> Saunders: The joy of giving to others, on Thanksgiving Day and beyond

> Former Garner football coach Hal Stewart learns the power of thanks

> Harnett Health System hopes its partnership with Cape Fear Valley is the cure for its ailing finances

> Authorities seek man who wandered away from group home

> Our View: Creative efforts needed for small towns to rebound

Where did Black Friday Come From?
 
 Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened very early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth nations. Black Friday is not a holiday, but California and some other states observe "The Day After Thanksgiving" as a holiday for state government employees, sometimes in lieu of another federal holiday such as Columbus Day. 

Sunny and cool weekend forecast
 
Synopsis:  Cold High Pressure will build across the region from the west Friday...moving overhead on Saturday...then offshore Sunday.  A cold start to the weekend Friday with temperatures rising above normal by Sunday..
 
High pressure dominates the southeast.  Weather is quiet for travel.  Temperatures will moderate from the 40's Friday into the mid and upper 60's by Sunday.
 
Rainfall:  No rain is expected this weekend.

Bradford Pear Tree
November in Bladen County

Elizabethtown Town Council Agenda
 
Elizabethtown Town Commissioners meet Monday for their regular monthly meeting..
 
The board will receive the annual audit report from Bryon Scott, CPA.
 
Commissioners are expected to approve a Resolution of Appreciation for Charles Cain.
 
Another item to be discussed is a request that declares a Fire Department vehicle as surplus and authorize Chief West to negotiate the private party sale.

Thoughts While Shaving
 
Well, well....The feast is over...now the leftovers....Hope your Thanksgiving day was one to remember..for all the good reasons...It is Friday....
 
No High School Football tonight....Oh well, we will adjust...
 
The next few days will be action packed.......
 
The Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Elizabethtown is set for Sunday afternoon...

Sunday is Cannon Day at Harmony Hall Plantation Village

Cannons will roar over the quiet White Oak countryside Sunday at Harmony Hall Plantation Village. Revolutionary War and Civil War era replica cannons are fired on the fifth Sunday of a month throughout the year.

There also will be iron pot cooking and tours of the estate. The recently re-opened General Store offers souvenirs.

Visitors and volunteers are encouraged to wear Revolutionary War period costumes.

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 

Today - Sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph.

  
Tonight - Clear, with a low around 27. Light northwest wind.

  
Saturday - Sunny, with a high near 57. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

  
Saturday Night - Clear, with a low around 41. Southwest wind around 6 mph. 

November 28 2014: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Friday, November 28

1. An estimated 140 million folks nationwide will shop in stores or online this first holiday shopping weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. The group estimates 95.5 million shoppers will be in stores or online today -- Black Friday. Enjoy the chase.

2. "Some people say we're crazy," Vickey Torres told the Banning-Beaumont Patch as she and Juanita Salas camped out beginning Nov. 5 in front of Best Buy

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on November 28

  

Highest Temperature

81 degrees

1985

 

Lowest Temperature

24 degrees

2013

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

2.70 inches

1921

 

Greatest One-Day

Snowfall

2.5 inches

1912

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 54 degrees.

This Day in History - November 28
 
1775---2nd Continental Congress formally establishes US Navy.
 
1821---Panama declares independence from Spain.
 
1853---Olympia forms as capital of Washington Territory.
 
1861---Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to Confederacy.

NC DOT update

 11/27/14
Ken Clark NCDOT Engineer

   
The Elwell Ferry is closed due to high (and rising) water.  At the rate of rise, it will probably be a few days before we see water levels back down to operating range.

ECA Holds a Feast

  
 On Thursday, November 20th, Elizabethtown Christian Academy held its Third Annual Thanksgiving Feast. Students from each class selected the role of an Indian or Pilgrim and made a gift to exchange. After a time of welcoming and exchanging gifts, students, parents, and friends enjoyed the feast of turkey and all the trimmings. Each year the number of participates increases and this year over 300 enjoyed the food and activities. We are very thankful for every family at ECA.

