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This Day in History for February 1

1790 – Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC). 1840 – Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated. 1856 – Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College. 1862 – Julia Howe publishes “Battle Hymn of Republic” 1865 – JS Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court admitted to bar. 1884 – 1st volume of the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, published. 1893 – Thomas Edison completes worlds 1st movie studio (West Orange, NJ) 1898 – 1st auto insurance policy in US issued, by Travelers Insurance Co. 1920 – 1st commercial armored car introduced (St. Paul, Minn) 1940 – NBC performs the first inter-city television …..

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Low income spay/neuter Clinic planned for Wednesday

A spay/neuter clinic for low income families will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Elizabethtown Veterinary Clinic. A Shelter Friends is seeking volunteers for the day who are being asked to report by 7 a.m. There is no experience necessary to volunteer and you will be taught what you need to know. By joining A Shelter Friend for this important event, you will be helping to prevent litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. So for more information or to learn how you can become a A Shelter Friend volunteer go to www.AShelterFriend.org or visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/ashelterfriend. Share:

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Plans get under way for Youth Rally

Plans got under way on Sunday night for a Youth Rally to be held on Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School. the theme for the event is “This Is My Story.” Cheryl West led the planning session for a proposed youth rally for Bladen County which is based on the scripture 1 Corinthians 9:22. “Young people sometimes think they are too far gone. The Bible verse for the theme tells them no matter how far gone you think you are, God still loves you,” said West. West moderated a discussion among those in attendance that included of the details of the rally which include David …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: January 24-30, 2016

As Year 8 begins for Bladen Online, we’re happy to report another solid week and we thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you. Bladen Online had 109,242 page views for the week of Jan. 24-30, according to Google Analytics, and 23,126 visits, which was the 10th-most for visit in history. We believe that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County. 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: 109,242 Visits: 23,126 Most read stories for Jan. 24-30, 2016 9,489: …..

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Campbell University releases Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2015

Campbell University has released the Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 semester and one Bladen County resident is named to the list.   Summer L. Cain of Elizabethtown was named to the Dean’s List.  She is majoring in prenursing.   The requirements for the Dean’s List include a minimum course load of 12 semester hours, a grade point average of 3.5 or better, no grade below a “C” and not more than one “C” grade for the semester,  no incomplete grades and satisfactory social standing. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 31

Another great week for BladenOnline, so far as numbers go. Anything over 100,000 ‘pages viewed’ is great and we topped that number again. Erin, Charlotte, John, Ray and the crew continue to amaze me. Today closes out year 8 for BladenOnline. I remember as if it were yesterday and the early days were a struggle with some competitors predicting the date we closed the doors. Keep counting, our work is not complete and The Best Is Yet To Come. Call Charlotte Smith at 910-876-5393 to add your business to BladenOnline. Come grow with us. Can you imagine running for president, months of hard work and huge bucks spent and your …..

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Saturday’s RA/GA Basketball Results

Lennon’s Crossroads High School Boys 40, Open Door #2 35 LCR (40) – Seth Britt 3, Chandler Lennon 15, Hunter Prevatte 8, Jeremy Hunt 14, Ryan Blackmon. ———- Lennon’s Crossroads High School Boys 67, Open Door #1 51 LCR (67) – Seth Britt 18, Chandler Lennon 17, Hunter Prevatte 4, Jeremy Hunt 25, Donald McCullum 3, Jeremiah Purdie, Ryan Blackmon. ———- Clarkton Pioneers 39. Galeed 32 C’ton (39) – Brady Hollingsworth 9, Garrett Melvin 6, Pierce Melvin 7, Sharod Pone 2, Tyrese McElveen 3, Teyshaun Berkley 12. Joshua Pope, Nick Norris, Jacob Priest. ———- Bethel Pioneers 41, Clarkton 34 Beth (41) – Chad Garner 2, Jeremy Pait 3, Aldo Hernandez …..

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Rahu Purdie Scores 11 Points in Lander Win

West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie bombed in a trio of 3-pointers and scored 11 points Saturday as his Lander Bearcats defeated North Georgia 97-84 in Peach Belt Conference basketball action. Purdie connected on all three of his 3-point attempts, was 1-3 from 2-point range and also collected 2 rebounds, 2 assists and one steal. The White Oak native drained his first 3-pointer with 17:31 left in the first half to put Lander ahead 7-4. Purdie nailed another 3-pointer with 2:06 left in the half and stretched the Bearcat lead to 44-33. North Georgia closed the gap to 46-40 at halftime. Purdie popped in a two-point jumper with 8:16 left in …..

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D. J. Mason Third-Leading Rebounder in Big South Conference

West Bladen grad D. J. Mason is No. 3 in rebounding in the Big South Conference with a 7.7 rebound average in 20 games this season with the Campbell Camels. Mason, a pre-season All-Big South Conference selection, is scoring 11 points per game for the Camels who are currently suffering through an 8-game losing streak after winning 8 of their first 13 games. The Camels return to action Wednesday at Longwood, VA. Share:

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This Day in History for January 31

1846 – After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1851 – Gail Borden announces invention of condensed milk. 1865 – Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America. 1865 – General Robert E. Lee named Commander-In-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War. 1871 – Millions of birds fly over western San Francisco, darkening the skies. 1874 – Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri. 1900 – The final report of the USA’s Philippine Commission is released, favoring territorial government for the islands with home rule in local affairs, but with US assumptions of ultimate responsibility for the government. 1905 …..

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Missing bird has been found

A Macaw that was reported missing Friday is back home and doing well. The bird’s owner reported Saturday morning it was fine and enjoying a meal of chicken wings. The bird was reported to have flown away from its home in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park on Friday afternoon. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 30

I want to elaborate on an article we have on our news page….’Missing Macaw Needs Your Help’…..One of the owners of a business in the industrial park has the most beautiful ‘big bird’ I have ever seen, in his business. Saw it earlier this week, on the shoulder of the owner. The Macaw enjoys much freedom, however, late Friday when the outside door was opened the big, beautiful bird flew away. It is about 2 feet tall, with a 3-4 foot wing span and is red, yellow, blue and green in color. If you see this big beautiful bird, call 910-619-2591 or contact the Sheriff’s Dept. Had a minister tell …..

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Boys Basketball: Heide Trask 78, West Bladen 70

League-leader Heide Trask won their sixteenth straight game Friday night as they defeated the West Bladen Knights 78-70 in Four County Conference boys basketball action at Rocky Point. The Titans improved to 9-0 in league play and 18-1 overall. Sophmore Shaquille Johnson staked the Knights to an early lead as he slammed in a dunk for the game’s first basket off of a steal and assist from senior Stefan McDonald. Freshman Keshawn Lewis nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner and added another basket. McDonald netted a basket and a free throw, and junior John Bowen, sophmore Jonathan Robinson and Johnson dropped in baskets as the Knights took a 16-12 …..

