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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 1

1789 – US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act. 1794 – Whiskey Rebellion begins in western Pennsylvania. 1873 – San Francisco’s 1st cable car begins service. 1893 – Henry Perky & William Ford patent shredded wheat. 1901 – Burials within San Francisco City limits prohibited. 1907 – Signal Corps of US army starts aircraft division. 1933 – Carl Hubbell sets record of consecutive scoreless innings (45 1/3) 1941 – The first jeep is produced. 1947 – “Medium & The Telephone” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 performances. 1953 – California introduces sales tax (for education) 1957 – 1st commercial building heated by Sun (Albuquerque, NM) 1958 – US 1st class …..

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Fairmont’s Wiliam McGirt Finishes Tenth in PGA

SPRINGFIELD, NJ- Fairmont’s William McGirt finished in a 3-way tie for tenth place in the Professional Golf Association Championship Sunday at Baltusrol Golf Club. Two early birdies at No. 1 and No. 4 moved McGirt to within 2 shots of the lead that was held by eventual champion Jimmy Walker. However 3-putt bogeys at No. 6 and No. 8 plus another bogey at No. 9 dropped him out of contention. McGirt who played White Lake’s Carolina Sands Golf Course (now Vineyard Golf at White Lake) quite a bit during his high school career closed the tournament with birdies at No. 17 and No. 18 to finish with a final round …..

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Search for missing inner tube rider ends for second day

By Erin Smith The search for a missing inner-tube rider at White Lake was suspended for a second day due to thunderstorms. Bladen County Assistant Coroner Kenneth Clark said the search will resume on Monday at 8 a.m. According to reports, the missing tuber has been identified as Kendrick Lavor Dials, 36 of Florence, SC.  According to reports, his family is staying at a nearby hotel. Clark said the 30-year-old man was riding on an inner tube with two other men when one rider fell off. He said the missing man went in to the water to assist the one who fell off the inner tube and has not been …..

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Bladen Ministerial Association Meeting

Just a reminder – that our BMA monthly meeting will be this coming Tuesday, August 2, 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria Solarium of Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital. We’re invited to breakfast as the hospital’s guests. Hope to see you there. Share:

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Dublin Peanut Festival Accepting Applications

The Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant Committee is accepting applications for the 2016 Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant that will be held Saturday, September 10th, 2016. At the end of the Queens one year reign, she will be presented a $1,000.00 check, provided she has met all her requirements set forth in her contract. The check will be made payable to the college she will be attending in the fall. What a great opportunity! Message us online at Facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant for an application. Dublin Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting Craft & Food Vendor Applications for the festival that will be held September 17th, 2016. Contact Jane Starnes at 910-862-4301 or visit …..

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Bladen Ministerial Association Meeting

Just a reminder – that our BMA monthly meeting will be this coming Tuesday, August 2, 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria Solarium of Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital. We’re invited to breakfast as the hospital’s guests. Hope to see you there. Share:

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Dublin Peanut Festival Accepting Applications

The Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant Committee is accepting applications for the 2016 Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant that will be held Saturday, September 10th, 2016. At the end of the Queens one year reign, she will be presented a $1,000.00 check, provided she has met all her requirements set forth in her contract. The check will be made payable to the college she will be attending in the fall. What a great opportunity! Message us online at Facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant for an application. Dublin Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting Craft & Food Vendor Applications for the festival that will be held September 17th, 2016. Contact Jane Starnes at 910-862-4301 or visit …..

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Lawn Tractor Pull in Harrells draws competitors

By: Erin Smith A Mini Tractor Pull with the Lumber River Pullers was held at Kyle’s Farm on Ward Road on Saturday afternoon. Scorching temperatures climbing as high as 99 degrees didn’t slow the competition. Folks came out to cheer on their favorite pullers and enjoy great fellowship and games as well. While folks enjoyed fun in the sun, there was also the opportunity to tour the “pit area” and see some of the racing tractors up close. One class saw three competitors earn a full-pull meaning they traveled the complete 300-foot length of the track. This resulted in a pull-off to determine the eventual winner. The pull attracted young …..

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Bladen County Commissioners to meet Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on Monday night. The Commissioners will recognize Desmond Bryant and his family during the meeting. In the consent agenda, the board will approve budget amendments, county attorney invoices, designate Vice-Chairman Arthur Bullock as the voting delegate for the NCACC Annual Conference, approve the FY 2015-16 Community Care Block Grant for Older Adults Close Out, FY 2016-17 Home and Community Care Block Grant Revision and adopt a resolution to declare certain property surplus. The board will hear an update from Bladen County Sheriff’ Jim McVicker regarding a request from the NC Highway Patrol for office space. NCSHP has proposed to …..

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Elizabethtown Town Council meet to Monday night

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday night in their regular session. Elizabethtown Police Chief Tony Parrish will facilitate the swearing-in of three officers who have been promoted to sergeant positions in the department. Also, the Council is requested to convene downtown following the noon work session to visit the proposed sites for handicapped parking spaces so a decision can be reached in the evening meeting. The Council is expected to consider a special use permit for the construction of a Hardees restaurant at 213 S. Poplar Street. The board is also set to hear a rezoning request by Anne Purdie and Maceo Purdie. The board …..

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The late, highly respected basketball player, Tyrek Coger, celebrated in Elizabethtown

Photos by: Kenneth Armstrong Bladen County family celebrates their talented basketball player with a large funeral ceremony. The funeral was held for Tyrek Coger, a well-known Oklahoma State Basketball player, on Saturday, July 30th, at Elizabethtown Middle School according to his family members. Those in attendance were his family, friends and other sports athletes and officials Coger is survived by his mother, father, four brothers and his god-mother. Fletcher Collins, also known as Big Show, and Coger’s uncle, gave a heart-felt eulogy of the young athlete. Coger transferred from Cape Fear Community College to Oklahoma State recently. The young basketball star died at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, OK, due …..

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Jonathan Dickerson

By Katie Galyean When most people graduate from college they are focused on getting a job, their own place and moving up in the world. Jonathan Dickerson, 24, however, is more focused on serving others around the world. Dickerson, son of Bruce and Toni Dickerson of Elizabethtown, first started volunteering with Campus Outreach, a college ministry, in 2011 and moved to a full time position in the fall of 2014. This past summer he led a group of college students and spent six weeks with seven students in Davao in the Philippines, focusing on trying to discover new campuses for branches of Campus Outreach to be planted. “[Campus Outreach] wants …..

