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This Day in History – March 1

1642 – Georgeana (York) Maine became the 1st incorporated American city. 1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrested for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1790 – 1st US census authorized. 1803 – Ohio becomes 17th state. 1845 – President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas. 1867 – Howard University, Washington, DC, chartered. 1872 – Yellowstone becomes world’s 1st national park. 1890 – 1st US edition of Sherlock Holmes (Study in Scarlet) published. 1909 – 1st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota. 1912 – US Army Captain Albert Berry performs 1st (attached-type) parachute jump from an airplane. 1913 – US federal income tax takes …..

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Committee Praying to Keep White Lake a Safe and Family Oriented Community

by Joy Warren The second meeting of the White Lake Referendum Committee Against Beer and Wine met Monday evening to pray and share information with community members and concerned county members.  Tom Martin announced that the group has 2 billboards that will be going up for two weeks.  One has been donated at White Lake and the other will be on Hwy 701 coming from Elizabethtown.  He also informed the group that there are more missing “Vote Against” signs, “so the other side must be worried” said Martin.  Martin spoke at Colly Chapel Sunday night and had a favorable response. Bruce Cannon, Director of the Baptist Association, stated that “the …..

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Golf activity at Vineyard Golf

With the weather warming up golf activity at Vineyard Golf At White Lake is gearing up for a great golf season. Craig Parnell had his first hole in one on Sunday, February 28 when he aced the fifth hole. Playing with Parnell at the time was Jackie Bauer and Mike Smith. A couple of low scores turned in over the weekend had Phillip Smoak shooting a 72 and Ricky Marvin firing a 4-under par 68. Share:

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Spring Fling Golf Tourney Scheduled At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

A Spring Fling Two Man Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, at Vineyard Golf At White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. The cost is $50 per player for members and $60 per player for guest. A skins game will be held at $20.00 per team. A putting contest will also be held at $10 per player. The payout for skins will stay within each flight. The tournament will be flighted with cash and merchandise for winners. A meal will follow the tournament. For more information call the pro shop at 910-247-6132. The starting time Saturday is 1 p.m. Share:

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PBLA teams compete at the North Brunswick HS Tri-Meet

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy competed this past weekend at the North Brunswick High School JROTC Tri-Meet. The Academy’s Raider Team and their Drill Team the  John L. Foye Rifle’s competed against teams from all over North Carolina and Georgia.    The Raiders competed against 20 other teams from North Carolina. Raider team Advisor SFC Kellam praised his team for making steady improvement and getting better each week.    The John L.  Foye Rifles competed in drill against 16 other teams from North Carolina and Georgia.  The team won third place in Exhibition Squad Armed commanded by C/CSM Stanari Ballard, third place in Exhibition Duet which consisted of C/SSG …..

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Tabitha Sessoms Is 2015 SC Novice Amateur Western Pleasure Champion

Saturday night in Columbia SC, Tabitha Sessoms of Bladenboro was awarded the 2015 Novice Amateur Western Pleasure Champion for the state of South Carolina. Tabitha competed on Chip Alone Gold, a 2003 sorrel gelding, and she competed on the South Carolina Quarter Horse circuit with no trainer, just her husband Tony. However she wanted to thank those people who helped her along the way including Ken Moore of Camden, SC who bred, raised and trained Scruffy and taught Tabitha and Tony what they know about showing horses. Scruffy is Chip Alone Gold’s barn name. The Sessoms also expressed their gratitude to Wendy Folsom of Hartsville, SC who sold them Scuffy, …..

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Ensminger retires as Clarkton School of Discovery principal

Monday was Stephanie Ensminger’s final day as principal at Clarkton School of Discovery. Students and staff spent the day saying their good-byes and wishing her well in her retirement. Stephanie Norris will become principal Tuesday. Norris has worked in the Bladen County Schools system for 17 years and was assistant principal at Bladenboro Primary School. Share:

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Tickets on sale now for Bladen We Care Gala

Tickets for the 27th annual Bladen We Care Gala are on sale now. The gala is scheduled for Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at The Venue at White Lake and the Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, April 21, at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. “Bladen We Care continues to be an important provider of needed assistance to patients and organizations here in Bladen County. I often wonder where the help would come from if not for our organization and the support we receive from many vendors and friends from all over. We all have an opportunity to serve at some level and we are …..

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Bladen We Care Dance

  • 02/29/2016
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    To purchase your tickets stop by Campbell Oil Company, Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, The Venue, Fisher’s Mens Shop & The Ladies Shop, or see a Bladen We Care committee member. For more information call Kim at (910)862-8423 ext. 221.   Click here to download and print the registration form for the Bladen We Care Golf Tournament: 2016 GOLF BROCHURE for Bladen We Care Share:

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Former bank employees sentenced for making false entries

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced April Lynn Locklear, 36, of Rowland, to 24 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.  Locklear was also ordered to pay $500,000 in restitution, jointly and severally, with Chona Kay Oxendine, 32, of Shannon.  Oxendine was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On March 24, 2015, Locklear and Oxendine were indicted by a federal grand jury on 16 counts related to crimes committed while they were employed by the Lumbee Guaranty Bank headquartered …..

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Bladen Community College Vision May Become Reality

DUBLIN – In 2011, the Board of Trustees for Bladen Community College dared to explore a visionary idea. Anticipating continuing growth at a time when unemployment in Bladen County was a staggering 13.5%, the Trustees put into motion schematic plans for a new building on campus that could enhance opportunities for workforce and continuing education training. With such a goal, the college could raise the level of instruction with advanced technology, train more students, and supply a highly-skilled workforce to the community and beyond. Now, five years later, the vision may become reality. With funding from the successful passage of the Connect NC Public Improvement Bond, Bladen Community College is …..

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Rising flu cases prompt visitor restrictions at Bladen County Hospital

Bladen County Hospital will restrict children under age 12 from visiting the hospital beginning Tuesday, March 1, because of the spread of flu and other flu-like diseases, according to a news release from Cape Fear Valley Health. The policy applies to all of Cape Fear Valley Health’s facilities and the emergency department at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. Other Cape Fear Valley Health facilities include Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health Care, Hoke Hospital, Betsy Johnson Hospital and Central Harnett Hospital. People experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose, are urged not to visit friends and family at the …..

