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Sunday crash sends two teens to hospital

Car CrashA single-vehicle accident on Pone Loop Road on Sunday evening sent two teens to the hospital, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. READ MORE

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Iphone/Ipad Tips: Sams Club Game Changer & iPhone 7 Plus

By: Gordon Kinlaw

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I wrote an article about this type of app for Walmart a year or so back. They tested it and backed off. Of course Sams is part of Walmart, but when will it happen there and Food Lion and everywhere?? We are ready!

I was surprised by the large sign I saw in Sams Friday that advertised the Scan and Go App that was just released. I stopped in my tracks and lost my shopping thoughts, which are all tech-related and grabbed the phone to download the app. I had to grab the Manager walking by in order to get it fully functional. Add your credit/debit card to your account. I already had a Sams account so my billing information was there. READ MORE



No-Cost Business Seminars offered at Bladen Community College

Small Business Center at Bladen Community CollegeDUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering several no-cost seminars during the month of October.

Faith based organizations and non-profits will be interested in these Saturday seminars. The Business Side of Operating a Faith Based Organization is offered on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. on the BCC main campus in building 2, room 207. It will be immediately followed by Parliamentary Procedure Made Easy, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. READ MORE



Clarkton resident victim of murder in Lake Waccamaw


A Clarkton man was shot to death at a residence in Lake Waccamaw on Saturday night, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.

Bobby Lee Sessoms was found dead of gunshot wounds inside the home of Steven Craig Long located at Lake Waccamaw, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.




The Third Annual Garland Community Day set for Saturday, Oct. 1

moptopshopThe 3rd annual Garland Community Day will take place in downtown Garland on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.  The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating Our Youth: Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

The parade grand marshal will be MopTopShop of Raleigh. READ MORE

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Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe town of Dublin will use paper ballots in the upcoming election.

A tanker owned by Campbell Oil Company crashed on Highway 87 and spilled over 6,000 gallons of fuel oil.

Sammy Skandier filed for Mayor of Elizabethtown. READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving for September 26

Thoughts While ShavingAre you making plans to watch tonight’s debate, the first between the two major presidential candidates, Trump and Clinton?

A reminder, after all is said and done….check  Both have a bad habit of s-t-r-e-c-h-i-n-g the truth, may even include an out right untruth.  Isn’t that sad?  And one will be our leader.

We lost an American hero over the weekend.  Arnold Palmer, a longtime golfer and all round good guy died.  He was in his late 80s.  He is a Wake Forest University grad. READ MORE

This Day in History – September 26

This Day In History1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine.

1789 – Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Secretary of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice, Edmund J. Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General.  READ MORE


Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 26

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature     94 degrees 1970

Lowest Temperature     45 degrees 1981

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Precipitation                    1.68 inches 2008

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Clarkton Community’s Rock the Block for Jesus

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Six Clarkton area churches hosted Rock the Block for Jesus on Saturday at First Baptist Church. There was plenty of delicious food, inspiring music, fun games, and inflatable bounce houses, slides and water slides. READ MORE

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Clarkton Street Closed

college-st-closedIf you’re driving through Clarkton this Saturday, September 24, you may need to take a short detour.   N. College Street is closed in front of Clarkton School of Discovery.


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Lara Trump Visits Elizabethtown, Stresses Importance of Early Voting

The town of Elizabethtown was abuzz with excitement on Friday afternoon as Lara Trump paid a visit on behalf of her father-in-law Donald Trump. A large crowd of Trump supporters were on hand to greet her at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market on Friday afternoon.

Lara Trump said she is pleased to represent her father-in-law Donald Trump here in North Carolina. She grew up in North Carolina and took a job in New York after college. It was there she met and later married Eric Trump. Lara Trump said she returns often to visit her family and was honored when Donald Trump asked her to help him with his campaign in North Carolina. READ MORE

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Arrest Made In Child Sexual Abuse Case

maldonadoSheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of Enrique Penaloza Maldonado, 38, of 916 Davis Road, Garland, NC.

Maldonado was arrested after an extensive investigation by Investigator Greg Bullard of the Sheriff’s Office.  READ MORE


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Fundraiser to benefit minister and wife Saturday

pyatte-fundraiserA local church is sponsoring a Barbecue Plate Fundraiser to benefit Mr. and Mrs. Dave Pyatte. Mr. Pyatte was a former pastor at Center Road Baptist Church. Both Dave and Cathy have been dealing with serious health issues since moving from Bladen County back to their home state of Tennessee. READ MORE





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Trump camp seeks Bladen County residents attention

trump-in-north-carolinaThe political season is well underway and Bladen County is getting some attention from one of the Presidential candidate campaigns. Some Bladen County residents traveled to the Donald Trump Rally in Kenansville, North Carolina, on Tuesday, September 20th. BladenOnline reader and Trump supporter contributed by one republican attending the event.

