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NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 5
Pastor Mark Harris Candidate for US Congress in the New 9th District explains his platform
The bear was first reported to be on Pine Street in the vicinity of Johnson’s Funeral Service. The bear was first spotted by Broderick Kemp. READ MORE
Kinlaw awarded SeHealth’s highest nursing honor
Registered Nurse Cynthia Kinlaw was named Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) 2016 Baker Nurse of Excellence during a ceremony hosted by the organization’s Professional Growth Council May 3 as part of National Nurses Week.
Kinlaw has worked in Southeastern Health’s Emergency Room since 1997. She holds multiple certifications and currently works as one of the ER’s Clinical Supervisors. She graduated as an Ambassador from Southeastern Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing in 1997. As a nurse, she volunteers each year at Camp Care, Southeastern Hospice’s weekend bereavement camp for youth who have suffered a significant loss in their life. She also serves as a camp nurse in her church during the summer. READ MORE
BCC Student Government has new officers
The Bladen Community College Student Government Association recently elected new officers and senators. Pictured from left to right are President Zack Bridgers, Public Information Officer Marie Bowman, Secretary Savannah Locklear, and Senators Christopher Carroll and Taryn Strickland. Vice President Amber Johnson and Senator Brittany Taylor are not pictured. READ MORE
1900 – “The Billboard” began weekly publication. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
Crash shuts down northbound US 701 briefly
By: Erin Smith
A crash at the intersection of US 701 North and Queen Street in the vicinity of Go Gas, closed the northbound lanes of the highway for a brief period of time.
A logging truck and a small compact car were involved in the crash. No serious injuries were reported. READ MORE
Accident closes north bound lane of 701
Boiler malfunction results in evacuation at East Bladen High
By: Erin Smith
A boiler malfunction at East Bladen High School resulted in a brief evacuation of the building on Wednesday morning and smoke showing from the roof of the building.
“It was a boiler system issue with the fuel line clogging and the boiler kept trying to fire,” said Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor.
He said the smoke that was reported was caused by the boiler attempting to fire and the diesel fuel in the clogged line. Taylor said Bladen County Schools maintenance crews will spend the afternoon clearing the clogged lines and inspecting the boiler. READ MORE
LCFH to raffle Italy, Portugal trips
The raffles are part of the agency’s annual Last Chance for White Pants Gala, but organizers believe the raffle tickets will sell out long before the party of the summer kicks off.
Both trips, which are for nine days each for two people, include airfare from Wilmington, seven-nights hotel accommodations at a four-star hotel, breakfast daily and round-trip transfers from airport to hotel in the destination city. READ MORE
Teacher asks for donations for project
By: Erin Smith
Clarkton School of Discovery teacher Jennifer Marlowe has set up a GoFundMe page for her classroom to raise $500. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Police Department set to hold Kids Appreciation Day on Saturday
By: Erin Smith
Ellen Bennett said that the event will include games for the kids, a skate boarding demonstration at the new skate park, and pony rides to name just a few of the activities planned. The highlight of the day will be a homerun derby and a basketball free throw competition. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of each event. READ MORE
Thunderstorms bring hail, gusty winds to Bladen County
Thunderstorms swept through portions of Bladen County late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, bringing hail and gusty winds.
Some large hail was spotted along N.C. 20 near the intersection with N.C. 87, around Tar Heel and in White Oak. READ MORE
Elizabethtown man sentenced for possession of firearm by felon
Ward, 31, was arrested Sept. 30, 2015 at his home on South Lower Street in Elizabethtown after officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducted a warrantless search of the house, according to court statements. Ward was on probation at the time and subject to warrantless searches. READ MORE
Man given 59 months for three robberies in Garland area
Rodney J. Autry was sentenced to between 59 and 83 months in state custody on two counts of common law robbery and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court.
Autry, 25, twice hit people with a pistol during two of the three robberies he plead guilty to under an agreement with the state. All of the crimes took place in the Garland area. READ MORE
Collins sentenced to prison for driving while impaired
Senior Judge Douglas B. Sasser ordered Collins, 31, to two years of supervised probation after serving 12 months in custody during the session in Bladen County Superior Court. Collins will be given credit for time served in Bladen County Jail since being arrested in June 2015. READ MORE
Arson second-leading cause of wildfires in N.C.
