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NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 26
Steele earns doctoral degree
Renee Steele, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Steele and the late Gloria Blue Steele of Clarkton, earned the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree at Fayetteville State University on May 7, 2016. READ MORE
Board of Elections to meet Wednesday
Bobby Ludlum, Chairman
Bladen County Board of Elections
Kiwanis members, Emergency Responders work together on fundraiser
Last week the Kiwanis Club members and Bladen County Emergency Responders met to work on making their Fifty-Fifty Fear Factor Fundraiser a success. The Kiwanis Club is hoping to receive help for their children’s program and the Emergency Responders are hoping to receive funds for their training facility.
The group met at the new Bladen County Emergency Services training facility and hashed out all of the needs. Bradley Kinlaw, EMS Director, took the group on a tour of the facility showing everyone all of the needs that have to be addressed at the facility in order for the emergency personnel to take full advantage of the property. READ MORE
Alert: 6 tips to avoid IRS Scammers
By: Charlotte Smith
In today’s world it is hard to trust strangers on the other end of your phone line. According to Chief Chris Hunt with the Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County residents have received phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, otherwise known as the IRS, only to find out the calls were from scammers.
The IRS scammers try to create a sense of urgency for the person receiving the call, they make threats of having a person arrested, and have several techniques to try and make the situation seem as though the scammer calling is really from the IRS, according to Hunt. READ MORE
Bladen County Habitat for Humanity gearing up for new build in E’town
By: Erin Smith
Bladen County Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity and is preparing for a build on King Street in Elizabethtown. Bladen County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dawn Madden said the ground breaking for the new build site is set for Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m. READ MORE
White Lake Baptist shows their support for Bladen County’s public servants
The members of White Lake Baptist Church are demonstrating their support for Bladen County’s public servants. The church held an appreciation service for members of law enforcement, first responders and EMS recently and also the “Wednesday Kids” group prepared goodie bags and delivered them on Friday to the White Lake Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE
West Bladen Chapter FFA Banquet held
On Thursday, May 19, the West Bladen Chapter held its annual FFA Banquet to celebrate the achievements of the members for the 2015-2016 school year. All teams and individuals who competed against other chapters were recognized for an award that was given to them by the FFA Officer Team, who hosted the event in official Parliamentary Procedure. READ MORE
West Bladen’s Draper named National FFA Officer
On Friday, May 20, the West Bladen FFA Chapter was happy to welcome Sarah Draper, National FFA Officer from the Western Region, and Jacob Fipps, NCFFA Vice President. They came during fourth period to talk to the Agriculture classes that were offered at that time. The West Bladen FFA officers were also there to meet her, listen, and make her feel welcome. READ MORE
Southeastern Hospice hosts 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, September 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
Two Bladen businesses move locations
At least two Bladen County businesses have moved to new locations recently.
Bobby Taylor Oil Company has moved from their former location to 2229 US Highway 701 N, Elizabethtown, near the intersection of Willard Tatum Road. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Also, Take a 2nd Look Thrift Store has moved form their location on West Broad Street to 1108 S. Poplar Street, Elizabethown. The site if the former Home and Industrial location. Their hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. READ MORE
Heat advisory to go into effect at noon today
The highest sustained heat index values will occur in the mid to late afternoon hours.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create situation in which heat-related illnesses can occur. READ MORE
Dublin Peanut Festival Tiny Miss spreads kindness to law enforcement officers
Monday was no ordinary Monday for four-year-old, Dublin Peanut Festival Tiny Miss, Rylee Lou’Anne White. She spent most of her day spreading kindness for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and all of the local Bladen County Police Departments.
Each and every officer received a bag of peanuts with an uplifting message attached to each as well as cases of water for the departments. The three canine officers Jax, Kane and Murphy received gifts as well. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for July 26
After the Dems, time for the Olympics.
A couple more pet peeves;
(a) friends who are so biased they do not agree with my biases,
(b) motorist who ride my bumper as if they will arrive at their site earlier if they drive ‘thru me”. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 26
Lowest Temperature 61 degrees 1957
Precipitation 2.98 inches 1938
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 94 degrees.
This Day in History – July 26
1790 – US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts.
1835 – 1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii.
1847 – Moses Garrish Farmer builds 1st miniature train for children to ride.
