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Bladen County EMS participates in training exercise

ems_drill_2A tanker overturns at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant, spilling potentially deadly chemicals. Are emergency responders ready? That was the purpose of a training exercise Saturday morning at the plant which straddles the Bladen and Cumberland County lines on N.C. 87.

About two dozen Bladen County EMS, fire and law enforcement joined emergency personnel from Cumberland County and the Chemours plant to review what to do if such an emergency happened.  READ MORE

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Week in Review: Aug. 23-29

Week In ReviewThere was good news: The Summer Sounds Concert series ended with quite a show.

There was news both good and bad: Bladen County schools opened its academic year. Good news for most parents. Bad news for most kids.  READ MORE

August 30, 2015: 3 things to know

Three Things to KnowGood morning! 3 things to know for Sunday, August 30

1. It’s less than a week before dove hunting season opens, according to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission regulations. It starts Saturday. Season for mourning doves and white-winged doves are Saturday through Oct. 10 and Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, 2016. Daily bag limit is 15 with 45 in possession.

2. Columbus County Schools offers a Career and College Academy Broadcasting Program. It broadcast its first high definition high school football game Friday night.  READ MORE

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This Day in History——August 30

This Day In History1776—US army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC.

1836—The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen.

1843—1st blacks participate in national political convention (Liberty Party)

1850—Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city.

1890—President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products.

1901—Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner.

1906—NY Highlander Joe Doyle debuts pitching back-to-back shut-outs.

1922—Babe Ruth is thrown out of a game for 5th time.  READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 30

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature       97 degrees         1978
Lowest Temperature       50 degrees          1965
Greatest One-Day Precipitation    3.74 inches          2004
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 85 degrees.

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingBladenboro Town Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday evening…a closed session to deal with personnel…  Melanie Hester, current Administrator, recently asked to return to position of Clerk to the Board…

The Mighty Echoes gospel group is celebrating their 55th anniversary tonight at the Brunswick Waccamaw Baptist Association Building in Whiteville…Several groups will participate….Check our Events section for details…  READ MORE

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North Carolina’s Southeast: Your Business Advantage

NC-SoutheasternThe fifteen counties of southeastern North Carolina offer an optimal business location for companies to succeed in the global marketplace. Assets giving companies in our region a competitive edge include: affordable industrial buildings and sites; first-rate transportation systems located mid-way on the east coast; a deep water international port; skilled and reliable workers; free, customized workforce training; close proximity to 170 million customers and product markets; and maximum financial incentives.  READ MORE


Wildlife Commission Hosts Family-Friendly Events Celebrating Wildlife Conservation

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionTo celebrate North Carolina’s rich hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation heritage, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting or supporting seven family-friendly events across the state on Sept. 26. The events, part of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2015, will be open to the public free of charge, with the exception of two Greenwing fishing events.

Each event will feature a variety of hands-on, outdoor-related activities suitable for all ages and abilities. READ MORE


2015-16 Waterfowl Seasons, Bag Limits, Other Limits Set

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionRALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 28, 2015) The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2015-16 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons. Here are the 2015-16 bag limits, shooting hours and season dates for waterfowl seasons occurring after Sept. 30. Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise noted.  READ MORE


McCrory Announces Appointments to Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use

Raleigh, N.C. – The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the membership of The Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use today. Click here for the full list. READ MORE

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Lennon Lacy remembered by community

Lennon-Lacy-memorialOn Friday, August 28, 2015, Dr. William Barbor, of the NAACP, the Rogers Law Firm, of Fayetteville and the people of the local community, came together at the First Baptist Church, in Bladenboro, to honor the memory of Lennon Lacy, the 17 year old Bladenboro High School Football player, who was found dead, hanging from a swing set, in a trailer park not far from his home, wearing someone else’s shoes, just after he had packed his gym bag in anticipation of his first big game the next day. The police on the scene quickly ruled the case a suicide. That was one year ago.

