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Cape Owen Manor subdivision holds Fourth of July parade


Family and friends in the Cape Owen Manor subdivision off Owen Hill Road near Dublin held their third annual Fourth of July parade Saturday morning. The parade included children riding bicycles that were decorated in patrotic themes, golf carts and ATVs covered in red, white and blue, at least one riding lawn mower, a boat on a trailer, and walkers making their way down Cape Owen Manor Road.  READ MORE

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Harmony Hall Ringing Bell for Support

Harmony HallIf you hear a bell ringing around Harmony Hall today, it’s because people are donating money. Maureen Thompson Bell made the announcement today on her Facebook page. According to Maureen the wooden shingle roof at Harmony Hall is in desperate need of repair and is estimated to cost around $7,000.

“The wooden shingle roof is in horrible condition and water will eventually ruin the upper level on down. We desperately need funds to pay for it,” Maureen said. Her plan today is anyone that stops by and makes a donation may ring the bell at Harmony Hall. She also posted on Facebook, if you can’t make it out to Harmony Hall, but would still like to make a donation she will ring the bell for anyone who makes a donation.

All you have to do is comment that you will make a donation on her post on Facebook. Then make your check payable to Harmony Hall Foundation  READ MORE 


Double shooting in Whiteville leaves one dead, one in jail


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Rotary Scholarship Winners

By: Elizabethtown Rotary  Club

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club presented two $500 scholarships to local Bladen County Students at their weekly meeting at San Jose Restaurant. Jeremy Davis from West Bladen High School and Malik McKoy a student at Bladen Community Elizabethtown Rotary Scholarship winner 1College were the two recipients of the scholarships.  READ MOREElizabethtown Rotary Scholarship winner





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Traditionally during the July 4th Holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The Sheriff reminds all Bladen County residents to follow these safety tips:

• Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.

• When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer – giving you an extra few seconds to respond. READ MORE 

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Looking for some action on this July 4th?

Are you looking for somewhere to see fireworks this Independence Day?  We have a list of 4 places you may have the opportunity to watch some great Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations.

– First on our list is our very own, White Lake Fireworks at Goldston’s Beach and admission is free because the show is sponsored by the Elizabethtown – White Lake Chamber of Commerce thanks to donation from White Lake’s businesses owners. Enjoy a day of swimming, riding rides, eating good food and more at White Lake, save big in Elizabethtown with the Side Walk Sales, and then get a comfy seat on a pier or shore line around dark at White Lake because you are in for a treat. READ MORE  


Safe Kids Bladen County Wants You to Stay Safe for July 4th!!!

Whether you’re celebrating 4th of July in a big city or a small town, at a baseball game, in your backyard or on a boat, please don’t rely on luck to stay safe. Here are a few tips for your family when it comes time for the fireworks.

*Leave Fireworks to the Professionals. *The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.  READ MORE  


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Happy July 4th to you…and our nation….
Many are traveling our roads this weekend…keep that in mind as you move around…Cookouts are a big thing on the 4th…Enjoy and be safe…
A big crash in yesterday’s practice at Daytona marked the return of NASCAR to Florida….Fortunately,  no serious injuries, but several drivers had to go to back-up cars….More to come.
I remember being a regular at the Darlington 500 many years ago on Labor Day….Hot weather for sure…For a quarter, an all night theater provided air conditioning…I was never a big movie goer, but worth 25 cents for a cool place to sleep…a bargain..
A couple of reminders for today….The sidewalk sale continues in Elizabethtown and the fireworks display shortly after 9 p.m.tonight…would be nice if the weather cooperates……We are praying for rain one day and hoping it does not come the next….Fortunately, we cannot control.  READ MORE  


Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 4

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature 96 degrees 1970

Lowest Temperature 60 degrees 1979

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation 2.85 inches 2013

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 86 degrees.

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This Day in History—July 4
By: Robert G. Hester
This Day In History1776—US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and Independence from Britain.
1789—1st US tariff act.
1796—1st Independence Day celebration is held.
1802—US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
1803—The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
1817—Construction on Erie Canal begins at Rome, NY.
1831—“America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” is 1st sung in Boston.  READ MORE  

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Happy Independence Day, Bladen County!

Happy Independence Day Weekend Bladen County! Please send us your photos of any patriotic sightings, get-to-gethers or cook-outs in Bladen County. Let’s show people how we celebrate America’s Holiday!  


