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This Day in History—-May 30

This Day In History

1498—Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America.

1806—Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.

1821—James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose.

1848—William G. Young patents ice cream freezer.

1908—1st federal workmen’s compensation law approved.

1911—1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH.

1932—Yankees dedicate a plaque to Miller Huggins.

1933—Patent on invisible glass installation.

1942—Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1. READ MORE 

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 30

Highest Temperature 94 degrees 1969

Lowest Temperature 50 degrees 1994

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation 2.21 inches 1984

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 88 degrees.


Last bets have been made in Sweepstakes Gaming in Bladen County

Bladen County District Attorney Jon David and Sheriff Jim McVicker along with their team held a press conference today at 4 pm in reference to the sweepstakes raid that happened earlier today. Together they announced the details of the arrests of multiple people in connection with video sweepstakes gaming here in Bladen County.

According to the team after months of comprehensive investigation by the District Attorney’s office, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and partnering with other law enforcement outside the county, three different sweepstakes locations involved were shut down, and eight people were arrested today.  READ MORE  

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Aladdin Sweepstakes raided in Dublin

Major Larry Guyton of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department confirmed a raid Friday morning at two locations of the Aladdin Sweepstakes in Dublin.

Major Guyton said Bladen deputies arrived about 10 a.m. and exercised search warrants. All equipment has been seized and some employees have been arrested.

According to Guyton, the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Smith are expected to “turn” themselves in this afternoon. READ MORE 

NCDOT Resident Engineer, Rusty Marsh speaks about the construction in Bladen County

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Bladen County has a lot of road construction going on in different areas. NCDOT, Whiteville Resident Engineer, Rusty Marsh mostly spoke with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about the construction happening at the intersection of 87 and 701 in Elizabethtown.

The construction at the intersection started on March 3rd, 2015 with the prime contractor for the construction being, Barnhill Contracting Company.  The contract amount is $13,265,221.98.

The concept Marsh gave was US 701 will take a new alignment on the eastern side and go under NC 87 Bypass. New bridges will be built for each direction on NC 87 Bypass and down at Brown’s Creek. NC Highway 242 is relocated to the southern side of Sampson-Bladen Oil Company. The old piece of NC Highway 242 remains in place for access to Sampson-Bladen Oil Company and the State Employees Credit Union. READ MORE 


Typing Shortcuts

By: Gordon Kinlaw
If you respond to a lot of texts or emails with the same phrases, you can store typing shortcuts in your phone.  For instance, you can type “adr” and your address will pop up.
To set up a shortcut, go to Settings/General/Keyboard/shortcuts.  Your current list of shortcuts will show up on this screen.  Use the “+” to create a new shortcut.  Type in a wordy response in the phrase line and just a few characters in the shortcut line that you will remember and hit SAVE.
When you type your shortcut in text or mail, the phrase will show up for you to select.  If you have predictive text turned on, the phrase will be in the lower half of the screen.  If you do not have this turned on, the phrase will appear right above your typing. READ MORE 

Dunk Duck at Bladen Relay for Life

Bladen County Relay for Life activities begin Saturday morning with teams setting up the campsite beginning a 8 a.m.  The Presentation of Colors featuring Bladen County Firefighters will be held at 11 a.m., followed by 12 hours of fun and fellowship.  Check BladenOnline Events page for the entire line-up of activities.
A new event, not on the original schedule, is an opportunity to Dunk Duck.  Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth will be at the Relay for Life dunking pool from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and you will have an opportunity to Dunk Duck.  Make plans to attend from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the entire event, and be sure to Dunk Duck.
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North Carolina’s Seasonally Adjusted April Unemployment Rate At 5.5 Percent

UnemploymentRALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate. The national rate declined 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.4 percent.

North Carolina’s April 2015 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 25,712 over the month to 4,481,112, and increased 143,339 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 7,457 over the month to 260,760, and declined 34,427 over the year. READ MORE

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Kicking off the summer with a prize pack


All Out Stitches in Elizabethtown is announcing their new merchandise of summer items such as tank tops, beach towels, and lunch bags. Monogramming services are offered on all the new summer merchandise at the store, or bring in your own unique items and have them monogrammed.