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LaSean Jones Arrested for Rape

On July 24th, 2016, LaSean Jones of Bladen County was taken into custody on charges of indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape of a child less than 15 years of age according to sources. Jones is a 27 year old male weighing 210 pounds standing 5′ 6″ tall. He has black hair and eyes. More information will be provided as soon as it is available. Share:

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Search for tuber at White Lake

Photos by: Gordon Kinlaw A missing person was reported at White Lake on Saturday, July 30th. Emergency responders from Bladen County, Red Springs ,Fayetteville, Lumberton Water Rescue, Sampson County Rescue, Fayetteville Police Department, White Lake Police Department and Water Rescue are all on the search for the missing person. Share:

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Search for missing swimmer at White Lake continues

By: Erin Smith   A search for a missing swimmer at White Lake is continuing today. Bladen County Assistant Coroner Kenneth Clark said the search resumed on Sunday morning and by Sunday afternoon the missing man still had not been located.   According to WECT the missing man has been identified as Kendrick Lavor Dials, 36 of Florence, SC.  According to reports, his family is staying at a nearby hotel.   The 30-year-old man was riding on an inner tube with two other men when one rider fell off. The missing man went in to the water to assist the one who fell off the inner tube and has not …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving For July 31

Will be interesting to follow the political polls, now that the conventions are over, get a little better perspective of what folks nationwide are thinking, to compare with our local experts. Expect property tax notices soon from county and municipalities, it’s that time of the year. A final reminder of the event today at Lu Mil by Bladen County Alumni and Friends of UNC-P. A reception honoring Chancellor Robin Gray Cummings and Mrs. Rebecca Cummings will be held from 4 to 6 PM. High school football practice begins Monday, August 1st all across the state. Average high & low temps for Bladen County by the month: July 90 degrees 69 …..

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Hickory Grove Men Win Lumber River Church Softball Championship

LUMBERTON – Hickory Grove won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Men’s Tournament Championship Saturday night with a 26-4 victory over Saddletree in the championship game at Sammy Cox Park. It was the third consecutive Lumber River Church Men’s Championship for Hickory Grove. Hickory Grove also won the regular-season title this year. Saddletree defeated Broadridge in Saturday’s first game. Members of the Hickory Grove team are pictured: Kneeling (Left-right) John Waldrop, Eric Williams, Kevin Crabtree, Clay Allen, Owen Peavy. Standing: Josh Allen, Tony Stewart, Clint Allen, Jimmy Hudson, Nathan Allen, Jordan Allen, Keith Hilburn, Nick Peavy. Not pictured: C. J. Hyatt, Thomas Williams. Share:

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Three West Bladen Girls Start Dixie Belles World Series Monday

West Bladen softball players Conner Brisson, Carley Dawson and Abby Dawson are members of the Lumberton team that will begin play Monday in the Dixie Belles World Series in North Myrtle Beach, SC. The Lumberton All-Stars won their second straight Dixie Belles State Championship earlier this month in Ash and will open play in the World Series Monday at 10 a.m. against Mississippi on Field 4 at the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Sports Complex. Last year Lumberton reached the championship game of the 2015 World Series in Monroe, LA, before losing to Lousiana. The North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex has live cameras on each field, and the games can …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History For July 31

1790 – 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. 1809 – 1st practical US railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn), Philadelphia. 1849 – Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon. 1864 – Ulysses S. Grant is named General of Volunteers. 1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat. 1912 – US government prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship). 1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minnesota). 1932 – George Washington quarter goes into circulation. 1948 – US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY. 1953 – Department of Health, Education & Welfare created. 1966 – Alabamans burn Beatle products due to …..

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Seeking Genealogical Information

Norma Vaughn of Hickory is seeking genealogical information concerning where her great-great-great grandmother Nancy Amanda Davis McMillan may have resided. McMillan resided in Bladen County in the 1870s and Ms. Vaughn would any information regarding where McMillan may have resided. If you can assist Ms. Vaughn you can contact her via email at nkmvaughn@gmail.com or on Facebook. Share:

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Search for White Lake drowning victim ends for tonight; will resume in morning

A search for a drowning victim at White Lake has ended for the night due to an approaching thunderstorm and darkness. The search is expected to resume on Sunday morning.   According to Assistant Bladen Coroner Kenneth Clark, a 30-year-old male was riding on boat on the lake that was towing another male on a tube when he entered the water from the boat. Clark said the man has not been seen since.   The search began at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday. Agencies participating in the search included White Lake Police Department, White Lake Fire, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and NC Parks and Recreation officials. Share:

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Davis-Walker December Wedding

Olivia V. Davis of Augusta, Ga. and Craig Shawn Davis (wife Kelly) of Cerro Gordo are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Justine Angela Davis to Shane Joseph Walker, son of Kelly and Gary Walker of Evans, Ga. Justine received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Science from Augusta University. She is Financial Controller at Harrington Park Health & Rehabilitation, August, Ga. Shane received a Master’s in Education and Bachelor of Science in Math from Augusta University. He is a STEM Educator at Evans Middle School in Evans, Ga. Justine’s grandparents are Melinda Neff Underwood of Tar Heel, and Ralph Craig Davis of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving For July 30

Nothing brings out the ‘bad’ in most folks like the mention of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump and I don’t understand why. Support who-so-ever you desire, but ‘damning’ the other doesn’t change anything. We all have one vote and our condemnation of either changes little or nothing. See you in church Sunday, but don’t expect me to discuss politics. Personally, I can think of many who would fit my description of a better candidate, but our candidates are Trump and Clinton, take your pick, or vote Green or Independent. Hope there is a break in the hot weather for the sake of the youngsters preparing for the upcoming football and …..

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Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament

Hickory Grove rolled past Broadridge 20-9 Friday night and advanced to Saturday night’s championship game of the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Men’s Tournament. Hickory Grove will play the winner of Saturday night’s 7 p.m. elimination game between Broadridge and Saddletree at Sammy Cox Park in Lumberton. If a second championship game is needed, it will be played at 9:30. In Friday night’s first game Saddletree defeated Zion Tabernacle in an elimination game. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 30

1715 – Spanish gold & silver fleet disappears off St. Lucie, Florida. 1739 – Caspar Wistar begins glass manufacturing in Allowaystown, NJ. 1822 – James Varick becomes 1st bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. 1869 – The Charles, considered the world’s first “oil tanker”, departs the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil. 1898 – Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes. 1909 – Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army. 1928 – George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US). 1935 – 1st Penquin book is published, starting the paperback revolution. 1942 – FDR signs bill creating women’s Navy auxiliary agency …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Girl thanks Deputy for his comfort during incident

By: Erin Smith When a child is injured or sick, it’s a stressful time for all concerned. For one little girl, one Deputy stood out from the rest when she was involved in an incident one year ago. Graclyn McLean was transported to Bladen County Hospital following an incident on July 10, 2015. When Graclyn spotted Deputy Bailey as he entered the lobby of the hospital on Friday morning, she could hardly contain her excitement. She immediately greeted him with a big smile and offered him a card expressing the family’s thanks and a hug. Her mother, Nicole McLean recounted what happened last year. Nicole McLean said, “When my husband and …..

