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NEWS FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Bladenboro Board discusses monument move, police department pay
The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night and held a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant NC Catalyst Grant close out. No one spoke at the hearing.
Later in the meeting the board approved a related matter by approving for LKC Engineering to move forward with closing the CDBG NC Catalyst grant. READ MORE
Bladenboro Board discusses paving streets
The Bladenboro Town Council met Monday night and addressed the matter of paving East Railroad Street and Harmony Homes Drive.
Councilwoman Sarah Jane Benson said that she would rather see Pecan Street paved rather than Harmony Homes Drive.
“It (Pecan Street) is in bad shape,” said Benson. READ MORE
BLADEN COUNTY HEADLINES…35 YEARS AGO
Sonny Jones and Eddie Nye of the Bladen Journal Sports staff won first place state-wide awards in the reporting and photography division of the N.C. Newspaper Association.
The Third Annual Rev. James C. Bellamy, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast was held. READ MORE
Bladen County Smart Start Presents: Making a Smooth Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten
A FREE workshop for parents and child care providers
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on February 9
Lowest Temperature 13 degrees 1977
Precipitation 0.92 inches 1944
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 57 degrees.
This Day in History – February 9
1861 – Confederate Provisional Congress declares all laws under the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states (US Civil War)
1870 – US Army establishes US Weather Service.
1871 – Federal fish protection office authorized by Congress.
1895 – Volleyball invented by WG Morgan in Massachusetts.
1909 – 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
1909 – 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Woods fire burns four acres near Council
What was initially reported as a vehicle fire scorched about four acres of the property before being brought under control Monday afternoon near Council. The fire ocurred at 535 Sara Peterson Road, Council. READ MORESocial Security celebrates Black History month
By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville
Throughout the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together since the late 19th century.
Honoring our shared history and reflecting on the past is one way we unify as a nation. We remember that we are all Americans — we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship. READ MORE
Sheriff’s Office hosts Church Security and Training meeting
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Church Security and Training meeting tonight (Monday, Feb. 8) at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church fellowship hall that is open to the public and is targeted for pastors and church officials in the county.
“We have invited all interested churches to attend. The meeting will be to explain a new program the Sheriff’s office will be offering to any church interested concerning security and safety,” said Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. READ MORE
BCC Trustees to hold retreat, meeting
The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. for a board retreat, followed by a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Both events take place in the Student Resource Center (building 7) on the main campus of the college. For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502.
IPHONE/IPAD TIPS: BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP
Phone Goes For A Swim
By: Gordon Kinlaw
I can’t say this enough – back your phone up!!! Either on iCloud or on your PC on iTunes.
Someone in my house placed their iPhone near the kitchen sink and you know the rest. I spent a 30 minutes on the phone with Apple and a couple of hours in the Chapel Hill Apple Store plus travel time. Never mind I dropped $320 bucks for a replacement iPhone. READ MORE
5K Bunny Fun Run & Golf Tournament to support Bladen County Relay for Life
Relay for Life has a 5K Bunny Fun Run and a Golf Tournament scheduled soon by Otis Evans. The 5K will be held March 26th in Bladenboro and the Golf Tournament will be held April 8th. All proceeds, excluding expenses will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The events’ organizer, Evans is a cancer survivor of less than one year. He has also been a caregiver. His first wife, Charlotte “Bit” Evans, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and passed away in 2009. READ MORE
Bladen County Students do well at Senior Beta Convention
East Bladen and West Bladen High School students attended the 78th annual Senior Beta Club Convention held this past weekend in Greensboro.
East Bladen student Adonis Johnson won first place in the History competition. The Club also placed third in their campaign skit. Emily Scott campaigned for President.
West Bladen student Sean Davis advanced to the finals in the Special Talent competition. Amber Long campaigned for Vice-President. READ MORE
Bladen Community College to celebrate Black History month Thursday
DUBLIN – On Thursday, Feb. 11, Bladen Community College will welcome guest speaker, Pastor Cliff E. Freeman Jr. to a celebratory assembly for Black History Month. The program commences at 11 a.m. in the college auditorium.
