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NEWS FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 21
Bladen County DOT Update
Kenneth L. Clark
The pipe replacement on SR 1765 (Shepard Road) went quicker than expected and is complete. As a result, Tuesday (today) we will be moving to SR 1511 (Sweet Home Church Road) to begin replacement of a pipe right at the church or approximately 0.1 miles east of SR 1510 (Bladen Lakes School Road). The road at this location is closed today (Tuesday) and will remain closed through tomorrow.
Bladenboro Middle School
Honor Roll 3rd Quarter 2015
Superintendent’s List: Hannah Davis, Trent Pittman, Karlee Roberts
“A” Honor Roll: Tamia Barber, Kaytee Bedsole, Cailey Collier, Hannah Hester, Hannah Kriner, Abby McLaughlin
“A/B” Honor Roll: Abrien Batten, Ricky Brisson, Dalton Davis, Jessica Diaz-Deleon, Chase Gordon, Lane Jackson, Taylor Lewis, Cameron Lofton, Lauren Pait, Morgan Skipper, Devon Strange, Matthew Strange
Nysheem Troy, Kylee Ward, Lainy West, Carianna Williams, Craig Williams, Jadde Cruzalta Vergara
“A” Honor Roll: Joshua Benson, Leta Cain, Sophia Lee, Woody Ocean, Kaylex Wilcox, and Kenneth Williams READ MORE
Bladen We Care Golf Update
Registration for the Bladen We Care Annual Golf tournament continues, however, the afternoon limit for teams has been met. There are a limited number of slots still available for Thursday morning.
For more information, call 874-4001.
The tournament will be played at Vineyard Golf at White Lake on Thursday.
Thoughts While Shaving
A reminder…the annual Bladen We Care golf tournament will be played Thursday of this week at Vineyard Golf of White Lake…Call 874-4011 for more info…
Saturday, April 25, Bladen County will be offering about 50 autos that have been declared surplus property, along with numerous other items…Begins at 11 a.m. at the County Operational Services Center, 272 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown.
Bladen County Scouts Annual “Investment in Character” fundraiser will be held Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church Activity Center.
Bladen County Shriners are sponsoring a fish fry Wednesday from 11-7 in the Food Lion parking lot…Plates are $7. READ MORE
This Day in History – April 21
1649—Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship.
1789—John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington)
1794—NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British.
1862—Congress establishes US Mint in Denver, Co.
1865—Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington.
1878—First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn.
1904—Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)
1940—1st $64 Question, “Take It or Leave It,” on CBS radio. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on April 21
Highest Temperature 91 degrees 1970
Lowest Temperature 30 degrees 1987
Greatest One-Day Precipitation 1.29 inches 1918
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 79 degrees.
By: Gordon Kinlaw
Chrome Boxes and the Trend of Chrome OS
(Forgive me Apple for going off course for this one article. I will be back rowing the boat after I shout this out.)
The new direction of Chrome OS is news worthy and I see some good uses for this inexpensive, compact hardware solution.
Chromebooks, Chromebox & Chromebase
Chrome OS is a Linux-based OS that Google has adopted and modified to run mostly web-based applications and some installed apps. It’s pretty much bullet-poof and locked up so that apps can’t get into the OS with viruses and malware. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 20
Full Agenda at the Bladen County Commissioners Meeting
By: Charlotte Smith
Recognizing the employees, Litter Sweep, financial reviews, 2015 tax revaluations, health rankings, a LIGHT Project, legislation affecting public health, preliminary Phase IV discussion for the Water District, County Board’s appointments, the County’s Calendar and more were all addressed at this month’s County Commissioners meeting.
First on the agenda was a matter of interest. Commissioner Bullock brought up the concerns about racial disparity in the jail. Commissioner Bullock submitted information to the board about a federal program with information about young men of color. Chairman Peterson asked that the information also be given to Sherriff McVicker.
