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Bladen County has slight risk for severe weather

The National Weather Service has Bladen County for a slight risk for severe weather potential Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The primary threat is wind and hail but a tornado can not be ruled out according to the National Weather Service Service. Some minor flooding in heavier rain showers is expected. Gusty winds through the day 10 t0 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph is predicted. Share:

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Weather Alert for Friday and Saturday

The National Weather Service has Bladen County for a slight risk for sever weather potential Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The primary threat is wind and hail but a tornado can not be ruled out according to the National Weather Service Service. Some minor flooding in heavier rain showers is expected. Gusty winds through the day 10 t0 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph is predicted.  Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 1

1778 – New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates “$” symbol. 1789 – US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, F. Muhlenberg 1st speaker. 1826 – Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine” 1850 – San Francisco government established. 1853 – Cincinnati became 1st US city to pay fire fighters a regular salary. 1866 – US Congress rejects presidential veto giving all equal rights in US. 1889 – 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago) 1891 – The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois. 1899 – NC Mutual opens doors for business. 1927 – 1st automatic record changer …..

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Sheriff’s Office welcomes newest member Jaxx

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has a new member in K-9 officer Jaxx. He joined the staff in January of this year and his handler is Corporal Clark. Jaxx, a passive alert canine, is an 18-month-old Belgian Malnois and is nationally certified with the International Police Work Dog Association, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker.  He also is trained in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, evidence searching, and human trailing.  The training was in partnership with Cumberland County, according to Sheriff McVicker. Jaxx has already been busy in his first weeks on the job assisting with a barricaded subject and making several narcotics-related finds, said Sheriff McVicker. Jaxx was purchased …..

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Bladen Sheriff’s Office Vehicles Get New Look

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has received a donation from the Tar Heel Freewill Baptist Church. The gift will enable Sheriff McVicker to put new car numbers on all the marked units in the fleet. These new decals also carry a significant and special motto: “In God We Trust.” “I feel we have been honored by this church, the congregation and their deacons and minister,” said McVicker. “It is not often we have folks reach out to us in a positive manner. I and all my deputies are honored by this gesture.” McVicker said he was approached by the Pastor of the church, Reverend Thomas Tedder who said he and …..

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PITTENGER PRAISES SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTEES

With the level of political discourse in this country dropping to a new low each day, I want to take a moment and highlight some of the selfless young men and women who have committed themselves to military service and earned a United States Service Academy appointment this year. These students exemplify the best of American values – hard work, self-discipline, integrity, and service. The service academy appointment process is extremely competitive. Only after an applicant is nominated by a Member of Congress or the Vice President can they be appointed by a military academy. Personal essays must be written, letters of recommendation need to be received, and interviews have …..

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Bladen County DSS planning Child Abuse Awareness Walk

The Bladen County Department of Social Services is gearing up to call attention to the scourge of child abuse with a a Child Abuse Awareness event on Saturday, April 30, from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The event will be hosted by the Bladen County DSS Child Welfare Unit. The event will also include a Child Abuse Awareness Walk which will begin at San Jose Restaurant and end at the Bladen County Courthouse. There is also a contest to decorate the town and downtown with pinwheel gardens to mark the occasion. To enter the contest, simply take a picture of your pinwheel garden or …..

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BCC Hosts Blood Drive

  • 03/31/2016
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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College Student Government Association will host a local blood drive with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Blood Donor Center on Monday, April 4,  from 9 a.m. until noon, in the student lounge in building 2, on the Dublin campus. To sign up early, contact Crystal Dowd at 910-879-5620. For more information about BCC, call 910-879-5500.                                                                                                    Share:

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235th anniversary celebration of British March in Bladen County suspended

The 235th anniversary celebration of the British March in Bladen County that was scheduled for Saturday at Harmony Hall Plantation Village Inc. has been suspended due to unforeseen circumstances. The plans initially called for a special recognition of Vietnam Veterans along with the celebration of the events of the American Revolution in Bladen County. The hope is the event can be held at a later date. Share:

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myRA AND my SOCIAL SECURITY CAN HELP SECURE YOUR RETIREMENT

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville Achieving financial security is an important part of enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. A great first step is to visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. With a my Social Security account, you’ll get immediate access to your personal Social Security Statement, your earnings record, and an estimate of your retirement benefits at age 62, at your full retirement age, and at age 70. You can also verify your earnings are correct, since we base your future benefits on your earnings record. When you open a my Social Security account, we protect your information …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Charles Lennon Scholarship Games Begin Friday in Clarkton & Elizabethtown

The Charles Lennon Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship Games will be played Friday night, Saturday and Sunday at the Clarkton DYB Complex in Clarkton and at Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown. Proceeds from this weekends game will go to fund the Scholarships that Dixie Youth Baseball presents each year to deserving high school seniors. Admission will be $3 for Ages 13-and-up. No coolers will be allowed in the ball parks. All games will be played to a one hour and 45 minute drop-dead time limit.                        Clarkton DYB Complex                            …..

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Bladen County

Commissioners to hold special meetings

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners is set to hold two special called meetings today. Both meetings will take place in the Commissioners meeting room located in the lower level of the Bladen Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The first meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. to discuss property tax matters and the second meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and is a budget workshop. Share:

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A New Chief in Town

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is set to begin a new chapter with the hiring of retired NC Highway Patrol First Sergeant Tony Parrish to serve as Chief of Police. Parrish said he has several goals and objectives he would like to see achieved at the department. One of those goals for the police department is to create a community policing position. Through the community policing efforts Parrish said he hopes to forge a strong relationship with members of the community. He said that he also hopes to create Neighborhood Watch programs and engaging youth in positive activities. “It’s important because you want a good quality of life …..

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Chandler Lennon & Kassidy Anderson Named Slugfest All-Tournament

West Bladen’s Chandler Lennon and Kassidy Anderson were named to the Robeson County Slugfest All-Tournament Teams. Lennon was named to the All-Slugfest Baseball Team, and Anderson was chosen for the All-Slugfest Softball Team. Lennon batted 2-4 with a double and knocked in 2 runs in the Knights 8-7 loss to South Robeson Monday. The senior right-hander pitched a complete game and struck out 7 batters against the Mustangs. Lennon also singled Saturday against Lumberton. Anderson singled and walloped a long double to deep right field in the Lady Knights loss to South Robeson Monday. Share:

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CCSN Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament: St. Pauls 16, West Bladen 1

CERRO GORDO – St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 16-1 Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Columbus County Sports Network Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament. T. J. Guyton slammed a double to leftfield to lead off the West Bladen first inning and came around to score the Knight’s only run of the game. Ian Sykes and Jonathan Robinson both walked, and Trey Storms knocked in Guyton with a single. However, a pick-off play ended the inning. St. Pauls turned a hit batter and 2 errors into two first inning runs and scored 5 more times in the second on 3 errors, 2 walks and a hit to take a 7-1 lead. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for March 31

Presidential primaries continue and the delegate count continues to rise. Democrats—Clinton 1,712—Sanders 1,011.  Needed to win 2,383 Republicans—Trump 736—Cruz 462 and Kasich 143.  Needed to win 1,237. Wisconsin is the next state to hold elections with 42 Republican delegates up for grabs, and 96 Democratic delegates, and it’s winner take all. Wyoming is next for Democrats, followed by New York for both parties and later on April 26 the picture should become more clear with elections in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. So much for who is doing what to whom, let’s look back to yesteryear. The 1977 Elizabethtown Pirates baseball team members included:  Carlos Mathis, Johnny Martin, …..

