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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 1

1673 – Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston. 1776 – General George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag. 1797 – Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY. 1818 – Official reopening of the White House. 1847 – Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment. 1854 – Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Penn) 1892 – Ellis Island becomes reception center for new immigrants. 1919 – Edsel Ford succeeds his father, Henry Ford, as president of Ford Motor Company. 1935 – Associated Press inaugurates Wirephoto. 1939 – 25th Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #3 Duke, 7-3. 1949 – 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, …..

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Bladen County Commissioners to meet Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Bladen County Courthouse. On the consent agenda is the approval of board minutes from the December 21, 2015, meeting, county attorney invoices and approval of budget amendments. The board is scheduled to hear from Bladen County Human Resources Director Shonteia Keaton and Bladenonline owner Charlotte Smith. Also on the agenda is a public hearing regarding interim financing for the detention and law enforcement center and in a related matter the board is asked to consider approving the guaranteed maximum price. The board will also be presented with proposed changes to …..

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Sandra R Cain For Better Living: Making Healthful Eating a Resolution in 2016

Each New Year, millions of people make resolutions to eat more healthy foods, lose weight and be more active.  Many times, people try to make drastic changes that are difficult to sustain for a long period of time. When it comes to eating more healthfully, making moderate changes may be more beneficial for long-term success. Here are several healthful eating tips that can easily be incorporated into your daily plan to help you be healthier in 2016. Fruits and vegetables: Most people know that fruits and vegetables are among the healthiest foods available. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and fiber essential for the normal, everyday functioning of the human …..

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Top 15 Most Viewed Stories of 2015

As we prepare to say farewell to 2015, we decided to take a look back at our most viewed stories of the year. These stories are the ones you, our readers, found most interesting during the year. Many of your favorite stories dealt with crime and the courts and a few dealt with our schools and a car crash. Our number one most viewed story of the year by far was Be Ware! Kirby Van Is Not Trying To Sell Vacuums. The story describes several encounters many of you reported having with a vehicle sporting Kirby Vacuum logos. Many of the reports described visits that occurred well past 9 p.m. in the evening. …..

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New laws set to take effect in North Carolina Friday

By: Erin Smith New laws are set to take effect Friday including a new abotion law, voter ID law, and a new law impacting the workplace as well as some changes to the state’s tax laws. Set to take place on Jan. 1, a new law in North Carolina requires abortion providers to submit copies of ultrasound photos and the meaurements of the fetus to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The new law states the information is to be used for statistical purposes. A required 72-hour waiting period for a woman to receive an abortion that was also part of the new legislation took effect in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 31

December 31, 2015 has arrived.  All those things you thought you would/should accomplish this year have hopefully been fulfilled.  If not, just a few hours remain. More rain is expected today and tonight.  As of 6 a.m. today, we have received nearly 64 inches of rain this year in Bladen County.  Our annual average is 48 to 50 inches.  And most of this year’s rain followed a near drought in the late spring and early summer. According to Tim Armstrong at the US Weather Service in Wilmington, 2015 is the fourth wettest year on record for Bladen County since 1910.  He also indicated with the inch or so expected prior …..

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D.J. Mason Scores 11 Points at UNC-Wilmington

Although plagued by foul trouble Monday night, West Bladen grad D. J. Mason tossed in 11 points, but his Campbell Camels were outscored by hot-shooting UNC-Wilmington 106-83 in a non-conference basketball game. Mason connected on 5 of 7 shots from the field, but was limited to only 20 minutes of playing time,before fouling out with 6:49 left in the game. The 6-6 senior dropped in a lay-up for an early 6-4 Camel lead, but the Seahawks battled back to take a 41-36 halftime lead. After a Seahawk 3-point basket began the second half, Mason answered with a lay-up then popped in a jump shot. The Clarkton native slammed in a …..

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Rahu Purdie Scores 11 for Lander

West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie fired in 11 points Wednesday night, but his Lander University Bearcats lost a non-conference basketball game to Paine College 98-88. Purdie connected on 4 of 8 shots from the field, was 1 for 2 from 3-point range and sank both of his foul shots. The 5-9 freshman dished out 3 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds. The White Oak native corralled a defensive rebound and sent an assist to teammate J. R. Washington for a lay-up and an early 5-3 Bearcat lead. Later in the half, Purdie pumped in a jump shot to pull Lander within 34-31. The Bearcats led 45-44 at the half, but after …..

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Bladenboro Police Calendars Free

The Bladenboro Police Department 2016 department calendars are now available and free to the public according to Chief Hunt. If you would like a copy of the 2016 calendar, stop by the Bladenboro Police Department located at 306 S Main St in Bladenboro. Chief Hunt and the Bladenboro Police Officers and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 31

1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax. 1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors. 1781 – Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens. 1841 – Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons. 1862 – President Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union. 1862 – Union ironclad ship “Monitor” sank off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1879 – Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Pirates of Penzance” premieres in NYC. 1907 – For 1st time a ball drops at …..

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Bladen County Emergency Responders on the job

Bladen County Emergency Responders are on the job no matter the time or the weather. Wednesday evening the rain was pouring, but that didn’t stop the local community helpers from doing a job well done. A tractor trailer collided with a small car on Owen Hill Road in Elizabethtown according to Deputy James Dove, with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, who was at the scene. Dove reported EMS was called, but details of injuries are not known at this time. The Sheriff’s Deputies were helping direct traffic in the inclement weather, while other emergency responders were at the crash site assisting with the clean up. Share:

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Thunderstorm warnings allowed to expire

The severe thunderstorm warnings that were issued earlier for Bladen County have been allowed to expire. A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the county earlier in the afternoon with sharp lightning and heavy rainfall. More rain is expected overnight and a 50 percent chance of rain on Thursday and 30 percent on New Year’s Day. A dense fog advisory is also in effect until 7 p.m. tonight. Share:

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning continued for Bladen County

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4:30 PM EST FOR NORTH CENTRAL BLADEN COUNTY… AT 3:56 PM EST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR ELIZABETHTOWN…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… WHITE LAKE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL… DEADLY LIGHTNING AND VERY HEAVY RAIN. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. HEAVY RAINS FLOOD ROADS QUICKLY SO DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. Share:

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Elizabethtown Rotary treated to history lesson

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was treated to a lesson on the club’s history by Rotarian Walter McDuffie. “The Clinton Rotary Club came over and helped get this club started. It was chartered in 1928,” said McDuffie of the club’s beginning.   McDuffie said the club originally had a single drawer filing cabinet that held the club’s original charter and some other items and it has become lost over the years . “If anyone can find it, we do need it,” said McDuffie. McDuffie said when he first joined Rotary, the membership included such luminaries as the Rev. Bob Poole, Dr. E. C. Bennett, Edgar Powell, Jimmy Powell, C. R. Jordan …..

