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NEWS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 3

The Week Ahead
Monday
 
12 noon….Elizabethtown City Council meets for a workshop
7 P.M.      Elizabethtown City Council Regular Monthly Meeting
 
6:30 p.m...Bladen County Commissioners Meet for Regular Monthly Meeting.
 
6:30 p.m..ECU Pirate Club Armada, hosted by Bladen, Columbus and Robeson Chapter of the ECU Pirate Club will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Candy Sue’s 111 3rd Street, Lumberton.  Speakers include ECU Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill, AD Jeff Compher and others.  Cost is $25.  Call Hayes Petteway at 910-876-7369 for details.
 
May 5….Bladenboro Town Commissioners have called for a Special Meeting related to the 2015-16 budget, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.  READ MORE  
 Joke of the Day

A pastor saw a young man at church one day out in the lobby after the service that he rarely saw  there. The pastor greeted the young man and said, “You need to join the army of the Lord.” The young man replied, “What are you talking about? I’m already in the Lord’s army.”

The pastor looked puzzled and said, “Then why do I only see you at Christmas and Easter?” Without missing a beat the young man replied, “I’m in the secret service.”  – Joel Olsteen

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Bladen is a busy place….So many activities for a rural county…Check our Events section…..
 
Had the pleasure of “playing” auctioneer for East Bladen Duck’s Unlimited last night…A fun night…The students and their leaders worked hard and had lots of support at their Annual fund-raiser…We see so much bad on TV and read about it in our newspapers…and then we see those in the area doing good things..staying busy with lots of support from their families…Our leaders of the future are being molded at an early age…..
 
The usual monthly governmental meetings are on the agenda….  READ MORE

Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week

Teacher and Nurses WeekTeacher Appreciation week starts May 4th through May 8th and Nurse Appreciation week begins on May 6th through May 12th this year. These two professions have a great impact on our community. Our teachers and nurses are deserving of praise and recognition.

Email us at, bladenonlinesales@gmail.com, your accolades for the teacher(s) and or nurse(s) you appreciate. We will publish any submitted thoughts of gratitude for our area teachers and nurses on our Lifestyles Page this week.

The BladenOnline.com team will take this opportunity to thank all our nurses and teachers. You all are greatly appreciated more than words can say and we don’t say it often enough.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 3

Highest Temperature      92 degrees    2007Extremes For Bladen County
 
Lowest Temperature      37 degrees    1986
 
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                 2.40 inches    2004
 
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 74 degrees.

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This Day in History, May 3

By: Robert G. HesterThis Day In History1654—Bridge at Rowley, Mass. begins charging toll for animals.

1662—Royal charter granted to Connecticut.
1765—1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia.
1802—Washington, DC,is incorporated as a city.
1846—Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas.
1901—Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Fla.
1921—West Virginia imposed 1st state sales tax.
1937—Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for “Gone With The Wind”
1944—“Meet Me in St. Louis” opens on Broadway.
1944—Meat rationing ends in US.  READ MORE 
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 2
Bladen County talents showcased at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market

Bladen County is full of talented residents and the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market gives these artists the opportunity to showcase their work the first Saturday of every month in Elizabethtown.

There was such a large variety of art offered at the market today. Ginny Edge offered stained glass. Ed Harris brought watercolor paintings. Basket Making was sold by Janice Humphreys and Debbie King.  Sharon Robeson and Jane Singletary had stitching work available and Betty Williams had cross stitching. Gourmet snack and seasonings were brought by Gloria Siple. Sara Taylor sold jewelry.  Bud Lotz, with Bud’s Wood Works had birdhouses. Moffat Designs owner, Cathi Moffat, had great displays of handmade jewelry. Cheryl Thurston with CS Graphics brought handmade paper with hand paintings.

The creativity and pure talent from all the vendors was very impressive. READ MORE 

 

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Bladen County Honored with “An Evening with Kathryn and Charlie”

By: Charlotte Smith

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen and pianist Charlie Magnone returned to Bladen County Friday, stopping first to visit students at Clarkton School of Discovery, and then presenting a program of vocal and piano works from the American Songbook at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. The concert was orchestrated by a collaborative effort from Bladen Community College, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, and the Arts Council of Bladen County.

