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> RALEIGH, N.C.: Panel starts reviewing Common Core standards in NC

Male body may have been shot
A badly decomposed body of a male discovered Monday under a bridge in Columbus County may have been shot, according to unconfirmed sources.
The body was spotted by NC DOT workers on Red Hill Road about 2 miles from the Bladen-Columbus county line.
The identity of the male, thought to be in his 50 or 60's, has not been released.
Early reports indicated there was no identification on the body.
BladenOnline will continue to cover the story.

Miss HCA Scholarship Pageant
By: Anna Laurie Carter (Junior)
HCA Publications Staff Member
The 2015 Miss Harrells Christian Academy Scholarship Pageant was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, in HCA’s Newkirk Auditorium.  The pageant’s theme was “A Night at the Movies,” and fourteen contestants competed in four age divisions: Tiny Miss HCA, Little Miss HCA, Junior Miss HCA, and Miss HCA. 

Boil Water Advisory RESCINDED
Residents of Mercer Mill Apts--Building 1-8 will no longer be required to boil their water.
The Elizabethtown Public Works department issued a new release Tuesday afternoon indicating that "based on the laboratory analysis of the most recent water samples collected from the Town of Elizabethtown, water users are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water used for human consumption.  The system has resumed normal operations.
We appreciate your cooperation during this period.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the department."

District Attorney Jon David issues update on the Lacy Lennon investigation

Our team has been in regular contact with the victim's family, and representatives working on their behalf, to keep them apprised of the status of the investigation. Moreover, in a show of transparency, my office met with several community leaders last week to update them on the status of this case.  While the investigation is ongoing, and no final determinations have been made, to date we have not received any evidence of criminal wrongdoing surrounding the death.  Anyone with
additional information about this matter is encouraged to contact the Bladenboro Police Department.

Bladen rated one of top NC counties in farm cash receipts
Bladen County is one of the top counties in the state in 2012 Farm Cash Receipts according to the USDA, in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.
The top six include;
County            Thousand Dollars
Duplin                   1,225,914
Sampson              1,133,814
Union                       464,077
Wayne                     436,603

New Employees, New Goals

Jackson Greene (R) and Shana Yandle are the smiling new faces you see at Bladen Builders Supply in Elizabethtown.  The two new staff members are excited to be able to lean on the cumulative 70 years of knowledge from owners Lee and Hobby Greene and the experience of the great staff at Bladen Builders Supply.
Jackson now in sales for the Greene family is the son of Hobby and Janie Greene.  He graduated from NC State as business major.  Since graduating from the university, Jackson has moved back to Elizabethtown to increase his family's businesses success.

ATF, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Calypso, N.C., Firearms Theft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Duplin County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry - have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Calypso Wholesale, Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL).

ATF is offering a reward up to $5,000 which will be matched by NSSF and the Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace for a total reward of up to $15,000.

UW DAY OF CARING COMING SOON – Mark your calendar and prepare your teams!

The United Way of Bladen County will have its 4th Day of Caring on Friday, November 7, 2014.

This event will start at the Farmer’s Market and volunteers will disperse to different areas of the county to build wheel chair ramps, visit local nursing homes and collect food for backpacks for kids and the food bank.
During 2013 “UW BC DAY OF CARING” we partnered with Bladen Baptist Association and built 13 wheelchair ramps. 

Board recognizes volunteer work of churches
Valerie Newton


Elizabethtown, NC – At the September Board of Education monthly meeting, board members recognized the work of several area churches within the school system. Clarkton Presbyterian, Clarkton First Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, and Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church along with local businesses Campbell Oil Company and Anderson Drugs formed the group known as the Bladen Mission Project. Their purpose was simple; to be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving others.


"See You at the Pole"

A little rain could not keep Elizabethtown Primary School students from gathering at the pole on Wednesday, September 24th. We moved the flag pole inside! Students gathered around the flag pole in the cafeteria. Pastor Leon Warren and his wife Lynn led student, staff, and parents in prayer.