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PUTTING OUR VETERANS FIRST

If you go to the movies this summer, there’s a good chance you’ll be watching one of many superheroes. America loves a superhero- someone who embodies the best traits of the American spirit and is willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of addressing a superheroes convention: the 117th Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. These men and women are America’s true superheroes, brave patriots who risked their lives in defense of our freedom and way of life. These men and women deserve our thanks. Thanks for giving up time with their families to be overseas. Thanks for putting themselves in harm’s …..

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Adopt-A-Cop holds recognition for county officers

Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery was a bustle of excitement and anticipation as members of law enforcement and their friends and family gathered as the Adopt-A-Cop event got underway on Friday. According to the event’s organizer, Melonie Knight Davis, said the goal was to have 112 law enforcement officers in Bladen County adopted, some officers were adopted twice and in some cases, some officers were adopted as many as three times. All three K-9s were adopted, as well. When asked how she felt about the response to Adopt-A-Cop, Davis said, “It is incredible.” In an emotional heartfelt statement, Davis spoke of how the wives of law enforcement officers feel a …..

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Dana McDuffie inducted into new executive committee for National Pest Association

Wrightsville Beach, N.C. — Hundreds of pest management professionals from across the Southeast convened in Wrightsville Beach today for the 2016 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference.   Throughout the three-day event, professionals from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will attend classes concerning the latest research in pest management including sessions about the Zika Virus and invasive ant species. In addition, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) will welcome its new slate of executive officers for the 2016-2017 year. The new officers include President, Dana McDuffie of McDuffie Pest Control in Elizabethtown; Vice President, Donnie Shelton of Triangle Pest Control in Holly Springs; Secretary/Treasurer, Bruce Roberts of A-1 Termite and Pest Control, …..

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Road Closings and Openings

An update of road openings / closing is as follows:   OPENINGS:   NC 242 South NC 242 is open.  This completes the pipe replacement work on NC 242   UPCOMING CLOSINGS:   SR 1131 – Webb Faulk Road Beginning Monday, August 1, at 8 a.m., we plan to close SR 1131 (Webb Faulk Road) at a location just north of NC 211-Business in order to replace a crossline ahead of an NCRS drainage project (this location is between NC 211-Business and the county recycling center).  The work is expected to be completed by Thursday.   ELWELL FERRY: River levels are finally down in the 15 range for the first …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 29

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Funeral services for 22-year-old Tyrek Coger will be held Saturday, (tomorrow), 3 p.m., at Elizabethtown Middle School.  Coger died recently during workouts in Oklahoma where he was expected to make a huge contribution to the OSU basketball program.  He played last season at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. Well, well, well….the political parties have partied and now the presidential candidates are headed to the finish line on November 8, 2016. Summer is the season when a man thinks he can cook better on an outdoor grill than his wife can on an indoor stove. Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.  Nora …..

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July 28 Thundering Herd Results At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

The weather was sweltering during the July 28 Thundering Herd at White Lake. Scoring was good as the low team of Luke Gooden, Stephen Clark, John Litton Clark and Holden Clark shot a 6-under par 30. The Thundering Herd is held each Thursday at 6 p.m. The cost to play is $18 for members and $20 for guests. If you would like to play please call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 by 5:30 p.m. Share:

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E’town Fire begins Community Risk Reduction effort

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Fire Department has a new service they are offering the community called Community Risk Reduction. Chief Nick West said the fire station is taking a proactive stance in attempting to reduce and prevent injuries and fires. He said the program has three components: fire prevention, fire investigation and fire inspections. Chief West said that some of the things the firefighters will be doing are going out into the community and talking with children about fire safety and performing home safety inspections for residents. He said the main goal is to have a truck in the district every day checking on different communities. Chief West said …..

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Killing Racism at the Town Hall

Photos by: Kenneth Armstrong Article by: Charlotte Smith Activity in Elizabethtown at the Town Hall hosted by Mt. Zion AME Zion Church Thursday evening was another successful step to improving relationships in Bladen County. The community event was emceed by Pastor Edwin Ferguson. Ferguson had a panel of speakers: Rev. Pia Jessup, Rev. Larry Hayes, Rev. Louie Boykin, Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quintin McGee, Highway Patrol Sargent Daniel Hilburn, Bladen County School Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker and Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. Ferguson opened with a prayer and then said, “Racism and prejudice is a problem in our nation and we want to attack the …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Balancing Your Lunchtime Meals

By Sandra Cain Whether you’re packing lunches for school or attempting to eat a healthy lunch at work or home, you don’t have to be stuck with the same peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day. Any lunch should provide 400 to 500 calories and should be made up of 30 percent protein (4 to 5 ounces of fish, lean meat or tofu), 50 percent complex carbs (whole grains, veggies and fruit) and 20 percent healthy fats (olive oil and nuts). Packing or preparing a lunch can really be a great way to start eating healthier. Here are a few lunch ideas that taste great and can be made in …..

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Special filing period for Superior Court Judge (Dist. 5B)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections has designated a special filing period for the office of Superior Court Judge (District 5B).  Filing will begin at noon on Monday, August 1st and end at noon on Friday, August 5th.  Interested candidates may file at the State Board of Elections office at 441 North Harrington Street in Raleigh.  The filing period follows the announced resignation of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr.   All qualified candidates will appear on the general election ballot, and the winner will be determined by plurality vote. The filing fee for this office is $1,269.  District 5B includes portions of New Hanover …..

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Genome sequencing’s role in reducing foodborne illnesses is topic at Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum Aug. 16

RALEIGH – The role of whole genome sequencing in reducing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses will be among topics covered at the 12th annual Commissioner’s Food Safety Forum on Aug. 16 at the State Fairgrounds. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will host the event from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Expo Center. It is open to farmers, food businesses, regulators, health professionals and other interested people. Admission is free and includes lunch, but pre-registration is requested. Whole genome sequencing is a process conducted in laboratories to determine the complete DNA sequence of an organism’s genetic material. “Our keynote speaker is Eric Stevens with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for …..

