BLADEN-2014 County 1 House 22
For use in Brown Marsh, Carvers Creek, Colly, Elizabethtown #1, Elizabethtown #2, Frenches Creek, Lake Creek, Whites Creek precincts.

BLADEN-2014 County 2 House 22
For use in Abbottsburg, Bethel, Bladenboro #1, Elizabethtown #1 precincts.

BLADEN-2014 County 2 House 46
Part of precinct Bladenboro #1 is split with NC House 22 and 46. Precinct Bladenboro #2 is all NC House 46 - See Maps.

BLADEN-2014 County 3 House 22
For use in Central, Colly, Cypress Creek, Elizabethtown #1, Elizabethtown #2, Hollow, Turnbull, White Oak precincts.

> Bladen County church shows strong roots 

> State budget/ Revenue down $62M / Personal income tax collections factor in gap

> WASHINGTON: Supreme Court takes a bite of N.C. teeth-whitening case

> Inside Scoop: HPU poll finds Hagan and Tillis in dead heat

> As incentives boom, states wage bigger battles for jobs

> RALEIGH: At Raleigh's Sanderson High School, a small man casts a giant shadow

> Pig farms rebound from virus; meat prices may drop

Bladen Commissioner Vote to move forward on new jail
Bladen County Commissioners, meeting in special session Monday afternoon, voted unanimously to move forward to build a new jail.
The Board has been under pressure for several months following findings by a Bladen County Grand Jury and a warning from Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser to do something about the situation.  The jail has been the topic of many discussions over the years.  Recently, Judge Sasser ask the board to provide monthly updates to him on their progress on the issue.

Hunters take to the woods in Bladen
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

Saturday marked the start of hunting season for whitetail deer using modern weapons.

While archers and hunters using black power firearms have been hunting for weeks, Saturday marked the beginning of conventional deer season. Locally, hunters have until Jan. 1 to hunt bucks and does. Any legal firearm, archery device or black powder firearm may be used.

The season limit is six, of which no more than four may be antlered.

She’s a nurse—she’ll know
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

Let me preface this by saying I have nothing but respect for doctors.

It takes incredible fortitude to study for years, then go into a line of work where lawyers and the intricate vagaries of the human wait hungrily around every turn. I’ve always been blessed with good doctors – the late Charlotte and Milton Levine and “Dr. Larry” among them. I would fight to the very gates of hell for Bruce Williams.


Mother-daughter team love candle business
Karen Jones didn’t want to be cleaning houses for the rest of her life.

“I’ve always been a treehugger,” she laughed. “I’ve always cared about what was good for the environment and nature, and I wanted to see what I could do to keep that up.” 

A desire for a new career, and the opportunity to work with her daughter Kelly Robeson, led to a sweet-smelling success near the Big Swamp outside of Bladenboro.

Public hearing set Tuesday on Tory Hole Park grant application

A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday as part of the Town of Elizabethtown's proposal and grant application for changes to Tory Hole Park.

Denise Freund of WK Dickson, which is the agency assisting with the project, will be at the meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Elizabethtown Town Hall and is open to the public.

Elizabethtown has applied for a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) matching grant of up to $500,000 to help pay for the proposed project. 

National Teen Driver Safety Week through Saturday

This week has been designated as National Teen Driver Safety Week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor's Highway Safety Program are participating to help educate teens about the top five ways they can stay safe behind the wheel.

"Teen drivers ages 16-20 comprise just 7 percent of the population in North Carolina, yet they accounted for 13 percent of all crashes and 9 percent of fatal crashes last year,"

Elizabethtown Fire Station ribbon-cutting Sunday

The Town of Elizabethtown will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Sunday, Oct 26 at the renovated Elizabethtown Fire Station on Swanzy Street from 2-5 p.m.

A 2,200 square foot addition was constructed for bunk rooms, offices and a museum for the Model A truck, and renovations in the current building included a new training room and two new offices, Fire Chief Byron Graham said.

