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North Carolina Teachers Receive Highest Math/Science Award

Four North Carolina teachers were recently named Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) recipients – the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching.  The 2014 recipients are: –       Kayonna Pitchford, previously with Stoney Point Elementary, Cumberland County Schools, and now with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Mathematics); and –       Justin Osterstrom, Martin Middle School, Wake County Schools (Science). The 2015 recipients are: –       Lauren Baucom, Forest Hills High School, Union County Schools (Mathematics); and –       Karen Newman, Durham Academy, Durham (Science).   In making the announcement, President Obama said, “The recipients of this award are integral …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 1

1752 – Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia. 1772 – Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa forms in California. 1799 – Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan) 1821 – 1st colonies along Santa Fe Trail. 1859 – 1st Pullman sleeping car in service. 1862 – Federal tax levied on tobacco. 1867 – Robert T. Freeman is1st black to graduate from Harvard Dental School. 1878 – 1st female telephone operator starts work (Emma Nutt in Boston) 1902 – Tinker, Evers & Chance appear together for 1st time. 1916 – Baseball season ends due to WW I. 1922 – NYC law requires all “pool” rooms to change name …..

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Agritourism opportunities abound this fall

RALEIGH – From celebrating alpacas to picking apples and from corn mazes to pumpkin patches, N.C. agritourism farms are full of family fun this fall. “Whether it’s picking fruits and vegetables or learning about livestock, agritourism farms offer a fun way for the general public to learn about agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With about 600 agritourism farms across the state, it’s easy to find an agritourism experience near you.” Following is a listing of several agritourism farms opening their doors to visitors this fall: Alpacas *Apple Hill Farm in Banner Elk will hold an open house to celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days with guided farm tours Sept. 24 …..

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North Carolina’s July County and Area Employment Figures Released ..Bladen at 6.5

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 90 of North Carolina’s counties in July, increased in two, and remained unchanged in eight. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.0 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.8 percent. Twelve of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and three remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.3 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.0 percent. The July not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.0 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above July 48 52 0 …..

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Tropical Depression No. 9 Moves Varsity Football Games to Thursday

The heavy rains that are expected in the area Friday due to Tropical Depression No. 9 passing the Carolina coast have moved both of the varsity football games involving Bladen teams that were scheduled for Friday night to Thursday night. St. Pauls will be at East Bladen Thursday at 7 p.m. and West Bladen will play at Whiteville Thursday at 7 p.m. The East Bladen JV at St. Pauls football game has been rescheduled for September 15 at 6 p.m. The Whiteville at West Bladen jayvee football game has been moved to Monday at 6:30 p.m. Share:

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Bladen County 4’H’ers win honors at State 4-H Congress

Four of our Bladen County 4-H’ers came home from 4-H Congress with new medals for their achievements in public speaking and presentations. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 16-19, attracted more than 540 young people and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. Luke Barber, 11, son of George and Sonya Barber, of Lisbon participated in State 4-H presentations for the first time ever and brought home a Silver medal. He brought his incubator and talked to the judges about raising and hatching chickens – a project he has been working on for the …..

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New boutique opens its doors

Bladen County has a new boutique that has recently opened it doors. Glitzy Girl Boutique located at 2038 Hwy. 701 North, Elizabethtown, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Glitzy Girl Boutique owner Barbara Simmons of Clinton said the boutique will carry Simply Southern brand long and short sleeve T-shirts, custom decor flags and signs, and will also be offering a line of Mudd Pie clothing for kids. “I had a tanning bed before in another location. I was told there were not of locations to tan and not a locations to buy flags,” said Simmons. In …..

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, St. Pauls 1

ST. PAULS – West Bladen’s Lady Knights dropped the first set then roared back to defeat St. Pauls 3-1 Tuesday night by set scores of 24-26, 25-17, 25-11 and 25-14 in non-conference volleyball action. “The girls played hard and had some tough rallies,” said Lady Knight Coach Gaye Davis. “St. Pauls has a strong team. Communication at key points of the game was crucial.” Sophomore Raegan Davis loaded the stat sheet with 6 kills, 6 assists, 4 aces, 3 service points, a block and a block assist for West. Senior Morgan Schumacher pounded in 7 kills, an ace and a service point. Senior Kathryn Schultz knocked in 7 kills and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 31

‘Bout this time of the year, my mind drifts back to days gone by.  Being the son of a share-cropper, we begin to think about gathering the latest crop and decide if a move was in the immediate future.  We were a big family, six children, and share-cropping was ‘a way of life’ in those days.  We would gather all the belongings, load all we had on a wagon pulled by a mule or horse and move, not far.  All the moves we made were in the Zion Hill Baptist Church area, north of Bladenboro and never more than 3 or 4 miles from the church. Kinda looked like the …..

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Tropical Depression No. 9 to pass close to Carolina Coast on Friday

Folks are keeping a wary eye on the Atlantic this weekend as forecasters are saying Tropical Depression No. 9 will become a Tropical Storm and move across northern Florida before moving near the southeastern coast of the United States. The forecast track now brings further westward and closer to land. The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington says the storm will make its closest approach to coastal North Carolina on Friday night. Winds are forecast to begin increasing Friday Friday morning and should decrease late Friday night. According tot he National Weather Service Office, rain is forecast to increase Friday morning. Rainfall amounts are expected to be the highest along …..

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Davis Family Reunion set for Sept. 17

The descendants of Otis Davis and Sally Edwards Davis, and their children, Robert, Tracy and Alda Davis Dowless of Bladen County,  will hold their family reunion Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the home of Linda Davis and the late Byron Davis located at 598 Catfish Farm Road, Bladenboro. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and everyone is asked to bring their favorite dish. All descendants and family are encouraged to attend and bring any photos you may have of family past and present. Anyone needing more information may contact Pat Edge at 910-876-7144 and Ronald Meares at 910-874-2634. Share:

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Women’s Tennis East Bladen 8, West Bladen JV 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles defeated West Bladen’s jayvees 8-1 Tuesday in non-conference women’s tennis action.   This is the first year that West Bladen fielded a junior varsity team in women’s tennis. “We have about 20 girls out this year so I thought it would be good experience for them to get some games in,” said Lady Knight Coach Jeff Atkinson. “We are looking at possibly playing some of Purnell Swett’s younger players during the year and playing East Bladen again onSeptember 20.”   Singles Justyna Gargala (EB) def. Payton Chavis (WB). 8-1 Cassie Hill (EB) def. Trista Fores (WB) 8-1 Maddie West (EB) def. Brenda Dimas-Lopez (WB) …..

