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Families First presented proclamation by Bladen County Board of Commissioners

Bladen County Board of Commissioners present Families First with proclamation

Tuesday evening the Bladen County Board of Commissioners presented Families First representative Marjorie Walker with a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation. According to the proclamation, domestic violence is more than the occasional family dispute. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, it is the single largest cause of injury to American women, affecting six million of all racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.  READ MORE  

Bladen County 4-H Club recognized commissioners meeting

Bladen County 4-H presented proclamation from Bladen County Board of CommissionersBladen County Board of Commissioners proclaim October 4th through October 10th, 2015, National 4-H Week in Bladen County at their meeting on Tuesday evening. Chairman of the board, Charles Ray Peterson presented a plaque of the proclamation to the Bladen County 4-H Club members.  READ MORE  

Fire at Bladen County Court House

Firefighters at Bladen County Court HouseTuesday evening around 8:45 pm the power went out in Elizabethtown and Firefighters responded to a fire call at Bladen County Court House. According to Nick West, Chief of Elizabethtown Fire Department, after the power went out there was an electrical problem with the generator which caused a mechanical problem with a motor in an air conditioning unit causing a small fire in the unit.  READ MORE  

More than 5,000 lose power in Bladen County

More than 5,000 Duke Energy customers were without power as of about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the utility’s outage map.  READ MORE  

Bladen County Board of Commissioners Approve New Health Director

Cris-Harrelson-and-Potty-Plant-001Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved Wayne Raynor as the Interm Bladen County Health and Human Services Director at their meeting Tuesday evening. Cris Harrelson, currently serving in the position as director will end his tenure this coming Friday, October 9th.  READ MORE  

Community Health Day A Huge Success

Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare held a Community Health Day on Tuesday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market.  “The Health Fair today was a huge success!   Community members were very thankful for the services, educational materials and giveaways!
We hope to have another one very soon!” said Ashley Dowless, Director of Public Relations, Marketing for Bladen Healthcare.  READ MORE

State Leaders Assess Damage in Bladen County

As clouds continued trapping the sunshine Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory, and state Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler toured Bladen County and invited farmers, industry leaders and community leaders to meet at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin to give feedback on the impact of the non-stop rain.

The two weeks of rain every day has been devastating to parts of North and South Carolina. This week our leaders are taking the opportunity to take assessments. READ MORE 

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Jackson Named Harnett Health Interim President

FAYETTEVILLE – Kevin Jackson has been named interim President of Harnett Health, effective Thursday, Oct. 15. He is replacing outgoing president, Dan Weatherly, who has accepted a state-level position. His last day will be Oct. 15.

Jackson currently serves as Vice President of Post Acute Services at Cape Fear Valley Health. READ MORE 

Jordan Driving School of the Carolina’s is pleased to welcome you to Driver Education

Below you will find the basic information and requirements for registration. Students are required to complete the registration form found on the high schools website.

Payment will only be accepted online. Please visit the high schools website to access the online payment portal. READ MORE 

Everybody’s child

By: Jefferson Weaver


A proud mom contacted me the other day about her son, a high school senior. His picture had been in the paper, and she wanted a copy. I won’t embarrass him here, but I’ve known the young man since he was a little kid. He’s a fine young man, respectful of his elders, and always ready to lend a helping hand. He’s a good athlete, and likes NASCAR, hunting and girls, like any normal 18-year-old. READ MORE


Bladen County Schools 2-hour delay

With additional rain and high winds expected overnight, all Bladen County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay for students and staff on Tuesday, October 6th. This additional time in the morning will allow Transportation and Emergency Operations officials time to ensure roads are clear and safe for travel. Please continue to monitor the news for any changes or updates that may occur. Bladen County Schools will post any changes or updates to their district website, and their Facebook and Twitter pages

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Rezoning Changes Bring New Commercial Projects to Elizabethtown

MunroeElizabethtown Town Council met Monday evening in regular session.  Several public hearings were conducted.  A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment public hearing was held for comments regarding the addition of a C-1A Commercial-Agricultural District.  No public comments were made. Council approved the text amendment as presented.
A second public hearing was held for a rezoning request by Homer Alex Munroe, II of Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, LLC which is located at 195 Vineyard Drive in the Industrial Park.  READ MORE

Rain clearing out, sunny skies forecast through Friday

tory_hole_floodThe flood warnings have washed away. The wind advisories have calmed. And, after 12 consecutive days and more than 10 inches of rain, mostly sunny and clear skies are expected to return to Bladen County through at least Friday.

