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Supplies for Hurricane Relief are still being accepted at the Old Gym located on King Street behind the Elizabethtown Municipal building and also at Kinlaw Furniture in Elizabethtown.
NEWS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
FAFSA Day is Scheduled for BCC
DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop for high school and college students on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. until noon, in the Learning Enhancement Center (building 8).
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a program which automatically qualifies students for a variety of federal and state grants, and work study programs. Financial assistance through a federal or state grant does not have to be repaid. Assistance provided with a work-study program allows students to be employed on campus to help with the expenses. READ MORE
Majestic Funeral to hold Family Appreciation Day on Saturday
By: Erin Smith
There is excitement in the air at Majestic Funeral Home and Cremations in Elizabethtown as the staff is getting everything ready for Family Appreciation Day which is set to take place on Saturday from 1 until 4 p.m.
Eric Matthews, owner of Majestic Funeral Home, said there will be free food, games, inflatables for the kids, and door prizes offered throughout the day. READ MORE
SCC to host open house and Finding Dory movie night
Southeastern Community College will host an open house on November 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The open house will be immediately followed by a free outdoor movie night on the front lawn of SCC, hosted the Student Government Association.
The open house will provide the community of Columbus County the opportunity to see what’s happening at SCC. All program areas will be represented and many will provide hands-on demonstrations. In addition, Student Services staff will be on-hand to answer questions about admissions and financial aid. This is a drop-in event and interested individuals should check-in in the Koonce Lobby of the A Building. READ MORE
Correction on Sales Tax information for Bladen County Primary Election November 2016
BladenOnline.com apologizes for linking to the outdated Sales Tax presentation from 2015. In addition we apologize for any articles presenting the quarter cent sales tax increase as being approved to reduce property tax during this 2016 Primary Election.
Here is the correct Power Point presentation explaining the use of the sales tax, Sales Tax Presentation, if approved for this election cycle. According to the Board of County Commissioners, the sales tax increase on the current ballot will be earmarked for Emergency Services for the county. READ MORE
There will be a candlelight Reflections Service at the Bladen County Division on Aging on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. Citizens of Bladen County are invited to come to the Division on Aging located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Best-Selling Novelist Don Brown to Speak at BCC
With eleven novels about military operations and strategic government war tactics, Brown’s novels are so popular that he authored an educational guide to his best-seller, Treason. READ MORE
SBA Disaster Assistance for Businesses and Residents Expands to More North Carolina Counties
The disaster declaration now covers the counties of Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pender, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne and Wilson in North Carolina, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Currituck, Franklin, Halifax, Hertford, Lee, Moore, New Hanover, Northampton, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Richmond, Scotland, Wake and Warren in North Carolina; Dillon, Horry and Marlboro in South Carolina; Southampton and Suffolk City in Virginia. READ MORE
More than 11,000 receive Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Benefits
Application period remains open through Oct. 26
RALEIGH, N.C. – Slightly more than 11,000 people received Disaster Food and Nutrition Service benefits cards on Saturday, the first day the federal assistance was available to North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Governor Pat McCrory announced Friday that households in an 18-county area slammed earlier this month by Hurricane Matthew could apply to receive Disaster Food and Nutrition Service benefits, after his request for the assistance was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
The newly formed Elizabethtown ABC Board was announced. Members appointed were Charles DeVane, William Sheridan and Linda Puglia. The recent vote on the ABC proposition was approved by Elizabethtown voters by a vote of 764 for and 578 against. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for October 24
Saw one recent Donald Trump ad, paid for by Future 45. So I looked up Future 45. The Ricketts and Adelson families are the major supporters. Ricketts is Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of the Chicago Cubs, based on my research. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are in the casino business in the US and China. They (the two families) have provided $25 million to be used in a few key states, including North Carolina. READ MORE
This Day in History – October 24
1901 – First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor).
1908 – Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Outto the Ball Game.” READ MORE
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NEWS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23
Camp Clearwater Campground draws crowd for annual festivities in October 2016
Camp Clearwater Campground draws a large crowd for annual festivities in October every year. This year was no different. Folks from near and far dressed up and toured the grounds promising tricks if they didn’t get treats.
The most popular costumes noted appeared from the 2016 movie, “Suicide Squad”. READ MORE
Understanding Your FEMA Letter and How to Appeal It
RALEIGH, N.C. – If you applied for FEMA help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and you disagree with the decision stated in the letter you received, a quick fix may be all that is needed to change it.