Bladen to host N.C. Wildlife and Fisheries Meeting
 
The schedule for the January 2015 Public Hearings for proposed changed in Wildlife and Fisheries Management Rules has been released and the first of nine meetings will be held at Bladen County College on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  The meetings are open to the public.
 
Meetings will be held statewide and all begin at 7 p.m.
 
Other meetings in the eastern part of the state are in New Bern on January 21, in Edenton on January 20 and in Smithfield on January 22.

Draft Game Land Management Plans Available for Public Review

  

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 24, 2014) — After conducting a series of public meetings to gather input on developing management plans for game lands across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted draft plans for seven game lands on its website for additional public comment. 
The Commission is accepting comments through Jan. 16 for the following game lands:

   
 Green River, comprising 14,331 acres in Henderson and Polk counties
 Holly Shelter, comprising 64,743 acres in Pender County
 Lower Roanoke River Wetland, comprising 10,077 of state-owned acres in Martin and Bertie counties

Be a savvy shopper this holiday season
Release date: 11/26/2014
AG Cooper encourages shoppers to avoid common problems

Raleigh: With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, Attorney General Roy Cooper offered the following tips to help consumers avoid common shopping problems that come up around this time of year.

“Giving gifts to others is a huge part of holiday traditions for many families,” Cooper said.  “By taking time to make smart decisions you can avoid the unnecessary stress of holiday shopping mishaps.”

Hospice offers free health directives clinics
 
Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host a free Begin the Conversation clinic from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown
 
Clinics will be from 10-11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. These sessions, which are free to everyone in all stages of life, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions.
“At any time in your life, you may be unable to communicate your healthcare choices as a result of an injury or serious illness. Having a plan will make it easier for you, your doctor, and your loved ones to ensure your wishes are honored,” said Jason Clamme, LCFH director of community outreach.
Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
 
The North Carolina Division of School Financing urges consolidation of schools in Bladen County. Their suggestion was to combine Clarkton, East Arcadia and Elizabethtown into one school and combine Bladenboro and Tar Heel into one school.
 
Canady Jewelers was burglarized and lost $50,000 in merchandise.
 
Harold Marlowe was named President of Pioneer Savings and Loan.

NCDOT update on road closures in Bladen County
 
CLOSINGS:
 
SR 1709 (Coley Road)
SR 1709 (Coley Road) will remain closed until repairs can be made to the bridge over Hammond Creek.
 
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road)
Due to the timing and volume of rainfall, we have been unable to complete the crossline replacement on SR 1712 located 0.31 Miles west of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road). 

Special Called Meeting in Bladenboro
 
A Special Meeting of the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has been called for Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7  p.m. at Town Hall.
 
Purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel, consideration of Chief Hunt's recommendation and to deal with a budget amendment for McLean Park.
 
As usual, the meeting is open to the public.

State urges safety due to cold waters of waterfowl season
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
Between rising waterfowl populations, the Polar Vortex driving ducks south sooner, and popular TV shows, waterfowl hunting is more popular than ever this year.

  
The Wildlife Resources Commission wants duck hunters to enjoy the good shooting currently under way, but to keep the season safe, too. This year’s Home From The Hunt campaign is again emphasizing waterfowl hunters who use boats to exercise boating safety and hunting safety.

Elizabethtown Christmas Parde, Small Business Saturday  highlight first holiday weekend

The Christmas season begins this weekend in Elizabethtown.

