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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
New State Charter School Director Named
The State Board of Education approved David Machado as the new director of the Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Charter Schools. Machado, chief administrator of the Lincoln Charter School in Lincoln County, has served in that role for the past 12 years. READ MORE
BCC offers middle and high school student activities
The Second Annual Writing Contest for 8th Graders is underway. Students have been given a writing prompt and should respond by February 22. Winners from all middle schools in Bladen County will have their works published in The Ink Quill, the Bladen Community College literary magazine. They will also receive other gifts. READ MORE
NC Charter School Advisory Board approves Charter School for Bladen
By Erin Smith
The NC Charter Schools Advisory Board met in Raleigh on Monday and approved the application for a new charter school to open in Bladen County in the fall of 2017. The school is expected to open in August 2017 as a year-round school.
The new school will be called Emereau: Bladen, according to the application, and will be operated by the Emereau Foundation, Inc. It will not be part of the Bladen County Schools system. READ MORE
Your Social Security Benefit Statement
By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville
It is that time of year again: time to start preparing to file your taxes. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of the documents you will need when filing your federal income tax return is your Social Security Benefit Statement (Form SSA-1099). READ MORE
Suspect in gang-related shooting back in Bladen County
The Elizabethtown Police Department has been actively searching for Meredith Cromartie since the January 18 shooting. READ MORE
Governor McCrory’s Task Force Gets Report on the Effects of Underage Drinking
Researchers from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill presented their report on the effects of alcohol on the brains of young people to the Governor’s Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and Treatment Task Force today. Governor Pat McCrory requested the report in December. READ MORE
Threat of Winter Weather for Friday morning
Folks across Bladen County could see one more round of winter courtesy of a low pressure system that will pass near our area on Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. READ MORE
You think it’s cold now, 1973 was colder
By: Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist & Climate Program Leader
National Weather Service Wilmington, NC
From February 9-11, 1973 one of the most intense snowstorms on record struck the Southeastern United States. When it was over 24 inches of snow was recorded in Rimini, SC, with widespread 12-18 inch accumulations extending from southern Alabama into eastern North Carolina. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for February 11
It’s Thursday, my favorite day of the week. For years, my siblings and I along with spouses and, our neighbor, meet each Thursday evening to share time and food. We move around from one nearby restaurant to another. The food is usually very good, but the time together is the highlight of the evening. READ MORE
This Day in History – February 11
1794 – 1st session of US Senate open to the public.
1809 – Robert Fulton patents steamboat.
1861 – President-elect Lincoln takes train from Springfield, IL to Washington, DC.
1916 – Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert.
1916 – Emma Goodman arrested for lecturing on birth control.
1922 – “April Showers” by Al Jolson hits #1. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on February 11
Lowest Temperature 16 degrees 1989
Precipitation 1.84 inches 1983
Snowfall 12.0 inches 1912
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 40 degrees.
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Man wanted for gang-related shooting arrested
US Marshals apprehended a man on Wednesday afternoon in Cumberland County that is wanted by the Elizabethtown Police Department for attempted murder charges following a gang-related shooting in January.
Meredith Jaquan Cromartie was arrested at a convenience store in Fayetteville on Wednesday afternoon, according to the US Marshals office. He was wanted on five charges of attempted murder for the gang-related shooting that ocurred on January 19 in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Harmony Hall and Historical society to hold joint meeting
The Historical Society will meet first at 7 p.m. for its quarterly meeting. The treatment of historical records in the county is expected to be discussed. READ MORE
Potential for more winter weather on Friday
According to Steven Pfaff of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, travel conditions could become hazardous in some areas Friday morning. READ MORE
Bladenboro Fire Department undergoes inspection
By: Erin Smith
The Bladenboro Fire Department completed an ISO inspection process on Tuesday and now they are waiting to learn the outcome of their hard work.
“These guys worked really hard,” said Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about fire training facility
Firefighter training and adequate training facilities were the topic of discussion at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday.