According to the Bladen County Republican Party, Lara Trump, will be in Elizabethtown. READ MORE


Scholarships awarded at Bladen County Training School / Bladen Central High School Alumni Association Banquet

A total of $6,500 in scholarships was awarded at the Bladen County Training School / Bladen Central High School Alumni Association’s 34th Annual Awards Banquet.

There was standing room only at the event which was held on September 10, 2016 at The Paul R. Brown Building in Elizabethtown. The program began with the posting of the colors and Pledge by The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy’s Color Guard. Mistress of Ceremonies Minnie Price called on Rev. Vince Rozier, Sr. for an invocation. President Dorothy McKoy gave a welcome and update. Catherine Autry gave a necrology report.  Rev. Ronald Highsmith of Garner, NC provided entertainment throughout the evening. READ MORE


Colonial Pipeline back in service, may take days for fuel supplies to normalize

bypassoverview-300x180The Colonial Pipeline Company has announced Colonial Pipeline No. 1 is back in operation. The bypass segment is now in place, connected and operational according to a release from the company. It is expected to take several days for fuel supplies to return to normal levels according to the company.



First annual “Battle of the Badges” Softball tournament Oct. 2

EMS-logoThe first Bladen “Battle of the Badges” Softball Tournament will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Bladen County Park located on US Hwy. 701.  There will be a worship service beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Bladen County Honor Guard will present the colors.

All proceeds from the tournament go to support the improvements to the Bladen County Public Safety Training Center located at White Lake.


Kiwanis gives back in many ways

kiwanis-gives-back-in-many-ways-bladen-county-emergency-servicesA club geared towards helping children continues to work hard to give back in many ways while growing. The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club is growing and giving back at a steady pace according to some of it’s members.

This past Tuesday the local Kiwanians had Eagle Scout, John Dean Alsup give a presentation on his recent trip to a conservation and agricultural workshop.  READ MORE  

Reminder from Seniors’ Health Insurance Program

SeniorCenterBladen County senior citizens are reminded from the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program, also known as SHIIP, the Medicare Part D annual election period is coming up soon. According to the Bladen County Division on Aging, SHIIP Coordinator, Carol Mitchell, will be assisting local senior citizens with Medicare Part D Annual Election Period. The period will begin October 15th and end December 7th.

Anyone needing assistance with the election period is welcome to set up an appointment on two days, Mondays and Fridays from 9:30-3:30 by appointments only.  READ MORE


Tillis: End The Red Wolf Recovery Program

Red Wolf 3WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended and spoke at a House Committee on Natural Resources oversight hearing on the status of the federal government’s management of wolves. Tillis called for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to formally end its Red Wolf Recovery Program in North Carolina.  READ MORE  


Elizabethtown Rotary learns about Wound Care

rotaryWound Care was the topic du jour on Wednesday afternoon at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club during their luncheon meeting held at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.

David Holmes, Director of the Wound Healing Center at Columbus Regional Medical Center in Whiteville, said that wound care costs for chronic wounds which affect about 6 million patients per year is about $25 billion per year. Holmes said that chronic wound care is a growing issue. READ MORE

Lower Cape Fear Hospice No Cost workshop offers children support with the death of a loved one

Lower Cape Fear HospiceWILMINGTON – Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a free grief workshop, Kids, Teens and Grief, from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. To register, call 910-515-6689. When leaving a message, please leave your name, phone number and indicate the program you wish to attend. No cost but donations are appreciated. Grief workshops will be offered the second Tuesday of each month through December at LCFH’s Bladen County office. Each will focus on a specific aspect of grief and the grieving process. READ MORE

NASA is Accepting Applications for Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced that the North Carolina Space Grant, sponsored through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Community College Aerospace Scholars program (NCAS) is now open for applications through November 16.

NCAS gives community college students enrolled in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) curricula an authentic NASA experience, encouraging students to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career. READ MORE

Public Invited to Comment on NC’s K-12 Education Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act; Second Round of Sessions Begins Oct. 6

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) staff have scheduled a second round of six public comment sessions to receive feedback from educators, parents, students and other stakeholders on the state’s K-12 Education Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Public input will help guide the development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law approved in December 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind. READ MORE

Bladen Habitat for Humanity and Fayetteville Area Habitat build in E’town taking shape


The Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity and Bladen Habitat for Humanity are working together to build a home on King Street in Elizabethtown. Work on the project is progressing and Habitat volunteers are excited. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August where the home’s new owners Regina and Jerry McIntyre and their twin sons, Sherod and Jerry Jr. were introduced.  READ MORE

Burger King gets down to work remodeling Elizabethtown store


The Burger King restaurant in Elizabethtown was a hub of activity on Wednesday morning as construction crews set about preparing the store for a complete remodeling. READ MORE

North Carolina’s August Employment Figures Released

UnemploymentRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent. 

