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Today is National HIV Testing Day

HIVTestinglogoBladen County Health Department wants you to know that today (Monday, June 27) is National HIV Testing Day, an awareness campaign. National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) founded National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) in 1995 in response to the HIV epidemic’s steady growth, in the middle-income neighborhoods where people thought, “it doesn’t happen here”.

All Americans need to know they should Take the Test, Take Control, at least once a year. And we should also know that people with HIV, who are in treatment with Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) drugs, are significantly less at risk for passing their virus on the others than people with HIV, who are not in treatment. Test-and-treat is not the whole answer to the epidemic, but it’s an indispensable first step. READ MORE

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Pinwheel garden winner released

Trinity UMC PinwheelsThe Bladen County Department of Social Services celebrated Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with a Child Abuse Prevention Walk. They also conducted a community pinwheel contest in support of the event. Businesses and residents were encouraged to put their best pinwheel display together and submit them to the Bladen County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Unit.  The winner was Trinity United Methodist Church of Elizabethtown.

Trinity UMC received a winners certificate and were also named at the event. READ MORE

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Delco man dies in Sunday crash

Car CrashA Delco man was killed when his pick-up truck crashed on Old Lake Road on Sunday evening.

According to NC Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Hilburn,  the crash ocurred about 41 feet west of State Road 1879.  The crash ocurred when Johnny Alan Lanning, 25, of Delco, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned. READ MORE

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Board of Education to hold special called meeting today

Board Of EducationThe Bladen County Board of Education will conduct a special called meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Board of Education meeting room. READ MORE

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Seven Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training

Front row, left to right: Capt. Mickey Little, Philip Fulmer, Bradley Jordan, Jake Thompson, Lt. Ben Meyer Back Row, left to right: Brandon Bonner, Devin Layne, Justin Owenby, Eric McManus

Front row, left to right: Capt. Mickey Little, Philip Fulmer, Bradley Jordan, Jake Thompson, Lt. Ben Meyer Back Row, left to right: Brandon Bonner, Devin Layne, Justin Owenby, Eric McManus

Seven cadets were sworn in as wildlife officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. After 13 weeks of rigorous training, each officer took an oath to enforce conservation and boating laws and to assist those who enjoy wildlife-related recreation and outdoor activities across the state. READ MORE

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Thoughts While Shaving for June 27

Thoughts While ShavingEver wonder how we, as a nation, arrived where we are today in our effort to elect a new president?  With negative ratings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (near or over 50 percent).  Could be more folks voting ‘against’ than ‘for.’

David Duke had the strongest unfavorable ratings ever prior to this campaign.  Trump is next with Clinton not far behind. READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 27

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature 99 degrees 1998

Lowest Temperature 54 degrees 2012

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation 2.10 inches 1961

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 86 degrees.

7-Day Forecast

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This Day in History – June 27

This Day In History1652 – New Amsterdam (now New York City) enacts first speed limit law in North America.

1778 – Liberty Bell come home to Philadelphia after the British departure.

1847 – New York and Boston linked by telegraph wires.

1867 – Bank of California opens doors.

1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange. READ MORE


Bladenboro Middle School Places in the National Junior Beta Club Convention

Bladenboro middle schoolCongratulations going out to Bladenboro Middle School for representing Bladen County well in the National Junior Beta Club Competition. The club has been at the competition held in New Orleans this weekend.

According to their mentor and teacher, Mrs. Polly Hancock, who attended the competition with them, the Bladenboro Betas won 5th place in the sculpture competition and 4th in the t-shirt competition. READ MORE

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Sun, shopping and splashes at Goldston’s Beach, White Lake

The crowds have arrived at the nation’s safest beach. Goldston’s Beach has been bringing crowds to White Lake for many years and this year is no different. Folks can be seen playing on the beach, shopping in the gift shop, smiling in the arcade, laughing on the rides and enjoying food from the restaurants.


