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NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 26
Seven Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2016) — Seven cadets were sworn in as wildlife officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. After 13 weeks of rigorous training, each officer took an oath to enforce conservation and boating laws and to assist those who enjoy wildlife-related recreation and outdoor activities across the state.
The seven new wildlife officers now begin six months of on-the-job training under supervision of a veteran wildlife officer. Upon completion of field training, each officer will be assigned a permanent duty station. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving
And the rain came down, nearly an inch and a half at the Hester household on Happy Valley Road, south of E-town. Totals varied greatly from one location to another.
Love to see communities and families come together to celebrate, to help someone who has a setback or any other number of reasons. READ MORE
This Day in History – June 26
1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US.
1862 – US Army of Virginia establishes under Gen. John Pope.
1870 – The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto.
1919 – NY Daily News begins publishing. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Independence Day Celebrations fast approaching Bladen County
People looking for a good concert in Bladen County this summer don’t have far to look. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has added the Summer Jams Concert to the festivities celebrating Independence Day this coming week.
Elizabethtown downtown merchants have an annual side walk sale the week of July 4th and this year will be no different. Both sides of the street will be packed with savings on some great products starting Thursday, June 30th and lasting through the holiday. READ MORE
Tar Heel couple injured in Columbus County wreck
Phil and Alice Allen of Tar Heel were injured in a head on collision south of Whiteville on Friday morning.
The driver of the other car reportedly crossed the center line near Beaverdam Swamp on U.S. 701. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving
The British have voted to exit the European Union and I wonder why. Sometimes we feel the ‘same old same old’ is not working for hard working regular folks. Hopefully, it is a good move. It will take several years to know, for sure.
How do you feel about America? READ MORE
Take Your Pet to Work Day 2016
Friday was Take Your Pet to Work Day, a celebration first started in the United Kingdom in 1996 and begun in the United States on June 24, 1999. Our Editor, Erin enjoyed the day.
At McDuffie Pest Control in Elizabethtown, every day is Take Your Pet to Work Day. They sure seem to be a happy at work.
Bladen residents earn degrees from NC State
Several Bladen residents have earned degrees from N.C. State University in Raleigh. READ MORE
This Day in History – June 25
1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens.
1835 – 1st building constructed at Yerba Buena (now San Francisco)
1867 – 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio.
1868 – US President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hour day. READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Columbus County Deputy involved in fatal collision
The collision ocurred on Princess Ann Road when Columbus County Deputy Ryan Gibson’s patrol car drifted left of center into the path of a pick-up truck operated by Robert Brownlee, 30, of Fair Bluff. READ MORE
Preliminary competitions have wrapped up for Miss North Carolina, Miss NC Outstanding Teen
Miss Bladenboro Haven Cashwell and Miss Bladenboro Princess Anna Grace Allen have had a busy week in Raleigh as they competed for the titles of Miss NC and Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen respectively. READ MORE
Bladen resident named to Chancellor’s List at UNCG
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has released its Chancellor’s List for Spring Semester 2016. One Bladen County resident was named to the list. READ MORE
UNC-Greensboro released Dean’s List, Bladen residents named
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has released its Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2016. Three Bladen County residents were named to the list. READ MORE
Bladen residents named to Dean’s List at UNC
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released its Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2016. Five Bladen County residents were named to the list. READ MORE
Today is National Take Your Pet to work day
According to various studies, pets in the workplace help to reduce stress levels and improve relationships among co-workers. READ MORE
Let’s make this Arizona teen’s birthday wish come true
Calling all Bladen County residents! An Arizona teen is battling a rare and potentially deadly disease called mitochondrial disease and he has just one wish for his birthday—lots and lots of birthday cards! It seems Jacob Priestly, loves birthday cards. READ MORE
Slight risk of severe weather this afternoon
The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington says there is a slight potential for the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon which could produce strong wind gusts and hail. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Fire to compete in Fayetteville tourney
By: Erin Smith
While the members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department are busy training, cleaning and inspecting equipment and responding to calls, they still manage to find time to take part in interesting activities in the community and surrounding areas. READ MORE
Operation Dry Water Brings Heightened Law Enforcement to N.C. Waters
This weekend, officers from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s law enforcement division will participate in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide campaign that reminds boaters to never operate a boat while impaired.
“All public waterways in North Carolina are subject to additional patrols this weekend,” said Maj. Chris Huebner of the Wildlife Resources Commission. “It’s always a good idea to designate a driver, both for boating and for the drive home. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher is subject to arrest.” READ MORE
E’town PD to take part in Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker
The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program and state and local law enforcement kickoff their annual Fourth of July Booze It & Lose It – Operation Firecracker enforcement campaign on Friday, June 24, 2016.
