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Tillis Calls For Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) at the Washington Post Juvenile Justice Summit for a discussion about juvenile justice reform and sentencing reform.   Senator Tillis stressed the need for members of the Senate to work past the far-right and far-left in order to pass criminal justice reform legislation.   In 2011, as North Carolina Speaker of the House, Tillis spearheaded the passage of the Justice Reinvestment Act, sweeping criminal justice reform legislation. The law has resulted in a reduction in North Carolina’s prison population and a significant decrease in the recidivism rate. Then-Speaker Tillis also presided over the passage of several juvenile …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER CO-SPONSORS BILL TO SPEED MEDICAL INNOVATION, PASSES HOUSE ON BIPARTISAN VOTE

WASHINGTON – Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive, bipartisan, fiscally-responsible legislation to increase funding for medical research and streamline the process of bringing new treatments to patients.  The 21st Century Cures Act, co-sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger, also includes crucial mental health reforms and necessary funding to combat the opioid epidemic.   “This legislation will save lives.  This legislation will reduce suffering.  Long term, this legislation will save money as we find treatments for costly diseases,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “Today marks the culmination of years of hard work to benefit the American people, and I will always remember the 21st Century Cures Act as some of the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 1

1750 – First school in America to offer manual training courses in Maryland. 1824 – US House of Representatives begins to decide outcome of election deadlock between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson (Adams wins) 1843 – 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens. 1878 – 1st White House telephone installed. 1884 – American Old West: Near Frisco, New Mexico, deputy sheriff Elfego Baca holds off a gang of 80 Texan cowboys who want to kill him for arresting Charles McCarthy. 1903 – “The Great Train Robbery”, the 1st western film, released. 1913 – 1st drive-up gasoline station opens (Pittsburgh). 1913 – Continuous moving assembly line introduced by Ford (car …..

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Governor McCrory Announces $191 Million Revenue Surplus Through October

Raleigh, N.C. – In another encouraging sign for North Carolina’s economy, Governor Pat McCrory announced today that state revenue collections are $191 million ahead of projections through the first third of the fiscal year. The surplus is driven by more people working and earning more. “At a time when neighboring states ended the fiscal year with steep revenue deficits, our continued economic growth, job creation and responsible financial management have helped North Carolina post another revenue surplus,” Governor McCrory said. “In an environment of historic tax cuts to the tune of $4.7 billion, revenues coming into the state continue to increase.” According to the latest revenue figures, total General Fund revenues for October …..

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Bladen County Sports

Modified Bladen Sports Network will be live broadcasting the East Bladen vs. South Columbus game

The East Bladen High School football team will be traveling to face the South Columbus High School football team this Friday, December 2nd for the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs. If you are unable to make it out the watch the game, but want to listen to the play by plays, join us live! Joe Melvin will be announcing the live modified Bladen Sports Network audio broadcast on BladenOnline.com’s Facebook page for you to listen in on for a full real-time report of the game Friday. You can interact with Joe during time outs and hear the action as it happens. BladenOnline.com will also publish a video …..

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Bladen County Shrine Club holds fish fry Wednesday

The Bladen County Shrine Club held their annual fall fish fry on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Shrine Club had two locations for the fish fry — Bo’s Foods in Bladenboro and the Food Lion Parking Lot in Elizabethtown. The aroma of fresh, hot fish permeated the air at both locations. At noon the lines were long as folks patiently waited their turn to receive their plates. Plates consisted of fresh hot fish, sweet potato chips, and slaw. Many stopped to enjoy their fish and converse with friends and neighbors at each location.  The proceeds raised from the plate sale go to benefit the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. …..

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Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has new Chef on staff

Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has a new chef in the form of Paul Boswell. He comes to Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery after working with several prominent restaurants in the Wilmington area. Boswell said his most recent appointment was serving as Executive Chef for the Oceanic Restaurant in Wrightsville Beach.  He has worked for LM Restaurants, operators of Oceanic, for about 12 years. Boswell said he began his career working at Blue Water in 2004 and moved to different restaurants to learn from other chefs. He said LM Restaurants owns a number of eateries in and around Wilmington and the company would shift him around to different locations. “I took …..

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Elizabethtown Optimist Club is selling Christmas trees

Elizabethtown Optimist Club started their annual Christmas tree fundraiser the Thanksgiving day. According to Evan Britt, the club has already sold a lot of trees. The trees are for sale at the corner of the San Jose Restaurant across from Walmart in Elizabethtown. Proceeds will benefit local scholarships and more. Share:

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Girls Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 7, Elizabethtown 3

Sophia Masaid poured in 4 goals Tuesday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 7-3 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer victory over Elizabethtown at County Park. Masaid cracked the scoring column in the first minute of play as she took a pass from Sara Gargala and put it into the net for a 1-0 Lady Blue Devil lead. Three minutes later Katie Evans sent a corner kick into the box, and Masaid knocked it into the goal for a 2-0 Clarkton lead. In the sixth minute, Lauren Bowen scored an unassisted goal that padded the lead to 3-0. The Lady Cougars trimmed the lead to 3-1, …..

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East Bladen High School

Boys Basketball: East Columbus 61, East Bladen 59

East Columbus rallied in the closing minutes to edge East Bladen 61-59 Tuesday night in non-conference boys basketball action. Coach Kenzil McCall’s Eagles led for most of the game, but lost 3 players to fouls in the game. Demetrius Wooten lit up the scoreboard with 27 points to lead the Eagle scoring. Guard Denzel Johnson fired in 20 points. Deondre Harris worked the paint for 9 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.  Sadrique Ingram and Joshua McKoy were also lost to fouls in the game. The Eagles will travel to Cape Fear Tuesday night. Share:

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East Bladen High School

JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 38, East Columbus 27

ELIZABETHTOWN – Joshua McKoy pumped in 13 points to lead East Bladen to a 38-27 non-conference jayvee boys basketball victory over East Columbus. Joshua McKoy scored in every quarter and tossed in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the final period. Sophomore Keshaun Davis fired in 7 of his 9 points to help the Eagles pull it away in the fourth quarter. Anthony Wooten threw in all 4 of his points in the first quarter, and Bryon Bowen connected for a pair of second quarter baskets and finished with 5 points. Coach Greg High’s Eagles improved to 2-1 with the victory. EB (38) – Keshaun Davis 9, Joshua McKoy …..

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Middle Girls Soccer: Bladenboro 4, Tar Heel 2

Lainey Autry fired in a pair of second half goals that lifted Bladenboro to a 4-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer victory over Tar Heel at County Park. Autry had started the game as the Lady Bulldogs goalkeeper but moved out of the goal with a few minutes left to play to score the two goals that broke a 2-2 tie. Tar Heel’s team captain, Josefina Toboada Torres, gave the Lady Panthers an early 1-0 lead with her first goal of the game. Savannah Turbeville knocked in the goal for Bladenboro that tied the score 1-1. Ocean Woody propelled the Lady Bulldogs into a 2-1 lead with a …..

