> Former Columbus County prosecutor accused of forging court document

> New questions in hanging death of Bladenboro teenager

> Pitts: Questions remain in Bladenboro teen's hanging

> Consistency key for Clinton success under Bob Lewis

> NAACP, activists seeking federal probe into death of Bladenboro teen

Bladen County Sheriff's Office Crime Report: Dec. 1-7

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Dec. 1
    James Baldwin, 45: Civil contempt-child support (misdemeanor)
                                                          
Wednesday, Dec. 3
    Sharod Lloyd Jones, 42: Possession of firearm by felon (felony)
    David Thomas Jones, 42: Cyber stalking (misdemeanor)
Bladen Community College celebrates 30 years of small business support
Jack McDuffie
 
DUBLIN, NC – The Small Business Center at Bladen Community College is joining the Small Business Center Network of the NC Community College System in celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina.  Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as to community residents.
What is Revaluation?
 
Bladen County property owners will soon be receiving revaluation notices.  It happens every 8 years and some ask why?
The short answer is, it's the law.
 
The primary purpose of a revaluation is to provide equalization among all classes of property.
 
Revaluations are not conducted to increase revenues for local governments.  The revaluation is concerned only with real property.  State law requires that revaluations be conducted at least once every eight years.  Bladen County's last revaluation was effective 2007.

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Bladen Community College spring registration draws near

Jack McDuffie

  

As the winter break holidays begin, registration for the Spring 2015 semester is drawing near at Bladen Community College.  The final registration period for the upcoming semester is slated for Monday and Tuesday, January 5 & 6.   Registration times are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 4 – 7 p.m.

  

Students wishing to register who have not completed the application process are urged to do so as soon as possible.  The college will remain open through Thursday, December 18, and reopen following winter break on Monday, December 29. 

Panel of Judges named to decide Sledge's fate
 
Three Superior Court Judges have been appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to decide the fate of Joseph Sledge, a 70 year old convicted murderer who has spent over half his life in prison.
 
Sledge was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of Josephine Davis and her daughter Aileen Davis of Elizabethtown.  The crime occurred a couple of miles or less from the White Lake Department of Corrections where Sledge escaped in 1978.
 
A recent hearing in Raleigh by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission raised questions about lack of evidence to determine his guilt or innocence.  
Thoughts While Shaving
 
Christmas time is drawing near...ready or not...
 
I kinda wish I enjoyed shopping...but like many males...I go to purchase, not to browse..
 
Guess we can see the faults of others, but not our own....ex.  auto pulled onto a main road in the county..did not stop, just pulled into the road just as I am approaching...then appears to be dealing with children and traveling about 5 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit...When I get to open road..I pass...and the young driver..maybe late 20;s or early 30's... with children comes charging up behind me and continued on my bumper for a couple of miles before exiting the roadway...Attitude...and we all have one...

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 

Today - Sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

  
Tonight - Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Light west wind.

  
Thursday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. North wind 3 to 7 mph.

  
Thursday Night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

  
Friday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. North wind 3 to 5 mph. 

This Day in History - December 17
 
1777---France recognizes independence of British colonies in America.
 
1777---George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pa.
 
1791---NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street.
 
1798---1st impeachment trial against a US senator (Wm Blount, TN) begins.
 
1821---Kentucky abolishes debtor's prisons.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on November 17

   

Highest Temperature

82 degrees

2011

 

Lowest Temperature

20 degrees

1967

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

2.00 inches

1920

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 68 degrees.

Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
 
Long time former Bladen County Coroner Gordon Kinlaw dies at age 58.
 
Bladen County Hospital installed a helipad at a cost of $9,750.
 
West Point Pepperell employees receive a safety award with a perfect score for the year.
Once upon a time
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
   

Once upon a time, a little boy saw Santa Claus from his brother’s bedroom.

 
It was an old, old house, built by a wealthy family many years before even the boy’s parents were born. Where it had once been a lavish home on one of the town’s best streets, it was now just another old house.
His brother had a room in what had been a sleeping porch on the second floor. The room had been enclosed when the old house was converted into apartments during World War II, with a staircase outside leading to the alley.

