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Bladenboro holds Christmas tree lighting
The town of Bladenboro was filled with excitement as folks gathered at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on Friday evening for the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. Cookies were prepared by New Light Church and the Bladenboro Rotary Club prepared and served hot chocolate to help ward off the cold.
The evening was warmed when Don White with Boost the ‘Boro got things started by calling on Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth who welcomed everyone to town. Rev. Bert Young gave the invocation. READ MORE
This Day in History for December 3
1828 – Andrew Jackson elected 7th US President.
1834 – First US dental society organized (NY)
1883 – 48th US Congress (1883-85) convenes. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on December 3
Lowest Temperature 16 degrees 1960
Precipitation 1.52 inches 1929
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 58 degrees
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
East Bladen at South Columbus football broadcast
Bladen Online has broadcast of East Bladen at South Columbus football playoff game. Joe Melvin and Ricky Leinwand on the call. To listen, click https://www.youtube.com/user/kjones9999/live. John Clark will have a complete game report Saturday morning on Bladen Online.
Installation of newly elected commissioners on hold until election results certified
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet as scheduled on Monday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse. However, the election of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman and the swearing in of newly elected commissioners will not take place, according to Bladen County Manager Greg Martin. READ MORE
Parade goers are asked to arrive early
Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt is asking those who will be attending the annual Bladenboro Christmas Parade to arrive early to get a good viewing spot. Everyone is asked to arrive by 10 a.m. and Chief Hunt said the roads will be closed beginning at 10:15 a.m. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.
“Once the roads are closed, no traffic will be allowed through until it ends,” said Chief Hunt. READ MORE
Still time to get your donations in for Christmas for Kids
With the temperatures getting colder and Christmas drawing nearer, the Bladenboro Police Department is now accepting donations for their annual Christmas for Kids drive. Police Chief Chris Hunt said the goal this year is to be able to take 25 students from Bladenboro Primary School Christmas shopping.
Chief Hunt said that the department has planned the shopping trip for Tuesday, December 13. He said the staff at Bladenboro Primary School chose the students who will get to go shopping with a police officer. READ MORE
Don’t Wait. Make a Plan for Your Recovery
If you are living in a hotel paid by FEMA under the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, remember this assistance is short-term. The program is scheduled to end Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. READ MORE
Bladenboro to hold Christmas tree lighting tonight and parade set for Saturday morning
The town of Bladenboro is set to hold their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Bladenboro Farmers Market.
New Light Church will be serving cookies and the Bladenboro Rotary Club will be supplying plenty of hot chocolate to chase away the cold. Santa will also be present to hear the wishes of each girl and boy who attend. READ MORE
FEMA releases updated figures for Individual Housing Program
An update from FEMA that was released on Friday, December 2, shows that 2,519 residents have applied to the IHP program and $1,584,343.49 has been approved. In total, of the 45 counties that have been declared a federal disaster area, 75,821 applications have been received and $80.03 million has been approved for the IHP program. READ MORE
Bladenboro Primary School releases first nine weeks honor roll
Makenna Thurman READ MORE
Bladen Lakes Primary School has released the first nine weeks honor rolls
A HONOR ROLL
Cameron Gardner, Kayden Hammonds, Anayah Mateo, Bella Robinson, and Taylor Wheeless. READ MORE
Bladen County Public Library branches gearing up for Holidays with children’s programs
The Bladen County Public Library’s main branch and the Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro and the Clarkton Public Library in Clarkton are all gearing up for the Holiday season with children’s programs.
The main branch of the library located in Elizabethtown will have a Kids Christmas Party on Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m. Minors must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register your child for this event, call 910-862-6990 by December 13. READ MORE
NC State Board of Elections to hold hearing on Saturday on Dowless protest
The North Carolina State Board of Elections is scheduled to hold a hearing on Saturday, December 3, regarding a protest filed by Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. He filed a protest before the November election with the Bladen County Board of Elections alleging voter fraud.
The NC State Board of Elections met earlier in November and took over jurisdiction of the protest. Dowless is alleging in his protest that voter fraud ocurred in the Soil and Water District race. Dowless alleges that about 150 absentee ballots were filled out and signed by a small number of individuals. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for December 2
I mentioned BladenOnline numbers yesterday for the previous week. Today, we have numbers for the month of November, and they are very good, again. 474,837 pages viewed, 90,141 visits and we had 33,611 users. For the year 2016, we are ‘on tract’ to reach 6 million pages viewed. That, my friends, is very impressive.
