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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 — The Bladen County Public Library system has a new librarian at the helm.
Kelsey Edwards, 27, joined the library staff recently and is in the process of getting to know the staff, learning about the community and learning about the library system.
“I'm excited. That was my goal, to become a head librarian in a rural lib

New librarian takes the reins

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Public Library system has a new librarian at the helm. Kelsey Edwards, 27, joined the library staff recently and is in the process of getting to know the staff, learning about the community and learning about the library system. “I'm excited. That was my goal, to become a head librarian in a rural lib

RALEIGH — Bladen County saw its unemployment numbers increase slightly in January to 8.5 percent, up 0.7 percent from a reported unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in December.
Neighboring counties also saw their unemployment rates inch upward as well. Columbus County reported an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent in January up from 7.4 percent

Bladen jobless rate inches upward

RALEIGH — Bladen County saw its unemployment numbers increase slightly in January to 8.5 percent, up 0.7 percent from a reported unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in December. Neighboring counties also saw their unemployment rates inch upward as well. Columbus County reported an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent in January up from 7.4 percent

Hands On Africa and Standing Stones Church of Illinois have teamed together to bring to life Leonardo DiVinci's Living Last Supper.
The drama will be performed at Galeed Baptist Church in Bladenboro on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. and Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church. Admission is free.
Bruce Cannon, director of miss

Hands on Africa to perform Living Last Supper

Hands On Africa and Standing Stones Church of Illinois have teamed together to bring to life Leonardo DiVinci's Living Last Supper. The drama will be performed at Galeed Baptist Church in Bladenboro on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. and Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church. Admission is free. Bruce Cannon, director of miss

While the Easter Bunny is busy preparing chocolate eggs and all manner of yummy treats to deliver on Easter Sunday, young folks in Bladen County are preparing their baskets, putting on their Easter best and getting ready to spring into action at the area Easter Egg hunts.
Children have been eagerly waiting to begin searching for those brightly col

Egg hunts, other events on tap

While the Easter Bunny is busy preparing chocolate eggs and all manner of yummy treats to deliver on Easter Sunday, young folks in Bladen County are preparing their baskets, putting on their Easter best and getting ready to spring into action at the area Easter Egg hunts. Children have been eagerly waiting to begin searching for those brightly col

ELIZABETHTOWN — A standing ovation and a full house greeted the performers on Saturday night at Elizabethtown Christian Academy's first Dinner/Variety Show.
“They worked so hard and they were so excited,” said Tammy Hatchell, one of the show's many organizers.
The show was the culmination of several months of hard work the ECA D

ECA hold first dinner theater

ELIZABETHTOWN — A standing ovation and a full house greeted the performers on Saturday night at Elizabethtown Christian Academy's first Dinner/Variety Show. “They worked so hard and they were so excited,” said Tammy Hatchell, one of the show's many organizers. The show was the culmination of several months of hard work the ECA D

ELIZABETHTOWN — A ribbon-cutting and grand opening is planned for the new Walgreens store located at the intersection of Mercer Mill Road and South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown on Thursday from 4 until 6 p.m. There will be refreshments and raffles.
Store Manager Carmen Greene said there will also be an appearance by the Easter Bunny for ch

Ribbon-cutting for Walgreens is Thursday

ELIZABETHTOWN — A ribbon-cutting and grand opening is planned for the new Walgreens store located at the intersection of Mercer Mill Road and South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown on Thursday from 4 until 6 p.m. There will be refreshments and raffles. Store Manager Carmen Greene said there will also be an appearance by the Easter Bunny for ch

DUBLIN — One person is dead after being shot by a deputy near Dublin on Tuesday evening.
The victim was identified on Wednesday by officials as 24-year old Declan Meirion Owen of Elizabethtown. According to Owen's Facebook page he is originally from Bangor, Gwynedd in the United Kingdom.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections websi

Deputy shoots armed man

DUBLIN — One person is dead after being shot by a deputy near Dublin on Tuesday evening. The victim was identified on Wednesday by officials as 24-year old Declan Meirion Owen of Elizabethtown. According to Owen's Facebook page he is originally from Bangor, Gwynedd in the United Kingdom. According to the N.C. Department of Corrections websi

Man who was shot, killed by Bladen officers is identified

DUBLIN — The man shot by Bladen County lawmen on Tuesday evening has been identified as 24-year-old Declan Meirion Owen of Elizabethtown and two lawmen have been placed on leave as the investigation continues. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said deputies fired their weapons at a man who had pointed a gun at them after he was confronted i

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Tax Department is serving notice to taxpayers who are in arrers that changes are coming in how past due taxes will be collected.
Bladen County Tax Administrator Chris Ellis said that the changes stemmed from a workshop he conducted with the Bladen County Board of Commissioners in February. He said during tha

Tax office makes changes to collection efforts

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Tax Department is serving notice to taxpayers who are in arrers that changes are coming in how past due taxes will be collected. Bladen County Tax Administrator Chris Ellis said that the changes stemmed from a workshop he conducted with the Bladen County Board of Commissioners in February. He said during tha

