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NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
Clarkton School of Discovery releases honor rolls
Superintendent’s List (96 or above in all classes)
6th Grade: Cathleen DeVane, Andrew Dowd, AnnaGrey Heustess
8th Grade: Renee Beasley, Lauren Bowen, Andrew Cahn,, Sammi Jiang, Lily Lin READ MORE
The East Bladen High School Junior FFA land judging team placed second in recent competition. This was quite an accomplishment considering that one member was absent due to illness. READ MORE
NOTICE OF STATE CANVASS BOARD MEETING
The State Board of Elections will hold a public meeting by teleconference on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 9 a.m. Interested members of the public may listen to proceedings by dialing 415-655-0060 (code: 225-928-048). READ MORE
Remembering Pearl Harbor
“A date which will live in infamy,” Franklin D. Roosevelt said of this date back in 1941. Sunday, December 7th, 1941 was a dark day in American History. Japan attacked the U.S. Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii causing one of the deadliest attacks in our nation’s history.
No warning was given before the attack which lead to a total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen being killed READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving
Guess it is an age thing, but have many friends suffering from various ailments, some serious. Ahh, we all have aches and pains but if we are upright/mobile, we are fortunate. Thank God for good health.
Who could imagine a few years ago that we would be purchasing many of our Christmas items using the Internet. For many, Amazon is their favorite shopping center. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
North Carolina Flood Survivors: You Have More Time to File Proof of Loss
RALEIGH, N.C.–If you are a North Carolina homeowner, renter or business owner with flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program there’s still time to gather the information you need to file a Proof of Loss for your damaged property.
Because some properties only recently became accessible, the normal 60-day deadline has been extended to 120 days from the date floodwaters first invaded your home or business.
File your claim with your insurance agent and compile the information you need to support it. Photos, videos and receipts are helpful in establishing the value of your property and possessions. Check with your agent for requirements. READ MORE
Foxglove Garden Club decorates Cape Fear Farmers Market
The Foxglove Garden Club in Elizabethtown has been busy getting the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market dressed up in its holiday finery. The group decorated the Christmas tree using all natural items including Magnolia, Holly berries, and Palm fronds to name a few. READ MORE
Dollar General will hold a Holiday Hope Toy Drive on Saturday
“We are collecting toys and the toys will got underprivileged children in Bladen County,” said Cornelia Hester. READ MORE
Bladen County Farm Bureau donates to ETMS
During the 2015-16 school year, Mrs. Laura Hall began the vision for a Therapeutic Garden at Elizabethtown Middle School. Mrs. Hall, a teacher of students with moderate to severe disabilities, is working to create a safe, exploratory space for students that address their individual academic, social, functional and behavioral needs. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for December 6
Elizabethtown Rescue Squad members invite retired/former members to share their Christmas meal. Always brings back so many memories, I remember when there were no rescue squads and funeral homes provided the service, no training was required and it was not like they wanted the job, but there was no one else to do it.
S.G. Packer and a small group of friends organized the Bladenboro Rescue Squad, the first in the county in the late 60s. Later, a group in Clarkton organized and began serving the area, next was an Elizabethtown group. 25 individuals were invited to begin training about 1971. Dr. Pumphrey and Dr. Meinhardt were the instructors. Later, similar groups organized in Tar Heel and Kelly. Think that was all. Today, some are no longer ‘in service’ and others are unable to provide service at a level they once did. It is no easy task, and nearly impossible to expect volunteers to continue. READ MORE
Standing Room Only Crowd Rallies Against Solar Farm
The Elizabethtown Town Council was greeted by a standing room only crowd for their December meeting. The majority of the citizens attending the meeting were residents of the neighborhood adjacent to the proposed Solar Farm by South River Land Co. LLC/SunSource Land Co. LLC. The company requested a special use permit for a solar farm to be located on M & M St. and adjacent to Peanut Rd., Richardson Rd., Quail St. and Moultrie Ln. Beth Trahos, an attorney for the company, made opening remarks the they objected to the public hearing tonight as the previous public hearing was closed on November 14th. Town attorney, Goldston Womble noted the objection for the record and the public hearing continued.