Mary McKiver, Brittany Preston, Amanda Sykes, Faye Collins, Djuana Register, were presented with certificates of appreciation for their dedicated service to our county. Ann Marie Hinson, Donna Parnell, and Esther Babson were not present, but also given certificates. County Manager Greg Martin introduced the new Bladen County Public Library Director, Kelsey Edwards. The board adjourned for a brief reception to honor our Bladen County employees. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Education Meeting Held In A Sea of CSD Blue
by Joy Warren
Tension was high Monday evening at the standing-room-only (majority CSD parents, students and teachers) Board of Education meeting. After recognition of the Spotlight Award winners, Chair Munns-Goins recognized those who had signed up for the Citizen Participation portion of the agenda. She also announced that Chris Clark’s time with the Board had been moved to Closed Session. Mr. Clark was not pleased with that decision and voiced his opposition as he requested time in open session. The Board would not allow him to be heard in open session.
The second speaker during the Citizen Participation was Brenda Brisson who spoke on behalf of Clarkton School of Discovery. Mrs. Brisson, a former CSD teacher stated she and the CSD community are “overwhelmingly concerned about the rumors of relocating Project Challenge Program and/or moving Booker T. Washington students to CSD”. According to Brisson, the rumors have had a negative effect on the open application period for students out of district to apply to CSD. She requested that the application period be extended. She also stated that the BOE “should not cut programs at the top that are bearing much fruit – locally, state-wide, and nationally.” This is the 21st year of existence of the CSD Project Challenge Program. She charged the Board members to “engage the parents, students, teachers and community of CSD for suggestions and input on how CSD can continue to be a viable option for the education of students”. Mrs. Munns-Goins thanked her for sharing her comments. The Board made no comments regarding CSD. READ MORE
Express your creative and leisure interest
This summer you can learn how to paint, crochet, shag, make a floral arrangement, wreath, or quilt, play the guitar, or the piano. Bladen Community College has classes for all these interesting hobbies. READ MORE
Bladen commissioners to meet with legislators Thursday
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting Thursday to meet with Bladen County representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Bladen County Health Department at 300 Mercer Mill Road.
Sen. Bill Rabon, Rep. William Brisson and Rep. Ken Waddell are expected to attend to discuss various issues identified by the commissioners and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.
Litter Sweep in Bladen County
Spring is in the air. The Spring 2015 Litter Sweep in Bladen County started April 18 and will go through May 2. Community members, businesses, churches and civic organizations are encouraged to get involved in this great initiative.
Visit www.ncdot.gov/~littersweep to download forms if your business or organization is interested in participating in this year’s annual sweep. Take photos and send them to us so we can help promote this worth while community effort.
College Futures Conference
Bladen Community College will host a College Futures Conference on Tuesday, April 21st, from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM in the college auditorium. Your expertise is needed in reviewing the college’s mission and providing a basis for future planning. Everyone is invited to attend.
Bladenboro Primary has Terrific Kids
Pictured at left, with Bladenboro Primary School assistant principal Stephanie Norris is Campbell McLaurin, first grader who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro.
Pictured at right, are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School. READ MORE
Bladenboro Primary School honor roll
The following third and fourth grade students made the Bladenboro Primary School honor roll for the third nine weeks.
Superintendent’s List: Malachi Barnett and Emmee Ward.
A Honor Roll: Mallory Bryan and Jenna McLean.
A/B Honor Roll: Riley Abbott, Steven Batton, Danielle Britt, Jayden Campbell, Benjamin Davis, Mary Davis, Will Durden, Brennan Greene, Dalton Hester, Shamaria Jackson, Armonie McCray, Elise Mckiver, Kaci Nance, Iyan Phillips, Nicholas Phillips, Kimberly Pinyan, Kaelan Pittman, Landon Shaw, Brooke Singletary and Summer Winebarger.
Superintendent’s List: Julia Deavers, Catherine Dowless and Jinely Mandujano.
A Honor Roll: Rylee Chadwick, Isaiah Fareed-Cole, Alyssa Hales, Wadeyn Norris, Kaden Thurman, Aaron Wren and Emily Young. READ MORE
Bladen Lakes Primary School honor roll
The following third and fourth grade students made the Bladen Lakes Primary School honor roll for the third nine weeks.
