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NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on February 27

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature         83 degrees          1962

Lowest Temperature         15 degrees           1963

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                      1.87 inches           2004

Greatest One-Day
Snowfall                            4.0 inches             1963

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 59 degrees

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This Day in History for February 27

This Day In History1801 – Washington, DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction.

1813 – US Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail.

1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. READ MORE

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NEWS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala a success

The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala was well attended on Saturday evening. The Masquerade Ball was held at Lu Mil Vineyard and the music for the evening was provided by Diverse Groove of Charlotte. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for February 26

Thoughts While ShavingEver think about how different we are?  Some are hot natured, some cold natured.  Some love to go to a family or neighborhood gathering and talk and talk and talk, while others meet, greet and are ready to move on.  READ MORE

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NEWS FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Brown convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison

Twasjay Roddreek Brown was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday in Bladen County Superior Court.

Brown, 23, of Elizabethtown, also was found guilty of discharging a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of Malcolm Jerome Melvin, 23, in October 2014, according to the District Attorney’s office. READ MORE

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State Employees Credit Union Foundation (SECU) High School Scholarship Opportunity

Since the SECU Foundation was established in August 2004, it has awarded annual $10,000 “People Helping People” four-year scholarships – increasing from two to three in 2014 – to graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools.  These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 17 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. These funds are made possible through the contributions to the Foundation by members of State Employees’ Credit Union. READ MORE

Bladen County Road Closings/Openings

An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for February 25

Thoughts While Shaving50 degrees at 7 AM on February 25 and temps expected to be in the low to mid 80s this PM.  Temps should dip to near 40 degrees.

Tired of politics?  Easy to understand. READ MORE

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Growing for The Local Market meeting coming soon

Growing for The Local Market class has been held at the local extension center to help Bladen County grow. Session three of the four part series will be next week.

Topics group will be discussing are packaging, marketing and optimizing the outward appearance of your for-sale product. We will also be addressing many of the comments from previous meetings, as well as growing and marketing herbs and edible flowers.  READ MORE

Boost the Boro gearing up for another record breaking year

Boost the Boro, Inc., broke some records last year with their fundraising and events. The committee met again Thursday, February 17th to discuss how to make 2017 another record breaking year. 

The agenda was full for the meeting of the dedicated non-profit members. NCDOT signage, Bladenboro’s Annual Spring Fest, the Beast Fest and elections were all on the list of things to cover. READ MORE

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Bladen County: National Weather Services announces possible record breaking temps

By: Rachel Gross, NOAA Federal

 National Weather Service

Overview: A very unseasonably warm air mass will be in place ahead of an approaching cold front through Saturday. Temperatures could easily surpass record high values Saturday afternoon. The cold front will move through from west to east in the evening bringing much cooler and drier weather for the latter half of the weekend. READ MORE

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NC Baptist Men’s Dental Bus headed for Dublin First Baptist Church Saturday

If you have dental needs, but no insurance there is help on the way. According to Dublin First Baptist Church the N.C. Baptist Men’s Dental Bus will be at their church tomorrow, Saturday, February 25th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Dental Bus is a ministry of the Baptist and anyone is encourage to come if they have a dental need. READ MORE

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Bladen County voters voice concerns

Bladen County voters voiced their concerns with others on Thursday during a telephone town hall. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) connected with 6,128 constituents via a live, interactive telephone town hall, listening and responding to constituents on multiple topics including repairing America’s health care system, defunding Planned Parenthood, and President Trump’s tax returns on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017. READ MORE

Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically: america saves week

By Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Saving for the future is a vital part of ensuring a secure retirement. American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate the annual America Saves Week. Started in 2007, the week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for individuals to assess their own saving status.

For years, Social Security has collaborated with America Saves Week to promote our shared mission of helping millions of people save for their future.  READ MORE


Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles

By: Sandra R. Cain

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Sandra CainObesity in kids is now considered an epidemic in the United States. The number of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 to 30 years. Currently, one in six children is overweight, defined as being at or above the 95th percentile of their age‑sex specific growth chart. The increase is in both children and adolescents and in all age, race and gender groups.

