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NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Large crowd attends Bladen We Care Gala
About 400 people attended the first of two annual fundraisers for Bladen We Care Friday night at The Venue at White Lake. The ‘Wear White’ Smithfield-Farmland & Murphy Brown LLC Party featured music by the Black Water Rhythm & Blues Band, delicious hors-d’oeuvres, an auction and half and half fundraiser.
According to the organizers, the event was a huge success..Mac Campbell, Jr., Chairman of Bladen We Care, said we were very happy with the outcome….please about the turnout, the support by individuals and the corporate supporters, especially the signature sponsors, Smithfield-Farmland and Murphy Brown, LLC. It is the second year the two companies have been the overall sponsors. READ MORE
County Commissioners Meet Monday
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meet Monday for a regular meeting.
Included on the agenda is the recognition of employees for years of service, an introduction of the new Library Director, Kelsey Edwards, followed by a reception for Edwards and the honored employees.
Representatives of Keep Bladen Beautiful are expected to address the board.
Lisa Coleman, Bladen County Finance Director will update the commissioners on the financials after nine months of operation in the current fiscal year. She will also ask the board to approve additional Internal Control Measures.
Chris Ellis, Bladen County Tax Administrator will update commissioners on the ongoing 2015 Tax Revaluation. READ MORE
Publishing Clearing House phone scam reported in Bladen, sheriff says
Have you received a telephone call from someone saying that you have won a lot of money from Publishers Clearing House? It’s a scam, says Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker.
“We have received several calls from concerned citizens about this type of fraud,” McVicker said. “Citizens are receiving calls on their home phones and cells phones. The caller tells them they are with Publishers Clearing House and they have just won several million dollars. All the person has to do to receive their winnings is to send a prepaid debit card with $230 credit on the card to a particular address and their winnings will then be processed and they will receive further instructions on how to receive their new fortune.” READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving
The first of two Annual Bladen We Care fundraisers was held last night and it was a huge success….Folks with medical needs will benefit from the effort….
The second is the golf tournament scheduled for Thursday, April 23 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake…I am not a golfer, gave up years ago, however those that do play and have played the course recently say it is in the best shape…ever….Call 874-4001 for more info…
A reminder of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club 2nd Annual 8K Trail Run and Walk…It was underway at 7 this morning. The new Brown’s Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail is located at 2354 East Broad Street in E-town….If you missed the 2nd,make plans now for #3 next year.
A reminder of the 2015 Public Health Month Walk beginning Monday and continuing through Thursday at Leinwand Park in E-town from 12 noon til 2 p.m. You are invited…READ MORE
This Day in History
1676—Sudbury, Massachusetts, attacked by Indians.
1775—Paul Revere & William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming.”
1783—Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.
1838—Wilkes’ expedition to South Pole sails.
1861—Battle of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, part of the Maryland Campaign (US Civil War)
1865—Confederate General Johnson surrendered to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina.
1899—John McGraw, at age 36, managerial debut as Oriole manager.
1906—San Francisco earthquake and fire kills nearly 4,000 while destroying 75% of the city.
1918—Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play.
1924—1st crossword puzzle book published (Simon & Shuster) READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on April 18
Highest Temperature 93 degrees 1976
Lowest Temperature 35 degrees 2001
Precipitation 1.43 inches 2006
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 77 degrees.
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 17
Sandra R. Cain
For Better Living
Selecting Frozen Meals
Have you thought about where tonight’s dinner will come from? Will it be the grocery store frozen food section, the deli section or maybe even the fast food drive thru? With today’s busy schedules and very little time for cooking meals “from scratch,” these are choices many Americans are making each evening.
If you choose a packaged meal from the grocery store’s frozen food section, the options are plentiful. Once called “TV Dinners”, they have evolved into a wide range of modern meals that are quick, easy, and often quite attractive. The variety of options can make a family meal that appeals to each person’s tastes – from beef, chicken and pork to pasta, vegetarian meals, “hot pockets,” and oriental “bowls.” Heating these in the microwave helps keep the kitchen clean, too. READ MORE
Bladenboro man arrested for assaulting grandfather
Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of 32 year old John Robert Spurling of 175 Robert Davis Road, Bladenboro.
According to McVicker, on Saturday night April 11, 2015, Spurling was living with his grandfather, 75 year old William Floyd Seals at the same address. Spurling physically assaulted his grandfather by jumping on him from behind and beating him to the floor. Spurling forced Seals onto his stomach and used a plastic zip tie to bind the elderly man’s hands behind his back. He then stole his grandfather’s debit card, cash and the keys to his vehicle and left Seals lying on the floor and locked the doors to the residence.
Mr. Seals was discovered several hours later by another grandson, Joshua Todd Seals, who had to forcibly enter the home and use a knife to free his grandfather. The younger Seals then drove his grandfather to the hospital where he was treated and released. READ MORE
Ribbon Cutting in Bladenboro at Pawn South
By: Charlotte Smith
The community helped Pawn South celebrate their new location with a ribbon cutting today. Mayor Rufus Duckworth, members of Boost the Boro, and other community members gathered around Pawn South owners, Kenny Barnes and Monte Powell, to cut the ribbon.
