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BCC to join Investing in Rural Education program with Bladen Schools

Bladen Community College is expected to become a partner with Bladen County Schools and N.C. New Schools as part of the Investing in Rural Education program during an event Thursday morning at the Board of Education meeting.

The program gives students the opportunity to enroll in college courses and earn college credit while in high school. Bladen County has 190 students enrolled in the N.C. New Schools program through East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Pedestrian killed in Bladenboro accident
57 year old Paul Weston was killed instantly around 8 p.m. Monday on NC 211 business (West Seaboard Street) in Bladenboro.  Robert Herrmann, 47 of 113 Middle Street, Bladenboro suffered serious injuries and was transported to New Hanover hospital in Wilmington.  He reportedly has a broken leg and ankle.
Assistant Bladen Coroner Ken Clark said Weston and Herrmann were walking on or near NC 211 business near the old Bladenboro Cotton Mill site when they were struck by a car driven by Melissa Singletary.

Thoughts While Shaving
Cooler temps are welcomed.
Rainfall amounts to date in Bladen County range from near 45 inches in the eastern part of the county to about 35 inches in the western areas of the county.  The normal annual average is between 48 and 52 inches...or about an inch a week...average...
A few hours in Raleigh on a busy beltline, under repair, makes me appreciate rural Bladen County even more...
This Day in History - September 16
1620---The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England.  The ship arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 21st and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th.  There were 102 passengers onboard.
1630---Th village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.
1782---The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British.  It was the first official use of the impression.
Bladen County Commissioners Approve Legislative Goals for 2015-16.
Every two years, in the months preceding a long session of the General Assembly, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners engages in a process to determine the legislative goals it should seek in the best interest of the counties. 
The process is designed to allow input from as many county commissioners and other county officials as possible.  By maximizing participation from so many of the organization's members, it is possible to reach agreement on goals that are important to all members.
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today...A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86.  Light and variable wind.  Chance of precipitation is 30%.  New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch., except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight...A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.  Light and variable wind.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Buckle Up For Life, Observe Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 14-20

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin encourages families to participate in statewide seat check events

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is encouraging parents and caregivers across North Carolina to observe Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 14-20) by learning how to install their children's car seats at a local safety event or by finding a permanent seat checking station near their homes.

Bladen County Commissioners work through short agenda
Bladen County Commissioners met Monday and dealt with several issues in short order..
Commissioners approved a request from Robert Mazur (R), General Service Director to terminate an agreement with Energy Systems Group, LLC.  Mazur said the county no longer needed their services and it will save the county $8,500 annually. 
Chris Ellis, Bladen County Tax Assessor, requested the board to consider approving the sale of a tract of land in the Clarkton area with a dilapidated single-wide mobile home on it....The county foreclosed on the .25 acres in 2009. 

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 16


Highest Temperature

94 degrees



Lowest Temperature

48 degrees



Greatest One-Day


8.75 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 77 degrees.

Duke Energy to build solar plant in Bladen County

Duke Energy announced Monday plans to build a solar power plant in Bladen County as part of a $500 million investment in solar power in North Carolina.

The plant will be constructed on 120 acres off N.C. 87 near the Bladen and Cumberland county lines, and will have 105,000 solar panels, the company said. Construction is expected to begin early in 2015, and be in operation before the end of year, the company said.
Miss HCA Pageant
The 10th annual Miss Harrells Christian Academy Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, September 27th in the Joseph Newkirk Auditorium of HCA. 
This year's theme is, "A Night at the Movies."
Contestants include,
Miss contestants: 
Natalie Hardin
Kiley Jones

Farmers should have corn tested for aflatoxin

RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food.
Aflatoxin is a byproduct of the mold Aspergillus flavus, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock.

“We have six drop-off locations at research stations across the state to make it easy for farmers to submit samples,” Troxler said. “I encourage farmers to take advantage of our testing service to protect feed and food against this mold.”

Operation Medicine Drop scheduled Saturday at Peanut Festival

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office will conduct Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dublin Primary School as part of the Dublin Peanut Festival.

The event gives people an opportunity to safely dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications. However, Operation Medicine Drop cannot accept biohazard materials.
For information, call the Bladen County Sheriff's Office at 862-6960.

