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Achieving Self Support with Social Security

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Work means different things to different people, but it can give you a sense of self, a community to rely on, and much-needed structure. Some people define themselves through their careers, while others enjoy the social aspect of their jobs. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments and want to start working or return to work, we can help. A plan for achieving self-support (PASS) is a plan for your future. This plan lets you use your income or resources you own to help you reach your work goals. You could set aside money to go to school and get …..

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Duke Energy restores power to 180,000 customers in Carolinas following Tropical Storm Michael

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has restored power to 180,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina following Tropical Storm Michael. *490,000 customers remain without power in the Carolinas as of 6:30 p.m. ET. *Additional outages are expected as the storm continues to roll through eastern North Carolina tonight. *The company will provide estimated power restoration times once field crews complete damage assessments, which could take up to 24 hours. *Some outages could take several days to repair. *Latest outage numbers can be found here. *6,000 workers – including power line technicians, damage assessors and tree specialists – are responding to the storm’s impact in the Carolinas. *Additional repair crews from Florida and the Midwest are traveling to the Carolinas to …..

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Duke Energy projects Hurricane Michael could cause 300,000 to 500,000 power outages in Carolinas

Some outages could last several days Crews will begin repairs as soon as conditions safely allow CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy projects Hurricane Michael could cause 300,000 to 500,000 power outages in North Carolina and South Carolina this week, based on the storm’s current forecasted track. The power outage projections are based on the company’s storm modeling tool, which analyzes variables including storm magnitude and track, wind speed, size of the wind field and ground saturation. Historical data and company experience indicate complete power restoration from a storm of this magnitude could take several days – depending on the extent of damage, crews’ ability to access remote areas, and conditions …..

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Duke Energy to invest $500 million in battery storage in the Carolinas over the next 15 years

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy’s advancement of battery energy storage technologies in the Carolinas includes $500 million of projects in the company’s 15-year forecast – continuing the company’s industry-leading deployment of the technology. “Duke Energy is at the forefront of battery energy storage, and our investment could increase as we identify projects that deliver benefits to our customers,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. “Utility-owned and operated projects in North Carolina and South Carolina will include a variety of system benefits that will help improve reliability for our customers and provide significant energy grid support for the region.” In the company’s recent Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Duke Energy outlined plans to deploy $500 million in …..

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11 Small Business Classes offered

The Small Business Center at Bladen Community College announced new classes for the month of October. CLICK ANY OF THE TITLES FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO PRE-REGISTER! YOU CAN ALSO CALL 910-879-5572 TO REGISTER AS WELL!  Oct 9 Tue 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Entrepreneurs Academy: Alternative Funding Sources Bladen Community College- Building 3  Room 104 Register Oct 11 Thu 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Introduction to Quickbooks Bladen Community College – Building 2, Room 207  Register Oct 15 Mon 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Free Money to Start/Expand Business but No Grants (online) Bladen SBC Webinar Online Register Oct 16 Tue 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Entrepreneurs Academy: Marketing Your Business Bladen Community College- Building 3 Room 104 Register …..

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Great Tourist Event Marred by Storm

By Charlotte Smith The Cycle North Carolina Mountains to the Coast Ride took place as originally scheduled bringing around 1,200 tourists through Bladen County. The tourist event started on Saturday, September 29th, in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The tour ended on Saturday, October 6th, with cyclists leaving Elizabethtown and heading to Oak Island. As the cyclists rolled into Elizabethtown on Friday, October 5th, they were greeted by Town of Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell, the Chamber of Commerce, business owners and citizens. Elizabethtown was scheduled to be the last overnight stop for the riders. Mayor Campbell and other officials offered a warm reception to Cycle NC on King Street in Elizabethtown …..

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North Carolina’s August County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen At 5.4 

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 88 of North Carolina’s counties in August, increased in four, and remained unchanged in eight. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.1 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and one remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 5.8 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.2 percent. The August not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 3.9 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above August 81 19 0 …..

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NC DOT

2019 Short Line Railroad Improvement Program Grants Awarded

Fourteen applicant projects receiving funds for improvements   RALEIGH – Fourteen short line railroads will soon be making improvements to their infrastructure thanks to approximately $7 million in matching grant funds being awarded as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Short Line Improvement Program. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact these grant funds have on North Carolina’s short line rail infrastructure, which plays a key role in our economy,” said Julie White, NCDOT Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation. “These improvements not only spur economic development, but also enhance the safety and reliability of rail operations across the state.” The Short Line Improvement Program supports short line rail infrastructure …..

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The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars, webinars

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars and webinars in September. Seminars offered on campus at Bladen Community College in Dublin include: On Thursday, September 13, from  6:30 PM to 7:30 PM the seminar “Fundraising Tips and Tricks” will be offered. You can register here. On Thursday, September 13, from  7:45 PM to 8:45 PM the seminar “Endowment Gifts are Just as Important as Any Donation” will be offered. You can register here. On Thursday, September 20, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM the seminar “Developing a Leadership Presence as Business Owner/Entrepreneur.” You can register here. On Saturday, September 22, from …..

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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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Merchants Are Ready to Welcome Shoppers for Labor Day Sidewalk Sale

By Erin Smith Shoppers are getting their lists ready, and merchants are preparing their stores for the upcoming Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown. The annual event will take place Friday through Monday. Stores will be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise, as well as new fall arrivals, will be available. Mike Suggs, the owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said shoppers will find plenty of shorts and T-shirts on sale. He said Johnny O and Fish Hippie brand items will be on sale for half-price. All items on the sidewalk will be reduced 50 to 90 percent. Suggs said shoes, flip-flops, shorts, …..

