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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 2


Highest Temperature

98 degrees



Lowest Temperature

58 degrees



Greatest One-Day


2.56 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 77 degrees.

Flood Watch

National Weather Service


The Flood Watch Continues for Bladen and surrounding counties


Through Sunday evening...


* Showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain will have the potential to produce rainfall of 2 to 4 inches through Sunday evening.  Isolated areas over 6 inches are possible.

Microbursts destroys Carvers Creek mobile home.
WECT TV is reporting a recent microbursts destroyed a mobile home in the Carvers Creek community.
The strong burst occurred Thursday, July 24th as a part of strong winds in the area.
71 year old Louise Jones, had lived in the mobile home for the past 22 years.  She has a handicapped son, described as a stroke survivor.
Jones is hopeful of finding a slightly used mobile home. 
Microbursts is described as an area of strong winds generated from a thunderstorm.

Elizabethtown Town Council Agenda
Elizabethtown City Council meets at 12 noon Monday and at 7 p.m.
At the noon meeting, in addition to a review of the evening agenda, new Police Officers Conner Capshaw and James Dove will be recognized and Mayor Sylvia Campbell will present each a lapel pin.
The town is expected to declare a portion of town-owned property on Rollins Street (lot #3) as surplus property and authorize the sale through sealed bonds.

Board of Agriculture plans conference call for Monday


State budget requires board to adopt fees for forest managemen plans


RALEIGH – If the General Assembly approves the state budget this weekend, the N.C. Board of Agriculture will meet by conference call at 3:30 p.m. Monday to vote on a fee schedule for forest management plans.
The plans currently are free, but the state budget being considered by the General Assembly requires fees for them. Landowners use the plans as a guide for timber harvest, reforestation and natural resource management.
The board will consider a fee schedule that includes a base fee of $45 and a per acre charge of $2 to $3, depending on the type of plan. 

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Mike Walden's You Decide:  Is inflation ready to take a leap?

 Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension



Two of the key concerns in our economy are unemployment and inflation. We want both to be low. When unemployment is low, more people have jobs and earn income. When inflation is low, the dollars we earn don’t lose purchasing power as fast. That is, our dollars buy more with low inflation than with high inflation. The bottom line is low unemployment and low inflation make for higher living standards.

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: July 7 through July 13

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, July 7 through Sunday, July 13. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Tuesday, July 8
    Mikayla Cheyenne Adams, 18: Assault and battery (misdemeanor)
    Tyrone Holloway Allen, 47: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)
    Justin McArthur Jones, 16: Simple assault (misdemeanor)

Commission to Combat Problems with Buzzards at Boat Ramps


RALEIGH, N.C. (July 30, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is requesting public assistance in a battle against boat ramp buzzards.
Buzzards, which are also known as vultures, have damaged cars, trucks and boat trailers at some Piedmont boating access areas. Damage and nuisance issues created by boat ramp buzzards include scratches on vehicle hoods and roofs, exterior moldings pulled apart and windshield wipers torn away, as well as large amounts of droppings.
To scare vultures away from boat ramps, Wildlife Commission staff is using visual and audial deterrents, including pyrotechnics and replicas of dead vultures. 

Pair charged with killing Elizabethtown man in 2010

   Two people have been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of an Elizabethtown man more than four years ago, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

   Donyee Bowman Jessup, 29, of the 7500 block of Tailfair Drive in Fayetteville, and Garry Tyrell McCray Jr. (L), 26, of Salisbury, Maryland, were taken into custody Wednesday, said Chief Deputy Rodney Hester. Jessup was arrested on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville while McCray was arrested in Eden, Maryland.

Regional Economic Development Marketing Enhances Outlook for
Participating Counties, Businesses
Elizabethtown, N.C. – The transition undertaken by business and local government leaders in Southeastern North Carolina toward a public-private regional economic development model is now complete. Effective July 1st of this year, the Southeastern Partnership has assumed all regional marketing and economic development activities formerly conducted by North Carolina’s Southeast Commission. The region, which stretches across 13 counties, will continue marketing itself under the brand “North Carolina’s Southeast.”
BCC “daughter” praises Career & College Promise
 Jack McDuffie
    It seems as if Allison Benson has always been a part of Bladen Community College.  After all, she has been around the campus at various times throughout her life.  Her mother, Samantha Benson, is currently the college’s Director of Financial Aid and has been an employee of the college since shortly after she graduated from BCC in 1994.  Samantha had worked in the work study program while a student at BCC and became an employee of the college in April 1995, approximately eight months before Allison was born.
Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: July 14 to July 20

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, July 14 through Sunday, July 20. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, July 14
    Hunter Lynn Guyton, 21: Domestic criminal trespass (misdemeanor)
    Johnathan Stanley Creech, 21: Shoplifting/concealment of goods (misdemeanor)
McIntyre Applauds Passage of Veterans’ Affairs Reform Bill
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Mike McIntyre announced today that the U.S. House has passed a bill to dramatically reform and improve the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Congressman McIntyre stated, “Our veterans deserve the best care our nation has to offer!  In passing this bipartisan legislation, we have reaffirmed the promise that access to quality, affordable health care would be guaranteed for all those who unselfishly and courageously put their lives on the line for our nation!”

