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Gingersnaps, ugly ties and unsplashed puddles

By: Jefferson Weaver

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Everybody needs a bright spot on a dreary day. I call mine Gingersnap. She has bright red curls that rebel with all the feistiness a natural redhead can muster, and the mischievous grin of a playful ball of fire. She likes puppies, flowers and puddles. She’s at her happiest when a neighborhood park floods, since she can splash the resultant puddles to her heart’s content.

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

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Harmony Hall received large donation from McDuffie Pest Control

By: Charlotte Smith

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

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

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

Bladen Unemployment Rate For June Was 8.6 Per Cent


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


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Rain, rain, come today or soon….

Baseball season at the local level is over….it is time for fall sports….bring them on…..

For NFL fans….Thoughts on Tom Brady suspension? Deflategate……

If you were the Baseball Commissioner would you allow Pete Rose to be considered for the Hall of Fame? Not sure his entry to the organization would lower the standards….See who is already there and check their past….His numbers are great, his character is questionable, but so are many others….

Busy weekend upcoming….I know, sounds like a broken record…but check it out in our Events section.

Special programs ongoing at the Bladen County Library.

Learn about the largest mammal in our area, the black bear…Our friends at Jones Lake are offering a free program Saturday morning…..Interested????? Call 910-588-4550. READ MORE 


This Day in History—-July 29th

This Day In History

1773—1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio.

1786—1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pittsburgh Gazette.

1844—NY Yacht Club forms.

1847—Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exists in the United States.

1864—American Civil War; Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC.

1899—1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY.

1907—Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England. READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 29

Extremes For Bladen County

Highest Temperature 99 degrees 2005

Lowest Temperature 62 degrees 1983

Greatest One-Day Precipitation 3.37 inches 1991

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 91 degrees.

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Rep. Rouzer Votes for Regulatory Reform

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

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

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

Father Found Guilty of First-Degree Sexual Offense

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

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

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

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

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

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

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

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BCC has Representative on Local High School Campuses


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

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

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

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Upcoming Non-Profit Seminars

Bladen Community College

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

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


Heustess with Economic Development speaks to Elizabethtown Optimist Club


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

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

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

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Thoughts While ShavingA hearty BladenOnline salute to the West Bladen Pre-Majors baseball team, coaches, parents and supporters.  You made us proud…

Everyone loves to win and this team began strong by winning their first two games, then lost a couple and that officially ends their season…..but they made so many memories for themselves and us….. Thank you to coach Kim Cain and his crew…
Sonny Jones has a son on the team (Ray-2nd baseman) so we knew mom and dad would be there and Sonny offered to provide pitch by pitch coverage by Scorecast exclusively to BladenOnline…and the coverage has been great…the instant coverage, the pics, and articles…What a service to family and friends that were unable to attend the games… and others who just enjoy the sport… Thanks to all… The possibilities of BladenOnline are endless… and our numbers, provided by Google Analytics tell our story better than I can…  READ MORE

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Preliminary numbers for the past week indicate BladenOnline continues to do well… The numbers are compiled by Google Analytics and shared on a weekly basis.
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July 5-11: 77,918

Most Read Stories (July 19-25)

3,833: Bladenboro woman pleads guilty to murder

2,933: LACS concert draws hundreds to ATV park

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

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

1,617: ALE, Bladen sheriff raid illegal nightclub

1,391: Bladen commissioners recognize employees

842: Bladen sheriff’s office assists with meth arrests

791: Elizabethtown breaks ground at Leinwand Park

528: Bladen commissioners meet

505: This ‘n That

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Largest Watermelon Contest to be held at State Farmers Market July 30

RALEIGH – The State Farmers Market is looking for local watermelon growers to submit entries to its Largest Watermelon Contest. The exhibition will be part of the market’s annual Watermelon Day on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“This year’s high temperatures and low precipitation have helped North Carolina’s watermelon crop,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Many growers are expecting a better year than 2014, so there will be a lot to celebrate at Watermelon Day.”  READ MORE 

Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series announced for the 2015 State Fair

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

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Things that made me smile and take a moment to think

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

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

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

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Eating Healthfully on the Run – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our new Miss Princess of North Carolina is on a mission

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

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




EOG score reports released, RBA charters top counties again

By: Roger Bacon Academy

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

West Bladen dedicates game to Ayven Lennon

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

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

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


Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: West Bladen 9, Ozark, Alabama 4

West Bladen defeated Ozark 9-4 Saturday afternoon.
West Bladen vs Virginia Sunday at 5 p.m.