Construction began in early 2013. The project was paid for with a combination of a grant and loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Bladenboro's Annual Beast Fest THIS WEEKEND
The 8th Annual Beast Fest promises to be one of the best.  Food, fun  and entertainment takes center stage in the downtown Bladenboro area.
Festivities begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies.  Lindsey Herring, Miss Bladenboro will be on stage at 10:30 a.m. followed by Bladenboro Middle School Cheerleaders under the direction of Kathy West.
Local singers begin a 11 a.m. and include Greg Sykes, Lori Guyton, Oral Cheshire and Julie Deavers.

Support the NC Spay/Neuter Program by choosing the Animal Lovers "I Care" license tag!
$20 from each tag sold is contributed to the NC Spay/Neuter Program
which directly supports our Bladen County program.

Autumn and Your Pets
It is autumn and time to be looking at the special needs of your pet this winter. 
A shelter should keep your pet dry and out of the wind.  If your pet has a doghouse, be sure that the inside stays dry! Commercial plastic or fiberglass doghouses should stay trouble free if undamaged, however, it you have a homemade doghouse check and make sure the roof does not leak.  Seal up cracks along the side so your pet is protected from wind.  the doghouse should be two inches off the ground.  Don't forget that outdoor cats need a warm, safe place to curl up too.

McIntyre Recognized as Least Partisan Member of Congress
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mike McIntyre has recently been named the least partisan Member of Congress by the Washingtonian Magazine. This unique distinction reflects Congressman McIntyre’s strong legacy of bipartisanship and ability to work across the aisle to address our nation’s challenges.
Congressman McIntyre, a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats, was also ranked as one of the most moderate Members of the 113th Congress by the National Journal.

SHP and DPI Conduct Operation Stop Arm

In support of Operation Stop Arm the State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones.

The operation will be conducted from 6 a.m. on Mon., Oct. 20th through Fri., Oct. 24th. The Patrol expects Operation Stop Arm will decrease violations and reduce school bus incidents involving children.

A press event will be held on Mon., Oct. 20th at 9 a.m., in front of the Kerr Scott Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

Representatives from the Highway Patrol, Department of Public Instruction and Department of Transportation will speak at this event.

Thoughts While Shaving
How about this weather?
One Stop voting begins this week and we have added sample ballots at the top of our news page..There are 4 different ballots...depends on NC House district and county commissioner district...We have also listed one stop voting sites with their hours. 
Bladen County Commissioners meet this afternoon and evening..see our new article..

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 20


Highest Temperature

89 degrees



Lowest Temperature

29 degrees



Greatest One-Day


4.92 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 67 degrees.

This Day in History - October 20
1774---Continental Congress orders discouragement of entertainment.
1803---US Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase.
1817---1st Mississippi "Showboat" leaves Nashville on maiden voyage.
1818---49th parallel forms as border between US and Canada.
1819---US & Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country.
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today...Sunny, with a high near 74.  Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Calm wind.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.  West wind 3 to 8 mph.

Lisbon Road Closed
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) will be closed Monday, October 20 through Wednesday of this week at 0.78 miles west of SR 1708 (Rosindale Road), in order to replace a crossline pipe. 
This announcement from Ken Clark, Bladen County NCDOT Maintenance Engineer. 

