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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!

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ELIZABETHTOWN —District Attorney Jon Davis held a press conference on Friday afternoon to discuss the closure of two Internet cafes and the seizure of their equipment and the seizure of four machines at a separate establishment.
“In Bladen County, the game is over and the last bet has been placed,” said David.
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Internet cafes have equipment seized

ELIZABETHTOWN —District Attorney Jon Davis held a press conference on Friday afternoon to discuss the closure of two Internet cafes and the seizure of their equipment and the seizure of four machines at a separate establishment. “In Bladen County, the game is over and the last bet has been placed,” said David. The Bladen County

DUBLIN — Two businesses in the town of Dublin have been shuttered as the result of an undercover operation, according to Bladen County Sheriff's Office Investigator Larry Guyton.Sheriff's investigators spent the day Friday loading equipment from the Aladdin and Aladdin II operations onto trailers and hauling it away. The businesses are owned

Internet sweepstakes establishments shut down, equipment seized

DUBLIN — Two businesses in the town of Dublin have been shuttered as the result of an undercover operation, according to Bladen County Sheriff's Office Investigator Larry Guyton.Sheriff's investigators spent the day Friday loading equipment from the Aladdin and Aladdin II operations onto trailers and hauling it away. The businesses are owned

GARLAND — Crews from Bladen, Brunswick and Pender counties are assisting in a search for a missing Sampson County man.
Sampson County officials issued a Silver Alert for William Earl Powell, 72, of 85 Birdy Lane in Garland at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the alert, Powell was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, jeans, and brown loaf

Search under way for missing man

GARLAND — Crews from Bladen, Brunswick and Pender counties are assisting in a search for a missing Sampson County man. Sampson County officials issued a Silver Alert for William Earl Powell, 72, of 85 Birdy Lane in Garland at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to the alert, Powell was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, jeans, and brown loaf

School board, commissioners meet to discuss budget shortfall

ELIZABETHTOWN — “If you don't get this money, tell me what is going to happen. Will the schools shut down?” That question, posed by Bladen County Commissioner Michael Cogdell to the members of the Board of Education, all but set the tone for Thursday's joint meeting to discuss the issue of a budget shortfall for the school distri

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bladen County native Chris James can add two-time award nominee to his list of recent accomplishments. It was recently announced that James was nominated for Best Country Male of the Carolinas for the Carolina Music Awards.
The winners are voted on by the fans by texting “voteCMawards” to 234-244-7283. or onlin

Bladen native nominated for Carolina Music Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bladen County native Chris James can add two-time award nominee to his list of recent accomplishments. It was recently announced that James was nominated for Best Country Male of the Carolinas for the Carolina Music Awards. The winners are voted on by the fans by texting “voteCMawards” to 234-244-7283. or onlin

ELIZABETHTOWN — The former Camp E-Tik-Etu has sprung back to life in the form of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. The former site of an Eckerd-style youth camp is now home to a 42-day program for men who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse problems, said the Rev. David Chestnutt, director of the facility.
The facility is set to officially

Carolina Crossroads now taking applicants

ELIZABETHTOWN — The former Camp E-Tik-Etu has sprung back to life in the form of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. The former site of an Eckerd-style youth camp is now home to a 42-day program for men who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse problems, said the Rev. David Chestnutt, director of the facility. The facility is set to officially

Rouzer proposes dismantling the Education Dept.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If U.S. Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) has his way, the federal Department of Educatyion will soon be a thing of the past. Rouzer recently proposed the “State's Education Reclamation Act of 2015,” which calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and would put the decision-making responsibility on

County hears health department accreditation status

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners were briefed by Health and Human Services Agency Director Cris Harrelson regarding the Bladen County Health Department on Monday. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin said the health department received an award during the recent Eastern District N.C. Public Health Association Conference.

