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NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER13
Board of Education Meets
The Board of Education met for their monthly session this Monday with several concerned citizens present, and several addressed the board with their concerns. Sabrina Murchison of Clarkton addressed the board first. The Board limited each citizen five minutes to address them, but Murchison said that the board’s policy does not mention the five minute limitation. Ophelia Munn-Goins, Board Chair, disagreed and said it was in the policy later on during the meeting. READ MORE
Early voting begins Oct. 22 for Bladen’s municipal elections
Municipal elections in Bladen County are scheduled Nov. 3, but registered voters in the seven municipalities can begin casting ballots Oct. 22 at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown, according to the Board of Elections.
One-stop voting is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays beginning Oct. 22 through Oct. 30. READ MORE
O’Daniel hired as Bladenboro town administrator
John O’Daniel became Bladenboro’s town administrator Monday night. The 25-year-old High Point area native was hired by unanimous vote by the town’s board at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
O’Daniel replaces Melanie Hester, who had served as administrator since March 2014. READ MORE
This Day in History——–October 13
1792—“Old Farmer’s Almanac” is 1st published.
1792—Washington lays cornerstone of Executive Mansion (White House)
1845—Texas ratifies a state constitution.
1860—1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon), Boston.
1885—The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is founded in Atlanta, Georgia.
1903—Victor Herbert’s “Babes in Toyland” premieres in NYC.
1937—A recorded trace of snow in Central Park, NYC. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 13
Thoughts While Shaving
The baseball playoffs are underway for… High School football teams still playing near Thanksgiving are among the best….East and West Bladen have high hopes of being amongst the select group…
State Fair begins Thursday….If you have never been, you should go at least one time. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 12
2015 Municipal Election Underway
Voting in the local municipal election is underway. Absentee voters began voting October 2, 2015. The next important date for the upcoming municipal election is Thursday, October 22 when one stop early voting begins. The last day for early voting is October 31. The municipal election for all Bladen County towns will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
Sheriff Warns of Telephone Scams
Sheriff James A. McVicker has released information concerning telephone scams. Many Bladen County residents have recently been getting phone calls on both their cell phones and home phones telling them they have won a prize and wanting them to send money to receive their prize.
“Any time you get asked to give money to receive a prize you should be leery,” said Sheriff McVicker. “We all have to be very protective of our personal information such as date of birth, social security number, bank account, or debit card number and pin numbers. We want everyone to be safe and use good judgment when giving out personal information over the phone and remember if something sounds too good to be true it probably is. READ MORE
Smithfield evacuated after ammonia leak
The building was being ventilated in an effort to bring ammonia levels to zero. The plant was expected to re-open Monday afternoon. The leak occurred around 1:30 a.m. Monday.
Elizabethtown Council at NC Leagues
Bladen County’s infant mortality rate drops in 2014
Bladen County’s infant mortality rate dropped significantly in 2014 to an average of 5.5 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to statistics released Monday by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The rate was 16.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013.
Bladen County has far fewer than 1,000 births per year, but state averages are based on that figure for comparison. The statistics show there were two infants deaths and 363 births in Bladen County in 2014. In 2013, there were six infant deaths and 363 births. READ MORE
Elizabethtown to build skatepark at Leinwand Park
Elizabethtown should have a skatepark at Leinwand Park by the end of the month, says Town Manager Eddie Madden.
With help from Fayetteville-based Friends of the Skateparks Foundation and funding from a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant, plans call for a half-pipe skatepark to be ready for use in less than three weeks. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
John Fox was appointed Bladen County Heart Fund Chairman. READ MORE
Ag’em Up Days
Ag’em Up Days, a two day Agricultural Field Day Adventure for Bladen County 3rd graders, was held on October 7th and 8th, 2015 at the Bladen County Parks and Recreation field and picnic area located on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown, NC. Bladen County Cooperative Extension, Bladen County Farm Bureau, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Bladen County Livestock Association, Four County Electric, Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District, Murphy-Brown, LLC, Prestage Farms, Representative William and Brenda Brisson, NC Blueberry Council, Inc., West Bladen High School FFA, East Bladen High School FFA and the Bladen County Board of Education worked together to create this annual opportunity to bring the School to the Farm, demonstrating the importance of agriculture to the students. READ MORE
Bladenboro board expected to appoint administrator
The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners are expected to appoint a town administrator at its meeting Monday night at Town Hall, according to the agenda.
