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BLADEN-2014 County 1 House 22
For use in Brown Marsh, Carvers Creek, Colly, Elizabethtown #1, Elizabethtown #2, Frenches Creek, Lake Creek, Whites Creek precincts.

 
BLADEN-2014 County 2 House 22
For use in Abbottsburg, Bethel, Bladenboro #1, Elizabethtown #1 precincts.

 
BLADEN-2014 County 2 House 46
Part of precinct Bladenboro #1 is split with NC House 22 and 46. Precinct Bladenboro #2 is all NC House 46 - See Maps.

 
BLADEN-2014 County 3 House 22
For use in Central, Colly, Cypress Creek, Elizabethtown #1, Elizabethtown #2, Hollow, Turnbull, White Oak precincts.

> Elon Poll: Hagan has slight lead over Tillis

> N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission faced with deer-farm decision

> Cape Fear Valley trustees may tackle Harnett Health deal tonight

> In rural North Carolina, rough economic realities

> Cape Fear Profile: Former banker Wilson Lacy lends his talents

> Our View: Flawed regulations let billionaires buy senators

> Stevens: It's not too late to shorten high school football games

Medicare Does Not Cover 100%

   
Medicare is a government issued medical insurance program for American Citizens who are age 65 or older or have certain disabilities.  Medicare is divided into 4 “parts” – A, B, C & D.  Each part covers certain medical care.

  
Original Medicare does not cover 100% of your medical costs.  You still have to pay required deductibles, premiums and co-pays associated with services and certain services and types of health care are not covered by Medicare. 

Much colder air on the way wit increasing rainfall changes
National Weather Service
 
Overview: A strong upper level will will bring dramatic changes to the weather across the area this weekend.  The chance for rain will increase Saturday as the storm system approaches.  Temperatures aloft will be so cold that small soft  hail (graupel) is possible as the system moves directly overhead Saturday.  High temperatures will turn much colder and struggle to get out of the 50s Saturday/Sunday (normal highs for this time of the year are around 70).

Students win at National competition
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC - Three students from West Bladen recently competed as a team in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National competition in Texas against more than 7,000 other students.  The team competed in the Sports and Nutrition event category. 
 
For the event, the team had to plan and develop an individualized nutritional plan to meet the needs of a competitive student athlete in a specific sport.  They prepared a sample nutrition and hydration plan based upon nutritional and energy needs of the student athlete.
Kornegay is new Broadway Town Manager
 
24 year old Dustin Kornegay, an Elizabethtown native, is the new Broadway, NC town manager.
 
He will replace the recently retired Bob Stevens, who served in that capacity for the past 14 years.
 
Kornegay was selected for the position by the town commissioners from 41 applications.  The town board selected five finalists to interview and Kornegay was the unanimous choice at their Monday evening meeting.
2nd annual Senior Center Fall Festival set Nov. 7

Tickets are on sale for BBQ plates as part of the second annual Bladen County Senior Center Fall Festival scheduled Friday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $7 per plate.

The festival will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the Senior Center at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown.

Senior Center director Amy Ruffin says vendor booths are available for $15 and that all businesses are welcome.
Bladenboro police chief calls for extra caution on Halloween

Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt is reminding motorists and pedestrians to be extra cautious and safe Friday night during Halloween trick-or-treat activities in Bladenboro.

Hunt reminds people that trick-or-treat hours in Bladenboro are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, and that children under age 9 must be accompanied to the door by an adult.
911 call: "Someone came to the house and shot up my boyfriend"

The girlfriend of Jerome Melvin told a 911 operator Tuesday morning that "someone came to the house and shot up my boyfriend," and repeatedly asked for emergency and law enforcement personnel to "hurry up," according to a tape of the call released Thursday morning by the Bladen County's Sheriff's Office. She also was concerned that the killers still may have been nearby.

Melvin, who was 23 years old, was killed at the front door of his mobile home on Sammy Lane in Elizabethtown shortly before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office said. 

Bladen County Vote Update
10/29/14
 
Over 4,000 Bladen County Voters have cast their ballot in the 2014 General Election.
 
