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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Bladen County schools to dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Thursday
Bladen County schools will release at 1:30 p.m. Thursday because of weather conditions.
Dr. Robert Taylor, superintendent for the school system, says the release time will allow for water already on roads to recede. READ MORE
Elizabethtown man sentenced on firearm charges
Saquon Reginald Covington plead guilty to two felony firearm charges Monday in Bladen County Superior Court under an agreement with the state and was sentenced to between six and 17 months in custody.
Covington, 27, of Elizabethtown, plead guilty to felony possession of a stolen firearm and felony carrying a concealed gun. He also has several drug related charges pending, which, according to the District Attorney’s office, will be addressed once his current sentence is complete. READ MORE
Flash Flood Advisory
There is a flash flood warning for Southeastern North Carolina until 10:00 p.m. according to the National Weather Service.
Teen Court Trainings Held
Bladen County Teen Court is gearing up for another year. In order to prepare the youth participants for their various roles, trainings were recently held in a two-part series.
The attorney training was Monday September 19. Assistant District Attorney, Quintin McGee, spoke to youth attorneys about opening statements, closing statements, objections, questioning witnesses and defendants. READ MORE
Roundtable on the Opioid Epidemic in the Rural Southeast: Policies, Programs, & Progress
Raleigh, NC September 22nd, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will host an event entitled “Roundtable on the Opioid Epidemic in the Rural Southeast: Policies, Programs, & Progress” on Thursday September 29th, 2016 to discuss solutions to the rural opioid epidemic in North Carolina and to highlight the critical need for more treatment resources in rural communities. The roundtable is part of a series that USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Rural Development will host across the country throughout the Fall. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving
Ever think you could live the life of a hermit? Yes, for me, with some conveniences.
Another date to remember, Saturday, October 22. That is the date for a fund-raiser for Elizabethtown Middle School. A reverse raffle, a delicious meal and fun with friends and neighbors is planned. More to come. READ MORE
This Day in History – September 29
1849 – 1st passenger train service to Peekskill, NY (New Haven Railroad).
1875 – US-Spanish relations decline in wake of Cuban rebellion.
1902 – Impresario David Belasco opens his 1st Broadway theater.
1907 – Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 29
Lowest Temperature 46 degrees 1962
Precipitation 2.00 inches 1963
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 88 degrees.
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Rotary Club hears from Elizabethtown Police Chief
Chief Parrish brings to the Elizabethtown Police Department 28 years of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Greenville Police Department and he joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1990. READ MORE
National Blue Ribbons Awarded to Eight NC Public Schools
Eight North Carolina public schools today were named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. These schools are among 279 public and 50 private schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. READ MORE
Eastpointe visits BCC campus
Bladen Community College welcomed behavioral healthcare experts from Eastpointe to commemorate the Bladen County Commissioners declaration of September as National Recovery Month. Eastpointe shared cupcakes with students, faculty, and staff in the student lounge. For information about Eastpointe, call 1-800-914-6109.
Bladen Community College holds healthy lifestyle meetings
Bladen Community College has begun a series of healthy lifestyle meetings for students, staff, and faculty. The Making a Real Change for Health (MARCH) workshops are in collaboration with the Healthy Bladen initiative to improve personal health and wellness for residents of Bladen County. READ MORE
Dr. Breeden Blackwell visits Bladen Community College
Bladen Community College welcomed State Board of Community Colleges member, Dr. Breeden Blackwell to campus in September. Pictured areVice President for Student Services Barry Priest, Vice President for Workforce and Continuing Education Sondra Guyton, Executive Assistant to the President Melissa Hester, Associate Vice President for Academic Services Cynthia McKoy, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Jeff Kornegay, Vice President for Finance and Administration Jay Stanley, President William Findt, State Board for Community Colleges member Breeden Blackwell, BCC Chairman of the Board Dennis Troy, and Associate Vice President for Program Services Lynn Grey King, Jr.
