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Celebration in honor of Tommy Hall to be held on Saturday at Lu Mil

There will be a celebration held in honor of Tommy Hall on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. until midnight at LuMil Vineyard’s General Store located at 438 Suggs Taylor Road, Elizabethtown. There will be a corn hole tournament, good food, live music, cake sales, auction, raffles, and great fun. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the day. READ MORE

Extremes For Bladen CountyExtremes for Bladen County, NC, on March 25

Highest Temperature          86 degrees            2007

Lowest Temperature            27 degrees            1983

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                         2.40 inches           2012

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 74 degrees.

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This Day in History for March 25

This Day In History31 – 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus.

1668 – 1st horse race in America takes place.

1776 – Continental Congress authorized a medal for George Washington. READ MORE 

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Farm Fresh Friday at local farmers market

Blues skies and warm weather is making for a successful day at the local Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. All organic plants such as squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelons are being sold today and information about the Cape Fear Regional Bicycle Plan is being distributed at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. READ MORE


Poultry Truck crashes on River Road in White Oak

A poultry truck overturned in a curve on River Road near White Oak in Friday afternoon resulting in the temporary closure of the road. The road was shut down between Burney Road and Tar Heel Ferry Road. READ MORE

NC State Bureau of Investigation holds training session at Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center

The Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association hosted a training event today (Friday, March 24) for the regional members of the NC State Bureau of Investigation. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker supports the training and participation of all allied agencies in the region. READ MORE


25th annual Old Fashioned Planter’s Day this weekend

Old Fashioned Planters Day

The 25th annual Old Fashioned Planter’s Day is scheduled for Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at the Graham farm in Ammon. Gates will open at 9 a.m. each day.  On Friday night, there will be a Chicken and Rice Dinner and cost is a donation. READ MORE

Kiwanis hears about Boy Scout Troop 622 activities

The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club met on Tuesday at San Jose Restaurant and heard from members of Boy Scout Troop 622 of Dublin regarding their activities this year.  Scout Leader Alex Hursey thanked the Kiwanians for their support of the troop. President-elect Lindlin Bryan presented a donation form the Kiwanis Club to the Scout Troop. READ MORE

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For Better Living: Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables for Less

By Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainYou may have heard people say that it costs more to eat healthy.  This is sometimes true but here are a few tips to help you save money wile still getting your fruits and vegetables. READ MORE


Commissioner to meet with Legislative Delegation on Thursday, April 20

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting with members of the North Carolina General Assembly representing Bladen County on Thursday, April 20, 2016 at 6 pm. READ MORE


Commissioners to conduct Special Meeting on Wednesday, April 5, to discuss Parks & Recreation

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Board Planning Session at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 regarding mental health services and Parks & Recreation programs. READ MORE


Commissioners will conduct a Special Meeting Thursday, March 30, to discuss water project

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to enter a session as Bladen County Water District Board of Directors and to review and consider a proposed expansion project. READ MORE



East Bladen’s Dylan Melvin chosen to attend Governor’s School

The selections for the 2017 Governor’s School have been announced and one Bladen County student will be taking part this summer.  Dylan P. Melvin, a student at East Bladen High School, was named to attend Governor’s School East and study Social Science. Melvin is the son of Michael “Lin” and Jennifer Melvin of Elizabethtown. READ MORE



Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingMaybe it’s me, but I think politicians spend to much time playing ‘gotcha’, both parties, on a daily basis.  It is no wonder so little gets accomplished in Raleigh or DC.
Watching news accounts of Washington politics on CNN and Fox, I wonder who is telling the truth. My guess, some parts of both, but determining what and which is more than I care to decipher. READ MORE


Sheriff Warns of Possible Scam

Sheriff James A. McVicker wishes to warn citizens to be on the alert for a group working the Bladen and Columbus county areas looking to scam homeowners or possibly doing surveillance to return later and break into homes.

