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Impressive Knight, Macon Hammond

It’s been quite an impressive collegiate year for West Bladen graduate Macon Hammond.  Macon is a rising senior at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount where he has collected several awards and honors this year.  To begin, he has been selected twice as one of eight graduation ceremony Marshals due to his academic achievement.  He is extremely active with the inner workings of his school where he serves as an Ambassador–meeting, greeting, and explaining the advantages of attending Wesleyan to prospective students.  Macon says, “It’s important that students have a clear understanding of the school they choose before making a commitment.  A well-informed student has a much better opportunity at success.”  His efforts have translated into several rising freshmen selecting and attending NCWC. 

Because of its small size, the staff and faculty are tied closely to the student body.   READ MORE

The land of wolves

Jefferson-WeaverBy: Jefferson Weaver

The boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air.

The boy had about a dollar, and he knew he could get a Coke on ice and have some change left. He was hot, his feet hurt from his cowboy boots, and the restaurant was busy. The waitress was in the middle of the mill lunch period, and didn’t have time for a dusty boy. The boy waited patiently. He wasn’t scared, because he knew who to ask for help as soon as the man came through the door.

The cadaverously thin police sergeant with white Elvis hair sat down beside him. “Hot, ain’t it?”
“Yessir. Can you call my dad?”

The cop looked at him sideways. “You run away from home, boy?”

“No, sir,” the boy said. “My daddy always said, if I ever need help, find a policeman.”

He went on to explain that he had caught a ride to a friend’s house on the edge of town, but no one was home. He lived in the next town over, so he walked to the diner, the only other place he knew was open, since the barbershop was closed on a Wednesday.  READ  MORE  

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 26
Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature    96 degrees        2011
Lowest Temperature    45 degrees         1979
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                 3.68 inches         1969
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 85 degrees
This Day in History–May 26
This Day In HistoryBy: Robert G. Hester
1647—Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony.
1647—Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
1781—Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia.
1805—Lewis & Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains.
1861—US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South.
1869—Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1887—Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state.  READ MORE 


Five tips to help you get through the heat

Healthworks Fitness and Wellness

Summer is finally here and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness wants to you help you beat the heat while exercising.  The hotter temperatures can feel overwhelming. Any exercise may feel harder in the heat. Here are five tips to help you get through the heat.

  1. Don’t be ridged about your work out time. Before you make your plan to work out, check the weather report. Earlier in the day or later in the evening may bring ease to your routine.
  2. Don’t let the rain stop you. Try working out when it rains as long as it’s not thundering and lighting. No one needs to be out in bad weather, but if it’s sprinkling it may bring a new experience for you to enjoy.
  3. Don’t get too hot. There are other alternatives when the temps are too high. Exercise at the gym, find a shaded trail, or hit the pool. There are plenty of choices out there for physical fitness activities.  READ MORE  

Breakfast with the Congressman

David RouserThe Elizabethtown – White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting “Breakfast with the Congressman” on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 am at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. Congressman Rouzer will be answering questions from the public. 
Robin Summerlin, Chamber of Commerce Board Member reported, “Everyone is invited. It is not a fundraiser.  It’s a chance to talk with him.”
The breakfast tickets will be $15 per ticket and on sale at the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce office through Executive Director, Dawn Maynard. READ MORE 
Thoughts While Shaving
Thoughts While ShavingHappy Memorial Day 2015.
Be safe in your travels and thank a vet.
 For many, this is a day off the normal routine, maybe one of millions traveling our highways or using other forms of transportation…but for others, just another workday…..
Looking ahead this week….some of the activities planned:
Tuesday, May 28
“Breakfast with the Congressman”, sponsored by the White Lake area Chamber of Commerce will be held at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church at 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast  tickets are $15 each.
Wednesday, May 27
Summer registration at Bladen Community College….(see BladenOnline ad for details)
Thursday, May 28….
Bladen County Commissioners and the Board of Education will meet together to discuss budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.  The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC.  READ MORE  

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This Day in History

By: Robert G. Hester

This Day In History1721—John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent.

1738—A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War
with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.

1793—Father Stephen Theodore Badin is 1st US Roman Catholic priest

1844—1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot.

1898—1st US troops transport to Manila leaves San Francisco.  READ MORE


Remember the Fallen

By: Charlotte Smith

Memorial DayMemorial Day, is the annual day we dedicate to the memory of soldiers who have fallen in our nation’s military service. War is a horrible consequence we must engage in occasionally when faced with armed conflict. Our soldiers bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect our lives. Unfortunately, we have lost far too many soldiers in the pursuit of protecting our way of life.