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Severe thunderstorm warning in effect

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3:30 PM EST FOR NORTHWESTERN BLADEN AND EAST CENTRAL ROBESON COUNTIES… AT 233 PM EST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED OVER BUTTERS…OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LUMBERTON…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… LUMBERTON…ELIZABETHTOWN…BLADENBORO…SMITHS…RUSKIN…WHITE OAK…HOWELLSVILLE…TOLARSVILLE…ROBESON COMMUNITY COLLEGE… TOBERMORY…BUTTERS…JEROME…DUART…BARKER TEN MILE…BLADEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE…HESTERTOWN…DUBLIN…TAR HEEL…SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND BLADEN COUNTY HOSPITAL. THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 95 IN NORTH CAROLINA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 19 AND 25. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. PEOPLE OUTSIDE …..

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You Decide: Will the Economy Improve in 2016?

By: Dr. Mike Walden This is the time of year when economists shine – or at least they try to. The early weeks of a new year are always the period when I receive the largest number of speaking requests. Even if people know my colleagues and I have cloudy – some say foggy with hot air (!) – crystal balls, they still want to know what we’re thinking about the future. I often tell my audiences to take what I forecast and then expect the opposite to happen. I usually get a mixed reaction of laughs and a nodding of heads. So with that confident prelude, let me present …..

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IPHONE/IPAD TIPS Price Comparisons Using Walmart App

By: Gordon Kinlaw (910)862-6292 Price Comparisons Using Walmart App – Free Walmart has introduced a new option in their app called “Savings Catcher”. The new option will allow you to scan your receipts and keep them electronically. After you scan your receipt in, Walmart will compare each item’s price against competitors sale flyers to make sure you got the lowest price at Walmart. If they find a lower price, you will be emailed about how much you credit is due to you. The credit is collected as a gift card from the Savings Catcher web page. Requirements: Your receipts must be scanned within 7 days and the items are mostly …..

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Bladen County unemployment rate at 8.0 in November

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 38 of North Carolina’s counties in November, decreased in 37, and remained unchanged in 25. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.1 percent. Two of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases while nine decreased and four remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.3 percent. The November not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.5 percent. When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates increased in 63 counties, decreased in 23, and …..

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Holiday Golf Activity at Vineyard Golf at White Lake

A Holiday Toss Up was held recently at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The team of Brian Beaver, Charles DeVane, Steve Godwin and McKenzie Brisson shot 2-under and tied the front side with Matt Hardee, George Boussais and Allen Brisson. The Beaver team had 2-under on the back to win that side. Some low scores were reported during the holidays. Daryl Davis had a 77 while Jeff Campbell shot 40-34=74 and Mac McClure shot one over par 73. Play has been brisk during the nice weather with around 230 players teeing it up over the past weekend. Share:

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BCC Small Business Center offers workshops

DUBLIN – Beginning in January, the Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering several no-cost seminars to help grow or start your business. To prepare entrepreneurs and those who are just thinking about starting a business, the first seminar is Improving Your Credit Score for a Business Loan. The workshop is Tuesday January 12th from 6-8:00 PM. Expert speaker Bob Moore will equip you with tips and tricks to improve your credit score before you seek a business loan. Also on Tuesday January 12th from 2:30-4:30 PM at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown, the Start Your Business series continues with Basics of Book Keeping, a …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Water, water everywhere….and I saw that yesterday.  Visited, well drove down the road to US Lock and Dam #1 near Riegelwood and was surprised at how high the river is.  Water covered the road, maybe a quarter of a mile before arriving at the ferry site.  Needless to say, I stopped short of the water. Still see cotton and soybean fields that have not, and probably will not be harvested. Actually, I was headed to and from Burgaw to see my long time walking partner, Janice Johnson.  You likely remember she was seriously injured 9/11/2014 and has been hospitalized since then, most recently in extended care unit at Pender hospital.  …..

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East Columbus Christmas Tournament Championship Game: West Bladen Boys 68, South Robeson 61, Overtime

West Bladen rallied in the final 4 minutes of regulation then made the big plays in overtime to defeat South Robeson 68-61 and win the championship game of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament Tuesday night. It was the second tournament championship in less than a week for Coach Travis Pait’s Knights who won their own Woodmen Life Tournament title last Wednesday. The Knight comeback overshadowed an incredible performance by South Robeson senior Davonta Banks who fired in 31 points in the championship game after scoring 41 points in the Mustangs first round victory over East Columbus. “I thought we did a decent job on him,” said Coach Pait. “But he …..

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East Columbus Christmas Tournament: West Bladen Girls 41, South Columbus 26

West Bladen’s Lady Knights grabbed an early 9-1 lead and never looked back en route to a 41-26 girls basketball victory over South Columbus Tuesday in the consolation game of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament. Junior Alanna Ludlum tossed in a 10-foot jumper 4 seconds after the opening tap to start the Lady Knight run. Junior Kaylee Stevens put back a rebound, and junior Laikyn Pait drained a 3-point shot for a 7-0 West lead. Pait buried a 17-footer from the left corner to pad the lead to 9-1 with 5:12 remaining in the quarter. After Macelan McPherson’s 3-pointer for the Lady Stallions, West Bladen junior Jenna Dove pumped in …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 30

1731 – 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham’s great room in Boston) 1817 – 1st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona) 1854 – Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co., 1st in US, incorporated in NYC. 1861 – US banks stops payments in gold. 1873 – American Metrological Society forms (NYC) weights, measures & money. 1906 – Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy. 1907 – Abraham Mills’ commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball. 1924 – Astronomer Edwin Hubble formally announces existence of other galactic systems at meeting of the American Astronomical Society. 1929 – Cole Porter’s musical “Wake Up and Dream” premieres in NYC. 1938 – United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher …..

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Tory Hole, Elwells Ferry boat access areas closed

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed six boat access areas along the Cape Fear and Lumber rivers, including two in Bladen County, because of high water conditions. The Commission has closed the Tory Hole access area in Elizabethtown and the Elwells Ferry access area near Carver’s Creek until further notice, it was announced Tuesday. The agency also has closed some game lands in Bladen County because of high water. They are the river end of Whitehall Road in Whitehall Plantation Game Land, Camp Road on Whitehall Plantation Game Land from about 1/4 mile to the Cape Fear River, and Lake Road, just past the dam; and Sandridge Road and …..

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Flooding along Cape Fear River impacts interests along river

Flood waters from the Cape Fear River have affected interests along the river this week including farm land and business interests. Hobby Greene, who owns Greene’s Pond and rents a cabin to folks there, said the flooding has impacted his ability to rent his cabin. Greene shared some photos of the flooding at Greene’s Pond and the boat landing at Tory Hole Park with www.bladenonline.com. As flooding on the Cape Fear River is beginning to ebb, the forecast is for more rain to finish out the week then cooler temps will follow. The forecast, as of Tuesday afternoon, calls for an 80 percent chance of rain on Wednesday, a 40 percent chance of …..

