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Bladen Commissioners Meet Monday Evening

Bladen County Commissioners will meet in regular session Monday. One of the first items of business on the agenda is a rezoning request to change the zoning on property located on US Highway 701 N. just past Merritt’s Pottery.  The request is to rezone property from Residential Agriculture (RA) to Commercial (C).  The Planning Board voted to approve the request to accommodate a new Dollar General store. Commissioners will recognize Warren Holder who is retiring from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office effective August 1, 2015. The Board will receive a Sales Tax Legislation Update. and consider adopting a Resolution in Support of the Revised House Bill 117, Sales Tax Fairness …..

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Elizabethtown Town Commissioners Meet Monday

Elizabethtown Commissioners meet Monday for their regular monthly meeting. The board meets at noontime for a workshop and to review the agenda for the evening meeting. A couple of resolutions related to the retirement of long-time Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw will be considered.  One resolution is to declare his service weapon and badge as surplus property and another resolution will be to present both to him in a formal presentation.  Kinlaw has spent his 30 plus year career as an Elizabethtown Police Officer, including Chief for many years. Board members are expected to approve an application to the NC Department of Commerce-Utility Account for the Elizabethtown Airport Taxiway Access Project. Commissioners are expected to approve a Resolution …..

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Bladen County NCDOT Road Update

By: Ken Clark ROAD OPENINGS: SR 1316 – Tar Heel Ferry Road It looks like the new bridge over the Cape Fear River at Tar Heel will open mid-week next. NC 242/410 In Bladenboro, we will temporarily be opening NC 242/410 FROM THE SOUTH END OF TOWN UP TO NC 131 ONLY over the weekend.  This will allow access to the event at the Historical Society Building as well as allow Kelly Street, Forest Drive, Back Street, and the Bladenboro Middle School driveways to have access to Main Street.  The signed detour will remain in effect and all thru traffic should continue to follow the detour as no access will …..

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Kids Fun Day Fundraiser this Saturday in Bladenboro for Ayven Lennon

The Bladenboro community has really pulled together to show support for a family dealing with a life changing health condition by hosting a Kids Fun Day. For those who may not have heard a Bladenboro family received some news every family hopes they never hear. Ayven Lennon the 5 year old son of Misty and Toby Lennon was diagnosed with Lymphocytic B-Cell Lymphoma and Leukemia. The Kids Fun Day will be this Saturday, August 1st in Bladenboro at the Bladenboro Historical Building. The day will include bounce houses donated by Bounce Brothers, train rides donated by David Hales, Face painting, Slushies donated by Lu Mil Vineyard and more! The fun …..

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Team Work Cleans Up Bladen County

By: Charlotte Smith Sitting in court all day can be very boring, but when you are in Bladen County Superior Court watching the trial of a man charged with First Degree Sex Offense with a Child, and three counts of First Degree Rape of a Child, emotions get involved, and you find yourself wanting to go back to find out what happens. I had that opportunity this week while on the mend and I have learned a lot about our court system and the outstanding professionals that make the system work. As you know from the District Attorney’s press release, John Owen Jacobs was found guilty on one count of …..

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A Healthier Way to Make Pizza – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain Sometimes pizza gets a bad rap for being junk food. When you carefully select the toppings or make it yourself, pizza can be a very healthy option for a snack or a meal. Pizza can contain all of the food groups in a single slice. It can contain whole grains, vegetables, fruit, lean meat and low fat cheese. Whole grain crust can be hard to find in restaurants or at the store so you may need to make your own. It is more work to make your own dough, but the benefit of being able to control the salt and increase the fiber can be worth …..

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Escaped Robeson County prisoner captured

LUMBERTON – A prisoner who escaped from the Robeson CRV Center on Thursday night was captured Friday morning at the WalMart store in Pembroke, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was discovered missing from the center about 10 p.m. Thursday. Jamie Parrish, 40, was serving his final day of a 90-day sentence for a violation of his post-release supervision at the Robeson County facility. However, he was scheduled to be tranferred to Wayne County on Friday to face charges there for larceny, possession of stolen goods, driving while impaired and other driving offenses, according to the Department of Public Safety. Parrish was captured about 7:15 a.m. Friday …..

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Search underway for escaped Robeson County prisoner

LUMBERTON – A prisoner who was scheduled to be transferred to face charges in Wayne County escaped Thursday night from the Robeson CRV Center, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was discovered missing about 10 p.m. Thursday. Jamie Parrish, 40, was serving his final day of a 90-day sentence for a violation of his post-release supervision at the Robeson County facility. However, he was scheduled to be tranferred to Wayne County on Friday to face charges there for larceny, possession of stolen goods, driving while impaired and other driving offenses, according to the Department of Public Safety. Anyone who has seen Parrish should contact local law enforcement …..

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Columbus County man arrested in Bladen County on drug charges

45 year old Kris Andrey Bryant, 45, of Bowen Blanks Road, Riegelwood was arrested recently in Bladen County, charged with trafficking opium, the sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or place for a controlled substance. His arrest by Columbus County Sheriff’s officers followed a three month investigation into the distribution of a controlled substances in the county. Undercover agents reportedly made multiple purchases of prescription medications from Bryant following complaints by citizens in the Delco and Riegelwood communities. His bond was set at $250,000. Share this article using the shortlink: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=21128 Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

A friendly reminder of the fund-raiser tomorrow for Ayven Lennon in Bladenboro.  Fun activities begin at 10 a.m. and Chicken and BBQ plates, and an auction from 4 to 7 p.m. and of course cakes, all types of cakes and all proceeds go the family of the young man who is suffering from cancer.  Donations are welcomed.  The activities and meals will be available at the Bladenboro Historical Building. A follow up to yesterday’s thoughts….related to sports awards for local athletes….. 1969-70 WBLA All Stars invited to a banquet…. Baseball: James Shipman     Tar Heel Don Hughes           Tar Heel Mark Little               Clarkton Troy Heustess        Clarkton Johnny Cox            Clarkton Ronnie McKeithan  Bladenboro …..

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This Day in History—–July 31

1790—1st patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. 1792—Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Philadelphia. 1893—Henry Perky patents shredded wheat. 1922—18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minn) 1932—George Washington quarter goes into circulation. 1944—US troops occupy Sansapor, New-Guinea. 1948—US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY. 1964—Al Parker glides 644 miles without a motor. 1965—Cigarette advertising banned on British TV. 1968—Beatles close Apple Boutique, giving clothes away for free. 1970—Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends “Huntley-Brinkley Report” 1973—ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to NY Nets. 1978—Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44. 1980—John Phillips of Mamas …..

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You Decide: What is the State of Our State’s Education?

Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension The kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the last century. One hundred years ago most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was passed from generation to generation with little need for “book-learning.” The stamina and strength to endure back-breaking work day after day were the main requirements for success. The dawn of the manufacturing age and the growth of cities made educational fundamentals, like reading and math, important for more jobs. As a result, more children attended formal schools, and initially eighth-grade, and then high-school, graduation rates soared. In recent decades the nature of work …..

