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NCDOT Announces Winners for Division Six Safety Roadeo

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is proud to announce the winners of the Division Six Safety Roadeo held earlier this spring. The winners were honored yesterday in Fayetteville. The event tested the safety awareness and skill level of NCDOT employees from Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties who operate heavy equipment.

Participants engaged in friendly competition with their co-workers to determine who can best maneuver a dump truck, tractor, backhoe, low-boy trailer or motor grader through obstacle courses or assignments that model real-life scenarios that crews encounter each day on the job. READ MORE

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Open House in East Arcadia

Open-HouseThe East Arcadia Bladen Community College campus will hold an Open House tomorrow, Thursday, May 28th from 6 pm until 8 pm

The campus offers many benefits not only to community residents, but others living and working outside the area. The school has continuing education classes, offers curriculum classes, and more. 
To find out more about what the location offers stop by their Open House tomorrow located at 1472 East Arcadia Road, Riegelwood, NC or call them at 910-655-5769. READ MORE

Lower Cape Fear Hospice seeks volunteers


Lower Cape Fear Hospice is in need of volunteers to help families in Bladen County. Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for families and patients with advanced illnesses. 

Volunteers serve as caring friends to people in need. They offer companionship, visit or read to patients, listen, hold a hand, run errands, allow caregivers to rest, and help patients tell their life stories. 

Hospice volunteers help patients where they live—in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers can also give administrative support, assist with special events and provide community outreach by sharing Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s message. READ MORE 


Update on Child drowning in Clarkton

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker reported the death of Zackery Blaze Priest, age 4, of 2292 Mitchell Ford Road, Clarkton, on Friday, 22, 2015. The cause of death was drowning.

McVicker said a call was made to the Bladen County 911 Center on Thursday morning, May 21 at approximately 9:15 am. The caller stated a young child had been found floating face up in a pond behind their residence. The caller said the child was removed from the water and was breathing but was struggling.

Law enforcement and EMS were dispatched. The child was transported to Bladen County Hospital and then to Cape Fear Valley. He succumbed to his injuries on Friday. The cause of death has been ruled a drowning. READ MORE 

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 Coastal Carolina Off-Road’s(CCORS) First Ever Race In Bladen County
CCORCoastal Carolina Off-Road (CCORS),  will be hosting a race event this Sunday, May Browns-Creek-Bike-Park31st at the Brown’s Creek Trail in Elizabethtown. There will be a  kids race starting at noon, followed by all the other classes that will start at 1 pm. This is the 7th race this year for CCORS. The event is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music and CCORS is very happy to be a part of that. “Look for some sample product at round #7!” says CCORS members.  READ MORE 

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Search underway for missing Garland man

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Bladen County personnel are helping with a search Wednesday morning in Garland for a missing 72-year-old man. Authorities are looking for William Earl Powell of Garland, who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon from his home on Birdy Lane in Garland, says Sampson County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope.

Powell is 6-feet-1, weighs 180 pounds and has green eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray denim pants and brown slip-on loafers. He has dementia and has a history of wandering off from his residence, Pope said. READ MORE 

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 Elizabethtown man charged in home break-ins


An Elizabethtown man has been charged for breaking in to three homes, Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said. In two of the cases, residents were asleep in the homes at the time of the break-ins.

Steven Robert Boyne, 26, of Hill Street, was arrested Friday, May 22 and charged with three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of first degree burglary, and one count each of breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. All are felony charges. Boyne was taken to Bladen County Jail and placed under a $175,000 bond.

The investigation began after officers were called to a home on Queen Court on Wednesday, May 20 for a report of break-in, Kinlaw said. The next night, May 21, officers were called to homes on Summerhouse Street and Hill Street about break-ins. Kinlaw said people were at home asleep during the break-ins May 21. READ MORE

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SeHealth Brings Local Healthcare Perspective to Lawmakers


Raleigh, N.C. – Southeastern Health (SeHealth) joined hospital leaders and staff from across the state at the North Carolina General Assembly building on Tuesday, May 19 for Hospital Advocacy Day.

The annual event, sponsored by the North Carolina Hospital Association, provides an opportunity for hospital leaders and staff to visit with lawmakers to discuss key priorities for the legislative session, including the newly introduced framework for Medicaid Reform, developed by physicians, hospitals and other Medicaid care providers.

“We appreciate the opportunity to meet with our legislative delegation in Raleigh to engage in dialogue with them to increase their understanding of how these issues being discussed impact Southeastern Health,” said SeHealth Government Affairs Officer Reid Caldwell. READ MORE

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Kiplinger lists North Carolina as 6th worst state for retirement in 2015

Kiplinger news source has listed the top 10 worse states for retirees,
maybe better described as the bottom 10 and North Carolina was ranked
the 44th worst state in the United States for retirement in 2015.

