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Pathologist questions handling of Lacy's body

 
A pathologist hired by the North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday questioned how the body of Bladenboro teenager Lennon Lacy was handled after he was founding hanging from a swing set near his home on the morning of Aug. 29.

Dr. Christina Roberts, who works for C.J. Consulting of America in Hernando, Fla., wrote in her report to the N.C. NAACP "there is conflicting information about what occurred at the scene between the representative from the Medical Examiner office and the police," and that Bladen County coroner Hubert Kinlaw "reported that SBI would not let him take photographs at the scene and threatened to take his camera if he did." Roberts' report also states that Kinlaw reported that officers didn't want an autopsy performed and that Kinlaw had to have the district attorney's office order one.  

4K4 Food raises money for Bladen Crisis Assistance

 

There's nothing like a jog or a brisk walk on a sunny, yet chilly, morning. Just ask 11-year-old Harrison Devane.

"I just like to get out here and just run," said Harrison, who was among about 75 people Saturday morning who made their way around Elizabethtown Industrial Park as part of the 5th annual 4K4 Food fundraiser for Bladen Crisis Assistance. More than $3,500 is expected to be raised for the organization that helps people in need in Bladen County, said event organizer Tina Mundy.  

White Lake Multi-Use Path

The newly appointed Town of White Lake Parks and Recreation Board held a second public informational meeting regarding the proposed Multi-Use Path.  This project has been years in the planning stage and is now closer as a formal application has been made to the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for $258,000.  Eddie Madden and Joey Taylor, consultants on the project, made a presentation to a full house Tuesday evening at White Lake Town Hall.  This portion of the multi-use path would begin at Waterford Estates and go to the White Lake Marina.  
Thoughts While Shaving
 
Bladen County high school football season is over for another year...East Bladen Eagles played well Friday night, Farmville played well and the Jaguars scored more points.
 
See John Clark's article on our sports page....It has been a great year for both Bladen County high school teams...players and coaches...
 
Trot Nixon and John Rendleman of WWAY's Fifth Quarter were in town for the game and I had the pleasure of interviewing Trot..
This Day in History - November 22
 
1842---Mount St. Helens in Washington erupts.
 
1864---American Civil War Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia, ends after 650 casualties.
 
1903---Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt are engaged.
 
1906---International Radio Telecommunications Com adopts "SOS" as new call for help.

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 

Today - Sunny, with a high near 57. East wind 3 to 6 mph.

 
Tonight - Increasing clouds, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.

 
Sunday - Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. High near 67. Breezy, with a northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on November 22

   

Highest Temperature

80 degrees

1979

 

Lowest Temperature

20 degrees

2000

 

Greatest One-Day

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Yesterday's High Temperature was 55 degrees.

Bladenboro Police Dept. seeks donations for Christmas for Kids

The Bladenboro Police Department's annual Christmas for Kids outreach is planned for Dec. 9, and Chief Chris Hunt is seeking donations to help needy children at Bladenboro Primary School have gifts for Christmas.

"We're asking everyone who plans to donate to do so before Dec. 9," Hunt said. "It's a really neat thing. If people can find it in their heart to help support this because it takes money to be able to do this."

Children will be taken to Walmart in Elizabethtown on Dec. 9.

Bladenboro woman wins $20,000 in N.C. lottery

Pamela Hancock of Bladenboro won $20,000 recently playing the North Carolina Education Lottery's $4 million Multiplier Spectacular game, it was announced Friday. She was among 15 people who won between $10,000 and $25,000 in games over the past week, according to the NCEL.

The biggest win of the week went to Beverly Hall of Leland, who said she plans to use the $150,000 she won playing the Golden 7's game to pay off her mortgage.

Home From The Hunt campaign: Be Safe

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Home From The Hunt campaign reminds everyone who is hunting during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

"Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting," said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. "In the excitement of a holiday hunt, don't overlook the safety aspects. Make it a part of your planning. Stress the importance of everyone being careful."
 
Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Begins Nov. 17
Producers have Until March 31, 2015, to Choose the Program Best for their Operation

 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. 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.

