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Vehicle stolen and located

A big thank you to law enforcement went out after a vehicle was stolen in Bladen County. According to Eric Davis of Bladenboro, his vehicle was stolen on Wednesday, March 29th in Bladen County.

Davis said he contacted law enforcement immediately. READ MORE 

For Better Living: Add Some Variety to Your Vegetables

By: Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainEat your vegetables – good advice when we were kids, and it’s also good advice for adults. Only 23 percent of Americans currently eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Increasing physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk for certain cancers, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. READ MORE


A Different Kind of March Madness

By Jefferson Weaver

I was heading home, having made an uncustomary Sunday afternoon trip to the office, when I saw the young man in his side yard.

I think it was the yellow line that first caught my eye, bending back on itself in a S curve as he whipped the fly rod forward and back, expertly stripping line with a smooth hand I wish I could master. I slowed a little, worried more that he might practice-cast into my car and break his line than I was about hurting the car. READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingHopefully the NC HB2 issue will soon be a memory.  Governor and Legislature have hopefully agreed to agree.  House and Senate expected to repeal the controversial law today and the Governor has promised to sign immediately.
We are just hours away from the next round of March Madness to determine the best college team of 2016-2017.  READ MORE

Horne sentenced for theft, stolen item had tracking device attached

An Elizabethtown man was sentenced up to 32 months in prison Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court after pleading guilty to taking items that were found using a tracking device attached to one of the items.

Adam Horne, 32, was sentenced to between 19 and 32 months in state custody on felony charges of breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. READ MORE

Charlotte man sentenced after high speed chase in August

A Charlotte man who led authorities on a high speed chase in August plead guilty Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and fleeing to elude arrest.

Gebreal Moss, 23, was sentenced to between 36 and 56 months in state custody, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. READ MORE

Bladen among counties involved in $11 million insurance scam settlement

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced Wednesday the conviction of two retired insurance agents, Milton Hooks, 72, of Rocky Mount and James Mangum, 69, of Tarboro on six counts each of obtaining property by false pretense.

The case was the result of an extensive seven-year investigation in 14 counties, including Bladen, conducted by the NC Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigation Division. Hooks and Mangum targeted senior citizens in a regional scam that involved the reallocation of money people had in savings and insurance policies. READ MORE


Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on March 30

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature      90 degrees        1985

Lowest Temperature       26 degrees        2015

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                    2.87 inches        1991

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 77 degrees.

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This Day in History for March 30

This Day In History1822 – Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory.

1858 – Pencil with attach eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia)

1867 – US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly)

1889 – John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY) READ MORE


Mac Campbell shares Bladen We Care details with Elizabethtown Rotary Club

Mac Campbell, of Bladen We Care, spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. He said Bladen We Care is celebrating its 28th year of helping people in Bladen County through grants they make to those in need. Two very important upcoming dates for Bladen We Care are the Golf Tournament schedule for April 27, at Vineyard Golf at White Lake and the Bladen We Care Gala scheduled for May 5 at Lu Mil Vineyard. Rotarian Linda Burney purchased the first ticket for the gala. READ MORE


The NC Education & Innovation Tour Coming to Robeson County Schools

Mark Johnson, the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, will visit West Lumberton Elementary School at 9:40 a.m., and the relocated site of Lumberton Junior High School following Hurricane Matthew at 11:10 a.m., on Thursday as part of his NC Education & Innovation Tour. Earlier this year, Johnson pledged to conduct a listening tour to hear directly from educators, parents and community leaders across North Carolina. READ MORE

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An update of road openings/closings in Bladen County

Road ClosingThe North Carolina Department of Transportation has released an updated listing of road openings/closings for Bladen County. READ MORE

SBI Hosts National Detector Dog Trials in Raleigh April 2-5

RALEIGH – The State Bureau of Investigation is hosting this year’s United States Police Canine Association’s National Detector Dog Trials in Raleigh April 2-5.

Police dogs such as Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, Belgium malinois and even a springer spaniel are among the breeds that will be tested on their ability to sniff and detect narcotics, explosives, accelerants or cadavers. READ MORE

Change in location for Bladen County Black Bear Management Meeting

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Black Bear Management Forum scheduled for Bladen Community College on Monday, April 3rd has been moved from the Auditorium on Campus to an alternate meeting room in Building 7 also located on the Bladen Community College Campus. READ MORE


Southeastern Carolina Crossroads to conduct Second annual Golf Tourney

Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is gearing up for their second annual Golf Tournament to be held at Land O’Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Tee off is 1 p.m. The funds raised by the tournament will be used to further the work of the Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. READ MORE 

Bladen County Board of Commissioners to discuss Phase IV Water project Thursday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet in a special session on Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room at the Bladen County Courthouse. READ MORE

Tour where tax dollars are going

By: Charlotte Smith

It is always nice to see a project come together. The staff members from the Bladen County Clerk of Courts and Work Force Development offices toured the new Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center last week.

Captain Jeff Singletary gave the tour. The tour started in the front of the new center. READ MORE

Bladenboro Rotary Club plans golf tournament for May 12

Bladenboro Rotary Club met Monday evening to discuss their annual golf tournament. Proceeds of the tournament go toward the J.W. and Martha Black Scholarship Awards, which are presented each year to deserving West Bladen High School Seniors according to Rotarian Glenn Walters. READ MORE

Apply for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council Today

Time is running out! Applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) close on March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Teens from across the nation have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by joining the YPC. READ MORE

West Bladen FFA Chapter Participates in State Poultry Event


The West Bladen FFA Chapter participated in the North Carolina FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC.  Team members include Noah Bryan, Joseluis Hernandez, Callie Lewis and Sean Nunnery. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingMission accomplished, I think, and headed home from DC.