CLARKTON — William Johnston has plenty to be excited about. He was just recently elected as state president of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants, as well as having the distinction of being the first male to ever hold the office in the 33-year history of the organization.
Johnston said his two-year tenure will begin on July

Johnston selected to serve as state president of NCATA

CLARKTON — William Johnston has plenty to be excited about. He was just recently elected as state president of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants, as well as having the distinction of being the first male to ever hold the office in the 33-year history of the organization. Johnston said his two-year tenure will begin on July

Historical Society, Harmony Hall Plantation Village mull a separation

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall Plantation Village have decided it's time for an amicable divorce. “It just became time we separate the entities. The way it is going right now, we're not helping them and they are not helping us,” said Lewis Smith, a member of the Bladen County Historical Soci

Town installs bike lanes on King Street

ELIZABETHTOWN — For folks who enjoy pedaling their way into town, the trip just got a little easier with the recent installation of new bike lanes on King Street. Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said that N.C. Department of Transportation officials installed bike lanes from the Cape Fear Farmer's Market to Leinwand Park during the re

DUBLIN — One local Internet sweepstakes owner says the recent announcement of an agreement with federal regulators over the software that operates the machines will not have a negative impact on his establishments.U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker said his office reached agreements with five software providers.“These agreements provide tha

Sweepstakes software companies agree to withdraw from N.C.

DUBLIN — One local Internet sweepstakes owner says the recent announcement of an agreement with federal regulators over the software that operates the machines will not have a negative impact on his establishments.U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker said his office reached agreements with five software providers.“These agreements provide tha

Sledge attorney accused of misconduct

RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Bar is accusing Attorney Christine Mumma, the lead counsel for Joseph Sledge, of misconduct. In the complaint filed this week, Mumma is alleged to have collected DNA evidence and not telling anyone how she obtained it, according to the complaint. The incident is alleged to have occurred in 2013 while she wa

CHARLOTTE — A former Bladen County resident was recentlynamed an honorary alumnus of Charlotte Country Day School.
David L. Mancos was given the honor in April during the school's 34th annual Honorary Alumni Association Dinner held at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte.
“I was very proud and so blessed to be able to have my brother

Former Bladen resident given honorary alumni status

CHARLOTTE — A former Bladen County resident was recentlynamed an honorary alumnus of Charlotte Country Day School. David L. Mancos was given the honor in April during the school's 34th annual Honorary Alumni Association Dinner held at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte. “I was very proud and so blessed to be able to have my brother

Tar Heel, East Arcadia opt out of One Stop, absentee voting

ELIZABETHTOWN — Some towns are taking a much closer look at their budgets and cutting expenses where possible, which has led a few to nix One Stop and Absentee by Mail voting.Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw said that, thus far, two towns in Bladen County have opted out by resolution for the 2015 municipal election: Tar

Board adopts resolution supporting governor's proposal

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Council adopted a resolution of support for the Connect NC Bond Referendum during their meeting on Monday. Town Administrator Melanie Hester said the referendum is one that Gov. Pat McCrory wants to put to a public vote. “It (the resolution) is showing support for them to put it to a vote of the people

East Bladen announces honor roll students

East Bladen High School recently released its list of honor students for the third nine-week grading period. Ninth grade — Superintendent List: Ayanna Avery, Jacob Barber — A Honor Roll: Josue Arteaga, Lataiya Daniels, Jaquandra Faulk, Rachel Groves, Shaylene Jacobs, Dawson Jessup, Hope Lewis, Tyler Lloyd, Dylan Melvin, Blair Potter,

DUBLIN — Students at West Bladen High School have a unique opportunity to learn about the fire service and get a firsthand look at what a career as a professional firefighter might look like through a unique fire academy course.
Students must first successfully complete a required public safety class before they are allowed to enroll in the

Students take part in fire academy, earn certifications

DUBLIN — Students at West Bladen High School have a unique opportunity to learn about the fire service and get a firsthand look at what a career as a professional firefighter might look like through a unique fire academy course. Students must first successfully complete a required public safety class before they are allowed to enroll in the

ELIZABETHTOWN — Jennifer Hair, a teacher at East Bladen High School, and Kimbrie Esters, the principal at Tar Heel Middle School, took the top county awards recently when they were tabbed the Bladen County Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year, respectively.
For Hair, a science teacher, the announcement was a huge honor.
“I wa

Hair, Esters tabbed tops in Bladen County

ELIZABETHTOWN — Jennifer Hair, a teacher at East Bladen High School, and Kimbrie Esters, the principal at Tar Heel Middle School, took the top county awards recently when they were tabbed the Bladen County Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year, respectively. For Hair, a science teacher, the announcement was a huge honor. “I wa

Water Festival to make a splash this weekend

WHITE LAKE — The 37th annual White Lake Water Festival is set to take place this weekend. Dawn Maynard, executive director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce said, “This is always a well attended event and it kicks off the tourist season for us at the lake.” Things get started on Friday evening with a stree





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