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Southeastern Medial Center

Illnesses fill emergency department and beds at SRMC

Emergency services staff at Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center are urging the public to visit their family physicians or use local clinics for all health conditions not requiring emergency care.  Currently all staffed beds at Southeastern Regional Medical Center are occupied and patients seeking admission are facing delays. The medical center activated diversion mode earlier today due to filled capacity. This does not include obstetric, cardiac or stroke patients. “We are seeing a very large population in our ER post-holiday,” said Emergency Services Medical Director Dr. John Reed. “Many patients seem to have put off treatment for a variety of conditions until after the holiday–trying to hang on until …..

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Filing for political offices begins noontime Tuesday

By: Robert G. Hester The Bladen County Board of Elections may be a busy place over the next few weeks.  Filing for political offices begin at noontime Tuesday and will continue until 12 noon, Monday, December 21, 2015. Over 22,000 local voters are currently eligible to vote in the Bladen County primary to be held on March 15, 2016. The voters will decide on candidates from the local and state level to the White House. Locally, six County Commissioners will be elected for a four (4) year term, three (3) members of the Board of Education and one (1) seat on the Soil and Water Conservation Board. Voters will elect members …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 1

1750 – First school in America to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland. 1831 – Erie Canal closes for entire month due to weather. 1835 – Hans Christian Anderson publishes his 1st book of fairly tales. 1843 – 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens. 1868 – John D. Rockefeller begins anti oil war. 1878 – 1st White House telephone installed. 1903 – “The Great Train Robbery”, the 1st Western film, released. 1913 – 1st drive-up gasoline station opens (Pitts) 1921 – 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes 1st flight. 1929 – Game of Bingo invented by Edwin S. Lowe. 1936 – Bell Labs tests coaxial cable for TV use. …..

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Candidates set to file for office Tuesday

By: Erin Smith Tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 1) will be the first day candidates can sign up to seek elected office. Local offices as well as state and some federal offices will be up for grab including the office of the President of the United States. In Bladen County, two countywide commissioners seats currently held by Michael Cogdell, Jimmie Smith and Billy Ray Pait are available. The seat for County Commissioner District 1 held by Dr. Delilah Blanks and County Commissioner District 2 held by Daniel Dowless, County Commissioner District 3 held by Wayne Edge. Seats on the Bladen County Board of Education are also up for grabs. The Board of …..

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Bladen County helicopter assists in Columbus County Search

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office helicopter assisted the Columbus County Emergency services during a search of Inman Lake near Whiteville for a Lumberton man who fell into the lake on Saturday. “The helicopter flew over the lake for about an hour on Sunday but didn’t find anything,” said Bladen County Emergency Manager Bradley Kinlaw. He described Inman Lake as measuring about 28 acres. Bill Lowery, 62, fell into the lake on Saturday afternoon while fishing with two friends who did not see him fall but heard the splash, according to reports. In addition to Bladen County’s helicopter, crews from Whiteville Rescue, Lake Waccamaw Rescue, Tabor City Fire Department and a cadaver …..

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Elizabethtown Christmas parade kicks off Christmas shopping season

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Christmas Parade was held on Sunday afternoon under warm, sunny skies, as Santa arrived to the delight of many children. Folks young and old alike, lined the sidewalks along Broad and Poplar streets to catch a glimpse of classic cars, fire engines, and of course the arrival of Santa. The parade officially kicked-off the Christmas holiday shopping in downtown Elizabethtown.  The parade featured a bevy of beauty queens, civic groups, elected officials and dignitaries. Festivities didn’t stop with just the parade. There was also a holiday shopping village at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market that included crafts vendors selling all manner of homemade goodies. Many merchants in downtown …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Fire fighters, law enforcement personnel learn how to track lost folks

By: Erin Smith Members of law enforcement, fire service and emergency management crews all met at the Bladen County Law Enforcement Training Center at White Lake for a man tracking class. Instructor Gary Turlington said when law enforcement and fire personnel receive a civil or amber alert this class gives them some experience with the terrain and the fundamentals to know what to do. He added that experience has shown that when a person is suffering from a mental health issue they may not answer when searchers are calling their name and children are often taught not to come to a stranger. Turlington pointed out that when searching in the woods, law …..

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Elizabethtown Christmas parade kicks off Christmas shopping season

By: Erin Smith   The Elizabethtown Christmas Parade was held on Sunday afternoon under warm, sunny skies, as Santa arrived to the delight of many children.  Folks young and old alike, lined the sidewalks along Broad and Poplar streets to catch a glimpse of classic cars, fire engines, and of course the arrival of Santa.   The parade officially kicked-off the Christmas holiday shopping in downtown Elizabethtown.  The parade featured a bevy of beauty queens, civic groups, elected officials and dignitaries.     Festivities didn’t stop with just the parade. There was also a holiday shopping village at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market that included crafts vendors selling all manner of homemade goodies.    …..

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Elizabethtown Christmas parade kicks off Christmas shopping season

  • 11/30/2015
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The Elizabethtown Christmas Parade was held on Sunday afternoon under warm, sunny skies, as Santa arrived to the delight of many children.  Folks young and old alike, lined the sidewalks along Broad and Poplar streets to catch a glimpse of classic cars, fire engines, and of course the arrival of Santa. The parade officially kicked-off the Christmas holiday shopping in downtown Elizabethtown.  The parade featured a bevy of beauty queens, civic groups, elected officials and dignitaries.   Festivities didn’t stop with just the parade. There was also a holiday shopping village at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market that included crafts vendors selling all manner of homemade goodies.  Many merchants in downtown Elizabethtown were also …..

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Bladen Commissioners announce new DHHS director

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners named Scott D. Lenhart as the new director of the Bladen County Health and Human Services department in a special called meeting on Monday. The DHHS agency consists of both the health department and department of Social Services. Chairman Charles Ray Peterson told those in attendance following a brief closed session that the matter did not require an actual vote but rather the board’s consent. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin said that the board serves as the administrative agency for the consolidated departments. When asked why the county chose Lenhart, Martin said, “His experience in Stokes County.” Lenhart has met the statutory …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Tomorrow (Tuesday), filing for political offices begins at 12 noon.  For more info, contact the local Election office in Elizabethtown.  It is located at 301 Cypress Street, behind the Elizabethtown Post Office.  The telephone number is 910-862-6951. Recently elected municipal office holders will begin to be sworn in over the next couple of weeks. A change in the weather today. How about the Carolina Panthers NFL team?  The are the only remaining unbeaten team.  They have 5 games left on their 2015 regular season schedule.  They will face the Saints, Falcons, Giants, Falcons (again) and Buccaneers to close out regular season play. Did you know?  Jerry Richardson played his high school in Fayetteville, NC, and his college ball at …..

