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Commissioners vote to fund 10 positions for Bladen County EMS

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday morning for a budget work session for the FY 2016-17 proposed budget and heard the budget request from Bladen County EMS Director David Howell. The board voted to hire 10 people for EMS and take the funds necessary from the general fund balance and put the quarter-cent sales tax referendum on the ballot for November for the purpose of funding EMS for personnel and equipment. Commissioner Mike Cogdell cast the lone no vote and Commissioner Wayne Edge was unable to attend the meeting. Howell presented his budget request to the board. He told the board that beginning in …..

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Commissioners hear budget request from Bladen County Home Health

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning for a budget workshop for the FY 2016-17 proposed budget and voted to give Bladen County Home Health six months to improve their financial situation. Commissioner Wayne Edge was unable to attend the meeting. Bladen County Health and Human Services Director David Howard presented information to the board regarding Bladen County Home Health. He presented the board an overview of the history of the department, some recent trends as well as current data. “Home Health is a business owned by the county,” said Howard. He explained that Bladen County Home Health is not integrated into Public Health but …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 1

  • 05/31/2016
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1638 – 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Mass. 1657 – 1st Quakers arrives in New Amsterdam (NY). 1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1789 – 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths) 1808 – 1st US land-grant university founded-Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. 1861 – 1st skirmish in Civil War, Fairfax Court House, Va. 1862 – Slavery abolished in all US possessions. 1880 – 1st US pay telephone installed. 1880 – US census at 50,155,783. 1911 – 1st US group insurance policy written, Passaic, NJ. 1927 – Peace Bridge between US & Canada opens. 1936 – …..

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King’s Grant Golf Course Hosts Southeastern Fellowship Senior’s Golf Association Tourney

The May 31 SFSGA tournament was held at King’s Grant Golf Course near Fayetteville. There were 40 players participating in this senior’s tournament. Two teams tied for first place with a score of 52. The two teams were: Al Phillips, Charles Bridger, Tom Howell and Jeff Wrenn. They tied with the team of Rudy Pait, David Medlin, Charles Hungerford and Dennie Pait. The next tournament will be held at Eagle’s Nest Golf Course in Myrtle Beach. Anyone interested in playing should call Linwood Hedgepeth at 734-7161. Share:

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Golf

Bladenboro Rotary Club Scholarship Golf Winners

WHITEVILLE – The Bladenboro Rotary Club held its’ 18th annual golf tournament Friday at Land O Lakes Golf Course with awards presented to the top three teams. First place in the tournament went to the team of Livingston Lewis, Michael Lewis, Larry Mitchell and Bill Settlemeyer. Finishing in second place was the team of Ronald Russ, Kent Packer, B. C. Smith and Linwood Hedgepeth. In third place was the team of Ricky Wright, Marty Davenport, Jerry Clark and Brad Roberts. The closest-to-the pin award for the women went to Elaine Mebane and for the men it went to Kent Packer. The money raised by the tournament will help fund two …..

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Cape Fear CEO to address Committee of 100

Michael Nagowski, CEO of Cape Fear Valley Health Systems, that includes Bladen County Hospital, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Bladen County Committee of 100, Wednesday, June 8. Nagowski will be discussing the future of healthcare in the area. The Committee of 100 is a long time supporter of economic development in the area, assisting in providing facilities for industrial growth in the area. Registration begins at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery located on Aviation Parkway, across from the NCDMV Call Center in the Elizabethtown Airport Industrial Park. Memberships are …..

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Paul R Brown Leadership Academy holds third annual Military Ball

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy recently held its third annual Military Ball. The guest speaker for the dinner was LTC Carl T. Carter Jr.  During the speech LTC Carter posed the question to the cadets; “Are leaders born or made?” During his moving speech he also spoke to the cadets on the importance of being a good leader and taking advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you in life.  LTC Carter, is a native of Council and he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry  Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina from November 1991 to August 1993.  After completing the …..

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Voters Must Know the Facts About Robert Pittenger

While I no longer live in the 9th Congressional District, I believe it’s important that Republican Primary voters consider the risk they would take in nominating Congressman Robert Pittenger. We cannot afford to hand this seat over to the Democrats. Robert Pittenger is currently under investigation by the FBI for a loan made to his campaign from his business. This case will likely be resolved by November, whether he is exonerated or not. If he is indicted, the seat would surely be handed over to a Democrat. What’s more, Congressman Pittenger has shown time and again he sees no ethical problems with using his position of power and insider knowledge …..

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Candidates making last push in One Stop voting

By: Katie Galyean People looking to skip long lines and big crowds will be pleased to know that One Stop Voting is open at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown. Candidates are out making their push to win voters before the June 7 primary. Mark Harris, one of the candidates for the US House of Representatives District 9, came out to the library to encourage voters. “We are spending this day doing an early voting tour through the district… We are excited about what we are seeing and it’s going to be very important for folks to get our and vote.” Harris went on to say he hope to …..

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Tar Heel Sirius Radio City of the Day

Tar Heel, NC is the Sirius Radio City of the day on channel 6, the sixties music channel.  The Bladen County town was selected after the Carolina Tar Heel Lacrosse teams won the NCAA championships in Pennsylvania.  The UNC Men’s team defeated Maryland 14-13 and the Lady Tar Heels downed Maryland 13-7, both last weekend. Tar Heel resident Joe Druzak was interviewed by Sirius officials. According to a Sirius spokesperson, it is the second time Tar Heel, NC has been selected as the City of the Day, the first was in 2009. Share:

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Bone Marrow Registry Drive set for Saturday in Clinton

By: Erin Smith Four-month old Jackson Tucker looks every bit the healthy, happy baby. His mother Heather Tucker said that those that meet Jackson have no idea he is battling a very chronic form of childhood leukemia called JMML . JMML is a very rare childhood blood cancer that is a chronic form of childhood leukemia. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant. There will be a Bone Marrow Registry Drive at Nissan of Clinton on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The dealership is located at 412 Southeast Boulevard, Clinton. The drive is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 44. The spark …..

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BCC Summer registration is now open

Bladen Community College Counselor Cierra Griffin assists Jeffrey Shipman with summer registration. Classes begin Wednesday, June 1, with registration continuing throughout that day. For summer session class schedules and registration information, contact the college at 910-879-5500. Share:

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Elizabethtown Optimist Club to be Represented in Optimist Junior Golf Tournament

The Elizabethtown Optimist Club is proud to sponsor 15 year old Cade Hancock, son of Jim and Polly Hancock, to attend The Optimist Junior Golf tournament. As a Freshman at Harrells Christian Academy, Hancock is the number one golfer for the school and has established quite a resume for himself. The tournament will be held in Palm Beach Florida at the PGA Resort and Spa and is host to over six thousand young golfers. Hancock was very grateful and stated “Thank you for all of the support, to my parents for taking me everywhere, and to God for getting me here.” The Elizabethtown Optimist Club, as well as NC East …..

