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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 26
Williams joins Majestic Funeral Home staff
Majestic Funeral Home in Elizabethtown is happy to welcome Maurice Williams to their staff.
Williams said that his interest in the funeral home began when he first met owner Eric Matthews. He said Matthews was always coming by William’s store, Whimsical Florist.
“One day he said he needed a florist to do flowers for the funeral home,” said Williams. READ MORE
NC DOT announces road closings/openings
The NC Department of Transportation has released the schedule of road openings and closings for the coming weeks.
NC 131 / 410 is now open. This completes all crossline replacement work on NC 131/410 north of Bladenboro. READ MORE
Dublin Peanut Festival –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 17. Dishes will be judged in three categories including Candy, Bread and Dessert. READ MORE
10- year State Transportation Plan indicates projects slated for Bladen County
The NC Department of Transportation has released the 2018-2027 State Transportation Development plan. Included in the state’s next draft 10-year transportation plan are several projects slated for Bladen County.
“A strong transportation network is the backbone of the state’s economy,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “We took the politics out of transportation planning to ensure roads and other important infrastructure are prioritized based on need. These projects demonstrate the process is working as intended to make smart decisions that keep North Carolina moving.” READ MORE
Successful third annual Summer Sounds concert series
For the third year in a row the Summer Sounds Concert Series has been a great hit for the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The series has grown every year and Thursday, August 25th held the last concert for the 2016 series with raving success.
The Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown was packed full with the local band, Blackwater Rhythm & Blues entertaining the crowd. READ MORE
Dunks can be used to help prevent mosquito growth within standing water, but the most important thing to do is to continuously tip and toss containers that hold water. This would include items such as (bird baths, water buckets, flower pot trays, etc.) READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for August 26
Both Bladen County high school football teams will be in action tonight. East Bladen travels to Whiteville, looking for their first win of the season. They lost their season opener last week to South Columbus. West Bladen will be looking for their second win of the young season against West Columbus. The Knights defeated South Robeson last week. Game time for both games is 7 p.m.
The East Bladen-Whiteville game will be broadcast by the Whiteville team of Franklin Davis and Mark Council at 100.9 FM. READ MORE
This Day in History – August 26
1929 – First US roller coaster built. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
National State Parks celebrate their birthday
Today, August 25th is the birthday of our National State Parks. Here in Bladen County we have two state parks; Jones Lake State Park and Singletary Lake State Park according to Shane Freeman, State Park Director.
Freeman said this year they are celebrating North Carolina State Parks’ centennial. READ MORE
BCC Offers Personal Interest Classes
DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is hosting community service classes for personal enrichment. Costs range from $15 to $60. Students may need to purchase some supplies. Classes are as follows:
Paint Night, Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown READ MORE
Deadline is approaching to get your applications for the Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant submitted
The deadline is fast approaching for the Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant that will be held Saturday, Sept. 10. You may get more info or your applications by messaging the DPF Scholarship Pageant committee online at Facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant.
Chamber to hold Special meeting
The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the White Lake Town Hall. READ MORE
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Bladen DSS offers Crisis Intervention Program
Bladen County Department of Social Services is offering a Crisis Intervention Program to individuals who are 60 years of age or older and age 5 and under to assist with their heating or cooling bill.
To qualify for CIP assistance you must have members age 60 or over and under 5 years of age or a household member with health-related conditions that would be affected by the loss of their heating or cooling. READ MORE
Black Water Rhythm and Blues band to be featured at final Summer Sounds concert
The final installment of the Summer Sounds concert series is set to kick off Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market with Black Water Rhythm and Blues. The concert series is presented by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors.
Admission to the concert is free and food and drinks are available for purchase from silver sponsors Cape Fear Chicken and Barbecue and Lu Mil Vineyard. Lu Mil Vineyard will be offering Muscadine wine and Muscadine slushies; and Sunset Slush of Bladen County will also be on hand offering tasty frozen treats. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24
Rotary Club learns about law enforcement training
Training plays a vital and important role for law enforcement officer. The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about the different types of training classes that Bladen County’s law enforcement officers have been receiving over the past two years.
Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker along with Sgt. Gary Turlington and Sgt. Barry Pait spoke to the group regarding the importance of training and the various types of training that have taken place in the county. READ MORE
Resurfacing taking place on NC 53 East
Starting today (Wednesday, Aug. 24) the contractors for the NC Department of Transportation are resurfacing NC Highway 53 East in the Kelly area. The first phase of work will take place between the Elwell Ferry Road area and the Black River bridge. Once that phase is finished, the second phase calls for crews to work between the Singletary Lake area and the Elwell Ferry Road area. READ MORE
Boost the Boro plans to celebrate big for Beast Fest 10th anniversary
Boost the Boro, Inc. serves as host for the Town of Bladenboro’s annual Beast Fest event. This year, Beast Fest will celebrate its 10th anniversary and should Mother Nature continues to smiles down on us as she has in the past few years, we expect to see 10,000 or more festival-goers from all over Southeastern North Carolina and beyond flock to this annual Fall event. READ MORE
Hospice support group to meet
Southeastern Hospice hosts a support group for individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This group meets for four weeks in the fall and spring. READ MORE
Hospice volunteer training
Southeastern Hospice will host a training course for new volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their families in homes or at Southeastern Hospice House. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions, which will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Sept. 8 through 27, from 9:30 a.m. until noon at Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. Volunteers must consent to a background check (paid for by the agency) as well as a TB skin test and flu vaccination (also provided by the agency). READ MORE
Open House at Clarkton School of Discovery set for Thursday
The Clarkton School of Discovery welcomes you to join us for a night full of valuable information for parents. The school will host an Open House, Thursday, August 25, from 4 until 6 p.m. Please join us for one, two, or three sessions that will help you understand your child and help them to be SAFE and HEALTHY. READ MORE
Highway Patrol presented with token of appreciation
The North Carolina Highway Patrol was given plaques of appreciation on Tuesday at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown for their efforts in supporting the recent Bladen County Law Enforcement Association Golf Tournament.
Troxler announces availability of bioenergy research grants: Application deadline is Sept. 30
RALEIGH – The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced.
Wineries celebrate N.C. Wine Month in September
Wine tastings, grape stomps, festivals planned
North Carolina has 525 grape growers and more than 180 wineries.
RALEIGH – Wine lovers will have plenty of ways to celebrate the state’s $1.7 billion wine and grape industry in September during North Carolina Wine and Grape Month.
The annual celebration aligns with the traditional harvest season of grapes across the state. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 23
Rep. David Rouzer visits Bladen County
By Erin Smith
U. S. House Rep. David Rouzer paid Bladen County a visit on Tuesday morning and stopped for lunch with constituents at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown.
Rouzer welcomed those who were present including members of law enforcement, farmers and business leaders.
He recognized the members of law enforcement who were in attendance and thanked them for their service. READ MORE
Work day at training facility, funding still needed
Bladen County Schools hold Opening Day Convocation
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Schools held their annual Opening Day Convocation on Tuesday morning at the Elizabethtown Middle School gym.
Dr. Tanya Head welcomed those in attendance to the event and Dr. Wilbur Smith brought greetings from the members of the Bladen County Board of Education. READ MORE
BCC Small Business Center Offers No-Cost Classes
DUBLIN – The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College is offering business seminars in September at no cost to the participants.
“Improve Your Credit Score for a Business Loan” is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m., on the main campus in building 2, room 207. Immediately following the workshop and in the same location is “Be Free from Debt’s Hold”, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. READ MORE
Pet of the Week
Bladen Masonic Lodge No. 646 makes donation to Masonic Home for Children
The Bladen County Masonic Lodge No. 646 A. F. and A. M. in Elizabethtown presented a check to the Masonic Home for Children on Monday night. The Lodge held a raffle for a Stoeger 12-gauge rifle which was sponsored by Bryant’s Gun and Pawn and the funds were given to the children’s home. Past Master Mike Wyatt said the fundraiser generated about $1,600 for the home. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 22
Crossed the big pond, made big business
By: Derrick Rice
In 1984 a young, self taught, self trained engineer, Terry Baxter was transferred from London, England to the States by Crusader Lawn Tractor with a charge of designing products for manufacturing. Unfortunately the Crusader brand was unable to compete with the established brands such as John Deere and dissolved its operations. Baxter decided to stay behind and began his work in robotics, a sci-fi industry at the time. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving podcast
Thoughts While Shaving is now available in a podcast thanks to Brooks Hester. READ MORE
What happens next with Bladen’s schools?