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Bladenboro Middle School releases first quarter honor rolls

Bladenboro Middle School has released its Honor Rolls for the first quarter. 5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +) Steven Batton, Malachin Barnett, Jesse Gause, Riley Mc Intyre, Megan Pait and Nicholas Phillips. A Honor Roll (90+) Mallory Bryan, Mary Davis, Jordan Hester, Kaci Nance, Kaelan Pittman,  Brookee’ Singletary, Amerie Smith, and Emmee Ward. A/B Honor Roll (80+) Corey Bonner, Katie Branch, Joseph Brooks, Briana Carranza Toledo,  Montserrat Castro-Vergara, Will Durden, Madison Evers, Candace Garrett, Brennan Greene, Alexys Griffin, Mayra Guijosa-Santiago, Kinley Hilburn, Matthew Jackson, Shamaria Jackson, Winston Martin, Elise McKiever, Jenna McLean, Kimberlyn Pinyan, Aashiya Purdie, Landon Shaw, Landon Stanley, Taeonna Wilson, and Summer Winebarger. 6th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +) Alyssa Hales …..

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North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, increasing 0.2 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.9 percent.  North Carolina’s October 2016 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 20,166 over the month to 4,616,686 and increased 113,006 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 10,095 over the month to 237,205 and decreased 31,582 over the year.     Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 5,700 to 4,344,400 in October. The major …..

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Federal court orders North Carolina to redraw legislative maps, conduct special election in 2017

With the dust barely settled from the 2016 Presidential election, voters in North Carolina are going to have to go to the polls in a special legislative election in 2017 following a federal court ruling on Tuesday. In a ruling made earlier in 2016, the US District Court ruled that the current legislative maps were unconstitutional as two districts were drawn based solely on race and ordered the NC General Assembly to redraw the maps. The court order directed the General Assembly to redraw the congressional maps by January 25, 2017 and hold a special election in 2017 using the newly drawn districts. The court order issued Tuesday, orders the …..

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Volunteers and Donations Needed in North Carolina for Disaster Recovery

In the wake of a disaster, the people of North Carolina have always come together with compassion and courage to ask how they can help survivors. After a disaster, because people in various communities come forward to assist family, friends and neighbors in need, there may be a belief that survivor needs are being met everywhere in the state. However, there is a shortage of volunteers particularly in the hardest-hit counties in North Carolina. Your help is needed. There are many ways to volunteer. You can find a list of the various groups and agencies who are currently assisting survivors on the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for November 30

A reminder of the Bladen County Shriners Fish Fry today, two locations.  One in the Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown and a second in the Bo’s Shopping Center parking lot in Bladenboro.  Enjoy a delicious fish plate and help cripple children.  Serving time, 11 AM to 7 PM.  Questions??? Call Paul Johnson at 910-991-5863. East Bladen High school football team travels to South Columbus Friday, game time 7:30 p.m., 3rd round of the NCHSAA 2A playoffs.  About 40 minutes south of Elizabethtown on US 701. Best show in this town may be Monday evening, at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting in the courthouse beginning at 6:30 PM.  …..

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7 tips to keep your holiday fresh and green

By: Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC Clarkton, NC – Christmas will soon be here. Some Bladen County residence already have their homes decorated with green fresh cut trees. Cape Fear Heating & Cooling in Clarkton has seven tips to keep you safe and the heat from drying out your fresh green Christmas tree. 1. Keep the tree base immersed in water. 2. Remove any dead or damaged branches or needles. 3. Use only lights that are U.L. approved. 4. Use flame retardant decorations and paper. 5. Inspect lights for frayed or cracked wiring, broken plugs, and defective sockets. 6. Unplug lights at night and when leaving the home. 7. …..

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 5, Elizabethtown 2

Garrett Melvin fired in 3 second-half goals as Clarkton School of Discovery rallied for a 5-2 victory Tuesday over Elizabethtown in Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys soccer action at County Park. Victor Garcia’s goal gave Elizabethtown a 2-1 lead with 21 minutes left in the match, but eight minutes later Melvin dribbled through the Cougar backline to score the tying goal. Two minutes later Melvin turned an assist from Joseph Massaid into the go-ahead goal and a 3-2 Blue Devil lead. With 9 minutes left to play Melvin blasted a penalty kick into the net for a 4-2 Clarkton lead. Massaid knocked in a penalty kick for the final …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 47, East Columbus 38

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen blitzed East Columbus with a 16-0 opening run then held on for a 47-38 victory Tuesday night in non-conference girls basketball action. It was the third straight victory of Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles who avenged a 57-37 loss in their season opener at East Columbus last week. Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson who topped all scorers with 19 points sparked the early Lady Eagle surge with a 3-point basket, a pair of 2-point hoops and a pair of free throws. Junior Shardajah Brown buried a 3-point shot, and senior Emily Scott and sophmore Ashley Hardin dropped in baskets for East Bladen. The Lady Gators rallied to within …..

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JV Boys Basketball: South Brunswick 30, West Bladen 13

DUBLIN – South Brunswick defeated West Bladen 30-13 Tuesday night in non-conference jayvee boys basketball action. Freshman Shemaiah Leak led the Knight scoring with 5 points. Freshman Logan West followed with 3 points. The Knights will travel to West Columbus Wednesday. WEST BLADEN (13) – Kristawn Baldwin, Jaheim Lesane, Eddie Perez 1, Trenton Lyons, Jackson Norris, Tre’shawn Ballard 2, Shemaiah Leak 5, Nijeah McKoy, Trequan Spivey, James Moore 2, Ronald Thompson, Tyrese Retomar, Nolan Bryant, Nathan Brisson, Logan West 3. Share:

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JV Girls Basketball: West Bladen 25, South Brunswick 7

DUBLIN – West Bladen rolled to a 25-7 victory over South Brunswick Tuesday in non-conference jayvee girls basketball action. Freshman Kaycee Singletary drained a 3-point shot, and freshman Lexie Corrothers dropped in a basket and a free throw as the Lady Knights grabbed an early 8-0 lead. Baskets by Singletary and Carly Dawson kept the margin at 12-5 at halftime. Dawson and Anna Moser threw in baskets in the third quarter that grew the lead to 17-5. Corrothers tossed in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the final quarter and led the Lady Knights with 9 points. Dawson finished with 6 points and Singletary added 5 for the winners. …..

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Girls Basketball: South Brunswick 63, West Bladen 41

DUBLIN – South Brunswick snapped a 27-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 63-41 victory over West Bladen in non-conference girls basketball action. Morgan Allred and Damacia Thomas Price threw in 6 points each as the Lady Cougars grabbed a 19-13 first quarter lead. Senior Akira Grimes tossed in a couple of baskets for West. Senior Logan Autry netted one basket and 2 free throws, and senior Laikyn Pait drilled a 3-point shot to keep the Lady Knights close. Sophmore Erica McKoy and junior Elizabeth Allbright dropped in a basket each, and Autry and Grimes sank 2 free throws each in the second quarter for West Bladen, but South Brunswick …..

