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> Elon Poll: Hagan has slight lead over Tillis

> N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission faced with deer-farm decision

> Cape Fear Valley trustees may tackle Harnett Health deal tonight

> In rural North Carolina, rough economic realities

> Cape Fear Profile: Former banker Wilson Lacy lends his talents

> Our View: Flawed regulations let billionaires buy senators

> Stevens: It's not too late to shorten high school football games

Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Kicks Off Friday, October 31, 2014


RALEIGH – Halloween festivities usually involve spooky tricks and sweet treats, but the scariest situations of all can often be found on North Carolina’s highways. Drunk drivers make a terrifying decision when they get behind the wheel and risk creating real-life nightmares for themselves and others. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program remind drivers this Halloween that if you drink and drive, you could pay deadly consequences.

The Bladen County Tax Administrator’s office will hold meetings to discuss the upcoming 2015 countywide revaluation.  All taxpayers and property owners are invited to attend one of these sessions.  Topics of discussion will include the N.C. laws concerning state mandated reappraisals, general information about property values, and senior citizens, disability, and veterans exemptions as well as agricultural and forestry use programs.  Meetings will be held as follows:

Upcoming Road Openings/Closures
Bladen County DOT Maintenance Engineer has issued a release regarding road closures over the next few days..
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) is open and will remain open at least through Veterans Day before work on crossline replacements will begin between Rosindale Road and White Plains Church Road.

Schools receive attendance banner
Valerie Newton
Elizabethtown, NC - During the October Board of Education meeting three schools received the monthly Student Attendance Banner.
Elementary School Division - With an average student attendance during the months of August and September at 97.92%, East Arcadia School, under the leadership of Ms. Dee Jones is the recipient for October.  

Hospice offers free health directives clinics

Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host a free Begin the Conversation clinic from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.

Clinics will be from 10-11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. These sessions, which are free to everyone in all stages of life, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions.

Thoughts While Shaving
As of closing time Thursday, 4,677 had voted in the General Election, either absentees or one stops...
I hope you will for the individual you believe can best do the job...
A couple of reminders regarding the election....One Stop voting ends at 1 p.m. sharp Saturday...Polls open  at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7:30 p.m. and BladenOnline will link to the NC State Board of Elections site to provide results, statewide and just for Bladen County.
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today---Sunny, with a high near 68.  North wind 6 to 8 mph
Tonight---A slight chance of rain after 3 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.  Calm wind.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday---Rain likely, mainly after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy with a high near 51.  North wind 7 to 15 mph becoming south in the morning. 
This Day in History - October 31
1864---Nevada admitted as 36th state of the Union.
1868---Standard uniform approved for US postal carriers.
1892---Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
1913---1st US paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway is dedicated.

Voting Update
As of closing time Thursday, October 30th, here are the totals.


Absentee ballots returned


One Stop Voting







One Stop Voting continues at 4 locations in Bladen County and concludes at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 31


Highest Temperature

86 degrees



Lowest Temperature

29 degrees



Greatest One-Day


1.72 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 70 degrees.

Medicare Does Not Cover 100%

Medicare is a government issued medical insurance program for American Citizens who are age 65 or older or have certain disabilities.  Medicare is divided into 4 “parts” – A, B, C & D.  Each part covers certain medical care.

Original Medicare does not cover 100% of your medical costs.  You still have to pay required deductibles, premiums and co-pays associated with services and certain services and types of health care are not covered by Medicare. 

Much colder weather on the way

National Weather Service
Overview: A strong upper level will will bring dramatic changes to the weather across the area this weekend.  The chance for rain will increase Saturday as the storm system approaches.  Temperatures aloft will be so cold that small soft  hail (graupel) is possible as the system moves directly overhead Saturday.  High temperatures will turn much colder and struggle to get out of the 50s Saturday/Sunday (normal highs for this time of the year are around 70).

