> Harnett Health System hopes its partnership with Cape Fear Valley is the cure for its ailing finances

> Authorities seek man who wandered away from group home

> Our View: Creative efforts needed for small towns to rebound

> Kerr Scott biographer: Force of personality changed the state

Hospice offers free health directives clinics
 
Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host a free Begin the Conversation clinic from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown
 
Clinics will be from 10-11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. These sessions, which are free to everyone in all stages of life, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions.
“At any time in your life, you may be unable to communicate your healthcare choices as a result of an injury or serious illness. Having a plan will make it easier for you, your doctor, and your loved ones to ensure your wishes are honored,” said Jason Clamme, LCFH director of community outreach.
Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
 
The North Carolina Division of School Financing urges consolidation of schools in Bladen County. Their suggestion was to combine Clarkton, East Arcadia and Elizabethtown into one school and combine Bladenboro and Tar Heel into one school.
 
Canady Jewelers was burglarized and lost $50,000 in merchandise.
 
Harold Marlowe was named President of Pioneer Savings and Loan.

NCDOT update on road closures in Bladen County
 
CLOSINGS:
 
SR 1709 (Coley Road)
SR 1709 (Coley Road) will remain closed until repairs can be made to the bridge over Hammond Creek.
 
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road)
Due to the timing and volume of rainfall, we have been unable to complete the crossline replacement on SR 1712 located 0.31 Miles west of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road). 

Special Called Meeting in Bladenboro
 
A Special Meeting of the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has been called for Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7  p.m. at Town Hall.
 
Purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel, consideration of Chief Hunt's recommendation and to deal with a budget amendment for McLean Park.
 
As usual, the meeting is open to the public.

Thoughts While Shaving
 
Kinda looking forward to this rainy weather moving out of the area...but we do need the rain......and some sunshine.
 
For the cooks in the area, today is a day of preparation.....Thursday...Thanksgiving...with family and friends and turkey and more, including hunting for those that enjoy...
 
Small Business Saturday in Elizabethtown and sales for bargain hunters.   Sunday afternoon (Nov. 30), the Annual Christmas Parade through downtown Elizabethtown....Michael Boykin and the Mighty Voices share Grand Marshall status.

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 

Today - Rain, mainly before 1pm. High near 58. Southwest wind 13 to 17 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

  
Tonight - Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind 3 to 8 mph.

  
Thanksgiving Day - Sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 6 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

  
Thursday Night - Clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

State urges safety due to cold waters of waterfowl season
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
Between rising waterfowl populations, the Polar Vortex driving ducks south sooner, and popular TV shows, waterfowl hunting is more popular than ever this year.

  
The Wildlife Resources Commission wants duck hunters to enjoy the good shooting currently under way, but to keep the season safe, too. This year’s Home From The Hunt campaign is again emphasizing waterfowl hunters who use boats to exercise boating safety and hunting safety.

Elizabethtown Christmas Parde, Small Business Saturday  highlight first holiday weekend

The Christmas season begins this weekend in Elizabethtown.

Saturday, downtown stores will have holiday sales in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

Sunday, the Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, will take place. It's scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
November 26 2014: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Wednesday, November 26

1. President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789 as a "Day of Publick Thanksgivin," the first time, according to the National Archives, that Thanksgiving was celebrated under the new Constitution. Not sure when the "k" was dropped from "Publick" and a "g" was added to the end of "Thanksgivin," but do know that in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be on the last Thursday of November instead of on an exact date.

2. Bet you didn't know there's a Hot Dog Street located off Camden Road between Hope Mills and Fayetteville. 
This Day in History - November 26
 
1716---1st lion exhibited in America (Boston)
 
1778---Captain Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)
 
1789---1st National Thanksgiving in USA.
 
1825---1st college fraternity founded (Kappa Alpha (Union college, NY))
 
1832---1st streetcar railway in America starts operating (NYC) (12 cent fare)
 
1842---The University of Notre Dame is founded.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on November 26

  

Highest Temperature

83 degrees

1973

 

Lowest Temperature

21 degrees

1970

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

2.44 inches

2001

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 64 degrees.

