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NEWS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Bladen Community College will operate on a 2-hour delay
Friday due to possible hazardous weather conditions.
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This Day in History – February 12

This Day In History1850 – Original Washington’s Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300.

1855 – Michigan State University was established.

1876 – Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop.

1877 – 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Mass.

1879 – 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC)

1906 – George Cohan’s musical “George Washington” premieres in NYC.  READ MORE  

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on February 12

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature       76 degrees            1984

Lowest Temperature         8 degrees             1973

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation                     1.34 inches            1985

Greatest One-Day

Snowfall                           5.0 inches               2014

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 48 degrees.  

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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

New Clarkton Principal named

Stephanie NorrisAt the February 8 Board of Education monthly meeting, board members approved the recommendation by the superintendent to hire Stephanie Norris as the principal of Clarkton School of Discovery. Current Clarkton principal Stephanie Ensminger will retire effective March 1, 2016.  READ MORE

Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Bladen County for Friday

National Weather Service

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 6 PM EST

FRIDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER

WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN…SNOW AND SLEET…WHICH IS IN

EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 6 PM EST FRIDAY. READ MORE

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NCDOI to Examine BCBSNC

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin met with top executives of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina this week to discuss the insurer’s ongoing payment and enrollment problems. READ MORE

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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley to Perform March 12 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

Carolina Civic Center St JudesJoin WKML and the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater for a very special evening benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Charles Kelley, guitarist and singer with the country  music super band Lady Antebellum, will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton. He will be joined by William Michael Morgan and Brittany McLamb, two up-and-coming artists. READ MORE

New State Charter School Director Named

David MachadoThe State Board of Education approved David Machado as the new director of the Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Charter Schools. Machado, chief administrator of the Lincoln Charter School in Lincoln County, has served in that role for the past 12 years. READ MORE

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BCC offers middle and high school student activities

East Arcadia Students FDUBLIN – Bladen Community College is reaching out to encourage youth to pursue higher education with free events for students in the public schools.

The Second Annual Writing Contest for 8th Graders is underway. Students have been given a writing prompt and should respond by February 22. Winners from all middle schools in Bladen County will have their works published in The Ink Quill, the Bladen Community College literary magazine. They will also receive other gifts. READ MORE

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NC Charter School Advisory Board approves Charter School for Bladen

By Erin Smith

Charter SchoolThe NC Charter Schools Advisory Board met in Raleigh on Monday and approved the application for a new charter school to open in Bladen County in the fall of 2017. The school is expected to open in August 2017 as a year-round school.

The new school will be called Emereau: Bladen, according to the application, and will be operated by the Emereau Foundation, Inc. It will not be part of the Bladen County Schools system. READ MORE

 

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By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville

BrendaBrownIt is that time of year again: time to start preparing to file your taxes. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of the documents you will need when filing your federal income tax return is your Social Security Benefit Statement (Form SSA-1099). READ MORE

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Suspect in gang-related shooting back in Bladen County

CromartieThe suspect in a gang-related shooting that took place in January in Elizabethtown is back in Bladen County and being held in the Bladen County Jail under a $2.6 million bond.

The Elizabethtown Police Department has been actively searching for Meredith Cromartie since the January 18 shooting. READ MORE

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Governor McCrory’s Task Force Gets Report on the Effects of Underage Drinking

Researchers from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill presented their report on the effects of alcohol on the brains of young people to the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force today.  Governor Pat McCrory requested the report in December. READ MORE

Threat of Winter Weather for Friday morning

WintryMixFriFeb12Folks across Bladen County could see one more round of winter courtesy of a low pressure system that will pass near our area on Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. READ MORE

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You think it’s cold now, 1973 was colder

By: Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist & Climate Program Leader

National Weather Service Wilmington, NC

From February 9-11, 1973 one of the most intense snowstorms on record struck the Southeastern United States.  When it was over 24 inches of snow was recorded in Rimini, SC, with widespread 12-18 inch accumulations extending from southern Alabama into eastern North Carolina.   READ MORE  

