BLADEN-2014 County 1 House 22
For use in Brown Marsh, Carvers Creek, Colly, Elizabethtown #1, Elizabethtown #2, Frenches Creek, Lake Creek, Whites Creek precincts.

BLADEN-2014 County 2 House 22
For use in Abbottsburg, Bethel, Bladenboro #1, Elizabethtown #1 precincts.

BLADEN-2014 County 2 House 46
Part of precinct Bladenboro #1 is split with NC House 22 and 46. Precinct Bladenboro #2 is all NC House 46 - See Maps.

BLADEN-2014 County 3 House 22
For use in Central, Colly, Cypress Creek, Elizabethtown #1, Elizabethtown #2, Hollow, Turnbull, White Oak precincts.

> Our View: Flawed regulations let billionaires buy senators

> Stevens: It's not too late to shorten high school football games

> Bladen County church shows strong roots 

> State budget/ Revenue down $62M / Personal income tax collections factor in gap

> WASHINGTON: Supreme Court takes a bite of N.C. teeth-whitening case

> Inside Scoop: HPU poll finds Hagan and Tillis in dead heat

> As incentives boom, states wage bigger battles for jobs

Ninth annual Festival of Trees returns to Whiteville Nov. 17-22

Tickets are on sale for the ninth annual Festival of Trees for Bladen and Columbus counties. The annual holiday event supports the nonprofit Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

Festival of Trees begins on Monday, Nov.  17, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 22. It’s at Northwood Church, 2672 James B. White Hwy. N. in Whiteville. General admission is $5 at the door.

This year’s festival also includes new and enhanced events. Decking the Halls, from 6-8 p.m.

How we're preparing for Ebola
Ebola is still rare in the United States. The key to preventing the spread of the virus is to identify and isolate potential cases as quickly as possible. 

To help with this effort, Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) are following the Ebola screening guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to SeHealth Infection Control Coordinator Sherry Edwards, RN, SeHealth established an Ebola Taskforce earlier this month which has evolved into a steering committee which meets weekly. 

Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
The Bladenboro High School class of 1934 held their 45th class reunion.
Michelle Hedgepeth was elected Little Miss Bladenboro 1979.
Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church women held their yearly bazaar at the church.

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We are moving closer to the first frost of the year.....Low tonight.....43 degrees...We normally have the first frost the last few days of October or first few days of November...
Reminder....Nearly 800 absentee ballots have been received at the Bladen County Board of Elections before most of us get serious about voting...Tomorrow, One Stop voting begins at 4 locations..  We have all the info you need to know on our news page...I know, a little messy, but it is what you have ask for...The voting sites and hours and the ballot...

Commissioners name 11 to EMS Council
Bladen County Commissioners named 11 to the EMS Advisory Council at their last meeting.
Included were:
Lisa Byrd 
Craig Loulsy
Dr. Kenneth Carter
Sheriff Prentis Benston
Tracy Priest
Charles Ray Peterson
David Howell
Donald Bryan
Dr. Robert Taylor
Jackie Coleman
Gene Lockamy
There terms begin immediately.

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
Today....Sunny, with a high near 69.  Northwest wind 5 to 14 mph, with gust as high as 21 mph.
Tonight...Mostly clear, with a low around 42.  Northwest wind around 8 mph.
Thursday...Sunny, with a high near 69.  Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night..clear, with a low around 44.  West wind 3 to 5 mph.
Friday...Sunny, with a high near 71. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Learn about Extra Help for Medicare Prescription Drug Costs
SHIIP holds free public events around North Carolina

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, will host a series of town hall events to educate Medicare beneficiaries about opportunities to lower the cost of their prescription drugs.

At the events, SHIIP staff and volunteers will provide information about applying for Extra Help, a federal subsidy for people with limited incomes and assets that assists with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. SHIIP will also emphasize the importance of Medicare beneficiaries reviewing and comparing Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during the Annual Election Period, Oct.15 – Dec. 7. 

This Day in History - October 22
1836---Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of Republic of Texas.
1844---Millerite Adventists wait for appearance of Jesus.
1862---Confederate troops reconquer Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
1875---Sons of American Revolution organizes.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on October 22


Highest Temperature

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Lowest Temperature

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Greatest One-Day


0.95 inches



Yesterday's High Temperature was 77 degrees.

