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2016 Sports Year in Review – September

Senior halfback Ethan Hines sparked East Bladen’s Eagles to a pair of September victories. Hines scored 4 touchdowns in a 42-28 victory over St. Pauls rushing for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught a 60 yard touchdown pass from Quinton Bedsole and returned a kick-off 83 yards for another touchdown. Hines tallied 4 more touchdowns in a 42-0 Four County rout of Midway. He rushed for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns, caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Bedsole and returned a fumble 81 yards for another touchdown. Freshman Jake Evans recorded a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals in an 8-0 soccer win for East Bladen over West Columbus. …..

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This Day in History for January 1

  • 12/31/2016
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1673 – Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston. 1776 – Gen. George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag. 1797 – Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY. 1818 – Official reopening of the White House. 1842 – 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC. 1861 – President-elect of the United States Abraham Lincoln declares slavery in Confederate states unlawful (US Civil War). 1862 – 1st US income tax (3% of incomes> $600, 5% of incomes> $10,000) 1886 – 1st Tournament of Roses (Pasadena, California) 1898 – Brooklyn merges with NY to form present City of NY. 1905 – 9 hour work day for diamond miners. 1919 …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament Wrap-up

After twelve games in three days, the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament went down to the final seconds Friday night when Dillon’s Rakeem Fletcher double-pumped an attempt at tying the game off the back-iron and into the hands of West Bladen’s John Bowen. The Knights captured their third straight Woodmen Life crown with the 59-57 victory over the Wildcats in the title game. Tournament Most Outstanding Player Sayaun Dent pumped in 23 points and guard Kalvin Page who finished with 12 points and 9 rebounds was also named to the All-Tournament Team. Bowen finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds for the Knights. The Dillon Wildcats who led by as many …..

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Mysteries of the Bays- First Day Hike

This hike will be a .5 mile loop and will focus on the mysteries of Carolina Bays and the ecosystem here at Singletary Lake State Park. This will be an easy hike and last approximately 30-45 minutes. We are asking that visitors call the park office in advance to sign up. The hike is limited to 15 participants. Date of Event: Sunday, January 1, 2017 – 2:00pm to 2:45pm Start Location: Education building at Singletary Lake State Park near Kelly. The telephone number is 910-669-2928. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 31

For party-goers, this night may be as good as it gets.  Please be safe as you ring in the New Year.   What do you see as the highlight of 2016?  How about 2017?   Would not suggest a trip to Russia for retiring President Barack Obama, anytime soon.   Interesting to see the reaction of our Congressional leaders to the crackdown on Russian Intelligence activities in the USA.  Also interesting reaction by President-elect Trump.   Time for New Year’s Resolutions, time to list property for taxing purposes for the new year and time to pay your 2016 taxes.   And after 56 years of marriage to my bride (Sarah), we have agreed …..

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NCGOP Chairman Responds to Roy Cooper’s Elections Lawsuit Filing

RALEIGH, NC — NCGOP’s Chairman Robin Hayes responds to Roy Cooper’s elections lawsuit filing:    “After a close and divisive election, instead of seeking a bipartisan review of election and ethics issues, governor-elect Cooper has chosen to go into full partisan attack mode. Instead of seeking real and reasonable bipartisan solutions that provide confidence for everyone in the nation that North Carolina ethics and election decisions are partisan free, he instead shows exactly why this change to a bipartisan system is needed.”    –Chairman Robin Hayes  Share:

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament Championship: West Bladen 59, Dillon, S.C. 57

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Tournament Most Outstanding Player Sayaun Dent scored 23 points Friday night to lead West Bladen to a 59-57 victory over Dillon, SC and the Knights third consecutive Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament Championship. Dent nailed a 3-point shot from the right corner to vault the Knights ahead 50-49 with 4:56 left to play, but Rakeem Fletcher’s follow shot jumped the Wildcats back in front 51-50. Dent grabbed a rebound and hurled a pass to senior John Bowen as he was falling to the floor. Bowen dropped in the lay-up for a 52-51 Knight lead. Junior Jonathan Robinson powered in a rebound to stretch the West …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: East Bladen 68, North Brunswick 55

DUBLIN – Senior Eian Hines posted a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, and guard Denzel Johnson added 20 points and 8 steals as they led East Bladen’s Eagles to their first basketball win of the season 68-55 over North Brunswick Friday in the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Eian Hines and Johnson combined for 21 points in the final period as the Eagles outscored the Scorpions 25-15 to claim the victory. Johnson opened the period with a driving lay-up, but North’s Ian Hinson answered with a 3-point shot to keep the Scorpions within 45-43. After Eian Hines hit a free throw, twin brother Ethan Hines banked in a runner, …..

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This Day in History for December 31

  • 12/30/2016
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1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation:  Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors. 1781 – Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens. 1841 – Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons. 1862 – Union ironclad ship “Monitor” sand off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1890 – Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot. 1904 – First New Year’s Eve celebration held in Times Square (then Longacre Square), in New York City. 1907 – For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the New Year. 1910 – US tobacco industry produced 9 billion cigarettes in …..

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Thomasine Cheshire Brisson

Bladenboro –  Thomasine Cheshire Brisson passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. She was born on April 22, 1950.   She was preceded in death by her mother, Christine C. McKnight, her husband, Eddie Cheshire, and her son, Sammy Cheshire.   She is survived by her father, Harold McKnight; her husband, Jasper Brisson; two daughters: Christy Storms and husband Roger and Kimberly Cheshire and fiancé Jason Robinson; her grandchildren: Scottie Storms, Baylee Cheshire, Morgan Babson, Nicholas Storms, and Peyton Robinson; a nephew, McRae Lewis; her brother, Thomas Harold Lewis and wife Cathy; and her sister, Jo Allbright and husband Howard.   A time of visitation will take place on Saturday, December …..

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Bridal Show set for Lu Mil for January 15

Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin will host a Bridal Show on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2 until 5 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. “It’s more like a trade show,” said Denise Bridgers. She said that the show is at capacity right now with vendors including photographers, DJs, event planners, dealers for  Bridal gowns, tuxedo rentals, and caterers. Bridgers said there are also vendors who make wedding party favors, a limousine service, people who do make-up for weddings. She added there is plenty of variety in this year’s show. Bridgers said the show is not just for the bride. She said that grooms and members of …..

