04/16/2024
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Colt Ford Concert Rescheduled: New Date Set for October 11th at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery

Staff report

In an update that will stir the hearts of music fans, White Dog Entertainment in conjunction with Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has announced the rescheduling of the much-anticipated Colt Ford concert. Originally set for June 7th, the concert has been postponed to ensure the well-being of Colt Ford, who is on a steady road to recovery following a heart attack. READ MORE




Chamber Introduces Mark DeLap: A New Chapter for the Bladen Journal

A staff report
Photos by Jamie Corbett with www.whitelakelifenc.com

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its April Membership Breakfast at Ski Burger, 2015 White Lake Drive, White Lake, North Carolina. Among the attendees was Mark DeLap, the newly appointed Editor of the Bladen Journal and the guest speaker for the meeting. READ MORE



Updated – Lu Mil Vineyard’s Wine Run 5K Draws an Enthusiastic Crowd and Supports Local Charities

Lu Mil Vineyard was abuzz with activity on the morning of Saturday, April 13, 2024. Denise Bridgers, the event organizer with Lu Mil Vineyard, confirmed 404 participants had pre-registered online. As the event unfolded, 359 individuals seized the opportunity to collect their race bibs and partake in the spirited annual 5K Wine Run. READ MORE



Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency Reports First Human Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Reported in the U.S.: CDC Issues Health Advisory

Staff report
The Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency’s recent press release confirmed the first human case of novel influenza A(H5N1) in Texas. First released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 1, 2024, the reported case highlights the emergence of this avian-origin virus in human populations, prompting immediate action and preventive measures. READ MORE



Cape Fear Valley Health honors three at Doctor’s Day event

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – April 16, 2024 – Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation’s Caduceus Society honored several providers recently, when Cape Fear Valley Health Medical Staff Services held its 2024 Doctors’ Day celebration at the Center for Medical Education and Neuroscience Institute. Three awards were presented – Advanced Practice Provider (APP) of the Year, Resident of the Year, and Physician of the Year. The Caduceus Society honors the legacy of physicians in the community while providing resources which strengthen the shared vision of the medical staff. READ MORE



Cape Fear Valley Hosts Walk-in Wednesday for Career Seekers

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Join Cape Fear Valley on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon for Walk-in Wednesday. You can walk in with a resume at one of their four locations, and walk out with a job. READ MORE



Harmony Hall Village Invites Guests to a Weekend of Camping and Community

Staff report

The serene grounds of Harmony Hall Village are opening up for a special Open Camp Weekend, offering a chance to escape the hustle and reconnect with nature and history. Harmony Hall Village President Emily M. Turner extends a warm invitation to the public for a weekend filled with activities, camaraderie, and the tranquil countryside. READ MORE



Important Notice: Temporary Relocation of Colly Precinct Voting Site for Second Primary

Staff report

The Bladen County Board of Elections has announced a temporary change in the voting location for the Colly precinct for the upcoming second primary on May 14, 2024. The temporary resolution, adhering to North Carolina General Statute 163-128, which allows the board to modify polling places as deemed necessary, has been approved and will be in effect for this election. READ MORE



Bladen Community College Extends Annual Plant Sale

By Charlotte Smith

Bladen Community College (BCC) is hosting its annual plant sale, an event eagerly anticipated by the local community and initiated by agribusiness students. The first sale, held on Earth Day, April 22, 2022, coincided with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Cape Fear Farm Credit Lobby in Building Nine and the opening of the new greenhouse on the college campus. READ MORE



Tickets Now Available for the Kevin Conner Memorial Foundation Gala

Staff report

Event organizers have announced that tickets are now on sale for the much-anticipated Kevin Conner Memorial Foundation Gala. Promising an evening of celebration and good times, this event honors the memory of North Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper Kevin Conner and supports the foundation’s ongoing initiatives. READ MORE



Drive with Care: North Carolina Work Zone Awareness Month Urges Safety

Staff report

To reduce accidents and fatalities, state officials emphasized the importance of driving cautiously in work zones during the launch of North Carolina Work Zone Awareness Month in April. North Carolina has numerous work zones on interstates and other four-lane highways. READ MORE



WARM NC Announces New CEO

Contributed

WILMINGTON, NC – After an extensive search, WARM NCs Board of Directors has selected Andy Jones as the organization’s next CEO. Board president Charles Chambers made the announcement internally to staff last week. READ MORE



Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

High temp Monday … officially 89 degrees, hottest day of this year, so far … and you can expect more of the same.

