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NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Trending in the news . . . .
By: Erin Smith
This week’s trending articles once more include the latest news regarding the search for those responsible for the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, France; college athletes using social media to connect with fans; refugee policy discussions, and articles that marvel at the comeback of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Champion Kyle Busch, to name a few things. READ MORE
BLADEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE GOLDEN LEAF SCHOLARSHIPS WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED
DUBLIN – The Golden LEAF Foundation has selected scholarship winners for the Fall 2015 semester at Bladen Community College. Pictured here from left to right are EMT-Paramedic student Angela Stone, Nurse Aide II student Charlotte Britt READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving …… November 25
Kiwanian Michael Aycock making a world of a difference
There was a special honor bestowed at the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet Tuesday evening. Kiwanian Michael Aycock was recognized for his achievement of the Walter Zeller Fellowship.
The award was given for Aycock’s generous contribution in helping The Elimination Project rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus. READ MORE
Celebrating Agriculture at Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet
The Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown was packed full, Tuesday evening for the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet.
The banquet is held every year to help celebrate National Farm-City Week and the partnerships between rural and urban communities. This year the nationally recognized week is November 23rd through November 27th.
Sandra Cain, County Extension Director of Bladen County Cooperative Extension, explained the reason for the celebration best when she said, “As wise stewards and innovative entrepreneurs, our dedicated farmers improve our well being by working to ensure a healthy and abundant food and fiber supply. READ MORE
November 25, 2015: 3 things to know
Good morning! 3 things to know for Wednesday, November 25
1. A reminder about BladenOnline.com’s Community Thanksgiving meal Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Ruritan Building at 10410 N.C. 53 West in White Oak. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with other folks in the community and, maybe, make some new friends, you’re cordially invited. Other places in Bladen County also are making sure everyone has a chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Click here for the list. READ MORE
Woody White will not run for Congress
Wilmington attorney Woody White announced Tuesday that he will not seek the congressional seat currently held by Rep. David Rouzer (R). He had announced earlier that he was considering a re-run for the US House of Representatives.
He lost in a three way race in the 2014 Republican primary. Rouzer received 53 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for White. Chris Andrade received 7 percent. READ MORE
This Day in History for November 25
1783—Britain evacuates New York City, its last military position in United States.
1792—Farmer’s Almanac first published.
1817—First sword swallower in US performs (NYC)
1834—Delmonico’s, one of NY’s finest restaurants, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents.
1867—Alfred Nobel patents dynamite. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
CHEC Biggs Park Mall location to close temporarily
Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center located within Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton, will close temporarily beginning Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m.
The center will re-open in its new location near the main, front entrance to Biggs Park Mall in late-December/early-January. READ MORE
Book about White Lake is now available for Christmas
The much anticipated book, “White Lake: A Historical Tour of the Nation’s Safest Beach” is now available, just in time for Christmas. The book by Cathy Kinlaw features a look at White Lake through the years including photographs, stories, and anecdotes from over 40 contributors. The book also includes articles from State magazine and extensive research. READ MORE
Cape Fear Valley named to US News and World Reports’ 2016 Best Hospitals list
By: Erin Smith
Cape Fear Valley Health has been named at the top of the list for North Carolina in the 2016 edition Best Hospitals by US News and World Report magazine.
The hospital system was recognized by US News and World Report Best Hospitals list as being on honor roll for stroke, a gold rating for meeting Get with the Guidelines for stroke, a gold rating for meeting mission Lifeline for heart attack, a silver rating in the Target: heart failure honor roll, and a gold rating for heart failure. READ MORE
EMPOWER YOURSELF, ELECT TO RETIRE ONLINE
By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC
As if the holidays weren’t exciting enough, it’s November and that means election month. Current and future election hopefuls are prepping speeches and rallying every resource available for the big win. READ MORE
Reward offered for information leading to arrest of shooting suspect
By: Erin Smith
The family of a shooting victim is offering a $6,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Montise Arman Mitchell. Deputies have a warrant charging Mitchell, 24, of 27 Charlie McMillan Circle, St. Pauls, with first-degree murder. Mitchell is being sought in connection with the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council of Tar Heel. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and Center Road on Sunday, Nov. 8, at about 8:30 p.m. READ MORE
BLADEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR NEW LPN TO RN PROGRAM
DUBLIN – The North Carolina Board of Nursing has approved the implementation of a pathway for Licensed Practical Nurses to meet admission requirements and transition into the Registered Nurse program at Bladen Community College.
