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NCDOT Seeking Partners to Distribute Helmets to Children of Low-Income Families


RALEIGH - In an effort to keep kids safe while riding a bicycle, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is issuing a call for applicants for its Bicycle Helmet Initiative. The program distributes helmets to children of low-income families, and for the first time ever is expanding its applicant pool to include other groups besides non-government agencies. 

Unemployment Rates For June Decreased In 81 North Carolina Counties..Bladen At 9.6 Percent
Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.1 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.2 percent.  Thirteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases, while one remained unchanged.  Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 9.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 4.9 percent had the lowest.  The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.5 percent.

NCDOT Road Closure Update
Lisbon Road (SR 1712) is open
Beginning Monday, August 4, 2014 US 701 between NC 242 and SR 1143 (Britt Road) will be closed in order to replace four crosslines before school starts in August.  A signed detour will be in place for through traffic to use NC 242/SR 1003 (Twisted Hickory Road) and SR 1143 (Britt Road).  The planned closure/dates are as follows:
Monday 8/3 and Tuesday 8/5---0.6 miles south of NC 242.
Tuesday PM 8/6 & Wednesday 8/7-- 0.1 mile south of SR 1711 (Harrelson Road) and 0.1 mile north of SR 1711 (Harrelson Road)

Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
Earl Warwick and Neil Bullard  announced their intentions to run for Mayor of Elizabethtown.
Long time Agriculture Extension Chairman Ralph Sasser was honored with a dinner.
The Clarkton tobacco market was scheduled to open for sales.
Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant accepting applications

   The Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant is accepting contestant applications through Sept. 22. The pageant is scheduled Oct. 11 at  the Bladenboro Middle School auditorium. The Miss Bladenboro winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the end of her reign.

   An application form is available to be printed from the pageant's Web site at www.missbladenboro.com

2013 Provisional County Population Estimates - (2010 to 2013)



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Federal duck stamp available electronically Aug. 1

   Waterfowl hunters in North Carolina will have the option of purchasing a federal duck stamp electronically beginning Friday, Aug. 1.

   The new “Duck E-Stamp” allows the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to sell stamps electronically through its wildlife service agents, online, and by phone, for $16 plus a $2 transaction fee. Hunters who purchase a duck e-stamp will receive electronic authorization immediately and the actual stamp by mail within 45 days of purchase. 

N.C. wildlife license fee changes go into effect Aug. 1

   The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced this week several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Friday, Aug. 1.

   Changes include:

   Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses.
Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: June 30 through July 6

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, June 30 through Sunday, July 6. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Wednesday, July 2
    Monica Lee Gillespie, 40: Forgery of endorsement (felony)
Thoughts While Shaving
Elizabethtown DYB Majors jumped out to an early lead only to see their Whiteville opponent come back strong...and win...The summer series is over for all the teams but what a run..for the boys and girls teams...John Clark has the details of yesterday's game on our sports page......Congratulations to the players, the coaches, families and friends...A great year for a great group of youngsters...... 
Something good is going on at Carolina Sands...
The new pharmacy at the corner of Poplar and Mercer Mill Road is taking shape....

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 30


Highest Temperature

100 degrees



Lowest Temperature

60 degrees



Greatest One-Day


4.11 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 86 degrees.

Commisssioners Approve Grant Application for Lock & Dam #2 Study
A majority of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners met very briefly Tuesday to consider approval of a $595,000 grant to begin the planning process of restoring access to historic migratory fish habitat in the Cape Fear River basin; Lock and Dam #2. Six of nine Commissioners were present with Dr. Blanks, Chairman Jimmie Smith and Russell Priest absent.
Vice Chairman Mark Gillespie presided.  The Board approved the application unanimously.
The county has submitted similar applications in the past, but have not been approved for funding.
A plain old pine tree
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

You can see the tree in the square, black and white images of my earliest childhood.


Its hardwood neighbor—a chinaberry, I think—dominates any pictures of the time and place, as it did for decades, defying destruction by ice, hurricane and tornado. The plain old pine tree was much smaller then, not even a foot thick, uneven limbs spaced at random, its only salvation being that it was too much trouble to take down.

Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training Introductory Meeting Planned
Are you a motivated individual, responsible, you enjoy horticulture and everything if has to offer, you enjoy helping and teaching others, you are willing to learn and your are willing to volunteer a few hours every year to help others?
If so, you may be a good candidate for the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer (EMGV) program.  The EMGV program is a nationwide program managed by Cooperative Extension.

