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October 9, 2015: 3 things to know

Three Things to KnowGood morning! 3 things to know for Friday, October 9

1. It’s Football Friday and Bladen Online will have it covered with reporters at East Bladen to cover the Eagles’ homecoming game against Pender, and at West Bladen for the Knights’ contest against Trask. Kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. We’ll have live tweets from each game @BladenOnline to keep you updated. Also, the Bladen Sports Network will broadcast the East Bladen game on WODR 105.3 FM or online at coolbeach1053.comREAD MORE

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This Day in History—–October 9

This Day In History1635—Religious dissident Roger Williams banished from Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1701—Collegiate School of Connecticut (Yale University) chartered in New Haven.

1776—Mission Dolores founded by San Francisco Bay.

1837—Steamboat “Home” sinks off Okracoke, NC killing 100.  READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 9

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature        91 degrees        2007
Lowest Temperature         36 degrees        1978
Greatest One-Day Temperature     2.99 inches         1959
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 79 degrees.

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingWhat a difference a week makes….A week ago, we were watching the rain down…and we watched and watched and watched….10 inches in the area….Today….if the weatherperson is right…a beautiful day…enjoy…

I am a huge gospel music fan….Every now and then I hear a song that sticks with me…..Most recent is The McKamey’s recording of ‘Unspoken Request’….My guess is that most of us have ‘unspoken request’…..  READ MORE


Rouzer and Courtney launch Primary Care Caucus to increase awareness, education on healthcare needs

Rep David RouzerWashington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) launched the bipartisan Primary Care Caucus to educate and advocate on behalf of primary care physicians, providers and patients.  The Primary Care Caucus will focus on educating Congress on the importance of a comprehensive, continuous, coordinated and connected primary care system for patients and communities nationwide.

“As we celebrate National Primary Care Week this week, we are reminded of the tens of thousands of families across our nation – and especially in my district which includes rural Southeastern North Carolina – that are affected by the shortage of primary care physicians,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  READ MORE

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Students are taught about Fire Safety

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October 7th, Elizabethtown Fire Department gave a presentation to Elizabethtown Primary School Students about Fire Safety. Elizabethtown Fire Department is working to educate the community during National Fire Prevention month.

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Rey Welcomes State Rep. Ross to Campaign

Rey Releases Video Ripping Incumbent Richard Burr, Challenges Former State Representative Deborah Ross to Keep Focus on Defeating Burr and America’s Future

SPRING LAKE, N.C. – October 08, 2015 ─ Mayor Chris Rey today, welcomed former State Representative Deborah Ross to the U.S. Senate race and challenged her to keep the focus of the campaign on defeating incumbent Richard Burr and on America’s future. READ MORE 


Compassionate Friends meet Monday

Grieving parents are invited to attend the next meeting of Compassionate Friends scheduled for, Monday, October 12, 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall in Whiteville.

If you’ve experienced the death of a child of any age, you are invited to attend along with adult siblings and grandparents. READ MORE 

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WODR – FM Radio Station Sold

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The Padner Group, owners of WODR FM, located in Fair Bluff, NC has reached an asset purchase agreement according to a filing with the FCC.

Radio+Television Business Report, a media publication reported the action recently. The buyer is Augusta Radio Fellowship Institute.

WODR is a Class C3 operating with 11,000 watts on 105.3 MHz. Their studios are located in Whiteville, NC. READ MORE


Thankful for Geri Anderson, Piano Teacher

Geri Anderson

Mrs. Geri Anderson taught piano to many students in Bladen County. October 11th is Mrs. Anderson’s birthday. Johnny Anderson, the piano teacher’s son is looking for students and former students to give her birthday wishes.

According to Johnny, Mrs. Anderson has had some health issues and he wants to help lift her spirits. He said, “I know she is very proud of ‘Her Students’!” READ MORE

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Bladen law officers named in Sledge civil lawsuit

Four former Bladen County law enforcement officers and one current officer have until Oct. 31 to respond to a civil lawsuit filed by a man who spent 37 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit.

Former Bladen County sheriff’s Earl Stoms, Stephen Bunn and Prentis Benston, along with former detective Phillip Little and current officer Jeff Singletary are among a group named in the lawsuit brought by Joseph Sledge Jr. for being “wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment” for the murders of Josephine and Aileen Davis in Elizabethtown on Sept. 6, 1976, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Southern Division on Aug. 20. READ MORE


Sheriff’s office offers tips for a safe Halloween

Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Halloween will be at the end of October, which means lots of children dressed as ghosts, goblins, witches and many other characters will be out trick-or-treating on that night.

“Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. “Halloween is a fun time in Bladen County, but let’s make it a safe time as well.” READ MORE 

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Walt Gray – Chief Deputy Secretary

Walt Gray serves as the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s chief deputy secretary.

Originally from Whiteville, N.C., Gray received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Wofford College, his Master of Science in Accountancy and Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. READ MORE

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You Decide: Can We Resolve Our Tax Issues?

By: Dr. Mike Walden

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

YouDecideTaxes are always part of discussions about government and public policy, and taxes were clearly a hot topic in the recent session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Debates occurred about taxing services, lowering income tax rates, implementing incentives for business and energy expenditures, and dividing public revenues between urban and rural counties. Legislation was passed for some of these items, but I can assure you there will be more discussion and debate in future sessions. READ MORE


Plan for the future of your forestland with the N.C. Forest Service

NC Forest ServiceELIZABETHTOWN – Many woodland owners may not realize that their property could be working harder for them and their families, and it all starts with a plan prepared by a forester or other natural-resource professional.

“A woodland plan is customized to the property and interests of the landowner, providing a roadmap to help landowners achieve their short- and long-range goals, including leaving a legacy for their family,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. READ MORE 

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Structure Fire Call in Clarkton leads to lesson

Clarkton Fire Department responds to structure fire callWednesday evening Bladen County Firefighters and Bladen County EMS responded to a structure fire call on W.R. Lathan Street in Clarkton around 9 pm. According to Ms. Sherminka Smith her home started to smell like smoke and she realized smoke was starting to fill her home while she and her two children were inside.

According to Smith she saw smoke coming from clothes on top of her Dish Network box in one of the children’s rooms.   READ MORE 

More on McCrory’s visit to Bladen County

Governor McCrory in Bladen County4Governor Pat McCrory and other State leaders toured southeastern North Carolina on Tuesday and was with them in Bladen County. If you did not get a chance to attend the meeting in Bladen County on Tuesday at Lu Mil Vineyard, or tour Dan Ward’s farm in Clarkton with Governor Pat McCrory, we have some videos for you to watch.  WATCH VIDEOS

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Adopt-a-PetBladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fees for the week of October 12th – 16th 2015 for dogs and cats. There will still be a $15.00 Cat and $25 Dog vaccination fee. We hope that everyone can come out and view the wonderful pets we have available. The hours for adoptions are Monday – Friday 12-5:00 pm.  READ MORE  

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Pam Benton, member of the BCC Board of Trustees and her husband, Tim, enjoy delicious food and a festive atmosphere at the annual Seafood and Sunset gala event.

Pam Benton, former member of the BCC Board of Trustees and her husband, Tim, enjoy delicious food and a festive atmosphere at the annual Seafood and Sunset gala event.

Bladen Community College enjoyed its 4th Seafood and Sunset event at Camp Clearwater on October 1st. Hosted by the Bladen Community College Foundation, the Seafood and Sunset evening is one of many ways to contribute to scholarships for qualifying students, and provide funding for other meaningful support activities at the college. Since its inception, the popular dinner gala has raised over $50,000. READ MORE



Rep David Rouzer

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) announced the deadline of Saturday, October 31st for eligible applicants in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District to apply for a nomination to a United States Service Academy for the 2016 academic year. READ MORE

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Honey Dont Band

DUBLIN, NC -Lu Mil Vineyard is excited to announce, “Honey Don’t” will be performing at the 2015 NC Grape Festival. The popular Whiteville NC based Rockabilly/Cover band will bring to the stage its unique blend of rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & blues, and country & western. “Our music is happy”, said band member, Craig Peacock. “It makes people want to dance”. “Honey Don’t” will play covers starting with the 1950’s such as Elvis and Chuck Berry and more! READ MORE

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Clarkton Man sentenced for Bank Robbery

Ottis-McGill39 year old Ottis McGill of Clarkton was sentenced Tuesday to 19 to 25 years in prison for two robberies in the Wilmington area.