We Walk For Fennell Fundraiser

Submitted By: Barbara Featherson

Now wheel chair bound due to sudden paralyzation of his lower extremities, Fennell Yates has returned home after more than a three-month stay between the hospital and rehabilitation centers.

Yates returns home to a much different life than what he was accustomed to. His home as well as other necessities has to be modified to adjust to this handicap.

An organizer of WE WALK FOR FENNELL has scheduled a walk-a-thon fundraiser for Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 8:00 am-10:00 am at Whiteville High School Soccer Field off Legion Drive.  Walkers are asked to register with $10.00.  All proceeds will go directly to Fennell.

Yates is a graduate of Whiteville High School class of 1997.  READ MORE




The most dangerous intersection in Bladen County?

By: Charlotte Smith

There has been a lot of talk in Bladen County about the intersection construction at US Hwy 701 and Hwy 87. Our local NCDOT team members are continuing to work hard on the project as well as Barnhill Contracting Company. However concerns have been expressed by citizens of our community and we want to know your opinion.

The construction at the intersection started on March 3rd, 2015 with the prime contractor for the construction being, Barnhill Contracting Company.  The contract amount is $13,265,221.98.

The concept W. R. Marsh, PE, NCDOT Whiteville Resident Engineer gave was US 701 will take a new alignment on the eastern side and go under NC 87 Bypass. New bridges will be built for each direction on NC 87 Bypass and down at Brown’s Creek. NC Highway 242 is relocated to the southern side of Sampson-Bladen Oil Company. The old piece of NC Highway 242 remains in place for access to Sampson-Bladen Oil Company and the State Employees Credit Union.

Marsh said, “Everything in my career has always been up and over. Now we are going down and under. It’s not quite a tunnel. To tie in 701 and 87 you will have a loop to get you off of 701 to 87 and a ramp to get you off 87 to 701.”

To help us try to understand what the intersection will be like for those who learn visually, Marsh has given us a drawing of the work to be done at the intersection. He also provided us with a photo of an intersection in Fayetteville that is similar to the one they are building in Elizabethtown. READ MORE  

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Ferry is operating Ken Clark NCDOT

The river level dropped sufficiently overnight that the Elwell Ferry IS operating as of Friday morning. The river level is right ‘on the bubble’ though so we will have to monitor closely – NOAA projections are for levels to rise slightly tomorrow.

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BCC Presidents and Deans list

Students who have maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. for the term have been named to the President’s List as follows.
Gabriela Alcala-Garcia Johnda Melvin
Litoria Bartley Sarah Mills
Erica Butler Amanda Mitchell
Jessica Carroll ShaBrima Montgomery
Melissa Carter Amanda Morris
Charlanna Coleman Robin Novak
La-Faith Council Ashton Oxendine
Aaron Cox Levy Pait
Rebecca Creasey Chelsie Patrick
Jamie Davis READ MORE 

Elizabethtown Farmer’s Market Joins in Sidewalk Sale This Saturday

The Elizabethtown Farmer’s Market is in full swing for the July 4th Side Walk Sale, with vendors setting up their wares in the large room behind Burney’s (in the old Red & White building) this Saturday. Shoppers, both indoor and outdoor,  will have lots of wood crafts, goodies & snacks, jewelry, paintings, and hand made items to view. Vendors will be set up each and every Saturday for the next few months, in air-conditioned comfort. Come on out and see.


Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

Health GradesSometimes we go out to eat as a celebration, or as part of our vacations. This July, many of us will eat out a lot more just because it’s July, or just because we were out playing and didn’t go home to cook. Sometimes it’s just because we don’t have time, or are too tired to cook at home, (or maybe we just don’t like to do the dishes). In either case, eating out equals knowing that someone unseen is preparing the food you are going to eat (or feed your children), and that is reason enough to question the cleanliness of the establishments we like to frequent.

BladenOnline is happy to offer our readers a monthly update on the health scores given to eating places in our county. You can rely on us as your news source for restaurant cleanliness, so that you can make informed choices when considering a vacation, date night, birthday celebration, or the simple escape from dish-pan hands. View the Health Reports for June. READ MORE


This Day in History  –  July 3

This Day In History1775—Washington takes command of Continental Army at Cambridge, Mass.

