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Four County Electric gives grant to hospice program


Four County Electric has awarded Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter a $5,000 grant to support its Healing Arts Program.


The grant will provide much-needed funding for Healing Art therapies for patients from Bladen, Pender, Columbus, Sampson and Duplin counties who are served at one of LCFH&LCC’s in-patient hospice care centers. Utilizing the current bereavement counseling staff already in place, the Four County Electric grant will be used primarily to contract licensed Healing Arts practitioners.

From the Bladen County Historical Files
Bladen Correctional Center near White Lake built in the late 1930's (recently closed by state)
Bladen County Hospital built in 1952.
Bladen County Courthouse and Jail built in 1965.

Gamecast: West Bladen vs. Gaston, S.C., Saturday, 1 p.m.

   The West Bladen Knights baseball team plays Gaston, S.C., on Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT in their first game in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series in Chipley, Fla. You can follow the action with Bladen Online's Gamecast, a computer-generated application that follows the game pitch-by-pitch in real time. The Gamecast will go live as soon as the first pitch is thrown. A replay of the game also will be available at conclusion.


Click HERE to watch Gamecast.


Click HERE for a HTML version of Gamecast.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service
Bladen and surrounding counties.....
Today and Tonight....
Thunderstorms will produce heavy rain and frequent lightning.  Isolated strong to damaging thunderstorm wind gusts are possible this afternoon and evening.
The Heat Index will reach near or just above 100 degrees today.

DOT To Open Lisbon Road
Lisbon Road (State Road 1712) will be open for the weekend for through traffic starting today (7/24/14) at 5:30 p.m., according to Kenneth Clark, DOT P.E. Clark said in an email, "due to unpaved rough spots in the road, please drive at a reduced speed.  It is scheduled to close Monday, (7/28/14), about .71 miles east of Rosindale Road (State Road 1708) for cross line replacements.  There will be no sign detour," according to the memo.

Thoughts While Shaving
Ever wake up early in the morning....like real early and just reminisce...Not all bad...just think about all the folks you have crossed paths with and how they helped mold the person you are today (good or bad)....Had one of those nights last night....Wish I could have recorded them all...oh well....
The West Bladen Dixie Pre-Majors baseball team heads south today for a busy weekend in Chipley, Fla.  We know there are family members and friends that can not make the trip..so we decided to see if we could bring the games to them...Think we have a solution...

Dee Jones takes helm at East Arcadia School
by Marsha Burney


Dee Johnson-Jones is exactly where she thinks she was meant to be – smack dab in the middle of East Arcadia. This vivacious, out-going lady has thought for a year or two that she was ready to move up from an assistant principal to a lead principal, and the Bladen County Schools afforded her that opportunity when she took over July 1 at the helm of East Arcadia School.


"I spent nine years in the classroom and then another nine years as an assistant principal," Ms. Jones said. Pulling terms as assistant principal at Lumberton Senior High School and, most recently, at the Clarkton School of Discovery, Ms. Jones said it was time for her to make a move.

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today...Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m.  Some of the storms could produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning.  Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%.  New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight..Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11 p.m.  Some of the storms could produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and frequent lightning.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.  Light west wind.  Chance of precipitation is 60%.  New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Feeding or Harassing Alligators is Dangerous and Illegal


RALEIGH, N.C. (July 23, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that if you see an alligator, in most instances it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone.


Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer.


Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and possibly attack someone. 

Captors Headed South
Three men charged with kidnapping a South Carolina man and holding him against his will in Sampson and Cumberland counties, in North Carolina, have been returned to US District Court in the Palmetto state.
Juan Fuentes-Morales, Luis Castro-Villeda and Ruben Ceja-Rangel were ordered to face charges in South Carolina.
According to the court documents, United States marshals must transport the defendants, together with a copy of this order, to the charging district and the defendants to the United States marshal for that  district, or to another officer authorized to receive the defendant.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 24


Highest Temperature

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Yesterday's High Temperature was 91 degrees.