SHIIP counselors can help with Medicare Part D program

Are you or someone you know on Medicare? Do you pay more than $5 for yur prescription drugs? Do you have a limited monthly income?

If so, then you may qualify to receive help paying for your prescription drugs. Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors are available to review your coverage. In Bladen County, contact Division of Aging Senior Center Director Amy Ruffin at 872-6331 for an appointment. The open enrollment period for 2015 begins Oct. 15, 2014 and ends Dec. 7, 2014.

SHIIP serves as an information source. It does not sell insurance.

Click here to view the Part D benefit parameters for 2014 and 2015.

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Sept. 1-7

The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Tuesday, Sept. 2
    Thomas Javie Kinlaw, 27: Larceny (felony)
    Sherman Leon Byrd, 47: Larceny (misdemeanor)
    Billy Ray Cummings, 30: Aid and abet larceny (misdemeanor)
CTE teachers achieve proficiency
Valerie Newton
Six (6) Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers have achieved student proficiency in their respective classes during the spring 2014 semester.
Cedric Mathis, Mitchell Newkirk, Patti Nance, Glenda Matthis, Gail Marsh and Dana Mills all had successful attainment of 100% student achievement of 77% proficiency and above in the following Career and Technical Education courses.
Cedric Mathis--East Bladen High School Core Sustainable Construction & Carpentry I

STEM Fellowship Opportunity

STEM Fellowship Opportunity - The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Fellowship Year. The AEF Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education program and/or education policy efforts. Details are available online at www.trianglecoalition.org/einstein-fellows/fellows-news/albert-einstein-distinguished-educator-fellowship-aef-program-now-accepting-2015-2016-applications. Program applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.

Dublin Peanut Festival Queens

Photos by Gordon KinlawTiny Miss- Jazlyn Himmelheber
Little Miss-Alexus Bryant 
Junior Miss-Lauren Pait
Teen Miss- Kelsie Gaddis
Miss Dublin Peanut Festival- Kimberly Cashwell
Ambassador- Alexis Underwood

Starting Times Now Available At Vineyard Golf At White Lake
On October 1 a new era of golf will arrive in Bladen County. Vineyard Golf at White Lake, formerly Carolina Sands Golf Course, will open for play. Tee times may be reserved by calling 910-247-6132. The staff at Vineyard Golf will be happy to accommodate any and all players who would like to experience Bladen’s only golf course. It is suggested you check with the pro shop in order to make sure your group can tee it up at a convenient time for you.

12 Tasty Salad Toppers

For Better Living

Sandra Cain
Sometimes people think green salad = lettuce = blah. Not so. The only limits to exciting salads are limits of the imagination.

Begin with salad greens. Enhance the eye appeal and nutrition of a salad by adding colorful fruits and vegetables. Keep it light by limiting the amount of salad dressing to about 1 tablespoon per 1 1/2 to 2 cups of greens. Then make the flavor really POP by adding some of the following ingredients. You can either put them on top or mix them in with your salad.

Elwell Ferry...Bladen County, NC
source Wikipedia
"Elwell Ferry is an inland cable ferry which has operated since 1905 on Elwell Ferry Road between NC Highway 53 and NC Highway 87, crossing the Cape Fear Rover and connecting the communities of Carvers Creek and Kelly in Bladen County, North Carolina.
Along with Parker's Ferry and Sans Souci Ferry, the Elwell Ferry is one of three remaining cable ferries operating in North Carolina.

Johnson remains in New Hanover Hospital
Janice Johnson, 74 of Elizabethtown, remains in the intensive care unit at New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington.  Johnson was airlifted to the hospital following a collision with an 18 wheeler Thursday at the intersection of NC 41 and NC 410 near Bladen Community College.

8th Annual Motorcycle Ride PPD
The 8th Annual Motorcycle Ride has been postponed to Saturday, September 20th.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride departs Camp Clearwater , White Lake, NC at 10 a.m. September 20th.