Absentee Ballots returned                    979
One Stop at 4 Bladen County sites  3,045

American Housing Survey finds one in 10 housing units reported signs of the pests
By: McDuffie Pest Control
  
Elizabethtown, NC. - Signs of cockroaches and mice are the top two home deficiencies according to the 2013 American Housing Survey. About one in 10 occupants surveyed have seen evidence of cockroaches or mice in their homes. Also troubling are the other top home deficiencies listed, including open cracks or holes and exposed wiring, which can lead to or be exacerbated by pest infestations.
Thought While Shaving
 
Halloween festivities on the agenda for this weekend....Be safe...
 
Fun events planned for Friday at Clarkton, White Lake and at the East Bladen HS football games...others I am sure...
 
The illegal use of drugs is the root of much evil.
   
Bladenboro Rotary Club invites you to breakfast Saturday morning....Many more do it but none as long as the B-boro Rotary Club.
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 
Today---Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.  North wind 6 to 9 mph.
 
Tonight---Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. North wind 3 to 5 mph.
 
Friday---Sunny, with a high near 65.  North wind 6 to 8 mph.
 
Friday Night---A chance of showers, mainly after 4 a.m.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
This Day in History - October 30
 
1768---First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated  (Wesley chapel, NYC)
 
1864---Helena, Montana's capital, founded.
 
1866---Jesse James gang robs bank in Lexington Missouri ($2,000)
 
1868---John Menard of Louisiana is 1st African American elected to US Congress.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 30

   

Highest Temperature

84 degrees

1996

 

Lowest Temperature

28 degrees

1965

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

2.38 inches

1930

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 80 degrees.

Battle for the US Senate
 
Real Clear Politics website
 
North Carolina Race analysis:
 
9/8/14--The race has been remarkably stable.  The only wild card is Libertarian candidate Seah Haugh, who has polled well and peeled off more ballots fro Tillis than Hagan.  Third parties tend to fade down the stretch (except when they don't), we we'd expect things to tilt back Tillis' way.  But we really have no way of knowing for sure.
2 Clarkton men sought in fatal shooting

Two Clarkton men are being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of an Elizabethtown man Tuesday morning.

Warrants were issued Wednesday afternoon for Ernest Raysean Grey, 23, and Twasjay Roderick Brown, 21, on first-degree murder charges in the killing of 23-year-old Jerome Melvin, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

Grey and Brown are considered armed and dangerous, according to the Sheriff's Office.
SeHealth awarded $85,000 grant for faith-based wellness planning project
 
Southeastern Health (SeHealth) has been awarded an $85,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. Funds from the grant will be used to plan a wellness program as part of Southeastern Health’s “Compassion for U: Congregational Wellness Network.”

Brisson Receives Grant

   

Brittany Nicole Brisson has been selected to receive the East Carolina University North Carolina Space Consortium Grant.  Brittany is the 21 year-old daughter of Ronald and Joyce Brisson of Dublin, North Carolina, and a 2011 graduate of West Bladen High School. She currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, where she is a senior at East Carolina University, majoring in Art Education with a Studio Concentration in Jewelry Design.  She has been involved with the National Association of Art Education (NAEA) for the past 3 years. Brittany has served the NAEA as the South Eastern United States Student Outreach Coordinator. 

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Oct. 6-12

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 12. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Oct. 6
    William Alexander Harrelson, 46: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)
Blacksmith demonstration planned at Harmony Hall

Blacksmiths Lenny Moore and Mat Patterson are expected to be at Harmony Hall Plantation Village on Sunday to fire up the forge and demonstrate the craft. Moore, who lives in Greensboro, but grew up in Tar Heel and graduated from Tar Heel High School, usually appears monthly at the Revolutionary War-era home of Col. James Richardson.

The plantation, which is owned by the Bladen County Historical Society and covers 100 acres, is open Sundays from 2-4 p.m.

Bladen Voters are voting
 
Bladen County voters are casting ballots early this year.  As of near noontime on Wednesday, October 29 over 3,500 have voted in the 2014 General Election.
 