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Pastor Freeman holds a Master of Divinity Degree from North Carolina Theological Seminary, where he is also a faculty member. His undergraduate work was completed at Heritage Bible College in Dunn. READ MORE
Emergency Medical Science at BCC is a Life-Saver
DUBLIN – Imagine this scene. You are driving on the highway 87 bypass when you hear screeching tires, the blast of a car horn, and the crushing of metal against metal. Your car is jolted on the passenger side by another car spinning out of control. Suddenly, you are being pushed off the road, your right front tire spraying gravel and grass against your window as you are hurled toward an embankment.
Every time the Bladen County 911 Central Office dispatches an emergency vehicle to the scene of an accident, highly trained rescue personnel bolt into action to save your life. READ MORE
New Voter ID PSA released
The “Be Recognized” ads will air on local television and radio through the 2016 Election cycle, the goal is to make sure every voice is heard at the voting booth. This election voters will be asked to show a photo ID at the polls. If for some reason a voter can’t get an ID, they will still be able to vote. READ MORE
New building at Taylor Manufacturing is taking shape
He added that the recent rains have had some impact on the construction schedule. READ MORE
Registration is open for third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Run, Walk
The third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the USO of NC is set for Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 a.m. at the Brown’s Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail and is sponsored by Ford of Clinton and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness. READ MORE
Bladen County Schools have a delay Monday, February 8
With overnight road temperatures expected to be below freezing, creating hazardous driving conditions, all Bladen County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Monday, February 8, 2016 for students and staff.
Cape Fear Heating & Cooling receives award
“It was really nice. Gemaire has always been really good to me, and for them to recognize me in this way really means a lot,” Daine said. READ MORE
Volunteers gathered Sunday to continue plans for county Youth Rally
By: Erin Smith
An afternoon punctuated with rain, sleet and the occasional snowflake couldn’t dampen spirits in the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church PAC building Sunday afternoon as volunteers gathered to begin making final plans for the first annual Youth Rally for Bladen County. The rally is planned for Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gym. The theme for the rally is “My Story.”
Cheryl West opened the meeting by telling volunteers the biggest hurdle to making the Youth Rally successful will be the transportation and logistics. West told the group that Chuck and Kelly Heustess have agreed to create a map of the county for use in planning the routes the church vans and buses would need to travel to provide transportation. READ MORE
Woodmen of the World Awards
Andy Wilson received the Caring for Others Award.
Lucille Brown received the Fraternal Spirit Award.
Sandra Newton received the Environmental Award.
Charlie Priest received the Community Award. READ MORE
This beautiful rainbow appeared late Sunday afternoon over NC 41 East in Bladen County.
The rainbow seemed to create a tunnel effect over the roadway.
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7
The Pencilman creates Cam Newton, 2015 NFL MVP art
Bladen Online By the Numbers: January 31-February 6, 2016
Steady as she goes. That’s the best description for Bladen Online’s week. No record-setting days, but weekly numbers that were among the best in history. Bladen Online had 123,302 page views for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6, according to Google Analytics, which was 10th most in our eight-year history, and 24,684 visits, which was seventh-most for a week.
Obviously, we couldn’t do it without you and thank you for your continued support. We believe that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County. READ MORE
Briefing for the coastal storm
Threat Assessment for Southeastern North Carolina from the National Weather Service
Here is the latest impact briefing for Sunday’s coastal storm. Good confidence with maritime, wind, and flood impacts; however, snow impact confidence remains low. In the least, the latest probabilities for accumulating >1″ snowfall have increased to 40-50% across a large portion of northeast SC and southeast NC. If these trends continue the a Winter Weather Advisory may be required. READ MORE
Bladen Community College to host Paint Class
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, ladies night out, date night or you just like painting you will have a great time. The cost is $35 per person. All supplies and step-by-step instruction will be provided.
There is a Paint class scheduled for Saturday, February 13th at Kinlaw’s Beer and Wine from 2:30 pm until 6:00 pm. READ MORE
Bladen County Students at Senior Beta Club Convention
Photos by Cheryl West
Bladen County has students in Greensboro again this weekend. The Senior Beta Club Convention is being held and East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School are doing well in the competitions. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Commissioners to meet February 8th
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Update Winter Weather Storm Report
By: Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service
The updated briefing is attached. A high confidence regarding strong wind gusts continues, especially along the coast. Moderate confidence in flooding across already saturated areas with the most rainfall expected along the coast. Low confidence on accumulating snow, with highest potential across inland areas. High confidence remains in dangerous maritime conditions across the adjacent coastal and offshore waters. READ MORE
Bladenboro Town Meeting will be held February 8th
Place of Worship Security and Safety Training Program planned
As a result of attacks at community gatherings and in places of worship in the United States and abroad, the N.C. Sheriff’s Association developed training materials that will help places of worship create security plans. READ MORE
Fundraiser to benefit Ayven Lennon planned for Saturday
A fundraiser has been planned for Ayven Lennon called “Weighing In for Ayven Lennon Third Annual Benefit Coon Hunt” will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. at 1879 Sweet Home Church Road, Elizabethtown.