It’s important that you read your letter carefully to understand FEMA’s decision so you will know exactly what you need to do. Many times applicants just need to submit extra documents for FEMA to process their application. READ MORE
Governor McCrory Offers Advice to Residents about Filing Hurricane Matthew Related Insurance Claims
RALEIGH – Governor Pat McCrory encourages residents that suffered damages to their homes as a result of Hurricane Matthew to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and make contact with their insurance company to assess damage.
“As North Carolinians start to evaluate the damage to their homes and work to get their lives back to normal, they should be sure to document everything and contact FEMA and their insurance company,” Governor McCrory said. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
White Oak families asking for assistance with flooded road
Belén Gómez-Jordana with Univision was live streaming less than 24 hours ago in White Oak filming a video on social media and asking for assistance for families still facing a big problem due to Hurricane Matthew. According to Pilar Hernandez, a resident effected by the issue, there are about 12 families trapped without a way to get to school or work from their homes due to roads still being flooded.
“Our homes are ok, but the road is flooded and we don’t have a way to get to work or school.” said Hernandez. READ MORE
Bladen DSS accepting Disaster Food & Nutrition Services applications through Wednesday
The Bladen County Department of Social Services will be taking Disaster Food & Nutrition Services applications through Wednesday at five locations. The program offers eligible applicants who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew to receive short-term food assistance.
Bladen DSS will take applications for the D-SNAP program from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday at the following locations: READ MORE
Bladen County early voting information
Bladen County one stop, as of Friday, October 21st, 2016 totaled: 1504 according to the Bladen County Board of Elections office.
Early voting started on Thursday, October 20th and will end on Saturday, Nov. 5. This period allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person before Election Day. READ MORE
Seeking a pet lost in Hurricane Matthew? Check with your local animal shelter
Hundreds of pets have been rescued and housed in shelters since Hurricane Matthew impacted the state Oct. 8. Officials in three eastern North Carolina counties still have temporary rescue shelters because the regular county shelters did not have enough space to accommodate the rescued animals. READ MORE
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
Bladen County community pillar, Minnie Price honored in publication
There are few folks in Bladen County who do not know Ms. Minnie Price and the outstanding citizen she is in our community. A magazine recognized the accolades of Ms. Price’s achievements and gave her the spotlight in their publication.
“Celebrating the Dream as you Tour East” magazine honored Ms. Minnie Price, Director of the Bladen County Youth Focus Project, Inc (BCYFP, Inc.). The publication listed the work Ms. Price does with the non-profit, BCYFP, Inc. READ MORE
Update: Puppy has been found – Lost puppy in Tar Heel area
Lost puppy in Tar Heel, North Carolina READ MORE
African American Dance Ensemble visits Clarkton School of Discovery
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By: Erin Smith
Students at the Clarkton School of Discovery were treated to an afternoon of dance and rhythmic music when the African American Dance Ensemble of Durham visited the school on Friday.
The group’s purpose is to educate and entertain people through the sharing traditional African and African American dance and music. The dancers also explained to the students the different instruments they played as well as teaching them certain words such as Agoo! Amee! which means, “Are you listening? Yes, I am!” READ MORE
Fundraiser for Elizabethtown Middle School rescheduled
Elizabethtown Middle School Booster Club Reverse Raffle at the Elizabethtown Middle School has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 5th, the dinner will at 6:00 p.m. raffle starts at 7 p.m. Donation are $50.00 includes two dinners. READ MORE
Landowners encouraged to seek advice when assessing woodland damage from Hurricane Matthew
RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service encourages landowners and others to exercise caution when assessing possible damage to their woodlands from Hurricane Matthew. Landowners concerned about the health of their woodlands should seek advice from their county ranger or other forestry professionals.
“In addition to devastating crops, Hurricane Matthew also damaged woodlands in central and eastern North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This damage includes the uprooting, wounding, bending and breaking of trees. Standing water can cause additional tree stress and death. Landowners are encouraged to inspect their woodlands or have them looked at by a professional.” READ MORE
Jones Lake Fall Festival scheduled for Oct. 29 cancelled
Due to the widespread damage and ongoing efforts assisting those who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, the Jones Lake Fall Festival has been cancelled, according to Jones Lake State Park Superintendent Shane Freeman. READ MORE
Library to host Kids Halloween Party
The Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will host a Kids’ Halloween Party from 5 until 6 p.m. Children are encouraged to come dressed in the spookiest best for tricks and treats! Pre-registration is required to ensure enough snacks for everyone. Children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. To register your child, call 910-862-6990.