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Perry, Lumley to Wed

Jim and Sadie Perry of Clarkton announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Perry, of Greenville, N.C. to Tyler Lumley, also of Greenville. The prospective groom is the son of Mike Lumley of Greensboro, N.C. and the late Holly Lumley. The bride-elect is a 2012 graduate of East Carolina University and is employed by ECU in the Office of Institutional Integrity. The prospective groom is a 2010 graduate of East Carolina University and is employed by Wells Fargo Dealer Services in the Document Management Department. The wedding is planned for Saturday, September 19th at Whitehurst Lake House in Washington, N.C. Share this article using the shortlink: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=21098 Share:

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Man pleads guilty to 2014 carjacking in White Oak

Badr Rashada Colvin pled guilty earlier this week in Bladen County Superior Court to charges resulting from a carjacking in October, 2014, according to a news release from the office of District Attorney Jon David. The incident took place Oct. 14, 2014 when Colvin approached a vehicle that was parked near 10120 N.C. 53 West, according to the release. Colvin pointed a gun at the driver of the vehicle, Henry Wood, and ordered Wood out of the vehicle. Colvin then took the vehicle. Trooper Kevin Britt of the State Highway Patrol chased the vehicle driven by Colvin along N.C. 53 and into Fayetteville. Colvin crashed and totaled the vehicle, according …..

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of two individuals wanted on multiple charges

Arrested Wednesday, July 29th was Bernard Murchison, 52 of 1472 Baldwin Branch Church Road, Elizabethtown. Murchison had outstanding warrants from an undercover operation conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department, back in January of this year. He was also wanted on felony probation warrants. Murchison was apprehended after a short foot pursuit at his residence. He was charged with two counts of Possession with intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of Sale of Cocaine, two counts of Delivering Cocaine, and two counts of Manufacturing Cocaine. In addition to his drug charges he was served with two counts of felony probation violation and one Order …..

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Kids Health is important too

By: Healthworks Fitness and Wellness Children are learning how to live healthy lives at Healthworks Fitness and Wellness through the HealthFit for Kids program. The program that started in June of this year is really making an impact on children’s lives. According to Jeff Stephenson, Facility Manager, and HealthFit Program Director at the fitness center, introducing this concept at an early age helps to establish a healthy and strong attitude that will help combat the common adolescent problems of physical inactivity and childhood obesity. Sandra Cain, who writes the For Better Living column, came out and gave a lesson on nutrition this week to the children in the HealthFit program. …..

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Further Look at BladenOnline through the eyes of Google Analytics July 19-25 Robert G Hester

BladenOnline latest report from Google Analytics indicates the upward movement continues. July 19-25 Pages Viewed 96,585 Visits 19,363 Users 9,203 Breakdown by Desktop, Mobile and Tablet Pages Viewed Desktop 55,498 Mobile 29,043 Tablet 12,031 23% of our pages viewed came from Facebook. 1% came from Twitter Pages Viewed by Day Sunday 7,952 Monday 13,471 Tuesday 16,499 Wednesday 15,444 Thursday 13,841 Friday 19,058 Saturday 10,322 For the week of July 19-25, 2015, our busiest time of the day is 8 to 10 a.m., around 4 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m., however, our numbers are consistent all day long. We listed our top 10 stories in an earlier report. One surprise …..

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACHES AGREEMENT WITH ROBESON COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, TO INCREASE ACCESSIBILITY

WASHINGTON – As part of the Justice Department’s celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act this year, the department announced today the signing of a settlement agreement with Robeson County, North Carolina, to improve access to all aspects of civic life for persons with disabilities.  The agreement is part of Project Civic Access (PCA), the department’s wide-ranging initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As part of the PCA initiative, Justice Department staff survey state and local government facilities, services and programs in communities across the country to identify what is needed to comply …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

From time to time I get up enough nerve to go into the attic and pull down a cardboard box filled with who knows what and add the contents to a cluttered office already filled with baseball cards, all types of caps, old Beckett magazines, a pool table and the former headquarters of BladenOnline…. My last box was a little like hitting a ‘jackpot.”  In my younger days I was employed and later owned WBLA radio station and coached little league baseball… We named Bladen County all-star teams for many years and Jim Freeman, owner and operator of Freeman Pharmacy in Dublin, teamed up with us and sponsored a banquet and …..

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This Day in History—–July 30

1729—City of Baltimore founded. 1739—Caspar Wistar begins glass manufacturing in Allowaystown, NJ 1844—1st US yacht club organized, NY Yacht Club. 1898—Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes. 1909—John A Heyder becomes president of baseball’s National League. 1928—George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US) 1930—1st broadcast of “Death Valley Days” on NBC-radio. 1932—10th modern Olympic games open in Los Angeles. 1935—1st Penquin book is published, starting the paperback revolution. 1943—Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney move released (Girl Crazy) 1948—Professional wrestling premieres on prime-time network TV (Dumont) 1956—US motto “In God We Trust” authorized. 1965—LBJ signs Medicare bill, which goes into effect in 1966. 1969—Barbara Streisand opens for Liberace at International Hotel, Las Vegas. …..

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Carson Ryan Frady Named All-District in Club Baseball

East Bladen grad Carson Ryan Frady received All-Mid-Atlantic District honors this past season for his exploits in club baseball at North Carolina State University. As a senior this past season, Frady posted a perfect 5-0 record with 55 strike-outs in 44 innings. His strike-out total was the fifth best in the country for club baseball. The Mid-Atlantic District is composed of 18 club teams from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. Frady was named All-District First Team as a pitcher and All-District Third Team as an outfielder. Frady also received Honorable Mention All-American honors as a pitcher. Frady patrolled right-field for the Wolfpack when he wasn’t pitching and recorded 12 …..

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Gingersnaps, ugly ties and unsplashed puddles

By: Jefferson Weaver Everybody needs a bright spot on a dreary day. I call mine Gingersnap. She has bright red curls that rebel with all the feistiness a natural redhead can muster, and the mischievous grin of a playful ball of fire. She likes puppies, flowers and puddles. She’s at her happiest when a neighborhood park floods, since she can splash the resultant puddles to her heart’s content. She isn’t mine, of course—her mom Heather and I just happen to be friends. Miss Heather and the Gingersnap came by to see me the other day while they were on the family walk. It was one of those oppressive days when …..

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West Bladen Mini- Cheerleading Camp

Huge thank you to Samantha Carroll Beyer and Madison McLamb for contributing the photos. Coach Mary Todd and the West Bladen Cheerleaders are practicing all summer long. Some of the school’s alumni cheerleaders helped Coach Todd with the Mini-Camp. According to Coach Todd there were 101 campers. Share on social media using short code: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=20997 Share:

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Harmony Hall received large donation from McDuffie Pest Control

By: Charlotte Smith The “Let Freedom Ring” Fundraiser for a new roof for Harmony Hall is on a roll. The Pre-Revolutionary War historic plantation home located on the Cape Fear River in White Oak is in desperate need of a new wood shingle roof. The estimated expense of the roof is around $7,000. McDuffie Pest Control of Elizabethtown donated quarterly pest control services for a year to Harmony Hall to help protect the building against termites and rodents. Dana McDuffie, with McDuffie Pest Control said, “I feel it is important to keep this historical landmark protected for future generations.” Maureen Bell, Harmony Hall Fundraiser Coordinator and local photographer and business …..

