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Participate in a North Carolina Winery Consumer Research Study


Stop by Lu Mil Vineyard this Saturday (8/27/22) between 1 pm-5 pm.  Join the Bryan School at UNCG in partnership with the NC Wine & Grape Council and participate in a North Carolina Winery Consumer Research Study (survey will only take a few minutes).  Enjoy Free Wine Tastings and samplings of other muscadine products!  READ MORE.

Updated: Construction Set To Begin on Bladenboro’s New Town Square

After years in the planning it’s time to put shovels to work on Bladenboro’s new town square.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday morning on a project that has involved several community organizations, government departments and economic development agencies. READ MORE

State Board of Education Meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1

The State Board of Education will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 30-31, for its Bi-Annual Planning and Work Session. This two-day session will be held in room 150 North/South in the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. The board will convene at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday; at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday. READ MORE.

This Week at NCDOT: Back to School Safety, RAISE Grant, and Football Train Returns

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast.

Back to School Safety

Back to school season means more cars and buses on the road, especially during the morning commute. READ MORE.

You Decide: Will We Have the First Full Employment Recession?

By Mike Walden

Debates are still raging over whether the economy is in a recession. While the economy has met one litmus test for a recession of two consecutive quarters of negative growth in GDP, or gross domestic product, doubters point to the still strong job market. In recent months, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created, and unemployment remains very low. READ MORE.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

It’s Friday, a busy Friday and weekend throughout the area…

Great lineup of music and other entertainment at The Grand Revue at White Lake today and tomorrow … check elsewhere in BOL for more info.

Ground breaking in Bladenboro today for new facilities that could bring big changes in the future to the town … READ MORE.

Rodney Baxley Has First Career Hole-In-One

WHITEVILLE – In over 40 years of playing golf, Bladenboro barber Rodney Baxley had never had a hole-in-one … until Wednesday when Baxley aced the ninth hole at Land O’Lakes Golf Club by using a 9-iron to cover the 135-yard distance.

“The pin was on the back and I thought I had hit it over the green,” said Baxley. “But it was in the cup.”

Couch Potato: Both Bladen Football Teams On Road In Week 2

By Sonny Jones

Winning 60% of your football games will get you into the state playoffs. Getting 60% of your football predictions correct will make you a loser. Guess you can figure out how Week 1’s football predictions went.

It’s on to Week 2 and a better week is in store … maybe … as East Bladen plays at South Columbus and West Bladen at West Columbus. READ MORE

Boys’ Soccer: East Bladen 5, West Brunswick 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Malcolm Bolden fired in a ‘Hat Trick’ plus one of 4 goals Thursday night to lead East Bladen to a 5-0 non-conference boys soccer victory over West Brunswick.

East Bladen, now 1-2, will travel to Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Western Guilford in the NCSCA Kickoff Classic. READ MORE


Girls’ Tennis: West Bladen 7, St. Pauls 2

West Bladen High School LogoELIZABETHTOWN – West Bladen improved to 3-0 in Southeastern Athletic Conference girls tennis action Thursday with a 7-2 victory over St. Pauls.

The Lady Knights, now 3-1 overall, will host Whiteville Tuesday at Bladen County Park. READ MORE

JV Football: East Bladen 24, South Columbus 21

East Bladen High SchoolELIZABETHTOWN – Torrean Cogdell returned a kick-off 75 yards for the winning touchdown with 1:07 remaining as East Bladen rallied for a 24-21 non-conference junior varsity football victory over South Columbus Thursday night.

The Eagles, now 1-1, will travel to Whiteville Thursday night. READ MORE

Volleyball: South Columbus 3, West Bladen 0

West Bladen High School LogoBLADENBORO – Unbeaten South Columbus improved to 6-0 Thursday night with a 3-0 non-conference volleyball victory over West Bladen by set scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-19.

The Lady Knights, now 1-3, will host East Columbus Monday. READ MORE

JV Volleyball: South Columbus 2, West Bladen 1

West Bladen High School LogoBLADENBORO – South Columbus outlasted West Bladen 2-1 Thursday by the slimmest of margins holding only a 62-61 edge in total points scored but prevailing in sets 25-23, 22-25 and 15-13 in non-conference jayvee volleyball action.

The Lady Knights, now 2-2, will host East Columbus Monday. READ MORE

New Superintendent At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

Joey Hulon, a resident of Bay Tree Lakes, is the new superintendent at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Hulon was the former Golf Course Grounds Maintenance Trainer at The Plantation At Point Vedra, Florida where he worked from October 2017 to present.