Gamecast coming Saturday: West Bladen vs. Gaston, S.C.

   The West Bladen Knights baseball team will play in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series this weekend in Chipley, Fla. Bladen Online wants you to be able to follow the action in real time. We're planning a live Gamecast from Chipley for all West Bladen games. A Gamecast is a computer-generated application that follows the game pitch-by-pitch in real time.

   Check back soon for a direct link to the Gamecast. West Bladen's game against Gaston, S.C., is scheduled Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT. The Gamecast will go live as soon as the first pitch is thrown.

Free caregivers workshop
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter presents Caregiving Can Make Life Crazy! How to Keep it from Making You Crazy!, a free community workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 21, at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Powell-Melvin Auditorium, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown.
While family caregiving is often a rewarding experience, it can cause us to feel, think, act and experience life in ways we otherwise would not. The stresses can take us out of our minds and out of the life we had before we became caregivers.

Did You Know
Abbottsburg is a small unincorporated community in Bladen County, North Carolina.  In 1950 it had a population of 157. 
Abbottsburg was named for Joseph Carter Abbott, president of Cape Fear Building Company.  The community incorporated in 1903, though it later disincorporated.

Bladen County Financial Report
Bladen County Commissioners receive a financial report each month, from Lisa Coleman, Finance Officer.
The last report was through June 30, the end of the fiscal year.  However, Ms. Coleman explained, there are still bills to be paid and revenues expected before the auditor begins the year end report.
Some of the best news was the collection of property taxes.  The early numbers indicate 104.63% of the budgeted amount has been collected.  That does not mean that all current year property taxes have been paid, but does mean that current year and previous year tax collections exceeds the budgeted amount.
Bladen Youth Camp Planned for August
The Bladen County Sheriff's Department and Bladen County Ministerial Association is sponsoring a special youth event, 'Embracing or Differences,' from August 12th through 14th for ages 10 to 17 at Elizabethtown Middle School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Vans will pickup youngsters at 8 locations in the county, including Bladenboro, East Arcadia, Kelly, Clarkton, Tar Heel, Hickory Grove Fire Station, Ammon and White Oak. Lunch will be provided and the program includes inspirational speakers that include Elizabethtown businessman Brian Campbell on Tuesday the 12th. Former Bladenboro and Wake Forest Basketball Star Trelonnie Owens will be the Wednesday speaker and Victoria Huggins, Miss Central Carolina will address the attendees on Thursday, August 14th.
Elwell Ferry closed

High water from the recent heavy rains has made its way down the Cape Fear, causing the Department of Transportation to temporarily suspend service of the Elwell Ferry.


The ferry operates between Kelly and Council, and is the only link across the river between Blackrock Bridge (NC 11) and Elizabethtown.

The river rose more than a foot in less than 20 hours as of Wednesday morning, and more flooding is expected.

Travelers should use NC 11 in the eastern end of the county, and US 701 in the north and west.

Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
The yearly blood drive was scheduled for Veeder-Root.
Hilda Kinlaw was named Chairperson of the Dublin area Cystic Fibrosis “ Kiss Your Baby Campaign”.
William H. Davis announced that he will be a candidate for the Elizabethtown Board of Commissioners.

Southeastern Health/City of Lumberton receive $500,000 grant from NC DOC Lumberton, NC


Representatives from Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and The City of Lumberton gathered at Southeastern Regional Medical Center recently to celebrate an award of $500,000 through the North Carolina Department of Commerce for a Building Reuse grant to renovate a portion of the medical center for SeHealth’s medical education program.


“This is a great example of collaboration with a common goal—improving our community,” said SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson. “I appreciate Lumberton City leadership working with Southeastern Health to obtain this funding.” 

Harnett Health and Cape Fear Valley work together to Continue Cancer Services in Dunn

Harnett County, N.C. (July 22, 2014) – Harnett Health and Cape Fear Valley Health have come together to establish outpatient services for cancer patients across from Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn.
“This is a great opportunity for us to collaborate with Cape Fear Valley Health System,” said Ken Bryan, President and CEO of Harnett Health. “Our patients are our priority, and by working together with Cape Fear Valley on this program, we will be able to meet the needs of cancer patients in Harnett County.”

