Best of the Best Essential Workers and Business Contest
Vote now for the Best of the Best Essential Workers and Business Contest.Times are tough, but there is enduring beauty all around us. BladenOnline wants to help celebrate the beauty by featuring the Best of the Best Essential Workers and Businesses. Please cast your vote. READ MORE
NC FIRST Commission Virtual Fall Meeting
Friday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.
N.C. FIRST Commission is making progress and will meet on Friday, Sept. 25, to review revenue and finance options to secure sustainable transportation investments in North Carolina. READ MORE
Cape Fear Valley Receives Breast Care Center Accreditation
FAYETTEVILLE – September 22, 2020 – The Breast Care Center at Cape Fear Valley Health has been re-accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) through the American College of Surgeons.
Cape Fear Valley’s accreditation process was done by virtual survey – a first for the NAPBC. The accreditation is for three years. Cape Fear Valley’s Breast Care Center originally received accreditation in 2010, and again in 2013 and 2016. READ MORE
The Clinic at Brisson Drugs to re-open in October
Southeastern Health’s St. Pauls walk-in clinic, The Clinic at Brisson Drugs, will re-open on Monday, Oct. 5.
Family Nurse Practitioner Matthew Herring will return to the clinic after providing care at Southeastern Walk-in Respiratory Clinic within the Southeastern Health Mall in Lumberton while The Clinic at Brisson Drugs was closed temporarily due to operational changes made by the SeHealth system related to COVID-19. READ MORE
INAUGURAL CLASS GRADUATES FROM THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
RALEIGH, N.C. – The inaugural class has graduated from the Senior Leadership Development Institute (SLDI). SLDI was established in late 2019 to foster the development of leaders poised to take the next step in their careers and is designed for mid- and senior-level bank leaders. The curriculum is designed to enhance leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities through group sessions, case studies, independent study, and practical application. Graduates are: READ MORE
Deer Season In Bladen County Right Around The Corner
Hunters in Bladen County are anxious for the 2020 deer season to get in full swing. Archery season is now going on and will continue thru October 2. On September 26, one day only, Youth Season will allow any hunter under to age of 18 to hunt using any weapon to hunt deer of any sex.
Black Powder Season will run from October 3-16 and Gun Season starts on November 14 and continues thru January 1, 2021. READ MORE
LCFL Offers No-Cost Virtual Grief Workshop for Those Coping with Grief During the Holidays
Wilmington, NC – Lower Cape Fear LifeCare will offer Hope for the Holidays, a no-cost grief workshop for those coping with the death of a loved one and anticipating the holiday season, in a secure virtual environment in November and December.
All groups are held in a secure virtual environment. Upcoming sessions include: READ MORE
The Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to People with Disabilities
The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) mourns the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg authored the most important United States Supreme Court decision for people with disabilities, which was the Olmstead Decision. Olmstead is often called the Brown v. Board decision for people with disabilities.
It held that people with disabilities were unlawfully segregated in institutions and had the right to live integrated lives in the community. Justice Ginsburg explained that institutionalizing people with disabilities constitutes discrimination for two reasons. READ MORE
East Arcadia Elementary employee tests positive for COVID-19
Bladen County Schools learned Tuesday that an employee at East Arcadia Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, the system’s public relations and information officer Valerie Newton announced in a news release.
Citing privacy requirements, Bladen County Schools didn’t release the name of the individual or details that may identify the person, but the information has been provided to the Bladen County Health Department. READ MORE
Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for September 23
I think we need a lovefest in the USA … Look, listen … Dems don’t like the Republicans and vice versa, one race doesn’t like or trust the other, those of us who have been here our whole life are sceptical of newcomers … Does anyone like or love anyone other than themselves, immediate family or those like themselves anymore? May not love or trust them…
Maybe I have seen too much TV lately … Maybe our prayer should be … Lord, we need a double dose of forgiveness … and understanding… READ MORE
State To Allow Large Outdoor Venues To Open at 7% Capacity
RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper and NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen (pictured) announced that effective October 2, large outdoor venues would be permitted to open at 7% capacity with key safety precautions in place. The announcement was made Tuesday so those locations could begin putting safety measures in place in order to operate.