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First South Bank files to purchase local Bank of America location
A Notice of Proposed Branch Purpose and Assumption Notice is given that First South Bank with headquarters in Washington, NC has filed an interagency bank merger act application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation requesting the agency's written consent to purchase certain assets and liabilities of nine branches of Bank of American, Charlotte North Carolina.  The branches proposed to be purchased are located throughout eastern North Carolina including the Elizabethtown branch.
Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: Sept. 1-7

The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 1
    Jason Alexander Hall, 39: Civil contempt-child support (misdemeanor)
    Michael Dwayne Wix, 26: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)
    Lester Lynn Rich, 39: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)

Carolina Sands changing to Vineyard Golf At White Lake


 Bill Augustine, owner of the present golf course known as Carolina Sands at White Lake, has announced that the new name will be VINEYARD GOLF AT WHITE LAKE. This change takes place immediately.
Augustine stated “We felt that with all the new changes and improvements taking place here that a new name would only enhance the enjoyment and experience of golfing at our course. With the new MiniVerde greens installed, along with all the other improvements, we really needed a fresh new name, thus VINEYARD GOLF AT WHITE LAKE. 

Bladen man charged with child abuse

A Bladen County man is facing child abuse charges after the child he was babysitting Saturday night was found to have deep bruises and a cigarette burn.

Kevin Russell Wilmot, 26, of the 900 block of Hickory Grove Ballpark Road, is charged with felony child abuse with serious injuries after deputies were called to a home on Taylors Roberts Drive on Saturday, according to Bladen County Chief Deputy Rodney Hester. The 7-year-old returned home with deep bruises to his buttocks and back, and also had a cigarette burn just above his right ankle, and told authorities that Wilmot had spanked him with a belt and had burned him with a cigarette, Hester said.

Wilmot is not the child's father. Wilmot is in Bladen County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Bladen sheriff participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston joined four other sheriffs in the Cape Fear region aboard the USS North Carolina battleship in Wilmington on Wednesday to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The five sheriffs challenged other sheriffs in North Carolina to take part in the fundraising event.

Bladen County Chief Deputy Rodney Hester dumped the ice water on Benston's head.


Mercer Mill (Cross) Pond Dam

Click HERE For More Old Photos of Local Area
Photos Courtesy of Lewis Smith 

Refurbished Dublin Scout Hut begins to take shape - Click HERE for photos

In March, a project began to restore the Dublin Scout Hut.

As fall nears, volunteers are putting the finishing touches on a facility that was once a Scouting staple in Bladen County.

The log cabin facility located at the end of Fifth Street across from Dublin Mobile Village is beginning to look like it used to several years as a result of the massive refurbishing project. Completion may come by Nov. 1, say project volunteers.

However, money, along with items such as a gas stove, refrigerator, tables and chairs, still are needed. To make a donation or to volunteer to work on the building, call Walter Bullard at 876-2932.

Another Way to Honor
There were multiple ceremonies today in honor the tragedy that happened 13 years ago today.  Though, Bladen County wasn't physically hit, we were emotionally.
The employees at Healthworks Fitness and Wellness wanted to express honor and remembrance for September 11th, 2001.  Therefore at 3 pm today, Healthworks turned off the music, activities and had a moment of silence.

Cry Out to God... Rebuild America - Click HERE for photos
The Bladen County Courthouse Front Lawn hosted this year's Cry Out America.  The ceremony was inspiring, but lacked presence.  The moving words and songs came from Rev. Larry Hayes, Hakeen Brown, Rev. Chris Denny, Christina Ward, Joe Walters, Rev. Rachael Mitchell, Rev. Bruce Cannon, Rev. Chris Carroll, Rev. Bill Tatum, Commissioner Jimmie Smith, and Sherriff Benston. 
Rev. Hayes, opened the ceremony with a list of Bladen County's fallen heroes while some community members filtered in and the bagpipes where played.  A beautiful version of "God Bless America" was sung by Hakeen Brown.  

Mercer Mill Road should open soon
A NCDOT spokesman said Mercer Mill Road should be open soon.
The road has been closed to through traffic from south Poplar Street in Elizabethtown to the NC 87 bypass for several months for a bridge replacement and according to Clint Roberson, NCDOT, several changes were made that prolonged the work.
Roberson said an inspection is scheduled for Monday, September 15 and the road should be open by mid week...could be a little earlier depending on findings during the inspection.


