NWS uses four-letter word in long-range forecast: SNOW
WILMINGTON — For the first time in four years, El Niño has returned and should be the controlling factor for this winter’s we
Successful Fundraiser, Farm Revival, Raises Vital Funds for Farmland Conservation and Bladen County FFA Support
Bladen County, NC — (December 7, 2023)— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Working Lands Trust, a leading nonprofit dedicated to con
This Week In History
North Carolina History Peacekeepers Perish in Newfoundland Crash, 1985: On Dec. 12, 1985, Arrow A
Q&A: Murchison’s cleats honor twin brother’s bout with cancer
Larrell Murchison, 26, was born and raised in Elizabethtown playing football from a very young age alongside his twin brother, Farrell. Today,
From creeks to clouds: The invisible invasion of microplastics
Judging by recent developments, microplastics have risen to the status of supervillain. Reports about these new anti-heros read almost like ce
Knights Claim victory over county rival
ELIZABETHTOWN — The West Bladen Knights defeated the East Bladen Eagles for a 50-29 victory on Tuesday in a non-conference match-up.
Hamas attackecho failuresbefore Sept. 11
From the outset, the grim parallels have been uncanny. Both the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel and the September 2011 al-Qaida attack on the United States were unexpected, unprovoked terrorist attacks that took thousands of innocent lives and exacerbated global tensions. Now, details are emerging of another unfortunate parallel:...
Impossible happening as Medicaid enrollment drops
Former President Ronald Reagan once noted, “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size.” That’s true, which is why what’s currently happening with Medicaid is so remarkable. During the pandemic, Medicaid enrollment grew dramatically because the federal government tied increased emergency funding to a provision that...
Goodbye to Martha and Medicare Advantage
Maybe. Hanukkah? Could be, beginning December 7 through December 15. But for this year, for me, it is December 7, the last day to sign up for or change your Medicare Advantage plan. And, more importantly, it is the day the TV ads featuring various Medicare Advantage plans cease. Remember...
New N.C. laws have gone into effect on Friday
RALEIGH — New or tougher criminal penalties against rioting, vandalizing power stations and harassing law enforcement officers and emerg
The Santana’s Make All-Conference
BLADENBORO — The West Bladen Lady Knights had two of their own selected to the All-SAC 6 Team for their outstanding play on the tennis court. Senior Yari Santana and junior Yuri Santana teamed up for a 7-9 record in doubles matches to earn their names on the list. Together, they picked up key wins against Clinton and St. Pauls in the SAC 6 Conference Tournament to advance themselves to the doubles final.
Poverty simulation gives UNCP students valuable insight
UNC Pembroke students participated in a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) this week, offering them a greater understanding of the challenges faced by impoverished individuals. Students roleplayed the lives of low-income families facing poverty––from single parents to homeless––and were tasked with providing necessities and shelter on a limited budget. Eight-six...
Residents encouraged to prepare for winter weather
RALEIGH – Winter Weather Preparedness Week is Dec. 3 – 9 and Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging North Carolinians to plan and prepare now, before potentially dangerous winter weather arrives. “North Carolina weather can be challenging, especially in winter when extreme cold increases your risks,” Governor Cooper said....
Federal Grant Awarded for Roundabout in Bladen County
BLADENBORO – A highway crossroads will be reconstructed into a roundabout, thanks to a $1.9 million federal grant awarded this fall. The money from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will make it possible for the N.C. Department of Transportation to improve the traffic flow and safety of N.C. 211 and N.C. 131 on the outskirts of Bladenboro.
America’s high schoolers are running out of time
America’s high schools face a growing crisis: Millions of students who entered ninth grade in the fall of 2020, at the height of the pandemic, are set to graduate this spring, with little hope of recovering from the learning loss incurred while schools were shut. Simply put, they’re running out of time.
HOOD: Budget reform requires belt and suspenders
Key members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation have it right: unless we do something meaningful about the federal government’s chronic budget deficits, America’s future is in peril. “Reckless spending has led our country into a dire economic situation threatened by inflation and mountains of debt,” says Rep....
2023 Atlantic hurricane season ranks 4th for most-named storms in a year
NOAA advances modeling and observation capabilities during the season The above-normal 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, which offici
Boil Water Advisory issued for eastn Elizabethtown
Boil water advisory issued for eastern end of Elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN — The eastern area of Elizabethtown is under a Boil
Knights show they’re serious
BLADENBORO — The West Bladen Knights defeated the East Bladen Eagles for a 63-40 victory in a non-conference match-up Tuesday night.
OPINION: How inflation changes our spending habits
Inflation has left millions of Americans with no good choices, even when it comes to necessities like what to eat. Despite chicken prices being at a record high, families are buying more than ever. Why? Because the alternatives are even worse: Staples like beef and pork have sadly become unaffordable for millions whose budgets have been ravaged by inflation.