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Boys Basketball: South Brunswick 46, West Bladen 45

DUBLIN – West Bladen failed to put South Brunswick away at the foulline Tuesday night as the Cougars rode a 16-10 closing surge to a 46-45 victory in non-conference boys basketball action. The Knights carried a 35-30 lead into the fourth quarter, and junior Jonathan Robinson and senior Kalvin Page threw in a basket each, and senior John Bowen nailed a 3-point shot. However West Bladen missed 4 of 7 free throws in the quarter including the front-end of 2 one-and-one opportunities. For the game the Knights were 18 for 28 from the line, while the Cougars were 11 of 15. The Cougars connected on 7 of 11 foul shots …..

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Bladen County Sports

JV Girls Basketball, East Columbus 21, East Bladen 5

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Columbus defeated East Bladen 21-5 Tuesday in non-conference jayvee girls basketball action. Asia Munn and Abby Cross scored 2 points each for East Bladen. EB (5) – Jayme LeeAnn Frady, Kabarah Moore, Miasha Smith 1, Isabella Smith, Shanell McMillian, Asia Munn 2 Abby Cross 2, Magdiel Arteaga Gonzalez, Shanya Allen. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 30

1753 – Benjamin Franklin receives the Godfrey Copley medal “on account of his curious Experiments and Observations on Electricity” 1861 – Harper’s Weekly publishes EE Beers’ “All quiet along the Potomac” 1866 – Work begins on 1st US underwater highway tunnel, Chicago. 1886 – First commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo, NY. 1907 – Pike Place Market dedicated in Seattle. 1924 – 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC) 1937 – 3rd Heisman Trophy Award: Clint Frank, Yale (HB). 1950 – US President Truman threatens China with atom bomb. 1955 – “Pipe Dream” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 245 performances. 1956 – 1st use of …..

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Board of Elections rejects Register protest

The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon to address a preliminary hearing on the protest filed by Bladen County Commissioner District 3 candidate Ken Register Jr. Bladen County Attorney Leslie Johnson was in attendance for the preliminary hearing and addressed the audience. He noted that the North Carolina General Statues state the Board of Elections “shall” as soon as possible after the protest is filed, conduct a preliminary hearing. Johnson said if the board determines one or more of the conditions stated in the General Statues are not met, they will disallow the protest. If the board determines that both requirements are met, the board will schedule …..

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Bladen County GOP meets

The Bladen County Republican Party met Monday evening in Elizabethtown to celebrate the newly elected republicans. Congressman Robert Pittenger, and newly elected Commissioners David Gooden, Ashley Trivette and Ray Britt were all present. Landon Bordeaux, the local Party Chair, said he was very optimistic about the changes the newly elected officials will be able to make for our county and state. Share:

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Bladenboro to hold Christmas tree lighting on Friday and parade set for Saturday

The town of Bladenboro is set to hold their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Bladenboro Farmers Market. New Light Church will be serving cookies and the Bladenboro Rotary Club will be supplying plenty of hot chocolate to chase away the cold. Santa will also be present to hear the wishes of each girl and boy who attend. Don’t forget there will be plenty of caroling as well! There will be performances from the Galeed Praise Team, Austin Stone and Nick Peavy, Kayla Walters, and Gene Norton. Then on Saturday morning, the Christmas celebration continues with the Bladenboro Christmas Parade at 10:30 a.m. …..

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Family medicine residency clinic offers additional access to health care

Patients in need of medical care have another access point in the community through the Southeastern Family Medicine Residency Clinic. This non-traditional clinic features medical residents from throughout the country with specialized education in family medicine, enabling them to treat infants and children as well as adults. These physicians are knowledgeable about the latest medical trends and technology and use a team approach for their care. Family Medicine Physician and Program Director Dr. Donald Morando consults with these physicians-in-training to ensure that they have an experienced physician as a reference as they provide care for general health issues. Currently providing care at the clinic are Family Medicine Residents: Drs. Meredith …..

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Farm Service Agency Extends Voting Deadline for County Committee Elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Michigan Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Christine white, today announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016 to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office. “We’re extending the voting deadline to Dec. 13 to give farmers and ranchers a few additional days to get their ballots in,” said White. “I urge all eligible producers, especially minorities and women, to get involved …..

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Farmers Markets offer variety of goods for holiday planning

The Bladenboro Farmers Market and the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown are open and gearing up for the holiday season.  The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open all day Friday and closed on Christmas Eve. During the month of December they will offer homemade cakes and there will be fresh produce and pecans sold outside. The Bladenboro Farmers Market is located at 204 N. Main Street, Bladenboro. The Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown is one Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.  During the month of December craft vendors can be found each Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. They will have a variety …..

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State Highway Patrol Employees and Citizens Receive Departmental Awards

RALEIGH – Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Frank L. Perry, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, presented several members and citizens with awards in a ceremony today.  The awards given included the State Highway Patrol Award of Valor, Purple Heart Award, Meritorious Service Award, Samaritan Award, Humanitarian Service Award and the Appreciation Award. “This ceremony provides an opportunity to highlight the unwavering commitment demonstrated by our members both sworn and civilian,” said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol. “I am proud that our members display such unselfish service to the citizens of our great state.” Awards and Recipients: Award …..

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East Arcadia school releases honor rolls for first nine weeks

East Arcadia School has released the honor rolls for the first nine weeks grading period. Superintendent’s List Josue Cruz, Raheem Lewis, Kylie Thrailkill A-Honor Roll 3rd Grade-Josue Cruz, Raheem Lewis, Shanelle Lopez-Mota, A’Nida McKibben, Charles Ray, Kylie Thrailkill, Saraye Willis 4th Grade-Jalen Graham, Brevion Johnson 5th Grade-Ashley Mota-Castellanos, Rodney Lacewell 7th Grade-Charlene Mota-Huerta, Kayla Todd 8th Grade-Annabelle White A/B-Honor Roll 3rd Grade-La’Torrye Daniels, Micah Lewis, Sheyla Najera 4th Grade-Tyshon Allen, Daisha Graham, Charles Monroe 5th Grade-Juanita Beatty, Nevaeh Brezler, De’Ahvion Brown, Shyeen Everette, Jalen Henry 6th Grade-Quantico Fennell, Janis Price 8th Grade-Anthony Gregg, Cheyanne Jacobs Share:

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Continued Temporary Housing Assistance a Step Toward Recovery

If you are getting rental assistance from FEMA and repairs to your flood-damaged North Carolina home are taking longer than expected, you may be eligible to receive continued temporary housing assistance. The aid is available to eligible homeowners and renters. You may qualify for continued assistance if you demonstrate your need and develop a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one. A contractor’s estimate on repairs or a report on repairs can point to progress. You need to keep rental receipts, canceled checks or money orders showing proper use of previous rental assistance. Recovery progress can be marked by accepting the first offer of adequate, alternate housing …..