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NC DOT

Elwell Ferry closed due to high water

According to NC DOT officials, the Elwell Ferry near Kelly is closed due to high water. According to Kenneth Clark, of the NC Department of Transportation, the Cape Fear River levels rose overnight and as a result, NC DOT had to cease operation of the Elwell Ferry until the river level falls.  According to Clark, NOAA is forecasting early next week before river levels are back to within operating range. The Elwell Ferry is the oldest cable operated ferry in North Carolina. The ferry connects NC Highway 87 to NC 53 in the vicinity of the community of Kelly. The ferry has operated continuously for about 111 years. Share:

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Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association Golf Tourney set for June 4

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association is holding a Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 4, at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kate Freeman, said the event will benefit Operation Christmas. The cost is $200 per team to play and $100 to sponsor a hole. Trooper Freeman said that any business that chooses to sponsor a hole will receive recognition with a sign near the hole they sponsor. Application for the tournament can be obtained from any Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer or at Vineyard Golf. There will also be a raffle for AR 15 Delton Rifle. Cost for raffle tickets is $5 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving For May 31

“Unsettled” may be the best way to describe our weather over the next week or so, but we are blessed. Flooding in Texas has left thousands with a “mess.” Gov. McCrory will be in Elizabethtown Saturday for fund-raiser. More info later. I see and hear all the claims about this presidential candidate and that candidate…check out the facts on FACTCHECK.org. Some truth, but many untruths about all. Last week was another good week for BladenOnline. Thanks again for your support. We offer more than the local news and sports. Obits are posted on funeral home websites, we have them on BladenOnline instantly. Regional news articles are posted daily, for your …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Athletics Are Elizabethtown DYB Major League Champs

The Athletics won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Major League Championship with a 13-2 record. Team members are pictured. Front Row (Left-to-Right): Elijah Crabtree, Anthony Cowan, Andrew Horne, Hoytt Register, Ty Mathis, Tyler Johnson. Second Row (L-R): Makhi Cromartie, Ruben Alvarado, Vic Campbell, Freddie Wooten, Destin Montgomery. Back Row (L-R): Coaches Kevin Crabtree, Amp McKoy, Quan Wooten. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 31

  • 05/30/2016
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1634 – The colony of Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony. 1790 – US copyright law enacted. 1837 – Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria. 1859 – Philadelphia A’s organize to play “town ball” became baseball 20 years later. 1868 – 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio. 1879 – Madison Square Garden opens in New York, named after 4th President James Madison. 1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patents “flaked cereal” 1907 – Taxis 1st began running in NYC. 1912 – US Marines land in Cuba. 1929 – Atlantic City Convention Center opens. 1941 – 1st edition of “Parade” goes on sale. 1955 – US …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Yankees Are Elizabethtown DYB Coach-Pitch Champs

The Yankees won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch regular season championship. Members of the Yankees are pictured. Front Row (Left-to-Right) Witt Gooden, Inman Carson, Jag Gooden, Javonte Smith, Seth Faircloth. Middle Row (L-R): Landon Brice Scott, Davion Lewis, Jackson Smith, Ryan Dove. Not Pictured are Nashawn Jones and Tremaine Thomas. Back Row (L-R): Coaches Jackie Smith, Channing Gooden, Head Coach Kevin Dove, David Faircloth. Share:

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Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice remembers in DAV ceremony Monday afternoon

By: Erin Smith A moving Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Bladenboro Historical Building on Monday afternoon courtesy of the DAV. The West Bladen High School JRTOC presented the colors for the ceremony. The guest speaker for the afternoon was Retired US Army Col. Eli Ballard. Col. Ballard is 30-year veteran of the United States Army and also works with the West Bladen High School JROTC program. Col. Ballard recounted his experience in the Army to those in attendance. He said that while he was attending the U.S. Army War College, he was asked to be on the running team. “One individual there was very deceptive. He smiled a …..

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Remnants of Bonnie Slow Pushing Out

The remnant low of Bonnie, will slowly push northeast along the SC and NC coasts thru Wednesday 6/1. The low will finally pull away from the forecast region by Thursday 6/2. No re-generation expected. Rainfall, especially today 5/30 into Wednesday 6/1, will be significant and may approach excessive. Temperatures thru the week will run at or slightly below normal due to cloudiness and precipitation. Share:

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8U Etown Express Wins Mayfest Mayhem Tournament in Oak Island

The 8-Under Etown Express team won the USSSA Mayfest Mayhem Tournament in Oak Island this weekend. The Etown Express finished with a perfect 4-0 record in the 2-day event. Team members pictured are: Kneeling (Left-to-right): Jonah Bryan, Colton Daly, Jayce Hatcher, Easton Bostic, Zach Sholar. Standing (L-R): Ryan Dove, Jake Gooden, Davion Lewis, Mason Smith, Dawson Wright.  Coaches are Kevin Dove, Warren Sholar, James Daly, Kyle Bostic. Share:

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Harris Plans Early Voting Stops on May 31st

Charlotte, NC – Candidate for 9th District Congress Mark Harris will visit early voting locations in Cumberland, Bladen, Robeson, Richmond, Scotland, and Anson Counties tomorrow, May 31st. Harris will greet voters from outside the polling places and will be available for press. Harris will visit early voting locations in Union and Mecklenburg Counties on Thursday. Tuesday, May 31st 8:00 AM CUMBERLAND COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE 227 FOUNTAINHEAD LN FAYETTEVILLE, NC 28301 10:00 AM BLADEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 111 N CYPRESS ST ELIZABETHTOWN, NC 28337 12:00 PM ROBESON COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE 800 N WALNUT ST LUMBERTON, NC 28358 1:30 PM SCOTLAND COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE 231 E …..

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BCC Offers Community Service Learning Opportunities

Bladen Community College is offering the following community service courses for personal interest and growth: Shag for Beginners, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Thurs, Mar 31 – May 5, Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Ballroom Dancing, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Thurs, Mar 31 – May 5, Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Guitar Lessons, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Sat, April 2 – April 30, Dublin campus Make Your Own Lap Quilt, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tues, April 5 – May 10, Dublin campus Paint Night at Lu Mil Vineyard, 6:00-9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 7, Baby Duck, Lu Mil Vineyard Wreath Making, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Mon, April 11 – May 2 Floral Arranging, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tues, April 12 – May 3, Elizabethtown Florist Event …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for May 30

Memorial Day 2016. Thanks to those who have given their all so we can live and enjoy the best place in the world to live. We take so much for granted. Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. Billy Graham Four things support the world, the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave. Muhammad The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and to meet it. Thucydides A hero is someone …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Tournament Starts Tuesday

Barring an interruption from Tropical Storm Bonnie, the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball League will begin their post-season tournament Tuesday night at Leinwand Park. The tournament will continue nightly with games in all three divisions through Saturday when championships will be decided.  The Coach-Pitch title game will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the Minors Championship at 12 noon and the Majors Championship at 2 p.m. Coach Kevin Dove’s Yankees won the Coach-Pitch regular season title over the second-place Diamondbacks and third-place Royals. Coach Kevin Dunham’s Twins posted a 12-2 record to win the Minors regular-season championship. The Tigers finished second and the Orioles were in third-place. Coach Anthony McKoy’s Athletics …..

