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Men and Women United for Youth and Families Christmas give back in the East Arcadia area

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 

Today - Rain. High near 50. Northeast wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

 
Tonight - A chance of rain, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 35. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

 
Sunday - Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Northeast wind around 11 mph. 

Thoughts While Shopping
 
Competing with shopping and Santa is tough...but we give it our best shot..
 
Today we begin our 12 days of looking back at 2014, beginning with January.  Ken Pervine captures the info on a monthly basis.  We do not capture every headline but attempt to present a summary of most of the news makers...Hope you enjoy.
 
If you could share Christmas with any certain person or group of people, who would it be?  Bet family will be among the top choices...
A Look Back
January 2014
 
Friday January 3, 2014...Sunny with a high near 36...northerly winds 13 to 20 mph and gust as high as 31 mph.  Overnight low expected to be 21 and breezy.
 
Priscilla Causey-Pope is new Early Childhood instructor at Bladen Community College.
 
Marsha Burney writes about George Boussias coming to Elizabethtown 24 years ago and opening Giorgio's restaurant.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on December 20

   

Highest Temperature

74 degrees

1967

 

Lowest Temperature

14 degrees

2004

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

0.73 inches

1999

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 57 degrees.

Bladen homeowners to see drop in insurance rates

Bladen County homeowners will see their insurances rates drop by more than nine percent in the second half of 2015 following a ruling announced Friday by N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.

Goodwin denied a request from the North Carolina Rate Bureau that sought an 18.3 percent rate increase for Bladen County homeowners, but approved a request to change Bladen's geographic rating territory. Bladen remains grouped with Robeson County, but is no longer grouped with Columbus County.
This Day in History - December 20
 
1606---Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia.
 
1669---1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection & sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery.
 
1790---1st successful US cotton mill to spin yarn (Pawtucket, RI)
 
1803---French flag lowered in New Orleans to mark formal transfer of Louisiana Purchase from France to US for $27 million.

FALLING GAS PRICES HELP BOOST NORTH CAROLINA YEAR-END HOLIDAY TRAVEL TO RECORD NUMBERS

  
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (DEC. 19, 2014) - Nearly three million North Carolinians will travel 50 miles or more for the Christmas/New Year's holiday, according to AAA Carolinas.

 
The record number - 2,939,500 - represents an increase of 113,000 compared to last year. An estimated 2,675,000, or 91% of total travelers, plan to drive to their destination.

 
"Falling gas prices and an improving economy has led to more North Carolinians traveling to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with family and friends," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Dec. 1-7

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Tuesday, Dec. 2
    Sasha Symone Willis, 20: Fail to return rental property (misdemeanor)
                
Wednesday, Dec. 3
    Shentera Te'shawn Danzy, 22: Larceny of firearm (felony)

Bladenboro man charged with sex offense, crime against nature

A Bladenboro man is in Bladen County jail on a sexual offense charge involving a child in an ongoing investigation that may lead to additional charges, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

Mitchell Dean Johnson, 39, of Harold Johnson Drive, was taken into custody Thursday on one count of first degree sex offense and one count of crime against nature, according to records.

The incidents are alleged to have taken place over a period of time beginning about five years ago, Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said.

G-R-E-A-T Class graduates
 
East Arcadia Great (gang resistance education and training) class
graduated December 11, 2015

Instructor for the class was Deputy Corey Singletary and the teacher was Ms. Vivian Mitchell

A winning team!

  
For the past couple of weeks the East Bladen High School JROTC Cadets have been volunteering at a local Christmas tree sale in Elizabethtown to get into the Christmas spirit and support the local Optimist Club.  The Cadets worked diligently helping move, sell, and load the Christmas trees into customers’ cars. According to Cadet Executive Officer Brittany Lewis, “our Cadets did a wonderful job and really enjoyed helping the Optimist Club. ” On Friday, December the 19th, Mr. Dicky Glenn of the Optimist Club presented the Eagle Battalion with a donation for all their help and support.  “The Optimist Club and EBHS JROTC are a winning team and we very much enjoy our relationship and what the Optimist Club does for our youth in the Elizabethtown area,” said LTC Gregory V. Marinich, the Senior Army Instructor, JROTC, East Bladen High School.
 
