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Elizabethtown Is District 2 Supplemental Runners-Up

  NAKINA – Columbus County defeated Elizabethtown 11-0 Thursday night in the District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament championship game.   Columbus County scored 3 runs in the first inning, 1 in the second and 4 more in the third to take an 8-0 lead.    Allister Russ belted a third-inning single, and Cooper Padrick smacked a single in the fourth inning to account for the Elizabethtown hits. Conner Padrick started on the mound for Elizabethtown.   The Elizabethtown All-Stars are pictured with their second-place trophies. Players are Kalec Autry, Gabe Cashwell, Torrean Cogdell, Aa’Quan Cotton, Na’Toren Corbett, Trenton Hughes, Isaiah Lee, Conner Padrick, Cooper Padrick, Allister Russ, Coley Sasser and …..

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Pirates Win Bladen Recreation 8-10 Softball League

  The Pirates completed an undefeated season and won Bladen Recreation’s 8-10 Girls Softball League championship. Team members are: Holland Davis, Haylie Robinson, Ashlynn Brown, Madeline Barbour, Abbie Hickman, Rylee Chadwick, Mackenzie Singletary, Rebecca Johnson, Natalee Sykes, Laci Storms, Morgan Moore, Marlie Walters and Kaden Thurman. Coaches are Matt Chadwick, Jerimey Sykes and Steve Thurman.  Share:

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Bladen County AAA (Minors) All-Stars

  The Bladen County All-Stars who played two close games in the District 2 AAA (Minors) Tournament at Nakina are pictured.   The Bladen County All-Stars are coached by Joseph Russ, Nathan Allen and Phillip Monroe. Players are Aidan Russ, Cade Allen, Conner Monroe, Hezikiah Adams, Trenton Meares, De’Anthony Smith, Joe Johnson, Matthew Kemp, Xavier Spaulding, Will Durden, Chason Harris and Hunter White. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 1

1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies. 1795 – John Rutledge becomes 2nd chief justice of US Supreme Court. 1836 – US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington. 1847 – 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin & 10 cent Washington, NYC. 1862 – Congress outlaws polygamy for the 1st time. 1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco & on incomes over $600 (progressive rate) 1870 – James W. Smith of SC is one of 1st African American to enter West Point. …..

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Three West Bladen Girls In State Softball Tournament Saturday

  Three West Bladen girls are playing key roles on the Lumberton All-Star team that opens play in the Dixie Belles Softball North Carolina State Tournament Saturday at Town Creek Park in Winnabow.    Conner Brisson, Carley Dawson and Abby Dawson were all members of the Lumberton All-Star team that won the 2015 Dixie Belles North Carolina State Tournament and finished in second-place in the 2015 Dixie Belles World Series in Louisiana.    Lumberton opens this year’s state tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday against East Columbus. The double-elimination tournament will continue through Wednesday.    The address for Town Creek Park is 6420 Ocean Hwy E, Winnabow, NC. Pictured (left-right) are Conner Brisson, Carley …..

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District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament, Columbus County 11, Bladen County 0

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NAKINA- Columbus County defeated Bladen County 11-0 Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament. Columbus County advanced  to Thursday’s night’s championship game against Elizabethtown.   The Bladen County All-Stars are coached by Ramon Johnson, Justin Rhodes and Elliot Kinlaw. Members of the team that finished with a 1-2 record in the District Tournament are Maison Brooks, Jonathan Deville, Willie Graham, Jr., Jalil Hayes, Javon McGill, Keyon McKoy, Shy’Asia Ratliff, Nolan Sessoms, Dalton Stanley, Nolan Wilkins and Chase Williams.  Share:

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Water Rescue assists boater

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Water Rescue responded to a call from a boater stranded on the Cape Fear River on Thursday afternoon. The boater was reported to be floating on the river between the Lock And Dam No 3 near the DuPont Fayetteville Works plant and the bridge at Tar Heel. Bradley Kinlaw, Bladen County Emergency Management Director, said the boater is fine and was helped off the river. Share:

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Pedestrian struck and killed in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith A collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle resulted in a fatality on Wednesday night. Kyasia Hayes, 16, was struck killed as she and several others were walking east along Broad Street in the vicinity of Danaher, Lt. Mark McMichael. He said there were several individuals walking with the flow of traffic and the driver struck Hayes. He said the driver then turned around to see what had happened and called 911. He said Hayes died as a result of the impact. Lt. McMichael said the incident was not a hit and run and no charges have been filed. Share:

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Water Rescue called for stranded boater

Water Rescue is responding to a call of  a stranded boater on the Cape Fear River. The boat is floating on the river between Lock and Dam No. 3 near DuPont Fayetteville Works and the landing near the bridge in Tar Heel.   Check back with Bladen Online for more details as they become available. Share:

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COMBATTING TERRORISM AROUND THE WORLD

This week, the world saw yet another horrifying terrorist attack in Istanbul. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. While we don’t know the full circumstances of those behind this attack, one thing is clear: between Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino, and Orlando, we are seeing radical Islamic terrorism strike across the globe with disturbing frequency. As a result of President Obama’s failed foreign policy, radical Islamic terrorist groups have been able to grow, multiply, and train jihadis at an alarming rate. Make no mistake – the longer ISIS and similar groups remain on the battlefield, the more effective their propaganda and recruitment efforts will become. Their recruitment …..

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LCFH offers free grief workshop

Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a free 90-minute grief workshop, Healthy Coping in Grief. It will be 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at LCFH’s Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. “Grieving is a long and difficult process,” Melissa Rogers, LCFH bereavement counselor, said. “In addition to understanding how stress can take a toll on a person physically, emotionally and spiritually, we need to understand practical guidelines to ease the process. This workshop will focus on strategies those grieving can use to help maintain healthy momentum as they proceed through grief.” Often being around others who have been through a similar experience enables participants to talk about …..

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SeHealth receives new quality-based accreditation from DNV GL

Lumberton – Southeastern Health (SeHealth) announces the successful completion of its new accreditation process for Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) from DNV GL – Healthcare. By earning accreditation, Southeastern Health’s SRMC has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. “The DNV GL program is consistent with our long-term commitment to quality and patient safety,” says SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson. “The ability to integrate ISO 9001 quality standards with our clinical and financial processes is a major …..

