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Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: Southwest Arkansas 3, West Bladen 2

   CHIPLEY, Fla. -- "If" can often be the cruelest of words.

   For the West Bladen baseball team, "if" line drives hadn't been hit directly at fielders, "if" a play had been executed properly instead of turned into a double play, "if" a ball could have snuck through the infield at an opportune time, and "if" a runner hadn't been ruled out after sliding past second base to end the game, then the Knights may have advanced in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series.

   However, it was Southwest Arkansas advancing Monday with a 3-2 win in an elimination game played at Chipley High School. The Knights were sent home having won once in three games.

Wildlife License Fee Changes Go into Effect Aug. 1

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 28, 2014) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today several changes to its hunting, inland fishing and trapping licenses, which will go into effect Aug. 1.

 

Changes include:
Increased fees for certain short-term, annual and lifetime licenses. The duration of a short-term hunting license also will increase from six to 10 days, making it consistent with short-term fishing licenses.

  

Eligibility requirements for senior licenses, which raise the age to 70 for residents who were born after Aug. 1, 1953. The age requirement remains 65 for residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953. 

Bladen County Schools Calendar
 
Bladen County Public School Teachers return to school on Monday, August 18 and students return a week later on August 25.  The August 18th date for teachers is an optional work day, however the balance of the week is required, according to the school calendar.
 
Students will attend school August 25th through the 29th before their first holiday of the new school year.  Monday, September 1st is Labor Day.

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

https://www.facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant.

     
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.

105 East Mercer Mill
Elizabethtown, NC
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Photos Courtesy of Lewis Smith     

Thoughts While Shaving
 
What a busy weekend for 4 youth teams, along with their coaches and supporters...Memories were made that will not soon be forgotten...
 
One young ladies team completed play as runner-ups in state competition....The 10U SWAC girls defeated previously undefeated Williamston 9-8 in 7 innings in the first game...but Williamston came back to win the championship game 16-9.
 
The 14U team from Bladen was eliminated Saturday after a great run.  The locals lost 12-2 to Onslow County.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
 
This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for Southeast North Carolina and Northeast South Carolina.
 
Today and Tonight...
 
Severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon through early evening.
 
Heat Index 100 to 104 degrees late this morning and afternoon.

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 
Today....A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11 a.m.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 96.  Heat index values as high as 102.  Southwest wind 10 to 14  mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.  New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
 
Tonight...A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m.  Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.  North wind around 8 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on July 28

  

Highest Temperature

103 degrees

2005

 

Lowest Temperature

55 degrees

1962

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

2.00 inches

1916

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 93 degrees.

Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: West Bladen 15, Auburn, Ga. 0

   CHIPLEY, Fla. -- What a difference a day made for the West Bladen baseball team in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series.

   A day after being shut out in the opening round, the Knights turned it around Sunday morning with a 15-0 thrashing of Auburn, Ga., in the second round of the 12-team double-elimination tournament being played at Chipley High School. The game was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the third inning due to the 15-run rule. 
The Week Ahead in Bladen County
 
Monday...
Bladenboro Town Council will meet Monday in Special Session at Town Hall.  The purpose of the meeting is to consider a change order related to the new Community Building...The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
 
NCDOT will close Lisbon Road (SR 1712) .71 miles east of Rosindale Road Monday for cross line replacements.  Drive carefully, there will be no detour signs...

Save Money at the Grocery Store

For Better Living

Sandra Cain     

            We are all feeling the pinch when it comes to rising food and fuel costs.  One way you can save time as well as money is to shop less frequently. Less trips means less gas and less of a chance of impulse buys of things you really don’t need. You will also save some time by shopping less frequently.
  
A good shopping list is your number one tool to help stretch food dollars and save money at the grocery store. You must plan ahead to have a good list, and plan to stick to the list.