The article summed up their North Carolina findings from a retiree tax
picture as “mixed.”

“The mild winters and pretty scenery may not be enough to lure you
into Tar Heel country,” according to the release.  “Typical household
incomes in North Carolina don’t track with the state’s above-average
living costs.  The average for all households is $64,490, the second
lowest among the 10 states we examined here and 14.0% less than the
U.S. average.  Older residents fare even worse, with income for 65+
households falling 18.3% below average,” still quoting the article.

“Poverty is a concern.  Ten percent of seniors live below the line,
versus 9.4% nationwide.  More troubling, the poverty rate for the
whole state is 17.5%, compared with 15.4% for the nation. Property crime
in North Carolina is above average.” READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingWhen I check the headlines, I am amazed…with the good that is ongoing.  But sometimes, in fact many times, the bad news is overwhelming.

Examples of bad…Wallace, NC pastor facing indecent liberties, statutory rape charges.  IRS confirms thieves have stolen tax info from 100,000 or more, Clinton officer charged with passing a stopped school bus.  Council man arrested on drug, weapon charges, Sad…
Examples of good…Bladen County Relay for Life this weekend at Elizabethtown Middle School football field; Bladen VFW distribute poppies; the Bladen Baptist churches recent, “Pushing Back the Dark”, and many more such activities. READ MORE

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 This Day in History – May 27

This Day In History1692—Court of Oyer and Terminer (“to hear and determine”) established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accusations of witchcraft.
1796—James S. McLean patents his piano.
1896—Tornado hit St. Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless.
1916—President Wilson addressed the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations.
1930—The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.
1931—1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field, Va.
1933—Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released.
1937—Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, dedicated.
1942—Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor. READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 27

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature     93 degrees       1964
Lowest Temperature      45 degrees       1988
Greatest One-Day Precipitation    1.64 inches       1948
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 85 degrees.

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We Are Paying Them What?

 Bladen County Human Resources Director

 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 Human Resources Directors.

 Bladen County—$43,985.  Population 35,000

Brunswick County—$110,203. Population 115,301  READ MORE 

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoTwo juveniles were arrested by Elizabethtown Police for breaking into the Golden Skillet Restaurant.
A tornado blew the roof off of a marijuana growing operation on highway 211 near Bladenboro.
84 students graduated from Bladen Technical Institute.
Valarie Harvey was crowned MISS BLACK BLADEN COUNTY.  READ MORE 

NCDMV Begins Single Sticker Registrations Today

NCDMVRALEIGH —The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will begin to issue a single registration renewal sticker today. Changing from the current dual sticker setup to a single sticker will result in significant cost savings for the state.T

he single registration renewal sticker will be grey. The expiring month and year will be printed on the sticker, above the license plate number. The single sticker is required to be placed on the upper right-hand corner of the license plate. The current setup has a red numbered month sticker on the upper left-hand corner of the plate, and a sticker with the year and plate number in the upper right-hand corner. READ MORE

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Agricultural, Energy and Infrastructure topics from breakfast with Congressman David Rouzer

By: Charlotte Smith

In his 5th month as the newly elected Congressman representing North Carolina’s 7th District, Congressman David Rouzer meet with local Bladen County leaders for breakfast this Tuesday morning. Rouzer announced the significant work that is being done by congress since he has taken office.

Budgets are very hot topics this time of year for elected officials. Rouzer said, “For the first time in a long time, both chambers have passed budgets by the end of March and the Congress’ budget balances in 10 years.”

He announced he was selected to sit on his top two choices of committees. The 7th District Congressman now represents our region on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and has a spot on the Agriculture Committee. “Those two committees are highly competitive. I was the only freshman that got my top two choices. I’m very fortunate,” said Rouzer. He also has been selected as the Chairman of the Subcommittee of Livestock and Foreign Agricultural.

He continued by saying, “I tell people all the time, if you get it right in energy, infrastructure, and agricultural, we have everything we need here in this country to be very prosperous, which leads to being successful abroad.”