Tory Hole planning session held
A small but very interested group of locals met Tuesday evening at Elizabethtown Town Hall to talk and learn more about the long range plans for the Tory Hole Park.
What they heard from Eddie Madden, Town Manager was the town and planners with W.K. Dickson, their consultants on the park project, was, they want to hear from the public.  The Historical Society is one of two civic type groups selected to provide input in the process.
Madden said the town has applied for a grant from PARTF and at this time there are no 'hard and set plans.'

"Let's Loop White Lake" Campaign Meeting Set
The White Lake recreation committee will be holding a couple of meetings to discuss the possibility of a LOOP around White Lake.
A banner is circulating promoting the meetings that pose an idea of a multi-use path around the lake, a safe distance from the normal traffic designed for walkers, joggers, bikers, baby strollers, and wheelchairs.
One meeting is planned for Tuesday, October 28th from noon to 1 p.m. and the second is planned set for Thursday, November 20th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Joy Warren
At the regular meeting of the Board of Commisioners on October 14th, the meeting was adjourned to Tuesday evening to complete remaining items of business.  The Board approved the purchase of a new vehicle for the Police Department during the 2014/15 budget process.  BB&T has submitted a proposal to finance the 2015 Ford Utility SUV Interceptor ($33,281) for 3 years at 1.99% and a resolution authorizing the financing.  The Board approved the proposal and adopted the resolution authorizing the financing. 
State Superintendent of Schools visits Bladen - Click HERE for photos
Dr. June St.Clair Atkinson, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, was in Bladen County Tuesday, the first visit by anyone in that position in many years.
Dr. Atkinson visited classrooms in several local schools and met with the CTE Business Partnership Advisory Council  at noontime.
Shortly after arrival Tuesday morning she was in a classroom at Elizabethtown Primary School accompanied by Dr. Robert Taylor and members of his administrative team and Alan West, a member of the Board of Education.
North Carolina Unemployment Figures For September Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from August’s revised rate of 6.8 percent.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 5.9 percent.
North Carolina’s September 2014 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage point lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 5,622 over the month to 4,335,408, and increased 18,205 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 4,563 over the month to 310,279, and declined 49,243 over the year. 
White Oak man charged with armed robbery, stealing vehicle

A White Oak man was arrested a week ago following a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle in Cumberland County.

Badr Rashada Colvin, 31, of the 100 block of Buck Lane, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, and felony probation violation as well as numerous traffic violations, says Bladen County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Rodney Hester.
Commissioners hold busy meeting
Bladen County commissioners met twice Monday and took care of business, some that has been discussed for years.
The board approved building a new jail, approved a courthouse security plan and approved a no smoking policy in the courthouse, in vehicles owned by the county and banned smoking on any county owned property. (See separate articles)
In other news, employees who had reached milestones in their employment with the county were recognized.  Included were
Joan Allen      Division on Aging    10 years

Bladen County Commissioners, on Monday, approved an ordinance that prohibits smoking and the use of other tobacco and vapor products in county buildings and vehicles and on all county grounds. Click HERE to read ordinance.

Commissioners approve Courthouse Security plan
Capt. Jeff Singletary and Sheriff Prentis Benston presented three options to the Bladen County Commissioners to deal with more security in the Bladen County Courthouse, a topic that has been discussed for some time..
All options included the closing of side doors of the courthouse, to be used only as emergency exits complete with activation alarms on each.
The Board approve Option One that determines that
* The front entrance is the main public entrance,
Bladen Commissioner Vote to move forward on new jail
Bladen County Commissioners, meeting in special session Monday afternoon, voted unanimously to move forward to build a new jail.
The Board has been under pressure for several months following findings by a Bladen County Grand Jury and a warning from Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser to do something about the situation.  The jail has been the topic of many discussions over the years.  Recently, Judge Sasser ask the board to provide monthly updates to him on their progress on the issue.

Hunters take to the woods in Bladen
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

Saturday marked the start of hunting season for whitetail deer using modern weapons.

While archers and hunters using black power firearms have been hunting for weeks, Saturday marked the beginning of conventional deer season. Locally, hunters have until Jan. 1 to hunt bucks and does. Any legal firearm, archery device or black powder firearm may be used.

The season limit is six, of which no more than four may be antlered.