DAR Honors Constitution Week - Click HERE for proclamation
The Battle of the Elizabethtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is honoring the United States Constitution Week with a special event. 
Constitution Week is from September 17th - 23rd.
On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 bells will be ringing all over America at 4 p.m. 

Fields SEANC Distinguished Service Award Winner
Cathy Fields of Elizabethtown, is the recipient of the 2014 State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC)  Distinguished Service Award.  She was presented the award at the recent SEANC annual meeting held in Greensboro.  Cathy is the chairperson of District 24 and serves on the Board of Governors.  She is also a member of the State Insurance Board of Trustees and the State By-Laws Committee.

Elizabethtown awarded grant for work at Leinwand Park

The Town of Elizabethtown was among 17 receipients of N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grants, it was announced Wednesday. Elizabethtown received $215,000 for work to be done at Leinwand Park.

The grants, awarded by the Parks and Recreation Authority and totaling almost $4.1 million statewide, will help fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas. The authority considered 64 grant applications requesting more than $17 million. A maximum of $500,000 can be awarded to a single project.

Investigation continues into West Bladen student's death

The agencies investigating the death of West Bladen High School student Lennon Lacy said that more work needs to be done before turning the report over to District Attorney Jon David.

Lacy, who was a junior and a member of the school's football team, was found dead near his home on Aug. 29.

Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said Tuesday that he spoke with State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Janie Sutton on Monday. The SBI and Bladenboro Police Department are working together on the investigation. Sutton said the investigation is still awaiting the autopsy report from the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

Guns, flagpoles and a piece of plastic
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

Our neighbor and I stood shocked in the parking lot, watching the sky.

It was an airliner, larger than those that usually passed over our town. But nothing was usual that day.
The plane was one of hundreds, maybe thousands, rerouted to the nearest airport on Sept. 11, 2001. In this case, the airliner was following the path normally flown by C-130s, C-17s and other planes headed to and from Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base.

Special Education Parent Teacher Association Meeting

Bladen County Schools is pleased to announce the first organizational meeting of the Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SEPTA) on Tuesday, September 16 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm at the Bladen County Schools Board of Education (across from Elizabethtown Middle School).  
The purpose of the meeting is to connect parents of students with disabilities with available resources.  

Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
There were three candidates that had filed for Mayor of Elizabethtown and eleven had filed for seats on the town council.
The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce was holding their monthly meeting in the Fellowship Hall of the Elizabethtown Baptist Church.
A school bus-truck wreck happened at highway 87 and Ferry Road in East Arcadia. Eight children were transported to Bladen County Hospital, treated and released.

Bladen County Launches “1,000 in 100” Initiative

Elizabethtown, NC – Beginning August 13, teams of workforce development partners from Bladen County began visiting local businesses to hear their challenges and successes related to finding and retaining high-quality employees. These visits are part of Governor Pat McCrory’s “1,000 in 100” initiative announced last spring as part of NCWorks. “1,000 in 100” refers to the Governor’s call to have local teams visit 1,000 businesses of all types in all 100 counties by the end of 2014.

In announcing the initiative, McCrory said, “If we want to know what is working and what isn’t with our businesses, we have to talk to them directly.  

Non-Profit Business Seminar Series
Saturday  September 20 – Saturday September 27th, 2014 8:30a.m – 1:00p.m.
Bladen Community College, Dublin, NC
 The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College will offer a no-cost “Non-Profit Business Seminar Series.”  The seminars will be held Saturday September 20th and Saturday September 27th 8:30a.m to 1:00 p.m. at Bladen Community College, Building 2, Room 207.


See You at the Pole Rally Kicks Off Sunday, September 21
Bladen Baptist will kickoff the 2014 See You at the Pole Rally on Sunday, September 21. at 6 p.m. This is an event for all Bladen County youth, parents, guardians and any other person concerned about the condition of the home, nation or our schools, according to the announcement by the Bladen Baptist.
Rev. Chris Allen will be the guest speaker.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Four charged with operating meth lab

Four people are in Bladen County Jail after authorities said a methamphetamine lab was found inside a residence at 7982 NC 87 West in Elizabethtown on Friday.

A search of the residence was conducted about 7 a.m. Friday by members of the Bladen County Sheriff's Office, Elizabethtown Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and North Carolina Probation Office.