Seven Wildlife Officers Graduate from Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2016) — Seven cadets were sworn in as wildlife officers by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission a graduation ceremony held at Campbell University on Thursday. After 13 weeks of rigorous training, each officer took an oath to enforce conservation and boating laws and to assist those who enjoy wildlife-related recreation and outdoor activities across the state.

The seven new wildlife officers now begin six months of on-the-job training under supervision of a veteran wildlife officer. Upon completion of field training, each officer will be assigned a permanent duty station. READ MORE

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And the rain came down, nearly an inch and a half at the Hester household on Happy Valley Road, south of E-town. Totals varied greatly from one location to another.

Love to see communities and families come together to celebrate, to help someone who has a setback or any other number of reasons. READ MORE

This Day in History – June 26

This Day In History1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can’t sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil.

1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US.

1862 – US Army of Virginia establishes under Gen. John Pope.

1870 – The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.

1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto.

1919 – NY Daily News begins publishing. READ MORE

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Independence Day Celebrations fast approaching Bladen County

Goldstons Beach Fireworks 2People looking for a good concert in Bladen County this summer don’t have far to look. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has added the Summer Jams Concert to the festivities celebrating Independence Day this coming week.

Elizabethtown downtown merchants have an annual side walk sale the week of July 4th and this year will be no different. Both sides of the street will be packed with savings on some great products starting Thursday, June 30th and lasting through the holiday. READ MORE

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Tar Heel couple injured in Columbus County wreck

Phil and Alice Allen of Tar Heel were injured in a head on collision south of Whiteville on Friday morning.

The driver of the other car reportedly crossed the center line near Beaverdam Swamp on U.S. 701. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingThought we would receive rain yesterday, for the most part, it never came. Maybe today.

The British have voted to exit the European Union and I wonder why. Sometimes we feel the ‘same old same old’ is not working for hard working regular folks. Hopefully, it is a good move. It will take several years to know, for sure.

How do you feel about America? READ MORE

Take Your Pet to Work Day 2016

Friday was Take Your Pet to Work Day, a celebration first started in the United Kingdom in 1996 and begun in the United States on June 24, 1999. Our Editor, Erin enjoyed the day.

At McDuffie Pest Control in Elizabethtown, every day is Take Your Pet to Work Day. They sure seem to be a happy at work.

Bladen residents earn degrees from NC State

NC State UniversitySeveral Bladen residents have earned degrees from N.C. State University in Raleigh. READ MORE

This Day in History – June 25

This Day In History1672 – 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held, Sandwich, Mass.

1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens.

1835 – 1st building constructed at Yerba Buena (now San Francisco)

1867 – 1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio.

1868 – US President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hour day. READ MORE



Columbus County Deputy involved in fatal collision

ColumbusCoSOA Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a crash that killed a motorist about 7 a.m. Friday morning near the Cerro Gordo community.

The collision ocurred on Princess Ann Road when Columbus County Deputy Ryan Gibson’s patrol car drifted left of center into the path of a pick-up truck operated by Robert Brownlee, 30, of Fair Bluff. READ MORE

Preliminary competitions have wrapped up for Miss North Carolina, Miss NC Outstanding Teen

MNCOT>Miss Bladenboro Haven Cashwell and Miss Bladenboro Princess Anna Grace Allen have had a busy week in Raleigh as they competed for the titles of Miss NC and Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen respectively. READ MORE



Bladen resident named to Chancellor’s List at UNCG

unc_greensboro_logoThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro has released its Chancellor’s List for Spring Semester 2016. One Bladen County resident was named to the list. READ MORE

UNC-Greensboro released Dean’s List, Bladen residents named

unc_greensboro_logoThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro has released its Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2016. Three Bladen County residents were named to the list. READ MORE

Bladen residents named to Dean’s List at UNC

UNCThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released its Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2016. Five Bladen County residents were named to the list. READ MORE

Today is National Take Your Pet to work day

hqdefaultToday is national take your pet to work day. While to some it may seem a bit troublesome to bring pets into the workplace, studies have shown that there are benefits.