Large entertainment venues are those that can seat over 10,000. READ MORE
Bladen County Bridge Will Replace U.S. 701 Spans
ELIZABETHTOWN – A state contractor will soon begin replacing the twin U.S. 701 bridges in Bladen County. The work will start this fall.
Smith-Rowe will be required to maintain two-way traffic while building the new bridge in a technique known as phased construction. The contract’s completion date is May 2024, when all lanes are scheduled to be opened to traffic. READ MORE
COVID-19 Update 9/22/20
Governor Announces COVID Relief Fund For Small Business
RALEIGH — Some North Carolina small businesses that have experienced extraordinary disruption to their operations due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic may benefit from a $40 million relief program to help offset fixed costs like rent, mortgage interests and utility bills, Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.
The N.C. Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR), administered by the NC Department of Commerce, can provide up to $20,000 in relief funds per qualifying business location. READ MORE
Camp Clearwater’s Harvest Party Limited To Customers
Camp Clearwater at White Lake traditionally has welcomed thousands for Harvest Party each October, but this year things will be a different. READ MORE
Bladenboro Historical Building Available For Events
The Bladenboro Historical Building has been closed for several months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, the Historical Society Board of Directors announced that the building will once again be available to rent for events. All social distancing and mask wearing will be required. READ MORE
Bladen Recreation Baseball and Softball Registration Begins
After the coronavirus shutdown all of the usual summer sports activities – Dixie Youth Baseball, Recreation Softball and others, the Bladen County Parks and Recreation Department has announced registration has begun for baseball and softball and will continue through October 6th.
Extremes for Bladen County on September 23
Highest Temperature 94 degrees 1980
Lowest Temperature 43 degrees 1983
Precipitation 1.90 inches 1920
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 71 degrees.
This Day in History for September 23
1806 – Lewis and Clark return to St Louis from Pacific Northwest.
1962 – ABC’s 1st color TV series – The Jetsons by Hanna-Barbera first broadcast.
1979 – St Louis MLB legend Lou Brock steals his 938th and final base of his career. READ MORE
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT …
Bladen County Commission Meets, Swears in Robby Priest to his Father’s Seat
By Blake Proctor
The Bladen County Commissioners met in the Superior Courtroom of the County Courthouse as Chairman Ray Britt gaveled the meeting to order a 6:30pm. With the designated minister unable to attend, the Chairman gave the invocation. County Manager Greg Martin led the Pledge to the Flag. And the nine-item Consent Agenda was approved.
With many family members present, Robert A. “Robby” Priest was sworn in as a Commissioner by Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis to fill the vacancy on the Board left by the untimely passing of his father, Russell Priest. READ MORE
State Board Updates Cure Process to Ensure More Lawful Votes Count
RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections on Tuesday announced changes to the absentee voting process to make it easier for a voter to fix problems with their absentee ballot.
The changes were included in a READ MORE
Driver Lauds Seat Belt Use for Saving Her Life
RALEIGH – While state officials are concerned that Mecklenburg County’s seat belt use rate dipped by almost 8% last year, the majority of the region’s residents are still buckling up.
Frances Coyle of nearby Kannapolis is one of them.
“On Saturday, June 28, I had just left my home headed to the grocery store. I was traveling through the intersection of George Liles Boulevard and Trinity Church Road and as I crossed through the intersection, another driver ran a red light, rear-ended me and spun my entire vehicle around into oncoming traffic,” said Coyle. READ MORE
Former Congressman Mike McIntyre has joined Ward and Smith, effective today
Mike served the Seventh Congressional District in Congress from 1997-2015. He joins Ward and Smith as the Senior Advisor to Government Relations and Economic Development. READ MORE
Precautionary swimming advisory lifted for ocean sites in Oak Island where floodwater pumping occurred
MOREHEAD CITY – State recreational water quality officials today lifted a precautionary swimming advisory in Oak Island. The advisory was lifted because floodwaters have rescinded, and pumping has ceased.