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Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament

Hickory Grove pounded Saddletree 24-6 Thursday night at Zion Hill to advance to the winners’ bracket finals of the Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament.   Hickory Grove, the tourney’s top seed. will play second-seeded Broadridge Friday at 8:15 p.m.at Zion Hill. The winner will advance to Saturday night’s championship game at 7:15 at Sammy Cox Park.   In Friday night’s 7 p.m. game at Zion Hill, Saddletree will play Zion Tabernacle in an elimination game.     In Thursday night’s other games, Broadridge defeated Zion Tabernacle at Sammy Cox Park. Zion Tabernacle then outlasted Hyde Park in an extra-inning elimination game. At Zion Hill, Saddletree edged Zion Hill by …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 29

1773 – 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio. 1786 – 1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pittsburgh Gazette. 1847 – Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA.  At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States. 1920 – 1st transcontinental airmail flight from NY to San Francisco. 1927 – 1st iron lung installed (Bellevue hospital, NY). 1932 – Great Depression: in Washington, D.C., U.S. troops disperse the last of the “Bonus Army” of World War I veterans. 1936 – RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller show & monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy). 1938 …..

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Spare Change livens up downtown

The Summer Sounds Concert Series continued on Thursday with the rocking sounds of Spare Change. The crowd danced to original tunes as well as covers of such hits as “I Love Rock and Roll” and “Cotton Eyed Joe.” Folks young and old alike enjoyed the evening dancing and socializing with friends. Share:

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Adopt-A-Cop ceremony to take place Friday

A group of Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer’s wives recently got together and came up with a program they have named Adopt-A-Cop. The group had originally scheduled a presentation to the law enforcement officers at the EMS building located at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. However, because of the overwhelming support they will be relocating to the Cape Fear Winery which is at 195 Vineyard Drive, off of Ben Green Drive. The time will remain the same, 2 p.m. The group learned of the Adopt-A-Cop program from officer’s wives from Concord who actually started the program. The idea behind the program is to have citizens from around the county to “adopt” an officer. The …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club has busy agenda Wednesday

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club had a busy agenda on Wednesday as they heard an update on the new Bladen County Detention Center, learned about a grant the East Bladen High School FFA class is pursuing, and heard from Rotary District Governor John Scibal. The first order of business was the recognition of immediate Past President Renee Horton by President Charlotte Smith. Also, Jose Rodriguez, who served as Secretary, gave his final report to the club.  The Rotarians heard from Rotarian Roy Allen’s grandson, Josh Allen, and East Bladen teacher Earl Miller.  Josh is a student at East Bladen High School and a Future Farmers of America member. He explained that the …..

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Bladen Community College Board of Trustees to hold called meeting on Monday, Aug. 8

There will be a called meeting of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees and Bladen County Board of Education on Monday, August 8, at 4:30 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Bladen County School administrative office board room located at 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, North Carolina. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the Early College program for high school students. If you have questions contact Mr. Jeff Kornegay at 910-879-5574 or Dr. William Findt at 910-879-5502. Share:

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Arm bands for law enforcement growing rapidly, drawing attention from other states

By: Erin Smith As folks look for various ways to show their support and appreciation for members of law enforcement, one area ministry—Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen—is offering arm bands that are emblazoned with John 15:13 on one side and “Brothers of the Badge” on the other. The bracelets have gained in popularity and the ministry has grown with bracelets being distributed statewide and they are beginning to draw attention in other states. The bracelets are free to members of law enforcement and $2 each to members of the public. Jeff Gause, one of the members of Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen, said the bracelet ministry is growing rapidly. Gause said the bracelets are …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for July 28

The show continues in Philadelphia, Democrats on display. Remember when you first had some interest in the race for president?  My first recollection of anything related to the election of a president was in the mid 50s when President Eisenhower was elected. While testing memory, remember your first date?  Remember when you first met your spouse?  How about when you decided this is the one for me? Can’t believe how so many take wedding vows so lightly, ’til death do us part’. High School football practice begins Monday, August 1.  Forecast is for partly cloudy skies with the possibility of a thunderstorm and temps near 90. ‘Spare Change’ will provide …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 28

1866 – Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in US. 1896 – City of Miami incorporated. 1931 – Mob hitman Mad Dog Coll allegedly participates in a kidnapping attempt that results in the shooting death of a child, which earns him the nickname “Mad Dog”. 1933 – NFL divides into (2) 5 team divisions. 1943 – US President FDR announces end of coffee rationing in US. 1945 – US Army B-25 crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Building, 14 die. 1945 – US Senate ratifies United Nations charter 89-2. 1951 – “Kiss Me, Kate” closes at New Century Theater NYC after 1077 performances. 1951 – Walt Disney’s animated …..

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First Connect NC Bond Sale Takes Advantage of Historically Low Interest Rate

This morning marked the inaugural sale of the first $200 million of the $2 billion Connect NC bond to support investments in our state’s education, parks, National Guard and water and sewer infrastructure introduced by Governor Pat McCrory and overwhelmingly passed by voters in March. “This is a great day for North Carolina as we are one step closer to breaking ground on long-term infrastructure projects across the state to support our growth and quality of life for generations to come,” said Governor McCrory. “As one of only ten states in the nation with an AAA credit rating,  we are proud to report that North Carolina has experienced a strong …..

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Prescription Drug Abuse – The Investigator’s Perspective

Katie Galyean Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the final installment in a series of stories more closely examining the issue. According to Investigator Richard Allen of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, prescription drug abuse is currently the biggest problem in Bladen County. “I’ve been working [narcotics] for about six years and our main focus most of that time has been prescription pills,” said Allen. Both Allen and Elizabethtown Police Department’s Criminal Investigator Dewayne Cheshire said narcotics are the motivation behind many other crimes like …..

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Crossroads fundraiser planning taking shape

A group of citizens in Bladen County met on Tuesday at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown to continue planning for a fundraiser for Southeastern Carolina Crossroads with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the program. The group has set their goals high. The group plans to raise $25,000 or more. The Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is a faith-based program which serves men who are battling addiction. The program is designed to assist the men in developing a better understanding of the Word of God and how it affects their life as well offering support, treatment and guidance for their addictions. The program operates strictly off of donations and …..

