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Dublin Peanut Festival Oyster Roast Fundraiser Success

The Dublin Festival Committee sponsored their annual “All You Can Eat’ Oyster Roast & Fish Fry, today, Saturday, February 28th from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the General Store at Lu Mil Vineyard.  Bobbie Todd, one of the event organizers, said,”It is awesome!”, with a smile on her face. “It’s really been a good turn out today. We had a lot of tickets sales in advance and a huge crowd purchase tickets at the door today.” said Committee Member, Thelma Robeson. “A lot of the people here are really excited about the Boy Scouts being here helping too.” Robeson continued. Alex Hursey, with Boy Scout Troop # 622 said, “We …..

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Nance family recipe wins Bladen County Firefighters cookoff

The cooking began Friday night outside the Elizabethtown Farmers Market. Saturday morning, the judges rendered their decision in the Bladen County Firefighters Association barbecue cookoff. Bladen County commission chairman Charles Ray Peterson took top honors. Ziggy’s Piggy’s — aka Tim Carroll — was second. Gilbert Long place third. “It’s the M. Nance family recipe from the old drive-in in Bladenboro. I can’t tell you any more than that,” Peterson said, with a bit of chuckle. After the cooking and the judging, it was time for eating. Plates of barbecue, pork and beans, slaw, roll and a drink were sold for $7. Boston butts cooked by White Lake fire department members …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

By: Robert G. Hester BladenOnline is now 7 years and one month old…and growing….News You Can Use….   A quick look at Saturday events in the area…   FAFSA Day at BCC from 9 a.m. til 12 noon at the Learning Enhancement Center (Building 8)….Current and future students and their parents are invited to learn about financial aid….See our article on news page for more info…   A couple of fundraisers are on tap for Kyle Cashwell…Kyle lost an arm and leg in a farming accident last year…First event today is a BBQ plate sale from 11 a.m. til 3 p.m. at Garland Hardware, 29 Warren St in Garland…..Then the Hickory Grove Fire …..

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Eat a Better Breakfast

By: Sandra R. Cain For Better Living  March is National Nutrition Month.  What better time to re-examine your eating habits and make changes to eat more healthfully!  Let’s start by thinking about what we can do to improve our breakfast.   Skipping breakfast can make us feel tired, restless, or irritable. In the morning, our bodies need to refuel for the day ahead after going without food for 8 to 12 hours during sleep.   Start with some powerful protein. The missing ingredient in many morning meals is protein. Protein keeps us going strong and helps us stay focused until lunch.  Go lean with protein. Try a slice or two of …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History

     February 28   1646—Roger Scott was tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church.   1784—John Wesley charters Methodist Church.   1787—The charter establishing the institution now known as the University of Pittsburgh is granted.   1810—1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia.   1827—1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered.   1849—1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrives in San Francisco from east coast.   1850—The University of Utah opens in Salt Lake City, Utah.   1871—2nd Enforcement gives federal control of congressional elections.   1903—Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000.   1924—US begins intervention in Honduras.   1925—“Tea for Two” …..

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Extremes For Bladen County

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on February 28

Highest Temperature           85 degrees       1997 Lowest Temperature           22 degrees        1994 Greatest One-Day Precipitation                      1.58 inches        1984 Yesterday’s High Temperature was 52 degrees… Share:

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NCHSAA Class 2A Boys Playoff

West Bladen 70, Southwest Onslow 38 West Bladen’s defense shut-down Southwest Onslow Friday night and not even a pesky bat could stop the Knights from rolling to a 70-38 victory in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs. Bats in the West Bladen gym had caused the Knights final regular season game to be moved to rival East Bladen, and no one was happy to see one flying around during player introductions. Eleven seconds after tap-off, the officials stopped the game because the bat was flying low. Several spectators came out to help with caps and brooms, a perfect swing floored the bat, and he was promptly disposed …..

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RARE DISEASE DAY USA – February 28

Rare Disease Day is recognized each year on the last day in February. First observed in Europe in 2008, Rare Disease Day was established by Eurordis, (the European Rare Disease Organization).  In 2009, NORD was asked by EURORDIS  to sponsor Rare Disease Day in the United States.  NORD accepted and 2014 celebrates the 6th annual RARE DISEASE DAY USA. The goal of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision makers about rare diseases and the impact that they have on patients’ lives. For more information see:  http://nationaldaycalendar.com/rare-disease-day-usa-february-28/ http://rarediseaseday.us/ http://www.rarediseaseday.org/  Share:

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West Bladen Dream Team Supporting Classmate

West Bladen’s Dream Team is raising money for fellow student Ja’Na Sims, a West Bladen freshman who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma. Dream Team is a group of senior athletes who are chosen because of their character and leadership on and off the field. Dream Team is sponsored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Their advisor is West Bladen Volleyball Coach Gaye Davis. This year the Knights Dream Team has taken on supporting Ja’Na and her family as their project for the year. They have been selling t-shirts and will begin raffling off different types of baskets and a pullover next week.  They have lined up several different days …..

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Bladen County Sheriff Promotes 4

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker announced the promotion of 4 deputies Friday.  The promotions were actually effective February 22, 2015. Captain Jeff Bridgers made formal presentations to newly promoted Lt. Tony Sessoms while his wife, Tabitha, looked on. Thomas Atkinson was promoted to Sgt and was accompanied by his wife Kim.  Chad Britt was promoted to Corporal.   Captain Jeff Tyler announced the promotion of Investigator Hakeem Brown, as his wife, Trelena, looked on.   In brief comments following the promotions, Sheriff McVicker welcomed representatives from the N.C. Highway Patrol and Elizabethtown and White Lake Police Departments.   He told deputies, their family and friends, he was attempting to involve all law enforcement in …..

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APP Tips

By: Gordon Kinlaw (910) 862-6292 www.kinlawstudios.com Printer Pro by Readdle – free this WEEK!!! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/printer-pro-print-documents/id393313223?mt=8   Go get this app right now before the week ends. I ran across it a couple of days ago and tested it more today. It works great! You don’t need it if you have an air printer but it supports printers on any WIFI, manual IP address printers, airprint, shared printers, and cloud printing.   The second screen shot is an explanation screen of how to print using this app from these different areas of the phone. You can print: Email Attachments iWork documents Web pages Files from other applications Clipboard content Photos Documents …..

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10th Annual Bladen County Black History Appreciation Program

By: Cheryl Thurston The Bladen County Black History Appreciation Committee held it’s 10th annual Black History Program on Friday, February 27th, at the Spaulding-Monroe Cultural Center in Bladenboro, NC. The event began with a welcome by the committee’s founding organizer, Thomas Carlton “Chubby” Starling, who was district Director of the Farm Service Agency in 2004, when the appreciation committee began. Presentation of colors were performed by the Color Guard from the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy, commanded by Col. Carl T. Lloyd; followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, and recognition of notable figures in attendance, which included Billy Barker and Dwight Williams from Rep. David Rouser’s office; and Ken Waddell, …..