Operation Medicine Drop collects more than 12,000 dosages

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office and Bladen County Health Department collected 12,316 dosages of medication during its Operation Medicine Drop held Sept. 20 during the Dublin Peanut Festival.

"Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it's a success. We're keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways," said N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.
Thoughts While Shaving
Ever think of all the folks who have helped to shape who you are today....
I remember a pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church many years ago...two in fact...Rev. Pete Lingle and Rev. JC Shaw...
I remember JZ and Sally Hinson who gave me a job bagging groceries and cleaning potato and onion bins at Hinson's Super Market in Bladenboro...
I remember Mr. Chatham Clark, my boss for years at WBLA, who gave me an opportunity to begin a 20 year career in broadcasting.
Bladen Headlines...35 Years Ago
Bladen County towns, Bladenboro, Clarkton and Elizabethtown, received Community of Excellence Awards.
Nurses from Bladen County Hospital who passed their state nurse exams were Janice Smith, Kay Goodwin and Sarah Ussery.
Cape Craftsmen of Elizabethtown presented the East Bladen High School Band with a check for $650.00 for the purchase of a tuba.
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today....Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight..Mostly clear, with a low around 61.  Light northeast wind.
Wednesday..Sunny, with a high near 83. Light north wind.
Wednesday Night...Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Light southeast wind.
Rev. Barber calls for help in death of Lacy Lennon
Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, called for help from the community in a meeting and memorial service for 17 year old Lacy Lennon .  The meeting was held Monday night in Bladenboro.
Lennon, a West Bladen high school student and member of the football team, was found hanging from a swing near his home on August 29th.
This Day in History - September 30
1659---Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Daniel Defoe)
1777---Continental Congress, flees to York, Pa. as British forces advance.
1862---Fist Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri.
1867---Midway Islands formally declared a U.S. possession.
1898---City of New York established.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 30


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Yesterday's High Temperature was 72 degrees.

Body found floating in creek
NCDOT workers discovered the decomposed body of a male on Red Hill Road in Columbus County late Monday afternoon, a couple of miles from the Bladen-Columbus county line.
The cause of death is unknown and the identity has not been released.  The Columbus County coroner was quoted as saying the man appeared to be in his 50's or 60's.
There was no identification found on the body according to early reports.
Follow the story as it unfolds on BladenOnline.com.

Mike Merritt ride very successful
The Mike Merritt Scholarship fund at Bladen Community College is $7,500 richer following Saturday's Annual Bike Ride.
Nearly 50 motor cycles participated in the ride.
The announcement was made on the Facebook page of Evelyn and Willie Merritt, parents of the late Mike Merritt, a member of the White Lake Fire Department at the time of his death..

Petteway to retire from banking
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Everette Hayes Petteway arrived in Elizabethtown in the early 70's.  It was like he had discovered a new country.  He graduated from Farmville, NC High School and East Carolina University and with his longtime high school sweetheart and now bride, Maryanne, he was set to begin a career in banking. 
Actually his new career had been put on hold in April 1972, after graduating from ECU.  His draft status was 1A and that meant he could likely be serving for a time in the military.  He worked for a short time with a local tobacco company, waiting for a call from "Uncle Sam' that never came.

Recycle Your Junk Metal For Missions
Metals For Missions Challenge is a unique fundraising idea in place to assist the Moldova Christmas Mission trip.  Currently the recycling efforts has raised $4,000 this year.  Dublin First Baptist Church has a goal to raise $10,000 by the end of November.
The church will take any metal you would like to donate. 

NC Department of Public Instruction receives 40 request for charter schools
Forty nonprofit organizations have file applications to open a public charter school in August 2016.  These applications met the September 26 deadline and were submitted through the automated application system utilized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
There were no applications from Bladen County and only one of the forty was from southeastern North Carolina, that one from New Hanover. Ten of the new applications originated in Mecklenburg County.
Bladen County has one Charter School, the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown.  In addition to the Academy, several students travel outside the county to attend Charter schools.