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Chamber Ambassadors hold organizational meeting

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their organizational meeting of the Chamber Ambassadors program on Tuesday morning at City Sandwich Shop in Elizabethtown. There are 11 Ambassadors who are currently serving. Erin Smith and Bille Sue Hall were selected to serve and chair and co-chair respectively. “I’m really excited about the Chamber Ambassadors program and I look forward to serving with everyone. I think it will be an exciting year for both the Chamber Ambassadors and the Chamber Board,” said Smith. The Ambassadors will, among other things, work together with the Chamber Board to help grow and build the Chamber and to assist with promoting events. The Ambassadors will …..

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After hours at Bladen County Park

We caught Patti Miller with Bladen County Parks and Recreation getting the weeds out of the flower bed she planted for all to enjoy at the county park. Miller planted the flower bed around the flag poles at the park and was there after hours making sure the flowers were watered and looking their best for those who were visiting the park or taking a ball game. Share:

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How to stay cool in extreme heat

The Bladen County Health Department wants to inform you of how to stay cool and safe in extreme heat. The following tips are important: Elderly people (65 years and older), infants, children, people with chronic medical conditions, and pets are more prone to heat stress. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. During conditions of extreme heat, spend time in locations with air-conditioning such as shopping malls, public libraries, or public health sponsored heat-relief shelters in your area. Get informed. Listen to local news and weather channels or contact your local public health department during extreme heat conditions for health and safety updates. Drink two …..

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NCDA&CS celebrates N.C. Peach Month in July

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will celebrate N.C. Peach Month in July with several special events. While some peach orchards were hit hard by cold weather this spring, the department says there is still a lot to celebrate. “We had an unusually cold April, which affected midseason varieties across the state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Early-season and late-season varieties seem to be unaffected overall, and consumers should be able to find a good selection of peaches into September.” Consumers can celebrate N.C. Peach Month with events at the state-operated farmers markets in Charlotte, Colfax and Raleigh. Each Peach Day will feature free samples of …..

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Campbell University awards degrees in Spring commencement

Campbell University has released the list of graduates for Spring 2016 and three Bladen County County residents earned degrees. *Mason DeAndre of Clarkton was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree; *Julianne Nance of Bladenboro was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree; and *Matthew Formyduval of Clarkton was awarded a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History June 30

1834 – Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) 1859 – Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. 1896 – W.S. Hadaway patents electric stove. 1898 – Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse.” 1906 – John Hope becomes 1st black president of Morehouse College. 1916 – General Douglas Haig reports “The men are in splendid spirits” 1928 – Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards. 1933 – St. Louis Card’s Dizzy Dean strikes out 17 Cubs to win 8-2. 1936 – 40 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for June 30

June 30, tomorrow we begin the second half of 2016.  Check your New Years Resolutions. Suggested reading, an article in ‘The Atlantic’ news source: “How American Politics became so Insane,” by Jonathan Rauch.  It is in the July-August 2016 edition.  Google it.  It’s long, but very informative. Bladen County is becoming a destination for tourists.  Weddings, family reunions, exciting activities, so much to do and places to stay. Lu Mil Vineyard, a rural, quiet, beautiful setting.  Offering sites for weddings, meeting space, or a great place to just relax in one of their many cottages. Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, similar to Lu Mil with cottages and a chef, animals …..

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West Bladen High School Cadets Demonstrate Skills at JROTC Leadership Challenge

Eight West Bladen High School JROTC cadets joined over 700 young leaders from the southeast who participated in the rigorous Jr. ROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) at Fort Jackson from June 11-17.  JCLC is an annual event at which selected high school cadets participate and compete in a variety of hands-on training such as Team Development, High Ropes, Rappelling, Obstacle Courses, Water Safety, Virtual Rifle Safety and Marksmanship, and Land Navigation.  West Bladen cadets completing this year’s challenge were:  Kieara Porter, Kalil Richardson, Andrew Davis, Taniyah Robinson, Hunter Cimbolo, Turea Lucy, Justin Monroe and Cynthea Landreth. The temperatures at Fort Jackson hovered around the upper 90s, as the cadets experienced …..

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Dixie Boys Baseball: Tigers 10, Gators 7

Zach Meares batted 3-3 with 2 triples and A. J. Smith slugged a 2-run home run to lead the Tigers to a 10-7 victory over the Gators in Bladen County Dixie Boys Baseball League action at County Park Wednesday night. The Gators’ Jake Evans and the Tigers’ Ethan Johnson pitched 2 scoreless innings each until the Tigers broke through with 4 runs in the top of the third. Johnson led off with a single but was retired at second on Drew Sholar’s fielder’s choice. Meares ripped a double to left-centerfield that scored Sholar. Jared Piland slammed a double to centerfield that drove in Meares. Greyson Clark reached base on an …..

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Slammers Are Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball Champs

The Slammers completed an undefeated season Tuesday night with an 18-2 victory over the Comets at County Park. The Slammers are the Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball League champions. The Slammers jumped in front with 8 runs in the first inning. Abbie Cross led off the game with a walk, and Johanna Parker walloped a triple that scored Cross. Izzy Smith slapped a single through the middle that plated Parker. Nesiah Davis-McKoy walked, and Kirsten Starkloff cracked a single that scored Smith. Davis-McKoy dashed home on a wild pitch, and Alayna Weeks belted a single that scored Starkloff. Gracyn Martin and Adrienne Howell drew walks, before Jordan Kinlaw smacked a single …..

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Bladen County Sports

Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball, Glory 8, Sandpipers 6

The Glory completed an undefeated season Tuesday night with an 8-6 victory over the Sandpipers in Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball League action at County Park. The game was actually a forfeit as the Sandpipers didn’t have enough players. The Sandpipers scored a first inning run when Acee Campbell beat out an infield hit and came around to score on Alexus Mitchell’s infield hit. The Glory answered with 6 runs in the bottom of the first. Lauren Bowen walked, and Kayleigh Raynor was hit by a pitch. Alyssa Futtell drove in Bowen with an infield hit. Merritt Martin walked and Hannah Cole, Luz Ramos and Weslyn Hall were all hit by …..

