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Bladen County Public Library to Host Children’s Monster Bash

Halloween is a time that is enjoyed by many children as they read spooky stories and dress up as their favorite characters. The Bladen County Public Library’s main branch in Elizabethtown will host a Children’s Monster Bash on Thursday, October 25, beginning at 6 p.m. The party is for children ages 2-12 and adult supervision is required. Pre-registration is required. To register your child,  call 910-862-6990. The main branch of the library is located on S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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NC Ferries Resume Normal Schedules Friday Morning After Michael Passes

Conditions deemed safe after Remnants of Hurricane Pass Through NC RALEIGH – North Carolina ferries resumed their normal schedules Friday morning, after heavy winds subsided and conditions were deemed safe by the state Ferry Division. Heavy winds from the remnants of Hurricane Michael, which pounded parts of North Carolina with wind and soaking rain, forced state officials to temporarily suspend all ferry operations along the coast Thursday. For the safety of passengers and ferry crews, the state’s ferries do not run during potentially unsafe weather. Winds at times exceeded 30 mph along the North Carolina coast. Share:

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Nancy Ethel Noble Haney

Nancy Ethel Noble Haney, 81, of Fairview, NC passed away on October 7, 2018. She was born on November 1, 1936, to Ethel and Chapel Noble. She graduated from Oakley High School Class of 1954. She was actively involved with Alcoholics Anonymous for over 20 years, providing guidance and support for many; however, her greatest passion was her family. Nancy adored her children and grandchildren. She loved the time they were able to spend together. In addition to her parents, Nancy is preceded in death by her brother, Chappell Noble and grandson, Jayson Haney. Nancy leaves behind her sons, Ray (Debbie) Haney of Sarasota, FL; Andrew (Leonora) Haney of Orange Park, FL; daughter, …..

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Gov. Cooper Issues Emergency Orders to Prepare for Hurricane Michael

Storm expected to bring strong winds, rain, potential flooding to North Carolina RALEIGH: To prepare North Carolina for Hurricane Michael, Governor Roy Cooper today declared a State of Emergency and waived certain transportation rules. Forecasters expect the storm to bring strong wind and rain to North Carolina. “I’m taking action to get North Carolina ready for Hurricane Michael, and I encourage people across our state to get ready as well,” Gov. Cooper said. “Make no mistake—Hurricane Michael is a dreadful storm, and it poses serious risks to North Carolina.” Gov. Cooper signed Executive Order No. 74, declaring a State of Emergency for 66 North Carolina counties. The order will be expanded to …..

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Governor Cooper Recommends Robust State Funding Package for Hurricane Florence Recovery and Resiliency

Preliminary Estimates Show Florence Caused Almost $13 Billion in Damages; Recommends State Allocate $1.5 Billion to Help Those in Need  Full Budget Recommendation Can Be Read HERE For More Budget Documents Please Click HERE  RALEIGH: Less than one month after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today shared his state budget recommendations for Florence recovery and future storm resiliency. Gov. Cooper shared that preliminary damage estimates from Florence total almost $13 billion. To cover the state portion of recovery, Cooper recommends a robust $1.5 billion package to tackle a smarter, stronger recovery. “Hurricane Florence devastated our state and left families, businesses and farmers reeling from the impact,” said Governor …..

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BCC Groundbreaking rescheduled

Bladen Community College’s  groundbreaking ceremony for the STEM and Advance Technology Training Center scheduled for Thursday, October 11 has been rescheduled for Monday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. due to the anticipated inclement weather of  Hurricane Michael. Share:

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Public Meeting

Bladen County Educational Foundation to meet

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701, South, in Elizabethtown. This is an important meeting and all members and interested parties are urged to attend. Your presence at this meeting will be greatly appreciated and certainly needed, as we will attempt to elect new Officers and members of the Board of Directors, and will discuss plans for upcoming fund raising events, as well as …..

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Department of Public Instruction wins federal grant for pilot program to enhance substance abuse and mental health services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded an $8.8 million grant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in support of NC Project ACTIVATE, a five-year program that increases mental health awareness for students, provides training for staff in recognizing and accommodating students with mental health needs, continues research into early prevention plans for substance abuse, and more.   The federal 2018 Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) grants are awarded to state education agencies with the goal to build or expand their capacity to oversee school-aged youth and local education agencies. North Carolina’s demonstration project will receive a total of $8.8 million …..

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Johnston County Hams Recalls Products Due to Listeria Concerns

WASHINGTON – Johnston County Hams, a Smithfield, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 89,096 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat deli-loaf ham items were produced from April 3, 2017 to Oct. 2, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: *Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “JOHNSTON COUNTY HAMS, INC. COUNTRY STYLE FULLY COOKED BONELESS DELI HAM.” *Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham” with Sell-By dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019. *Varying weights of 7 to 8-lbs. plastic-wrapped “Padow’s …..

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Daniel “Jack” F. McKeithan, Jr.

Daniel “Jack” F. McKeithan, Jr. died unexpectedly on September 21, 2018 at his favorite place, his lake cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin, with his sweet, loving and devoted wife, Patti, by his side. Jack was born on Nov. 8, 1935, in Abbottsburg, N.C. He attended Duke University (Go Blue Devils!) and transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he received a B.S. degree in Geology in 1959. He joined Tamarack Petroleum Company, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1959 and in 1973, became president. He left Tamarack in 1976 to become chairman of the board of the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. and held that position until 1982. He rejoined Tamarack …..

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I-40 Reopens; State Focuses on Recovery

​RALEIGH – The state’s work on Hurricane Florence is shifting from emergency response to recovery, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday, but North Carolinians need to remain careful in areas hit hard by the storm. “Florence is gone but the storm’s devastation is still with us,” Gov. Cooper said. “As we’re shifting from emergency response to full-time recovery from the storm, please remain careful in hard-hit areas and please, please stay away from flooded roads.” Thirty-five people have died as a result of the hurricane. An 82-year-old male died from suicide in Beaufort County on Saturday after his house was condemned due to flooding.  A 51-year-old female was discovered in a submerged …..