Legal Helpers out of debt settlement business in NC, AG Cooper says
Release date: 9/29/2014
Company pays restitution to NC consumers, plans to file bankruptcy

Raleigh:  Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, a Chicago debt settlement company that took North Carolina consumers’ money but failed to provide them with help to reduce their debts, is now barred from debt relief work in the state, Attorney General Roy Cooper said today.
“Paying money for empty promises just drives consumers even deeper into debt,” Cooper said.  “We helped put a strong law in place that makes it illegal to collect money upfront for debt relief work and we’re enforcing the law against violators.” 

Lawmakers ranked by Civitas Institute
The conservative-minded Civitas Institute of Raleigh ranked the effectiveness of state lawmakers, following the 2013 Legislative session, with mostly Republicans getting high marks and Democrats receiving low grades.
According to Civitas the "conservative effectiveness rankings" are based on the nonprofit organization's "ideals that are derived from free-market economic policies, limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement."
The rankings were released in July, following an April survey of lawmakers and is done every two years.
Bladen County Notes of Interest
Today is the last day to take advantage of a cat or dog from the Animal Shelter minus the adoption fees.  You must pay vaccination fees, for dogs $25 and $15 for cats.  Adoption hours today are 1-5:30 p.m.  Call 910-862-6918 for details.
Today is the deadline for placing your order for Lobster sale orders, fresh Maine Lobsters...It is part of a fundraiser by the Men's Club of Trinity United Methodist Church...Check our Upcoming Events section...
Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Sept. 15-21

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 21. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 15
    Shawn Graham, 38: Assault on a female (misdemeanor)
    Crystal Nicole McLean, 31: Larceny (misdemeanor)
Adopt Fee waived for September at Animal Shelter
Bladen County Animal Shelter is full...Adoption fees will be waived through September 30.  You will still be required to pay the vaccination fees.  The fee for dogs is $25 and the fee for cats is $15.
"Bladen County Animal Shelter works very hard to get our furry friends a home," according to Karen Suggs, Shelter Manager.  "We don't want any left behind, so we hope waiving the adoption fee for the rest of the month will help them be adopted." 
You are encouraged to visit the shelter and meet your new furry companion.
The adoption hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-5:30 p.m.  Call 910-862-6918 for more information.

How Bad is Trans Fat?
For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Scientific research shows that consumption of saturated fat, trans fat, and dietary cholesterol raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad cholesterol," levels.  This increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, more than 12.5 million Americans have CHD, and more than 500,000 die each year. That makes CHD one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

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Bladen County Election Updates
The Bladen County Elections office is preparing for the November 4, 2014 General Elections. 
Numerous offices will be decided from the local level to US Senator.
Request for an absentee ballot must be made only on a New State Absentee Request Form that can be found on the Bladen County Board of Elections web site.  Absentee voting by mail is underway and continues through Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  Request must be received by 5 p.m. on that date.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. or hand delivered to the Bladen County Elections office by the voter or voter's near relative.

Mike Walden's You Decide:  Will North Carolina continue to urbanize?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

North Carolina used to be a small-town and rural state. In fact, we were traditionally one of the most non-urban states in the country. There were a couple of reasons for this. It wasn’t that long ago that a significant share of people worked on farms. Of course most farms, due to their need for large acreage, are in rural areas. Also, the manufacturing that North Carolina did have was concentrated in small towns. 
Today, the majority of North Carolinians live in urban areas – or, as some call them, metropolitan areas. Since 1970,

Bladenboro Primary celebrates milk
Valerie Newton

Elizabethtown, NC – There was lots of mooing going on at Bladenboro Primary School recently in celebration of World School Milk Day. Child Nutrition staff at the school dressed up as cows to emphasize the benefits of milk.

World School Milk Day is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and this year will be celebrating its 15th annual event.  The last Wednesday in September is designated as World Milk Day. 

