> Southards: Blueberry magnate brings Bladen County course back to life

> McCrory's transportation plan will need a strong sell

> NC pension fund remains committed to its hedge fund investments

> Time to expand Medicaid

> NC Gov. Pat McCrory rolls out new effort to fight employment 'skills gap'

Car lovers from near and far are invited to the Southeastern Cruisers "Beast of Bladenboro" Car Show


The Cruisers are sponsoring a special appearance at the festival.  A meet and greet for the bad boys of Lizard Lick Towing.  Johnny and Earl may be tempted to try and tame the beast.  Everyone is invited to see who will win this year.  The car show will be October 25th on Main Street in Bladenboro. If you would like to enter the contest registration will start at 8am until 12 Noon with a fee of $25.  Awards will be delivered at 3 pm. 


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North Carolina’s August County and Area Employment Figures Released..Bladen at 10.3 Percent
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 74 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 12, and remained unchanged in 14.
Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.4 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 4.0 percent.  Nine of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases and five remained unchanged.  Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 10.2 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 5.3 percent had the lowest.  The August not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 7.0 percent.

New details released on body found near Bladen-Columbus line
The body of a male discovered Monday on Red Hill road was shot in the chest and abdomen and is so badly decomposed that the person's race is unidentifiable according to a Columbus County official.
News reports indicated the body had been under the bridge near the Bladen-Columbus county line for four to twelve days.
A Columbus County Assistant Coroner estimates his age in the 50's to 60's, about 5'10" and weighed about 240 pounds.
No identification was found on the body.
The body was discovered by NC DOT workers about 4 p.m. Monday.

Infant Mortality Rate Ties Lowest in State's History
Raleigh, NC - The Public Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced that North Carolina's Infant Mortality Rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births. The Infant Mortality Rate ties 2010 as the lowest in North Carolina's history.

Hispanic and African American non-Hispanic populations showed the largest decreases of 11.9 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively.

Vineyard Golf Course is OPEN at White Lake - Click HERE for photos
The new Vineyard Golf Course of White Lake is open and the golfers are on the course.
Bill Augustine (owner), son, Billy, Marvin Tatum and Steve Godwin were the first to tee off on the new course Wednesday morning under clear skies, perfect golfing weather.
The golfers gathered early and greeted each other, all with a big smile.

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East Arcadia Mayor dies
East Arcadia Mayor Willie Dixon died at a hospital Tuesday night, according to Ophelia Munn Goings, Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Education.  He has served many years as Mayor of East Arcadia. 
No further information is available.

Cheerleading and Dance Competition coming to Bladen
West Bladen high school will be the site of the Bladen County Cheerleading and Dance Competition, Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Competing counties include Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Cumberland and Robeson.  There are special performances planned by the Methodist Cheerleaders. The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Miss 2013 Johna Edmonds.

Thoughts While Shaving
Today is a big day for golfers in the area.  Vineyard Golf at White Lake opens today....The old Carolina Sands course has undergone a complete makeover after weeks and months of concern by many wondering if the golf course would survive....
I am told it is in the best condition ever....It is a huge asset to the area....wish I was a golfer...gave up years ago..conceded defeat...and no plans to reconsider.
A reminder of the BBQ Pork and Chicken plate sale sponsored by the Elizabethown Volunteer Rescue Squad at their building on Mercer Mill Road Friday.  Plates are $7 or a combo for $10.  Call 862-4036 for details..
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today...Areas of fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 84. Light north wind.
Tonight..Patchy fog after 2 a.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 58.  Calm wind.
Thursday..Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind.
This Day in History - October 1
1569---The Duke of Norfolk was imprisoned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth for trying to marry Mary the Queen of Scots.
1800---Spain ceded the territory of Louisiana back to France.  Later the property would be purchased by the US effectively doubling its size.
1885---Special delivery mail service began in the United States.  The first routes were in West Virginia.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 1


Highest Temperature

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Lowest Temperature

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Yesterday's High Temperature was 78 degrees.

Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy receives grant
The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy, of Elizabethtown recently was awarded the IDEA 611 EC Grant.
The amount of the grant was not announced.  The grants are geared for exceptional children and their needs.

Male body may have been shot
A badly decomposed body of a male discovered Monday under a bridge in Columbus County may have been shot, according to unconfirmed sources.
The body was spotted by NC DOT workers on Red Hill Road about 2 miles from the Bladen-Columbus county line.
The identity of the male, thought to be in his 50 or 60's, has not been released.
Early reports indicated there was no identification on the body.
BladenOnline will continue to cover the story.

Miss HCA Scholarship Pageant
By: Anna Laurie Carter (Junior)
HCA Publications Staff Member
The 2015 Miss Harrells Christian Academy Scholarship Pageant was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, in HCA’s Newkirk Auditorium.  The pageant’s theme was “A Night at the Movies,” and fourteen contestants competed in four age divisions: Tiny Miss HCA, Little Miss HCA, Junior Miss HCA, and Miss HCA. 

Boil Water Advisory RESCINDED
Residents of Mercer Mill Apts--Building 1-8 will no longer be required to boil their water.
The Elizabethtown Public Works department issued a new release Tuesday afternoon indicating that "based on the laboratory analysis of the most recent water samples collected from the Town of Elizabethtown, water users are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water used for human consumption.  The system has resumed normal operations.
We appreciate your cooperation during this period.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact the department."

District Attorney Jon David issues update on the Lacy Lennon investigation


The victims family, and the community, can rest assured that a comprehensive investigation is well underway.  All death investigations, particularly those involving children, are given top priority by my office.  We have been working closely with the Bladenboro Police Department and the State Bureau of investigation since this matter was first reported.


Our team has been in regular contact with the victim's family, and representatives working on their behalf, to keep them apprised of the status of the investigation. 

Bladen rated one of top NC counties in farm cash receipts
Bladen County is one of the top counties in the state in 2012 Farm Cash Receipts according to the USDA, in cooperation with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.
The top six include;
County            Thousand Dollars
Duplin                   1,225,914
Sampson              1,133,814
Union                       464,077
Wayne                     436,603

New Employees, New Goals

Jackson Greene (R) and Shana Yandle are the smiling new faces you see at Bladen Builders Supply in Elizabethtown.  The two new staff members are excited to be able to lean on the cumulative 70 years of knowledge from owners Lee and Hobby Greene and the experience of the great staff at Bladen Builders Supply.
Jackson now in sales for the Greene family is the son of Hobby and Janie Greene.  He graduated from NC State as business major.  Since graduating from the university, Jackson has moved back to Elizabethtown to increase his family's businesses success.

ATF, Duplin County Sheriff’s Office and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Calypso, N.C., Firearms Theft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Duplin County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry - have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Calypso Wholesale, Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL).

ATF is offering a reward up to $5,000 which will be matched by NSSF and the Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace for a total reward of up to $15,000.

UW DAY OF CARING COMING SOON – Mark your calendar and prepare your teams!

The United Way of Bladen County will have its 4th Day of Caring on Friday, November 7, 2014.

This event will start at the Farmer’s Market and volunteers will disperse to different areas of the county to build wheel chair ramps, visit local nursing homes and collect food for backpacks for kids and the food bank.
During 2013 “UW BC DAY OF CARING” we partnered with Bladen Baptist Association and built 13 wheelchair ramps. 

Board recognizes volunteer work of churches
Valerie Newton


Elizabethtown, NC – At the September Board of Education monthly meeting, board members recognized the work of several area churches within the school system. Clarkton Presbyterian, Clarkton First Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, and Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church along with local businesses Campbell Oil Company and Anderson Drugs formed the group known as the Bladen Mission Project. Their purpose was simple; to be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving others.

"See You at the Pole"

A little rain could not keep Elizabethtown Primary School students from gathering at the pole on Wednesday, September 24th. We moved the flag pole inside! Students gathered around the flag pole in the cafeteria. Pastor Leon Warren and his wife Lynn led student, staff, and parents in prayer.

