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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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Elizabethtown Council denies airport terminal bid appeal

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council voted on Monday night to deny an appeal to the awarding of the airport terminal bid. Oscar Burney of Burney and Burney Construction Company filed a formal protest on Friday, Sept. 30, and appeared before the board during their regular monthly meeting to request the board to reconsider its decision. The bids for the construction of a new airport terminal were opened June 8, said Mayor Sylvia Campbell. Bridgett Williams, an engineer with W.K. Dickson and Company, vetted the top three contractors, based on the bids. “She recommended to us that we go with Graka Construction Company,” Campbell said. Burney and Burney was …..

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Five Lakes Mini Storage

          Five Lakes Mini Storage is now open at 1942 Hwy. 701 N. in Elizabethtown, NC. 5’x10′ is $35 10’x10′ is $45 10’x20′ is $75 Call 876-4433 and move immediately! Share:

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CresCom Bank Welcomes New Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer in Wilmington

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., September 25, 2017 – CresCom Bank, a community-banking leader within the Carolinas, is pleased to welcome Shameena Broach as the new assistant vice president and commercial loan officer at the Wilmington, North Carolina branch. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Broach worked at South State Bank in several management roles including retail area manager vice president, retail sales leader assistant vice president, assistant branch manager and accounting assistant. Broach earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in religion at Meredith College and later attended North Carolina Bankers Association School of Banking where she expanded her management banking skills. “We are happy to welcome Shameena to the CresCom …..

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Officials answer questions about GenX well water testing

By Erin Smith Residents and area leaders gathered at the St. Pauls Middle School to learn more about the residential well testing for the presence of the chemical GenX. Testing is set to begin Friday, September 15th. Representatives from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services were on hand to answer residents’ questions. A relatively small crowd attended the event held in the school’s auditorium. Information was provided regarding the ongoing investigation into the the chemical compound and the latest on the well sampling tests conducted on groundwater testing wells on the Chemours property. As a result of those tests, …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes New Talent To North and South Carolina Banking Teams

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading bank within North and South Carolina communities, has expanded its talented team with the addition of Amber Jenkins, Stefanie Norman, Gail Bradford and Chelsey Thacker. Charleston, South Carolina Amber Jenkins has joined the bank as a head teller at the West Ashley branch. Prior to joining the bank, Jenkins worked as a lead teller at Wells Fargo. Greer, South Carolina Stefanie Norman has joined the bank as an item processing specialist. Previously, Norman worked as a collections loss mitigation specialist at TD Bank. Norman holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Gail Bradford has …..

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

Whew, I’m kind of glad August is over, it was such a hot month there were times I just wanted to eat out so I didn’t have to heat up the kitchen by cooking. Still, it is important to know that our local eateries are being kept sanitary when we do go out to eat, isn’t it? We trust our friends at the Bladen County Health Department to inspect all restaurants, cafeterias and kitchens to protect the public’s health. Here again, BladenOnline.com is happy to bring the results of those inspections forward for your viewing. Please check out the chart below to see if your favorite spot is on the …..

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A honey of a deal led Sue Bee to Bladen County

By Erin Smith A farmers cooperative was searching for a place to locate a honey processing plant. A shell building in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park offered 400,000 square feet with no flooring installed. “They basically found a blank canvass,” said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess. At the time, the plant was located in Waycross, Georgia, but the facility needed a lot of work. The building in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park provided both the space needed as well as the ability to expand and grow in the future. Heustess said the current building can be expanded to add an additional 120,000 square feet. The Bladen County Committee of 100 …..

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New business opens in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith Labor Day weekend was a busy time in downtown Elizabethtown, but for one business owner, it was their first official holiday weekend in business. Priss Pots Gifts and More is located at 119 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown beside Faith Partners Christian Supply. Store owner, Christie Merritt, said the business offers services such as monogramming, wreaths, centerpieces, flags and bows. Merritt said she also offers customers T-shirts, purses, and a selection of jewelry. She has antique pieces available for purchase as well. “I enjoy working with people and doing what we do,” said Merritt of her business. The store’s hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Merritt said …..

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Affordable Tire

Affordable Auto & Tire offers a large variety of services. Auto Sales & Service New and Used Tires Oil Changes Alignments Brakes AC Repair NC Inspection Station Transmission and Motor Repair Affordable Auto & Tire 125 West King Street Elizabethtown, NC 28337 910-862-3308 Share:

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Smithfield Foods Invests $100 Million, Adds Approximately 250 New Jobs to Its Tar Heel, North Carolina Facility

Smithfield Foods has announced plans to construct a new distribution center and expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel. The project is expected to create 250 new jobs and Smithfield will invest $100 million in the two projects. In addition to new jobs, additional employment opportunities will be created with Smithfield’s logistics partner. “This $100 million and 250 job expansion is in addition to the previously announced $45 million and 30 job expansion announced on May 25th, 2017. This would be the largest jobs and investment announcement in Bladen County in well over 20 years,” said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess. …..

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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 4.3 percent. North Carolina’s July 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.8 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 989 over the month to 4,699,771 and increased 76,538 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 7,005 over the month to 200,752 and decreased 39,162 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 8,800 to 4,414,400 in July.  The major industries with the …..