The store now is offering a chance to win a Summer Family Prize Pack for a limited time only. Ashley from All Out Stitches says, “For every $20 a customer spends in our store, there name will be entered to win our Summer Family Prize Pack.“ This is a way for us to show our customers we appreciate their business. READ MORE

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Bladen County School Board and Commissioners Discuss Budget Concerns

By: Charlotte Smith

On May 18th the Bladen County Board of Commissioners denied a request from the local Board of Education to transfer $495,000 from the capital outlay funds to the current operating expenses. A special meeting between the two boards was held today to discuss the needs and potential impact the local community would face if the school board does not receive the additional funds requested.

According to Dr. Robert Taylor, Bladen County School Superintendent, the transfer of funds will be necessary for the school system to close out the current school year. He estimated it would take $350,000 to pay bills for personnel, utilities and other expenses for the final two months of the school year. He asked for the additional amount so he would not have to return if more funds were needed prior to the end of the school year.

At today’s meeting, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Charles Ray Peterson, made it clear the funds the school board has requested cannot come from the capital outlay funds due to a statute. If the school board received funds it would be from the County’s General Fund. READ MORE

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Time change for Democratic Party Meeting

The Bladen County Democratic Party will have a scheduled meeting to make appointments and conduct business on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse Superior Courtroom. All Democrats are urged to attend. Precinct chairs and members of the County Executive Committee should be in attendance.

The time of this event has changed from the usual meeting time of 10 o’clock a.m. because of a conflict with the opening of the Ammon Blueberry Festival. The Democratic Party would encourage everyone to attend both events. This meeting will be followed by a Special Ceremonious Recognition and Reception honoring Mrs. V. Marie Robinson for her years of service to the Board of Elections for the Democratic Party.

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2015 4-H Summer Fun

4 H logoIt’s that time of year – when children are out of school for the summer and parents are looking for productive learning activities that are fun for them to do! We have something for youth in Bladen County that are interested in foods, science, animals, health, and more. Check out the 2015 4-H Summer Fun Schedule here. Required forms are included as well.

Registration dates are as follows: Bladen County currently enrolled 4-Hers can enroll from 9 am to 5 pm on June 3rd and 4th. READ MORE 

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Commissioners Schedule Special Meeting

Bladen County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting Monday, June 1, 2015, at 4 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is related to the FY 2015-2016 budget.

The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room, lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC.

The meeting is open to the public. 

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Inman gives an update and invitation for Bladen County Relay For Life

By:Charlotte Smith


Bladen County Relay For Life is set for this Saturday from 11 am until 11 pm at the Elizabethtown Middle School Field. “Our slogan this year is ‘Stricking Out Cancer’, because that is exactly what we want to do,” Jessica Inman, Co-Chair of this year’s event said.

Thus far, there are 34 teams signed up with 375 participants raising over $82,600 for Relay For Life according to Jessica. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.

This weekend is Bladen County’s turn to unite against cancer. This year the goal for Bladen County Relay For Life to raise is $115,000. Co-chairs, Jessica Inman and Mandy Padrick, have an action packed day to assist in the fundraising efforts. READ MORE 

Highway Patrol and Wildlife Resources Commission Release Operation

NC-Highway-PatrolThe North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Division of Law Enforcement Wildlife Resources Commission released the totals for “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign for the period of Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25.
“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can safely travel the highway and waterways during the summer months. The totals are reflective of each agencies collaborative enforcement efforts. READ MORE 

Public Invited to Comment on Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionRALEIGH, N.C. (May 28, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments beginning June 1 on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and those waterfowl seasons that begin prior to Oct. 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species also will be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to and clicking on “Submit Your Comments.” READ MORE 

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Bladen County NCDOT Update

By: Ken Clark

SR 1136 (White-McEwan Road)
The work on SR 1136 (White-McEwan Road) at the CSX railroad is complete and the road is open (expect crossing arms to be installed there in the near future)

SR 1166 (Page Road)
Beginning Monday, June 1 we plan to close SR 1166 (Page Road) just south of the SR 1168 (Bridgers Road) intersection in order to install a new crossline. This new line will add additional capacity that should reduce the frequency of flooding at this intersection. Access to Bridgers Road will be from the Clarkton end of Page Road only. There will not be a signed detour in effect. Plan to use SR 1167 (Lanier Road) to US 701 in Columbus County to Tart Road (SR 1190) for access around the work area (NOTE: Tart Road is stone as is the Columbus County end of Lanier Road) READ MORE 


By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC
The first typewriter to be commercially successful was invented on June 23, 1868. One hundred years later, Social Security still used the same technology to type Social Security cards, envelopes, forms, and applications. This system required thousands of employees to create, maintain, transmit, and file the folder for each current and future beneficiary by hand to ensure accurate payments to retirees and disability beneficiaries.