Saturday, downtown stores will have holiday sales in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

Sunday, the Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, will take place. It's scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Riding for Mike

   
    The family and friends of the late Mike Merritt excelled again this year in their drive to raise funds for the Mike W. Merritt Endowed Scholarship, a scholarship managed by the Bladen Community College Foundation and presented to students attending the college.  The group raises funds for the scholarship with an annual motorcycle (and car) ride.  This year the group raised $7,500, which they presented to BCC President William Findt and Foundation Director Linda Burney at a special presentation on Sunday at the White Lake Fire Department.  In photo are, from back row left, Dale  Brennan, chief of the White Lake Fire Department; Willie Merritt, Joan Brennan, Mark Merritt, Wayne Ramsey, and Pam Ramsey; front row from left, Evelyn Brennan; Dr. Findt; Megan Atkinson; Erin Merritt; Mary Collins; Priscilla Davis; and Bruney.  In front of the group is Maverick Merritt.  Mike Merritt was a very active member of the White Lake Fire Department until his untimely death several years ago.  He was the son of Willie and Evelyn Merritt and brother of Mark Merritt.

Bear E-stamp new this year
• “Bear stamp” causing some confusion among bruin hunters.

 
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
North Carolina’s new bear stamp will never be sought after like its waterfowling cousin – because the stamp only exists in cyberspace.

 
The bear E-stamp is an endorsement on hunting licenses, and required for hunting bears in North Carolina this year for the first time. The $10 E-stamp isn’t a traditional stamp like those sold for waterfowl hunters, but the data it will help provide is just as vital.

NCDA&CS offers tips on caring for fresh Christmas trees

  
RALEIGH – Over the next few weeks, North Carolina families will visit choose-and-cut farms, tree lots, farmers markets and shopping centers in search of the perfect fresh Christmas tree for their holiday decorations. It’s important to know how to care for the tree once you get it home.

  
 “For many families, choosing the perfect Christmas tree is the start of their holidays, and giving your tree proper care will ensure it stays fresh throughout the season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Keeping your tree hydrated will help prevent accidents that could ruin the holidays.”

The forgotten holiday
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
 

I always feel bad for Thanksgiving.
Ironically, I was having a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner when I realized how the holiday deserves our sympathy. It seems like only 20 years ago we honored what the day was about, namely reflecting on how God has blessed our often undeserving and all-too-often ungrateful country. Today it’s shunted aside as a day off to watch football and go shopping, two contact sports in which I have little interest.

East Bladen First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
 
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The Superintendent’s List
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Ayanna Avery, Nicholas Lee Dove, Tyler Ezzell, Andrew Gill, Faith Johnson, Tyler Lloyd, Dylan Melvin, Blair Potter
 
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Summer Ackiss, Ashley Aguilar, Tiara Allen, Josue Arteaga,

Baldwin Branch Delivers Thanksgiving
 
Members of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church delivered fifty-six (56) food baskets Monday to families throughout Bladen County just in time for Thanksgiving.  The baskets contained all the trimmings for a wholesome meal, desserts and a turkey.

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Hits

Pages

Visits

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1,504

570

2009

97,024

2,574

1,038

2010

106,563

5,054

1,721

2011

150,902

7,911

2,008

2012

145,924

6,645

2,672

2013

195,117

8,724

3,145

2014

239,598

11,268

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Bridger Memorial librarian Faye Sykes retiring after 37 years

Faye Sykes has spent the past 37 years listening to the trains rumble through downtown Bladenboro, and once helped chase a chaos-causing squirrel out of Bridger Memorial Library. Along the way, she's made hundreds of friends and helped people find what they need.

When Bladenboro's branch of the Bladen County Public Library system closes Wednesday, "Miss Faye," as she's affectionately known, will retire from her job as a librarian that she's held since the summer of 1977.
NCDOT to suspend most road construction work over Thanksgiving

Packing up the family and heading to grandma's house out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday? Or, perhaps, gathering with friends for a road trip for Thanksgiving? If so, you'll be glad to hear the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most road construction work over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Construction will be suspended from 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 until 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1 on most construction projects along interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes with the following exceptions:

State Fire Marshal Urges Caution in the Kitchen this Thanksgiving
Three times as many cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on an average day.

  
RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin is reminding North Carolinians to be especially aware of kitchen and cooking safety on Thanksgiving, when it is easy to be distracted by activity and people in the home.

  
According to the National Fire Protection Association, home cooking fires peak on major U.S. holidays that traditionally include cooking, with Thanksgiving being the leading day for reported cooking fires.