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Bladenboro Historical Society

Photographers reception set for March 12 in Bladenboro

  • 02/29/2016
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The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is hosting a photographers reception and exhibit Saturday, March 12 at the Bladenboro Historical Building on South Main Street. The reception is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and will feature the works of Henry Singletary, Mary Martin, Jennifer Singletary, Bill Howell and Elena Thompson. The photographers’ works will be on display each Saturday and Sunday in March and April from 2-4 p.m. Also, the Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is seeking members. It’s not necessary to be an artist or craftsman to join. You just need an interest in arts and crafts. Meetings are scheduled every other month, with the next meeting set for March 26 at …..

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Hilburn named Southeastern Health’s emergency services director

Sonja Hilburn of Bladenboro has been named director of Southeastern Health’s Emergency Services, which includes Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Clinical Decision Unit, Infusion Clinic, Tele-monitoring, and MedCare Ambulance Service and Dispatch. Hilburn earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Community College in 2004, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNC Wilmington in 2012, as well as a master’s degree in nursing leadership and management from Western Governor’s University in 2015. Before being named director, Hilburn served as manager of emergency services. Since joining Southeastern Health in 2004, she also has worked as quality improvement specialist in quality management, as a manager in patient care services, and as …..

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North Carolina to hold Statewide Tornado Drill

By: Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service The Statewide Tornado Drill for SC will occur at 0900 on Wednesday March 9th, and @ 0930 for NC. Here’s a list of specific information about each drill as they will be handled differently.   SC Tornado Exercise Time: 0900 Date: Wednesday March 9, 2016 Product Issued: a Test Tornado Warning (TOR) Result: All NOAA weather radios will tone alarm NC Tornado Exercise Time: 0930 Date: Wednesday March 9, 2016 Product Issued: a Routine Monthly Test (RMT) Result: Not all NOAA weather radios will tone alarm depending on the model Businesses, organizations, schools, and agencies are encouraged to participate in the tornado drill …..

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March Madness at Social Security

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville Basketball fans are gearing up for March Madness, which will culminate when the final four teams in the NCAA fight for the title of national champion. Fans wait in eager anticipation to see whether their favorite team or alma mater will be included in the “final four.” While basketball fans are excited about March Madness, Social Security already has its own winning “final four” to help you this season. Now, let’s turn to the action! The online services you can put into play with a my Social Security account are like free-throws. They’re quick and easier than muscling your way …..

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Jacqueline Mitchell of Clarkton was nominated to the Governor’s School. Ruth Prince Day was celebrated at the Bladen Baptist Association. Representative Ron Taylor introduced a bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives lifting Bladen’s 27 year ban on carnivals. Joe Chandler resigned by Attorney for the town of Elizabethtown and Bladen County. Ron Taylor was appointed to the Agriculture House Committee. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for February 29

Beginning today, we will pay sales tax on many new items and services, thanks to the NC Legislature. We will likely have a pretty good idea who the candidates for president will be following Super Tuesday, tomorrow.  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia all hold elections.  Colorado voters will caucus as well as one party or the other in Alaska and American Samoa.  Confused???? North Carolina voters head to the polls in a couple of weeks, Tuesday, March 15. Happy Birthday to all the Leap Year babies.  A reminder today is February 29….. February is expected to be another good month for BladenOnline, despite just …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: February 21-27, 2016

Bladen Online had its ninth-most visits in its history for the week of Feb. 21-27, according to Google Analtyics. While page views weren’t among the 10 best, it was a solid 123,196 pages viewed. We thank you for your continued support of Bladen Online. 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: 123,196 Visits: 25,415 Most read stories 10,293: Bladen County Sheriff announces Arrest Made In Church Break In 8,283: E’town Police need help …..

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Rahu Purdie Scores 17 as Lander Wins Division Title

West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie fired in 17 points Wednesday night as his Lander Bearcats clinched the Peach Belt Conference’s East Division title with a 91-84 victory over Georgia College. It was the second Peach Belt title in school history for the Bearcats who tied a school record for PBC wins with 13. Purdie connected on 6 of 8 shots from the floor, made all three of his 3-point shots and sank both of his free throw attempts. The 5-9 guard dished out 4 assists and had a steal and a rebound. The White Oak native sent an assist to Sergio Smith for a lay-up then bombed in a 3-point …..

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Clint Allen Scores Twice For Coker

West Bladen grad Clint Allen batted 1-4 and scored twice Saturday in Coker College’s 10-8 loss at Brevard. Coker won the second game of the double-header 16-2. Allen reached base on a throwing error in the second inning and raced home on Will Winslow’s double. In the Coker eighth inning, Allen beat out an infield hit, stole second base and sprinted home on another Winslow hit. The Cobras are now 13-4 on the season and will travel to Anderson, SC for a 6 p.m. game Friday. Share:

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Morgan Sweeney Cracks 3 hits in Newberry Twinbill

Bladenboro native Morgan Sweeney batted 3-4 Saturday as her Newberry Lady Wolves split a double-header with visiting Mt. Olive. Sweeney batted 2-2 with a run scored in the opener as the Newberry claimed a 2-1 victory. The West Bladen grad ripped a single through the left side in the first inning but was retired on a fielder’s choice. Sweeney raked another single to left in third inning, moved up on a fielder’s choice and raced home on Ann Dee Priest’s single with the second run of the inning. Mt. Olive won the nightcap 6-5, but Sweeney belted a single to right-centerfield in the Lady Wolves 4-run first inning. The freshman …..

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Abbey Walters Pitches UNC-P To Win Over No. 7 Catawba

Bladenboro native Abbey Walters pitched a complete game 4-hitter and beat No. 7 Catawba 6-2 Friday night at the Mid-South Classic in Spartanburg, SC. It was the first start of the season for Walters who notched her first win as a Lady Brave and lowered her Earned Run Average to a team-best 2.33. She only needed 96 pitches in the game and retired the side in order in innings two thru five. It was the first loss of the season for Catawba, now 10-1. Saturday Walters batted 2-4 in the Lady Braves 4-3 loss to Lincoln Memorial. In the first inning Walters hammered a double to rightfield to drive in …..

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Carson Gooden Homers For Etown Xpress

  • 02/29/2016
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Carson Gooden slammed a 2-run home run Saturday as the Etown Xpress won both of their games in a one-day baseball tournament in Wilmington by scores of 7-5 and 6-4. Gooden is pictured with his home-run ball. Share:

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Plans finalized for Bladen County Youth Rally

Plans have been finalized for the first annual Bladen County Youth Rally, “My Story,” which is set to take place on Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gym. On Sunday, organizers met in a brief meeting to complete the schedule of performers and speakers including Stephen Cox, David Pait, Lauren Clark, and others. The group also worked to finalize the bus schedule to transport youth to and from the rally. There is a $200 prize to the youth group who brings the most folks to the rally. Also, the youth in attendance will receive gift bags that will include bracelets, scripture, and other items. There …..

