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NEWS FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

This Day in History for December 3

This Day In History1775 – First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred.

1828 – Andrew Jackson elected 7th US President.

1834 – First US dental society organized (NY)

1883 – 48th US Congress (1883-85) convenes. READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on December 3

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature       81 degrees            1991

Lowest Temperature       16 degrees             1960

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Precipitation                    1.52 inches             1929

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 58 degrees

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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2

East Bladen at South Columbus football broadcast

Bladen Online has broadcast of East Bladen at South Columbus football playoff game. Joe Melvin and Ricky Leinwand on the call. To listen, click https://www.youtube.com/user/kjones9999/live. John Clark will have a complete game report Saturday morning on Bladen Online.

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Installation of newly elected commissioners on hold until election results certified

Bladen County Seal with In God We Trust 1The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet as scheduled on Monday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse. However, the election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman and the swearing in of newly elected commissioners will not take place, according to Bladen County Manager Greg Martin. READ MORE

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Parade goers are asked to arrive early

Bladenboro lights Christmas tree, celebrates season3Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt is asking those who will be attending the annual Bladenboro Christmas Parade to arrive early to get a good viewing spot. Everyone is asked to arrive by 10 a.m. and Chief Hunt said the roads will be closed beginning at 10:15 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.

“Once the roads are closed, no traffic will be allowed through until it ends,” said Chief Hunt. READ MORE

Still time to get your donations in for Christmas for Kids

Christmas treesWith the temperatures getting colder and Christmas drawing nearer, the Bladenboro Police Department is now accepting donations for their annual Christmas for Kids drive.  Police Chief Chris Hunt said the goal this year is to be able to take 25 students from Bladenboro Primary School Christmas shopping.

Chief Hunt said that the department has planned the shopping trip for Tuesday, December 13.  He said the staff at Bladenboro Primary School chose the students who will get to go shopping with a police officer. READ MORE

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Don’t Wait. Make a Plan for Your Recovery

femaSurvivors of the flooding that followed Hurricane Matthew should make or solidify a plan to move from temporary accommodations to more permanent housing as part of their recovery.

If you are living in a hotel paid by FEMA under the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, remember this assistance is short-term. The program is scheduled to end Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. READ MORE

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Bladenboro to hold Christmas tree lighting tonight and parade set for Saturday morning

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The town of Bladenboro is set to hold their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Bladenboro Farmers Market.

New Light Church will be serving cookies and the Bladenboro Rotary Club will be supplying plenty of hot chocolate to chase away the cold. Santa will also be present to hear the wishes of each girl and boy who attend. READ MORE

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FEMA releases updated figures for Individual Housing Program

femaMore than $1.5 million has been approved for the Individual Housing Program to assist residents of Bladen County that have been impacted by Hurricane Matthew. 

An update from FEMA that was released on Friday, December 2, shows that 2,519 residents have applied to the IHP program and $1,584,343.49 has been approved. In total, of the 45 counties that have been declared a federal disaster area, 75,821 applications have been received and $80.03 million has been approved for the IHP program. READ MORE

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Bladenboro Primary School releases first nine weeks honor roll

Bladenboro PrimaryBladenboro Primary School has released the honor rolls for the first nine weeks grading period.

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Makenna Thurman READ MORE

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Bladen Lakes Primary School has released the first nine weeks honor rolls

Bladen Lakes PrimaryThe Bladen Lakes Primary School has released the honor rolls for the first nine weeks grading period.

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A HONOR ROLL

Cameron Gardner, Kayden Hammonds, Anayah Mateo, Bella Robinson, and Taylor Wheeless. READ MORE

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Bladen County Public Library branches gearing up for Holidays with children’s programs

The Bladen County Public Library’s main branch and the Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro and the Clarkton Public Library in Clarkton are all gearing up for the Holiday season with children’s programs.

The main branch of the library located in Elizabethtown will have a Kids Christmas Party on Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. Minors must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register your child for this event, call 910-862-6990 by December 13. READ MORE

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NC State Board of Elections to hold hearing on Saturday on Dowless protest

nc-state-board-of-electionsThe North Carolina State Board of Elections is scheduled to hold a hearing on Saturday, December 3, regarding a protest filed by Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. He filed a protest before the November election with the Bladen County Board of Elections alleging voter fraud.