(Abbove) ) - Mr. Dickey Glenn, Optimist Club Treasurer, presents a donation to Cadet Brittany Lewis, East Bladen High School "Eagle Battalion" Executive Officer.

North Carolina’s November Employment Figures Released
 
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, decreasing 0.5 of a percentage point from October’s revised rate of 6.3 percent.  The national rate remained unchanged at 5.8 percent.

 
North Carolina’s November 2014 unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 9,964 over the month to 4,362,813, and increased 31,498 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 23,498 over the month to 270,675, and declined 63,163 over the year. 

 

Mike Walden's You Decide:  What will 2015's economy look like?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

  

Economists receive much attention at the beginning of a new year. Understandably, people want some insight into how the economy will perform. Of course, no economist can predict every individual’s economic outlook. Instead, what we do is try to forecast the general trends in the economy so that households and businesses can make more informed decisions about their personal situations.
 
Let me be honest, however: Economists don’t have stellar track records in predicting major economic factors.

Chances Increasing for rain Saturday, but amounts limited
National Weather Service
 
Overview: A developing area of low pressure off the Southeast U.S. coast will spread some rainfall across the area during Saturday and Sunday night before drifting farther out to sea.
 
Rainfall amounts: This weather system is not particularly strong and rainfall amounts will not be significant with most of the rain focused across the southern Pee Dee and coastal areas.  In these areas rainfall totals through the weekend will be 1/2 to 3/4 inches, while remaining areas receive a 1/2 inch or less.
 
Impacts:  No significant impacts expected this weekend.

Local Fireman share Remembrance Rescue Project with Cadets
 
Elizabethtown fireman proudly displayed the Remembrance Rescue Project at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy Thursday.
 
Assistant Fire Chief, Jamie Smith , Lt. Brandon Priest, and Lt. Hollis Freeman shared the story of the 911 attack to many of those who indicated they had heard of the attacks. Many were very young when terrorist hijacked airliners and crashed into the twin towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington while another crashed in an open field in Pennsylvania.
Elf Angels and Jingling Bells

Tis the season to do good things for others and to Pay It Forward en masse. That is just what happened at McDuffie Pest Control this holiday season. When Dana McDuffie was approached by her employees, who wanted to 'get her something nice for Christmas' this year, she had an awesome idea.  She asked the employees to donate the money they would have spent on a gift to help the needy families in our own community, and she matched the funds raised dollar for dollar.  Basically she was saying, why not give it to someone you don't know and may never meet?

EOP UNC Winter Hematology Oncologoy Clinic Visit

    

The Bladen County Schools Educational Office Professionals organization conducted a scarf, hat, and glove drive to benefit the children of the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Unit in Chapel Hill, NC. Members of the Bladen County Educational Office Professionals, the district office as well as all schools in Bladen County were given the opportunity to donate to this wonderful drive. Many items were donated and several were homemade.

Bladenboro residents will soon be served from new Fire Station
 
Construction is underway on a new Bladenboro Fire Station. 
 
Congressman Mike McIntyre announced over a year ago that the Town of Bladenboro would be receiving $907,000 in federal funds to construct a new facility.  Most of the money was low interest dollars appropriated by the US Congress to the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development program that were obligated to the Town of Bladenboro.
 
The new fire station will replace an aged and undersized facility.  The new 9,920 sq.ft. facility will provide adequate storage bays for emergency response equipment, offices, training facilities and a communication room.

Security upgraded at Bladen County Courthouse

Security has been upgraded at the Bladen County Courthouse with the installation of a walk-through metal detector and a full-time deputy stationed at the main entrance. The increased security measures began Dec. 11.

The extra security was put in place as a precaution, according to Bladen County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton.

Georgia-Pacific closure is permanent
 
According to the Whiteville News Reporter newspaper, Georgia Pacific has notified Columbus County officials that the local plywood operation that has been "mothballed" for the past five years will not re-open.
 
Officials indicated it may be possible to reopen the timber portion of the facility sometime in the future.
 
The company employed 480 at one time, including many from Bladen County, but is now down to just 3 employees.
 
According to the article, the company may be receptive to a sale of the site..

NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time, Money over Holiday Season

  

RALEIGH – As families begin traveling this holiday season, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs. 
NCDOT will suspend most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes, from 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, until 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, with these exceptions: 

U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the

NCDMV Announces Holiday Business Hours Wednesday, Dec

  

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ driver license offices and license plate agencies will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 through Saturday, December 27 in observance of the Christmas holiday. All driver license office and agency locations will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 29.

 
In addition, all office locations will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in observance of New Year’s Day. Offices will reopen during normal business hours on Friday, January 2, 2015.

Bladen County Sheriff's Office Crime Report: Dec. 1-7

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Dec. 1
    James Baldwin, 45: Civil contempt-child support (misdemeanor)
                                                          
Wednesday, Dec. 3
    Sharod Lloyd Jones, 42: Possession of firearm by felon (felony)
    David Thomas Jones, 42: Cyber stalking (misdemeanor)
Bladen Community College celebrates 30 years of small business support
Jack McDuffie
 
DUBLIN, NC – The Small Business Center at Bladen Community College is joining the Small Business Center Network of the NC Community College System in celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina.  Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as to community residents.
What is Revaluation?
 
Bladen County property owners will soon be receiving revaluation notices.  It happens every 8 years and some ask why?
The short answer is, it's the law.
 
The primary purpose of a revaluation is to provide equalization among all classes of property.
 
Revaluations are not conducted to increase revenues for local governments.  The revaluation is concerned only with real property.  State law requires that revaluations be conducted at least once every eight years.  Bladen County's last revaluation was effective 2007.

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Bladen Community College spring registration draws near

Jack McDuffie

  

As the winter break holidays begin, registration for the Spring 2015 semester is drawing near at Bladen Community College.  The final registration period for the upcoming semester is slated for Monday and Tuesday, January 5 & 6.   Registration times are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 4 – 7 p.m.

  

Students wishing to register who have not completed the application process are urged to do so as soon as possible.  The college will remain open through Thursday, December 18, and reopen following winter break on Monday, December 29. 

Panel of Judges named to decide Sledge's fate
 
Three Superior Court Judges have been appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to decide the fate of Joseph Sledge, a 70 year old convicted murderer who has spent over half his life in prison.
 
Sledge was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of Josephine Davis and her daughter Aileen Davis of Elizabethtown.  The crime occurred a couple of miles or less from the White Lake Department of Corrections where Sledge escaped in 1978.
 
A recent hearing in Raleigh by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission raised questions about lack of evidence to determine his guilt or innocence.  
Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
 
Long time former Bladen County Coroner Gordon Kinlaw dies at age 58.
 
Bladen County Hospital installed a helipad at a cost of $9,750.
 
West Point Pepperell employees receive a safety award with a perfect score for the year.
Once upon a time
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
   

Once upon a time, a little boy saw Santa Claus from his brother’s bedroom.

 
It was an old, old house, built by a wealthy family many years before even the boy’s parents were born. Where it had once been a lavish home on one of the town’s best streets, it was now just another old house.
His brother had a room in what had been a sleeping porch on the second floor. The room had been enclosed when the old house was converted into apartments during World War II, with a staircase outside leading to the alley.

Working Together for a Great Cause
 
Southeastern Cruisers Club meet at the Bladenboro Police Department to assist in distributing bikes the club has purchased for children in Bladen County. The club partners with the police department and Butters Baptist Church to help bring smiles to folks in need during the Christmas season.  
 
The church donates care packages full of toiletries, the police department takes the children shopping for their wants and needs, and then the club donates a bike to each child. Working together helps create more smiles than just one organization working alone. 

ELIZABETHTOWN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Students at Elizabethtown Christian Academy have recently participated in a variety of community service projects.  Mrs. Sheila Council’s 4th grade class collected for and packed 22 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.   Mrs. Vicki McLaughlin’s 5th grade class collected, packed, and delivered canned goods to the Bladen Crisis Center. Mrs. Christi Waters’ 6th and 7th graders collected money for Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Food Kits. 
 All grades participated in giving to ECA’s “Heart of Christmas Toy Ministry.” Students also visited local nursing homes and sang. Community service, done by the students, is an important part of Elizabethtown Christian Academy's Mission.