Follow the action on Scorecast on BladenOnline.

New Bladenboro Fire Department

By: Charlotte Smith

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

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

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


A Cat’s Tale…….Who Owns Who?

By: Norgie Hester

Growing up I owned a dog. I really never cared much for cats. That all changed when the wonderful lady I married was a cat lover. Over the years we have accumulated a total of 10 cats, give or take a couple that show up at meal time. The ten cats have all been spayed and have gotten their necessary shots. We try to be good citizens and take care of our pets. I have come to the conclusion that we don’t own the cats….they own us. Here are some examples that seem to prove this point.

FOOD..They must have Meow Mix and Fancy Feast. They refuse to eat anything cheaper….I have tried to fool them…I can’t. When I tried this ruse they looked at me as if to say “I ain’t eating that crap. Go to the fridge and get me some of that delicious Smithfield Thin Sliced Turkey Breast. Do it now.” One cat, Fluffy, our Maine Coon Cat, will actually growl at us if we do not get the turkey immediately. When I check out at WalMart with a 30 pound bag of Meow Mix and Fancy Feast the smiling cashier ask “So you are still feeding those cats.” I answer in the affirmative and ask her if she wants one. She says “Thanks but I have five myself.”

MEDICAL..I am convinced that it is cheaper to furnish medical needs for a child than a cat. The vets in the county do a great job for pet lovers in Bladen.  READ MORE  

Elizabethtown Fire Department Hosts Rescue Tools Demo

A representative from Genesis Systems gave a demonstration at the Elizabethtown Fire Department Thursday night of the new models of eFORCE Battery-Driven Rescue Tools. Hydraulic tools like The Spreader, the Cutter, and the Ram, are used by First responders to open vehicles and rescue people when car crashes twist the metal or doors cannot be easily opened. These tools are life saving devices. The Spreader can force two pieces of crumpled metal to separate. The Cutter can clip through a door hinge in minutes. “We  cut up some cars to test the new equipment.,” said Fire Chief Nick West.”

“The fire department is looking to improve is rescue capabilities with new portable rescue tools,” West continued. “The new equipment is completely self-contained and can be used by one person to help speed up the removal of patients from motor vehicle accidents. These tools are battery driven and do not require the use of hoses and pumps like traditional rescue tools.” The tools that are currently in use at the E’town Fire Department are hydraulic, but they require that cords and hoses be attached prior to use to provide power.  READ MORE

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Receives recognition award


A first year recognition award was presented today to Sheriff James A. McVicker of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The award was presented by Dale Royer from the National Child Safety Council (NCSC) in recognition of the Sheriff’s Offices participation in the NCSC / Safetypup® program over the past year. Safetypup® helps children learn and remember the basics of child safety. The diversified program allows the Sheriff’s Office to visit with our youngsters and teach children how to stay safe and drug free. READ MORE 

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

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

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

Summer Sounds Concert, Round Two

By:Cheryl Thurston

Photos Contributed by: Susan Yerry

North Tower played with gusto for Bladen County folks last night in the second of four Summer Sounds concerts at the Elizabethtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. The band North Tower has been playing together for 35 years, and traveled from Raleigh to play for us from 6-9 PM.