Bladen County One Stop voting begins Thursday
One Stop Early Voting begins Thursday, October 23 in Bladen and 99 other counties across the state.
Voting sites and hours:
Bladen County Library/Elizabethtown, 111 N. Cypress St.
Thursday & Friday October 23-24    9 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25                        9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Monday, October 27                          9 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 28                        9 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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East Bladen Homecoming King and Queen
The 2014 East Bladen Homecoming Queen is Alieyah Davis and the Homecoming King is Brandon Jones.
Both were honored at halftime of the East Bladen-Trask football game at Lenon Fisher Stadium.
Commissioners Meet Monday
Bladen County Commissioners have 2 meetings scheduled  for Monday.
The first meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will consist of a presentation by Capt. Jeff Singletary of the Bladen County Sheriff's Department. 
The board is discussing the possibility of building a new jail.  A Bladen County Grand Jury found numerous problems that needed to be solved and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser has ask commissioners to provide a monthly update on plans for correcting the problems.  
Halloween 2014
Town of Elizabethtown Resolution

Town of Bladenboro Resolution

NC strawberry referendum to be held during Southeast Strawberry Expo in November

RALEIGH — North Carolina strawberry growers will hold a referendum to decide whether to increase the current strawberry assessment during the Southeast Strawberry Expo in Pinehurst Nov. 17-19.

Started in 1989, the strawberry assessment is used to advance strawberry research and marketing to improve the industry. Dexter Hill, strawberry marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says the funds are vital to research in the region.

NCDOT to Emphasize Top Five Tips during National Teen Driver Safety

RALEIGH – Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in North Carolina. In an effort to save young lives, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are partnering during National Teen Driver Safety Week, which starts Sunday, to educate teens about the top five ways they can stay safe behind the wheel.

“Teen drivers ages 16-20 comprise just 7 percent of the population in North Carolina, yet they accounted for 13 percent of all crashes and 9 percent of fatal crashes last year,” said GHSP Director Don Nail. “In order to bring those numbers down to zero, we ask parents to help emphasize our safety messages and teens to follow the rules of the road.”

A Closer Look at Caffeine

 For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Caffeine‑containing foods and beverages have been a part of the human diet for a long time.  Caffeine has been found in tea brewed by the Chinese as far back as 5,000 years ago. In today's society, caffeine is present in lots of products, including coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate. For many Americans, freshly brewed coffee or tea is an important part of the morning ritual. For others, it's a caffeinated soft drink that helps get them through the afternoon. Yet despite the popularity of caffeinated beverages, there are still questions and misperceptions about caffeine.

Leinwand's Is Among Nation's Elite
Leinwand's Inc. recently received an Elite Retailer of the year award from Jim's Formal Wear. Jim's is the largest formalwear distribution network in the U.S. with nearly 6,000 independent retailers. They provide tuxedo rental service for weddings, proms, and black tie events. The Elite Retailer Award is based on rental volume, order accuracy, and exceptional customer service.

Elizabethtown Primary School News

 A special thanks to Wesley's  Chapel United Methodist Women for making such a generous donation to Elizabethtown Primary School's Media Center.  With this donation, the school was able to purchase 100 new books for the our students to read and enjoy.

Early Registration for spring semester begins soon at BCC
Jack McDuffie
Early registration for the Spring 2015 Semester at Bladen Community College will begin on November 4 and continue through November 7.  The first day of the registration period, January 4, will be for currently enrolled students.  All other students with completed applications on file will be permitted to register during the remainder of the registration period.
Registration times are as follows:
·         Tuesday, November 4, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
·         Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 & 6, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting
Marsha Burney

The Bladen County Association of Educators is sponsoring a "Town Hall Meeting" Tuesday night, October 21, at the Elizabethtown Middle School gymnasium from 6 - 8 p.m.

Candidates who are running for local offices -- along with Representative Kenneth Waddell -- will serve on a panel and share their campaign platforms with the audience.


Eastpointe Education Series Continues
Eastpointe is sponsoring a monthly community education series and it is FREE and open to the public.
October is National Depression Awareness Month and the topic of this months' series is "Depression Awareness."
The presenter will be Tara Sessoms, LPS, LCASA, CSOTS.  She is the Eastpointe Director of MH/SA Care Coordination. 


Elizabethtown High School Class of 1962 Reunion

    The Elizabethtown High School Class of 1962 held a 52nd year class reunion on October 3, 2014.  Twenty one of the class’ 41 graduates were on hand for the opportunity to get reacquainted and reminisce about their experiences at “dear old E’town High.” 