According to various studies, pets in the workplace help to reduce stress levels and improve relationships among co-workers. READ MORE

Let’s make this Arizona teen’s birthday wish come true

Jacob+PriestleyCalling all Bladen County residents! An Arizona teen is battling a rare and potentially deadly disease called mitochondrial disease and he has just one wish for his birthday—lots and lots of birthday cards! It seems Jacob Priestly, loves birthday cards. READ MORE

Slight risk of severe weather this afternoon

Severe Weather 6-24-16The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington says there is a slight potential for the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon which could produce strong wind gusts and hail. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Fire to compete in Fayetteville tourney

By: Erin Smith

ElizabethtownFireDepartmentlogoWhile the members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department are busy training, cleaning and inspecting equipment and responding to calls, they still manage to find time to take part in interesting activities in the community and surrounding areas. READ MORE

Operation Dry Water Brings Heightened Law Enforcement to N.C. Waters

425500p6635EDNmainODW2016weekendlogoThis weekend, officers from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s law enforcement division will participate in Operation Dry Water, an annual nationwide campaign that reminds boaters to never operate a boat while impaired.

“All public waterways in North Carolina are subject to additional patrols this weekend,” said Maj. Chris Huebner of the Wildlife Resources Commission. “It’s always a good idea to designate a driver, both for boating and for the drive home. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher is subject to arrest.” READ MORE

E’town PD to take part in Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker

unnamedThe N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program and state and local law enforcement kickoff their annual Fourth of July Booze It & Lose It – Operation Firecracker enforcement campaign on Friday, June 24, 2016.

Since its inception 22 years ago, the Booze It & Lose It campaign zeros in on drunken drivers with innovative and extensive impaired driving enforcement and education. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in the campaign through continually running sobriety checkpoints in all North Carolina counties. READ MORE

Eight month investigation by Columbus/Bladen Task Force results in cocaine arrest

Hernan Castro- BazaThe Columbus/Bladen Task Force completed an eight month long investigation into the distribution of cocaine in both Columbus and Bladen Counties.

Hernan Castro-Baza, 24, of Bolton was arrested and charged with one count of carrying a concealed firearm, two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and/or deliver marijuana, two counts of maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for use, sale, or storage of controlled substance and one count OFA for failure to appear on possessing cannabinoids issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. His bail was set at $195,000. READ MORE

Paratrooper drops in on White Lake Residents

Paratrooper at white lakeWHITE LAKE – A United States Army paratrooper dangled from a tree on Thursday, June 23, after gusty winds pushed him approximately 300 yards north from the intended target in White Lake, and into the yard of Tim and Cathy Kinlaw. The photograph was captured by paratrooper Kirk Brinker, who was also blown away from the lake. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for June 24

Thoughts While ShavingThis could be an interesting day. High temps, scattered showers and thunderstorms in our area. Around the world a financial storm related to a vote by the British to leave the European Union.

‘Unsettled’ is a good way to describe the day.

How about the NBA Draft. Ben Simmons of LSU was the No. 1 pick of the 76ers, followed by Duke’s Brandon Ingram of Kinston. He goes to the LA Lakers. UNC’s Brice Johnson also goes to LA, but to the Clippers as the 25th overall pick. To be continued. READ MORE

This Day in History – June 24
This Day In History1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded.
1853 – Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (78,000 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce.
1884 – John Lynch is 1st black elected chairman of Republican convention.
1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract.
1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
1939 – Pan Am’s 1st US to England flight. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 24

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature 96 degrees 2011
Lowest Temperature 59 degrees 1972
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation 1.72 inches 1934
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 96 degrees.


No fire at Giorgio’s

Don’t be alarmed if you pass by Giorgios in Elizabethtown. The smoke you see on the patio at Giorgios is not due to a fire. The restaurant now has a mist machine according to their employees.

