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Lisbon Road Closed and Under Routine Maintenance
 
Lisbon Road has been closed for about a week now due to routine maintenance. The road crew said, "The road will be closed for the next three weeks, but we try to have it opened back up every Thursday for the weekend traffic." 
 
The road is currently closed right passed the Elkton Road and Lisbon Road intersection. Travelers may take Elkton Road to get into Clarkton.  For the next three weeks keep in mind our road crews are working hard to keep Lisbon Road up to the state's standards.

Elizabethtown Town Board receives updates at Monday Meeting
 
Elizabethtown Town Commissioners met in a Special Meeting Monday and received an update on a Wellhead Protection Plan from Keith Starner (R) of N.C. Rural Water, a not-for profit organization that provides no cost, on-site technical assistance in an effort to assist systems in the quality of utility services in rural North Carolina.  NCRWA's circuit riders assist local governments and systems in their operational efforts to protect the public's health and comply with complex regulations.  
Turnout will be Important in Upcoming General Election
 
Political campaigning is underway and will be for the next 6 weeks.  With close races expected for U.S. Senate and Bladen County Sheriff's race, the question is, who can get the largest number of their supporters to the polls.
 
In checking previous elections, in off-year elections (when there is no Presidential Election) the total number of voters tends to be less.  For instance, in 2012, a Presidential election year, 16,065 Bladen County voters cast a ballot.  In 2010, a non Presidential election year, 12,706 voters visited the polls. 

NORTH CAROLINA SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
One North Carolina Small Business Program Provides Matching Funds for Technology

  
RALEIGH –North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has announced that applications are now being accepted under the FY2014-2015 solicitation of the One North Carolina Small Business Matching Funds Program. This program provides funding to help small businesses develop and commercialize innovative new technologies.


Under the Matching Funds Program, the State of North Carolina will issue a matching grant of up to $50,000 

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 
Today... A slight chance of showers before noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.  North wind 6 to 9 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
Tonight...A slight chance of showers after 9 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.  Northeast wind around 6 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
Tuesday...Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.  Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 17 mph.
 
Tuesday Night...Mostly clear, with a low around 57.  Northeast wind around 9 mph.  
 
Hurricane season unusually quiet this year
 
Residents of eastern North Carolina understand hurricanes are regular visitors to the area and August, September and October are the most likely time of the year for strong winds and rainfall.
 
As of this date, 2014, hurricanes have, for the most part, strayed far from the coast of North Carolina.   
 
Thoughts While Shaving
 
Elizabethtown Town Commissioners meet at 12 noon in a Special Called session.   Bladenboro Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. for Special Meeting....
 
Six weeks til election day....what does it mean for the average voter....one negative campaign ad after the other in the U;S. Senate campaign for six long weeks....
 
My guess is most folks know how they will vote...Millions of dollars will chase the few voters who say they have not made up their mind.....and for all a barrage political ads.

HCA 7th Grade Takes Science to the Sea
Haley Bowles {HCA Junior)
Publications Staff
  
For the second consecutive year, Harrells Christian Academy seventh graders attended a 3-day environmental education program in Salter Path, North Carolina. This interactive science camp Called “Sound to Sea” is located on the Bogue Sound. While there, HCA students participated in various activities that focused on ocean and salt marsh life, forest and pond ecology, bird and mammal studies, sea turtle studies, and squid dissection. 

This Day in History - September 22
 
1711---The Tuscarora War begins in present-day North Carolina.
 
1776---Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during American Revolution.
 
1862---Slavery in the United States; a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation is released.
 
1888---The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.
 
1896---Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.Company.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 22

   

Highest Temperature

92 degrees

1957 

 

Lowest Temperature

49 degrees

2006

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

2.06 inches

1958

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 86 degrees.

 
What you need to know about voting in the November 4, General Election
 
October 10, 2014...Voter registration deadline for General Election
 
October 23, 2014...One-Stop Voting Begins.
 
October 28, 2014...Last day to request an Absentee Ballot by mail.
See You at the Pole Rally Kicks Off Sunday, September 21
 
Bladen Baptist will kickoff the 2014 See You at the Pole Rally on Sunday, September 21. at 6 p.m. This is an event for all Bladen County youth, parents, guardians and any other person concerned about the condition of the home, nation or our schools, according to the announcement by the Bladen Baptist.
 