Surging turkey population gets counted in annual survey

INTRO – The public is being asked for its input as a state agency continues the task of managing the reemergence of a bird whose numbers had dwindled severely by the 1970s. George Olsen has more.
Jonathan Shaw started as a District II wildlife biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in 2005. At that time the Commission’s turkey biologist was soon to retire and he was hoping to go out by meeting a particular goal.

Bladen County agencies are independent agents of NC Wildlife Commission
As independent agents of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Wildlife Service Agents offer a variety of services to the public, including the sale of hunting/fishing licenses, Wildlife in North Carolina magazine subscriptions, and vessel registrations.  These agents carry out the Commission's objectives by providing wildlife resource services at efficient and convenient outlets throughout Bladen County and the state of North Carolina.

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Local Tax Notices have been mailed
The Bladen County Tax Office has mailed 35,482 tax notices for the fiscal year 2014-15.  Chris Ellis, Bladen County Tax Administrator said all the notices were mailed earlier this week.
Tax payers that pay early will receive a 1% discount. 
Ellis said, normally the last day to deliver the payment to the tax office and receive the discount is August 31st.  However, the 31st is a Sunday, followed by Labor Day, so, this year the last day to pay and receive the discount is Tuesday, September 2nd.  If you mail your payment, it must be postmarked by September 2nd.

State Pest Association Elects New Officers and Board Members

 Conference attendees learn about latest research for pests


Wrightsville Beach, N.C. — Hundreds of pest management professionals from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia convened in Wrightsville Beach today to kick off the 2014 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference.  As part of the opening day activities, the North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) welcomed its executive officers for 2014-2015.


NCPMA members are also attending classes concerning the latest research regarding pollinators, cockroaches and other pests.

Fall Veggie Garden Class Planned
A Fall Vegetable Garden Training Class is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Service Center, located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown.
The class will be taught by William McLean, Cooperative Extension Agent and everyone is invited.  
How many miles of roads in Bladen County?
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is responsible for over 54,107 miles of paved and unpaved roads in the non-municipal road system in the state.
As of January, 1, 2013, there were  512.65 miles of paved roads in the secondary system in Bladen County, plus 51.18 miles of unpaved roads for a total of 563.83 miles.    

Bladen County Schools Calendar
Bladen County Public School Teachers return to school on Monday, August 18 and students return a week later on August 25.  The August 18th date for teachers is an optional work day, however the balance of the week is required, according to the school calendar.
Students will attend school August 25th through the 29th before their first holiday of the new school year.  Monday, September 1st is Labor Day.

Plans Underway for Dublin Peanut Festival
Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting applications for the Dublin Peanut Festival $1,000 Scholarship to be held Saturday, September 13th at Dublin Elementary School Multipurpose Building/Gymnasium.  The pageant begins at 7 p.m.  Application deadline is August 21st.  Apply now online at


Organizers are also accepting applications for Craft & Food vendors.  Food vendor application deadline is September 5th, with no exceptions.  Contact Tissie Mainess @ 910-584-1929 for more info.

105 East Mercer Mill
Elizabethtown, NC
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Photos Courtesy of Lewis Smith     

Save Money at the Grocery Store

For Better Living

Sandra Cain     

            We are all feeling the pinch when it comes to rising food and fuel costs.  One way you can save time as well as money is to shop less frequently. Less trips means less gas and less of a chance of impulse buys of things you really don’t need. You will also save some time by shopping less frequently.
A good shopping list is your number one tool to help stretch food dollars and save money at the grocery store. You must plan ahead to have a good list, and plan to stick to the list.

All-time Extremes for Bladen County, NC
Data available from December 1, 1910 to July 25, 2014


Highest Temperature

105 degrees

Aug. 11, 2007


Lowest Temperature

-3 degrees

Jan. 21, 1965


Greatest One-Day


8.86 inches

Jul. 22, 1970

Greatest One-Day Snowfall 13.0 inches

Dec. 12, 1917

Bladen Baptist Youth Celebration - Click HERE for photos
Over 400, mostly Bladen County youth spent all night...Friday night...on the Elizabethtown Middle School football field.  The theme was "Pushing Back the Dark."  The celebration began at 8 p.m. and ended at 8 a.m. Saturday. A few came from as far away as Myrtle Beach and Fayetteville and one church from Columbus County was represented, but the vast majority represented Bladen Churches.
The all-nighter was sponsored by the Bladen Baptist Youth Council and was well attended with over 30 churches represented. 