“We have received phone calls from several concerned citizens in the last few days of two separate groups of people coming to homes and offering to do home repair, set up mobile homes and underpin them and also selling seafood,” said McVicker. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools announce enrollment dates for Pre-K for 2017-18 academic year

Bladen County schools will begin an enrollment period for Pre-kindergarten for the 2017-2018 academic year. Enrollment periods begin  on May 2, 2017, and continuing through May 16, 2017. Call your district school to schedule an appointment. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools announce Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 academic year

Bladen County schools will begin an enrollment period for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 academic year. Enrollment periods begin  on April 4th, 2017, and continuing through April 27th, 2017. Call your district school to schedule an appointment. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about Rotary International grants

Elizabethtown Rotary President-elect Anne Beyer attended a Rotary training session and during that training session, she learned about global grants. While attending the training session on grants, she met fellow Rotarian Nancy Barbeee who serves as the Global Grants Chair for Rotary.  Rotarian Barbee spoke to the members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club regarding global grants during their luncheon meeting on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. READ MORE

SECU Awards BCC Scholarships

Pictured from left to right are SECU Vice President and Branch Manager Rian Collins, scholarship winners Felicia Graham, Carie McLean, and Crystal Lewis, BCC Director of Emergency Medical and Fire Services Donald Bryan, and BCC Associate Vice President for Academic Services Cynthia McKoy. Scholarship winner Clarissa Patterson is not pictured.

DUBLIN – State Employees Credit Union Members, through the member-funded SECU Foundation, have awarded scholarships to Bladen Community College students Felicia Graham, Carie McLean, Clarissa Patterson, and Crystal Lewis. All four students are enrolled in the Nursing Assistant II program. READ MORE

Update: child from Tuesday’s crash still critical

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, there was still no change in the condition of a 6-year-old child involved in a crash on US 701 North on Tuesday evening. The child’s mother, Sabrina Lowery, who was also injured in the crash, has been discharged from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington and is reported to have joined her child at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. READ MORE

NCNG celebrates 354 years of service with new NCNG Soldier and Airmen Medal award ceremony

RALEIGH, N.C. – March 24th, 1663 the Carolina Charter granted the right to “… levy, muster and train men …” in order to defend the property and peoples of the Carolinas.  The North Carolina National Guard has been on duty ever since. North Carolina National Guard Citizen Soldiers and Airmen for 354 years have been trusted by their neighbors to bear arms in defense of liberty, state and nation. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley Hospital issues On Point Award to Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting got off to a festive start on Monday evening when Breeden Blackwell, with Cape Fear Valley Hospital, joined Dr Roxie Wells, who serves as President of Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Health Care, to present the On Point Award to Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Charles Ray Peterson.

The On Point Award is the highest honor someone can receive from the hospital, said Blackwell. This is the third time the award has been presented. READ MORE

Southeastern Hospice to host annual fashion show April 27

Southeastern Hospice will host its annual Spring Fling fashion show–this year themed Stepping Into Spring – on Thursday, April 27, at the Robeson County Public Library’s Osterneck Auditorium.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and shopping for unique graduation, Mother’s Day and wedding gifts. The fashion show will begin at 6:30 p.m. READ MORE

Relaxation is the order of the day at E-town Massage R & R

Relaxation is the order of the day at E-town Massage R & R where you can experience a deep muscle massage, acupuncture or aroma therapy to name a few of the services offered. The studio is located at 109 Mill Street in Elizabethtown behind the McDonald’s restaurant. READ MORE

Black bear management meeting April 3 at BCC

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionThe N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled one of five public meetings regarding black bear management at Bladen Community College. The meeting is set for Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The meetings will serve as an open forum to receive public comment regarding options that would change the current coastal bear hunting seasons to align with the new biological bear management units that were presented at last year’s forums. READ MORE



New business opens in former Pioneer Machinery location

A new business has moved into the former Pioneer Machinery location at 1008 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. Patrick Stegall has opened Redline Diesel Performance and Repair and specializes in diesel truck repair. READ MORE

