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Lu Mil Christmas Light Show opens to great attendance

By: Erin Smith

Folks lined up Saturday at Lu Mil Vineyard near Dublin to get a look at the 8th annual Christmas Light Show. The well attended first night has become an annual holiday tradition for folks far and wide including those who reside in Bladen County.

The trees and shrubbery were decked in lights that twinkled and danced to the beat of festive Christmas music.

The light show featured an array Santas including Santa on a tractor, Santa in a helicopter, snowmen families, deer, all manner of Christmas trees and toy soldiers, to name just a few decorations one will see. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Christmas Parade set for Sunday

By: Erin Smith

COC-Christmas-Parade-2015 Santa is coming to Elizabethtown Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. He will be the grand marshal for the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade and will be arriving by horse drawn carriage, said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard.

“Right now we are expecting 50 units,” said Maynard. READ MORE   

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Community Joins together for Thanksgiving Feasts in Bladen County 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM BLADENONLINE.COMThis past Thanksgiving Day gave community members the opportunity to join together to offer a place to gather and give thanks.  Many area churches, team members, the Ruritan Club of White Oak, and many volunteers, all did their part to offer free Thanksgiving meals.  READ MORE

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Bladenboro Police Chief announces Christmas for Kids kick off
Bladenboro Christmas for the Children kicks offThe holidays are fast approaching. Chief Hunt, Police Chief of Bladenboro announced this week it is time for the Police Department’s “Christmas for Kids program.”

According to Hunt the Police Department will be taking 15 less fortunate children shopping for the holidays and they need donations for this worthy and fulfilling cause.

Hunt said, “The children are selected by the staff members of the Bladenboro Primary School.  READ MORE 


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Thoughts While Shaving …. November 28

Thoughts While Shaving   Remember when tobacco was king in Bladen County? Many, many families depended on tobacco for their livelihood. Some worked public jobs but supplemented their income with 3, 4, 5 acres of the ‘golden weed,’ as it was referred to. Today, a few farmers do the majority of farming in the county.

It was easy to tell when area tobacco markets opened. Tent revivals were popular, merchants offered bargains and politicians attended the opening of the markets, including the Governor and NC Secretary of Agriculture.

Carnivals came calling until a carnival worker killed a local lady. Best I can recall, that was the last of the traveling carnivals in Bladen County. READ MORE  

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This Day in History …….. November 28

This Day In History  1520 – Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing Pacific Ocean.

1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people.

1861 – Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to Confederacy.

1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials begin in Federal District Court in South Carolina. READ MORE


Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on November 28

Extremes For Bladen County Highest Temperature 81 degrees 1985

Lowest Temperature 24 degrees 2013

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation 2.70 inches 1921

Greatest One-Day
Snowfall 2.50 inches 1912

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Graham presents research

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Mēki Jacobs Graham, DNP, NP-C, Lower Cape Fear Hospice nurse practitioner for Bladen and Columbus counties, recently presented research findings at UNCW’s Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Day. Her research focused on behavioral intentions of rural community healthcare providers when making patient referrals for hospice care.

Stores, shoppers preparing for Small Business Saturday

By Erin Smith

SS_Clean_15degR_Blue Shoppers are gearing up and getting their Christmas lists ready to continue their shopping on Small Business Saturday and to enjoy the Christmas Parade on Sunday.

“Small Business Saturday is now recognized nationally. It is day set aside to promote shopping at small businesses in your community,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard.  READ MORE

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Open Enrollment for Obamacare 2016 started November logoWhile many folks are now shopping for the holidays the healthcare marketplace, also known as Obamacare has opened for enrollment for 2016.

According to officials the federal healthcare marketplace saw almost 550,000 people sign up for health insurance plans in the first week of open enrollment for 2016 with one-third of the shoppers being new to The other two-thirds of the folks renewed and updated coverage for this year. READ MORE


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Danaher employees give to local food bank

Danaher gives to Bladen County Food BankThanksgiving is a holiday celebrated to give thanks for all we are grateful for in life. Danaher employees took it a step further and wanted to help feed folks in need this season.