The National Weather Service has cancelled all watches and warnings for Bladen County, including the flood warning for the Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown Lock and Dam No. 2.  READ MORE 

October 6, 2015: 3 things to know

Three Things to KnowGood morning! 3 things to know for Tuesday, October 6

1. Bladen County Hospital’s Community Health Day is today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. A health fair, free screenings, free flu shot and CPR training are among the offerings. Stop by, if you can.  READ MORE 

This Day in History——-October 6

This Day In History1783—Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock.

1863—Dr. Charles H. Sheppard opens 1st public bath, in Brooklyn.

1866—1st train robbery in US (Reno Brothers take $13,000)

1882—1st World Series game, Cincinnati (AA) beats Chicago (NL) 4-0.

1889—Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture.

1893—Nabisco Foods invents Cream of White.  READ MORE


Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 6

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature       95 degrees         1986
Lowest Temperature        38 degrees         1987
Greatest One-Day Precipitation     3.35 inches         1932
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 64 degrees.

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingFour County EMC held their annual meeting in Elizabethtown last night…drew about 1,500 to 1,600 in bad weather, the Dixie Melody Boys were great and the program was interesting….We will have an article shortly, hopefully with pics…

Governor McCrory and NC Secretary of Agriculture, Steve Troxler will be in Bladen County today.  READ MORE

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Gov. McCrory to talk with farmers at Lu Mil Vineyard on Tuesday


North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is scheduled to be at Lu Mil Vineyard near Dublin on Tuesday to discuss with farmers the impact that the recent rains have had on their crops, then visit the farming operation of Dan Ward in Clarkton, according to the governor’s office. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler also is expected to accompany the governor on his visit to Bladen County.

The event at Lu Mil is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. with McCrory to speak about the storm’s impact on North Carolina agriculture about 1 p.m., says the governor’s office.  READ MORE


Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe Bladen County unemployment rate was 9.87 percent.

The lawsuit concerning the Bladen County Airport was dismissed by the Superior Court. The lawsuit had been filed by a group of Clarkton area residents who objected to the proposed airport location.  READ MORE

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DUBLIN, NC – The annual NC Grape Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, October 10 from 8am to 3pm at Lu Mil Vineyard. There will be a Super Yard Sale with FREE booth spaces (call 910-866-5819), Grape Stomp Competition, Entertainment, Vineyard Tours on the Double Decker Bus and Free Wine Tasting. Join us for a day of great family fun & entertainment!

Also, mark your calendar for the annual “Festival of Lights”.  READ MORE



Alpha Co 5/46 Reunion - Tennessee - September 2015

Alpha Co 5/46 Reunion – Tennessee – September 2015

For the past five years, members of Alpha Company 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade who served in Vietnam together during 1968-1970 have gathered for a reunion. They served with the 1st, 2nd and 4th platoons of Alpha Company. This year Oliver Gause joined 19 other veterans and 13 wives at Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee. This was their largest reunion with four attending for the first time. READ MORE 

No School Consolidation Meeting Scheduled

According to some of our readers WECT had reported the Bladen County Board of Education would be holding a public hearing at the Town of Clarkton meeting about the Schools Consolidation Proposal. At this time there have been no public hearings scheduled according to Valerie Newton with the Bladen County Board of Education. READ MORE 

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Charles Beem

The History Club of Bladen Community College welcomed esteemed professor Dr. Charles Beem to campus on September 30, to speak about the rule of various British Queens. As a professor of history and coordinator of the British Studies Minor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Dr. Beem is a regular speaker at conferences on British history. READ MORE 

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Bladen County Schools to be Released Early

Due to continued inclement weather, all Bladen County School will have early release today, October 5th, for students at 12:30 pm. Staff will be dismissed at 1:00 pm.
Continue to monitor our Twitter and Facebook pages for any updates or changes as we will continue to monitor the weather.




