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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 29

Events happening this weekend
Saturday, April 30:  Yard sale at Bladen Builders Supply in Elizabethtown. Save up to 50% off!

Saturday, April 30: Yard Sale – There will be a Yard Sale Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child at Fellowship Bible Church located at 2503 Waddell Street in Elizabethtown on Saturday, April 30th starting at 8:00 am. There will be a wide variety of items for sale, including a key board. All funds raised will go to support the church’s Community Giant Shoe box Packing Party scheduled in September of this year.
Saturday, April 30: All you can eat pancake breakfast this Saturday morning 4/30/16 from 7:00am-10:00am at White Oak Fire Department. We are located at 10838 NC 53. Please come out and enjoy a great meal and fellowship. No charge but donations are appreciated.  READ MORE

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Dublin Scout Troop to hold Barbecue Plate Sale Saturday

The Dublin Boy Scout Troop will hold a barbecue plate sale on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Dublin Scout Hut located on 4th Street in Dublin. Plates will cost $7 each and will consist of barbecue, potatoes, green beans, bread, and tea.  READ MORE

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Elizabethtown Council to meet Monday night
By: Erin Smith
The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday night and receive the Seven Seals Award from Dr. Darrell Page. The award recognizes employers for their support of the Guard and Reserves.
“The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis,” according to the ESGR website.  READ MORE

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This Day in History – April 30

This Day In History1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America.
1798 – US Department of the Navy forms.
1803 – US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million).
1859 – Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical “All the Year Round” (weekly installments until Nov. 26)
1864 – New York becomes 1st state to charge a hunting license fee.
1885 – Boston Pops Orchestra forms.  READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on April 30
Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature     90 degrees      1974
Lowest Temperature     31 degrees       2004
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                 1.45 inches       1999
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 82 degrees.
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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 29

Bladen Commissioners to meet Monday night

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Seal with In God We Trust 1The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse.

The board will issue proclamations for Nurses Week and also Older Americans Awareness Month. READ MORE

Revised Annual Pork BBQ Plate Sale

 

Springtime Pet Safety Tips

By: ASPCA

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Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.  READ MORE

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McCrory Administration Honors North Carolina Student Leaders at Youth Legislative Assembly

Gov. McCroryGovernor Pat McCrory’s Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office recognized more than a dozen student leaders for their outstanding service during the 46th annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA), which was held April 1-3 in Raleigh.

“We are focused on supporting North Carolina’s next generation of future leaders,” said Governor McCrory. “Our state’s high school students are the best in the country, particularly when it comes to civic leadership and public service. I am proud of each and every one of these student leaders.” READ MORE

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Legislative committee mulls police body cameras

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Police Body CamerasThe General Assembly will soon be getting a look at a bill that could place severe restrictions on who can have access to police body camera and dashboard camera footage.

The legislation proposed by Reps. Faircloth and McNeill clearly states that body-camera footage is not public record. This runs in stark contrast to NC General Statute 132-1 which defines among other things, sound and film recordings or other tapes created during the transaction of business as public record. READ MORE

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Bladen Fire Chiefs hold retreat

Photos by Chase Lancaster

Bladen County Fire Chiefs held a retreat Thursday evening at San Jose Restaurant to discuss issues of the fire departments for the next year. This meeting is held annually.

Spring Fest at Bladenboro Farmer's Market

 

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New fire engine undergoes final inspection

By: Erin Smith

Members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department traveled to Pennsylvania this week to take part in the final inspection for the newly constructed Engine 55.  The new apparatus is undergoing construction at KME Fire Apparatus in Nesquehoning, PA.

“We were excited to see the finished product and it has definitely met our expectations,” said Chief Nick West on Friday morning. READ MORE

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Legislation filed to name Cape Fear River Bridge in Tar Heel

By: Erin Smith

Resolution submitted by Bladen County Commissioners in 2014.

Resolution submitted by Bladen County Commissioners in 2014.

A bill filed in the NC General Assembly to name the newly constructed Cape Fear River Bridge at Tar Heel in honor of former Ferry Skipper David B. Melvin is making its way through the legislature.