The NC State Board of Elections met earlier in November and took over jurisdiction of the protest. Dowless is alleging in his protest that voter fraud ocurred in the Soil and Water District race. Dowless alleges that about 150 absentee ballots were filled out and signed by a small number of individuals. READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 2

Thoughts While ShavingHigh School football tonight, East Bladen at South Columbus, game time, 7:30 PM.  John Clark has the details on our sports page.  BladenOnline will be providing coverage on our Facebook site.

I mentioned BladenOnline numbers yesterday for the previous week.  Today, we have numbers for the month of November, and they are very good, again.  474,837 pages viewed, 90,141 visits and we had 33,611 users.  For the year 2016, we are ‘on tract’ to reach 6 million pages viewed.  That, my friends, is very impressive.

The final decision to proceed with BladenOnline was made ’bout this time of the year, 2007.  Our first official edition was posted February 1, 2008. READ MORE

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This Day in History for December 2

This Day In History1939 – NY’s La Guradia Airport began operations as an airliner from Chicago lands, 1 minute after midnight.

1944 – US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Star.

1951 – Don Hutson’s #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise.

1956 – Fidel Castro lands with “Granma” on coast of Cuba. READ MORE

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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1

Bladen Crisis/United Way Center will be open Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm

United Way logoThe Bladen Crisis/United Way Center located in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park on Ben Green Drive will be open on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

There are plenty of new items for people whose homes were flooded during Hurricane Matthew. Shoppers need to bring their FEMA papers with them. READ MORE

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North Carolina’s October County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 7.3   

UnemploymentRALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 44 of North Carolina’s counties in October, decreased in 22, and remained unchanged in 34.  Robeson County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent.  Six of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, three decreased, and six remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.2 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.8 percent.  The October not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.9 percent.    

Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above October 51 48 1 September (Revised) 55 45 0  READ MORE

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Former Elizabethtown Manager takes over the reins of Pittsylvania County, Va

pittsylvania_county_virginia_sealFormer Elizabethtown Town Manager David Smitherman will be taking over the reins in Pittsylvania County, Virginia as he assumes the role of administrator. 

Smitherman has also served as interim county manger for Onslow and Hyde counties in North Carolina and served as County Manger for Lee County. He has also worked as a consultant for Bear Strategies. Bear Strategies is a consulting firm that works with governing bodies on governmental relations, project management and other things. READ MORE

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Local farmers market to be open during the Holiday season

Bladenboro Farmers MarketThe Bladenboro Farmers Market and the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown are open and gearing up for the holiday season. 

The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open every Friday and Saturday. Hours will be Friday from 2 until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.  until noon. During the month of December they will offer homemade cakes and there will be fresh produce and pecans sold outside. READ MORE

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about Economic Development

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about Economic Development on Wednesday during their weekly luncheon meeting held at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.

Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess led the discussion on Wednesday and told the Rotarians about a recent Economic Impact Analysis that was performed on the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. READ MORE

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Crazy Fun Color Run A Great Success for United Way of Bladen County

The United Way 5K Color Fun Run and Walk was a great success Saturday. One of the event organizers, Bob Mundy announced at the start the participants had helped raise a lot of money for our local Bladen County United Way.

The event was held at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown, with a start and end at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Many local agencies and supporters helped pull off this second annual event in Bladen County. This year’s run was delayed from its original date of October 15 to a new date of Saturday, November 19, 2016.  The weather was beautiful and the families had a blast getting CRAZY and COLORFUL for a great cause. READ MORE

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Emereau charter school enrolling students and seeking educators

The new Bladen County charter school, Emereau:Bladen, held their first board meeting in the new office on W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown on Tuesday evening.

Kate Alice Dunaway, Emereau Director, gave a report on the Ready to Open meetings, read through the policies and other business items on the agenda. READ MORE

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Modified Bladen Sports Network will be live broadcasting the East Bladen vs. South Columbus game

Bladen County SportsThe East Bladen High School football team will be traveling to face the South Columbus High School football team this Friday, December 2nd for the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs. If you are unable to make it out the watch the game, but want to listen to the play by plays, join us live!