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Glitter is for girls

By: Jefferson Weaver As I have noted many times, I was bearded long before the Good Family Roberson’s duck calls and eccentricities made beards somewhat mainstream. I actually appreciate the fact that Uncle Si and his kin have made beards popular again, moreso than anytime since the invention of the affordable razor. The Robersons gave many men the courage needed to finally let their faces grow free. Then, sadly, the hipsters – which I assume must be the grandchildren of hippies, many of whom were also bearded—just had to get involved and mess things up. Simply having a luxuriant beard wasn’t enough—they had to go girlify things. (Yes. I made …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Dr. O. Alton Hester was the guest speaker at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown. Governor Jim Hunt bestowed volunteer awards to Bladen County citizens Docia Bryan, James Monroe, Edgar Stevens and Mildred McKoy. A shark tooth, believed to be 2-6 million years old, was discovered in Bladen County. After 5 1/2 years as District Court Judge, Frank Grady has announced that he would not seek that office again. A deer virus that has plagued Bladen County’s deer population has appeared to have run it’s course. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34978 Share:

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Dublin IGA sale for week of December 7th 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Share on social media using link: …..

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BE PREPARED WHEN DISASTER STRIKES

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC For many of us, preparing for winter involves pulling out heavy coats from the closet and making sure our vehicle is ready for intense weather. Whether your winter brings snow, ice, or flooding, you need to be prepared. Preparing for a possible physical or mental disability is the same. Many people do not think of disability as something that could happen to them. Statistics show the chances of becoming disabled are greater than most realize. Fifty-six million Americans, or 1-in-5, live with a disability. Thirty-eight million Americans, or 1-in-10, live with a severe disability. A sobering fact for 20 …..

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Dublin IGA Sale starting November 30th 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                  \                             Share on social media using link: …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Tomorrow (Tuesday), filing for political offices begins at 12 noon.  For more info, contact the local Election office in Elizabethtown.  It is located at 301 Cypress Street, behind the Elizabethtown Post Office.  The telephone number is 910-862-6951. Recently elected municipal office holders will begin to be sworn in over the next couple of weeks. A change in the weather today. How about the Carolina Panthers NFL team?  The are the only remaining unbeaten team.  They have 5 games left on their 2015 regular season schedule.  They will face the Saints, Falcons, Giants, Falcons (again) and Buccaneers to close out regular season play. Did you know?  Jerry Richardson played his high school in Fayetteville, NC, and his college ball at …..

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November 30, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Monday, November 30 1. Parents and kids take note: Only 15 more school days until Christmas vacation. Last day of school is Dec. 18. Go back to class on Jan. 4, 2016. 2. With temperatures in the 70s over the past weekend, it’s almost comical to note that this is Winter Weather Awareness Week, says the National Weather Service. A strong El Nino is expected to bring above average precipitation over the winter months. 3. What a difference 100 years makes in the life of baby. In 1915, 1 in 10 children died before their first birthday while in 2015, 6 in 1,000 …..

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East Bladen Holiday Classic Pairings Set

The pairings have been set for the East Bladen Holiday Classic girls basketball games that will be played on December 21-22 at East Bladen High. On Monday Dec. 21 West Bladen will open the Classic at 5 p.m. against North Brunswick. In Monday’s second game at 6:30, the host East Bladen Lady Eagles will battle Whiteville. Former East Bladen stars Jazmine Kemp and JaToya Kemp will have their numbers retired in a ceremony before the East Bladen/Whiteville game. On Tuesday, Dec. 22, West Bladen will play Whiteville in the 5 p.m. game, and East Bladen will take on North Brunswick in the 6:30 game. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles are …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 30

1782 – Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence. 1803 – Spain cedes her claims of Louisiana Territory to France. 1804 – Impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase begins. 1886 – First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens Buffalo, NY. 1902 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor. 1907 – Pike Place Market dedicated in Seattle. 1924 – 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC) 1937 – 3rd Heisman Trophy Award: Clint Frank, Yale (HB) 1950 – US President Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb. 1957 – “Happy Hunting” …..

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Bladen County Claire Parrish on NC Spin

NC Spin is a PBS show featuring un-rehurst discussions on interests in North Carolina. The NC Spin show aired on Sunday, November 29th the featured 4-H youth leaders. One of those leaders was Elizabethtown resident, Claire Parrish, a senior at West Bladen High School. Questions about the Millennial generation in general, their political views, education, and what are the biggest issues facing North Carolina are some of the topics covered in the discussion. Our public education system does not receive high grades according to some of the youth. Education reform and immigration reform were some of the items talked about. Parrish represented Bladen County well. The topics and the views of …..

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How to Take Better Photos Class in Bladenboro

Would you like to learn how to take better photos this holiday season? Diane White Vitale will be holding a class titled, “How to take better Christmas photos”, Tuesday, December 8th at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market. The class will be from 6 pm until 8 pm. The class promises to teach how to take better photos of children, decorations, food and family. The class is $40 per person. Deadline to sign up is December 1st. For more information call (910)640-5181. Share on social media using link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34918 Share:

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Bladen Online’s Week in Review: November 22-28

It was a week to give thanks, and folks in Bladen County did just that. Some made sure everyone had a chance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal by volunteering to help. Regardless of the problems we have, we all have many things for which to be thankful, and Bladen Countians showed it Thursday. In other news, ** The family of a shooting victim announced a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Montise Arman Mitchell. Deputies have a warrant charging Mitchell with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council of Tar Heel on Nov. 8 at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road …..

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Bladenboro Entrance

Bladenboro’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

By: Johnny Anderson Bladenboro – The Town of Bladenboro will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday night, December 4th at 6:00 pm in downtown Bladenboro.  According to Don White, President of Boost the “Boro, Inc., “This is an all voluntary effort that has become an annual tradition in the town of Bladenboro for many years now and is held on the eve of the annual Bladenboro Christmas parade, which will be held this year  on  Saturday, December 5th.  Many of our town’s volunteers, town employees and various club members have been hard at work for several weeks decorating the town and preparing to make these events really …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  For many, Thanksgiving is the time to do the decorating and then there are others and we procrastinate, but we will get there. Elizabethtown Christmas Parade kicks off at 3 p.m. today though downtown Elizabethtown. A year ago, BladenOnline was being re-constructed.  Today, all is well and the entire staff is working hard to continue to earn your trust and keep the title of the ‘Best Source For Bladen County News’, and a reminder,  THE BEST IS YET TO COME. High school basketball is underway, most inexpensive entertainment around.  Support our young folks. Filing for political offices begins noontime Tuesday.  Six (6) …..

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November 29, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Sunday, November 29 1. The Elizabethtown Christmas Parade is set for 3 p.m. today in downtown Elizabethtown. Santa Claus, appropriately, is the grand marshal. Some of the downtown merchants will be open during and after the parade to help you fill your Christmas gift list. 2. The Harmony Hall Plantation Village will open to the public from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. today. There will be a cannon demonstration, guided and self-guided tours of the house and buildings, a walk to the Cape Fear River and the General Store will be open. The historic site is located between Tar Heel and White Oak …..

