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G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 05/23/2017 at 9:14 pm:
Quiz Time.
Who is the current President of the United States of America?

Since I doubt that any voting American regardless of party affiliation doesn't know the answer to the question. Isn't it about time that all voting Americans give him the respect that the office of President of the United States of America deserves. How ridiculous can the news media get when the only thing that they can conjure up about the President is why he and his wife are not holding hands on his trip to the middle East. God have mercy. Most married men certainly could be accused of that at any given time in their married life. God have mercy on the news media, he is our President. Until all of us Americans get to the point that what is good for our nation is what is important, we will continue to squalor in the pig sty wondering why the President and his wife are not holding hands. Please take a look at the programs he and his team have put forward and it is very evident that he believes in putting America first. Join in the effort; because after all he is the President of the United States for another three and a half years and maybe eight. Thank God, news media, the future of the United States of America does not rely upon whether or not the President and the First Lady are holding hands. If you believe so, then you need to sell your news media what ever it may be and move to Iran, Syria, or even North Korea.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 05/23/2017 at 9:02 am:
Good morning:

Just caught up on the latest here in the guestbook and once again, I was not surprised. Margaret. I don't know who you are and maybe that's the way you want it but understand this- unless people are willing to stand in front of their convictions, their comments are meaningless. Members of the "CLUB" take care of their own. I've seen it in all the places I've lived in this country, when CEO's or Superintendents do wrong, the board members give them a raise, promote them, or even fire them right after they buy them out of their contracts. Either way, they win for being stupid, so get over it. Get over it or change it by getting involved.
Mr. Schaeffer-I've talked to a few Democrats in this area and have learned that some of them agree with the Republican platform but can't sign up as a Republican because the "hard core" Democrats that run this town would run them out of business and/or they wouldn't be able to do anything. Fear. A family member of mine once told me that if they didn't vote the Democratic ticket, they couldn't get things done because the Democrats would block them. Until the "King Rat" is taken down, we lose.
Stand up people and speak your convictions. Don't be afraid to say that it was the Democratic Party of the "old" south that created the KKK. It was the Democratic Party that stood in the way of the Republican Party to set the blacks free, to give them voting rights and other benefits of being a free people. It's the Democratic Party that's keeping Wal-Mart from building their "supercenter" here. Since the Democratic Party is in charge once again, they are responsible for mowing grass on Sunday. Yes-it also happened here in Elizabethtown. The Republican Party might make mistakes from time to time, but at least we're trying to improve this town and country. Show me one Democrat that puts country first and I'll sing their praises. You can't do it can you-
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 05/22/2017 at 1:10 am:
Monday evening a growing and reinvigorated Bladen County Republican Club met for their monthly meeting, and it is clear that Bladen County Republicans are not content to rest on the laurels of recent election victories. Several members noted that, while it is heartening that Republicans are renewing their outreach within Bladen County, it was observed that national polls which generally reflect this area as a Democrat stronghold are likely incorrect, and that Republicans are putting themselves and their party at a disadvantage by not specifically registering as Republican. In fact, many residents in the county are only registered as ‘Unaffiliated’, which means that when it comes to voting on issues that involve Republicans at district and state level meetings, we have a far less representative voice. While the Republican Party has been making great strides in increasing membership locally and nationally, more can, and should be done, to improve our position with voters and candidates. Encouraging voters to change their registration from ‘Unaffiliated’ to ‘Republican’ will provide a significant boost toward strengthening the conservative voice in America’s politics.

Members also uniformly agreed that there is a massive amount of misinformation, and blatant disinformation, thru-out the mainstream news media about the principles of constitutional conservatism. It was observed that this past Presidential election seemed to have encouraged a renewed allegiance to our nation’s founding principles, and generated a renewed respect for the Constitution’s limits on Federal authority. Thus, on the local level, club members are committed to becoming more effective voices for conservatism, and for the more responsible leadership represented by the Republican Party.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 05/21/2017 at 5:24 pm:
One of those bigger issues facing our county just came rolling by my home. Now this is about 5pm on the Lord's Day afternoon. Who ever has the contract to mow the sides of the rural roads of Mother Bladen is out here doing it on the Lord's Day. Even for the most vile among us, it would seem there is something wrong about this picture. If anyone reading this knows anyone who is responsible for this taking place on the Lord's day or allowing it to take place, please let them know it is not appreciated. God have mercy on whoever is doing this and whoever is allowing it to be done on this day of all days. Wonder if they are getting paid overtime or double time for doing it today? Wonder if the state is paying them overtime or double time to do it today? Getting time to get to the church house to worship the One Who had a little bit to say about this most special of days. Jesus gave Himself for the Church; hence, it is called the Lord's Day. Tomorrow is the day to crank up those tractors.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 05/20/2017 at 9:13 pm:
@Margaret. Thank you for taking part in BOL Guestbook. I share your concerns about Bladen County Schools as do many other citizens of Mother Bladen. Just taking a wild guess about Mr. Taylors increase in salary, it could be because he was chosen this area of the state Superintendent of the year last year or the year before. The people of Mother Bladen sure would love to know what his salary is now! It was over $100k per year when he was hired several years ago. They would probably like to know your last name also since at one time the first and last name was required to get a post on here. And there many many Margaret's spread throughout Mother Bladen.
Margaret Margaret from Elizabethtown wrote on 05/18/2017 at 7:37 pm:
While we have all the discussions about field houses, roofs, and Chromebooks let us look at a bigger issue. Bladen County Schools lose students left and the right to other schools and systems, leading Dr. Taylor to begs for additional funds. The school system cuts cost in all their budgets but recently the Board of Education extended his contract and gave him a raise. (The information was available on the Bladen County Schools website, and was quickly removed. )
Can he justify his raise to the teachers who received a raise but lost it in health care cost? Can he justify his raise, when teacher assistants don't receive any supplement and are fearful of losing their jobs?
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 05/13/2017 at 11:23 pm:
I just updated myself on the guestbook comments since my last visit. It didn't take me long though because people don't seem to care about how they're being screwed by the people in charge. Start at the top and consider how those ridiculous Democrats continue to show us how stupid they really are. How can anybody "HATE" one man as much as the Democrats hate President Donald Trump? People-HILLARY losts-get over it already.
At the state level, consider how the Democrats caved in to the threats of so-called celebrities and professional ball teams instead of doing the right thing and leaving HB2 just as it was.
At the local level, consider how the Democrats who were put into office by people who obviously wanted more and more government handouts, do whatever they have to do to fatten their own wallets.
When you people come out of your coma and realize that the Liberal Democrats never do anything unless it benefits their own position in life and/or the Democratic Party, maybe then you'll come to realize that practically every city and town controlled by them are in deep financial trouble and their infrastructors are in serious need of repair.
If you truly want to see this country return to the way it used to be when you were growing up, elect a Republican. Do that and watch the Democrats squirm like they're doing in Washington and Raleigh.
Lastly, I drove through Clinton earlier this week on my way back to E-town and sure enough, gas prices were much lower than ours which was listed at $2.21 per gallon. Oh yea-I topped off my tank and paid $2.05 a gallon. Greed still persists in our fair town, hue? You can thank a Democrat for that.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 05/10/2017 at 12:16 pm:
Here we go again. The NCHSAA playoffs have started again and this organization sends a team to face the West Bladen softball team and their record is 10-12 overall and a whopping 2-7 record in their conference. It is a slap in the face of our team for them to have to play a team in the PLAYOFFS with such a record. How can our coaches and school athletic directors sit in a meeting and agree to such things as this. Our student athletes deserve better. What is wrong with a rule that states NO TEAM WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PALYOFFS OF ANY SPORT IN NORTH CAROLINA WITH A LOSING RECORD EITH OVERALL OR IN CONFERENCE. It seems that we have some people running the NCHSAA that know absolutely nothing about athletic completion. If what is going on in the playoffs makes sense then why not let all teams play in the playoffs? Seems it is sort of like the old saying, if they show up to play then give them a trophy!!!!! But in reality it comes right back to the FOLLOW THE MONEY idea. If you like the system then go over to West Bladen this evening AFTER YOU ATTEND PRAYER MEETING at your local church house and see our team play an opponent with a losing record. The sad part of this is that a team that won only two games in their conference could turn out to be state softball champions. Of course, on the bright side, if they do ; at least they will have a winning overall record. Good job NCHSAA. Go Knights.
Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith from Elizabethtown wrote on 05/09/2017 at 5:03 pm:
Good afternoon. We will try to ask the questions about education posted on this Guestbook at tonight's town hall with the Bladen County Board of Education. Thank you all for your posts.

Charlotte Smith
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 05/09/2017 at 11:05 am:
How about that for all the HB2 malcontents!!!!! Last year NC was tied with Texas for being the best state in which to do business. This year we are #UNO while Texas fell to #4. How about that NFL, NBA, and any other N one wants to throw into the mix. By the way, how is that lawsuit going where the state sued these organizations for the supposed lose of income we suffered. It has probably been thrown out of the courts since evidently the old Tar Heel state is doing just fine.

Now to more important things. Be sure and go out and support out county ball teams tomorrow night AFTER YOU HAVE GONE TO PRAYER MEETING AT THE LOCAL church house. Why do so many school events occur on Wednesday night? Seems like the people UP THE LINE only consider one thing when scheduling these events, FOLOWING THE MONEY TRAIL!!!!!

One last thing about the field houses at the two local high schools at a cost of $400,000.00 each. Why don't all the people who have played and coached sports in Bladen county down through the years, take it upon themselves to raise the money to build these two field houses? They could name them the West Bladen alumni field house and the East Bladen alumni field house. Considering the number of our young people who have went on to great college sports careers and even professional sports careers, it shouldn't be all that difficult to raise $800,000.00. The Bladen Improvement Association might even join in and help raise the funds. The former East Bladen player that currently plays for the Cleveland Browns might could come back and head up this fund raising event. Heck, he might even be able financially to put up the funds to build them himself. Is this fairy land stuff or what?!!!!!!!!!!!!
Darrel Melvin Darrel Melvin from Clarkton wrote on 05/08/2017 at 6:15 pm:
Field houses should have been constructed
when schools were first built . They are very few counties without field houses for their schools . I hope this happens !
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 05/08/2017 at 5:11 pm:
@Johnny, Good question about those roofs on the two county high schools. Just as good a question is why do we need two field houses at a cost of $400,000.00 each for the two high schools? Oh well, it will come out in the "tax bill" wash as the county commissioners have to raise taxes to pay for it.
Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 05/04/2017 at 9:26 pm:
I have another Question for Bladen County Schools. Why wasn't a Metal Roof installed on the High Schools? I am told they last 50 years or so, But here we are spending $800,000 after just 16 years.....
Thanks for all the great information guys.....
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 05/04/2017 at 2:13 pm:
Was privileged to attend the prayer service around the flag pole just a while ago over at the Historical Building over in Bladenboro. Must say it was very well attended. Was really glad to see the number of local Gospel Ministers in attendance. NEWS BREAK!!!!!!! You have been prayed for and the blessings of God invoked on your life. From the White House to the county courthouse and all the houses in between. What a refreshing experience to see people meeting in an open public place praying to Almighty God.

Interesting tidbits about the Wal Mart situation over in E-town. There surely is a discrepancy in the cost of gas just about everywhere. The one that always gets me is the discrepancy in any given location in the SAME TOWN. Locations OWNED BY THE SAME COMPANY. How can gas have a variance of cost per gallon of 2 to 5 cents within one mile of the two locations OWNED BY THE SAME COMPANY? Management of these companies that are guilty of this are the ones responsible. The consuming public deserves better.