Rotarian Jim Crayton presented a program regarding the construction of a new fire training facility at the White Lake Prison Camp. He opened his presentation with some statistics regarding volunteer firefighters. READ MORE
CVI’s Jerry Price addresses Chamber luncheon
By: Erin Smith
The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held their monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The guest speakers were CVI, Inc. owner Tracey Trivette and Investigator Jerry Price.
Tracey Trivette, CVI owner, told the group that CVI is a private investigations firm and the full name is Cerno Veritas, Inc. He said that Cerno Veritas means to distinguish, determine or ascertain the truth. READ MORE
Help a Veteran from Fort McClellen, Alabama
Tuesday night’s regular monthly meeting of the local chapter of the DAV, was concerned with the medical treatment that is delivered to our Veterans. It has recently been brought to light that all Veterans who served at Fort McClellen, Alabama, between 1935 and 1999 may have been exposed to radioactive compounds, chemical warfare agents, and airborne poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and are therefore eligible to file claims for disability compensation. READ MORE
Kristy Smith named District Teacher Assistant of the Year
Kristy Smith, a kindergarten instructional assistant at Elizabethtown Primary School, has been named Teacher Assistant of the Year for District 4 by the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants. She will now be one of eight teacher assistants who will advance to compete for the honor of 2016 NCATA-Teacher Assistant of the Year. READ MORE
Town of White Lake Passes NC Connect Bond Resolution
The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday evening. Jeff Kornegay and Cathy Kinlaw of Bladen Community College made a brief presentation on the Connect NC Bond. A resolution supporting the Connect NC Bond Referendum Act was approved after the presentation. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Commissioners meet in special session
Bladen County Commissioners held a Special Meeting Monday night, at the Powell-Melvin Ag Center on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown.
Eight of nine board members were present. Dr. Delilah Blanks did not attend.
The purpose of the meeting was to follow up on several issues and provide staff with guidance as the budget process approaches. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Elections meeting dates
The Bladen County Board of Elections has announced the schedule of meeting dates for the March 15 Primary. READ MORE
West Bladen’s Amber Long campaigned for Vice-President at the Senior Beta Club convention
Below is her speech.
Bladenboro’s Lauren Clark talks about Biggest Loser experience and lessons learned
Bladenboro’s Lauren Clark may have been voted off Biggest Loser but the experience has taught her a lot about herself, she says. She also said there were some really exciting moments for her on the ranch as well. READ MORE
SeHealth Board installs Cummings, Davis as newest members
Robin G. Cummings, M.D., and Katherine “Katie” Davis were recently appointed as the newest members of the Southeastern Health Board of Trustees.
A Pembroke native and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Cummings became the sixth chancellor of UNC Pembroke in July 2015. READ MORE
Bruce Cannon leaving Bladen Baptist Association for new pastorate
Bruce Cannon has announced he will be leaving the Bladen Baptist Association and Bladen County for a pastorate in the mountains of North Carolina. Cannon is heading to Bear Creek Baptist Church near Ledger. He said his last day will be near the end of March.
When asked on Monday about his decision, Cannon said, “I miss the pastorate.”
He added that he missed the interactions one has with a congregation and performing such rituals as serving communion. READ MORE
Bladen Community College hosts Ground Hog Job Shadow Day
Area eighth grade students participated in classes with BCC students in the college nursing program on Ground Hog Job Shadow Day. READ MORE
240th anniversary of Battle of Moores Creek to be Feb. 27 and 28
On Saturday and Sunday, February 27 – 28, 2016, Moores Creek National Battlefield will host the 240th Anniversary Celebration of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the 1st Patriot victory of the American Revolution, which helped to stall the British invasion of the south for most of the Revolutionary War and ended Royal authority in North Carolina forever. READ MORE
John Beck to speak at Bladen Community College
DUBLIN – Noted author and historian, Professor Dr. John J. Beck, will speak at Bladen Community College on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. in the Student Resource Center (building 7) about the costs and benefits of economic and social changes experienced in the south over the past 40 years.