Riding for Mike

   
    The family and friends of the late Mike Merritt excelled again this year in their drive to raise funds for the Mike W. Merritt Endowed Scholarship, a scholarship managed by the Bladen Community College Foundation and presented to students attending the college.  The group raises funds for the scholarship with an annual motorcycle (and car) ride.  This year the group raised $7,500, which they presented to BCC President William Findt and Foundation Director Linda Burney at a special presentation on Sunday at the White Lake Fire Department.  In photo are, from back row left, Dale  Brennan, chief of the White Lake Fire Department; Willie Merritt, Joan Brennan, Mark Merritt, Wayne Ramsey, and Pam Ramsey; front row from left, Evelyn Brennan; Dr. Findt; Megan Atkinson; Erin Merritt; Mary Collins; Priscilla Davis; and Bruney.  In front of the group is Maverick Merritt.  Mike Merritt was a very active member of the White Lake Fire Department until his untimely death several years ago.  He was the son of Willie and Evelyn Merritt and brother of Mark Merritt.

Bear E-stamp new this year
• “Bear stamp” causing some confusion among bruin hunters.

 
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
North Carolina’s new bear stamp will never be sought after like its waterfowling cousin – because the stamp only exists in cyberspace.

 
The bear E-stamp is an endorsement on hunting licenses, and required for hunting bears in North Carolina this year for the first time. The $10 E-stamp isn’t a traditional stamp like those sold for waterfowl hunters, but the data it will help provide is just as vital.

NCDA&CS offers tips on caring for fresh Christmas trees

  
RALEIGH – Over the next few weeks, North Carolina families will visit choose-and-cut farms, tree lots, farmers markets and shopping centers in search of the perfect fresh Christmas tree for their holiday decorations. It’s important to know how to care for the tree once you get it home.

  
 “For many families, choosing the perfect Christmas tree is the start of their holidays, and giving your tree proper care will ensure it stays fresh throughout the season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Keeping your tree hydrated will help prevent accidents that could ruin the holidays.”

The forgotten holiday
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
 

I always feel bad for Thanksgiving.
Ironically, I was having a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner when I realized how the holiday deserves our sympathy. It seems like only 20 years ago we honored what the day was about, namely reflecting on how God has blessed our often undeserving and all-too-often ungrateful country. Today it’s shunted aside as a day off to watch football and go shopping, two contact sports in which I have little interest.

East Bladen First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
 
9th Grade Honor Roll
The Superintendent’s List
Jacob Barber, Lataiya Daniels, Dawson Jessup
 
“A” Honor Roll
Ayanna Avery, Nicholas Lee Dove, Tyler Ezzell, Andrew Gill, Faith Johnson, Tyler Lloyd, Dylan Melvin, Blair Potter
 
“A/B” Honor Roll
Summer Ackiss, Ashley Aguilar, Tiara Allen, Josue Arteaga,

Baldwin Branch Delivers Thanksgiving
 
Members of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church delivered fifty-six (56) food baskets Monday to families throughout Bladen County just in time for Thanksgiving.  The baskets contained all the trimmings for a wholesome meal, desserts and a turkey.

Bladen County Hits------Pages------Visits

November 24

 

Year

Hits

Pages

Visits

2008

35,206

1,504

570

2009

97,024

2,574

1,038

2010

106,563

5,054

1,721

2011

150,902

7,911

2,008

2012

145,924

6,645

2,672

2013

195,117

8,724

3,145

2014

239,598

11,268

3,956

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Bridger Memorial librarian Faye Sykes retiring after 37 years

Faye Sykes has spent the past 37 years listening to the trains rumble through downtown Bladenboro, and once helped chase a chaos-causing squirrel out of Bridger Memorial Library. Along the way, she's made hundreds of friends and helped people find what they need.

