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Bladenboro Rotary Club hears about Party Rock Fire from Jackie and Wanda Coleman

Jackie and Wanda Coleman presented the Monday, March 27, Bladenboro Rotary program, a continuation of the February 27, 2017, program.

Jackie Coleman, Chief of the Bladenboro Volunteer Fire Department, shared pictures and a video of the Party Rock Fire which occurred in November 2016 in the North Carolina mountains. READ MORE


Elizabethtown man pleads guilty in Superior Court to drug-related charges

Antonio Lamel Murchison of Elizabethtown pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday, March 27, to several drug-related charges. He received a sentence of 36 months of supervised probation. READ MORE


Elizabethtown man enters a guilty plea to attempted murder charge

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An Elizabethtown man has pled guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of his brother. Tony Elmore Lewis, 55, was sentenced to 125 months to 162 months active. READ MORE


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Thoughts While ShavingNever felt such a division in DC as now.  Some are for the new administration, some opposed on any topic you choose.  I listen.  The meeting I am attending has representatives from all across the USA and 99.9% of what we hear from the podium is Telco business.  But can’t help but hear comments in the break area.  A divided nation. READ MORE
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Extremes For Bladen CountyWeather Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on March 28

Highest Temperature        85 degrees        2007

Lowest Temperature         26 degrees         2014

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                        1.35 inches          1941

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 79 degrees.

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This Day in History for March 28

This Day In History1881 – “Greatest Show On Earth” was formed by PT Barnum & James A Bailey.

1944 – 6th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth, 42-40.

1972 – Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game.

1977 – 39th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Marquette beats NC, 67-59.

1977 – 49th Academy Awards: “Rocky”, Peter Finch & Faye Dunaway win. READ MORE


How to Get Additional Funding to Mitigate Damage to Your Home or Business

DURHAM N. C.— If local building officials notified you that your home is substantially damaged, you may be able to receive funds to make your structure safer and stronger.

If you are rebuilding or repairing a substantially damaged home or business, your community may require you to elevate or make other changes. Substantial damage applies when the cost of restoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of its pre-damage market value. READ MORE

ECA Elementary Science Olympiad Team Returns as Winners

Elizabethtown Christian Academy students have had an incredible year, winning in every  state or regional competition they have entered. On Saturday, the last ECA team to enter a competition was the elementary Science Olympiad team. Students left early that morning with one goal in mind: Have fun and learn. READ MORE

1st Annual Archery Event and 3D Tournament

The first annual Bladen County Aim For A Cure event to benefit the ALS Association for continued research, awareness, and assistance for those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Activities to include a 3D Archery Tournament (Featuring True Kill scoring) for Adult, Young Adult, and Youth Classes. READ MORE

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Saturday fire victim loses all belongings


The victim of Saturday’s house fire on NC 242 near Oak Grove Church Road has lost all of his belongings, according to his daughter, Windy Butler. The home belonged to Butler’s father, Charles Adams, and he has no homeowner’s insurance. READ MORE

NC DOT issues road closings/openings update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has updated the following road closings/openings in Bladen County. READ MORE


Benefit scheduled for Baby JT for Saturday

A benefit has been scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building from noon until 7 p.m. for baby JT Higgs. Parents Kelsey Cox and Jacobe Higgs received the news in March baby JT’s leukemia has returned and appears to be very aggressive. Currently, Kelsey is unable to work as she is spending time with JT at the hospital and Jacobe is trying to work and travel between their home and the hospital. All funds raised at this event will go to baby JT and his family. READ MORE

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Elise and Lydia Ussery and the PRB Leadership Academy Color Guard at NC Airport Conference in Pinehurst

Elise and Lydia Ussery of Dublin sang the national anthem and the Color Guard of Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy presented the colors this morning during the North Carolina Airport Conference held in Pinehurst.  The conference is taking place at the Pinehurst Resort and Spa. READ MORE

School of Discovery competes at Science Olympiad with Varsity and JV teams placing in the top ten

Clarkton School of Discovery’s JV and Varsity Science Olympiad teams competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition held at UNC-W on March 4th. This was CSD’s second year competing with Coach Jordan Raynor. The varsity team placed in in the top ten in 9 events, and the JV team placed in the top ten in 19 events among teams from 26 other area schools. READ MORE

Bladenboro man loses home to fire

A Bladenboro man lost his home on NC 242 near Oak Grove Church Road to a fire on Saturday night, according to officials. Deputy Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said the home appears to be a total loss and the home’s owner, Charles Adams, is currently staying with family members. READ MORE

Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association holds Concealed Carry Class

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association presented a Handgun Concealed Carry class on Saturday at the Bladen County Training Center at White Lake . There were 28 class attendees. READ MORE


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By Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

At first, seeing taxes taken out of your paycheck can be a little disappointing.