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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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Visit North Carolina Releases 2017 Tourist Data for Bladen County

Visit North Carolina, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, has released tourist information for our state for 2017. With the tourist season winding down in Bladen County and southeastern North Carolina here are some figures from 2017 for counties in our area: Money spent (in millions) Bladen County..$40.55. Brunswick..$562.63. Columbus..$56.20. Duplin..$41.95. Hoke..$11.91. Onslow..$230.65..Pender..$97.05. Robeson..$152.81. Sampson..$52.21. Share:

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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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New Restaurant Opens in Tar Heel

Staff Report A new restaurant has opened in Tar Heel to the delight of many residents. Dani’s Kitchen, held their grand opening on Saturday. The restaurant is located at 247 Tar Heel Road in Tar Heel, NC. The grand opening included music, food and a backpack giveaway. “Everything went great and everything turned out great,” said Danielle Young. “I’m excited.” Young said she began Dani’s Sweets and Treats about three years ago, selling cakes and candy apples. She said she became interested in making “seafood boils,” and then became interested in preparing other foods. Young said she would prepare meals and post them to her social media accounts, and people …..

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Bladen Community College offering seminars for non-profits and churches

Bladen Community College’s Small Business Center will offer seminars for non-profits/churches. On Thursday, August 23, the seminar How to Start a Group Home will be offered from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown. Click here to register. On Monday, August 27, the seminar  Cash Flow/Budgeting for Non-Profit/Faith-based Organizations from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Bladen Community College’s East Arcadia campus. Click here to register. On Thursday, Sept. 13, the seminar Fundraising Tips and Tricks will be offered from  6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Bladen Community College in Dublin. Click here to register. On Thursday, Sept. 13, from  7:45 PM to 8:45 …..

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Local Newspapers Fear New Tariffs

By Darius Spillman American jobs are continuously a controversial topic of discussion. More jobs and products are being outsourced, instead of Made in the USA. Now, due to new tariffs on Canadian newsprint put in place by the Trump administration in January and March, the overall cost has spiked about 30 percent. Newspapers based in the Midwest or Northeast can source their paper from Canada, as they’re close to the border. However, newspapers that don’t have that luxury have to depend on imports. Declining ad revenue and readership has led to less demand for newsprint, which in turn has caused several American paper mills to shutdown operation. Top publishing companies, such as …..

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DEQ plans Public information Session to Discuss GenX

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public information session on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The session will include updates on the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.  At this meeting: The Division of Waste Management will present the latest data on the Granulated Activated Carbon filter testing program. The Division of Air Quality will present information on Chemours’ application to add a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) to further reduce emissions. This will be the sixth public information session in an effort to provide updates and answer questions.   WHO:            DEQ Leaders Brief the Public on GenX related issues …..

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North Carolina’s July Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent. North Carolina’s July 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 13,077 over the month to 4,800,661 and increased 70,096 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 6,170 over the month to 203,407 and decreased 13,678 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 10,400 to 4,528,900 in July. The major industries with the …..

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Small Business Incubator Project Nearing Completion

By Erin Smith A new small business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown is entering the final stages of construction after more than two years of setbacks. Bladen County Economic Development Director, Chuck Heustess, said the new windows are being installed in the building this week. He said the project experienced delays due to asbestos removal, Hurricane Matthew, the remodeling of the building’s rear entrance to make it compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act and the project’s original architect, Chris Adams, closed his firm. With the closure of Adams’ architecture firm, the work was stopped until a new architect could be hired. The building, which will house the small business incubator, …..

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How to Afford a Pricier House in the Neighborhood You Love

When Danielle and Jimmy returned to their home state after three years in Germany, they spent the next six months looking for their first home. “Location was so important to us. We got used to walking everywhere while we were in Germany. Grocery stores, restaurants, beer gardens and pubs were all within walking distance of our apartment. We wanted to find a neighborhood like that,” explains Danielle, an employee relations attorney. They found the perfect neighborhood: Bay View, Wisconsin. They also found a house in a perfect location, right across from a park, with a lovely view of Lake Michigan.But the house itself wasn’t so perfect: it needed about $20,000 …..

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2018 is Record Year for State Ports

2018 has been a record-setting year for the North Carolina Ports. Over last fiscal year, the North Carolina Ports moved a record number of containers through the Port of Wilmington. Container growth increased by 38 percent while general cargo growth is up 18 percent since the 2017 fiscal year. The Port of Morehead City was also busier, experiencing 20 percent growth in general cargo. 2018 also was a record year for operating revenue – up four percent over North Carolina Ports’ previous high in fiscal year 2016. As a key economic driver within the state, the Port of Wilmington is well-positioned for growth in the fresh and frozen refrigerated markets …..

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North Carolina’s June County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 5.6%

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in three.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.0 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.  All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.  Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.3 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.4 percent.  The June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.2 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above June 76 24 0 May (Revised) 87 13 0 When compared …..