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Bladen Unemployment Rate For June Was 8.6 Per Cent

RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in four counties, and remained unchanged in one county. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.3 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.7 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 8.9 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 5.0 percent. The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.1 percent. When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 72 counties, increased in 20, and remained unchanged …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Rain, rain, come today or soon…. Baseball season at the local level is over….it is time for fall sports….bring them on….. For NFL fans….Thoughts on Tom Brady suspension? Deflategate…… If you were the Baseball Commissioner would you allow Pete Rose to be considered for the Hall of Fame? Not sure his entry to the organization would lower the standards….See who is already there and check their past….His numbers are great, his character is questionable, but so are many others…. Busy weekend upcoming….I know, sounds like a broken record…but check it out in our Events section. Special programs ongoing at the Bladen County Library. Learn about the largest mammal in our …..

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This Day in History—-July 29th

1773—1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio. 1786—1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pittsburgh Gazette. 1844—NY Yacht Club forms. 1847—Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exists in the United States. 1864—American Civil War; Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, DC. 1899—1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY. 1907—Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England. 1914—1st transcontinental phone link made between NYC & SF. 1920—1st transcontinental airmail flight from NYC to SF. 1928—Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” is released. 1932—Great Depression: in Washington, DC, US troops …..

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Father Found Guilty of First-Degree Sexual Offense

John Owen Jacobs was found guilty in Bladen County Superior Court today after a week-long jury trial for one count of First-Degree Sexual Offense with a Child Under the age of 13, which occurred on April 25, 2013 in Bladenboro, NC. On that date, John Jacobs committed a sexual offense with an eleven year-old girl at his residence. The victim reported the crime to her teachers at school, who then informed the proper authorities at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and the Bladen County Department of Social Services. Jacobs, 44 was found guilty of one count of First-Degree Sexual Offense with a Child Under the age of 13. He was …..

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BCC has Representative on Local High School Campuses

A Bladen Community College employee will soon be a familiar face at East and West Bladen High Schools. Cierra Griffin will serve the community as the College and High School Programs Coordinator. The position is a collaborative creation. Barry Priest, Vice President of Student Services, and Anthony Thomas, Director of Students, worked with administrators in the Bladen County School System to provide the cooperative arrangement. “Ms. Griffin will be located on each high school campus (East and West Bladen) one day per week,” states Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest. “She will be responsible for enrolling high school students in the Career and College Promise Program, providing guidance, and …..

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Upcoming Non-Profit Seminars

  Register online or call: 910-879-5572 Starting August 11, the Second Tuesday of each month will have a Non-Profit seminar at East Arcadia campus East Arcadia Campus The Business Side of Operating a Faith Based Organization   Register Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM A MUST for churches and other faith based organizations. This seminar will guide church leaders to understand the business side of church management. Churches are not informal clubs… they are recognized by IRS as a legitimate business and as such, they are required to follow certain rules. How to Start a Non-Profit Business   Register Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM There is a …..

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Heustess with Economic Development speaks to Elizabethtown Optimist Club

The regular Elizabethtown Optimist Club meeting was last night, Monday evening and Chuck Heustess with Economic Development was their speaker. The club meets the second and fourth Monday at 6:30 pm every month. Heustess spoke about the big employers in our county and how Bladen County and the world benefits from these employers. Some of the employers he spoke about were Smithfield, Kuraray, DuPont, Danaher, and Chemorus. Dickie Glenn, a member of the Elizabethtown Optimist Club said, “Everything we do is in relationship to youth. Chuck spoke about increasing the industry in our county. If we can increase the industry, we can help the children. If the parents can get …..

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August Announcements For First Missionary Baptist Church

August 09 – First Missionary Baptist Church Ushers Anniversary at 3:30 P.M. Reverend Pia Jessup, Pastor of Miller AME Zion Church in Clinton, NC will be the guest speaker. August 10 – 12: Pastor Freeman will be ministering at St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Rennert, NC. Services will be at 7:00 P.M. nightly. August 14 – Pastor Freeman will be ministering at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson Hamlet, N.C. Services will be at 7:00 P.M. nightly August 22 – First Missionary Baptist Church Men’s Ministry Fishing Trip to Kure Beach Pier. The bus will be leaving at 7:00 A.M. Be there men! August 25 – Pastor Freeman …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: Ozark, Alabama 11, West Bladen 1

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – On Saturday, West Bladen rallied from an early three run deficit to beat Ozark, Alabama, in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. Monday night, at Bill Moore Field, the Knights didn’t have a rally in them and were eliminated from the tournament with their second loss of the day. Alabama scored in every inning en route to an 11-1 victory in a game that was halted in the bottom of the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule. Alabama pitcher Paxton McCoy limited the Knights to only four hits and a first inning run. West Bladen lost to North Charleston, South Carolina, 10-5 on …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

A hearty BladenOnline salute to the West Bladen Pre-Majors baseball team, coaches, parents and supporters.  You made us proud… Everyone loves to win and this team began strong by winning their first two games, then lost a couple and that officially ends their season…..but they made so many memories for themselves and us….. Thank you to coach Kim Cain and his crew… Sonny Jones has a son on the team (Ray-2nd baseman) so we knew mom and dad would be there and Sonny offered to provide pitch by pitch coverage by Scorecast exclusively to BladenOnline…and the coverage has been great…the instant coverage, the pics, and articles…What a service to family and friends that …..

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This Day in History—-July 28

1866—Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in US. 1898—City of Miami incorporated. 1900—Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut. 1914—Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden (NYC, by Harry Fox) 1929—Chicago Cardinals become 1st NFL team to train out of state (Mich) 1932—President Hoover evicts bonus marchers from their encampment. 1943—President FDR announces end of coffee rationing in US. 1951—“Kiss Me, Kate” closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 performances. 1951—Walt Disney’s animated musical film, “Alice In Wonderland” released. 1957—Jerry Lee Lewis makes hit TV appearance (Steve Allen Show) 1958—Baltimore Colts wins NFL championship. 1965—LBJ send 50,000 more soldiers to Vietnam (total of 125,000) 1977—Roy Wilkins turns …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: North Charleston, South Carolina 10, West Bladen 5

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – One long, agonizing inning Monday afternoon put West Bladen in the loser’s bracket of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. North Charleston, South Carolina, scored nine runs in the third inning in beating the Knights 10-5 in a winner’s bracket game at Guntersville High School. The loss sends West Bladen into an elimination game Monday night against Ozark, Alabama, at Bill Moore Field at the Guntersville Recreation Center. The Knights defeated Ozark 9-4 in Saturday’s opening round. Ozark defeated Columbia County, Georgia 1-0 in eight innings Monday afternoon in an elimination game. If West Bladen beats Alabama on Monday night, it will play the winner of the South …..

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Monday’s Scorecast: West Bladen vs. Ozark, Alabama, 8 p.m. ET

Here are links for Scorecast for Monday’s Dixie Pre-Majors World Series baseball game in Guntersville, Alabama, between West Bladen and Ozark, Alabama. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Game information will not appear on Scorecast until a few minutes before the game. The game will be played at the recreation park, which does not have Wi-Fi. In Saturday’s game at the recreation center, the cell signal was lost in the sixth inning. Hopefully, the cell signal will last through Monday night’s game. Animated Scorecast: http://data.iscorecentral.com/iscorecast/baseball/scorecast.html?g=0a14aa5b-204d-1b42-bb66-58429a11fc36&dg=uhwwfutmyndh2rhhhz3vwxhcw6acc9znvn7vvwahus2rra67 HTML Scorecast: http://data.iscorecentral.com/iscorecast/htmlplayer.php?g=0a14aa5b-204d-1b42-bb66-58429a11fc36 Share:

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Homegrown North Carolina Concert Series announced for the 2015 State Fair

RALEIGH — Since its beginning, the North Carolina State Fair has showcased the best the state has to offer. This year the State Fair takes it up a notch with its “Homegrown North Carolina” concert series in Dorton Arena, which features a mix of rock, country, R&B, contemporary Christian, indie, salsa, Indian, beach and gospel music by acts that call the Tar Heel state home.“We are excited to showcase even more of the musical talent that this state is known for,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “There is no shortage of talent, including several nationally known recording artists. We are proud to offer the performers a stage for their music, …..

