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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Elizabethtown gains Main Street Status
Elizabethtown is one of nearly a dozen Small Town Main Street communities that have now achieved Main Street status.  Others are Ayden, Benson, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Tryon, Valdese Waxhaw and Williamston.  These cities and towns have fulfilled the requirements to achieve this designation such as hiring a permanent Main Street director and organizing their downtown revitalization work in accordance with the Main Street Four-Point program.  Elizabethtown and the other communities will benefit from additional training and resources that the NC Main Street Center offers local Main Street directors.
“The new Main Street communities will serve as role models for other municipalities interested in downtown revitalization,” said Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarta, III.  “If you can show just one great building reuse in a downtown center, more revitalization projects follow and that means many new jobs.”
In 2014, North Carolina Main Street downtown districts generated 248 new businesses, 110 business expansions, and 1,011 new jobs.  READ MORE  


The race is on for Municipal Elections

Filing for Municipal Elections started with nine candidates filing today, July 6th, the first day of the filing season. Today the following candidates filed for the listed offices:
Gene Norton, who does not currently hold an office, filed for Town of Bladenboro Town Commissioner. The Mayor of White Lake, H. Goldston Womble, Jr. filed for the same office he currently holds as Mayor. Town of White Lake Commissioners Tracey Scott Trivette, Tom Riel, and Don Smith filed as well to keep their seats as White Lake Commissioners.
Sylvia Campbell, who currently serves at the Mayor of Elizabethtown, filed for the office again today. Ricky Leinwand, Darrell Page, and Dicky Glenn, Town of Elizabethtown Council Members, filed today for the same offices they currently hold.
Offices open with no one filing yet are the Town of Bladenboro Town Commissioner (unexpired term), Town of Clarkton Mayor, Town of Clarkton Town Commissioner, Town of Dublin Mayor, Town of Dublin Town Commissioner, Town of East Arcadia Mayor, Town of East Arcadia Town Commissioner, Town of East Arcadia Town Commissioner (unexpired term), Town of Tar Heel Mayor, and Town of Tar Heel Town Commissioner.  READ MORE  

Operation Summertime Shakedown

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the successful completion of an undercover narcotics investigation that ended in warrants for 14 different individuals.

McVicker said members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a three month undercover investigation that targeted the sale and delivery of prescription pills, cocaine, and marijuana in the county. The operation, known as Summertime Shakedown, entailed many hours of surveillance and numerous undercover purchases by agents.

Eleven of the 14 suspects were arrested last week. Three suspects have not been located but their arrests are anticipated in the near future. READ MORE

Concert at the Farmer’s Market This Thursday, BAND OF OZ

Revised-Summer-Concert-AdJuly 9th at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market 6 – 9 PM

Vendor spaces available for sponsors only on a first come basis in a designated area at the venue. All sponsors planning to set up need to park in the dirt parking lot after unloading. Cars will not be allowed in the parking lot after 5 PM.

T-shirts are available at Camp Clearwater office, Cape Fear Valley, and the Chamber office. If you would like to purchase a shirt before the concert Thursday, please contact Dawn Maynard at 874-0285.*No Outside Food
*No Coolers Allowed
*ID Check point
*Beer and wine tickets will be sold next to RA Jeffrey’s Distribution Tent
*T-shirt Sales Tent will be selling shirts for $12 each
*Food, Drinks, and Water provided by Cape Fear BBQ
*Sounds of Summer Concerts are 6 PM – 9 PM

Special thanks to East Bladen High School for the use of the stage at each event and to the Town of White Lake for their assistance in setting up the stage. I would also like to thank the Town of Elizabethtown for their assistance in the setting up and use of the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market.
Please thank our sponsors listed for their support of the Sounds of Summer Concert Series!
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Mayor and Town Council Members Register at the Board of Elections


Mayor Campbell, Ricky Leinwand, Darrell Page, and Dicky Glenn presented themselves at the Board of Elections office today, to register their intentions to run. “This is the best small town in the country” said Ricky Leinwand, “and we want to keep it that way.” Town elections will be held this November.