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Preparing to celebrate 30 years in business

By Erin Smith A bookstore is an endeavor of loving care and a thirst for knowledge. For one Bladen County store owner, it has also been a labor of love. Faith Partners Christian Supply on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown is preparing to celebrate their 30th year in business. Mildred Jackson said the store first opened it doors on September 19, 1987. She said the idea formed when worked in management and was a supervisor for more than 47 people. She said one day she and another supervisor were talking and she told the supervisor that one day she was going to have a job she loved. Jackson said as …..

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Bladen County Young Professionals: Military service taught him discipline

By Erin Smith One young Bladen County resident said after having lived away from the area for a while, he appreciates life in Elizabethtown. He also enjoys being able to serve his country through his involvement with the North Carolina National Guard. Lane Greene first attended Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, then attended the Citadel. While attending the Citadel, he tried to become commissioned as an officer, but was unsuccessful. He graduated the Citadel in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. Greene said he then returned home to Bladen County for about one year then he decided to join the North Carolina National Guard. …..

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Bladen Unemployment Rate at 5.7 Percent in June

RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 69 of North Carolina’s counties in June, increased in four, and remained unchanged in 27, according the N.C. Department of Commerce. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent. Nine of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and six remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.4 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 5 percent or below: 72 Counties With Rates Between 5 percent and 10 …..

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McDuffie Is Past President for Pest Association

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) welcomed its new slate of board members for 2017-2018. The association recently convened in Myrtle Beach for the 2017 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference. The conference included the swearing in of the new officers for the 2017-2018 NCPMA year. The new officers include president, Donnie Shelton of Triangle Pest Control in Holly Springs; vice president, Bruce Roberts of A-1 Termite and Pest Control, in Lenoir; secretary/treasurer, Clint Miller of Clint Miller Exterminating, in Mt. Pleasant; and past president, Dana McDuffie of McDuffie Pest Control in Elizabethtown. “As board members, we are thankful for the part that the North Carolina Pest Management Association has …..

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Business owners should be vigilant of email scams

Bladen County business owners are asked to be aware as business email scams are rampant. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warning regarding an email scam that compromises your business e-mail accounts. The email looks legitimate, and seems to come from a legitimate source, but in reality is a scam designed to fraudulently gain access to your business funds or your company data. BUSINESS E-MAIL COMPROMISE: THE 3.1 BILLION DOLLAR SCAM This FBI Public Service Announcement (PSA) (Alert Number I-061416-PSA) is an update to the Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) information provided in Public Service Announcements (PSA) 1-012215-PSA and 1-082715a-PSA. This PSA includes new Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) …..

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Vocational Rehabilitation Services helps put people to work

By Erin Smith Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment is a program that many people are unfamiliar with and are unsure of exactly what it entails. The program is one of the oldest social programs within the federal government, according to Mac Britt, who is a counselor with Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Elizabethtown. The program is designed to assist people with physical or intellectual impairments gain employment. The Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office in Elizabethtown has two counselors, Mac Britt, who works with the adult clients, and Valtrese Johnson who works with high school students. Michael Ramey works with the employers by assisting them in developing strategies that allow them to hire employees …..

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Job Fair planned

Utility workers are an essential part of the industrial process and they are responsible for such things as maintaining safe work areas, collecting debris and disposing of sawdust and dropped lumber. There is a job fair planned for utility workers at the NC Works Career Center of Bladen County.   The job fair will be held on Thursday, July 27, from 4 until 6 p.m. Share:

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Bladen County Schools new online services

Bladen County School system is now offering a secure website service from ScribOrder for former students, business entities, and educational institutions to request transcripts and student records online. ScribOrder is the only authorized service provider for Bladen County School’s transcript and records requests.  Visit the Bladen County Schools district website at www.bladen.k12.nc.us to access the ScribOrder Student Transcript and Records Request quick link. Any transcript and records request must be made using the ScribOrder online system and paid for online. Requests received by any provider other than ScribOrder will not be fulfilled. Credit cards, debit cards, and e-checks are accepted forms of payment for online requests. The district no longer …..

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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 0.3 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s June 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.7 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 3,724 over the month to 4,701,188 and increased 86,185 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 14,892 over the month to 208,051 and decreased 30,716 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 12,600 to 4,406,900 in June. The major industries with the …..

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Elizabethtown Massage R&R celebrates Grand Opening

 Elizabethtown Massage R & R is celebrating its Grand Opening until 2 p.m. today. The business is located at 109-B Mill Street in Elizabethtown. They are offering free acupuncture consultations, door prizes and refreshments. They are also offering free 5 minute chair massages with no appointment necessary. You can also purchase $50 gift cards while you are there. Stop by and learn more about all of the services offered by Elizabethtown Massage R&R.   Share:

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Nicholson Liquidation store opens its doors in Elizabethtown

New businesses are making their mark on the landscape of downtown Elizabethtown. A new store opened on Saturday at 106 West Broad Street called Nicholson Liquidation: A Little Bit of Everything. The business is owned by Tyler and Heather Nicholson. The couple started their business two years ago on Facebook and it has continually grown. The store offers a variety of items from tents and canopies to wall hangings and bedding. The company has developed a loyal following on social media. “We still sell a lot on Facebook,” said Nicholson. The store’s hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 …..