Operation Medicine Drop collects more than 12,000 dosages

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office and Bladen County Health Department collected 12,316 dosages of medication during its Operation Medicine Drop held Sept. 20 during the Dublin Peanut Festival.

"Every time we collect and destroy a dosage of excess medication, it's a success. We're keeping these drugs out of the wrong hands and out of our waterways," said N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.
Bladen Headlines...35 Years Ago
Bladen County towns, Bladenboro, Clarkton and Elizabethtown, received Community of Excellence Awards.
Nurses from Bladen County Hospital who passed their state nurse exams were Janice Smith, Kay Goodwin and Sarah Ussery.
Cape Craftsmen of Elizabethtown presented the East Bladen High School Band with a check for $650.00 for the purchase of a tuba.
Rev. Barber calls for help in death of Lacy Lennon
Rev. William Barber, President of the North Carolina NAACP, called for help from the community in a meeting and memorial service for 17 year old Lacy Lennon .  The meeting was held Monday night in Bladenboro.
Lennon, a West Bladen high school student and member of the football team, was found hanging from a swing near his home on August 29th.

Body found floating in creek
NCDOT workers discovered the decomposed body of a male on Red Hill Road in Columbus County late Monday afternoon, a couple of miles from the Bladen-Columbus county line.
The cause of death is unknown and the identity has not been released.  The Columbus County coroner was quoted as saying the man appeared to be in his 50's or 60's.
There was no identification found on the body according to early reports.
Follow the story as it unfolds on BladenOnline.com.

Mike Merritt ride very successful
The Mike Merritt Scholarship fund at Bladen Community College is $7,500 richer following Saturday's Annual Bike Ride.
Nearly 50 motor cycles participated in the ride.
The announcement was made on the Facebook page of Evelyn and Willie Merritt, parents of the late Mike Merritt, a member of the White Lake Fire Department at the time of his death..

Petteway to retire from banking
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Everette Hayes Petteway arrived in Elizabethtown in the early 70's.  It was like he had discovered a new country.  He graduated from Farmville, NC High School and East Carolina University and with his longtime high school sweetheart and now bride, Maryanne, he was set to begin a career in banking. 
Actually his new career had been put on hold in April 1972, after graduating from ECU.  His draft status was 1A and that meant he could likely be serving for a time in the military.  He worked for a short time with a local tobacco company, waiting for a call from "Uncle Sam' that never came.

Recycle Your Junk Metal For Missions
Metals For Missions Challenge is a unique fundraising idea in place to assist the Moldova Christmas Mission trip.  Currently the recycling efforts has raised $4,000 this year.  Dublin First Baptist Church has a goal to raise $10,000 by the end of November.
The church will take any metal you would like to donate. 

NC Department of Public Instruction receives 40 request for charter schools
Forty nonprofit organizations have file applications to open a public charter school in August 2016.  These applications met the September 26 deadline and were submitted through the automated application system utilized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
There were no applications from Bladen County and only one of the forty was from southeastern North Carolina, that one from New Hanover. Ten of the new applications originated in Mecklenburg County.
Bladen County has one Charter School, the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown.  In addition to the Academy, several students travel outside the county to attend Charter schools.

Legal Helpers out of debt settlement business in NC, AG Cooper says
Release date: 9/29/2014
Company pays restitution to NC consumers, plans to file bankruptcy

Raleigh:  Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, a Chicago debt settlement company that took North Carolina consumers’ money but failed to provide them with help to reduce their debts, is now barred from debt relief work in the state, Attorney General Roy Cooper said today.
“Paying money for empty promises just drives consumers even deeper into debt,” Cooper said.  “We helped put a strong law in place that makes it illegal to collect money upfront for debt relief work and we’re enforcing the law against violators.” 