Rev. Chris Allen will be the guest speaker.
 
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Dublin Festival Attracts Thousands - Click HERE for photos
 
The 2014 Dublin Peanut Festival attracted a huge crowd Saturday...Preachers, politicians, pretty queens, marching bands, BBQ, booths with an assortment of bargains, classic cars, music, horses, fire trucks and much more attracted thousands...
 
The parade began under mostly cloudy skies but no rain on the parade or in the area on this day.
 
The Dublin Peanut Festival is an annual event planned for months and carried out by numerous volunteers.  Proceeds benefit many deserving projects in the area, including educational scholarships, and projects that assist those in need.

Grants from state trust fund help finance Bladen County project
 
The newest grants from the state's Clean Water Management Trust Fund will help conserve environmentally important land and protect waterways serving millions of North Carolinians.
 
The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund board agreed recently to help fund 38 projects form the mountains to the coast.  The board  awarded $12.7 million for land acquisition as well as water restoration and innovative stormwater projects.

BladenOnline Hits-----Pages-----Visits

September 19

 

Year

Hits

Pages

Visits

2008

28,274

1,269

519

2009

46,540

1,464

675

2010

122,705

3,379

1,291

2011

230,173

8,288

2,528

2012

158,555

8,353

2,516

2013

201,581

8,818

2,655

2014

248,077

9,799

3,885

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What to do if Your Freezer Stops

For Better Living

Sandra Cain

    
If you have a freezer full of food, you have made a major financial investment. If you grew the food and prepared it for freezing, you also have many hours of time invested. Considering these investments, it is important to take a few precautions to ensure against loss in case of a power or mechanical failure or other problem that may cause the freezer to stop or malfunction.
 
Thermometer.  Purchase a refrigerator/freezer thermometer and keep it in the freezer. If your freezer goes out for any reason and is off for some time, you can see how warm the freezer has become. 

E-town residents no longer have to boil water
 
The Town of Elizabethtown rescinded the System Pressure Advisory Friday afternoon that required water users to boil water for human consumption..
 
Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected from Town of Elizabethown on September 18, water users in the affected areas were notified that is is no longer necessary to boil water used for human consumption.  The system has resumed normal operations.
 
Town officials expressed their appreciation for the cooperation of residents in the affected area..

Child Passenger Safety Week Concludes with Seat Check Saturday Friday, September 19, 2014
  

RALEIGH – Seat Check Saturday marks the conclusion of Child Passenger Safety week, and the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program remind parents there is still time to ensure your child is in the right child safety seat.

  
On Saturday, Sept. 20, parents and caregivers can stop at one of 87 permanent checking stations across the state, where nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will check their car seats and booster seats to be sure they are properly installed and appropriate for the child’s age, weight and height. For a list of locations participating

Youth Tobacco Survey Shows Less Smoking, More E-cigarette Use Among N.C. Teens
  
Wilmington, N.C. - The 2013 N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey, released today, delivers both good and bad news to those working to prevent tobacco use among North Carolina students. Results show the lowest teen cigarette smoking rates ever recorded, along with a significant increase in teen use of certain non-cigarette tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and hookahs (water pipes).
Cigarette smoking among North Carolina middle school students dropped 40 percent from 2011 to 2013, falling from 4.2 percent to 2.5 percent. Among high school students, the drop was 13 percent, from 15.5 percent to 13.5 percent.

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

  
RALEIGH – Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, can apply for assistance through the program. The program will pay 75 percent of the cost of certification up to a total of $750.
Under the grant, operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, wild crop and handler/processor. 

Funding for Southeastern Community & Family Services’ Head Start Program Continues
Agency Moves Forward with Other Programs
  
Lumberton, NC – Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.’s (SCFS), a Community Action Agency based in Lumberton, NC, has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it will continue to fund the Agency’s Head Start Program for the 2014-2015 program year. The annual funding amount for the program is $11,048,865, which will continue over the next five years contingent upon an annual renewal process. The announcement by HHS to continue funding trails several program victories for the Agency this year including the Region IV Head Start Association, Inc. (RIVHSA) naming one of SCFS’ teachers, Marcus Rouse, a Head Start teacher at Hoke Head Start Center in Raeford, as the 2014 Teacher of the Year.

