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White Lake Marine Top 100 Dealer
ORLANDO, FL (November 18th, 2014) Boating Industry announced the 10th annual
list of Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Wednesday in Orlando.
White Lake Marine was selected as a Top 100 dealer for the 2nd year in a
row. "We are honored to be in this select group of dealers", said Dianne
deAndrade of White Lake Marine.
Being selected from of over 6,000 marine dealers in North America the award
highlights dealers who constantly are working to improve the customer

Thoughts While Shaving  


Thanksgiving 2014 is just days away.....lots of travel....food....family & friends,...church services....shopping...etc.  


Political parties wonder why the independent ranks are growing....Many are feed up with both parties and it is easy to understand...If one party is for...anything....rest assured the other party is opposed.....I am convinced the political chains of both parties are being "jerked" by those who pay for the political campaigns...  


A salute to the Bladenboro Police Department, raising funds to help needy children, to the Hickory Grove Fire Department for their efforts to assist one of their own who had a stroke...

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service

Today - A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. South wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight - A chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. 

Bladen Financial Summary Report  


Bladen County Commissioners receive a monthly financial report from every department.  


The latest report was for the first 4 months (one third) of this fiscal year.  



33.94% of all revenues have been collected. 


Checking more closely:  


50.93%, or $9,961,746 of Ad Valorem Property Taxes had been collected as of October 31.

November 24 2014: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Monday, November 24

1. Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro is hosting a "A Farewell & Refreshments with Faye" today from 3-5 p.m. to honor Faye Sykes, who is retiring Wednesday. The public is invited.

2. Bladen Online's rain gauge recorded 85/100ths of an inch of rain Sunday. It was almost five times as much rain as had been recorded in November prior to Sunday. Much needed.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on November 24

Highest Temperature

82 degrees



Lowest Temperature

18 degrees



Greatest One-Day

2.02 inches



Yesterday's HIgh Temperature 64 degrees.



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For Better Living
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Reducing the Risk of Food Borne Illness
Food poisoning affects millions of Americans each year. Common symptoms are similar to the flu and may include headache, nausea, fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear within a few hours to a few days after eating.
There are four groups of people that are considered to be at higher risk of food borne illness:
young children, senior adults, pregnant women, and immune suppressed individuals

Hickory Grove VFD sponsors fundraiser for one of their own
The Hickory Grove VFD meet often to fight fires, for training and more.  Saturday they, along with volunteers from the community, sponsored a fundraiser for one of their own.
A bike ride, delicious food and crafts, inside and out, were all a part of the effort to raise money to support their fellow fireman Joey Merritt.
Pathologist questions handling of Lacy's body

A pathologist hired by the North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Friday questioned how the body of Bladenboro teenager Lennon Lacy was handled after he was founding hanging from a swing set near his home on the morning of Aug. 29.

Dr. Christina Roberts, who works for C.J. Consulting of America in Hernando, Fla., wrote in her report to the N.C. NAACP "there is conflicting information about what occurred at the scene between the representative from the Medical Examiner office and the police,"  

4K4 Food raises money for Bladen Crisis Assistance


There's nothing like a jog or a brisk walk on a sunny, yet chilly, morning. Just ask 11-year-old Harrison Devane.

"I just like to get out here and just run," said Harrison, who was among about 75 people Saturday morning who made their way around Elizabethtown Industrial Park as part of the 5th annual 4K4 Food fundraiser for Bladen Crisis Assistance. More than $3,500 is expected to be raised for the organization that helps people in need in Bladen County, said event organizer Tina Mundy.  

White Lake Multi-Use Path

The newly appointed Town of White Lake Parks and Recreation Board held a second public informational meeting regarding the proposed Multi-Use Path.  This project has been years in the planning stage and is now closer as a formal application has been made to the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for $258,000.  Eddie Madden and Joey Taylor, consultants on the project, made a presentation to a full house Tuesday evening at White Lake Town Hall.  This portion of the multi-use path would begin at Waterford Estates and go to the White Lake Marina.  
Bladenboro Police Dept. seeks donations for Christmas for Kids

The Bladenboro Police Department's annual Christmas for Kids outreach is planned for Dec. 9, and Chief Chris Hunt is seeking donations to help needy children at Bladenboro Primary School have gifts for Christmas.
Photo from 2013 shopping trip
"We're asking everyone who plans to donate to do so before Dec. 9," Hunt said. 