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Boost the Boro purchasing property, planning and making improvements

Boost the Boro, a local non-profit in Bladenboro met this past Tuesday, July 11th to discuss planning, property, and making improvements to the town. Don White, President of the group lead the discussions of the many different topics. The Town of Bladenboro along with Boost the Boro and the North Carolina Department of Commerce are working together for a five year strategic plan for the town’s economic development growth according to White. John O’Daniel, Town Administrator for Bladenboro announced an Economic Development Strategic Planning meeting for for the town of Bladenboro. The strategic planning meeting will be held at the Bladenboro Community Building at 7 p.m. on July 27th. White …..

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Southeastern Economic Development Commission holds strategy session

The Southeastern Economic Development Commission met on Wednesday at the Burney Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to conduct the first of three of regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) sessions. Two more CEDS sessions are planned for Thursday in Laurinburg at the Scotland County Small Business Innovation Center in Conference Room B and Friday at the Cumberland County Public Library in Fayetteville. The sessions are planned to gather input from the various stakeholders in the 12 county region served by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission (SEDC) which will be utilized to create a regional plan of action. Those 12 counties include Bladen, Sampson, …..

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Elizabethtown Airport Runway Extension Project Added to TIP List

A proposed runway extension project at the Elizabethtown Airport is one step closer to becoming reality. The town of Elizabethtown has been notified by the North Carolina Department of Transportation the proposed runway extension has been approved but the project will not be funded before the year 2024, said Town Manager Eddie Madden. “It is the first time it has appeared on the TIP list,” said Madden of the project. If the project is funded, there will be a 1,500 foot extension of the runway, said Madden. The entire project will yield a net result of 800 feet on the end of the runway closest to the NC 87 Bypass. …..

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NC Peach lovers can expect good offering of late-variety fruit

RALEIGH – Peach lovers across the state can expect to find plenty of peaches for homemade ice cream, cobblers or just eating fresh. While a late freeze affected many orchards across the state, growers from the mountains to the coast are reporting a good crop of late-variety freestone peaches. “It all depends on where the orchard is located,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Some orchards were hit harder by the late freeze, while others right down the road remained unaffected. Still, there should be plenty of peaches available throughout the state.” Some early variety clingstones will be available, but they will not be as plentiful as the mid- to late-season …..

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White Lake, greater things yet to come

By: Tonya Bockover For generations, families have visited Lasley’s Motel at White Lake, NC for rest, relaxation and healing. The property formerly known as Lasley’s Motel, owned by the McSwain family of Bladen County, will be under new ownership. The popular destination will be a place to heal this generation according to the new owners. “While most people talk about the past at White Lake, we are looking ahead for the greater things yet to come,” states Pastor Cameron McGill. Cameron McGill, Pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church in Dublin and The Lake Church at White Lake, said the sale of the property will close Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston If you are like me, you probably eat out more in the summer months than any other time of the year. That’s another reason why it is so important for our good friends over at the Health Department to check in on public dining rooms, cafeterias, restaurants and grocery stores, to ensure that those kitchens are being kept clean and sanitary. BladenOnline.com is happy to bring you these monthly reports as a community service. Take a look at the chart below to see if your favorite local eatery was inspected in June. I haven’t been to the Sundeck Apartments yet, but with a score of 100, I’d …..

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A closer look at White Lake Marine

By: Tonya Bockover For 32 years, the deAndrade family has owned and operated White Lake Marine. David deAndrade, General Manager, said his parents bought the marina in 1985. They were looking at camp grounds when their real estate agent pointed out the business was for sale. “The rest is history,” says deAndrade. His parents are the third owners of the business. Originally, the sales and service department for the facility was located on the lake front. In 1988, the deAndrades built a new building across the road to house the service department. In 2008, they expanded the building to include a showroom for the boats. Now the family leases the …..

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North Carolina’s May Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent. North Carolina’s May 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.5 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 5,265 over the month to 4,705,488 and increased 97,270 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 11,546 over the month to 222,989 and decreased 17,161 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 18,800 to 4,397,900 in May.  The major industries with the …..

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Genesis Poplar Heights is now Bladen East Health and Rehab

Folks passing by the former Genesis Poplar Heights facility have noticed changes taking place. The facility will soon become Bladen East Health and Rehab. Zachary Miller’s company, Hedgehog Healthcare Associates, began leasing the facility on June 1 and he said a new sign will soon be announcing the change.  The company also manages West Bladen Assisted Living in Bladenboro, Brunswick Cove in Leland, Brookstone in Pollocksville, East Carolina Rehab in Greenville, and Cedar Cove in Wilmington. He said there are plans for renovations which include fresh paint, installing new hand rails, new flooring, new furniture, and renovations of the restrooms. “We’re still doing an assessment of what we have got …..