Lawmakers ranked by Civitas Institute
The conservative-minded Civitas Institute of Raleigh ranked the effectiveness of state lawmakers, following the 2013 Legislative session, with mostly Republicans getting high marks and Democrats receiving low grades.
According to Civitas the "conservative effectiveness rankings" are based on the nonprofit organization's "ideals that are derived from free-market economic policies, limited government, personal responsibility and civic engagement."
The rankings were released in July, following an April survey of lawmakers and is done every two years.
Bladen County Notes of Interest
Today is the last day to take advantage of a cat or dog from the Animal Shelter minus the adoption fees.  You must pay vaccination fees, for dogs $25 and $15 for cats.  Adoption hours today are 1-5:30 p.m.  Call 910-862-6918 for details.
Today is the deadline for placing your order for Lobster sale orders, fresh Maine Lobsters...It is part of a fundraiser by the Men's Club of Trinity United Methodist Church...Check our Upcoming Events section...
Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Sept. 15-21

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 21. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 15
    Shawn Graham, 38: Assault on a female (misdemeanor)
    Crystal Nicole McLean, 31: Larceny (misdemeanor)

How Bad is Trans Fat?
For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Scientific research shows that consumption of saturated fat, trans fat, and dietary cholesterol raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad cholesterol," levels.  This increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, more than 12.5 million Americans have CHD, and more than 500,000 die each year. That makes CHD one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Bladen County Election Updates
The Bladen County Elections office is preparing for the November 4, 2014 General Elections. 
Numerous offices will be decided from the local level to US Senator.
Request for an absentee ballot must be made only on a New State Absentee Request Form that can be found on the Bladen County Board of Elections web site.  Absentee voting by mail is underway and continues through Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  Request must be received by 5 p.m. on that date.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. or hand delivered to the Bladen County Elections office by the voter or voter's near relative.

Mike Walden's You Decide:  Will North Carolina continue to urbanize?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

North Carolina used to be a small-town and rural state. In fact, we were traditionally one of the most non-urban states in the country. There were a couple of reasons for this. It wasn’t that long ago that a significant share of people worked on farms. Of course most farms, due to their need for large acreage, are in rural areas. Also, the manufacturing that North Carolina did have was concentrated in small towns. 
Today, the majority of North Carolinians live in urban areas – or, as some call them, metropolitan areas. Since 1970,

Bladenboro Primary celebrates milk
Valerie Newton

Elizabethtown, NC – There was lots of mooing going on at Bladenboro Primary School recently in celebration of World School Milk Day. Child Nutrition staff at the school dressed up as cows to emphasize the benefits of milk.

World School Milk Day is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and this year will be celebrating its 15th annual event.  The last Wednesday in September is designated as World Milk Day. 

This week is a milestone for golfers in southeastern North Carolina. On Wednesday, October 1, the new VINEYARD GOLF AT WHITE LAKE (the former Carolina Sands) will open for play. Bill Augustine, a blueberry producer with operations in North Carolina and New Jersey, purchased the course about two months ago and has produced, what some people call a miracle, one of the best conditioned tracks is eastern North Carolina.
Comments such as “I have been playing this course for thirty years and have never seen it in any better shape than it is now” and 

Elizabethtown police charge man for stealing cigarettes

An Elizabethtown man has been charged with breaking into a storage cabinet at a Minuteman store and taking three cartons of cigarettes, according to Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw.

Reco Tocarlos Mercer, 39, of the 2300 block of Martin Luther King Drive, turned himself into authorities Thursday afternoon and was charged with felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny after breaking and entering, Kinlaw said.

Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: Sept. 15-21

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 21. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 15
    Joseph Daniel Nance, 29: Larceny (misdemeanor)
    Calrton Smith, 47: Civil contempt-child support (misdemeanor)
    Bobby Lee Johnson, 23: Interfere with electronic monitor device (felony)
    Jason Brandon Morgan, 35: Assault with a deadly weapon (misdemeanor)

New Seafood Restaurant Opened This Week


River House Seafood & Grille at 152 N. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown is now open.  They are open Monday through Thursday, 11am until 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-9:30 pm and are closed on Sundays.  


     The new restaurant menu has lots of seafood options along with steak, chicken and even dessert items.  You may reach them at 910-862-2889 or at www.facebook.com/RiverHouseSeafood.