The start time is 5 p.m. and all dogs need to be signed in by 7 p.m. There is an entry fee of $20 per dog which will be given to the family of Ayven Lennon. READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
The students participated in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spelling, Poetry, Speech, Tower of Power, Living Literature, Banner, Tshirt, Special Talent-the Cougar Band, and Wreath. READ MORE
Bladenboro Middle School Honor Roll: Second Quarter
Here is the second quarter honor for Bladenboro Middle School. READ MORE
Beta Club members to compete this weekend
The Beta Club members at East Bladen and West Bladen High Schools are in Greensboro this weekend to compete at the state the 78th annual Senior Beta Club convention held at the Sheraton Four Season Hotel.
Amber Long of West Bladen High School will campaign for the seat of Vice-President and Emily Scott of East Bladen High School will campaign for the office of President. READ MORE
Nathalie Gore is promoted to Clinical Ladder, Level II
The Clinical Ladder program recognizes and retains nurses who provide direct clinical care and who are involved in promoting nursing practice in the Cape Fear Valley Health System READ MORE
All eyes on Sunday forecast
While many folks are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday, forecasters are keeping a wary eye on Sunday’s weather. The National Weather Service is watching a strengthening storm system off the coast that could potentially bring a chance of accumulating snow for some areas on Sunday.
Meterologist Steven Pfaff said, “The probability for accumulating one inch or more of snowfall has increased across the area.” READ MORE
Boost the ‘Boro to meet Tuesday
The next Boost the ‘Boro meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the farmer’s market in Bladenboro. This is an important meeting for all members. READ MORE
Police department pay on Bladenboro board’s agenda
Pay for members of the Bladenboro Police Department is back on the agenda for February’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners. The meeting is set for Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Ivey Street. It’s open to the public. READ MORE
National Wear Red Day celebrated in Bladen County
Witnesses testify to seeing trio on night of murder
On the fourth day of the murder trial for Travoin Devonte Smith, witnesses testified to seeing Smith along with his co-defendants Sarah Redden and Ronald Anthony Jr. together on the afternoon of the murder. The trio are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Huggins-Jones.
Amy Radley, who worked as the manager of Ben Jerry’s in the North Hills mall in 2013, testified that she saw Smith and Redden as they completed employment applications at the store.
Radley testified that Smith and Redden were arguing over the back of the application which asks questions about past criminal offenses. READ MORE
Wreck reduces US 701 to one lane at Britt Road intersection near Clarkton
A wreck at the intersection of Britt Road and US 701 South, reduced the busy highway to just one lane for a time on Friday morning.
The collision occurred when a white Chrysler 200 traveling on Britt Road pulled into the path of a dark colored Honda Passport traveling southbound on US 701, according to NC Highway Patrol Trooper Freeman. READ MORE
Bladen County Superior Court plea agreements for February
Three people who were charged as part of an undercover narcotics investigation dubbed Operation Summertime Shakedown have agreed to plea deals in Bladen County Superior Court and received suspended sentences and supervised probation.
The three-month operation that resulted in 14 arrests and ended in early July 2015 targeted the sale and delivery of prescription pills, cocaine and marijuana mostly in the Bladenboro area. READ MORE
Clarkton School of Discovery students perform Alice in Wonderland
Photos contributed by Johnny Anderson
For Better Living: What to do When Lactose is a Problem
By: Sandra Cain
Milk provides a variety of essential nutrients that your body needs to maintain good health. These nutrients include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, and potassium. Milk also contains high quality protein that helps meet your body’s needs.
The natural sugar in dairy foods – lactose – may be difficult for some people to digest completely. These people may have unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms after drinking milk. This is known as lactose intolerance. Guidelines released by the National Institutes of Health panel on Lactose Intolerance stressed the nutritional importance of dairy foods, especially for bone health, and outlined ways to still enjoy three daily servings. READ MORE
Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala planned, sponsorships still available
The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. The event, “A Red Affair,” is a black-tie optional event, said spokeswoman Ashley Dowless.