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Southeastern Economic Development Commission holds 49th Annual Meeting

The Southeastern Economic Development Commission conducted their 49th annual meeting on Monday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. The keynote speaker for the event was US Congressman Robert Pittenger. Congressman Pittenger related how he had recently attended a ceremony for a group of Bladen County World War II veterans. “Freedom is a precious commodity. Sometimes you wonder whether we are doing our job in Washington preserving those freedoms,” said Congressman Pittenger. He said Congress has a clear focus and understanding of what needs to be done. Congressman Pittenger related how he was serving in Washington, DC in 1980 and 1984 when Ronald Reagan was President. He said interest rates were …..

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Looking At National Stocks With A Footprint In Bladen County

Many national firms have a footprint in Bladen County. Here is a look at how their stocks did during the last 12 months.   Stock                High                        Low                    Present BB&T              $49.88                     $32.85                $42.16 Danaher          $88.01                     $73.40                 $86.84 DuPont            $82.37                     $61.12                 $80.51 Duke                $87.75                     $72.34                 $86.28 First Citizens  $384.12                   $229.51               $340.75 Int. Paper        $58.86                     $39.24                 $54.39 McDonalds      $152.39                   $110.33                $153.74 WalMart          $79.81                     $65.28                 $79.62 Wells Fargo     $59.99                     $43.55                  $51.81 Yum Brands    $91.99                     $59.57                  $73.99 The present prices were taken on June 2 at 4:25 p.m. Share:

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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 seminars in June. Marketing for Events, Trade Shows, and Expos is scheduled for Thurs., June 8, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The workshop will illustrate how to plan and execute the best possible exhibit for your business. The class will meet in building 2, room 202, on the main campus in Dublin. Starting a Business in Bladen County is meeting on Tues., June 13, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library. The seminar will focus on useful trends, data, and information to start or grow a business in this particular business area. …..

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North Carolina April County Unemployment Figures Released…..Bladen At 5.5 Percent

RALEIGH —Bladen County reported an unemployment rate 5.5 percent for April. Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in April and increased in three.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and one increased. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.8 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.3 percent.  The April not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.3 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or …..

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Taylor Manufacturing: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By: Amy Schumacher The Taylor family has been in the business of bringing “ideas” to “reality” for over 80 years and the family bonds are still holding their future endeavors in a forward moving position. Miller Taylor began Taylor Manufacturing while working as a welder in a shipyard  During his early years he decided to try his hand at farming and in the process found that he was able to meet the needs of local farmers and create the equipment they needed to make their jobs more efficient, more economical and even more enjoyable. Miller was married to Lucille Taylor and their three sons took an interest in the family …..

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Bladen County Pet Palooza gaining support

Bladen County will hold a Pet Palooza for the first time in June to benefit the Bladen County Animal Shelter. With the help of local businesses like Kuraray America, Inc., in Bladen County and Bladen Animal Hospital in Elizabethtown the fundraiser is off to a great start according to one of the event organizers, Mike Jackson, Chairman of the Animal Control Advisory Board. Jackson said, “Kuraray is active in the community and supporting community efforts.” The funds go to support the Bladen County Animal Shelter’s non-profit fund for the construction of an animal exercise area. Ross Crews, Plant Manager of Kuraray , said one of Kuraray ’s guiding principle is to support the community.  “It’s …..

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USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15, 2017. “County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.” County committees are made up of farmers and …..

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Smithfield continues to invest in Bladen County

One corporate business is continuing to invest in Bladen County. Smithfield Foods announced on Thursday, May 25th, it is investing over $45 million to expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina. “This will be a great thing for Bladen County,” Russell Priest, a Bladen County Commissioner said. The company already provides 5,000 jobs locally and will be able to provide even more. Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman of the Bladen County Board Commissioners, said, “I think its great.” He said the expansion will mean more jobs coming to Bladen County and an increase to the county’s tax base. According to a statement sent out …..

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Tar Heel Hardees location set to hold ribbon cutting

The Hardees Restaurant location in Tar Heel will celebrate their grand opening on Wednesday. The restaurant is located at the intersection of NC 87 and River Road. The Hardees will be open Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. and on Sundays from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Festivities and give-aways will be taking place all day.  Manager Wanda Jacobs said  WKML will be broadcasting live from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the ribbon cutting is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. The West Bladen High School Band and flag team will be on hand beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Hardees Restaurants offers customers a menu that …..

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Lawsuit involves at least one Bladen County company

A lawsuit between two area companies involving claims of breach of contract among other claims has been on-going for years, according to court documents. Campbell Oil Company, headquartered in Elizabethtown, NC, and AmeriGas, a company headquartered in Pennsylvania, are the two companies listed in the lawsuit. A complaint was filed by Campbell Oil Company back in 2013 in Bladen County in Civil Court. The lawsuit has ended in an out-of-court settlement being reached. The case between Campbell Oil Company and AmeriGas was shown as dismissed on April 26, 2017. BladenOnline.com has reached to both companies seeking comment regarding the matter. Share:

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER VOTES TO END BANK BAILOUTS, INCREASE PENALTIES ON WALL STREET, ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC GROWTH

  WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Financing, voted to approve the Financial CHOICE Act.   “In 2010, President Obama’s Dodd-Frank financial reform appeared to many as a lifeline.  The evidence shows it has done more harm than good,”explained Congressman Pittenger.  “The Financial CHOICE Act ends taxpayer-funded bailouts of big banks, creates even tougher penalties for Wall Street fraud, and creates accountability for Washington bureaucrats who currently answer to no one.   “Smart regulations are always necessary for an orderly economy, but Dodd-Frank swung the pendulum far into over-regulation.  That slowed down the economy and made it …..