The inclimate weather inconvenienced the set up of the venue, but when it was time for the music to start, everything was in place and the crowd was large. The Chamber estimates 350-400 people attended the concert. “I’m very pleased with the turnout we had,” said Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. “Some people may have stayed away because of the weather, but there are two more concerts this summer and we expect our crowds to grow, weather permitting.” READ MORE 

ALE and Bladen Sheriff Raid Illegal Nightclub in Bladen County

FAYETTEVILLE – North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested a man this morning on alcohol and weapon violations following an early Sunday morning raid at an illegal nightclub in Bladenboro.

ALE agents and deputies from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office raided The Honey Hole, 88 Spivey and Currie Drive, Bladenboro, after receiving numerous citizen complaints.

ALE charged Michael Spivey, 38, of Bladenboro, with possession of a firearm by felon (a felony), maintaining a building for using controlled substances, possessing for sale alcoholic beverages without the applicable permits from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission and possession of non-tax paid liquor. He was taken to the Bladen County Jail. READ MORE  

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Mother Charged in Child Drowning at White Lake

Teresa-LauderbackThe White Lake Police Department has charged Teresa Denise Lauderback of River Road White Oak, NC with Felony Child Abuse (Neglect). Teresa Denise Lauderback is the mother of the victim in this incident.

Teresa Denise Lauderback was arrested without incident at her residence by Bladen County Sheriffs Deputies on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at approximately 5:40 pm. Teresa Denise Lauderback is currently being held in the Bladen County Jail under a $50,000.00 secured bond.

On Monday June 15, 2015 at approximately 12:32 pm, White Lake Police Officers responded to a possible drowning at 2038 White Lake Drive.  READ MORE

Godwin new principal in Burgaw

Caroline Godwin has been named principal of Burgaw Middle School.
Godwin began her career in education as an elementary teacher.  She was most recently a curriculum specialist for grades 6-12 in the Bladen County School system.  She has also filled the role of assistant principal in Bladen County.
Godwin earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Carolina University.  She earned a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
She was quoted on the Pender Board of Education web site, “I am most looking forward to meeting new students, staff and community members as I join the Burgaw Middle School family.  Pender County’s small town charm provides a rich atmosphere, encouraging student growth and academic achievement.  The opportunity to serve as the instructional leader at Burgaw Middle School is both humbling and inspiring as we begin our quest to enhance the educational lives of our students.”

Tyson Blount Nominated Most Stylish In Myrtle Beach

Tyson-BlountTyson Blount, a graduate of East Bladen High School and East Carolina University, has been nominated for Most Stylish On The Grand Strand by the Myrtle Beach Magazine. Tyson is among twelve residents of this coastal area nominated for this honor.

Tyson is a sales representative on Century 21 in Myrtle Beach. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Blount of White Lake.

Workshop planned for Cape Fear Farmers’ Market

Bladen County Extension will be holding an upcoming workshop at the Cape Fear Farmers’ Market on July 30, 2015 from 1:00 until 1:30 pm. The topic of the workshop is “Soil Sampling – the First Step to Knowing Your Soil”. We will discuss how to take a correct soil sample, how to have the soil tested, how to read the test results, and how to apply fertilizer and lime. This event is open to everyone, and there is no charge to attend.
Questions should be directed to Bruce McLean at Bladen County Ag Extension.  Call 910-862-4591.

This ‘n That

Plans for new Bladen County Detention continue to move forward. A pre-bid conference was held Wednesday and the bid opening is scheduled for the first week of August. The new jail and sheriffs office will be located off Smith Circle Drive, across the street from the Cooperative Extension Office (Powell-Melvin Ag Center).

Commissioners approved a sealed bid offer from Gooden Land and Timber to harvest the timber on the future jail site. The Gooden bid was one of two received. The bid was for $3,600 to “furnish all labor, equipment and materials necessary for the complete harvest and removal (clear cut) of all timber products. READ MORE 

 2,000 local public students choose year-round school, classical curriculum 


Leland, Whiteville— School is back in session for nearly 2,000 local students this week. These students chose to attend public charter schools offering an alternative calendar and curriculum to that of traditional public schools. These local year-round students are receiving a classical curriculum including courses in Latin, Cursive, and Shakespeare.