He entered guilty pleas earlier this year of robbing Western Union in downtown Wilmington of $6,000 in August 2013, and about a month later of robbing Newbridge Bank on Military Cutoff Road of more than $2,000.  READ MORE

Make Tree Stand Safety a Top Priority this Hunting Season

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionRALEIGH, N.C. – With gun hunting season for deer opening this month, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters to make tree stand safety a top priority when in the field this season.

Following a few basic guidelines can help prevent injuries and ensure that hunters return home safely — a key message of the agency’s Home From The Hunt safety campaign. Guidelines include:  READ MORE


Clarkton seeking assistance to fight school consolidation 

Clarkton Town Council October MeetingNo one ever wants to have to find a lawyer, but sometimes it is necessary. The Town Council of Clarkton held their regular monthly session Tuesday, October 6th, and finding legal assistance is now on their agenda.

The Bladen County Board of Education has voiced plans to close three schools in Bladen County. Two of those three schools are in Clarkton. Booker T. Washington and Clarkton School of Discovery are the only schools located in Clarkton and both are being considered for consolidation according to the Board of Education Ad Hoc Committee.  READ MORE 

First board meeting in October for Bladen County Commissioners brings concerned citizens

Sadie Perry address commissioners about Schools Consolidation

Sadie Perry address commissioners about Schools Consolidation

The first board meeting for the Bladen County Commissioners was held Tuesday evening with a full agenda. After general business of prayer, the pledge to the flag, and approving minutes, budget amendments, and invoices, the Commissioners were addressed by concerned citizens.

The first to speak was Mary A. Miller. Miller address the commissioners announcing herself as a concerned resident of Bladen County, representing the residents of Bladen County. Miller’s concerns was with the dismissal of Chris Ellis, former Bladen County Tax Assessor.

According to Miller there are concerns with evidence gathered illegally, three Board of Commissioners’ members voting against the dismissal of Ellis, and claims of sexual harassment surrounding Ellis’ dismissal.   READ MORE

Families First presented proclamation by Bladen County Board of Commissioners

Bladen County Board of Commissioners present Families First with proclamation

Bladen County Board of Commissioners present Families First with proclamation

Tuesday evening the Bladen County Board of Commissioners presented Families First representative Marjorie Walker with a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation. According to the proclamation, domestic violence is more than the occasional family dispute. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, it is the single largest cause of injury to American women, affecting six million of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.  READ MORE 

Bladen County 4-H Club recognized commissioners meeting

Bladen County 4-H presented proclamation from Bladen County Board of CommissionersBladen County Board of Commissioners proclaim October 4th through October 10th, 2015, National 4-H Week in Bladen County at their meeting on Tuesday evening. Chairman of the board, Charles Ray Peterson presented a plaque of the proclamation to the Bladen County 4-H Club members.  READ MORE

Fire at Bladen County Court House

Firefighters at Bladen County Court HouseTuesday evening around 8:45 pm the power went out in Elizabethtown and Firefighters responded to a fire call at Bladen County Court House. According to Nick West, Chief of Elizabethtown Fire Department, after the power went out there was an electrical problem with the generator which caused a mechanical problem with a motor in an air conditioning unit causing a small fire in the unit.  READ MORE

More than 5,000 lose power in Bladen County

More than 5,000 Duke Energy customers in Bladen County were without power for about an hour Tuesday night, according to the utility.  READ MORE  

Bladen County Board of Commissioners Approve New Health Director

Cris-Harrelson-and-Potty-Plant-001Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved Wayne Raynor as the Interim Bladen County Health and Human Services Director at their meeting Tuesday evening. Cris Harrelson, currently serving in the position as director will end his tenure this coming Friday, October 9th.  READ MORE 

Community Health Day A Huge Success

Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare held a Community Health Day on Tuesday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market.  “The Health Fair today was a huge success!   Community members were very thankful for the services, educational materials and giveaways!
We hope to have another one very soon!” said Ashley Dowless, Director of Public Relations, Marketing for Bladen Healthcare.  READ MORE 

State Leaders Assess Damage in Bladen County

As clouds continued trapping the sunshine Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory, and state Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler toured Bladen County and invited farmers, industry leaders and community leaders to meet at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin to give feedback on the impact of the non-stop rain.

The two weeks of rain every day has been devastating to parts of North and South Carolina. This week our leaders are taking the opportunity to take assessments. READ MORE

Jackson Named Harnett Health Interim President

FAYETTEVILLE – Kevin Jackson has been named interim President of Harnett Health, effective Thursday, Oct. 15. He is replacing outgoing president, Dan Weatherly, who has accepted a state-level position. His last day will be Oct. 15.

