02/26/2024
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Small Business Spotlight: Circle H Thrift Store, A Unique Shopping Experience in Clarkton, North Carolina

A staff report

In the heart of Clarkton, North Carolina, Circle H Thrift Store – Resales LLC stands out as more than just your average thrift store. Located at 95 N Mitchell Ford Rd, this hidden gem offers a shopping experience unlike any other, combining quality products with personalized service and a touch of old-time charm. READ MORE



Fuel Prices in Bladen County Remain Stable Amidst Fluctuating Market

A staff reportThis week, residents and commuters in towns within Bladen County, North Carolina, can expect to see an average cost of $3.106 per gallon for regular gasoline and $3.515 per gallon for premium gasoline. With 13 gas stations spread across the county, motorists have ample options to fuel up as they navigate their daily routines. READ MORE



Harmony Hall Village Volunteers Make a Difference in Community

A staff report 

Over the weekend, volunteers at Harmony Hall Village rolled up their sleeves and embarked on a series of impactful initiatives, showcasing their dedication to preserving local heritage and fostering community spirit. From cleanup efforts to engaging guest speakers, the village witnessed a flurry of activity, thanks to the collective efforts of passionate individuals. READ MORE



Weather Outlook: Brace for Changes in Wilmington

A staff reportThe National Weather Service of Wilmington has issued an insightful overview of the weather conditions expected for the upcoming week, providing residents and visitors alike with essential information to plan their activities and stay prepared. High pressure is expected to persist, gradually moving offshore in the early part of the week. READ MORE



N.C. Forest Service urging residents to know when, where and how to safely burn outdoors

RALEIGH – March will officially cue the start of spring wildfire season in North Carolina, and the N.C. Forest Service is urging residents to use caution with all outdoor fires, especially yard debris burns. The N.C. Forest Service responded to more than 5,300 wildfires across North Carolina in 2023, with escaped debris burns as the leading cause. READ MORE



White Lake Marine Hosts Thrilling Demo Day Extravaganza

A staff reportWhite Lake Marine in White Lake, NC, recently played host to an exhilarating Demo Day, drawing boating enthusiasts from near and far to partake in a day filled with excitement and exploration. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce announced the event. READ MORE



NCDOT Report Shows Rail’s Importance to Economy

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s rail system contributes over $20 billion into the state’s economy and supports 88,000 jobs, according to a report released today by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division. The Economic Contribution of Rail in North Carolina report, which was produced in partnership with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at N.C. State University, is the first of its kind and shows that North Carolina’s rail system is important to the state’s future. READ MORE



Exciting Events Ahead: Camp Clearwater Springs into Action

A staff report

 Camp Clearwater announced upcoming events. The tourist destination is gearing up for its 16th Annual Spring Fest and Easter Weekend extravaganza, promising a delightful array of activities for all ages. READ MORE



NCDOT’s Road Closure Announcement for Bladen County

A staff report
The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced an update for Bladen County. Following is the update.


Brass Transit: Musical Legacy of Chicago makes a stop at UNCP

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Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will host Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Metcon and Rust Enterprises. READ MORE



CHHS Commissions New Corbett Anatomy Lab with Ribbon Cutting at UNC Wilmington

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When Veterans Hall was constructed four years ago, UNC Wilmington left 2,815 square feet of unfinished shell space for a future anatomy laboratory. Now this space is fully outfitted thanks to the generosity of Dr. J. Richard “Dick” Corbett, the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation and the Southeast Area Health Education Center. READ MORE



Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

It’s Monday again…

MacKenzie Gore pitched 2 innings for the Washington Nationals Sunday … recorded 4 strikeouts, gave up one run.

We continue to hear about shrinkage at some of the retail outlets across the USA … Top 2 items stolen from Walmart stores … Alcohol and over the counter medications… READ MORE



3 Things To Know For Monday

three things to know

1. Healthy Bladen Collaborative Meeting: Tuesday, 9 a.m., Bladen County Health Department, 300 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown.