1903 – 1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, JULY 25
Sunset in Clarkton, North Carolina
Sunday night crash claims the life of one
According to NC Highway Patrol Trooper Townsend, a 1998 Honda being operated by Patsy Long McLaney of Harrells was traveling eastbound on NC 41 when her vehicle traveled left of the center line and and struck a Subaru operated by Thomas Mei-Jon-Ruan of Whiteville. Trooper Townsend said the vehicles then traveled out of the roadway to the right and into a ditch. READ MORE
Sheriff’s Office joint operation with ALE, and NC Highway Patrol results in drug bust
Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that a joint operation between the Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Alcohol Enforcement Division and North Carolina Highway Patrol over the weekend resulted in the confiscation of a large amount of alcohol and cocaine.
McVicker said officers executed a search warrant at 115 Robin Dr , off Owen Hill Road near Dublin, also known as “Club Many Things”. The search warrant was a result of citizen complaints in the area for large parties, alcohol sales and drug use. During the search Agents seized several coolers with beer and several bottles of Liquor as well as cocaine. READ MORE
Adopt-A-Cop ceremony to take place Friday
The group will hold a small ceremony Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at the Emergency Services Building located at 292 Ben Green Industrial Park Drive in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Fire Department receives NC Burned Children’s Fund grant
Chief Nick West said the project is to assist with a fundraiser for the NC Burned Children’s Fund through the collection of aluminum cans. Chief West said the way it works, is the grant is to assist the department in obtaining a receptacle for the collection of aluminum cans which will be taken and sold to a recycling company. Chief West said the funds will then be given to the NC Burned Children’s Fund for the treatment of children with burn injuries. READ MORE
Adopt-A-Cop program taking shape in Bladen
Some folks in Bladen County are trying to brighten the days of the law enforcement officers in Bladen County. The Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop program has been very popular and folks are still angling to adopt an officer.
After hearing about the Adopt-A-Cop initiative in Concord, a group of spouses and citizens decided to work together to make it happen in Bladen County. The goal is for each officer in Bladen County to be “adopted” by a business/family/resident. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines 35 years ago
Alfred Gene Smith was elected Chairman of the Bladen County Social Services Board.
Mildred McCulloch retired after 40 years of service with the Bladen County Register of Deeds office. READ MORE
Heat index values on the rise this week
According to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, no significant rainfall is in the forecast and no relief from the extreme heat is expected before the weekend. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 24
Sunday Fun Day held at White Lake under sunny skies
Beautiful Carolina blue skies were the order of the day along with temperatures soaring into the 90s, brought folks out for the Sunday Fun Day event at the lot across from the Scotchman on US 701 at White Lake.
The event included a classic car show, vendors, gospel music, and a lawn mower tractor pull. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 23
Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery now open for dinner
A huge crowd gathered in support of the newest restaurant in Elizabethtown on Friday evening. Alex Monroe, owner of Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery was photographed with his guest, Phylis Miller, on his restaurant’s first evening open to the public for dinner. The menu includes ribeye, flounder stuffed with crab, blueberry crunch and more delicious entrees and desserts. READ MORE
Cape Fear Farmer’s Market offers variety
Governor McCrory Signs Legislation to Encourage Innovation and Entrepreneurship Through Crowdfunding
Governor Pat McCrory was joined by entrepreneurs, educators and elected officials today as he signed legislation to promote crowdfunding in North Carolina at a local start-up on the Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University.
“Crowdfunding will further strengthen North Carolina’s position as one of the top states for access to capital, technology and innovation in the country,” said Governor McCrory. “As the competition continues to get tougher, this bill will help us encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators right here in North Carolina.” READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JULY 22
LCFH Adds Children’s Grief Counselor
Kristen Rudy, ATR, NCC, LPC, has joined Lower Cape Fear Hospice as a children’s bereavement counselor for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties. In this role, Rudy will provide family grief counseling, specializing in grief counseling for young people.
Rudy earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois; and in 2007 her graduate degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She is originally from southern Illinois and moved to southeastern North Carolina in 2008. READ MORE
Lower Cape Fear Hospice CEO announces retirement plans
Bystrom, who is only the second executive to lead the nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency since it was founded in 1980, said her retirement would be effective no later than the end of December 2016.
A career nurse, Bystrom worked in the Lake County Hospital System in Ohio for 24 years before she moved to Wilmington in 1993 and joined New Hanover Regional Medical Center as a director in both the women’s surgical and obstetrician units. READ MORE
North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.9 percent.