Hulon graduated from South View High School in Fayetteville and studied marine biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Bladen County Headlines … 50 Years Ago

• Marjory Bartlett Sanger, noted author, was the guest speaker at the Bladen County Historical Society meeting. READ MORE

USDA To Mail Additional Pre-Filled Applications To Producers Impacted By 2020-21 Disasters


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced another installment (phase) in assistance to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021. More than 18,000 producers will soon receive new or updated pre-filled disaster applications to offset eligible crop losses. READ MORE

Sports Schedule

East Bladen at South Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
West Bladen at West Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Master Sports Schedule  | Conference Standings
East Bladen Sports Schedules | West Bladen Sports Schedules

3 Things To Know For Friday

Three Things to Know

1. Youth Football and Cheerleading Registration: Through Sept. 9. Bladen County Recreation Department

2. Cape Fear Valley Health Hiring Event: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center, Fayetteville.

3. White Lake Fall International Triathlon: Sept. 10, 8 a.m., Grand Regal at Goldston’s Beach, White Lake. READ MORE


This Day in History For August 26

This Day In History

1843 – American inventor Charles Thurber patents a typewriter.

1945 – Japanese diplomats board USS Missouri to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender at the end of WWII.

1996 – US President Bill Clinton signs welfare reform into law, representing major shift in welfare policy. READ MORE


Town Of Bladenboro Hiring General Maintenance Worker

The Town of Bladenboro is seeking its next full-time General Maintenance Worker. Great benefits; salary dependent upon qualifications. Applications available online at Please contact Kelsey Hammond at (910) 863-3655 for more information. The Town of Bladenboro is an Equal Opportunity Employer. READ MORE.

NC Early Grade Students Make Strong Gains in Literacy Skills, Assessment Shows 

North Carolina’s youngest students made strong gains in early literacy skills during the 2021-22 school year, outpacing the performance of students in other states where the same assessment is used to measure student progress throughout the year. READ MORE.

Langston receives Healthier Communities Award from NCHA

FAYETTEVILLE – Aug. 23, 2022 – Brian Langston, Cape Fear Valley Health’s Corporate Director of Patient Logistics – Critical Care Transport, was recently honored at the summer meeting of the North Carolina Healthcare Association, where he was awarded the 2022 Healthier Communities Award. Langston was one of 11 people honored for their work with the Statewide Patient Movement Coordination Team (SPMCT) during the heigh of COVID-19 surges. READ MORE.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Bet you just about gave up on ‘Thoughts’ yesterday … Had some technical issues with someone, somewhere that we signed on with when we began BladenOnline over 14 years ago …

Thinking about baptism … why? No idea. Anyone else baptized in a millpond? I was baptized in June Singletary millpond, north of Bladenboro … READ MORE.

Bladen’s First Responders Join For Integrated Response Training


Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Bladen County Emergency Management Service have joined together for monthly Integrated Response Training. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Native Darren McPhail To Lead Florida Gators Sports Properties Team

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Learfield recently appointed company veteran Darren McPhail to general manager for Florida Gators Sports Properties, the multimedia rightsholder and sports marketing arm for the University Athletic Association (UAA).

McPhail attended Bladen County Schools and is the son of former Elizabethtown residents Terry and Karen McPhail, who now live in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. READ MORE

4-H Strawberry Project Registration Open

Registration is open for the 4-H 2022-2023 Strawberry Project. It’s a new project that is being brought to Bladen County 4Her’s.

For more information or questions call (910) 862-4591 or email [email protected] or [email protected]. READ MORE

Girls Tennis: South Columbus 6, West Bladen 3

West Bladen High School LogoTABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 6-3 Wednesday in non-conference girls tennis action.

The Lady Knights, now 2-1, will host St. Pauls Thursday at Bladen County Park. READ MORE

East Bladen in Kickoff Soccer Classic Saturday

East Bladen High SchoolCARY – East Bladen will play Western Guilford Saturday at 1 p.m. in the 9th annual North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s Kickoff Classic. The Eagles will play on Field #7 at the Wake Med Soccer Park.

Tickets for the Classic have to be purchased online at


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Ever think back over the years, some good, some not so good, but think about some of your most unusual situations where time and place was a miracle? … Just happened to be someplace when something happened that changed the direction of your life … about folks you met, etc. And, you wonder how it all came together … mostly good. READ MORE.