This week is a milestone for golfers in southeastern North Carolina. On Wednesday, October 1, the new VINEYARD GOLF AT WHITE LAKE (the former Carolina Sands) will open for play. Bill Augustine, a blueberry producer with operations in North Carolina and New Jersey, purchased the course about two months ago and has produced, what some people call a miracle, one of the best conditioned tracks is eastern North Carolina.
Comments such as “I have been playing this course for thirty years and have never seen it in any better shape than it is now” and 

Elizabethtown police charge man for stealing cigarettes

An Elizabethtown man has been charged with breaking into a storage cabinet at a Minuteman store and taking three cartons of cigarettes, according to Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw.

Reco Tocarlos Mercer, 39, of the 2300 block of Martin Luther King Drive, turned himself into authorities Thursday afternoon and was charged with felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny after breaking and entering, Kinlaw said.

Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: Sept. 15-21

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 21. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 15
    Joseph Daniel Nance, 29: Larceny (misdemeanor)
    Calrton Smith, 47: Civil contempt-child support (misdemeanor)
    Bobby Lee Johnson, 23: Interfere with electronic monitor device (felony)
    Jason Brandon Morgan, 35: Assault with a deadly weapon (misdemeanor)

New Seafood Restaurant Opened This Week


River House Seafood & Grille at 152 N. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown is now open.  They are open Monday through Thursday, 11am until 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-9:30 pm and are closed on Sundays.  


     The new restaurant menu has lots of seafood options along with steak, chicken and even dessert items.  You may reach them at 910-862-2889 or at www.facebook.com/RiverHouseSeafood.

Local churches donate school supplies
Valerie Newton

Elizabethtown, NC - When children come together to help other children, the magnitude of their work out shines even the best efforts of adults.
During their summer vacation bible school, two local churches, Living Springs Church and Ministerio Adoracion Sin Limites chose to help area youth as their mission project.

Tar Heel WOW honors area school bus drivers
Tar Heel Woodman of the World Lodge 1044 recently honored school bus drivers from Tar Heel, Dublin and Plain View schools.
The drivers were treated to a cool-out with hamburgers, hotdogs and all the trimmings.  All were presented a certificate of appreciation and a gift bag.

Sept. 26, 2014
Water customers of the Town of Elizabethtown in Bladen County living in the area of Mercer Mill Rd. at Mercer Mill Apts.Bldg. 1 thru 8 (Hill St. Apts.) Will be experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the water distribution system due to a water main rupture and the Repair.   Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increase the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.

 Therefore, The Town Elizabethtown and the NC Division of Environmental Health advise that until & when water pressure is restored, 

If you need Emergency Services in Bladen County, can you be found?
Bladen County EMS officials are concerned about locating local residents in need of their services.
What if....you or a family member or friend suffered a heart attack, a 911 call is made and no one shows up to assist...Actually, they may be searching for the person in need, but lack of proper numbering of your home may cause the EMS visit to be delayed.  And a delay may cause a real problem for the person in need.
That is actually occurring now in Bladen County, according to Bradley Kinlaw, Bladen County Emergency Services Director.
Arizona Based Contractor to build Duke solar plant in Bladen
Phoenix Solar, an Arizona based company will build a new solar plant in Bladen County for Duke Energy.
The solar panels will will be manufactured by Yingli Solar.
According to a Duke spokesman, construction will begin in early 2015 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
General Election Underway in Bladen County
The Bladen County Board of Elections had mailed out 704 absentee ballots as of Wednesday, September 24, according to Cynthia Shaw, Director of the agency.
Absentee voting by mail began September 5, 2014.  The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by 5 p.m. or hand delivered to the Bladen County Board of Elections office by the voter or voter's near relative.
Bladen Community College selects new leaders for Continuing Education, Allied Health
Jack McDuffie
    Two veteran Bladen Community College employees have been appointed for leadership positions.  Sondra Guyton has been appointed Vice President for Continuing Education and Sharron Thomas, as Director of Allied Health.  BCC President Dr. William Findt announced both appointments on Wednesday.  He said that the college is fortunate to have both at the college and that both have accepted their assignments.  He noted that both have extensive experience in the community college environment.
USPS Announces Plans to resume Network Rationalization in 2015
The United States Postal Service has issued letters to customers advising of its plans to resume rationalization (closures and consolidations) of its network of mail processing facilities, which began in 2012.
According to an earlier notice the Postal Service is providing a six month advance notice of consolidations, for up to 82 facilities, which will begin early January, 2015 and is expected to be completed by the fall mailing season.
6 Bladen projects listed on State Transportation Improvement Program