The many causes of overweight in children include genetics and metabolism, environment and behavior. READ MORE



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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Commissioners to meet with Board of Education on Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners and the Bladen County Board of Education will have a special joint meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. READ MORE

Rotarians learn about NC STEP program

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and heard from Amanda Young, who serves as Director of Entrepreneurship with the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.

Young is working with the town of Elizabethtown to develop a program to promote and build small businesses through the North Carolina Small Town Economic Prosperity program also known as NC STEP.  READ MORE

When A Child Was Sick

A man I considered a friend, who helped a lot of children and a lot of people in general, passed away Thursday morning.

Charles Hicks and Donna brought us home to Meadowsweet in late 2015, the same way they gave a home to many stray and unwanted critters. Dr. Charlie wanted us there, in part, to help Donna as the Doc continued his fight with cancer. READ MORE

West Bladen High releases 2nd Nine Weeks Honor Rolls

West Bladen High School LogoWest Bladen High School has released their honor rolls for the second nine weeks grading period.  READ MORE

Bladen County resident planning mission trip to Haiti

One Bladen County resident will be working as a missionary in Haiti in early March. Tanner Allen will be making his second trip to Haiti to work with the organization, Together We Can Haiti. READ MORE

Statewide tornado drill planned for March 8, 2017

National Weather ServiceOn Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill, according to Steven Pfaff, with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. The North Carolina and South Carolina Statewide Tornado Drills will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and will create an opportunity for schools, agencies, businesses, and the public to test their tornado safety plans. READ MORE

Tuesday crash sends victims to hospital

A crash on Tuesday evening at the intersection of NC 410 and Pleasant Grove Church Road resulted in charges against both drivers. The crash, which ocurred at about 8:30 p.m., sent the occupants of both vehicles to the hospital for treatment of their injuries, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

According to the Highway Patrol, David Shelton Blackmon of Bladenboro was driving west on Pleasant Grove Church Road and Amy Lynn Dicicco of Dublin was driving north on NC 410. READ MORE

10th Annual Southeast Region of NC Counselors’ Drive-In Workshop for Area Counselors on tap for Friday, March 31

The 10th Annual Southeast Region of NC Counselors’ Drive-In Workshop for Area Counselors is planned for Friday, March 31, 2017. This free one-day conference will be held on the UNCP campus and includes .5 NBCC-approved CEUS (5 contact hours). READ MORE

FEMA Dollars approved in North Carolina per county

Hurricane Matthew ripped through Bladen County over four months ago. Damages from the powerful storm in Bladen County were more than first forecasted.

FEMA has been working with Bladen County residents to help rebuild and repair from the losses due to the hurricane.  READ MORE

Bladen Community College celebrates 50 years in education

Dr FindtA lot has happened in the past 50 years. In this new year of 2017, Bladen Community College is celebrating 50 years in education.

Dr. William Findt spoke with our editor, Erin Smith, about the 50th anniversary of the school’s charter and the many plans to celebrate the occasion.  READ MORE

 

NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Hazard mitigation program eligibility and application process to be discussed at upcoming meetings

Bladen County, NC – Bladen County and representatives from the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) office are working together to determine if homeowners and business owners are eligible to receive hazard mitigation grants under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Designed to protect lives and property from future disaster, this program eligibility will be discussed at community intake meetings March 7, March 8, and March 9 from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., located at the Emergency Service Office, 5853 US 701 North, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.

Elizabethtown Rotary Club works on dictionary project

The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown and prepared dictionaries for distribution to the third grade students in the Bladen County Schools. READ MORE

Blue Alert System for Law Enforcement Agencies Statewide

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons, which is overseen by the State Highway Patrol, is proud to announce the implementation of the N.C. Blue Alert system.  The system is used to notify the public when any law enforcement officer in North Carolina has been violently attacked and a suspect is being sought.

State Highway Patrol telecommunicators will issue the alert along with descriptions of the suspect and/or the suspect’s mode of travel.  The information will be broadcast on radio and television stations, Department of Transportation message boards on major highways and on terminals and monitors at all retail locations of the N.C. Education Lottery. READ MORE

Dublin Primary releases second nine weeks grading period

Dublin PrimaryThe Dublin Primary School has released the honor rolls for the second nine weeks grading period. 