Since its inception 22 years ago, the Booze It & Lose It campaign zeros in on drunken drivers with innovative and extensive impaired driving enforcement and education. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in the campaign through continually running sobriety checkpoints in all North Carolina counties. READ MORE
Eight month investigation by Columbus/Bladen Task Force results in cocaine arrest
Hernan Castro-Baza, 24, of Bolton was arrested and charged with one count of carrying a concealed firearm, two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver marijuana, two counts of maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for use, sale, or storage of controlled substance and one count OFA for failure to appear on possessing cannabinoids issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. His bail was set at $195,000. READ MORE
Paratrooper drops in on White Lake Residents
WHITE LAKE – A United States Army paratrooper dangled from a tree on Thursday, June 23, after gusty winds pushed him approximately 300 yards north from the intended target in White Lake, and into the yard of Tim and Cathy Kinlaw. The photograph was captured by paratrooper Kirk Brinker, who was also blown away from the lake. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for June 24
‘Unsettled’ is a good way to describe the day.
How about the NBA Draft. Ben Simmons of LSU was the No. 1 pick of the 76ers, followed by Duke’s Brandon Ingram of Kinston. He goes to the LA Lakers. UNC’s Brice Johnson also goes to LA, but to the Clippers as the 25th overall pick. To be continued. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 24
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 23
No fire at Giorgio’s
Two Bladen residents earn degrees from UNC
Bladen County natives David Lewis and Molly Greene have graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. READ MORE
All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
McKoy graduates from Western Carolina
Glenn A. McKoy of Council has graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. READ MORE
Western Carolina names Bladen resident to Dean’s List
Western Carolina University in Cullowhee has released the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester and Bladen County resident has been named to the list. READ MORE
Appalachian State releases Chancellor’s List for Spring 2016
Appalachian State University in Boone has released their Chancellor’s List for the Spring Semester 2016. Two Bladen County residents were named to the list. READ MORE
Eason graduates from Appalachian State
Brandon Christopher Eason of Bladenboro has graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. READ MORE
Bladen residents named to Dean’s List at NC State University
The following students from Bladen County were named to the Dean’s List for Spring 2016 at North Carolina State University. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a semesters GPA of 3.5 or higher on 12 to 14 hours of academic credit or a 3.25 on 15 or more hours of academic credit. READ MORE
Innovative Approaches Project is coming to Bladen County, parent advisory council forming
By: Erin Smith
There is a new initiative coming to Bladen County that will assist parents of kids with special health care needs called the Innovative Approaches Project: Parent Advisory Council. The program is designed to help parents navigate the system and learn about their options.
According to April Oxendine, who serves as the Innovative Approaches Coordinator, the program is a grant funded program.
“This initiative is supported through the NC Division of Public Health, Children, and Youth Branch. Our contracted partner is Family Support Network of Southeastern North Carolina, Inc.,” said Oxendine. READ MORE
Fire trucks subject of pump testing
By: Erin Smith
The Elizabethtown Fire Department was a hub of activity on Wednesday morning with fire trucks undergoing pump testing. The purpose of pump testing the trucks is to ensure proper water flows and to detect any potential problems that could arise from routine use, said Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West.
Chief West said the testing is done annually. The test measures things such as flow, a priming test, the pump pressures, the fluid levels, the volume the truck can pump, etc.
Gibson Prevention Center offers ease of access to female cancer screenings
Gibson Prevention Center, a program of Southeastern Health’s Gibson Cancer Center, offers free or low-cost screenings, education and referral services to eligible women through the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control program (BCCCP).
Established in 1991, North Carolina’s BCCCP offers the following services: clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, pap tests and HPV tests, diagnostic procedures (mammograms, ultrasounds, colposcopies, breast and cervical biopsies) and medical consultations. READ MORE
Board of Elections meeting postponed
The Bladen County Board of Elections meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. today has been postponed, according to Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw. A new date will be announced.
Preliminary awards, honors announced in Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen and Miss North Carolina
Photos courtesy Teresa Allen and Miss Bladenboro Facebook page
The preliminary round is over and the judges votes have been tabulated for the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen competition. Meri-Morgan Lochner, Miss Cumberland County Outstanding Teen, was declared the winner of the preliminary round.
She won the Evening Gown/On Stage Question award and Miss Wilmington Christen Oliver won the talent competition.