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Motions filed to allow appeal process to begin for third hog farm case

By Erin Smith Attorneys involved in the hog farm lawsuits against Murphy-Brown LLC have filed motions to allow an appeal to the verdict in the third case. The motions were filed in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday afternoon. The Plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael Kaeske, filed three motions. The first motion is the plaintiffs’ response to the Defendant’s motion submitted to the federal court asking Judge Earl Britt to enter final judgement in the case against Dean Hilton. The Plaintiffs response notes they no longer oppose the appeal process based on recent developments in the case. The Plaintiff’s motion to the federal court states that due …..

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Camp Clearwater to host Harvest Party October 27

Camp Clearwater of White Lake will host a Harvest Party on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vendors are being sought for the event. Reserve your vendor space for the 2018 Camp Clearwater Harvest Party. Spaces measure 10×10 and cost $20.00 each. To reserve your vendor space(s) please email the following information to kristy@campclearwater.com. *Name *Phone Number *Number of spaces needed *Items you will offer for sale The vendor fee is due the morning of the event when you arrive to set-up. Share:

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Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association to Hold Awards Banquet

Contributed Bladen County Native, Kelva Autry-Jones will be the speaker for the Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association’s Annual Awards Banquet.  Jones is the daughter of Kevin and Johnice Autry of Elizabethtown, NC.  She is a 2004 graduate of East Bladen High School. She holds a BS Degree in Education from Fayetteville State University. She also holds a double Master’s Degree in Biology and Math from Fayetteville State University and is a Doctorate candidate at Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. After teaching school for several years in Hoke County, she taught for two years at Diyafah International School in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She also taught …..

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MKE, LTD announces promotion

MKE, LTD, owner John White, has promoted Terry Joyce to Vice-President of Sales Operations for the State of North Carolina. Mr. Joyce’s duties will consist of recruiting and training of new sales representatives. MKE, LTD offers home improvement, masonry work, concrete work, and metal roofing. MKE ROOFING’s main office is in Bladenboro with satellite offices in Fayetteville and Greensboro. MKE has been in business since 1984. Share:

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Plaintiffs withdraw opposition to appeal in hog farm lawsuits

By Erin Smith The first of the appeals of the verdicts in the first three hog farm lawsuits against Murphy Brown, LLC may soon be moving forward after the plaintiffs filed a motion Wednesday afternoon withdrawing their opposition to the appeal. The Plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael Kaeske, filed three motions on Wednesday afternoon in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The first motion notes there is no reason to delay the entry of final judgement in the first three cases which were tried. This will clear the way for the appeals process to begin. The second motion filed by Kaeske requests the appeal process be allowed …..

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BCC Adjunct Professor performs with Opera Wilmington

DUBLIN – Classically trained singer, musician, and Bladen Community College adjunct professor Mary Tyndall has recently performed with the Opera Wilmington production of Die Fledermaus at the UNCW Mainstage Theatre, in Wilmington. “This was my fourth production with Opera Wilmington,” stated Tyndall, “and I think it was my favorite because it was a comedy.” Composed by Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus (The Bat), is an operetta set in Vienna in the late 19th century. Tyndall sang with the ensemble. “My love for singing began when I was in the fifth grade,” she explained. “I sang with others as a Girl Scout, and later in middle and high school choruses.” As …..

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Bladen Women’s Health Specialists and Kid’s Care awarded Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics

Bladen Women’s Health Specialists and Kid’s Care were recently awarded the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics. The recipients of this award represent the best our state has to offer in terms of support for the breastfeeding family. Machelle Williams with the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition presented the award. She said that on average, about 80% of mothers wish to initiate breastfeeding, but at 6 months, only 30% or less are exclusively breastfeeding.  60% of mothers report that they did not meet their breastfeeding goals.  Over half of moms want to breastfeed, but have difficulties- and face unsupportive communities.   “We are so thankful that these clinics have achieved this award- …..

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Congratulations to Zachary Scott Burney

The proud parents of Zachary Scott Burney would like to congratulate him for graduating from West Bladen High School on June 15, 2018. Zachary, “Zach” (as known by his friends in school) received a trophy and special recognition, for graduating with 12 years perfect attendance, K-12. His Dad and two older brothers, Patrick and Jeffrey Burney, as well as a nephew, Zachary Lynn Burney, all graduated with 12 years perfect attendance. To God we give praise for blessing us with good health that enabled us to accomplish these and many more goals. Zach is a faithful member and honored to work in any capacity needed in his church, which is  Zion’s Tabernacle Baptist Church located …..

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Ribbon cutting held for Bladenboro business

By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Down East Pest Control in Bladenboro. The well attended event included a barbecue lunch and free cups, fly swatters and other items. Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard welcomed the company to the town and also welcomed them as a new Chamber member. Down East Pest Control is owned by Jeremy Dowless. He was joined by his family and members of the community for the ribbon cutting. He thanked everyone in attendance for their support. “I want to thank everyone for coming out in support of our business. Our number one goal is to …..

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NC DOT

Section of Hallsboro Road to Close in Columbus County

Closure at U.S. 74 and 76 needed for new interchange WHITEVILLE – Starting Monday, Aug. 6, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Hallsboro Road at U.S. 74 and 76 to begin constructing an interchange east of Whiteville where trees have been cleared for the project. The closure means traffic on Hallsboro Road will be unable to access U.S. 74 and 76, and vice versa at that location. A detour will direct drivers onto N.C. 214, Red Hill Road (U.S. 74 Business) and Whitehall Road. When completed by May 2020, the interchange will have a bridge that carries Hallsboro Road traffic over the highway, as well as ramps allowing traffic to …..