Dixie Pre-Majors World Series: Gaston, S.C. 10, West Bladen 0

   CHIPLEY, Fla. -- Ryan MacElveen and Jacob Smith combined on a one-hitter Saturday as Gaston, South Carolina shut out West Bladen 10-0 in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series at Chipley High School. The game was stopped after six inning due to the 10-run rule.

   For the Knights, it was a game of frustration, and it sends them into the loser's bracket Sunday against Auburn, Georgia at 11 a.m. EDT (10 a.m. CDT in Chipley). Georgia was beaten by Pine Belt, Mississippi 13-1 on Saturday.

   West Bladen's lone hit came in the fourth inning on a solid single to left by Trevor Lesane, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. Lesane was one of only three Knights runners to reach second base.

All-time Extremes for Bladen County, NC
Data available from December 1, 1910 to July 25, 2014

  

Highest Temperature

105 degrees

Aug. 11, 2007

 

Lowest Temperature

-3 degrees

Jan. 21, 1965

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

8.86 inches

Jul. 22, 1970

     
Greatest One-Day Snowfall 13.0 inches

Dec. 12, 1917

West Bladen plays South Carolina in Dixie Pre-Majors World Series

   CHIPLEY, Fla. -- Legs have been stretched after a trip of more than 600 miles. Hotel rooms have been assigned. And the steak served during Friday night's banquet has been digested.

   For the West Bladen High School baseball team, it's time to play ball.

   The state champion Knights are scheduled to play Gaston, S.C., at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series at Chipley High School.
  

Click HERE to watch Gamecast.

 

Click HERE for a HTML version of Gamecast.

Bladen Baptist Youth Celebration - Click HERE for photos
 
Over 400, mostly Bladen County youth spent all night...Friday night...on the Elizabethtown Middle School football field.  The theme was "Pushing Back the Dark."  The celebration began at 8 p.m. and ended at 8 a.m. Saturday. A few came from as far away as Myrtle Beach and Fayetteville and one church from Columbus County was represented, but the vast majority represented Bladen Churches.
 
The all-nighter was sponsored by the Bladen Baptist Youth Council and was well attended with over 30 churches represented. 

No More State Supported Tax Free Back To School Sales in North Carolina
 
For the first time in 12 years, parents or guardians in the Tar Heel state who have students heading off to school will pay tax on their back to school purchases, unlike neighboring states.
 
North Carolina merchants that are located adjacent to neighboring states are expressing concern that their customers may be heading across the line for their back to school needs.

Bladen Commissioners to hold Special Meeting
 
The Bladen County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 5 p.m.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to review and consider an application for funding the North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License Fund related to a proposed Rock Arch Ramp Fishway to be located at Lock & Dam #2.
 
The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room of the Bladen County Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC.

Elwell Ferry Update
 
Elwell Ferry is now open.  High water on the Cape Fear River caused the ferry to close for several days.
 
The Ferry is now open.

State Farmers Market to host Watermelon Day July 31

  

RALEIGH – The State Farmers Market will host its annual Watermelon Day July 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  

Visitors can enjoy free slices of N.C. watermelon, get their photo taken with the N.C. Watermelon Queen and purchase locally grown watermelons from market vendors. The event also includes the largest-watermelon contest, with weigh-in at noon.

"Toni’s Locker" is off and running
by Marsha Burney

  

Toni Graham Cross of Elizabethtown believes that it "takes a village to raise a child," and though she has four children of her own, she’s reaching out to even more kids in Bladen County. And, she needs our help.

  

It all started with a Facebook challenge that Toni saw from a high school friend who lives out of state. Her friend has started a project called "Gloria’s Locker" to provide school supplies to kids in need.

Special Called Meeting for Bladenboro Town Board
 
Bladenboro Town Commissioners will meet for a Special Session at Town Hall.  The purpose of the meeting is to consider a Change Order on the Community Building.  The meeting will be held Monday, July 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Bladen Man pleads guilty to murder charge
 
22 year old Terrell Artez Robinson entered a guilty plea to second degree murder in a New Hanover County Court Thursday.  He was sentenced to 13 to 17 years in prison.
 