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Youth Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 2, Regular Season April 9

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 29, 2016) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the statewide spring hunting season for wild turkeys — male and bearded turkeys only — on April 9 through May 7, preceded by a youth-only week from April 2 through April 8. During the youth season, turkey hunting is only allowed for those younger than 16 years. Each youth hunter must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years old. An adult may accompany more than one youth during a particular hunt, but the adult cannot harvest a turkey. Each youth must report a harvest to the Wildlife Commission through a Big Game Harvest Report Card. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 31

1849 – Col. John W. Geary arrives as 1st postmaster in San Francisco. 1850 – US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%)) 1880 – 1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, In) 1909 – Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years. 1909 – Gustav Mahler conducts NY Philharmonic for his 1st time. 1918 – 1st daylight savings time in US goes into effect. 1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years. 1932 – Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine. 1933 – 1st newspaper …..

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Bladen County Health Department

Bladen County Health Department approved for YFC grant

Carol Strickland, Young Families Connect Local Coordinator, and Kayla Brianne, Young Families Connect Case-Manager, completed and submitted the Young Families Connect (YFC) grant on February 26, 2016.  The YFC grant will be for three consecutive years beginning August 1 and continuing through July 31, 2019.  The current grant period will end on July 31, 2016. Confirmation was received on March 24 that the Bladen County Health Department was approved for the grant and the total amount for three years will be $655,699. The YFC grant provides programming for Case Managers to work with 13-24 year old pregnant and/or parenting men and women of Bladen County to improve education, self sufficiency, and …..

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4-H Presentation District Competition Judges needed

The 4-H Presentation District Competition judges are needed for the annual 4-H Activity Day planned for Saturday, May 14, in Kinston. Becky Spearman said, “4-H has a district activity day every year where kids from 18 counties will do presentations on a lot of different topics.  Agents are asked to be in charge of a group of categories and are asked to find three judges who are kid friendly (or just willing to help) and will make positive and constructive comments for the kids to improve.  The winners of each age group and category will get the chance to go on to the State presentations in July.” Spearman said she …..

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Boost the ‘Boro announces Spring Fest 2016

BLADENBORO – Boost the Boro, Inc. will host its 2016 Spring Fest event on Saturday, April 30, at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market in downtown Bladenboro.  “We are very excited about our annual event this year and have decided to combine the event this year with the Master Gardener’s annual plant sale.  Historically, both of these events usually draw a large crowd of people”, said Don White, President of Boost the Boro, Inc. We decided to put these two events together and bring in some live entertainment in the afternoon and give something back to our community.   If you like good food, good music and an opportunity to maybe find that …..

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Crash snarls traffic on S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown

Some photos contributed by Jamie Corbett A three vehicle crash on S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown snarled traffic on Wednesday afternoon. The crash involving a log truck, a delivery truck and a small car, resulted in a brief closure of the southbound lanes of S. Poplar Street. According to a witness on the scene, the log truck tried to back down the hill without assistance and struck a delivery truck. Check back with BladenOnline for more crash details as they become available. Share:

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Pittenger visits Bladen County on Wednesday

US Congress Representative Robert Pittenger visited Bladen County on Wednesday to hear concerns and to learn about the needs of Bladen County. He had visited Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel on Wednesday morning and Bladen Online caught up with him at San Jose Restaurant in the afternoon. Pittenger still had on his itinerary to visit with Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker before making a final stop at Lu Mil Vineyard. Pittenger, who represents the 9th Congressional District, is attempting to learn the needs of Bladen County and its residents that have been included in the newly drawn 9th Congressional district. “I’m greeting folks and listening to their concerns,” said Pittenger …..

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Rotary Club gets update on 8K planning

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday for a business session and heard an update on plans for the upcoming 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the USO of NC. The club heard briefly from President-Elect Charlotte Smith regarding her trip to PETS (President Elect Training) weekend. “I’m very excited about the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation,” said Smith. She added that she was very excited to learn more about Rotary and in the near future will be sharing more about what she learned. President Renee Horton discussed the upcoming Rotary Club 8K to benefit the USO of NC which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at the Brown’s …..

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Taylor becomes fellow

Renae O. Taylor, chief nursing officer (CNO) for Southeastern Health, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years. A native of Bladenboro, Taylor earned an associate degree in nursing from Robeson Community College in 1991 and a bachelor’s …..

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Grandmother, grandchildren rescued after being overcome by carbon monoxide

A grandmother and her four grandchildren were hospitalized Tuesday night after being found overcome by carbon monoxide fumes from a gas stove inside a White Lake vacation home. White Lake police officer Brooks Yandle and a member of the town’s fire department responded to a call to Ryan Road at 10:19 p.m. Tuesday and smelled propane gas, according to police Lt. Mike Salmon. The door to the travel trailer was locked, but Yandle was able to open a window where he saw a woman lying unconscious on the floor and a girl in a semi-conscious state. The girl was able to open the door before collapsing. Once inside, the officer …..

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Perry, Lumley Wed

Whitehurst Lake House in Washington, North Carolina was the beautiful setting of the September 19, 2015 wedding of Lauren Brittney Perry and Tyler Closson Lumley, both of Greenville, North Carolina.  Dr. Bradley Smith officiated the outdoor ceremony.  Mike and Joy Knotts, cousins of the bride, served as the vocalists. The bride is the daughter of Jim and Sadie Perry of Clarkton, North Carolina.  She is the granddaughter of the late Carlton and Ann Perry and the late Poe Elkins and Ovaline Elkins Cayton. The groom is the son of Mike Lumley of Greensboro, North Carolina and the late Holly Lumley.  He is the grandson of Hazel Lumley of Circleville, Ohio …..

