> Pender County woman found dead on birthday, foul play suspected

> DuPont 's Performance Chemical spin-off to be ready by mid-2015

> Former officer accused of stealing money from White Lake Police

> Bladen County to put GPS tracking in school buses

Bladen is moving....Hopefully forward
Construction workers are busy preparing to build a new Taco Bell (above left) in Elizabethtown, on the other end of town, Pizza Hut (above right) is closed...but should re-open soon..
In Bladenboro, a new Farmers Market is opening...and on the courthouse law is a banner reminding us of 9-11 (R)...

Woodmen of the World donate to hospice



Wanda Burch, president of Woodmen of the World Lodge 262 in Clarkton, right, presents Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter community outreach coordinator Lisa Clark with a $200 donation on Wednesday, Aug. 6. “We are so thankful to Woodmen of the World Lodge 262 for such a gracious gift,” Clark said. Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with advanced illnesses; support and counseling to families; and education to the community in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties. For more information, visit www.lcfh.org. Find LCFH&LCC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lcfhospice.

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.

This Day in History - August 21
1888--The adding machine was patented by William Burroughs.
1912--Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout.  It is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America.
1923--In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an ordinance was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes of their partner.
1938--Singer Kenny Rogers was born on this date.

Kelly woman dies of gunshot wounds
Annie Mills Anderson of Kelly, was apparently killed on her 84th birthday, according to the Pender County Sheriff's Department.
Anderson's body was found inside her residence on Morgan Road near Kelly.  A family member went to pick her up when she discovered damage to the front door.  The family member called for law enforcement shortly before noon on Monday.
When Pender County deputies arrived they discovered her body.  Anderson was reportedly shot to death. She lived alone.
There have been no arrest. The investigation continues.

Bladen County Schools open house today

Bladen County Schools will have open house at the 13 schools in the system. It's an opportunity for parents to meet teachers.

Here are a list of times for each school:

1-7 p.m.: East Bladen High

2-6 p.m.: Elizabethtown Primary

2:30-6 p.m.: Bladen Lakes Primary
1,200 attended Battle of Elizabethtown events

An estimated 1,200 people took part in last weekend's Battle of Elizabethtown reenactment, according to the Bladen County Historical Society. Events included two days of activities at Tory Hole Park, and a dance and craft fair at the Cape Fear Farmers Market.

The third annual event was sponsored by the Town of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, Bladen County Historical Society, and Four County Electric Membership Corporation.
Bladenboro Farmers Market to open Friday

The Bladenboro Farmers Market will have its grand opening Friday at 1 p.m. The facility is located at 204 North Main Street across from Bladenboro Hardware.

The land for the market was donated by the Town of Bladenboro to the Boost the 'Boro committee in October. In February, the Boost the 'Boro Committee received $48,500 from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Committee for construction. The Bladenboro Farmers Market was one of 12 that received Tobacco Trust Fund money during the 2013 grant cycle.
Thoughts While Shaving
It will be another hot day....
Finally.....Construction on a new Taco Bell is underway on S. Poplar St. in Elizabethtown.  Located next door to KFC. It was announced about a year ago....company was sold...took a little time to work though the process...
Bladenboro Farmers Market will officially open Friday....A positive step for the area...It's located at 204 North Main Street, Bladenboro.  The NC Tobacco Trust Fund provided a $48,500 grant.  Everyone is invited to the grand opening.

Hazardous Weather Outlook
This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina.
Today and Tonight.
Heat indices of 100 to 104 degrees expected this afternoon.
Heat Advisory possible.

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today....Patchy fog between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.  Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 95.  Heat index values as high as 102.  Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.  Calm wind.
Friday:..A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.  Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.  Heat index values as  high as 103.  Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Elizabethtown Christian Academy had its first day of classes on Monday, August 18th with around 90 students in attendance, Kindergarten through 7th.

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No-Cost Meals for Bladen Students
Valerie Newton


Elizabethtown, NC - ​  Beginning August 25, students in all Bladen County Schools will have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at school at no cost, even if families have the financial means to pay. North Carolina is one of many states to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.
  The meal program, more than three years in the making, is part of a federal initiative that aims to make it easier for students from low-income families to receive free meals by eliminating the need to fill out paperwork, including potentially invasive questions about income. The cost of the meals will be covered by the federal government.

