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Bladen County Commissioners Discuss Proposed Budget
By Blake Proctor
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ scheduled Monday, June 1st meeting was postponed until Wednesday night, June 3rd. The Board met in the Commission Chambers for the first time in a month, but again with the public in attendance only via the telephone system. READ MORE
Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for June 4
Today is a very special day for me and my siblings. Today, June 4th is/was my moms’ birthday, a saintly woman if ever there was one. Her six children ‘pushed her patience to the limits’, sometimes … well maybe just the oldest one. … She would have been 104 if she were living today … I think … not good on arithmetic … but I have 5 siblings to correct me if I am wrong… READ MORE
State Board of Education Approves CARES Act Funds For Remediation And Summer Bridge Programs
The State Board of Education approved the allocation of $70 million Thursday from federal CARES Act funds for school districts and charter schools to provide summer programs aimed at helping elementary students who were in kindergarten through fourth grades during the 2019-20 school year needing extra instruction in reading or math because of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE
FSA Expands Set-Aside Loan Provision for Customers Impacted by COVID-19
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside (DSA) loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. In some cases, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster. READ MORE
State Agriculture Commissioner Encourages Horse Owners To Vaccinate Against Mosquito-borne Diseases And Rabies
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging equine owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis and West Nile Virus.
“Mosquito-breeding season in North Carolina lasts from spring until the first frost and horses are at risk if not properly vaccinated,” Troxler said. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County on June 5
Highest Temperature 96 degrees 2008
Lowest Temperature 49 degrees 1997
Precipitation 2.07 inches 1936
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 80 degrees.
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This Day in History for June 5
1851 – Anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe first published in serial form in “The National Era”
1981 – AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles. READ MORE
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT …
Town of Elizabethtown Lifts Curfew
To all the residents, persons, and businesses within the Town of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, and to all departments of the Government of the municipality of Elizabethtown, North Carolina. READ MORE
Crime: Three Molotov Cocktails Thrown in Bladenboro Home
Three Molotov Cocktails were thrown into a residence on Britt Street in Bladenboro on Monday, June 1, 2020, according to Bladenboro Police Chief, William Howell. READ MORE
Town of Clarkton Mayor Issues Amended State of Emergency-Curfew
Town of Clarkton Town Council authorizes Mayor Tim Tart to issue a proclamation declaring a State of Emergency and imposing a curfew on Monday, June 1, 2020. READ MORE
State Board Of Education Calls for Action to Eliminate Inequities and Racism
Meeting while demonstrations nationwide continue over the death of George Floyd, members of the N.C. State Board of Education on Wednesday issued an urgent call to action to eliminate inequities and racism from the state’s public schools. Board Chairman Eric Davis opened the board’s regular monthly meeting by invoking Floyd’s name as an alarming wake-up call that exposes the “systemic practices which continue to plague our nation and result in the physical and mental deaths many black and brown citizens experience every day.” READ MORE
Understanding nitrogen needs of plants from fertilizers
Contributed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
RALEIGH — Gardening can provide much needed physical activity and emotional wellbeing to balance the effects of social distancing associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people turn to their lawns and gardens to relieve stress and enjoy nature. If you are working in your yard, following are some helpful agronomic tips for best results. READ MORE
Update from U.S. Rep. David Rouzer
Here is the latest update Sunday from Congressman David Rouzer, who represents North Carolina’s 7th District, which includes a portion of Bladen County:
An important reminder: This past Monday, June 1, marked the start of the 2020 hurricane season. The time to make sure your family or business is ready is now – not when a storm is barreling down on our region. For readiness tips and resources, visit ReadyNC.gov or Ready.gov/hurricanes. READ MORE
Bladen County COVID-19 Update and Testing Sites
Bladen County Health Department released the latest COVID-19 update. According to today’s report Bladen County now has 106 confirmed COVID-19 cases with two related deaths, and 85 presumed recovered. North Carolina has 30,777, with a total of 939 associated fatalities and 18,860 presumed recovered. READ MORE
Stolen Go-Cart Recovered from Clarkton Man
Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detectives made an arrest today of a Clarkton man who had possession of a go-cart that had been reported stolen from the Lisbon area on May 28. Information was received from a citizen as to the stolen property location. READ MORE