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Glory Wins Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball League

  The Glory completed an undefeated season and won Bladen Recreation’s 11-12 Girls Softball League championship. Team members pictured are: Hannah Cole, Luz Ramos, Lauren Bowen, Weslyn Hall, Carington McDowell, Merritt Martin, Kayleigh Raynor, Alyssa Futrell and Lachelle Parks. Coaches are Anthony Raynor and Lawrence Raynor. Not Pictured are Katie Evans and Natalie Spears.  Share:

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Amy’s Academy of Dance Arts takes national competition

Amy’s Academy of Dance Arts competed on Saturday, June 25, at Dance Machine Productions National Dance Championships in Rock Hill, SC with our Large Production routine “Misdemeanor.”  AAODA won 12 & under Production Grand National Champions.  They were also awarded a Diamond Trophy, the highest award that could be won.  This eight minute routine was performed by 52 dancers. There was supposed to be 54 dancers in all, but two were injured, according to Amy Watson. Competing were Holly Allgood, Grayce Blackwell, Claire Boone, Lexi Boswell, Briley Bowen, Bella Britt, Lyla Bullard, Victoria Burge, Chelsea Burney, Samantha Cahn, Leta Cain, Alli Cribb, Megan Daniels, Bethany Derosa, Ashlynn Dickerson, Jada Faison …..

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Iphone and Ipad Tips: Big Changes for Dropbox

By: Gordon Kinlaw Dropbox – free If you are not a dropbox user, get it today. It’s a great way to store and share your documents on the cloud (on a web server). I have been using it for years. Scanning Dropbox just added the ability to scan and document including multiple pages on your iPhone. Open the app, and assuming you have updated your app, you will see a “+” sign at the bottom of the app.  If you press the plus sign, a pop up menu will give you the choices on the right including “scan.” Press “scan” and the camera will come up and auto-recognition will try to find …..

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Remember To Get Your Tee Times At Vineyard Golf

With the middle of the summer here golfers are now crowding Vineyard Golf. It is important that you reserve a tee time for your group to play. You should call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 to request a time. Vineyard Golf will try to accommodate walk-in players but it is best that you obtain a tee time. Don’t forget the Thundering Herd played every Thursday at 6 p.m. Please call by 5:30 p.m. to reserve your space. When leaving Vineyard be sure to stop by Billy Augustine Jr.’s produce stand next to the course. You will find fresh grown produce from Pretty Boy Farms here in Bladen County. Savannah and …..

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NC Southeast host Economic Development Workshop in Bladen

North Carolina Southeast (NCSE) is hosting a two day meeting of representatives of the private and public sector from 16 participating counties.  The meeting is being held at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown. The purpose of the meeting is for local Economic Development representatives to make presentations to the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EPCNC) that will assist the state agency in determining the best fit for industrial prospects that express an interest in locating in the state. County representatives had 15 minutes to highlight their county. EDPNC is focused on recruiting new businesses to the state, supporting the needs of existing businesses, connecting exporters with customers …..

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Rotary receives visit from scholarship recipients

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club celebrated a year of service in the community on Wednesday as well as meeting the recipients of this year’s scholarships. President Renee Horton addressed the club for the final time as her term as President came to a close. She shared a video of the club’s activities and programs from the past year. Horton said the club accomplished many goals this year including a successful 8K event in support of USO of North Carolina. She shared the scripture Phillippians 1:3 which reads, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” Horton told the club that she was honored to know each member and to work alongside each one …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament: Bladen County 9, Whiteville Optimist 5

NAKINA – Bladen County scored four runs in their last at-bat to defeat Whiteville Optimist 9-5 Tuesday night in the Dixie Youth District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament. With the win Bladen County advanced to a semi-final game Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Columbus County. The top of the Bladen County batting order keyed the winning rally. Javon McGill, Shy’Asia Ratliff, Maison Brooks and Dalton Stanley all connected for hits and all four of them scored in the inning. McGill and Ratliff led the Bladen County offense with three hits each. Teammate Jonathan Deville batted 2-3, and Keyon McKoy, Chase Williams, Stanley, and Brooks added one hit each for the …..

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Dr. Aycock joins Columbus County Health Department

By: Erin Smith Dr. Susan Aycock has joined the Columbus County Health Department, according to Health Department Director Kim Smith.  She began her duties there on June 21 and will be working two days per week. “We are excited to have her. She is great to work with and has a great attitude,” said Smith. Smith said that Dr. Aycock will be working with the family planning clinic. “We have a waiting list for our planning clinic and she will be assisting us there,” said Smith. She said that Dr. Aycock will also be responsible for college physicals, school-related physicals and physicals for truck drivers. Smith said currently the Columbus …..

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Man receives second degree burns in grill incident

By: Erin Smith A man grilling at Jones Lake State Park on Wednesday received second degree burns on his left arm following an incident involving a grill.   According to Park Superintendent Shane Freeman the man was using a grill when it flashed over and he received the burns. He was transported by Bladen County EMS to the hospital for treatment. Share:

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E’town Fire places third in softball tourney

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Fire Department took part in a softball tournament recently in Fayetteville where they placed third.  The team adopted the name “The Mules” from a mascot that was painted onto one of the department’s trucks, according to Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West.  The members of the department are always searching for ways to have a little fun when they are not training and give back to the community at the same time. The department took 14 members to Fayetteville to participate, according to Chief West. The team placed third out of ten teams that took part in the tournament. “I am proud of their effort,” said Chief West.  …..

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Board of Elections fields questions regarding vote canvass

By: Erin Smith During a meeting of the Bladen County Board of Elections held on Tuesday afternoon, questions were asked of the Board members about an incident that ocurred during the June Primary which resulted in the redaction of one vote. Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson asked the board what they planned to do about the voting irregularities from the June Primary. He asked if the Bladen County Board of Elections would be forwarding the information to the State Board of Elections in Raleigh for an investigation. During the vote canvass, the Board learned that one voter submitted a mail absentee ballot but he also voted at the One Stop …..

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Board of Elections votes on One Stop plan, no Sunday voting hours

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday and voted to approved the One Stop Implementation Plan for the General Election on Nov. 8. but voted down the addition of Sunday voting hours. In a related matter, the Board received a letter from Democratic Party Chairman Zane Singletary requesting the Board to expand One Stop Voting hours to include Sunday hours from 1 until 5 p.m. on the first Sunday of the One Stop voting period. In his letter, Singletary wrote that by allowing Sunday voting, it would give those who attend church a chance to cast their ballots after church while they are in town …..

