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Wallace to step down as Campbell president in June 2015

  

BUIES CREEK -- Campbell University President Jerry M. Wallace, who has led Campbell to unprecedented growth and transformed the university into a destination for leading health education and other key programs over the past 11 years, announced during a April 23 meeting of the university Board of Trustees that he will step down as president on June 30, 2015. After a one-year sabbatical, he will transition to the honorary role and title of university chancellor.

Anna DeVane Signs with UNCW

Pictured is Harrells Christian Academy senior Anna DeVane as she signs her letter of intent to play softball at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, on April 22, 2014. During her high school softball career, DeVane has received All-conference, All-county, and All-state recognition. She has also played travel softball with the Lady Lightning, formerly the Stingerz, since her freshman year.  In addition to excelling on the field, DeVane has been a starter on the varsity basketball team, and academically, she ranks at the top of her class.

N.C. strawberry growers expect strong season
  
RALEIGH – Despite a late cold snap, local strawberry growers are still expecting a strong season that will last into the first part of June.“It’s been a challenging winter season for strawberry growers, including a record freeze in early January and a late cold snap in April,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Fortunately, growers used a combination of row covers and irrigation to preserve the crop with minimal loss, and we are set for an outstanding season.”

Meetings this week...(partial list)
 
April 24....Early Voting begins at 4 locations in the county...at the Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown....at the Dublin Lions Club Building....at the Bladenboro Historical Building and in East Arcadia at 1516 East Arcadia Road, Riegelwood.  Polls open at 9 a.m. Thursday and close at 6.
 
April 24....The 25th Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament will be held at River Landing near Wallace.  For more info, call 910-874-4001.  Morning and afternoon flights available...

USDA STRIKEFORCE PROJECT
 
In a partnership developed with the Bladen Crisis Assistance Food Pantry and Thomas “Chubby” Starling the Bladen County Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Bladen County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) was able to deliver over 50 pounds of locally milled corn meal to be distributed to local limited resource families in the community.

  

      L-R  Bladen County NRCS District Conservationist Gavin Thompson, retired executive director of Bladen County FSA Thomas “Chubby” Starling, and Bladen County FSA Program Technician Rodney Musselwhite.

'Every where you turn in Bladenboro'

Harmony Hall reunion scheduled Saturday

   Harmony Hall Plantation Village will be the place to be Saturday for a trip back in time. The historic site is hosting it annual reunion on the grounds of the Revolutionary War-era home of Col. James Richardson.

   The site opens at 9 a.m. and activities are planned throughout the day, including a Revolutionary War re-enactment, according to Field Marshal Bobby Lewis. Tommy Kinlaw of Fayetteville will be the keynote speaker and will talk about his visits to Harmony Hall as a child. There will be food, games, bonfires, tomahawk throwing and vendors.

Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: April 14 to April 20

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, April 14
    Geneva Sueann Beasley, 34: Simple assault-free text (misdemeanor)
    Justin Antonio Daniels 26: Uttering forged instrument (felony)

Mothers Tea Party at Library
 
Bring your Mother to tea next Thursday, May 1st at 4 PM at the Elizabethtown Library.  Dress in your tea party clothes and help us celebrate Mother's Day! We will have stories, make her a gift and, of course, have tea. RSVP by Tuesday, April 29th, 862-6990 so we make enough cucumber sandwiches!

Thoughts While Shaving
Robert G. Hester
 
The current Bladen County courthouse was completed in 1963 and included the jail, and living quarters for the jailer and his family.
 
Included was just about every other local agency, and some state and federal agencies.
 
The library was in the basement and the USDA office was on the top floor that is currently occupied by a second courtroom.

Bladen County Commissioners Meet
 
Bladen County Commissioners met Tuesday evening in regular session.
 
The Consent Agenda was approved and included were a two (2) Resolutions to be submitted to the NC General Assembly in hopes of Bladen County being added to a couple of laws that are already in the General Statutes.  One is related to residents making unneeded request for an ambulance, making it illegal to obtain ambulance service that is not needed or make a false request  or report that an ambulance is needed.  A person convicted of violating this section shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.  

Bladen County Commissioners Recognize Employees - Click HERE for photos
 
Bladen County Commissioners recognized employees reaching their years of service during Tuesday's meeting.
 
