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Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series Pender County
Mariah Gleason
  
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 & Monday, September 8, 2014
 
Working in partnership, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems – NC Growing Together Project (CEFS/NCGT), Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and Feast Down East will be offering workshops aimed at providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements. This workshop is hosted by Pender County Cooperative Extension.

West Bladen grad completes basic training
 
Airman 1st Class Jasmine L. Rozier, daughter of Lendard Rozier of Red Springs, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. 
 
She is a 2013 graduate of West Bladen High School.

Elizabethtown Town Council Meets Tuesday
 
Elizabethtown Town Council meets on Tuesday rather than Monday due to the Labor Day holiday...
 
They actually have two meeting, a noon work session and the regular 7 p.m. meeting to act on items on the agenda.
 
On the agenda is recognition of the organizers of the recent Battle of Elizabethtown event.  Included are Sunday Allen, Dawn Maynard, Bobby and Seth Lewis.
Thoughts While Shaving
 
The long Labor Day weekend is underway...drive with care...many folks moving around....many looking for a cool spot to spend some "me" time....Cookouts and time with family and friends at your favorite vacation place or at home...enjoy...
 
A reminder....The heat index values may reach 100 to 102 on Labor Day and Tuesday....plan with that in mind...
 
So sad about the tragedy in Garland.  6 dead in a house fire...believed to be 4 adults and 2 children...
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 
Today...A slight chance of showers after 1 p.m.  Patchy fog before 8 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 90.  Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
Tonight..Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming clear after midnight.
 
Labor Day...A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 102.  Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 30%.  New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
2014-15 Waterfowl seasons, bag limits, other limits set

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2014-15 waterfowl and extended falconry seasons.

Beginning Sept. 1, hunters can apply for permit waterfowl hunts online, by visiting a wildlife service agent or by calling 888-248-6834, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Application deadline for the majority of waterfowl permit hunts is Oct. 1. 
Harmony Hall Plantation Village open Sunday

August 31 is the fifth Sunday of the month. At Harmony Hall Plantation Village, that means its Cannon Day. So, cover your ears because it's sure to be a blast ... literally.
  
Field Marshal Bobby Lewis says Revolutionary War and Civil War era replica cannons will be on the grounds and will be fired. And, yes, it is really, really loud and quite startling.   

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 31

 

Highest Temperature

96 degrees

1957

 

Lowest Temperature

50 degrees

1976

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

2.47 inches

1087

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 89 degrees.

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Soybeans….Healthy and Good for You

For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Soy protein bars, soy milk, soy cookies, soy burgers .…. the list of soy products goes on. Soybeans are best known as a source of high quality protein. They are also rich in calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin E, several B-vitamins, and fiber.

The first written record of soybeans dates back to 2838 B.C. The Chinese have been growing them for thousands of years. In fact, they are so important to the Chinese, that they are considered one of the five sacred grains along with rice, wheat, barley and millet.

Rates Announced For Carolina Sands Golf Course
 
Bill Augustine, owner of Carolina Sands Golf Course, located between Elizabethtown and White Lake, has announced the rate schedule for the new facility that will reopen October 1.
 
Single memberships are available for $500.00 a year with a discounted rate of $450.00 if paid in advance. Anyone wishing to pay $125.00 quarterly or $250.00 for six months may do so. Additional family members may be added for $150.00 per year with children under 14 years of age added at no charge. Carts are available for $18.00, $15.00 for seniors (60 and older) and $14.00 for juniors (14 and younger).

BCC Writers Series presents NC author Barbara Presnell
Jack McDuffie
   
Bladen Community College’s Writers Series will present award winning North Carolina author and lecturer Barbara Presnell in a program on September 16 at 11 a.m. in the College Library.  This is the first of two Writers Series programs slated for September.
   A native of Asheboro, Presnell grew up in a family of readers surrounded by books.  Most of her works reflect the people and lives of those people from the foothills and mountains of Appalachia.  Many focus on the lives of women, the role that women authors played locally and worldwide, the inevitability of growing older, and the lives of mill workers from the region.

North Carolina’s July County and Area Employment Figures Released
 
RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in July, decreased in four, and remained unchanged in one. However, when compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.  All 14 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year.
   
Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent while Currituck County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.  All fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.  Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 10.2 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville at 5.2 percent had the lowest. 