2. The Power of Pinterest: Thursday, Noon-1:30 p.m., Bladen Community College Small Business Center online course.

3. Town Square Grand Opening: Friday, 11:30 a.m., 131 Main Street, Bladenboro. READ MORE 

• BLADEN ONLINE’S COMMUNITY CALENDAR


 


This Day in History For February 26

this day in history

1907 – Congress raises its own salaries to $7,500.

1983 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album goes No. 1 and stays there for 37 weeks.

1993 – “World Trade Center bombing of 1993”: A truck bomb explodes in the parking garage of New York City’s World Trade Center at 12:18 p.m. READ MORE



STORIES FROM SUNDAY, FEB. 25


Finding Renewed Strength: 5 Uplifting Bible Verses to Inspire and Encourage

A staff reportIn times of adversity and challenges, finding strength can often feel like an uphill battle. However, for those who draw inspiration from the Bible, there are numerous verses that offer comfort, encouragement, and the promise of renewed strength. Here are five uplifting Bible verses that serve as a beacon of hope for those seeking to find inner resilience and fortitude. READ MORE



Movie Review: Migration – Fun for All Ages

A staff reportMigration, directed by Benjamin Renner and Guylo Homsy, is a delightful, animated film that promises fun for the whole family. Released in 2023 with a PG rating, this charming adventure clocks in at a runtime of 1 hour and 23 minutes, offering a perfect blend of humor, heart, and colorful animation. READ MORE



The Power of Connection: Building Stronger Relationships Through Authentic Communication

A staff reportIn a world where technology often facilitates superficial interactions and social media can sometimes create a sense of isolation, the importance of genuine connection and authentic communication cannot be overstated. Meaningful relationships play a crucial role in fostering emotional well-being, resilience, and overall satisfaction in life. READ MORE



Explore the New Beginner-Friendly Trail at Browns Creek Nature Trail and Mountain Bike Park

A staff report

In Elizabethtown, North Carolina, Browns Creek Nature Trail and Mountain Bike Park have long been beloved destinations for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Town of Elizabethtown recently unveiled an exciting addition to this cherished attraction—a brand new two-mile beginner’s trail courtesy of Cape Fear Sorba. READ MORE



Insights from the Frontline: Elizabethtown’s Police and Fire Departments Share Annual Reports

A staff report

In a recent edition of the Town of Elizabethtown’s newsletterthe community gained valuable insights into the operations and achievements of the Elizabethtown Police Department and the Elizabethtown Fire Department through their respective annual reports. These reports provide a comprehensive overview of the departments’ activities, challenges, and accomplishments over the past year, offering transparency and accountability to the residents they serve. READ MORE



Bladen County Headlines…50 Years Ago

Three Elizabethtown citizens were honored at the Elizabethtown Jaycee DSA Banquet. Joseph B. Chandler, Jr., a local attorney, received the award as the Outstanding Young Man of the Year. Wallace Leinwand received the Winfred B. Johnson Award. READ MORE

 



Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Ever get the feeling, time is flying by. Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Washington’s Birthday … just a few days before March 2024?

Average high for February is 59, average low near 36. March … average high 67, low 45. Headed to spring time, when life begins anew…

Today is Sunday (Church Day) and as in the past … Churches throughout the county welcome all to worship with them. READ MORE



STORIES FROM SATURDAY, FEB. 24


Families First Announces February as Teen Violence Awareness Month

A staff report

In a bid to address a critical issue affecting adolescents, Families First has declared February as Teen Violence Awareness Month. This initiative aims to shine a light on the prevalence of teen dating violence and its profound impacts on young individuals. Through raising awareness and providing resources, Families First endeavors to foster healthier relationships among teenagers. READ MORE



DIY Saturday: Creative Projects for Weekend Crafting and Home Improvement

Saturdays present the perfect opportunity to roll up your sleeves, unleash your creativity, and tackle DIY projects around the house. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a novice DIY enthusiast, there’s no shortage of projects to spark your imagination and enhance your living space. From crafting and upcycling endeavors to home improvement tasks, here are five DIY projects to inspire your next weekend of creative exploration: READ MORE



