for well chlorination or disinfecting will be able to apply for a $100 rebate and $2500 has been allocated by the NCGWA for this program. READ MORE


Etheridge makes request for Secretarial disaster designation

By Erin Smith

flooded-blueberry-fieldFarm Service Agency State Executive Director Bob Etheridge submitted a formal request this week to have 40 counties in North Carolina to receive a Secretarial Declaration as agricultural disaster areas. Bladen County is one of the counties that will be covered by the declaration.

Bladen County had already received a Presidential declaration as a federal disaster area earlier. READ MORE


No-Cost Business Seminars at Bladen Community College

Small Business Center at Bladen Community CollegeDUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars with several workshops specifically designed for churches and non-profits in November.

In partnership with the IRS, the SBC is pleased to host Are You Ready for the 2017 Tax Filing Season? on Tues., November 1, from 6 until 8 p.m., on the main campus in building 2, room 202. This seminar will provide tax tips that will assist you in preparing for the upcoming filing season.

The final seminar in the Entrepreneurs Academy series is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 2, from 4 until 6 p.m. How to Write a Business Plan will be held in building 3, room 112 on main campus. READ MORE


Bladenboro Beast Fest 5K Fun Run Participation needed

The Bladenboro Beast Fest 5K Fun Run set for this Saturday, October 29th at 8 am starting at the Bladenboro Town Hall is still taking applications. Find out more at


Clarkton nightclub raided, Whiteville operator arrested on alcohol, drug charges

ramon_curieA Whiteville man has been arrested on alcohol and drug charges following a raid Friday of a nightclub with a Clarkton address.

Ramon Jarver Currie, 26, has been charged with possessing alcohol for the purpose of selling, trafficking Schedule II narcotics, possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling controlled substances and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, according to a news release from N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement. Currie was being held in Columbus County Jail under a $104,000 secured bond.  READ MORE

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Governor McCrory Announces King Charles Industries to Bring 100 Jobs to Anson County

McCroryRaleigh , N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) today announced the arrival of King Charles Industries, LLC to Anson County. The textile company intends to hire 100 people over the next three years at its new $12.5 million manufacturing site.

“North Carolina remains the Southeast’s leading state for manufacturing employment with more than 461,000 jobs,” said Governor McCrory. “Our manufacturing economy is highly innovative, diversified and competitive at the global level and we are delighted to welcome King Charles Industries to Anson County.” READ MORE


Board of Education approves make up days

By: Valerie Newton

Board Of EducationAt the October 24, 2016 Board of Education meeting, board members approved a revised calendar for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. Calendar revisions were needed as a result of schools being closed during Hurricane Matthew. Students missed nine nine days of school due to the hurricane.

The original 2016-17 school calendar had an additional three days allotted for students for inclement weather make-up days. Using those days against the time students missed due to the hurricane leaves six days that must be made up. To be in compliance with the North Carolina calendar law General Statute 115C-84.2, school districts must have 185 days OR 1,025 hours of instruction per school year. Bladen County Schools uses the 1,025 hours of instruction in its calendar. READ MORE

Clarkton Public Library to be closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Clarkton Public Library will be closed today (Tuesday, October 25,) and tomorrow (Wednesday, October 26) for work at the entrance to improve the accessibility of the library.

Also, the children’s Halloween program scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 27, from 5:30 until 7 p.m.


Harrells Christian Academy students reach out to Hurricane Matthew victims

Following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew on the region, the students of Harrells Christian Academy wanted to help those that were impacted.  The school held a “Stuff the Bus” campaign and the Junior and Senior Beta Club members of the school delivered those items to the United Way of Bladen County’s Hurricane Relief Center in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. READ MORE


17 Bladen roads remain closed from Hurricane Matthew damage

NC DOTIt’s been more than two weeks since Hurricane Matthew brought flooding and wind damage to Bladen County. The storm which roared through Oct. 8 washed out several roads and N.C. Department of Transportation crews continue to make repairs.

NCDOT said Monday that Bladen County has 17 of the more than 300 road sections statewide still under repair. More than 600 roads statewide have been repaired and reopened.

Here is the list of Bladen County roads that are still damaged, according to NCDOT. READ MORE


Bladen County One Stop voting totals as of Monday, Oct. 24th is 2281.


