Week in Review: Jan. 12-19
Last year, the Bladen
County Board of Commissioners approved a
beer and wine referendum to be placed on the
ballot for the May elections.
Last week, the battle lines for those in
favor and those against the referendum
started to be drawn.
newly formed Political Action Committee
headed by Rev. Bruce Cannon, who is director
of missions for the Bladen Baptist
Association, held its first meeting at Sandy
Grove Baptist Church. The PAC is against the
measure. Rev. Mark Creech, who is the
executive director of the Christian Action
League of North Carolina, was the guest
official group organized in support of
passage of the referendum, at least not yet,
but the issue has drawn plenty of discussion
on Bladen Online's guestbook.
Supporters say its a matter of choice to
purchase a legal product, that Bladen County
will benefit from additional revenue, and it
prevents people from driving to neighboring
counties to purchase alcoholic beverages.
Detractors say it
encourages underage drinking, doesn't
provide an economic boom, and is a
County Elections Director Cynthia Shaw has
said she expects a much higher turnout than
usual for the May elections because of the
referendum being on the ballot.
Stay tuned. You'll be hearing a lot about
the issue over the next 3 1/2 months.
In other news,
Several people attended the Bladen County
Board of Education meeting in support of
naming assistant principal Tim Benton as the
school's principal. Toni Warrick left the
post over the Christmas holidays and was
replaced by Wade Lowry for the rest of this
school year. Benton attended Bladenboro High
School, and has been a teacher and coach in
the Bladen school system for several years.
The Bladenboro Board of
Commissioners appointed Terry Nance to fill
the remaining two years of the term of Larry
Simmons. Simmons resigned his seat in
November. The board also selected Alan
Maynard of Maynard Law Firm in Elizabethtown
to be the town attorney. The town is still
in need of a town administrator.
Woody White, a former Elizabethtown
resident, announced he is running for
Congress to represent residents of the 7th
Congressional District in Washington, D.C.
He made the announcement at the Cape Fear
Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. White is a
Wilmington attorney and currently serves as
chairman of the New Hanover County Board of
Commissioners. His parents, Barbara and
Eddie White, still live in Bladen County
In sports, former
UNC-Pembroke and West Bladen High basketball
player Nathan Priest signed a professional
contract with Kosarkarski Klub Elektra
Sostanj, a Slovenian team. Meanwhile, the
unbeaten East Bladen girls' basketball team
(15-0) was ranked third in the first N.C.
Preps Class 2-A poll of the season.
That's the week that was in Bladen County.