The employees of Danaher joined together and collected food that are staples at any Thanksgiving feast and then contributed them to Open Door Ministries food pantry. READ MORE 

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Commissioners Schedule Special Meeting

Bladen County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting Monday, November 30, 2015 regarding the appointment of a Consolidated Human Services Agency Director.

Cris Harrelson resigned the position several weeks ago to accept a similar position in Brunswick County.

The meeting will be held in the Commissioner’s Room on the lower level of the courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC.

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Health Insurers to Rebate $8.5 Million in North Carolina

RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin today announced that almost $8.5 million in rebates is to be issued to approximately 162,000 health insurance policyholders in North Carolina as a result of the federal 80/20 rule.

The 80/20 Medical Loss Ratio Rule requires insurers in the individual and small group markets to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care and activities that improve the quality of health care, and no more than 20 percent on administrative costs. In the large group market, insurers must spend at least 85 percent of premiums on health care and quality improvements.  READ MORE


If You’re Not Wearing Your Seatbelt This Thanksgiving, Expect to Pay a Fine

RALEIGH – It is no secret that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays with people visiting their families to enjoy food and fellowship. Increased traffic leads to a greater potential for more danger on the roads. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is reminding people, don’t be a turkey, stay safe and buckle up – every seat – every time. It’s the law.

“Whether you’re driving to the grocery store a mile away or your grandparents’ house across the country,” Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program added, “please buckle up in every seat this Thanksgiving, and every time you’re on the road.”  READ MORE


Home From The Hunt™: Make Safety a Priority this Holiday Season

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 20, 2015) – For many North Carolinians, hunting is as much a holiday tradition as carving the turkey and wrapping presents. With this in mind, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign reminds anyone planning a hunting trip during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting,” said Darrin Ball, the state’s southern mountain district hunter education coordinator. “With all the excitement surrounding the holidays, it’s important to make safety a big part of your planning.”

Ball advised:

  • Go back to basics — review hunter education training and equipment instructions.
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Bladen County to offer Child Support Amnesty Day on Dec. 8

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County will have a Child Support Amnesty Day on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. The event is a collaborative effort between the Bladen County Department of Social Services Child Support Division, Johnson Law Firm, and the Bladen County Courts.

“It was Judge Scott Ussery’s idea,” said Child Support Supervisor Martha Howe.

She said that Ussery talked about the idea when they were in court recently.  READ MORE

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Stores gearing up to offer Black Friday deals

By: Erin Smith

Black-Friday Folks are getting their Christmas shopping lists written and checking them twice as stores are gearing up for a busy Black Friday.

In Bladen County, Bladen Builders Supply, Fishers Mens Shop and Ladies Shop, Big Blue Store and Leinwand’s Department Store all have specials planned for their shoppers beginning Friday morning and continuing through the weekend. READ MORE 

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Keeping Blood Sugar Normal During the Holidays

By: Sandra Cain

Sandra CainThe change in normal routines and the availability of holiday goodies can make this a difficult time of year for diabetics to keep their blood sugar levels under control.  With proper meal planning and attention to exercise, diabetic family members can enjoy traditional holiday meals with the rest of the family.

Diabetes is a fast growing, chronic disease that strikes anybody, including children.  Diabetes is classified as either Type 1 or Type 2. Type 1 diabetics can’t produce insulin, while Type 2 refers to those who can produce some insulin, but their body can’t use it properly. Type 2 is the most common form of the disease.

Foods are turned into glucose that the body uses for energy.  READ MORE


Chamber announces winners of Chamber of Commerce Holiday Decorating Contest

By: Erin Smith

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The winners of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Display Contest were announced on Wednesday morning. The first place winner was Fisher’s Ladies Shop with a theme of “Fisher’s Frock Farm.”