Superintendent’s List (all grades 96 or higher): Caleb Strickland
A Honor Roll (all A’s): Modesti Autry, Eva Ayala-Martinez, Ranay Bell, Sha’Zyra Cromartie, Bryan Cruz-Hernandez, Karla Dimaas-Lopez, Georgianna Enloe, Wilma LeAnne Gross, Michelle Hernandez Ortiz, Rocky Johnson, Bonnie McLamb, Alexis Melton, Camron Page, Colmon Page and Morgan Tatum. READ MORE
Harmony Hall Plantation Village reunion scheduled Saturday
As many as 80 vintage cars are expected to be on display Saturday as Harmony Hall Plantation Village holds its annual reunion day at the historic site located on River Road between Tar Heel and White Oak.
The Southeastern (U.S.) Antique Car Club members are expected to arrive about 2 p.m. with restored cars that were built before 1927. Among the cars is expected to be a 1923 Ford Model T (pictured) owned by Ray Allen of Elizabethtown.
Saturday’s events will begin at 10 a.m. with cannon shots. Music will be performed throughout the day by the Scott Free Band from Lumberton.
Cynthia Hite will deliver the keynote speech at noon. Hite, who is from Florida, is leading nn effort to save the Cool Water House in Duplin County. Professor Higgins will speak at 2 p.m. about the importance of the Harmony Hall Revolutionary War period.
Dublin Scouts will be selling food to raise money for scholarships. Vendors are welcome to set up and make a donation to the plantation. READ MORE
Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family
Public health is in every corner of our homes. It’s in the safe food in the fridge, the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors affixed to the ceiling, and the child-proof latches that keep dangerous chemicals out of little hands. Home is also where we learn healthy behaviors, such as eating right and exercising. Good prevention starts at home.
Did You Know?
• The majority of fire-related deaths happen at home. In 2010 in the United States, someone died in a fire every 169 minutes and someone was injured every 30 minutes. About two-thirds of home fire deaths happened in homes without working smoke alarms.
• Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among people ages 65 and older. Each year, one out of every three adults ages 65 and older experiences a fall. In 2010, falls resulted in $30 billion in direct medical costs. READ MORE
Resident Artists visiting Clarkton School of Discovery
In a continued effort to offer the students at Clarkton School of Discovery an A+ education through opportunities in the Arts, we are pleased to welcome EbzB Productions to our campus.
Friday,April 17th, CSD students presented The Wisdom Givers. This production was completely created, researched, written, publicized, produced, and performed by the sixth graders at Clarkton School of Discovery. A grassroots grant, made possible by the North Carolina Arts Council, allowed us to bring in professional teaching artists, Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen from E.B.Z.B. Productions to facilitate. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Singletary elected Chairman of local Democratic Party
Zane Singletary is the new chairman of the Bladen County Democratic party. He was elected Saturday.
Singletary, a Campbell University student, is the president of the freshman class this school year and was recently elected president of next years sophomore class.
The West Bladen High School graduate succeeds William Hemphill as Bladen democratic party chair.
Singletary may also be the youngest chairman of either political party in Bladen County, certainly in recent years.
Elizabethtown Rotary’s 8K was a wet success
By: Charlotte Smith
Despite the rain Saturday morning Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s 8K Trail Run and Walk fundraiser still had a great turn out. Mayor Sylvia Campbell and Rotarians Paul Norris and Eddie Madden welcomed the crowd of supporters. “Even with the rain today I think we have exceeded our fundraising goal. Thank you for participating and thank you to our sponsors.” Madden announced.
The Paul R. Academy presented the colors Then the race started with a loud bang from their cannon.
Overall Women Winners
1st place – Grace Bethea
2nd place – Jackie Nance
3rd place – Grasyn Martin (not pictured) READ MORE
Large crowd attends Bladen We Care Gala
About 400 people attended the first of two annual fundraisers for Bladen We Care Friday night at The Venue at White Lake. The ‘Wear White’ Smithfield-Farmland & Murphy Brown LLC Party featured music by the Black Water Rhythm & Blues Band, delicious hors-d’oeuvres, an auction and half and half fundraiser.
According to the organizers, the event was a huge success..Mac Campbell, Jr., Chairman of Bladen We Care, said we were very happy with the outcome….please about the turnout, the support by individuals and the corporate supporters, especially the signature sponsors, Smithfield-Farmland and Murphy Brown, LLC. It is the second year the two companies have been the overall sponsors. READ MORE
County Commissioners Meet Monday
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meet Monday for a regular meeting.