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Patient speaks in support of Doctor

A patient has spoken out in support of a Bladen County doctor. Bernadette Y. Shaw issued a written statement to Bladen Online regarding the status of Dr. Susan Aycock. “I am a patient of Dr. Aycock and I have been every since 1997.  I learned by a phone call that Dr. Aycock was no longer working at the Bladenboro office.  When I inquired as to why she was no longer there,  no one could tell me, only that I my appointment would be rescheduled when another doctor was found. I am very upset by this.  I am 56 years old and I  trust doctor  Aycock explicitly.  I was always  very impressed …..

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Hospice offers free healthcare decision clinics

Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host free Begin the Conversations clinics about end-of-life and healthcare decisions. They will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, April 28 and Aug. 11, at LCFH’s Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. These sessions, which are free to adults 18 and older, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. “At any time in your life, you may be unable to communicate your healthcare choices as a result of an injury or serious illness. Having a plan will make it easier for you, your doctor and your loved ones to ensure your wishes are honored,” said …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for March 30

Charlie Daniel, 79, is one of three North Carolinians to be inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.  Charlie has lots of family in Bladen County.  Years ago, you would see the CDB bus in the area during deer hunting season.  Others to be inducted include entertainer Randy Travis and Fred Foster, a label owner. I know very little about how the NC Legislature works and I have no idea whether the recent legislation related to the use of bathrooms is good or bad.  The devil is always in the details.  What I do believe is that the NC Legislature has a habit, D’s and R’s, …..

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J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational Baseball Tournament: East Bladen 7, Grays Creek 4

FAYETTEVILLE – Second baseman Quinton Bedsole snagged a line drive and stepped on second base for the game-ending double play as East Bladen escaped a bases-loaded jam and defeated Grays Creek 7-4 Tuesday to take third-place in the J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational Baseball Tournament at Douglas Byrd High. Zach Bagley’s single, a walk and an error loaded the bases for Grays Creek in the top of the seventh. Cody Patterson lobbed a single to right that scored Bagley and narrowed the Eagle lead to 7-4. Sophmore righthander Xavier Wooten struck out the next batter, before Bedsole’s unassisted double play on Dillon Taylor’s liner ended the game. Wooten pitched 3 …..

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CCSN Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament: West Bladen 11, South Columbus 8

CERRO GORDO – Lefthander Ian Sykes pitched 5 strong innings, and West Bladen held on for an 11-8 victory over South Columbus Tuesday in the opening round of the Columbus County Sports Network Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament. Sykes struck out 8 batters and allowed 3 runs on 5 walks and 4 hits. Caleb Sholar came on to get the first 2 outs in the sixth inning, before 3 hits and 3 walks led to 5 Stallion runs. Sholar struck out one. Sophmore Trey Storms worked the final 1.1 innings on the hill to pick up the save. Storms struck out one and allowed only one hit in a scoreless seventh …..

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Tuesday’s Tournament Results

J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Baseball Invitational At Douglas Byrd High School Championship Game: Cape Fear 7, Scotland 0 Third-Place Game: East Bladen 7, Grays Creek 4 Fifth-Place Game: Freedom Christian 6, Douglas Byrd 4 Seventh-Place Game: E. E. Smith 6, Seventy First 5, 13 Innings Robeson County Slugfest At South Robeson High School Baseball Championship Game: Purnell Swett 2, Lumberton 1 Third-Place Game: Fairmont 6, St. Pauls 3 Fifth-Place Game: Red Springs 3, South Robeson 0 Softball Championship Game: Purnell Swett 9, Red Springs 0 Third-Place Game: Hoke County 6, Fairmont 4 Fifth-Place Game: Lumberton 8, South Robeson 2 Share:

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Bladen County to celebrate National Library Week in April

April 10-16 is National Library Week and the Bladen County Public Library system has activities planned. Each of the three libraries will have special stories about books and libraries during the week and a poetry contest at the main library in Elizabethtown. Activities are scheduled at Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro on Monday, April 11 at 3;30 p.m., Clarkton Public Library on Tuesday, April 12 at 3:30 p.m., and at the main branch in Elizabethtown on Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m. and at 3:30 p.m. Also, on Thursday, April 14, in Elizabethtown, a poetry contest is planned from 6:30-8 p.m. There will be categories for children, teens and adults, …..

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This Day in History – March 30

  • 03/29/2016
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1822 – Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory. 1842 – Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr. Crawford Long (Ga) 1867 – US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly) 1870 – 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race. 1889 – John T. Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY) 1910 – Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi. 1940 – 2nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana University beats Kansas 60-42. 1946 – “St. Louis Woman” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances. 1953 – Albert …..

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Road Closing

NC DOT announces road closings and openings

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the following road openings and closings. NC DOT crews have completed the pipeline replacement work on Boggy Branch Road and the road is now open to traffic. NC DOT has closed Elwell Ferry again due to high water. While the ferry is closed, NC DOT will be taking the opportunity to replace a couple of small crossline on Elwell Ferry Road between NC 87 and the river.  This work will be performed under traffic so that access is maintained to the wildlife landing. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Beginning next week, NC DOT plans to close Sarah Peterson Road at a location 0.33 miles west …..

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Register your school for North Carolina Bike to School event

You can register your school for the North Carolina Bike to School event and have the chance to become one of eight randomly selected events to receive a “Ready, Set, Roll” kit to help promote fun and safety during their celebrations and all year long. North Carolina Bike to School Day will take place on May 4. The event is meant to be flexible to best fit your community and school’s circumstances so it can include biking, walking or a combination of the two. Drawings will be held on April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 25. Register now for the most chances to win. Winners will receive 30 reflective zipper pulls, 30 water …..

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Sheriff seeking to launch “Are You Okay?” program

By: Erin Smith Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, in partnership with local municipal law enforcement agencies and other public safety agencies, is gearing up to launch a new initiative called “Are You Okay?” to help ensure the safety and welfare of the elderly and shut-ins in Bladen County. The target launch date is May 1. During a meeting on Tuesday morning in the Bladen County Emergency Operations Center, Sheriff McVicker introduced the idea to several community partners. He told those in attendance that he learned about the program at a recent Sheriff’s Association meeting. The “Are You Okay?” program is an automated system that contacts residents at a designated time …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Shooting In Clarkton Leaves One Injured

A shooting on Sunday evening shattered and otherwise quiet in Clarkton and left one man shot in the leg, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. Sheriff McVicker said 21-year-old Michaaveei Brown was shot in the left thigh at a building that used to be a washerette near the Time Saver in Clarkton. Brown resides in Columbus County but has not given an address.  McVicker said a call was placed to Bladen 911 shortly after 7 p.m. Bladen County EMS and law enforcement responded. “When they arrived most of the people who were there when the shooting happened had left. Those who remained did not give much information to law …..