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

Spare Change to headline second show in Summer Sounds concert series

Summer is officially underway and what better way to celebrate summer than with the second annual Summer Sounds concert series at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market this Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. The band for the evening will be Spare Change is presented by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors. Admission to the concert is free and food and drinks are available for purchase. Food will be available for purchase from Cape Fear Chicken and Barbecue who is also a silver sponsor for the event; Lu Mil Vineyard, another silver sponsor,  will be on hand offering Muscadine …..

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HOUSE UNVEILS PLAN TO REPEAL OBAMACARE, REPLACE WITH PATIENT-CENTERED SOLUTIONS

Washington, D.C. – House Republicans unveiled a comprehensive platform to repeal the President’s healthcare law and replace it with a step-by-step plan to provide every American access to quality, affordable healthcare.  This plan, referred to as “A Better Way to Fix Health Care,” would make 48 reforms to significantly improve our healthcare system and is the product of several months of task force meetings and discussions. “It’s no secret that our healthcare system has been broken for a long time,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “The American people hoped that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would improve accessibility, affordability and options; but, instead healthcare plans now cover less, cost more, and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 27

Check the list of activities in the area in our Events section. In fact, I hope you are checking all of our pages, News, Crime, Sports, Lifestyles, Ag News, Classifieds, Obits, Guestbook, Church Announcements, Regional Articles, and more, on a regular basis. The Bladen County Health Department and White Lake officials are actively involved in checking reports of a skin rash by some swimmers at the lake.  They, and we, will keep you posted.  White Lake is a very, very important part of the Bladen County economy. It’s good to see Bladen County Habitat for Humanity in business.  A ground breaking ceremony is planned for August 12 at 10 a.m., …..

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Search for two missing dogs in Bladen County, North Carolina

  If anyone has any information about either of the dogs in the photo, please contact Charlotte Smith at (910)876-5393 or bladenonlinesales@gmail.com. Both dogs are from the Lisbon community in Bladen County. Both dogs in the photo went missing on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 from the same community. A reward is being offered by Smith to the person that finds either dog and returns the dogs. Smith is also offering a reward to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone associated with dog fighting in Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, Robeson or Cumberland Counties. If you have any information pertaining to these two lost dogs or a dog fighting …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 27

1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia. 1789 – US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs (State Department). 1844 – Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, NC. 1866 – Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long). 1888 – Philip Pratt unveils 1st American electric tricycle. 1920 – Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation. 1924 – 8th Olympic games closes in Paris. 1931 – Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska & South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops. 1940 – Billboard magazine starts publishing bestseller charts. 1944 – US troops occupy le Mesnil-Herman/Hill 183 Normandy. 1947 – Yogi Berra starts record 148 game …..

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Bladen County Sports

Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament

Hickory Grove defeated Hyde Park Tuesday night at Sammy Cox Park in Lumberton to advance to the winners’ bracket semi-finals of the Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament. Hickory Grove will play Saddletree Thursday at 7 p.m. at Sammy Cox Park. Broadridge will play Zion Tabernacle Thursday at 7 p.m. at Zion Hill in the other winners’ bracket semi-final. In Monday night action, Galeed lost to Saddletree at Sammy Cox Park, and Hyde Park defeated Zion Hill. At Zion Hill, Broadridge defeated Antioch, and Dublin lost to Zion Tabernacle. In Tuesday games at Zion Hill, Zion Hill swept a double-header with victories that over Antioch and Dublin that eliminated both …..

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White Lake Town Officials address concerns about skin rashes from White Lake, North Carolina

White Lake Town Officials are aware of the concerns that have been expressed about the recent skin rashes reported to local health officials.  The Town is working with these officials and the State of North Carolina to determine any possible links between the rashes and water activities in White Lake.   At this point in time, there has been no confirmation from local health officials that there are any serious health or safety concerns for anyone using the lake.  We will continue working with all agencies involved as we closely monitor this matter to ensure and maintain the healthy and enjoyable conditions at White Lake. Share:

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Concerns about rashes at White Lake, North Carolina addressed by Bladen Public Health Department

Recently the Bladen Public Health Department, upon reports of skin rashes occurring in some swimmers at White Lake, took two water samples to test for commonly occurring bacteria that may cause such symptoms.  Although this is not normally our expertise and/or scope of involvement to do testing of open natural bodies of water, we felt it may be helpful to all stakeholders and add beneficial information.  We also wanted to use an abundance of caution and fulfil our responsibility of investigating human health concerns affecting the community. The two water samples were tested by the NC State Laboratory for Public Health (NCSLPH) and looked for Enterococci bacteria and Pseudomonas Auruginosa …..

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North Carolina Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, SED Bob Etheridge, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. “The August 1 deadline to submit nominations is quickly approaching,” said Etheridge. “If you’ve been considering nominating a candidate or nominating yourself to serve on your local county committee, I encourage you to go to your county office right now to submit that nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say …..

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Steele earns doctoral degree

Renee Steele, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Steele and the late Gloria Blue Steele of Clarkton, earned the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree at Fayetteville State University on May 7, 2016. Her dissertation title is “Senior Level Administrators Perceptions of the Processes, Procedures, and Challenges of Restructuring Student Affairs and Academic Affairs at Selected Institutions of Higher Education”. Dr. Steele states “this educational achievement would not be possible without God, family, friends, and the support of her dissertation committee led by Dr. Linda Wilson-Jones”. Share:

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Kiwanis members, Emergency Responders work together on fundraiser

Last week the Kiwanis Club members and Bladen County Emergency Responders met to work on making their Fifty-Fifty Fear Factor Fundraiser a success. The Kiwanis Club is hoping to receive help for their children’s program and the Emergency Responders are hoping to receive funds for their training facility. The group met at the new Bladen County Emergency Services training facility and hashed out all of the needs. Bradley Kinlaw, EMS Director, took the group on a tour of the facility showing everyone all of the needs that have to be addressed at the facility in order for the emergency personnel to take full advantage of the property. Kinlaw pointed out a …..