Many of you are wondering what happens next with the school consolidation issue following the presentation of a 109 page report last week by Dr. Ken Phelps with the NC Department of Public Instruction.
Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said, “The board will take that information (in the NC DPI report) and other additional information they have and review it. They have already committed to not do any consolidating for the 2016-17 school year.” READ MORE
Former Navy Range Manager Sentenced to 18 Months for Accepting Illegal Gratuities
RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that on Friday, August 19, 2016, in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Harry C. Mann, 80, of Manns Harbor, North Carolina, to an 18-month term of imprisonment, ordered him to pay $149,999 in restitution to the United States Defense Logistics Agency, and imposed a $75,000 fine. On October 28, 2015, Mann pled guilty to a Criminal Information charging him with one count of accepting illegal gratuities. READ MORE
Vineyard Fest 2016: An Inaugural Event
Over the weekend Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery hosted and produced one phenomenal festival. The buzz is really getting out about the venue and it’s happenings. Alex Munroe and his team and numerous volunteers worked tirelessly Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to give Bladen County a summer event to remember and look forward to year after year.
Friday night the popular Blackwater Rhythm and Blue Band took the stage around 6 p.m. and gave an excellent high energy performance that everyone loves and expects. The atmosphere was a marriage of energy and relaxation. As the band performed children made friends as they roamed the beautiful property enjoying the likes of livestock and fowl alike. Adults enjoyed moments of paradise as if there was not a care in the world. READ MORE
Fundraiser planned for Windsor UMC food bank
By: Erin Smith
Windsor United Methodist Church will be the site of a fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 26, from 4 until 7 p.m. The proceeds raised from the fundraiser will go to support the church’s food bank which is celebrating four years of service to the Ammon community.
The fundraiser will consist of a plate sale and the menu will consist of grilled chicken plates, candied yams, green beans, a roll, tea and cake. The plates cost $7 each. That is not all! The fun and fellowship will continue at 6 p.m. with a live auction with Jimmie Smith which will include baked goods, antiques, crafts and much more, according to Mrs. Harris. READ MORE
Colosimo named SeHealth director
Jan Colosimo has been named director of revenue cycle for Southeastern Health. She is responsible for patient financial services, patient registration and health information management.
A native of New York state, Colosimo relocated from San Mateo, Calif., and has attended University of California at Berkeley, Merritt University and University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. READ MORE
Summer Pet Responsibility program scheduled for Aug. 25 cancelled
The Summer Pet Responsibility program scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Bladen County Public Library has been cancelled. The program was being presented by the Bladen County Pet Responsibility Team.
Bladen County schools to have open houses Thursday
The 13 Bladen County schools will have open houses Thursday that will give students and parents an opportunity to check class schedules and meet teachers. The new school year for students begins Monday, Aug. 29.
Open houses for each school are as follows: READ MORE
Garland High School Reunion to be held Saturday, Sept. 24
The Garland High Class of 1963, hosts of the 2016 Garland High School Reunion, announces the upcoming event to be held at the Venue at Regal Resort located at 1564 White Lake Drive, White Lake, on Saturday, Sept. 24. Garland High School educated students from Garland and the surrounding area, including those students who graduated from the eighth grade at Hickory Grove Elementary School in Bladen County from 1930 until the school closed in 1980. READ MORE
Bladen Online: By the Numbers for Aug. 14-20, 2016
Coming off two of the best weeks in its nine-year history, Bladen Online had another strong week with 132,913 page views and 26,817 visits for the week of Aug. 14-20.
Last week (Aug. 7-13), Bladen Online had its second-most page views with 163,366 and fourth-most visits with 37,213. The previous week (July 31-Aug. 6) the numbers also were among the 10 best.
The 15 most read stories for the week of Aug. 14-20 were: READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
There was a 52% increase in the county tax base from 1979-80 to 1980-81.
Georgia Ricks and Melissa McLaney made their bow to society at the 55th annual debutant ball. READ MORE
Bladen July Lottery Winners
$1,000 winners: Wendell Lee, Kirby Elkins, Kiontreea Regans, Sandra Rodgers, John Owens, Roberta Young, Arthur Heintz, Tobias Dillard, Kathy Jones, Raymond Lee.
