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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Clarkton Town Meeting
Clarkton- The Clarkton Town Council held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 6pm, when Mayor Whedbee called the meeting to order and gave the invocation. In the public forum, Stevie Craig, of the Clarkton Housing Authority, asked the board to consider the consolidation of the Clarkton and Elizabethtown Housing Authorities. It was determined that all board members will retain their seats after the consolidation, and then a motion was made and seconded. Craig will write a letter to the Elizabethtown Housing Authority requesting acceptance of the consolidation plan. READ MORE
Eight non-compliant sex offenders arrested in bladen county
ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. – Eight sex offenders who were found to be not in compliance with their North Carolina Sex Offender Registry requirements were arrested over the past week in Bladen County. This sweep was the culmination of a multi-agency compliance check that began last week and involved officers from the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Department of Public Safety/Division of Adult Corrections and Juvenile Justice, Elizabethtown Police Department, and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE
Labor Day Sidewalk Sale this weekend
Prices are heavily reduce at the stores in downtown Elizabethtown for the Labor Day Sidewalk Sale this Friday, Saturday and coming Monday. Anyone looking for early holiday shopping the place to be is Elizabethtown.
Main Street Treasures, Ray’s Furniture & Jewelry Liquidators, Leinwand’s, Fisher’s Mens Shop, The Ladies Shop, Fowler’s Jewelers, All Out Stitches, Toddlers & Teens, and Kinlaw Furniture, are some of the local merchants offering the big holiday sale opportunity. READ MORE
Campbell University Officials Help Welcome Medical Students To Bladen County
ELIZABETHTOWN – Campbell University officials recently visited Bladen County Hospital to help launch a new medical student training partnership.
The program was created to give third-year medical students from the Buies Creek school hands-on learning experience by training alongside practicing physicians. READ MORE
SWHC announces new medical director
Southeastern Wound Healing Center (SWHC), an affiliate of Southeastern Health which is managed by Healogics, announces the appointment of Karl J. Moo Young, D.O., as medical director. He was previously associated with Southeastern Medical Clinic St. Pauls and, most recently, Southeastern Medical Clinic Gray’s Creek.
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Moo Young earned his medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio in 1989 and completed an internal medicine residency at Saint Thomas Medical Center in Akron, Ohio in 1993. READ MORE
Jackson Hardee Nominated For U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Jackson Hardee, a senior at Hoggard High School in Wilmington, has been nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Jackson in the son of Beverly Hester Hardee and Jim Hardee, natives of Bladen County. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order of the President to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. READ MORE
Sandra R. Cain
For Better Living
September is National Cholesterol Month
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high.
High blood cholesterol affects over 65 million Americans. It is a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease. The higher your cholesterol level, the greater the risk. You can have high cholesterol and not know it. Lowering cholesterol levels that are too high decreases your risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of having a heart attack. READ MORE
Bladen Filmmaker Robert Kinlaw Featured in OUR STATE MAGAZINE
The September edition of OUR STATE MAGAZINE carried a feature entitled 100 VOICES FROM 100 COUNTIES. Bladen’s featured voice was that of Robert Kinlaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Kinlaw of White Lake. Robert, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spent years putting together his first feature-length documentary which aired on UNC-TV this summer. READ MORE
The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Monday, September 7th
The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, September 8th. All other county collection sites will be open to serve the public’s trash disposal needs.
100 Stories in 100 Counties comes to Bladen County
By: Cheryl Thurston
On Thursday evening, September 3, 2015, Bladen County Public Library participated in the “100 Stories in 100 Counties” program that was developed by the North Carolina Storytelling Guild. Lynda Johnson came to represent the Guild and explain the program to a crowd in Elizabethtown. The mission of the program is to send storytellers to every county in the state, to interact with children, teens, and adults, and to express ideas in story form.