40MW Solar Farm Project is Shovel Ready in Bladen County - Innovative Solar Systems, LLC is partnering up with renewable energy equity groups for financing and final construction on the company's flagship solar energy plant to be built in Bladen County.
ASHEVILLE, N.C., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Innovative Solar Systems is a developer of large Utility Scale Solar Farm projects here in the United States and is very excited to announce that the company is in the final stages of selecting their partner for the structured financing on the company's 40MW solar farm project in Ivanhoe, NC.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 21


Highest Temperature

101 degrees



Lowest Temperature

58 degrees



Greatest One-Day


2.90 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 89 degrees.

Chasing a frog
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

I had a rather unusual traveling companion the other day.

For me to call anything ‘unusual,’ you can bet someone else might consider it completely off-the-wall. Buzzards have been known to ride shotgun in my vehicle; turtles and possums in the floorboard are not that out of the ordinary. Owls? Three species, so far, along with a daylight raptor or two. Chickens, guineas, turkeys…a quartet of goslings for my wife’s birthday.

One of the Friendly Faces at HealthWorks
When you first walk in at HealthWorks Fitness and Wellness you usually see the friendly, smiling face of, Ashley Brown.  Brown is 22 years old and moved to Bladen County in May of 2011 when she married her husband, Travis Brown.  Ashley was born and raised in Waxhaw, NC, just outside of Charlotte, NC. 
"I absolutely love my job here at HealthWorks Fitness and Wellness.", Brown states.   She is an active Christian Youth Leader at Tar Heel Baptist Church.
Bladen Sheriff's Office receives grant to buy bulletproof vests
The Bladen County Sheriff's Office has received a $5,109.82 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to buy 20 bulletproof vests.

Te Bulletproof Vest Partnership, created by the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 1998, is a U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement. Since 1999, the program has reimbursed more than 13,000 jurisdictions, a total of $375 million in federal funds for the purchase of more than 1 million vests.
Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: August 11 to August 17

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's 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
    Haley Lennon, 17: Obtain property by false pretenses (felony)
    Kathryn Michelle East, 47: Attempt to practice veterinary medicine without license (misdemeanor)
    Donnie McKoy, 34: Failure to return rental property (misdemeanor)

Tips for smart back-to-school shopping - AG Cooper offers advice to help parents, students get good deals

Raleigh: Across North Carolina, parents and students are preparing for traditional calendar schools to start back from summer break, which means stocking up on the necessary back to school supplies.   
“Families getting their kids ready to start a new school year can benefit from a few smart shopping tips,” Cooper said.  “Shopping around, using price matching policies, buying from reputable retailers , and checking refund and return policies can help you avoid back-to-school shopping headaches.”

It rained and rained and rained

It was a frog strangler Tuesday as Bladen Online's rain gauge recorded 4.85 inches of rain from 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday. The gauge is located near Dublin in the Cape Owen Manor subdivision.

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.

Lisbon Road closed
NCDOT officials report Lisbon Road (SR 1712) is closed until 5:30 p.m. Thursday from mile marker 1.19 west of SR 1708 (Rosindale Road) to mile marker 1.78 west of SR 1708 for cross line replacements.  There is no sign detour. 

Bladen County Schools open house set Aug. 21

   Bladen County Schools has set Thursday, Aug. 21 at the 13 schools in the system.

   Here are a list of times for each school:

1-7 p.m.: East Bladen High

2-6 p.m.: Elizabethtown Primary
The Week Ahead
Wednesday, August 20
West Bladen at Purnell Swett (soccer)  6 p.m.
West Bladen at Purnell Swett  (tennis) 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 21....
Bladen County Schools Open House set for August 21.  Check times for the schools on our news page...
St. Pauls soccer at West Bladen 6 p.m.
East Bladen soccer at North Brunswick 4:30 p.m.
East Columbus at East Bladen (volleyball)
Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
Robert McArthur was elected President of the Bay Tree Lakes Homeowners Association.
Archie Brannock, a 64-year veteran of the newspaper industry, retired as publisher of The Bladen Journal in Elizabethtown.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Ward of Clarkton was honored at a retirement celebration.

