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Law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS learn about tracking the lost

Law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS learn about tracking the lost
The members of law enforcement from Bladen, Sampson and Scotland counties, the NC Highway Patrol, Bladen County EMS, state parks personnel and firefighters all took part in a tracking class held at the Bladen County Law Enforcement Training Center at White Lake and Jones Lake State Park, according to Instructor Gary Turlington.
The purpose of the class was to give the participants the fundamental skills necessary to locate a lost child or someone suffering from a mental health issue that has wandered away from their residence. READ MORE 

SECU program improving neighborhoods in North Carolina

By: Erin Smith


The State Employees Credit Union has developed a new program called Secure to better handle foreclosed properties by renovating them and renting them to the public.

Rian Collins, vice-president/city executive with State Employees Credit Union in Elizabethtown, said in the past, banks would take foreclosed houses and sell them as is, usually taking a loss on the property. READ MORE 

Bladenboro Mother-Daughter Duo Part of Biggest Loser Season 17

NBC announced the cast today for the upcoming season of its reality-TV weight-loss show, The Biggest Loser.  A mother-daughter duo from Bladenboro, Vicki and Lauren Clark, are members of the cast for Season 17 which will begin airing on Jan. 4th at 9 p.m. 

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 Election filing gets underway for 2016 election in Bladen County

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By: Erin Smith

The filing period for the 2016 election got underway at noon on Tuesday.

The filing period ends at noon on December 21.

Those who filed at noon included incumbent Nc House member William Brisson and incumbent Bladen County Commissioners Jimmie Smith and Wayne Edge and they were joined by David Gooden. READ MORE 

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 Fourth Annual “A Robeson County Christmas” Show

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“A Robeson County Christmas” Show

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton presents its fourth annual heart-warming holiday musical revue for the entire family. The show will be presented 7pm December 11 and 12 and 3pm December 13. Created and directed by Kendrix Singletary, the theater’s resident artist, “A Robeson County

Christmas” Show features Lumberton’s own Miss North Carolina 2013-14 Johna Edmonds, X-Factor Top 40 selection Tyler Cole, Jef the Mime, and a talented cast of local entertainers performing popular and spiritual Christmas songs with stunning lighting effects and a beautiful set. READ MORE

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 Illnesses fill emergency department and beds at SRMC

Emergency services staff at Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center are urging the public to visit their family physicians or use local clinics for all health conditions not requiring emergency care.  Currently all staffed beds at Southeastern Regional Medical Center are occupied and patients seeking admission are facing delays. The medical center activated diversion mode earlier today due to filled capacity. This does not include obstetric, cardiac or stroke patients. READ MORE 


 Top Employers In Bladen County

With Bladen County unemployment running among the highest in North Carolina our local industries are providing much needed jobs for thousands of Bladen County citizens. In the past most of our employment was connected, in some way, to agriculture and small manufacturing.

Not so this year. This year’s top 10 employers are more diversified.  READ MORE 



 Give to your favorite Charity today

By: Erin Smith

Today is #GivingTuesday. A day that is set aside for giving to ones favorite charity, helping a family in need, cleaning a neighbor’s leaves, simply making a financial contribution to such organizations as the food bank. READ MORE


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 Thoughts While Shaving 

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Today, we in Bladen County and North Carolina begin a new election for leaders of our county, state and nation.  If all begins with the filing for political offices at the county, state and national level.

If you have a better plan about how to do ‘our’ business at any level, filing begins at high noon (12 PM) at the Bladen County Board of Elections.

Place your name on the ballot, travel the area, tell your story and see how voters react.  If you receive the most votes, you have a seat at the table, where decisions are made about how Bladen County will spend about $40 million annually. READ MORE 

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on December 1

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature        81 degrees            1982

Lowest Temperature         20 degrees            1976

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                      1.92 inches            1974

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 64 degrees (1:00 AM)

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 Illnesses fill emergency department and beds at SRMC

Emergency services staff at Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center are urging the public to visit their family physicians or use local clinics for all health conditions not requiring emergency care.  Currently all staffed beds at Southeastern Regional Medical Center are occupied and patients seeking admission are facing delays. The medical center activated diversion mode earlier today due to filled capacity. This does not include obstetric, cardiac or stroke patients.  READ MORE 

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 This Day in History for December 1

This Day In History1750 – First school in America to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland.