BladenOnline under new ownership

Robert G. Hester, (L) owner of BladenOnline, announced that he has sold the local online newspaper to Daine and Charlotte Smith. The new company is Online News & Advertising, LLC with a DBA BladenOnline.  The sale is effective immediately.

Hester began publishing BladenOnline February 1, 2008.  Originally, Hester and Michael Simmons were planning to begin the online newspaper, however, Simmons died in late 2007 while it was still in the early planning stages.

North Carolina’s August Employment Figures Released
 
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, increasing 0.3 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate of 6.5 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.
  
North Carolina’s August 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 28,666 over the month to 4,340,873, and increased 28,938 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 10,404 over the month to 314,962, and declined 57,505 over the year.  

Bladenboro Commissioners to hold Special Meeting
 
A Special Meeting of the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has been called to meet in Town Hall Monday at 7 p.m.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel, and it will be held in closed session.

Town of Elizabethtown Agenda Amended
 
The Elizabethtown Town Council will be conducting a Special Called meeting Monday, September 22, at 12 noon.
 
The purposes of the Special Called meeting are to consider the following:
 
a) Well Head Protection Plan
b) Asset Management Plan
c) Downtown Sever Rehabilitation Project Amendment
d) Duke Energy Engineering Agreement for Phase II of Downtown Revitalization.
e) Contract approval with Remac for Mastic one Crack Filling Work and bid for Rollins Street Surplus Property Sale.
 
The meeting is open to the public and will be held at Town Hall, West Broad Street in Elizabethtown.

Bladenboro Woman Reported Missing
 
Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt says Rebecca Marie Hunt, a 38 year old white female was reported missing Thursday by her mother, Glynda Muse.  According to Chief Hunt, Ms. Hunt was last seen about 2 weeks ago.  She is described as having brown hair, hazel eyes, about 5'3 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 lbs. 
 
Ms. Muse reported her daughter missing shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014.  Her last known whereabouts was in the Allenton area of Robeson County.
 
If you know her know anything about where Rebecca Marie Hunt may be, you are ask to call 910-862-8142 or 910-862-8141.

FOUR COUNTY EMC ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR OCTOBER 6
 
BURGAW, N.C. (September 18, 2014) – Four County EMC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, October 6, at Pender High School, 5380 NC Hwy. 53 West in Burgaw. The meeting is open to all Four County EMC members. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will kick off at 7:00 p.m.

   

(L) - Milton Bullock (aka) “Th e Golden Platter” will entertain his Motown tunes along with Mary Tate “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar” at Four County EMC’s 65th Annual Membership Meeting. Members present will also have a chance to win prizes including this retired GMC-Seirra pickup truck!   

Upgrades Continue At Vineyard Golf At White Lake
 
With less than two weeks to go the staff at Vineyard Golf at White Lake, (formerly Carolina Sands) is scurrying about to make sure everything is in shape for the opening day, Wednesday, October 1.
 
Workers are busy installing new white sand in all of the sand traps. The clubhouse is being painted and the entire campus is being spruced up. A new gate is being installed as you approach the course off of highway 701. New big screen television sets have been installed throughout the clubhouse. Custom-made trash receptacles are being positioned on all eighteen holes.

McIntyre Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB
                                                                                                   
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.

  

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. McIntyre for standing up for small business. In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said,

Bladen County Weather Averages (1981-2010)
 
Average High in September  83 degrees
Average Low in September   62 degrees
 
Average precipitation in September  5.28
 
Annual High Temperature     73.4 degrees
Annual Low Temperature      49.8 degrees
 
Average Annual rainfall         49.27 inches.
Average First Frost in fall      Oct. 31 -  Nov 10
info courtesy of U.S. Climate Data

NCDOT Prepares for Biannual Litter Removal Event Tuesday, September 16

     

RALEIGH – Preparations are underway by the N.C. Department of Transportation for its statewide Fall Litter Sweep taking place Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2014. Many groups participate in each Litter Sweep, the department’s biannual statewide roadside litter cleanup, including Adopt-A-Highway groups, NCDOT maintenance crews, Department of Public Safety inmate crews, community service workers and other statewide volunteers.
 
“The success of Litter Sweep is based upon the volunteers participating statewide,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I thank all the volunteer participants in donating their time to remove litter from the state’s roadsides. All of us promote litter prevention by securing loads and not disposing of unwanted trash on our roadways.” 