Child in critical condition following crash on US 701

A crash on US 701 North on Tuesday evening left a 6-year-old child in critical condition, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash ocurred near the intersection of US 701 North and NC 53 West. READ MORE

North Carolina Mitigation Project after Irene Proves its Worth

DURHAM, N.C. – After Hurricane Matthew roared through coastal North Carolina in October 2016, damage in the state will total as much as $4 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Proactive steps taken by Pamlico County following 2011’s Hurricane Irene spared this North Carolina County from significant impacts. READ MORE

BCC celebrates Spring Fling with “Shattered Dreams” Event

Bladen Community College celebrated their annual Spring Fling event on Wednesday morning with a valuable lesson in Texting and Driving Awareness titled, “Shattered Dreams.” The event included a mock accident scene complete with rescue vehicles, law enforcement, firefighters, Bladen County EMS, New Hanover Air Link, UNC Hospital’s Air Ambulance, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and NC Highway Patrol, and ALE officers all coming together to demonstrate the dangers of driving while texting. READ MORE

Marsh celebrates 20 years with Clarkton Fire Department

A very special milestone was celebrated on Monday night as Rusty Marsh was honored for 20 years of service to the Clarkton Fire Department. Marsh joined the Clarkton Fire Department on March 20, 1997.

During that 20 years, Marsh has held almost every position in the department. READ MORE

Emereau: Bladen holds groundbreaking and celebration

Elected officials, members of the Emereau: Bladen Charter School gathered on Tuesday afternoon for a groundbreaking and celebration. The event was held under warm, sunny skies and those gathered were encouraged to walk through the building.

Emereau:Bladen Board Chairman Eddie Madden described the building during the event and a blue print was available for visitors to view. READ MORE

Bladen Master Gardeners scholarships available

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Master Gardeners, along with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension-Bladen County Center, awards two $500 scholarships annually to encourage promising students planning to enter the field of agriculture or horticulture and to prepare them for a career through an organized program of study at a North Carolina college or university.

Applications will be accepted from students meeting the following criteria: READ MORE

Bladenboro Primary School Terrific Kids

Pictured are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School for the months of November, December, and January. Each month the students who are chosen Terrific Kids are recognized at a ceremony where they receive a Terrific Kids certificate, bumper sticker, and pencil. A big thank you goes to the Kiwanis Club of Columbus County , who sponsors the Terrific Kid program at Bladenboro Primary School.

Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School principal Deborah Guyton is Cole Dowless, fourth grader who was the winner of a $25 gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates the money for the purchase of the Pizza Palace gift certificate to the winner of the monthly drawing at each of the Terrific Kid ceremonies for the school year.



How to Get Additional Funding to Mitigate Damage to Your Home or Business

DURHAM N.C. — If local building officials notified you that your home is substantially damaged, you may be able to receive funds to make your structure safer and stronger.

If you are rebuilding or repairing a substantially damaged home or business, your community may require you to elevate or make other changes. Substantial damage applies when the cost of restoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of its pre-damage market value. READ MORE

Makeover for local business

Spring has arrived. Flowers are not the only thing improving the scenery in Bladen County.

Thompson’s Auto Care Center LLC has a new look thanks to some hard work according to new owner, William Thompson. The auto care center is located at 300 West King Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

School of Discovery wins countywide Battle of the Books

Clarkton School of Discovery’s Battle of the Books team won the countywide Battle of the Books Competition on March 14th.

The competition was held at Bladen Community College and consisted of Bladen County’s 5 middle school teams answering questions relating to 27 books. READ MORE

25th annual Old Fashioned Planter’s Day set for this weekend

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The 25th annual Old Fashioned Planter’s Day is scheduled for Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at the Graham farm in Ammon. Gates will open at 9 a.m. each day. On Friday night, there will be a Chicken and Rice Dinner and cost is a donation. READ MORE

Teen pregnancy identified as emerging issue for county

Bladen County Health DepartmentDuring the State of the County Health report, Bladen County Health Educator Marianne Valentiner said that teen pregnancy has been identified as an emerging issue. She explained that in the 2015 Community Health Assessment, teen pregnancy was identified as an issue based on the statistical data from 2014. Valentiner said at the time of the Community Health Assessment, the 2014 data was the most recent data available. READ MORE

Chair of County Commissioners issues statement regarding Economic Development

The Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Charles Ray Peterson issued an official statement to the media and the public in attendance at Monday night’s Commissioners meeting.