Governor McCrory Urges Citizens to Prepare for Winter Weather
November 24, 2014 • Public Safety

  
Raleigh, N.C. - Governor Pat McCrory has declared November 30 through December 6 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. He urged all residents to update their emergency plans and stock their emergency supplies kits.
 
“The four back-to-back winter storms we experienced earlier this year are good reminders that North Carolina winters can pack a punch,” said Governor McCrory.

New Office Open In Elizabethtown

  
Congratulations are in order for Tatum Realty and Property Management Services! The owners recently opened an office in downtown Elizabethtown.  The husband and wife team of Joe and Ginger Tatum started their real estate business shortly after being married in 1993.  Their roots are here, as Ginger grew up in the area and met Joe in high school at Clarkton High School.  With now 20+ years of experience, they continue to thrive in their FL location while now also focusing on southeastern North Carolina.

Gray arrested on first-degree murder charge

One of two men charged in the shooting death of Jerome Melvin was arrested Monday morning in Clarkton, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

Ernest Raysean Gray, 23, of Clarkton, was taken into custody on a first-degree murder charge after being captured without incident on Edgewood Street in Clarkton, said the Sheriff's Office. Gray is being held in Bladen County jail. His bail was set at $3.5 million.
White Lake Marine Top 100 Dealer
  
ORLANDO, FL (November 18th, 2014) Boating Industry announced the 10th annual list of Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Wednesday in Orlando.
White Lake Marine was selected as a Top 100 dealer for the 2nd year in a
row. "We are honored to be in this select group of dealers", said Dianne
deAndrade of White Lake Marine.
  
Being selected from of over 6,000 marine dealers in North America the award
highlights dealers who constantly are working to improve the customer
experience.

NCDA&CS urges shoppers to keep watch to make sure you are getting the right price at the register

  
RALEIGH – As retail stores gear up for the busy holiday season, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges shoppers to pay attention at the register to make sure sale items are ringing up at the right price.

  
“We have 21 inspectors throughout the state that inspect price scanners at grocery stores, discount stores and large-format retail stores as a part of their job,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

Bladen Financial Summary Report  

  

Bladen County Commissioners receive a monthly financial report from every department.  

  

The latest report was for the first 4 months (one third) of this fiscal year.  

 

  

33.94% of all revenues have been collected. 

  

Checking more closely:  

  

50.93%, or $9,961,746 of Ad Valorem Property Taxes had been collected as of October 31.

ELIZABETHTOWN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

   

Dr. “M” Announces First 9 Weeks

Headmaster’s and Honor Roll List

 

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For Better Living
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Reducing the Risk of Food Borne Illness
 
Food poisoning affects millions of Americans each year. Common symptoms are similar to the flu and may include headache, nausea, fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear within a few hours to a few days after eating.
 
There are four groups of people that are considered to be at higher risk of food borne illness:
young children, senior adults, pregnant women, and immune suppressed individuals

Hickory Grove VFD sponsors fundraiser for one of their own
 
The Hickory Grove VFD meet often to fight fires, for training and more.  Saturday they, along with volunteers from the community, sponsored a fundraiser for one of their own.
 
A bike ride, delicious food and crafts, inside and out, were all a part of the effort to raise money to support their fellow fireman Joey Merritt.
Pathologist questions handling of Lacy's body

 
A pathologist hired by the North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday questioned how the body of Bladenboro teenager Lennon Lacy was handled after he was founding hanging from a swing set near his home on the morning of Aug. 29.

Dr. Christina Roberts, who works for C.J. Consulting of America in Hernando, Fla., wrote in her report to the N.C. NAACP "there is conflicting information about what occurred at the scene between the representative from the Medical Examiner office and the police,"  

4K4 Food raises money for Bladen Crisis Assistance

 

There's nothing like a jog or a brisk walk on a sunny, yet chilly, morning. Just ask 11-year-old Harrison Devane.