The winner received a first place ribbon, a gift basket, articles in the local media, and two free lunches and will be recognized at the next Chamber luncheon meeting. READ MORE

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Bladen Road Update: Kenneth Clark, NCDOT

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, road maintenance / construction activities will cease other than the US 701 / NC 87 project.  As a result, there are no road closures or additional lane closures planned until Monday of next week.  The Elwell Ferry does remain closed due to extremely high water.  A list of upcoming closings for next week are as follows: READ MORE 

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Low Income logo for North CarolinaThe Low Income Energy Assistance Program or LIEAP begins December 1, 2015.   Applications will be accepted for households that have a member age 60 and above or disabled person(s) receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services.

Beginning January 4, 2016, provided funds are still available all other household may apply for assistance. READ MORE

Tobacco referendum passes by wide margin

North Carolina tobacco growers voted overwhelmingly Nov. 19 to continue a self-assessment that raises funds to support tobacco-related research and extension efforts of N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the N.C. Tobacco Foundation announced.

Under the Tobacco Research Check-Off, started 24 years ago, producers decide whether to assess 10 cents per 100 pounds of flue-cured and burley tobacco sold. READ MORE 

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By: Erin Smith

This week’s trending articles once more include the latest news regarding the search for those responsible for the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris, France; college athletes using social media to connect with fans; refugee policy discussions, and articles that marvel at the comeback of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2015 Champion Kyle Busch, to name a few things. READ MORE 


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DUBLIN – The Golden LEAF Foundation has selected scholarship winners for the Fall 2015 semester at Bladen Community College. Pictured here from left to right are EMT-Paramedic student Angela Stone, Nurse Aide II student Charlotte Britt READ MORE

Kiwanian Michael Aycock making a world of a difference

Michael Aycock presented with the Walter Zeller FellowshipThere was a special honor bestowed at the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet Tuesday evening. Kiwanian Michael Aycock was recognized for his achievement of the Walter Zeller Fellowship. 

The award was given for Aycock’s generous contribution in helping The Elimination Project rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus.  READ MORE 

Celebrating Agriculture at Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet

The Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown was packed full, Tuesday evening for the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet. 

The banquet is held every year to help celebrate National Farm-City Week and the partnerships between rural and urban communities. This year the nationally recognized week is November 23rd through November 27th. 

Sandra Cain, County Extension Director of Bladen County Cooperative Extension, explained the reason for the celebration best when she said, “As wise stewards and innovative entrepreneurs, our dedicated farmers improve our well being by working to ensure a healthy and abundant food and fiber supply.  READ MORE 

Woody White will not run for Congress

Woody White for CongressWilmington attorney Woody White announced Tuesday that he will not seek the congressional seat currently held by Rep. David Rouzer (R).  He had announced earlier that he was considering a re-run for the US House of Representatives.

He lost in a three way race in the 2014 Republican primary.  Rouzer received 53 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for White.  Chris Andrade received 7 percent.  READ MORE


CHEC Biggs Park Mall location to close temporarily

Southeastern Medial Center  Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center located within Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton, will close temporarily beginning Thursday, Dec. 3, at 11:30 a.m.

The center will re-open in its new location near the main, front entrance to Biggs Park Mall in late-December/early-January. READ MORE 

 Book about White Lake is now available for Christmas

The much anticipated book, “White Lake: A Historical Tour of the Nation’s Safest Beach” is now available, just in time for Christmas. The book by Cathy Kinlaw features a look at White Lake through the years including photographs, stories, and anecdotes from over 40 contributors. The book also includes articles from State magazine and extensive research.  READ MORE

Cape Fear Valley named to US News and World Reports’ 2016 Best Hospitals list

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Cape Fear Valley Health has been named at the top of the list for North Carolina in the 2016 edition Best Hospitals by US News and World Report magazine.