The situation on our public schools is as old as the Bladen Improvement Association. Every time the issue has come up for a vote it has been defeated mainly as a result of the efforts of the above mentioned organization. If our schools are ever to be brought up to the standards that our children deserve; it will be because of increased taxes. The question is; do the county commissioners have the authority, as they did with the jail, to come up with these millions of dollars to bring our schools up to standard. The organization above was notorious for saying if we don't improve the education in our county then we will fill up jail space with the students that are turned out by our public school system. Well, judge Sasser forced us to get the money to build the jail and the organization mentioned above has refused to vote for a small tax increase many times to help with the education in the county. Seems to me, as the old country lawyer said; we have put the cart in front of the donkey and the cart just will not pull the donkey. We need to get off of our jackasses in Bladen County and educate some folks who have been out of the school system for years and "learn" them about the facts of educational life. Maybe judge Sasser can start holding classes in the court house on this educational process and just as they do with jury duty, send out the notices to attend WITH ONE EXCEPTION. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS granted for not attending, even to the people owning the companies charging different amounts for gas in the same town or city.

Hallelujah and pass the biscuits.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, N C wrote on 05/04/2017 at 8:11 am:
This concerns a question raised by Mr. G C Bryan on 22 Apr., i.e., Is a Wal-Mart Supercenter coming to the
Are you kidding me. Based upon the information I picked up yesterday, the local dictators of Elizabethtown are keeping Wal-Mart from opening a Supercenter on the bypass for many reasons. One being the usual Murphy Oil gas stations that accompanies a supercenter. Don't you know the local gas giants couldn't stand the competition from Murphy? As a matter of fact Mr. Bryan, keep your eyes on the land just behind the current Wal-Mart. My source tells me that Wal-Mart has already purchased enough land from the old peanut plant property to expand our little store. No, there won't be a Murphy Oil gas station built as part of this expansion to help us with our high gas prices.
One other point to make about this subject. Don't start looking for a small piece of land to buy close to this future expansion of Wal-Mart because, if my source is correct, the locals, using what appears to be insider information, has already purchased all of the available parcels. Funny how the rich always gets information first, isn't it? I guess it pays to be in a high position or have a loved one in a high position, hue?
Leslie Thomas Leslie Thomas from Elizabethtown wrote on 05/03/2017 at 2:04 pm:
I am so disappointed yet not surprised when I read of the events and statements at the school forum.
Really fellow citizens, PARENTS....a quarter cent sales tax to better things for our children and OUR generations to come. I want the best for my son as well as all of his classmates​. These are the individuals who will hold our fate, find cure for disease, and be our leaders when we are no longer able.
We have to show leadership and be leaders if we plan on raising leaders.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 05/01/2017 at 6:44 pm:
It is good to see the article by the Bladen County Economic Director about interest in the Building in the E-town Industrial Park.

Just a comment about the Opioid epidemic in Bladen County. Wonder how many people who have been on pain killer pills and no longer need the rest of the 30 day supply flush the rest of the pills down the toilet? Seems that each of us share some responsibility in decisions such as this. Do we stop taking the pain killers when the pain goes away? If not; what are we doing to ourselves and our families?
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 04/30/2017 at 9:12 am:
Jan, I agree with you about not punishing the law abiding citizens. We are not drug addicts and don't need a regular supply of opioids, but I do want to be able to get more than a 3 day supply after surgery or when my husband has a kidney stone. We should not be punished or inconvenienced due to the mistakes of other people. It reminds me of the war on meth when the law started severely limiting the amount of pseudoephedrine you could buy. This became an inconvenience for a household of 3 with bad allergies, especially when we all had colds or viruses. You have to show your license and a record is created. The pharmacy couldn't even assist me in telling me how much I could buy but the register would only let me get 1 pack. All 3 of us would have to make a separate trip and get their own packs. I understand the need to stop meth labs, but why not control another substance used in the making that's not as essential, such as brake fluid or lye, which aren't needed very often in the typical household?
Jan Thomas Jan Thomas from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/28/2017 at 8:18 pm:
The bill that has recently been passed by our state legislature regarding, opioid addiction, is really not necessary. As far as I can understand,the federal government has already passed a law related to the very topic. The CDC established new guidlines for physicians and pharmacies to adhere to a over a year ago. There is already a national data bank for contolled substance prescriptions. There is one person that all of these bills have not included and that is the person who suffers one or more conditons that causes chronic pain. That would be constant pain. These people are now being treated like criminals and being required to go to pain management clinics. These individuals have become the sacrifical lamb with regard to controlling opioid use. These patients manage their medication the way it is prescribe and do not abuse this medication. It is required to control chronic pain and allows these individuals to function daily. There has been no consideration for these patients in the writing and passing of these bills. I would hope that this issue could be looked at again and make allowances for these people instead of punishement when they are doing what is required!
Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/27/2017 at 9:54 am:
WSchaeffer, I was just asking a question, I did go into whether or not they needed the useless Trinkets. A little about myself for those of you that don't know me. I attended Bladen County Schools. I graduated high school at 17 left for the US Navy the next day. I retired with 20 years. If you read my other post I believe we are doing a disservice to us and future generations if we don't more aggressively teach the building trades to our students. But thank you for your insight.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/27/2017 at 1:09 am:
Mr. Anderson – before we get into a discussion about the benefits of iPads and Chromebooks to Middle School students versus kindergarteners—along with the attendant costs which would be involved—please explain to me what possible benefits we could reasonably expect to see from spending the monies on these sorts of items?

In my post of 4/19/17, I made the observation that I believe the average public school is less of an educating institution than it is a K thru 12 warehouse, ultimately (and dutifully) ejecting students out of the system with little useful or accurate education. I admit, I am clearly no fan of the public school system as it is currently structured. Students that I have encountered over the years appear to have a dysfunctional grasp on grammar, cannot speak a coherent sentence without littering it with “UHMMmm”, “I mean”, and “Like, you know…”, and do not have respectable math skills, nor a respectable grasp on history, whether it be U.S. history, Western Civ, or World History.

The greater percentage of kids I see coming out of the public schools are dysfunctional. Of course, there ARE exceptions to the rule. But, by and large, if it doesn’t involve a cell phone, or some other electronic trinket, they aren’t interested. And yet, there seems to be a drive to put MORE of these nuisance devices into the hands of the very individuals who are less mature enough to responsibly use them.

I would submit to you that these kids don’t need iPads, and they don’t need Chromebooks. What they DO need is a better curriculum approach---one which is not in lock-step with a politically progressive agenda, and one which provides better textbook curricula. I would also reiterate the point that, if parents are not constantly reminded of THEIR responsibilities for the education of Little Johnny or Little Susie, they can expect their kid to remain functionally ignorant. Given the recent news media accounts detailing the anarchic and riotous behavior of kids on college campuses thru-out the country, it is clear that the kids aren’t in school to learn, and the parents are happily clueless once they ship them off to college. This sort of nonsense starts at the elementary school levels, and it is my opinion that allowing students to have access to iPads and Chromebooks only encourages their profligate behavior. It is a waste of monies which could be better spent elsewhere.
Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/26/2017 at 5:49 am:
I am really enjoying this guestbook, we are getting some issues addressed.
another question I have is if can't afford Chromebooks for middle school students then how can we give Chromebooks and ipads to kindergarten students? Look at the ads for Kindergarten on here. I don't think the Bladen County Schools Central office people read this, because I have asked a couple of questions that went unanswered. Thank you Charlotte for providing us with this outlet for our concerns.
Phyllis Miller Phyllis Miller from Clarkton wrote on 04/25/2017 at 1:18 pm:
The Board of Education's Community Forum Meeting for Consolidation of Clarkton School of Discovery and Booker T. Washington is scheduled for Tuesday, May 2 at 6 pm. The meeting will be held in the Media Center at the Clarkton School of Discovery. The Board of Education is proposing the following: Booker T. Washington will be closed. The 5th grade of Booker T, Washington will be moved to Clarkton School of Discovery. The K-4 at Booker T. Washington will be moved to other schools in the county (Bladenboro, Elizabethtown, East Arcadia). At the Board of Education and Board of Commissioners Combined Meeting in April, Dr. Taylor stated that the Clarkton School of Discovery will continue to house the Project Challenge (magnet school). Please, please add this to your schedule to attend this most important meeting for not only the Clarkton area but also be informed of other proposals on a county-wide basis. This is your time to voice your concerns and/or approval. We have been working on this for about two years. So please make the time to come and support us. Thank you.
Charlotte B Smith Charlotte B Smith from Clarkton wrote on 04/25/2017 at 10:55 am:
Leslie Pate- Thank you! I couldn't agree with you more. Your mental health questions are my exact questions too. Why do we need a "middle man"? Our schools are reporting less help than ever for their students needing metal health services, the number of NC citizens addicted to drugs is some of the highest in the nation, no one really knows where to turn to for help. On top of all that, these mental health managing companies (LME-MCO's) are hiring doctors outside our our state to go against the recommendations of the health care providers who are actually seeing and trying treat our NC mental health patients to save money. By having a doctor limit services the managing companies save money. All these things are just the tip of the big iceberg that will sink our state if we don't do something about it. Thank you for letting us know about what you have found. We will continue to work on making a positive difference in our county and state when it comes to issues needing attention. Thank you for your readership and your comments.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/25/2017 at 10:27 am:
On the quality of water that is discharged from industrial projects back into the environment. It has been stated that, "it is very clean". If this be the case, why not discharge it into the county water system. If "it is very clean" then just a little more treatment on sight could surely make it okay to release in the county water supply. If that won't work, how about discharging the "very clean" discharge water into tankers and hauling it over to the Cape Fear? Walla! Another industry in the B-boro industrial park and jobs for a trucking outfit. We are all the time seeing trucks delivering gasoline, why not water. Expanding the envelope, I know; but we need jobs now. Sure hope they are on the way soon.
Leslie Pate Leslie Pate from White Lake wrote on 04/24/2017 at 9:15 pm:
I just wanted to share a few thoughts on 3 unrelated topics in the news this week: voter irregularities, the mental health crisis, and the opioid epidemic.
The SBE released their voter audit report for 2016 and I'm glad to see that only one active felon voted in Bladen County. However, I sure am glad that us "loudmouths" spoke out because statewide 936 irregularities were found. 441 active felons voted, along with 41 noncitizens. 24 people double voted and there were 2 cases of voter impersonation. 428 provisional ballots were not valid and were not counted. Sounds like they're putting some more measures in place to help prevent these problems. I sure wish voter ID was one of the measures.
I'm glad to hear our county leaders are investigating the lack of (and quality of) mental health services in our county. I'd like to add one question to the list that being investigated. Why do Medicaid recipients need an agency to oversee, manage, and refer patients to mental health agencies? There have been allegations of huge salaries and lack of services. Why not just treat mental health services like other medical services for Medicaid patients? Just have them call the provider of their choice and ask if they take Medicaid. That's exactly what people with private insurance do. They call the provider to see if their insurance is accepted or they call their insurance company to get a list of preferred providers. What is the purpose of having another step and an other agency to go through?
The roundtable discussions on the opioid epidemic have been excellent. I came across some great information in my Campbell University Alumni magazine this month. They are starting special training for physicians at their medical school. I was shocked to learn that Wilmington is #1 in the country for opioid abuse. In Nashville the HOPE program is helping by assisting addicts to get in recovery instead of jail. A group of 30 volunteers take calls from addicts or police officers. They are trained to asses the level of addiction and what type of treatment program would best. They assist the addict with getting into a recovery program and it's paid for with donations. This is extremely important because treatment programs can cost thousands of dollars and most people can't afford it. It's cheaper to stay addicted. It would be amazing if Bladen County could get some sort of grant for a program like this.
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 04/24/2017 at 5:09 pm:
Thanks Chuck. Good feedback for the community and appreciate your efforts on these areas. I was in a discussion with one of the long term leaders in our community at lunch last week about the need to have suitable facilities already in place or at least suitable buildings in place that could be "reasonably" modified. This gentleman was of a different thought on this, but I feel after some discussion with him along the same lines that you discussed and that I have learned from being on the Commission, I think that he may look at this a little differently now. With so many locations competing for new start-ups or business expansions, and all with very "specific" needs, Economic Development efforts can be a real challenge and sometimes just the luck of the draw. I 'm sure you and others have studied this process frorm every angle possible, but it has been mentioned to me on more than one occasion that perhaps business development that did not require these two infrastructure needs (natural gas and increased capacity waste treatment) or for that matter targeted skill-sets Mr. Anderson refers to or the demand for speciality types of building revamps that may actually sit vacant for years, could be a opportunities for us here. I think we are all looking for the same end-points and that is providing opportunities for Bladen County citizens to work and be able to provide for themselves and remain in Bladen County. Just a thought.
Chuck Heustess Chuck Heustess from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/24/2017 at 10:54 am:
I enjoy the discussion about development. I can provide some info to help on some of the topics.
Mr. Anderson, BCC has established a machining program. They have bought or been given very good equipment for students to train on and have some amazing machining simulators that allow them to simulate projects on the most modern equipment. The struggle has been finding students for the classes. We need our youth to understand that there are great career opportunities in manufacturing. Our March prospect list had approximately a dozen companies considering southeastern NC that were in the metal fabrication or machining fields. These companies typically do not require natural gas or heavy sewer. They are looking for a pool of skill labor and a modern manufacturing building. This is one of our best bets for the future.
Mr. Bryan, the issue with sewer capacity in Bladenboro can't be resolved by building a new treatment plant. The town just doesn't have a large, moving body of water to discharge the treated water into for state permitting requirements. This is why they developed the spray fields, but on wet days like today they can't spray. Also, the water that the towns and industries are treating and discharging is very clean.
Mr. Schaefer and Mr. White are correct. We are communicating with industries that do not require natural gas about the Elizabethtown Park. One project could be a center piece for the park. They have seen the drone video of the park (check out Elizabethtown Industrial Park 2016 on Youtube) and have visited; we will be considered as they grow. We have four companies considering our 30,750 sf facility in the park currently.
Also, estimates for natural gas range from $1 million to several million per mile. I guess we should have gone to school and studied laying natural gas lines;) We are currently looking into a site that has several hundred acres together, three phase power, water, sewer, and natural gas.
Companies today are trying to return a profit for their owners/shareholders, so they want the infrastructure they require in place at minimal cost to them. They want to put their capital into equipment, employees, and product. They will migrate to the lowest cost place to do business that can already meet their infrastructure and labor needs.
Again, thanks for the questions and ideas. Many people that do not post read these discussions. Several people have approached me to say they have learned something new from the discussions.
If I missed something you are curious about let me know.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/24/2017 at 10:25 am:
Great idea about high school students putting their building skills to work and then putting the finished product up for sale or auction. Also, those same students could serve as apprentices during the summer in the same trades and learning from the pros. That is, unless the county, state, or federal government won't allow them to work. Can't imagine that happening back in the 1940's thru the 1960's when farmers would hire teenagers to crop tobacco. And guess what, those tobacco croppers turned out pretty good in most cases.