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Bladen County’s most eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette contest

You’re invited to take part in BladenOnline.com’s “Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Contest” brought to you courtesy of Bob’s Jewel Shop of Lumberton and Cape Fear Heating & Cooling.  We are looking for the Most Eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette in Bladen County. Nominations have been extended through February 10th.  Nominees that have been submitted thus far are: Bobby L. Singletary, Joey Davis, Rufus Monroe, James Faulk, Chris Walters, Dawan Pearson, Zane Singletary, LoWanda Davis, Cheryl Thurston, and Mary McKiver. All nominees will be invited to attend the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown on Valentine’s Day at noon. They will be treated to a …..

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Bladen County Board of Commissioners to meet Tuesday

Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday night and Bladen County Tax Administrator Renee Davis is expected to present bids on several county owned parcels to the board for their consideration. The board is also expected to recognize Russell Priest for his service as Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. The board is expected to deal with numerous advisory board appointments. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin is expected to update the Commissioners regarding the Law Enforcement and Detention Center Construction project and to present a change order for the project. The board will also consider scheduling a special meeting for Monday, January 30. Share:

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One Bladen County magistrate reaches milestone in service

For one Bladen County magistrate, Friday saw her reach a milestone in her years of service as a magistrate–17 years to be exact. According to Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis, Magistrate Tami Mancos began her career on October 16, 2000, making her the longest continuous serving magistrate in Bladen County. Mancos took her oath of office for the 17th time as Chief District Court Judge Scott Ussery administered the oath on Friday morning. Mancos also has another distinction that sets her apart as well. “I am the first female magistrate to serve (in Bladen County),” said Mancos. She is proud to have set such a precedent but she …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Resolutions for Better Health

By Sandra Cain As the holiday season winds down and we begin to turn those reflections on the past year into resolutions for the new year, it’s easy to create grand resolutions that too often fall by the wayside. For long-term success, slowly phasing moderate changes into your current lifestyle may be more beneficial. Here are five suggestions that can easily be incorporated into your dietary plan and are sure to get you started on the road to good health in the new year. Eat more fruits and veggies! Fruits and vegetables are known to provide vitamins, minerals and fiber essential for the normal, everyday functioning of the human body, …..

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Rev. Pia Jessup to address MLK gathering at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church

Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will mark the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, with a presentation followed by a light lunch in the PAC Building immediately following the parade. The speaker for the event will the Rev. Pia Jessup, pastor of Rose Hill AME Zion Church. There will also be musical entertainment. Rev. Jessup is a graduate of West Bladen High School and is the daughter of Betty Jessup and the late Charlie Jessup. Rev. Jessup was crowned the 2012 Miss Black North Carolina USA. She holds the distinction of being named the youngest woman to ever be appointed to pastor in the Cape Fear …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 30

Did you know you are gaining a second to the end of this year?  Important announcement:  World timekeepers have announced they’ll add a leap second just before midnight tomorrow night.  The last leap second was added on June 30, 2015 just before midnight.  FYI. The rain gauge at the Hester household indicated we had .80 inches of rain yesterday.  The National Weather Service at the Curtis Brown Airport received .83 inches.  Nice shower. Ever feel the state, nation and world is in turmoil?  Frankly, I prefer more stability. Area college football teams have had a good bowl season so far.  NCSU & Demon Deacons have posted victories, today the Tar …..

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This Day in History for December 30

  • 12/30/2016
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1731 – 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham’s great room in Boston) 1854 – Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, 1st in US, incorporated in NYC. 1861 – US banks stops payments in gold. 1905 – Former Governor Frank Steunenberg is assassinated near his home in Caldwell, Idaho. 1926 – Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substantiated) 1929 – Cole Porter’s musical “Wake Up & Dream” premieres in NYC. 1936 – United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher Body Plant. 1948 – “Kiss Me, Kate” opens at New Century Theater NYC for 1077 performances. …..

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Match-ups for Day 3 of Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament

Two tightly-contested semi-final games before a packed house concluded the second day of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen High. “We have had good games all day,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “This has been an unbelievable tournament. I don’t think people realize the kind of event that we have here. “We have an advantage in that we only have two high schools in Bladen County and we can bring in strong teams from all over,” continued Coach Pait. “At the Robeson County Shoot-out and the Cumberland County tournaments, you have the same teams that play each other during the season playing each other again.” West Bladen …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: Scotland 78, East Bladen 71

DUBLIN – A 10-0 opening run propelled Scotland High to a 78-71 victory over East Bladen Thursday in the consolation bracket of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. “I thought we came out flat,” said Eagle Coach Kenzil McCall. “The kids played their hearts out yesterday against a good Fairmont team, and it was tough to come back out here today with that kind of intensity.” Guard Denzel Johnson sank 2 free throws for the first Eagle points at the 5:09 mark of the first period. Demetrius Wooten banked in a 6-footer and turned a steal into a lay-up, and Eian Hines drove the baseline for a basket that trimmed the …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: West Bladen 67, Whiteville 63

DUBLIN – Senior Kalvin Page scored 10 of his 18 points in the last 4 minutes as West Bladen rallied from 6 points down to defeat Whiteville 67-63 Thursday night and advance to the championship game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights (7-2) ran their winning streak to 7 games and will battle Dillon, SC, an 84-77 winner over Fairmont, in Friday’s title game at 8 p.m. The Wolfpack led 47-42 entering the final period and pushed their lead to 51-45 on Earl Grubbs’ 3-pointer with 7:05 left. Senior Sayaun Dent beat the Whiteville press for a lay-up that turned into a 3-point play then shoveled …..

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FEMA North Carolina Registration Line Holiday Hours

The FEMA Registration Helpline Call Center will close for the New Year holiday at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at 7 a.m., Monday, Jan 2. During the closure, a recording will be placed on the 800-621-3362 number advising callers of the temporary closure and normal operating hours. The closure also includes the 711-Relay and Video Relay Services. No support specialists will be available during this time period. However, callers can still check the status of their registration through the automated menu. This temporary closure does not affect internet users. They may register or check the status of their registration online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Share:

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North Carolina’s November County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen At 6.4

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 66 of North Carolina’s counties in November, decreased in 23, and remained unchanged in 11.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.4 percent, while Buncombe County and Orange County each had the lowest at 3.7 percent.  Six of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, five decreased, and four remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.8 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.9 percent.  The November not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.8 percent.   Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% …..