From 2005 through 2014, North Carolina had 45,609 wildfires, of which 8,461, or 19 percent, were intentionally started. Arson trails only careless debris burning among the causes of wildland fires in the state. And with North Carolina ranking No. 1 nationally in the amount of land that falls within wildland urban interface zones, the risk to homes and other buildings is high. READ MORE
Thoughts While Shaving for May 4
Our normal annual rainfall averages about 48-52 inches, or about an inch a week. At the Hester household, after the first two days of May, our monthly quota has been met. Yesterday was a tough hair day for females and males. Rain, sleet, wind and thunderstorms. ‘Unsettled’ may be the best description over the next 48 to 72 hours, but not the kind of storms we saw yesterday.
Traffic continues to increase everywhere, especially the more populated areas. State and national officials are having a difficult time keeping up with the growth.
Remember when a four lane NC 50/70 was the best entrance to Raleigh from our area? 50/70 still features 4 lanes and I-40 offers another 6 to 8 lanes and still very busy. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 4
Lowest Temperature 41 degrees 1981
Precipitation 2.84 inches 1946
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 78 degrees.
This Day in History – May 4
1805 – Henry C. Overing buys 80 acres of Throggs Neck in Bronx.
1846 – US state Michigan ends death penalty.
1864 – General Ulysses S. Grant’s Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee’s Confederates at Rappahannock River.
1878 – Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MAY 3
Bladenboro PD investigates stabbing
By: Erin Smith
Officers are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.
“We received a call at about 8:02 a.m. that a subject had been stabbed,” said Hunt. READ MORE
Bladen Healthcare to celebrate Nurses Week
Nurses Week is celebrated internationally each year May 6-12. Locally, Bladen Healthcare invites all nurses-past, present and future- to celebrate two special events during this week.
Monday, May 9, at 2 p.m. the annual Blessing of the Hands will be held at the Nightingale Tree, located at Bladen Healthcare. This ceremony is a non-denominational, cherished hospital tradition. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Elections learns about new Congressional map
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday morning and got a look at the new voting precinct map for the redrawn Congressional districts that take effect with June 7 primary election.
The June 7 primary will feature the Congressional races and a nonpartisan judges race.
Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw said the Board of Elections staff worked with Bladen County GIS, the State Board of Elections and the State Board of Elections IT department to align the voting precincts with the proper Congressional districts following the redistricting that was ordered by a federal judge. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Council hears about sewer billing issue
By: Erin Smith
Finance Director Jay Leatherman said that the town staff recently performed an audit of accounts that were paying for town water services but not being billed for sewer services. The Lotz’s account was one that was found to have not been billed for sewer services, said Leatherman.
Leatherman said that Martha Lotz did acknowledge they are using the town’s sewer service. He said the town did not go back and charge for any past due amounts. The bill only charged the Lotz for last month’s sewer use, said Leatherman. READ MORE
E’town Resident Ed Tatum To Appear In The Documentary Film “The Unknowns”
The Unknowns” is a documentary film created by Army Veterans Ethan Morse and Neal Schrodetzki. Both were stationed at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, and bring a unique perspective to the rigorous and intricate training process that soldiers must endure to be stationed there.
The film covers select portions of the Sentinel training program, and will answer questions and dispel myths that have circulated regarding the elite site since its establishment. READ MORE
Dr. Charles Almond has joined Southeastern Health’s Lumberton Medical Clinic. A native of Robeson County, Dr. Almond earned his medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1970. READ MORE
Man pleads guilty in robbery of Dublin Dollar General
Everette Nyquan Ward, 26, of Elizabethtown, plead guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon and second degree kidnapping under an agreement with the state during Monday’s session in Superior Court before Senior Judge Douglas B. Sasser. READ MORE
Elizabethtown Town Council Awarded Seven Seals Award
by Joy Warren
The Elizabethtown Town Council met in regular session Monday evening. Former Councilman Dr. Darrell Page presented the Council and Mayor Campbell with the Seven Seals Award. The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves and is presented at the discretion of the State Chair or by ESGR senior leadership. The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense office that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. Dr. Page thanked the Council for their leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve the National Guard and Reserve.