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Things that made me smile and take a moment to think

Last week I had a lot of resting and thinking to do. Time to reflect is always time well spent, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the moment. I wanted to share some of the things I pondered about and some of the things that made me smile. Last week was a very busy news week. When you are sick or not healthy, it is amazing how much you seem to miss. It broke my heart to hear about all the shootings around our nation, to hear about the mother who was arrested after her child drown at White Lake. It seems our nation is under attack and …..

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Eating Healthfully on the Run – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain Breakfast from the drive-thru at McDonalds, lunch out of a vending machine and dinner at your favorite sit-down restaurant. Sound familiar? Whether it’s fast food, take-out or a fancy restaurant, eating out has become part of the American lifestyle. Today, food is available at almost every turn, whether we’re at work or school, in the mall or at our favorite store, taking in a cultural event or cheering on our favorite team. While many of the foods available at these events are high in fat, salt and sugar, you can make wise food choices. Here are some tips on how to make eating on the run …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

What a performance by the West Bladen Pre-Major baseball team playing in the World Series in Guntersville, Alabama.  Yesterday, they defeated the Virginia state champions 11-1 and move on.  Today, they play North Charleston, SC at 2 p.m. and will play again tonight at 8 p.m.  BladenOnline is the originator of Scorecard that allows play by play action. Just wondering, if I take your product and use it as mine is that breaking the 10 commandments or the law or just an example of bad ethics or bad judgment?  Oh well…And we talk about how things “use to be.” all around us…..Guess we lock up what we can…and accept what …..

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This Day in History—-July 27

1586—Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia. 1789—US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs (State Department) 1837—US Mint open in Charlotte, NC. 1844—Fire destroys US mint in Charlotte, NC. 1866—Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long) 1888—Philip Pratt unveils 1st electric automobile. 1909—Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1 hour, 12 minutes & 40 seconds. 1918—Socony 200, 1st concrete barge in US, launched to carry oil, NY. 1920—Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation. 1931—Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska & South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops. 1940—Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts. 1940—Bugs Bunny debuts in “Wild Hare” 1947—Yogi Berra, NY …..

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Monday’s Scorecast: West Bladen vs. North Charleston, South Carolina

Here are links for Scorecast for Monday’s Dixie Pre-Majors World Series baseball game in Guntersville, Alabama, between West Bladen and North Charleston, South Carolina. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Game information will not appear on Scorecast until a few minutes before the game. West Bladen also will play a second game at 8 p.m. ET Monday against an opponent to be determined. New Scorecast links will be posted for the second game. Animated Scorecast: http://data.iscorecentral.com/iscorecast/baseball/scorecast.html?g=4842bc67-77a6-43f6-bf20-050ee006e1e9&dg=uhwwfutmyndh2rhhhz3vwxhcw6acc9znvn7vvwahus2rra67 HTML Scorecast: http://data.iscorecentral.com/iscorecast/htmlplayer.php?g=4842bc67-77a6-43f6-bf20-050ee006e1e9 Share on social media using short code link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=20718 Share:

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Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: West Bladen 11, Halifax County, Virginia 1

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – For West Bladen, the hits just kept on coming in the first inning. By game’s end, the Knights had an 11-1 win over Halifax County, Virginia, on Sunday in the winner’s bracket of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. The game was stopped in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule. The win left West Bladen as one of three unbeaten teams in the 12-team double elimination tournament. The Knights are scheduled to playMonday against North Charleston, South Carolina, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. North Charleston defeated Murfreesboro, Arkansas, 10-5, in a winner’s bracket game Sunday night. The other undefeated team is Independence, Louisiana. West Bladen also …..

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church Men’s Softball Champs

                    The Hickory Grove Baptist Church Men’s Softball Team won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s post-season tournament. Hickory Grove was also the regular-season co-champions. Members of the team are: Front Row (Left-to-Right) – Tony Stewart, Eric Williams, Kevin Crabtree, C. J. Hyatt, Clay Allen, Josh Allen. Second Row- Keith Hilburn, Jimmy Hudson, Thomas Williams, Nathan Allen, Clint Allen, Rev. Bruce Miller. Share on social media using short code: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=20675 Share:

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Dublin First Baptist Church Men’s Softball Team came in second place

                  The Dublin First Baptist Men’s Softball Team finished in second place in the Lumber River Church Softball League’s post-season tournament. Members of the team are: Front Row (Left-to-Right) – Alex Coates, Jeff Gause, Tripp Lancaster, Matthew Davis, Jamie Gause, Jerimy Sykes. Second Row – Doug Britt, Andy Coates, Scott Bell, Paul Smith, Scotty Davis, Phil Wilson, Travis Smith. Share on social media using short code: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=20672 Share:

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Our new Miss Princess of North Carolina, Hayley Hall, is on a mission

By: Charlotte Smith Hayley Hall won the title this week of Miss Princess of North Carolina. Now she is on a very important and worth-while mission. Hayley said, “My mission is to fund raise for Victory Junction Camp. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Victory Junction, it is a camp right here in North Carolina that strives to give disabled children a normal summer camp experience. The camp is highly visited by NASCAR drivers and celebrities alike.” Hayley says she is honored to support Victory Junction Camp because it is a wonderful organization, and appreciates any help with this project. Below is the link for the Go Fund …..

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This Day in History—-July 26

1775—United States Post Office (USPO) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin. 1788—New York becomes 11th state to ratify constitution. 1790—US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts. 1835—1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii. 1903—1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson and Sewall K. Crocker. 1908—United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation). 1917—J. Edgar Hoover gets job in US Department of Justice. 1926—National Bar Association incorporates. 1933—Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League. 1945—Declaration of Potsdam: US, Britain and China …..

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West Bladen dedicates game to Ayven Lennon

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – The West Bladen baseball team showed a fighting spirit Saturday by rallying from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Ozark, Alabama, 9-4, in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. After the game, the Knights dedicated the game to a youngster who also is showing a fighting spirit in a much more important and serious battle. Ayven Lennon, the five-year-old son of Misty and Toby Lennon of Bladenboro, was diagnosed with lymphoma and leukemia in May. The West Bladen players thought of Ayven during their post-game prayer and dedicated the victory to the youngster. The team is planning to present Ayven with an autographed baseball …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Let me add my congratulations to all the others, to the West Bladen Dixie Pre-Majors baseball team for their victory yesterday and wish them the best in their game today against the team from Halifax, Virginia at 5 p.m. Enjoy  Follow on Scorecast, thanks to Sonny Jones and BladenOnline…. The Jones family is enjoying I know….Sonny coached Little League for many years on his arrival in Bladen County and his bride was a good athlete at Clarkton High School…and Ray, the son, is the second baseman on the West Bladen team that turned 3 double plays in yesterday’s game.  That is a thrill for any parent, grandparent, friend. All the parents, players, …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: West Bladen 9, Ozark, Alabama 4

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – A gritty, gutsy pitching performance by Chandler Lennon, superb defense, which included turning three double plays in the infield, and timely hitting Saturday morning gave West Bladen a 9-4 win over Ozark, Alabama, in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series at Bill Moore Field. Lennon, a right-hander, went the distance on the mound, allowing only four hits while striking out five, walking three and hitting five batters. He threw 102 pitches. Any time that Lennon got into trouble, his defense bailed him out. The Knights turned inning-ending double plays in the third, sixth and seventh. Also, center fielder Seth Britt threw out an Alabama …..