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This Day in History for February 29

 1504 – Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians. 1692 – First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave. 1892 – St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated. 1892 – Britain & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea. 1904 – Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus. 1932 – TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William “Algalfa” Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States. 1940 – Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an …..

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D. J. Mason posts double-double for Campbell

 West Bladen grad D. J. Mason posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night, but his Campbell Camels dropped a tough Big South Conference decision 60-56 to visiting Radford. Mason connected on 8 of 18 shots from the field and sank all 4 of his free throw attempts. The 6-6 senior dished out 3 assists and had 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. Two Mason free throws tied the game 12-12 with 13:26 left in the first half. The Clarkton native dropped in a follow shot, popped in a jumper then slammed in a dunk to keep the Camels within 22-20 with 5:58 on the clock. Mason …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for February 28

Congratulations to the East Bladen Lady Eagles basketball. Another win posted last night, this time a 59-38 win over Reidsville. Coach Patty Evers team was slow out of the gate, but came on strong to improve their record to 30-0 for the year. Seniors Lacey Suggs and Abby Ward had big nights, but the whole team played well at both ends of the court. Next opponent will be Jacksonville Northside (24-3) on Tuesday night. Game time to be announced later. John Clark has a great article in our sports section. Another huge event last night, ‘A Red Affair Gala’ at Lu Mil sold out and attendees apparently had a good …..

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‘A Red Affair’ raised money for Bladen County Hospital Foundation

Lu Mil Vineyard was the place to be Saturday night. “A Red Affair,” a black-tie optional fundraiser for the Bladen County Hospital Foundation, brought together folks for food, music, socializing and to help support patients. The event was sold out prior to Saturday night, according to hospital spokeswoman Ashley Dowless. During the evening a raffle was held for such prizes as an Apple Watch, a hunting trip to Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve, and a Yeti Cooler and Yeti tumbler, among other gifts and prizes. Whimsical Florist provided elegant table decorations that were available for purchase as, well. North Tower, party band from Raleigh, performed a variety of musical favorites including …..

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Bladen Baptist RA/GA basketball results for Saturday, Feb. 27

Hickory Grove GA’s 18, Bladenboro 15 Clarkton GA’s 23, Galeed 6 Grace GA’s 20, Elizabethtown Christian Academy 17 Hickory Grove Younger GA’s 31, Grace 13 Hickory Grove Lads 20, Galeed 19 Galeed Younger GA’s 24, Grace 14 Clarkton 32, Bethel  26 C’ton (32) – Brady Hollingsworth 4, Garrett Melvin 2, Jake Evans 2, Nick Norris 2, Jacob Priest 2, Sharod Pone 4, Teyshaun Berkley 16. Share:

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NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs: East Bladen 59, Reidsville 38

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Seniors Lacey Suggs and Abby Ward keyed a 27-1 East Bladen blitz that overcame an 18-4 deficit and propelled the Lady Eagles to a 59-38 victory over visiting Reidsville in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Basketball Play-offs. Suggs poured in 14 points, and Ward fired in 11 during the run. For the game Suggs posted a double-double of 31 points and 13 rebounds plus 4 steals and 3 assists. Ward racked up 21 points, 8 steals, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. “I asked them at the end of the first quarter, if they wanted their season to end tonight,” said Lady Eagle Coach …..

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This Day in History – February 28

  • 02/27/2016
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1646 – Roger Scott was tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church. 1759 – Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages. 1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church. 1810 – 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized. Philadelphia. 1827 – 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered. 1849 – 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrive in San Francisco from east coast. 1854 – Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisconsin. 1882 – 1st US college cooperative store opens, at Harvard U. 1903 – Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000. 1925 – “Tea for Two” by Marion Harris …..

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Bladen County loses loyal Patriot

 Bladen County has lost a loyal Patriot with the passing of Bobby Lewis. He passed away early Saturday morning. Lewis was a fixture in Bladen County, working to raise awareness of the county’s history and historic locations. Lewis enjoyed history and enjoyed seeing that Bladen County’s past is both preserved and shared with others. Lewis has volunteered as a member of the Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall for more than 30 years. Lewis was also a member of the Backwoods Militia and had assisted in the planning for the Battle of Elizabethtown re-enactment. Lewis and his brother, Seth Lewis, have assisted in the restoration of Harmony Hall over …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for February 27

East Bladen girls basketball team continues play tonight as they move forward in the NCHSAA Class 2A basketball playoffs. The Lady Eagles (29-0) entertain Reidsville (15-11) at 5 p.m. today. Check John Clark’s article on our sports page. Bladen County Hospital Foundation “A Red Affair Gala” will be held tonight at Lu Mil. Proceeds benefit patients in Bladen County. Mark your calendar for Bladen We Care’s annual fund-raisers. The Gala is planned for Friday, April 8 at The Venue at White Lake and the golf tournament is set for Vineyard Golf at White Lake on Thursday, April 21. You will be hearing more about both. Tickets are available and donations …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs: No. 9 Reidsville (15-11) at No. 1 East Bladen (29-0)

A familiar foe looms on the horizon Saturday evening as East Bladen’s top-seeded Lady Eagles look to advance in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs and claim win No. 30 for the season. The No. 9 seeded Reidsville Lady Rams (15-11) travel to East Bladen for a 5 p.m. game. Two years ago Reidsville rallied in the final 13 minutes to overcome a 29-21 East Bladen lead and post a 41-37 victory in the 2014 Eastern Regional Semi-finals. Only 3 players from East Bladen – seniors Lacey Suggs, Abby Ward and Christiana Cromartie – and 2 senior players from Reidsville – 5-8 Tiesha Richardson and …..

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This Day in History for February 27

1563 – William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral. 1801 – Washington, DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction. 1813 – 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted. 1813 – US Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail. 1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. 1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency. 1869 – John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in the US Congress. 1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine. 1901 – National League Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except …..