“This building is part of our family heritage and it is great to see it restored.” Jon Hasborck said. Mayor Duckworth reminded everyone that the building located at 100 Railroad Street in Bladenboro, that Pawn South now occupies was once in jeopardy of becoming dilapidated. He said, “Boost the Boro helped save the building and then you all (Pawn South Owners) stepped in, purchased the building and restored the building. With the money we made from the sale of the building we were able to build the Farmer’s Market here in town. So, you all have really helped Bladenboro a lot and we thank you.” READ MORE
Many Winners and Heroes at Bladen County Special Olympics
By: Charlotte Smith
Smiles, laughter and fun times were all found at this year’s Bladen County Special Olympics. Bladen County law enforcement started the Torch Run around 9 am at the courthouse and ended at the school’s football field. Opening Ceremonies started a parade of all the athletes, with the flag flying from the Elizabethtown Fire Department, the colors presented, Miss Bladenboro Lindsey Herring singing the national anthem with some of the athletes, along with students from East Bladen High School, and West Bladen High School students helped by singing the song. Tacoma “Taco” Amberger was remembered and the games were dedicated in his honor. READ MORE
N.C. strawberry growers expect strong season
RALEIGH – Despite a late cold snap, local strawberry growers are expecting a strong season that will last until the first part of June.
“The winter was challenging, but local growers prevailed by using a combination of row covers and irrigation to preserve the crop with minimal loss,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.
Growers in the southeastern part of the state have already started picking. Consumers in the Piedmont can expect to find berries by early May. And those in Western North Carolina should see berries from the first of May through the first half of June. Berries should be in good supply across the state by Mother’s Day, May 10.
Several special events are planned to celebrate the season, including the N.C. Strawberry Festival in Chadbourn April 29-May 2. The annual celebration features a parade, scholarship pageant, live music and strawberry quality contests. READ MORE
Rouzer Celebrates First 100 Days in Congress
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) released the following statement today marking his first 100 days in Congress.
“Our office has been working hard to address the needs of the citizens and communities throughout the 7th Congressional District as well as to help make America, once again, be prosperous at home and strong abroad. In the first 100 days we have helped 345 constituents through casework, answered 14,926 letters, scheduled 27 tours, and made more than 69,500 constituent contacts. Constituent service has been and will continue to be a top priority. READ MORE
GCF School Supply Kit Initiative
On April 14th and April 17th Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF), a Durham based nonprofit organization, gave away school supply kits to 520 students attending Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Clarkton, Plain View Primary School in Tar Heel and East Arcadia Elementary School in Riegelwood. Antonia Beatty, Title 1 Director, appeared at East Arcadia as representative of Title 1, which selected these 3 schools.
BladenOnline.com visited the East Arcadia Elementary School campus, where Principal, Demetrice Johnson Jones, welcomed the community outreach. EAES provides grades K-8 and is normally a school where uniforms are required. However, in honor of the GCF presentation, all students were given the option of wearing their street clothes for a Casual Friday, by paying $1.00 for the privilege. (There was not a single uniform in the crowd.) The funds generated by the dress-down day will be used to pay the bail of Principal Jones later this month, when she participates in the local Jail-A-Thon fundraiser.
Every student at the schools received a gift package containing pencils, pencil sharpener, crayons, erasers, spiral notebooks, hand sanitizer, and scissors – essential tools that will support learning through the remainder of the school year. Packages were handed out by volunteers, Demetrius Green, and Sterling Thomas. (Special mention*** Sterling Thomas earned Beta hours for his participation as volunteer.) READ MORE
Man arrested on drug charges after texting wrong number
Be careful when texting. That’s the lesson an Elizabethtown man learned last weekend when his text was mistakenly sent to an undercover narcotics officer.
Brendon Ward, 23, of the 400 block of South Lower Street, turned himself in to Bladen County authorities Thursday after eluding capture Sunday night, Sheriff Jim McVicker said.
After unknowingly exchanging texts with the officer, Ward agreed to meet in an Elizabethtown parking lot Sunday to sell drugs, authorities say. As the officer approached the vehicle to buy the drugs, Ward realized his mistake and drove away, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Other officers gave chase, but Ward abandoned his vehicle near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and ran. READ MORE
Brown’s Creek Bike Park & Nature Trail Has New Sign
The entrance to the Browns Creek Bike Park and Nature Trail now has a brand new sign. The park has also been under more construction to make the trails wider and easier to navigate. We owe a huge thank you to the Cape Fear SORBA, the Town of Elizabethtown, and many other volunteers.