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Bladenboro board calls special meeting

The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Ivey Street. The purpose of the meeting is to close out budget amendments for fiscal year 2015-16, which ends Thursday, and also to go into closed session to discuss personnel. Share:

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON ISTANBUL TERRORIST ATTACKS

CAIRO – Congressman Robert Pittenger, Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, had this statement in reaction to the attacks at the Istanbul airport: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the attacks in Istanbul,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09). “While we don’t know the full circumstances of those behind this attack, between Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino, and Orlando, we are seeing terrorism strike across the globe with disturbing frequency. “As Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, I’m in Egypt and other Middle East countries this week furthering our relationships with allies and increasing collaborative efforts to cut …..

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North Carolina’s May County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen At 6.3 Percent

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 98 of North Carolina’s counties in May and remained unchanged in two.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.5 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and one remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.9 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.7 percent.  The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.7 percent.    Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above May 55 45 0 April (Revised) …..

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First annual Senior Prom held

Katie Galyean If you had gone to the Senior Center in Elizabethtown on Tuesday, June 28, you would have been greeted with party lights, red and black decorations and Marvin Gaye singing in the background. The seniors of the county were all invited to the first annual Senior Prom that took place from 2 pm to 4 pm. About 115 seniors came out and feet were tapping the entire time. Harold Ford, 85, said, “This was nothing but fun… I thought this wouldn’t be anything but coming out here and sitting down. But the music started and I saw bones start moving that I haven’t seen move in 40 years.” …..

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Golden Leaf Scholarship awards for 2016

Four Bladen Community College students were recently awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships. From left to right are Clarissa Patterson (Nurse Aide I), Paula K. Hester (Nurse Aide I), Jordan Blair Rogers (Nurse Aide I), and Kristen Michelle Pittman (EMT-B). Standing with the students are Vice President for Workforce and Continuing Education Sondra Guyton and Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest. The Golden LEAF Scholars Program has provided over 11,500 scholarships since its inception to help North Carolinians attend participating community colleges. For information regarding available scholarships at Bladen Community College, contact the financial aid office at 910-879-5567. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for June 29

Ever get the feeling our world is falling apart? Yesterday, another bombing, this one in Istanbul, Turkey.  First reports were 20 killed and 40 injured.  Early this morning (Wednesday), those numbers had risen to over 40 killed, and 150 or more injured. Then I checked some of the social sites, Facebook and others, and see folks spouting off hate comments about this group or individual or cause.  These are neighbors, family, friends who are caught up in this effort or the other, mostly politically related.  WE CAN DIFFER AND NOT HATE.  What happened to LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF. This is America, the land of the free and home of …..

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Center Road has reopened to traffic after hog truck flips

Center Road has reopened to traffic following a crash involving a hog truck early Wednesday morning.  The road was temporarily closed in the vicinity of Marsh Road after a truck carrying dead hogs crashed during the early morning hours of Wednesday. According to reports, the truck was transporting dead hogs to a facility at Smithfield Foods. The crash ocurred at about 2:43 a.m. when the driver of the truck ran off the road to the right and over corrected according to the NC Highway Patrol. As a result the truck ended up on its roof, according to reports. The driver of the truck was cited for a lane violation. The …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament: Columbus County 18, Elizabethtown 1

NAKINA – A 13-run, second-inning carried Columbus County to an 18-1 victory over Elizabethtown Tuesday night in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament. Elizabethtown will receive a bye Wednesday night and will play the winner of Wednesday’s Bladen County/Columbus County game Thursday at 6 p.m. Bladen County defeated Whiteville Optimist Tuesday night in an elimination game. Kalec Autry walked and scored the only Elizabethtown run in the second inning. Teammates Trenton Hughes and Allister Russ also drew walks in the second inning. Conner Padrick and Isaiah Lee drew walks in the Elizabethtown third inning. Columbus County scored 5 runs in the first before exploding for 13 …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 AAA (Minors) Tournament: Riegelwood 7, Bladen County 6, 7 Innings

NAKINA – Riegelwood pushed across a run in the seventh inning to edge Bladen County 7-6 Tuesday night in an elimination game in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA (Minors) Tournament. It was a tough two-game run for Bladen County who led Whiteville Optimist 7-6 until the final inning in their tourney opener. “We played a great game,” said Bladen County Coach Joseph Russ about Tuesday’s game. “We came up a run short tonight. Our defensive effort was great. We just did not hit the ball.” Cade Allen led off the Bladen second inning with a single and dashed home when Trenton Hughes belted a single. Joe Johnson drew …..

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Sampson County family is searching for missing son

By: Erin Smith A Garland family is searching for their missing son. Jenny Moore said her son, Andrew Moore, 20, has been missing since 7 a.m. Monday. If anyone has seen Andrew, they are asked to contact the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office at 910-592-4141.   Ms. Moore said this is out of character for Andrew to not contact his family. Ms. Moore added Andrew did not call in to work on Monday to get his work schedule for Monday night and she said it is also out of character for him to miss work.   He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, a black pair of Dickie’s work-type pants, and wheat …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 29

1776 – Mission Delores founded by San Francisco Bay. 1776 – Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor. 1863 – George Armstrong Custer, age 23, appointed Union Brigadier General. 1891 – US National Forest Service organized. 1906 – US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce. 1915 – Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time. 1929 – 1st high-speed jet wind tunnel completed, Langley Field, Ca. 1936 – Empire State Building broadcasts high definition TV-343 lines. 1947 – 2nd US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Betty Jameson. 1956 – US Federal interstate highway system act …..

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Bladen County Public Library to hold Summer Reading program

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Public Library will be conducting their annual Summer Reading program beginning July 11 through August 3. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, and Read.” Bladen County Public Library Director Kelsey Edwards said the Summer Reading program is a period of time during the summer when all three branches of the library encourage reading. “Depending on the week, there may be a guest speaker,” said Edwards. The programs will center around health and fitness and sports themes. There will also be snacks and a craft for children to make. The Summer Reading schedule will be Mondays at …..

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E’town PD working to identify homicide victim

The Elizabethtown Police Department is still attempting to identify the victim of a home invasion/homicide that ocurred at 902 Church Street in Elizabethtown on Saturday. The victim is described as an unidentified Hispanic male in his mid 20s, said Lt. Cheshire, an investigator with the Elizabethtown Police Department. Lt. Cheshire said the department received the call at about 5:50 p.m. Saturday. He said there was an earlier call but there was some confusion in regards to the caller due to a language barrier. However, the caller located someone who could translate for them. “Our guys responded there (to Church Street) in reference to a possible robbery and a subject who …..

