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Erin Smith

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: erinsmith@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-862-4163


About Erin Smith

Covering Bladen County and its towns to bring you the most up to date stories that matter to you!

Latest Stories by Erin Smith

ELIZABETHTOWN —For 50 years, Dennis Hawes' scissors have clacked around the heads of countless patrons at Bridgers Barber Shop in downtown Elizabethtown.
Hawes, 70, has been quite a fixture at Bridgers' Barber Shop — working around the same chair, in the front window overlooking South Poplar Street. He is humble and wasn't sure what al

Hawes knows the local heads well

ELIZABETHTOWN —For 50 years, Dennis Hawes' scissors have clacked around the heads of countless patrons at Bridgers Barber Shop in downtown Elizabethtown. Hawes, 70, has been quite a fixture at Bridgers' Barber Shop — working around the same chair, in the front window overlooking South Poplar Street. He is humble and wasn't sure what al

Bladenboro set to unveil new community building

BLADENBORO — The town of Bladenboro will hold a ribbon-cutting for its new community building on Friday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the ribbon-cutting. The newly constructed community building is located at 109 E. Elm St. and was made possible through a $500,000 Community Development Black Grant from the N.C. De

Fundraiser to help with service dog purchase

AMMON — Windsor United Methodist Church will be the site of a yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 31, beginning at 8 a.m. to assist Steven Amberson in obtaining a service dog. The church is located on N.C. Hwy. 242 in the Ammon community. There will be hot dogs, a bake sale and “loads of great buys.” According to the Service

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Animal Shelter saw 393 cats and 849 dogs adopted to new homes in 2013, according to the most recent Public Animal Shelter Report.
Shelter Manager Karen Suggs said the shelter does not require spaying and neutering of animals before they are adopted, instead leaving it up to the new owner to decide. However,

Shelter sees good report for 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Animal Shelter saw 393 cats and 849 dogs adopted to new homes in 2013, according to the most recent Public Animal Shelter Report. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs said the shelter does not require spaying and neutering of animals before they are adopted, instead leaving it up to the new owner to decide. However,

County, DSS discuss fraud, foster care

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners learned about several serious issues plaguing the Bladen County Department of Social Services on Tuesday. DSS Director Vickie Smith presented the agency's fraud policy to the board, and DSS Supervisor Michelle Wright said that each county is required to submit a copy of their fraud pol

UNCP releases Chancellors and Honors lists

PEMBROKE – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has announced its Chancellors and Honors lists for the 2014 fall semester. CHANCELLOR'S HONORS Students are eligible for the Chancellor's List if they achieve a minimum semester quality point average of 3.7 while passing at least 12 semester hours of course work; none of the 12 hours m

ELIZABETHTOWN — The sidewalks of downtown Elizabethtown were a sea of humanity Monday morning as the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade filed down West Broad and South Poplar streets.
The 90-minute parade was a perfect fit for a days basked in sunshine and temperatures that hovered around 60 degrees.
As the adults enjoyed the floats, clas

MLK Parade fills downtown Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — The sidewalks of downtown Elizabethtown were a sea of humanity Monday morning as the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade filed down West Broad and South Poplar streets. The 90-minute parade was a perfect fit for a days basked in sunshine and temperatures that hovered around 60 degrees. As the adults enjoyed the floats, clas

DUBLIN — Oysters, scholarships and peanuts will take center stage next month — all coming together for the benefit of higher education and local service efforts.
The third annual Dublin Peanut Festival Oyster Roast tickets are now on sale, costing cost $35 in advance or $40 at the door. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, fro

Oyster roast tickets on sale now

DUBLIN — Oysters, scholarships and peanuts will take center stage next month — all coming together for the benefit of higher education and local service efforts. The third annual Dublin Peanut Festival Oyster Roast tickets are now on sale, costing cost $35 in advance or $40 at the door. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28, fro

ELIZABETHTOWN — If the N.C. Department of Transportation gets its way, folks can soon renew a driver's license online via the Internet.
The NCDOT has scheduled a public hearing in Raleigh for Tuesday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the matter. The hearing is will take place at the Wake County Commons Buildi