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Vineyard Golf

Golf Activities At Vineyard Golf

Three teams tied in the Monday Tossup this week. The team of Mac Porter, Norgie Hester and David Cross won the front side with 2 under par. The team of Dylan Laviner, Lloyd Hester and Warren Baker tied the team of Stacy Owen, Charles DeVane, Henry Warwick and Ann Tessenear on the backside. Both teams shot 2 under par. David Cross shot his age of 77 and Lloyd Hester shot 79 with 2 birdies. The Tossups, weather permitting, are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you are interested in participating call the pro shop at 910-247-6132. Share:

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Today is Giving Tuesday: give the gift of your time

Giving Tuesday is a global day for everyone to take a moment and either make a contribution or volunteer their time with a charitable organization of their choice. #GivingTuesday falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a way that you can become involved in your community. The premise of Giving Tuesday is for everyone—individuals, families, communities and corporations—to come together and give back to your community. There are many ideas and suggestions such as building a wheel chair ramp for a neighbor, make a financial contribution to a charity of your choice, volunteer your time with an organization, volunteer your time to read a book to a class …..

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Food Lion Donates 110,000 Meals to Feeding America® on #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday, Food Lion will celebrate the season of giving with the gift of food. For the third year in a row, Food Lion Feeds, the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, will make a $10,000 donation, or 110,000 meals, to Feeding America®. The donation also supports the company’s “Holidays Without Hunger” in-store campaign. “Food Lion is committed to ending hunger in the towns and cities we serve,” said Christy Phillips-Brown, director of External Communications & Community Relations at Food Lion. “Programs like ‘Holidays Without Hunger’ and our hunger-relief partners, Feeding America and food banks in our key communities, help us make progress toward that goal.” This holiday season, customers can …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for November 29

A couple of important reminders: Bladen County Shriners are sponsoring their Fish Fry in Elizabethtown and Bladenboro  Wednesday (tomorrow).  Cooking sites will be at the Food Lion parking lot in E-town and at Bo’s parking lot in the ‘Boro.  Proceeds benefit Shriner Hospitals that provide free services to children with medical needs. The East Bladen High School Football team travels to Vinegar Hill, near Tabor City, Friday to meet South Columbus as both teams participate in round three of the NCHSAA state wide 2A football playoffs.  Game time is 7:30 p.m.  Two of Bladen’s best young coaches face-off, Russell Dove and Robby Priest lead their respective teams.  Dove is in …..

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JV Girls Basketball: St. Pauls 21, East Bladen 16

ELIZABETHTOWN – St. Pauls defeated East Bladen 21-16 Monday in non-conference jayvee girls basketball. The Lady Bulldogs edged ahead 9-7 at halftime and led 14-11 at the third quarter break. Asia Munn tossed in 8 points to lead the East Bladen scoring, and Miasha Smith followed with 4 points. The Lady Eagles will host East Columbus Tuesday at 4 p.m. East Bladen (16) – Jayme LeeAnn Frady 3, Kabarah Moore, Miasha Smith 4, Isabella Smith, Shanell McMillian 1, Asia Munn 8, Abby Cross, Magdiel Arteaga Gonzalez, Shanya Allen. Share:

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JV Boys Basketball: St. Pauls 32, East Bladen 27, Overtime

ELIZABETHTOWN – St. Pauls claimed a 32-27 non-conference jayvee boys basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday night. St. Pauls tied the game 24-24 on a free throw with 9 seconds left in regulation. The Eagles jumped back in front as Joshua Wyatt raced for a lay-up off of the jump ball that opened the overtime period. The Bulldogs scored the next 6 points before a Keshaun Davis fee throw closed the gap to 30-27 with 31 seconds remaining, but a rebound basket sealed the verdict for St. Pauls. Freshman Majuan McKoy threw in 2 baskets in the first period and 2 more in the final quarter to lead the Eagle …..

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Boys Basketball: St. Pauls 84, East Bladen 47

ELIZABETHTOWN – St. Pauls opened up leads of 25-11, 51-23 and 75-38 en route to an 84-47 non-conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday night. The Eagles are shorthanded due to the absence of 6 players who are still playing on the Eagle football team in the Class 2A state play-offs. Guard Denzel Johnson is the only current Eagle with varsity basketball experience before this year. The Bulldogs built a 9-0 lead before Demetrius Wooten sank 2 free throws to put East Bladen on the board with 4:24 left in the first period. Wooten connected on 5 of 6 free throws in the quarter, and Johnson turned a steal …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 56, St. Pauls 15

ELIZABETHTOWN –East Bladen’s defense forced 33 turnovers that included 17 steals and held St. Pauls to only 5 baskets en route to a 56-15 non-conference girls basketball victory. “We talked at halftime about fundamentals, letting the game come to us and anticipating the pass,” said Lady Eagle Coach Patty Evers. “That helped us create turnovers and really gave us a big boost.” Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson stole the ball and pitched ahead to junior Shardajah Brown for a lay-up then nailed a 3-point shot to give East an early 5-0 lead. Moore-Peterson turned a runner into a 3-point play that was set up by a Brown assist. Brown buried a 3-point …..

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Toy drive at local radio station in Bladen County

A local radio station helping with a toy drive. The WBLA AM radio station in conjunction with the US Marines and Lu Mil Vineyard is supporting Toys-for-Tots, everyone deserves Christmas.   Please bring new unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts for the less fortunate children in the community.  The station located at 512 Peanut Road; Elizabethtown NC is a drop off location.  Office hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 29

1877 – US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time. 1887 – US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii. 1890 – 1st US Army – Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0, at West Point. 1910 – The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine. 1929 – Richard E. Byrd sends “My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole.” (He was wrong). 1932 – Cole Porters musical “Gay Divorcee” premieres in NYC. 1942 – US Office of Price Administration rations coffee for everyone, 10 pounds a year. 1943 – US aircraft carrier Hornet …..

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Dr. Roxie Wells talks about rural healthcare and Bladen County Hospital

Dr. Roxie Wells, President of Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, says rural health care is something she has always wanted to do. “I became interested in medicine as a child,” said Dr. Wells. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Wells taught science at James Kenan High School in Warsaw. She said after teaching for a while, she applied to medical school at East Carolina University and was accepted into the program. She performed her residency in New Hanover County. Dr. Wells said when she completed her residency, she returned to Duplin County where she began her practice. In 2010, she and her husband returned to Cumberland County and practiced medicine at …..

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FFA and 4-H gearing up for Regional Chicken Project

The Regional Chicken Project is an opportunity for youth in FFA and 4-H in the Southeastern Region to learn more about the livestock industry. Through this project, youth will get to choose hens or broiler chicks to purchase at a discounted rate. The birds will be raised and youth will complete a project record book to record their care and knowledge learned about chickens. In May, the youth will participate in the Southeastern Chicken Show, where they will demonstrate to the judge their knowledge of the bird. Training for this will be provided through workshops or classes. At the end of the project the youth will have the opportunity to …..

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No-Cost Business Seminars at BCC

DUBLIN – The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering several no-cost seminars in December. How to Start/Expand a Cleaning Service is Tues., Dec. 13, from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library at 111 N. Cypress St. The East Arcadia Center campus is hosting Fundraising Fundamentals for Non-Profits on Tues., Dec. 13, and Intro to Quickbooks for Business Part 2 on Thurs., Dec. 15. Both seminars meet from 6 until 8 p.m. Employee Development Plans 101 is scheduled for Thurs., Dec. 15, from 2 until 3 p.m. on the Dublin campus, building 2, room 202. This seminar will give business owners everything they need to …..