Jackson currently serves as Vice President of Post Acute Services at Cape Fear Valley Health. READ MORE

Jordan Driving School of the Carolina’s is pleased to welcome you to Driver Education

Below you will find the basic information and requirements for registration. Students are required to complete the registration form found on the high schools website.

Payment will only be accepted online. Please visit the high schools website to access the online payment portal. READ MORE

Everybody’s child

By: Jefferson Weaver


A proud mom contacted me the other day about her son, a high school senior. His picture had been in the paper, and she wanted a copy. I won’t embarrass him here, but I’ve known the young man since he was a little kid. He’s a fine young man, respectful of his elders, and always ready to lend a helping hand. He’s a good athlete, and likes NASCAR, hunting and girls, like any normal 18-year-old. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools 2-hour delay

With additional rain and high winds expected overnight, all Bladen County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay for students and staff on Tuesday, October 6th. This additional time in the morning will allow Transportation and Emergency Operations officials time to ensure roads are clear and safe for travel. Please continue to monitor the news for any changes or updates that may occur. Bladen County Schools will post any changes or updates to their district website, and their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Rezoning Changes Bring New Commercial Projects to Elizabethtown

MunroeElizabethtown Town Council met Monday evening in regular session.  Several public hearings were conducted.  A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment public hearing was held for comments regarding the addition of a C-1A Commercial-Agricultural District.  No public comments were made. Council approved the text amendment as presented.
A second public hearing was held for a rezoning request by Homer Alex Munroe, II of Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, LLC which is located at 195 Vineyard Drive in the Industrial Park.  READ MORE

Rain clearing out, sunny skies forecast through Friday

tory_hole_floodThe flood warnings have washed away. The wind advisories have calmed. And, after 12 consecutive days and more than 10 inches of rain, mostly sunny and clear skies are expected to return to Bladen County through at least Friday.

The National Weather Service has cancelled all watches and warnings for Bladen County, including the flood warning for the Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown Lock and Dam No. 2.  READ MORE 


Gov. McCrory to talk with farmers at Lu Mil Vineyard on Tuesday


North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to be at Lu Mil Vineyard near Dublin on Tuesday to discuss with farmers the impact that the recent rains have had on their crops, then visit the farming operation of Dan Ward in Clarkton, according to the governor’s office. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler also is expected to accompany the governor on his visit to Bladen County.

The event at Lu Mil is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. with McCrory to speak about the storm’s impact on North Carolina agriculture about 1 p.m., says the governor’s office.  READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe Bladen County unemployment rate was 9.87 percent.

The lawsuit concerning the Bladen County Airport was dismissed by the Superior Court. The lawsuit had been filed by a group of Clarkton area residents who objected to the proposed airport location.  READ MORE


DUBLIN, NC – The annual NC Grape Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, October 10 from 8am to 3pm at Lu Mil Vineyard. There will be a Super Yard Sale with FREE booth spaces (call 910-866-5819), Grape Stomp Competition, Entertainment, Vineyard Tours on the Double Decker Bus and Free Wine Tasting. Join us for a day of great family fun & entertainment!

Also, mark your calendar for the annual “Festival of Lights”.  READ MORE


Alpha Co 5/46 Reunion - Tennessee - September 2015

Alpha Co 5/46 Reunion – Tennessee – September 2015

For the past five years, members of Alpha Company 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade who served in Vietnam together during 1968-1970 have gathered for a reunion. They served with the 1st, 2nd and 4th platoons of Alpha Company. This year Oliver Gause joined 19 other veterans and 13 wives at Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee. This was their largest reunion with four attending for the first time. READ MORE

No School Consolidation Meeting Scheduled

According to some of our readers WECT had reported the Bladen County Board of Education would be holding a public hearing at the Town of Clarkton meeting about the Schools Consolidation Proposal. At this time there have been no public hearings scheduled according to Valerie Newton with the Bladen County Board of Education. READ MORE


Charles Beem

The History Club of Bladen Community College welcomed esteemed professor Dr. Charles Beem to campus on September 30, to speak about the rule of various British Queens. As a professor of history and coordinator of the British Studies Minor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Dr. Beem is a regular speaker at conferences on British history. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools to be Released Early

Due to continued inclement weather, all Bladen County School will have early release today, October 5th, for students at 12:30 pm. Staff will be dismissed at 1:00 pm.
Continue to monitor our Twitter and Facebook pages for any updates or changes as we will continue to monitor the weather.