Great news conference yesterday with Masters winner, Scottie Scheffler, a name to remember. He is for real …

Farmers will be moving equipment around over the coming days and weeks … Be patient, they do good work … we depend on them and appreciate their efforts… READ MORE



3 Things To Know For Tuesday

three things to know

1. Bladen County Schools Job Fair: Wednesday, 4-7 p.m., Elizabethtown Middle School, 1496 US 701.

2. Child Abuse Prevention Walk: Thursday, 10 a.m., Bladen County Division of Social Services, 208 McKay Street, Elizabethtown.

3. Book Sale: Friday-Saturday, Bladen County Public Library, 111 North Cypress Street, Elizabethtown. READ MORE 

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This Day in History For April 16

this day in history

1900 – Post Office issues first books of postage stamps.

1922 – Annie Oakley sets women’s record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row.

2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: Gunman, Seung Hui Cho, kills 32 people and injures 23 others before committing suicide. Illinois. READ MORE



STORIES FROM MONDAY, APRIL 15


Bladen Online High School Senior Spotlight – Riley McIntyre

By: Jair McElveen

Striving for the best, this week’s high school senior spotlight is the Bladen Early College High School’s class of 2024 Valedictorian, Riley McIntyre.

Riley McIntyre is a passionate and driven scholar who started early at Clarkton School of Discovery in the Project Challenged Program. READ MORE


 


Bladen Community College Hosts Enthralling Touch-A-Truck Day

Staff Report

Photos by Noelia Hatchell

Bladen Community College (BCC) recently hosted its annual Touch-A-Truck Day, drawing numerous families and children to the campus for interactive and educational fun. The event featured many vehicles, allowing attendees to touch, climb on, and explore everything from ambulances and off-road trucks to tractors. READ MORE



Small Business Spotlight: Things I Love Gifts and More Elevates Gift-Giving with Unique Finds in Bladenboro, NC

Staff report

Things I Love Gifts and More is a charming gift store in downtown Bladenboro, North Carolina. Owned by Pandora Pearson, it offers thoughtful and meaningful gift-giving. READ MORE



Lu Mil Vineyard’s Wine Run 5K Draws an Enthusiastic Crowd and Supports Local Charities

Written by Charlotte Smith

Photos by Noelia Hatchell

Lu Mil Vineyard was abuzz with activity on the morning of Saturday, April 13, 2024, as 339 participants gathered for the annual 5K Wine Run. The event, held between 10:00 am and 11:30 am, offered runners and walkers a chance to enjoy the picturesque vineyard landscapes while indulging in locally produced wines. READ MORE



NC Wins 2 Federal Grants Focused on Resiliency

RALEIGH – A pair of flood-prone locations in North Carolina will benefit from federal funding aimed at improving transportation resiliency, thanks to two grants the U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

USDOT awarded the N.C. Department of Transportation more than $1.8 million to reinforce the shoulder and embankments where U.S. 74 crosses the Lumber River near the Columbus County town of Boardman. READ MORE



Working Lands Trust Welcomes Four Esteemed Board Members Dedicated to Preserving North Carolina’s Agricultural Legacy

Staff report

[Gold Hill, NC] – Working Lands Trust (WLT), a statewide land trust dedicated to conserving working farms and forests, proudly announces the addition of four outstanding leaders to its Board of Directors. WLT is pleased to welcome Jessica Long, Edward Hunt, Jasmine Locklear, and Dewitt Hardee, whose diverse backgrounds and unwavering dedication to agriculture will strengthen the organization’s mission to safeguard North Carolina’s essential food and fiber industry for posterity. READ MORE


Bladen Community College Celebrates 40 Years of Small Business Support

Staff Report

Dublin, NC – The Small Business Center Network of the NC Community College System is celebrating 40 years of supporting and assisting small businesses and startups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling, seminars, and resource and referral information to small business owners and entrepreneurs. READ MORE



Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

If you thought yesterday was a good day, weather-wise … You should really like today.

