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Ammon community gaining solar project

The Ammon community is gaining a green energy project in the form of a 129 acre solar farm project on Old Fayetteville Road. Bladen Solar LLC has already received the necessary permits for the project, according to Bladen County Planner Greg Elkins. According to reports, in June 2015, The North Carolina Utilities Commission granted a certificate of public convenience to Bladen Solar that allows the company to construct a 50 megawatt facility on the east and west sides of Braxton Edge Road and east and west of the intersection with Old Fayetteville Road and east of Walter West Road near Fayetteville.  An amendment to the project was granted in August …..

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Bladen vehicle stolen, and located

A big thank you to law enforcement went out after a vehicle was stolen in Bladen County. According to Eric Davis of Bladenboro, his vehicle was stolen on Wednesday, March 29th in Bladen County. Davis said he contacted law enforcement immediately. The vehicle was recovered without damages a hour and half later thanks to team work between law enforcement divisions. “I want to say thank you to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Patrol in Bladen and Columbus Counties for their work in recovering my vehicle,” Davis said. Share:

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Add Some Variety to Your Vegetables

By: Sandra R. Cain Eat your vegetables – good advice when we were kids, and it’s also good advice for adults. Only 23 percent of Americans currently eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Increasing physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk for certain cancers, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. It’s an easy way to improve health, especially with the abundance of locally produced fruits and vegetables available during the summer months. In addition, today’s vast transportation system ensures a year-round supply of fresh produce. If you’re limiting your choice in vegetables mostly to lettuce, carrots and potatoes, it’s time …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Hopefully the NC HB2 issue will soon be a memory. Governor and Legislature have hopefully agreed to agree. House and Senate expected to repeal the controversial law today and the Governor has promised to sign immediately. We are just hours away from the next round of March Madness to determine the best college team of 2016-2017. South Carolina vs Gonzaga at 6:09 PM Saturday, the second game pits Oregon against UNC at 8:49 PM, both games being played in Phoenix, Arizona. The Saturday winners play Monday evening for the championship. Speaking of sports, musical chairs for football coach at West Bladen continues. Todd Pait is departing the scene after one …..

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Bladen among counties involved in $11 million insurance scam settlement

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced Wednesday the conviction of two retired insurance agents, Milton Hooks, 72, of Rocky Mount and James Mangum, 69, of Tarboro on six counts each of obtaining property by false pretense. The case was the result of an extensive seven-year investigation in 14 counties, including Bladen, conducted by the NC Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigation Division. Hooks and Mangum targeted senior citizens in a regional scam that involved the reallocation of money people had in savings and insurance policies. “Preying on our senior citizens is wrong,” said Causey. “I am pleased NCDOI criminal investigators were able to recover nearly $11 million in this important …..

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Charlotte man sentenced after high speed chase in August

A Charlotte man who led authorities on a high speed chase in August plead guilty Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and fleeing to elude arrest. Gebreal Moss, 23, was sentenced to between 36 and 56 months in state custody, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. Members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department had set up a license check station at the foot of the Cape Fear River Bridge near the entrance to Tory Hole Park after midnight on Aug. 7, according to a report. As Moss’ 2006 Honda Civic approached the station, it …..

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Horne sentenced for theft, stolen item had tracking device attached

An Elizabethtown man was sentenced up to 32 months in prison Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court after pleading guilty to taking items that were found using a tracking device attached to one of the items. Adam Horne, 32, was sentenced to between 19 and 32 months in state custody on felony charges of breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. The case stemmed from a break-in reported Nov. 28, 2015, at a building along Greene Industrial Park Road. A motorcycle, leaf blower and generator had been stolen, according to a court summary. The owner of the building told Bladen …..

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The NC Education & Innovation Tour Coming to Robeson County Schools

Mark Johnson, the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, will visit West Lumberton Elementary School at 9:40 a.m., and the relocated site of Lumberton Junior High School following Hurricane Matthew at 11:10 a.m., on Thursday as part of his NC Education & Innovation Tour. Earlier this year, Johnson pledged to conduct a listening tour to hear directly from educators, parents and community leaders across North Carolina. “Robeson County was significantly affected by Hurricane Matthew earlier this school year,” said Johnson. “I will see how the school community has rebounded and hear their concerns to determine how we can best continue to assist during the recovery.” Johnson also will attend the Master’s …..

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Road Closing

An update of road openings/closings in Bladen County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has released an updated listing of road openings/closings for Bladen County. An update of road openings / closings is as follows: OPENINGS: None EXISTING CLOSINGS: Berry Lewis Road Berry Lewis Road remains closed in order to replace a large crossline pipe damaged during the hurricane.  The location of the closure is 1.2 miles west of Forest Drive.  The contractor is ahead of schedule so the road should open by the end of this week. Owen Hill Road Owen Hill Road remains closed due to the construction of a double line of cast in place reinforced concrete box culvert.  Construction is well underway, but it …..