$1.3 Million in Roadway Improvements Coming to Bladen County

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will detour traffic along N.C. 131/242/410 near Bladenboro for a resurfacing project beginning Monday, July 13. During the month of July, crews will remove the asphalt and some of the dirt subgrade to make room for new, thick pavement as part of the resurfacing.

There will be a detour associated with the work starting that morning around 8 a.m. The detour will use Old Abbottsburg Road, Grimsley Farm Road, N.C. 211 and the N.C. 211 Bypass in Bladenboro for all traffic flowing through Bladenboro on N.C. 410, N.C. 242 and N.C. 131 (North and South Main Street). Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

The project is scheduled to wrap up by August, weather permitting.

The project was scheduled with the hope of having the least effect on Bladenboro Primary School and Bladenboro Middle School activities.  READ MORE  

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For freshest peaches, go directly to the source

RALEIGH – July is Peach Month in North Carolina, and one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting a great peach is to buy directly from growers at orchards, roadside stands and farmers markets.

“Unlike in other states, the vast majority of North Carolina peaches are sold directly to consumers within a few days of harvesting,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Buying peaches that soon after harvest ensures you are getting a quality, tree-ripened peach that has had time to mature and is full of flavor.”  READ MORE  

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Bladenboro Budget Meeting, Who Voted Against the Budget

BladenboroTownMeeting1Bladenboro held their regular meeting on June 22nd, 2015, and approved the Budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016. Some of our readers wanted to know who voted against the new budget.

According to the minutes from the Town of Bladenboro, Commissioner B. Benson made the motion to adopt the FY 2015-16 Budget Ordinance with the tax rate at 0.64 cents per hundred. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Atkinson and the motion carried with only one commissioner voting against the motion. The commissioner against the motion was Commissioner Butler.  READ MORE  


Bladen Community College Receives Donation

Bladen Community College Foundation

Bladen Community College has received a donation from the Munn family to support the Charles Munn, Jr. Scholarship. Pictured above are Horace Munn, Dennis Troy (chairman of the BCC Board of Trustees), Leisha Munn-Brown, Ophelia Munn-Goins, Linda Burney (director of the BCC Foundation), and Dr. William Findt (President of the college).

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Bladen We Care Remembers Dr. Phillips

Representatives of Bladen We Care recently  presented Bladen County Hospital with 4 Geriatric Patient Chairs, in memory of Dr. Bruce Phillips.
Dr. Phillips, a charter member of Bladen We Care, and a long time supporter of Bladen County Hospital died earlier this year.
Mac Campbell, Jr. and Ann Warner made the presentation.  Dr. Pearly Graham-Hoskins accepted on behalf of the hospital as Judge Nancy Phillips looked on. READ MORE

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Filing for Municipal Elections begins July 6

The 2015 filing season for municipal elections begins on Monday, July 6 and closes on Friday, July 17. The date for local elections is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. The following offices and current office holders: Elizabethtown, Mayor: Sylvia Campbell Council Members: Ricky Leinwand  READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 6

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature 99 degrees 1990

Lowest Temperature 56 degrees 1979

Greatest One-Day Precipitation 2.06 inches 1931

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 91 degrees.

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingHope your July 4th holiday was good….A couple of late sports notes…. USA Women’s Soccer team jumped out to an early lead over Japan in the World’s Cup title….winning 5-2.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona…Jimmie Johnson was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch.  Jeff Gordon was 6th…A big-time wreck at the end of the race send Austin Dillon’s car airborne…He was OK…Just another Daytona race that did not end til about 2:40 a.m. today….Late start due to weather in the area..
Filing for municipal elections begins today….Call or visit the Bladen County Board of Elections for details…Filing period ends on Friday, July 17. READ MORE
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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Check out our Sports Page

Our local baseball players have really been giving it their all. Read all about it and view some photos of the guys in action on our sports page. Get the schedule of ‘who is playing where today’ and go out and support our teams if you can. 

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They did it again! Fireworks bring huge crowd

The crowds were out at White Lake on Saturday, July 4th, enjoying the lake and then the fireworks show after dark at Goldston’s Beach. The Elizabethtown – White Lake Chamber of Commerce has done it again thanks to the support of local business owners. The fireworks show drew a huge crowd not only to Goldston’s Beach, but also to Camp Clear Water. The photos above show the festivities at Goldston’s Beach and at Camp Clear Water.