Elizabethtown High School Class of '59 holds reunion
 
“The 1959 graduating class of Elizabethtown High School held their 55th reunion on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the San Jose restaurant.  Those in attendance were:

  
Front row L to R: Irene (Robinson) Alford, Betty (Benton) Dove, Jeannie (Gooden) Upton, Elizabeth (Bedsole) Bowen, Carolyn (McDuffie) Smith, Norma Lou (Hester) Smothers, Jean (Daniel) Adams, Daisy (Peterson) Carr, Joanne (McSwain) Knox

  
Back row L to R: Ronny Hutchinson, Howard Johnson, Harold Dean Sasser, Marshall Sanderson, PW Jessup, Richard Smith, Elmer Gibson, Robert Bordeaux”

1st Annual Iron Company Competition

  
This past Thursday the East Bladen High School JROTC “Eagle” Battalion held its 1st Annual Iron Company Competition.  The cadets participated in a variety of physically taxing events such as the rigorous “Eagle Mile”, push-ups, sit-ups, a truck tire flip, Mini Cooper push/truck pull, tug-o-war, litter (stretcher)carry, soccer and more. The competitive atmosphere amongst units was evident throughout the day and really provided the fuel for a spirited competition.  At the end of the day, it was mighty Alpha Company that came out on top with decisive victories in five of the key events.

West Bladen FFA Wins State Land Judging
Jeremy Lynn Davis
WBHS FFA Reporter

    
            The West Bladen High School FFA Chapter participated in the 61st Annual North Carolina FFA Association Land Judging Career Development Event on November 14-15, 2014, in Pitt County, North Carolina. Team Members included Jeremy Davis, Nikki Locklear, Allison Morris, and Cody Roberts.

   
            This event teaches FFA members to analyze soil characteristics such as soil type, erosion, and drainage to determine the best possible use.

 

Mike Walden's You Decide:  What's happening to the middle class?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

  

During the campaigns leading up to the recent elections, we heard a lot about the middle class. Many – if not most – candidates tailored their messages and promises to helping those in the middle class improve their lives.
 
Why was this? One answer comes from political science and is termed the “median voter strategy.” 

North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released

   

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, decreasing 0.4 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate of 6.7 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.8 percent.

   
North Carolina’s October 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 17,508 over the month to 4,352,730, and increased 28,447 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 16,685 over the month to 293,635, and declined 54,551 over the year.  

Commissioners presented Health Action Plans for 2013-16
 
Bladen County Health Educators Carol Strickland and Marianne Valentiner presented Bladen County Commissioners their long range Health Action Plan and Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 at their November 17, 2014 meeting.
 
A 2013 Community Health Assessment (CHA) survey is used as an indicator or snapshot of the county's health concerns and priorities that need to be addressed. 
 
568 individuals were interviewed in Bladen County and the needs to be addressed, based on the survey include;
4K4 Food Coming Soon

The annual 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.  
Firefighters sponsors fundraiser to help one of their own
 
Joey Merritt, a Hickory Grove firefighter, suffered a severe stroke on October 7 and was airlifted to UNC Chapel Hill hospital.  He has a long recovery ahead of him.  His fellow Hickory Grove firefighters are sponsoring a fundraiser with all the proceeds going to Merritt and his family.
 
The event is planned for Saturday, November 22 at  the Hickory Grove fire department from 11 a.m.. until.  The fire department is located at 136 NC 210 W.  (go west off US 701 onto NC highway 210, it's located near the intersection).

Bladen County Farm Bureau Gives Thanks for the Farmers, Ranchers and Producers in our Surrounding Areas
 
Beginning with the American pilgrims, Thanksgiving has always focused on celebrating the harvest and abundance of food we are able to share with our family and neighbors.

 
The week leading into Thanksgiving is designated as National Farm-City Week and recognized due to the impact that agriculture has on our daily lives.  Agriculture is tied to 1 in 12 jobs in the nation as well as being Bladen County’s #1 industry. 

Faulk pleads guilty
 
Shawn Nathan Faulk of Clarkton pled guilty Monday, November 17, 2014 in Bladen County Superior Court to one count of Felony Malicious Maiming and was sentenced to 77 to 105 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
 
The charge arose out of an assault by the defendant on Robert Gooden, which occurred on April 28, 2012, resulting in the victim losing permanent use of his left eye.

Farm Bill Producer Meeting for ARC/PLC
 
The Bladen County Farm Service Agency recently held a producer meeting pertaining to 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.
 
A power point presentation was given by Chris Tatum, County Executive Director of the Bladen County Farm Service Agency.  Approximately 70 producers and Agri-Business professionals were in attendance for Wednesday night’s presentation.  The dinner was sponsored by Bladen County Farm Bureau and the Elizabethtown Branch of Cape Fear Farm Credit. 
Schools receive Student Attendance banner
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC - During the November Board of Education meeting, board members awarded three schools with the monthly Student Attendance banner.
 