Fire Chief Nick West gave recommendations from his department in the event that the special use permit was granted. READ MORE
Bladen County Commissioners meet and deal with light agenda
The first item on the agenda was the contract for the county tax office real estate appraisal services. Bladen County Tax Assessor Renee Davis presented the proposals to the board. The term of the contract is for one year from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. READ MORE
East Bladen FFA Junior Land Judging Team placed second in FFA Federation competition
The East Bladen FFA Junior Land Judging Team placed second in FFA Federation competition last month. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
Update on East Bladen Locker Room Robbery
Moments after East Bladen’s Eagles suffered a heart-breaking 42-41 loss Friday night in the Class 2A Football Eastern Semi-finals at South Columbus High School, the Eagles returned to their locker room to find out they had been dealt another blow – all of their personal possessions that had been left in the locker room had been stolen.
“They got us pretty good,” said East Bladen Principal Dr. Jason Wray. READ MORE
Bladen County Pet of the Week for the first week in December 2016
Bladen County Board of Elections completes vote canvass
Elizabethtown Council hears about plans for Sally Salter Park
The Elizabethtown Town Council met on Monday during the noon work session and heard from Rod Fritz of the town’s planning department. Fritz presented a conceptual plan for the proposed Sally Salter Park. The park will be located on the property adjacent to the Cape Fear Farmers Market which until recently has been utilized as an overflow parking lot for the farmers market.
Town Manager Eddie Madden told the board that, in addition to a park location, the property also meets criteria for a well site. READ MORE
Elizabethtown receives audit report during noon work session and discusses public hearing for solar farms
Scott told the board that expenditures had increased over last year and the fund balance for the beginning of the year was $1.8 million and fund balance at the close fo the year was $1.9 million.
Scott also discussed the water and sewer fund. He said the fund balance for the water and sewer fund was 15.6 million at the beginning of the year and $15.8 million at the end of the year. READ MORE
Governor McCrory Issues Statement on 2016 Election Results
After the Flood: Can You Save Important Documents and Photographs?
On Monday, December 5, 2016, 2 staff members from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources visited FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center in the old Kmart in Lumberton. Their purpose was to guide individuals in steps they can take to save their family treasures from flood damages. Dirty water as well as subsequent mold growth lead many to throw away all objects that have come into contact with floods, no matter how precious. READ MORE
Native American Appreciation
Bladen Community College recently welcomed doctoral student Leslie Locklear to campus for a presentation about local Native American traditions and culture. READ MORE
Governor McCrory Requests SBI to Examine Potential Voter Fraud
Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has requested that the State Bureau of Investigation look into voting irregularities in Bladen County. This request follows the unanimous vote by the State Board of Elections to refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. READ MORE
ETMS Betas Comfort Bladen
After Hurricane Matthew’s destruction impacted Bladen County, the Elizabethtown Middle School Beta Club began a food drive as one of their Service Projects. Beta Club members asked the student body to donate canned goods, bottled water, pet food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
The Bladen County Shrine Club donated $8,000 to the North Carolina Shriner’s Hospital. The funds came from fish fry events held in Bladen County.
Chuck Smith of Tar Heel High School was elected President of the Southeastern District Beta Clubs. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for December 5
More rain, after a little over 4 days in December, than all of November, but nothing to compare with a very wet October. In the end, our average annual rainfall is about 50 inches. May exceed that slightly this year.
Rain remains in the forecast through Tuesday night. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
East Bladen Eagles team locker room robbed during Friday’s game
The locker room for the East Bladen Eagles football teams was robbed on Friday night during the playoff game with South Columbus High School at Vinegar Hill. The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office verified that the incident did occur however no further details were available on Sunday. READ MORE
State Board of Elections dismisses Bladen County protests
The N.C. Board of Elections on Saturday night dismissed two protests over Bladen County results, citing a lack of substantial evidence of a violation of election law or other irregularity or misconduct sufficient to cast doubt on the results. However, the board will make available all information about one protest to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Public Information Officer Patrick Gannon said.
The board voted unanimously to dismiss a protest by Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. of Bladenboro over absentee ballots, and dismissed a protest on appeal from Kenneth Register regarding the District 3 commissioners race that was won by Republican Ashley Trivette. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
Firefighters recognized for service
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Several firefighters received honors on Saturday night as the Elizabethtown Fire Department held their annual awards banquet. During the banquet three firefighters who have distinguished themselves were recognized by their peers. Receiving honors as Rookie of the Year was T. J. Johnson, Fireman of the Year was Matt Bryant, and Officer of the Year was Jamie Smith. READ MORE
Bladenboro Christmas Parade held under cool, sunny skies
It was beautiful day for a parade on Saturday with beautiful blue skies and chilly temperatures made the day feel festive. There were numerous entries for the parade including beauty queens, festive floats and of course the arrival of Santa.
