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National School Board Appreciation Month -Valerie Newton

Elizabethtown, NC – Have you thanked a school board member lately? School board members exemplify local citizen control and decision making in education. They volunteer hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are providing the best education possible for the children of our community. That is why we are taking this opportunity to recognize them during National School Board Appreciation Month in January. School board members are citizens whose decisions affect our children – what they learn, who will teach them, and what kinds of facilities house their classrooms. Our school board is one of more than 100 such boards across the state. With the advice and counsel of the educational professionals they hire, our school board has an impact on virtually every aspect of …..

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Bladen County Weather

Bladen County Weather National Weather Service Today – Sunny, with a high near 65. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph. Tonight – Clear, with a low around 47. Southwest wind around 8 mph. Monday – Sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Monday Night – Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph after midnight. Tuesday – A slight chance of rain before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 10 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Tuesday Night – A slight chance of rain before 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance …..

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This Day in History – January 6

This Day in History – January 6 1857—Florida troops seize Federal arsenal at Apalachicola. 1893—The Washington National Cathedral is chartered by Congress.  The charter is signed by President Benjamin Harrison. 1912—New Mexico becomes 47th state. 1914—Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded. 1927—US marines sent to Nicaragua. 1929—Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin her work amongst India’s poorest and diseased people. 1930—1st diesel engine automobile trip (in a Packard sedan) completed. 1939—Daily newspaper comic strip “Superman” debuts. 1942—Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world (“Pacific Clipper”) 1957—Elvis Presley makes his 7th and final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show. 1958—Gibson patents Flying …..

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Clarkton Resident Killed in Columbus County Accident

55 year old Daisy Smith of Clarkton was critically injured in a Monday afternoon wreck on US 701 near Western Prong community and died Tuesday afternoon in New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Smith was reportedly trapped in a 2004 Ford Taurus for about 30 minutes.  The wreck occurred about 1 p.m. Monday near at the US 701 and Peacock Road intersection. Share:

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Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Alternate heat source important

Winter Weather Preparedness Week: Alternate heat source important, emergency director says The frigid temperatures in Bladen County earlier this month served as a warning that winter is coming. The coldest season of the year officially begins at 6:03 p.m. on Dec. 21. Bradley Kinlaw, who is the director of Bladen County Emergency Services, says now is the time to prepare. After three winter storms within about a six-week period in January and February, Kinlaw hopes folks are more likely to heed the suggestion. Gov. Pat McCrory has declared Nov. 30 through Dec. 6 as Winter Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina. He urged all residents to update their emergency plans …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living

For Better Living Sandra Cain   Safe Handling of Wild Game After the big hunt, hunters are eager to prepare the meat for a meal. Most game meats are low in fat compared to domestic animals.  The care of any wild game begins with planning prior to the hunt. Game must be cooled as soon as possible to preserve its natural taste and ensure safety. CARE IN THE FIELD * Hunters should not handle or consume wild animals that appear sick or act abnormally, regardless of the cause. * Always wear heavy rubber or latex gloves when field dressing deer. * If intestinal contents contact meat, consider the meat contaminated. …..

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Commissioners to Welcome New Board Member

Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday, 6:30 p.m. in the courthouse.  Following the approval of minutes from recent meetings commissioner Mark Gillespie will officially leave the board and Arthur Bullock will join two incumbents who were recently re-elected for 4 more years.  They are Charles Ray Peterson and Russell Priest.  Peterson is a District 2 commissioner and Priest represents District 3. Following their swearing in, the newly assembled board of 9 members will elect a chairman and vice chairman.  Jimmy Smith has served the past couple of years in that role. Board members will recognize Fay Sykes and Wanda Butler, both are are retiring from the county effective December 1.  Then there …..

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Where did Black Friday Come From?

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened very early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth nations. Black Friday is not a holiday, but California and some other states observe “The Day After Thanksgiving” as a holiday for state government employees, sometimes in lieu of another federal holiday such as Columbus Day. Many non-retail employees and schools have both Thanksgiving and the day after off, followed by a weekend, thereby …..