North Carolina’s June 2016 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 3,774 over the month to 4,614,725 and increased 133,046 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 10,900 over the month to 239,440, and decreased 35,598 over the year. READ MORE
Fun Day is planned for Sunday at White Lake
The weather forecast for Sunday includes beautiful blue skies and plenty of sunshine. The high is forecast to be 97 with a light breeze. READ MORE
Wesley Campbell recently honored Minuteman Food Mart employee Fredrica Best for going above and beyond to help a customer who had become unconscious in the store in early July. Another customer, Craig Moore, also assisted a second customer who had also fallen unconscious in the parking lot.
Team work makes STEAM camp a success
Rising 5th graders Riley McIntyre and Levi German are measuring gases produced during a chemical reaction in today’s science lab at BCC during day four of the Bladen County Schools STEAM camp.
For Joey Luther, 100 mile races provide just the right challenge
For many people the challenge of running a 5k is satisfying. For others seeking a bit more stimulation, a marathon or triathlon might be the solution. For Joey Luther, however, even that was not enough.
Last year, Luther, son of Joe and Jane Luther of Elizabethtown and an East Bladen alum, completed his latest 100 mile run, otherwise known as an ultra marathon. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 21
Agencies Double Team Drug Dealer
Sheriff James A. McVicker and North Carolina Highway Patrol First Sergeant Matt Hardee released information on a large drug and cash seizure that originated from a traffic checking station.
Sheriff McVicker said Trooper Jeremy Freeman requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s office when a man tried to evade a license checking station on Highway 242 near Guyton Road Wednesday July 20th. READ MORE
The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown met at San Jose Restaurant for their monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The club received donations, made plans to start a Terrific Kids program at Elizabethtown Primary, and continued planning the Fifty-Fifty Fundraiser to support Bladen County Emergency Services Training Facility and the club’s children’s programs.
Elizabethtown Rotary Club welcomes new officers
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at San Jose Restaurant for a business session.
President Charlotte Smith welcomed the members in attendance and introduced the officers for the new year and set some goals for the club for the upcoming year. READ MORE
Contractor’s update: Aerial Views of Jail Project Taking Shape
Crash on Rico Road
By: Erin Smith
A two vehicle crash on Rico Road reduced the highway to one lane for a period on Thursday morning.
NC Highway Patrol Trooper Weissinger said that Charles Glenn Todd of Bladenboro was backing his pick-up truck down Rico Road and struck the front of a Kia traveling southbound. The Kia was being operated by Emily Elkins of Clarkton. READ MORE
3 Things to Know for Thursday, July 21
1. The Elizabethtown Major League is having quite a run at the Dixie Youth Baseball state tournament in Kenansville. Coach Anthony McKoy’s team has reached the bracket finals in the dual eight-team tournaments. So, the team is in the Final Four in the 16-team tournament. Elizabethtown whipped Whiteville 11-1 (click for story) on Wednesday night and play West Robeson National tonight for the bracket championship and a spot in the state championship series. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
SeHealth honors Bladen employees for service
SeHealth’s Administrators and Employee Services Director Susan Hayes presented service pins and plaques during the after-dinner ceremony held in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s dining room. READ MORE
Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen offer arm bands in support of law enforcement
By Erin Smith
Some folks may have noticed some bracelets being worn around Bladen County and in other areas that are emblazoned with John 15:13 on one side and Brothers of the Badge on the other. These bracelets are being distributed to members fo law enforcement in Bladen and surrounding counties by the group Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen to show their support fo the men and women of law enforcement. READ MORE
SECU scholarships awarded
Ten Southeastern Community College students were recently awarded a $750 State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Continuing Education Scholarship. All 10 recipients have recently completed SCC’s Nurse Aide I class.
In 2013, the SECU Foundation introduced the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship program. Designed to help meet the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens, SECU Foundation funds ten $750 Continuing Education Scholarships to be awarded to eligible students at each of the 58 NC Community College campuses. READ MORE
Bladenboro Police Officers learn about body cameras
By: Erin Smith
The Bladenboro Police Department took another step forward in the transition to adding the use of body cameras to their tool kit. The officers spent Wednesday morning learning how to operate the body cameras and how to download and save their videos.
Anatoly Khen, of VieVu, lead the class and said the camera is both rugged and durable.
