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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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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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Lexi Dawson Belts 4 Hits in St Andrews Double-Header

  • 03/29/2017
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RALEIGH -East Bladen grad Lexi Dawson batted 4-4 for St. Andrews Tuesday in a double-header at Meredith College. Meredith swept the double-header by scores of 2-1 and 8-0. Dawson swatted a single down the leftfield line in the first inning of Tuesday’s opener and rapped a single through the middle to lead off the fourth inning. In her final at-bat Dawson drew a walk to finish 2-2 for the game. In the nightcap Dawson hammered a double to right-centerfield in the second inning then raked a single to right field in the fourth inning. Dawson slammed 2 doubles, knocked in 2 runs and scored a run in a 7-5 victory …..

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This Day in History for March 30

1822 – Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory. 1858 – Pencil with attach eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia) 1867 – US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly) 1889 – John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY) 1910 – Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi. 1940 – 2nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42. 1945 – World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 to Americans. 1946 – “St Louis Woman” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances 1953 – Albert Einstein announces revised unified …..

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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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Mac Campbell shares Bladen We Care details with Elizabethtown Rotary Club

  • 03/29/2017
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Mac Campbell, of Bladen We Care, spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. He said Bladen We Care is celebrating its 28th year of helping people in Bladen County through grants they make to those in need. Two very important upcoming dates for Bladen We Care are the Golf Tournament schedule for April 27, at Vineyard Golf at White Lake and the Bladen We Care Gala scheduled for May 5 at Lu Mil Vineyard. Rotarian Linda Burney purchased the first ticket for the gala. “We are all volunteer. There is no paid personnel,” said Campbell. He said all of the …..

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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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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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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

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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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Governor Cooper Holds Discussion on Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Governor Roy Cooper today met with leading professionals from law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and health care about the best ways to fight the opioid crisis in North Carolina. “The opioid crisis has devastated communities and families across our state, and we must work together to help our neighbors struggling with substance use disorders,” Gov. Cooper said. “Innovative partnerships among law enforcement, treatment centers, and recovery programs are focused on putting an end to addiction.” Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen co-hosted a discussion with physicians, first responders, public health experts, community treatment and recovery program leaders, law enforcement and families impacted by opioid abuse …..

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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

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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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This Day in History for March 28

1797 – Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine. 1834 – Senate censure President Jackson for taking fed deposits from Bank of US. 1866 – 1st ambulance goes into service. 1881 – “Greatest Show On Earth” was formed by PT Barnum & James A Bailey. 1885 – US Salvation Army officially organized. 1924 – WGN-AM in Chicago, IL. begins radio transmissions. 1935 – Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket. 1944 – 6th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth, 42-40. 1954 – Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open. 1972 – Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game. 1977 – 39th NCAA Men’s Basketball …..

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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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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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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

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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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YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS MAKE OUR NATION STRONGER

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. Understanding how important your contribution is takes some of the sting away because your taxes are helping millions of Americans — and protecting you and your family for life — as well as wounded warriors, the chronically ill, and disabled. By law, employers must withhold Social Security taxes from a worker’s paycheck. While usually referred to as “Social Security taxes” on an employee’s pay …..

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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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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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This Day in History for March 26

1790 – US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency. 1845 – Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of bandaid. 1872 – Thomas J Martin patents fire extinguisher. 1910 – US forbid immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers & the sick. 1930 – Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway. 1937 – Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb’s advice & replace his 40 with 36 oz bat. 1937 – Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye. 1945 – Kamikaze attack on US battle fleet near Kerama Retto. 1949 – 11th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State 46-36. 1951 – United States Air Force flag officially adopted by …..

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West Bladen Boys Second in Pender Track Meet

BURGAW – West Bladen’s Knights finished second in the boys track meet at Pender Thursday. Pender’s boys won the meet with 144 points, while the Knights followed with 92 points Hobbton placed third in the meet with 74 points, while Clinton was fourth with 56 points. The only event winners for Coach Taurius Baker’s Knights were junior Justin Best in the 300 Meter Hurdles, and the 4×200 Meter Relay team. Pender also won the girls meet with 179 points followed by Hobbton with 79 points. West Bladen placed third with 54 points followed by Clinton with 19 points. No one from West Bladen won a girls event. A listing of …..