Motor Fuels Tax Rate
December 15, 2014

  
The North Carolina motor fuels tax rate for gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuels will increase from 36.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents per gallon for the period January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, Department of Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray announced today.

 
The tax rate is computed using a flat rate of 17.5 cents per gallon and a variable wholesale component. The variable wholesale component is the greater of 3.5 cents or 7 percent of the average wholesale price of motor fuel during the preceding six-month base period. 

12 Bladen County students on UNCW Dean's List
 
The below-listed students from Bladen County have been named to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Dean's List for Fall 2014.

 

Julia Blake Allen

Elizabethtown, NC

Tyler Blake Bennett

Bladenboro

Kayla Nicole Bridgers

Elizabethtown

Cierra Dawn Coleman

Council

Mary Elizabeth Corbett

Elizabethtown

Haley Olivia Cox

Bladenboro

Susanna Catherine Devane

Elizabethtown

Shaniqua Mone't Graham

Riegelwood

Joseph Troy Murphy

Elizabethtown

Molly Lynn Peterson

White Lake

Lori Coleman Taylor

Clarkton

Mary Ann Taylor

White Lake

Elizabethtown Fire Department Hosts Remembrance Rescue Project 

In 2011, firefighters began the "REMEMBRANCE RESCUE PROJECT"; with the purchase of the vehicles known as Rescue 3, Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 when they were decommissioned. The Project is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization and funds generated are used to restore, preserve and operate the Rescues in order to facilitate education sessions, memorials and remembrance events focused on preserving history in the mind of society, especially for children who are too young to actually understand the events of September 11th and what that day means to members of the fire service and the country as a whole.
Rouzer Names Chief of Staff
 
Wilmington, NC - Congressman-elect David Rouzer, who will be representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional District during the 114th Congress, has named Melissa Murphy to serve as his chief of staff.  Mrs. Murphy currently serves as the deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina and has nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill.
 
"I am excited to have Melissa as part of our team.  She will provide exceptional leadership and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the North Carolina Delegation that will serve the coastal communities, this district, and the state very well,"  said Rouzer.  
Rising Flu Cases Prompt Visitor Restrictions

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will implement a new visitation policy at all of its hospitals restricting children under age 12 from visiting the hospital at this time.

The policy goes into effect Wednesday, Dec. 17, and is designed to minimize the spread of flu and other flu-like diseases at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, Cape fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health Care and Bladen County Hospital, as well as Harnett Health’s two hospitals: Betsy Johnson Hospital and Central Harnett Hospital.
Dublin board approves employee bonuses

The Dublin Board of Commissioners approved holiday bonuses for town employees Monday night at its final regularly scheduled meeting of the year. Full time employees will be given $300, part-time employees $100, and temporary employees $50, which is the same amount as last year.

During the brief meeting, the board got updates on the town's sewer system, which has been experiencing problems for the past several months, and the automated water meters, which are expected to be installed in the first half of 2015. The board also plans to wait until next year to begin the process to hire a part-time clerk to work at Town Hall.
N.C. Wildlife Commission public hearing Jan. 6 at BCC

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing Jan. 6 at Bladen Community College on proposed changes to the state's wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. It will be the first of nine hearings throughout the state.

Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly's directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, 

Tax Values coming soon
 
The Bladen County Tax office will mail new property values the later part of January, 2015, according to Chris Ellis, Tax Administrator..
 
Ellis said he wanted to allow "enough time to review values, test data and verify sales," so he delayed mailing them slightly.  New values take effect January 1st and Bladen County commissioners will use the values to set the tax rate for the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.

   

North Carolina law requires counties to do a re-evaluation at least every 8 years, some have shortened that time, but many still operate on an 8 year cycle.

Two New Banks in Town
 
Two new banks opened for business in Elizabethtown Monday morning.
 
First South Bank is now in the building formerly known as Bank of America.  Joey Schultz, an Elizabethtown native is the city executive.  The bank is located on West Broad Street.
 
Around the corner and up Poplar Street CresCom Bank opened Monday in the office formerly occupied by First Community Bank.  Rich Glenn, another Elizabethtown native, is the city executive.