$2,700 winner: Perry Ballard. READ MORE
Kyle Tatum Donates His Hair to Locks of Love
If you have followed East Bladen athletics over the last 3 seasons, you are well-acquainted with senior Kyle Tatum and his exploits on the football field and baseball diamond.
The other thing that people instantly noticed was Kyle’s long flowing blond hair. This past week Kyle decided to get a haircut. READ MORE
FOCUS ON RETIREMENT PLANNING — IT’S YOUR FUTURE
By: Brenda Brown, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC
When most people begin their career, retirement is the farthest thing from their mind. Instead, they focus on trying to purchase a home, start a family, or perhaps save money for travel.
Retirement seems so far away for many younger people that they delay putting aside money. READ MORE
The Pavilion at White Lake
Summer isn’t over and folks looking for some family fun realize the Pavilion at White Lake is a great place to spend the weekend. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
North Carolina’s July Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent.
North Carolina’s July 2016 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage point lower than a year ago. READ MORE
Pennsylvania company recalls frozen corn after tests by NCDA&CS show presence of Listeria monocytogenes
Cape Fear Vineyard Fest kicks off with local favorite: Black Water Rhythm & Blues band
By: Gordon Kinlaw
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
An update of road openings / closing status for Bladen County is as follows:
The pipe replacements on NC 131-410 just south of the NC 131 / NC 410 split at Guyton are complete.
Upcoming Closings: READ MORE
Save Money at the Grocery Store
Sandra R. Cain
For Better Living
We are all feeling the pinch when it comes to rising food costs. One way you can save time as well as money is to shop less frequently.
Less trips means less gas and less of a chance of impulse buying of things you really don’t need. You will also save some time by shopping less frequently.
A good shopping list is your number one tool to help stretch food dollars and save money at the grocery store. You must plan ahead to have a good list, and plan to stick to your list. READ MORE
Jeffrey Lewis’ vehicle accident in 2015 leads to 12-year prison sentence
A convicted felon who was involved in a vehicle accident near Ammon nearly two years ago will spend up to 12 years in state custody after being found guilty Thursday on two charges by a Bladen County jury and ruled a habitual felon.
Jeffrey Lewis, 27, of Elizabethtown, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon and reckless driving in Bladen County Superior Court. He was sentenced to a minimum of 110 months and a maximum of 144 months in prison. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Industrial Park Master plan unveiled Thursday
By: Erin Smith
The members of Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, Bladen County Board of Commissioners, the Elizabethtown Town Council, and business leaders, all gathered at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Thursday for the unveiling of a master plan for the Elizabethtown Industrial Park.
Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess addressed those in attendance. He said that Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industral thanks the various sources of funding for the master plan. READ MORE
Bridge Replacements Coming to Bladen, Cumberland and Robeson counties
Raleigh – Seven new bridges are on the way for Bladen, Cumberland and Robeson counties, thanks to a $5.4 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The bridges are located in:
• Bladen County: N.C. 53 over Ellis Creek;
• Bladen County: Mercer Mill Road over Hammonds Creek;
• Cumberland County: Hollow Bridge Road between Beaver Dam Road and Mink Road;
• Robeson County: Barker Ten Mile Road over Big Marsh Swamp;
• Robeson County: South Robeson Road over Aaron Swamp;
• Robeson County: Back Swamp Road over Lumber River; and
• Robeson County: Mercer Mill Road over Jackson Swamp.
The seven bridges are each considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. READ MORE
Week’s Top Stories
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
Bladenboro allegations outlined
Dawson Singletary of Bladenboro sat down recently with Bladen Online to outline his allegations of wrong doings in the town of Bladenboro. Singletary appeared before the Bladenboro Town Council at their August meeting and threatened to file a lawsuit against the town.
Among the allegations made by Singletary is inappropriate payments made to a company called Cygnus, Inc. for waste water treatment.
Singletary said that in 2005 the town of Bladenboro obtained a Clean Water Act grant from the State of North Carolina to take a portion of the water from the wastewater treatment plant and irrigate a farm. READ MORE
Racing for Hope to benefit Southeastern Carolina Crossroads
Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is a non-profit organization in Bladen County offering help and hope over addiction. Randy White and Ray Britt, local business owners along with Dublin Motor Speedway are working together to raise funds for the local rehabilitation center. READ MORE
Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop set for Aug. 30
After the Diagnosis: Get Answers, Get Help, Get Going!