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Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission Meets Thursday, August 9

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will meet Thursday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The agenda is available online.  The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to NCDPI Communications at (919) 807-3450. Share:

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Friendship Baptist Church to hold Revival

Friendship Baptist Church will hold Revival services beginning Sunday night, October 14, through October 17 with Rev. Bradley Tatum of Forest Lawn Baptist Church in Tabor City.  There will be special singing nightly and we invite everyone to come and worship with us.  Sunday night services will begin at 6:30 pm and Monday – Wednesday night services will begin at 7 pm nightly. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 1989 Bull Street of Garland.  For more information, please contact Rev. Gary McMillan at 910-876-1148. Share:

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Van Oriental Foods Inc. Recalls Pork Egg Rolls

Van Oriental Foods Inc., a Dallas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 10,385 pounds of heat treated but not fully cooked and not shelf stable pork egg rolls that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The pork egg rolls were produced on May 30, 2018. The products have a shelf life of 12 months if frozen and 11 days if refrigerated. The following product is subject to recall: 5.4-oz. packages containing two pieces of “VAN’S KITCHEN 2 EGG ROLLS PORK GRAB AND GO” with lot code 18150, a Julian date of 18150A and various “FRESHNESS …..

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol Awarded International Accreditation by CALEA

Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was awarded national accreditation on July 28, 2018 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Following a year-long self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, Colonel Glenn M. McNeill, Jr., First Sergeant T. M. Koehler and NCSHP Accreditation Manager Michael Dellinger attended the CALEA conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each agency being reviewed goes before CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners where the commission reviews all findings and determines the agencies’ accreditation status. The evening of the hearing, during the celebration banquet, CALEA President Craig Webre and Executive …..

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Bladen Community College Trustees to meet

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 5:30 P.M. in the board room in the Essic Williams Administration Building (building 10) on the Dublin campus. For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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Carolina’s Best 2018 Finalists

Pastor Kevin L. Joyner, Sr. of Kevin Joyner & Men of Standard and the Minister of Music at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church of Elizabethtown, NC has been selected in the top three gospel groups for WIDU Carolina Best out of 100 quartets.  The competition continues 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville NC.  He and the Men of Standard will compete for best gospel group.  Rev. Joyner is pastor of River Of Life Outreach Center, Chadbourn NC. Share:

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Public Meeting

Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter to meet

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, will hold a meeting on the First Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown. The August meeting will be Friday, August 3, at 3 PM. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. Time has proven that with caring and sharing comes healing. We always focus on helping each other. Chapter members affirm that “When we get together, we help one another” and we find strength and solace. Together we discover that ‘We Do Not Walk Alone’. For more information, contact …..

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Congressman Rouzer to host Opioid Symposium Monday

US Congressman David Rounder will be hosting an Opioid Symposium for the 7th Congressional District on Monday night in Wilmington at the Coastline Convention Center from 6 until 8 p.m. The symposium will be live streamed on Congressman Rouzer’s Facebook page and You Tube page. The symposium will be comprised of four different panels for discussion of best practices as it relates to stigma, treatment and resources, prevention and law enforcement. Those wishing to attend the Wilmington symposium can RSVP by clicking here. Share:

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Back to School Blast planned

As the lazy days of summer are winding to a close, many parents are beginning to think about sending their children back  to school. To help parents with the many tasks involved of preparing for back to school such as purchasing school uniforms, school supplies and haircuts, a Back to School Blast has been planned for Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The Back to School Blast will offer free haircuts, free uniform exchanges, health screenings, and more. For more information call Billie Hall at 910-862-2066 or Pastor Brock Meyer at 919-606-6350.   Share:

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Recall: Taco Bell Con Queso Cheese Dip Recalled After Botulism Concerns

By Erin Smith The Kraft Heinz Company issued a voluntary recall for its Taco Bell brand Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip, over concerns regarding Botulism contamination. The recall affects approximately 7,000 cases of the dip, according to the company website. The release issued by the company reads, “As a precaution, approximately 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being voluntarily recalled because the affected product is showing signs of product separation which can lead to a potential health hazard. This could create conditions that could allow for the growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are …..

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State Board to host public demonstration of voting equipment

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement on Friday(July 27) will host a public demonstration of all voting equipment under consideration for certification in North Carolina.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the State Board office in the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.  The purpose of this demonstration is for members of the State Board and the public to witness voting systems demonstrations and have their questions and concerns addressed by the vendors. This demonstration fulfills the requirements of Section 3.5.10 of the Elections Systems Certification Program adopted by the State Board in 2017. “This is a major step in the process of reviewing new equipment …..

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Clarkton Public Library will host a Harry Potter Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, July 31

Clarkton, NC — Attention wizards, witches, and muggles ages 10 & up! You are invited to join the Bladen County Public Library system for a free, magical fun-filled evening celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday on Tuesday, July 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Clarkton Public Library located at 10413 N. College St., Clarkton, NC 28433. Partygoers will enjoy Harry Potter themed entertainment, activities, games, refreshments, and crafts. Here are just some of the festivities guests can enjoy at the party: +Make a magical craft +Take a picture in our photo booth +Test your Harry Potter knowledge in our trivia contest* +Come dressed up and enter our costume contest* …..

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Governor Cooper Announces 365 New Financial Services Jobs in Wake County

Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL), a globally diversified financial services group providing insurance, reinsurance and mortgage insurance, will open an operational hub in Raleigh and create 365 new jobs over four years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $12.9 million in North Carolina by the end of 2019. “Global finance and technology leaders like Arch choose North Carolina because they know our world-class universities and community colleges prepare talented students to succeed in those industries,” Governor Cooper said. “I look forward to the new opportunities Arch will bring to Wake County.” Arch currently employs approximately 575 people in North Carolina, and this project will bring several operational …..