Students win at National competition
Valerie Newton
Elizabethtown, NC - Three students from West Bladen recently competed as a team in the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National competition in Texas against more than 7,000 other students.  The team competed in the Sports and Nutrition event category. 
For the event, the team had to plan and develop an individualized nutritional plan to meet the needs of a competitive student athlete in a specific sport.  They prepared a sample nutrition and hydration plan based upon nutritional and energy needs of the student athlete.
Kornegay is new Broadway Town Manager
24 year old Dustin Kornegay, an Elizabethtown native, is the new Broadway, NC town manager.
He will replace the recently retired Bob Stevens, who served in that capacity for the past 14 years.
Kornegay was selected for the position by the town commissioners from 41 applications.  The town board selected five finalists to interview and Kornegay was the unanimous choice at their Monday evening meeting.
2nd annual Senior Center Fall Festival set Nov. 7

Tickets are on sale for BBQ plates as part of the second annual Bladen County Senior Center Fall Festival scheduled Friday, Nov. 7. Tickets are $7 per plate.

The festival will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the Senior Center at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown.

Senior Center director Amy Ruffin says vendor booths are available for $15 and that all businesses are welcome.
Bladenboro police chief calls for extra caution on Halloween

Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt is reminding motorists and pedestrians to be extra cautious and safe Friday night during Halloween trick-or-treat activities in Bladenboro.

Hunt reminds people that trick-or-treat hours in Bladenboro are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, and that children under age 9 must be accompanied to the door by an adult.
911 call: "Someone came to the house and shot up my boyfriend"

The girlfriend of Jerome Melvin told a 911 operator Tuesday morning that "someone came to the house and shot up my boyfriend," and repeatedly asked for emergency and law enforcement personnel to "hurry up," according to a tape of the call released Thursday morning by the Bladen County's Sheriff's Office. She also was concerned that the killers still may have been nearby.

Melvin, who was 23 years old, was killed at the front door of his mobile home on Sammy Lane in Elizabethtown shortly before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office said. 

Bladen County Vote Update
Over 4,000 Bladen County Voters have cast their ballot in the 2014 General Election.
Absentee Ballots returned                    979
One Stop at 4 Bladen County sites  3,045

American Housing Survey finds one in 10 housing units reported signs of the pests
By: McDuffie Pest Control
Elizabethtown, NC. - Signs of cockroaches and mice are the top two home deficiencies according to the 2013 American Housing Survey. About one in 10 occupants surveyed have seen evidence of cockroaches or mice in their homes. Also troubling are the other top home deficiencies listed, including open cracks or holes and exposed wiring, which can lead to or be exacerbated by pest infestations.
Battle for the US Senate
Real Clear Politics website
North Carolina Race analysis:
9/8/14--The race has been remarkably stable.  The only wild card is Libertarian candidate Seah Haugh, who has polled well and peeled off more ballots fro Tillis than Hagan.  Third parties tend to fade down the stretch (except when they don't), we we'd expect things to tilt back Tillis' way.  But we really have no way of knowing for sure.
2 Clarkton men sought in fatal shooting

Two Clarkton men are being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of an Elizabethtown man Tuesday morning.

Warrants were issued Wednesday afternoon for Ernest Raysean Grey, 23, and Twasjay Roderick Brown, 21, on first-degree murder charges in the killing of 23-year-old Jerome Melvin, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

Grey and Brown are considered armed and dangerous, according to the Sheriff's Office.
SeHealth awarded $85,000 grant for faith-based wellness planning project
Southeastern Health (SeHealth) has been awarded an $85,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. Funds from the grant will be used to plan a wellness program as part of Southeastern Health’s “Compassion for U: Congregational Wellness Network.”

Brisson Receives Grant


Brittany Nicole Brisson has been selected to receive the East Carolina University North Carolina Space Consortium Grant.  Brittany is the 21 year-old daughter of Ronald and Joyce Brisson of Dublin, North Carolina, and a 2011 graduate of West Bladen High School. She currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina, where she is a senior at East Carolina University, majoring in Art Education with a Studio Concentration in Jewelry Design.  She has been involved with the National Association of Art Education (NAEA) for the past 3 years. Brittany has served the NAEA as the South Eastern United States Student Outreach Coordinator. 

