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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 1

1785 – Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture organized. 1790 – 1st US census authorized. 1845 – US President John Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas. 1867 – Howard University, Washington, DC, chartered. 1909 – 1st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota. 1928 – Paul Whitman & orchestra record “Ol’ Man River” for Victor Records. 1932 – Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (20 months), kidnapped in New Jersey; found dead May 12. 1937 – US Steel raises workers’ wages to $5 a day. 1941 – 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tenn. 1945 – FDR announces success of Yalta Conference. …..

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Tillis Statement On President Trump’s Address To Congress

 TILLIS: “Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or Independent, far more unites us than divides us. We all want our children to inherit an America that is stronger, safer and more prosperous. We all want to see our fellow Americans have access to affordable health care and a quality education. We all want to see America continue to serve as the beacon of freedom and opportunity for the rest of the world.”   “I’m committed to working on the proposals put forward by the President and moving forward with bipartisan solutions. Whether it’s modernizing’s our nation’s infrastructure, reforming our criminal justice system, or securing the border and finally fixing our broken …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER: PRESIDENT TRUMP LAID OUT A STRONG VISION TO SECURE AMERICA

 WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who personally greeted President Trump as he entered the House Chamber tonight, had this reaction to the President’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress:   “President Trump laid out a strong vision to secure America and prioritize our efforts to rebuild our economy.  Tax reform, legal immigration reform, health care reform, and regulatory reform will be the cornerstone of creating massive new jobs and economic growth.”   Congressman Pittenger serves as Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, is a Member of the House Financial Services Committee, …..

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Elizabethtown crime drops dramatically

A lot of people say, “Numbers don’t lie.” Elizabethtown crime has dropped dramatically according to the numbers presented by Elizabethtown Police Chief, Tony Parrish this week. In 2015 there were 262 crimes reported in Elizabethtown according to the Chief Parrish. Last year, 2016, Parrish said there were only 196 crimes reported. Parrish noted that breaking and entering  cases were down by 46 percent, business breaking and entering cases were down by 40 percent, and motor vehicle breaking and entering cases were down by 50 percent.   “I contribute it to our team,” Parrish said. “They are out here working.” Parrish explained it has been his experience, when people see the police …..

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Tillis Urges Congress To Pass Juvenile Justice Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, attended a committee hearing to discuss how to improve outcomes for youth in the Juvenile Justice System. Senator Tillis has been a longtime champion for bipartisan reforms to the juvenile justice system and juvenile delinquency as both a U.S. Senator and North Carolina House Speaker. Click HERE to download video of Senator Tillis’ statements during today’s hearing. “I am hopeful this committee will make progress on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention because I’ve seen the direct result of that progress in North Carolina,” said Senator Tillis. “We passed a human trafficking bill that provided safe harbor …..

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Bladen County student is named as National Beta Club Scholarship Semi-finalist

Emily Scott, a student at East Bladen High School, has been named as a semi-finalist for the National Beta Club Scholarship. She learned last week that she had been named to the semi-finalist list and is preparing her application materials for the March deadline. “It is really exciting. It means so much. It’s relieving to know that all of the hard work is paying off,” said Scott of the honor. In addition to competing to become a finalist for the National Beta Club Scholarship, Scott will also compete at the National Beta Club Convention in Orlando, Florida in June. Scott’s art work placed second in water color at the NC …..

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Bladenboro Business closing: Liquidation underway

Economic Development is a hot topic. Bladenboro is another town in Bladen County wanting to grow and prosper according to many town officials. General Manager, Tony Blackmon, at  BPC (Back Porch Crafters) Floral Wholesaler announced Tuesday, February 28, there is an opportunity for everyone to save money on discounted floral products and even a chance to buy a nice industrial building in Bladenboro. According to Blackmon the company started liquidating in May of 2016. Now the wholesaler has opened its doors to one and all. The public is invited to take advantage of their closing sale. “Everything’s is close to original cost,” said Blackmon. Ms. Kay Callahan is the owner …..

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Pittenger gives video tour of Capitol, preview of Presidential Address

WASHINGTON – In advance of President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress, Congressman Robert Pittenger has released a video tour of the U.S. Capitol, including a behind-the-scenes view of the Lincoln Room and a preview of what President Trump will see as he walks to the House Chamber.  Congressman Pittenger also shares his thoughts on the Joint Address. “Tonight, we’ll have the great privilege of hearing from the President of the United States, the State of the Union, a tradition long held in our country, and one that we all look forward to as the President lays out his plans to protect our great freedoms,” explains Congressman Pittenger …..

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Elizabethtown Board hears requests, reports at budget retreat

The Elizabethtown Town Council held their annual budget and planning retreat at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Monday and discussed a variety of topics. Elizabethtown Police Chief Tony Parrish spoke about the police department and gave summary of the past year. He said there are currently 17 sworn positions and one K-9 position within the police department. One vacancy for an administrative assistant was reported by the Chief. Chief Parrish said he expects to fill the vacant administrative assistant position soon. He also gave a crime summary for the past year as well.  Chief Parrish said that beginning in April of 2106, an aggressive traffic enforcement  program was under …..

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How to serve the mother county, Bladen County Advisory boards

Several of our readers have been voicing their concerns about the Mother County. One hot topic we have heard a lot about is Advisory Boards. Citizens have asked us: How are people chosen for these boards? Are there certain stipulations to serve on the boards? How do can I be placed on an Advisory Board of my interests? We met with County Manager, Greg Martin and Maria Edwards, Clerk to the Board/Assistant to the County Manager to find out more about roles the Advisory Boards play in Bladen County and to answer the questions of our readers.  “The operation of Bladen County government is a shared responsibility of elected officials, staffs, …..

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Vehicle Property Tax Receipts Now Available on NCDMV Website

RALEIGH – Taxpayers across North Carolina no longer have to scramble to find paper copies of vehicle property tax receipts when preparing their tax returns. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has initiated an online service that allows drivers across the state to view and print copies of their individual vehicle property tax receipts. “This is a new feature that enables citizens to easily find vehicle property tax information during this tax filing season,” said Acting DMV Commissioner Eric Boyette.  “We encourage vehicle owners to use this new feature on the website as part of our continued commitment to great customer service.” Individual vehicle property tax receipts are available at …..

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Applications being accepted for the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program

RALEIGH – Applications are now being accepted for a pilot program to grow industrial hemp for research in North Carolina. There is no deadline to apply for the program, which is open to farmers who can show evidence of income from a farming operation. “The N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission has worked diligently and quickly to establish temporary rules before the 2017 planting season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “There has been considerable interest in this program, and we expect a good number of farmers to apply for licenses.” Under the rules, farmers will need to apply for a license, which will allow the holder to plant, harvest and market the …..