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How to Keep A Healthy Heart

By: Healthworks Fitness & Wellness Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, but there are ways to prevent it or slow its progress — including eating a healthier diet, exercising, and reducing stress. February is American Heart Month, Healthworks Fitness and Wellness would like to raise awareness about the important issue of heart health. Preventing heart disease means making smart choices now that will pay off the rest of your life.  Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other bad habits can take their toll over the years. Anyone at any age can benefit from simple steps to keep their heart healthy during each decade of life. Here are some …..

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CASSIDY DAVIS SERVES AS PAGE IN RALEIGH FOR N.C. STATE HOUSE

RALEIGH – Cassidy Davis, a student at East Bladen High, recently served as a Page for the North Carolina House of Representatives.  She is the daughter of Robert and Jessica Davis of Elizabethtown and was sponsored by Representative Tim Moore (Republican-Cleveland).  Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) appoints the Pages and introduces each one to Members and citizens in the House gallery at the start of each week during Monday night’s session. For decades, the State House has relied on the service of Pages, who help deliver bills and amendments for Representatives during daily House sessions and committee meetings, offer assistance in individual Representatives’ offices, and run errands around …..

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You Decide: Should we borrow for roads and buildings?

By: Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension “Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession. There’s now talk about North Carolina increasing its public debt to build and refurbish roads and buildings. The total amount of new borrowing could top $2 billion. Of course, the first question to address is whether this spending is necessary. In economic terms, the question is about the financial benefit from this spending. Supporters say many of …..

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West Bladen Hosts Athletic Southwest Onslow Club Tonight

West Bladen’s Knights, the No. 4 seed in the NCHSAA Class 2-A East Play-offs, host a senior-laden, athletic Southwest Onslow club tonight at 7 p.m. in a second-round game. In a strange set of circumstances because of the snow and ice and the way the brackets fell, the Knight boys will play their second round game tonight, before East Bladen or West Bladen’s girls get a chance to play their opening round game. Both county girls teams are scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Saturday. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights, now 21-4, held off a late East Bladen rally to defeat the visiting Eagles 58-53 Wednesday night. Senior guard Rahu Purdie …..

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Basketball

Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament Elizabethtown Boys 31, Bladenboro 26

Corey McKoy and Anthony Wooten fired in key fourth-quarter 3-point shots as Elizabethtown pulled away for a 31-26 semi-final victory over Bladenboro Thursday in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Tar Heel. The Cougars carried a 19-14 lead into the final period, but Bladenboro’s Trenton Lyons nailed his third 3-point shot of the game, and teammate Kerron Washington stole the ball and raced for a tying lay-up with 5:18 left to play. Corey McKoy drained a go-ahead 3-point shot from the left wing, and after Lyons sank a pair of free throws, Wooten bombed in another 3-pointer from the left wing to put the Cougars ahead 25-21. Trashawn …..

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Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament, Clarkton School of Discovery Boys 54, Tar Heel 34

A 26-2 blitz that spanned 6 minutes propelled unbeaten Clarkton School of Discovery to a 54-34 semi-final victory in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament Thursday night. Emonta Smith drilled a 3-point shot from the right wing and sank 2 foul shots to give Tar Heel a quick 5-0 lead. Guard Greyson Heustess drove for a pair of lay-ups and Seven Campbell put back a rebound to vault Clarkton in front 6-5. Jaheim Lesane buried a jumper from the key for Tar Heel, but Drew Harris answered with a lay-up for the Blue Devils. Eddie Perez found Irvin Hernandez cutting to the basket, and Hernandez’ lay-up gave the Panthers …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The weather has capture headlines across the state in recent days…hopefully the topic will change to something better. Law enforcement in the area are undergoing training and every agency in the county is involved…Re-enforces my thoughts over the years….I appreciate what they do…..I just have no desire to be in law enforcement   Our local high school basketball teams will hopefully get past the first round of the state playoffs tonight….Eastern Randolph will hopefully get to East Bladen for a 5 p.m.girls game…..and West Bladen hopefully can make the trip to Currituck….for a 6 p.m. game….   West Bladen boys are scheduled to host a second round game, Southwest Onslow is …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 27

1801—Washington, DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction. 1813—1st federal vaccination legislation enacted.   1813—Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail.   1827—1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.   1860—Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the the presidency.   1861—US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing.   1869—John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress.   1877—US Electoral College declares R. Hayes winner of presidential election.   1883—Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine.   1908—Star #46 was added to US flag for Oklahoma.   1922—US Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover …..

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Hudson’s Radiator and Power Equipment

Find high-end lawn care products by using the convenient leaf blowers, lawn mowers and more, from Hudson Radiator and Power Equipment. Manufacturer of Dependable Gas-Powered Chain Saws, Trimmers, Blowers, Hedge Trimmers, and Other Lawn Equipment 1110 S Poplar St Elizabethtown, North Carolina 28337 (910) 862-3854 Get Directions Share:

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SHRIMP AND WILD RICE CASSEROLE

Ingredients 2 lbs medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 large bell pepper, diced 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated 1 box wild rice, cooked Preparation In a large skillet, sauté olive oil, butter, garlic, bell pepper and onion until onion is translucent. Add shrimp. When shrimp are done (pink), add cream of mushroom soup and 2/3 of the grated cheese until cheese is melted. Add cooked rice and pour entire mixture into 9×13 greased casserole. Top with remaining cheese and bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes. http://www.pauladeen.com/shrimp-and-wild-rice-casserole1 …..

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Bladen Law Enforcement Officers undergo training

86 Bladen County law enforcement officers are going through training to learn new techniques or reinforce previous training in making an arrest, including stopping vehicles, handcuffing and dealing with difficult circumstance in general. NC Highway Trooper Andrew Pait is coordinating the training.  He is being assisted by other troopers and Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. Troopers Phillip Collier and Atlas McVicker demonstrated stopping a vehicle, clearing the vehicle of all occupants, handcuffing and making an arrest. Each officer received ‘on the job training.’ Pait pointed out that every deputy in the Bladen County Sheriff’s office would be in one of four classes as well as part-time officers. Police officers from Elizabethtown, Bladenboro, White …..

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End of an old tree is just the beginning of another chapter in the forest

By Jefferson Weaver, Staff Writer They fall by wind, lightning, disease or old age. Too often they have to fall, because man wants to do something else with that little piece of earth, and a chainsaw and bulldozer can accomplish in minutes what nature has failed to do for a century or more. We take trees for granted, often commenting on the qualities of their beauty or shade while we plan their reduction into so much toilet paper, newsprint, lumber or charcoal.  This particular tree was not as old as some, but much older than most. It lay gnarled and twisted across a path I was exploring near an abandoned …..

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IPHONE/IPAD TIPS

IPHONE/IPAD TIPS Manage Your Ever – Increasing Camera Roll By: Gordon Kinlaw www.kinlawstudios.com If you have an iPhone 5 or 6, you know they make some really nice photos and videos. More and more phone users have iPhones now, especially since the release of the 6 and 6+. How did you get to the point of having 1100 photos and videos on your iPhone and getting an alert that you are running out of storage space? We never use those little digital cameras anymore because our phones are always with us and it shoots great photos that we can quickly share. You don’t have to remove a card and load …..