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Tar Heel couple remains in hospital

Phil and Alice Allen, a Tar Heel couple seriously injured last week in a auto collision on US 701 south of Whiteville, remain hospitalized, according to a family friend. Alice remains in Grand Stand Hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC recovering from two broken arms and a broken leg.  She is expected to be in rehab for several weeks after her hospital stay. Phil is a patient in the Whiteville hospital.  He also suffered a broken leg, and is expected to be released soon. The couple were headed to the beach when their vehicle was hit head-on by an oncoming vehicle that veered into their lane. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

If you decide to drink and drive, be aware of ‘Booze It & Lose It.’  Bladen County local and state law enforcement officers are expected to be setting up road checks during the July 4th holiday.  In fact, had a report they were already in the area.  If you drink and drive, I hope you get to meet them, handcuffs and all. Pat Summit, long time legendary Tennessee girls basketball coach died this morning.  She had suffered from an Alzheimer type dementia disease since 2012.  Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig disease, and there are more, so sad to see folks suffer.  Summit coached teams won 1,098 games in her 38 years …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 28

1762 – 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston) 1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress. 1846 – Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax. 1855 – The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University. 1894 – Labor Day established as a holiday for federal employees. 1902 – Congress authorizes Louisiana Purchase Expo $1 gold coin. 1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million. 1928 – Alfred E. Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for US president at Democratic Convention. 1935 – FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 1942 – Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY) …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

A federal lawsuit against Bladenboro Mayor Edgar Evans was dismissed by the courts. The Elizabethtown tax rate was proposed to be 78 cents per hundred. John Sharpe of Lumberton was hired as photographer and staff writer at The Bladen Journal. Gwenda Priest of Council was awarded a law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Bladen County population increased from 26,447 in 1970 to 30,488 in 1980. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 28

  • 06/28/2016
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1762 – 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston) 1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress. 1846 – Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax. 1855 – The Sigma Chi Fraternity was founded at Miami University. 1894 – Labor Day established as a holiday for federal employees. 1902 – Congress authorizes Louisiana Purchase Expo $1 gold coin. 1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million. 1928 – Alfred E. Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for US president at Democratic Convention. 1935 – FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 1942 – Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY) …..

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Crash occurs at White Lake Monday

By: Erin Smith A crash occurred at the intersection of US 701 and NC 53 in the vicinity of Wam Squam at White Lake on Monday afternoon. Trooper Russ said that Renee Elizabeth Byrne of Louisiana was traveling west on NC 53 and failed to yield the right of way at the intersection. Byrne’s GMC Denali struck a black Lexus operated by Robelyn Brinson of Elizabethtown that was traveling north on US 701. Trooper Russ said everyone was transported to Bladen County Hospital. Byrne was charged with a yield violation. Responding to the crash were White Lake Fire Department, Bladen County EMS, and NC Highway Patrol. Share:

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Player of the Year Alex Coates Leads All-Four County Conference Baseball Team

East Bladen senior righthander Alex Coates was named the Four County Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Year after he led the Eagles to the Four County Conference Championship. Heide Trask’s Michael Stroman was also named Four County Co-Player of the Year. Also named to the All-Conference team were East Bladen’s Kyle Tatum, Sincere Smith and Nikita Owens and West Bladen’s Chandler Lennon and Jeremy Hunt. Coates anchored the Eagle pitching staff posting a 10-2 record. His final win of the season came in the title-clinching 6-3 win over Union. At the plate in that game Coates knocked in 2 runs with a pair of hits. Speedy catcher Kyle Tatum stole …..

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Alligators part of Cape Fear River life

By: Erin Smith Alligators are known to ply the waters of the Cape Fear River though not in large numbers. One Bladen County family got a little closer to an alligator this weekend they would like. Chris Campbell and his son, Zach, were enjoying a day at the family property on the Cape Fear River just south of Elizabethtown when they noticed an alligator swimming just off of the family pier, according to Sylvia Campbell. She said that they estimated the alligator’s size to be about 12 feet. NC Wildlife Officer Michael Nunnery said that alligators do reside along the Cape Fear River in Bladen County, but not in large …..

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Board of Education holds brief budget meeting

By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday for a brief budget meeting where they approved budget amendments for the current fiscal year.  The amendments were recommended by Sharon Penny,  Finance Director,  and were needed to accommodate federal and state funds that have been adjusted throughout the year.  The board approved the amendments and adjourned for the evening. Share:

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Bus driver training class offered

A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff  which began employment as of July 1, 2005 and has not taken the training class.  This is a mandatory class. This class is also open to the public.                                              The dates are as follows:                      DATE                                                          LOCATION            …..

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Joint investigation between E’town PD and Sheriff’s Office results in drug arrests

Sheriff James McVicker and Elizabethtown Chief of Police Tony Parrish announced the arrests of several individuals in a joint operation between the county and city. The arrests come as a result of a six-month investigation conducted jointly by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department.  The operation targeted those responsible for distributing prescription pills, methamphetamine, and cocaine throughout several communities in the county. Arrested were: *Sandy Leach Wiggins of 2852 Twisted Hickory Road, Bladenboro, who is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver schedule II controlled substance; delivery of a schedule II controlled substance; sell of schedule II controlled substance; delivery of a schedule III controlled substance; …..

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Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater 2016-17 Season Schedule

Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to our web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or by  telephone with credit card or cash noon-6pm Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at 910-738-4339 Ext. 106. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance. Mainstage series tickets are $25. Starting this season for our mainstage series, we now have package discounts when you purchase four, five or six shows at the same time. The …..

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Personal Interest Classes at Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – Whether you want to pursue a personal interest or acquire a new hobby, Bladen Community College offers a variety of unique community classes for students. Piano for Beginners June 28 – August 2, Tuesdays from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Main Campus. Students must have a keyboard. Paint Night at City Sandwich and Coffee Shop June 29, from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Sewing 101 June 30 -July 28, Thursdays from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Main Campus. Cake Decorating I July 11 -August 1, Mondays from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Glenda’s Just Desserts and Lunch, Elizabethtown. Shag for Beginners July …..