Here is the breakdown:
 
One Stop    2,611
Absentee ballots returned   962.
Total cast as of 11 a.m. Wednesday   3,573.
 
The One Stop polls will be open until 1 p.m. Saturday, in Bladenboro, Dublin, East Arcadia and Elizabethtown. 

Bladen's September unemployment rate at 8.8 percent

Bladen County's unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent for September, according to figures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Bladen's rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, followed the pattern throughout North Carolina. Only Currituck County among North Carolina's 100 counties reported an increase in its unemployment rate, although Currituck County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent. Swain County's unemployment rate remained unchanged for September. The rest of the counties reported a decrease.

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Bladen County students suffer minor injuries in wreck
 
A van with 11 Bladen County students onboard was involved in an accident that sent at least three students to the hospital Tuesday afternoon..
 
The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. outside Whiteville at the intersection of Bill Hooks and Peacock roads.  Troopers indicated a car pulled into the path of the van.
 
In addition to the students being taken to the hospital, the driver of the van and the two occupants of the second vehicle were also taken to the hospital. None were believed to be life threatening.
 
According to Columbus Charter School Headmaster Steve Smith, the van was not owned or operated by the school.

BLADEN COUNTY HEADLINES...35 YEARS AGO
 
The town of Elizabethtown received a $3,300 matching grant from the state to be used in the development of Tory Hole Park.
 
The town of Elizabethtown established a curfew for Halloween.
 
Sudie Sheridan was appointed to the board at Bladen Technical College by Governor Jim Hunt.

One dead in early morning shooting
 
A 23 year old male was killed early Tuesday morning in a mobile home park off NC 242 south of Elizabethown.
 
According to Hubert Kinlaw, Bladen County Coroner, Jerome Melvin, 23, answered a knock at the door around 2:30 a.m. and was shot in the head.  Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
 
Melvin reportedly shared a mobile home on Sammy Lane with a girlfriend, a child and one other person.

Keyettes Sponsor Trunk or Treat prior to Football game
 
The East Bladen Keyettes will be sponsoring a Trunk or Treat fun time prior to the Friday football game at EBHS.  Jennifer Hair, Keyettes advisor, is asking for sealed bags of candy to offset the cost for her Keyettes.  Money and gift cards will also be accepted for prizes for the youngsters.
 
Games and an inflatable slide will be available for the youngsters to enjoy from 6 to 7 p.m.  Included is a pumpkin carving contest and costume contest at half-time.
 
Contact Mrs. Haire for more information at 910-645-2500 or jwhair@bladen.k12.nc.us.

USDA Releases New State-by-State "Made in Rural America" Report
New Data Demonstrates Obama Administration's Record Breaking Investments in Rural America


WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 – As part of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband.

Basic Firearms Safety is a Must for Hunting 

    
RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.
Firearms safety is an element of instruction taught by the Commission’s Hunter Education Program, with free courses offered year-round, throughout the state. Instructors advise hunters to prioritize safety when handling firearms:
Point a firearm in a safe direction at all times.

  
Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
Identify your target and what’s beyond it.

BCC President takes on ice bucket challenge for a good cause
Jack McDuffie
   
Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt went beyond the call of duty on Monday fulfilling a commitment he made in September to the college’s United Way Campaign.  As a result, the college exceeded its campaign goal earlier than ever.  Though the college has met its goal in past years, the campaign has usually been extended in order to achieve it.  

Elizabethtown Class of '57

  
The Elizabethtown High School Class of 1957 enjoyed a reunion recently at San Jose Restaurant.  Pictured on the front row, left to right, are Mary Carolyn (Lewis) McPhatter, Thelma (Squires) Benson, Jennie (Johnson) McQueen, Lois (Norris) Walters, Ann (Edge) Nye, Elizabeth (Lehto) Hovis, Janice (Harrelson) Pope, and Linda (Henry) Robins.  Back row, l to r:  Billy Smith, Wally McQueen, Hague Bowman, Shelby (Hobbs) Maultsby, and David Cross.