1806—Michael Keens exhibits 1st cultivated strawberry.
1819—1st savings bank in US (Bank of Savings in NYC) opens its doors.
1852—Congress authorizes US’s 2nd mint (San Francisco, California)
1871—Jesse James robs bank in Corydon, Iowa ($45,000)
1884—Dow Jones published it’s 1st stock average.
1886—1st NY Tribune printing using 1st commercial linotype machine.
1907—Pope decree forbids modernization of theology.
1916—1st of 3 fatal shark attacks occurred near NJ shore (4 die)
1930—US Veterans Administrated created. READ MORE 

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 3

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature    96 degrees     1968
Lowest Temperature     58 degrees      1988
Greatest One-Day Precipitation       2.90 inches      1996
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 91 degrees.

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingJuly 3….many folks on our roads, at the lake, hopefully on the streets of Elizabethtown for the Sidewalk Sale.  There will be longer lines at many restaurants and other retail outlets…A great time to just cool it…relax…There is room for all.
We are all a little different, some more different than others…Let’s treat all the way we want to be treated…We are all God’s children….
Traffic patterns change next week at the intersection of US 701 and NC 87 bypass….according to the sign on the site…Alternative routes, when possible,  may be a better choice…Time will tell…
Bladen County Commissioners will not meet for regular session Monday evening….They will meet as Board of Equalization and Review at 4 p.m. READ MORE


Elizabethtown Town Council Meets Monday

The Elizabethtown Town Council meets Monday for their regular monthly meeting.

A work session will be held at 12 noon and the regular meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at Elizabethtown Town Hall.

Included on the Agenda is a presentation by Phil Geary, EI. The topic of the discussion will be Bladen County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update.

Two Resolutions will be considered for approval.  READ MORE 

Bladen County May Unemployment At 8.2 Percent

UnemploymentRALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in two counties, and remained unchanged in one county.

Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.0 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.5 percent. All fifteen the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 8.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.7 percent. The May, not seasonally adjusted, statewide rate was 5.9 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 87 counties, increased in six, and remained unchanged in seven. Fourteen metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year while one remained unchanged. READ MORE

Big Plans for Bike Lanes in Elizabethtown

A matching grant was awarded to the Town of Elizabethtown in 2014 along with several other communities in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Town of Elizabethtown now have a goal to develop a comprehensive bicycle transportation plan.  The Bicycle Plan Steering Committee met again this past Tuesday evening to discuss options available for bike lanes in Elizabethtown.

The purpose of the grant is to encourage municipalities to develop comprehensive bicycle plans and pedestrian plans.  During the planning process bicycle lanes were added on King Street in order to create safer bicycling conditions. Since the lanes were added, we have heard from King Street residents worried they are going to lose their ability to park on the street.

During the meeting Tuesday night we announced the concerns about the parking issues on King Street when the committee started discussing the plan for extending the bike lanes along King Street to Peanut Plant Road. Eddie Madden, Elizabethtown Town Manager said, “That is a residential street and it requires off street parking. I can understand that the property owners have gotten accustomed to parking on the street.  So, we have encouraged them and provided them with a pamphlet as an educational tool about the bike lane.” READ MORE

The field of pain and sorrow

By:Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson-WeaverNote to my readers: With rare exceptions, I do not like to reprint columns, since I consider doing so to be a lazy habit. However, at the request of several folks, the column below is an edited version of the piece by the same name which I wrote in 2009.

Thomas Traylor watched.
Ellis Covert was likely sick.
Ben Weaver probably waited.
As important as Independence Day is to me as an American, I have to remember the date as a Southerner, too.
From July 1, 1863, until July 3, 1863, a lot of Americans, both Northern and Southern, had things on their minds other than the holiday barbecue or fireworks or beach trip, things most of us enjoyed this past week. READ MORE 

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Dublin man killed in Lumberton

23 year old Ryan Smith of Dublin died from a gunshot wound in the Turner Terrace housing project in Lumberton Wednesday. Smith was found inside a vehicle.

Law enforcement officers responded to a call about 9 p.m. He was taken to a Lumberton hospital where he was pronounced dead.

No arrest has been made. Officers do not believe the shooting was a random act.

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Bladen County Wants You to Stay Safe for July

Whether you’re celebrating 4th of July in a big city or a small town, at a baseball game, in your backyard or on a boat, please don’t rely on luck to stay safe. Here are a few tips for your family when it comes time for the fireworks.

Leave Fireworks to the Professionals. The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals. Be Extra Careful With Sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to *1,200 degrees*. How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. READ MORE 

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Lifetime License Holders: Time to Request Seasonal Information

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2015-16 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards, HIP certification and bear e-stamp, if applicable. READ MORE 

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Cool Tips for Summer Drinks – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainThere’s nothing better than a cool drink on a hot summer day to help you feel refreshed.

