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BCC Small Business Center offers No-Cost Seminars

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars to help you prepare for tax season. Basics of Finance: Crash Course for Non-Financial Owners and Entrepreneurs is scheduled for Tues., Feb. 21, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on the Dublin campus, building 2, room 202. , Also on Feb. 21, Crunch Time: What You Need to Know Prior to April 18th is scheduled from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the same location, or can be viewed as an online webinar. Marketing Your Business with Pinterest is a workshop that reveals the secrets of selling your product on a social media platform. The …..

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LCFH offers no cost grief workshop: Supporting a Griever

WILMINGTON – Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a 90-minute grief workshop: Supporting a Griever. It will be Tuesday, March 14, from 3 pm – 4:30 pm at the Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Pre-registration is required; to register, call 910-515-6689. “It’s often hard to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving,” Melissa Rogers, LCFH bereavement counselor, said. “This workshop will help people embrace the opportunity to confidently provide support as they apply various tips learned for helping others through grief, loss and bereavement.” Most of us have loved and lost special people in our lives and we understand that …..

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Bridge to Replace Culvert Damaged by Matthew in Cumberland County

Raleigh — The N.C. Department of Transportation will replace a multi-barrel culvert damaged by Hurricane Matthew with a bridge in Cumberland County. The culvert is located on N.C. 53 near Jessups Pond, close to the Bladen County line. The road is known locally as Cedar Creek Road. S & C Construction LLC of Wilmington was awarded the $1.2 million express design-build contract. The express design-build method allows for faster project construction and completion by combining design and all other preconstruction activities with the actual construction into one contract. That in turn means a single point of accountability for the project. It also means the department can avoid cost inflation and …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER CO-SPONSORS SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE ACT

WASHINGTON – As a strong pro-life advocate, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) recently became the first Member of Congress from North Carolina to co-sponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 586), which states that human life begins at fertilization. “The issue at hand is the way our culture so casually treats abortion,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “America’s Founding Fathers recognized that each human has the unalienable right to life.  Our goal with this bill is to formally recognize life when it begins and that abortion constitutes ending a human life.” H.R. 586 declares that human life begins at fertilization and clarifies that Congress, individual states, and U.S. territories have the authority …..

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Emily Huneycutt competes for the title of Mrs. US Continental 2017

Join Mrs. North Carolina as she competes in August for the Mrs. US Continental Pageant in the beautiful Historic City of Savannah.  This event will take place at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, August 3, 4, and 5th 2017. Women interested in competing in the Ms. & Mrs. Bladen County Pageant, a preliminary to Ms. & Mrs. North Carolina US Continental Pageant, should request an application by February 20, 2017. Qualification for entry is:   Ms. North Carolina applicants must be 18 and over and may be single, married, divorced or widowed. Mrs. applicants must be between the ages of 18 and over and must be married.  These programs recognize women …..

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Cape Fear Valley Bladen Women’s Health offers Ladies Luncheon Feb. 3

Come join the providers of Cape Fear Valley Bladen Women’s Health for a Ladies Luncheon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Friday, Feb. 3, at noon. Lunch will be provided. You can register by calling 910-862-1206. Enjoy some “girl talk” before lunch with our providers from CFV Bladen Women’s Health Specialists. Then, take time to have lunch with us and listen as our providers answer questions and discuss important and upcoming topics in Women’s Health. Bring your girlfriends and questions to our lunch and learn, while enjoying fellowship, food and the latest information on topics that matter most to you.   Share:

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New Scam asks “Can you hear me?”

A new scam is making the rounds and it could have very serious consequences for its victims. This is a variation of other scams that attempt to trick the caller into saying “yes” on the telephone. Police are advising people to simply hang up rather than answer the question. The way the scam works is the caller will ask the victim “Can you hear me?” and when the caller says “Yes” their voice is recorded and used to create charges to utility bills, credit card bills and phone bills. According to the Better Business Bureau, other variations of the scam use such questions as, “Are you the lady of the …..

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In Bipartisan Letter, Tillis Urges Secretary Mattis To Consider Refugee Executive Order’s Impact On Iraqis Who Support U.S. Mission In Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis following President Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven countries for 90 days and the refugee assistance program for 120 days to express concern about the harmful impact that this policy has on Iraqis who provided essential support to the U.S. mission in Iraq. “Given your strong support for programs that offer refuge to vetted Iraqis and Afghans whose lives are in danger because of the critical assistance they provide to our soldiers and diplomats, we want to …..

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Ninth annual Southern Farm Days on tap for March 17 and 18

The Ninth annual Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association presents Southern Farm Days on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, at the Lake Waccamaw Boys & Girls Home Horse Complex.  Admission is $7.50 for adults  and children 12 and under admitted free. Gates open each day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Proceeds go to benefit the Lake Waccamaw Boys & Girls Home. A special treat at this year’s event will be a Gospel concert performance by Derwin Hinson on Friday afternoon. There will be exhibits that depict farm life from days gone by including antique and horse drawn farm equipment, antique tools, farm toy display, antique coarsened tractors will …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for January 31

Discovered the following and will share: Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.  Publix Syrus The more you say, the less people remember.  Francois Fenelon The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.  Menander Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults.  Chinese Proverbs Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.  Margaret Lee Runbeck The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it.  Paul Scherer Life is not divided into semesters.  You don’t get summer off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.  Do that …..

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Gaye Davis discusses Donate Life with the Bladenboro Rotary Club

Mrs. Gaye Davis, Health and Physical Education teacher at West Bladen High and former respiratory therapist, presented an eye opening program, Donate Life, at the January 30 meeting of the Bladenboro Rotary Club.  Donate Life is a donor registry program where individuals choose to make all their organs available for transplant at the time of death. Donors say “yes” by having a red heart placed on the drivers license. Mrs. Davis said Bladen County ranked 97 out of 100 in North Carolina in organ donations. In 2016, only 36.5% of Bladen County residents were donors. Mrs. Davis pointed out that donors not only impacted the lives of the many recipients …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 31

1831 – General Robert E. Lee named Commander-In-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War. 1874 – Jesse James gang robs train a Gads Hill, Missouri. 1905 – 1st automobile to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A.G. McDonald, Daytona Beach. 1917 – Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship. 1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company. 1934 – FDR devalues US dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce. 1948 – Magnetic tape recorder developed by Wireway. 1949 – 1st daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” (NBC in Chicago) 1950 – US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of …..