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Upcoming road closure planned for Center Road

Beginning Monday, February 29, NC DOT plans to close Center Road between Evers Road and James Pait Road in order to replace a crossline and install a new crossline.  The exact location of Monday’s closure will be 0.18 miles west of Evers Road (this is just west of NC 131). This section of road will be closed from Monday morning at 9 a.m. until late Thursday afternoon.  There will not be a signed detour. Traffic should use Evers Road and James Pait Road for access around the work area. Share:

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Operation Zero Hour sees 123 arrested in Robeson County

By Erin Smith The residents of Robeson County can rest a little easier tonight knowing that their streets are a little safer thanks to the men and women of law enforcement who participated in Operation Zero Hour from February 23 through February 25. According to Scott Parker, with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Operation Zero Hour was one of the biggest operations of its kind to be conducted in Robeson County.  Parker said of the operation, “The results are amazing.” Over a period of three days, 123 individuals were arrested in Robeson County, 170 warrants were served, 22 fire arms were taken off the streets and 37 high risk gang member …..

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Sandra Cain

Reducing Sugar, Sodium and Saturated Fats to ‘Savor the Flavor of Eating Right’

By: Sandra R. Cain For Better Living The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has chosen the theme of “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” for National Nutrition Month 2016. The recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting the amounts of added sugar, sodium and saturated fats that you eat. The guidelines state that most Americans follow a diet that is too high in these components. During National Nutrition Month we are all encouraged to make an effort to cut back on food and beverages high in added sugar, sodium and saturated fats. This can be accomplished by taking the time to find creative, healthful and nutritious ways to …..

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Bladen County Sheriff announces Arrest Made In Church Break In

  Sheriff James A. McVicker revealed today that an arrest has been made on a church breaking and entering that occurred on Tuesday, February 23rd. McVicker said the arrest came after deputies responded to a report of a broken window at the Butters Baptist Church at approximately 3:00 p.m. “Responding deputies caught the suspect inside the building and were able to make the arrest,” said McVicker. Arrested was Trisha Ann Sessoms, 19, of 98 Butters Loop Road, Bladenboro. Sessoms was charged with two counts of Injury to Real Property, Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering, Breaking and Entering a Place of Worship, and Possession of Burglary Tools. She is currently in Bladen County Jail under a $16,000.00 secured …..

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N.C. cotton growers to vote on assessment April 1

RALEIGH – North Carolina cotton growers will vote April 1 on whether to continue a checkoff program that supports their industry. The referendum would reauthorize an assessment of up to $1 per bale of cotton sold, but the N.C. Cotton Producers Association’s board of directors plans to continue the assessment at the current level of 80 cents per bale. The assessment would be in effect for another six years. The checkoff program supports improvements in cotton production, marketing and research, and also promotes the general interests of North Carolina’s cotton industry. All North Carolina cotton producers who planted the crop in 2015 and intend to plant cotton this year are …..

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Sheriff’s Office completes internal investigation of officer involved shooting

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the Bladen County Sheriff’s office has completed its internal and separate review of the officer involved shooting that happened on February 13, 2016, in Elizabethtown involving Deputy D.A. Schmale Jr. and Elizabethtown Police Officer Blake Bryan. McVicker said, at the time of the incident, Deputy Schmale made a vehicle stop and when he learned the driver, Dennis Marshall of Elizabethtown, had an outstanding warrant for arrest, Deputy Schmale directed Marshall to step out of Marshall’s vehicle and placed him under arrest. Marshall resisted arrest and was able to retrieve a handgun from inside the vehicle. McVicker said that Marshall began to fire at Deputy …..

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Bladenboro man has probation revoked

On Tuesday, a judge in Vance County revoked the probation of a Bladenboro man. Gregory Lynn Hester was charged with two counts of probation violation and had his probation revoked, according to court documents. Hester pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court in 2013 to felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one felony count of a crime against nature, according to court records. He was originally given a sentence of up to 60 months which was suspended in favor of five years probation, according to reports. According to reports, Hester assaulted a minor female in the home and attempted to provide Xanax to minors in his care. …..

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Upcoming Events and Things to Do

There are a lot of exciting events coming up in Bladen County and in southeastern North Carolina this weekend. If you are looking for some where to take the kids or a nice evening out, check out these upcoming events. On Saturday, February 27: **SCC Student Jazz Festival & Competition, Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 pm, at the SCC Auditorium. **White Lake/Bladen County Water Rescue Fundraiser will take place Saturday. It will consist of Brunswick Stew $7 Quart – 612 Highway 53 East. Ready for pick up at noon. **The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering several no-cost seminars in February.  “Be Free from Debt’s Hold,” a …..

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Bladen Five Boys Basketball Championship: Elizabethtown 64, Bladenboro 58

Guard Jordan Robinson drained six 3-point shots, and Majuan McKoy posted a double-double to lead Elizabethtown to a 54-48 boys basketball victory over Bladenboro Thursday night in the Bladen Five Conference Tournament Championship Game at Bladenboro. Robinson led the Eagle sco with 18 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds. Majuan McKoy tallied 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Teammate Allen Owens threw in 10 points, and Cody Butler added 6 points and 5 rebounds. Nijeah McKoy collected 6 rebounds. Guard Shy’Ron Adams also racked up a double-double for Bladenboro, pouring in 29 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Adams also had 5 steals. Guard Da’Shawn Hines filled the stat …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for February 26

This ‘n that. A follow up on the tornadoes that roared through North Carolina Wednesday.  Three were confirmed as touching down and causing damage.  One in Granville County, one in Durham and another in Wayne.  Despite numerous warnings, Bladen dodged them all. Four deaths have been confirmed in the state caused by ‘flu’. Expect a huge announcement coming out of Robeson County today.  The U.S. Marshalls Service, Eastern District of North Carolina is conducting a press conference at 11:30 a.m. this morning in Lumberton.  The initiative is called “Operation Zero Hour.”  Multiple arrest are expected of high risk violent offender, gang members and murder suspects.  Numerous Federal, State and Local …..