Johnson began by picking out one of the Dads in the audience and asking if he would like to hear a knucklehead story. READ MORE
September 4, 2015: 3 things to know
Good morning! 3 things to know for Friday, September 4
1. It’s Football Friday and Bladen Online will have it covered with reporters at West Bladen to cover the Knights host Whiteville, and at St. Pauls to follow the East Bladen Eagles. Kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. We’ll have live tweets from each game @BladenOnline. Also, the Bladen Sports Network will broadcast the West Bladen game on WODR 105.3 FM or online at coolbeach1053.com. Both the Eagles and the Knights will be seeking their third straight victory.
2. Jones Lake State Park is offering a viewing of an installment of “Planet Earth” on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Visitor Center. READ MORE
This Day in History—–September 4
1807—Robert Fulton begins operating his steamboat.
1833—1st newsboy hired (Barney Flaherty, 10 years old-NY Sun)
1864—Bread riots in Mobile, Alabama.
1882—1st large-scale test of Thomas Edison’s light bulb–lighting of NY’s Pearl Street Station.
1885—1st cafeteria opens (NYC)
1888—George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers “Kodak”
1893—English author Beatrix Potter first writes the story of Peter Rabbit for a 5 year old boy.
1918—US troops land in Archangel, Russia, stay for 10 months. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 4
Thoughts While Shaving
Labor Day weekend has arrived…It’s a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September and honors the labor movement. The holiday was established in 1887 by U.S. President Grover Cleveland. Canada also celebrates Labour Day at the same time, however over 80 other countries celebrate International Workers’ Day on May 1.
A reminder of the Annual Sidewalk Sale in Elizabethtown… READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
Troopers & Wildlife Officers Increase Patrols on Highways & Recreational Boating Areas During Labor Day Weekend
RALEIGH – The Highway Patrol along with the Wildlife Resources Commission will be increasing patrols this Labor Day holiday in an effort to save lives.
Whether on the road or on the water, law enforcement officers across the state will be on the lookout for impaired drivers by conducting DWI checkpoints on highways and near recreational boating areas as well as public service announcements that educate motorists on the dangers of drinking and driving. READ MORE
United Way of Bladen County campaign begins in September
Summer is coming to an end and many of us are planning that Labor Day celebration with family and friends. As you are enjoying your holiday think about the programs that United Way impacts and reflect on these stories. Think of the children coming into Foster Care with nothing, as reported by DSS Caring for Kids, many small children come into care with only pajamas or a tee shirt.
Children came into care this past year from a home with a horrible odor and a bed bug infestation, therefore the children could not take any of their belongings into foster care. READ MORE
Board of Elections To Meet
The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold a meeting Friday, September 4, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.. The meeting will be held at the Board of Elections office, located at 103 South Cypress Street, Elizabethtown, N.C., according to Bobby Ludlum, Chairman of the Board of Elections.
Will Johnson speaks with Elizabethtown Rotary members
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was treated on Wednesday to a brief introduction to estate planning by Will Johnson of Johnson Law Firm.
Johnson was introduced to those in attendance by Rotarian Mike Davis.
Johnson explained to the group about estate planning and some things to consider when preparing their “last will and testament.” READ MORE
What Is A Gator Getter?
RALEIGH — Have you ever driven down the road and noticed trash along the route? It could be big pieces of tires, trash bags or even debris from accidents located in the median or in the lanes. All that can be very dangerous for N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews to pick up. That’s where the Gator Getter comes in.
The Gator Getter is a high-speed highway debris removal tool that is custom built to attach to heavy-duty trucks. READ MORE
Commissioner Schedule Special Meeting
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have scheduled a Special Meeting for Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. The notice indicates the purpose of the meeting is related to EMS.
The meeting will be held in the commissioners room, lower level of the courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC.
Report: 6 of 13 Bladen schools met academic growth goals in 2014-15
Six of the 13 schools in Bladen County met their academic growth goals in 2014-15, according to the Performance and Growth of North Carolina Public Schools report released Wednesday by the state’s Department of Public Instruction. However, Bladen County’s percentage (46.2) lags the state average of 72.2 percent of schools which met or exceeded goals.