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D. J. Mason’s Double-Double Leads Campbell Past Coastal

West Bladen grad D. J. Mason posted a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds Saturday to lead Campbell past defending Big South champion Coastal Carolina 79-73 in the league opener for both teams in Buies Creek. Mason tallied 5 points on a jump shot, a lay-up and a free throw and grabbed 4 rebounds in the first half which ended with Campbell trailing 41-35. The Clarkton native tipped in a rebound then worked the paint for a trio of lay-ups to keep the Camels within 57-52 midway the second half. Mason muscled in a rebound basket to tie the game 57-57 with 9:46 left to play. Coastal went back …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: November 22-28

Holidays and news Web sites usually aren’t good partners. Such was the case for Bladen Online as we — readers and staff — spent time giving thanks for our good fortune. We don’t blame you. And Bladen Online has so much to be thankful for as we begin the holiday season. As for the numbers, page views for the week of Nov. 22-28 were 69,233 and visits were 12,285, according to Google Analytics. Those are way off the norm. But we’re still thankful for our advertisers and readers for their continued support. We want to hear from you about your stories and your ideas. It’s a great place to get …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for November 29

1825 – 1st Italian opera in US, “Barber of Seville” premieres (NYC) 1847 – Indians kill Washington state pioneers  Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, and 12 others in Walla Walla, Oregon. 1877 – US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time. 1887 – US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii. 1910 – The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine. 1932 – Cole Porter’s musical “Gay Divorcee” premieres in NYC. 1933 – 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania) 1942 – US rations coffee. 1944 – John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery. 1953 – American Airlines begins …..

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Lu Mil Christmas Light Show opens to great attendance

Folks lined up Saturday at Lu Mil Vineyard near Dublin to get a look at the 8th annual Christmas Light Show. The well attended first night has become an annual holiday tradition for folks far and wide including those who reside in Bladen County. The trees and shrubbery were decked in lights that twinkled and danced to the beat of festive Christmas music. The light show featured an array Santas including Santa on a tractor, Santa in a helicopter, snowmen families, deer, all manner of Christmas trees and toy soldiers, to name just a few decorations one will see. The pond at Lu Mil was alive with dancing lights and …..

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Laney Big Shots Hoop Feast

East Bladen 47, Hoke County 26 Senior Lacey Suggs poured in 27 points to lead East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 47-26 victory  over Hoke County Saturday in the Laney Big Shots Hoop Feast at Wilmington Laney High. Suggs also filled up the stat sheet with 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. The 5-9 forward connected on 7 of her 8 free throw attempts and was named the Big Shots Hoop Feast Most Valuable Player for the second straight game. Free throw shooting had been an issue in East Bladen’s 46-42 victory over Jack Britt Friday as the Lady Eagles made only 8 of 27 free throws. SaturdayEast Bladen …..

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Kinlaws kick off the holidays with a fish fry celebration

The decorations were beautiful and the food was tasty at the Kinlaw’s first fish fry holiday celebration at the home of Gordon and Ann Kinlaw Friday evening. According to Gordon the neighborhood worked hard all week on decorations. The scene is like a magazine cover one party guest said. The fish was delicious and the company was great. If you have a holiday get-together this season, send BladenOnline your photos and information to help share the joy of the holiday season. Photos and information may be sent to bladenonline.com@gmail.com. Share on social media using short link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34858 Share:

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Community Joins together for Thanksgiving Feasts in Bladen County

This past Thanksgiving Day gave community members the opportunity to join together to offer a place to gather and give thanks.  Many area churches, BladenOnline.com team members, the Ruritan Club of White Oak, and many volunteers, all did their part to offer free Thanksgiving meals. The joy and love was spread throughout Bladen County. Bladenboro, Clarkton, Elizabethtown, and White Oak were all serving stations feeding hundreds of people. Share on social media using link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34855 Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving … November 28

   Remember when tobacco was king in Bladen County? Many, many families depended on tobacco for their livelihood. Some worked public jobs but supplemented their income with 3, 4, 5 acres of the ‘golden weed,’ as it was referred to. Today, a few farmers do the majority of farming in the county. It was easy to tell when area tobacco markets opened. Tent revivals were popular, merchants offered bargains and politicians attended the opening of the markets, including the Governor and NC Secretary of Agriculture. Carnivals came calling until a carnival worker killed a local lady. Best I can recall, that was the last of the traveling carnivals in Bladen …..

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NCHSAA Third Round Football Playoffs Results

Four County Conference Class 2AA East Clinton 14, High Point Andrews 13 Class 1AA East Wallace-Rose Hill 59, East Carteret 7 Other Area Results Class 2A East Southwest Edgecombe 56, Fairmont 12   Kinston 14, Elizabeth City Northeastern 13 Class 2AA East Bunn 36, East Duplin 19 Class 1AA East James Kenan 21, Tarboro 14 Class 3AA East Northern Guilford 28, Terry Sanford 10 Class 4A East New Hanover 52, Durham Hillside 15   Greenville Rose 49, Greenville Conley 47 Class 4AA East Greensboro Page 49, Richmond Senior 33 Share on social media using Short Link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34841 Share:

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This Day in History…….November 28

   1520 – Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing Pacific Ocean. 1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people. 1861 – Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to Confederacy. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials begin in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1895 – America’s 1st auto race starts; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages 7 MPH. 1925 – Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio, Nashville, Tn. 1932 – Groucho Marx performed on radio for 1st time. 1933 – A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder indictment against Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow …..

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Laney Big Shots Hoop Feast: East Bladen 46, Fayetteville Britt 42

    Senior Lacey Suggs posted a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, and senior Abby Ward made 4 key free throws late to lift East Bladen to a 46-42 non-conference basketball victory over Jack Britt Friday in the opening game of the Laney Big Shots Hoop Feast at Wilmington Laney High. Ward sank 4 of 6 foul shots in the final 29 seconds after the Lady Eagles had missed 17 of their first 21 free throw attempts. “What Abby did at the line helped pull the game out for us,” said East Bladen Coach Patty Evers. With Ward’s late flurry the Lady Eagles finished 8 for 27 at …..

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Lu Mil Festival Christmas Light Show kicks off Saturday

   Folks at Lu Mil Vineyard are gearing up for their 8th annual Christmas Light show will kick off Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29 from 6 until 10 p.m. The light show will continue on Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 3 – 6 and Dec. 10 – 13 from 6 until 10- p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 17, continuing through Wednesday, Dec 23, the show will take place nightly from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Cost for the light show is $6 per person or $60 per vehicle for vans or buses. Folks can also rent the double-decker bus for light show tours, but reservations must be made ahead of …..