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Bladen Five GirlsBasketball Championship, Bladenboro 30, Clarkton School of Discovery 25

Guard Kasee Singletary scored 5 of her 13 points in the final 3:14 to lead Bladenboro’s Lady Bulldogs to a 30-25 girls basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery in the Bladen Five Conference Tournament Championship Game at Bladenboro Thursday night. Clarkton’s Khadijah Jones hit a free throw with 3:19 remaining that trimmed Bladenboro’s lead to 25-21. Singletary ran down a full-court pass and dropped in a lay-up, then banked in a 3-point shot from the left wing for a 30-21 Lady Bulldog lead with 2:33 remaining. Abbie Cross pumped in a 12-foot jumper, and Jones drove for a lay-up that pulled Clarkton to within 30-25 with 1:10 left. However …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 26

1773 – Construction authorized for Walnut Street Jail (Philadelphia) (First solitary) 1834 – 1st US interstate crime compact (NY-NJ) ratified. 1863 – Lincoln signs National Currency Act. 1891 – 1st buffalo purchased for Golden State Park. 1895 – Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine. 1907 – US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500. 1916 – Mutual signs Charlie Chaplin to a film contract. 1919 – Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. 1930 – 1st red & green traffic light installed (Manhattan NYC) 1938 – 1st passenger ship equipped with radar. 1945 – Very heavy bombing on Berlin by 8th US Air Force. 1953 – …..

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Bladen County Sports

NCHSAA 2-A Girls Basketball Playoffs: East Bladen 71, SouthWest Edgecombe 43

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong East Bladen was never on the verge of losing the lead, but the top-seeded Eagles couldn’t shake pesky SouthWest Edgecombe in the first half. It was a different story in the third quarter. East Bladen’s fullcourt pressure defense keyed a run of 22 unanswered points Thursday night as the Eagles coasted to a 71-43 win in the second round of the 2-A state playoffs. Lacey Suggs finished with 33 points, including 19 of 20 from the free throw line, as East Bladen improved to 29-0. Christiana Cromartie scored 10 points as did Abby Ward, who missed the playoff opener because of illness. East Bladen will host …..

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You Decide: Was change greater one century ago

Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Consider this picture. Your home has no electricity or indoor plumbing. This means no electronics or instant warm baths and showers, and “using the bathroom” means accessing an outdoor “outhouse.” Heat in your home is generated from a wood- or coal-burning stove, but unless you’re close by, most of your home is still freezing in the winter. Of course, there is no air-conditioning in the summer. Getting water for cooking or bathing is a major chore, requiring eight to 10 daily trips to the outside source of the water (well or stream). An individual – usually a woman – carries the equivalent of …..

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Crash results in DWI arrest

A crash on NC 242 near Baldwin Branch Church resulted in one man being charged with DWI on Thursday, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Freeman. According to Freeman, Gary Bellamy was traveling south NC Highway 242, when he ran off the right side of the road and flipped once coming to rest against a tree in a yard. Bellamy will be charged with driving while impaired. Share:

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Bladen Recreation 9-12 Boys Basketball Tournament

The Bladen Recreation Department 9-12 Boys Basketball League will have a post-season tournament that will begin tonight (Thursday) and continue Friday night and Saturday morning. Tonight (Thursday) there will be three games. 5:45 p.m. Smithfield vs Giorgio’s 6:30 p.m. Council Kids vs Melton’s 7:15 p.m. San Jose vs Optimist Club Share:

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Heidi Cruz to join Conservative Leadership Conference

RALEIGH – Heidi Cruz, the wife of presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, will join hundreds of North Carolina Conservatives at the 2016 Conservative Leadership Conference on March 4-5. Heidi Cruz is not only the wife of a presidential candidate, she is a former business executive and excellent public speaker. She will address the conference on Saturday, March 5 at lunch. The Conservative Leadership Conference (CLC) will bring together hundreds of conservatives to learn from leading authors, experts and political figures  at the Embassy Suites Cary. Sponsored by the Civitas Institute, CLC is the largest annual gathering of conservatives in North Carolina. The conference will present a unique window into the …..

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Wells Fargo steps up as platinum sponsor for Hospital Gala

Wells Fargo has donated $1,000 to the Bladen County Hospital Foundation as a platinum sponsor for the Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s annual gala which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. The event, “A Red Affair,” is a black-tie optional event, said spokeswoman Ashley Dowless. “That means that guys can wear a suit and tie instead of a tuxedo,” said Dowless. She added that ladies can wear either an evening gown or a cocktail dress. She added there will be a red carpet photo booth available this year for folks who want that added bit of glamour to their evening. Tickets for the …..

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Southeastern Wound Healing Center recognized for clinical excellence

Southeastern Wound Healing Center (SWHC) was recently honored with the Center of Distinction Award, which was given by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. There were 512 Centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award, but only 221 achieved the honor and, in North Carolina, SWHC was one of only 12 centers recognized. SWHC has been recognized with this award four out of the past five years. “I am very grateful to …..

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Four County EMC Directors Achieve Credentials in Today’s Electric Utility Competencies

The first co-op Board in the state, Four County EMC’s entire Board of Directors attained their Director Gold credential from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). In order to earn the credential, all ten directors had to complete a core set of five courses followed by a variety of elective courses in topics ranging from finance to technology and then commit to a continuing education requirement throughout their service on the co-op board. The Director Gold credential recognizes directors who are committed to continuing their education throughout their service on the board by earning three continuing education credits over a two-year period.  Today’s electric utility environment imposes new demands …..

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Man arrested for passing counterfeit currency

The Elizabethtown Police Department made an arrest in a case involving counterfeit currency.  John Sylvester Clax, who initially identified himself to officers as John Sylvester Manning of Spring Lake, was arrested and charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, uttering a forged instrument, possession of counterfeit currency, and one count of obtaining property by false pretense and possession of counterfeit currency. He was also served with an additional warrant for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor larceny charge. He is being held in the Bladen County Jail under a $31,000 secured bond, according to Hester. According to Interim Police Chief Kip Hester, officers received a …..

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Four County EMC announces community meetings

In March, Four County EMC will be hosting six community meetings throughout our service area. Make plans now to attend a community meeting in your neighborhood. You will receive valuable information about your cooperative as well as a variety of programs that are available to our members, but most of all you will hear ideas on how you can control your energy use. Meetings have been scheduled with registration starting at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. Meetings are held as another service to you, our members! We hope to see you at one of the meetings listed below. Refreshments will be served and members can register to …..