Bladenboro board awards water line bid for McLean Park concession stand
The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a bid from Hickman Utilities to install water lines for the concession stand at McLean Park. The bid was for $8,822. Construction of the concession stand should start soon, Town Administrator Melanie Hester told the board later in the week. However, she said, some work at the new recreation facility has been slowed because of wet grounds caused by recent rains.
In other business,
** Approved hiring two seasonal workers for the maintenance department to help with the summer work load. Each position will be for 24 hours per week and pay $7.25 per hour.
** After meeting in closed session, the board approved the hiring of a general utility worker. READ MORE
Adopt a Pet of the Week for the week of April 20-24th 2015 for Bladen County Animal Shelter. The dogs name is Ms. Bojangles.
Busy Weekend starts Friday!
A lot is happening in our area this weekend. The fun starts on Friday morning with the Bladen County Special Olympics, then a ribbon cutting in Bladenboro at the Pawn South and the night will end with you choice of the Dixie Youth Movie Night at Watree Park in Bladenboro, or the Bladen We Care Gala at The Venue in White Lake.
Saturday continues with plenty of places to be in Bladen County. READ MORE
Cape Fear SORBA helps Bladen County with over 2000 hours
Rotarian Eddie Madden had Mr. Greg Brinson with the Cape Fear SORBA group speak to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club this past Wednesday about what exactly is SORBA, what have they been doing in Bladen and surrounding counties, and this weekend’s 8K Trail Run and Walk at Brown’s Creek Bike Trail in Elizabethtown.
Brinson’s day job is with Brinson and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning, his hobby with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) Cape Fear chapter has kept him very busy in Bladen County over the past year or so. The association has logged over 2000 volunteer hours at the Brown’s Creek Nature and Bike Trail on Broad Street in Elizabethtown, to date. What was once an over grown unused piece of town property is now a beautiful place for people to spend time.
Cape Fear SORBA is under the umbrella of the International Biking Association (IBA) READ MORE
Stephanie Gonzalez New Community Service Director at Bladen Community College
Bladen Community College is pleased to welcome Stephanie Gonzalez as the part-time community service director for the Continuing Education Department. Ms. Gonzalez, a graduate of Bladen Community College, was previously employed with the college as the recruiter for a grant project called NC Back-to-Work. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL, 16
Rouzer Applauds Passage of the Death Tax Repeal Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act.
“The death tax is government theft at its worst, and I am proud the House has voted to repeal it. The Senate should do the same, and quickly.”
All you want to know about snakes in the area
Ever wonder what snakes species are at home in eastern North Carolina? Which ones are venomous? Join a park ranger at the Visitor Center in exploring the various snakes in this area and the other unique species found throughout our great state.
Call Jones Lake Park at 910-588-4550 for more information. This program is free to the public, starts at 2:00 p.m.Saturday, April 18, 2015. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Jones Lake is located at 4117 Hwy 242 N, Elizabethtown, NC
Got to Be NC Festival offers food, entertainment, education
May 15-17 at State Fairgrounds.
RALEIGH – The Got to Be NC Festival returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds with a full lineup of food, entertainment and family fun May 15-17.
“The Got to Be NC Festival continues to get better and better each year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Last year more than 70,000 people attended, and I hope to see even more join us this May as we celebrate the best of North Carolina agriculture.” READ MORE
Bladen Smart Start Week of the Young Child
Bladen Smart Start is celebrating the Week of the Young Child 2015! They have started off with a workshop for the grandparents. Remember the young child in you?
Governor signs Lineman Appreciation Day act
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Lineman Appreciation Day act Thursday morning in Raleigh, designating Saturday to recognize linemen from the state’s 26 electric cooperatives, including Four County Electric Membership Cooperative, which serves Bladen County.
“I respect the work and sacrifice of linemen and their families,” McCrory said at Thursday’s signing ceremony. “It takes talent and skill to do the job they do in sometimes dangerous conditions, and they deserve this recognition.”
In future years, the act designates the second Monday in April as Lineman Appreciation Day. The bill’s sponsors were Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-Gaston), Rep. John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg), Rep. Gary Pendleton (R-Wake), Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Wilson) and Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Burke). READ MORE
Special Olympics will take place tomorrow, Friday, April 17th
The Special Olympics will take place tomorrow, Friday, April 17th the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. Volunteers have been working hard to get ready for the Special Olympics. Yesterday was a very busy day. Volunteers came from Dublin First Baptist Church/Lake Church came and built a ramp needed. Christina Smith worked all day on game event assignments. Edie McKnight, Rev. Tom and Mrs. Kay Martin sorted and deliver shirts.
A Torch Run at 9 am will start at the courthouse and end at the school’s football field. Opening Ceremonies will begin around 9:40 am to officially start the games. READ MORE
Vanessa G. Photography’s 2nd Annual Fashion Show at LuMil
Elizabethtown, NC – The 2nd annual VGP Fashion show and fund raiser event will be hosted at LuMil Vineyard on April 30, 2015 at 7pm. (Vanessa G. Photography is locally owned and operated)
Vanessa G. Photography’s Class of 2016 Senor Models will be featured on the runway wearing a broad selection of current fashions from local boutiques. Among the trendy selections will be Spring and Summer lines from The Ladies Shop of Elizabethtown, Lee Lee’s Boutique of Whiteville, Rebecca’s of Clinton, and Leinwands of Elizabethtown, NC.