This informal workshop offers support, comfort, and general information on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to parents and grandparents of children who were recently diagnosed with ASD and for parents who need more information. READ MORE
Release Time Ministry needs volunteers
The Elizabethtown Middle School will soon have a Release Time Ministry, but volunteers are needed. On Tuesday, August 30, there will be a volunteers meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church fellowship hall. Bus drivers, teachers and other volunteers are needed. READ MORE
METHODIST UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EVENTS OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
The fall semester is underway at Methodist University, and classes will begin August 22. Many events in the areas of the arts, family entertainment, and speaking engagements are open to the community. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Prayer, Rotary Foundation are topics for Rotary meeting
Prayer was the topic of discussion at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. Rotarian Chris Denny, who is pastor of the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church and also author of the blog “Almost Daily Prayer,” led the discussion.
He began his topic by defining prayer. Denny said prayer is “our hearts speaking love to the very loving heart of God.” READ MORE
Library to offer special story times with local author
Join Bladen County author Jane Pait as she reads her book, “The Red Headed Angel Discovers the Crystal Sea” during a special story time.
The story times will be Monday, Aug. 22, at the Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro at 3:30 p.m.; the Clarkton Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 3:30 p.m.; and the main branch in Elizabethtown on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m. READ MORE
Dublin receives grant to create asset management plan for wastewater system
By: Erin Smith
The town of Dublin has received a $15,000 grant for the creation of an asset management plan for the town’s wastewater system. The grant is a State Reserve Asset Inventory and Assessment (AIA) grant that was approved by State Water Infrastructure Authority.
Mayor Horace Wyatt said the town will be working with Withers and Ravenel, an engineering company contracted by the town, to determine what steps to take next. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
Elizabethtown Fire receives SAFER grant, now hiring five full-time staff
By: Erin Smith
The Elizabethtown Fire Department successfully applied for and received a grant in the amount of $494,000 that will give the department the ability to hire five full-time firefighter positions.
Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West said the grant is called a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant is designed to help provide funding to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to maintain or help them to increase the number of trained personnel. READ MORE
The Days of Yesteryear
This photo above was snapped on Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. Some of our readers may remember a simpler time when the pace of life was slower and folks lingered on the sidewalks to talk.
Hammond is Appointed as BCC Trustee
Businessman and community advocate, Larry Hammond, takes the oath of office as a board of trustee member for Bladen Community College. READ MORE
Stolen handgun, convicted felon arrested
On Friday, August 12th, Sergeant Jeromy Martin was dispatched to 203 West Swanzy Elizabethtown, NC in reference to a larceny of a firearm from a motor vehicle. Sergeant Martin received information that the missing handgun was stolen from the center console of the victim’s vehicle while it was parked at the listed address according to Elizabethtown Police Department.
Sergeant Martin was able to develop a suspect based upon information received. READ MORE
Fall Enrollment at Bladen Community College Remains Strong
DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will welcome over 1,000 students to campus as the fall semester commences this week. The excitement is palpable.
“The staff and faculty of BCC are always energized when students return to campus in the fall,” remarks Jeff Kornegay, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer. “The excitement of new opportunities and new beginnings prevails among everyone here.” READ MORE
Board of Ed hosts Uniform Trunk Show and Sale
Attention Parents: We’re hosting a Uniform Trunk Show and Sale on Wednesday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education building – 1489 US Highway 701 S, Elizabethtown. There will be samples of items for you to choose from in all school colors. We’ll have a place for your child to try on the uniform to ensure proper fit. You can also order uniforms for delivery to your home just in time for school to start. Plan now to join us this Wednesday for all your uniform needs.