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Homicide investigation under way in Elizabethtown

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating a homicide that ocurred on Church Street on Saturday. The call came in between 4 and 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, said Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw. According to Kinlaw, an autopsy was scheduled for Monday in Chapel Hill.  Kinlaw said the investigation is continuing and the victim has not been identified. The investigation is continuing and no further details are available at this time. Share:

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Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen crowned

The Miss North Carolina Scholarship pageant and the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen pageant have been completed and the winners crowned. Though they did not leave with the crown,  Miss Bladenboro Haven Cashwell and Miss Bladenboro Princess Anna Grace Allen represented the town of Bladenboro well. Miss Mecklenberg County McKenzie Faggart walked away with the title of Miss North Carolina 2016 and Miss Clayton Outstanding Teen Catherine White was crowned as the 2016 Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen. Now, Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart will prepare to compete for the title of Miss America 2016 on Sept. 11 in Atlantic City, NJ. The top five contestants including the winner for …..

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Today is National HIV Testing Day

Bladen County Health Department wants you to know that today (Monday, June 27) is National HIV Testing Day, an awareness campaign. National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) founded National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) in 1995 in response to the HIV epidemic’s steady growth, in the middle-income neighborhoods where people thought, “it doesn’t happen here”. All Americans need to know they should Take the Test, Take Control, at least once a year. And we should also know that people with HIV, who are in treatment with Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) drugs, are significantly less at risk for passing their virus on the others than people with HIV, who are …..

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Pinwheel garden winner released

The Bladen County Department of Social Services celebrated Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with a Child Abuse Prevention Walk. They also conducted a community pinwheel contest in support of the event. Businesses and residents were encouraged to put their best pinwheel display together and submit them to the Bladen County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Unit.  The winner was Trinity United Methodist Church of Elizabethtown. Trinity UMC received a winners certificate and were also named at the event. “Many businesses and community members participated and submitted their pictures to us,” said Jill Sampson, Child Protective Services Supervisor. This year, entries were submitted by Trinity United Methodist Church,  …..

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Delco man dies in Sunday crash

A Delco man was killed when his pick-up truck crashed on Old Lake Road on Sunday evening. According to NC Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Hilburn,  the crash ocurred about 41 feet west of State Road 1879.  The crash ocurred when Johnny Alan Lanning, 25, of Delco, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned. Sgt. Hilburn said that Lanning was operated a 1996 Chevrolet pick-up truck east on Old Lake Road when he ran off the roadway to the right, struck a ditch and overturned. Sgt. Hilburn said Lanning was traveling at about 70 miles per hour when the crash ocurred. Trooper W. A. Rogers …..

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June 23 Thundering Herd A Two-Man Captain’s Choice At Vineyard Golf

A different format was used for the June 23 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf. The contest was a two-man captain’s choice. The winning team, with a two-under score of 34, was Pat Melvin and Jim Hancock. Two teams tied with the Melvin-Hancock team. Melvin-Hancock won on the scorecard playoff when they birdied the third hole. Anyone interested in playing is ask to call the pro shop on Thursday by 5:30 p.m. for the starting time of 6 p.m.   Share:

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Seven Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training

Seven cadets were sworn in as wildlife officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. After 13 weeks of rigorous training, each officer took an oath to enforce conservation and boating laws and to assist those who enjoy wildlife-related recreation and outdoor activities across the state. The seven new wildlife officers now begin six months of on-the-job training under supervision of a veteran wildlife officer. Upon completion of field training, each officer will be assigned a permanent duty station. The graduating officers are: Brandon Robert Bonner of Jackson Springs (Training in Martin County) Philip Matthew Fulmer of Morganton (Training in Rowan County) …..

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N.C. Forest Service warns about insect damage to eastern white pines

RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service is encouraging land owners in Western North Carolina to watch for signs of damage in eastern white pines following reports of declining health in some of those trees in Ashe, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Transylvania and Swain counties. “We have gotten reports that some of these trees have branch dieback, crown thinning, diseased areas of dead tissue known as cankers, excessive resin outflow, and in the some cases, the trees have already died,” said Brian Heath, a forest health specialist with the N.C. Forest Service. The underlying cause is a tiny scale insect, Matsucoccus macrocicatrices, which was first discovered in North Carolina in 2013, but …..

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Farmers need to watch for potassium issues in flue-cured tobacco

RALEIGH — This has been a wet spring, with weather affecting some crops early this season, including flue-cured tobacco planted in sandier soils. Agronomists with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in and near the coastal plains are reporting some leaching losses of fertilizer from excessive rainfall. Specifically, they are seeing potassium losses in fertilizer that was applied earlier to the flue-cured tobacco crop in these soils. “Over the past few weeks, tobacco leaves in the mid to upper stalk positions have developed a mottling and brownish-yellow spots on leaf tips, which are classic symptoms of potassium deficiency,” said David Hardy, Soil Testing Section chief with the NCDA&CS …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for June 27

Ever wonder how we, as a nation, arrived where we are today in our effort to elect a new president?  With negative ratings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (near or over 50 percent).  Could be more folks voting ‘against’ than ‘for.’ David Duke had the strongest unfavorable ratings ever prior to this campaign.  Trump is next with Clinton not far behind. If Trump and Clinton turn you off, check the Libertarian and Green Party candidates.  Then for the next four years you can proclaim…I did not vote for whoever the winner is. With that in mind, and all the accusations being ‘tossed’ around, I discovered an interesting website, if …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 27

  • 06/27/2016
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1652 – New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America. 1778 – Liberty Bell come home to Philadelphia after the British departure. 1847 – New York and Boston linked by telegraph wires. 1867 – Bank of California opens doors. 1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange. 1923 – Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane. 1929 – 1st color TV demo (NYC) 1934 – Federal Savings & Loan Association created. 1942 – FBI captures 8 Nazi saboteurs from a sub off NY’s Long Island. 1950 – North Korean troops reach …..