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New program taking shape to help those suffering from life’s addictions and struggles

Many folks around Bladen County may have noticed yard signs with the words DESPERATION.INFO. The link will take one to a website that explains how one can get help for issues or addictions they may be struggling to overcome. The help comes in the form of small group sessions in a program called Living Free. Living Free uses a small group approach to assist those who suffer from depression, addiction to such things as food, drugs alcohol, pain medication or sex, grief and loss. The program also offers group sessions for people struggling with financial problems, caregiving issues and even assist those who have suffered set backs in their recovery. …..

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Awarding Winning Author to Speak at Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – On Tues. Feb. 14, at 11 a.m., highly acclaimed author, poet, and essayist Beth Copeland will speak to guests in the Student Resource Center on the campus of Bladen Community College. Copeland, currently a professor at Methodist College, received the Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award in 1999 for her popular book, Traveling Through Glass. In 2013, the NC Poetry Council recognized her book Transcendental Telemarketer as the runner-up for the Oscar Arnold Young Award for best poetry book by a North Carolina writer. Her writings have appeared in literary journals, where she has been awarded recognitions by the Atlanta Review, the North American Review, the NC Poetry …..

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Sponsorships, tickets still available for Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s Masquerade Ball

Smithfield, Four County Electric Membership and Nissan of Clinton have both donated $1,500 each to the Bladen County Hospital Foundation in support of the foundation’s annual gala. The Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s Masquerade Ball is planned for Saturday, February 25, at Lu Mil Vineyard. Sponsorships and tickets are still available. Tickets for the event cost $50 each and can be purchased by calling 910-862-1206. The proceeds raised by the event go to the foundation’s efforts in supporting the patients of Bladen County Hospital. For those who would like to sponsor the event, there is still time to get your sponsorship request in. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, …..

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National Weather Service

National Weather Service updates progress of Winnabow tower repair

Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued the following update on the outage and damage repair for the Winnabow NOAA tower. -A statement of work for the cable repair has been completed and the repair process has been well underway. In fact we should be receiving the repair parts for the cable soon with a possible fix in place by the end of the week. -However, if there is also damage to the antenna (we can not tell within a 100% certainty unless the cable is carrying the broadcast ot the antenna properly) then the outage will be much longer. We are keeping our fingers …..

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New public charter school, Emereau: Bladen accepting applications

Emereau: Bladen, a Tuition-Free North Carolina public charter school opening August 2017 starting out with grades, K-6, adding one grade per year through Grade 12 now has open enrollment. The school’s permanent campus: 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown. For enrollment information: call 910-247-6595  or visit www.Lotterease.com Open Enrollment Lottery ends Friday, February 24, 2017. PD Share:

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Bladen County Pastors invited to Focus on Community Luncheon

The Emereau Foundation, Inc., is opening a new tuition free public charter school in August 2017 by the name of Emereau: Bladen. The new school is a state approved charter school that seeks to transform education for all children in the greater Bladen County community according to Mr. Calvin Stevens, Director of Business Development and Diversity with Balfour Beatty Construction. The school will host community focused luncheon. All Bladen County Ministers are invited to the event. The educational lunch will be held at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery on February 13th, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. To RSVP please email TomyeSuDevane@emereaubladen.org on or before Thursday, February 10th, 2017. Share:

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Focus on Community Luncheon hosted by Emereau: Bladen

The Emereau Foundation Board of Directors invites all Bladen County Church Pastors Focus on Community Luncheon February 13, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Cape Fear Winery Keynote: Expanding North Carolina Public School Choice Emereau: Bladen Calvin Stevens Director of Business Development and Diversity Balfour Beatty Construction Reservations are required on or before Wednesday, February 8, 2017.  Please email TomyeSuDeVane@emereaubladen.org to confirm your reservation for the luncheon. Share:

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Bladen County Schools

Water main break at school repaired

By Valerie Newton Overnight Sunday Tar Heel Middle School experienced a water main break causing a temporary shutoff to be done on Monday morning of the school’s water supply. Bladen County Schools maintenance staff was able to quickly and efficiently repair the water line break this morning and return the water flow to normal. Water quality tests are being conducted with test kits provided by the Bladen County Health Department to ensure safe consumption of the water. School cafeteria staff is able to prepare a hot meal using bottled water for student lunches. Additionally, bottled water has been brought to the school for distribution to students and staff. School restroom …..

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Casino Night fund raiser deemed a success

The Casino Night fund raiser which was held on Saturday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in support of the Committee of 100 and Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, was deemed a rousing success, according to Bladen’s Bloomin’s Chuck Huestess. “Folks who came had a good time,” said Huestess. He said the event exposed those in attendance to both the Committee of 100 and Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and the work that they perform. Huestess some in attendance remarked they were unaware of the two organizations or were only vaguely aware of the type of work they do. After Saturday, they all have a better understanding of the roles the two groups play …..

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Cyclists compete in CCORS race at Browns Creek Bike Trail

Click here to view more than 100 photos from the race More than 150 riders took advantage of ideal weather conditions Sunday afternoon to compete in the season-opening Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series race at Browns Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail in Elizabethtown. Races were divided into categories and age groups depending on the experience level of each rider. There was a kids race for ages 12 and under. The length of the adult and youth races varied depending on category. One lap around the Browns Creek course is about six miles and features climbs, switchbacks, jumps and obstacles. The start of the race encompassed the vacant area across the …..

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Harris Named Bladen Chief Nursing Officer

ELIZABETHTOWN – Diana Harris, RN, MSN, NE-BC, has been named Chief Nursing Officer for Bladen County Hospital. The New Jersey native has nearly 30 years of nursing experience, previously serving as Service Line Director for Women’s and Children’s Services at Cape Fear Valley Health. Prior to that, she served as Patient Care Manager for Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for nine years. Harris joined Cape Fear Valley in 1993 as a staff nurse within the same unit. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbus College in Columbus, Ga., and her master’s degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. She is board certified in Nursing …..

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2017 Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship now accepting applications

Star Communications is participating once more in the Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship program. Each year, the Foundation for Rural Service offers an annual college scholarship program and awards one-time $2,500 scholarships in different regions of the United States to students from rural America to assist with their first year of college, university of vocational-technical school. According to the FRS website, each student is sponsored by a company that is a member of the NCTA (Star Communications).  All applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2017; however, the application must be returned to Star Communications for the signature of Star Communications’ General Manager. Therefore, all applications must be received at …..