Volleyball: East Bladen 3, East Columbus 1

LAKE WACCAMAW – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles fought back after suffering a narrow loss in the opening set to sweep the next 3 sets and capture their first victory of the season 3-1 over East Columbus Tuesday night by set scores of 24-26, 25-20, 25-20 and 25-23. READ MORE


Volleyball: West Bladen 3, West Columbus 0

West Bladen High School LogoBLADENBORO – After a pair of narrow 5-set defeats in their opening 2 matches, West Bladen’s Lady Knights rolled to a 3-0 victory over West Columbus Tuesday night by set scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-6.

Coach Gaye Davis’ Lady Knights, now 1-2, will host South Columbus Thursday night. READ MORE

Boys Soccer: West Bladen 2, Purnell Swett 0

West Bladen High School LogoPEMBROKE – Freshman Jonah Bryan fired in a pair of 2nd half goals as West Bladen’s Knights posted their 3rd straight boys soccer win 2-0 over Purnell Swett Tuesday night.

The Knights will host South Columbus Monday at 6 p.m. READ MORE

Girls Tennis: West Bladen Sweeps Red Springs 6-3 & 7-2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Seniors Kaden Thurman and Lainey Autry combined to win 48 of 48 games Tuesday as West Bladen swept a Southeastern Athletic Conference doubleheader from Red Springs at Bladen County Park by scores of 6-3 and 7-2.

West Bladen, now 4-0, is slated to travel to South Columbus Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match. READ MORE

Girls Tennis: Fairmont 8, East Bladen 1

East Bladen High SchoolFAIRMONT – Fairmont defeated East Bladen 8-1 Tuesday in Southeastern Athletic Conference girls’ tennis action.

The Lady Eagles are slated to host Red Springs Thursday in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. READ MORE

JV Volleyball: West Bladen 2, West Columbus 0

West Bladen High School LogoBLADENBORO – West Bladen’s Lady Knight jayvees captured their 2nd victory of the season Tuesday defeating West Columbus 2-0 by set scores of 25-18 and 25-1.

Coach Kaitlyn Sykes’ Lady Knights improved to 2-1 and will host South Columbus Thursday at 4:30 p.m. READ MORE

JV Volleyball: East Columbus 2, East Bladen 0

East Bladen High SchoolLAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus defeated East Bladen 2-0 Tuesday in non-conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-15 and 25-17.

The Lady Eagle jayvees, now 2-2, will host South Columbus Monday at 4:30 p.m. READ MORE

SFGA Plays Tourney At Pine Crest CC In Lumberton

GolfThe Southeastern Fellowship Golf Association played Tuesday at Pine Crest Country Club in Lumberton with 30 members participating.

Next week’s tournament is at Fort Bragg’s Stryker Golf Course. READ MORE


Back to School Series: Find a Friend, Be a Friend

By Cara Beth Lewis 

Going back to school brings up many worries and stressors: maintaining healthy routines, getting good grades, understanding what is taught, doing well in extra-curriculars, making friends, and, unfortunately, bullying.  READ MORE.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Twisted Terror Extreme Haunted Trail

By Cara Beth Lewis

Jeffrey Ruffin and Heidi Cartrette share a love for haunted attractions and all things “scary.” This Fall, the pair is excited to introduce Twisted Terror Extreme Haunted Trail to thrill-seekers and Halloween-lovers from near and far, and they guarantee an experience like no other!

Twisted Terror Extreme Haunted Trail is located on Highway 701 between White Lake and Garland. READ MORE

N.C. Forest Service Pender County, District 8 Personnel Assume Command of Juniper Road Two Fire


HAMPSTEAD – The incident management team that has been engaged in suppression efforts of the Juniper Road Two Fire will begin demobilizing Monday, Aug. 22. The Pender County ranger, with support from N.C. Forest Service District 8 personnel, will assume command of the fire.  READ MORE.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Temperature down, stock market down…

Stumbling thru the Internet, discovered the 40 most miserable cities and town in the US, and I thought there was an indication that a NC town was among them … Not so … Towns by ranking 1 thru 5 … again, most miserable cities in US… READ MORE.

Couch Potato: When The Scheduled Schedule Becomes The Unscheduled Schedule

By Sonny Jones

There’s the scheduled schedule and the real schedule. How is a high school sports fan supposed to keep up?