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Festival of Trees is “Sharing the Love”

Southeastern Hospice’s annual Festival of Trees will celebrate “Sharing the Love” during this year’s 31st Festival which begins Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. The annual holiday benefit for Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Health’s program of care for terminally ill patients and their families, will kick off this year’s celebration with a preview party for sponsors and decorators on Saturday, Dec. 3, with featured speaker SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson. The preview event will include recognition of donors and decorators for their support and dedication to the Festival.  The Festival, which features exquisitely-decorated theme trees, is being held in the Osterneck Auditorium at 102 N. Chestnut Street, directly across from the Robeson …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Highway Patrol Trooper Bud Price of Bladen County was promoted to Sergeant. N.C. Wildlife Officer Dennis Thompson was promoted to Franklin, Vance and Warren counties. 4,000 pounds of marijuana that fell from the air near White Oak was destroyed by law enforcement. Dr. Betty Bradley was setting up a medical practice in Bladenboro. Share:

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Vineyard Golf

Friday Tossup Results At Vineyard Golf

A large group of golfers showed up for the Friday After Thanksgiving Tossup at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The weather was perfect for scoring and two teams took advantage with under par rounds. Winning the front side, with a score of 3 under par, was George Boussais, Bobby Davis, Charles DeVane and Jimmy Davis. The backside was won, with a score of 4 under par, by the team of Pam Davis Taylor, Norgie Hester, Stacy Owen, Gary Shoak and Ed Horne. Weather permitting, Tossups are held usually on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For information call the pro shop at 910-247-6132. Share:

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Highway Patrol Employees and Civilians to Receive Awards

Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Frank L. Perry, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety will present several employees and civilians with awards from the department and the Highway Patrol in a ceremony on Tuesday, November 29th, at 10 a.m. at the State Bureau of Investigation Auditorium, 3318 Old Garner Road, Raleigh. The awards given will include the State Highway Patrol Award of Valor, Purple Heart Award, Meritorious Service Award, Samaritan Award, Humanitarian Service Award, and the Appreciation Award. Members of Troop B, District 5, assigned to Bladen and Columbus counties are on the list to receive recognition. The Meritorious service award recognizes a …..

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SeHealth consolidates Bladenboro clinic with Clarkton clinic

Southeastern Medical Clinic Bladenboro has merged with Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Health Center Clarkton location. Physician Assistants Heather Walters and Amy Ransom as well as the clinic support staff have transitioned to the Clarkton location. Bladenboro patients have the option of transferring either to the Clarkton location, Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake or to any other SeHealth primary care clinic located throughout the region. “The Bladenboro clinic suffered some damage during Hurricane Matthew, which forced us to temporarily relocate our providers and staff to our Clarkton location,” said SeHealth Primary Care Services Director Fordham Britt. “This temporary situation was evaluated and the decision was made to permanently relocate this office to …..

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Single-car crash in Bladenboro claims second life

A tragic single-car crash that ocurred on Saturday afternoon near Bladenboro  has turned into a double fatality, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash ocurred at 3:30 p.m. on NC 131 near the intersection of Old Abbottsburg Road. NC Highway Patrol Trooper K. McVicker said Richard Taylor of Bladenboro was traveling northbound on NC 131 towards Bladenboro when when he drifted left of the centerline and ran off the roadway to the left and struck a drainage culvert.  Taylor was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Saturday. Trooper McVicker said he died of his injuries early Monday.  His wife, Margaret Taylor, was pronounced dead on the scene …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for November 28

The Thanksgiving holiday is in the past, we hopefully return to a normal schedule, then Christmas and New Years. Rain is in our forecast over the next two or three days, and we need it.  A quick check with the National Weather Service indicates we have had about a half inch or less of rain over the past 30 days, 12 to 20 inches over the past 60 days and 15 to 30 inches over the past 90 days.  Feast or famine.  Rainfall totals are expected to be in the range of 1/4 to hopefully an inch by Wednesday night. For those who make New Year Resolutions, time to check …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 28

1775 – Second Continental Congress formally establishes US Navy. 1861 – Confederate Congress officially admits Missouri to Confederacy. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials begin in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1895 – America’s 1st auto race organized by the “Chicago Times-Herald” Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averaged 7 MPH. 1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater. 1914 – World War I: Following a war-induced closure in July, the New York Stock Exchange     re-opens for bond trading. 1925 – Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio, Nashville, Tn. 1929 – …..

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2016 Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade was a success

Photos contributed by: Leslie Cordle Santa was spotted in Bladen County this weekend, and was seen riding into town in the local parade. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Christmas parade at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27th. Tiina Mundy, Chamber President, said the weather was perfect and she was very pleased with the turn out. Some of the Chamber Ambassadors and board members rode on a float this year throwing out Shop Local bags and crowns. Mundy said the Chamber’s Ambassador, Todd Lyden brought the merchandise back to the Chamber to use for the event. Dawn Maynard, the Chamber’s Executive Director was very busy lining …..

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Bladen County Sports

Recreation Basketball Registration Still Open

Registration for the Bladen County Recreation Department’s Basketball program will continue through December 9th. Age groups offered are 6-8 Coed, 9-12 Girls, and 9-12 Boys. The fee per player is $30. There are two ways to register: 1- In person at the Parks and Recreation Office located at 803 W King Street, Elizabethtown between 8:30 AM and 5 PM, Monday-Friday. 2- Online at bladeninfo.org (Departments – Parks and Recreation – Online Registration) Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Yesterday was a very good, very tiring day.  The Bladenboro Bulldog class of ’56 met with mmmm over 20 but less than 25 class members attending.  All in all, about 40 to 45 with spouses, or someone to chauffeur on hand.  We began our Freshman class with about 100 in 1953, about 80 or so as Sophomores, down to the mid 60s by our Junior year and in the mid to upper 50s graduated, if my memory is correct.  It was a fun day.  On the down side, our list of deceased that entered high school is up to around 35 to 40. From there it was on to Clarkton …..

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Rahu Purdie Pours in 27 points For Lander

GREENWOOD, SC – West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie blistered the nets with 27 points Friday night, but his Lander Bearcats dropped a 97-92 overtime decision to Fayetteville State in the first round of the Finis Horne Classic. The Bearcats trailed 71-60 with 2:44 left in regulation when Purdie drove for 2 lay-ups and made 4 of 5 free throws to trim the Bronco lead to 74-68 with 1:44 remaining. Purdie popped in a jumper, drove for another lay-up and drained a 3-point shot to slice the Fayetteville State lead to 82-80 with 38 seconds on the clock. The sophmore guard fouled out two seconds later. The Tar Heel native tossed …..