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Volleyball, Whiteville 3, East Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 3-0 Tuesday in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-19.   The Lady Wolfpack grabbed an early 7-1 lead in the first set, before senior Anna Grace Long and sophmore Ashley Hardin tallied service points for East, and senior Lexie Mendell slammed in a pair of kills.   Hardin blasted in a winner from the back-row and junior Hannah Devane added a service point as the Lady Eagles pulled to within 9-7. However, Whiteville closed the set with a 16-2 run.   Long knocked in a kill for the first Lady Eagle point in the second set. Hardin drilled in …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 31

1842 – Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine. 1842 – US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress. 1886 – 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, SC, 110 die. 1887 – Thomas Alva Edison patents Kinetoscope (produces moving pictures) 1895 – 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & won 12-0) 1909 – A.J. Reach Co. patent cork-centered baseball. 1918 – Boston Red Sox, win easiest AL pennant ever (season ended September 2) 1920 – Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air. 1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents. 1941 …..

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District Court Judge Vince Rozier Jr. to be Keynote speaker for Banquet

District Court Judge Vince Rozier, Jr. of Raleigh, NC will be the Keynote speaker for the Bladen County Training School – Bladen Central High School Alumni Association’s 34th Annual Awards Banquet. Judge Rozier, a Bladen County native, graduated as valedictorian from Tar Heel High School. After graduating from the University Of North Carolina in Chapel Hill on a full academic scholarship, he entered North Carolina Central University’s School of Law in Durham, NC where he received his Law Degree. Rozier served as a Wake County prosecutor and at the age of 29 was nominated by his fellow attorneys to become the youngest judge in Wake County history.  He was appointed …..

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior’s Golf Association August 30 Tourney Held At Bayonet Golf Course

The August 30 SFSGA tourney was held at Bayonet Golf Course near Raeford. The winning team, with a score of 54, was Ron Tart, Hugh Brady, David Medlin and Richard Smith. Second place, with a 55, was Rudy Pait, Ron Russ, J. D. Elliot and Mike White. 65 players participated in this tourney. The next Tuesday tourney will be held at Pinecrest Golf Course in Lumberton. Share:

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State is launching aggressive Booze It and Loose It campaign through Labor Day

The North Carolina Highway Patrol recently kicked off an aggressive Booze It and Loose It campaign with a DWI Blitz over the weekend. The goal is to make North Carolina’s roadways safer for everyone.  The campaign will run Friday, August 19, through Sept. 5. On Saturday, Troopers from Bladen and Columbus counties gathered at Joe’s Barbecue in Whiteville and formulated a plan for a local DWI blitz in an effort to keep motorists safe. “We bring out all of our manpower and they work a three day event,” said Sgt. M. K. Young on Saturday. The Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies in Bladen and Columbus counties, and throughout the …..

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The Drifters – Rock & Roll Hall of Famers to perform at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The performance group associated with such classic hits as “Up on the Roof,”  “Under the Boardwalk,”  “This Magic Moment” and “There Goes My Baby” will be on stage 7pmFriday September 16 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton. The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, is once again touring the U.S. under the auspices of their original management team. Other hits include “Dance with Me,” “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand by Me.”   Tickets $10-$25. Seniors (65+) and military $22. Subscription series discounts apply. Contact the theater for group rates. Tickets for select mainstage events can be purchased any time on-line by going to the theater’s web …..

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Labor Day Travel: Know Before You Go; Save Time and Money

RALEIGH – During the Labor Day weekend, the Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to ensure that holiday travelers will have smoother trips. Avoiding traffic delays can help motorists reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while also reducing fuel consumption. Work on most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes will be put on hold from 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, until midnight, Monday, Sept. 5, with these exceptions: • N.C. 42 in Hertford County is closed 500 feet east and west of Ahoskie Creek for a bridge replacement. There is a signed detour for motorists; • N.C. 94 …..

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Marion Morrisey, Appointed to Local Government Federal Credit Union Eastern Sandhills Advisory Council

 Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) proudly announces the addition of Marion Morrisey, to its Eastern Sandhills Advisory Council, which includes Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen and Robeson counties. Morrisey, Sales Representative, Lumberton ABC Store, will be an integral part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative not only to educate people on the benefits of credit union membership, but also to relay feedback to the board of directors regarding available/potentially available products and services, delivery of service and member needs. Advisory council members, who represent the philosophical character of the credit union and contribute their time without compensation, function as LGFCU’s eyes and ears throughout the state, serving as liaisons between credit union members …..

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Petition to re-open Lennon Lacy investigation circulating on Social Media

A group called ToolsForChange.org is circulating a petition asking the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to once more re-open the Lennon Lacy case. The group lists numerous concerns regarding lingering questions about the alleged suicide of the Bladenboro teen. In August 2014, Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a child’s swing-set in a trailer park in Bladenboro. Local authorities initially ruled the death a suicide. On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced it had closed its investigation into the hanging death of Lennon Lacy.  The department further ruled the death as a suicide. The group advertises itself as an organization for change …..

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Atlantic becoming more active with tropical systems

The Atlantic Ocean is becoming more active as three tropical systems have now formed, according to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. As of Tuesday morning, Tropical Depression No. 8 is located about 150 miles east of Wilmington and possibly could strengthen to a Tropical Storm as it passes the Outer Banks later today and into Wednesday. Tropical Depression No. 9 is located in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday morning and is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine before crossing northern Florida and off the southeastern coast Friday and Saturday.  There is a 20 percent chance along the North Carolina coast for tropical storm force winds beginning early …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 30

With important elections just over a couple of months away, officials are being warned about the possibility of election fraud efforts using the Internet.  What is next? Speaking of elections, the full Hester staff (me) has been doing research related to the upcoming elections. There were 6,668,789 registered voters in North Carolina as of late last week. Democrats       2,665,330 Republicans     2,023,603 Unaffiliated       1,951,075 Others                   28,781 20% of all voters reside in Mecklenburg and Wake counties. and nearly 60% of all North Carolina voters live in the largest 20 counties in the state. Understand …..

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MEN SENTENCED FOR THREE VIOLENT HOBBS ACT ROBBERIES AND FIREARM OFFENSES IN FAYETTEVILLE & LUMBERTON

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that on Monday in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Smith Merinord, 23, of Dunn to 865 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release and Cortese Tramand Davis, 26, of Henderson to 528 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. Merinord and Davis were named in a 12-count Superseding Indictment filed on September 9, 2015. On June 7, 2016, Davis  pled guilty to 4-counts and Merinord was found guilty of 6-counts in the Superseding Indictment on June 8, 2016. Both entered the Advance Auto Parts Store on Owen Drive in Fayetteville on November 2, 2013 …..