Mrs. Linda Burney, Bladen Community College Foundation Director made the introductions of Findlen and Magnone, “It is my distinct pleasure to welcome again, for the second year, Ms. Kathryn Findlen and Charlie Magnone.” Findlen and Magnone gave a powerful, emotional performance leaving the audience in complete awe.

The program selections were from Jerome Kern to Stephen Sondheim in addition to piano classics by Bach, Beethoven, and Lowe. The award winning performers also helped educate the audience on the history of the music. The program was a true gift to all in attendance.  READ MORE 

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New Bladenboro Fire Station is nearing completion

Bladenboro Fire DeptBladenboro firefighters will soon house their equipment and do their training in a newly constructed 9,990 square foot fire station.  The cost of the new fire department is in the $1.1 million range.
 
Fire Chief Jackie Coleman indicated earlier that construction is expected to be completed later this summer.  The new fire station is located across West Seaboard Street from the site that has been the home of the local fire department since 1972. 
Rep Mike McIntyre in BladenboroFormer Congressman Mike McIntyre assisted in securing financing for the new station, a combination loan/grant through USDA and the local fire department added funds they had saved over the years.  READ MORE  

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Bladen County Master Gardeners have a great day in Bladenboro

By: Robert G. Hester

Many Bladenboro area residents were on hand at the Farmers Market to select their favorite plants from the nice display by Bladen County Master Gardeners, plus the items inside the market.

The weather was perfect, the plants were beautiful and healthy and the Master Gardeners were pleased with the turnout.

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Energy Drinks

By: Sandra R. Cain
Sandra CainFor Better Living

Energy drinks are beverages that contain large doses of caffeine and other legal stimulants like ephedrine, guarana and ginseng.   This term was created by companies in the beverage industry and is not recognized by the Food and Drug Administration or the United States Department of Agriculture. Energy drinks are marketed to people under 30 and especially to college students.

Do they increase energy?
There is some evidence that consumption of energy drinks can improve physical and mental performance.  Also, they can improve driving ability when tired and decrease mental fatigue during long periods of concentration.  Unfortunately the research is limited and it is not known whether this is due to the caffeine, the other ingredients or a combination of the two.

Are there dangers?
The caffeine content of a single drink can range from 80 to 150 mg.   Many bottles or cans may contain 2-3 servings which raises the caffeine as high as 300 mg per bottle.  READ MORE  

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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MAY 1

Elizabethtown commissioners to receive managers proposed budget

Town Of ElizabethtownElizabethtown town commissioners will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 4. Commissioners will receive the Manager’s proposed budget for FY 2015-2016 at the evening meeting. The board will be asked to consider approving  a proposal for a Half Marathon in downtown Elizabethtown. Pastor Jason Williams is expected to make the request..
 
Council will hold a work session at 12 noon to review the agenda and will hear a PowerPoint presentation by Eddie Madden, Town Manager, from the NC Council of Governments. Town commissioners will be asked to approve an audit contract with Byron Scott of the firm, Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Co.
 
Other issues include consideration of the Capital Improvement Plan for 2015-19, consideration of approval of a low bid by Charles R. Underwood, Inc to replace Well #1 on East Swanzy Street, consider re-appointing Charles DeVane to the ABC Commission, consider approval of a lease with Cape Fear Barbeque and Chicken, approve budget amendments and approve the monthly financial reports. Both meetings are open to the public. 

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Commissioners meet in regular session on Monday

Bladen-County-SealBladen County commissioners will meet in regular session Monday at 6:30 p.m. The Consent Agenda includes several agreements and proclamations. A presentation of National Nurses Week Proclamation is expected to be made. A Public Hearing will be held to receive comments related to the close out of a 2011 Community Development Block Grant Scattered-Site Housing program. Jan Hester Maynor, Lumber River Council of Government’s Executive Director will seek approval of a couple of housing agreements.
 