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Elizabethtown Town Council Agenda

Elizabethtown Town Commissioners meet Monday for their regular monthly meeting.. The board will receive the annual audit report from Bryon Scott, CPA. Commissioners are expected to approve a Resolution of Appreciation for Charles Cain. Another item to be discussed is a request that declares a Fire Department vehicle as surplus and authorize Chief West to negotiate the private party sale. The board is expected to approve the Annual Certification of Firefighters. Commissioners will be updated on a Golden Leaf-Community Assistance Initiative and make appointments to vacancies to the Zoning Board of Adjustments and the Fireman’s Relief Fund Board. The board will also receive a monthly financial report. Commissioners meet at noon in the …..

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ECA Holds a Feast

On Thursday, November 20th, 2014 Elizabethtown Christian Academy held its Third Annual Thanksgiving Feast. Students from each class selected the role of an Indian or Pilgrim and made a gift to exchange. After a time of welcoming and exchanging gifts, students, parents, and friends enjoyed the feast of turkey and all the trimmings. Each year the number of participates increases and this year over 300 enjoyed the food and activities. We are very thankful for every family at ECA.   Share:

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Bladen to host N.C. Wildlife and Fisheries Meeting

The schedule for the January 2015 Public Hearings for proposed changed in Wildlife and Fisheries Management Rules has been released and the first of nine meetings will be held at Bladen County College on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.  The meetings are open to the public. Meetings will be held statewide and all begin at 7 p.m. Other meetings in the eastern part of the state are in New Bern on January 21, in Edenton on January 20 and in Smithfield on January 22. Share:

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Draft Game Land Management Plans Available for Public Review

RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 24, 2014) — After conducting a series of public meetings to gather input on developing management plans for game lands across the state, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has posted draft plans for seven game lands on its website for additional public comment. The Commission is accepting comments through Jan. 16 for the following game lands: Green River, comprising 14,331 acres in Henderson and Polk counties Holly Shelter, comprising 64,743 acres in Pender County Lower Roanoke River Wetland, comprising 10,077 of state-owned acres in Martin and Bertie counties read more here Share:

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Be a Savvy Shopper This Holiday Season

Release date: 11/26/2014 AG Cooper encourages shoppers to avoid common problems Raleigh: With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, Attorney General Roy Cooper offered the following tips to help consumers avoid common shopping problems that come up around this time of year. “Giving gifts to others is a huge part of holiday traditions for many families,” Cooper said.  “By taking time to make smart decisions you can avoid the unnecessary stress of holiday shopping mishaps.” read more here Share:

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Hospice Offers Free Health Directives Clinics

Hospice offers free health directives clinicsLower Cape Fear Hospice will host a free Begin the Conversation clinic from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in ElizabethtownClinics will be from 10-11 a.m. the first Thursday of each month. These sessions, which are free to everyone in all stages of life, will provide attendees information and resources to think about and plan for future healthcare decisions. “At any time in your life, you may be unable to communicate your healthcare choices as a result of an injury or serious illness. Having a plan will make it easier for you, your doctor, and your loved …..

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

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The North Carolina Division of School Financing urges consolidation of schools in Bladen County. Their suggestion was to combine Clarkton, East Arcadia and Elizabethtown into one school and combine Bladenboro and Tar Heel into one school. Canady Jewelers was burglarized and lost $50,000 in merchandise. Harold Marlowe was named President of Pioneer Savings and Loan. Annie M. Richardson, a teacher at Elizabethtown Primary School, was named Bladen County Teacher of the Year. Mayor Cecil Edge was honored for 34 years of service to the town of Elizabethtown. Share:

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Special Called Meeting in Bladenboro

A Special Meeting of the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has been called for Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 7  p.m. at Town Hall. Purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel, consideration of Chief Hunt’s recommendation and to deal with a budget amendment for McLean Park. As usual, the meeting is open to the public. Share:

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State Urges Safety Due to Cold Waters of Waterfowl Season

By Jefferson Weaver Staff Writer Between rising waterfowl populations, the Polar Vortex driving ducks south sooner, and popular TV shows, waterfowl hunting is more popular than ever this year. The Wildlife Resources Commission wants duck hunters to enjoy the good shooting currently under way, but to keep the season safe, too. This year’s Home From The Hunt campaign is again emphasizing waterfowl hunters who use boats to exercise boating safety and hunting safety. “Statistics show more waterfowl hunters die from hypothermia and drowning than gunshot wounds,” said Maj. Chris Huebner, the state boating safety coordinator. “Hypothermia is the loss of body heat and, left untreated, can prove fatal. Exposure to …..