Farm Service Explains the County Committees are a Critical
Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and local administration of federal farm programs. Farmers and ranchers who are elected to serve on FSA county committees apply using their judgment and knowledge to help with the decisions necessary to administer FSA programs in their counties. READ MORE
Social Distancing Public Notice for Bladen County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Due to limited socially-distanced seating in the Courtroom and in order to maintain the safety of Bladen County residents, the Board of Commissioners Meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, can be accessed telepathically. READ MORE
Coronavirus Briefing from North Carolina Officials
North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, and the Coronavirus Task Force held a briefing on the progress made with the current pandemic. READ MORE
Bladen County April 2020 Unemployment At 9%
RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in April. Dare County had the highest unemployment rate at 24.5 percent, while Bertie County had the lowest at 6.4 percent. READ MORE
3 Ways to Celebrate Blueberry Farmers and the Fruit of the South
Blueberry farmers battle the weather elements, along with social and economic issues. This year the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues have added to the stress for farmers. READ MORE
4-H Registrations and Deadlines
NC 4-H VIRTUAL SUMMER LEARNING is open for registration! Activities for ages 5 to 18 covering a variety of topics will be available to youth this summer. REGISTRATION is required for each activity. Some activities are date specific while other programs are available to use as you wish throughout the summer as a self-paced program. READ MORE
Congregate Living Outbreak and More Testing Sites
Last week the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported a COVID-19 (coronavirus) congregate living outbreak in Bladen County. Today the NCDHHS listed the address of the congregate living setting in Harrells, NC. The outbreak is not in a nursing home, residential care facility, or in a correctional facility. READ MORE
See a Flash, Dash Inside
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), summer brings an increase in lightning strikes.
While the warm weather invites many outside activities, if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Take a moment during National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 24-30) to learn how to stay safe in a thunderstorm with tips from NWS. READ MORE
Air, A Poem
The air I breathe is the same as yours,
Tainted with the stench of death and pollution.
I’ve learned to hold my breath READ MORE
Elizabethtown Town Council Holds Virtual Public Hearings
By Joy Warren
Several public hearings were conducted Monday night during the virtual Elizabethtown Town Council meeting. Since this meeting was a virtual meeting, the law requires that written comments may be submitted at any time between the notice of the public hearing and 24 hours after the public hearing. READ MORE
SoutheasternHealth Closes White Lake Clinic, Announces Layoffs
LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health announced a series of changes Monday in response to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the closing of its White Lake clinic.
As of Monday, SeHealth made the following changes to help ensure the organization’s financial stability in this challenging time: READ MORE
Opinion: Gratitude with 4 Ways to Make a Difference
I want to thank some people before any more time passes.
Thank you Reverend Corey Lyons for leading the peaceful parade and protest yesterday. Your example of having pride with humility is to be commended. READ MORE
Census Figures As Of May 31, 2020
Census Figures For Bladen And Surrounding Counties READ MORE
Local Law Enforcement Join Bladen County NAACP Peaceful Protest
Bladen County NAACP requested a permit for a parade and protest to be held in Elizabethtown on Monday evening.
The parade took place on Martin Luther King Drive to Swanzy Street, ending in the Fresh Food IGA Parking Lot in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Town of Bladenboro Issues State of Emergency with Curfew
Town of Bladenboro Mayor Rufus R. Duckworth issued a proclamation declaring a State of Emergency and imposing a curfew on Monday, June 1, 2020. READ MORE
Rouzer Statement on Death of George Floyd & Recent Protests
Wilmington, N.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) issued the following statement on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week and the subsequent protests and unrest across the nation over the past weekend: READ MORE
Unsolved Thefts in Bladen County Leaves Residents Seeking Media Assistance
Many residents across Bladen County have reported thefts this year. In March, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they were investigating a rash of break-ins. READ MORE
Bladen County Officials and Business Owners Ask for Peace
On Monday, June 1, 2020, Bladen County faces multiple issues. Bladen County Health Department announced five new COVID-19 Cases today, bringing the total case out to 105. In addition to fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic, local protests bring concerns to the area.