Have noticed over the past couple of days concerning the town of White Lake a couple of "35 years ago" items concerning a former police chief of the own. There were several of those Storms men and I do believe that Millard was the one in police work. His brother Willard has been in the construction trades down through the years. Could be wrong, but I do believe as Walter Cronkite use to say "and that's the way it is" or was.

Love this rain. Imagine the farmers love it even more and the gardeners left around.
Yesterday was a good day to be in the church house on the Lord's day; today is a good day to be in His world walking with Him and putting into practice what we learned on His day yesterday. Thanks be to God for the rain
Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/22/2017 at 2:09 pm:
Thank you everyone for all the ideals.
I heard some of the existing businesses were in desperate need of CNC Machinist has BCC started teaching this skill?

I other counties High schools and Community Colleges are using the trades ie Plumbing, Electrical, Heating/air, Brick Masons ect that they
are teaching to build a house and auction it off when complete. Why can't Bladen County do it? Just a question?
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/22/2017 at 11:30 am:
Was unaware that there was a teachers union in Bladen County. Can certainly see how that would affect the educational process. On the cost of getting sewer service to B-boro industrial park and natural gas to the E-town park, maybe we could get judge Sasser to require it be done like he did with the new jail!!! Or even get the Feds involved, has anyone contacted our senators or even President Trump (he certainly is interested in pipelines)? Now that would be a feather in the cap of the Bladen County Republican Party if they could get President Trump down here; sort of like the "rural internet stop" that President Clinton made over in Whiteville when he was in office.
Those call centers are an interesting idea for new "industry"; hopefully, our schools are turning out graduates that can intelligently speak on the phone. What about warehouses where orders for items ordered on the internet can be filled!!!!!!! All so interesting especially when one considers that every graduating high school senior does not want to leave Bladen County. Hopefully, sooner than later someone will come up with an idea that works. Success to the industrial minded folks in Mother Bladen.
Are we taking full advantage of the wonderful resource that runs through the county, the mighty Cape Fear river? Other than dumping sewage into it. What about the railway service that runs through B-boro?
Is there any chance that a Super Wal-Mart will appear with accompanying shopping center across Hwy 701 from the SECU after the construction on the highway has been completed? Maybe, again, judge Sasser can help us with that if there is resistance to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, so many possibilities; the future indeed looks oh so bright for the "Mother of all counties", Bladen.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/21/2017 at 9:10 pm:
To add to the conversation about industrial development—

My understanding is that natural gas pipeline expansion would cost roughly $1M per mile. That’s not exactly ‘chunk change’, and would require much more funding than Bladenboro and Elizabethtown are currently capable of raising. There is NO tax increase which would provide this level of financial underwriting, and—let’s face it—the local citizenry would never support it anyway.

I like Don White’s suggestion that, perhaps, other industries which DON’T require such facilities inputs would be equally, if not more suitable for the Elizabethtown Industrial Park as a location site. I can assure him that our city council and our city manager in E-town are looking very, very strongly at this, along with Mr. Chuck Heustess, our economic council director.

Of equal concern with respect to economic development in Bladen County is the strength of the educational opportunities, and the strength of the school system. We HAVE, in times past, actually LOST development opportunities in Bladen County because of our less-than-functional school system (be it public or private). Make no mistake—this is no small issue to industries looking to locate into this area. Bladen Community College has enormous capabilities and programs readily available to tailor a training curriculum to a specific workforce, but it is the K-12 school system which is considered sorely lacking. I blame that mostly on politics, lousy direction from the state level, and on an entrenched teacher’s union which is more concerned with solidifying its power base, than it is with providing a solid, useable, 21st century education for all students everywhere. (just my opinion).

Trust me—Bladen County is NOT sitting still! We DO have an energetic, articulate, AND professional-level cadre of leadership which is aggressively promoting this county nationally, and even internationally! Despite being a mostly rural bloc of southeastern NC, Bladen County IS confronting its financial and developmental issues, and appears to be looking for the most profitable and equitable methods to benefit the county. I, for one, am impressed!
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 04/21/2017 at 4:37 pm:
GC – That’s a really good question and I think you make a couple of good point. As I understand it, both Bladenboro and Elizabethtown each have somewhat unique issues that you have addressed, in that Elizabethtown needs to extend the natural gas service out to their industrial park and Bladenboro’s waste treatment facility is perhaps unable to handle the additional capacity needed to support industrial business growth in the areas we are attracting. I think it would be of interest to know just how much these infrastructure upgrades would cost and see where there might be funding opportunities. I suspect this has already been studied and maybe someone would add to this for clarity.
I also would offer up just as food for thought, perhaps there are other areas of business that were not so dependent on mass waste treatment, natural gas or even close proximity to major interstate, such as order call centers or fulfillment warehousing, etc. Just a thought.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/21/2017 at 9:48 am:
Back to the two industrial parks Bladenboro and Elizabethtown and the two things they lack. Has anyone made a study as to how much it would cost to run a natural gas line from the one currently going through Bladen County to the E-town industrial park? Seems it gets closer to the park as it moves east. How about the cost of a sewage disposal plant of its own for the B-boro industrial park? If industry is ever going to grow at these two locations then both of these needs are going to have be taken care of. Are our industrial minded people in the county searching for companies that would be willing to help with the cost of these two items as part of their agreement to locate in Bladen. If they are willing to do it in other counties, why not be willing to do it to locate to locate in Bladen?
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/19/2017 at 8:36 pm:
The primary reason that parents choose a charter school, a private school, a church school, or perhaps even a home school option is because they perceive the government-run public school system to be a failure.

It could be argued that public schools are less of a learning institution, and more of a warehouse, where parents simply park their children until the school ejects them, whether they’ve learned anything or not. And, again—in my opinion—the major reasons that public schools are a failure is (1) because the public schools are not that terribly interested in actual education anyway; they are interested in promoting the ‘party line’ of force-fed propaganda, as directed by the Dep’t of Education. The Dep’t of Education is not so much interested in teaching as they are in social engineering, and in fostering the utopian idea that their standardized curricula will result in an equal outcome where ALL students achieve the same level of competency. This is nonsense.

(2) The second reason for the failure of public schools is (again, in MY opinion) because of disinterested and uninformed parents. Parents are the ones who set the standards for learning, and it is parents who set the standard for a child’s behaviour. When all too many of these little cretins arrive into the high school environment, they are thoroughly programmed by this point NOT to learn, NOT to behave, and have little or no study skills. Why…??? Because parents let them get away with it. Because parents don’t enforce and reinforce good behaviour and good study habits. Instead, the parents argue that all of that is the TEACHER’S job, and by golly, the first time their little snowflake gets a failing grade, or gets suspended for bad behaviour, the now-suddenly attentive parents show up on the principal’s doorstep demanding to know why the school isn’t doing IT’S job!!! It’s never the parents fault, you see.

Public schools, under the decades-long regime of the Dep’t of Education, is a failure. Alternative schools will continue to thrive, unless and until the public school system wakes up and realizes that it is its own worst enemy.
Margaret Margaret from Bladenboro wrote on 04/19/2017 at 7:49 pm:
I am all for parents having the right to choose where their child is educated, however, why should our district have to 'pay' for their choice? If a child attends a private school the parents choose to pay; if a child decides to attend a charter school, the district should be provided the same respect. Look up the statistics of corruption, failed students and the overall success rates of charter schools. The results may surprise you. For all of their choices, you are taking funding and teachers from students in the public school. How many of the parents attended and graduated from the public school system? I did. I have an advanced degree and felt I was provided the best education Bladen County had to offer!
Everett Butler Everett Butler from Bladenboro wrote on 04/19/2017 at 5:29 pm:
It has been a while since I have posted on Guestbook but an article that I read earlier today has convinced me that I should again begin to post when I have something of interest to state.

