> Wos, DHHS get another stern letter from USDA

> McCrory's transportation plan shows new leadership

> Our View: State budget uncertain on income, costs

> DANVILLE, Va.: US tobacco growers brace for tougher competition

> Southards: Longtime partnership finally results in victory

> "Double rookie" NFL ref Brad Allen from Lumberton drawing early rave reviews

> WHITEVILLE: In Columbus County, another death row conviction faces a challenge

BladenOnline under new ownership

Robert G. Hester, (L) owner of BladenOnline, announced that he has sold the local online newspaper to Daine and Charlotte Smith. The new company is Online News & Advertising, LLC with a DBA BladenOnline.  The sale is effective immediately.

Hester began publishing BladenOnline February 1, 2008.  Originally, Hester and Michael Simmons were planning to begin the online newspaper, however, Simmons died in late 2007 while it was still in the early planning stages.

North Carolina’s August Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, increasing 0.3 of a percentage point from July’s revised rate of 6.5 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.
North Carolina’s August 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 28,666 over the month to 4,340,873, and increased 28,938 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 10,404 over the month to 314,962, and declined 57,505 over the year.  

Bladenboro Commissioners to hold Special Meeting
A Special Meeting of the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has been called to meet in Town Hall Monday at 7 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel, and it will be held in closed session.

Town of Elizabethtown to hold special meeting
Elizabethtown Town Council will conduct a called meeting Monday at 12 noon.  The purpose of the meeting is to adopt the Wellhead Protection Plan.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held a the Town Hall.

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.
Thoughts While Shaving
53 years ago...today...My bride and I had been married nearly one year....she had a difficult pregnancy...in and out of the hospital for 2 months or more...finally the Doc said we are going to have a baby....
I was in the Bladenboro unit of the National Guard and it was inspection night...and I was told to report...and I did with the promise I could leave early....and I did...
It was the night of the birth of our first born....Ricky James Hester made his entrance and our world changed...for the better...
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today....Partly cloudy, with a high near 82.  East wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday Night...Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northeast wind around 7 mph.
Saturday...Partly sunny, with a high near 81.  Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night...Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.  North wind around 6 mph.
Sunday...Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.
This Day in History - September 19
1755---Great Britain & Russia sign military agreement.
1778---The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States.
1796---George Washington's farewell address as president.
1849---1st commercial laundry established in Oakland, California.
1876---Talks begin to set up a football club in Ottawa.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 19


Highest Temperature

94 degrees



Lowest Temperature

48 degrees



Greatest One-Day   Precipitation                  

2.30 inches 1928


Yesterday's High Temperature was 82 degrees

Bladenboro Woman Reported Missing
Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt says Rebecca Marie Hunt, a 38 year old white female was reported missing Thursday by her mother, Glynda Muse.  According to Chief Hunt, Ms. Hunt was last seen about 2 weeks ago.  She is described as having brown hair, hazel eyes, about 5'3 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 lbs. 
Ms. Muse reported her daughter missing shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014.  Her last known whereabouts was in the Allenton area of Robeson County.
If you know her know anything about where Rebecca Marie Hunt may be, you are ask to call 910-862-8142 or 910-862-8141.

BURGAW, N.C. (September 18, 2014) – Four County EMC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, October 6, at Pender High School, 5380 NC Hwy. 53 West in Burgaw. The meeting is open to all Four County EMC members. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will kick off at 7:00 p.m.


(L) - Milton Bullock (aka) “Th e Golden Platter” will entertain his Motown tunes along with Mary Tate “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar” at Four County EMC’s 65th Annual Membership Meeting. Members present will also have a chance to win prizes including this retired GMC-Seirra pickup truck!   

Upgrades Continue At Vineyard Golf At White Lake
With less than two weeks to go the staff at Vineyard Golf at White Lake, (formerly Carolina Sands) is scurrying about to make sure everything is in shape for the opening day, Wednesday, October 1.
Workers are busy installing new white sand in all of the sand traps. The clubhouse is being painted and the entire campus is being spruced up. A new gate is being installed as you approach the course off of highway 701. New big screen television sets have been installed throughout the clubhouse. Custom-made trash receptacles are being positioned on all eighteen holes.

McIntyre Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.


NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Rep. McIntyre for standing up for small business. In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said,

Boil Water Precautionary Advisory for the area(s): Clark Street, Center Street, Hill Street and Swanzy Ridge Apartments
The water customers of the Town Of Elizabethtown in the above described area are experiencing periods of low pressure and /or outages in the distribution system due to a (water main break). The Town Of Elizabethtown is presently working to correct the problem in the fastest and most efficient manner.
Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system. Therefore, the Town Of Elizabethtown advises that when water service is restored the residents of the above described area boil their water prior to human consumption or utilize another water source such as bottled water.  

Bladen County Weather Averages (1981-2010)
Average High in September  83 degrees
Average Low in September   62 degrees
Average precipitation in September  5.28
Annual High Temperature     73.4 degrees
Annual Low Temperature      49.8 degrees
Average Annual rainfall         49.27 inches.
Average First Frost in fall      Oct. 31 -  Nov 10
info courtesy of U.S. Climate Data

Thoughts While Shaving
I rise early in the morning to update BladenOnline before taking an early morning walk.  As I listen to the news reports I cannot imagine the cruel, mean folk that walk among us...
Bladen is not immune but our numbers are less, few are "jammed into a small area" where we are concerned about a stray bullet coming through the window or wall from some careless individual or group that causes daily concerns and sleepless nights...
Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today....A slight chance of showers between 8 a.m. and noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80.  Northeast wind 3 to 6 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight..A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Light east wind.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday...Partly sunny, with a high near 80.  Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
This Day in History - September 18
1502---Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and last voyage.
1679---New Hampshire becomes a county in Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1769---John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano.
1789---1st loan is made to pay salaries of the presidents and Congress.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on September 18


Highest Temperature

95 degrees



Lowest Temperature

47 degrees



Greatest One-Day


2.09 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 82 degrees.

NCDOT Prepares for Biannual Litter Removal Event Tuesday, September 16


RALEIGH – Preparations are underway by the N.C. Department of Transportation for its statewide Fall Litter Sweep taking place Sept. 20 – Oct. 4, 2014. Many groups participate in each Litter Sweep, the department’s biannual statewide roadside litter cleanup, including Adopt-A-Highway groups, NCDOT maintenance crews, Department of Public Safety inmate crews, community service workers and other statewide volunteers.
“The success of Litter Sweep is based upon the volunteers participating statewide,” said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. “I thank all the volunteer participants in donating their time to remove litter from the state’s roadsides. All of us promote litter prevention by securing loads and not disposing of unwanted trash on our roadways.” 

Secrets in the cypress
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

It’s understandable why so many think life began in some primordial swamp.

I’m not one of those, of course; where others see some grand accident, I see the miracle of creation. I am not prone to trust anything created by man, and since evolution is something thought up by man, then proven by formulae created by men, then backed up by data assembled by man in order to prove his formulae, I choose to place my trust in something more.

State seeking public input on local laws that could interfere with state environmental, agricultural rules

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources are seeking input from the public about any local ordinances that might interfere with the state agencies’ own regulations.

The Regulatory Reform Act of 2014, passed by the General Assembly in August, requires both departments to report on “any local ordinances that impinge on or interfere with any area subject to regulation by the Department(s)” by Nov. 1. The legislation also directed the two departments to seek public input regarding such ordinances.

Cape Fear Valley Health Earns Heart Failure Quality Award

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has earned a Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). The award is bestowed for quality improvement measures in regards to heart failure patients.

The measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants. Hospitals must also educate patients on how to manage their heart failure after discharge.

Caregiver Education Series Emergency Preparedness Guide
Sponsored by: Community Home Care & Hospice

Community Hospice knows the importance of being prepared for any emergency.  Families caring for terminally ill loved ones are especially vulnerable and need to be prepared for a disaster sooner than rather than later.  Depending on the severity of the situation, it is extremely beneficial to have a plan in the event of a disaster such as hurricanes, tornados, floods or ice events.

Dublin Peanut Festival T-Shirt winner


Each year the students at Dublin Primary School submit a drawing in hopes their picture will be chosen as the design for the Dublin Peanut Festival T-Shirts.  The winner receives a free T-Shirt and a $25 check.  This year the winner is Carington McDowell.  She is a 4th grade student and the daughter of Jerry & Quitisha McDowell.  She is shown with Dublin Peanut Festival Chairman, Donnie Todd, her family and Dublin Primary School principal, Haley Cheshire.