Joe Melvin will be announcing the live modified Bladen Sports Network audio broadcast on BladenOnline.com’s Facebook page for you to listen in on for a full real-time report of the game Friday.  READ MORE  

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NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Bladen County Shrine Club holds fish fry Wednesday

The Bladen County Shrine Club held their annual fall fish fry on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Shrine Club had two locations for the fish fry — Bo’s Foods in Bladenboro and the Food Lion Parking Lot in Elizabethtown. The aroma of fresh, hot fish permeated the air in both locations.

At noon the lines were long as folks patiently waited their turn to receive their plates. Plates consisted of fresh hot fish, sweet potato chips, and slaw. READ MORE

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Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has new Chef on staff

boswellCape Fear Vineyard and Winery has a new chef in the form of Paul Boswell. He comes to Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery after working with several prominent restaurants in the Wilmington area.

Boswell said his most recent appointment was serving as Executive Chef for the Oceanic Restaurant in Wrightsville beach.  He has worked for LM Restaurants, operators of Oceanic, for about 12 years. READ MORE

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Elizabethtown Optimist Club is selling Christmas trees

optimist-tree-saleElizabethtown Optimist Club started their annual Christmas tree fundraiser the Thanksgiving day. According to Evan Britt, the club has already sold a lot of trees. READ MORE

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Bladenboro Middle School releases first quarter honor rolls

Bladenboro middle schoolBladenboro Middle School has released its Honor Rolls for the first quarter.

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Superintendent’s List:  (96 +)

Steven Batton, Malachin Barnett, Jesse Gause, Riley Mc Intyre, Megan Pait and Nicholas Phillips. READ MORE

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North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released

UnemploymentRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, increasing 0.2 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.9 percent. 

North Carolina’s October 2016 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 20,166 over the month to 4,616,686 and increased 113,006 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 10,095 over the month to 237,205 and decreased 31,582 over the year.    READ MORE

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Federal court orders North Carolina to redraw legislative maps, conduct special election in 2017

ProposedRedistrictingMap2015With the dust barely settled from the 2016 Presidential election, voters in North Carolina are going to have to go to the polls in a special legislative election in 2017 following a federal court ruling on Tuesday. In a ruling made earlier in 2016, the US District Court ruled that the current legislative maps were unconstitutional as two districts were drawn based solely on race and ordered the NC General Assembly to redraw the maps. READ MORE

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Bladen County Shrine Club to conduct Fish Fry Nov. 30

shriners-fish-fryThe Annual Fish Fry hosted by the Bladen County Shriners Club will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The Shrine Club will have two locations at the Food Lion in Elizabethtown and Bo’s in Bladenboro.

The event was rescheduled from its original date of Oct. 12 due to Hurricane Matthew. READ MORE

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Volunteers and Donations Needed in North Carolina for Disaster Recovery

femaIn the wake of a disaster, the people of North Carolina have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors.

After a disaster, because people in various communities come forward to assist family, friends and neighbors in need, there may be a belief that survivor needs are being met everywhere in the state. However, there is a shortage of volunteers particularly in the hardest-hit counties in North Carolina. Your help is needed. READ MORE

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7 tips to keep your holiday fresh and green

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Clarkton, NC – Christmas will soon be here. Some Bladen County residence already have their homes decorated with green fresh cut trees.

Cape Fear Heating & Cooling in Clarkton has seven tips to keep you safe and the heat from drying out your fresh green Christmas tree. READ MORE

 

NEWS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Bladen County Board of Elections rejects Register protest

The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon to address a preliminary hearing on the protest filed by Bladen County Commissioner District 3 candidate Ken Register Jr.