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Thoughts While Shaving for February 11

Thoughts While ShavingIt’s Thursday, my favorite day of the week. For years, my siblings and I along with spouses and, our neighbor, meet each Thursday evening to share time and food.  We move around from one nearby restaurant to another.  The food is usually very good, but the time together is the highlight of the evening. READ MORE

 

 

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Man wanted for gang-related shooting arrested

CromartieUS Marshals apprehended a man on Wednesday afternoon in Cumberland County that is wanted by the Elizabethtown Police Department for attempted murder charges following a gang-related shooting in January.

Meredith Jaquan Cromartie was arrested at a convenience store in Fayetteville on Wednesday afternoon, according to the US Marshals office. He was wanted on five charges of attempted murder for the gang-related shooting that ocurred on January 19 in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

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Harmony Hall and Historical society to hold joint meeting

Harmony HallBladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall Plantation Village Board of Directors will meet jointly on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the town of Elizabethtown Council Chambers.  

The Historical Society will meet first at 7 p.m. for its quarterly meeting.  The treatment of historical records in the county is expected to be discussed. READ MORE

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Potential for more winter weather on Friday

US-NationalWeatherServiceAccording to the National Weather Service, forecasters are watching yet another weather system that could bring the potential for a wintry mix on Friday morning.

According to Steven Pfaff of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, travel conditions could become hazardous in some areas Friday morning. READ MORE

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Bladenboro Fire Department undergoes inspection

By: Erin Smith

The Bladenboro Fire Department completed an ISO inspection process on Tuesday and now they are waiting to learn the outcome of their hard work.

“These guys worked really hard,” said Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about fire training facility

Firefighter training and adequate training facilities were the topic of discussion at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday.

Rotarian Jim Crayton presented a program regarding the construction of a new fire training facility at the White Lake Prison Camp. He opened his presentation with some statistics regarding volunteer firefighters. READ MORE

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CVI’s Jerry Price addresses Chamber luncheon

By: Erin Smith

Jerry Price CVIThe Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The guest speakers were CVI, Inc. owner Tracey Trivette and Investigator Jerry Price.

Tracey Trivette, CVI owner, told the group that CVI is a private investigations firm and the full name is Cerno Veritas, Inc.  He said that Cerno Veritas means to distinguish, determine or ascertain the truth. READ MORE

Help a Veteran from Fort McClellen, Alabama

DAVmeetingFebruaryTuesday night’s regular monthly meeting of the local chapter of the DAV, was concerned with the medical treatment that is delivered to our Veterans. It has recently been brought to light that all Veterans who served at Fort McClellen, Alabama, between 1935 and 1999 may have been exposed to radioactive compounds, chemical warfare agents, and airborne poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and are therefore eligible to file claims for disability compensation. READ MORE

Kristy Smith named District Teacher Assistant of the Year

Kristy SmithKristy Smith, a kindergarten instructional assistant at Elizabethtown Primary School, has been named Teacher Assistant of the Year for District 4 by the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants. She will now be one of eight teacher assistants who will advance to compete for the honor of 2016 NCATA-Teacher Assistant of the Year. READ MORE

Town of White Lake Passes NC Connect Bond Resolution

kornegay kinlawThe Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday evening. Jeff Kornegay and Cathy Kinlaw of Bladen Community College made a brief presentation on the Connect NC Bond. A resolution supporting the Connect NC Bond Referendum Act was approved after the presentation. READ MORE

NEWS FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Commissioners meet in special session

Bladen County

Bladen County Commissioners held a Special Meeting Monday night, at the Powell-Melvin Ag Center on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown.

Eight of nine board members were present. Dr. Delilah Blanks did not attend.