You can enjoy summer drinks from an abundance of options which look incredibly delicious. But remember that some can really pack on the calories in no time.

  • Energy drinks. Think twice before swigging one of these for a cool kick-start to your day. One energy drink that is heavily advertised is Red Bull, which has a lot of sugar (two tablespoons) and caffeine (three times the amount in a can of cola). These drinks also are acidic, so the price you may pay for cooling off could be dental erosion. A recent study showed that Red Bull may cause more harm to tooth enamel than soda, Gatorade or a coffee drink. With these energy drinks it’s recommended that you use a straw to reduce contact of the liquid with your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after finishing the drink. READ MORE 

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VBS Mission Project


Last week Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church celebrated Vacation Bible School by recognizing God’s mighty powers. Children of all ages celebrated at the “Base Camp of Mt. Everest” and realized that with God’s help they can conquer any challenge.

One of the greatest powers God has is the power to provide.

With this in mind, the church collected school supplies to donate to Bladen County Schools. Elizabethtown Middle School is thankful for the contributions from the church and grateful for the community support in providing for its students.

*You Decide: Is North Carolina’s Rebound Stumbling?* *Dr. Mike Walden* *North Carolina Cooperative Extension*

YouDecideSome troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines
recently. Numbers for an economic concept called gross domestic product”,
or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in
2014, it rose much less than in the nation. The comparison was a 1.4
percent gain for the state versus a 2.2 percent improvement for the nation.
Does this mean it’s time to worry about the state’s economic rebound? READ MORE  

Bladen County Collection Centers Open for business

The Bladen County transfer station will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. Normal operations will resume on Monday, July 6th.

All other county collection centers will be operating on a normal schedule.


Kids Fun Day Fundraiser for Ayven Lennon

AyvenLennonFor those who may not have heard, a Bladenboro family received the news last month every family hopes they never hear. Ayven Lennon the 5 year old son of Misty and Toby Lennon was diagnosed with Lymphocytic B-Cell Lymphoma and Leukemia.
According to a Go Fund Me set up for the family, Ayven will have a three year journey, which includes weekly trips to UNC Childrens Hospital for Chemo. Our community members want to help the family with their burden.

So along with the other fundraisers going on in our area for this family, there will be a Kids Fun Day held Saturday, August 1st in Bladenboro at the Bladenboro Historical Building. The day will include bounce houses donated by Bounce Brothers, train rides donated by David Hales, Face painting, Slushies donated by Lu Mil Vineyard and more! The fun will begin at 10 am and last all day.  READ MORE  

Commissioners Schedule E&R Meeting

Bladen County Commissioners will meet Monday, July 6 as a Board of Equalization and Review.  The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the Commissioners Room, Lower Level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC.


Bladen County Health DepartmentBladen County Health Department was awarded Re-Accreditation Status on May 15, 2015 at a Local Health Department Accreditation Board Ceremony in Raleigh, NC. Cris Harrelson, Health and Human Services Agency Director accepted the award at the event. “Receiving accreditation status is important,” said Harrelson. “It lets the citizens of Bladen County know that their local health department meets acceptable standards of professionalism, accountability, and access to care.”

The three functional components are:
• An agency self-assessment, which include 41 benchmarks and 148 activities;
• A three day site visit by a multidisciplinary team of peer volunteers; and
• Determination of accreditation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.

Bladen County Health Department was awarded initial Accreditation in May of 2011. Accreditation status is reviewed every 4 years from the initial accreditation review. “I would like to thank everyone involved for this accomplishment,” continued Harrelson. “From members of our Board of County Commissioners to Bladen County government staff to our community partners, this was truly a team effort.” READ MORE 

One of our Favorite Local Artists Captures Broad Street


One of Bladen County’s favorite, most talented Artists, Kathryn Sellers Bunn, of White Lake, has been seen on these warm summer evenings at the intersection of Hwy 701 and Broad Street in Elizabethtown painting a beautiful portrait of the buildings, Corner Café down to Toddlers and Teens.

Better known as Kathy, this local artist is one of the most well-known, admired artists in Bladen County according to most of our residents. Kathy taught Art Class for 29 years. She taught at East Bladen High School for many of those years. Now, she gives Art lessons out of her home for children and adults alike.