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30 arrested in Bladen during 'Booze It & Lose It' campaign

Thirty people were arrested in Bladen County during the state's "Booze It & Lose It" campaign, according to figures released Tuesday by the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Statewide, 2,757 people were arrested from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1 as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor's Highway Safety Program campaign.
"Law enforcement continues to work hard day and night to make our roads safer," said Don Nail, Governor's Highway Safety Program director. "Arresting an average of 153 drunk drivers a day is no small feat.
Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
Taylor Manufacturing of Elizabethtown opened a new Canadian plant designed to build bulk tobacco barns.
Dennis Patterson was named Editor of The Bladen Journal and Bonnie Parker was named the Journal’s new Advertising Director.
“Tater” Shaw of Bladenboro announced his retirement as the Bladenboro Fire Department Chief.
Researcher, author to present program at BCC
Jack McDuffie
Bladen Community College’s Humanities Department will present another in its Writers Series programs on Monday, September 29, at 11 a.m. in the BCC Library.  The guest presenter is award-winning author, researcher and producer of documentary films Kevin Duffus.
Duffus has studied the maritime history of the North Carolina coast for many years, especially with regard to the legends of the pirates that once sailed the waters of the state’s coastal waters. 

Parents workshop planned


Parents, do you want to know more about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in children and how early intervention can help? Did you know that your high school student can enroll in college courses from ECU, UNC-G, and BCC to earn college credit while in high school? Plan to join us Thursday, September 18 at 6:00 pm at the Board of Education (across from Elizabethtown Middle School) for information about these programs available to Bladen County Schools parents. 

BCC to join Investing in Rural Education program with Bladen Schools

Bladen Community College is expected to become a partner with Bladen County Schools and N.C. New Schools as part of the Investing in Rural Education program during an event Thursday morning at the Board of Education meeting.

The program gives students the opportunity to enroll in college courses and earn college credit while in high school. Bladen County has 190 students enrolled in the N.C. New Schools program through East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Pedestrian killed in Bladenboro accident
57 year old Paul Weston was killed instantly around 8 p.m. Monday on NC 211 business (West Seaboard Street) in Bladenboro.  Robert Herrmann, 47 of 113 Middle Street, Bladenboro suffered serious injuries and was transported to New Hanover hospital in Wilmington.  He reportedly has a broken leg and ankle.
Assistant Bladen Coroner Ken Clark said Weston and Herrmann were walking on or near NC 211 business near the old Bladenboro Cotton Mill site when they were struck by a car driven by Melissa Singletary.

Bladen County Commissioners Approve Legislative Goals for 2015-16.
Every two years, in the months preceding a long session of the General Assembly, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners engages in a process to determine the legislative goals it should seek in the best interest of the counties. 
The process is designed to allow input from as many county commissioners and other county officials as possible.  By maximizing participation from so many of the organization's members, it is possible to reach agreement on goals that are important to all members.

Buckle Up For Life, Observe Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 14-20

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin encourages families to participate in statewide seat check events

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is encouraging parents and caregivers across North Carolina to observe Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 14-20) by learning how to install their children's car seats at a local safety event or by finding a permanent seat checking station near their homes.

Bladen County Commissioners work through short agenda
Bladen County Commissioners met Monday and dealt with several issues in short order..
Commissioners approved a request from Robert Mazur (R), General Service Director to terminate an agreement with Energy Systems Group, LLC.  Mazur said the county no longer needed their services and it will save the county $8,500 annually. 
Chris Ellis, Bladen County Tax Assessor, requested the board to consider approving the sale of a tract of land in the Clarkton area with a dilapidated single-wide mobile home on it....The county foreclosed on the .25 acres in 2009. 
Duke Energy to build solar plant in Bladen County

Duke Energy announced Monday plans to build a solar power plant in Bladen County as part of a $500 million investment in solar power in North Carolina.

The plant will be constructed on 120 acres off N.C. 87 near the Bladen and Cumberland county lines, and will have 105,000 solar panels, the company said. Construction is expected to begin early in 2015, and be in operation before the end of year, the company said.
Miss HCA Pageant
The 10th annual Miss Harrells Christian Academy Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, September 27th in the Joseph Newkirk Auditorium of HCA. 
This year's theme is, "A Night at the Movies."
Contestants include,
Miss contestants: 
Natalie Hardin
Kiley Jones

Farmers should have corn tested for aflatoxin

RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food.
Aflatoxin is a byproduct of the mold Aspergillus flavus, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock.