Several were unable to attend. 
 
Tita Lassiter                DSS                25 years
Shannon Pate             Health              20 years
Madison Dennis          Sheriff              20 years
Sonya Heustess         Sheriff              20 years
Mathew Chadwick      Inspections      15 years
Doncee Ruffin     Register of Deeds  15 years
Gary Purdie                Sheriff              15 years
Sharon McKoy-Clark  DSS                 10 years
Raymond Marlowe     Sheriff               10 years
Christopher Ellis         Revenue            5 years

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
 
For Bladen and Nearby Counties 
Increased Fire Danger this Afternoon
 
Gusty northwest winds and relative humidity values around 25 percent will elevate the fire danger risk this afternoon. Wind gusts up to 20 to 25 mph expected.
 
Full sunshine will combine with low relative humidity and gusty winds to further dry fine fuels such as grasses and leaves.
 
Outdoor burning is discouraged, unattended fires should be reported immediately to the local fire department.

Local student excels and moves on to vet school
by Marsha Burney

  

Brielle McElveen has been so busy lately!

 

First of all, the Clarkton native will graduate next week from North Carolina A & T University with summa cum laude honors (the highest scholastic honors), and she’s very excited about that. Secondly, last week she was selected from her department to speak at her graduation, and she’s been preparing for that. Brielle also just recently attended the Honors Program Banquet at A&T where she collected numerous awards and recognitions for her exemplary work at the University.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on April 23

   

Highest Temperature

93 degrees

1985

 

Lowest Temperature

35 degrees

1982

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

2.10 inches

2006

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 84 degrees.

Bladen County Commissioners get first look at cost of new Jail
 
A new Bladen County jail will be expensive.  A recent study, based on numbers Bladen County officials are required to report to state officials regarding the use of the jail, was the basis of the study..
 
The current jail has served for over 60 years.
 
Moseley Architects projected the cost, based on today's laws, today's daily usage, length of stay and today's estimates would cost an estimated $17.5 million or a smaller version with options for additions later is estimated to cost around $14.5 million

Cakes for Cody!

  

Week 17 drawing for a Pound Cake donated by Yvonne Norris
 
Update provided by Cody’s Grandmother, Brenda Clark:

   

                Cody had his MRI yesterday (Monday).  Mom and dad have just received the results “DOCTOR TOLD MOM (TINA) THAT THERE WERE NO SIGNS OF A TUMOR, NOT EVEN THE PART THAT WAS LEFT”!!!!! HALLELUJAH, PRAISE THE LORD!!!!  

SEDC Holds 46th Annual Meeting at Lu Mil
 
Southeastern Economic Development Commission (SEDC) held their 46th Annual Meeting Tuesday at Lu Mil near Dublin.  SEDC represents 12 counties from Richmond to Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover.  SEDC offices are located in Elizabethtown.  Pamela Bostic is the Executive Director and Greg Icard of Scotland County is the current Chairman.
 
Speakers included Steve Yost, President of North Carolina Southeast and Icard, Director of Scotland County EDC.  The Keynote Speaker was Dan Gerlach, President of Golden Leaf Foundation, Inc.

Bladen Online joins CoCoRaHS weather network

   If April showers bring May flowers, then Bladen County should be soon blooming.

   Just how much rain has fallen? It depends where you live in Bladen County. That's why Bladen Online has joined the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network -- or CoCoRaHS.

   Since April 5, there's been 3.34 inches of rain at Bladen Online's station located in the Cape Owen Manor subdivision off Owen Hill Road. 

New businesses set to begin construction
 
Construction on Taco Bell and Walgreens are set to begin soon in Elizabethtown.
 
Elizabethtown City Planner Bryan Martin said building permits had been issued for both projects.

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: March 31 through April 6

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, March 31 through Sunday, April 6. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Tuesday, April 1
    Shaunte Noel Lesane, 29: Larceny (misdemeanor)
                
Thursday, April 3
    Donnie Lee Johnson, 66: Simple assault (misdemeanor)

A ‘Siri’-ous problem
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer 
 
I read the other day where another telephone maker – or programmer, or both, I can’t tell which anymore—has a talking feature on their phone.
  