When Bladenboro's branch of the Bladen County Public Library system closes Wednesday, "Miss Faye," as she's affectionately known, will retire from her job as a librarian that she's held since the summer of 1977.
NCDOT to suspend most road construction work over Thanksgiving

Packing up the family and heading to grandma's house out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday? Or, perhaps, gathering with friends for a road trip for Thanksgiving? If so, you'll be glad to hear the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most road construction work over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Construction will be suspended from 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 until 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1 on most construction projects along interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes with the following exceptions:

State Fire Marshal Urges Caution in the Kitchen this Thanksgiving
Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on an average day.

  
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin is reminding North Carolinians to be especially aware of kitchen and cooking safety on Thanksgiving, when it is easy to be distracted by activity and people in the home.

  
According to the National Fire Protection Association, home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally include cooking, with Thanksgiving being the leading day for reported cooking fires.

Governor McCrory Urges Citizens to Prepare for Winter Weather
November 24, 2014 • Public Safety

  
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has declared November 30 through December 6 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. He urged all residents to update their emergency plans and stock their emergency supplies kits.
 
“The four back-to-back winter storms we experienced earlier this year are good reminders that North Carolina winters can pack a punch,” said Governor McCrory.

New Office Open In Elizabethtown

  
Congratulations are in order for Tatum Realty and Property Management Services! The owners recently opened an office in downtown Elizabethtown.  The husband and wife team of Joe and Ginger Tatum started their real estate business shortly after being married in 1993.  Their roots are here, as Ginger grew up in the area and met Joe in high school at Clarkton High School.  With now 20+ years of experience, they continue to thrive in their FL location while now also focusing on southeastern North Carolina.

Gray arrested on first-degree murder charge

One of two men charged in the shooting death of Jerome Melvin was arrested Monday morning in Clarkton, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

Ernest Raysean Gray, 23, of Clarkton, was taken into custody on a first-degree murder charge after being captured without incident on Edgewood Street in Clarkton, said the Sheriff's Office. Gray is being held in Bladen County jail. His bail was set at $3.5 million.
White Lake Marine Top 100 Dealer
  
ORLANDO, FL (November 18th, 2014) Boating Industry announced the 10th annual list of Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Wednesday in Orlando.
White Lake Marine was selected as a Top 100 dealer for the 2nd year in a
row. "We are honored to be in this select group of dealers", said Dianne
deAndrade of White Lake Marine.
  
Being selected from of over 6,000 marine dealers in North America the award
highlights dealers who constantly are working to improve the customer
experience.

NCDA&CS urges shoppers to keep watch to make sure you are getting the right price at the register

  
RALEIGH – As retail stores gear up for the busy holiday season, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges shoppers to pay attention at the register to make sure sale items are ringing up at the right price.

  
“We have 21 inspectors throughout the state that inspect price scanners at grocery stores, discount stores and large-format retail stores as a part of their job,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

Bladen Financial Summary Report  

  

Bladen County Commissioners receive a monthly financial report from every department.  

  

The latest report was for the first 4 months (one third) of this fiscal year.  

 

  

33.94% of all revenues have been collected. 

  

Checking more closely:  

  

50.93%, or $9,961,746 of Ad Valorem Property Taxes had been collected as of October 31.

ELIZABETHTOWN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

   

Dr. “M” Announces First 9 Weeks

Headmaster’s and Honor Roll List

 

HEADMASTER’S LIST

HONOR ROLL

 

Seventh Grade

Madison Cooke

Venna Metz

 

 

 

For Better Living
Sandra Cain
  

Reducing the Risk of Food Borne Illness
 
Food poisoning affects millions of Americans each year. Common symptoms are similar to the flu and may include headache, nausea, fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear within a few hours to a few days after eating.
 
There are four groups of people that are considered to be at higher risk of food borne illness:
young children, senior adults, pregnant women, and immune suppressed individuals

Hickory Grove VFD sponsors fundraiser for one of their own
 
The Hickory Grove VFD meet often to fight fires, for training and more.  Saturday they, along with volunteers from the community, sponsored a fundraiser for one of their own.
 