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Edward Luke Thurston

August 2, 1954 – July 22, 2018 Edward Luke Thurston, 63, of Oak Island, has transitioned from the Earthly plane. He was an islander from birth, an Eagle Scout, a teen-aged heart-throb, a roadie, a beach bum, an electrician, a ship’s Captain, a pirate, a tile mason, a brother, a father, a son, a cousin, an uncle, a grandpa, and a friend. Ed lived each day to its fullest.  He gave of himself, whenever he saw someone with a need. He shared what he had and was quick with a joke to lighten a heavy mood. He was a blessing to all around him. He was born at Myrtle Beach, …..

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James “Tommy” Hall , Jr. 

May 20, 1961 – July 21, 2018 Elizabethtown, North Carolina James “Tommy” Hall Jr., age 57, of Elizabethtown passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018. He is survived by his parents James T. “Hooker” and Martha Lou Hall of Dublin, wife Billie Sue Priest Hall of the home, son: James Thomas “Trey” Hall III (Cindy) of Elizabethtown; daughter: Morgan E. Hall (Javiar) of Elizabethtown; sister: Karen Brisson Hall Lee (Bill) of Elizabethtown, three grandchildren: Demia Bradleigh Smith, Drake Bradyn Washington, and Ashton Liliana Hall. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Tuesday, July 24th at Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A funeral service will be held on …..

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Phillip Long Watson

Mr. Phillip Long Watson, 58, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, formerly of Fayetteville, NC passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Arthur and Juanita Watson. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Myra Watson of the home; a daughter, Melissa Britt-Kennedy and husband, Jesse of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; two brothers, William A. “Bill” Watson and wife, Carolyn of White Lake and Robert “Bobby” Watson of Charlotte; a granddaughter, Emma Kennedy of Ft. Walton Beach; a special great-niece, Ayana McLean of Ft. Walton Beach; nephew, Donovan Watson of Washington, DC; and niece, Kerry Watson of White Lake. Phil was a …..

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UNCW Board of Trustees Elects McNeill New Chair

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Board of Trustees elected a new chair for 2018-19, Whiteville native and businessman Ronald B. McNeill, a member of the board since 2011. He succeeds Wilma W. Daniels, who served as board chair for two years. Mr. McNeill is the vice president and CFO of Liberty Healthcare Services and a North Carolina State University graduate. “I’m honored to get the opportunity to serve as chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees,” McNeill said. “It is exciting to be a part of this great university’s tremendous growth, pursuit of academic excellence and continued impact within the local community and the state.” Henry L. (Hal) Kitchin, Jr. , a Wilmington …..

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General Surgeon joins SeHealth

General Surgeon DuBose Medlock, Jr., M.D., has joined Southeastern Surgical Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. Dr. Medlock earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986. He completed a surgical residency at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans, La., in 1991. He is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Medlock is experienced in a broad range of surgical procedures including: diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy; open laparotomy; repair of abdominal hernias; comprehensive diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast, thyroid, and GI malignancies; thyroid and parathyroid surgery; and upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy. He …..

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Caregiver resources available for grandparents

Caregiver resources are available for grandparents who have their grandchildren residing with them. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson said the Lumber River Council of Government offers resources and caregiver training classes. Robeson said it is a requirement for the children to reside solely with their grandparents. If you are interested in obtaining Caregiver Resources or participating in Caregiver Classes, contact the Bladen County Division on Aging at 910-872-6330 or stop by their offices located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Rouzer announces Opioid Symposium

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced details for the 7th District Opioid Symposium which builds upon his work to raise awareness, decrease the stigma, and inform members of the community on best practices throughout the district in an effort to curb the opioid epidemic. “The 7th District of North Carolina is comprised of nine counties with a wide range of communities from urban to very rural.  Throughout the district there are unique challenges presented by the opioid epidemic with a variety of initiatives that have been taken to address them.  The objective of the 7th District Opioid Symposium is to gather the best and brightest from across Southeastern North Carolina, those who have …..

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Pork industry facing anti-trust lawsuit

By Erin Smith With lawsuits being filed against local hog farmers, the pork industry is facing yet another challenge with a federal anti-trust lawsuit which was filed in June in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The class-action lawsuit names Argi-Stats Inc., Clemens Food Group LLC, Hormel Foods Corporation, Indiana Packers Corporation, JBS USA, Seaboard Foods LLC, Smithfield Foods Inc., Triumph Foods LLC, Tyson Foods Inc. as defendants. These companies manufacture such familiar brands as Tyson Foods, Hormel, Smithfield, SPAM, Steak-eze, Jimmy Dean, Nathan’s Famous, Sara Lee, Ball Park Franks, Hillshire Farm, Bosco’s, Jennie-O, and others. The lawsuit was filed by the Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro law …..

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Christmas in July to be held at Bladen County Cooperative Extension

If you want to get an early start on your Christmas shopping the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center will host the annual “Christmas in July” Bazaar and Salad Lunch from 10 a.m. until 2 pm. Lunch includes chicken, pasta, vegetable and fruit salads, bread sticks and a beverage for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. There will also be raffle tickets available for themed baskets filled an array of goodies. Vendors will also be available with a variety of items. The funds by the Extension and Community Association ladies go to support scholarships. For more information call 910-862-4591. Share:

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State Board to host public demonstration of voting equipment

RALEIGH, N.C. – Later this month, the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement will host a public demonstration of all voting equipment under consideration for certification in North Carolina. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the State Board office in the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. The purpose of this demonstration is for members of the State Board and the public to witness voting systems demonstrations and have their questions and concerns addressed by the vendors. This demonstration fulfills the requirements of Section 3.5.10 of the Elections Systems Certification Program adopted by the State Board in 2017. “This is a major step in the process …..