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Twins Win Elizabethtown DYB Minors Championship

The Twins finished the season with a 12-2 record and won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Minor League Championship. Twins are pictured Front Row (Left-to-Right) are Cole Butler, Garrett Dunham, Coley Sasser. Second Row (L-R): Azaveon Robinson, Torrean Cogdell, Alex Melvin, Hunter Elks. Third Row (L-R): Natoren Corbett, Blaine Pope, Kelcey Robinson, Charlie Edwards. Coaches: Corey Corbett, Kevin Dunham, Chris Butler. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 30

  • 05/29/2016
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1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy. 1821 – James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose. 1848 – William G. Young patents ice cream freezer. 1883 – Stampede caused by a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12. 1908 – 1st federal workmen’s compensation law approved. 1922 – Completed Lincoln Memorial dedicated by US Chief Justice William H. Taft in front of 50,000. 1933 – Patent on invisible glass installation. 1942 – Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1. 1951 – Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County unemployment was at 10.4 percent. Christy Richardson and Caroline Cain, both of Bladenboro, were appointed Pages for the North Carolina Senate by Lt. Gov. Jimmy Green of Clarkton. Pam Hammonds of East Bladen High School basketball fame signed to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners and the Bladen County Hospital Board met to discuss the hospital becoming a privately managed facility. Gordon Hester was hired as Police Chief for the Town of Dublin. Share:

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May 26 Thundering Herd Results

The winning team in the May 26 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf was Bobby Davis, Cade Hancock and Zack Campbell. They shot a -7. In second place, with a score of -5, was Pam Davis, Kent Porter and Campbell White. The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday afternoon. To enter call the pro shop at 247-6132 before 5:30 p.m. Share:

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Bonnie Downgraded to Tropical Depression

Air Force reconnaissance aircraft and surface observation failed to find tropical storm force winds over the past hour or so. Thus Bonnie was downgraded as a depression. Still the high threat of rip currents and heavy rain will exist through the next several days. Share:

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Tropical Storm Bonnie Moving Slowly North Off the SC Coast

Bonnie has weakened slightly to 40 mph, and it is forecast to move very slowly northward and this motion is expected to continue throughout the day. Once Bonnie makes landfall between Charleston and Myrtle Beach it will weaken into a Tropical Depression but move very slowly along the immediate coast of SC and NC through Monday and Tuesday. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for May 29

The threat of a storm off the coast of South Carolina may have dampened spirits in the early part of the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully the storm will move on and all will go well. We are in the midst of a strange presidential campaign. Who do you trust to be Commander In Chief? Memorial Day Thoughts I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. Nathan Hale There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. Bill Clinton I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. Bob Riley A hero is someone who …..

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Tropical Storm Bonnie expected to bring rain to Bladen County

Tropical Storm Bonnie had stalled about 190 miles south of Myrtle Beach, S.C., late Saturday night, but the weather system may bring as much as two inches of rain to Bladen County through Tuesday, meaning a soggy Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service reported Saturday night that Bonnie, which officially was upgraded from a tropical depression Saturday afternoon, had strengthened a bit, with winds measured at 45 mph. The storm is forecast to move slowly west to northwest and make landfall Sunday night along the South Carolina coast. Once Bonnie makes landfall, it’s expected to weaken into a tropical depression again, but move very slowly along the North Carolina …..

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Softball

NCHSAA Softball State Championships

Class 2A State Championship South Granville vs. West Lincoln Class 2A East Championship South Granville 5, Washington 4 South Granville 5, Washington 4 Class 2A West Championship East Bend Forbush 2, West Lincoln 1 West Lincoln 8, East Bend Forbush 7 West Lincoln 2, East Bend Forbush 0 Class 1A State Championship Princeton vs. North Stanly Class 1A East Championship Princeton 1, North Duplin 0 North Duplin 2, Princeton 1 Princeton 7, North Duplin 0 Class 1A West Championship North Stanly 16, North Stokes 3 North Stokes 6, North Stanly 1 North Stanly 8, North Stokes 5 Class 3A State Championship Pikeville Aycock vs. Enka Class 3A East Championship Topsail …..

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Baseball

NCHSAA Baseball State Championships

Class 2A State Championship South Granville vs. East Rutherford Class 2A East Championship South Granville 4, Edenton Holmes 0 South Granville 4, Edenton Holmes 3 Class 2A West Championship East Rutherford 16, Monroe Parkwood 3 East Rutherford 4, Monroe Parkwood 1 Class 1A State Championship Whiteville vs. Cherryville Class 1A East Championship Whiteville 4, East Carteret 3 Whiteville 4, East Carteret 1 Class 1A West Championship Cherryville 3, Walkertown 2 Cherryville 5, Walkertown 4 Class 3A State Championship Topsail vs. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge Class 3A East Championship Topsail 7, Wendell Corinth Holders 0 Wendell Corinth Holders 2, Topsail 1 Topsail 2, Wendell Corinth Holders 1 Class 3A West Championship Thomasville …..

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Soccer

NCHSAA Women’s Soccer State Championships

  • 05/29/2016
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Class 2A East Championship Carrboro 5 First Flight 0 Class 2A West Championship East Bend Forbush 1, Central Academy of Monroe 0 Class 2A State Championship Carrboro 1, East Bend Forbush 0 Class 1A East Championship Franklin Academy of Wake Forest 6, Whiteville 0 Class 1A West Championship Community School of Davidson 4, Union Academy of Monroe 1 Class 1A State Championship Community School of Davidson 5, Franklin Academy of Wake Forest 1 Class 3A East Championship Jacksonville 3, Swansboro 3 (Jacksonville wins shootout 4-2) Class 3A West Championship Matthews Weddington 1, Concord Cox Mill 0 Class 3A State Championship Matthews Weddington 2, Jacksonville 0 Class 4A East Championship Apex …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 29

  • 05/28/2016
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1630 – John Winthrop begins “History of New England” 1721 – South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony. 1790 – Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution. 1849 – Lincoln says, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” 1861 – Dorothea Dix offers help in setting up hospitals for Union Army. 1886 – Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola. 1900 – Trademark “Escalator” registered by Otis Elevator Co. 1912 – 15 young women fired by Curtis Publishing for …..

