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UNC System announces record increases in freshman class, transfer students, and graduate students

Nearly 237,000 students enrolled statewide for Fall 2018 Semester CHAPEL HILL, NC – More students are enrolled in the University of North Carolina System than ever before, thanks in part to a record-high freshman class, significant growth in transfer students, and the highest number of graduate students in more than a decade. “By leveraging opportunities like NC Promise and dual-enrollment agreements with community colleges, our institutions are expanding access to higher education in all 100 counties,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings. “Our state is investing in its public universities and it’s paying off for more students in more places than ever before.” Final census numbers indicate that 236,992 students …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools to close due to Hurricane Florence

Due to the projected path of Hurricane Florence, and to allow Emergency Management Operations time to open shelters, Bladen County Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, September 12, through Friday, September 14, with an optional teacher workday on Wednesday, September 12. Shelter locations in Bladen County are Bladen Lakes Primary School, East Arcadia School, East Bladen High School, and West Bladen High School. The pet friendly shelter will be located at West Bladen High School. All shelters will open to the public beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday, September 12, and are operated by Bladen County Emergency Management personnel. We will provide updates as we are able throughout the …..

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Mandatory Campus Evacuation Issued for All Students; Chancellor Declares State of Emergency

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli has declared a state of emergency for the UNCW campus. A mandatory campus evacuation has been issued beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday. STUDENTS UNCW has issued a mandatory campus evacuation for all students, effective at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Students must evacuate campus beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and must leave campus no later than 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. (A voluntary evacuation remains in place until then.) The university is collaborating with UNC Asheville to house those UNCW students who do not have other options for safe shelter. A shelter, with cots for students, is in place at UNC Asheville and meals will be made available to students housed there. Every …..

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Come out and learn about Girl Scouts

Girls between the ages of kindergarten to 12 years of age are encouraged to come out to Girl Scout hut in Elizabethtown and learn more about Girl Scouts on Monday, September 10, at 5 p.m. The Girl Scout hut is located at 109 Hill Street behind the VFW building in Elizabethtown. The evening will include making slime to share with friends, enjoying S’mores and singing Girl Scout songs all while learning more about becoming a Girl Scout. The cost to join Girl Scouts is $25 per year and financial assistance is available. Please RSVP to Girl Scout Membership Director, Chris Lancaster at 910-231-2142 or email clancaster@nccoastalpines.org.   Share:

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Gymnasium Dedicated at Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy

By Erin Smith An excited crowd gathered inside the gymnasium of the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown for a dedication ceremony. The gymnasium, which was built in the 1920s, has been restored and will serve as the school’s gymnasium. The crowd in attendance consisted of alumni who attended the school when it was the Bladen County Training School and the Bladen Central High School, current cadets who attend Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy, and members of the community. The colors were presented by the Color Guard and the John L. Foye Rifles drill team, who have won the national John J. Pershing Rifles competition, performed for the audience. …..

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

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

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson Declares September School Safety Month in North Carolina

Joined by state legislators, school administrators, law enforcement officials and members of the mental health professionals, State Superintendent Mark Johnson proclaimed September as School Safety Month in North Carolina, pointing to the importance of school safety and highlighting efforts to ensure all North Carolina students have a safe and productive school year. Superintendent Johnson told the room of safety and mental health professionals assembled at Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison’s headquarters that school safety is personal for him this school year. “I have been a student, a teacher, a local school board member and now I have the honor and privilege of serving as State Superintendent of North Carolina’s public …..

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Bladen Early College students make presentation to BCC President

  Students in the Early College program on the campus of Bladen Community College have presented college president William Findt with an Early College polo shirt. Pictured from left to right are student Alexandria Blanks, student Adamaris Gonzalez, student Erika Parnell, principal Rodney Smith, president William Findt, student Rueben Alvarado, student Cynthia Ortiz, student Ashani Rozier and Early College liaison and curriculum specialist Nicole Dove. Share:

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First Day of Classes for the Innovative School District’s Inaugural School

Like many other public schools across the state, Southside Asphpole Elementary School in Rowland, NC, started classes on Monday. What makes Southside different from the other schools is that it is part of a new statewide district, the Innovative School District (ISD), created through legislation in 2016 to create innovative conditions that accelerate student growth and achievement in low-performing schools, and it is operated by a non-profit entity, Achievement for All Children (AAC). Other differences include an 8:00 am to 4:00 pm school day, school uniforms and an emphasis on community engagement.   When the bell rang to start the new academic year, the school was fully staffed with a …..