Local churches donate school supplies
Valerie Newton

Elizabethtown, NC - When children come together to help other children, the magnitude of their work out shines even the best efforts of adults.
During their summer vacation bible school, two local churches, Living Springs Church and Ministerio Adoracion Sin Limites chose to help area youth as their mission project.

Tar Heel WOW honors area school bus drivers
Tar Heel Woodman of the World Lodge 1044 recently honored school bus drivers from Tar Heel, Dublin and Plain View schools.
The drivers were treated to a cool-out with hamburgers, hotdogs and all the trimmings.  All were presented a certificate of appreciation and a gift bag.

If you need Emergency Services in Bladen County, can you be found?
Bladen County EMS officials are concerned about locating local residents in need of their services.
What if....you or a family member or friend suffered a heart attack, a 911 call is made and no one shows up to assist...Actually, they may be searching for the person in need, but lack of proper numbering of your home may cause the EMS visit to be delayed.  And a delay may cause a real problem for the person in need.
That is actually occurring now in Bladen County, according to Bradley Kinlaw, Bladen County Emergency Services Director.
Arizona Based Contractor to build Duke solar plant in Bladen
Phoenix Solar, an Arizona based company will build a new solar plant in Bladen County for Duke Energy.
The solar panels will will be manufactured by Yingli Solar.
According to a Duke spokesman, construction will begin in early 2015 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
General Election Underway in Bladen County
The Bladen County Board of Elections had mailed out 704 absentee ballots as of Wednesday, September 24, according to Cynthia Shaw, Director of the agency.
Absentee voting by mail began September 5, 2014.  The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by 5 p.m. or hand delivered to the Bladen County Board of Elections office by the voter or voter's near relative.
Bladen Community College selects new leaders for Continuing Education, Allied Health
Jack McDuffie
    Two veteran Bladen Community College employees have been appointed for leadership positions.  Sondra Guyton has been appointed Vice President for Continuing Education and Sharron Thomas, as Director of Allied Health.  BCC President Dr. William Findt announced both appointments on Wednesday.  He said that the college is fortunate to have both at the college and that both have accepted their assignments.  He noted that both have extensive experience in the community college environment.
6 Bladen projects listed on State Transportation Improvement Program

The N.C. Department of Transportation on Tuesday released the final scores for 3,100 division and regional projects, based on criteria contained in the Strategic Mobility Formula, a project prioritization process established last year by the new Strategic Transportation Investments law. Six Bladen County projects are among those listed.

The law was created to make more efficient use of available funds, allowing for more local input and the ability to do more projects with limited dollars. The scores are not the final determination of which projects will be programmed, but will be considered along with other factors including completion of environmental 

Clarkton Dixie Youth needs a house
Clarkton Dixie Youth baseball is seeking a vacant house or building to use for their annual haunted house.  The funds raised from their haunted house project is used to offset the cost of playing baseball for the local children including the upkeep for a fantastic baseball facility that area residents are proud of.
The owner could receive a tax write off for the total amount of money raised, according to the Dixie Youth leaders.
Questions should be directed to Graham Burney (910) 874-4457, Billy Marsh (910) 625-6863 or Shyron Robinson at (347) 640-1415 or email clarktondyb@gmail.com.

Peak-season soil fee period announced for 2014-2015

RALEIGH – Growers and home gardeners or landscapers are reminded to send in their soil samples to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Lab by Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. to avoid upcoming peak-season fees.

There will be a $4 fee per sample for those received during the lab’s peak-processing time of Nov. 25 through March 31. Samples received before Nov. 25 or after March 31 will be processed without a fee. Most soil samples for home grounds and gardens can be collected April through November when the fee is not in effect.

Elizabethtown Rescue Fundraiser
The Elizabethtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(5) charitable organization will be conducting their 2014 annual barbecue pork and chicken dinner fundraiser on Friday, October 2, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Plates are $7 each or a combination is $10, eat in or take out. 
Squad members realize the economy is not the best, however, the needs are many and they have set a goal of $5,000. 

Lisbon Road Closed and Under Routine Maintenance
Lisbon Road has been closed for about a week now due to routine maintenance. The road crew said, "The road will be closed for the next three weeks, but we try to have it opened back up every Thursday for the weekend traffic." 