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NATIONAL CHILI DAY – Fourth Thursday in February

The fourth Thursday in February celebrates one of America’s favorite winter dishes; chili, which is also known as chili con carne (“chili with meat”). In Spanish, chili refers to “chili pepper”  and carne means “meat”. Chili is most commonly made up of tomatoes, beans, chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions and cumin, however, there are many variations to the basic chili. Chili is often a favorite dish in cook-offs. American frontier settlers used a “chili” recipe of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt which was all pounded together, formed into bricks and dried.  The bricks could then be boiled in pots on the trails.  At the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the San Antonio Chili …..

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NCHSAA Class 2-A, Boys Play-offs, West Bladen 58, East Bladen 53

Senior guard Malcolm Vaught drove for the lay-up that snapped a 4-minute scoring drought, and West Bladen held on for a 58-53 victory over East Bladen in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs Wednesday night at West. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights, the No. 4 seed in the 2-A East, improved to 21-4 and will host the winner of Thursday’s Southwest Onslow at East Duplin game. The Knights are hopeful that the second round game can be played on Friday. West Bladen led 48-38 at the third quarter break, and junior Daquan Lennon started the final period with a driving lay-up. The Knight lead grew to 56-40 with …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The rain continues to come down…but we may have missed a bullet… Hundreds of thousands with no power to the west and north of Bladen County….Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham…Around Bladen…rain…but hopefully that should end this a.m….   Hopefully this is the last really ‘bad’ weather this year….Heard one meteorologist promise we would see no more of the really ‘bad’ stuff…..He promised to jump into a pool if his predication was proven wrong…..   The balance of this day and another 48 hours til March….This has been one ‘tough’ February…   We have a list of delays, mostly related to our schools including Bladen Community College…   Be aware of excess rain all …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 26

1732—1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St. Joseph’s Philadelphia. 1773—Construction authorized for Walnut Street jail (Philadelphia) (1st solitary)   1863—Lincoln signs National Currency Act.   1870—1st NYC subway line opens (pneumatic powered)   1891—1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park.   1895—Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine.   1907—Royal Oil & Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)   1907—US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500.   1914—New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated.   1916—Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract.   1919—Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.   1930—1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC)   …..

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Fundraisers for Kyle Cashwell

A local EMS Officer, Farmer, and Volunteer, Kyle Cashwell lost an arm and leg on October 20th, 2014 in a farming accident. He played football and graduated at East Bladen High School. Cashwell is well known and loved in Bladen and surrounding counties. Cashwell is a husband and father of three children. Fundraisers will be held this weekend to help with Cashwell’s medical bills. Cooking for Kyle BBQ Plate Sale will be held Saturday, Feb. 28th 11 am until 3:00 pm at Garland Hardware, 29 Warren Street, Garland, NC 28441. Kyle was lost an arm and leg in a farming accident. For more information email garlandhardware@yahoo.com or click here. Hickory …..

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Four County Conference Track Schedule Spring 2015

Thursday March 12          Trask, Wallace, Clinton @ Union Bladen, W. Bladen, Midway @ Pender Thursday March 19          E. Bladen, Pender, Wallace @ Trask Bladen, Midway, Union @ Clinton Thursday March 26          Trask, W. Bladen, Pender @ Midway Clinton, E. Bladen, Union @ Wallace Thursday April 2                E. Bladen, W. Bladen @ Midway Wallace, Union @ Clinton Thursday April 9                Pender @ Trask Thursday April 16             Clinton, Wallace, Pender @ Union Bladen, W. Bladen, Midway @ Trask Thursday April 23             E. Bladen, W. Bladen, Union @ Wallace Trask, Midway, Clinton @ Pender Wednesday April 29        Conference Championship Meet @ Trask (Rain Date April 30) Share:

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Bladen County preps for second winter blast

Did you miss your chance to build a snowman following Tuesday’s wintry mix in Bladen County? You may get another chance Thursday, especially if you live in the northern part of the county. Bladen County will be under a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday until noon Thursday as a winter storm is expected to make its way into the region. The storm is expected to bring some snow, freezing rain and rain throughout Bladen. Just how much may depend on where you live. “The way it’s been described is if you draw a line between Lumberton and Burgaw, everything north of that …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

March is just days….(hours) away….Understand that February may break the all-time low monthly average… I am so pleased that BladenOnline is here to keep everyone up to date on closings, etc.. We were the first to get serious about an online newspaper and remain #1…and it is because of your support and the hard work of the part-timers…and now full-timers… Good work on-going under the leadership and hard work of Charlotte Smith…   Along that same line of thinking….I think often if not for BladenOnline there would be no first-hand coverage of any of our elected bodies… Just one of the reasons we are your best source for local news….local folks …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 25

1751—1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)   1793—1st cabinet meeting (At George Washington’s home)   1799—1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land.   1804—Thomas Jefferson nominated for US President at Democratic-Republican caucus   1836—Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multi-shot firearm.   1837—1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport.   1847—State University of Iowa is approved.   1862—Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President Abraham Lincoln.   1870—Hiram R. Revels, is sworn in as 1st African American member of Congress (Sen-R-MS)   1879—Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act.   1885—US Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds.   1901—US Steel Corp …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Men’s Tennis

          3/9                                 Wallace                         4:00           3/11                               Pender                           4:00           3/18                               @ West Bladen             4:00           3/23                               @ Wallace                     4:00           3/25                               @ Pender                      4:00           3/30                               @ Clinton                     4:00           4/1                                 Clinton                          4:00           4/15                               West Bladen                  4:00           4/22                               Conf. Tournament at Clinton           Head Coach: Terry Smith           Principal: John McMillan           Athletic Director: Patty Evers           School Phone: 910-645-2500 Share:

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East Bladen Women’s Soccer 2015

3/2                                       East Columbus                       4:30 3/13                                       @ Union                                 6:00 3/17                                        Midway                                  6:00 3/18                                  North Brunswick                    4:30 3/20                                     Clinton                                    6:00 3/24 …..

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East Bladen Eagles Softball 2015

3/3                                     West Columbus                      4:30 3/5                                     @ Red Springs                       4:30 3/6                                       St. Pauls                                  4:30 3/9                                      Red Springs                            4:30 3/11                                      @ …..

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East Bladen JV Baseball 2015

3/3                                 @ West Columbus                 4:30 3/5                                 @ Red Springs                       4:00 3/6                                 @ St. Pauls                             4:30 3/9                                 Red Springs                            4:00 3/11                               St. Pauls                                  4:30 3/13                               @ Union                                 4:00 3/17                               Midway                                  4:00 3/18                             @ West Columbus                 4:30 3/20                               Clinton                                    4:00 3/24                               @ Pender                                4:00 3/27                               Trask                                        4:00 3/31                               West Bladen                           4:00 4/14                               @ Wallace                              4:30 4/16                               Union                                      4:00 4/21                               @ Midway                              4:30 4/24                               @ Clinton                               4:00 4/28                               Pender                                     4:00 5/1                                 @ Trask             …..