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McDuffie Pest Control along with PPMA Announces Zika virus is spreading drastically

McDuffie Pest Control and the National Pest Management Association report the Zika virus, a disease causing pathogen spread to humans through mosquito bites, being found in the U.S. According to the information sent the virus is quickly gaining momentum as human cases are being confirmed in states across the country, including FL, TX, NY, NJ and more according to National Pest Management Association. In addition to the illness associated with the virus, there is great concern about the virus’ potential effect in pregnant women as there is mounting evidence of a link to microcephaly, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development in infants according to the report. The U.S. …..

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Aviation Director visits Elizabethtown

North Carolina Division Of Aviation Director, Bobby Walston, P.E., flew into Elizabethtown today for the North Carolina Association of Airport’s State board meeting held at the Elizabethtown Town Hall. According to ncairports.org, the mission of the NC Association of Airports is to promote aviation & airport management in North Carolina through networking and professional development. The NC Airports Association is a not-for-profit organization consisting of Executive, Professional, Affiliate and Honorary members. The NC Division of Aviation core purpose is to provide Aviation Safety and Education Programs, State and Federal Airport Project Grants, Air transportation, operations, and support for state agencies, and Management of the state’s Unmanned Aircraft System Initiatives according to ncleg.net. Share:

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Boys Basketball: Pender 74, East Bladen 52

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Playing with only two of their regular varsity players and five players called up from the jayvee team – East Bladen’s Eagles dropped a 74-52 Four County Conference decision at Pender Friday night. “It was a decision made after a meeting between school and athletic officials, including myself,” said East Bladen Coach Ken Cross. Regular varsity players Trevor Lloyd and Jermaine Robinson and five players up from the jayvee team comprised the Eagle roster at Pender. Robinson nailed a couple of 3-point shots and vaulted the Eagles into a quick 6-0 lead. The senior wing player tallied 10 points in the quarter, and Lloyd drained a …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Pender 46, East Bladen 43

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Pender defeated East Bladen 46-43 Friday night in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action at Pender. The Patriots jumped in front 7-4 early then padded their lead to 23-18 at halftime. The Eagles rallied with 15 points in the third quarter to trim the Pender lead to 34-33 at the third quarter break. Pender outscored the visitors 12-10 in the final period to claim the victory. Sophmore Xavier Wooten poured in 17 points to lead the East Bladen scoring. Sadique Ingram pumped in 14 points for East Bladen, and guard Darrell Banks tossed in 8 points. Five East Bladen jayvee players were called up to …..

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Girls Basketball: West Bladen 50, Heide Trask 32

West Bladen’s Lady Knights built a 23-13 halftime lead en route to a 50-32 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Heide Trask at Rocky Point Friday night. Junior Alanna Ludlum, junior Logan Autry and freshman Erika McKoy threw in first quarter baskets, and Autry and junior Kaylee Stevens hit free throws as the Lady Knights took an 8-5 first quarter lead. Junior Laikyn Pait fired in a pair of second quarter baskets and a free throw, and center Jerena Purdie worked the paint for 2 more baskets. Junior Kassidy Anderson and McKoy added a basket each, and sophmore Patience Parker canned 2 free throws as the Lady Knights stretched …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 60, Pender 16

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Senior Lacey Suggs posted a double-double of 17 points and 13 steals as East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rolled to a 60-16 Four County Conference girls basketball victory at Pender Friday night. Junior Danielle McDowell tossed in a basket and 2 free throws in the first quarter, and Suggs, senior Christiana Cromartie and freshman Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson added baskets as the Lady Eagles grabbed a 10-2 lead. The Lady Eagles broke the game open with a 24-3 second quarter blitz that stretched the lead to 34-5. Ward sank 5 of 6 free throws and added a basket during the run. Moore-Peterson netted 2 baskets and 2 free thows, …..

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JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 36, Pender 11

Deija Edwards and Anna Kate White tossed in 8 points each Friday to lead East Bladen’s jayvee girls to a 36-11 Four County Conference basketball victory at Pender. The Lady Eagles grabbed a 4-0 first quarter lead and stretched the lead to 12-2 at halftime. A 14-7 third quarter spurt pushed the East Bladen lead to 26-9 after 3 quarters. Alexus Lewis fired in 6 points for the winners, and Miasha Smith and Sarah Johnson added 5 points each. Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles evened their Four County record at 3-3 and will host Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday at 4 p.m. East Bladen (36) – Jayme LeeAnn Frady, Kabarah Moore, Miasha …..

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This Day in History for January 30

1781 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland. 1797 – US Congress refuses to accept 1st petition from African-Americans. 1800 – US population: 5,308,483; African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%) 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a US President. 1847 – Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco. 1911 – 1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba. 1919 – Reds hire Pat Moran as manager as Christy Mathewson, is still in France in US Army. 1928 – 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US. 1933 – “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC …..

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Big Blue and Stihl Company Host Class for local Fire Departments

David Beyer with the Elizabethtown Big Blue Store took chainsaws and other Stihl Company products to the Elizabethtown Fire Department on Friday. All the county fire departments were invited to come to the Stihl Company Product and Proper Usage Training Class on Friday. Firefighters used the chainsaws and other Stihl products to cut through metals, woods and other objects they may see out on calls. According the the firefighters the class was very helpful and much appreciated. Share:

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Elizabethtown Council to meet Monday

The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday might to discuss several matters. The council will hear a concern from citizen Catherine Graves concerning deposit monies for landlords for water. The council will also consider a petition for voluntary annexation and is asked to either approve or deny the request. If approved, the board will then be tasked with setting a date for a public hearing regarding the request. Other resolutions to be considered include a resolution of support for the Connect NC Bond and to declare surplus property for the public services department and police department. Under administrative matters, the council will hear a report on bridge repair on …..

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FOUR COUNTY EMC AWARDS 5000 DOLLARS THROUGH OPERATION ROUND UP® TO BLADENBORO FIRE DEPARTMENT

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Four County Electric Membership Corporation has donated 5,000 dollars through its Operation Round Up® TRUST Fund to Bladenboro Fire Department to purchase a thermal imaging camera for their firefighters. The camera will allow firefighters to see areas of heat through smoke, darkness or heat-permeable barriers. Thermal imaging cameras can “see” through darkness or smoke and allow firefighters to quickly find the base of a structure fire, or see the heat sign of visually buried victims. “We have one thermal infrared camera we’re presently using, but with the purchase of one more camera we’ll be providing additional safety for the community and our firefighters,” Fire Chief Jackie Coleman stated. “We’re extremely grateful …..

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Bladen County Commissioners to meet on Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday night and discuss several agenda items. Dr. Robert Heavenridge, of Bladen County Schools, is scheduled to discuss the Bladen County Schools’ facility needs survey. Bladen County Fire Marshall Bradley Kinlaw is set to present and amendment to the Clarkson Rural Fire District funding agreement to the board and is anticipated to ask the Commissioners to declare old personal storage lockers as surplus and donate them to public safety agencies. Bladen County Emergency Medical Services Chief David Howell will present the Commissioners with a request to reclassify an EMT-Intermediate position to a Paramedic position and Sheriff Jim McVicker will ask the …..