LPNs will now have the opportunity to take N214 in the summer of 2016 and merge with the senior Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students in the last year of an ADN program. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Council mulling free Wi-Fi service, Voice your opinion
By: Erin Smith
ELIZABETHTOWN – The town of Elizabethtown is considering adding Wi-Fi service to the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The item will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the town council’s next meeting.
Town Manager Eddie Madden said the service, if approved by the town council at their December meeting, will be free to the public. READ MORE
Bladen County Christmas Parades, Still time to join the line up
If you have not reserved your space in the local Christmas Parades, there is still time. There are two Bladen County parades to line up in and promote your business or organization.
The first one to reserve your space in is the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. The parade will be this coming Sunday, November 29th starting at 3 pm. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Small Business Center says, “Shop Small for All”
RALEIGH – With the Holiday Shopping Season just around the corner, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmallForAll and support your local Small Businesses.
Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support your local independent merchants with the power of your dollar.
“In Bladen County, small businesses and entrepreneurs, people who work out of their homes, are the lifeblood of the community,” said Todd Lyden, Bladen Community College Small Business Center Director. READ MORE
Superior Court Judge Sasser Visits Bladen Community College
The Honorable Douglas B Sasser, Jr., Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, visited Bladen Community College on Thursday, November 19. He spoke to a political science class about the roles of the District Court Judge and the Superior Court Judge, and his experiences on the bench. READ MORE
Local officials hear from NC Energy Forum about offshore drilling
ELIZABETHTOWN – David Benford, with the North Carolina Energy Forum, met local government representatives in an informal luncheon meeting on Monday at Giorgios Restaurant to discuss off-shore drilling.
Benford told those gathered that the federal government and state officials are mulling the possibility of performing a seismic survey off the coast of North Carolina in preparation for the possibility of drilling for oil and natural gas deposits off the Outer Banks. READ MORE
Mike Merritt Memorial Ride benefits Bladen Community College
DUBLIN – In October, the annual Mike Merritt Memorial motorcycle ride raised $10,000 for the Mike Merritt Scholarship for Bladen Community College.
Pictured from left to right are BCC President Dr. William Findt, White Lake Fire Department Chief Dale Brennan, Joan Brennan, Evelyn Merritt, Willie Merritt, and Megan Atkinson. READ MORE
By: Erin Smith
BladenOnline.com will be offering a Community Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, at 1 p.m. at the Ruritan Building in White Oak. The building is located at 10410 NC 53 West, White Oak, NC 28399.
“We here at BladenOnline.com are looking forward to spending time with our community members this Thanksgiving. I want to invite anyone who doesn’t have a place planned to eat on Thanksgiving Day, come join us,” said Charlotte Smith. READ MORE
General Thomas Brown honored by Sons of the American Revolution
A Patriot was honored in Bladen County Saturday morning at Cravers Creek United Methodist Church with a Grave Marking Dedication Ceremony. General Thomas Brown was honored by many on the sunny autumn morning. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
Former N.C. Senator Henson Barnes passes away on Sunday
RALEIGH– Former N.C. Senator Henson Barnes passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
Barnes resided in Raleigh but formerly resided in Goldsboro and White Lake. He was elected to the N.C. House of Representatives representing Goldsboro and Wayne County in 1974. He was then elected to the N.C. Senate in 1976 representing Green and Wayne counties. He served as president Pro-Tempore of the N.C. Senate from 1988-1992.