When she is praised for her talent Kathy responds saying, “It’s not really about talent. It’s about passion. If you are passionate about something it really makes a difference.” READ MORE


Elizabethtown, N.C. – July 1, 2015. The Southeastern Partnership (“North Carolina’s Southeast”) has launched a new marketing technology tool that will offer real-time intelligence about the region’s available properties and communities to businesses and site selectors around the globe. The organization’s buildings and sites database, constructed with help from a $35,000 matching grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, went live last week. The searchable site displays information on listed industrial sites and buildings across the region’s 14 counties. READ MORE

Keep your Independence Day celebration safe with these fire safety tips

RALEIGH – Officials with the N.C. Forest Service encourage people to celebrate Independence Day by viewing public fireworks displays rather than risk starting fires by setting off their own fireworks.

“Many wildfires that occur during this time of the year start due to the careless use of Class C fireworks such as sparklers, fountains, glow worms, smoke devices and trick noisemakers,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With many free fireworks shows planned across the state, there are a lot of options for enjoying the July 4th holiday that reduce the risk to our forest lands and personal property.” READ MORE 

FSA County Committee Nomination Period in Bladen County Now Open


(Elizabethtown, N.C.), July 1, 2015 –Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on June 15, 2015. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 3, 2015.

“County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Tatum.

To be eligible to serve on the FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the Local Administrative Area (LAA) where they are nominated. READ MORE

Annual Sale Promises Many Savings

Bargain lovers should be happy in Bladen County for the next six days. The Annual 4th of July Side Walk Sale started today in Elizabethtown and will go through Monday, July 6th. Businesses such as Leinwand’s, Toddlers and Teens, Ray’s Furniture, and Fisher’s who have been holding this annual sale for many years are joined this year with new businesses holding a sale.

Stores not only on Broad Street are participating. Whimsical Flowers & Gifts on Poplar Street is also marking down their prices. Vicky Williams, from the shop said, “We are holding this sale to make room for our fall merchandise that will be here before you know it.” READ MORE


Amber Alert Canceled, Iyana B. Ross Found, Update from Bladenboro Police

RossThe Amber Alert issued on Monday, June 29th for missing teenager, Iyana Shabre Ross, has been canceled according to Chief Hunt of Bladenboro Police Department. Hunt explained that the juvenile was reported missing by her family members and was believed to have left home on her own. Her whereabouts were unknown.

Ross was found around 1:07 pm on Tuesday, June 30th  after information was received from the public and a tremendous amount of assistance was given by local, state and federal agencies.  Chief Hunt said, “The Bladenboro Police Department would like to thank the FBI, SBI, Department of Public Security Services, Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, Bladen County Department of Corrections, and the public for their assistance in this matter.”

Hunt added, “I want to encourage parents to please keep a healthy line of communication with your children. Talk to them about the dangers of trusting strangers. Children and teenagers need to be aware that it is very important to let their parents know where they are at all times. Parents should check on their children even after they have been put to bed at night to ensure their children are safe.”

County of Bladen, Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners

The July 4th holiday is upon us!! The County of Bladen would like to remind citizens and visitors that fireworks are strictly regulated and dangerous – so stay safe and obey the law!

Please use caution when using legal fireworks.

Most fireworks are illegal to use, sell, and possess in North Carolina. There are a few exceptions provided in NC General Statute 14-414. Examples of legal fireworks are toy cap pistols, snake/glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, string poppers, snap pops, and sparklers. Any firework that explodes or leaves the ground is ILLEGAL. READ MORE 

Communicating Effectively For Your Benefit

By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Good communication is about more than just promptly taking a customer’s phone call or directing them to a helpful website. It includes providing useful information in a clear and easy-to-understand way, in writing, on the web, and over the phone. June is National Effective Communications Month, but at Social Security, we’re at the forefront of clear, concise communications all the time.

Our efforts to better serve and clearly communicate with the American public are paying off, and people like you are reaping the benefits. We’re proud of our consistently high ratings in customer satisfaction and usability

Regular Schedule for Waste Industries

Waste Industries will remain on regular garbage collection schedule for the Town of Elizabethtown on July 3rd

Bladen County Board Retreat

The Bladen County Board of Education will hold a Board Retreat on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The purpose of the Board Retreat is to discuss district planning for the 2015-2016 school year.  The retreat will be held in the board room of the Bladen County Administration Office, 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC  28337.