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SBI Hosts National Detector Dog Trials in Raleigh April 2-5

RALEIGH – The State Bureau of Investigation is hosting this year’s United States Police Canine Association’s National Detector Dog Trials in Raleigh April 2-5. Police dogs such as Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, Belgium malinois and even a springer spaniel are among the breeds that will be tested on their ability to sniff and detect narcotics, explosives, accelerants or cadavers. SBI’s criminal specialist and K-9 Unit coordinator, Ken Mathias, is spearheading the event which attracts detector dogs from local, state and national law enforcement agencies as well as the armed forces and correction departments. “USPCA is the gold standard of police dog certification,” said Mathias. “They have some of the most …..

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Change in location for Bladen County Black Bear Management Meeting

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Black Bear Management Forum scheduled for Bladen Community College on Monday, April 3rd has been moved from the Auditorium on Campus to an alternate meeting room in Building 7 also located on the Bladen Community College Campus. 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 (See report). The meeting begins at 7 p.m. The locations and dates are: Monday, April 3 at Bladen Community College (Library, Building 7), located at 7418 …..

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Southeastern Carolina Crossroads to conduct Second annual Golf Tourney

Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is gearing up for their second annual Golf Tournament to be held at Land O’Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Tee off is 1 p.m. The funds raised by the tournament will be used to further the work of the Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. The tournament is Captain’s Choice with four person teams. Cost to enter is $240 per team. Lunch will be provided. Door prizes will also be available. Sponsorships are also available.  Sponsors will be recognized in all advertising and publications. Sponsorship levels are Silver, Gold and Platinum. *Silver sponsorships are $100 and the individual/business will have their logo or name on …..

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Tour where Bladen County tax dollars are going

By: Charlotte Smith It is always nice to see a project come together. The staff members from the Bladen County Clerk of Courts and Work Force Development offices toured the new Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center last week. Captain Jeff Singletary gave the tour. The tour started in the front of the new center. “In the entry way there will be a wall of honor, honoring all the officers who have fallen in the line of duty,” Singletary said. A new way of doing things was explained as soon as the group stepped in the new building. Employees will no longer take property or money for the inmates …..

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West Bladen FFA Chapter Participates in State Poultry Event

The West Bladen FFA Chapter participated in the North Carolina FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC.  Team members include Noah Bryan, Joseluis Hernandez, Callie Lewis and Sean Nunnery. During this event students evaluated production, processing, and merchandising phases of the poultry industry, as well as, identify various industry components.  They are also tested on the application of sound management practices.  Perdue Farms Inc., with in-kind support from the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University, sponsors the State Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Mission accomplished, I think, and headed home from DC. Yesterday was a good day. Visited the office of several congressman, did not get to speak to any, but did speak to some staffers. One I always look forward to is Bryan Martin in Rep. Walter Jones office. Actually, he knew I needed help moving from one office to another and he guided me thru the underground system to my next stop, and I appreciate it. Bryan is the former planning director for the Town of Elizabethtown. Met a former co-worker with the NC Association of County Commissioners. Butch Gunnels is now Ex. Director of the NC Soft Drink Bottlers Association, …..

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Hiker suffers minor injury at Jones Lake State Park

A female hiker suffered a minor knee injury on Tuesday afternoon while hiking at Jones Lake State Park, according to Ranger Lane Garner. He said the hiker was unable to walk out on her own, so the Rangers took a backboard onto the trail and carried her out of the woods. Garner said the hiker was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley Bladen Healthcare for treatment of minor injuries. Share:

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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. Through the efforts of over a thousand brave firefighters from 24 states, the fire was contained in 4 weeks. Thank you to the Bladen County firefighters that assisted in this effort. Share:

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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. Murchison pled guilty to conspiring to sell cocaine, possession and attempted sell and delivery of marijuana, and attempted trafficking in MDA/MDMA. He was arrested on July 3, 2015, by the Elizabethtown Police Department following a traffic stop. Murchison was driving when his vehicle was stopped in late June 2015. Also arrested were Saquon Reginald Covington who was arrested during the stop on June 30, 2015;Trent Martin, who was arrested on July 18, 2015; and Channing Kelly who as arrested in …..

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Elizabethtown man enters a guilty plea to attempted murder charge

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. The shooting took place in August 2013 at 92 Curtis Lewis Road, near Dublin. When Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they found Terry DeVane Lewis laying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. According to the report, Lewis’ brother, Tony Elmore Lewis was inside the home with several weapons and refused to surrender to authorities. The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office tactical team negotiated with Tony Lewis for several hours before he eventually surrendered. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Never 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. One speaker yesterday was Ajit Pai, new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Sharp young man who grew up in rural Kansas. Today, visits to Capitol Hill, Congressmen and Senators. My list includes Rep. Rouzer, Rep. Pittenger and Rep. Jones. Some will be busy with official business. If …..