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Star Communications is offering 2017 scholarship opportunities

Star Communications is offering scholarship opportunities to all high school seniors who have Star Communications services in their residence that is on record with their school and they must provide proof of service. The student must also plan to attend a four-year college or university. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2017. There are five scholarships worth $1,000 each that are available. For the applicant checklist, click here. For scholarship application, click here. For questions or further information, email sboyer@stmc.net. Share:

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Governor Cooper announces $198 million grant for Hurricane Matthew recovery

Funds will help survivors with housing, rebuilding, jobs in hardest hit counties Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina has received more than $198 million to help families and communities recover from Hurricane Matthew.  Nearly $159 million of the grant funds are specifically earmarked for Robeson, Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties, which were among the state’s hardest-hit areas during Hurricane Matthew. “These counties suffered some of the worst flooding in North Carolina’s history and they need our help to recover and rebuild,” Cooper said. “Our top priorities are making sure people have safe housing and access to essential services, and this grant will help meet those needs.” The remaining approximately …..

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North Carolina National Guard Names New Deputy Adjutant General

RALEIGH, N.C.  – North Carolina National Guard Soldier James (Jim) Ernst was promoted to the rank of major general during a ceremony at NCNG Joint Force Headquarters here today. Ernst earned his second general’s star after being named the Deputy Adjutant General of North Carolina.  He is part of the senior command staff leading more than 11,000 NCNG Soldiers and Airmen across the state. Many NCNG Soldiers, Airmen, civilian staff, friends and family filled the JFHQ atrium for the ceremony honoring him. “I am humbled and deeply honored for this opportunity to continue to serve North Carolina and the National Guard,” said Ernst. A combat veteran, he has served state …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 30

January 2017 is slipping away.  February just around the corner and numerous meetings are planned. Larrel Murchison is expected to sign a NCAA National Letter of Intent Wednesday that will determine where he will continue his education and football career.  The East Bladen and Louisburg grad announced earlier that he would be attending Ole Miss, however, since that time he has visited Texas and Georgia.  Supporters of Elizabethtown Dixie Youth baseball will have their annual steak dinner and reverse raffle Friday afternoon and evening at Elizabethtown Primary School.  For info on tickets, call 910-876-4406. Members of the Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Department are holding their annual BBQ plate sale beginning …..

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Rahu Purdie Keys Two Lander Wins

West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie played a key role in two Lander Peach Belt Conference basketball victories this week. Wednesday night Purdie fired in 20 points and dished out 7 assists in the Bearcats 85-76 victory at USC-Aiken. The sophmore guard connected on 7 of 14 shots from the field and made all 4 of his free throw attempts. In the first half Purdie drained a 3-point shot and another 2-point shot then sank 2 free throws, but USC-Aiken still led 45-42 at halftime. Purdie drilled a 3-point shot with 18:28 left to play that put the Bearcats ahead 48-45. Two more Purdie jumpers kept Lander even at 60-60. Another …..

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Larrell Murchison Visits Mississippi

East Bladen grad Larrell Murchison visited the University of Mississippi this weekend along with his parents and brother Farrell. Murchison, a 6-4 290-pound defensive tackle, has already committed verbally to the University of Mississippi, but was taking his official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. There is a signing ceremony scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at East Bladen for Larrell to sign his Letter of Intent. Murchison played the last two seasons at Louisburg College and was a team captain and Honorable Mention All-American this past season as the Hurricanes posted a perfect 9-0 record. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 30

1487 – Bell chimes invented. 1798 – Rep Mathew Lyon (VT) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (CT) in US House of Representatives, after an argument. 1800 – US population: 5,308,483: African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%). 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, DC in 1st attempted assassination of a US President. 1894 – Pneumatic hammer patented by Charles King of Detroit. 1919 – Cincinnati Reds baseball team hire Pat Moran as manager as Christy Mathewson, is still in France with US Army. 1931 – Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” premieres at Los Angeles Theater. 1933 – “Lone Ranger” begins a 21-year run on ABC radio. …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON NATIONAL SECURITY

 CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger had this statement on President Trump’s executive order on refugees from nations impacted by terrorism:   “While we should be responsive to those who are persecuted for their faith or impacted by war, we need a thorough vetting of all refugees, consistent with the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act (H.R. 4038), which I co-sponsored and helped pass with strong bipartisan support in 2015.  This bipartisan legislation required the FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security to be engaged in the refugee vetting process to prevent access by infiltrated terrorists.   Congressman Pittenger (NC-09) serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare …..

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Muscadine growers gather for annual conference at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin

Ron Taylor, owner of Lu Mil Vineyard, was pleased with the turnout for Saturday’s annual conference of the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association. He said the annual conference is important because growers can get information they might not get otherwise. Taylor noted that one opportunity to gain information is in the fresh market and growers must have the right packaging to ship their products. The afternoon session continued with a presentation by Dr. William D. Wagner, who is currently a professor of Pathology at Wake Forest School of Medicine and an Associate in the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He spoke on the topic of warding off cancer. Dr. Wagner …..

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Boys Basketball Heide Trask 64, East Bladen 61, Overtime

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROCKY POINT – Heide Trask outscored East Bladen 9-6 in overtime Saturday to pull out a 64-61 Four County Conference boys basketball victory. The Eagles trailed 41-35 after 3 quarters, but guard Denzel Johnson bombed in a pair of 3-point shots, and sophmore Adonis Avery drained a 3-point shot and 2 free throws to spark a final period East Bladen rally. Senior Eian Hines threw in a pair of baskets, Sadique Ingram buried a 3-point shot, and Xavier Wooten worked inside for a basket as the Eagles pulled even 55-55 at the end of regulation. Hines and Xavier Wooten connected for baskets in the overtime, and …..

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NCMGA holds annual conference at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin, NC

The NC Muscadine Grape Association held their annual conference at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin on Saturday. President Whit Jones welcomed the guests and growers to the meeting. Attendees included people from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. During the morning session, growers heard from Michelle Wang, an International Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, spoke about muscadine sales to China. Wang noted that last she traveled to Hong Kong to promote Muscadine grapes. “The response is overwhelming. There is a lot interest and people in Hong Kong don’t really know what it (Muscadines) is,” said Wang. She said that people are really …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Pray for our nation. Deeply concerned about FAKE NEWS SITES being forwarded by good, decent people who are sharing with others without taking the time to check to see if it is a creditable site, spreading untruths. Some suggestions, before forwarding from the following sites, don’t take my work, check FactCheck.org or Snopes.  World News Politics, The Political Insider. Crosswalk.com and Conservative Daily Post.  Some are using what appears to be a creditable news sources but add an extra dot or dash in their address.  Believe what you want to believe, but without checking is like spreading gossip and many of the facts are bad enough. The best preparation for tomorrow is …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Elizabethtown Rescue Squad Chief Byron Graham received an appreciation plaque from the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The Town of Dublin fired Police Chief Gordon Hester, Town Clerk Arlene Matthews and sanitation worker Tommy Britt. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22 suspected drug dealers in Bladen County. James Merritt, Garland ABC Manager, was hired to manage the Elizabethtown ABC store. Share:

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JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 48, Heide Trask 46

ROCKY POINT – East Bladen rallied from 19 points down in the first half and claimed a 48-46 Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball over Heide Trask. The Titans held the Eagles to only 6 points in the first period. Byron Bowen tossed in a basket and a free throw, Allen Owens popped in a basket, and center Robbie Cooley hit a free throw for the East Bladen points. Owens fired in 3 baskets and a free throw in the second period, and Anthony Wooten netted a basket and a free throw, but the Eagles still trailed at halftime. Wooten drilled a 3-point shot, a trio of 2-point baskets and …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 50, Heide Trask 27

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROCKY POINT – Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 20 points Saturday to lead East Bladen to a 50-27 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Heide Trask. Senior Emily Scott tossed in a pair of baskets in the first period, and junior Shardajah Brown and sophmore Ashley Hardin added baskets as the Lady Eagles grabbed a 10-4 lead. Moore-Peterson sank 2 free throws in the quarter. Moore-Peterson took charge in the second quarter, nailing a 3-point bomb and connecting for 2 more baskets and 2 free throws. Freshman Patience Ward threw in 2 baskets and a free throw, Brown buried a 3-point shot, and Hardin put …..

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Boys Basketball: Pender 65, East Bladen 60

ELIZABETHTOWN – Pender held off East Bladen 65-60 Friday night in Four County Conference boys basketball action. The Eagles had a chance to tie the game in the final minute that missed, then had to foul which led to a pair of clinching free throws for Pender. Sophmore Adonis Avery lit up the scoreboard with seven 3-point baskets and topped the East Bladen scoring with 23 points. Senior Eian Hines pumped in 19 points for the Eagles, and senior Demetrius Wooten added 9 points. Avery fired in a trio of 3-point baskets in the first quarter, and Hines tossed in 2 baskets and a free throw as the Eagles edged …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 29

1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1834 – President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute. 1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” 1st published (NYC). 1896 – Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer. 1908 – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, at Cornell University, incorporates. 1920 – Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co. for $40 a week. 1929 – Seeing Eye Guide Dog organization forms in USA. 1943 – Sidney Kingsley’s “Patriots” premieres in NYC. 1947 – Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” …..

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Kayla Thompson To Begin Golf Season At UNCW On Feb. 5

Clarkton native and West Bladen graduate Kayla Thompson will begin her UNCW golfing season February 5 in Orlando Florida. The first tournament of the season for UNCW is the University of Central Florida Challenge. Other tournaments the Seahawks will participate in are: Michigan State Invitational in Port St Lucie, Florida, February 20-21. River Landing Classic in Wallace, N. C. on March 9-10. LSU Tiger Classic in Baton Rogue, La. on March 24-26. Clemson Invitational in Clemson, S.C. on March 31-April 2. The final tournament of the season is the CAA Championship to be held in Southport, N.C. Kayla, the daughter of Sheila and Travis Thompson of Clarkton, is a Junior …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Have spent a few hours this week searching results of Bladen County presidential elections.  Bladen County has voted democratic for most of my lifetime.  Question, was Donald Trump the first Republican to receive the majority of votes for president in Bladen since Herbert Hoover? Answer, no, in 2004 George W. Bush (R) received 6,174 votes (50.14%) compared to 6,109 (49.61%) for John Kerry (D).  And, in 1972, Richard Nixon (R) received 4,205 votes (64.7%) and George McGovern’s (D) total was 3,108 (42.6%) Donald Trump (R) received 8,550 (53.8%) votes and Hillary Clinton (D) 7,058 (44.4%). In searching results over the years, remember 1968?  George Wallace (I) led the ballot with 3,108 (43.6%), Hubert Humphrey (D), 2,754 …..

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Leadership program at Elizabethtown Middle School: Girls with P.E.A.R.L.S.

Elizabethtown Middle School kicks off their Girls with P.E.A.R.L.S. program under the leadership of Dr. Renee Steele, seventh grade social studies teacher. According to Elizabeth Cole, Principal, “this program is designed to provide an environment where girls can learn life skills to promote success academically and personally.”  She further stated that twenty girls will meet with Dr. Steele three times a week during their choice elective time. Dr. Steele said, “the letters in the word pearls represent an attribute they need to develop in their lives.” She further stated that a lesson is designed, followed by a hands on activity, and group discussions to emphasize the attribute taught for the week. …..

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Boys Basketball: Heide Trask 42, West Bladen 41

DUBLIN – Senior Chris Holmes beat the buzzer with a follow shot that lifted Heide Trask to a 42-41 Four County Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Derrick Benton’s 3-point shot had given the Titans a 40-39 with 3:32 left to play. Both teams missed several scoring chances over the next 3 minutes until Knight senior Sayaun Dent sank 2 free throws with 19 seconds remaining that put West ahead 41-40. On the final possession, the Titans forced up a long 3-pointer, but Holmes was all alone underneath for the put-back. The loss was disappointing for a Knight team that fell behind by 14 points in the …..

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Girls Basketball: West Bladen 63, Heide Trask 23

DUBLIN – Ten different West Bladen players scored Friday night as the Lady Knights rolled to a 63-23 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over winless Heide Trask. Senior center Jerena Purdie posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Logan Autry topped the Lady Knight scoring with 14 points and had 4 steals. Junior Patience Parker scored 10 points and led the West Bladen defense with 6 steals. “Patience has really come along and is one of our top defenders,” said Lady Knight Coach Rick Rhoda. “She is reacting to the ball a lot better. That is what we want to do is react to the ball …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 50, Pender 16

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson blistered the nets with 29 points Friday night to lead East Bladen to a 50-16 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Pender. Moore-Peterson fired in a trio of baskets and 2 free throws in the first period. Sophmore Ashley Hardin tossed in 2 baskets, and junior Shardajah Brown drilled a 3-pointer as the Lady Eagles raced to a 19-8 lead. Senior Yolanda Coston threw in a basket, and freshman Patience Ward hit 2 free throws. Moore-Peterson drained a 3-point shot in the second period, and Brown connected from 2-point range as East Bladen took a 24-14 halftime lead. The Moore-Peterson barrage kicked into overdrive …..