Utility-Scale Solar Farm Will Supply 40MW to Grid

Innovative Solar Systems, LLC has received approval and has a 40MW Solar Farm project that is construction ready in Bladen County, North Carolina.

   
Asheville, NC (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

  
Innovative Solar Systems is a developer of large Utility Scale Solar Farm projects here in the United States and is very excited to announce approval on the companys upcoming 40MW solar farm in Ivanhoe, NC. This project will employ approximately 135,000 solar panels which will be located on a pristine tract of land that encompasses several hundred acres and is perfect for due south orientation of the energy power plant. John Green,

NCDA&CS Market News Service to offer new price reports for local products
RALEIGH

  

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services’ State and Federal Market News Service is launching a series of new reports focusing on locally produced agricultural products.

  

Reports for the state-operated farmers markets in Raleigh and Asheville, which list current wholesale prices, are now online, as is Farm to School information, which provides total produce sales delivered plus unit prices. In addition to these reports, Market News plans to develop reports for direct-to-consumer sales, which will capture the prices of commodities that farmers market to consumers. Reports on grass-fed beef are expected to be available starting in September.

Golden LEAF Foundation Community Based Grantsmaking Initiative underway
 
Golden LEAF Foundation leaders held a meeting Thursday at Bladen Community College to share information about a new initiative to promote efforts by counties to improve the quality of life for local residents.
 
'Community Based Grantsmaking Initiative' is another in a series over the past few years by Golden LEAF that funds local projects that assist in solving needs at the local level.
Man caught after leading law enforcement on chase

A Lumberton man led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase through Bladen and Robeson counties Thursday morning before being apprehended in a soybean field off Long Road in Lumberton.

Dwione Terrell Baxley, 31, was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, and driving without an operator's license, according to Bladen County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Rodney Hester.
Welcome To The 22nd Annual Dublin Peanut Festival!
 
It’s Salty,  Plain,  Roasted, Green and Boiled. It’s always the STAR of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest “ PEANUTS”.  We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year.  This years’ date is September 20, 2014. The Festival is held in Dublin, N.C, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, that is known and whose peanuts are shipped world wide.
 
Our festival kicks off at 10 AM with a Parade. Entry for parade is free except Queens & Kings. 1 Queen in auto $25, 2 to 3 Queens in auto $40 or 3 Queens plus in an auto, boat or float is $50. If fees are not paid by Sept. 17th cost will be $75 the day of the parade.

Kiwanis of Elizabethtown Awards Annual Scholarships
 
Each year Kiwanis of Elizabethtown/Bladen County gives two scholarships to graduating seniors – one from East Bladen and one from West Bladen.   This year the recipient of the East Bladen scholarship is Summer Lynn Cain (pictured receiving check from Treasurer – William Thompson).  Summer is planning to attend Campbell University where she is majoring in a pre-med/Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner program.   The recipient from West Bladen high school is Hayley Hall (pictured receiving check from Vice President – Jeff Futrell).   Hayley is planning to attend Cape Fear Community College to major in pre-sonography and the university transfer program.  She also plans to continue to pursue her singing career.

 

Bladen residents greet Sen. Bill Rabon - Click HERE for photos
 
Sen. Bill Rabon was in Elizabethtown Wednesday for a visit as he bids for another term in the NC Senate.  Bladen friends held a meet and greet fundraiser for the Southport resident at the Cape Fear Farmers Market..
 
Sen. Rabon represents a large area of southeastern NC including all of Bladen County.

NCDOT Bladen County Update on road closings
   
Upcoming Road Closings - NC 242
Beginning Tuesday, September 2, NCDOT will be closing NC 242 at a location 0.2 miles north of SR 1325 (Gum Springs Road) in order to replace a large culvert.  A signed detour will be in effect to use SR 1508 (Lula Long Road) / SR 1507 (Culbreth Smith Road) and SR 1506 (Cain Loop Road).  The closure will last until 9/10/14.
 
Question should be directed to Ken Clark, Bladen County Maintenance Engineer at 862-3396.

NCDOT Aims to Help Travelers Save Time and Money Over Labor Day Holiday - Tuesday, August 26, 2014
  

RALEIGH - As the summer travel season comes to an end, the N.C. Department of Transportation is taking steps to help ensure motorists save both time and money by suspending most road construction work on major routes across the state over the Labor Day holiday. By avoiding traffic delays, motorists can reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while cutting down on fuel consumption and costs.