The Congressman made it clear that we have a very dire situation on our hands internationally. He said, “We are living in one of the most dangerous times we have ever lived in. We really have to turn this around.”  READ MORE 


Growing up in right place secret to longevity

Life expectancy in North Carolina varies dramatically according to new studies related to children. The life expectancy in Bladen County is 75 to 77 years.  In Columbus and Robeson counties, life expectancy is 73 to 75 according to the report, while in counties east of Bladen…Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick, life expectancy is 78 to 79. The report is from a study by a child advocacy group, and it shows life expectancies vary greatly across the state. 
The differences appear to relate to factors that heavily influence health overall.  Examples are poverty rates, access to health care and prenatal care according to Laila Bell, the author of the report.  She is the director of research and data at NC Child, a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of North Carolina children. According to the report, children born in North Carolina overall, have an average life expectancy of 78.3 years, about six months shorter than the nation as a whole. READ MORE 
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Council man arrested on drug, weapon charges


A Council man faces several drug and weapon charges after a recent traffic stop near an intersection in Clarkton. Ramon Jarvar Currie, 25, of the 1300 block of Rico Road, was stopped by a N.C. Highway Patrol trooper near the intersection of U.S. 701 and N.C. 211, according to Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. A search of the vehicle found almost two pounds of marijuana and two stolen firearms, McVicker said. Currie was charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of controlled substances, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, McVicker said. He also was charged with a traffic infraction by the Highway Patrol trooper. Currie was released on bond.

Bladenboro Middle Launches Science Olympiad

By: Valerie Newton
Elizabethtown, NC – On Saturday, May 2nd, Bladenboro Middle School hosted a Science Olympiad for twenty-four 5th and 6th grade students. This was a first-time event for the school. Students and teachers spent a month preparing for nine different competitions. They built bottle rockets, pasta towers, gliders, and gathered information to help with the study events.  The events are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. READ MORE

Investigation continues into the death of 4 year old

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 year old Zackery Blaze Priest of Clarkton on Wednesday, May 27. His body was recovered Friday from a pond after he apparently strayed from his home. The youngster is the son of Jeffery B. Priest, Jr. and Tiffany C. Priest of the home. His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. Burial will be in the Old Field Cemetery. Maj. Larry Guyton of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that an investigation is underway related to his death.

Impressive Knight, Macon Hammond

It’s been quite an impressive collegiate year for West Bladen graduate Macon Hammond.  Macon is a rising senior at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount where he has collected several awards and honors this year.  To begin, he has been selected twice as one of eight graduation ceremony Marshals due to his academic achievement.  He is extremely active with the inner workings of his school where he serves as an Ambassador–meeting, greeting, and explaining the advantages of attending Wesleyan to prospective students.  Macon says, “It’s important that students have a clear understanding of the school they choose before making a commitment.  A well-informed student has a much better opportunity at success.”  His efforts have translated into several rising freshmen selecting and attending NCWC. 

Because of its small size, the staff and faculty are tied closely to the student body.   READ MORE

The Land of Wolves

By: Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson WeaverThe boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air.

The boy had about a dollar, and he knew he could get a Coke on ice and have some change left. He was hot, his feet hurt from his cowboy boots, and the restaurant was busy. The waitress was in the middle of the mill lunch period, and didn’t have time for a dusty boy. The boy waited patiently. He wasn’t scared, because he knew who to ask for help as soon as the man came through the door.

The cadaverously thin police sergeant with white Elvis hair sat down beside him. “Hot, ain’t it?”
“Yes sir. Can you call my dad?”

The cop looked at him sideways. “You run away from home, boy?”

“No, sir,” the boy said. “My daddy always said, if I ever need help, find a policeman.”

He went on to explain that he had caught a ride to a friend’s house on the edge of town, but no one was home. He lived in the next town over, so he walked to the diner, the only other place he knew was open, since the barbershop was closed on a Wednesday.  READ  MORE


Five tips to help you get through the heat

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Summer is finally here and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness wants to you help you beat the heat while exercising.  The hotter temperatures can feel overwhelming. Any exercise may feel harder in the heat. Here are five tips to help you get through the heat.

1. Don’t be ridged about your work out time. Before you make your plan to work out, check the weather report. Earlier in the day or later in the evening may bring ease to your routine.

2. Don’t let the rain stop you. Try working out when it rains as long as it’s not thundering and lighting. No one needs to be out in bad weather, but if it’s sprinkling it may bring a new experience for you to enjoy.

3. Don’t get too hot. There are other alternatives when the temps are too high. Exercise at the gym, find a shaded trail, or hit the pool. There are plenty of choices out there for physical fitness activities.  READ MORE  

Remember the Fallen

By: Charlotte Smith

Memorial DayMemorial Day, is the annual day we dedicate to the memory of soldiers who have fallen in our nation’s military service. War is a horrible consequence we must engage in occasionally when faced with armed conflict. Our soldiers bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect our lives. Unfortunately, we have lost far too many soldiers in the pursuit of protecting our way of life.

