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Glenn Miller Orchestra May 19 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton welcomes back a favorite touring big band that perfectly complements the setting of a historic theater that first opened in 1928 – just 10 years before the original version of this famous big band was formed. READ MORE

From Travel + Leisure: Best Places to Travel in 2017

Putting together our annual list of the best places to travel is a process that takes several months—we survey writers based around the world, talk to our A-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings. READ MORE

For Better Living; Encourage your Children to Eat More Vegetables

By: Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainBelieve it or not, it is possible to raise kids who like eating a wide variety of vegetables. The secret is to never bribe or threaten them about eating green or orange things. Just follow as many of these simple steps as you can. READ MORE

Methodist University to hold Spring 2017 Senior Art Exhibition “Untitled No. 5” beginning April 21

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Methodist University will host the spring 2017 senior art exhibition, “UNTITLED No. 5,” from April 21 to 28 in the David McCune International Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 21. This event is free and open to the public. READ MORE

From the Huffington Post: Bringing Down the Open House: Tips for a Successful Graduation Party READ MORE

iPhone/iPad Tips and Tricks: Venmo, iPhone 7S/8 Rumors, Ding, Playstation Vue

By: Gordon Kinlaw

Walmart App Update

In my last newsletter, I wrote about the Walmart App and Walmart Pay. After a few weeks of using the app, I can say it works great so keep your cards in the card when you shop Walmart. I also switched my RX to Walmart and found that it is very convenient to refill your meds with the app. READ MORE

Time to Plant your Pinwheel Garden for Child Abuse Awareness Month

Blue Pinwheels are being planted as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to raise awareness of Child Abuse and Prevention.

Pinwheel Gardens are beginning to make their appearance in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Jill Sampson, the Child Protective Services Supervisor for Bladen County Department of Social Services, encourages all county residents and business owners to plant a Pinwheel Garden as a reminder to prevent Child Abuse. There is a contest taking place for the most creative Pinwheel Garden and entries in the contest are due by April 17, 2017. Sampson encourages everyone to be creative when planning their Pinwheel Gardens.

For Better Living: Selecting, Storing and Serving Strawberries

By Sandra Cain

Sandra CainStrawberry history goes back over 2200 years ago.  It is thought that the name “strawberry” came from the practice of growers spreading a layer of straw around the plants when the berries begin to form.  The 600 strawberry varieties found today stem from five or six original wild species, and are a member of the rose family. READ MORE

Bladen Community College is hosting personal interest classes.

 Paint Nights at Lu Mil Vineyard are scheduled for April 13 and April 27, from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Line Dancing classes are on April 13 and May 11, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Crocheting classes are on April 15 and May 13 from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. READ MORE

For Better Living: Enjoy Eggs Easily and Quickly

by: Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainNot only are they quick and easy to prepare, eggs are nutrient dense. They supply a significant amount of nutrients compared to the calories they contain. One large egg has 75 calories, 6g of protein, and 5g of fat. Eggs provide some of the highest quality protein you can buy and are a source of the B vitamin riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, as well as, minerals. READ MORE

Connor Austin Bullard and Phoebe Carlin Campbell  to wed in June ceremony

Phoebe Carlin Campbell to marry Connor Austin Bullard

Chris and Debbie Campbell of Elizabethtown, NC announce the engagement of their daughter, Phoebe Carlin Campbell to Connor Austin Bullard, son of Johnny and Denise Bullard of Clinton, NC. READ MORE

Da’Jour Smith to wed Kristin Jessie

Chiquita Smith of Bladenboro, NC would like to announce the engagement of her son Da’Jour Smith to Kristin Jessie. Da’Jour graduated from East Bladen in 2009, and is currently employed at Parlett Painting, he is a loving father to Zha’Neiyah Smith who is 9 years old. READ MORE

Opening Reception for “The Life of the Theater” Exhibit slated for April 20

The opening reception for “The Life of the Theater” exhibit at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton is slated for Thursday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for opening night of our newest lobby exhibit featuring historic and current photographs of our beautiful, and beautifully-restored, theater which first opened in 1928. READ MORE

For Better Living: Add Some Variety to Your Vegetables

By: Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainEat your vegetables – good advice when we were kids, and it’s also good advice for adults. Only 23 percent of Americans currently eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Increasing physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk for certain cancers, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. READ MORE