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East Bladen Baseball 2015

3/3                                          West Columbus                      4:30 3/5                                           @ Red Springs                       7:00 following jv 3/6                                            St. Pauls                                  4:30 3/9                                           Red Springs                            7:00 following jv 3/11           …..

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Tar Heel Woodmen of the World Gives Awards

Community Service Awards were given at the January meeting of the Tar Heel Woodman of the World Lodge 1044. Cecile Bryan was presented with the Fraternal  Award. Doug Roberts was presented with the Environmental Award. James Howard (Buck) Monroe was presented with the Community Partner Award.   Photoed left to right: Left to right: Cecile Bryan, Doug Roberts, James Howard (Buck) Monroe Share:

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Basketball

Bladen Five Middle School Tournament, Elizabethtown Girls 27, Tar Heel 16

Jatyra Moore-Peterson lit up the scoreboard with 18 points Monday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 27-16 victory over Tar Heel in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Tar Heel. Coach Eric Hines’ Lady Cougars improved to 6-1 with the victory and advanced to Monday’s 4 p.m. Girls Championship Game against Clarkton School of Discovery. Moore –Peterson fired in 6 points in the opening quarter as the Lady Cougars held the Lady Panthers scoreless and grabbed an 8-0 lead. Natalie Gainey scored the other basket for Elizabethtown in the period. Moore-Peterson sank 2 free throws in the second quarter and dropped in another basket to keep Elizabethtown on …..

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Media invited to Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville

Whiteville—The newly renovated North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville will be unveiled to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, February 28, at 10 a.m. The space has been repurposed into a dynamic indoor-outdoor nature and science learning center and features new exhibits, an investigate lab, nature exploration center, an outdoor nature play space, and a distance learning classroom. Program features: · Jennifer Holcomb, President, Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Tourism · Mayor Terry Mann, Mayor of Whiteville · Emlyn Koster, PhD, Director, NC Museum of Natural Sciences · Alan Faulk, Superintendent, Columbus County Schools · Charles “Kenny” Garland, Superintendent, Whiteville City Schools · Andy Anderson, …..

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IPHONE/IPAD TIPS

Manage Your Ever – Increasing Camera Roll  By: Gordon Kinlaw (910) 862-6292 www.kinlawstudios.com If you have an iPhone 5 or 6, you know they make some really nice photos and videos. More and more phone users have iPhones now, especially since the release of the 6 and 6+. How did you get to the point of having 1100 photos and videos on your iPhone and getting an alert that you are running out of storage space? We never use those little digital cameras anymore because our phones are always with us and it shoots great photos that we can quickly share. You don’t have to remove a card and load the …..

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Boys State Play-offs Begin With Rivalry Game for East & West

Weather permitting, the NCHSAA Class 2-A Boys Play-offs will begin tonight (Tuesday) with a rivalry game for Bladen County’s two high schools. Coach Ken Cross’ No. 29 seeded East Bladen Eagles (10-13) travel to West Bladen to battle their rivals, the No. 4 seeded Knights (20-4) in a 7 p.m. game. West Bladen won both of the teams’ earlier meetings this year –57-47 in the first game and 61-49 on Feb. 12 which was the last game that both of these teams played. Senior guard Rahu Purdie leads the Knight offense with an 18 points per game average. The other two members of the West Bladen back-court – senior Malcolm …..

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Basketball

Bladen Five Middle School Tournament, Clarkton School of Discovery Girls 24, Bladenboro 23

Erica McKoy fired in 10 of her 14 points in the second half as Clarkton School of Discovery rallied for a 24-23 Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament victory over Bladenboro Monday. Coach Chris Callihan’s Lady Blue Devils advance to Thursday’s 4 p.m. Bladen Five Girls Championship game against Elizabethtown. Clarkton and Elizabethtown split their two games during the regular season and shared the Bladen Five regular-season championship. Kendall Lambeth threw in 5 of her 8 points for Bladenboro in the opening period, and teammate Kassie Singletary added 4 points as the Lady Bulldogs shut-out the Lady Blue Devils and raced to a 9-0 lead. Clarkton returned the favor by …..

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Hammonds Creek Baptist Missionary Association Black History Celebration

The Hammonds Creek Baptist Missionary Association held a celebration of Black History at Pleasant Union Missionary Baptist Church in Riegelwood, on February 22. The HCMBA is a collective of 11 area churches, focused on Baptist Missions. Each church in the association was invited to present some entertainment for the evening. The event was held at PUMBC as part of their 105th anniversary celebration. The festivities began with a rousing version of Blessed Be the Rock, and the reading of Psalm 34:1-10 “I will bless the Lord at all times… they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” There were several speakers from various churches, and an announcement …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 24

1857—1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government.   1863—Arizona Territory created.   1888—Louisville, KY becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e.secret ballot on standard voting forms)   1893—The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America.   1909—The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.   1914—Frank Craven’s “Too Many Cooks” premieres in NYC.   1923—Mass arrests in US of mafia.   1932—Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (253.96 mph) at Daytona.   1937—1st US group hospital-medical cooperative authorized, Washington, DC.   1938—DuPont begins commercial production of nylon toothbrush bristles.   1942—Voice of America begins broadcasting (in German)   1943—Major …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Is February over yet?  Wake me when it is March…and hope for more Bladen County type weather…Think White Lake in July.   What a month…weather-wise….Time to ‘hunker down’ and be safe…   See our updated list of closings and delays..we will attempt to keep up as the day progresses..   Have you taken a look at your revaluation notice….new values that will be used for budgeting purposes for the county and towns for the next 8 years…Info on notice if you disagree…If you are OK with values…no action required…   Think back to how we communicated years ago in situations like what we are having today….I was working early morning …..

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Town Of Elizabethtown

Routes for Bicycling in Elizabethtown

Public Input Session: Elizabethtown and NCDOT are working together to create safe and connected routes for bicycling throughout town. The plan aims to use bicycling as a tool for increasing quality of life, tourism, and economic development. Please join this effort by filling out this comment form and visiting the project website. You may also provide input in-person on March 26, 2015, 11-1 PM at the Cape Fear Farmers’ Market. Project Website: http://elizabethtownbikeplan.weebly.com/ Comment Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ElizabethtownBikePlan Share:

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Bladen County Sports

Tuesday’s Sports Schedule

Tuesday’s Sports Schedule Tuesday, February 24 NCHSAA Class 2-A Basketball Play-offs 6 p.m. Eastern Randolph Girls at East Bladen 7 p.m. East Bladen Boys at West Bladen Bladen Recreation Basketball At King Street Gym 9-12 Boys League 5:45 Giorgio’s vs. Lu Mil Vineyard 6:30 Men and Women United vs. Optimist Club 9-12 Girls League 7:15 Optimist Club vs. San Jose Tuesday’s Recreation Schedule Changes The Bladen County Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys League games for Tuesday will start 15 minutes earlier due to the fact that the 9-12 Girls League will be making up a game that was postponed during last week’s ice storm. At 5:45  Tuesday Giorgio’s will play Lu …..