The final decision to proceed with BladenOnline was made ’bout this time of the year, 2007. Our first official edition was posted February 1, 2008. READ MORE
This Day in History for December 2
1944 – US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Star.
1951 – Don Hutson’s #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise.
1956 – Fidel Castro lands with “Granma” on coast of Cuba. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1
Bladen Crisis/United Way Center will be open Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm
There are plenty of new items for people whose homes were flooded during Hurricane Matthew. Shoppers need to bring their FEMA papers with them. READ MORE
North Carolina’s October County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 7.3
RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 44 of North Carolina’s counties in October, decreased in 22, and remained unchanged in 34. Robeson County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent. Six of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, three decreased, and six remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.2 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.8 percent. The October not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.9 percent.
Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above October 51 48 1 September (Revised) 55 45 0 READ MORE
Former Elizabethtown Manager takes over the reins of Pittsylvania County, Va
Smitherman has also served as interim county manger for Onslow and Hyde counties in North Carolina and served as County Manger for Lee County. He has also worked as a consultant for Bear Strategies. Bear Strategies is a consulting firm that works with governing bodies on governmental relations, project management and other things. READ MORE
Local farmers market to be open during the Holiday season
The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open every Friday and Saturday. Hours will be Friday from 2 until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. During the month of December they will offer homemade cakes and there will be fresh produce and pecans sold outside. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about Economic Development
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about Economic Development on Wednesday during their weekly luncheon meeting held at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.
Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess led the discussion on Wednesday and told the Rotarians about a recent Economic Impact Analysis that was performed on the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. READ MORE
Crazy Fun Color Run A Great Success for United Way of Bladen County
The United Way 5K Color Fun Run and Walk was a great success Saturday. One of the event organizers, Bob Mundy announced at the start the participants had helped raise a lot of money for our local Bladen County United Way.
The event was held at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown, with a start and end at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Many local agencies and supporters helped pull off this second annual event in Bladen County. This year’s run was delayed from its original date of October 15 to a new date of Saturday, November 19, 2016. The weather was beautiful and the families had a blast getting CRAZY and COLORFUL for a great cause. READ MORE
Emereau charter school enrolling students and seeking educators
The new Bladen County charter school, Emereau:Bladen, held their first board meeting in the new office on W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown on Tuesday evening.
Kate Alice Dunaway, Emereau Director, gave a report on the Ready to Open meetings, read through the policies and other business items on the agenda. READ MORE
Modified Bladen Sports Network will be live broadcasting the East Bladen vs. South Columbus game
The East Bladen High School football team will be traveling to face the South Columbus High School football team this Friday, December 2nd for the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs. If you are unable to make it out the watch the game, but want to listen to the play by plays, join us live!
Joe Melvin will be announcing the live modified Bladen Sports Network audio broadcast on BladenOnline.com’s Facebook page for you to listen in on for a full real-time report of the game Friday. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Bladen County Shrine Club holds fish fry Wednesday
The Bladen County Shrine Club held their annual fall fish fry on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Shrine Club had two locations for the fish fry — Bo’s Foods in Bladenboro and the Food Lion Parking Lot in Elizabethtown. The aroma of fresh, hot fish permeated the air in both locations.
At noon the lines were long as folks patiently waited their turn to receive their plates. Plates consisted of fresh hot fish, sweet potato chips, and slaw. READ MORE
Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has new Chef on staff
Boswell said his most recent appointment was serving as Executive Chef for the Oceanic Restaurant in Wrightsville beach. He has worked for LM Restaurants, operators of Oceanic, for about 12 years. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Optimist Club is selling Christmas trees
Elizabethtown Optimist Club started their annual Christmas tree fundraiser the Thanksgiving day. According to Evan Britt, the club has already sold a lot of trees. READ MORE
Bladenboro Middle School releases first quarter honor rolls
Superintendent’s List: (96 +)
Steven Batton, Malachin Barnett, Jesse Gause, Riley Mc Intyre, Megan Pait and Nicholas Phillips. READ MORE
North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, increasing 0.2 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.9 percent.