25 Best Family Vacation Spots in North Carolina

From fun beach resorts to country getaways, families planning a weekend trip or a longer vacation in North Carolina have plenty of choice. READ MORE

For Better Living: Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables for Less

By Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainYou may have heard people say that it costs more to eat healthy.  This is sometimes true but here are a few tips to help you save money wile still getting your fruits and vegetables. READ MORE

Eat Smart – Try Low-Fat or Fat-Free Dairy Products

By Sandra Cain

Sandra CainAll the Nutrition with Less Fat
Milk and milk products are good sources of protein, calcium and vitamins. With such an excellent nutrient profile, it’s not surprising that dairy foods promote strong bones, help to lower blood pressure and help with weight maintenance. READ MORE

Kayla Nicole Bridgers to wed Justin Michael Dove in July

Jeff and Denise Bridgers of Dublin, NC announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Nicole Bridgers to Justin Michael Dove, son of Edward and Leslie Singletary of Whiteville, NC. Kayla is employed at D’Vine Foods of Elizabethtown and Justin is currently a farm manager at Prestage Farms. READ MORE

From Our State Magazine: Highway Marker Program Puts History on a Stick

The N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program, among the first of its kind, ensures that every county in our state has a roadside history lesson. READ MORE

Acclaimed Raleigh Ringers to perform April 9

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community hand bell choir based in Raleigh, returns to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater for a 3 p.m. Sunday April 9 performance. Since its founding in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers has been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for hand bells. READ MORE

Whitney Michele Nye and Michael Eugene Inman II to marry in August

Jennifer and Anthony Bryan and Mike Nye announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Whitney Michele Nye of Bladenboro, to Michael Eugene Inman II of Tar Heel. Michael is the son of Michael and Renee Inman. READ MORE

BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions Series on the Drug Epidemic: Pastor Cameron McGill

BladenOnline.com’s Roundtable Discussion on Opioid abuse in Bladen County continues this week with an interview with Pastor Cameron McGill.  READ MORE

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston

Health GradesFebruary seemed to fly by in a hurry, and without the usual winter you might expect. Bright skies and sunny weather might have encouraged you to eat out more than usual last month. I know I did. READ MORE

Magnificent Lantern Festival Unites the Masses

FAYETTEVILLE, NC –– When The Lantern Fest®, wholly owned by Sack Lunch Productions, Inc. (OTC PINK: SAKL), returns to Fayetteville on October 7, hopes and dreams will weave a tapestry of light across the night sky.  Last year, more than 1,500 gathered at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway to see a sky filled with lanterns. Event organizers are excited to return for another unforgettable evening. READ MORE

 

BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussion on: Opioid abuse in Bladen County

BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussion on Opioid abuse in Bladen continues with an interview with Bladen County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective, Richard Allen.

Our staff sat down with Detective Allen to talk about the opioid problem in the county. He said about 75 percent of the drug arrests involve pills of some type.  READ MORE

 

BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Southeast

BladenOnline’s Roundtable Discussions on the Drug Epidemic in Rural Southeast – Series II. BladenOnline.com is committed to bringing the rise in the drug epidemic to the discussion table in Bladen County. In 2016 we did the first Series in articles about the epidemic. Now, we will have more interviews about the problems our County and Country are facing with the drug addiction. READ MORE

Kayla Bullard and Hunter Walters set to marry on Nov. 5

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Donette Bullard of Bladenboro announces the engagement her daughter, Kayla Bullard of Clarkton, to Hunter Walters of Bladenboro, son of Timmy and Penny Walters of Bladenboro.

The bride-elect earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied sciences in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She is employed with USDA Rural Development. READ MORE

Bring on Bladen is Back

Bladen County Steering CommitteeThe opportunity to voice your opinions about changes needed in Bladen County is here. About ten years ago the citizens of Bladen County were asked to take a survey. After the surveys were collected, task forces made up of concern citizens set out to make the changes suggested in the surveys. 
 
It’s time again to take a long serious look at our home, Bladen County.  The Bladen County Steering Committee made up of about 20 different community members have held two meetings. 
 
All Bladen County residents are invited to become involved in this process by taking a few minutes to complete the following survey. READ MORE
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