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NEWS FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 16
Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
The East Bladen High School boy’s basketball team won the Basketball Holiday Tournament. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
Bike Ride kicks off Saturday’s Unity in the Community event
Photos by Kenneth Armstrong
The Unification Bike Ride rolled through Bladen County on Saturday afternoon as part of the Unity in Community weekend, an event designed to bring the community together as one, said organizer Fletcher “Big Show” Collins.
Kick stands went up about noon and the riders traveled along N.C. 87 South to N.C. 87 Bypass to N.C. 11. Participants then rode along U.S. 74/76 to N.C. 211 and U.S. 701 before returning to Big Show Auto Finishes in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
1) To expect to set up our own standard of right and wrong and expect everybody to conform to it. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 14
NCDOT: 3 Bladen roads reopen, N.C. 242 section to close Tuesday
Three Bladen County roads reopened this week while a section of N.C. 242 will close Tuesday morning for repairs from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, says Ken Clark of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bladen County office.
The section of N.C. 242 that is planned to close Tuesday at 9 a.m. is just south of State Road 1511 between Sweet Home Church Road and Jones Lake State Park. The road was damaged during Hurricane Matthew, but had been temporarily repaired. Clark said the contractor will construct a reinforced concrete box culvert at the site as well as a site just north of State Road 1509 (Johnsontown Road). Another crew also is expected to begin work Tuesday at a N.C. 242 closure south of State Road 1508 (Lula Long Road). READ MORE
Bladen United Way to accept disaster assistance applications from flood victims
United Way of Bladen County will accept disaster assistance applications from Bladen County flood victims beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17 and continuing until Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m., the organization announced Friday. Applications are available at 401 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown.
Applicants must submit all requested forms and documentation to be considered for acceptance. Applications that do not include all information will be considered incomplete and not processed. Also, all documents must be submitted at the same time. READ MORE
FEMA to offer repair, rebuilding advice at Bladen library in Elizabethtown
Federal Emergency Management Assistance mitigation specialists will be at Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown next week to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters. Specialists also will offer tips and techniques to build hazard resistant homes.
Most of the information and free publications are geared for do-it-yourself work and general contractors. Recovery topics to be covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving
Interesting facts related to Bladen County……
Bladen County was created in 1734 and gained county status in 1739. It was named for Martin Bladen, a member of the Board of Trade. READ MORE
Bladen commissioners to recognize East Bladen football team at Tuesday meeting
The Eagles finished 9-5 and were eliminated by South Columbus 42-41 in the third round of the state playoffs. During that game, the Eagles’ locker room at South Columbus was robbed and players lost phones, valuables and money.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the commissioners’ room on the lower level of the courthouse in Elizabethtown. Entry is at the back of the courthouse. READ MORE
Bladen County Farm Service Agency Committee Election Results
Steve Dunham of White Oak was re-elected to represent LAA -3 and Angela Autry of Elizabethtown will serve as the first alternate. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on January 14
Lowest Temperature 13 degrees 1962
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 77 degrees.
This Day in History for January 14
1794 – Dr. Jessee Bennet of Edom, Va, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation in the US on his wife.
1799 – Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets.
1868 – NC constitutional convention meets in Raleigh.
1914 – Henry Ford introduces an assembly line for Model T. READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
Grand Marshall announced for 29th Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Grand Marshall for Bladen County’s 29th Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade scheduled for Monday, January 16th at 11 a.m. was announced today by parade organizer, Mr. Arthur Bullock. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Civil Rights leader promoted a dream of ending racism according to his many speeches still taught in our schools today.
The official Grand Marshall for our local parade will locally born and raised in East Arcadia, Ms. Shonteia Keaton. READ MORE
West Bladen evacuated due to gas leak
West Bladen High School has been evacuated due to a gas leak that ocurred. The fire department is on the scene.
Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said, “Everything is okay. They have found the source of the leak and it was a piece of equipment in the kitchen.” READ MORE
Bladen County updated FEMA assistance numbers
Bladen County residents are making progress with recovery from Hurricane Matthew and repairing damaged homes and businesses. The Federal Emergency Management Association is continuing to process applications for assistance. The registration deadline for FEMA assistance has been extended to Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.
As of January 11, Bladen County has had 2,898 residents apply for disaster assistance through FEMA and $2,184,862.53 in disaster relief funds have been approved. READ MORE
Lu Mil Vineyard to host Bridal Show on Sunday
“It’s more like a trade show,” said Denise Bridgers.