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Elizabethtown Christmas Parade, Small Business Saturday highlight first holiday weekend

Elizabethtown Christmas Parade, Small Business Saturday highlight first holiday weekend The Christmas season begins this weekend in Elizabethtown. Saturday, downtown stores will have holiday sales in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Sunday, the Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, will take place. It’s scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. “It’s a very busy weekend and a great weekend to kick off the holiday shopping season,” said Dawn Maynard, who is the Chamber’s executive director. The gospel recording group Michael Boykin and The Mighty Voices will be the grand marshals for Sunday’s parade. The quintet will be singing as they lead entries along the parade route from …..

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Riding for Mike

The family and friends of the late Mike Merritt excelled again this year in their drive to raise funds for the Mike W. Merritt Endowed Scholarship, a scholarship managed by the Bladen Community College Foundation and presented to students attending the college.  The group raises funds for the scholarship with an annual motorcycle (and car) ride. This year the group raised $7,500, which they presented to BCC President William Findt and Foundation Director Linda Burney at a special presentation on Sunday at the White Lake Fire Department. In photo are, from back row left, Dale  Brennan, chief of the White Lake Fire Department; Willie Merritt, Joan Brennan, Mark Merritt, Wayne …..

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Bear E-stamp new this year

“Bear stamp” causing some confusion among bruin hunters. By Jefferson Weaver Staff Writer North Carolina’s new bear stamp will never be sought after like its waterfowling cousin – because the stamp only exists in cyberspace. The bear E-stamp is an endorsement on hunting licenses, and required for hunting bears in North Carolina this year for the first time. The $10 E-stamp isn’t a traditional stamp like those sold for waterfowl hunters, but the data it will help provide is just as vital. The E-stamp will help the Wildlife Resources Commission identify bear hunters, according to Russell Wong, spokesman for the commission. The E-stamp serves a number of purposes, including helping …..

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NCDA&CS Offers Tips on Caring for Fresh Christmas Trees

RALEIGH – Over the next few weeks, North Carolina families will visit choose-and-cut farms, tree lots, farmers markets and shopping centers in search of the perfect fresh Christmas tree for their holiday decorations. It’s important to know how to care for the tree once you get it home. “For many families, choosing the perfect Christmas tree is the start of their holidays, and giving your tree proper care will ensure it stays fresh throughout the season,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Keeping your tree hydrated will help prevent accidents that could ruin the holidays.” read more here Share:

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East Bladen First Nine Weeks Honor Roll

9th Grade Honor Roll The Superintendent’s List Jacob Barber, Lataiya Daniels, Dawson Jessup “A” Honor Roll Ayanna Avery, Nicholas Lee Dove, Tyler Ezzell, Andrew Gill, Faith Johnson, Tyler Lloyd, Dylan Melvin, Blair Potter “A/B” Honor Roll Summer Ackiss, Ashley Aguilar, Tiara Allen, Josue Arteaga, Isavier Blake, Abigail Bright, Shar’Dajah Brown, Hannah DeVane, Jaquandra Faulk, Rachel Groves, Jarumy Herrera Vazquez, ShaHyra Hogan, Shaylene Jacobs, Reyna Juarez Mendez, Kenneth Kinlaw III, Hope Lewis, Autumn Lockamy, Savannah Ludlum, Shawn Marshall, Triston Mathis, Brayden McDowell, Dy’Asia McDowell, Tucker Norton, Bernard Robinson, Kaley Smith, Devon Stocks, Michael Wax, Kimberly White, Wu Xiangjie, Lauren Yankasky 10th Grade Honor Roll The Superintendent’s List Hannah Allison, Ross Johnson, …..