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USDA announces $350 million available to help states, private partners protect and restore grasslands, wetlands, and working lands

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2015 – Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), created by the 2014 Farm Bill to protect critical water resources and wildlife habitat, and encourage private owners to maintain land for farming and ranching. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources. “The benefits of restoring, enhancing and protecting these working agricultural lands and critical wetlands cannot be overstated,” Vilsack said. “USDA is committed to preserving working agricultural lands to …..

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Elizabethtown Christmas Parade set for Sunday

  Santa is coming to Elizabethtown Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. He will be the grand marshal for the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade and will be arriving by horse drawn carriage, said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard. “Right now we are expecting 50 units,” said Maynard. The parade line up will begin at 1 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Municipal Building. Maynard said that large units are asked to arrive early and walking group groups are asked to arrive no later than 2 p.m. Maynard said that all units are asked to enter the parade line up from King Street and the parade will begin promptly at 3 …..

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Flag Football Pirates

  • 11/27/2015
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                                                  The Pirates were one of the teams in the Bladen County Recreation Department’s Flag Football League. Coaches for the Pirates were Kyle Bostic, Warren Sholar and Larry Williams. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34783  Share:

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Stores, shoppers preparing for Small Business Saturday

By: Erin Smith  Shoppers are gearing up and getting their Christmas lists ready to continue their shopping on Small Business Saturday and to enjoy the Christmas Parade on Sunday. “Small Business Saturday is now recognized nationally. It is day set aside to promote shopping at small businesses in your community,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard. She said that on Saturday, many of Bladen County’s merchants will be open and offering deals for shoppers. Maynard said that in addition to bargains found with local merchants, folks will also want to visit the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown where there will be a Christmas Shopping …..

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Thoughts While Shaving …..November 27

  Black Friday, an exciting time of the year for many shoppers…the biggest day of the year for many merchants. Been feeling good about using my encrypted credit card, now learn only about one in five merchants around the US have updated their systems to fully protect their customers from being “ripped” off. Some of us older folks can’t remember anything…like important dates, times, places. Woke early this AM and I begin to think of changes that have occurred over the past 40 to 50, 60 years. At one time there were 7 or 8 new car dealers in Bladen. See how many I can remember, keep in mind some …..

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November 27, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Friday, November 27 1. The Dublin Fire Department is holding a Turkey Shoot tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. each night at the station on 3rd Street. Proceeds benefit the department. The public is invited. 2. Join a Jones Lake park ranger and learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays. Formation theories and the natural communities associated with Carolina Bays will be discussed. Participants should meet at the Park Visitor center at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. The event is free. For information, call the park office at (910) 588-4550. 3. With Thanksgiving over, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Garland …..

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Open Enrollment for Obamacare 2016 started November

While many folks are now shopping for the holidays the healthcare marketplace, also known as Obamacare has opened for enrollment for 2016. According to officials the federal healthcare marketplace saw almost 550,000 people sign up for health insurance plans in the first week of open enrollment for 2016 with one-third of the shoppers being new to HealthCare.gov. The other two-thirds of the folks renewed and updated coverage for this year. A total of 543,098 people signed up for plans for 2016 in the first week on HealthCare.gov which started in November. There was an unknown number of customers that signed up on other Obamacare exchanges. n order for coverage to …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for November 27

1817 – US soldiers attack Florida Indian Village, beginning Seminole War. 1870 – NY Times dubs baseball “The National Game” 1889 – 1st permit issued to drive a car through Central Park (Curtis P. Brady) 1890 – 1st signal box for San Francisco Police Department goes into operation. 1910 – NY’s Penn Station opens as world’s largest railway terminal. 1924 – In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held. 1941 – Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP. 1948 – Honda 1st opens in America. 1956 – 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung from University of Notre Dame first pick by Green Bay Packers. 1960 – CBS radio …..

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Danaher employees give to local food bank

Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated to give thanks for all we are grateful for in life. Danaher employees took it a step further and wanted to help feed folks in need this season. The employees of Danaher joined together and collected food that are staples at any Thanksgiving feast and then contributed them to Open Door Ministries food pantry. Open Door Ministries is a church in Elizabethtown. Not only does the church have a food pantry to help people in need, but they also hold a Thanksgiving dinner for many in our community on Thanksgiving Day. Share on social media using link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34734 Share:

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Girls In Laney Thanksgiving Invitational

  • 11/26/2015
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East Bladen’s girls basketball team will play in the Laney High School Thanksgiving Invitational Friday and Saturday at Wilmington Laney. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles are off to a 2-0 start after blow-out wins over Southwest Onslow (52-11) and St. Pauls (57-10). Friday at 10 a.m. the Lady Eagles will play Jack Britt from Fayetteville. Last year Coach Patty Evers’ East Bladen squad defeated Britt 41-33 in the Laney Invitational. That Britt squad featured Alabama signee Ccoriea Foy and reached the Class 4-A Sectional Finals before finishing with a 20-6 record. This season Coach Nattie McArthur’s Lady Buccaneers have started 0-3 with losses to Raleigh Leesville Road (47-19), Wilmington Ashley …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Thanksgiving Day.  It is and always has been a very important day for the Hester family. I remember visiting may grandparents as a youngster.  All or most of my aunts, uncles and cousins were there. In recent years, our immediate family is together, sometimes for a very short time,  but together. Thanksgiving was a very important day for my mom.  As a youngster, it was not uncommon for our family to attend church on Wednesday night or Thanksgiving Day. In recent years, we gather at noontime at our home, ”we” being our children and grandchildren, sometimes joined by others including my sister and brother-in-law, our son’s in-laws.  Many times …..

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D. J. Mason Keys Campbell Win

Clarkton native D. J. Mason made a couple of key plays in the final minutes to help his Campbell University Camels edge Southern Illinois- Edwardsville 77-74 in Edwardsville Tuesday night. With 1:03 left in the game, Mason took a pass from Chris Clemons and dropped in a bucket that gave the Camels a 75-70 lead. The host Cougars closed to within 77-74, and Cougar star C. J. Carr who is only 5-foot-seven tried to launch a tying 3-point attempt over the 6-foot-six Mason but the shot missed off the front rim as time expired. Mason finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and one steal for the winning Camels …..

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Rahu Purdie Pours in 23 Points In Lander Win

West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie popped in the jumper that sent the game to overtime and finished with 23 points as his Lander Bearcats defeated Paine College 97-92 in Augusta, GA Tuesday. Purdie connected on 8 of 17 shots from the field and was 3 for 6 from 3-point range. The White Oak native sank all 4 of his free thrown attempts, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 4 assists and came up with 4 steals. The freshman guard drained a pair of 3-point shots in the first half and made both of his free throw attempts. However the Bearcats trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half and …..