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Bladen County Sports

Tuesday’s Sports Schedule

Tuesday’s Sports Schedule Tuesday, February 24 NCHSAA Class 2-A Basketball Play-offs 6 p.m. Eastern Randolph Girls at East Bladen 7 p.m. East Bladen Boys at West Bladen Bladen Recreation Basketball At King Street Gym 9-12 Boys League 5:45 Giorgio’s vs. Lu Mil Vineyard 6:30 Men and Women United vs. Optimist Club 9-12 Girls League 7:15 Optimist Club vs. San Jose Tuesday’s Recreation Schedule Changes The Bladen County Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys League games for Tuesday will start 15 minutes earlier due to the fact that the 9-12 Girls League will be making up a game that was postponed during last week’s ice storm. At 5:45  Tuesday Giorgio’s will play Lu …..

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Bladen County Sports

Tuesday’s Sports Schedule

Tuesday’s Sports Schedule Tuesday, February 24 NCHSAA Class 2-A Basketball Play-offs 6 p.m. Eastern Randolph Girls at East Bladen 7 p.m. East Bladen Boys at West Bladen Bladen Recreation Basketball At King Street Gym 9-12 Boys League 5:45 Giorgio’s vs. Lu Mil Vineyard 6:30 Men and Women United vs. Optimist Club 9-12 Girls League 7:15 Optimist Club vs. San Jose Tuesday’s Recreation Schedule Changes The Bladen County Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys League games for Tuesday will start 15 minutes earlier due to the fact that the 9-12 Girls League will be making up a game that was postponed during last week’s ice storm. At 5:45  Tuesday Giorgio’s will play Lu …..

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Bladen County Sports

Bladen Five Middle School Tournament

Tar Heel Boys 43, East Arcadia 42 Eddie Perez tossed in the game-winning basket, and teammate Emonta Smith poured in a game-high 18 points as Tar Heel edged East Arcadia 43-42 in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Tar Heel Monday night. Coach Arthur Morrisey’s Tar Heel team advances to Wednesday’s 5:15 semi-final game against Clarkton School of Discovery. Tar Heel trailed until Perez flipped in a floater from the lane to put the home team ahead 43-42. The East Arcadia Panthers missed on their next possession, and Irvin Hernandez grabbed the rebound for Tar Heel allowing Smith and the hometown Panthers to dribble …..

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Bladen County Sports

Bladen Five Middle School Tournament

Tar Heel Boys 43, East Arcadia 42 Eddie Perez tossed in the game-winning basket, and teammate Emonta Smith poured in a game-high 18 points as Tar Heel edged East Arcadia 43-42 in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Tar Heel Monday night. Coach Arthur Morrisey’s Tar Heel team advances to Wednesday’s 5:15 semi-final game against Clarkton School of Discovery. Tar Heel trailed until Perez flipped in a floater from the lane to put the home team ahead 43-42. The East Arcadia Panthers missed on their next possession, and Irvin Hernandez grabbed the rebound for Tar Heel allowing Smith and the hometown Panthers to dribble …..

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Bladen County Sports

Bladen Five Middle School Tournament

Tar Heel Boys 43, East Arcadia 42 Eddie Perez tossed in the game-winning basket, and teammate Emonta Smith poured in a game-high 18 points as Tar Heel edged East Arcadia 43-42 in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Tar Heel Monday night. Coach Arthur Morrisey’s Tar Heel team advances to Wednesday’s 5:15 semi-final game against Clarkton School of Discovery. Tar Heel trailed until Perez flipped in a floater from the lane to put the home team ahead 43-42. The East Arcadia Panthers missed on their next possession, and Irvin Hernandez grabbed the rebound for Tar Heel allowing Smith and the hometown Panthers to dribble …..

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West Bladen J.V. Baseball

West Bladen J.V. Baseball Day            Date            Opponent                      Site             Time Mon            March 2      St. Pauls                              H                5:00 Wed            March 4      East Columbus                  H                5:00 Sat              March 7      St. Pauls                               H               12:00 Wed            March 11    West Columbus                  H                5:00 Fri               March 13    Midway                                H                4:00 Mon            March …..

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West Bladen Softball

West Bladen Softball                                                             2015 Day            Date                    Opponent                     Site            Time Fri                Feb 27                    Terry Sanford  (Scr)        H                  4:00 Mon            Mar 2                           St. Pauls                        A                5:00 Wed            Mar 4                          East Columbus              A                5:00 Sat              Mar 7                            St. Paul                          H                2:00 Tue             Mar 10                         Purnell Swett                 A                5:00 Fri               Mar 13               …..

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West Bladen Girls Soccer

West Bladen Girls Soccer                                                   2015        Day    Date                  Opponent                     Site            Time Mon    Mar 2                 Purnell Swett                           H                5:00 Tue      Mar 3                 West Columbus                       A                5:30 Wed    Mar 4                 East Columbus                        A                4:30 Mon    Mar 9                 Purnell Swett                           A                5:00 Tue      Mar 10               West Columbus                      H                5:00 Fri       Mar 13               Midway                                    H                6:00 Tue      Mar 17               Union                                   …..

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West Bladen Track Schedule

West Bladen Track Schedule              2015   Day            Date                 Opponent                          Site           Time Thur.         Mar 12                East Bladen, Midway, Pender      Pender          4:00 Thur.        Mar 19                      Midway, Union, Clinton               Clinton         4:00 Thur.        Mar 26                      Trask, Pender, Midway                 Midway        4:00 Thur.        Apr 2                         East Bladen, Midway                  Midway        4:00 Thur.        Apr 16                       East Bladen, Midway, Trask       Trask            4:00 Thur.        Apr 23                       East Bladen, Union, WRH           WRH           4:00 Thur.        Apr 29             …..

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West Bladen Boys Tennis

West Bladen Boys Tennis   Day           Date           Opponent                     Site            Time Mon            March 2      Purnell Swett                 H                4:00 Tues             March 3      West Columbus           A                  4:00 Thur           March 5      Whiteville                        A                4:00 Mon            March 9      Purnell Swett                 A                4:00 Tues            March 10    Clinton                           A                4:00 Mon            March 16    Pender                            H                4:00 Wed            March 18    East Bladen                    H                 4:00 Thur           March 19    Whiteville                        H                4:00 Tues             March 24     West Columbus         …..

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West Bladen JV Softball

West Bladen Softball J.V. Girls 2015 Day            Date                    Opponent                     Site            Time Mon            Mar 2                             St. Pauls                        H                5:00 Wed            Mar 4                           East Columbus              H                5:00 Sat              Mar 7                             St. Paul                          H                12:00 Tue             Mar 10                         Purnell Swett                 H                5:00 Mon            Mar 16                        East Columbus               A                5:00 Tues            Mar 17                 …..