I recommend that citizens who own firearms to read House Bill 723. Then contact your representative in Raleigh requesting that they vote against that portion of it that requires gun owners to carry liability insurance for their guns. If I understand the bill correctly, one must carry liability insurance to own, buy, or transfer a firearm. These bills are written in such a manner that only a lawyer can understand them fully.

There are several editorials that can be searched that explains it further. Please read some of them and draw your own conclusion.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/18/2017 at 10:47 am:
An exciting range of topics and discussions of interest to conservatives highlighted the monthly Bladen County Republican Club meeting, held Monday evening at the San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Club Chairman Walter McDuffie welcomed several new members to the club, and the meeting quickly began to focus on how to broaden the outreach of the Republican Party within Bladen County. It was noted that, by working to develop methods to broaden the party’s membership within the county, it would have to sharpen its message of responsible conservatism, and develop more effective ways to reach the many different demographic groups that are represented within the county. Members agreed that, in light of strong Republican victories at the national level, it was time to launch a more concentrated communications effort at the local level, with the intent of countering the current trend of liberal progressivism with the GOP’s more rational approach, which encourages sound fiscal, social, and political accountability.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/14/2017 at 2:16 pm:
See the BOE has scheduled the school consolidation meetings. Looks like folks from the Bladenboro area will have to drive to one of the other meeting places to voice their opinions.
Believe it or not Mr. Anderson, there are plenty of folks who read the guestbook but never comment on what is stated ; at least not on the guestbook itself.
Looks like fake news is really getting to be a big problem when the Director of the FBI talks about it; that is unless the article about his comment was "fake news"!!!!
And today is "Good Friday" when the ultimate price was paid for each of us to "have life and have it more abundantly". It may be "Good Friday" but thank God "Resurrection Sunday" is coming.
Johnny J Anderson Johnny J Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/13/2017 at 6:01 pm:
I see no one bothered to answer my last post about the Budget survey.
I understand what some people mean you ask a legitimate question on here and all you get is crickets...... Thank you Mr. GC at least I know someone is here. I guess all the national political debate team left town. Don't worry I have a couple of School Board questions next... more to come
Keith Kinlaw Keith Kinlaw from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/13/2017 at 2:46 pm:
GC, regarding the Fay Observer article, read it closely. If I remember correctly, this article was based on the opinion of the Cape Fear River keeper and not on any data collected from the river.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/12/2017 at 10:00 pm:
Well folks, if you read the front page of todays Fayetteville Observer Paper about "CAPE FEAR RIVER LISED AS 'ENDANGERED' "? Looks like any future industry projects are a NO GO as they relate to any kind of discharge into the Cape Fear river. Sub heading for the article, "POULTRY AND HOG FARMS BLAMED FOR POLUTION". Believe that was one of the big concerns back years ago when Smithfield located here. How about it Cape Fear fishermen, seen any mutated catfish caught out of it lately? Another good question, whose responsibility in Bladen County government is it to check into this situation? If the Cape Fear goes, that leaves only White Lake as our only other natural resource to remain unpolluted. Oh, I almost forgot the other lakes in he area.

Seems years ago that I remember reading an article about sewage discharge into rivers by industry. The catch was that the discharge had to be upstream from any intake water that the industry took out of the river. Hence, the industry was using the same water they discharged. Might not be a bad idea to adopt that standard in the good ole USA.
Johnny J Anderson Johnny J Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/12/2017 at 11:12 am:
The dates were wrong in my last post. Here is the post I was talking about.
"The Bladen County Board of Commissioners values citizen involvement in County government. As the County of Bladen develops the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget, residents are encouraged to share feedback and priorities to help guide the upcoming budget development process. There are a few ways to provide input: Visit the County’s website at to access budget survey questions or click here – Bladen County Pre-Budget Hearing 2016 Questions ; Complete the form and mail it by March 14, 2016 to the County Manager’s Office at PO Box 1048, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. People who do not have access to the internet can call the County Manager’s Office at 910-862-6700 to have a paper copy ….."

1. If we have computer people that work for the county why don't we have a fillable form to submit online? Why do you think people are going to print off the form then mail it or take time to scan it and email it. I'm sure that's why you didn't get any response to it!

Next the questions are very vague, how does general public (Bladen County citzens) know what services that are provided with our tax dollars. Give us some information so we can participate and help you and the County Commissioners make informed decisions. Thank you for your time
Alvin Shepherd Alvin Shepherd from Dublin wrote on 04/11/2017 at 5:55 pm:
I need your help. I would ask that everyone please read the article on Bladen online and the Bladen Journal Web site in reference to the lack of text books and teaching resources that was discussed at the School Board Meeting held Monday night. I have helped to start the conversation about the lack of teaching material in our public schools. (I have not done this alone there are several people on the School Board at the Central Office and in our Schools that have been working on this for quite some time) The Board of Education approved a request of funds for a Capital Investment of Laptop computers for our middle school students. It is know up to our Board Of Commissioners to approve the funding for this much needed resource. I know $163,000 is a lot of money but is a very small investment for our county in order to help educate over 1400 middle school students. Please help the children of Bladen County by contacting your County Commissioners to let them know that you support our students and want to provide the resources that they need to get a quality education. To quote a poster in the Board of Education meeting room. "If you teach our children today like you did yesterday you are robbing them of tomorrow". Our society is ever changing to a digital world, our classrooms need to change as well. That is why every student needs access to a computer every day. Our High Schools have it now, we need to get our Middle Schools next and keep working our way down until every student in the county has access to a computer, every day. Thank you for your support of our children.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 04/11/2017 at 12:31 pm:
Thank Mr. Heustess for your responses. Keep up the good work on behalf of Mother Bladen and its work force
Chuck Heustess Chuck Heustess from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/11/2017 at 10:20 am:
Mr. Bryan,
Thanks for the question. I can't discuss everything we learn about projects, but I can discuss my perception of Sanderson. We did inquire about the Sanderson Project on the initial search and after it was turned down in Cumberland. My guess is they really wanted to be near that large Fayetteville labor market, because they moved quickly from the Fayetteville site to the St. Pauls site. Also, you are right that the area of the county up around Dupont would make a great industrial area. We have county water, the surface water plant, rail, natural gas, and dual three phase power from different generation sources. Unfortunately, we do not have a public sewer source in that area. Smithfield and DuPont have their own sewer plants, but they built them when permits to discharge into the river were more attainable. Hopefully, in the future there could be a sewer source for other companies in this area to tie into. Mr. Anderson, I also agree that this forum is a great tool for information exchange.

Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/10/2017 at 11:19 pm:
Mr. Heustess, Thank you for taking time to answer my questions. I have served on the Bladen County Planning Board and am a member of the Committee of 100. I am of the understanding that we are to have a meeting in the near future.
Mr. GC, Sanderson Farms are such an outstanding company that they helped St. Pauls with their sewage issue. Or so I was told.
Now this is what this forum (Guestbook) should be used for....
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/10/2017 at 6:05 pm:
Sanderson Farms just opened two chicken plants in neighboring Robeson County. One is close to Lumberton and I'm sure most of us are familiar with the flooding problems Lumberton has everytime it rains a little bit. The other plant just west of St Pauls does not have a river near by and one would think that the current sewage system of St Pauls would not be able to take on the additional sewage that the new chicken plant puts out. Seems that both of these plants made some kind of deal to take care of the additional sewage. One other point about the plant that was built just outside of St Pauls. When it was rejected by Cumberland County, did anyone from Bladen contact Sanderson Farms about coming to Bladen? Up around the Dupont area it would have been close to the Cape Fear and within a stones throw of I-95, and also rail connections. Again, did anyone from Bladen contact Sanderson Farms? Inquiring industrial minded folks just might be interested.
Chuck Heustess Chuck Heustess from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/10/2017 at 10:13 am:
Good Morning Mr. Anderson.
The issue with sewer capacity in Bladenboro is less about money than about their state discharge permit limits. Elizabethtown discharges into the Cape Fear River, a huge fast flowing body of water, which allows for much more capacity. Bladenboro discharges into a swamp with much less capacity. Bladenboro has done a great job at investing in spray fields to maximize their capacity. However, as I understand it, the spray fields are only feasible during dry weather. Bladenboro is just close to maxed out due to their state limits on capacity. I think millions of dollars in replacing pipes throughout their system could help the efficiency, but this is an issue many, many towns face. Clarkton is inhibited by the same situation.
Bladen's Bloomin' and Bladen County are critical to each other and to our success in economic development; however, Bladen's Bloomin' is not a county board. It is a nonprofit like the United Way with its' own private board. The two boards work very closely together and recent changes in operations will make the relationship even stronger. There have historically been commissioners on the board and there are two commissioners currently serving on the board. If Bladen's Bloomin' discontinued operations the assets would first go to the county, but it's private charter allows it to do loans and real estate development confidentially and more efficiently than we could as a public entity which would have to operate under the laws rules and regulations of a public entity. It also protects the county (and the taxpayers) from potential liabilities associated with owning or leasing real estate. Sorry I don't have time this morning to go into a lot more detail, but those are the basics. Thank you for the question and feel free to contact me directly if you would like to learn more. Many people do and several have started serving on various economic development boards. The Bladen model is one of the most creative and successful in rural economic development and the work of our elected officials and volunteers is what makes us unique and successful.

Thanks again,
Johnny Anderson Johnny Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 04/08/2017 at 12:48 pm:
On the topic of Economic Development.
I have a question that maybe someone can answer for me. the Elizabethtown Industrial park has Sewer and no Natural Gas (I was told it would be very costly to add it.) I don't know myself. Bladenboro Industrial Park has Natural Gas but no Sewer. Wouldn't it be more feasible to help the Bladenboro Park? Are there grants and such to help? Just a question

My other question is the Bladen County Commissioners appoint every other Board in the county, How does Bladens Bloomin Board tell the County Commissioners who to put on their board? I'm only asking these questions because I have been asked by several Citizens. I know and respect everyone on these boards but felt the need to ask....
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/08/2017 at 11:40 am:
During a conversation I had with Economic Development Director Chuck Huestess, he outlined several of the factors which tends to limit certain types of economic and/or industrial development within the Bladen County area. Over the last several months I have noted several posts in this on-line forum questioning ‘how we do/what we do’, insofar as attracting new businesses into the area is concerned. I believe that a follow-up interview with Mr Huestess might prove enlightening to the general public, in order to explain what those factors are. There seems to be some suspicions or concerns that our local political leaders are not doing all that they can to encourage new business development here, and I don’t believe that is a correct assumption at all.

With regard to local education, I note that there are ALSO broad concerns about the state of our local public schools, and, indeed, legitimate questions as to how the influence of charter schools in the area will affect performance of the public schools. I note that there are also many questions as to the effectiveness, performance, and intent of for-profit charter schools, and whether they should even be considered a legitimate alternative choice for our children’s education.

Good questions all, and I would be interested in seeing some editorial follow-up on these issues.
Charlotte Smith Charlotte Smith from Elizabethtown wrote on 04/08/2017 at 10:50 am:
Economic development, education and healthcare are the three main issues we face in this county in my opinion. Recently our local commissioners have received "updates" from leaders in all three areas. What are some ideas or actions you think would help in any of the three areas?
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WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/07/2017 at 11:43 pm:
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I don’t know who edits, vets, or reviews all of the posts submitted here, but I’m very curious as to HOW this nonsense manages to find its way into this site. Perhaps SOMEONE from would like to address this, and tell what the deal is….??? Inquiring minds want to know. 
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/06/2017 at 12:22 pm:
Thanks for all the info on Emerau. It is getting more interesting all the time. A really sad time when elementary education becomes a for profit situation. Private colleges and private universities, think most folks understand that; but "to follow the money" as an old saying goes, to elementary education is really a bit much to swallow. What have we done to ourselves?