License renewal could change

ELIZABETHTOWN — If the N.C. Department of Transportation gets its way, folks can soon renew a driver's license online via the Internet. The NCDOT has scheduled a public hearing in Raleigh for Tuesday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the matter. The hearing is will take place at the Wake County Commons Buildi

UNCP releases fall honors lists

PEMBROKE – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke recently announced Chancellors and Honors lists for the 2014 Fall Semester. Those students from Bladen County who earned that status are: — Chancellors List: Students are eligible for the Chancellor's List if they achieve a minimum semester quality point average of 3.7 while pas

ELIZABETHTOWN — Weather prognosticators, like those who focus on sports or elections, don't always get it right.
Bladen County residents breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday morning when they awoke to find the predicted ice event turned into wet, soggy dud.
The forecast given on Tuesday called for freezing rain to pelt the area after midn

Ice storm fizzles

ELIZABETHTOWN — Weather prognosticators, like those who focus on sports or elections, don't always get it right. Bladen County residents breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday morning when they awoke to find the predicted ice event turned into wet, soggy dud. The forecast given on Tuesday called for freezing rain to pelt the area after midn

Bladenboro to create town website

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Council authorized Town Administrator Melanie Hester to proceed with creating a website for the town during its meeting Monday. Hester said the creation of the website will allow town officials to get basic information to the public. “Eventually, we want to fix it where we can do online payments (for w

Armory to host fair to highlight wide variety of programs

ELIZABETHTOWN — On Saturday, folks will have a chance to head to the National Guard Armory where they can both learn about and enroll in various programs such as affordable healthcare, nutrition and food stamps, and employment. The 2015 Agency and Resource Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, located a

Railroad crossings to close for maintenance

Motorists whose travels usually take them across railroad tracks will need to seek alternate routes in the coming weeks. CSX Railroad has announced the closing of several railroad crossings in Bladen County for repair. There will be signed detour routes, according to a release from the company. Angela Nelis with Southern Commercial Development, w

Black ice surprises motorists

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County folks woke up to a surprise from Old Man Winter in the form of some slick roads thanks to a patch of freezing drizzle that passed through the county Friday. But the earlier warnings of an Arctic cold front pushing through on Thursday went relatively unheralded, as thermometers dipped below freezing most of the da

ELIZABETHTOWN — Kiwanis International will mark its 100th anniversary this year, although Michael Aycock, a member of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club, said there are no immediate plans under way to mark the occasion at the local level.
Aycock anticipates the organization marking the occasion at the 2015 convention to be held in June in Indian

Kiwanis celebrating 100 years of service

ELIZABETHTOWN — Kiwanis International will mark its 100th anniversary this year, although Michael Aycock, a member of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club, said there are no immediate plans under way to mark the occasion at the local level. Aycock anticipates the organization marking the occasion at the 2015 convention to be held in June in Indian

Board mulls fire truck purchase

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Council approved the purchase of an E-One fire and rescue vehicle on Monday, subject to a funding request made to the fire district board. Town Manager Eddie Madden said the total cost of the truck as it was specified by the fire department came to $424,897. Madden said the town had budgeted $385,000 for a r

Bridge work to begin on River Road

WHITE OAK — Folks traveling on River Road between White Oak and Tar Heel will be faced with a detour while N.C. Department of Transportation crews work to replace the bridge that crosses Phillips Creek near Harmony Hall Plantation Village. The closure of the road began on Tuesday. District Engineer Drew Cox said the closure of the road is es

Commissioners appoint jail committee

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Monday appointed a jail committee whose primary task is to work through the selecting of a construction manager. Those appointed by Chairman Charles Ray Peterson were Arthur Bullock, Peterson, Russell Priest and Billy Ray Pait. In the December meeting the board addressed the method

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Industrial Park may soon have a new resident. Carroll Poultry has selected the location as a “preferred site” for locating a facility, according Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess on Tuesday.
Heustess said he is making a request to have a Community Development Block Grant obtain

Carroll Poultry eyes location at Bladenboro Industrial Park

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Industrial Park may soon have a new resident. Carroll Poultry has selected the location as a “preferred site” for locating a facility, according Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess on Tuesday. Heustess said he is making a request to have a Community Development Block Grant obtain





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