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West Bladen Men’s Golf

West Bladen Men’s Golf 2015   Day                           Date                         Time                   Site   Monday                March 16                      2:00         East Bladen (Vineyard) Wednesday           March 18                      2:00         Clinton (Coharie) Thursday              March 19                      1:00         West Brunswick (LOL) Monday                March 23                      2:00         West Bladen (LOL) Wednesday           March 25                      2:00         Pender (Rockfish) Tuesday                March 31                      2:00         White Lake (Vineyard) Thursday              April 2                          2:00          White Lake (Vineyard) Monday                April 13                        2:00          Midway (Sandy Ridge) Wednesday          April 15                         2:00          Trask (Castle Bay) Monday               April 20                         2:00          Union (Coharie) Wednesday          April 22                         2:00         Wallace (River Landing)       Principal: Wesley Floyd Athletic Director: Kim Cain Head Coach: Phillip Perry School Phone: (910) 862-2130 Athletic Phone: (910) 862-3902   Share:

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West Bladen Baseball

West Bladen Baseball                                                   2015 Day            Date                     Opponent                        Site            Time Sat              Feb 21                     Fairmont (SCR)                   A                12:00 Sat              Feb 28                     Purnell Swett (SCR)           A                12:00 Mon            Mar 2                             St. Pauls                         A                5:00 Wed            Mar 4                             East Columbus             A                5:00 Sat              Mar 7                             St. Pauls         …..

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Rep. Rouzer Meets with Elected Officials Across the District

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer held a series of roundtable discussions with county commissioners and mayors across the district during last week’s Congressional recess period.  This was an opportunity for local elected officials to talk about the needs of their communities and how the Congressman’s office can best serve them.  “It’s important that we have strong relationships with our local leaders,” said Congressman Rouzer.  “Our district is very diverse and each community has different needs.  We will work hard to be a strong voice for all of the communities of the 7th Congressional District.  I appreciate all the input and feedback we have received from county commissioners, mayors, and …..

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Photojournalist/author tells BCC about NC waterways

By: Jack McDuffie Award winning photojournalist and author Ben Casey was the featured speaker in a program presented by the Bladen Community College Writers Series on Monday.  His program focused on what he calls “his passion,” North Carolina’s coastal waterways and telling others about them. He began his presentation by explaining that the art of effective writing begins with effective listening.  Using an encounter from his past, he pointed out that a writer must listen and learn to effectively convey a thought to his or her audience. After transitioning into the river systems, he explained how he had become intrigued with the state’s natural waterways as a youth growing up …..

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Bladen County Sports

Bladen Five Tournament Games Postponed

Tuesday’s Bladen Five Tournament games have been postponed until Wednesday at 4 p.m. due to the expected inclement weather. Wednesday at 4 p.m. Elizabethtown will battle Bladenboro in a Boys Semi-final game. Following that game will be the other Boys Semi -Final between top-seeded Clarkton School of Discovery and Tar Heel. The winners of those two games will play Thursday at 5:15 for the Boys Championship. At 4 p.m. Thursday the Girls Championship will feature Elizabethtown and Clarkton School of Discovery. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Sport Thoughts While Shaving

By: Robert Hester I enjoyed the weekend sports lineup….basketball, golf, a full slate of NASCAR racing…college basketball..and more including a moving tribute to Coach Dean Smith… Thought I would check on some of the area folks, some I know and some I do not.  Some I mentioned recently and some I have not…… William McGirt, a former baseball player and golfer from Fairmont, now a PGA regular had a good weekend…earned just over $110,000 in the Northern Trust tournament in California…A bogey on the last hole cost him a little over $30,000. His trip out west has been good…a little less than $200,000 in two weeks… The trip to Daytona Beach for the Ricky Benton …..

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West Bladen Girls Postponed; Decision on Other Play-off Games Tomorrow

The West Bladen Girls NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-off game at Currituck that was scheduled for Tuesday night has been moved to Wednesday at 6 p.m. East Bladen Coach Patty Evers says a decision will be made on her Lady Eagles’ home play-off game against Eastern Randolph by 11:30 Tuesday. Right now that game is still on for Tuesday at 6 p.m. The East Bladen at West Bladen boys game is still on for Tuesday at 7 p.m. Bladenonline.com will post any changes that are made. Share:

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20 Awesome Benefits of Quitting Caffeine or Coffee

Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or some form of caffeine everyday. Although caffeine is generally accepted as safe for consumption in moderation, there are some solid benefits of breaking the habit and quitting coffee, energy drinks, tea, soda etc. 1. Break the Addiction In most people caffeine is an addictive substance to some degree, although some would describe it as highly addictive. Depending on a substance to function normally or even stay awake, can become a vicious cycle. It changes our brain’s chemistry resulting in the need for more of the substance to achieve the desired results. Quitting caffeine or coffee breaks the cycle and frees us from needing …..

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East Bladen High School

Top Seed East Bladen Girls Begin Play-off Run

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles, the top seed in the Class 2-A East with a perfect 24-0 record, begin their quest for that elusive state title Tuesday night when they host Eastern Randolph at 6 p.m. Coach Patty Evers’ East Bladen squad outscores opponents by over 30 points per game, averaging 55.8 points, while giving up 25.6. Five-ten junior Lacey Suggs fires in 22.1 points per game to lead the Lady Eagle offense and fills the stat sheet with 6.8 steals, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Center Imani Turner-Dobson, a 6-2 senior, anchors the inside play with 9.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.7 blocks per game. Six-foot senior Abbey …..

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West Bladen Girls Travel to Currituck

Before the NCHSAA Class 2-A Girls Play-off Brackets were announced Saturday, West Bladen Coach Pam Stephens thought that her Lady Knights might be going up to the Jacksonville area for their first round game. Jacksonville looks like a short trip now as West Bladen is headed 264 miles up to Currituck County in Barco. The Purple Lady Knights of West Bladen finished third in the Four County Conference with an 8-6 league record and were 12-12 overall. Sophmore Laikyn Pait (5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game) leads the West Bladen offense. Sophmore forward Akira Grimes scores at a 5.4 ppg clip and grabs 5 rebounds per contest. Seniors Delasia …..

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New Medical Fee Schedule Expected to Save an Estimated $27 Million in Annual Workers’ Compensation Costs

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Industrial Commission announced today the approval of three administrative rules which significantly revise its Medical Fee Schedule. The revised medical fee schedule is expected to provide the state’s workers’ compensation system with $27 million in annual savings and encourage increased access to medical care. The new rules were approved by the Rules Review Commission at its February 19th meeting. The rules were initially proposed by the Industrial Commission in November 2014 and were the subject of a public hearing held in December 2014. The changes to fees for institutional services are scheduled to take effect on April 1, while the revised rates for professional …..

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Big Thank You!

Bladen County Animal Shelter received a big donation of dog and cat food from West Bladen High school this month. The FCCLA Club did a fundraiser for the shelter and collected 968 cans of food. The shelter would like to thank this group for their heartfelt efforts on collecting this food for the shelter. Pictured are the individuals that delivered the donation: Madison Mclamb, Allie Marsh, Megan Bennett and Debra Kinlaw. We hope that their hard work helps encourage others to think of the animals in the shelter. The shelter always accepts donations. At this time we are still in need of Blankets, Towels, Toys and Treats. For more information …..