Other ESGR committee members presenting the award were Al Penlee and Roy Allen.
A presentation was made on the proposed FY 2016-2017 Budget at the Noon work session. READ MORE
Commissioners hear budget request from Bladen Community College
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a budget request from Bladen Community College President Wiliam Findt. The college is requesting $1.4 million from the county for the FY 2016-17 budget.
The budget request includes $92,000 for sheriff deputies; an additional custodian position as the school currently has two custodians that clean 17 buildings; a two percent cost of living adjustment for all county-paid employees; funding for capital improvements including a roof replacement, campus lighting, drainage, an ADA required restroom renovation, and siding at the East Arcadia Center. READ MORE
Commissioners declare May 6-12 as National Nurses Week
By: Erin Smith
The proclamation was received by a group of registered nurses from Cape Fear Valley-Bladen County Hospital who attended the meeting. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
State Auditor Ed Renfro was the main speaker at the Bladen County Democratic Convention at the courthouse.
Kathy Fields was named ABWA Woman of the Year. READ MORE
Kelly man sentenced for possession of firearm by convicted felon
A Kelly man charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon received a suspended sentence and two years probation Monday morning in Bladen County Superior Court under an Alford plea with the state.
Andrew Jackson Simmons Jr., 72, had more than 140 weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his home off N.C. 53 East when Bladen County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the home in December 2015, according to court statements before Senior Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser. READ MORE
Third person pleads guilty from Kelly marijuana operation arrests
Sebastian Zea plead guilty to misdemeanor possession of more than 1/2 ounce and less than 1 1/2 ounces of marijuana Monday in Bladen County Superior Court under a plea agreement with the state that stemmed from a marijuana growing operation found in Kelly in October 2015.
Zea, 23, received a 120 day suspended sentence and 24 months supervised probation from Senior Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser under the agreement. READ MORE
NEWS FOR MONDAY, MAY 2
Elizabethtown Council gets first glimpse of proposed budget
By: Erin Smith
Finance Director Jay Leatherman gave the council an overview of the revenues for the proposed budget. He told the council there is no change to the current ad valorem tax rate of $0.615 per $100 of valuation. The Business Improvement District Tax will remain at $0.10 per $100 valuation. The water rates will also remain the same. READ MORE
Kuraray hosts students for Pollinators Garden
Kuraray employees of the Fayetteville site hosted 30 Elizabethtown Middle School students, to learn about pollinators and how to plant a pollinator garden, at their Elizabethtown warehouse. Students learned the safety rules that are followed at the Fayetteville site, watched a safety presentation, and received safety glasses and gloves for them to keep. The students also had the option of wearing protective overalls. During the presentation, the students learned techniques to avoid stings or bites from insects.
Instructors presented on how to prepare plots for pollinator gardens, planting flowers, and seed planting requirements. Approximately 200 plants conducive to attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds were planted. READ MORE
Duke Energy Renewables acquires six North Carolina solar projects from Community Energy
Five of the six sites are in service, with the final project, Seaboard, coming on line in May. Collectively, these facilities will generate enough solar energy to power about 6,000 homes.
“Last year, our commercial and regulated businesses added 300 MW of solar power in North Carolina, and these projects continue the momentum of renewable energy growth in the state,” said Greg Wolf, president, Duke Energy Commercial Portfolio. “We’re pleased to work with Community Energy and proud to be a part of the economic development and jobs the solar industry has brought to North Carolina.” READ MORE
National day of Prayer Service set for Thursday at Elizabethtown Municipal Building
By: Erin Smith
The theme for this year’s event is “Wake Up America” and the scripture is Isaiah 58:1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
Organizer of the Bladen County National Day of Prayer Clara Adams said this day is very important. READ MORE
JROTC Student receives award from VFW Post 8062
Each year, VFW Post 8062 presents awards for JROTC students at the local high schools. This year’s honoree from East Bladen High School, Erika Baza, is congratulated by Post Commander Oliver Gause. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 1
It’s time to laugh again. LoWanda D Productions announced this week “Why Me? 2” will be held at Elizabethtown Middle School on September 2nd 2016. The Special Guest this year is will be announced later. Owner of the production company, LoWanda D. Davis said, “Plan to join us for a night of laughter.”
