Two Separate Fires Claim Homes, a Pet, and a Vehicle
Bladen County Fire Marshal, Kenneth Clark, confirmed disaster struck two Bladen County families. Yesterday, November 30, 2020, a family of four living on Mote Road in Bladen County lost their home and their family pet to a fire. On Thanksgiving morning, a different family living in Clarkton lost a vehicle and their home due to a fire. READ MORE
Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for December 3
28 degrees at 4:45 a.m. today. I have been looking forward to colder weather. How long before spring-time? Forecast is for sunny today, with a high near 58. Increasing clouds tonight with a low around 39. 80% chance of rain Friday night, dropping to 60% Friday night and Saturday…
Just doesn’t take much cold weather for me… READ MORE
Newby Leads Beasley By 401 Votes After Recount
RALEIGH — All 100 North Carolina counties have completed the statewide recount in the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice contest.
After the machine recount, Republican Paul Newby leads Democrat Cheri Beasley by 401 votes out of nearly 5.4 million cast in that race. READ MORE
Let’s Eat Out, But Where?
by Cheryl Thurston
Good-bye November and hello December. I hope you all are feeling happy and healthy today. If you’ve just enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving holiday and are ready for the approach of the Christmas season, I’m with you. Elizabethtown has turned on the lighted decorations and snowflakes are twinkling on every corner. (At least these snowflakes don’t present any driving hazards.) READ MORE
Community Impact Team Task Force Doubled Down On Drugs and Gangs
by Charlotte Smith
The new “Tri-County Community Impact Team Task Force” spread across the Curtis L. Brown, Jr. Airfield in Elizabethtown this morning was intimidating. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene, Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins, their deputies, along with Bladen and Columbus County District Attorney Jon David and Robeson County District Attorney Matt Scott have marshaled their forces and doubled down on crimes in the three county region. READ MORE
Bladenboro Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Schedule
Joyce Walters announced the annual Bladenboro Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Friday, December 4 at the Bladenboro Community Farmers Market. The event is sponsored by Boost the Boro, Bladenboro Rotary Club, and New Light Church. READ MORE
COVID-19 Daily Update
Below is the daily COVID-19 Update from Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency.
Bladen Commissioners To Consider School Construction Grant Application
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have called a special meeting for Thursday at 4 p.m. to consider a school construction grant application.
The meeting will be held in the Superior Courtroom of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The meeting can be accessed virtually by calling 571-317-3122 and using access code 377-006-581.
Extremes for Bladen County on December 3
Highest Temperature 81 degrees 1991
Lowest Temperature 16 degrees 1960
Precipitation 1.52 inches 1929
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 51 degrees.
This Day in History for December 3
1946 – 12 Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB)
1950 – Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast.
1953 – “In the Jailhouse Now” single recorded by Webb Pierce (Billboard Song of the Year 1955) READ MORE
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT …
Bladen County FSA Reminds Producers of Dec. 11 Application Deadline for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
Elizabethtown, N.C., December 2, 2020 – Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum reminds farmers and ranchers the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct financial relief to producers due to market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. READ MORE
Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District Cancelled Meeting
The board meeting of Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District set for December 8 has been canceled, according to Karen Allen Davis with the Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District.
Tar Heel Has Light Agenda, Quick Meeting
By Blake Proctor
With Councilmember Angeline Hall excused absent, Mayor Sam Allen called the meeting to order at 6pm. The Mayor led the Pledge of Allegiance and then provided the invocation.
Town Clerk Tara Nichols distributed the minutes of the October meeting as well as the combined October and November Finance report, as there was no meeting last month due to the general election. READ MORE
Warm Southern Christmas Continues with Savings and Festivities
by Charlotte Smith
This past weekend kicked off the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Warm Southern Christmas campaign.