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Elizabethtown AAA Supplemental All-Stars team picture

The Elizabethtown AAA Supplemental All-Stars have won their first two games in the District 2 AAA Supplemental Tournament at Nakina. The Elizabethtown team is coached by David Wall, Wesley Sasser and Cory Corbett. Players are Kalec Autry, Gabe Cashwell, Torrean Cogdell, Aa’Quan Cotton, Na’Toren Corbett, Trenton Hughes, Isaiah Lee, Conner Padrick, Cooper Padrick, Allister Russ, Coley Sasser and Connor Smith. Share:

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament: West Robeson National 18, Elizabethtown 13

PEMBROKE – West Robeson National rallied from a 13-5 deficit to defeat Elizabethtown 18-13 Sunday in an elimination game in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament. Elizabethtown jumped on top 4-0 as Hunter Elks led off the game with a ringing double to left-centerfield. Garrett Dunham slammed a double to drive in Elks, and Lee Barnes pounded a double. Hunter Smith drew a walk, before Parker Greene cleaned the bases with a 3-run double. West Robeson bounced back with 5 runs in the home first and led 5-4 after 2 innings. Barnes beat out an infield hit in the Elizabethtown third, and Hunter Smith laced a single …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 AAA (Minors) Tournament: Whiteville Optimist 11, Bladen County 7

NAKINA –  Whiteville Optimist rallied for 5 runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat Bladen County 11-7 Sunday in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA (Minors) Tournament. Bladen County will play again Tuesday at 6 p.m. against the South Columbus/Riegelwood winner. After Whiteville scored 2 runs in the top of the first, Bladen County answered with a run in the home half. Aidan Russ led off with a single, and Conner Monroe, Hezikiah Adams and Cade Allen followed with consecutive hits that scored Russ. Bladen County took a 4-2 lead with 3 runs in the second. Xavier Spaulding walked, Hunter White was …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament: Elizabethtown 9, Bladen County 0

NAKINA – Conner Padrick pitched a 4-hit shutout and struck out five to lead Elizabethtown to a 9-0 victory over Bladen County Sunday in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament. Elizabethtown advances to the winners’ bracket final Tuesday at 6:30. Bladen County will play in an elimination game at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Gabe Cashwell belted a single, and Aa’Quan Cotton walked in the Elizabethtown half of the first. Na’Toren Corbett hammered a double that scored both runners for a 2-0 lead. Conner Padrick ripped a single to left in the second inning, and Cooper Padrick walked. Both runners came around to score as the lead grew …..

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Bladenboro Middle School Places in the National Junior Beta Club Convention

Congratulations going out to Bladenboro Middle School for representing Bladen County well in the National Junior Beta Club Competition. The club has been at the competition held in New Orleans this weekend. According to their mentor and teacher, Mrs. Polly Hancock, who attended the competition with them, the Bladenboro Betas won 5th place in the sculpture competition and 4th in the t-shirt competition. The group is heading home this Sunday and we are wishing them safe travels. We will have more information and photos to come. Share:

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Sarah Benson OK after car lands on roof in U-Car race at Dublin

Sarah Benson readily admits she loves racing in the U-Car division at Dublin Motor Speedway. Saturday night, she had one wild ride. Benson went low in between turns one and two on the 4/10ths-mile dirt oval trying to make a pass on lap 9 of the 15-lap race. She ended up upside down for a few minutes before being helped out of her vehicle unharmed. “I’m OK,” Benson said. “I was just trying to make a pass and got down in that mud at the bottom.” Benson’s car hit the guardrail before flipping and landing on its roof. It took a few minutes for track workers to get her out …..

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Chris Ferguson wins Rattlesnake Rumble at Dublin Motor Speedway

  • 06/26/2016
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Chris Ferguson kept charging toward the front in Saturday night’s Rattlesnake Rumble at Dublin Motor Speedway, hoping to give his mother the ultimate birthday present. Meanwhile, G.R. Smith, comfortably ahead from the start, began to slow his pace. When Smith clipped the inside wall while trying to pass a slower car with six laps remaining, it was the opening that Ferguson needed. Ferguson took the lead between turns three and four and went on to win the $5,000 top prize in the Ultimate Super Late Model Series event by 0.735 seconds over Smith. Willie Milliken was third in the 50-lap event followed by Dennis “Rambo” Franklin and series points leader …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

And the rain came down, nearly an inch and a half at the Hester household on Happy Valley Road, south of E-town.  Totals varied greatly from one location to another. Love to see communities and families come together to celebrate, to help someone who has a setback or any other number of reasons. Yesterday, had the pleasure of attending a couple.  The family of Lewis Tatum appeared to “pull off” the perfect surprise birthday party at the E-town Baptist Church.  A large crowd of well-wishers shared his 80th party. In Bladenboro, the community held a fundraiser for one of their own who recently suffered a fire that “gutted” their home.  …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament: Elizabethtown 11, West Robeson American 4

NAKINA – A 5-run fourth inning broke open a close game and propelled Elizabethtown to an 11-4 victory over West Robeson American in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 AAA (Minors) Supplemental Tournament. Elizabethtown advances to play Bladen County Sunday at 4 p.m. Bladen County received a first-round bye. Torrean Cogdell led off the Elizabethtown first inning with a single and raced home when Coley Sasser belted a single. Gabe Cashwell knocked in Sasser with a single, and Aa’Quan Cotton smacked a single that scored Cashwell and put Elizabethtown ahead 3-1 after one inning. Trenton Hughes started the Elizabethtown second inning with a single, and Allister …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 26

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow.  He can’t sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil. 1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US. 1862 – US Army of Virginia establishes under Gen. John Pope. 1870 – The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States. 1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto. 1919 – NY Daily News begins publishing. 1924 – Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway. 1934 – FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions. 1946 – Fred Allen’s last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny. 1964 – Beatles …..

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Independence Day Celebrations fast approaching Bladen County

People looking for a good concert in Bladen County this summer don’t have far to look. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has added the Summer Jams Concert to the festivities celebrating Independence Day this coming week. Elizabethtown downtown merchants have an annual side walk sale the week of July 4th and this year will be no different. Both sides of the street will be packed with savings on some great products starting Thursday, June 30th and lasting through the holiday. “We are going to have another big sale this year,” Mike Suggs said from Fisher’s Mens Shop and The Ladies Shop. Adding to the excitement starting Thursday, the …..

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Bladen County Sports

District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament, West Robeson American 20, Elizabethtown 5

PEMBROKE – West Robeson American defeated Elizabethtown 20-5 Friday night in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament. Elizabethtown grabbed a 3-0 first inning lead. Hunter Elks led off with a single but was thrown out at second base. I’keir Murchison belted a single to right-centerfield, and Garrett Dunham smacked a single to right-centerfield. Hunter Smith knocked in Murchison with another single to right-centerfield. Lee Barnes laced a single to left-centerfield, and Cole Butler raked a single to left that drove in Dunham. Zachary Smith lofted a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Hunter Smith. West Robeson answered with 9 runs in the bottom …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thought we would receive rain yesterday, for the most part, it never came.  Maybe today. The British have voted to exit the European Union and I wonder why. Sometimes we feel the ‘same old same old’ is not working for hard working regular folks.  Hopefully, it is a good move.  It will take several years to know, for sure. How do you feel about America?  Seems many ordinary folks have ‘given up’ on our system.  Sometimes, change is good, sometime not so good.  How do we know if a drastic change is good or bad….don’t know.  Always heard the greater the gamble, the greater the reward, but only if it …..