DA explains Monday Court Action
DA Jon David said Tuesday Bladen County Superior Court was cancelled Monday when it was determined that improper contact by someone outside the court system had occurred with one or more potential jurors.
David stressed that no one in Court System was involved. Not the Judge, the Clerk of Court, Law enforcement, or the DA's office.
David spoke highly of the action by Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser to halt the proceedings rather than jeopardize the process. 

White Lake Student Receives LGFCU Scholarship
Robert Kinlaw will use award money to attend UNC Chapel Hill
RALEIGH, NC (7/21/14)—Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) proudly congratulates Robert Kinlaw, who is the recipient of an LGFCU Scholarship Award.
Robert Kinlaw will use his scholarship to study at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is one of 120 deserving high school seniors and post-secondary students that will have extra money to apply toward their education at the university, community or technical college of their choice.

Operation Firecracker Yields Nearly 2,000 DWI Arrests In North Carolina
The most recent Booze It And Lose It Campaign, which ran from June 27-July 6, saw 1,929 arrests statewide for DWI. The top county for DWI was Wake with 197, followed by Guilford with 141, Mecklenburg with 105, Cumberland with 88 and Robeson with 86.
Bladen County had 29 DWI with 163 speeding violations out of a total of 445 total traffic and criminal violations. Other southeastern North Carolina counties and their totals were: Brunswick with 49 DWI and 300 speeding out of a total of 1,240 violations, Columbus with 33 DWI and 248 speeding out of a total of 677 violations and Sampson with 13 DWI and 32 speeding out of a total of 303 violations.

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EastPointe Community Ed Series
EastPointe presents another in a series of community education programs in cooperation with local agencies.  The next topic to be explored is 'Demystifying Postpartum Depression: No, You Are Not Crazy.'
Presenters will be Dr. Kathleen Heer and Dr. Anila Ricks-Cord, Women's Health Specialist at Bladen Healthcare.
Commissioners Deal with a Wide Range of Issues
Bladen County Commissioners approved a resolution to add a sales tax issue on the November General Election, set a date for a Public Hearing prior to approval of a schedule of values for the ongoing revaluation of property, received positive news from the Finance Officer regarding the county finances for the past fiscal year, Approved a Resolution requiring the collection of delinquent taxes prior to transfer of real property, made several appointments to various committees and boards and tabled others, recognize Bladen County employees who have reached designated years of service, approved funds to three (3) youth sports teams who
Animal Control Advisory Board Updates Commissioners
The Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board presented their 2013-2014 report to the Board of County Commissioners Monday evening.
Mike Jackson, Chairman of the Board and Charlotte Smith, Secretary presented their Mission and Vision of the committee.
They included:
* Every animal be sterilized before they are adopted out of the shelter. 

Bladen County Commissioners recognized several members of their staff for years of service.
Several attended the meeting including;
Cynthia Campbell    20 years   DSS
Marsha White          10 years   Board of Elections
Rosemary Bengston  5 years    Health
Debra Conner           20 years   Health
Alisha Mitchell           5 years   Revenue
Rebecca Lewis          5 years  EMS

Dublin Board of Commissioners meeting

   Dublin Mayor Horace Wyatt told the Town Board on Monday night that a pre-bid meeting is scheduled July 31 to discuss needs for construction and implementation of the town's automated water meters, and bids are scheduled to be opened Aug. 14. The town has been awarded a state revolving fund loan of about $150,000 from the N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure to finance the project. Both meetings are scheduled for 2 p.m.

   Earlier this year, the board approved an engineering services agreement with Withers & Ravenel of Cary to provide the design, loan adminstration, and construction administration services for replacement of existing water meters with automated water meters that will have drive-by technology. 