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 2, Whiteville 2

WHITEVILLE – West Bladen and Whiteville battled to a 2-2 tie Monday night in a non-conference soccer match. After a scoreless first half, both teams scored twice in the second half. West Bladen is now 4-0-1 on the season, and the Knights will be idle until next Wednesday when the Knights host Purnell Swett at 5 p.m. Share:

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Farrell and Larrell Murchison Lead Louisburg to 57-7 Opening Win

Former East Bladen grads Farrell and Larrell Murchison led Louisburg College to a 57-7 victory Saturday in the Hurricanes football season opener. Larrell Murchison, a defensive end, had one tackle for a safety that gave the Hurricanes an early 2-0 lead with 11:33 left in the first period. Farrell Murchison, Larrell’s twin brother, carried 11 times for a team-high 66 yards. His 19-yard run ignited a 39-yard scoring drive after the Jireh prep free kick that produced the first Hurricane touchdown and stretched the lead to 8-0 with 11:07 remaining in the quarter. Share:

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LoWanda D Productions does it again, get tickets now

LoWanda Dee Davis, Actor, Director, Producer, in Bladen County has her fourth production coming up this weekend. LoWanda D Productions presents, “Why Me? 2”, a stage play this coming Saturday, September 3rd. The event will be hosted by Elder Alcindor Hankins, featuring special guestsBetty Jacobs, Caleb Sasser and LaSalle LasSlle. There is a total of sixteen cast members. Stephanie Newkirk, playing Shug, one of the stars of the show said, “You suppose to tell them people we are suppose to be at Elizabethtown Middle School on Saturday, September the 3rd 4:00 the doors open and 5:00 the show starts.” Corey Lyons, who plays a character by the name Henry the Handyman, said, “You don’t want …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 30

1682 – William Penn left England to sail to New World. 1781 – French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in American Revolutionary War. 1836 – The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. 1884 – Jack “Nonpareil” Dempsey wins middleweight title in 1st fight with boxing gloves. 1890 – President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products. 1901 – Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner. 1906 – NY Highlander Joe Doyle debuts pitching back-to-back shut-outs. 1922 – Babe Ruth is thrown out of a game for …..

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Bladen Community College Prepares for Fall Convocation

Dublin – Bladen Community College welcomes fall semester students with a convocation celebration on Tuesday, August 30.  The convocation marks the opening of the college’s academic year. The speakers for the convocation are student ambassadors, Chris Carroll, Amber Johnson, Savannah Locklear, and Taryn Strickland. Staff and faculty individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the success of the college will be recognized by President William Findt.  Former student Willie Corbett, the 2016 statewide recipient of the Dallas Herring Achievement Award will be recognized. The Dallas Herring Achievement Award winner is selected by the North Carolina Community College System from a field of nominees from 58 community colleges. It is the …..

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UPCOMING NICKELS FOR KNOW-HOW REFERENDUM ANNOUNCED

The Bladen County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  Sandra Cain, County Extension Director Extension Director, said that two polling places have been established in the county.  The polling locations are as follows:        1. Cooperative Extension Office located at:  Powell Melvin Ag. Center, 450 Smith Circle Dr in Elizabethtown; and        2.  Bladenboro Hardware located at 203 Main Street in Bladenboro.                                                                             …..

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Stores gearing up for annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale

Get on your mark, get set, and shop! This Labor Day weekend promises to be a great time to save as merchants in downtown Elizabethtown are slashing prices in  preparation for the annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale. Stores will be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise as well as new arrivals will be available and there is plenty that is sure to please even the most discerning shopper. Mike Suggs, owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said shoppers will find plenty of shorts and T-shirts on sale. he said Southern Tide brand items will be on sale for half-price. All items on the sidewalk …..

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Iphone/Ipad Tips: Family Time – Free App & Paid Service

Family Time–Free App & Paid Service I was looking around for an app that would provide some monitoring of a child’s phone when I stumbled on Family Time. It has a very low yearly service charge and it’s feature-packed. What it does in a nutshell is allow parents to monitor the use of their children’s cell phones. On the child’s side, they can either send a “come pick me up” or a “SOS” help notification. There are 3 plans that were offered to me when I contacted the company. For the 1st year, 1 phone $11, 2 phones $14, and 5 phones $27. Here is the child’s app with only …..

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This Week at N.C. Transportation: Students Head Back to School

Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson visited North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and North Carolina State University in Raleigh to observe transportation-related classes, meet with students and faculty and discuss the transportation industry, job opportunities in state government and how Governor Pat McCrory’s administration is making college more affordable for students and their families. The state budget signed by Governor McCrory guarantees students’ undergraduate tuition rate if they graduate within four or five years, depending on their field of study. The budget also caps fee increases at three percent annually. Back-to-School Safety Reminder Many elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state are kicking off a new school year, in …..

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Volunteers needed at Bladen County Training Facility

The Bladen County Emergency Services Training Facility is still in need of repairs. There is a work day schedule for Tuesday, August 30, at the training facility. The new training facility is already being used for training purposes and renovations have been well underway. Bradley Kinlaw, director of EMS, said, ”My department is working with the Fire Association, Law Enforcement and Bladen Community College to make sure we meet everyone’s training needs. It will certainly be a long project, but you have to start somewhere.” The needs vary from plumbing work to clean up work. All are invited and encouraged to come out and volunteer. Anyone with plumbing license would …..

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Bladenboro Rotary celebrates with a banquet

The Bladenboro Rotary held a banquet in July to celebrate their club and people in the community. President of the club, Mrs. Shirley Clark presides over the club. The civic group gave out scholarships, awards and celebrated Rotary. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. Bladenboro Rotary Club meets at the Bladenboro Community Building every Monday at 6:30 pm. Share:

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SECU Awards BCC Scholarships

DUBLIN – State Employees Credit Union Members, through the member-funded SECU Foundation, have awarded $5,000 scholarships to James Kalen Hunsinger and Taylor Renee Mayers, students at Bladen Community College. Based on the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”, these scholarships recognize the students’ leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement. Scholarship funds will be applied to tuition and other expenses associated with their community college education. State Employee’s Credit Union local advisory board member Cynthia McKoy comments, “My fellow SECU members and I are dedicated to helping students succeed in their pursuit of higher education. The SECU “People Helping People” Scholarship Program allows us the opportunity to provide …..