Dr. William Findt, President of Bladen Community College, will address the board. Commissioners will enter into a session as the Bladen County Water Board.  They are expected to receive an update of the Tar Heel Water Corporation and proceed with a Due Diligence Plan related to the Tar Heel water effort.
 
Greg Martin, County Manager, is expected to seek approval of a 2016 Medication Assistance Program (MAP) grant application and provide updates on the jail project and the county effort to secure transportation for inmate labor. The Board will enter a closed session to discuss personnel issues. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Meeting room in the courthouse, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
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Bladenboro budget to be presented at special meeting

Bladenboro Town HallThe Bladenboro Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting Tuesday for the presentation of the proposed 2015-16 budget and to hold a budget workshop.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall on Ivey Street. The public is invited.

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12-year-old Columbus County girl sought

Columbus County Girl Missing
The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in finding 12-year-old Tiffany Lynn Wilkins, says Sheriff Lewis Hatcher.

Wilkins was last seen Wednesday night at her home on Delco Prosper Road in eastern Columbus County, Hatcher said. She is believed to be with Franklin Ray Lewis, 20, of Leland.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at 910-642-6551.

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FILE FOR MONEY BACK FROM SUNTRUST MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT BY JUNE 4, AG COOPER REMINDS CONSUMERS

Approximately 2,200 North Carolinians eligible for direct cash payments

Raleigh: More than 2,200 North Carolinians who lost their homes to foreclosure by SunTrust are eligible for direct cash payments totaling approximately $2 million but must file to claim their money by June 4, Attorney General Roy Cooper reminded consumers today.

“Recovering from a foreclosure is challenging and we want to make sure North Carolinians who are eligible get these relief funds,” Cooper said. “Don’t delay if you could be due money back.”

Those eligible to receive a cash payment had mortgage loans serviced by SunTrust and lost their primary residences to foreclosure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2013. In order to receive a payment, consumers must file claim forms online at https://nationalsuntrustsettlement.com or by mail by June 4, 2015.  READ MORE

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Thoughts Shared with BladenOnline Staff

A Thank you to Sheriff Jim McVicker

Some folks send us emails, catch us around the community, or just stop by our office with suggestions of things to be shared on BladenOnline. We listen to all suggestions and are grateful for them. 

This week we had Mr. J.B. and Ms. Patsy Priest ask us to share their thoughts about our Sheriff, Jim McVicker. They said, “We are so proud of the good work that our new Sheriff is doing in Bladen County.” We agree with this statement. 

Bladen County is blessed to have many hard working community members out there making our county a great place to live, work, play!

We are always open to suggestions from our readers. Without you, there would be no us. If you have any suggestions you may call (910)879-1029 or email us at bladenonline.com@gmail.com. Thank you and have a great weekend!

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ECU Pirate Club Armada

The ECU Pirate Club Armada, hosted by Bladen, Columbus, and Robeson Chapter of the ECU Pirate Club will be held, Monday, May 4, 2015. Guests of the event will be Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeil, Athletics Director Jeff Compher, Pirate Club staff and ECU athletes. Social time will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will start at 6:30 pm and will follow with the program.

The event will be held at  Candy Sue’s, 111 W. 3rd Street in Lumberton. The cost is $25 per person.  For more information contact Hayes Petteway at 910-876-7367 or email him at, hpetteway@ec.rr.com, or contact, Jay Humphrey at 910-739-5472, or email, jay.humphrey@alamacusa.com, or email ecupirateclub.com. All Pirate Club members and ECU friends and supporters are invited!  

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Dublin Bladen Medical Associates Open During Construction

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Bladen Medical Associates satellite office at 16 3rd Street in Dublin is open during the constrution of the new facility. The office hours in Dublin are Monday through Friday 7 am until 7 pm. Contact them today for an appointment at, (910) 862-3528.