For many people, Memorial Day is just an extended weekend with barbeques and bathing suits. The holiday should be celebrated with fun activities, but I also hope you take time out to recognize the courageous men and women who’ve fought and died in service for our great nation. The thought of their great sacrifice made by our brave soldiers and their families is humbling. Our fallen soldiers are truly heroes deserving to be honored.


Bladen VFW distribute poppies

VFW Post 8062 members Willard Storms, Oliver Gause and Toji King
distributed poppies at Walmart on Saturday.  Robert Hester, Wallace
McQueen and James Lane manned a table at the Tractor Supply Store.

The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy

This is the story of how the red field poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance.

From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war.

Yet the scope of the poppy and its connection with the memory of those who have died in war has been expanded to help the living too.  READ MORE 

Ways to Promote Better Health

For Better Living

Sandra CainBy: Sandra R. Cain

The link between diet and health is important. Food alone cannot make
you healthy. But good eating habits, based on variety and moderation,
can help keep you healthy and even improve your health. Good eating
habits include knowing how to prepare and select foods that fit into the
Dietary Guidelines.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that we eat less fat, sugar
and salt and more complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and fiber.
One way to help meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines is to
modify our recipes and methods of food preparation. This is relatively
easy because many recipes are higher in fat, sugar and salt than is
needed for good flavor and quality.

*Tips for Healthy Modifications*  READ MORE  

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Bladen County Mourns the Loss of a Hero, Dr. Robert L. Summerlin

Dr. Robert L. Summerlin passed away yesterday, May 22nd, according to Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home, arrangements are incomplete at this time. Born in September of 1928, Dr. Summerlin, was a blessing to Bladen County.  

Recently, Dr. Summerlin was honored at the Cape Fear Valley Ground Breaking Ceremony, where he was in attendance. Dr. Summerlin was presented with a plaque for the legacy he had built in Bladen County. At the event, Pastor Cameron McGill of Dublin First Baptist Church, helped honor Dr. Summerlin.  McGill said, “He could have gone many places, but chose to invest his life here in this community.  We are grateful for Dr. Summerlin and look forward to seeing his name honored.”

Today, our community is in mourning of the loss of a great hero, doctor, friend, and loved one.  READ MORE 

Free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists in Bladen County

There will be a free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists Desiring To Safely Enter the Entertainment Industry, today, May 23, at 2:00 pm at the Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown. The RPA of Bladen Couunty & Talent Inc wants to educate aspiring performing artist’s of the skills needed for a favorable interview with Top Agents, Casting Directors, and Record Label Representatives in the Entertainment Industry.

At the end of the workshop, participants are welcome to audition for a chance to interview one on one with Top Agents and Record Labels, attend Master Workshops by the Top Agents, and perform in a National Showcase.

Option to train for Acting for TV/Film, Modeling for Print and Runway, and Private Instrumental Lessons in Violin and Piano is available, but in no way mandatory to enjoy and participate in our periodic free educational workshops.  READ MORE  

Pushing Back the Dark Was a Success in Bladen County

By: Charlotte Smith

The bleachers were almost full at the Elizabethtown Middle School Football Field last night for the “Pushing Back the Dark” event organized by the Bladen Baptist Association. Different Bladen County churches had tents set up offering food and goodies, the Four Points North band from Lumberton, and the Divine band, from Pembroke, kept the crowd moving and entertained to Christian music, while Pastor Ken Freeman brought a touching testimony.

After a fun game of “Simon Says” to get everyone’s attention, Pastor Ken Freeman started with the statement, “You’re always one choice away from a different life.”

Ken gave some statistics; 19 million kids in America have never seen their real dad, every six minutes someone is murdered, every seven minutes a woman is raped. Ken said, “You have to be careful who you look to, you have got to be careful who you listen to”.  READ MORE


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11-Year-Old Boy Held Salute For One Hour On This Beach

In June 2014, an 11-year-old boy visited Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. As part of the boy’s personal project, titled “Project Vigil,” this little boy spent four days teaching visitors and tourists about three paratroopers who had been buried in the American Cemetery.

During the official D-Day celebration, local police didn’t allow the boy to enter the cemetery in his WWII-style uniform. So the boy took his American flag down to Omaha Beach and planted it in the sand. Staring out at the ocean, the little boy wanted to thank all the Americans who died 70 years earlier in the fight against fascism and evil. READ MORE  

Water, Water Everywhere…So Put Safety First!

Safe Kids North Carolina offers tips to reduce child drownings in all bodies of water.

RALEIGH — Safe Kids North Carolina, a statewide program, led by the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal, is reminding parents and caregivers about important safety tips in an effort to reduce child drownings, near-drownings and entrapments in swimming pools, spas and other bodies of water.