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Sewing Class scheduled for BCC postponed

The Sewing Class scheduled at Bladen Community College has been postponed. Classes are now scheduled for Thursdays, beginning Sept. 1, and continuing through Sept. 29, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., on the main campus in building 3, room 104. Students should pre-register at the Continuing Education Department in building 2 at the college’s main campus or contact Ms. Stephanie Gonzalez at 910-879-5539 for more information. Share:

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Dublin Peanut Festival set for Sept. 17

Welcome To The 24th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival! It’s Salty, Plain, Roasted, Green and Boiled. It’s always the STAR of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest gem, “ PEANUTS”.  We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year.  This year’s date is September 17, 2016. The Festival is held in Dublin also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, that is known and whose peanuts are shipped worldwide. Our festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a Parade. Entry for parade is free, except for Queens & Kings. 1 Queen in auto $25, 2 to 3 Queens …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 29

A reminder, today is the first day of a new school year for youngsters attending public schools in our area. Life changing events include first day of school, securing drivers license, graduation day, first real job, marriage, and children’s birth, may not be in order for all. Do you remember your first public school teacher?  Ms. Knott was my 1st grade teacher at Bladenboro Primary School, many, many years ago. Wonder why the recliner that puts one to sleep in the middle of a sports event, does not have the same affect in the early morning hours? Don’t remember a presidential election with as many events that would basically eliminate …..

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Five Bladen Grads on College Football Rosters

Five former Bladen County football stars are currently on college football rosters and one will start the season Saturday, Sept. 3. Three of them started their 2016 season this past Saturday. West Bladen’s Brandon Council and East Bladen’s Farrell Murchison, Larrell Murchison and Saquan Johnson are the four Bladen players who are on college rosters  this season. West Bladen’s Malique McDowell who rushed for 1,065 yards last season has signed a letter of commitment with St. Andrews University in Laurinburg. The St. Andrews Knights will not play their initial season of football until 2017. McDowell and 57 other freshmen that signed with St. Andrews will be redshirted for the 2016 …..

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Weekend crash on US 701 results in two fatalities

The four-vehicle crash that ocurred on US 701 near the ATV Park on Saturday has resulted in two fatalities. According to NC Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Hilburn, Kenneth Gary Haselden, 64, of Huger, SC was driving his 2007 Dodge Pick-up truck southbound on US 701. Haselden was towing a utility trailer behind his truck. Melissa Coffin Melvin, 50, of Elizabethtown was driving southbound on US 701 and was slowing for traffic when her 2006 Chevrolet SUV was struck in the rear by Haselden. Sgt. Hilburn said after the impact, Haselden’s vehicle traveled left of the centerline and struck a 2012 Honda Passport head on. The Honda Passport was driven by Liz …..

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Smithfield Plant evacuated due to chemical reaction

The Smithfield Plant in Tar Heel was evacuated at 3:30 a.m. due to a chemical reaction that ocurred between sodium hypochlorite and Acid while a cleaning process was taking place. The chemical was contained to the inside of the building, according to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw. All employees of the plant were evacuated as well as several homes in the area as a precaution. Kinlaw said emergency crews are working to ventilate the building, which when complete, will allow all employees to return to work. Seven employees were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. Responding to assist were Tar Heel Fire Department, Tobermory Fire Department, Dublin …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for August 29

1758 – New Jersey Legislature forms 1st Indian reservation. 1831 – Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer. 1854 – Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay) 1861 – American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. 1889 – 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, RI) 1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded. 1904 – 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St. Louis, the 1st held in the US. 1916 – Congress creates US Naval Reserve. 1925 – After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice, Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him. 1929 – …..

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Tropical Depression forms off North Carolina coast

The National Weather Service office is keeping an eye on the Atlantic as Tropical Depression No. 8 has formed off the coast of the Carolinas. The tropical system is not expected to have a significant impact here in Bladen County. The system is expected to drift west-northwest and strengthen to a Tropical Storm early this week. The system is expected to generate tropical downpours and scattered showers as well as rip currents. One to two inches of rainfall is forecast for early in the week.       Share:

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A Simpler, Fairer Tax Code

America’s tax code is longer than the Bible, but with none of the good news!  With more than 70,000 pages, only tax lawyers and accountants can make any sense of it. House Republicans are committed to fixing America’s tax code through common sense reforms outlined in our Tax Reform Blueprint. Our Blueprint is centered around 3 basic ideas: *Simplicity and fairness * Jobs and economic growth * A “service-first” IRS Thirty years ago, President Reagan signed the most recent major tax code overhaul into law.  Since then, more and more loopholes, duplicative credits, and special provisions have wiggled their way back into the tax code, leaving us with the convoluted, unfair code …..

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Smith earns eighth hole-in-one

Elizabethtown resident B.C. Smith had the eighth hole-in-one of his golfing career Friday, August 26 at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course. Smith, playing with Richard Smith and Ron Tart, aced the ninth hole at Land O’Lakes. The previous seven aces were made at White Lake Golf Course/Carolina Sands Golf Course Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 years ago

A federal grant of $90,713 was awarded to the town of Elizabethtown to construct the Tory Hole Park. Long time Elizabethtown respected businessman Mac Campbell Sr. passed away. Hilton Britt was elected President of the Dublin Lion’s Club. Campbell Oil Company asked the town of White Lake to annex the Wam Squam property located at the intersection of highway 701 and 53. The 1963 graduating class of Booker T. Washington High School of Clarkton had their 18th class reunion Share:

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Hunting season coming soon

Bladen County hunters are cleaning their guns and getting ready for the fall hunting season. The season for Mourning Dove and White-winged dove opens on September 3 and runs thru October 8 and then November 21 thru January 14, 2017. Archery deer season runs September 10-30. Black Powder season runs October 1-14 and gun season runs October 15 thru January 2, 2017. For more information concerning hunting in Bladen County go to www.ncwildlife.org. Share:

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Sewell, Boahn big winners in long night of racing at Dublin Motor Speedway

For Shawn Sewell and Andy Boahn, the long wait was worth it. Each won the featured races early Sunday morning at Dublin Motor Speedway. Sewell won the Late Model race and the $2,000 top prize while Boahn won the Open Wheel Modified race and the $2,500 payout to the winner. A heavy rain during practice sessions delayed the start of qualifying to nearly 1 a.m. as track officials worked to get the 4/10ths-mile dirt oval into racing condition. Racing finished after 3 a.m. In spite of the late hour, there were 56 cars that took the green flag, including a 15-car field in the U-Car division. Saturday’s results LATE MODEL: …..

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Fire in Bladen County takes home

Saturday, August 27th a family’s home caught fire on Fletcher Johnson Road in White Oak. According to Chase Lancaster, Deputy Fire Marshal, a mobile home caught fire towards the end of the home. No one was at home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Lancaster said the home was listed as a total loss. More information will be provided as it becomes available.  Share:

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How to prepare for your Social Security disability interview

By: Brenda Brown When a person becomes disabled, it can be a very stressful time in their life. There are many questions and unknowns when you have to transition out of the workforce due to medical issues. While an employer may offer short or long-term disability, most people faced with a disability will file for benefits with Social Security. If you are facing life with a disability and do not know where to start, we encourage you to visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityssi. You can apply for benefits on our website; it is the most convenient way. Additionally, you can contact us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 28

Today, I am sharing a poem written by Morgan Hester, our granddaughter (without her permission) who is a first year student in the ECU School of Dental Medicine, 2020.  She will forgive me for not getting her permission, I am sure.  She knows me and loves me. Where I’m From I am from freshly brewed morning coffee From homemade cinnamon rolls and dessert for breakfast I am from classic brick work and white columns Traditional, a minute walk to downtown I am from the blooming crepe myrtle tree, the budding rose bush The latter from Great-Grandmother Rose’s garden I’m from Christmas morning breakfast casserole and monkey bread From grandparents Giga …..