Uncle Sam expects to hear from you if you haven’t mailed your tax info … Today is April 15, deadline for filing 2023 tax info…

MacKenzie Gore, Washington Nationals baseball pitcher, is off to a great start for the season … READ MORE

 


STORIES FROM SUNDAY, APRIL 14



Embracing Change: 5 Bible Verses for the Seasons of Life

Staff report

As the seasons shift and change, so too do the rhythms of our lives. In moments of transition and uncertainty, finding solace and guidance in the timeless wisdom of the Bible can offer comfort and strength. Here are five powerful verses to inspire and uplift you as you navigate the changing seasons of life: READ MORE

 


Setting the Agenda: Bladen County Commissioners’ Meeting on Monday

Staff report

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners is gearing up for its regular meeting. Scheduled to commence promptly at 6:30 p.m., the gathering will unfold in the Commissioners’ Room, nestled within the lower level of the historic Bladen County Courthouse at 106 East Broad Street. READ MORE

 


Godzilla vs. Kong Movie Review: The New Empire – A Kaiju Showdown of Epic Proportions

A staff report

In the colossal clash of titans, “Godzilla vs. Kong: The New Empire,” director Adam Wingard delivers an electrifying spectacle that will thrill fans of the Monsterverse. With its jaw-dropping kaiju battles, pulse-pounding action sequences, and breathtaking visual effects, this film is a triumphant celebration of the iconic monsters’ legacy. READ MORE


 

Bladen County Animal Control Board Special Meeting Notice

Contributed

The Bladen County Animal Control Board will hold a Special Meeting at 6:00 pm on Monday, April 15, 2024.

The purpose of this meeting is to hold a Special Hearing. READ MORE


 

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Yesterday’s high temp was 73 degrees at the local weather station … Forecast for today … Sunday (Church Day) … Sunny with a high near 81 and windy, gusts as high as 18 mph.

A reminder from Uncle Sam. If you have not filed your 2023 tax returns … They are due before midnight Monday … OK, postmarked by that time… READ MORE

 


STORIES FROM SATURDAY, APRIL 13


King Street Repair In Elizabethtown, NC

A staff report

The Town of Elizabethtown recently announced repairs to the section of King Street between Poplar (Hwy 701) and Martin Luther King Drive. Terri Dennison, with the Town, emphasized the necessity of these repairs. READ MORE

 


Distinguished Service: Celebrating Paul, Our Director of Maintenance at Hilton Companies

Contributed

At Hilton Companies, we recognize that every team member plays a vital role in maintaining our high standards. Today, we shine a spotlight on Paul, our Director of Maintenance, whose unwavering dedication and expertise are key to our success. READ MORE


 

Blueberry Bliss: Exploring Bladen County’s Agricultural Heritage

A staff report

Bladen County, North Carolina, boasts a rich agricultural legacy that continues to thrive in modern times. With over 180,000 acres of farmland, agriculture remains a cornerstone of the county’s economy and culture. Among the various crops cultivated in this fertile land, blueberries stand out as a star player, earning Bladen as one of the largest blueberry producer in the state. READ MORE


Revving Up for a Cause: The American Legion Family’s 15th Annual Lake Waccamaw Ride

Staff report

Get ready to kick-start your engines for a heartwarming cause as The American Legion Family gears up for its 15th Annual Lake Waccamaw Ride. Scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024, this event is not just a rally but a beacon of hope for the children supported by the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Interesting weather Friday (yesterday) … Windy, gusts 30 plus mph, about a quarter of an inch of rain after 6 p.m. High temp was in the low 70s … More of the same today, minus the rain…

How ’bout the Master’s golf, being played this week in Augusta, Georgia … A full field played 2nd round yesterday despite rain and wind … READ MORE


STORIES FROM FRIDAY, APRIL 12


A Weekend Bursting with Entertainment in Bladen County

A staff report

Bladen County offers a treasure trove of activities this weekend, ensuring that the phrase “nothing to do” is off the table for locals and visitors alike. Kick off your weekend on a high note with Brittany Blackburn’s performance at Barefoot’s Sandwich Shoppe on Friday from 6-8 pm, setting the tone for an unforgettable weekend. READ MORE


myFutureNC Says Next NC Scholarship is Game Changer for State – That Starts With FAFSA