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HAZARD MITIGATION PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCESS TO BE DISCUSSED AT UPCOMING MEETINGS

Bladen County, NC– Bladen County and representatives from the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) office are working together to determine if homeowners and business owners are eligible to receive hazard mitigation grants under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Designed to protect lives and property from future disaster, this program eligibility will be discussed at community intake meetings March 7, March 8, and March 9 from 10 am – 7 pm, located at the Emergency Service Office, 5853 US 701 North, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. Bladen County and NCEM officials will speak with property owners whose homes or businesses incurred damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew. In addition to flooding from …..

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Library set to transition to NC Cardinal System

Exciting changes are coming to the Bladen County Public Library! As of March 16, 2017, our library system will be part of statewide consortium (group of libraries) that share the same software system to check out books (Evergreen) as well as share resources (books, movies, audio books, etc). A few important things to know during our transition: Due to our transition, we will be unable to register new library patrons, renew library materials, or place holds from 4pm on Friday, March 10-Wednesday, March 15, at closing. No materials will be due during the week of March 12-March 19. We will also have a delayed opening of 11 a.m. for our Main Library located in Elizabethtown on …..

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Bladenboro Fire Chief addresses Rotary Club

Jackie Coleman, Chief of the Bladenboro Volunteer Fire Department, spoke at the February 27 meeting. Chief Coleman gave an overview of the 2016 services rendered to the community and surrounding areas. The highlight of his program was Bladen County’s response to help firefighters at the Party Rock fire in Chimney Rock, NC.  Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Commissioners accepted 10 applications for the job of Bladen County Administrator. The Elizabethtown Jaycee Club presented a Bladen Tech scholarship to Lori Lewis of Elizabethtown. The Clarkton Jaycee Club presented their Distinguished Service Award to Marvin Burney. Sue A. Little was appointed Branch Office Manager of Cape Fear Production Credit Association. Share:

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ROUZER CONGRATULATES RAY STARLING ON WHITE HOUSE SENIOR STAFF APPOINTMENT

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the appointment of Ray Starling as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance: “Congratulations to my good friend, Ray Starling, on his appointment to serve as the Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Aid,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “I’ve known Ray for many years and have had the pleasure of working with him on a wide range of issues important to farm families and rural communities all across this country.  He will be an exceptional contributor to the advancement of common sense policies benefiting all Americans.  The President and his team …..

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Magnificent Lantern Festival Unites the Masses

FAYETTEVILLE, NC –– When The Lantern Fest®, wholly owned by Sack Lunch Productions, Inc. (OTC PINK: SAKL), returns to Fayetteville on October 7, hopes and dreams will weave a tapestry of light across the night sky.  Last year, more than 1,500 gathered at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway to see a sky filled with lanterns. Event organizers are excited to return for another unforgettable evening. “The lantern release is magnificent,” said Lantern Fest spokeswoman Amy Gessel. “The sight is breathtaking, and it is liberating to watch hopes and dreams, hardships and regrets float away into the night.” Event organizers invite participants of all ages to enjoy The Lantern Fest®. When gates …..

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Tillis Chief of Staff Ray Starling To Serve As Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House announced that Ray Starling, Chief of Staff for Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), will be leaving the Senator’s office to serve as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance. “We will greatly miss Ray’s tremendous leadership, his warm sense of humor, and his genuine passion for working on behalf of all North Carolinians, but the silver lining is that our state’s loss is America’s gain,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “There is simply no one better qualified than Ray to advise the President on agriculture and trade policy. Ray has been a lifelong champion for North Carolina’s agricultural industry, and he …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for February 28

Pear and Plum trees are ‘plum’ beautiful.     Today is the last day of February, 2017.  Weather is always an appropriate subject.     Average high temp for February is 59 (likely higher this year) and the average low is 33.     Average high for March is 67; average low, 40 degrees.  From the Hester, “What It’s Worth Department!”     50 years ago Bladen County had 5 County Commissioners. 50 years later, after intervention by the federal government, we have 9.  Any idea of those serving in 1967?  J.S. Singletary of Clarkton; Edd Nye, of Elizabethtown; Carl Suggs of Bladenboro, B.E. (Ballard) Carroll of Dublin and F.L. (Fitz) …..

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Nine North Carolina Legislators Send Letter to State Auditor Requesting A Review of I-77 Toll Road Contract

Raleigh, NC– The office of North Carolina State Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) with eight other members of the General Assembly today sent a letter to the State Auditor Beth Woods officially requesting that her office audit and investigate the RFP and contract (documents and processes) for the I77 toll road project between the state of North Carolina and Cintra/I77 Mobility Partners. Since the summer of 2014 Senator Tarte has been requesting an independent review of this contract. “It is generally acknowledged that this contract has many issues and would not be a template for future state contracts. It is time to ensure all the rules, procedures, protocols and guidelines associated …..

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JV Baseball: St. Pauls 5, East Bladen 2

ST PAULS – St. Pauls rallied with 2 runs in the fourth inning and 3 more in the fifth to rally for a 5-2 victory over East Bladen Monday in the jayvee baseball opener for both teams. The Eagles jumped in front 2-0 in the second inning. After 2 were out sophmore Eric Chancy and freshman Jake Evans belted singles and both raced home on freshman Gabe Barber’s single. Barber batted 2-4 to lead the East Bladen hitters. Freshman Jordan Robinson hammered a double, and sophmore Spencer Scott, Holden Clark, Chancy, and Evans added a single each. Scott started on the mound for the Eagles, and Clark came on in …..

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Baseball: St. Pauls 9, East Bladen 5

ST. PAULS – A 6-run third-inning sparked St. Pauls to a 9-1 lead, and the Bulldogs held off a 4-run last-inning rally by East Bladen for a 9-5 season-opening non-conference baseball victory Monday night. The Bulldogs scored in the first, but the Eagles tied the game 1-1 in the second. Sophmore Shy Pone led off the inning with a single and advanced on a balk. Juniors Quinton Bedsole and Deondre Newkirk belted singles as East Bladen pulled even. St. Pauls scored 6 runs in the third inning and 2 more in the fourth to take the 9-1 lead. Juniors Brooks McGill and Sincere Smith cracked singles to start the East …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Tar Heel 41, East Arcadia 35

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Kendall Johnson posted a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead Tar Heel to a 41-35 victory Monday night over East Arcadia in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Boys Tournament. Teammate Khalil Lloyd finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds, while center Kai Belle grabbed 11 rebounds and tallied 6 points. Antonio Candelaria pulled down 12 rebounds and added 4 steals and 4 points for Tar Heel. Tar Heel out-rebounded East Arcadia 44-21. Long led East Arcadia with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Teammate Emanuel Lewis finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds, and Roderick Grainger followed with …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Elizabethtown 17, Bladenboro 16

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Alexus Mitchell sank the clinching free throw in the closing seconds as Elizabethtown held on for a 17-16 victory over Bladenboro Monday in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Girls Tournament. Carlie West’s rebound basket put the Lady Cougars ahead 14-13 in the fourth quarter, and teammate Lavada Jackson worked free for a basket and a 16-13 lead. Mitchell’s free throw proved to be the clincher because Bladenboro’s Taylor West beat the buzzer with a 3-point bomb that sliced the final margin to one point. Mitchell topped all scorers with 9 points, and Jackson finished with 3 points for Elizabethtown. Hannah …..