“With the approach of the holiday weekend, many families will be drawn to activities near water,” said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina. “We want parents and caregivers to be particularly cautious and take steps to avoid any potential tragedies.” READ MORE

 Busy Boost the Boro

By: Johnny Anderson

Boost the ‘Boro members welcome their new slate of officers for 2015, duly elected at their recent monthly meeting.  A large turn out of members elected Don White as President, along with Shane Todd as Vice President. Joyce Walters was elected to the position of Secretary and Pat Hasbrouck was elected as the Treasurer. Three members were elected as Board Members at Large.  They are Claudette Guy, Tom Lancaster and Rebecca Hester.

The coming year promises to be an active one, as much is in the discussion stages.  The Spring Celebration, a chicken dinner, is planned for June 6, 2015, from 4 – 7 PM.  The price is $7.00 per plate with desert available.  READ MORE

4-Hers Compete in Regional Chicken Show

A&TOn May 14, 2015, the soccer field at Bladen County Parks and Recreation on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown was converted to a show field for the evening. A show for chickens! We had forty-five youth ages 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the region come out to show their hens and broilers that they have been raising and caring for over the last few months.

In order to participate, the youth had to register in January through their school FFA advisor or their 4-H or Livestock Agent through NC Cooperative Extension. They had to choose whether they wanted to raise laying hens or broilers. At least two required trainings were provided in each county to teach the youth about proper care, bio-security, showmanship techniques, record keeping, and more. READ MORE

Democrats schedule meeting

Please take notice that the Bladen County Democratic Party will have a
scheduled meeting to make appointments and conduct business on Saturday,
June 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse Superior
Courtroom. All Democrats are urged to attend. Precinct chairs and members
of the County Executive Committee should be in attendance.

Space Still Available for Women-Only Fly-Fishing Workshop in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — Space remains for a one-day fly-fishing workshop for women only at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on June 13, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The fly-fishing workshop is part of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. Fly-fishing workshop participants will receive hands-on instruction from experienced instructors on the basics of fly fishing, including casting, knots and fly tying. After learning the basics, participants will test their new skills by fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill on two ponds at the center.

Participants should bring sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable clothing and footwear. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. A registration fee of $20 covers rods, reels and all equipment, as well as lunch, drinks and snacks. Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information is available by contacting Gillen at 919-218-3638 or READ MORE

Governor Proclaims Hurricane Preparedness Week

Raleigh, N.C. – Memorial Day weekend is North Carolina’s unofficial kickoff to summer, but it also marks the beginning of hurricane season. Governor Pat McCrory has declared May 24-30, 2015 as Hurricane Preparedness Week and is encouraging residents to update their emergency plans and supply kits. Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November.

“It’s never too early to prepare for hurricanes and severe storms,” Governor McCrory said. “We have already had our first storm of the season when Tropical Storm Ana moved through in early May and last year Hurricane Arthur made landfall in our state July 3rd.” READ MORE 

This Teacher’s Contract From 1923 Will Make You Really Glad The Feminist Movement Happened

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There is an old teacher’s contract circulating wildly around Facebook this week. It’s a contract from 1923, and it outlines all of the guidelines a female teacher must follow to keep her job. All the guidelines pertain to her physical appearance and how she spends her personal time. Well, almost all of them — there’s also something about keeping the classroom clean.

Not to keep the company of men, not to drink beer, wine or whiskey, not to dye hair, not to dress in bright colors, not to smoke cigarettes — the entire contract covers what the teacher should look like and how she should behave. Not one mention of anything pertaining to her actual job — except that she has to be sure to clean and scrub the classroom floor and blackboard. I’m pretty sure the phrase, You’ve come a long way, baby was uttered for the first time after someone unearthed this contract.

So we can see that our amazing ability to overlook a woman’s skills and focus on the way she looks has deep roots in this country. Great.  READ MORE 

UNC Wilmington Dean’s List, Bladen County
Tyler Blake Bennett       
Kenneth Austin Brown  
Harley Olivia Cox           
Jenna Brooke Hathcock
Hillary Morgan Johnson
Brittany Priest Lindsay
Kayla Marie Thompson READ MORE

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors will meet Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., Cooperative Extension Kitchen, Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center, Elizabethtown For additional information call 910-862-3179, Opt. 3

Bladen County Volunteer Fire Departments receive grants

By: Robert G. Hester

Bladen County Volunteer Fire Departments have received grants totaling $178,170 from the North Carolina Fire Marshall’s office.
State Fire Marshall Wayne Goodwin is responsible for distributing the funds paid by NC licensed insurance company’s on property insurance from the Gross premiums
The purpose of the funds is to assist fire departments in purchasing equipment and to make capital expenditures.  Fire Departments must match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $30,000, unless the applicant receives less than fifty thousand dollars per year from municipal and county funding, in which case the applicant shall match one dollar for each three dollars of grant funds.
The eligibility criteria includes:
1. Population served is 12,000 or less  READ MORE  

Fallen but not Forgotten

Memorial DayMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. We want to help honor those that have fought and fallen protecting our country.