Of course, that has all changed with modern computers and the Internet. Now, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home to do the majority of your business with Social Security. Your first step in embracing the future is creating your own, personal my Social Security account.

Setting up a my Social Security account is quick, secure, and easy. More than 18 million Americans already have accounts.  READ MORE  

Cannon Day at Harmony Hall

By: Seth Lewis

Harmony Hall Plantation Village will observe Cannon Day this Fifth Sunday May 31 as scheduled. Bobby Lewis, Field Marshall has packed 3 cannons to be observed and fired. Volunteers are invited to learn cannoneering and assist actually firing the guns.

Cannons also fired last Sunday in observance of Memorial Sunday. Tomahawks will be flung during the opening from 2-4 PM. Self-guided tours will be available as well as assistance thru the 255 year old house built about 1760 and still on its original foundation. Other structures were moved to the property to save endangered buildings.

The Dublin Scout Troop is occupying the old Cain Kitchen as a Scout Hut on the property and will make minimal improvements as well as clean up the farm stead and prepare it for animals to occupy the farm stead. READ MORE

NOAA: Below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season is likely this year
Hurricane forecasting evolving with new storm surge products, upgraded modeling.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy.

For the hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 – November 30, NOAA is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including zero to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). While a below-normal season is likely (70 percent), there is also a 20 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season.

“A below-normal season doesn’t mean we’re off the hook.”  READ MORE 


NCDOT Announces Winners for Division Six Safety Roadeo

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is proud to announce the winners of the Division Six Safety Roadeo held earlier this spring. The winners were honored yesterday in Fayetteville. The event tested the safety awareness and skill level of NCDOT employees from Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties who operate heavy equipment.

Participants engaged in friendly competition with their co-workers to determine who can best maneuver a dump truck, tractor, backhoe, low-boy trailer or motor grader through obstacle courses or assignments that model real-life scenarios that crews encounter each day on the job. READ MORE

Open House in East Arcadia

Open-HouseThe East Arcadia Bladen Community College campus will hold an Open House tomorrow, Thursday, May 28th from 6 pm until 8 pm

The campus offers many benefits not only to community residents, but others living and working outside the area. The school has continuing education classes, offers curriculum classes, and more. 
To find out more about what the location offers stop by their Open House tomorrow located at 1472 East Arcadia Road, Riegelwood, NC or call them at 910-655-5769. READ MORE

Lower Cape Fear Hospice seeks volunteers


Lower Cape Fear Hospice is in need of volunteers to help families in Bladen County. Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for families and patients with advanced illnesses. 

Volunteers serve as caring friends to people in need. They offer companionship, visit or read to patients, listen, hold a hand, run errands, allow caregivers to rest, and help patients tell their life stories. 

Hospice volunteers help patients where they live—in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers can also give administrative support, assist with special events and provide community outreach by sharing Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s message. READ MORE

Update on Child drowning in Clarkton

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker reported the death of Zackery Blaze Priest, age 4, of 2292 Mitchell Ford Road, Clarkton, on Friday, 22, 2015. The cause of death was drowning.

McVicker said a call was made to the Bladen County 911 Center on Thursday morning, May 21 at approximately 9:15 am. The caller stated a young child had been found floating face up in a pond behind their residence. The caller said the child was removed from the water and was breathing but was struggling.

Law enforcement and EMS were dispatched. The child was transported to Bladen County Hospital and then to Cape Fear Valley. He succumbed to his injuries on Friday. The cause of death has been ruled a drowning. READ MORE 

 Coastal Carolina Off-Road’s(CCORS) First Ever Race In Bladen County
CCORCoastal Carolina Off-Road (CCORS),  will be hosting a race event this Sunday, May Browns-Creek-Bike-Park31st at the Brown’s Creek Trail in Elizabethtown. There will be a  kids race starting at noon, followed by all the other classes that will start at 1 pm. This is the 7th race this year for CCORS. The event is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music and CCORS is very happy to be a part of that. “Look for some sample product at round #7!” says CCORS members.  READ MORE 

Search underway for missing Garland man

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Bladen County personnel are helping with a search Wednesday morning in Garland for a missing 72-year-old man. Authorities are looking for William Earl Powell of Garland, who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon from his home on Birdy Lane in Garland, says Sampson County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope.