It's Back to School Time: Make Sure Vaccinations Are on Your Back to School To-Do List
Raleigh, N.C. - August not only marks the beginning of school in North Carolina, but it is also recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month. N.C. DHHS' Division of Public Health is taking this opportunity to remind parents that vaccinations are required by law for school-aged children.
Whether child are home-schooled or attends a public, private, charter or religious school, they are required to be up-to-date based on their age for certain vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Beginning of the School Year Brings Increased Education and Enforcement from Highway Patrol

RALEIGH – The Highway Patrol will be focusing on education and enforcement. Troopers across the state will be educating teenage drivers by implementing teenage driver safety plans and will be working with school administrators in offering any assistance in the area of highway safety. Education however is just one part of the solution. Increased enforcement visibility in and around all school zones will be observed.
On Monday, August 25, schools operating on traditional calendars will begin with more than one million students attending North Carolina’s public schools. 

Commissioners Hold Special Meeting
Bladen County Commissioners held a special meeting Monday prior to their regular session.
They had three items on the agenda:
Mileage reimbursement for members of various boards and commissions,
Non-profit funding request
Legislative Goals for FY 2015-2016.
The Board received a request from members of the Animal Control Board for re-imbursement for travel to meetings.
Click HERE for Photos from Battle of Elizabethtown
Courtesy Jeff Owen
McCray returned to Bladen on murder charge

Garry Tyrell McCray Jr. has been extradited from Maryland and is in Bladen County Jail on a first degree murder in the shooting death of an Elizabethtown man more than four years ago, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. McCray, of Salisbury, Maryland, arrived in Bladen County late Monday night.

McCray, 26, and 29-year-old Donyee Bowman Jessup of Fayetteville have been charged with killing 31-year-old Johnnie Terrel Jessup on Feb. 4, 2010.
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.

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Bladen County Commissioners Talk Jail Talk
Bladen County Commissioners met Monday in regular session and were reminded by County Manager Greg Martin that the jail issue process needed to be addressed.
He listed the issues to be discussed, including:
1) Consider retaining an Architect
2) Discuss location of a jail
3) Consider the design....(visit other jails)
4) Get approval from the Local Government Commission (LGC)
5) Consider financing options.  USDA loans are available for 20-30 up to 40 years repayment.

Claire Parrish and Bladen County Commissioner Wayne Edge attended the recent North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) meeting in Asheville.  Parrish, a Bladen County 4-H club member met with other county representatives from across the state.  Edge was joined by Dr. Delilah Blanks, G. Michael Cogdell and Chairman Jimmie Smith.

July Unemployment Rate Was 6.5 Percent
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, increasing 0.1 of a per- centage point from June’s revised rate of 6.4 percent.  The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.2 percent.
North Carolina’s July 2014 unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 19,848 over the month to 4,369,632, and increased 59,498 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 5,298 over the month to 304,484, and declined 77,720 over the year.  
Carolina Sands Golf Course To Open October 1
It has been announced that Carolina Sands Golf Course, located between Elizabethtown and White Lake, will reopen for play on October 1.
The new MiniVerde greens are being installed this week. MiniVerde is the preferred grass of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America. A tree removal program is also underway. Trees that are dead and trees that are located in the vicinity of the greens that block the sunlight and the airflow to the new greens are being cut down and removed.

Serving Bladen Community College
    During the All Campus Assembly to mark the beginning of the fall semester, Bladen Community College presented service awards to its faculty and staff members who had reached milestones in their service to the college.  They are, from left, Gloria Purdie, 10 years; Diane Vitale, 5 years; Victor Singletary, 15 years; Wendy Sholar, 5 years; Doris Horne, 10 years; Tommy Rains, 15 years; Willerwease McKoy, 15 years; and William Findt, 5 years.

Hester receives NCACC Award
Robert G. Hester, of Elizabethtown, NC was named to the North Carolina County Commissioner's Hall of Fame Saturday evening at the NCACC Annual meeting held this year in Asheville.
Outgoing President B. Ray Jeffers of Person County made the presentation on behalf of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Board of Directors.

For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Make Time for Family Dinners


It takes about 20 minutes from the time you start eating for your brain to send a message to your brain that you are full.  If you’re eating in a hurry to get on to other events and activities, you will have eaten more than you need before you realize it.  Try to set aside 25 to 30 minutes for an evening meal with your family.  Try it when you are eating at home, eating at a restaurant or having a picnic at the park. Taking plenty of time to enjoy the meal will give everyone the chance to relax even when the schedule is hectic.