The purpose of the meeting was to follow up on several issues and provide staff with guidance as the budget process approaches. READ MORE

Bladen County Board of Elections meeting dates

The Bladen County Board of Elections has announced the schedule of meeting dates for the March 15 Primary. READ MORE

West Bladen’s Amber Long campaigned for Vice-President at the Senior Beta Club convention

Below is her speech.

Bladenboro’s Lauren Clark talks about Biggest Loser experience and lessons learned

Lauren_Clark_550Bladenboro’s Lauren Clark may have been voted off Biggest Loser but the experience has taught her a lot about herself, she says. She also said there were some really exciting moments for her on the ranch as well. READ MORE

SeHealth Board installs Cummings, Davis as newest members

Robin G. Cummings, M.D., and Katherine “Katie” Davis were recently appointed as the newest members of the Southeastern Health Board of Trustees.

A Pembroke native and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Cummings became the sixth chancellor of UNC Pembroke in July 2015. READ MORE

Bruce Cannon leaving Bladen Baptist Association for new pastorate

Bruce Cannon Southeastern Carolina CrossroadsBruce Cannon has announced he will be leaving the Bladen Baptist Association and Bladen County for a pastorate in the mountains of North Carolina. Cannon is heading to Bear Creek Baptist Church near Ledger. He said his last day will be near the end of March.

When asked on Monday about his decision, Cannon said, “I miss the pastorate.”

He added that he missed the interactions one has with a congregation and performing such rituals as serving communion. READ MORE

Bladen Community College hosts Ground Hog Job Shadow Day

Ground Hog Job Shadow Day A- NursingArea eighth grade students participated in classes with BCC students in the college nursing program on Ground Hog Job Shadow Day. READ MORE

 

240th anniversary of Battle of Moores Creek to be Feb. 27 and 28

On Saturday and Sunday, February 27 – 28, 2016, Moores Creek National Battlefield will host the 240th Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the 1st Patriot victory of the American Revolution, which helped to stall the British invasion of the south for most of the Revolutionary War and ended Royal authority in North Carolina forever. READ MORE

John Beck to speak at Bladen Community College

John BeckDUBLIN – Noted author and historian, Professor Dr. John J. Beck, will speak at Bladen Community College on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. in the Student Resource Center (building 7) about the costs and benefits of economic and social changes experienced in the south over the past 40 years.

An American history doctoral graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Dr. Beck in considered to be an expert in Southern history and culture. He co-authored the book, Southern Culture: An Introduction, and is currently working on a history of southern food. READ MORE

West Bladen students attend UNC-W program on Monday

Harlem Renaissance 1Despite the two-hour school delay, students from West Bladen were able to travel to UNC-Wilmington arriving in time for the Harlem Renaissance Dance Program held at the college on Monday. A special performance was given for school students during the day. The group also presented a program at 7 p.m. Monday night for the general public.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice in need of volunteers

Lower Cape Fear HospiceLower Cape Fear Hospice, a nonprofit hospice serving the area for 35 years, is in need of volunteers to help families in Bladen County.

Hospice volunteers help patients where they live—in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Volunteers are needed to assist patients and families with lawn care, pet care, providing meals, helping to fulfill a bucket list item, planning a life celebration, baking a cake for a special occasion or creating a memory board or photo album as a family keepsake. READ MORE

Board of Education meets in February session

By: Bethany Stephens

The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session. After beginning the meeting, Robert Taylor, superintendent, initiated a moment of silence in honor of a second grader that was recently killed in a car accident. Afterwards, the board recognized several different students, teachers, and schools for various accomplishments. READ MORE

Beer and Wine Referendum to be on White Lake Ballot

White Lake voters are set to cast their ballots in March either “for” or “against” an upcoming referendum “on premises” and “off premises” sale of unfortified wine and the “on premises” and “off premises” sale of malt beverages.