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Healthy Bladen Collaborative learns about Eastpointe services

By: Erin Smith The members of the Healthy Bladen Collaborative met on Tuesday morning and learned about how to access Eastpointe services for their clients. Cheryl Harris with Eastpointe, an agency that manages mental health services for providers in Bladen and surrounding counties, gave an overview of the agency’s series and how collaborative members can help their clients to access them. Harris said that Eastpointe has a new CEO Sarah Stroud. She also told the group that in each county served by Eastpointe there is a kiosk usually in the local library. Harris said that she was not certain about the location of the kiosk in Bladen County.  She said …..

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Boost the ‘Boro meeting tonight

There will be a called Boost the ‘Boro meeting tonight at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market at 6:30 p.m. the purpose of the meeting is to finalize plans for the Spring Fest fundraiser. Road and window signs as well as tickets have been purchased and will be made available for members to sell and distribute in strategic locations throughout the community. Also up for discussion will be a press release regarding the Spring Fest. Share:

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REP. ROUZER HOSTS YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR NC-07 STUDENTS

Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting a youth leadership conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District on April 5, 2016.  The first annual 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference provides two juniors from each high school an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurial leaders, discuss ways to achieve entrepreneurial success and develop the necessary personal and professional skills to achieve goals. This conference is being conducted in coordination with the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at NC State University as well as participation by the UNC Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  There will be a lineup of speakers and engaging activities focused on values-based leadership …..

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J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Baseball Invitational: Scotland 9, East Bladen 3

FAYETTEVILLE – Senior righthander Brandon Jacobs pitched a complete-game 3-hitter to lead Scotland to a 9-3 baseball victory over East Bladen Monday night in the semi-finals of the J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational at Douglas Byrd. Jacobs struck out 14, walked one and hit one batter. The Eagles jumped in front 1-0 in the second inning. Sophmore Ty Watkins hammered a double to deep centerfield, advanced on a passed third strike and sprinted home on senior Alex Coates’ grounder. Coates blanked the Scots on a walk and an infield hit in the first two innings. The senior righthander picked one runner off first base, and catcher Kyle Tatum gunned down …..

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Robeson County Slugfest Softball: South Robeson 7, West Bladen 2

ROWLAND – Aterria Quick walloped a 2-run home run that snapped a 2-2 tie and propelled South Robeson to a 7-2 softball victory over West Bladen Monday in the consolation bracket of the Robeson County Slugfest. After two scoreless innings, junior Kathryn Schultz led off the Lady Knight third inning with a single to right and sprinted to second base when the ball eluded the Lady Mustang rightfielder. Scuultz then stole third base and dashed home on freshman Conner Brisson’s ground ball to put West in front 1-0. The Lady Mustangs answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the third. Quick drilled a double to right-centerfield and scampered home …..

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The Elizabethtown Jaycees raised $600 for the Heart Fund during a basketball marathon. Longyell Cromartie, Kenny Graham and Greg High, along with lady basketball players Linda Dixon, Donna Gooden and Pam Hammond, were named Three Rivers All Conference. Friendship Holiness opened their new church building northeast of White Lake. Veeder Root announced that they are now making machine parts for Taylor Manufacturing Company. $26,502.17 was raised for Bladen County Rescue Squads during the recent Radiothon. Share:

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Lots Of Low Scores Recorded At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

With the weather perfect for low scoring golfers at Vineyard Golf took advantage and recorded some of the lowest scores of the year recently. Teen age golfer Cade Hancock shot a two-under 70 and an even par 72. Cade’s father, Jim Hancock, had a four-over 76 and his aunt, Ann Hancock, shot three-over 75. Other low scores recorded were Ricky Marvin 70, Evan Johnson 75, Steve Godwin 74, Mac Porter 73 and Brian Beaver 71. William McMillian also eagled the eighth hole, a 480 yard par 5. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for March 29

There is no shortage of news, from the local to state, US and around the world.  The 24 hour news media must have reporters in every corner of the universe. A skirmish in DC, continued efforts to solve the France, Belgium and Pakistan bombings and now the high-jacking of an Egyptian airplane.  And, politicians make sure they garner their share of the headlines.  Just a few of yesterday’s news stories. BladenOnline had another good week, statistically.  Thanks for your continued support.  A reminder, The Best Is Yet To Come. Love to look back at days-gone-by.  We continue to publish rosters of Dixie Youth baseball teams from 1977, courtesy of the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 29

1638 – 1st permanent white settlement in Delaware (Swedish Lutherans). 1806 – Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway. 1848 – Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam. 1852 – Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day. 1867 –  Congress first approves building of Lincoln Memorial. 1882 – Knights of Columbus chartered for Catholic men. 1912 – Capt. Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary “the end cannot be far.” 1932 – …..

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Baseball: South Robeson 8, West Bladen 7

ROWLAND – South Robeson rallied for four runs in the sixth inning for an 8-7 win against West Bladen on Monday in the consolation bracket of the Robeson County Slugfest at South Robeson High School. West Bladen had rallied from an early 4-1 deficit for 7-4 lead after four innings, but couldn’t hang on at the end. Chandler Lennon went the distance on the mound for West Bladen, giving up nine hits and four earned runs, while striking out seven, walking three and hitting two batters. Lennon led the Knights at the plate as well. The senior was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in. His courtesy runner, …..

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NC DOT

Bladen County Road Closing Update

An update of road openings / closings is as follows:   OPENINGS:   ELWELL FERRY The Elwell Ferry is FINALLY  operating once again.  River levels have dropped to right on the operating bubble.   CLOSINGS:   SR 1750 – BOGGY BRANCH ROAD Monday morning the North Carolina Department of Transportation plan is to close SR 1750, known as Boggy Branch Road, at a location 0.05 miles south of NC 211 in order to replace a crossline pipe.  The work should be completed by tomorrow, Tuesday afternoon according to the department. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Good Friday? Easter Monday?…..How about a week off? What I need is one more holiday that includes good food.  Think I am losing the ‘Battle of the Bulge’.  Have a short time to prepare for planned physical, timing not good. Enjoyed time with family during the holidays….Happy Birthday to our youngest son, today….and to others who celebrate the special occasion this day. The ‘Heels move on to the Final Four, as does Syracuse.  Virginia and Notre Dame played their last game yesterday, for this season. Final Four…..Oklahoma vs Villanova at 6:09 Saturday, April 2 and UNC plays Syracuse 40 minutes after game 1.  Both games on TBS. As the basketball …..

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White Oak man sentenced for felonious restraint

A White Oak man was sentenced last week on a charge of felonious restraint for taking a woman to his home against her will and engaging in non-consensual sex. Billy Andra Monroe, 54, received an active sentence of between 31 and 47 months under a plea agreement Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court. Monroe also was given a suspended sentence and placed on 36 months supervised probation for possession of a firearm by a felon. According to a court summary of the charge, on the night of Feb. 22, 2015, Monroe picked up a woman in Cumberland County and drove her to his home in White Oak. In the early …..