Transportation Workers Continue to Repair Roads Damaged by Hurricane Matthew

road_construction_signRaleigh, N.C. – Two weeks after Hurricane Matthew slammed eastern North Carolina, residents are still reeling from the storm’s impact. Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation are doing everything they can to help life return to normal.

“Our staff is working tirelessly to assess the damage and repair our roads and bridges,” said Greg Burns, division engineer for Division Six. READ MORE

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Badges of official FEMA representatives

femaOfficials want to help you guard against scammers. Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker, has given his residents an extra tip to look for when accepting assistance from FEMA representatives.

Legitimate FEMA representatives will wear official badges. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving for October 25

Thoughts While ShavingI recently wrote that proceeds from the 1/4 cent sales tax on the ballot would be used to reduce property taxes, I was wrong.  Proceeds will be used for EMS.  There was several discussions by Bladen County Commissioners related to the proposed sales tax issue.  The final decision was, if passed, proceeds will be used to improve our EMS service.

How about a World Series with the Cubs and Indians?  First game today, 8 PM, at Progressive Field, in Cleveland. Fox will telecast all games.  First two games in Cleveland, next three in Chicago and last two, if needed, back in Cleveland. READ MORE


This Day in History – October 25

This Day In History1780 – John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.

1861 – Telegraph messages sent from St. Louis to San Francisco.

1870 – Postcards first used in USA.

1923 – Senate committee publishes 1st report on Teapot Dome scandal.

1924 – “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip 1st published.  READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 25
Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature       86 degrees          2007
Lowest Temperature       29 degrees          1962
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Precipitation                    4.45 inches          1982
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 78 degrees.


10th Annual Beast Fest on go for last weekend in October 2016

downtown-bladenboro-ready-for-beast-festThe town of Bladenboro was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, but the storm has not dampened the spirits of the organizers. The 10th annual Bladenboro Beast Fest organized by members of Boost the Boro, Inc. is still on go for this coming weekend, October 28th, and 29th of 2016.

The last meeting of the Beast Fest committee last week allowed the group to tie up all the loose ends, and to be filmed by UNC-TV. The media outlet has been filming the organizational part of the festival and plans to film part of the festival this coming weekend to air the Bladenboro Best Fest as part of their series, “Real South”, a show documenting the culture of the southern states in the US.  READ MORE 

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Members of FEMA have been diligently working in the Cape Fear Region since Hurricane Matthew struck. They have been busy inspecting properties owned by individuals who have submitted their applications for FEMA aid. READ MORE


FAFSA Day is Scheduled for BCC

BCCADDUBLIN – Bladen Community College will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop for high school and college students on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. until noon, in the Learning Enhancement Center (building 8).

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a program which automatically qualifies students for a variety of federal and state grants, and work study programs. Financial assistance through a federal or state grant does not have to be repaid. Assistance provided with a work-study program allows students to be employed on campus to help with the expenses. READ MORE

Majestic Funeral to hold Family Appreciation Day on Saturday

By: Erin Smith

majestic-1There is excitement in the air at Majestic Funeral Home and Cremations in Elizabethtown as the staff is getting everything ready for Family Appreciation Day which is set to take place on Saturday from 1 until 4 p.m.

Eric Matthews, owner of Majestic Funeral Home, said there will be free food, games, inflatables for the kids, and door prizes offered throughout the day.  READ MORE

SCC to host open house and Finding Dory movie night

finding-dory-poster-openhouse-rescheduledSoutheastern Community College will host an open house on November 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house will be immediately followed by a free outdoor movie night on the front lawn of SCC, hosted the Student Government Association.

The open house will provide the community of Columbus County the opportunity to see what’s happening at SCC. All program areas will be represented and many will provide hands-on demonstrations. In addition, Student Services staff will be on-hand to answer questions about admissions and financial aid. This is a drop-in event and interested individuals should check-in in the Koonce Lobby of the A Building. READ MORE

Correction on Sales Tax information for Bladen County Primary Election November 2016 apologizes for linking to the outdated Sales Tax presentation from 2015. In addition we apologize for any articles presenting the quarter cent sales tax increase as being approved to reduce property tax during this 2016 Primary Election.