Included on the agenda is the recognition of employees for years of service, an introduction of the new Library Director, Kelsey Edwards, followed by a reception for Edwards and the honored employees.
Representatives of Keep Bladen Beautiful are expected to address the board.
Lisa Coleman, Bladen County Finance Director will update the commissioners on the financials after nine months of operation in the current fiscal year. She will also ask the board to approve additional Internal Control Measures.
Chris Ellis, Bladen County Tax Administrator will update commissioners on the ongoing 2015 Tax Revaluation. READ MORE
Publishing Clearing House phone scam reported in Bladen, sheriff says
Have you received a telephone call from someone saying that you have won a lot of money from Publishers Clearing House? It’s a scam, says Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker.
“We have received several calls from concerned citizens about this type of fraud,” McVicker said. “Citizens are receiving calls on their home phones and cells phones. The caller tells them they are with Publishers Clearing House and they have just won several million dollars. All the person has to do to receive their winnings is to send a prepaid debit card with $230 credit on the card to a particular address and their winnings will then be processed and they will receive further instructions on how to receive their new fortune.” READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 17
Sandra R. Cain
For Better Living
Selecting Frozen Meals
Have you thought about where tonight’s dinner will come from? Will it be the grocery store frozen food section, the deli section or maybe even the fast food drive thru? With today’s busy schedules and very little time for cooking meals “from scratch,” these are choices many Americans are making each evening.
If you choose a packaged meal from the grocery store’s frozen food section, the options are plentiful. Once called “TV Dinners”, they have evolved into a wide range of modern meals that are quick, easy, and often quite attractive. The variety of options can make a family meal that appeals to each person’s tastes – from beef, chicken and pork to pasta, vegetarian meals, “hot pockets,” and oriental “bowls.” Heating these in the microwave helps keep the kitchen clean, too. READ MORE
Bladenboro man arrested for assaulting grandfather
Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of 32 year old John Robert Spurling of 175 Robert Davis Road, Bladenboro.
According to McVicker, on Saturday night April 11, 2015, Spurling was living with his grandfather, 75 year old William Floyd Seals at the same address. Spurling physically assaulted his grandfather by jumping on him from behind and beating him to the floor. Spurling forced Seals onto his stomach and used a plastic zip tie to bind the elderly man’s hands behind his back. He then stole his grandfather’s debit card, cash and the keys to his vehicle and left Seals lying on the floor and locked the doors to the residence.
Mr. Seals was discovered several hours later by another grandson, Joshua Todd Seals, who had to forcibly enter the home and use a knife to free his grandfather. The younger Seals then drove his grandfather to the hospital where he was treated and released. READ MORE
Ribbon Cutting in Bladenboro at Pawn South
By: Charlotte Smith
The community helped Pawn South celebrate their new location with a ribbon cutting today. Mayor Rufus Duckworth, members of Boost the Boro, and other community members gathered around Pawn South owners, Kenny Barnes and Monte Powell, to cut the ribbon.
“This building is part of our family heritage and it is great to see it restored.” Jon Hasborck said. Mayor Duckworth reminded everyone that the building located at 100 Railroad Street in Bladenboro, that Pawn South now occupies was once in jeopardy of becoming dilapidated. He said, “Boost the Boro helped save the building and then you all (Pawn South Owners) stepped in, purchased the building and restored the building. With the money we made from the sale of the building we were able to build the Farmer’s Market here in town. So, you all have really helped Bladenboro a lot and we thank you.” READ MORE
Many Winners and Heroes at Bladen County Special Olympics
By: Charlotte Smith
Smiles, laughter and fun times were all found at this year’s Bladen County Special Olympics. Bladen County law enforcement started the Torch Run around 9 am at the courthouse and ended at the school’s football field. Opening Ceremonies started a parade of all the athletes, with the flag flying from the Elizabethtown Fire Department, the colors presented, Miss Bladenboro Lindsey Herring singing the national anthem with some of the athletes, along with students from East Bladen High School, and West Bladen High School students helped by singing the song. Tacoma “Taco” Amberger was remembered and the games were dedicated in his honor. READ MORE
N.C. strawberry growers expect strong season
RALEIGH – Despite a late cold snap, local strawberry growers are expecting a strong season that will last until the first part of June.