FCETruckBURGAW, N.C. (September 21, 2015) – 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. READ MORE

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Black Beard the Pirate Historian to Speak at BCC

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Dublin – If you have an adventurous spirit and appreciate historical scoundrels and villains, you must have a front-row seat at the first of two Bladen Community College Writers Series presentations. On Tuesday, October 20th, at 11 AM, BCC will welcome acclaimed researcher, author, and filmmaker Kevin Duffus, as host of a program entitled The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate. Referred to by his peers as a modern-day Indiana Jones, Duffus is a Road Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council. READ MORE 

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Commissioners Meet Tuesday

Bladen-County-SealBladen County Commissioners will meet Tuesday for their bi-monthly meeting. The Board rescheduled this meeting to allow Board members to attend the Four County EMC annual meeting scheduled for Monday at Elizabethtown Middle School. The Consent Agenda includes Proclamations that relate to Domestic Violence Awareness and another in support of National 4-H Week.

Cris Harrelson, Bladen County Health Director is expected to ask the commissioners to consider approval of an fee increase for administering flu vaccine.  READ MORE  

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Bladen County Schools to be Open Monday

A post on the Bladen County Board of Education Facebook page states:

“All Bladen County Schools will operate on a regular schedule on Monday, October 5. We do not anticipate any delays or changes to the schedule. DOT and Emergency Operations have assessed the roads and have given the all-clear for travel. Should any changes need to be made we will announce on our Facebook and Twitter pages.” READ MORE 

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Fallen tree knocks down power line, blocks N.C. 53 near White Oak

Falling Tree

A large tree fell across N.C. 53 shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, knocking down a Four County EMC power line and blocking the road, according to reports.

The power line is entangled in the tree, making it impossible for crew to remove the tree from the road until the line is secured because of safety concerns. READ MORE 


Bladen Online By the Numbers: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

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Bladen Online surpassed the 100,000 page view mark for the seventh consecutive week and had more than 17,000 visits for the Sept. 27-Oct. 3 reporting period, according to Google Analytics.

It’s made possible by you, our loyal readers. We believe it shows that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County, and it’s a responsibility we take seriously. READ MORE

Bladen County readies for another round of rain

A fallen tree floats down the Cape Fear River on Sunday morning

A fallen tree floats down the Cape Fear River on Sunday morning

Saturday was a day of calm ahead of what’s expected to be a couple of windy, rainy days as Bladen County braces for another round of soaking Sunday and Monday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting as much as 3 inches of rain for Bladen County through Monday before the system clears out Tuesday night. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Armory serves as emergency staging area

Emergency personnel await orders Sunday morning outside Elizabethtown's National Guard Armory

Emergency personnel await orders Sunday morning outside Elizabethtown’s National Guard Armory

The parking lot of Elizabethtown’s National Guard Armory was filled with emergency vehicles Sunday morning. Emergency workers and soldiers passed the time sipping coffee and eating breakfast after a night spent sleeping on cots. All were awaiting word where their help was needed. READ MORE


Flash flood watch issued for Bladen County, region

Flash Flood

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Bladen County through Monday at 8 p.m. because of heavy rain that is expected Sunday and Monday.

The watch area also includes Columbus, Brunswick, Pender, Robeson and New Hanover counties as well as seven counties in South Carolina. A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. READ MORE

No major issues reported in Bladen from day-long rain

It rained and rained and rained some more Friday. Schools dismissed early, a key high school football game was postponed and some trees toppled. More than 250 Four County EMC customers in the Ruskin area near N.C. 53 lost power for a time in the evening, according to the utility’s outage map.

Overall, however, as of 9 p.m., Bladen County had avoided any major issues from a day-long soaking brought about as a pair of weather systems came together, said Emergency Services Director Bradley Kinlaw. READ MORE


Bladen County towns get more than $265,000 in Powell Bill Funds

Bladen County towns will receive more than $265,000 in State Street Aid funds to assist with street and sidewalk construction and repair, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

Bladen County’s share of the $147.7 million statewide allocation, also known as the Powell Bill Fund, comes from revenues generated by North Carolina’s gas tax and other highway user fees. Since the program began in 1951, more than $4.1 billion has been allocated to municipalities. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Town Board to meet in regular session

TownofElizabethtownlogoElizabethtown Town Commissioners will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in regular session and will consider several recommendations from the Planning Board, including proposals for development in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park and another on NC 53 W.

Public Hearings related to rezoning request from Homer Alex Monroe, II, doing business as Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery are on the agenda.  READ MORE

NCDA&CS offers hotline for farmers affected by storm

NCDACSSeal_4colorRALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is activating a toll-free hotline for farmers in the event of agricultural damage caused by this weekend’s extensive rainfall. Farmers can call 1-866-645-9403 to connect with resources to help with recovery from flood or wind damage and power outages.