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Friday’s High School Football Scores

Friday’s High School Football Results Four County Conference East Bladen 43, Whiteville 15 West Bladen 49, West Columbus 14 Clinton 52, Southwest Onslow 0 Wallace-Rose Hill 17, East Duplin 7 Heide Trask 42, South Robeson 12 Midway 55, Princeton 54 Topsail 64, Pender 21 Union, Open   Other Area Scores Harrells Christian 50, Fayetteville Christian 6 West Brunswick 28, South Columbus 15 St. Pauls 12, Douglas Byrd 8 Purnell Swett 42, Red Springs 20 Carolina Forest, SC 48, Fairmont 16 Lakewood 42, East Columbus 14 Pine Forest 49, Lumberton 7 Southeast Raleigh 49, South Brunswick 7 Socastee, SC 44, North Brunswick 40 Wilmington Ashley 40, Swansboro 17 Myrtle Beach, SC …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for August 28

1565 – Oldest city in the US established – St. Augustine, Florida. 1609 – English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers & explores Delaware Bay. 1830 – 1st locomotive in US, “Tom Thumb”, runs from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill. 1837 – Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce. 1861 – Battle of Fort Hatteras, NC. 1907 – United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington. 1918 – Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on ump Tom Connolly. 1922 – WEAF in NYC airs 1st radio commercial (Queensboro Realty-$100 for 10 minutes. 1937 – Toyota Motors becomes an independent company. 1942 – 9th NFL Chicago …..

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Back to School Bash helps students prepare for new year

Music blared from the speakers, children giggled and flipped in the bounce house, and people lined up to get one of more than 200 bags of school supplies Saturday morning. Inside the Elizabethtown Farmers Market, there was a uniform exchange program with Billie Hall and others helping families exchange outgrown school clothes for larger sizes. It was all part of the inaugural Back to School Bash put on by the Bladen County NAACP and Bladen County Schools. “It’s the first time Bladen County Public Schools and Bladen County NAACP have come together as a united force,” Bladen County NAACP President Xavier Daniels said. “It’s already turned out to be a …..

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Bike ride to benefit Jeremy Gautier held Saturday

A benefit day was held in Garland on Saturday under warm sunny skies to assist Jeremy Gautier. Gautier was badly injured in a motorcycle crash earlier this summer.  The ride, which saw about 100 bikers take part, passed through both Bladen and Sampson counties. Due to the nature of his injuries, Gautier has endured several surgeries and is facing more surgery, according to a GoFundMe page set up to receive donations. In addition to his medical expenses, Gautier has a 7-year old daughter. The event also included other activities. There were T-shirts for sale and plates of freshly cooked chopped barbecue. The turnout was tremendous. There was also a silent auction and raffle held. …..

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Boy Scout gives back to Ammon Fire Department

By: Erin Smith On Saturday, a very special project was under way at the Ammon Fire Department as a group of friends lead by Kaleb Anders were busy sprucing things up. As vehicles rolled by on NC 242, a group of about 8 individuals were taking up positions around the building with paint and paint rollers. Boy Scouts are often looking for various ways to give back to their community while also earning merit badges. Anders is working towards achieving his Eagle Scout badge and he had the perfect project in mind — pressure washing and painting the Ammon Fire Department building. Anders worked to raise the money to purchase the paint needed …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 27

First a confession, I seldom shave on Saturday. Planned to attend a high school football game last night, however, it was about 90 degrees shortly before kick-off and I made an executive decision. I spent the evening in the comfort of home, temps in the mid 70s, listened to a Columbus County broadcast team covering the Whiteville-East Bladen game, watched the Panthers on TV with no sound and checked often for ‘tweets’ of the West Bladen score.  I really enjoyed.  Eagles won, Knights won, Panthers lost. School begins Monday, be aware of energetic youngsters waiting for their bus ride to school and say a prayer for those (educators and helpers) who …..

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East Bladen High School

Football: East Bladen 43, Whiteville 15

WHITEVILLE – Twin brothers Ethan and Eian Hines combined for 343 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 conversions as they led East Bladen to a 43-15 non-conference football victory over Whiteville Friday night. Ethan Hines led the Eagles with 146 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 rushes and caught 2 touchdown passes for 46 yards. Eian Hines carried 13 times for 137 yards and a touchdown and snagged a 14-yard touchdown pass. Both Hines brothers caught a 2-point conversion pass. “They ran their tails off,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “They are fun to watch if we can keep them healthy.” The Eagles piled up 400 yards rushing and 60 yards …..

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Football: West Bladen 49, West Columbus 14

DUBLIN – West Bladen scored on 5 of their 7 first-half possessions and rolled to a 49-14 non-conference victory over West Columbus Friday night in Coach Todd Pait’s home opener at the helm of the varsity Knights. Junior Shaquille Johnson, senior quarterback Weston Pidgeon and junior B. J. Drake keyed the early Knight blitz that produced leads of 28-0 and 35-6. Knight senior Trent West recovered West Columbus’ onside kick-off at the West Bladen 47 yardline to start the game. On the first play from scrimmage, Pidgeon tossed a short pass to Drake in the right flat, and the junior back weaved his way 53 yards through the Viking defense …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for August 27

1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in North America (Jamestown, Virginia) 1859 – 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn. by Edwin Drake. 1881 – Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die. 1894 – Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by the Supreme Court. 1912 – Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes “Tarzan of the Apes” 1918 – Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in chemical warfare branch of Army. 1921 – J E Clair of Acme Packing Co. of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise. 1927 – Parks College, America’s oldest aviation school, opens. 1945 …..

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Golf Activities at Vineyard Golf at White Lake

Congratulations to the winners of the Thundering Herd Thursday. Again only one shot divided all teams. Winning First Place on scorecard play-off was the team of BC Smith (Bill Smith), Ty Wilson, and Jake Womble. There was one Star player by the name of Seth Faircloth, (David Faircloth), who did a fantastic job. He was the best player yesterday by far on his team. Join us every Thursday evening for fun and fellowship. There are only maybe two more Thursday events before our 18 Hole Thundering Herd Finale which is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, with a 1 p.m. Shotgun Start. There will be Melvin Burgers for everyone before …..