North Carolina’s August 2016 unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 12,616 over the month to 4,588,792 and increased 96,272 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 3,808 over the month to 221,746, and decreased 49,242 over the year.     READ MORE


Bladenboro Rotary Club agenda includes K9 law enforcement, Samaritan’s Purse and 100th anniversary

bladenboro-rotaryThe agenda was full for one local civic club. Bladenboro Rotary Club last meeting included a K-9 law enforcement program, Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, and 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.

An informative presentation on the benefits of the K-9 unit used by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department was given by Corporal Daniel Clark, and K-9 use in Bladen County according to Rotarian, Pam Benton.  READ MORE  


Duke Energy Carolinas in NC is looking for 10 K-12 schools to host a solar installation. Great educational opportunity for students. The price is right, too.

n-c-schools-going-solar-with-300000-investment-from-duke-energy-and-nc-greenpowerCHARLOTTE, N.C. – For some North Carolina students, learning about solar power will soon be as easy as looking outside their school window.

Duke Energy, through Raleigh-based nonprofit NC GreenPower, will invest $300,000 in solar PV systems for up to 10 schools in the state. The program will spur the generation of more clean energy, while creating a learning environment for students. 

“North Carolina is a leader in solar installations and education,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “These installations will give students a chance to see solar power production firsthand – and provide an opportunity to learn about the attributes of this growing energy resource.”  READ MORE  

Four injured in wreck at intersection of NC 210, NC 11

The intersection of NC 210 and NC 11 in Bladen County was reduced to one lane on Tuesday afternoon.

According to NC Highway Patrol Trooper K. McVicker, a Ryder truck was traveling eastbound on NC 210 and ran the blinking red light at the intersection. The Ryder truck struck a log truck that was traveling northbound on NC 11. READ MORE


Downeast 4-Hers Explore and Learn Robotics

This summer the Down East 4-H club that meets in Carvers Creek learned to build and program robots while participating in a two-day 4-H Robotics workshop. Twenty two youth participated in the classes and as many volunteers helped to make sure that the program was a success. 

Luella Wills, the 4-H club leader, requested the 4-H workshop for their community so that more youth could experience 4-H and attend a technology workshop that would be exciting and innovative in their home community instead of having to travel elsewhere.  With financial support and a willingness to host from the Tabernacle Believers Holiness Church, Mrs. Wills and the Bladen County 4-H agent, Stacie Kinlaw began coordinating and planning the two-day event.  READ MORE

Volunteers sought for Guardian Ad Litem program in Bladen County

imgresIf you are looking for something to do in your spare time and want to make a difference in a child’s life we have a place for you.

The Bladen County GAL Program is part of the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program, a division of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, which recruits, trains, and supervises volunteer advocates in every county across the state to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system. READ MORE

Carolina Caledonian Festival coming to Lu Mil Vineyard ensures fun and learning for all

Lu Mil Vineyard was the place to be on Tuesday morning as the announcement was made about the upcoming Carolina Caledonian Festival which is slated for October 28-30. Organizers of the event encourage everyone to come out and wear their 18th Century dress.

Alan McDavid with AKA Entertainment of Greensboro is assisting in the planning of the event and addressed those in attendance.

He explained that the name Caledonia was the name the Romans gave to the area that is now known as Scotland. READ MORE

Public Forum Planned for Coastal Crescent Trail

coastal-crescent-trail-1Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail needs your help to develop a plan for the future of the Coastal Crescent Trail.  Friends created the trail as a way for people who are hiking across North Carolina to explore some of the most special places in the Coastal Plain.  Now, Friends is seeking ideas for how to make the route even more enjoyable and interesting – by making sure travelers see interesting spots, by moving parts of the trail that are on roads to trail, and by identifying camping and lodging spots. READ MORE

Colonial Pipeline completes construction of bypass line

bypassoverview-300x180Service is expected to be restored to the leaking Colonial Pipeline Line No. 1 sometime on Wednesday.  The Colonial Pipeline Company has completed construction of a bypass line and will begin hydrostatic testing of that line today (Tuesday).

Colonial Pipeline Company said in press release that following the successful testing of the bypass line, it will be connected to Line 1 but it could take several days for the line to return to full operation. READ MORE

Bladen man arrested in Pender County on statutory rape charge

torrey-danielsThe Pender County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Bladen County man and charged him with sex crimes against a child.