For many people, Memorial Day is just an extended weekend with barbeques and bathing suits. The holiday should be celebrated with fun activities, but I also hope you take time out to recognize the courageous men and women who’ve fought and died in service for our great nation. The thought of their great sacrifice made by our brave soldiers and their families is humbling. Our fallen soldiers are truly heroes deserving to be honored.  


Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 25

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature    95 degrees        2011

Lowest Temperature     44 degrees        1967

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                2.33 inches        2003

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 82 degrees.

7 Day Forecast 

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Sunday Salute: Joe Kelly Syfrett Sr. was generous, ran catfish farm – Fayetteville Observer 

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Bladen VFW distribute poppies
VFW Post 8062 members Willard Storms, Oliver Gause and Toji King
distributed poppies at Walmart on Saturday.  Robert Hester, Wallace
McQueen and James Lane manned a table at the Tractor Supply Store.  

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The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy

This is the story of how the red field poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance.

From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war.

Yet the scope of the poppy and its connection with the memory of those who have died in war has been expanded to help the living too.  READ MORE    

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Ways to Promote Better Health

For Better Living

Sandra CainBy: Sandra R. Cain

The link between diet and health is important. Food alone cannot make
you healthy. But good eating habits, based on variety and moderation,
can help keep you healthy and even improve your health. Good eating
habits include knowing how to prepare and select foods that fit into the
Dietary Guidelines.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that we eat less fat, sugar
and salt and more complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and fiber.
One way to help meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines is to
modify our recipes and methods of food preparation. This is relatively
easy because many recipes are higher in fat, sugar and salt than is
needed for good flavor and quality.

*Tips for Healthy Modifications*  READ MORE  

Dining Out: Dowless & Co. serves up country classics 

Bladen County Mourns the Loss of a Hero, Dr. Robert L. Summerlin

Dr. Robert L. Summerlin passed away yesterday, May 22nd, according to Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home, arrangements are incomplete at this time. Born in September of 1928, Dr. Summerlin, was a blessing to Bladen County.  

Recently, Dr. Summerlin was honored at the Cape Fear Valley Ground Breaking Ceremony, where he was in attendance. Dr. Summerlin was presented with a plaque for the legacy he had built in Bladen County. At the event, Pastor Cameron McGill of Dublin First Baptist Church, helped honor Dr. Summerlin.  McGill said, “He could have gone many places, but chose to invest his life here in this community.  We are grateful for Dr. Summerlin and look forward to seeing his name honored.”

Today, our community is in mourning of the loss of a great hero, doctor, friend, and loved one.  READ MORE 

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Free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists in Bladen County

There will be a free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists Desiring To Safely Enter the Entertainment Industry, today, May 23, at 2:00 pm at the Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown. The RPA of Bladen Couunty & Talent Inc wants to educate aspiring performing artist’s of the skills needed for a favorable interview with Top Agents, Casting Directors, and Record Label Representatives in the Entertainment Industry.

At the end of the workshop, participants are welcome to audition for a chance to interview one on one with Top Agents and Record Labels, attend Master Workshops by the Top Agents, and perform in a National Showcase.

Option to train for Acting for TV/Film, Modeling for Print and Runway, and Private Instrumental Lessons in Violin and Piano is available, but in no way mandatory to enjoy and participate in our periodic free educational workshops.  READ MORE  

Pushing Back the Dark Was a Success in Bladen County

By: Charlotte Smith

The bleachers were almost full at the Elizabethtown Middle School Football Field last night for the “Pushing Back the Dark” event organized by the Bladen Baptist Association. Different Bladen County churches had tents set up offering food and goodies, the Four Points North band from Lumberton, and the Divine band, from Pembroke, kept the crowd moving and entertained to Christian music, while Pastor Ken Freeman brought a touching testimony.

After a fun game of “Simon Says” to get everyone’s attention, Pastor Ken Freeman started with the statement, “You’re always one choice away from a different life.”

Ken gave some statistics; 19 million kids in America have never seen their real dad, every six minutes someone is murdered, every seven minutes a woman is raped. Ken said, “You have to be careful who you look to, you have got to be careful who you listen to”.  READ MORE 


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11-Year-Old Boy Held Salute For One Hour On This Beach

In June 2014, an 11-year-old boy visited Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. As part of the boy’s personal project, titled “Project Vigil,” this little boy spent four days teaching visitors and tourists about three paratroopers who had been buried in the American Cemetery.

During the official D-Day celebration, local police didn’t allow the boy to enter the cemetery in his WWII-style uniform. So the boy took his American flag down to Omaha Beach and planted it in the sand. Staring out at the ocean, the little boy wanted to thank all the Americans who died 70 years earlier in the fight against fascism and evil. READ MORE  

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Water, Water Everywhere…So Put Safety First!