Bladenboro businesses in critical condition due to Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew has taken a toll on business owners in Bladen County as well as home owners. The sun has been out everyday since October the 8th, when the storm hit, but for some business owners are still trying to see the light from the destruction Hurricane Matthew caused.
According to Don White, Boost the Boro President, every business owner in Bladenboro had some water damage. READ MORE
North Carolina’s September Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from August’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.0 percent.
North Carolina’s September 2016 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 7,559 over the month to 4,596,364 and increased 98,277 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 5,671 over the month to 227,377, and decreased 42,158 over the year. READ MORE
Livestock Indemnity Program available
The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) to provide benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by eligible loss conditions, including eligible adverse weather, eligible disease and eligible attacks (attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law, including wolves and avian predators). READ MORE
Bladen County residents, businesses doing well at NC State Fair
By: Erin Smith
The North Carolina State Fair is under way and Bladen County is well represented. Many Bladen residents and businesses are picking up awards for their hard work. Bladen County residents who have received honors at the State Fair through the completion of judging of competitions on Wednesday, October 19. READ MORE
Presbyterian College to name C. Douglas Warner ’87 of Charleston the 2016 Dum Vivimus Servimus Award recipient
Douglas Warner ’87 of Charleston, S.C., will be named the recipient of Presbyterian College’s 2016 Dum Vivimus Servimus award. The award is designed to recognize an alumnus or alumna who exemplifies the meaning of the college’s motto, “While we live, we serve.”
Warner graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s degree in business and political science. As a student, he was elected president of the student body and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He was also a leader in the ROTC program and the Student Union Board. He also received a master’s degree from the Citadel in 1991. READ MORE
Bladen County first day of early voting in 2016 Primary
The weather was sunny and beautiful for citizens to cast votes. Large numbers were reported for the first day of early voting from the Bladen County Board of Elections and some Political Action Committees (PAC).
The Bladen County Board of Elections reported a total of 757 ballots casted on the first day of early voting, October 20th, 2016. READ MORE
North Carolina National Guard Hurricane Matthew Rescue and Relief Operations
New date announced for Crazy Fun Color Run
Hurricane Matthew has affected almost everything in Bladen County. Many events were affected due to the storm, one of which was the Crazy Fun Color Run. The organizers of the Crazy Fun Color Run announced their appreciation for the the patience and understanding from their participant for the need to reschedule the fundraiser event.
The new date for the Crazy Fun Color Run and Walk to Benefit United Way of Bladen County will be Saturday, November 19, 2016! READ MORE
Carver’s Creek UMC Fall Festival
To purchase tickets beforehand, please call (910) 862-7575 or purchase yours at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!
Understanding the Flood Insurance Claim Process
If you have damage caused by Florida’s recent hurricanes, state and federal officials encourage you to closely monitor the insurance claims process after reporting your loss.
Florida residents with a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy must file a “Notice of Flood Loss” with their flood insurance company promptly. READ MORE
FEMA Staffer answers questions about housing assistance
Congressman Pittenger’s office has received questions from constituents asking how FEMA housing assistance works. Copied below is the explanation from Congressman Pittenger’s FEMA staffer:
Each situation is on a case by case basis. The individuals have to register with FEMA for assistance first. Then the FEMA worker will determine the actual need. The purpose is to get them out of transitional shelters into more permanent housing. READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
Neighbor helping neighbor: town helping town to recover after Hurricane Matthew
By Erin Smith
In times of trouble, people near and far reach out to one another. That is no better shown than the outpouring of support and assistance that has arrived in Bladen County and the Cape Fear region since Hurricane Matthew struck on October 8. The town of Elizabethtown was one such case where town reached out to town to help with the clean up and recovery process.
Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said that on Sunday morning, following the storm, Jay Leatherman, Public Works Director Pat DeVane and himself performed an initial damage assessment of the town. He said when town officials left town hall late Sunday afternoon, everyone believed the storm was over. Madden said no one was prepared for what came next with the historic flooding. READ MORE
Weapon and Drugs Seized at Checking Station in Bladen County
Sheriff James A. McVicker said deputies with his office set up a license checking station on Chicken Foot Road in the Tobymory community of Bladen County Wednesday afternoon and in just a few short minutes made an arrest of an individual with a pound of marijuana and a concealed weapon.