I think that brings the total to three—there’s one called Siri, the one I can’t recall, and now, Cortana. Each replies to voice commands from the telephone user, with varying results of comprehension, different types of personalities, and range of attitude.

Earth Day Celebration

    

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., April 22nd –the DuPont Fayetteville Works site will dedicate a new sign for a Nature Trail at the site’s certified Wildlife Habitat Area. The manufacturing site will also recognize organizations that have partnered with the site Wildlife Enhancement Team over the years.  Guests are invited from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest, the North Carolina Forestry Service, Tar Heel Middle School, Grays Creek High School and Duke Energy.

We Are Paying Them What?
 
 Finance Director
 
Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing the position, the salaries, the population of the counties and any other compensation that goes with that position.
   
 This week we look at County Finance Director's salaries.

Sonya Beatty to keynote BCC Curriculum Graduation
Jack McDuffie
  
The commencement speaker for Bladen Community College’s curriculum graduation ceremony on May 13 is Bladen County native Sonya Beatty.  She is currently a business officer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division.
    
Ms. Beatty grew up on the family farm near the South River in north central Bladen County and attended East Bladen High School.

NCDOT to Begin Resurfacing Project on U.S. 701 Bypass in Columbus County Next Week

   

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin milling and resurfacing U.S. 701/J.K. Powell Boulevard in Whiteville from U.S. 701 Business to Hay Street on Monday, April 28, weather permitting.

   

This work is part of a $5.1 million contract awarded to Highland Paving Company of Fayetteville in July 2013. The work is scheduled to be complete October 15, 2014.

Bladen DSS to Host Annual Child Abuse Awareness Day
 
The Bladen County Department of Social Services (DSS) will be hosting their 5th Annual Child Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday, April 26th from 1:00 p.m to about 4:00 p.m.  The Awareness Walk will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the San Jose Restaurant lawn and walk to the Bladen County Courthouse. 
 
At the courthouse lawn there will be free food, drinks, entertainment, crafts for children, bounce houses, goody bags for children and parents, as well as information regarding Child Abuse Awareness.

NCEM, FEMA Urge North Carolinians to Beware of Scams

  

RALEIGH – State and federal disaster recovery officials caution North Carolina residents to be on the alert for scam artists using old and new tricks to take advantage of homeowners or to obtain vital information. The Rockingham Sheriff’s Office has reported thieves who pose as FEMA agents in order to rob residents. According to news reports, the Sheriff’s Office states that while one thief distracts a homeowner, another enters the home to rob it.

Highway Patrol Announces Operation
Troopers Intensify Focus on Teen Drivers

   

RALEIGH - With the beginning of prom season scheduled beginning late April and early May, the North Carolina Highway Patrol will launch Operation Drive to Live April 21 through April 25. The operation will be conducted from 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day with the primary purpose of reducing the number of teenage related traffic collisions and deaths.
According to National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, young drivers are significantly over represented in fatal crashes, particularly 16- and 17-year-olds. 

Jury splits on Sweepstakes Issue
 
A misdemeanor trial of Jeffrey Smith of Dublin accusing him of operating an electronic machine or device to conduct a sweepstakes lasted over a week and ended in a jury being deadlocked 6-6.  The judge declared a hung jury.  Assistant District Attorney Glenn E. Emery said the case will be on the June docket but would not likely be tried at that time.
 
Smith was charged with operating his Dublin electronic sweepstakes business following a ruling by the NC Supreme Court regarding the legality of similar operations across the state.  Smith filed a civil suit against Sheriff Prentis Benson and Bladen County.  He later dropped those charges.

Victoria Pait named Academic Excellence Award winner at BCC
Jack McDuffie
  
Bladen County native and resident Victoria Pait has been selected as Bladen Community College’s Academic Excellence Award recipient for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.  The award is the highest student award presented at the 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System.  During the Student Awards Ceremony last Tuesday at BCC, Dr. Linwood Powell, chair of the State Board of Community Colleges, presented the award to Ms. Pait.

Simpson Murder Trial Underway in Bladen County
 
Jesse Earl Simpson of Clarkton is on trial for murder this week in Bladen County Superior Court.
 