“The winter was challenging, but local growers prevailed by using a combination of row covers and irrigation to preserve the crop with minimal loss,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.
Growers in the southeastern part of the state have already started picking. Consumers in the Piedmont can expect to find berries by early May. And those in Western North Carolina should see berries from the first of May through the first half of June. Berries should be in good supply across the state by Mother’s Day, May 10.
Several special events are planned to celebrate the season, including the N.C. Strawberry Festival in Chadbourn April 29-May 2. The annual celebration features a parade, scholarship pageant, live music and strawberry quality contests. READ MORE
Rouzer Celebrates First 100 Days in Congress
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) released the following statement today marking his first 100 days in Congress.
“Our office has been working hard to address the needs of the citizens and communities throughout the 7th Congressional District as well as to help make America, once again, be prosperous at home and strong abroad. In the first 100 days we have helped 345 constituents through casework, answered 14,926 letters, scheduled 27 tours, and made more than 69,500 constituent contacts. Constituent service has been and will continue to be a top priority. READ MORE
GCF School Supply Kit Initiative
On April 14th and April 17th Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF), a Durham based nonprofit organization, gave away school supply kits to 520 students attending Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Clarkton, Plain View Primary School in Tar Heel and East Arcadia Elementary School in Riegelwood. Antonia Beatty, Title 1 Director, appeared at East Arcadia as representative of Title 1, which selected these 3 schools.
BladenOnline.com visited the East Arcadia Elementary School campus, where Principal, Demetrice Johnson Jones, welcomed the community outreach. EAES provides grades K-8 and is normally a school where uniforms are required. However, in honor of the GCF presentation, all students were given the option of wearing their street clothes for a Casual Friday, by paying $1.00 for the privilege. (There was not a single uniform in the crowd.) The funds generated by the dress-down day will be used to pay the bail of Principal Jones later this month, when she participates in the local Jail-A-Thon fundraiser.
Every student at the schools received a gift package containing pencils, pencil sharpener, crayons, erasers, spiral notebooks, hand sanitizer, and scissors – essential tools that will support learning through the remainder of the school year. Packages were handed out by volunteers, Demetrius Green, and Sterling Thomas. (Special mention*** Sterling Thomas earned Beta hours for his participation as volunteer.) READ MORE
Man arrested on drug charges after texting wrong number
Be careful when texting. That’s the lesson an Elizabethtown man learned last weekend when his text was mistakenly sent to an undercover narcotics officer.
Brendon Ward, 23, of the 400 block of South Lower Street, turned himself in to Bladen County authorities Thursday after eluding capture Sunday night, Sheriff Jim McVicker said.
After unknowingly exchanging texts with the officer, Ward agreed to meet in an Elizabethtown parking lot Sunday to sell drugs, authorities say. As the officer approached the vehicle to buy the drugs, Ward realized his mistake and drove away, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Other officers gave chase, but Ward abandoned his vehicle near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and ran. READ MORE
Brown’s Creek Bike Park & Nature Trail Has New Sign
The entrance to the Browns Creek Bike Park and Nature Trail now has a brand new sign. The park has also been under more construction to make the trails wider and easier to navigate. We owe a huge thank you to the Cape Fear SORBA, the Town of Elizabethtown, and many other volunteers.
Bladenboro board awards water line bid for McLean Park concession stand
The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a bid from Hickman Utilities to install water lines for the concession stand at McLean Park. The bid was for $8,822. Construction of the concession stand should start soon, Town Administrator Melanie Hester told the board later in the week. However, she said, some work at the new recreation facility has been slowed because of wet grounds caused by recent rains.
In other business,
** Approved hiring two seasonal workers for the maintenance department to help with the summer work load. Each position will be for 24 hours per week and pay $7.25 per hour.
** After meeting in closed session, the board approved the hiring of a general utility worker. READ MORE
Cape Fear SORBA helps Bladen County with over 2000 hours
Rotarian Eddie Madden had Mr. Greg Brinson with the Cape Fear SORBA group speak to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club this past Wednesday about what exactly is SORBA, what have they been doing in Bladen and surrounding counties, and this weekend’s 8K Trail Run and Walk at Brown’s Creek Bike Trail in Elizabethtown.