Safe Kids North Carolina offers tips to reduce child drownings in all bodies of water.

RALEIGH — Safe Kids North Carolina, a statewide program, led by the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal, is reminding parents and caregivers about important safety tips in an effort to reduce child drownings, near-drownings and entrapments in swimming pools, spas and other bodies of water.

“With the approach of the holiday weekend, many families will be drawn to activities near water,” said Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, chair of Safe Kids North Carolina. “We want parents and caregivers to be particularly cautious and take steps to avoid any potential tragedies.” READ MORE

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Busy Boost the Boro

By: Johnny Anderson

Boost the ‘Boro members welcome their new slate of officers for 2015, duly elected at their recent monthly meeting.  A large turn out of members elected Don White as President, along with Shane Todd as Vice President. Joyce Walters was elected to the position of Secretary and Pat Hasbrouck was elected as the Treasurer. Three members were elected as Board Members at Large.  They are Claudette Guy, Tom Lancaster and Rebecca Hester.

The coming year promises to be an active one, as much is in the discussion stages.  The Spring Celebration, a chicken dinner, is planned for June 6, 2015, from 4 – 7 PM.  The price is $7.00 per plate with desert available.  READ MORE

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4-Hers Compete in Regional Chicken Show

A&TOn May 14, 2015, the soccer field at Bladen County Parks and Recreation on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown was converted to a show field for the evening. A show for chickens! We had forty-five youth ages 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the region come out to show their hens and broilers that they have been raising and caring for over the last few months.

In order to participate, the youth had to register in January through their school FFA advisor or their 4-H or Livestock Agent through NC Cooperative Extension. They had to choose whether they wanted to raise laying hens or broilers. At least two required trainings were provided in each county to teach the youth about proper care, bio-security, showmanship techniques, record keeping, and more. READ MORE

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Democrats schedule meeting

Please take notice that the Bladen County Democratic Party will have a
scheduled meeting to make appointments and conduct business on Saturday,
June 6, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse Superior
Courtroom. All Democrats are urged to attend. Precinct chairs and members
of the County Executive Committee should be in attendance.


Space Still Available for Women-Only Fly-Fishing Workshop in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — Space remains for a one-day fly-fishing workshop for women only at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center on June 13, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The fly-fishing workshop is part of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Becoming An Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. Fly-fishing workshop participants will receive hands-on instruction from experienced instructors on the basics of fly fishing, including casting, knots and fly tying. After learning the basics, participants will test their new skills by fishing for largemouth bass and bluegill on two ponds at the center.

Participants should bring sunscreen, insect repellant, comfortable clothing and footwear. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. A registration fee of $20 covers rods, reels and all equipment, as well as lunch, drinks and snacks. Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information is available by contacting Gillen at 919-218-3638 or READ MORE 

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Governor Proclaims Hurricane Preparedness Week

Raleigh, N.C. – Memorial Day weekend is North Carolina’s unofficial kickoff to summer, but it also marks the beginning of hurricane season. Governor Pat McCrory has declared May 24-30, 2015 as Hurricane Preparedness Week and is encouraging residents to update their emergency plans and supply kits. Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November.

“It’s never too early to prepare for hurricanes and severe storms,” Governor McCrory said. “We have already had our first storm of the season when Tropical Storm Ana moved through in early May and last year Hurricane Arthur made landfall in our state July 3rd.” READ MORE 

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This Teacher’s Contract From 1923 Will Make You Really Glad The Feminist Movement Happened

Click here to see the contract

There is an old teacher’s contract circulating wildly around Facebook this week. It’s a contract from 1923, and it outlines all of the guidelines a female teacher must follow to keep her job. All the guidelines pertain to her physical appearance and how she spends her personal time. Well, almost all of them — there’s also something about keeping the classroom clean.

Not to keep the company of men, not to drink beer, wine or whiskey, not to dye hair, not to dress in bright colors, not to smoke cigarettes — the entire contract covers what the teacher should look like and how she should behave. Not one mention of anything pertaining to her actual job — except that she has to be sure to clean and scrub the classroom floor and blackboard. I’m pretty sure the phrase, You’ve come a long way, baby was uttered for the first time after someone unearthed this contract.

So we can see that our amazing ability to overlook a woman’s skills and focus on the way she looks has deep roots in this country. Great.  READ MORE 

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UNC Wilmington Dean’s List, Bladen County
Tyler Blake Bennett       
Kenneth Austin Brown  
Harley Olivia Cox           
Jenna Brooke Hathcock
Hillary Morgan Johnson
Brittany Priest Lindsay
Kayla Marie Thompson READ MORE

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors will meet Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., Cooperative Extension Kitchen, Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center, Elizabethtown For additional information call 910-862-3179, Opt. 3

Bladen County Road Closure Update Ken Clark NCDOT


SR 1179 (Bryant Swamp Road) is open.
NC 131/242/410 (Main Street – Bladenboro) is open.