Cody Clark receives Disney trip from Make a Wish foundation
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By: Erin Smith
Cody Clark was feted with a trip to Disney World by the Make a Wish Foundation on Tuesday afternoon at Giorgio’s Restaurant in Elizabethtown. LoWanda “Dee” Davis and her daughter Marnique Johnson with Make a Wish Foundation presented the trip and other gifts to Cody.
Clark was presented a Spiderman themed cake, toys, a Make A Wish T-shirt, and tickets for the theme parks. READ MORE
Hester Farm recognized by NC Tree Farm
By: Erin Smith
Two Bladen County brothers were recognized on Tuesday afternoon by North Carolina Tree Farm as Tree Farmers of the Year. Ronnie and Alexander Hester own the Hester farm, which consists of about 1,600 acres of land with much of it in forest and timber land.
Albert Shaw, who is on the NC Tree Farm Board of Directors, said that the group recognizes tree farmers for their efforts in conservation of their land holding. Shaw said this year NC Tree Farm identified and recognized five farms in District 8 which includes Bladen County. READ MORE
North Carolina’s August County and Area Employment Figures Released..Bladen At 6.7
RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 68 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 14, and remained unchanged in 18. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent. Twelve of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, one experienced a decrease, and two remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.4 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.1 percent. The August not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.0 percent. READ MORE
Vietnam Veterans Hold Annual Reunion
Each fall for the last six years, Vietnam veterans who served together with Alpha Company 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade have gathered together for their platoon reunion. Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee hosted the 18 veterans and 12 spouses during the week of September 18-23. Oak Haven has been the venue for five of their six reunions. READ MORE
SCC to host open house and Finding Dory movie night
Southeastern Community College will host an open house on October 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The open house will be immediately followed by a free outdoor movie night on the front lawn of SCC, hosted the Student Government Association. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for September 28
Workers needed Job Fair in Bladen County
NCWorks Career Center of Bladen County announced Triad Inc America has a big project ahead and workers are needed. According to the local NCWorks Career Center, formerly known as JobLink there is a need for 70 up to 100 construction and solar farm workers.
A Job Fair is scheduled for the big project on Friday, September 30th, 2016 from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. READ MORE
NC Grape Festival has a day full of activities for Bladen and surrounding counties
DUBLIN, NC – The annual NC Grape Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 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 on Doc’s Deck, Vineyard Tours on the Double Decker Bus and Free Wine Tasting. Join us for a day of great family fun & entertainment! READ MORE
Veterans and Boost the Boro presented flags
Bladen County Veterans and Boost the Boro members met Tuesday evening for the recently installed flags donated by Craig Callihan, with Woodmen of the World. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Elizabethtown driver’s license office moving to new location Monday
The new office will be at 197 North Pine Street. It will open Monday at 8 a.m. The office’s phone number (862-3169) will remain the same. READ MORE
Bladen resident selected to sing national anthem before Charlotte Hornets game
By: Erin Smith
One Bladen County resident got some exciting news on Tuesday —she will be singing the National Anthem during an upcoming Charlotte Hornets basketball game against the Pacers on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.
Ginnie Varnam of Tar Heel was notified by email by the NBA team that she had been selected to sing the National Anthem at a game. She is both excited and honored about being selected to perform. READ MORE
Judge rules on DA’s request to dismiss Smith’s civil lawsuit
A U.S. Magistrate Judge has allowed portions of a civil lawsuit against District Attorney Jon David to proceed while dismissing parts in a case involving the shuttering of two Dublin sweepstakes business in 2015.
On Sept. 19, Judge Robert B. Jones Jr. denied David’s request to dismiss the official capacity takings claim under the N.C. Constitution and individual capacity claims for conversion, a declaratory judgment, and a violation of constitutional rights, while dismissing the takings claim under the U.S. Constitution and individual capacity takings claim under the N.C. Constitution against the District Attorney, according to the ruling filed in the Southern Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. READ MORE
Billingsley to speak at Bladen Community College
Billingsley is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, the Associate Provost, and a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He earned his Ph.D. from Auburn University. READ MORE
NC Students Make Gains on SAT, AP Exams
North Carolina high school students saw performance gains last year on key measures of college readiness – the SAT college admissions exam and on Advanced Placement tests, according to results released today by The College Board, which administers the national exams.