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BCC Adjunct Professor performs with Opera Wilmington

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

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Bladen County Schools Convocation Welcomes Teachers, Staff

By Erin Smith Excitement was in the air at West Bladen High School, as Bladen County Schools teachers and staff gathered for the annual Convocation service. Returning teachers, new teachers and staff were acknowledged during the well-attended event. Bladen County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Robert Taylor, spoke about the accomplishments from the 2017-18 academic year. The first success Dr. Taylor spoke about is the establishment of the Bladen County Early College. The Early College is a partnership between Bladen County Schools and Bladen Community College. The second success Dr. Taylor spoke about is the graduation rate which is 89 percent. The graduation rate at West Bladen was 88 percent and the …..

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West Bladen High School FFA officers participate in officer training camp

By Olivia Sholar, West Bladen High School FFA Secretary West Bladen High School’s 2018-2019 FFA officers participated in officer training camp on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7 and 8, 2018. The first day was spent focused on discussion of the upcoming year for the club. Teams designed t-shirts for the club members and practiced team building skills to form strong interpersonal relationships. The officers also studied their FFA Constitution and plan to make changes in the future with the members’ input guiding the decisions. On the second day, the officers visited the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill to bake cookies for its residents. The staff were very kind and …..

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Students Sign #Hero4Zero Pledge to Eliminate Traffic Deaths

PEMBROKE – What’s a #Hero4Zero? Some students at UNC-Pembroke have adorned their car bumpers and laptops with #Hero4Zero stickers to declare their support for an effort to wipe out traffic fatalities in Robeson County, North Carolina’s deadliest county. Responding to a Vision Zero social media campaign devised by members of a UNC-P mass communications class, more than 100 students earned #Hero4Zero stickers last week when they signed pledges to: *Always wear a seat belt, and make sure everyone in the car is buckled up *Obey the speed limit. *Only drive sober and alert. *Keep their eyes on the road, their hands on the wheel and their minds on driving. These …..

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Bladen Community College offering seminars for non-profits and churches

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

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BCC Instructor will be speaker at Fort Fisher WWII program

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College history instructor, Cliff Tyndall, will be a featured speaker at the annual World War II exhibit on September 1 – 2, 2018, at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure Beach, NC. Tyndall, a writer, researcher, historian, and avid collector of war memorabilia will present on both days, while sharing a unique display. “I am setting up a functioning Anti-Aircraft Artillery Command Post,” described Tyndall, “as would have been seen at Fort Fisher in 1943 – 44.” Fort Fisher is most widely known for its role in the Civil War in which the fort kept North Carolina’s port of Wilmington open to blockade-runners …..

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East Arcadia School encourages community members to welcome students back

East Arcadia School is encouraging members of the community to come out to the school on Monday, August 27th, and help to welcome students back to school. “Community involvement is one of the keys to success,” reads the flyer. Community members are encouraged to gather in front of the building as the buses unload and take a moment to greet the students. The school is located at 21451 North Carolina 87 in Riegelwood. Share:

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Bladen Community College student wins a national gold medal

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College welding student Savannah Schmidt has won national recognition with a gold medal at the SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky. “I felt confident going in to the competition,” stated Schmidt. “This is the first gold medal for BCC.” Schmidt’s instructor and mentor, Edward Dent, knew she could do it. “Savannah has a natural talent and an amazing drive,” he said. “She was the one who could bring home a gold medal.” The welding program at Bladen Community College has competed in SkillsUSA for over twenty years, capturing many medals and places. But the gold medal has always been elusive, until now. “Last year, Savannah won …..

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Congratulations to Zachary Scott Burney

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

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“Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” Screens at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and Wesley Pines Retirement Community for a complimentary screening of PBS “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” at 6 p.m. on August 23rd. Suggested donation of $5 at the door includes the movie screening and refreshments with all proceeds benefitting the Robeson County Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Cash or Check accepted. Local researchers with Dr. Ben Bahr’s lab at University of North Carolina at Pembroke will have an information table in the theater’s lobby and also will give a presentation and question and answer following the film. Description of Film: PBS Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped  Film Description: Alzheimer’s disease …..