From Our Inbox


Dear Editor:

So many times, we think of all the bad things happening around us. It clouds our ability to see wonderful things are happening, even during tragedies. On Saturday morning, June 27, 2015, I witnessed a group of dedicated people working together to save as much of Gibson Cancer Center as possible. Many thanks to the Lumberton Fire Department and those volunteer departments that served as back up support. Our loss would have been much greater had this group of individuals not been responsive, collaborative and professional. I heard one person comment on how the “team was so organized, everyone knew his role and carried it out well.” READ MORE 

Congressman Rouzer visits Bladen

Mac Campbell, Jr., Rouzer, Charles DeVane, Harrison Devane and Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell. Pictured (L-R)


Rep. David Rouzer made another stop in Bladen County Tuesday.

He included Bladen as a part of his visits to several nearby counties. His visits were primarily to Ag related businesses, and included Campbell Oil in Elizabethtown.

“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign” Continues Over July 4 Holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will team with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies over the July 4 holiday weekend for the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign.

The annual multi-agency initiative works to ensure everyone can travel safely on the road and on the water during summer holidays. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 is subject to arrest.  READ MORE 

SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH— Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, congratulate the winners of four statewide awards for their outstanding work in providing free, unbiased counseling about Medicare and other health insurance issues to seniors in North Carolina.

This year’s awards were presented at the Annual North Carolina SHIIP Coordinators’ Training Conference in Greensboro on June 25.

SHIIP County of the Year is Brunswick.  SHIIP’s coordinating site in Brunswick County is Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. SHIIP volunteers provided counseling to 3,552 clients in their county this year and reached out to nearly one million residents through various efforts. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

David Hursey of Dublin Jaycees was recognized as Dublin Jaycee of the Year.

Leonard Hood of Elizabethtown won the Carolina Sands Country Club Tennis Championship.

The Bladen County tax rate was increasing by 5 cents to a rate of 90 cents per hundred.

Mike McGuiness resigned as Executive Director of the Joint Municipal Housing Cooperative.

The Clarkton Tobacco Market, part of the Border Belt market, was scheduled to open around the last of July.

How do I become eligible for Medicare due to disability?


The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people aged 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare due to a disability.

Before you can receive Medicare due to a disability, you must apply, be approved and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time. In most situations before an individual can receive SSDI, a date of onset must be established. In addition, a five-month waiting period must be served before a person is entitled to Social Security disability cash payments.

Highway Patrol Encouraging Motorists to Drive Safely During the July 4th Holiday

RALEIGH – According to the American Automobile Association, it is estimated that 41.9 million people will travel during the July 4th holiday period; the most in eight years.

As a friendly reminder, the Highway Patrol is advising motorists to be careful as they enjoy the July 4th holiday. Motorists who slow down and travel at posted speeds will not only increase their chances of arriving at their destination safely, but will also conserve fuel. Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state. Troopers will be cracking down on speeders during the holiday and will be using speed timing devices to assist them in enforcing the speed laws. There will be an increased presence of troopers on the interstates, major four lane highways and rural paved roads across North Carolina.

Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 7 fatal collisions and 257 injury collisions during the July 4th holiday period. This included 3 fatal collisions and 48 injury collisions due to impaired driving.  READ MORE 

We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Systems Administrator

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 Systems Administrator.  READ MORE  

Bladen We Care sponsors successful fund-raisers

Bladen We Care’s 26th annual fund-raisers were very successful according to President, Mac Campbell, Jr.

Campbell reported recently that the Annual Gala and Golf tournament will provide funds for grants to Bladen County residents, who are experiencing difficult times due to medical expenses. Bladen We Care also assists other organizations that provide assistance to area residents, including Bladen Crisis Center and Bladen Baptist Association. READ MORE 


Traditionally during the July 4th Holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The Sheriff reminds all Bladen County residents to follow these safety tips:

• Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you. Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road.

• When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car you intend to pass. You will know instantly if the car is about to veer – giving you an extra few seconds to respond. READ MORE


iPhone & iPad Tips

By: Gordon Kinlaw


iphoneGoogle Photos Back Up

Google has just introduced it’s app for backing up your mobile device photos. They’ve had a failure or two getting to this point but this could be the one for you!!! It’s a great way to backup and organize your photos but your goal should be to minimize the number of photos on your camera roll and free up phone memory.