Bladen County Attorney Leslie Johnson was in attendance for the preliminary hearing and addressed the audience. He noted that the North Carolina General Statues state the Board of Elections “shall” as soon as possible after the protest is filed, conduct a preliminary hearing. READ MORE

Bladen County GOP meets

The Bladen County Republican Party met Monday evening in Elizabethtown to celebrate the newly elected republicans. Congressman Robert Pittenger, and newly elected Commissioners David Gooden, Ashley Trivette and Ray Britt were all present. READ MORE

Bladenboro to hold Christmas tree lighting on Friday and parade set for Saturday

Bladenboro Christmas for the Children kicks offThe town of Bladenboro is set to hold their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Bladenboro Farmers Market.

New Light Church will be serving cookies and the Bladenboro Rotary Club will be supplying plenty of hot chocolate to chase away the cold. Santa will also be present to hear the wishes of each girl and boy who attend. READ MORE

Family medicine residency clinic offers additional access to health care

Patients in need of medical care have another access point in the community through the Southeastern Family Medicine Residency Clinic. This non-traditional clinic features medical residents from throughout the country with specialized education in family medicine, enabling them to treat infants and children as well as adults. These physicians are knowledgeable about the latest medical trends and technology and use a team approach for their care. Family Medicine Physician and Program Director Dr. Donald Morando consults with these physicians-in-training to ensure that they have an experienced physician as a reference as they provide care for general health issues. READ MORE

Farmers Markets offer variety of goods for holiday planning

Bladenboro Farmers MarketThe Bladenboro Farmers Market and the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown are open and gearing up for the holiday season. 

The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open every Friday and Saturday. Hours will be Friday from 2 until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.  until noon. During the month of December they will offer homemade cakes and there will be fresh produce and pecans sold outside.

State Highway Patrol Employees and Citizens Receive Departmental Awards

RALEIGH – Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Frank L. Perry, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, presented several members and citizens with awards in a ceremony today.  The awards given included the State Highway Patrol Award of Valor, Purple Heart Award, Meritorious Service Award, Samaritan Award, Humanitarian Service Award and the Appreciation Award. READ MORE

East Arcadia school releases honor rolls for first nine weeks

east-arcadia-schoolEast Arcadia School has released the honor rolls for the first nine weeks grading period.

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Continued Temporary Housing Assistance a Step Toward Recovery

femaIf you are getting rental assistance from FEMA and repairs to your flood-damaged North Carolina home are taking longer than expected, you may be eligible to receive continued temporary housing assistance. The aid is available to eligible homeowners and renters.

You may qualify for continued assistance if you demonstrate your need and develop a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one. READ MORE

Today is Giving Tuesday: give the gift of your time

giving-tuesdayGiving Tuesday is a global day for everyone to take a moment and either make a contribution or volunteer their time with a charitable organization of their choice. #GivingTuesday falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a way that you can become involved in your community. READ MORE

Food Lion Donates 110,000 Meals to Feeding America® on #GivingTuesday

food-lion-logoThis #GivingTuesday, Food Lion will celebrate the season of giving with the gift of food. For the third year in a row, Food Lion Feeds, the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, will make a $10,000 donation, or 110,000 meals, to Feeding America®. The donation also supports the company’s “Holidays Without Hunger” in-store campaign.

“Food Lion is committed to ending hunger in the towns and cities we serve,” said Christy Phillips-Brown, director of External Communications & Community Relations at Food Lion. “Programs like ‘Holidays Without Hunger’ and our hunger-relief partners, Feeding America and food banks in our key communities, help us make progress toward that goal.” READ MORE

Toy drive at local radio station in Bladen County

Bladen County Schools beneficiary of toy driveA local radio station helping with a toy drive. The WBLA AM radio station in conjunction with the US Marines and Lu Mil Vineyard is supporting Toys-for-Tots, everyone deserves Christmas.   Please bring new unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts for the less fortunate children in the community. READ MORE

 

NEWS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Dr. Roxie Wells talks about rural healthcare and Bladen County Hospital

dr-roxie-wellsDr. Roxie Wells, President of Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, says rural health care is something she has always wanted to do.