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Bladenboro Historical Society places monuments

The Bladenboro Historical Society placed monuments in front of four newly planted Crepe Myrtle trees at noon on Friday, Jan. 29. The trees are part of an ongoing landscaping project started this year by the Society. A landscape committee was appointed to research and develop a plan for beautification of the building. With the help of Bruce McLean, Bladen County Extension Office and the approval of the board, the plan was set in motion. The Historical Society voted to have the trees donated in honor or memory of someone in the community. Share:

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Elizabethtown Primary School releases honor roll

Elizabethtown Primary School has released the honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period.   Third Grade Superintendent’s List Xavier Hicks “A” Honor Roll Savanna Howell, Anna Miranda, Cara Priest, Kenneth Rhodie, Iveonna Ward “A/B” Honor Roll Lupita Baza, Jaedyn Beatty, Chace Butler, Gissele Campos-Almazo, Ryan Chambers, Ashley Estrada-Gonzalez, Angelina Emore, Joshua Harrington, Alex Hidalgo, Dalton Huff, Colin King, Sierra Lawson, Kamya Leach, Taylor Mackey, Kylie McGough, Maria Medina, Davion Miller, Lamaiya Morgan, Santana Palafox, Aja Pressley, Aletha Rich, Willie Sandavol, Aiden Schultz, Aubrey Schwable, Laila Smith, Jaiden Steffen, Jaamir Stevens, Jaylyn Suggs, Erica Surles, Mary Frances Sutton, Treimain Thomas, Gabriel Vargas, Marco Ventura, Reema Virden, Tylor Ward, Brianna …..

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Troxler to discuss national ag policy next week in Washington, D.C.

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will be in Washington, D.C., Sunday to Tuesday to discuss national agricultural policy with other commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture from across the country. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s annual Winter Policy Conference will bring together leaders to discuss pressing issues and federal policy affecting agriculture. Troxler plans to discuss topics such as disaster relief for farmers affected by weather and other disasters; implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act; and agriculture infrastructure. Other items on the conference agenda include the Trans-Pacific Partnership, conservation and biotechnology. “Farmers in a number of states – including North Carolina – took it on …..

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Missing dog is located

A family pet that went missing on Monday on Guyton Road has been located. Princess, who is a Husky mix with blue eyes, was let out on Monday afternoon and disappeared. Andrea Heverly is reporting this afternoon that Princess decided to visit a neighbor who took her in until her owners were found. “Thank you to everyone that helped and shared our (Facebook) post,” said Heverly. Princess was a Christmas gift to Heverly’s five-year-old son Cameron who missed her very much. The family is excited and relieved at her return. Share:

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Classic Cruisers Car Club donates to Hospice

Classic Cruisers Car Club recently donated $800 to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.  The club’s yearly car show raises funds to benefit local organizations. Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with advanced illnesses; support and counseling to families; and education in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties in North Carolina; and Horry County in South Carolina. For more information, visit www.lcfh.org or facebook.com/lcfhospice. Share:

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Bladenboro and Clarkton Fire Departments aid North Whiteville

The Bladenboro and Clarkton Fire Departments provided mutual aid to the North Whiteville Fire Department on Friday morning for a barn fire. The fire occurred on Peacock Road just inside the Columbus County line and claimed the barn and a pick up truck parked underneath it. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time. Share:

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Facebook Video Streaming

IPHONE/IPAD TIPS Facebook Video Streaming iOS 9.3 Apple HomeKit Live Streaming Is Now Available This is an awesome new feature for FB. It’s been in testing mode with celebrities for about 9 months. Now you can stream your life on Facebook. Ohhh, this could be bad!!! Reality TV for everyone!!!! Stream your kids life events to the grandparents who live far away. I just don’t know where the bandwidth is gonna come from. I bet FB has that figured out. To go live: Go to your main news feed. Click on status At the lower part of your screen above the keyboard, there is an icon with a head with …..

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For Better Living: Go for Whole Grains

By Sandra Cain With so many choices, it can be hard to sift through the variety of grain products to find the healthiest options. Having a basic understanding of the different types of grain products will help set you on the right path. Whole Grain. Whole grains have all of the edible parts of the grain intact.  This includes the bran, the germ and the endosperm. Whole wheat, oatmeal and brown rice are all examples of whole grains. Refined Grain. Refined grains are milled to remove the bran and germ. They are missing the valuable B vitamins, iron and fiber of whole grains. White bread, white rice and products made …..

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Bladen County Junior Betas headed to state convention

The Junior Beta Clubs from Bladen County are making final preparations to attend the 24th annual Junior Beta Convention held at the Sheraton Four Seasons hotel in Greensboro on Monday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, Feb. 2, and we wish them all well. According to CSD’s Heather Thompson, who serves as a state sponsor, there are 4,200 Betas registered for this year’s state convention. Clarkton School of Discovery’s Andrew Cahn is seeking the office of Chaplain for Beta Club. CSD Betas Autumn Brisson, Alyssa Bell, Cybil Campbell and Olivia Sholar will sing the national anthem for the opening of the convention. East Arcadia Elementary Betas are scheduled to take part in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 29

Prepare for another big change in the weather.  Windy and warmer is the forecast for today. Both high school basketball teams play tonight.  East Bladen at Pender and West Bladen at Heide Trask. East Bladen girls (19-0, 9-0) and West Bladen boys (14-4, 5-4) are having very good seasons. Check BladenOnline article related to Youth Rally at E-town Middle School Sunday, March 6. Well, did you watch the Presidential debate last evening, or did you watch the Trump affair?  Or did you, like me, decide to skip the events? Iowa caucuses will be held Monday, February 1st.  New Hampshire is the next stop, followed by South Carolina.  North Carolina voters …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Tar Heel 25, East Arcadia 24

Kendall Johnson sank the winning free throw with 3 seconds left to play as Tar Heel rallied for a 25-24 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory at East Arcadia Thursday. East Arcadia had led 24-22, but Tar Heel’s Tyre Boykin stole an in-bounds pass, was fouled and made two free throws to tie the game with 12 seconds left to play. Johnson then stole the ball and raced for a possible winning lay-up, but was fouled and nailed the second free throw to give the visitors the win. Boykin tossed in 6 of his game-high 10 points in the first half as Tar Heel built 14-11 lead. Teammate …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 33, Elizabethtown 31

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Center Javant McDowell posted a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 33-31 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over visiting Elizabethtown Thursday night. The Blue Devils improve to 4-0 with the victory and take sole possession of first place in the league. Elizabethtown is now 3-1. Elizabethtown’s Majuan McKoy drilled in a 12-footer and flipped in a floater as the Cougars pulled to within 4 points in the fourth quarter. McDowell put back a rebound, hit a free throw and turned a Tashuan Berkeley pass into a lay-up and a 30-23 lead with 4:00 left …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 25, Elizabethtown 21

By Kenneth Armstrong Khadijah Jones pumped in 18 points and keyed an 8-0 third quarter spurt that propelled Clarkton School of Discovery to a 25-21 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over visiting Elizabethtown Thursday. The Lady Blue Devils trailed 14-13 at halftime, but Jones stole the ball 3 times and raced for lay-ups then drove the lane for another lay-up and a 21-14 Clarkton lead. Jones stole the ball again and flipped in a runner to begin the fourth quarter. Elizabethtown’s Patience Ward interrupted the Clarkton run with a transition lay-up, but Jones turned another steal into a lay-up that stretched the lead to 25-16. After Chasity Carter made …..