Powell is 6-feet-1, weighs 180 pounds and has green eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray denim pants and brown slip-on loafers. He has dementia and has a history of wandering off from his residence, Pope said. READ MORE 

Elizabethtown man charged in home break-ins


An Elizabethtown man has been charged for breaking in to three homes, Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said. In two of the cases, residents were asleep in the homes at the time of the break-ins.

Steven Robert Boyne, 26, of Hill Street, was arrested Friday, May 22 and charged with three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of first degree burglary, and one count each of breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. All are felony charges. Boyne was taken to Bladen County Jail and placed under a $175,000 bond.

The investigation began after officers were called to a home on Queen Court on Wednesday, May 20 for a report of break-in, Kinlaw said. The next night, May 21, officers were called to homes on Summerhouse Street and Hill Street about break-ins. Kinlaw said people were at home asleep during the break-ins May 21. READ MORE

SeHealth Brings Local Healthcare Perspective to Lawmakers


Raleigh, N.C. – Southeastern Health (SeHealth) joined hospital leaders and staff from across the state at the North Carolina General Assembly building on Tuesday, May 19 for Hospital Advocacy Day.

The annual event, sponsored by the North Carolina Hospital Association, provides an opportunity for hospital leaders and staff to visit with lawmakers to discuss key priorities for the legislative session, including the newly introduced framework for Medicaid Reform, developed by physicians, hospitals and other Medicaid care providers.

“We appreciate the opportunity to meet with our legislative delegation in Raleigh to engage in dialogue with them to increase their understanding of how these issues being discussed impact Southeastern Health,” said SeHealth Government Affairs Officer Reid Caldwell. READ MORE

Kiplinger lists North Carolina as 6th worst state for retirement in 2015

Kiplinger news source has listed the top 10 worse states for retirees,
maybe better described as the bottom 10 and North Carolina was ranked
the 44th worst state in the United States for retirement in 2015.

The article summed up their North Carolina findings from a retiree tax
picture as “mixed.”

“The mild winters and pretty scenery may not be enough to lure you
into Tar Heel country,” according to the release.  “Typical household
incomes in North Carolina don’t track with the state’s above-average
living costs.  The average for all households is $64,490, the second
lowest among the 10 states we examined here and 14.0% less than the
U.S. average.  Older residents fare even worse, with income for 65+
households falling 18.3% below average,” still quoting the article.

“Poverty is a concern.  Ten percent of seniors live below the line,
versus 9.4% nationwide.  More troubling, the poverty rate for the
whole state is 17.5%, compared with 15.4% for the nation. Property crime
in North Carolina is above average.” READ MORE


We Are Paying Them What?

 Bladen County Human Resources Director

 Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing the position, the salaries, the population of the counties and any other compensation that goes with that position. This week we look at County Human Resources Directors.

 Bladen County—$43,985.  Population 35,000

Brunswick County—$110,203. Population 115,301  READ MORE 

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago 

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoTwo juveniles were arrested by Elizabethtown Police for breaking into the Golden Skillet Restaurant.
A tornado blew the roof off of a marijuana growing operation on highway 211 near Bladenboro.
84 students graduated from Bladen Technical Institute.
Valarie Harvey was crowned MISS BLACK BLADEN COUNTY.  READ MORE 

NCDMV Begins Single Sticker Registrations Today

NCDMVRALEIGH —The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will begin to issue a single registration renewal sticker today. Changing from the current dual sticker setup to a single sticker will result in significant cost savings for the state.T

he single registration renewal sticker will be grey. The expiring month and year will be printed on the sticker, above the license plate number. The single sticker is required to be placed on the upper right-hand corner of the license plate. The current setup has a red numbered month sticker on the upper left-hand corner of the plate, and a sticker with the year and plate number in the upper right-hand corner. READ MORE

Agricultural, Energy and Infrastructure topics from breakfast with Congressman David Rouzer

By: Charlotte Smith

In his 5th month as the newly elected Congressman representing North Carolina’s 7th District, Congressman David Rouzer meet with local Bladen County leaders for breakfast this Tuesday morning. Rouzer announced the significant work that is being done by congress since he has taken office.