North Carolina’s October 2016 unemployment rate was 0.7 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 20,166 over the month to 4,616,686 and increased 113,006 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 10,095 over the month to 237,205 and decreased 31,582 over the year. READ MORE
Federal court orders North Carolina to redraw legislative maps, conduct special election in 2017
With the dust barely settled from the 2016 Presidential election, voters in North Carolina are going to have to go to the polls in a special legislative election in 2017 following a federal court ruling on Tuesday. In a ruling made earlier in 2016, the US District Court ruled that the current legislative maps were unconstitutional as two districts were drawn based solely on race and ordered the NC General Assembly to redraw the maps. READ MORE
Bladen County Shrine Club to conduct Fish Fry Nov. 30
The event was rescheduled from its original date of Oct. 12 due to Hurricane Matthew. READ MORE
Volunteers and Donations Needed in North Carolina for Disaster Recovery
After a disaster, because people in various communities come forward to assist family, friends and neighbors in need, there may be a belief that survivor needs are being met everywhere in the state. However, there is a shortage of volunteers particularly in the hardest-hit counties in North Carolina. Your help is needed. READ MORE
7 tips to keep your holiday fresh and green
Clarkton, NC – Christmas will soon be here. Some Bladen County residence already have their homes decorated with green fresh cut trees.
Cape Fear Heating & Cooling in Clarkton has seven tips to keep you safe and the heat from drying out your fresh green Christmas tree. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Bladen County Board of Elections rejects Register protest
The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon to address a preliminary hearing on the protest filed by Bladen County Commissioner District 3 candidate Ken Register Jr.
Bladen County Attorney Leslie Johnson was in attendance for the preliminary hearing and addressed the audience. He noted that the North Carolina General Statues state the Board of Elections “shall” as soon as possible after the protest is filed, conduct a preliminary hearing. READ MORE
Bladen County GOP meets
The Bladen County Republican Party met Monday evening in Elizabethtown to celebrate the newly elected republicans. Congressman Robert Pittenger, and newly elected Commissioners David Gooden, Ashley Trivette and Ray Britt were all present. READ MORE
Bladenboro to hold Christmas tree lighting on Friday and parade set for Saturday
New Light Church will be serving cookies and the Bladenboro Rotary Club will be supplying plenty of hot chocolate to chase away the cold. Santa will also be present to hear the wishes of each girl and boy who attend. READ MOREFamily medicine residency clinic offers additional access to health care
Patients in need of medical care have another access point in the community through the Southeastern Family Medicine Residency Clinic. This non-traditional clinic features medical residents from throughout the country with specialized education in family medicine, enabling them to treat infants and children as well as adults. These physicians are knowledgeable about the latest medical trends and technology and use a team approach for their care. Family Medicine Physician and Program Director Dr. Donald Morando consults with these physicians-in-training to ensure that they have an experienced physician as a reference as they provide care for general health issues. READ MORE
Farmers Markets offer variety of goods for holiday planning
The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open every Friday and Saturday. Hours will be Friday from 2 until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. During the month of December they will offer homemade cakes and there will be fresh produce and pecans sold outside.
State Highway Patrol Employees and Citizens Receive Departmental Awards
RALEIGH – Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, and Frank L. Perry, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, presented several members and citizens with awards in a ceremony today. The awards given included the State Highway Patrol Award of Valor, Purple Heart Award, Meritorious Service Award, Samaritan Award, Humanitarian Service Award and the Appreciation Award. READ MORE
East Arcadia school releases honor rolls for first nine weeks
Josue Cruz, Raheem Lewis, Kylie Thrailkill READ MORE
Continued Temporary Housing Assistance a Step Toward Recovery
If you are getting rental assistance from FEMA and repairs to your flood-damaged North Carolina home are taking longer than expected, you may be eligible to receive continued temporary housing assistance. The aid is available to eligible homeowners and renters.
You may qualify for continued assistance if you demonstrate your need and develop a longer-term or permanent housing plan or demonstrate progress toward one. READ MORE
Today is Giving Tuesday: give the gift of your time
Giving Tuesday is a global day for everyone to take a moment and either make a contribution or volunteer their time with a charitable organization of their choice. #GivingTuesday falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is a way that you can become involved in your community. READ MORE
Food Lion Donates 110,000 Meals to Feeding America® on #GivingTuesday
This #GivingTuesday, Food Lion will celebrate the season of giving with the gift of food. For the third year in a row, Food Lion Feeds, the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, will make a $10,000 donation, or 110,000 meals, to Feeding America®. The donation also supports the company’s “Holidays Without Hunger” in-store campaign.