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Festivities and savings are not over in Bladen County

Bladen County had a busy Thanksgiving week. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday was successful according to both shoppers and local business owners in the area. Lu Mil Vineyard kicked off their annual light show Saturday, but the holiday fun is just beginning.  The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Christmas Parade, Sunday, November 27th at 3p.m. in downtown Elizabethtown and Santa is sure to show up. According to Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the local chamber, there are about 50 units lined up for the parade. Some businesses in the downtown area will be open on Sundays now until Christmas too. Bladenboro is set …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 27

1870 – The New York Times dubs baseball “The National Game.” 1889 – 1st permit issued to drive a car through Central Park (Curtis P. Brady). 1895 – Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel’s will establishes the Nobel Prize. 1901 – US Army War College is established in Washington, DC. 1910 – NY’s Penn Station opens as world’s largest railway terminal. 1924 – In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held. 1934 – Bank robber Baby Face Nelson dies in a shoot-out with the FBI. 1945 – Gen. George Marshall named special US envoy to China. 1956 – 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung from University of Notre Dame …..

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Bladen County Sports

NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs East Bladen 28, Ayden-Grifton 21, Overtime

Junior fullback Xavia McDowell caught the game-winning touchdown pass from quarterback Quinton Bedsole, and East Bladen’s defense held Ayden-Grifton a yard short as the Eagles advanced to the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs with a 28-21 overtime victory Friday night. The first three quarters of the game featured a battle between the star halfbacks from each team. East Bladen’s Ethan Hines carried 28 times for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns, caught one pass for a 33-yard gain and another pass for a 2-point conversion. “Ethan’s really banged up,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “But he gave us a big game tonight.” Hines has now rushed for …..

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Bladen County Sports

Friday’s High School Football Play-off Results

Class 2A East East Bladen 28, Ayden-Grifton 21 South Columbus 75, Fairmont 42 Elizabeth City Northeastern 63, Southwest Onslow 20 Edenton Holmes 51, Kinston 33 Class 2AA East Clinton 45, South Granville 7 Jacksonville Northside 15, Bunn 7 East Duplin 33, Roanoke Rapids 0 Hertford County 34, High Point Andrews 31 Class 1AA East  Wallace-Rose Hill 38, Union 0 Lakewood 42, Princeton 22 Tarboro 61, Granville Central 0 East Carteret 56, Gates County 0 Class 1AA West Whiteville 13, Bessemer City 12 Mount Airy 49, East Surry 6 Class 1A East Plymouth 49, Jones Senior 13 North Edgecombe 16, Northside-Pinetown 14 Northhampton County 42, Southeast Halifax 14 Southside 60, KIPP …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

I still get excited about seeing my Bladenboro Bulldog classmates from ’56.  We have gathered every 5 years since graduation.  Our numbers have dropped, as you would expect, but still a goodly number after all these years.  Will see them today. According to info received recently, graduates of Clarkton High School will also get-together this afternoon at the their old school. When I travel Peanut Plant Road, past WBLA radio station, I have so many wonderful memories related to my 20 years there, but there are others, like dealing with the light on the top of the tower.  When it ceased working, the FAA must be notified.  It is expensive …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 26

1716 – 1st lion exhibited in America (Boston). 1789 – 1st national Thanksgiving in America. 1832 – 1st streetcar railway in America starts operating (NYC) (12 cent fare). 1842 – The University of Notre Dame is founded. 1861 – West Virginia created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virginia. 1865 – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is published in America. 1916 – Addressing the Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati, US President Wilson declares that ‘The business of neutrality is over.  The nature of modern war leaves no state untouched.’ 1941 – Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro. 1942 – “Casablanca” directed by Michael Curtiz and starring …..

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One fatality and one airlifted after wreck in Bladenboro

We have an update on the report we brought you earlier today. Bladenboro residents could see a helicopter in air after a wreck on Friday, November 25th around 3:30 p.m. The crash brought first responders to the victims aid on Highway 131 beyond Bladenboro Middle School. According to Bradley Kinlaw, there was one fatality and one patient air lifted due to the wreck in Bladenboro. Injuries and the cause of the wreck are unknown at this time. The Highway Patrol department is currently investigating the cause of the accident.  Share:

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49 North Carolina Counties Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance Grants

RALEIGH, N.C. – A total of 49 counties are now eligible for FEMA Public Assistance grants for permanent repair and replacement of disaster-damaged infrastructure resulting from Hurricane Matthew. Thirteen counties were previously approved for all Public Assistance Categories A through G. An additional 36 counties were approved this week. The 49 counties that are now eligible are: Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wake, Wayne and Wilson. Public Assistance …..

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Supporting your local farmers and crafters made easy in Bladen County

Many shoppers go out of town for holiday fairs. The farmer’s markets in Bladen County make it easy for folks to purchase handmade and/or homegrown items for the holidays. Bladenboro Farmer’s Market is open every Friday and Saturday and the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown will be open every Saturday from now until Christmas.  Ms. Ellen Gause is planning to be at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market this Saturday offering her special handmade ornaments. Gause said, “We have a “Holly Day Fair” right here in town every Saturday especially during the month of December.  Vendors will be on site as well this Saturday for Small Business Week with quality …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Today is black Friday, maybe the biggest shopping day of the year.  Hopefully, shopping begins at home, but no doubt many will be heading to regional shopping centers. Our thanksgiving holiday began on a high note and continued throughout the day, no shopping just food and family on a beautiful day, followed by more time together today and a class reunion tomorrow. Three NFL games yesterday.  Today, college football including the Tar Heels and Wolfpack, squaring off at noon time today.  And, high school football tonight.  The Eagles of East Bladen (8-4) travel to Ayden-Grifton (9-3) in the NCHSAA Class 2A Play-offs.  The school is located at 7653 NC 11, …..

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Black Friday starts on Thursday now in Bladen County

Big box stores began opening on Thanksgiving day a few years ago to start the Black Friday shopping early. Crowds were out in Elizabethtown taking advantage of the savings after their meals on Turkey Day. Walmart, Goody’s, CVS Pharamacy, and Walgreens were all open offering huge savings on Thursday, Nov. 24th. Shoppers in Walmart reported getting to the store at 4:00 p.m. and staying until 6 or 7 p.m. to be sure and grab the items they wanted for the holidays. CVS employees said they had been swamped until around 6 p.m. when the sales started at Walmart. Goody’s Thanksgiving sale lasts until 1 a.m. View saving offered all weekend in …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 25

1715 – First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn. 1783 – Britain evacuates New York City, its last military position in United States. 1792 – Benjamin Banneker first publishes his Farmer’s Almanac. 1834 – Delmonico’s, one of NY’s finest restaurants, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents. 1867 – US Congress commission looks into “impeachment” of President Andrew Johnson. 1912 – American College of Surgeons incorporates in Springfield, Illinois. 1920 – 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Philadelphia). 1930 – Sporting News picks Bill Terry as NL MVP & Joe Cronin as AL MVP. 1940 – Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter …..