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Volunteers prepare backpacks for Saturday

Contributed The Elizabethtown Town Hall’s Council Chambers was filled with activity on Wednesday afternoon as a group of volunteers gathered to prepare backpacks for Saturday’s Back to School Bash. The backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away on Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for your child to receive a haircut and for those needing school uniforms, a school uniform exchange will be set up. There will also be free health screenings and free hot dogs. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the day. Share:

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Bladen Community College celebrates groundbreaking

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has broken ground on the construction of a new 19,967 square feet building to house continuing education programs. The structure will feature a 125-seat teaching auditorium, a conference room, 2 EMS labs, 2 science labs, and 5 classrooms, as well as faculty and staff offices for the continuing education department. “We are excited to begin construction on a $6.5 million, 20,000 square feet Continuing Education and Workforce Development Building,” stated BCC president, William Findt. “This will enable the college to continue to serve students in the allied health, emergency medical, and general education fields for years to come.  We are pleased for the support …..

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Bladen Community College breaks ground on new classroom building

By Erin Smith Bladen Community College was filled with excitement on Wednesday morning as a groundbreaking ceremony was conducted for the construction of a new classroom facility. The building, when completed, will measure 19,967 square feet and will feature a 125-seat teaching auditorium, a conference room, two EMS labs, two science labs, and five classrooms as well as faculty offices and offices which will house the continuing education department staff. Sondra Guyton, Vice-President for Continuing Education, said the building will be “a great resource for the county and will also be a great resource for the students” who will take classes in the building. In her remarks Guyton siad the …..

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Bladen County Schools

Board of Education hears update on sales tax referendum 

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education met on Monday night and heard an update regarding the quarter-cent sales tax referendum. Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor updated the board regarding issues that will need to be addressed by the Board of Education. Dr. Taylor said a quarter-cent sales tax, if approved by the voters, would generate $500,000 per year. He said, as the ballot issue moves forward, there are a number of things the Commissioners want the Board of Education to review and address. He said some Commissioners felt that by specifying issues such as which schools would have projects and a listing of exactly how the funds …..

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Families First, Inc. in need of school supplies

Families First, Inc. is in need of school supplies for clients’ children of all ages. Needed are book bags, lunch boxes, crayons, highlighters, tab dividers, scissors, pencil pouches/boxes, 1 – 3 inch ring binders, index cards, marbled composition books, 3 subject spiral composition books, glue sticks, colored pencils, graph paper, pencil top erasers, wide ruled notebook paper, and red and blue pens. Families First is also trying to help with school uniforms and will accept gently used uniforms. Families First will accept supplies and uniforms  at 103 East Broad St. Elizabethtown NC. The agency is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Share:

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Scholarship winner announced

One student has been named as the winner of the Joe Boltic-Lacy West ECU Scholarship. Brinkley Collier was selected for the $1,000 scholarship. Collier is a 2018 graduate of West Bladen High School.  She plans to attend East Carolina University in the Fall. Every year the Bladen County ECU Alumni Association awards a $1000 scholarship to a Bladen County Graduate who is planning to attend East Carolina University. The scholarship is in memory of Joe Bostic and Lacy West who both had untimely deaths but were great contributors to Bladen County and East Carolina University. Share:

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Free school supplies this weekend

By Charlotte Smith   August is the month for most new school year’s to begin. It is an exciting time of year for both teachers and students alike. Every new school year also comes with a list of supply needs. Bladen County is in the top 25 of the poorest counties in North Carolina. According to United States Census Data, the income per capita in Bladen County is $17,890 on average, with a household income of $30,471 per household. Many community members, churches and businesses have come together to make sure students and teachers can start out the new school year equipped.   Billie Hall, a dedicated community member, started …..

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Bladen Community College announces scholastic honor students

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced the 2018 summer session honor students. Full-time students who demonstrate academic achievement are recognized in two ways.   Students who have maintained a 4.0 grade point average for the term are named to the President’s List. Those students are Destiny Baker, Danielle Chamberlain, Delmar Deleon, Ethan Fletcher, Racheal Moss, Jennifer Munoz, Jesus Ramos Pacheco, Tracy Steeno, Adriana Tarter, James Thomas, Stacy Tice, Kodi West, and Melina Wilkins.   Students who have maintained a 3.5 grade point average or above for the term and have been named to the Vice President’s List are Elizabeth Allbright, Hannah Arnett, Rachel Dial, Nicholas Dove, Amber Hepple, Samuel …..