Did notice there is an advertisement on BOL in the news section about Emerau (wonder if our tax money will pay for it?) in case the tax payers of Bladen County want to investigate where some of their future education tax money will be going.
Neil Neil from Double in wrote on 04/06/2017 at 10:09 am:
GC, yes ACE is a "For Profit Corporation". The best I understand they front the money for everything. They form a LLC "Bladen Community Services" .... purchase the land build the facility and furnish it and are payed back.
And yes they get a portion of the funds that are allotted for each child that would have been enrolled in BCS.
I will say Charter Schools are good compared to what we have to choose from here in Bladen, but it's not all about education, it's about making money. Google "Baker Mitchell"
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 04/06/2017 at 9:42 am:
Emereau: Bladen
The first time I heard about this new school was here on this site. I took the time to read up on it and it appears to me that it's been underway for some time. Sadly, I no longer trust what they print in the Bladen Journal and refuse to even read it. How the information about this new school was disseminated is unknown to me but as I understand it, construction on the new school is underway.
This new school will be a charter school and will be known as: Emereau: Bladen.
To answer a few questions I saw from one reader, I learned that it will start small and will expand each year until they can cover each grade level.
Funding for this new school will come from our taxes at the local, state and federal levels. The school will receive about the same amount per student that is currently given to other public schools in the state.
The starting salaries for a teacher will be about $40,000 and will increase as prescribed in the plan submitted to the state.
I encourage everyone interested in learning more about this new school to read the application submitted for approval.
Like ever thing else, it's available on the internet.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/05/2017 at 10:21 pm:
Thanks Neil King for the information on Emerau. Wonder is ACE a not for profit cooperation or corporation? Wonder if the cooperation or corporation will be getting a portion of the public school money that will be appropriated to Bladen County Schools in the future years? Wonder why we have not heard from the Bladen County Schools about this new school? Wonder if Bladen County tax money will go toward the operation of this new school?
Neil King Neil King from Dublin, NC wrote on 04/05/2017 at 8:33 pm:
Let's see. The money people are a cooperation by the name of Advantage Capital for Education (ACE), the Bladen County connection is Gardner Altman, Jr. he is one of the partners in the cooperation and has a place up on River Road near Harmony Hall. That's where Eddie Madden comes in as a board member, he and his family live in one of Altman' s houses. (Madden also has experience with charter schools from where he came from) No the E-town's town manager lives way out in the county.

The name of the school derives from the selected works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, from whom the students will study for 5 years
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/05/2017 at 4:08 pm:
Just found out the "correct" amount of time that Senator Jeff Merkly of Oregon spent on speaking against the nominee for the Supreme Court last night and this
morning on the floor of the US Senate was 15 hours and 27 minutes. Believe it or not, they have been showing reruns of the speech like 15 hours and 27 minutes was not enough. Thank God Bill Murray's character in "Groundhog Day" was finally able to get from under the continuous rerunning of Groundhog Day. Speaking of Senator Merkly from Oregon, isn't it amazing that he could have said in 5 MINUTES what it took him 15 hours and 27 minutes to say. God have mercy on he Republic and pass the biscuits.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 04/05/2017 at 1:38 pm:
Thought I was caught up in the movie "Groundhog Day". Go to bed and a Senator is speaking about the confirmation of a judge to the Supreme Court. That was about 10:30 pm and he had been speaking since about 6:45 pm. Woke up this morning and the same Senator is still speaking and I understand he finally ended up speaking about 16 or 17 hours straight. Believe he was from Oregon and all I would say about that is the next time he is up for election, the good people of Oregon should vote him out of the Senate. Reasoning, anybody with any amount of common sense knows that it is almost an impossibility to hold an audiences attention more than say 30 minutes. Who does this man think he is kidding? Felt so sorry for him this morning. In my eyes, who ever put him up to it should be arrested for "cruel and usual punishment". Only other comment, did he get a chance to use the restroom during the 16 or 17 hours of speaking?

Looks like we are going to have a new school of "some type" this coming fall. Could someone connected with it please give the good people of Mother Bladen exactly what the word "Emerau" means?, I know Elizabethtown, Bladenboro, Clarkton, Tar Heel, White Oak, and all the communities in between; but what is Emerau? Will a new town named Emerau spring up out around the airport east of Elizabethtown? Personally, Mother Bladen School would have been a more appropriate name.

How about the language "our" representative used in his reply to Mr. Jackson about how he voted on repeal of HB2? One would wonder if his children go around "anywhere" using such language.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 04/04/2017 at 10:53 am:
Mr. Schaeffer:
Thank you for your comments. Finally, some give and take. I tend to shoot from the hips and call a spade a spade. I agree with you that sometimes it's how you say things to people that matters. But, in my opinion, some people can't read between the lines and need to be told certain things point blank. It's obvious to me that representative Jones is not right for North Carolina and more specifically, Bladen County and we need to do what we can to ensure that he doesn't get re-elected.
By the way, you should have seen the email I sent to that Democrat sitting in the governor's chair. Now that was a doozy. At least he knows what I think about him and the way he governs.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 04/03/2017 at 8:27 pm:
Mr. Jackson, your comments and observations are noted. As in all things, though, it is not what you say—it’s how you say it.

It galls me that the Church, by and large, is doing nothing ***NOTHING*** to address the root of the problem in the state of NC regarding bathroom access by cross-dressing, ‘transgender’ deviants. Might as well call them what they are.

With respect to the ongoing debate between conservative and liberals over this issue, I am tired of giving ground to the enemy. It's very depressing. Why are religious conservatives always on the defensive, running around in a panic to provide accommodation for belligerent sexual deviants? We are so terrified of being perceived as homophobes and bigots that we willingly sacrifice our liberty, AND the safety of our loved ones, to avoid it. Ironically, no matter how much we give in, we'll still be ridiculed and vilified as bigots.

Loving other people does not mean accepting everything that they do. Instead of making provision for deviant behavior, the religious and conservative Right needs to let the liberal crowd know that such behavior, in public, will not be tolerated, and that it WILL be punished. Contrary to liberal criticisms that we are being uncharitable and ‘unChristian’, it is not ‘loving’ to lend legitimacy to their way of life. They need to be unapologetically told that, unless they recognize the foundational validity of the Judeo-Christian moral ethic, they are morally and spiritually doomed.

Frankly, it is frustrating that we aren't doing more to fight against the onslaught of liberal/progressivism, and I feel that time is running out to act. In truth, I believe that it's already too late to save our nation as the Founders set it up. I'm just hoping for a religiously conservative remnant to survive.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/31/2017 at 8:10 pm:
I believe our representative, William Brisson, by his vote of No on repeal of HB2, was simply saying that he does not want the Govenor nor any other male using the same restroom, bathing facility, or shower stall with his wife or any other female. God bless William Brisson and his family.
The solution to this problem is found in the early history of mankind; "male and female created He them". That lesson was learned in Sunday School at an early age by those of us 50 years of age or older and also by some under that age. Will each of us find ourselves in the house of God with our children day after tomorrow or will we let the HB142 crowd and naysayers continue to tell us it is not important. I believe Joshua was the one who said it so eloquently, "as for me and my house, will serve the Lord". As Yogi Berra said, "it ain't over til its over". God have mercy on us and please pass the biscuits.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/31/2017 at 2:02 pm:
I wanted to sit back and enjoy the rain we're having today but I chose to look up the vote taken yesterday on the repeal of HB2. Early yesterday morning, I called the offices of our Representative and Senator and had to leave them a message since they failed to answer their phone. Still haven't heard back as yet. Probably won't. Anyway, I check the vote count this afternoon and learned that Representative BRENDON JONES voted to repeal HB2 as did Senator BILL RABON. What really surprised me the most was that WILLIAM BRISSON, a Democrat, voted NO to a repeal. When the time comes for them to seek re-election which I believe is 2018, I strongly urge all like minded people to vote NO as it pertains to re-electing JONES and RABON as they are not working for us. Although I won't vote for him, WILLIAM BRISSON deserves the vote of you Democrats.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 03/31/2017 at 11:08 am:
Here’s what Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said about the repeal of HB2:

“North Carolina’s brand and continued economic prosperity should not be beholden to the loudest voices on either the far-left or the far-right who don’t have our state’s best interests in mind. I’m glad that state lawmakers were able to reach a commonsense compromise to repeal HB2.”

And then, here’s what our esteemed Governor said:

“For over a year now, House Bill 2 has been a dark cloud over our great state. It has stained our reputation. It has discriminated against our people. And it has caused great economic harm to many of our communities.”

“Today, we repealed House Bill 2. We begin to end discrimination. We begin to bring back jobs and sporting events.” (AHA! THERE’S the REAL crux of this idiot decision!)

“This law I’m signing today is not just about North Carolina’s reputation – or jobs and sports. It’s about working to end discrimination. Under HB2, North Carolina had zero LGBT protections. Today’s law not only provides for LGBT protections, but opens the door for more.” (Oh good grief. So now we have to PANDER to a perverted minority…???)

“House Bill 2 created a misguided, unworkable, and unnecessary requirement that individuals use bathrooms that matched the gender on their birth certificate. Today’s law immediately removes that restriction.” (Where was this guy born…? Does he even have a CLUE how stupid a statement that is??)

“Now, transgender kids aren’t subject to a horrible requirement and embarrassment that could put them in even more danger of being bullied or preyed on.” (‘…horrible’…? …’embarrassment’…??? What about the innocent people who are expected to TOLERATE the transgender’s choice of perversion??? Think THEY might be a little embarrassed too??)

…and THEN he says,

“Sports are coming back. The ticket takers, the housekeeping staff, and parking attendants working at arenas around our state will have more money in their pockets.” (Well, now we KNOW what the Governor’s priority is, and it sure isn’t public safety, common sense, or common decency)
“This new law is a compromise. But we stopped Republican leaders from adding provisions that permanently placed LGBT rights subject to referendum or allowed people to use religious beliefs to discriminate.” (O PERISH the thought that those wide-eyed religious wing-nuts ‘out there’ want to impose some decency into the legislative process)

You can’t make this stuff up. Let’s face it: every single one of these elected officials is dumber than a rock, and corrupt to the core. They happily compromise their integrity and standards of morality at the altar of political expediency. Democrats elected this guy, and—from the sound of it—our Republican rep is right behind him. They’re all the same.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/31/2017 at 10:26 am:
They did what? They changed the law so a "male" can "lawfully" use he same bathroom, shower stall on school campuses,or bathing facility that females use!!!!!!!!!!!
All in the name of insanity. North Carolina, for those who do not know was ranked the number two(2) state in all of the United States to do business AFTER HB2 was passed. According to the math I was taught, there is only one spot ahead of #2. #2 is pretty good for a state that believed it is right for males and females to use separate facilities. With the passage of HB142 we may just sink to #10, #20, or even #50. Noticed that Gov Cooper (DEMOCRAT) said HB#2 didn't go far enough; wonder does he mean if he visits your home that he feels he should have the right to use your bathroom while your wife or daughter is in there????????