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Tropical Storm Bonnie forms off South Carolina coast

Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed just off the Carolinas. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Depression No. 2 to Tropical Storm Bonnie. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from Savannah River to Little River Inlet, SC. As of the 5 p.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Bonnie is located about 125 miles south-southeast of Charleston, SC and moving northwest at 10 miles per hour. The forward motion of the storm is expected to decrease this evening and on Sunday as Tropical Storm Bonnie nears the coast. The storm’s coordinates are 31.1 North and 79.4 West with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches …..

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VFW posts honors fallen Veterans with Buddy Poppy event

By: Katie Galyean On Saturday, May 28, if you were to walk into the Elizabethtown Walmart, you would have seen people everywhere wearing small, red flowers. These flowers were the Buddy Poppies that the VFW gives out every year in honor of the fallen veterans. Both young and old got into the spirit of remembrance.  Both McKenzie Storms, 10, of Dublin and Catherine Dowless, 10, of Bladenboro agreed that being able to show their respect for veterans in a visible way gave them a sense of pride. “Everyone should wear [one], it’s important because they gave us our freedom,” said Dowless.  “They fought for us,” added Storms. Oliver Gause, commander …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for May 28

Thanks to Wilbur Smith for sharing info related to his sister’s recent retirement from the U.S. Senate after 40 plus years on the job. Many folks in the Bladenboro area remember Ruby Smith, now Ruby Paone. Sometimes we wonder whatever happened to so and so. Well, Ruby not doubt has had a successful, interesting career in DC. And thanks to Wilbur for sharing. Love it when local folks do well… It seems there is a greater effort to place flags on gravesites in the area. The VFW is doing a good job making us aware of the holiday, as are others. Thanks for your efforts. Had to travel to Wilmington …..

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Special Update for Tropical Depression 2

Residents along the southeastern United States are still being advised to keep a watchful eye on Tropical Depression No. 2 through the weekend. Michael Caropolo of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington advises Tropical Depression No. 2 is anticipated to become Tropical Storm Bonnie later today (Saturday) or early Sunday morning. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the entire South Carolina coastline or abut 275 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach. The system is moving northwest at 14 miles per hour. The latest coordinates as of 7 a.m. are Latitude 29.9 North and Longitude 77.0 West. The system is expected to bring waves of rain with showers becoming possibly heavy …..

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Football

Richard Howell’s Free USA Football Camp at West Bladen June 18

Former Bladenboro High and Davidson College Football Star Richard Howell will lead his 3rd Annual USA Football FUNdamentals Camp at West Bladen on Saturday, June 18th. The free camp is for ages 7-14 and will be held on the Knights football field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration for those who have not pre-registered at 8:30 a.m. Coach Howell is about to begin his 17th season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Indianapolis Colts. He was a three-sport star at Bladenboro High and a member of Bladenboro’s 1990 State 1A championship basketball team. Howell went on to play quarterback at Davidson College (1990-1993) where he …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Football to Play Scotland in ‘Battle of the Borders’

East Bladen’s Eagles will battle perennial Class 4A power Scotland in the 1st Annual “Battle of the Borders” Football Classic on August 11 at Lumberton High School. This year’s scrimmage at Alton Brooks Stadium will feature 4 teams from South Carolina and 6 teams from North Carolina. North Carolina teams include: Lumberton, Purnell Swett, Fairmont, West Brunswick, Fairmont and East Bladen. South Carolina teams are Dillon, Latta, Lakeview and Marlboro. Each scrimmage will be use the full 100-yard field with each scrimmage lasting 2 quarters. A year ago, Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles participated in a similar event at Lumberton that was called the “Battle for the Carolinas.” The Eagles led …..

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This Day In History

This Day In History – May 28

1431 – Joan of Arc is accused of relapsing into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing                   justification for her execution. 1664 – 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston) 1754 – Battle of Jumonville Glen: forces led by George Washington kill French Canadian officer                     Joseph Coulon de Jumonville. 1830 – US Congress authorizes native Indians to be removed from all states to the western prairie. 1889 – Edouard and Andre Michelin incorporate the Michelin tyre company. 1892 – Sierra Club forms by John Muir in San Francisco, for conservation of nature. 1923 …..

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Tropical Depression #2 Expected to Strengthen on Saturday

At 8 PM, Tropical Depression #2 was about 400 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Bonnie on Saturday. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm’s center to reach the coast near Charleston on Sunday. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the entire South Carolina coast. Showers will arrive on the Carolina coast Saturday and should continue through the weekend. Share:

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Tropical Depression No. 2 forms, could be TS Bonnie by Saturday

A low pressure system located about 425 southeast of the South Carolina coastline has ben classified as Tropical Depression No. 2 by the National Hurricane Center. The depression is expected to become Tropical Storm Bonnie by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the entire South Carolina coast. It is anticipated the system will reach the South Carolina coast near Charleston by Sunday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Timothy Armstrong. “When it reaches tropical storm strength it will be given the name ‘Bonnie,’” said Armstrong. Showers will arrive on the South Carolina coast on Saturday and will continue through …..

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Longtime Senate staffer honored

A former Bladen County who has served for more than 40 years in the United States Senate, was recognized this week in the Congressional Record. Ruby Paone, the sister of Bladen County Board of Education member Wilbur Smith, was recognized as she retires from her position as a US Senate staff member. The following are the tributes that were read into the Congressional Record on Wednesday and Thursday. Sen. Harry Reid: Mr. President, my friend the Republican leader talked about Ruby Paone. I have so much admiration and respect for her that it is hard to put it into words.    In 1975, a young woman from North Carolina came to …..

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Let’s help a veteran

As we pause this weekend to remember our fallen heroes, there is one veteran in Bladen County who needs our help. Freda White has begun a Go Fund Me account for her grandfather, Lelmer C. Bryan, to help him raise funds to repair the roof on his home. According to White’s post, Bryan is the oldest living World War II veteran in Bladen County. Bryan is a veteran of the US Navy as a Seaman First Class, according to White’s post. White wrote, “He built his home in the late 80’s by himself and never added central heating and air, he heats by a floor plug in electric heater in …..

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Annette Bryant and Sharon Cooper Appointed to Local Government Federal Credit Union Eastern Sandhills Advisory Council

Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) proudly announces the addition of Annette Bryant and Sharon Cooper, to its Eastern Sandhills Advisory Council, which includes Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen and Robeson counties. Annette Bryant, Human Resources Officer – Town of Red Springs and Sharon Cooper, Human Resources Technician – Duplin County, will be an integral part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative not only to educate people on the benefits of credit union membership, but also to relay feedback to the board of directors regarding available/potentially available products and services, delivery of service and member needs. Advisory council members, who represent the philosophical character of the credit union and contribute their time without compensation, function as LGFCU’s eyes and …..