Two Bladen residents earn degrees from UNC

UNCBladen County natives David Lewis and Molly Greene have graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. READ MORE

All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

McKoy graduates from Western Carolina

Glenn A. McKoy of Council has graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. READ MORE

Western Carolina names Bladen resident to Dean’s List

WesternCarolinaWestern Carolina University in Cullowhee has released the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester and Bladen County resident has been named to the list. READ MORE

Appalachian State releases Chancellor’s List for Spring 2016

Appalachian_State_University_logoAppalachian State University in Boone has released their Chancellor’s List for the Spring Semester 2016. Two Bladen County residents were named to the list. READ MORE

Eason graduates from Appalachian State

Appalachian_State_University_logoBrandon Christopher Eason of Bladenboro has graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. READ MORE

Bladen residents named to Dean’s List at NC State University

NC State UniversityThe following students from Bladen County were named to the Dean’s List for Spring 2016 at North Carolina State University. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a semesters GPA of 3.5 or higher on 12 to 14 hours of academic credit or a 3.25 on 15 or more hours of academic credit. READ MORE

Innovative Approaches Project is coming to Bladen County, parent advisory council forming

By: Erin Smith

2016IA_Parent_Recruitment_Letter 3 June2016 (3)There is a new initiative coming to Bladen County that will assist parents of kids with special health care needs called the Innovative Approaches Project: Parent Advisory Council. The program is designed to help parents navigate the system and learn about their options.

According to April Oxendine, who serves as the Innovative Approaches Coordinator, the program is a grant funded program.

“This initiative is supported through the NC Division of Public Health, Children, and Youth Branch. Our contracted partner is Family Support Network of Southeastern North Carolina, Inc.,” said Oxendine. READ MORE


Fire trucks subject of pump testing

By: Erin Smith

Pump TestingThe Elizabethtown Fire Department was a hub of activity on Wednesday morning with fire trucks undergoing pump testing. The purpose of pump testing the trucks is to ensure proper water flows and to detect any potential problems that could arise from routine use, said Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West.

Chief West said the testing is done annually. The test measures things such as flow, a priming test, the pump pressures, the fluid levels, the volume the truck can pump, etc.

Gibson Prevention Center offers ease of access to female cancer screenings

Catherine Gaines MDGibson Prevention Center, a program of Southeastern Health’s Gibson Cancer Center, offers free or low-cost screenings, education and referral services to eligible women through the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control program (BCCCP).

Established in 1991, North Carolina’s BCCCP offers the following services: clinical breast exams, screening mammograms, pap tests and HPV tests, diagnostic procedures (mammograms, ultrasounds, colposcopies, breast and cervical biopsies) and medical consultations. READ MORE

Board of Elections meeting postponed

The Bladen County Board of Elections meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. today has been postponed, according to Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw. A new date will be announced.

Preliminary awards, honors announced in Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen and Miss North Carolina

Photos courtesy Teresa Allen and Miss Bladenboro Facebook page

The preliminary round is over and the judges votes have been tabulated for the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen competition. Meri-Morgan Lochner, Miss Cumberland County Outstanding Teen, was declared the winner of the preliminary round.

She won the Evening Gown/On Stage Question award and Miss Wilmington Christen Oliver won the talent competition.

Locally, Miss Bladenboro Haven Cashwell completed her private interview with the judges and competed in the talent portion of competition on Tuesday, according to the Miss Bladenboro Facebook page. She continues on her journey to become the next Miss North Carolina. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving For June 23

Thoughts While ShavingCrops need a shower of rain, some corn beginning to show stress at a critical time. A 50% chance of rain is in the forecast for Friday, 70% Friday night and 30% on Saturday. Of course, those possibilities can change. Heat index values in the range of 100 today and tomorrow. READ MORE


Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate Horses

RALEIGH – North Carolina horse owners are urged to vaccinate their equine after two horses in Horry County, South Carolina contracted Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis within the past three weeks. EEE is a mosquito-borne disease that is preventable in equine by vaccination. Horry County is the northern-most coastal county in South Carolina and borders Brunswick County in North Carolina. READ MORE