Budgets are very hot topics this time of year for elected officials. Rouzer said, “For the first time in a long time, both chambers have passed budgets by the end of March and the Congress’ budget balances in 10 years.”

He announced he was selected to sit on his top two choices of committees. The 7th District Congressman now represents our region on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and has a spot on the Agriculture Committee. “Those two committees are highly competitive. I was the only freshman that got my top two choices. I’m very fortunate,” said Rouzer. He also has been selected as the Chairman of the Subcommittee of Livestock and Foreign Agricultural.

He continued by saying, “I tell people all the time, if you get it right in energy, infrastructure, and agricultural, we have everything we need here in this country to be very prosperous, which leads to being successful abroad.”

The Congressman made it clear that we have a very dire situation on our hands internationally. He said, “We are living in one of the most dangerous times we have ever lived in. We really have to turn this around.”  READ MORE

Growing up in right place secret to longevity

Life expectancy in North Carolina varies dramatically according to new studies related to children. The life expectancy in Bladen County is 75 to 77 years.  In Columbus and Robeson counties, life expectancy is 73 to 75 according to the report, while in counties east of Bladen…Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick, life expectancy is 78 to 79. The report is from a study by a child advocacy group, and it shows life expectancies vary greatly across the state. 
The differences appear to relate to factors that heavily influence health overall.  Examples are poverty rates, access to health care and prenatal care according to Laila Bell, the author of the report.  She is the director of research and data at NC Child, a nonprofit that works to improve the lives of North Carolina children. According to the report, children born in North Carolina overall, have an average life expectancy of 78.3 years, about six months shorter than the nation as a whole. READ MORE 

Council man arrested on drug, weapon charges


A Council man faces several drug and weapon charges after a recent traffic stop near an intersection in Clarkton. Ramon Jarvar Currie, 25, of the 1300 block of Rico Road, was stopped by a N.C. Highway Patrol trooper near the intersection of U.S. 701 and N.C. 211, according to Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. A search of the vehicle found almost two pounds of marijuana and two stolen firearms, McVicker said. Currie was charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of controlled substances, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, McVicker said. He also was charged with a traffic infraction by the Highway Patrol trooper. Currie was released on bond.

Bladenboro Middle Launches Science Olympiad

By: Valerie Newton
Elizabethtown, NC – On Saturday, May 2nd, Bladenboro Middle School hosted a Science Olympiad for twenty-four 5th and 6th grade students. This was a first-time event for the school. Students and teachers spent a month preparing for nine different competitions. They built bottle rockets, pasta towers, gliders, and gathered information to help with the study events.  The events are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. READ MORE

Investigation continues into the death of 4 year old

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 year old Zackery Blaze Priest of Clarkton on Wednesday, May 27. His body was recovered Friday from a pond after he apparently strayed from his home. The youngster is the son of Jeffery B. Priest, Jr. and Tiffany C. Priest of the home. His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. Burial will be in the Old Field Cemetery. Maj. Larry Guyton of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that an investigation is underway related to his death.

Impressive Knight, Macon Hammond

It’s been quite an impressive collegiate year for West Bladen graduate Macon Hammond.  Macon is a rising senior at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount where he has collected several awards and honors this year.  To begin, he has been selected twice as one of eight graduation ceremony Marshals due to his academic achievement.  He is extremely active with the inner workings of his school where he serves as an Ambassador–meeting, greeting, and explaining the advantages of attending Wesleyan to prospective students.  Macon says, “It’s important that students have a clear understanding of the school they choose before making a commitment.  A well-informed student has a much better opportunity at success.”  His efforts have translated into several rising freshmen selecting and attending NCWC. 

Because of its small size, the staff and faculty are tied closely to the student body.   READ MORE

The Land of Wolves

By: Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson WeaverThe boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air.

The boy had about a dollar, and he knew he could get a Coke on ice and have some change left. He was hot, his feet hurt from his cowboy boots, and the restaurant was busy. The waitress was in the middle of the mill lunch period, and didn’t have time for a dusty boy. The boy waited patiently. He wasn’t scared, because he knew who to ask for help as soon as the man came through the door.

The cadaverously thin police sergeant with white Elvis hair sat down beside him. “Hot, ain’t it?”
“Yes sir. Can you call my dad?”

The cop looked at him sideways. “You run away from home, boy?”