Working Together for a Great Cause
 
Southeastern Cruisers Club meet at the Bladenboro Police Department to assist in distributing bikes the club has purchased for children in Bladen County. The club partners with the police department and Butters Baptist Church to help bring smiles to folks in need during the Christmas season.  
 
The church donates care packages full of toiletries, the police department takes the children shopping for their wants and needs, and then the club donates a bike to each child. Working together helps create more smiles than just one organization working alone. 

ELIZABETHTOWN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Students at Elizabethtown Christian Academy have recently participated in a variety of community service projects.  Mrs. Sheila Council’s 4th grade class collected for and packed 22 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.   Mrs. Vicki McLaughlin’s 5th grade class collected, packed, and delivered canned goods to the Bladen Crisis Center. Mrs. Christi Waters’ 6th and 7th graders collected money for Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Food Kits. 
 All grades participated in giving to ECA’s “Heart of Christmas Toy Ministry.” Students also visited local nursing homes and sang. Community service, done by the students, is an important part of Elizabethtown Christian Academy's Mission.

Motor Fuels Tax Rate
December 15, 2014

  
The North Carolina motor fuels tax rate for gasoline, diesel, and alternative fuels will increase from 36.5 cents per gallon to 37.5 cents per gallon for the period January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, Department of Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray announced today.

 
The tax rate is computed using a flat rate of 17.5 cents per gallon and a variable wholesale component. The variable wholesale component is the greater of 3.5 cents or 7 percent of the average wholesale price of motor fuel during the preceding six-month base period. 

12 Bladen County students on UNCW Dean's List
 
The below-listed students from Bladen County have been named to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington's Dean's List for Fall 2014.

 

Julia Blake Allen

Elizabethtown, NC

Tyler Blake Bennett

Bladenboro

Kayla Nicole Bridgers

Elizabethtown

Cierra Dawn Coleman

Council

Mary Elizabeth Corbett

Elizabethtown

Haley Olivia Cox

Bladenboro

Susanna Catherine Devane

Elizabethtown

Shaniqua Mone't Graham

Riegelwood

Joseph Troy Murphy

Elizabethtown

Molly Lynn Peterson

White Lake

Lori Coleman Taylor

Clarkton

Mary Ann Taylor

White Lake

Elizabethtown Fire Department Hosts Remembrance Rescue Project 

In 2011, firefighters began the "REMEMBRANCE RESCUE PROJECT"; with the purchase of the vehicles known as Rescue 3, Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 when they were decommissioned. The Project is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization and funds generated are used to restore, preserve and operate the Rescues in order to facilitate education sessions, memorials and remembrance events focused on preserving history in the mind of society, especially for children who are too young to actually understand the events of September 11th and what that day means to members of the fire service and the country as a whole.
Rouzer Names Chief of Staff
 
Wilmington, NC - Congressman-elect David Rouzer, who will be representing North Carolina's 7th Congressional District during the 114th Congress, has named Melissa Murphy to serve as his chief of staff.  Mrs. Murphy currently serves as the deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina and has nearly a decade of experience on Capitol Hill.
 
"I am excited to have Melissa as part of our team.  She will provide exceptional leadership and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the North Carolina Delegation that will serve the coastal communities, this district, and the state very well,"  said Rouzer.  
Rising Flu Cases Prompt Visitor Restrictions

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will implement a new visitation policy at all of its hospitals restricting children under age 12 from visiting the hospital at this time.

The policy goes into effect Wednesday, Dec. 17, and is designed to minimize the spread of flu and other flu-like diseases at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, Cape fear Valley Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health Care and Bladen County Hospital, as well as Harnett Health’s two hospitals: Betsy Johnson Hospital and Central Harnett Hospital.
Dublin board approves employee bonuses

The Dublin Board of Commissioners approved holiday bonuses for town employees Monday night at its final regularly scheduled meeting of the year. Full time employees will be given $300, part-time employees $100, and temporary employees $50, which is the same amount as last year.

During the brief meeting, the board got updates on the town's sewer system, which has been experiencing problems for the past several months, and the automated water meters, which are expected to be installed in the first half of 2015. The board also plans to wait until next year to begin the process to hire a part-time clerk to work at Town Hall.
N.C. Wildlife Commission public hearing Jan. 6 at BCC

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing Jan. 6 at Bladen Community College on proposed changes to the state's wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons. It will be the first of nine hearings throughout the state.

Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity. The proposals meet the General Assembly's directive and follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Chronic Wasting Disease Program standards when regulating deer, 

Tax Values coming soon
 
The Bladen County Tax office will mail new property values the later part of January, 2015, according to Chris Ellis, Tax Administrator..
 
Ellis said he wanted to allow "enough time to review values, test data and verify sales," so he delayed mailing them slightly.  New values take effect January 1st and Bladen County commissioners will use the values to set the tax rate for the next fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015.

   

North Carolina law requires counties to do a re-evaluation at least every 8 years, some have shortened that time, but many still operate on an 8 year cycle.

Two New Banks in Town
 
Two new banks opened for business in Elizabethtown Monday morning.
 
First South Bank is now in the building formerly known as Bank of America.  Joey Schultz, an Elizabethtown native is the city executive.  The bank is located on West Broad Street.
 
Around the corner and up Poplar Street CresCom Bank opened Monday in the office formerly occupied by First Community Bank.  Rich Glenn, another Elizabethtown native, is the city executive.

West Bladen students certified in Public Safety

  
The West Bladen High School Public Safety classes have been involved in testing to gain certification under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Incident Management. The students pictured were awarded certificates in the areas of Incident Command Systems, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, Introduction to National Incident Management Systems, and Introduction of National Response Framework. Chief Gary Estep is the public safety/firefighter instructor at West Bladen. This is the first year West Bladen/Bladen County Schools has offered the Public Safety/Firefighter courses.
 
Pictured are:  Chris Batton, Mason Hester, Delasia Richardson, Kayla Hunt, Prestin Smith, Chen Xing, Bryan Locklear, Joseph Simmons, Angelica Locklear, Matthew Sturgill, Michael McLamb, Dawson Brisson, Robert Dowless, Jodie Morphies, JaNasha McKeithan, Channing Horton, Nathan Kroesch, Trevor Feight, Sean Nunnery and Chief Estep.  Not pictured:  Freddie Pait, Zachary Hartman and Braden Carson

HCA Lower School Christmas Program
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As the HCA students pictured  above sang, excitement filled the air while a packed house of parents, family, and friends in Newkirk Auditorium enjoyed another wonderful lower school Christmas musical on Sunday, December 7.  As tradition holds, the fifth graders led the musical drama called “Joyland,” as the kindergarten through fourth grade students joined in singing beautiful Christmas songs! The Christmas play is an annual Harrells Christian Academy event that many look forward to and count on to put them in the right spirit of Christmas each year.

 
Pets as Presents – A Long-term Commitment
 
While that cute puppy or kitty is a tempting Christmas present, remember that having a pet is a long term commitment.  Nationally, most pets will lose their home before they turn one year and only one dog in five will remain in one home for life.  It is a poor example for children to see a pet as a disposable item that is joyfully gotten at Christmas then “gotten rid of” a few months later when it becomes inconvenient. 
 
Don’t be that poor example!   Think ahead and make sure the animal will continue to fit your lifestyle.  Consider how big and active the pet will get. 
 
Hundreds participate in March for Justice for Lennon Lacy - Click HERE for photos
Photos Courtesy www.kenarmphoto.smugmug.com
   
Hundreds of people marched peacefully through downtown Bladenboro on a cool Saturday morning, calling for a more thorough investigation into the hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy.
 
The march, which was sponsored by the North Carolina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Forward Together Moral Movement, came a day after Bladen County District Attorney  Jon David said he has asked the FBI for help in the investigation.
For Better Living
Sandra Cain
  

Tips for Mailing Gifts
   
It`s that time of year, when we`re thinking about what to send someone we won`t be seeing over the holidays. Gifts of food are popular choices, partially because one size fits all. However, even the convenience of "one size fits all" is a bad investment if the gift is spoiled on arrival or spoils before it can be properly cared for or consumed. While food shipped by mail-order companies enjoy an excellent safety record, hazards can and do exist. 

DA Holds Press Conference to discuss Lacy death
 
DA Jon David held a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss process related to the Lennon Lacy hanging death that occurred on August 29 in a trailer park in Bladenboro.
 