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County-Wide Youth Rally

A County-Wide Youth Rally is in the planning stages and help is needed. Mrs. Cheryl West has sent out an invitation try to reach anyone willing to assist in the project to join a meeting this Sunday, January 31st at 4pm.  Thus far the plan will be to have the event on Sunday, March 6th at the Elizabethtown Middle School gym. West said, “Biggest part is getting the kids there.  Churches are going to bring their youth, but we want the unchurched, so how do we get them there?” West suggests, “My idea is why we need as many and all the churches to commit to a perimeter in the …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball, Bladenboro 42, Elizabethtown 35

Bladenboro’s one-two scoring punch of Kasee Singletary and Elexus Corrothers combined for 32 points Tuesday and led the Lady Bulldogs into first-place in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference with a 42-35 victory over visiting Elizabethtown. Singletary poured in a season-high 19 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs, while Corrothers racked up 13 points. Their total was needed to offset a season-high 31-point scoring barrage by Elizabethtown’s Patience Ward. Share:

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The Mother County Genealogical Society meets

The Mother County Genealogical Society meets on the second Saturday of even numbered months from 12:00 to 2:00 PM in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro, NC.  The next meeting is on February 13th.  Our scheduled speaker, Kelly Baldwin, will present the history of Abbottsburg.  Following the Civil War, Abbottsburg became, by far, the biggest town in Bladen County.  Come find out why.  After the meeting, from 2:00-4:00 PM, stay and visit the museum. The Mother County Genealogical Society  and the Bladenboro Historical Society are non-profit donation -supported organizations.   Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 29

1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1802 – John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress. 1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” 1st published (NYC) 1848 – Greenwich Mean Time adopted in Scotland. 1861 – Kansas became the 34th state of the Union. 1924 – R. Taylor patented the ice cream cone rolling machine. 1936 – The first members of major league baseball’s Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY. 1948 – Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players. 1949 – “The Newport News” was commissioned as …..

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Bladenboro Primary releases second nine weeks honor roll

Bladenboro Primary has released their honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period. Third Grade Superintendent’s List Holland Davis A Honor Roll Erin Hewett Flor Jacome-Duarte Quinasia Lee Deikan Moretz Dorien Rivera Eileen Rojas Sandoval Aiden Russ Richard Severine Madison Wilkins A/B Honor Roll Cade Allen Jerrah Babson Kallie Bass Aurora Bennett Jade Black Danny Chavez Ortiz Jack Combs Alanna Dowless Cole Dowless Madison Duncan Jonathan Guijosa-Santiago Georgia Hester Addison King Joshua Lennon Gracie McCarthy Jackson Pait Alayna Parnell Nicholas Rick Hillary Roblero Sandoval Neveah Singletary Fourth Grade Superintendent’s List Mary Davis A Honor Roll Steven Batton Katie Branch Mallory Bryan Will Durden Madison Evers Jenna McLean Kaci Nance …..

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YOU DECIDE: Does North Carolina follow a wilder economic ride?

Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension I love the North Carolina State Fair. My wife will tell you that around June 1 I start the countdown to the opening of the fair. Everything about the fair – the farm animals, the exhibits, the food, the happy people, and even the rides – appeals to me. Maybe my “love affair” with the State Fair has something to do with my youth. My father would frequently take me to a local county fair where my favorite activity was riding the rollercoaster. Which brings me to the point of today’s column: Our economy is very much like a rollercoaster. There are periods …..

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Boys Basketball: Wallace-Rose Hill 64, West Bladen 55

Wallace-Rose Hill capitalized on a 30 free throw advantage at the foul line to defeat visiting West Bladen 64-55 in Four County Conference boys basketball action Wednesday night. The Bulldogs made 23 of their 42 free throw attempts. West Bladen only shot 12 free throws and made 7 of them. The Knights were whistled for 25 fouls, and  Sayaun Dent and Jimmy Williams fouled out. The physical and aggressive Bulldogs were whistled for only 13 fouls in the game. Freshman Keshawn Lewis, sophmore Shaquille Johnson and junior John Bowen nailed 3-point shots in the first quarter as the Knights took a 16-14 lead. Dent and senior Stefan McDonald dropped in …..

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Bladen Lakes Primary School Honor Roll for second nine weeks

Bladen Lakes Primary School has released its honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period. Third Grade A HONOR ROLL Anjeliett Albarran Brihanna Autry Michael Dixon Sadie-Jon Enloe J’Von Junious Leslie Lemus-Basilio Nickolas Shipman A/B HONOR ROLL Kadence Allman Gabriela Ayers Taylor Call Brionna Collins Lynn Escobar-Perez Abigail Guevara Charity Highsmith-Lanier Brandon Kersey Sawyer Landreth Antuan Martinez-Sanchez Filip Mejia-Rygiel Joelene Merritt Teasia McDowell Alexis Moore Christopher Ramirez-Labra Leilani Shultz Jacob Trent Smith Sydney Thompson Jazmin Valerio Sayvion West Fourth Grade SUPERINTENDENT’S LIST Bethany Kulp Abel Pagan Geniyah Wells A HONOR ROLL Jake Futrell Oswaldo Gonzalez-Lopez Trenton Hughes Landon Merritt A/B HONOR ROLL Jaime Delgado Esparza Conner Dixon Amaiyah Harrison …..

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Civitas Poll: Clinton Maintains Strong Lead among NC Democrats

RALEIGH – A new Civitas poll shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintains a strong lead in the Democratic primary race in North Carolina. The poll asked likely Democratic primary election voters who their current choice is among the Democratic presidential hopefuls. 53 percent said Clinton, while 28 percent said they favored Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Fifteen percent said they did not know who they would vote for. Clinton and Sanders polled far ahead of others on the ballot, including former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who received 2 percent in our poll. The exact text of the relevant question follows. (Totals may not equal 100 percent due to rounding.) …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary welcomes new members

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday afternoon at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown and welcomed two new members to the club. Rotarians Jamie Davis and Wayne Edge received their new member packets and were welcomed to the club by President Renee Horton. Later in the meeting, Wayne Schaeffer (pictured right), also a new member to club, introduced himself to the group and gave a brief history of himself. He is a retired US Navy veteran and retired from civil service.  Horton led the group in a business meeting where discussions included plans for the club’s upcoming 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the USO of North Carolina which …..

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Dog lost in vicinity of Guyton Road

The Heverly family needs your help to locate their missing puppy.  The puppy answers to the name of Princess and is about 12 weeks old. She is a Husky mix with blue eyes and was last seen on Guyton Road on Monday afternoon. “We let her out to go to the bathroom Monday around 4:30 p.m. and have not seen her since. She has often went to the neighbors and sat at their door. The neighbors have been nice enough to bring her back,” said Andrea Heverly. Andrea Heverly said Princess was a Christmas gift for her five-year-old son, Cameron. “My son has cried everyday since she left and wants to …..