Culinary Delights: Three Irresistible Recipes to Try Today

A staff report

Looking to tantalize your taste buds and embark on a culinary adventure? Look no further! We’ve curated three mouthwatering recipes that are sure to impress even the most discerning palates. From savory appetizers to indulgent desserts, these dishes are guaranteed to delight your senses and leave you craving more. So grab your apron and let’s get cooking! READ MORE



Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Check our Sports Page for Girls and Boys basketball championship results … John Clark has it covered…

Great weather for golf … Lots of play at the local course … Vineyard Golf near White Lake is in excellent condition, according to some of my golfing buddies.

TAX time … Uncle Sam wants to hear from you … Early filing underway… READ MORE



STORIES FROM FRIDAY, FEB. 23


Bladen Community College Receives Approval for Booker T. Washington Facility Acquisition

By Charlotte SmithOn February 19, 2024, the Board of County Commissioners for Bladen County approved Bladen Community College’s (BCC) Request for Fiscal Year 2024-25 Capital and Operating Budget to acquire the Booker T. Washington School Property. President of BCC, Dr. Amanda Lee presented an in-depth review of the proposed acquisition to the board members, highlighting the potential for expanded curriculum and enrollment opportunities. READ MORE



Elizabethtown Introduces Newsletter

In an effort to keep the residents and businesses more informed of initiatives, projects and other things happening in the town, the Town of Elizabethtown has introduced a newsletter, called “The Bridge”.  The first publication includes information on three major projects: the expansion of the waste water treatment plant, the development of the “live, work, play” concept in the industrial park and an update on the building of the Community Center on MLK Drive. READ MORE

NCDOT 2024 Aviation Art Contest Winners Announced

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation today announced the winners of the 2024 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest, which is hosted to inspire and engage young people in aviation. NCDOT received entries from 1,646 students in this year’s contest. READ MORE


Elizabethtown’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Set for Transformation: A $13.6 Million Upgrade

A staff reportThe Town of Elizabethtown recently unveiled plans for a significant overhaul of its aging wastewater treatment plant, thanks to a generous $13.6 million state grant. Built in the 1970s, the plant has long been in need of maintenance and technological upgrades to meet modern standards and accommodate the growing needs of the community. READ MORE


Early Voting is Now Underway in Bladen County, NC

A Staff Report

As the Primary Elections on March 5th, 2024, draw nearer, Bladen County residents are encouraged to exercise their right to vote through Early Voting, also known as ‘One-Stop’ voting. This convenient option allows individuals to cast their ballots ahead of the official election day, providing flexibility for those with busy schedules or other commitments. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

As usual, first things first, need to check the weather, past, present and future.

Had a few calls related to the status of interim county manager! Don’t know …

Love to step back … see the progress in the area … Gone are Bladenboro Cotton Mills, Greene Brothers and more in Elizabethtown and many retail merchants all across the “Mother” county … But much remains, a good place to live work and play. READ MORE


 

STORIES FROM THURSDAY, FEB. 22


Announcement of Annual Miss Bladen County Youth Focus Project Pageant

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Bladen County Youth Focus Project, Inc. held its 14th Annual Miss Bladen County Youth Focus Project Pageant on January 13, 2024.
The winners were, left to right: Ava Hunt, Junior Miss Queen 1st Runner-up; Joara Berry, Junior Miss Queen; Ayla Bress, Tiny Miss Queen; Aniyah McCutchan, Wee Miss Queen and READ MORE

75 Years of Excellence, Legacy, and Community: The Journey of Campbell Oil Company

By Charlotte Smith

In 2023, Campbell Oil Company proudly celebrated an impressive milestone—75 years of unwavering commitment to excellence, resilience in the face of challenges, and a legacy deeply rooted in faith, family, and community. This remarkable journey began in 1948 when Dallas McQueen Campbell Sr., a hardworking, humble, and deeply religious man with a passion for aviation, founded the company. READ MORE


North Carolina’s Young Shredders Gear Up for “Crankin’ at the Creek” with a Beach Bash Twist!

