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BCC Foundation’s Seafood & Sunset fundraiser set for September 25
Jack McDuffie
The Bladen Community College annual fall fundraiser will again be held on the shores of White Lake at Camp Clearwater this year.  Called Seafood & Sunset, the fundraiser will be held on Thursday, September 25, at 6 p.m.
The fall event has traditionally been the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year and according to Foundation Director Linda Burney, this year’s event will be no exception. 

Lumberton License Plate Agency Focuses on Customer Service Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Office to undergo two-day training sessions

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will close its Lumberton license plate agency on Tuesday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 10 to conduct customer service training.

NCDMV is currently holding statewide customer service training courses for all office locations. The Lumberton agency will reopen on Thursday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. 

No Labor Day weekend traffic fatalities in Bladen

The N.C. Highway Patrol reported Tuesday that 10 people died in traffic accidents over the Labor Day weekend on state highways, but none were reported in Bladen County.

The figures are preliminary and are based on collisions reported as of midnight Monday, the Highway Patrol says.  The holiday weekend began at 6 p.m. Thursday and ended at midnight Monday.

September is NC Wine and Grape Month


Muscadine grapes in season; special events planned


RALEIGH – In recognition of the state’s growing wine and grape industry, Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed September 2014 as North Carolina Wine and Grape Month.
“The state’s wine and grape industry has grown significantly in recent years. It now employs more than 7,600 workers and has an economic impact of nearly $1.3 billion,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We look forward to seeing it grow even more in the coming years.”  

Prescribed Burning on Private Lands
Whether you are a single tract landowner or manage thousands of acres, prescribed fire training should be a part of your land management plan.  Your fire application should be conducted in such a way to ensure that your management objectives will be met, while minimizing the likelihood for escaped fire and smoke liability. 
A one day workshop planned for Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 9 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Jones Lake State Park. 

Mike Walden's You Decide: What are the tradeoffs where we live?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension



My wife and I enjoy watching the TV program “House Hunters” on the HGTV network. It’s about first-time homebuyers navigating their way through purchasing a home. The ultimate decision comes down to three homes, with the suspense culminating in the final choice.
Each show follows a similar pattern. Buyers begin with a list of all their wants and desires, along with a price cap. Inevitably as the episode progresses, it becomes obvious the budget won’t support the wish list. 

Bladenboro's Fun Day Set for Saturday
Bladenboro folks know how to have a party and help their own who are in need.
The next event on the calendar is their 22nd Annual Fun Day and it's scheduled for Saturday, September 6 at the Bladenboro Historical Building.
Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies, Dandy Don, a singing cowboy will entertain beginning at 10 a.m.
Thoughts While Shaving
I enjoy holidays...for about a half a day...I am a creature of habit and so happy to get back to a regular routine...
The only evidence of the Labor Day holiday is about 3 or 4 extra pounds...Maybe I need to get outside in the hot sun and sweat it out....hmmmm..not likely, but my goal for the week is to shed it...
If you have tuned in to the news today...there is so much distressing news...One news clip caught my attention...

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service
Today through Sunday...
Afternoon Heat Index Values will be be around 100 degrees for much of the week.

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today....Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 100.  Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.  Winds could gust as high as 16 mph.  chance of precipitation is 30%.  New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight..Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.
Southeastern Community & Family Services Update
The past 12 months has been difficult for Four County Community Services.  The latest disclosure by the now Lumberton based organization is the loss of the Weatherization Program Funding.
Over the past year or so, the longtime Executive Director, Richard Green was ousted and faces numerous legal problems.  The new Chief Executive Officer is Ericka J. Whitaker.  A new Chairman has been named.  He is Jason J. King.  Four County Community Services is now Southeastern Community & Family Services and the headquarters of the organization has moved from Laurinburg to Lumberton.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 2


Highest Temperature

96 degrees



Lowest Temperature

50 degrees



Greatest One-Day


1.48 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 94 degrees.

McIntyre Receives State's Highest Honor
Lumberton, N.C.- In recognition of his long-time devotion and service to the people of North Carolina, Congressman Mike McIntyre has been inducted into the state's prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Announcement of his induction occurred at a district-wide appreciation celebration honoring McIntyre's Congressional service, held at the Southeastern Agricultural Center in Lumberton.
Since its creation in 1963, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine has been presented to honor persons who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina.