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Raleigh, NC – myFutureNC, the state’s nonprofit collaborative working to increase job skills and college attainment across the state, is calling on all graduating high school seniors, their parents, and adult learners to take urgent action now and not leave any money for college on the table by quickly completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Completing the FAFSA will allow eligible North Carolina residents to qualify for the state’s exciting new Next NC Scholarship which combines the Federal Pell Grant and state need-based grants into one easy-to-understand award – at least $3,000 per year to attend any community college or at least $5,000 per year to attend any UNC institution in the state. READ MORE


Tick Safety Tips for North Carolina’s Outdoors

A staff report

As the verdant landscapes of North Carolina burst into life in late spring, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the state’s picturesque trails and parks. However, an increase in outdoor activity coincides with the rise of a tiny, yet significant concern—ticks. READ MORE


Carvers Creek Community Kicks Off Spring with Annual May Day Celebration

Staff report

The Carvers Creek Community is excited to announce its annual May Day Celebration, a tradition that brings together friends, families, and neighbors to welcome the joys of spring with a fun-filled day of activities and delicious food.

This year’s event will take place on May 4, 2024, starting at 10:00 AM and continuing until the last dance around the May Pole is complete. READ MORE


Southeastern Carolina Crossroads’ Commitment to Overcoming Addiction

A staff report

The Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is set to host its First Annual Gala on April 18, 2024, at the scenic Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown, NC. This premier event, illuminated by the spirit of 1 Corinthians 10:13, promises an evening of hope and support, dedicated to those overcoming addiction. READ MORE


The Pre-diabetes Predicament: Essential Knowledge for One-Third of U.S. Adults

Staff report

With nearly one-third of U.S. adults grappling with prediabetes, awareness is key to prevention and management. Prediabetes is a health condition marked by higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that are not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Thursday (yesterday) was tough, weather-wise … wind, rain off and on all day long … Our weather forecast is for some improvements …

Augusta National must be one of the most beautiful golf courses anywhere in the world. Years ago, it was on my to-do list … Like many others, at my age … not likely…

Did you see where the pastor who let a man sleep in his church was killed by the individual? READ MORE


STORIES FROM THURSDAY, APRIL 11


Men & Women United for Youth & Families Take Action to Bridge the Gap to Food Insecurity

Staff report

The prominent community organization, Men & Women United for Youth & Families, is leading an empowering initiative to combat food insecurity with a multifaceted event scheduled for April 13, 2024, at the Workforce Development Building of Bladen Community College. The day-long event, running from 8:30 am till 2:30 pm, aims to bridge the crucial gap in food insecurity through education and resources tailored for local farmers and the community. READ MORE


The Essential Guide to Identifying Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

A staff report

As the seasons turn and we find ourselves drawn to the lush beauty of the outdoors, it’s crucial to remember that not all greenery is friendly. The trio of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are common across various landscapes, and an encounter with any can lead to an uncomfortable rash, or worse, for many people. READ MORE


Friends of the Bladen County Public Library Hosts Book Sale Extravaganza

A staff report

Book enthusiasts and casual readers alike, mark your calendars for a literary treasure hunt at the Bladen County Public Library Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Bladen County Public Library. This two-day event, starting on Friday, April 19th from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and continuing on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am to 4 pm, promises to be a haven for bibliophiles seeking to expand their personal libraries without breaking the bank. READ MORE


Feeling Stressed? Recognize the Signs and Find Support with Bladen County Health Services

A staff report

April marks Stress Awareness Month, and in its timely recognition, the Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency is emphasizing the importance of identifying stress signals and taking proactive steps to address mental well-being. Stress can manifest in various forms, such as trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, feeling overwhelmed, and changes in appetite. READ MORE


Elizabethtown’s Kids Appreciation Day Brings Joy and Entertainment

Staff report

Elizabethtown is gearing up for a day of joyous celebration with its annual Kids Appreciation Day. Hosted by the Elizabethtown Police Department and Fire Department, this event is set to unfold behind the Elizabethtown Town Hall at 805 West Broad Street on Saturday, May 11, 2024. READ MORE


Largest celebration to mark three anniversaries at Boys & Girls Homes – 10 years of Light the Lake, 25 years of Foster Care and 20 years of Adoption Services

LAKE WACCAMAW – The 10th Annual Light the Lake event will bring the largest celebration yet for child abuse awareness to Lake Waccamaw when it opens 1:00pm-5:00 p.m. April 13 on the Boys & Girls Homes Farm.