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Southeastern Cruisers Car Club donates to Christmas for Kids, others

The folks at Southeastern Cruisers Car Club have been busy this Christmas season. They donated bicycles to the Bladenboro Police Department for the annual Christmas for Kids program. The group’s generosity didn’t stop there. The group also made donations of bicycles, toys, clothing and food to other local families that are not included in Christmas for Kids. “We want people to know we are here for the community,” said Betsy Helms. She said the Southeastern Cruisers have held events throughout the year including car shows and cruise-ins in Bladenboro, Chadbourn and Ammon. Helms said the members of the club also want to thank Cousin Johnny and Earl with Lizard Lick …..

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Bladenboro PD says ‘Thanks’ to those who gave

By Erin Smith Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt has a message for all of those who donated to the police department’s Christmas for Kids program. “Thank you!” said Hunt. He said the program was a huge success and it would not have been possible without each person who donated. “Without them (the donors) Christmas would not have been possible for the kids,” said Hunt. He said the children enjoyed getting to go shopping the officers and picking out their favorite items. Hunt said that just because Christmas has passed does not mean that Christmas for Kids is closed. “We accept donations for Christmas for Kids throughout the year,” said Hunt. He …..

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Crash on South Poplar Street slows morning commute

By Erin Smith A crash on South Poplar Street near the intersection of Mill Street in Elizabethtown slowed the morning commute on Tuesday morning. The roadway was reduced to one lane of travel in the southbound lanes briefly as fire crews worked to clear the accident. The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating the cause of the crash. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 29

Warmer weather has advantages for families struggling to “make ends meet.”  Up to this time this year, little has been spent on heat, however, to those in the heating business….not good. Never dreamed we would see the price of oil below $40 a barrel….again for users, a real blessing, for those in the business, not so good. For those who could not or did not stay up late to watch the NFL game last night, you/we missed a close ballgame.  The Broncos defeated the Bengals in overtime.  One regular season game remaining…..week 17. Carolina Panthers hosts Tampa Buccaneers..Sunday. And the UNC Tar Heels play the Baylor Bears today in Orlando, …..

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Camp Clearwater to host 4th annual Polar Plunge

Camp Clearwater is planning to welcome the new year by inviting hearty souls to take a dip in White Lake during the fourth annual Polar Plunge. At noon on Friday, Jan. 1, the plunge will take place near the arcade as people will run into White Lake for a quick dip or a swim. Nearly 50 people participated in the plunge on Jan. 1, 2014, and about 30 ran into the water on Jan. 1, 2015, when the water temperature was 42 degrees. The plunge is open to the public and spectators are welcome. The New Year’s Day forecast, according to the National Weather Service, calls for mostly cloudy conditions …..

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East Columbus Christmas Tournament: West Bladen Boys 53, South Columbus 30

Junior John Bowen fired in 10 of his game-high 21 points during a 19-4 third period run that propelled West Bladen to a 53-30 boys basketball victory over South Columbus Monday night in the opening round of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong kenarmphoto.com With the Knights leading 22-13 at halftime, Bowen tossed in a baseline jumper and put back a rebound to begin the second half then drilled in a 3-point shot from the left wing for a 29-13 West Bladen lead. Bowen turned a feed from sophmore Jonathan Robinson into a lay-up and a three-point play. Robinson made a free throw, and senior Stefan McDonald …..

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Bladen County Sports

East Columbus Christmas Tournament: South Robeson girls 51, West Bladen 33

Star guard A’terria Quick poured in 26 points and South Robeson’s Lady Mustangs raced to an early 26-0 lead en route to a 51-33 girls basketball victory over West Bladen in the opening round of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong kenarmphoto.com Quick pumped in 12 points during the early South Robeson run. Teammates Desaree Dunham and Carrington Mitchell added 6 points each to the spurt. Sophmore Patience Parker nailed a 3-point shot with 4:16 left in the first half to break the scoring ice for the Lady Knights. Junior Logan Autry drilled a 16-footer from the left wing and rattled in a 3-point shot from the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 29

1782 – 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston. 1813 – British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812. 1845 – Texas admitted as 28th state of the union. 1848 – Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk’s administration) 1851 – 1st American Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston, Mass. 1862 – Bowling ball invented. 1891 – Edison patents “transmission of signals electrically” (radio) 1913 – 1st movie serial “Adventures of Kathlyn” premieres in Chicago. 1938 – Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins. 1948 – US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit. 1952 – 1st transistorized hearing …..

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new years resolutions

Submit your New Years Resolutions and photos

New Years Day marks the beginning of a new year and is a great time for making those resolutions! We here at www.bladenonline.com would like to know what your New Year’s Resolutions will be for 2016. We also know that both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are filled with celebrations and family traditions. We would love to see your photos from your New Year’s Day celebrations! You can submit your resolutions and also submit photos of your New Year’s celebrations to bladenonline.com@gmail.com. Share:

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Trending In The News This Week

This week’s trending news includes stories about major storms and a record for rowing a boat. This week we have learned that Peyton Manning is mulling a lawsuit against Al Jazeera television for a report the network did on athletes alleged to use HGH. The report included Manning’s name.   http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/report-manning-to-probably-sue-al-jazeera-over-hgh-story/ar-BBnYJkA?ocid=ansmsnsports11   We continue to follow the progress of a major winter storm that brought tornadoes to Texas, and snow, ice and flooding to the Midwest.   http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015-12-28/midwest-storm-brings-twisters-floods-and-its-not-over-yet   We learned about John Breeden who rowed across the Pacific Ocean from the United States to Australia.   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/man-complete-solo-non-stop-row-u-s-australia-article-1.2478616 We learned a Cleveland Police Officer will not face charges in the …..

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Cape Fear River beginning to subside, more rain on way

Many folks have been watching and waiting anxiously as rivers around the area have been on the rise during the Christmas holiday. A flood warning remains in effect for the Cape Fear River until Tuesday, Dec. 29. According to the National Weather Service website, as of 11 a.m. the river was at 28.3 feet near Elizabethtown and 47.2 feet near the Lock and Dam No. 3 near Tar Heel. Flood stage for the river near Elizabethtown is 25 feet and flood stage for the river near Tar Heel is 42 feet, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. According to the National Weather Service website, historic crests for the …..