“No, sir,” the boy said. “My daddy always said, if I ever need help, find a policeman.”

He went on to explain that he had caught a ride to a friend’s house on the edge of town, but no one was home. He lived in the next town over, so he walked to the diner, the only other place he knew was open, since the barbershop was closed on a Wednesday.  READ  MORE


Five tips to help you get through the heat

Healthworks Fitness and Wellness

Summer is finally here and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness wants to you help you beat the heat while exercising.  The hotter temperatures can feel overwhelming. Any exercise may feel harder in the heat. Here are five tips to help you get through the heat.

1. Don’t be ridged about your work out time. Before you make your plan to work out, check the weather report. Earlier in the day or later in the evening may bring ease to your routine.

2. Don’t let the rain stop you. Try working out when it rains as long as it’s not thundering and lighting. No one needs to be out in bad weather, but if it’s sprinkling it may bring a new experience for you to enjoy.

3. Don’t get too hot. There are other alternatives when the temps are too high. Exercise at the gym, find a shaded trail, or hit the pool. There are plenty of choices out there for physical fitness activities.  READ MORE  

Remember the Fallen

By: Charlotte Smith

Memorial DayMemorial Day, is the annual day we dedicate to the memory of soldiers who have fallen in our nation’s military service. War is a horrible consequence we must engage in occasionally when faced with armed conflict. Our soldiers bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect our lives. Unfortunately, we have lost far too many soldiers in the pursuit of protecting our way of life.

For many people, Memorial Day is just an extended weekend with barbeques and bathing suits. The holiday should be celebrated with fun activities, but I also hope you take time out to recognize the courageous men and women who’ve fought and died in service for our great nation. The thought of their great sacrifice made by our brave soldiers and their families is humbling. Our fallen soldiers are truly heroes deserving to be honored.


Bladen VFW distribute poppies

VFW Post 8062 members Willard Storms, Oliver Gause and Toji King
distributed poppies at Walmart on Saturday.  Robert Hester, Wallace
McQueen and James Lane manned a table at the Tractor Supply Store.

The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy

This is the story of how the red field poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance.

From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war.

Yet the scope of the poppy and its connection with the memory of those who have died in war has been expanded to help the living too.  READ MORE 

Ways to Promote Better Health

For Better Living

Sandra CainBy: Sandra R. Cain

The link between diet and health is important. Food alone cannot make
you healthy. But good eating habits, based on variety and moderation,
can help keep you healthy and even improve your health. Good eating
habits include knowing how to prepare and select foods that fit into the
Dietary Guidelines.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that we eat less fat, sugar
and salt and more complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and fiber.
One way to help meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines is to
modify our recipes and methods of food preparation. This is relatively
easy because many recipes are higher in fat, sugar and salt than is
needed for good flavor and quality.

*Tips for Healthy Modifications*  READ MORE  

Dining Out: Dowless & Co. serves up country classics  


Bladen County Mourns the Loss of a Hero, Dr. Robert L. Summerlin

Dr. Robert L. Summerlin passed away yesterday, May 22nd, according to Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home, arrangements are incomplete at this time. Born in September of 1928, Dr. Summerlin, was a blessing to Bladen County.  

Recently, Dr. Summerlin was honored at the Cape Fear Valley Ground Breaking Ceremony, where he was in attendance. Dr. Summerlin was presented with a plaque for the legacy he had built in Bladen County. At the event, Pastor Cameron McGill of Dublin First Baptist Church, helped honor Dr. Summerlin.  McGill said, “He could have gone many places, but chose to invest his life here in this community.  We are grateful for Dr. Summerlin and look forward to seeing his name honored.”

Today, our community is in mourning of the loss of a great hero, doctor, friend, and loved one.  READ MORE 

Free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists in Bladen County

There will be a free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists Desiring To Safely Enter the Entertainment Industry, today, May 23, at 2:00 pm at the Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown. The RPA of Bladen Couunty & Talent Inc wants to educate aspiring performing artist’s of the skills needed for a favorable interview with Top Agents, Casting Directors, and Record Label Representatives in the Entertainment Industry.

At the end of the workshop, participants are welcome to audition for a chance to interview one on one with Top Agents and Record Labels, attend Master Workshops by the Top Agents, and perform in a National Showcase.