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1st Annual Archery Event and 3D Tournament in Bladen County

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) is planned for May 6th. Activities to include a 3D Archery Tournament (Featuring True Kill scoring) for Adult, Young Adult, and Youth Classes. A youth / first time shooter zone, various raffles and other games available. Event T-shirts, food and concessions available onsite for purchase as well! Location address: 3062 Cabbage Road Bladenboro, NC 28320 Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/185598801945805/ Share:

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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 communitymay require you to elevate or make other changes. Substantial damage applies when the cost ofrestoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of its pre-damage market value. However, some communities have regulations that are more restrictive. Check with your local building officials or community flood-plain administrator for more information. If the substantial damage is solely from flooding, your National Flood Insurance Program(NFIP) policy may provide up to …..

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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. The team was led by kindergarten teacher, Linda Fassnacht who had never coached a team before this year. That did not deter her from digging in with students who were eager to experiment and try new things. For several months the students have been working hard in order to compete. “The children have been so enthusiastic and engaged,” stated Mrs. Fassnacht. …..

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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. He is currently staying with Butler at her home in Dublin. Butler said her father is in need of clothing –shirts in size XL and pants in a size 44/30 as well as other items. She said any donations will be gladly accepted and are much appreciated by the family. Donations can be left at Butler’s home located at 7252 Albert Street in Dublin across from Dublin First Baptist Church. …..

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NC DOT issues road closings/openings update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has updated the following road closings/openings in Bladen County. OPENINGS: Braddy Plantation Road will open this afternoon. CLOSINGS: Berry Lewis Road Berry Lewis Road will close today (Monday, March 27) in order to replace a large crossline pipe damaged during the hurricane. The location of the closure is 1.2 miles west of Forest Drive. The road will remain closed through the middle of next week. Davis Road Davis Road will close today (Monday, March 27) in order to replace a large crossline pipe damaged during the hurricane. The location of the closure is 0.16 miles east of Joyner Road. The road will be closed …..

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Paul Brown Leadership Academy

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.  The theme for this year’s conference is “The Economic Impact of Aviation.” Discussions during the conference will include Aviation in the North Carolina Economy, Community Engagement and Economic Development, the latest information from the NC Division of Aviation and Telling Your Story to name a few of the topics to be covered.   Share:

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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. Teams from across North Carolina annually take part in the rigorous academic competition, which hosts 23 events in the fields of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. “This is my second year coaching the CSD Science Olympiad team and I’m …..

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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. Jackie Coleman, with the Bladenboro Fire Department, said the home sustained damage to the kitchen and living room areas and there is smoke damage throughout the house. Share:

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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. “The Association supported the class by volunteering with local enforcement and support personnel. The Association also wants those intending to carry weapons to do so safely,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington. The advancement of firearms handling safety lessens the propensity for the mishandling and possible injury caused by accidents with weapons, explained Sgt. Turlington. “The Association fully supports the education and safety of our citizens,” said Sgt. Turlington. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

I am in Washington, DC for a couple of days, a different world. Have been coming this time of year since 1975, first as a Bladen County commissioners, then as a staffer with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and for the past 20+ years as a member of the Star Telco board of directors. Some things remain the same and others change with each national election and this year is one of those years. As a telco director, much of our governance is dictated by FCC rules and as expected, there is a new chairman of the FCC. Today we will listen and listen and listen, to members …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 27

1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1841 – 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC. 1855 – Abraham Gesner patents kerosene. 1863 – American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer. 1912 – 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, DC. 1928 – KGB-AM in San Diego, CA begins radio transmissions. 1931 – John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on. 1933 – Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized. 1939 – 1st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: University of Oregon beats Ohio State 46-33. 1943 – Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho …..

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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. On Tuesday the election for the position was held and Rev. Foster was named the new Director of Missions for Bladen County. Below is a letter Rev. Foster sent out to his flock. Dear Bladen family, Wow! How GREAT is our God!!!!! I want to thank you for the wonderful hospitality you extended to Beth and me on Monday and Tuesday. We were blessed by your presence …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

NCAA’s March Madness continues for men and ladies basketball teams. Check TV schedules for time and channel. UNC vs Kentucky in men’s play today. Winner advances to final 4. NASCAR, baseball, golf and more on TV and such a beautiful day outside to stay inside. Decisions, decisions…. Our middle and high schools have a full range of spring sports activities underway. Check our Sports Page for updates, courtesy of John Clark, Bladen’s Best Sports Reporter. Still need rain, had a couple of farmers tell me they are prepared to begin planting over the next few days. Bladen County jail is nearing completion. Sheriff’s department will also be housed in new …..

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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. Share:

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West Bladen Boys Win First Track Meet

ROSE HILL – West Bladen’s Knights won a track meet for the first time in school history Tuesday at Union. The Knights edged East Bladen and Wallace-Rose Hill 73 points to 71.5. Midway finished fourth with 71 points and Union was fifth with 26 points. Event winners for Coach Taurius Baker’s Knights included senior Ty’kee Jeffries in the 100 Meter Dash, junior Corey McLaughlin in the 800 Meter Run and sophmore Bryan Padilla in the 1600 Meter Run. East Bladen was only 1.5 points back in a tie for second-place. Eagle event winners included senior Atlas Goss in both the Shot Put and the Discus, senior Eian Hines in the …..