The VGP Fashion Show is a high energy event with a sophisticated presentation, entertainment, and door prizes. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and include a 15-20% discount on your next purchase at any of the featured boutiques. READ MORE
Jail-A-Thon meeting planned for Tuesday
The Jail-A-Thon committee will be meeting at the Bladen County Board of Education Tuesday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. This is a very important meeting and interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
This years Annual Jail-A-Thon fund-raiser will be held Wednesday, April 29th. Much work has already been done, but there is more to do. .
In addition to making final plans for the 2015 Jail-A-Thon, the committee will be discussing the disbursement of the money made from last years fundraiser. Each school will receive an amount based on participation.
The meeting is open to all.
Bladen County DOT Update
Kenneth Clark NCDOT
An update of road openings and closings in Bladen County:
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) is open. This completes all pipe replacements on Lisbon Road. Any additional work will be under flagging operations.
We will replace a pipe on SR 1765 (Shepard Road) beginning Monday, April 20. Because this is a dead end road, the work will be performed under traffic; however, be prepared for narrow passage and rough road conditions at the work location. The location is 0.43 miles west of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road).
Elwell Ferry is closed due to high water.
A Look Back at April 16, 2011
On April 16, 2011 several supercell thunderstorms spawned damaging and lethal tornadoes that swept across 20 counties in North Carolina.
Bladen was one of those counties. The Bladen tornadoes left 4 dead and millions of dollars of damage.
The cell that passed through Bladen devastated an area northeast of Bladenboro and left one dead…bounced across the county and continue a path of destruction causing extensive damage in the Elizabethtown area including homes and Elizabethtown Baptist Church. The storms continued on a northeastern path and touched down near the Bladen-Cumberland County line northwest of Ammon, off NC 242 at Fayetteville Road, again causing more damage and left 3 dead. READ MORE
Time for the Death Tax to R.I.P.
We are fortunate to have so many successful small businesses and family farms in Southeastern North Carolina. Many of these businesses have become an extended part of our community as they have been passed down from generation to generation. But, the longevity of these family owned and operated businesses is threatened by a sluggish economy, onerous rules and regulations, and especially the estate tax, also known as the death tax.
These family businesses are the job creators in our communities. They employ our friends and family and often provide great opportunities for young people. We need to be implementing policies that encourage stability and growth. The death tax does the exact opposite. READ MORE
SeHealth receives $500,000 Golden LEAF grant for medical education renovation
Lumberton, NC—Southeastern Health (SeHealth) has been awarded a $500,000 grant by The Golden LEAF Foundation to assist with the renovation of a portion of Southeastern Regional Medical Center for the organization’s Medical Education program.
“The Golden LEAF Foundation created a special health care initiative to help reduce deficits in the number of professional and highly skilled health care workers in rural, underserved areas of North Carolina,” said Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach. “Research has shown that residents trained in rural areas are more likely to practice in rural areas. The grant to Southeastern Health will help train approximately 92 physicians in residency and 125 nursing, allied health and mid-level practitioners per year.” READ MORE
Elizabethtown Middle School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll
A Honor Roll:
Lauren Gooden, Hailey Guyton, Mary Lennon, Kory Smith, Latham Waters
A/B Honor Roll:
Raymond Autry, Kaylee Bagwell, Kassie Bagwell, Kayla Bell, Leeann Brigman, Sara Corriveau, Alejandro Esparza Delgado, Denitsa Dimova, Donnie Ezzell, Sydney Gardner, Destiny Gregg, Weslyn Hall, Heather Hardin, Marilyn Harris, Aubree Jacobs, Grace Mendez Juarez, Janiah King, Amber Knighten, Tyler Lewis, Hunter Lockamy, Merritt Martin, Justin McAllister, Marvin McKiver, Alexus Mitchell, Ahmad Powell, Hayden Sasser, Trinity Smith, Natalie Spears, Chase Starkloff, Lauryn Williams, SamayaWard, Jackson Wright, Arami Chavis, Keyondre Hargrove-Clark
Marlene Arteaga, Kaniya Brown, Kiarree Corbett, DaenataEdler, Rafael Hernandez-Cruz, Kelis Johnson, Ray Jones, Antonio Mathis, Jr., Myesha McKoy, Laura Rodrigues Mojarro, Andrew Smith, Natalie Spears, JavontaMatthews, Zaniya McKiver, Raynasia Hatcher READ MORE
The wrong side of things that crawl
By: Jefferson Weaver
Jim Stafford’s controversial (for its time) song was stuck in my head the other day, while a spider was stuck to my lip.