“With all the rain anticipated across the state this weekend, the probability of agricultural damage is very real,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.  READ MORE 

Bladen County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 4-10

4H-weekElizabethtown, NC (October 4, 2015) — More than 6 million young people across the country today will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H during the first full week of October. During this week, Bladen County 4-H will showcase the great things that 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible 4-H youth in the community who work each day to make a positive impact on the community. This year, 4-H will also showcase a refresh of its brand, revealing new photography and creative materials that show the various life skills 4-H grows in young people. READ MORE

How Much Are You Really Eating?

By: Sandra R. Cain

For Better Living

Sandra CainThe next time you’re having a meal, especially in a restaurant, take a look at the portion sizes. Can your meat fit in the palm of your hand or is it hanging off the plate. And speaking of the plate, can you see any of it?

If you’re like most Americans, you suffer from “portion distortion.” Over the past two decades, our nation’s meals have expanded; and so have our waistlines. People may be counting calories, carbohydrates or fat grams, but they’re not measuring portion sizes. Research shows that large portion sizes lead to overeating.  READ MORE

Elizabethtown Primary says Thank You

Elizabethtown Primary School wants to say a special Thank You to our custodians, Ms. Carolyn Carter and Ms. Debbie Wilkins, on National Custodian Day! We have the best! They make our school Sparkle!!
Elizabethtown Primary School wants to say a special Thank You to our custodians, Ms. Carolyn Carter and Ms. Debbie Wilkins, on National Custodian Day! We have the best! They make our school Sparkle!


SAT Testing at Bladen County Board of Education

The SAT test scheduled for Saturday, October 3 at East Bladen High School has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17 at East Bladen High School. Students must check-in no later than 7:45 am to begin testing.

First Anniversary Tournament at Vineyard Golf at White Lake PPD

The First Anniversary Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd has been postponed and re-scheduled for Saturday, October 10.

Bladen County first responders ready for rainy weekend

rain_radarThe equipment has been checked. Personnel have been alerted to be ready. Now, it’s just wait and see for Bladen County first responders as a pair of weather systems are expected to bring heavy rain through the weekend.

And there’s also Hurricane Joaquin out in the Atlantic Ocean, which, while not expected to come ashore in North Carolina, may still have an impact on Bladen County’s weather through early next week.  READ MORE


Board of Elections Community Outreach meeting

By: Cheryl Thurston

The Bladen County Board of Elections held a meeting in Bladenboro on Thursday night to allow the public to voice their concerns about the possibility of merging the Bladenboro voting precincts one and two into a single Super Precinct that would serve all of Bladenboro. Board Chairman, Bobby Ludlum began the meeting by explaining that the purpose of the consolidation effort is to simplify the voting process for voters and poll workers, and to lessen the confusion that normally accompanies Election Day voting. He then invited those present to speak.  READ MORE has posted a survey to gather opinions from the community about the Bladen County Board of Elections idea. To take the survey, Click Here.

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By: Cheryl Thurston

Health GradesHere we are again at the beginning of a new month, Bladen County, and it’s time once again to publish the monthly Health Grades for the food establishments that were inspected during the month of September.

BladenOnline is happy to offer our readers a monthly update on the health scores given to eating places in our county.  READ MORE

Road Closure Update  –  ELWELL FERRY

By: Ken Clark  NCDOT

NC DOTThe Elwell Ferry will go out of service Friday morning (October 2, 2015) so that we can release the cable and tie the ferry off on the bank.  This is being done in anticipation of rapidly rising river levels tomorrow afternoon into Saturday.  With the forecast for river flooding upstream, there is an increased risk of trees coming downstream and snagging the cable / ferry, so this is being done as a precautionary measure to insure that we can get the ferry operational quickly once the water (hopefully) subsides late next week.

I will keep you posted if we have any additional weather related road closings over the next few days.

Library Kid’s Halloween Party


Bladen County Public Library will host a Kid’s Halloween Party on Thursday October 22, 2015, at 6:00 PM, at the Bladen County Public Library. All children are invited to come dressed for tricks and treats. Please call to register by October 15th at 910-862-6990

Governor declares state of emergency; Bladen under flood watch

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Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for all of North Carolina on Thursday morning as preparations are under way for expected heavy rains through Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Bladen and surrounding counties through Saturday night in anticipation of up to 7 inches of rain possible in some areas. READ MORE

Joaquin Weather Conditions

Contributed By: Kay Worley, Director, Columbus County Emergency Services

Joaquin Weather Conditions

Director of the Ft. Bragg Center USO speaks with Elizabethtown Rotary

Rotary Meeting-Renee Lane

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was treated to a presentation by Renee Lane, director of the Ft. Bragg Center USO, on Wednesday. She was joined by Julie Meloni.