Bladenboro board calls special meeting

The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting Thursday, Oct. 30 to consider a recommendation for a police officer. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Ivey Street.

According to an agenda from the Town, the board will go into closed session to discuss a personnel matter, then return to open session to consider the recommendation. The Bladenboro Police Department has been seeking a replacement for Lt. Randy Sykes, who recently retired from the force.

NCDOT closing a portion of SR 1712

  

Today we plan to close SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) at a location 0.7 miles east of SR 1700 (Mercer Mill – Brown Marsh Road) in order to upsize a crossline pipe.  The road will remain closed through Thursday afternoon.

Elizabethtown woman charged with intimidating witness

An Elizabethtown woman has been charged with intimidating a witness and is being held in Bladen County Jail under a $5 million secured bond, according to reports.

Kellye Bryant Lewis, 45, of Eastway Avenue, was charged in August of two counts each of trafficking by sell of opium, trafficking by possession of opium, and trafficking by deliver of opium as part of an undercover prescription pill investigation, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. She posted a $100,000 secured bond and was released from custody on the charges.

Harrells Christian Academy Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll for the First Grading Period


Headmaster’s List (All A’s)

    

Twelfth Grade: Margaret Clark, Spencer Cooke, MaryKate Murray, Christian Rhodes, Fredrick Strickland, Amanda Sutton.

   

Eleventh Grade: Catherine Armstrong, Rachel Bland, Sophie Campbell, Anna Laurie Carter, Mariah Dixon, Marissa Parks, McKenzie Parks, Mikaela Stroud.

UNITES STATES ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES NC COASTAL LAND TRUST ACQUIRES MORE THAN 600 ACRES ALONG THE WACCAMAW RIVER

  
WILMINGTON – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today that the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has completed the purchase of 670 acres of bottomland hardwoods and cypress-gum swamp along the Waccamaw River located just south of Lake Waccamaw State Park. Lake Waccamaw and the Waccamaw River, which flows south from the lake, are recognized by scientist as nationally significant, because of the variety and abundance of nature that can be found there.

BLADEN COUNTY SHERIFF OFFERS TIPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN
 
 SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween.  “Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” said Sheriff Benston. 
 
The Sheriff reminds all Bladen County residents to follow these safety tips:
Motorists:
·         Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
·         Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
·         Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. 
2014 Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant
 
The Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant was held on Oct 11th at Bladenboro Middle School. The new court: (back row from left to right) Junior Miss Bladenboro Jordan Benson, Princess of Bladenboro Jasmine James, Miss Bladenboro Lindsey Herring, Miss Bladenboro Ambassador Allison Thompson, and Little Miss Bladenboro Payton Gunter. (Front row left to right) Baby Miss Bladenboro Maelee Norris, Petite Miss Bladenboro Maycee Kinlaw, Tiny Miss Bladenboro Addison Gunter, and Wee Miss Bladenboro Emma Todd.
Commissioners receive financial update
 
The Bladen County Finance office provides a monthly update to commissioners with comparisons to last year and to the current budget.
 
The latest update was for the 1st three months of fiscal 2014-15 ending September 30, 2014.
 
29.61% of total revenues budgeted had been collected.  46.9% of Property Taxes budgeted had been paid.  One big note was that no sales taxes has been received.  
Mcintyre Honored in Battleship Ceremony by Navy League
 
Congressman McIntyre accepts a special recognition plaque on the USS North Carolina Battleship.  Standing with Congressman McIntyre are (from left to right) Dave Echevarria, Past President of the Navy League Wilmington Council; Frank Roberts, Current President; Rosalie Calarco, Rep. McIntyre’s Director of Veteran Services; and Beth Dawson, Vice Chair of the New Hanover County Commission.
 
Wilmington, N.C.- Congressman Mike McIntyre was recently honored in a ceremony on the USS North Carolina Battleship for his work on behalf of veterans, by the Navy League.