Option to train for Acting for TV/Film, Modeling for Print and Runway, and Private Instrumental Lessons in Violin and Piano is available, but in no way mandatory to enjoy and participate in our periodic free educational workshops.  READ MORE  

Pushing Back the Dark Was a Success in Bladen County

By: Charlotte Smith

The bleachers were almost full at the Elizabethtown Middle School Football Field last night for the “Pushing Back the Dark” event organized by the Bladen Baptist Association. Different Bladen County churches had tents set up offering food and goodies, the Four Points North band from Lumberton, and the Divine band, from Pembroke, kept the crowd moving and entertained to Christian music, while Pastor Ken Freeman brought a touching testimony.

After a fun game of “Simon Says” to get everyone’s attention, Pastor Ken Freeman started with the statement, “You’re always one choice away from a different life.”

Ken gave some statistics; 19 million kids in America have never seen their real dad, every six minutes someone is murdered, every seven minutes a woman is raped. Ken said, “You have to be careful who you look to, you have got to be careful who you listen to”.  READ MORE


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Busy Boost the Boro

By: Johnny Anderson

Boost the ‘Boro members welcome their new slate of officers for 2015, duly elected at their recent monthly meeting.  A large turn out of members elected Don White as President, along with Shane Todd as Vice President. Joyce Walters was elected to the position of Secretary and Pat Hasbrouck was elected as the Treasurer. Three members were elected as Board Members at Large.  They are Claudette Guy, Tom Lancaster and Rebecca Hester.

The coming year promises to be an active one, as much is in the discussion stages.  The Spring Celebration, a chicken dinner, is planned for June 6, 2015, from 4 – 7 PM.  The price is $7.00 per plate with desert available.  READ MORE

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors will meet Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., Cooperative Extension Kitchen, Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center, Elizabethtown For additional information call 910-862-3179, Opt. 3

Wildlife Commission Schedules Deer-Management Forums

NC Wildlife Resources CommissionRALEIGH, N.C. (May 21, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management in North Carolina. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from deer hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina. 

Wildlife Commission biologists will share a recently completed biological evaluation of the state’s deer herd, including the average ages of bucks and does harvested, the peak breeding dates, and the timing of the harvest. Discussion will include how each of these can play a role in determining the future of deer management in North Carolina as well as other topics of interest to deer hunters.

Commissioners and staff will welcome questions and discussion on the future of deer hunting and deer management in North Carolina. “White-tailed deer are the most popular hunted species in North Carolina, with more than 200,000 hunters annually taking to the field in pursuit of deer,” said Brad Howard, a wildlife biologist with the Commission. “The forums are excellent opportunities for North Carolinians to learn about deer in their respective parts of the state. READ MORE 

BCC Small Business Center Offers Free Seminars

Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – During the month of June, the Small Business Center of Bladen Community College is offering seminars

Grant Writing 101 and 102 will be offered on Saturday, June 6, from 8:00 AM until 1:15 PM in Building 2, Room 202, on the main campus.

Improve Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is scheduled from 6:30-9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9, in Room 202 in Building 2 on the main campus.

Non-profit expert Sam Gore, will return to teach The Business Side of Operating a Faith-Based Organization, on Thursday, June 11, at 6:30-9:00 PM on the main campus in Building 2, Room 207. READ MORE

Plans announced for Bladen Mission 2015

Bladen-Mission-FlyerPlans are underway for Bladen Mission 2015, an interdenominational mission project for all Junior and Senior High students in Bladen County.  The dates are June 14th through the 18th and adult volunteers are needed to assist. This year’s Mission Project will be headquartered at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Peanut Road, about 2 miles southwest of Elizabethtown and is a joint effort of numerous churches in the area; including Clarkton First Baptist, Clarkton Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church of Bladenboro, Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Galeed Baptist Church, Vertical Church and the Bladen Baptist Association. The Bladen Mission Project includes the owners of all 2015 work sites and organizations associated with the project. READ MORE

Date set for Bladen County Law Enforcement Golf Tournament

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Association has set a new date for their 1st Annual golf tournament. The date is Friday, June 5, 2015 at The Vineyard Golf Course at White Lake. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. A shotgun start begins at 8:30 a.m.

The tournament was originally scheduled for May 9th but was re-scheduled due to subtropical storm, Ana.

The cost remains the same, $50 per player. A meal will be served at noontime and there will be prizes awarded.

Everyone is invited to participate, questions should be directed to Atlas McVicker at 910-876-0917.