First Frost in Bladen County
The weather forecast for Bladen County over the next few days indicates hot temps and Heat Index Values near 100.
Think cool...
 The average date of the first frost in Bladen County is just a couple of months away on November 2....Just 2 days before the General Election


Rates At Carolina Sands
In a previous story concerning rates to be charged by Carolina Sands Golf Course when they open on October 1, 2014 the green fee rate for weekend play was listed at $32.00. That rate is actually going to be $34.00 and all rates published are special introductory rates good only thru October 30, 2014.
Carolina Sands is going thru a complete upgrading with bermuda MiniVerde greens being installed and the entire course receiving a total facelift under the new ownership of Bill Augustine.

Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series Pender County
Mariah Gleason
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 & Monday, September 8, 2014
Working in partnership, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems – NC Growing Together Project (CEFS/NCGT), Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and Feast Down East will be offering workshops aimed at providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements. This workshop is hosted by Pender County Cooperative Extension.

West Bladen grad completes basic training
Airman 1st Class Jasmine L. Rozier, daughter of Lendard Rozier of Red Springs, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. 
She is a 2013 graduate of West Bladen High School.

Elizabethtown Town Council Meets Tuesday
Elizabethtown Town Council meets on Tuesday rather than Monday due to the Labor Day holiday...
They actually have two meeting, a noon work session and the regular 7 p.m. meeting to act on items on the agenda.
On the agenda is recognition of the organizers of the recent Battle of Elizabethtown event.  Included are Sunday Allen, Dawn Maynard, Bobby and Seth Lewis.
2014-15 Waterfowl seasons, bag limits, other limits set

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a wildlife service agent or by calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1. 

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Soybeans….Healthy and Good for You

For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Soy protein bars, soy milk, soy cookies, soy burgers .…. the list of soy products goes on. Soybeans are best known as a source of high quality protein. They are also rich in calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin E, several B-vitamins, and fiber.

The first written record of soybeans dates back to 2838 B.C. The Chinese have been growing them for thousands of years. In fact, they are so important to the Chinese, that they are considered one of the five sacred grains along with rice, wheat, barley and millet.

BCC Writers Series presents NC author Barbara Presnell
Jack McDuffie
Bladen Community College’s Writers Series will present award winning North Carolina author and lecturer Barbara Presnell in a program on September 16 at 11 a.m. in the College Library.  This is the first of two Writers Series programs slated for September.
   A native of Asheboro, Presnell grew up in a family of readers surrounded by books.  Most of her works reflect the people and lives of those people from the foothills and mountains of Appalachia.  Many focus on the lives of women, the role that women authors played locally and worldwide, the inevitability of growing older, and the lives of mill workers from the region.

North Carolina’s July County and Area Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in July, decreased in four, and remained unchanged in one. However, when compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.  All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.
Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.  All fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.  Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 10.2 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 5.2 percent had the lowest. 

Utility-Scale Solar Farm Will Supply 40MW to Grid

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC has received approval and has a 40MW Solar Farm project that is construction ready in Bladen County, North Carolina.

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

Innovative Solar Systems is a developer of large Utility Scale Solar Farm projects here in the United States and is very excited to announce approval on the companys upcoming 40MW solar farm in Ivanhoe, NC. This project will employ approximately 135,000 solar panels which will be located on a pristine tract of land that encompasses several hundred acres and is perfect for due south orientation of the energy power plant. John Green,

NCDA&CS Market News Service to offer new price reports for local products


The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services’ State and Federal Market News Service is launching a series of new reports focusing on locally produced agricultural products.


Reports for the state-operated farmers markets in Raleigh and Asheville, which list current wholesale prices, are now online, as is Farm to School information, which provides total produce sales delivered plus unit prices. In addition to these reports, Market News plans to develop reports for direct-to-consumer sales, which will capture the prices of commodities that farmers market to consumers. Reports on grass-fed beef are expected to be available starting in September.