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior’s Golf Association July 26 Tourney At Cypress Lakes

Forty-eight senior players teed it up July 26 to play the SFSGA tourney at Cypress Lakes Golf Course near Fayetteville. The winning team, with a score of 55 was Mac Porter, Richard Davis, Larry Mitchell and Danny Davis. Two teams tied for second place with scores of 56. Those teams were: Sandy Holland, Oliver Carter, Johnny Wallace, Bob Cox, who tied with Al Hackney, Jimmy Jones, Jimmy Davis, Levy Welch. Next week’s tourney will be held at The Meadowlands Golf Course. Any senior interested in playing should call Linwood Hedgepeth at 910-734-7161. Share:

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Alert: 6 tips to avoid IRS Scammers

By: Charlotte Smith In today’s world it is hard to trust strangers on the other end of your phone line. According to Chief Chris Hunt with the Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County residents have received phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, otherwise known as the IRS, only to find out the calls were from scammers. The IRS scammers try to create a sense of urgency for the person receiving the call, they make threats of having a person arrested, and have several techniques to try and make the situation seem as though the scammer calling is really from the IRS, according to Hunt. Hunt …..

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Bladen County Habitat for Humanity gearing up for new build in E’town

By: Erin Smith Bladen County Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity and is preparing for a build on King Street in Elizabethtown.  Bladen County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dawn Madden said the ground breaking for the new build site is set for Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m. Madden said a family has been chosen for the house, but she is not ready just yet to reveal the name of the lucky family.  Madden said this build is part of the State Employees Credit Union initiative to build a home in each county in North Carolina. She explained that the funds for this …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON ISIS SLAUGHTER OF PRIEST IN NORMANDY

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, issued this statement following the deadly ISIS attack on a church in Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray, France: “The dastardly attack on a quiet church in Normandy, including the murder of an 86-year-old priest and the taking of four hostages, all claimed and praised by ISIS, must be clearly understood by President Obama as an act of war by radical Islamic terrorists.  President Obama seems to hope this evil will simply disappear with good words or another apology, even though our adversaries …..

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White Lake Baptist shows their support for Bladen County’s public servants

The members of White Lake Baptist Church are demonstrating their support for Bladen County’s public servants.  The church held an appreciation service for members of law enforcement, first responders and EMS recently and also the “Wednesday Kids” group prepared goodie bags and delivered them to the White Lake Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.   The church members want the community and most especially the members of law enforcement, first responders and EMS to know they support them and thank them for their service to the community and the county.   Share:

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McGirt In 16th Place In Fed Ex Standings

Fairmont native William McGirt, who played the Carolina Sands Golf Course (now Vineyard Golf At White Lake) quite a bit during his high school career, is now in 16th place in the Fed Ex standings on the Professional Golf Association tour. The Fed Ex champion will receive $10,000,000. McGirt has won once this year and compiled many top 20 finishes. McGirt has won a total of $3,086,597 through July 27. Leading the Fed Ex standings is Dustin Johnson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. with winnings of $7,210,435. Share:

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West Bladen’s Draper named National FFA Officer

On Friday, May 20, the West Bladen FFA Chapter was happy to welcome Sarah Draper, National FFA Officer from the Western Region, and Jacob Fipps, NCFFA Vice President. They came during fourth period to talk to the Agriculture classes that were offered at that time. The West Bladen FFA officers were also there to meet her, listen, and make her feel welcome. Sarah talked mostly to the seniors about graduating and college. She said that when you graduate high school, you move from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat. She played a fun and entertaining game with them that involved all of the students. Before they left, Amber Long, …..

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West Bladen Chapter FFA Banquet conducted

On Thursday, May 19, the West Bladen Chapter held its annual FFA Banquet to celebrate the achievements of the members for the 2015-2016 school year. All teams and individuals who competed against other chapters were recognized for an award that was given to them by the FFA Officer Team, who hosted the event in official Parliamentary Procedure. The 2015-2016 Officer Team consisted of: President Allison Morris, Vice President Nikki Locklear, Sentinel Alex Clark, Reporter Claire Parish, Treasurer Brinkley Collier, and Secretary Amber Long. Also recognized were the Advisors (Dana Mills, Gary Collier, and Ronald Autry), Honorary Members, and Senior Officers (Allison Morris, Nikki Locklear, and Claire Parrish). Share:

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Southeastern Hospice hosts volunteer training

Southeastern Hospice will host a training course for new volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their families in homes or at Southeastern Hospice House. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions, which will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, September 8 through 27, from 9:30 a.m. until noon at Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. Volunteers must consent to a background check (paid for by the agency) as well as a TB skin test and flu vaccination (also provided by the agency). Each volunteer session is designed to increase awareness of issues important to the care of dying patients and their families, including hospice philosophy, …..

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Two Bladen businesses move locations

At least two Bladen County businesses have moved to new locations recently.   Bobby Taylor Oil Company has moved from their former location to 2229 US Highway 701 N, Elizabethtown, near the intersection of Willard Tatum Road. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.   Also, Take a 2nd Look Thrift Store has moved form their location on West Broad Street to 1108 S. Poplar Street, Elizabethown. The site if the former Home and Industrial location.  Their hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.   …..

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National Weather Service

Heat advisory to go into effect at noon

A heat advisory will be in effect for Bladen County beginning at noon today until 7 p.m. Heat index values will reach as high 108 due to temperatures climbing into the 90s. The highest sustained heat index values will occur in the mid to late afternoon hours. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create situation in which heat-related illnesses can occur. To reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses during the outdoor work or exercise, take frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments and drink plenty of water. Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles during the day. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach as high …..

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Dublin Peanut Festival Tiny Miss spreads kindness to law enforcement officers

Monday was no ordinary Monday for four-year-old, Dublin Peanut Festival Tiny Miss, Rylee Lou’Anne White.  She spent most of her day spreading kindness for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and all of the local Bladen County Police Departments.  Each and every officer received a bag of peanuts with an uplifting message attached to each as well as cases of water for the departments.  The three canine officers Jax, Kane and Murphy received gifts as well.  Just a little act of kindness from Rylee to the officers for keeping us safe each and everyday! Rylee visited the Bladenboro Police Department, NC Highway Patrol Station, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for July 26

The Democratic political convention has moved to center stage, competing with terrorists around the world. After the Dems, time for the Olympics. A couple more pet peeves; (a)  friends who are so biased they do not agree with my biases, (b)  motorist who ride my bumper as if they will arrive at their site earlier if they drive ‘thru me”. I wonder why we expect ‘wannabe politicians’ to have all the answers related to complicated issues, from the local level to the highest office in the land. Getting elected is not about having all the answers, it’s is as much a popularity contest as anything.  After the election, On The …..