However, you can take pride in knowing you are making an important impact each week when you contribute to Social Security. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The White Lake Town Commissioners called an emergency meeting to discuss hiring a new zoning officer for the town.

A Volunteer Fire Department was being organized in Lisbon. READ MORE

Baptist elect a new director

Bladen Baptist Association has been in search of a new Director of Missions. This past week the new director was elected.

Rev. David Foster and his wife Beth were at the local Baptist Association’s office for a meet and greet on Monday evening. READ MORE



Bladenboro Farmers Market now open

Spring is in the air and the opportunity to enjoy beautiful weekends are upon us. Bladenboro Farmers Market is now open as well.

Farmers and a bakery set up shop in the parking lot. The baker plans to stay open every Friday and Saturday at the location through the end of Summer. READ MORE


Poultry Truck crashes on River Road in White Oak

A poultry truck overturned in a curve on River Road near White Oak in Friday afternoon resulting in the temporary closure of the road. The road was shut down between Burney Road and Tar Heel Ferry Road. READ MORE

NC State Bureau of Investigation holds training session at Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center

The Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association hosted a training event today (Friday, March 24) for the regional members of the NC State Bureau of Investigation. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker supports the training and participation of all allied agencies in the region. READ MORE

Kiwanis hears about Boy Scout Troop 622 activities

The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club met on Tuesday at San Jose Restaurant and heard from members of Boy Scout Troop 622 of Dublin regarding their activities this year.  Scout Leader Alex Hursey thanked the Kiwanians for their support of the troop. President-elect Lindlin Bryan presented a donation form the Kiwanis Club to the Scout Troop. READ MORE

Warming trend on the way for weekend

For Better Living: Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables for Less

By Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainYou may have heard people say that it costs more to eat healthy.  This is sometimes true but here are a few tips to help you save money wile still getting your fruits and vegetables. READ MORE


Commissioner to meet with Legislative Delegation on Thursday, April 20

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting with members of the North Carolina General Assembly representing Bladen County on Thursday, April 20, 2016 at 6 pm. READ MORE


Commissioners to conduct Special Meeting on Wednesday, April 5, to discuss Parks & Recreation

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Board Planning Session at 5 pm on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 regarding mental health services and Parks & Recreation programs. READ MORE


Commissioners will conduct a Special Meeting Thursday, March 30, to discuss water project

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to enter a session as Bladen County Water District Board of Directors and to review and consider a proposed expansion project. READ MORE


East Bladen’s Dylan Melvin chosen to attend Governor’s School

The selections for the 2017 Governor’s School have been announced and one Bladen County student will be taking part this summer.  Dylan P. Melvin, a student at East Bladen High School, was named to attend Governor’s School East and study Social Science. Melvin is the son of Michael “Lin” and Jennifer Melvin of Elizabethtown. READ MORE



Sheriff Warns of Possible Scam

Sheriff James A. McVicker wishes to warn citizens to be on the alert for a group working the Bladen and Columbus county areas looking to scam homeowners or possibly doing surveillance to return later and break into homes.