  • Unlimited storage using avg size phone photos (up to 15megs, normal is 2-5megs)
  • Auto up-syncing from all devices including desktop (no sync down to desktop)
  • Editing and enhancement Albums Sharing via your phone’s social app’s.
  • Searching by face, location, date, and titles
  • Google Style wizard creations like “Stories”, “Collages”, “Slide Shows” and others
  • It’s VERY fast uploading and viewing  READ MORE

Elizabethtown and NCDOT need your inpu

Elizabethtown and NCDOT are working together to create safe and connected routes for bicycling throughout town.  The plan aims to use bicycling as a tool for increasing quality of life, tourism, and economic development. Please join this effort by filling out this comment form and visiting the project website.  

Important Recall for Dodge and Chrysler vehicles

Recall-noticeFCA US LLC, formerly the Chrysler Group LLC has sent out an important safety recall. FCA said, “The driver airbag inflator housing in the vehicle may rupture, due to excessive internal pressure, during normal airbag deployment events. This condition is more likely to occur if your vehicle has been exposed to high levels of absolute humidity for extended periods of time. An inflator rupture, during airbag deployment events, could result in metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.”

According to FCA US LLC the following vehicles are at risk for the malfunction and are under the recall: 2004 through 2009 model year Dodge RAM 1500/2500/3500 Pickups, 2004 through 2008 model year Dodge Durango, 2007 through 2008 model year Chrysler Aspen, 2005 through 2010 model year Chrysler 200/Dodge Charger/Dodge Magnum, and 2005 through 2011 model year Dodge Dakota vehicles. READ MORE

Southeastern Carolina Crossroads Officially Opens

A huge asset to Southeastern North Carolina, the former, Camp E-Tik-Etu, is now Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. The non-profit group held their Open House yesterday, Sunday, June 28th at their location on Susie Sandhill Road. The vision of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Bladen County started to form about 10 years ago according to Bruce Cannon, Director of Missions for the Bladen Baptist Association. Now, that vision is a reality because some determined community members did not give up.

Cannon spoke Sunday at the open house about the various turns and twists they have seen over the numerous years trying to bring this desperately needed mission project to Bladen County. Cannon introduced Representative William Brisson, guest speaker and an instrumental part in the project from the beginning. READ MORE 

Appalachian State University Spring 2015 Degrees Awarded

Bladen County Degrees Awarded
Stephanie Ruth Rzonca, (Bachelor of Arts), Sustainable Development, Cum Laude Bladen County Chancellors List
Alexis Marcia Lacewell, Pre-Professional / Freshman Bladen County Deans List
Hayley Elizabeth Horton, Elementary Education / Sophomore
Stephanie Ruth Rzonca, Sustainable Development / Senior

Desmond Bryant returns to East Bladen July 11

Desmond Bryant, an East Bladen graduate, and veteran NFL defensive lineman will conduct a free Football Camp at East Bladen on Saturday, July 11.

Registration for youngsters ages 6 to 18 will begin at 8 a.m. with the camp to follow. For additional information contact East Bladen Eagle football coach Robby Priest at 645-2500.

For Bryant, it is his annual visit to the school for the free camp. READ MORE

Elwell Ferry CLOSED

Ken Clark, NCDOT

River levels rose rapidly Sunday and the Elwell Ferry had to be closed due to high water.  In looking at the river projections, the level is forecast to continue to rise before declining mid-week.  We will monitor river levels and get the ferry back in operation as soon as water levels allow us to do so safely.


What do you  think? 

There is large debate going requiring state issued ID prior to voting. We want to know what you think. Right on or ridiculous?  Voice your opinion on our Guestbook page. Thanks for reading! Have a great Sunday!


Update on New Minuteman Food Mart & Arby’s in Elizabethtown

FullSizeRenderHave you been wondering when we will get that new Arby’s that has been in the news? BladenOnline spoke with Jennifer Leggett, Director of Marketing & Food Services for Minuteman Food Mart and we have an update for you.

According to Jennifer, DeVane Builders of Elizabethtown will be doing the construction and their goal is to have the building process completed before year’s end. Not only will there be an Arby’s restaurant, but Minuteman Food Mart will be adding two additional gasoline pumps, and Non Ethanol gasoline. READ MORE

Fire at SeHealth’s Gibson Cancer Center this morning

At approximately 7:15 am this morning, officials with Southeastern Health were notified of a fire at the organization’s affiliate, Gibson Cancer Center (GCC), which is located at 1200 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. No one was in the facility at the time and no one was injured.