In the statement Peterson said progress has been made in the past 6 to 8 weeks regarding the county’s economic development program. READ MORE

Bladenboro Rotary discusses World War II ceremony

Some folks say, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” Two civic clubs are working together to honor local heroes.

Bladenboro Rotary Club has joined forces with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club to pull off a World War II Bladen County Heroes Luncheon Celebration. READ MORE

Changes coming to NC 41 and NC 410 intersection

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard about plans for upcoming changes to the NC 41 and NC 410 intersection. Drew Cox, District Engineer with the NC Department of Transportation, told the board the new project is needed due to safety reasons. READ MORE

Warm weather, longer days draw people outdoors

As temperatures begin to get warmer and the days are beginning to get longer everyone is starting to venture outside to enjoy the afternoon. READ MORE

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners receive State of the County Health Report

Bladen County Health DepartmentThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and received the State of the County Health report. Marianne Valentiner, Health Educator with the Health Department, addressed the Commissioners.

She told the board the #1 cause of death in Bladen County is heart disease and #2 is tracheobronchial (throat) cancer and lung cancer, #3 is lower respiratory disease, #4 is cerebrovascular disease, #5 is unintentional injuries such as car crashes, accidental gunshot wounds, drowning, etc. READ MORE


The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting on our YouTube Channel

How do you think Bladen County should spend tax dollars? Chairman Charles Ray Peterson said no surveys were turned in. Voice your concerns about how Bladen County should spend their money. READ MORE

Law Enforcement salaries in Bladen County

Law enforcement officers are a unique group of men and women who are sworn to enforce the laws of the state of North Carolina and to protect citizens and their property from crime, to investigate crimes that occur and apprehend those responsible for committing crimes. According to, the average salary a law enforcement officer can expect to earn in North Carolina is about $35,000. READ MORE

Several rabies clinics scheduled in Bladen County

North Carolina law states that “the owner of very dog and cat over four months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies.” In Bladen County, the owners of dogs and cats which have not been vaccinated in accordance with the law are subject to a civil penalty of $200 READ MORE

Introducing The 2017 Red Ribbon Week Theme: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free

The theme for the 2017 Red Ribbon Campaign has been announced and Iris Yu, a student at Solon Middle School in Ohio won the contest for creating this year’s theme: “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” National Red Ribbon Week is celebrated Oct. 23 through Oct. 31.

“I think that drug prevention is important because [drug use] has been popularized by pop culture and the media,” said Iris. READ MORE

NC 410 paving begins this week

Paving work is slated to begin this week on NC 410 in Bladen County. READ MORE

Bladen County Sheriff hosts training session for Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker hosted a training event for the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy upperclassman Friday at the Bladen County Law Enforcement Association firing range.

Sgt. Gary Turlington said, “The purpose of the event was to demonstrate weapons safety and handling. The attending members are all working toward the goal of a military career. This will possibly give them the advantage of a head start.” READ MORE

Rep. Rouzer hosts Youth Leadership Conference in Clinton

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting a youth leadership conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District on Friday, March 24, 2017. The 2017 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference provides two juniors from each high school an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurial leaders, discuss ways to achieve entrepreneurial success and develop the necessary personal and professional skills to achieve goals. READ MORE

You Decide: Are We Asking Too Much Of The Fed?

By Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

The Federal Reserve – for short, the “Fed” – is again front and center in the news. With the economy improving and the stock market soaring, the Fed is expected to increase short-term interest rates several times in 2017.