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North Carolina’s March County and Area Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 98 of North Carolina’s counties in March, increased in one, and remained unchanged in one.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.7 percent.  All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.6 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.9 percent.  The March not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.7 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above March 58 41 1 February (Revised) 38 …..

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Bladen County high schools hold Career Days

Bladen County high schools held their second annual Career Day organized by Brian Campbell, President of Campbell Oil Company. It was a huge success.  When Campbell started organizing the Career Days, he said, “We want to try to help the students figure out their purpose.” The goal of the program is to get students to become more engaged, more interested in class, thinking about continuing their education, and what they will want to do after school and the goal was met for this first step in this new program according to Campbell. West Bladen High School held their Career Day on Tuesday, May 2nd and East Bladen High School held their Career …..

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston April was a very nice month in Bladen County, with Spring in the air and lots of celebrations. The good folks over at the Health Department were out doing inspections to ensure the safety of our food supply, and the cleanliness of our local restaurants, kitchens and cafeterias. You won’t be surprised to find out that the school cafeterias are in good shape (because they usually are), even though it can’t be easy to clean up after hundreds of children. Each month BladenOnline brings you the Bladen County Health Department’s report as a community service. Check out the list below to see the results of all the …..

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Southeastern farmers granted approval for industrial hemp seed importation

Elizabethtown, NC – A farming family from Bladen County has been approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to import top quality certified industrial hemp seeds from Europe in support of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program early April 2017.   Cesar and Luciano Alvarado, brothers and owners of Palomo Farms LLC, will offer a large variety of industrial hemp seeds only to farmers who have been approved by the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes.   Currently, the United States does not have a large-scale industrial hemp production and relies solely on imported hemp; however, with …..

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In Economic Development, an industrial building is generating interest

By: Erin Smith In the world of Economic Development, a vacant industrial building is generating interest in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. The building, known locally as the Vulcan AMP building, is being contemplated by at least four companies and possibly more, said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Huestess. The building measures a total of 30,750 sq. ft. with two 20 x 20 ft. drive-in doors and one 12 x16 ft drive in door, a loading dock, one 15 ton crane and one 2 ton crane and two fenced storage areas. The interior also features administrative offices, an engineering office wing, a break room and lab space for a total …..

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Drayton Road releases new video

By: Erin Smith A band with Bladen County ties has released a new video. Brent Underwood, of Tar Heel, announced the band Drayton Road, of which he is a member, has released a new video called “Danger, Danger.” The video was filmed outside of Tar Heel in an old family barn. The band will also release their new album “Danger, Danger” on Thursday, May 4. It can be purchased in advance on iTunes, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify and many other outlets. This will be the band’s first album release since joining Wendigo Records in Sanford. Underwood said the song “Danger, Danger” was written about 1 1/2 years ago after …..

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Work on small business incubator progressing slowly

By: Erin Smith Work is slowly progressing on a small business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown. The former US Post Office building located on East Broad Street in Elizabethtown was purchased by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial to be renovated and turned into incubator spaces for small businesses. “We hope businesses can start out here and grow into some of the larger spaces available in Elizabethtown or Bladenboro,” said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Huestess. The building measures about 4,000 sq. ft., according to Huestess. The plans call the space to be divided into 5 standard sized offices, 3 office suites, a large conference room measuring 20 ft. x 14 ft., a …..

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Bladenboro Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for New Ladies Boutique

Boost the Boro, Inc. served as host of another Grand Opening ceremony on Saturday, April 22, of yet another new business to open in downtown — Grace and Company of Bladenboro. The ladies boutique is located at 109 S. Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. According to Don White, President of Boost the Boro, Inc., owners Rona and Rob West have wanted to do this for some time now and Rona feels she is so fortunate to see her dream become a reality. “After working in a total opposite type of work atmosphere for the past 12 years, I decided that 2017 was going to be the year I did something new …..

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Hardees Elizabethtown location has opened; applications accepted online for Tar Heel location

Construction is now complete and the Elizabethtown location for Hardees is now open. The restaurant, located at 215 S. Poplar Street, opened for business at 5 a.m. Monday and Bladen County residents braved the rain to try the new eatery. While Hardees is not new to Bladen County, there has been a Hardees located in Bladenboro for many years, it has been some times since one was operated in Elizabethtown. Construction is also wrapping up on a new Hardees location located in Tar Heel at the intersection of NC 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road. Applications for employment at this location are being accepted online at http://www.pleaseapplyonline.com/southstar/. Hardees Restaurants offers customers …..

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.5 percent. North Carolina’s March 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 15,331 over the month to 4,706,795 and increased 111,111 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 8,149 over the month to 244,060 and decreased 4,697 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 500 to 4,387,600 in March.  The major industries with the …..