Bladen County's First Same-Sex Marriage held Tuesday

43 year old Cinnamon Collins of Durham and Tina Partain, 46 of Elizabethtown were married Tuesday at the Bladen County Courthouse.  They become the first legally same-sex couple to be married in the county.
The couple was issued a marriage license at the Bladen County Register of Deed office on Monday following a judge's decision to strike down a ban on same-sex marriages in North Carolina. 

Bladen County Ranks High in Animal Related Crashes
Bladen County ranks 24th in statewide animal crashes according to the latest report from Traffic Safety Unit, Transportation Mobility and Safety Division, North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The report covers 2011 - 2013.
932 animal related crashes occurred over the 3 year period in Bladen County. 
The breakdown includes,
345 in 2011,
209 in 2012, 
297 in 2013.

Lawyer: Lacy family hires independent investigator to look into death

Lawyer Allen Rogers said Thursday in a story published by The Associated Press that the family of Lennon Lacy has hired an independent investigator to look into the death of the Bladenboro teenager who was found Aug. 29 hanging from a swing set at a playground near his home. Rogers also said the family is considering an independent autopsy.

An autopsy report released Monday by the N.C. Medical Examiner said the West Bladen High School football player died of asphyxia due to hanging. No alcohol or drugs were in his system at the time of his death,

Sampson Bladen Oil Company Among Top 100 In North Carolina
BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA, one of the state’s top business magazines, published their NORTH CAROLINA’S TOP 100 PRIVATE COMPANIES IN NORTH CAROLINA in the October edition. Placing 12th in this year’s list is SAMPSON BLADEN OIL COMPANY with offices in Elizabethtown and Clinton. Sampson Bladen moved from 13th place in 2013 to it’s present standing of 12th place.

Sampson Bladen has 622 employees and is a wholesaler, retailer and transporter of petroleum products. The president of Sampson Bladen Oil Company is Haddon M. Clark lll.

First South coming to Elizabethtown
WITN TV in Washington, N.C. is reporting Bank of America emailed customer Wednesday night letting them know that nine eastern North Carolina banks will be sold to First South Bank effective December 12.  The announcement of the deal was made several weeks ago, however the actual date was not announced.
Included is the Bank of America office in Elizabethtown.  Other branches are located in Goldsboro, Kenansville, Kinston, Kitty Hawk, Morehead City, Mount Olive, Wallace and Wilson.  First South, based in Washington, has 26 locations.
ATM's in those markets will be switched to First South.
Bladenboro Seeks applications for Commissioner
The Town of Bladenboro Board of Commissioners is seeking applications for a vacant position on the board.
Tim Benton, Jr. recently resigned from the board.  Any citizen living within the corporate limits of Bladenboro who is interested in serving the remainder of the term should sign up at Town Hall by Tuesday, November 4  The appointment will be made by the Bladenboro Town Board. 

USDA Farm Service Agency Announces Key Dates for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs

USDA announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know:
• Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015: Land owners may visit their local Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres.

Lacewell to receive Governor's Award for Excellence in Workforce Development

Alexis M. Lacewell of Elizabethtown has been selected to receive the Governor's Award for Excellence in Workforce Development, Outstanding Teen Participant, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday. Lacewell will be among two companies and four people who will be recognized in Greensboro on Thursday night. The awards honor individuals and businesses for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in helping North Carolina achieve its workforce development goals.

Lacewell enrolled in the WIA Youth Program at 14 years old and has developed into a well-respected, accomplished, and disciplined pillar among her peers, the Governor's office said in announcing the recipients.

FSA to Discuss New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

The 2014 Farm Bill established new programs to help farmers manage risk due to events beyond their control.  Two of these new programs are Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).  Each of these programs offers farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in prices and/or revenues.  Farmers will need to choose which of these two programs offer the best safeguard for their farming operation.