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Abbey Walters Slugs Homer, 2 Doubles in UNC-P Sweep

Bladenboro native Abbey Walters slugged a home run and two doubles Friday to lead UNC-Pembroke to a softball double-header sweep Friday at Winston-Salem State by scores of 7-6 in 8 innings and 4-3. Walters slammed a double to right field in the first inning of the opener and darted home on a throwing error to give the Lady Braves a 1-0 lead. After the Lady Rams had taken a 5-3 lead on back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Walters relieved starting pitcher Katie Saunders in the circle and struck out the first batter she faced to end the inning. Walters pitched 1.1 innings and gave up …..

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CCSN Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament Postponed Until Tuesday

The Columbus County Sports Network Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament at West Columbus High has been postponed until Tuesday due to the rain and wet grounds. West Bladen will open the tournament against South Columbus at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Tuesday’s games 10 a.m. – East Columbus vs. Fairmont 1 p.m. – Whiteville vs. West Brunswick 4 p.m. – West Bladen vs. South Columbus 7 p.m. – West Columbus vs. St. Pauls Wednesday’s games 10 a.m. – East Columbus-Fairmont loser vs. Whiteville-West Brunswick loser 1 p.m. – West Bladen-South Columbus loser vs. West Columbus-St. Pauls loser 4 p.m. – East Columbus-Fairmont winner vs. Whiteville-West Brunswick winner 7 p.m. – West Bladen-South Columbus …..

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This Day in History – March 28

1796 – Bethel African Methodist Church of Philadelphia is 1st US-African church. 1797 – Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine. 1799 – NY state abolished slavery. 1834 – Senate censure President Jackson for taking federal deposits from Bank of US. 1866 – 1st ambulance goes into service. 1881 – “Greatest Show on Earth” was formed by PT Barnum & James A Bailey. 1885 – US Salvation Army officially organized. 1930 – 1st performance of Walter Piston’s Suite for orchestra (Boston). 1935 – Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket. 1942 – 4th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Dartmouth 53-38. 1946 – Cold War: The United …..

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J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Baseball Invitational

Saturday’s results Grays Creek 6, Freedom Christian 4 Cape Fear 12, Seventy First 2 (6 Innings) East Bladen 10, E. E. Smith 0 (5 Innings) Scotland 12, Douglas Byrd 2 (5 Innings) Monday’s games 10 a.m. – Freedom Christian vs. Seventy First 1 p.m. – E. E. Smith vs. Douglas Byrd 4 p.m. – Grays Creek vs. Cape Fear 7 p.m. – East Bladen vs. Scotland Share:

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Clint Allen Collects 6 Hits in Coker Weekend Series

West Bladen grad Clint Allen racked up 6 hits in Coker College’s weekend series at Carson-Newman Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City, TN. Allen batted 3-4 and drove in a run Friday, but the Cobras dropped a 12-4 decision. The Bladenboro native smacked a single to right-centerfield in the third inning and raked a single to leftfield in the fifth inning. In the ninth inning, Allen beat out an infield hit that scored Scott Burnley with the third Coker run.      Coker won the first game of Saturday’s double-header 4-3.  Allen led off the fourth inning with a single to rightfield then laced a single to centerfield in the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Easter Sunday.  Remember the reason and celebrate. It is a safe bet the ACC will be represented in the Final Four next weekend.  This evening, shortly after 6 p.m., Virginia plays Syracuse and just before 9 tonight, UNC Tar Heels play Notre Dame…..again.  The winners advance to the Final Four.  Villanova and Oklahoma have already advanced to the grand finale. The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.  Robert Flatt Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.  S.D. Gordon Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing.  Albert Laighton For I remember …..

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Robeson County Slugfest

Baseball Saturday’s results St. Pauls 2, Red Springs 1 Lumberton 5, West Bladen 0 Purnell Swett 15, Hoke County 3 Fairmont 6, South Robeson 4   Monday’s games 10 a.m. – Red Springs vs. Hoke County 1 p.m. – West Bladen vs. South Robeson 4 p.m. – St. Pauls vs. Purnell Swett 7 p.m. – Lumberton vs. Fairmont   Softball Saturday’s results Red Springs 7, Lumberton 4 Purnell Swett 6, West Bladen 3 Hoke County 20, St. Pauls 0 Fairmont 4, South Robeson 1   Monday’s games 10 a.m. – Lumberton vs. St. Pauls 1 p.m – West Bladen vs. South Robeson 4 p.m. – Red Springs vs. Hoke County …..

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J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Baseball Invitational

East Bladen 10, E. E. Smith 0 FAYETTEVILLE – Ty Watkins pitched a five-inning, one-hit shutout Saturday to lead East Bladen to a 10-0 baseball victory over E. E. Smith in the opening round of the J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational at Douglas Byrd High School. Watkins struck out seven and walked one. The sophmore lefthander retired the side in order in 4 of the 5 innings to pick up his first win of the season. He is now 1-0. In the Golden Bull third inning, A. Downer drew a one-walk, stole second and raced home on Aaron Brown’s 2-out single. However Downer missed the plate and was called out …..

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Baseball: Lumberton 5, West Bladen 0

  • 03/26/2016
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ROWLAND – Daniel Carter pitched a one-hitter as Lumberton shut out West Bladen 5-0 on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the Robeson County Slugfest at South Robeson High School. The junior left-hander struck out nine and walked four. The Knights only had one runner reach as far as third base. Chandler Lennon had a one-out, first-inning single for West Bladen that moved Jeremy Hunt, who had walked, to third, but the next two batters were retired. Lumberton scored twice in the first inning on a single by Alec Brewington, doubles by Evan Odum and Nolan Locklear and a two-out error. The Pirates added another run in the third …..

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Robeson County Slugfest Softball

Purnell Swett 6, West Bladen 3 ROWLAND – Purnell Swett capitalized on a trio of West Bladen errors to score 4 unearned runs and defeat the Lady Knights 6-3 Saturday in the opening round of the Robeson County Slugfest Softball Tournament. Two runs in the second and three more in the third gave the Lady Rams a 6-0 lead. “We seem to have one bad inning against really good teams,” said West Bladen Coach Joey Autry. “Some of it comes from our youth, but we didn’t quit. We battled.” Leading 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the first two Lady Rams cracked singles, but Lady Knight pitcher Sophia Singletary …..

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This Day in History – March 27

1513 – Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition first sight Florida. 1790 – The modern shoelace (string and shoe holes) invented in England. 1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1814 – Battle at Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Sticks, part of the Creek Indian tribe near Dadeville, Alabama. 1848 – 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC. 1855 – Abraham Gesner patents kerosene. 1863 – American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting and prayer. 1866 – Andrew Rankin patents the urinal. 1928 – US Men’s Figure Skating …..