The N.C. Department of Transportation on Tuesday released the final scores for 3,100 division and regional projects, based on criteria contained in the Strategic Mobility Formula, a project prioritization process established last year by the new Strategic Transportation Investments law. Six Bladen County projects are among those listed.

The law was created to make more efficient use of available funds, allowing for more local input and the ability to do more projects with limited dollars. The scores are not the final determination of which projects will be programmed, but will be considered along with other factors including completion of environmental 

Clarkton Dixie Youth needs a house
Clarkton Dixie Youth baseball is seeking a vacant house or building to use for their annual haunted house.  The funds raised from their haunted house project is used to offset the cost of playing baseball for the local children including the upkeep for a fantastic baseball facility that area residents are proud of.
The owner could receive a tax write off for the total amount of money raised, according to the Dixie Youth leaders.
Questions should be directed to Graham Burney (910) 874-4457, Billy Marsh (910) 625-6863 or Shyron Robinson at (347) 640-1415 or email clarktondyb@gmail.com.

Keep your new smartphone secure, AG Cooper urges
Release date: 9/24/2014

Raleigh: As technology enthusiasts stand in line to get the latest smartphones, Attorney General Cooper wants to remind consumers to take precautions to keep personal information stored on mobile phones secure. 
“Your phone can contain just as much personal information and sensitive data as your computer and your wallet,” Cooper said.  “A lost, stolen or unsecured smartphone can leave you vulnerable to identity theft, credit card fraud and other threats.”

Peak-season soil fee period announced for 2014-2015

RALEIGH – Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees.

There will be a $4 fee per sample for those received during the lab’s peak-processing time of Nov. 25 through March 31. Samples received before Nov. 25 or after March 31 will be processed without a fee. Most soil samples for home grounds and gardens can be collected April through November when the fee is not in effect.

Elizabethtown Rescue Fundraiser
The Elizabethtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(5) charitable organization will be conducting their 2014 annual barbecue pork and chicken dinner fundraiser on Friday, October 2, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Plates are $7 each or a combination is $10, eat in or take out. 
Squad members realize the economy is not the best, however, the needs are many and they have set a goal of $5,000. 
A Bladen County History Lesson
source Wikipedia
Bladen County was formed in 1734 as Bladen Precinct of Bath County from New Hanover Precinct, It was named for Martin Bladen, a member of the Board of Trade.  With the abolition of Bath County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties.
Originally, Bladen was a vast territory with indefinite northern and western boundaries.  Reductions in its extent began in 1750, with its western part became Anson County.  In 1752 the northern part of Bladen County was combined with parts of Granville County and Johnston County to form Orange County. 

NC DHHS Confirms Enterovirus D68 Has Reached North Carolina
Raleigh, NC - The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today confirmed the presence of enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, in six patients from North Carolina. The specimens that tested positive for EV-D68 were obtained from children ages 10 and under with respiratory illnesses. Testing was conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on specimens submitted from hospitals across the state.

Specific information about the children, including county of residence or hospital location, is not being released in order to protect patient confidentiality.

Lisbon Road Closed and Under Routine Maintenance
Lisbon Road has been closed for about a week now due to routine maintenance. The road crew said, "The road will be closed for the next three weeks, but we try to have it opened back up every Thursday for the weekend traffic." 