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Planters Day weekend is here

The weekend forecast is looking bright, warm and sunny for the Planters Day weekend. The festivities kicked off at the Graham Farm located on Old Fayetteville Road in the Ammon community. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the event continues Saturday. On Friday vendors were setting up their wares while live entertainment took place on the stage. Classic cars and antique tools and tractor were on display. A museum is now open that allows visitors to view all manner of tools that were used on the farm. Jessie Bullard, the owner of a horseless carriage, said he comes to Planters Day each year. “I just like to see this type …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Should be a great week ahead, weatherwise. Hopefully, freezing temps are over ’til late fall. Highs over the next few days expected to range from low 70s to low 80s with hopefully a shower on Tuesday. Much noise coming out of Washington yesterday, related to the end of Obamacare and a new healthcare system in place. Did not happen, conservative Republicans balked and Dem’s were happy. According to some, the next big item on the national agenda is an effort to overhaul the tax system. At the state level, the HB2 issue lingers. UNC basketball team defeated Butler last night and advances to the final 8 in NCAA March Madness …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON NPR: ‘IF WE CAN’T GET THERE, IT’S UNFORTUNATE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’

WASHINGTON – During a Friday afternoon interview with NPR’s Here and Now, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) was asked about the potential impact if House Republicans don’t come together to support the American Health Care Act.   “Does it feel like if Republicans cannot pass this bill that that’s going to be a major blow to the agenda?” asked NPR’s Jeremy Hobson.   “I think it’s a blow to the American people,” replied Congressman Pittenger.  “The carriers of health care, they’re pulling out.  Aetna said it’s on a death spiral.  Humana said they’ll be out by 2018.  Many others have already pulled out.  Actuarially, it never did have the capacity to …..

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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. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sellers, the driver David Cox of Faison, was driving south on River Road when he entered the curve and the trucked overturned into a ditch. The truck is owned by Nash Johnson and Sons Farms Inc. of Rose Hill. Company representatives are on the scene assisting officials with the clean up of the crash. Trooper Sellers said Cox was transported to Bladen County Hospital with minor …..

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Celebration in honor of Tommy Hall to be held on Saturday at Lu Mil

There will be a celebration held in honor of Tommy Hall on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. until midnight at LuMil Vineyard’s General Store located at 438 Suggs Taylor Road, Elizabethtown. There will be a corn hole tournament, good food, live music, cake sales, auction, raffles, and great fun. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the day. There will be barbecue plates available. Cost is a donation and plates will be available beginning at 11 a.m. The Corn Hole Tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. Please contact Ricky Ward at 910-872-3963 to enter. Live Music will be provided by The Loose Floorboards AND The Oak Run Band. …..

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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. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss goals for the 2017 session of the General Assembly. The meeting will be held in the Bladen County Health Department Conference Room, 300 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC. Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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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. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC. Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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Commissioners will hold 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. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC. Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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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. The Governor’s School East will meet at Meredith College this summer from June 18 to July 26. This group of juniors and seniors will study new ideas and concepts in academics and the arts. According to a release, the nomination process is as follows: “Local school superintendents, along with directors of charter and private schools initially nominate …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Maybe it’s me, but I think politicians spend to much time playing ‘gotcha’, both parties, on a daily basis. It is no wonder so little gets accomplished in Raleigh or DC. Watching news accounts of Washington politics on CNN and Fox, I wonder who is telling the truth. My guess, some parts of both, but determining what and which is more than I care to decipher. Suggestion, before a final decision, check FactCheck or Snopes. I can just imagine the efforts to get enough votes to eliminate Obamacare and replace with a new service. Must be like herding cats. Feel bad for Supreme Court nominees. President Obama recommended one candidate. …..

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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. “We believe this group is the same group that has recently been involved in numerous breaking and entering’s in Columbus county. In those instances they approach home owners and offer …..

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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. Rotarian Barbee shared her experience as a Rotarian. She said when she first joined the Mocksville Rotary Club, she had no idea just how much rotary does both locally and on national and global scale. Rotarian Barbee siad that when she had …..

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SECU Awards BCC Scholarships

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. Based on the credit union philosophy of people helping people, these scholarships recognize the students’ leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement. Scholarship funds will be applied to tuition and other expenses associated with their community college education. State Employee’s Credit Union local advisory board member Cynthia McKoy comments, “My fellow SECU members and I are dedicated to helping students succeed in their pursuit of higher education. The SECU …..

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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. Lowery of Tar Heel was traveling northbound on US 701 near the intersection of NC 53 West when her vehicle struck the guardrail on the left, according to the Highway Patrol. After striking the guardrail on the …..

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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. Roy Cooper, Governor of North Carolina, signed a proclamation declaring March 24, 2017 “North Carolina National Guard Heritage Day” across the state. During the ceremony, for the first time in NC Guard history, three Guardsmen from Monroe, Morganton and Pinehurst will …..

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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. Blackwell said the award is presented to those who have demonstrated efforts to improve health care. He explained that On Point is a term often used by the military to describe someone …..