FCETruckBURGAW, N.C. (September 21, 2015) – Four County EMC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, October 5, at Elizabethtown Middle School, 1496 Hwy 701 South in Elizabethtown. The meeting is open to all Four County EMC members. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will kick off at 7:00 p.m. READ MORE

Black Beard the Pirate Historian to Speak at BCC

Kevin Duffuss

Dublin – If you have an adventurous spirit and appreciate historical scoundrels and villains, you must have a front-row seat at the first of two Bladen Community College Writers Series presentations. On Tuesday, October 20th, at 11 AM, BCC will welcome acclaimed researcher, author, and filmmaker Kevin Duffus, as host of a program entitled The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate. Referred to by his peers as a modern-day Indiana Jones, Duffus is a Road Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council. READ MORE

Commissioners Meet Tuesday

Bladen-County-SealBladen County Commissioners will meet Tuesday for their bi-monthly meeting. The Board rescheduled this meeting to allow Board members to attend the Four County EMC annual meeting scheduled for Monday at Elizabethtown Middle School. The Consent Agenda includes Proclamations that relate to Domestic Violence Awareness and another in support of National 4-H Week.

Cris Harrelson, Bladen County Health Director is expected to ask the commissioners to consider approval of an fee increase for administering flu vaccine.  READ MORE 


Bladen County Schools to be Open Monday

A post on the Bladen County Board of Education Facebook page states:

“All Bladen County Schools will operate on a regular schedule on Monday, October 5. We do not anticipate any delays or changes to the schedule. DOT and Emergency Operations have assessed the roads and have given the all-clear for travel. Should any changes need to be made we will announce on our Facebook and Twitter pages.” READ MORE

Fallen tree knocks down power line, blocks N.C. 53 near White Oak

Falling Tree

A large tree fell across N.C. 53 shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, knocking down a Four County EMC power line and blocking the road, according to reports.

The power line is entangled in the tree, making it impossible for crew to remove the tree from the road until the line is secured because of safety concerns. READ MORE

Bladen Online By the Numbers: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

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Bladen Online surpassed the 100,000 page view mark for the seventh consecutive week and had more than 17,000 visits for the Sept. 27-Oct. 3 reporting period, according to Google Analytics.

It’s made possible by you, our loyal readers. We believe it shows that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County, and it’s a responsibility we take seriously. READ MORE

Bladen County readies for another round of rain

A fallen tree floats down the Cape Fear River on Sunday morning

A fallen tree floats down the Cape Fear River on Sunday morning

Saturday was a day of calm ahead of what’s expected to be a couple of windy, rainy days as Bladen County braces for another round of soaking Sunday and Monday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting as much as 3 inches of rain for Bladen County through Monday before the system clears out Tuesday night. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Armory serves as emergency staging area

Emergency personnel await orders Sunday morning outside Elizabethtown's National Guard Armory

Emergency personnel await orders Sunday morning outside Elizabethtown’s National Guard Armory

The parking lot of Elizabethtown’s National Guard Armory was filled with emergency vehicles Sunday morning. Emergency workers and soldiers passed the time sipping coffee and eating breakfast after a night spent sleeping on cots. All were awaiting word where their help was needed. READ MORE


Flash flood watch issued for Bladen County, region

Flash Flood

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Bladen County through Monday at 8 p.m. because of heavy rain that is expected Sunday and Monday.

The watch area also includes Columbus, Brunswick, Pender, Robeson and New Hanover counties as well as seven counties in South Carolina. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. READ MORE

No major issues reported in Bladen from day-long rain

It rained and rained and rained some more Friday. Schools dismissed early, a key high school football game was postponed and some trees toppled. More than 250 Four County EMC customers in the Ruskin area near N.C. 53 lost power for a time in the evening, according to the utility’s outage map.

Overall, however, as of 9 p.m., Bladen County had avoided any major issues from a day-long soaking brought about as a pair of weather systems came together, said Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw. READ MORE


Bladen County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 4-10

4H-weekElizabethtown, NC (October 4, 2015) — More than 6 million young people across the country today will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. During this week, Bladen County 4-H will showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community. This year, 4-H will also showcase a refresh of its brand, revealing new photography and creative materials that show the various life skills 4-H grows in young people. READ MORE

SAT Testing at Bladen County Board of Education

The SAT test scheduled for Saturday, October 3 at East Bladen High School has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17 at East Bladen High School. Students must check-in no later than 7:45 am to begin testing.