In the elementary school division (R) with an average student attendance during the month of October at 96.56%, East Arcadia School, under the leadership of Ms. Dee Jones is the recipient for November.  Accepting on behalf of East Arcadia is Sarah Straw, 4th & 5th grade Math and Science teacher.
Bladenboro Primary's Terrific Kids
   

Pictured are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School.  Each month the students who are chosen Terrific Kids are recognized at a ceremony where they receive a Terrific Kids certificate, bumper sticker, and pencil.  Pictured with the students is John Howard Ward of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus County.  The club sponsors the Terrific Kid program at Bladenboro Primary School.

ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT LU MIL VINEYARD
 
DUBLIN, NC --Our team has assembled the most enchanting display of Christmas lights ever. With over one half million lights this year, it is more spectacular than ever. There are many enormous figurines and this year the huge display of the twelve days of Christmas stretches nearly the length of two football fields. There are more photo ops than ever, like the gigantic Christmas bear seen here. The beautiful oversized American flag is a tribute to our veterans and we hope everyone will keep CHRIST in your Christmas. 
Bladen County Road Openings/Closures
Ken Clark, Bladen County DOT Maintenance
    
OPENINGS: SR 1712 (Lisbon  Road)
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) will open Thursday afternoon and will remain open through Monday morning (see below).
 
UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR 1712 (Lisbon Road)
Beginning Monday, November 24 we plan to close SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) at a location 0.31 Miles west of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) in order to replace a crossline pipe.  The work should be completed by late Wednesday afternoon.

Autumn brings the fall of tree seed Bumper crop aids state's seedling program

   
RALEIGH – This autumn, tons of seed from many different tree species have hit the ground in record amounts. And squirrels weren’t the only ones looking for it.
N.C. Forest Service staff from across the state collected the seed used to grow more than 50 types of tree seedlings for the agency’s nursery program. The NCFS sells these native seedlings to landowners at low cost for a variety of purposes, such as reforestation, wetlands mitigation, aesthetic improvement and wildlife habitat creation.

Board recognizes National Beta winners
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC - At the November Board of Education meeting, board members recognized the Clarkton School of Discovery's Junior Beta Club National winner. The club attended the National Junior Beta Convention over the summer in Richmond, Virginia.  This year’s theme was “The History of Beta.”  During the convention, Clarkton members participated in the banner, t-shirt design, and campaign speech and skit competition.  

Litzinger addresses Elizabethtown Rotary

 

  

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was treated to special program by Patrick Litzinger regarding the Watch D.O.G.S. — Dads of Great Students.

 
Litzinger, who is assistant to the district superintendent to the Harbor District United Methodist Church, is a coordinator with the Methodist Church’s Congregations for Children.

  
The Watch D.O.G.S. program is a nationwide program and in the area, there are three Watch D.O.G.S. schools in Brunswick County, one in Columbus County, and 17 in New Hanover County.

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NC NAACP: 'Quick call' made that Lacy's death was suicide

The North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, according to a letter addressed to Thomas Walker, who is the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Jon David, who is the district attorney for Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties, said in a statement that a "preliminary review of the investigation ... appears to be detailed, thorough and professional," but his office would welcome a federal investigation.
Community Mart in Elizabethtown robbed for second time

Two men armed with handguns robbed the Community Mart convenience store in Elizabethtown on Tuesday night, taking an undisclosed amount of money and several packs of cigarettes, according to Elizabethtown police Lt. Lonnie Cheshire.

It's the second time in five weeks the store at 909 East Broad Street has been robbed.
NOT A DREAM ANY MORE
 
Once a dream becomes reality, it is no longer a dream. That is what has happened with the Dublin Troop 622 Scout Hut restoration. The restoration of the log cabin hut is almost complete, and ready for scout meetings and community events. The scouts are so excited about having their own meeting place that they have been meeting while the work is going on.

Bladen County one of fourteen recounts across NC
 
Recounts are underway in fourteen contests across North Carolina after the deadline to request a recount closed Tuesday evening.
 
Counties have until Thursday to finalize totals in a recount between Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson, who are competing for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

BLADEN COUNTY HEADLINES...35 YEARS AGO
 
Dale Hair of Bladen County presented a trombone recital at East Carolina University School of Music in Greenville.
 
Bladen County government received a new computer system valued at $77,600.
 
John Shaw, City Executive for United Carolina Bank, announced that their west branch in Elizabethtown would be closing.

NC DHHS Announces Application Process for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
   
Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepting applications beginning Dec. 1, 2014.

  
LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Citizens interested in applying should review the application process and the eligibility requirements for the LIEAP benefit, which may be found at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/energy/req.htm.

Special Events in Bladen and nearby areas
 
Nov. 22....The Baldwin Branch food pantry, "From His Table to Yours" will be open Saturday, November 22 from  10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Identification and transportation required.  There is no fee involved.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 highway south, Elizabethown, NC.
 