The administrator would replace Melanie Hester, who would return to her previous position as town clerk as well as become finance officer. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER11
Week in Review: October 4-10
After 12 consecutive days and more than 10 inches of rain, the skies cleared midweek, but damage to crops already had been done.
The crop damage in Bladen County drew the attention of state officials. READ MORE
Bladen Online By the Numbers: October 4-10
Bladen Online had its third best week in page views and second best week in visits during the reporting period of October 4-10, according to Google Analytics. The site surpassed 100,000 page views for the eighth consecutive week. The 20,914 visits has been bettered only by the 22,277 visits reported Aug. 23-29.
It’s made possible by you, our loyal readers. We believe it shows that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County, and it’s a responsibility we take seriously. READ MORE
‘The Generations’ entertain Bladen youth
Local band, The Generations, entertained East Bladen High School students at the Fifth Quarter event at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church following the East Bladen-Pender football game Friday night. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
Road work in Elizabethtown leads to bike lanes
Anyone traveling in the heart of Elizabethtown this past week couldn’t miss the road work happening. According to Town Manager, Eddie Madden, the road work is a resurfacing project including the creation of bike lanes.
Gathering at Historical Church in Clarkton
The Annual Old Brown Marsh Friends and Family Gathering was held this Saturday at the historical church. Even with the wet weather the turn out was impressive.
“There is a lot of history right here.” Bennie Williams explained. “There was even a battle between the Wigs and the Loyalist near these grounds.” He said. READ MORE
NC Grape Festival at Lu Mil Vineyard
By: Cheryl Thurston
The skies above were the only gray thing at the Grape Festival this Saturday, at Lu Mil Vineyard. The crowds were there to enjoy the festivities, the vendors, the yard sales, and the great food and music. The day started with a bit or drizzle and rain, also known as liquid sunshine, but that didn’t last long. Within an hour or so, the rain abated and the day turned out just fine, with the sun peeking through the clouds. Not too hot and not too cold, the temperature was just right, according to this Goldilocks.
Plenty of folks, young and old, took off their shoes and stomped the juice out of the grapes in a competition to see who could squeeze out the most of that sweet, syrupy stuff they use to make that wonderful wine. CLICK HERE to see the Grape Stomp video. READ MORE
Skatepark 3rd Annual Street Style Open rescheduled due to rain
The Friends of the Skateparks Foundation was scheduled to begin their first official skatepark project with Elizabethtown NC, on October 10, 2015, with their 3rd Annual Street Style Open, but has been rescheduled due to the weather. The event will be now be held on November 7th. READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
East Bladen High School Homecoming Parade
By: Cheryl Thurston
The Annual Homecoming Parade for East Bladen High School was held today at 4:00 PM, on Broad Street and Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
59 Immigrants Become US Citizens at Moores Creek National Battlefield
Currie, NC- On Saturday, September 19, 2015, hundreds were on hand as 59 immigrants were sworn in as new American citizens, at Moores Creek National Battlefield, site of the 1st Patriot victory of the American Revolution and where our freedoms were first forged. The Naturalization Ceremony was hosted by Moores Creek National Battlefield, various chapters of the North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. READ MORE
N.C. FSA director Etheridge checks crop damage in Bladen County
Woody Marlowe has farmed for about 50 years, working through hurricanes and drenching rains. The long time Bladen County farmer said he’s never seen anything like the damage caused by nearly two consecutive weeks of rain.
Friday afternoon, he showed N.C. Farm Service Agency Executive Director Bob Etheridge some of the damage in his sprawling peanut field off U.S. 701 between Elizabethtown and Clarkton. READ MORE
Pets encounter toxins
Pets may encounter toxic chemicals around your home without you being aware of it. Do you have any of the items listed below in your home? If so, take extra precautions to place these items in a secure location to avoid accidental toxicities.