As a member of the N.C. Senate, Barnes saw many accomplishments including increasing teacher pay, increasing the number of state parks and I-795 in Wilson and Wayne counties. READ MORE
Bladenboro Police Chief announces Christmas for Kids kick off
The holidays are fast approaching. Chief Hunt, Police Chief of Bladenboro announced this week it is time for the Police Department’s “Christmas for Kids program.”
According to Hunt the Police Department will be taking 15 less fortunate children shopping for the holidays and they need donations for this worthy and fulfilling cause.
Hunt said, “The children are selected by the staff members of the Bladenboro Primary School. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Bladen Online’s Week in Review: November 15-21
The work week began with a search in the Elizabethtown and Dublin area for a man wanted for a parole violation in New York. Members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabethtown Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol hiked through woods and searched from the air by helicopter Monday, Nov. 16, but could not locate Ibrahim Rose.
Law enforcement believe he got a ride out of the area. Rose had been convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and attempted assault in New York. READ MORE
Bladen Online By the Numbers: Nov. 15-21
It was a solid week for Bladen Online for page views and visits for the week of Nov. 15-21, according to Google Analytics. There were 21,929 visitors who viewed 123,418 pages with the most read story being “Search for wanted man continues on Monday afternoon” with 8,677 views. There were 10 stories with at least 1,000 views. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Carolina Crossroads fundraiser boasts community support
BLADENBORO — The men of the Carolina Crossroads were busy Saturday evening in Bladenboro as they assisted with a fundraiser held in support of the ministry.
“We have a lot of dedicated volunteers and a good turnout,” said Bladen Baptist Association Director of Missions Bruce Cannon.
He added that all of the funds raised on Saturday will go to support the ministry. Cannon said all of the food for the event was donated.
Carolina Crossroads Director David Chestnutt said, “It’s amazing.” READ MORE
Cape Fear Lock and Dam No. 1 Centennial Celebration held
Saturday the sun was shining for the Cape Fear Lock and Dam No. 1 Centennial Celebration.
The US Army Corps of Engineers and the Cape Fear River Watch partnered together to host a celebration of the 100th birthday of the Cape Fear Lock and Dam No. 1 in Reigelwood this Saturday.
Dana Matics, Assistant Operations Manager of the Cape Fear Locks and Dams of Falls and Jordan Lakes said, “It’s a big deal for any of our Corp of Engineers projects to turn 100 years old. It was finished in July of 1915.” READ MORE
Trinity AME Zion Church to host Community Fish Fry starting at noon
If you are looking for a good lunch today, Saturday, November 21st stop by the Trinity AME Zion Church at the corner of Baltimore Road and S. Elwell Ferry Road in Carvers Creek for free fish and good fellowship.
Thomas Beatty Jr. a member of the church was busy preparing the 100 pounds of spot fish. He said, ” We are going to feed everyone until the last person is feed and we ran out.” READ MORE
N.C. Unemployment At 5.0 Per Cent During October
The N.C. Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security (DES) paid $18,006,353 in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to unemployed claimants across North Carolina during October 2015, down 12.4 percent from September ($20,549,916), and 37.9 percent from October a year ago ($28,998,426). READ MORE
North Carolina Employers Set to Save More than $550 million in taxes in 2015-2016
RALEIGH — The Division of Employment Security (DES) on Friday (Nov. 20) mailed
out 2016 tax rate notices to over 200,000 employers in North Carolina. This tax notice mailing will include information alerting employers of a combined unemployment insurance tax savings of more than $550 million in 2015-2016. The savings are the result of the state paying off a $2.8 billion debt to the federal government and a provision in state law that allows for the removal of a 20% state reserve tax when a $1 billion surplus is reached. READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20
A Taste of Country opens in Clarkton
By: Erin Smith
Folks in Clarkton now have a new restaurant in their midst.
The staff of “A Taste of Country” restaurant celebrated their grand opening on Friday. The business is owned by Charlotte Baldwin.