“It can capture a lot of information,” said Khen. READ MORE
Dr. Erik Root Joins The Roger Bacon Academy
Leland— The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. (RBA) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Erik Root to its staff. Most recently, Dr. Root served as a Political Science professor at West Liberty University and Chairman of the university’s Center for Economic Philosophy. Dr. Root has also held professorships at Lewis University and Patrick Henry College and has published 11 scholarly works, including two books and an entry in the Encyclopedia Virginia.
“A deep knowledge of history is essential for informed and productive citizens,” states Root. “I look forward to joining RBA in their work to educate students about history and the founding principles of our great nation,” he continued. READ MORE
Organic food coming soon at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market
Wait no longer Bladen County for organic food offered at the farmer’s market. Otter Branch Organics from Rose Hill will be at the farmers market this Friday and Saturday, July 22nd and 23rd. The farmers from Rose Hill will be selling organic okra, sweet banana peppers, specialty bell peppers, free range organic eggs, and pepper relish according to Eddie Madden, Town Manager of Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Joyner joins SeHealth as director
Daniel G. Joyner has been named director of surgical services for Southeastern Health. He is responsible for surgery, pre-admission testing (PAT), post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), endoscopy, central sterilizing and anesthesia.
Joyner earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in May 2001. He has also completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., in May 2009 and a master’s degree in nursing/health care administration from American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colo., in April 2014. READ MORE
3 Things to Know for Wednesday, July 20
1. Elizabethtown’s Cade Hancock is scheduled to participate in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida beginning July 25. Cade, who will compete in the 14-15-year-old division, will be among 660 golfers from around the world playing at PGA National Resort. READ MORE
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
Author set to sign book on August 2
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Public Library will be featuring a book signing on Tuesday, August 2, at 6 p.m. with Dr. Carlos R. Hamilton Jr. of Texas. He will be signing copies of his work, “A Rose Blooms in Texas,” which is a fictionalized accounting of his great-grandmother Berta Smith Wooters. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the book signing event. 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
Kiwanis Club and Bladen County Emergency Services working together
The Kiwanis Club and Bladen County Emergency Services are working together to raise funds for the new Bladen County Training Facility and the Kiwanis Club’s children programs. Each organization will receive 50% of the net proceeds raised.
The event’s name is Fifty-Fifty Fear Factor Fundraiser.
The fundraiser will kick off with a Fear Factor Fun Run & Walk starting at 7:30 am on Saturday, August 6th at Lu Mil Vineyard and Dublin Motor Speedway. READ MORE
Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare to offer Darkness to Light training
Hospice offers free healthcare decisions clinic
Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host a Begin the Conversation clinic about end-of-life and healthcare decisions. It will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at LCFH’s Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.
This session, which is free to adults 18 and older, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. READ MORE
Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant accepting applications
The Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant is now accepting applications. The pageant will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Dublin Elementary School Multipurpose Building. The application deadline is August 27, 2016. READ MORE
Women’s conference pre-registration underway
By: Erin Smith
A 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
Bladen County Public Library to hold Summer Reading program
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Public Library will be conducting their annual Summer Reading program beginning July 11 through August 3. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, and Read.”
Bladen County Public Library Director Kelsey Edwards said the Summer Reading program is a period of time during the summer when all three branches of the library encourage reading. READ MORE
The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy now Enrolling for 2016-2017 Year
The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is now enrolling students for the 2016-17 academic year. The Academy has openings in sixth thru eighth grade. The mission of The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is to serve its students through a commitment to excellence in an education that serves today, tomorrow, and the future by providing an academically rich program that encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership. Students wear uniforms which are provided by the Academy. Parents are responsible for their student’s hats and shoes. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is a tuition free North Carolina Public Charter School. For more information, please call the Academy at 910-862-2965. Students may apply in person or at the Academy’s website www.paulrbrownleadership.com.
Elizabethtown Christian Academy now enrolling for 2016-17 academic year
Elizabethtown Christian Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year, grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Day School Program is also currently enrolling children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. ECA offers students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in their lives by providing an excellent education that centers on Biblical truth, academic achievement and character development.
ECA students benefit from limited class sizes, quality, certified teachers, a non-denominational learning environment, weekly Chapel, a dress code, enhancement classes including music, technology, physical education, and art. After school care is also available. READ MORE
BladenOnline.com now offers app
BladenOnline.com readers with mobile smart devices can download our BladenOnline.com app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.
There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free! READ MORE