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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. All funds from the event will benefit Southeastern Hospice’s at-home patients and families as well as those at Southeastern Hospice House. Profits will also assist with Camp Care, a bereavement experience for children who are coping with the death of a loved one. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or at event …..

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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. Judith Brogdon and Carrie Kelly and Leslie Brown have opened E-town Massage R & R in the hopes of helping Bladen County’s residents relieve their stress and help them to relax. Brogdon and Kelly both have 8 years of experience as a massage therapists and Brown has 7 years of experience as an acupuncturist. Some of the services offered include massage, reflexology, Reiki, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The event in London reminds us once again of the unstable world we live in. In DC, just another day. Confusion and wonder who to believe, if anyone. Today, a key vote on the repeal of Obamacare and the introduction of a new version of healthcare for millions. Watching news coverage of any issue in Washington likely leaves many confused. Attended an out of town workshop earlier this week. Troy Hall, PHD was one speaker and he offered 7 attributes of leadership. Teachable, compassionate, grace and gratitude, truth-seeking, humble, purity of heart and peacemaking. Know anyone with these gifts? Shared a meal recently with 90 year old Carl Lamm of …..

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Black bear management meeting April 3 at BCC

The 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. “We take these meetings seriously,” said Dr. David Cobb, chief of the Commission’s Wildlife Management Division. “Input from our constituents is invaluable to the Commission and truly helps shape our management efforts.” Other meetings, all scheduled …..

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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. Stegall said the shop has been open for almost one month. He said the shop offers services for diesel trucks from minor repairs to performance tune-ups. “I’ve doing this for about eight years,” said Stegall. He said he decided it was time to open his own business and it is the first shop he has owned. The shop’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. …..

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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. Officials say the lack of damage can be credited to the county’s diligence in collaborating with North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the years following another devastating storm from five years earlier – Hurricane Irene. Pamlico County encompasses 337 square miles of land and sits nearly surrounded by water at the junctions of …..

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Republicans looking for board members

Bladen County Republican Party is currently seeking elected officers. Nominations for Chairman, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and board members will be collected until Monday, March 27, 2017. Contact Walter McDuffie at 910-876-0974 or Emory White 910-876-7575 or Clark Valentiner 910-874-2943. Republican Convention will be held Monday evening at the Bladen County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. Share:

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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. Bladen County EMS Director David Howell addressed those in attendance in the college’s auditorium before they traveled outside to the mock accident scene. Howell shared a story with the audience regarding a serious crash he had recently responded to …..

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An update of Bladen County Road Openings/ Closures

An update of road openings / closures is as follows: OPENINGS: SR 1726 (Lloyd Road) is open. SR 1730 (Elwell Ferry Road) is open. SR 1787 (Youngstown Road) is open. CLOSINGS: SR 1725 (Braddy Plantation Road) SR 1725 (Braddy Plantation Road South) is closed 0.36 miles north of SR 1726 (Lloyd Road) in order to replace a crossline pipe. The road will be closed through early next week. SR 1748 (Figure 9 Road) SR 1748 (Braddy Plantation Road) is closed 1.73 miles west of SR 1730 (Elwell Ferry Road) in order to replace the first of two crossline pipes. This location will be under construction through early next week. ELWELL …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The recent fire in Raleigh was next door to the office I occupied for 25 years. Was in Raleigh yesterday for a meeting, drove by but all roads in the area were closed. Will be a while before the Albert Coats building will be occupied again, as well as the Quorum Center and other nearby structures. We have had all types of weather over the past few months. A warm February, freezing temps in March, a hurricane with flooding late last year and a recent hailstorm, Looking forward to more normal weather, including more rain. Saw a couple of articles recently about small towns struggling’. Centerville in Franklin County, founded …..

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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: — Planning to or already enrolled in a North Carolina college or university for 2017. — A senior at a Bladen County high school or a resident of Bladen County. — Planning to pursue a two-year or four-year degree in agriculture- or horticulture-related field. Applications are …..

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Emereau: Bladen holds groundbreaking and celebration

Elected officials, members of the Emereau: Bladen Charter School board, and perspective parents, students and other community members 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. The building is currently under construction by local general contracting company, DeVane Builders, and when completed will measure 20,000 square feet and will house classes from kindergarten through grade 6. The school will be expanded by one grade level each year until grade 12, …..

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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. However, some communities have regulations that are more restrictive. Check with your local building officials or community flood-plain administrator for more information. If the substantial damage is solely from flooding, your National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy may …..