In last year’s report, eight Bladen County schools met or exceeded their academic growth goals. Two of those schools — Bladen Lakes Primary and Dublin Primary — exceeded their academic growth goals in 2013-14. No Bladen school exceeded their academic growth goals in 2014-15, the report said. READ MORE
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 79 of North Carolina’s counties in July, decreased in six counties, and remained unchanged in 15 counties.
Graham and Scotland Counties each had the highest unemployment rate at 11.7 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.8 percent. READ MORE
By: Ms. Erin Smith
ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was treated on Wednesday to a brief introduction to estate planning by Will Johnson of Johnson Law Firm. Johnson was introduced to those in attendance by Rotarian Mike Davis.
Johnson explained to the group about estate planning and some things to consider when preparing their “last will and testament.” READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Elizabethtown High School Class of 1965 Jubilee Reunion
On Saturday, August 29th, beginning at their old gymnasium – the only structure still existing from school days, these “early boomers” mingled on the worn, original court and sat in same chipped-but-sturdy bleachers from their youth, and could recall how this facility was then a center of constant activity, utilized for basketball, gymnastics, pep rallies, band concerts, Halloween carnivals, science fairs, sock hops, and even a one-time summer community skating rink.
The class of 1965 was considered the vanguard or first true class of Victory Babies. READ MORE
NCDOT Constructing Interstate-Style Interchange at NC 24/NC 242 in Sampson County
Wilmington– In order to achieve a free flow of traffic at the intersection of N.C. 24 and N.C. 242 in the Town of Roseboro, the N.C. Department of Transportation, working with the town, has decided to make that part of the N.C. 24 widening project an interstate-style interchange.
This new approach will improve safety at that location by replacing a proposed at-grade intersection that would have included traffic signals and stop signs. READ MORE
Highway Patrol Encouraging Motorists to Drive Safely During the Labor Day Holiday
RALEIGH – The Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Labor Day holiday. According to AAA, 35.5 million people are expected travel during the Labor Day period. It is anticipated that 86 percent of travelers will get to their destinations by a car.
To ensure a safe driving environment for motorists, the Highway Patrol will increase patrols on all interstates and major four lane highways during the holiday which officially begins on Thursday, September 3 and ends at midnight on Monday, September 7. READ MORE
By: Cheryl Thurston
The Black Water Rhythm & Blues Band, of Clarkton, has risen to the top of the Charts for their single, “Dance Tonight”, the Southern Soul hit. BladenOnline met with Dale Edwards, who founded the band in September of 2009, and found out that their first CD is being cut, (due out in November) which will feature 6 different genres of music, Blues, Island, Beach, Country, Gospel, and Southern Soul. The CD is being produced by KHP Music, in Dunn.
Black Water is on schedule to play a total of 108 shows in 2015, you may have heard them recently at the Summer Sounds Concert, which was held at the Elizabethtown Farmer’s Market, in August. READ MORE
Newman’s work featured at Bladenboro Art Gallery
The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council presents the work of artist Laura Newman in September and October at the Bladenboro Art Gallery, located in the Bladenboro Historical Building on South Main Street. A reception for the artist is planned Sept. 12 from noon to 2 p.m.
Newman has her certificate for Art Education and is teaching in the Richland County School system. READ MORE
Bladen Community College will be offering shag lessons beginning Thursday, September 3rd, at 6:00 PM at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The registration fee is $40 per student. Interested participants should contact Stephanie Gonzalez at 910 879-5539.
Brad White is a professional shag dancer and instructor from Wilmington, North Carolina where he has been teaching group and private lessons for 13 years. READ MORE
Let’s Eat Out, But Where?
By: Cheryl Thurston
It’s September already, and Autumn is on it’s way, a perfect time of year to enjoy a meal out at your favorite restaurant. BladenOnline.com offers our readers a monthly update on the health grades given to area eateries in our county. Our local Health Department schedules regular inspections for restaurants, school cafeterias, grocery stores, and day-care kitchens. Every month they offer the reports for the grades that are given to the kitchens they have visited that month.