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State EOG Averages: Public Charter Students outperform Traditional Public Students

According to official state data, how do public charter students compare to public traditional students on state End-of Grade tests?  Each year, the NC Department of Public Instruction publishes the results of state End-of-Grade testing. The results include both traditional public students and public charter students, as all public charter schools are required to take EOGs. Each year, NCDPI calculates a state average. The average reflects the percentage of EOG tests passed on the first administration. This year’s state average is 56.6 percent. This student performance average includes all public students in the state, both traditional and charter. This average is interesting, as public charter schools are required to have …..

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Medical Lab Technology scholarships awarded at SCC

Sherida Coatney and Ian Ashley were recently announced as the recipients of Southeastern Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to second-year MLT students who are about to enter their final semester of the program. Funding for the scholarship is acquired through contributions from MLT Club fundraisers and donations from the community. Coatney, of Clarkton, is a graduate of West Bladen High School. She completed her Phlebotomy degree and has been working as Phlebotomist while studying Medical Lab Technology. Ashley, of Wilmington, is a graduate of New Hanover High School. The Medical Laboratory Technician is the scientific investigator of medicine. The MLT performs lab tests on …..

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Dublin Primary School Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Third Grade: Superintendent’s List:  Gabriella Bray “A” Honor Roll:  Danity Ballard, Kara Gause, Emily Lewis, Ryder Faircloth, Emma Gryczynski, Angel Ramon-Reyes, Garrett Dunham, Chason Harris, Lidia Lopez-Cardona, Kayleigh Melvin, Madison Sullivan “A/B” Honor Roll:  Devyn Clanton, Micah Hearn, Raul Morales, John Morgan, Connor Smith, Gabe Cashwell, Kayla Hewitt, Sherlyn Martinez, James McVicker, Conner Monroe, Issac Munoz, Samuel Smith, Nolan Wilkins, Kyle Knepper, Scott Parnell, Jazmin Tapia, Pablo Basquez Aguilar Principal’s List:  Da’Shawn Washington, Alexander Labra, Khamani Shipman Fourth Grade: Superintendent’s List:  Britt Sasser “A” Honor Roll:  Levi German, Trinity Hearn, Trinity Johnson, Ashley Resendiz, Gael Rosales, Akemiona Baldwin, Ashlye Corrales Guzman, Riley McIntyre, Erin Murdock, Samuel Cain, Shelton Locklear, Winston …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 28

See a few political signs ‘popping up’ around the county.  The primary election is about 7 weeks away. Will be interesting to see if moving the election from the first Tuesday in May to March 15 will have any effect on local activity.  The dates were changed to allow North Carolina voters to be involved in the selection of the next president. Hopefully there will be more interest than in recent elections. Still have high hopes for 2016. Keep hearing the “R” word….recession.  Hope not. Keep hearing about fraud related to ‘crop insurance.’  A Columbus County resident pled guilty to Mail Fraud and Money Laundering charges and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.  …..

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Super Bowl 2-Man Texas Scramble Golf Tournament Scheduled For Vineyard Golf At White Lake

Vineyard Golf at White Lake is scheduling a Super Bowl 2-Man Texas Scramble tournament to be held Saturday, February 6 with a shotgun tee time of 12 noon. The cost for individuals is $50 for members and $60 for visitors. There will be a skins game which will cost $20 extra per team. A putting contest at $10 per player will also be held. Food will be included. The tournament will be flighted for winners and skins game. The pay off for the skins game will stay within each flight. For any information call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 Share:

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Boys Basketball: Wallace-Rose Hill 64, West Bladen 55

Wallace-Rose Hill defeated West Bladen 64-55 Wednesday night in Four County Conference boys basketball action at Wallace. The game had been rescheduled from December due to the Bulldogs participation in the Class 1AA Football State Championship game. The Knights are now 5-4 in league play and 14-5 overall. West Bladen will travel to Rocky Point Friday night to play Four County leader Heide Trask. More details on Wednesday’s game when they become available. Share:

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Girls Basketball: Wallace-Rose Hill 50, West Bladen 27

Senior Justice Carr and sophmore Sedajah Murphy combined for 29 points to lead Wallace-Rose Hill to a 50-27 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over visiting West Bladen Wednesday night. Carr threw in 7 points, and Murphy nailed a 3-pointer and another basket as the Lady Bulldogs raced to an 18-4 first period lead. The Lady Knights rallied with a 7-2 second quarter spurt. Junior Logan Autry tossed in a basket and a free throw, junior Jerena Purdie sank 2 free throws, and junior Laikyn Pait added a basket as West closed the gap to 20-11 at halftime. Murphy racked up 9 third period points, and Carr tallied 4 more …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 28

1851 – Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered. 1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 1864 – Battle of New Bern, NC. 1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven,CT) 1878 – George W. Coy is 1st full-time telephone operator. 1902 – Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, DC. 1909 – US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time. 1915 – US President Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates. 1922 – Knickerbocker Storm, Washington, DC’s biggest snowfall, causes the city’s greatest loss of life when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater collapses, killing 98 patrons. 1953 – J. Fred Muggs (the chimp) …..

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Bladen County Sports

JV Girls Basketball, West Bladen 41, Wallace-Rose Hill 29

West Bladen’s jayvee girls moved into first place in the Four County Conference with a 41-29 basketball victory at Wallace-Rose Hill Wednesday. It was the second straight victory for Coach Joe Lewis’ Lady Knights over Wallace-Rose Hill. West Bladen defeated the Lady Bulldogs 49-46 at West Tuesday. West Bladen is now 4-1 in league play and 5-5 overall. Freshman Conner Brisson fired in 12 points to lead the Lady Knight scoring. Teammate Delvondra Johnson turned in one of her best games of the season with 11 points. Sophmore Mikayla Winebarger tossed in 10 points for the winners. Johnson and Chasitty Lacy nailed 3-point shots for West Bladen. The Lady Knights …..

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Bladen County Sports

Middle School Boys, Elizabethtown 60, Bladenboro 44

Majuan McKoy fired in 20 points Tuesday night to lead Elizabethtown’s Cougars to a 60-44 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory at Bladenboro. Teammate Jordan Robinson pumped in 11 points, and Cory McKoy added 10 points for the winners. Shy’Ron Adams topped the Bulldog scoring with 18 points. Tray Ballard followed with 8 points, and Da’Shawn Hines finished with 7 points. The Cougars connected on 15 of 29 free throw attempts. The Bulldogs left a lot of points at the foul line as they converted only 19 of 48 free throws. Ballard sank 3 free throws, and Adams and Austin Smith dropped in a basket and a free …..

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Child injured in Monday afternoon collision

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that occurred on Monday afternoon on NC 131. According to reports, a mother and her child were involved in the collision. Only the child was sent to the hospital and an air ambulance was sent as a precautionary measure, according to reports. The investigation is continuing.   Share:

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Fan waxes poetic about his favorite Superbowl team

One avid Carolina Panthers fan, has high hopes for his team during the 50th Superbowl. So much so, that he even wrote a poem about it. Donnie Ezzell, a sixth grade student in Heather Thompson’s class at the Clarkson School of Discovery, wrote a poem for a class assignment prior to Christmas called Carolina Panthers—Twas the Night Before the Superbowl. At the time, the Carolina Panthers were marching steadily towards a Superbowl berth. When Ezzell learned earlier this month the team will officially be going to play in the Superbowl, he said, “I was very happy.” Thompson said that when she originally made the assignment, Ezzell asked her about possible …..