Student Athletes Participate in Summer Leadership

This week, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is hosting the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Region 4 Student-Athlete Summer Institute’s – SASI -annual leadership and development camp. READ MORE

FSA County Committee Nomination Period Began June 15
fsa logo(Elizabethtown, NC), June 1, 2016 –Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director CED Chris Tatum, announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees began on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

“County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Tatum. READ MORE

Chamber holds annual banquet, awards

Photos by Katie Galyean

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet and awards at Lu Mil Vineyard on Tuesday night. Outgoing Chamber President Charlotte Smith passed the gavel to incoming President Tiina Mundy.

The Chamber recognized the outgoing board members Julie Martin and Ginger Stevens and also recognized incoming board members Ashley Dowless, Jeremy White and Jennifer Leggett.

Also recognized was a new program called Chamber Ambassadors. The Ambassadors will be assisting Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard and helping to promote area businesses. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Fire seeking medium level rescue state certification

By: Erin Smith

ElizabethtownFireDepartmentlogoThe modern age of firefighting encompasses more than just responding to fire calls. The modern fire service now encompasses first responder calls and the occasional rescue call. The members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department are always looking for ways they can improve the quality of service they provide to their citizens.

Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West said, that in keeping with being proactive, the department has scheduled a technical rescue training program to take place from July through September. READ MORE

Popular TV show The Biggest Loser subject of class action lawsuit

By: Katie Galyean

biggest-loser-logoThe popular TV show, The Biggest Loser, is having a civil class action lawsuit filed against them by some of the former contestants.

The Biggest Loser has been running for 17 seasons and has become known for its contestant’s extreme weight loss. Now a common household name, some contestants are starting to protest the show’s methods. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for June 22

Thoughts While ShavingThe Annual Meeting of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce was well attended last night at Lu Mil Vineyard. More later.

Summer arrived Monday. Highs temps in the area are expected to range from low to mid 90s over the next couple of days. READ MORE

This Day in History – June 22

This Day In History1775 – 1st Continental currency issued ($3,000,000)

1832 – John Howe patents pin manufacturing machine.

1847 – First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 22

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature 101 degrees 1990

Lowest Temperature 54 degrees 1980

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation 3.50 inches 1958

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 91 degrees.


Bladen law enforcement officers ‘brush up’ on driving skills

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County law enforcement officers are working this week and next week on honing their driving skills at the Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field in Elizabethtown. The course is being taught by Instructor Gary Turlington, Sgt. Barry Pait, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker and Major Larry Guyton.

According to Instructor Gary Turlington, it is the only facility in Bladen County large enough to handle such a training session. The training is taking place on one of the taxiways of the airport while the runway remained open to flights.

The training taking place is designed to reduce the number of collisions involving law enforcement officers and to have officers to become more aware of their patrol vehicle and its capabilities in certain situations. READ MORE

Madden will be reaching out in Hawaii

JacquelineMaddenPalm trees, sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, pineapples, volcanoes, and hula dancers: Can you guess the place Jacqueline Madden will be spending her senior year of high school to reach the unchurched? Hawaii is the correct answer.

The Madden family lives roughly 5,000 miles from the beautiful sandy beaches of Hawaii in Bladen County and they are very active in the community and in their church. Jacqueline just completed her junior year of high school at Harrells Christian Academy.

The Madden family is also very active in church and attends Manna Church in Fayetteville. Manna Church has a goal of planting churches near every military base in the United States with one of the first church plants to be in Hawaii. Hence the mission Jacqueline will be embarking upon. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for June 21

Thoughts While ShavingSometimes I have too much time to reminiscence about yesteryear.

One of my grand dads (Marshall Cain) died in his 40s and I barely remember anything about him. Grandpa Kingsbury Hester lived much longer.