Elizabethtown Fire Department Ribbon Cutting - Click HERE for photos
 
Mayor Sylvia Campbell cut the ribbon officially opening the new addition to the Elizabethtown Fire Department Sunday afternoon.
 
Campbell was joined by retiring Fire Chief Bryon Graham; Rep. William Brisson; Architect Terry Cox; Town Manager Eddie Madden and Rev. Chris Denny, Pastor of Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.
 
The Bladen County Firefighters Color Guard presented the colors prior to the ribbon cutting, as Elizabethtown firefighters and new Fire Chief Nick West looked on.  Graham will retire effective January 2015.  .

Annual Fun Times at Camp Clearwater - Click HERE for photos
 
Attendance was in the thousands this year at the annual Halloween Celebration.  Lots of costumes, candy, and creatures of the night were out in full force this Saturday.  The folks at Camp Clearwater know how to celebrate Halloween. The fun started off with trick or treating, arcade games, food vendors. Then to top it all an amazing fire works show could be see by all. 
  
The celebration is a tradition by many here in Bladen County.  The fun this night brings  has visitors from other counties and states as well.  If you missed out on the fun this year, go ahead and mark your calendars for next year. 

Hall Represents Bladen County at National 4-H Talent Revue
 
Each year, 4-H'ers nationwide are invited to submit an audition video to the sponsoring university of the annual National Association of County Agricultural Agents' (NACAA) AM-PIC Conference.  This year's NACAA Conference was held in Mobile, Alabama, hosted by Auburn University.
 
Haley Hall, in her words, "was thrilled to learn last March that I had been selected for the third time to perform in a 4-H Talent Revue.  Having performed in 4-H Talent Revues in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charleston, South Carolina, I thought I had an idea of what to expect.  I was so wrong!"  

BeastFest Draws a CROWD - Click HERE for photos
 
Thousands were in Bladenboro Saturday for the 8th Annual BestFeast.  Parking was difficult to find. Food stations, rides, entertainment, classic cars, vendors and politicians shaking hands, all a part of the festivities.
 
The weather was perfect and the 2014 BeastFest may be the best and best attended ever.

An Apple A Day

 For Better Living

Sandra Cain

  
Apples have been around a long time—at least 5,000 years. With literally thousands of varieties to choose from, it’s certainly not hard to keep the doctor away, as the saying goes.

 
Selecting Apples

  
Look for firm, crisp, well-colored fruit. Avoid those with shriveled skins, bruises, worm holes, and decayed spots. Although apples are fairly durable fruits, take care to avoid bruising them. 

Credit Union helps students achieve success

   
    The State Employees Credit Union provides two $5,000 scholarships to first year curriculum students at Bladen Community College each year.  The two-year scholarships are for $2,500 per year.   In photo receiving the scholarships are this year’s recipients—second from left, Taylor Stephens, a graduate of West Bladen High School, and Jordan Hayes, a graduate of East Bladen High School.  Presenting the scholarships are Rian Collins, left, Vice President and City Executive at the Credit Union’s Elizabethtown branch, and John Guions, a Credit Union Board member. 

Bladenboro native arrested for sex charges
 
A Bladenboro native and longtime local resident is facing additional charges for child sex abuse.

 
Roy Lee Stubbs, 45, was arrested in September 2013 on multiple charges of first degree sex offense with a child and secret peeping, according to the Pender County Jail. He was placed under a $1,000,010 bond. His current address is Walker Street, Burgaw. 

 

Troxler announces availability of farmland preservation grants;
application deadline is Dec. 19

  
RALEIGH – County governments and nonprofit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects have until Dec. 19 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations and $1 million for military base and training buffers.

   
The statewide general appropriations are anticipated future appropriations in the 2015-2017 biennium budget.

