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Community Announcements, Upcoming events and fundraisers
Eastpointe August is Overdose Awareness month
Camp Clear Water fundraiser
Aug 24 Womens Conference
William Corbett Recognized for 20 years of Service
Bladen County Parks and Recreation recognized William Corbett (pictured, right) of Kelly for 20 years of service on the Bladen County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. READ MORE
Baldwin Branch Selects Harrison as Woman of the Year
Whiteville native Rita Harrison, a member of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church, was recently selected the 2019 Woman of the Year. Her attributes, not all inclusive, are a true woman of God, very well respected woman who does not meet a stranger, an amazing friend and confidant, remarkable chef, loves shopping and thoroughly enjoys TV talk shows and games. READ MORE
SHP Emphasizes Safety For New School Year
RALEIGH – As students across North Carolina make preparations to begin the school year, the State Highway Patrol is requesting the motoring public to keep safe travel a top priority. More than 14,000 school buses will be hitting the roadways, transporting over 790,000 children to and from school. READ MORE
Commissioners approve Beaver Management Program
By Charlotte Smith
The largest rodent in North America, the beaver, has contributed to flooding in Bladen and Columbus counites according to officials. Mr. Dean Morris and Mr. E. W. Bowen with the Bladen County Beaver Management Committee proposed a new beaver management program partnership between Bladen and Columbus counties to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening. READ MORE
OPINION: Thoughts While Shaving for Aug. 21
By Robert G. Hester
So much to do in Bladen. Check our news, sports and events page for sure. … We have listed a few of the upcoming events … but there are many more, to numerous to mention here…
The 8th Annual Desmond Bryant Football Camp is set for Saturday, August 24 at East Bladen High School. It’s free, for ages 6 to 18. READ MORE
Early voting for congressional elections begins Wednesday
RALEIGH, N.C. – One-Stop, in-person early voting for the general elections in North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th congressional districts begins Wednesday, August 21, and ends Friday, September 6. READ MORE
Farm Service Agency Expands Payment Options
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is expanding its payment options to accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments and administrative service fees, as well as to purchase aerial maps. READ MORE
Bladen County Schools set Aug. 22 for Open House
Bladen County Schools will have Open House on Thursday, August 22. Times vary depending on the school. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 26.
West Bladen High School will conduct freshmen orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 5 p.. to 7 p.m. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County on Aug. 21
Highest Temperature 101 degrees 1983
Lowest Temperature 58 degrees 1998
Precipitation 2.90 inches 2001
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 92 degrees
This Day in History for August 21
1959 – Hawaii becomes the 50th state.
1983 – 110 degrees F at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)
2018 – Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, pleads guilty to charges including illegal payment at direction of Trump to women Trump had affairs with. READ MORE
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT …
Opinion: A stubborn old tree
By Jefferson Weaver
I’m no forester, but I think the old tree has seen a lot.
It’s thicker than pines I know to be 75 years old. READ MORE
Burney Pleads Guilty to Murdering Father’s Girlfriend, Sentenced to Up to 38 Years in Prison
ELIZABETHTOWN, NC – Marquail Burney, 25, of Bladenboro, entered guilty pleas to Second Degree Murder, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Felony Larceny on Monday morning in Bladen County Superior Court. Following entry of the plea, Burney received a sentence of 364-461 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction, according to a press release distributed by the Jon David District Attorney’s office. READ MORE
Bladen County Man Pleads to Shooting, Sentenced to up to 11 Years in Prison
ELIZABETHTOWN, NC – Trevor Demon Hall, 40, of Reigelwood, entered guilty pleas in Bladen County Superior Court to charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and Possession of Firearm by Felon related to a 2018 shooting in East Arcadia, according to a press release distributed by the Jon David District Attorney’s office. READ MORE
Baldwin Branch clothes closet, food pantry open Saturday
The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day, 10 a.m. to noon. READ MORE
Desmond Bryant Football Camp Set For Aug. 24
East Bladen High School graduate and former NFL player Desmond Bryant will host his annual football camp on Saturday, Aug. 24 at East Bladen. The 8th annual Back-to-School camp is free and open to ages 6 to 18.
Bryant, who played collegiately at Harvard after graduating from East Bladen in 2004, played seven years in the NFL. READ MORE
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Ground breaking on NC largest renewable natural gas project
Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, Inc. celebrated the companies breaking ground on North Carolina’s largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)SM on Thursday, August 15th at the Heritage Hall in Clinton.
District 22 North Carolina House of Representative, William Brisson was on the agenda for the inside look at the Align RNG project. READ MORE
SoutheasternTimes.com: Francis Zober guilty of rape, kidnapping, 12 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor and more
District Attorney Jon David announced on Monday, August 19, Defendant Francis Zober pled guilty to a number of offenses including attempted first-degree rape, second-degree forcible sex offense, kidnapping, burglary, and 12 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. In an open plea agreement (sentencing
in the discretion of the court) Zober was sentenced to an active prison term of a minimum of 247 months and a maximum of 417 months and an additional 152 months suspended at the expiration of Zober’s active prison term. READ MORE
Clarkton First Baptist Holds School Prayer Walk
By Mark Miller
On Sunday evening August 18, members of Clarkton First Baptist Church met at the Clarkton School of Discovery to pray for the school year. Principal Stephanie Norris opened the school and welcomed the church and their prayers.