When the show was over, the traffic was backed up for miles. One traveler said, “It took me almost a hour to get from White Lake back to Elizabethtown.  READ MORE 

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Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Flags Flying High

Flags flying high at the courthouse in Bladen County on this Independence Day. Find more photo of folks celebrating the holiday at Jones Lake by visiting,

Photo courtesy of Jeff Owen, Jeff Owen Photography Find him on Flickr

Flags at Courthouse in Bladen County


Cape Owen Manor subdivision holds Fourth of July parade

Family and friends in the Cape Owen Manor subdivision off Owen Hill Road near Dublin held their third annual Fourth of July parade Saturday morning.

The parade included children riding bicycles that were decorated in patrotic themes, golf carts and ATVs covered in red, white and blue, at least one riding lawn mower, a boat on a trailer, and walkers making their way down Cape Owen Manor Road.  READ MORE

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Harmony Hall Ringing Bell for Support

[ Harmony HallIf you hear a bell ringing around Harmony Hall today, it’s because people are donating money.

Maureen Thompson Bell made the announcement today on her Facebook page. According to Maureen the wooden shingle roof at Harmony Hall is in desperate need of repair and is estimated to cost around $7,000. “The wooden shingle roof is in horrible condition and water will eventually ruin the upper level on down. We desperately need funds to pay for it,” Maureen said.

Her plan today is that anyone that stops by and makes a donation may ring the bell at Harmony Hall. She also posted on Facebook, if you can’t make it out to Harmony Hall, but would still like to make a donation she will ring the bell for anyone who makes a donation. All you have to do is comment that you will make a donation on her post on Facebook. Then make your check payable to Harmony Hall Foundation  READ MORE 

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Double shooting in Whiteville leaves one dead, one in jail

Rotary Scholarship Winners

By: Elizabethtown Rotary  Club The Elizabethtown Rotary Club presented two $500 scholarships to local Bladen County Students at their weekly meeting at San Jose Restaurant.

Jeremy Davis from West Bladen High School and Malik McKoy a student at Bladen Community Elizabethtown Rotary Scholarship winner 1College were the two recipients of the scholarships.  READ MOREElizabethtown Rotary Scholarship winner


We Walk For Fennell Fundraiser

Submitted By: Barbara Featherson

Now wheel chair bound due to sudden paralyzation of his lower extremities, Fennell Yates has returned home after more than a three-month stay between the hospital and rehabilitation centers.

Yates returns home to a much different life than what he was accustomed to. His home as well as other necessities have to be modified to adjust to this handicap. READ MORE



The most dangerous intersection in Bladen County?

By: Charlotte Smith There has been a lot of talk in Bladen County about the intersection construction at US Hwy 701 and Hwy 87. Our local NCDOT team members are continuing to work hard on the project as well as Barnhill Contracting Company. However concerns have been expressed by citizens of our community and we want to know your opinion.

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 W. R. Marsh, PE, NCDOT Whiteville Resident Engineer 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. READ MORE 

Ferry is operating Ken Clark NCDOT

The river level dropped sufficiently overnight that the Elwell Ferry IS operating as of Friday morning. The river level is right ‘on the bubble’ though so we will have to monitor closely – NOAA projections are for levels to rise slightly tomorrow.

BCC Presidents and Deans list

Students who have maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. for the term have been named to the President’s List as follows. Gabriela Alcala-Garcia Johnda Melvin Litoria Bartley Sarah Mills Erica Butler Amanda Mitchell Jessica Carroll ShaBrima Montgomery Melissa Carter Amanda Morris Charlanna Coleman Robin Novak La-Faith Council Ashton Oxendine Aaron Cox Levy Pait Rebecca Creasey Chelsie Patrick Jamie Davis READ MORE

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

Health GradesSometimes we go out to eat as a celebration, or as part of our vacations. This July, many of us will eat out a lot more just because it’s July, or just because we were out playing and didn’t go home to cook. Sometimes it’s just because we don’t have time, or are too tired to cook at home, (or maybe we just don’t like to do the dishes).

In either case, eating out equals knowing that someone unseen is preparing the food you are going to eat (or feed your children), and that is reason enough to question the cleanliness of the establishments we like to frequent.