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New Bladenboro Fire Department

By: Charlotte Smith I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to have a guided tour of the new Bladenboro Fire Department by Fire Fighter / Fire Department Secretary Wanda Coleman and I was very impressed. Our Fire Fighters deserve the best equipment and facilities and I was glad to see Bladenboro is receiving a nice facility. The construction of the department is now complete and I wanted to share with our readers a little of what I saw on the tour. The fire department has infrared heaters; the bay doors have safety features so the doors will automatically stop if someone walks under them while they are coming down. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

The past few days have been ‘newsy’ and there is more…. Our court system is ‘newsy’….Good and bad…Good that the folks who have been arrested are getting their day in court…bad, because the wheels of justice move slow and the nature of many cases is slow and deliberate.  Some bad “stuff” happens in Bladen and all around us…A day in court is educational…..My guess is few if any area news outlets have folks who have the time to just sit and listen…. A great deal of the the news this week has been about folks who will be in court for selling illegal drugs and alcohol….My thoughts…Thanks to the officers …..

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This Day in History—-July 25

1722—The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border. 1729—North Carolina becomes a royal colony. 1775—Maryland issues currency depicting George III trampling Magna Carta. 1814—George Stephenson introduced the 1st steam locomotive. 1850—Gold discovered in Oregon (Rouge River) 1854—Walter Hunt is awarded the first US patent for a paper shirt collar. 1860—1st US intercollegiate billiard match (Harvard vs Yale) 1866—Ulysses S. Grant named 1st general of Army. 1871—Carousel patents by Wilhelm Schneider, Davenport, Iowa. 1913—Pirates Max Carey goes hitless, but scores 5 runs against Phillies. 1936—115 acre Orchard Beach opens in the Bronx. 1944—US troops march into Guam. 1946—At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and …..

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West Bladen in Dixie Pre-Majors World Series opening ceremonies

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – Friday night’s opening ceremonies for the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series concluded with an impressive fireworks show above the lake at Civitan Park. Saturday morning, West Bladen hopes its bats will boom as impressively. The Knights, the three-time defending North Carolina champion, are scheduled to play Ozark, Alabama, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time at Bill Moore Field in the opening round of the World Series. “We’re happy to be here,” West Bladen coach Kim Cain said Friday. “We’ve got to do the things that got us here. Put the ball in play. Throw strikes. Make the routine plays and play good defense. “We know to get here you …..

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A Cat’s Tale…….Who Owns Who?

By: Norgie Hester Growing up I owned a dog. I really never cared much for cats. That all changed when the wonderful lady I married was a cat lover. Over the years we have accumulated a total of 10 cats, give or take a couple that show up at meal time. The ten cats have all been spayed and have gotten their necessary shots. We try to be good citizens and take care of our pets. I have come to the conclusion that we don’t own the cats….they own us. Here are some examples that seem to prove this point. FOOD..They must have Meow Mix and Fancy Feast. They refuse …..

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Elizabethtown Fire Department Hosts Rescue Tools Demo

A representative from Genesis Systems gave a demonstration at the Elizabethtown Fire Department Thursday night of the new models of eFORCE Battery-Driven Rescue Tools. Hydrolic tools like The Spreader, the Cutter, and the Ram, are used by First responders to open vehicles and rescue people when car crashes twist the metal or doors cannot be easily opened. These tools are life saving devices. The Spreader can force two pieces of crumpled metal to separate. The Cutter can clip through a door hinge in minutes. “We  cut up some cars to test the new equipment.,” said Fire Chief Nick West.” “The fire department is looking to improve is rescue capabilities with …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Receives recognition award

A first year recognition award was presented today to Sheriff James A. McVicker of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The award was presented by Dale Royer from the National Child Safety Council (NCSC) in recognition of the Sheriff’s Offices participation in the NCSC / Safetypup® program over the past year. Safetypup® helps children learn and remember the basics of child safety. The diversified program allows the Sheriff’s Office to visit with our youngsters and teach children how to stay safe and drug free. “NCSC is proud to bring the Safetypup® program to Bladen County. With the help of Sheriff McVicker and his Office, we may help to prevent a needless …..

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ALE Special Agents Target Illicit Liquor and Pill Trafficking in Bladen County

FAYETTEVILLE – Following a 12-month investigation, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested six people today in Bladen County on drug trafficking and alcohol violations. Special agents raided a home at 1966 Tar Heel Ferry Road, White Oak, and seized 16.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $111 in U.S. currency and non-tax paid alcoholic beverages. In addition, during the year-long investigation, ALE agents seized 202 dosage units of opiates and 24 dosage units of schedule IV, controlled substances, including diazepam and various amounts of illicit liquor. Arrested were: Billy Council, 48, of White Oak, was charged with trafficking opiates (six counts), conspiracy to traffic opiates and possession of drug …..

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Summer Sounds Concert

By: Cheryl Thurston North Tower played with gusto for Bladen County folks last night in the second of four Summer Sounds concerts at the Elizabethtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. The band North Tower has been playing together for 35 years, and traveled from Raleigh to play for us from 6-9 PM. The inclimate weather inconvenienced the set up of the venue, but when it was time for the music to start, everything was in place and the crowd was large. The Chamber estimates 350-400 people attended the concert. “I’m very pleased with the turnout we had,” said Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope everyone received some rain….realize that is not likely….At one Happy Valley location southeast of Elizabethtown, rainfall totaled about 1.3 inches…all welcomed and much needed. Next best chance for rain is Tuesday and Wednesday…and temps are expected to be in the upper 80’s and low 90’s for the next few days….. Difficult to travel very far in Bladen and not see road repairs….That is good…I guess…. Observations….Bladenboro Fire Department a is nice addition to the town….Fireman should be moving in soon…..In Dublin, construction appears to be moving forward on the new medical center and Dollar General and Family Dollar stores provide a valuable service to many areas of our county. …..

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This Day in History—–July 24

1758—George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess. 1824—Harrisburg Pennsylvania newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll. Clear lead for Andrew Jackson. 1847—Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive a Salt Lake City, UT. 1866—Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union. 1877—1st trans-US rail service begins. 1901—O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank. 1905—5th Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Wimbledon (5-0) 1929—President Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war. 1938—Instant coffee invented. 1942—Irving Berlin’s musical “This is the Army” premieres in NYC. 1952—US President Harry Truman settles a 53-day steel strike. 1959—US VP Nixon argues …..