The decade-old event also marks the 25th year of Foster Care and 20th year of Adoption Services at the organization. 2024 also marks BGHNC’s 70th year. READ MORE


High Path Avian Influenza Detected in North Carolina Dairy Herd

A staff report

In a concerning turn of events, High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in a dairy herd in North Carolina, as announced by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory. This marks a significant development in the spread of HPAI, a disease more commonly associated with poultry, showing that its impact can extend beyond traditional avian species. READ MORE


Old Farmer’s Almanac Marks National Pet Day with Insights on Pet Behavior

A staff report

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a trusted source for weather forecasts, planting charts, and folklore since 1792, has declared it National Pet Day! This day serves as a heartwarming reminder of the joy and companionship our furry (and not-so-furry) friends bring into our lives. READ MORE


Elizabethtown Embarks on Strategic Financial Planning at Annual Budget Retreat

Staff report

In an effort to set the course for the fiscal year ahead, the Town of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, has announced its annual budget retreat, scheduled for Thursday, April 11, 2024. The event, poised to take place amidst the serene backdrop of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, aims to foster a collaborative environment where town officials can discuss, deliberate, and determine the financial and operational roadmap for the upcoming year. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Deadline for filing Federal and State tax returns is Monday, April 15 … Request for deadline extension, same date …

Busy time for farmers … Planting time … Many gardens have already been planted…

Little leaguers are ready to play, some already playing … Some of my best days were coaching Little League, many years ago … READ MORE


STORIES FROM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10


“Healthier You, Healthier Baby”: A Wellness Series for Expectant Mothers in Bladen County

A staff report

Expectant mothers in the area are in for a treat with the Bladen County Health Department’s latest initiative. The “Healthier You, Healthier Baby” program is a series of informative sessions designed to empower pregnant women with knowledge and practical tips on nutrition, stress management, exercise, newborn care, and post-delivery care. READ MORE


Join the Stand Against Child Abuse: Wear Blue Day in Bladen County

A staff report

The Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency has dedicated April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. As a sign of solidarity, they are calling on citizens to dress in blue this Friday. It’s not just any Friday—it’s Wear Blue Day, set for April 5! READ MORE


Spotlight on NCHP Trooper Eric Buffkin

Staff report

Few roles in public safety and service are as pivotal as those served by the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP) members. Today, we spotlight Trooper Eric Buffkin, who has dedicated over seven years to ensuring the safety of the state’s roadways. READ MORE


HCA Presents 19th Annual Miss Harrells Christian Academy Pageant

Contributed

HCA (Harrells Christian Academy) will host the 19th Annual Miss Harrells Christian Academy Pageant this Friday, April 12th at 7:00 pm in the Newkirk Auditorium. Five new queens will be crowned. READ MORE


Rouzer Now Accepting Submissions for 2024 Congressional Art Competition

Contributed

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Congressional Art Competition.  All high school students who reside within the Seventh Congressional District are encouraged to participate. READ MORE


Come out and Meet the Girl Scouts in Bladen County

Staff report

This April, families in Bladen County are in for an exciting opportunity as the Girl Scouts gather for informative parent meetings. The meetings are designed to shed light on the myriad of opportunities awaiting girls who join the Girl Scout troop. READ MORE


“Dive Into Magic: Meet ‘The Little Mermaid’ Cast at Carolina Civic Center”

Staff report

The Carolina Civic Center is set to bring a splash of magic to this year’s summer with its musical production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” In an exciting invitation to the public, the center announces a special opportunity to meet the principal cast of the enchanting tale that captures hearts across the sea and shore. READ MORE


Annual Day of Caring: A Call to Action for Community Service by Lumber River United Way