Uniform Closet for Students
 
A new group has been formed to assist students in Bladen County.  Sonya King Edge, Founder of the group, Uniform Closet for Bladen County Students, said, "My heart breaks when my kid comes home from school and says there are children in their classes that wear the same clothes everyday and wants to know if we have anything to give them. My purpose in this group is to collect new and gently used uniforms and shoes for the children in Bladen County who are in need. K - 12th grade."    
Five arrested on drug charges in Bladen County

Five people were arrested on drug related charges in two searches Thursday by the N.C. Probation Office and the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

One search was conducted at 131 Butters Loop Road at the residence of Leslie Shaw (R), according to the Sheriff's Office, and officers found 86 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms. Three people who lived at the home were arrested. Charged were:

Leslie Callihan Shaw, 37, with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, manufacture marijuana,

Mike Walden's You Decide:  What industries will lead growth?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

  

North Carolina’s economy has gone through three major economic periods during the last century. Like most states, farming was the leading industry in both production and employment in the early 1900s. Most workers rose before dawn and went to their fields to care for the crops or livestock.

Then came the manufacturing era.

Credit Union scholarships for continuing education students

  
    State Employees Credit Union scholarships were presented to five continuing education students at Bladen Community College on Wednesday afternoon.  The Credit Union provides five $750 scholarships for students in BCC’s continuing education programs each semester.  In photo with the students are BCC Vice President for Continuing Education Sondra Guyton, left, BCC Associate Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest, back left, and Rian Collins, Vice President and City Executive of the Elizabethtown Branch of the Credit Union, at right.  Students receiving the scholarships and their programs of study are, beginning with third left, Kristin Nicole Little, Certified Nursing Assistant I; Sheri Bray, Pharmacy Assistant; Michelle Brown, Emergency Medical Technician—Basic; Lindsey Victoria Caulder, Emergency Medical Technician—Basic; and Tomme Renee Carroll, Emergency Medical Technician—Basic.  In addition to continuing education scholarships, the Credit Union provides scholarships to two new curriculum students per semester.. 

High School Volunteer Fairs
 
This week adds another successful year for the annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club's High School Volunteer Fairs. Both, East Bladen and West Bladen High Schools assisted the club in hosting the volunteer fairs. 
 
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club is an organization of business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in Bladen County and the world.   Having the motto, "Service Before Self", the club wanted to form these volunteer fairs to assist two needs noticed in the community.
Bladen Senior Center to install new check-in system

The Bladen County Senior Center should have a new way to handle registrations, scheduling and reporting by January, says director Amy Ruffin.

A key-card and touch screen automated check-in system designed for senior centers will be installed in November and should be in operation in January. The system is similar to the key-card system other places such as the YMCA use, Ruffin said.
Bladen County Sheriff's Office Crime Report: Oct. 13-19

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 19. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Oct. 13
    Kenneth Gore, 55: Resisting public officer (misdemeanor)
    Sandie Shaw Britt, 31: Attempt to furnish tobacco products to inmates (misdemeanor)

Ninth annual Festival of Trees returns to Whiteville Nov. 17-22

   
Tickets are on sale for the ninth annual Festival of Trees for Bladen and Columbus counties. The annual holiday event supports the nonprofit Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

   
Festival of Trees begins on Monday, Nov.  17, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 22. It’s at Northwood Church, 2672 James B. White Hwy. N. in Whiteville. General admission is $5 at the door.

  
This year’s festival also includes new and enhanced events. Decking the Halls, from 6-8 p.m.

How we're preparing for Ebola
 
Ebola is still rare in the United States. The key to preventing the spread of the virus is to identify and isolate potential cases as quickly as possible. 

  
To help with this effort, Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) are following the Ebola screening guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  
According to SeHealth Infection Control Coordinator Sherry Edwards, RN, SeHealth established an Ebola Taskforce earlier this month which has evolved into a steering committee which meets weekly. 

Halloween 2014
  
Town of Elizabethtown Resolution

Town of Bladenboro Resolution

NC strawberry referendum to be held during Southeast Strawberry Expo in November

  
RALEIGH — North Carolina strawberry growers will hold a referendum to decide whether to increase the current strawberry assessment during the Southeast Strawberry Expo in Pinehurst Nov. 17-19.

   
Started in 1989, the strawberry assessment is used to advance strawberry research and marketing to improve the industry. Dexter Hill, strawberry marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says the funds are vital to research in the region.