A large crowd lines the streets to enjoy the sight as the floats, fire trucks, police cars, and classic cars made their way through the town. Children squealed with delight when they spotted Santa and Mrs. Claus. READ MORE
Bladenboro holds Christmas tree lighting
The town of Bladenboro was filled with excitement as folks gathered at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on Friday evening for the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. Cookies were prepared by New Light Church and the Bladenboro Rotary Club prepared and served hot chocolate to help ward off the cold.
The evening was warmed when Don White with Boost the ‘Boro got things started by calling on Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth who welcomed everyone to town. Rev. Bert Young gave the invocation. READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
Installation of newly elected commissioners on hold until election results certified
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet as scheduled on Monday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse. However, the election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman and the swearing in of newly elected commissioners will not take place, according to Bladen County Manager Greg Martin. READ MORE
Parade goers are asked to arrive early
Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt is asking those who will be attending the annual Bladenboro Christmas Parade to arrive early to get a good viewing spot. Everyone is asked to arrive by 10 a.m. and Chief Hunt said the roads will be closed beginning at 10:15 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.
“Once the roads are closed, no traffic will be allowed through until it ends,” said Chief Hunt. READ MORE
Still time to get your donations in for Christmas for Kids
With the temperatures getting colder and Christmas drawing nearer, the Bladenboro Police Department is now accepting donations for their annual Christmas for Kids drive. Police Chief Chris Hunt said the goal this year is to be able to take 25 students from Bladenboro Primary School Christmas shopping.
Chief Hunt said that the department has planned the shopping trip for Tuesday, December 13. He said the staff at Bladenboro Primary School chose the students who will get to go shopping with a police officer. READ MORE
Don’t Wait. Make a Plan for Your Recovery
If you are living in a hotel paid by FEMA under the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, remember this assistance is short-term. The program is scheduled to end Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. READ MORE
Bladenboro to hold Christmas tree lighting tonight and parade set for Saturday morning
The town of Bladenboro is set to hold their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Bladenboro Farmers Market.
New Light Church will be serving cookies and the Bladenboro Rotary Club will be supplying plenty of hot chocolate to chase away the cold. Santa will also be present to hear the wishes of each girl and boy who attend. READ MORE
FEMA releases updated figures for Individual Housing Program
An update from FEMA that was released on Friday, December 2, shows that 2,519 residents have applied to the IHP program and $1,584,343.49 has been approved. In total, of the 45 counties that have been declared a federal disaster area, 75,821 applications have been received and $80.03 million has been approved for the IHP program. READ MORE
Bladenboro Primary School releases first nine weeks honor roll
Makenna Thurman READ MORE
Bladen Lakes Primary School has released the first nine weeks honor rolls
A HONOR ROLL
Cameron Gardner, Kayden Hammonds, Anayah Mateo, Bella Robinson, and Taylor Wheeless. READ MORE
Bladen County Public Library branches gearing up for Holidays with children’s programs
The Bladen County Public Library’s main branch and the Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro and the Clarkton Public Library in Clarkton are all gearing up for the Holiday season with children’s programs.
The main branch of the library located in Elizabethtown will have a Kids Christmas Party on Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. Minors must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register your child for this event, call 910-862-6990 by December 13. READ MORE
NC State Board of Elections to hold hearing on Saturday on Dowless protest
The North Carolina State Board of Elections is scheduled to hold a hearing on Saturday, December 3, regarding a protest filed by Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. He filed a protest before the November election with the Bladen County Board of Elections alleging voter fraud.
The NC State Board of Elections met earlier in November and took over jurisdiction of the protest. Dowless is alleging in his protest that voter fraud ocurred in the Soil and Water District race. Dowless alleges that about 150 absentee ballots were filled out and signed by a small number of individuals. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1
Bladen Crisis/United Way Center will be open Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm
There are plenty of new items for people whose homes were flooded during Hurricane Matthew. Shoppers need to bring their FEMA papers with them. READ MORE
North Carolina’s October County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 7.3
RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 44 of North Carolina’s counties in October, decreased in 22, and remained unchanged in 34. Robeson County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent. Six of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, three decreased, and six remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.2 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.8 percent. The October not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.9 percent.
Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above October 51 48 1 September (Revised) 55 45 0 READ MORE
Former Elizabethtown Manager takes over the reins of Pittsylvania County, Va
Smitherman has also served as interim county manger for Onslow and Hyde counties in North Carolina and served as County Manger for Lee County. He has also worked as a consultant for Bear Strategies. Bear Strategies is a consulting firm that works with governing bodies on governmental relations, project management and other things. READ MORE
Local farmers market to be open during the Holiday season
The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open every Friday and Saturday. Hours will be Friday from 2 until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. During the month of December they will offer homemade cakes and there will be fresh produce and pecans sold outside. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about Economic Development
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about Economic Development on Wednesday during their weekly luncheon meeting held at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.
Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess led the discussion on Wednesday and told the Rotarians about a recent Economic Impact Analysis that was performed on the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. READ MORE
Crazy Fun Color Run A Great Success for United Way of Bladen County
The United Way 5K Color Fun Run and Walk was a great success Saturday. One of the event organizers, Bob Mundy announced at the start the participants had helped raise a lot of money for our local Bladen County United Way.
The event was held at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown, with a start and end at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Many local agencies and supporters helped pull off this second annual event in Bladen County. This year’s run was delayed from its original date of October 15 to a new date of Saturday, November 19, 2016. The weather was beautiful and the families had a blast getting CRAZY and COLORFUL for a great cause. READ MORE
Emereau charter school enrolling students and seeking educators
The new Bladen County charter school, Emereau:Bladen, held their first board meeting in the new office on W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown on Tuesday evening.
Kate Alice Dunaway, Emereau Director, gave a report on the Ready to Open meetings, read through the policies and other business items on the agenda. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Bladen County Shrine Club holds fish fry Wednesday
The Bladen County Shrine Club held their annual fall fish fry on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Shrine Club had two locations for the fish fry — Bo’s Foods in Bladenboro and the Food Lion Parking Lot in Elizabethtown. The aroma of fresh, hot fish permeated the air in both locations.
At noon the lines were long as folks patiently waited their turn to receive their plates. Plates consisted of fresh hot fish, sweet potato chips, and slaw. READ MORE
Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has new Chef on staff
Boswell said his most recent appointment was serving as Executive Chef for the Oceanic Restaurant in Wrightsville beach. He has worked for LM Restaurants, operators of Oceanic, for about 12 years. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Optimist Club is selling Christmas trees
Elizabethtown Optimist Club started their annual Christmas tree fundraiser the Thanksgiving day. According to Evan Britt, the club has already sold a lot of trees. READ MORE
Bladenboro Middle School releases first quarter honor rolls
Superintendent’s List: (96 +)
Steven Batton, Malachin Barnett, Jesse Gause, Riley Mc Intyre, Megan Pait and Nicholas Phillips. READ MORE
North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, increasing 0.2 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.9 percent.
North Carolina’s October 2016 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 20,166 over the month to 4,616,686 and increased 113,006 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 10,095 over the month to 237,205 and decreased 31,582 over the year. READ MORE
Federal court orders North Carolina to redraw legislative maps, conduct special election in 2017
With the dust barely settled from the 2016 Presidential election, voters in North Carolina are going to have to go to the polls in a special legislative election in 2017 following a federal court ruling on Tuesday. In a ruling made earlier in 2016, the US District Court ruled that the current legislative maps were unconstitutional as two districts were drawn based solely on race and ordered the NC General Assembly to redraw the maps. READ MORE
Bladen County Shrine Club to conduct Fish Fry Nov. 30
The event was rescheduled from its original date of Oct. 12 due to Hurricane Matthew. READ MORE
Volunteers and Donations Needed in North Carolina for Disaster Recovery
After a disaster, because people in various communities come forward to assist family, friends and neighbors in need, there may be a belief that survivor needs are being met everywhere in the state. However, there is a shortage of volunteers particularly in the hardest-hit counties in North Carolina. Your help is needed. READ MORE
7 tips to keep your holiday fresh and green
Clarkton, NC – Christmas will soon be here. Some Bladen County residence already have their homes decorated with green fresh cut trees.