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Eastpointe Area Board Appoints former EVP and CFO Sarah Stroud as CEO

Eastpointe Human Services, a regional behavioral health Managed Care Organization serving 12 North Carolina counties, announced today that Sarah N. Stroud, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed CEO of Eastpointe, effective immediately. The Eastpointe Area Board voted on Tuesday to appoint Stroud to replace Ken Jones who announced earlier this month that he would be retiring April 1. Stroud brings more than 20 years of executive experience in financial, clinical, operational and network management roles with LME/MCOs across the state. In her time at Eastpointe, Sarah has played a substantial role in strengthening the organization’s operations. Prior to entering the behavioral health care industry, she spent …..

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Gala to benefit neonatal intensive care unit

The smallest patients at Southeastern Regional Medical Center will be in the spotlight and will benefit from the funds raised at the Southeastern Health Foundation’s 24th annual gala, “Le Cirque de Rouge.” The black-tie event, which is set for Friday, Feb. 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Southeastern Agricultural Center in Lumberton, will raise funds to help support the expanded neonatal intensive care unit at SRMC, which is the hub of SeHealth. “As part of the medical community, we need the extended service of providing neonatology services for our smallest patients,” said co-chair Vicki Bell.  “The funds will serve to provide medical equipment to upgrade neonatal care at the …..

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Bladen County Businesses Create Commerce in Columbus County

Several Bladen County businesses took part in the 78th annual Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Mini Business Expo. The event was held on Monday at the Northwood Assembly of God facility on US Hwy. 701 South. The event was well attended with lots of information available. Brad Crowell with Bladen Office Supply and Matt McClean with S. Preston Douglas & Associates were inducted as incoming Chamber Board Members, and they also have businesses in Bladen County. McDuffie Pest Control, Bladen Office Supply, Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams & Co., First Bank, Interim Healthcare, BB&T, S. Preston Douglas & Associates, and Woodmen of the World were …..

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February is Pet Dental month

Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age. Periodontal disease is a progressive and irreversible loss of the structures surrounding the teeth (see image A) caused by chronic infection and inflammation in the mouth. When your pet eats, residual food particles in the mouth promote growth of bacteria. The bacteria form a slime layer, known as plaque, which attaches to the teeth and hardens to form …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 27

Interesting that many counties north and west of Bladen are still dealing with snow and ice.  Many school delays today, primarily north of the Raleigh-Durham area.  Remember when our local schools were closed for an extended period of time due to the weather? So what do you think of Donald Trump’s announcement that he would ‘skip’ the next debate in Iowa?  One thing I would say about Mr. Trump….he is not afraid to make bold statements and bold moves.  Time will tell…. I decided to take a look at previous winners in Iowa: 2008     Barack Obama & Mike Huckabee 2004     John Kerry & George W. Bush …..

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Boys Basketball: Wallace-Rose Hill 71, West Bladen 51

Wallace-Rose Hill’s Johnnie Glaspie fired in 26 points Tuesday night to lead the Bulldogs to a 71-51 Four County Conference boys basketball victory at West Bladen. Glaspie who is committed to attend East Carolina next year on a football scholarship drained a 3-point shot and scored 11 points in the first period as the Bulldogs took a 21-12 lead. “We had four keys to the game,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “To give a great effort; give up no points off turnovers and second shots; and to play good defense.” “Our defensive rotations were terrible,” continued Coach Pait. “And we gave up points off turnovers and second shots.” The …..

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Girls Basketball: Wallace-Rose Hill 43, West Bladen 38

Wallace-Rose Hill cashed in on 7 of 9 fourth quarter foul shots and claimed a pivotal 43-38 Four County Conference girls basketball victory at West Bladen Tuesday night. The Bulldogs took a 32-28 lead into the final quarter, but West freshman Erika McKoy popped in a corner jumper, and junior Laikyn Pait turned a Logan Autry in-bounds pass into a lay-up – 3 times in the game Autry found Pait in the lane for baskets on in-bounds plays. A Pait free throw edged the Lady Knights ahead 33-32. After a Wallace bucket, Autry drilled a 17-foot jumper for a 35-34 West lead. The Lady Bulldogs went up 37-35, but junior …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 32, Tar Heel 29

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Javant McDowell and Tashuan Berkeley combined for 22 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 32-29 Bladen Five Middle School Boys Basketball victory at Tar Heel Tuesday night. McDowell topped the Clarkton scoring list with 14 points, and Berkeley followed with 8 points. Tyre Boykin fired in a game-high 20 points for Tar Heel, and teammate Jadicus Register pumped in 9 points for the Panthers who only dressed six players for the game. Boykin drained a pair of 3-point shots in the first period, and Register added a basket and a free throw as the Panthers took an early 9-5 lead. McDowell worked the paint for a pair …..

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Middle School Girls: Clarkton School of Discovery 34, Tar Heel 16

Khadijah Jones poured in 18 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 34-16 Bladen Five Middle School girls basketball victory at Tar Heel Tuesday. Abbie Cross fired in 4 first quarter points as the Lady Blue Devils grabbed an early 7-1 lead. Lauren Bowen threw in 4 points in the second quarter as the Clarkton lead grew to 15-7. Katie Evans and Jones netted baskets in the period. Shelby Pharr, Brianna McNeill and Claudia Cuc-Reyes tallied one basket each in the second quarter for Tar Heel. Jones tossed in 5 third quarter points to stretch the lead to 24-14. Lorna Mendell and Jaya Howell chipped in with a …..

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JV Girls Basketball: West Bladen 49, Wallace-Rose Hill 46

Freshmen Conner Brisson and Chasitty Lacy and sophmore Mikayla Winebarger combined for 34 points Tuesday night to lead West Bladen’s jayvee girls to a 49-46 Four County Conference basketball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill. Brisson topped the Lady Knight scoring with 12 points, and Lacy and Winebarger followed with 11 points each. Sophmore Indiyah Williams added 7 points for the winners. Lacy drained a 3-point shot and sank 2 free throws in the first quarter, but West trailed 6-5 at the quarter break. Winebarger made 4 of 6 free throws in the second quarter and added a basket, but the Lady Bulldogs held on to an 18-17 halftime lead. Brisson took …..