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Bladen County Sports

Middle School Girls Basketball Clarkton School of Discovery 33, Tar Heel 20

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Khadijah Jones and Mariah Smith combined for 26 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 33-20 victory over Tar Heel Monday night in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament.   Jones topped the Lady Blue Devil scoring with 15 points, and Smith finished with 11 points.   Jones drove to the hoop for a trio of baskets and a free throw to lead Clarkton to a 13-7 first quarter lead.  Smith drained a 3-point shot and a 2-point shot, and Lauren Bowen hit a free throw.   Shelby Pharr tossed in a pair of baskets for Tar …..

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Crime Report

Bladen County man facing solicitation charge in Cumberland County

A Bladen County man was one of ten men arrested in Cumberland County during a sting operation on Friday and is facing charges of solicitation of prostitution. Thomas Ashley McKoy of Clarkton was arrested when the sting operation was conducted near the Coliseum Inn, according to the Fayetteville Observer. The arrests are touted as a tool for reducing human trafficking. According to the Fayetteville Observer participating agencies included the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Fayetteville Police Department, the Hope Mills Police Department and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. McKoy, 64, faces one misdemeanor count of soliciting for prostitution. Also arrested during the sting were: *Steven Hatley of Fayetteville; *Brian Paige of …..

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Rescue Squad building studied at E’town Budget Retreat

The Elizabethtown Town Council conducted their annual budget retreat on Monday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Several topics were discussed. The Elizabethtown Rescue Building located on Mercer Mill-Brown Marsh Road was one of the items being considered. The building was damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in October. The rescue squad has been housed temporarily in a building owned Bladen’s Bloomin’. Town Manager Eddie Madden said that the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad is giving up their technical rescue and returning to strictly medical transport. According to Madden, the rescue squad’s building was constructed in the 1980s and was built below grade. He said there have been issues with flooding …..

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Crime Report

Man robs Bladenboro home

A man dressed in a black or dark blue hoodie walked into a home on Ash Street in Bladenboro on Sunday afternoon and robbed it, according to Police Chief Chris Hunt. The man called out the homeowner’s name and then proceeded to rob the home. “The wife was home and heard a noise in the kitchen and thought it was her husband,” said Chief Hunt. He said the wife walked into the kitchen and only saw the man from behind. Chief Hunt said the man was able to get out of the house with some change and a purse. Anybody with any information about the incident is asked to call the Bladenboro Police Department …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 28

1646 – Roger Scott was tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church. 1759 – Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages. 1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church. 1810 – 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia. 1849 – 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrive in San Francisco from east coast. 1854 – Republican Party formally organized at Ripon, Wisconsin. 1903 – Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000. 1925 – “Tea For Two” by Marion Harris hits #1. 1935 – Wallace Carothers manufactures 1st nylon polymer. 1940 – US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%)). 1951 – Senate committee …..

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Velvet Caravan scheduled at Clarkton School of Discovery

Clarkton, NC – Introducing new culture is part of education. Clarkton School of Discovery is excited to announce Velvet Caravan will be performing at the local school soon. Rooted in the Gypsy Jazz/Gypsy Swing and Latin Swing styles, this high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, stand-up bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. This band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and relentless sense of humor.  Bringing together the eclectic sounds are a motley crew of super talented musicians from Venezuela, Serbia, Austin TX, Iowa, Boston MA, and Southern Georgia according to Ms. Jennifer Marlowe, …..

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No-Cost Small Business Seminars offered at BCC

Dublin – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars beginning in March. How to Brand and Build Your Non-Profit is scheduled for Sat., Mar. 25, 9 a.m. until 12 noon in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. This workshop is helpful for non-profits and churches. Quickbooks for Business 2 is Mon., Mar. 27, 6 until 8 p.m., in building 2, room 207. Participants will experience hands-on software training. Art of Marketing and Advertising in Small Town North Carolina is scheduled for Thurs., Mar. 30, 6:30 until 9 p.m., in building 2, room 207. Improve Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is …..

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USDA

USDA Designates Nine Counties in North Carolina as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — In response to a request from Lorraine Dillard, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in North Carolina, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 9 counties in North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: Cherokee Gaston Macon Clay Haywood Madison Cleveland Lincoln Swain Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in North Carolina also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are: Buncombe Graham Jackson Transylvania Burke Henderson Mecklenburg Yancey Catawba Iredell Rutherford   Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Georgia, South …..

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Warming trend in Bladen County

By: Rachel Gross, NOAA National Weather Service There will be a warming trend through mid-week with potential for showers according to Rachel Gross with the National Weather Service. A cool down may happen heading into the weekend. Potential for record highs on Wednesday and possible freezing temperatures on Friday night. Share:

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Opioid abuse in Bladen County

BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussion on Opioid abuse in Bladen continues with an Interview with Bladen County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective, Richard Allen. Our staff sat down with Detective Allen to talk about the opioid problem in the county. He said about 75 percent of the drug arrests involve pills of some type. He said the most common pills they find are Percocets, Loracets and Opanas. Allen explained those who abuse prescription drugs eventually begin to transition to other drugs. In Brunswick County and Wilmington, they tend to transition to Heroin according to the Detective. In Bladen County, they are transitioning to Crack Cocaine, said Allen. Sometimes, the transition is driven by cost. Opanas …..

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Two families homeless after Saturday fires

The American Red Cross is assisting two families in Bladen County after fires on Saturday destroyed two homes, according to Bladen County Deputy Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. He said both fires began around lunch on Saturday. The first fire broke out at the home of William Carter located on White Plains Church Road in the Lisbon community. Clark said the family was not home and was attending an event at a high school in Leland. Clark said the house is a total loss. The Lisbon Fire Department, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Carvers Creek Fire Department, Clarkton Fire Department, and Bladenboro Fire Department all responded. The second fire was reported at the …..