She said that the show offers the Bride-To-Be a variety of vendors including photographers, videographers, DJs, event planners, dealers for Bridal gowns, tuxedo rentals, and caterers. READ MORE
FEMA Centers To Close For Holiday
The FEMA disaster recovery centers in Cumberland and Robeson Counties will be closed for the MLK holiday Monday, January 16th. Normal hours of Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will resume Tuesday, January 17th. READ MORE
Eastpointe Human Services Executes Letter of Intent to Consolidate Operations with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
Beulaville, NC – Eastpointe Human Services announced today that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to consolidate operations with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, effective July 1, 2017. The consolidated organization will operate as Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. READ MORE
Problem with heater leads to fire call at Elizabethtown Nursing Center
“There never was a fire,” said Administrator Lori Barrow. She said the incident ocurred when a heater in one room malfunctioned. Barrow said the staff evacuated patients on the affected hall as a precaution and no one was injured. READ MORE
Community College Enrollment Can Be Life-Changing
DUBLIN – If your New Year’s resolutions included a reevaluation of your career goals, Bladen Community College can help. Spring registration is underway, offering accommodating opportunities for any potential student.
After thirteen years as a phlebotomist, Amber Johnson changed her life. She enrolled in BCC in 2015, and will graduate in May with an associate degree in arts in college transfer and an associate degree in general education. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 12
Trailer breaks forcing road closure on NC 41 East
A loaded grain truck dumped its load after the trailer broke and snarled traffic on NC 41 East on Thursday afternoon. The incident led to the closure of the road between Harrells and White Lake.
Chase Lancaster, with the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office, said that no injuries were reported and he expected the road to be closed for a couple of hours due to the clean up. READ MORE
Looking At National Stocks With A Footprint In Bladen County
Stock High Low Present
BB&T $47,85 $29.95 $46.34
Danaher $102.79 $80.71 $81.29 READ MORE
SeHealth’s CHS department is key to a healthier community
More than 20 years ago, Southeastern Health’s Board of Trustees felt that a department that would focus on the improvement of health in Robeson County was an important part of health care for the community in addition to the standard health care services offered by the organization, which led to the creation of Southeastern Health’s Community Health Services (CHS) department. READ MORE
Car strikes tree on NC 41 East Tuesday night
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Brianna Yvette Smith of Elizabethtown was driving her vehicle west on NC 41 near Bay Tree Lakes when her vehicle traveled left of the center line, ran off the roadway on the left, and struck a ditch. The vehicle then struck a tree and came to rest in a ditch. READ MORE
For Better Living: Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk For Osteoporosis
By: Sandra Cain
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. It is a major health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of the people 50 years of age and older. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and another 34 million have low bone mass, making them at risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often referred to as the silent disease because it develops slowly over a number of years without symptoms. It is characterized by a gradual weakening of the bones due to bone loss, which can lead to fractures. READ MORE
UNCW releases Dean’s List for Fall 2016
Katelyn E. Hester and Allison Elaine Thompson. READ MORE
Town of Clarkton wrapping up sewer slip lining project
The town of Clarkton is wrapping up a sewer slip lining project according to Town Commissioner Lawrence McDougald. He said the company has been working in the town for several weeks is finishing the scope of work they had planned.
McDougald said that by adding the slip lining to the existing sewer lines it helps them to last longer and prevents the town from having to dig up the lines and replace them as frequently. READ MORE
Appalachian State University has released Chancellor’s List for Fall 2016
Those named to the Chancellor’s List for Fall 2016 are as follows:
Hayley Elizabeth Horton of Elizabethtown. She is majoring in Elementary Education;
Bladen Community College Board of Trustees to meet on January 20
The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on January 20, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., in the Lynn Grey King, Sr. Allied Health Building. For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910 879-5502.
Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, January 16th – MLK Jr. Holiday:
All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. READ MORE
Appalachian State University announces Dean’s List for Fall 2016
Rebecca Shay Pool of Elizabethtown was named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2016. She is majoring in Criminology, Deviance & Law. READ MORE
Bladen December Lottery Winners Announced
The North Carolina Education Lottery has announced the December lottery winners from Bladen County. They are as follows:
$1,000 Winners were Lonnie Burney, Amy Willis, Shelby Campbell and Casey Porter.
$2,000 Winners were Mike Melvin and Susan Sessoms.
Hardees Restaurant coming soon to Tar Heel
Tar Heel Mayor Roy Dew said that the location for the restaurant has already been cleared and construction should take about 90 days to complete. The new restaurant will have a seating capacity of 82 people. READ MORE
Auditions for Talent Competition AND Nunsense, The Musical at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater
Auditions will be held for two upcoming spring productions at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater. My Time To Shine 4 Talent Competition try-outs will be held 6pm and 7:30pm Friday February 10 and 11am Saturday February 11, while auditions for Nunsense, The Musical will be held 3pmSunday February 12.