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Bladenboro Town Hall

Special Called meeting for Bladenboro Town Board

There will be a special called meeting of the Bladenboro Town board on Monday, July 16th, at 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a pre-treatment administrative hearing for Carrol Poultry’s fine appeal. The company was fined during the town’s July meeting for exceeding their discharge permit.   Share:

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Rural Communities Receive State Grants Attracting 239 New Jobs and More Than $117 Million in Private Investment

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 23 grant requests totaling $17,021,540, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. The requests include commitments to create a total of 425 jobs, 186 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract $117.6 million in private investment. “As Governor Cooper has emphasized in his ‘Hometown Strong’ initiative, improving infrastructure is critical to the economic success of rural North Carolina communities,” said Secretary Copeland. “Whether they help renovate a building or extend water and sewer lines, the newest grants approved by the Rural Infrastructure Authority will support economic development and job creation across the state.” The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s team …..

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Fundraiser planned for David Johnson

A fundraiser is planned for David Johnson on Saturday, August 4th, at Merritt Brothers located at 8906 NC Highway 41 East near White Lake.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last all day. The event will feature bikes, big rigs, cars, trucks and a Jeep Cruise-In. Cost is $10 per entry and trophies will be awarded. There will also be a plate sale, 50-50 Raffle, an auction, a yard sale, bounce houses and more. Al proceeds go to David “Punk” Johnson for medical expenses. He has had a stroke which has left him paralyzed on the left side. Share:

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Duplin Winery Releases Two New Wines

ROSE HILL, N.C. – Duplin Winery releases two all-new muscadine wines this July – Summertime Strut and Carolina Shag. With the addition of Summertime Strut and Carolina Shag to its product list, Duplin Winery has over 40 delicious muscadine wines for its fans to enjoy. Summertime Strut is an aromatic white wine made with early harvest Doreen and Carlos grapes that combine perfectly to offer a modern, fresh and fruity blend. Coastal Shag is a light-bodied red wine with a fruity start and smooth finish. Coastal Shag is made with young Noble grapes that are picked at their earliest sign of ripeness to provide an easy blend with Coastal James grapes. Both wines will now …..

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Special filing period begins Monday for two judgeships

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement will hold a candidate filing period from noon July 9 to noon July 13 for Superior Court District 19D (Hoke and Moore counties) and District Court District 20A (Montgomery and Stanly counties). Session Law 2018-121 made changes to those districts and required the special filing period. According to the law, “only residents of Montgomery County may be candidates for the additional judge in District Court District 20A in the 2018 election…” Candidates wishing to run for those seats must file their Notice of Candidacy with the State Board and pay a filing fee. (For Superior Court, $1,326; for District Court, $1,167) Candidates may file in person at …..

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Entrepreneurship and Small Business topic of Committee of 100 meeting

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Committee of 100 conducted their annual meeting on Wednesday evening at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.  The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean of and Associate Professor of the UNC-Pembroke School of Business. O’Brien said when he first arrived in July 1, 2016, at UNC-Pembroke the incubator was empty. Now, it is full and 2,500 people per year come to the Center for Entrepreneurship. “We have a program funded by the Kaufman Foundation and I will make this commitment to your downtown incubator when it opens. We’ll provide the coffee and the donuts—what we do with these cups of coffee …..

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Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter announce July meeting

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, now meets in Bladen County at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. This month we meet on Friday, July 6th, at 3 p.m. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. We meet to share and understand our grief to and help each other. We invite and welcome any parent, grandparent or adult sibling who is interested in attending. Share:

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General Assembly overrides Governor’s veto of NC Farm Bill

By Erin Smith The NC General Assembly completed an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the NC Farm Bill 2018 on Wednesday morning. The measure will now become law and it will restrict when and how neighbors of farms can file a lawsuit. The NC Senate override vote was 37 for and 9 against on Tuesday and the NC House override vote was 74 for and 45 against on Wednesday morning. The law attempts to modify the State’s right to farm law after a federal court ruling scuttled the law and removed protections for farms. One provision of the NC Farm Bill states that a plaintiff may not receive …..

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Three New Application Centers Open to Help North Carolinians Recover from Hurricane Matthew

People with homes damaged by Matthew can call 2-1-1 to begin applying for help RALEIGH – Three new Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Application Centers will open June 28 to help hurricane survivors whose homes were damaged by the devastating storm. The newest ReBuild NC Application Centers are located in Windsor, Fair Bluff and Kinston and will join four existing centers in Fayetteville, Tarboro, Lumberton and Goldsboro to help people apply for financial help to repair or rebuild their homes. The help with housing repairs, homeowner reimbursement and other housing-related issues is made possible by North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program which is funded by the federal government …..

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Bladen County Solid Waste announces July 4th operating schedule

Contributed Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Wednesday, July 4th – Independence Day: The Mercer Mill Road Convenience Site will be operating on its normal schedule, 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. All other convenience sites will be closed. The Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Thursday, July 5th. Share:

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Reservations being accepted for Committee of 100 annual meeting

Contributed Reservations are still being accepted for the Bladen County Committee of 100 Annual Meeting and dinner on Wednesday, June 27th.  The meeting will begin with a social time at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Gallery Ballroom of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown.  Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean and Associate Professor, UNC-Pembroke School of Business, will be speaking on “Entrepreneurship and Small Business.” There will be no cost for the dinner for members, but other interested persons can attend at a cost of $15 each.  Contact Linda at 910-645-2292 by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 25th, to register for the Annual Meeting or RSVP to lclark@bladenco.org. Share:

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Free medicine event planned for June 29

By Roxana Ross There will be a free giveaway of over-the-counter medicines and other medicine cabinet items on Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, which is located at 200 E. Eighth St., Lumberton. During the event, participants should arrive at the church sanctuary, where they will go through registration and a needs assessment. No identification is required, but participants must be at least 18 years old to receive items. After indicating top household needs across many common medicine cabinet items, a volunteer personal shopper will take the list to collect the supplies on hand, while they last. Each individual will receive …..