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JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 54, Pender 42

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated Pender 54-42 Friday night in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Anthony Wooten pumped in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the first quarter and topped the Eagle scoring with 11 points. Wooten added baskets in the second and third quarters and a free throw in the third. Freshman Majuan McKoy tossed in 2 baskets in the third quarter and sank a basket and 4 of 4 free throws in the final period to finish with 10 points for East. Sophmore Pierce Melvin nailed a 3-point shot in the second quarter and made 7 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter to …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Heide Trask 47, West Bladen 44

DUBLIN – Heide Trask used their full-court pressure defense to rally from 17 points down to defeat West Bladen 47-44 in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action. The Knights roared out of the gate in the first period racing to leads of 12-2 and 17-4. Freshman Tyre Boykin drove for 2 baskets and 2 free throws, and center Jason Moore worked the boards for 2 baskets and a free throw. Teammate Trenton Lyons drilled a 3-point shot, and Kerron Washington and Jaheim Lesane added a basket each in the first quarter. Boykin threw in 2 baskets and a free throw in the second period, and teammate Ronald Thompson dropped …..

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JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 29, Pender 12

ELIZABETHTOWN – All nine East Bladen players scored Friday as the Lady Eagle jayvee girls defeated Pender 29-12 in Four County Conference basketball action. East Bladen built a 10-4 first quarter lead then shut-out the Lady Patriots 7-0 in the second period to widen the gap to 17-4. The Lady Eagles led 24-8 after three periods. Kabarah Moore, Abigail Cross and Miasha Smith topped the East Bladen scoring with 5 points each. Teammate Jayme LeeAnn Frady finished with 4 points. Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles return to action after exams next Thursday at 4 p.m. when they entertain Wallace-Rose Hill. EAST BLADEN (29) – Jayme LeeAnn Frady 4, Kabarah Moore …..

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Farm Bureau accepting applications for scholarships, leadership camp

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Bladen County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for five academic scholarships and its Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders summer camp “An integral part of fulfilling Farm Bureau’s mission is to make leadership development available to our members,” the firm said in a news release. “We feel that education is an important component of leadership. Providing opportunities for our future leaders to obtain an education is important to us.” Scholarships available include: ** The Cecil McClure Memorial Scholarship provides $500 per year for four years of study at a college, university or community college. ** The Farm Bureau Scholarship provides $1,5000 for one year of study at a college, university or …..

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This Day in History for January 28

1547 – 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England. 1754 – Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the work serendipity. 1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 1864 – Battle of New Bern, NC. 1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT) 1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest snowflakes are reported, being 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick. 1915 – 1st US ship lost in WW I, William P. Frye (carrying wheat to UK) 1922 – J E Clair turns Green Bay …..

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Bladen commissioners to discuss economic development Monday

Bladen County Economic Development director Chuck Heustess and Steve Yost, who is president of N.C. Southeast, are expected to discuss economic development with the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Monday during a special meeting at the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Center in Elizabethtown. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The commissioners are expected to hear about the recent Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) analysis regarding economic development in Bladen County. A SWOT analysis helps organizations identity internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve objectives. After the report by Heustess and Yost, the board will review each area as …..

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NCDOT: N.C. 53 in White Oak reopens; 5 roads remain closed

The Bladen County side of N.C. 53 in White Oak has reopened, although portions across the Cumberland County line remain closed because of continued repairs, says Ken Clark, who is maintenance engineer for the Bladen County office of the N.C. Department of Transportation, while five roads in the county remain closed. With the culvert replacement complete on N.C. 53 near White Oak, the traffic detour route for the Cumberland County closure has changed, Clark said, and drivers will follow State Road 1318 (River Road) in its entirety from N.C. 53 into Cumberland County. Here is the latest as of Friday, Jan. 27 on Bladen County road closings: ** N.C. 242 …..

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Elliott Madden attends RYLA

Elliott Madden of Elizabethtown is attending the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Conference held at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores this weekend. RYLA began Friday afternoon and will continue through Sunday. RYLA is a leadership program that  is organized by Rotary Clubs and districts to help teens and young adults to develop their leadership skills.  The RYLA weekend will include presentations, activities, workshops and a chance to create new and lasting friendships. Participants have the opportunity to learn from community leaders as well as motivational speakers and their peers. Share:

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Powell joins Fairmont clinic

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Deidre Chavis Powell has joined Southeastern Medical Clinic Fairmont, an affiliate of Southeastern Health (SeHealth). She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill in 2005, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNC Pembroke in 2009, as well as a master’s degree in nursing from UNC Wilmington in 2015. Before joining SeHealth, she worked as a Medicaid nurse care manager for Community Care of North Carolina as well as a registered nurse at Cape Fear Valley Health System. Her areas of special interest include preventative care and management of chronic conditions, specifically diabetes and hypertension. She will treat …..

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PROTECTING LIFE

By: Congressman Robert Pittenger A few weeks ago, my family was blessed with the arrival of a beautiful baby girl, our 10th grandchild!  If you’ve ever held a newborn, so defenseless and completely dependent on you, you’ll understand why the idea that some people advocate for the murder of little babies is unconscionable. As a father and grandfather, I believe life is precious.  Too often, our society takes this gift for granted.  Our government has an important responsibility to protect “the unalienable right to life” and fight on behalf of the unborn, who do not yet have a voice of their own.  This week, I helped lead concrete Congressional efforts …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Bladenboro 45, Tar Heel 39

TAR HEEL- Shy’Ron Adams lit up the scoreboard with 30 points Thursday night as he led Bladenboro to a 45-39 Bladen Five Middle School boys basketball victory over Tar Heel. Center Kai Belle worked the paint for a pair of first quarter baskets, and Khalil Lloyd pumped in a basket and a free throw for Tar Heel. Antonio Candeleria netted a basket as the Panthers took an early 9-6 lead. Adams and Donovan Stone threw in first quarter baskets for the Bulldogs, and Andrew Pait knocked down 2 free throws. Lloyd drained a 3-point shot and another basket in the second period as the Panthers stretched their lead to 21-17. …..

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Pittenger, nearly 150 Members of Congress write Trump on shared pro-life priorities

WASHINGTON – As hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters come to Washington for today’s March for Life, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) sent a letter to President Trump outlining shared pro-life priorities for Congress and the new Administration.  Congressman Pittenger’s letter was co-led by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Chairman Diane Black (TN-06) and was co-signed by nearly 150 additional Members of Congress. To read the letter, click here. “The alignment of pro-life majorities in Congress and your election to the White House presents a critical opportunity to protect our most vulnerable from the brutal act of abortion and affirm that women deserve better than abortion,” the letter states. Complementing a letter …..