“We have six drop-off locations at research stations across the state to make it easy for farmers to submit samples,” Troxler said. “I encourage farmers to take advantage of our testing service to protect feed and food against this mold.”

Operation Medicine Drop scheduled Saturday at Peanut Festival

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office will conduct Operation Medicine Drop on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dublin Primary School as part of the Dublin Peanut Festival.

The event gives people an opportunity to safely dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications. However, Operation Medicine Drop cannot accept biohazard materials.
For information, call the Bladen County Sheriff's Office at 862-6960.

SHIIP counselors can help with Medicare Part D program

Are you or someone you know on Medicare? Do you pay more than $5 for yur prescription drugs? Do you have a limited monthly income?

If so, then you may qualify to receive help paying for your prescription drugs. Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors are available to review your coverage. In Bladen County, contact Division of Aging Senior Center Director Amy Ruffin at 872-6331 for an appointment. The open enrollment period for 2015 begins Oct. 15, 2014 and ends Dec. 7, 2014.

SHIIP serves as an information source. It does not sell insurance.

Click here to view the Part D benefit parameters for 2014 and 2015.

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Sept. 1-7

The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Tuesday, Sept. 2
    Thomas Javie Kinlaw, 27: Larceny (felony)
    Sherman Leon Byrd, 47: Larceny (misdemeanor)
    Billy Ray Cummings, 30: Aid and abet larceny (misdemeanor)
CTE teachers achieve proficiency
Valerie Newton
Six (6) Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers have achieved student proficiency in their respective classes during the spring 2014 semester.
Cedric Mathis, Mitchell Newkirk, Patti Nance, Glenda Matthis, Gail Marsh and Dana Mills all had successful attainment of 100% student achievement of 77% proficiency and above in the following Career and Technical Education courses.
Cedric Mathis--East Bladen High School Core Sustainable Construction & Carpentry I

STEM Fellowship Opportunity

STEM Fellowship Opportunity - The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Fellowship Year. The AEF Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to STEM education program and/or education policy efforts. Details are available online at www.trianglecoalition.org/einstein-fellows/fellows-news/albert-einstein-distinguished-educator-fellowship-aef-program-now-accepting-2015-2016-applications. Program applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.

Dublin Peanut Festival Queens

Photos by Gordon KinlawTiny Miss- Jazlyn Himmelheber
Little Miss-Alexus Bryant 
Junior Miss-Lauren Pait
Teen Miss- Kelsie Gaddis
Miss Dublin Peanut Festival- Kimberly Cashwell
Ambassador- Alexis Underwood

Starting Times Now Available At Vineyard Golf At White Lake
On October 1 a new era of golf will arrive in Bladen County. Vineyard Golf at White Lake, formerly Carolina Sands Golf Course, will open for play. Tee times may be reserved by calling 910-247-6132. The staff at Vineyard Golf will be happy to accommodate any and all players who would like to experience Bladen’s only golf course. It is suggested you check with the pro shop in order to make sure your group can tee it up at a convenient time for you.

12 Tasty Salad Toppers

For Better Living

Sandra Cain
Sometimes people think green salad = lettuce = blah. Not so. The only limits to exciting salads are limits of the imagination.

Begin with salad greens. Enhance the eye appeal and nutrition of a salad by adding colorful fruits and vegetables. Keep it light by limiting the amount of salad dressing to about 1 tablespoon per 1 1/2 to 2 cups of greens. Then make the flavor really POP by adding some of the following ingredients. You can either put them on top or mix them in with your salad.

Elwell Ferry...Bladen County, NC
source Wikipedia
"Elwell Ferry is an inland cable ferry which has operated since 1905 on Elwell Ferry Road between NC Highway 53 and NC Highway 87, crossing the Cape Fear Rover and connecting the communities of Carvers Creek and Kelly in Bladen County, North Carolina.
Along with Parker's Ferry and Sans Souci Ferry, the Elwell Ferry is one of three remaining cable ferries operating in North Carolina.