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Firefighter Academy graduates first class of students

By: Valerie Newton On Thursday, May 26, in the Bladen County Superior Courtroom, 30 students from East Bladen and West Bladen High schools became the first graduates of the Bladen County Schools Firefighter Academy. This is also the first school system in the Eastern Region of the State to graduate students from the Firefighter Academy program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, State Fire Marshall’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Career and Technical Education division. Under the leadership of Chief Tim Tatum, East Bladen High School, and Chief Gary Estep, West Bladen High School, the students are now certified as Level II and III firefighters. Students …..

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Bladen County Animal Shelter to hold June Adoption Special

By: Erin Smith If you are thinking of adding a dog or cat to your home, why not check out the Bladen County Animal Shelter. The Bladen County Animal Shelter will have an adoption special for the month of June. The adoption fee is $25 for dogs over the age of 6 months and $15 for cats 6 months old or older. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs said that the fee includes the pet’s core shots and a rabies vaccination.  Folks who are planning to adopt a new pet will need to bring their photo identification with them and the required adoption fee. “We normally try to run a special during June,” …..

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Keeping a wary eye on the Tropics Memorial Day weekend

Folks are keeping a wary eye towards the tropics as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Timothy Armstrong said that a low pressure system is approaching from the southeast and has about a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical storm either later Friday or on Saturday. “The biggest impact for our area should be localized heavy rainfall beginning Saturday,” said Armstrong. He explained a sub-tropical system is a low pressure system that derives its strength from both tropical and non-tropical influences. “They lack warm temperatures aloft and typically have their most significant winds located far away from the center.  Last year’s tropical storm Ana …..

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For Better Living: Choose a Healthy Snack

By Sandra Cain The number of people who snack between meals and the frequency of our snacking have both increased. With busy lives, 87 percent of us snack throughout the day and consume about a quarter of our calories from sugary beverages and snack foods. Unfortunately, many of us choose snacks instead of eating three sit-down, healthy meals. Some of us start our day with breakfast-to-go snacks when there isn’t time to prepare a meal before heading out the door. We may continue snacking throughout the morning, at lunch and dinner, and into the evening. Whether you snack because you’re busy, bored, stressed, want a pick-me-up or believe it’s healthier …..

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Track twins prove double the trouble at state competition

By Katie Galyean People may have thought they were seeing double on Saturday, May 21, as East Bladen High School juniors and twins Ethan and Eian Hines competed at the state level track and field meet in the long jump event. The event was held in Greensboro. Beating out about 15 other schools, the twins took third and fourth respectively. The twins went to state last year as well where Eian placed 12th and Ethan 13th. When asked how it felt to get to this point, Eian said, “It feels good. It’s a great accomplishment.” This is the boys’ first time placing at the state level, but they have received …..

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Crash in downtown Elizabethtown results in multiple charges

By: Erin Smith A crash at the intersection of Broad Street and Poplar Streets in Elizabethtown ended with officers involved in a brief foot chase near the Cape Fear River. According to Lt. Mark McMichael of the Elizabethtown Police Department, officers lost the suspect, 38-year-old John Marshall Rhodes of Myrtle Beach, SC in the woods. The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking if anyone has seen Rhodes to contact the department at 910-862-3125. Lt. McMichael said warrants have been issued charging Rhodes with felony hit and run, resisting arrest, reckless driving and violation of the open container law. Lt. McMichael said that Rhodes was traveling southbound in the vicinity of the …..

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State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship to Area High School Student

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Allison Brooke Morris, a senior at West Bladen High School.  Allison is the daughter of Dean and Valerie Morris.  This scholarship was awarded for study at NC State University, part of North Carolina’s   17-campus University of North Carolina System. Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. State Employees’ Credit Union’s local …..

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Voter turnout is light for first day of One Stop voting

By: Erin Smith Voter turnout for One Stop voting in Bladen County got under way on Thursday with 30 voters casting their ballots for the June 7 primary. There is only one One Stop voting site for the primary and it is located at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street, Elizabethtown.  Polling hours are Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Tuesday May 31, through Friday, June 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. There are two races on the ballots in June–US Congress District 9 and the race …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for May 27

We are on the verge of a holiday weekend…Memorial Day. It’s not just a another long holiday weekend. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Thank a Vet, today and every day. Spoke recently about changing a computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10…mistake by me. May be a good move by some, but for me, an expensive move. Could not remove it myself, cost of removing, coming soon. Discovered I am one of many in the same category. We move merrily along toward a new president. Donald Trump, as has been reported, has …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball: West Bladen Splits Pair with East Columbus

DUBLIN – West Bladen fought back to take a 9-4 victory in the second game of their Dixie Pre-Majors baseball double-header Thursday night after East Columbus had took the opener 17-2. Lefthander Jarrett Williams pitched four innings to pick up the victory in the second game. Caleb Sholar finished up on the mound for the Knights. The Gators exploded for 8 runs in the third inning of the opener to open up a 12-2 lead. Scott Bowen started on the mound for the Knights and worked into the third inning. Trey Storms and Logan West both came on in relief in the third. The Knights are now 2-2 in Dixie …..

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Bladen County Sports

Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Glory 15, Force 0

Lauren Bowen pitched a 3-inning no-hitter and struck out 9 batters to lead the Glory to a 15-0 victory over the Force Thursday night in Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball action at County Park. Lachelle Parks ripped a single to left, and Bowen reached on an error to start the Glory first inning. Kayleigh Raynor hammered a ground-rule double to leftfield that scored Parks. Alyssa Futrell slammed a double that scored Bowen and Raynor. Hannah Cole and Weslyn Hall drew walks, and Futrell and Cole scored runs as the lead grew to 5-0. Luz Ramos and Bowen drew walks in the Glory second inning. Raynor drilled a double that drove in …..

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Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball: Slammers 9, Comets 5

A 5-run second inning rallied the Slammers to a 9-5 victory over the Comets Thursday night in Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball action at County Park. The Comets grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Alyssa Suggs was hit by a pitch, and Demeary Britt walked. Olivia Hollingsworth’s fielder’s choice plated Suggs, and after Hannah Hill walked, Carlie West’s fielder’s choice scored Britt. The Slammers answered with 4 runs in the home first. Abbie Cross walked, Izzy Smith was hit by a pitch, and Nesiah Davis-McKoy walked. Alayna Weeks cracked a single that scored Cross and Smith. Gracyn Martin’s fielder’s choice plated Davis-McKoy, and Weeks scored the final run of …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 27

1796 – James S. McLean patents his piano. 1850 – Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado. 1896 – Tornado hit St. Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless. 1916 – President Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public                 support to the idea of a league of nations. 1919 – 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days. 1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape. 1930 – The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made                          structure …..