A lot has happened in the year since this tragedy, but there has been an extended waiting period for those of us who seek justice for Lennon Lacy.  READ MORE


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Progress on the new Arby’s and Minute Man in Elizabethtown

ArbysetownWe have an update on the new Arby’s and Minuteman Food Mart in Elizabethtown. According to Jennifer Leggett, Director of Marketing and Food Services for Minuteman Food Mart, DeVane Builders of Elizabethtown will be doing the construction and their goal is to have the building process completed before year’s end.

Not only will there be an Arby’s restaurant, but Minuteman Food Mart will be adding two additional gasoline pumps, and Non Ethanol gasoline. READ MORE 

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Rotary hears from Chief Assistant District Attorney Glenn Emery


GlennELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard from Assistant District Attorney Glenn Emery on Wednesday.

But for the first order of business, President Renee Horton presented Rotarian Alan Pingree with his membership package and welcomed him to the club. READ MORE 

Education Forum Postponed

The Education Forum on September 3, 2015 with Jamey Falkenbury has been postponed pending the passage of the 2016 Budget by the NC Legislature. Once the budget is passed and signed into law the Forum will be rescheduled. Please continue to submit your questions that you would like Mr. Falkenbury to address to

Time for School Lunches – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain

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Summer has flown by and students have already started back to school. Buying lunch at school may be the first time your child gets to make decisions about which foods he or she will eat. The good news is that school lunches have improved over the years, both in taste and nutrition. School lunches meet the standards for protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron. Most schools also have made an effort to serve better dishes, such as grilled chicken sandwiches and salads.

Use school lunches as a chance to steer your child toward good choices. READ MORE 


Harvest time for corn

By: Charlotte Smith

BCCORN1BCCORNWe saw some Bladen County Farmers hard at work this week harvesting their corn. We wondered how the season was this year for our county. Shane Harrelson said, “This looks to be a good year.”

Harrelson said his family has been farming since the 1930’s in Bladen County.The family of Farmers rotate growing corn, soy beans, and peanuts. This is the year of corn for them. READ MORE 

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Sandra Cain

Sandra Cain has been named Bladen County director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension effective Sept. 1. An Extension agent with more than 30 years experience, she has served as interim county Extension director since May 1.

Dr. Travis Burke, interim director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and associate dean of NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Greg Martin, Bladen County manager, announced the appointment this week. READ MORE 


Summer Sounds concert turned party for Chief Kinlaw

The last “Summer Sounds” concert was named a retirement party for the retired Chief of Elizabethtown Police Department, Bobby Kinlaw by Dawn Maynard, the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. The local Black Water Rythm and Blues band always knows how to entertain the crowds and was the perfect fit for the last concert, turned retirement party.

Thanks to the hard work of Dawn Manyard, Ashley Dowless, (with Cape Fear Valley) – Bladen County Hospital, many Chamber volunteers, and the generous sponsors of the “Summer Sounds” concerts the series was a validated success.  READ MORE 

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Memorial for Lennon Lacy

Lennon Lacy Bio PicIt was a year ago today that Bladen County lost Lennon Lacy, a talented football player at West Bladen High School. Lacy’s death was first ruled a suicide, but since his family members, friends, and the NAACP voiced concerns about unanswered questions surrounding his death, there have been investigations by the SBI and FBI.

According to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office, the SBI closed the case; however, the FBI is still conducting a full investigation. According to Assistant District Attorney, Glenn Emery, the FBI should come forward with some answers soon from their investigation.  READ MORE

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Bladen, Cumberland emergency services to hold exercise Saturday


What if there was a major chemical spill at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant that straddles the Bladen and Cumberland County borders off N.C. 87? Are emergency agencies in both counties and the plant prepared?

The organizations will find out Saturday morning when Bladen County Emergency Services personnel will join staff from Cumberland County and Chemours for a full-scale training exercise that will simulate a chemical release.