CLOSURES: There are no road closures in Bladen County and none are planned until
next Tuesday when we will close SR 1136 (White-McEwen) at the CSX
railroad. READ MORE

Bladen County Volunteer Fire Departments receive grants

By: Robert G. Hester

Bladen County Volunteer Fire Departments have received grants totaling $178,170 from the North Carolina Fire Marshall’s office.
State Fire Marshall Wayne Goodwin is responsible for distributing the funds paid by NC licensed insurance company’s on property insurance from the Gross premiums
The purpose of the funds is to assist fire departments in purchasing equipment and to make capital expenditures.  Fire Departments must match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $30,000, unless the applicant receives less than fifty thousand dollars per year from municipal and county funding, in which case the applicant shall match one dollar for each three dollars of grant funds.
The eligibility criteria includes:
1. Population served is 12,000 or less  READ MORE  
Fallen but not Forgotten

Memorial DayMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. We want to help honor those that have fought and fallen protecting our country.

Please send any photos, stories of our heroes, or words honoring those men and women that died during their service to our country to We will publish these contributed photos and stories on our Lifestyles page. 


$30,000.00 Grant Awarded to Clarkton Fire Department

Clarkton EntranceRALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Clarkton Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina.

The check will be mailed to Fire Chief William Marsh to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

“I know the Clarkton Fire Department, will use this money to serve their community even better,” Goodwin added. “Thank you, Chief William Marsh, for all of your hard work and thanks to your dedicated staff.” READ MORE 

Elizabethtown Fire Department Responds to a structure fire on Sand Pit Rd.

ElizabethtownFireDepartmentlogoThe Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 234 Sand Pit Rd. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire showing from the rear of single family dwelling. After an initial scene size up by the fire department incident commander, it was determined that an offensive fire attack mode would be used.

No one was home at the time and no civilians were in danger. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire and contain the fire damage to the laundry room and kitchen. Firefighters reported the homes smoke detectors had activated and were sounding upon arrival. No injuries were reported.

Fire investigators determined the likely cause of the fire was due to lint build up in the homes dryer vent. The fire investigation pointed to the fire starting in the dryer vent and extended to the exterior of the home and burned its way into the attic space over the laundry room. From there the fire spread to the kitchen where it was extinguished by fire department personnel. Damage to the home was estimated at $30,000.00.READ MORE 

Wildlife Commission Schedules Deer-Management Forums

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionRALEIGH, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management in North Carolina. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from deer hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina. 

Wildlife Commission biologists will share a recently completed biological evaluation of the state’s deer herd, including the average ages of bucks and does harvested, the peak breeding dates, and the timing of the harvest. Discussion will include how each of these can play a role in determining the future of deer management in North Carolina as well as other topics of interest to deer hunters.

Commissioners and staff will welcome questions and discussion on the future of deer hunting and deer management in North Carolina. “White-tailed deer are the most popular hunted species in North Carolina, with more than 200,000 hunters annually taking to the field in pursuit of deer,” said Brad Howard, a wildlife biologist with the Commission. “The forums are excellent opportunities for North Carolinians to learn about deer in their respective parts of the state. READ MORE 

Mmmm, Mmmm, Bacon…

I don’t know about you, but I can eat bacon for breakfast every day for months before desiring a change of taste. Think of ham steaks, ham sandwiches, ham salad, or mmmm, pork chops. Who doesn’t enjoy some bacon bits crumbled over a fresh salad? How about a succulent and delicious pork tenderloin cooked on your outdoor grill?

Why all this talk about the mouth-watering pork products we love? Recently we have seen a number of pork farmers come under attack by environmental activists and plaintiff’s lawyers looking for a big pay day (for themselves) at the expense of family farmers. Our friends in the pork farming business tell us that these attacks are unjustified and based on misleading or outright false accusations. 

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Division of Water Resources has enforced the Federal Clean Water Act in this state since 1972, by strictly regulating the methods of managing animal manure on pork farms to ensure that ground water and surface water are not contaminated. READ MORE 

Special Called Board meeting

Board Of Education

A Budget Meeting is scheduled with the Bladen County Board of Education and the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, May 28th at 1:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Cooperative Extension Office, located at 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget issues. 