No More State Supported Tax Free Back To School Sales in North Carolina
For the first time in 12 years, parents or guardians in the Tar Heel state who have students heading off to school will pay tax on their back to school purchases, unlike neighboring states.
North Carolina merchants that are located adjacent to neighboring states are expressing concern that their customers may be heading across the line for their back to school needs.

Bladen Commissioners to hold Special Meeting
The Bladen County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to review and consider an application for funding the North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License Fund related to a proposed Rock Arch Ramp Fishway to be located at Lock & Dam #2.
The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Bladen County Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC.

State Farmers Market to host Watermelon Day July 31


RALEIGH – The State Farmers Market will host its annual Watermelon Day July 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Visitors can enjoy free slices of N.C. watermelon, get their photo taken with the N.C. Watermelon Queen and purchase locally grown watermelons from market vendors. The event also includes the largest-watermelon contest, with weigh-in at noon.

"Toni’s Locker" is off and running
by Marsha Burney


Toni Graham Cross of Elizabethtown believes that it "takes a village to raise a child," and though she has four children of her own, she’s reaching out to even more kids in Bladen County. And, she needs our help.


It all started with a Facebook challenge that Toni saw from a high school friend who lives out of state. Her friend has started a project called "Gloria’s Locker" to provide school supplies to kids in need.

Bladen Man pleads guilty to murder charge
22 year old Terrell Artez Robinson entered a guilty plea to second degree murder in a New Hanover County Court Thursday.  He was sentenced to 13 to 17 years in prison.
Robeson was arrested and charged in the summer of 2012 in connection with the murder of David McPhatter of Riegelwood.    

Four County Electric gives grant to hospice program


Four County Electric has awarded Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter a $5,000 grant to support its Healing Arts Program.


The grant will provide much-needed funding for Healing Art therapies for patients from Bladen, Pender, Columbus, Sampson and Duplin counties who are served at one of LCFH&LCC’s in-patient hospice care centers. Utilizing the current bereavement counseling staff already in place, the Four County Electric grant will be used primarily to contract licensed Healing Arts practitioners.

Dee Jones takes helm at East Arcadia School
by Marsha Burney


Dee Johnson-Jones is exactly where she thinks she was meant to be – smack dab in the middle of East Arcadia. This vivacious, out-going lady has thought for a year or two that she was ready to move up from an assistant principal to a lead principal, and the Bladen County Schools afforded her that opportunity when she took over July 1 at the helm of East Arcadia School.


"I spent nine years in the classroom and then another nine years as an assistant principal," Ms. Jones said. Pulling terms as assistant principal at Lumberton Senior High School and, most recently, at the Clarkton School of Discovery, Ms. Jones said it was time for her to make a move.

Feeding or Harassing Alligators is Dangerous and Illegal


RALEIGH, N.C. (July 23, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that if you see an alligator, in most instances it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone.


Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer.


Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and possibly attack someone. 

Free caregivers workshop
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter presents Caregiving Can Make Life Crazy! How to Keep it from Making You Crazy!, a free community workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 21, at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Powell-Melvin Auditorium, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown.
While family caregiving is often a rewarding experience, it can cause us to feel, think, act and experience life in ways we otherwise would not. The stresses can take us out of our minds and out of the life we had before we became caregivers.
Bladen Youth Camp Planned for August
The Bladen County Sheriff's Department and Bladen County Ministerial Association is sponsoring a special youth event, 'Embracing or Differences,' from August 12th through 14th for ages 10 to 17 at Elizabethtown Middle School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Vans will pickup youngsters at 8 locations in the county, including Bladenboro, East Arcadia, Kelly, Clarkton, Tar Heel, Hickory Grove Fire Station, Ammon and White Oak. Lunch will be provided and the program includes inspirational speakers that include Elizabethtown businessman Brian Campbell on Tuesday the 12th. Former Bladenboro and Wake Forest Basketball Star Trelonnie Owens will be the Wednesday speaker and Victoria Huggins, Miss Central Carolina will address the attendees on Thursday, August 14th.