Locally, Miss Bladenboro Haven Cashwell completed her private interview with the judges and competed in the talent portion of competition on Tuesday, according to the Miss Bladenboro Facebook page. She continues on her journey to become the next Miss North Carolina. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving For June 23
Crops need a shower of rain, some corn beginning to show stress at a critical time. A 50% chance of rain is in the forecast for Friday, 70% Friday night and 30% on Saturday. Of course, those possibilities can change. Heat index values in the range of 100 today and tomorrow. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate Horses
RALEIGH – North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equine after two horses in Horry County, South Carolina contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County is the northern-most coastal county in South Carolina and borders Brunswick County in North Carolina. READ MORE
Student Athletes Participate in Summer Leadership
This week, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is hosting the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Region 4 Student-Athlete Summer Institute’s – SASI -annual leadership and development camp. READ MORE
FSA County Committee Nomination Period Began June 15
(Elizabethtown, NC), June 1, 2016 –Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director CED Chris Tatum, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
“County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Tatum. READ MORE
Chamber holds annual banquet, awards
Photos by Katie Galyean
The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet and awards at Lu Mil Vineyard on Tuesday night. Outgoing Chamber President Charlotte Smith passed the gavel to incoming President Tiina Mundy.
The Chamber recognized the outgoing board members Julie Martin and Ginger Stevens and also recognized incoming board members Ashley Dowless, Jeremy White and Jennifer Leggett.
Also recognized was a new program called Chamber Ambassadors. The Ambassadors will be assisting Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard and helping to promote area businesses. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Fire seeking medium level rescue state certification
By: Erin Smith
The modern age of firefighting encompasses more than just responding to fire calls. The modern fire service now encompasses first responder calls and the occasional rescue call. The members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department are always looking for ways they can improve the quality of service they provide to their citizens.
Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West said, that in keeping with being proactive, the department has scheduled a technical rescue training program to take place from July through September. READ MORE
Popular TV show The Biggest Loser subject of class action lawsuit
By: Katie Galyean
The Biggest Loser has been running for 17 seasons and has become known for its contestant’s extreme weight loss. Now a common household name, some contestants are starting to protest the show’s methods. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for June 22
Summer arrived Monday. Highs temps in the area are expected to range from low to mid 90s over the next couple of days. READ MORE
This Day in History – June 22
1832 – John Howe patents pin manufacturing machine.
1847 – First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 22
Lowest Temperature 54 degrees 1980
Precipitation 3.50 inches 1958
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 91 degrees.
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 21
Bladen law enforcement officers ‘brush up’ on driving skills
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County law enforcement officers are working this week and next week on honing their driving skills at the Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field in Elizabethtown. The course is being taught by Instructor Gary Turlington, Sgt. Barry Pait, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker and Major Larry Guyton.
According to Instructor Gary Turlington, it is the only facility in Bladen County large enough to handle such a training session. The training is taking place on one of the taxiways of the airport while the runway remained open to flights.
The training taking place is designed to reduce the number of collisions involving law enforcement officers and to have officers to become more aware of their patrol vehicle and its capabilities in certain situations. READ MORE
Madden will be reaching out in Hawaii
Palm trees, sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, pineapples, volcanoes, and hula dancers: Can you guess the place Jacqueline Madden will be spending her senior year of high school to reach the unchurched? Hawaii is the correct answer.
The Madden family lives roughly 5,000 miles from the beautiful sandy beaches of Hawaii in Bladen County and they are very active in the community and in their church. Jacqueline just completed her junior year of high school at Harrells Christian Academy.
The Madden family is also very active in church and attends Manna Church in Fayetteville. Manna Church has a goal of planting churches near every military base in the United States with one of the first church plants to be in Hawaii. Hence the mission Jacqueline will be embarking upon. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for June 21
One of my grand dads (Marshall Cain) died in his 40s and I barely remember anything about him. Grandpa Kingsbury Hester lived much longer.
He was a good man, a God fearing man who sat on the second row at Zion Hill Baptist Church north of Bladenboro every Sunday morning. He was often invited to share a prayer, he always knelt to talk to God. READ MORE
Board hears update on Phase IV Water Expansion
By: Erin Smith
Adam Kiker and Tim Carpenter presented the board with an update on the Phase IV water expansion. Kiker told the board that the primary objective is to perform the replacement of all the water meters in the county and to install a new well in the western part of Bladen County. READ MORE
Board hears about DSS program changes for food stamp recipients
By: Erin Smith
Bladen County Department of Social Services Director Vickie Smith and Brenda Burney told the board that
ABAWD is a USDA program for recipients of food stamps who are able to work and are not working. Smith said the program will begin statewide on July 1 and all counties will be required to join it. READ MORE
Bladen County Commissioners hear Zika Virus update
By: Erin Smith
Howard updated the board on the Health Departments efforts to educate folks about Zika Virus.
Howard told the board that the numbers supplied by the state of North Carolina show there only 15 cases in the state and they are all travel related. He said in the US Territories there are 1300 cases that are vector (mosquito) borne. READ MORE
County Commissioners learn about Planning Department/Planning Board
By: Erin Smith
Bladen County Planning Director Greg Elkins told the board that in the early years of the planning department and planning board, time was spent developing ordinances. It is the job of the planning department staff to enforce the ordinances created. READ MORE
This Day in History – June 21
1607 – 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown.