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Bladen County Sports

Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration

The registration for the Bladen County Recreation Department’s began Monday and will continued until September 2nd. The fee for Tot Soccer Registration for boy and girls ages 3-4 is $25. The fee for Soccer Registration for boys and girls ages 5-14 is $30. Players can register in the Recreation Department office at 803 West King Street in Elizabethtown or Online at www.bladeninfo.org.  Select Departments then choose Parks and Recreation – Online Registration from the drop down menu. Follow steps to complete registration. Program Coordinator Dom Whittington encourages everyone to “Become familiar with our website! We update this page daily with game schedules, cancellation information, pictures and much more!” Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 26

1775 – United States Post Office (USPO) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin. 1790 – US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts. 1835 – 1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii. 1847 – Moses Garrish Farmer builds 1st miniature train for children to ride. 1903 – 1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker. 1908 – United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 1917 – J. Edgar Hoover gets job in US Department of Justice. 1938 – 1st …..

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Sheriff’s Office joint operation with ALE, and NC Highway Patrol results in drug bust

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that a joint operation between the Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Alcohol Enforcement Division and North Carolina Highway Patrol over the weekend resulted in the confiscation of a large amount of alcohol and cocaine. McVicker said officers executed a search warrant at 115 Robin Dr , off Owen Hill Road near Dublin,  also known as “Club Many Things”. The search warrant was a result of citizen complaints in the area for large parties, alcohol sales and drug use.  During the search Agents seized several coolers with beer and several bottles of Liquor as well as cocaine. Reginald Tatum, 34, of 115 Robin Drive was …..

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Adopt-A-Cop to hold ceremony Friday

A group of Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer’s wives recently got together and came up with a program they have named Adopt A Cop. The group will hold a small ceremony Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. The group learned of the Adopt-A-Cop program from officer’s wives from Concord who actually started the program. The idea behind the program is to have citizens from around the county to “adopt” an officer. The adopter would then write a letter or note to the officers voicing their support and offering prayers. They are also accepting donations and making up small “gift bags” with various …..

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Elizabethtown Fire Department receives grant

The Elizabethtown Fire Department has learned they are one of five recipients this year of a $1,000 grant for the NC Burned Children Fund. Chief Nick West said the project is to assist with a fundraiser for the NC Burned Children’s Fund through the collection of aluminum cans. Chief West said the way it works, is the grant is to assist the department in obtaining a receptacle for the collection of aluminum cans which will be taken and sold to a recycling company. Chief West said the funds will then be given to the NC Burned Children’s Fund for the treatment of children with burn injuries. Chief West said the …..

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Sunday night crash claims life of one

A crash on NC 41 East near Bay Tree Lakes resulted in a fatality on Sunday night. According to NC Highway Patrol Trooper Townsend, a 1998 Honda being operated by Patsy Long McLaney of Harrells was traveling eastbound on NC 41 when her vehicle traveled left of the center line and and struck a Subaru operated by Thomas Mei-Jon-Ruan of Whiteville. Trooper Townsend said the vehicles then traveled out of the roadway to the right and into a ditch. McLaney was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Trooper Townsend. Mei-Jon-Ruan was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment of his injuries. Ms. McLaney is survived …..

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West Bladen Women’s Tennis Tryouts August 1

Women’s Tennis tryouts will be held at West Bladen Tennis courts on Monday August 1st from 8 – 10 a.m. Players must have a medical physical on file in order to participate. Be sure to bring a tennis racquet, tennis shoes and a sports drink or water. If you have any questions contact Coach Jeff Atkinson at jdatkinson@bladen.k12.nc.us Share:

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Adopt-A-Cop program taking shape in Bladen

Some folks in Bladen County are trying to brighten the days of the law enforcement officers in Bladen County. The Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop program has been very popular and folks are still angling to adopt an officer. After hearing about the Adopt-A-Cop initiative in Concord, a group of spouses and citizens decided to work together to make it happen in Bladen County. The goal is for each officer in Bladen County to be “adopted” by a business/family/resident. The way it works, is you contact Melonie Knight Davis on Facebook and let her know you want to adopt an officer. You will be given the officers name and you write them an appreciation …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TO ADDRESS VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS NATIONAL CONVENTION

CHARLOTTE – VFW Commander-in-Chief John Biedrzycki has invited Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars 117th National Convention on Tuesday, July 26th. Congressman Pittenger’s speech is scheduled for 8:10 a.m., just prior to the address by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Congressman Pittenger will discuss the need for greater accountability and transparency at the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as providing an update on Monroe, NC veteran Garland Denny’s proposal for a “Stamp Out PTSD” semi-postal stamp. Share:

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Mission trip update

Saturday we started out in the market in Cahul buying items for baskets for shut-ins. In the afternoon we spent time visiting and delivering the baskets. Pastor Andrei is still amazing in ministering to his village! A true man of God! One invalid lady accepted Christ and was baptized today! This has always been a favorite time [for me] in Moldova. The home visits and listening to true stories of living here. A very hard life.  Please realize that we Americans are truly blessed!  However, some days it seems many Moldovans, especially the elderly, praise God more than us, even with their hard way of living! We ended our day …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

A vote for the establishment of an ABC store in Elizabethtown was scheduled for October 1981. Alfred Gene Smith was elected Chairman of the Bladen County Social Services Board. Mildred McCulloch retired after 40 years of service with the Bladen County Register of Deeds office. The Bladenboro Town Commissioners changed their meeting night from the second Thursday in the month to the first Monday. Three Elizabethtown car washes were ordered to stop dumping untreated water into the Cape Fear River. Share:

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National Weather Service

Heat index values on the rise this week

Dangerous heat is forecast to continue through the week with heat indexes predicted to top 105 Tuesday through Friday. Temperatures are forecast to soar into the upper 90s each day. According to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, no significant rainfall is in the forecast and no relief from the extreme heat is expected before the weekend. While isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible, many places are forecast to stay dry through the weekend. Folks who work out in the heat are encouraged to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Don’t forget to check on your elderly neighbors and make sure your pets have plenty of fresh …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for July 25

Prepare for intense heat and be sympathetic toward those with no a/c. Additional ‘hot air’ will be generated in Philadelphia, much like Cleveland last week.  Democrats begin their convention. Being a huge shorts fan, I enjoyed the Baseball Hall of Fame installation of two new members.  Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey, Jr., two of the best were inducted over the weekend.  Griffey enjoyed 22 years of pro baseball and received 99.32% of the votes cast for the honor.  Mike Piazza was selected in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft, played 16 years in the majors, setting records as an all-pro catcher.  Difficult to believe 1389 players were selected ahead …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for July 25