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Boys Basketball: Clinton 62, East Bladen 48

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON – A dominating third quarter lifted Clinton to a 62-48 victory over East Bladen on Tuesday night in a Four County Conference basketball game. The Dark Horses turned a one-point halftime edge into a 12 point lead at the end of the third quarter in moving into second place in the league standings behind unbeaten Heide Trask. Clinton is 6-2 in conference play and 11-6 in all games. Denzel Johnson had 12 points to lead East Bladen, which dropped to 2-7 in the conference and 5-12 overall. “They got that little run and that was it,” East Bladen coach Ken Cross said. “Otherwise, it was …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Wallace-Rose Hill 58, West Bladen 46

Wallace-Rose Hill grabbed a 17-7 first-quarter lead and maintained that margin for a 58-46 Four County Conference jayvee boys victory at West Bladen Tuesday night. Freshman Kerron Washington tossed in 5 first quarter points for West Bladen and added 5 more points in the second quarter as the Knights whittled one point off the Bulldog lead. Teammate Gerardo Reyes fired in 6 points in the second quarter, and guard Jaheim Lesane threw in 4 points, but the Knights still trailed 35-26 at halftime. Wallace led 41-32 after 3 quarters. Reyes and Nhyki Richardson bombed in 3-point shots in the final period, but the Bulldogs outscored West 17-14 in the quarter. …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 42, Clinton 38

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON – The shots weren’t falling. Drives to the basket were contested. And the defense couldn’t keep Clinton from shooting free throws. But when it counted most, top-ranked East Bladen made the plays Tuesday night in beating the Dark Horses 42-38 in a Four County Conference girls basketball game. The Eagles improved to 9-0 in the conference and 19-0 overall. Clinton, ranked No. 10 in the latest NC Preps poll, fell to 6-2 and 14-4. Lacey Suggs scored 17 points, including nine in the decisive fourth quarter, as East Bladen moved closer to winning another regular season conference championship. Brielle Mitchell scored 17 points to lead …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Clinton 61, East Bladen 52

CLINTON – Clinton made six free throws in the final minute to hold off an East Bladen rally in beating the Eagles 61-52 on Tuesday in a Four County Conference junior varsity boys basketball game. East Bladen fell behind 30-22 at half and 46-36 at the end of the third quarter. A pair of baskets by Xavier Wooten cut the deficit to 55-52 with 1:10 remaining, but Clinton made its free throws to seal the victory. Messiah Leach scored 19 points to lead East Bladen. The teams played on even terms through the first quarter with Clinton taking a 14-10 advantage. The Dark Horses doubled their margin by half and …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 27

This Day in History – January 27 1671 – Pirate Henry Morgan lands at Panama City. 1785 – 1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia. 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1891 – Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. 1915 – US Marines occupy Haiti. 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater. 1926 – US Senate agrees to join World Court. 1943 – 1st US air attack on Germany (Wilhelmshafen) 1948 – 1st tape recorder sold. 1951 – “Peter Pan” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances. 1961 – “Sing Along with Mitch” {Miller} premieres on NBC TV. 1965 …..

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North Carolina’s December unemployment figures released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from November’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 5.0 percent. North Carolina’s December 2015 unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point higher than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 17,547 over the month to 4,522,298 and increased 147,029 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 799 over the month to 269,833, and increased 19,806 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 6,900 to 4,289,900 in December. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase …..

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Vickie Clark talks about her Biggest Loser experience

Bladenboro’s Vickie Clark, who was voted off the Biggest Loser show Monday, took time to talk about her experience on the show. She said her time on the show was both challenging as well as a learning experience. Clark said being a contestant on Biggest Loser “ranks right up there.” “Behind my medical mission trips, it would come in a close second. I still can’t believe that we were chosen for such an opportunity and it has been a huge opportunity. It still is a surreal thing,” said Clark of her time on the show. She said it was one of the most challenging things she has experienced both physically, …..

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Bladen native is enjoying making music in Nashville

By: Erin Smith Bladen County native Chris James is excited and enthusiastic as he talks about his music career. James has been busy recently following a move to Nashville, Tenn. to work on advancing his vocation. “I’ve been wanting to move there for a while,” said James. He said he has not been disappointed with the relocation. Since his move, James has been involved in an internship with Red Ridge Entertainment that involves booking shows for artists, playing in his own shows, creating a business plan for investors, and working on writing a new album. James said the internship involves learning about the many business aspects of the music industry …..

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County to attempt homeless count

By: Erin Smith Bladen County Department of Social Services is preparing to attempt a count of Bladen County’s homeless population on Wednesday night. Miller said during the Healthy Bladen Collaborative meeting the census will be conducted with assistance from area law enforcement agencies. Miller said that the homeless count can provide data that can be utilized when  applying for certain grants. She said that Bladen County will be doing what is called a street count, where they actually go out and travel the various streets in the county and attempt to locate those that are homeless. the results of the count will be reported through the regional housing office. “It is difficult …..

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Education Lottery provides funds to schools

According to the North Carolina Lottery, funds raised through playing the various games affiliated with the lottery support our state’s education system. So where does the money go? According to the NC Education Lottery website, $4 billion have been raised in the nine years the lottery has existed.  The funds are spent with 58 percent going towards school support personnel, 19 percent going towards, school construction, 15 percent going towards prekindergarten, 6 percent going towards need-based college scholarships and 2 percent going towards UNC system need based scholarships. According to the Education Lottery website, since the lottery was implemented in March 2006, Bladen County has been allotted $16,685,226. Bladen County …..

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CHEC to host open house, ribbon cutting

Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center, or C.H.E.C., will host an open house and ribbon cutting in conjunction with the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 pm. The center moved to its new location beside Shoe Show and across from EyeWorks in Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton in early January. The center was previously located across from the Biggs Park Mall office. Operating hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 910-671-9393. Share:

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Southeastern Hospice to host Adult Bereavement Support Group

Southeastern Hospice will host an Adult Bereavement Support Group for adults experiencing grief due to the loss of loved one through death.  The support group is open to the public.  The group will meet starting on Tuesday, Feb. 2, beginning at 3 p.m.  Meetings will last approximately 90 minutes and will be held in the conference room at Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton.  The group will meet for four consecutive Tuesdays, ending on Feb. 23.  For more information, please contact Rev. Bonnie Reedy at Southeastern Hospice House, 910-735-8887 or call Southeastern Hospice at 910-671-5655. Share:

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Members of Healthy Bladen Collaborative learn about grant opportunities

By: Erin Smith The members of the Healthy Bladen Collaborative met on Tuesday morning at the Bladen County Health Department and learned about grant opportunities. Kathleen Riley of the Cape Fear Resource conservation and Development, talked to the board about two distinct grant opportunities. The first grant opportunity is to do an in depth study of drainage issues in the region. The counties that would be involved in the study would include Bladen, Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus. “We’ll providing information of where the problems are,” said Riley. She told the group that drainage issues can be caused by a number of things including beavers and low-lying areas where …..

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Vickie Clark voted off Biggest Loser

Bladenboro’s Vickie Clark was eliminated from the Biggest Loser show last night, but in an update from home she said she has got her grove back and is still losing weight. Lauren Clark, however, remains on the show and both ladies are in the “wonderland” which is what the show refers to when a contestant gets below 200 pounds. Lauren also overcame feelings of negativity about herself to conquer her weight issue.   Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 26

Just a few days before the 2016 Presidential election begins…..only 10 months before the campaign is over and we can begin to condemn whoever is elected. If you had to vote today, who would you vote for?  Why? Ever listen to a candidate then check the facts….Sometimes the rhetoric doesn’t jive with the truth.  Still the greatest nation in the world. I actually love elections, but spend little time listening to candidates until the number of candidates dwindle.  There will be lots of time to evaluate the finalist before the November General Election. After elections, the topics of discussion narrow down to the weather, taxes and the stock market…nothing we …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 26

1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol. 1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library. 1837 – Michigan admitted as 26th US state. 1861 – Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War) 1870 – Virginia rejoins US. 1875 – Electric dental drill is patented by George F. Green. 1905 – World’s largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found in South Africa. 1913 – Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional. 1918 – Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for “wheatless” & “meatless” days for the war effort. 1920 – Former Ford Motor Co., executive Henry Leland …..