Here is the correct Power Point presentation explaining the use of the sales tax, Sales Tax Presentation, if approved for this election cycle. According to the Board of County Commissioners, the sales tax increase on the current ballot will be earmarked for Emergency Services for the county.  READ MORE

Division on Aging offers more than just hot lunches
By: Erin Smith
division-on-aging-offers-more-than-just-hot-lunchesThe Bladen County Division on Aging offers citizens more than a place to gather to have lunch.  There are many fun activities and programs that anyone 60 and over can take part in. Two upcoming programs offered by the Division on Aging include a Candlelight Reflections service and a Fall Festival.

There will be a candlelight Reflections Service at the Bladen County Division on Aging on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. Citizens of Bladen County are invited to come to the Division on Aging located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown.  READ MORE

Best-Selling Novelist Don Brown to Speak at BCC

don-brownDUBLIN – At 11 a.m., on Thursday, Nov. 3, former Special Assistant United States Attorney, Navy JAG Officer, and best-selling author Don Brown will speak at Bladen Community College.

With eleven novels about military operations and strategic government war tactics, Brown’s novels are so popular that he authored an educational guide to his best-seller, Treason. READ MORE

SBA Disaster Assistance for Businesses and Residents Expands to More North Carolina Counties

sbalogoATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Matthew that began on Oct. 4, 2016.

The disaster declaration now covers the counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne and Wilson in North Carolina, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Currituck, Franklin, Halifax, Hertford, Lee, Moore, New Hanover, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Richmond, Scotland, Wake and Warren in North Carolina; Dillon, Horry and Marlboro in South Carolina; Southampton and Suffolk City in Virginia. READ MORE

More than 11,000 receive Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Benefits

Application period remains open through Oct. 26

RALEIGH, N.C. – Slightly more than 11,000 people received Disaster Food and Nutrition Service benefits cards on Saturday, the first day the federal assistance was available to North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Governor Pat McCrory announced Friday that households in an 18-county area slammed earlier this month by Hurricane Matthew could apply to receive Disaster Food and Nutrition Service benefits, after his request for the assistance was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. READ MORE 

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe newly formed Elizabethtown ABC Board was announced. Members appointed were Charles DeVane, William Sheridan and Linda Puglia. The recent vote on the ABC proposition was approved by Elizabethtown voters by a vote of 764 for and 578 against. READ MORE


Camp Clearwater Campground draws crowd for annual festivities in October 2016

Camp Clearwater Campground draws a large crowd for annual festivities in October every year. This year was no different. Folks from near and far dressed up and toured the grounds promising tricks if they didn’t get treats.

The most popular costumes noted appeared from the 2016 movie, “Suicide Squad”. READ MORE 

Understanding Your FEMA Letter and How to Appeal It

RALEIGH, N.C. – If you applied for FEMA help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and you disagree with the decision stated in the letter you received, a quick fix may be all that is needed to change it. 

It’s important that you read your letter carefully to understand FEMA’s decision so you will know exactly what you need to do. Many times applicants just need to submit extra documents for FEMA to process their application.  READ MORE

Governor McCrory Offers Advice to Residents about Filing Hurricane Matthew Related Insurance Claims

RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory encourages residents that suffered damages to their homes as a result of Hurricane Matthew to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and make contact with their insurance company to assess damage.

“As North Carolinians start to evaluate the damage to their homes and work to get their lives back to normal, they should be sure to document everything and contact FEMA and their insurance company,” Governor McCrory said.  READ MORE 


White Oak families asking for assistance with flooded road

white-oak-families-asking-for-familiesBelén Gómez-Jordana with Univision was live streaming less than 24 hours ago in White Oak filming a video on social media and asking for assistance for families still facing a big problem due to Hurricane Matthew. According to Pilar Hernandez, a resident effected by the issue, there are about 12 families trapped without a way to get to school or work from their homes due to roads still being flooded.

“Our homes are ok, but the road is flooded and we don’t  have a way to get to work or school.” said Hernandez.  READ MORE 

Bladen DSS accepting Disaster Food & Nutrition Services applications through Wednesday

USDAThe Bladen County Department of Social Services will be taking Disaster Food & Nutrition Services applications through Wednesday at five locations. The program offers eligible applicants who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew to receive short-term food assistance.