The My Time To Shine 4 Talent Competition is the theater’s popular –and very competitive- talent competition that includes all categories of talent from singing and dancing to juggling and more. READ MORE
Now is the Time to Register with FEMA
Governor Roy Cooper requested the extension so that residents could have more time to register or reconsider registering with FEMA. State and FEMA officials hope those who suffered flood damage from Hurricane Matthew Oct. 4 – 24, 2016 will take this extra time to do so. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11
Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center construction
Progress is being made on the construction of the Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center.
Awards and business on the agenda at the Bladen County Board of Education meeting
By: Bethany Stephens
The Board of Education met this past Monday for their monthly session where the began by recognizing the board for School Board Appreciation month. Several HOSA students from both East and West Bladen were recognized for winning at the District level HOSA Competition. Lily Nyugen, Willow Edge, Tyler Ezzell, Dawson Jessup, Kiara Correa, Lauren Yankasky, Brianna Nance, Hannah Malcolm, Jenna Floyd, Amber Long, and Sophia Singletary all brought home wins at the competition.
Taylor Wheeless and Hannah Wheeless of Bladen Lakes Primary and Clarkton School of Discovery both won prizes in a short story writing competition held by the Bladen County Public Library. Taylor was also recognized for placing in nine out of ten divisions at the NC State Fair Design Ages 9 and Under Competition. Jacob Barber, a student at East Bladen, also won first at the fair in the Arts and Photography Competition. READ MORE
Somewhere to make a home
That’s how I shall always remember a lady who filled a hole for me in the months after my mother died. READ MORE
How to build and sale to grow in Bladen County
By: Charlotte Smith
According to a proposed plan presented to the board of commissioners on Monday evening, Tax Payers could pay 60% of construction costs to grow Bladen County according to Chuck Huestess, Director of Economic Development Commission and with Bladen’s Bloomin’.
In the past, Bladen’s Bloomin’ would build a speculative building and the Bladen County Commissioners would approve a grant to a non-profit such as Bladen’s Bloomin’ or the Committee of 100 for the down payment of the speculative building, but around 2012 those type of real estate transactions between governments and non-profits were ruled unconstitutional according to North Carolina’s constitution during a court case, explained Chuck Huestess, Executive Director of Bladen County’s Economic Development. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 10
Missing person – found safe thanks to shares
By: Charlotte Smith
Dean Anthony Clark Jr. was found safe in Lumberton, NC. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department asked for assistance in finding Dean Anthony Clark, Jr. and BladenOnline.com published the article on January 4th, 2017 seeking help.
Clark’s father reported earlier this evening on Tuesday, January 10th, Clark was found in Lumberton, NC and is doing well. READ MORE
Sheriff’s Office holds vendor demonstration for county administrators and school superintendent’s office
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office hosted a vendor demonstration Tuesday, January 10, to educate County administrators and the school superintendent’s office about the possibility of enhancing county and school building security by making the windows and doors of our buildings less permeable to intrusion.
“Sheriff Jim McVicker and his staff are always trying to find more affordable means to provide enhanced security and infrastructure improvements. Something as simple as a polymer window coating can significantly deter and resist intrusion to better protect our school children and our county/town employees in our county,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington. READ MORE
Miss Crusader Crowned
Congratulations to HCA senior Sierra Votaw on being chosen by her peers as Miss Crusader 2017. The court was presented and the winner crowned on Friday, January 6 during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game verses the Cape Fear Academy Hurricanes.
Miss Crusader is an honor bestowed upon one female member of the senior class each winter during halftime of a designated varsity boys basketball game. She is voted upon by the entire upper school student body. READ MORE
HCA Geography Bee Winner Chosen
The 23nd annual Harrells Christian Academy Geography Bee was held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the school auditorium. The competition is open to all fourth – eighth grade students. There were seven preliminary rounds administered to all fourth through eighth grade students. There was also a tiebreaker round to determine the ten finalists on stage. READ MORE
Casino Night fundraiser planned to support Bladen’s Bloomin’ and Committee of 100
Folks who enjoy a challenging game of Texas Hold’em might want to brush up on their skills before Saturday, January 28. That’s date when Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and the Committee of 100 will hold a joint fundraiser called “Casino Night” at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and games will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for Casino Night cost $50 each and can be purchased at Cape Fear Vineyard or from the Bladen County Economic Development Office. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Education Meeting January 9th, 2017
Illnesses fill emergency department and beds at SRMC
Officials at Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) are urging the public to visit their family physician or use local clinics for all health conditions not requiring emergency care. Currently all staffed beds at SRMC are occupied and patients seeking admission are facing delays due to a variety of illnesses. READ MORE
Armed Robbery Suspects Apprehended
Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that arrests had been made on a home invasion/armed robbery that happened over the weekend.