This is the fourth play the production company has brought to Bladen County. In February 2015, “He Cheated, Why Me” was held at the middle school with special guest, Palmer Williams Jr. from Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”. Read our article, “He Cheated! Why Me?” a Huge Success from last year to learn more about the play. READ MORE
Bladen Child Abuse Awareness event mixes fun, serious issue
The weather was ideal Saturday afternoon for about 50 people to walk a mile from the Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown to the Bladen County Courthouse. The reason they walked was to draw attention to child abuse in Bladen County.
The seventh annual Bladen County Child Abuse Awareness walk and activities are a way to get the word out about prevention of abuse and to bring families together for an afternoon of fun, says Bladen County Child Protective Services supervisor Jill Sampson. READ MORE
Dublin scouts raise money for new roof, summer camp
It’s been a bit more than two years since the project began to refurbish the Dublin Scout Hut and a little more than a year ago that the log cabin at the end of Fifth Street was officially reopened for use.
Saturday, scout members served barbecue and chicken plates to help raise money to put a new roof on the hut and to offset the cost of summer camp at Camp Bowers. READ MORE
NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 30
Success at the Spring Fest in Bladenboro
The threat of rain clouds loomed on Saturday, but held out to offer the Spring Fest in Bladenboro a very pleasant day.
The event was held at the Farmer’s Market with the Master Gardeners’ kicking off the celebration with their annual plant sale starting at 8:00 am. Fresh strawberries from Jack Pait were sold. Hand made clothes, bows, jewelry, ornaments, soaps, lotions and a lot more were offered by local crafting folks. READ MORE
Tomato Sandwich Day Hits the Spot at Lu Mil Vineyard
They say for a business to be successful, there needs to be diversity. The Taylor family, owners of Lu Mil Vineyard among other businesses, are experts at diversifying.
Ron Taylor came up with another great idea, Tomato Sandwich Day on the Doc’s Deck at Lu Mil Vineyard this Saturday. READ MORE
An ad on the School Jobs (The North Carolina Public Schools Application System) website list the position available on July 1, 2016. READ MORE
Week’s Top Stories for BladenOnline.com with Erin Smith, Editor
NEWS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 29
Bladen Commissioners to meet Monday night
By: Erin Smith
The board will issue proclamations for Nurses Week and also Older Americans Awareness Month. READ MORE
Springtime Pet Safety Tips
Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage. READ MORE
McCrory Administration Honors North Carolina Student Leaders at Youth Legislative Assembly
Governor Pat McCrory’s Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office recognized more than a dozen student leaders for their outstanding service during the 46th annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA), which was held April 1-3 in Raleigh.
“We are focused on supporting North Carolina’s next generation of future leaders,” said Governor McCrory. “Our state’s high school students are the best in the country, particularly when it comes to civic leadership and public service. I am proud of each and every one of these student leaders.” READ MORE
Legislative committee mulls police body cameras
By: Erin Smith
The legislation proposed by Reps. Faircloth and McNeill clearly states that body-camera footage is not public record. This runs in stark contrast to NC General Statute 132-1 which defines among other things, sound and film recordings or other tapes created during the transaction of business as public record. READ MORE
Bladen Fire Chiefs hold retreat
Photos by Chase Lancaster
Bladen County Fire Chiefs held a retreat Thursday evening at San Jose Restaurant to discuss issues of the fire departments for the next year. This meeting is held annually.
New fire engine undergoes final inspection
By: Erin Smith
Members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department traveled to Pennsylvania this week to take part in the final inspection for the newly constructed Engine 55. The new apparatus is undergoing construction at KME Fire Apparatus in Nesquehoning, PA.