Yet the Fed and its policies have not been held in high regard by many. Some say the Fed has been trying to do too much. Indeed, some even say the Fed’s policies have been harmful. Let me try to explain and then let you decide. READ MORE

Storms Farm of Bladenboro recognized in N.C. Business News Magazine

A Bladen County farm was recently recognized of their innovative use of technology recently N.C. Business News Magazine. Bladenboro farmer William Storms has teamed up with AgPower Partnership LLC to turn the hog waste generated by his farm, into electricity which is sold to North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperation in Raleigh. READ MORE

UNC at Pembroke recognized as the #1 online public administration master’s program highlights the best campuses with online public administration programs. After a thorough study of online master’s programs on campuses across the country, University of North Carolina at Pembroke earned the no.1 spot for public administration.

University of North Carolina Pembroke stood out with its overall value and strong appeal to adult learners. READ MORE

Changing lives in Bladen County

Bladen Community College is in the business of changing lives through higher education. Over 55 scholarships were given to local students this past week.

The Bladen Community College Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Luncheon was held on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 joining the scholarship donors and recipients together. READ MORE


Bladen, Camden County Teams Advance to State NCDOT Bridge Building Competition

KINSTON – A middle school team from Bladen County and a high school team from Camden County will advance to the state finals in April after winning the regional 18th annual Model Bridge Building Competition on Friday. The N.C. Department of Transportation sponsors the event. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoCooperative Savings and Loan was offering IRA accounts paying 14.45% yearly.

Kevin Ross and Sonya Coble were Bladen County 4H talent show winners. READ MORE

Hail in Bladen County

March has been known to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. This year March has a lot of folks scratching their heads in the Mother County.

Saturday evening residents across Bladen County reported hail along with thunderstorms. READ MORE


Bladen County Yard Sales

Starting this week will start publishing a link to our listed Yard Sales in Bladen County. If you or someone you know is having a yard sale email the information with the time, date, and location to to be published on our Classified page and linked on our News Page. READ MORE

Bladen County to Host 2017 Annual Spring Games

Elizabethtown, NC— Special Olympics Bladen County will be hosting its annual spring game event on April 13, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and with a rain date of April 24, 2017. The event will be held at Elizabethtown Middle School.

Special Olympics Bladen County is an accredited subprogram of Special Olympics North Carolina, Inc., offering year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. READ MORE

Health Department to hold Open House on April 4

The Bladen County Health Department will conduct an Open House on Tuesday, April 4, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown.

Carol Strickland with the Health Department, said the Open House is part of the activities planned for Public Health Week. READ MORE

Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Golf Tourney Scheduled For Thursday, April 27

The 28th Annual Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Bladen We Care is a community based, not for profit foundation, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to raising and overseeing distribution of funds which will help provide health care for patients in need in Bladen County. READ MORE

Keep Bladen Beautiful seeking essay contest entries; deadline for entries April 14

Keep Bladen Beautiful is seeking entries for their second annual essay contest. The essay should address the importance of recycling and waste reduction and how it impacts our daily lives and our future. The contest is open to all 6th grade students who either attend school or reside in Bladen County. READ MORE

Health Department to hold Open House on April 4

The Bladen County Health Department will conduct an Open House on Tuesday, April 4, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown.

Carol Strickland with the Health Department, said the Open House is part of the activities planned for Public Health Week. READ MORE

Free Rabies Clinic planned for May 6

There will be a free rabies clinic on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Bladen Animal Hospital located at 606 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown. The rabies clinic is open to both residents and non-residents. READ MORE


Benefit for JT Higgs planned for Saturday, April 1

There will be a benefit for J.T. Higgs on Saturday, April 1, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building in Bladenboro. There will be Barbeque plates prepared by the outstanding Bladenboro Benefit Committee Barbeque Chefs. READ MORE

Jones Lake Easter Egg Hunt

Spring is coming soon and with it will be Easter Celebrations. Shane Freeman, Park Superintendent with Jones Lake announced the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jones Lake State Park. READ MORE now offers app. AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now has an app too. readers with mobile smart devices can download our app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.

There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free! READ MORE



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