BladenOnline is happy to offer our readers a monthly update on the health scores given to eating places in our county. You can rely on us as your news source for restaurant cleanliness, so that you can make informed choices when considering a vacation, date night, birthday celebration, or the simple escape from dish-pan hands. View the Health Reports for June. READ MORE


Elizabethtown Town Council Meets Monday

The Elizabethtown Town Council meets Monday for their regular monthly meeting. A work session will be held at 12 noon and the regular meeting is slated for 7 p.m. at Elizabethtown Town Hall. Included on the Agenda is a presentation by Phil Geary, EI. The topic of the discussion will be Bladen County’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update. Two Resolutions will be considered for approval.  READ MORE

Bladen County May Unemployment At 8.2 Percent

UnemploymentRALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in two counties, and remained unchanged in one county.

Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.0 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.5 percent. All fifteen the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 8.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.7 percent. The May, not seasonally adjusted, statewide rate was 5.9 percent.

When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 87 counties, increased in six, and remained unchanged in seven. Fourteen metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year while one remained unchanged. READ MORE

Big Plans for Bike Lanes in Elizabethtown

A matching grant was awarded to the Town of Elizabethtown in 2014 along with several other communities in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Town of Elizabethtown now have a goal to develop a comprehensive bicycle transportation plan.

The Bicycle Plan Steering Committee met again this past Tuesday evening to discuss options available for bike lanes in Elizabethtown. The purpose of the grant is to encourage municipalities to develop comprehensive bicycle plans and pedestrian plans.

During the planning process bicycle lanes were added on King Street in order to create safer bicycling conditions. Since the lanes were added, we have heard from King Street residents worried they are going to lose their ability to park on the street. READ MORE

The field of pain and sorrow

By:Jefferson Weaver Jefferson-Weaver

Note to my readers: With rare exceptions, I do not like to reprint columns, since I consider doing so to be a lazy habit. However, at the request of several folks, the column below is an edited version of the piece by the same name which I wrote in 2009.

Thomas Traylor watched. Ellis Covert was likely sick. Ben Weaver probably waited. As important as Independence Day is to me as an American, I have to remember the date as a Southerner, too.

From July 1, 1863, until July 3, 1863, a lot of Americans, both Northern and Southern, had things on their minds other than the holiday barbecue or fireworks or beach trip, things most of us enjoyed this past week. READ MORE 

Dublin man killed in Lumberton

23 year old Ryan Smith of Dublin died from a gunshot wound in the Turner Terrace housing project in Lumberton Wednesday. Smith was found inside a vehicle. Law enforcement officers responded to a call about 9 p.m. He was taken to a Lumberton hospital where he was pronounced dead. No arrest has been made. Officers do not believe the shooting was a random act.

Lifetime License Holders: Time to Request Seasonal Information

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 30, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2015-16 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards, HIP certification and bear e-stamp, if applicable. READ MORE 

Cool Tips for Summer Drinks – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain Sandra CainThere’s nothing better than a cool drink on a hot summer day to help you feel refreshed. You can enjoy summer drinks from an abundance of options which look incredibly delicious. But remember that some can really pack on the calories in no time.

  • Energy drinks. Think twice before swigging one of these for a cool kick-start to your day. One energy drink that is heavily advertised is Red Bull, which has a lot of sugar (two tablespoons) and caffeine (three times the amount in a can of cola). These drinks also are acidic, so the price you may pay for cooling off could be dental erosion. A recent study showed that Red Bull may cause more harm to tooth enamel than soda, Gatorade or a coffee drink. With these energy drinks it’s recommended that you use a straw to reduce contact of the liquid with your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after finishing the drink. READ MORE

VBS Mission Project

VCBS Last week Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church celebrated Vacation Bible School by recognizing God’s mighty powers. Children of all ages celebrated at the “Base Camp of Mt. Everest” and realized that with God’s help they can conquer any challenge.

One of the greatest powers God has is the power to provide. With this in mind, the church collected school supplies to donate to Bladen County Schools.

Elizabethtown Middle School is thankful for the contributions from the church and grateful for the community support in providing for its students.