Robeson was arrested and charged in the summer of 2012 in connection with the murder of David McPhatter of Riegelwood.    

Four County Electric gives grant to hospice program

   

Four County Electric has awarded Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter a $5,000 grant to support its Healing Arts Program.

  

The grant will provide much-needed funding for Healing Art therapies for patients from Bladen, Pender, Columbus, Sampson and Duplin counties who are served at one of LCFH&LCC’s in-patient hospice care centers. Utilizing the current bereavement counseling staff already in place, the Four County Electric grant will be used primarily to contract licensed Healing Arts practitioners.

From the Bladen County Historical Files
 
Bladen Correctional Center near White Lake built in the late 1930's (recently closed by state)
 
Bladen County Hospital built in 1952.
 
Bladen County Courthouse and Jail built in 1965.

DOT To Open Lisbon Road
 
Lisbon Road (State Road 1712) will be open for the weekend for through traffic starting today (7/24/14) at 5:30 p.m., according to Kenneth Clark, DOT P.E. Clark said in an email, "due to unpaved rough spots in the road, please drive at a reduced speed.  It is scheduled to close Monday, (7/28/14), about .71 miles east of Rosindale Road (State Road 1708) for cross line replacements.  There will be no sign detour," according to the memo.

Dee Jones takes helm at East Arcadia School
by Marsha Burney

  

Dee Johnson-Jones is exactly where she thinks she was meant to be – smack dab in the middle of East Arcadia. This vivacious, out-going lady has thought for a year or two that she was ready to move up from an assistant principal to a lead principal, and the Bladen County Schools afforded her that opportunity when she took over July 1 at the helm of East Arcadia School.

  

"I spent nine years in the classroom and then another nine years as an assistant principal," Ms. Jones said. Pulling terms as assistant principal at Lumberton Senior High School and, most recently, at the Clarkton School of Discovery, Ms. Jones said it was time for her to make a move.

Feeding or Harassing Alligators is Dangerous and Illegal

  

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 23, 2014) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that if you see an alligator, in most instances it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone.

  

Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer.

  

Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and possibly attack someone. 

Captors Headed South
 
Three men charged with kidnapping a South Carolina man and holding him against his will in Sampson and Cumberland counties, in North Carolina, have been returned to US District Court in the Palmetto state.
 
Juan Fuentes-Morales, Luis Castro-Villeda and Ruben Ceja-Rangel were ordered to face charges in South Carolina.
 
According to the court documents, United States marshals must transport the defendants, together with a copy of this order, to the charging district and the defendants to the United States marshal for that  district, or to another officer authorized to receive the defendant.

Free caregivers workshop
 
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter presents Caregiving Can Make Life Crazy! How to Keep it from Making You Crazy!, a free community workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 21, at N.C. Cooperative Extension, Powell-Melvin Auditorium, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown.
 
While family caregiving is often a rewarding experience, it can cause us to feel, think, act and experience life in ways we otherwise would not. The stresses can take us out of our minds and out of the life we had before we became caregivers.
Bladen County Financial Report
 
Bladen County Commissioners receive a financial report each month, from Lisa Coleman, Finance Officer.
 
The last report was through June 30, the end of the fiscal year.  However, Ms. Coleman explained, there are still bills to be paid and revenues expected before the auditor begins the year end report.
 
Some of the best news was the collection of property taxes.  The early numbers indicate 104.63% of the budgeted amount has been collected.  That does not mean that all current year property taxes have been paid, but does mean that current year and previous year tax collections exceeds the budgeted amount.
Bladen Youth Camp Planned for August
 
The Bladen County Sheriff's Department and Bladen County Ministerial Association is sponsoring a special youth event, 'Embracing or Differences,' from August 12th through 14th for ages 10 to 17 at Elizabethtown Middle School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
 
Vans will pickup youngsters at 8 locations in the county, including Bladenboro, East Arcadia, Kelly, Clarkton, Tar Heel, Hickory Grove Fire Station, Ammon and White Oak. Lunch will be provided and the program includes inspirational speakers that include Elizabethtown businessman Brian Campbell on Tuesday the 12th. Former Bladenboro and Wake Forest Basketball Star Trelonnie Owens will be the Wednesday speaker and Victoria Huggins, Miss Central Carolina will address the attendees on Thursday, August 14th.
Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
 
The yearly blood drive was scheduled for Veeder-Root.
 