The road is currently closed JUST PAST the Elkton Road and Lisbon Road intersection.  For the next three weeks keep in mind our road crews are working hard to keep Lisbon Road up to the state's standards.

Turnout will be Important in Upcoming General Election
Political campaigning is underway and will be for the next 6 weeks.  With close races expected for U.S. Senate and Bladen County Sheriff's race, the question is, who can get the largest number of their supporters to the polls.
In checking previous elections, in off-year elections (when there is no Presidential Election) the total number of voters tends to be less.  For instance, in 2012, a Presidential election year, 16,065 Bladen County voters cast a ballot.  In 2010, a non Presidential election year, 12,706 voters visited the polls. 

One North Carolina Small Business Program Provides Matching Funds for Technology

RALEIGH –North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has announced that applications are now being accepted under the FY2014-2015 solicitation of the One North Carolina Small Business Matching Funds Program. This program provides funding to help small businesses develop and commercialize innovative new technologies.

Under the Matching Funds Program, the State of North Carolina will issue a matching grant of up to $50,000 

Hurricane season unusually quiet this year
Residents of eastern North Carolina understand hurricanes are regular visitors to the area and August, September and October are the most likely time of the year for strong winds and rainfall.
As of this date, 2014, hurricanes have, for the most part, strayed far from the coast of North Carolina.   

HCA 7th Grade Takes Science to the Sea
Haley Bowles {HCA Junior)
Publications Staff
For the second consecutive year, Harrells Christian Academy seventh graders attended a 3-day environmental education program in Salter Path, North Carolina. This interactive science camp Called “Sound to Sea” is located on the Bogue Sound. While there, HCA students participated in various activities that focused on ocean and salt marsh life, forest and pond ecology, bird and mammal studies, sea turtle studies, and squid dissection. 

What you need to know about voting in the November 4, General Election
October 10, 2014...Voter registration deadline for General Election
October 23, 2014...One-Stop Voting Begins.
October 28, 2014...Last day to request an Absentee Ballot by mail.
Grants from state trust fund help finance Bladen County project
The newest grants from the state's Clean Water Management Trust Fund will help conserve environmentally important land and protect waterways serving millions of North Carolinians.
The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund board agreed recently to help fund 38 projects form the mountains to the coast.  The board  awarded $12.7 million for land acquisition as well as water restoration and innovative stormwater projects.

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

RALEIGH – Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, can apply for assistance through the program. The program will pay 75 percent of the cost of certification up to a total of $750.
Under the grant, operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, wild crop and handler/processor. 

Funding for Southeastern Community & Family Services’ Head Start Program Continues
Agency Moves Forward with Other Programs
Lumberton, NC – Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc.’s (SCFS), a Community Action Agency based in Lumberton, NC, has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that it will continue to fund the Agency’s Head Start Program for the 2014-2015 program year. The annual funding amount for the program is $11,048,865, which will continue over the next five years contingent upon an annual renewal process. The announcement by HHS to continue funding trails several program victories for the Agency this year including the Region IV Head Start Association, Inc. (RIVHSA) naming one of SCFS’ teachers, Marcus Rouse, a Head Start teacher at Hoke Head Start Center in Raeford, as the 2014 Teacher of the Year.

BURGAW, N.C. (September 18, 2014) – Four County EMC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, October 6, at Pender High School, 5380 NC Hwy. 53 West in Burgaw. The meeting is open to all Four County EMC members. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will kick off at 7:00 p.m.


(L) - Milton Bullock (aka) “Th e Golden Platter” will entertain his Motown tunes along with Mary Tate “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar” at Four County EMC’s 65th Annual Membership Meeting. Members present will also have a chance to win prizes including this retired GMC-Seirra pickup truck!   