That song, “Spiders and Snakes,” details a boy’s first big crush; like many youngsters in the Age of Overalls, he attempted to impress the love of his life with a frog. She made it clear that amphibians, reptiles and arachnids were not on her pinafored agenda.
I wasn’t trying to impress anyone, much less the love of my life, when that spider chomped down on me. Indeed, Miss Rhonda lacks much of my tolerance for spiders. She is an independent, strong-willed woman when it comes to killing her own spiders, and does so with a certain frightening enthusiasm. READ MORE
Wildlife Commission Stresses Safe Boating
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 15, 2015) — With seven boating fatalities already reported this year in North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urges boaters to follow a few simple steps to ensure safety.
Last year, the Wildlife Commission recorded 27 fatalities in 23 fatal boating accidents, of 130 boating accidents investigated.
“We want to help everyone have a safe, enjoyable boating experience,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “If there is a single recommendation to start with, it is: ‘Wear a life vest.’ It is an effective life-saving strategy.” READ MORE
Dixie Youth Movie Night
The Dixie Youth Baseball Program will be hosting a movie night at the Wateree Park in Bladenboro, this Friday, April 17 starting at 8:00 pm. A family oriented movie will be shown. Folks attending are reminded to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Admission is $2.00. Concessions will also be sold at the park. All proceeds will go to the Dixie Youth Program. Projection screen and movie equipment provided by Bounce Brothers Bounce Houses.
Elizabethtown Rotary hosts the 2nd Annual 8K Trail Run and Walk
The 2nd Annual 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project hosted by the Elizabethtown Rotary Club will be held this Saturday at the Brown’s Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail. Last year the event brought many to our area, and this year the event is set to be even bigger.
Community members along with Cape Fear SORBA members have worked hard on getting the trail ready for the big event. It isn’t too late to take part in this worthwhile fund raiser. This year, the race has a relay team option.
Race day registration will begin at 7 am, Saturday, April 18th, at 2354 Broad Street in Elizabethtown. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall men and women and for the 1st place relay team. For more information you may visit, www.elizabethtownncrotary.org. READ MORE
TOWN OF WHITE LAKE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HANDLE TOWN BUSINESS
By: Joy Warren
The White Lake Town Board met in regular session Tuesday evening. Mayor Womble received correspondence from Tom Keith asking the Town to contribute funds to cover a reasonable portion of the legal fees ($5,595.80) for his attorney Poyner & Spruill Law Firm to craft the easement for the multi-use path that would fulfill both the Keith family’s requirements and the specifications needed to qualify for the PARTF grant. Part of the expense was necessary to benefit the Keith family, but part of the cost was necessary to tailor the easement to the grant. The Board approved reimbursement of half of the remaining bill of $4095.80 to Mr. Keith.
Mr. Keith also requested the Board recommend that the Planning Board study the idea of changing the zoning around the corner of Highway 53 and 701 to provide commercial use near the area that is currently used by business – White Lake Water Park, Strickland’s Golf Cart Sales and Minute Man Food Mart. The road frontage from Turtle Cove to Waterford Estates is zoned business and is 200 foot deep in the area Mr. Keith addressed in his letter. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL, 15
Individual Income Tax Returns Due Wednesday, April 15
Raleigh, N.C.— The deadline for filing state individual income tax returns with the North Carolina Department of Revenue is Wednesday, April 15. Electronically filed returns must be submitted by midnight on April 15. For taxpayers filing via paper, returns must be postmarked by April 15 to meet the deadline.
Taxpayers may apply for a 6-month extension to file their returns by completing Form D-410, the Application for Extension for Filing Individual Income Tax Return. The extension, however, is only for filing a return and not an extension of time to pay any tax that may be owed. READ MORE
Pet of the week
Adopt a Pet of the Week for April 13th – 17th 2015 for Bladen County Animal Shelter. The Dogs name is Ms. Bojangles. Contact the Bladen County Animal Shelter for more information at 910-862-6918.
Bladen Native Kenneth Brown Gets Book Published
By: Hailey Smith
Born and raised in Clarkton, NC our very own Bladen native, Kenneth Brown very proudly had his book, “Me, Myself, & Multiple Sclerosis”, published just at the end of last year 2014. Brown was diagnosed with MS ( Multiple Sclerosis) which is a disease where the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. Being diagnosed with this unfortunate disease, Brown had a difficult and hard time with trying to do some of the activities others could do. That’s when he was lead to writing. Brown said “Writing inspired me because it’s something I can do without getting hurt or having to call 911.” READ MORE
Two Harnett residents have been killed after being struck by lightning. One near Spring Lake, another in a Durham parking lot.
Lightning Safety Awareness Week kicks off in June, however, people die year round after being struck by lightning. Prior to the lightning safety campaign, lightning killed an average of 73 people each year in the United States. Since the National Weather Service launched the campaign, the average has dropped to 37.