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Dublin FBC helps with dental needs

There are many health needs, but dental health takes a back burner a lot of the times according to one local dental care provider. Dublin First Baptist Church hosted the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Medical – Dental Center this past Saturday, February 25th, 2016. The Medical/Dental Bus Ministry of NCBM began in 1989 to help physical and spiritual needs in North Carolina communities.  NC Baptist Men (Baptists On Mission) offer the use of the mobile medical/dental units to Baptist churches, other Christian denominations, and service organizations within North Carolina who wish to reach out to people in need according to the Baptist Men of North Carolina’s website.  The …..

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The Voice hears Peyton Fell

Peyton Fell a freshman at East Bladen High School has the singing talent. This past weekend Peyton and her parents, Terry and Kellye Fell of Elizabethtown went to audition for the television show, The Voice.  Peyton has been singing since 6th grade when her music teacher, Linda Jordan, from Clarkton School of Discovery, started a show choir and put her on stage. Peyton’s passion is her music according to her mother. She sings at church regularly. Peyton went to open call audition in Baltimore. There were 8000 people auditioning for a spot on the popular show, The Voice according Kellye. Only 50 people made it through the Baltimore auditions. “She …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for February 27

What’s your favorite time of they year?  Why?   Checking interesting events from years gone by recently.  We all know about The Beast of Bladenboro, but have you heard about the Bladenboro Fire Poltergeist?  It occurred January, 1932, a strange fire in a home in the area.  If interested, Google it.   High Temp, 80 degrees on Saturday and 59 yesterday.  Today’s is expected to be in the low 70s.  Low this morning in the low to mid 30s.  Welcome to the Tar Heel state.   How about yesterday’s Daytona 500?  Turn out to be a demolition derby.  Kurt Bush was the winner.   Check our ad for Bladen County Fire …..

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Abbey Walters Pitches 3-Hitter For 7th Win

DUNCAN, SC – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters pitched a 3-hitter to pick up her seventh win of the season Sunday as her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves edged Wingate 2-1 in the Mid South Classic. Walters struck out 6, walked 2 and allowed one earned run as she raised her season record to 7-1 with a 0.93 Earned Run Average. At the plate the senior righthander slammed a ground-rule double to right-centerfield in the first inning that drove in the first Lady Brave run. Walters raced home on Taylor Gephart’s single to give UNC-Pembroke an early 2-0 lead. In their second game Sunday, the Lady Braves defeated Catawba 4-2. Walters batted …..

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East Bladen’s Robby Priest Named Assistant Coach for Shrine Bowl

East Bladen head football Coach Robby Priest has been named as an assistant coach for the North Carolina team in this year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. The game will be played on Dec. 16 at Gibbs Stadium on the Wofford College campus in Spartanburg, SC. This year’s game will be the 81st annual meeting between the all-star teams from North Carolina and South Carolina. Priest has been the Eagle head coach for the past 5 seasons and has posted a record of 48-18. This year’s team made it to the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Play-offs before dropping a narrow 42-41 victory to South Columbus. Priest will …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for February 27

1801 – Washington, DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction.   1813 – US Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail.   1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.   1864 – US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing.   1879 – Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener).   1919 – American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC).   1922 – US Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amendment to the US Constitution – women’s right to vote.   1935 – 7th Academy Awards: “It Happened One Night”, Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert win.   1951 – 22nd amendment ratified, limiting US Presidents to 2 terms.   …..

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Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala successful

The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala was well attended on Saturday evening. The Masquerade Ball was held at Lu Mil Vineyard and the music for the evening was provided by Diverse Groove of Charlotte. The band played a variety of music including covers of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston hits as well as R&B and soul. During the event a raffle was held and prizes included a golf package at River Landing, a necklace provided by Bob’s Jewel Shop of Lumberton, a green egg grill, a stainless steel coffee mug, and a Yeti Cooler Bag. An elegant meal was provided by Giorgio’s Restaurant and Joan Carol Skipper. There also was a red …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for February 26

Ever think about how different we are?  Some are hot natured, some cold natured.  Some love to go to a family or neighborhood gathering and talk and talk and talk, while others meet, greet and are ready to move on.  Nothing wrong with either.  We just need to respect all, including what we perceive to be shortcomings.  I am trying hard……   Our high temp yesterday at the Curtis Brown Airport was 80 degrees, a new record for February 25th.  The previous high was 78.   Did you watch any of yesterday’s Daytona race?  It was a lot like a demolition derby from start to finish.  The ‘big’ race is …..

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Abbey Walters Pitches 2-Hit Shutout in UNC-P Win

DUNCAN, SC – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters pitched a 2-hit shutout Saturday as UNC-Pembroke defeated Barton 8-0 in the Mid-South Classic. The Lady Braves downed Converse 12-3 in their second game of the day. It was the third shutout and fourth complete game of the season for Walters who raised her record to 6-1. The senior righthander struck out four, walked one and needed only 58 pitches to complete 6 innings in the mercy rule win. At the plate Walters batted 2-4 with a run-scoring double in the fourth inning. In the win over Converse, Walters walked, stole a base and raced home on Taylor Gephart’s single in the Lady …..

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Clint Allen Slugs Home Run in Coker Win

GREENEVILLE, TN – Bladenboro native Clint Allen walloped a solo home run and drove in 3 runs in Coker College’s 10-6 South Atlantic Conference win over Tusculum Friday night. Allen finished 2-4 at the plate and scored 2 runs.  In Coker’s six-run fourth-inning, Allen singled to drive in a run, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Bryson Conner’s single. The West Bladen grad plated Jon Koski with a squeeze bunt in the sixth inning. Allen blasted a home run over the centerfield fence leading off the eighth inning. The Cobras split Saturday’s double-header with Tusculum winning the opener 5-3 before dropping the nightcap by a 3-0 score. Allen …..

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This Day in History for February 26

1732 – 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia. 1773 – Construction authorized for Walnut St. jail (Philadelphia) (1st solitary). 1869 – 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify. 1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan. 1907 – US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500. 1917 – 1st jazz records recorded – “Dixie Jazz Band One Step” and “Livery Stable Blues” by Original Dixieland Jazz Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company. 1919 – Congress forms Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. 1930 – 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan, NYC). …..

