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NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 23

Governor McCrory Signs Legislation to Encourage Innovation and Entrepreneurship Through Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding_3Governor Pat McCrory was joined by entrepreneurs, educators and elected officials today as he signed legislation to promote crowdfunding in North Carolina at a local start-up on the Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University.

“Crowdfunding will further strengthen North Carolina’s position as one of the top states for access to capital, technology and innovation in the country,” said Governor McCrory. “As the competition continues to get tougher, this bill will help us encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators right here in North Carolina.” READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 23

Thoughts While ShavingSad story coming out of Oklahoma related to Tyrek Coger, a 6-8, 230 pound basketball player. He died during basketball drills at Oklahoma State University.  He played last year at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.  The highly recruited youngster choose OKS, over several other schools including Old Miss and Missouri.  One article indicated he had an operation when he was in high school to remove fluid from around his brain, and was forced to decommit from Missouri and attended Eastern Florida State before transferring to Cape Fear CC to be near his family.  He was born in Elizabethtown, NC, the second oldest of four brothers, according to several news sources.  He attended school in Wake County and played high school ball for Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh. READ MORE

This Day in History for July 23

This Day In History1764 – James Otis publishes views on taxation without representation.

1827 – 1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Mass)

1829 – American William Austin Burt patents “typographer” (typewriter)

1866 – Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms. READ MORE

 

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 23

 

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature     101 degrees    2011

 

Lowest Temperature       56 degrees    1966

 

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Precipitation                   3.54 inches     1985

 

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 92 degrees.

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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JULY 22

LCFH Adds Children’s Grief Counselor

Rudy-Kristen---headshotKristen Rudy, ATR, NCC, LPC, has joined Lower Cape Fear Hospice as a children’s bereavement counselor for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties. In this role, Rudy will provide family grief counseling, specializing in grief counseling for young people.

Rudy earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois; and in 2007 her graduate degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She is originally from southern Illinois and moved to southeastern North Carolina in 2008.  READ MORE

 

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice CEO announces retirement plans

LaurieBystromAfter 17 years leading Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Laurie Bystrom, president and CEO, has announced plans to retire.

Bystrom, who is only the second executive to lead the nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency since it was founded in 1980, said her retirement would be effective no later than the end of December 2016.

A career nurse, Bystrom worked in the Lake County Hospital System in Ohio for 24 years before she moved to Wilmington in 1993 and joined New Hanover Regional Medical Center as a director in both the women’s surgical and obstetrician units. READ MORE

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North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released

UnemploymentRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate.  The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.9 percent. 

North Carolina’s June 2016 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 3,774 over the month to 4,614,725 and increased 133,046 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 10,900 over the month to 239,440, and decreased 35,598 over the year.     READ MORE

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Fun Day is planned for Sunday at White Lake

Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of CommerceIf you are looking for something to do this weekend, look no further than White Lake. On Sunday, July 24, US 701 across from the Scotchman will be the site of the first annual White Lake Fun Day. 

The weather forecast for Sunday includes beautiful blue skies and plenty of sunshine. The high is forecast to be 97 with a light breeze. READ MORE

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Employees Honored

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Wesley Campbell recently honored Minuteman Food Mart employee Fredrica Best for going above and beyond to help a customer who had become unconscious in the store in early July. Another customer, Craig Moore, also assisted a second customer who had also fallen unconscious in the parking lot.

 

 

Team work makes STEAM camp a success

Rising 5th graders Riley McIntyre and Levi German are measuring gases produced during a chemical reaction in today’s science lab at BCC during day four of the Bladen County Schools STEAM camp.

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For Joey Luther, 100 mile races provide just the right challenge

Katie Galyean

For many people the challenge of running a 5k is satisfying. For others seeking a bit more stimulation, a marathon or triathlon might be the solution. For Joey Luther, however, even that was not enough.

Last year, Luther, son of Joe and Jane Luther of Elizabethtown and an East Bladen alum, completed his latest 100 mile run, otherwise known as an ultra marathon. READ MORE

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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 21

Agencies Double Team Drug Dealer

Sheriff James A. McVicker and North Carolina Highway Patrol First Sergeant Matt Hardee released information on a large drug and cash seizure that originated from a traffic checking station.

Sheriff McVicker said Trooper Jeremy Freeman requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s office when a man tried to evade a license checking station on Highway 242 near Guyton Road Wednesday July 20th.  READ MORE  

Kiwanis’ member gives big for children

Kiwanis' member gives big for childrenThe Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown met at San Jose Restaurant for their monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The club received donations, made plans to start a Terrific Kids program at Elizabethtown Primary, and continued planning the Fifty-Fifty Fundraiser to support Bladen County Emergency Services Training Facility and the club’s children’s programs. 