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Oct. 6-12

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police 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
    William Alexander Harrelson, 46: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)
Blacksmith demonstration planned at Harmony Hall

Blacksmiths Lenny Moore and Mat Patterson are expected to be at Harmony Hall Plantation Village on Sunday to fire up the forge and demonstrate the craft. Moore, who lives in Greensboro, but grew up in Tar Heel and graduated from Tar Heel High School, usually appears monthly at the Revolutionary War-era home of Col. James Richardson.

The plantation, which is owned by the Bladen County Historical Society and covers 100 acres, is open Sundays from 2-4 p.m.

Bladen Voters are voting
Bladen County voters are casting ballots early this year.  As of near noontime on Wednesday, October 29 over 3,500 have voted in the 2014 General Election.
Here is the breakdown:
One Stop    2,611
Absentee ballots returned   962.
Total cast as of 11 a.m. Wednesday   3,573.
The One Stop polls will be open until 1 p.m. Saturday, in Bladenboro, Dublin, East Arcadia and Elizabethtown. 

Bladen's September unemployment rate at 8.8 percent

Bladen County's unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent for September, according to figures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Bladen's rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, followed the pattern throughout North Carolina. Only Currituck County among North Carolina's 100 counties reported an increase in its unemployment rate, although Currituck County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent. Swain County's unemployment rate remained unchanged for September. The rest of the counties reported a decrease.

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Bladen County students suffer minor injuries in wreck
A van with 11 Bladen County students onboard was involved in an accident that sent at least three students to the hospital Tuesday afternoon..
The accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. outside Whiteville at the intersection of Bill Hooks and Peacock roads.  Troopers indicated a car pulled into the path of the van.
In addition to the students being taken to the hospital, the driver of the van and the two occupants of the second vehicle were also taken to the hospital. None were believed to be life threatening.
According to Columbus Charter School Headmaster Steve Smith, the van was not owned or operated by the school.

The town of Elizabethtown received a $3,300 matching grant from the state to be used in the development of Tory Hole Park.
The town of Elizabethtown established a curfew for Halloween.
Sudie Sheridan was appointed to the board at Bladen Technical College by Governor Jim Hunt.

One dead in early morning shooting
A 23 year old male was killed early Tuesday morning in a mobile home park off NC 242 south of Elizabethown.
According to Hubert Kinlaw, Bladen County Coroner, Jerome Melvin, 23, answered a knock at the door around 2:30 a.m. and was shot in the head.  Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Melvin reportedly shared a mobile home on Sammy Lane with a girlfriend, a child and one other person.

Keyettes Sponsor Trunk or Treat prior to Football game
The East Bladen Keyettes will be sponsoring a Trunk or Treat fun time prior to the Friday football game at EBHS.  Jennifer Hair, Keyettes advisor, is asking for sealed bags of candy to offset the cost for her Keyettes.  Money and gift cards will also be accepted for prizes for the youngsters.
Games and an inflatable slide will be available for the youngsters to enjoy from 6 to 7 p.m.  Included is a pumpkin carving contest and costume contest at half-time.
Contact Mrs. Haire for more information at 910-645-2500 or

USDA Releases New State-by-State "Made in Rural America" Report
New Data Demonstrates Obama Administration's Record Breaking Investments in Rural America

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 – As part of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to strengthening rural economies, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new state-by-state "Made in Rural America" report illustrating the impact of USDA investments in rural communities. Each state factsheet highlights specific USDA investments in rural businesses, manufacturing, energy, water and other infrastructure development. They also outline how USDA is helping rural communities attract businesses and families by investing in housing and broadband.

Basic Firearms Safety is a Must for Hunting 

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.
Firearms safety is an element of instruction taught by the Commission’s Hunter Education Program, with free courses offered year-round, throughout the state. Instructors advise hunters to prioritize safety when handling firearms:
Point a firearm in a safe direction at all times.

Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.
Identify your target and what’s beyond it.

BCC President takes on ice bucket challenge for a good cause
Jack McDuffie
Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt went beyond the call of duty on Monday fulfilling a commitment he made in September to the college’s United Way Campaign.  As a result, the college exceeded its campaign goal earlier than ever.  Though the college has met its goal in past years, the campaign has usually been extended in order to achieve it.  