Tar Heel Mayor Roy Dew said, “I think its a good thing. I can remember the ferry from when I was kid.”

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution requesting the naming of the bridge at a meeting on March 17, 2014. According to the resolution, Melvin was a ferry skipper in September 1954 when he was operating a ferry at night and fell into the Cape Fear River and drowned. READ MORE

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Ipad/Iphone Tips: WiFi Assisted Calling Revisit, Using AirDrop

By: Gordon Kinlaw

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Where has this been?? Don’t they know how bad cell signals are inside an office building in rural NC? After thousands of cellular repeaters have been installed, iOS 9.3 brought us WiFi-assisted calling. Prior to this we could only make Facetime Audio calls to another iPhone user over the WiFi network. READ MORE

West Bladen Transition Night

West Bladen High School’s Freshman Honors Science Class and EC Adaptive Class shared their Bright Ideas grant information and experiences.

 

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Thoughts While Shaving for April 29

Thoughts While ShavingA new planting season is underway.  The recent warm weather is helping the newly planted crops ‘spring forth.’  Let’s hope this growing season is good.  Last year, some crops were never harvested due to excessive rainfall and a year or two earlier, a drought caused the crop to be less than 100%.  Farming is a gamble.

Never see a farmer or worker following a mule or horse or both, pulling a two horse turn plow.  Most farmers no longer own a mule or horse,  and turn plows are now on display at an antique shop or in an old barn where few ever visit. READ MORE

Bladen Community College Shag for Beginners Class at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market

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Bladen Community College offers “Shag for Beginners” class at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Thursday evenings through May 5th. If you missed the class this time, another Shag six -class session is scheduled to begin May 19 at a cost of $35. For more information contact Stephanie Gonzalez at (910)879-5

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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 28

Health Department holds Open House

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Health Department and Safe Kids held an Open House on Thursday evening. Children were thrilled to meet the newest member of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit Jax.

The children were mesmerized by the Belgian Malinois as he showed off his skills finding narcotics and finding lost objects. His handler, Deputy Clark, told those gathered that Jax is about 18 months old. He explained that Jax is still considered a puppy but will soon be full grown.  READ MORE

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County Commissioners begin budget process

By: Erin Smith

GregMartinThe Bladen County Commissioners got down to business on Monday night as they held their first budget work session. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin presented the commissioners with their first look at the preliminary budget figures and the news was mixed.

“The numbers are very preliminary,” said Martin.

He told the board there are several positives regarding the budget. READ MORE

Bladen County Special Olympics is held

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Special Olympics was held on Thursday at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. Members of Bladen County law enforcement, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County EMS, Bladen County Schools, Bladen County Schools staff, volunteers from the community and members of the community all gathered to cheer on the athletes.

Members of Bladen County law enforcement carried the Special Olympics torch down South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, escorted by the Elizabethtown Police Department, to the Elizabethtown Middle School football field for the Opening Ceremony. The officers carried the torch around the track and lit the Special Olympics Caldron to officially open the games. READ MORE

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Over 400 N.C. Students to Compete for Awards and Scholarships at State Natural Resources Competition

Middle and high school students will test their knowledge and skills in natural resources conservation.

Event to be held in Cedarock Park near Burlington, N.C., April 29-30, 2016.

The North Carolina Envirothon is one of the largest competitions of its type in the United States.

State winning team advances to the National Envirothon competition in Ontario, Canada, July 24-29, 2016.

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2016) — Hundreds of North Carolina’s brightest middle and high school students will be competing at the 2016 North Carolina Envirothon at Cedarock Park near Burlington, April 29-30, 2016. The two-day event is designed to test the knowledge and skills of students that have a strong interest in natural resources conservation. The N.C. Envirothon is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States.  READ MORE  

 

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Duke EnergyDuke Energy accelerates renewable energy growth goal by 33%

  • Company plans to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of capacity by 2020
  • More company data and goals spelled out in new Sustainability Report

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Continuing its dramatic growth in renewable energy, Duke Energy has raised its 2020 renewable energy goal by 33 percent.