“My deputies set up a license checking station Wednesday afternoon and one of the first cars to pass through had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it,” McVicker said. READ MORE
Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Annual Haunted House opening soon
Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball’s Annual Haunted House will be open on the following dates: October 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31st. Admission is $5 and is located at the same old farm house at the corner of Highway 211 and White McEwen Rd about 3 miles west of Clarkton. READ MORE
Emergency Conservation Program Assistance
As a result of Hurricane Matthew and the damaged experienced throughout Bladen County on its farms and ranches, the Bladen County FSA Emergency Board in consultation with the Bladen County FSA County Committee has requested USDA Emergency Conservation Program Assistance. The Emergency
Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers to repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters by providing cost-share assistance on authorized ECP practices with eligible producers. READ MORE
North Carolina and FEMA Working to Transition Displaced Hurricane Matthew Survivors from Shelters to Stable Housing
Raleigh – North Carolina officials are working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to transition displaced residents from emergency shelters in flooded areas to more stable temporary housing. At the height of the emergency on Oct. 9, there were 4,071 people housed in 81 shelters. Today that number is down to 972 people in 20 shelters. READ MORE
SBE: Early Voting Begins in North Carolina
Today marks the first of 17 days of one-stop absentee voting. Commonly known as early voting, this period allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person before Election Day. Early voting ends on Saturday, Nov. 5. READ MORE
3 tips to help warn neighbors, scammers out in Bladen County
Keeping our residents from being taken advantage of by scammers is something our local law enforcement take seriously in Bladen County. Sheriff, Jim McVicker met with FEMA Security Manager, Mitchell Stevens on Thursday morning to help combat con artists preying on local citizens.
“We want everyone, especially the elderly in Bladen County, to be aware about the potential of scammers in their area.” McVicker said. READ MORE
Bladen County arrests two in double homicide, active warrants on two others
“We have arrested two individuals in this case and have active warrants on two others,” McVicker said. “We are actively searching for the two still at large.” READ MORE
Early Voting begins today
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By: Erin Smith
Early Voting begins in Bladen County today and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 5. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held a Candidate Forum on Tuesday night to give voters an opportunity to hear from the candidates. Candidates who attended the forum were County Commissioner Countywide Republican candidate Ray Britt, Libertarian candidate Randy Crow, and Democrat candidate David Gooden; Board of Education District 3 Chris Clark who is unaffiliated; and County Commissioner District 3 Republican candidate Ashley Trivette. READ MORE
West Bladen High School helping United Way after Hurricane Matthew
Lending a helping hand is in the air this fall after Hurricane Matthew struck Bladen County. West Bladen High School teachers, staff and friends worked hard on Wednesday, October 19th helping United Way READ MORE
East Bladen Football Team Helps Clean-up County Park
The rain stopped and the sun has shinned everyday since. Some Bladen County students, staff friends have assisted in the recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew tore through southeastern North Carolina.
Members of Coach Robby Priest’s East Bladen Eagle football team helped clean-up the debris READ MORE
What to do if your vehicle was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew
The first step should be to check their auto insurance policy or contact their insurance agent, as some policies cover vehicle damage.
Vehicle owners may also be eligible for federal assistance in one of the 27 eastern and central North Carolina counties.
In order to be eligible for FEMA assistance, the following conditions apply: READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19
Homeowners should review termite treatment agreements if flooding caused substantial damage
RALEIGH – Hurricane Matthew brought significant flooding to many areas of our state. As cleanup begins, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages homeowners to check whether flooding washed away household termite protection.
“If soil eroded from around the foundation of a house, or if more soil was deposited on top of treated soil, a home’s termite protection has been jeopardized,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Homeowners need to work with a licensed structural pest control company to determine if liquid termiticide barriers or bait stations have been compromised and to review treatment options.” READ MORE
Thursday marks first day of early voting
Early voting is set to begin Thursday morning in Bladen County. In addition to the county commissioners races and the Board of Education races, voters will also be asked to decide on a quarter-cent sales tax referendum that will be used to fund EMS equipment and personnel.
There will be four One Stop polling locations in Bladen County that will operate from Oct. 20 through Nov. 5, but with different time schedules. READ MORE
Board of Education to meet October 24
After the regular agenda items, the Board will go into closed session for the purpose of considering personnel matters and to discuss information that is privileged, confidential or not a public record as per the NCGS 143-318.11 (a)(6) and to consult with an attorney, if needed, as per the NCGS 143-318.11 (a)(3). READ MORE
West Bladen High to hold blood drive October 25
West Bladen will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, October 25, for students and staff. If you are 16 and older, weigh at least 110 pounds, and in good health you can donate. You must have a signed parental consent if you are 16. READ MORE
Work at Leinwand Park entering final stages
By: Erin Smith
Work on improvements that has been taking place at Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown is nearing completion. On Tuesday paving was wrapping up on the parking area located across the street from Leinwand Park on Swanzy Street. Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said the walking trails located on the Swanzy Street property have also been paved.