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Mother Charged in Child Drowning at White Lake

The White Lake Police Department has charged Teresa Denise Lauderback of River Road White Oak, NC with Felony Child Abuse (Neglect). Teresa Denise Lauderback is the mother of the victim in this incident. Teresa Denise Lauderback was arrested without incident at her residence by Bladen County Sheriffs Deputies on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at approximately 5:40 pm. Teresa Denise Lauderback is currently being held in the Bladen County Jail under a $50,000.00 secured bond. On Monday June 15, 2015 at approximately 12:32 pm, White Lake Police Officers responded to a possible drowning at 2038 White Lake Drive. White Lake Police Officers, White Lake Fire Department, and NC State Parks and …..

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This Day in History—–July 24

1758—George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess. 1824—Harrisburg Pennsylvania newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll.  Clear lead for Andrew Jackson. 1847—Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive a Salt Lake City, UT. 1866—Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union. 1877—1st trans-US rail service begins. 1901—O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank. 1905—5th Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Wimbledon (5-0) 1929—President Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war. 1938—Instant coffee invented. 1942—Irving Berlin’s musical “This is the Army” premieres in NYC. 1952—US President Harry Truman settles a 53-day steel strike. 1959—US VP Nixon argues …..

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This ‘n That

Plans for new Bladen County Detention continue to move forward. A pre-bid conference was held Wednesday and the bid opening is scheduled for the first week of August. The new jail and sheriffs office will be located off Smith Circle Drive, across the street from the Cooperative Extension Office (Powell-Melvin Ag Center). Commissioners approved a sealed bid offer from Gooden Land and Timber to harvest the timber on the future jail site. The Gooden bid was one of two received. The bid was for $3,600 to “furnish all labor, equipment and materials necessary for the complete harvest and removal (clear cut) of all timber products. The board also approved an …..

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2,000 local public students choose year-round school, classical curriculum

Leland, Whiteville— School is back in session for nearly 2,000 local students this week. These students chose to attend public charter schools offering an alternative calendar and curriculum to that of traditional public schools. These local year-round students are receiving a classical curriculum including courses in Latin, Cursive, and Shakespeare. Charter Day School in Leland and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville are K-8 public charter schools offering identical classical education programs in neighboring counties. Further, both of the schools are the highest scoring in their respective Brunswick and Columbus counties. As public charter schools, Charter Day and Columbus Charter are tuition-free and open enrollment. They accept fewer taxpayer dollars in …..

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Rep. Rouzer Pushes for Answers to Wilmington VA Troubles

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) sent the following letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald regarding the internal plumbing issues at the Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as the facility’s lease agreement. “Months have passed without resolution to the plumbing issues at the Wilmington VA, which is unacceptable. Our veterans have been forced to find care at a non-VA facility in the community or drive a long distance to the Fayetteville VA Hospital. Veterans have made many sacrifices and they deserve the best care possible at a facility that is within a reasonable distance. “Additionally, I am also concerned about the reported expense associated …..

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BCC is Area’s Only Nationally Certified Distance Learning College

Taking college classes no longer means simply dedicated time in a seat in a classroom. With the availability of interactive computer communications, today’s students can complete coursework online, with interactive television, web-assisted classes, face-to-face encounters with an instructor, and a combination of these options. This is called Distance Learning and in today’s society, it is an attractive alternative to traditional classroom confines. Among the 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College Association, Bladen Community College is the only one with certification for a Distance Learning Program. Through a rigorous four-part evaluation process, certification is granted through the United States Distance Learning Association. Incorporating 124 standards, The USDLA can take …..

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Ranking of Presidents

A favorite pastime for many of us is to condemn/praise and compare presidents we know about, or think we know. Earlier this year, a couple of writers compiled their list. Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaughn “surveyed 162 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents & Executive Politics section and asked them to rate the U.S. presidents.” #1…Abraham Lincoln was rated the greatest president with an average score of 95 or 100. #2…George Washington #3…Franklin D. Roosevelt #4…Teddy Roosevelt #5…Thomas Jefferson #6…Harry S. Truman #7…Dwight D. Eisenhower #8…Bill Clinton #9…Andrew Jackson #10..Woodrow Wilson The writers listed in order, all presidents that ranked 50 or more out of 100. #11…Ronald Reagan …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

The West Bladen Dixie Pre-Majors baseball team, coaches and supporters head south today.  They will be participating in the World Series as the North Carolina champ.  They play their first game Saturday against the Alabama champ, Ozark… Game time is 11 a.m. and we will using Scorecast to follow the action.  It’s a double elimination series.  Opening ceremonies are planned for Friday night…We are excited about offering Scorecast…only on BladenOnline. We have some great youngsters at every level of Dixie Youth… A salute to all… John Clark covers it all on BladenOnline… Drugs have been the downfall for many good folks…When I was growing up… no such thing. Maybe a …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament, Burgaw 4, Elizabethtown 3

Elizabethtown battled back from an early deficit but came up just short in a 4-3 loss to Burgaw in an elimination game of the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament Wednesday night in Cerro Gordo. With one out in the top of the first inning, Zack Meares blasted a solo home run over the left field fence to give Elizabethtown an early 1-0 lead.  Brady Hollingsworth reached base on an error, and Drew Sholar belted a single but were left on base. Burgaw answered with two runs in the bottom of the first on two walks and two hits to jump in front 2-1. Raymond Autry reached base on an error, …..

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First Day 2015-2016 at Columbus Charter School

Columbus Charter School is a public K-8 charter school. Public charter schools accept fewer taxpayer dollars in exchange for freedom to offer alternative curriculum and calendar options to traditional public schools, while still remaining subject to the same End-of-Grade testing standards. Any NC student can enroll in a charter school at no cost. Columbus Charter School is one of four identically-operated public charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. Sibling schools are Charter Day School in Leland, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. Annual magazine recapping student life and news:  http://www.columbuscharterschool.net/newsandupdates/uncategorized/2335/read-the-2015-issue-of-the-composer-here/Columbus Charter is the highest scoring school in both the Columbus County and Whiteville City School …..

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Scorecast coming Saturday: West Bladen vs. Ozark, Alabama

Scorecast The West Bladen Knights baseball team will play in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series this weekend in Guntersville, Alabama. Bladen Online wants you to be able to follow the action in real time. We’re planning a live Scorecast from Guntersville for all West Bladen games. A Scorecast is a computer-generated application that follows the game pitch-by-pitch in real time. Check back before Saturday’s game for a direct link to the Scorecast. West Bladen’s game against Ozark is scheduled Saturday at 11 a.m. EDT. The Scorecast will go live as soon ss the first pitch is thrown. If you access Gamecast prior to the game starting, you may have to …..

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West Bladen to open World Series against Ozark, Alabama

A pair of defending state champions will meet in Saturday’s opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series in Guntersville, Alabama. West Bladen, which has represented North Carolina in the past two World Series, including the 2013 tournament in Guntersville, will play the defending Alabama state champion, Ozark, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time at Bill Moore Field at the town’s Parks and Recreation Center. Three other defending state champions also are in the 12-team, double elimination tournament that is scheduled to end Wednesday. They are Paris, Texas; Halifax/South Boston, Virginia; and the 2014 World Series champion Pine Belt, Mississippi. Pine Belt is appearing in the World Series for the third …..

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Bladen Sheriff’s Office assists with meth arrests

The Bladen County Sherriff’s Office assisted the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office vice narcotics unit with an investigation that resulted Monday with the arrest of two people from Durham on methamphetamine charges, according to a news release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Ciro Alfonso Lazo and Sofia Chicas Romero were arrested in Whiteville after they were found in possession of 1.125 kilograms of methamphetamine, said Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher. The investigation found that the pair were involved in the delivery and distribution of methamphetamine throughout North Carolina, the news release said. Lazo and Romero were charged with trafficking more than 400 grams of methamphetamine. Both are being held at …..