NCDOT Prepares for Biannual Litter Removal Event Tuesday, September 16


RALEIGH – Preparations are underway by the N.C. Department of Transportation for its statewide Fall Litter Sweep taking place Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2014. Many groups participate in each Litter Sweep, the department’s biannual statewide roadside litter cleanup, including Adopt-A-Highway groups, NCDOT maintenance crews, Department of Public Safety inmate crews, community service workers and other statewide volunteers.
“The success of Litter Sweep is based upon the volunteers participating statewide,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I thank all the volunteer participants in donating their time to remove litter from the state’s roadsides. All of us promote litter prevention by securing loads and not disposing of unwanted trash on our roadways.” 

Caregiver Education Series Emergency Preparedness Guide
Sponsored by: Community Home Care & Hospice

Community Hospice knows the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  Families caring for terminally ill loved ones are especially vulnerable and need to be prepared for a disaster sooner than rather than later.  Depending on the severity of the situation, it is extremely beneficial to have a plan in the event of a disaster such as hurricanes, tornados, floods or ice events.

SHIIP counselors can help with Medicare Part D program

Are you or someone you know on Medicare? Do you pay more than $5 for yur prescription drugs? Do you have a limited monthly income?

If so, then you may qualify to receive help paying for your prescription drugs. Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors are available to review your coverage. In Bladen County, contact Division of Aging Senior Center Director Amy Ruffin at 872-6331 for an appointment. The open enrollment period for 2015 begins Oct. 15, 2014 and ends Dec. 7, 2014.

SHIIP serves as an information source. It does not sell insurance.

Click here to view the Part D benefit parameters for 2014 and 2015.

Free Trapping Class at Singletary Lake State Park
The N.C. Trappers Association and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are sponsoring a Free Trapping Class Saturday, October 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Singletary Lake State Park, 6707 N.C. 53 East, Kelly, NC.
Learn about trapping beavers, coyotes and other furbearers, proper use of footholds, snares and bodygrip traps, trapping techniques and other skills.  There will be classroom and field instruction.  Lunch will be provided by NCTA.
Pre-registration is required.  Cal 910-231-4717.
note..You do not have to be a licensed trapper or hunter to attend this course.

2nd Annual Trail of Pink planned
Bladen County Senior Center is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Trail of Pink, Friday, October 3rd from 3 to 6 p.m.  Plans are to make a huge circle around the DSS and Senior Citizens building to honor and remember those touched by cancer.  Luminaries will be placed on the trail in honor or in memory of a special person or persons.
You are invited to be a part of the Trail of Pink.  Purchase a luminary or just make a contribution to the cause.  All proceeds from the event will go to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
To register for the event or to purchase a luminary, or just receive more information about Trail of Pink, call Amy Ruffin at the Bladen County Senior Citizens Center.  Her number is (910) 872-6331.


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


Sept. 30.....The Bladen Soil  and Water Conservation District Supervisors will meet Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 8 a.m., McDuffie Library, Powell-Melvin Agriculture Center, Elizabethtown, NC.  For more info, call 910-862-3179, opt. 3.

Oct 1-3
...Hammond's Creek Associational Revival will be hosted by Elizabethtown First Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Martin Street, Elizabethtown from Wednesday, Oct. 1 thru Friday, October 3.  Dr. O.T. McMillan of A.M.E. Zion Church of Spring Lake will be the guest speaker.

Oct 3
.....!!!!!!! FISH FRY !!!!!!! White Oak Family Worship Center will be having their annual fish fry on Friday October 3, 2014 beginning at 10:30 am. The event will take place in the parking lot at Andersons Drug Store beside the auto parts store. The fresh and hot plates will include FISH, SLAW, SWEET POTATO FRIES and HUSHPUPPIES all for only $7.00. We look forward to seeing you again this year. For more information or deliveries please call 991-6711 0r 866-5343. Thank you for your continued support.

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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
Farm Bureau
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
Oak Estates I and II
Poplar Heights 
Rodney's Barber Shop
Southeastern Health
Star Telephone Membership Corporation
Tatum Estate Sales and Liquidation Services 
U. S. Cellular
Walane Gas Company
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