Battle of Elizabethtown: Patriots drive Tories from Tory Hole Park

The Tories stood around their camp as the beautiful Sally Salter delivered eggs to them. Unbeknownst to the troops who were loyal to the King of England during the Revolutionary War, Salter was a spy for a group of Bladen County Patriots. Her information about the Tories gave Col. Thomas Robeson and his outmanned group of Patriots the edge they needed.

The Patriots, who numbered about 70 men, caught the Tories off guard with a surprise attack and drove the more than 300 men down a ravine and onto the banks of the Cape Fear River.
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. 

Sykes retiring from B-boro Police Department - Click HERE for photos
Lt. Randy Sykes has served residents of Bladenboro for the past 19 years as a police officer.  He is retiring at the end of August, 2014 credited with 20 years of service.
Sykes friends celebrated the occasion Friday evening with a BBQ dinner at the Bladenboro Historical Building.  Family and law enforcement officers from several departments were on hand to mark the special occasion.


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.

Cannons to open Battle of Elizabethtown festivities

The story this weekend at Tory Hole Park is about how a group of about 70 Patriots defeated between 300 and 400 Tories in 1781 during the Revoluntionary War's Battle of Elizabethtown.

The event certainly will open with a bang ... a really, really loud bang.

About a half dozen cannons from different periods of history are expected to be fired during opening ceremonies Saturday at 10 a.m. You won't have to be present to hear it, although it's more fun if you are.
Fall registration on target at BCC
Jack McDuffie
Registration for the fall semester at Bladen Community College is strong with more than 1,280 students already enrolled as of Thursday.  With approximately 70 more high school students expected to enroll through the Career and College Promise technical programs and more in classes that start later in the semester, enrollment is expected to surpass last fall’s figure.
BCC President William Findt said he is pleased with registration results for the fall semester.  He said that student recruitment this summer by the faculty and staff ensured a successful registration.
Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund grants awarded

The Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center at the University of Mount Olive was awarded a $192,764 grant by the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently.

The grant will be used to evaluate and analyze the potential for value-added soybean processing in eastern North Carolina through the expansion of services provided by Mule City Specialty Feeds, an independent agribusiness company in Johnston County.
Bladen County ranked fourth in best chance of being in fatal traffic accident

Bladen County ranked fourth among North Carolina's 100 counties for traffic fatalities last year and fourth in best chance of being in a collision involving tractor-trailers, according to AAA Carolina's 20th annual ranking of the state's most dangerous counties for traffic.

AAA's ranking of the most dangerous counties in the state is based on the likelihood of a certain type of crash based on total vehicle miles driven, creating a level playing field for analysis. 

Summer Concert Rocks Market - Click HERE for photos
The Summer Concert at the Cape Fear Farmer's Market made it alive after five in Elizabethtown on Thursday evening. The band North Tower rocked the market with beach music and more. Local community residents and others from surrounding counties came out to enjoy the fun. 
For the first time in history the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley Hospital joined forces to host a Summer Concert to assist in fundraising.

Mike Walden's You Decide: Is the economy inherently recession prone?

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North Carolina Cooperative Extension



Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives – earning an income, spending, investing and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun! Businesses face similar choices about production, advertising, workers and pricing. Even public institutions like schools, parks and transit systems have to make a wide range of management selections.

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.

Man charged with stealing vehicle, wrecking in ditch

An Elizabethtown man is accused of stealing a vehicle, then wrecking it in a ditch Tuesday night.

Ralph Demmond McKinley, 37, of the 1000 block of Mercer Mill Road, has been charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, and careless and reckless driving, according to Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw. McKinley is in Bladen County jail under $10,000 bond.

The incident began Tuesday night when Elizabethtown officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at 304 West Gill Street, Kinlaw said.
Bladen Soil and Water awarded grant

Bladen County Soil and Water was awarded a $4,000 grant from N.C. Division of Water Resources recently for the Butters-Richardson community drainage study.