According to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office, the following people were arrested following the search:


Pechmann Center Holds Free Deer-Processing Workshop Sept. 22 on Sep 08, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), is hosting a “Practical Deer Processing — from Field to Freezer” workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The workshop, which is free, is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 6-9 p.m. Instructors from QDMA will provide step-by-step instructions on how to process a deer after the hunt. Topics include field dressing, skinning, taxidermy preparation, safe food-handling techniques, basic home-processing procedures, as well as equipment needed. The workshop will wrap up with a question-and-answer session. 

Registration Open for 2014 N.C. Bike Summit Oct. 10-12 Friday, September 05, 2014

Join N.C. Department of Transportation staff, planners, business owners, nonprofit leaders, elected officials and advocates from across North Carolina for the state’s third annual statewide Bike Summit Oct. 10-12 in Greensboro.
The mission of the North Carolina Bike Summit is to foster collaboration between North Carolina’s various bicycle movements, efforts, and endeavors; educate local government staff, bicycle advocates, and policy leaders; promote cycling as a valid form of transportation; and highlight North Carolina’s dedication toward becoming a premier bicycle friendly state.

Free Trapping Class at Singletary Lake State Park
The N.C. Trappers Association and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are sponsoring a Free Trapping Class Saturday, October 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Singletary Lake State Park, 6707 N.C. 53 East, Kelly, NC.
Learn about trapping beavers, coyotes and other furbearers, proper use of footholds, snares and bodygrip traps, trapping techniques and other skills.  There will be classroom and field instruction.  Lunch will be provided by NCTA.
Pre-registration is required.  Cal 910-231-4717.
note..You do not have to be a licensed trapper or hunter to attend this course.

Troxler announces availability of bioenergy research grants Application deadline is Sept. 26

RALEIGH – The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today.

“A total of $1 million in competitive grants is available, with funding coming from the N.C. General Assembly and a portion of the state’s TVA Settlement Fund,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We have a great opportunity in North Carolina with our agricultural know-how and our forestry resources to develop renewable bioenergy, and that’s what these grants are intended to focus on.”

Bladen Community College Continuing Education Department Announces Clarkton Program Site


The Continuing Education Department of Bladen Community College has partnered with the Bladen County Housing Authority to offer continuing education programs at the Oakdale Homes Community Building at 10898 South College Street in Clarkton.

Currently scheduled courses offered by the BCC Continuing Education department include opportunities in Allied Health such as Nursing Assistant I; Adult High School/ABE/High School Equivalency;

2nd Annual Trail of Pink planned
Bladen County Senior Center is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Trail of Pink, Friday, October 3rd from 3 to 6 p.m.  Plans are to make a huge circle around the DSS and Senior Citizens building to honor and remember those touched by cancer.  Luminaries will be placed on the trail in honor or in memory of a special person or persons.
You are invited to be a part of the Trail of Pink.  Purchase a luminary or just make a contribution to the cause.  All proceeds from the event will go to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
To register for the event or to purchase a luminary, or just receive more information about Trail of Pink, call Amy Ruffin at the Bladen County Senior Citizens Center.  Her number is (910) 872-6331.

Adopt Fee waived for September at Animal Shelter
Bladen County Animal Shelter is full...Adoption fees will be waived through September 30.  You will still be required to pay the vaccination fees.  The fee for dogs is $25 and the fee for cats is $15.
"Bladen County Animal Shelter works very hard to get our furry friends a home," according to Karen Suggs, Shelter Manager.  "We don't want any left behind, so we hope waiving the adoption fee for the rest of the month will help them be adopted." 
You are encouraged to visit the shelter and meet your new furry companion.
The adoption hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-5:30 p.m.  Call 910-862-6918 for more information



Burgaw, NCTime is running out for teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from Four County EMC’s Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by September 19, 2014. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips, and more information on the Bright Ideas website at www.ncbrightideas.com

BCC Foundation’s Seafood & Sunset fundraiser set for September 25
Jack McDuffie
The Bladen Community College annual fall fundraiser will again be held on the shores of White Lake at Camp Clearwater this year.  Called Seafood & Sunset, the fundraiser will be held on Thursday, September 25, at 6 p.m.
The fall event has traditionally been the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year and according to Foundation Director Linda Burney, this year’s event will be no exception. 