At least one business owner in White Lake is in favor of the upcoming referendum. READ MORE

Mother County Genealogical Society announces meeting

The Mother County Genealogical Society meets on the second Saturday of even numbered months from noon to 2 p.m. in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro, NC. The next meeting is on February 13. Our scheduled speaker, Kelly Baldwin, will present the history of Abbottsburg. READ MORE

Today is National Fastnacht Day

fastnacht-day-2Today is national Fasnacht Day. It is a Pennsylvania Dutch celebration that occurs on Shrove Tuesday.

The Fasnacht is served traditionally during the Carnival or Fastnacht the day before Lent starts. READ MORE

 

Biggest Loser Contestant from Bladen County sent home

Lauren_Clark_550Lauren Clark from Bladenboro was sent home from the Biggest Loser on Monday night’s show. Lauren and her mom, Vicki Clark were contestants on the 16th season of the Biggest Loser. Now both have been sent home, but are not out completely.

When Lauren started the Biggest Loser she weighed 234 pounds. She reported after she was voted off the show Monday evening that she now weighs 168 pounds for a total weight loss this far of 66 pounds. READ MORE

 

Bladenboro Board discusses monument move, police department pay

The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night and held a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant NC Catalyst Grant close out. No one spoke at the hearing.

Later in the meeting the board approved a related matter by approving for LKC Engineering to move forward with closing the CDBG NC Catalyst grant. READ MORE

Sheriff’s Office holds Church Security Training Session

Sheriff's Office holds Church Security Training SessionThe Bladen County Sheriff’s Office held a Church Security Training session on Monday night at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church. According to Instructor Gary Turlington, about 137 people were in attendance for the event.

The goal of the session is to introduce clergy and their congregations to a new program that will be offered by the Sheriff’s Office to churches with regards to security and safety. READ MORE

Bladenboro Board discusses paving streets

The Bladenboro Town Council met Monday night and addressed the matter of paving East Railroad Street and Harmony Homes Drive.

Councilwoman Sarah Jane Benson said that she would rather see Pecan Street paved rather than Harmony Homes Drive.

“It (Pecan Street) is in bad shape,” said Benson. READ MORE

BLADEN COUNTY HEADLINES…35 YEARS AGO

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoA helicopter was forced down by snow in the Live Oak community.

Sonny Jones and Eddie Nye of the Bladen Journal Sports staff won first place state-wide awards in the reporting and photography division of the N.C. Newspaper Association.

The Third Annual Rev. James C. Bellamy, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast was held. READ MORE

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NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Woods fire burns four acres near Council

What was initially reported as a vehicle fire scorched about four acres of the property before being brought under control Monday afternoon near Council. The fire ocurred at 535 Sara Peterson Road, Council. READ MORE

Social Security celebrates Black History month

By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville

BrendaBrownThroughout the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together since the late 19th century.

Honoring our shared history and reflecting on the past is one way we unify as a nation. We remember that we are all Americans — we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship. READ MORE

Sheriff’s Office hosts Church Security and Training meeting

Bladen County Sheriff's DepartmentThe Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Church Security and Training meeting tonight (Monday, Feb. 8) at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church fellowship hall that is open to the public and is targeted for pastors and church officials in the county.

“We have invited all interested churches to attend. The meeting will be to explain a new program the Sheriff’s office will be offering to any church interested concerning security and safety,” said Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. READ MORE

BCC Trustees to hold retreat, meeting

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. for a board retreat, followed by a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Both events take place in the Student Resource Center (building 7) on the main campus of the college. For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502.

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Phone Goes For A Swim

By: Gordon Kinlaw

iphoneI can’t say this enough – back your phone up!!! Either on iCloud or on your PC on iTunes.