Third Grade A Honor Roll

Carlee Atkinson, Caison Brixey, Isabel Cookson, Isai Hernandez Osornio, Trey Benson, Reagan Hester, Dylan Taylor, Rebecca Johnson, Michael Reyes-Maldonado READ MORE

A look back while looking ahead with F. W. Newton & Sons Mortuary

Times have certainly changed since 1968. Communities have changed, industries have changed, the world has changed.

We sat down with F. W. Newton, Jr. to discuss changes in the funeral industry since his dad started the family owned business back in the late 1960’s. READ MORE

Kiwanians learn about Bladen County Parks and Recreation

The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club met at San Jose Restaurant and heard a presentation regarding Bladen County Parks and Recreation from Morgan King. She is one of three full time staff members of the Bladen County Parks and Recreation.

According to King, the county has three recreational facilities—the Bladen County Park located on Doug Evans Road (off US 701 South); the King Street Gym in Elizabethtown, and the Grand Slam Batting Cages in Bladenboro. READ MORE

White Lake Town Board talks, new multi-use path, budget, personnel, law enforcement monument and more

By Joy Warren

The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met Tuesday evening for their rescheduled monthly meeting.  Mayor Womble gave the Board an update on the Multi-use Path.  Eddie Madden, consultant for the project has​ indicated that several applications for additional funding are in the works through USDA, NC Recreation Trail Grant and NCDOT.  READ MORE  

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together teens from across the country who are interested and engaged in advocating for preparedness. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, efforts in making a difference in their communities, and potential to expand their impact as national advocates for preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.  READ MORE

NEWS FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Cary Man Charged With Transmitting a Threat in Interstate Commerce to Injure Another Person

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces that a Criminal Complaint was filed against GARRETT GRIMSLEY, age 27, of Cary, charging him with Transmitting a Threat in Interstate Commerce to Injure the Person of Another. GRIMSLEY appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert T. Numbers, II today for his initial appearance. READ MORE

Deputy’s son stopped by someone impersonating an officer

Bladen County Sheriff's DepartmentSomeone impersonating a law enforcement officer stopped a vehicle operated by a Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy’s son this weekend near Ammon. According to reports,  the man told the victim that he was a law enforcement officer but did not have any credentials. READ MORE

CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TO HOST TELEPHONE TOWN HALL MEETING ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD

CHARLOTTE – In order to hear from as many constituents as possible, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will host a live, interactive telephone town hall meeting on Thursday, February 23rd, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

Already, Congressman Pittenger has e-mailed invitations to 113,631 constituents to ensure an inclusive, diverse, and community-wide event.  Participants will be able to directly ask Congressman Pittenger questions, share their comments or concerns, and hear other constituents from across the 9th Congressional District. READ MORE

 Bladen County Teen Court met on Monday

Teen Court was held Monday night, February 20, with former Magistrate Judge Aaron Cox presiding.

Three cases were on docket. Youth volunteers served as attorneys, jurors, bailiff and observers. READ MORE

Clarkton School of Discovery releases honor rolls for second nine weeks

Clarkton School of DiscoveryThe Clarkton School of Discovery has released the honor rolls for the second nine weeks grading period.

Superintendent’s List (96 or above in all classes)

6th Grade: Cathleen DeVane, Andrew Dowd, Georgianna Enloe, Karli Priest, Morgan Tatum. Emma Turbeville

8th Grade: Lauren Bowen, Andrew Cahn, Katie Evans, Sammi Jiang, Lily Lin, Jacob Priest, Tara Rogers READ MORE

Tar Heel Middle School releases honor rolls for second nine weeks

Tar Heel Middle School has released the honor rolls for the second nine weeks grading period. 

Fifth Grade A Honor Roll

Violet Allen, Alex Basilio, Keila Cardona Ramirez, Ashlye Corrales Guzman, Oswalso Gonzalez-Lopez, Samuel Hernandez Velasquez, Kiera Lewis, Gael Rosales, Amelia Smith READ MORE

Plain View Primary School releases honor roll for second nine weeks

Plain View Primary School has released the honor rolls for the second nine weeks grading period.