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Hospital Gala tickets are sold out

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala will take place this Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. Ashley Dowless, foundation spokeswoman, said that ticket sales for the event have been brisk and all tickets have been sold. The event, “A Red Affair,” is a black-tie optional event, said Dowless. “That means that guys can wear a suit and tie instead of a tuxedo,” said Dowless. She added that ladies can wear either an evening gown or a cocktail dress. She added there will be a red carpet photo booth available this year for folks who want that added bit of glamour to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for February 25

After a few days away, came home in the middle of a tornado warning.  The assessment of damage countywide continues.  After seeing the damage of others, and despite our own, we apparently escaped with what could have been a far-worse situation. Wind is in today’s weather forecast and with grounds saturated by the rainfall, more trees could fall. Some damage could take days to assess.  At least no fatalities or serious injuries in Bladen that we are aware of. I attended a Telco meeting recently and many of the seminars are about new technology, could not help but think how it was when life was simple and all we had …..

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Healthy Bladen Collaborative February meeting

A group called Healthy Bladen Collaborative meets every month because they are dedicated to making our communities healthier, and this month was no different. The members discuss up coming events, services and other projects in our county set in place to help our citizens. Marianne Valentiner, the chair of the collaborative gave a report from the last month’s meeting listing information from agencies such as Young Families Connect RFA, NC Cooperative Extension, Bladen Community College, Bladen County Department of Social Services. Valentiner updated the group about the progress the Bladen County Health Educators have had in distributing information throughout the community and stated they will continue in those efforts. A …..

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Four County Electric Planned Outage

From Four County Electric Membership Corporation: Weather permitting, a planned outage is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. until  noon. The outage is to convert voltage in a section in the Ivanhoe area and will affect Legacy Lane, Powder Blue Lane, Moore’s Swamp Road, Beatty’s Bridge Road, Ivanhoe Road and Big Eagle Rd. This outage will affect approximately 79 members in the Ivanhoe area. Being without power is inconvenient and we appreciate your patience. Share:

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No. 16 Southwest Edgecombe Girls (12-11) at No. 1 East Bladen (28-0)

The unbeaten East Bladen Lady Eagles, the top seed in the Class 2A East, host Southwest Edgecombe at 7 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A play-offs. Admission is $6. In the Lady Eagles first round 56-27 victory over St. Pauls, senior Lacey Suggs fired in 24 points, freshman Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson pumped in 13 points, and senior Christiana Cromartie added 10 points. East Bladen played Tuesday night without senior point guard Abby Ward who fills up the stat sheet with 9 points, 7 assists and 6 steals per game. Ward missed the game due to an illness, and Coach Patty Evers said after Tuesday’s game that …..

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3rd Annual All You Can Eat Oyster Roast and Fish Fry for the Dublin Peanut Festival

This Saturday, February 27th, the Dublin Peanut Festival committee will host its 3rd Annual “All You Can Eat” Oyster Roast and Fish Fry.  The event will be held at Lu Mil Vineyard in The General Store and will run from 11 AM until 5 PM.  The meal will consist of Steamed Oysters, Fried Fish (Whiting Fillets), slaw, hush puppies, dessert and tea or water.  The event is held each year to help with the expenses of the Festival and an annual scholarship. Each year the committee gives a $2,000.00 Scholarship to a graduating senior at West Bladen High School who will be attending Bladen Community College.  The third Saturday in …..

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E’town Police need help identifying suspect

The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking the public’s help to identify the man in the above pictures who is wanted for questioning in a larceny that ocurred on February 9. According to Interim Police Chief Kip Hester, the larceny ocurred at the Elizabethtown Florist.  Hester said that the suspect also used a credit card that was that was taken from Elizabethtown Florist at the Tractor Supply Store and Wal-Mart.  If anyone has any information that may assist in this investigation please contact the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125. Det. Jeff Guyton is investigating the incident. Any information received can be kept strictly confidential. Share:

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Town of Elizabethtown wraps up budget retreat with NC Main Street session

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The Town of Elizabethtown has all the pieces laid out for success according to the evening’s speaker, Mary Rose, from the Clinton Main Street Program. Tuesday evening’s session of the Budget Retreat gave shinning examples of how the town is progressing. The evening session of the day long retreat was about the Town of Elizabethtown’s participation in the N.C. Main Street Program. The town’s staff is eager to learn and implement new ways to increase their resources, economy, and visibility by working with others. Mayor Sylvia Campbell said, “There is not another town like Elizabethtown. One that has the progress and vitality that we have.” The Mayor listed many improvements that …..

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Severe weather threat diminishing

According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Steven Pfaff, the threat of severe weather is diminishing slightly. He said a line of severe thunderstorms in the Pee Dee area has slowed its progression eastward; however, the threat for severe weather still remains. A tornado watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. Strong wind gusts will continue to be a possibility through the evening hours and a wind advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. “A gust to 53 mph was recorded at the Wilmington International Airport earlier this afternoon. Many other gusts in the 40-50 mph range were observed today,” said Pfaff.    Share:

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McCrory joins gathering of North Carolina conservatives

RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute is pleased to announce that Gov. Pat McCrory will join hundreds of North Carolina conservatives at the 2016 Conservative Leadership Conference on March 4-5. McCrory will address attendees on Friday, March 4 at breakfast. The Conservative Leadership Conference (CLC) will bring together hundreds of conservatives to learn from leading authors, experts and political figures March 4 and 5 at the Embassy Suites Cary. Sponsored by the Civitas Institute, CLC is the largest annual gathering of conservatives in North Carolina. It will present a unique window into the conservative movement right before the March 15 primary election. Other speakers include Lt. Gov. Dan Forest; Dinesh D’Souza, …..

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Pittenger launches campaign in newly drawn 9th Congressional District

Congressman Robert Pittenger today launched his first television ad across the newly created 9th Congressional District focusing on his leadership on national security. The initial ad buy will focus on Fox News stations with plans to expand to other media outlets once judicial approval is granted to the new districts. “We are excited to reach out to the new communities of our district with our message of strengthening the national security of the United States at a time when our nation has become increasingly vulnerable to terrorists,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Our country needs strong, experienced leadership to help protect us from radical Islamic terrorists around the world. As Chairman of …..

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Camp Dixie says no breach

A spokeswoman with Camp Dixie said there is no breach of the lake at the camp. “We regularly open the dam so we can do maintenance to our docks,” said the spokeswoman. She said that the dam has been open for about one and one-half months but due to the heavy rainfall, the lake continues to fill. She did add that the staff at the camp do periodically open the dam for servicing and maintenance. “There is no breach,” she said. Share:

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Severe storms cause power outages in County

A line of severe thunderstorms swept through Bladen County on Wednesday morning and caused power outages, flooding and trees down throughout the county. A tornado watch and a high wind warning remain in effect for Bladen County until 7 p.m. As of 1:15 p.m Duke Energy reported power out to 1,755 customers in Elizabethtown. One customer was also reported out in Clarkton and one was reported out in Bladenboro. Four County Electric Membership Corporation reported 15 customers in Bladen County were out as of 1:30 p.m. Many customers had been restored by 2:15 p.m. There were also reports of localized flooding in the Lisbon and East Arcadia areas. Elizabethtown streets …..