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Bladenboro creates Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee

By: Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro created the Bladenboro Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee and retroactively appointed 9 members at the April Town Board meeting. The committee includes three members of the Bladenboro Town Board, three members from Boost the ‘Boro and three at-large members. Making up the committee are Town Commissioner Sarah Benson, Town Commissioner Cris Harrelson, Mayor Rufus Duckworth,  Parst “Pete” Freeman, Claudette Guy, Jon Hasbrouck, Charles Peterson, Joseph Russ and Don White. According to Town Administrator John O’Daniel, the committee conducted one meeting last month for an orientation session. O’Daniel said the committee was created after a town board meeting in which Bladenboro Town Commissioner Cris …..

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New staff needed to for new detention center in Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard about staffing needs from the Sheriff at the meeting on Tuesday, April 18th. “I’m here tonight to propose three new detention officers for the new detention center and two new Deputy Sheriffs to work in the new law enforcement center,” Bladen County Sheriff McVicker stated. Sheriff McVicker gave commissioners examples of staffing need to operate other law enforcement centers and detention centers across the state similar to the new facility in Bladen County. Cogdell asked if five new staff members would be enough. McVicker explained he was trying to ask for the bare minimal for now. Our jail inspector, Mr. Charles Brown, will …..

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North Carolina’s February County and Area Employment Figures

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in February.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 15.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.  All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.2 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.1 percent.  The February not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.0 percent. When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.  All 15 metro areas experienced rate decreases over the year. The number of workers employed …..

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Commissioners approve new contract with Economic Development Director

In the consent agenda on Monday night, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved a new contract with Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess. The new contract specifies the relationship between Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, the County Board of Commissioners, and Heustess. The new contract came about after several commissioners expressed concerns during the SWOT sessions regarding economic development issues in the county. There were several items of contention that were discussed during the SWOT session including Heustess’ role with BBAI, and how BBAI assists the county with economic development. The new contract seeks to clarify those items. Heustess said one item which was brought up is the fact no …..

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Tree Ceremony Celebrates Arbor Day and Staff Member at BCC

On Friday, April 7, at 11 a.m., Bladen Community College will celebrate Arbor Day and honor BCC staff member Tiina Mundy with a Tree Dedication Ceremony. Mundy recently received the Governor’s highest honor when inducted as a member of the NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society. The recognition celebrates state employees who serve their communities as volunteers in meaningful ways. During the ceremony, a long leaf pine will be planted on campus in honor of Ms. Mundy. The campus will also be recognized with a Tree Campus USA award. The public is invited to join the celebration. The assembly will take place on the Dublin campus near the Student Resource Center …..

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Pittenger receives prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” Award

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has been honored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” Award in recognition of his support for policies which promote a healthy economy and job growth. Congressman Pittenger received this year’s award for his support of legislation to help small businesses access the capital needed to grow and create jobs, reforms to make federal jobs training programs relevant to 21st century needs, and policies to help American manufacturers compete in the global economy. “Hardworking Americans deserve good paying jobs.  Small business owners who risk everything to create jobs and economic growth deserve our support,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For too long, out-of-touch Washington …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about Rotary International grants

Elizabethtown Rotary President-elect Anne Beyer attended a Rotary training session and during that training session, she learned about global grants. While attending the training session on grants, she met fellow Rotarian Nancy Barbeee who serves as the Global Grants Chair for Rotary.  Rotarian Barbee spoke to the members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club regarding global grants during their luncheon meeting on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Rotarian Barbee shared her experience as a Rotarian. She said when she first joined the Mocksville Rotary Club, she had no idea just how much rotary does both locally and on national and global scale. Rotarian Barbee siad that when she had …..

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Relaxation is the order of the day at E-town Massage R & R

Relaxation is the order of the day at E-town Massage R & R where you can experience a deep muscle massage, acupuncture or aroma therapy to name a few of the services offered. The studio is located at 109 Mill Street in Elizabethtown behind the McDonald’s restaurant. Judith Brogdon and Carrie Kelly and Leslie Brown have opened E-town Massage R & R in the hopes of helping Bladen County’s residents relieve their stress and help them to relax. Brogdon and Kelly both have 8 years of experience as a massage therapists and Brown has 7 years of experience as an acupuncturist. Some of the services offered include massage, reflexology, Reiki, …..

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New business opens in former Pioneer Machinery location

A new business has moved into the former Pioneer Machinery location at 1008 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. Patrick Stegall has opened Redline Diesel Performance and Repair and specializes in diesel truck repair. Stegall said the shop has been open for almost one month. He said the shop offers services for diesel trucks from minor repairs to performance tune-ups. “I’ve doing this for about eight years,” said Stegall. He said he decided it was time to open his own business and it is the first shop he has owned. The shop’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. …..

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How to Get Additional Funding to Mitigate Damage to Your Home or Business

DURHAM N.C. — If local building officials notified you that your home is substantially damaged, you may be able to receive funds to make your structure safer and stronger. If you are rebuilding or repairing a substantially damaged home or business, your community may require you to elevate or make other changes. Substantial damage applies when the cost of restoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of its pre-damage market value. However, some communities have regulations that are more restrictive. Check with your local building officials or community flood-plain administrator for more information. If the substantial damage is solely from flooding, your National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policy may …..