West Bladen students certified in Public Safety

  
The West Bladen High School Public Safety classes have been involved in testing to gain certification under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Incident Management. The students pictured were awarded certificates in the areas of Incident Command Systems, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, Introduction to National Incident Management Systems, and Introduction of National Response Framework. Chief Gary Estep is the public safety/firefighter instructor at West Bladen. This is the first year West Bladen/Bladen County Schools has offered the Public Safety/Firefighter courses.
 
Pictured are:  Chris Batton, Mason Hester, Delasia Richardson, Kayla Hunt, Prestin Smith, Chen Xing, Bryan Locklear, Joseph Simmons, Angelica Locklear, Matthew Sturgill, Michael McLamb, Dawson Brisson, Robert Dowless, Jodie Morphies, JaNasha McKeithan, Channing Horton, Nathan Kroesch, Trevor Feight, Sean Nunnery and Chief Estep.  Not pictured:  Freddie Pait, Zachary Hartman and Braden Carson

HCA Lower School Christmas Program
   :
As the HCA students pictured  above sang, excitement filled the air while a packed house of parents, family, and friends in Newkirk Auditorium enjoyed another wonderful lower school Christmas musical on Sunday, December 7.  As tradition holds, the fifth graders led the musical drama called “Joyland,” as the kindergarten through fourth grade students joined in singing beautiful Christmas songs! The Christmas play is an annual Harrells Christian Academy event that many look forward to and count on to put them in the right spirit of Christmas each year.

 
Pets as Presents – A Long-term Commitment
 
While that cute puppy or kitty is a tempting Christmas present, remember that having a pet is a long term commitment.  Nationally, most pets will lose their home before they turn one year and only one dog in five will remain in one home for life.  It is a poor example for children to see a pet as a disposable item that is joyfully gotten at Christmas then “gotten rid of” a few months later when it becomes inconvenient. 
 
Don’t be that poor example!   Think ahead and make sure the animal will continue to fit your lifestyle.  Consider how big and active the pet will get. 

Animal Shelter Christmas Special
 
Would you like to make this the happiest holiday season for one lucky animal?  Every Friday in December, Bladen County Animal Shelter will waive the adoption fees for all adoptions.  There is a variety of cats, dogs, kittens and puppies for you to choose from right now at the shelter.   
 
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources.   Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. 

Open House In Bladenboro
 
West Bladen Assisted Living proudly announces the completion of a stunning renovation of their Assisted Living Community.  The renovation of the community offers its residents a more comfortable and updated décor.  
 
The project yielded a completely redesigned living space featuring major aesthetic upgrades to the community’s interior and exterior. 

NC DHHS Announces Application Process for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
   
Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepting applications beginning Dec. 1, 2014.

  
LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Citizens interested in applying should review the application process and the eligibility requirements for the LIEAP benefit, which may be found at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/energy/req.htm.

BladenOnline & CAB Markting open downtown office

   

BladenOnline & CAB Marketing have a new office in downtown Elizabethtown.  The address is 113 West Broad Street.  The office will be open for appointments only for a few weeks, then open with regular business hours during the summer months..   For an appointment, call Charlotte Smith at 910-876-5393 or Robert G. Hester at 910-876-2322.

Churches in Bladen County - Click HERE To VIew Church Listings
 
How many churches are there in Bladen County? How many adherents (supporters or followers)? and what denominations are represented in the county?
 
According to a website, The Association of Religious Data Archives that was completed in 2010 there are 120 congregations listed in Bladen County.  That number is skewed somewhat because reports are incomplete from congregations and adherents from the larger African-American denominations.

Upcoming events

       

Dec. 20....Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry Ministry, "From His Table to Yours" will be open Saturday, December 20 from 10 a.m to 12 noon.  Identification and transportation required.  No fee involved.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South of Elizabethtown, NC.

     

Dec. 24-26...The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Wednesday, December 24 thru Friday, December 26th for Christmas. All other county collection centers will be open until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 24th and closed Thursday, December 25th.

         

Dec 28....The Dublin First Baptist Church Choir and Handbells request the pleasure of your company at a celebration and reception in honor of Mrs. Estelle Summerlin on the occasion of over 50 years of service to Dublin First Baptist Church and its music program on Sunday the twenty-eight of December at six o'clock in the evening at the Dublin First Baptist Church 7275 Albert Street, Dublin, NC.       

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