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  1. Pittenger: Interstate 74 would spark economic growth -Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Dec 12 | Bladen Journal

    Congressman Robert Pittenger is leading bipartisan efforts to upgrade Highway 74 into a modern interstate connecting Charlotte, Wilmington, and the challenged communities of southeastern North Carolina. "Highway 74 connects the economic and transportation assets in Charlotte with the port in Wilmington.

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  2. Transit will waste tax dollarsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Dec 6 | Bladen Journal

    North Carolina is urbanizing. One of its urban areas, Charlotte, has an extensive transit system that includes rail lines.

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  3. Experts: Misguided policies could worsen opioid problem -Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Dec 5 | Bladen Journal

    Rising rates of opioid abuse led President Trump recently to declare a national emergency. Critics of the current approach insist state and federal officials continually use misuse the word "epidemic."

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  4. Upgrading U.S. 74 can be key to regiona s economic growthRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Dec 1 | Bladen Journal

    U.S. 74 is the primary highway through North Carolina's 9th Congressional District. While some folks only know it as the route to the beach, this vital corridor connects challenged rural communities to economic and transportation assets in Charlotte and the port in Wilmington. 1 comment

  5. Ita s about timeChemours facedits responsibilityRead the original story

    Thursday Nov 30 | Bladen Journal

    The GenX news in the region continues to get worse, as additional testing within an ever-expanding radius around the Chemours property shows more and more private wells and water sources contaminated with the chemical. Chemours, located just off N.C. 78 at the Bladen and Cumberland counties border, uses GenX to make nonstick coatings on cookware.

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  6. Road leads back to public TVRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Nov 15 | Bladen Journal

    The larger-than-life former Jesuit priest, Nixon speechwriter, and host of the "McLaughlin Group" public-television show from 1982 to 2016 was just as loud and bumptious in person as he was on TV. I never worked for him, but I did spend a year working for weekly "McLaughlin Group" panelists Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke when they were both editors at The New Republic, the magazine where I served as a reporter-researcher.

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  7. Leadership conference -Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 31, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    Juniors Callie Lewis, daughter of Jonathan and Sherry Lewis, and Edgardo Lara, son of Jairo Lara and Karina Perez Paez, represented West Bladen High School at the Fall 2017 Seventh Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 18, with Congressman David Rouzer. The conference, held at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton, is conducted in coordination with the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Center of North Carolina State University and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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  8. Smith, Greene to wed in May 2018Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    Ty Smith of Harrisburg and Beverly Smith of Salisbury announce the engagement of their daughter, Leigh Mariah Smith of Oak Island, to Adam Hobby Greene of Oak Island. The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate of East Rowan High School, a 2014 graduate of N.C. State with a bachelor of science in business and marketing education.

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  9. Harm reduction: apathy or compassion? -Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 25, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    In a nation caught in the grip of an opioid epidemic, the strategies to combat it are as passion-inciting as they are diverse. One school of thought behind a wide range of efforts says addiction is a physical problem, a mindset shared by at least two Bladen County pharmacists.

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  10. a oeTroublea spelled I-R-M-A -Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    State officials are saying North Carolina will almost certainly feel some impact from Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history. They just aren't sure what that impact might be.

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  11. House overrides two vetoes during special session -Read the original story

    Aug 25, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    House Bill 140 and House Bill 770 both gained enough votes to reverse the governor's veto not long after the session opened. The House may address the remaining three vetoes Monday on House Bill 205, House Bill 511, and House Bill 576.

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  12. Civil War isbeing foughtonce againRead the original story

    Aug 21, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    About 500 Nazis got exactly what they wanted, which was attention and then violence, but to their regret they might have circled Aug. 12 as the day they dropped a domino that will begin an incremental removal of all hard objects in the public square glorifying the Confederacy. This will not be achieved without additional division, turmoil and mayhem - and more deaths.

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  13. Legislative committee sets Wednesday hearing to investigate GenX discharge -Read the original story

    Aug 21, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    Gov. Roy Cooper has given a high political profile to the discharge of the GenX chemical compound into the Cape Fear River. A joint legislative committee will meet Wednesday to begin investigating his administration's handling of the problem.

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  14. Bladen Community College website receives global recognition -Read the original story

    Aug 15, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    The newly refurbished Bladen Community College website has received global recognition for design, creativity, and innovation through the Awwwards.com website design evaluation jury. In 2016, BCC began an extensive restructuring of the college website, engaging Springer Studios from Wilmington to redesign the internet presence.

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  15. Bladen County leaders meet to discuss how to address opioid epidemic -Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 25, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    In Bladen County, leaders of various organizations have been combating the growing opioid epidemic with the resources within their agencies, but virtually working in isolation. All that changed Tuesday, when department heads convened to, for the first time, draw on one another's wisdom and experience, in the hopes of eradicating the problem.

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  16. Jacobs joins the staff at BCC -Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 19, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    "In the past five years, I have worked as an external auditor for publicly and privately traded companies, as well as governmental entities," Jacobs remarked. "Working as a financial controller for a community college will be an interesting new challenge."

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  17. Lamb reaches two milestonesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    Bladen County Hospital recently recognized Christina Lamb, BSN, RN II after she completed two important milestones in a nurses' journey. The first was recognition as a RN II.

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  18. Summer Enrichment Program being revived in Bladen County -Read the original story

    Jun 15, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    For years, East Bladen High School teacher Quessie Peterson held the Summer Enrichment Program in Bladen County. When she retired from teaching seven years ago and subsequently ceased volunteering for the program, the effort stopped.

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  19. Lower Cape Fear Hospice honored for highest level of quality careRead the original story

    Jun 15, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    Lower Cape Fear Hospice, including the facility that serves Bladen County, was recently named a 2017 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst. Hospice Honors is awarded annually by Deyta Analytics to hospices that continuously provide the highest level of quality care.

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  20. Unregulated chemicala s presence in Cape Fear River raises flags -Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 13, 2017 | Bladen Journal

    An unregulated chemical has been discovered in the Cape Fear River between Fayetteville and Wilmington, and officials all along the river are stuck in a waiting game. In November, the Environmental Science and Technology Letters published a study done by N.C. State University professor Detlef Knappe, in which Knappe and his team traced a chemical, GenX, down the Cape Fear River.

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