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Bladen County Celebrating National Dog Day

BladenOnline.com celebrated National Dog Day by entertaining some sweet dogs with toys and treating them to a day of love. The dogs got their day in efforts to celebrate rescue dogs. Dogs of all breeds are given the spot light on this special day. The Bladen County Animal Shelter is always trying to shine the light on lovable dogs and cats. The Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee for all dogs from Monday, Aug. 29,  through Friday, Sept. 9. You will still be required to pay the $25 vaccination fee for the dogs.  Share:

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Bladen County Animal Shelter holds Adoption Special

Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee for all dogs from Monday, Aug. 29,  through Friday, Sept. 9. You will still be required to pay the $25 vaccination fee for the dogs. The shelter is full and we hope that waiving the adoption fee for these two weeks will help get new homes for some of our dogs. We have a lot of dogs waiting on that special person to make a big difference in their life and give them the loving home they deserve. The adoption hours are Monday- Friday from noon until 5 p.m. The shelter will be closed on Labor day. We have pictures …..

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Town of White Lake

White Lake gearing up for work on Multi-Use Pathway

Officials with the town of White Lake are hard at work planning for a multi-use pathway at the lake. White Lake Planning Board member Hope Campbell said that for many years, the town of White Lake and interested citizens have had a vision to provide a safe, attractive multi-use pathway to loop around the lake.  A multi-use path (MUP) is a path for pedestrians and bike traffic that is completely separate from motorized vehicle traffic.    Campbell said  town officials and staff from White Lake and Elizabethtown, working together with citizens, applied for a NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant to help fund a portion of the loop along Highways …..

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Williams joins Majestic Funeral Home staff

Majestic Funeral Home in Elizabethtown is happy to welcome Maurice Williams to their staff. Williams said that his interest in the funeral home began when he first met owner Eric Matthews. He said Matthews was always coming by William’s store, Whimsical Florist. “One day he said he needed a florist to do flowers for the funeral home,” said Williams. He said they spoke some more and then Matthews left the shop. Williams said he stopped by the funeral home, which is located in the former Kinlaw Funeral Home building, at 114 Pine Street in Elizabethtown. Williams said he was familiar with the facility when it was Kinlaw Funeral Home and …..

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NC DOT announces road closings/openings

The NC Department of Transportation has released the schedule of road openings and closings for the coming weeks.  NC 131 / 410 is now open.  This completes all crossline replacement work on NC 131/410 north of Bladenboro. LANE CLOSINGS: Expect a lane closure under flagging operations on NC 53 east of Singletary Lake on Monday, Aug. 29, as we extend a crossline pipe.  This is in addition to the 10 minute delays you should expect on NC 53 east of Elwell Ferry Road due to resurfacing operations. UPCOMING ROAD CLOSINGS: Beginning Tuesday, August 30, and continuing through Thursday, September 8, DOT will be replacing the large crosslines that run under …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Football: East Bladen 34, Whiteville 6

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman quarterback Jordan Robinson threw for 2 touchdowns and returned a punt 95 yards for another touchdown to lead East Bladen to a 34-6 non-conference jayvee football victory over Whiteville. “Jordan really threw the ball well tonight,” said Eagle Coach Ritchie Priest. “He completed five passes.” Sophomore Eric Chancy ran 7 yards for the first East Bladen touchdown. Later in the half Chancy caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Robinson. A Wolfpack punt sailed over Robinson’s head later in the half, but the Eagle freshman chased the ball down at his own 5-yardline and raced 95 yards for the touchdown and an 18-0 East Bladen lead at halftime. …..

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Correction – West Bladen 22, South Brunswick 15  JV Football

DUBLIN – Kerron Washington rushed for over 120 yards and scored on a pair of 60-yard touchdown runs to lead West Bladen to a 22-15 jayvee football victory over South Brunswick. Da’Shawn Hines returned the opening kick-off 70 yards for the first Knight touchdown. Tra’Shawn Ballard blasted his way into the end zone on a pair of 2-point conversion runs. It had been reported that Hines had scored twice and Washington once – bladenonline regrets the error. The Knight jayvees will host Whiteville next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Share:

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Dublin Peanut Festival –Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest

Dig out your favorite peanut recipe and brush up on your cooking skills! Make plans to enter the cooking contest during the Dublin Peanut Festival on September 17. Dishes will be judged in three categories including Candy, Bread and Dessert. Contestants will be divided into two age groups: Youth (Ages 8 – 16) and Adult (Ages 17 – up).  Age is determined by the age you will be on the day of the festival.  Cash prizes will be awarded in each category: 1st – $50, 2nd – $30 and 3rd – $20.  All applications must be received by Tuesday, September 15 at 5 p.m. For an application and a complete …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Sodium – How much is too much?

By Sandra Cain Sodium is a part of everyone’s diet, but how much is too much? Under ideal conditions, the minimum sodium requirement is about 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day. This is less than 1 teaspoon of table salt. The maximum recommended level of sodium intake is 2,300 mg per day. On average, American men consume between 3,100 and 4,700 mg of sodium per day, while women consume between 2,300 and 3,100 mg. Sodium intake is one factor involved in the development of high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension. Hypertension tends to develop as we get older. Some individuals are “salt sensitive,” so reducing intake of sodium …..

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NC DOT

10- year State Transportation Plan indicates projects slated for Bladen County

The NC Department of Transportation has released the 2018-2027 State Transportation Development plan. Included in the state’s next draft 10-year transportation plan are several projects slated for Bladen County. The total cost of the projects slated is about $110 million. “A strong transportation network is the backbone of the state’s economy,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “We took the politics out of transportation planning to ensure roads and other important infrastructure are prioritized based on need. These projects demonstrate the process is working as intended to make smart decisions that keep North Carolina moving.” Some of those projects slated include: *Aviation needs for the construction of two hangars  measuring 120 feet x …..

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East Bladen High School

Men’s Soccer: South Columbus 4, East Bladen 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – South Columbus snapped a 1-1 tie with 3 unanswered goals in the second half and went on to defeat East Bladen 4-2 Thursday night in non-conference men’s soccer action. “South Columbus dominated the set pieces tonight,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “My hat goes off to them. That’s an area that if you can control at any level you can win games and it did just that for them.” The Stallions scored on 3 of their 6 corner kicks and on 1 of the 4 East Bladen fouls committed deep in Eagle territory. “Those are extremely impressive numbers,” noted Raynor. “To start the game I thought we completely …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 26

Both Bladen County high school football teams will be in action tonight.  East Bladen travels to Whiteville, looking for their first win of the season.  They lost their season opener last week to South Columbus.  West Bladen will be looking for their second win of the young season against West Columbus.  The Knights defeated South Robeson last week.  Game time for both games is 7 p.m. The East Bladen-Whiteville game will be broadcast by the Whiteville team of Franklin Davis and Mark Council at 100.9 FM. Again, no Bladen Sports Network broadcast of either game.  Hope you can attend, but if you do not and are looking for a score, …..