East Bladen High SchoolIt is hard to believe we have been out of school 20 years. Please make plans to catch up with long time friends at our reunion on August 8, 2015 at 5:30 in the evening at the Hilton in Wilmington, North Carolina. Registration can be done through until June 19th. For more information contact Arthur (Jason) Rich at Let me know if you need more information.

LCFH hosts Caregivers and Coffee meetings


Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host Caregivers and Coffee from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, June 2, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. Another meeting will be hosted from 11 a.m.-noon on Sept. 1.

Every day, staff and volunteers of Lower Cape Fear Hospice see the challenges faced by those caring for loved ones. Caregivers and Coffee was created to offer caregivers assistance and encouragement. Each month, LCFH will offer a Caregivers and Coffee session where caregivers can come, share their experiences, encourage each other and learn about valuable resources and support.

Meetings will be facilitated by hospice staff, but will also feature topics selected by the group, as well as visits from other community organizations. Caregivers and Coffee will include informal conversations, learning opportunities and free coffee. READ MORE

Thompson Reunion

The descendants of the Shade and Civil Thompson, and Jesse and Perci Boyette Thompson of Bladen County, will hold their family reunion on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building in Bladenboro, NC.

All descendants, family and friends are encouraged to attend and bring any photos you may have of the family past and present. Anyone attending needing more information may contact Ann Russell at 910-876-1746 or Pat Edge at 910-876-7144.  READ MORE

Be Aware! Kirby Van is not trying to sell vacuums

On Tuesday, March 17th we reported a Kirby van in Bladen County with about four or five representatives knocking on doors after 9 pm and acting suspicious. The phone number listed on the Kirby van went to the Kirby of Wilmington business. Since our article was published we have received more phone calls from Bladen County citizens and surrounding counties’ residents with concerns about the Kirby van representatives acting suspicious.

According to the owner of the Kirby of Wilmington, Oliver Morant, all the Kirby representatives have been pulled from Bladen County since the incident that happened in the Clarkton neighborhood. We have received reports the Kirby vans have been sited in Bladen County since March. We received a phone call from Mrs. Rosa White today stating a Kirby Van was back in the same Clarkton neighborhood.  READ MORE

Bladen schools to offer free summer meal program

BladenCountySchoollogoBladen County Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, according to a news release about the program.

The program will begin June 15 and end Aug. 14. Breakfast will be served from 8-9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bladenboro Middle, Clarkton School of Discovery, Dublin Primary, Elizabethtown Primary and East Arcadia Elementary.

For more information, contact Amy Stanley at 862-4136.

Bladen County Relay For Life 

Bladen-County-Relay-for-lifeThe Annual Relay for Life of Bladen County which was set to begin this Friday, May 8th at Elizabethtown Middle School Field, has been postponed due to expected inclement weather. The new date is tentatively set for Saturday, May 30th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fundraising all across Bladen County for this event has been on-going. Cakes and plates have been sold, and purple potties have been seen all over the community to help raise money for this worthy cause.

There will be a large variety of foods available; along with face painting, live music, bounce house fun and more,  to help in the fundraising and celebration. There are 34 teams and 351 participants registered for this year’s event according to the Relay For Life website.

Anyone who has heard the words, “You have cancer” will be honored this weekend along with their caregivers. There will be a Survivor’s lap to celebrate survivors’ victory over cancer. Caregivers will also participate in a lap so they may be honored for their support in the fight against cancer.  At 9pm there will be a Luminaria Ceremony to remember people who have fought the good fight against cancer. READ MORE

Released Time School Ministries Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run

5K fundraiserReleased Time School Ministries will be hosting a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run on June 6th, 2015.  Bruce Cannon, Bladen Baptist Association Director of Mission and member of the Released Time School Ministries Broad member said, “Our goal is for every school student around the State to hear the Good News of Salvation and to teach them those character traits they so desperately need: integrity, honesty, respect and so forth.”

To accomplish this goal funds are needed to start programs all across the state.  To raise these funds Released Time School Ministries is sponsoring a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run.

If you are not able to run, you can walk.  If you can’t do either, you can sponsor a youth or an adult who will run or walk.  Cannon encourages everyone by saying, “Not only will this be an opportunity to raise funds, it will also be a great way for us to share the Gospel and to have some really great fellowship together.”  READ MORE 


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