Mary Winfree, Lt. Govnor of Kiwanis, accepted a donations from Elizabethtown Kiwanian, Bruce Barbour in the amount of $2,500. The donation was for the Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. His donation has made him part of the Walter Zeller Fellowship with Kiwanis International.  READ MORE  
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Elizabethtown Rotary Club welcomes new officers

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at San Jose Restaurant for a business session.

President Charlotte Smith welcomed the members in attendance and introduced the officers for the new year and set some goals for the club for the upcoming year. READ MORE

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Crash on Rico Road

By: Erin Smith

A two vehicle crash on Rico Road reduced the highway to one lane for a period on Thursday morning.

NC Highway Patrol Trooper Weissinger said that Charles Glenn Todd of Bladenboro was backing his pick-up truck down Rico Road and struck the front of a Kia traveling southbound. The Kia was being operated by Emily Elkins of Clarkton. READ MORE

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3 Things to Know for Thursday, July 21

Three Things to Know1. The Elizabethtown Major League is having quite a run at the Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament in Kenansville. Coach Anthony McKoy’s team has reached the bracket finals in the dual eight-team tournaments. So, the team is in the Final Four in the 16-team tournament. Elizabethtown whipped Whiteville 11-1 (click for story) on Wednesday night and play West Robeson National tonight for the bracket championship and a spot in the state championship series. READ MORE

 

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 20

SeHealth honors Bladen employees for service

SeHealth honors Bladen employees for serviceNine employees and two retirees from Bladen County were honored Thursday, June 30 at Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) annual service awards banquet.

SeHealth’s Administrators and Employee Services Director Susan Hayes presented service pins and plaques during the after-dinner ceremony held in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s dining room. READ MORE

Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen offer arm bands in support of law enforcement

By Erin Smith

BraceletSome folks may have noticed some bracelets being worn around Bladen County and in other areas that are emblazoned with John 15:13 on one side and Brothers of the Badge on the other. These bracelets are being distributed to members fo law enforcement in Bladen and surrounding counties by the group Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen to show their support fo the men and women of law enforcement. READ MORE

 

SECU scholarships awarded

SECU-ScholarshipsTen Southeastern Community College students were recently awarded a $750 State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Continuing Education Scholarship. All 10 recipients have recently completed SCC’s Nurse Aide I class.

In 2013, the SECU Foundation introduced the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship program. Designed to help meet the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens, SECU Foundation funds ten $750 Continuing Education Scholarships to be awarded to eligible students at each of the 58 NC Community College campuses.  READ MORE

Bladenboro Police Officers learn about body cameras

By: Erin Smith

BodyCameraTraining4The Bladenboro Police Department took another step forward in the transition to adding the use of body cameras to their tool kit. The officers spent Wednesday morning learning how to operate the body cameras and how to download and save their videos.

Anatoly Khen, of VieVu, lead the class and said the camera is both rugged and durable.

“It can capture a lot of information,” said Khen. READ MORE

Dr. Erik Root Joins The Roger Bacon Academy

RootLeland— The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. (RBA) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Erik Root to its staff.  Most recently, Dr. Root served as a Political Science professor at West Liberty University and Chairman of the university’s Center for Economic Philosophy. Dr. Root has also held professorships at Lewis University and Patrick Henry College and has published 11 scholarly works, including two books and an entry in the Encyclopedia Virginia.

“A deep knowledge of history is essential for informed and productive citizens,” states Root. “I look forward to joining RBA in their work to educate students about history and the founding principles of our great nation,” he continued. READ MORE

Organic food coming soon at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market

imgresWait no longer Bladen County for organic food offered at the farmer’s market. Otter Branch Organics from Rose Hill will be at the farmers market this Friday and Saturday, July 22nd and 23rd. The farmers from Rose Hill will be selling organic okra, sweet banana peppers, specialty bell peppers, free range organic eggs, and pepper relish according to Eddie Madden, Town Manager of Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Joyner joins SeHealth as director

JoynerDaniel G. Joyner has been named director of surgical services for Southeastern Health. He is responsible for surgery, pre-admission testing (PAT), post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), endoscopy, central sterilizing and anesthesia.