The improvements are part of a $215,000 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant. READ MORE
Relief Efforts Making Progress in Central and Eastern North Carolina
Raleigh – Governor Pat McCrory is urging people to be aware of dangerous conditions that persist in flooded areas even as relief efforts are making progress in central and eastern North Carolina in response to Hurricane Matthew.
“Although floodwaters are receding and relief efforts are making progress, all residents and visitors need to remain vigilant in areas that were impacted by Hurricane Matthew,” said Governor McCrory. “We will continue working together with local and federal partners to help those in need.” READ MORE
Bladen County Candidates Forum sponsored by Elizabethtown White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
This year’s Candidates Forum sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held at Bladen Community College succeeded in it’s goal, by educating the voting public about the Bladen County candidates and issues. Bladen County Board of Education candidates and Bladen County Commissioner candidates were asked three questions each. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18
Farmers surveying damages from Hurricane Matthew
Clothes Closet and Food Pantry at Baldwin Branch
Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist clothes closet will be open Saturday, October 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Their food pantry, “From His Table to Yours” will be open the same day 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Personal transportation is required, identifications are waived due to the recent storm. Household objects, personal toiletries, non-perishable food items and clothing are available in an abundance supply. Everyone is welcomed. No fee is involved in either ministry. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC. The Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor.
Raleigh – Call specialists with United Way’s NC 2-1-1 system have handled more than 6,000 disaster-related calls since Oct. 3, according to NC Emergency Management officials. The call specialists have directed callers to health and human services, government assistance and disaster resources. During the same period, NC 2-1-1 call specialists, data managers and coordinators responded to more than 5,000 additional calls that were not related to the hurricane. READ MORE
SBE: Statement on Security at Polling Places
The State Board of Elections is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all voters. Security at polling places is primarily the responsibility of county elections officials in coordination with local law enforcement. READ MORE
Joint Agency License Checking Station Results in Large Money Seizure
Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of Rayfeus Levell Miller, 28, of 219 Pea Landing Road, Ash, NC. Miller was arrested after a vehicle he was riding in approached a license checking station being conducted in Bladenboro by members of the Bladenboro Police Department and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE
SBA Opens Additional Business Recovery Center in North Carolina
ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the opening of an additional Business Recovery Center (BRC). This Center is located in Pitt County and will open on Oct. 19, to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew that began on Oct. 4, 2016. READ MORE
Bladen man charged in robbery of Whiteville Tractor Supply
Patrick Kyle Prevatte, 29, is alleged to have entered the Tractor Supply Store located at 26 Whites Crossing Lane, at about 8 p.m. and pretended he was going to purchase a drink. READ MORE
East Bladen High School to hold blood drive on October 24
East Bladen High School is hosting a Blood Drive sponsored by Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center on Monday, October 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. READ MORE
Temporary debris sites open to accept debris from Hurricane Matthew
RALEIGH – Under the direction of Governor Pat McCrory, the state environmental department is helping communities rebuild and recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Matthew.
The department is working with local governments to establish locations where storm debris can be temporarily stored and processed. Temporary debris sites are needed to speed up the cleanup process that would otherwise take much longer if all the debris had to be hauled to a landfill. READ MORE
Well Water Testing available
Bladen County Environmental Health can collect water samples for safety testing from private water wells. This is done upon request from owner/resident. This testing is needed only for water wells that encountered flooding over the top of the well head, thereby potentially compromising the safety of the well water. If flood waters did not reach above the top of the well head, testing is likely not needed, but we are able to collect samples if desired. The samples are sent to the NC State Public Health Lab for testing. READ MORE
Farm Service Agency Director tours Bladen farms; losses expected to be hundreds of millions
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By: Erin Smith
The Farm Service Agency Executive Director Bob Etheridge was touring farms in Bladen County on Tuesday and meeting and talking with farmers about the losses and set back suffered as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Farmers have 60 days to report any losses or damage affiliated with the storm.