After an opening prayer, church members divided into groups and walked throughout the campus and prayed. READ MORE
Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation
Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, September 2nd, Labor Day:
All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. READ MORE
SoutheasternTimes.com: State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces Additional Funds and Devices to Support K-3 Literacy through Personalized Learning Across the State
State Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced today that the Department of Public Instruction is making available additional funds and devices to schools at the start of this school year to support literacy efforts through personalized learning in all kindergarten through third grade classrooms across the state. READ MORE
WBHS FFA Officers Begin FFA School Year Planning
On Wednesday, August 7, and Tuesday, August 13, the WBHS FFA Officers met with Advisors to discuss the Chapter Program of Activities. During the training, officers learned more about their individual roles so they could function better as a team. READ MORE
BCC Board of Trustees meeting
The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). READ MORE
Back to School Blast helps students prepare for new year
Civic organizations, businesses, churches and law enforcement came together Saturday to help students prepare for the new school year.
The third annual Back to School Blast was held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The main attraction was a uniform exchange event. READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
Unemployment continued to be a problem for Bladen County. The county unemployment rate was 11.79%. READ MORE
Changing your direct deposit information with Social Security
By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville
With our busy lives, it is easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed payments. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Elections addresses 6 ways to avoid issues during upcoming elections
By Charlotte Smith
Bladen County is moving closer to the next election with a fully seated Board of Elections. Board Chair, Ms. Louella P. Thompson kept the meeting held on Tuesday, August 13 on the agenda topics leaving time for concerned citizens to address the board. READ MORE
Lifestyles Spotlight: Former West Bladen Principal, Todd Finn hired as Lewiston’s superintendent
Former principal at West Bladen High School, Todd Finn was named Lewiston’s new superintendent back in February of this year. Mr. Finn left West Bladen back in 2011 and has served as a principal for other schools prior to holding his new role as superintendent. READ MORE
Bladen County road closing updates by NCDOT
The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Bladen County’s upcoming road closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with NCDOT.
CLOSINGS: READ MORE
Chamber of Commerce helps White Lake summer season end on good note
By Charlotte Smith
The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce is helping end the summer season on a good note at White Lake. This past Tuesday the chamber held their monthly meeting at Goldston’s Restaurant and this evening, the chamber will present the last of the Sunset Jams “Alive after Five” concerts. READ MORE
Opioid Task Force organizes NA meetings and Focus Groups to fight against the opioid epidemic
By Charlotte Smith
The Bladen County Opioid Task Force lead by Bladen County Board of Commissioners, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County Health Department, and other leaders in the community are making big strides in the fight against opioids in Bladen County. The group met on Tuesday, August 13th, at the Bladen County Health Department in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
BCC Small Business Center announces upcoming opportunities
The Bladen Community College Small Business Center offers free seminars, counseling, assistance, resources, and networking opportunities for small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. Todd Lyden, director of the center announced upcoming opportunities for entrepreneurs. READ MORE
Gospel Music Celebration to benefit Southeastern Carolina Crossroads
Southeastern Carolina Crossroads has been assisting men with addiction rehabilitation needs since 2015. There have been many positive outcomes for the men who have received services offered at the Christian non-profit organization according to Rev. David Foster with the Bladen Baptist Association. READ MORE
Volunteers Needed for Statewide Fall Litter Sweep
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Sweep from Sept. 14-28.
Each April and September, NCDOT asks volunteers to help remove litter from roadsides. READ MORE
Church Revival at Graham Tabernacle on Aug. 20-23
Graham Tabernacle Freewill Baptist Holiness Church in Clarkton has planned a four-night Revival beginning Tuesday, August 20 and lasting through Friday, Aug. 23.
Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. READ MORE
Bladen County adoption fees on cats waived in August
Bladen County Animal Control/Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee on cats until the end of August.
“The Shelter is full of cats right now and we hope that waiving the adoption fee will help more cats find a loving home,” said Karen Suggs, Bladen County Animal Shelter manager. READ MORE
East Bladen Banner Program Packages for 2019-20
The East Bladen Booster Club has announced their banner packages for the 2019-2020 athletic year.
For each sponsorship, the Booster Club provides the following packages: READ MORE
SPORTS: Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration Open Until August 30
Bladen County Parks and Recreation Soccer Registration is underway and will continue through Friday, August 30.
There are two ways to register. For more information, please call 862-6770. READ MORE
Municipal election candidates set for November vote
Four people filed Friday morning for a seat on the Elizabethtown Town Council to challenge the three incumbents as municipal slates were set for November’s elections.
The election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voters must be registered by Oct. 11. Elections will be held in Bladenboro, Clarkton, Dublin, East Arcadia, Elizabethtown, Tar Heel and White Lake. READ MORE
Free Grief Workshop Focuses on Supporting Those Who Have Lost a Loved One
Elizabethtown, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice is offering 90-minute “Navigating Grief” workshops in Elizabethtown on the second Tuesday of each month.
Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of grief and the grieving process. Upcoming topics include: Supporting a Griever on Aug. 13, Grief in the Workplace on Sept. 10, Healthy Coping in Grief on Oct. 8, Hope for the Holidays on Nov. 12, and Hope for the Holidays on Dec. 10. READ MORE