*You Decide: Is North Carolina’s Rebound Stumbling?* *Dr. Mike Walden* *North Carolina Cooperative Extension*

YouDecideSome troubling news about North Carolina’s economy made the headlines recently. Numbers for an economic concept called gross domestic product”, or GDP, were released for 2014. While North Carolina’s GDP increased in 2014, it rose much less than in the nation. The comparison was a 1.4 percent gain for the state versus a 2.2 percent improvement for the nation. Does this mean it’s time to worry about the state’s economic rebound? READ MORE  

Bladen County Collection Centers Open for business

The Bladen County transfer station will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. Normal operations will resume on Monday, July 6th. All other county collection centers will be operating on a normal schedule.


Kids Fun Day Fundraiser for Ayven Lennon AyvenLennonFor those who may not have heard, a Bladenboro family received the news last month every family hopes they never hear. Ayven Lennon the 5 year old son of Misty and Toby Lennon was diagnosed with Lymphocytic B-Cell Lymphoma and Leukemia. According to a Go Fund Me set up for the family, Ayven will have a three year journey, which includes weekly trips to UNC Childrens Hospital for Chemo. Our community members want to help the family with their burden. So along with the other fundraisers going on in our area for this family, there will be a Kids Fun Day held Saturday, August 1st in Bladenboro at the Bladenboro Historical Building. The day will include bounce houses donated by Bounce Brothers, train rides donated by David Hales, Face painting, Slushies donated by Lu Mil Vineyard and more! The fun will begin at 10 am and last all day.  READ MORE  

Commissioners Schedule E&R Meeting

Bladen County Commissioners will meet Monday, July 6 as a Board of Equalization and Review.  The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the Commissioners Room, Lower Level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC.


Bladen County Health DepartmentBladen County Health Department was awarded Re-Accreditation Status on May 15, 2015 at a Local Health Department Accreditation Board Ceremony in Raleigh, NC. Cris Harrelson, Health and Human Services Agency Director accepted the award at the event. “Receiving accreditation status is important,” said Harrelson. “It lets the citizens of Bladen County know that their local health department meets acceptable standards of professionalism, accountability, and access to care.” The three functional components are: • An agency self-assessment, which include 41 benchmarks and 148 activities; • A three day site visit by a multidisciplinary team of peer volunteers; and • Determination of accreditation status by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board. Bladen County Health Department was awarded initial Accreditation in May of 2011. Accreditation status is reviewed every 4 years from the initial accreditation review. “I would like to thank everyone involved for this accomplishment,” continued Harrelson. “From members of our Board of County Commissioners to Bladen County government staff to our community partners, this was truly a team effort.” READ MORE 

One of our Favorite Local Artists Captures Broad Street

KathyBunnOne of Bladen County’s favorite, most talented Artists, Kathryn Sellers Bunn, of White Lake, has been seen on these warm summer evenings at the intersection of Hwy 701 and Broad Street in Elizabethtown painting a beautiful portrait of the buildings, Corner Café down to Toddlers and Teens.

Better known as Kathy, this local artist is one of the most well-known, admired artists in Bladen County according to most of our residents. Kathy taught Art Class for 29 years. She taught at East Bladen High School for many of those years. Now, she gives Art lessons out of her home for children and adults alike.

When she is praised for her talent Kathy responds saying, “It’s not really about talent. It’s about passion. If you are passionate about something it really makes a difference.” READ MORE


Elizabethtown, N.C. – July 1, 2015. The Southeastern Partnership (“North Carolina’s Southeast”) has launched a new marketing technology tool that will offer real-time intelligence about the region’s available properties and communities to businesses and site selectors around the globe. The organization’s buildings and sites database, constructed with help from a $35,000 matching grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, went live last week. The searchable site displays information on listed industrial sites and buildings across the region’s 14 counties. READ MORE

Keep your Independence Day celebration safe with these fire safety tips

RALEIGH – Officials with the N.C. Forest Service encourage people to celebrate Independence Day by viewing public fireworks displays rather than risk starting fires by setting off their own fireworks. “Many wildfires that occur during this time of the year start due to the careless use of Class C fireworks such as sparklers, fountains, glow worms, smoke devices and trick noisemakers,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With many free fireworks shows planned across the state, there are a lot of options for enjoying the July 4th holiday that reduce the risk to our forest lands and personal property.” READ MORE 