Lane was introduced to the group by Rotarian Eddie Madden, who explained to the group how he came to meet Lane.

“Some time ago Dr. (William) Findt attended an exercise on Ft. Bragg and met Gen. Joseph Anderson,” said Madden. READ MORE 

Moores Creek National Battlefield Closes in Advance of Hurricane Joaquin

Currie, NC- Superintendent Ricardo Perez announced that due to the uncertainty of incoming Hurricane Joaquin’s pathway, and with the projection for many inches of rain that could cause flooding on the rural roads surrounding the park, Moores Creek National Battlefield will be closed Saturday, October 3, 2015 and Sunday, October 4, 2015. READ MORE

Cycle N.C. ends today due to weather

Bladen County Bike RidersAccording to Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of Elizabethtown – White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Chris Wicker one of the Cycle N.C. organizers had to cancel the ride expected to travel through Bladen County tomorrow. The event has been called off due to the weather. The annual Mountains to the Coast bike ride will end in Lumberton today.

6th Annual Fall Fling hosted by Bladen GOP Canceled

The Bladen GOP 6th Annual Fall Fling schedule for Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market has been canceled according to Bladen GOP Representative Heather Bobbey. Heather said, “The Fall Fling has been cancelled due to the forecasted inclement weather.  Regardless of the path Hurricane Joaquin takes, Balden County will likely receive rain accumulations of 10″ or more.  Please help us spread the word.  Stay safe everyone.”

2 Elizabethtown men charged with drug, weapons offenses

Two Elizabethtown men were arrested Wednesday on drug and weapons charges after a search of a house on South Lower Street, Elizabethtown interim Police Chief Kip Hester said.

Brandon Quinnard Ward of the 400 block of South Lower Street was charged with probation violation, possession of a firearm by a felon, trafficking opium, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $66,000. READ MORE

Star Communications postpones Saturday’s food drive

Star Communications

The Star Communications food drive scheduled Saturday at Bo’s Foods in Elizabethtown has been postponed because of predicted heavy rain, the company said Thursday. It will be rescheduled for another date. Star also postponed food drives scheduled Saturday at Piggly Wiggly’s in Clinton, Roseboro and Garland.

The company is collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations at its offices in Elizabethtown and Clinton this week. READ MORE

The United Way Color Fun Run Postponed

New Crazy Fun 5K Run for United WayThe united way color fun run has been rescheduled for October 24th due to Hurricane Joaquin. Sign up for the Crazy Fun 5K Color Run and Walk by clicking here.

Farmers urged to prepare for several days of heavy rain to be followed by possible hurricane conditions

RALEIGH – Farmers across the state are urged to clear drainage ditches, secure signage and loose objects, stock up on fuel and feed to be prepared for days of wet weather that may be followed by hurricane conditions. The state has already seen almost a week of rain that has saturated the ground. If Hurricane Joaquin tracks close to the coast, it could cause trees to topple and create widespread power outages, something that can be especially devastating to poultry and tobacco farmers. READ MORE


Rouzer statement on Short Term Spending Bill

Rep David RouzerWashington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) released the below statement following the passage of a temporary spending measure until a final budget agreement is reached:

“Though the vast majority of funding for Planned Parenthood is through Medicaid, which is unrelated to direct appropriations by Congress, I voted against the short-term spending bill today because it continues a relatively small portion of their taxpayer support.”   READ MORE

Lu Mil Vineyard Brings Home the Gold!

Lu Mil Wine

DUBLIN, NC – The winners of the 2015 NC State Fair Wine Competition have been announced and Lu Mil Vineyard has taken home the Gold… as well as four Silver and one Bronze medals for their Bladen County grown wines. Winners from the wine competition will be on display in the Education Building throughout the NC State Fair from Oct. 15-25. READ MORE 

Antique Tractor Evening Postponed

Due to the weather, the library’s “Antique Tractor Evening” scheduled for Thursday, October 1st has been cancelled. No further information on when or if it will be rescheduled at this time. 