Medications for people can be potentially toxic to your pet. READ MORE
Clarkton Lions Club Holds Annual Plate Sale
By: Hailey Smith
Clarkton Lions Club hold an annual plate sale every year in October for the Harold Ingram Memorial Scholarship fundraiser that is associated with Bladen Community College. Clarkton Lions Club also holds a fundraiser the second Friday in May every year to support the blind. The Clarkton Lions Club will be located at the Clarktons Entertainment Building all day, October 9th. Come out and show your support and enjoy some delicious food.
What Do Our State Leaders Make?
The North Carolina Legislature is led in the Senate by the President Pro Tem of the Senate while the House of Representatives is led by the Speaker of the House. The recently adjourned legislature proved to be one of the longest in North Carolina’s history. The compensation for the leaders of the Senate and the House is relatively low as compared with other states. READ MORE
ROUZER APPLAUDES TODAY’S COURT DECISION TO BLOCK OBAMA’S WATER RULE NATIONWIDE
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released a statement applauding a federal court’s ruling today that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule change to the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act cannot be enforced nationwide. READ MORE
Save Money at the Grocery Store – For Better Living
By: Sandra R. Cain
The price of food is continuing to go up. Consumers are searching out bargains at the grocery store – certainly a change from the previous norm of relying on convenience foods. The search for lower prices may force shoppers to look less at healthier choices and more at the bottom line in search of bargains. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
Rouzer and Courtney launch Primary Care Caucus to increase awareness, education on healthcare needs
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) launched the bipartisan Primary Care Caucus to educate and advocate on behalf of primary care physicians, providers and patients. The Primary Care Caucus will focus on educating Congress on the importance of a comprehensive, continuous, coordinated and connected primary care system for patients and communities nationwide.
“As we celebrate National Primary Care Week this week, we are reminded of the tens of thousands of families across our nation – and especially in my district which includes rural Southeastern North Carolina – that are affected by the shortage of primary care physicians,” said Rep. David Rouzer. READ MORE
Students are taught about Fire Safety
October 7th, Elizabethtown Fire Department gave a presentation to Elizabethtown Primary School Students about Fire Safety. Elizabethtown Fire Department is working to educate the community during National Fire Prevention month.
Rey Welcomes State Rep. Ross to Campaign
Rey Releases Video Ripping Incumbent Richard Burr, Challenges Former State Representative Deborah Ross to Keep Focus on Defeating Burr and America’s Future
SPRING LAKE, N.C. – October 08, 2015 ─ Mayor Chris Rey today, welcomed former State Representative Deborah Ross to the U.S. Senate race and challenged her to keep the focus of the campaign on defeating incumbent Richard Burr and on America’s future. READ MORE
Compassionate Friends meet Monday
Grieving parents are invited to attend the next meeting of Compassionate Friends scheduled for, Monday, October 12, 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall in Whiteville.
If you’ve experienced the death of a child of any age, you are invited to attend along with adult siblings and grandparents. READ MORE
WODR – FM Radio Station Sold
The Padner Group, owners of WODR FM, located in Fair Bluff, NC has reached an asset purchase agreement according to a filing with the FCC.
Radio+Television Business Report, a media publication reported the action recently. The buyer is Augusta Radio Fellowship Institute.
WODR is a Class C3 operating with 11,000 watts on 105.3 MHz. Their studios are located in Whiteville, NC. READ MORE
Thankful for Geri Anderson, Piano Teacher
Mrs. Geri Anderson taught piano to many students in Bladen County. October 11th is Mrs. Anderson’s birthday. Johnny Anderson, the piano teacher’s son is looking for students and former students to give her birthday wishes.
According to Johnny, Mrs. Anderson has had some health issues and he wants to help lift her spirits. He said, “I know she is very proud of ‘Her Students’!” READ MORE
Bladen law officers named in Sledge civil lawsuit
Four former Bladen County law enforcement officers and one current officer have until Oct. 31 to respond to a civil lawsuit filed by a man who spent 37 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit.
Former Bladen County sheriff’s Earl Stoms, Stephen Bunn and Prentis Benston, along with former detective Phillip Little and current officer Jeff Singletary are among a group named in the lawsuit brought by Joseph Sledge Jr. for being “wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment” for the murders of Josephine and Aileen Davis in Elizabethtown on Sept. 6, 1976, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Southern Division on Aug. 20. READ MORE
Sheriff’s office offers tips for a safe Halloween
Halloween will be at the end of October, which means lots of children dressed as ghosts, goblins, witches and many other characters will be out trick-or-treating on that night.
“Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. “Halloween is a fun time in Bladen County, but let’s make it a safe time as well.” READ MORE
Walt Gray – Chief Deputy Secretary
Walt Gray serves as the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s chief deputy secretary.
Originally from Whiteville, N.C., Gray received his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Wofford College, his Master of Science in Accountancy and Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. READ MORE
You Decide: Can We Resolve Our Tax Issues?
By: Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Taxes are always part of discussions about government and public policy, and taxes were clearly a hot topic in the recent session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Debates occurred about taxing services, lowering income tax rates, implementing incentives for business and energy expenditures, and dividing public revenues between urban and rural counties. Legislation was passed for some of these items, but I can assure you there will be more discussion and debate in future sessions. READ MORE
Plan for the future of your forestland with the N.C. Forest Service
ELIZABETHTOWN – Many woodland owners may not realize that their property could be working harder for them and their families, and it all starts with a plan prepared by a forester or other natural-resource professional.
“A woodland plan is customized to the property and interests of the landowner, providing a roadmap to help landowners achieve their short- and long-range goals, including leaving a legacy for their family,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7
Structure Fire Call in Clarkton leads to lesson
According to Smith she saw smoke coming from clothes on top of her Dish Network box in one of the children’s rooms. READ MORE
More on McCrory’s visit to Bladen County
Governor Pat McCrory and other State leaders toured southeastern North Carolina on Tuesday and BladenOnline.com was with them in Bladen County. If you did not get a chance to attend the meeting in Bladen County on Tuesday at Lu Mil Vineyard, or tour Dan Ward’s farm in Clarkton with Governor Pat McCrory, we have some videos for you to watch. WATCH VIDEOS
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fees for the week of October 12th – 16th 2015 for dogs and cats. There will still be a $15.00 Cat and $25 Dog vaccination fee. We hope that everyone can come out and view the wonderful pets we have available. The hours for adoptions are Monday – Friday 12-5:00 pm. READ MORE
SEAFOOD AND SUNSET SUCCESS FOR BCC
Bladen Community College enjoyed its 4th Seafood and Sunset event at Camp Clearwater on October 1st. Hosted by the Bladen Community College Foundation, the Seafood and Sunset evening is one of many ways to contribute to scholarships for qualifying students, and provide funding for other meaningful support activities at the college. Since its inception, the popular dinner gala has raised over $50,000. READ MORE
ROUZER ANNOUNCES DEADLINE FOR SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) announced the deadline of Saturday, October 31st for eligible applicants in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District to apply for a nomination to a United States Service Academy for the 2016 academic year. READ MORE
NC GRAPE FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT BY “HONEY DON’T”
DUBLIN, NC -Lu Mil Vineyard is excited to announce, “Honey Don’t” will be performing at the 2015 NC Grape Festival. The popular Whiteville NC based Rockabilly/Cover band will bring to the stage its unique blend of rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm & blues, and country & western. “Our music is happy”, said band member, Craig Peacock. “It makes people want to dance”. “Honey Don’t” will play covers starting with the 1950’s such as Elvis and Chuck Berry and more! READ MORE
Clarkton Man sentenced for Bank Robbery
39 year old Ottis McGill of Clarkton was sentenced Tuesday to 19 to 25 years in prison for two robberies in the Wilmington area.
He entered guilty pleas earlier this year of robbing Western Union in downtown Wilmington of $6,000 in August 2013, and about a month later of robbing Newbridge Bank on Military Cutoff Road of more than $2,000. READ MORE
Make Tree Stand Safety a Top Priority this Hunting Season
RALEIGH, N.C. – With gun hunting season for deer opening this month, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters to make tree stand safety a top priority when in the field this season.