Students making the “A Honor Roll”

Grade 4 — Annika Crank, Madison Holder, Nolan Sessoms, and Xhy-tyiria Rowdy.

Grade 3 –Josiah Belle-Robinson, Abigail Grimsley, and Ike Nwadiora. READ MORE

East Arcadia releases second nine weeks honor rolls

East Arcadia has released the honor rolls for the second nine weeks grading period.

3rd Grade A Honor Roll

Josue Cruz, La’Torrye Daniels, Raheem Lewis, Kylie Thrailkill READ MORE

 

Bladenboro Primary School releases honor rolls for second nine weeks

Bladenboro PrimaryBladenboro Primary School has released the honor rolls for the second nine weeks grading period.

3rd Grade

Superintendent’s List: Jonah Bryan, Brenna Hester, Jackson Pait

A Honor Roll: Omarion Brown, Hunter Hester , Nicholas Jackson, Bryan Rojas Maldonado, Tylik McCall, Franklin Pait, Jaylen Pridgen, Makenna Thurman, Mathew Zeitchik READ MORE

Bladen Lakes Primary School releases honor rolls for second nine weeks

Bladen Lakes Primary School has released the honor rolls for the second nine weeks grading period. 

Third Grade A Honor Roll

Walter Andrews, Dylan Cruz Hernandez, Bella Robinson READ MORE

 

Long-awaited writing center at Bladen Community College receives boost from Duke Energy

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has been awarded a $9,750 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to develop a state-of-the-art writing center for students. The funding will support a campus initiative to encourage students to improve their academic writing skills, enlarge their verbal and written communication abilities and inspire creative writers.

Dr. Joyce Bahhouth, BCC Dean of Arts and Sciences and Developmental Studies is the visionary behind the concept. “Writing skills are imperative to a successful future. Our English department places great emphasis on giving every student the tools they need to write well,” she commented. “But to create an inviting area, with state-of-the-art equipment and highly-skilled tutors, requires an investment of funds and human resources. The Duke Energy grant will enable us to move forward with this dream of a leading-edge facility.” READ MORE

Hunt named SeHealth director

Elizabeth “Beth” Hunt has been named director of corporate compliance for Southeastern Health (SeHealth). She is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and that behavior in the organization meets SeHealth’s standards of conduct.

Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC Pembroke in 2004 and a juris doctor degree from UNC Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007. READ MORE

Shooting at UNCWilmington, false alert

According to UNCWilmington Facebook page there was an erroneous alert issued earlier today about shots fired on the campus. The post on the school’s official Facebook page said, “An all-clear text message has been issued to faculty, staff and students via UNCWAlert, but in case it has not yet reached you, please be assured that there were no shots fired on our campus this morning.” READ MORE

Bladenboro Middle releases second quarter honor rolls

The Bladenboro Middle School has released the honor rolls for the second quarter.  READ MORE

Bladen County Commissioners hear about Hurricane debris removal update
Bladen County Planner Greg Elkins updated the Bladen County Board of Commissioners regarding a hazard mitigation program that allows for the removal of debris related to a Hurricane Matthew.

Elkins said the program will pay for such things as road washouts agriculture ponds that washed out and such.  READ MORE

Elizabethtown Kiwanians held a Terrific Kids Awards Ceremony at Elizabethtown Primary

Before school was dismissed on Friday the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club held a ceremony for their Terrific Kids program. Terrific Kids are thoughtful, enthusiastic, respectful, responsible, inclusive, friendly, inquisitive, capable according to the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown.  READ MORE  

Commissioners hear request from East Bladen FFA 
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a request from the East Bladen FFA for a letter of support for a grant application.