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Thank you from Jimmie Smith

I would like to say thanks to everyone in Bladen County for their kindness, thoughtfulness, and prayers during my time my of sickness. It means so much to know you have friends when you are down. God is Good! James G. “Jimmie” Smith Share:

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Tornado Warning issued for Clarkton area until 12:45 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR…   NORTH CENTRAL COLUMBUS COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA…   CENTRAL BLADEN COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA… * UNTIL 1245 PM EST * AT 1203 PM EST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM   CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED   NEAR ELKTON…OR 7 MILES NORTHEAST OF WHITEVILLE…AND MOVING   NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…   WHITEVILLE…ELIZABETHTOWN…ROWAN…LAGOON…COUNCIL…HALLSBORO…   KELLY…ELKTON…CARVERS…LISBON…EMERSON…CLARKTON…WHITE LAKE…   COLUMBUS REGIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND BLADEN COUNTY HOSPITAL. THIS INCLUDES US ROUTE 74 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 390 AND 399. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… THIS TORNADO WARNING REPLACES THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ISSUED …..

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Absentee ballots being cast in Bladen

The Bladen County Board of Elections is reporting they have received 565 requests for absentee ballots as of Tuesday. The staff at the Bladen County Board of Eelctions has received 203 ballots. The last day that folks can request an absentee ballot by mail is March 8 by 5 p.m. Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw said absentee ballots need to be postmarked no later than March 15. Share:

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Tornado Warning issued for Bladen County

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR…   NORTHWESTERN BLADEN COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA…   NORTHEASTERN ROBESON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA… * UNTIL 1130 AM EST * AT 1048 AM EST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM   CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED   OVER BARKER TEN MILE…OR NEAR LUMBERTON…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT   45 MPH. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…   LUMBERTON…ST. PAULS…SMITHS…WHITE OAK…HOWELLSVILLE…TOLARSVILLE…   ROBESON COMMUNITY COLLEGE…TOBERMORY…AMMON…HESTERTOWN…JEROME…   DUART…BARKER TEN MILE…PARKTON…TAR HEEL AND SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL   MEDICAL CENTER. THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 95 IN NORTH CAROLINA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 17 AND 38. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE …..

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Special Weather Statement

AN AREA OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT NORTHWESTERN COLUMBUS…SOUTHWESTERN BLADEN…EASTERN ROBESON…NORTHWESTERN HORRY…MARION…SOUTHEASTERN DILLON AND SOUTHEASTERN FLORENCE COUNTIES… AT 928 AM EST…AN AREA OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WAS NEAR GAPWAY…OR NEAR MULLINS…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 70 MPH. WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH AND PEA SIZE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM. OOTHER STORMS WILL MOVE UP FROM THE SOUTH BEHIND THESE. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… LUMBERTON…MARION…WHITEVILLE…MULLINS…ELIZABETHTOWN…FAIRMONT… TABOR CITY…ST. PAULS…CHADBOURN…BLADENBORO…FAIR BLUFF…LAKE VIEW… BOARDMAN…LAGOON…KINGSBURG…HOWELLSVILLE…TOLARSVILLE…ABBOTTSBURG… SMITHBORO AND GALIVANTS FERRY. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS… INTERSTATE 74 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 212 AND 207…AND BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 209 AND 210…AND NEAR MILE MARKER 214. INTERSTATE 95 IN NORTH CAROLINA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 9 AND 34. US ROUTE 74 …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Elizabethtown 62, Tar Heel 53

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Jordan Robinson and Allen Owens blistered the nets with 25 points in the second half as Elizabethtown rode a 41-26 second half surge to a 62-53 boys basketball victory over Tar Heel Tuesday night in a Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament semi-final at Bladenboro. Tar Heel built a 27-21 halftime lead, but Robinson bombed in a 3-point shot and knocked down a trio of 2-point shots in the third period to lead a 21-8 Cougar blitz that vaulted Elizabethtown in front 42-35 at the quarter break. Owens drained a 3-point shot in the quarter and canned a pair of free throws plus a 2-point shot. …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Bladenboro 50, Clarkton School of Discovery 23

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Shy’Ron Adams and Tray Ballard combined for 15 points during a 17-2 first quarter run that propelled Bladenboro to a 50-23 victory Tuesday night over Clarkton School of Discovery in the semi-finals of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Bladenboro. Adams rang up 3 first-period baskets and bombed in a 3-point shot to spark the  Bulldog spurt. Ballard worked the paint for 3 more baskets, and guard Da’Shawn Hines added a basket. Tashuan Berkeley dropped in the only basket for Clarkton in the quarter. Adams threw in a trio of baskets in the second quarter, and guards Logan West and Hines drained 3- point …..

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Elizabethtown Council holds budget planning retreat

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council met on Tuesday and got down to business planning for the upcoming budget process. The retreat was held at the White Lake Town Hall. Council members heard from department heads regarding the needs for their departments such as firefighting equipment, new police cars, the need for more personnel and possible projects for the board to consider. Mayor Sylvia Campbell opened the meeting by discussing the town and the progress that has been made. “We’re growing everyday,” said Campbell. She related a letter that she had received from a citizen that said that they had moved away after high school because they were afraid …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Basketball Play-offs: Goldsboro 88, West Bladen 69

West Bladen’s Knights battled Goldsboro on even terms for most of the first half, but a 32-point, third period explosion gave the Cougars a 19-point lead en route to a 88-69 victory in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A basketball play-offs. Goldsboro’s Kisheem Faison and Myron Carmon bombed in two 3-point shots each and scored 12-points each in the third quarter. Nakia Atkins added 6 as the Cougars outscored the Knights 32-20 to push their lead to 71-52 at the quarter break. West Bladen junior Sayaun Dent fired in 4 baskets and 2 free throws for the Knights in the period. Seniors Stefan McDonald and Will Lambeth, freshman …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Bladenboro 35, Tar Heel 18