Secrets in the cypress
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
  

It’s understandable why so many think life began in some primordial swamp.

  
I’m not one of those, of course; where others see some grand accident, I see the miracle of creation. I am not prone to trust anything created by man, and since evolution is something thought up by man, then proven by formulae created by men, then backed up by data assembled by man in order to prove his formulae, I choose to place my trust in something more.

State seeking public input on local laws that could interfere with state environmental, agricultural rules

  
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources are seeking input from the public about any local ordinances that might interfere with the state agencies’ own regulations.

  
The Regulatory Reform Act of 2014, passed by the General Assembly in August, requires both departments to report on “any local ordinances that impinge on or interfere with any area subject to regulation by the Department(s)” by Nov. 1. The legislation also directed the two departments to seek public input regarding such ordinances.

Cape Fear Valley Health Earns Heart Failure Quality Award

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has earned a Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). The award is bestowed for quality improvement measures in regards to heart failure patients.

The measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants. Hospitals must also educate patients on how to manage their heart failure after discharge.

Caregiver Education Series Emergency Preparedness Guide
Sponsored by: Community Home Care & Hospice

  
Community Hospice knows the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  Families caring for terminally ill loved ones are especially vulnerable and need to be prepared for a disaster sooner than rather than later.  Depending on the severity of the situation, it is extremely beneficial to have a plan in the event of a disaster such as hurricanes, tornados, floods or ice events.

Dublin Peanut Festival T-Shirt winner

  

Each year the students at Dublin Primary School submit a drawing in hopes their picture will be chosen as the design for the Dublin Peanut Festival T-Shirts.  The winner receives a free T-Shirt and a $25 check.  This year the winner is Carington McDowell.  She is a 4th grade student and the daughter of Jerry & Quitisha McDowell.  She is shown with Dublin Peanut Festival Chairman, Donnie Todd, her family and Dublin Primary School principal, Haley Cheshire.

Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
 
Taylor Manufacturing of Elizabethtown opened a new Canadian plant designed to build bulk tobacco barns.
 
Dennis Patterson was named Editor of The Bladen Journal and Bonnie Parker was named the Journal’s new Advertising Director.
 
“Tater” Shaw of Bladenboro announced his retirement as the Bladenboro Fire Department Chief.
Researcher, author to present program at BCC
Jack McDuffie
 
Bladen Community College’s Humanities Department will present another in its Writers Series programs on Monday, September 29, at 11 a.m. in the BCC Library.  The guest presenter is award-winning author, researcher and producer of documentary films Kevin Duffus.
  
Duffus has studied the maritime history of the North Carolina coast for many years, especially with regard to the legends of the pirates that once sailed the waters of the state’s coastal waters. 
BCC to join Investing in Rural Education program with Bladen Schools

Bladen Community College is expected to become a partner with Bladen County Schools and N.C. New Schools as part of the Investing in Rural Education program during an event Thursday morning at the Board of Education meeting.

The program gives students the opportunity to enroll in college courses and earn college credit while in high school. Bladen County has 190 students enrolled in the N.C. New Schools program through East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 
 

Pedestrian killed in Bladenboro accident
 
57 year old Paul Weston was killed instantly around 8 p.m. Monday on NC 211 business (West Seaboard Street) in Bladenboro.  Robert Herrmann, 47 of 113 Middle Street, Bladenboro suffered serious injuries and was transported to New Hanover hospital in Wilmington.  He reportedly has a broken leg and ankle.
 
Assistant Bladen Coroner Ken Clark said Weston and Herrmann were walking on or near NC 211 business near the old Bladenboro Cotton Mill site when they were struck by a car driven by Melissa Singletary.

Bladen County Commissioners Approve Legislative Goals for 2015-16.
 
Every two years, in the months preceding a long session of the General Assembly, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners engages in a process to determine the legislative goals it should seek in the best interest of the counties. 
 
The process is designed to allow input from as many county commissioners and other county officials as possible.  By maximizing participation from so many of the organization's members, it is possible to reach agreement on goals that are important to all members.
Duke Energy to build solar plant in Bladen County

Duke Energy announced Monday plans to build a solar power plant in Bladen County as part of a $500 million investment in solar power in North Carolina.

