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Arm bands for law enforcement officers growing rapidly, drawing attention in other states

By: Erin Smith

BraceletAs folks look for various ways to show their support and appreciation for members of law enforcement, one area ministry—Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen—is offering arm bands that are emblazoned with John 15:13 on one side and “Brothers of the Badge” on the other. The bracelets have gained in popularity and the ministry has grown with bracelets being distributed statewide and they are beginning to draw attention in other states.

The bracelets are free to members of law enforcement and $2 each to members of the public.

Jeff Gause, one of the members of Bladen Christian Outdoorsmen, said the bracelet ministry is growing rapidly. Gause said the bracelets are even beginning to find their way to other states. He said he has shipped bracelet orders to both Florida and Georgia. READ MORE


Pet owners searching for two lost dogs

Lost Dogs in Bladen County North Carolina

If anyone has any information about either of the dogs in the photo, please contact Charlotte Smith at (910)876-5393 or Both dogs are from the Lisbon community in Bladen County. Both dogs went missing on Saturday, July 23rd.  READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 28

Thoughts While ShavingThe show continues in Philadelphia, Democrats on display.

Remember when you first had some interest in the race for president?  My first recollection of anything related to the election of a president was in the mid 50s when President Eisenhower was elected.

While testing memory, remember your first date?  Remember when you first met your spouse?  How about when you decided this is the one for me?

Can’t believe how so many take wedding vows so lightly, ’til death do us part’. READ MORE

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This Day in History – July 28

1866 – Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in US.

1896 – City of Miami incorporated.

1931 – Mob hitman Mad Dog Coll allegedly participates in a kidnapping attempt that results in the shooting death of a child, which earns him the nickname “Mad Dog”.

1933 – NFL divides into (2) 5 team divisions.

1943 – US President FDR announces end of coffee rationing in US.  READ MORE   

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 28

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature    103 degrees     2005

Lowest Temperature      55 degrees      1962

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation                  2.00 inches       1916

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 98 degrees.

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Prescription Drug Abuse – The Investigator’s Perspective

Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbusePrescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at Prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the final installment in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.

According to Investigator Richard Allen of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, prescription drug abuse is currently the biggest problem in Bladen County.

“I’ve been working [narcotics] for about six years and our main focus most of that time has been prescription pills,” said Allen.

Both Allen and Elizabethtown Police Department’s Criminal Investigator Dewayne Cheshire said narcotics are the motivation behind many other crimes like break-ins and robberies. READ MORE

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First Connect NC Bond Sale Takes Advantage of Historically Low Interest Rate

Gov. McCroryThis morning marked the inaugural sale of the first $200 million of the $2 billion Connect NC bond to support investments in our state’s education, parks, National Guard and water and sewer infrastructure introduced by Governor Pat McCrory and overwhelmingly passed by voters in March.

“This is a great day for North Carolina as we are one step closer to breaking ground on long-term infrastructure projects across the state to support our growth and quality of life for generations to come,” said Governor McCrory. “As one of only ten states in the nation with an AAA credit rating,  we are proud to report that North Carolina has experienced a strong demand for our bonds.”

Citigroup Global Markets Inc. submitted the lowest of six bids offering a historically low interest cost of 2.08 percent. Projects will begin receiving funds in mid-August. READ MORE

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Campbell University releases Dean’s List for Spring 2016

Campbell UniversityCampbell University has released the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester and one student from Bladen County was named to the list.

Named to the list was Summer Cain of Elizabethtown. She is pursuing a degree in Pharmacy.

Crossroads fundraiser planning taking shape

A group of citizens in Bladen County met on Tuesday at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church in Elizabethtown to continue planning for a fundraiser for Southeastern Carolina Crossroads with 100 percent of the proceeds going to benefit the program. The group has set their goals high. The group plans to raise $25,000 or more.

The Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is a faith-based program which serves men who are battling addiction. The program is designed to assist the men in developing a better understanding of the Word of God and how it affects their life as well offering support, treatment and guidance for their addictions. READ MORE


Spare Change to headline second show in Summer Sounds concert series

NYEbillboard2011Summer is officially underway and what better way to celebrate summer than with the second annual Summer Sounds concert series at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market this Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. The band for the evening will be Spare Change is presented by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors.

Admission to the concert is free and food and drinks are available for purchase. Food will be available for purchase from Cape Fear Chicken and Barbecue who is also a silver sponsor for the event; Lu Mil Vineyard, another silver sponsor,  will be on hand offering Muscadine wine and Muscadine slushies; and Sunset Slush of Bladen County will also be on hand offering tasty treats. READ MORE

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Gov. McCrory orders lowering of flags in honor of Korean War Veterans

Flag_of_North_CarolinaGovernor Pat McCrory has ordered that all North Carolina state flags be lowered to half-staff on all state facilities from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, July 27, for National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs estimates that 149,754 North Carolina citizens served in Korea between 1950 and 1953.

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Pet owners searching for two lost dogs

Lost Dogs in Bladen County North Carolina

If anyone has any information about either of the dogs in the photo, please contact Charlotte Smith at (910)876-5393 or Both dogs are from the Lisbon community in Bladen County. Both dogs went missing on Saturday, July 23rd.  READ MORE



Concerns about rashes at White Lake, addressed by Bladen Public Health Department

Recently the Bladen Public Health Department, upon reports of skin rashes occurring in some swimmers at White Lake, took two water samples to test for commonly occurring bacteria that may cause such symptoms.  Although this is not normally our expertise and/or scope of involvement to do testing of open natural bodies of water, we felt it may be helpful to all stakeholders and add beneficial information.  We also wanted to use an abundance of caution and fulfil our responsibility of investigating human health concerns affecting the community.

The two water samples were tested by the NC State Laboratory for Public Health (NCSLPH) and looked for Enterococci bacteria and Pseudomonas Auruginosa (PA) bacteria. READ MORE  

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White Lake Town Officials address concerns about skin rashes

Town of White LakeWhite Lake Town Officials are aware of the concerns that have been expressed about the recent skin rashes reported to local health officials.  The Town is working with these officials and the State of North Carolina to determine any possible links between the rashes and water activities in White Lake.

At this point in time, there has been no confirmation from local health officials that there are any serious health or safety concerns for anyone using the lake.  READ MORE  


North Carolina Producers Reminded of Nearing Deadline to Submit Nominations for Farm Service Agency County Committees

fsa logoThe U.S. Department of Agriculture North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, SED Bob Etheridge, today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2016, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.

“The August 1 deadline to submit nominations is quickly approaching,” said Etheridge. “If you’ve been considering nominating a candidate or nominating yourself to serve on your local county committee, I encourage you to go to your county office right now to submit that nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.” READ MORE  


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Steele earns doctoral degree

graduationRenee Steele, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Steele and the late Gloria Blue Steele of Clarkton, earned the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree at Fayetteville State University on May 7, 2016. READ MORE


Board of Elections to meet Wednesday

Bladen-County-Board-of-ElectionsThe Bladen County Board of Elections will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 27, 206 at 4:30 p.m. located at the Bladen County Board of Elections office 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC.

Bobby Ludlum, Chairman

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Kiwanis members, Emergency Responders work together on fundraiser

Last week the Kiwanis Club members and Bladen County Emergency Responders met to work on making their Fifty-Fifty Fear Factor Fundraiser a success. The Kiwanis Club is hoping to receive help for their children’s program and the Emergency Responders are hoping to receive funds for their training facility.

The group met at the new Bladen County Emergency Services training facility and hashed out all of the needs. Bradley Kinlaw, EMS Director, took the group on a tour of the facility showing everyone all of the needs that have to be addressed at the facility in order for the emergency personnel to take full advantage of the property. READ MORE

Alert: 6 tips to avoid IRS Scammers

By: Charlotte Smith

Bladenboro PoliceIn today’s world it is hard to trust strangers on the other end of your phone line. According to Chief Chris Hunt with the Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County residents have received phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, otherwise known as the IRS, only to find out the calls were from scammers.