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Poyner Spruill partner McIntyre receives prestigious state public service award

Contributed RALEIGH, N.C. — Poyner Spruill partner and former North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre has been honored for a lifetime of public service by the North Carolina Bar Association. McIntyre received The Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award at the Bar Association’s Awards Banquet at its convention on Thursday, June 21st, in Wilmington, North Carolina. The award recognizes an outstanding lawyer in North Carolina who has performed exemplary public service. The award is not given every year. Nominees are sent to the Past Presidents’ Council as the selection committee, and the committee’s selection is subject to Board of Governors/Directors approval. McIntyre was chosen by a unanimous vote. …..

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Businesses and government offices moving to new locations

By Erin Smith Some Bladen County businesses and government offices have spent the past few weeks moving to new addresses. The Bladen County Administration Department, Tax Department, Human Resources Department, and Finance Department have all moved from the Bladen County Courthouse to 201 E. King Street, Elizabethtown. This location formerly served as the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The Elizabethtown Florist has announced they are preparing to move to a new location. They will be relocating to 408 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, in July. Until then, you can find them at their current location of 120 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. They will be adding the Posh Posey Event Design Studio, …..

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All About Squash Workshop

The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is offering a workshop “All About Squash” on Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. Learn what to do with your excess summer squash. The workshop will explore a variety of ways to use squash in your meals. There is no cost to attend. The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information contact Nancy Olsen at 910-862-4591.   Share:

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Judicial candidate filing has begun

The filing period for judicial candidates has begun in North Carolina. The filing period for the judicial races ends at 12 noon on Friday, June 29th. There are two judicial races of local interest. They are the race for the NC Superior Court District 13 seat currently held by incumbent Judge Ola Lewis and the NC District Court Judge District 13 currently held by incumbent Judge Fredrick Gore. To view the complete of candidates who have filed, thus far, click here. Share:

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18 More Homeowners to Get Housing Help to Recover from Matthew

State Awards Mitigation Grants to Get Matthew Survivors into More Resilient Homes Raleigh – NC Emergency Management today announced that 18 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina soon will receive $2.7 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. “This latest round of funding assistance is welcome news for families who need help rebuilding their homes and getting their lives back to normal,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “We are very pleased to see this funding become available and we’re doing all we can to get it to people in need.” This is the fifth award of Hazard Mitigation …..

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Fundraiser planned for Saturday

A barbecue chicken plate fundraiser is planned for Saturday, June 23rd, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the White Oak Community Building.  Proceeds go to benefit Sandy Hunsinger during her recovery. Cost is $9 per plate and all fixings are included. For more information call Caroline Rising at 910-874-1285. Share:

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North Carolinians with homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew urged to apply for help

Application Centers remain open in four counties, with more opening soon Raleigh – North Carolinians whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew should apply for help through application centers, state emergency management officials urged today. With more than $650 million already spent on Hurricane Matthew recovery – and more help on the way – North Carolinians whose homes were damaged by the storm are encouraged to complete applications as soon as possible for help through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CBDG-DR) program. “Rebuilding after a disaster is a long-term process and we know help can never come fast enough for those in need,” State Emergency Management Director …..

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Teacher pleas with Commissioners for funding to keep teachers’ jobs

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a request from Cynthia Chisholm, a teacher at Bladen Lakes School, for more funding for teachers’ positions. Chisholm reminded the Commissioners that the Board of Education has closed Booker T. Washington School and seven teachers have been riffed as a result of the closing. “Those people did not know they were going to be let go. They knew (they were being let go) with four days left to school,” said Chisholm. She said the teachers affected were new teachers and they brought a lot of new ideas to their respective classrooms. Chisholm said the group …..

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Special Scholarship Presentations Made to West Bladen Seniors

Othella Santee Heflin and Becky Heflin presented scholarships to three West Bladen High School seniors on Tuesday, June 12th, in the media center. Glorimar Cuz Pagan received a $500 scholarship in honor of Rebecca (Becky) Heflin. Glorimar is pursuing a career in nursing. Nakayla Pridgen received a $500 scholarship in honor of Gladysteen Pait. Mrs. Pait’s son, Matthew, and his family, were on hand to receive the scholarship for Nakayla in her absence due to other commitments. Nakayla will also pursue a career in nursing. Ricardo Vazquez Ramirez was given a $500 scholarship in memory of Eddie Heflin for welding career interests. West Bladen was proud to have Mrs. Othella …..

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Madonna Thunder Hawk to Attend Inaugural Lumbee Film Festival with North Carolina Premiere of ​Warrior Women

Filmmaker Christina D. King will also be in attendance  Wilmington, NC — Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Lakota) is confirmed to attend the first ever Lumbee Film Festival with the film Warrior Women, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator. This inaugural festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States. Tickets are free, and guests are encouraged to RSVP at cucalorus.org/lumbee-film-festival/​. Since the 1970s Madonna Thunder Hawk has been an instrumental voice in the battles for Native sovereignty, and remains vocal in her advocacy for implementing self-determination in tribal youth and …..

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Gospel artist Euclid Gray to perform

The famous gospel artist Euclid Gray will be featured in the Blue & Silver Banquet on Saturday, July 14, at the Faith Temple Evangelist Center in Clarkton. Dinner will be served at the banquet but seating is limited for the event. Tickets will cost $20 and to purchase the tickets and for more info call LoWanda at (910) 988-4475. Formal attire required.   Share:

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Baldwin Branch MBC holds recognitions

The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Elizabethtown recently held recognitions for Mothers of the Year, Cadet Kieara Porter and the 2018 graduates. Mothers-of-the-Year who were recognized were  Ardenlian “Dean” Jessup and Hilda F. Cromartie.  Ardenlian Jessup was selected due to her enthusiasm and effectiveness in all that she does as a member.  She is dedicated to the ushers ministry and the United Voices Choir.  Hilda Cromartie is a very committed mother.  She is extremely friendly, outgoing and a friend to all that attend the worship services during her ushering experience.  She is known for her magnificent and famous “chicken salad”.  Theses are a just a few of their wonderful and brilliant qualities. Cadet Kieara …..