Charter Day School in Leland and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville are K-8 public charter schools offering identical classical education programs in neighboring counties. Further, both of the schools are the highest scoring in their respective Brunswick and Columbus counties. READ MORE

Rep. Rouzer Pushes for Answers to Wilmington VA Troubles

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) sent the following letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald regarding the internal plumbing issues at the Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as the facility’s lease agreement.

“Months have passed without resolution to the plumbing issues at the Wilmington VA, which is unacceptable. Our veterans have been forced to find care at a non-VA facility in the community or drive a long distance to the Fayetteville VA Hospital. Veterans have made many sacrifices and they deserve the best care possible at a facility that is within a reasonable distance. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Fire Department flying their flag at half staff in memory of the Chattanooga, TN fallen heroes


BCC is Area’s Only Nationally Certified Distance Learning College


Taking college classes no longer means simply dedicated time in a seat in a classroom. With the availability of interactive computer communications, today’s students can complete coursework online, with interactive television, web-assisted classes, face-to-face encounters with an instructor, and a combination of these options. This is called Distance Learning and in today’s society, it is an attractive alternative to traditional classroom confines.

Among the 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College Association, Bladen Community College is the only one with certification for a Distance Learning Program. Through a rigorous four-part evaluation process, certification is granted through the United States Distance Learning Association. READ MORE  

Ranking of Presidents

A favorite pastime for many of us is to condemn/praise and compare presidents we know about, or think we know.

Earlier this year, a couple of writers compiled their list. Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaughn “surveyed 162 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents & Executive Politics section and asked them to rate the U.S. presidents.”

#1…Abraham Lincoln was rated the greatest president with an average score of 95 or 100.
#2…George Washington
#3…Franklin D. Roosevelt READ MORE  

Former Bladen County Superintendent is New Chairman of National Beta Club Directors

Dr. Kenneth Dinkins, former Bladen County Superintendent of Bladen County Schools, is the new Chairman of the National Beta Club Board of Directors. He was elected to the position at the recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dinkins will lead an 18 member National Beta Club Board of Directors.

He has also served as District Supervisor in Barnwell County, SC and Chesterfield School District in South Carolina.

The National Beta Club has been in existence for over 80 years and consist of over 450,000 members.


West Bladen to open World Series against Ozark, Alabama

A pair of defending state champions will meet in Saturday’s opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series in Guntersville, Alabama.

West Bladen, which has represented North Carolina in the past two World Series, including the 2013 tournament in Guntersville, will play the defending Alabama state champion, Ozark, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time at Bill Moore Field at the town’s Parks and Recreation Center.

Three other defending state champions also are in the 12-team, double elimination tournament that is scheduled to end Wednesday. They are Paris, Texas; Halifax/South Boston, Virginia; and the 2014 World Series champion Pine Belt, Mississippi. Pine Belt is appearing in the World Series for the third straight year. READ MORE 

First Day 2015-2016 at Columbus Charter School

Columbus Charter School is a public K-8 charter school. Public charter schools accept fewer taxpayer dollars in exchange for freedom to offer alternative curriculum and calendar options to traditional public schools, while still remaining subject to the same End-of-Grade testing standards.
Any NC student can enroll in a charter school at no cost. Columbus Charter School is one of four identically-operated public charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. Sibling schools are Charter Day School in Leland, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport.  READ MORE 

Dublin Post Office flying their flag at half staff in memory of the Chattanooga, TN fallen heroes



Bladenboro woman pleads guilty to murder

Becky Nance, 55, of Bladenboro, entered a plea of second degree murder Tuesday before Superior Court Judge Reuben Young.
Nance has been incarcerated since she was arrested in February 2013 for the shooting death of her husband, Dewey Nance.
She was charged with murder in the first degree.  READ MORE 

High School Laptop Payment Portal Now Open

By: Valerie Newton

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

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

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

It’s SOCCER time!

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

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

Committee of 100 Annual Meeting Date Set

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

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

Kids Fun Day Fundraiser for Ayven Lennon

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

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



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