An American history doctoral graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Dr. Beck in considered to be an expert in Southern history and culture. He co-authored the book, Southern Culture: An Introduction, and is currently working on a history of southern food. READ MORE
West Bladen students attend UNC-W program on Monday
Despite the two-hour school delay, students from West Bladen were able to travel to UNC-Wilmington arriving in time for the Harlem Renaissance Dance Program held at the college on Monday. A special performance was given for school students during the day. The group also presented a program at 7 p.m. Monday night for the general public.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice in need of volunteers
Hospice volunteers help patients where they live—in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Volunteers are needed to assist patients and families with lawn care, pet care, providing meals, helping to fulfill a bucket list item, planning a life celebration, baking a cake for a special occasion or creating a memory board or photo album as a family keepsake. READ MORE
Board of Education meets in February session
By: Bethany Stephens
The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session. After beginning the meeting, Robert Taylor, superintendent, initiated a moment of silence in honor of a second grader that was recently killed in a car accident. Afterwards, the board recognized several different students, teachers, and schools for various accomplishments. READ MORE
Beer and Wine Referendum to be on White Lake Ballot
White Lake voters are set to cast their ballots in March either “for” or “against” an upcoming referendum “on premises” and “off premises” sale of unfortified wine and the “on premises” and “off premises” sale of malt beverages.
At least one business owner in White Lake is in favor of the upcoming referendum. READ MORE
Mother County Genealogical Society announces meeting
The Mother County Genealogical Society meets on the second Saturday of even numbered months from noon to 2 p.m. in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro, NC. The next meeting is on February 13. Our scheduled speaker, Kelly Baldwin, will present the history of Abbottsburg. READ MORE
Today is National Fastnacht Day
The Fasnacht is served traditionally during the Carnival or Fastnacht the day before Lent starts. READ MORE
Biggest Loser Contestant from Bladen County sent home
Lauren Clark from Bladenboro was sent home from the Biggest Loser on Monday night’s show. Lauren and her mom, Vicki Clark were contestants on the 16th season of the Biggest Loser. Now both have been sent home, but are not out completely.
When Lauren started the Biggest Loser she weighed 234 pounds. She reported after she was voted off the show Monday evening that she now weighs 168 pounds for a total weight loss this far of 66 pounds. READ MORE
Bladenboro Board discusses monument move, police department pay
The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night and held a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant NC Catalyst Grant close out. No one spoke at the hearing.
Later in the meeting the board approved a related matter by approving for LKC Engineering to move forward with closing the CDBG NC Catalyst grant. READ MORE
Sheriff’s Office holds Church Security Training Session
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office held a Church Security Training session on Monday night at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church. According to Instructor Gary Turlington, about 137 people were in attendance for the event.
The goal of the session is to introduce clergy and their congregations to a new program that will be offered by the Sheriff’s Office to churches with regards to security and safety. READ MORE
Bladenboro Board discusses paving streets
The Bladenboro Town Council met Monday night and addressed the matter of paving East Railroad Street and Harmony Homes Drive.
Councilwoman Sarah Jane Benson said that she would rather see Pecan Street paved rather than Harmony Homes Drive.
“It (Pecan Street) is in bad shape,” said Benson. READ MORE
BLADEN COUNTY HEADLINES…35 YEARS AGO
Sonny Jones and Eddie Nye of the Bladen Journal Sports staff won first place state-wide awards in the reporting and photography division of the N.C. Newspaper Association.
The Third Annual Rev. James C. Bellamy, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast was held. READ MORE
Bladen County Smart Start Presents: Making a Smooth Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten
A FREE workshop for parents and child care providers
NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Woods fire burns four acres near Council
What was initially reported as a vehicle fire scorched about four acres of the property before being brought under control Monday afternoon near Council. The fire ocurred at 535 Sara Peterson Road, Council. READ MORE
Social Security celebrates Black History month
By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville
Throughout the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together since the late 19th century.
Honoring our shared history and reflecting on the past is one way we unify as a nation. We remember that we are all Americans — we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship. READ MORE
Sheriff’s Office hosts Church Security and Training meeting
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Church Security and Training meeting tonight (Monday, Feb. 8) at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church fellowship hall that is open to the public and is targeted for pastors and church officials in the county.
