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Pork industry facing anti-trust lawsuit

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

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Duke Energy Carolinas customers lead South Carolina in private solar adoption

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

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

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

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Local business person appointed

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

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

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

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Entrepreneurship and Small Business topic of Committee of 100 meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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Public Meeting

Reservations being accepted for Committee of 100 annual meeting

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

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Poyner Spruill partner McIntyre receives prestigious state public service award

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

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Businesses and government offices moving to new locations

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

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Chamber conducts 66th annual banquet, awards ceremony

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

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Commissioners adopt budget

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

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

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

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North Carolina’s May Employment Figures Released 

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

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Wesley Pines Retirement Community Receives Award

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

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Work taking shape at former post office location

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

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Electrolysis to be offered in Elizabethtown

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

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Campbell Oil celebrating 70 years

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

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Big Blue Stores to mark 40th anniversary

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

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Smithfield Foods to gain truck entrances

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

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Bladenboro residents may need to increase their budget

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

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Clayton Homes of Whiteville

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

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Members take care of business at Boost the Boro meeting

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

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

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

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Four County EMC Earns Safety Accreditation

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

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

Chamber to conduct May meeting

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

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Smithfield Foods to Appeal Nuisance Lawsuit Verdict

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

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Response to Lawsuit Verdict from Agriculture Commissioner Troxler

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

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BCC Announces Staff Promotions

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

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

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

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Bladen County At 6.2 Percent Unemployment Rate in February

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

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

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

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North Carolina’s January Employment Figures Released 

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

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

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

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Grant funding available for N.C. agritourism farms

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

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

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

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

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

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State orders Chemours: Control additional GenX sources or else

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

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CresCom Bank Introduces New Team Members Throughout North and South Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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New Fire and Rescue Squad Building Project Approved

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

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

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

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10 years done, more to come

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

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

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

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NC Muscadine Grape Growers visit Lu Mil Vineyard

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

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North Carolina’s December Employment Figures Released 

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

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Sharonview Federal Credit Union Continues Growth in Eastern North Carolina

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

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

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

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Elizabethtown restaurant closing its doors

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

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Sandhills Behavioral Services discusses services

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

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Bladen Community College offers no-cost business seminars

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

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White Lake Marine number one in US

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

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Protecting your information and documents

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

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Bladen’s unemployment rate at 5.3 percent

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

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Campbell Oil Company – Lubricant Division – Class A Drivers Needed

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

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Dental Assistant 

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

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Town of White Lake: Commercial Mail Receiving Agency Clerk

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

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

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

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SWINE PRODUCTION WORKERS

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

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

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

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North Carolina’s September Employment Figures Released

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

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

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

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CresCom Bank Promotes Michelle Blower to Vice President

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

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Do Not Become a Cyber Victim

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

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Bladen Community College Small Business Center offers no-cost workshops

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

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Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

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

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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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