Fire Department and Rotary
 
Chief Byron Graham, from the Elizabethtown Fire Department presented the history and information about his department today at the Elizabethtown Rotary meeting. Graham started with Elizabethtown Rescue in 1977. He was a Rescue Member for 37 years before joining the Fire Department in 1998.
 
Graham had a wealth of knowledge about the Fire Department's history. He explained that there were no fire services were offered during the period of 1773-1930 in Elizabethtown.

NC Supreme Court asked to release voucher funds during appeal
By Anne Blythe
 
RALEIGH — Advocates of the North Carolina school voucher program did not wait for a judge to write his order declaring public taxpayer assistance for private schools unconstitutional before trying to halt the effects of his ruling.

    

 

On Friday, they asked the N.C. Court of Appeals to issue an emergency ruling to allow disbursement of taxpayer funds to children whose families had accepted the so-called “Opportunity Scholarships” this year.

Governor McCrory Urges Residents to Be Disaster Ready

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory is using this year’s noteworthy anniversaries of Hurricanes Hazel, Hugo, Floyd, Frances and Ivan to encourage North Carolina families, businesses and schools to make a plan, get a kit and stay informed in the event of an emergency. 

   
“North Carolina has faced severe winter weather, devastating tornadoes and the earliest hurricane on record this year,” Governor McCrory said. “While it appears Hurricane Cristobal will not have a direct impact on North Carolina, it is an important reminder we must be ready at any moment.

BCC welcomes two new trustees
Jack McDuffie
 
At the Tuesday night meeting of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, two new members were welcomed to the group.  They are Wayne Edge and Charlotte Smith.  Both were appointed by the County Commissioners.  The new trustees, along with two current board members who had been appointed for another term, were sworn in to office in a ceremony preceding the board meeting.
Dove hunting season opens Monday

Dove hunting season opens Monday in North Carolina, and the Wildlife Resources Commission is urging hunters to be safe during the season.

Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 through Oct. 11, and Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2015. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. 
Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: August 18 to August 24

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Aug. 24. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Aug. 18
    Michael Anthony Smith, 24: Possess drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor)
    Tyrell Lamont Rhodie, 29: Possess drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor)

Kiwanis Honor Carl McCulloch for 60 Years of Service – 8/19/14

  

The Kiwanis of Elizabethtown/Bladen County recently honored one of their members Carl McCulloch for 60 years of service to the club.   Carl has held many offices in the Kiwanis but most recently was the volunteer to call members to remind them of events.   Pictured with Carl is his wife Mildred, William Thompson – Treasurer, Russell Priest, Donald Worsley, Elroy Sasser, and Billy Hair.   Michael Aycock was also in attendance and not pictured.  If you would like more information about Kiwanis, please contact kiwanisbladen@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/kiwanisetown.

Clarkton board’s water woes continue
by Marsha Burney

  
The Clarkton Town Board met in a "continued" meeting Tuesday night to discuss delinquent water bills, and a member of the audience became very irrate, raising her voice and, at one point, almost charging the table where the commissioners sat.

  
At the regular meeting on August 5, the commissioners heard many complaints about the cost of water for the town (especially those on out-of-town rates).

Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
 
Dr. Bill Keith filed to run for Mayor of Elizabethtown. Filing for town commissioner were Bob Beasley, Ted Prichard and Ken Kornegay.
 
Family Festival in the Park was held at Jones Lake.
 
Robert G. Hester of Elizabethtown was voted Most Outstanding County Commissioner in North Carolina.

Elizabethtown Planning Annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale

 

Elizabethtown merchants are busy preparing for the Annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown.  The three day sale begins Friday and continues through Monday.

 

Savings galore on a huge variety of items and offered at greatly reduced prices.

 

The Annual sale has drawn thousands of bargain hunters over the years.

Killingsworth Sentencing PPD
 
Former Bladen County School Superintendent Gregory Killingsworth sentencing hearing has been postponed until Tuesday, October 7, according to Assistant DA Glenn E. Emery.  That action occurred Monday, August 25..
 
Killingsworth recently plead guilty to one felony charge of obtaining property by false pretense in Bladen County Superior Court.

Bladen Elections Board approves sites and dates for early voting
 
The November 4 General Election is still a couple of months away but the Bladen County Board of Elections has announced early voting sites and dates in the county.
 