John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families to celebrate family reunion on October 31

The John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families will celebrate their family reunion on October 31 at 1 PM at the Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall. The church is located on Oak Grove Church Road approximately five miles out of Bladenboro, NC off Hwy 242 north. The meal will be catered. However, It is requested that each family bring one dessert to whet the appetite of those with a sweet tooth.  READ MORE

Bladenboro board calls special meeting

The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners have called at special meeting Monday to discuss personnel. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. at Town Hall on Ivey Street. Boards are allowed to meet in closed sessions to discuss personnel, but needs to take any action in open session. 


No Mars as big as Moon tonight 


A lot of people have been talking about the Mars and Moon sighting tonight, but when we investigated we learned it’s just a hoax. READ MORE

New Police Chief in Elizabethtown


Today, Thursday, August 27th Kip Hester was sworn in by the Town of Elizabethtown as the Town’s new Chief of Police. READ MORE

You Decide: North Carolina vs. South Carolina: Is There an Economic Winner?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

YouDecideNorth Carolina and South Carolina were once one – one colony that is – prior to our nation’s independence. Sometime around the late 1600s or early 1700s – historians differ on exactly when – the two colonies separated. Then, when the United States was formed, they become two states. There has been a rivalry ever since.

The competition between the two Carolinas is apparent in many aspects of daily life.  READ MORE

Bladen County 4-H youth attends NCACC Youth Summit

 Anna Kate White, pictured with the outgoing president of the NC Association of County Commissioners, Ronnie Beale of Macon County.

Anna Kate White, pictured with the outgoing president of the NC Association of County Commissioners, Ronnie Beale of Macon County.

A 4-H’er from Bladen County attended the sixth annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit, which was held in Greenville, North Carolina August 21-22, 2015. North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partnered for the sixth year with the NCACC on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government. This initiative aims to overcome the mindset that many youth are disengaged and lack trust in government.

The 4-H’er who attended from Bladen County was Anna Kate White, a freshman at East Bladen High School.  READ MORE

North Carolina celebrates Wine and Grape Month in September

Wine-&-GrapesRALEIGH – September is N.C. Wine and Grape Month, and wineries and vineyards across the state are planning wine tastings, grape stomps and other special events to celebrate the industry.

“There’s a lot to celebrate,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The wine and grape industry contributes more than $1.7 billion to the state’s economy and creates jobs for nearly 8,000 people.” READ MORE 

Bladen County 4-H Member Attends 2015 Citizenship North Carolina Focus

Kinlaw1Claire Parrish representing Bladen County 4-H members attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bladen County delegation returned home from three days in which more than 125 youth and adults representing over 60 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen. READ MORE 

State legislature extends budget deadline to Sept. 18

The North Carolina General Assembly on Thursday morning passed a bill that will keep the government running through Sept. 18 as the House and Senate continue to work on a budget that was supposed to be enacted June 30.

The bill now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature. He is expected to sign the bill into law. READ MORE 

Wildlife Commission Offers Two Free Deer Seminars in Raleigh

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionRALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with Quality Deer Management Association, is conducting two free, introductory deer seminars in September at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education Center in Raleigh.

The first seminar, “Deer Hunting 101,” will be held on Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and will cover topics to help novice hunters improve their hunting abilities. Topics include: READ MORE


Four County Electric

Four County EMC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, October 5, at Elizabethtown Middle School, 1496 Hwy. 701 South in Elizabethtown. 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.

Food and beverages will be provided by Southern Smoke BBQ of Garland. READ MORE

BCC Offers New Career Opportunity in Medical Office Administration

Bladen Community CollegeDUBLIN – Beginning with the Fall Semester, Bladen Community College is offering a new career track. Medical Office Administration will provide a 2-year degree program, a 1-year diploma program, and a certificate opportunity for interested students.

The Medical Office Administration curriculum prepares individuals for employment in medical and health-care related offices. Coursework includes medical terminology, information systems, office management, medical coding, billing and insurance, legal and ethical issues, and formatting and word processing. READ MORE

Bladen Community College offers FREE Business Seminars

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DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars in September.