Nov. 23....Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3 p.m., Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home will host a Memorial Service for all those who have lost a loved one this year.  Families in attendance at the Memorial Service will be presented with a complimentary crystal angel ornament personalized with the name and life dates of their loved ones. 

Family seeks federal investigation into Lennon Lacy's death

It's been nearly three months since 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set near his Bladenboro home, dead by asphyxia, according to the North Carolina Chief Medical Examiner's Office.

For Claudia Lacy, Lennon's mother, the preliminary investigation by authorities who found no evidence of foul play doesn't add up. That's why, with the support of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's North Carolina branch, the family has asked the U.S. Justice Department to look into Lacy's death. The former West Bladen High School student was found Aug. 29.

19 Degrees on November 19
 
The US National Weather Service recorded a record low temperature in Bladen County of 19 degrees at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday, November 19.  The previous low on this date was 26 degrees in 1997.
 
A low of 22 degrees recorded just prior to midnight tied the all time low in Bladen County for November 18.  That record was first set in 1959. 

Accepting Applications for Scholarships
 
Bladen County Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for their scholarships. The Cecil McClure Memorial Scholarship provides $500.00 per year and the R. Flake Shaw Scholarship provides $3,750.00 per year for four years of study at a college or university.  Two new scholarships are awarded each spring valued at $1,000.00 per year for two years of study at a community college.   
 
Applicants may apply through Bladen County Farm Bureau, by contacting Tammy Guyton at (910)645-2042. Eligibility requirements for both scholarships will be based on (1) financial need; (2) satisfactory scholastic record;

TOWN OF WHITE LAKE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING – November 18, 2014
 Joy Warren

  
 Bryon Scott with Thompson, Price, Scott & Adams Auditing Firm presented the 2013/14 annual audit for the Board’s consideration.  The Board approved the audit as presented.  In other administrative matters, the Board approved the tax releases ($317.80) and utility releases ($2060.42).

 
 In an effort to reduce the Town’s electrical charges for street lighting, staff has been working with Duke Energy on a plan to convert the existing mercury/sodium vapor street lights to LED lights.

NC Court of Appeals upholds first criminal appeal under video sweepstakes law
Release date: 11/18/2014
Statement from Attorney General Roy Cooper

   
“Video gambling has been a source of crime and corruption in our state and that’s why I joined with law enforcement to push to ban it. My office has fought for years to give law enforcement and prosecutors the right to enforce the ban and today’s ruling makes it clearer that they have the authority to crack down on this crime.”

Hospice offers free Bladen holiday grief workshop

   
Hope for the Holidays is a free grief workshop offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Grief group discussions include understanding the grief process; coping with loss; defining realistic expectations for the holidays; and suggestions for creating new holiday traditions.

  
This free workshop will be from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Dec. 16, at LCFH’s Bladen office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.

November Chamber Meeting

Linda Carey, Creative Director of Vibrant Business Today, was the guest speaker for the Elizabethtown White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday.    Ms. Carey spoke on the digital economy…finding and engaging people in your business through the internet.  Our society is utilizing digital technology to access everything, so businesses have to determine what they need out of technology to help their business.  Impressions, visits, and likes may be just as important to your business as sales are to the bottom line.  Social media, online sales, websites are all tools that are available to businesses to help increase visibility, and awareness of services.
It’s more than simply buying stuff
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
  

The conversation distressed me to no end, but then again, even accidental eavesdroppers never hear anything good.

  
Two young mothers were comparing notes on their plans for the earliest possible Christmas shopping. One was planning to skip church the next week, whilst the other had informed her family that they’d be eating Thanksgiving at Grandma’s – without her.

Bladen Commissioners Meet
 
Bladen County commissioners met in regular session Monday evening.
 
Included in the Consent Agenda was the recommended reclassification of the Human Resources Director position and the awarding of a service duty weapon and gold badge to retiring Sheriff Prentis Benston.  Benston was defeated in his bid for re-election, losing to Jim McVicker.
 
County Manager Greg Martin presented the financial update for the past month. (more later)

Gillespie bids board good bye
 
Commissioners Mark Gillespie's term as county commissioner officially ends at the December 1 meeting.  He was presented a plaque and attended a reception in his honor Monday evening.
 
Gillespie has served 4 years on the board representing District 1.  He was defeated in the May primary by Arthur Bullock.
 
Bullock will be sworn in at the December 1, 2014.

Dublin Board considers sewer system repairs

Dublin's sewer system continues to experience problems, Mayor Horace Wyatt told the Board of Commissioners on Monday night, and the Town faces the possibility of some costly repairs.