According to Lumberton Fire Department Chief Paul Ivey, the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

It is believed that damage from the fire is contained to GCC’s radiation oncology wing, which was an addition to the facility which opened in July 2014. The entire facility has experienced smoke and water damage and will close indefinitely. READ MORE

New Businesses in Bladenboro

New-BusinessNew services and businesses are what helps a community grow. There are three businesses now open in Bladenboro on Martin Luther King Jr.  Drive / Hwy 211. The businesses offer an array of different products and services, but all three should be popular for consumer needs and wants.

Coffee & Cream at 114 MLK Dr. is open Wednesday through Saturday 2 pm until 9 pm offering ice cream, coffee and more.
Mount Of Olives is a new Christian book store located on the same road at 112. They have books, t-shirts, and basically anything you may need from a Christian book store. They are open Monday through Saturday 9:30 am until 5:30 pm except for Saturday when they are open 10 am until 4 pm. READ MORE


Filing for Municipal Elections begins July 6

The 2015 filing season for municipal elections begins on Monday, July 6 and closes on Friday, July 17.

The date for local elections is Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

The following offices and current office holders:

Sylvia Campbell

Council Members:
Ricky Leinwand  READ MORE

Does your vote count in North Carolina?

By: Cheryl Thurston

NC-Color-MapMembers of the United States House of Representatives, the North Carolina Senate and the North Carolina House of Representatives are elected by district. The North Carolina General Assembly is required to redraw these districts following each census, because of changes in the population and the need to maintain equal representation. The most recent census was carried out in 2010, so districts were redrawn in 2011.

Since this latest redrawing of the districts, the courts have been steadily viewing and reviewing the lines that were drawn, and the lawsuits that have come about because of the gerrymandering of districts. One case in particular, was appealed to the US Supreme Court after the Supreme Court of North Carolina upheld it. In April 2015, The US Supreme Court threw out the ruling that the state court had upheld and ordered the state Supreme Court to reconsider the issue of whether the NC General Assembly had relied too heavily on race when redrawing the districts after the 2010 census.

The term gerrymander was used for the first time in the Boston Gazette on 26 March 1812. The word was created in reaction to a redrawing of Massachusetts state senate election districts under Governor Elbridge Gerry.  In 1812, Governor Gerry signed a bill that redistricted Massachusetts to benefit his Democratic-Republican Party. When mapped, one of the contorted districts in the Boston area was said to resemble the shape of a salamander. Gerrymander is a mash-up of the governor’s last name and the word salamander. READ MORE 


Not too late to sign up for the S.T.E.M. Summer Camp

Bladen County Schools will be hosting the S.T.E.M. Summer Enrichment Camp July 13th – July 17th and time is running out to sign up for all the fun and learning. The camp will make visits to Bladen Community College, Tech University, Jones Lake, and the STEM Robotics Camp.

Students will be building robotics, exploring chemistry, physics and environmental science, learning about fitness and nutrition and a lot more at the S.T.E.M. Camp. The camp will be 8 am until 3 pm. Students in grades 3rd through the 5th grade may attend the camp for an investment of $75 per student.

There will be free breakfast and lunch each day. Students will be picked up and dropped off at Elizabethtown Middle School. Space is limited. READ MORE

“Every Hero Has A Story” Summer Program

Hero Story at Bladen County LibraryThe Bladen County Library will be hosting, “Every Hero Has A Story”, summer reading program June 29th through July 29th, 2015. Everyone is invited to attend, but registration is required.

The summer program will be at Bridger Memorial Library on Mondays at 3pm, at the Clarkton Library on Tuesdays at 3 pm, and at the Bladen County Library on Wednesdays at 3pm. Participants will learn about Fire Fighters, Police, Doctors, Military Service Members, and other Heroes.

For more information about the program and to sign up call 910-862-6990. Register by June 22nd.

Hospice offers free grief program


Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a free six-week grief program, Living with grief: Growth and education groups for adults, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, July 6-Aug. 10, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.

Discussions include phases of grief and the grieving process, along with other areas of concern. Often being around others who have been through a similar experience enables participants to talk about what they are experiencing. Grief groups help emphasize that participants are not grieving alone and others understand and can support them on their grief journeys.

Registration is required and closes once the series begins. For more information, call 910-515-6689. When leaving a message, please leave your name, phone number and indicate the specific program you wish to attend. Sessions are free. Donations are appreciated. Additional groups will form throughout the year. READ MORE 


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