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School of Discovery wins countywide Battle of the Books

Clarkton School of Discovery’s Battle of the Books team won the countywide Battle of the Books Competition on March 14th. The competition was held at Bladen Community College and consisted of Bladen County’s 5 middle school teams answering questions relating to 27 books. Each school competed on stage against the other schools in timed rounds. Clarkton School of Discovery came out on top with a first place win. They will now advance to the Regional Competition held in Cumberland County on April 3rd. Share:

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Makeover for local business 

Spring has arrived. Flowers are not the only thing improving the scenery in Bladen County. Thompson’s Auto Care Center LLC has a new look thanks to some hard work according to new owner, William Thompson. The auto care center is located at 300 West King Street in Elizabethtown. William Thompson assumed ownership of the business earlier this year. Thompson continues to offer services such as tire, oil changes, general maintenance, front end alignment and air conditioner work for automobiles. He also offers motor vehicle inspections. “My main concern is my customers. That’s what makes your business go,” said Thompson. You can call 910-862-7770 to schedule your vehicle maintenance needs. Share:

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Bladen County Health Department

Teen pregnancy identified as emerging issue for county

During the State of the County Health report, Bladen County Health Educator Marianne Valentiner said that teen pregnancy has been identified as an emerging issue.  She explained that in the 2015 Community Health Assessment, teen pregnancy was identified as an issue based on the statistical data from 2014. Valentiner said at the time of the Community Health Assessment, the 2014 data was the most recent data available. Valentiner said according to the latest statistical data available, the teen pregnancy rate is as follows: in 2013 the rate was 36.9, in 2014 the rate increased slightly to 52.1, and in 2015, the rate dipped to 46.7. She said based on the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

I watched some of the Washington hearings yesterday, and quiet frankly, I was so disappointed in our elected officials. America should come first, but what I see is Democrats and Republicans more concerned about party than the concerns of the ‘big picture.’ I would like to see Russia operatives sent to prison and those who leak confidential info, same sentence. My guess is few offices of elected or appointed officials are exempt from illegal ‘leaks.’ Who can we trust, elected or appointed? Very few. Sad, sad. Were votes changed at the polls? NO, but most attempts are designed to provide information that helps us decide who we will vote for. …..

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Bladenboro Rotary discusses World War II ceremony

Some folks say, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” Two civic clubs are working together to honor local heroes. Bladenboro Rotary Club has joined forces with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club to pull off a World War II Bladen County Heroes Luncheon Celebration. Elizabethtown Rotary Club member and committee chairman, Dr. Darrell Page spoke at the Monday, March 20th meeting of the Bladenboro Rotary Club on the upcoming event. The clubs have identified about eight World War II veterans so far. If you know a Veteran of World War II in Bladen County please contact a Bladenboro or Elizabethtown Rotary Club member. The luncheon is set for May 31st at 1 p.m. …..

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners receive State of the County Health Report

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and received the State of the County Health report. Marianne Valentiner, Health Educator with the Health Department, addressed the Commissioners. She told the board the #1 cause of death in Bladen County is heart disease and #2 is tracheobronchial (throat) cancer and lung cancer, #3 is lower respiratory disease, #4 is cerebrovascular disease, #5 is unintentional injuries such as car crashes, accidental gunshot wounds, drowning, etc. and #6 is Diabetes. Valentiner said the new emerging issue is teen pregnancy. She said the teen pregnancy rate in the county has been going down since 2001. Health and Human Services Director David …..

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Changes coming to NC 41 and NC 410 intersection

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard about plans for upcoming changes to the NC 41 and NC 410 intersection. Drew Cox, District Engineer with the NC Department of Transportation, told the board the new project is needed due to safety reasons. Cox said the intersection came up for study and was presented as a project because of the number of accidents which take place there. He told the board the intersection scored high and is slated to have a rural high speed round-about installed. Cox the project is funded with what DOT refers to as spot safety funding which is set aside for improvements …..

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Warm weather, longer days draw people outdoors

As temperatures begin to get warmer and the days are beginning to get longer everyone is starting to venture outside to enjoy the afternoon. On Monday afternoon Rocky McGill and his sister Kylie McGill joined Charlie Varsh and Cano Varsh and Trinity Davis at the Skate Park in Elizabethtown to enjoy an afternoon of skating. Share:

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Chair of County Commissioners issues statement regarding Economic Development

The Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Charles Ray Peterson issued an official statement to the media and the public in attendance at Monday night’s Commissioners meeting. In the statement Peterson said progress has been made in the past 6 to 8 weeks regarding the county’s economic development program. Peterson said some specific measures to be taken will include: The Economic Development Director giving monthly updates to the Board of Commissioners, the Economic Development Advisory Board, Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and the Committee of 100. Peterson also said  Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess will be compensated directly “by Bladen County with BBAI providing funds to Bladen County for a portion of Heustess’ salary …..

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Commissioners to give update on Economic Development tonight

We are live streaming the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting on our YouTube Channel How do you think Bladen County should spend tax dollars? Chairman Charles Ray Peterson said no surveys were turned in. Voice your concerns about how Bladen County should spend their money. Survey for Pre-Budget Hearing for Bladen County Commissioners to give update on Economic Development tonight! Watch the meeting live… https://youtu.be/ulE93mUdBFM Charles Ray Peterson presented with the On Point Award for all his hard work and dedication to Cape Fear Valley Hospital and the value they bring to the Bladen County Community. Share:

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Law Enforcement salaries in Bladen County

Law enforcement officers are a unique group of men and women who are sworn to enforce the laws of the state of North Carolina and to protect citizens and their property from crime, to investigate crimes that occur and apprehend those responsible for committing crimes. According to indeed.com, the average salary a law enforcement officer can expect to earn in North Carolina is about $35,000. However, they caution that salaries for law enforcement officers vary throughout the state. Bladenonline.com decided to explore the average salaries for law enforcement in Bladen County.  For a law enforcement officer joining the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the starting salary for a patrol deputy is …..