Brinson’s day job is with Brinson and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning, his hobby with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) Cape Fear chapter has kept him very busy in Bladen County over the past year or so. The association has logged over 2000 volunteer hours at the Brown’s Creek Nature and Bike Trail on Broad Street in Elizabethtown, to date. What was once an over grown unused piece of town property is now a beautiful place for people to spend time.
Cape Fear SORBA is under the umbrella of the International Biking Association (IBA) READ MORE
Stephanie Gonzalez New Community Service Director at Bladen Community College
Bladen Community College is pleased to welcome Stephanie Gonzalez as the part-time community service director for the Continuing Education Department. Ms. Gonzalez, a graduate of Bladen Community College, was previously employed with the college as the recruiter for a grant project called NC Back-to-Work. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL, 16
Rouzer Applauds Passage of the Death Tax Repeal Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act.
“The death tax is government theft at its worst, and I am proud the House has voted to repeal it. The Senate should do the same, and quickly.”
All you want to know about snakes in the area
Ever wonder what snakes species are at home in eastern North Carolina? Which ones are venomous? Join a park ranger at the Visitor Center in exploring the various snakes in this area and the other unique species found throughout our great state.
Call Jones Lake Park at 910-588-4550 for more information. This program is free to the public, starts at 2:00 p.m.Saturday, April 18, 2015. Meet at the Visitor Center.
Jones Lake is located at 4117 Hwy 242 N, Elizabethtown, NC
Got to Be NC Festival offers food, entertainment, education
May 15-17 at State Fairgrounds.
RALEIGH – The Got to Be NC Festival returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds with a full lineup of food, entertainment and family fun May 15-17.
“The Got to Be NC Festival continues to get better and better each year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Last year more than 70,000 people attended, and I hope to see even more join us this May as we celebrate the best of North Carolina agriculture.” READ MORE
Bladen Smart Start Week of the Young Child
Bladen Smart Start is celebrating the Week of the Young Child 2015! They have started off with a workshop for the grandparents. Remember the young child in you?
Governor signs Lineman Appreciation Day act
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Lineman Appreciation Day act Thursday morning in Raleigh, designating Saturday to recognize linemen from the state’s 26 electric cooperatives, including Four County Electric Membership Cooperative, which serves Bladen County.
“I respect the work and sacrifice of linemen and their families,” McCrory said at Thursday’s signing ceremony. “It takes talent and skill to do the job they do in sometimes dangerous conditions, and they deserve this recognition.”
In future years, the act designates the second Monday in April as Lineman Appreciation Day. The bill’s sponsors were Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-Gaston), Rep. John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg), Rep. Gary Pendleton (R-Wake), Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Wilson) and Sen. Warren Daniel (R-Burke). READ MORE
Special Olympics will take place tomorrow, Friday, April 17th
The Special Olympics will take place tomorrow, Friday, April 17th the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. Volunteers have been working hard to get ready for the Special Olympics. Yesterday was a very busy day. Volunteers came from Dublin First Baptist Church/Lake Church came and built a ramp needed. Christina Smith worked all day on game event assignments. Edie McKnight, Rev. Tom and Mrs. Kay Martin sorted and deliver shirts.
A Torch Run at 9 am will start at the courthouse and end at the school’s football field. Opening Ceremonies will begin around 9:40 am to officially start the games. READ MORE
Vanessa G. Photography’s 2nd Annual Fashion Show at LuMil
Elizabethtown, NC – The 2nd annual VGP Fashion show and fund raiser event will be hosted at LuMil Vineyard on April 30, 2015 at 7pm. (Vanessa G. Photography is locally owned and operated)
Vanessa G. Photography’s Class of 2016 Senor Models will be featured on the runway wearing a broad selection of current fashions from local boutiques. Among the trendy selections will be Spring and Summer lines from The Ladies Shop of Elizabethtown, Lee Lee’s Boutique of Whiteville, Rebecca’s of Clinton, and Leinwands of Elizabethtown, NC.