Staff report

The Lumber River United Way is once again championing the spirit of community service with its highly anticipated annual Day of Caring. This volunteer-driven event, sponsored by Lumberton Chevrolet Buick GMC Hummer & GRAIL, is dedicated to uniting the community to support local nonprofits and human service providers that offer aid to those in need. READ MORE


Online Learning Series for Educators and Families

staff report

The “Working Together Online Learning Series,” a dedicated initiative for educators and family members of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), has announced a new schedule of sessions aimed at fostering stronger school-family partnerships. Ruth Huggins with the Bladen County LICC announced the series for good training for parents and educators. READ MORE


Successful Spring Fling Celebration

By Charlotte Smith

Contributed photo from Tiny Miss Dublin Peanut Festival, Ayrabella Johnson’s social media page. 

Penny Walters, representing the non-profit organization Boost the Boro, Inc., and serving as the chair for the Spring Fling, expressed her satisfaction with the event’s success. The event basked in perfect weather conditions and featured an array of five food vendors. READ MORE


Town Of Elizabethtown Public Notice

Contributed

The Elizabethtown Town Council will conduct its Annual Budget Retreat on Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, 195 Vineyard Drive, Elizabethtown, N.C. The purpose of the Budget Retreat will be to present and discuss a variety of municipal topics. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Today’s forecast … near perfect if you like sunshine and warm temps … Changes coming Thursday …

A reminder of the Shriners Fish Fry in the Food Lion parking lot today … Plates with fish and the trimmings for $10 each …

Masters Golf Tournament beginning Thursday… READ MORE


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


Bladen Community College Presents a Vibrant Array of Summer Camps for All Ages

Contributed

Get ready for an awesome summer of learning and fun at Bladen Community College! From children eager to explore new realms to teens and adults seeking to cultivate skills and passions, there’s an enriching experience awaiting everyone at BCC’s summer camps! READ MORE


Bladen County Schools Job Fair to be Held April 17

Contributed

Elizabethtown, N.C— Join us Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at Elizabethtown Middle School from 4-7 p.m. to learn about the job opportunities in Bladen County Schools. All 12 schools will be represented as well as district departments including Career & Technical Education, School Nutrition, Transportation to discuss the various opportunities currently available. READ MORE 


Farmers Union Springfest Parade 2024 Coming Soon

Contributed

Bernard Goins, Vice-President of the Farmers Union Parade Committee, proudly announces the much awaited 24th annual Farmers Union Springfest Parade 2024. Set to take place on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 11:00 AM in the vibrant communities of Columbus and Bladen counties, this parade marks a cherished tradition spanning over two decades, drawing an anticipated attendance of 300-500 enthusiastic participants and spectators alike. READ MORE


Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery to Host First Southeastern Carolina Crossroads Annual Gala

A staff report

Elizabethtown, NC – Southeastern Carolina Crossroads (SCC), a ministry dedicated to helping men struggling with substance abuse, will host its first annual gala on April 18, 2024, at 6 pm. The event will be held at the Gallery Ballroom of Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. The event will feature a plated dinner, musical talents from the band, Redeemed of Sunset Beach, NC, a silent auction, a moving art memorial exhibit, and testimonies from the residents at SCC. READ MORE


2024 White Lake Water Festival: Exciting Schedule Announced

A staff report

The anticipation is building as the 2024 White Lake Water Festival gears up to deliver a weekend packed with fun and entertainment for the whole family. Thanks to the hard work of the Water Festival Committee, along with the support of new volunteers and sponsors, this year’s event promises to be one of the best in recent memory. READ MORE


Honoring Our Heroes: 2024 Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Peace Officer Memorial Service

A staff reportThe Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, under the leadership of Sheriff McVicker and his dedicated staff, extends a warm and heartfelt invitation to you and your family for this year’s Peace Officer Memorial Service. This solemn and meaningful ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 17, 2024, starting at 8:00 a.m. READ MORE


BladenOnline.com Offers Complimentary Video Publication Opportunity for Election Candidates

A staff report

Are you vying for a public office in this year’s election? BladenOnline.com is extending a unique opportunity to all candidates: the chance to have your campaign message reach a wider audience through our digital platforms. We invite you to submit your campaign videos for publication on BladenOnline’s YouTube Channel.  READ MORE