The IRS scammers try to create a sense of urgency for the person receiving the call, they make threats of having a person arrested, and have several techniques to try and make the situation seem as though the scammer calling is really from the IRS, according to Hunt. READ MORE

Bladen County Habitat for Humanity gearing up for new build in E’town

By: Erin Smith

habitat-for-humanity-logoBladen County Habitat for Humanity is partnering with the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity and is preparing for a build on King Street in Elizabethtown.  Bladen County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dawn Madden said the ground breaking for the new build site is set for Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m. READ MORE


White Lake Baptist shows their support for Bladen County’s public servants

The members of White Lake Baptist Church are demonstrating their support for Bladen County’s public servants.  The church held an appreciation service for members of law enforcement, first responders and EMS recently and also the “Wednesday Kids” group prepared goodie bags and delivered them on Friday to the White Lake Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.  READ MORE


West Bladen Chapter FFA Banquet held

West Bladen High School LogoOn Thursday, May 19, the West Bladen Chapter held its annual FFA Banquet to celebrate the achievements of the members for the 2015-2016 school year. All teams and individuals who competed against other chapters were recognized for an award that was given to them by the FFA Officer Team, who hosted the event in official Parliamentary Procedure. READ MORE



West Bladen’s Draper named National FFA Officer

West Bladen High School LogoOn Friday, May 20, the West Bladen FFA Chapter was happy to welcome Sarah Draper, National FFA Officer from the Western Region, and Jacob Fipps, NCFFA Vice President. They came during fourth period to talk to the Agriculture classes that were offered at that time. The West Bladen FFA officers were also there to meet her, listen, and make her feel welcome. READ MORE

Southeastern Hospice hosts volunteer training

hospice_house_mainSoutheastern Hospice will host a training course for new volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their families in homes or at Southeastern Hospice House. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions, which will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, September 8 through 27, from 9:30 a.m. until noon at Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. Volunteers must consent to a background check (paid for by the agency) as well as a TB skin test and flu vaccination (also provided by the agency). READ MORE

Two Bladen businesses move locations

At least two Bladen County businesses have moved to new locations recently.

Bobby Taylor Oil Company has moved from their former location to 2229 US Highway 701 N, Elizabethtown, near the intersection of Willard Tatum Road. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Also, Take a 2nd Look Thrift Store has moved form their location on West Broad Street to 1108 S. Poplar Street, Elizabethown. The site if the former Home and Industrial location.  Their hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. READ MORE

Heat advisory to go into effect at noon today

US-NationalWeatherServiceA heat advisory will be in effect for Bladen County beginning at noon today until 7 p.m. Heat index values will reach as high 108 due to temperatures climbing into the 90s.

The highest sustained heat index values will occur in the mid to late afternoon hours.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create situation in which heat-related illnesses can occur. READ MORE  

Dublin Peanut Festival Tiny Miss spreads kindness to law enforcement officers

Monday was no ordinary Monday for four-year-old, Dublin Peanut Festival Tiny Miss, Rylee Lou’Anne White.  She spent most of her day spreading kindness for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and all of the local Bladen County Police Departments. 

Each and every officer received a bag of peanuts with an uplifting message attached to each as well as cases of water for the departments.  The three canine officers Jax, Kane and Murphy received gifts as well.  READ MORE



Sunset in Clarkton, North Carolina

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Sunday night crash claims the life of one

Car CrashA crash on NC 41 East near Bay Tree Lakes resulted in a fatality on Sunday night.

According to NC Highway Patrol Trooper Townsend, a 1998 Honda being operated by Patsy Long McLaney of Harrells was traveling eastbound on NC 41 when her vehicle traveled left of the center line and and struck a Subaru operated by Thomas Mei-Jon-Ruan of Whiteville. Trooper Townsend said the vehicles then traveled out of the roadway to the right and into a ditch. READ MORE

Sheriff’s Office joint operation with ALE, and NC Highway Patrol results in drug bust

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that a joint operation between the Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina Alcohol Enforcement Division and North Carolina Highway Patrol over the weekend resulted in the confiscation of a large amount of alcohol and cocaine.