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Deadline to pay 2016 property taxes is January 5

By: Erin Smith The deadline to pay your 2016 property taxes is fast approaching. All property taxes for 2016 need to be paid by January 5 and interest on the amount owed will begin accruing on January 6. Bladen County Tax Administrator Renee Davis said that if you cannot pay your 2016 property taxes in full, you can come into the tax office and set up a payment plan.  She said the tax department has various means at its disposal to collect unpaid debts including wage garnishments, debt set off, seizing income tax refunds, etc. Davis said she anticipates second notices to be mailed out soon to Bladen County residents …..

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State Board of Education meets, authorizes attorney challenge new law stripping NC DPI of constitutional authority

The State Board of Education met on Wednesday in a called meeting and according to a release, SBE Chairman Bill Cobey has authorized the State Board of Education’s attorney to file a constitutional challenge to NC Session Law 2016-126. “The State Board of Education today (Wednesday) authorized its attorneys to move forward with a constitutional challenge to the provisions of NC Session Law 2016-126 that attempt to transfer the State Board of Education’s constitutional powers and duties to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction,” said Chairman Cobey in a release from the State Board of Elections. The new law basically strips the State Board of Education of its constitutional powers …..

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Cape Fear Cattle Conference set for January 24

The 8th annual cattle conference will be held on Tuesday, January 24th from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Events Center located at 1027 Highway 74 East in Lumberton.  This conference is an excellent opportunity to receive updates on the cattle industry, learn new management practices, and visit with other cattle producers in the area.  The conference includes a meal and time to visit vendors.  There will be a $5 charge (pay at the door) to help cover the cost of the meal and guest speaker. Schedule 4:00       Registration and Visit with Vendors 4:30       Welcome and North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association Update …..

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Agriculture and Forest Landowners Meeting

There will be an Agriculture and Forest Landowners Meeting on Tuesday, January 17th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The meeting is at the Powell Melvin Agricultural Service Center Auditorium located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown.  Lunch is sponsored by Bladen County Farm Bureau and Cape Fear Farm Credit.  Please call the Bladen County Extension Office at 910-862-4591 to register by January 13th. Local agencies will give updates on the following: – Disaster Relief Update from Federal and State Legislators – Farm Bill and Farm Services Agency Updates – Voluntary Agricultural District Updates – Bladen County Cooperative Extension – Natural Resources Conservation District – Bladen County Soil and …..

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Reward now offered for information in disappearance of Cole Thomas

UPDATE: A $10,000 REWARD IS NOW BEING OFFERED BY THE FAMILY FOR THE DIRECT LOCATION OF COLE THOMAS. UPDATE: On Friday, November 25, 2016 at approximately 3:00 AM, a Missing Person was reported to the Benson Police Department. Two acquaintances of the subject, whom they identified as Christopher Cole Thomas, stated to officers that they had been traveling on Interstate 40, heading to Durham, and had exited off the interstate and had come into Benson. As they were traveling through a residential area, North Elm Street and East Morgan Street, the driver, Thomas, suddenly stopped the vehicle and jumped out, and ran away. The passengers attempted to find him, but …..

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Governor McCrory Announces Kaco USA to Create 100 Jobs in Lincoln County

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. today announced that Kaco USA Inc. will expand its production facility in Lincoln County. The company will hire an additional 100 workers over the coming three years as it invests nearly $8.4 million there. “Kaco USA’s expansion in North Carolina is more evidence that our state is a top global destination for automotive suppliers,” said Governor McCrory. “When it comes to a world-class workforce, proximity to automakers and a welcoming business climate, nothing compares to North Carolina.” Kaco USA manufactures high-precision sealing solutions for the automotive industry. The company is …..

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Homeowner Interrupts Break In At Her Home

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of Johnny Lee Smith Jr, 43, of 66 Waddell Smith Road, Clarkton, after he was caught breaking into a home of Ronald Britt Road near Bladenboro on Wednesday. McVicker said deputies stopped Smith on NC 211 as he fled the scene of the crime. The homeowner, Bridgett Renee Montgomery, 29, returned to her home on Ronald Britt Road after going to the store. When she arrived home she found her back door open and a car in the yard she did not recognize. On entry, she confronted Smith as he came out of her bedroom with jewelry in his hand. Montgomery drew …..

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Pioneer Machinery has closed its doors in Elizabethtown; relocated to Gregory Poole site in Fayetteville

The Pioneer Machinery location on S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown once bustled with activity is now quiet. The business, which is owned by Gregory Poole, relocated their office space to the Gregory Poole site in Fayetteville in early December, according to Collie Wallace. “We have got the same people (working for us),” said Wallace of the new location. For assistance with parts, call 910-429-7123 and for assistance with service call 910-429-7137. The Fayetteville office of Gregory Poole Forest Products is located at 5633 US Highway 301 S, Hope Mills, NC 28348. Share:

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FEMA to North Carolina Survivors: Call Us

 If you feel confused about the next step in your recovery, like finding housing or understanding what documents you may need to have on hand, FEMA says call us at 800-621-3362. If you disagree with a decision made by FEMA, or need help making a recovery plan, FEMA says call us. If you know people who seem stuck, tell them to call FEMA. If you haven’t heard from FEMA and you were expecting to, call 800-621-3362. Calling FEMA to get answers may be especially useful to those living in hotels as part of the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program. If you are part of the TSA program, you should be …..