How clean is YOUR favorite restaurant? READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Governor McCrory Forms Public-Private Partnership to Help Transitioning Veterans and their Families
Raleigh, N.C.-Governor Pat McCrory announced today the Walmart Foundation has donated $1 million to a public-private partnership designed to help newly separated veterans transition into civilian life in North Carolina. The Pew Research Center reports that during the past 10 years, 44 percent of veterans have had difficulty re-entering the civilian world. READ MORE
Goodwin: Cutting Driver’s Ed Could Be Costly
RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin encourages the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives to preserve funding for driver’s education as they negotiate a state budget.
“North Carolina currently has some of the lowest car insurance costs in the country,” Goodwin said. “In addition to the public safety concerns that come with eliminating driver’s education programs, more untrained drivers on the road could ultimately lead to higher insurance rates for all drivers.” READ MORE
The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners met for about an hour in closed session Monday to discuss personnel, but took no action in open session. State law allows boards to meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters.
The town is looking for an administrator and has closed the application process. READ MORE
By: Gordon Kinlaw
Google Play Music App
Here’s how to use Google’s free music app to listen to music and manage your music
library. This means that you can remove music files from your phone and get some
storage back. This is a significant savings if you have a few hundred mp3’s at 3 megs
The advantage of using Google Music Play is that you have access to your
library on any computer or any device. You can also play tons of music free vs
paying Apple. READ MORE
Work expected for another month on bridges on N.C. 211 near Clarkton
The N.C Department of Transportation said Monday that work is expected to continue until at least the end of September on a pair of 86-year-old bridges on N.C. 211 near Clarkton.
The work on the Brown Marsh Swamp and Elkton Swamp Creek bridges, both built in 1929, began in late July. When crews began work on the bridges, it was determined that needed girder repairs may extend the duration of the project. READ MORE
Applications for Permit Waterfowl Hunts Available Sept. 1
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2015) – Beginning Sept. 1, sportsmen can obtain applications for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a Wildlife Service Agent or by calling 1 (888) 248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The deadline for the majority of permit hunts is Oct. 1.
The 2015-16 waterfowl season has two new waterfowl hunting opportunities that are being offered in the coastal region. With the addition of the Texas Plantation Tract in Tyrrell County in the Commission’s Game Land Program, waterfowl hunters will have a new area they can apply to hunt. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
The Clarkton Jaycettes were accepting applications for the Little Miss Clarkton Tobacco Festival Pageant.
A new stoplight was being installed at the corner of Swanzy and Ben Streets in Elizabethtown.
Band Director Ray Haney was the guest speaker at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club meeting. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 31
Elizabethtown Officer makes arrest for counterfeit currency and other charges
On 08/29/15 Elizabethtown officers made a vehicle stop on S. Poplar St. The driver of the vehicle gave a fictitious name and officers noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officers ordered the three occupants out of the vehicle and a vehicle search was conducted. Officers discovered a loaded .357 magnum revolver in the vehicle along with several counterfeit one and five dollar bills. A small amount of marijuana was also located on the person of Mary Elizabeth Jenrette. The driver of the vehicle Keith Powell and passenger, Lorenzo White are convicted felons and both were charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Mptl. R. B. Yandle conducted the traffic stop. READ MORE
School wins donation after first day of school photos
Last week we asked you to send us your first day of school photos with the name of your school. We promised to enter every school represented in a drawing to win a $50 donation for school supplies. We had entries from almost every school in Bladen County and one in Columbus County. READ MORE
The Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Award
Each year, The Dublin Peanut Festival selects a graduating senior from West Bladen High School to receive its $2,000.00 Scholarship Award. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior to continue their education at Bladen Community College. There are different levels of criteria for the award but the most important is the student’s grades. This year’s winner is Zackary Bridgers. READ MORE
2015 Dublin Peanut Festival T-shirt Design Winner
Each year the students at Dublin Elementary School, submit a hand drawn picture of what the Peanut Festival means to them in hopes of being selected as that year’s T-Shirt Design Winner. The Peanut Festival T-shirt Committee then goes through the drawings and selects the one that stands out from the rest. This year’s winner is Riley McIntyre. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Primary School Open House News
Elizabethtown Primary School students took a “Pirate’s Adventure” for Open House on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Students were greeted by Captain Hook and many other pirates from the open seas. Parents, students, and community members made their way through the halls to meet teachers and find classrooms.