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White Lake Fire Department helps Bladen County prepare for Thanksgiving

Every year millions of people prepare for Thanksgiving by cooking a turkey for their friends and family. The White Lake Fire Department helps Bladen County folks prepare for the big day while raising funds for their department. The Fire Department held their annual Thanksgiving fundraiser Wednesday. For the past five or so years the department has sold fried and baked turkeys and Boston butts to help raise money for their department according to Fire Chief Dale Brennan. Chief Brennan said, “We had about 20 volunteer firefighters take off of their regular jobs to help with this fundraiser and will do the same thing for their annual White Lake Water Festival plate sale.” Brennan …..

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East Bladen High School

NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs, East Bladen (8-4) at Ayden-Grifton (9-3)

East Bladen’s Eagles continue their march through the NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs Friday night when they make the 100-mile trip to Ayden-Grifton to battle the Chargers who are the No. 2 seed in the Class 2A East. Coach Paul Cornwell’s Chargers won the Eastern Carolina 2A Conference and hold victories over Farmville Central (41-13) and Kinston (34-28).  Their losses were 44-8 to undefeated West Craven, 54-42 to Class 4A Greenville Conley and 42-14 to undefeated Southern Nash. “They beat Kinston and Kinston was in the state championship game last year,” said East Bladen Coach Robby Priest. “They look good on film. They are big up front and spread it …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 24

1639 – 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped established size of the Solar System. 1703 – 1st Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia. 1871 – National Rifle Association organized (NYC). 1874 – American inventor Joseph Glidden patents barbed wire. 1903 – Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter. 1916 – Mexican and US representatives sign a protocol at Atlantic City, under which Pershing’s troops will withdraw and each nation’s army will guard the border.  President Carranza of Mexico will refuse to accept it. 1932 – In Washington, DC, the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the …..

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10 Tips to stay safe over the Thanksgiving holiday in Bladen County

The increased traffic that traditionally occurs during the Thanksgiving holiday means that drivers must be more alert when traveling. We reached out to Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker, for some safety tips for motorists this holiday season. Following are 10 tips to help you stay safe during the holidays or anytime you travel. 1. Check your car is in proper working order. Make sure your tires, oil and lights are all as they should be before driving off to your destination.  Replenish fuel prior to reaching ¼ tank and carry a breakdown kit/first aid kit. 2. Buckle up. 3. Don’t speed. There are roads that were washed out during the hurricane in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Thanksgiving Day. Time to give thanks, enjoy family and friends and a delicious meal, go to sleep watching NFL football, rise early tomorrow and weigh to see how much I have retained. I think back to my early school days, learning about the Pilgrims and how they prepared a feast and gave thanks for their new country.  Some think we ‘messed-it-up’ since their arrival.  Hopefully our best days are yet to come. Wikipedia describes ‘The First Thanksgiving” in 1621 as a feast between Pilgrims and the Wampanoag at Plymouth Colony.  It included waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin and squash.  Other articles indicate some settlers sharing a …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 38, Fairmont 34

ELIZABETHTOWN – Shardajah Brown and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 13 points each to lead East Bladen to a 38-34 non-conference girls basketball victory over Fairmont Wednesday night. Fairmont pulled to within 33-30 on Kiara Page’s 3-pointer with 2:27 left to play. Senior Emily Scott sank 3 of 4 free throws for East Bladen, and senior Yolanda Coston made one to stretch the Lady Eagle lead to 37-30 with 1:24 remaining. Fairmont’s Kristy Moore converted 4 straight free throws to trim the margin to 37-34 with 17 seconds on the clock. Scott was fouled with 5 seconds left and hit a free throw to seal the verdict. “A win is a …..

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11 Bladen roads remain closed from Hurricane Matthew damage

It’s been more than six weeks since Hurricane Matthew brought flooding and wind damage to Bladen County. The storm which roared through Oct. 8 washed out several roads and N.C. Department of Transportation crews continue to make repairs. As of Wednesday, Bladen County still has 11 road sections under repair, according to NCDOT. Here is the list from NCDOT of Bladen County roads that are still damaged and not open to through traffic: ** N.C. 242, north of Elizabethtown, near State Road 1508 (LuLu Long Road) and State Road 1509 (Johnsontown Road) due to a washout caused by flooding. Detour signs are posted. ** N.C. 53 in White Oak near …..

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FEMA approves more than $2 million for housing help in Bladen County

More than $2 million has been approved to assist Bladen County residents with housing needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says. The agency announced Wednesday there have been 2,796 applications in Bladen County and that $2,010,694 has been approved as part of the government’s Individual Housing Program. In North Carolina’s 45 counties declared disaster areas because of the storm, FEMA has recevied more than 74,000 applications for its IHP program and approved almost $78 million. Robeson County has had the most applications (17,395) and the most funds approved ($20.4 million) of any of the designated areas. FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center in Bladen County has …..

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Chamber announces winner of window decorating contest

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winner of the Second annual Window Decorating Contest on Wednesday.  Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard said the winner was Fisher’s Ladies Shop. Receiving second place was Leinwand’s Men’s and third place was Leinwand’s Ladies. Maynard said the Chamber awarded ribbons for each place to the businesses and included a large gift basket filled with local goodies from Bladen County and donated by Whimsical Florist to the first place winner. Karen Suggs, owner of Fisher’s Ladies Shop said the window displays were called Shopping good in the Neighborhood and depicted a scene of Mannequins in front of a house and a wagon …..

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You Decide: Will The Trump Economic Policies Work?

Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension The voting is over, and we now know Donald J. Trump will take office next year as the 45th President of the United States in January. A big part of the presidential political campaigns centered on the economy, with candidates talking about boosting economic growth, creating jobs and improving pay. With Mr. Trump the winner, all eyes will be on the policies he will promote to achieve these goals.  So what will President-elect Trump eventually do to help the economy? Here I provide my predictions for policy initiatives from the Trump Administration as well as an analysis of those initiatives, particularly for North …..

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SeHealth employees thankful for hurricane relief

By Kelli B. Skipper In the middle of Hurricane Matthew’s devastating aftermath, Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and the Southeastern Health Foundation Board recognized a tremendous need to help their own by creating the SeHealth Hurricane Matthew Employee Relief Fund. According to Alisia Oxendine, director of guest services who assisted with the needs assessment and distribution process for the relief fund, more than 60 SeHealth employees were temporarily or permanently displaced from their homes and/or lost their vehicles when Hurricane Matthew devastated the area on October 8.  In addition, numerous other employees experienced additional hardships, including damaged homes and property.  With the effects of the storm, SeHealth employees needed assistance and an …..

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Low Income Housing program accepting applications

The Bladen County Department of Social Services will be taking applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program beginning December 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Only households containing an elderly person age 60 and above or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) are eligible to apply for benefits from December 1st through December 31st or until funds are exhausted. All other households can apply for LIEAP benefits from January 1st through March 31st 2017or until funds are exhausted, if all eligibility requirements are met.  Business hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Low Income Energy …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Boys Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 5, Tar Heel 0

Garrett Melvin figured in the scoring of 4 goals as Clarkton School of Discovery defeated Tar Heel 5-0 Tuesday night in Bladen Five Middle Conference boys soccer action at County Park. Melvin cracked the scoring column in the sixth minute converting a throw-in from Jackson Bostic into a Blue Devil goal. Twelve minutes later Melvin sent a pass to Joseph Masaid who knocked in the shot for a 2-0 Clarkton lead. In the second half Melvin banged a shot off of a Tar Heel defender and into the net. In the 46th minute Jake Garrison battled his way down the field and fired in a goal for a 4-0 Blue …..