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McDuffie meets Presidential hopeful

Walter McDuffie attended the Republican State Convention in Raleigh back in the summer and had the opportunity while at the convention to meet several of the folks vying to become the Republican candidate for President of the United States. McDuffie said he met and spoke with Republican Primary candidates Ted Cruz and Ben Carson while at the convention. He shared his impression of Cruz. McDuffie said, “I like him. If I voted today, I could possibly vote for him.” He said he liked Cruz’s conservative stance and feels that Cruz can lead the country in a better direction. Pictured from left are McDuffie, Cruz and Dial Gray of Whiteville.   Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

56 local dogs died. It was determined the deaths were linked to afatoxin contaminated dog food produced by an Elizabethtown company. Jeff Robertson of Elizabethtown was kidnapped and robbed of $127 by two males. Robertson was not injured. A public hearing was held in Dublin concerning public housing in Bladen County. Three Bladen County students were nominated to the Air Force Academy. They were Pat White of Clarkton, Richard Lee and Victor Lynn Hedgepeth of Bladenboro. White graduated from the Academy and became the first Afro American woman to become a jet pilot. After a stint in the Air Force White became an airline pilot. Share:

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Bladen offices announce closings for New Year’s Day

Area offices and agencies have announced schedules for New Year’s Day. All banks are closed on Friday, Jan. 1, and will re-open for business on Monday, Jan. 4. There will be no mail delivery on New Year’s Day. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Saturday, Jan. 2. North Carolina state offices, courts and county and municipal government offices will be closed for New Year’s Day.  They will re-open for business on Monday, Jan. 4. All Bladen County Public Library branches will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, and remain closed on Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Checking headlines over the weekend: Panthers lose their first game of the NFL season.  They have won 14 games, Meadowlark Lemon, Wilmington native and longtime Harlem Globetrotter, died in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 83.  He was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 1975. Time Warner customers experienced an interruption in service Sunday.  TWC said fiber issues from Atlanta to Virginia caused the problems. The fiance’ of the recent powerball jackpot winner in Brunswick County arrested again.  This time for driving 100 mph in a 45 mph speed zone.  He reportedly crashed his Corvette near Supply. So what’s new.  Santa must have brought more guns.  Check …..

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Bladenboro’s Vicki & Lauren Clark Are Cast Members For NBC’s The Biggest Loser Season 17

Bladenboro’s Vicki and Lauren Clark will be part of the cast for the Biggest Loser’s Season 17 that will begin airing Monday, Jan.4 at 9 p.m. on NBC (WECT, Channel 6). Vicki is a women’s health nurse practitioner and Lauren is a nutritionist. Bladenonline sat down with Vicki for a question-and-answer session that follows. (Bladenonline also interviewed Lauren). Bladenonline: How did you come to apply to be on the Biggest Loser? Vicki: My daughter Lauren auditioned with a friend and got a call back, but production was looking for a mother/daughter team and asked that I interview with Lauren.   The rest is history! Bladenonline: Were you familiar with the Biggest …..

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This Day in History for December 28

  • 12/28/2015
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1732 – 1st known ad for “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (Pennsylvania Gazette) 1832 – John C. Calhoun becomes  1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson) 1849 – M. Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidently upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect. 1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits. 1869 – William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum. 1877 – John Stevens, applies for patent for his flour rolling mill. 1904 – 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London) 1912 – The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California. 1935 – …..

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West Bladen Boys & Girls In East Columbus Christmas Tournament

Fresh off winning the championship of their own Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament last week, West Bladen’s Knights will travel to Lake Waccamaw Monday to battle South Columbus in the opening round of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights bring an 8-1 record into Monday’s 4:30 game. South Columbus is 2-5 with wins over West Columbus and Green Sea/Floyds, SC. In Monday’s other boys game, host East Columbus (1-8) will play South Robeson (1-7) at 7:30. West Bladen’s Lady Knights will also be playing in the tournament. Coach Rick Rhoda’s Lady Knights (2-6) open the tournament at 3 p.m. Monday against South Robeson. The Lady Mustangs are 7-2 …..

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Bladen Online’s Week in Review: Dec. 20-26

Bladen County slowed down a bit during the past week as many people celebrated the birth of Jesus, traveled over the hills and through the woods to grandma’s house, and youngsters tossed and turned in bed on Christmas Eve in hopes the big man in the red suit would pay a visit. Of course, not every child is fortunate enough to have presents left under the tree on Christmas morning. That’s where many folks in Bladen County open their hearts and their wallets to help. Among that group was the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association, who helped Santa Claus during their Operation Christmas mission. The officers delivered gifts to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Santa (Christmas) is tough competition…expect our BladenOnline numbers to be down for the past week….but still the best around. Looking back and ahead. Would have thought there would have been some resolution (?) to the Lennon Lacy situation. FBI called in over a year ago. Must be many interviews, etc. Maybe in 2016. Lacy was the young man found hanging in Bladenboro in August of 2014. His death was initially ruled a suicide, however his family ask for further investigation and FBI took over in December of the same year. Bladen County commissioners were advised the local jail was not up to standards. Grand juries, state inspectors and a Superior …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: December 20-26

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It was Christmas week. It was a time for family and friends instead of spending time for surfing the Internet. So, Bladen Online’s numbers were down for the week of Dec. 20-26. We hope you had a very Merry Christmas. There were 93,147 page views for the week of Dec. 20-26, according to Google Analytics, and 17,946 visits. We’re 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 your business in front of Bladen County residents. To advertise or pass along stories, contact us at (910) 879-1029 or bladenonline.com@gmail.com. Page views: …..

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East Bladen’s Ethan Hines Named to All-Region Team

East Bladen’s Ethan Hines has been named to the Fayetteville Observer’s All-Region Second Team as a return specialist. Hines returned 4 kick-offs and one punt for touchdowns. In the season finale against Southwest Edgecombe he returned the opening kick-off 84 yards for a touchdown. The 175-lb. speedster’s other kick-off return touchdowns were against Wallace-Rose Hill, Clinton and St Pauls. Hines also rushed for 760 yards and 9 touchdowns from scrimmage and returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown against Whiteville. Share:

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Eagles’ Chris Cromartie and Kyle Tatum Named to Star-News All-Area Team

East Bladen defensive lineman Chris Cromartie and defensive back Kyle Tatum have been named to the Wilmington Star-News All-Area Team. Cromartie was named to the All-Area First Team. The 6-4, 245 lb. senior was credited with 81 tackles and 5.5 sacks, blocked a punt against St. Pauls and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Cromartie was also an All-Four County Conference selection. Junior Kyle Tatum was a Second Team All-Area selection. The 185-lb. junior made 39 tackles and had 2 pass interceptions – one of which he returned 50 yards for a touchdown against St. Pauls. Tatum also recovered a pair of on-side kicks. Offensively Tatum rushed …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 27

1814 – Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson’s make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans. 1845 – Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia. 1892 – Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St. John laid (NYC) 1903 – “Sweet Adaline”, a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung. 1904 – ‘Peter Pan’ by J.M. Barrie premieres at the Duke of York Theatre in London. 1915 – US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for an eight-hour-day; they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments. 1926 …..