Please send any photos, stories of our heroes, or words honoring those men and women that died during their service to our country to We will publish these contributed photos and stories on our Lifestyles page. 


$30,000.00 Grant Awarded to Clarkton Fire Department

Clarkton EntranceRALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Clarkton Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

The check will be mailed to Fire Chief William Marsh to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

“I know the Clarkton Fire Department, will use this money to serve their community even better,” Goodwin added. “Thank you, Chief William Marsh, for all of your hard work and thanks to your dedicated staff.” READ MORE 

Elizabethtown Fire Department Responds to a structure fire on Sand Pit Rd.

ElizabethtownFireDepartmentlogoThe Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 234 Sand Pit Rd. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire showing from the rear of single family dwelling. After an initial scene size up by the fire department incident commander, it was determined that an offensive fire attack mode would be used.

No one was home at the time and no civilians were in danger. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire and contain the fire damage to the laundry room and kitchen. Firefighters reported the homes smoke detectors had activated and were sounding upon arrival. No injuries were reported.

Fire investigators determined the likely cause of the fire was due to lint build up in the homes dryer vent. The fire investigation pointed to the fire starting in the dryer vent and extended to the exterior of the home and burned its way into the attic space over the laundry room. From there the fire spread to the kitchen where it was extinguished by fire department personnel. Damage to the home was estimated at $30,000.00.READ MORE 

Wildlife Commission Schedules Deer-Management Forums

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionRALEIGH, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management in North Carolina. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from deer hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina. 

Wildlife Commission biologists will share a recently completed biological evaluation of the state’s deer herd, including the average ages of bucks and does harvested, the peak breeding dates, and the timing of the harvest. Discussion will include how each of these can play a role in determining the future of deer management in North Carolina as well as other topics of interest to deer hunters.

Commissioners and staff will welcome questions and discussion on the future of deer hunting and deer management in North Carolina. “White-tailed deer are the most popular hunted species in North Carolina, with more than 200,000 hunters annually taking to the field in pursuit of deer,” said Brad Howard, a wildlife biologist with the Commission. “The forums are excellent opportunities for North Carolinians to learn about deer in their respective parts of the state. READ MORE 

Mmmm, Mmmm, Bacon…

I don’t know about you, but I can eat bacon for breakfast every day for months before desiring a change of taste. Think of ham steaks, ham sandwiches, ham salad, or mmmm, pork chops. Who doesn’t enjoy some bacon bits crumbled over a fresh salad? How about a succulent and delicious pork tenderloin cooked on your outdoor grill?

Why all this talk about the mouth-watering pork products we love? Recently we have seen a number of pork farmers come under attack by environmental activists and plaintiff’s lawyers looking for a big pay day (for themselves) at the expense of family farmers. Our friends in the pork farming business tell us that these attacks are unjustified and based on misleading or outright false accusations. 

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Division of Water Resources has enforced the Federal Clean Water Act in this state since 1972, by strictly regulating the methods of managing animal manure on pork farms to ensure that ground water and surface water are not contaminated. READ MORE 

Special Called Board meeting

Board Of Education

A Budget Meeting is scheduled with the Bladen County Board of Education and the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, May 28th at 1:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Cooperative Extension Office, located at 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget issues. 

Pet Responsibility Team visits Animal Shelter


The Bladen County Animal Shelter had visitors from the Pet Responsibility Team at Elizabethtown Christian Academy on May 21st 2015. The group toured the shelter, gave treats to the dogs and visited our adoptable cat room. They brought bags that they prepared for the animals at adoption. The bags included treats, toys, pet 10 commandments list, and messages to the new adopter. I would like to thank the children as well as the teachers for taking the time to prepare these bags as well as thank them for coming to visit the animals today. 

$30,000.00 Grant Awarded to White Lake Fire Department

Town of White LakeRALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin
announced that the White Lake Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of NorthCarolina. 