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Governor McCrory Expands State of Emergency to 22 Additional Counties Impacted by Wildfires

Franklin, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has expanded a State of Emergency to cover 22 additional counties to help the state combat the ongoing spread of wildfires in western North Carolina. The governor joined firefighters, emergency management officials and volunteers today at the Macon County Incident Command Post Center to provide an update on the state’s response to the wildfires. Macon County is one of 47 total counties now included in the State of Emergency due to wildfires. The N.C. Forest Service has issued a burning ban on all open burning and cancelled burning permits in these 47 counties. “As we approach Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for the firefighters, first responders …..

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Elizabethtown 3, Bladenboro 0

Sixth grader Malcolm Bolden completed a second half hat trick, scoring the only goals in a 3-0 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys soccer victory for Elizabethtown over Bladenboro at County Park Tuesday. Bolden took advantage of two assists from Victor Garcia and another from Drew Sholar to score his goals.  “Zach Meares and Brady Hollingsworth kept the ball away from our half of the field and really helped keep the pressure on Bladenboro’s end of the field,” said Cougar Coach Tripp Lancaster. “Very proud of the whole team, continued Coach Lancaster. “Everyone played hard, communicated well, and had fun. Couldn’t ask for a better debut to middle school sports …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Elizabethtown 5, Bladenboro 0

Kenia Medina accounted for 4 goals Tuesday night as Elizabethtown opened their Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer season with a 5-0 victory over Bladenboro at County Park. Medina put the Lady Cougars on the board early with a goal in the first 30 seconds. Medina would put 2 more shots into the net, and Katlynn Tatum fired in the other Elizabethtown goal. The final goal came when Medina blasted a long shot that deflected off of a Bladenboro defender and into the net. “I thought we played very well for the limited practice time we had,” said Elizabethtown Coach Tripp Lancaster. “Carlie West did a great job anchoring …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Girls Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 9, Tar Heel 1

Sophia Masaid lit up the scoreboard with 5 goals Tuesday and led Clarkton School of Discovery to a 9-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer victory over Tar Heel. Clarkton’s Katie Evans fired in the first goal of the girls soccer season in the first minute of play. Two minutes later Lauren Bowen raced down the field and knocked another Lady Blue Devil goal into the net. Masaid started her scoring barrage with an unassisted goal a minute later. In the ninth minute, Evans turned a Sara Gargala throw-in into a goal and a 4-0 lead. Tar Heel cracked the scoring column a minute later, but back came the …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Fighting Holiday Pounds

Research shows that most Americans gain from 2 – 4 pounds during the time from Thanksgiving through New Years.   We can always count on the holidays to challenge and tempt us with too many choices at the table. Too many extras combined with too little activity can lead to extra pounds. To prevent too many extra pounds piling on as festivities continue into the New Year, consider trying these simple strategies to help handle all those holiday temptations. *Eat an apple*. An apple a day does more than keep the doctor away. In a recent study, people who ate an apple about 15 minutes before lunch consumed nearly 190 …..

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Farm-City Banquet offers glimpse into blueberry production

The Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet was held on Tuesday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. Ralph Carter was the speaker for the evening.  Becky Spearman introduced the evening’s speaker Ralph Carter, owner Carter Farms and Vice-President of the Carolina Blueberry Association and President of the North Carolina Blueberry Council. Carter said that the cooler weather has helped to put the blueberry plants into a dormant phase for this year. He said just like people need to rest and sleep, so do the blueberry plants hence the dormant phase. “Bladen County has been good to us,” said Carter. He told those in attendance that he is a third …..

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Bladenboro Rotary Club hears ideas on how to grow

Erin Smith, Public Relations Chair for the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, spoke at the November 21st Bladenboro Rotary meeting.  Miss Smith gave valuable tips to members on how they could “grow” the club. She included ideas such as how to promote the club through the use of news media, holding a joint event with another Rotary Club, becoming involved with RYLA and Rotaract, and holding a social to invite the community to come and learn about Rotary. “It’s important that you keep your club and your club’s activities in front of people,” said Smith. She also gave them an update on upcoming events for the Elizabethtown Rotary Club.   Share:

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Highway Patrol Emphasizes Safety During Thanksgiving Holiday

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to focus on safety while traveling to their intended destinations.  According to AAA, 43.5 million Americans are expected to take to the roads across the nation, an increase of 1.9 percent over last year.  As the number of vehicles increase on interstates and major thoroughfares, motorists are reminded to use caution while driving. “Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together to enjoy one another,” said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol.  “Our focus is to ensure safe travel while combating the potential of any loss of life.” Drivers are encouraged …..

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Thompson’s Automotive is now open under new ownership

Thompson’s Automotive located at 300 West King Street is now open under new ownership. William Thompson assumed ownership of the business on Tuesday. It will operate under the new name of Thompson’s Auto Care Center LLC. Thompson said all of the current employees — Gary Davis, Tommy Moore, and Lynn Hill — will remain. He added that he has plans in place to give the facility an updated look. Thompson said he will continue to offer services such as tire, oil changes, general maintenance, front end alignment and air conditioner work for automobiles. He also plans to bring motor vehicle inspections back. “My main concern is my customers. That’s what …..

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West Bladen High School releases Honor Rolls for first nine weeks

West Bladen High School has released their Honor Rolls for the first nine weeks grading period in the first semester. Superintendent’s List – Grade of 96 and above in all classes 9th Grade – Kaitlyn Beder, Alyssa Bell, Jordan Benson, Autumn Brisson, Madison Cain, Janet Chavez, Zachary Everitte, Alexis Ray, Janet Rivera, Tristen Sadler, Olivia Sholar, Logan West, Daniel Lopez 10th Grade – Hannah Arnett, Kristina Bryan, Kolby Edwards, Jennifer Gaytan Morales, Nyzella Guions, Drew Harris, Callie Lewis, Mohagany Rozier 11th Grade – Cierra Byrd, Fernando Carranza Toledo, Glorimar Cruz Pagan, Bethany Davis, Kyle Gause, Shantease Grimes, Anna Moser, Gerardo Reyes Maldonado, Aileen Sanchez-Garcia, Alana Brook Tatum, Marcos Vasquez Aguilar, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for November 23

Correction, the Shriner’s Fish Fry is not today, as I stated yesterday, it’s a week from today.  After a week of turkey and ham, fish next Wednesday will be wonderful.  Plan now to attend.  Proceeds benefit cripple children. We celebrate many occasions related to sacrifices by of our military, and all are very deserving, but, I have been thinking about a monument off NC 210 near Ivanhoe, in Bladen County that was erected by residents of the area in memory of four World War II Aviators killed in a nearby crash, and we hear little about them.  (Diagram that sentence, if you can).  The inscription: ” In memory of: Lt. …..

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