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SOCIAL SECURITY EVOLVES TO SERVE CUSTOMERS

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security is at the forefront of adapting and meeting the ever-changing needs of our customers. Technology plays an important role in helping us provide the world-class customer service America expects and deserves. And we are changing to keep current with new laws and judicial rulings as well. One way we have evolved is by developing the my Social Security account. Once you enroll for a free account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount, Social Security can help you estimate your future retirement or disability benefits, or manage them if you are already receiving benefits. You can do all of this easily and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts while shaving

Hope your Christmas was one of the best ever. For many, Christmas continues throughout the weekend. Can’t think of a better way to spend the holiday than with family…children, grandchildren and, siblings and their families, all on Christmas day. I am among men most richly blessed. Did you see the moon? Beautiful full moon for Christmas, the first time in 38 years and will be another 30 or so before it happens again. My dream, to see it next time and to be enjoying good health. Dream BIG. Oh yes, our high temperature on Christmas Day was a summer-like 80 degrees. Was nice but un-Christmas like. We are fortunate that …..

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This Day in History for December 26

  • 12/25/2015
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1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen” 1805 – Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia. 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable. 1854 – Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo. 1860 – Major Robert Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrated his small force at Ft. Sumter. 1865 – James H. Mason (Mass) patents 1st US coffee percolator. 1878 – 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia. 1917 – US Federal …..

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Nationals’ Paul Faulk Conducts Recreation Hitting Camp

  • 12/25/2015
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Washington Nationals Scout Paul Faulk and his son, Tripp Faulk, conducted a hitting camp Saturday at the Bladen County Recreation’s Grand-Slam Batting Cage in Bladenboro. Thirty-one young baseball players between the ages of 9-13 attended the camp that was conducted by the Bladen County Recreation staff along with volunteer high school baseball players from both West Bladen and East Bladen. The campers worked their way around a number of hitting stations and hit off both live pitching and off the tee. “We are glad to do anything to make kids better,” said Paul Faulk. “The attention span for these kids today has been very good. They have done what we …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 25

337 – Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on December 25. 352 – 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on December 25th. 1621 – Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas. 1651 – Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for “observing any such day as Christmas” 1818 – Handel’s Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston. 1831 – Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as a holiday. 1896 – “Stars & Strips Forever” written by John Phillip Sousa. 1902 – Clyde Fitch’ “Girl with Green Eyes” premieres in NYC. 1917 – “Why Mary” 1st drama to win …..

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Lu Mil Vineyard helps Bladen County with tourism

  • 12/24/2015
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By: Charlotte Smith They say the little town of Dublin grows a lot because it’s “Dublin every day”, but thanks to Lu Mil Vineyard the small community of a little more than 330 residents has brought a huge number of people to Bladen County this holiday season. According to Denise Bridgers with the vineyard, since Thanksgiving more than 22,000 people lined up to see the annual Festival of Lights this year. Bladen County usually receives a lot of tourism traffic in the spring and summer thanks to White Lake, however, our commerce with tourism could become evergreen. Denise said, “It took approximately 30 people per night to run the show …..

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Lu Mil Vineyard helps Bladen County with tourism

By: Charlotte Smith They say the little town of Dublin grows a lot because it’s “Dublin every day”, but thanks to Lu Mil Vineyard the small community of a little more than 330 residents has brought a huge number of people to Bladen County this holiday season. According to Denise Bridgers with the vineyard, since Thanksgiving more than 22,000 people lined up to see the annual Festival of Lights this year. Bladen County usually receives a lot of tourism traffic in the spring and summer thanks to White Lake, however, our commerce with tourism could become evergreen. Denise said, “It took approximately 30 people per night to run the show …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving Can you believe? Christmas 2015 is just hours away. Maybe a good time to reflect on New Year’s Resolutions. How did you do? Hope this day is a good one for all…. A few thoughts to ponder; Why not turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones? Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner Kind words are the music of the world. F.W. Faber The more you say, the less people remember. Francois Feneton Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults. Chinese Proverb A light heart lives long. William Shakespeare Happiness is …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament Championship: West Bladen boys 67, Hoke County 66, Overtime

Junior John Bowen fired in a 3-point shot with 4 seconds left in overtime that lifted West Bladen to a 67-66 victory over Hoke County Friday night in the championship game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong kenarmphoto.com “I knew I had to get the ball and shoot,” said an excited Bowen. “I have to give Stefan (McDonald) a lot of credit for getting the ball to me. When it went in my heart went crazy.” A mid-court heave by Hoke missed at the buzzer. The drama began building with 6:17 left in regulation when Tournament Most Valuable Player Sayaun Dent ignited a Knight rally by …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: Whiteville boys 51, East Bladen 42

Junior Tyrell Kirk pumped in 12 of his game-high 16 points in the second half as Whiteville defeated East Bladen 51-42 Wednesday in the Fifth-Place Game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen High. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong kenarmphoto.com The Wolfpack led 36-33 after 3 periods, and Whiteville’s Monchovia Gaffney started the final quarter with a lay-up. Kirk drilled a 17-footer and then hit a short jumper from the lane for a 42-33 lead. After 2 missed Eagle free throws, B. J. Edwards’ lay-up upped the count to 44-33. Senior Dayvon Powell banked in a runner, and senior center Chris Cromartie put back a rebound to keep the …..

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This Day in History for December 24

  • 12/23/2015
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1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria. 1851 – Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes. 1860 – Joseph Jefferson’s “Rip Van Winkle” premieres in NYC. 1893 – Henry Ford completes his first useful petroleum fuelled engine. 1889 – Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake. 1906 – Reginald A. Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass). 1912 – Irving Fisher patents archiving system with index cards. 1924 – Richard Rodgers Theater (46th St. Chanin’s) opens at 226 W 46th NYC. 1936 – 1st radioactive …..

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Trending in the news

  • 12/23/2015
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This week’s trending include some interesting facts about how some states taxpayers pay not once but twice for schools. This week we have learned that in some states, taxpayers pay twice for schools http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donald-cohen/the-public-pays-twice-for_b_8854270.html We’ve also learned that the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise opened to much fanfare and success http://www.contactmusic.com/jj-abrams/news/star-wars-the-force-awakens-named-associated-press-2015-entertainer-of-the-year_5074715 We heard that Google this week announced plans to build a data center in Tennessee http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2015/12/23/google-go-600m-tenn-data-center-confirmed/77841982/ We actually are awaiting an asteroid to pass by earth on Christmas Eve with little fanfare http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/asteroid-pass-earth-christmas-eve-not-destroy-it-n485211 We learned that Virginia has revoked handgun permit agreements with 25 states http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/12/22/virginia-to-end-recognizing-concealed-carry-gun-permits-from-25-states.html?intcmp=trending Share:

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Photograph brings back fond memories for Campbell family

Mac Campbell shared a family memory with www.bladenonline.com recently when he shared this photograph of the first store that housed what would later become known as Campbell Oil. Campbell said the beginning of the company pre-dates himself. The photograph is of Campbell’s father’s store which burned in 1939. “That store was located on the opposite corner from the Kentucky Fried Chicken in front of the Dollar General,” said Campbell. He said some familiar faces in Bladen County once worked for his father in that store including Jesse Inman, Harry Bostic, and B. J. King. Campbell said King was actually in the store at the time it burned and thankfully escaped …..