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Jumping Up and Down for Success of Bunny Fun Run to help Bladen County Relay For Life

Photos Contributed by Rebecca McCollum The crowd didn’t just come out for exercise Saturday morning at the 5K Bunny Fun Run in Bladenboro, they came out to support the Bladen County Relay for Life. Otis Evans, a cancer warrior himself spear headed the event and was happy with the turn out. According to Evans around 140 people participated in the 5K this weekend. Most know in Bladen County, Evans has a special place in his heart for Relay for Life and hopes to raise a lot of funds this year to help end cancer. The 5K was the first of two events Evans has organized. The next will be a Golf Tournament …..

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Old Fashioned Planters Day held on a cool Saturday

By: Erin Smith The sounds of antique tractors and the chug-chug of hit and miss engines filled the air on Saturday morning as the 26th Old Fashioned Planters Day got underway at the Graham Farm in Ammon. Temperatures were cool and skies were cloudy but spirits were high as folks walked through displays of antique farm equipment, displays of antique automobiles and various vendors. Fried turkey legs, funnel cakes and fresh squeezed lemonade were just a few of the food items that could be found. One crowd favorite was a hand operated sawmill. The log was carefully secured on the sawmill and cut into boards by the fast spinning blade …..

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Jones Lake State Park holds Easter Egg Hunt, marks state parks centennial

By: Erin Smith   There was excitement in the air at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday as the park held their annual East Egg Hunt and also were celebrating the centennial of the North Carolina state parks system. There were about 433 people preregistered for the Easter Egg Hunt. Aside from the Easter Egg Hunt, there were also games, food and various displays. Displays at the event included the NC Highway Patrol, Bladen County Water Rescue, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County EMS, Elizabethtown Fire Department, the Booze It and Loose It campaign. Park Superintendent Shane Freeman welcomed those in attendance and introduced NC State Parks Director Michael Murphy. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

  • 03/26/2016
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The Easter season is here.  Time for family and friends, Easter egg hunts and worship, not necessarily in that order. A 5K Fun Run to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held in Bladenboro today, an Easter egg hunt is planned at Jones Lake State Park, the annual Old Fashion Planter’s Day festivities continue in Ammon.  There are numerous other events scheduled around the area today. A salute to Todd Pait, the new West Bladen football coach.  Happy to see NCHSAA finally decided to keep the two Bladen County High Schools in a conference with Columbus and Robeson county schools. With all the “crap” related to the race for president and …..

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North Carolina Museum of Art Presents Two Free Exhibitions Opening in April

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) presents two free exhibitions opening in April 2016, both featuring work by North Carolina artists. Altered Land: Works by Damian Stamer and Greg Lindquist includes landscape paintings by two locally raised artists, while Burk Uzzle: American Chronicle highlights one Raleigh-born artist’s career photographing American life. Altered Land and Burk Uzzle join ticketed spring exhibitions American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals and Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Museum of Art, which both opened on March 19. For a full list of current and upcoming exhibitions at the NCMA, visit ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions. Share:

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Update: N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program Launches New Enforcement Blitz Against Speeding

Raleigh, NC – The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) is launching its annual speed enforcement blitz from March 24 – April 3 under the tagline: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem across our state’s roads. Officers will step up enforcement of posted speed limits throughout North Carolina and stop and ticket anyone caught speeding. “Speeding translates to death on our roadways. It greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object, or an unexpected curve,” said Don Nail, director of the GHSP. “We want to help our state and local …..

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N.C. Invests More Than $200,000 to Train Workers

Raleigh, N.C. – More than $207,000 in the latest round of NCWorks grants will improve the skills of North Carolina’s workers. The NCWorks Incumbent Worker Training Grant program helps business strengthen its workforce by reimbursing participating employers for training costs.  The grants are awarded twice a year. In the first quarter of this year, 30 businesses were awarded $207,598 to train 438 workers. “When businesses have the talented workers they need, they can expand their product offerings, add more clients, and improve their bottom lines,” said Will Collins, executive director of NCWorks.  “These grants are an important tool for strengthening our workforce and making North Carolina a top destination for …..

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North Carolina’s February Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from January’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent. North Carolina’s February 2016 unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 25,687 over the month to 4,557,152 and increased 103,145 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 164 over the month to 266,243, and decreased 3,998 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 900 to 4,295,200 in February. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases …..

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Syphilis, Ocular Syphilis on the Rise in North Carolina

Syphilis rates in North Carolina are highest since the year 2000, and state health officials are reminding citizens that regular screening is key to prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. The number of syphilis cases in North Carolina increased 40 percent from 2014 to 2015, with the highest number of cases in some of the state’s most populous counties: Cumberland, Durham, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake. The majority of syphilis cases are reported in males.  In calendar year 2014, men made up 90 percent of those diagnosed, and of these new cases most were among men reporting sex with men.  Those who are HIV positive are at highest risk of contracting syphilis.  …..

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Pembroke Missing Person, Kayla Nicole Neville

  RALEIGH 3/24/16 12:36 AM — The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, Kayla Nicole Neville. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Kayla Nicole Neville, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Anyone with information about Kayla Nicole Neville should call Pembroke Police Department at the Pembroke Police Department at 1-910-521-4333 or 911.  READ MORE Share:

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This Day in History – March 26

1790 – US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency. 1804 – Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase. 1845 – Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of bandaid. 1872 – Thomas J. Martin patents fire extinguisher. 1885 – Eastman Film Co. manufacturers 1st commercial motion picture film. 1903 – American Hotel opens in Amsterdam. 1937 – Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye. 1943 – Elsie S. Ott becomes 1st woman awarded US Air Force Medal. 1945 – Iwo Jima occupied, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed. 1953 – Dr. Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio. 1955 – “Ballad of Davy Crockett” becomes …..

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PBLA Drill Team wins 1st Place Overall

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy drill team the John L. Foye Rifles finished second overall this past weekend. The team competed at the 19th Annual Hoke County High School Drill Meet in Raeford. The drill team finished just behind Bandy High School from Catawba.  In addition to overall winner Bandy the drill team competed against fifteen other teams from across North Carolina. The team won trophies in eight out of nine events. Cadet SSG Elijah Hayes commanded Regulation Squad without arms which finished in second place.  Cadet Hayes would also finish in second place in Exhibition Armed Individual.  He and Cadet CPL Nigel Willis finished in second place in …..