At least now we have the NCAA where we want them!!!
When they say they want to hold their tournament in our state, we can say to them "take your tournament and go else where, we have all the LGBT folks in our state that we can stand "peeeeuu"; in fact, you can take every last one we have with you and we will settle for still being the #2 state in which to do business with full assurance that at least we know where males and females should be "doing their business". Thank God and pass the biscuits.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 03/31/2017 at 12:25 am:
When it comes to political discourse, most often it is not a case of WHAT you say—it’s HOW you say it. Since I have been so roundly vilified and attacked over not dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” when it comes to attribution and referencing, I find that the (mostly) liberal readership that reads this forum cares far less about the subject being discussed, but much more about preserving their condescending, sneering, self-righteous confidence in their own grammatical and literary perfection. They are very good at this.

Thus, like every good liberal, they deflect from the point actually being discussed, and instead, focus on a niggling, minor point that effectively distracts the entire discussion. Liberals have perfected this to an art form. On the other hand, conservatives have begun to wake up to this tactic, and have begun to challenge the liberal/progressives. Liberal/progressives do not like this. Push-back from conservatives is not in their ‘play book’, and when it happens, it seems to ‘trigger’ them into a quivering mass of shrill, hysterical, hyper-ventilating snowflakes, whose only recourse is to find a ‘safe space’ somewhere, where they can calm down with a puppy and a coloring book until the ‘trauma’ of being directly confronted over their nonsensical logic subsides.

Since Mr. Jackson brought up the point of the HB2 bill, let’s discuss that for a moment.

It would seem that, in the state of North Carolina, commerce trumps common sense, and it is no longer our elected representatives who ‘make the rules’, it is the NCAA. So, bowing to an organization that tells the state, “If you don’t change your bathroom bill, we’re gonna keep taking our business elsewhere”, our state legislators decide that MONEY trumps MORALITY, and—if you are a conservative—what YOU think doesn’t matter! Yesssirr….by golly, they’ve ‘SEEN THE LIGHT’, and now they KNOW what is right, and proper, and moral, and good for our state, and that is, to allow men and women into each other’s bathrooms!!

So, go ahead, Tarheels---sit ON your heels (or whatever part you sit on), and keep quiet. DON’T tell ANY of our elected state legislators—and for goodness sake, DON’T tell the Governor—that the repeal of this bill is an offense to decency and common sense. That would offend him. See—he’s a Democrat, so…that makes him MUCH more socially enlightened than YOU—you Neanderthal throwback, you. Yeahhhh, our state leaders have ‘Seen The Light’, all right…now WE, TOO, can be a progressive and forward-thinking state. Just like California…also known as the Land of The Fruits and The Nuts, and not for nothing, I might add.

Keep up the good work, Democrats.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/30/2017 at 8:09 pm:
Bravo Mr. Jefferson Weaver on your column pertaining to what is really important about March. It is good to read after someone who can put it into such eloquent words.
@ Jerry Jackson. It amazes me also when I get into a conversation here in Mother Bladen and those who find out my name say something to the effect, "oh, you are the guy on BOL guestbook", but can; say I have ever seen a post by them. Seems that a lot of folks read BOL but not many comment about its contents. There certainly are a lot of things not going well in Bladen County, but on the other hand there are things that are going quite well.

Don't know when it started, but I do .know that a lot of children are unchurched. So heart breaking is the fact that in a lot of families, the children go to church and that one or more of the parents do not go. Wonder if the children are "also" telling the parents "do not go to church today"?

To really see how far the Democrats have sunk, just tune in C-span any weekday that congress is in session and one can see they all have the same speech writer. It is almost as though when they get to Washington that all the individuals become immeshed into one big blob of finding fault. Maybe that is it, hey became such big fault finders at home that their families got out and helped hem get elected to get the negitivety up to Congress and out of the individual states.

Has anyone ever figured out why the Republicans did not bring the health care repeal bill up for a vote? Seems after all the debate in congress that they could have at least found out who on the Republican side would have voted against it. No such problems with the Democrats, if it is living, breathing, and moving they are against it. By the way, we all do know that EVERYONE in every state that signed up for health care coverage under Obamacare will lose their coverage when it IMPLODES IF THEY DO NOT LOSE IT BEFORE. Glory to God and pass the biscuits. Keep it coming Mr. Jackson.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/30/2017 at 12:27 pm:
I can't hardly keep up with all of the traffic on this site. Oh, that's right, there is none. What ever happened to opinions and feedback? Is it because the guestbook is a completely useless forum for presenting opinions and views? If you read the opinions on this site, what's your problem? Are you brain dead, don't you have an opinion on anything? Are you afraid to put your name on anything? Keep it up and one day you might just loose the freedom you currently have, that being your freedom of speech.

Question: Does anyone out there give a damn that the North Carolina legislature is going to or has already repealed HB2? That's the bill which gives voyeurs the right to use a bathroom or shower of the opposite sex. If the Republican side of the legislature gave up and caved in to all the threats from the NCAA and other organizations, the next time you have to use a public bathroom, you just might see a man or woman in there watching you do your business. If they repealed the law, it's because of people like you that just sat on their hind end and let the world pass them by. If it was repealed, GOD help us and I truly pity you democrats. Very sick people if you allow this to go forward. Very sick.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/28/2017 at 9:33 am:
Tidbits to consider:
When I need a good laugh, I simply listen to a DEMOCRAT.
Why spend your hard earned dollars in town when you can take a short drive and save money?
Why were the privileged in this town given an exemption from serving this country during the Vietnam and in every war since?
Why is it that women earn less money for doing the same job but have to spend more of what they earn for things such as having their hair done and having their clothes altered?
Why do parents ask their children if they want to go to church instead of telling them to get dressed?
Why do parents allow their children to play with their electronic games for hours on end instead of encouraging them to go outside and play?
Why do we allow our politicians to do as they please instead of doing what "we the people" want them to do?
Why do our citizens sit idly by while "STUPID" is allowed to rule?
You kids of all ages. If you can read, ask your privileged father what he did during the war. Chances are, he was hiding under a rock.
Immigrants have always been welcomed in this country, but not as wards of the state and not as illegals.
Why can't our politicians put country first instead of a particular party?
Why don't the town leaders allow Wal-Mart to build a supercenter in or near town?
Where's the industry that would keep more of the graduating seniors in our community?
What are some of your "tidbits" that might cause us to exercise our minds and think?
Neil King Neil King from Dublin wrote on 03/23/2017 at 10:06 am:
Michael, it's not a 4-way Stop. It's a round-about. A circle with yield signs. They have been used for years in the EU and are very efficient at keeping traffic moving. One that i think of right off and use often is near Clinton High School. Another large one near Pinehurst.
Michael McDaniel Michael McDaniel from Dublin wrote on 03/22/2017 at 1:19 pm:
Putting a four way stop at the intersection of 410 and 41 is the stupidest idea I have ever heard of! I don't mind the idea of changing the intersection, but there are going to be a lot of wrecks with a four way stop I imagine. Think at least one of our elected leaders should contact DOT and tell them how stupid (and unsafe) that a four way stop is going to be.
Gary White Gary White from Bladenboro wrote on 03/21/2017 at 9:42 pm:
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G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/15/2017 at 9:31 pm:
It's Wednesday evening and PRAYER MEETING rules. Another opportunity missed by those who did no attend. Starting March 20 thru March 24 REVIVAL SERVICES will be held at Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist 5 miles out of Bladenboro and 7 miles out of Elizabethtown off of Hwy 242. A little singing and a whole lot of good ole time preaching of the WORD OF GOD. Rev. Dr. Bobby Carden will be the evangelist. Pastor Rev. James Howard Nobles and the congregation invite everyone to attend. Time is 7:30 each evening.
Mike Kinlaw Mike Kinlaw from Bladenboro wrote on 03/11/2017 at 9:24 am:
Bladenboro Middle School athletic department is looking for sponsors. Sponsorships are considered a charitable donation and are tax deductible. The school is looking for sponsors to help purchase new uniforms for the BMS football, soccer, basketball and softball teams that are in great need of new uniforms. It is very costly to purchase new uniforms for all of these programs. Any amount will be accepted. If you are interested in donating please call Bladenboro Middle School at 863-3232 and ask for Nicole Kinlaw. You can also mail your donation to 910 S. Main Street Bladenboro. Checks should be made payable to Bladenboro Middle School Athletic Dept.
Sharon H Anderson Sharon H Anderson from Bladenboro wrote on 03/08/2017 at 6:28 pm:
Simply wanted to clarify. West Bladen's Honor Roll is done student by student, by hand. The mistake made for the 2nd Quarter was just a human error on my part. We do not use Powerschool to calculate honor roll since it averages the grades and the Bladen County Board of Education approved criteria is not an average. We have almost 800 students and a slightly different view of things with 4 class periods of attendance each day, BCC and NCVPS classes that only report semester grades, etc. We all work together, but sometimes mistakes do happen. I am happy to report that the problem was rectified and both parents and students were pleased. Prayerfully this will not happen again, but thanks to our school community who is understanding and patient with us when something like this does happen. Thanks also to Bladen Online for helping us get it right!!!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 03/08/2017 at 10:43 am:
Welcome back to Mr. Jackson here on the Guestbook. Continue to keep us informed. Gas over in Dublin at Inman's IGA was still $216 per gallon at last check. There is a local outlet in Elizabethtown that advertises "if the customer uses 'their' card" then gas can be purchased for $209 per gallon. If one doesn't use "their" card then it is $219 per gallon. From this it certainly appears this outlet "could" be selling their gas to everyone at $209 per gallon and hence they would start getting most of the gas business in E-town or a least help bring down the cost of gas. If not, I certainly urge everyone to pay their gas money to the Inman's over in Dublin; then at least we can "say" we are contributing to the economy of the biggest town in the world, for after all it is "Dublin" all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/05/2017 at 11:00 pm:
Alright. Let's see if the following can get some thoughtful input from somebody out there who remains a free thinker.
When I was allowed to write letters to the Bladen Journal, I made several comments about those stupid snow flakes the town puts up every Christmas. As it turns out, they won't be coming down any time soon because rumor has it that the town mayor and manager has a problem with Christmas ornaments. Can you believe that folks? In spite of what the people want, they don't want traditional Christmas ornaments put up on their new light poles. This information came from an reliable source so until it's proven otherwise, I will accept it as being a true statement. Talk about political correctness, sometimes people take things to the extreme, don't you think?
I'd like to add a comment on another subject that was being discussed, that being economic development. Even though I left Elizabethtown back in 1965 in order to serve my country, I was born and raised here in Bladen County and can tell for a fact that after the lumber mills shutting down, economic development as I understand it, has been next to nothing. There used to be a textile plant located downtown which stayed open for a number of years and then in 1965, a company called Veeder Root moved to the outskirts of town. Some years later another much larger textile plant moved down the road from Veeder Root and that was it until Smithfield constructed their plant just west of Tar Heel. If you call the development that's taken place at the airport economic development, then you can add those businesses to the list. Other than that, what does Bladen County have to brag about for the last fifty-two years? This town and this county WILL NOT grow until you people get rid of the deep rooted Democratic control that has ruled this town as far back as I can remember. If you will elect more Republicans in the future, things will begin to change for the better. Ever wonder why there's not a Wall-Mart supercenter here in Elizabethtown or in the county for that matter? At the next town council meeting why not ask your mayor and town manager that same question. They probably won't tell you the truth but simply put, it's because they don't want outside competition. They want all the money you spend on gas, clothes and food to go into their bank accounts and not the coffers of a company like Wal-Mart. I can also tell you people, especially you new citizens, that Elizabethtown has NOT changed that much in the last seventy years or more. Sure, a few buildings have been razed and businesses have come and gone, but the buildings are the same buildings I remember as a young child. My senior class in high school graduated 60-70 students. Fifty plus years later, Bladen county has two very large high schools so don't tell me we don't have the people to work in a new plant or business because we do. The only thing I can come up with is they, the democratic machine in this area, simply does not want to grow. Prove me wrong.
Jerry D Jackson Jerry D Jackson from Elizabethtown wrote on 03/05/2017 at 9:41 am:
Good morning to the few people that don't mind putting their thoughts and concerns on this site. I wish I could use the Letter's to the Editor section of the Bladen Journal, but since they refuse to print my comments and letters, I'll use this forum until something better comes along.
Neil King: you know that change comes when one person speaks up or does something different. I applaud you for checking out gas prices in other locations. What I've written about as it pertains to the price of gasoline, still holds true today. Now, if you will tell ten of your friends about this and they end up telling ten of their friends, maybe then we can get our gas prices to fall in line with the rest of the state. Again I ask you, what makes Elizabethtown so special that we have to pay more for gasoline than surrounding towns. Could it be GREED? When you happen to be out of town, buy your gasoline for less.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/27/2017 at 7:08 pm:
I’m going to encourage parents and policy makers, counselors and pastors, educators and activists, along with all those who care about their trans-identified friends and family that: 1) there is no settled science confirming transgender identity; 2) we still know very little about many operations of the brain, including those related to what is now called gender dysphoria (previously known as gender identity disorder, or GID); 3) studies continue to indicate that the vast majority of children who identify as transgender do not do so after puberty (even if many ultimately identify as gay); 4) there must be a better way than our current approach to treating gender dysphoria; 5) it is unfair to impose the struggles of less than 1 percent of the population on the rest of the population, especially on impressionable kids; and 6) gender distinctions should be celebrated and appreciated, rather than branded patriarchal or heterosexist or the like.