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4th annual Rattlesnake Rumble set for Saturday at Dublin Motor Speedway

Chris Ferguson dominated the Rattlesnake Rumble last August at Dublin Motor Speedway. The driver from Mount Holly is expected to be in the field Saturday night as the Ultimate Super Late Model series returns to the 4/10th-mile dirt track for the fourth annual race. Saturday’s featured race is scheduled for 50 laps and will pay $5,000 to the winner. Racing also is scheduled in Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Super Street, Pure Stock and U-Cars divisions. The pit road gate will open at 4 p.m. and grandstand will open at 5 p.m. Saturday. Practice for the cars will begin at 6:30 p.m. with qualifying to follow and the races. Adult …..

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Tar Heel couple injured in Columbus County wreck

Phil and Alice Allen of Tar Heel were injured in a head on collision south of Whiteville on Friday morning. The driver of the other car reportedly crossed the center line near Beaverdam Swamp on U.S. 701. The Allen’s were reported to have suffered broken bones and lacerations and were hospitalized.  Alice Allen was transferred to Grand Strand hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Phil was reportedly admitted to the Columbus County hospital.  Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Share:

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This Day in History – June 25

  • 06/24/2016
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1672 – 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held, Sandwich, Mass. 1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens. 1835 – 1st building constructed at Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) 1867 – 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio. 1868 – US President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hour day. 1910 – Mann Act passed (no women across state lines for immoral purposes) 1913 – American Civil War veterans begin arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913. 1926 – 61st British Open Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham. 1932 – 36th US …..

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Columbus County Deputy involved in fatal collision

A Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a crash that killed a motorist about 7 a.m. Friday morning near the Cerro Gordo community. The collision ocurred on Princess Ann Road when Columbus County Deputy Ryan Gibson’s patrol car drifted left of center into the path of a pick-up truck operated by Robert Brownlee, 30, of Fair Bluff. According to reports, Brownlee drove off of the shoulder of the road to the right to try to avoid the collision. His truck was side-swiped by Gibson’s cruiser and as a result of the crash, Brownlee was killed.  Deputy Gibson was transported to Columbus County Regional with non-life threatening injuries. According to …..

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Preliminary competitions have wrapped up for Miss North Carolina, Miss NC Outstanding Teen

Miss Bladenboro Haven Cashwell and Miss Bladenboro Princess Anna Grace Allen have had a busy week in Raleigh as they competed for the titles of Miss NC and Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen respectively. The preliminary results following Thursday’s competition for Miss North Carolina are as follows: *The Smithfield Agriculture Scholarship winner was Miss Spivey’s Corner Jocelyn Naylor; *The Ward Black Law World Changers Scholarship went to Miss Central Carolina Kali Whitaker; *Miss Lifestyle and Fitness award was a tie between Miss Stanly County Jenna Huff and Miss Spivey’s Corner Jocelyn Naylor; *Miss Talent winner was Miss Belmont Deandra Easter. In the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen competition, preliminary awards …..

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HOUSE UNVEILS PLAN TO REFORM REGULATORY SYSTEM, GROW ECONOMY

Washington, D.C. – House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive plan to grow the economy by regulating smarter, delivering affordable and reliable energy, ending bailouts, putting students and workers first and cracking down on lawsuit abuse.  This plan, referred to as “A Better Way to Grow Our Economy,” puts forth 101 recommendations and is the product of several months of taskforce meetings and discussions. “America should be the best place in the world to live, work, innovate and start a business; however, the heavy hand of the federal government is thwarting the potential of American citizens and businesses. ‘A Better Way to Grow our Economy’ is a plan to curtail the cost, …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TRAVELING TO MIDDLE EAST FOR 10 NATIONAL SECURITY/TERRORISM-RELATED MEETINGS

Congressman Robert Pittenger departs Charlotte today for a series of important national security/counter-terrorism meetings in the Middle East. Over the next week, Congressman Pittenger will visit two Middle East countries, meet personally with two Heads of State, participate in seven additional national security/counter-terrorism meetings, discuss joint efforts to combat terrorism financing, and visit a refugee. “Our Middle East allies are discouraged by the lack of American leadership in the fight against ISIS and radical terrorist organizations,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “Despite President Obama’s misguided efforts, we cannot appease or apologize our way to a solution.  We must demonstrate leadership and work with our allies to defeat ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other …..

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Today is Bring Your Pet to Work Day

Today is national take your pet to work day. While to some it may seem a bit troublesome to bring pets into the workplace, studies have shown that there are benefits. According to various studies, pets in the workplace help to reduce stress levels and improve relationships among co-workers. There are even companies that allow employees to bring their pets with them to work every day.  Of course there are ground rules such as no aggressive behavior and no surprises on the break room floor. Some of the better known companies that are pet friendly include Google, Etsy, Amazon, Ben and Jerry’s, Proctor and Gamble and Build-A-Bear. If you were …..

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For Better Living: Enjoy Fresh Cucumbers

By: Sandra Cain From June through September, you can enjoy the freshness and flavor of delicious locally grown cucumbers that have been picked at their peak. Slicing and pickling cucumbers are the most commonly grown. The cucumber is a member of the gourd family and originated thousands of years ago in either India or Thailand. The Spaniards introduced the cucumber to the Native Americans. The phrase “cool as a cucumber” came about because the cucumber’s interior flesh is 20 degrees cooler than the outside air temperature on a hot summer’s day, making it cool to eat. Nutrition Facts Cucumbers are naturally high in water and are a good source of …..

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Let’s make this Arizona teen’s birthday wish come true

Calling all Bladen County residents! An Arizona teen is battling a rare and potentially deadly disease called mitochondrial disease and he has just one wish for his birthday—lots and lots of birthday cards! It seems Jacob Priestly, loves birthday cards. Jacob Priestly’s mother said in an interview with KPHO television station in Mesa, AZ, “Since his disease is terminal, we don’t know how many more birthdays he’s going to have with us. We vowed that we would make every birthday bigger and better than last year.” Mitochondrial disease occurs when the mitochondria, which produce energy in the cells, fail to function properly according to the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Last year, …..

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