She’s a nurse—she’ll know
By Jefferson Weaver
Staff Writer

Let me preface this by saying I have nothing but respect for doctors.

It takes incredible fortitude to study for years, then go into a line of work where lawyers and the intricate vagaries of the human wait hungrily around every turn. I’ve always been blessed with good doctors – the late Charlotte and Milton Levine and “Dr. Larry” among them. I would fight to the very gates of hell for Bruce Williams.


Mother-daughter team love candle business
Karen Jones didn’t want to be cleaning houses for the rest of her life.

“I’ve always been a treehugger,” she laughed. “I’ve always cared about what was good for the environment and nature, and I wanted to see what I could do to keep that up.” 

A desire for a new career, and the opportunity to work with her daughter Kelly Robeson, led to a sweet-smelling success near the Big Swamp outside of Bladenboro.

National Teen Driver Safety Week through Saturday

This week has been designated as National Teen Driver Safety Week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor's Highway Safety Program are participating to help educate teens about the top five ways they can stay safe behind the wheel.

"Teen drivers ages 16-20 comprise just 7 percent of the population in North Carolina, yet they accounted for 13 percent of all crashes and 9 percent of fatal crashes last year,"

Elizabethtown Fire Station ribbon-cutting Sunday

The Town of Elizabethtown will hold a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Sunday, Oct 26 at the renovated Elizabethtown Fire Station on Swanzy Street from 2-5 p.m.

A 2,200 square foot addition was constructed for bunk rooms, offices and a museum for the Model A truck, and renovations in the current building included a new training room and two new offices, Fire Chief Byron Graham said.

Construction began in early 2013. The project was paid for with a combination of a grant and loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Bladenboro's Annual Beast Fest THIS WEEKEND
The 8th Annual Beast Fest promises to be one of the best.  Food, fun  and entertainment takes center stage in the downtown Bladenboro area.
Festivities begin Saturday at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies.  Lindsey Herring, Miss Bladenboro will be on stage at 10:30 a.m. followed by Bladenboro Middle School Cheerleaders under the direction of Kathy West.
Local singers begin a 11 a.m. and include Greg Sykes, Lori Guyton, Oral Cheshire and Julie Deavers.

Support the NC Spay/Neuter Program by choosing the Animal Lovers "I Care" license tag!
$20 from each tag sold is contributed to the NC Spay/Neuter Program
which directly supports our Bladen County program.

Autumn and Your Pets
It is autumn and time to be looking at the special needs of your pet this winter. 
A shelter should keep your pet dry and out of the wind.  If your pet has a doghouse, be sure that the inside stays dry! Commercial plastic or fiberglass doghouses should stay trouble free if undamaged, however, it you have a homemade doghouse check and make sure the roof does not leak.  Seal up cracks along the side so your pet is protected from wind.  the doghouse should be two inches off the ground.  Don't forget that outdoor cats need a warm, safe place to curl up too.

McIntyre Recognized as Least Partisan Member of Congress
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mike McIntyre has recently been named the least partisan Member of Congress by the Washingtonian Magazine. This unique distinction reflects Congressman McIntyre’s strong legacy of bipartisanship and ability to work across the aisle to address our nation’s challenges.
Congressman McIntyre, a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats, was also ranked as one of the most moderate Members of the 113th Congress by the National Journal.

SHP and DPI Conduct Operation Stop Arm

In support of Operation Stop Arm the State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones.

The operation will be conducted from 6 a.m. on Mon., Oct. 20th through Fri., Oct. 24th. The Patrol expects Operation Stop Arm will decrease violations and reduce school bus incidents involving children.

A press event will be held on Mon., Oct. 20th at 9 a.m., in front of the Kerr Scott Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

Representatives from the Highway Patrol, Department of Public Instruction and Department of Transportation will speak at this event.

Lisbon Road Closed
SR 1712 (Lisbon Road) will be closed Monday, October 20 through Wednesday of this week at 0.78 miles west of SR 1708 (Rosindale Road), in order to replace a crossline pipe. 
This announcement from Ken Clark, Bladen County NCDOT Maintenance Engineer. 