Yesterday was a good day. Visited the office of several congressman, did not get to speak to any, but did speak to some staffers. One I always look forward to is Bryan Martin in Rep. Walter Jones office. READ MORE

This Day in History – March 29

This Day In History1806 – Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway.

1848 – Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam.

1852 – Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day.

1867 – Congress first approves building of Lincoln Memorial.  READ MORE


Students at Clarkton and Tar Heel continue to bring home hardware

Elizabethtown, NC – Teams from across North Carolina annually take part in a rigorous academic competition, which hosts 23 events in the fields of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology known as Science Olympiad. READ MORE

Hiker suffers minor injury at Jones Lake State Park

A female hiker suffered a minor knee injury on Tuesday afternoon while hiking at Jones Lake State Park, according to Ranger Lane Garner. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Holds Discussion on Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Governor Roy Cooper today met with leading professionals from law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and health care about the best ways to fight the opioid crisis in North Carolina.

“The opioid crisis has devastated communities and families across our state, and we must work together to help our neighbors struggling with substance use disorders,” Gov. Cooper said. “Innovative partnerships among law enforcement, treatment centers, and recovery programs are focused on putting an end to addiction.” READ MORE

Woodmen of the World present flag to Elizabethtown PD

Woodmen of the World representative Trey Duncan presented a new flag to the Elizabethtown Police Department on Tuesday morning. READ MORE

Bladenboro Rotary Club hears about Party Rock Fire from Jackie and Wanda Coleman

Jackie and Wanda Coleman presented the Monday, March 27, Bladenboro Rotary program, a continuation of the February 27, 2017, program.

Jackie Coleman, Chief of the Bladenboro Volunteer Fire Department, shared pictures and a video of the Party Rock Fire which occurred in November 2016 in the North Carolina mountains. READ MORE

Elizabethtown man pleads guilty in Superior Court to drug-related charges

Antonio Lamel Murchison of Elizabethtown pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday, March 27, to several drug-related charges. He received a sentence of 36 months of supervised probation. READ MORE

Elizabethtown man enters a guilty plea to attempted murder charge

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An Elizabethtown man has pled guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of his brother. Tony Elmore Lewis, 55, was sentenced to 125 months to 162 months active. READ MORE



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

ECA Elementary Science Olympiad Team Returns as Winners

Elizabethtown Christian Academy students have had an incredible year, winning in every  state or regional competition they have entered. On Saturday, the last ECA team to enter a competition was the elementary Science Olympiad team. Students left early that morning with one goal in mind: Have fun and learn. READ MORE

1st Annual Archery Event and 3D Tournament

The first annual Bladen County Aim For A Cure event to benefit the ALS Association for continued research, awareness, and assistance for those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is planned for May 6th. Activities to include a 3D Archery Tournament (Featuring True Kill scoring) for Adult, Young Adult, and Youth Classes. READ MORE

Saturday fire victim loses all belongings


The victim of Saturday’s house fire on NC 242 near Oak Grove Church Road has lost all of his belongings, according to his daughter, Windy Butler. The home belonged to Butler’s father, Charles Adams, and he has no homeowner’s insurance. READ MORE

NC DOT issues road closings/openings update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has updated the following road closings/openings in Bladen County. READ MORE

Benefit scheduled for Baby JT for Saturday

A benefit has been scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building from noon until 7 p.m. for baby JT Higgs. Parents Kelsey Cox and Jacobe Higgs received the news in March baby JT’s leukemia has returned and appears to be very aggressive. Currently, Kelsey is unable to work as she is spending time with JT at the hospital and Jacobe is trying to work and travel between their home and the hospital. All funds raised at this event will go to baby JT and his family. READ MORE

Elise and Lydia Ussery and the PRB Leadership Academy Color Guard at NC Airport Conference in Pinehurst

Elise and Lydia Ussery of Dublin sang the national anthem and the Color Guard of Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy presented the colors this morning during the North Carolina Airport Conference held in Pinehurst.  The conference is taking place at the Pinehurst Resort and Spa. READ MORE

School of Discovery competes at Science Olympiad with Varsity and JV teams placing in the top ten

Clarkton School of Discovery’s JV and Varsity Science Olympiad teams competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition held at UNC-W on March 4th. This was CSD’s second year competing with Coach Jordan Raynor. The varsity team placed in in the top ten in 9 events, and the JV team placed in the top ten in 19 events among teams from 26 other area schools. READ MORE

Bladenboro man loses home to fire

A Bladenboro man lost his home on NC 242 near Oak Grove Church Road to a fire on Saturday night, according to officials. Deputy Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said the home appears to be a total loss and the home’s owner, Charles Adams, is currently staying with family members. READ MORE

Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association holds Concealed Carry Class

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association presented a Handgun Concealed Carry class on Saturday at the Bladen County Training Center at White Lake . There were 28 class attendees. READ MORE


Bladenboro is busy this spring


By Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

At first, seeing taxes taken out of your paycheck can be a little disappointing.

However, you can take pride in knowing you are making an important impact each week when you contribute to Social Security. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The White Lake Town Commissioners called an emergency meeting to discuss hiring a new zoning officer for the town.

A Volunteer Fire Department was being organized in Lisbon. READ MORE

Baptist elect a new director

Bladen Baptist Association has been in search of a new Director of Missions. This past week the new director was elected.

Rev. David Foster and his wife Beth were at the local Baptist Association’s office for a meet and greet on Monday evening. READ MORE



Bladenboro Farmers Market now open

Spring is in the air and the opportunity to enjoy beautiful weekends are upon us. Bladenboro Farmers Market is now open as well.

Farmers and a bakery set up shop in the parking lot. The baker plans to stay open every Friday and Saturday at the location through the end of Summer. 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

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

Warming trend on the way for weekend

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



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

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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