The hospital system was recognized by US News and World Report Best Hospitals list as being on honor roll for stroke, a gold rating for meeting Get with the Guidelines for stroke, a gold rating for meeting mission Lifeline for heart attack, a silver rating in the Target: heart failure honor roll, and a gold rating for heart failure. READ MORE


By Brenda Brown

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As if the holidays weren’t exciting enough, it’s November and that means election month. Current and future election hopefuls are prepping speeches and rallying every resource available for the big win.  READ MORE

 Reward offered for information leading to arrest of shooting suspect

By: Erin Smith
Montise A MitchellThe family of a shooting victim is offering a $6,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Montise Arman Mitchell. Deputies have a warrant charging Mitchell, 24, of 27 Charlie McMillan Circle, St. Pauls, with first-degree murder.  Mitchell is being sought in connection with the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council of Tar Heel. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and Center Road on Sunday, Nov. 8, at about 8:30 p.m. READ MORE


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DUBLIN – The North Carolina Board of Nursing has approved the implementation of a pathway for Licensed Practical Nurses to meet admission requirements and transition into the Registered Nurse program at Bladen Community College.

LPNs will now have the opportunity to take N214 in the summer of 2016 and merge with the senior Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students in the last year of an ADN program. READ MORE  

 Elizabethtown Council mulling free Wi-Fi service, Voice your opinion


By: Erin Smith

ELIZABETHTOWN – The town of Elizabethtown is considering adding Wi-Fi service to the Cape Fear Farmers Market.  The item will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the town council’s next meeting.

Town Manager Eddie Madden said the service, if approved by the town council at their December meeting, will be free to the public.  READ MORE  

Bladen County Christmas Parades, Still time to join the line up

East-Bladen-Homecoming-Parade2If you have not reserved your space in the local Christmas Parades, there is still time. There are two Bladen County parades to line up in and promote your business or organization.

The first one to reserve your space in is the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. The parade will be this coming Sunday, November 29th starting at 3 pm.  READ MORE


Small Business Center says, “Shop Small for All”

Small Business CenterRALEIGH – With the Holiday Shopping Season just around the corner, the North Carolina Community College Small Business Center Network (SBCN) encourages you to #ShopSmallForAll and support your local Small Businesses.

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday® has quickly become a nationally recognized day to support your local independent merchants with the power of your dollar.

“In Bladen County, small businesses and entrepreneurs, people who work out of their homes, are the lifeblood of the community,” said Todd Lyden, Bladen Community College Small Business Center Director. READ MORE  

Superior Court Judge Sasser Visits Bladen Community College

The Honorable Douglas B Sasser, Jr., Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, visited Bladen Community College on Thursday, November 19. He spoke to a political science class about the roles of the District Court Judge and the Superior Court Judge, and his experiences on the bench. READ MORE  

Local officials hear from NC Energy Forum about offshore drilling

NC Energy Forum luncheon meeting ELIZABETHTOWN – David Benford, with the North Carolina Energy Forum, met local government representatives in an informal luncheon meeting on Monday at Giorgios Restaurant to discuss off-shore drilling.

Benford told those gathered that the federal government and state officials are mulling the possibility of performing a seismic survey off the coast of North Carolina in preparation for the possibility of drilling for oil and natural gas deposits off the Outer Banks.  READ MORE  

Mike Merritt Memorial Ride benefits Bladen Community College

Mike Merritt Memorial ride benefits Bladen Community College2DUBLIN – In October, the annual Mike Merritt Memorial motorcycle ride raised $10,000 for the Mike Merritt Scholarship for Bladen Community College.

Pictured from left to right are BCC President Dr. William Findt, White Lake Fire Department Chief Dale Brennan, Joan Brennan, Evelyn Merritt, Willie Merritt, and Megan Atkinson.  READ MORE


General Thomas Brown honored by Sons of the American Revolution

A Patriot was honored in Bladen County Saturday morning at Cravers Creek United Methodist Church with a Grave Marking Dedication Ceremony. General Thomas Brown was honored by many on the sunny autumn morning. READ MORE 

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago
Twyla Raynor was Varsity Sweetheart and Cynthia Bowen was Homecoming Queen at East Bladen High School.
Bladenboro High School Vica Club President was Robert Sprouse.
The Clarkton Lions Club, under the direction of Ben Little, had their annual candy sale.
Teresa Guyton was Homecoming Queen at Tar Heel High School. READ MORE