Pet Responsibility Team visits Animal Shelter


The Bladen County Animal Shelter had visitors from the Pet Responsibility Team at Elizabethtown Christian Academy on May 21st 2015. The group toured the shelter, gave treats to the dogs and visited our adoptable cat room. They brought bags that they prepared for the animals at adoption. The bags included treats, toys, pet 10 commandments list, and messages to the new adopter. I would like to thank the children as well as the teachers for taking the time to prepare these bags as well as thank them for coming to visit the animals today. 

$30,000.00 Grant Awarded to White Lake Fire Department

Town of White LakeRALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin
announced that the White Lake Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of NorthCarolina. 

The check will be mailed to Fire Chief Dale Brennan to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.

“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Commissioner Goodwin said. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely.” READ MORE

Americans for Tax Reform Support Rouzer’s IRS Bill

Rep David Rouzer

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) announced their support for Congressman Rouzer’s (NC-7) No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act (H.R. 1206).  This bill prohibits the hiring of additional IRS employees until the Secretary of the Treasury certifies that no employee of the IRS has a seriously delinquent tax debt.  “One would think that ‘willfully violating tax law’ would be a disqualifier for government work, especially at the IRS. Guess not,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform.  “I would like to thank Americans for Tax Reform for supporting this bill.  It’s time we hold the IRS to the same standards to which they hold taxpayers,” said Congressman Rouzer.

You Decide: Are There Timeless Rules for Investing?

By: Dr. Mike Walden

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

YouDecideThere’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me
about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a
question about gold, foreign currencies or even options. Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look at economic issues. But not so with investing – at least that’s my opinion.

Many argue the principles most people should use to guide their investments are timeless.What are these principles? Each academic and analyst has his or her own group. Mine includes six principles that I think are fairly representative of a logical approach to investing. Here they are. READ MORE

Commissioners/Board of Ed to Meet

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education will hold a Special Joint Meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 1 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget and capital needs related to Bladen County Schools.

The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC

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Chinese invest big bucks in North Carolina

A new report from the Rhodium Group, a group that keeps one of the most complete databases of Chinese foreign direct investment into the United States, indicates North Carolina is a huge recipient of investment dollars from that country.
Over $5 billion Chinese dollars have been invested in  North Carolina, third only to California and Texas.  Investments in those two states are also in the $5 billion range.  Illinois is fourth with $4 billion and New York is fifth with $3.8 billion.
Chinese companies employ 15,000 people in North Carolina, many of those in Bladen County. READ MORE

Senate approves captive deer bill

By Jefferson Weaver
Jefferson WeaverThe state moved a step closer to expanding captive deer farms Monday, as a proposal to move regulation of deer on hunting preserves from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture passed the senate.
Approved on a 44-2 vote, the changes are included in the N.C. Farm Bill for this session, which also loosens some livestock confinement operation waste rules, and opens up the state for production of eels. READ MORE

Rouzer Votes for Increased Innovation and Investments in the U.S.

David RouserWashington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rouzer (NC-7) released the following statement after the House passed the American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 880).   

“This bill lets innovative companies here in the United States and in Southeastern North Carolina continue to develop new technologies and create high-wage jobs,” said Congressman Rouzer.  “I was a proud co-sponsor of this bill because it provides much needed certainty and will enable businesses to make the long-term investments in Research & Development necessary to grow our economy.”

H.R. 880 makes the R&D Tax Credit permanent, paving the way for increased innovation and investment in the U.S.  The R&D credit generally allows taxpayers a 20 percent credit for qualified research expenses or a 14 percent alternative simplified credit (ASC).  Under current law, the research credit expires for amounts paid or incurred after December 31, 2014.


Filing Season for Municipal Elections is approaching

According to local election officials, filing for Municipal offices will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 and ends at 12 noon on Friday, July 17, 2015.

Election day will be November 3, 2015.
No town in the county holds a primary election, so its winner take all on Tuesday, November 3.
Other important dates to remember:
Friday, October 2, 2015…Voting by Mail begins for November Municipal,
Friday, October 9, 2015…Voter Registration deadline for November Municipal, 
Thursday, October 22, 2015…One Stop Early Voting begins for November Municipal,
Saturday, October 31, 2015…One Stop Early Voting Ends for November Municipal.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015..Election Day for November Municipal.
Seats open for the 2015 municipal election: READ MORE  

Start saving money on your prescriptions!

The NACo Prescription Discount Card is provided to you in a joint effort of your local county government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Any county resident without prescription coverage can use this program.

Even if you have prescription insurance coverage, you may still benefit from the discount card since it may save you money on prescriptions your existing plan does not cover. It’s easy to use. Simply print a card and present your discount card at a participating retail pharmacy along with your prescription(s), and save an average of 24 percent on your prescription drugs.