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Rep. Rouzer hosts Youth Leadership Conference in Clinton

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting a youth leadership conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District on Friday, March 24, 2017.  The 2017 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference provides two juniors from each high school an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurial leaders, discuss ways to achieve entrepreneurial success and develop the necessary personal and professional skills to achieve goals. This conference is being conducted in coordination with the BB&T Leadership Institute as well as participation by the UNC Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  There will be a lineup of speakers and engaging activities focused on values-based leadership and the personal traits and qualities …..

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NC 410 paving begins this week

Paving work is slated to begin this week on NC 410 in Bladen County. According to Rusty Marsh, with the NC Department of Transportation, the contractor has decided to begin paving NC 410  from NC 131 to Bladenboro first, which means it will be next week at the earliest before paving will take place from NC 131 to Dublin. Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff hosts training session for Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker hosted a training event for the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy upperclassman Friday at the Bladen County Law Enforcement Association firing range. Sgt. Gary Turlington said, “The purpose of the event was to demonstrate weapons safety and handling. The attending members are all working toward the goal of a military career. This will possibly give them the advantage of a head start.” In attendance was the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Training Section — Major Larry Guyton, Chief Deputy, and Sgt. Clay Caroll, who had worked all night the night before the class and volunteered his time for these students. Sheriff McVicker fully supports the education …..

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Storms Farm of Bladenboro recognized in N.C. Business News Magazine

A Bladen County farm was recently recognized of their innovative use of technology recently N.C. Business News Magazine.  Bladenboro farmer William Storms has teamed up with AgPower Partnership LLC to turn the hog waste generated by his farm, into electricity which is sold to North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperation in Raleigh. Storms’ farm began generating electricity in 2013. For many sine operations, this type of technology could be one answer as to what to do with the waste generated by their livestock. Read more here. Share:

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UNC at Pembroke recognized as the #1 online public administration master’s program

GradSource.com highlights the best campuses with online public administration programs. After a thorough study of online master’s programs on campuses across the country, University of North Carolina at Pembroke earned the no.1 spot for public administration. University of North Carolina Pembroke stood out with its overall value and strong appeal to adult learners. To generate the rankings, Gradsource.com took a data-driven approach to help prospective students find the best schools to advance their engineering education. They were graded on five key criteria: affordability, flexibility, program prominence, student success and related degrees. After crunching the numbers, these were the top 10 schools: University of North Carolina at Pembroke Texas Southern University …..

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Bladen County Commissioners To Meet Tonight

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight (Monday, March 20) at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The Board of Commissioners are expected to conduct a public hearing to receive comments regarding the fiscal year2017-18 budget. Breeden Blackwell of Cape Fear Valley Health and Drew Cox, NC Department of Transportation District Engineer, are both scheduled to address the board. David Howard, Director of the Health and Human Services Agency, will present a resolution regarding the sale of the Bladen County Home Health Agency. Also, Howard will present agreements with the East coast Migrant Head Start, the 2017-18 …..

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Changing lives in Bladen County

Bladen Community College is in the business of changing lives through higher education. Over 55 scholarships were given to local students this past week. The Bladen Community College Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Luncheon was held on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 joining the scholarship donors and recipients together.  The keynote speaker, Matthew Batten, a local nurse and graduate of Bladen Community College gave a moving testimony of how the school assisted in changing his life.  “I was a refugee from life and hard choices,” Batten said. In 2007 he said he decided to change the direction of his life and enrolled in BCC. He received scholarship the 2012 Bladen We Care Scholarship …..

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Bladen, Camden County Teams Advance to State NCDOT Bridge Building Competition

KINSTON –  A middle school team from Bladen County and a high school team from Camden County will advance to the state finals in April after winning the regional 18th annual Model Bridge Building Competition on Friday. The N.C. Department of Transportation sponsors the event. Camden Early College High School of Camden County took top honors in the high school competition. Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen County came in first place in the middle school competition. The event features teams of students designing and building a model bridge. The bridges are tested by NCDOT engineers. Representatives of engineering companies served as judges. This competition is designed to give students …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

And, the sleet came down apparently all around the county. Hopefully, no damage. We have had some much needed rain in our area, about .6 tenth of an inch, in one form or another over the past 48 to 72 hours. Still need more….rain. I was with about 50 to 75 others at East Bladen, the annual Eagle dinner and reverse raffle was over, all preparing to leave and the sleet came down. Actually, many had left, you know how that goes. As some are eliminated, they leave (understandable). It was one of the largest crowds I have seen in several years at the event. If you picked Villanova to …..