Bladen DSS will take applications for the D-SNAP program from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday at the following locations: READ MORE

Bladen County early voting information

Bladen County one stop, as of Friday, October 21st, 2016 totaled: 1504 according to the Bladen County Board of Elections office.

Early voting started on Thursday, October 20th and will end on  Saturday, Nov. 5. This period allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person before Election Day. READ MORE

Seeking a pet lost in Hurricane Matthew? Check with your local animal shelter

ELM-Adopt-a-PetRALEIGH – State officials are advising people trying to recover pets they lost in Hurricane Matthew to visit their county’s animal shelter.

Hundreds of pets have been rescued and housed in shelters since Hurricane Matthew impacted the state Oct. 8. Officials in three eastern North Carolina counties still have temporary rescue shelters because the regular county shelters did not have enough space to accommodate the rescued animals.  READ MORE


Bladen County community pillar, Minnie Price honored in publication

There are few folks in Bladen County who do not know Ms. Minnie Price and the outstanding citizen she is in our community. A magazine recognized the accolades of Ms. Price’s achievements and gave her the spotlight in their publication.

“Celebrating the Dream as you Tour East” magazine honored Ms. Minnie Price, Director of the Bladen County Youth Focus Project, Inc (BCYFP, Inc.). The publication listed the work Ms. Price does with the non-profit, BCYFP, Inc. READ MORE

Update: Puppy has been found – Lost puppy in Tar Heel area


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African American Dance Ensemble visits Clarkton School of Discovery

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By: Erin Smith

Students at the Clarkton School of Discovery were treated to an afternoon of dance and rhythmic music when the African American Dance Ensemble of Durham visited the school on Friday.

The group’s purpose is to educate and entertain people through the sharing traditional African and African American dance and music. The dancers also explained to the students the different instruments they played as well as teaching them certain words such as Agoo! Amee! which means, “Are you listening? Yes, I am!” READ MORE

Fundraiser for Elizabethtown Middle School rescheduled

Elizabethtown Middle School Booster Club Reverse Raffle at the Elizabethtown Middle School has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 5th, the dinner will at 6:00 p.m. raffle starts at 7 p.m. Donation are $50.00 includes two dinners.  READ MORE

Landowners encouraged to seek advice when assessing woodland damage from Hurricane Matthew

NC-Forest-Service-ShieldRALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service encourages landowners and others to exercise caution when assessing possible damage to their woodlands from Hurricane Matthew. Landowners concerned about the health of their woodlands should seek advice from their county ranger or other forestry professionals.

“In addition to devastating crops, Hurricane Matthew also damaged woodlands in central and eastern North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This damage includes the uprooting, wounding, bending and breaking of trees. Standing water can cause additional tree stress and death. Landowners are encouraged to inspect their woodlands or have them looked at by a professional.” READ MORE  

Jones Lake Fall Festival scheduled for Oct. 29 cancelled

cancelledDue to the widespread damage and ongoing efforts assisting those who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, the Jones Lake Fall Festival has been cancelled, according to Jones Lake State Park Superintendent Shane Freeman. READ MORE

Library to host Kids Halloween Party

halloween-libraryThe Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will host a Kids’ Halloween Party from 5 until 6 p.m. Children are encouraged to come dressed in the spookiest best for tricks and treats!  Pre-registration is required to ensure enough snacks for everyone. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. To register your child, call 910-862-6990.

Bladenboro businesses in critical condition due to Hurricane Matthew


Hurricane Matthew has taken a toll on business owners in Bladen County as well as home owners. The sun has been out everyday since October the 8th, when the storm hit, but for some business owners are still trying to see the light from the destruction Hurricane Matthew caused.

According to Don White, Boost the Boro President, every business owner in Bladenboro had some water damage. READ MORE

North Carolina’s September Employment Figures Released

UnemploymentRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from August’s revised rate.  The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.0 percent. 