The scheduled schedule is the one that’s released prior to the season. It may be listed on posters, calendars or other promotional material. The real schedule is when the scheduled schedule becomes the unscheduled schedule. READ MORE

Boys’ soccer: West Bladen 2, Union 1

BLADENBORO — Martin Rojas Jacinto and Aiden Russ scored first half goals and keeper Oswaldo Gonzalez-Lopez made key saves in the second half Monday as West Bladen defeated Union 2-1 in a nonconference boys’ soccer game. READ MORE


Boys’ Soccer: North Brunswick 1, East Bladen 0

East Bladen High SchoolLELAND – Sophomore Alberto Rodriguez scored a 2nd half goal off of an assist from senior Jaxon Ohmer that lifted North Brunswick to a 1-0 victory over East Bladen in non-conference boys soccer action.

Volleyball: Union 3, West Bladen 2

West Bladen High School LogoBLADENBORO – Union rallied twice from 1-set deficits and edged West Bladen 15-13 in the final set to pull out a 3-2 non-conference volleyball victory by set scores of 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23 and 15-13. It was the 2nd consecutive 2-point, 5th-set loss for the Lady Knights.

West Bladen will host West Columbus Tuesday. READ MORE

Volleyball: Whiteville 3, East Bladen 0

East Bladen High SchoolWHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 3-0 Monday night in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 26-24, 25-12 and 25-19.

East Bladen will travel to East Columbus Tuesday with jayvee action starting at 4:30. READ MORE

JV Volleyball: East Bladen 2, Whiteville 0

East Bladen High SchoolWHITEVILLE – East Bladen swept Whiteville 2-0 Monday in non-conference junior varsity volleyball action by set scores of 25-23 and 25-18.

Coach Jessica Eason’s Lady Eagles improved to 2-1 on the season and will travel to East Columbus Tuesday for a 4:30 match. READ MORE

JV Volleyball: West Bladen 2, Union 0

West Bladen High School LogoBLADENBORO – West Bladen rolled to a 2-0 victory over Union Monday in non-conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-15 and 25-6.

Coach Kaitlyn Sykes’ Lady Knights evened their record at 1-1 and will host West Columbus Tuesday at 4:30. READ MORE


Solutions for Opioid Epidemic Discussed for Southeastern NC

On Saturday, Elizabethtown Baptist Church hosted a Round Table Discussion on the Opioid Epidemic in North Carolina. The event’s goal was to define the progress made; and challenges still faced, gain understanding and network, and commit to working together toward solutions in the future. Drug overdoses, sex trafficking, and fentanyl misuse are three significant concerns stemming from the epidemic.  READ MORE

NCDOT Road Closure Update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced the latest Road Closures on Monday morning.

According to Faye Boyne with NCDOT following are the updated. READ MORE

VFW Serves Elizabethtown Dixie Youth

Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #8062 sponsored the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Dodger’s Baseball Team this season. But, they did not stop with sponsoring the team. This past Saturday the local VFW fed the Dodger’s team hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings.  READ MORE

SEDC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Survey

The Southeastern Economic Development Commission (SEDC), located in Elizabethtown, is hosting a series of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Visioning and Strategy Meetings to engage stakeholders in a meaningful conversation to identify priorities for economic development in southeastern North Carolina. This is a critical process that will have a positive impact on every citizen in the region, and we need you to be involved.

You’re invited to participate in the CEDS process by filling out this brief survey, which will take 5-10 minutes to complete.  Take Survey

Applications open for N.C. State Fair

Farm Family of the Day Program

RALEIGH – Has your farm family got what it takes to be one of the 11 families recognized this year at the N.C. State Fair as a Farm Family of the Day?

If you are proud to be an N.C. farmer, work hard to contribute to the state’s No. 1 industry and love both farming and the N.C. State Fair, you could be one of the lucky ones selected. READ MORE

Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction

Per N.C. Statues, Section 44A-40 thru 46, Cape Fear Mini Storage has the right to take possessory lien on all of the goods stored in the following units and offer for sale at the public action as listed below.  Tenant will have the opportunity to pay in full the total amount due to bring account up to date by 9:30 a.m., August 31, 2022 to keep property from auction. READ MORE

Why Chemours Is Challenging EPA Over PFAS Drinking Water Advisory

By Ben Sessoms
Carolina Public Press

In response to an updated federal drinking water advisory, the chemical company Chemours filed a lawsuit last month against the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging the science behind the agency’s action. READ MORE

CBS NEWS VIDEO: Forever chemicals: The threat of PFAS in our water 

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Monday, hope your day is good…

Attended an interesting meeting at Carvers Creek United Methodist Church yesterday … District Superintendent led the discussion … My home church has already made the decision, just wanted to hear what she had to say … and she did do a very good job. Methodist worshippers have some tough decisions to make… READ MORE.