“Food Lion is committed to ending hunger in the towns and cities we serve,” said Christy Phillips-Brown, director of External Communications & Community Relations at Food Lion. “Programs like ‘Holidays Without Hunger’ and our hunger-relief partners, Feeding America and food banks in our key communities, help us make progress toward that goal.” READ MORE
Toy drive at local radio station in Bladen County
A local radio station helping with a toy drive. The WBLA AM radio station in conjunction with the US Marines and Lu Mil Vineyard is supporting Toys-for-Tots, everyone deserves Christmas. Please bring new unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts for the less fortunate children in the community. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Dr. Roxie Wells talks about rural healthcare and Bladen County Hospital
“I became interested in medicine as a child,” said Dr. Wells.
Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Wells taught science at James Kenan High School in Warsaw. She said after teaching for a while, she applied to medical school at East Carolina University and was accepted into the program. She performed her residency in New Hanover County. READ MORE
FFA and 4-H gearing up for Regional Chicken Project
The Regional Chicken Project is an opportunity for youth in FFA and 4-H in the Southeastern Region to learn more about the livestock industry. Through this project, youth will get to choose hens or broiler chicks to purchase at a discounted rate. The birds will be raised and youth will complete a project record book to record their care and knowledge learned about chickens. READ MORE
No-Cost Business Seminars at BCC
How to Start/Expand a Cleaning Service is Tues., Dec. 13, from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library at 111 N. Cypress St. READ MORE
Festival of Trees is “Sharing the Love”
The annual holiday benefit for Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Health’s program of care for terminally ill patients and their families, will kick off this year’s celebration with a preview party for sponsors and decorators on Saturday, Dec. 3, with featured speaker SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson. The preview event will include recognition of donors and decorators for their support and dedication to the Festival. READ MORE
Highway Patrol Employees and Civilians to Receive Awards: Bladen and Columbus Troopers to be recognized
Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Frank L. Perry, Secretary of the Department of Public Safety will present several employees and civilians with awards from the department and the Highway Patrol in a ceremony on Tuesday, November 29th, at 10 a.m. at the State Bureau of Investigation Auditorium, 3318 Old Garner Road, Raleigh.
The awards given will include the State Highway Patrol Award of Valor, Purple Heart Award, Meritorious Service Award, Samaritan Award, Humanitarian Service Award, and the Appreciation Award. Members of Troop B, District 5, assigned to Bladen and Columbus counties are on the list to receive recognition. READ MORE
SeHealth consolidates Bladenboro clinic with Clarkton clinic
Southeastern Medical Clinic Bladenboro has merged with Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Health Center Clarkton location. Physician Assistants Heather Walters and Amy Ransom as well as the clinic support staff have transitioned to the Clarkton location. Bladenboro patients have the option of transferring either to the Clarkton location, Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake or to any other SeHealth primary care clinic located throughout the region. READ MORE
Single-car crash in Bladenboro claims second life
A tragic single-car crash that ocurred on Saturday afternoon near Bladenboro has turned into a double fatality, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The crash ocurred at 3:30 p.m. on NC 131 near the intersection of Old Abbottsburg Road. READ MORE
Sheriff’s Office turns out for photo session
It’s that time of year again. Bladen County Sheriff’s Department’s photo shoot by Gordon Kinlaw.
North Carolina board could consider key ballot appeal this week – WWAY TV3 READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago
N.C. Wildlife Officer Dennis Thompson was promoted to Franklin, Vance and Warren counties. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Santa rides into town in the annual Christmas Parade
Photos contributed by: Leslie Cordle
Santa was spotted in Bladen County this weekend, and was seen riding into town in the local parade. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Christmas parade at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27th. Tiina Mundy, Chamber President, said the weather was perfect and she was very pleased with the turn out.
Some of the Chamber Ambassadors and board members road on a float this year throwing out Shop Local bags and crowns. READ MORE
Festivities and savings are not over in Bladen County
Bladen County had a busy Thanksgiving week. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday was successful according to both shoppers and local business owners in the area. Lu Mil Vineyard kicked off their annual light show Saturday, but the holiday fun is just beginning.
The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Christmas Parade, Sunday, November 27th at 3p.m. READ MORE
Thanksgiving Pet of the Week – Cat room is full at Bladen County Animal Shelter
Shop local this holiday season
The local and state Chamber of Commerce is promoting the #ShopLocal campaign. Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday. View our Holiday Shopper for Bladen County businesses. READ MORE
Bladen residents report Kirby Vacuum encounter
Bladen County residents are reporting encounters with someone claiming to represent Kirby Vacuum on Monday. The residents described the vehicle as a blue-green Toyota car with Florida license plates occupied by three women and one male.
A resident said the group claimed they were selling Kirby Vacuums and giving away a free box of Tide laundry detergent to anyone who signed up. READ MORE
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