Elizabethtown Class of '57

The Elizabethtown High School Class of 1957 enjoyed a reunion recently at San Jose Restaurant.  Pictured on the front row, left to right, are Mary Carolyn (Lewis) McPhatter, Thelma (Squires) Benson, Jennie (Johnson) McQueen, Lois (Norris) Walters, Ann (Edge) Nye, Elizabeth (Lehto) Hovis, Janice (Harrelson) Pope, and Linda (Henry) Robins.  Back row, l to r:  Billy Smith, Wally McQueen, Hague Bowman, Shelby (Hobbs) Maultsby, and David Cross.

Elizabethtown woman charged with intimidating witness

An Elizabethtown woman has been charged with intimidating a witness and is being held in Bladen County Jail under a $5 million secured bond, according to reports.

Kellye Bryant Lewis, 45, of Eastway Avenue, was charged in August of two counts each of trafficking by sell of opium, trafficking by possession of opium, and trafficking by deliver of opium as part of an undercover prescription pill investigation, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. She posted a $100,000 secured bond and was released from custody on the charges.

Harrells Christian Academy Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll for the First Grading Period

Headmaster’s List (All A’s)


Twelfth Grade: Margaret Clark, Spencer Cooke, MaryKate Murray, Christian Rhodes, Fredrick Strickland, Amanda Sutton.


Eleventh Grade: Catherine Armstrong, Rachel Bland, Sophie Campbell, Anna Laurie Carter, Mariah Dixon, Marissa Parks, McKenzie Parks, Mikaela Stroud.


WILMINGTON – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today that the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has completed the purchase of 670 acres of bottomland hardwoods and cypress-gum swamp along the Waccamaw River located just south of Lake Waccamaw State Park. Lake Waccamaw and the Waccamaw River, which flows south from the lake, are recognized by scientist as nationally significant, because of the variety and abundance of nature that can be found there.

 SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween.  “Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun,” said Sheriff Benston. 
The Sheriff reminds all Bladen County residents to follow these safety tips:
·         Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
·         Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
·         Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. 
2014 Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant
The Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant was held on Oct 11th at Bladenboro Middle School. The new court: (back row from left to right) Junior Miss Bladenboro Jordan Benson, Princess of Bladenboro Jasmine James, Miss Bladenboro Lindsey Herring, Miss Bladenboro Ambassador Allison Thompson, and Little Miss Bladenboro Payton Gunter. (Front row left to right) Baby Miss Bladenboro Maelee Norris, Petite Miss Bladenboro Maycee Kinlaw, Tiny Miss Bladenboro Addison Gunter, and Wee Miss Bladenboro Emma Todd.
Commissioners receive financial update
The Bladen County Finance office provides a monthly update to commissioners with comparisons to last year and to the current budget.
The latest update was for the 1st three months of fiscal 2014-15 ending September 30, 2014.
29.61% of total revenues budgeted had been collected.  46.9% of Property Taxes budgeted had been paid.  One big note was that no sales taxes has been received.  
Mcintyre Honored in Battleship Ceremony by Navy League
Congressman McIntyre accepts a special recognition plaque on the USS North Carolina Battleship.  Standing with Congressman McIntyre are (from left to right) Dave Echevarria, Past President of the Navy League Wilmington Council; Frank Roberts, Current President; Rosalie Calarco, Rep. McIntyre’s Director of Veteran Services; and Beth Dawson, Vice Chair of the New Hanover County Commission.
Wilmington, N.C.- Congressman Mike McIntyre was recently honored in a ceremony on the USS North Carolina Battleship for his work on behalf of veterans, by the Navy League.

Elizabethtown Fire Department Ribbon Cutting - Click HERE for photos
Mayor Sylvia Campbell cut the ribbon officially opening the new addition to the Elizabethtown Fire Department Sunday afternoon.
Campbell was joined by retiring Fire Chief Bryon Graham; Rep. William Brisson; Architect Terry Cox; Town Manager Eddie Madden and Rev. Chris Denny, Pastor of Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.
The Bladen County Firefighters Color Guard presented the colors prior to the ribbon cutting, as Elizabethtown firefighters and new Fire Chief Nick West looked on.  Graham will retire effective January 2015.  .