North Carolina’s average SAT scores for 2016 high school graduates from all schools increased by 1 point each on the critical reading (502) and math (508) portions of the exam. State gains on both parts of the test outpaced gains nationally, which showed a 3-point drop on the critical reading section (494) and a 4-point decline on the math portion (508). READ MORE
Patrick Gannon to join State Board of Elections after 17 years in journalism
RALEIGH, N.C. — The State Board of Elections today announced that Patrick Gannon will join the agency on October 5 as its public information officer. Gannon’s move follows a 17-year career in journalism, most recently as editor of The Insider State Government News Service and syndicated columnist covering state politics for the Capitol Press Association. READ MORE
ALE investigation yields arrests in Bladen County
On Sunday, September 25, ALE Special Agents conducted an investigation at a suspected illegal bar in Bladen County located at 53 John T. Council Cemetery Road, White Oak. The investigation resulted in two arrests resulting in multiple alcohol and drug charges. Agents seized 13.7 grams of powder cocaine, five grams of marijuana, eight bottles of spirituous liquor, and $3,711 dollars in US currency. READ MORE
Local Military Exercise Planned for October
The exercise, known as Realistic Urban Training, is intended to prepare the Marines to operate in an urban environment before their scheduled deployment later this year. READ MORE
Traffic stop yields drug arrests
On Sunday, Sept. 25, at around 3:51 a.m. Elizabethtown Police Department Patrolman Joshua Blake Bryan was on patrol and located Kendrick Shipman who was operating a vehicle in the area of 101 East Broad Street in Elizabethtown. At the time, it was determined by Officer Bryan that there were active orders for arrest on Kendrick Shipman from Columbus County for failure to appear in court on previous charges. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Sunday crash sends two teens to hospital
By: Erin Smith
A single-vehicle accident on Pone Loop Road on Sunday evening sent two teens to the hospital, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. READ MORE
Iphone/Ipad Tips: Sams Club Game Changer & iPhone 7 Plus
By: Gordon Kinlaw
I wrote an article about this type of app for Walmart a year or so back. They tested it and backed off. Of course Sams is part of Walmart, but when will it happen there and Food Lion and everywhere?? We are ready!
I was surprised by the large sign I saw in Sams Friday that advertised the Scan and Go App that was just released. I stopped in my tracks and lost my shopping thoughts, which are all tech-related and grabbed the phone to download the app. I had to grab the Manager walking by in order to get it fully functional. Add your credit/debit card to your account. I already had a Sams account so my billing information was there. READ MORE
No-Cost Business Seminars offered at Bladen Community College
Faith based organizations and non-profits will be interested in these Saturday seminars. The Business Side of Operating a Faith Based Organization is offered on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. on the BCC main campus in building 2, room 207. It will be immediately followed by Parliamentary Procedure Made Easy, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. READ MORE
Clarkton resident victim of murder in Lake Waccamaw
A Clarkton man was shot to death at a residence in Lake Waccamaw on Saturday night, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.
Bobby Lee Sessoms was found dead of gunshot wounds inside the home of Steven Craig Long located at Lake Waccamaw, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office.
The Third Annual Garland Community Day set for Saturday, Oct. 1
The 3rd annual Garland Community Day will take place in downtown Garland on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating Our Youth: Tomorrow’s Leaders.”
The parade grand marshal will be MopTopShop of Raleigh. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago
A tanker owned by Campbell Oil Company crashed on Highway 87 and spilled over 6,000 gallons of fuel oil.
Sammy Skandier filed for Mayor of Elizabethtown. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Clarkton Community’s Rock the Block for Jesus
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Six Clarkton area churches hosted Rock the Block for Jesus on Saturday at First Baptist Church. There was plenty of delicious food, inspiring music, fun games, and inflatable bounce houses, slides and water slides. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Clarkton Street Closed
Progress is Made with Bladen County New Detention Center
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Lara Trump Visits Elizabethtown, Stresses Importance of Early Voting
The town of Elizabethtown was abuzz with excitement on Friday afternoon as Lara Trump paid a visit on behalf of her father-in-law Donald Trump. A large crowd of Trump supporters were on hand to greet her at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market on Friday afternoon.