Early Registration for spring semester begins soon at BCC
Jack McDuffie
  
Early registration for the Spring 2015 Semester at Bladen Community College will begin on November 4 and continue through November 7.  The first day of the registration period, January 4, will be for currently enrolled students.  All other students with completed applications on file will be permitted to register during the remainder of the registration period.
  
Registration times are as follows:
·         Tuesday, November 4, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
·         Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 & 6, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Bladenboro Seeks applications for Commissioner
 
The Town of Bladenboro Board of Commissioners is seeking applications for a vacant position on the board.
 
Tim Benton, Jr. recently resigned from the board.  Any citizen living within the corporate limits of Bladenboro who is interested in serving the remainder of the term should sign up at Town Hall by Tuesday, November 4  The appointment will be made by the Bladenboro Town Board. 

The 4K4 Food is set for November 22, 2014 at 9 am at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown

  
This annual Walk-Run-Stroll Fundraiser benefits Bladen Crisis Assistance – our local food bank available to Bladen County residents in need. This year’s event is Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9 am at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown, NC. Pre-Registration by November 7th will guarantee a t-shirt in your t-shirt size. Entry forms can be printed at the website http://bladen.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/09/4-k-4-food-set-for-november-22 .  Also you can print pledge forms to collect donations to sponsor your walk and support this great cause.

Vendors sought for Senior Center Fall Festival

Vendors are being sought for the Bladen County Senior Center's 2nd annual Fall Festival scheduled Friday, Nov. 7. The event will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the Senior Center at 6-8 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown.

Senior Center director Amy Ruffin says vendor booths are available for $15 and that all businesses are welcome. Businesses must bring their own tables, and set-up will begin at noon on the day of the event. Also, BBQ plates will be served for $7 each.

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month
 
 A dog can bring so much companionship, comfort, fun, independence and compassion into your life.  Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee on dogs for the month of October.
 
When adopting there will still be required $25 vaccination fee. The first dog adopted every week for the month of October will also receive a Micro-chip. The adoption hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00 – 5:30pm.  Visit the shelter and adopt a shelter dog this month!

"Cool Schools" Motorcycle Festival Planned
 
The Bladen County Educational Foundation has announced a new event.  "Cool Schools" Motorcycle Festival will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014.
 
The fun event will be held on the football field at Elizabethtown Middle School and vendors are welcomed.  Gates open at 9:30 a.m and kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. 

Bladen County United Way Day of Caring
 
The Bladen County United Way Day of Caring is planned for Friday, November 7, 2014.  Individuals, work places, churches, civic organizations and families are encourage to collect items for the Bladen County Public Schools Backpack program for students.
 
Suggested items include:
Hygiene Items,
soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloth, hair shampoo, hair conditioner, feminine items, body wash, comb/brush, hand sanitizer.

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

       

Oct 29-Nov 1...Clarkton Dixie Youth invites all to their Haunted Trail from Wednesday, October 29 thru Saturday, Nov. 1 at the DYB complex on Perimeter Road, nightly from 7 p.m. until midnight.  Admission is just $5.  All proceeds benefit Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball.

      

Oct 31....White Lake Fright Night October 24th, 25th, 31st and Nov. 1st.  9pm until Midnight.  Ticket booth and entrance is at Camp Clearwater's maintenance gate on White Lake Drive.  This haunted event is possible due to the White Lake Volunteer Fire Department with all proceeds going to them.  It is hosted by Camp Clearwater.

               

Oct. 31....Lisbon Baptist Church is sponsoring Holy-Ween Fest on Friday, October 31.  Food, fun and outdoor movie.  Festivities begin at 7 p.m.  Movie begins at 8.    

  

Nov 1....Saturday, Nov. 1st, Fish Fry & Cake Auction, November 1st.  Supper is 4pm until 6pm and the Auction is at 4pm.  Target shooting 7pm at the White Oak Ruritan Club, 9579 NC Hwy 53 West, White Oak, NC.  Visit their Facebook page for more information  

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