With fall fire season approaching, N.C. Forest Service offers tips to prevent wildfires

NC Forest Service

RALEIGH – As fall wildfire season approaches, the N.C. Forest Service encourages North Carolinians to heed the call of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, and take steps to ensure careful burning of leaves and yard debris.

Fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot of yard work that may include burning leaves and yard debris. These fires sometimes escape and start wildfires. READ MORE 

Hospice honors Bladen, Columbus employees

Lower Cape Fear Hospice

On Sept. 22, Lower Cape Fear Hospice recognized employees at an Employee Appreciation Banquet at the Upper Room 1871 in Wilmington. The agency expressed its appreciation and gratitude for employees’ years of service, dedication, devotion and contributions. READ MORE

North Carolina’s August County and Area Employment Figures Released..Bladen At 9.0 percent


RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 86 of North Carolina’s counties in August, increased in four counties, and remained unchanged in 10 counties.
Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.4 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.6 percent. Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases while one remained unchanged. READ MORE


 Who Let The D.O.G.S. Out?

By: Joy Warren

The D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) were out in force Tuesday evening at Elizabethtown Middle School.  The WatchDOGS program was launched through a joint effort of Elizabethtown Middle, Bladen County Schools, and a grant from Wal-Mart. Principal, Elizabeth Cole welcomed the 175+ in attendance and stated that ETMS is the first school in the county to launch the program.  Mr. Pat Litzinger, Church/School Partnership Coordinator with the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church spoke with a group of interested volunteers about the program which involves fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at school.   READ MORE

Lower Cape Fear Hospice seeks volunteers


Lower Cape Fear Hospice, a nonprofit, is in need of volunteers to help families in Bladen County.

Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for families and patients with advanced illnesses.

Volunteers serve as caring friends to people in need. They offer companionship, visit or read to patients, listen, hold a hand, run errands, allow caregivers to rest, and help patients tell their life stories. READ MORE

Friends organize Fall Festival at state park

Jones-Lake-State-ParkFall is in the air and with it comes festivals! This year “The Friends of the Bay Lakes” and the staff at Jones Lake have organized a Fall Festival at Jones Lake on Saturday, October 31st. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration planned full of games, hay rides, educational opportunities and more!

“The Friends of the Bay Lakes” is a non-profit 501(c)3 group that supports both Jones and Singletary Lake State Parks.  READ MORE


Bladen Community CollegeBladen Community College encourages men and women interested in a law enforcement career to contact the college for information about the upcoming Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy registration on October 22, 2015.

The BCC program combines physical conditioning with required classwork.  READ MORE

BCC Offers Community Service Learning Opportunities

Bladen Community College

Did you know that Bladen Community College is offering music and dance classes? Come join the fun and dance the night away at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Auditions for LoWanda Davis Productions at Bladen County Public Library

Why Me by LoWanda DavisLast Auditions this year for LoWanda Davis Productions will be held October 17th, from 11 am until 4 pm at the Bladen County Public Library.

LoWanda Davis, Owner of LoWanda Davis Productions says, “I have a couple of upcoming projects and need some talented people to be a part of these.” The auditions are open to anyone with a talent.  READ MORE

Bladen Community College Offers Free Business Workshops

Bladen Community College

The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars in October.

Two special topic seminars will kick off the month. The following seminars will be held on the Main Campus in Building 2, Room 207:
– “How to Purchase and Rent Your Own Property” is offered on Thursday October 1 from 6:30-9:00 P.M. READ MORE

Proposal for Bladen County School Consolidation from AdHoc Committee

Bladen County SchoolsOn September 1st, Bladen County Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Robert Taylor proposed to the School Consolidation AdHoc Committee, a plan to consolidate and combine several schools in Bladen County and when to move forward with the proposal, according to the minutes of the AdHoc Committee meeting. The minutes of the meeting are a hit and miss synopsis of the true intent of Dr. Taylor and the committee.  READ MORE

“Howl-O-Ween” Dog Costume Contest at Bladenboro Beast Fest

By: Boost the Boro, Inc.

Back By Popular Demand!

Beast Fest Pet Contest in BladenboroAnyone who gets a kick out of dressing up their “fur-babies” will surely take pleasure in participating in this year’s “Howl-O-Ween” Dog Costume Contest.  Our goal is to raise awareness of animal abuse and to raise funds for injured and neglected animals in our county.  READ MORE 

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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

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 for more information or to submit your application.


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