NOAA’s National Weather Service has discovered that 64 percent of lightning deaths since 2006 occurred while people were participating in leisure activities, with fishing topping the list at 26 deaths. READ MORE
Golf Activity At Vineyard Golf
There is a flurry of activity at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. The course, and it’s Miniverde greens, is in excellent shape. Recently fertilizer has been applied and the rains have brought the course to a brilliant green. Some low scores recorded recently were Mac Porter shooting his age of 2-under par 70 and George Boussais firing a l-over par 73.
As of Tuesday, April 14 there were over 45 teams signed up for the BLADEN WE CARE BYRON GOODEN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT scheduled for April 23. READ MORE
Chamber Announces Award Winners and WBLA 1440 Gave Presentation
By: Joy Warren
The Elizabethtown/White Lake Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday, April 14th, at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market at 12 Noon for their monthly meeting. A presentation was given by the WBLA 1440 AM (AKA…Da’ Branch) Station’s Board of Directors members Arthur Bullock and Michael Boykin. WBLA, the county’s only radio station, was purchased by Baldwin Branch Baptist Church and plays gospel music all day. For more information about programming visit http://www.dabranch1440.com/ .
Tre Duncan introduced the Chamber’s newest member, FirstSouth Bank represented by Pamela Morris.
Award recipients were also announced for the 2015 Annual Banquet Awards program to be held on June 16th at Lu Mil Vineyards at 6:30. Recipients will include: READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 14
JAPAN’S KURARAY EXPANDS PRESENCE IN BLADEN COUNTY WITH LOGISTICS CENTER AT ELIZABETHTOWN
Move Highlights Southeast Region’s Appeal to Foreign Direct Investors
Elizabethtown, N.C. – April 14, 2015. Surging demand for laminated glass used as building materials has led Kuraray America, Inc., to expand its presence in Bladen County to include a 175,000 square-foot logistics center at the Elizabethtown Airport Industrial Park. The company, a unit of Japan’s Kuraray Group, will distribute its SentryGlass product out of the new site, initially employing six workers.
Kuraray’s new logistics center opens less than a year after the company closed on its acquisition of Dupont’s Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls (GLS/Vinyls) business. Valued at $543 million, that deal included GLS/Vinyls operations at Dupont’s Fayetteville Works site, as well as plants in West Virginia. Kuraray’s 100-employee Fayetteville Works location, also in Bladen County, manufactures SentryGlass. READ MORE
We Are Paying Them What?
Bladen County Register of Deeds
Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing the position, the salaries, the population of the counties and any other compensation that goes with that position. This week we look at County Register of Deeds salaries.
Bladen County—$58,749. Population 35,000
Brunswick County—$80,325. Population 115,301 READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
Aubrey Flynt of Bladen Community College was appointed Eastern Director of North Carolina Community College Public Relations Officers.
Senator R.C. Soles, Jr. of Tabor City was the featured speaker at the Bladen County Democratic Convention.
Mac Campbell, Jr. of Elizabethtown was appointed County Chairman of the Jim Hunt for Governor organization. READ MORE
Bladen County Special Olympics to remember ‘Taco’ Amberger
Tacoma “Taco” Amberger will be on the minds and in the hearts of the participants and volunteers Friday morning as the Bladen County Special Olympics are held at Elizabethtown Middle School. Amberger was a student at West Bladen High School who died recently.
The team that wins the banner contest will be awarded a taco party in memory of Amberger.
Friday’s events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. with a torch run from the Scotchman convenience on U.S. 701 to the football field at Elizabethtown Middle School. Police officers and members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will carry the torch. READ MORE
County to hold public auction for surplus vehicles
Bladen County Commissioners have declared several used autos and other items as surplus property and will offer it for sale at a public auction Saturday, April 25 beginning at 11 a.m. The sale will be conducted at the County Operational Services Building, 272 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. All vehicles will be sold “as is.”
The surplus property includes about 50 vehicles.
Other items include, but no limited to a couple of lowboy trailers, 3 trash trucks, a wrecker, a couple of mowing decks, a bush hog and numerous other items.
The highest bid, if it complies with the terms of the sale, maybe be accepted by the County Manager and the sale consummated on the day of the auction.
All are welcome and anyone can bid.
Jimmy Smith will be the auctioneer (NCAL 6178)
Greenhouses extend growing seasons for N.C. farmers
RALEIGH – For many, summer is not complete without the taste of a field-ripened tomato, sliced and placed between two pieces of bread, with a dash of salt and pepper and a helping of mayonnaise. Thanks to greenhouse technology, consumers don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy a fresh N.C. tomato sandwich.
Consumers will have a chance to taste that freshness during Greenhouse Vegetable Day on Thursday, April 16, at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh or Friday, April 24, at the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Colfax. Both events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. READ MORE
Bladen Boating Access Areas
With more than 300,000 registered vessels in North Carolina, boating is one of the most popular activities year-round. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission provides more than 200 free Boating Access Areas (BOA) to 80 different bodies of water.