Bladen County One Stop voting begins Thursday
One Stop Early Voting begins Thursday, October 23 in Bladen and 99 other counties across the state.
Voting sites and hours:
Bladen County Library/Elizabethtown, 111 N. Cypress St.
Thursday & Friday October 23-24    9 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25                        9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Monday, October 27                          9 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 28                        9 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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East Bladen Homecoming King and Queen
The 2014 East Bladen Homecoming Queen is Alieyah Davis and the Homecoming King is Brandon Jones.
Both were honored at halftime of the East Bladen-Trask football game at Lenon Fisher Stadium.
Halloween 2014
Town of Elizabethtown Resolution

Town of Bladenboro Resolution

NC strawberry referendum to be held during Southeast Strawberry Expo in November

RALEIGH — North Carolina strawberry growers will hold a referendum to decide whether to increase the current strawberry assessment during the Southeast Strawberry Expo in Pinehurst Nov. 17-19.

Started in 1989, the strawberry assessment is used to advance strawberry research and marketing to improve the industry. Dexter Hill, strawberry marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says the funds are vital to research in the region.

NCDOT to Emphasize Top Five Tips during National Teen Driver Safety

RALEIGH – Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in North Carolina. In an effort to save young lives, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are partnering during National Teen Driver Safety Week, which starts Sunday, to educate teens about the top five ways they can stay safe behind the wheel.

“Teen drivers ages 16-20 comprise just 7 percent of the population in North Carolina, yet they accounted for 13 percent of all crashes and 9 percent of fatal crashes last year,” said GHSP Director Don Nail. “In order to bring those numbers down to zero, we ask parents to help emphasize our safety messages and teens to follow the rules of the road.”

A Closer Look at Caffeine

 For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Caffeine‑containing foods and beverages have been a part of the human diet for a long time.  Caffeine has been found in tea brewed by the Chinese as far back as 5,000 years ago. In today's society, caffeine is present in lots of products, including coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate. For many Americans, freshly brewed coffee or tea is an important part of the morning ritual. For others, it's a caffeinated soft drink that helps get them through the afternoon. Yet despite the popularity of caffeinated beverages, there are still questions and misperceptions about caffeine.

Leinwand's Is Among Nation's Elite
Leinwand's Inc. recently received an Elite Retailer of the year award from Jim's Formal Wear. Jim's is the largest formalwear distribution network in the U.S. with nearly 6,000 independent retailers. They provide tuxedo rental service for weddings, proms, and black tie events. The Elite Retailer Award is based on rental volume, order accuracy, and exceptional customer service.

Elizabethtown Primary School News

 A special thanks to Wesley's  Chapel United Methodist Women for making such a generous donation to Elizabethtown Primary School's Media Center.  With this donation, the school was able to purchase 100 new books for the our students to read and enjoy.

Early Registration for spring semester begins soon at BCC
Jack McDuffie
Early registration for the Spring 2015 Semester at Bladen Community College will begin on November 4 and continue through November 7.  The first day of the registration period, January 4, will be for currently enrolled students.  All other students with completed applications on file will be permitted to register during the remainder of the registration period.
Registration times are as follows:
·         Tuesday, November 4, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
·         Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 & 6, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Eastpointe Education Series Continues
Eastpointe is sponsoring a monthly community education series and it is FREE and open to the public.
October is National Depression Awareness Month and the topic of this months' series is "Depression Awareness."
The presenter will be Tara Sessoms, LPS, LCASA, CSOTS.  She is the Eastpointe Director of MH/SA Care Coordination. 


Elizabethtown High School Class of 1962 Reunion

    The Elizabethtown High School Class of 1962 held a 52nd year class reunion on October 3, 2014.  Twenty one of the class’ 41 graduates were on hand for the opportunity to get reacquainted and reminisce about their experiences at “dear old E’town High.” 

Bladen County Ranks High in Animal Related Crashes
Bladen County ranks 24th in statewide animal crashes according to the latest report from Traffic Safety Unit, Transportation Mobility and Safety Division, North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The report covers 2011 - 2013.
932 animal related crashes occurred over the 3 year period in Bladen County. 
The breakdown includes,
345 in 2011,
209 in 2012, 
297 in 2013.

Lawyer: Lacy family hires independent investigator to look into death

Lawyer Allen Rogers said Thursday in a story published by The Associated Press that the family of Lennon Lacy has hired an independent investigator to look into the death of the Bladenboro teenager who was found Aug. 29 hanging from a swing set at a playground near his home. Rogers also said the family is considering an independent autopsy.