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Flood warning issued for portion of Cape Fear River

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Cape Fear River at William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 and at Elizabethtown Lock No. 2. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the river’s stage at Huske Lock and Dam was 38.0 feet. Flood stage is 42.0 feet. The National Weather Service forecasts the river to rise above flood stage about midnight and continue to rise to near 50.7 feet by Saturday morning. Moderate flooding of areas along the river are expected. At the Elizabethtown locks, flood stage is 25.0 feet. At 11 a.m., the river’s stage was at 16.9 feet. The forecast calls for the river to crest …..

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Heavy rain across the area leads to high water

A strong weather front moved through the area on Wednesday kicking off thunderstorms and resulting the National Weather Service issuing a tornado warning for Bladen County briefly at 8 a.m. Heavy rains inundated farm fields and yards and causing water to pond on area roadways. Many area residents awoke to find yards and driveways flooded. A flood warning for the Cape Fear River has also been issued. The warning issued by the National Weather Service indicates the Cape Fear River is forecast to reach 25.9 feet by Saturday. The warning also indicates that at 25 feet, flood waters will reach the top of the navigational lock at the Lock and Dam. …..

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Solar energy gaining in popularity

Solar Energy and the installation of solar farms are gaining in popularity not just in Bladen County but in the eastern part of North Carolina. North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation in solar power, said Randy Wheeless of Duke Energy. “Eastern North Carolina seems to be where solar is right now,” said Wheeless. However, according to WRAL, the General Assembly of North Carolina has chosen to allow state incentives for solar farms to expire. According to WRAL, the industry received more than $281 million in incentives from the state between 2010 to 2012. There are two solar projects are currently under construction in the county –one on US 701 …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament West Bladen 79, Midway 72

Senior guard Stefan McDonald poured in 24 points to lead West Bladen’s Knights to a 79-72 boys basketball victory over Midway that put the Knights into the championship game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights, now 7-1, will play Class 4A opponent Hoke County Wednesday night at 8:00 for the tourney title. The Knights are the defending tournament champs. The teams battled on even terms for 29 minutes. Junior Sayaun Dent tied the game for a final time 66-66 on a follow shot with 2:52 left to play. McDonald drilled a 3-point shot at the 2:13 mark for a 69-66 Knight lead. Midway’s Shyheim Small flipped …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament East Bladen 71, East Columbus 47

Four East Bladen players scored in double-figures Tuesday as the Eagles rolled to a 71-47 boys basketball victory over East Columbus in the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen. Senior Jermaine Robinson topped the East Bladen scoring with 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Junior Eian Hines pumped in 14 points and collected 8 rebounds. Sophmore Sincere Smith threw in 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Junior Ethan Hines, Eian’s twin brother, finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Junior Derrick Burney led the Eagle rebounding with 11. Senior Chris Cromartie corralled 4 rebounds. East Bladen outrebounded the Gators 44-30. Cromartie muscled in a rebound, Robinson …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Well, well, the filing season is over for the 2016 election and locally, I am surprised, disappointed at the lack of interest in the races for Board of Education and Board of Commissioners, not about who is running, but those that just sit on the sidelines and moan and groan, complain and condemn but will not, do not participate. Been ask about the at large race for Bladen County commissioner.  4 Democrats are seeking 3 seats in the March 15 primary election.  There are two Republicans, so no primary election.  Both Billy Ray Britt and David Gooden will advance to the November general election and face the 3 Democratic winners…3 of …..

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East Bladen Holiday Classic: East Bladen girls 69, North Brunswick 37

Senior Lacey Suggs poured in 28 points Tuesday night to lead the unbeaten East Bladen Lady Eagles to a 69-37 girls basketball victory over North Brunswick in the East Bladen Holiday Classic. Suggs also collected 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 4 assists and 3 steals. Senior guard Abby Ward barely missed a double-double with 10 points, 9 assists and 3 steals. Freshman Ashley Hardin tossed in a career-high 12 points and grabbed 3 rebounds for the Lady Eagles, and freshman Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson pumped in 8 points and dished out 3 assists. Senior Christiana Cromartie blocked 10 shots, pulled down 3 rebounds and had 2 assists. Senior Miller Heustess added 3 …..

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East Bladen Holiday Classic: Whiteville girls 48, West Bladen 38

Turnovers and poor free throw shooting proved to be costly for West Bladen Tuesday night as the Lady Knights dropped a 48-38 girls basketball decision to Whiteville in the East Bladen Holiday Classic. “We have got to protect the ball,” said West Bladen Coach Rick Rhoda. The Lady Knights were plagued by 23 turnovers in the game. At the foulline, West Bladen made only 8 of 24 attempts, while Whiteville connected on 14 of 24 foul shots. The Lady Knights opened the game with an 8-0 run as an Alanna Ludlum pass led to a lay-up for junior Jenna Dove. Junior Logan Autry drove for a lay-up, and a Dove …..

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This Day in History for December 23

1776 – Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France. 1776 – Thomas Paine writes “These are the times that try men’s souls. 1788 – Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia. 1823 – “Visit from St. Nicholas” by C. Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel. 1862 – Union General Ben “Beast” Butler is proclaimed a “felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind” by Jefferson Davis. 1900 – As American forces defeat the Filipino insurgents and impose civil authority, some Filipinos form a Federal Party with a platform recognizing US sovereignty. 1907 – 1st all-steel passenger railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pa. 1912 …..

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Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers help spread Christmas cheer

Members of the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association recently had to call for backup from Old Saint Nick himself. Law enforcement officers from across Bladen County responded by opening their hearts for a very special mission called Operation Christmas. The Association had pledged to help some families in the county who were not going to have as good a Christmas as others. The officers organized and held fundraisers during the year such as a golf tournament and conducted concealed carry classes. Some of the money they raised in these endeavors went towards buying presents of toys and clothes for children throughout the county.  The Association also received a donation …..

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Murchison discusses campaign, school consolidation

Sabrina Murchison has filed seeking election to the Bladen County Board of Education District 1 seat. When asked about her decision to run, Murchison said, “I want to be a voice for the residents of Bladen County that will rally for positive change within our community realizing that the children in our educational system are our future, I am here to make difference.” She added that not everyone is happy with her announcement of her candidacy. “The Bladen Improvement Association contacted me and has informed me they would not be supporting me. They informed me they would be supporting the other candidate due to it being ‘not my time to …..