1684 – King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter.
1788 – US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it.
1821 – African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC) READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 21
Lowest Temperature 52 degrees 1979
Precipitation 1.90 inches 1946
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 86 degrees.
NEWS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 20
Board of Education to meet June 27 in Special Meeting
The Bladen County Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the budget. The meeting will be held in the board room of the Bladen County Schools Administration Office, 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.
Governor McCrory Signs Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Legislation
Governor Pat McCrory joined law enforcement officers, first responders, legislators and health care officials today at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office to sign legislation making naloxone, a life-saving opioid reversal drug that has already saved 3,300 North Carolinians, more accessible.
“Addressing mental health, substance use, underage drinking and drug overdose have been primary focuses of our team since day one,” said Governor McCrory, who prioritized these issues in his first State of the State address. “Signing this legislation builds on our success and will save lives throughout North Carolina. I want to thank our legislators for unanimously passing this bipartisan initiative.” READ MORE
Fundraiser planned for Saturday for Bladenboro couple who lost home to fire in May
By: Erin Smith
The Bladenboro Benefit Committee will be holding a barbecue plate sale fundraiser Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building for Cary and Esther Gause of Bladenboro. The event will include a barbecue plate sale and a bake sale, said Walters.
Committee member Joyce Walters said the couple lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire that ocurred in May. Walters said the couple was unable to save anything from their home. READ MORE
Proposed gun rights amendment may bring changes to concealed carry law
By: Erin Smith
NC law currently requires a person to have a concealed carry permit in order to carry a weapon in their purse or hidden on their person. State law currently requires folks who are seeking a concealed carry permit to complete an eight hour class and a firing range test, criminal background check, and then a six month waiting period. READ MORE
BCC Offers Free Business Seminars
Human Resources Management is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, from 11 a.m. until noon. This seminar includes instruction on diversity, effective recruiting, effective hiring, retaining employees, and competing for good employees. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines 35 years ago
Bladen County unemployment was at 8.8 percent. READ MORE
SCC Nurse Aide I day class May graduates
The Southeastern Community College Nurse Aide I day class May graduates included some residents from Bladen County. READ MORE
SCC Nurse Aide I evening class May graduates
The Southeastern Community College Nurse Aide I evening class May graduates included some folks from Bladen County. READ MORE
Matto named SeHealth VP of Medical Education
Southeastern Health President/CEO Joann Anderson announced the appointment of Patricia L. Matto, D.O., as vice president of medical education for the health system. She will also serve as director of student medical education for SeHealth as well as regional dean for Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Matto earned a medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa. She completed a family medicine residency at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, in 2003. She completed fellowships in academic medicine-teaching track with a focus on curriculum development in 2008 and in academic medicine-research track in 2012, both from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio. She is certified by both the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 19
BHS 50th Class Reunion
BHS Class of ’66 graduated 06-06-66. They had 78 graduates in that class and over the years 12 classmates are deceased which leaves a total of 66. Saturday night they celebrated their 50th Class Reunion. 40 members along with their 26 guests (66) registered to attend . There’s something about those 6’s!
Bladen County Animal Shelter to hold June Adoption Special
By: Erin Smith
The adoption fee is $25 for dogs over the age of 6 months and $15 for cats 6 months old or older. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs said that the fee includes the pet’s core shots and a rabies vaccination. Folks who are planning to adopt a new pet will need to bring their photo identification with them and the required adoption fee. READ MORE
The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy now Enrolling for 2016-2017 Year
The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is now enrolling students for the 2016-17 academic year. The Academy has openings in sixth thru eighth grade. The mission of The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is to serve its students through a commitment to excellence in an education that serves today, tomorrow, and the future by providing an academically rich program that encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership. Students wear uniforms which are provided by the Academy. Parents are responsible for their student’s hats and shoes. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is a tuition free North Carolina Public Charter School. For more information, please call the Academy at 910-862-2965. Students may apply in person or at the Academy’s website www.paulrbrownleadership.com.
Elizabethtown Christian Academy now enrolling for 2016-17 academic year
Elizabethtown Christian Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year, grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Day School Program is also currently enrolling children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. ECA offers students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in their lives by providing an excellent education that centers on Biblical truth, academic achievement and character development.
ECA students benefit from limited class sizes, quality, certified teachers, a non-denominational learning environment, weekly Chapel, a dress code, enhancement classes including music, technology, physical education, and art. After school care is also available. READ MORE
BladenOnline.com now offers app
BladenOnline.com readers with mobile smart devices can download our BladenOnline.com app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.
There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free! READ MORE