DUBLIN — One person is dead after being shot by a deputy near Dublin on Tuesday evening.
The victim was identified on Wednesday by officials as 24-year old Declan Meirion Owen of Elizabethtown. According to Owen's Facebook page he is originally from Bangor, Gwynedd in the United Kingdom.
According to the N.C. Department of Corrections websi

Deputy kills armed man

DUBLIN — One person is dead after being shot by a deputy near Dublin on Tuesday evening. The victim was identified on Wednesday by officials as 24-year old Declan Meirion Owen of Elizabethtown. According to Owen's Facebook page he is originally from Bangor, Gwynedd in the United Kingdom. According to the N.C. Department of Corrections websi

WHITE OAK — The old gymnasium at the former White Oak School is full of memories, hosting numerous athletic achievements and celebrations over its many years of life. In the years since being shuttered, however, the gymnasium has succumbed to the cruel hands of time.But hope for refurbishing the old structure abounds in the small community it

Reversing years of decay

WHITE OAK — The old gymnasium at the former White Oak School is full of memories, hosting numerous athletic achievements and celebrations over its many years of life. In the years since being shuttered, however, the gymnasium has succumbed to the cruel hands of time.But hope for refurbishing the old structure abounds in the small community it

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners officiall unveiled the new county seal, complete with the new lettering “In God We Trust,” during its meeting on Monday evening.
According to Bladen County Manager Greg Martin, Chairman Charles Ray Peterson addressed the board and those in attendance at the meeting with the

Commissioners unveil new logo

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners officiall unveiled the new county seal, complete with the new lettering “In God We Trust,” during its meeting on Monday evening. According to Bladen County Manager Greg Martin, Chairman Charles Ray Peterson addressed the board and those in attendance at the meeting with the

ECA Drama Club to perform dinner/variety show Saturday

ELIZABETHTOWN — Folks who come to Elizabethtown Baptist Church will be in for a special treat on Saturday when the Elizabethtown Christian Academy Drama Club performs a dinner/variety show from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will be performed in the Christian Activity Center at the church. In addition to the show, the evening will also feature a meal

4 permits for solar farms OK'd

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved four conditional-use permits that allow for the establishment of solar farms, but delayed action on a fifth permit request. Each of the conditional-use permits was granted after a public hearing. At the request of Commissioner Jerry Stephens, a fifth permit request that

Southern Farm Days on tap for weekend

LAKE WACCAMAW — The air will be filled with the sounds of chugs and the roar of antique tractors as they plug away during the seventh annual Southern Farm Days event this weekend. If you listen real close, you might even hear the tinkling of the harnesses from a mule team or draft horse as they cut up the earth during the horse and mule demo

Hill tabbed interim pastor at EBC

ELIZABETTHOWN — Elizabethtown Baptist Church recently brought in the Rev. Warren Hill has been named to serve as interim pastor, and Hill is excited about the opportunity to serve. Hill will be helping the congregation through a transition period and the search for a new pastor. “I'm listening. There is just a process of trying to hel

EAST ARCADIA — The search for a missing East Arcadia man is continuing as of Thursday, according to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw.Edward Huntington Lewis, 27, has been missing since Saturday. The last known sighting of Lewis was at his home located on N.C. 87 in the East Arcadia community on Saturday, March 7, at

Search continues for missing man

EAST ARCADIA — The search for a missing East Arcadia man is continuing as of Thursday, according to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw.Edward Huntington Lewis, 27, has been missing since Saturday. The last known sighting of Lewis was at his home located on N.C. 87 in the East Arcadia community on Saturday, March 7, at

ELIZABETHTOWN - Tickets are on sale now for the annual Bladen We Care Gala to be held this year at The Venue at White Lake on Friday, April 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. The theme is “The Wear White Party” and is sponsored by Smithfield-Farmland and Murphy Brown LLC.
Tickets cost $100 per couple or $500, which includes two tickets and a table,

Tickets on sale for Bladen We Care Gala

ELIZABETHTOWN - Tickets are on sale now for the annual Bladen We Care Gala to be held this year at The Venue at White Lake on Friday, April 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. The theme is “The Wear White Party” and is sponsored by Smithfield-Farmland and Murphy Brown LLC. Tickets cost $100 per couple or $500, which includes two tickets and a table,

ELIZABETHTOWN — The North Carolina Senate recently passed a measure which allows magistrates to recuse themselves from same-sex civil ceremonies and marriage duties.
N.C. Sen. Bill Rabon voted in support of the measure, but when his office was contacted by the Bladen Journal, Paula Fields, a spokeswoman for his office, said they had no comme

A marriage dilemma

ELIZABETHTOWN — The North Carolina Senate recently passed a measure which allows magistrates to recuse themselves from same-sex civil ceremonies and marriage duties. N.C. Sen. Bill Rabon voted in support of the measure, but when his office was contacted by the Bladen Journal, Paula Fields, a spokeswoman for his office, said they had no comme

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education voted to approve a one-year extension on the current contract for Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor on Monday.
Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said there was no discussion of the contract extension during the open session of the meeting other

School board deals with myriad of issues

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education voted to approve a one-year extension on the current contract for Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor on Monday. Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said there was no discussion of the contract extension during the open session of the meeting other





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