Cape Fear Heating & Cooling in Clarkton has seven tips to keep you safe and the heat from drying out your fresh green Christmas tree. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Bladen County Board of Elections rejects Register protest
The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon to address a preliminary hearing on the protest filed by Bladen County Commissioner District 3 candidate Ken Register Jr.
Bladen County Attorney Leslie Johnson was in attendance for the preliminary hearing and addressed the audience. He noted that the North Carolina General Statues state the Board of Elections “shall” as soon as possible after the protest is filed, conduct a preliminary hearing. READ MORE
Bladen County GOP meets
The Bladen County Republican Party met Monday evening in Elizabethtown to celebrate the newly elected republicans. Congressman Robert Pittenger, and newly elected Commissioners David Gooden, Ashley Trivette and Ray Britt were all present. READ MORE
Bladenboro to hold Christmas tree lighting on Friday and parade set for Saturday
New Light Church will be serving cookies and the Bladenboro Rotary Club will be supplying plenty of hot chocolate to chase away the cold. Santa will also be present to hear the wishes of each girl and boy who attend. READ MORE
Family medicine residency clinic offers additional access to health care
Patients in need of medical care have another access point in the community through the Southeastern Family Medicine Residency Clinic. This non-traditional clinic features medical residents from throughout the country with specialized education in family medicine, enabling them to treat infants and children as well as adults. These physicians are knowledgeable about the latest medical trends and technology and use a team approach for their care. Family Medicine Physician and Program Director Dr. Donald Morando consults with these physicians-in-training to ensure that they have an experienced physician as a reference as they provide care for general health issues. READ MORE
Farmers Markets offer variety of goods for holiday planning
The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open every Friday and Saturday. Hours will be Friday from 2 until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. During the month of December they will offer homemade cakes and there will be fresh produce and pecans sold outside.
State Highway Patrol Employees and Citizens Receive Departmental Awards
RALEIGH – Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Frank L. Perry, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, presented several members and citizens with awards in a ceremony today. The awards given included the State Highway Patrol Award of Valor, Purple Heart Award, Meritorious Service Award, Samaritan Award, Humanitarian Service Award and the Appreciation Award. READ MORE
East Arcadia school releases honor rolls for first nine weeks
Josue Cruz, Raheem Lewis, Kylie Thrailkill READ MORE
Continued Temporary Housing Assistance a Step Toward Recovery
If you are getting rental assistance from FEMA and repairs to your flood-damaged North Carolina home are taking longer than expected, you may be eligible to receive continued temporary housing assistance. The aid is available to eligible homeowners and renters.
You may qualify for continued assistance if you demonstrate your need and develop a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one. READ MORE
Today is Giving Tuesday: give the gift of your time
Giving Tuesday is a global day for everyone to take a moment and either make a contribution or volunteer their time with a charitable organization of their choice. #GivingTuesday falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a way that you can become involved in your community. READ MORE
Food Lion Donates 110,000 Meals to Feeding America® on #GivingTuesday
This #GivingTuesday, Food Lion will celebrate the season of giving with the gift of food. For the third year in a row, Food Lion Feeds, the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, will make a $10,000 donation, or 110,000 meals, to Feeding America®. The donation also supports the company’s “Holidays Without Hunger” in-store campaign.
“Food Lion is committed to ending hunger in the towns and cities we serve,” said Christy Phillips-Brown, director of External Communications & Community Relations at Food Lion. “Programs like ‘Holidays Without Hunger’ and our hunger-relief partners, Feeding America and food banks in our key communities, help us make progress toward that goal.” READ MORE
Toy drive at local radio station in Bladen County
A local radio station helping with a toy drive. The WBLA AM radio station in conjunction with the US Marines and Lu Mil Vineyard is supporting Toys-for-Tots, everyone deserves Christmas. Please bring new unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts for the less fortunate children in the community. READ MORE
Bladen residents report Kirby Vacuum encounter
Bladen County residents are reporting encounters with someone claiming to represent Kirby Vacuum on Monday. The residents described the vehicle as a blue-green Toyota car with Florida license plates occupied by three women and one male.
A resident said the group claimed they were selling Kirby Vacuums and giving away a free box of Tide laundry detergent to anyone who signed up. READ MORE
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