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Rahu Purdie’s Lander Bearcats Advance to Peach Belt Semis

MORROW, GA – White Oak native Rahu Purde hit a key 3-point shot and scored 9 points as his Lander Bearcats upset top-seeded Clayton State 89-86 in double-overtime Saturday to advance to the Peach Belt Conference semi-finals. The Bearcats, the No. 4 seed in the PBC East, will now host UNC-Pembroke, Saturday at 1 p.m. Purdie bombed in a 3-point shot two minutes into the first half that finished with Clayton State up 31-30. A Purdie lay-up with 12:51 left in regulation kept Lander within 41-40. The West Bladen grad sank a free throw with 2:16 on the clock to put the Bearcats ahead 64-60, but Clayton State hit 2 …..

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Red Team in Bladen Recreation 6-8 Coed League

The Red team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Jayden Hawkins, Tyrone Freeman, Christian Bryant, Xavier King, Aubrey Long, Josiah Hatcher, Demeare Freeman, Rimel Jackson, Imani Bowens and Patron Dixon. Head Coach is Kenneth Long. Share:

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Grey Team in Bladen Recreation 6-8 Coed League

The Grey team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Javonte’ Smith, Ethan Burden, Omar Powell, Ayden Williams, John Monroe, Collin Cole, Seth Faircloth, Conner Hill, and Kamariah Rhodie, Head Coach is Walter Powell. Assistant Coach is David Faircloth. Share:

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Purple Team in Bladen Recreation 6-8 League

The Purple team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Jameel McKiver, Ronnie Labra, Sheldon Melvin, Braylon Cromartie, Josiah Robinson, Jace Butler, Aubrei Nixon, Brandon McKinley, and Etan Metz. Head Coach is Darius Gillespie. Share:

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State Employees Credit Union Foundation (SECU) High School Scholarship Opportunity

Since the SECU Foundation was established in August 2004, it has awarded annual $10,000 “People Helping People” four-year scholarships – increasing from two to three in 2014 – to graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools.  These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. These funds are made possible through the contributions to the Foundation by members of State Employees’ Credit Union.   In order to ensure that each charter high school’s graduating seniors are able to be considered for this opportunity, each charter school must establish a Scholarship Selection Committee.  The Committee from each charter high school …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for February 25

50 degrees at 7 AM on February 25 and temps expected to be in the low to mid 80s this PM.  Temps should dip to near 40 degrees tonight.   Tired of politics?  Easy to understand.  Saw an interview with Gov. Kasich, former presidential candidate yesterday.  He was in DC, meeting with President Trump.  Interviewed after his visit, his comment was, I can disagree and it not be personal.  My kinda of politics.   Remember, FactCheck is a source for facts related to political rhetoric.  Just Google FactCheck.   Remember when the Bright Leaf, New Clarkton, maybe other, tobacco warehouses were the center of activity?  Clarkton and other area towns were a …..

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Bladen County Road Closings/Openings

An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows:   OPENINGS:   NC 242 The box culvert construction on NC 242 located south of Sweet Home Church Road is complete (a.k.a. the Jones Lake Overflow).  As a result, the southernmost detour on NC 242 using US 701 and SR 1511 is abolished.  There remains a detour farther north for the remaining closure near SR 1509 Johnsontown Road (see detailed information below).   Cromartie Road Cromartie Road re-opened  Friday afternoon around 5:30 p.m.   CLOSINGS:   NC 242 NC 242 remains closed at a location 0.1 miles north of Johnsontown Road in order to complete the last …..

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Brown convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison

Twasjay Roddreek Brown was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday in Bladen County Superior Court. Brown, 23, of Elizabethtown, also was found guilty of discharging a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of Malcolm Jerome Melvin, 23, in October 2014, according to the District Attorney’s office. Brown was one of two men charged in Melvin’s murder that happened Oct. 28, 2014 at a mobile home on Sammy Lane in a park off N.C. 242 south of Elizabethtown, officials said. Melvin’s girlfriend and a child were in the home …..

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2017 East Bladen High spring sports schedules

East Bladen varsity baseball DATE OPPONENT TIME Feb. 27 at St. Pauls 7 p.m. March 3 West Columbus 6 p.m. March 8 St. Pauls 7 p.m. March 10 Midway 7 p.m. March 14 Clinton 7 p.m. March 16 at West Columbus 6 p.m. March 17 at Pender 7 p.m. March 21 Heide Trask 7 p.m. March 23 at Wallace-Rose Hill 7 p.m. March 28 Union 6:30 p.m. March 31 at Midway 7 p.m. April 4 at Clinton 7 p.m. April 6 Pender 7 p.m. April 11 West Bladen 7 p.m. April 25 at Heide Trask 7 p.m. April 28 Wallace-Rose Hill 7 p.m. May 2 at Union 6:30 p.m. May …..

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2017 West Bladen High spring sports schedules

West Bladen varsity baseball DATE OPPONENT TIME Feb. 28 at St. Pauls 7 p.m. March 1 at South Robeson 7 p.m. March 3 St. Pauls 7 p.m. March 8 South Robeson 7 p.m. March 10 Union 7 p.m. March 11 at West Columbus 3 p.m. March 17 at Heide Trask 7 p.m. March 18 West Columbus 3 p.m. March 21 at Pender 7 p.m. March 22 Wallace-Rose Hill 7 p.m. March 24 Clinton 7 p.m. March 28 at Midway 7 p.m. March 31 at Union 7 p.m. April 4 at Wallace-Rose Hill 7 p.m. April 7 Heide Trask 7 p.m. April 8 at Whiteville 3 p.m. April 11 at East …..

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Bladen Five Middle School Basketball Tournament

Here are pairings, dates and times for the Bladen Five middle school basketball tournament at Clarkton School of Discovery: Monday, February 27 4 p.m. No. 2 Elizabethtown Girls (4-2) vs. No. 3 Bladenboro (2-4) 5 p.m. No. 4 Tar Heel Boys (2-6) vs. No. 5 East Arcadia (0-8) 6 p.m. No. 1 Clarkton School of Discovery Girls (6-0) vs. No. 4 Tar Heel (0-6) Tuesday, February 28 4 p.m. No. 2 Bladenboro Boys (6-2) vs. No. 3 Clarkton School of Discovery (5-3) 5 p.m. No. 1 Elizabethtown Boys (7-1) vs. Tar Heel/East Arcadia Winner Thursday, March 2 5 p.m. Girls Championship 6 p.m. Boys Championship Second and third game times …..

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Rahu Purdie Sparks Lander Win

GREENWOOD, SC – West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and led Lander to an 80-71 victory over Georgia College Wednesday night in the Peach Belt Conference regular season finale for the Bearcats.   Lander finished in fourth place in the PBC Eastern Division and will open play in the PBC Tournament Saturday in Morrow, GA against Clayton State, the top seed from the PBC West.   Purdie popped in a jump shot and drove for a lay-up midway the first half as the Bearcats battled back from a 12-2 deficit to take a 40-36 halftime lead.   The …..