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FBI attempting to identify more victims in case involving man with White Lake ties

The FBI is attempting to identify possible victims of child sex abuse that involve a man who is alleged to have White Lake connections    The FBI along with the Raleigh Police Department and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Officer are seeking to identify more potential victims of Ronald Keith Black Sr. of Lillington. Officials arrested Black on April 29 and charged him with 29 counts of first degree sexual offense and 12 counts of indecent liberties with a minor.  The arrest came after an investigation involving dissemination of child pornography over the internet.   According to reports, Black is alleged to have abused juveniles as early as the 1980s and …..

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Karaoke at City Sandwich Shop

Sometimes to succeed you must spice things up. The owners of City Sandwich Shop in Elizabethtown are doing just that every Friday night. James Leach, the diners owner, said there will be a Karaoke contest this coming Friday evening from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The top three singers will receive prizes. The singing contest will be an ongoing scheduled event happening every other Friday night at the restaurant on S. Poplar St. according to Leach. When the restaurant is not hosting the karaoke contest there will be a local band playing for entertainment on Friday nights. Leach said, next week, “Small Town Boys” band will play at the shop. …..

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BLOCK PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BULLYING OF NORTH CAROLINA

President Obama is attempting to bully North Carolina into complying with his radical agenda. This week, I took legislative action to block him. On Wednesday, I introduced an amendment which specifically prohibits the Obama Administration from withholding certain federal money awarded to North Carolina. My amendment passed 227-192, with full support from North Carolina’s Republican Congressional delegation. Why was this amendment necessary? President Obama and members of his Administration have repeatedly threatened to withhold federal funding from North Carolina as punishment for not aligning with President Obama’s political views. For example, Attorney General Loretta Lynch pointedly declared the Department of Justice retains “the option of curtailing federal funding to the …..

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Still time to participate in Bring on Bladen survey

By: Erin Smith Folks in the county are being asked to express their opinion regarding what they see as challenges and accomplishments in Bladen County for the Bring on Bladen survey. The deadline for surveys for Bring on Bladen is Tuesday, May 31. The Bring on Bladen survey is a project of the Bladen County Steering Committee. Many folks in Bladen County still have not participated in the survey, but you still have time to share your thoughts, said Jan Maynor of the Lumber River Council of Government and a member of the Bladen County Steering Committee. “Our goal was 3,500 surveys. We haven’t received that many surveys,” said Bladen County …..

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Lowering of US & NC Flags in Recognition of Memorial Day

As a sign of honor and respect for the sacrifices of our armed services personnel, Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 30. The Governor encourages all citizens to display flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses as well. “Generations of American men and women have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy and hold dear. The tradition of Memorial Day honors the fallen, but also honors the living service personnel who are standing guard against America’s enemies. Please join with me this Memorial Day in memorializing the past and …..

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Student surprises teacher with drawing

By: Erin Smith Teachers are accustomed to receiving gifts at the end of the school year such as books, cards or even a note thanking them for their efforts. For Cheryl West, her end of the year surprise was one that took much time and displays a wealth of talent. East Bladen High School’s Bradley Earl presented West with a drawing of her on Tuesday afternoon. It was a drawing he had taken his time and worked on diligently for several weeks.  Earl used a photograph of West taken by his Art Teacher Mr. Warren. Earl said that he got the idea when Mr. Warren assigned the art class a …..

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Tropical storm potential for Memorial Day

Forecasters are keeping a wary eye peeled on the tropics this weekend as a low pressure system near there Bahamas. Steven Pfaff, of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, said the system has the potential to develop into a tropical or sub-tropical system during the weekend. “The primary impact expected at this time is from rainfall and the potential for some flooding. Rainfall amounts are expected to be highest along the coastal areas. In addition, rough surf and the potential for rip currents will likely increase this weekend as well,” said Pfaff. Rain chances are forecast to increase Saturday and there are rain chances through next week. Everyone along the southeastern …..

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A Memorial Day tribute to Vietnam War buddies

By: Ellen Gause Although you requested words of honor and tribute for Bladen County veterans, I do not personally know a veteran within the County who was killed in the line of duty.  However, I would like to recognize four veterans who served with the Americal Division, Alpha Company, 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 1st platoon, with my husband in Vietnam during 1968 – 1969.  These men are Lieutenant Irvin Prosser, Lee Hamilton Harra, Medic Donald Sheffield, and Platoon Sergeant Ray Carlton Utley. Lieutenant Prosser was a kind, laid back officer who earned the respect of his men; not only those in the 1st platoon where he was primarily assigned, …..

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Troxler announces recipients of 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships

RALEIGH – Twenty-seven North Carolina students have been awarded 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced. The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and college students who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair. The scholarships were funded by sponsors of the annual N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on qualified applicants and funds available from the previous year’s Sale of Champions. “Because of strong support of the 2015 Sale of Champions, 27 scholarships valued at $2,000 each were awarded this year,” said Agriculture Commissioner …..

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Former Eastpointe CFO, contractor indicted by federal grand jury

A federal grand jury in Wilmington returned a 47 count indictment against former Eastpointe CFO William Robert Canupp and a contractor, Ronnie L. Davis, on Tuesday. The indictment charged Canupp and Davis with conspiracy, bribery, organization fraud, and wire fraud. In addition, Canupp also faces a charge of money laundering. According to reports, Davis has been indicted in federal court on 10 counts of paying bribes of $5,000 or more. Eastpointe Behavioral Services serves a 12 county area providing mental health and behavioral health services. The counties served include Duplin, Bladen, Columbus, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Nash, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson. If convicted of Count 1 (Conspiracy), the defendants …..

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One Stop voting has begun in the county

By: Erin Smith One Stop voting got under way on Thursday morning in Bladen County for the June 7 primary. One Stop voting is taking place only at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street, Elizabethtown. Polling hours are Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Tuesday May 31, through Friday, June 3, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday, June 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. There are two races on the ballots in June–US Congress District 9 and the race for NC Supreme Court Associate Justice. One race generating interest in Bladen County is the US …..

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BCC Small Business Seminars announced

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering free business seminars in June. The Top Ten Management Survival Skills is scheduled for Wednesday June 1st from 1-2 P.M. This workshop gives you the tools you need to become a more effective manager. The class meets in building 2 on the Dublin campus. On Thursday June 2nd, the college will host Google Analytics for Business Owners from 1-2 P.M. This workshop is also on campus in Building 2. The NC Cooperative Extension Office is hosting the Regional Web Page Marketing Design Workshop for Farmers on Thursday June 9th from 9 A.M.–2 P.M. This seminar will include …..

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Thoughts While Shaving For May 26

Waited to near last minute to update to Windows 10 and what a mess. I’m strugglin’. After listening to political rhetoric about who is making what for speeches and how some are making ‘big time’ money and it’s true, according to my research team….me.. Here are my findings: Bill Clinton receives about $225,000 for a speech (some much higher) and in 2011 (the last year where info is available), he made over $13 million for speeches. Hillary Clinton has made nearly $12 million since her years as Secretary of State and has received as much as $300,000 (maybe more) for some speeches. Donald Trump, $250,000 per speech, with a high …..