Simpson, 61, is charged with shooting Charles Stephens of Whiteville in the head following an argument over money.  Stephens was 49 at the time of his murder.  The shooting occurred on August 13, 2012.at a residence on East Railroad Street in Clarkton.

East Bladen Students Inducted into Honors Society - Click HERE for photos
 
Twenty-four students were recently inducted into the National Technical Honors Society.
 
Included were: Sydneigh Beatty, Summer Cain, Meyonia Corbett, Joel Cromartie, Dierra Flemming, Cheyenne Graham, Jordan Hayes, Crystal Hines, Kenneth Hyman, Alyssa Johnson, Leighanne Kelly, Alexis Lacewell, Robin Lloyd, Fabian McKoy, Jasmine Owens, Ludarious Riggans, Sabrina Hatcher, Alaysha Pone, Stephanie Putman, Savannah Rivenbark, Johnathan Savage, Patrick Sinclair, and Diasha Smith. 

The Daisy Award

Jenna Hill, MSN, RN
Specialty Care Unit
Vidant Medical Center
Greenville, North Carolina

  

We were driving along one night at about 11 pm after a co-workers birthday party. There were 3 of us. Felicia driving, Angela was in the front seat and Jenna in the back seat. Felicia noticed that there was a fire on the side of the road, a little ways off the road on the right. After looking closer we noticed that it was a barn. We pulled over and Jenna called 911. The operator stated that "someone else driving by had already called it in and they had dispatched a fire truck." We pulled into the driveway of the barn and when looking even closer we noticed that there was a house to the right of the barn.

Weather Facts for Bladen County, NC
 
All Time High Temperature:
105 degrees...August 11, 2007
 
All Time Low Temperature:
-3 degrees...December 25, 1989
 
Maximum Rainfall:
20 inches.....June 15, 1998

Gang Awareness Seminar Planned for Tar Heel
 
The Gang Awareness Seminar Workshops continue to move around throughout the county.  The next stop will be at the Tar Heel Fire Department, 269 Tar Heel Ferry Road, Tar Heel.
 
"What is the Value of a child?"
 
Bladen County Schools, Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers and Eastpointe are the sponsors.

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Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
  
Advancement, Inc. made a grant to the town of Bladenboro in the amount of $5,000 to assist in the water-sewer situation.
 
An exercise trail to be installed at the county park between Elizabethtown and Clarkton was in the planning stage.
 
It was announced that rates for telephone service in Bladen County were to be decreased.

Bladen Lakes Primary's Field Day - Click HERE for photos

  

Bladen Lakes Primary School students recently enjoyed a favorite annual tradition:  Field Day!  Faculty members Mr. William McMillan and Mrs. Liz Lytch led warm-ups and songs at an opening ceremony. Students then competed in short and long races, sack races, and egg races.  After lunch, the students jumped rope and flew kites.  Other students competed in a yo-yo contest.  Winners were able to yo-yo the longest and showed off yo-yo tricks.  The school wishes to thank all of the teachers, staff members, and parents who made this event possible for the students.

Soft-Corn Tortillas

For Better Living

Sandra Cain
    
In Mexico and  Central America, a tortilla is a type of thin, unleavened flat bread, made from finely ground maize. The corn tortilla, with many variants, has been a staple food in North American and Mesoamerican cultures since pre-Columbian times. Tortillas have been gaining in popularity in the United States over the past few years.
 
Tortillas vary in size from about 2 ½ inches to over 12 inches, depending on the region of the country and the dish for which it is intended.  They serve as the base for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and a multitude of other dishes.

NC flu deaths reach 100
 
Someone in North Carolina has died from a flu-related death every week since late November, according to the the NC Department of Health and Human Services.  Two more died last week and the total for this season now stands at 100.
 
The majority of the deaths, in fact over two-thirds of the deaths this year were persons between the ages of 25 and 54.  Young and middle age adults are more vulnerable to the H1N1 strain that has been the dominate form this season.
 
Last flu season, 59 people died from flu-related illnesses.  Last year, the last death was recorded in May.

Visiting artists bring dance culture to CSD students - Click HERE for photos
by Marsha Burney
  
All week, the sixth graders at Clarkton School of Discovery have been tapping their feet, snapping their fingers, and humming the tune to Spanish songs.  Thursday afternoon, the group put on a spectacular performance for the entire student body, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d think that CSD’s media center was situated smack dab in the middle of Spain.
  