Carolina Sands Golf Course Is Being Sold

It appears that Carolina Sands Golf Course, located between Elizabethtown and White Lake, is being sold. According to a report from a spokesman for LS Capital of California, the note-holder of the course, a sales contract has now been negotiated privately for the sale of the property. The buyer is being represented by Leslie Johnson of the Johnson Law Firm in Elizabethtown. A final sale should close in the next few weeks.

Faithful Families Seek Host Church
Would you like to learn more about how you and your family can Eat More and Move More?
The Bladen County Health Department and NC Cooperative Extension are looking for a church in Bladen County that would be willing to host their "Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More " classes that would be available to your church congregation and other Bladen County citizens.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal duck stamp available electronically Aug. 1

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

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

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

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

   Changes include:

   Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses.
Commisssioners Approve Grant Application for Lock & Dam #2 Study
A majority of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners met very briefly Tuesday to consider approval of a $595,000 grant to begin the planning process of restoring access to historic migratory fish habitat in the Cape Fear River basin; Lock and Dam #2. Six of nine Commissioners were present with Dr. Blanks, Chairman Jimmie Smith and Russell Priest absent.
Vice Chairman Mark Gillespie presided.  The Board approved the application unanimously.
The county has submitted similar applications in the past, but have not been approved for funding.
A plain old pine tree
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

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


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

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

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

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

State Pest Association Elects New Officers and Board Members

 Conference attendees learn about latest research for pests


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


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

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

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

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


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

105 East Mercer Mill
Elizabethtown, NC
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Photos Courtesy of Lewis Smith     
No More State Supported Tax Free Back To School Sales in North Carolina
For the first time in 12 years, parents or guardians in the Tar Heel state who have students heading off to school will pay tax on their back to school purchases, unlike neighboring states.
North Carolina merchants that are located adjacent to neighboring states are expressing concern that their customers may be heading across the line for their back to school needs.
Free caregivers workshop
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter presents Caregiving Can Make Life Crazy! How to Keep it from Making You Crazy!, a free community workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 21, at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Powell-Melvin Auditorium, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown.
While family caregiving is often a rewarding experience, it can cause us to feel, think, act and experience life in ways we otherwise would not. The stresses can take us out of our minds and out of the life we had before we became caregivers.
Bladen Youth Camp Planned for August
The Bladen County Sheriff's Department and Bladen County Ministerial Association is sponsoring a special youth event, 'Embracing or Differences,' from August 12th through 14th for ages 10 to 17 at Elizabethtown Middle School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Vans will pickup youngsters at 8 locations in the county, including Bladenboro, East Arcadia, Kelly, Clarkton, Tar Heel, Hickory Grove Fire Station, Ammon and White Oak. Lunch will be provided and the program includes inspirational speakers that include Elizabethtown businessman Brian Campbell on Tuesday the 12th. Former Bladenboro and Wake Forest Basketball Star Trelonnie Owens will be the Wednesday speaker and Victoria Huggins, Miss Central Carolina will address the attendees on Thursday, August 14th.

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

3rd Annual Battle of Elizabethtown
The 3rd Annual Battle of Elizabethtown is set for August 16 & 17 at Tory Hole Park and Cape Fear Farmer's Market...
Admission is FREE.
Learn how people lived, camped, fought, traveled and got along in the 1780's.  The events are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

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

BladenOnline & CAB Markting open downtown office


BladenOnline & CAB Marketing have a new office in downtown Elizabethtown.  The address is 113 West Broad Street.  The office will be open for appointments only for a few weeks, then open with regular business hours during the summer months..   For an appointment, call Charlotte Smith at 910-876-5393 or Robert G. Hester at 910-876-2322.

Churches in Bladen County - Click HERE To VIew Church Listings
How many churches are there in Bladen County? How many adherents (supporters or followers)? and what denominations are represented in the county?
According to a website, The Association of Religious Data Archives that was completed in 2010 there are 120 congregations listed in Bladen County.  That number is skewed somewhat because reports are incomplete from congregations and adherents from the larger African-American denominations.

Upcoming events


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


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


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

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Bladen Community College
Bladen DoIt Best Builders Supply
Campbell Oil
Cape Fear Propane
Cape Fear Valley Hospital
Charles D. Allen, Jr., D.D.S., F.A.G.D., P.A.
CLC Financial Services Group
Coach's Furniture
Corner Cafe
Dickerson's Pharmacy
Elizabethtown Denistry
Elizabethtown Nursing Center
First Source Staffing
Fishers Men and Ladies Shop
Four County Electric Membership Corporation
Healthworks Fitness Center
Hester, Grady & Hester PLLC
Hester Tire
Hilton Auction and Realty, Inc.
Houston's Peanuts
Johnson Law Firm
Kinlaw Furniture and Appliance
Lacy West-Thomas Insurance Agency, Inc.
McDuffie Pest Control
Nationwide Insurance, Elizabethtown
New Light Church
Nissan of Clinton
Poplar Heights 
Rodney's Barber Shop
Southeastern Health
Star Telephone Membership Corporation
Walane Gas Company
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