Bladen Community College Hosts No-Cost Business Seminars
Bladen Community College is hosting a series of no-cost business seminars. The topics and schedules are shown below. READ MORE
Jarmon attends 109th annual Conference for NC Association of County Commissioners as Youth Delegate
Allayah Jarmon attended the 109th annual Conference for NC Association of County Commissioners as a youth delegate. The conference is held in Winston-Salem from Aug. 11-14. READ MORE
Commissioners hear fund balance report
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Commissioners heard an update from Finance Director Lisa Coleman on Monday regarding the fund balance for the year ending June 30, 2016. Coleman told the board that the fund balance for the year ending FY 2015-16 could see an estimated increase of $3.5 million. READ MORE
County board hears financial update
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and received the financial report for the period ending July 31, 2016, from Finance Director Lisa Coleman. The county began a new budget year on June 30, 2016.
She told the board that as of July 31, the county has collected 5.96 percent of the budgeted revenues for FY 2016-17. The county has spent has 10.34 percent of the revenues collected. The county is showing year-to-date revenues of $2,714,137 and year-to-date expenditures in the amount of $4,711,608 . The county budget currently shows a fund balance decrease of $1,997,470. READ MORE
BCC honors employees
As a part of the new academic year activities, Bladen Community College has recognized 21 employees with five or more years of service to the college. READ MORE
Kiwanis gearing up to reach out
Finding more ways to reach out in the community is what the Kiwanis Club members discussed at their monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The group heard an update on their fundraising efforts, and decided on other ways to reach out in the community.
Club Treasurer, William Thompson gave a report on the Fifty-Fifty Fear Factor Fundraiser to benefit the club’s children’s programs and the Bladen County Emergency Services Training Facility. READ MORE
Dublin Peanut Festival Accepting Applications
The Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant Committee is accepting applications for the 2016 Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant that will be held Saturday, September 10th, 2016. At the end of the Queens one year reign, she will be presented a $1,000.00 check, provided she has met all her requirements set forth in her contract. The check will be made payable to the college she will be attending in the fall. What a great opportunity! Message us online at Facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant for an application.
Dublin Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting Craft & Food Vendor Applications for the festival that will be held September 17, 2016. Contact Jane Starnes at 910-862-4301 or visit www.dublinpeanutfestival.com for your application. READ MORE
Prescription Drug Abuse-The Investigators’ Perspective
Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the final installment in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.
According to Investigator Richard Allen of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, prescription drug abuse is currently the biggest problem in Bladen County.
“I’ve been working [narcotics] for about six years and our main focus most of that time has been prescription pills,” said Allen.
Prescription Drug Abuse – The Physician’s Perspective
By Katie Galyean
According to a survey conducted by the National Safety Council, 74 percent of doctors believe that opioids, such as oxycodone or morphine, are the most effective way to treat pain. However, other studies done by the National Safety Council show that over the counter pain medication are often far more effective in relieving acute pain.
Kailash Chandwani, a physician employed at the Southeastern Spine and Pain Clinic in Lumberton, NC, disagrees with the 74 percent of doctors in his profession. READ MORE
Prescription Drug Abuse: The Addicts’ Burden
By Katie Galyean
Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the second in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.
In an article by Physician L. Manchikanti, it states Americans only make up 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but they consume 80 percent of the world’s entire opioid supply. Bladen County has certainly not been exempted from the statistic.
David Chesnutt, Executive Director at Carolina Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment center, said, “since 2012, I would say 80 percent of the guys that come through here [are prescription drug addicts].”
“I’ve worked with over 1,000 men,” said Chesnutt, “and originally it was crack cocaine, always marijuana, alcohol, meth was in play, and there was a little bit of prescription drug abuse. Around 2011, it was like we crossed an invisible line.” READ MORE
Prescription Drug Abuse – A Pharmacist’s Struggle
Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at Prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the first in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.
According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, prescription drug abuse is on the rise throughout North Carolina.
“Drug overdoses have eclipsed car crashes as the leading cause of preventable death,” said Rebecca Hester, pharmacist at The Medicine Shop in Bladenboro. READ MORE
Senior Center is offering fall prevention class, needs volunteers
By: Katie Galyean
The newest activity around the Senior Center is the upcoming “Matter of Balance: Fall Prevention Class.” READ MORE
Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare to offer Darkness to Light training
Women’s conference pre-registration underwayBy: Erin SmithA women’s conference “Everything Beautiful” is planned for Saturday, September 17, at The Venue at White Lake. For the who like to plan ahead, there is an a discount which includes a free G. I. F. T. journal and 20 percent off G. I. F. T. merchandise with the $25 early bird registration fee. READ MORE
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