1831 – Erie Canal closes for entire month due to weather.

1835 – Hans Christian Anderson publishes his 1st book of fairly tales.

1843 – 1st chartered mutual life insurance company opens.

1868 – John D. Rockefeller begins anti oil war.

1878 – 1st White House telephone installed.  READ MORE 

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Candidates set to file for office Tuesday

By: Erin Smith

Tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 1) will be the first day candidates can sign up to seek elected office.

Local offices as well as state and some federal offices will be up for grab including the office of the President of the United States.

In Bladen County, two countywide commissioners seats currently held by Michael Cogdell, Jimmie Smith and Billy Ray Pait are available. The seat for County Commissioner District 1 held by Dr. Delilah Blanks and County Commissioner District 2 held by Daniel Dowless, County Commissioner District 3 held by Wayne Edge. READ MORE

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 Bladen County helicopter assists in Columbus County Search

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By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office helicopter assisted the Columbus County Emergency services during a search of Inman Lake near Whiteville for a Lumberton man who fell into the lake on Saturday.

“The helicopter flew over the lake for about an hour on Sunday but didn’t find anything,” said Bladen County Emergency Manager Bradley Kinlaw. READ MORE 

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 Elizabethtown Christmas Parade kicks off Christmas shopping season

By: Erin Smith

The Elizabethtown Christmas Parade was held on Sunday afternoon under warm, sunny skies, as Santa arrived to the delight of many children.

Folks young and old alike, lined the sidewalks along Broad and Poplar streets to catch a glimpse of classic cars, fire engines, and of course the arrival of Santa. READ MORE


 Fire fighters, law enforcement personnel learn how to track lost folks

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By: Erin Smith

Members of law enforcement, fire service and emergency management crews all met at the Bladen County Law Enforcement Training Center at White Lake for a man tracking class.

Instructor Gary Turlington said when law enforcement and fire personnel receive a civil or amber alert this class gives them some experience with the terrain and the fundamentals to know what to do.  READ MORE 


 Bladen Commissioners announce new DHHS director

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By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners named Scott D. Lenhart as the new director of the Bladen County Health and Human Services department in a special called meeting on Monday.

The DHHS agency consists of both the health department and department of Social Services.

Chairman Charles Ray Peterson told those in attendance following a brief closed session that the matter did not require an actual vote but rather the board’s consent. READ MORE 

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Dr. O. Alton Hester was the guest speaker at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.

Governor Jim Hunt bestowed volunteer awards to Bladen County citizens Docia Bryan, James Monroe, Edgar Stevens and Mildred McKoy.

A shark tooth, believed to be 2-6 million years old, was discovered in Bladen County.

After 5 1/2 years as District Court Judge, Frank Grady has announced that he would not seek that office again.

A deer virus that has plagued Bladen County’s deer population has appeared to have run it’s course. READ MORE


By Brenda Brown

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For many of us, preparing for winter involves pulling out heavy coats from the closet and making sure our vehicle is ready for intense weather. Whether your winter brings snow, ice, or flooding, you need to be prepared. READ MORE

Bladen County’s Claire Parrish on NC Spin 

Bladen County Clarie Parrish on NC SpinNC Spin is a PBS show featuring un-rehearsed discussions on interests in North Carolina. The NC Spin show aired on Sunday, November 29th the featured 4-H youth leaders. One of those leaders was Elizabethtown resident, Claire Parrish, a senior at West Bladen High School.

Questions about the Millennial generation in general, their political views, education, and what are the biggest issues facing North Carolina are some of the topics covered in the discussion.  READ MORE 


Bladen Online’s Week in Review: November 22-28

Week In ReviewIt was a week to give thanks, and folks in Bladen County did just that. Some made sure everyone had a chance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal by volunteering to help. Regardless of the problems we have, we all have many things for which to be thankful, and Bladen Countians showed it Thursday.

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Bladenboro’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

By: Johnny Anderson

Bladenboro EntranceBladenboro – The Town of Bladenboro will hold its annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday night, December 4th at 6:00 pm in downtown Bladenboro.