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Tillis Statement On Secretary Kerry’s Speech & The Obama Administration’s Stance On Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement in response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech regarding Israel: “In the waning days of President Obama’s final term, his administration – though its words and actions – has engaged in an inexplicable campaign of disparagement towards Israel. This appears aimed at abandoning the longstanding bipartisan precedent of America’s special relationship with Israel, one of our closest allies and the only democracy in the Middle East. “While Secretary Kerry had the audacity to go out of his way to insultingly claim that the Israeli government is being driven by “extreme elements,” he amazingly refused to refer to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 29

2016 is winding down, hours left before we ‘ring in’ 2017. I am looking forward to the ‘swearing in’ of the new President-elect.  This transition is confusing.  We can only have one President at the time. A change in the weather is here, from a beautiful sunny day yesterday to windy and cloudy today. So sad about actress Debbie Reynolds, her death coming just days after the death of her daughter. A couple of reminders, again.  Time to pay property taxes, been due since September 1, penalty will be added after January 5.  And, a reminder you need to list your property for 2017 taxes. There will be Total Solar …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: West Bladen 58, North Brunswick 45

DUBLIN – Senior Sayaun Dent fired in 22 points, and senior John Bowen posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead West Bladen to a 58-45 victory over North Brunswick in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. John Bowen put back a rebound, and Dent drilled a 3-point shot to give West an early 5-3 lead. Three-point bombs by Ian Hinson and Eddie Smith vaulted North in front 8-6. Dent banked in a runner, senior Kalvin Page stole the ball and raced for a lay-up, and a Dent pass led to a lay-up for Jonathan Robinson that edged the Knights ahead 12-10 at the …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: Fairmont 89, East Bladen 78

DUBLIN – A 37-point second-quarter explosion propelled Fairmont to an 89-78 boys basketball victory Wednesday over East Bladen in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. The Eagles came out firing in the first period as Denzel Johnson opened the game with a 3-pointer from the corner. Sophomore Adonis Avery tossed in a runner, and senior Eian Hines drove for a lay-in then put back a rebound for a 9-6 lead. Johnson nailed another 3-pointer, and an Ethan Hines dunk attempt hit the back iron, bounced up and fell in for a 14-6 East lead. Eian Hines pumped in a leaner, and Johnson drained another 3-ball for a …..

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Match-ups for Day 2 of Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament

A battle between a pair of two-time champions and a Border Rivalry highlight Thursday’s schedule for the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen High. West Bladen, the Woodmen Life champions in 2014 and 2015, and Whiteville, the Woodmen Life champs in 2012 and 2013, will battle at 8 p.m. “This is the match-up everybody wanted to see,” said Knight Coach Travis Pait. “And Wow! What about that 6 p.m. game – Dillon and Fairmont.” West Bladen received 22 points from Sayaun Dent and 18 more from John Bowen as they defeated North Brunswick 58-45 in Wednesday’s opening round.  Whiteville’s Tyrell Kirk lit up First Flight for 32 points as …..

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This Day in History for December 29

  • 12/28/2016
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1782 – 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston. 1813 – British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812. 1837 – Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine. 1862 – Bowling ball invented. 1891 – Edison patents “transmission of signals electrically” (radio). 1908 – Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin. 1933 – NY Yankees refuses to release Babe Ruth to manage the Cincinnati Reds. 1937 – Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand. 1948 – US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit. 1952 – 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford, NY) 1957 – Singers Steve …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 29

1782 – 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston. 1813 – British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812. 1837 – Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine. 1862 – Bowling ball invited. 1891 – Edison patents “transmission of signals electrically” (radio). 1908 – Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin. 1933 – NY Yankees refuses to release Babe Ruth to manage the Cincinnati Reds. 1937 – Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand. 1948 – US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit. 1952 – 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford, NY) 1957 – Singers Steve …..

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2016 Sports Year in Review – August

The most viewed sports story in Bladen County in 2016 was the story on Kyle Tatum’s haircut. Tatum, a catcher on East Bladen’s baseball team and a defensive back on the football team, was known for his long hair. “I was thinking about getting it cut,” said Kyle. “Then I heard about a chance to donate the hair to Locks of Love, and I decided to do it for a good cause.” Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Clarkton native Kenzil McCall was named the new head …..

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Non-profits do make a difference in Bladen County

The holiday season is fleeting fast, but before it is gone several folks want to give thanks to some local charities for their hard work. Bladen County has many organizations and charities that work together to assist people in their time of need. “Bladen We Care is a wonderful organization”, Gary Roberts said. “Bladen Crisis Center is too.” Roberts recounted a time his neighbors were in need, Bladen We Care and Bladen Crisis were contacted and stepped in to help his neighbors during their most difficult time. This year Bladen Crisis Food Pantry served over 125 families the Thursday after Hurricane Matthew hit our county according to the pantry volunteers. …..

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Bladen residents still applying for FEMA Disaster Assistance; last day to apply is Jan. 9

Hurricane Matthew struck Bladen County in October and many residents who were impacted are still trying to recover from the storm’s devastating effects. Bladen’s residents have since been busy cleaning up, removing storm debris and repairing damaged homes and businesses.  The Federal Emergency Management Association has also been busy processing applications for assistance. As of December 28, Bladen County has had 2,876 residents apply for disaster assistance through FEMA and $2,131,058.02 in disaster relief funds have been approved. Robeson County, one of the hardest hit areas, has had 18,079 residents apply for assistance and $22,589,818.77 has been approved.  Statewide, there have been 77,841 applications have been submitted and $86 million …..

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Congressman Pittenger talks security, ISIS and economy

By: Erin Smith With members of Congress set to be sworn in on Tuesday, US Congressman Robert Pittenger sat down with BladenOnline.com for an interview to look at the upcoming legislative session and the first 100 days of President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda. One item that was first and foremost on the agenda was the ever present need for border security and cutting of funding for ISIS which is now present in 35 countries. Congressman Pittenger said ISIS should be a concern to everyone especially with known sleeper cells in every state in the United States. Congressman Pittenger said it is important to intercept their funding as it impacts their capabilities. …..

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Elizabethtown Fire Department implements Fire Marshal program

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Fire Department has implemented a fire marshal’s program to cover the town of Elizabethtown and the Elizabethtown Fire Department’s fire district as part of the department’s Community Risk Reduction program. Neil Murphy will serve as Fire Marshal and Ralph Rodriguez will serve as Assistant Fire Marshal for the department. Murphy and Rodriguez will be responsible for among other things, determining the origin and cause of fires. Murphy said determining the origin and cause of a fire can help in identifying any life safety issues or fire hazard issues that may need to be addressed. For example, if the department sees an excessive number of fires …..