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Carolina Blue Team in Bladen Recreation 6-8 League

The Carolina Blue team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Dashon Campbell, Jamari Adams Peterson, Justin Spaulding, Christopher Cromartie, Cayden Morton, Caiden McNeil, Elijah Smith, Isaiah Robinson, Adam Mitchell, Jr. and Janiya Reed. Head Coach is Dean Clark. Assistant Coach is Erin Wakefield Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History for February 25

1751 – 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent).   1791 – 1st Bank of US chartered.   1793 – 1st US cabinet meeting, held at George Washington’s home.   1837 – 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport.   1862 – Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President Abraham Lincoln.   1901 – US Steel Corp organized under JP Morgan.   1913 – The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution becomes law, providing the legal basis for the institution of a graduated income tax.   1930 – Check photographing device patented.   1944 – US 1st Army completes invasion plan.   1957 – …..

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Congressman Pittenger Weekly Column

By: Congressman Robert Pittenger Were you able to join my live, interactive telephone town hall on Thursday?   More than 6,000 constituents from across the 9th Congressional District joined me for a lively discussion on health care, immigration, Planned Parenthood, President Trump, and other topics.   My commitment is to hear from as many constituents as possible and to respect the time of hardworking American taxpayers.  A telephone town hall is inclusive and allows residents of Mecklenburg, Union, Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Robeson, Cumberland, and Bladen counties to participate without driving long distances, hiring a babysitter, or getting off work early.   To make sure of an inclusive town hall, my …..

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Vineyard Golf

News From Vineyard Golf At White Lake

The warmest February in many years has had the golfers swarming onto Vineyard Golf to enjoy one of the best golf courses in southeastern North Carolina.   A Tossup was held Friday, February 24, and winning was split between two teams. The team of David Cross, Norgie Hester, Mac Porter and Jimmy Davis won the front nine with 1-under par. The team of Stacy Owen, David Settlemyer, William Brisson and Charles DeVane won the back nine with a score of 2-under par.   Some low scores recorded this week was Mac Porter 73, Stacy Owen 74 twice, Ricky Marvin 75, Mac McClure 75 and Pam Davis Taylor 72. Share:

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Charter Day School Grad Scores Full Ride

Leland – Former Charter Day School student Zachary Potter was notified that he has been selected to receive a four-year full-paid scholarship through the collegiate U.S. Army ROTC program, according to his mother Rebecca Potter. Zachary will graduate from North Brunswick High this summer and has been accepted by Campbell, UNC Pembroke, ECU, and NC State. “I began my education at Charter Day School in the fall of 2004 and fell in love with nature of the charter school system quickly, as it allowed me to learn at my own pace and discover my strengths early on,” Zach explained. “Zachary developed from a young nervous kindergartener to a confident and …..

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Growing for The Local Market meeting coming soon

Growing for The Local Market class has been held at the local extension center to help Bladen County grow. Session three of the four part series will be next week. Topics group will be discussing are packaging, marketing and optimizing the outward appearance of your for-sale product. We will also be addressing many of the comments from previous meetings, as well as growing and marketing herbs and edible flowers. The Growing for The Local Market  3rd session of 4 will be held Feb. 28  from 5:30-8:30 at the Bladen Co. Extension Center  450 Smith Circle Dr.  Elizabethtown. Call to reserve your place 910-862-4591. Cost is $5. Event organizers will also …..

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NC Baptist Men’s Dental Bus headed for Dublin First Baptist Church Saturday

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If you have dental needs, but no insurance there is help on the way. According to Dublin First Baptist Church the N.C. Baptist Men’s Dental Bus will be at their church tomorrow, Saturday, February 25th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Dental Bus is a ministry of the Baptist and anyone is encourage to come if they have a dental need. No appointment necessary. Patients will be on a first come, first serve basis. http://dublinfbc.org/ http://baptistsonmission.org/Missions/By-Type/Medical-and-Dental/Medical-Dental-Bus Share:

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Bladen County: National Weather Services announces possible record breaking temps

Overview: A very unseasonably warm air mass will be in place ahead of an approaching cold front through Saturday. Temperatures could easily surpass record high values Saturday afternoon. The cold front will move through from west to east in the evening bringing much cooler and drier weather for the latter half of the weekend. Do not expect much, if any, rain with the frontal passage, but will see some clouds ahead of the front. Impacts: No significant weather impacts expected. Share:

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Boost the Boro gearing up for another record breaking year

Boost the Boro, Inc., broke some records last year with their fundraising and events. The committee met again Thursday, February 17th to discuss how to make 2017 another record breaking year. The agenda was full for the meeting of the dedicated non-profit members. NCDOT signage, Bladenboro’s Farmer’s Market, Bladenboro’s Annual Spring Fest, the Beast Fest and elections were all on the list of things to cover. NCDOT signs will need to be approved by the town boards before they are placed. The group has been in discussions about placing road signs to make the Farmer’s Market in Bladenboro more visible since 2016. The new hours for the Bladenboro’s Farmer’s Market …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER CONNECTS WITH 6,128 CONSTITUENTS VIA TELEPHONE TOWN HALL

Bladen County voters voiced their concerns with others on Thursday during a telephone town hall. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) connected with 6,128 constituents via a live, interactive telephone town hall, listening and responding to constituents on multiple topics including repairing America’s health care system, defunding Planned Parenthood, and President Trump’s tax returns on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. According to his staff there were 113,631 invitations e-mailed on Sunday, reminder emails sent out on Thursday, 40,000 outbound invitation calls on Thursday, and there were many media reports about the Town Hall.  Several topics were covered. The topics were- Request for an in-person town hall Repairing America’s healthcare system Divisiveness in American …..

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Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically: america saves week

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Saving for the future is a vital part of ensuring a secure retirement. American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate the annual America Saves Week. Started in 2007, the week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status. For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission of helping millions of people save for their future. This year, America Saves Week begins on February 27, but people like you are striving to save every day. The 2016 annual …..

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Sandra Cain

Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles

By: Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Obesity in kids is now considered an epidemic in the United States. The number of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 to 30 years. Currently, one in six children is overweight, defined as being at or above the 95th percentile of their age‑sex specific growth chart. The increase is in both children and adolescents and in all age, race and gender groups.   The many causes of overweight in children include genetics and metabolism, environment and behavior. Overweight children are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and to become overweight adults, putting them a greater risk for heart …..