The company expects to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass capacity by 2020 – a 33 percent jump from the old goal of 6,000 megawatts established in 2013.

“Duke Energy is accelerating the pace of our renewable energy program allowing us to increase our goal for wind, solar and biomass on our system,” said Cari Boyce, vice president, Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Strategy.  READ MORE

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Health Department to hold Open House today

The Bladen County Health Department will hold an Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday, April 28). There will be an appearance by Minnie Mouse, Pet Adoptions, Health Screenings, Melinda’s Twirlers and More! The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Road, Elizabethtown.

 

Special Olympics set to take place Thursday

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Special Olympics Spring Games (2)The Bladen County Special Olympics is set to take place today (Thursday, April 28) with opening ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field.  The theme for this year’s event is “What is Your Superpower?”

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, April 22, but the date had to be moved due to inclement weather.

Reida Roberts with the Bladen County Schools Exceptional Children’s program said, “This is a big day for children with disabilities to get to shine and get to be celebrated for what they can do. This event is very steeped in tradition in Bladen County.” READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for April 28

Thoughts While ShavingThe weekend ahead will be busy…

White Oak Fire Department is sponsoring a pancake breakfast Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m.  Donations accepted.

Boost the ‘Boro Spring Fest begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bladenboro Farmers Market.  Master Growers will be selling plants.

A Child Abuse Awareness Walk begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at San Jose Restaurant and proceeds down Broad Street. READ MORE

The death of a newspaper, 1978

Jefferson-WeaverYou always had to beat the train. If a paperboy was careful, he could dash out the front door of the office, and run 50 feet to get across the railroad tracks. You’d balance on a broken railroad tie across the ditch or leap the ditch entirely, and climb the slight rise to run across the lot called the “Pond behind the Post Office,” where people joked they had caught the big fish they proudly brought by the paper to be photographed.

The trains came through several times a day, as well as during the night, usually a freight. Once there was a real, live circus train. I was 12, so I couldn’t be expected to know everything that was going on, but the newspaper that fed my family was dying.  READ MORE

11th annual Hogs and Rags motorcycle ride

By: Jacqueline Madden

The 11th annual Hogs and Rags motorcycle ride took place on Saturday, April 23. Members of the Cumberland County and Bladen County Sheriff’s departments escorted the  motorcycle ride beginning at the Special Ops Museum in Fayetteville, NC, then  to Rocking-A-Ranch in White Oak, NC and continued on to Myrtle Beach, SC. A member of the Altman family said  “this was the biggest turnout yet with over 215 bikes and over 400 people in attendance.” Participants in the event lined up their bikes and classic cars as they enjoyed a freshly prepared breakfast, great music, a live raffle, free t-shirts and other door prizes.  READ MORE 

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27

West Bladen High’s entrance gets fresh look

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West Bladen High School’s entrance/PE Wall got a fresh new look this week. The work was done by Raegan Davis as her SAE project, which is a required 15-hour project for agriculture class students. Dana Mills is Raegan’s Animal Science teacher.

Bill filed to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday

By: Erin Smith

General AssemblyA bill has been filed in the North Carolina Senate seeking to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales and Use Tax Holiday. The annual Sales Tax Holiday was repealed by the General Assembly in 2014.

The proposed bill seeks to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday for school-related supplies in its entirety. The bill was proposed by Senators Joyce Waddell, Valerie Foushee, and Paul Lowe Jr, Terry Van Duyn, Jane W. Smith and Angela R. Bryant. READ MORE

Miller Heustess Graduates High School with College Associate Degree in Hand

Miller Heustess close upDUBLIN – In June, Ashli Miller Heustess, daughter of Kelli and Chuck Heustess, will become the first student in Bladen County to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree from Bladen Community College. This coupling will allow Heustess to begin college in August as a junior.