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Civitas Files NVRA Letters With State and Six County Election Offices

RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute has sent letters to the NC State Board of Elections and Watauga, Buncombe, Bladen, Pasquotank, Wake, and Durham counties, requesting a thorough examination of voter rolls and full compliance with section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act. Shoddy registration and verification practices in North Carolina have resulted in reports of voter rolls fraught with ineligible voters, unverified voters, active felons, and voters who don’t live in North Carolina. This must be corrected to ensure we have elections free of disenfranchisement of legitimate voters. Civitas President Francis De Luca stated, “Civitas has a long history fighting to protect the votes of all North Carolinians. And …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 28

The old year comes to an end Saturday, and 2017 begins.  How long before we use the correct date on our checks? Our Legislature could not agree on HB2 and were busy changing the role of our new governor, but they have also been busy adding new taxes, effective January 1, 2017, including an increase in gasoline taxes, but that is not all. House Bill (HB) 1030 results in many RMI services being taxable.  RMI is short for Repair, Maintenance and Installation services.  Quoting from an explanation by the honorables, “The default provision is for RMI services performed on tangible personal property that becomes part of real property and qualifies …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 28

1732 – 1st known ad for “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (Pennsylvania Gazette) 1832 – John C. Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson) 1849 – M. Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidently upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect. 1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits. 1869 – William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum. 1905 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910) 1923 – George Bernard Shaw’s “St. Joan” premieres in NYC. 1942 – Robert Sullivan becomes 1st pilot to fly Atlantic 100 times. 1948 – US announced …..

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Bladen County Sports

2016 Sports Year in Review – July

The Bladen County 10U All-Stars won the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) State Softball Tournament with a 6-0 victory over Edenton. Rylee Chadwick pitched a complete game no-hitter and struck out 12 batters in the championship game.  Addie Bowen, Emma Turbeville, McKenzie Singletary, and Lainey Hughes belted hits for the Bladen team. Bladen County beat Rolesville 9-1 as Chadwick threw a one-hiter and struck out 12 strike-outs. Chadwick walloped 3 hits including a 3-run homer, and Turbevile and Huges added 2 hits each. In a 15-4 win over Lee County, Chadwick cracked 2 hits and Hughes doubled. Chadwick and Bowen combined on a no-hitter and Chadwick struck out 11 in a …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament Begins Wednesday at West Bladen

The fifth annual Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament will tap off Wednesday afternoon at West Bladen and will continue through Friday with 4 games each day. West Bladen (5-2), the two-time defending Woodmen Life champions, has won 5 games in a row will battle North Brunswick (2-7) in Wednesday’s 8 p.m. game. The two teams have a common opponent – South Brunswick. West Bladen split with South Brunswick, while North Brunswick beat the Cougars 58-55. Seniors Sayaun Dent and John Bowen lead the Knight attack. At 6 p.m. Whiteville (2-2) will play First Flight (7-3). First Flight averages 86 points and 15.5 3-point shots per game. Freshman Dylan Blake has pumped …..

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

Business Expo planned for February 2017

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will have a Business Expo on Friday, February 17, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard said that there is booth space available for the Expo. “The Expo is open to both Chamber members and non-members,” said Maynard.  She described the Business Expo as an opportunity for businesses to showcase to the public what it is they do and what services they offer. Booth space costs $100 for Chamber members and $150 for non-members. Maynard said Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery also will be offering a wine tasting in their booth. Also, the …..

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Stores report strong sales at Christmas

Retailers are reporting strong sales during the Christmas shopping season. Stores in Bladen County are reporting that Christmas sales were up this year. Mike Suggs, owner of Fishers Mens and Ladies Shop, said, “It went very well. We’re very pleased.” He said sales were up in the store over last year. “We had a really good Christmas last year. This year topped last year,” said Suggs. He added that the after-Christmas sale is currently taking place and all winter merchandise is 30 to 50 percent off and includes prior sale items. Ricky Leinwand, owner of Leinwand’s Department Store, said, “It went extremely well.” He said that the store started promoting their …..

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USDA

USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers

WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification. “USDA reimburses organic producers up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification, but only about half of the nation’s organic operations currently participate in the program,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “Starting March 20, USDA will provide a uniform, streamlined process for organic producers and handlers to apply for organic cost share assistance either by mail or in person …..

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SBA accepting nominations for Small Business Awards: Deadline for nominations is January 10

Time is winding down to get your nominations in for the National Small Business Week Awards sponsored by the Small Business Administration. The deadline for entries is by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10. During National Small Business Week the SBA presents a variety of awards to individuals and businesses. National Small Business Week is April 30 through May 6, 2017, and is a time set aside to recognize the accomplishments and contributions that small businesses make to our communities and our economy, according to a release from the SBA. All nominees are required to complete SBA Background Form 3300. Award categories include Small Business Person of the Year, Exporter …..

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New Master Gardners series beginning focuses on selling at farmers markets and restaurants

A new Master Gardners series will be kicking off in January that will teach students how to grow and sell their vegetables. According to Bladen County Cooperative Extension’s Horticulture agent Nancy Olson, the class will begin on January 24. “We are targeting homeowners who want to grow trees and maybe they have a few extra vegetables,” said Olson. She said the goal is to teach homeowners how they can grow and market their homegrown vegetables at their local farmers market or sell their products to local restaurants. Olson said a new trend in restaurants is serving what are called “ugly” vegetables. She said these are vegetables that are considered to …..

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Top 15 Most Viewed Stories of 2016

As we prepare to say farewell to 2016, we decided to take a look back at our Top 15 Most Viewed Stories of the Year. These stories are the ones you, our readers, found most interesting during the year. Many of your favorite stories dealt with crime and the courts and a few dealt with our schools and a car crash. Our number one most viewed story of the year by far was Weekend Crash on US 701 Results in Two Fatalities. The story describes the tragic crash that claimed the lives of a mother and her young daughter. Kenneth Haseldon was charged in the case.  2. Co-owner of White Lake businesses indicted …..

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Bladen County Offices announce New Years Day closings

Area offices and agencies have announced their New Year’s holiday schedules. All banks are closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will re-open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 3. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, January 2. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 3. North Carolina state offices, courts and county and municipal government offices will be closed for the New Year’s holiday Monday, Jan. 2.  They will re-open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 3. All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Saturday, December 31, through Monday, January 2, in observance of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for December 27

Woke up during the night thinking about a former part-time manager for the town of Bladenboro who made a huge difference in several areas of Bladen County. His name was David (Dave) Bartlett.  Not sure how he arrived in this area.  I first met him while he was employed as a planner for the Lumber River Council of Government and I was a county commissioner.  Next, he was Fairmont city manager (part-time), later added Bladenboro to his resume’.  He was a smart young man.  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was just beginning to be offered from the federal government.  He knew the rules and knew that Bladenboro was …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for December 27

1845 – Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia.   1682 – Battle of Elizabethtown, KY.   1903 – “Sweet Adaline”, a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung.   1915 – US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day: they are successful as the US needs steel for armaments.   1927 – Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Show Boat” premieres in NYC.   1932 – Radio City Music Hall opens (NYC)   1937 – Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio.   1945 – The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement …..