Elizabethtown, NC (February 19, 2024) – Calling all beach bums and mountain bike enthusiasts! The North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League (NCICL) kicks off its epic eighth season with “Crankin’ at the Creek,” a two-day event featuring over 500 middle school and high school student-athletes shredding the trails at Browns Creek Bike Park in Elizabethtown, NC. READ MORE


 

How is Pain in Animals Detected?

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Acute pain can be described as incapacitating, moderate to severe. In general, acute pain resolves when the underlying cause or injury resolves. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

I like to begin with a look at the weather forecast … Sunny, today, with a high near 68, windy, gusts as high as high as 17 mph … Rain chances increase over the next few hours …

Remember when?
Bladen County Ag staff was in the courthouse, as was the local library?
Local Board of Education was next door to the courthouse and adjacent to Paul H. Sessoms Wholesale? READ MORE


STORIES FROM WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21


5 Exciting Ways to Celebrate National FFA Week

A staff reportAs the iconic blue jackets flood communities across the nation, it can only mean one thing: National FFA Week is here! From February 17th to 24th, 2024, students, advisors, alumni, and supporters of the FFA come together to celebrate this renowned organization that has been shaping the future of agriculture and leadership for decades. READ MORE


Mastering Modern Etiquette: Navigating Social Interactions with Grace

A staff reportIn a world where technology dominates communication and cultural norms evolve rapidly, mastering modern etiquette has become essential. Etiquette, the code of polite behavior in society, serves as a compass in navigating social interactions with grace and respect. READ MORE


 

Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association Conceal Carry Class

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Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024

Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. READ MORE

 


Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission Meets Thursday, February 22

The Educator Preparation Subcommittee will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, February 22 at 4 p.m.

The agenda is available online. READ MORE


Bladen County Board of Elections Meeting Minutes from February 13, 2024

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February 13, 2024, Regular and Absentee Meeting Minutes

The meeting was delayed for lack of a quorum.  Chair Atkinson called the meeting to order at 5:25 pm with four members in attendance. READ MORE


N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Launches ‘Learning Happens Here’ Initiative

RALEIGH, N.C. — Education has always been a core mission of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR). For over 50 years, the department has inspired a lifelong love of learning at more than 100 sites across the state, including museums, parks, historic sites, aquariums, libraries, archives, and the zoo. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Completion date for the Cape Fear River bridge, originally set for spring of 2024, has been delayed by about a year.

Had an appointment recently related to dermatology issues … Saw a Doc from Wilmington, who practices some in Whiteville and the Port City, assisted by a young lady from White Oak … Small world… READ MORE


STORIES FROM TUESDAY, FEB. 20


Delays and Progress: The Journey of Elizabethtown’s $23.3 Million US 701 Bridge Project

A staff report

The construction of the $23.3 million US 701 bridge project in Elizabethtown has been a journey marked by both progress and delays. The new bridge project started in the summer of 2020 with the demolition of one bridge, this project aimed to replace the existing northbound and southbound bridges over the Cape Fear River with a single, four-lane structure, equipped with 8-foot shoulders on each side to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. READ MORE


Small Business Spotlight: Bay Lakes, LLC Provides Top Notch Waste Management Services

A staff report

We’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on local businesses in Bladen County, and today, we’re putting the spotlight on Bay Lakes, LLC. Owned and operated by Jordan Lee, Bay Lakes, LLC has served the community since its establishment in 2023. READ MORE


Empowering Small Businesses and Community Growth with Highlights from the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Meeting

By Charlotte Smith

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce convened this morning at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown with a delightful breakfast provided by Burney’s Sweets & More. Among the attendees was Brad Johnson, Director of the Bladen Community College Small Business Center, who served as the featured speaker for this month’s gathering. READ MORE


Important Prevention Tips Against Forest Fires from the North Carolina Forest Service

A staff reportAs we approach another season, it’s crucial to remember the importance of fire prevention, particularly when it comes to forest fires. The North Carolina Forest Service urges everyone to take proactive measures to prevent forest fires and protect our natural resources. READ MORE


Low Income Energy Assistance (LIEAP)

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally-funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.