Hilda Kinlaw was named Chairperson of the Dublin area Cystic Fibrosis “ Kiss Your Baby Campaign”.
 
William H. Davis announced that he will be a candidate for the Elizabethtown Board of Commissioners.

Southeastern Health/City of Lumberton receive $500,000 grant from NC DOC Lumberton, NC

  

Representatives from Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and The City of Lumberton gathered at Southeastern Regional Medical Center recently to celebrate an award of $500,000 through the North Carolina Department of Commerce for a Building Reuse grant to renovate a portion of the medical center for SeHealth’s medical education program.

  

“This is a great example of collaboration with a common goal—improving our community,” said SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson. “I appreciate Lumberton City leadership working with Southeastern Health to obtain this funding.” 

White Lake Student Receives LGFCU Scholarship
Robert Kinlaw will use award money to attend UNC Chapel Hill
 
RALEIGH, NC (7/21/14)—Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) proudly congratulates Robert Kinlaw, who is the recipient of an LGFCU Scholarship Award.
 
Robert Kinlaw will use his scholarship to study at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is one of 120 deserving high school seniors and post-secondary students that will have extra money to apply toward their education at the university, community or technical college of their choice.
EastPointe Community Ed Series
 
EastPointe presents another in a series of community education programs in cooperation with local agencies.  The next topic to be explored is 'Demystifying Postpartum Depression: No, You Are Not Crazy.'
 
Presenters will be Dr. Kathleen Heer and Dr. Anila Ricks-Cord, Women's Health Specialist at Bladen Healthcare.

Commissioners Warned to Fix the Jail Problem
 
Bladen County Commissioners had a full agenda at their Monday meeting....including numerous presentations and appointments and more, but the biggest news of the night was their final announcement.
 
The Board voted to approve an executive session at the end of the meeting for attorney-client privilege. 
 
Following the executive session, commissioners return to regular session and Chairman Jimmie Smith told the small group waiting that the purpose of the meeting was to respond to Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser regarding their plans for a new jail in Bladen County.

Provider update for White Lake clinic
 
Family Nurse Practitioner Sharon Baxley provides care at Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake weekdays except Wednesdays, when Dr. Stephen Bridgers is at the clinic. Clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday,  Wednesday and Friday from 8 am to 5 pm; Thursdays from 8 am to noon. The clinic is closed daily from 12:30-1:30 pm for lunch. Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake is located at 1921 White Lake Drive and is an affiliate of Southeastern Health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (910) 862- 6491.

Summer Sounds Concert Planned by Chamber and Bladen Healthcare
 
North Tower will be the featured  entertainers at the Summer Sounds Concert scheduled for Thursday, August 14th at Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown.  Lawn chairs are welcomed.  The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare and proceeds from the concert will benefit the Chamber and the Hospital Foundation.

3rd Annual Battle of Elizabethtown
 
The 3rd Annual Battle of Elizabethtown is set for August 16 & 17 at Tory Hole Park and Cape Fear Farmer's Market...
 
Admission is FREE.
 
Learn how people lived, camped, fought, traveled and got along in the 1780's.  The events are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Nomination Deadline Nears for Farm Service Agency County Committees
 
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 — U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations.
 
County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs.
 

North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released
 
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, unchanged from May’s revised rate of 6.4 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.

 

North Carolina’s June 2014 unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 8,577 over the month to 4,389,167, and increased 77,054 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 2,142 over the month to 299,313, and declined 89,007 over the year.  