The check will be mailed to Fire Chief Dale Brennan to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Commissioner Goodwin said. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely.” READ MORE

Americans for Tax Reform Support Rouzer’s IRS Bill

Rep David Rouzer

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) announced their support for Congressman Rouzer’s (NC-7) No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act (H.R. 1206).  This bill prohibits the hiring of additional IRS employees until the Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the IRS has a seriously delinquent tax debt.  “One would think that ‘willfully violating tax law’ would be a disqualifier for government work, especially at the IRS. Guess not,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.  “I would like to thank Americans for Tax Reform for supporting this bill.  It’s time we hold the IRS to the same standards to which they hold taxpayers,” said Congressman Rouzer.

You Decide: Are There Timeless Rules for Investing?

By: Dr. Mike Walden

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

YouDecideThere’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me
about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a
question about gold, foreign currencies or even options. Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look at economic issues. But not so with investing – at least that’s my opinion.

Many argue the principles most people should use to guide their investments are timeless.What are these principles? Each academic and analyst has his or her own group. Mine includes six principles that I think are fairly representative of a logical approach to investing. Here they are. READ MORE

Commissioners/Board of Ed to Meet

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education will hold a Special Joint Meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 1 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget and capital needs related to Bladen County Schools.

The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC

Latest Census for Bladen County   Read It Here

Chinese invest big bucks in North Carolina

A new report from the Rhodium Group, a group that keeps one of the most complete databases of Chinese foreign direct investment into the United States, indicates North Carolina is a huge recipient of investment dollars from that country.
Over $5 billion Chinese dollars have been invested in  North Carolina, third only to California and Texas.  Investments in those two states are also in the $5 billion range.  Illinois is fourth with $4 billion and New York is fifth with $3.8 billion.
Chinese companies employ 15,000 people in North Carolina, many of those in Bladen County. READ MORE

Senate approves captive deer bill

By Jefferson Weaver
Jefferson WeaverThe state moved a step closer to expanding captive deer farms Monday, as a proposal to move regulation of deer on hunting preserves from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture passed the senate.
Approved on a 44-2 vote, the changes are included in the N.C. Farm Bill for this session, which also loosens some livestock confinement operation waste rules, and opens up the state for production of eels. READ MORE


Start saving money on your prescriptions!

The NACo Prescription Discount Card is provided to you in a joint effort of your local county government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Any county resident without prescription coverage can use this program.

Even if you have prescription insurance coverage, you may still benefit from the discount card since it may save you money on prescriptions your existing plan does not cover. It’s easy to use. Simply print a card and present your discount card at a participating retail pharmacy along with your prescription(s), and save an average of 24 percent on your prescription drugs.

There are no limits on how many times the card can be used. You can use it for the whole family. Even use the card for your pets. If your pet is prescribed a medication that is also used for humans, ask your veterinarian for a prescription to use at a participating pharmacy. There are no claim forms to fill out and no membership fees. READ MORE 

BCC Small Business Center Offers Free Seminars

Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – During the month of June, the Small Business Center of Bladen Community College is offering seminars

Grant Writing 101 and 102 will be offered on Saturday, June 6, from 8:00 AM until 1:15 PM in Building 2, Room 202, on the main campus.

Improve Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is scheduled from 6:30-9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9, in Room 202 in Building 2 on the main campus.

Non-profit expert Sam Gore, will return to teach The Business Side of Operating a Faith-Based Organization, on Thursday, June 11, at 6:30-9:00 PM on the main campus in Building 2, Room 207. READ MORE

Experts Urge Caution as Mosquitoes and Ticks Return With a Vengeance


By: McDuffie Pest Control

Elizabethtown, NC – Although the atypical winter weather caused a slight delay to the start of pest season, several regions across the country are now reporting an increase in mosquito and tick activity. Dallas Hammond, McDuffie Pest Control’s first full time employee over 42 years ago is still a dedicated team member at the local pest control company. He wants to help get the word out about the increased tick and mosquito activity this year.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and McDuffie Pest Control are urging the public to take preventative measures against the health threats posed by these biting pests.

The NPMA recommends the following prevention tips to avoid the health threats associated with mosquitoes and ticks. READ MORE

Plans announced for Bladen Mission 2015

Bladen-Mission-FlyerPlans are underway for Bladen Mission 2015, an interdenominational mission project for all Junior and Senior High students in Bladen County.  The dates are June 14th through the 18th and adult volunteers are needed to assist. This year’s Mission Project will be headquartered at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Peanut Road, about 2 miles southwest of Elizabethtown and is a joint effort of numerous churches in the area; including Clarkton First Baptist, Clarkton Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Bladenboro, Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Galeed Baptist Church, Vertical Church and the Bladen Baptist Association. The Bladen Mission Project includes the owners of all 2015 work sites and organizations associated with the project. READ MORE

Date set for Bladen County Law Enforcement Golf Tournament

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Association has set a new date for their 1st Annual golf tournament. The date is Friday, June 5, 2015 at The Vineyard Golf Course at White Lake. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. A shotgun start begins at 8:30 a.m.