Someone in my house placed their iPhone near the kitchen sink and you know the rest. I spent a 30 minutes on the phone with Apple and a couple of hours in the Chapel Hill Apple Store plus travel time. Never mind I dropped $320 bucks for a replacement iPhone. READ MORE

5K Bunny Fun Run & Golf Tournament to support Bladen County Relay for Life

Otis EvansRelay for Life has a 5K Bunny Fun Run and a Golf Tournament scheduled soon by Otis Evans. The 5K will be held March 26th in Bladenboro and the Golf Tournament will be held April 8th. All proceeds, excluding expenses will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The events’ organizer, Evans is a cancer survivor of less than one year. He has also been a caregiver. His first wife, Charlotte “Bit” Evans, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and passed away in 2009. READ MORE

Bladen County Students do well at Senior Beta Convention

East Bladen and West Bladen High School students attended the 78th annual Senior Beta Club Convention held this past weekend in Greensboro.

East Bladen student Adonis Johnson won first place in the History competition. The Club also placed third in their campaign skit. Emily Scott campaigned for President.

West Bladen student Sean Davis advanced to the finals in the Special Talent competition. Amber Long campaigned for Vice-President. READ MORE

Emergency Medical Science at BCC is a Life-Saver

DUBLIN – Imagine this scene. You are driving on the highway 87 bypass when you hear screeching tires, the blast of a car horn, and the crushing of metal against metal. Your car is jolted on the passenger side by another car spinning out of control. Suddenly, you are being pushed off the road, your right front tire spraying gravel and grass against your window as you are hurled toward an embankment.

Every time the Bladen County 911 Central Office dispatches an emergency vehicle to the scene of an accident, highly trained rescue personnel bolt into action to save your life. READ MORE

New Voter ID PSA released

New Voter ID PSARALEIGH, N.C – The State Board of Elections today released a new public service announcement designed to educate voters on the 2016 voter Id requirements.

The “Be Recognized” ads will air on local television and radio through the 2016 Election cycle, the goal is to make sure every voice is heard at the voting booth. This election voters will be asked to show a photo ID at the polls. If for some reason a voter can’t get an ID, they will still be able to vote. READ MORE

New building at Taylor Manufacturing is taking shape

DVine Foods New BuildingA new building that is under construction at Taylor Manufacturing is beginning to take shape. Ron Taylor said that the next step for the building is to install sprinkler system.

He added that the recent rains have had some impact on the construction schedule. READ MORE

Registration is open for third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Run, Walk

IMG_6116The third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the USO of NC is set for Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 a.m. at the Brown’s Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail and is sponsored by Ford of Clinton and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness. READ MORE

Cape Fear Heating & Cooling receives award

IMG_1291This past Friday, Daine Smith, owner of Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC located in Clarkton received the Rheem Outstanding Sales Achievement award from Gemaire.

“It was really nice. Gemaire has always been really good to me, and for them to recognize me in this way really means a lot,” Daine said. READ MORE

Volunteers gathered Sunday to continue plans for county Youth Rally

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Youth RallyAn afternoon punctuated with rain, sleet and the occasional snowflake couldn’t dampen spirits in the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church PAC building Sunday afternoon as volunteers gathered to begin making final plans for the first annual Youth Rally for Bladen County. The rally is planned for Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gym. The theme for the rally is “My Story.”

Cheryl West opened the meeting by telling volunteers the biggest hurdle to making the Youth Rally successful will be the transportation and logistics. West told the group that Chuck and Kelly Heustess have agreed to create a map of the county for use in planning the routes the church vans and buses would need to travel to provide transportation. READ MORE

Woodmen of the World Awards

Woodmen of the WorldTar Heel Woodman of the World troop 1044 held their annual awards supper in January. Four awards were given out. Following are the award winners.

Andy Wilson received the Caring for Others Award.
Lucille Brown received the Fraternal Spirit Award.
Sandra Newton received the Environmental Award.
Charlie Priest received the Community Award. READ MORE

This beautiful rainbow appeared late Sunday afternoon over NC 41 East in Bladen County.

The rainbow seemed to create a tunnel effect over the roadway.

Rainbow near White Lake

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