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Stefan McDonald Will Play College Basketball at Guilford

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong West Bladen senior Stefan McDonald has decided to play college basketball next season at Guilford College in Greensboro. McDonald made his announcement in a ceremony in the West Bladen gym Wednesday afternoon with his parents, family, friends, teammates, coaches and school administrators in attendance. A number of junior colleges including Cape Fear Community, Caldwell, Louisburg and Davidson made offers to McDonald, but in the end the opportunity to go to a 4-year school proved too inviting to resist. “I wanted to go to a 4-year school instead of a junior college,” said McDonald. “I like the coaching staff and the school.” McDonald was also familiar with …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 26

1647 – Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut. 1781 – Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia. 1805 – Lewis & Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains. 1861 – US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South. 1868 – President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote. 1887 – Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state. 1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration. 1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution. 1937 – San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate Bridge opens. 1946 – Patent filed …..

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Thursday’s Sports Schedule Thursday, May 26

Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball 5 p.m. East Columbus at West Bladen (Double-Header) Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball League Minors 6 p.m. Rockies at Cardinals Field 1 6 p.m. Orioles at Blue Jays Field 3 7:30 Tigers at Twins Field 1 Bladen County Recreation Softball At Bladen County Park Coach-Pitch (5-7) on Field 4 6 p.m. Dolphins vs. Falcons 7:30 Diamond Divas vs. Sweet Heat 8-10 Fast-Pitch on Field 3 6 p.m. Riptide vs. Pirates 7:30 Bandits vs. Heat 11-12 Fast-Pitch on Field 2 6 p.m. Force vs. Glory 13-16 Fast-Pitch on Field 2 7:30 Comets vs. Slammers Lumber River Church Softball League 7:30 Hickory Grove at Antioch 7:30 Saddletree at Dublin 7:30 …..

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Watch out for IRS phone scam

By: Erin Smith At least one Bladen County resident says he has received a telephone call from a scammer claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. Everett Butler of Bladenboro said he was away from home and upon his return he found a voice mail message on his answering service. The message requested that Butler call a New York telephone number. The telephone number that was left on Butler’s answering service is 315-207-3091. The caller told Butler that if he called the number, he would learn more about his case; however, the caller neglected to give Butler a case number to give the operator who answered his call. Butler said …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER PUSHES AMENDMENT TO BLOCK PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BULLYING OF NORTH CAROLINA

WASHINGTON – Tonight, Congressman Robert Pittenger took action to block President Obama’s bullying of North Carolina. The Obama Administration has made multiple threats to withhold federal funding from North Carolina as punishment for the state’s new anti-discrimination law, despite that law’s full compliance with federal law, and despite the fact that federal lawsuits remain unresolved. Congressman Pittenger’s appropriations amendment blocks President Obama’s ability to make those threats. “The President and his emissaries have stated . . . that funds should not be dispensed to North Carolina until North Carolina is coerced into complying with the legal beliefs of the President, and his political views. “We believe this is an egregious …..

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Bladenboro Pelicans Win Bladen Co. DYB Minor League Championship

The Bladenboro Pelicans won the Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball League’s Minor League (AAA) Championship. The Pelicans finished the season with a 12-1 record. The Pelicans are pictured: Front Row (left-to-right) Jonah Bryan, Aiden Russ, Emmanuel Drew, Richard Severine, Hunter White, Aaron Wren. Middle Row (L-R): Trenton Meares, Cade Allen, Conner Monroe, Chason Harris, Hezikiah Adams, Nevaeh Singletary, Javarie Adams. Back Row: (L-R) Coaches Nathan Allen, Joseph Russ, Phillip Monroe. Share:

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Time for FSA County Elections

The nomination period for local FSA County Committees will begin on June 15, 2016. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business by Aug. 1, 2016. This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 3, which includes Central, Colly, Cypress Creek, Frenches Creek, Lake Creek, Turnbull, and White Oak Township. To be eligible to serve on the FSA County Committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a County Committee election and reside in the Local Administrative Area (LAA) where they are nominated. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for …..

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Mail Absentee voting going well

The Bladen County Board of Elections staff report that absentee voting for the June 7 primary election is going well. A total of 227 mail absentee ballots have been returned to the Board of Elections office out of 981 ballots that were issued and re-issued. Ballots were re-issued if a voter submitted a request wanting a ballot that was different, if they were registered as unaffiliated in March and voted Democrat. One Stop voting begins at the Bladen County Public Library on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. Voters will still be allowed to register and vote on the same day if they are not already registered or have previously been …..

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Rotary learns about Cape Fear Council

Ian Hooks of the Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America visited the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday. The club holds the charter for Boy Scout Troop 600 in Elizabethtown. The Cape Fear Council, BSA is made up of of four districts — the Coastal District, the Lakes District, Lumber River District and the NE Cape Fear District. The Cape Fear Council serves a nine county region within those four districts. The counties served are Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, Northern New Hanover, Columbus, Pender, Robeson, Scotland and Hoke. Hooks told the club that he serves as District Executive with the Lakes District of the Cape Fear Council. The Lakes District …..

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West Bladen High holds athletic banquet

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong West Bladen High School held their athletic banquet recently. Many athletes were honored in various 
sports. Football
 Offensive Lineman   Donald McCullum
 Most Improved Award  Stefan McDonald 
Knight Award Traquan Horne
 Offensive Most Valuable Player Malique McDowell  
 Linebacker  Hunter Pait
 Outstanding Back  Daquan Lennon Defensive Lineman  David Gittens  
 Defensive Most Valuable Player  Idris Najeeullah
 All-Conference  Stefan McDonald, Malique McDowell, Daquan Lennon, David Gittens   Volleyball 
Serving Ace   Morgan Schumacher
 Knight Award Kassidy Anderson
 Knight of Courage Kathryn Schultz
 NCHSAA Scholar Athletes:  Kassidy Anderson, Laikyn Pait, Kaylee Stevens, Kathryn Schultz
, Lorna Smith, Jenna Dove, Logan Autry, Morgan Schumacher
 All-Conference  Morgan Schumacher   Boys Basketball
 Most Improved    Sayaun Dent  Coaches …..

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Another day on the calendar

By Jefferson Weaver On the calendar above my desk, there are 16 “official” days of something or other in May. Some are national holidays, either for here, Mexico or Canada; I have yet to figure out why we need to know what days are special to our friends in the North or those to the South, but it’s no big deal. In some ways, it’s kind of interesting to see what is celebrated on May 23 in Quebec, but it’s not really that interesting.  Many of the notable days are religious; others are decidedly secular. Cinco de Mayo, for instance, was originally a day of patriotic remembrance in Mexico. It …..