On Sunday, peaceful protesters stood outside the Elizabethtown Walmart and Burger King. However, some citizens, business owners, and Walmart employees voiced concerns over the protests. READ MORE
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are discussing Mental Health
Leaders with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are discussing Mental Health during the current unrest in NC. You may call in toll-free now at 1-844-291-5495 with access code 1279313. READ MORE
Opinion: Monday Madness
2019: You see a man in a store wearing a mask and think you are in danger.
2020: you see a man in a store not wearing a mask in a store and think you are in danger.
Until further notice the days of the week are now called this day, that day, other day, someday, yesterday, today and the next day! READ MORE
Bladen County Commissioners Reschedule Monday’s Meeting
The Monday, June 1, 2020, Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ meeting has been rescheduled for 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. It will be held in the Superior Courtroom on the 2nd floor of the Bladen County Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC. READ MORE
Anger, Hope, and A Man Named George
By Jefferson Weaver
I have no doubt that George Floyd was murdered.
I know there are still problems with race relations in our society, although we should be decades past that, there are true issues. READ MORE
North Carolina to Observe Day of Mourning to Honor People Who Died From COVID-19
RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper encourages all North Carolinians to honor Monday, June 1 as a day of mourning to grieve the 100,000 people in America, including almost 1,000 in North Carolina, who have lost their lives to COVID-19. Two people in Bladen County have died from the virus.
“This is an opportunity to remind ourselves that our death count is not just a number, it represents people, communities and families in mourning,” Cooper said. A moment of silence is planned for noon. READ MORE
Attorney General William P. Barr’s Statement on Riots and Domestic Terrorism
WASHINGTON – Attorney General William P. Barr has issued the following statement:
“With the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful and legitimate protests have been hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate, violent, and extremist agenda. READ MORE
Church Spotlights for this Sunday
Carvers Creek AME Zion Church celebrated Pentecost Sunday today.
Local DJ Al Boogie posted Sunday morning inspirations: READ MORE
Protests and Riots held in Fayetteville over the death of George Floyd
Hundreds of people marched down Skibo Road in Fayetteville on Saturday afternoon as part of a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd.
Protesters later gathered at the Market House in downtown Fayetteville. Rapper J. Cole and NBA player Dennis Smith Jr., who are both Fayetteville natives, attended the afternoon protest. READ MORE
Over 1,500 Pets Fed by Local Non-profit During COVID-19 Pandemic
A Shelter Friend, a local non-profit dedicated to Bladen County pets has held free pet food distributions during the COVID-19 Pandemic. READ MORE
Governor Cooper Extends Moratorium on Utility Cut Offs and Implements Evictions Moratorium
RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 142 to extend the prohibition of utility shut-offs and implement a moratorium on evictions. The Order goes into effect today with the Governor’s signature. READ MORE
Clarkton Lions Club Seeks Sponsors
The Clarkton Lions are looking for ad sponsors for our fundraiser calendar, according to Member Rusty Marsh. READ MORE
Politics: NCDP Statement on the Murder of George Floyd
Raleigh – North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin and African American Caucus President Felita Donnell issued the following statement in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week. READ MORE
Preparing for Hurricane Season During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1-November 30. We want you to be weather-ready for the season. READ MORE
Flood Warning Issued Along Cape Fear River
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the Cape Fear River through Wednesday afternoon.
The combination of recent heavy rains and more rain forecast Saturday is expected to cause the river to overflow its banks. READ MORE
White Lake To Rescind Its COVID-19 Restrictions, But Governor’s Orders In Effect
Effective June 4, the Town of White Lake will rescind additional COVID-19 restrictions it imposed, but the Phase II “Safer At Home” executive order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper will remain in effect, Mayor Goldston Womble announced Friday.
Womble, in a town bulletin released Friday, reminded people that violation of the governor’s executive order can bring a charge of a Class 2 misdemeanor. READ MORE
Bladen County Restaurants Serving During Phase II of COVID-19 Pandemic
In March, the North Carolina Stay at Home Order due to the COVID-19 Pandemic restricted restaurants from dine-in services. On Friday, May 26, North Carolina went into Phase 2, Stay At Home Order, which, allowed local restaurants to open.
Below is a list of the Bladen County diners and eateries and the services they are offering. READ MORE