“We were excited to see the finished product and it has definitely met our expectations,” said Chief Nick West on Friday morning. READ MORE
Legislation filed to name Cape Fear River Bridge in Tar Heel
By: Erin Smith
A bill filed in the NC General Assembly to name the newly constructed Cape Fear River Bridge at Tar Heel in honor of former Ferry Skipper David B. Melvin is making its way through the legislature.
Tar Heel Mayor Roy Dew said, “I think its a good thing. I can remember the ferry from when I was kid.”
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution requesting the naming of the bridge at a meeting on March 17, 2014. According to the resolution, Melvin was a ferry skipper in September 1954 when he was operating a ferry at night and fell into the Cape Fear River and drowned. READ MORE
Ipad/Iphone Tips: WiFi Assisted Calling Revisit, Using AirDrop
By: Gordon Kinlaw
Where has this been?? Don’t they know how bad cell signals are inside an office building in rural NC? After thousands of cellular repeaters have been installed, iOS 9.3 brought us WiFi-assisted calling. Prior to this we could only make Facetime Audio calls to another iPhone user over the WiFi network. READ MORE
West Bladen Transition Night
West Bladen High School’s Freshman Honors Science Class and EC Adaptive Class shared their Bright Ideas grant information and experiences.
Bladen Community College Shag for Beginners Class at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market
Bladen Community College offers “Shag for Beginners” class at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Thursday evenings through May 5th. If you missed the class this time, another Shag six -class session is scheduled to begin May 19 at a cost of $35. For more information contact Stephanie Gonzalez at Bladen Community College.
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 28
Health Department holds Open House
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Health Department and Safe Kids held an Open House on Thursday evening. Children were thrilled to meet the newest member of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit Jax.
The children were mesmerized by the Belgian Malinois as he showed off his skills finding narcotics and finding lost objects. His handler, Deputy Clark, told those gathered that Jax is about 18 months old. He explained that Jax is still considered a puppy but will soon be full grown. READ MORE
County Commissioners begin budget process
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Commissioners got down to business on Monday night as they held their first budget work session. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin presented the commissioners with their first look at the preliminary budget figures and the news was mixed.
“The numbers are very preliminary,” said Martin.
He told the board there are several positives regarding the budget. READ MORE
Bladen County Special Olympics is held
By: Erin Smith
The Bladen County Special Olympics was held on Thursday at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. Members of Bladen County law enforcement, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County EMS, Bladen County Schools, Bladen County Schools staff, volunteers from the community and members of the community all gathered to cheer on the athletes.
Members of Bladen County law enforcement carried the Special Olympics torch down South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, escorted by the Elizabethtown Police Department, to the Elizabethtown Middle School football field for the Opening Ceremony. The officers carried the torch around the track and lit the Special Olympics Caldron to officially open the games. READ MORE
Over 400 N.C. Students to Compete for Awards and Scholarships at State Natural Resources Competition
Middle and high school students will test their knowledge and skills in natural resources conservation.
Event to be held in Cedarock Park near Burlington, N.C., April 29-30, 2016.
The North Carolina Envirothon is one of the largest competitions of its type in the United States.
State winning team advances to the National Envirothon competition in Ontario, Canada, July 24-29, 2016.
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2016) — Hundreds of North Carolina’s brightest middle and high school students will be competing at the 2016 North Carolina Envirothon at Cedarock Park near Burlington, April 29-30, 2016. The two-day event is designed to test the knowledge and skills of students that have a strong interest in natural resources conservation. The N.C. Envirothon is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States. READ MORE
- Company plans to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of capacity by 2020
- More company data and goals spelled out in new Sustainability Report
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Continuing its dramatic growth in renewable energy, Duke Energy has raised its 2020 renewable energy goal by 33 percent.
The company expects to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass capacity by 2020 – a 33 percent jump from the old goal of 6,000 megawatts established in 2013.