According to Don White,  President of Boost the “Boro, Inc., “This is an all voluntary effort that has become an annual tradition in the town of Bladenboro for many years now and is held on the eve of the annual Bladenboro  READ MORE

 Pvt. Cromartie graduates at Fort Jackson

Pvt. Jaqual A. Cromartie, son of Tracy Wooten of Clarkton, recently graduated from Army Reserve basic combat training at Fort Jackson, SC.He is a 2015 graduate of East Bladen High School.

Bladen Online By the Numbers: November 22-28 HitsHolidays and news Web sites usually aren’t good partners. Such was the case for Bladen Online as we — readers and staff — spent time giving thanks for our good fortune. We don’t blame you. And Bladen Online has so much to be thankful for as we begin the holiday season.

As for the numbers, page views for the week of Nov. 22-28 were 69,233 and visits were 12,285, according to Google Analytics. MOST READ STORIES


Lu Mil Christmas Light Show opens to great attendance

By: Erin Smith

Folks lined up Saturday at Lu Mil Vineyard near Dublin to get a look at the 8th annual Christmas Light Show. The well attended first night has become an annual holiday tradition for folks far and wide including those who reside in Bladen County.

The trees and shrubbery were decked in lights that twinkled and danced to the beat of festive Christmas music.

The light show featured an array Santas including Santa on a tractor, Santa in a helicopter, snowmen families, deer, all manner of Christmas trees and toy soldiers, to name just a few decorations one will see. READ MORE  

 Community Joins together for Thanksgiving Feasts in Bladen County 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM BLADENONLINE.COMThis past Thanksgiving Day gave community members the opportunity to join together to offer a place to gather and give thanks.  Many area churches, team members, the Ruritan Club of White Oak, and many volunteers, all did their part to offer free Thanksgiving meals.  READ MORE 


 Bladenboro Police Chief announces Christmas for Kids kick off

Bladenboro Christmas for the Children kicks offThe holidays are fast approaching. Chief Hunt, Police Chief of Bladenboro announced this week it is time for the Police Department’s “Christmas for Kids program.”

According to Hunt the Police Department will be taking 15 less fortunate children shopping for the holidays and they need donations for this worthy and fulfilling cause.

Hunt said, “The children are selected by the staff members of the Bladenboro Primary School.  READ MORE 


Graham presents research

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Mēki Jacobs Graham, DNP, NP-C, Lower Cape Fear Hospice nurse practitioner for Bladen and Columbus counties, recently presented research findings at UNCW’s Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Day. Her research focused on behavioral intentions of rural community healthcare providers when making patient referrals for hospice care.

Stores, shoppers preparing for Small Business Saturday

By Erin Smith

SS_Clean_15degR_Blue Shoppers are gearing up and getting their Christmas lists ready to continue their shopping on Small Business Saturday and to enjoy the Christmas Parade on Sunday.

“Small Business Saturday is now recognized nationally. It is day set aside to promote shopping at small businesses in your community,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard.  READ MORE

Open Enrollment for Obamacare 2016 started November logoWhile many folks are now shopping for the holidays the healthcare marketplace, also known as Obamacare has opened for enrollment for 2016.

According to officials the federal healthcare marketplace saw almost 550,000 people sign up for health insurance plans in the first week of open enrollment for 2016 with one-third of the shoppers being new to The other two-thirds of the folks renewed and updated coverage for this year. READ MORE


Danaher employees give to local food bank

Danaher gives to Bladen County Food BankThanksgiving is a holiday celebrated to give thanks for all we are grateful for in life. Danaher employees took it a step further and wanted to help feed folks in need this season.

The employees of Danaher joined together and collected food that are staples at any Thanksgiving feast and then contributed them to Open Door Ministries food pantry. READ MORE

Commissioners Schedule Special Meeting

Bladen County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting Monday, November 30, 2015 regarding the appointment of a Consolidated Human Services Agency Director.

Cris Harrelson resigned the position several weeks ago to accept a similar position in Brunswick County.

The meeting will be held in the Commissioner’s Room on the lower level of the courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC.

Health Insurers to Rebate $8.5 Million in North Carolina

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced that almost $8.5 million in rebates is to be issued to approximately 162,000 health insurance policyholders in North Carolina as a result of the federal 80/20 rule.

