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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 — A traveling memorial to the firefighters who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NYC is now proudly on display at the Elizabethtown Fire Department.
Chief Nick West said the display is open to the public and folks can stop by the fire department any time to view the truck and

Remembrance Rescue Project visits E'town

ELIZABETHTOWN — A traveling memorial to the firefighters who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NYC is now proudly on display at the Elizabethtown Fire Department. Chief Nick West said the display is open to the public and folks can stop by the fire department any time to view the truck and

TAR HEEL — The students and staff at Plain View Primary School were treated to a special Christmas present on Wednesday.
Wayne Cox and Gayle Cox, parents of third-grade teacher Shawn Cox, lovingly knitted 250 hats — enough for each student, volunteer, faculty and staff member to have one.
They received a little help from their daughte

Special hats bring spirit of Christmas

TAR HEEL — The students and staff at Plain View Primary School were treated to a special Christmas present on Wednesday. Wayne Cox and Gayle Cox, parents of third-grade teacher Shawn Cox, lovingly knitted 250 hats — enough for each student, volunteer, faculty and staff member to have one. They received a little help from their daughte

DUBLIN — The annual Festival of Lights is underway at Lu Mil Vineyard.
You can read more about the show, visiting with Santa and enjoying a delicious country buffet in Erin Smith's story, Lu Mil lights dazzle visitors”

Lu Mil lights up Christmas

DUBLIN — The annual Festival of Lights is underway at Lu Mil Vineyard. You can read more about the show, visiting with Santa and enjoying a delicious country buffet in Erin Smith's story, Lu Mil lights dazzle visitors”

DUBLIN — While temperatures were mild, smiles abounded at Lu Mil Vineyard as folks began arriving Wednesday for the annual Festival of Lights.
The giggles and laughter of young children — and those that were feeling young at heart — could be heard echoing throughout the vineyard. Kelly and Emma Everette brought T.J. Everette and

Festival of Lights dazzles visitors

DUBLIN — While temperatures were mild, smiles abounded at Lu Mil Vineyard as folks began arriving Wednesday for the annual Festival of Lights. The giggles and laughter of young children — and those that were feeling young at heart — could be heard echoing throughout the vineyard. Kelly and Emma Everette brought T.J. Everette and

New store offers variety of vapor, tobacco products

ELIZABETHOWN — A new business has opened up recently in Elizabethtown offering vaporizers and tobacco products. Moe Mustafah, one of the owners of Happy Vapor and Tobacco, said that the most discerning palate should be able to find a flavor to suite their tastes. “We carry over 250 flavors with different levels of nicotine,” sai

RALEIGH — Joseph Sledge is seeing the wheels of justice slowly beginning to grind forward as he moves closer to possible freedom.
After having his case heard before the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission earlier this month, the Commission ruled that a three-judge panel would be appointed to hear evidence in the case.
The panel, ann

Three-judge panel for Sledge hearing announced

RALEIGH — Joseph Sledge is seeing the wheels of justice slowly beginning to grind forward as he moves closer to possible freedom. After having his case heard before the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission earlier this month, the Commission ruled that a three-judge panel would be appointed to hear evidence in the case. The panel, ann

Christmas holiday closings announced

Bladen County businesses and government offices have announced closings for the Christmas holiday. Those include: — All federal offices and courts will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 25. They will resume normal operations on Friday, Dec. 26. — All banks will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25. They will resume normal operations on Friday, Dec.

ELIZABETHTOWN — Some children in Bladen County will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the staff of Schultz-Ellis Chiropractic.
Dr. Danny Ellis Jr. and Dr. Harvey Schultz Jr. both forego their fees and co-payments each holiday season in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy. Each patient brings in a new, unwrapped toy and receives a free adjust

Toy drive yields huge haul for Bladen children

ELIZABETHTOWN — Some children in Bladen County will have a brighter Christmas thanks to the staff of Schultz-Ellis Chiropractic. Dr. Danny Ellis Jr. and Dr. Harvey Schultz Jr. both forego their fees and co-payments each holiday season in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy. Each patient brings in a new, unwrapped toy and receives a free adjust

First South Bank opens its doors in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — Customers of the former Bank of America found a new name but the same friendly faces on Monday when they arrived to transact business. The branch office closed its doors at noon on Friday and re-opened for business on Monday as First South Bank, said President and CEO Bruce Elder. There has also been the addition of one new

RALEIGH — The unemployment figures for October were recently released by the Employment Security Commission and they bring good news as Bladen County saw its unemployment rate drop to 8.1 percent. That is down slightly from September when the reported rate was 8.8 percent.
Neighboring counties also saw their rates drop as well.
Columbus Cou

Bladen jobless rate drops in October

RALEIGH — The unemployment figures for October were recently released by the Employment Security Commission and they bring good news as Bladen County saw its unemployment rate drop to 8.1 percent. That is down slightly from September when the reported rate was 8.8 percent. Neighboring counties also saw their rates drop as well. Columbus Cou