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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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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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Farm Fresh Friday at local farmers market

  • 03/24/2017
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Blues skies and warm weather is making for a successful day at the local Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. All organic plants such as squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelons are being sold today and information about the Cape Fear Regional Bicycle Plan is being distributed at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Next Friday the organic plants will be on sale at the farmer’s market again if you miss out on today’s sale. Learn more about then regional bicycle plan by visiting: CapeFearBicyclePlan.Weebly.com   Share:

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

  • 03/24/2017
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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. “The ongoing working relationships among multiple agencies enhances the protection and service to the citizens of our county and the region. Additionally, bringing in personnel from outside of our county bolsters our economy and supports local businesses,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington who is with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Training Unit. Turlington said …..

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For Better Living: Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables for Less

By Sandra R. Cain You 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. Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils Beans (black beans, kidney beans, pintos, chickpeas, red or green lentils, split peas, etc.) are vegetables that do double duty.  They count in two groups.  They are in the vegetable group as well as the meat and beans group.  Canned beans are convenient and economical.  But, dried beans are the real deal.  Soak them overnight and cook for a couple of hours.  Beans are great for …..

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Kiwanis hears about Boy Scout Troop 622 activities

  • 03/24/2017
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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. Attending with Hursey were Scouts Ian Hursey and Jamison Whiting. Hursey said both of the young scouts have earned about 30 merit badges.  Ian Hursey gave the Kiwanians an update about the troop. He said the troop had been camping at Camp McNeil located on NC 53 West near White Oak. Ian told the group that …..

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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

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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This Day in History for March 24

1664 – Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island. 1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio. 1868 – Metropolitan Life Insurance Co forms. 1887 – 1st telephone call between NY & Chicago. 1920 – 1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City, NC) 1935 – Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network. 1941 – Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie for 20th Century Fox. 1947 – Congress proposes 2-year limitation on the presidency. 1947 – John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donates NYC East River site to the UN. 1949 – 21st Academy Awards: “Hamlet”, Laurence Olivier & …..

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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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This Day in History for March 23

1775 – Patrick Henry proclaims “Give me liberty or give me death” in speech in favor of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary war. 1839 – 1st recorded use of “OK” {oll correct} (Boston’s Morning Post) 1857 – Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City. 1865 – General Sherman/Cox’ troops reach Goldsboro, NC. 1880 – Flour rolling mill patented (John Stevens of Wisconsin) 1896 – The Raines Law is passed by the New York State Legislative, restricting Sunday sale of alcohol to hotels. 1903 – Wright brothers obtain airplane patent. 1922 – 1st airplane lands at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. 1929 – 1st …..

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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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Child in critical condition following a Tuesday 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. According to First Sgt. Matt Hardee, Sabrina 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. After striking the guardrail on the left, Lowery’s vehicle then crossed the highway, and went over the guardrail on right. “Her 6-year-old son was in the car with her,” said Sgt. Hardee.  The child was ejected from the vehicle and …..

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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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National Weather Service

Freeze watch issued for Thursday morning

Yes, the temperature was in the 80s Tuesday afternoon, but a day of cooler weather is expected Thursday in Bladen County before it warms up again for the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for Bladen County for Thursday from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. as temperatures are expected to dip into the low 30s. A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible and the conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. 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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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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This Day in History for March 22

1622 – First American Indian (Powhattan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown, Virginia, 347 killed. 1630 – 1st colonial legislation prohibiting gambling enacted (Boston) 1861 – 1st US nursing school chartered. 1871 – William Holden of NC becomes 1st governor removed by impeachment. 1903 – Niagara Falls runs out of water because of a drought. 1917 – The USA is the first nation to recognize the new government in Russia. 1935 – Blood tests authorized as evidence in court cases (NY) 1941 – James Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II. 1954 – First shopping mall …..

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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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Marsh celebrates 20 years with Clarkton Fire Department

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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. He has served as Chief, Lieutenant, Captain, firefighter, and in other capacities. He has also served on the Clarkton Rescue Squad and has had Basic EMT and EMT-intermediate certifications as well as Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and Rescue Tech to name just a few of his certifications. “My Dad was a volunteer firefighter in Shelby,” said Marsh. His father served on the Cleveland …..

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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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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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Pittenger on MSNBC: Reagan’s lessons apply to healthcare debate

WASHINGTON – During a live interview with MSNBC on Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) urged his colleagues to remember the lessons of Ronald Reagan during debate on conservative health care reform. In response to a question from MSNBC’s Stephanie Gosk on his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Congressman Pittenger replied, “I really commended Ronald Reagan and his leadership.  Ronald Reagan always said ‘I’ll take 80 percent of a loaf and come back for the rest later,’ and we need that spirit today to be able to transform healthcare in this country.  Look at what needs to be done with Medicaid.  It hasn’t been reformed in 50 years, since its inception, …..