The pumps are not priming at the Lyon Landing Road station, Wyatt said as Public Works Director Jonathan Ward and crew were finishing installing a bypass pump as the meeting was being held.

"The bottom line is (Public Works) has done everything they could possibly do to get them primed," Wyatt said.
Commissioners approve Golden Leaf Application
 
Bladen County Commissioners listened to representatives of Bladen Community College, the Town of Elizabethtown and Bladen County Schools at a special meeting Monday as they made their appeal for support for an application for Golden Leaf Foundation funding.
   
<--- BCC Board Chair Dennis Troy and Dr. Findt
    
Golden Leaf has supported Bladen County agencies over the past years, the last time the total funding was near $2 million.  
Cape Fear Valley Named Top Performing Hospital

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has earned top recognition for four treatment areas from a national healthcare organization.
 
The Joint Commission named Cape Fear Valley a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2013 for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care.
 
The designations are based on a hospital’s accountability measures that are data-driven and supported by health information technology. 

Berline Huggins Gallehugh celebrates 99th birthday

Former Elizabethtown resident Berline Huggins Gallehugh celebrated her 99th birthday Nov. 10 in Fayetteville.

Family and friends held a party for Mrs. Gallehugh at Carolina Highlands in Fayetteville, where she has lived for almost 10 years, says her daughter Sandy Huggins Hurley.

Mrs. Gallehugh, who is the oldest living member of Elizabethtown Baptist Church, married Marvin Huggins, who was a carpenter, in 1936.

NCDA&CS offers holiday travel tips to prevent bedbugs
 
          RALEIGH – One  present that is not on anyone’s wish list this holiday season is bedbugs.
The  N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Structural Pest Control  and Pesticides Division encourages travelers to take extra steps to ensure they  don’t pick up any hitchhiking pests this holiday season.   
          “Peak travel  time is often when we see an increase in bedbug cases reported,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Bedbugs are excellent hitchhikers.  This holiday season I encourage you to be alert and be aware as you travel.” 

Crippled Children are helped by Vineyard Golf at White Lake and Bladen Shriners

    
Bladen County Shriners and Vineyard Golf at White Lake teamed up recently to provide a fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for children.  (see article on BladenOnline Sports page)

   

Bill Augustine provided the site for the Iron man golf tournament with proceeds going to support cripple children.

Tree Fruit & Nut Production in Southeastern NC
with Dr. Mike Parker
Monday, December 8, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center
 
This workshop is the first training for the Fruit and Nut Production in Southeastern NC Workshop Series being offered at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center over the 2014/2015 seasons. This training will cover a number of topics on fruit tree and nut tree production, such as, orchard layout, planting, care and cultivation, recommended varieties and pest management. Dr. Mike Parker, Professor and Extension Specialist with North Carolina State University, will be our speaker for the evening.

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 http://bladen.ces.ncsu.edu/2014/09/4-k-4-food-set-for-november-22 .  Also you can print pledge forms to collect donations to sponsor your walk and support this great cause.

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

       

Nov. 23...Hickory Grove Baptist Church congregation invites everyone to their Thanksgiving Fellowship service Sunday night at 6:00 p.m.  The meal will be provided and families are asked to bring a dessert to share.  After the meal, there will be a time of devotion and sharing.  Hickory Grove Baptist Church is located at 6414 Center Road, Bladenboro.  For more info, call 648-6864.

  

Nov 24....Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro will be hosting a "A Farewell & Refreshments with Faye" with punch and cookies for patrons of the library on Monday, November 24, 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Faye Sykes will be celebrating her retirement which will become effective November 26. All members of the public are welcome!

  

Nov. 25....The Elizabethtown Volunteer Rescue Squad is having a pre-Thanksgiving bake sale on Tuesday, November 25th beginning at 6:30 a.m. and lasting until...Cakes, pies, etc, holiday treats, door prizes will be available as well as sausage dogs and hot chocolate.  Call-in orders accepted on the non-emergency phone number (910) 862-4036.  The squad building is located at 201 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC.       

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Hilton Auction and Realty, Inc.
Houston's Peanuts
Johnson Law Firm
Kinlaw Furniture and Appliance
Lacy West-Thomas Insurance Agency, Inc.
Leinwands
McDuffie Pest Control
Nationwide Insurance, Elizabethtown
New Light Church
Nissan of Clinton
Oak Estates I and II
Poplar Heights 
Rodney's Barber Shop
Southeastern Health
Star Telephone Membership Corporation
Tatum Estate Sales and Liquidation Services 
The Venue 
U. S. Cellular
Vineyard Golf at White Lake 
Walane Gas Company
White's Creek Baptist Church 
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