There are no limits on how many times the card can be used. You can use it for the whole family. Even use the card for your pets. If your pet is prescribed a medication that is also used for humans, ask your veterinarian for a prescription to use at a participating pharmacy. There are no claim forms to fill out and no membership fees. READ MORE 

Bladen County Government Financial Picture as of April 30, 2015

The 2014-2015 Fiscal Year ends June 30, 2015.  The Bladen County financial picture indicates Revenues and Expenditures are near budgeted numbers. Revenues are up slightly after 10 months of this fiscal year. Ad Valorem Property Taxes for the current year indicated $19,695,494 have been collected compared with $19,609,837 a year ago.  The budgeted amount for the current fiscal year is $19,561,137 which means over 100% has been collected.  That would include some delinquent taxes from previous years. READ MORE

A special gathering of angels

By: Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson WeaverUp and down the hallway, the guardian angels sat patiently waiting. What with the end of the school year, it was a busy time in the Injury Division.
A few looked up as Zacharias opened the door and limped in to the waiting area. He signed in and looked around. An older angel motioned him to an open space on the worn bench, and stuck out a hand.

“Howdy,” the older angel said. “I’m Mike.” “Call me Zack,” the younger angel said. Zack studied the older angel; one wing was obviously badly bent, and the other looked singed along the edges. His robes were tattered and stained. Zack decided that Mike had been there and done that since the Wars with the Fallen, way back in Genesis. READ MORE

BCC Small Business Center Offers Free Seminars

Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – During the month of June, the Small Business Center of Bladen Community College is offering seminars

Grant Writing 101 and 102 will be offered on Saturday, June 6, from 8:00 AM until 1:15 PM in Building 2, Room 202, on the main campus.

Improve Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is scheduled from 6:30-9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9, in Room 202 in Building 2 on the main campus.

Non-profit expert Sam Gore, will return to teach The Business Side of Operating a Faith-Based Organization, on Thursday, June 11, at 6:30-9:00 PM on the main campus in Building 2, Room 207. READ MORE


Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe East Coast Delta Wing Kite Championship was being held at White Lake. Bladen County Commissioners appointed Lex Jones to the position of Tax Collector for the county. Blue mold was reported in tobacco plant beds all over the county. White Lake Town Manager Jerry Register was fired by the town board. A rash of high winds and a tornado was reported in the county. White Lake Town Clerk Phyllis McKeithan resigned and Carolyn Lane was appointed acting clerk.

Highway Patrol Urges Motorists to Use Caution during the Memorial Day Holiday

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. The holiday officially kicks off the summer vacation season in North Carolina. Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 264 fatal collisions and more than 9,169 injury collisions during the summer months.

The Memorial Day holiday is expected to be a busy one. The holiday weekend officially begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 22, and ends at midnight, Monday, May 25. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 20 fatal collisions and more than 349 injury-related collisions during the Memorial Day weekend. READ MORE 

Groups claimed to help cancer patients but pocketed 85% of donations

Raleigh: Four phony charities that claimed to fight cancer allegedly took $187 million in donations, including $1 million from consumers in North Carolina, but did little or nothing to help cancer victims, Attorney General Roy Cooper and Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall announced Tuesday.

“Donations should go to help people in need, not line fundraisers’ pockets,” Cooper said. “When contributions to charity are wasted and misused, people in need suffer and consumers lose confidence in helping others. We’re cracking down to protect consumers from fraudulent charities and restore their trust in legitimate ones.” READ MORE

We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Finance Director

Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing the position, the salaries, the population of the counties and any other compensation that goes with that position. This week we look at County Finance Directors. READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Members and Civilians Promoted in Ceremony

The Honorable J. Douglas McCullough of the North Carolina Court of Appeals administered the Oath of Office to 28 members of the State Highway Patrol who were being promoted in a ceremony at Summit Church in Raleigh, May 18. Twelve SHP civilians were also promoted and recognized.

M.B. Davis and E.T. Brown were promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Troop B, District 2, Clinton.

Thomas E. Cooper III’s new rank is ABS in the Radio/Automotive section. He was assigned to Elizabethtown.

Commander of the State Highway Patrol, Colonel Bill Grey, told those promoted, “Rest assured that while there is not a more challenging undertaking than being an outstanding leader, there is also nothing more rewarding.”

Experts Urge Caution as Mosquitoes and Ticks Return With a Vengeance


By: McDuffie Pest Control

Elizabethtown, NC – Although the atypical winter weather caused a slight delay to the start of pest season, several regions across the country are now reporting an increase in mosquito and tick activity. Dallas Hammond, McDuffie Pest Control’s first full time employee over 42 years ago is still a dedicated team member at the local pest control company. He wants to help get the word out about the increased tick and mosquito activity this year.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and McDuffie Pest Control are urging the public to take preventative measures against the health threats posed by these biting pests.

