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NEWS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

Four vehicle wreck causes US Hwy 701 to close in Bladen County

Both lanes of US Hwy 701 are closed due to a four car wreck in the vicinity of Cape Fear ATV Park in Bladen County. The detour from White Lake side of county is Willard Tatum Road to 242 to Hwy 53 and then back to US Hwy 701.  READ MORE

Bike ride to benefit Jeremy Gautier held Saturday

By: Erin Smith

A benefit day was held in Garland on Saturday under warm sunny skies to assist Jeremy Gautier. Gautier was badly injured in a motorcycle crash earlier this summer.  The ride, which saw about 100 bikers take part, passed through both Bladen and Sampson counties. READ MORE

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Boy Scout gives back to Ammon Fire Department

By: Erin Smith

On Saturday, a very special project was under way at the Ammon Fire Department as a group of friends lead by Kaleb Anders were busy sprucing things up. As vehicles rolled by on NC 242 folks, a group of about 8 folks were taking up positions around the building with paint and paint rollers. READ MORE

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Racing for Hope to benefit Southeastern Carolina Crossroads

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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

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Release Time Ministry needs volunteers

Elizabethtown Middle SchoolThe 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

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Thoughts While Shaving for August 27

Thoughts While ShavingFirst a confession, I seldom shave on Saturday.

Planned to attend a high school football game last night, however, it was about 90 degrees shortly before kick-off and I made an executive decision. I spent the evening in the comfort of home, temps in the mid 70s, listened to a Columbus County broadcast team covering the Whiteville-East Bladen game, watched the Panthers on TV with no sound and checked often for ‘tweets’ of the West Bladen score.  I really enjoyed.  Eagles won, Knights won, Panthers lost. READ MORE

 

 

This Day in History for August 27

This Day In History1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in North America (Jamestown, Virginia)

1859 – 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn. by Edwin Drake.

1881 – Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die.

1894 – Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by the Supreme Court. READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 27

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature      97 degrees          2003

Lowest Temperature      55 degrees          1984

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                   2.8 inches            1998

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 93 degrees.

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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

Celebrating National Dog Day

Celebrating National Dog Day

BladenOnline.com celebrated National Dog Day by entertaining some sweet dogs with toys and treating them to a day of love. The dogs got their day in efforts to celebrate rescue dogs. Dogs of all breeds are given the spot light on this special day.

Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee for all dogs from Monday, Aug. 29,  through Friday, Sept. 9. You will still be required to pay the $25 vaccination fee for the dogs.  READ MORE 

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Williams joins Majestic Funeral Home staff

MajesticeditedMajestic 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 

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Bladen County Animal Shelter holds Adoption Special

Bladen County Animal ShelterBladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee for all dogs from Monday, Aug. 29,  through Friday, Sept. 9. You will still be required to pay the $25 vaccination fee for the dogs. The shelter is full and we hope that waiving the adoption fee for these two weeks will help get new homes for some of our dogs. We have a lot of dogs waiting on that special person to make a big difference in their life and give them the loving home they deserve. READ MORE

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White Lake gearing up for work on Multi-Use Pathway

Town of White LakeOfficials with the town of White Lake are hard at work planning for a multi-use pathway at the lake.

White Lake Planning Board member Hope Campbell said that for many years, the town of White Lake and interested citizens have had a vision to provide a safe, attractive multi-use pathway to loop around the lake.  A multi-use path (MUP) is a path for pedestrians and bike traffic that is completely separate from motorized vehicle traffic.    READ MORE

Bladen County Animal Shelter holds Adoption Special

Bladen County Animal ShelterBladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee for all dogs from Monday, Aug. 29,  through Friday, Sept. 9. You will still be required to pay the $25 vaccination fee for the dogs. The shelter is full and we hope that waiving the adoption fee for these two weeks will help get new homes for some of our dogs. We have a lot of dogs waiting on that special person to make a big difference in their life and give them the loving home they deserve. READ MORE

 

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NC DOT announces road closings/openings

road_construction_signThe 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

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Dublin Peanut Festival –Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest

peanutDig 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

REVIVAL FINAL

10- year State Transportation Plan indicates projects slated for Bladen County

NC DOTThe 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

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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

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Bladen County Environmental Health provides a “Helpful Tip for Preventing Mosquito Growth” in your area

Bladen County Health Dept mosquitoDunks 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 

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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

National State Parks celebrate their birthday

Jones Lake State Park holds Easter Egg Hunt, marks state parks centennial 1Today, 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

BCCADDUBLIN – 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

peanutThe 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

Bladen DSS offers Crisis Intervention Program

Bladen County Seal with In God We Trust 1Bladen 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

 

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 logoBoost 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 Medial CenterSoutheastern 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 Medial CenterSoutheastern 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

Clarkton School of DiscoveryThe 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

NCDACSSeal_4colorRALEIGH – 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.

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Wineries celebrate N.C. Wine Month in September

Wine-&-GrapesWine 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

Training facility work day, funds still needed 1A work day was held at the new Bladen County Emergency Services Training Facility on Tuesday, August 23rd. All hands were on deck to help lay the ground work for the new tower scheduled to be constructed.
There is a Softball Tournament scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd. READ MORE

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

Bladen Community CollegeDUBLIN – 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

Arc CuttingIn 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 ShavingThoughts While Shaving is now available in a podcast thanks to Brooks Hester. READ MORE

What happens next with Bladen’s schools?

BladenCountySchoollogoMany 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

DOJRALEIGH – 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

ColosimoJan 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

BladenCountySchoollogoThe 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

reunionThe 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

BladenOnline.com HitsComing 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

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThere 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

NC Education lottery logo$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

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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

Social-SecurityBy: 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

Recall-noticeRALEIGH – Cambridge Farms of York, Pa., is voluntarily recalling frozen corn distributed at retail supermarkets in 15 states, including North Carolina.
The company launched the recall after a routine sample collected at a retail location by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, which may cause life-threatening illness. READ MORE
Back to School event planned for Aug 27 at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market
By: Erin Smith
Cape Fear Famers MarketThe West Bladen NAACP and Bladen County Schools are teaming up for a Back to School event to be held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown on Saturday, August 27, beginning at 10 a.m.
There will be plenty to see and do, according to West Bladen NAACP President Xavier Daniels. READ MORE

Cape Fear Vineyard Fest kicks off with local favorite: Black Water Rhythm & Blues band

By: Gordon Kinlaw

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Dublin Peanut Festival Accepting Applications

peanutThe 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

Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbusePrescription 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

Prescription_Drug_AbuseAccording 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_AbusePrescription 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_AbuseBy 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 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

SeniorCenterIf you find yourself lacking community or looking for ways to help others, the Bladen County Senior Center is hosting new activities and looking for new volunteers.

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

Darkness to Light flyer (3)Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare will offer a training program “Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse” on Monday, Sept. 19, from 1 until 3 p.m.

There is no charge for the program but registration is required to ensure enough materials are available. To register, contact Terri Duncan via email at tduncan@capefearvalley.com. READ MORE

Women’s conference pre-registration underwayBy: Erin SmithGIFTMinistryA 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

BladenOnline.com now offers appBladenOnline.com AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now BladenOnline.com has an app too.

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

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