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JV Football: West Bladen 22, South Brunswick 15

DUBLIN – Da’Shawn Hines scored a pair of first-half touchdowns to lead West Bladen to a 22-15 season-opening jayvee football victory over South Brunswick Thursday night. Hines returned the opening kick-off 70 yards for the first Knight touchdown. Later in the half, Hines dashed 60 yards for another touchdown. Kerron Washington raced 60 yards for another first-half touchdown for West Bladen. Tra’Shawn Ballard blasted his way into the end zone on a pair of 2-point conversion runs. The Knight jayvees will host Whiteville next Thursday at 6:30. Share:

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 9, Purnell Swett 0

PEMBROKE – West Bladen swept Purnell Swett 9-0 Thursday in non-conference girls tennis action. West Bladen remains unbeaten at 5-0 and will host East Columbus Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match. Singles: Alanna Ludlum (WB) def. Brooke Huggins (PS), 8-1 Amber Long (WB) def. Kari Brooks (PS), 8-1 Helen Lopez (WB) def. Abi Lowry (PS), 8-3 Conner Brisson (WB) def. Malina Cummings (PS), 8-0 Savannah Lee (WB) def. Layla Locklear (PS), 8-1 Autumn Brisson (WB) def. Harlie Scott (PS), 8-2 Doubles: Ludlum/Long (WB) def. Huggins/Brooks (PS), 8-2 C. Brisson/Lee (WB) def. Lowry/Cummings (PS), 8-3 Lopez/A. Brisson (WB) def. Scott/McKenzie Cummings (PS), 8-5 Share:

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Volleyball: East Bladen 3, St. Pauls 1

ST. PAULS – Senior Anna Grace Long and junior Hannah Devane combined for 46 service points to lead East Bladen to a 3-1 non-conference volleyball victory over St. Pauls by set scores of 27-25, 19-25, 25-21 and 28-26. Long racked up 24 service points, an ace and 7 kills for the winners. Devane pounded in 22 service points, 4 aces and 3 kills. Sophmore Ashley Hardin belted in 13 service points and 3 kills. Senior Lexie Mendell posted a double-double of 11 kills and 11 service points and fired in an ace. Senior Bethany Lesane contributed 13 service points and 2 kills. Junior Shardajah Brown and junior Kaley Smith both …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 26

1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1791 – John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat. 1873 – First free kindergarten in the US started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. 1895 – Electric central at Niagara Falls gives 1st steam. 1907 – Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds. 1929 – First US roller coaster built. 1935 – CCC camp opens in Brecksville Reservation of Cleveland Metro-parks. 1939 – 1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Brooklyn Dodgers (W2XBS, NY) 1945 – Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to …..

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Successful third annual Summer Sounds concert series

For the third year in a row the Summer Sounds Concert Series has been a great hit for the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The series has grown every year and Thursday, August 25th held the last concert for the 2016 series with raving success. The Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown was packed full with the local band, Blackwater Rhythm & Blues entertaining the crowd. “This crowd is amazing and the bands have been great,” Jennifer Leggett, a chamber board member and Director at MinuteMan Food Mart said about the event. “Blackwater Rhythm & Blues always draws a great crowd,” Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the chamber said …..

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Bladen County Environmental Health provides a “Helpful Tip for Preventing Mosquito Growth” in your area

Dunks can be used to help prevent mosquito growth within standing water, but the most important thing to do is to continuously tip and toss containers that hold water. This would include items such as (bird baths, water buckets, flower pot trays, etc.) The public can buy dunks at places like, Feed and Garden, Lowes, Bladen Builders Supply and Big Blue. Remember that it only takes 7 days for a mosquito to hatch. Attached is a pamphlet. mosquito pamplet Share:

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BCC Offers Personal Interest Classes

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is hosting community service classes for personal enrichment. Costs range from $15 to $60. Students may need to purchase some supplies. Classes are as follows: Paint Night, Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown Sewing, Thursdays beginning Aug. 25 and continuing through Sept. 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., on the main campus in building 3, room 104 Couponing 101, Tuesday, Aug. 30, and Thursday, Sept. 01, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., on the main campus, building 6, room 117 Piano (Keyboarding) Tuesdays, Sept. 06 – Oct. 25, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on the …..

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Shirley McBride

Shirley Gail Hill McBride, 80 of Clarkton, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Elizabethtown Nursing Center. Mrs. McBride was born October 23, 1935 in Fairmont, NC, a daughter of the late Oliver Monroe and Docia Victoria Osborne Hill. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Douglas McBride. Surviving are her daughter, Sonia McBride Scarboro (Charles) of Chapin, SC; grandsons, Aaron and Adam Scarboro; brothers, John Oliver Hill of Raeford, Charles Donald Hill of Clarkton, Kenneth Temple Hill of Elizabethtown, William Larry Hill of Clarkton and sister, Marilyn Hill Brasher of Fayette, Alabama. The family will greet friends from 2:30 to 3:30 pm Saturday at …..

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Happy Birthday to the NC State Parks

Today, August 25th is the birthday of our National State Parks. Here in Bladen County we have two state parks; Jones Lake State Park and Singletary Lake State Park according to Shane Freeman, State Park Director. Freeman said this year they are celebrating North Carolina State Parks’ centennial. Mt. Mitchell was the first state park founded in North Carolina back in 1916. Jones Lake State Park celebrated their birthday back in March with their Easter Fun Day and Singletary Lake State Park celebrated their birthday back in May. Freeman said Jones Lake offers hiking, fishing, picnicking, swimming, and boating along with camping.  Singletary Lake is geared more towards campers with …..

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IRAN CONTINUES AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR AS PRESIDENT OBAMA PROVIDES TERROR-SPONSOR WITH $1.7 BILLION

CHARLOTTE – On Tuesday, terrorism-sponsor Iran continued its brazen and provocative behavior toward the United States when four Revolutionary Guard naval vessels came dangerously close to a U.S. Navy destroyer in the international Strait of Hormuz. This follows the December launch of an Iranian military rocket near the U.S.S. Harry Truman, the illegal capture of 10 U.S. Navy sailors in January, and the test-firing of ballistic missiles in violation of a United Nations resolution in March. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has given Iran $1.7 billion taxpayer dollars to settle a decades-old arms deal, including $400 million in cash airlifted to Iran as “leverage” to secure the release of four American …..