With respect to the bathroom issue that we seem to be having in North Carolina, MY contention is very simple: if there is doubt about what your gender is, look inside your pants. You don’t get to choose; that was already done for you at birth. So, what you see, is what you get.

That being said, I think that there are some other considerations in play when it comes to the (apparently) genuine issue of people not reeeeeally being sure whether they are male or female. So, for those genuinely confused individuals who cannot fathom whose genitalia that is underneath their clothes, allow me to offer the following observations:

1. The fact is, there is no ‘settled science’ that confirms such a thing as ‘transgender’ identity. None.
2. However, we know very little about the operations within the brain, including those related to what is popularly now known as ‘gender dysphoria’ (aka ‘gender identity disorder’)
3. Some studies support the observation that the greater majority of children who identify as members of the opposite sex do not do so after puberty, although many ultimately identify as gay.
4. Currently, there is no peer-reviewed and agreed-upon method for treating gender dysphoria.
5. All of the above being said, it is ALSO quite clear that it is manifestly unfair to impose the confusion and gender struggles of less than 1% of our population onto the REST of the population! Most especially, it is grossly irresponsible, and is actually a form of child-abuse, for parents to encourage (or force) their children into an emotional framework which supports transgender dysphoria.
6. The gender uniqueness which is male and female should be celebrated, appreciated, and enjoyed for its own sake, instead of being attacked for being ‘sexist’ or ‘patriarchal’. All of that is sheer nonsense from liberal Leftist progressives who are driven by a political agenda, and not by some notion of gender fair play. Were that not the case, we would most likely have never heard of ‘transgender rights’.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/22/2017 at 8:55 pm:
Praise God. Our President Donald J Trump has lifted the "transgender bathroom guidance" that was forced upon the American people by former President Obama. Rightfully so, President Donald J Trump says it is an individual state issue. Who is laughing now? Reckon now NC can sue the NBA and the ACC for pulling their games out of the state. Thank God for former Gov. McCrory. Praise God. Praise God. Praise God. And God bless President Donald J Trump. Now this news came from the Associated Press; whether it is fake or not who know?. Guess "the shadow still knows"!!!!!!
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/21/2017 at 9:46 pm:
Interesting ballgame over at West Bladen this evening. In the state boys basketball playoffs First Flight High School from Kitty Hawk was the visiting team. Evidently they had been winning games this year by trading 3 point baskets for 2 point baskets. That idea will work if all 3 point shots are made, unfortunately for them and fortunately for they missed more of their 3 point attempts than they made. Hence, The Knights won. Another interesting aspect of the game was mass substitutions on just about every change of possession by First Flight. Great news THE WEST BLADEN KNIGHTS move on in the playoffs.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/21/2017 at 10:31 am:
Yesterday was President's Day. That means ALL our PRESIDENTS. Can someone enlighten me on how a nationwide protest occurs with the moniker of "not my president day"? Especially on the day the Federal Government has set aside as President's Day. As has been noted in a recent post about the same pre-made signs showing up all over the USA; it certainly has the smell of a pig sty concerted effort by those who did not vote for OUR current President. By the way, his name is Donald J Trump not Donald R Trump (not withstanding we all can mis-strike the keys on the computer). For those involved in the protest, GET A LIFE AND GET A JOB.
The President we have is an intelligent man, at least he knew the number of electoral votes it would take to get him elected; the politician he ran against evidently did not and neither did the news media. God bless President Donald J Trump, his family, his cabinet, and the nation of which he is President. HE IS OUR PRESIDENT and he does not need the consent of the protesters to govern. One last thing, does the same person write speeches for all Democrats that are presented on the floor of the Senate? What a shame that the individuality of all Democrat Senators is sacrificed on the altar of ignorance.
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/20/2017 at 5:59 pm:
We are all well aware that there is a Trump agenda—to Make America Great Again. But there is also an Obama agenda. It is, in fact, a clearly organized, and quite often violent effort by the liberal/progressive Left to attack, delegitimize, and to remove Donald Trump from office.

Quite literally from coast to coast, liberal activists are bringing the fight to the doorsteps of GOP members, disrupting their town hall meetings, and picketing and loudly agitating in the streets against the Trump presidency. Unable to cope with Democrats losing their bid for the Oval Office because of a defective candidate, they are employing Marxist tactics to tear down our constitutional form of government, as well as the principles and values which comprises the foundation of our democratic republic.

There is an organized method to this madness. The playbook for this sort of civil disruption was laid out by Saul Alinsky in his book, “Rules For Radicals”. Alinsky’s work has recently been updated by former Obama staff members who have launched their own aggressive assault on America, with the intent of crushing the Trump administration, and re-shaping America to conform to their radical progressive agenda. They have launched an effort known as ‘Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda’. This active assault was recently launched by former President Obama and his minions in an effort to collapse the Trump administration, and is designed to work hand-in-hand with Obama’s own original organization known as ‘Organizing For Action’. This organization was previously known as ‘Organizing for America’, which was created after Obama’s 2008 election win. Hence the latest version, ‘Indivisible’.

This is not just some spontaneous grass-roots effort. It takes a LOT of money and organization to pull together a national effort of this size and magnitude. Leaders of this organization are known to have ties to billionaire hedge-fund manager, George Soros, who is known to bankroll as many as fifty different liberal and/or radical Leftist organizations. While ‘Indivisible’ staffers deny this, the links to Soros are undeniable. How else can one explain the scores of protestors, who show up at rallies and town hall meetings with pre-printed signs, and who very often arrive in buses, parked discreetly away from the marches or meetings? This isn’t a get-together of your average neighbors from around your town; these are paid, professional protestors, paid to agitate, disrupt, and to generate violence and civil unrest.

Separately, Organizing For Action, which is run by ex-Obama staffers and officials, plans to stage 400 rallies across at least 42 states this year to attack Trump. The former President has set up 250 OFA offices around the country, with approximately 32,000 staffers and 25,000 trained anarchists, all of it with the intent of causing civil disruption, destruction of property, and generating economic chaos. Said Obama several weeks ago, “I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best time to share them.”

Those words are a quote, and those words reflect the Marxist activism of a President whom—in my opinion—should have never been elected in the first place. I submit to you that Barack Obama is proving to be an enemy of the United States, and that—if he continues his anti-American activities—he should be investigated, and legally charged as appropriate. If our constitutional rule of law is not upheld, and the political insurgency and guerilla warfare tactics against our elected government and officials is not checked, this country risks becoming a diminished, Third-World rat hole.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/19/2017 at 4:44 pm:
They are still at it folks, THE NEWS MEDIA that is. The President doesn't hold news conferences,it is the devil to pay; the President does hold news conferences and he is "STILL CAMPAIGNING"!!!
How about this one, IT IS COSTING THE COUNTRY TOO MUCH TO COVER ALL THE TRUMPS. Wonder if the they ever figured out how much it cost the American tax payer for President Obama to take vacations during his eight years in office. Last time I heard it was close to $90,000,000. But no one ever reported on that. NEWS MEDIA, listen up. You told us who was supposed to win the election; we the voter SHOWED you who won he election. Wise up and start giving the current President the favorable coverage you have given to past Presidents. The voting public is watching and waiting til 2017 and 2019. We have already got our eyes on you the NEWS MEDIA and we can turn the channel or drop our subscription any and every day. Did a bunch of people just turn from NBC to C-SPAN; did someone just drop their subscription for the Fayetteville "DEMOCRAT" Observer newspaper? Believe hey did.

Other than that, "everything is beautiful in its own way" out here in mid Mother Bladen county. Believe Ray Stevens sang about that back a few years ago.

There is news that is going o happen.
WHAT? Revival services.
WHEN? March 20 thru 24
WHERE? Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church. 5 miles from Bladenboro; 8 miles from Elizabethtown on Hwy 242.
TIME. 7:30 pm
Speaker Rev. Bobby Carden. You can listen to him every week day at 1;00 pm on 100.9 FM. If you have any lost friends, be sure and bring a car or van load of them. You will find he has a deep heart felt compassion for folks who have not made up their mind yet they want to go to heaven. The pastor, Rev. James H Nobles, and the congregation welcome each and every one who will attend.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from , Bladenboro wrote on 02/13/2017 at 11:15 am:
"The news is out all over town". Believe those words were in an old country song. The problem with that, is WHO controls the news hat gets to us, the news buying public? A good example of this present day phenomena is HB2. As most of us know NC has lost several "sporting event" tournaments, supposedly because of HB2.
When in reality, a state, Texas has the same law on the books as NC; but host Super Bowl LI. It is nothing but how various news media portray the news. If that is not true, then how does Texas, host the Super Bowl but he NBA moves its All Star Game out of NC? The last election told the news media to clean up its act in addition to electing a new President. We indeed do have a new President, who the news media said it was impossible for him to be elected; it is about time the news media gets the message that was sent to it AND GIVE THIS PRESIDENT THE RIGHT THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM and let him with his cabinet govern. That needs to happen soon or my prediction is that the rest of the liberal democrats will be turned out of office at the next election and America will start turning to news sources that get out the unbiased news. America is waiting. God bless our new President, his family, and his cabinet; and yes, God bless the news media of our nation that they will come to their senses and report the TRUTH.
RJAllen RJAllen from Elizabethtown, NC wrote on 02/13/2017 at 6:15 am:
Bravo, Wayne--couldn't have said it better myself
WSchaeffer WSchaeffer from White Lake wrote on 02/05/2017 at 8:48 am:
Judging from the chaos and criminal actions which characterized the progressive Left’s response to a conservative speaker slated to speak at UC Berkley in California this past week, it is abundantly clear who controls the media narrative. The Left cannot tolerate conservative opinion, and the anarchists cannot stomach the fact that we have a strong-willed Republican President. Despite the endless, shrill outrage from liberals over the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, it is clear that they (liberals) control the narrative, and thus, it is liberals who decide what is legitimate news, and what is not. Rather than calling the destruction at the campus for what it is—anarchy—the media wants us to believe that it represents ‘legitimate dissent’.