Golden LEAF Foundation Community Based Grantsmaking Initiative underway
Golden LEAF Foundation leaders held a meeting Thursday at Bladen Community College to share information about a new initiative to promote efforts by counties to improve the quality of life for local residents.
'Community Based Grantsmaking Initiative' is another in a series over the past few years by Golden LEAF that funds local projects that assist in solving needs at the local level.
Man caught after leading law enforcement on chase

A Lumberton man led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through Bladen and Robeson counties Thursday morning before being apprehended in a soybean field off Long Road in Lumberton.

Dwione Terrell Baxley, 31, was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, and driving without an operator's license, according to Bladen County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Rodney Hester.
Welcome To The 22nd Annual Dublin Peanut Festival!
It’s Salty,  Plain,  Roasted, Green and Boiled. It’s always the STAR of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest “ PEANUTS”.  We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year.  This years’ date is September 20, 2014. The Festival is held in Dublin, N.C, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, that is known and whose peanuts are shipped world wide.
Our festival kicks off at 10 AM with a Parade. Entry for parade is free except Queens & Kings. 1 Queen in auto $25, 2 to 3 Queens in auto $40 or 3 Queens plus in an auto, boat or float is $50. If fees are not paid by Sept. 17th cost will be $75 the day of the parade.

Kiwanis of Elizabethtown Awards Annual Scholarships
Each year Kiwanis of Elizabethtown/Bladen County gives two scholarships to graduating seniors – one from East Bladen and one from West Bladen.   This year the recipient of the East Bladen scholarship is Summer Lynn Cain (pictured receiving check from Treasurer – William Thompson).  Summer is planning to attend Campbell University where she is majoring in a pre-med/Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner program.   The recipient from West Bladen high school is Hayley Hall (pictured receiving check from Vice President – Jeff Futrell).   Hayley is planning to attend Cape Fear Community College to major in pre-sonography and the university transfer program.  She also plans to continue to pursue her singing career.


Bladen residents greet Sen. Bill Rabon - Click HERE for photos
Sen. Bill Rabon was in Elizabethtown Wednesday for a visit as he bids for another term in the NC Senate.  Bladen friends held a meet and greet fundraiser for the Southport resident at the Cape Fear Farmers Market..
Sen. Rabon represents a large area of southeastern NC including all of Bladen County.

NCDOT Bladen County Update on road closings
Upcoming Road Closings - NC 242
Beginning Tuesday, September 2, NCDOT will be closing NC 242 at a location 0.2 miles north of SR 1325 (Gum Springs Road) in order to replace a large culvert.  A signed detour will be in effect to use SR 1508 (Lula Long Road) / SR 1507 (Culbreth Smith Road) and SR 1506 (Cain Loop Road).  The closure will last until 9/10/14.
Question should be directed to Ken Clark, Bladen County Maintenance Engineer at 862-3396.

NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time and Money Over Labor Day Holiday - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

RALEIGH - As the summer travel season comes to an end, the N.C. Department of Transportation is taking steps to help ensure motorists save both time and money by suspending most road construction work on major routes across the state over the Labor Day holiday. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.

Fire Department and Rotary
Chief Byron Graham, from the Elizabethtown Fire Department presented the history and information about his department today at the Elizabethtown Rotary meeting. Graham started with Elizabethtown Rescue in 1977. He was a Rescue Member for 37 years before joining the Fire Department in 1998.
Graham had a wealth of knowledge about the Fire Department's history. He explained that there were no fire services were offered during the period of 1773-1930 in Elizabethtown.

NC Supreme Court asked to release voucher funds during appeal
By Anne Blythe
RALEIGH — Advocates of the North Carolina school voucher program did not wait for a judge to write his order declaring public taxpayer assistance for private schools unconstitutional before trying to halt the effects of his ruling.



On Friday, they asked the N.C. Court of Appeals to issue an emergency ruling to allow disbursement of taxpayer funds to children whose families had accepted the so-called “Opportunity Scholarships” this year.

Governor McCrory Urges Residents to Be Disaster Ready

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory is using this year’s noteworthy anniversaries of Hurricanes Hazel, Hugo, Floyd, Frances and Ivan to encourage North Carolina families, businesses and schools to make a plan, get a kit and stay informed in the event of an emergency. 

“North Carolina has faced severe winter weather, devastating tornadoes and the earliest hurricane on record this year,” Governor McCrory said. “While it appears Hurricane Cristobal will not have a direct impact on North Carolina, it is an important reminder we must be ready at any moment.