A bike ride, delicious food and crafts, inside and out, were all a part of the effort to raise money to support their fellow fireman Joey Merritt.
Pathologist questions handling of Lacy's body

 
A pathologist hired by the North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday questioned how the body of Bladenboro teenager Lennon Lacy was handled after he was founding hanging from a swing set near his home on the morning of Aug. 29.

Dr. Christina Roberts, who works for C.J. Consulting of America in Hernando, Fla., wrote in her report to the N.C. NAACP "there is conflicting information about what occurred at the scene between the representative from the Medical Examiner office and the police,"  

4K4 Food raises money for Bladen Crisis Assistance

 

There's nothing like a jog or a brisk walk on a sunny, yet chilly, morning. Just ask 11-year-old Harrison Devane.

"I just like to get out here and just run," said Harrison, who was among about 75 people Saturday morning who made their way around Elizabethtown Industrial Park as part of the 5th annual 4K4 Food fundraiser for Bladen Crisis Assistance. More than $3,500 is expected to be raised for the organization that helps people in need in Bladen County, said event organizer Tina Mundy.  

White Lake Multi-Use Path

The newly appointed Town of White Lake Parks and Recreation Board held a second public informational meeting regarding the proposed Multi-Use Path.  This project has been years in the planning stage and is now closer as a formal application has been made to the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for $258,000.  Eddie Madden and Joey Taylor, consultants on the project, made a presentation to a full house Tuesday evening at White Lake Town Hall.  This portion of the multi-use path would begin at Waterford Estates and go to the White Lake Marina.  
Bladenboro Police Dept. seeks donations for Christmas for Kids

The Bladenboro Police Department's annual Christmas for Kids outreach is planned for Dec. 9, and Chief Chris Hunt is seeking donations to help needy children at Bladenboro Primary School have gifts for Christmas.
   
Photo from 2013 shopping trip
  
"We're asking everyone who plans to donate to do so before Dec. 9," Hunt said. 

Bladenboro woman wins $20,000 in N.C. lottery

  
Pamela Hancock of Bladenboro won $20,000 recently playing the North Carolina Education Lottery's $4 million Multiplier Spectacular game, it was announced Friday. She was among 15 people who won between $10,000 and $25,000 in games over the past week, according to the NCEL.

The biggest win of the week went to Beverly Hall of Leland, who said she plans to use the $150,000 she won playing the Golden 7's game to pay off her mortgage.

Home From The Hunt campaign: Be Safe

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Home From The Hunt campaign reminds everyone who is hunting during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

"Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting," said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. "In the excitement of a holiday hunt, don't overlook the safety aspects. Make it a part of your planning. Stress the importance of everyone being careful."
Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Begins Nov. 17
Producers have Until March 31, 2015, to Choose the Program Best for their Operation

 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Elizabethtown High School Class of '59 holds reunion
 
“The 1959 graduating class of Elizabethtown High School held their 55th reunion on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the San Jose restaurant.  Those in attendance were:

  
Front row L to R: Irene (Robinson) Alford, Betty (Benton) Dove, Jeannie (Gooden) Upton, Elizabeth (Bedsole) Bowen, Carolyn (McDuffie) Smith, Norma Lou (Hester) Smothers, Jean (Daniel) Adams, Daisy (Peterson) Carr, Joanne (McSwain) Knox

  
Back row L to R: Ronny Hutchinson, Howard Johnson, Harold Dean Sasser, Marshall Sanderson, PW Jessup, Richard Smith, Elmer Gibson, Robert Bordeaux”

1st Annual Iron Company Competition

  
This past Thursday the East Bladen High School JROTC “Eagle” Battalion held its 1st Annual Iron Company Competition.  The cadets participated in a variety of physically taxing events such as the rigorous “Eagle Mile”, push-ups, sit-ups, a truck tire flip, Mini Cooper push/truck pull, tug-o-war, litter (stretcher)carry, soccer and more. The competitive atmosphere amongst units was evident throughout the day and really provided the fuel for a spirited competition.  At the end of the day, it was mighty Alpha Company that came out on top with decisive victories in five of the key events.