First Anniversary Tournament at Vineyard Golf at White Lake PPD

The First Anniversary Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd has been postponed and re-scheduled for Saturday, October 10.

Library Kid’s Halloween Party


Bladen County Public Library will host a Kid’s Halloween Party on Thursday October 22, 2015, at 6:00 PM, at the Bladen County Public Library. All children are invited to come dressed for tricks and treats. Please call to register by October 15th at 910-862-6990

With fall fire season approaching, N.C. Forest Service offers tips to prevent wildfires

NC Forest Service

RALEIGH – As fall wildfire season approaches, the N.C. Forest Service encourages North Carolinians to heed the call of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, and take steps to ensure careful burning of leaves and yard debris.

Fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot of yard work that may include burning leaves and yard debris. These fires sometimes escape and start wildfires. READ MORE

Lower Cape Fear Hospice seeks volunteers


Lower Cape Fear Hospice, a nonprofit, 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. READ MORE

Friends organize Fall Festival at state park

Jones-Lake-State-ParkFall is in the air and with it comes festivals! This year “The Friends of the Bay Lakes” and the staff at Jones Lake have organized a Fall Festival at Jones Lake on Saturday, October 31st. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration planned full of games, hay rides, educational opportunities and more!

“The Friends of the Bay Lakes” is a non-profit 501(c)3 group that supports both Jones and Singletary Lake State Parks.  READ MORE


Bladen Community CollegeBladen Community College encourages men and women interested in a law enforcement career to contact the college for information about the upcoming Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy registration on October 22, 2015.

The BCC program combines physical conditioning with required classwork.  READ MORE

BCC Offers Community Service Learning Opportunities

Bladen Community College

Did you know that Bladen Community College is offering music and dance classes? Come join the fun and dance the night away at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Auditions for LoWanda Davis Productions at Bladen County Public Library

Why Me by LoWanda DavisLast Auditions this year for LoWanda Davis Productions will be held October 17th, from 11 am until 4 pm at the Bladen County Public Library.

LoWanda Davis, Owner of LoWanda Davis Productions says, “I have a couple of upcoming projects and need some talented people to be a part of these.” The auditions are open to anyone with a talent.  READ MORE

Bladen Community College Offers Free Business Workshops

Bladen Community College

The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars in October.

Two special topic seminars will kick off the month. The following seminars will be held on the Main Campus in Building 2, Room 207:
– “How to Purchase and Rent Your Own Property” is offered on Thursday October 1 from 6:30-9:00 P.M. READ MORE

Proposal for Bladen County School Consolidation from AdHoc Committee

Bladen County SchoolsOn September 1st, Bladen County Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Robert Taylor proposed to the School Consolidation AdHoc Committee, a plan to consolidate and combine several schools in Bladen County and when to move forward with the proposal, according to the minutes of the AdHoc Committee meeting. The minutes of the meeting are a hit and miss synopsis of the true intent of Dr. Taylor and the committee.  READ MORE

“Howl-O-Ween” Dog Costume Contest at Bladenboro Beast Fest

By: Boost the Boro, Inc.

Back By Popular Demand!

Beast Fest Pet Contest in BladenboroAnyone who gets a kick out of dressing up their “fur-babies” will surely take pleasure in participating in this year’s “Howl-O-Ween” Dog Costume Contest.  Our goal is to raise awareness of animal abuse and to raise funds for injured and neglected animals in our county.  READ MORE 

Voter Requirements for 2016

John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families to celebrate family reunion on October 31

The John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families will celebrate their family reunion on October 31 at 1 PM at the Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall. The church is located on Oak Grove Church Road approximately five miles out of Bladenboro, NC off Hwy 242 north. The meal will be catered. However, It is requested that each family bring one dessert to whet the appetite of those with a sweet tooth.  READ MORE

Beast Fest Accepting Applications for vendors

The Bladenboro Beast Festival is coming up on October 31st. The festival committee is now accepting applications from anyone who might be interested in being a vendor at the festival in Bladenboro. The vendor form is live! Visit for more information or to submit your application.


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