Several are in Bladen County, at least three on the Cape Fear River. One near Tar Heel, another at Tory Hole Park in Elizabethtown and a third at Elwells Ferry in the eastern part of the county.
Bladen County boaters have four locations on the Black River, along the eastern border with Pender and Sampson counties. One at Sloans Bridge near Garland, one at Ennis Bridge south of NC 41, Hunts Bluff near Atkinson and one more, not on Black River by nearby at Ivanhoe.
Check the North Carolina Wildlife Commission’s website for locations throughout the state.
Registration has started
Dublin First Baptist Church Day School, Half Day Classes, for 2, 3 & 4 Year olds. A Beka Curriculum, Call 862-2277 or 876-0419 for more info
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A Shelter Friend’s Reminder
As we move through Spring the ads appear for free kittens and puppies. Yet in just a few months many of these young pets will be unwanted. Most animals born in our region will not get lasting homes. Over half will wind up in shelters or even abandoned – and this includes purebred animals.
People often think they can get homes for the kittens or puppies produced by their pets. However, five to eight million animals are killed in U.S. shelters each year because there are not enough homes for them. Over 250,000 dogs and cats are put to death annually right here in North Carolina. You can help stop this tragedy by having your pet fixed at a young age. Case in point: a kitten can become pregnant at 5 months of age! READ MORE
Harrells man shot following Garland robbery
32 year old Jason Lee Evans of Harrells has been identified as the man who robbed a Garland Handi Hugo convenience store late Sunday night. He fled, then led Sampson County deputies on a high speed chase.
Evans traveled from Garland, west on NC 411, through Roseboro and Salemburg where he finally was stopped with the aid of stop-sticks. Officers reportedly attempted to stop the fleeing vehicle along the 14 mile chase. READ MORE
Fashion Show at Division on Aging
By: Hailey Smith
The Division On Aging hosted their second fashion show Monday, April 13th. With many smiling faces and excited seniors waiting to watch, Amy Ruffin, Senior Center Director, opened up the show by introducing the judges for the show.
Thomas Lee Ruffin and Joan Carrol Skipper helped with the hard decision of pronouncing the Division On Aging Fashion Show winner. Amy Ruffin, MC of the fashion show, described each contestants outfit and attire as they walked out and presented themselves to the crowd and judges. The contestants of the show were Allie Hopgood, Shirley Hough, Sue Kennedy, John Kenndey, Martha Walker, Gertrude Mckiver, and Margaret Ann Martin. READ MORE
Should I Update to iOS 8.3?
By: Gordon Kinlaw
The 8.3 update came out today. I believe it mostly for Car Play. Unless you are having some of the problems mentioned below, wait for 8.3.1 or iOS 9 later this year. I am not going to update unless I hear of some battery or response improvements.
Simplified Chinese keyboard
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 13
There is nothing finer than to be at White Lake, NC, Click here for more photos
Board of Ed Struggles with Budget Proposal
Members of the Bladen County Board of Education and the Administrative team spent several hours Monday hashing and re-hashing issues that will impact the 2015-2016 school budget.
Board members were ask to give staff guidance for a budget they will be considered at their regular meeting next week. They must approve a proposed budget that leaders will take to the Board of Commissioners. The budget proposal must be presented to the commissioners by May 1 for their consideration and be approved prior to July 1, 2015.
Sharon Penny, Bladen County Board of Education Finance Officer, presented an outline of three proposals based on the current budget and on previous allocations by commissioners. Another unknown is the state portion of the local school budget, and the legislature has given little guidance for the coming fiscal year. All will require cuts when compared to the current budget, some more than others. READ MORE
Bladen We Care Fundraisers Set to begin
For the 26th year, Bladen We Care will hold their Annual fundraisers, a golf tournament and a Gala.
The Gala will be held Friday, April 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at The Venue at White Lake. The wear WHITE Party features Hors-D’Ieuvers, a raffle, an auction and lots of music by the Black Water Rhythm & Blues Band. Tickets are still available for $100 per couple, or reserve a table for 8 individuals for $500.
Every penny raised goes to provide assistance for Bladen County residents who are dealing with difficult medical type issues. Bladen We Care works with other groups in the county, such as the Bladen Baptist, Bladen Crisis and many more. Bladen We Care has no employees, only unpaid volunteers. READ MORE
Celebrate April with Walk
Area residents are invited to celebrate April by participating in the 2015 Public Health Month Walk.
The walks begin on Monday, April 20 and continue through Thursday, April 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown.
For more information, call the Bladen County Health Department at 910-862-6900, extension 5 or just show up at the park and walk.
A reminder, everyday you walk you can register for a daily $25 gift card drawing.