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Kasee Singletary blistered the nets with 19 points to lead Bladenboro to a 35-18 girls basketball victory over Tar Heel in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Bladenboro. Singletary and teammate Lexie Corrothers threw in 2 first period baskets each, and Summer Addington added a bucket as the Lady Bulldogs grabbed an early 10-3 lead. Claudia Cuc-Reyes bombed in a 3-point shot for the only Tar Heel points in the quarter. Singletary poured in five baskets and a free throw in the second quarter as the Lady Bulldogs stretched their lead to 21-5 at halftime. Shelby Pharr connected for the …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 25, Elizabethtown 24

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Khadijah Jones sank 4 free throws, and Katie Evans tossed in a basket as Clarkton School of Discovery rallied for a 25-24 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Elizabethtown in the opening game of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament Monday at Bladenboro. Elizabethtown took a 20-19 lead into the final quarter, before the late heroics by Jones and Evans. Patience Ward and Magdiel Gonzalez threw in baskets for the Lady Cougars in the period. Ward fired in 8 of her 10 points in the first period, and Lavada Jackson and Chasity Carter added baskets as the Lady Cougars raced to a …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Tar Heel 57, East Arcadia 29

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Tyre Boykin and Shemaiah Leak combined for 24 first half points to lead Tar Heel to a 28-12 halftime lead and eventual 57-29 victory over East Arcadia in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament Monday night at Bladenboro. Boykin threw in a trio of baskets in the first quarter and Leak added 2 baskets and a free throw as Tar Heel jumped in front 11-6. Kasey Price pumped in 2 baskets for East Arcadia in the period, and Sterling Thomas and Charles Brown made one free throw each. Boykin took charge in the second quarter blistering the nets for four Tar …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 56, St. Pauls 27

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong When the top seed plays the 32nd seed, it’s not expected to be a close game. The undefeated East Bladen girls made sure it wasn’t. The Eagles scored the first nine points of the game and the final 11 points of the half, which ended with Emily Scott’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, in a dominating 56-27 victory against St. Pauls on Tuesday in the opening round of the 2-A state basketball playoffs. Lacey Suggs scored 24 points, Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson had 13 and Christiana Cromartie added 10 as East Bladen improved to 28-0 and will host SouthWest Edgecombe in the second round scheduled Thursday. No. 16-seeded SouthWest Edgecombe defeated …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The frogs and ducks should be happy. Today, lets just keep it light… I get enough exercise pushing my luck. I finally figured out what I want to be when I get older……YOUNGER. If there is a *WILL*, there are many relatives. When you’re right, no one remembers.  When you’re wrong, no one forgets. Well-behaved women rarely make history. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.  Will Rogers The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.  Zig Ziglar Luck is a dividend of sweat.  The more you sweat, the luckier you get.  …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 24

1803 – US Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison) 1830 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia. 1857 – 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government. 1863 – Arizona Territory created. 1868 – 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile, Alabama) 1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson. 1888 – Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e.secret ballot on standard voting forms) 1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded. 1921 – 1st transcontinental flight in 24 hours flying time, arrives in Florida. 1938 – DuPont begins commercial production of …..

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ROUZER STATEMENT ON POTUS PLAN TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO BAY

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the President’s announcement of his plans to close Guantanamo Bay: “President Obama’s announcement today of his plans to close Guantanamo Bay is simply reckless, and it is dead on arrival in Congress.  The transferal of detainees to America is illegal because of language that he signed into law this past December.  It’s also terribly misguided and naive.  The likelihood that one of these released detainees will return to a life of terrorism is certain.  The Administration may claim that safeguards are in place, but sending these terrorists back to the Middle East or bringing them to the American …..

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Enhanced risk for severe weather on Wednesday

There is a chance Bladen County could see some severe weather on Wednesday as a strong cold front pushes through the area.  There is a possibility that a line of severe thunderstorms passing through the county on Wednesday morning. Some areas could see wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour, according to Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. There is also a risk for tornadoes and damaging hail. In addition to severe weather, Pfaff said that winds will be increasing on Wednesday afternoon with as much as 40 to 50 mile per hour wind gusts. A wind advisory has been issued beginning at 10 …..

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Use your extra day to leap into retirement

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville Its leap year and that means one thing — you can add one extra calendar day to your February schedule. Many people are preparing for the upcoming elections. Others might be getting a jump on spring-cleaning. What will you do with your extra day? You could use a few of your extra minutes to check out what Social Security offers at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. There, you can: Apply for retirement, disability, and other benefits; Get your Social Security Statement; Appeal a recent medical decision about your disability claim; Find out if you qualify for benefits; If you are planning or preparing for …..

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Dublin Dixie Youth

Dublin Dixie Youth Baseball now accepting registrations

Dublin Dixie Youth Baseball announces registration forms are available. Baseball players and coaches are encouraged to apply. Registration is open through 2/29/2016. Contact dublindyb@yahoo.com for more information or visit their Facebook page or by phone/text at 910-876-1366 or 910-876-0904. Down load the registration form now: Dublin Dixie Youth Baseball 2016 Registration Form Share:

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Storm Prediction Highlight Slight Risk

Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service The Storm Prediction Center continues to highlight a Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms during Wednesday for a large portion of the Carolinas. However, the probabilities have increased across portions of southeast NC and eastern NC where there is now an Enhanced Risk (see attached).  Share:

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Bladen County History Leaders, the Lewis Brothers, Set Example

Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall Plantation Village group have been managed in part by Bobby and Seth Lewis, two brothers with a huge love for History. However, last week, the brothers resigned their services with the historical clubs. Many may not know just how much the duo have done to retain history here in Bladen County and the surrounding areas. Seth Lewis served over 50 years on the Historical Society and worked with Harmony Hall for over 30 years. Bobby Lewis has 30 years of service under his belt with the Historical Society and the Harmony Hall group. “These two men are historical heroes, but never have wanted recognition for all …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for February 23

Vicki and Lauren Clark did not bring home the cash but they are winners and we are all proud of their efforts. Each returns home about 60 pounds lighter after the 2015-2016 edition of ‘The Biggest Loser’. And our own John Clark was on national TV with is bride and daughter. We turn our attention to the high school basketball playoffs and John covers it all in our sports section. Busy man…. So what do you think of the latest version of Congressional redistricting by the NC Legislature? Wish Bladen County did not have to be divided into 2 Congressional districts. No final verdict yet. BladenOnline continues to be the …..

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