BCC welcomes two new trustees
Jack McDuffie
At the Tuesday night meeting of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, two new members were welcomed to the group.  They are Wayne Edge and Charlotte Smith.  Both were appointed by the County Commissioners.  The new trustees, along with two current board members who had been appointed for another term, were sworn in to office in a ceremony preceding the board meeting.
Dove hunting season opens Monday

Dove hunting season opens Monday in North Carolina, and the Wildlife Resources Commission is urging hunters to be safe during the season.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 through Oct. 11, and Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2015. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. 
Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: August 18 to August 24

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Aug. 24. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Aug. 18
    Michael Anthony Smith, 24: Possess drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor)
    Tyrell Lamont Rhodie, 29: Possess drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor)

Kiwanis Honor Carl McCulloch for 60 Years of Service – 8/19/14


The Kiwanis of Elizabethtown/Bladen County recently honored one of their members Carl McCulloch for 60 years of service to the club.   Carl has held many offices in the Kiwanis but most recently was the volunteer to call members to remind them of events.   Pictured with Carl is his wife Mildred, William Thompson – Treasurer, Russell Priest, Donald Worsley, Elroy Sasser, and Billy Hair.   Michael Aycock was also in attendance and not pictured.  If you would like more information about Kiwanis, please contact kiwanisbladen@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kiwanisetown.

Clarkton board’s water woes continue
by Marsha Burney

The Clarkton Town Board met in a "continued" meeting Tuesday night to discuss delinquent water bills, and a member of the audience became very irrate, raising her voice and, at one point, almost charging the table where the commissioners sat.

At the regular meeting on August 5, the commissioners heard many complaints about the cost of water for the town (especially those on out-of-town rates).

Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
Dr. Bill Keith filed to run for Mayor of Elizabethtown. Filing for town commissioner were Bob Beasley, Ted Prichard and Ken Kornegay.
Family Festival in the Park was held at Jones Lake.
Robert G. Hester of Elizabethtown was voted Most Outstanding County Commissioner in North Carolina.

Elizabethtown Planning Annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale


Elizabethtown merchants are busy preparing for the Annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown.  The three day sale begins Friday and continues through Monday.


Savings galore on a huge variety of items and offered at greatly reduced prices.


The Annual sale has drawn thousands of bargain hunters over the years.

Killingsworth Sentencing PPD
Former Bladen County School Superintendent Gregory Killingsworth sentencing hearing has been postponed until Tuesday, October 7, according to Assistant DA Glenn E. Emery.  That action occurred Monday, August 25..
Killingsworth recently plead guilty to one felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense in Bladen County Superior Court.

Bladen Elections Board approves sites and dates for early voting
The November 4 General Election is still a couple of months away but the Bladen County Board of Elections has announced early voting sites and dates in the county.
There will be 4 sites, including one at each of the following towns....Elizabethtown, Bladenboro, Dublin and East Arcadia.
“StrikeForce” addresses southeastern NC economic opportunities
September 12 meeting discusses local initiatives
RALEIGH – A coordinated federal, state, and local effort addressing the needs of rural southeastern North Carolina communities suffering from persistent poverty will meet Friday, September 12, Pembroke Boys & Girls Club, 6984 NC HWY 711, 10AM.  This effort, the USDA StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity, joins area private sector and public sector to increase economic opportunities.   USDA, host of the event, encourages public attendance and comments.  
The restless spirit
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

He turned up in one of my coyote traps last winter, a displaced hip, protruding rib bones and concave belly explaining why he was interested in the chunk of beaver meat that was intended to draw a coyote or a bobcat, not a coonhound.
 Once again I thanked God I was using a wide-face, offset trap, set for a mid-paw catch. That’s the only type trap I use when I might catch an errant hound; it holds the paw without hurting or even breaking the skin.