“Duke Energy is accelerating the pace of our renewable energy program allowing us to increase our goal for wind, solar and biomass on our system,” said Cari Boyce, vice president, Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Strategy. READ MORE
Health Department to hold Open House today
The Bladen County Health Department will hold an Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday, April 28). There will be an appearance by Minnie Mouse, Pet Adoptions, Health Screenings, Melinda’s Twirlers and More! The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Road, Elizabethtown.
The death of a newspaper, 1978
You always had to beat the train. If a paperboy was careful, he could dash out the front door of the office, and run 50 feet to get across the railroad tracks. You’d balance on a broken railroad tie across the ditch or leap the ditch entirely, and climb the slight rise to run across the lot called the “Pond behind the Post Office,” where people joked they had caught the big fish they proudly brought by the paper to be photographed.
The trains came through several times a day, as well as during the night, usually a freight. Once there was a real, live circus train. I was 12, so I couldn’t be expected to know everything that was going on, but the newspaper that fed my family was dying. READ MORE
11th annual Hogs and Rags motorcycle ride
By: Jacqueline Madden
The 11th annual Hogs and Rags motorcycle ride took place on Saturday, April 23. Members of the Cumberland County and Bladen County Sheriff’s departments escorted the motorcycle ride beginning at the Special Ops Museum in Fayetteville, NC, then to Rocking-A-Ranch in White Oak, NC and continued on to Myrtle Beach, SC. A member of the Altman family said “this was the biggest turnout yet with over 215 bikes and over 400 people in attendance.” Participants in the event lined up their bikes and classic cars as they enjoyed a freshly prepared breakfast, great music, a live raffle, free t-shirts and other door prizes. READ MORE
Local author to hold book signing
The book signing will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 15, in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. Books, previously reserved by individuals, as well as some additional books will be available, for purchase, at this book signing. The books that will be available are in hardback form, and are priced at $26.99 by the publisher. Anyone wishing is reserve a book, in advance, can do so by calling Mrs. Hardin at 910-862-3076. READ MORE
Frances Weller to be keynote speaker at BCC graduation
Weller graduated in 1981 with a major in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her television career in 1982 with WECT-TV in Wilmington. She worked as a general assignment reporter for three years before becoming co-anchor of the television station’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news programs. Weller now also anchors the WECT News at 5 p.m. READ MORE
Elizabethtown PD gearing up for 10th annual Kids Appreciation Day
By: Erin Smith
The Elizabethtown Police Department is gearing up for their 10th annual Kids Appreciation Day to be held on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and they need your help to make the event a success. The department is anticipating between 700 to 1,000 children will attend the event. READ MORE
Summer breakfast program is available
The 2016 Summer Breakfast and Lunch Program will again be available to all students and children in the Bladen County. This program is free to all children between the ages of 1 and 18. Please contact Amy Stanley at 910-862-4136 for more information. READ MORE
Give 5 Read 5 book drive underway
ELIZABETHTOWN — Have you ever heard of the term summer loss? This is not a seasonal diet or exercise program, but a troubling trend in which students lose valuable literacy skills when they stop reading during their summer break from school.
Many children are susceptible to this problem because they often go home to an environment where there are very few books or other reading resources. As a result, by the end of fifth grade, these students are approximately 2 ½ years behind their more affluent peers in terms of reading ability, primarily because of summer loss. Research shows that reading just five books during the summer can help students reduce learning loss. READ MORE
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Elizabethtown Christian Academy now enrolling for 2016-17 academic year
Elizabethtown Christian Academy is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year, grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Day School Program is also currently enrolling children ages 2, 3 and 4 years old. ECA offers students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in their lives by providing an excellent education that centers on Biblical truth, academic achievement and character development.
ECA students benefit from limited class sizes, quality, certified teachers, a non-denominational learning environment, weekly Chapel, a dress code, enhancement classes including music, technology, physical education, and art. After school care is also available. READ MORE
BladenOnline.com now offers app
BladenOnline.com readers with mobile smart devices can download our BladenOnline.com app. The app contains our news, sports, weather, obituaries and more.
There is also an option for people downloading the app to receive push notifications of breaking news. Download the app today by searching BladenOnline in your app store. It is free! READ MORE