North Carolina’s September 2016 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 7,559 over the month to 4,596,364 and increased 98,277 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 5,671 over the month to 227,377, and decreased 42,158 over the year.   READ MORE

Livestock Indemnity Program available

USDAThe 2014 Farm Bill authorized the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to provide benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by eligible loss conditions, including eligible adverse weather, eligible disease and eligible attacks (attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law, including wolves and avian predators).  READ MORE

Bladen County residents, businesses doing well at NC State Fair

By: Erin Smith

state-fair-logoThe North Carolina State Fair is under way and Bladen County is well represented. Many Bladen residents and businesses are picking up awards for their hard work. Bladen County residents who have received honors at the State Fair through the completion of judging of competitions on Wednesday, October 19. READ MORE


Presbyterian College to name C. Douglas Warner ’87 of Charleston the 2016 Dum Vivimus Servimus Award recipient

douglasDouglas Warner ’87 of Charleston, S.C., will be named the recipient of Presbyterian College’s 2016 Dum Vivimus Servimus award. The award is designed to recognize an alumnus or alumna who exemplifies the meaning of the college’s motto, “While we live, we serve.”

Warner graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s degree in business and political science. As a student, he was elected president of the student body and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He was also a leader in the ROTC program and the Student Union Board. He also received a master’s degree from the Citadel in 1991. READ MORE

Bladen County first day of early voting in 2016 Primary

The weather was sunny and beautiful for citizens to cast votes. Large numbers were reported for the first day of early voting from the Bladen County Board of Elections and some Political Action Committees (PAC).

The Bladen County Board of Elections reported a total of 757 ballots casted on the first day of early voting, October 20th, 2016.  READ MORE

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New date announced for Crazy Fun Color Run

Hurricane Matthew has affected almost everything in Bladen County. Many events were affected due to the storm, one of which was the Crazy Fun Color Run. The organizers of the Crazy Fun Color Run announced their appreciation for the the patience and understanding from their participant for the need to reschedule the fundraiser event.

The new date for the Crazy Fun Color Run and Walk to Benefit United Way of Bladen County will be Saturday, November 19, 2016!  READ MORE

Carver’s Creek UMC Fall Festival


To purchase tickets beforehand, please call (910) 862-7575 or purchase yours at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!   

Understanding the Flood Insurance Claim Process

If you have damage caused by Florida’s recent hurricanes, state and federal officials encourage you to closely monitor the insurance claims process after reporting your loss.

Florida residents with a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy must file a “Notice of Flood Loss” with their flood insurance company promptly. READ MORE

FEMA Staffer answers questions about housing assistance

Congressman Pittenger’s office has received questions from constituents asking how FEMA housing assistance works.  Copied below is the explanation from Congressman Pittenger’s FEMA staffer:

Each situation is on a case by case basis.  The individuals have to register with FEMA for assistance first.  Then the FEMA worker will determine the actual need. The purpose is to get them out of transitional shelters into more permanent housing.  READ MORE


Neighbor helping neighbor: town helping town to recover after Hurricane Matthew

By Erin Smith

In times of trouble, people near and far reach out to one another. That is no better shown than the outpouring of support and assistance that has arrived in Bladen County and the Cape Fear region since Hurricane Matthew struck on October 8. The town of Elizabethtown was one such case where town reached out to town to help with the clean up and recovery process.

Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said that on Sunday morning, following the storm, Jay Leatherman, Public Works Director Pat DeVane and himself performed an initial damage assessment of the town. He said when town officials left town hall late Sunday afternoon, everyone believed the storm was over. Madden said no one was prepared for what came next with the historic flooding. READ MORE

Weapon and Drugs Seized at Checking Station in Bladen County

weapon-and-drugs-seized-at-checking-station-in-bladen-countySheriff James A. McVicker said deputies with his office set up a license checking station on Chicken Foot Road in the Tobymory community of Bladen County Wednesday afternoon and in just a few short minutes made an arrest of an individual with a pound of marijuana and a concealed weapon.