Mike Walden's You Decide: What are the tradeoffs where we live?

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North Carolina Cooperative Extension



My wife and I enjoy watching the TV program “House Hunters” on the HGTV network. It’s about first-time homebuyers navigating their way through purchasing a home. The ultimate decision comes down to three homes, with the suspense culminating in the final choice.
Each show follows a similar pattern. Buyers begin with a list of all their wants and desires, along with a price cap. Inevitably as the episode progresses, it becomes obvious the budget won’t support the wish list. 

BCC Writers Series presents NC author Barbara Presnell
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Bladen Community College’s Writers Series will present award winning North Carolina author and lecturer Barbara Presnell in a program on September 16 at 11 a.m. in the College Library.  This is the first of two Writers Series programs slated for September.
   A native of Asheboro, Presnell grew up in a family of readers surrounded by books.  Most of her works reflect the people and lives of those people from the foothills and mountains of Appalachia.  Many focus on the lives of women, the role that women authors played locally and worldwide, the inevitability of growing older, and the lives of mill workers from the region.

Welcome To The 22nd Annual Dublin Peanut Festival!
It’s Salty,  Plain,  Roasted, Green and Boiled. It’s always the STAR of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest “ PEANUTS”.  We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year.  This years’ date is September 20, 2014. The Festival is held in Dublin, N.C, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, that is known and whose peanuts are shipped world wide.
Our festival kicks off at 10 AM with a Parade. Entry for parade is free except Queens & Kings. 1 Queen in auto $25, 2 to 3 Queens in auto $40 or 3 Queens plus in an auto, boat or float is $50. If fees are not paid by Sept. 17th cost will be $75 the day of the parade.

Peanut Cooking Contest Planned 
A "Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest" is being held during the Dublin Peanut Festival on Saturday, September 20th.  Recipes are being accepted in three categories:  candy, bread, and dessert.  There are two age groups: Youth (ages 8-16), and Adult (ages 17-up).  Age is determined by the age on the date of the contest.  All recipes must contain at least one half (1/2) cup of peanuts or peanut butter. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Dublin Primary School cafeteria, and all dishes must be registered by 11:30 a.m.  Winners in each category will receive the following prizes:  first $50; second $30; and third $20.  Applications and a complete list of rules are available by calling Sandra R. Cain at North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Bladen County Center, 910-862-4591, or by coming by the Extension Office at 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 16th, at 5 p.m.

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


Sept. 14-17...Revival services will be held at Tar Heel Baptist Church at 7 p.m. each evening from Sunday, Sept. 14 thru Wednesday night the 17th.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Sunday night speaker will be Rev. Dave Heller of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, Whiteville; Monday speaker will be Rev. Bradley Tatum, pastor of Suggs Grove Baptist Church, White Oak; Tuesday night speaker will be Dr. Ray Lundy of Fair Bluff, NC and Dr. Mack Roberts of Dublin will be the Wednesday night speaker.  Everyone is welcome....


Sept. 16....EastPointe is sponsoring a Seminar for Caregivers in cooperation with the Bladen County Division of Aging  on Tuesday, September 16.  "Physiology of Aging" will be the topic and the conference will be held in the Bladen County Division of Aging Conference Room.  Everyone is invited.


Sept 18-20...The 2nd Annual Tent Revival will be held at Suggs Grove Baptist Church from September 18-20 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.  Singing, preaching and drama teams nightly.  It's free and everyone is invited.  On the 18th, The Colly Chapel Church Choir and the Anchormen will sing.  Friday and Saturday, the 19th and 20th, it will be preaching and singing by Ernie Dawson and Heirline.  The church is located on NC hwy 53W.  Visit the website at suggsgrovebaptist.org or call Rev. Bradley Tatum at 910-876-2223 for more info.             

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Bladen Community College
Bladen DoIt Best Builders Supply
Campbell Oil
Cape Fear Propane
Cape Fear Valley Hospital
Charles D. Allen, Jr., D.D.S., F.A.G.D., P.A.
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
Healthworks Fitness Center
Hester, Grady & Hester PLLC
Hester Tire
Hilton Auction and Realty, Inc.
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
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 
U. S. Cellular
Walane Gas Company
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