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Bladen schools closed Tuesday for students; weather advisory issued

Bladen County schools will be closed Tuesday for students because of the threat of hazardous weather, it was announced at 5:55 p.m. It will be optional workday for teachers and staff. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Bladen County starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday. The advisory is being issued in anticipation of a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain Tuesday morning in Bladen County and surrounding areas. There’s a possibility of up to a tenth of an inch of ice and up to a half of an inch of snow accumulation within the advisory area, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Sport Thoughts While Shaving

I enjoyed the weekend sports lineup….basketball, golf, a full slate of NASCAR racing…college basketball..and more including a moving tribute to Coach Dean Smith…   Thought I would check on some of the area folks, some I know and some I do not.  Some I mentioned recently and some I have not……   William McGirt, a former baseball player and golfer from Fairmont, now a PGA regular had a good weekend…earned just over $110,000 in the Northern Trust tournament in California…A bogey on the last hole cost him a little over $30,000. His trip out west has been good…a little less than $200,000 in two weeks…   The trip to Daytona Beach for the Ricky Benton …..

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Jazmine Kemp

Jazmine Kemp Scores 21, but Lady Braves Lose

Elizabethtown native Jazmine Kemp poured in 21 points Saturday, but her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves fell victim to a 12-2 Armstrong State second-half spurt that produced a 72-60 Peach Belt Conference victory in Savannah, GA. Kemp connected on 10 of 16 shots from the field, grabbed 8 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, dished out 2 assists and came up with 2 steals in her 37 minutes on the floor. A pair of lay-ups by Kemp staked the Lady Braves to a quick 4-2 lead. The 5-10 senior added a free throw and another lay-up as UNC-Pembroke stayed within 32-31 at halftime. Kemp fired in 3 straight jump shots to edge the Lady …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 23

1813—1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Mass. 1821—College of Apothecaries organized in Philadelphia: 1st US pharmacy college.   1822—Boston is incorporated as a city.   1870—Mississippi is readmitted to US.   1883—Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law.   1886—Aluminum manufacturing process developed.   1896—Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield.   1903—The US and Cuba sign an agreement by which Cuba releases Guantanamo and Bahia Hondo to the US for naval stations.   1905—Rotary Club International formed by 4 men in Chicago.   1915—Nevada enforces convenient divorce law.   1927—President Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FRC)   1939—11th Academy Awards- “You Can’t Take It …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The break from typical February temps was nice…but hold on…..there’s more to come…. Congratulations to Darrell Melvin who is retiring after 20 years of teaching and coaching, at Clarkton School of Discovery (CSD)….   Speaking of coaching….Ann Hancock is enjoying another good season at Wingate University… The former East Bladen grad has led the ladies basketball team to another successful season despite a last minute loss Saturday.  The Lady Bulldogs are 19-8 overall, (9-0) at home this year in conference play.  Their next game is at home against Coker.    I used February weather as a reason to skip a few days of walking and my belt is apparently shrinking….having trouble making it …..

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Dean Richard Linton

HCA FFA Breakfast

The FFA of Harrells Christian Academy welcomed 270 guests to a special fundraising breakfast held on Friday, February 13, at Kyle’s Farm in Harrells. The purpose of the event was to raise money for the HCA chapter’s expansion of plant science education. People from all over southeastern North Carolina who have a vested interest in agriculture came to support this important cause. Among those in attendance were Representative Jimmy Dixon, and Senator Brent Jackson. Richard Linton, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at N.C. State University, was the key note speaker for the event.  Following a welcome from HCA’s FFA president, Cullen Hobbs, he and other …..

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Clarkton Fire Dept. Lt. Brian Sult

First Responder Spotlight: Brian Sult, Clarkton Volunteer Fire Department

Brian Sult became interested in firefighting while attending West Bladen High School. Nine years later, the 25-year-old wants to make it a career. For now, he’s a lieutenant in the 28-member Clarkton Volunteer Fire Department. He was honored as the department’s 2014 Firefighter of the Year. Sult joined the Tar Heel Volunteer Fire Department as soon as he got his driver’s license at age 16. He was with the Tar Heel department for a couple of years before moving to Clarkton. “When I was in high school, there were a bunch of guys that I was friends with who were in the fire department,” Sult said. “I had a guy …..

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Chris Ellis

Don’t agree with new property assessment? Appeal it

It may rank as a property owner’s least favorite word: revaluation. It’s a time when governments check and adjust the fair market value of every parcel within their jurisdictions. It’s required by state law to be done at least every eight years. Bladen County’s last valuation was done in 2007, so it was time for an update. The initial numbers show a loss of about $9.4 million in real estate value in Bladen County since 2007, which is a drop of 4.7 percent. Based on Bladen County’s current tax rate of 74 cents per $100 of property, that would be a loss of about $70,000 in tax revenue. Bladen County …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

What a difference a day makes….just 24 little hours….weather-wise seemed like we went from one season to another….Weather man calling for warmer weather today and a promise of more winter for much of next week. All 4 of our high school varsity basketball teams will advance in statewide competition…If it feels like we missed one level of play you are right….Conference play was cancelled…bad weather forced the cancellation….The state play-offs will continue on schedule…   We were anxious to know if East Bladen boys basketball team would secure a playoff spot…and they did against their county rival West Bladen…and we waited and waited and waited for the girls pairings to …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 22

1775—1st US joint stock company (to make cloth) offers shares at 10 cents. 1784—1st US ship to trade with China, “Empress of China,” sails from NY.   1821—Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million.   1854—1st meeting of Republican Party (Michigan)   1860—Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time.   1860—Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Ms, strike successfully for higher wages.   1865—Battle of Wilmington, NC (Fort Anderson) occupied by Federals.   1876—John Hopkins University opens.   1879—1st 5 cent & 10 cent store opened by Frank W. Woolworth (Utica, NY)   1889—US President Cleveland signs bill to admit Dakotas, Montana & Washington state to the …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Girls No. 1 Seed In 2-A East

East Bladen’s unbeaten Lady Eagles were rewarded with the No. 1 seed in the Class 2-A East when the Girls brackets for the NCHSAA Play-offs were finally released Saturday. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles (24-0) will host No. 32 seed Eastern Randolph (10-12) Tuesday night. “Happy with the number one seed!” said Coach Evers. “Our girls deserve it even though there was a draw with two other teams. This is a first for our program and it started in June. I am very proud of our girls and their work ethic. We have had the two best days of practice, and they are excited to move forward.” The East Bladen/Eastern …..

