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:
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
A Career and Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 17, at the Bladen Community College Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. There will be approximately 30 businesses and industries participating in the event. Share:
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 …..
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 …..
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, …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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:
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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:
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 …..
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 …..
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-596-5828. EOE Share:
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 …..
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 …..
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. …..
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 …..
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, …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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, …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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:
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. …..
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 …..
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 …..
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. …..
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 …..
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 …..
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) …..
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 …..
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:
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 …..
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 …..
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:
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 …..
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 …..
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, …..
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. …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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:
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. …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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:
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..
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 …..