It is not just a "double standard"; almost all of us can be called guilty of that from time to time. What is going on with the media is criminal collusion in an attempt to overthrow the legitimate government of the United States. It should be dealt with as treasonous actions, not as an issue of character and standards (as the media clearly has neither). I continue to find it oddly amusing at the comparison between how the media hero-worshipped Barack Obama, but salivates with malicious and angry glee over every tweet and comment from Donald Trump. I believe their actions to be part of a continuing effort to delegitimize Trump’s presidency, and worse—to effectively discard the constitution, and to dismantle the concept of our representative democratic republic. For those who cannot—or will not see—Barack Obama is a Marxist/socialist, and Hillary Clinton was an acolyte, even farther to the Left than he. The media is complicit in praising their narrative, as though it represents sage and settled wisdom, and the media has been complicit in supporting the progressive Left’s dysfunctional agenda for America. Thus, Trump (to them) represents a potent threat which must be removed at any cost, including seditious anarchy.

Trump presented himself as a law and order candidate, and it is clear from the criminal activity which has occurred this week that he will have to take strong and decisive actions to stop the mayhem. It starts with an Attorney General willing to enforce the law, and it starts with local and state law enforcement which stops the violence and destruction as soon as it begins. Contrary to his predecessor, Donald Trump is not a wilting flower. If he does not challenge the progressive Left, they will succeed in enacting their agenda for America, which is to (1) amass a nationwide following of lockstep disciples, willing to commit criminal acts when required, (2) shut down any conservative opposition whatsoever, (3) promote the belief that Donald Trump is a dangerous extremist, and (4) provoke a national crisis.

They intend to end Trump’s presidency. No question about it. And they fully intend to replace him with a candidate who will do THEIR bidding—an establishment progressive who will continue the Obama and Clinton legacy of reducing America to the status and level of a Third-World banana republic. The chaos is only just beginning.
G C Bryan G C Bryan from Bladenboro wrote on 02/03/2017 at 2:26 pm:
Thank God a former poster on Guestbook says she is praying for those who voted for and support President Trump. By a letter to the editor in todays Fayetteville Observer newspaper evidently the poster has moved. At least this is one person who has moved since President Trump won the election; albeit only over to St. Pauls. Seems this former poster is still a little disgruntled over President Trump and his supporters. Let's be clear though, President Trump was not elected to be a church Deacon nor was he ordained to be a gospel minister. The same book that gives the qualifications for those offices, also request we send up prayers for all those in positions of leadership whether they be Republican, Democrat, or, Independent. That same book also shows that a good leader can also be a "good" man or a "bad" man. I certainly would encourage this former poster to bring up a link on the computer for the National Prayer Breakfast that was celebrated this week in Washington, D.C. President Trump was there and I must say that he impressed me as well as the Senate Chaplain, Barry Black. Thanks for praying for us and our-your President.
Chuck Chuck from Elizabethtown wrote on 02/02/2017 at 9:08 am:
No offense taken. I am happy to find folks passionate about creating a better Bladen County. We probably don't toot our own horn enough and there are several very good projects considering Bladen right now. Keep your fingers crossed, keep us in your prayers. Please do follow up with a call sooner rather than later. Office is 645-2292.

Thanks again,
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 02/02/2017 at 12:45 am:
Chuck – Thank you for the overview. I suspect I know who the common acquaintance might be and if so, we have had this discussion also.
I rarely comment on Bladen Online Guestbook and don’t intend to become a “frequent commenter”. I very much appreciated your response and I’m sure others who might read it will be enlightened as well and might suggest there be some periodic articles in our local news that does discuss just what is being done in the area of economic development. My comments and questions were in no way formulated to be insulting or inflammatory to anyone in particular and if they came across that way, I do apologize.
I applaud those members of our County and City Board(s) that ask the hard questions of those individuals responsible for the administration of our governmental process and hold individuals that might be employees accountable to the taxpayers, provided they are guided with both respect and with substantive merit. One of my favorite artists, James Brown had a song back in the 70’s called “Talking Loud and Saying Nothing” and too often that is all that takes place at some of our meetings.
If we have learned one thing from our past Presidential elections, voters are now once again engaged and will be demanding accountability and results from their elected officials and if they don’t feel like they are getting it, regardless of the circumstances, they will vote for change.
I would like to see a day when our Towns and County would be able to retain many of our top graduates to return after college or to start-up new businesses and be able to live, work, and thrive here in Bladen County.
Again, thank you for your response and I hope to be able to exchange thoughts and ideas with you personally at some time in the future.
Chuck Chuck from Elizabethtown NC wrote on 02/01/2017 at 11:38 pm:

I may have you confused with someone else, but I think a mutual acquaintance suggesting engaging you concerning our economic development efforts earlier today. I am the director for our economic development efforts and I have also heard the questions about what we can do to be more successful. Smithfield Foods was a once or twice in a lifetime project for Bladen County. We are very fortunate that our commissioners at the time recruited it and our community supported it. The ag and industrial impacts have been enormous. I hate to imagine where we would be without them.
There have been lots of great projects since Smithfield. Right there in Tar Heel, Smithfield brought us the Cold Storage. The county has worked with them twice to attract major expansions to the Cold Storage. Just up the road at DuPont (now Chemours), the county has worked with the site management and attracted Teflon, SentryGlas, Tedlar, and APFO expansions. Dupont has invested well over $125,000,000 in the site expansions alone since 2000. The Commissioners also pursued and were awarded an over $1,000,000 grant to get natural gas to the site which makes the site even more attractive for future growth. Bladenboro has worked with the county to attract one of the most modern Birdsong peanut buying stations in the county. The impact to peanut farmers in the area has been significant. Birdsong, Houstons, and EJ Cox (Sachs) have huge ag and manufacturing impacts on the county. We have worked with each of these companies to expand and prosper in our community. The town and county also worked together to bring MHM Marine, Southern Belle Organics, and Carrol Poultry (we hope they startup soon) to the industrial park. Another of the county's great projects working with Bladenboro is the Cape Fear Valley medical center in town. It created dozens of jobs and strengthened Bladen County Hospital. We even had a great run with military contracting with Axicor (Hiram Hester) and Gene Brisson's companies.
Clarkton and Bladen County have worked together to attract several great projects including Blacks Tire Service GoodYear and Gildan (one of the largest, most respected textile companies in the world). Both continue to go strong. Gildan created over 130 jobs and has invested over $25 million. Companies such as Flanders and Superior Media created hundreds of jobs, but due to market changes moved on.
Elizabethtown, Bladen County, and Ben and Mary Greene have worked together to build one of the neatest most vibrant small rural industrial parks in the state. The airport industrial park has helped Westwood Robotics thrive and has attracted great businesses such as Aramark, Alerttile, Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, Delton gun company, Delton Machining, Kuraray logistics, Sue Bee Honey and the NCDMV call center (150 employees). A recent economic impact analysis noted that the approximately 350 jobs there created a direct impact of around $30,000,000 per year (I think that is close; I do not currently have it with me) in the county. The recreational improvements Elizabethtown is making in the park will make it the envy of other industrial parks.
Mature cornerstone industries such as Taylor Manufacturing continue to diversify and grow (hopefully the road construction will end soon and Mr. Taylor can finish his expansion of his very successful food processing), and the county and the town have worked with SPT (formerly Danaher, Veeder-Root) to win four or more expansion projects to our Elizabethtown plant creating hundreds of jobs.
There have been several other industrial and small business projects, but these are examples that come quickly to mind.
I truly appreciate your questions and assure you that our town and county commissioners have worked very hard to build one of the most successful and innovative rural programs in NC. I had also seen the 60 minutes special you refer to. They are doing cool and innovative things; and I am certainly looking to "borrow" good ideas.
I am excited by the enthusiasm our current new board is bringing. They are learning about our programs and we are learning about their desires for our direction. I can tell you that they are looking to be more aggressive and invest more than ever to attract more investment and jobs to Bladen County. We have our challenges, but we also have a community and leadership determined to make it happen. We are part of a very successful regional marketing group (NCSE) and we are knocking on industry, consultant, and realtor doors looking for opportunities every day.
Please feel free to give me a call. I would love to host you for a tour of some of our projects and share ideas. We are always looking for community leaders to help in our efforts. This invitation actually goes for anyone interested in learning more or sharing ideas or concerns.
Thanks again for the questions,
Neil King Neil King from Etown wrote on 02/01/2017 at 8:28 pm:
@Jerry D. Jackson, I left Etown this morning and Go Gas gas was $2.19. I went over to Clinton for work and Go Gas gas was $2.05, so I filled up and went down the street to a store and when I came back by the place I had just bought gas at, low and behold it had dropped 1 cent. $2.04. When I returned back to Etown, well you guessed it, gas was still $2.19. Guess they didn't hear about the price drop.
Don White Don White from Bladenboro wrote on 02/01/2017 at 7:59 pm:
To Dalene – Meant no personal insult to anyone and really don’t know who you are that you would become so irritated when a taxpayer makes an observation and comment. No harm meant, but isn’t it the responsibility of all of us who pay taxes into this county to make these observations and comments so our elected representatives can respond to our concerns. Did I offend you? If I did, I am sorry. Did I mention your name or accuse anyone of anything? Don’t feel I did. No I’m sure I do not know the answer to all the questions you threw out but I’m pleased Mr. Britt is asking these questions and I encourage him to keep doing so until he gets the answers so some questions and some new directions or solutions might be pursued.
Hearsay. Nope. I suppose most sensible people can observe for themselves the county has fallen behind in many areas, economic development being only one of those. Have you ever considered that the employee base you so negatively discount that will not show up for work, cannot pass a drug test, etc., etc are untrained may be due to the fact that the county has failed to provide job opportunities for many that might like to stay after college, but just find better opportunities elsewhere. I’m sorry, but I do not support this claim that there is not a sufficient employee base within 25 miles in any direction to support a major employer, regardless of where it is located in the county. And we do have 3 local community colleges in Bladen, Columbus and Robeson County that can implement training programs to support a wide range of skill-set requirements for employers that would locate to this area. We can come up with a number of reasons why we can’t do something cause that’s easy. It’s a little more difficult to come up with reasons why we can.
Lastly, I meant no offense to you or anyone else in my comments, but you ask “do I know how many potential employers have visited Bladen County?” My question to you is, Do you know how many potential employers Bladen County has visited to recruit?” I hope the answer is a whole bunch. If you have an interest, take a look at the link that I shared in another post. It’s from a 60 minutes report about an area in Mississippi that is “dirt poor” and had some of the same issues we face her and how they successfully changed things.
Darlene Darlene from Elizabethtown wrote on 02/01/2017 at 3:15 pm:
This is in response to Don from White ?? Before you make statements such as the long one you posted. You should at least check the facts. Do you have any idea how many potential clients visit Bladen County? Do you know what criteria they are looking for? Have you spoken with local industries to find out the problems they have in hiring good candidates who report to work on time, can pass drug tests, background checks and have the skill sets needed to do the job? Have you checked to find out the infrastructure needs in the county before you accuse people of not doing their jobs? Heresay is a dangerous thing and most of us are still fed up with one of the most contentious political seasons in our lifetime. When you throw mud, as much sticks to the person throwing it as to the person it is aimed at. I suggest you demand facts from Mr. Britt and insist he backs them up.
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