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Rep. Rouzer hosts Youth Leadership Conference in Clinton

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting a youth leadership conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District on Friday, March 24, 2017.  The 2017 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference provides two juniors from each high school an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurial leaders, discuss ways to achieve entrepreneurial success and develop the necessary personal and professional skills to achieve goals. This conference is being conducted in coordination with the BB&T Leadership Institute as well as participation by the UNC Wilmington Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  There will be a lineup of speakers and engaging activities focused on values-based leadership and the personal traits and qualities …..

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Storms Farm of Bladenboro recognized in N.C. Business News Magazine

A Bladen County farm was recently recognized of their innovative use of technology recently N.C. Business News Magazine.  Bladenboro farmer William Storms has teamed up with AgPower Partnership LLC to turn the hog waste generated by his farm, into electricity which is sold to North Carolina Electric Membership Cooperation in Raleigh. Storms’ farm began generating electricity in 2013. For many sine operations, this type of technology could be one answer as to what to do with the waste generated by their livestock. Read more here. Share:

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Laura Lunsford addresses Chamber luncheon

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce heard from Laura Lunsford of the Swain Center at UNC-Wilmington regarding Executive and Professional Leadership training. Lunsford told those gathered the mission of the Swain Center is to serve businesses in North Carolina. They do that through assisting businesses with professional and executive training. The Center also offers economic services to businesses, as well. Lunsford said businesses spend about $160 million nationwide for professional and executive training. She said businesses spend $320 million worldwide for professional development for their executives. She said executive training is important because it gives leaders skills in how to motivate people and get things done. Lunsford said the …..

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Bladenboro Town Board to meet in regular session

The Bladenboro Town Board will meet tonight (Monday, March 13) at 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall for their regular monthly session. Items included in the consent agenda include:  approval of agenda items, approval of minutes from previous meeting, approval of departmental reports and approval of budget amendment No. 9. Items to be discussed are as follows: *Boost-the-Boro Corner Lot Proposal – Shane Todd *Consideration of approval of 2016-2017 Audit Contract *Consideration of Concession Stand Bids *Discussion of Grass/Littering Ordinance *Consideration of approval of Ball Field Use Agreement with Dixie Youth *Discussion of Pine Ridge Subdivision Emergency Exit Road *Discussion of Inmate Labor *Consideration of approving new evaluation forms …..

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Ribbon cutting held for Raw Customs in Elizabethtown

The town of Elizabethtown has another new business as Raw Customs located at 212 East King Street celebrated their grand opening Saturday afternoon with a ribbon cutting and offering refreshments to customers. The business is owned and operated by Ricardo and Angela Whitaker. Raw Customs will offer their customers such services as car washing, auto accessories to purchase, installation of auto accessories, and car radios. They are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ricardo said, “This was a dream. I always wanted to open up a shop. Something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid.” When the building became available, they decided to …..

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Bladen County Farmer Attends 2017 NC State Tobacco Short Course

A Bladen County tobacco farmer, Scott Edwards of Bladenboro, participated with 45 other tobacco farmers and industry representatives recently in the 2017 NC State Tobacco Short Course in Raleigh. Edwards farms with his father J.D., at Edwards Farms Inc. Last year the Edwards’ grew 175 acres of flue-cured tobacco along with another 1,500 acres of other crops on their farming operation. During the week-long course, which coincided with the Southern Farm Show and the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina’s annual meeting, participants took part in the educational program aimed at helping them better understand all facets of tobacco production and marketing. The two days of classroom studies covered everything …..

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Employment opportunities available for Bladen County residents

Two different employment opportunities are available for residents in Bladen County. Both Smithfield and International Paper are now hiring. Smithfield is hiring full-time workers. To apply go to http://www.smithfield.com/careers/. International Paper in Riegelwood is hiring an Accounting Specialist. Those interested in job opportunities with International Paper may apply online at www.ipaper:com/careers or stop by your local One Stop Career center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Share:

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Bladenboro Business closing: Liquidation underway

Economic Development is a hot topic. Bladenboro is another town in Bladen County wanting to grow and prosper according to many town officials. General Manager, Tony Blackmon, at  BPC (Back Porch Crafters) Floral Wholesaler announced Tuesday, February 28, there is an opportunity for everyone to save money on discounted floral products and even a chance to buy a nice industrial building in Bladenboro. According to Blackmon the company started liquidating in May of 2016. Now the wholesaler has opened its doors to one and all. The public is invited to take advantage of their closing sale. “Everything’s is close to original cost,” said Blackmon. Ms. Kay Callahan is the owner …..