Couch Potato: For Bladen Teams, A Lot Of Football Yet To Be Played

By Sonny Jones

There’s always excitement when opening a season. Everyone is undefeated. Everyone believes their team can compete for a championship.

Then, the first game is played and that undefeated season is gone just like that. South Columbus and Wallace-Rose Hill crashed the season-opening party for the West Bladen and East Bladen football teams last week. READ MORE


West Bladen Graduate Brandon Council Playing Again At Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – For senior Brandon Council, the road to where he is now has been anything but ordinary. Last year was supposed to be his final year playing football at Auburn, but he’s back for one more go after his 2021 season was cut short due to a knee injury.

Why come back? He wants to be part of something great at Auburn. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Today is Sunday, Church Day … Worship at the church of your choice…

We are moving into a busy, busy time in our area … Harvesting crops, Back to School, maybe it’s time for a few days at the beach or some other restful, peaceful location … Maybe in the mountains, White Lake or Jones Lake… READ MORE. 

Couch Potato: Sunday News And Notes From Under The Cushions

By Sonny Jones

There are long innings and, then, there are really, really, really long innings.

Check out the Triple-A Sugar Land Space Cowboys’ sixth inning Friday night against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. The Space Cowboys sent 23 batters to the plate and scored 17 runs on 10 hits and nine walks. READ MORE


Bladen Craft and Food Truck Rodeo Vendor Update

The Bladen Craft and Food Truck Rodeo is just three weeks away!  Vendors, if you haven’t already signed up, there’s still time!  Share the info with any friends, nonprofits, or businesses you think may be interested.

Fees for food trucks have been reduced. Only two have signed up so far, so there’s room for more!   READ MORE.

Football: Wallace-Rose Hill 61, East Bladen 7

East Bladen High SchoolWALLACE- Wallace-Rose Hill scored 4 touchdowns in the final 5:40 of the 2nd period to snap a 7-7 tie and take a 35-7 halftime lead en route to a 61-7 non-conference football victory over East Bladen in the season opener for both teams.

East Bladen will travel to South Columbus Friday night for another non-conference game. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Attended a couple of meetings recently, listened … Housing is a serious issue locally as well as workers needed … If you are looking for a job and haven’t found it, look again…

Hopefully, this is a fun weekend for youngsters and adults at our house of worship … Wesley’s Chapel church at White Lake this weekend … I remember those days, many, many years ago… READ MORE.

Couch Potato: Pack Fans Are Howling About Football Team

By Sonny Jones

These are some happy times for N.C. State football fans. Their team is ranked No. 13 in the preseason Associated Press poll. It’s the highest the program has been ranked in the preseason poll and the first time the Wolfpack has appeared in the preseason rankings since 2003.

It’s going to be difficult to top last season’s success, but the Wolfpack should be fun to watch. READ MORE 

Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration Extended Until Sept. 2

SoccerRegistration for Bladen Recreation’s fall soccer program has been extended until Sept. 2 for ages 5 through 14. Registration for Tot soccer has closed.

Online registration is preferred. Click here to register online. Players also can register at Bladen County Recreation’s King Street office. For more information call 910-862-6770. READ MORE

Volleyball: South Columbus 3, East Bladen 0

East Bladen High SchoolTABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated East Bladen 3-0 Thursday night in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-17, 26-24 and 25-18.

East Bladen will travel to Whiteville Monday. Junior varsity match begins at 4:30. READ MORE

JV Volleyball: South Columbus 2, East Bladen 0

East Bladen High SchoolTABOR CITY- South Columbus defeated East Bladen 2-0 Thursday in non-conference junior varsity volleyball action by set scores of 25-11 and 25-21.

East Bladen, now 1-1, will travel to Whiteville Monday for a 4:30 match. READ MORE


Deer And Dove Season Announced For Bladen County

Bladen County Deer Season will open for archery September 10 through September 30. Black powder deer hunting will be October 1 through October 14 and gun hunting will be October 15 through January 2, 2023. These dates are according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission. READ MORE.