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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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Introducing The 2017 Red Ribbon Week Theme: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free

The theme for the 2017 Red Ribbon Campaign has been announced and Iris Yu, a student at Solon Middle School in Ohio won the contest for creating this year’s theme:  “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” National Red Ribbon Week is celebrated Oct. 23 through Oct. 31. “I think that drug prevention is important because [drug use] has been popularized by pop culture and the media,” said Iris. “I came up with the theme by first considering what doing drugs would affect, and the obvious answer to me was your future. The rest of the words kind of just fell into place.” Read Iris’ story and learn more about …..

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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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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s official, today is the first day of spring, 2017. Temps should be on the rise after a week long ‘cold spell’. Now, there are 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Playoffs, only one North Carolina team. UNC will face Butler next Saturday and Duke heads home after losing last night to the Gamecocks of South Carolina. Some great games yesterday. Seems to me college basketball becomes more of a contact sport the higher you go in the playoffs. Bladen County Commissioners meet at 6:30 PM today. The courthouse meeting is open to the public. Sooner or later, Bladen County leaders will be forced to address the public school situation. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 20

  • 03/19/2017
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1760 – Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings. 1816 – US Supreme court affirms its right to review state court decisions. 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” published (Boston) 1868 – Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russelville, Kentucky, of $40,000. 1897 – 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10. 1917 – After the sinking of 3 more American merchant ships, US President Woodrow Wilson meets with cabinet, who agree that war is inevitable. 1934 – Female Babe Didrickson pitches hitless inning for Philadelphia A’s in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers. 1942 – Gen. MacArthur vows, “I shall return” 1948 – 20th Academy Awards: “Gentleman’s …..

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Abbey Walters Homers for UNC-Pembroke

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PEMBROKE – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters walloped a home run Friday, but her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves were swept in a Peach Belt Conference double-header by nationally ranked North Georgia. The Lady Nighthawks, the defending Peach Belt champions and the No. 3 team in Division II , took Friday’s opener 12-3. Walters raked a single through the left side in the fourth inning and scored the second UNC-Pembroke run. Walters who was sidelined for a couple of games last weekend with a knee injury returned to the circle in the second game and kept the Lady Braves close until a 4-run seventh inning stretched the North Georgia lead to 8-3. …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 6, Heide Trask 1

  • 03/18/2017
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ROCKY POINT – Senior Trent West and junior Scott Bowen combined to pitch a 6-hitter with 11 strike-outs as West Bladen defeated Heide Trask 6-1 Friday night in Four County Conference baseball action. Trent West struck out nine in his 5 innings on the mound and allowed a run on 4 hits. Bowen pitched the final 2 scoreless innings, striking out 2 and giving up 2 hits. The Knights jumped in front with 3 runs in the first inning. Senior Weston Pidgeon led off with a single and stole second base. Senior T. J. Guyton beat out an infield hit and an error on the play plated Pidgeon. Senior Jarrett …..

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Softball: West Bladen 15, Heide Trask 2

  • 03/18/2017
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ROCKY POINT – West Bladen’s Lady Knights pounded Heide Trask 15-2 Friday night in Four County Conference softball action. Senior Alanna Ludlum walloped a 2-out triple in the West first inning but was stranded at third base. However the Lady Knights broke through with 3 runs in the second. Sophmore Carley Dawson drew a walk, and senior Sophia Singletary belted a single. Sophmore Conner Brisson launched a sacrifice fly that scored Dawson. Seniors Kathryn Schultz and Jenna Dove reached base on errors as freshman Kyla Reed, the courtesy runner for Singletary, scored. Senior Kassidy Anderson plated Schultz with a sacrifice fly. The Lady Knights upped the count to 6-0 with …..

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FULFILLING MEDICAID’S ORIGINAL PROMISE

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Should the federal government treat able-bodied adults better than the disabled or elderly? When President Lyndon B. Johnson first signed Medicaid into law, the program was intended to serve the most vulnerable Americans, including the elderly, disabled, children, and pregnant mothers. But under President Obama, Medicaid’s focus shifted to include able-bodied, childless adults, which took care away from those who need it most. This is particularly problematic because, under Obamacare, the federal government covers at least 90 percent of Medicaid costs for able-bodied adults, while only covering an average of 57 percent of costs for those most in need. In other words, states and health care …..