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November 26, 2015: 3 things to know

Happy Thanksgiving! 3 things to know for Thursday, November 26 1. We all know about the pilgrims and the Indians celebrating the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth in the 1620s. But did you know that it was President Abraham Lincoln who made the last Thursday in November as the country’s official Thanksgiving Day in 1863? “Thanksgiving and Praise to our benefit Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” Lincoln proclaimed. 2. In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt declared that Thanksgiving would be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November instead of the last Thursday. Remember, in some years, November has five Thursdays. Even back then, politics had to stick its nose in the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for November 26

1784 – 1st National Thanksgiving in USA. 1832 – 1st streetcar railway in America starts operating (NYC) (12 cents fare) 1842 – The University of Notre Dame is founded. 1859 – Last weekly installment of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” is published in literary periodical All the Year Round. 1865 – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll published in USA. 1867 – Refrigerated railroad car patented by JB Sutherland of Detroit. 1896 – A.A. Stagg of University of Chicago creates American football huddle. 1898 – SS Portland “The Titanic of New England” leaves for Cape Cod, shipwrecked off Cape Ann, all 192 aboard killed. 1913 – Phi Sigma Sigma is …..

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Bladen County to offer Child Support Amnesty Day Dec. 8

Bladen County will have a Child Support Amnesty Day on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. The event is a collaborative effort between the Bladen County Department of Social Services Child Support Division, Johnson Law Firm, and the Bladen County Courts. “It was Judge Scott Ussery’s idea,” said Child Support Supervisor Martha Howe. She said that Ussery talked about the idea when they were in court recently. “Several other counties have done this,” said Howe. She said those counties have conducted Child Support Amnesty Days on several occasions. Howe said that Child Support Services has a list of people who have outstanding warrants for their arrest for failing to pay …..

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Civitas Poll: NC Parents Want More School Choice

RALEIGH – A new Civitas poll finds that overall, parents want to be able to choose the education that they believe is the best fit for their children. A strong majority of participants, 62 percent, say that if they could, they would enroll their child in a private, charter, magnet, or home school. “Our poll results tell us the same thing we’ve been hearing for years: parents want more choice in education,” said Civitas Education Policy Analyst Dr. Robert Luebke. “They want to be able to choose where their child attends school.  When 62 percent of parents say – if they could – they would enroll their child in a …..

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Stores gearing up to offer Black Friday deals

Folks are getting their Christmas shopping lists written and checking them twice as stores are gearing up for a busy Black Friday. In Bladen County, Bladen Builders Supply, Fishers Mens Shop and Ladies Shop, Big Blue Store and Leinwand’s Department Store all have specials planned for their shoppers beginning Friday morning and continuing through the weekend. Bladen Builders Supply is offering 10 percent off power tools, cloths and mule bags. They will also have other bargains available on both Friday and Saturday. Fishers Mens Shop and Ladies Shop is offering 20 percent off everything including sale merchandise. The sale will last for four days only. The store is planning on …..

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Sandra Cain

Keeping Blood Sugar Normal During the Holidays

For Better Living By: Sandra Kelly Cain The change in normal routines and the availability of holiday goodies can make this a difficult time of year for diabetics to keep their blood sugar levels under control.  With proper meal planning and attention to exercise, diabetic family members can enjoy traditional holiday meals with the rest of the family. Diabetes is a fast growing, chronic disease that strikes anybody, including children.  Diabetes is classified as either Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 diabetics can’t produce insulin, while Type 2 refers to those who can produce some insulin, but their body can’t use it properly. Type 2 is the most common …..

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Chamber announces winners of Chamber of Commerce Holiday Decorating Contest

The winners of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Display Contest were announced on Wednesdaymorning. The first place winner was Fisher’s Ladies Shop with a theme of “Fisher’s Frock Farm.”   The winner received a first place ribbon, a gift basket, articles in the local media, and two free lunches and will be recognized at the next Chamber luncheon meeting. “It’s an honor to be selected,” said Karen Suggs of Fisher’s Ladies Shop. She added that she begins researching and planning her holiday display in August and September. “They’re fun and I like doing Christmas windows,” said Suggs. She added that it was fun to watch all of …..

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Bladen Road Update: Kenneth Clark, NCDOT

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, road maintenance / construction activities will cease other than the US 701 / NC 87 project.  As a result, there are no road closures or additional lane closures planned until Monday of next week.  The Elwell Ferry does remain closed due to extremely high water.  A list of upcoming closings for next week are as follows: SR 1710 (Elkton Road) Beginning Monday morning (11/30/15), we plan to close SR 1710 (Elkton Road) at a location 0.1 miles north of SR 1760 (Burney Road) in order to replace a crossline.  The road will be closed until Wednesday.  Use SR 1760 (Burney Ford Road) and SR 1761 (Martin …..

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Low Income Energy Assistance Program in North Carolina

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program or LIEAP begins December 1, 2015.   Applications will be accepted for households that have a member age 60 and above or disabled person(s) receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services. Beginning January 4, 2016, provided funds are still available all other household may apply for assistance.   In an effort to expedite the decision process for the household application, we are asking that the following information be provided at the time of the application: Verification of Earned and Unearned Income Provide Social Security Number for each household member Verification of Resources (Savings and Checking Account Statements, Retirement Account, Stocks, Bonds) …..

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Tobacco referendum passes by wide margin

North Carolina tobacco growers voted overwhelmingly Nov. 19 to continue a self-assessment that raises funds to support tobacco-related research and extension efforts of N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the N.C. Tobacco Foundation announced. Under the Tobacco Research Check-Off, started 24 years ago, producers decide whether to assess 10 cents per 100 pounds of flue-cured and burley tobacco sold. This year’s referendum – which passed by 94.5 percent – continues the assessment through the 2021 crop year. The N.C. Tobacco Research Commission allocates about $300,000 annually for tobacco-related projects. The commission includes the state Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services; the presidents of the N.C. Farm Bureau …..

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Trending in the news . . . .

  • 11/25/2015
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By: Erin Smith This week’s trending articles once more include the latest news regarding the search for those responsible for the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, France; college athletes using social media to connect with fans; refugee policy discussions, and articles that marvel at the comeback of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Champion Kyle Busch, to name a few things.  We have been told how France and Belgium are working together to locate those responsible and bring them to justice.  http://news.yahoo.com/france-belgium-widen-probe-paris-attacks-hollande-meets-022423440.html We’ve also learned how refugee policies are being impacted  http://news.yahoo.com/merkel-says-schengen-agreement-needs-further-development-092323759.html http://news.yahoo.com/days-summit-turkey-eu-face-big-hurdles-migration-123720637.html We’ve  learned about how NCAA college football teams are using social media to help fans connect. http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/top-ncaa-college-football-teams-getting-social-online/ Congratulations to …..