Annual Fun Times at Camp Clearwater - Click HERE for photos
Attendance was in the thousands this year at the annual Halloween Celebration.  Lots of costumes, candy, and creatures of the night were out in full force this Saturday.  The folks at Camp Clearwater know how to celebrate Halloween. The fun started off with trick or treating, arcade games, food vendors. Then to top it all an amazing fire works show could be see by all. 
The celebration is a tradition by many here in Bladen County.  The fun this night brings  has visitors from other counties and states as well.  If you missed out on the fun this year, go ahead and mark your calendars for next year. 

Hall Represents Bladen County at National 4-H Talent Revue
Each year, 4-H'ers nationwide are invited to submit an audition video to the sponsoring university of the annual National Association of County Agricultural Agents' (NACAA) AM-PIC Conference.  This year's NACAA Conference was held in Mobile, Alabama, hosted by Auburn University.
Haley Hall, in her words, "was thrilled to learn last March that I had been selected for the third time to perform in a 4-H Talent Revue.  Having performed in 4-H Talent Revues in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charleston, South Carolina, I thought I had an idea of what to expect.  I was so wrong!"  

BeastFest Draws a CROWD - Click HERE for photos
Thousands were in Bladenboro Saturday for the 8th Annual BestFeast.  Parking was difficult to find. Food stations, rides, entertainment, classic cars, vendors and politicians shaking hands, all a part of the festivities.
The weather was perfect and the 2014 BeastFest may be the best and best attended ever.

An Apple A Day

 For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Apples have been around a long time—at least 5,000 years. With literally thousands of varieties to choose from, it’s certainly not hard to keep the doctor away, as the saying goes.

Selecting Apples

Look for firm, crisp, well-colored fruit. Avoid those with shriveled skins, bruises, worm holes, and decayed spots. Although apples are fairly durable fruits, take care to avoid bruising them. 

Credit Union helps students achieve success

    The State Employees Credit Union provides two $5,000 scholarships to first year curriculum students at Bladen Community College each year.  The two-year scholarships are for $2,500 per year.   In photo receiving the scholarships are this year’s recipients—second from left, Taylor Stephens, a graduate of West Bladen High School, and Jordan Hayes, a graduate of East Bladen High School.  Presenting the scholarships are Rian Collins, left, Vice President and City Executive at the Credit Union’s Elizabethtown branch, and John Guions, a Credit Union Board member. 

Bladenboro native arrested for sex charges
A Bladenboro native and longtime local resident is facing additional charges for child sex abuse.

Roy Lee Stubbs, 45, was arrested in September 2013 on multiple charges of first degree sex offense with a child and secret peeping, according to the Pender County Jail. He was placed under a $1,000,010 bond. His current address is Walker Street, Burgaw. 


Troxler announces availability of farmland preservation grants;
application deadline is Dec. 19

RALEIGH – County governments and nonprofit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects have until Dec. 19 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations and $1 million for military base and training buffers.

The statewide general appropriations are anticipated future appropriations in the 2015-2017 biennium budget.

Uniform Closet for Students
A new group has been formed to assist students in Bladen County.  Sonya King Edge, Founder of the group, Uniform Closet for Bladen County Students, said, "My heart breaks when my kid comes home from school and says there are children in their classes that wear the same clothes everyday and wants to know if we have anything to give them. My purpose in this group is to collect new and gently used uniforms and shoes for the children in Bladen County who are in need. K - 12th grade."    

Mike Walden's You Decide:  What industries will lead growth?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension


North Carolina’s economy has gone through three major economic periods during the last century. Like most states, farming was the leading industry in both production and employment in the early 1900s. Most workers rose before dawn and went to their fields to care for the crops or livestock.

Then came the manufacturing era.