Anna Smith and Elizabeth Barnes addressed the board on behalf of the FFA. They were accompanied by their  teacher Earl Miller.  READ MORE  

Former Miss UNC Pembroke gives advice at Elizabethtown Middle School

Ms. Bessie Barnes, former Miss UNC- Pembroke, spoke to the Elizabethtown Middle School Girls with P.EA.R.L.S. about respect said Dr. Renee Steele, organizer of the program. Barnes told the girls that it is important to respect others but it starts with loving themselves. Barnes talked about her childhood experiences which left her feeling self-conscious.  READ MORE 

NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Emereau: Bladen construction is visible now on Airport Road

Framing began today, Monday, February 20th on the Emereau: Bladen school site on Airport Road in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

 

Public Safety Secretary Announces More Leadership Team Members

RALEIGH – Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks today announced the addition of two more members to his leadership team. Casandra Skinner Hoekstra will serve as chief deputy secretary of Administration and Jane Ammons Gilchrist as general counsel.  READ MORE

SRMC ED sees increase in flu activity

Southeastern Medial CenterOver the past month, Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) emergency department (ED) has treated 153 patients who have tested positive for influenza. Because of this increase, ED leaders are urging the public to seek care for non-emergency conditions at area medical clinics.

“We are asking those in the community who can to seek care for non-life threatening conditions at local doctor’s offices and urgent care centers in order to alleviate some of the high traffic we are currently seeing in the emergency department,” said Emergency Services Director Sonja Hilburn. “This will enable our staff to focus their efforts on those patients whose health conditions are true emergencies.” READ MORE


BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Southeast

BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Southeast – Series II. BladenOnline.com is committed to bringing the rise in the drug epidemic to the discussion table in Bladen County. In 2016 we did the first Series in articles about the epidemic. Now, we will have more interviews about the problems our County and Country are facing with the drug addiction. READ MORE

Joint Investigation Recovers Stolen Weapons

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the seizure of ten weapons from known gang members in both Bladen and Robeson counties.

“The Bladen County Narcotics Unit has worked several weeks now with the Wilmington office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to recover weapons from known gang members,” said McVicker. My investigators developed a cooperating witness who helped identify a group of young men who were dealing in stolen and illegal weapons. Through this individual we were able to recover five rifles, three shotguns and two handguns. Some of these weapons were stolen and some used in the commission of crimes.” READ MORE

Dr. Paul Boaheng to speak at Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – In celebration of cultural diversity, Bladen Community College will welcome Dr. Paul Boaheng, assistant professor of Philosophy at Fayetteville State University, to campus on Mon. Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. in the Student Resource Center. He will speak about understanding and accepting diverse world cultures.

Dr. Boaheng is one of two faculty members selected to receive the Fayetteville State University Global Understanding Course Travel Award funded by Title III. READ MORE

Chickenfoot Road to close temporarily

Chickenfoot Road will close temporarily beginning Monday for a crossline replacement, per Kenneth Clark with the North Carolina Department of Transporation. READ MORE

Jou-Zhang joins neurological surgery practice

Certified Physician Assistant Rosa Jou-Zhang has joined Southeastern Neurological Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. She joins Dr. Saksith Smithason and Nurse Practitioner Josh Freeman at the neurological surgery practice.

Jou-Zhang earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, cognitive and neurosciences studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minn., in 2008. She completed a master’s degree in health science with a physician assistant certificate from Duke University School of Medicine in 2016. She has special interests in back pain, neck pain, tumors and strokes. READ MORE

 

Benefit Plate sale to take place for Danny Hood on March 4

There will be a Chicken and Rice Bog Plate sale and Bake Sale to benefit Danny Hood on Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. until at Galigo’s Restaurant in Clarkton.  Plates cost $7 each and the restaurant is located at 113 Railroad Street, Clarkton. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about Amateur Radio

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday and learned about Amateur Radio from operators J.T. Bryan and Mac MacCallum.

Bryan told the group that in the late 1800s folks were building and learning how to use amateur radios. In 1912 Ham radio as we know it, began to develop.  People had a need for a way to communicate and to bridge the distance with folks who were far away especially during times of natural disaster. Bryan said some folks got together began experimenting with amateur radios.  READ MORE

Registration is Ongoing for BCC Classes

DUBLIN – Registration for Second 8-weeks Classes at Bladen Community College is now open for students who wish to complete a class this spring. READ MORE

Youth Can Apply to Join FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council

Youth across the Nation have the opportunity to make a difference and transform the resilience and preparedness of their communities and beyond. Students in the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grades who have engaged in community service or are interested in emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply to serve on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Youth Preparedness Council. READ MORE

You Decide: Is Farming a High-Tech Industry?

By Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

My paternal grandfather was a farmer in Ohio. He raised a variety of crops, but his “bread and butter” were hogs. In southwestern Ohio hogs were big business a century ago. In fact, at one time Cincinnati – where I was born – was known as “Porkopolis.” Farmers like my grandfather drove their hogs from outlying farms to the packing houses in the city.

The day my grandfather bought a tractor changed the economy of his small farm. The tractor was a technological breakthrough for farmers. Tractors could plow many more acres in a day than a horse or mule. Plus they conserved the energy of the farmer, who could now ride rather than walk and push their way through fields. READ MORE

Governor Cooper Shares List of Shovel Ready Projects with Washington

Governor Roy Cooper has submitted several ‘shovel ready’ infrastructure projects to be considered by the federal government.

Cooper’s administration provided the list of projects at the request of the National Governors Association.

“Moving ahead with shovel ready projects like these will create good paying jobs and provide a shot in the arm to our state’s economy,” said Governor Cooper. “Improving highways and mass transit will make North Carolina an even better place to live and do business.” READ MORE

NC State Highway Patrol is accepting applications for upcoming patrol schools

The N.C.  State Highway Patrol has 2,340 employees including State Troopers, telecommunicators, radio engineers and civilian staff.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol offers a career opportunity to qualified people seeking employment in public services and law enforcement. READ MORE

Road Closings/Repairs update

The following is an update on road closures, openings and repairs per Kenneth Clark with the NC Department of Transportation.

An update of road openings / closings is as follows: READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoKathy Memory of Bladen County was named “Miss Spivey’s Corner”.

Peggy Thompson was elected “Miss BTC Sweetheart”. READ MORE

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The Doo Wop Project From Bop to Pop will be held March 3

  The Doo Wop Project concert scheduled for Friday Oct. 14 has been rescheduled to Friday March 3, 2017. All previously-purchased tickets will be honored for the March 3 show with same seating.

The Doo Wop Project begins at the beginning, tracing the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Throughout the show DWP takes audiences on a journey from foundational tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos through their influences on the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, and the Four Seasons all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse. READ MORE

2017 Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance set for March 11

The annual 2017 Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance to benefit Bladen County 4-H will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On this night dads, uncles, or grandfathers can bring their daughters, nieces, or granddaughter to the Auditorium at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown for an evening of dancing and crafts.

Tickets are on sale through March 6 or as space allows. Cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Checks should be made payable to the Bladen County 4-H as proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the county’s 4-H Youth Development program. You can obtain a registration form and pay for tickets at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension office or download and complete the form and return it along with payment to Cooperative Extension. READ MORE

New Scam asks “Can you hear me?”

A new scam is making the rounds and it could have very serious consequences for its victims. This is a variation of other scams that attempt to trick the caller into saying “yes” on the telephone. Police are advising people to simply hang up rather than answer the question.

The way the scam works is the caller will ask the victim “Can you hear me?” and when the caller says “Yes” their voice is recorded and used to create charges to utility bills, credit card bills and phone bills. READ MORE

Farm Bureau accepting applications for scholarships, leadership campBladen County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for five academic scholarships and its Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders summer camp

“An integral part of fulfilling Farm Bureau’s mission is to make leadership development available to our members,” the firm said in a news release. “We feel that education is an important component of leadership. Providing opportunities for our future leaders to obtain an education is important to us.” READ MORE

Bladen We Care 2017 Event Dates Announced

The 28th Annual Byron Gooden/Bladen We Care Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, April 27, 2017 according to Mac Campbell, Jr., President of the committee that sponsors the fundraiser.  The event will again be held at Vineyard Golf at White Lake.

The Bladen We Care Gala is planned for Friday, May 5, 2017 at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. READ MORE

BladenOnline.com now offers app. BladenOnline.com AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now BladenOnline.com has an app too.

BladenOnline.com readers with mobile smart devices can download our BladenOnline.com 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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