West Bladen FFA Wins State Land Judging
Jeremy Lynn Davis
WBHS FFA Reporter

    
            The West Bladen High School FFA Chapter participated in the 61st Annual North Carolina FFA Association Land Judging Career Development Event on November 14-15, 2014, in Pitt County, North Carolina. Team Members included Jeremy Davis, Nikki Locklear, Allison Morris, and Cody Roberts.

   
            This event teaches FFA members to analyze soil characteristics such as soil type, erosion, and drainage to determine the best possible use.

 

Mike Walden's You Decide:  What's happening to the middle class?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

  

During the campaigns leading up to the recent elections, we heard a lot about the middle class. Many – if not most – candidates tailored their messages and promises to helping those in the middle class improve their lives.
 
Why was this? One answer comes from political science and is termed the “median voter strategy.” 

North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released

   

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, decreasing 0.4 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate of 6.7 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.8 percent.

   
North Carolina’s October 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 17,508 over the month to 4,352,730, and increased 28,447 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 16,685 over the month to 293,635, and declined 54,551 over the year.  

Bladen County Farm Bureau Gives Thanks for the Farmers, Ranchers and Producers in our Surrounding Areas
 
Beginning with the American pilgrims, Thanksgiving has always focused on celebrating the harvest and abundance of food we are able to share with our family and neighbors.

 
The week leading into Thanksgiving is designated as National Farm-City Week and recognized due to the impact that agriculture has on our daily lives.  Agriculture is tied to 1 in 12 jobs in the nation as well as being Bladen County’s #1 industry. 

Faulk pleads guilty
 
Shawn Nathan Faulk of Clarkton pled guilty Monday, November 17, 2014 in Bladen County Superior Court to one count of Felony Malicious Maiming and was sentenced to 77 to 105 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
 
The charge arose out of an assault by the defendant on Robert Gooden, which occurred on April 28, 2012, resulting in the victim losing permanent use of his left eye.

Schools receive Student Attendance banner
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC - During the November Board of Education meeting, board members awarded three schools with the monthly Student Attendance banner.
 
In the elementary school division (R) with an average student attendance during the month of October at 96.56%, East Arcadia School, under the leadership of Ms. Dee Jones is the recipient for November.  Accepting on behalf of East Arcadia is Sarah Straw, 4th & 5th grade Math and Science teacher.
Bladenboro Primary's Terrific Kids
   

Pictured are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School.  Each month the students who are chosen Terrific Kids are recognized at a ceremony where they receive a Terrific Kids certificate, bumper sticker, and pencil.  Pictured with the students is John Howard Ward of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus County.  The club sponsors the Terrific Kid program at Bladenboro Primary School.

ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT LU MIL VINEYARD
 
DUBLIN, NC --Our team has assembled the most enchanting display of Christmas lights ever. With over one half million lights this year, it is more spectacular than ever. There are many enormous figurines and this year the huge display of the twelve days of Christmas stretches nearly the length of two football fields. There are more photo ops than ever, like the gigantic Christmas bear seen here. The beautiful oversized American flag is a tribute to our veterans and we hope everyone will keep CHRIST in your Christmas. 
Bladen County Road Openings/Closures
Ken Clark, Bladen County DOT Maintenance
    
OPENINGS: SR 1712 (Lisbon  Road)
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) will open Thursday afternoon and will remain open through Monday morning (see below).
 
UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR 1712 (Lisbon Road)
Beginning Monday, November 24 we plan to close SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) at a location 0.31 Miles west of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) in order to replace a crossline pipe.  The work should be completed by late Wednesday afternoon.

Autumn brings the fall of tree seed Bumper crop aids state's seedling program

   
RALEIGH – This autumn, tons of seed from many different tree species have hit the ground in record amounts. And squirrels weren’t the only ones looking for it.
N.C. Forest Service staff from across the state collected the seed used to grow more than 50 types of tree seedlings for the agency’s nursery program. The NCFS sells these native seedlings to landowners at low cost for a variety of purposes, such as reforestation, wetlands mitigation, aesthetic improvement and wildlife habitat creation.