McVicker said officers executed a search warrant at 115 Robin Dr , off Owen Hill Road near Dublin,  also known as “Club Many Things”. The search warrant was a result of citizen complaints in the area for large parties, alcohol sales and drug use.  During the search Agents seized several coolers with beer and several bottles of Liquor as well as cocaine. READ MORE

Adopt-A-Cop ceremony to take place Friday

Bladen County Adopt A CopA group of Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer’s wives recently got together and came up with a program they have named Adopt A Cop.

The group will hold a small ceremony Friday, July 29 at 2 p.m. at the Emergency Services Building located at 292 Ben Green Industrial Park Drive in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Fire Department receives NC Burned Children’s Fund grant

ElizabethtownFireDepartmentlogoThe Elizabethtown Fire Department has learned they are one of five recipients this year of a $1,000 grant for the NC Burned Children Fund.

Chief Nick West said the project is to assist with a fundraiser for the NC Burned Children’s Fund through the collection of aluminum cans. Chief West said the way it works, is the grant is to assist the department in obtaining a receptacle for the collection of aluminum cans which will be taken and sold to a recycling company. Chief West said the funds will then be given to the NC Burned Children’s Fund for the treatment of children with burn injuries. READ MORE

Adopt-A-Cop program taking shape in Bladen

Bladen County Adopt A CopSome folks in Bladen County are trying to brighten the days of the law enforcement officers in Bladen County. The Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop program has been very popular and folks are still angling to adopt an officer.

After hearing about the Adopt-A-Cop initiative in Concord, a group of spouses and citizens decided to work together to make it happen in Bladen County. The goal is for each officer in Bladen County to be “adopted” by a business/family/resident. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines 35 years ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoA vote for the establishment of an ABC store in Elizabethtown was scheduled for October 1981.

Alfred Gene Smith was elected Chairman of the Bladen County Social Services Board.

Mildred McCulloch retired after 40 years of service with the Bladen County Register of Deeds office. READ MORE

Heat index values on the rise this week

US-NationalWeatherServiceDangerous heat is forecast to continue through the week with heat indexes predicted to top 105 Tuesday through Friday. Temperatures are forecast to soar into the upper 90s each day.

According to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, no significant rainfall is in the forecast and no relief from the extreme heat is expected before the weekend. READ MORE




Sunday Fun Day held at White Lake under sunny skies

Beautiful Carolina blue skies were the order of the day along with temperatures soaring into the 90s, brought folks out for the Sunday Fun Day event at the lot across from the Scotchman on US 701 at White Lake.

The event included a classic car show, vendors, gospel music, and a lawn mower tractor pull. READ MORE


Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery now open for dinner

Cape Fear Vineyard and WineryA huge crowd gathered in support of the newest restaurant in Elizabethtown on Friday evening. Alex Monroe, owner of Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery was photographed with his guest, Phylis Miller, on his restaurant’s first evening open to the public for dinner. The menu includes ribeye, flounder stuffed with crab, blueberry crunch and more delicious entrees and desserts. READ MORE


Cape Fear Farmer’s Market offers variety 

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Farmers and crafters are set up at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. Farmers offering organic food, fruits and vegetables are at the market now. There are also crafters offering their handmade items.

Governor McCrory Signs Legislation to Encourage Innovation and Entrepreneurship Through Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding_3Governor Pat McCrory was joined by entrepreneurs, educators and elected officials today as he signed legislation to promote crowdfunding in North Carolina at a local start-up on the Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University.

“Crowdfunding will further strengthen North Carolina’s position as one of the top states for access to capital, technology and innovation in the country,” said Governor McCrory. “As the competition continues to get tougher, this bill will help us encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators right here in North Carolina.” READ MORE


LCFH Adds Children’s Grief Counselor

Rudy-Kristen---headshotKristen Rudy, ATR, NCC, LPC, has joined Lower Cape Fear Hospice as a children’s bereavement counselor for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties. In this role, Rudy will provide family grief counseling, specializing in grief counseling for young people.