Begin the Conversation about the Elephant in the Room 

By: Jair McElveen

On Monday, August 29, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., there will be a free community workshop for everyone 60 years old and up. Sponsored by, they want to face the elephant in the room because we all know anything can happen, so they want everyone to plan accordingly. The main focus of this gathering is to address and learn about… READ MORE.

Thompson Family Reunion Plans Announced


The descendants of Shade & Civil Thompson, & Jesse & Perci Boyett of Bladen County, will hold their family reunion on September 10, 2022, at Shady Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The Church is located at 10981 Twisted Hickory Road, Bladenboro. READ MORE.

Homestead Christian School Now Accepting Applications 

By Charlotte Smith

The new Homestead Christian School is now accepting applications. The school’s location is 34 Third Street in Dublin, North Carolina.

HCS Board of Directors President Ivey King said, “We want to provide a small, safe learning environment. READ MORE.

Football and Cheerleading Registration Ends September 9th

Registration for Bladen County Recreation’s Football and Cheerleading programs is underway and will continue through September 9th. The participants age as of August 1, 2022 will determine their eligibility.

For more information call the Parks and Registration office at 910-862-6770. READ MORE

Conceal Carry Class Scheduled Sept. 17

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association has scheduled a conceal carry class for Saturday, Sept. 17.

The class will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. behind the old prison that is now Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center at 5853 U.S. 701 North, Elizabethtown. Cost is $75. READ MORE

Thompson Family Reunion Plans Announced


The descendants of Shade & Civil Thompson, & Jesse & Perci Boyett of Bladen County, will hold their family reunion on September 10, 2022, at Shady Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The Church is located at 10981 Twisted Hickory Road, Bladenboro. READ MORE.

Key Dates For Upcoming Midterm Elections

Bladen County Board of Elections director Chris Williams on Tuesday released key dates for the upcoming midterm elections during the regularly scheduled Board of Elections meeting.

The statewide general election is scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 8. There also are deadlines for voter registration, one-stop voting and absentee voting based on state law. READ MORE

Free Basic Trapper Education Course


Interested in trapping? How about becoming a better trapper? We can help you!

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Trappers Association are offering a free half-day Basic Trapper Education Course on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Singletary Lake State Park, 6707 NC 53 in Kelly, NC.  READ MORE.

3rd annual Egg-cellent Egg Contest Coming This Fall

Becky Spearman, Bladen County Extension Director, and Livestock Extension Agent announced this week the third annual Egg-cellent Egg Contest would be held this fall. She also gave some basic information about the event. READ MORE.


Lu Mil Grape Festival 2022

By Leyton Ezzell

Lu Mil Vineyard’s Grape Festival is back for another year, providing fun and entertainment at the vineyard another year. READ MORE.

4th Annual Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Run Scheduled Oct. 15


The 4th annual Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Run is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 15 in downtown Whiteville

Trooper Conner (B-551) lost his life during a traffic stop on October 17, 2018. READ MORE

East Bladen High School Class of 1982 40th Reunion

At Whimsical Events, there will be the 40th reunion for East Bladen Class of 1982. The attire for the event is semi-formal.

The 1982 alumni are invited to join to meet for a night of food and fun. There will be a meet and greet on Friday, October 14, from 6-10 pm, and a dinner on Saturday, October 15, from 6-11 pm. READ MORE.

New Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber Activity Guide And Membership Directory Available

A new guide containing activities and sites to see throughout the area has been produced by the Elizabethtown–White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is now available in several locations.

According to the Chamber’s Executive Director, Terri Dennison, the guide is meant to provide information for residents and to attract new visitors to the area. READ MORE

Bladen Craft and Food Truck Rodeo

By Leyton Ezzell

A new family fun event is being hosted on September 4th, 2022, in Clarkton, NC. The event will start at 10 am and will end at 6 pm. The event is hosted by Charles H Resales and Enjoy the LittleThings Creation.

The family fun event will include a variety of vendors, businesses, and food trucks. The rodeo is planned to free to the public. READ MORE.

CFV Bladen Healthcare’s Gift Shop Needs Volunteers

According to Amber Bordeaux, Patient Relations with Cape Fear Valley, Bladen Healthcare’s Gift Shop is looking for Volunteers!

Don’t hesitate to contact Sharon Meismer at 910-862-5201 or The Gift Shop at 910-862-5108 if you wish to volunteer your time. READ MORE.

988 is New 3 Digit Number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is (800) 273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK. However, announced, there is a new number all US citizens may dial for assistance with suicide prevention.

“We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. READ MORE.