 Former N.C. Senator Henson Barnes passes away on Sunday

Henson Barnes passes away RALEIGH– Former N.C. Senator Henson Barnes passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

Barnes resided in Raleigh but formerly resided in Goldsboro and White Lake. He was elected to the N.C. House of Representatives representing Goldsboro and Wayne County in 1974. He was then elected to the N.C. Senate in 1976 representing Green and Wayne counties.  He served as president Pro-Tempore of the N.C. Senate from 1988-1992.

As a member of the N.C. Senate, Barnes saw many accomplishments including increasing teacher pay, increasing the number of state parks and I-795 in Wilson and Wayne counties. READ MORE


Bladen Online’s Week in Review: November 15-21

Week In Review The work week began with a search in the Elizabethtown and Dublin area for a man wanted for a parole violation in New York. Members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Elizabethtown Police Department and N.C. Highway Patrol hiked through woods and searched from the air by helicopter Monday, Nov. 16, but could not locate Ibrahim Rose.

Law enforcement believe he got a ride out of the area. Rose had been convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and attempted assault in New York. READ MORE

Bladen Online By the Numbers: Nov. 15-21 HitsIt was a solid week for Bladen Online for page views and visits for the week of Nov. 15-21, according to Google Analytics. There were 21,929 visitors who viewed 123,418 pages with the most read story being “Search for wanted man continues on Monday afternoon” with 8,677 views. There were 10 stories with at least 1,000 views. READ MORE


Bladenboro Christmas Parade Marching in town soon

By: Joy Warren

John Randleman Bladenboro Parade MarshallWhat started out as a parade for a troupe of Brownie Scouts 42 years ago, has now evolved into a much anticipated event of the Christmas season.   Amanda Sykes, Chair of the Bladenboro Christmas Parade was one of those excited Brownie Scouts at the first parade.  She stated her mother, Sue Thompson Galloway and Jane Walters started the parade for the girls and continue to serve a vital role on the parade committee. READ MORE


Dublin Fire Department Turkey Shoot

The Dublin Fire Department will hold a Turkey Shoot the next two weekends at the station on 3rd Street.

The event will start at 7 p.m. each night. Dates are Friday, Nov. 20, Saturday, Nov. 21, Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. The public is invited.

Public Notice From Bladen County Board of ElectionsThe Bladen County Board of Elections candidate filing for the following offices will open on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at noon and will close on Monday, December 21, 2015, at noon. READ MORE

BCC Offers Community Service Learning OpportunitiesBladen Community College

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is offering community service courses for personal interest and growth.

Cake Decorating will be offered on Tuesdays from November 24 through December 1, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Bladenboro Community Building. READ MORE 

Bladen County Board of Elections approves hours for the One Stop voting sites for 2016Board of elections

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Wednesday morning and voted to approve hours for the One Stop voting sites for the 2016 Presidential Primary.

The NC Board of Elections must now approve the proposed schedule.

The cumulative number of hours for the 2016 Election for the sites will be 298 hours, one- half hour less than the 2014 primary election. READ MORE 

Batting Camp set for Saturday, Dec. 19

By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Recreation Department in conjunction with the Grand Slam Batting Cage will sponsor a Hitting Camp on Saturday, Dec. 19. The event will be held at the Grand Slam Batting Cage located at 404 4th Street, Bladenboro.

Registration for the hitting camp is now open and the cost to attend the camp is $40 per hitter and lunch will be provided and campers will receive a hitting camp T-shirt. READ MORE


4-H Toy Drive


By: Erin Smith

The members of the 4-H in Bladen County are holding their second annual Christmas Toy Drive. Toys will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 4, at the Bladen County 4-h office located in the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Service Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Last year, the 4-Hers collected 70 toys and gifts. This year they hope to collect even more toys and games, said Stacie Kinlaw, 4-H youth development coordinator. READ MORE 


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