Farmers can hear the details of these programs and find out important dates by attending one of the following meetings:

Bladen voters have other issues to decide
TV ads are flooding the airways with messages related to the North Carolina US Senate race, and closer to home, Bladen County residents will be voting on a sheriff in an unusually low key campaign by both candidates.
Absentee ballots are being returned to the Bladen County Board of Elections and One Stop or Early Voting begins Thursday, October 23rd at 4 locations in the county. (more later)
There are 2 issues on the ballot with no candidates involved and very little conversation.  
Bladen County Sheriff's Office Crime Report: Oct. 6-12

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 12. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Oct. 6
    Kenneth Lee Yandle, 30: Larceny (felony)
Election Time is Here
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014, however, based on current information and past history, over half of the Bladen County voters will have cast their ballot prior to that date.
Absentee balloting has been underway for some time and as of Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 704 ballots have been received at the Bladen County Board of Elections.  Another 647 have been mailed, but not yet returned to the local elections office.   A total of 1,351 absentee ballots have been issued.

Reminder: Homeowners Insurance Rate Hearing to begin Oct. 20

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin wants to remind North Carolinians that a rate hearing for homeowners insurance is to begin Oct. 20, 2014, at 9 a.m. in the Jim Long Hearing Room on the third floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.

The insurance companies, represented by the North Carolina Rate Bureau, requested an overall statewide average increase of 25.3 percent for homeowners insurance rates, varying by geographic territory,

Wildfire training simulation to be conducted in Randolph County
Residents may notice more activity in training locations

RALEIGH - To prepare for the upcoming fall fire season, firefighters from the N.C. Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies will be attending the NCFS annual fire school Oct. 14-17. As a result, residents near the Farmer community and the Asheboro Regional Airport may notice increased activities as part of the training exercises.

Training includes about 20 NCFS employees who will be involved in single-engine air tanker training at the Asheboro Regional Airport. 

Farmland Preservation workshops to be held across the state

RALEIGH – The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold six workshops across the state for those interested in protecting local agricultural lands. The ADFP Trust Fund will be collaborating with the state USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service staff to host these workshops.
The Farmland Preservation workshops target non-profit conservation organizations and county agencies. Farmers, landowners and others interested in the preservation of working lands are also encouraged to attend. The workshops are highly recommended for all past, present or potential future recipients of federal and/or state grants associated with farmland preservation. The workshops are free and open to the public.            
White Lake Board of Commissioners Meeting
Joy Warren
Mayor Womble gave the Board an update on the Multi-Use Path Activities.  Mr. Eddie Madden, consultant for the multi-use path advised the Board at the September meeting that a recreation committee needed to be appointed in order to meet certain criteria for grant applications that were being submitted to fund the construction of the multi-use path. Joey Taylor with Geographic Solutions is working with Mr. Madden on the project.  Mr. Taylor gave a presentation at the Planning Board’s September meeting and discussed the possibility of the Planning Board serving as the recreation committee.  The Planning Board members were receptive to the recommendation. 

Bladen County Woman Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder
Brittany Williams, 28, pleaded guilty to Second-Degree Murder today in Bladen County Superior Court stemming from a 2012 incident in which Williams struck and killed Vanessa Jones, 50, of Elizabethtown, with a Ford Taurus following an altercation. As a result of the conviction, Superior Court Judge James F. Ammons, Jr. sentenced Williams to 94-125 months in prison.

            The crime occurred at a residence in Elizabethtown during the early morning hours of April 15, 2012. Williams, who was related to Jones, came to the residence following a night of partying and initiated an altercation with the victim’s son and daughter in the front yard of their home. 