ELIZABETHTOWN — The North Carolina Department of Commerce has released its annual county tier rankings for 2015 and Bladen County is once again designated a Tier 1 county.
In the region, Robeson, Columbus and Scotland counties were also designated as Tier 1, while Cumberland and Sampson counties are both ranked as Tier 2, and Pender County w

Bladen a Tier 1 county

ELIZABETHTOWN — The North Carolina Department of Commerce has released its annual county tier rankings for 2015 and Bladen County is once again designated a Tier 1 county. In the region, Robeson, Columbus and Scotland counties were also designated as Tier 1, while Cumberland and Sampson counties are both ranked as Tier 2, and Pender County w

Board sets rules, fees for new community building

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Council adopted policies regarding the new community building and its usage this week. The building is nearing completion now that the natural gas line has been installed, according to Mayor Rufus Duckworth. “It's a community building, but the use of it is going to have a cost,” said Duckworth. H

School board hears about student wellness policy

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education met on Monday night and dispensed with a light agenda. The first matter of business was to elect a chairman and vice-chairman. Ophelia Munn-Goins was re-elected chairman and Alan West was re-elected to vice-chairman said Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton. The

ELIZABETHTOWN —Having a hard time selecting the perfect gift? One that will be useful? One that could have an affect on more than one person this holiday season?
Why not consider giving the precious gift of life with a blood donation?
The holidays are a time of year when blood supplies are often at their lowest — not only in the Cape

Blood supplies are low, donors needed

ELIZABETHTOWN —Having a hard time selecting the perfect gift? One that will be useful? One that could have an affect on more than one person this holiday season? Why not consider giving the precious gift of life with a blood donation? The holidays are a time of year when blood supplies are often at their lowest — not only in the Cape

DUBLIN — A playwright is preparing for the debut of her drama “Love's Redemption” at Bladen Community College's auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m.
The cast has been hard at work rehearsing and preparing for the one night only performance. The drama features Savion and Felicia, the Rev. Ishie and Sister Ethel, said playwri

Drama to be perfomed at BCC on Saturday

DUBLIN — A playwright is preparing for the debut of her drama “Love's Redemption” at Bladen Community College's auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. The cast has been hard at work rehearsing and preparing for the one night only performance. The drama features Savion and Felicia, the Rev. Ishie and Sister Ethel, said playwri

WHTIE OAK — While the skies were overcast and the threat of rain loomed, re-enactors celebrated a Bobby Mozingo Christmas on Saturday at Harmony Hall Plantation Village.
Festivities kicked off at 11:30 a.m. with the Bluegrass Boys entertaining the crowd and canon fire declaring the event officially open.
Volunteers and staff of Harmony Hall

Harmony Hall celebrates season with memorial

WHTIE OAK — While the skies were overcast and the threat of rain loomed, re-enactors celebrated a Bobby Mozingo Christmas on Saturday at Harmony Hall Plantation Village. Festivities kicked off at 11:30 a.m. with the Bluegrass Boys entertaining the crowd and canon fire declaring the event officially open. Volunteers and staff of Harmony Hall

Retailers ringing up good numbers

ELIZABETHTOWN — With the first official full week of the Christmas shopping season off to a fast start, retailers in Bladen County are reporting stellar sales figures. Ricky Leinwand, owner of Leinwand's Department Store, said, “We had the biggest day in the 80-year history of the store on (Black) Friday.” He added that the seas

Families First angel tree has tykes available

ELIZABETHTOWN — Some special tykes are needing some help this Christmas season. Families First Inc. has its annual angel tree filled and is waiting for folks to adopt a child or several children to shop for their Christmas. According to Families First Inc. Director Vickie Pait, there are 30 families waiting to be adopted in Elizabethtown. In

Donate blood this holiday season

Staff Writer Erin Smith's front-page story today will give you much more detail, but for this purpose, we will begin by saying that, should you suddenly need a blood transfusion during this holiday season, you could be the one to empty the cupboard. Every year at this time, the region is challenged with stretching the blood supplies because fewer

WHITE OAK — The Harmony Hall plantation home is getting dressed up and will displaying its holiday finery on Saturday for the Bobby Mozingo Christmas and Open House.The Harmony Hall Plantation Village and General Store will open at 9:30 a.m. and Santa will be on hand to greet young and old alike. At 10 a.m town crier Bill Rudeine will make an

Harmony Hall prepares to celebrate Christmas

WHITE OAK — The Harmony Hall plantation home is getting dressed up and will displaying its holiday finery on Saturday for the Bobby Mozingo Christmas and Open House.The Harmony Hall Plantation Village and General Store will open at 9:30 a.m. and Santa will be on hand to greet young and old alike. At 10 a.m town crier Bill Rudeine will make an





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