Johnson remains in New Hanover Hospital
Janice Johnson, 74 of Elizabethtown, remains in the intensive care unit at New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington.  Johnson was airlifted to the hospital following a collision with an 18 wheeler Thursday at the intersection of NC 41 and NC 410 near Bladen Community College.

8th Annual Motorcycle Ride PPD
The 8th Annual Motorcycle Ride has been postponed to Saturday, September 20th.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the ride departs Camp Clearwater , White Lake, NC at 10 a.m. September 20th.

First South Bank files to purchase local Bank of America location
A Notice of Proposed Branch Purpose and Assumption Notice is given that First South Bank with headquarters in Washington, NC has filed an interagency bank merger act application with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation requesting the agency's written consent to purchase certain assets and liabilities of nine branches of Bank of American, Charlotte North Carolina.  The branches proposed to be purchased are located throughout eastern North Carolina including the Elizabethtown branch.
Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: Sept. 1-7

The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 7. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 1
    Jason Alexander Hall, 39: Civil contempt-child support (misdemeanor)
    Michael Dwayne Wix, 26: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)
    Lester Lynn Rich, 39: Communicating threats (misdemeanor)

Carolina Sands changing to Vineyard Golf At White Lake


 Bill Augustine, owner of the present golf course known as Carolina Sands at White Lake, has announced that the new name will be VINEYARD GOLF AT WHITE LAKE. This change takes place immediately.
Augustine stated “We felt that with all the new changes and improvements taking place here that a new name would only enhance the enjoyment and experience of golfing at our course. With the new MiniVerde greens installed, along with all the other improvements, we really needed a fresh new name, thus VINEYARD GOLF AT WHITE LAKE. 

Bladen man charged with child abuse

A Bladen County man is facing child abuse charges after the child he was babysitting Saturday night was found to have deep bruises and a cigarette burn.

Kevin Russell Wilmot, 26, of the 900 block of Hickory Grove Ballpark Road, is charged with felony child abuse with serious injuries after deputies were called to a home on Taylors Roberts Drive on Saturday, according to Bladen County Chief Deputy Rodney Hester. The 7-year-old returned home with deep bruises to his buttocks and back, and also had a cigarette burn just above his right ankle, and told authorities that Wilmot had spanked him with a belt and had burned him with a cigarette, Hester said.

Wilmot is not the child's father. Wilmot is in Bladen County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

Bladen sheriff participates in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston joined four other sheriffs in the Cape Fear region aboard the USS North Carolina battleship in Wilmington on Wednesday to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The five sheriffs challenged other sheriffs in North Carolina to take part in the fundraising event.

Bladen County Chief Deputy Rodney Hester dumped the ice water on Benston's head.

Refurbished Dublin Scout Hut begins to take shape - Click HERE for photos

In March, a project began to restore the Dublin Scout Hut.

As fall nears, volunteers are putting the finishing touches on a facility that was once a Scouting staple in Bladen County.

The log cabin facility located at the end of Fifth Street across from Dublin Mobile Village is beginning to look like it used to several years as a result of the massive refurbishing project. Completion may come by Nov. 1, say project volunteers.

However, money, along with items such as a gas stove, refrigerator, tables and chairs, still are needed. To make a donation or to volunteer to work on the building, call Walter Bullard at 876-2932.


DAR Honors Constitution Week - Click HERE for proclamation
The Battle of the Elizabethtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is honoring the United States Constitution Week with a special event. 
Constitution Week is from September 17th - 23rd.
On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 bells will be ringing all over America at 4 p.m. 

Non-Profit Business Seminar Series
Saturday  September 20 – Saturday September 27th, 2014 8:30a.m – 1:00p.m.
Bladen Community College, Dublin, NC
 The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College will offer a no-cost “Non-Profit Business Seminar Series.”  The seminars will be held Saturday September 20th and Saturday September 27th 8:30a.m to 1:00 p.m. at Bladen Community College, Building 2, Room 207.