The road is currently closed JUST PAST the Elkton Road and Lisbon Road intersection.  For the next three weeks keep in mind our road crews are working hard to keep Lisbon Road up to the state's standards.

Turnout will be Important in Upcoming General Election
Political campaigning is underway and will be for the next 6 weeks.  With close races expected for U.S. Senate and Bladen County Sheriff's race, the question is, who can get the largest number of their supporters to the polls.
In checking previous elections, in off-year elections (when there is no Presidential Election) the total number of voters tends to be less.  For instance, in 2012, a Presidential election year, 16,065 Bladen County voters cast a ballot.  In 2010, a non Presidential election year, 12,706 voters visited the polls. 
Hurricane season unusually quiet this year
Residents of eastern North Carolina understand hurricanes are regular visitors to the area and August, September and October are the most likely time of the year for strong winds and rainfall.
As of this date, 2014, hurricanes have, for the most part, strayed far from the coast of North Carolina.   
What you need to know about voting in the November 4, General Election
October 10, 2014...Voter registration deadline for General Election
October 23, 2014...One-Stop Voting Begins.
October 28, 2014...Last day to request an Absentee Ballot by mail.

NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

RALEIGH – Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, can apply for assistance through the program. The program will pay 75 percent of the cost of certification up to a total of $750.
Under the grant, operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, wild crop and handler/processor. 

BURGAW, N.C. (September 18, 2014) – Four County EMC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, October 6, at Pender High School, 5380 NC Hwy. 53 West in Burgaw. The meeting is open to all Four County EMC members. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will kick off at 7:00 p.m.


(L) - Milton Bullock (aka) “Th e Golden Platter” will entertain his Motown tunes along with Mary Tate “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar” at Four County EMC’s 65th Annual Membership Meeting. Members present will also have a chance to win prizes including this retired GMC-Seirra pickup truck!   

NCDOT Prepares for Biannual Litter Removal Event Tuesday, September 16


RALEIGH – Preparations are underway by the N.C. Department of Transportation for its statewide Fall Litter Sweep taking place Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2014. Many groups participate in each Litter Sweep, the department’s biannual statewide roadside litter cleanup, including Adopt-A-Highway groups, NCDOT maintenance crews, Department of Public Safety inmate crews, community service workers and other statewide volunteers.
“The success of Litter Sweep is based upon the volunteers participating statewide,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I thank all the volunteer participants in donating their time to remove litter from the state’s roadsides. All of us promote litter prevention by securing loads and not disposing of unwanted trash on our roadways.” 

Caregiver Education Series Emergency Preparedness Guide
Sponsored by: Community Home Care & Hospice

Community Hospice knows the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  Families caring for terminally ill loved ones are especially vulnerable and need to be prepared for a disaster sooner than rather than later.  Depending on the severity of the situation, it is extremely beneficial to have a plan in the event of a disaster such as hurricanes, tornados, floods or ice events.

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.

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.

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.


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 1-3...Hammond's Creek Associational Revival will be hosted by Elizabethtown First Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Martin Street, Elizabethtown from Wednesday, Oct. 1 thru Friday, October 3.  Dr. O.T. McMillan of A.M.E. Zion Church of Spring Lake will be the guest speaker.

Oct 3.....!!!!!!! FISH FRY !!!!!!! White Oak Family Worship Center will be having their annual fish fry on Friday October 3, 2014 beginning at 10:30 am. The event will take place in the parking lot at Andersons Drug Store beside the auto parts store. The fresh and hot plates will include FISH, SLAW, SWEET POTATO FRIES and HUSHPUPPIES all for only $7.00. We look forward to seeing you again this year. For more information or deliveries please call 991-6711 0r 866-5343. Thank you for your continued support.


Oct 4.....Elizabethtown First Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a Scholarship Banquet in their fellowship hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 4.  Tyrell Godwin will be the guest speaker.  Tickets are $20 each.  You are encouraged to attend and support deserving students of Bladen County.   

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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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