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Bladen County Committee of 100 Annual Meeting

The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their Annual Meeting and dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27th, in the Gallery Ballroom of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown.  Our speaker this year will be Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean and Associate Professor, UNC-Pembroke School of Business. Dr. O’Brien will be speaking on “Entrepreneurship and Small Business.”   The Committee of 100 is a non-profit development corporation which partners with the Bladen County Economic Development Commission to help ensure that sustained economic growth occurs within the county.  Every citizen who is concerned about the economic well-being of this area is encouraged to join.  The annual membership fee is $100 for an individual and …..

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Maggie Lillie Campbell Baldwin

Maggie Lillie Campbell Baldwin, 84, formerly of Clarkton, passed on June 5, 2018, at her home in Newark, Delaware. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Pierce’s Chapel AME Zion Church with Pastor Johnas Freeman, Pastor Phil Davenport, eulogist, Wilmington Christian Center Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Burial will follow in the Jones Cemetery in Clarkton. Viewing will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018, from 1 until 8 p.m. and one hour priori to the service at the church. She is survived by two aunts, Ruby Coatney Devane and Lula McKoy; one brother James Campbell; two sisters, Lizzie Brown and Magdalene Mitchell; daughters, …..

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Elizabethtown library to open late tomorrow

The main branch of the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will have a late opening tomorrow. The main branch of the library will open at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. This is for the safety of library patrons during the installation of new carpet close to the front entrance. Share:

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Work taking shape at former post office location

By Erin Smith The site of the former Elizabethtown Post Office has become a hub of activity once more. The building is being transformed into a small business incubator to help local entrepreneurs get started. The small business incubator, which was undertaken by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, was designed to house a small business temporarily until it grows large enough to move to another larger location in town.  Workers are expected to begin framing the individual office spaces this week, said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess. “We’ve been running into a lot of unknowns. For example, we’ve had to rework the plumbing and we had some structural issues that had …..

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Major (RET) Conrad Wayne Davis

Conrad Wayne Davis, age 83, of Enterprise, AL, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Medical Center Enterprise. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Mynatt officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 14th from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, care of Linda Andress, 400 Gibson Street, Enterprise, AL 36330 or to Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 500 Alberta Street, Enterprise, AL 36330. He retired from the U. S. Army as a Major after serving 20 …..

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Update: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing teen; Found Safe

by Erin Smith Update: A missing Brunswick County teen has been found safe. READ MORE The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing teen. Jessica Marie Millis, 17, was last seen leaving her residence on Potterfield Road in Winnabow on foot at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday wearing a multicolored striped T-shirt and cut-off jean shorts. Millis is described as standing approximately 5 feet 5inches in height and weighing 130 pounds with light brown/blond colored hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information should contact Brunswick County Sheriff’s Det. Boynton at ‭910-398-5492. ‬   Share:

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State Board Recognizes Constitution Party as Official Political Party

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement voted unanimously on Wednesday to recognize the Constitution Party of North Carolina as the state’s newest political party.   That means voters in North Carolina can register as unaffiliated or with any of the following parties: Constitution, Democratic, Green, Libertarian or Republican. It also means the Constitution Party may nominate candidates for the November 2018 general election.   The State Board is modifying voter registration forms to add the newly recognized party. Until then, voters may register with the Constitution Party by checking the “Other” box and writing “Constitution” on the line in the “Political Party Affiliation” section of the voter registration …..

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Steak plate fundraiser planned

A Curtis Jackson Steak Plate Fundraiser will be ​​​conducted on Friday, June 29th, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. sponsored by Mr. James Shaw.  Call (910) 549-7856 or (910) 872-4726 for ticket information.  Plates will include steak, potato, beans, dessert and drink.  It will be held on the grounds of WBLA 1440 AM da Branch Radio Station located at 512 Peanut Road in Elizabethtown.   Share:

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SCSJ Statement Regarding Proposed North Carolina Voter ID Constitutional Amendment 

RALEIGH, N.C. – Earlier today, North Carolina Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore introduced HB 1092, a constitutional amendment that would require voters in the state to present photo identification before voting.  If the legislation passes both chambers of the General Assembly by a three-fifths margin, the amendment would go on the November ballot. North Carolina held one election (the May 2016 primary) with a requirement for voters to show photo identification after the General Assembly passed HB 589 in 2013.  In that one election, many eligible North Carolina voters were unduly burdened and disenfranchised. House Bill 589, including a photo identification requirement for voters, was struck down in July 2016 …..

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Bladen County 4-H offering STEAM activities this summer

Bladen County 4-H will be offering “Growing 4-H: Full STEAM Ahead” for school aged children beginning June 25th and continuing through August 3rd. The program will consist of free STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) activities for those who are participating in the Summer Feeding program hosted by the Bladen County Schools. Activities will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, contact Stacie Kinlaw at (910) 862-4591 or email at stacie_kinlaw@ncsu.edu Share:

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon This Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. the Mother County Genealogical Society will be meeting at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. Bonnie (Bridger) Mittelmaier will be the speaker for the event and will be talking about “Back To England, Digging Bridger Root”. Also on Saturday, the First Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting the Hammond Creek Fun Day. Saturday evening Hickory Grove Baptist Church and the Bladenboro Benefit Committee will be sponsoring a Chicken & Rice Plate benefit for Jessica Allen Ludlum. The fundraiser will begin at 11 a.m. and all proceeds will go to benefit Ludlum. Each plate will cost a donation and bake sale items will be available. Local talent …..