“We have received phone calls from several concerned citizens in the last few days of two separate groups of people coming to homes and offering to do home repair, set up mobile homes and underpin them and also selling seafood,” said McVicker. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools announce enrollment dates for Pre-K for 2017-18 academic year

Bladen County schools will begin an enrollment period for Pre-kindergarten for the 2017-2018 academic year. Enrollment periods begin  on May 2, 2017, and continuing through May 16, 2017. Call your district school to schedule an appointment. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools announce Kindergarten enrollment for 2017-2018 academic year

Bladen County schools will begin an enrollment period for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 academic year. Enrollment periods begin  on April 4th, 2017, and continuing through April 27th, 2017. Call your district school to schedule an appointment. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about Rotary International grants

Elizabethtown Rotary President-elect Anne Beyer attended a Rotary training session and during that training session, she learned about global grants. While attending the training session on grants, she met fellow Rotarian Nancy Barbeee who serves as the Global Grants Chair for Rotary.  Rotarian Barbee spoke to the members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club regarding global grants during their luncheon meeting on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. READ MORE

SECU Awards BCC Scholarships

Pictured from left to right are SECU Vice President and Branch Manager Rian Collins, scholarship winners Felicia Graham, Carie McLean, and Crystal Lewis, BCC Director of Emergency Medical and Fire Services Donald Bryan, and BCC Associate Vice President for Academic Services Cynthia McKoy. Scholarship winner Clarissa Patterson is not pictured.

DUBLIN – State Employees Credit Union Members, through the member-funded SECU Foundation, have awarded scholarships to Bladen Community College students Felicia Graham, Carie McLean, Clarissa Patterson, and Crystal Lewis. All four students are enrolled in the Nursing Assistant II program. READ MORE

Update: child from Tuesday’s crash still critical

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, there was still no change in the condition of a 6-year-old child involved in a crash on US 701 North on Tuesday evening. The child’s mother, Sabrina Lowery, who was also injured in the crash, has been discharged from New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington and is reported to have joined her child at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. READ MORE

NCNG celebrates 354 years of service with new NCNG Soldier and Airmen Medal award ceremony

RALEIGH, N.C. – March 24th, 1663 the Carolina Charter granted the right to “… levy, muster and train men …” in order to defend the property and peoples of the Carolinas.  The North Carolina National Guard has been on duty ever since. North Carolina National Guard Citizen Soldiers and Airmen for 354 years have been trusted by their neighbors to bear arms in defense of liberty, state and nation. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley Hospital issues On Point Award to Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting got off to a festive start on Monday evening when Breeden Blackwell, with Cape Fear Valley Hospital, joined Dr Roxie Wells, who serves as President of Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Health Care, to present the On Point Award to Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Charles Ray Peterson.

The On Point Award is the highest honor someone can receive from the hospital, said Blackwell. This is the third time the award has been presented. READ MORE

Southeastern Hospice to host annual fashion show April 27

Southeastern Hospice will host its annual Spring Fling fashion show–this year themed Stepping Into Spring – on Thursday, April 27, at the Robeson County Public Library’s Osterneck Auditorium.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and shopping for unique graduation, Mother’s Day and wedding gifts. The fashion show will begin at 6:30 p.m. READ MORE

Relaxation is the order of the day at E-town Massage R & R

Relaxation is the order of the day at E-town Massage R & R where you can experience a deep muscle massage, acupuncture or aroma therapy to name a few of the services offered. The studio is located at 109 Mill Street in Elizabethtown behind the McDonald’s restaurant. READ MORE

Black bear management meeting April 3 at BCC

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionThe N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled one of five public meetings regarding black bear management at Bladen Community College. The meeting is set for Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The meetings will serve as an open forum to receive public comment regarding options that would change the current coastal bear hunting seasons to align with the new biological bear management units that were presented at last year’s forums. READ MORE


New business opens in former Pioneer Machinery location

A new business has moved into the former Pioneer Machinery location at 1008 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. Patrick Stegall has opened Redline Diesel Performance and Repair and specializes in diesel truck repair. READ MORE

Child in critical condition following crash on US 701

A crash on US 701 North on Tuesday evening left a 6-year-old child in critical condition, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash ocurred near the intersection of US 701 North and NC 53 West. READ MORE

North Carolina Mitigation Project after Irene Proves its Worth

DURHAM, N.C. – After Hurricane Matthew roared through coastal North Carolina in October 2016, damage in the state will total as much as $4 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Proactive steps taken by Pamlico County following 2011’s Hurricane Irene spared this North Carolina County from significant impacts. READ MORE

BCC celebrates Spring Fling with “Shattered Dreams” Event

Bladen Community College celebrated their annual Spring Fling event on Wednesday morning with a valuable lesson in Texting and Driving Awareness titled, “Shattered Dreams.” The event included a mock accident scene complete with rescue vehicles, law enforcement, firefighters, Bladen County EMS, New Hanover Air Link, UNC Hospital’s Air Ambulance, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and NC Highway Patrol, and ALE officers all coming together to demonstrate the dangers of driving while texting. READ MORE

Marsh celebrates 20 years with Clarkton Fire Department

A very special milestone was celebrated on Monday night as Rusty Marsh was honored for 20 years of service to the Clarkton Fire Department. Marsh joined the Clarkton Fire Department on March 20, 1997.