LTC Vivian Taylor to keynote BCC Fall Convocation
Jack McDuffie
Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Taylor will be the keynote speaker at Bladen Community College’s Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 4, at 11 a.m.  This marks the 47th year since Bladen Community College was officially established.
A native of West Point, Mississippi, LTC Taylor was raised in a large family-centered home that inspired her to strive for success.  She realized early in life that a higher education was a necessity and that funding that education would be an important requirement.
Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: August 11 through August 17

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 17. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Aug. 11
    Carl Lawrence Rhone, 53: Fictitious information to officer (misdemeanor)
Tuesday, Aug. 12
    Mark Thompson, 41: Shoplifting/Concealment of goods (misdemeanor)

Bladenboro Fun Day set for Saturday, Sept. 6
The Annual Bladenboro Fun Day Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, September 6 and this year will be bigger and better.  Good family fun for the entire family.  The hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Entertainment includes Camel and Pony Rides, Games, lots of games, Bounce Houses, delicious food and lots of entertainment.  Everyone is invited.  All the activities will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC 

BCC to offer business seminar series for self-employed
The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College will offer a no-cost six week seminar series for those interested in starting a self-employed business. The seminars will be held on Thursday afternoons from August 28 to October 3 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Bladen Community College, Building 2, Room 207.
Ø  Thursday, August 28, begins with “Starting a Small Business,” a seminar on the basics of being an entrepreneur in today’s business climate.
Ø  Thursday, September 4, will illustrate the importance of “Financing Your Small Business.” Learn how to get the money you need!

Ferry Open on Cape Fear River
Kenneth Clark, P.E. NCDOT reports the Elwell ferry on the Cape Fear River near Kelly, is now open.
The ferry was out of business for several day due to high water.

Hunting mentor seminar scheduled at Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve

Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve will host one of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's hunting mentor seminars on Sept. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the club house. The preserve is located at 3062 Cabbage Road.

The seminar is free. However, online registration is required. For information or to register, visit www.ncwildlife.org/sbs.

The Wildlife Commission created the new “Hunting Mentor Seminars” to build on the popularity of free, skills-based hunting seminars that the Commission has been offering to the public since 2011.

Peanut Cooking Contest Planned 
A "Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest" is being held during the Dublin Peanut Festival on Saturday, September 20th.  Recipes are being accepted in three categories:  candy, bread, and dessert.  There are two age groups: Youth (ages 8-16), and Adult (ages 17-up).  Age is determined by the age on the date of the contest.  All recipes must contain at least one half (1/2) cup of peanuts or peanut butter. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Dublin Primary School cafeteria, and all dishes must be registered by 11:30 a.m.  Winners in each category will receive the following prizes:  first $50; second $30; and third $20.  Applications and a complete list of rules are available by calling Sandra R. Cain at North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Bladen County Center, 910-862-4591, or by coming by the Extension Office at 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 16th, at 5 p.m.

Deer Hunting Seminars Scheduled for Raleigh in September


RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two free deer hunting seminars in September at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The seminars complement each other, but attendees have the option of registering for one or both seminars.  
“Deer Hunting 101,” Sept. 9 from 6−9 p.m., will provide basic instruction for novice hunters. Participants will gain practical knowledge, with topics including scouting techniques, equipment needs, and deer behavior and habitat. 

BladenOnline & CAB Markting open downtown office


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

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

Upcoming events


Sept. 13...A BBQ Plate Fundraiser for Sammy Strickland is planned for September 13 at the Bladenboro Historical building from 4 to 7 p.m.  Plates are $7 each, tea is included.  You can eat in or take out.  Homemade cakes will be on sale.  Sammy is suffering from stage 4 cancer, has not be able to work for weeks and disability has not been approved. Everyone is invited, sponsored by the Bladenboro Benefit Committee and local churches.


Sept 18-20...The 2nd Annual Tent Revival will be held at Suggs Grove Baptist Church from September 18-20 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.  Singing, preaching and drama teams nightly.  It's free and everyone is invited.  On the 18th, The Colly Chapel Church Choir and the Anchormen will sing.  Friday and Saturday, the 19th and 20th, it will be preaching and singing by Ernie Dawson and Heirline.  The church is located on NC hwy 53W.  Visit the website at suggsgrovebaptist.org or call Rev. Bradley Tatum at 910-876-2223 for more info. 

Oct. 5...Richardson Baptist Church, in Bladenboro, will celebrate its 100 Year Anniversary at Homecoming on October 5.  A program on the history of Richardson will begin at 10 a.m.  Dinner will be served in the Fellowship hall and on the grounds.  Feel free to dress in old-fashion clothing, if you like, but come and join in the celebration. 

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