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For Better Living: Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables for Less

By Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainYou may have heard people say that it costs more to eat healthy.  This is sometimes true but here are a few tips to help you save money wile still getting your fruits and vegetables. READ MORE

Eat Smart – Try Low-Fat or Fat-Free Dairy Products

By Sandra Cain

Sandra CainAll the Nutrition with Less Fat
Milk and milk products are good sources of protein, calcium and vitamins. With such an excellent nutrient profile, it’s not surprising that dairy foods promote strong bones, help to lower blood pressure and help with weight maintenance. READ MORE

Kayla Nicole Bridgers to wed Justin Michael Dove in July

Jeff and Denise Bridgers of Dublin, NC announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Nicole Bridgers to Justin Michael Dove, son of Edward and Leslie Singletary of Whiteville, NC. Kayla is employed at D’Vine Foods of Elizabethtown and Justin is currently a farm manager at Prestage Farms. READ MORE

From Our State Magazine: Highway Marker Program Puts History on a Stick

The N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program, among the first of its kind, ensures that every county in our state has a roadside history lesson. READ MORE

Acclaimed Raleigh Ringers to perform April 9

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community hand bell choir based in Raleigh, returns to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater for a 3 p.m. Sunday April 9 performance. Since its founding in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers has been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for hand bells. READ MORE

Whitney Michele Nye and Michael Eugene Inman II to marry in August

Jennifer and Anthony Bryan and Mike Nye announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Whitney Michele Nye of Bladenboro, to Michael Eugene Inman II of Tar Heel. Michael is the son of Michael and Renee Inman. READ MORE

BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions Series on the Drug Epidemic: Pastor Cameron McGill

BladenOnline.com’s Roundtable Discussion on Opioid abuse in Bladen County continues this week with an interview with Pastor Cameron McGill.  READ MORE

Dr. Stephen Beus is Piano Festival guest artist

Renowned pianist Dr. Stpehen Beus is the guest artist at the Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Festival March 16 – 18. He will open the recital on Thursday, March 16 with an artist recital beginning at 7 p.m. in the SCC Auditorium. The recital is open to the public and general admission is $12. READ MORE

 

From Our State magazine: Two Cultures Come Together on Ocracoke Island 

Jones Lake Easter Egg Hunt 

Spring is coming soon and with it will be Easter Celebrations. Shane Freeman, Park Superintendent with Jones Lake announced the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jones Lake State Park. READ MORE 

For Better Living: Lunch On-The-Go

By Sandra Cain

Sandra CainMarch is National Nutrition Month and a good time to re-think some of our eating habits.  Take time this month to look at your eating patterns and begin to make the small improvements that, over time, add up to significant health benefits. READ MORE

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston

Health GradesFebruary seemed to fly by in a hurry, and without the usual winter you might expect. Bright skies and sunny weather might have encouraged you to eat out more than usual last month. I know I did. READ MORE

Magnificent Lantern Festival Unites the Masses

FAYETTEVILLE, NC –– When The Lantern Fest®, wholly owned by Sack Lunch Productions, Inc. (OTC PINK: SAKL), returns to Fayetteville on October 7, hopes and dreams will weave a tapestry of light across the night sky.  Last year, more than 1,500 gathered at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway to see a sky filled with lanterns. Event organizers are excited to return for another unforgettable evening. READ MORE

 

BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussion on: Opioid abuse in Bladen County

BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussion on Opioid abuse in Bladen continues with an interview with Bladen County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective, Richard Allen.

Our staff sat down with Detective Allen to talk about the opioid problem in the county. He said about 75 percent of the drug arrests involve pills of some type.  READ MORE

 

BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Southeast

BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Southeast – Series II. BladenOnline.com is committed to bringing the rise in the drug epidemic to the discussion table in Bladen County. In 2016 we did the first Series in articles about the epidemic. Now, we will have more interviews about the problems our County and Country are facing with the drug addiction. READ MORE

For Better Living Portion Distortion: How Much are you Really Eating?

By: Sandra Cain

Sandra CainThe next time you’re having a meal, especially in a restaurant, take a look at the portion sizes.  Can your meal fit in the palm of your hand or is it hanging off the plate?  And speaking of the plate, can you see any of it?