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NC Superintendent announces new iPads for every K-3 classroom in N.C. to support early literacy

As part of the state’s Read to Achieve program, State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has provided new Apple iPads for every public school K-3 reading teacher in the state to support K-3 literacy. The iPads, which were purchased in June and delivered in time for school districts and charter schools to distribute to early-grades reading teachers before the start of the school year, will help teachers monitor students’ reading growth and identify where students need help. Each classroom will also receive a new set of books for students.   “The General Assembly began Read to Achieve because there is bipartisan consensus that …..

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Registration for fall classes is this week at BCC

Registration for fall classes at Bladen Community College continues on Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 and 9, 2018, from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M. and from 3:30 P.M. until 7 P.M. in the Student Services building on the Dublin campus. BCC offers 80 curriculum programs, associate degrees with college transfer, high school credentials, and workforce development careers such as cosmetology, industrial engineering, nursing, information technology, EMS, and welding. The college can transform your life. Talk with a counselor at 910.879.5500. Share:

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Bladen Community College Trustees to meet

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

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Bladen County Overdose Awareness Day planned

Bladen County has above average overdose related deaths. Some leaders in the mother county are shedding the light on the issue plaguing all communities in our area. August 31st, 2018 is Overdose Awareness Day and Eastpointe along with the Bladen County Task Force are planning an event to raise awareness and reduce stigma. This Free event will be attended by families personally affected by the issue of prescription medication overdose (fatalities), key stakeholders and Members of the Community. Everyone is invited to the Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st at the Bladen County Courthouse Front Lawn from 4pm-6pm. Cheryl Harris with Eastpointe said, “The vision is to have multiple service providers, …..

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NC Students Shine at National Leadership and Skills Conference

More than 460 North Carolina students from 41 high schools and 17 community colleges traveled to Louisville, Ky., earlier this summer as the third-largest delegation to attend the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which drew more than 17,000 participants in all from every state and U.S. territory.   North Carolina high school and postsecondary students who competed in SkillsUSA Championships in areas ranging from construction trades to engineering and advanced manufacturing brought home 45 gold medals – the most in the nation – and a total of 71 medallions for the second highest medal count. Nearly 20 percent of North Carolina competitors placed first in the nation with more …..

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Columbus Charter School in Columbus County provides buses to surrounding counties

Whiteville – Two brand new, gleaming white school buses are currently making a daily circuit between Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties, transporting students from three different counties to Columbus Charter School in Whiteville. Charter schools in North Carolina are not required to provide buses and meals to their students, but Columbus Charter School now provides both. Share:

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Bladen Community College has no-cost business seminars

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost online business seminars and webinars in August and September. “How to Present at a Craft Show” will be offered Saturday, August 18, from 9:00 until 10:15 A.M. on the Dublin campus in building 2, room 207. “Making Sales on ETSY” will follow immediately at 10:30 A.M. for crafters and artists who wish to transition into online sales. “Ten Tips on Facebook for Small Business” will be held on Thursday August 9, from 6:30 until 7:30 P.M. in building 2, room 202. “Ten Tips on Twitter for Small Business” will follow immediately from 7:45 until 8:45 P.M. …..

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Bladen Community College graduates practical nursing students

DUBLIN –Bladen Community College graduated its largest class ever of Practical Nursing students in a pinning ceremony on July 24. Board Chair Dennis Troy and College President William Findt provided greetings to 26 graduates and the attendees. In the commencement address, director of allied health programs Sharron Thomas encouraged graduates to “have an influence on others” as they step into their careers. Student Tracy Green Steeno received the Professional Nursing Award for exemplifying the best role model of the professional nurse. The Florence Nightingale Award was presented to Danielle Nicole Chamberlain. During the pinning ceremony, students receive a nursing lapel pin and a lamp which symbolizes the gas lamp carried …..