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The angel in the trash can

By: Jefferson Weaver I began writing this column a number of years ago, and many of you have been kind enough to request it every year.  Some other folks were kind enough the other year to decide it deserved an award; I was flattered, but I didn’t write it for anyone’s praise. I wrote it for myself, and for my mother, the late Lois Weaver. If you want some of my twisted humor, blunt opinions, or odd logic, you’ll have to go somewhere else today. I’m leaving the politicians, the style makers, and the societal lemmings alone, since even they deserve a Christmas vacation. Instead, please let me tell you …..

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Sandra Cain

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living: Organizing Your Recipes

Maybe you have a drawer or a file full of recipes that you’ve clipped from newspapers, magazines or saved from the internet. It can take forever to sort through them when you want to try something new, so it is usually easier and faster to go back to your old favorites. Here are a few suggestions to help get your recipes organized. First of all, go through the recipes and get rid of those that you’ve never used and aren’t likely to use. If you just can’t bear to throw them away, put them in a separate envelope or folder. Decide on your storage system. Some suggestions are: -Attach them …..

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Kemp Sisters No. 20 Jersey Retired at East Bladen

The No. 20 jersey that was worn by sisters JaToya and Jazmine Kemp was retired Monday night in a ceremony before the Lady Eagles game with Whiteville. Coach Patty Evers who coached both of the Kemps pointed around at the walls in the gym and said, “When these two girls came here these walls were bare, it was really special to put pictures as well as banners around the gym. They helped give East Bladen recognition around the state.” JaToya Kemp scored 30 points in East Bladen’s first title game appearance in 2007 when the Lady Eagles were defeated by Bishop McGuiness in the Class 1A Final. In her first …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to provide church security training

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association wants your places of worship to be safe and has convened a group of sheriffs and sheriffs’ personnel from across the state to develop training materials that will help places of worship create security plans to keep citizens safe. “This is something we need to provide to our citizens,” said Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker. “I wish this was not necessary but in light of the world and national situation we cannot afford to just hope it will not happen here.” The group was established by Hoke County Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin Who serves as president of the NCSA, at the suggestion of Brunswick …..

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Man arrested in connection to breaking and entering cases

One man has been arrested and charged in connection to two breaking and entering cases involving commercial businesses in Bladen County. Jonathan Adam Andrews, 27, of 2890 Center Road, Bladenboro, was arrested and charged in two different breaking and entering cases. The first breaking and entering occurred at the K&I Grocery in White Oak on Saturday, Dec. 12, and the second breaking and entering occurred at the Marathon Gas Station in Tar Heel on Sunday, Dec. 13, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. Andrews is charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of possession of burglary tools, one …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament West Bladen 78, Whiteville 62

Junior Sayaun Dent and sophmore Shaquille Johnson posted double-doubles and led West Bladen to a 68-52 boys basketball victory over Whiteville Monday night in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West. Dent led the Knights with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Johnson finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. “Sayaun really came out and played tonight,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “He had a great defensive game. Shaq (Johnson) had some really good spurts for us too.” With Dent and Johnson leading the way, the Knights outrebounded the Wolfpack 39-23. The Knights also held an advantage at the foul line, converting 15 of 28 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A BladenOnline Salute to the Kemp sisters, JaToya and Jazmine Kemp.  Two former East Bladen players had their number 20 uniforms retired in a brief ceremony last night prior to the East Bladen Holiday Classic basketball tournament.  Both of the young ladies went on to star with the UNCP basketball teams.  EB coach Patty Evers, in an earlier comment, said “they were tremendous student-athletes, great teammates with much character.”   S-A-L-U-T-E. One of the advantages of growing older is, less is expected so more time to spend with special friends and I do.  I enjoy an occasional gathering at a tobacco shelter near Tar Heel, usually a delicious meal…ex.chicken and rice and …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Sheila Ford, a Clarkton High Graduate, was making news as the starting center for the women’s basketball team at UNC-Asheville. Sheila was averaging 21.8 points per game, 19.8 rebounds and shooting 62% from the free throw line. Gospel, an original Christmas play, was being presented at Center Roads Baptist Church. Tar Heel High School and Clarkton High School bands were presenting a Christmas concert. Cherell Maultsby was elected President of the East Bladen FHA chapter. Share:

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen Holiday Classic, East Bladen 59, Whiteville 23

  East Bladen blitzed Whiteville with a 44-8 first half surge en route to a 59-23 girls basketball victory on the opening day of the East Bladen Holiday Classic. Senior Lacey Suggs lit up the scoreboard with 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half. Suggs also came up with 4 steals. Senior guard Abby Ward racked up 11 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Freshman Ashley Hardin tallied 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Senior center Christiana Cromartie added 6 points and 5 rebounds. Freshman Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson finished with 6 points and 3 assists. Senior Miller Heustess dished out 4 assists. Dellosia …..

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Bladen County financials in order

Bladen County commissioners receive monthly financial updates.  The last report was for the first 5 months of the current fiscal year. As of November 30, 2015, 54.02 percent of Ad Valorem Property Taxes had been paid.  $11,731,848 had been collected compared with $11,015,142 a year ago. Overall,  $20,540,604 has been collected or received in all categories this year compared with $19,803,495 after 5 months last year. Expenditures were below a year ago.  $18,341,015, or 39.23 percent of the budget had been spent.  Last year, at the end of November, expenditures totaled $19,219,942. As of November 30, 2015, the General Fund account totaled $16,640,852 and the total of all funds was …..

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This Day In History

Day in History, December 22

1877 – “American Bicycling Journal” begins publishing (Boston, Mass) 1882 – 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison. 1894 – United States Golf Association forms (NYC). 1943 – Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core. 1956 – Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio. 1965 – “Doctor Zhivago” based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, directed by David Lean and starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie premieres in NYC. 1973 – OPEC Gulf Six decides to raise the posted price of marker crude from $5.12 to $11.65 per barrel effective January 1, 1974. …..

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen Holiday Classic

North Brunswick 54, West Bladen 36 North Brunswick closed the third quarter with a 15-0 run that vaulted the Lady Scorpions to a 54-36 girls basketball victory over West Bladen Monday night in the East Bladen Holiday Classic. The Lady Knights trailed 22-14 at halftime, but junior Alanna Ludlum stole the ball and passed ahead to junior Logan Autry for a lay-up. Autry then muscled in a bank shot thru traffic that pulled West Bladen to within 22-18 only a minute into the second half. However Taylor Perkins sank 3 free throws and knocked down a pair of 3-point shots that sparked the Lady Scorpions to a 37-18 lead at …..