Bladen 4-H’ers participated in State 4-H Congress
Bladen County 4-H’ers took part in the 2015 North Carolina 4-H Congress, held in July 18-21. The event attracted 518 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.
2015 4-H Congress participants and awards presented to Bladen County youth included: READ MORE
Bladen Online By the Numbers: August 23-29
What’s better than a record-setting week? Another record-setting week! That’s what you, our readers, did last week with your continued support of Bladen Online by making it your choice to keep up with Bladen County news, sports and information.
For the week of Aug. 23-29, Bladen Online had a record 125,908 page views and a record 22,277 visits. READ MORE
Dove Season Opens September 5
Dove season opens in Bladen County on September 5 and runs thru October 10 and then reopens November 23 and runs thru January 15, 2016. The daily bag limit is 15 with possession at 45.
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
Response to fire in Elizabethtown is remarkable
Clarkton, Dublin, Elizabethtown, and White Lake Fire Departments responded to a fire on Pickney Street in Elizabethtown in between 8 and 9 pm on rainy Sunday night, August 30th, 2015. A Duke Power Lineman was also on the scene due to a power outage on Williams Street, right behind the location of the fire, according to home owner, Vicky Gillespie. READ MORE
Bladen County EMS participates in training exercise
A tanker overturns at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant, spilling potentially deadly chemicals. Are emergency responders ready? That was the purpose of a training exercise Saturday morning at the plant which straddles the Bladen and Cumberland County lines on N.C. 87.
About two dozen Bladen County EMS, fire and law enforcement joined emergency personnel from Cumberland County and the Chemours plant to review what to do if such an emergency happened. READ MORE
Week in Review: Aug. 23-29
There was good news: The Summer Sounds Concert series ended with quite a show.
There was news both good and bad: Bladen County schools opened its academic year. Good news for most parents. Bad news for most kids. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
North Carolina’s Southeast: Your Business Advantage
The fifteen counties of southeastern North Carolina offer an optimal business location for companies to succeed in the global marketplace. Assets giving companies in our region a competitive edge include: affordable industrial buildings and sites; first-rate transportation systems located mid-way on the east coast; a deep water international port; skilled and reliable workers; free, customized workforce training; close proximity to 170 million customers and product markets; and maximum financial incentives. READ MORE
Wildlife Commission Hosts Family-Friendly Events Celebrating Wildlife Conservation
To celebrate North Carolina’s rich hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation heritage, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting or supporting seven family-friendly events across the state on Sept. 26. The events, part of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2015, will be open to the public free of charge, with the exception of two Greenwing fishing events.
Each event will feature a variety of hands-on, outdoor-related activities suitable for all ages and abilities. READ MORE
2015-16 Waterfowl Seasons, Bag Limits, Other Limits Set
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2015-16 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons. Here are the 2015-16 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise noted. READ MORE
John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families to celebrate family reunion on October 31
The John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families will celebrate their family reunion on October 31 at 1 PM at the Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall. The church is located on Oak Grove Church Road approximately five miles out of Bladenboro, NC off Hwy 242 north. The meal will be catered. However, It is requested that each family bring one dessert to whet the appetite of those with a sweet tooth. READ MORE
North Carolina celebrates Wine and Grape Month in September
RALEIGH – September is N.C. Wine and Grape Month, and wineries and vineyards across the state are planning wine tastings, grape stomps and other special events to celebrate the industry.
“There’s a lot to celebrate,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The wine and grape industry contributes more than $1.7 billion to the state’s economy and creates jobs for nearly 8,000 people.” READ MORE
State legislature extends budget deadline to Sept. 18
The North Carolina General Assembly on Thursday morning passed a bill that will keep the government running through Sept. 18 as the House and Senate continue to work on a budget that was supposed to be enacted June 30.