Commissioners Warned to Fix the Jail Problem
Bladen County Commissioners had a full agenda at their Monday meeting....including numerous presentations and appointments and more, but the biggest news of the night was their final announcement.
The Board voted to approve an executive session at the end of the meeting for attorney-client privilege. 
Following the executive session, commissioners return to regular session and Chairman Jimmie Smith told the small group waiting that the purpose of the meeting was to respond to Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser regarding their plans for a new jail in Bladen County.

Summer Sounds Concert Planned by Chamber and Bladen Healthcare
North Tower will be the featured  entertainers at the Summer Sounds Concert scheduled for Thursday, August 14th at Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown.  Lawn chairs are welcomed.  The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare and proceeds from the concert will benefit the Chamber and the Hospital Foundation.

3rd Annual Battle of Elizabethtown
The 3rd Annual Battle of Elizabethtown is set for August 16 & 17 at Tory Hole Park and Cape Fear Farmer's Market...
Admission is FREE.
Learn how people lived, camped, fought, traveled and got along in the 1780's.  The events are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Nomination Deadline Nears for Farm Service Agency County Committees
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 — U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.
County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

Beast of Bladenboro Festival set for October 25th
The 8th Annual Beast of Bladenboro Festival will be held Saturday, October 25.  A wide range of vendors will be in town.  Rides and games for the young and young at heart.  Bounce houses, horse and wagon rides, camel and pony rides.  Southeastern Cruiser car show and a special attraction. Lizard Lick Towing will be visiting.  Enjoy the smell of hot dogs, tasty funnel cakes and yes there will be collard sandwiches, Bar-b-Que and much more.
Music will be provided throughout the day by local talent.  The main attraction will be the Fantastic Shakers from 7 til 9:30 p.m.  The event is from 10 a.m. til 10 p.m. in downtown Bladenboro everyone is welcomed.

Carolina Sands Golf Course Back On The Auction Block
Carolina Sands Golf Course, located between Elizabethtown and White Lake, is going back on the auction block on Tuesday, August 5th at 10 A.M. Carolina Sands is a 179.44 acre course that was built in 1964.
A foreclosure sale was held on March 28, 2014 on the courthouse steps in Elizabethtown. On June 27, 2014, Bankruptcy Judge Randy D. Doub entered a Consent Order Granting Joint Consent Motion for Relief from an Automatic Stay.

Elizabethtown Police Department disposing of firearms
The Elizabethtown Police Department is in possession of previously seized firearms that have remained unclaimed and are no longer part of any ongoing criminal or civil cases.
Individuals with a valid claim to ownership should contact the Elizabethtown Police Department prior to August 4th, 2014 to reclaim the property.
A hearing will be conducted to determine the disposition of any remaining unclaimed firearms on August 4th, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Superior Courtroom at the Bladen County Courthouse.

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


Aug 2.....Windsor United Methodist Church will host a Women's Conference entitled "Endurance" on Saturday,  August 2 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Tickets only $10.00 which includes lunch and can be purchased prior to July 20 by contacting Sharon at 850-1460.  A light breakfast will be available at 8:00 a.m.  Windsor UMC is located on Hwy 242 in the Ammon Community


Aug. 4-7..Wesley's Chapel UMC Vacation Bible School will be held Monday through Thursday, August 4-7. 'Everywhere Fun Fair where God's World Comes Together'.. Enjoy Bible Point Crafts, exciting games, thrilling  Bible stories, some tasty snacks and hear unforgettable music.  Dinner at 5:30 and VBS begins at 6 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.  Wesley's Chapel UMC is located at 2409 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown.


Aug. 4-8...HEY KIDS !!!!! WEIRD ANIMALS ARE COMING….. Join us each night for fun, games, and a thrilling adventure August 4 – 8, 2014 at White Oak Family Worship Center 1932 Burney Road White Oak NC for Weird Animals VBS, Where Jesus Love is One of a Kind.  A light dinner will be served each night at 5:30 p.m. To pre-register or for more information visit our Face Book page at White Oak Family Worship Center. We look for to seeing YOU there.         

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Coach's Furniture
Corner Cafe
Dickerson's Pharmacy
Elizabethtown Denistry
Elizabethtown Nursing Center
First Source Staffing
Fishers Men and Ladies Shop
Four County Electric Membership Corporation
Healthworks Fitness Center
Hester, Grady & Hester PLLC
Hester Tire
Hilton Auction and Realty, Inc.
Houston's Peanuts
Johnson Law Firm
Kinlaw Furniture and Appliance
Lacy West-Thomas Insurance Agency, Inc.
McDuffie Pest Control
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