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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 30

Double Rainbow Seen Around Bladen County 

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Photo by: Heather Cain in Elizabethtown, NC

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Photo by: Daine Smith in Dublin, NC

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Released Time School Ministries Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run

5K fundraiserReleased Time School Ministries will be hosting a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run on June 6th, 2015.  Bruce Cannon, Bladen Baptist Association Director of Mission and member of the Released Time School Ministries Broad member said, “Our goal is for every school student around the State to hear the Good News of Salvation and to teach them those character traits they so desperately need: integrity, honesty, respect and so forth.”

To accomplish this goal funds are needed to start programs all across the state.  To raise these funds Released Time School Ministries is sponsoring a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run.  

If you are not able to run, you can walk.  If you can’t do either, you can sponsor a youth or an adult who will run or walk.  Cannon encourages everyone by saying, “Not only will this be an opportunity to raise funds, it will also be a great way for us to share the Gospel and to have some really great fellowship together.”  READ MORE

Man with local ties found guilty in New Hanover Court

42 year old Christopher Allen McKiver has been found guilty following a jury trial in a New Hanover County court of illegally possessing a firearm and was sentenced to a six month active sentence, a suspended sentence of 14-26 months, and 24 months of supervised probation.
 
Wilmington police responded to a call from a citizen in April, 2014 when a man fitting the description of the suspect was spotted sitting in a running car with a handgun. McKiver was detained and a .45 caliber Sig Sauer handgun was found near the auto.
 
The investigation discovered the auto was registered to McKiver’s brother who lives in Elizabethtown and the handgun was reportedly stolen from an Elizabethtown vehicle. Court records indicate McKiver was convicted in 2009 in Bladen County of felony possession with intent to sell a controlled substance and was given a suspended sentence. 
Farmer’s Market to house Cape Fear BBQ  Processing Facility

CapeFearBBQCape Fear Farmer’s Market will be the location for Cape Fear Chicken & Barbecue’s new processing center starting, tomorrowFriday, May 1st. Elizabethtown Town Manager, Eddie Madden said, “They will basically be a processing facility and then send out their products to their stores from this location. They may sale large quantities out of the location for catering in the future, but you won’t buy a sandwich out of the farmer’s market location.” READ MORE 


Carolina Crossroads director now giving back after battling drug addiction

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David Chestnutt admits he drank too much, smoked marijuana, snorted cocaine and used heroin. He once took $150 from his daughter’s sock drawer that was being saved for a trip to Carowinds in order to support his habit.

A trip to Bethel Colony of Mercy in 2005 — his fourth stay at a different drug and alcohol rehabilitation center — turned his life around. He’s spent the past 10 years helping other men do the same. He’s now looking to help more men beginning this summer as executive director of Carolina Crossroads, the new center being opened at the former Eckerd youth facility in Bladen County. Several Bladen County churches and denominations have come together to open and oversee the facility.

“I struggled with drugs and alcohol for over 20 years,” Chestnutt, who is 50 years old, said. “When I came home (from Bethel), I just wanted to help people. I wanted to let people like me, who struggle with drugs and alcohol, know that there is hope, and that is in and through Jesus Christ. My goal is to give people hope and show them that they can change.” READ MORE

BCC Student Government Association Visits NC State Offices

Bladen Community College photoDUBLIN – Members of the Bladen Community College Student Government Association traveled to Raleigh on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, touring government buildings and interacting with government officials. 

Crystal Dowd, SGA Advisor, stated that students visited both the House and Senate sessions of the General Assembly, and had the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the House of Representatives and Senators.

“The students learned a lot about how state government operates including how the legislative agenda is determined,” remarked Dowd.  READ MORE  

Yia Yia’s Gifts Receives Facade Grant along with Fisher’s Mens Shop

Yai Yai receives grant in ElizabethtownYia Yia’s Gifts on Broad Street was presented with the Town of Elizabethtown Facade Grant today. Facade Grants are matching funds for business owners to replace awning signs and make exterior improvements.  Mayor Sylvia Campbell presented Christina Boussias, Yia Yia’s Gifts Owner, with the grant.