The precautionary advisory was posted on Sept. 17 and included oceanfront areas near Southeast 79th Street and Crowell Street in Oak Island. At the time, floodwaters were being pumped from flooded streets onto the beach to ensure roads were accessible for emergency vehicles. Floodwaters contain pollutants such as waste from wildlife and pets, oil and gasoline from parking lots and waste from septic systems or sewers. READ MORE
Moores Creek National Battlefield To Restore Access to Patriot’s Hall Restrooms
Currie, NC- – Following guidance from the White House, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Moores Creek National Battlefield is restoring access to the park’s visitor center.
The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Beginning Friday, September 18,
2020, Moores Creek National Battlefield reopened access to: READ MORE
Lunch & Learn Session with Senator Danny Britt & Judge Fred Gore
Youth Food Policy Lunch and Learn
Friday, September 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Good afternoon, READ MORE
$500K investment helps Meals on Wheels feed thousands of NC seniors
North Carolina seniors are at risk. Here’s how we’re helping support them.
Adjusting to our new routines during COVID-19 looks different for everyone. For some, it’s fewer trips to the mall or more meals at home. But for at-risk individuals, it can mean complete isolation.
As we now know, COVID-19 causes the most severe health issues for adults over 60, with particularly fatal results for those 80 years and older. READ MORE
Special Called Meeting for Emereau: Bladen Board
The Emereau Bladen Board of Director’s has rescheduled its special called meeting that was scheduled Tuesday to Wednesday, September 23 at 5 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Governor Cooper’s announcement of school reopening plans for Kindergarten through Grade 5. The meeting will be held on campus of Emereau Bladen Charter School, 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown, NC. READ MORE
Bladen Commission Chairman Encourages Census Participation
By Ray Britt
Bladen County Board of Commissioners Chairman
Eight days left. The Census Bureau stated Bladen County may lose 2,000 people since the 2010 census.
Each person not counted equates to $18,000 in lost revenue. READ MORE
News of the Blues Clarkton School of Discovery Newspaper
Clarkton School of Discovery newspaper staff has done it again. Check out this awesome 2nd edition of News of the Blues!! READ MORE
NCDOT Seeks Comments on Widening I-95 in Robeson County
The N.C. Department of Transportation would like public feedback on plans underway to widen and upgrade a nearly nine-mile section of Interstate 95 in Robeson County. The department is proposing to increase the number of travel lanes to four in each direction from Exit 13 to just south of Exit 22 within Lumberton.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the NCDOT will host a live virtual meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 29. READ MORE
Larrell Murchison Begins NFL Career in Titans Win
Former East Bladen star Larrell Murchison recorded a tackle Sunday as he saw his first National Football League action for the Tennessee Titans in a 33-30 win over Jacksonville.
Murchison who was placed on the “inactive list” for the Titans opener Monday night at Denver was listed as the backup to Jack Crawford at defensive end for Sunday’s game. READ MORE
Revitalization Plans in Bladenboro Become Tangible
The Town of Bladenboro was awarded a grant in the amount of $200,000 from North Carolina legislators with the help of NC House Representative William Brisson, for the demolition of dilapidated buildings. This week the fruits of the grant became visible.
The old optometrist building, also known as the Hester Building on Main Street, was demolished this week. READ MORE
Substance Use Task Force Gaining Resources Amid 28 Percent Increase in Overdoses During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Substance Use Task Force met this month at Bladen Community College for subgroup reports on achievements and continued to follow through on its strategic plan. The local stakeholders reported increases in substance abuse issues and limited access during the COVID-19 Pandemic; however, the committees announced more resources are being added for the area. READ MORE
COVID-19 Updates are Hard to Follow
The percentage of Bladen County positive daily tests decreased a little according to the latest update. The current ratio is now at 9.0%; yesterday, the rate was 9.9%.