Lara Trump said she is pleased to represent her father-in-law Donald Trump here in North Carolina. She grew up in North Carolina and took a job in New York after college. It was there she met and later married Eric Trump. Lara Trump said she returns often to visit her family and was honored when Donald Trump asked her to help him with his campaign in North Carolina. READ MORE
Arrest Made In Child Sexual Abuse Case
Maldonado was arrested after an extensive investigation by Investigator Greg Bullard of the Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE
Meet Hope – Our Pet of the Week
Fundraiser to benefit minister and wife Saturday
A local church is sponsoring a Barbecue Plate Fundraiser to benefit Mr. and Mrs. Dave Pyatte. Mr. Pyatte was a former pastor at Center Road Baptist Church. Both Dave and Cathy have been dealing with serious health issues since moving from Bladen County back to their home state of Tennessee. READ MORE
ETMS athletic booster club to hold fundraiser Oct. 22
The Elizabethtown Middle School athletic booster club is having it’s second annual reverse raffle ticket sale. Tickets are $50 and includes two dinner plates of either pork loin or barbecue chicken. READ MORE
Bladen residents report Kirby Vacuum encounter
Bladen County residents are reporting encounters with someone claiming to represent Kirby Vacuum on Monday. The residents described the vehicle as a blue-green Toyota car with Florida license plates occupied by three women and one male.
A resident said the group claimed they were selling Kirby Vacuums and giving away a free box of Tide laundry detergent to anyone who signed up. READ MORE
Fall Festival on tap for Sunday, October 2 in Clarkton
A fall festival is planned for Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Clarkton Entertainment Center from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Clarkton Entertainment Center is located at 10289 South College Street in Clarkton.
The Wing Tips Beach Band has reunited for this occasion and will be some great beach music. Bring your chair and bring your friends and family for fun, games and see Cinderella. READ MORE
Prescription Drug Abuse-The Investigators’ Perspective
Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the final installment in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.
According to Investigator Richard Allen of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, prescription drug abuse is currently the biggest problem in Bladen County.
“I’ve been working [narcotics] for about six years and our main focus most of that time has been prescription pills,” said Allen.
Prescription Drug Abuse – The Physician’s Perspective
By Katie Galyean
According to a survey conducted by the National Safety Council, 74 percent of doctors believe that opioids, such as oxycodone or morphine, are the most effective way to treat pain. However, other studies done by the National Safety Council show that over the counter pain medication are often far more effective in relieving acute pain.
Kailash Chandwani, a physician employed at the Southeastern Spine and Pain Clinic in Lumberton, NC, disagrees with the 74 percent of doctors in his profession. READ MORE
Prescription Drug Abuse: The Addicts’ Burden
By Katie Galyean
Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the second in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.
In an article by Physician L. Manchikanti, it states Americans only make up 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but they consume 80 percent of the world’s entire opioid supply. Bladen County has certainly not been exempted from the statistic.
David Chesnutt, Executive Director at Carolina Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment center, said, “since 2012, I would say 80 percent of the guys that come through here [are prescription drug addicts].”
“I’ve worked with over 1,000 men,” said Chesnutt, “and originally it was crack cocaine, always marijuana, alcohol, meth was in play, and there was a little bit of prescription drug abuse. Around 2011, it was like we crossed an invisible line.” READ MORE
Prescription Drug Abuse – A Pharmacist’s Struggle
Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at Prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the first in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.
According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, prescription drug abuse is on the rise throughout North Carolina.
“Drug overdoses have eclipsed car crashes as the leading cause of preventable death,” said Rebecca Hester, pharmacist at The Medicine Shop in Bladenboro. READ MORE
Senior Center is offering fall prevention class, needs volunteers
By: Katie Galyean
The newest activity around the Senior Center is the upcoming “Matter of Balance: Fall Prevention Class.” READ MORE
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