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Bladen County Schools

Reportable crimes decrease in state’s public schools according to report

According to the 2015-16 Consolidated Data Report compiled by the NC Department of Public Instruction, reportable crimes have decreased during the 2015-16 academic year. However, long-term suspensions have decreased while short-term suspensions have increased. “Schools must be safe havens if we want our teachers to be effective and our students to excel academically,” State Board Chairman Bill Cobey said. According to the report, both Clay and Bladen Counties were on the top ten lists of largest three year decreases in high school crime rates, short-term suspensions and drop out rates. The State Board of Education has identified 16 criminal acts that are reported in this annual report. The nine dangerous …..

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Season-opening CCORS race Sunday at Browns Creek Bike Trail

The first race in the Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series (CCORS) 2017 season is scheduled Sunday at Browns Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail in Elizabethtown. The event is hosted by Cape Fear Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. “We’re expecting to have about 100 people,” said Greg Brinson, who is president of Cape Fear SORBA. “We have catergories for first time racers and for more advanced racers.” Among those expected Sunday is professional racer Robert “The Beard” Marion from Mount Airy. Races will start and end in a field across the street from the Curtis L. Brown Airport, which gives spectators a good view of some of the racing, Brinson said. There …..

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Bladen County veteran friends asking for assistance during final days

Facebook is a social place full of friends and family keeping in touch. This week a post was made asking for assistance for a Bladen County Air Force veteran during his final days. Many in Bladen County know the veteran as Lynwood Norris and his wife, by the name of Kay. Mr. and Mrs. Norris have lived in the local community for years. This week hospice was called in to help them with Mr. Norris’ healthcare needs according to the couple. Mrs. Norris was released last week from the hospital after undergoing surgery herself. The couple are struggling and friends on Facebook have stepped in to help. A fellow veteran …..

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy

Elizabethtown Christian Academy has released the Honor Roll and Headmasters Lists for 2nd Nine Weeks

The Elizabethtown Christian Academy has released the Honor Roll List and Headmaster’s List  for the second nine weeks grading period. Honor Roll 2nd Grade Walker Clifton Elena Espinoza Whit Gooden Ryker Strickland 3rd Grade Sarah Cain Gracey Clark Jayden Dew 4th Grade Miriam DeVane Leah McGill Bella Smith Dustin Thaggard 5th Grade Clarence Norton Michaella Troy 8th Grade Thomas Nance   Headmaster’s List  2nd Grade Wilson Clifton Tyler Eason Koreigh Everette Sydney Long Brady Marlowe Ashley Melvin 3rd Grade Easton Bostic Rachel Coleman Kaelyn Eason 4th Grade Chandler Bordeaux Beckham Coates Anna Gooden Coley Sasser Martha Simmons 5th Grade Thad Brisson Andrew Lin 6th Grade Max Dilello 7th Grade Olivia …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 27

1785 – 1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia. 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1888 – National Geographic Society formed in Washington, DC. 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater. 1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. 1948 – 1st tape recorder sold. 1951 – “Peter Pan” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 320 performances. 1961 – “Sing Along with Mitch” {Miller} premieres on NBC TV. 1964 – Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican Presidential bid. 1969 – Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time) 1970 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for January 27

Our new Commander in Chief and Congressional Republicans met yesterday in Philadelphia as they begin to see what they have in common, determine their goals for the upcoming year. Would love to be a ‘fly on the wall’.  More than likely, both have a list of goals and expectations. There is a price tag attached to ongoing and new projects.  With that in mind, I checked the National Debt and discovered that it nearly doubled during the Obama administration.  When he arrived, the debt was $10,626,777,048,913.  When President Trump was sworn in, the total was $19,944,429,217,106, up about $9.3 trillion. One writer pointed out it is unfair to say any …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Bladenboro 20, Tar Heel 14

TAR HEEL – Bladenboro outscored Tar Heel 13-8 in the second half to claim a 20-14 Bladen Five Middle School girls basketball victory Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs edged in front 7-6 in the first quarter. Hannah Pait tossed in a basket and a free throw, and Lainey Autry and Ellie Smith contributed a basket each. Shaunessy McMillian threw in 2 baskets, and Shelby Pharr pumped in a basket for Tar Heel.  Neither team scored in the second period, and Pharr scored the only Lady Panther basket in the third quarter. Autry bombed in a 3-point shot for the Lady Bulldogs in the third period, and Smith pumped in a basket …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 46, East Arcadia 13

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery raced to leads of 11-2 and 21-2 at halftime en route to a 46-13 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory Thursday over East Arcadia. J. T. Junious and Garrett Melvin threw in 2 baskets each, and Jacob Priest nailed a 3-point shot as the Blue Devils took the 11-2 first quarter lead. Kari Price sank 2 free throws for the Panther points. Donevin Keith pumped in a basket and 2 free throws for Clarkton in the second period. Priest, Cornelius McArthur and Jake Garrison tacked on a basket each. McArthur tossed in 2 baskets and a free throw …..

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JV Boys Basketball: West Bladen 45, Pender 41

BURGAW – Freshman Tyre Boykin poured in 18 of his 21 points in the second half as West Bladen’s jayvee boys outlasted Pender 45-41 Wednesday night in Four County Conference basketball action. Boykin bombed in a first quarter 3-point shot then nailed two more 3-point shots in the third quarter and added another basket. Boykin sank 6 of 6 free throws and two more baskets in the fourth quarter. Freshman Tra’shawn Ballard threw in baskets in the first and second quarter, made a free throw then buried a 3-point shot in the third quarter to finish with 8 points. Sophmore Kerron Washington pumped in a basket in the first quarter …..

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Girls Basketball: West Bladen 47, Pender 44

BURGAW – Seniors Laikyn Pait and Jerena Purdie combined for 25 points to lead West Bladen’s Lady Knights to a 47-44 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Pender Wednesday night. Pait pumped in a trio of baskets in the third period as the Lady Knights edged ahead 38-34. Junior Patience Parker threw in a pair of baskets and a free throw, and seniors Logan Autry and Akira Grimes tossed in a basket each in the quarter. Purdie worked inside for 2 baskets and 3 free throws in the final quarter, and Autry and Pait hit free throws to preserve the victory. Taylor Marshall scored 3 baskets for Pender in …..

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Six Ways to Protect Pets in Winter

If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Remember to bring animals inside. Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines from The Humane Society: *Remember to bring your pets inside. Do not leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. *Exposed skin on noses, ears, and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Even during short walks, short-haired dogs can become cold quickly and may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater. *Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet and …..