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Bladen County Sports

Middle School Boys Basketball Bladenboro 46, East Arcadia 20

BLADENBORO – ShyRon Adams and Joshua Lewis combined for 28 points to lead Bladenboro to a 46-20 Bladen Five Middle School boys basketball victory over East Arcadia Thursday.   Adams topped the Bulldog scoring with 18 points, and Lewis followed with 10 points. Teammate Gary Parker added 4 points.   Emanuel Lewis led the Panther scoring with 10 points, and teammate Kari Price finished with 7 points.    Adams drove for 3 lay-ups and sank 2 free throws to spark the Bulldogs to an early 12-0 lead. Lewis nailed a 3-point shot, a pair of 2-point shots and hit 2 free throws in the first quarter. Teammate Andrew Pait tossed …..

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This Day In History

Thoughts While Shaving

Basketball season is over for both Bladen County High Schools.  Clinton boys 50, West Bladen 45 and in girls play Roanoke Rapids 70, East Bladen 56.  John Clark has captured the details on our sports page.  It was a good year for both local teams. Thoughts now turn to spring sports. Rainfall has been scarce this month, could be the driest February ever. Think back to ‘breaking ground’ with a pair of mules or horses or combination, and a 2-horse turnplow.  In dry weather, if was not difficult to locate, just look for the cloud of dust.  As a youngster, I was ready to play after many work days, but ‘breaking …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball Elizabethtown 46, Clarkton School of Discovery 30

  CLARKTON – Center Javant McDowell dropped in 16 points to lead Elizabethtown to a 46-30 victory over Clarkton School of Discovery that clinched the Bladen Five Middle School boys basketball regular season championship for the Cougars.   Elizabethtown edged in front 12-10 in the first quarter as guard JaQuez McKoy threw in a couple of baskets, and McDowell and forward RaSean McKoy worked the paint for a basket and a free throw each. Teammate Drew Sholar added a basket.   Guard Garrett Melvin nailed a 3-point shot, and Jake Garrison tossed in a basket and a free throw for Clarkton in the quarter. J. T. Junious and Cornelius McArthur …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 25, Elizabethtown 12

CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery raced to leads of 7-0 and 18-3 en route to a 25-12 victory over Elizabethtown in Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball action. The victory completed an undefeated regular season for the Lady Blue Devils who now own a 6-0 record. Elizabethtown is now 4-2. Mariah Smith nailed a first quarter 3-point shot and hit 2 free throws, and Lauren Bowen tossed in a basket as the Lady Blue Devils built a 7-0 lead. Bowen threw in a pair of baskets and a free throw in the second quarter, and Khadijah Jones pumped in a pair of baskets. Katie Evans added a basket …..

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This Day in History for February 24

1803 – US Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison) 1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia. 1857 – 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government. 1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson. 1888 – Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in US to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting forms). 1908 – In ‘Muller v Oregon’, the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails ‘liberty of contract’. 1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded. 1921 – 1st transcontinental flight …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Play-offs: Roanoke Rapids 70, East Bladen 56

ROANOKE RAPIDS- Sophmore Anna Vann poured in 27 points to lead Roanoke Rapids to a 70-56 victory over East Bladen Thursday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs. Roanoke Rapids improves to 21-6 and advances to play at 26-1 Bertie Saturday. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles concluded their season with a 22-6 record. “Even though we lost I thought we played one of our best games all year!,” said Coach Evers. “Everyone played and gave us good minutes. I am proud of these girls for not quitting and having a great season.” Junior Shardajah Brown drained a 3-point basket and a pair of 2-point …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball Play-offs: Clinton 50, West Bladen 45

CLINTON – Clinton pounded the backboards for 14 rebounds in the final quarter to pull out a 50-45 victory over West Bladen Thursday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball Play-offs. The Knights held a 25-22 rebounding edge and trailed only 31-29 entering the final quarter, but a trio of Clinton rebound baskets and a 14-3 advantage on the boards keyed the Dark Horse victory. “Not enough box-outs,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “If we box-out better, we win.” Guard Kris Williams drove for a 3-point play to start the final quarter, then traded free throws with West Bladen senior Kalvin Page, before senior …..

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Commissioners to meet with Board of Education on Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners and the Bladen County Board of Education will have a special joint meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget and capital needs related to the Bladen County Schools. The meeting will be held in the Bladen County Health Department Conference Room, 300 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown.   Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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Rotarians learn about NC STEP program

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and heard from Amanda Young, who serves as Director of Entrepreneurship with the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. Young is working with the town of Elizabethtown to develop a program to promote and build small businesses through the North Carolina Small Town Economic Prosperity program also known as NC STEP.  She said that her staff were approached by the Rural Center to go in and help Elizabethtown to maximize business development. She said she is working with a group made up of local business owners, and town staff to begin the  process of “laying the ground …..

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When A Child Was Sick

A man I considered a friend, who helped a lot of children and a lot of people in general, passed away Thursday morning. Charles Hicks and Donna brought us home to Meadowsweet in late 2015, the same way they gave a home to many stray and unwanted critters. Dr. Charlie wanted us there, in part, to help Donna as the Doc continued his fight with cancer. I had met them a couple years before, through Cape Fear Equine Rescue; Donna wanted to start volunteering, and I went by to introduce myself. Charlie waved from the porch, and offered me a beer. When I told him I didn’t drink, he directed …..

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Bladen County resident planning mission trip to Haiti

One Bladen County resident will be working as a missionary in Haiti in early March. Tanner Allen will be making his second trip to Haiti to work with the organization, Together We Can Haiti. When asked how he first learned about Together We Can Haiti, he explained he is actually an (inactive) member of the Agronomy Club at North Carolina State University. Allen said he recently became an inactive member due to some evening classes he has been enrolled in that conflicted with club meetings. It was at one of the Agronomy Club meeting that We had a guest speaker by the name of Philip Dail, also known as “PDail” …..

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National Weather Service

Statewide tornado drill planned for March 8, 2017

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill, according to Steven Pfaff, with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. The North Carolina and South Carolina Statewide Tornado Drills will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and will create an opportunity for schools, agencies, businesses, and the public to test their tornado safety plans. If there is actual severe weather occurring on the morning of March 8, 2017 the statewide tornado drills will be postponed. The alternate date for the drill is Friday March 10, 2017. The drill for SC and NC will be handled differently and here are the details for …..