Following a few basic guidelines can help prevent injuries and ensure that hunters return home safely — a key message of the agency’s Home From The Hunt safety campaign. Guidelines include: READ MORE
Black Beard the Pirate Historian to Speak at BCC
Dublin – If you have an adventurous spirit and appreciate historical scoundrels and villains, you must have a front-row seat at the first of two Bladen Community College Writers Series presentations. On Tuesday, October 20th, at 11 AM, BCC will welcome acclaimed researcher, author, and filmmaker Kevin Duffus, as host of a program entitled The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate. Referred to by his peers as a modern-day Indiana Jones, Duffus is a Road Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council. READ MORE
SAT Testing at Bladen County Board of Education
The SAT test scheduled for Saturday, October 3 at East Bladen High School has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17 at East Bladen High School. Students must check-in no later than 7:45 am to begin testing.
Library Kid’s Halloween Party
Bladen County Public Library will host a Kid’s Halloween Party on Thursday October 22, 2015, at 6:00 PM, at the Bladen County Public Library. All children are invited to come dressed for tricks and treats. Please call to register by October 15th at 910-862-6990.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice seeks volunteers
Lower Cape Fear Hospice, a nonprofit, is in need of volunteers to help families in Bladen County.
Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for families and patients with advanced illnesses.
Volunteers serve as caring friends to people in need. They offer companionship, visit or read to patients, listen, hold a hand, run errands, allow caregivers to rest, and help patients tell their life stories. READ MORE
Friends organize Fall Festival at state park
Fall is in the air and with it comes festivals! This year “The Friends of the Bay Lakes” and the staff at Jones Lake have organized a Fall Festival at Jones Lake on Saturday, October 31st. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration planned full of games, hay rides, educational opportunities and more!
“The Friends of the Bay Lakes” is a non-profit 501(c)3 group that supports both Jones and Singletary Lake State Parks. READ MORE
BCC PLANS BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING REGISTRATION
Bladen Community College encourages men and women interested in a law enforcement career to contact the college for information about the upcoming Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy registration on October 22, 2015.
The BCC program combines physical conditioning with required classwork. READ MORE
BCC Offers Community Service Learning Opportunities
Did you know that Bladen Community College is offering music and dance classes? Come join the fun and dance the night away at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Auditions for LoWanda Davis Productions at Bladen County Public Library
Last Auditions this year for LoWanda Davis Productions will be held October 17th, from 11 am until 4 pm at the Bladen County Public Library.
LoWanda Davis, Owner of LoWanda Davis Productions says, “I have a couple of upcoming projects and need some talented people to be a part of these.” The auditions are open to anyone with a talent. READ MORE
Bladen Community College Offers Free Business Workshops
The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars in October.
Two special topic seminars will kick off the month. The following seminars will be held on the Main Campus in Building 2, Room 207:
– “How to Purchase and Rent Your Own Property” is offered on Thursday October 1 from 6:30-9:00 P.M. READ MORE
Proposal for Bladen County School Consolidation from AdHoc Committee
On September 1st, Bladen County Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Robert Taylor proposed to the School Consolidation AdHoc Committee, a plan to consolidate and combine several schools in Bladen County and when to move forward with the proposal, according to the minutes of the AdHoc Committee meeting. The minutes of the meeting are a hit and miss synopsis of the true intent of Dr. Taylor and the committee. READ MORE
“Howl-O-Ween” Dog Costume Contest at Bladenboro Beast Fest
By: Boost the Boro, Inc.
Back By Popular Demand!
Anyone who gets a kick out of dressing up their “fur-babies” will surely take pleasure in participating in this year’s “Howl-O-Ween” Dog Costume Contest. Our goal is to raise awareness of animal abuse and to raise funds for injured and neglected animals in our county. READ MORE
John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families to celebrate family reunion on October 31
The John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families will celebrate their family reunion on October 31 at 1 PM at the Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall. The church is located on Oak Grove Church Road approximately five miles out of Bladenboro, NC off Hwy 242 north. The meal will be catered. However, It is requested that each family bring one dessert to whet the appetite of those with a sweet tooth. READ MORE
Beast Fest Accepting Applications for vendors
The Bladenboro Beast Festival is coming up on October 31st. The festival committee is now accepting applications from anyone who might be interested in being a vendor at the festival in Bladenboro. The vendor form is live! Visit www.borobooster.org for more information or to submit your application.