The students learned “Flamenco,” a type of dance that originated in Spain during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel.

2014 UNCP Honor Band

  

The 36th Annual UNC Pembroke Honor Band was held on Saturday, April 12th at Givens Performing Arts Center.   10 Bladen County band students were nominated by their directors and were accepted into this all-star group.  The band this year was under the direction of Dr. Travis Cross, who directs the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at UCLA.

Cakes for Cody!
Congratulations to Week 16 winners Barbara Bedsole of a Decorated Easter Cake by BJ Clark and Charmonia Buie of a Banana Nut Cake by Olga Bauer

 


Barbara Bedsole

Charmonia Buie 

   

Week 17 drawing for a Pound Cake donated by Yvonne Norris
 
Tickets may be purchased at the Bladen County Finance Department for $1.00 each. Cakes can be picked up after drawing at 11am on Friday.
 
Cody is the son of Tina and Chris Clark.  Cody has to returned to Duke for testing and procedures associated with chemo.

Governor McCrory Calls for In-State Tuition for Veterans Attending NC Community Colleges
April 17, 2014 • Military and Veterans Affairs

  

Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the budget he will present to the General Assembly will call for in-state tuition for veterans attending North Carolina’s 58 community colleges.

"More than 60,000 service men and women are expected to separate from the armed services in North Carolina during next five years as the war in Afghanistan winds down,” Governor McCrory said.

Elizabethtown Middle School
Honor Roll
3rd Quarter
 
5th Grade
A Honor Roll

Anette Munoz-Ventura, Lavada Jackson, Kaleb Anders, Weston Hodge, Ethan Johnson, Madison Kellum, Aiyana Lowry, Kristen Pate, Ayden Piland, Kayleigh Raynor, Janeth Salgado, Drew Sholar, Hannah Wheeless

Investigation continues into shooting death

   The investigation into the shooting death of a Bladenboro woman early Monday morning is awaiting forensic evidence before deciding if any charges will be filed, Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said Thursday.

   Evidence has been sent to the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Raleigh for examination, Hunt said. He did not know how long it would take the lab to process the evidence.

   Patricia Lyn Cooper, 38, was killed in the shooting that happened about 2:30 a.m. Monday outside an apartment complex on Ash Street during a domestic dispute with her ex-boyfriend, Johnny Yarbrough, Hunt said. Yarbrough told investigators that Cooper showed up at his home Monday and the two began to argue.

Click HERE For More Old Photos of Local Area
Photos Courtesy of Lewis Smith             

Education First for a Better Bladen: Part 5
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC -  You can often find them in a parking lot, along a sidewalk, in the bottom of your purse, under the couch cushions. Pennies can be found everywhere. Tossed aside with little value. But to a school system, they are valuable. And particularly when you put pennies together to make dollars.
 
On the May 6 primary election ballot, voters will see a referendum for Bladen County Sales and Use Tax. At the request of the County Commissioners and supported by the Board of Education, the ¼ of a penny sales and use tax referendum has been added to the ballot to support school repairs and renovations in Bladen County. 

Election Update
 
Early voting begins Thursday, April 24th at four (4) locations in Bladen County. 
 
1) Bladenboro 
2) Dublin 
3) East Arcadia
4) Bladen County Library, Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown Primary School  - Third 9 Weeks Honor Roll Lists
 
 4th Grade
Superintendent’s List
Raymond Autry, Kassie Bagwell, Denitsa Dimova, Natalea Fowler, Weslyn Hall, Aubree Jacobs, Kelis Johnson, Tyler Lewis, Merritt Martin, Justin McAllister, Alexus Mitchell, Azariah Rhodie, Silence Smith, Natalie Spears, Latham Waters, Lauryn Williams
 
 “A” Honor Roll
Kaylee Bagwell, Tahjanae Bell, Zyasia Crumb, Heather Hardin, Amber Knighten, Jabaylin Looby,  Marvin McKiver, Zaniya McKiver , Kameron Melvin,  Amariah Murchison, Ahmad Powell,

Bladenboro Rotary Club Announces Plans for Annual Tournament
 
The 16th Annual Bladenboro Rotary Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 9th at Land O Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville.  Golfers will be treated to lunch before they play and a meal afterwards.  The field is limited to the first 30 teams.  Call 674-1995 to enter.
 