Increasing Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is offered twice. The first session is at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown on Thursday, September 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and the second session is on the Main Campus on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. READ MORE

Before You Lose Your Phone

By: Gordon Kinlaw

iphoneSomeone I know lost their iPhone 6 last week. It is a shocking experience and makes a very bad day. It disrupts your day, your spouse’s day, all the people your were supposed to call or meet, the person who finds it and anguishes over returning it, the authorities if you report it, the phone company and so on… This phone likely slipped out of the car from the user’s lap and onto parking lot where it was found by someone and later reported and returned.  READ MORE


Bladen County Honors Outstanding Performance and Life Saving Skills

By: Cheryl Thurston

On June 7, 2015, an emergency call came into 911 and three individuals did more than just their jobs, they saved a little girl’s life. Today, Bladen County EMS held a special award ceremony to honor the commitment to excellence displayed by emergency responders in our community.

The emergency was that a baby wasn’t breathing.  READ MORE 

Somebody Ought to Do Something

By: Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson-WeaverThe young lady was incensed. “Somebody ought to do something,” she exclaimed. Now, the crisis at hand involved a solution that wasn’t very clean, glamorous or sanitary. Nor could it be profitable in any way whatsoever, save in having done the right thing. The young lady, who I know in passing, had the skills, time, resources and finances to solve the problem herself—but she wanted someone else to do something.

Miss Rhonda and I were in the city the other day when I spotted a sticky note taped to a tourist map on a wall.

“Don’t worry. It’s gets better,  READ MORE 

Elizabethtown Primary School Open House News

Elizabethtown Primary School students took a “Pirate’s Adventure” for Open House on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Students were greeted by Captain Hook and many other pirates from the open seas. Parents, students, and community members made their way through the halls to meet teachers and find classrooms.

Intermediate Shag Lessons Starting Soon, Sign up today!

Bladen Community College

Bladen Community College will be offering shag lessons beginning Thursday, September 3rd, at 6:00 PM at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The registration fee is $40 per student. Interested participants should contact Stephanie Gonzalez at 879.5539.

Brad White is a professional shag dancer and instructor from Wilmington, North Carolina where he has been teaching group and private lessons for 13 years. READ MORE 

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Dear Friends:
Dogs over 7 years of age and cats over 10 years of age enter a new stage of life: their senior years. As your pet ages, it is important to be proactive to detect problems and pain before symptoms progress. Symptoms in senior patients can be difficult to recognize as they often occur gradually and may be subtle. Some changes you may notice include: READ MORE

The Bladen County Republican Party is pleased to host an Education Forum with Jamey Falkenbury

The Bladen County Republican Party is pleased to host an Education Forum with Jamey Falkenbury, Education Advisor to Lt. Governor Dan Forest. The forum will be held at the Bladen Community College Auditorium on Sept 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm. READ MORE


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Avian influenza informational meetings to be held for backyard poultry owners

NCDACSSeal_4colorRALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is holding five regional meetings to inform backyard poultry owners about the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that is expected to be introduced in the state this fall.

Veterinarians with NCDA&CS and the N.C. State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will give an overview of the U.S. outbreak and how North Carolina is planning to protect commercial poultry and small flocks. They will also answer questions about the registry for backyard flock owners and provide more information about how backyard and small-flock owners can protect their flocks from potential infection. READ MORE 

Elizabethtown Fire Department Needs a Splash of Color

By: Cheryl Thurston

ElizabethtownFireDepartmentlogoThe Elizabethtown Fire Department will begin a Hydrant painting project, starting on Monday, August 31, in which they will repaint all the fire hydrants in the town, turning them Blue, Green, Orange, or Red. If you are not a fire fighter, you may think that all fire hydrants are the same. You may not be aware that 2 hydrants on the same street can deliver very different water flows, depending on the elevation, the water source and the direction of the flow.