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Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center on target

The Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center is on target for completion by June 22 and the final inspection to be completed by July 21.  The new jail will have 105 cells and contain about 220 beds.  The new facility is located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown across from the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center. The current jail was constructed in the 1960s. Several county offices will move from the Bladen County Courthouse to the current Sheriff’s Office once the Detention and Law Enforcement Center are completed. Share:

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N.C. Receives Hurricane Matthew Assistance Secured By Tillis and N.C. Delegation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina has received more than $198 million in federal assistance for Hurricane Matthew recovery that was secured by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and other members of North Carolina’s Congressional delegation. In December, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that provides North Carolina with more than $300 million in recovery assistance for damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) led the North Carolina Congressional delegation’s effort to secure the disaster assistance for North Carolina, which began today with the allocation of more than $198 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the form of Community …..

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Special Needs Registry created to help first responders

In light of Hurricane Matthew, Bladen County Health Department and Bladen County Emergency Management have partnered to create a Special Needs Registry Form that will help first responders identify individuals with special needs within the county. Completion of the form is completely voluntary and will assist with efforts to better serve our residents. Information from the form will be kept secure and confidential, with respect to all HIPAA laws, and will be shared only within health professional networks. The 911 Call Center will also be able to input the information provided into their database which will flag when any individual on the registry calls, allowing first responders to be better …..

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Commissioners to hold special called meeting on Feb. 6

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 5:30 pm on Monday, February 6, 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to enter a Closed Session in accordance with NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (3) Attorney-Client Privilege. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the Courthouse, Elizabethtown. Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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Pittenger leads bipartisan effort to improve 911 access

WASHINGTON – In December 2013, a young Texas girl witnessed her mother being murdered by the mother’s estranged husband.  As she had been taught to do, the girl picked up the phone and dialed 911 for help.  Tragically, her call never reached 911 because the girl didn’t know she first needed to dial “9” to reach an outside line. This week, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) to introduce the Kari’s Law Act of 2017 (H.R. 582), which would ensure that anyone who dials 911 immediately reach emergency personnel, even if that phone would typically require dialing “9” to reach an outside line.  Named after that little …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: More Fruits and Veggies for Children

By Sandra R. Cain As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.”  In America, a love for unhealthy foods, combined with a tendency to be sedentary, has led to an alarming rate of obesity not just in adults but also in children. It’s commonly recommended that all Americans eat “5 A Day”. That is, a healthy diet should include at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily. But a nationwide food consumption survey indicates that only 33 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 actually eat two servings of fruit per day. And when it comes to vegetables, the success rate …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools’ dropout count falls by more than 60 percent

The dropout count for Bladen County Schools fell by 62.7 percent for the 2015-16 school year, a report released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction showed. It was the highest percentage drop in the state among school systems with at least 10 dropouts. Bladen County had 22 students drop out of high school during the 2015-16 academic year compared to 59 drop out in 2014-15, according to the report. There are about 1,500 students combined at East Bladen and West Bladen. Bladen County’s dropout rate of 1.48 percent for 2015-16 is a significant drop from 2011-12 when 89 students, or 5.45 percent, dropped out, the report showed. Figures …..

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Casino Night to support Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and the Committee of 100 set for Saturday

For those who love such challenging games as Black Jack and Roulette, you’ll have your chance to test your skills on Saturday. That is when Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and the Committee of 100 will hold a joint fundraiser called “Casino Night” at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and games will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for Casino Night cost $50 each and can be purchased at Cape Fear Vineyard or from the Bladen County Economic Development Office. The groups are trying to attract younger members to their ranks. Casino Night tends to appeal to a broad range of age groups.  Anyone …..

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McDonald’s in Elizabethtown is open for business

The McDonald’s in Elizabethtown is open for business as usual on Thursday after having to close to make repairs to equipment, according to Dominique Davis, the Store Manager. “We had to shut off the electricity (for the repairs) and so we had to close,” said Davis. She said the store was closed from about 5 p.m. on Wednesday until Thursday morning. Rumors alleged the store was closed indefinitely; however, the store was open for business and a steady stream of customers could be observed ordering and eating in the dining room.   Share:

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Representatives of Panamanian College visit with Elizabethtown Rotary Club

Victor Cedeño Caballero and Joel Andrade De Leon, an attorney who is traveling with Cedeño, of the Polytechnic Bilingual Institute Goshen of Panama, addressed the members  of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday. Cedeño is a civil and industrial engineer in Panama.  They have been visiting Bladen Community College and touring the region to learn more about the college and how they reach out to their students and communities. Cedeño said that in Panama, if students are not enrolled in school, they become a candidate to be targeted by and to join gangs. He said the purpose of the school is to give the students different levels of courses they can …..

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Bladen County updated FEMA assistance numbers

Though the deadline to register to receive assistance from FEMA for damage sustained due to Hurricane Matthew, residents can still call the agency with their questions or to learn the status of an application. As of January 25, Bladen County has had 2,962 residents apply for disaster assistance through FEMA and $ 2,233,864.79 in disaster relief funds have been approved. Robeson County, one of the hardest hit areas, has had 18,490 residents apply for assistance and $23,742,702.38 has been approved. Columbus County, another hard hit area, has had 5,179 applicants and has $5,976,544.32 in FEMA assistance approved. Statewide, there have been 81,086  application submitted and $90.5 million in FEMA disaster assistance has been approved. …..

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Elwell Ferry closed; Road openings/closings

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has provided the following information regarding the operation of Elwell Ferry and road openings/closings per Kenneth Clark. Elwell Ferry: The Elwell Ferry is not operating due to high water.   Road Openings: NC 210 is open SR 1105 (Paul Brisson Road) is open. SR 1107 (Pleasant Grove Church Road) is open. This completes the repair work at these three locations.  We anticipate that NC 53 will open late tomorrow afternoon (unless rain today is heavier than forecast). Share:

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Boys Basketball: Clinton 87, East Bladen 74

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON –A couple of Clinton runs in the first and second quarters carried the Dark Horses to an 87-74 Four County Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Wednesday night. The Eagles trailed for 30 minutes in the game but pulled to within 76-69 on sophomore Adonis Avery’s driving lay-up with 2:40 left in the game. However, Clinton’s Kris Williams drove for a lay-up, and an Eagle turnover resulted in Dewon Lesane’s dunk that put Clinton up 80-69 with 1:58 on the clock. “We just can’t get that one big play or hit that one big shot that we need,” said Eagle Coach Kenzil McCall. “We …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for January 26

I-95 is one of the nations busiest roads, the main corridor between the northeast and the southeastern US is high on the list for funding if Congress and President Trump decide to approve an infrastructure bill.  Actually, in one release I read, North Carolina’s portion of the interstate was near the top of the list.  A hearty salute to the Bladen County School Administration and the local law enforcement, lead by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, for swift action to solve threats to a couple of our schools.  They deserve our praise, so THANKS to both agencies.  Let’s hope and pray others thinking about causing such confusion at our schools, …..