Credit Union scholarships for continuing education students

    State Employees Credit Union scholarships were presented to five continuing education students at Bladen Community College on Wednesday afternoon.  The Credit Union provides five $750 scholarships for students in BCC’s continuing education programs each semester.  In photo with the students are BCC Vice President for Continuing Education Sondra Guyton, left, BCC Associate Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest, back left, and Rian Collins, Vice President and City Executive of the Elizabethtown Branch of the Credit Union, at right.  Students receiving the scholarships and their programs of study are, beginning with third left, Kristin Nicole Little, Certified Nursing Assistant I; Sheri Bray, Pharmacy Assistant; Michelle Brown, Emergency Medical Technician—Basic; Lindsey Victoria Caulder, Emergency Medical Technician—Basic; and Tomme Renee Carroll, Emergency Medical Technician—Basic.  In addition to continuing education scholarships, the Credit Union provides scholarships to two new curriculum students per semester.. 

Bladen Senior Center to install new check-in system

The Bladen County Senior Center should have a new way to handle registrations, scheduling and reporting by January, says director Amy Ruffin.

A key-card and touch screen automated check-in system designed for senior centers will be installed in November and should be in operation in January. The system is similar to the key-card system other places such as the YMCA use, Ruffin said.
Halloween 2014
Town of Elizabethtown Resolution

Town of Bladenboro Resolution
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.
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. 

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.

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.

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!

"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.

BladenOnline & CAB Markting open downtown office


BladenOnline & CAB Marketing have a new office in downtown Elizabethtown.  The address is 113 West Broad Street.  The office will be open for appointments only for a few weeks, then open with regular business hours during the summer months..   For an appointment, call Charlotte Smith at 910-876-5393 or Robert G. Hester at 910-876-2322.

Churches in Bladen County - Click HERE To VIew Church Listings
How many churches are there in Bladen County? How many adherents (supporters or followers)? and what denominations are represented in the county?
According to a website, The Association of Religious Data Archives that was completed in 2010 there are 120 congregations listed in Bladen County.  That number is skewed somewhat because reports are incomplete from congregations and adherents from the larger African-American denominations.

Upcoming events


Oct 29-Nov 1...Clarkton Dixie Youth invites all to their Haunted Trail from Wednesday, October 29 thru Saturday, Nov. 1 at the DYB complex on Perimeter Road, nightly from 7 p.m. until midnight.  Admission is just $5.  All proceeds benefit Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball.


Oct 31....White Lake Fright Night October 24th, 25th, 31st and Nov. 1st.  9pm until Midnight.  Ticket booth and entrance is at Camp Clearwater's maintenance gate on White Lake Drive.  This haunted event is possible due to the White Lake Volunteer Fire Department with all proceeds going to them.  It is hosted by Camp Clearwater.


Oct. 31....Lisbon Baptist Church is sponsoring Holy-Ween Fest on Friday, October 31.  Food, fun and outdoor movie.  Festivities begin at 7 p.m.  Movie begins at 8.    


Nov 1....Saturday, Nov. 1st, Fish Fry & Cake Auction, November 1st.  Supper is 4pm until 6pm and the Auction is at 4pm.  Target shooting 7pm at the White Oak Ruritan Club, 9579 NC Hwy 53 West, White Oak, NC.  Visit their Facebook page for more information  

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1 shot in Bonnie Doone late Thursday

Crime Report for Friday, Oct. 31
Repubican Thom Tillis returns to Fayetteville to campaign for U.S. Senate
Argument between neighbors turns fatal; Fayetteville man held on murder charge
Six candidates running for three District Court judge's seats
In State Senate 19th District race, Meredith outgains Richardson in donations
Temperatures in Cape Fear region to dive this weekend, bringing season's first frost
Barrage of negative political ads too much for some Fayetteville residents
Fort Bragg airmen prepare to fight Ebola outbreak
Whiteville woman wanted in connection with August shooting death of Fayetteville man

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Campbell Oil
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CLC Financial Services Group
Coach's Furniture
Corner Cafe
Dickerson's Pharmacy
Elizabethtown Denistry
Elizabethtown Nursing Center
Farm Bureau
First Source Staffing
Fishers Men and Ladies Shop
Four County Electric Membership Corporation
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Houston's Peanuts
Johnson Law Firm
Kinlaw Furniture and Appliance
Lacy West-Thomas Insurance Agency, Inc.
McDuffie Pest Control
Nationwide Insurance, Elizabethtown
New Light Church
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Walane Gas Company
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