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 — There is some excitement in Elizabethtown as a new restaurant has arrived, serving up delectable Calabash-style seafood and steak along with salads and appetizers. They also carry a variety of sandwiches from chicken to burgers.
Darrell and Suanne Housand are the owners of River House Seafood and Grille located on U.S. Hwy. 7

River House Restaurant opens near Tory Hole Park

ELIZABETHTOWN — There is some excitement in Elizabethtown as a new restaurant has arrived, serving up delectable Calabash-style seafood and steak along with salads and appetizers. They also carry a variety of sandwiches from chicken to burgers. Darrell and Suanne Housand are the owners of River House Seafood and Grille located on U.S. Hwy. 7

WHITE LAKE — The eighth annual Mike Merritt Scholarship Ride has been pronounced a rousing success by organizers.
According to Evelyn Merritt, one of the ride's organizers and Mike Merritt's mother, said that $7,500 was raised and there are still more donations which have yet to be received. There were about 45 riders and several cars that p

Mike Merritt Scholarhsip Ride sees successful event

WHITE LAKE — The eighth annual Mike Merritt Scholarship Ride has been pronounced a rousing success by organizers. According to Evelyn Merritt, one of the ride's organizers and Mike Merritt's mother, said that $7,500 was raised and there are still more donations which have yet to be received. There were about 45 riders and several cars that p

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Planning Board approved plans for the construction of a 30,000-square-foot commercial industrial building on South Poplar Street for D'Vine Foods on Monday, Sept. 22.
The matter will now go before the Elizabethtown Town Council for their approval at the Monday, Oct. 6, meeting.
“D'Vine Foods is growin

D'Vine Foods clears its first hurdle for a big expansion

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Planning Board approved plans for the construction of a 30,000-square-foot commercial industrial building on South Poplar Street for D'Vine Foods on Monday, Sept. 22. The matter will now go before the Elizabethtown Town Council for their approval at the Monday, Oct. 6, meeting. “D'Vine Foods is growin

A.D. Gallery showcases new exhibit

PEMBROKE, — FABRICation, an exhibit of textile art, went on display at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's A.D. Gallery on Sept. 22 and will run through Oct. 31. The opening reception and gallery talk by artist Virginia Derryberry will be held Monday from 3–4:30 p.m. FABRICation celebrates the work of seven artists who incor

Four One Stop voting locations will be available for early voters

ELIZABETHTOWN — As voters are slowly making up their minds about the plethora of candidates seeking elected office on Nov. 4, the Bladen County Board of Elections office is also gearing up for a busy early voting period. Early voting will begin on on Thursday, Oct. 23. According to the North Carolina Board of Elections office in Raleigh, the

PEMBROKE — A new exhibit at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's A.D. Gallery showcases the work of seven textile artists from across the country.
The exhibit, entitled “FABRICation,”contains 15 pieces that were crafted using a variety of fiber art techniques.
“It's a really interesting take on using fabrics in a

Focused on fiber

PEMBROKE — A new exhibit at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's A.D. Gallery showcases the work of seven textile artists from across the country. The exhibit, entitled “FABRICation,”contains 15 pieces that were crafted using a variety of fiber art techniques. “It's a really interesting take on using fabrics in a

RIEGELWOOD — The congregation at Tabernacle Holiness Church near Riegelwood enthusiastically celebrated the recent groundbreaking for a new Multi-Purpose Center to be constructed on the church grounds.
Elder Berline Graham called the building a “mission.”
“This has been a mission of ours for over a year. It's finally comin

Church breaks gound on new building

RIEGELWOOD — The congregation at Tabernacle Holiness Church near Riegelwood enthusiastically celebrated the recent groundbreaking for a new Multi-Purpose Center to be constructed on the church grounds. Elder Berline Graham called the building a “mission.” “This has been a mission of ours for over a year. It's finally comin

Council looks at downtown sewer rehab project

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Council met in a special-called session on Monday and discussed an amendment to the downtown sewer rehabilitation project. According to Town Manager Eddie Madden, the project will have an impact on the areas of Pine Street, Court Street, Cypress Street and Scout Lane. “Each of the areas have sewer lin

ELIZABETHTOWN — As customers walk up to the counter to place their order at the Elizabethtown Burger King, they are greeted by a frame filled with a collage of photographs that reads “Congratulations Helen on 25 years of service at BK 6228.”It's not often an employee celebrates 25 years of service with a company and Helen Denkins'

Burger King employee celebrates 25 years of service

ELIZABETHTOWN — As customers walk up to the counter to place their order at the Elizabethtown Burger King, they are greeted by a frame filled with a collage of photographs that reads “Congratulations Helen on 25 years of service at BK 6228.”It's not often an employee celebrates 25 years of service with a company and Helen Denkins'

DUBLIN — A burgeoning crowd showed up in Dublin on Saturday to celebrate the peanut and kick off the fall season during the 22nd annual Peanut Festival in and around Dublin Elementary School.One of the many organizers, Bobbie Todd, said there were thousands of people attending the festival.“After the parade was over, it was 45 minutes l