Bladenboro woman wins $20,000 in N.C. lottery

Pamela Hancock of Bladenboro won $20,000 recently playing the North Carolina Education Lottery's $4 million Multiplier Spectacular game, it was announced Friday. She was among 15 people who won between $10,000 and $25,000 in games over the past week, according to the NCEL.

The biggest win of the week went to Beverly Hall of Leland, who said she plans to use the $150,000 she won playing the Golden 7's game to pay off her mortgage.

Home From The Hunt campaign: Be Safe

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Home From The Hunt campaign reminds everyone who is hunting during the holiday season to make safety the top priority.

"Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional times for family and friends to go hunting," said Travis Casper, the state hunter education coordinator with the Wildlife Commission. "In the excitement of a holiday hunt, don't overlook the safety aspects. Make it a part of your planning. Stress the importance of everyone being careful."
Coverage Selection for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Begins Nov. 17
Producers have Until March 31, 2015, to Choose the Program Best for their Operation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, 2014, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Elizabethtown High School Class of '59 holds reunion
“The 1959 graduating class of Elizabethtown High School held their 55th reunion on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the San Jose restaurant.  Those in attendance were:

Front row L to R: Irene (Robinson) Alford, Betty (Benton) Dove, Jeannie (Gooden) Upton, Elizabeth (Bedsole) Bowen, Carolyn (McDuffie) Smith, Norma Lou (Hester) Smothers, Jean (Daniel) Adams, Daisy (Peterson) Carr, Joanne (McSwain) Knox

Back row L to R: Ronny Hutchinson, Howard Johnson, Harold Dean Sasser, Marshall Sanderson, PW Jessup, Richard Smith, Elmer Gibson, Robert Bordeaux”

1st Annual Iron Company Competition

This past Thursday the East Bladen High School JROTC “Eagle” Battalion held its 1st Annual Iron Company Competition.  The cadets participated in a variety of physically taxing events such as the rigorous “Eagle Mile”, push-ups, sit-ups, a truck tire flip, Mini Cooper push/truck pull, tug-o-war, litter (stretcher)carry, soccer and more. The competitive atmosphere amongst units was evident throughout the day and really provided the fuel for a spirited competition.  At the end of the day, it was mighty Alpha Company that came out on top with decisive victories in five of the key events.

West Bladen FFA Wins State Land Judging
Jeremy Lynn Davis
WBHS FFA Reporter

            The West Bladen High School FFA Chapter participated in the 61st Annual North Carolina FFA Association Land Judging Career Development Event on November 14-15, 2014, in Pitt County, North Carolina. Team Members included Jeremy Davis, Nikki Locklear, Allison Morris, and Cody Roberts.

            This event teaches FFA members to analyze soil characteristics such as soil type, erosion, and drainage to determine the best possible use.


Mike Walden's You Decide:  What's happening to the middle class?

Dr. Mike Walden
North Carolina Cooperative Extension


During the campaigns leading up to the recent elections, we heard a lot about the middle class. Many – if not most – candidates tailored their messages and promises to helping those in the middle class improve their lives.
Why was this? One answer comes from political science and is termed the “median voter strategy.” 

North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released


RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 6.3 percent, decreasing 0.4 of a percentage point from September’s revised rate of 6.7 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.8 percent.

North Carolina’s October 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 17,508 over the month to 4,352,730, and increased 28,447 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 16,685 over the month to 293,635, and declined 54,551 over the year.  

Commissioners presented Health Action Plans for 2013-16
Bladen County Health Educators Carol Strickland and Marianne Valentiner presented Bladen County Commissioners their long range Health Action Plan and Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 at their November 17, 2014 meeting.
A 2013 Community Health Assessment (CHA) survey is used as an indicator or snapshot of the county's health concerns and priorities that need to be addressed. 
568 individuals were interviewed in Bladen County and the needs to be addressed, based on the survey include;

Bladen County Farm Bureau Gives Thanks for the Farmers, Ranchers and Producers in our Surrounding Areas
Beginning with the American pilgrims, Thanksgiving has always focused on celebrating the harvest and abundance of food we are able to share with our family and neighbors.

The week leading into Thanksgiving is designated as National Farm-City Week and recognized due to the impact that agriculture has on our daily lives.  Agriculture is tied to 1 in 12 jobs in the nation as well as being Bladen County’s #1 industry. 

Faulk pleads guilty
Shawn Nathan Faulk of Clarkton pled guilty Monday, November 17, 2014 in Bladen County Superior Court to one count of Felony Malicious Maiming and was sentenced to 77 to 105 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
The charge arose out of an assault by the defendant on Robert Gooden, which occurred on April 28, 2012, resulting in the victim losing permanent use of his left eye.