Joyner earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in May 2001. He has also completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., in May 2009 and a master’s degree in nursing/health care administration from American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colo., in April 2014. READ MORE

3 Things to Know for Wednesday, July 20

Three Things to Know1. Elizabethtown’s Cade Hancock is scheduled to participate in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida beginning July 25. Cade, who will compete in the 14-15-year-old division, will be among 660 golfers from around the world playing at PGA National Resort. READ MORE

 

NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 19

Bladen Smart Start Introduces New Director, Honors Outgoing Director

By: Katie Galyean

There is a new face in the Bladen County Smart Start office. Introduced to the county on Tuesday, July 19, Lynn Vick will be the new director for Bladen Smart Start.

Patricia Faulk, a member of the Bladen Smart Start board, introduced Vick to a room full of Bladen County school employees and Smart Start officials. “[Vick] is coming to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience… We have a lot to look forward to,” said Faulk. READ MORE  

Classic Car Tour comes to Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith

The sounds of motors puttering and chugging on Tuesday in downtown Elizabethtown brought back the memories of years gone by for some folks. The reason? The 65th Annual Tour of the North Carolina Regional Horseless Carriage Club of America paid a visit to Elizabethtown on Tuesday afternoon. The tour group stopped in for a bite to eat at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery before returning to Mount Olive. Young and old alike were enjoying the tour and lunch stop.

The tour group was staying at a motel in Mount Olive and traveling to various locations during the day. One of the tour’s organizers, Charlie White said, that on Tuesday’s tour, the oldest driver was 91 and youngest driver was 16. READ MORE

Chamber Ambassador Committee meets and begins planning for an exciting year

AmbassadorThe Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors met on Tuesday morning at Goldston’s Restaurant in White Lake and began to make plans for an exciting year. Ambassadors were issued T-shirts to wear to events.  READ MORE

Community Forum to Unite Law Enforcement questions answered

Forum Group DiscussionWe are still working on getting all the questions answered that were submitted at the Community Forum to Unite held at Bladen Community College last Wednesday, July 13th. Thus far we have answers back for the questions pertaining to law enforcement from the Sheriff’s Department.  READ MORE 

Road closings in Bladen County for July 19

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NC 131 remains closed south of Bladenboro.  The closure location has moved to 0.99 miles north of the Columbus County Line or 1.33 miles south of Hogwallow Road. READ MORE

KKK recruitment fliers turn up in county over weekend

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Sheriff's DepartmentA Bladen County resident filed a report with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday about someone throwing out KKK recruitment fliers in the Tobermory area of Bladen County.

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Major Larry Guyton said, “Someone threw out a ziplock bag with rocks in it.” READ MORE

Stevie Bullard pleads guilty to sex offenses

BullardFor more than two years since being charged with 17 offenses, including nine sex-related charges involving children, Stevie Earl Bullard Jr. has had three lawyers withdraw from his case, another attempt to withdraw, attempted to have an assistant district attorney fired, claimed “sovereign citizens rights” during more than one court appearance, and, Monday morning, appeared headed to trial in Bladen County Superior Court.

By Monday afternoon, the 31-year-old man from Red Springs agreed to a plea agreement with the state and was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years and a maximum of 35 years in custody. READ MORE

Strickland sentenced on indecent liberties with child charges

Harold_StricklandHarold Lee Strickland Jr. was sentenced to a minimum of 33 months and a maximum of 49 months in state custody Monday in Bladen County Superior Court under an Alford plea on two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Judge James M. Webb also ordered Strickland to have no contact with the victims for the rest of his life and, upon release form custody, register as a sex offender for 30 years. READ MORE

3 Things to Know for Tuesday, July 19

Three Things to Know1. Seen at the Bladen County Courthouse on Monday, a black band over the badge of some Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies. Other deputies and town police officers were probably doing the same in memory of the five police officers shot in Dallas and the three police officers shot in Baton Rouge. READ MORE

NEWS FOR MONDAY, JULY 18

Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting on July 18

By: Katie Galyean

This month’s County Commissioner’s meeting was full of achievement recognition and establishing new leaders. At the beginning of the meeting, several employees were recognized for their years of service. READ MORE

Author set to sign book on August 2

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Public Library will be featuring a book signing on Tuesday, August 2, at  6 p.m. with Dr. Carlos R. Hamilton Jr.  of Texas. He will be signing copies of his work, “A Rose Blooms in Texas,” which is a fictionalized accounting of his great-grandmother Berta Smith Wooters. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the book signing event. READ MORE

Motorcycle crash on Autry Road

By:  Erin Smith

MotorcycleCrash2A motorcycle rider took a spill on Monday morning on Autry Road in Clarkton.

NC Highway Patrol Trooper R. L. Walker said that the rider, Anthony Randolph Robinson of Dublin, was operating a 1993 Honda motorcycle on Autry Road. Robinson ran off the road to the right, struck a ditch, rolled over and he was ejected from the bike. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines 35 years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe Clarkton Tobacco Market opens with 5.9 million pounds of tobacco designated for the market.

