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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

West Bladen names honor students

West Bladen High School recently released its honor rolls for the third quarter. Ninth grade — Superintendent's List (no grade lower than 96): Sarah Baldwin, Madison Brown, Madison Byrd, Allyssa Cain, Bethany Davis, Donavan Flinn, Landon Hedgepeth, Cynthea Landreth, Esmeralda Rojas — A Honor Roll (no grade lower than 93): Brinkley Co

ELIZABETHTOWN — A light rain didn't dampen the spirits of those who gathered at Brown's Creek Trail in Elizabethtown on Saturday morning for the second annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K run/walk to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.Rotarian Eddie Madden, one of the organizers of the event, said, “We were very pleased with the numbe

Rotary Club 8K deemed successful

ELIZABETHTOWN — A light rain didn't dampen the spirits of those who gathered at Brown's Creek Trail in Elizabethtown on Saturday morning for the second annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K run/walk to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.Rotarian Eddie Madden, one of the organizers of the event, said, “We were very pleased with the numbe

Downtown E'town suffers power outage

ELIZABETHTOWN — A power outage struck the downtown area in Elizabethtown on Wednesday afternoon, plunging the business district into total darkness for about 16 minutes. Businesses located along West Broad Street and stretching down South Poplar Street to the vicinity of Bladen County Hospital were impacted by the outage. Tammie McGee with

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Fire Department will be holding a movie night on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 4 p.m. at the fire station located on Swanzy Street. Admission is $2 for children under 14 years of age and $3 for anyone over the age of 15.
Elizabethtown Fire Department Chief Nick West said Kayla Tatum and Allison Smith spok

E'town Fire to hold movie night

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Fire Department will be holding a movie night on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 4 p.m. at the fire station located on Swanzy Street. Admission is $2 for children under 14 years of age and $3 for anyone over the age of 15. Elizabethtown Fire Department Chief Nick West said Kayla Tatum and Allison Smith spok

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Police Department and the Bladen County Department of Social Services have teamed up this year to present Kids Appreciation Day on the lawn behind the Elizabethtown Municipal Building. The event will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free and food is available for purchase.

Police, DSS join forces for event

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Police Department and the Bladen County Department of Social Services have teamed up this year to present Kids Appreciation Day on the lawn behind the Elizabethtown Municipal Building. The event will be held on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission is free and food is available for purchase.

Kurary opens logistics center in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — Kuraray America, Inc. has expanded its footprint in Bladen County with the opening of a new logistics center at the Elizabethtown Airport Industrial Park. The expansion will initially employ six workers. “We are pleased that Kuraray has chosen the Elizabethtown site,” Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden. The

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Author Kenneth Brown will be on hand to sign copies of his first book, “Me, Myself and Multiple Sclerosis” at the Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown on Monday, April 27, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
He said he is excited about the upcoming book signing at the Bladen County Senior Center. Brown

Author details his journey with MS

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Author Kenneth Brown will be on hand to sign copies of his first book, “Me, Myself and Multiple Sclerosis” at the Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown on Monday, April 27, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. He said he is excited about the upcoming book signing at the Bladen County Senior Center. Brown

TAR HEEL — Bladen County students and their teachers got a helping hand with school supplies this week thanks in part to the Goodwill Community Foundation.
Stephanie McLean, a board member with GCF, delivered school supply kits to Booker T. Washington Primary School in Clarkton, Plain View Primary School in Tar Heel and East Arcadia School i

Students receive school supply kits

TAR HEEL — Bladen County students and their teachers got a helping hand with school supplies this week thanks in part to the Goodwill Community Foundation. Stephanie McLean, a board member with GCF, delivered school supply kits to Booker T. Washington Primary School in Clarkton, Plain View Primary School in Tar Heel and East Arcadia School i

NCDOT announces annual Spring Litter Sweep dates

ELIZABETHTOWN —It's that time of year to clean up North Carolina. The N.C. Department of Transportation is gearing up for its annual Spring Litter Sweep, which will take place from Saturday, April 18, through May 2. Folks are encouraged to sign up for the litter sweep at NCDOT's website at www.ncdot.gov/~littersweep. Sondra Guyton, presiden

ELIZABETHTOWN — One Bladen County restaurant has earned the distinction of being the best eatery in Bladen County, according to the Charleston Food Bloggers website.
Recently the blogging site released its list of “Best Restaurants in Each County in North Carolina for 2015” and, in Bladen County, San Jose Mexican Restaurant on We

BEST IN BLADEN

ELIZABETHTOWN — One Bladen County restaurant has earned the distinction of being the best eatery in Bladen County, according to the Charleston Food Bloggers website. Recently the blogging site released its list of “Best Restaurants in Each County in North Carolina for 2015” and, in Bladen County, San Jose Mexican Restaurant on We