An autopsy report released Monday by the N.C. Medical Examiner said the West Bladen High School football player died of asphyxia due to hanging. No alcohol or drugs were in his system at the time of his death,

Sampson Bladen Oil Company Among Top 100 In North Carolina
BUSINESS NORTH CAROLINA, one of the state’s top business magazines, published their NORTH CAROLINA’S TOP 100 PRIVATE COMPANIES IN NORTH CAROLINA in the October edition. Placing 12th in this year’s list is SAMPSON BLADEN OIL COMPANY with offices in Elizabethtown and Clinton. Sampson Bladen moved from 13th place in 2013 to it’s present standing of 12th place.

Sampson Bladen has 622 employees and is a wholesaler, retailer and transporter of petroleum products. The president of Sampson Bladen Oil Company is Haddon M. Clark lll.

First South coming to Elizabethtown
WITN TV in Washington, N.C. is reporting Bank of America emailed customer Wednesday night letting them know that nine eastern North Carolina banks will be sold to First South Bank effective December 12.  The announcement of the deal was made several weeks ago, however the actual date was not announced.
Included is the Bank of America office in Elizabethtown.  Other branches are located in Goldsboro, Kenansville, Kinston, Kitty Hawk, Morehead City, Mount Olive, Wallace and Wilson.  First South, based in Washington, has 26 locations.
ATM's in those markets will be switched to First South.
Bladenboro Seeks applications for Commissioner
The Town of Bladenboro Board of Commissioners is seeking applications for a vacant position on the board.
Tim Benton, Jr. recently resigned from the board.  Any citizen living within the corporate limits of Bladenboro who is interested in serving the remainder of the term should sign up at Town Hall by Tuesday, November 4  The appointment will be made by the Bladenboro Town Board. 

USDA Farm Service Agency Announces Key Dates for New 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Programs

USDA announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know:
• Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015: Land owners may visit their local Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres.

Lacewell to receive Governor's Award for Excellence in Workforce Development

Alexis M. Lacewell of Elizabethtown has been selected to receive the Governor's Award for Excellence in Workforce Development, Outstanding Teen Participant, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday. Lacewell will be among two companies and four people who will be recognized in Greensboro on Thursday night. The awards honor individuals and businesses for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in helping North Carolina achieve its workforce development goals.

Lacewell enrolled in the WIA Youth Program at 14 years old and has developed into a well-respected, accomplished, and disciplined pillar among her peers, the Governor's office said in announcing the recipients.

FSA to Discuss New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

The 2014 Farm Bill established new programs to help farmers manage risk due to events beyond their control.  Two of these new programs are Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).  Each of these programs offers farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in prices and/or revenues.  Farmers will need to choose which of these two programs offer the best safeguard for their farming operation.

Farmers can hear the details of these programs and find out important dates by attending one of the following meetings:

Bladen voters have other issues to decide
TV ads are flooding the airways with messages related to the North Carolina US Senate race, and closer to home, Bladen County residents will be voting on a sheriff in an unusually low key campaign by both candidates.
Absentee ballots are being returned to the Bladen County Board of Elections and One Stop or Early Voting begins Thursday, October 23rd at 4 locations in the county. (more later)
There are 2 issues on the ballot with no candidates involved and very little conversation.  
Bladen County Sheriff's Office Crime Report: Oct. 6-12

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 12. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Oct. 6
    Kenneth Lee Yandle, 30: Larceny (felony)
Election Time is Here
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014, however, based on current information and past history, over half of the Bladen County voters will have cast their ballot prior to that date.
Absentee balloting has been underway for some time and as of Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 704 ballots have been received at the Bladen County Board of Elections.  Another 647 have been mailed, but not yet returned to the local elections office.   A total of 1,351 absentee ballots have been issued.

The 4K4 Food is set for November 22, 2014 at 9 am at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown

This annual Walk-Run-Stroll Fundraiser benefits Bladen Crisis Assistance – our local food bank available to Bladen County residents in need. This year’s event is Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 9 am at the Industrial Park in Elizabethtown, NC. Pre-Registration by November 7th will guarantee a t-shirt in your t-shirt size. Entry forms can be printed at the website .  Also you can print pledge forms to collect donations to sponsor your walk and support this great cause.