Commissioners Warned to Fix the Jail Problem
Bladen County Commissioners had a full agenda at their Monday meeting....including numerous presentations and appointments and more, but the biggest news of the night was their final announcement.
The Board voted to approve an executive session at the end of the meeting for attorney-client privilege. 
Following the executive session, commissioners return to regular session and Chairman Jimmie Smith told the small group waiting that the purpose of the meeting was to respond to Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser regarding their plans for a new jail in Bladen County.

Board of Education meets in special session

Bethany Stephens
The Board of Education met this Monday night for a short special meeting to discuss and vote on personnel issues - especially as they related to budget concerns.  After going into a closed session to discuss these issues, the board approved a personnel list that was recommended for approval by Patricia Faulk, Personnel Director.  Before going into a second closed session to discuss personnel matters further, the board approved a reduction in force which will entail their cutting some certified guidance, Art, Language Arts, and Health and P.E. positions. Upon reconvening from the second closed session, the board approved another Action Item related to the reduction in force and adjourned for the evening.

3 arrested after meth lab discovery in Bladenboro

   A discovery of a meth lab Monday morning in Bladenboro resulted in the arrest of three people, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

   Holly Louise Dietz (R), 33, Robert Anthony Byrd, 29, and Cooper Lee Davis, 28, have been charged with three counts of possession of a precursor material for the production of methamphetamine. Each is in Bladen County jail with bail set at $10,000 apiece.

Quantcast Shows BladenOnline numbers UP
Quantcast is one of the most respected measuring sources for online publications.
According to Quantcast, BladenOnline domain traffic increased 11% from June 21, 2014 to July 20, 2014.  The totals for people indicated 10,465 Globally during the past month, 10,357 of those in the United States.  Total visits in the same period was 92,201, up 1%.  Pages Viewed for the month was 221,148, a 6% increase.

Provider update for White Lake clinic
Family Nurse Practitioner Sharon Baxley provides care at Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake weekdays except Wednesdays, when Dr. Stephen Bridgers is at the clinic. Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday,  Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm; Thursdays from 8 am to noon. The clinic is closed daily from 12:30-1:30 pm for lunch. Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake is located at 1921 White Lake Drive and is an affiliate of Southeastern Health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (910) 862- 6491.

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

3rd Annual Battle of Elizabethtown
The 3rd Annual Battle of Elizabethtown is set for August 16 & 17 at Tory Hole Park and Cape Fear Farmer's Market...
Admission is FREE.
Learn how people lived, camped, fought, traveled and got along in the 1780's.  The events are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Nomination Deadline Nears for Farm Service Agency County Committees
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 — U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.
County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.

North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, unchanged from May’s revised rate of 6.4 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.


North Carolina’s June 2014 unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 8,577 over the month to 4,389,167, and increased 77,054 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 2,142 over the month to 299,313, and declined 89,007 over the year.  

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West Guilford to name stadium for Coach Henderson
West Guilford high school will honor former football coach Doug Henderson, according to the Greensboro News and Record newspaper.
Henderson will be honored at halftime of Western's home football game with Southwest Guilford on September 12, when the venue will be renamed Henderson Stadium, the newspaper reports.

Beast of Bladenboro Festival set for October 25th
The 8th Annual Beast of Bladenboro Festival will be held Saturday, October 25.  A wide range of vendors will be in town.  Rides and games for the young and young at heart.  Bounce houses, horse and wagon rides, camel and pony rides.  Southeastern Cruiser car show and a special attraction. Lizard Lick Towing will be visiting.  Enjoy the smell of hot dogs, tasty funnel cakes and yes there will be collard sandwiches, Bar-b-Que and much more.
Music will be provided throughout the day by local talent.  The main attraction will be the Fantastic Shakers from 7 til 9:30 p.m.  The event is from 10 a.m. til 10 p.m. in downtown Bladenboro everyone is welcomed.

Bladen Residents spend much, receive little from NC Lottery
Latest numbers from the North Carolina Lottery indicates Bladen County residents spent $7,603,758 in the lottery for the fiscal year ending in June 2013 and the local school system received $1,793,932 from lottery proceeds.
Statewide, the gross revenue sales for the Lottery was $1,689,803,000 and the net revenues to the education fund was $478,508,000.28.

