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Bladen Online’s Week in Review: Dec. 27, 2015-Jan. 2, 2016

This week’s review begins with a preview of an upcoming television show that will feature two Bladenboro women. Vicki and Lauren Clark will be part of the cast for NBC’s “The Biggest Loser: Season 17.” The series begins Monday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. and can be seen on WECT, Channel 6.

Vicki_Clark_BLauren_Clark_550The show has already been filmed. Vicki (pictured, left) and Lauren (pictured, right) are back home. While they can’t go into a lot of detail about what happened, they did talk about their experiences with Bladen Online. An interview with Vicki, a women’s health nurse practitioner, can be found by clicking here. An interview with Lauren, a nutritionist, can be found by clicking here.

Read about their trip, then sit back and watch the season opener Monday night.

Tory Hole boat access area on New Year’s day

Meanwhile, much of the holidays has been spent watching it rain and rain and rain, and watching the Cape Fear River rise and rise and rise. From Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, Bladen Online’s gauge measured 4.96 inches of rain, which included 1.92 inches on Dec. 23 and 1.44 inches on Dec. 31.

As expected, the Cape Fear River has risen past flood stage. Elwell Ferry, which connects N.C. 53 and N.C. 87, closed due to high water. Boat access areas at Tory Hole in Elizabethtown and Elwell Ferry closed. Flood warnings for the river are posted through at least midweek. The flooding has affected interests along the river, including farm land and business interests.

In other news,

** The new bridges crossing the Cape Fear River on N.C. 11 in eastern Bladen County are now open and traffic is flowing well.

Swimmers take Polar Plunge into White Lake** The best way to warm up on a breezy New Year’s day at Camp Clearwater was to run into White Lake for a quick swim. The water temperature was 53 degrees. The wind chill on land as a result of the steady breeze off the lake was 38. About 40 people took the challenge Friday afternoon, running into the lake and diving under the water as part of the fourth annual Polar Plunge.

** Ivan Parker, Southern Gospel singer, and his son Josh Parker, helped the White Oak community welcome in 2016 Friday evening.

** West Bladen rallied in the final 4 minutes of regulation then made the big plays in overtime to defeat South Robeson 68-61 and win the championship game of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament Tuesday night. It was the second tournament championship in less than a week for Coach Travis Pait’s Knights who won their own Woodmen Life Tournament title last Wednesday.

That’s the week that was in Bladen County.

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