Heustess, a high performing student at East Bladen High School, plans to attend Campbell University in the fall as a pre-pharmacy student. She has balanced an active lifestyle, played three sports, participated in clubs and activities, and maintained an impressively high grade point average. READ MORE

Bladen Community College Welding Students Succeed at Competition

Skills WinnersBCC students attending the 50th annual SkillsUSA North Carolina State Leadership and Skills Conference in Greensboro, joined with almost 1,800 high school and postsecondary students from across the state to compete in over 106 different skills and leadership categories.  SkillsUSA is the largest showcase of career and technical education in the state.   READ MORE

BCC Board Chair Greets NCCCS President

Troy with New PresidentDennis Troy, chairman of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, attended the spring meeting of the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees last week in Raleigh, where he was reelected to the executive committee of the state trustees association. READ MORE

 

North Carolina’s March County and Area Employment Figures Released , Bladen at 7.1 Percent

UnemploymentRALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in March.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.2 percent.  All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.4 percent.  The March not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.4 percent.    READ MORE

NC State researchers learning how to regenerate organs

NCStateLogoOne researcher at NC State University is hoping to use her knowledge gained while a Ph.D. student at NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department to help future burn victims.

Researchers in the department are using a 3D printer to manufacture human organs. The ultimate goal for the researchers is to be able to grow cells by placing them into a mold of the organ needed, creating the new organ, and implanting it into the patient. READ MORE

Local Scouts earn Eagle badges, Silver Beaver award

By: Erin Smith

As the Boy Scouts of America mark their 100th anniversary, four Bladen County Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. They are Jackson Burney, John Dean Alsup, Andrew Shepherd, and Jackson Ussery. They celebrated their accomplishments recently at the Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Banquet held in Wilmington.

In total, 112 Scouts from the Cape Fear Council region received the Eagle Scout rank during 2015. The Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts includes the counties of New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen Robeson, Scotland, Hoke, and Pender, according to Phillip Little. Those counties are divided into four districts that make up the Cape Fear Council. READ MORE

Macon Hammond receives scholarship 

Hammond-Golding-Award-2016Macon Hammond, a senior exercise science major, was selected to receive the 2016 Lawrence A. Golding Student Health & Fitness Scholarship. Presented by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the scholarship recognizes and honors undergraduate students who have made significant contributions to their communities in health, fitness or education.

“This is a very prestigious award,” said Provost Michael Brown. “Macon is highly motivated, academically proficient, and able to balance a full range of academic, athletic and co-curricular activities. The college faculty members are proud of his accomplishments.” READ MORE

NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 26

East Bladen High announces Marshals

EastBladenMarshalsThe Marshals who are selected to serve at graduation are in the top 15 students of Junior class. The Marshals are determined at end of first semester of Junior year. All Marshals have a required dress code to follow at all events. READ MORE

Four County EMC Officials Honored

Two Board of Directors from Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC) have been recognized for their years of service to the electric cooperative.  S. Franklin Williams, President and Bertice L. Lanier, Vice President were honored for 30 years of service.

The commendable service awards were presented at the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (NCAEC) annual meeting on April 13.  NCAEC is the trade association for the 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina, including Four County EMC. READ MORE   

Healthy Bladen Collaborative learns about Naloxone kits

By: Erin Smith

The Healthy Bladen Collaborative meet on Tuesday morning at the Bladen County Health Department and learned about the use of Naloxone (Narcan) kits.

“I have some really good news. Your Sheriff is talking with the NC Harm Coalition about these,” said Richard Berg of Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear.

The Bladenboro Police Department has already implemented the use of Naloxone kits. READ MORE

Fire Suppression Crews Identifying Hot Spots

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The Whipping Creek Road Fire remains at 15,449 acres in size and containment has increased to 62 percent. A perimeter flight on Monday, using infrared camera technology, revealed minimal heat on the fire. The locations identified were hit with helicopter water drops supported by firefighters directly attacking the hot spots. A follow up infrared flight is planned for today.  READ MORE

Federal court rules in favor of NC voter ID law

By: Erin Smith

NC-Voter-ID-2016A federal court has upheld North Carolina’s Voter ID Law. U. S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled on Monday that the controversial Voter ID law is constitutional and allowed it to stand.