Fruit and Nut Growers Introductory Meeting - Click HERE for flyer
Thursday, October 23, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Interested in planting a fruit and/or nut orchard? An existing grower who is interested in adding another crop?
The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office in Elizabethtown will be offering a Fruit and Nut Growers Introductory Meeting on Oct 23rd, 2014  at 6:00 pm. 
Vendors sought for Senior Center Fall Festival

Vendors are being sought for the Bladen County Senior Center's 2nd annual Fall Festival scheduled Friday, Nov. 7. The event will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the Senior Center at 6-8 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown.

Senior Center director Amy Ruffin says vendor booths are available for $15 and that all businesses are welcome. Businesses must bring their own tables, and set-up will begin at noon on the day of the event. Also, BBQ plates will be served for $7 each.
NCDOT paving portion of U.S. 701 in Bladen County

A pair of paving projects will be impacting travel on U.S. 701 in Bladen and Columbus counties over the next several weeks, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Work got under way this week on a 7 1/2-mile stretch of U.S. 701 between north of Clarkton and N.C. 242 near Elizabethtown. Crews will initially be milling the roadway to prepare it for paving. The work is being done between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will require a lane closure. 

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month
 A dog can bring so much companionship, comfort, fun, independence and compassion into your life.  Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee on dogs for the month of October.
When adopting there will still be required $25 vaccination fee. The first dog adopted every week for the month of October will also receive a Micro-chip. The adoption hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00 – 5:30pm.  Visit the shelter and adopt a shelter dog this month!

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Sept. 29-Oct. 5

The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 5. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, Sept. 29
    Carlos Isidro Carmona, 26: Possession with intent to sell or distribute marijuana (felony)

"Cool Schools" Motorcycle Festival Planned
The Bladen County Educational Foundation has announced a new event.  "Cool Schools" Motorcycle Festival will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014.
The fun event will be held on the football field at Elizabethtown Middle School and vendors are welcomed.  Gates open at 9:30 a.m and kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. 

Bladen County United Way Day of Caring
The Bladen County United Way Day of Caring is planned for Friday, November 7, 2014.  Individuals, work places, churches, civic organizations and families are encourage to collect items for the Bladen County Public Schools Backpack program for students.
Suggested items include:
Hygiene Items,
soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloth, hair shampoo, hair conditioner, feminine items, body wash, comb/brush, hand sanitizer.

Car lovers from near and far are invited to the Southeastern Cruisers "Beast of Bladenboro" Car Show


The Cruisers are sponsoring a special appearance at the festival.  A meet and greet for the bad boys of Lizard Lick Towing.  Johnny and Earl may be tempted to try and tame the beast.  Everyone is invited to see who will win this year.  The car show will be October 25th on Main Street in Bladenboro. If you would like to enter the contest registration will start at 8am until 12 Noon with a fee of $25.  Awards will be delivered at 3 pm. 


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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


Oct. 23...Bladen County Library is having a Halloween Party at the library on Thursday, October 23, beginning at 6 p.m.  Crafts, snacks & stories will be featured.  Children are invited, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and you need to register by calling 910-862-6990. 


Oct 23.....Bladen County Public Library will host a " Halloween Party" on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. Come dressed for TRICKS & TREATS! Please register by calling 910-862-6990 in advance.  A parent or guardian must accompany children during this event.


Oct 24 & 25....White Lake Fright Night October 24th, 25th, 31st and Nov. 1st.  9pm until Midnight.  Ticket booth and entrance is at Camp Clearwater's maintenance gate on White Lake Drive.  This haunted event is possible due to the White Lake Volunteer Fire Department with all proceeds going to them.  It is hosted by Camp Clearwater.       

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Monthly Meeting Articles
Regional Briefs

Murder case suspect extradited to Fayetteville
81-year-old Cameron man charged with having meth lab
Crime Report for Wednesday, Oct. 22
Democrat Barfield faces uphill fight against Republican Rouzer in 7th Congressional District
Man arrested in attempted robbery of Fairmont bank
Big decision facing small businesses on health insurance
Panel at Cape Fear Regional Theatre discusses adaptation of controversial novel "The Bluest Eye"
Funding for Fort Bragg's 440th Airlift Wing set to end in March; but may continue to operate
Kirby: Former City Councilman Keith Bates was a politician who lived up to his promises


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