Rudy earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois; and in 2007 her graduate degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She is originally from southern Illinois and moved to southeastern North Carolina in 2008.  READ MORE


Lower Cape Fear Hospice CEO announces retirement plans

LaurieBystromAfter 17 years leading Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Laurie Bystrom, president and CEO, has announced plans to retire.

Bystrom, who is only the second executive to lead the nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency since it was founded in 1980, said her retirement would be effective no later than the end of December 2016.

A career nurse, Bystrom worked in the Lake County Hospital System in Ohio for 24 years before she moved to Wilmington in 1993 and joined New Hanover Regional Medical Center as a director in both the women’s surgical and obstetrician units. READ MORE

North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released

UnemploymentRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate.  The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.9 percent. 

North Carolina’s June 2016 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 3,774 over the month to 4,614,725 and increased 133,046 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 10,900 over the month to 239,440, and decreased 35,598 over the year.     READ MORE

Fun Day is planned for Sunday at White Lake

Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of CommerceIf you are looking for something to do this weekend, look no further than White Lake. On Sunday, July 24, US 701 across from the Scotchman will be the site of the first annual White Lake Fun Day. 

The weather forecast for Sunday includes beautiful blue skies and plenty of sunshine. The high is forecast to be 97 with a light breeze. READ MORE


Employees Honored


Wesley Campbell recently honored Minuteman Food Mart employee Fredrica Best for going above and beyond to help a customer who had become unconscious in the store in early July. Another customer, Craig Moore, also assisted a second customer who had also fallen unconscious in the parking lot.


Team work makes STEAM camp a success

Rising 5th graders Riley McIntyre and Levi German are measuring gases produced during a chemical reaction in today’s science lab at BCC during day four of the Bladen County Schools STEAM camp.



For Joey Luther, 100 mile races provide just the right challenge

Katie Galyean

For many people the challenge of running a 5k is satisfying. For others seeking a bit more stimulation, a marathon or triathlon might be the solution. For Joey Luther, however, even that was not enough.

Last year, Luther, son of Joe and Jane Luther of Elizabethtown and an East Bladen alum, completed his latest 100 mile run, otherwise known as an ultra marathon. READ MORE


Prescription Drug Abuse – The Physician’s Perspective

By Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbuseAccording to a survey conducted by the National Safety Council, 74 percent of doctors believe that opioids, such as oxycodone or morphine, are the most effective way to treat pain. However, other studies done by the National Safety Council show that over the counter pain medication are often far more effective in relieving acute pain.

Kailash Chandwani, a physician employed at the Southeastern Spine and Pain Clinic in Lumberton, NC, disagrees with the 74 percent of doctors in his profession.  READ MORE

Prescription Drug Abuse: The Addicts’ Burden

By Katie Galyean

Prescription_Drug_AbusePrescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the second in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.

In an article by Physician L. Manchikanti, it states Americans only make up 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but they consume 80 percent of the world’s entire opioid supply. Bladen County has certainly not been exempted from the statistic.

David Chesnutt, Executive Director at Carolina Crossroads, a substance abuse treatment center, said, “since 2012, I would say 80 percent of the guys that come through here [are prescription drug addicts].”

“I’ve worked with over 1,000 men,” said Chesnutt, “and originally it was crack cocaine, always marijuana, alcohol, meth was in play, and there was a little bit of prescription drug abuse. Around 2011, it was like we crossed an invisible line.” READ MORE

Prescription Drug Abuse – A Pharmacist’s Struggle

Prescription_Drug_AbuseBy Katie Galyean

Prescription drug abuse is becoming a major problem in both rural and urban North Carolina. Bladen Online is taking a closer look at Prescription drug abuse in Bladen County. This is the first in a series of stories more closely examining the issue.

According to the North Carolina Department of Justice, prescription drug abuse is on the rise throughout North Carolina.