The law requires all voters who go to the polls to show an acceptable form of photo identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a North Carolina drivers license/permit, NC identification card, passport, military identification card, Veterans identification card, and certain tribal enrollment cards. READ MORE

Harrells Christian Academy FFA presented with North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Grant

HCA FFAThe Harrells Christian Academy FFA Chapter was recently awarded a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. On April 21, the chapter hosted a check presentation in conjunction with the HCA Spring Fling. Jason Davis, the North Carolina State FFA Coordinator, presented the check to the HCA FFA chapter on behalf of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. READ MORE

Local author to hold book signing

Book CoverElizabethtown resident, Faye M. Hardin, has scheduled a book signing for her recently published book, A Good Man.

The book signing will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 15, in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m.  Books, previously reserved by individuals, as well as some additional books will be available, for purchase, at this book signing.  The books that will be available are in hardback form, and are priced at $26.99 by the publisher.  Anyone wishing is reserve a book, in advance, can do so by calling Mrs. Hardin at 910-862-3076. READ MORE

Reach Higher Initiative begins at BCC

Reach Higher CampaignBladen Community College director of students Anthony Thomas, president William Findt, counselor and SGA advisor Crystal Dowd, and vice president for student services Barry Priest wear college t-shirts to participate in the National College Signing Day and the ReachHigher Initiative developed by First Lady Michelle Obama.  READ MORE

Frances Weller to be keynote speaker at BCC graduation

Frances WellerWECT-TV 6 anchor and Wilmington native, Frances Weller will provide the keynote address to attendees of the 2016 Bladen Community College curriculum graduation, at 7:30 p.m. on May 17.

Weller graduated in 1981 with a major in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her television career in 1982 with WECT-TV in Wilmington. She worked as a general assignment reporter for three years before becoming co-anchor of the television station’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news programs.  Weller now also anchors the WECT News at 5 p.m. READ MORE

Planning for Career Day for Bladen County Students

IMG_9391Last Friday, Brian Campbell President of Campbell Oil Company held a lunch meeting regarding a Bladen County Schools Career Day program with local business and community leaders.

Campbell told those gathered for the lunch meeting that he had been thinking about ways  the business community can become involved and help the school system. 

Campbell said, “We want to try to help the students figure out their purpose.”  READ MORE

Commissioner Smith buying German Johnson Local Tomatoes at Lu Mil Vineyard

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Boost the Boro holds Spring Fest this Saturday

Boost the boro logoIf the weather forecast holds, it should be an outstanding weather day with very low humidity, temperature between  58-82 and only a slight 10% chance of rain for the Annual Spring Fest, April 30th at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market. 

The Master Growers will be set up in front of the building selling plants (both vegetable and landscape) between approximately 8:30 until 12 noon. The front “retail section” of the Farmers market will be open and staffed starting at 8:30 and will remain open throughout the day on Saturday for retail customers.  READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 25

NC House Democrats file bill to repeal House Bill 2

By: Erin Smith

General AssemblyHouse Democrats filed a bill on Monday to repeal North Carolina’s infamous House Bill 2. The legislation calls for the bill to be repealed in its entirety. Political pundits say there is little support for the repeal among Republican lawmakers.

The bill, known as House Bill 946, calls for a complete repeal of House Bill 2 and also seeks funding for the Human Relations Commission in the amount of $545,407 in “recurring funds for fiscal year 2016-17.”  READ MORE

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Education Contest Winners

North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation DistrictsBladen Soil and Water Conservation District proudly announces winners at the State Level in the 2016 Poster contest for Bladen County Academy, Primary, Elementary, and Middle school students.  This year’s theme is “We All Live in a Watershed.”   These students won the District and Area 7 level competitions before advancing to State-level competition. READ MORE

Paving begins in Elizabethtown

By: Erin Smith

EtownPaving1The streets around Elizabethtown are about to get a little smoother. Following work on the town’s sewer lines, travel through town is slowly beginning to return to normal as the final phase of a planned sewer rehabilitation project winds down. READ MORE

US 701 reopens after crash

By Erin Smith

Traffic is moving once more following a crash involving a transfer truck and an SUV on US Hwy. 701 in vicinity of the Carolina Blueberry Association near White Lake saw one person air lifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Monday morning.  The highway was closed for a brief period of time in both directions to allow rescue crews to free the victim and to allow New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s AirLink helicopter to land.

