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Fruit Tree Friends 

by Alan Branhagen

Fresh fruit picked off your own trees is a hot horticultural pursuit these days. Homeowners envision delectable apples, pears, peaches, plums and cherries dripping from their trees. READ MORE

To East Bladen High School Graduate, Quinton R. Bedsole

Words cannot express how proud we are of you. You are an exceptional fine young man, athlete, and student. READ MORE

 

Elizabethtown Fire Department recruitment letter

The Elizabethtown Fire Department takes our responsibility very seriously. Our community is protected by dedicated and committed emergency service responders who do their jobs when called upon, even at three o’clock in the morning. Saving lives and protecting property is not an easy task responding to over 1,000 calls a year. We do it willingly and often without recognition. READ MORE

Minuteman Thanks Customers who Donated to MDA Fundraiser

We would like to say “Thank You” to all of our customers at Minuteman Food Mart for their generous contribution during our MDA fundraiser. Because of you, we were able to raise $65,000.00 this year!! READ MORE

Celebrate your Graduate with Graduation Lines

Congratulations to all of our 2018 graduates! As the academic year comes to an end, Seniors are anxiously awaiting the moment when they will be announced as graduates. BladenOnline.com is proud of all of our 2018 graduating seniors and would like to celebrate their accomplishments. READ MORE

Cindy’s moves in to new building

By Erin Smith

Cindy’s Drive Thru and Catering restaurant located on US 701 South across from Elizabethtown Middle School is moving into a larger space. On Tuesday, the restaurant is expected to open in the newly constructed building located behind the current facility. READ MORE

40th White Lake Water Festival continues

The rain has not stopped the 40th Annual White Lake Water Festival from continuing on Saturday, May 19th. The fun started with the annual parade. Over 20 vendors set up shop at Goldston’s Beach. READ MORE

Bladen County’s newest Eagle Scout Celebrated

The newest Eagle Scout was recognized during a ceremony this past Saturday at Dublin First Baptist Church. Each Boy Scout has different merit badges and service requirements to advance through to obtain a higher rank in the organization. READ MORE

 

Fundraiser planned for Memorial Day weekend

A fundraiser for Ron Black is planned for Saturday, May 26th, at 11 a.m. at the Camp Clearwater Arcade. Cost is $7 per plate. READ MORE

 

It’s a dogs life in Elizabethtown

Lloyd Park’s new dog park is a favorite place for some on a Sunday afternoon. READ MORE

 

Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater Announces 2017-2018 Season

Sept. 23: Old school party style with “A Temptations Revue” featuring Barrington “Bo” Henderson.

Oct. 6:  Old school country-cowboy style with Riders in the Sky.

Oct. 26:  Organist Mark Andersen and Friends return to mark Halloween with a “Phantom of the Opera” special performance of silent film and singing.READ MORE 

From Southern Living magazine: 5 Beach Weekends under $500

We rounded up five $500 weekends (and exclusive SL discounts!) at some of the region’s hottest beaches, from Miami to Hilton Head. The least you could do is send us a postcard. READ MORE

A Look at Brussels Sprouts

Sandra R. Cain

For Better Living

Sandra Cain

Brussels sprouts are the newest member of the cabbage family. The leaves are on the top

of the plant and the tiny heads completely surround the stalk. READ MORE

 

 

Jail-A-Thon deemed success; final tally not yet calculated

By: Erin Smith

There was plenty of laughter and smiles to go around on Wednesday afternoon at the Bladen County Board of Education as the Bladen County Education Foundation held their 9th annual Jail-A-Thon. David Wall, one of the event’s organizers deemed this event a success, though final totals have not been calculated as donations are still being received. READ MORE

From US News & World Report magazine:  7 Smart Money Saving Tips for Your Summer Vacation

No matter how far you are from home, time off is time off. Escaping from your job, taking a break from household responsibilities and skipping other mundane maintenance required for everyday life is rejuvenating. READ MORE

BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussions Series on Opioid Epidemic: HB 243

 BladenOnline.com‘s roundtable discussions on the opioid epidemic in North Carolina and Bladen County continues this week with a look at NC House Bill 243 known as the “The STOP Act.” READ MORE

Lyn & Lola Johnson of Bladenboro

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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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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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