For the grand opening celebration, Baldwin held a raffle for a fryer, a griddle and slow cooker. There was also a 50/50 raffle and door prizes were also given away. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Middle School Honor Roll: First 9 weeks
A Honor Roll:
Bradan Austin, Elijah Autry, Luke Barber, Maegan Burney, Audrey Childers, Maggie Childers, Sha’Zyra Cromartie, Lillian Davis, Abigail Franzio, Will Harrelson, AnnaGrey Heustess, Micha Hicks, Calisa Jackson, Makayla Jessup, Tyler Johnson, Jacie Kinlaw, Alicia Lawson, Carrington McDowell, Ciara McKoy, Brianna Phillips READ MORE
Disbrow named as 13th Judicial District Court Judge
Jason Disbrow of Southport was named as a District Court judge for the 13th Prosecutorial District to fill the vacant term of Marion Warren who was appointed to serve as the interim director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Court.
Ninety-seven members of the 13th Judicial Bar were present were present in the Bladen County Superior Court Room on Thursday. Nine were not allowed to vote as they resided out of the district. READ MORE
Bladen County Schools install new equipment
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Board of Education’s nutrition department recently received a grant for the installation of equipment at several school cafeterias.
According to Director of Child Nutrition Amy Stanley, the total grant amount is $107,096 and includes seven pieces of equipment as well as the installation of two new serving lines at East Arcadia School and Bladen Lakes Primary School. READ MORE
Sandra R. Cain For Better Living: Minimize Stress During the Holidays
Although we look forward to the holidays, many of us wonder how we can fit anything else into our already busy lives. Besides decorating and sending cards, we’re busy baking and preparing special dishes, shopping for just-the-right gifts, attending parties and entertaining. We often find ourselves exhausted, grouchy and sometimes with a few extra pounds because we get stressed at this time of year. Consider these ideas to help you stay on track.
Try to keep your everyday routine on track as much as possible and you’ll be less likely to gain weight during the holidays. READ MORE
Cape Fear Valley Health Named Top Performer Hospital In Multiple Categories
FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® in six treatment areas by The Joint Commission. This is the second year in a row the health system has been recognized.
The recognized areas were for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Stroke and Perinatal Care. The awards were announced in the commission’s recently released 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.” READ MORE
Elizabethtown Middle students help Operation Christmas Child
As the holiday season approaches, it is easy to get caught up in all of the things that you want, especially when you are a middle school student. This is not what happened at Elizabethtown Middle School last week as they participated in the Samaritan’s Purse International Relief project, Operation Christmas Child. READ MORE
Bladenboro Christmas Parade Marching in town soon
By: Joy Warren
What started out as a parade for a troupe of Brownie Scouts 42 years ago, has now evolved into a much anticipated event of the Christmas season. Amanda Sykes, Chair of the Bladenboro Christmas Parade was one of those excited Brownie Scouts at the first parade. She stated her mother, Sue Thompson Galloway and Jane Walters started the parade for the girls and continue to serve a vital role on the parade committee. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
NCDA&CS offers tips to care for fresh Christmas trees
RALEIGH – Because Thanksgiving falls late this year, many Christmas tree growers are opening up early for the season. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages consumers to use proper techniques to care for their fresh trees.
“Real Christmas trees offer a great addition to your holiday decorations, but they do need a little extra attention,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. READ MORE
Elizabethtown receives PARTF funds for Tory Hole Park
BY: Erin Smith
The town of Elizabethtown has been awarded a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant in the amount of $250,000.
Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said the total amount of the work to be done is $580,187. He said the remaining funds will come from appropriations from the town and from other grant sources. READ MORE
With Rouzer support, House passes bill to halt Syrian and Iraqi Refugees
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today (Thursday, Nov. 19), with Congressman David Rouzer’s support, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. This bill halts the admission of any proposed Syrian or Iraqi refugee to the United States, or any proposed refugee present in Iraq or Syria at any time on or after March 1st, 2011, until our nation’s top security officials—the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the FBI, and the Director of National Intelligence— unanimously certify that the individual does not represent a security threat. READ MORE
Dublin Fire Department Turkey Shoot
The Dublin Fire Department will hold a Turkey Shoot the next two weekends at the station on 3rd Street.