Fishers receives grant from Elizabethtown

Fisher’s Mens Shop & The Ladies Shop received the grant as well for their exterior improvements in 2014. The grant has assisted many business owners in Elizabethtown with improvements. Toddlers and Teens, US Cellular, Christian Book Store, Sunny Wigs Fashion, Kinlaw Furniture, Corner Café, and one more business no longer open, have all been recipients of the Façade Grant.  READ MORE  

The death of a newspaper, 1978

By: Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson-WeaverThe times were changing, but the newspaper wasn’t, and in the end, that caused its death.
I suppose ‘death” is too strong a word for some folks when you refer to a business, but our newspaper – well, where my parents worked, and where I spent much of my childhood –ours was like a living, breathing being. Telephone calls and letters and photographs and typewritten stories came in the front, were processed through a dark, smoky, dusty building, and turned into newspapers, which then in turn went out the back into people’s hands.

It was a noisy, wonderful place for a child. There were machines, big, clanking, iron machines of the kind that made our country. Important things went on there, and important people came through the doors all the time – soldiers, politicians, a minor sports hero or two, the occasional real celebrity. READ MORE

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

NC Office of the GovernerRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent.
North Carolina’s March 2015 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 26,012 over the month to 4,455,283, and increased 118,628 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 5,926 over the month to 253,510, and declined 44,460 over the year.   READ MORE  

Board of Ed and Board of Commissioners discuss budget request
Bladen County Commissioners listened Wednesday afternoon to pleas from the Bladen County Board of Education for more money for the 2015-2016 FY budget for local schools.
 
Dr. Robert Taylor said the Board of Education would need an additional $846,903 over the current budget to maintain the same level of services as the current year. The current budget includes $6.4 million from the county, approximately $175,000 in fines and forfeitures and nearly $500,000 transferred from capital outlay to current operating expenses.
 
Dr. Taylor explained that the State of North Carolina mandates drivers education, yet cut all the funding for the program.  He made a passionate plea for $167,000 for lap top computers.  He explained that in FY 2017-18, local students will be required to do online testing by the state. He stressed there were tough decisions to be made.
 
Taylor reminded those in attendance that he would propose cut where he could cut, however some expenses could no be reduced, for instance, utilities.  He has merged some positions. and a worse case situation he could cut up to $641,000, but, that includes a cut in supplements for teachers and other staff.  READ MORE  
 

Bladen County DOT Openings and Closing 

By: Kenneth L. Clark  NCDOT 

OPENINGS:

The rain held off and we were able to complete the crossline on SR 1176 (Forest Drive).  The road is open to traffic.

UPCOMING CLOSINGS:

Beginning Monday, May 4 we plan to close SR 1179 (Bryant Swamp Road) at a location 0.02 mi. N. of SR 1178 (Richardson Road).  Once this work is completed, we will be moving up the road on SR 1179 to a location 0.18 miles south of NC 211 Business (which is near the feed mill).  

Bladen County Education Foundation 6th Annual Jail-a-thon

Go to jail, go directly to jail. Bladen County Education Foundation 6th Annual Jail-a-thon fundraiser was bringing in a stream of donations from some of Bladen County’s finest.

Attorney David Wall, a local lawyer in Elizabethtown, acted as the “Judge” handing out orders for arrest today for “law-breakers” to post “bond”. Valerie Newton with the Board of Education assisted Wall as the “Clerk of Courts”, making sure officers knew who to “arrest”. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, Elizabethtown and White Lake Police Departments helped collect the “perpetrators” and their donations. READ MORE

Registration has started

Dublin First Baptist Church Day School is now accepting applications for Day School Half Day Classes. The age groups classes available are for 2, 3 & 4 year of age.The Day School teaches with the Beka Curriculum. Call 862-2277 or 876-0419 for more info. READ MORE 

North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

Unemployment

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent.
North Carolina’s March 2015 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 26,012 over the month to 4,455,283, and increased 118,628 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 5,926 over the month to 253,510, and declined 44,460 over the year.  READ MORE 

Abby Norris, East Bladen Eagle, Spirit of Excellence Recipient

East Bladen High School and the Bladen County community were beaming with pride Wednesday for senior, Abby Norris, who was awarded the Spirt of Excellence Award by the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Abby is one of only 20 finalists nationwide for the Pro Football Hall of Fame/U.S. Army of Excellence Award. Norris was nominated by Coach Patty Evers and other teachers, due to her many accomplishments during her time at East Bladen High School.