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10th Annual Southeast Region of NC Counselors’ Drive-In Workshop for Area Counselors on tap for Friday, March 31,

The 10th Annual Southeast Region of NC Counselors’ Drive-In Workshop for Area Counselors is planned for Friday, March 31, 2017. This free one-day conference will be held on the UNCP campus and includes .5 NBCC-approved CEUS (5 contact hours). A schedule will be sent out at a later date. If you are planning to attend this conference, please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/gln5b83 Also, there will be informational tables from local organizations from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please contact Alesia Carr at arc016@bravemail.uncp.edu by March 18, 2017, if you would like to set up an informational table for your organization. Share:

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Tuesday crash sends victims to hospital

A crash on Tuesday evening at the intersection of NC 410 and Pleasant Grove Church Road resulted in charges against both drivers. The crash, which ocurred at about 8:30 p.m., sent the occupants of both vehicles to the hospital for treatment of their injuries, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. According to the Highway Patrol, David Shelton Blackmon of Bladenboro was driving west on Pleasant Grove Church Road and Amy Lynn Dicicco of Dublin was driving north on NC 410. Blackmon failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of NC 410 and Pleasant Grove Church Road while he was attempting to make a left turn onto …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for February 23

I woke up early thinking big…. US population..324,588,939 (according to population clock at 6 AM) World population…7,373,674,588,939 US Debt…$19,978,198,400,000 rounded off as of 6 AM. Debt per US citizen, $61,552. Debt per US taxpayer, $166,751. And, a single grand prize winning lottery ticket was sold in Indiana for last nights $435 million Powerball jackpot.  The winning ticket was 10-13-28-52-61 and the Powerball number was 2. Brother, could you spare a dollar? Back down to earth, NCHSAA Boys and Girls Basketball Playoffs continue tonight, and Bladen has one team in each. Boys 2A…..7:30 PM…West Bladen at Clinton Girls 2A…..6:00 PM…East Bladen at Roanoke Rapids. Best of luck to both, we are …..

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Bladen Recreation Basketball Boys 9-12 All-Tournament Team

Three members of the Clippers were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Bladen Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys Basketball League. The Clippers won the tournament championship. Selected to the All-Tournament Team from the Clippers were (pictured) Phillip McKiver, Zamar Lewis and Jacob Nixon. Also named to the team were the Nuggets’ Jaylan Matthews and Javonta Matthews. Share:

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Nuggets Are Bladen Recreation Basketball Boys 9-12 Tournament Runners-Up

The Nuggets were the Tournament Runners-Up for the Bladen Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys Basketball League. Players are: Adonis Smith, Amariah Murchison, Arnterio Hooper, Cameron White, Jaylan Matthews, Javonta Mathews, Leonel Mendoza, Milton Marshburn, Tyler Johnson and Tyler Ward. Head Coach is Ricardo Whitaker and Assistant Coach is Johnathan Melvin. Jaylan Matthews and Javonta Matthews were selected to the All-Tournament Team. Share:

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Clippers Are Bladen Recreation Basketball Boys 9-12 Tournament Champions

The Clippers posted are the Tournament and Regular Season Champions for the Bladen Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys Basketball League.The Clippers posted a 6-0 record in the regular season and a 3-0 record in the tournament. Players are: Alexander Post, Keishod Montgomery, Torrean Cogdell, Jacob Nixon, Zach Metz, Phillip McKiver, Gavin Elks, John Hunter Elks, Zamar Lewis, Kewone Maynor and Natoren Corbett. Head Coach is Dom Whittington and Assistant Coach is Cory Corbett. Share:

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Elizabethtown 41, Tar Heel 16

ELIZABETHTOWN – Eleven different Elizabethtown players scored Tuesday night as the Cougars defeated Tar Heel 41-16 in Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball action. Center Javant McDowell dropped in a trio of first quarter baskets as the Cougars raced to a 10-1 lead. Teammate Drew Sholar nailed a 3-point shot, and guard JaQuez McKoy hit a free throw. Khalil Lloyd sank a free throw for the Panther point. Brady Hollingsworth tossed in a trio of second quarter baskets and a free throw as the Elizabethtown lead grew to 30-8. Teammate Malcolm Bolden fired in a 3-point shot and 2 more baskets in the period, Zach Meares drained a 3-point …..

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NCHSAA Area Results & Pairings

Class 2A Boys East Tuesday’s Results West Bladen 65, First Flight 52 St. Pauls 70, Farmville Central 59 Roanoke Rapids 54, Midway 43 Clinton 84, SouthWest Edgecombe 77 Fairmont 86, Currituck County 55 North Pitt 74, Red Springs 67 Thursday’s Games West Bladen at Clinton St. Pauls at Greene Central North Pitt at Fairmont Class 2A Girls East Tuesday’s Results East Bladen 35, First Flight 31 SouthWest Edgecombe 74, West Bladen 41 South Lenoir 57, Midway 40 Clinton 80, Washington 37 North Pitt 64, South Columbus 37 Red Springs 65, Currituck County 52 Jacksonville Northside 64, Fairmont 32 North Brunswick 56, Durham School of Arts 26 Thursday’s Games East Bladen …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball Play-offs: West Bladen (18-9) vs. Clinton (25-2) at Sampson Middle School

The game that most West Bladen fans expected to see last week will take place Thursday night in Clinton as the Knights visit Dark Horse country for a second round NCHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball Play-off game. The Knights missed an opportunity to play Clinton last week in the Four County Conference tournament final when East Bladen fired in 14 3-point baskets in an 83-80 overtime win. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights regrouped and outlasted high-scoring First Flight 65-52 Tuesday night. Senior point guard Kalvin Page made 16 of 22 free throws and scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Knights. Senior Sayaun Dent added 12 points, and senior John …..

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Bladen County Sports

NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Play-offs East Bladen (22-5) at Roanoke Rapids (20-6)

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles hit the road Thursday night and travel to Roanoke Rapids for a second round NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-off game.    Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles outlasted First Flight 35-31 Tuesday night as sophmore guard Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 16 points and delivered an assist to freshman Patience Ward for the clinching basket.   The Lady Eagles average 45 points per game and give up 33 ppg. Moore-Peterson leads East Bladen scoring 17.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.   Junior Shardajah Brown hit 3 big shots against First Flight and adds 7.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Ward contributes 7.1 points …..

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Morgan Sweeney Bats 3-5 In Newberry Sweep

PEMBROKE – West Bladen grad Morgan Sweeney batted 3-5 with 2 runs batted in Sundayas Newberry’s Lady Wolves swept Benedict by scores of 11-3 and 21-1.   Sweeney cracked a single to left field in the fifth inning of the opener and scored a run.   The Bladenboro native knocked in a run with a second-inning single in the nightcap and later scored. In the third inning Sweeney belted a single to centerfield to drive in a run and later scored on teammate Kendall Tipton’s home run.   Newberry currently owns a 9-4 record and will play Saturday in the Mid-South Classic at Duncan, SC. Share:

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