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Fishburne Military School recognized by Virginia Living Magazine as one of VA’s best

Waynesboro, VA – For the fifth time in six years, Fishburne Military School has been named to the annual Top High Schools and Colleges list by Virginia Living magazine. “The last time Fishburne Military School was named to this list we did a little research,” notes Fishburne Military School’s Superintendent, retired Navy Captain Mark E. Black, “and found that of the 966 high schools and 77 colleges in the state of Virginia, only 150 programs were selected for this list. We are all incredibly proud and blessed to be part of a school as special as Fishburne Military School.” Fishburne Military School’s Founder James Abbott Fishburne is often quoted as saying: …..

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North Carolina schools rank 32nd nationally based on study

By Erin Smith North Carolina’s pubic schools rank 32nd in the nation in Wallet Hub’s “2018’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems.” According to the report, states and local governments provide an almost equal share of funding for education while the federal government provides the least amount of funding. According to the study, all 50 states and the District of Columbia were compared using such metrics as school performance, funding, safety, class sizes, and instructor credentials. Overall, Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 with a total score of 74.16 and rank of first in the categories fo quality and safety. North Carolina ranked 32nd overall with a total score …..

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Back to School Blast planned

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

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BCC Fall Registration is Open

Contributed Registration for fall classes is now open. Bladen Community College offers 80 curriculum courses, associate degrees, high school credentialing, skilled workforce programs, and opportunities for high school students to complete two years of college while enrolled in high school. Counselors are visiting the community with information now. Final registration is August 8 and 9, 2018. Talk with a counselor or see your advisor now about your course of study at BCC. For enrollment information, call 910.879.5500.   Share:

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Bladen County Schools

Pests create a mess for Bladen County Schools

By Erin Smith A pest control contract worth over $50,000 and almost three times the previous year’s pest control amount was awarded to a Columbus County company by the Bladen County Board of Education in June. The pest control contract is being called into question by citizens due to differences in bid amounts, alleged misrepresentation of bids and personal relationships. The contract was awarded to Waldron & Company Pest Control of Columbus County at a cost of $54,420 for a term of one year. On the Pest Control Contract Bid Comparison sheet presented to the Board of Education by Lou Nelon, Maintenance Director, and Amy Stanley, Director of School Nutrition, …..

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Five Years Later, North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program More Popular Than Ever

Raleigh, NC – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) released the following statement marking the fifth anniversary of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program becoming law in the state on July 26, 2013. “Five years ago, North Carolina lawmakers empowered families with educational choice when creating the Opportunity Scholarship Program. Since that historic moment, families have responded by submitting more than 45,000 applications and today more than 500 applicants remain on a wait list. Like no other time in our state’s history, the playing field is being leveled for low-income and working-class families who—if not for this program—may not have access to the school of their choice,” said Brian …..

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Special Flags Fly at Half-Staff for Members of Fishburne Military School Family

The flag flown above the FMS front parapet was originally presented by a United States Air Force Honor Guard during the funeral of Mr. William Case Parker, FMS Class of 1938. Mr. Parker passed away on July 1, 2018. He was born in Flemington, New Jersey on July 23, 1920 and was one of three sons of George Rollin Parker and Margery Case Parker. All three sons attended Fishburne Military School. George Rolling Parker was on of the original members of the school’s Board of Trustees which was formed in 1950. After Fishburne, Mr. Parker attended Brown University until his education was interrupted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. …..

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Search for next BCC president begins

DUBLIN – The Board of Trustees for Bladen Community College has begun the search for the next president of the college. The trustees have engaged the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist with the process. ACCT will work directly with the BCC trustees to develop a presidential profile and facilitate the process of recruiting highly-competitive candidates. An important step in the presidential search process is the development of a Presidential Profile, which outlines the qualities, characteristics, and qualifications most desired in the next president. To gather community input in the development of the Presidential Profile, the college is hosting community open forums. All members of the community and …..

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UNCW Board of Trustees Elects McNeill New Chair

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

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Emereau: Bladen to hold Open House

Emereau:Bladen will hold an Open House on Thursday, July 26, from 4 PM until 6 PM. Come out and meet the teachers and staff and learn about what is new this year. Each students will receive a ticket in their classroom for a free Sunset Slush. The school is located at 995 Airport Road near Elizabethtown. Share:

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Bladen County Farm Bureau Scholarship Awards

Bladen County Farm Bureau President Albert Beatty presents Jacob Barber with the Bladen County Farm Bureau Scholarship for 2018. Jacob was also awarded the R. Flake Shaw Scholarship given by North Carolina Farm Bureau. Jacob is the son of George and Sonya Barber. He plans to continue his education at NC State University and obtain a major in Plant and Soil Science. Our program provides an important service to deserving youth in our area and state that have a desire to further their education and pursue a career path in agriculture. Share:

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Board Meets for July Session and Discusses Maintenance, Quarter Cent Sales Tax, and Tenative Charter School Numbers

Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday night where they presented Dr. Tanya Head, Assistant Superintendent, a plaque in honor of her upcoming retirement on August 1st after serving in the education field for thirty-seven and a half years. Sharon Penny, Finance Director, presented a financial summary for the month of June for information purposes only. Penny explained that the Capital Outlay balance is expected to increase after the school’s portion of sales taxes come in. Lou Nelon, Maintenance Director, reported on various maintenance jobs happening across the county. Parking and drainage projects at Elizabethtown Primary are currently being put up for more bids and should be completed in the …..

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Bladen Community College offering test prep workshop

Bladen Community College is offering a TEAS Prep English Workshop for students who are interested in nursing careers. The Test of Essential Academic Skills, (TEAS), is administered through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) Nursing Education. The test is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who would succeed in nursing school. It evaluates skills in reading, math, science, and English. The preparatory workshop will be online on July 23, 2018 at 1 P.M. To join in the workshop, visit www.zoom.us. The meeting identification number is 765-253-5826.   For information about BCC nursing programs and allied health opportunities, contact Sharron Thomas at 910-879-5532. Share:

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BCC student completes skilled career and high school credentials simultaneously

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College student Kimberlee Sessoms is not afraid of a challenge. In May, she graduated as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and received her high school diploma through the college readiness program. “My dad and grandparents were my inspiration,” remarked Sessoms. “My dad died two years ago, and he wanted me to get an education.” In middle school, Sessoms was an excellent student. In the seventh grade, she tested into the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), and was always at the top of her class. But high school presented Sessoms with a different environment and difficult personal choices. She never finished high school. “I just made …..

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UNCW Opens First K-8 Lab School in the State at D. C. Virgo

The School is the First Year-Round K-8 Public School in Wilmington Wilmington, N.C.  – UNCW has officially opened the first K-8 lab school in North Carolina with classes beginning tomorrow, the university announced. The first year-round K-8 public school in Wilmington, the new D.C. Virgo’s curriculum focuses on inquiry-based learning, community engagement and the importance of literacy. “We could not be more excited about the opening of D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy,” said Watson College of Education Dean Van Dempsey. “The team that has pulled all of this together has done outstanding work, guided always by doing what is in the best interests of the children. D.C. Virgo’s students are going to have …..

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Governor Cooper announces Finish Line Grants to aid Community College students

Governor Cooper announced on Thursday the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies complete their training. The program will leverage up to $7 million in federal funds to help students pay for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care, or other financial emergencies that students may face through no fault of their own. “We know far too many students cite challenges other than academic reasons for not finishing school, and this program will help ensure more people can finish their training and get a good-paying job to support themselves and their families,” said Gov. Cooper. Grants will be available for the 2018-2019 school …..

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School uniforms planned for Southside Ashpole Elementary

The NC Innovative School District (ISD), in partnership with Achievement for All Children (AAC), will establish a K-5 school uniform dress code at South Ashpole Elementary school in Rowland, NC. The uniforms will consist of blue polo-style tops with the school logo and khaki bottoms. Each student will receive three sets of uniforms to start the school year and to help defray initial costs to families. “At a recent community meeting, parents and others in the community expressed a desire to have the students wear uniforms. We want to accommodate that request without burdening families with extra costs, so we are actively exploring options to acquire the necessary funding to …..

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Christmas in July event sees plenty of shoppers, raises money for scholarships

By Erin Smith Bladen County residents turned out to start their Christmas shopping early on Friday at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Extension Office in Elizabethtown. The well attended event offered all manner of crafts including homemade preserves, handcrafted jewelry, handmade cutting boards and handmade ornaments to please everyone on your shopping list. Dorothy Barnes said she enjoyed shopping and the lunch was delicious. She also was able to get an early start on her Christmas shopping list. Shirley Hough of Elizabethtown also stopped in to shop and talk with friends. Ms. Hough said, “I enjoy getting out and seeing people I don’t normally get to see.” The event is hosted by …..