At the hastily called press conference, David said he expects the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into the death of the 17 year old West Bladen High School student.
McIntyre Thanks Family, Friends in Farewell to Congress
 
Washington, D.C.- In his final day of voting on the House Floor, U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre offered a Congressional tribute, reflecting on his 18 years of public service and expressing his deep appreciation to the people of North Carolina's Seventh District. The full text of Congressman McIntyre's tribute will be entered into the Congressional Record and can be viewed below. 
 
Congressman Mike McIntyre Farewell Congressional Tribute
What a blessing it has been to serve in the United States Congress! Indeed, it has been a dream come true – 
Christmas Shopping Time
 
The Bladenboro Police Department sponsored their annual Christmas Shopping trip for 20 students Friday.
 
The students and adult leaders were welcomed to Walmart in Elizabethtown and enjoyed refreshments before they began to shop.
 
Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said each of the students were provided with $160 to shop. 

NCDOT report on Bladen County Roads
K
en Clark NCDOT Engineer
 
OPENINGS:
 
SR 1709 (Coley Road)
SR 1709 (Coley Road) IS OPEN.
UPCOMING CLOSINGS:
NC 131 / 242 / 410 AND 211 BUS – BLADENBORO
 
Main Street in Bladenboro as well Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. will be shut down between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to facilitate an event.  Expect delays and re-routing by  law enforcement.

NC NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II Responds to FBI's Decision to Further Investigate the Hanging Death of Lennon Lacy
 
BLADENBORO, NC: Following the FBI's decision to further investigate the hanging death of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old student and football player, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of the North Carolina NAACP made the following statement: 
 
We are glad to hear that the request made by the North Carolina NAACP and the family of Lennon Lacy for a federal investigation has been accepted. There must be a thorough investigation.  
Star Telephone Employees Make a Difference

Every year the employees of Star Communications generate donations for Christmas Families in Sampson and Bladen counties. Each donation is matched dollar for dollar by Star Communications, and the funds raised are split between these two counties. Total funds raised for 2014 were $4256.00.

This year, Star donated $2,128 in Bladen County to “The Heart of Christmas Toy Ministry”, which is hosted by the Elizabethtown Baptist Church. EBC works with Bladen County Department of Social Services to aid families who are in financial crisis.  
Congressman Hudson Honors Congressman McIntyre’s Legacy of Service
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Richard Hudson, who represents Congressman Mike McIntyre’s home town of Lumberton North Carolina, spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in anticipation of Congressman McIntyre’s pending retirement and in honor of his long legacy of service to the state and to the people of his district. Congressman Hudson’s full remarks are printed below. To view the speech in full, please click on the picture.
Elizabethtown Policeman handcuffed and harassed by Fayetteville Officers
 
The Fayetteville Observer is reporting a black Elizabethtown police officer said he was handcuffed and harassed by three white Fayetteville police officer recently.  According to the report, Elizabethtown officer Willie Thompson, 37, was wrongly identified as a prescription fraud suspect last week.
 
Thompson, spoke with a reporter while in the law office of a Fayetteville attorney.  He reportedly said he was contemplating legal action.
Congressman-elect Rouzer named Chairman of Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee 
 
Wilmington, NC - Congressman-elect David Rouzer (NC-07) was selected to serve as the Chairman of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee for the 114th Congress by Agriculture Committee Chairman-elect Mike Conaway (TX-11).  
 
The Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee has jurisdiction over policies, statutes, and markets relating to all livestock, poultry, dairy, and seafood.  It also oversees the inspection, marketing, and promotion of such commodities and products like aquaculture, animal welfare, grazing, foreign agricultural assistance, and trade promotion.  

Bladen Senior Center Christmas Drop-In set Dec. 19

The Bladen County Senior Center will host a Christmas Drop-In on Friday, Dec. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its facility on McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. The event is open to ages 60 and older. Horderves will be served. The drop-in also will include a preview of changing coming next year. Guests must provide their own transportation. For information, call Director Amy Ruffin at 872-6330.

Animal Shelter Christmas Special
 
Would you like to make this the happiest holiday season for one lucky animal?  Every Friday in December, Bladen County Animal Shelter will waive the adoption fees for all adoptions.  There is a variety of cats, dogs, kittens and puppies for you to choose from right now at the shelter.   
 
Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is much less expensive than buying a pet at a pet store or through other sources.   Pets have a way of putting a smile on your face and a spring in your step. 

Open House In Bladenboro
 
West Bladen Assisted Living proudly announces the completion of a stunning renovation of their Assisted Living Community.  The renovation of the community offers its residents a more comfortable and updated décor.  
 
The project yielded a completely redesigned living space featuring major aesthetic upgrades to the community’s interior and exterior. 

Ribbon Cutting at Elizabethtown Dealership 
 
Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce welcomed Auto Star Family Dealership Tuesday, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  The dealership offers a wide variety of pre-owned vehicles. The Elizabethtown branch is one of nine Auto Star Family Dealerships.  They are located at 2603 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown.  For more information call 910-862-3332 or visit their website at www.autostarusa.com

Good things are happening in all our schools: Part 1
Valerie Newton

  
Elizabethtown, NC - Schools celebrate the good things happening in their buildings in dozens of different ways. They celebrate students' citizenship and creativity, academics and attendance. They celebrate daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly. Recently, we asked our principals to share some of the good things happening at their schools and the accomplishments of students in their schools. We had no idea how many and varied the responses would be. Their responses can be found on our district website under District News: Principals offer assessment”, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We quickly realized that if our principals responses are varied then equally so would be responses from our communities and stakeholders.

Top Five Tips for Staying Sane in the Midst of the Holiday Insanity
 By R. Jack Crain, EAP Specialist, SeHealth
        
Though many struggle to manage stress throughout the year, the holidays can magnify underlying issues and emotions.  An American Psychological Association survey found that while 78 percent of respondents reported often feeling happy around the holidays, about two-thirds sometimes or often felt stressed and fatigued, especially women who tend to take less time to relax or manage that stress in healthy ways.
Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Nov. 17-23

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 23. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
    Alvin Leon Willis, 54: Larceny from store (misdemeanor)
                
Thursday, Nov. 20
    Desmond Marquis Rhone, 23: Fail to comply (misdemeanor)
EastPointe continues Monthly Education Series
 
Eastpointe  is continuing their monthly community education series.  There next edition explores the topic of substance Abuse Anti-Stigma.  The events are free and open to the public.  You are invited to attend on Thursday, December 18 from 11;30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Join the group for a viewing and discussion of "The Anonymous People." 
 
Following the viewing, Butch Row a Recovering Alcoholic will discuss his personal experiences and be involved in a discussion.

Mike Walden's You Decide:  Is North Carolina's job market back?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

  

North Carolina celebrated a major milestone recently when the October labor market numbers were released. The total number of jobs at businesses in the state (“payroll jobs”) finally reached a level that exceeded the total prior to the recession. In October, there were 4,183,900 payroll jobs in the state, exceeding the pre-recessionary high of 4,174,500 set in early 2008. Payroll jobs hit a recessionary low of 3,839,200 in February 2010.

 
Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Alternate heat source important, emergency director says

The frigid temperatures in Bladen County earlier this month served as a warning that winter is coming. The coldest season of the year officially begins at 6:03 p.m. on Dec. 21.

Bradley Kinlaw, who is the director of Bladen County Emergency Services, says now is the time to prepare. After three winter storms within about a six-week period in January and February, Kinlaw hopes folks are more likely to heed the suggestion.

NC DHHS Announces Application Process for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
   
Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepting applications beginning Dec. 1, 2014.

  
LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Citizens interested in applying should review the application process and the eligibility requirements for the LIEAP benefit, which may be found at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/energy/req.htm.

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

       

Dec. 20....Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry Ministry, "From His Table to Yours" will be open Saturday, December 20 from 10 a.m to 12 noon.  Identification and transportation required.  No fee involved.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South of Elizabethtown, NC.

     

Dec. 24-26...The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Wednesday, December 24 thru Friday, December 26th for Christmas. All other county collection centers will be open until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 24th and closed Thursday, December 25th.

         

Dec 28....The Dublin First Baptist Church Choir and Handbells request the pleasure of your company at a celebration and reception in honor of Mrs. Estelle Summerlin on the occasion of over 50 years of service to Dublin First Baptist Church and its music program on Sunday the twenty-eight of December at six o'clock in the evening at the Dublin First Baptist Church 7275 Albert Street, Dublin, NC.       

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