Winners abound at 22nd annual Peanut Festival

DUBLIN — A burgeoning crowd showed up in Dublin on Saturday to celebrate the peanut and kick off the fall season during the 22nd annual Peanut Festival in and around Dublin Elementary School.One of the many organizers, Bobbie Todd, said there were thousands of people attending the festival.“After the parade was over, it was 45 minutes l

Mike Merritt ride to be held Saturday

WHITE LAKE — The eighth annual Mike Merritt Memorial Bike Ride will be held Saturday beginning at the White Lake Fire Department. Registration for the ride begins at 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Lunch will be served and door prizes awarded from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and the ride departs from the fire department at 12:45 p.m. Cost is $20 f

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Schools became one of three spokes Thursday on a wheel that will make an Early College type of program available to students. The school district joins Bladen Community College and N.C. New Schools Investing in Rural Innovative Schools in the effort.
“Anyone who is familiar with the Early College concept,

Bladen Schools signs partnership with BCC, N.C. iRIS for N.C. New Schools program

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Schools became one of three spokes Thursday on a wheel that will make an Early College type of program available to students. The school district joins Bladen Community College and N.C. New Schools Investing in Rural Innovative Schools in the effort. “Anyone who is familiar with the Early College concept,

Commissioners make advisory board appointments

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners took up a light agenda on Monday, one that included a flurry of advisory board appointments. The commissioners appointed Dr. Aaron Barney White to the Animal Control board; reappointed Larry Johnson and Wayne Edge to the Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority; reappointed Ralph Cart

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County students are making gains in most areas of the classroom, but math scores continue to be a thorny issue with district officials.
Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said the school district as a whole has seen growth in most areas. Taylor said that one has to remember as they look at the data that

Bladen test scores seeing improvements

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County students are making gains in most areas of the classroom, but math scores continue to be a thorny issue with district officials. Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said the school district as a whole has seen growth in most areas. Taylor said that one has to remember as they look at the data that

DUBLIN —Peanuts will take center stage when the 22nd annual Dublin Peanut Festival is held Saturday at Dublin Elementary School.
“Our committee looks forward to seeing each and everyone of you have a great memorable day. There's nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun,” said

Dublin set to host the Peanut Festival

DUBLIN —Peanuts will take center stage when the 22nd annual Dublin Peanut Festival is held Saturday at Dublin Elementary School. “Our committee looks forward to seeing each and everyone of you have a great memorable day. There's nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun,” said

Bell ringing set for Wednesday

ELIZABETHTOWN — At precisely 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, towns and counties across the United States will ring bells in honor of Constitution Week. Folks in the county will also hear the peeling of the bell from the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution s

Bladen County's 2014 graduation rates dip slightly

ELIZABETHTOWN — Graduation rates for Bladen County's two high schools dropped slightly for the 2013-14 academic year, but district officials aren't concerned — though they still strive for better. The East Bladen High School graduation rate was 73.5 percent in 2014. By comparison, EBHS had a graduation rate of 80.6 in 2013 and in 2012

BLADENBORO — The death of a 17-year-old West Bladen High student on Aug. 29 is being investigated jointly by the Bladenboro Police Department and State Bureau of Investigation.
“I can't really say anything, but it's an ongoing investigation,” said Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt. “We are awaiting the final results of the

Student's death being investigated by SBI

BLADENBORO — The death of a 17-year-old West Bladen High student on Aug. 29 is being investigated jointly by the Bladenboro Police Department and State Bureau of Investigation. “I can't really say anything, but it's an ongoing investigation,” said Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt. “We are awaiting the final results of the

ELIZABETHTOWN — Despite warm temperatures, a cool breeze punctuated the afternoon Thursday during the annual Cry Out America event held on the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse.
The Rev. Larry Hayes welcomed those in attendance and Hakeen Brown sang “God Bless America.”
The Rev. Rachael Mitchell asked those gathered the

Cry Out America event draws a crowd on Thursday

ELIZABETHTOWN — Despite warm temperatures, a cool breeze punctuated the afternoon Thursday during the annual Cry Out America event held on the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse. The Rev. Larry Hayes welcomed those in attendance and Hakeen Brown sang “God Bless America.” The Rev. Rachael Mitchell asked those gathered the

ELIZABETHTOWN — Three Bladen County Boy Scouts and two former Elizabethtown residents, who are also Boy Scouts, got the experience of a lifetime when they traveled to Pilmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., this summer.
Those participating included Jackson Burney, who is the son of Phillip and Sandra Burney; John Dean Alsup, the son of Dean a

Scouts experience Philmont Ranch

ELIZABETHTOWN — Three Bladen County Boy Scouts and two former Elizabethtown residents, who are also Boy Scouts, got the experience of a lifetime when they traveled to Pilmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., this summer. Those participating included Jackson Burney, who is the son of Phillip and Sandra Burney; John Dean Alsup, the son of Dean a




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