1729 – North Carolina becomes a royal colony.   1814 – English engineer George Stephenson introduces the 1st steam engine.   1832 – 1st railroad accident in US, Granite Railway, Quincy, Mass-1 dies.   1850 – Gold discovered in Oregon (Rogue River)   1854 – Walter Hunt is awarded the first U.S. patent for a paper shirt collar.   1866 – Ulysses S. Grant named 1st General of Army.   1868 – US Congress forms Wyoming Territory (Dakota, Utah & Idaho)   1913 – Pirates Max Carey goes hitless, but scores 5 runs against Phillies.   1922 – AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WEAF, WRCA & WFAN)   1933 – …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Boosters Meet Tuesday

The East Bladen Booster Club will hold its first meeting Tuesday, July 26, at East Bladen High School in the Media Center at 5:30 p.m.   Officers will be elected at this time and fundraisers for the upcoming year will be discussed.   Athletic Director Patty Evers said, “We encourage all parents and our community to get involved in this organization to help provide for our student-athletes.  Please come out and be a part of Eagle Nation!” Share:

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Sunday Fun Day held at White Lake under sunny skies

Beautiful Carolina blue skies were the order of the day along with temperatures soaring into the 90s, brought folks out for the Sunday Fun Day event at the lot across from the Scotchman on US 701 at White Lake. The event included a classic car show, vendors, gospel music, and a lawn mower tractor pull. The White Lake Fire Department provided food and drinks for purchase. The menu items included such tasty treats as ribbon fries, home fries, pork loin sandwiches, Nachos and Cheese, and boiled peanuts. Folks brought lawn chairs and spent the afternoon cheering on their favorite driver in the tractor pull. The Lumber River Pullers put on quite a …..

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Galeed Women Tourney Runners-up

Antioch won three straight games Saturday night to win the Lumber River Church Softball Tournament.   The tournament finals were moved from Dublin to Sammy Cox Park in Lumberton due to heavy rains in Dublin.   Antioch defeated Broadridge 11-1 in Saturday’s first game then edged regular-season champion Galeed twice by scores of 6-5 and 13-12. In the second game Antioch overcame an 11-2 Galeed lead. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 24

Lest I forget, a reminder of the activities at White Lake this afternoon.  A tractor pull, gospel sing and much more on the vacant lot across from Scotchman…the old airport site for those that remember.   And one more reminder, Monday, the West Bladen High School Booster Club is meeting at 7 PM in the WBHS Atrium.  All the WB faithful are invited.   Not sure which is worse, hearing the presidential candidates ‘trash’ each other or listening to the ‘talking heads’ on the various all-news networks attempting to tell us what they said and why.   By the way, if you are not a Trump or Hillary supporter, there is another option.  Gary Johnson, …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for July 24

1824 – Harrisburg Pennsylvania newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson. 1847 – Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah. 1901 – O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank. 1925 – John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial”, Dayton Tennessee, fined $100 & costs. 1929 – President Hoover proclaims Kellogg-Briand Pact which renounces war. 1938 – Instant coffee invented. 1942 – Irving Berlin’s musical “This is the Army” premieres in NYC. 1952 – US President Harry Truman settles 53-day steel …..

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Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery now open for dinner

A huge crowd gathered in support of the newest restaurant in Elizabethtown on Friday evening. Alex Monroe, owner of Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery was photographed with his guest, Phylis Miller, on his restaurant’s first evening open to the public for dinner. The menu includes ribeye, flounder stuffed with crab, blueberry crunch and more delicious entrees and desserts. The restaurant will also be serving lunch starting Wednesday of the upcoming week. Dinner will be served at the new eatery this Saturday evening. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 23

Sad story coming out of Oklahoma related to Tyrek Coger, a 6-8, 230 pound basketball player. He died during basketball drills at Oklahoma State University.  He played last year at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.  The highly recruited youngster choose OKS, over several other schools including Old Miss and Missouri.  One article indicated he had an operation when he was in high school to remove fluid from around his brain, and was forced to decommit from Missouri and attended Eastern Florida State before transferring to Cape Fear CC to be near his family.  He was born in Elizabethtown, NC, the second oldest of four brothers, according to several news sources.  He …..

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Battle of the Carolinas Boasts Strong Field

LUMBERTON – Coaches from the ten schools participating in this year’s Battle of the Carolinas Football Classic gathered at Lumberton High School Friday to talk about their team’s prospects for the upcoming season and about the upcoming Classic which features 4 teams from South Carolina and 6 from North Carolina. Headlining the group was Dillon Coach Jackie Hayes whose Wildcats have won their last 37 games and captured four straight state championships. Dillon will play Purnell Swett in the Classic at 8 p.m. on August 10th. Lake View has won 9 South Carolina Class 1A state championships. The Gators kick-off  the Classic against Fairmont at 5 p.m. Perennial Class 4A power …..

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Lumber River Church Softball Women Finals Saturday

The Lumber River Church Softball Women’s League Finals will be played Saturday night at Dublin beginning at 6 p.m. The first game will be an elimination game between Broadridge and Antioch. The winner of that game will play unbeaten Galeed at 7:15 p.m. in the championship game. If needed a second championship game will be played at 8:30 p.m. In Thursday’s action at Dublin, Dublin eliminated Zion Hill 12-6 in the completion of a suspended game that was stopped by weather on Tuesday. Antioch outscored Zion Tabernacle 11-3, and Dublin shutout Zion Tabernacle 10-0 in another elimination game. In Thursday’s first game at Zion Tabernacle, Robin Coleman’s single knocked in Abbey …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for July 23

1764 – James Otis publishes views on taxation without representation.   1827 – 1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Mass)   1829 – American William Austin Burt patents “typographer” (typewriter)   1866 – Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms.   1877 – 1st US municipal railroad, Cincinnati Southern, begins operation.   1904 – Ice cream cone created during St. Louis World Fair – the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches.   1944 – US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WWII.   1956 – Bell X-2 rocket plane sets world aircraft speed record of 3,050 kph.   1965 – Dick Stuart homers in a major league-record 23rd different park.   …..

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LCFH Adds Children’s Grief Counselor

Kristen Rudy, ATR, NCC, LPC, has joined Lower Cape Fear Hospice as a children’s bereavement counselor for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties. In this role, Rudy will provide family grief counseling, specializing in grief counseling for young people. Rudy earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois; and in 2007 her graduate degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She is originally from southern Illinois and moved to southeastern North Carolina in 2008. “I feel blessed to be a member of Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s bereavement team, and I am excited about taking on this newly created position,” Rudy said. “I think there’s a need for …..

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