937 West Swanzy Street
Elizabethtown, NC
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Photos Courtesy of Lewis Smith    

Beast of Bladenboro Festival set for October 25th
 
The 8th Annual Beast of Bladenboro Festival will be held Saturday, October 25.  A wide range of vendors will be in town.  Rides and games for the young and young at heart.  Bounce houses, horse and wagon rides, camel and pony rides.  Southeastern Cruiser car show and a special attraction. Lizard Lick Towing will be visiting.  Enjoy the smell of hot dogs, tasty funnel cakes and yes there will be collard sandwiches, Bar-b-Que and much more.
 
Music will be provided throughout the day by local talent.  The main attraction will be the Fantastic Shakers from 7 til 9:30 p.m.  The event is from 10 a.m. til 10 p.m. in downtown Bladenboro everyone is welcomed.

Carolina Sands Golf Course Back On The Auction Block
 
Carolina Sands Golf Course, located between Elizabethtown and White Lake, is going back on the auction block on Tuesday, August 5th at 10 A.M. Carolina Sands is a 179.44 acre course that was built in 1964.
 
A foreclosure sale was held on March 28, 2014 on the courthouse steps in Elizabethtown. On June 27, 2014, Bankruptcy Judge Randy D. Doub entered a Consent Order Granting Joint Consent Motion for Relief from an Automatic Stay.

Elizabethtown Police Department disposing of firearms
 
The Elizabethtown Police Department is in possession of previously seized firearms that have remained unclaimed and are no longer part of any ongoing criminal or civil cases.
 
Individuals with a valid claim to ownership should contact the Elizabethtown Police Department prior to August 4th, 2014 to reclaim the property.
 
A hearing will be conducted to determine the disposition of any remaining unclaimed firearms on August 4th, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Superior Courtroom at the Bladen County Courthouse.

Just make it to the store
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer
 
  

The cargo in the bed of the borrowed truck was one good blast of tractor-trailer induced wind from causing calamity on a Friday highway, so I made a quick sidetrip in search of something to quell the rebellious nature of four large barrels that just wouldn’t quite wedge where I wanted them to stay.

 

The sidetrip was an excellent excuse to spend a little time in one of my favorite places, Pierce and Co. in Hallsboro.

Fall registration at BCC fast approaching
Jack McDuffie
 
Registration for the fall semester at Bladen Community College is just around the corner and the counselors and other staff members at the college are busy encouraging prospective students to get prepared.
 
Two registration periods are scheduled between now and the beginning of the fall semester; an early registration period on July 16 and 17, as well as the final registration period on August 11 and 12.  According to BCC Associate Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest, the two registration periods are scheduled to spread the workload during registration and to give students who made application early an opportunity to register before the final registration period.

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 2.....Windsor United Methodist Church will host a Women's Conference entitled "Endurance" on Saturday,  August 2 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Tickets only $10.00 which includes lunch and can be purchased prior to July 20 by contacting Sharon at 850-1460.  A light breakfast will be available at 8:00 a.m.  Windsor UMC is located on Hwy 242 in the Ammon Community

   

Aug. 4-7..Wesley's Chapel UMC Vacation Bible School will be held Monday through Thursday, August 4-7. 'Everywhere Fun Fair where God's World Comes Together'.. Enjoy Bible Point Crafts, exciting games, thrilling  Bible stories, some tasty snacks and hear unforgettable music.  Dinner at 5:30 and VBS begins at 6 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.  Wesley's Chapel UMC is located at 2409 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown.

   

Aug. 4-8...HEY KIDS !!!!! WEIRD ANIMALS ARE COMING….. Join us each night for fun, games, and a thrilling adventure August 4 – 8, 2014 at White Oak Family Worship Center 1932 Burney Road White Oak NC for Weird Animals VBS, Where Jesus Love is One of a Kind.  A light dinner will be served each night at 5:30 p.m. To pre-register or for more information visit our Face Book page at White Oak Family Worship Center. We look for to seeing YOU there.         

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