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BLADEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE GOLDEN LEAF SCHOLARSHIPS WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED

DUBLIN – The Golden LEAF Foundation has selected scholarship winners for the Fall 2015 semester at Bladen Community College. Pictured here from left to right are EMT-Paramedic student Angela Stone, Nurse Aide II student Charlotte Britt, Phlebotomy student Sabrina Smith, EMT-Paramedic student Gabriela Mojarro, Nurse Aide I student Ashley Brown, Nurse Aide I student Rhonda Johnson,  Vice President for Continuing Education Sondra Guyton, and Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest.  Not Pictured is Phlebotomy student Casandra Murchison. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34600 Share:

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Boys Basketball: St. Pauls 53, East Bladen 49

Missed free throws and turnovers proved to be the difference Tuesday night as St. Pauls rallied with a 7-2 closing run to defeat East Bladen 53-49 in boys non-conference basketball action at East. It was the season opener for the Eagles, while St. Pauls improved to 3-0 with the victory. The Bulldogs are coached by Dublin native and West Bladen grad Matt Hill. Coach Ken Cross’ Eagles missed all eight of their fourth quarter free throws to finish 9 for 22 at the foulline for the game. Three successive turnovers during the winning run by St Pauls also proved costly. St. Pauls took a 41-36 lead into the final period …..

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Thoughts While Shaving ……November 25

  The day before Thanksgiving and so much to do, but mostly fun things as we look forward to sharing time with family and friends. For addicted shoppers, Thanksgiving Day is just one obstacle to overcome or live through before Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. I have no desire to go anywhere to shop, sorry, part of my DNA.  If that were to ever change, I would shop at home.  Can’t imagine being ‘pushed and shoved’ by huge crowds in large shopping areas, but to each his own.  Just be safe and aware of everything and everyone around you. The economy appears ready to move forward on …..

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November 25, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Wednesday, November 25 1. A reminder about BladenOnline.com’s Community Thanksgiving meal Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Ruritan Building at 10410 N.C. 53 West in White Oak. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with other folks in the community and, maybe, make some new friends, you’re cordially invited. Other places in Bladen County also are making sure everyone has a chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Click here for the list. 2. Of course, is it really Thanksgiving without NFL football? Of course not, even if you don’t really watch the game. The unbeaten Carolina Panthers will be …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 57, St. Pauls 10

Senior Lacey Suggs posted her first double-double of the season Tuesday night as she tallied 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead East Bladen to a 57-10 rout of visting St. Pauls in non-conference girls basketball action. Suggs also came up with 4 steals and blocked a shot. Senior Abby Ward led the Lady Eagle defense with 10 steals, dished out a game-high 6 assists and also scored 6 points. Freshman Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 10 points for the Lady Eagles, and junior Lexie Mendell tossed in 7 points and was credited with 4 steals. Freshman Ashley Hardin added 5 points for East Bladen. Senior Christiana Cromartie pulled down …..

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JV Boys Basketball: St. Pauls 28, East Bladen 20

St. Pauls rode a 7-2 closing run to a 28-20 non-conference jayvee boys victory Tuesday night at East Bladen in the season-opener for both teams. The Bulldogs led 8-5 after one quarter, 13-10 at halftime and 21-18 after three periods. Anthony Wooten bombed in a couple of 3-point shots in the third quarter and topped the Eagle scoring with 8 points. Teammate Messiah Leach drained a first-period 3-pointer and finished with 4 points for East. Zaire Turner-Dobson added 3 points for the Eagles. East Bladen (20) – Greyson Heustess 2, Darrell Banks, Zaire Turner-Dobson 3, Sadique Ingram 2, Anthony Wooten 8, Messiah Leach 4, Braydon McDowell, Keshaun Davis, Curtis McCormick …..

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JV Girls Basketball: St. Pauls 32, East Bladen 23

St. Pauls built leads of 14-7, 20-9 and 28-13 en route to a 32-23 non-conference jayvee girls basketball victory at East Bladen Tuesday night in the season-opener for the Lady Eagles. Anna Kate White led the East Bladen scoring with 7 points. Deija Edwards fired in 6 points for the Lady Eagles, and Jayme LeeAnn Frady followed with 4 points. East Bladen (23) – Jayme LeeAnn Frady 4, Kabarah Moore, Miasha Smith, Nadia Evans, Justyna Gargala, Lauren Long, Asia Munn, Alexis Lewis 3, Kaley Smith 3, Anna Kate White 7, Deija Edwards 6. To share on social media, use https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34569 Share:

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Middle School Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 5, Bladenboro 1

Jake Evans posted a ‘Hat Trick’ by firing in 3 goals Tuesday night to lead his Clarkton School of Discovery Blue Devils to a 5-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference soccer victory over Bladenboro at County Park. Jay McGill opened the scoring for the Blue Devils with the only goal that was recorded in the first half. Evans then started his assault on the Bulldog defense with a goal only 7:30 into the second half that stretched the Clarkton lead to 2-0. A minute later the Bulldog defense inadvertently scored an own goal that upped the margin to 3-0. At the 15-minute mark of the second half, Evans fired in …..

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Celebrating Agriculture at Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet

The Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown was packed full Tuesday evening for the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet.  The banquet is held every year to help celebrate National Farm-City Week and the partnerships between rural and urban communities. This year the nationally recognized week is November 23rd through November 27th.  Sandra Cain, County Extension Director of Bladen County Cooperative Extension, explained the reason for the celebration best when she said, “As wise stewards and innovative entrepreneurs, our dedicated farmers improve our well being by working to ensure a healthy and abundant food and fiber supply. To succeed in this important enterprise, our farmers rely on essential partnerships with urban and …..

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Kiwanian Michael Aycock making a world of a difference

There was a special honor bestowed at the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet Tuesday evening. Kiwanian Michael Aycock was recognized for his achievement of the Walter Zeller Fellowship.  The award was given for Aycock’s generous contribution in helping The Elimination Project rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus. Aycock has assisted in protecting 690 mothers and their future children against the terrible disease by providing the means for the tetanus vaccinations.  Aycock was presented the medallion and the certificate of the Walter Zeller Fellowship by Kiwanis Division Lieutenant Governor, Mary Winfree from Lumberton.  Winfree explained the Kiwanis Club assists one child and one community at a time.  Aycock said he strived to achieve the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History———-November 25

1783—Britain evacuates New York City, its last military position in United States. 1792—Farmer’s Almanac first published. 1817—First sword swallower in US performs (NYC) 1834—Delmonico’s, one of NY’s finest restaurants, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents. 1867—Alfred Nobel patents dynamite. 1867—US Congress commission looks into “impeachment” of President Andrew Johnson. 1884—John B. Meyenberg of St. Louis patents evaporated milk. 1920—1st Thanksgiving Parade (Philadelphia) 1940—Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz’s “Knock Knock” 1949—“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appears on music charts. 1951—3rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Herb Thomas of Sanford, NC wins. 1953—“Guys and Dolls” closes at 46th Street Theater NYC after 1,200 performances. …..