Paul R Brown Leadership Academy Cadets Complete Summer Program
Four Paul R Brown Leadership Academy Cadets recently completed the Lancer Day Camp held at St Johns Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin,   During the week long course the cadets executed a rappel of 42 feet, and  learned how to climb a rock wall.  During the training they also learned Basic Rifle Marksmanship, leadership, team building and Archery.   The cadets are Antonio Jones, Marcus Craig-Feree, Gabriel Reaves and Tyler Olinger.  They are pictured with SJNMA president Dr. Jack H. Albert Jr.

Melons – Selection and Safety

Sandra Cain

For Better Living

Melons have been around for a long time. In fact, hieroglyphics dating back to 2400 B.C. show that Egyptians enjoyed their juicy flavor! There are two categories of melons— muskmelon and watermelon. Muskmelons can have netted skin (cantaloupe) or smooth skin (honeydew). Watermelon also comes in different varieties and sizes.

AAA's Annual Report on Substandard Bridges in North Carolina
If you drive in North Carolina, there's a good chance you may have ridden on one of the bridges AAA calls substandard.
The safety group's 17th annual report on bridges found more than 5,100 in North Carolina aren't in the best shape to handle their daily traffic load.  Bladen County has several listed in that category.

Sachs Peanuts, Houston's Peanuts Featured in OUR STATE MAGAZINE
Two Bladen County Peanut Companies, Sachs Peanuts of Clarkton and Houston's Peanuts of Dublin are featured in the August edition of OUR STATE MAGAZINE.
OUR STATE MAGAZINE wrote that "For anyone with a family reunion in their future-or a wedding, or a freezer full of Christmas presents-Houston's sells their "Raw Fancies and Jumbos" in a 100-pound burlap bag."
OSM stated about Sachs Peanuts, "Sachs Peanuts began as a farm supply business in Clarkton. The owner, E.J. Cox, sold everything from mules to groceries. Today the company sells only in-shell peanuts with five offerings from basic raw to hot and spicy with tabasco."

Carolina Sands Golf Course Back On The Auction Block
Carolina Sands Golf Course, located between Elizabethtown and White Lake, is going back on the auction block on Tuesday, August 5th at 10 A.M. Carolina Sands is a 179.44 acre course that was built in 1964.
A foreclosure sale was held on March 28, 2014 on the courthouse steps in Elizabethtown. On June 27, 2014, Bankruptcy Judge Randy D. Doub entered a Consent Order Granting Joint Consent Motion for Relief from an Automatic Stay.

Martin to Join Congressman Jones Staff
Bryan B. Martin, Elizabethtown Zoning & Code Enforcement Officer/Recreation Director, submitted his resignation Friday.
He will be joining the staff of Congressman Walter Jones in Washington, DC.
Martin has been with the town since February 2011.  He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science.

Reward offered for info on death of Elizabethtown man
Samuel A. Lewis, 29, of McAdams Drive in Elizabethtown was shot at a Lumberton nightclub on May 31.  Gov. Pat McCrory has announced a cash reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting at the Kalypzo Club at 3551 Lackey Street, just off interstate 95 at exit 20.
Police reported nearly everyone at the club had left the scene when they arrived.  Pleas by police for any assistance have produced little credible evidence.

Bladen Man Faces Misdemeanor Death Charges
20 year old Dequron Lloyd is facing two counts of misdemeanor charges of death by motor vehicle following an accident that killed two Fayetteville area brothers around noon time Thursday.
62 year old Eddie Wilson Santiago of 975 Angus Center, Fayetteville and his brother 57 year old Hector Iran Santiago of 5220 Cooper Road, also of Fayetteville were traveling east on NC 53 when a SUV being driven by Lloyd pulled onto the roadway and both motorcycles struck the vehicle.  Eddie Wilson Santiago died at the scene and his brother died later at the local hospital, according to Bladen County Coroner Hubert Kinlaw.
Trooper Freeman was the investigating officer.