Some may think the percentage of positive cases compares the positive cases with the population; however, it does not. According to the last census, the population of Bladen County was 33,000 residents, divide the positive cases by the residents, and the percentage would be around .02%. READ MORE
Half-staff for the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Please be advised that the flags should be lowered to half-staff immediately tonight, Friday September 18, 2020, for the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The flags will be at half-staff until the day of interment.READ MORE
Elizabethtown Kiwanis Making Donations for Children
The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club is making a difference even during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The local civic group met at San Jose to discuss business this week.
This month Club President Lisa Bryan announced the club made their annual donations to the Legacy Fund at the Boys and Girls Homes in Lake Waccamaw to help with the cottage facility expenses. The club also donated to Kiwanis Internationals Fund and the Carolinas District Children’s Fund to help with playgrounds. READ MORE
The Grape Escape Bike Ride Scheduled For Oct. 17-18
The organizers of the Grape Escape Bike Ride have announced that the metric century and half-century bicycle ride through Bladen County will take place on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 with a few adjustments to make the event safe during this year of COVID.
The Grape Escape Bike Ride has 2 loops connecting the county’s two wineries, Cape Fear Vineyards and Winery with Lu Mil Vineyards in Dublin. Both routes take riders through the scenic agricultural area. READ MORE
Bladen Community College receives a $100,000 grant from The Cannon Foundation
Dublin, NC -Bladen Community College announces that it recently received a $100,000 grant from The Cannon Foundation for simulation lab equipment for hands on instruction in its nursing and allied health programs. Containing the same tools and equipment you would find in a real life clinical setting, simulation labs give students the chance to practice their learned skills while READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
Rev. and Mrs. Fred Davis were honored at Trinity Methodist Church in Elizabethtown for 25 years of service to the church.
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard a recommendation of a year long study prepared by the county recreation committee that outlined a growth pattern for recreational programs in the county. READ MORE
State Board Sends Judicial Voter Guide to NC Voters
Raleigh, N.C. – All North Carolina households – about 4.7 million in all – will soon receive the Judicial Voter Guide 2020.
The 2020 guide contains information about all candidates for N.C. Supreme Court and N.C. Court of Appeals. It also includes important election dates and deadlines, tips for voters, information about the three options for voting, and a removable North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form. READ MORE
NCDOT’s Weekly Cash Watch Report
RALEIGH – To be open and transparent and to comply with Session Law 2019-251 of the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Transportation will issue a news release each Friday publishing the weekly “NCDOT Cash Watch Numbers” report, which is a snapshot of NCDOT expenditures.
For holidays when NCDOT offices are closed, the release and report will be published on the closest business day.
The latest cash report, as well as previous reports, can be viewed on this NCDOT webpage. READ MORE
USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus
Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2020 – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020. READ MORE
North Carolina’s August Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, decreasing
2.0 percentage points from July’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 1.8 percentage points to 8.4 percent.
North Carolina’s August 2020 unemployment rate increased 2.7 percentage points from a year ago. The
number of people employed increased 28,419 over the month to 4,510,574 and decreased 387,558 over
the year. READ MORE
Governor: Public Schools Can Implement Plan A for Elementary Schools
After several weeks of stable COVID-19 trends and continued low virus spread in school settings, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday that beginning on October 5, North Carolina public school districts and charter schools can choose to implement Plan A for elementary schools (grades K-5).
Plan A continues to include important safety measures like face coverings for all students, teachers and staff, social distancing, and symptom screening, but does not require schools to reduce the number of children in the classroom. READ MORE
Two Residents from Bladen East Die COVID-19 Related Deaths
According to the latest Bladen County Health and Human Services COVID-19 (coronavirus) update, cases continue to increase. The latest North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported an increase in COVID-19 cases in the ongoing outbreak in the congregate living setting of Bladen East Health and Rehab facility located on Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Education Approved New Principal, AP and Directors
At its September 14 regular monthly meeting, the Bladen County Board of Education approved Jason Folsom as the new principal of Bladen Lakes Primary School. Mr. Folsom is replacing Dia Collins-Thomas who in July was named the district’s new Director of the Migrant Education Program. READ MORE
Meeting of Bladen Community College Board of Trustees
On Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 6:00 pm, the scheduled monthly meeting of Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will be conducted in the Workforce Development Building teaching auditorium (Building #14). Due to limited socially-distanced seating in the teaching auditorium and in order to maintain the safety of the attendees, the meeting can also be accessed telephonically. READ MORE
Spread the Word: The Time to Act is Now for the 2020 Census
Beginning on Constitution Day, September 17, through Sunday, September 20, join Census Bureau partners nationwide in reminding your network that time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census.