The bill now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature. He is expected to sign the bill into law. READ MORE
Wildlife Commission Offers Two Free Deer Seminars in Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Quality Deer Management Association, is conducting two free, introductory deer seminars in September at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education Center in Raleigh.
The first seminar, “Deer Hunting 101,” will be held on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will cover topics to help novice hunters improve their hunting abilities. Topics include: READ MORE
MARK YOUR CALENDAR – ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR OCTOBER 5
Four County EMC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, October 5, at Elizabethtown Middle School, 1496 Hwy. 701 South in Elizabethtown. The meeting is open to all Four County EMC members. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will kick off at 7:00 p.m.
Food and beverages will be provided by Southern Smoke BBQ of Garland. READ MORE
BCC Offers New Career Opportunity in Medical Office Administration
DUBLIN – Beginning with the Fall Semester, Bladen Community College is offering a new career track. Medical Office Administration will provide a 2-year degree program, a 1-year diploma program, and a certificate opportunity for interested students.
The Medical Office Administration curriculum prepares individuals for employment in medical and health-care related offices. Coursework includes medical terminology, information systems, office management, medical coding, billing and insurance, legal and ethical issues, and formatting and word processing. READ MORE
Bladen Community College offers FREE Business Seminars
DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars in September.
Increasing Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is offered twice. The first session is at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown on Thursday, September 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and the second session is on the Main Campus on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. READ MORE
“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” Campaign Continues Labor Day Weekend”
RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will continue the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign throughout Labor Day weekend.
According to data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol was the leading factor in 21 percent of recreational boating deaths in 2014. Additionally, alcohol remains the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. READ MORE
CBCF Celebrates Faith Community at Annual Prayer Breakfast
WASHINGTON—Stellar award-winning gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell will perform and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III will deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Annual Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The Miles College Choir will also perform. READ MORE
Free healthcare planning workshop set
Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Healing Thoughts Foundation will host a free Begin the Conversation workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Bladen Community College East Arcadia Campus, 1472 East Arcadia Road in Riegelwood.
This workshop is free to everyone in all stages of life, and will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. READ MORE
Elizabethtown’s Broad Street to be paved
Paving of East and West Broad Street in Elizabethtown is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced Monday. Work is scheduled to be completed by November, weather permitting.
West Broad Street will be paved between Harwood Street and Gillespie Street, and East Broad Street will be paved between Courthouse Drive and the N.C. 87 Bypass. READ MORE
Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest
Dig out your favorite peanut recipe and brush up on your cooking skills! Make plans to enter the cooking contest during the Dublin Peanut Festival on September 19. Dishes will be judged in 3 categories including Candy, Bread and Dessert. Contestants will be divided into 2 age groups: Youth (Ages 8 – 16) and Adult (Ages 17 – up). READ MORE
Beast Fest Accepting Applications for vendors
The Bladenboro Beast Festival is coming up on October 31st. The festival committee is now accepting applications from anyone who might be interested in being a vendor at the festival in Bladenboro. The vendor form is live! Visit www.borobooster.org for more information or to submit your application.
Classic Cruiser’s Car Club accepting applications for Dublin Peanut Festival
The Classic Cruisers Car Club is accepting applications for the festival’s car show that will be held the day of the festival, September 19th, 2015. All antiques, classic cars and trucks are welcome. READ MORE
Dublin Peanut Festival Accepting Applications
Dublin Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting applications for Craft and Food Vendors. The Bladen County Health Dept. will have to receive Food Vendor applications and fees no later than September 4th, 2015. Contact Jane Starnes at READ MORE
BCC is Recruiting Students for BLET Academy
Registration for Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Bladen Community College is September 24, 2015. The 26-week program is approved for financial aid and VA benefits.
Eligible candidates for the BLET Academy must meet certain conditions. 1) Candidates must be citizens of the United States, and provide a copy of their birth certificate or naturalization papers. 2) Candidates must be at least 20 years of age at the time of registration. 3) Each candidate must be sponsored or employed by a public law enforcement agency prior to enrollment and maintain that sponsorship or employment throughout the course. READ MORE