RALEIGH — Bladen County saw its unemployment rate inch downward slightly, to 8.2 percent for February after reaching 8.5 percent in January.
Neighboring counties also saw their unemployment rate decrease as well. Columbus County reported an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in February, down from 8.0 percent in January. Robeson County reporte

Bladen unemployment drops slightly

RALEIGH — Bladen County saw its unemployment rate inch downward slightly, to 8.2 percent for February after reaching 8.5 percent in January. Neighboring counties also saw their unemployment rate decrease as well. Columbus County reported an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in February, down from 8.0 percent in January. Robeson County reporte

Commissioners deal with light agenda

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners dealt with a relatively light agenda when they gathered Tuesday. Bladen County Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson said the board held a moment of silence in honor for former Commissioner Bobby Roberts, who passed away recently. “This is the first time we've met since he

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw paid a visit to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday and discussed the department and issues facing law enforcement.
Kinlaw told the group that the department is well staffed and well equipped thanks in part to the town council which he said he and his staff have a good working re

Kinlaw addresses Rotary Club

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw paid a visit to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday and discussed the department and issues facing law enforcement. Kinlaw told the group that the department is well staffed and well equipped thanks in part to the town council which he said he and his staff have a good working re

WHITE LAKE — The Carolina Bay Country segment of the North Carolina Mountains-To-Sea Trail is officially open following a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Tuesday at the White Lake Town Hall.
The well attended event included members of the Elizabethtown Town Council, White Lake Town Council, the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, m

Ribbon cutting held for trail segment

WHITE LAKE — The Carolina Bay Country segment of the North Carolina Mountains-To-Sea Trail is officially open following a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Tuesday at the White Lake Town Hall. The well attended event included members of the Elizabethtown Town Council, White Lake Town Council, the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, m

DUBLIN — Folks from across the county gathered in the West Bladen High School Media Center on Thursday morning for breakfast and a one-year update of the county's North Carolina New Schools program. The program is part of the North Carolina Investing in Rural Innovative Schools program.
Elected officials and school officials, as well as repr

Students, officials discuss NC New Schools program impact

DUBLIN — Folks from across the county gathered in the West Bladen High School Media Center on Thursday morning for breakfast and a one-year update of the county's North Carolina New Schools program. The program is part of the North Carolina Investing in Rural Innovative Schools program. Elected officials and school officials, as well as repr

Bear euthanized after collision with pickup truck

DUBLIN — One unlucky motorist on Owen Hill Road had an up close and personal experience with a black bear on Wednesday at about 6 a.m. According to Wildlife Resources Public Information Officer Geoff Cantrell, the male black bear was struck by a pickup truck. He said the bear weighed about 300 pounds. “The bear was badly injured,̶

ELIZABETHTOWN — The deadline is fast approaching for early registration for the Elizabethtown Rotary Club's second annual 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The deadline for early registration ends Friday.
The race will take place on Saturday, April 18, at 8 a.m. at the Brown's Creek Trail in Elizabethtown. Race en

Deadline looms for Rotary Club's 8K Trail Run and Walk

ELIZABETHTOWN — The deadline is fast approaching for early registration for the Elizabethtown Rotary Club's second annual 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The deadline for early registration ends Friday. The race will take place on Saturday, April 18, at 8 a.m. at the Brown's Creek Trail in Elizabethtown. Race en

WHITE LAKE — A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the Carolina Bay country segment of the Coastal Crescent Trail will take place at White Lake Town Hall from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.
The Coastal Crescent Trail is one segment of the more extensive Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The MTS Trail is network of hiking and biking trails that traverses acr

WHITE LAKE — A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the Carolina Bay country segment of the Coastal Crescent Trail will take place at White Lake Town Hall from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. The Coastal Crescent Trail is one segment of the more extensive Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The MTS Trail is network of hiking and biking trails that traverses acr

The Bladen Journal's original telephone number has been restored.
After a few weeks of glitches with the 910-862-4163 number — during which callers were directed to call 910-247-9131 — that original number is now working again.
Callers looking to speak with anyone at the Bladen Journal should call 910-862-4163.
Direct lines to specif

Newspaper's main number reinstated

The Bladen Journal's original telephone number has been restored. After a few weeks of glitches with the 910-862-4163 number — during which callers were directed to call 910-247-9131 — that original number is now working again. Callers looking to speak with anyone at the Bladen Journal should call 910-862-4163. Direct lines to specif

E'town board begins to look at upcoming budget issues

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Town Council held a budget retreat at White Lake last week and got their first glimpse of upcoming budget issues. Town Manager Eddie Madden said he is currently waiting on the revaluation report from the county. “I can't realistically formulate a budget without having better information to base it on,





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