Sgt. David Irby, with the U.S. Army , said, “Anyone can celebrate being the best athletic leader, but with the US Army and the Pro NFL Hall of Fame together, we want to celebrate those who strive for not just to be great athletes, but outstanding people. By celebrating not only physical power, but athletic and academic achievement, and civic mindedness, we are celebrating not only the student athlete but the whole community.” Irby then presented East Bladen High School and the Principal, John McMillian with a plaque in recognition of creating an environment in which students can thrive.

NFL Hall of Famer, Joe DeLamielleure, who was an offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills in the 70s, presented Norris with the finalist award.  READ MORE

NCDOT Celebrates National Bike Month

RALEIGH-The N.C. Department of Transportation is celebrating National Bike Month this month by encouraging North Carolinians to get outside and enjoying the vast amount of cycling activities that North Carolina has to offer.
  • During the month of May, NCDOT is holding a cycling photo contest where participants can submit their best cycling photos in hopes of winning prizes being offered by the NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division. To learn more about the cycling photo contest please visit the contest webpage.
  • NCDOT is encouraging communities to join Bike to School Day on May 6. Bike to School Day is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day.  READ MORE  

Academy Day scheduled May 9 in Smithfield

High school and middle school students interested in attending a service academy are invited to Academy Day on May 9 at the Johnston County Center in Smithfield. Registration will be from 9-10 a.m., and the event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. U.S. 7th District Congressman David Rouzer is sponsoring the event.

Representatives from the Naval, Military, Air Force, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard service academies will be available to speak with students individually, according to the congressman’s office. Family members, counselors and educators also are welcome. Congressional staff will be on hand to explain the nomination process.

To register for the event, contact Carol Armstrong at (919) 938-3040 or by email at carol.armstrong@mail.house.gov. For more information, visit rouzer.house.gov.

NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 28

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago 
Governor Jim Hunt was making a visit to Elizabethtown.
The Elizabethtown Jaycees announced that the Miss Bladen Pageant would be held in July.
Taylor Manufacturing of Elizabethtown announced that they were opening a plant in Ambrose, Georgia.
The Town of Elizabethtown Board OK’s condemnation of land located near the Tory Hole Park.  READ MORE 

We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County School Superintendent

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 School Superintendent  salaries.  READ MORE

Fuel Up for Summer Fun

Bladen County Schools is providing free summer meals to anyone 18 years and younger. The Fuel Up for Summer Fun program will run from June 15 – August 14 (though dates are subject to change)

Meals will be served at Dublin Primary School, East Arcadia, Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery, and Elizabethtown Primary. Breakfast is 8:00 AM-9:00AM. Lunch is 11:30AM-1:00PM. READ MORE

HONOR FLIGHT

Honor Flight is the Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s Veterans celebration, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd, at Camp Clearwater, 2038 White Lake Drive, Elizabethtown, NC READ MORE

Elizabethtown Commits to Army Community Covenant

Together Lieutenant General Joe Anderson, Commanding General, of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, and Mayor Sylvia Campbell committed to building a strong community by signing the Army Community Covenant today at Elizabethtown Town Hall.