New tax rates were announced. Bladen County 90 cents, Elizabethtown 77 cents, Bladenboro 72 cents, Clarkton 62 cents,White Lake 80 cents, Dublin 69 cents, Bladenboro Fire District 30 cents. READ MORE

Gov. Pat McCrory orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of victims of Nice, France attack

Flag_of_North_CarolinaGovernor Pat McCrory has ordered that all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities be immediately lowered to half-staff through sunset on Tuesday, July 19. This order is in respect for the victims of the attack in Nice, France on July 14, 2016. 

Bladen Community College Students Win Big at National Competition

Skills USA with ALDUBLIN – Bladen Community College welding students attending the 53rd annual SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky have returned home with exemplary accomplishments. Jonathan Lashley has won the bronze medal in Welding Art/Sculpture and Darrian Hicks has won bronze in Job Skills Demonstration.

SkillsUSA is the world’s largest showcase of skilled trades. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated in the recent 2016 event. READ MORE

Wreck causes lights out

Clarkton wreck makes lights go out

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Sunday afternoon did not go as planned for some people in Bladen County. According to witnesses a female driver ran into a telephone pole causing power outages in Clarkton and Elizabethtown. The wreck was in the vicinity of Agape Ministry Church near Highway 701 in Clarkton.  READ MORE

Solar farm progress in Clarkton

Solar farms are popping up all over North Carolina, and Clarkton is no exception. We caught progress being made on the solar farm in Clarkton this past weekend.  READ MORE

3 Things to Know for Monday, July 18

Three Things to Know1. The Republican National Convention opens today in Cleveland where Donald Trump is expected to be nominated. The Democratic National Convention is later this month in Philadelphia where Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee. Not sure it’s “must see TV,” but you you can decide. There are channels, newspapers and Web sites that will cover each convention the way you want to see it and hear it. READ MORE

NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 17

Prescription Drug Abuse – The Physician’s Perspective

By Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbuseAccording to a survey conducted by the National Safety Council, 74 percent of doctors believe that opioids, such as oxycodone or morphine, are the most effective way to treat pain. However, other studies done by the National Safety Council show that over the counter pain medication are often far more effective in relieving acute pain.

Kailash Chandwani, a physician employed at the Southeastern Spine and Pain Clinic in Lumberton, NC, disagrees with the 74 percent of doctors in his profession.  READ MORE

Volunteers from the American Red Cross and Bladenboro Fire Department worked together

Fire alarmVolunteers from the American Red Cross and Bladenboro Fire Department worked together yesterday, July 16 in Bladen County, to install smoke detectors in homes that needed them on Gaston Drive and Ronald Britt Road.

Smoke detectors are available for installation in the Bladenboro area. READ MORE

Naomi Miller, pillar of the community, passes away

Naomi Miller, beloved member of Bladen County community died yesterday. Ms. Miller, a twenty year employee of Bladen Community College, was the founding director of the Bladen Community College East Arcadia Center until last year according to Dr. William Findt, the college’s President.

3 Things to Know for Sunday, July 17

Three Things to Know1. Overhead on the scanner Saturday afternoon, “Caller reported a car on N.C. 87 between Tar Heel and Dublin where the people in the car are throwing eggs.” Don’t know how it turned out, and, certainly, hope no one was hurt nor any property damaged, but it’s not your normal law enforcement call. Wonder if officers scrambled to get to the scene? READ MORE

NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 16

Boost the Boro members get moving

This past week Boost the Boro members were moving toward their goals at their monthly meeting. The members discussed improving the view of Bladenboro Farmer’s Market, the 10th Annual Beast Fest, upcoming ribbon cuttings and more.

Secretary of Boost the Boro, Joyce Walters, presented information she gathered on having the overgrowth cut back to improve the view on the north side of the Farmer’s Market on Hwy 211/Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  READ MORE

Peace promoted with Community Unity Walk in Elizabethtown

The Community Unity Walk was held this morning in Elizabethtown to promote unity in our communities and churches.

Event organizer, Doris Cormartie said, “We have to be ambassadors.” READ MORE

3 Things to Know for Saturday, July 16

Three Things to Know1. The 5th annual Desmond Bryant football camp is set for today from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The camp is free and for ages six through 18. Bryant, a former East Bladen standout, is a defensive end for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. Unfortunately, Bryant had surgery on a torn pectoral muscle earlier this week and will likely miss the upcoming season. READ MORE

 

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Prescription Drug Abuse: The Addicts’ Burden

By Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbusePrescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the second in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.