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Virginia Allen appreciated for 50 years

By Charlotte Smith The folks at Kinlaw Furniture are having a great celebration today, Wednesday, August 1st. The reason for the festivities is on this day 50 years ago, Ms. Virginia Allen started working at the local furniture store. Kinlaw Furniture is a family owned business in Elizabethtown. Calvin Sasser purchased the business back in 1968, according to his son Mike Sasser. However, Ms. Allen had been working at the store before Calvin Sasser purchased it, according to Mike. Jean Sasser Clark, Mike’s sister, said, “It would be hard to sum up what she means to the company,” when talking about Ms. Allen. Secretary does not title Ms. Allen completely. …..

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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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New Business Open in Clarkton

By Erin Smith Clarkton’s business district is growing, as K & S Donuts has opened its doors. The store is located at 112 N. Elm Street, Clarkton, NC and is owned and operated by Tom Keo, and his brother, Sopheak Keo. The store carries a variety of donuts, from glazed to frosted, to everyone’s favorite—donut holes. K & S also stocks long johns, apple fritters and more. K & S Donuts also serves Sausage Kolache, and a variety of freshly made breakfast sandwiches. “My brother was making them in Texas,” said Tom Keo. The Keo family was residing for a time in New York before deciding to move to Laurinburg. …..

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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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North Carolina’s June Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate.  The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. North Carolina’s June 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 13,721 over the month to 4,787,970 and increased 67,608 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 4,079 over the month to 209,552 and decreased 8,046 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 13,200 to 4,518,300 in June. The major industries with the …..

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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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Duke Energy Carolinas customers lead South Carolina in private solar adoption

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas has achieved a major milestone in its support of solar energy as more than 5,000 of the company’s South Carolina customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, reaching a legislative goal for customer-owned solar capacity. Customers can still install solar – and sell the electricity they produce to Duke Energy at the same price the utility pays for electricity generated by large solar power plants – even though the company has reached the capacity limit. The net metering incentive enabled Duke Energy Carolinas – the utility that primarily serves the Upstate of South Carolina – to achieve its goal of 40 megawatts of private “rooftop” solar …..

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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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Local business person appointed

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has a new member. The RIA is the appointed board that awards Rural, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Utility Account grant funds. Dean Hilton from White Lake was appointed to RIA on July 1 by Senator Philip E. Berger. There are 16 members of the appointed board. In addition to reviewing and approving funding requests, the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority formulates policies and priorities for grant and loan programs administered by N.C. Commerce’s Rural Economic Development team. Its 15 voting members are appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House and Senate President Pro Tem. The North Carolina Secretary of Commerce serves …..

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Duke Energy provides major boost to solar in North Carolina as new programs roll out

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two major Duke Energy solar energy programs are rolling out this month in North Carolina, making solar more abundant and affordable for customers. “Duke Energy’s solar rebates and the competitive bidding program have been highly anticipated and will drive further solar-related investment, job creation and economic development for North Carolina,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “They reflect many of the positive aspects of the Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina legislation and will provide financial benefits to residential and commercial customers.” The two programs hit milestones this week: *Solar Rebates – Applications are being accepted now from customers interested in Duke Energy’s five-year, $62 million solar …..

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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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North Carolina’s May County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen At 4.9 

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 60 of North Carolina’s counties in May, increased in eight, and remained unchanged in 32.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.8 percent.  Seven of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases, one increased, and seven remained unchanged.  Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 5.8 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 2.9 percent.  The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 3.7 percent. Bladen County had a rate of 4.9. Other area counties: Brunswick 4.6. Columbus 4.6. Cumberland 4.7. Pender 3.6.  Robeson 5.7. Sampson …..

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Duke Energy receives highest honor from the U.S. Department of Defense for its support of National Guard and Reserve employees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced that it has received the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the U.S. Department of Defense gives to companies for their outstanding support for employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The award is presented annually by the Secretary of Defense, and Duke Energy was one of only 15 companies nationwide to be selected out of more than 2,300 nominations. “We’re extremely proud to support the men and women who serve our country, protect our freedom and who make our company great,” said Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Lynn Good. “Our colleagues who serve in …..

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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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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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Chamber conducts 66th annual banquet, awards ceremony

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce conducted their 66th annual banquet on Tuesday evening at Lu Mil Vineyard. During the banquet, David Clark was honored with the award of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The award was presented to Clark by long-time friend and Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell. She read aloud from the letter which was submitted to the Governor’s Office requesting the honor be bestowed upon Clark. “He is without a doubt one of the finest gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of knowing,” said Campbell. She said he is active in the Elizabethtown Baptist Church where he has served as a …..

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Commissioners adopt budget

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted the fiscal year 2018-19 budget on Monday night. The budget carries a cost of living adjustment for county employees. There will be no property tax increase. The budget does increase funding to the Bladen County Board of Education over this year’s budget. Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson made a motion to adopt the budget including a 2 percent increase for schools and a one time allotment of $251,000 to the school system. The board voted unanimously to adopt the 2018-19 budget. “I want to thank the commissioners for working together on the budget,” said Commissioner Chairman Ray Britt. He …..

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Duke Energy Site Readiness Program a win for economic development, jobs in the Carolinas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has selected four properties in North Carolina and South Carolina for participation in the first half of its 2018 Site Readiness Program to enhance the readiness of the sites for business and industrial development. The Site Readiness Program has helped prepare properties that have won 29 major projects in the Carolinas since the program started in 2005, resulting in more than 6,200 new jobs and nearly $7 billion in capital investment. Through the program, Duke Energy identifies high-quality industrial sites and partners with county officials and local economic development professionals to develop a strategy for providing water, sewer, natural gas and electricity to the properties. “Economic development is a team sport …..