The NPMA recommends the following prevention tips to avoid the health threats associated with mosquitoes and ticks. READ MORE

MAY 17-23, 2015 is Emergency Medical Services Week

1-Bladen-County-Commissioners-The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted an Emergency Medical Services Week Proclamation and presented it to EMS Director David Howell at last night’s meeting. Howell was accompanied by representatives of the Bladen County EMS, Clarkton, Bladenboro, Tar Heel and Elizabethtown rescue squad members.

May 17th through May 23rd is the 41st Annual National Emergency Medical Services Week. The week’s objective is to bring together local communities and medical personnel and help publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.”

If you would like to send a public thank-you to a local EMS team member or if you would like to show your appreciation to the group as a whole, send us an email at We will publish any letters of gratitude on our Lifestyles page.  Bladen County EMS Week Proclamation


Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” Enforcement and Education Campaign Kicks Off Monday, May 18, 2015

Greensboro – The Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) launched its Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” education and enforcement campaign this morning. It runs through the Memorial Day holiday weekend, ending on May 31.

The kickoff event was held at the UNC-Greensboro campus, as GHSP Director Don Nail, Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes, and UNCG Chief of Police James Herring were the featured speakers. The event was held in Guilford County as incentive to increase seat belt usage in the area. The county-wide driver and passenger seat belt usage rate in the 2014 seat belt survey was 88.4 percent, two points below the statewide average. READ MORE 

 Asbury Carbons, Inc. Selects North Carolina for New Facility

Raleigh, N.C.— Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Asbury Carbons, Inc. will locate a new facility in Robeson County. The move will create 25 new jobs during the next three years with a company investment of more than $8 million in Lumberton.

“Asbury Carbons chose North Carolina because of our state’s excellent access to both rail and ports, particularly in Robeson County,” said Governor McCrory. “Asbury is a family business with an international reach. It concluded North Carolina provided the strategic location that would allow the company to grow and thrive in the 21st century.”

Asbury Carbons, Inc. is a 119-year-old family managed business based in Asbury, New Jersey. The business processes graphite and other carbons, minerals and materials. Asbury supplies its products to a wide-range of industries such as brake lining manufacturers, ceramics manufacturers, LED manufacturers and others. It has six locations in the United States, and one each in Canada, Mexico and the Netherlands. READ MORE

Plans announced for Bladen Mission 2015

Bladen-Mission-FlyerPlans are underway for Bladen Mission 2015, an interdenominational mission project for all Junior and Senior High students in Bladen County.  The dates are June 14th through the 18th and adult volunteers are needed to assist. This year’s Mission Project will be headquartered at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Peanut Road, about 2 miles southwest of Elizabethtown and is a joint effort of numerous churches in the area; including Clarkton First Baptist, Clarkton Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Bladenboro, Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Galeed Baptist Church, Vertical Church and the Bladen Baptist Association. The Bladen Mission Project includes the owners of all 2015 work sites and organizations associated with the project. READ MORE

Date set for Bladen County Law Enforcement Golf Tournament

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Association has set a new date for their 1st Annual golf tournament. The date is Friday, June 5, 2015 at The Vineyard Golf Course at White Lake. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. A shotgun start begins at 8:30 a.m.

The tournament was originally scheduled for May 9th but was re-scheduled due to subtropical storm, Ana.

The cost remains the same, $50 per player. A meal will be served at noontime and there will be prizes awarded.

Everyone is invited to participate, questions should be directed to Atlas McVicker at 910-876-0917.

Aims to Help Travelers Save Time, Money over Memorial Day Weekend

RALEIGH – As families begin traveling this Memorial Day, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to help make their trips a little smoother. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.

NCDOT will put on hold most construction projects along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes from 4 p.m. on Friday, May 22, until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, with these exceptions:

U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) in Elizabeth City is reduced to one lane in each direction from Road Street to the Pasquotank River Bridge for resurfacing and construction of a new bridge;
U.S. 264 in Dare County will be reduced to one of two lanes controlled by temporary traffic signals in three locations for the replacement of three bridges. Lane closures are located between Stumpy Point and the Hyde County line. READ MORE


East Bladen High SchoolIt is hard to believe we have been out of school 20 years. Please make plans to catch up with long time friends at our reunion on August 8, 2015 at 5:30 in the evening at the Hilton in Wilmington, North Carolina. Registration can be done through until June 19th. For more information contact Arthur (Jason) Rich at Let me know if you need more information.


NC DHHS Encourages Vigilance to Prevent Rabies

RALEIGH, N.C. As warmer weather approaches, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health (DPH) encourages North Carolinians to be aware of their surroundings and take precautions while enjoying the North Carolina outdoors with family, friends and pets, to prevent the spread of rabies.