The tournament was originally scheduled for May 9th but was re-scheduled due to subtropical storm, Ana.

The cost remains the same, $50 per player. A meal will be served at noontime and there will be prizes awarded.

Everyone is invited to participate, questions should be directed to Atlas McVicker at 910-876-0917.


East Bladen High SchoolIt is hard to believe we have been out of school 20 years. Please make plans to catch up with long time friends at our reunion on August 8, 2015 at 5:30 in the evening at the Hilton in Wilmington, North Carolina. Registration can be done through until June 19th. For more information contact Arthur (Jason) Rich at Let me know if you need more information.

LCFH hosts Caregivers and Coffee meetings


Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host Caregivers and Coffee from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 2, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. Another meeting will be hosted from 11 a.m.-noon on Sept. 1.

Every day, staff and volunteers of Lower Cape Fear Hospice see the challenges faced by those caring for loved ones. Caregivers and Coffee was created to offer caregivers assistance and encouragement. Each month, LCFH will offer a Caregivers and Coffee session where caregivers can come, share their experiences, encourage each other and learn about valuable resources and support.

Meetings will be facilitated by hospice staff, but will also feature topics selected by the group, as well as visits from other community organizations. Caregivers and Coffee will include informal conversations, learning opportunities and free coffee. READ MORE

Thompson Reunion

The descendants of the Shade and Civil Thompson, and Jesse and Perci Boyette Thompson of Bladen County, will hold their family reunion on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building in Bladenboro, NC.

All descendants, family and friends are encouraged to attend and bring any photos you may have of the family past and present. Anyone attending needing more information may contact Ann Russell at 910-876-1746 or Pat Edge at 910-876-7144.  READ MORE

Be Aware! Kirby Van is not trying to sell vacuums

On Tuesday, March 17th we reported a Kirby van in Bladen County with about four or five representatives knocking on doors after 9 pm and acting suspicious. The phone number listed on the Kirby van went to the Kirby of Wilmington business. Since our article was published we have received more phone calls from Bladen County citizens and surrounding counties’ residents with concerns about the Kirby van representatives acting suspicious.

According to the owner of the Kirby of Wilmington, Oliver Morant, all the Kirby representatives have been pulled from Bladen County since the incident that happened in the Clarkton neighborhood. We have received reports the Kirby vans have been sited in Bladen County since March. We received a phone call from Mrs. Rosa White today stating a Kirby Van was back in the same Clarkton neighborhood.  READ MORE

Bladen schools to offer free summer meal program

BladenCountySchoollogoBladen County Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, according to a news release about the program.

The program will begin June 15 and end Aug. 14. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery, Dublin Primary, Elizabethtown Primary and East Arcadia Elementary.

For more information, contact Amy Stanley at 862-4136.

Bladen County Relay For Life 

Bladen-County-Relay-for-lifeThe Annual Relay for Life of Bladen County which was set to begin this Friday, May 8th at Elizabethtown Middle School Field, has been postponed due to expected inclement weather. The new date is tentatively set for Saturday, May 30th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fundraising all across Bladen County for this event has been on-going. Cakes and plates have been sold, and purple potties have been seen all over the community to help raise money for this worthy cause.

There will be a large variety of foods available; along with face painting, live music, bounce house fun and more,  to help in the fundraising and celebration. There are 34 teams and 351 participants registered for this year’s event according to the Relay For Life website.

Anyone who has heard the words, “You have cancer” will be honored this weekend along with their caregivers. There will be a Survivor’s lap to celebrate survivors’ victory over cancer. Caregivers will also participate in a lap so they may be honored for their support in the fight against cancer.  At 9pm there will be a Luminaria Ceremony to remember people who have fought the good fight against cancer. READ MORE

Released Time School Ministries Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run

5K fundraiserReleased Time School Ministries will be hosting a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run on June 6th, 2015.  Bruce Cannon, Bladen Baptist Association Director of Mission and member of the Released Time School Ministries Broad member said, “Our goal is for every school student around the State to hear the Good News of Salvation and to teach them those character traits they so desperately need: integrity, honesty, respect and so forth.”

To accomplish this goal funds are needed to start programs all across the state.  To raise these funds Released Time School Ministries is sponsoring a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run.

If you are not able to run, you can walk.  If you can’t do either, you can sponsor a youth or an adult who will run or walk.  Cannon encourages everyone by saying, “Not only will this be an opportunity to raise funds, it will also be a great way for us to share the Gospel and to have some really great fellowship together.”  READ MORE 


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