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Bladen Community College students win at national SkillsUSA

DUBLIN – Two students from Bladen Community College received awards at the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. From welding, Savannah Schmidt won first place and a gold medal. Sarah Allen took second place, earning a silver medal. This is the first national gold medal award for Bladen Community College. Program director Edward Dent is proud of the two awards. “It is inspiring to see two young women from Bladen County win first and second place in the nation for their skills in welding,” he remarked. “Our program continues to see a rise in non-traditional students. These particular two young women represent a growing community of welders who …..

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Local Student Attends Environmental Workshop

Contributed The 55th Annual Resource Conservation Workshop was held June 24-29, at NC State University.  Ninety-one high school students from across North Carolina, including Khalil McKoy, a student from East Bladen High School, were recommended by their local soil and water conservation districts and participated in the six day camp that included studies in soil science; water, wildlife, recreation and fish management; forestry and forestry management; and soil and water conservation.  The camp culminated in a celebration of knowledge exam that determined the following five high score place winners.  Eight outstanding students were recommended by counseling staff to be interviewed for two additional awards. 2018 Resource Conservation Workshop Winners 1st …..

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Bladen Community College Golden Leaf winners

Six Bladen Community College students have received Golden LEAF Scholarships. In the group photo, from left to right are BCC Vice President for Workforce and Continuing Education Sondra Guyton, students Mary Ellen Locklear, Chloe Atkinson, Estaban Sánchez, Victor Hugo Parra-Navarrette, Jorge Gómez, and Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest. Pictured separately is student recipient Ashley Opal Richards. Since its inception, the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program has provided assistance to over 11,500 North Carolinian students who attend participating community colleges. For information regarding available scholarships at Bladen Community College, contact the financial aid office at 910-879-5567. Share:

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State Superintendent and State Board of Education Still At Odds Over Court Ruling

By LIZ SCHLEMMER on www.wunc.org Tension between State Superintendent Mark Johnson and the State Board of Education has not improved since the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in a case between the two. If anything, the tension is rising. In early June, the Supreme Court gave its decision in a case to settle a power struggle between the State Board of Education (led by Republican Chair Bill Cobey) and Superintendent Johnson (also a Republican). The Court sided with Johnson and the state of North Carolina in declaring a law that gave his position more direct control at the Department of Public Instruction constitutional. However, the effect of that ruling remains unclear. …..

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New Truck “Platooning” Technology Showcased in North Carolina 

RALEIGH – Volvo Trucks North America and FedEx teamed up Wednesday with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority to demonstrate advanced technology developed to help big trucks travel safely close together in fuel-efficient “platoons.” “This collaboration demonstrates the Turnpike Authority’s commitment to invest in the safety of customers with state-of-the-art technology that could become an invaluable tool for transportation,” said Turnpike Authority Executive Director Beau Memory.  “With one of the most advanced roadways in the nation, the Turnpike Authority wants all drivers to have every tool and technological advancement necessary to reach their destination safely and efficiently.” The Triangle Expressway was the site of a demonstration with three Volvo tractors, each fitted …..

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Emereau:Bladen announces new Executive Director

Contributed Emereau: Bladen is pleased to announce that Mrs. Carla Fisher has been hired as the new Executive Director effective June 25, 2018. Mrs. Fisher earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from North Carolina University at Wilmington, Masters in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University, and a Masters in Executive Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. Carla has a total of 18 years of experience in education. Her most current position was Principal at Douglass Academy located in Wilmington, NC. Mrs. Fisher is quoted as saying, “The choice to lead comes with a great responsibility to provide others with purpose, direction, and desire to carry out the vision of an organization.  …..

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ACT Prep class to be offered

Contributed Are you wanting to get some reinforcement for your child to prepare them for the ACT test?  There will be a 4-hour tutorial in the four core areas: English, Reading, Math, and Science offered by three highly qualified teachers from East Bladen High School. Ms. Denise Cashwell will be teaching the Math section; Mrs. Anita Willington will be teaching the English and Reading sections; and Mrs. Cheryl West will be teaching the Science section. The class will be conducted in the Small Fellowship Hall at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church on Thursday, July 12th, at two different times. The first period will be taught from 8 a.m. until 12 noon and …..