There will be 4 sites, including one at each of the following towns....Elizabethtown, Bladenboro, Dublin and East Arcadia.
“StrikeForce” addresses southeastern NC economic opportunities
September 12 meeting discusses local initiatives
 
RALEIGH – A coordinated federal, state, and local effort addressing the needs of rural southeastern North Carolina communities suffering from persistent poverty will meet Friday, September 12, Pembroke Boys & Girls Club, 6984 NC HWY 711, 10AM.  This effort, the USDA StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity, joins area private sector and public sector to increase economic opportunities.   USDA, host of the event, encourages public attendance and comments.  

Kelly woman chosen for national competition

   

Mary Miller-Jordan of Kelly is one of two area horse trainers chosen for a national program.Jordan and Amanda Thompson of Rico were selected for the American Horsewoman’s challenge, program officials in Seattle announced Monday.

  
The six-month competition pairs trainers with unbroken horses. Contestants from across the country will meet for the finals in Oklahoma City, Okla., Oct. 3-5.Miller-Jordan grew up in Wilmington.

The restless spirit
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
  

He turned up in one of my coyote traps last winter, a displaced hip, protruding rib bones and concave belly explaining why he was interested in the chunk of beaver meat that was intended to draw a coyote or a bobcat, not a coonhound.
  
 Once again I thanked God I was using a wide-face, offset trap, set for a mid-paw catch. That’s the only type trap I use when I might catch an errant hound; it holds the paw without hurting or even breaking the skin.

LTC Vivian Taylor to keynote BCC Fall Convocation
Jack McDuffie
 
Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Taylor will be the keynote speaker at Bladen Community College’s Fall Convocation on Thursday, September 4, at 11 a.m.  This marks the 47th year since Bladen Community College was officially established.
  
A native of West Point, Mississippi, LTC Taylor was raised in a large family-centered home that inspired her to strive for success.  She realized early in life that a higher education was a necessity and that funding that education would be an important requirement.
Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: August 11 through August 17

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 17. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Aug. 11
    Carl Lawrence Rhone, 53: Fictitious information to officer (misdemeanor)
                              
Tuesday, Aug. 12
    Mark Thompson, 41: Shoplifting/Concealment of goods (misdemeanor)

One injured in drive-by shooting Sunday morning

A drive-by shooting Sunday morning sent one person to the hospital and the Bladen County Sheriff's Office seeking information about the incident.

Witnesses told investigators that a vehicle pulled into the backyard of a residence in the 16000 block of Twisted Hickory Road in Bladenboro about 4 a.m. Sunday during a party, Chief Deputy Rodney Hester said. At least one person fired several shots from inside the vehicle, striking a person in the forearm, Hester said. A camper and a vehicle also were hit by the gunfire.

Bladen schools open: Kindergarten students have 2,340 days until graduation

Summer vacation officially came to an end Monday morning for hundreds of Bladen County students. For high school seniors, the countdown is on until graduation in June. For kindergarten students, it's the excitement of something new without regard that it's 2,340 school days until high school graduation.
   
Here's how many school days are left depending on a student's grade:
   
12th grade: 180 days
11th grade: 360 days
Progress Continues At Carolina Sands Golf Course
 
It continues to be a very busy time at Carolina Sands Golf Course. Most of the MiniVerde greens have been installed and they are being rolled and watered in anticipation of the October 1 opening.
 
This week all drains on the course were cleaned out allowing the water to drain to the pond on hole number 8. The entire golf course is irrigated from this pond. The irrigation pump and the system has been cleaned and maintained to allow for a good supply of water getting to the greens, fairways and tees.

Bladenboro Fun Day set for Saturday, Sept. 6
 
The Annual Bladenboro Fun Day Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, September 6 and this year will be bigger and better.  Good family fun for the entire family.  The hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Entertainment includes Camel and Pony Rides, Games, lots of games, Bounce Houses, delicious food and lots of entertainment.  Everyone is invited.  All the activities will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC 

BCC to offer business seminar series for self-employed
 
The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College will offer a no-cost six week seminar series for those interested in starting a self-employed business. The seminars will be held on Thursday afternoons from August 28 to October 3 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Bladen Community College, Building 2, Room 207.
 