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Rotarians learn about NC STEP program

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and heard from Amanda Young, who serves as Director of Entrepreneurship with the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. Young is working with the town of Elizabethtown to develop a program to promote and build small businesses through the North Carolina Small Town Economic Prosperity program also known as NC STEP.  She said that her staff were approached by the Rural Center to go in and help Elizabethtown to maximize business development. She said she is working with a group made up of local business owners, and town staff to begin the  process of “laying the ground …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club works on dictionary project

The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown and prepared dictionaries for distribution to the third grade students in the Bladen County Schools.  This is a project that the Rotarians enjoy as well as the students. The dictionaries come with more than just words and their meanings. They include sections packed with scientific facts, mathematics, history, geography and much more. Share:

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Chamber Business Expo underway at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is now underway until 3 p.m. at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. Boxed lunch options are available. The public is invited to attend. The Business Expo as an opportunity for folks to come out and learn about various businesses and what it is they do and what services they offer. There will be door prizes available and a half-and-half drawing as well.  Share:

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Greene’s Lake and Conservation Park topic of Chamber luncheon

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce heard from Sarah Burroughs of Sage Design regarding a proposed Greene’s Lake and Conservation Park planned for the industrial park in Elizabethtown. Burroughs said the town owns the land around the lake and a “passive recreation park” is planned to be constructed around the lake. “Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has also seen this concept is very excited,” said Burroughs. She said that having a park beside the Winery is beneficial to their business. There have been some public meetings held to gather public input regarding the proposed park. Burroughs said that she will present the concept during a work session on Monday and the plan …..

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Winners of the Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Contest announced

Darienne Breazeale and Chris Walter won the drawing for bladenonline.com‘s “Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Contest” presented by Bob’s Jewel Shop of Lumberton and Cape Fear Heating & Cooling.  The drawing for the winners was held Tuesday during the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown.  Entries were submitted by bladenonline.com‘s readership.  Our entries for Most Eligible Bachelor were as follows: Bobby L. Singletary, Joey Davis, Rufus Monroe, Clark Chason, James Faulk, Chris Walter, Dawan Pearson, and Zane Singletary. Our entires for Most Eligible Bachelorette were as follows: LoWanda Davis, Cheryl Thurston, Kathleen Monroe, Amber Glisson, Darienne Breazeale , and Mary McKiver. All of the …..

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Drawing to be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, for Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Contest

There is excitement in the air here at bladenonline.com as Tuesday marks the drawing in for our “Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Contest” brought to you courtesy of Bob’s Jewel Shop of Lumberton and Cape Fear Heating & Cooling. Our entries for Most Eligible Bachelor are as follows: Bobby L. Singletary, Joey Davis, Rufus Monroe, Clark Chason, James Faulk, Chris Walter, Dawan Pearson, and Zane Singletary. Our entires for Most Eligible Bachelorette are as follows: LoWanda Davis, Cheryl Thurston, Kathleen Monroe, Amber Glisson, Darienne Breazeale , and Mary McKiver. All nominees are invited to attend the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in …..

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North Carolina’s Southeast holds annual meeting

The North Carolina’s Southeast held their annual meeting Tuesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery with 130 people attending. David Fountain, President of North Carolina Duke Energy, was the keynote speaker for the evening. Fountain spoke about Duke Energy’s presence in southeastern North Carolina and discussed their efforts in economic development working with North Carolina’s Southeast and other organizations. Fountain also talked some of the services Duke Energy offers and the recovery from Hurricane Matthew. North Carolina’s Southeast President Steve Yost said they were pleased with the response to the event. He said the event was started due to the fact the organization’s by-laws require them to hold an annual …..

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Sponsorships, tickets still available for Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s Masquerade Ball

Smithfield, Four County Electric Membership and Nissan of Clinton have both donated $1,500 each to the Bladen County Hospital Foundation in support of the foundation’s annual gala. The Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s Masquerade Ball is planned for Saturday, February 25, at Lu Mil Vineyard. Sponsorships and tickets are still available. Tickets for the event cost $50 each and can be purchased by calling 910-862-1206. The proceeds raised by the event go to the foundation’s efforts in supporting the patients of Bladen County Hospital. For those who would like to sponsor the event, there is still time to get your sponsorship request in. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, …..

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Casino Night fund raiser deemed a success

The Casino Night fund raiser which was held on Saturday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in support of the Committee of 100 and Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, was deemed a rousing success, according to Bladen’s Bloomin’s Chuck Huestess. “Folks who came had a good time,” said Huestess. He said the event exposed those in attendance to both the Committee of 100 and Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and the work that they perform. Huestess some in attendance remarked they were unaware of the two organizations or were only vaguely aware of the type of work they do. After Saturday, they all have a better understanding of the roles the two groups play …..

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Harris Named Bladen Chief Nursing Officer

ELIZABETHTOWN – Diana Harris, RN, MSN, NE-BC, has been named Chief Nursing Officer for Bladen County Hospital. The New Jersey native has nearly 30 years of nursing experience, previously serving as Service Line Director for Women’s and Children’s Services at Cape Fear Valley Health. Prior to that, she served as Patient Care Manager for Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for nine years. Harris joined Cape Fear Valley in 1993 as a staff nurse within the same unit. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Columbus College in Columbus, Ga., and her master’s degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. She is board certified in Nursing …..

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2017 Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship now accepting applications

Star Communications is participating once more in the Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship program. Each year, the Foundation for Rural Service offers an annual college scholarship program and awards one-time $2,500 scholarships in different regions of the United States to students from rural America to assist with their first year of college, university of vocational-technical school. According to the FRS website, each student is sponsored by a company that is a member of the NCTA (Star Communications).  All applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2017; however, the application must be returned to Star Communications for the signature of Star Communications’ General Manager. Therefore, all applications must be received at …..

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