Since 1988, over $47,000 has been raised to help fund scholarships for Bladenboro and West Bladen High School school seniors.  The Bladenboro Rotary Club established the J.W. and Martha Black Scholarship in 1967 to provide funds for college expenses for deserving seniors.  The is tournament is the club's major fundraiser, and the commitment to West Bladen high school in memory of two outstanding educators.

Fishing pier constructed on Cape Fear River at Lock & Dam 2 in Bladen

   The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed construction of a universally accessible fishing pier that runs along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam 2 in Bladen County.

   The wooden pier includes an 8-foot-by-90-foot fishing platform that runs parallel to the river and a 7-foot-by-93-foot walkway that provides access to the fishing platform. A 7-foot-by-7-foot concrete abutment connects the pier to an existing ADA-compliant concrete sidewalk that also provides access to the existing concrete boat ramp. 

Governor Mike Huckabee to Campaign for White
 
The Woody White for Congress campaign announced recently the former GOP presidential candidate and Governor Mike Huckabee will come to the district on April 25th for a press availability and two events promoting White's candidacy.
 
The events are scheduled as $25 per person rally in Brunswick Forest and then a private reception later in Wilmington.

Harmony Hall reunion planned April 26; cookbooks on sale

   Harmony Hall Plantation Village has scheduled its annual reunion for Saturday, April 26, and has updated and reprinted its cookbook.

   "While Harmony Hall was in the (middle) of restoration 15 years ago it was not unusual to have over 2,000 people (for the reunion) on the first Saturday in May," Field Marshal Bobby Lewis said. "Now we have to schedule around other activities. We hope to have 500 this year and grow a crowd from that."

Education First for a Better Bladen: Part 4
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC – Bladen County School’s future depends on the sustained progress of its public school system. That’s why, as part of the May 6 Sales and Use Tax Referendum, Superintendent Robert Taylor forged a Promises Made, Promises Kept pledge with the community. The pledge demonstrates clearly that the school system is committed to ensuring that revenue generated from the ¼ percent sales tax, if approved by the voters, are used with fidelity.

ETMS Needs Proctors

  

It's that time of year again...Testing is in the air!  Elizabethtown Middle School is in need of proctors for the End of Grade Tests that will be administered June 2 -10, 2014.  Proctors are required for each test session and will assist the Test Administrators (teachers).  Proctors must be at least 18 years old. Please contact Geraldine Bradshaw gbradshaw@bladen.k12.nc.us or call the school at 862-4071

BCC Small Business Center presents “Getting Ready for Summer” seminar series
Jack McDuffie
 
The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is presenting a series of no-cost seminars entitled “Getting Ready for Summer” during the month of April.  The seminars will be held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  The seminars are as follows:

East Bladen Booster Club Plan for Reverse Raffle
 
The Annual East Bladen Reverse Raffle is planned for Saturday, May 10.  Tickets to be sold are available at Leinwands and Eagle Club members need to pick them up.
 
A Booster Club meeting is planned for the Easter Break. Tickets need to be sold and money turned in before the raffle date.
 
The dinner begins at 6 p.m. on May 10.

Click HERE for the 2014 Bladen County Primary Notice and list of Candidates

Bladen County Rabies Clinics - Click Here for schedule
 
Bladen County Rabies Clinics for dogs and cats is underway.
 
North Carolina law requires shots for dogs and cats over four months of age. Shots are $6 each.  Check the schedule for the site and date nearest you.

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

       

 April 21 - 24...April is Public Health Month Walk....You are invited to join your friends for a walk Monday thru Thursday, April 21-24 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown.  For more info, call Bladen County Health Department at 862-6900 extension 5.  Everyday you walk you can register for a daily $25 gift card drawing... 

  

April 24...There will be a meeting of the White Lake Water Festival committee, Thursday, April 24th at White Lake Town Hall.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend and volunteers are needed.

     

April 24, 2014...One-Stop Early Voting Period begins.    

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