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Bladen County Sports

2016 Sports Year in Review –June

East Bladen senior righthander Alex Coates was named the Four County Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Year after he led the Eagles to the Four County Conference Championship. Coates anchored the Eagle pitching staff posting a 10-2 record.   Fairmont’s William McGirt sank a 6-foot par putt on the second play-off hole to win the Memorial Tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus in Muirfield, Ohio. It was McGirt’s first win on the PGA Tour after 165 tournaments played over the last 6 seasons.   With the victory McGirt earns a full exemption from PGA Tour qualifying for the next 3 seasons, a berth in the PGA Championship and Quicken Loans National  and …..

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MLK Unity in the Community weekend planned

MLK Weekend a Unity in the Community Weekend Fest is planned for January 13 through January 16. There will be a kick-off event on Friday, January 13, beginning at noon at Big Show Auto Finishes. On Saturday, January 14, at noon there will be a block party and on Sunday, January 15, beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a Seafood and Oysters Bonfire Bash. The weekend will culminate with the annual MLK Parade in Elizabethtown at 11 a.m. The parade will line up at 805 West Broad Street at 9 a.m. Following the parade there will be a fellowship feast. Saddle clubs and camping are available all weekend. There …..

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New Year’s Eve celebration at Baldwin Branch

New Year’s Eve Celebration 2016 at Da Branch, 10 p.m. Saturday, December 31. Come join us for worship services as we bring to the city our First BBC 2016 Gospel Extravaganza Awards featuring performances from look alikes such as Hezekiah  Walker, Fantasia,  Kirk Franklin, David and Tamela Mann, Vickie Winans, Dottie People’s, Tosha Cobbs, Yolanda Adams, Keith Wonderboy Johnson, Charles Jenkins, Mary, Mary and many more. There will be special entertainment from The Anointed Mime Group and look alike Lisa Knowles and right before the New Year rings in, the final and last preached word in the house for 2016 by Senior Pastor Dr. Louie Boykin. Join us and let your praise set the foundation …..

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One arrested in Bladen on drug charges

One person was arrested by Bladen County officers on Christmas Eve and is facing several drug-related charges in Cumberland County. Earl Everitte was arrested in Bladen County and is currently being held in the Cumberland County Jail on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver a controlled substance; felony trafficking opium, felony trafficking opium or heroin, two counts of misdemeanor possession/sell nontax PD alcohol beverages, one count of misdemeanor possession/sell of nontax PF alcohol.   Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 26

Hope you Christmas was as much fun as ours.   Great Christmas Day.  Now, we wait for credit card bills to determine the cost……but as of now, was worth every penny.   For many, one more day to do as little as you care to do before returning to the ‘grind’.   A friendly reminder, property taxes not paid by January 5, 2017 will have penalty added….again, they were due on September 1, 2016. So how did you do with this year’s resolutions?   FYI…..hunters will be out today throughout the area enjoying the great outdoors.   Again, remember those who have not enjoyed the best Christmas season ever.  Some having a …..

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You Decide: What Should Be North Carolina’s Economic Agenda?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension A new year is always a good time to assess where we’ve been and where we’re going. Each year I want to lose fat and gain muscle. I’ve given up on growing hair! An economic assessment of our state is also useful to do for a new year. After the economic devastation brought by the Great Recession, North Carolina’s economy has rebounded and gains have been made in jobs, production and income. However, just as in the nation, these improvements have been relatively modest by historical standards, and the gains have not been shared by every person and every locality in the …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

The Town of Elizabethtown Commissioners approved making the Mayor’s term 4 years.   Thieves stole over $2,000 in merchandise from Dublin Scotchman and Brisson 76 in Dublin.   The recreation hut at Bladen Union Baptist Church was destroyed by fire.   The Bladen Journal Stocking Fund was reported to be $1,861.00. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 26

1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen” 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable. 1854 – Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo. 1862 – 1st US navy hospital ship enters service. 1865 – James H. Mason (Mass) patents 1st US coffee percolator. 1878 – 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia. 1917 – US Federal government took over operation of American railroads for duration of WW I. 1924 – Judy Garland, …..

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Bladen County Sports

2016 Sports Year in Review – May

East Bladen clinched the Four County Conference Baseball Championship with a 6-3 win over Union on Senior Night.  Senior Alex Coates pitched 4-hit baseball for 6 innings, and sophmore Xavier Wooten picked up the save. Coates, Wooten, sophmore Ty Watkins and sophmore Brooks McGill smacked 2 hits each. Currituck rallied for 4 runs in top of the seventh to eliminate East Bladen 6-5 in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Baseball Play-offs. Junior Kyle Tatum, Watkins and sophmore Quinton Bedsole belted 2 hits each for the Eagles who finished with a 15-7 record. Junior Sophia Singletary pitched a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 win for West Bladen softball …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. Can you believe another year (2016) has come and is nearly gone. As a year old wide eyed youngster on Christmas morn, one of 6 in the Hester household searching under the Christmas tree for a gift from Santa with my name on it, never dreamed how fortunate I was or would be, after all these years. (diagram that if you can) We will gather again this evening, five of the six, the other being at home with her family in western Virginia, to celebrate and enjoy the company of each other and our families.  We will miss Lib.  She has a new Navy recruit son and they, she …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 25

1 – 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus. 352 – 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on December 25th. 1492 – Christopher Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola. 1621 – Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas. 1741 – Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale. 1818 – Handel’s Messiah, premieres in the US in Boston. 1831 – Louisiana & Arkansas are first states to observe Christmas as holiday. 1862 – 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, SC. 1896 – “Stars & Stripes Forever” written by John Phillip Sousa. 1915 – Irving Berlin …..

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Ethan Hines Named All-Area and All-Cape Fear Region

East Bladen senior Ethan Hines has been named to the Wilmington Star-News All-Area First Team Offense and to the Fayetteville Observer’s All-Cape Fear Region Second Team Offense.   Hines rushed for 1,913 yards and 24 touchdowns as the Eagles reached the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Play-offs. The Eagle senior scored 7 receiving touchdowns and returned 2 kick-offs and one fumble for touchdowns. Hines racked up 2,521 all-purpose yards.   East Bladen defensive lineman Caleb Strait and defensive back Kyle Tatum were named to the All-Cape Fear Region Second Team Defense.   Strait was credited with 79 tackles this season – 31 solo. The junior lineman sacked opposing …..