Monthly Chamber Meeting
The rain did not keep the attendance down for the monthly Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting.  Ron Taylor, with Lu Mil Vineyard and DeVine Foods gave an educational presentation about the history of grapes and wines. 
Taylor stated, "Our nation's first cultivated wine grape was discovered in the Cape Fear River Valley by a French explorer in 1524.  In 1835, North Carolina's first commercial winery was founded in Halifax County.  By the 1850's, we had 25 winery's in the state and numerous
Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
Deanna Porter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Porter of Kelly, was named Homecoming Queen at Harrells Christian Academy. Serving in the Homecoming Court were Mary Jane Smith and Melissa Smith.
The Bladen County Shrine Club had their Annual Fish Fry.
The East Bladen High School Cougar football team won their seventh straight game with a 47-0 win over Fairmont High School.
Commissioners discuss security
Bladen County Commissioners met at noontime Tuesday in Special Session to discuss courthouse security.
Capt. Jeff Singletary briefed the board on ongoing efforts since 2001.  Early estimates some 13 years ago were in the range of $400,000 with recurring cost of about $200,000.  2 court bailiff positions were added over the years to augment courthouse security.
Beginning in 2005, and continuing through April 2013, several upgrades have been added at a cost of nearly $70,000.

Statement from Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor regarding West Bladen High School playoffs
Valerie Newton
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has issued their final decision concerning the West Bladen High School football team participation in the playoffs.  The ruling determines that West Bladen is not eligible to participate. This decision is based on NCHSAA rules as they currently exist concerning multiple players being ejected for a single fighting incident.

The 4K4 Food is set for November 22, 2014 at 9 am at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown

This annual Walk-Run-Stroll Fundraiser benefits Bladen Crisis Assistance – our local food bank available to Bladen County residents in need. This year’s event is Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9 am at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown, NC. Pre-Registration by November 7th will guarantee a t-shirt in your t-shirt size. Entry forms can be printed at the website .  Also you can print pledge forms to collect donations to sponsor your walk and support this great cause.

Baseball Legend Lou Brock To Talk Diabetes

FAYETTEVILLE – Baseball legend Lou Brock made a name for himself stealing bases and starting rallies during an illustrious 19-year career. Now the Major League Hall-of-Famer is making his mark through diabetes awareness.
The former Chicago Cub and St. Louis Cardinal outfielder will be the keynote speaker at Cape Fear Valley's Diabetes Health & Wellness Event on Saturday, Nov. 1. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Cape Fear Valley Education Center.

Bladen ranks 24th in state in animal-related crashes

Bladen County ranked 24th among North Carolina's 100 counties in animal-related crashes for the 2011-2013 reporting period, according to a study by the N.C. Department of Transportation released Monday. The 932 crashes during the three-year period resulted in $1.9 million in damages, and 68 people were injured, the report states.

The arrival of fall brings an increase in the chances of a collision with deer across North Carolina. 
What is the Local Government Commission?
Bladen County commissioners are in the early stages of planning for a new jail.  New jail, renovated jail, even the old NC Department of Corrections were options discussed at one time.
Bladen County is under a great deal of pressure by state agencies to replace the current jail.  The local Superior Court Judge has taken a great deal of interest in the issue after a Bladen County Grand Jury issued a report that a new jail was needed.  In fact, Bladen County Commissioner have been ordered by the Judge to provide him with monthly updates of  progress on the issue.
Fruit and Nut Growers Introductory Meeting - Click HERE for flyer
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Interested in planting a fruit and/or nut orchard? An existing grower who is interested in adding another crop?
The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office in Elizabethtown will be offering a Fruit and Nut Growers Introductory Meeting on Oct 23rd, 2014  at 6:00 pm. 

Mike Walden's You Decide:  Should We Go For It?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension


When I was a youngster in the 1950s, there were two things I eagerly awaited in the fall. One was the debut of the new TV shows, and the second was the announcement of the upcoming year’s auto lineup and styles. After a couple weeks of study, I could name every new brand and model from a football field’s length away!
Although alternative forms of commuting have seen increased interest in recent years, we’re still a vehicle-oriented society. 