The crop losses from Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina could well climb into the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to FSA Executive Director Bob Etheridge. For some farmers in the state, the weather has been devastating. READ MORE
Salvation Army will accept applications for Christmas gift program
The Salvation Army of Wilmington will be accepting application for their annual Christmas gift program on Thursday, October 20, at the Families First Office in Elizabethtown at 9 a.m. READ MORE
Bladen Baptist Association will disperse cleaning supplies on Saturday
The Bladen Baptist Association is getting a truck load of clothing, cleaning supplies, toiletry items and baby supplies in this week. Saturday, we will open the warehouse behind the association for people to come and receive items they need. Contact Connie Holland at the Bladen Baptist Association for further information (910)862-3496
Traffic stop nets drug arrest
On Saturday, Oct. 15, around 11:54 p.m. the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Sergeant / Investigator Willie Thompson along with Sergeant Roger Davis and Patrolman Daniel Ivey were working traffic in the area of East Broad Street near Dewitt Street.
Contact was made with Tiffany Shaquonia Brown who was operating a 2010 Honda Accord. Also present in the vehicle was passenger Henry Lamont Webb. Upon further investigation officers discovered suspected cocaine, a concealed handgun, and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. READ MORE
Commissioners thank first responders for hurricane response
By Erin Smith
County Commissioners Chairman Russell Priest stood and said, “A lot happened after the hurricane….the response was so organized it was unreal.”
Priest said he would attempt to call names but feared leaving someone out. READ MORE
Coping with Grief during the Holidays, LCFH offers no cost workshop for those coping with the death of a loved one
WILMINGTON (Oct. 17, 2016) – Hope for the Holidays is a no cost grief workshop offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. If you are coping with the death of a loved one, join us Tues., Nov. 8, from 3-4:30 pm at our Bladen County Office, 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. To register, call 515-6689. Because of our generous donors, these caring, no cost counseling services and programs are available to all. Your donation is always appreciated.
The holidays can be especially difficult for those grieving the loss of a loved one. READ MORE
County Commissioners recognize employees for years of service
By Erin Smith
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and recognized several employees for their years of service to the county. Some employees were not able to attend the meeting.
Chamonia Buie for 5 years of service to the county. READ MORE
Commissioners hear update from DSS on hurricane
By Erin Smith
Bladen County Department of Social Services Director Vickie Smith addressed the Bladen Country Board of Commissioners. Smith updated the board regarding the disaster food and nutrition benefits (DSNAP) and FEMA.
Smith said that as of Monday the NC Department of Health and Human Services has not approved DSNAP.
Smith said that in order to better assist households since the disaster DSS has been offering extended hours to assist families that work. She stressed that it was Just for the food and nutrition unit only. READ MORE
Bladen County Early Voting starts Thursday, October 20th, 2016
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NEWS FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 17
Bladen County School Schedules
“Good evening Bladen County Schools’ families, this is Dr. Taylor, school superintendent. After careful evaluation of road conditions we have determined that students can return to school on Thursday. READ MORE
Road Closure update
Per Kenneth Clark:
*NC 41 closed in Pender due to a washout
* NC 41 closed in Robeson due to a bridge approach failure READ MORE
Nethercutt Receives Promotion
Star Telephone Membership Corporation proudly announces the promotion of Jeffrey Allen Nethercutt to the position of Assistant General Manager. Coming to Star in 1995, Mr. Nethercutt’s previous titles include Revenue Manager, Director of Revenue, and Vice President of Corporate Affairs. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Rotary Club welcomes Men and Women United for Youth and Families
Deadline for Matthew-Related Replacement Food and Nutrition Benefits Extended to Oct. 28
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the period for Food and Nutrition Services recipients to request replacement benefits to Oct. 28 if they experienced food losses that can be attributed to the hurricane. READ MORE
Bladenboro Rotary hears about Beast Fest and Boost the Boro
“We didn’t get the power back at the school until Thursday,” said Col. Lloyd. READ MORE
“We want to thank everyone who came out and supported this event,” said Rev. Larry Hayes, one of the organizers. READ MORE
Local Military Exercise Planned for October
The exercise, known as Realistic Urban Training, is intended to prepare the Marines to operate in an urban environment before their scheduled deployment later this year. READ MORE
Bladen residents report Kirby Vacuum encounter
Bladen County residents are reporting encounters with someone claiming to represent Kirby Vacuum on Monday. The residents described the vehicle as a blue-green Toyota car with Florida license plates occupied by three women and one male.
A resident said the group claimed they were selling Kirby Vacuums and giving away a free box of Tide laundry detergent to anyone who signed up. READ MORE
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