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Hail in Bladen County

March has been known to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. This year March has a lot of folks scratching their heads in the mother county. Saturday evening residents across Bladen County reported hail along with thunderstorms in their neighborhoods. Bladenboro, Dublin, Elizabethtown, White Lake, and White Oak all reported hail and thunderstorms. Share:

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club selling tickets at Walmart

It may be raining, but that isn’t stopping one civic organization from fundraising to support their service work. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club is at the Walmart in Elizabethtown selling raffle tickets for an Delton AR-15. The Delton AR-15 is locally made in Elizabethtown and sold locally. The money raised with go to help the local club give local scholarships, honor War War II veterans, help the Boy Scouts, the Boys and Girls Homes of NC, Families First, and the USO of NC among other service projects the club has planned. Rotarians Nick West, Shane Freeman, Sondra Guyton and others will be at the local shopping center from 10 a.m. until …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Hopefully freezing temps are over for this spring, still need rain. Lottery oddity shared by a friend. The Midday Pick 3 lottery drawings for North Carolina and South Carolina on Friday were the same numbers in the same order; 8-5-7. His question was, what are the odds of that? No idea. Never participated…. A couple of our farmers have been recognized for their efforts. William (Billy) Storms of Bladenboro was featured in the March, 2017 edition of Business News Magazine and the Albert Beatty family of Harrells was recognized by NC A&T State University in Field and Family magazine. Good reading. Sen. Danny Britt of Robeson has introduced a bill …..

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REP. ROUZER INTRODUCES BILL TO INCREASE TEACHER PAY BY ELIMINATING THE DoE, RETURNING FUNDING AND DECISIONS TO STATES

 Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer introduced H.R. 1510, the States’ Education Reclamation Act of 2017, which would return taxpayer dollars used to fund the federal education bureaucracy back to the respective states in order to increase teacher salaries or to be used for any other purpose that a respective state chooses to enhance education.         H.R. 1510 proposes a responsible dismantle of the Department of Education by reallocating its billions in funding to be proportionally distributed to the respective states to be used for any education purpose as they see fit, such as teacher pay raises, new school construction, investment in technology and more.  Taxpayer dollars provided to …..

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Bladen County, Alert Neighbor Foils Break In

  Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that an alert neighbor who saw suspicious activity in their neighborhood and reported it to 911 was instrumental in stopping a breaking and entering in progress at a home in the 8000 block of NC 87 west of Dublin.   “Our 911 Center received a call from a resident who said there were people going through the neighborhood knocking on doors and asking for someone by name,” said McVicker.  “The caller did not know of anyone by that name in the neighborhood and just felt something was not right with the pair.”   McVicker said a deputy was dispatched to the area and …..

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Bladen County drug bust in Elizabethtown

The Elizabethtown Police Department and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department have been working together to crack down on crime. Today, March 17, 2017 was no exception. Sometime around 7 a.m the Elizabethtown Police Department with assistance from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant at Lewis Village Apartments located at 204 Wright Street Apartment 31 in Elizabethtown, NC. The search warrant was the result of several months of ongoing investigations by Detective Sergeant Willie Thompson into suspected narcotic activity in that area. Upon securing and searching the scene officers were able to locate and seize a Felony amount of Marijuana, handgun, and $4,362.88 cash. As a result of …..

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Bladen County February Lottery Winners Announced

$1,000 Winners: Audrey Smith, Karely R. Jimenez, Kathy Jones, Victor Powell, Jose Rebollar, Michael Hudson, Leona Johnson, Satarra White, Cathy Graham, Kissie Battle, Luther High, Tamije Baldwin, Louise Dunford, Cynthia Locklear. $2,000 Winners: Diana Barnett, Carolyn Lancaster. $12,500 Winner: Michael Herring. $12,600 Winner: Christian McCullum $15,000 Winner: Jamal Moore Share:

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North Carolina’s January County and Area Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in January.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 16.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.3 percent.  All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.9 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.6 percent.  The January not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.5 percent.   Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above January 16 80 4 December  42 56 2 When compared to the same …..

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Gray convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison

The second man charged in the shooting death of a Bladen County man more than two years ago was found guilty Thursday in Bladen County Superior Court and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ernest Raysean Gray, 26, of Clarkton, was convicted of first degree murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied property. The jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before reaching their decision. Twasjay Roddreek Brown, 23, of Elizabethtown, was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in February in Bladen County Superior Court. The men were found guilty in the murder of 23-year-old Malcolm Jerome Brown in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Hopefully, last night will be the last of freezing temps until next winter. Blueberry farmers have been busy attempting to ‘salvage’ this years crop. Low temps were in the upper 20s last night. Spring officially arrives Monday. After a warmer than usual February and a very cold week in March, hopefully we return soon to more normal weather for this time of the year. Average high for the month of March is 67 and normal low is 40 degrees. Remember when farmers (and others) spoke of ‘breaking land’ as they prepared to begin the planting season. Later there was takin’ out tobacco, pickin’ cotton, stackin’ or pullin’ peanuts. A reminder …..

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