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West Bladen Faces Long Trip To Currituck

West Bladen’s Lady Knights (12-12) received the No. 19 seed in the East when the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs were released Saturday and will travel to the far northeastern corner of the state to play No. 14 seed Currituck (14-7). The distance from West Bladen to Currituck County High in Barco is 264 miles. “Coach (Kim) Cain (West Bladen Athletic Director) said we would be right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Coach Pam Stephens. “I hope we can play as early as possible, because of the long trip back.” The West Bladen/Currituck winner will play the winner of the game between No. 3 Bunn (22-0) and No. …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen At West Bladen in NCHSAA Boys Play-offs

East Bladen’s Eagles will travel to Four County Conference champion West Bladen Tuesday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs. Coach Ken Cross’ Eagles (10-13) made the play-offs as a Wild Card team and are seeded No. 29 in the Class 2-A East. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights are 20-4 and are the No. 4 seed in the East. As long as the Knights win they will be at home for their first 3 games. Neither team has played since the Knights defeated the Eagles 61-49 in the regular season finale for both teams on Feb. 12. The winner of the East Bladen/West Bladen game will play …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen At West Bladen in NCHSAA Boys Play-offs

East Bladen’s Eagles will travel to Four County Conference champion West Bladen Tuesday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs. Coach Ken Cross’ Eagles (10-13) made the play-offs as a Wild Card team and are seeded No. 29 in the Class 2-A East. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights are 20-4 and are the No. 4 seed in the East. As long as the Knights win they will be at home for their first 3 games. Neither team has played since the Knights defeated the Eagles 61-49 in the regular season finale for both teams on Feb. 12. The winner of the East Bladen/West Bladen game will play …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen At West Bladen in NCHSAA Boys Play-offs

East Bladen’s Eagles will travel to Four County Conference champion West Bladen Tuesday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs. Coach Ken Cross’ Eagles (10-13) made the play-offs as a Wild Card team and are seeded No. 29 in the Class 2-A East. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights are 20-4 and are the No. 4 seed in the East. As long as the Knights win they will be at home for their first 3 games. Neither team has played since the Knights defeated the Eagles 61-49 in the regular season finale for both teams on Feb. 12. The winner of the East Bladen/West Bladen game will play …..

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West Bladen hosts East in Boys Basketball Playoffs

The West Bladen Knights (19-3) will host their cross county rival East Bladen Eagles (10-12) in the first round of the NCHSAA boys playoffs.   The playoffs begin Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m., however game time may changed by mutual agreement.   The Knights have defeated the Eagles twice in regular season play.   2-A Boys East   (29) East Bladen (10-12) at (4) West Bladen (19-3)   (17) Jordan-Mathews (17-5) at (16) Midway (17-5)   (28) Southwest Edgecombe (10-12) at (5) Fairmont (19-3)   (21) Durham School of Arts (10-11) at (12) Clinton (17-5)   (31) South Columbus (10-12) at Farmville Central (20-2)       West   …..

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Family

10 Ways to make the most of a sunny Sunday afternoon

1. Go fly a kite Take the kids outdoors and fly a kite. If you are really adventurous, make one of your own. Fly it at the park, in the schoolyard or at a nearby field. Kite flying on a sunny day is a ton of fun and a terrific way to get your vitamin D. 2. Head to the ballpark Get tickets to a ball game for your whole family, whether it’s the major leagues or a local game. Get seats in the bleachers and bring gloves so the kids can try to catch a fly ball. Eat hot dogs and peanuts, and enjoy a family day in the …..

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Basketball

HCA Varsity Boys upsets Freedom Christian

The 12th seeded Harrell’s varsity boys basketball team played tough defense against Freedom Christian Friday and outscored them 62-51 to advance in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A basketball playoffs. HCA had good outside shooting from C.J. Kirchoff and inside help from 6-8 Quante McKinzie to pull off the upset and advance in the tournament.   Kirchoff scored 17 and McKinzie added 16 for the Crusaders. Mardo Tomic scored 17 for Freedom and Gunnar Hardarson added 14 in their final game of the season.   Harrells fell behind early in the game but fought back and led 25-15 at halftime.   Freedom ended season play with a 20-7 record, HCA improves to …..

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Basketball

Bladen Recreation 9-12 Girls Basketball Standings

Bladen Recreation 9-12 Girls Basketball Standings  W      L San Jose                                                                              4       0 Men and Women United                                                 2       3 Optimist Club                                                                    1        4 Share:

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Bladen Recreation 9-12 Boys Basketball Standings

Bladen Recreation 9-12 Boys Basketball Standings      W      L Lu Mil Vineyard                                                                     7       0 Giorgio’s                                                                                  5       1 Men and Women United                                                     2       4 Optimist Club                                                                        2       4 Clarkton Drug                                                                       0        7 Share:

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Bladen Five Boys Basketball Standings

Bladen Five Boys Basketball Standings      W      L Clarkton Sch. of Discovery                             8      0 Elizabethtown                                                   5      3 Bladenboro                                                        4      4 Tar Heel                                                             3      5 East Arcadia                                                      0      8 Thursday’s Results Elizabethtown 46, Bladenboro 31 Clarkton Sch. of Discovery 50, East Arcadia 20 Share:

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Bladen Five Girls Basketball Standings

Bladen Five Girls Basketball Standings     W      L Elizabethtown                                                  5       1 Clarkton Sch. of Discovery                            5       1 Bladenboro                                                       2      4 Tar Heel                                                            0      6 Thursday’s Result Elizabethtown 32, Bladenboro 28, overtime Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

We are looking for temps to rise above 30 degrees today…in fact, our high today should be near 52 and in the low 60’s Sunday…..February weather has been a “challenge.” For the school system, much lost time …3 days with 2 hour delays and a day off due to snow…The snow date must be ‘made up’ and it will be on April 3….Good Friday.   Normally think about outdoor sports being disrupted by the weather…but the basketball play-offs were cancelled due to the inclement weather.  Playoff pairings will be announced, hopefully today….John Clark says East Bladen girls and West Bladen boys will be number one seeds, both were regular season …..

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The 8 Healthiest Drinks

Green Tea The Benefit: Helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and cavities. Green tea contains a rich concentration of flavonoids and polyphenols, natural antioxidants that may protect cells from carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and inhibit tumor growth by helping to neutralize free radicals in the body. The tea’s antioxidants may also guard against heart disease by relaxing blood vessels, inhibiting the formation of blood clots that trigger heart attacks and strokes. Green tea also contains fluoride, which strengthens teeth; the flavonoids may build up bones as well, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and tooth decay. Calories: 0 Mint Tea The Benefit: Eases cramps and helps ward off indigestion. “Mint …..

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County Board of Commissioners and Staff

Bladen Finances on target

Bladen County commissioners receive a financial update monthly.  Lisa Coleman, Finance Officer, reported 89.02% of ad valorem property taxes have been collected as of January 31, 2015, 7 months into the fiscal year. In total dollars that is $17,412,153, up nearly $300,000 compared with the same date a year ago.  The other large source of revenues is sales tax and they are collected by the state and delivered to the county.  Just over $4 million was budget and $1,537,124 have been collected or 37.95%.  The total of all revenues collected for the first 7 months is 66.38% of the budgeted total or  $30,452,181, compared to nearly $28 million at the same time last year.   …..

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County Board of Commissioners and Staff

Bladen Finances on target

Bladen County commissioners receive a financial update monthly.  Lisa Coleman, Finance Officer, reported 89.02% of ad valorem property taxes have been collected as of January 31, 2015, 7 months into the fiscal year. In total dollars that is $17,412,153, up nearly $300,000 compared with the same date a year ago.  The other large source of revenues is sales tax and they are collected by the state and delivered to the county.  Just over $4 million was budget and $1,537,124 have been collected or 37.95%.  The total of all revenues collected for the first 7 months is 66.38% of the budgeted total or  $30,452,181, compared to nearly $28 million at the same time last year.   …..

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