See You at the Pole Rally Kicks Off Sunday, September 21
Bladen Baptist will kickoff the 2014 See You at the Pole Rally on Sunday, September 21. at 6 p.m. This is an event for all Bladen County youth, parents, guardians and any other person concerned about the condition of the home, nation or our schools, according to the announcement by the Bladen Baptist.
Rev. Chris Allen will be the guest speaker.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Pechmann Center Holds Free Deer-Processing Workshop Sept. 22 on Sep 08, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), is hosting a “Practical Deer Processing — from Field to Freezer” workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The workshop, which is free, is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 6-9 p.m. Instructors from QDMA will provide step-by-step instructions on how to process a deer after the hunt. Topics include field dressing, skinning, taxidermy preparation, safe food-handling techniques, basic home-processing procedures, as well as equipment needed. The workshop will wrap up with a question-and-answer session. 

Free Trapping Class at Singletary Lake State Park
The N.C. Trappers Association and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are sponsoring a Free Trapping Class Saturday, October 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Singletary Lake State Park, 6707 N.C. 53 East, Kelly, NC.
Learn about trapping beavers, coyotes and other furbearers, proper use of footholds, snares and bodygrip traps, trapping techniques and other skills.  There will be classroom and field instruction.  Lunch will be provided by NCTA.
Pre-registration is required.  Cal 910-231-4717.
note..You do not have to be a licensed trapper or hunter to attend this course.

Troxler announces availability of bioenergy research grants Application deadline is Sept. 26

RALEIGH – The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today.

“A total of $1 million in competitive grants is available, with funding coming from the N.C. General Assembly and a portion of the state’s TVA Settlement Fund,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “We have a great opportunity in North Carolina with our agricultural know-how and our forestry resources to develop renewable bioenergy, and that’s what these grants are intended to focus on.”

Bladen Community College Continuing Education Department Announces Clarkton Program Site


The Continuing Education Department of Bladen Community College has partnered with the Bladen County Housing Authority to offer continuing education programs at the Oakdale Homes Community Building at 10898 South College Street in Clarkton.

Currently scheduled courses offered by the BCC Continuing Education department include opportunities in Allied Health such as Nursing Assistant I; Adult High School/ABE/High School Equivalency;

2nd Annual Trail of Pink planned
Bladen County Senior Center is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Trail of Pink, Friday, October 3rd from 3 to 6 p.m.  Plans are to make a huge circle around the DSS and Senior Citizens building to honor and remember those touched by cancer.  Luminaries will be placed on the trail in honor or in memory of a special person or persons.
You are invited to be a part of the Trail of Pink.  Purchase a luminary or just make a contribution to the cause.  All proceeds from the event will go to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
To register for the event or to purchase a luminary, or just receive more information about Trail of Pink, call Amy Ruffin at the Bladen County Senior Citizens Center.  Her number is (910) 872-6331.

Adopt Fee waived for September at Animal Shelter
Bladen County Animal Shelter is full...Adoption fees will be waived through September 30.  You will still be required to pay the vaccination fees.  The fee for dogs is $25 and the fee for cats is $15.
"Bladen County Animal Shelter works very hard to get our furry friends a home," according to Karen Suggs, Shelter Manager.  "We don't want any left behind, so we hope waiving the adoption fee for the rest of the month will help them be adopted." 
You are encouraged to visit the shelter and meet your new furry companion.
The adoption hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-5:30 p.m.  Call 910-862-6918 for more information



Burgaw, NCTime is running out for teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from Four County EMC’s Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by September 19, 2014. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips, and more information on the Bright Ideas website at www.ncbrightideas.com

BCC Foundation’s Seafood & Sunset fundraiser set for September 25
Jack McDuffie
The Bladen Community College annual fall fundraiser will again be held on the shores of White Lake at Camp Clearwater this year.  Called Seafood & Sunset, the fundraiser will be held on Thursday, September 25, at 6 p.m.
The fall event has traditionally been the Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year and according to Foundation Director Linda Burney, this year’s event will be no exception. 

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.

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 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..


Sept. 20....The Baldwin Branch Men's conference will be Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21.  Saturday's session registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the conference at 9.  The guest speaker is Darrell K. Tennie, founder and CEO of the Tennie Group, LLC; A Tax and Accounting Firm located in Raleigh, NC.  Brunch by the Brand Women's Ministry.  The conference concludes on Sunday with Sunday School at 9 and Worship at 10 a.m.


Sept 20.....Bladen County residents are encouraged to 'bag up' old or unused Prescription Medications and deliver them to the 2014 Operation Medicine Drop at the Dublin Peanut Festival in Dublin, Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Medicine Drop is sponsored by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department.  Call 862-6960 for details.         

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