The event will start at 7 p.m. each night. Dates are Friday, Nov. 20, Saturday, Nov. 21, Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. The public is invited.
You Decide: How Can North Carolina Use Economic Trends?
Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
As I travel the state giving presentations about the economy, there’s one common trait I find, regardless of where I am: People are anxious about the economy. Although there’s been economic improvement since the Great Recession, I sense an uneasiness among many people about how long the gains will last. Many believe the economic future is no longer in their hands and that it is subject to forces and actions beyond their control.
At one level, I think this attitude is correct. READ MORE
Mission of Rotary Clubs announced
Wednesday the Elizabethtown Rotary Club discussed the changes they are making as one of the 35,000 Rotary Clubs in the world. District Annual Foundation Chair John Mohr presented a report of the impact the Rotary Clubs are having.
Mohr said, “I love getting out to the clubs. They say that’s where the rubber meets the road.”
Rotary started as a social club between three business men according to Mohr. READ MORE
Public Notice From Bladen County Board of Elections
The Bladen County Board of Elections candidate filing for the following offices will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at noon and will close on Monday, December 21, 2015, at noon. READ MORE
Bryant named administrator for Poplar Heights
By: Erin Smith
Folks may have noticed a new face at Genesis Polar Heights in Elizabethtown as Bernard Bryant has taken over the reins as administrator of the facility. He took over the duties of administrator about one month ago.
“I enjoy the long-term care environment. I enjoy when residents enter the facility and are able to return home,” said Bryant. READ MORE
North Carolina Republican Presidential Primary
National Polling Services indicate North Carolina Republicans, are split when it comes to who would be the best Republican candidate for the next president of the United States.
Others receiving less support included: READ MORE
Governor McCrory Says White House Refugee Screening Assurances Are Not Enough
RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory reiterated his opposition to the federal government sending more refugees from Syria to North Carolina until more secure screening procedures are in place and more information is shared with the states. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18
BCC Offers Community Service Learning Opportunities
DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is offering community service courses for personal interest and growth.
Cake Decorating will be offered on Tuesdays from November 24 through December 1, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Bladenboro Community Building. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Elections approves hours for the One Stop voting sites for 2016
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Wednesday morning and voted to approve hours for the One Stop voting sites for the 2016 Presidential Primary.
The NC Board of Elections must now approve the proposed schedule.
The cumulative number of hours for the 2016 Election for the sites will be 298 hours, one- half hour less than the 2014 primary election. READ MORE
Batting Camp set for Saturday, Dec. 19
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Recreation Department in conjunction with the Grand Slam Batting Cage will sponsor a Hitting Camp on Saturday, Dec. 19. The event will be held at the Grand Slam Batting Cage located at 404 4th Street, Bladenboro.
Registration for the hitting camp is now open and the cost to attend the camp is $40 per hitter and lunch will be provided and campers will receive a hitting camp T-shirt. READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Lu Mil prepares to welcome visitors for Christmas Light Show
By: Erin Smith
Folks at Lu Mil Vineyard are gearing up for their 8th annual Christmas Light show and this year is set to be “the best ever.”
The dates for this year’s show are:
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29 from 6 until 10 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 3 – 6 and Dec. 10 – 13 from 6 until 10- p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 17, continuing through Wednesday, Dec 23, the show will take place nightly from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
The Bladen County Transfer Station Thanksgiving Schedule
The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal operations shall resume on Monday, November 30th.
All other county collection centers will be closed Thursday, November 26th. However, all collection centers will be open Wednesday, November 25th. Normal operations shall resume on Friday, November 27th.
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
4-H Toy Drive
By: Erin Smith
The members of the 4-H in Bladen County are holding their second annual Christmas Toy Drive. Toys will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 4, at the Bladen County 4-h office located in the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Service Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Last year, the 4-Hers collected 70 toys and gifts. This year they hope to collect even more toys and games, said Stacie Kinlaw, 4-H youth development coordinator. READ MORE