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Worship Without Walls is back

Worship Without Walls is back at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Elizabethtown. On Friday, June 8, please come pray for the community with us at 6 p.m. as we walk! On Saturday June 9, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. we will have our Sole-2-Soul Extravaganza which will feature booths by Legal Aid, Employment Office, Cape Fear Valley Hospice, and many other Agencies will be present. There will be games and free food. On Sunday, June 10,  at 10 a.m. we will have our Worship Service in the church parking area. The guest preacher will be Pastor Jared I. Lewis. Everyone is encouraged to come out for this event. …..

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Big Blue Stores to mark 40th anniversary

By Erin Smith Big Blue Stores is gearing up to celebrate 40 years in business this weekend. The Big Blue Stores are planning a special sale event for Friday through Sunday. “Our 40th anniversary means the world to us. Being in business for several decades is a major accomplishment and gives us an opportunity to thank our customers and our employees,” said Tim Clifton, General Manager of Big Blue Stores in North Carolina. Clifton said the Big Blue Stores in North Carolina have been locally owned and operated for 40 years and the employee who set the store in 1978 continues to work at the Big Blue Store in Clinton …..

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Federal Grant Continues Support for Troops to Teachers Program  

North Carolina’s long-established Troops to Teachers program has secured a grant of more than $800,000 to continue its outreach efforts to assist service members in becoming teachers in the public schools.   The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) will provide continued support to a program that has placed nearly 1,200 teachers in classrooms across the state since it was launched in 1994. Federal funding for state-level Troops to Teachers programs was shifted to a grant-based system in 2017. Previously, funding was provided under agreements with participating state agencies to recruit and counsel veterans interested in teaching careers.   State Superintendent …..

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Summer Sports Camps available

The Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church is offering Summer Sports Camps for children from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, bowling, hiking, music, skating and more. Cost is $35. for more information or to sign your child up for camp, call 910-862-3736.     Share:

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Lemonade stand for a cause

By Erin Smith Two civic minded young ladies will have a lemonade stand at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake on Friday, June 8th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money for cancer. Lauren Womble Thomas said her daughter and a friend have decided to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. Molly and Anna were seeking a way to serve and give back to the community. Thomas said a teacher at Elizabethtown Christian Academy, where the girls attend classes, told them about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. According to Thomas, the teacher has a family member who works with the foundation. Thomas said all of the …..

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Annual Shaw-Elkins Family Reunion planned

The annual Shaw-Elkins Family Reunion will be held Sunday, June 10, 2018, in the Fellowship Hall of Lisbon Baptist Church located at 4588 Lisbon Road, Clarkton, N.C.  Please bring your favorite covered dish and join us for the meal beginning at 12:45 P.M. Share:

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Mother County Genealogical society to meet Saturday

Mother County Genealogical Society will meet June 9th  from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building located at 818 South Main Street Bladenboro, NC.  The speaker will be Bonnie (Bridger) Mittelmaier. Her topic will be “Back To England, Digging Bridger Roots”. There will be time for mingling with others attending and swap genealogy information. Share:

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Tommie Jane Brewer

  Ivanhoe, NC – Tommie Jane Brewer age 91 of 13377 NC Hwy 210 E., Ivanhoe, NC died on May 29, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.  She was born in Robeson County on April 30, 1927 the daughter of the late Hector and Fannie Mae Blanks. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Brewer; son Felton Lee Brewer and daughter Norlean F. Brewer; brother, Furley O. Blanks and sisters, Naomie Wade, Mable Hunt and Evader Durden. Tommie Jane is survived by her daughter, Earnestine Peters and two sons, David Lee Brewer and Charles Brandon Brewer; granddaughters, Robin Peters, Skyler Guyton-Brewer, Haley Smith, Cali Brewer and …..

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No Ammon Blueberry Festival this year

By Erin Smith After 22 years, an event that many Bladen County residents have looked forward to will not take place this year. The Ammon Blueberry Festival has ended its run after it was decided to not move forward with festival plans for this year, according to Marguerite Coble, one of the event’s many organizers. The reason given for no festival this year is the fact that so many of those who volunteer to help are not able to assist the committee this year. “With limited staff, we just decided this year it was best not to have it,” said Coble. When asked about the future for the festival, Coble …..

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United Way Crazy Fun Color Run registration open

By Erin Smith The United Way of Bladen County is planning their annual Crazy Fun Color Run and registration is now open for participants. The event is planned for 9 a.m. June 9th at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park behind Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. According to Stacie Kinlaw, a United Way of Bladen County board member, the Crazy Fun Color Run is an event to raise money for United Way of Bladen County. All funds raised will support programs and activities that benefit Bladen County’s children and families. Some of the funded programs include Bladen County 4-H, Families First, Inc. and the Department of Social Services foster children programs. The …..

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BCC announces scholastic honor roll

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is pleased to announce the 2018 spring term scholastic honor roll. Students who have maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. for the term have been named to the President’s List as follows: Elizabeth Allbright, Rolando Almazan, Hannah Arnett, Royce Bernhardt, Madison Byrd, Christian Cain, Mary Campbell, Madison Cartrette, Diana Catalan, Edwin Catalan, Frances Chavis, Lataiya Daniels, Ruby Davis, Nicholas Dove, Ashley Earl, Kolby Edwards, Tyler Ezzell, Jennifer Gaytan Morales, Ashley Hardin, Shelby Horne, David Howell, James Hunsinger, Hannah Hunt, Zachary Johnson, Destini Jones, Ting Lin, George Lockamy, Dakota Locklear, Quentin Locklear, Kayle Lowry, Taylor Mayers, Vincent Morris, Laura Moser, Jennifer Munoz, Molli Nance, Tucker Norton, Alise Pait, …..

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Memorial Day closings announced

By Erin Smith The Memorial Day Holiday is a time for honoring our men and women who gave their lives serving our country. In honor of the holiday, area offices have announced their schedule. All federal offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, May 29th. All state, county and municipal government offices will also be closed on Monday, May 28, for the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, May 29th. Bladen County Schools will be closed on Monday, May 28, and classes will resume on Tuesday, May 29th. All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Saturday, …..

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