Mayor Campbell welcomed Lieutenant General Anderson and his team members by saying, “I want to officially welcome you to Elizabethtown and tell you what an honor it is to have you here and to give us the opportunity to partner with you. We have a very patriotic community.”  READ MORE

Volunteers seek horse in Tar Heel area

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A rescue group is attempting to locate a horse in the Tar Heel. area that appears to have been mistreated. The Leilani Mae Rescue Group has been in the area over the past 3 or 4 days and have seen the horse but unable to catch up with it. Mackenzie Ake, who works in the Fayetteville area advised BladenOnline that the horse appears to have a logchain embedded in the neck and that volunteers are searching the area now. Someone in the area spotted the horse and contacted the Leilani Mae Rescue Group at their Linden, NC location. Ake said the organization is a 501 (3)(c) non-profit organization with several locations across the United States.. READ MORE

Bladen County Career and STEM Fair

By:Charlotte Smith

Bladen County students and residents from across the area attended the Bladen County Career and STEM Fair at Bladen Community College today. The fair showcases career and employment opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Edward Dent, Dean of Business and Engineering, said, “The students were engaged at this event and it really piqued the interest of students at the many technologies we offer here at the college.”

Anne Garrett, one of the event organizers with NC Works said, “The fair was a true collaboration, with the Board of Education, Bladen Community College, the Chamber of Commerce, and NC Works all working together.” She continued by saying, “Students need to be exposed to what was here today.” READ MORE 

 Chief Hunt warns of phone scams

Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt says he has received reports from area residents that they are receiving IRS scam calls. According to the chief, IRS does not make contact by telephone. They contact by certified mail or in person. There have also been reports of scam artist passing themselves off as representatives of Publisher’s Clearing House. Beware of phone calls from folks who claim to represent either. 

Bladen County financials in line for current budget year

Bladen County commissioners receive monthly financial reports from their finance department. The last report was on Monday, April 20 for FY 2014-15 through March 31, 2015.

Revenue numbers were in line with the budget for the sources that are controlled by the county. For instance, 98.62% of Ad Valorem property taxes have been collected. Some of the revenues are from previous year taxes that have been collected. The budgeted total was $19,561,137 and the total collected as of that date, was $19,291,057 with 3 months to go.

58.60% of sales taxes have been collected. $4,050,000 was budgeted and $2,373,415 has been received. Sales taxes are collected by the state and forwarded on a regular basis to local governments. The budgeted numbers appear to be slightly higher when compared with the previous year totals at the same time. READ MORE 

Healthworks Fitness and Wellness Gives Back in Bladen County

Food Round Up for the North Carolina Baptist Children’s Home has been underway all month. Food Round Up is an annual event where food is collected for the children’s home. Healthworks Fitness & Wellness has a special campaign through the end of April to help with mission of Bladen Baptist and Food Round Up.
Part of Healthworks’ “Spring into Action” campaign allows community members to donate 10 cans of food until the end of April and the membership application fee is waived for new members.  Tiffany McGill, Healthworks General Manager, dropped off the first round of donated cans to the Bladen Baptist Association Monday morning. McGill said, “Healthworks is very proud and honored to help the Bladen Baptist Association and the North Carolina Baptist Children’s Home.”  READ MORE

Bladen County Native, Kenneth Brown, Signs his published book at Division on Aging

Kenneth Brown, a Bladen County resident, had his book, “Me, Myself and Multiple Sclerosis”, published at the end of last year. Brown was inspired to write this book when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, better known as (MS) is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.

The Division on Aging opened their doors to Kenneth, and his fans on Tuesday. Brown signed books, and spoke with his readers. “I am blessed and never would’ve imagined I would be signing books for other people,” Brown said.  READ MORE

NEWS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 27

Bladenboro Man Attacks EMS workers, lands in jail

32 year old Adrian Currie of Bladenboro reportedly called 911 Saturday night, was picked up and was on his way to the hospital when he changed his mind and began assaulting EMS workers.  He then hijacked the ambulance and headed back home.
 
Currie was arrested by Bladen County deputies and faces numerous charges.  He was reportedly booked into the Bladen County jail.

Harrells Goes Hollywood

by Meredith Horne

chestersmill_groupHarrells Christian Academy’s Video Arts class experienced the field trip of lifetime recently when they visited the set location of CBS’s TV Show “Under the Dome” in Burgaw, NC.

The field trip, arranged by HCA’s Karen Burton, gave students a full look inside the workings of a popular TV show, filmed right here in North Carolina.  Students were given an extensive tour of the set as well as allowed to meet several members of the crew and discuss their job titles, responsibilities, and history in the business.