He was a good man, a God fearing man who sat on the second row at Zion Hill Baptist Church north of Bladenboro every Sunday morning. He was often invited to share a prayer, he always knelt to talk to God. READ MORE

Board hears update on Phase IV Water Expansion

By: Erin Smith

County Commissioners learn about Planning Department:Planning BoardThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and learned about the progress of the Phase IV Expansion for the Bladen County Water District.

Adam Kiker and Tim Carpenter presented the board with an update on the Phase IV water expansion. Kiker told the board that the primary objective is to perform the replacement of all the water meters in the county and to install a new well in the western part of Bladen County. READ MORE

Board hears about DSS program changes for food stamp recipients

By: Erin Smith

Board hears about DSS program changes for food stamp recipientsThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard about the Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents or ABAWDs for short.

Bladen County Department of Social Services Director Vickie Smith and Brenda Burney told the board that

ABAWD is a USDA program for recipients of food stamps who are able to work and are not working. Smith said the program will begin statewide on July 1 and all counties will be required to join it. READ MORE

Bladen County Commissioners hear Zika Virus update

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Commissioners hear Zika Virus updateThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard from Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services Director David Howard.

Howard updated the board on the Health Departments efforts to educate folks about Zika Virus.

Howard told the board that the numbers supplied by the state of North Carolina show there only 15 cases in the state and they are all travel related. He said in the US Territories there are 1300 cases that are vector (mosquito) borne. READ MORE

County Commissioners learn about Planning Department/Planning Board

By: Erin Smith

Board hears update on Phase IV Water ExpansionThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and learned about the Planning Department and Planning Board and the duties and responsibilities of each.

Bladen County Planning Director Greg Elkins told the board that in the early years of the planning department and planning board, time was spent developing ordinances. It is the job of the planning department staff to enforce the ordinances created. READ MORE

This Day in History – June 21

1607 – 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown.

1684 – King Charles II revokes Massachusetts Bay Colony charter.

1788 – US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it.

1821 – African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC) READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 21

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature 99 degrees 1970

Lowest Temperature 52 degrees 1979

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation 1.90 inches 1946

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 86 degrees.

7-Day Forecast


Bladen County Animal Shelter to hold June Adoption Special

By: Erin Smith

June Adoption SpecialIf you are thinking of adding a dog or cat to your home, why not check out the Bladen County Animal Shelter. The Bladen County Animal Shelter will have an adoption special for the month of June.

The adoption fee is $25 for dogs over the age of 6 months and $15 for cats 6 months old or older. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs said that the fee includes the pet’s core shots and a rabies vaccination. Folks who are planning to adopt a new pet will need to bring their photo identification with them and the required adoption fee. READ MORE

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy now Enrolling for 2016-2017 Year

Paul Brown Leadership AcademyThe Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is now enrolling students for the 2016-17 academic year. The Academy has openings in sixth thru eighth grade. The mission of The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is to serve its students through a commitment to excellence in an education that serves today, tomorrow, and the future by providing an academically rich program that encompasses all skill sets for life: reading, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, work ethic, integrity, physical wellness, and leadership. Students wear uniforms which are provided by the Academy. Parents are responsible for their student’s hats and shoes. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is a tuition free North Carolina Public Charter School. For more information, please call the Academy at 910-862-2965. Students may apply in person or at the Academy’s website

Elizabethtown Christian Academy now enrolling for 2016-17 academic year

Elizabethtown Christian AcademyElizabethtown Christian Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year, grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Day School Program is also currently enrolling children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. ECA offers students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in their lives by providing an excellent education that centers on Biblical truth, academic achievement and character development.

ECA students benefit from limited class sizes, quality, certified teachers, a non-denominational learning environment, weekly Chapel, a dress code, enhancement classes including music, technology, physical education, and art. After school care is also available. READ MORE now offers app AppIt seems these days there is an app for everything. We are excited to announce now has an app too. readers with mobile smart devices can download our app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.

There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free! READ MORE


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