"I just like to get out here and just run," said Harrison, who was among about 75 people Saturday morning who made their way around Elizabethtown Industrial Park as part of the 5th annual 4K4 Food fundraiser for Bladen Crisis Assistance. More than $3,500 is expected to be raised for the organization that helps people in need in Bladen County, said event organizer Tina Mundy.  

White Lake Multi-Use Path

The newly appointed Town of White Lake Parks and Recreation Board held a second public informational meeting regarding the proposed Multi-Use Path.  This project has been years in the planning stage and is now closer as a formal application has been made to the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for $258,000.  Eddie Madden and Joey Taylor, consultants on the project, made a presentation to a full house Tuesday evening at White Lake Town Hall.  This portion of the multi-use path would begin at Waterford Estates and go to the White Lake Marina.  
Bladenboro Police Dept. seeks donations for Christmas for Kids

The Bladenboro Police Department's annual Christmas for Kids outreach is planned for Dec. 9, and Chief Chris Hunt is seeking donations to help needy children at Bladenboro Primary School have gifts for Christmas.
   
Photo from 2013 shopping trip
  
"We're asking everyone who plans to donate to do so before Dec. 9," Hunt said. 

Bladenboro woman wins $20,000 in N.C. lottery

  
Pamela Hancock of Bladenboro won $20,000 recently playing the North Carolina Education Lottery's $4 million Multiplier Spectacular game, it was announced Friday. She was among 15 people who won between $10,000 and $25,000 in games over the past week, according to the NCEL.

The biggest win of the week went to Beverly Hall of Leland, who said she plans to use the $150,000 she won playing the Golden 7's game to pay off her mortgage.

Home From The Hunt campaign: Be Safe

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Home From The Hunt campaign reminds everyone who is hunting during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

"Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting," said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. "In the excitement of a holiday hunt, don't overlook the safety aspects. Make it a part of your planning. Stress the importance of everyone being careful."
Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Begins Nov. 17
Producers have Until March 31, 2015, to Choose the Program Best for their Operation

 
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Elizabethtown High School Class of '59 holds reunion
 
“The 1959 graduating class of Elizabethtown High School held their 55th reunion on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the San Jose restaurant.  Those in attendance were:

  
Front row L to R: Irene (Robinson) Alford, Betty (Benton) Dove, Jeannie (Gooden) Upton, Elizabeth (Bedsole) Bowen, Carolyn (McDuffie) Smith, Norma Lou (Hester) Smothers, Jean (Daniel) Adams, Daisy (Peterson) Carr, Joanne (McSwain) Knox

  
Back row L to R: Ronny Hutchinson, Howard Johnson, Harold Dean Sasser, Marshall Sanderson, PW Jessup, Richard Smith, Elmer Gibson, Robert Bordeaux”

Mike Walden's You Decide:  What's happening to the middle class?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension

  

During the campaigns leading up to the recent elections, we heard a lot about the middle class. Many – if not most – candidates tailored their messages and promises to helping those in the middle class improve their lives.
 
Why was this? One answer comes from political science and is termed the “median voter strategy.” 

North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released

   

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, decreasing 0.4 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate of 6.7 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.8 percent.

   
North Carolina’s October 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 17,508 over the month to 4,352,730, and increased 28,447 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 16,685 over the month to 293,635, and declined 54,551 over the year.  

Bladen County Farm Bureau Gives Thanks for the Farmers, Ranchers and Producers in our Surrounding Areas
 
Beginning with the American pilgrims, Thanksgiving has always focused on celebrating the harvest and abundance of food we are able to share with our family and neighbors.

 
The week leading into Thanksgiving is designated as National Farm-City Week and recognized due to the impact that agriculture has on our daily lives.  Agriculture is tied to 1 in 12 jobs in the nation as well as being Bladen County’s #1 industry. 

ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT LU MIL VINEYARD
 
DUBLIN, NC --Our team has assembled the most enchanting display of Christmas lights ever. With over one half million lights this year, it is more spectacular than ever. There are many enormous figurines and this year the huge display of the twelve days of Christmas stretches nearly the length of two football fields. There are more photo ops than ever, like the gigantic Christmas bear seen here. The beautiful oversized American flag is a tribute to our veterans and we hope everyone will keep CHRIST in your Christmas. 
Community Mart in Elizabethtown robbed for second time

Two men armed with handguns robbed the Community Mart convenience store in Elizabethtown on Tuesday night, taking an undisclosed amount of money and several packs of cigarettes, according to Elizabethtown police Lt. Lonnie Cheshire.

It's the second time in five weeks the store at 909 East Broad Street has been robbed.

NC DHHS Announces Application Process for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
   
Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepting applications beginning Dec. 1, 2014.

  
LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Citizens interested in applying should review the application process and the eligibility requirements for the LIEAP benefit, which may be found at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/energy/req.htm.

Special Events in Bladen and nearby areas
 
Dec. 1....Cape Fear Valley Health will kick off the holiday season with its annual Light of Life Tree Lighting ceremony on Monday, December 1.  The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with opening remarks in front of Cape Fear Valley Cancer Treatment & CyberKnife Center.  The lighting will follow at 5:20 p.m.  Sponsor lights placed on the ceremonial Grand Magnolia tree are hung to honor or memorialize loved ones or caregivers at Cape Fear Valley Health.  Lights are $25 per yer or $250 for a lifetime.  Light of Life is a Grateful Patients and Families program, which allows the public to express appreciation for care received at Cape Fear Valley.  Money raised is re-invested to help the health system buy new healing technology.
 
Dec. 7...Southeastern Hospice's annual Festival of Trees will celebrate "Here Comes Christmas" during this year's event which begins Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 1 p.m.  The festival is being held at Osterneck Auditorium at 102 N. Chestnut Street, directly across from Robeson County Library on Dec. 7th from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 8-9, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30  p.m.  A special Memorial Tree, which features the names of Southeastern Hospice patients who have passed away since December 2013, will also be featured at the event. 

Accepting Applications for Scholarships
 
Bladen County Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for their scholarships. The Cecil McClure Memorial Scholarship provides $500.00 per year and the R. Flake Shaw Scholarship provides $3,750.00 per year for four years of study at a college or university.  Two new scholarships are awarded each spring valued at $1,000.00 per year for two years of study at a community college.   
 
Applicants may apply through Bladen County Farm Bureau, by contacting Tammy Guyton at (910)645-2042. Eligibility requirements for both scholarships will be based on (1) financial need; (2) satisfactory scholastic record;

BladenOnline & CAB Markting open downtown office

   

BladenOnline & CAB Marketing have a new office in downtown Elizabethtown.  The address is 113 West Broad Street.  The office will be open for appointments only for a few weeks, then open with regular business hours during the summer months..   For an appointment, call Charlotte Smith at 910-876-5393 or Robert G. Hester at 910-876-2322.

Churches in Bladen County - Click HERE To VIew Church Listings
 
How many churches are there in Bladen County? How many adherents (supporters or followers)? and what denominations are represented in the county?
 
According to a website, The Association of Religious Data Archives that was completed in 2010 there are 120 congregations listed in Bladen County.  That number is skewed somewhat because reports are incomplete from congregations and adherents from the larger African-American denominations.

Upcoming events

       

Nov. 30...The Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, December 30 in downtown Elizabethtown!  Call the Chamber for parade applications at 910-862-4368 or email.Dawn at tourism28337@embarqmail.com!  

 

Dec. 3  The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors will meet Wednesday, December 3 at 8 a.m. in the McDuffie Library, Powell-Melvin Agriculture Center, Elizabethtown.  For additional info call 862-3179, Opt. 3.

      

Dec. 5...Good News Baptist Church, located at the intersection of NC 211 by-pass and Center Road, Bladenboro will present a Live Nativity, December 5th at 7:30 p.m.  Come and be Blessed...Everyone is welcome.   

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