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This Day in History—-July 22

1587—A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.  The colony vanished under mysterious circumstances. 1796—Cleveland, Ohio was founded by General Moses Cleaveland. 1926—Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York.  The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet. 1933—Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight. He had traveled 15,596 miles in 7 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes. 1937—The US Senate rejected President Roosevelt’s proposal to add more justices to the Supreme Court. 1941—Plans for the Pentagon were presented to the House Subcommittee on Appropriations. 1942—The United States government begins compulsory civilian gasoline rationing due to the wartime demands. 1955—Billboards …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament, Elizabethtown 11, Waccamaw 1

Elizabethtown exploded for six runs in the fourth inning and rolled to an 11-1 victory over Waccamaw in an elimination game of the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament Tuesday night in Cerro Gordo. The Waccamaw fielders speared two hard line-outs in the top of the first, and even though Brady Hollingsworth reached base on an error, Elizabethtown was held scoreless. Waccamaw loaded the bases in the bottom of the first after two were out, but Hollingsworth came in to relieve Drew Sholar for Elizabethtown and retired the next batter to end the scoring threat. Rasean McKoy ripped a lead-off double in the top of the second, and two outs later, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

BladenOnline.com brings back another first…Last year, about this time of the year, one of our Bladen County youth baseball teams played in the National World Series in Florida and we introduced Scorecast….Remember????  Well, we are bringing it back…Here are the details.  The West Bladen Knights baseball team will play in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series in Guntersville, Alabama this weekend.  The local team leaves Thursday.  First game is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. EDT.  BladenOnline will offer live Scorecast for every game the Knights play.  It is a neat way for all of us unable to attend the game to stay in touch…up to the minute action….Check our article on …..

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Bladenboro woman pleads guilty to murder

Becky Nance, 55, of Bladenboro, entered a plea of second degree murder Tuesday before Superior Court Judge Reuben Young. Nance has been incarcerated since she was arrested in February 2013 for the shooting death of her husband, Dewey Nance. She was charged with murder in the first degree. Testimony indicated she was suffering from a depressive disorder.  Capt. Jeff Tyler, of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department led the investigation.  He told the court she was cooperative during the investigation and confessed to the killing. Other testimony indicated she began acting differently in 2010 and 2011.  Over a period of time, her mother died, her husband suffered a stroke and their used …..

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Social Security Celebrates 80 Years

Eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law one of the most important legislations of all times, the Social Security Act.  He had a simple vision – to keep older Americans out of the poorhouse after a lifetime of work.  The promise has evolved.  Yet, it remains.  The Social Security Administration still keeps to this simple vision, but on a grander scale – to keep older Americans, people with disabilities, wounded veterans, and the children and spouses of disabled workers out of poverty by giving them a financial safety net and, in some case, the opportunity to regain the ability to provide for themselves.  …..

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Why the possum crossed the road

By: Jefferson Weaver The possum rubbed his eyes as he crawled out of the trashcan. He wondered if there was something wrong with his day-old half of a cheeseburger. Coming toward him was something that looked like a cross between his Cousin George and a turtle. “Who the heck are you?” the possum demanded, wiping cheese from his whiskers. “You lost or something?” “Buenos dias,” the odd creature said. “You ain’t from around here, are you?” the possum said. The armadillo shook his head. “Sadly, no. I am new to the area. Would you have a grub?” “I’m sure there’s one around here somewhere,” the possum replied. “You don’t actually …..

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North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, increasing 0.1 of a per- centage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 5.3 percent. North Carolina’s June 2015 unemployment rate was 0.4 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 4,097 over the month to 4,493,682, and increased 151,584 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 4,810 over the month to 277,151, and declined 10,464 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 3,100 to 4,238,000 in June. The major industry …..

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Durham, Graham, Johnston, Orange and Wilson counties join quarantine area for emerald ash borer

RALEIGH – Five more counties have come under quarantine rules restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials following the discovery of more trees infested with emerald ash borers. The addition of Durham, Graham, Johnston, Orange and Wilson counties brings the total number of counties under quarantine to 12. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler signed an emergency quarantine order allowing the expansion. Staff with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found insects in Wilson County close to Contentnea Creek and in several infested trees in the northeastern part of Orange County. No insects were found in Johnston County, but distinctive galleries, or serpentine tunnels …..

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

  Mr. and Mrs. O.M. Hill of Clarkton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Bladen County Board of Education was considering changing the high school scene in the county. They were looking at establishing two high schools to serve the county. Clark Brothers announced that B.C. Moore and Sons Department Store would be locating in their shopping center. Kathy Memory was chosen Miss Bladen County and Misty Clark was chosen Little Miss Bladen County. Mickey Nye was voted Bladen County Hospital Volunteer of The Year. Share this article using the shortlink: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=20223 Share:

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Bladen County Financial Update

Bladen County Commissioners receive an update on the financial condition of the the county each month. Monday night, Lisa Coleman, Bladen County Finance Officer, presented the latest ‘Financial Dashboard.’   The latest report is for the entire fiscal year.  The numbers are unaudited and incomplete.  For instance, Coleman pointed out that all sales tax had not been received at the time of this report and there are additional re-imbursements for some services, (ex. DSS,) already provided. Only 83.79% of sales tax budgeted, have been received.  Sales tax are collected by merchants at the time of purchase, sent to the state and then forwarded to counties and towns.  Another line item that …..

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Bladen County Commissioners Recognize Employees

Bladen Commissioners recognized 13 employees for reaching years of service with the county.  All who were present were presented Certificates of Appreciation.  Some were unable to attend. 20 Years Persandra McKinley      Health Department Leon Graham                Sheriff’s Department Joe Lacewell                 Motor Pool 15 Years Janice Hayes                 Finance 10 Years Susan Daniel                 DSS Esther Babson               EMS Glorietta Barnes             Revenue Elizabeth Blanks            Cooperative Extension Thomas Atkinson           Sheriff’s Department Michael Burney               Sheriff’s Department Tracy Jones                      Sheriff’s Department 5 Years Jose Gotay                     DSS Palma Burns                   Housekeeping Share this article using the shortlink: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=20216 Share:

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SWAC 10-Under Girls Softball State Tournament, Bladen County 10, Holly Springs 6

Bladen County pounded out twelve hits and defeated Holly Springs 10-6 Sunday morning in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) 10-Under Girls Softball State Tournament in Williamston. Lainey Hughes blasted a double to lead off the game and scored the first Bladen run. Hughes led the Bladen hitters with a double and a single. Lainey Autry cracked two hits and scored a run for the winners. Teammate Karli Priest belted two hits and scored a run, and Hannah Pait also delivered two hits and scored a run for Bladen. AnnaGrey Heustess, Acee Campbell, Maegan Burney and Alexus Mitchell connected for one hit each and scored one run each for the winners. …..