Star Telephone warns of scam

Star Telephone Membership Corp. has issued an alert warning consumers of a potential virus that may infect computers.

The company said Friday afternoon that a group of individuals are trying to represent themselves as Star Communications Tech Support. If you should see a pop-up window appear on your computer stating that it is from Star Communications and asking you to call 844-802-2085, the company says that it is a hoax and that the scammers potentially could take control of your computer.

Star Telephone recommends that consumers do not call the number, and immediately seek a computer technician to assist in removing the possible viruses or malware.

Vendors sought for Senior Center Fall Festival

Vendors are being sought for the Bladen County Senior Center's 2nd annual Fall Festival scheduled Friday, Nov. 7. The event will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the Senior Center at 6-8 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown.

Senior Center director Amy Ruffin says vendor booths are available for $15 and that all businesses are welcome. Businesses must bring their own tables, and set-up will begin at noon on the day of the event. Also, BBQ plates will be served for $7 each.
NCDOT paving portion of U.S. 701 in Bladen County

A pair of paving projects will be impacting travel on U.S. 701 in Bladen and Columbus counties over the next several weeks, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Work got under way this week on a 7 1/2-mile stretch of U.S. 701 between north of Clarkton and N.C. 242 near Elizabethtown. Crews will initially be milling the roadway to prepare it for paving. The work is being done between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will require a lane closure. 

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month
 A dog can bring so much companionship, comfort, fun, independence and compassion into your life.  Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee on dogs for the month of October.
When adopting there will still be required $25 vaccination fee. The first dog adopted every week for the month of October will also receive a Micro-chip. The adoption hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00 – 5:30pm.  Visit the shelter and adopt a shelter dog this month!

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Sept. 29-Oct. 5

The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 5. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 29
    Carlos Isidro Carmona, 26: Possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana (felony)

"Cool Schools" Motorcycle Festival Planned
The Bladen County Educational Foundation has announced a new event.  "Cool Schools" Motorcycle Festival will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014.
The fun event will be held on the football field at Elizabethtown Middle School and vendors are welcomed.  Gates open at 9:30 a.m and kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. 

Bladen County United Way Day of Caring
The Bladen County United Way Day of Caring is planned for Friday, November 7, 2014.  Individuals, work places, churches, civic organizations and families are encourage to collect items for the Bladen County Public Schools Backpack program for students.
Suggested items include:
Hygiene Items,
soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloth, hair shampoo, hair conditioner, feminine items, body wash, comb/brush, hand sanitizer.

Car lovers from near and far are invited to the Southeastern Cruisers "Beast of Bladenboro" Car Show


The Cruisers are sponsoring a special appearance at the festival.  A meet and greet for the bad boys of Lizard Lick Towing.  Johnny and Earl may be tempted to try and tame the beast.  Everyone is invited to see who will win this year.  The car show will be October 25th on Main Street in Bladenboro. If you would like to enter the contest registration will start at 8am until 12 Noon with a fee of $25.  Awards will be delivered at 3 pm. 


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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.

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Oct 21....Tuesday October 21st- Please join us for a "Meet and Greet" with Jim McVicker from 6 to 8M.  Come as you are, dine and hear about Jim's vision, integrity and commitment to Bladen County.  The event will be held at Dowless and Company Seaford , Steaks and Catering (formally known as S&J Grill),  7459 Albert Street,  Dublin, NC.  Paid for by the Committee to Elect Jim McVicker Sheriff.


Oct. 23...Bladen County Library is having a Halloween Party at the library on Thursday, October 23, beginning at 6 p.m.  Crafts, snacks & stories will be featured.  Children are invited, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and you need to register by calling 910-862-6990. 


Oct 23.....Bladen County Public Library will host a " Halloween Party" on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. Come dressed for TRICKS & TREATS! Please register by calling 910-862-6990 in advance.  A parent or guardian must accompany children during this event.     

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