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, particularly mammals. In North Carolina, raccoons and bats serve as the source for most rabies viruses. These species may infect other animals such as skunks, red and gray foxes, coyotes, groundhogs and beavers. Any animal infected with rabies poses a human health risk. In 2014, there were more than 350 cases of animal rabies in North Carolina

“Rabies is a preventable disease,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Carl Williams. “To protect your loved ones, including your pets, make sure you take basic precautions when enjoying time outside this spring and summer”.

Steps you can take to protect yourself, loved ones and pets include:

  • Vaccinate your pets against rabies and keep the vaccinations current. North Carolina rabies law requires that all owned dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age.
  • Supervise pets outdoors, and keep all pets on a leash.  READ MORE

LCFH hosts Caregivers and Coffee meetings


Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host Caregivers and Coffee from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 2, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. Another meeting will be hosted from 11 a.m.-noon on Sept. 1.

Every day, staff and volunteers of Lower Cape Fear Hospice see the challenges faced by those caring for loved ones. Caregivers and Coffee was created to offer caregivers assistance and encouragement. Each month, LCFH will offer a Caregivers and Coffee session where caregivers can come, share their experiences, encourage each other and learn about valuable resources and support.

Meetings will be facilitated by hospice staff, but will also feature topics selected by the group, as well as visits from other community organizations. Caregivers and Coffee will include informal conversations, learning opportunities and free coffee. READ MORE

Thompson Reunion

The descendants of the Shade and Civil Thompson, and Jesse and Perci Boyette Thompson of Bladen County, will hold their family reunion on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building in Bladenboro, NC.

All descendants, family and friends are encouraged to attend and bring any photos you may have of the family past and present. Anyone attending needing more information may contact Ann Russell at 910-876-1746 or Pat Edge at 910-876-7144.  READ MORE

Be Aware! Kirby Van is not trying to sell vacuums

On Tuesday, March 17th we reported a Kirby van in Bladen County with about four or five representatives knocking on doors after 9 pm and acting suspicious. The phone number listed on the Kirby van went to the Kirby of Wilmington business. Since our article was published we have received more phone calls from Bladen County citizens and surrounding counties’ residents with concerns about the Kirby van representatives acting suspicious.

According to the owner of the Kirby of Wilmington, Oliver Morant, all the Kirby representatives have been pulled from Bladen County since the incident that happened in the Clarkton neighborhood. We have received reports the Kirby vans have been sited in Bladen County since March. We received a phone call from Mrs. Rosa White today stating a Kirby Van was back in the same Clarkton neighborhood.  READ MORE

Bladen schools to offer free summer meal program

BladenCountySchoollogoBladen County Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, according to a news release about the program.

The program will begin June 15 and end Aug. 14. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery, Dublin Primary, Elizabethtown Primary and East Arcadia Elementary.

For more information, contact Amy Stanley at 862-4136.

Bladen County Relay For Life 

Bladen-County-Relay-for-lifeThe Annual Relay for Life of Bladen County which was set to begin this Friday, May 8th at Elizabethtown Middle School Field, has been postponed due to expected inclement weather. The new date is tentatively set for Saturday, May 30th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fundraising all across Bladen County for this event has been on-going. Cakes and plates have been sold, and purple potties have been seen all over the community to help raise money for this worthy cause.

There will be a large variety of foods available; along with face painting, live music, bounce house fun and more,  to help in the fundraising and celebration. There are 34 teams and 351 participants registered for this year’s event according to the Relay For Life website.

Anyone who has heard the words, “You have cancer” will be honored this weekend along with their caregivers. There will be a Survivor’s lap to celebrate survivors’ victory over cancer. Caregivers will also participate in a lap so they may be honored for their support in the fight against cancer.  At 9pm there will be a Luminaria Ceremony to remember people who have fought the good fight against cancer. READ MORE

Released Time School Ministries Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run

5K fundraiserReleased Time School Ministries will be hosting a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run on June 6th, 2015.  Bruce Cannon, Bladen Baptist Association Director of Mission and member of the Released Time School Ministries Broad member said, “Our goal is for every school student around the State to hear the Good News of Salvation and to teach them those character traits they so desperately need: integrity, honesty, respect and so forth.”

To accomplish this goal funds are needed to start programs all across the state.  To raise these funds Released Time School Ministries is sponsoring a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run.

If you are not able to run, you can walk.  If you can’t do either, you can sponsor a youth or an adult who will run or walk.  Cannon encourages everyone by saying, “Not only will this be an opportunity to raise funds, it will also be a great way for us to share the Gospel and to have some really great fellowship together.”  READ MORE 


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