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SOUTHEAST FAM TOUR HIGHLIGHTS I-73/74 MICRO REGION

Eleven site selection consultants and commercial real estate brokers joined county, regional and state leaders for a familiarization tour of the I-73/74 Micro Region earlier this month. The three-day “FAM tour,” which highlighted Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties, followed closely on the heels of a similar event organized last fall in the Greater Wilmington micro region. “Fam tours let site selection consultants get up-close-and-personal with our communities and the regional assets that connect companies to their location strategies,” says Steve Yost, president of The Southeastern Partnership. Consultants themselves recommend such regionally oriented FAM tours as an efficient, effective way to showcase economic amenities.   “The centerpiece of the …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s efforts to bring NWS Doppler Radar to Charlotte advance

WASHINGTON, DC – The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday adopted language proposed by Congressman Robert Pittenger requiring the Secretary of Commerce to study National Weather Service radar coverage gaps and quickly develop a plan to fix deficiencies. The language is included in the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill which will be voted on by the full U.S. House of Representatives in the next few weeks. “Charlotte is the largest city in the United States without local radar coverage from the National Weather Service.  This is an important safety issue,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “The House Appropriations Committee decision to include our radar request in the upcoming Commerce, Justice, and …..

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Cromartie named to Dean’s List, honor society

Shaw University in Raleigh recently celebrated their Awards Day Program and Jasmine Cromartie was awarded the Silver Pin. All totaled, 373 students were recognized during the awards ceremony. The Silver Pin is awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 to 3.74. Criteria include full-time enrollment in the Fall 2015 semester (at least 12 hours undergraduate, 9 hours graduate [Divinity], 6 hours graduate [education]), and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the end of the Fall 2015 semester. Students who have a GPA of 3.0 to 3.99 are also on the Dean’s List. To read the complete list of all of the students who were recognized, click …..

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NCDA&CS awards agritourism grants to 29 farms

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that 29 agritourism farms will receive funding for marketing projects. The Agritourism Marketing Cost Share program is administered by the department’s agritourism office with funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. “I’m pleased that we are able to award a total of $50,000 in cost-share funding to agritourism farms across the state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “For many agritourism operations, this funding can provide the help they need to boost their marketing efforts and increase the number of visitors to their farms.” In its first year, the cost-share program received 77 applications requesting a total of $409,050. …..

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State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship to Area High School Student

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Charlanna E. Coleman, a senior at East Bladen High School.  This scholarship was awarded for study at UNC Chapel Hill, part of North Carolina’s   17-campus University of North Carolina System. Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member Althea Lesane comments, “Through the SECU …..

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On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign Begins This Week

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off the sixth annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with a news conference today in Wrightsville Beach. The multi-agency safety initiative works to reduce alcohol-related accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, both of which see increased traffic during summer months. According to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, North Carolina ranks 10th nationally in boating fatalities. Speakers from the participating agencies stressed the importance of having a designated driver, whether operating a vehicle or vessel. “The dangers and consequences …..

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WW II pilot made the ultimate sacrifice to save many

By: Katie Galyean If you had the chance to save dozens of lives, would you? Most of us would undoubtedly say yes. But what if it meant sacrificing your own life so the others could live? This is the choice Robert Mercer, 21, was faced with on January 28, 1945, in Belgium after a bombing mission gone wrong. Born in Bladenboro on August 12, 1923, to Charles and Callie Mercer, Mercer quickly became known as ‘Bob’ and was loved by many. When World War II broke out, Mercer, then 19, knew it was his duty to serve his country and enlisted on January 28, 1943 in the U.S. Army Air …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for May 25

Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers are sponsoring a Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 4th at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The cost is $200 per team. For details, check the groups Facebook page. Proceeds benefit Operation Christmas. Last year 10 families and 20 children were assisted. The Bladen County Committee of 100 will hold their annual meeting on June 8 at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in the Elizabethtown Airport Industrial Park. Memberships are $100 for members, $200 for businesses. Michael Nagowski, CEO of Cape Fear Valley Health Systems will be the guest speaker. He will be discussing the future of healthcare in our area. Call 910-645-2292 for details. …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball Major League Championship: Clarkton 7, Bladenboro Giants 4

BLADENBORO – Mariah “Chick” Smith pitched a complete-game Tuesday night as Clarkton won the Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball Major League Championship with a 7-4 victory over the Bladenboro Giants. Nazire Smith and Davion Graham drew walks to start the Clarkton first inning, and Marlan Davis drove in Nazire Smith with a single for a 1-0 lead. Javius Brooks was hit by a pitch and scored on Nazire Smith’s fielder’s choice in the Clarkton second inning. In the Clarkton third, Davis walked, but was forced at second by Mariah Smith. Nyquan Richardson walked, and Anthony McGill’s fielder’s choice plated Mariah Smith. Sherman Monroe knocked in Richardson with a single that …..

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East Bladen High School

Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball: East Bladen Wins One, Ties One

LAKE WACCAMAW – Sincere Smith pitched a no-hitter to lead East Bladen to an 8-0 victory in the nightcap of their Dixie Pre-Majors double-header Tuesday night after East Columbus had rallied to pull out a 5-5 tie in the opener. Kyle Tatum and Xavier Wooten were both hit by pitches in the first inning of the nightcap and both scored when Ty Watkins walloped a double. In the fourth inning, Wooten walked and raced to third base when Watkins belted a single. Greyson Heustess launched a sacrifice fly that scored Wooten. Devon Stocks smacked a single that sent Watkins to third base, and Spencer Scott plated Watkins with a sacrifice …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 25

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent. 1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency. 1898 – 1st US troop transport to Manila leaves San Francisco. 1922 – Babe Ruth suspended 1 day & fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump. 1927 – Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford. 1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney. 1935 – Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 6 world records in 45 minutes at Big                   Ten meet at Ferry Field …..

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USDA

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “This program expands the types of feedstock that can be used to make renewable fuels and biobased products, laying the foundation for growing more products made in rural America,” said Dolcini. “The Biomass Crop Assistance Program currently supports more than 890 growers and landowners farming nearly 49,000 acres to establish and produce dedicated, …..

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Two Bladen County students have been tabbed for Governor’s School East 2016

By: Erin Smith Two Bladen County students have been tabbed for Governor’s School East 2016. They are David C. Pridgen to study English and Emily M. Scott to study Natural Science. Both, Scott and Pridgen attend East Bladen High School. The Governor’s School is scheduled to take place from Sunday, June 19, through Sunday, July 27. The programs offer students a chance to study topics of interest in an environment where there are no grades and testing. Instead, classes utilize a blend of discussion and practical application. Governor’s School is partially funded by the North Carolina General Assembly; however, to supplement this funding, students are charged a tuition of $500 …..

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