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Bladen County Sports

Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament

Southern Lee 65, East Bladen 37 Southern Lee closed the first half with a 20-4 surge that propelled the Cavaliers to a 65-37 boys basketball victory over East Bladen Monday in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen. Guard Noah Mellette drilled in a trio of 3-point shots that sparked the Cavaliers to an early 13-2 lead. Eagle senior Dayvon Powell rallied the Eagles by powering in a pair of driving bank shots. Sophmore Sincere Smith put back a rebound to pull East Bladen to within 13-8 at the quarter break. Powell sank 2 free throws to begin the second period and trim the margin …..

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Important issues presented at last meeting for Bladen County Board of Commissioners

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners with the new leadership in place of Chairman Russell Priest and Vice-Chairman Arthur Bullock, covered a lot of ground Monday evening. Interm Director of Health and Human Services Wayne Raynor and Marianne Valentiner with the Health Department, made a few requests of the commissioners. Renewal of the agreement with Bladen Community College for Nursing and Nursing Assistant programs was requested and approved. Raynor did state the county still has a position open in the nutrition department. Until the position is filled, Raynor requested the commissioners approve an agreement with Nutrition Plus. Valentiner announced the health department did apply for a Bicycle Helmet Initiative. She …..

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Bladen County EMS Report Shows Need

The Bladen County EMS report shows needs in Bladen County. David Howell, EMS Chief, and Bradley Kinlaw, Emergency Services Director, gave a system update report Monday evening to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners and promised to bring back a budget so commissioners may assist them in their staffing needs. According to Howell’s report, Bladen County is identified as a rural group in North Carolina. The state average response time for a rural group in 2015 is 17 minutes and Bladen EMS average response time is 21 minutes–down one minute from last year’s county average according to Howell. Bladen County EMS time from the scene to the hospital is below the …..

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Eastpointe Managing Behavioral Health Well and wants to grow

According to Ken Jones, CEO of Eastpointe, 2015 has been a successful year for the managed care organization. Eastpointe is a managed care organization for behavioral health in Bladen and 11 other North Carolina counties. Jones addressed the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on behalf of Eastpointe, Monday night saying, “I want to give some updates on where we have been, where we are, and where we want to go.” According to Jones, Eastpointe had 444 admissions for service in Bladen County in the past year. Mental health services were provided to 79% of those Bladen County admissions, 9% were admissions for substance abuse services, and 12% were intellectual disabled …..

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Charles Ray Peterson recognized for his work as 2015 Bladen County Commissioner’s Chairman

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners honored Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson with a plaque and gavel for his service as 2015 Bladen County Board of Commissioners Chairman for 2015. Newly appointed Board of Commissioners Chairman Russell Priest and Vice-Chairman Arthur Bullock presented Peterson with the customized, engraved reward. Priest noted Peterson’s dedication and hard work as a chairman of the board not only in 2015, but in years past. “His leadership brought us the new jail project this year. I graciously present this plaque and gavel,” Priest said. Share:

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Flurry of last minute filings leads to crowded field of candidates

The field is now set for the 2016 March Primary Election as a flurry of candidates filed for election. In the Democratic primary for the Bladen County Commissioner Countywide race, Avery Rising Jr. will join Pamela Benton,  and incumbent commissioners James G. “Jimmie” Smith, G. Michael Cogdell. In the Republican primary for Countywide Commissioner Billy Ray Britt will challenge David Gooden. One candidate has filed for the Libertarian primary for Countywide Commissioner saw Randy Crow filed for election. In the race for Bladen County Commissioner District 1, Anthony McKoy and Ophelia Munn-Goins have both filed for the democratic primary. In the race for Bladen County Commissioner District 2 race, incumbent …..

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Raymond (Joe) Tatum, Jr. EARNS DESIGNATION in GLOBAL Real Estate Network

Joe Tatum, Jr. of Tatum Realty and Property Management Services has earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, placing him among 2,500 elite real estate professionals worldwide.  The designation was awarded to him by the National Association of REALTORS® for completing rigorous coursework devoted to learning international real estate practices and demonstrating proficiency in international business. The CIPS designation is synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective, and distinct understanding of a global buyer. As a designee, Joe Tatum can efficiently work with all international buyers, including U.S. residents looking to invest overseas, foreign buyers purchasing in the United States, as well as recent immigrants who might be unfamiliar …..

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White Lake icon demolished

An icon in the town of White Lake was torn down on Monday to make way for multi-family housing. The building that once housed the likes of Captain Willie’s Restaurant, Lois’ Seafood and Potter Seafood is no more. The building had stood in that location for about 51 years. Dean Hilton said that in the place of the former restaurant 18 to 20 multi-family housing units will be constructed and the property located adjacent to the site will be developed into single-family housing units. Hilton said plans are in place to develop a tract of land across the highway from the site to create lake access for the multi-family housing …..

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Weapons seized following investigation in Kelly

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 130 weapons in the Kelly area on Friday. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said the arrest comes on the heels of an extensive investigation. Andrew Jackson Simmons, 72, of 25245 N.C. Hwy 53 East, Kelly, was charged with one count of felonious possession of a firearm by a felon, and four counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Simmons was placed in Bladen County Jail under a $250,000 bond. “This arrest was the result of an investigation after my office received a tip and my Investigators followed up on it and obtained a search warrant which we executed Friday morning,” …..

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ALE says warrants issued for Smith’s arrest

ALE Agent R. Taylor said on Monday that warrants have been issued for the arrest of Jeffrey Scott Smith of Dublin in connection to a sweepstakes raid in Sampson County last week. “He is aware of it and has obtained legal counsel,” said Taylor. He added that Smith’s attorney is also aware of the warrants. Taylor said on Monday that Smith is being compliant and is expected to turn himself in.   Share:

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West Bladen High Students perform Christmas play

Students in Amy Schumacher’s Exceptional Children’s class at West Bladen High School performed a Christmas play on Friday. Schumacher said the students took on “Christmas in Whoville” which is based on the idea of the Grinch stealing Christmas from the children of Whoville. Schumacher said the students learned that the Grinch couldn’t really steal Christmas because it was in the hearts of the Whoville children. Schumacher said her students worked hard practicing and learning their parts for about one month. The play was presented on Friday to all of the friends and family of the students and special guests including Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor and some of the …..

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Smokey the Bear visits Plainview School

The students at Plainview Primary School got a very special visit on Friday from Smokey the Bear. Smokey wanted to talk to the students about the importance of fire prevention. The students were asked to prepare posters depicting how they can help Smokey the Bear to prevent fires. There was a tie for the winning poster.  The winners were Kiera Lewis from Mrs. Bethea’s Class and Cedric Candelaria from Mrs. Sholar’s class. Pictured are NC Forest Service Officer Dern Crilley,  Lewis, Smokey the Bear, and Candelaria. Share:

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