Traffic was temporarily rerouted onto NC 210 and NC 41 as crews cleared the roadway and US 701 was re-opened to traffic after about an hour. READ MORE

 

NC-Forest-Service-ShieldWhipping Creek Road Fire, Dare and Hyde Counties

Fire Suppression Efforts Continue

The Whipping Creek Road Fire is now 15,449 acres in size and 54% contained. On Sunday, 2 CL-415 Super Scoopers made 126 rounds dropping 203,112 gallons of water to strengthen control lines. This morning a perimeter flight is scheduled. The flight will use infrared camera technology to provide increased accuracy of the fire size and to locate areas requiring attention due to residual heat. Firefighters continue to construct and improve containment lines to support and monitor the fire perimeter for flare-ups. Fire crews continue to monitor weather and fuel conditions for their daily planning of suppression tactics. The incident now has 153 firefighters and fire managers assigned to the fire, primarily from the North Carolina Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Former Polk Correctional Officer sentenced for corruption

DOJRALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Jason Dean, 30, of Henderson to 51 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Dean was named in a four-count Indictment filed on August 19, 2015, and he pled guilty to Count 2 relating to his use of his position as a correctional officer at Polk Correctional Institution (Polk) to extort things of value. READ MORE

Library applies for EZ Edge Grant

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Public LibraryThe Bladen County Public Library is waiting eagerly for word regarding a grant application recently submitted for an EZ Edge Grant through the State Library of North Carolina.

Library Director Kelsey Edwards said the county library has participated for the past three years in an Edge Technology Assessment. She said the assessment looks at things such as how the library reaches out to the community, the way the library uses technology, and such. READ MORE

Methodist University announces spring commencement

DrNancyCableFAYETTEVILLE– Methodist University will celebrate its 53rd annual Spring Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. in the March F. Riddle Center on the University’s campus. There are currently 223 candidates for graduation.

The 2016 Spring Commencement Distinguished Graduate is Olorato Condrad Mbi. He was among the top students in the graduating class and was chosen for this honor by his fellow graduates. He is receiving his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and will give remarks at the Commencement Ceremony.

There will be two graduates receiving their commission as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. READ MORE

Melvin to join law firm of Hester, Grady and Hester

ME PICHester Grady & Hester is excited to announce that starting Monday, May 2, Kyle G. Melvin will be joining their law firm.  He was previously practicing solo here in Elizabethtown and is “excited for the new challenges that await him at H.G.& H.”  Melvin went on to state “I have been fortunate since the beginning of my law career to have exceptional mentors, and am honored to add Mr. Gary Grady and Cliff Hester to that list.” READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines 35 years ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe North Carolina Symphony String Quartet performed three programs in Bladen County.

Jones Cable Company was granted a franchise to do business in Bladen County. READ MORE

 

NEWS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 24

NC-Forest-Service-ShieldWhipping Creek Road Fire, Dare and Hyde Counties

US 264 Now Open; Fire Caused by Right-of-Way Operation

Unified Incident Commanders Smith and Ledbetter of the Whipping Creek Road Fire announced the section of US 264 between Stumpy Point and Englehard is now open. The road was closed Sunday so that air tankers could drop water on the fire where it approaches the highway. The NCDOT maintains a website that overviews road openings and closures on a real-time basis that can be accessed at: http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/RegionSummary.aspx?re=8  READ MORE

NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Spring Fest 2016 Was a Success

Saturday the weather was perfect for the annual Spring Fest in Kelly, North Carolina.