FSA County Committee Nomination Period in Bladen County Now Open

USDA (Elizabethtown, N.C.), July 1, 2015 –Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on June 15, 2015. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 3, 2015. “County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Tatum. To be eligible to serve on the FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the Local Administrative Area (LAA) where they are nominated. READ MORE

Annual Sale Promises Many Savings

Bargain lovers should be happy in Bladen County for the next six days. The Annual 4th of July Side Walk Sale started today in Elizabethtown and will go through Monday, July 6th. Businesses such as Leinwand’s, Toddlers and Teens, Ray’s Furniture, and Fisher’s who have been holding this annual sale for many years are joined this year with new businesses holding a sale. Stores not only on Broad Street are participating. Whimsical Flowers & Gifts on Poplar Street is also marking down their prices. Vicky Williams, from the shop said, “We are holding this sale to make room for our fall merchandise that will be here before you know it.” READ MORE


Amber Alert Canceled, Iyana B. Ross Found, Update from Bladenboro Police

RossThe Amber Alert issued on Monday, June 29th for missing teenager, Iyana Shabre Ross, has been canceled according to Chief Hunt of Bladenboro Police Department. Hunt explained that the juvenile was reported missing by her family members and was believed to have left home on her own. Her whereabouts were unknown. Ross was found around 1:07 pm on Tuesday, June 30th  after information was received from the public and a tremendous amount of assistance was given by local, state and federal agencies.  Chief Hunt said, “The Bladenboro Police Department would like to thank the FBI, SBI, Department of Public Security Services, Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, Bladen County Department of Corrections, and the public for their assistance in this matter.”

Hunt added, “I want to encourage parents to please keep a healthy line of communication with your children. Talk to them about the dangers of trusting strangers. Children and teenagers need to be aware that it is very important to let their parents know where they are at all times. Parents should check on their children even after they have been put to bed at night to ensure their children are safe.”

Communicating Effectively For Your Benefit

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville,

NC Good communication is about more than just promptly taking a customer’s phone call or directing them to a helpful website. It includes providing useful information in a clear and easy-to-understand way, in writing, on the web, and over the phone. June is National Effective Communications Month, but at Social Security, we’re at the forefront of clear, concise communications all the time. Our efforts to better serve and clearly communicate with the American public are paying off, and people like you are reaping the benefits. We’re proud of our consistently high ratings in customer satisfaction and usability


Bladen County Board Retreat

The Bladen County Board of Education will hold a Board Retreat on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  The purpose of the Board Retreat is to discuss district planning for the 2015-2016 school year.  The retreat will be held in the board room of the Bladen County Administration Office, 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC  28337.

From Our Inbox

Inbox Dear Editor: So many times, we think of all the bad things happening around us. It clouds our ability to see wonderful things are happening, even during tragedies. On Saturday morning, June 27, 2015, I witnessed a group of dedicated people working together to save as much of Gibson Cancer Center as possible. Many thanks to the Lumberton Fire Department and those volunteer departments that served as back up support. Our loss would have been much greater had this group of individuals not been responsive, collaborative and professional. I heard one person comment on how the “team was so organized, everyone knew his role and carried it out well.” READ MORE 

Congressman Rouzer visits Bladen

CampbellsMac Campbell, Jr., Rouzer, Charles DeVane, Harrison Devane and Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell. Pictured (L-R)  Rep. David Rouzer made another stop in Bladen County Tuesday. He included Bladen as a part of his visits to several nearby counties. His visits were primarily to Ag related businesses, and included Campbell Oil in Elizabethtown.

“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign” Continues Over July 4 Holiday

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 29, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will team with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies over the July 4 holiday weekend for the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” safety campaign.