“Drug overdoses have eclipsed car crashes as the leading cause of preventable death,” said Rebecca Hester, pharmacist at The Medicine Shop in Bladenboro. READ MORE

Author set to sign book on August 2

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Public Library will be featuring a book signing on Tuesday, August 2, at  6 p.m. with Dr. Carlos R. Hamilton Jr.  of Texas. He will be signing copies of his work, “A Rose Blooms in Texas,” which is a fictionalized accounting of his great-grandmother Berta Smith Wooters. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the book signing event. READ MORE

Senior Center is offering fall prevention class, needs volunteers

By: Katie Galyean

SeniorCenterIf you find yourself lacking community or looking for ways to help others, the Bladen County Senior Center is hosting new activities and looking for new volunteers.

The newest activity around the Senior Center is the upcoming “Matter of Balance: Fall Prevention Class.” READ MORE

Kiwanis Club and Bladen County Emergency Services working together

edited fear factorThe Kiwanis Club and Bladen County Emergency Services are working together to raise funds for the new Bladen County Training Facility and the Kiwanis Club’s children programs. Each organization will receive 50% of the net proceeds raised.

The event’s name is Fifty-Fifty Fear Factor Fundraiser.

The fundraiser will kick off with a Fear Factor Fun Run & Walk starting at 7:30 am on Saturday, August 6th at Lu Mil Vineyard and Dublin Motor Speedway. READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare to offer Darkness to Light training

Darkness to Light flyer (3)Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare will offer a training program “Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse” on Monday, Sept. 19, from 1 until 3 p.m.

There is no charge for the program but registration is required to ensure enough materials are available. To register, contact Terri Duncan via email at READ MORE

Hospice offers free healthcare decisions clinic

Lower Cape Fear HospiceLower Cape Fear Hospice will host a Begin the Conversation clinic about end-of-life and healthcare decisions. It will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at LCFH’s Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.

This session, which is free to adults 18 and older, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. READ MORE

Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant accepting applications

peanutThe Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant is now accepting applications. The pageant will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Dublin Elementary School Multipurpose Building. The application deadline is August 27, 2016. READ MORE

Women’s conference pre-registration underway

By: Erin Smith

GIFTMinistryA women’s conference “Everything Beautiful” is planned for Saturday, September 17, at The Venue at White Lake. For the who like to plan ahead, there is an a discount which includes a free G. I. F. T. journal and 20 percent off G. I. F. T. merchandise with the $25 early bird registration fee. READ MORE

Bladen County Public Library to hold Summer Reading program

By: Erin Smith
Library Reading 2The Bladen County Public Library will be conducting their annual Summer Reading program beginning July 11 through August 3. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, and Read.”

Bladen County Public Library Director Kelsey Edwards said the Summer Reading program is a period of time during the summer when all three branches of the library encourage reading. READ MORE

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy now Enrolling for 2016-2017 Year

Paul Brown Leadership AcademyThe Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is now enrolling students for the 2016-17 academic year. The Academy has openings in sixth thru eighth grade. The mission of The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is to serve its students through a commitment to excellence in an education that serves today, tomorrow, and the future by providing an academically rich program that encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership. Students wear uniforms which are provided by the Academy. Parents are responsible for their student’s hats and shoes. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is a tuition free North Carolina Public Charter School. For more information, please call the Academy at 910-862-2965. Students may apply in person or at the Academy’s website

Elizabethtown Christian Academy now enrolling for 2016-17 academic year

Elizabethtown Christian AcademyElizabethtown Christian Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year, grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Day School Program is also currently enrolling children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. ECA offers students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in their lives by providing an excellent education that centers on Biblical truth, academic achievement and character development.

ECA students benefit from limited class sizes, quality, certified teachers, a non-denominational learning environment, weekly Chapel, a dress code, enhancement classes including music, technology, physical education, and art. After school care is also available. READ MORE now offers app AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now has an app too. readers with mobile smart devices can download our app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.

There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free! READ MORE


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