The Color-Code System that is being put in place will alert fire fighters, at a glance, to the amount of water they can expect to pump from any hydrant in Elizabethtown. READ MORE 

West Bladen student wins at National competition


Washington, DC. – Allie Marsh, of Clarkton, NC recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2015 National Leadership Conference.
Allie, who is a sophomore at West Bladen High School, and is the daughter of Rusty and Gail Marsh, received a Silver medal in the Life Event Planning category. This is one of 31 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Her medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Washington DC National Convention Center on Thursday, July 9. READ MORE 

D’Vine Foods Construction Plans Altered

By: Cheryl Thurston

D'vineFoodsConstruction is underway at D’Vine Foods in Elizabethtown, the grading is done, the padding has been laid and the crews are pouring concrete for the foundation. But the future requires a few changes to the plans Ron Taylor had for the land his family has held for years. Taylor envisioned an entrance to the facility that would have provided plenty of space for several tractor-trailer trucks to come and go each day, shipping his products, but the state of North Carolina has “required” part of his family’s property for the new 701 Overpass. READ MORE

Bladen County Health Department wants to let you know about our Community Alternatives Program (CAP)

Bladen County Health Department

We offer in home services to individuals who would otherwise be at risk for nursing home placement.

Adult Services include:

  • In-home aide services
  • Nursing

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Three arrested in armed robbery of Dublin Dollar General

Three Elizabethtown men were arrested Monday night and charged in an armed robbery of the Dollar General store in Dublin, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

The men were apprehended after a brief vehicle chase that ended in a mobile home park at the intersection of Owen Hill Drive and Robin Drive less than five miles from the store, the Sheriff’s Office said. READ MORE 

“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” Campaign Continues Labor Day Weekend”

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 24, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving will continue the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign throughout Labor Day weekend.

According to data provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol was the leading factor in 21 percent of recreational boating deaths in 2014. Additionally, alcohol remains the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.  READ MORE  

2 Bladen deputies to receive life saving commendation

Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Sgt. Richard Bailey and Deputy Spencer Bryant of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be awarded a life saving commendation for administering CPR to an infant and saving the child’s life. A ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Bladen EMS in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park next to the airport. READ MORE

Response to Ashley Madison Email Account

By: Valerie Newton

It has been brought to our attention that an account using Bladen County Schools email domain has been created on the online website. We are able to verify that the domain does belong to Bladen County Schools. However, this is not an indication that an actual employee of the school system created the account. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Farmer Malcolm Cross of Elizabethtown lost 3,000 pounds of tobacco in a fire.

The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown was planning a golf tournament at Carolina Sands Country Club.

An area off highway 242 near Bladenboro was designated for public housing. READ MORE

Clarkton assisted living facility shut down due to health, safety concerns

Assisted-LivingHighland Gardens Assisted Living of Clarkton was shut down Friday by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services because conditions at the 60-bed facility on South Smith Street presented “an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the residents,” the agency said.

In documents mailed Thursday to Inez Myles, who is listed as president and administrator of Highland Gardens Inc., DHHS says it had found evidence of “neglect and failure to protect residents from potential harm that presents an imminent danger to the health and safety of residents in the home.”  READ MORE

North Carolina Earns a B- for Small Business Friendliness

NC-got-a-B-SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — August 25, 2015 — Small business owners gave North Carolina a B- for its business friendliness, with B+ grades for labor regulations and ease of hiring, according to Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Complete results for North Carolina will be published at

Nearly 18,000 U.S. small business owners responded to the survey, including 633 in North Carolina. The study asked respondents to rate their state and city governments across a broad range of policy factors. then evaluated states and cities against one another along more than a dozen metrics.  READ MORE 


CBCF Celebrates Faith Community at Annual Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON—Stellar award-winning gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell will perform and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III will deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Annual Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The Miles College Choir will also perform.  READ MORE 

Bladen County address on Ashley Madison website

Ashley-MadisonNC Capitol Connection has released a list of almost 100 North Carolina and local government email addresses that have been uncovered so far as part of the hack of the online affair website, Ashley Madison.