Share this 2020 Census graphic with your social media followers using the hashtag #2020Census, and post this 2020 Census banner on your website. Plan to send an email or text message reminder to your employees with a link to respond at 2020census.gov, and post a reminder on your intranet. READ MORE
Volunteer to be a Guardian ad Litem and Help Local Abused Children
Between 1,700 and 2,400 abused, neglected children go to court each year in North Carolina. These children need an adult to help be a voice for them in court, and North Carolina has a program to help fill in the gap. Volunteers are needed.
A Guardian ad Litem advocate is a trained community. READ MORE
Bladen County COVID-19 Update with Positive Case at Clarkton School of Discovery
Bladen County Health and Human Services released the daily COVID-19 (coronavirus) update. Cases continue to increase in the county.
Dr. Teresa (Terri) Duncan stated, “Increases cases are not limited to one area, facility or group. The virus is truly community spread. Now more than ever, the 3Ws are vitally important to slow the spread of the virus.”
Following is the COVID-19 daily update for Bladen County and North Carolina, according to Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency. The positive COVID-19 case count is up five from yesterday’s report. READ MORE
LCFL Offers No-Cost Virtual Grief Program for Those Who Have Lost an Adult Child
Wilmington, NC – Lower Cape Fear LifeCare will offer a multi-week, no-cost virtual grief care program for those coping with the death of an adult child on Tuesdays, Oct. 20 through Nov. 10.
The group will be held 3 – 4:30 p.m. in a secure virtual environment. READ MORE
Flu Vaccines Now Available at the Bladen County Health Department
ELIZABETHTOWN, NC.–With the upcoming flu season expected to coincide with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Bladen County Health Department is now offering flu shots daily. The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging everyone 6 months of age to get a flu shot to help protect themselves and their communities from vaccine-preventable illnesses. READ MORE
Bladen County Beautiful Magazine: Reach Bladen and beyond with this new opportunity
Times are tough, but there is enduring beauty all around us. BladenOnline wants to help celebrate the beauty by featuring the Best of the Best Essential Workers, a church directory, and articles about local beauty that reaches beyond the county. READ MORE
Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Begins October 8TH At BCC
DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will begin classes for men and women interested in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) on October 8th. Over the past twenty-eight years, the college has graduated more than 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to local, town, county, regional, state, and federal agencies. Interested individuals should apply now and seek guidance on how to enroll in the program. READ MORE
Harmony Hall Community Workday Planned Nov. 7
Harmony Hall Plantation Village, one of Bladen County’s historic sites, has not fared well in the past few years because of hurricane damage.
The Elizabethtown–White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Keep Bladen Beautiful are teaming up with the Board of Harmony Hall Plantation Village to host a Community Workday on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the site located at 1615 River Road in White Oak. READ MORE
Census Workers Going Door to Door Now
The 2020 Census response deadline is September 30, and nearly 25% of NC households have not been counted yet.
Census data brings $1,823 per person per year in funding back to NC communities for health care, education, highways, community development and more, according to Bob Coats with the NC Office of State Budget and Management. READ MORE
Notice To Bladen County Taxpayers
The Bladen County Tax Office is in the process of data collection for the 2022 Revaluation.
Contracted tax appraisers will be visiting each property in the county to review the real property listing.
These appraisers have marked vehicles and Bladen County ID badges. READ MORE
Candidates for Bladen County November Election
Bladen County Board of Elections Director, Christopher Williams released an updated list with Candidates who have filed for the November election. READ MORE