If you’re like most Americans, you suffer from “portion distortion.”  Over the past two decades, our nation’s meals have expanded and so have our waistlines.  People may be counting calories, carbohydrates or fat grams but they’re not measuring portions. READ MORE

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By: Cheryl Thurston

Health GradesSeems like we just started 2017 but the calendar on the wall shows that one month is gone already. Did you have the opportunity to visit your favorite restaurant in January? Or one you’d never tried before? READ MORE

Organist Mark Andersen and Friends “Love is in the Air” Concert Feb. 14 at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater celebrates Valentines Day and all things romantic with an evening of organ favorites and love songs from the ‘20s to the present performed by organist/composer Mark Andersen and the region’s best singers.  The night also includes the silent film, “LOVE,” with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert accompanied by Mr. Andersen with his own original score. READ MORE

Bridal Show held at Lu Mil Vineyard well attended


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By: Erin Smith

The Bridal Show held at Lu Mil Vineyard on Sunday was deemed a huge success.

“It was great,” said Denise Bridgers. She said 124 brides attended the event. READ MORE

AFTER THE FLOOD VARIETY SHOW FUNDRAISER AT THE CAROLINA CIVIC CENTER HISTORIC THEATER

An After the Flood variety show fundraiser will be held at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton at 7 p.m. on February 24. The show will feature Charly Lowry, Jason Bullock, Jef the Mime, Steve Langley’s Soap Bubble Circus, Sheila Kerrigan- the mime who talks, Omimeo, and Professor Whizpop’s Zany Magic. Go to www.carolinaciviccenter.com for more information about the performers.

Tickets for this event cost $10 for adults ands $5 for students and proceeds go to benefit the City of Lumberton’s “Rebuild Lumberton” initiatives. READ MORE

For Better Living: Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk For Osteoporosis

By: Sandra Cain

Sandra CainOsteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break.  It is a major  health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent of the people 50 years of age and older.  According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans have osteoporosis, and another 34 million have low bone mass, making them at risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often referred to as the silent disease because it develops slowly over a number of years without symptoms.  It  is characterized by a gradual weakening of the bones due to bone loss, which can lead to fractures. READ MORE

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery

Kayla Bullard and Hunter Walters set to marry on Nov. 5

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Donette Bullard of Bladenboro announces the engagement her daughter, Kayla Bullard of Clarkton, to Hunter Walters of Bladenboro, son of Timmy and Penny Walters of Bladenboro.

The bride-elect earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied sciences in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She is employed with USDA Rural Development. READ MORE

C. Douglas Warner, Elizabethtown native recipient of the 2016 Dum Vivimus Servimus Award

douglasC. Douglas Warner, Elizabethtown native was named the recipient of the 2016 Dum Vivimus Servimus Award according to the Presbyterian College. Warner is the son of Bud and Ann Cecile Warner.

The award is designed to recognize an alumnus or alumna who exemplifies the meaning of the college’s motto, “While we live, we serve.” READ MORE  

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary to the McClure couple

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Help us congratulate and celebrate Mr. Earl and Mrs. Mae Vonne McClure from Elizabethtown on their 60th Wedding Anniversary.  They were married in White Oak, NC and moved from there in 1965 to Elizabethtown, NC.

In 2013, they moved to Norman, OK to live close to their son, Doug and his family. According to their son, Doug, maybe in an attempt to NOT miss his Anniversary, Mr. Earl got married to his lovely bride on his Birthday.  READ MORE  

 

A Night at the Vineyard: ­ A Review of The Cork Room Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery

By: Jayden Thomas

Cape Fear VineyardNestled between a triad of longleaf pines, cascading grape vines and picturesque New England style cottages residents of Bladen County and Southeastern, North Carolina alike now have a rare gem to visit, dine and host dazzling celebrations. Dining in The Cork Room, hosting an event in the grand gallery ballroom or simply spending a carefree weekend away from the hurry of daily life Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery offers a laid­ back, carefree atmosphere that even the most high-­strung of individuals could not resist. READ MORE

Davis-Walker December Wedding

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Olivia V. Davis of Augusta, Ga. and Craig Shawn Davis (wife Kelly) of Cerro Gordo are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Justine Angela Davis to Shane Joseph Walker, son of Kelly and Gary Walker of Evans, Ga.
Justine received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health Science from Augusta University. She is Financial Controller at Harrington Park Health & Rehabilitation, August, Ga.  READ MORE

Bring on Bladen is Back

Bladen County Steering CommitteeThe opportunity to voice your opinions about changes needed in Bladen County is here. About ten years ago the citizens of Bladen County were asked to take a survey. After the surveys were collected, task forces made up of concern citizens set out to make the changes suggested in the surveys. 
 
It’s time again to take a long serious look at our home, Bladen County.  The Bladen County Steering Committee made up of about 20 different community members have held two meetings. 
 
All Bladen County residents are invited to become involved in this process by taking a few minutes to complete the following survey. READ MORE
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