The parade started at 11 am with floats, Fire Trucks and more. Everyone gathered at the Kelly baseball field to shop with vendors, enjoy good food, play games and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors.  READ MORE

NC-Forest-Service-ShieldMan Charged With Misdemeanor for Starting Clemmons Road Fire

A joint investigation by the law enforcement branch of the North Carolina Forest Service and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has determined that the cause of the Clemmons Road fire was debris burning. The N.C. Forest Service charged Phillip Jenkins, the individual responsible for accidentally starting the Fire, with a Class 3 Misdemeanor (N.C. General Statute 14-138.1). Fire investigators said Jenkins fully cooperated and admitted to unintentionally allowing his debris burn to escape. A Class 3 misdemeanor may include a fine between $10 and $50, in addition to court costs.  READ MORE

We caught some folks picking strawberries at Gooden Farms in Elizabethtown

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Elizabethtown PD gearing up for 10th annual Kids Appreciation Day

By: Erin Smith

ElizabethtownPatchThe Elizabethtown Police Department is gearing up for their 10th annual Kids Appreciation Day to be held on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  and they need your help to make the event a success. The department is anticipating between 700 to 1,000 children will attend the event. READ MORE

 

Clarkton School of Discovery Accepting Applications

Clarkton School of Discovery is now accepting applications for next year.  They are open to all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in Bladen County.  Applications must be postmarked by April 30. CSD Application 

Summer breakfast program is available

School nutritionLearning does not end when school lets out. Neither does the need for good nutrition.

The 2016 Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program will again be available to all students and children in the Bladen County. This program is free to all children between the ages of 1 and 18. Please contact Amy Stanley at 910-862-4136 for more information. READ MORE

Give 5 Read 5 book drive underway

Read5Give5ELIZABETHTOWN —  Have you ever heard of the term summer loss? This is not a seasonal diet or exercise program, but a troubling trend in which students lose valuable literacy skills when they stop reading during their summer break from school.

Many children are susceptible to this problem because they often go home to an environment where there are very few books or other reading resources. As a result, by the end of fifth grade, these students are approximately 2 ½ years behind their more affluent peers in terms of reading ability, primarily because of summer loss. Research shows that reading just five books during the summer can help students reduce learning loss. READ MORE

Your input is needed to make Bladen County Better

SteeringCommitteeThe opportunity to voice your opinions about changes needed in Bladen County is here. About ten years ago the citizens of Bladen County were asked to take a survey. After the surveys were collected, task forces made up of concern citizens set out to make the changes suggested in the surveys. 
 
It’s time again to take a long serious look at our home, Bladen County.  The Bladen County Steering Committee made up of about 20 different community members have held two meetings.  READ MORE

Elizabethtown Christian Academy now enrolling for 2016-17 academic year

Elizabethtown Christian AcademyElizabethtown Christian Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year, grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Day School Program is also currently enrolling children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. ECA offers students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in their lives by providing an excellent education that centers on Biblical truth, academic achievement and character development.

ECA students benefit from limited class sizes, quality, certified teachers, a non-denominational learning environment, weekly Chapel, a dress code, enhancement classes including music, technology, physical education, and art.  After school care is also available. READ MORE

Boost the Boro Looking for Vendors

Spring Fest PicBladenboro will have Spring Fest on Saturday, April 30th at their Farmer’s Market. Currently, Boost the Boro is looking for vendors for our Spring Fest. Vendors with hand craft items, fresh fruits and vegetable and other items are invited to set up at this year’s Spring Fest.  READ MORE

Bladen Community College Reschedules Poetry Reading of Scotland County Native, John Charles McNeill

Mary WatsonMary Wayne Watson, the great-niece of North Carolina poet, John Charles McNeill, will present a reading of the poetry of McNeill on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in the Student Resource Center (building 7) of the college.

John Charles McNeill, (1874 – 1907), was born on a farm in Scotland County. In 1894, as a 20-year-old, he enrolled in Wake Forest College, where he immediately attracted the attention of Benjamin Sledd, a prominent English teacher. Under Sledd’s encouragement, McNeill’s first printed poem appeared in the December 1894 issue of the Wake Forest Student, a campus journal of which he later became editor. READ MORE

BladenOnline.com now offers app

BladenOnline.com AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now BladenOnline.com has an app too.

BladenOnline.com readers with mobile smart devices can download our BladenOnline.com app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.

There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free!  READ MORE

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