Included on the list is a Bladen County Board of Education email address.  READ MORE 

Bladen County’s Dana McDuffie elected Vice President of State Pest Association

By: North Carolina Pest Management Association
NCPMARaleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) welcomed a new slate of executive officers for 2015-2016 last month. The officers were sworn in during the 2015 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  READ MORE

Free healthcare planning workshop set

LCFHLower Cape Fear Hospice and Healing Thoughts Foundation will host a free Begin the Conversation workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Bladen Community College East Arcadia Campus, 1472 East Arcadia Road in Riegelwood.

This workshop is free to everyone in all stages of life, and will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. READ MORE

Hospice seeks Meals of Love volunteers


Lower Cape Fear Hospice is looking for volunteers to help with its Meals of Love program at Angel House Hospice Care Center.

Volunteers prepare meals that are shared by families visiting loved ones at the inpatient hospice care center at 206 Warrior Trail Road in Whiteville. Meals of Love allow families to concentrate on spending time with their loved ones and take needed breaks without having to leave the hospice care center. READ MORE 

Date set for Annual Scholarship Ride


The 9th Annual Mike W. Merritt Memorial Scholarship Ride will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015. Proceeds benefit Bladen Community College Foundation.

The ride will begin at the White Lake Fire Department and end at Beaver Dam Community site located at 1171 Ludhorne Road, Roseboro. READ MORE

Elizabethtown’s Broad Street to be paved

Paving of East and West Broad Street in Elizabethtown is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced Monday. Work is scheduled to be completed by November, weather permitting.

West Broad Street will be paved between Harwood Street and Gillespie Street, and East Broad Street will be paved between Courthouse Drive and the N.C. 87 Bypass. READ MORE

Rouzer Pushes for Answers Following VA Clerical Mistake – Sudden Loss of Benefits for 2 NC Veterans

David Rouser

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) sent a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald pressing for answers after the Department of Veterans Affairs mistakenly declared two NC-7 veterans “deceased” resulting in the sudden loss of their benefits. READ MORE

Heart-warming story about a last wish


Last week we received a call about a man by the name of Tim Adriany, from Robeson County, and his last wish to ride in a muscle classic car. We wanted to share the story to show how social media is changing lives, and how friends, even if only virtual, can make a difference.

Tim received news from his doctor that he has stage four cancer and is not expected to live for very much longer according to reports. READ MORE

First Day of School Photos Could Win Prize Facebook Logo

Do you want to share your first day of school photos with for a chance to win a prize for your school? Email us a photo of your student(s) first day of school at The photos emailed to us will be published on our Lifestyles page. Please remember to add your name, the students’ name, and the school’s name. READ MORE 

Bladen County man charged in Brunswick County collision, one dead

A 62 year old man was killed Thursday, August 20, when his 1993 Toyota Camry collided with a tractor-trailer on U.S. 17 near Bolivia in Brunswick County.

David Christopher Satrazemis was pronounced dead at the scene.  READ MORE

Bladen schools open: Kindergarten students have 2,340 days until graduation

BladenCountySchoollogoSummer vacation officially came to an end Monday morning for hundreds of Bladen County students. For high school seniors, the countdown is on until graduation in June. For kindergarten students, it’s the excitement of something new without regard that it’s 2,340 school days until high school graduation.

Here’s how many school days are left depending on a student’s grade:  READ MORE


Bladen Community College Announces Convocation Speaker


Dublin – Bladen Community College will welcome Lisa DeVane as guest speaker for the 2015 Fall Convocation Service on September 1, 2015, at 11 AM, in the college auditorium. She serves the college as a faculty member and Department Chair for Math and Science.