The grant was among $2.2 million in grants for 37 projects across the state that will help towns and counties restore streams, reduce erosion, study future water supplies and benefit other water resources. Money for the grants was generated by appropriations from the General Assembly.
November Ballot for Bladen County
US Senate
Thom Tillis (R)
Kay Hagan (D)
Sean Haugh (L)
US House of Representatives District 07
David Rouzer (R)
Johathan Barfield, Jr. (D)
J. Wesley Casteen (L)

Suicide A Growing Problem

FAYETTEVILLE – The recent passing of actor Robin Williams has again shed light on the growing problem of suicide in America, especially among Baby Boomers.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports a big spike among middle-aged Americans, rising more than 30 percent over the past decade. Aging males are particularly at-risk, with data showing suicides among men, age 50 to 59, rising almost 50 percent.

Bladenboro Police Department Crime Report: August 1 to August 11
The following arrests were filed by the Bladenboro Police Department from Friday, August 1 through Monday, August 11.  The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. 
Friday,  August 1
Joseph Paul Butler, 20: Possession of Counterfeit Instrument/currency (felony)
                                  Obtain Property False Pretense (felony)

The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their Annual Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 21st, at The Venue at Regal Resort, White Lake, NC.  The keynote speaker will be N.C. State Representive William Brisson.
The Committee of 100 is a non-profit development corporation devoted to helping ensure that sustained economic growth occurs within the county.  It is funded by its members, who are citizens and others interested in the economic well-being of this area. 

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. 

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. 
Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant accepting applications

   The Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant is accepting contestant applications through Sept. 22. The pageant is scheduled Oct. 11 at  the Bladenboro Middle School auditorium. The Miss Bladenboro winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the end of her reign.

   An application form is available to be printed from the pageant's Web site at www.missbladenboro.com
Plans Underway for Dublin Peanut Festival
Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting applications for the Dublin Peanut Festival $1,000 Scholarship to be held Saturday, September 13th at Dublin Elementary School Multipurpose Building/Gymnasium.  The pageant begins at 7 p.m.  Application deadline is August 21st.  Apply now online at


Organizers are also accepting applications for Craft & Food vendors.  Food vendor application deadline is September 5th, with no exceptions.  Contact Tissie Mainess @ 910-584-1929 for more info.

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


Aug 24....Back to School Youth Rally, Sunday, August 24th @ 6pm.   The Bladen Baptist Association is sponsoring a FREE Back to School Youth Rally on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 6pm at Dublin First Baptist Church (7275 Albert St, Dublin, NC 28332) featuring the Justin Warren Teseniar Band and Ethan Drum.
  You won't want to miss it! For more information, contact Devon Varnam at devonvarnam@gmail or (910)916-0525.


 Aug. 24...The Browns of Wallace, NC will present a gospel concert at Liberty Worship Center, 89 North Grove Street, Clarkton on Sunday, August 24th at the 11 a.m. worship service.  Everyone is invited.  For more info, call (910) 840-4325.

. worship service.  Everyone is invited.  For more info, call (910) 840-4325.

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.        

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Crime Report for Thursday, Aug. 21
3 write-in candidates added to ballots for U.S. Senate race in NC
Record settlement as Bank of America reaches deal with feds, states
Supreme Court delays same-sex marriage in Virginia
Cheers & Jeers for Thursday, Aug. 21
Couple faces allegations of abuse of 2-year-old boy
Cumberland County woman charged with embezzlement
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Bladen DoIt Best Builders Supply
Campbell Oil
Cape Fear Propane
Cape Fear Valley Hospital
Charles D. Allen, Jr., D.D.S., F.A.G.D., P.A.
CLC Financial Services Group
Coach's Furniture
Corner Cafe
Dickerson's Pharmacy
Elizabethtown Denistry
Elizabethtown Nursing Center
First Source Staffing
Fishers Men and Ladies Shop
Four County Electric Membership Corporation
Healthworks Fitness Center
Hester, Grady & Hester PLLC
Hester Tire
Hilton Auction and Realty, Inc.
Houston's Peanuts
Johnson Law Firm
Kinlaw Furniture and Appliance
Lacy West-Thomas Insurance Agency, Inc.
McDuffie Pest Control
Nationwide Insurance, Elizabethtown
New Light Church
Nissan of Clinton
Poplar Heights 
Rodney's Barber Shop
Southeastern Health
Star Telephone Membership Corporation
Walane Gas Company
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