It was a week to give thanks, and folks in Bladen County did just that. Some made sure everyone had a chance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal by volunteering to help. Regardless of the problems we have, we all have many things for which to be thankful, and Bladen Countians showed it Thursday.
In other news,
** The family of a shooting victim announced a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Montise Arman Mitchell. Deputies have a warrant charging Mitchell with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council of Tar Heel on Nov. 8 at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and Center Road.
** The 8th annual Christmas light show opened at Lu Mil Vineyard near Dublin. Trees and shrubbery are decked in lights, and there are Santas, Santas and more Santas. Country buffet also is available.
** Black Friday may not be the shopping frenzy it once was. Among the reasons for fewer people no longer fighting the Christmas shopping crowds at the big stores in the big cities the day after Thanksgiving is the rise of Small Business Saturday. It encourages more shopping at local, small businesses in Bladen County.
** Fisher’s Ladies Shop won the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Display Contest for its “Fisher’s Frock Farm” theme.
** It was announced that Bladen County will have a Child Support Amnesty Day on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. The event is a collaborative effort between the Bladen County Department of Social Services Child Support Division, Johnson Law Firm, and the Bladen County Courts.
** The town of Elizabethtown is considering adding Wi-Fi service to the Cape Fear Farmers Market.
** The Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown was packed for the Bladen County Farm-City Week Banquet. The banquet is held every year to help celebrate National Farm-City Week and the partnerships between rural and urban communities. Kiwanian Michael Aycock was recognized for his achievement of the Walter Zeller Fellowship.
** Cape Fear Valley Health was named at the top of the list for North Carolina in the 2016 edition Best Hospitals by US News and World Report magazine.
** David Benford, with the N.C. Energy Forum, met local government representatives in an informal luncheon to discuss off-shore drilling. Benford said the federal government and state officials are mulling the possibility of performing a seismic survey off the coast of North Carolina in preparation for the possibility of drilling for oil and natural gas deposits off the Outer Banks.
That’s the week that was in Bladen County.
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