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West Bladen Baseball & Softball Begin Robeson County Slugfest Saturday

The West Bladen baseball and softball teams will begin play Saturday in the Robeson County Slugfest Tournament at South Robeson High School. Coach Joey Autry’s Lady Knights are the No. 6 seed and will play No. 3 seed Purnell Swett at 1 p.m. Saturday. Coach Kim Cain’s baseball Knights are also a No. 6 seed and will also play at 1 p.m. against No. 3 seed Lumberton. The tournament will continue Monday and Tuesday. Pairings and schedule follow: Baseball Saturday 10 a.m. No. 4 Red Springs (6-3) vs. No. 5 St. Pauls (6-4) 1 p.m.: No. 3 Lumberton (6-4) vs No. 6 West Bladen (3-5) 4 p.m. No. 1 Purnell …..

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East Bladen Baseball in Easter Tournament at Douglas Byrd

East Bladen’s Eagles will open play in the J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational baseball tournament at Douglas Byrd High in Fayetteville Saturday at 4 p.m. against E. E. Smith. The tournament will continue with games Monday and Tuesday. The tournament schedule follows: Saturday 10 a.m. Gray’s Creek (4-6) vs. Freedom Christian (4-4) 1 p.m.  Cape Fear (7-2) vs. Seventy-First (0-8) 4 p.m. East Bladen (5-2) vs. E.E. Smith (0-9) 7 p.m. Scotland (6-3) vs. Douglas Byrd (4-6) Monday 10 a.m. Grays Creek/Freedom Loser vs. Cape Fear/ Seventy-First Loser 1 p.m.   East Bladen/E. E. Smith Loser vs. Scotland/Douglas Byrd Loser 4 p.m.   Grays Creek/Freedom Winner vs. Cape Fear/ Seventy-First …..

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Bladen County Superior Court plea agreements for March 23

Bladen County Superior Court was in session Wednesday, March 23. Judge Douglas Sasser presided. Some of the plea agreements reached were: ** Rodriquez McNeil, 20, pleaded guilty to possession of firearm by a felon. Sentenced to 9 to 20 months in custody. In court statements, on Feb. 22, 2015, deputies were called to a home on Buck Lane Drive in White Oak for a domestic dispute. Officers were told there had been argument and McNeil had pointed a weapon. McNeil ran into the wood. When he was captured, officers found a hand gun. ** Kelly Eugene Guyton, 38, pleaded guilty to fleeing to elude arrest by motor vehicle and driving …..

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Elizabethtown man free on bond while facing assault charge

A man known for his work with community organizations is free on bond while facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Charles Simmons Cain, 74, of Scout Lane in Elizabethtown, had his $1,000 unsecured bond on the charge revoked Wednesday during a hearing in Bladen County Superior Court after Judge Douglas Sasser found that Cain tried to contact the alleged victim, his wife, Grace Cain, and also violated the terms of his pre-trial release program. The state had requested a $20,000 secured bond. Sasser ordered Cain held on a $5,000 secured bond and ordered him not to have any contact, either directly or indirectly, with the …..

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Getaway driver in Dollar General armed robbery sentenced

The man who was the driver of a vehicle used to leave the scene following an armed robbery at Dollar General in Dublin pled guilty Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court under an agreement with the state. Naquan Alphonso Matthews, 20, of Elizabthtown, pled guilty to common law robbery and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 13 to 25 months in custody. Everette Nyquan Ward, 26, and Carlton Terrell Smith Jr., 23, also are charged in the robbery. Their cases are still pending, according to court statements. The robbery took place Aug. 24, 2015 about 8:45 p.m. when two men entered the store and …..

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Mother says body cameras for LEOs a good investment

By Erin Smith For one mother, the loss of her son has lead her to lobby for body cameras for county law enforcement officers. Marion McGovern said, “I went to a meeting of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners to talk about body cameras for law enforcement after the shooting death of my son by law enforcement.” St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday, March 17) marked the one year anniversary of the death of McGovern’s son Declan Owen in an officer involved shooting. “Two weeks prior to that, I came across some information which contradicts the information I was given in a meeting with District Attorney Jon David, ….. SBI Officer Jacob …..

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Elizabethtown man sentenced on drug charges

Patrick Tremaine Rhodie was sentenced Wednesday to 15 to 27 months in custody on drug charges under a plea agreement entered in Bladen County Superior Court. Rhodie, 34, pled guilty to selling a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of cocaine. On the first charge, Rhodie was recorded selling 2 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent for $20 on Jan. 5, 2015 in the area of South Lower Street in Elizabethtown. On the second charge, Rhodie was arrested Sept. 30, 2015, at the home of Brandon Quinnard Ward on South Lower Street in Elizabethtwn after officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducted a …..

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Woods fire burns near Clarkton

A brush fire burned near Farmer’s Union Road late Thursday afternoon. The fire was reported at about 4:45 p.m. and units from the North Carolina Forest Service, Lisbon Fire Department, North Whiteville Fire Department, Bladenboro Fire Department, and Clarkton Fire Departments all responded to extinguish the blaze. As fire crews to contain the blaze, a plane circled overhead keeping watch on the flames. According to reports, about one and one-half acres were consumed. Share:

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Easter weather to be unsettled

The forecast for the Easter weekend looks to be a soggy one, that is according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Bacon. Bacon said a weather front will remain stalled over the area keeping rainfall in the forecast through the weekend. He adds no flooding is expected. Bacon said  Saturday rain will be light and tend to favor coastal areas. Sunday offers better rain chances both coastal and inland. Share:

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You Decide: Why are there new sales taxes?

Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension North Carolinians having repairs made to their vehicles are now in for a little bit of a shock. With a few exceptions, they will now have to pay state sales tax on the labor cost of those repairs. So, too, will folks paying for repairs to their computers and for installing modular homes. These are some of the new sales taxes that began March 1. The most common reaction I’ve heard to the new taxes is, “What, there must be some kind of mistake!” Many people are aware of the state reducing taxes during recent years in an effort to make North Carolina …..