Ms. DeVane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Art degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University.  READ MORE

Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest


Dig out your favorite peanut recipe and brush up on your cooking skills! Make plans to enter the cooking contest during the Dublin Peanut Festival on September 19. Dishes will be judged in 3 categories including Candy, Bread and Dessert. Contestants will be divided into 2 age groups: Youth (Ages 8 – 16) and Adult (Ages 17 – up).  READ MORE

Know a student needing uniforms? Don’t forget the Uniform Closet

Sonya-Edge-Uniform-ClosetA group formed in 2014 to assist students in Bladen County called, Uniform Closet, has uniforms for those students needing them.  Sonya Edge, Founder of the group started the Uniform Closet for Bladen County students that need school uniforms, but do not always have the means to purchase the uniforms.

Sonya sent out a reminder on the group’s Facebook page. She said, “I have some uniforms at my office at 5682 NC Hwy 87 W, Elizabethtown, if anyone is in need. Please stop by. My hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday and Saturday 10:30 am until 2 pm.”  READ MORE

The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Monday, September 7th

The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, September 8th. All other county collection sites will be open to serve the public’s trash disposal needs.

Beast Fest Accepting Applications for vendors

The Bladenboro Beast Festival is coming up on October 31st. The festival committee is now accepting applications from anyone who might be interested in being a vendor at the festival in Bladenboro. The vendor form is live! Visit for more information or to submit your application.

Welcome To The 23rd 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 gem, “ PEANUTS”. We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year. This year’s date is September 19, 2015. 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, whose peanuts are shipped worldwide.

Our festival kicks off at 10 AM with a Parade. Entry for parade is free, except for 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. 14th cost will be $75 the day of the parade.

We will have the Classic Cruisers Car Show, Some of North Carolina’s best Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Bar-B-Que Lunch & Plate sale, Kiddie and Women’s Tractor Pull, All Day Live Entertainment, Peanut Recipe Cook-Off, Mechanical Rides, Games, Our Secret Recipe Hot Dogs & Sausage Dogs. We have also added Steak and Chicken Fajitas to our own food lineup.  READ MORE

Home From The Hunt™ Campaign Says Be Safe, Be Responsible

Dove Season Opens on Sept. 5

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2015) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign reminds hunters that when dove hunting season opens on Sept. 5 to be safe and responsible in the field throughout the season.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2015-16 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 5 to Oct. 10, and resumes Nov. 23 to Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.  READ MORE 

Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant Accepting Applications

The Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant Committee is accepting applications for the Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant that will be held Saturday, September 12th, 2015. The pageant will begin at 7:00 PM in the Dublin Elementary School Multipurpose building. Message us on online at for an application.

Teachers: Being a Bright Ideas Early Bird could win you $100

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including Four County EMC, are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants to fund creative, classroom-based learning projects. The final deadline to apply is September 18, 2015, but teachers who submit their application by the ‘early bird’ deadline of August 14 will be entered for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards.

“We’re proud to support educators who give so much to their students,” said Gay Johnson, Director of Corporate Communications. “With our Bright Ideas grants and early bird prizes, we’re excited to offer something in return. We encourage all interested teachers to submit an application by Friday, August 14 for a chance to win an extra $100.” READ MORE

Classic Cruiser’s Car Club accepting applications for Dublin Peanut Festival

The Classic Cruisers Car Club is accepting applications for the festival’s car show that will be held the day of the festival, September 19th, 2015.  All antiques, classic cars and trucks are welcome. READ MORE

Dublin Peanut Festival Accepting Applications

Dublin Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting applications for Craft and Food Vendors.  The Bladen County Health Dept. will have to receive Food Vendor applications and fees no later than September 4th, 2015.  Contact Jane Starnes at READ MORE

BCC is Recruiting Students for BLET Academy

Bladen Community College

Registration for Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Bladen Community College is September 24, 2015. The 26-week program is approved for financial aid and VA benefits.
Eligible candidates for the BLET Academy must meet certain conditions. 1) Candidates must be citizens of the United States, and provide a copy of their birth certificate or naturalization papers. 2) Candidates must be at least 20 years of age at the time of registration. 3) Each candidate must be sponsored or employed by a public law enforcement agency prior to enrollment and maintain that sponsorship or employment throughout the course. READ MORE



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