The campaign’s slogan touted by the chamber, “Come for the Shopping, Stay for the Lights,” delivered on its promise. READ MORE
Bladen County Health Department announces World Aids Day
Bladen County Health Department announced today is World Aids Day. According to the local department, World Aids Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have lost their lives to an AIDS-related illness. READ MORE
Frederica Steele Receives Fulbright Award
Dr. Frederica Steele of Elizabethtown Middle School in Elizabethtown, North Carolina has been selected for the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. READ MORE
Upcoming Outdoor Kid’s Christmas Events
Local libraries hold events throughout the year to engage the public. This year Kelsey B. Edwards, Library Director for the County of Bladen, announced outdoor walk-through kids’ Christmas events. READ MORE
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Cancelled
Elizabethtown – The 33rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade scheduled to be held in Elizabethtown NC Monday, January 18, 2021 in observance of his birthday has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. With over 150 anticipated participants and a attendance crowd of over 1500 this is very important for the health and safety of our committee, and the community at large. Rev. Dr. Matin Luther King, Jr. READ MORE
Christmas Costume Contest for Bladen County Pets
Bladen County Animal Control Board is raising funds to benefit Dr. N.W. Midyette Animal Shelter (Bladen County Animal Control and Shelter) in Elizabethtown. The board is hosting a Christmas Costume Contest (for Bladen County pets only) on BladenOnline starting today, November 28.
Dr. N.W. Midyette Animal Shelter, also known as the Bladen County Animal Control/Shelter is an open-door facility. READ MORE
No Christmas Parades for Bladen County this year
Both Christmas parades held in Bladen County annually have been canceled for this year.
Jane Walters, one of the organizers of the Bladenboro parade said, “We really hate that we can’t have the parade this year, but hopefully and prayerfully we can have it next year.” READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
The Elizabethtown Jaycees raised over $3,000 in their annual American Cancer Society Jail-A-Thon. READ MORE
Unity Event Planned for Second Sunday in December
The Many Hearts One Beat Committee plans another event to build unity with Bladen County citizens while collecting donations for those in need this holiday season. On Sunday, December 13, 2020, the committee will hold a Unity Carolers Concert at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown from 4 pm until 7 pm. READ MORE
Substance Misuse Task Force Announces Light Dinner Offered at Celebrate Recovery
The Substance Misuse Task Force covered several vital topics at their monthly meeting. Dr. Cathy Gantz reminded everyone this Friday, November 27, 2020, Celebrate Recovery will be at Foundations Church located at 909 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown offering a light dinner from Giorgio’s for those in attendance. The meeting will begin at 6:30. READ MORE
Local Sheriff Offers Tips For Safe Shopping During The Holiday Season
“The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” said Sheriff McVicker of Bladen County.
But what shoppers are neglecting is their safety. According to Sheriff McVicker “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store hours. These factors and the usual distraction of shopping, creates a more favorable environment for petty thieves and other offenders. READ MORE
8 Reasons Why Animal Control is Important, Fundraiser for Bladen County Animals
Bladen County Animal Control Board is raising funds to benefit Dr. N.W. Midyette Animal Shelter (Bladen County Animal Control and Shelter) in Elizabethtown. The board will host a Christmas Costume Contest (for pets only) on BladenOnline starting November 28. READ MORE
Classified: Town Of Elizabethtown Notice Of Public Hearing
Proposed Special Use Permit, Town of Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Pursuant to N.C. G.S. 160A-364, 385 and 386, the Town of Elizabethtown will conduct a public hearing on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in a virtual format via Zoom. Town Council will consider the following:
Special Use Permit Petitioner: Bladen County Sheriff’s Department READ MORE
National Weather Service to Host Winter Weather Webinar
National Weather Service (NWS) Wilmington will be hosting a Winter Weather webinar on Tuesday Dec 8th from 11 AM until Noon. The presentation will include: a winter weather outlook, climatology, weather patterns leading to winter storms in the Carolinas, winter products/services, and safety guidelines. READ MORE
Bladen County Holiday Lights Map – Contributions Needed
Contributed by Kelsey Edwards with Bladen County Public Library
Are you decorating the outside of your home, business, or organization in Bladen County for the holidays? If so, help the Bladen County Public Library brighten up 2020 by submitting your address for our customized Bladen County Holiday Lights Map by Tuesday, December 1! READ MORE
Best of the Best Essential Workers
The year 2020 has been a year for the history books. Although times are tough, there is enduring beauty all around us. BladenOnline has a goal to celebrate the beauty in our communities.
The Best of the Best Essential Workers contest votes were collected during the month of September. 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
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