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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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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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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 17

1755 – Transylvania Land Company buys Kentucky for $50,000 from a Cherokee chief.   1756 – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in NYC at the Crown & Thistle Tavern.   1845 – Bristol man, Henry Jones, patents self-raising flour.   1868 – Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued.   1898 – John Philip Holland achieves successful test runs of the first modern submarine off Staten Island.   1926 – Richard Rogers & L Hart’s musical “Girl Friend” premieres in NYC.   1929 – General Motors acquires German auto manufacturer Adam Opel.   1943 – Physician William J. Kolff performs the world’s first ‘hemodialysis’ using his artificial kidney machine, however the …..

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There is No Such Thing as a Lucky Charm if You Drink and Drive

RALEIGH – St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s biggest times to celebrate and party. But unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking alcohol, making the holiday also one of our most dangerous. The North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the Department of Transportation are launching the annual St. Patrick’s Day Booze It & Lose It campaign, which runs from March 16 to 19. The campaign reminds drivers that there is no luck involved, if you drink and drive, you could pay serious consequences. During the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), nine people …..

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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. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the many coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and other supporters involved in Special Olympics.  More than 100 athletes participate in Special Olympics in Bladen County. Momentary donations, sponsorships, …..

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NC 242 North has reopened

Rusty Marsh with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said NC 242 North in the Ammon community has re-opened to motorists. Marsh said some seeding and mulching remain to be completed as well as erecting a guardrail a the Ammon repair site and a second repair site near Jones Lake State Park. Marsh said the road was slated to re-open at noon Thursday but was delayed by about one and one-half hours. NC 242 North has been closed for repairs in two locations — near Jones Lake State Park and near Ammon– due to damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October. With the re-opening on Thursday afternoon, NC 242 North is …..

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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. Health and Human Services Director David Howard said said the Open House is a way to showcase everything the public health does for individuals and the community. Howard said the event is an opportunity for the community to come in and learn about the various services offered at the Health Department. Carol Strickland with the Bladen County Health Department, said the Open House is part of the activities planned for Public Health Week. The theme for the Open …..

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Local business taking care of others’ skin

Taking care of yourself is important according to health care providers. There is a new business in Elizabethtown offering skincare and more. Natural Balance Skincare by Pamela Evers has an office at Healthworks Fitness & Wellness. Pamela Evers opened her local business in January this year. Pamela has been providing skincare and related services since 2012 in places such as Lumberton, Cary and Raleigh. A Bladen County native, Pamela decided to move back to the Mother County where the rest of her family lives. Now, she is offering gloFacials, microdermabrasion and a lot more in skincare services. Right now Pamela reports her Xtreme X-wrap lash services are keeping her very …..

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Troopers Lend Helping Hand in Bladen County

On Wednesday, March 15th, Troopers from Bladen and Columbus County went beyond routine service by lending a helping hand to someone in need. Members assigned to the Troop B, District 5 State Highway Patrol office, which encompasses Bladen and Columbus Counties, came together off-duty to assist a fellow member of their community.  With materials provided by the Baptist Men’s Association, the troopers constructed a wheelchair ramp for a member of the Richardson Road Community, located in Bladen County just outside Bladenboro. Ms. Ward had been unable to leave her house without assistance until this ramp was completed. “It’s amazing to me how we take day to day activities for granted …..

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NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Hires Senior Legislative Director and Chief Budget Advisor

The State Superintendent today announced the hire of Chloe Gossage as senior legislative director and chief budget advisor. Gossage joins the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction with more than a decade of state government experience, the bulk of which has been in nonpartisan positions – six years in the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division and two years at the Administrative Office of the Courts. She comes to the Office from the Office of State Budget and Management, where she was the chief operating officer for the past two years. Prior to that, Gossage spent two years as the Governor’s policy director. State Superintendent Mark Johnson said he was …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thinking about the blueberry crop and the farmers who are doing their best to salvage their crop despite below freezing temps. 28 degrees at 6:45 AM this morning. Another tough few hours ahead before temps begin to return to more mid-March levels. High today near 50 degrees, low tonight in the mid to upper 20s. I think back as a young teenager, dad was working to support his family. As the oldest of 6 children, It was my responsibility to make sure there was enough wood cut to keep the house warm. Green wood with temps below freezing, not a good combination. I appreciate the warm home I live in, …..

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