The VGP Fashion Show is a high energy event with a sophisticated presentation, entertainment, and door prizes. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and include a 15-20% discount on your next purchase at any of the featured boutiques. READ MORE
Jail-A-Thon meeting planned for Tuesday
The Jail-A-Thon committee will be meeting at the Bladen County Board of Education Tuesday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. This is a very important meeting and interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
This years Annual Jail-A-Thon fund-raiser will be held Wednesday, April 29th. Much work has already been done, but there is more to do. .
In addition to making final plans for the 2015 Jail-A-Thon, the committee will be discussing the disbursement of the money made from last years fundraiser. Each school will receive an amount based on participation.
The meeting is open to all.
Bladen County DOT Update
Kenneth Clark NCDOT
An update of road openings and closings in Bladen County:
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) is open. This completes all pipe replacements on Lisbon Road. Any additional work will be under flagging operations.
We will replace a pipe on SR 1765 (Shepard Road) beginning Monday, April 20. Because this is a dead end road, the work will be performed under traffic; however, be prepared for narrow passage and rough road conditions at the work location. The location is 0.43 miles west of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road).
Elwell Ferry is closed due to high water.
A Look Back at April 16, 2011
On April 16, 2011 several supercell thunderstorms spawned damaging and lethal tornadoes that swept across 20 counties in North Carolina.
Bladen was one of those counties. The Bladen tornadoes left 4 dead and millions of dollars of damage.
The cell that passed through Bladen devastated an area northeast of Bladenboro and left one dead…bounced across the county and continue a path of destruction causing extensive damage in the Elizabethtown area including homes and Elizabethtown Baptist Church. The storms continued on a northeastern path and touched down near the Bladen-Cumberland County line northwest of Ammon, off NC 242 at Fayetteville Road, again causing more damage and left 3 dead. READ MORE
Time for the Death Tax to R.I.P.
We are fortunate to have so many successful small businesses and family farms in Southeastern North Carolina. Many of these businesses have become an extended part of our community as they have been passed down from generation to generation. But, the longevity of these family owned and operated businesses is threatened by a sluggish economy, onerous rules and regulations, and especially the estate tax, also known as the death tax.
These family businesses are the job creators in our communities. They employ our friends and family and often provide great opportunities for young people. We need to be implementing policies that encourage stability and growth. The death tax does the exact opposite. READ MORE
SeHealth receives $500,000 Golden LEAF grant for medical education renovation
Lumberton, NC—Southeastern Health (SeHealth) has been awarded a $500,000 grant by The Golden LEAF Foundation to assist with the renovation of a portion of Southeastern Regional Medical Center for the organization’s Medical Education program.
“The Golden LEAF Foundation created a special health care initiative to help reduce deficits in the number of professional and highly skilled health care workers in rural, underserved areas of North Carolina,” said Golden LEAF President Dan Gerlach. “Research has shown that residents trained in rural areas are more likely to practice in rural areas. The grant to Southeastern Health will help train approximately 92 physicians in residency and 125 nursing, allied health and mid-level practitioners per year.” READ MORE
Elizabethtown Middle School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll
A Honor Roll:
Lauren Gooden, Hailey Guyton, Mary Lennon, Kory Smith, Latham Waters
A/B Honor Roll:
Raymond Autry, Kaylee Bagwell, Kassie Bagwell, Kayla Bell, Leeann Brigman, Sara Corriveau, Alejandro Esparza Delgado, Denitsa Dimova, Donnie Ezzell, Sydney Gardner, Destiny Gregg, Weslyn Hall, Heather Hardin, Marilyn Harris, Aubree Jacobs, Grace Mendez Juarez, Janiah King, Amber Knighten, Tyler Lewis, Hunter Lockamy, Merritt Martin, Justin McAllister, Marvin McKiver, Alexus Mitchell, Ahmad Powell, Hayden Sasser, Trinity Smith, Natalie Spears, Chase Starkloff, Lauryn Williams, SamayaWard, Jackson Wright, Arami Chavis, Keyondre Hargrove-Clark
Marlene Arteaga, Kaniya Brown, Kiarree Corbett, DaenataEdler, Rafael Hernandez-Cruz, Kelis Johnson, Ray Jones, Antonio Mathis, Jr., Myesha McKoy, Laura Rodrigues Mojarro, Andrew Smith, Natalie Spears, JavontaMatthews, Zaniya McKiver, Raynasia Hatcher READ MORE
The wrong side of things that crawl
By: Jefferson Weaver
Jim Stafford’s controversial (for its time) song was stuck in my head the other day, while a spider was stuck to my lip.