Households including a person aged 60 or older or disabled persons receiving services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services are eligible to sign up for assistance from Dec. 1 – 31. All other households may apply from Jan. 1 – March 31 or until funds are exhausted. READ MORE


Tax Season Tips and Events for a Smooth Filing Process

A staff reportAs tax season approaches, many individuals find themselves grappling with the complexities of filing their taxes.

From navigating new regulations to maximizing deductions, the process can often feel overwhelming. READ MORE


Don’t Miss Out: Experience Daren Wheeless Music Live at the Glass Bottom

A staff reportLooking for the perfect way to unwind and enjoy some fantastic live music this weekend? Look no further than Daren Wheeless Music, who will be taking the stage at the Glass Bottom at Goldston’s on Saturday, February 24th, from 8-11 p.m. READ MORE


Trivia Tuesday: A Journey through Random Knowledge

Welcome to Trivia Tuesday, where we dive into the depths of random knowledge to uncover fascinating tidbits and challenge your intellect with a collection of trivia questions from various fields.

Get ready to test your wits and learn something new as we embark on this journey of discovery. READ MORE 


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Winter returned over the past few hours … Yesterday’s high temp was 47 degrees … Overnight low near 31 degrees. Today (George Washington’s birthday), sunny skies with a high near 59.

Some things I ponder…
Anyone use the long plastic back scratcher?
Tried to purchase safety pins recently? READ MORE


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT


Clarkton Lions Club Blood Drive March 16

The Clarkton Lions Club is sponsoring a drive is Saturday, March 16 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clarkton Fire Department, 205 Peach Street.

If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in donating, please register: 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


Bladenboro’s New Town Square Marks a Vibrant Rebirth- You are Invited to the Grand Opening

A staff reportOfficials in Bladenboro have exciting news to share—the long-awaited grand opening of the new Town Square is finally here, and everyone is invited to join in the celebration. The Town of Bladenboro, County of Bladen, Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, Inc., and Boost the Boro, Inc. extend a warm invitation to the public for the special occasion scheduled for March 1, 2024, at 125 and 131 Main Street in Bladenboro. READ MORE


Honoring Vietnam War Veterans: Nominate a Hero Today

A staff report

The Bladen County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post is working in conjunction with Bladen Community College (BCC) to host a Vietnam War Era Veteran Commemoration Ceremony on Good Friday (March 29, 2024, from 10:00am until 11:30 am) in the Main Auditorium at BCC. READ MORE


AgCarolina’s Scholarships Available for Future College Students

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AgCarolina’s scholarships prioritize academic excellence, community involvement, and leadership.

Applications are open through March 15, 2024 READ MORE


Bladen County Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Annual Gala Dinner Set for March 23rd, 2024

Elizabethtown, NC – The Bladen County Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Annual Gala Dinner is poised to be a night of celebration, remembrance, and solidarity as it returns on March 23rd, 2024.

Hosted at 800 W Broad Street in Elizabethtown, NC, this eagerly anticipated event promises to be a memorable evening for all attendees. READ MORE


Denise Tichenor and Friends Motown Special Returns 7pm Saturday March 2, 2024 to Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton

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Following last season’s smashing success with audiences, Denise Tichenor returns to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton on Saturday March 2, 2024, with her band and full singer ensemble for a night of Motown, gospel and memories.

In addition to Denise’s outstanding ensemble of singers and musicians, and spectacular costume changes, special guests include Comedienne Chinnitta Morris and dancer/performer Daniel Blackwood. READ MORE


Boost the Boro, Inc. Announces Spring Fling Event Featuring Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot

A Staff reportBoost the Boro, Inc., a beloved local nonprofit, is gearing up to host its annual Spring Fling event, set to take place on April 6th, 2024, from 5PM to 10PM in downtown Bladenboro. This eagerly anticipated community gathering promises an evening filled with entertainment, food, and fun for the entire family. 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