The annual multi-agency initiative works to ensure everyone can travel safely on the road and on the water during summer holidays. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 is subject to arrest.  READ MORE 

SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

RALEIGH— Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, congratulate the winners of four statewide awards for their outstanding work in providing free, unbiased counseling about Medicare and other health insurance issues to seniors in North Carolina. This year’s awards were presented at the Annual North Carolina SHIIP Coordinators’ Training Conference in Greensboro on June 25. SHIIP County of the Year is Brunswick.  SHIIP’s coordinating site in Brunswick County is Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. SHIIP volunteers provided counseling to 3,552 clients in their county this year and reached out to nearly one million residents through various efforts. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago David Hursey of Dublin Jaycees was recognized as Dublin Jaycee of the Year. Leonard Hood of Elizabethtown won the Carolina Sands Country Club Tennis Championship. The Bladen County tax rate was increasing by 5 cents to a rate of 90 cents per hundred. Mike McGuiness resigned as Executive Director of the Joint Municipal Housing Cooperative. The Clarkton Tobacco Market, part of the Border Belt market, was scheduled to open around the last of July.

How do I become eligible for Medicare due to disability?

SHIIPlogo The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people aged 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare due to a disability. Before you can receive Medicare due to a disability, you must apply, be approved and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time. In most situations before an individual can receive SSDI, a date of onset must be established. In addition, a five-month waiting period must be served before a person is entitled to Social Security disability cash payments.

Highway Patrol Encouraging Motorists to Drive Safely During the July 4th Holiday

RALEIGH – According to the American Automobile Association, it is estimated that 41.9 million people will travel during the July 4th holiday period; the most in eight years. As a friendly reminder, the Highway Patrol is advising motorists to be careful as they enjoy the July 4th holiday. Motorists who slow down and travel at posted speeds will not only increase their chances of arriving at their destination safely, but will also conserve fuel. Speed is the leading cause of traffic collisions and fatalities in the state. Troopers will be cracking down on speeders during the holiday and will be using speed timing devices to assist them in enforcing the speed laws. There will be an increased presence of troopers on the interstates, major four lane highways and rural paved roads across North Carolina. Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 7 fatal collisions and 257 injury collisions during the July 4th holiday period. This included 3 fatal collisions and 48 injury collisions due to impaired driving.  READ MORE 

We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Systems Administrator 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 Systems Administrator.  READ MORE  

Bladen We Care sponsors successful fund-raisers

Bladen We Care’s 26th annual fund-raisers were very successful according to President, Mac Campbell, Jr. Campbell reported recently that the Annual Gala and Golf tournament will provide funds for grants to Bladen County residents, who are experiencing difficult times due to medical expenses. Bladen We Care also assists other organizations that provide assistance to area residents, including Bladen Crisis Center and Bladen Baptist Association. READ MORE 

Desmond Bryant returns to East Bladen July 11

Desmond Bryant, an East Bladen graduate, and veteran NFL defensive lineman will conduct a free Football Camp at East Bladen on Saturday, July 11. Registration for youngsters ages 6 to 18 will begin at 8 a.m. with the camp to follow. For additional information contact East Bladen Eagle football coach Robby Priest at 645-2500. For Bryant, it is his annual visit to the school for the free camp. READ MORE 

Not too late to sign up for the S.T.E.M. Summer Camp

Bladen County Schools will be hosting the S.T.E.M. Summer Enrichment Camp July 13th – July 17th and time is running out to sign up for all the fun and learning. The camp will make visits to Bladen Community College, Tech University, Jones Lake, and the STEM Robotics Camp. Students will be building robotics, exploring chemistry, physics and environmental science, learning about fitness and nutrition and a lot more at the S.T.E.M. Camp. The camp will be 8 am until 3 pm. Students in grades 3rd through the 5th grade may attend the camp for an investment of $75 per student. There will be free breakfast and lunch each day. Students will be picked up and dropped off at Elizabethtown Middle School. Space is limited. READ MORE

Hospice offers free grief program

LCFH Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a free six-week grief program, Living with grief: Growth and education groups for adults, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, July 6-Aug. 10, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. Discussions include phases of grief and the grieving process, along with other areas of concern. Often being around others who have been through a similar experience enables participants to talk about what they are experiencing. Grief groups help emphasize that participants are not grieving alone and others understand and can support them on their grief journeys. Registration is required and closes once the series begins. For more information, call 910-515-6689. When leaving a message, please leave your name, phone number and indicate the specific program you wish to attend. Sessions are free. Donations are appreciated. Additional groups will form throughout the year. READ MORE 


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