The plant will be constructed on 120 acres off N.C. 87 near the Bladen and Cumberland county lines, and will have 105,000 solar panels, the company said. Construction is expected to begin early in 2015, and be in operation before the end of year, the company said.
Miss HCA Pageant
 
The 10th annual Miss Harrells Christian Academy Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, September 27th in the Joseph Newkirk Auditorium of HCA. 
 
This year's theme is, "A Night at the Movies."
 
Contestants include,
Miss contestants: 
Natalie Hardin
Kiley Jones

Farmers should have corn tested for aflatoxin

   
RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food.
Aflatoxin is a byproduct of the mold Aspergillus flavus, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock.

   
“We have six drop-off locations at research stations across the state to make it easy for farmers to submit samples,” Troxler said. “I encourage farmers to take advantage of our testing service to protect feed and food against this mold.”

SHIIP counselors can help with Medicare Part D program

Are you or someone you know on Medicare? Do you pay more than $5 for yur prescription drugs? Do you have a limited monthly income?

If so, then you may qualify to receive help paying for your prescription drugs. Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors are available to review your coverage. In Bladen County, contact Division of Aging Senior Center Director Amy Ruffin at 872-6331 for an appointment. The open enrollment period for 2015 begins Oct. 15, 2014 and ends Dec. 7, 2014.

SHIIP serves as an information source. It does not sell insurance.

Click here to view the Part D benefit parameters for 2014 and 2015.

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Sept. 1-7

The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Tuesday, Sept. 2
    Thomas Javie Kinlaw, 27: Larceny (felony)
    Sherman Leon Byrd, 47: Larceny (misdemeanor)
    Billy Ray Cummings, 30: Aid and abet larceny (misdemeanor)
Starting Times Now Available At Vineyard Golf At White Lake
  
On October 1 a new era of golf will arrive in Bladen County. Vineyard Golf at White Lake, formerly Carolina Sands Golf Course, will open for play. Tee times may be reserved by calling 910-247-6132. The staff at Vineyard Golf will be happy to accommodate any and all players who would like to experience Bladen’s only golf course. It is suggested you check with the pro shop in order to make sure your group can tee it up at a convenient time for you.
First South Bank files to purchase local Bank of America location
 
A Notice of Proposed Branch Purpose and Assumption Notice is given that First South Bank with headquarters in Washington, NC has filed an interagency bank merger act application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation requesting the agency's written consent to purchase certain assets and liabilities of nine branches of Bank of American, Charlotte North Carolina.  The branches proposed to be purchased are located throughout eastern North Carolina including the Elizabethtown branch.
Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: Sept. 1-7

The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 1
    Jason Alexander Hall, 39: Civil contempt-child support (misdemeanor)
    Michael Dwayne Wix, 26: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)
    Lester Lynn Rich, 39: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)

DAR Honors Constitution Week - Click HERE for proclamation
 
The Battle of the Elizabethtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is honoring the United States Constitution Week with a special event. 
 
Constitution Week is from September 17th - 23rd.
 
On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 bells will be ringing all over America at 4 p.m. 

Non-Profit Business Seminar Series
 
Saturday  September 20 – Saturday September 27th, 2014 8:30a.m – 1:00p.m.
 
Bladen Community College, Dublin, NC
 
 The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College will offer a no-cost “Non-Profit Business Seminar Series.”  The seminars will be held Saturday September 20th and Saturday September 27th 8:30a.m to 1:00 p.m. at Bladen Community College, Building 2, Room 207.

Pechmann Center Holds Free Deer-Processing Workshop Sept. 22 on Sep 08, 2014

   
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), is hosting a “Practical Deer Processing — from Field to Freezer” workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

  
The workshop, which is free, is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 6-9 p.m. Instructors from QDMA will provide step-by-step instructions on how to process a deer after the hunt. Topics include field dressing, skinning, taxidermy preparation, safe food-handling techniques, basic home-processing procedures, as well as equipment needed. The workshop will wrap up with a question-and-answer session. 

Free Trapping Class at Singletary Lake State Park
 
The N.C. Trappers Association and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are sponsoring a Free Trapping Class Saturday, October 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Singletary Lake State Park, 6707 N.C. 53 East, Kelly, NC.
 