“That means that guys can wear a suit and tie instead of a tuxedo,” said Dowless. She added that ladies can wear either an evening gown or a cocktail dress. She added there will be a red carpet photo booth available this year for folks who want that added bit of glamour to their evening.
Tickets for the event cost $50 each and can be purchased by calling 910-862-1206. The proceeds raised by the event go to the foundation’s efforts in supporting the patients of Bladen County Hospital. READ MORE
Let’s Eat Out, But Where?
By: Cheryl Thurston
Ah, February, a great month to go out to eat, several times. We have Groundhog’s Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Black History Month. You can probably find a reason to eat out in that list. But, where will you go? BladenOnline is proud to bring you the Sanitation Health grades for the Bladen County eating establishments that were inspected in January. READ MORE
Redden takes stand in day three of Raleigh murder trial
One of the trio accused in the murder of former Bladen County resident Melissa Huggins-Jones took to the witness stand on Thursday. Sarah Redden described her role in the evening’s crime spree as well as events leading up to murder.
Redden, now 21, was testifying against Travion Devonte Smith, who along with Redden and Ronald Anthony Jr., are charged with first-degree murder in Huggins-Jones’ death. Anthony Jr. has accepted a plea bargain from the state and received a sentence of life in prison without parole for his role in the murder. Redden testified that she does not have any type of agreement with the state regarding her testimony. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Women charged in Dublin shooting have bonds reduced
The two women charged in the November shooting death of a Tar Heel man near Dublin had their bonds reduced Thursday morning in Bladen County Superior Court.
D’Nazya Sade Downing, who was being held on a $1 million bond, and Shanika Nicole Mitchell, who was being held on a $1.75 million bond, had their bonds reduced to $500,000 by Judge D. Jack Hooks. READ MORE
Bay Tree Lakes roadway experiences collapse, no injuries
Residents of Bay Tree Lakes subdivision who travel Horsepen Road got a rude surprise when a culvert that passes under the roadway collapsed. Bay Tree Lakes Property Owners Association President Charles Atkinson estimated that repairs to the roadway could take as much as two to three months. READ MORE
Flood warning issued for Bladen County
* FLOOD WARNING FOR THE CAPE FEAR AT WILLIAM O HUSKE LOCK AND DAM 3.
* FROM FRIDAY MORNING TO MONDAY MORNING. READ MORE
Harmony Hall gets new roof
Harmony Hall has a newly installed roof thanks to the efforts of Roofing by Tony of Bladenboro. The cost of the repairs to the roof was about $10,500, according to Harmony Hall Plantation Village Inc. President Seth Lewis.
The old roof was well worn and beginning to need repairs, according to Lewis.
“It is a great relief to know the roof work has been completed,” he said. READ MORE
City Sandwich Shop now open for business
The iconic City Sandwich Shop located at 122 South Poplar Street, Elizabethtown, opened for business on Monday morning to the delight of many Bladen residents. The restaurant’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The restaurant was once owned by former Elizabethtown Police Chief Charles Taylor. The new, modern City Sandwich Shop, while located in the same building, features an updated interior and menu that is sure to delight the most discerning palate. READ MORE
Marquail Burney ruled not competent to stand trial
A judge Wednesday agreed with the findings of a mental health evaluation and ruled that Marquail Allen Burney is not competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his father’s fiancee. The ruling by Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks came during a hearing in Bladen County Superior Court.
Burney, 21, was charged in October with killing Crystal Dionne Cruz at the home on N.C. 41 West they shared with David Burney, who is Marquail Burney’s father. READ MORE
Testimony in second day of Raleigh murder trial centers on stolen laptop
The second day of testimony in the Raleigh murder trial of Travion Devonte Smith got underway on Wednesday with Judge Ridgeway hearing a motion regarding references to the plea deal received by Ronald Anthony Jr. After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge allowed the motion to restrict references to Anthony’s plea deal to stand.
Mother County Genealogical Society announces meeting
The Mother County Genealogical Society meets on the second Saturday of even numbered months from noon to 2 p.m. in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro, NC. The next meeting is on February 13. Our scheduled speaker, Kelly Baldwin, will present the history of Abbottsburg. READ MORE