Farm Bill Producer Meeting for ARC/PLC
The Bladen County Farm Service Agency recently held a producer meeting pertaining to the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
A power point presentation was given by Chris Tatum, County Executive Director of the Bladen County Farm Service Agency.  Approximately 70 producers and Agri-Business professionals were in attendance for Wednesday night’s presentation.  The dinner was sponsored by Bladen County Farm Bureau and the Elizabethtown Branch of Cape Fear Farm Credit. 
Schools receive Student Attendance banner
Valerie Newton
Elizabethtown, NC - During the November Board of Education meeting, board members awarded three schools with the monthly Student Attendance banner.
In the elementary school division (R) with an average student attendance during the month of October at 96.56%, East Arcadia School, under the leadership of Ms. Dee Jones is the recipient for November.  Accepting on behalf of East Arcadia is Sarah Straw, 4th & 5th grade Math and Science teacher.
Bladenboro Primary's Terrific Kids

Pictured are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School.  Each month the students who are chosen Terrific Kids are recognized at a ceremony where they receive a Terrific Kids certificate, bumper sticker, and pencil.  Pictured with the students is John Howard Ward of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus County.  The club sponsors the Terrific Kid program at Bladenboro Primary School.

DUBLIN, NC --Our team has assembled the most enchanting display of Christmas lights ever. With over one half million lights this year, it is more spectacular than ever. There are many enormous figurines and this year the huge display of the twelve days of Christmas stretches nearly the length of two football fields. There are more photo ops than ever, like the gigantic Christmas bear seen here. The beautiful oversized American flag is a tribute to our veterans and we hope everyone will keep CHRIST in your Christmas. 
Bladen County Road Openings/Closures
Ken Clark, Bladen County DOT Maintenance
OPENINGS: SR 1712 (Lisbon  Road)
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) will open Thursday afternoon and will remain open through Monday morning (see below).
UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR 1712 (Lisbon Road)
Beginning Monday, November 24 we plan to close SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) at a location 0.31 Miles west of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) in order to replace a crossline pipe.  The work should be completed by late Wednesday afternoon.

Autumn brings the fall of tree seed Bumper crop aids state's seedling program

RALEIGH – This autumn, tons of seed from many different tree species have hit the ground in record amounts. And squirrels weren’t the only ones looking for it.
N.C. Forest Service staff from across the state collected the seed used to grow more than 50 types of tree seedlings for the agency’s nursery program. The NCFS sells these native seedlings to landowners at low cost for a variety of purposes, such as reforestation, wetlands mitigation, aesthetic improvement and wildlife habitat creation.

Board recognizes National Beta winners
Valerie Newton
Elizabethtown, NC - At the November Board of Education meeting, board members recognized the Clarkton School of Discovery's Junior Beta Club National winner. The club attended the National Junior Beta Convention over the summer in Richmond, Virginia.  This year’s theme was “The History of Beta.”  During the convention, Clarkton members participated in the banner, t-shirt design, and campaign speech and skit competition.  

Litzinger addresses Elizabethtown Rotary



ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was treated to special program by Patrick Litzinger regarding the Watch D.O.G.S. — Dads of Great Students.

Litzinger, who is assistant to the district superintendent to the Harbor District United Methodist Church, is a coordinator with the Methodist Church’s Congregations for Children.

The Watch D.O.G.S. program is a nationwide program and in the area, there are three Watch D.O.G.S. schools in Brunswick County, one in Columbus County, and 17 in New Hanover County.

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NC NAACP: 'Quick call' made that Lacy's death was suicide

The North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy under the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, according to a letter addressed to Thomas Walker, who is the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Jon David, who is the district attorney for Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties, said in a statement that a "preliminary review of the investigation ... appears to be detailed, thorough and professional," but his office would welcome a federal investigation.
Community Mart in Elizabethtown robbed for second time

Two men armed with handguns robbed the Community Mart convenience store in Elizabethtown on Tuesday night, taking an undisclosed amount of money and several packs of cigarettes, according to Elizabethtown police Lt. Lonnie Cheshire.

It's the second time in five weeks the store at 909 East Broad Street has been robbed.
Once a dream becomes reality, it is no longer a dream. That is what has happened with the Dublin Troop 622 Scout Hut restoration. The restoration of the log cabin hut is almost complete, and ready for scout meetings and community events. The scouts are so excited about having their own meeting place that they have been meeting while the work is going on.