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North Carolina’s May Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s May 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 12,280 over the month to 4,774,254 and increased 64,944 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 5,969 over the month to 213,611 and decreased 6,727 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 21,600 to 4,502,100 in May.  The major industries with the …..

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Wesley Pines Retirement Community Receives Award

Wesley Pines was recently recognized as the Top Performer in the 2016-17 Life Care Services (LCS) Life Plan Resident Satisfaction Survey in the areas of Overall Satisfaction, Accounting, Assisted Living, Communications, Executive Director, Extraordinary Impressions, Food and Beverage, Health Center, Marketing and Sales, Plant Operations, Security and Transportation. Rick Exline, Executive Vice President of Life Care Services shared, “We serve the customer first and foremost,” which is the very first Life Care Services Principle.  Life Care Services prides itself on delivering outstanding experiences to their residents.  “Congratulations to Wesley Pines for exemplifying this focus,” states Exline.  He also imparted that Wesley Pines set the bar for the other 130 communities …..

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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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Electrolysis to be offered in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith   A new service is coming to Healthworks in Elizabethtown in the form of electrolysis. Anna Jacobs, who  is board certified in electrolysis, is booking appointments and is planning an Open House for June 21st. Jacobs said electrolysis is the only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved permanent hair removal system. The way it works, according to Jabobs, an electronic probe is inserted into the hair follicle and the probe is heated. She said the customer will feel a slight heating sensation. Electrolysis can be performed on both men and women. Jacobs said the most common procedures she performs include mustaches on women and unibrow and back …..

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Campbell Oil celebrating 70 years

By Erin Smith A family-owned Elizabethtown business is celebrating 70 years of service to the residents of Bladen County. One employee has remained with the company for 50 of those years. As of May 2018, Campbell Oil Company began to celebrate their 70th anniversary and Mac Campbell also celebrated 50 years of working at the company his father began. Campbell said the beginning of the company pre-dates himself. He shared how his father had the vision to begin Campbell Oil in 1948 after he had returned from serving in the Army during World War II. Campbell said his father was one of the first men in Bladen County to be …..

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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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Smithfield Foods to gain truck entrances

By Erin Smith Smithfield Foods is investing in Bladen County with a $115 million expansion. Part of that expansion will see the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT) assist the company with improving truck access to the facility. Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess said, “The expansion is a phenomenal project for Bladen County.” He said the expansion, when complete, will mean 300 new jobs for Bladen County. Heustess said the new expansion will generate an increase in truck traffic entering and exiting the facility. He said estimates are that truck traffic at the plant will increase by more than 300 trucks per day. The projected increase in truck …..

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Bladenboro residents may need to increase their budget

Staff report It is budget time for a lot of municipalities and the Town of Bladenboro is no exception. The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners met Monday evening to discuss the new proposed budget as well as economic development, zoning and a few other items. Before the Board of Commissioners discussed the proposed budget, economic development was addressed. Don White with Boost the Boro, Inc., a local non-profit made up of volunteers addressed the Town Board. White spoke about the economic development plan both members of the Town Board of Commissioners and Boost the Boro members have been working on for over a year.  White presented an opportunity to work with …..

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Clayton Homes of Whiteville

Contact one of our team members today! Clayton Homes of Whiteville 1233 South J.K. Powell Blvd. Whiteville, NC 28472 910-641-0100 claytonhomesofwhiteville.com  Share:

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Members take care of business at Boost the Boro meeting

By Charlotte Smith The packed room was full of discussions at the Boost the Boro, Inc meeting on the last Monday in April. The meeting held at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market had some hot topics as the non-profit group went line by line down the agenda. Penny Walters the Spring Fest chair said in spite of the rain the annual event was a success. Walters suggested the Spring Fling next year be held again on the first Saturday in April. All in attendance were in agreement with the schedule.  Sunday Allen said the scholarship committee had several deserving applications for the Boost the Boro Scholarship this year. The committee will meet to decide …..

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Food Lion Partners with NALC and USPS to Support Stamp Out Hunger

SALISBURY, N.C.-Food Lion Feeds has partnered with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the United States Postal Service (USPS) and food banks in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina and South Carolina to support the 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Throughout the week, Food Lion will help kick off the drive in each state by donating more than 200,000 meals total to the food banks to support local feeding agencies in these states. Additionally, every Food Lion store will host a weeklong food drive where customers can donate items purchased in the store and not have to worry about …..

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Four County EMC Earns Safety Accreditation

Burgaw, N.C.- Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC), received national recognition for its compliance with a comprehensive safety program called the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP). RESAP is one of the few programs in the country that provides electric cooperatives a management tool for continuous safety and loss control assessment. The certificate, the 16th of its kind to be awarded to the cooperative, was recently presented to Mitchell Keel, CEO of Four County EMC, at the annual meeting of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives in Raleigh. “Our culture of safety did not develop overnight. It was born out of a firm commitment that every individual return home safely …..