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Cape Fear Valley Health To Hold Suicide Prevention Workshop

Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health Care will hold a Community Suicide Prevention Workshop. The free seminar will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The seminar will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. John Bigger and Douglas Parrish from Behavioral Health Care are the featured speakers. They will discuss the growing problem of suicide (especially in the military community), its prevention and available community resources. They will also provide training on the use of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). The suicide risk identification scale was developed by Columbia University for use in children, age …..

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Center Road to re-open to traffic

Center Road is re-opened to traffic as of Monday afternoon, according to NC Department of Transportation Bladen County Engineer Kenneth Clark. He said that DOT crews had begun the replacement of the pipe on Center Road just south of Berry Lewis Road, but Clark said water intrusion was too rapid so crews chose to repair the pipe instead. “Instead, we patched the joint that failed so that we can get the road re-opened to traffic,” said Clark. DOT does plan to close this section of Center Road at a later date, most likely in the spring, to install a permanent solution to the problem, said Clark. Share:

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NC Forest Service find laurel wilt disease in Onslow County

RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service has confirmed that laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has been identified in Onslow County in an area along N.C. Highway 50 just north of Holly Ridge. The disease has been identified across the Southeast in portions of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. In North Carolina, it was first discovered in Bladen, Columbus, Pender and Sampson counties in 2011, Brunswick County in 2012, New Hanover County in 2013 and Duplin County in 2014. In North Carolina, sassafras, pondberry, pondspice, swampbay and spicebush also are in the laurel family and could be affected by this disease. Laurel …..

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Cape Fear SORBA holds bike race at Brown’s Creek Nature Park

By: Jacqueline Madden Members of Cape Fear SORBA hosted the Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series bike race at Brown’s Creek Nature Park on Sunday, January 24th. There was a total of 130 racers competing in the off-road race. Over 150 spectators came out to enjoy the beautiful day and watched as the competitors raced to the finish. According to SORBA member David Raynor, “this was the largest turnout that Cape Fear SORBA has ever had at a racing event.” The acronym ‘SORBA’ stands for Southern Off Road Bicycle Association. Cape Fear SORBA is one of many SORBA branches from all over the country and they have trails located in Elizabethtown, Castle Hayne, …..

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Bladen County Headlines 35 years ago

The C.T. Regan Fieldhouse at East Bladen High School was vandalized. There was approximately $3,500 damage done to the facility. The Bladenboro Fire District vote was ruled invalid. Paul Butler, Bladen Industry Hunter, withdrew his application for the job as Cumberland County Manager. Jacquelyn Phillips of Council made the Dean’s List at Atlantic Christian. Clarkton Lion’s Club was having their annual broom sale. Share:

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Animal Control Board gets good yearly report

The Bladen County Animal Control Board got a great report at their recent meeting regarding the 2015 yearly report on its animal shelter. “Our shelter is doing exceptionally well,” said Animal Control Board President Mike Jackson. The live release rate was better in 2015 than 2014. In 2014, 18 percent of the animals taken into the shelter were euthanized and in 2015, only 14 percent of all animals impounded were euthanized. In 2015, there were 1,597 animals impounded and 989 animals were released to rescue groups, 222 were adopted, and 87 were returned to the owner. “We’ve got a wonderful staff and they are doing a very good job. We’ve …..

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Spring registration is strong at BCC

Enrollment at Bladen Community College remains consistently strong as the college welcomes 1,341 students to classes for the spring semester.  “Our current 2016 spring enrollment is only marginally different from our 2015 headcount”, remarks Barry Priest, Vice President for Student Services.  While the enrollment trend among the 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System has been declining slightly, Bladen Community College remains consistent with previous semesters. “At BCC, our presence in the high school system is an integral part of our enrollment recruitment. This month, we will enroll 80-85 high school students in our Career Technical Education Pathways”, states Priest. The CTEP program includes welding, electrical, machining, …..

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Car crashes into creek on Mercer Mill Road

By: Erin Smith A Bladen County resident went for an unplanned swim on Monday morning on Mercer Mill Road about one mile from the Big Blue Store after crashing her car into a creek. “I was traveling on Mercer Mill Road towards Elizabethtown,” said Shaquandra McRae of Clarkton. McRae said as she traveled along Mercer Mill Road, she encountered a car that traveled into her lane. McRae said she took action to avoid the car and her Plymouth Neon ended up submerged in the creek. “I kicked the door open and got and swam to shore,” said McRae. No injuries were reported. NC Highway Patrol Trooper Townsend said that the …..

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Southeastern Health announces new VP/SRMC COO

Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) President and CEO Joann Anderson announced the appointment of Jason Cox as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC). His major focus areas include: nursing/patient care areas, emergency and intensivist physicians, behavioral health, surgical services, anesthesia services, food services, laboratory, medical imaging and pharmacy, all of which are based out of SRMC, the main hub of the SeHealth system. “I am pleased to have Jason as a member of the leadership team for SeHealth,” said Anderson. “He brings a lot of experience and energy to the role.  I look forward to working with him.” Cox earned a master’s degree in public administration …..

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Bladen Community College Reminds High School Seniors to Prepare for the Cost of College

Bladen Community College admissions staff are reminding high school that now is the time to begin considering how they will pya for college. “Bladen County high school seniors who are college-bound in the fall should immediately begin the process of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, commonly called the FAFSA form,” remarks Samantha Benson, BCC Director of Financial Aid. Billions of dollars in financial aid are available to help college-bound students who are in financial need. But to be considered, you must apply. Completing the FAFSA form automatically qualifies the student for a variety of federal and state grants, work study programs, and federal student loans. Financial …..

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Thoughts While Shaving on January 25

To our north and west, many folks are still waiting for electric power to be restored.  Very few outages in Bladen, if any.  I kept checking outage websites for Duke Power and Four County and think I saw only one report of an outage. How about the Carolina Panthers?  They will be Santa Clara, California bound in less than 2 weeks for the 50th Super Bowl.  They will play the Denver Broncos. Would be nice to see the stock market continue the rebound from Thursday and Friday, following a disastrous beginning for 2016. Check our Events section for meetings in the area….including a meeting open to the public sponsored by …..

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The Force Is Strong with Social Security’s Online Services

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville “There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?” This winter, Americans of all generations are awakening to the newest film in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many readers probably remember seeing the first Star Wars film in theaters in 1977. Audiences watched with fascination at the advanced technology used by the Jedi and Sith in a galaxy far, far away. We still do not have interstellar travel, personal robots, or holographic communication, but we now use technology in our daily lives that would have seemed like science fiction in 1977. At that time, it would still …..

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