During that 20 years, Marsh has held almost every position in the department. READ MORE

Emereau: Bladen holds groundbreaking and celebration

Elected officials, members of the Emereau: Bladen Charter School gathered on Tuesday afternoon for a groundbreaking and celebration. The event was held under warm, sunny skies and those gathered were encouraged to walk through the building.

Emereau:Bladen Board Chairman Eddie Madden described the building during the event and a blue print was available for visitors to view. READ MORE

Bladen Master Gardeners scholarships available

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Master Gardeners, along with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension-Bladen County Center, awards two $500 scholarships annually to encourage promising students planning to enter the field of agriculture or horticulture and to prepare them for a career through an organized program of study at a North Carolina college or university.

Applications will be accepted from students meeting the following criteria: READ MORE

Bladenboro Primary School Terrific Kids

Pictured are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School for the months of November, December, and January. Each month the students who are chosen Terrific Kids are recognized at a ceremony where they receive a Terrific Kids certificate, bumper sticker, and pencil. A big thank you goes to the Kiwanis Club of Columbus County , who sponsors the Terrific Kid program at Bladenboro Primary School.

Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School principal Deborah Guyton is Cole Dowless, fourth grader who was the winner of a $25 gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates the money for the purchase of the Pizza Palace gift certificate to the winner of the monthly drawing at each of the Terrific Kid ceremonies for the school year.



Bladen County Yard Sales

Starting this week will start publishing a link to our listed Yard Sales in Bladen County. If you or someone you know is having a yard sale email the information with the time, date, and location to to be published on our Classified page and linked on our News Page. READ MORE

Bladen County to Host 2017 Annual Spring Games

Elizabethtown, NC— Special Olympics Bladen County will be hosting its annual spring game event on April 13, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and with a rain date of April 24, 2017. The event will be held at Elizabethtown Middle School.

Special Olympics Bladen County is an accredited subprogram of Special Olympics North Carolina, Inc., offering year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. READ MORE

Health Department to hold Open House on April 4

The Bladen County Health Department will conduct an Open House on Tuesday, April 4, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown.

Carol Strickland with the Health Department, said the Open House is part of the activities planned for Public Health Week. READ MORE

Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Golf Tourney Scheduled For Thursday, April 27

The 28th Annual Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Bladen We Care is a community based, not for profit foundation, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors dedicated to raising and overseeing distribution of funds which will help provide health care for patients in need in Bladen County. READ MORE

Keep Bladen Beautiful seeking essay contest entries; deadline for entries April 14

Keep Bladen Beautiful is seeking entries for their second annual essay contest. The essay should address the importance of recycling and waste reduction and how it impacts our daily lives and our future. The contest is open to all 6th grade students who either attend school or reside in Bladen County. READ MORE

Health Department to hold Open House on April 4

The Bladen County Health Department will conduct an Open House on Tuesday, April 4, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown.

Carol Strickland with the Health Department, said the Open House is part of the activities planned for Public Health Week. READ MORE

Free Rabies Clinic planned for May 6

There will be a free rabies clinic on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Bladen Animal Hospital located at 606 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown. The rabies clinic is open to both residents and non-residents. READ MORE


Benefit for JT Higgs planned for Saturday, April 1

There will be a benefit for J.T. Higgs on Saturday, April 1, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building in Bladenboro. There will be Barbeque plates prepared by the outstanding Bladenboro Benefit Committee Barbeque Chefs. READ MORE

Jones Lake Easter Egg Hunt

Spring is coming soon and with it will be Easter Celebrations. Shane Freeman, Park Superintendent with Jones Lake announced the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jones Lake State Park. READ MORE now offers app. AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now has an app too. readers with mobile smart devices can download our app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.

There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free! READ MORE



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