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

Chamber to conduct May meeting

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their May Monthly Lunch Meeting on Tuesday, May 8th, at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. The Chamber will hold their annual business meeting and a membership vote on incoming board members Anne Beyer and Sondra Guyton. Ambassador applications are being submitted for 2018-2019 calendar year. Their will also be an Executive Director’s report. Lunch will be provided by Burney’s Sweets & More and is Dutch treat. Cost is $9 per person. The Chamber Board will also meet prior to the lunch meeting at 11 AM at the Farmer’s Market and the Ambassador Meeting will take place immediately following the lunch meeting. Share:

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Smithfield Foods to Appeal Nuisance Lawsuit Verdict

A statement was released by Smithfield Foods regarding the recent verdict of the nuisance lawsuits. It is as follows: Smithfield Foods Statement Regarding North Carolina Verdict We are extremely disappointed by the verdict. We will appeal to the Fourth Circuit, and we are confident we will prevail. We believe the outcome would have been different if the court had allowed the jury to (1) visit the plaintiffs’ properties and the Kinlaw farm and (2) hear additional vital evidence, especially the results of our expert’s odor-monitoring tests. These lawsuits are an outrageous attack on animal agriculture, rural North Carolina and thousands of independent family farmers who own and operate contract farms. …..

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Response to Lawsuit Verdict from Agriculture Commissioner Troxler

Statement from Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler about the verdict in the Murphy-Brown LLC/Smithfield Foods nuisance lawsuit “I am very disappointed in the verdict and believe it will harm our hard working farm families who produce food for the state, nation and the world. I fear this will have a detrimental effect on their ability to continue to do that. Family farms built this state, and our family farms are vital to our state’s economy.” Share:

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BCC Announces Staff Promotions

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced the following staffing promotions. Carlton Bryan, former Registrar, is now Disabilities, Testing, and Veterans Services Director. Former Assistant Registrar Andrea Carter-Fisher is now Registrar. Bridgette Singletary, former Cashier, is now Accounting Specialist. Former Accounting Coordinator Roy Thompson, is now Accounting Specialist and Construction Project Coordinator. Share:

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

 RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s March 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 3,495 over the month to 4,755,447 and increased 69,723 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 131 over the month to 222,519 and decreased 7,754 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 4,100 to 4,472,000 in March. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Education & Health Services …..

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Bladen County At 6.2 Percent Unemployment Rate in February

RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 74 of North Carolina’s counties in February, increased in 10, and remained unchanged in 16, according to figures released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Commerce. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 14.9 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.5 percent. Bladen County’s rate is 6.2 percent. Other southeastern rates are Brunswick 6.4, Columbus 5.9, Duplin 5.1, Pender 4.7, Robeson 6.7 and Sampson 4.7. Eleven of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases while four remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.8 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at …..

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston Ahhh, Spring has finally arrived, with sunny days and mild nights. I love it. It makes me want to walk right out of the kitchen and go eat out. I may be still working off those 10 extra winter pounds but I can’t let myself starve. I remember when March used to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but the thing that I remember most about this March was how similar it was to March of last year. You may recall that this February was unseasonably warm and then March had some cold snaps in it. Just like last year. I hope …..

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North Carolina’s January Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from December’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s January 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.4 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 3,505 over the month to 4,747,769 and increased 85,879 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 407 over the month to 222,256 and decreased 20,263 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 8,700 to 4,457,900 in January.  The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Professional & Business Services …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston So long, February. You were short, but sweet. You started with warm temperatures, even though Punxsutawney Phil called for more winter. You brought us sweets for the lovers, sales for the presidents, and lots of important Black History. I’ve often wondered why the maker of the calendar didn’t just take an extra day from a couple of the 31 day months to make February as long as the others. But I digress. The good folks at the Bladen County Health Department didn’t mind the shortness of February though. They went right on with their inspections of the kitchens, cafeterias, and restaurants we love to visit. Without their …..

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Grant funding available for N.C. agritourism farms

RALEIGH – North Carolina farms that welcome visitors can take advantage of the 2018 Agritourism Marketing Cost-Share Grant available through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “There are more than 1,000 agritourism farms across North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This grant is a great opportunity for agritourism farms to attract more farm visitors, increase demand for on-farm experiences and add to their overall farm value.” The $100,000 grant, which is funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, is available for individual farms or a group of agritourism farms to assist with offsetting the cost of marketing efforts. Funding is available for marketing materials and tools …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes Chris Robbins as Senior Vice President and East Region Credit Risk Manager

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to introduce Chris Robbins as senior vice president and east region credit risk manager for the CresCom branches in Eastern, N.C. In his new position, Robbins will work closely with the regional market executive and commercial relationship managers to provide an exceptional banking experience for CresCom Bank customers. His primary focus will be to assist in the proper underwriting and structuring of customer loan requests to achieve mutually beneficial, safe, sound and profitable results. Robbins is a tenured banking professional bringing top market knowledge and extensive banking experience including his most recent position as executive vice president, …..

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CresCom Bank Introduces New Team Members and Announces Promotions Throughout the Carolinas

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, promotes and welcomes new team members throughout its North Carolina and South Carolina branches. New team members and promotions include: Charleston, S.C. *Meshelle Sealy has joined the bank as a full time customer service representative and floating teller. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Sealy worked as a manager at DeBorah’s Bridal.   Holden Beach, N.C. *David Batten has been promoted to assistant vice president and commercial lender. Prior to joining the CresCom Bank team in 2014, Batten served as a financial services officer at State Employees’ Credit Union in North Carolina.   Myrtle Beach, S.C. *David Del Gaizo joined …..