That song, “Spiders and Snakes,” details a boy’s first big crush; like many youngsters in the Age of Overalls, he attempted to impress the love of his life with a frog. She made it clear that amphibians, reptiles and arachnids were not on her pinafored agenda.
I wasn’t trying to impress anyone, much less the love of my life, when that spider chomped down on me. Indeed, Miss Rhonda lacks much of my tolerance for spiders. She is an independent, strong-willed woman when it comes to killing her own spiders, and does so with a certain frightening enthusiasm. READ MORE
Wildlife Commission Stresses Safe Boating
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 15, 2015) — With seven boating fatalities already reported this year in North Carolina, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission urges boaters to follow a few simple steps to ensure safety.
Last year, the Wildlife Commission recorded 27 fatalities in 23 fatal boating accidents, of 130 boating accidents investigated.
“We want to help everyone have a safe, enjoyable boating experience,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “If there is a single recommendation to start with, it is: ‘Wear a life vest.’ It is an effective life-saving strategy.” READ MORE
County to hold public auction for surplus vehicles
Bladen County Commissioners have declared several used autos and other items as surplus property and will offer it for sale at a public auction Saturday, April 25 beginning at 11 a.m. The sale will be conducted at the County Operational Services Building, 272 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. All vehicles will be sold “as is.”
The surplus property includes about 50 vehicles.
Other items include, but no limited to a couple of lowboy trailers, 3 trash trucks, a wrecker, a couple of mowing decks, a bush hog and numerous other items.
The highest bid, if it complies with the terms of the sale, maybe be accepted by the County Manager and the sale consummated on the day of the auction.
All are welcome and anyone can bid.
Jimmy Smith will be the auctioneer (NCAL 6178)
Celebrate April with Walk
Area residents are invited to celebrate April by participating in the 2015 Public Health Month Walk.
The walks begin on Monday, April 20 and continue through Thursday, April 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown.
For more information, call the Bladen County Health Department at 910-862-6900, extension 5 or just show up at the park and walk.
A reminder, everyday you walk you can register for a daily $25 gift card drawing.
Bladen County Boy Scouts Investment in Character Fundraiser
The Bladen County Boy Scouts will hold the annual “Investment in Character” fundraiser on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 a.m. in the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church activity center. The speaker for the event is Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson, commander of Fort Bragg. Reservations are required for this event. Please contact William Findt at 910.879.5502 or Ronald Gooden at 910.876.2041, or any member of the Bladen Boy Scouts organization for reservations.
Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson assumed command of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg on June 6, 2013. READ MORE
Commissioners Schedule Board of E&R Hearings
Bladen County Commissioners will begin Board of Equalization & Review hearings on Monday, April 27 at 10 a.m.
Bladen County Tax Administrator continues to remind county residents who plan to appeal their values set during the ongoing revaluation process to contact his office as soon as possible..
Monday, commissioners were scheduled to receive an update on the process. However, Tim Cain, the project manager was unable to attend. Updates will continue throughout coming weeks and months.
Kelly Volunteer Fire Department Spring Fest and 5K Event
Come join us at this year’s Annual Kelly Spring Fest on Saturday, April 25th at the Kelly Ball Park located on Highway 53 in Kelly NC. This year’s event will be hosted by Kelly Volunteer Fire Department. Our day will begin with the Kelly Volunteer Fire Department Spring Fest Run. This event will include a 5K, 1 Mile Walk/Run, and a Kids Mad Dash. The race will begin and finish at the Kelly Ballpark. This is the perfect race for the entire family. Go to its-go-time.com to register online. Register by April 11th to guarantee your t-shirt and race discount. There will also be on-site registration beginning at 7:30am the morning of the race. Race awards will follow immediately after the race.
After the run stick around for the Annual Kelly Spring Fest Parade beginning at 11am followed by lots of music, games, food, bounce houses, fun with Elsa, face painting, tractor pull for the kids, corn hole, cake walks, silent auction, craft vendors and more. READ MORE