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Lost Dog near Hickory Grove in Bladen County

Lost Dog was found near Hickory Grove in Bladen County. The dog is medium size female, brown and black dog in color. The approximate age is 18 months old. Please call or text Rebecca at (336) 437-5643 for more information. Share on social media using link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34512 Share:

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Woody White will not run for Congress in North Carolina

Wilmington attorney Woody White announced Tuesday that he will not seek the congressional seat currently held by Rep. David Rouzer (R).  He had announced earlier that he was considering a re-run for the US House of Representatives. He lost in a three way race in the 2014 Republican primary.  Rouzer received 53 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for White.  Chris Andrade received 7 percent. In his release White said, “Over the last few months, Tammie and I have received calls from people all over the district, state and the country encouraging us to run again.  Because we care so deeply for our country we have done our due diligence by listening …..

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CHEC Biggs Park Mall location closing temporarily

  Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center located within Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton, will close temporarily beginning Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m. The center will re-open in its new location near the main, front entrance to Biggs Park Mall in late-December/early-January. Events such as the C.H.E.C.-sponsored “Breakfast at Biggs Park Mall” will continue throughout the closure in the retail space beside J.C. Penny’s. We look forward to serving your health information needs in the near future in our new location. Share:

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Book about White Lake is now available for Christmas

The much anticipated book, “White Lake: A Historical Tour of the Nation’s Safest Beach” is now available, just in time for Christmas. The book by Cathy Kinlaw features a look at White Lake through the years including photographs, stories, and anecdotes from over 40 contributors. The book also includes articles from State magazine and extensive research. The book features such memories as Lakeside Sunday School, 4-H camps, FFA camps, and the Blueberry Festival. The book costs $41 and can be purchased from Cathy Kinlaw by calling 910.876.2403 or by emailing her at ckinlaw2@ec.rr.com. Gift wrap is available from the author. The book is also available for purchase from www.whitelakebook.com, Camp …..

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Cape Fear Valley named to US News and World Reports’ 2016 Best Hospitals list

By: Erin Smith Cape Fear Valley Health has been named at the top of the list for North Carolina in the 2016 edition Best Hospitals by US News and World Report magazine.   The hospital system was recognized by US News and World Report Best Hospitals list as being on honor roll for stroke, a gold rating for meeting Get with the Guidelines for stroke, a gold rating for meeting mission Lifeline for heart attack, a silver rating in the Target: heart failure honor roll, and a gold rating for heart failure.  According to US News and World Report, 2,700 plus hospitals are participating in Get with the Guidelines.  The Get with …..

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EMPOWER YOURSELF, ELECT TO RETIRE ONLINE

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC As if the holidays weren’t exciting enough, it’s November and that means election month. Current and future election hopefuls are prepping speeches and rallying every resource available for the big win. Even if you aren’t running for office, you can win big, too, by planning for retirement. When you decide to retire, the easiest and most convenient way to do it is right from the comfort of your home. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov where you can apply for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. Usually, there are no forms to sign or documents to send — after you …..

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Reward offered for information leading to arrest of shooting suspect

By: Erin Smith The family of a shooting victim is offering a $6,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Montise Arman Mitchell. Deputies have a warrant charging Mitchell, 24, of 27 Charlie McMillan Circle, St. Pauls, with first-degree murder.  Mitchell is being sought in connection with the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council of Tar Heel. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and Center Road on Sunday, Nov. 8, at about 8:30 p.m. The reward is being offered by Council’s family for any information that will lead to an arrest in the case, according to Kayla Harvey. The reward will only be given in the …..

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Bladen Community College

BLADEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR NEW LPN TO RN PROGRAM

DUBLIN – The North Carolina Board of Nursing has approved the implementation of a pathway for Licensed Practical Nurses to meet admission requirements and transition into the Registered Nurse program at Bladen Community College. LPNs will now have the opportunity to take N214 in the summer of 2016 and merge with the senior Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students in the last year of an ADN program. This bridge will allow students to complete the ADN program in three semesters. Successful candidates will be given credit for Nursing 111, Nursing 112, and Nursing 114.  The total approval numbers for the BCC ADN program will increase from 40 to 50 students. The Nursing …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thought While Shaving

The Thanksgiving season is a great time to count our many blessings…should do it year round and some do…sort of… I am among men most richly blessed. Filing season for many political offices begins at 12 noon Tuesday, December 1. and continues til noontime, Monday, December 21, 2016. Will be listing the offices to be voted on over the next few days…. The rumor mill indicates at least two current commissioners will not seek re-election.  Dr. Delilah Blanks and Billy Ray Pait have indicated they will retire.  Both are long time members.  Four others are likely to seek another 4 year term, they include Michael Cogdell, Jimmie Smith, Daniel Dowless and Wayne Edge.  Nothing is official until the filing season …..

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Elizabethtown Council mulling free Wi-Fi service, Voice your opinion

By: Erin Smith ELIZABETHTOWN – The town of Elizabethtown is considering adding Wi-Fi service to the Cape Fear Farmers Market.  The item will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the town council’s next meeting. Town Manager Eddie Madden said the service, if approved by the town council at their December meeting, will be free to the public. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34443 Share:

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November 24, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Tuesday, November 24 1. “A very special ‘Thank You’ to everyone who worked so hard to make (Saturday’s) BBQ/Cake Sale Fundraiser for Southeastern Carolina Crossroads a success!,” writes Bladen Baptist Association Director of Missions Bruce Cannon on our guestbook. “Many hours were spent cooking and preparing the meat for the BBQ and others spent time in the other preparations that were necessary for this event to take place. Many thanks also go out the ones who attended the event and gave so generously. It is thought that we raised around $11,000.” The faith-based rehabilitation center helps men overcome drug and alcohol abuse. 2. …..

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Middle School Soccer: Elizabethtown 2, Tar Heel 1

  • 11/23/2015
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Victor Garcia and Grayson Clark scored second half goals that lifted Elizabethtown to a 2-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference Soccer victory Monday night over previously undefeated Tar Heel at County Park. After a scoreless first half in which both teams had a number of scoring opportunities, Garcia worked his way free and knocked in the first goal of the game with 18 minutes left to play. With 7 minutes remaining in the game, Clark banged in a header off of Leonardo Vasquez’ corner throw-in that stretched the Cougar lead to 2-0. Tar Heel’s Brandon Labra broke free and fired in the first Panther goal that trimmed the margin to …..

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Middle School Soccer: Bladenboro 6, East Arcadia 1

  • 11/23/2015
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Wilmer Garcia recorded a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals to lead Bladenboro to a 6-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over East Arcadia Monday at County Park. The Bulldogs built a 2-1 halftime lead and pulled away in the second half. “When East Arcadia got tired, the game got away from them,” said Bladenboro Coach Steve Thurman. Blake Jackson fired in a pair of goals for the winners, and Jordan Benson scored the other Bulldog goal. “Trashawn Ballard and Jake Butler had great defensive games,” continued Coach Thurman. Butler had 7 saves in goal for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs evened their record at 2-2 and will play Clarkton School …..