The home of Randolph Smith, age 57 and Morris Rico Smith, 41, nephew of Randolph Smith, was the scene of a home invasion and robbery Friday night (January 6th). The Smiths live at 303 Sandpit Road Elizabethtown. READ MORE
E’town Fire to hold Chicken and Rice plate sale January 16
The Elizabethtown Fire Department will hold a chicken and rice plate sale on Martin Luther King Junior Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elizabethtown Fire Department building located at 401 Swanzy Street in Elizabethtown.
Growing for the Local Market
Bladen County Cooperative Extension is hosting a series of workshops for homeowners and farmers (alike) on growing produce for the local market. Whether you are a homeowner wanting to offset the cost of the garden by planting an extra couple of rows to sale at the local farmers’ market, or a farmer wanting to grow fruit and vegetables commercially, these workshops will help guide you to success. READ MORE
2017 Master Gardener Volunteer and Complete Gardener Program
Calling all men and women, the Bladen County Extension is offering the popular Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program and Complete Gardener Program together for those interested in gardening and horticulture.
The Complete Gardener Program will have no commitments after the training is completed. It is an opportunity for individuals to develop their skills, increase their knowledge base of gardening in North Carolina, and to share their expertise with others in both the classroom and hands-on experiences. READ MORE
An Over-The-Counter Medicine give away is planned for January 27
There will be an Over-the-Counter Medicine give away is planned for Friday, January 27, at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church in Lumberton from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. No identification is necessary. The event is hosted by the North Carolina MedAssist. READ MORE
Bladen County Education Foundation to meet on January 17
The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701, South, in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Safety Tips for Preventing and Furniture and TV Tipovers
Each day in the United States children are injured or die as a result of accidents involving the tip over of televisions and furniture. The best way to keep children safe is to perform an assessment of your home. Check television sets for stability and also secure furniture to prevent tip overs. For more information on what you can do to reduce the potential for injuries are death due to tip overs READ MORE
Unity in the Community Weekend planned to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
Town Attorney Alan Maynard gave the board his opinion regarding the town’s responsibility for maintaining the ditches. READ MORE
Kate Dixon, Executive Director for the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail asked the Council to adopt a resolution supporting any bills introduced in the NC General Assembly to designate the Coastal Crescent Trail as part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. READ MORE
Bladenboro hires new patrol officer
Nichols comes to the Bladenboro Police Department after serving for 16 years with the Elizabethtown Police Department. READ MORE
Icy Conditions Remain through Tuesday
Gov. Cooper to Rescind State of Emergency Tomorrow
“Travel conditions have gotten much better, but we’re still concerned about ice and snow on some secondary roads through Tuesday morning,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “Please be patient while the state thaws and take your time if you’re on the road.” READ MORE
North Carolina’s Southeast promotes region including Bladen County for economic development
By: Erin Smith
North Carolina’s Southeast has is gearing up for their annual meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 31 at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. The keynote speaker for the evening will be David Fountain, President of Duke Energy North Carolina. Also, Chris Jong, President of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina will also offer remarks.
Steve Yost, President of North Carolina’s Southeast, said that the annual meeting will be a time for discussing and reviewing North Carolina’s Southeast successes in economic development over the past year and to facilitate the process of planning for the upcoming year. READ MORE
Bladen County’s most eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette contest
You’re invited to take part in BladenOnline.com’s “Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Contest.” We are looking for the Most Eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette in Bladen County as voted on by our readers. Nominations will close on January 27th, 2017.
To enter your favorite Bachelor or Bachelorette, submit a photo and a few words as to why you think this individual is Bladen County’s most eligible Bachelor or Bachelorette. READ MORE
New Master Gardners series beginning focuses on selling at farmers markets and restaurants
A new Master Gardners series will be kicking off in January that will teach students how to grow and sell their vegetables. According to Bladen County Cooperative Extension’s Horticulture agent Nancy Olson, the class will begin on January 24.
“We are targeting homeowners who want to grow trees and maybe they have a few extra vegetables,” said Olson. She said the goal is to teach homeowners how they can grow and market their homegrown vegetables at their local farmers market or sell their products to local restaurants. READ MORE
MLK Unity in the Community Weekend planned
There will be a kick-off event on Friday, January 13, beginning at noon at Big Show Auto Finishes. On Saturday, January 14, at noon there will be a block party and on Sunday, January 15, beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a Seafood and Oysters Bonfire Bash. READ MORE
Applications for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade now available
Elizabethtown – Preparations have begun for the twenty-ninth (29th) annual parade honoring the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to be held in Elizabethtown, North Carolina on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:00 am.
Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MLK promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience. READ MORE
Bladen residents report Kirby Vacuum encounter
Bladen County residents are reporting encounters with someone claiming to represent Kirby Vacuum on Monday. The residents described the vehicle as a blue-green Toyota car with Florida license plates occupied by three women and one male.
A resident said the group claimed they were selling Kirby Vacuums and giving away a free box of Tide laundry detergent to anyone who signed up. READ MORE
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