NC NAACP: 'Quick call' made that Lacy's death was suicide

The North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, according to a letter addressed to Thomas Walker, who is the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Jon David, who is the district attorney for Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties, said in a statement that a "preliminary review of the investigation ... appears to be detailed, thorough and professional," but his office would welcome a federal investigation.
Community Mart in Elizabethtown robbed for second time

Two men armed with handguns robbed the Community Mart convenience store in Elizabethtown on Tuesday night, taking an undisclosed amount of money and several packs of cigarettes, according to Elizabethtown police Lt. Lonnie Cheshire.

It's the second time in five weeks the store at 909 East Broad Street has been robbed.
NOT A DREAM ANY MORE
 
Once a dream becomes reality, it is no longer a dream. That is what has happened with the Dublin Troop 622 Scout Hut restoration. The restoration of the log cabin hut is almost complete, and ready for scout meetings and community events. The scouts are so excited about having their own meeting place that they have been meeting while the work is going on.

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.

Special Events in Bladen and nearby areas
 
Dec. 1....Cape Fear Valley Health will kick off the holiday season with its annual Light of Life Tree Lighting ceremony on Monday, December 1.  The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with opening remarks in front of Cape Fear Valley Cancer Treatment & CyberKnife Center.  The lighting will follow at 5:20 p.m.  Sponsor lights placed on the ceremonial Grand Magnolia tree are hung to honor or memorialize loved ones or caregivers at Cape Fear Valley Health.  Lights are $25 per yer or $250 for a lifetime.  Light of Life is a Grateful Patients and Families program, which allows the public to express appreciation for care received at Cape Fear Valley.  Money raised is re-invested to help the health system buy new healing technology.
 
Dec. 7...Southeastern Hospice's annual Festival of Trees will celebrate "Here Comes Christmas" during this year's event which begins Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 1 p.m.  The festival is being held at Osterneck Auditorium at 102 N. Chestnut Street, directly across from Robeson County Library on Dec. 7th from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 8-9, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30  p.m.  A special Memorial Tree, which features the names of Southeastern Hospice patients who have passed away since December 2013, will also be featured at the event. 

Accepting Applications for Scholarships
 
Bladen County Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for their scholarships. The Cecil McClure Memorial Scholarship provides $500.00 per year and the R. Flake Shaw Scholarship provides $3,750.00 per year for four years of study at a college or university.  Two new scholarships are awarded each spring valued at $1,000.00 per year for two years of study at a community college.   
 
Applicants may apply through Bladen County Farm Bureau, by contacting Tammy Guyton at (910)645-2042. Eligibility requirements for both scholarships will be based on (1) financial need; (2) satisfactory scholastic record;

Hospice offers free Bladen holiday grief workshop

   
Hope for the Holidays is a free grief workshop offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Grief group discussions include understanding the grief process; coping with loss; defining realistic expectations for the holidays; and suggestions for creating new holiday traditions.

  
This free workshop will be from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Dec. 16, at LCFH’s Bladen office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.

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

       

Nov. 27....The Sword of the Lord Ministries, Inc invites those "in need" to have a Free Thanksgiving Meal with them on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th.  Enjoy a hot, delicious, healthy FREE meal from our family to YOURS.  Serving time from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at The Sword of the Lord Ministries, Inc. located at 404 Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown.  For more information, contact Tankeisha Graham at (910) 914-6284.

   

Nov. 27 & 28...The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Thursday, November 27th & Friday, November 28th. All other county collection sites will be closed Thursday, November 27th. However, all other sites will be open Wednesday, November 26th to compensate for this closure.

  

Nov. 30...The Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, December 30 in downtown Elizabethtown!  Call the Chamber for parade applications at 910-862-4368 or email.Dawn at tourism28337@embarqmail.com!  

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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
Harbor Inn
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.
Leinwands
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 
The Venue 
U. S. Cellular
Vineyard Golf at White Lake 
Walane Gas Company
White's Creek Baptist Church 
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