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State orders Chemours: Control additional GenX sources or else

By Erin Smith Chemours has been directed by state officials to control additional sources of GenX pollution. On Monday, the NC Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued yet another notice of violation to the company. PDFs Chemours Feb 12 Notice of Violation Chemours Pilot Study Request Letter regarding new air technology The notice of violation indicates a letter was sent to the company in December ordering the company to implement measures to eliminate or control further discharges of GenX. The company responded to that letter in January with a letter of its own outlining additional steps and precautions which would be taken. Those measures included: * Excavate, treat or control …..

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CresCom Bank Introduces New Team Members Throughout North and South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, welcomes new team members throughout its branches. New team members include: Cane Bay, S.C. *Youvanska Herbas has joined the CresCom Bank team as a part time teller. Prior to joining the bank, Herbas worked as an assistant manager at Popular Community Bank in New York. She graduated from Queensborough Community College within the City University of New York (CUNY). Charleston, S.C. *Tiffany Williams has joined CresCom Bank as a customer service representative. Prior to joining the bank, Williams worked as a primary lead customer success specialist at Benefit focus. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes Erik Gray as Commercial Loan Officer and Vice President

CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 12, 2018 – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to introduce Erik Gray as a commercial loan office and vice president. Based at the Wilmington branch, Gray will be responsible for managing commercial loans and deposits for customers throughout the area. Before joining CresCom Bank, Gray worked as a senior vice president in commercial banking. Gray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University. “Please join CresCom Bank in welcoming Erik as our new commercial loan officer,” said David L. Morrow, CEO of CresCom Bank. “With his background and expertise, we know Erik will serve the bank and the North Carolina …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes Cindy Register as Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President

CHARLESTON, S.C.– CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to introduce Cindy Register to the CresCom Bank team as branch manager and assistant vice president. In her new position at CresCom Bank serving the Tabor City, N.C. market, Register will oversee the branch’s day-to-day operational programs, policies, procedures and sales while ensuring a high level of customer care. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Register worked as an area operations officer at BB&T. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coastal Carolina University. “The CresCom Bank team is excited to welcome Cindy as a new branch manager,” said David L. Morrow, CEO of CresCom Bank. “Cindy is an …..

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New Fire and Rescue Squad Building Project Approved

by Joy Warren During the noon meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council on Monday, Mr. Terry Cox made a presentation to update the Council on the proposed architectural design of the new fire and rescue building.   The new building will be located at the former Jessup Motors property on Broad Street.  The project is being funded by the Golden Leaf Foundation. Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West stated he “is very pleased with the proposed renovations and additions to the historic building.  Mr. Cox was very receptive to the functional needs of our department and did his best to fit everything into the design of the building.  There will be a showroom for the …..

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Duke Energy to pass savings from new federal tax law to North Carolina customers

Company filing outlines recommendations to lower customer bills in the near term and help offset future rate increases CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today outlined its proposal to pass along savings from the new federal tax law to its North Carolina customers in ways that will lower bills in the near term and help offset increases in the future. Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) and Duke Energy Progress (DEP) offered the proposal in a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) today. Duke Energy has maintained customers’ rates significantly below the national average for many decades while providing safe, reliable and increasingly clean energy for North Carolinians. “This is a unique opportunity that allows …..

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10 years done, more to come

We made it 10 full years in existence with BladenOnline.com. Today starts year number 11. We appreciate all our Readers, Advertisers and Team Members.   Thank you for visiting BladenOnline.com. BladenOnline.com was started as the result of lots of conversation and work by Michael Simmons and Robert Hester in Bladen County. Then, in September 2014 BladenOnline.com was purchased by Online News & Advertising, LLC, a local family owned business. The project of BladenOnline.com began in the summer of the year 2007. Mike Simmons was recuperating from numerous physical ailments during the entire year of 2006 but was feeling better. He wanted and needed an outlet for his creative talents having …..

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Hardee, Hunt And Williams Top Selling Real Estate Team on Wrightsville Beach

For the eighth straight year the firm of Hardee, Hunt and Williams is the top selling real estate team on Wrightsville Beach. Jim Hardee, formerly of Elizabethtown, is the senior partner in the HH&W organization. For the year of 2017 HH&W had 56 transactions with a total amount sold of $55,235,138. Hardee is married to the former Beverly Hester of Clarkton who is a teacher at Cape Fear Community College. They have two children, Fisher and Jackson, and make their home on Harbor Island at Wrightsville Beach. Share:

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NC Muscadine Grape Growers visit Lu Mil Vineyard

Photos courtesy Denise Bridgers By Erin Smith The North Carolina Muscadine Grape Growers Association met on Saturday at Lu Mil Vineyard. The event was attended by about 80 Muscadine growers.  “We always appreciate any occasion to help promote the Musacadine wine and grape industry and feel that hosting this event is an honor. It gives us a chance to let others see how we do things along with many opportunities to learn from the presenters, trainers and other growers,” said Denise Bridgers. One of the highlights of the meeting was a live demonstration and discussion in the vineyard. According to the Association,  Muscadine grapes are produced on 1-year-old wood and vineyard …..

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North Carolina’s December Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, increasing 0.2 of a percentage point from November’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s December 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.7 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 12,081 over the month to 4,727,107 and increased 63,522 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 8,755 over the month to 222,116 and decreased 34,736 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 12,500 to 4,457,700 in December.  The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were …..