Bladen County one of fourteen recounts across NC
Recounts are underway in fourteen contests across North Carolina after the deadline to request a recount closed Tuesday evening.
Counties have until Thursday to finalize totals in a recount between Cheri Beasley and Mike Robinson, who are competing for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

Dale Hair of Bladen County presented a trombone recital at East Carolina University School of Music in Greenville.
Bladen County government received a new computer system valued at $77,600.
John Shaw, City Executive for United Carolina Bank, announced that their west branch in Elizabethtown would be closing.

NC DHHS Announces Application Process for Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepting applications beginning Dec. 1, 2014.

LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Citizens interested in applying should review the application process and the eligibility requirements for the LIEAP benefit, which may be found at http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/energy/req.htm.

Special Events in Bladen and nearby areas
Nov. 23....Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3 p.m., Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home will host a Memorial Service for all those who have lost a loved one this year.  Families in attendance at the Memorial Service will be presented with a complimentary crystal angel ornament personalized with the name and life dates of their loved ones.  The service will include special music, memorial readings and a lighting of candles in remembrance of those who have passed.  The service is open to all members of the community who have lost loved ones this year.  For more info, call 910-645-2600 or email bladenfuneral@gmail.com.
Dec. 1....Cape Fear Valley Health will kick off the holiday season with its annual Light of Life Tree Lighting ceremony on Monday, December 1.  The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with opening remarks in front of Cape Fear Valley Cancer Treatment & CyberKnife Center.  The lighting will follow at 5:20 p.m.  Sponsor lights placed on the ceremonial Grand Magnolia tree are hung to honor or memorialize loved ones or caregivers at Cape Fear Valley Health.  

19 Degrees on November 19
The US National Weather Service recorded a record low temperature in Bladen County of 19 degrees at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday, November 19.  The previous low on this date was 26 degrees in 1997.
A low of 22 degrees recorded just prior to midnight tied the all time low in Bladen County for November 18.  That record was first set in 1959. 

Accepting Applications for Scholarships
Bladen County Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for their scholarships. The Cecil McClure Memorial Scholarship provides $500.00 per year and the R. Flake Shaw Scholarship provides $3,750.00 per year for four years of study at a college or university.  Two new scholarships are awarded each spring valued at $1,000.00 per year for two years of study at a community college.   
Applicants may apply through Bladen County Farm Bureau, by contacting Tammy Guyton at (910)645-2042. Eligibility requirements for both scholarships will be based on (1) financial need; (2) satisfactory scholastic record;

NC Court of Appeals upholds first criminal appeal under video sweepstakes law
Release date: 11/18/2014
Statement from Attorney General Roy Cooper

“Video gambling has been a source of crime and corruption in our state and that’s why I joined with law enforcement to push to ban it. My office has fought for years to give law enforcement and prosecutors the right to enforce the ban and today’s ruling makes it clearer that they have the authority to crack down on this crime.”

Hospice offers free Bladen holiday grief workshop

Hope for the Holidays is a free grief workshop offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Grief group discussions include understanding the grief process; coping with loss; defining realistic expectations for the holidays; and suggestions for creating new holiday traditions.

This free workshop will be from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Dec. 16, at LCFH’s Bladen office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown.

November Chamber Meeting

Linda Carey, Creative Director of Vibrant Business Today, was the guest speaker for the Elizabethtown White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday.    Ms. Carey spoke on the digital economy…finding and engaging people in your business through the internet.  Our society is utilizing digital technology to access everything, so businesses have to determine what they need out of technology to help their business.  Impressions, visits, and likes may be just as important to your business as sales are to the bottom line.  Social media, online sales, websites are all tools that are available to businesses to help increase visibility, and awareness of services.

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


Nov 24....Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro will be hosting a "A Farewell & Refreshments with Faye" with punch and cookies for patrons of the library on Monday, November 24, 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.  Faye Sykes will be celebrating her retirement which will become effective November 26. All members of the public are welcome!


Nov. 25....The Elizabethtown Volunteer Rescue Squad is having a pre-Thanksgiving bake sale on Tuesday, November 25th beginning at 6:30 a.m. and lasting until...Cakes, pies, etc, holiday treats, door prizes will be available as well as sausage dogs and hot chocolate.  Call-in orders accepted on the non-emergency phone number (910) 862-4036.  The squad building is located at 201 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC.


Nov 26....The Tar Heel Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at Tar Heel Baptist on Wednesday Nov 26th at 7 pm. Rev. Warren Hill will be speaking. The public is invited and encouraged to bring your friends and neighbors.   

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