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 4, Purnell Swett 1

PEMBROKE – West Bladen’s Knights claimed their fourth straight win Wednesday night with a 4-1 non-conference men’s soccer victory over Purnell Swett. The Knights matched their win total from last season and are currently 4-0 on the season. West Bladen will travel to Whiteville Monday for a 6 p.m. game. Sophomore Victor Lopez and junior Emerson Escobar scored 2 goals each for the Knights. “We have had some pretty good tune-up games,” said Coach Brennan Brown. “It will get tougher next week against Whiteville.” Share:

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Volleyball: West Columbus 3, West Bladen 0

CERRO GORDO – West Columbus defeated West Bladen 3-0 Wednesday night in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 25-18.   Senior Morgan Schumacher hammered in 9 kills and 3 aces for the Lady Knights. Sophomore Reagan Davis slammed in 6 kills, 3 aces and had 4 assists.   Senior Kathryn Schultz pounded in 3 kills, and senior Logan Autry knocked in 2 kills and 2 aces. Seniors Kaylee Stevens, Jenna Dove and Kassidy Anderson and junior Patience Parker contributed one kill each.   West Bladen drops to 3-2 on the season and will travel to St. Pauls Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. match. Share:

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Bladen DSS offers Crisis Intervention Program

Bladen County Department of Social Services is offering a Crisis Intervention Program to individuals who are 60 years of age or older and age 5 and under to assist with their heating or cooling bill. To qualify for CIP assistance you must have members age 60 or over and under 5 years of age or a household member with health-related conditions that would be affected by the loss of their heating or cooling. To apply individuals must supply proof of income; supply the date of birth and social security numbers of all household members; a current electric bill showing the cutoff notice; a heating fuel statement; and a written statement …..

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Black Water Rhythm and Blues band to be featured at final Summer Sounds concert

The final installment of the Summer Sounds concert series is set to kick off Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market with Black Water Rhythm and Blues. The concert series 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 from silver sponsors Cape Fear Chicken and Barbecue and Lu Mil Vineyard. Lu Mil Vineyard will be offering Muscadine wine and Muscadine slushies; and Sunset Slush of Bladen County will also be on hand offering tasty frozen treats. Don’t forget to stop …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 25

Lots of confusion related to the upcoming election.  Early voting, confusion about redistricting, and who to vote for.  It will all be worked out, hopefully before November 8. Remember the days when Bladen County Commissioners and the Board of Education were elected countywide and it took all night long to count the ballots? Think you will ever feel comfy riding in a vehicle with no driver?  It is coming soon, well in the next few years.  Realize changes are coming, but prefer someone at the steering wheel. Pray for the folks in Rome where the earthquake devastated the area and many lives were lost; in Louisiana where flooding has occurred; …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 8, East Columbus 1

LAKE WACCAMAW – West Bladen defeated East Columbus 8-1 Wednesday in non-conference girls tennis action. “Alanna Ludlum and Amber Long both had solid performance on the court today,” said West Bladen Coach Jeff Atkinson. “Our younger players are stepping up their games also. Still have some areas of concern with our doubles. We are just trying to find the right combination of girls at our #2 and #3 doubles teams.” West Bladen, now 4-0, will travel to Purnell Swett Thursday for a 4 p.m. match. Singles: Alanna Ludlum (WB) def. East Columbus #1, 6-1, 6-1 Amber Long (WB) def. East Columbus #2, 6-1, 6-1 Helen Lopez (WB) def. East Columbus …..

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Joe Luther Receives Dick Knox Award for Soccer

Elizabethtown’s Joe Luther has been named the 2016 recipient of the Dick Knox Distinguished Service Award for Soccer from the Southeastern Soccer Officials Association. Luther has officiated high school soccer for 30 years. “I was first licensed as a soccer official in 1986 in Ohio,” he recalls. “I was calling games before then.” In 1989 Luther and his family moved to North Carolina, and he has been instrumental in getting soccer started in Bladen County. “I officiated at all youth levels for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF),” he said. A golden whistle is mounted on the plaque that reads: ‘Joe Luther – Presented in recognition of devoted service to …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 25

1718 – Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana: New Orleans founded. 1829 – President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses. 1886 – 1st international polo meet (US vs England) 1904 – James J. Jeffries TKOs Jack Munroe in 2 for heavyweight boxing title. 1910 – Yellow Cab is founded. 1912 – 1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin. 1916 – US Department of Interior forms National Park Service. 1932 – Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight. 1943 – US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WWII. 1950 – US President Harry Truman orders army to take control of railroad to avert a …..

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Rotary Club learns about law enforcement training

Training plays a vital and important role for law enforcement officer. The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about the different types of training classes that Bladen County’s law enforcement officers have been receiving over the past two years. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker along with Sgt. Gary Turlington and Sgt. Barry Pait spoke to the group regarding the importance of training and the various types of training that have taken place in the county. Sheriff McVicker said the reason the Highway Patrol is so successful is because of their training regimen. He said that once elected, he asked Sgt. Turlington to oversee training for the Sheriff’s Office and …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER AND TAIWAN PRESIDENT TSAI MEETING

Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen met Tuesday in Taipei to discuss joint efforts to intercept terrorism financing, cyber security threats from China’s communist government, and opportunities to strengthen economic ties. “We need a collaborative, global effort to cut off the many different avenues terrorists use to finance their acts of evil,” said Congressman Pittenger. “We are grateful for the understanding and support of Taiwan. In addition, a strong relationship with Taiwan is important as a countermeasure to Communist China’s increased aggressiveness, both militarily and through cyberespionage. Free and fair trade with Taiwan helps counter China’s dominance while providing new opportunities for American businesses.” Congressman Pittenger serves …..

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NC DOT resurfacing NC 53 East

Starting today (Wednesday, Aug. 24) the contractors for the NC Department of Transportation are resurfacing NC Highway 53 East in the Kelly area. The first phase of work will take place between the Elwell Ferry Road area and the Black River bridge. Once that phase is finished, the second phase calls for crews to work between the Singletary Lake area and the Elwell Ferry Road area. This work will take 3 to 4 weeks depending on the weather. Expect 10 minute delays depending on traffic volumes. Share:

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Boost the Boro plans to celebrate big for Beast Fest 10th anniversary

Boost the Boro, Inc. serves as host for the Town of Bladenboro’s annual Beast Fest event.  This year, Beast Fest will celebrate its 10th anniversary and should Mother Nature continues to smiles down on us as she has in the past few years, we expect to see 10,000 or more festival-goers from all over Southeastern North Carolina and beyond flock to this annual Fall event. The festival this year will be held on October 29th, 2016 and is turning out to be a  jam-packed event. You will find both safe and appropriate activities for “all-age groups”. This festival will be a really good way to spend an enjoyable and inexpensive …..

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Southeastern Medial Center

Hospice support group

Southeastern Hospice hosts a support group for individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This group meets for four weeks in the fall and spring. The next sessions will begin on Thursday, September 8. Meetings are held each week at 6:30 p.m. at Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton. For more information, call Chaplain Bonnie Reedy at 910-735-8887. Share:

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