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Bladen County 10-Under Girls Finish Third in State

The Bladen County All-Stars finished third in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) 10-Under Girls Softball State Tournament in Williamston. Bladen County was eliminated by tournament host Williamston 17-2 Sunday. Williamston and Onslow County played for the championship later Sunday. Maegan Burney laced a single and raced home with the first Bladen run when Emma Turbeville cracked a run-scoring single. Alexus Mitchell belted a single, stole second and third base and came around to score the other Bladen County run. Lainey Hughes connected for the only other Bladen hit in the game. Members of the 10U Bladen Softball All-Stars are: Emma Turbeville, Maegan Burney, Acee Campbell, Lainey Hughes, Briley Stanley, Lainey …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament, Kannapolis 9, Elizabethtown 7

Kannapolis rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to defeat Elizabethtown 9-7 in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Major League State Tournament Monday night in Cerro Gordo. Kannapolis used two hits to take a 1-0 first-inning lead. A walk to Brady Hollingsworth accounted for the lone Elizabethtown base-runner in the bottom of the inning. Elizabethtown pitcher Jacob Priest issued a walk in the second inning, but struck out the next batter to end the inning. Rasean McKoy reached base on an error to begin the Elizabethtown second but was forced out at second on Priest’s fielder’s choice. Grayson Clark knocked in Priest with a single. After Garrett Melvin walked, …..

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This Day in History—–July 21

1865—In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown. 1873—Jesse James & James Younger gang’s 1st train robbery (Adair, Iowa) 1898—Spain cedes Guam to USA. 1919—Dirigible crashes through bank skylight killing 13 (Chicago, Ill) 1930—US Veterans Administration forms. 1944—US forces land on Guam to get rid of Japanese invaders. 1957—1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson) 1959—1st nuclear powered merchant ship, NS Savannah, (Camden, NJ) 1968—50th PGA Championship: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Pecan Valley, TX. 1969—Neil Armstrong steps on Moon at 2:56:15 AM (GMT) 1972—Dodgers release & end career …..

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Bladen County Commissioners Meet

Bladen County Commissioners met Monday evening for a regular monthly meeting and dealt with numerous items on the agenda. Included in the Consent Agenda; 1)  A resolution in Memory of Benjamin Wayne Greene. 2) Numerous agreements related to DSS. 3) Forestry Service Agreement with the State of North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 4) Agreement for Clinical Affiliation with Bladen Community College. 5) Award timber bid for Bladen County Detention Center Tract to Gooden Land & Timber Company. 6) Approved an Emergency Medical Services Contract for FY 2015-16. 7) Approved a Water Rescue Contract for FY 2015-16. And numerous others, many related to annual contracts by various county agencies. …..

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Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC 351 AM EDT TUE JUL 21 2015 ROBESON-BLADEN-MARLBORO-DARLINGTON-DILLON- 351 AM EDT TUE JUL 21 2015 …HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING… THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA AND NORTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA. .DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT. PLEASE LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR GO TO WEATHER.GOV ON THE INTERNET FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOLLOWING HAZARDS. HEAT ADVISORY. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY. A HEAT ADVISORY WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED ON WEDNESDAY. .SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT… SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. Heat Advisory URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

80 degrees at 5 a.m. in Bladen County this morning………High today…near 100 degrees…Heat Index Values…up to 109… Commissioners covered a wide range of topics at their Monday evening meeting…We have posted some and there is more to come…Among the items already online….a Resolution honoring Ben Greene…for his contributions to Elizabethtown and Bladen County…much of his efforts few knew about…among his most recent…support in many ways of the Elizabethtown Industrial Park…. How about Zack Johnson’s play in the British Open?…He won in a playoff….a stroke better than 21 year old Jordan Speith. Our Bladen youth continue to play baseball and softball…See our sports page…. The West Bladen Dixie Pre-Majors team, North …..

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Elizabethtown Breaks Ground at Leinwand Park

By: Cheryl Thurston Mayor Sylvia Campbell gave the welcoming speech at today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the additions that are coming to Leinwand Park in the near future. Elizabethtown will contribute $215,000 to the completion of the project, to match the $215,000 that was granted to the town by PARTF, the Parks And Recreation Trust Fund of North Carolina. Phase one of the project is well underway. The ground is being graded and prepared for the construction of a skate park and soccer field. “At this rate,” said Mayor Campbell, “we may see this construction finished in less time that we planned. Then the community will be able to enjoy it …..

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NCDA&CS recognized for marketing efforts

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services was awarded the 2015 Marketing Excellence Award by the North American Agricultural Marketing Officials during the association’s annual meeting, held July 12-15 in Salem, Mass. The award is presented to the top state or provincial agricultural marketing program in the United States and Canada. North Carolina was chosen from a pool of three finalists to receive the award for its rebranding of Got to Be NC, the state’s official identity program for agricultural products. “The best part about our department is our employees,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This award is a great acknowledgement of the innovation, hard work and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

If you enjoy hot weather, you should be happy for the next few days….Temps in the 90s and Heat Index Values in excess of 100.  Plan accordingly… Bladen County commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. today… Elizabethtown town officials will hold a ground breaking for an expansion to Leinwand Park at 3 p.m. today.  The festivities will be held on the grounds behind the Municipal Building at 805 West Broad Street.  The first phase of the project will be a skate park and soccer field improvements.  A second phase will include development of horseshoe courts, shuffleboard courts and improvements to the playground at the park. The Town received a NC Parks …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament, Elizabethtown 4, Burgaw 3

Zack Meares pitched a three-hit complete game and struck out thirteen batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 4-3 victory over Burgaw in the second round of the North Carolina Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament Sunday night in Cerro Gordo. Meares slammed a one-out double in the first inning, and Brady Hollingsworth blasted a 2-1 count fastball over the center field fence to give Elizabethtown a 2-0 lead.  Rasean McKoy and Jacob Priest drew walks later in the inning but were unable to score. Burgaw sliced the lead in half on a second-inning solo home run.  Another batter doubled but was stranded as Meares struck out the final batter of the …..

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Why I love the “Mother County”

From Bladen County baseball and softball teams showing their skills, to concerts, fun by the water, and great churches, Bladen County is always standing tall. I would like to share some things that made me smile this weekend and some of the reasons I love the “Mother County”. First off, congratulations to all our fine athletes out there! We are so proud of each and every one of the players that, have been and continue to, play hard.  We are also grateful for the coaches, and families supporting our teams. Don’t forget there are more sports activities to come. West Bladen Cheerleading, East Bladen Soccer Camps, and West Bladen Volleyball …..

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This Day in History—-July 20

1868—1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes. 1878—1st telephone introduced in Hawaii. 1890—Snow & hail in Calais, Maine. 1911—Boston Red Sox Smokey Joe Wood no-hits St. Louis Browns, 5-0. 1912—Phillies Sherry Magee steals home twice in 1 game. 1921—Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. 1926—A convention of the Methodist Church votes to allow women to become priests. 1940—Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey) 1944—Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs. 1950—“Arthur Murray Party” premieres on ABC TV (later Dumont, CBS, NBC) 1956—Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL …..

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Committee of 100 Annual Meeting Date Set

The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their annual meeting Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Powell/Melvin Agricultural Service Center, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown. Every citizen in the county is invited to join and attend. The Annual Membership Dues for an individual is $100 and $200 for a business. The membership dues include a meal.  Additional meal tickets are available for $15 each.  Details are available by calling 910-645-2292 or  645-2293.  Reservations are desirable for planning purposes. This year’s program will feature an evening with David Clark and Mac Campbell, Jr. leading a discussion on the Past, Present, and Future of Economic Development in Bladen …..

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