Week in Review: March 2-8
What was that big, bright
orange orb in the sky Saturday? Oh, yeah,
that was the sun. Haven't seen it in a few
The week ended
with a beautiful late winter/early spring
day with temperatures in the mid 60s and not
a hint of rain. We had spent much of the
week dodging raindrops. It was great to feel
the warmth of the sun once again.
However, all of the rain during the week has
brought flood warnings along the Cape Fear
River through Tuesday, March 11. The river
is expected to crest at 52 feet Monday
morning. Flood stage is 42 feet.
All of last week's rain put a damper -- pun
intended -- on high school spring sporting
events. In short, there were none.
However, there was some sports news last
The East Bladen
girls' basketball team lost to Reidsville
41-37 in the semifinals of the N.C. High
School Athletic Association 2-A East
Regionals in Fayetteville on Wednesday. The
Eagles finished 28-2 and reached the final
eight in the state.
Clarkton School of Discovery boys' and
girls' basketball teams won the Bladen Five
Conference middle school tournament
championships. The boys beat Elizabethtown
44-43 while the girls topped Elizabethtown
In other news
from last week,
200 residents from all over Bladen County
met Friday night at Elizabethtown Baptist
Church to celebrate the 10th anniversary of
Bladen Crisis and hear about plans for the
next 10 years. The organization has provided
585 tons of food and doled out $350,000 to
help needy people in Bladen County.
Carolina Sands Golf Course has gone into
foreclosure. Court records show a
foreclosure sale has been scheduled March 28
at the Courthouse.
Clarkton Town Board voiced concerns at
Tuesday night's meeting over delinquent
accounts and discussed ways to make
water/sewer and property tax customers more
responsible for past-due amounts. The
discussion came after an audit report from
Bryan Scott of the firm Thompson, Price,
Scott, and Adams of Elizabethtown.
Mayor Rufus Duckworth confirmed that Melanie
Hester will be appointed interim
administrator for the Town of Bladenboro at
the monthly meeting on Monday, March 10.
Hester has been clerk since 2004, and has
been acting in the capacity since the
resignation of Delane Jackson last last
West Bladen High
School welcomed its new principal, Wesley
Floyd, who is from Robeson County. Floyd
replaces interim principal Wade Lowry, who
has been at the school since the first of
the year following the resignation of Toni
Warrick over the Christmas break.
That's the week that was in Bladen County.