“My deputies set up a license checking station Wednesday afternoon and one of the first cars to pass through had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it,” McVicker said.  READ MORE 

Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Annual Haunted House opening soon

Clarkton Haunted HouseClarkton Dixie Youth Baseball’s Annual Haunted House will be open on the following dates: October 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31st. Admission is $5 and is located at the same old farm house at the corner of Highway 211 and White McEwen Rd about 3 miles west of Clarkton. READ MORE 

Emergency Conservation Program Assistance

NC_Dept_Agriculture_Consumer_ServicesECP Signup Period October 24, 2016 thru December 23, 2016

As a result of Hurricane Matthew and the damaged experienced throughout Bladen County on its farms and ranches, the Bladen County FSA Emergency Board in consultation with the Bladen County FSA County Committee has requested USDA Emergency Conservation Program Assistance. The Emergency

Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters by providing cost-share assistance on authorized ECP practices with eligible producers. READ MORE 

North Carolina and FEMA Working to Transition Displaced Hurricane Matthew Survivors from Shelters to Stable Housing

femaRaleigh – North Carolina officials are working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to transition displaced residents from emergency shelters in flooded areas to more stable temporary housing. At the height of the emergency on Oct. 9, there were 4,071 people housed in 81 shelters. Today that number is down to 972 people in 20 shelters. READ MORE 

SBE: Early Voting Begins in North Carolina

NC-board-of-ElectionsThe polls are open in North Carolina.

Today marks the first of 17 days of one-stop absentee voting. Commonly known as early voting, this period allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person before Election Day. Early voting ends on Saturday, Nov. 5.  READ MORE  


3 tips to help warn neighbors, scammers out in Bladen County

Scam-AlertKeeping our residents from being taken advantage of by scammers is something our local law enforcement take seriously in Bladen County. Sheriff, Jim McVicker met with FEMA Security Manager, Mitchell Stevens on Thursday morning to help combat con artists preying on local citizens.

“We want everyone, especially the elderly in Bladen County, to be aware about the potential of scammers in their area.” McVicker said.  READ MORE

Bladen County arrests two in double homicide, active warrants on two others

bladen-county-arrests-made-in-double-homicideSheriff James A. McVicker announced the overnight arrest of two individuals involved in a home invasion robbery that happened on Saturday night in the Buckhead community of Bladen County.

“We have arrested two individuals in this case and have active warrants on two others,” McVicker said. “We are actively searching for the two still at large.” READ MORE

Early Voting begins today


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By: Erin Smith

Early Voting begins in Bladen County today and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 5.  The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held a Candidate Forum on Tuesday night to give voters an opportunity to hear from the candidates. Candidates who attended the forum were County Commissioner Countywide Republican candidate Ray Britt, Libertarian candidate Randy Crow, and Democrat candidate David Gooden; Board of Education District 3 Chris Clark who is unaffiliated; and County Commissioner District 3 Republican candidate Ashley Trivette.  READ MORE

West Bladen High School helping United Way after Hurricane Matthew

Lending a helping hand is in the air this fall after Hurricane Matthew struck Bladen County. West Bladen High School teachers, staff and friends worked hard on Wednesday, October 19th helping United Way  READ MORE

East Bladen Football Team Helps Clean-up County Park

The rain stopped and the sun has shinned everyday since. Some Bladen County students, staff friends have assisted in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew tore through southeastern North Carolina.

Members of Coach Robby Priest’s East Bladen Eagle football team helped clean-up the debris READ MORE

What to do if your vehicle was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew

Bladen County Sheriffs Department cover wreckRALEIGH –  People whose automobiles were damaged or destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Matthew may be eligible for help to repair or replace their vehicles.

The first step should be to check their auto insurance policy or contact their insurance agent, as some policies cover vehicle damage.

Vehicle owners may also be eligible for federal assistance in one of the 27 eastern and central North Carolina counties.

In order to be eligible for FEMA assistance, the following conditions apply:  READ MORE


Local Military Exercise Planned for October

24thexpeditionarylogoU.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct a military exercise in the vicinity of Elizabethtown, N.C., Oct. 26, 2016.

The exercise, known as Realistic Urban Training, is intended to prepare the Marines to operate in an urban environment before their scheduled deployment later this year. READ MORE

Bladen residents report Kirby Vacuum encounter

Bladen County residents are reporting encounters with someone claiming to represent Kirby Vacuum on Monday. The residents described the vehicle as a blue-green Toyota car with Florida license plates occupied by three women and one male.

A resident said the group claimed they were selling Kirby Vacuums and giving away a free box of Tide laundry detergent to anyone who signed up. READ MORE now offers 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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