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Boys Basketball: Pender 56, West Bladen 39

BURGAW – Guard Rodney Hansley bombed in a trio of 3-point shots to spark a 15-4 third quarter spurt that propelled Pender to a 56-39 Four County Conference boys basketball victory Wednesday night over West Bladen. The Patriots led 26-22 at halftime before Hansley’s barrage opened up a 41-26 lead. Junior Jonathan Robinson and senior John Bowen scored the only Knight baskets in the quarter. Senior Sayaun Dent threw in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the final quarter for West Bladen, and John Bowen drained a 3-point shot and another basket. Junior Jimmy Williams added another Knight basket. Cameron Kea hit 5 of 6 free throws and scored …..

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Girls Basketball: Clinton 58, East Bladen 31

CLINTON – East Bladen’s defense slowed down high-scoring Clinton and Mikayla Boykin Wednesday night, but the Lady Dark Horses still posted a 58-31 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over the Lady Eagles. “They have averaged over 90 points in their last 4 games,” said East Bladen Coach Patty Evers. “We are rebuilding this year, and we put in some gadget plays and wanted to play an X’s and O’s game with them. Anything to slow them down.” The Lady Eagles held Boykin, a Duke commit, to only 19 points – her lowest point total of the season. “She’s a great player,” noted Coach Evers. “But our girls worked hard …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Clinton 40, East Bladen 32

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON – Clinton closed the game with a 16-6 run that rallied the Dark Horses to a 40-32 Four County Conference jayvee boys victory over East Bladen Wednesday night. Sophomore Shy Pone drove for a pair of baskets and dropped in 2 free throws, and sophomore Pierce Melvin drained a 3-point shot as the Eagles played Clinton to a 10-10 deadlock. Center Robbie Cooley sank a free throw in the period. Cooley and Jordan Robinson hit second period free throws for East, but Clinton opened up a 17-12 halftime lead. The Eagles bounced back with a 14-7 third quarter surge to take a 26-24 lead. Anthony …..

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JV Girls Basketball: West Bladen 37, Pender 17

BURGAW – Chasity Lacy fired in 16 points to lead West Bladen’s jayvee girls to a 37-17 basketball victory over Pender Wednesday night. Lacy drained a 3-point bomb and another basket in the first quarter, and Lexie Corrothers sank a basket and a free throw as the Lady Knights grabbed an early 9-5 lead. Teammate Kwashera Chapman hit a free throw in the period. Corrothers tossed in a basket and 2 free throws in the second period. Lacy drained another 3-point shot, and Chapman made a free throw as the lead grew to 17-9 at halftime. Sophmore Carley Dawson nailed a 2-point shot and 2 free throws in the third …..

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Wednesday, January 25 Tossup Results At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

A large crowd gathered Wednesday, January 25, on a beautiful 70 degree day for golf at Vineyard Golf. The winning team on the front side with -2 in the Tossup was Stacy Owen, Lloyd Hester, Lenon Fisher and Gary Smoak. Winning the back side, with even par, was the team of Jimmy Davis, Pam Davis Taylor, Charles DeVene and Ann Tessenear. The Tossups are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (weather permitting} at 11 a.m. at Vineyard Golf At White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. For more information call the pro shop at 247-6132. Share:

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JV Girls Basketball: Clinton 35, East Bladen 18

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON – Clinton rode a 17-5 surge in the middle quarters to a 35-18 Four County Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over East Bladen. Freshmen Izzy Smith and Miasha Smith tossed in 2 baskets each in the first quarter, and Jayme LeeAnn Frady threw in a basket as the Lady Eagles grabbed a 10-8 first quarter lead. Clinton pulled even 10-10 at the quarter break. Izzy Smith worked the paint for another basket in the second period, and Miasha Smith sank a free throw, but the Lady Dark Horses opened up a 20-13 halftime lead. Izzy Smith flipped in the only East Bladen basket of the …..

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This Day in History for January 26

1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol. 1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library. 1870 – U.S. Congress authorizes Virginia to rejoin the union. 1871 – U.S. income tax repealed. 1907 – 1st U.S. federal corrupt election practices law passed. 1911 – Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane, San Diego. 1918 – Herbert Hoover, U.S. Food Administrator, calls for “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort. 1920 – Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer. 1931 – “Cimarron” directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene …..

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Arby’s Foundation contributes to Bladen Crisis Assistance

The Arby’s Foundation contributed $2,000 to the Bladen Crisis Assistance Food Pantry on Wednesday. Kathy Page, with Bladen Crisis Assistance, said they began 13 years ago as a food pantry and in November of that same year they added clothing and the thrift store began. Page said they also wanted to add financial assistance but they had no method to verify someone’s needs. Page said eventually they were able to partner with Social Services and Bladen Crisis Assistance can now offer assistance with utilities, help with rent, food, and clothing. “If you are in need, come and talk with Tanisha (Johnson),” said Page. She said after Hurricane Matthew, Bladen Crisis …..

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Organist Mark Andersen and Friends “Love is in the Air” Concert Feb. 14 at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater celebrates Valentines Day and all things romantic with an evening of organ favorites and love songs from the ‘20s to the present performed by organist/composer Mark Andersen and the region’s best singers.  The night also includes the silent film, “LOVE,” with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert accompanied by Mr. Andersen with his own original score. Tickets $10-$25. Seniors (65+) and military $22. Subscription series discounts apply. Contact the theater for group rates. Tickets can be purchased in-person or by  telephone with credit card or cash noon-6pm Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or …..

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Pittenger condemns Obama’s last minute funding of terrorism

WASHINGTON – During his final month in power, President Obama provided $261 million U.S. tax dollars to the Palestinian Authority. The first $40 million was released just prior to the December 23rd United Nations Security Council vote on Resolution 2334, which was related to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.  The remaining $221 million was released just hours before President Obama left office, despite objections from House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (CA-39) and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (TX-12). Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance Chairman Steve Pearce (NM-02) and Vice Chairman Robert Pittenger issued these statements condemning this last minute maneuver: “Apparently, the past eight years …..

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Bike Fixtation Application Now Open

Have you ever had a bike tire go flat with no quick and easy way to repair it?  Wouldn’t it be great to have a bike repair station readily available and accessible in your community?  We have a solution. The NC Division of Public Health and NC Cooperative Extension are partnering to provide Bike Fixtations to North Carolina faith communities. Bike Fixtations are outdoor self-service bike repair stations that can be used to inflate tires or repair a flat.  This exciting opportunity will help faith communities promote and increase physical activity. The application to receive a Bike Fixtation is now open – click this link to access and share it …..

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