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Four Indicted For Robbery And Firearm Offense

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina returned a three count indictment charging James Stephen Thorpe a/k/a J1, Joshua Rayshawn Melvin a/k/a J.O., Ervin Montez Alston, Jr. a/k/a Wes or Wesley, and Jahid Preston Diggs with conspiring to commit interference with commerce by robbery; interference with commerce by robbery; and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence and aiding and abetting. The investigation revealed that on March 16, 2015, Thorpe, Melvin, Alston and Diggs committed a home invasion and robbery of the victim and others in the victim’s …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 7, Heide Trask 6

ROCKY POINT – Junior Kyle Tatum lined a 2-run home run over the left field fence in the seventh inning to vault East Bladen to a 7-6 Four County Conference baseball victory over Heide Trask Thursday night. With the scored tied 5-5, sophomore Sincere Smith led off the Eagle seventh inning with a single but was thrown out at third base. Sophomore Greyson Heustess drew a walk, and Tatum drilled the home run down the left field line for a 7-5 East lead. Senior Alex Coates allowed a walk and a run on a 2-out single in the bottom of the seventh, but a force-out at second base ended the game. …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 3, Heide Trask 0

ROCKY POINT – East Bladen tallied a pair of early goals en route to a 3-0 Four County Conference girls soccer victory Thursday night over Heide Trask. In the game’s 4th minute, junior Maddie West turned a feed from junior Cassie Hill into the first East Bladen goal. Ten minutes later sophmore Hannah Devane fired in another Lady Eagle goal that stretched the lead to 2-0. In the first minute of the second half, senior Lacey Suggs knocked in her first goal of the game to extend the East Bladen lead to 3-0. “We were in complete control,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “We outshot them 10-1, and their …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 14, Heide Trask 8

ROCKY POINT – Sophmore Devan Stocks pitched 5 strong innings and struck out nine to lead East Bladen to a 14-8 Four Conference jayvee baseball victory over Heide Trask Thursday. Stocks allowed only 2 runs – one earned – on 5 hits and a walk to pick up the victory. Teammate Spencer Scott pitched the sixth inning and gave up 6 runs – 3 earned – on 5 hits and a walk while striking out two. The Eagles tallied one run in the first inning. Freshman Shy Pone belted a single, stole second base and came around to score the run on an infield out and a wild pitch. Trask …..

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Boys Tennis: South View 6, West Bladen 3

South View defeated West Bladen 6-3 Thursday in non-conference boys tennis action at West Bladen. Victor Jacome at No. 1 Singles and Tate Sykes at No. 4 Singles won their respective matches and are still unbeaten in singles play this season. Singles: Victor Jacome (WB) defeated Caleb Edkins (SV)            6-4, 4-6, 10-3 John Fletcher (SV) defeated Matthew Bobby (WB)         6-2, 6-1 Hyun Lee (SV) defeated Manuel Arvizu (WB)                   6-4, 6-4                   Tate Sykes (WB) defeated Matt Delaney (SV)              …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for March 25

Today is Good Friday.  Bladen students are out of school today and the coming week. Lots of folks on the roadways, drive with care. The Duke Blue Devils (25-11) basketball teams’ season came to a halt last night.  The Oregon Ducks (31-6) won 82-68.  Tonight, the UNC Tar Heels (30-6) play the Indiana Hoosiers (27-7) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.  Game time is 9:57 p.m.  The game will be on TBS. Officials around the world are on high alert after the disaster in Brussels. We sure could use a little good news today. Have you seen the commercial featuring Ron Reagan promoting atheist?  The TV ad was created by …..

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This Day in History – March 25

0031 – 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus. 1634 – Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert first settlers found Catholic colony of Maryland. 1813 – 1st US flag flown in battle on the Pacific, frigate Essex. 1851 – Yosemite Valley discovered in California. 1865 – SS General Lyon at Cape Hatteras catches fire & sinks, killing 400. 1882 – 1st demonstration of pancake making (Department store in NYC) 1905 – Confederate battle flags captured during the American Civil War are returned to South. 1916 – Women are allowed to attend a boxing match. 1934 – 1st Masters Golf Tournament: Horton Smith wins, …..

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Eat Your Fruits and Veggies…Make a Salad!

By: Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Research shows that most Americans aren’t getting enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, everyone over two years of age should eat a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Yet, roughly only 28 percent of adults currently meet this goal. One way to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption is to regularly enjoy a fresh green salad. Green salads can be served as a side dish or as a hearty main dish. Salads can be quick, simple and easy to prepare or more elaborate, with complicated preparation steps. Regardless of the …..

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USDA Affordable Housing Funds Available for Very Low and Low Income Families in North Carolina

USDA funding is available for housing loans and applications are being accepted for the low and very low income citizens in rural North Carolina.    The lack of access to decent, clean, safe and affordable rural housing and difficulties obtaining mortgage credit severely limits options for rural citizens. USDA Rural Development offers direct and guaranteed single-family housing loans to eligible rural residents.  Applicants may obtain 100% financing to purchase an existing dwelling, purchase a site and construct a dwelling, purchase newly constructed dwellings located in rural areas.  Eligibility is based on household income, repayment ability, and credit history.  William Kenney, Program Director, Single Family Housing stated  “The Single Family Housing …..

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Sheriff’s Office watercraft gets new lease on life

By Erin Smith  A Sheriff’s Office watercraft has gotten a new lease on life. “Sheriff McVicker tasked me with getting a boat that had been sitting derelict and unused into service before the summer season to ensure that the Sheriff’s Office could effectively respond to waterborne emergencies,” said Gary Turlington. Turlington said this was just one of the many examples of the Sheriff utilizing existing resources to provide better service at a minimal cost. The boat is 31 years old and it is not shiny, new, or endowed with accessories but it is suitable to the task, said Turlington. “This is yet another useful tool in our toolbox to better serve …..

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Raleigh Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Human Trafficking

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Maurice Malik Spencer, 22, of Raleigh, to 180 months imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Spencer was named in a six count Indictment filed on June 9, 2015.  On December 9, 2015, Spencer pled guilty to one count of Use of the Internet to Promote Prostitution and one count of Interstate Transportation for Prostitution (Mann Act). The investigation revealed that Spencer transported two female victims, one of whom was a 14-year-old female, from New York to North Carolina to engage in …..

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Old Fashioned Planter’s Day set for weekend

  • 03/24/2016
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By: Erin Smith The 24th annual Old Fashioned Planter’s Day is set for this weekend at the Graham Farms Showgrounds in Ammon. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days. There will be hit and miss engines, live music, food and drinks, antique tractors and much more. There will be country, bluegrass and Gospel singing both Friday and Saturday nights and a saw mill demonstration. There will also be crafts vendors, children’s games and rides, antique farm equipment displays and horse drawn equipment on display.  A Blacksmith will also be on site and there will be a swap meet. …..

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NC SHP training held at Bladen training facility

By: Erin Smith The members of North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troop B have been visiting the firing range at the Bladen County training facility to do some training and certification. Instructor Gary Turlington said that there are eight Highway Patrol Troops across the state. He said that Troop B covers Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Duplin and Sampson counties. Instructor Atlas McVicker said the class has been taking place over about a four week period and that 247 Troopers have taken the mandated training. The training includes annual qualification and a combat course as well as proficiency. McVicker said each Trooper comes for one …..

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Elizabethtown Fire responds to West Broad Street

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Fire Department was paged out to 1107 West broad Street on Thursday afternoon after someone reported an unusual burning smell at Liberty Tax said Fire Chief Nick West. He said fire officials were working on Thursday afternoon to determine the source of the odor. Also responding were the White Lake Fire Department, Dublin Fire Department and Bladen County EMS.   Share:

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