Campbell University Sophomore Class President
Zane Hamilton Singletary, from Bladenboro, has once again been elected by his peers to serve as Class President for Campbell University for the upcoming 2015/2016 year. Singletary currently serves as the Campbell University Freshman Class President, and will continue in that role until he takes his new office of Sophomore Class President in the fall of 2015. A total of three individuals ran for the office. Campbell University Student Government Association rules require that an individual receive in excess of 40% of the vote to avoid a run-off election. Singletary garnered 55% of the upcoming Sophomore Class vote. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Primary School 3rd 9 weeks Honor Rolls
“A” Honor Roll
Arayah McKoy, Amado Rojas, Dyiamon Robinson
“A/B” Honor Roll
Bryan Barnes, Raffeal Bradley, Linwood Britton, Jahlil Carter, Damonty Davis, Gavin Dowless, Tahla Hamm, Kailey Heath, Celexia Miminger, Summer Monroe, Aldo Monroy, Octavio Morales, Kaety Priest, Karly Ross, Ayden Shaver, Gracie Smith, Julia Stanley, Nate Stewart, Aniya Thompson, Lacy Young
Superintendent’s List READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Health care enrollment surges in Bladen County
Bladen County residents with health insurance increased 7% from 2013 to 2014. In 2013, the uninsured rate in Bladen County was 26%. In 2014, the uninsured rate is 19%.
The estimates are provided by the nonprofit Enroll America, which has assisted in helping uninsured residents gain health coverage, many under the Affordable Care Act.
The open enrollment ended February 15, however, federal officials re-opened a limited enrollment for the uninsured who discovered when they completed their tax return they owed a fee for not having coverage last year.. The special enrollment period is open until April 30.
More information is available at HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596.
For Better Living, Buying Food in Bulk
By: Sandra R. Cain
Buying food in bulk can be an easy way to save money but there are other things to consider. First, think about whether or not the item is something that you can really use. Also, be sure to look at the actual cost per item. One of the biggest issues that families encounter when buying food in bulk is the spoilage and food waste potential that results from not knowing how to handle and make the most out of bulk items.
Some things to think about before buying in bulk include:
-Will you be able to use the bulk items before they go bad? READ MORE
Bladen County Boy Scouts Investment in Character Fundraiser
The Bladen County Boy Scouts will hold the annual “Investment in Character” fundraiser on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 a.m. in the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church activity center. The speaker for the event is Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, commander of Fort Bragg. Reservations are required for this event. Please contact William Findt at 910.879.5502 or Ronald Gooden at 910.876.2041, or any member of the Bladen Boy Scouts organization for reservations.
Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson assumed command of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg on June 6, 2013. READ MORE
Bladen County Special Olympics is Fast Approaching
Volunteers are the heart beat of the Special Olympics, and the volunteers help make the event possible. On Friday, April 17th the Bladen County Special Olympics will be held at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. The spring games will be a great event with a lot of fun plan. Volunteers are still needed.
A parade will kick the event off at 9:45 am and the torch will be lit at 10 am to officially start the games. Ms. Gaye Davis and the West Bladen Dream Team will lead the games for the event. Bladenboro Middle School Beta Club will be running Olympic Town. Miss Bladenboro Lindsey Herring will be singing with some of the athletes, along with students from East Bladen High School, and West Bladen High School students will be signing the songs. There also will be face painting, food donated by Burger King, water donated by First Bank, and a DJ with music after the closing ceremony. READ MORE
NO-COST SBC Seminars in April
The Small Business Center at Bladen Community College is offering a series of seminars this month aimed at Creating Your Own Opportunity, in a for-profit business, and how to Expand Your Non-Profit Business.
These seminars are free and open to the public. Contact the SBC for more information and to register for these classes. READ MORE
Commissioners Schedule Board of E&R Hearings
Bladen County Commissioners will begin Board of Equalization & Review hearings on Monday, April 27 at 10 a.m.
Bladen County Tax Administrator continues to remind county residents who plan to appeal their values set during the ongoing revaluation process to contact his office as soon as possible..
Monday, commissioners were scheduled to receive an update on the process. However, Tim Cain, the project manager was unable to attend. Updates will continue throughout coming weeks and months.
Kelly Volunteer Fire Department Spring Fest and 5K Event
Come join us at this year’s Annual Kelly Spring Fest on Saturday, April 25th at the Kelly Ball Park located on Highway 53 in Kelly NC. This year’s event will be hosted by Kelly Volunteer Fire Department. Our day will begin with the Kelly Volunteer Fire Department Spring Fest Run. This event will include a 5K, 1 Mile Walk/Run, and a Kids Mad Dash. The race will begin and finish at the Kelly Ballpark. This is the perfect race for the entire family. Go to its-go-time.com to register online. Register by April 11th to guarantee your t-shirt and race discount. There will also be on-site registration beginning at 7:30am the morning of the race. Race awards will follow immediately after the race.
After the run stick around for the Annual Kelly Spring Fest Parade beginning at 11am followed by lots of music, games, food, bounce houses, fun with Elsa, face painting, tractor pull for the kids, corn hole, cake walks, silent auction, craft vendors and more. READ MORE