Elizabethtown Fire Chief to Retire
Byron Graham, longtime Elizabethtown Fire Chief, has announced plans to retire January, 2015.
Graham has held the position since 1998.
The town is advertising for his replacement. The closing date for applications is August 29, 2014. 
Check the classified section of BladenOnline or visit the Town of Elizabethtown website for specifics. 

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

Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: July 7 to July 13

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

Tuesday, July 8
    Terrance Jamal Melvin, 23: Probation violation (misdemeanor)
    Curtis Levi Moore, 27: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)
Bladen County Health Department offers many services

   The mission of the Bladen County Health and Human Services Department is to provide the framework necessary for healthy, successful living. It's motto is "Better Living Starts Here!"

   The mission is accomplished by focusing on the improvement of health, the care of children and families, the welfare of seniors, and the betterment of life for all ages.

Mike Walden's You Decide:  What are the gains and gaps in our community?

 Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension


Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.
Any economic forecast must begin with the national economy for the simple reason that, regardless of where you live in the country, roughly two-thirds of what happens to commerce is determined by the ups and downs of the national economy. Here the news is good, but not great. 

Just make it to the store
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

The cargo in the bed of the borrowed truck was one good blast of tractor-trailer induced wind from causing calamity on a Friday highway, so I made a quick sidetrip in search of something to quell the rebellious nature of four large barrels that just wouldn’t quite wedge where I wanted them to stay.


The sidetrip was an excellent excuse to spend a little time in one of my favorite places, Pierce and Co. in Hallsboro.

Town of Elizabethtown receives PARTF Grant
Elizabethtown officials are receiving a $215,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Authority grant to upgrade and expand Leinwand park.
The grant is a dollar for dollar match of local funds. The Devane family and Bob Allen donated property across Swanzy Street from the current park and the donation will be used as the match for the PARTF grant.  The town will have no local dollars invested in the cost of the park.
Fall registration at BCC fast approaching
Jack McDuffie
Registration for the fall semester at Bladen Community College is just around the corner and the counselors and other staff members at the college are busy encouraging prospective students to get prepared.
Two registration periods are scheduled between now and the beginning of the fall semester; an early registration period on July 16 and 17, as well as the final registration period on August 11 and 12.  According to BCC Associate Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest, the two registration periods are scheduled to spread the workload during registration and to give students who made application early an opportunity to register before the final registration period.

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


July 20-24...Zion Hill Baptist Church of Bladenboro will be holding Vacation Bible School....Weird Animals Where Jesus' Love is One-of-a-Kind, will begin on Sunday, July 20 thru 24th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.  Classes for all ages, even adults.  Registration begins at 6:10 p.m.  Come and join us for a week of Bible learning mixed with fun.


July 20-26...Windsor United Methodist Church will hold "Shine" by Go Fish Guys Bible School, July 20-26 at 6 p.m. nightly with dinner being served.  Registration will be held on July 20 with a Bounce House and loads of activities. Parents should accompany children for registration.  July 26 will be fun night at 6:30 p.m. at a location to be announced during Bible School.  'Wrap Up' will be Sunday morning July 27 at 8:45 a.m.  Windsor is located on NC 242 in the Ammon Community.  Everyone is invited.


July 21 - 25....Evening Light Holiness Church, Garland, NC will be having Vacation Bible School Monday, July 21 thru Friday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. nightly.  It is open to the public.  For more info, contact Dorothy McKoy at 910-588-4423.         

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Live Wire: Nuisance office will handle abandoned property
Parents oppose plans to ease Harnett County middle schools overcrowding
Crime Report for Thursday, July 24
Fayetteville man accused of raping child
Agreement may bring rail service back to Columbus County
Senate gives initial OK to sales tax changes
New leader takes over Army parachute team
Pitts: Chicken plant passes smell test
Tom Jackson will have Sampson County's first solar residence

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