Torrey Rashaun Daniels, 19, is facing charges of statutory rape of a child less than 15; indecent liberties with a child; and sexual battery. He is being held in the Pender County Jail under a $650,000 bond. READ MORE

Commissioners approve inter-local agreement with Onslow County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and approved an inter-local agreement with Onslow County.

The agreement allows the county to house prisoners in Onslow County. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jeff Singletary told the board that Bladen County’s Jail is overcrowded and the overflow currently goes to Sampson County and other neighboring locations.

Singletary said Onslow County has recently opened a jail.  READ MORE

Reminder from Seniors’ Health Insurance Program

medicare-reminder-from-shiipBladen County senior citizens are reminded from the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program, also known as SHIIP, the Medicare Part D annual election period is coming up soon. According to the Bladen County Division on Aging, SHIIP Coordinator, Carol Mitchell, will be assisting local senior citizens with Medicare Part D Annual Election Period. The period will begin October 15th and end December 7th.

Anyone needing assistance with the election period is welcome to set up an appointment or stop by at the Bladen County Division on Aging Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. READ MORE 

Commissioners hear from Keep Bladen Beautiful Committee

commissioners-hear-from-keep-bladen-beautiful-committeeThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and heard from Keep Bladen Beautiful President Sondra Guyton. She was joined by Steve Melson.

Guyton updated the board on the committee’s activities and three grants the committee has received to work on projects in the county. Guyton told the board that on Saturday, Les Litter attended the Dublin Peanut Festival and plans are in place for Les Litter to attend the Fall Festival to be held at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday, October 29. READ MORE  


ETMS athletic booster club to hold fundraiser Oct. 22

Rev. Eckie and Shirley Lancaster are seen buying the first ticket from Principal Elizabeth Cole.

Rev. Eckie and Shirley Lancaster are seen buying the first ticket from Principal Elizabeth Cole.

The Elizabethtown Middle School athletic booster club is having it’s second annual reverse raffle ticket sale. Tickets are $50 and includes two dinner plates of either pork loin or barbecue chicken. 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

Fall Festival on tap for Sunday, October 2 in Clarkton

fall-festival-flyer-2016A fall festival is planned for Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Clarkton Entertainment Center from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Clarkton Entertainment Center is located at 10289 South College Street in Clarkton.

The Wing Tips Beach Band has reunited for this occasion and will be some great beach music. Bring your chair and bring your friends and family for fun, games and see Cinderella. READ MORE

Prescription Drug Abuse-The Investigators’ Perspective

Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbusePrescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the final installment in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.

According to Investigator Richard Allen of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, prescription drug abuse is currently the biggest problem in Bladen County.

“I’ve been working [narcotics] for about six years and our main focus most of that time has been prescription pills,” said Allen.

Prescription Drug Abuse – The Physician’s Perspective

By Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbuseAccording to a survey conducted by the National Safety Council, 74 percent of doctors believe that opioids, such as oxycodone or morphine, are the most effective way to treat pain. However, other studies done by the National Safety Council show that over the counter pain medication are often far more effective in relieving acute pain.

Kailash Chandwani, a physician employed at the Southeastern Spine and Pain Clinic in Lumberton, NC, disagrees with the 74 percent of doctors in his profession. READ MORE

Prescription Drug Abuse: The Addicts’ Burden

By Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbusePrescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the second in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.

In an article by Physician L. Manchikanti, it states Americans only make up 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but they consume 80 percent of the world’s entire opioid supply. Bladen County has certainly not been exempted from the statistic.

David Chesnutt, Executive Director at Carolina Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment center, said, “since 2012, I would say 80 percent of the guys that come through here [are prescription drug addicts].”

“I’ve worked with over 1,000 men,” said Chesnutt, “and originally it was crack cocaine, always marijuana, alcohol, meth was in play, and there was a little bit of prescription drug abuse. Around 2011, it was like we crossed an invisible line.” READ MORE

Prescription Drug Abuse – A Pharmacist’s Struggle

Prescription_Drug_AbuseBy Katie Galyean

Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at Prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the first in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, prescription drug abuse is on the rise throughout North Carolina.

“Drug overdoses have eclipsed car crashes as the leading cause of preventable death,” said Rebecca Hester, pharmacist at The Medicine Shop in Bladenboro. READ MORE

Senior Center is offering fall prevention class, needs volunteers

By: Katie Galyean

SeniorCenterIf you find yourself lacking community or looking for ways to help others, the Bladen County Senior Center is hosting new activities and looking for new volunteers.

The newest activity around the Senior Center is the upcoming “Matter of Balance: Fall Prevention Class.” 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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