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Bladen County Sports

2016 Sports Year in Review – April

Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball League President Mark Gillespie was inducted into Dixie Youth Baseball’s Danny Jones Club in ceremonies on DYB’s Opening Day in Elizabethtown.   The Danny Jones Club is an exclusive club whose membership is limited to those who have provided outstanding leadership and contributions to a local Dixie Youth Baseball league.   Gillespie, an Elizabethtown native, has been heavily involved serving the youth of the community in both Dixie Youth Baseball and in Boy Scouts for most of his adult life  “I don’t remember exactly when I became league president,” he said. “Sometime around 1992.” In 2015 Gillespie was named an Assistant North Carolina DYB State Director. …..

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With the new year comes new changes

By Brenda Brown, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will see a slight increase in 2017. The adjustments that take effect in January of each year are due to an increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $127,200 from $118,500. Of the estimated 173 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2017, about 12 million will pay more because of the increase in the taxable maximum. Thresholds for benefits will change slightly next year including the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), …..

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Favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies

A lot of baking happens around the holidays. We have a recipe we would like to share. It’s our favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies. Ingredients: 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter softened 1 cup light brown sugar Sea salt to taste  1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon of baking soda  1 teaspoon of baking powder  3/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups chocolate chips (milk chocolate are our favorite to use) Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot …..

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Dublin lifts boil water advisory

The town of Dublin has rescinded the boil water advisory as of Friday evening. This means that all normal consumption of water can continue again for all water customers of the town of Dublin.     Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Christmas Eve.  For many adults, this will be a hectic day, so much to do and so little time. For youngsters, it can be the longest day of the year, or so it seems.  How long before Santa arrives will be ask numerous times? Would be nice to approach Christmas with the enthusiasm of a child.  Remember, it is all about a child, born over 2000 years ago. Had a report from Ms. Debbie Heustess of Elf Angels, the response to her call for $’s to make this a Merry Christmas for good little boys and girls has been great.  Still, more is needed and if not this year, …..

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Top 25 Videos of 2016

As we prepare to say farewell to 2016, we decided to take a look back at our Top 25 Most Viewed Videos of the Year. These videos are the ones you, our loyal readers, found most interesting during the year. Many of your favorite videos dealt with  Politicians, Community Events, Fundraisers and governmental meetings.   2016 Politicians Appreciation Day in Bladen County https://youtu.be/31dgiklDaMk   Community Forum to Unite https://youtu.be/oMHspKGgLBc   Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band plays at Cape Fear Vineyard https://youtu.be/UeOKHTrnDfM   Successful third annual Summer Sounds concert series https://youtu.be/RaF8Tw-3FWc   Bladen County Cry Out America Event for 2016 https://youtu.be/BDUUvdrOzmo   Fifty-Fifty Fear Factor Fundraiser https://youtu.be/ruYlnuXw8gM   Gov. McCrory touring …..

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This Day in History for December 24

  • 12/23/2016
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1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xavier Gruber is first sung at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria. 1851 – Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes. 1860 – Joseph Jefferson’s “Rip Van Winkle” premieres in NYC. 1889 – Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake channels. 1893 – Henry Ford completes his first useful petroleum fuelled engine. 1901 – Private companies allowed to use the word “postcard” in the US. Previously they were labeled “Private Mailing Cards” and known as “souvenir cards” 1906 – Reginald A. Fessenden became 1st to broadcast music over radio (Mass). 1912 – …..

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2016 Sports Year in Review – March

East Bladen’s remarkable run ended in the Class 2A Eastern Regional Basketball Championship game as North Pitt jumped out to an early 18-2 lead and defeated the Lady Eagles 55-37. East Bladen senior Lacey Suggs recorded a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Lady Eagle senior class of Suggs, Abby Ward, Christiana Cromartie and Miller Heustess produced a record of 102-11 over their high school career and were 31-1 this season. Suggs had scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a third-round 48-31 win over Jacksonville Northside. Bladen County native Todd Pait was named head football coach at West Bladen. Pait, a 1999 Bladenboro High grad, played …..

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Bladenboro Chief Hunt gives 10 safety tips when using your ATM card

By: Charlotte Smith Earlier this year, ATM Skimmers were found on a few ATM machines in Bladen County. Recently, more ATM Skimmers have been found in New Hanover County according to Chief Chris Hunt with the Bladenboro Police Department. Chief Hunt said he wants to remind folks to be aware of their surroundings during this holiday season and remember these 10 important tips when using an ATM card. Look! When you use an ATM machine look around the machine. Scammers who glue skimmers onto an ATM will also place a hidden camera pointed at the ATM’s keyboard, or PIN pad, to record bank customers entering their PINs. Cover! When typing …..

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Bladen County Adopt a Cop Christmas 2016

Contributed photos by: Melonie Davis By: Charlotte Smith Bladen County has been working hard to build relationships between the community and law enforcement officers this year. Law enforcement officers in Bladen County have been seen out in the community giving out gifts, protecting the citizens from drivers under the influence and more. “Adopt a Cop” made sure the officers protecting us were not left out of the gift giving this year. The “Adopt a Cop” program was organized earlier this year by a group of law enforcement wives. The idea behind the program was to have citizens from around the county to “adopt” an officer. The adopter would write a note to …..

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Bladen County Health Department

Bladen County Health Department shares safety tips for the holidays

Keeping children safe is always a priority to parents no matter the season, however, the busy holiday season may bring more hazards than usual for children. Bladen County Health Department shared some tips on how to keep children safe during the holiday season on their Facebook page. Warnings about distracting driving, harmful plants, and age appropriate toys are just some of the tips the local health department shared from Safe Kids Worldwide organization.  READ MORE  Share:

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Thoughts While Shopping

Love the stories about good deeds this time of the year, and fortunately, there are many. Want to have a better Christmas holiday?  Reach out and do a good deed.  Your choice…… Pray for our leaders; especially state and national. Help me understand our legislative leaders.  They have super majorities in the NC House and Senate and hold the Governor’s office for a few more days, but their failure to address HB2 is the fault of the opposing party. Holidays for many includes travel, and there will be millions on the roads, in the air and other modes of transportation.  Travel can be dangerous, be safe. Statistics indicate Christmas is third busiest …..