“We have invited all interested churches to attend. The meeting will be to explain a new program the Sheriff’s office will be offering to any church interested concerning security and safety,” said Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. READ MORE
BCC Trustees to hold retreat, meeting
The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. for a board retreat, followed by a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Both events take place in the Student Resource Center (building 7) on the main campus of the college. For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502.
IPHONE/IPAD TIPS: BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP
Phone Goes For A Swim
By: Gordon Kinlaw
I can’t say this enough – back your phone up!!! Either on iCloud or on your PC on iTunes.
Someone in my house placed their iPhone near the kitchen sink and you know the rest. I spent a 30 minutes on the phone with Apple and a couple of hours in the Chapel Hill Apple Store plus travel time. Never mind I dropped $320 bucks for a replacement iPhone. READ MORE
5K Bunny Fun Run & Golf Tournament to support Bladen County Relay for Life
Relay for Life has a 5K Bunny Fun Run and a Golf Tournament scheduled soon by Otis Evans. The 5K will be held March 26th in Bladenboro and the Golf Tournament will be held April 8th. All proceeds, excluding expenses will benefit the American Cancer Society.
The events’ organizer, Evans is a cancer survivor of less than one year. He has also been a caregiver. His first wife, Charlotte “Bit” Evans, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and passed away in 2009. READ MORE
Bladen County Students do well at Senior Beta Convention
East Bladen and West Bladen High School students attended the 78th annual Senior Beta Club Convention held this past weekend in Greensboro.
East Bladen student Adonis Johnson won first place in the History competition. The Club also placed third in their campaign skit. Emily Scott campaigned for President.
West Bladen student Sean Davis advanced to the finals in the Special Talent competition. Amber Long campaigned for Vice-President. READ MORE
Emergency Medical Science at BCC is a Life-Saver
DUBLIN – Imagine this scene. You are driving on the highway 87 bypass when you hear screeching tires, the blast of a car horn, and the crushing of metal against metal. Your car is jolted on the passenger side by another car spinning out of control. Suddenly, you are being pushed off the road, your right front tire spraying gravel and grass against your window as you are hurled toward an embankment.
Every time the Bladen County 911 Central Office dispatches an emergency vehicle to the scene of an accident, highly trained rescue personnel bolt into action to save your life. READ MORE
New Voter ID PSA released
The “Be Recognized” ads will air on local television and radio through the 2016 Election cycle, the goal is to make sure every voice is heard at the voting booth. This election voters will be asked to show a photo ID at the polls. If for some reason a voter can’t get an ID, they will still be able to vote. READ MORE
New building at Taylor Manufacturing is taking shape
He added that the recent rains have had some impact on the construction schedule. READ MORE
Registration is open for third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Run, Walk
The third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the USO of NC is set for Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 a.m. at the Brown’s Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail and is sponsored by Ford of Clinton and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness. READ MORE
Cape Fear Heating & Cooling receives award
“It was really nice. Gemaire has always been really good to me, and for them to recognize me in this way really means a lot,” Daine said. READ MORE
Volunteers gathered Sunday to continue plans for county Youth Rally
By: Erin Smith
An afternoon punctuated with rain, sleet and the occasional snowflake couldn’t dampen spirits in the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church PAC building Sunday afternoon as volunteers gathered to begin making final plans for the first annual Youth Rally for Bladen County. The rally is planned for Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gym. The theme for the rally is “My Story.”
Cheryl West opened the meeting by telling volunteers the biggest hurdle to making the Youth Rally successful will be the transportation and logistics. West told the group that Chuck and Kelly Heustess have agreed to create a map of the county for use in planning the routes the church vans and buses would need to travel to provide transportation. READ MORE
Woodmen of the World Awards
Andy Wilson received the Caring for Others Award.
Lucille Brown received the Fraternal Spirit Award.
Sandra Newton received the Environmental Award.
Charlie Priest received the Community Award. READ MORE
This beautiful rainbow appeared late Sunday afternoon over NC 41 East in Bladen County.
The rainbow seemed to create a tunnel effect over the roadway.