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Sharonview Federal Credit Union Continues Growth in Eastern North Carolina

WILMINGTON N.C. – December 13, 2017– Sharonview Federal Credit Union, one of the nation’s top 200 credit unions, announces the addition of Alex Jones to its financial advisors team. With 17 years of industry experience, Jones brings extensive knowledge to the team while enhancing Sharonview’s financial services in eastern North Carolina. “We are excited to welcome Alex to the Sharonview team and integrate his knowledge into our operations,” states COO, Ricky Otey. “Enhancing members’ financial knowledge and comfortability is a priority at Sharonview and building our Financial Advisors team is an essential part of that. Alex’s vast experience and expertise is a perfect fit for our growth efforts now and …..

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North Carolina’s November County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 6.4% 

RALEIGH–Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in November and decreased in one. Bladen County is at 6.4 percent. Tyrrell County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.1 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.4 percent.  All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases.  Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.5 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.6 percent.  The November not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.5 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above November 67 33 0 October (Revised) 78 …..

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Elizabethtown restaurant closing its doors

By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown restaurant has closed its doors. Diners were greeted with a note thanking them for their support as they attempted to enter Cape Fear Bar-B-Que and Chicken on Wednesday. The restaurant, located at 330 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, had been in operation for seven years, according to owner June Massengill. She said the lease on the building is coming to a close at the end of 2017 and, after much thought, the decision was made to close the Elizabethtown location. Customers can still obtain fresh barbecued pork and other local favorites at the Fayetteville restaurant located at 523 Grove Street. “We still have the Fayetteville …..

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Sandhills Behavioral Services discusses services

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce learned about the various services offered by Sandhills Behavioral Services. The business is located at 119 Courthouse Drive, Elizabethtown. Robert Smith, owner of Sandhills Behavioral Services, said his company offers a variety of mental health and substance abuse services. They also provide transportation for their clients to attend meetings and appointments. Smith said he understands the difficulties individuals experience in dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. The center provides DWI services in English and Spanish, an intensive outpatient substance abuse program, after school programs, drug testing, a sex offender program, and more. Smith said the center also provides …..

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Bladen Community College offers no-cost business seminars

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars in December. *Customer Service the Disney Way for Small Businesses is scheduled for Dec. 1, from 2 until 3 P.M. on the Dublin campus. *Payroll Taxes 101 is planned for Dec. 13, from 2 until 3 P.M. on the Dublin campus. *The Business Side of Non-Profits and Faith-based Organizations is Dec. 16, from 9 A.M. until 12 noon, also on the Dublin campus. *The Bladen County Public Library is hosting two seminars. Why Successful Businesses are Successful is scheduled for Dec. 7, from 6 until 8 P.M. Ten Tips to Get Ready for Tax …..

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White Lake Marine number one in US

By: Charlotte Smith Contributed Photos White Lake Marine (WLM) in Bladen County has been reaching great business heights for many years. The locally owned and operated company is known world wide. Many have said WLM is the best in the Nautique domain. Recently they were recognized for some of their achievements. White Lake Marine received the Top Servicing Dealer in the United States at the Nautique Boats dealer meeting awards presentations. The event was held on November 7th, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. PCM Marine Engine Company presented the award to David deAndrade, Chief Operating Officer of the local Bladen County business. After receiving the award, Carl deAndrade, Chief Executive Officer …..

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Protecting your information and documents

Dr. Lisa Bryan Small business and personal computer users must be aware of the need to protect the information assets stored on their computers.   For small businesses, company records, financial documents, and customer confidential data must be protected for the business’s success and reputation.  For the home user or home business user, many of the same personal information assets are at risk.   The days of protecting our information assets with locked doors and file cabinets are over.   The minute you put your computer on the Internet, you are opening your information, even confidential information, to the world and people who seek to do you harm.  The responsibility …..

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Bladen’s unemployment rate at 5.3 percent

Bladen County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent for September, according to figures released Wednesday by the state’s Department of Commerce. Bladen County’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percent from August’s figure of 5.8 percent, according to the report. Bladen County had a labor force of 14,573 in September’s report with 777 of those unemployed. Bladen County’s unemployment rate was 86th among North Carolina’s 100 counties, according to the report. A year ago, Bladen County’s unemployment rate was 6.6 percent. Statewide, North Carolina’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September dropped 0.5 percent from August and is at 4.0 percent, according to the Commerce Department. There were 197,787 people …..

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Campbell Oil Company – Lubricant Division – Class A Drivers Needed

Campbell Oil Company is a family owned business which has been operating for over 65 years. We are an entrepreneurial company comprised of many operating segments including Wholesale Fuels, Lubricants, and Aviation Fuel. We operate 30 Convenience Stores and 9 Food Service locations (Arby’s, Little Caesars, and Dairy Queen). As part of the Campbell family, you will find that we set ourselves apart from other companies with the realization that building relationships with our people is as important as building the restaurants. In order to maintain the excellence we have achieved, we need people who can grow with us. Our company’s vision is to work diligently to provide each and …..

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Dental Assistant 

Elizabethtown Family Dentistry is looking for an experienced, energetic, motivated, organized certified Dental Assistant. Full-time with benefits. Salary is based on experience. Fax Resume to 910-862-6345. Share:

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Town of White Lake: Commercial Mail Receiving Agency Clerk

Duties are considered at the journey level, require tact and discretion in handling sensitive or confidential matters in the program areas and provide postal service including public contact for the Town. Work requires some independence and self-initiative in activities, requires the ability to effectively prioritize workload and manage deadlines. Guides may include a variety of written manuals and instructions, as well as oral instructions. Sound judgment is required in performing the tasks. Work is performed under the supervision of the Administrative Services Director and is evaluated through observation, conferences, and the quality and effectiveness of work completed. This position is a part-time position scheduled to work 541 hours per year …..