Ø  Thursday, August 28, begins with “Starting a Small Business,” a seminar on the basics of being an entrepreneur in today’s business climate.
Ø  Thursday, September 4, will illustrate the importance of “Financing Your Small Business.” Learn how to get the money you need!
 

Meetings re-scheduled due to Labor Day Holiday
 
Bladen County and town governments will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.
 
Elizabethtown Town Council meeting has been rescheduled from Monday, September 1 to the following day, Tuesday, September 2.  The work session is set for 12 Noon and the evening meeting begins at 7 p.m. and the public is invited.
 
Bladen County Commissioners have re-scheduled their regular meeting time from Monday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. to Tuesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m.  The meetings are open to the public.

Ferry Open on Cape Fear River
 
Kenneth Clark, P.E. NCDOT reports the Elwell ferry on the Cape Fear River near Kelly, is now open.
 
The ferry was out of business for several day due to high water.

Hunting mentor seminar scheduled at Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve

Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve will host one of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's hunting mentor seminars on Sept. 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the club house. The preserve is located at 3062 Cabbage Road.

The seminar is free. However, online registration is required. For information or to register, visit www.ncwildlife.org/sbs.

The Wildlife Commission created the new “Hunting Mentor Seminars” to build on the popularity of free, skills-based hunting seminars that the Commission has been offering to the public since 2011.
Governor’s Highway Safety Program Marks 20th Anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” - Friday, August 15, 2014       

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program today kicked off the Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which runs through Sept. 1.

As part of the campaign’s launch, NCDOT and GHSP held a luncheon in Charlotte to recognize the 20th anniversary of “Booze It & Lose It” in North Carolina. Over the past two decades, the state has made great strides to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of driving drunk and stepping up high visibility enforcement efforts to catch those who make the bad decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. 
 

Peanut Cooking Contest Planned 
 
A "Favorite Peanut Recipe Contest" is being held during the Dublin Peanut Festival on Saturday, September 20th.  Recipes are being accepted in three categories:  candy, bread, and dessert.  There are two age groups: Youth (ages 8-16), and Adult (ages 17-up).  Age is determined by the age on the date of the contest.  All recipes must contain at least one half (1/2) cup of peanuts or peanut butter. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Dublin Primary School cafeteria, and all dishes must be registered by 11:30 a.m.  Winners in each category will receive the following prizes:  first $50; second $30; and third $20.  Applications and a complete list of rules are available by calling Sandra R. Cain at North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Bladen County Center, 910-862-4591, or by coming by the Extension Office at 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown.  The deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 16th, at 5 p.m.

Bladen County Transfer Station closed Labor Day

   

Sept 1.....The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Monday, September 1st, in observance of Labor Day. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, September 2nd. All other collection centers will be open to the public to serve their trash disposal needs.

Deer Hunting Seminars Scheduled for Raleigh in September

   

RALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 12, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled two free deer hunting seminars in September at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The seminars complement each other, but attendees have the option of registering for one or both seminars.  
“Deer Hunting 101,” Sept. 9 from 6−9 p.m., will provide basic instruction for novice hunters. Participants will gain practical knowledge, with topics including scouting techniques, equipment needs, and deer behavior and habitat. 

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

       

Sept 1.....The Bladen County Transfer Station will be closed Monday, September 1st, in observance of Labor Day. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, September 2nd. All other collection centers will be open to the public to serve their trash disposal needs.

   

Sept. 13...A BBQ Plate Fundraiser for Sammy Strickland is planned for September 13 at the Bladenboro Historical building from 4 to 7 p.m.  Plates are $7 each, tea is included.  You can eat in or take out.  Homemade cakes will be on sale.  Sammy is suffering from stage 4 cancer, has not be able to work for weeks and disability has not been approved. Everyone is invited, sponsored by the Bladenboro Benefit Committee and local churches.

       

Sept 18-20...The 2nd Annual Tent Revival will be held at Suggs Grove Baptist Church from September 18-20 beginning at 7 p.m. nightly.  Singing, preaching and drama teams nightly.  It's free and everyone is invited.  On the 18th, The Colly Chapel Church Choir and the Anchormen will sing.  Friday and Saturday, the 19th and 20th, it will be preaching and singing by Ernie Dawson and Heirline.  The church is located on NC hwy 53W.  Visit the website at suggsgrovebaptist.org or call Rev. Bradley Tatum at 910-876-2223 for more info.           

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