“As an educator, I can’t think of a better experience for our students,” said Meredith Horne, Video Arts teacher at HCA.  “The knowledge they were able to gain on that set is invaluable.  It’s one thing to tell them about it in a classroom, it’s a completely different ballgame when they are able to see it in action, in such a professional manner.” READ MORE

NEWS FOR SUNDAY, APRIL 26

iPhone/iPad Tips

By: Gordon Kinlaw

iphoneEverything on Apple-related news sites is about the “watch”. It’s a little crazy since this is delivery week for the watches. Watch apps are coming out by the dozens, 3rd party accessories are coming out as well. The sales are huge for the watches and they are likely to become even more popular when users start to wear and use them in front of their friends.
So… here’s another subject that deserves some attention.
Duplicate Your Keys App: Good and VERY Bad READ MORE

NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 25

Carolina Crossroads drug, alcohol rehabilitation center plans July 1 opening

Saturday morning, volunteers raked and chopped, scrubbed and vacuumed. They were removing four years of dirt, grime and overgrowth from the former Eckerd youth facility. Their hope is their labor will give men a clean start on life.

In two months, the former Camp E-Tik-Etu, which was the place where troubled youngsters once were given a chance to turn around their lives, will house up to 24 men who are seeking help for drug or alcohol addiction.

“We need it here,” said Rev. Bruce Cannon of Bladen Baptist Association.

Several Bladen County churches and denominations have come together to open and oversee the rehabilitation facility. Carolina Crossroads, as it will be known, is scheduled to open July 1.

“The word crossroad,” Cannon said, “everyone is at a crossroad when you’re using drugs. You’re either going to get better or you’re going to die.  READ MORE 

Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association to sponsor golf tournament

LawEnforceLogoGolfThe 1st Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association will be played Saturday, May 9th at Vineyard Golf at White Lake.  

The cost is $50 per player.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start to begin at 8:30 a.m.  Food will be provided and door prizes will be awarded.

Businesses and individuals may sponsor a hole for $100 and the sponsors name will be posted at the golf course. READ MORE

EARLIER STORIES

Judge Vinston Rozier to Deliver Commencement Address at BCC

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Dublin – Bladen Community College will welcome Judge Vinston Rozier as the commencement speaker for the 2015 High School Completion Graduation on May 19, at 5:30 PM. The commencement service recognizes students who have earned an Adult High School Diploma or the High School Equivalent Diploma.

Judge Rozier graduated as Valedictorian from Tar Heel Middle – Senior High School in 1994. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Joseph Pogue full academic scholarship. While a student, Judge Rozier served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Student Congress and Vice President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. In his free time, Judge Rozier sang in a gospel choir and worked as a substitute teacher. READ MORE

National Paper Clover Campaign

Continues Support of Bladen County 4-H Youth

4 H logoNational 4-H Council has announced the launch of the spring 2015 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC). This event marks the sixth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national

in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4‑H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del’s Farm and Feed Supply store is located. 

The spring 2015 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place April 22 – May 3, 2015. Shoppers at the Elizabethtown Tractor Supply store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Bladen by choosing to purchase paper clovers for a $1 or more at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H youth development program activities in Bladen County.  READ MORE 

Dr. Pearly Berlette Graham-Hoskins to Speak at BCC Commencement

Dr. HopkinsDUBLIN – Medical Director and physician for the Hospitalist Program at Bladen County Hospital, Dr. Pearly Berlette Graham-Hoskins, is the keynote commencement speaker at Bladen Community College’s curriculum graduation on May 19, 2015, at 7:30 PM.

With thirty-seven years of medical practice, Dr. Graham-Hoskins has served patients in a variety of settings, including three opportunities in the West Indies. Between September of 1978 and June of 1982, Dr. Graham-Hoskins was the House Officer in Psychiatry at St. Ann’s Hospital, Port-of-Spain, in Trinidad.  READ MORE

 


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