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2016 Sports Year in Review – February

The exploits of East Bladen’s Lady Eagles on the basketball court headlined the February sports scene in Bladen County. Coach Patty Evers’ team reeled off ten wins to raise their record to 30-0, were ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A rankings for the entire month, and senior star Lacey Suggs reached the 2,000-point mark for her career. Suggs cracked that milestone in the first half of East Bladen’s 61-25 over West Bladen in the Four County Conference Tournament semi-finals. East Bladen defeated Clinton in the Four County title game 76-37 as Suggs posted a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Emily Scott added 12 points and 11 …..

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USDA

Spartanburg, S.C., company recalling pork skin products

Pork Rinds & Snacks, LLC, a Spartanburg, S.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 7,629 pounds of pork skin products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday. The products subject to recall have establishment number “EST. M00888” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Georgia. The ready-to-eat pork skin items were produced on various dates between Sept. 27, 2016 and Dec. 13, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: ** 4022 lbs. of 9/16 oz. plastic packages containing “WALLACE’S OLD FASHIONED FRIED PORK SKINS FLAVORED WITH …..

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This Day in History for December 23

  • 12/23/2016
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1776 – Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France. 1776 – Thomas Paine writes “These are the times that try man’s souls” 1788 – Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia. 1823 – “Visit from St. Nicholas” by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel. 1862 – Union General Ben “Beast” Butler is proclaimed a “felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind” by Jefferson Davis. 1907 – 1st all-steel passenger railroad coach completed, Altoona, Pa. 1913 – US President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law. 1919 – Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace. 1919 – 1st hospital ship …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Eat More Whole Grains

Sandra R. Cain The United State Department of Agriculture recommends that most of grain intake each day should be from whole grains. For most people, five to six ounces of grains is recommended. Some people may need to increase their total grain consumption (including whole grains) while others will need to substitute whole grains for the more refined grains. A whole grain has the bran, germ and endosperm while a refined grain uses only the endosperm. Whole grain pasta and rice can be used in casseroles, soups and other main dishes instead of white rice and pasta made from refined flour. Be aware that whole grain pasta and rice take …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about NC Baptist Men’s Disaster Response Teams

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and learned about the Bladen Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief from Rev. Kincy Barrow. Barrow serves as the Bladen Baptist Association’s Men’s Ministry Coordinator as well as Bladen County Team Leader for disaster relief. He told those gathered that, by far, the state of North Carolina has the largest response when it involves disaster relief efforts. “We answer more call outs than any other state including Texas,” said Barrow. He said that the Baptist Men’s Relief has been on deployments to Texas, Louisiana, Florida South Carolina, Virginia, New York and New Jersey  to name a few places and …..

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Gov. McCrory issues statement on special session

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement: “As promised, I called a Special Session to reconsider a manufactured political issue that strategically targeted the city of Charlotte and our state by well-funded left-wing interest groups. This was at least the third time that pressure from the left sabotaged bipartisan good faith agreements for political purposes. “As I’ve stated multiple times, the balance between privacy and equality is not just a North Carolina issue, it is a national issue that will be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in the near future. “North Carolina will continue to be one of the nation’s leaders in job growth, education, quality …..

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Injured owl returns to the wild at Singletary Lake

A Great-Horned Owl that was found injured shortly after Hurricane Matthew has returned to the wild on Wednesday afternoon.  Ranger Amy Bernhardt said that shortly after the storm she and Park Superintendent Kristen Woodruff received a report of an injured owl. Maintenance Mechanic Steven Tatum reported the injured owl to Superintendent Woodruff on October 17.  The owl was found near the fire line beside of the bay on the southeastern side of the lake, said Bernhardt. When she and Woodruff located the owl it couldn’t sustain flight and was clearly in a weakened condition. Bernhardt said she and Woodruff captured the owl and the decision was made to transport it to …..

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USDA

Organic Producers and Handlers May Apply for Certification Cost Share Reimbursements; Expanded Eligibility for Transition and State Certification Cost

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification. USDA reimburses organic producers up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification, but only about half of the nation’s organic operations currently participate in the program.  Starting March 20, USDA will provide a uniform, streamlined process for organic producers and handlers to apply for organic cost share assistance either by mail or in person. USDA is making changes to increase …..

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FEMA updates disaster assistance numbers

Since Hurricane Matthew, Bladen County residents have been busy cleaning up, removing storm debris and repairing damaged homes and businesses.  The Federal Emergency Management Association has also been busy processing applications for assistance. As of December 20, Bladen County has had 2,871 residents apply for disaster assistance through FEMA and $2,124,247.72 in disaster relief funds have been approved. Robeson County, one of the hardest hit areas, has had 18,031 residents apply for assistance and $22,343,266.53 has been approved. Columbus County, another hard hit area, has had 5.047 applicants and has $5,689,055.36 in FEMA assistance approved. Statewide, there have been 77,944 application submitted and $85.1 million in FEMA disaster assistance has …..

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Bay Tree Lakes VFD delivering Christmas cheer to children at New Hanover Regional Medical Center

By Erin Smith The Bay Tree Lakes Volunteer Fire Department with some assistance from White Lake Water Rescue, rolled out of the fire department bright and early Thursday morning carrying gifts for the children at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. Lt. Kevin Talbert said this year’s toy run is the first of what the firefighters hope will become an annual tradition for both the fire department and the community.  “Many children will not get to spend their Christmas at home and we hope to make it as special as we can for them,” said Talbert in a release on the Bay Tree Lakes website. The gifts will be …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for December 22

UNC/NCAA, Duke’s Grayson Allen, Leaders of the NC Legislature.  Santa, may need to bring switches for  grown ups acting like spoiled brats. Winter is here, trees look the part. Looking back, it has been an interesting year.  Rain, drought, then much rain and high winds before colder weather.  I love calling North Carolina home. Have you completed your Christmas shopping?  Just a few hours remain. Listening to Christmas music, especially the older carols, brings back so many wonderful memories. I am impressed with organizations that attempt to make Christmas special for youngsters who have little to look forward to this time of the year. There are enough warm jackets/coats hanging …..

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