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Small Business Center says, “Shop Small for All”

RALEIGH – With the Holiday Shopping Season just around the corner, the North Carolina CommunityCollege Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmallForAll and support yourlocal Small Businesses. Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support your local independent merchants with the power of your dollar. “In Bladen County, small businesses and entrepreneurs, people who work out of their homes, are the lifeblood of the community,” said Todd Lyden, Bladen Community College Small Business Center Director. “We never take for granted in a rural area that the money spent with locally owned business is money directly staying in the community.” Small Business …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History——-November 24

1703—1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia. 1832—South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification. 1871—National Rifle Association organized (NYC) 1874—Joseph F. Glidden patents barbed wire. 1903—Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter. 1932—In Washington, DC, the FBI Scientific Crime Detection  Laboratory (better known as FBI Crime Center) 1934—SN Behrman’s “Rain from Heaven” premieres in NYC. 1944—US bombers based on Saipan begin 1st attack on Tokyo. 1950—“Guys & Dolls” opens at 46th St. Theater NYC of 1200 performances. 1950—US infantry division conquerors Chonju Korea. 1954—Air Force One, 1st US Presidential airplane, christened. 1955—1st test flight of Fokker’s F-27 Friendship. 1964—For 1st time since 1800, residents of Washington, DC …..

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Bladen County Christmas Parades, Still time to join the line up

If you have not reserved your space in the local Christmas Parades, there is still time. There are two Bladen County parades to line up in and promote your business or organization. The first one to reserve your space in is the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. The parade will be this coming Sunday, November 29th starting at 3 pm. For more information contact Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the Chamber by email at tourism28337@embarqmail.com or by calling (910)862-4368. You can always stop by the Chamber office located at 128-E West Broad Street in Elizabethtown and let Dawn know you want to join in on the festivities. …..

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Superior Court Judge Sasser Visits Bladen Community College

The Honorable Douglas B Sasser, Jr., Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, visited Bladen Community College on Thursday, November 19. He spoke to a political science class about the roles of the District Court Judge and the Superior Court Judge, and his experiences on the bench. Judge Sasser serves Bladen and Columbus counties. For more information about Bladen Community College, call 910 879-5500. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34392 Share:

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Elizabethtown Council mulling free Wi-Fi service, Voice your opinion

By: Erin Smith ELIZABETHTOWN – The town of Elizabethtown is considering adding Wi-Fi service to the Cape Fear Farmers Market.  The item will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the town council’s next meeting. Town Manager Eddie Madden said the service, if approved by the town council at their December meeting, will be free to the public. “The service will have a radius of one mile,” said Madden. He said the one mile radius will allow both residents and business travelers to access the service. BladenOnline.com would like to assist the public in voicing their opinion about this possibility to the town officials. Take this quick survey and …..

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General Thomas Brown honored by Sons of the American Revolution

A Patriot was honored in Bladen County Saturday morning at Cravers Creek United Methodist Church with a Grave Marking Dedication Ceremony. General Thomas Brown was honored by many on the sunny autumn morning.  The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Battle of Elizabethtown members, and others honored the memory of General Thomas Brown with a solemn ceremony includeing presentation of wreaths, reminders of the life and times of the Patriot, retrieval of colors, processional to the grave side, and dedication of the marker.  Southeastern District of the NCSSAR, David Mann said, “Our Society honors and documents the Patriots in this region.”  According to the …..

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Mike Merritt Memorial Ride benefits Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – In October, the annual Mike Merritt Memorial motorcycle ride raised $10,000 for the Mike Merritt Scholarship for Bladen Community College. Pictured from left to right are BCC President Dr. William Findt, White Lake Fire Department Chief Dale Brennan, Joan Brennan, Evelyn Merritt, Willie Merritt, and Megan Atkinson. The funds will provide academic opportunities at the college for qualifying students. For more information about the Bladen Community College Foundation, contact Linda Burney at 910.879.5519. Share on social media with Short Link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34373   Share:

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Local officials hear from NC Energy Forum about offshore drilling

By Erin Smith  ELIZABETHTOWN – David Benford, with the North Carolina Energy Forum, met local government representatives in an informal luncheon meeting on Monday at Giorgios Restaurant to discuss off-shore drilling. Benford told those gathered that the federal government and state officials are mulling the possibility of performing a seismic survey off the coast of North Carolina in preparation for the possibility of drilling for oil and natural gas deposits off the Outer Banks. Benford said Gov. Pat McCrory is supportive of studying the possibility of drilling off the coast of North Carolina. Benford said the first step in the process is to complete a seismic study to determine if …..

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David Rouser

Update on Wilmington VA Health Care Center from New Hanover County, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and Congressman David Rouzer

New Hanover County, N.C. – New Hanover County, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and Congressman David Rouzer convened a meeting on Thursday, November 12 on the status of the Wilmington VA Health Care Center as part of their ongoing effort to resolve the water quality issues at the Wilmington VA and obtain their mutual goal of providing quality healthcare to the veterans in the area and their families. The following was discussed at the meeting: New Hanover County’s representatives outlined for the Congressman the procedure that has been established to ensure that the root cause of the water quality issues is identified and that the situation is remedied. The building owner/landlord …..

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Thanksgiving Meals in Bladen County

By: Erin Smith  BladenOnline.com will be offering a Community Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at 1 p.m. at the Ruritan Building in White Oak, across the old White Oak school at 9579 Hwy NC 53. “We here at BladenOnline.com are looking forward to spending time with our community members this Thanksgiving. I want to invite anyone who doesn’t have a place planned to eat on Thanksgiving Day, come join us,” said Charlotte Smith. Thanksgiving is a time of the year when many folks gather round the table to a home-cooked meal with family and friends. But, for some folks, thanksgiving is a lonely time of the year because their family members live far away; they …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Twyla Raynor was Varsity Sweetheart and Cynthia Bowen was Homecoming Queen at East Bladen High School. Bladenboro High School Vica Club President was Robert Sprouse. The Clarkton Lions Club, under the direction of Ben Little, had their annual candy sale. Teresa Guyton was Homecoming Queen at Tar Heel High School. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=34337 Share:

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Rouzer introduces bill to honor fallen veterans

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — This month, in honor of Veterans Day, Congressman Rouzer introduced H.R. 3914 – the Half-Staff for Homeland Heroes Act – to require the American flag to be flown at half-staff when members of our Armed Forces are killed in the line of duty on American soil.   “It is because of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that our nation remains ‘the land of the free and home of the brave.’  We should never fail to honor our active duty service members or veterans when it is due.  The Half-Staff for Homeland Heroes Act will ensure that our fallen heroes are always honored in this manner when …..

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