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Baldwin Branch Delivers Thanksgiving

Members of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church delivered fifty-six (56) food baskets Monday to families throughout Bladen County just in time for Thanksgiving.  The baskets contained all the trimmings for a wholesome meal, desserts and a turkey. Previously on Saturday, November 22, the Branch food pantry, “From His table to Yours” provided food items to forty five (45) families. Baldwin Branch clothes closet will be open on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 highway South, Elizabethtown, NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Bridger Memorial Librarian Faye Sykes Retiring After 37 years

Faye Sykes has spent the past 37 years listening to the trains rumble through downtown Bladenboro, and once helped chase a chaos-causing squirrel out of Bridger Memorial Library. Along the way, she’s made hundreds of friends and helped people find what they need. When Bladenboro’s branch of the Bladen County Public Library system closes Wednesday, “Miss Faye,” as she’s affectionately known, will retire from her job as a librarian that she’s held since the summer of 1977. “Thirty-seven years is enough,” Sykes said with a laugh Monday afternoon prior to a reception held in her honor at Bridger Memorial Library. “I’m going to miss the people,” Sykes said. “A branch …..

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Joe & Ginger Tatum

New Office Open In Elizabethtown

Congratulations are in order for Tatum Realty and Property Management Services! The owners recently opened an office in downtown Elizabethtown.  The husband and wife team of Joe and Ginger Tatum started their real estate business shortly after being married in 1993.  Their roots are here, as Ginger grew up in the area and met Joe in high school at Clarkton High School.  With now 20+ years of experience, they continue to thrive in their FL location while now also focusing on southeastern North Carolina. Joe is especially proud of his real estate heritage, as he is a third generation real estate broker, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, mother and uncle. “Real …..

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Gray Arrested on First-Degree Murder Charge

One of two men charged in the shooting death of Jerome Melvin was arrested Monday morning in Clarkton, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Ernest Raysean Gray, 23, of Clarkton, (pictured left) was taken into custody on a first-degree murder charge after being captured without incident on Edgewood Street in Clarkton, said the Sheriff’s Office. Gray is being held in Bladen County jail. His bail was set at $3.5 million. Authorities still are searching for 21-year-old Twasjay Roddreek Brown (lower right) of Clarkton, who also is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting. Anyone with information about Brown’s whereabouts is asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at …..

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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 experience. “For a decade, Boating Industry has recognized the best boat dealers in North America as the Top 100,” said Boating Industry editor-in-chief Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers are …..

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NCDA&CS Urges Shoppers to Keep Watch

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NCDA&CS urges shoppers to keep watch to make sure you are getting the right price at the register RALEIGH – As retail stores gear up for the busy holiday season, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services urges shoppers to pay attention at the register to make sure sale items are ringing up at the right price. read more here Share:

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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. That is about $750,000 less than the past fiscal year. Greg Martin, County Manager, explained that one of the largest tax payers in the county paid last year, but has not paid this year, it’s just a matter of timing, he said.  One other source that always lags is sales tax.  $389,728  or 9.6% of the budgeted amount had been paid through, October …..

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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,” and that Bladen County coroner Hubert Kinlaw “reported that SBI would not let him take photographs at the scene and threatened to …..

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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. “We’re asking everyone who plans to donate to do so before Dec. 9,” Hunt said. “It’s a really neat thing. If people can find it in their heart to help support this because it takes money to be able to do this.” Children will be taken to Walmart in Elizabethtown on Dec. 9. Police department members, school staff and volunteers will help the children pick out a winter coat and clothing, then shop for toys. After shopping, …..

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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.” Before the hunt, Casper advised: Get back to basics — review hunter education training and equipment instructions. Know the rules — read applicable requirements, licensing and season information in the Regulations Digest before going …..

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North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released

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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. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 17,200 to 4,183,900 in October. The major industry …..

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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.   We all need a clear understanding of where our food, shelter and clothing come from and the pressure that farmers, ranchers and producers face each day with unpredictable weather, crop diseases, price fluctuation and lack of farm laborers as …..

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ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT LU MIL VINEYARD

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. Lu Mil’s Christmas Experience will begin on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend (11/29 & 11/30) and run Thursday thru Sunday (Dec. 4, …..

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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. Share:

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