The 80/20 Medical Loss Ratio Rule requires insurers in the individual and small group markets to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care and activities that improve the quality of health care, and no more than 20 percent on administrative costs. In the large group market, insurers must spend at least 85 percent of premiums on health care and quality improvements.  READ MORE 

If You’re Not Wearing Your Seatbelt This Thanksgiving, Expect to Pay a Fine

RALEIGH – It is no secret that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays with people visiting their families to enjoy food and fellowship. Increased traffic leads to a greater potential for more danger on the roads. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is reminding people, don’t be a turkey, stay safe and buckle up – every seat – every time. It’s the law.

“Whether you’re driving to the grocery store a mile away or your grandparents’ house across the country,” Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program added, “please buckle up in every seat this Thanksgiving, and every time you’re on the road.”  READ MORE

Home From The Hunt™: Make Safety a Priority this Holiday Season

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2015) – For many North Carolinians, hunting is as much a holiday tradition as carving the turkey and wrapping presents. With this in mind, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign reminds anyone planning a hunting trip during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting,” said Darrin Ball, the state’s southern mountain district hunter education coordinator. “With all the excitement surrounding the holidays, it’s important to make safety a big part of your planning.”

Ball advised:

  • Go back to basics — review hunter education training and equipment instructions.


Bladen County to offer Child Support Amnesty Day on Dec. 8

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County will have a Child Support Amnesty Day on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. The event is a collaborative effort between the Bladen County Department of Social Services Child Support Division, Johnson Law Firm, and the Bladen County Courts.

“It was Judge Scott Ussery’s idea,” said Child Support Supervisor Martha Howe.

She said that Ussery talked about the idea when they were in court recently.  READ MORE  

Stores gearing up to offer Black Friday deals

By: Erin Smith

Black-Friday Folks are getting their Christmas shopping lists written and checking them twice as stores are gearing up for a busy Black Friday.

In Bladen County, Bladen Builders Supply, Fishers Mens Shop and Ladies Shop, Big Blue Store and Leinwand’s Department Store all have specials planned for their shoppers beginning Friday morning and continuing through the weekend. READ MORE 

Keeping Blood Sugar Normal During the Holidays

By: Sandra Cain

Sandra CainThe change in normal routines and the availability of holiday goodies can make this a difficult time of year for diabetics to keep their blood sugar levels under control.  With proper meal planning and attention to exercise, diabetic family members can enjoy traditional holiday meals with the rest of the family.

Diabetes is a fast growing, chronic disease that strikes anybody, including children.  Diabetes is classified as either Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 diabetics can’t produce insulin, while Type 2 refers to those who can produce some insulin, but their body can’t use it properly. Type 2 is the most common form of the disease.

Foods are turned into glucose that the body uses for energy.  READ MORE  

Chamber announces winners of Chamber of Commerce Holiday Decorating Contest

By: Erin Smith

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The Ladies’ Shop wins first place

The winners of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Display Contest were announced on Wednesday morning. The first place winner was Fisher’s Ladies Shop with a theme of “Fisher’s Frock Farm.”

The winner received a first place ribbon, a gift basket, articles in the local media, and two free lunches and will be recognized at the next Chamber luncheon meeting. READ MORE

Bladen Road Update: Kenneth Clark, NCDOT

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, road maintenance / construction activities will cease other than the US 701 / NC 87 project.  As a result, there are no road closures or additional lane closures planned until Monday of next week.  The Elwell Ferry does remain closed due to extremely high water.  A list of upcoming closings for next week are as follows: READ MORE 

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Low Income logo for North CarolinaThe Low Income Energy Assistance Program or LIEAP begins December 1, 2015.   Applications will be accepted for households that have a member age 60 and above or disabled person(s) receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services.

Beginning January 4, 2016, provided funds are still available all other household may apply for assistance. READ MORE

Tobacco referendum passes by wide margin

North Carolina tobacco growers voted overwhelmingly Nov. 19 to continue a self-assessment that raises funds to support tobacco-related research and extension efforts of N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the N.C. Tobacco Foundation announced.

Under the Tobacco Research Check-Off, started 24 years ago, producers decide whether to assess 10 cents per 100 pounds of flue-cured and burley tobacco sold. READ MORE 

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By: Erin Smith

This week’s trending articles once more include the latest news regarding the search for those responsible for the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, France; college athletes using social media to connect with fans; refugee policy discussions, and articles that marvel at the comeback of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Champion Kyle Busch, to name a few things. READ MORE 


Golden Leaf

DUBLIN – The Golden LEAF Foundation has selected scholarship winners for the Fall 2015 semester at Bladen Community College. Pictured here from left to right are EMT-Paramedic student Angela Stone, Nurse Aide II student Charlotte Britt READ MORE

Kiwanian Michael Aycock making a world of a difference

Michael Aycock presented with the Walter Zeller FellowshipThere was a special honor bestowed at the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet Tuesday evening. Kiwanian Michael Aycock was recognized for his achievement of the Walter Zeller Fellowship. 