In an article by Physician L. Manchikanti, it states Americans only make up 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but they consume 80 percent of the world’s entire opioid supply. Bladen County has certainly not been exempted from the statistic.

David Chesnutt, Executive Director at Carolina Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment center, said, “since 2012, I would say 80 percent of the guys that come through here [are prescription drug addicts].”

“I’ve worked with over 1,000 men,” said Chesnutt, “and originally it was crack cocaine, always marijuana, alcohol, meth was in play, and there was a little bit of prescription drug abuse. Around 2011, it was like we crossed an invisible line.” READ MORE

Prescription Drug Abuse – A Pharmacist’s Struggle

Prescription_Drug_AbuseBy Katie Galyean

Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at Prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the first in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, prescription drug abuse is on the rise throughout North Carolina.

“Drug overdoses have eclipsed car crashes as the leading cause of preventable death,” said Rebecca Hester, pharmacist at The Medicine Shop in Bladenboro. READ MORE

Senior Center is offering fall prevention class, needs volunteers

By: Katie Galyean

SeniorCenterIf you find yourself lacking community or looking for ways to help others, the Bladen County Senior Center is hosting new activities and looking for new volunteers.

The newest activity around the Senior Center is the upcoming “Matter of Balance: Fall Prevention Class.” READ MORE

Kiwanis Club and Bladen County Emergency Services working together

edited fear factorThe Kiwanis Club and Bladen County Emergency Services are working together to raise funds for the new Bladen County Training Facility and the Kiwanis Club’s children programs. Each organization will receive 50% of the net proceeds raised.

The event’s name is Fifty-Fifty Fear Factor Fundraiser.

The fundraiser will kick off with a Fear Factor Fun Run & Walk starting at 7:30 am on Saturday, August 6th at Lu Mil Vineyard and Dublin Motor Speedway. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare to offer Darkness to Light training

Darkness to Light flyer (3)Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare will offer a training program “Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse” on Monday, Sept. 19, from 1 until 3 p.m.

There is no charge for the program but registration is required to ensure enough materials are available. To register, contact Terri Duncan via email at tduncan@capefearvalley.com. READ MORE

Hospice offers free healthcare decisions clinic

Lower Cape Fear HospiceLower Cape Fear Hospice will host a Begin the Conversation clinic about end-of-life and healthcare decisions. It will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at LCFH’s Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.

This session, which is free to adults 18 and older, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. READ MORE

Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant accepting applications

peanutThe Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant is now accepting applications. The pageant will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Dublin Elementary School Multipurpose Building. The application deadline is August 27, 2016. READ MORE

Women’s conference pre-registration underway

By: Erin Smith

GIFTMinistryA women’s conference “Everything Beautiful” is planned for Saturday, September 17, at The Venue at White Lake. For the who like to plan ahead, there is an a discount which includes a free G. I. F. T. journal and 20 percent off G. I. F. T. merchandise with the $25 early bird registration fee. READ MORE

Bladen County Public Library to hold Summer Reading program

By: Erin Smith
Library Reading 2The Bladen County Public Library will be conducting their annual Summer Reading program beginning July 11 through August 3. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, and Read.”

Bladen County Public Library Director Kelsey Edwards said the Summer Reading program is a period of time during the summer when all three branches of the library encourage reading. READ MORE

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy now Enrolling for 2016-2017 Year

Paul Brown Leadership AcademyThe Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is now enrolling students for the 2016-17 academic year. The Academy has openings in sixth thru eighth grade. The mission of The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is to serve its students through a commitment to excellence in an education that serves today, tomorrow, and the future by providing an academically rich program that encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership. Students wear uniforms which are provided by the Academy. Parents are responsible for their student’s hats and shoes. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is a tuition free North Carolina Public Charter School. For more information, please call the Academy at 910-862-2965. Students may apply in person or at the Academy’s website www.paulrbrownleadership.com.

Elizabethtown Christian Academy now enrolling for 2016-17 academic year

Elizabethtown Christian AcademyElizabethtown Christian Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year, grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Day School Program is also currently enrolling children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. ECA offers students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in their lives by providing an excellent education that centers on Biblical truth, academic achievement and character development.

ECA students benefit from limited class sizes, quality, certified teachers, a non-denominational learning environment, weekly Chapel, a dress code, enhancement classes including music, technology, physical education, and art. After school care is also available. READ MORE

BladenOnline.com now offers app

BladenOnline.com AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now BladenOnline.com has an app too.

BladenOnline.com readers with mobile smart devices can download our BladenOnline.com app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.

There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free! READ MORE

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