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Registered Nurse (RN) – Long Term Care LTC  Elizabethtown Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center

Registered Nurse (RN) – Long Term Care LTC Elizabethtown Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Elizabethtown, NC Full-time   Elizabethtown Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, an 86 bed facility, is dedicated to providing professional, compassionate care that enriches and enhances our residents’ lives. A variety of programs distinguish Elizabethtown Healthcare & Rehab as a respected nursing and rehabilitation center, establishing it as a leader in long term care, rehabilitation, and dementia care. Join the Team! Full-time availability. We are currently seeking Registered Nurses to provide direct nursing care to the residents and to supervise the day to day nursing activities performed by certified nursing assistants. Such supervision must be in accordance with the …..

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SWINE PRODUCTION WORKERS

Prestage Farms Inc. is seeking swine production personnel to care for the well-being of animals. Positions are available in Sampson and Bladen counties. Prospective applicants must be able to work every other weekend for a total of 48 hours per week. Interested applicants should contact the Employment Security Commission in Clinton or Elizabethtown or contact Warren Perry at wperry@prestagefarms.com or call 910-596-5828. EOE Share:

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Campbell Oil Company Administrative Assistant To the CEO/President-Elizabethtown NC

JOB DESCRIPTION Administrative Assistant To the CEO/President-Elizabethtown NC Close Date: Monday 11/6/2017 Mission Statement:  We at Campbell Oil Company will work diligently to provide each and every customer with an Exceptional Customer experience, providing Superior Products at Competitive Prices, backed by the Personal Service that we have learned from Three Generations of hard work. The basis of our longevity has been to provide a Family oriented, Collaborative work environment where Feedback is valued, Team Work is critical and where Respect and Support are given as we all seek to provide for our Families. Job Title & overall Corporate Info:  Administrative Assistant – to the Company President/CEO  This …..

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North Carolina’s September Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, remaining unchanged from August’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.2 percent. North Carolina’s September 2017 unemployment rate decreased 1.0 percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 28,399 over the month to 4,730,428 and increased 88,598 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 738 over the month to 200,905 and decreased 46,413 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 2,500 to 4,422,500 in September. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Government at …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes New Team Members To North and South Carolina Locations

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading bank within North and South Carolina communities, welcomes new members to its talented team with the addition of Chelsea Champaigne, Connor Van Sickle, Mikayla White, Nicole Alston, Ashley Astrande, Kim Smith, Emily Mominee, Denise Lewis, Kelly Herron, Sandra Waldron, Billie Ward and Terri Buffkin. Charleston, South Carolina Chelsea Champaigne has joined the bank as a part time teller at the Meeting Street location. With an extensive financial background, Connor Van Sickle has joined the Loan Department as a loan servicing specialist. Prior to joining the bank, Sickle worked as a network service technician and loan operation representative at First National Bank in Pennsylvania. …..

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CresCom Bank Promotes Michelle Blower to Vice President

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.– CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to announce the promotion of Michelle Blower as the new vice president of CresCom Bank at its Poinsett Branch in Greer, S.C. Blower joined the bank in 2015, where she excelled as the branch manager of the Greenville, S.C. office. Her role as a branch manager included overseeing all sales and ensuring that all operational programs, policies and procedures were implemented routinely. Recently, Blower transitioned to the Poinsett branch, where she was promoted to vice president of the branch. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Blower served as vice president of sales and member relations for Sharonview …..

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Do Not Become a Cyber Victim

Dr. Lisa Bryan I am guessing since the beginning of time there have been scam artists. I think the Internet has made this problem even greater since people can pretend to be anyone. The scamming of people via the Internet is at a new high and it becomes real when it happens to your friends and family. People quickly forget the rule of the Internet – people can pretend to be anyone over the Internet. Who is the most likely to get victimized by these scammers? People who are very old and very young. The most trusting among us are the ones that become the victims of these scams. Unfortunately, …..

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Bladen Community College Small Business Center offers no-cost workshops

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars throughout October. The final three seminars of the Entrepreneurs Academy are scheduled in October.  How to Find Your Customers on Tuesday, October 17, Marketing Your Business on Tuesday, October 24, and Writing Your Business Plan on Tuesday, October 31, will meet from 3:30 until 5:30 P.M. All three classes will meet on the Dublin campus. Ten Tips for Time Management will be offered on Thursday, October 26, from 6:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. Following immediately, the college will host Ten Tips for Stress Management. Two church and non-profit seminars are offered in October. Quickbook Pro …..

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston Welcome to October, and the lower temperatures we long for. Good-bye September, until we meet again. Did you eat out more than usual in September? I know I did. That’s why I enjoy the monthly reports formulated by the Bladen County Health Department, concerning the cleanliness of our local eateries. Thanks to them, we can make informed choices whenever we go out to eat. And thanks to BladenOnline.com for publishing this helpful information every month as a public service. We all rely on our media outlets, more than we realize sometimes. Please check out the list below to see the grades received by the restaurants, kitchens and …..

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