The award was given for Aycock’s generous contribution in helping The Elimination Project rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus.  READ MORE 

Celebrating Agriculture at Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet

The Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown was packed full, Tuesday evening for the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet. 

The banquet is held every year to help celebrate National Farm-City Week and the partnerships between rural and urban communities. This year the nationally recognized week is November 23rd through November 27th. 

Sandra Cain, County Extension Director of Bladen County Cooperative Extension, explained the reason for the celebration best when she said, “As wise stewards and innovative entrepreneurs, our dedicated farmers improve our well being by working to ensure a healthy and abundant food and fiber supply.  READ MORE 

Woody White will not run for Congress

Woody White for CongressWilmington attorney Woody White announced Tuesday that he will not seek the congressional seat currently held by Rep. David Rouzer (R).  He had announced earlier that he was considering a re-run for the US House of Representatives.

He lost in a three way race in the 2014 Republican primary.  Rouzer received 53 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for White.  Chris Andrade received 7 percent.  READ MORE



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DUBLIN – The North Carolina Board of Nursing has approved the implementation of a pathway for Licensed Practical Nurses to meet admission requirements and transition into the Registered Nurse program at Bladen Community College.

LPNs will now have the opportunity to take N214 in the summer of 2016 and merge with the senior Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students in the last year of an ADN program. READ MORE 

 Elizabethtown Council mulling free Wi-Fi service, Voice your opinion


By: Erin Smith

ELIZABETHTOWN – The town of Elizabethtown is considering adding Wi-Fi service to the Cape Fear Farmers Market.  The item will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the town council’s next meeting.

Town Manager Eddie Madden said the service, if approved by the town council at their December meeting, will be free to the public.  READ MORE  


Bladenboro Christmas Parade Marching in town soon

By: Joy Warren

John Randleman Bladenboro Parade MarshallWhat started out as a parade for a troupe of Brownie Scouts 42 years ago, has now evolved into a much anticipated event of the Christmas season.   Amanda Sykes, Chair of the Bladenboro Christmas Parade was one of those excited Brownie Scouts at the first parade.  She stated her mother, Sue Thompson Galloway and Jane Walters started the parade for the girls and continue to serve a vital role on the parade committee. READ MORE


BCC Offers Community Service Learning OpportunitiesBladen Community College

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is offering community service courses for personal interest and growth.

Cake Decorating will be offered on Tuesdays from November 24 through December 1, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Bladenboro Community Building. READ MORE 

Bladen County Board of Elections approves hours for the One Stop voting sites for 2016Board of elections

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Wednesday morning and voted to approve hours for the One Stop voting sites for the 2016 Presidential Primary.

The NC Board of Elections must now approve the proposed schedule.

The cumulative number of hours for the 2016 Election for the sites will be 298 hours, one- half hour less than the 2014 primary election. READ MORE 

Batting Camp set for Saturday, Dec. 19

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Recreation Department in conjunction with the Grand Slam Batting Cage will sponsor a Hitting Camp on Saturday, Dec. 19. The event will be held at the Grand Slam Batting Cage located at 404 4th Street, Bladenboro.

Registration for the hitting camp is now open and the cost to attend the camp is $40 per hitter and lunch will be provided and campers will receive a hitting camp T-shirt. READ MORE


4-H Toy Drive


By: Erin Smith

The members of the 4-H in Bladen County are holding their second annual Christmas Toy Drive. Toys will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 4, at the Bladen County 4-h office located in the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Service Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Last year, the 4-Hers collected 70 toys and gifts. This year they hope to collect even more toys and games, said Stacie Kinlaw, 4-H youth development coordinator. READ MORE 


Jones Lake Releases the Nature Programs for November and December

Wearing blaze orange required of hunters during gun seasons

Festival of Trees supports nonprofit hospice

Chamber holds Holiday Window/Store Display Contest

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