“I became interested in medicine as a child,” said Dr. Wells.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Wells taught science at James Kenan High School in Warsaw. She said after teaching for a while, she applied to medical school at East Carolina University and was accepted into the program. She performed her residency in New Hanover County. READ MORE

FFA and 4-H gearing up for Regional Chicken Project

Broiler chickenThe Regional Chicken Project is an opportunity for youth in FFA and 4-H in the Southeastern Region to learn more about the livestock industry. Through this project, youth will get to choose hens or broiler chicks to purchase at a discounted rate. The birds will be raised and youth will complete a project record book to record their care and knowledge learned about chickens. READ MORE

No-Cost Business Seminars at BCC

BCC Small Bus. CenterDUBLIN – The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering several no-cost seminars in December.

How to Start/Expand a Cleaning Service is Tues., Dec. 13, from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library at 111 N. Cypress St. READ MORE

Festival of Trees is “Sharing the Love”

festivla-of-treesSoutheastern Hospice’s annual Festival of Trees will celebrate “Sharing the Love” during this year’s 31st Festival which begins Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m.

The annual holiday benefit for Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Health’s program of care for terminally ill patients and their families, will kick off this year’s celebration with a preview party for sponsors and decorators on Saturday, Dec. 3, with featured speaker SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson. The preview event will include recognition of donors and decorators for their support and dedication to the Festival.  READ MORE

Highway Patrol Employees and Civilians to Receive Awards: Bladen and Columbus Troopers to be recognized

Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Frank L. Perry, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety will present several employees and civilians with awards from the department and the Highway Patrol in a ceremony on Tuesday, November 29th, at 10 a.m. at the State Bureau of Investigation Auditorium, 3318 Old Garner Road, Raleigh.

The awards given will include the State Highway Patrol Award of Valor, Purple Heart Award, Meritorious Service Award, Samaritan Award, Humanitarian Service Award, and the Appreciation Award. Members of Troop B, District 5, assigned to Bladen and Columbus counties are on the list to receive recognition. READ MORE

SeHealth consolidates Bladenboro clinic with Clarkton clinic

britt-fordhamSoutheastern Medical Clinic Bladenboro has merged with Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Health Center Clarkton location. Physician Assistants Heather Walters and Amy Ransom as well as the clinic support staff have transitioned to the Clarkton location. Bladenboro patients have the option of transferring either to the Clarkton location, Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake or to any other SeHealth primary care clinic located throughout the region. READ MORE

Single-car crash in Bladenboro claims second life

airlifting-patient-from-bladenboroA tragic single-car crash that ocurred on Saturday afternoon near Bladenboro  has turned into a double fatality, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash ocurred at 3:30 p.m. on NC 131 near the intersection of Old Abbottsburg Road. READ MORE

Sheriff’s Office turns out for photo session

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It’s that time of year again. Bladen County Sheriff’s Department’s photo shoot by Gordon Kinlaw.

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoHighway Patrol Trooper Bud Price of Bladen County was promoted to Sergeant.

N.C. Wildlife Officer Dennis Thompson was promoted to Franklin, Vance and Warren counties. READ MORE

 

NEWS FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Santa rides into town in the annual Christmas Parade

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Santa was spotted in Bladen County this weekend, and was seen riding into town in the local parade. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Christmas parade at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27th. Tiina Mundy, Chamber President, said the weather was perfect and she was very pleased with the turn out.

Some of the Chamber Ambassadors and board members road on a float this year throwing out Shop Local bags and crowns. READ MORE

Festivities and savings are not over in Bladen County

Bladen County had a busy Thanksgiving week. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday was successful according to both shoppers and local business owners in the area. Lu Mil Vineyard kicked off their annual light show Saturday, but the holiday fun is just beginning. 

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Christmas Parade, Sunday, November 27th at 3p.m.  READ MORE 


 
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Thanksgiving Pet of the Week – Cat room is full at Bladen County Animal Shelter

Shop local this holiday season

chamber-christmas-ad-for-2016The local and state Chamber of Commerce is promoting the #ShopLocal campaign. Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday. View our Holiday Shopper for Bladen County businesses. READ MORE  

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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

BladenOnline.com now offers appBladenOnline.com AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now BladenOnline.com has an app too.

BladenOnline.com readers with mobile smart devices can download our BladenOnline.com 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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