Learn about trapping beavers, coyotes and other furbearers, proper use of footholds, snares and bodygrip traps, trapping techniques and other skills.  There will be classroom and field instruction.  Lunch will be provided by NCTA.
 
Pre-registration is required.  Cal 910-231-4717.
 
note..You do not have to be a licensed trapper or hunter to attend this course.

Troxler announces availability of bioenergy research grants Application deadline is Sept. 26

  
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 today.

“A total of $1 million in competitive grants is available, with funding coming from the N.C. General Assembly and a portion of the state’s TVA Settlement Fund,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We have a great opportunity in North Carolina with our agricultural know-how and our forestry resources to develop renewable bioenergy, and that’s what these grants are intended to focus on.”

2nd Annual Trail of Pink planned
 
Bladen County Senior Center is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Trail of Pink, Friday, October 3rd from 3 to 6 p.m.  Plans are to make a huge circle around the DSS and Senior Citizens building to honor and remember those touched by cancer.  Luminaries will be placed on the trail in honor or in memory of a special person or persons.
 
You are invited to be a part of the Trail of Pink.  Purchase a luminary or just make a contribution to the cause.  All proceeds from the event will go to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
 
To register for the event or to purchase a luminary, or just receive more information about Trail of Pink, call Amy Ruffin at the Bladen County Senior Citizens Center.  Her number is (910) 872-6331.

Adopt Fee waived for September at Animal Shelter
 
Bladen County Animal Shelter is full...Adoption fees will be waived through September 30.  You will still be required to pay the vaccination fees.  The fee for dogs is $25 and the fee for cats is $15.
 
"Bladen County Animal Shelter works very hard to get our furry friends a home," according to Karen Suggs, Shelter Manager.  "We don't want any left behind, so we hope waiving the adoption fee for the rest of the month will help them be adopted." 
 
You are encouraged to visit the shelter and meet your new furry companion.
 
The adoption hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-5:30 p.m.  Call 910-862-6918 for more information

BCC Foundation’s Seafood & Sunset fundraiser set for September 25
Jack McDuffie
 
The Bladen Community College annual fall fundraiser will again be held on the shores of White Lake at Camp Clearwater this year.  Called Seafood & Sunset, the fundraiser will be held on Thursday, September 25, at 6 p.m.
  
The fall event has traditionally been the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year and according to Foundation Director Linda Burney, this year’s event will be no exception. 

BladenOnline & CAB Markting open downtown office

   

BladenOnline & CAB Marketing have a new office in downtown Elizabethtown.  The address is 113 West Broad Street.  The office will be open for appointments only for a few weeks, then open with regular business hours during the summer months..   For an appointment, call Charlotte Smith at 910-876-5393 or Robert G. Hester at 910-876-2322.

Churches in Bladen County - Click HERE To VIew Church Listings
 
How many churches are there in Bladen County? How many adherents (supporters or followers)? and what denominations are represented in the county?
 
According to a website, The Association of Religious Data Archives that was completed in 2010 there are 120 congregations listed in Bladen County.  That number is skewed somewhat because reports are incomplete from congregations and adherents from the larger African-American denominations.

Upcoming events

       

Sept. 27...A Giant Shoe Box Packing Party is planned for Saturday, September 27 for Operation Christmas Child.  The Party will be held at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church from 1 - 5 p.m.  All items necessary to pack a Shoe Box will be provided, free...For more info regarding the Packing Party, call Pat Warwick at 910-876-4596.

  

Sept. 28...Everyone is invited to join the Wesley's Chapel United Methodist Church family for the annual Homecoming celebration on Sunday, September 28.  The guest speaker for the 11 a.m. worship service is Rev. Shannon Ross.  A covered dish meal will be served in the Multipurpose Building following the service.  Wesley's Chapel is located at 2409 Peanut Plant Road, just outside the NC 87 bypass, approximately two mile south of Elizabethtown.

 

Sept. 28...You are invited to join the congregation of Council Baptist Church for Homecoming Sunday, September 28.  Rev. Don Groves will be the 11 a.m. guest speaker.  His daughters will present a musical program during the service. A covered dish lunch will be served at noon time.  Make plans to attend and enjoy the fellowship with family and friends.  Council Baptist Church is located on Elwell Ferry Road in Council.   

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