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10 Fishburne Military School Cadets Graduate JCLC Eagle

FMS Cadet Xiaoyu Chen is named 3rd highest scoring at Camp Fort Pickett, VA — For five days last week the air at Fort Pickett echoed with the motivated cheers of high school cadets from throughout Virginia and North Carolina. The Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Camp (known as JCLC Eagle) drew over 250 young people from 25 different schools and units to the training grounds located in Blackstone, Virginia. The annual training event is designed to give JROTC cadets an opportunity to hone the skills they have acquired during the school year while meeting and interacting with like-minded young people from around the region. Sponsored by US Army Cadet Command …..

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West Bladen FFA Members attend North Carolina State FFA Convention

Contributed West Bladen FFA members attended the 90th North Carolina State FFA Convention from June 19th-21st, 2018.  The State FFA Convention was held at the Raleigh Convention Center located in downtown Raleigh.  During the Convention, West Bladen FFA members competed in the Agriculture Mechanics, Agricultural Tools and Materials Identification, Food Science and Technology, and Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Events. During the 2017-2018 school year, the West Bladen FFA Chapter grew by at least 30 members.  Due to this growth, West Bladen FFA received a membership growth award and on-stage recognition during the 2nd general session of FFA Convention.  West Bladen FFA member, Rainey Thompson, was recognized on stage during …..

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Recipients of First Boost the Boro Scholarship Award Announced

Contributed Boost the ‘Boro, Inc. announced today that Madison Cierra Byrd and Elizabeth Rae Allbright, both of Bladenboro, and graduates of West Bladen High School are the recipients of the first annual Boost the ‘Boro Scholarship. According to President Don White, “The scholarship award has been a goal of the organization since it was formed over ten years but never got much traction until we made it a part of our planning and budgeting activities two years ago. Our members felt we were now in the position now to make the first two awards in 2018.” Sunday Allen, a member of the Bladen County Educational system, serves as Committee Chair …..

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Students Help Promote Summer Meals Programs

Students from Franklin, Harnett and Union County Schools received top honors Wednesday in the North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs promotional materials contest, in which students design promotional materials to help increase the awareness of N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs. Student promotional materials contest winners were recognized at the opening session of the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina Annual Conference. The N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs, administered by NCDPI School Nutrition Services, provide meals at no cost to children and teens, ages 18 and younger, at almost 3,000 locations statewide during the summer months. Last summer, more than 5.2 million meals were served to children and teens through these programs, yet only 12 of …..

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West Bladen Betas score wins at National Senior Beta Club Convention

Contributed The West Bladen High School’s Betas have been working hard preparing for the National Senior Beta Club Convention. Cierra Byrd and Autumn Brisson are attending and competing at the National Beta Convention in Savannah, Georgia, this week, and their efforts have been rewarded. Congratulations to Cierra Byrd for her National Senior Beta Club Convention recognitions. Byrd won first place in the nation and National Senior Beta Convention Sculpture Champion for her sculpture entry. Her sculpture was also named National Senior Beta Convention 2017-2018 Best of the Show among all visual arts entries at the convention. Brisson won seventh place in the nation with her Fiber Arts entry. Share:

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Teacher pleas with Commissioners for funding to keep teachers’ jobs

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

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Special Scholarship Presentations Made to West Bladen Seniors

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

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East Bladen High School Senior Decision Day

Contributed On Friday May 11, 2018, East Bladen College Adviser, Alexis Ruth Frady, hosted a College Signing Day, better known as Senior Decision Day. This event was created to celebrate the commitment of East Bladen seniors to attend college, join the military, or enter the workforce immediately after graduation. Former First Lady Michelle Obama started celebrating College Signing Day at the White House as part of the Reach Higher initiative. As the tradition continues, Ms. Frady was thrilled to take part in a network of over 1,500 events nationwide right here in Elizabethtown. Celebrating our seniors’ success means more than a party; it means they know we are proud of …..

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Rotary hears from scholarship winners

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club awarded scholarships to three high school seniors and one Bladen Community College student this year. Three of those students attended a luncheon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Wednesday and spoke about their future plans. The first student to speak was Janaja McKoy who graduated recently from the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. She plans to attend UNC-Pembroke in the fall and major in Psychology. “Psychology has always been one of my passions,” said McKoy. “I aspire to help people to be and feel better.” She hopes to be able to help others be able to achieve their goals. The East Bladen High School scholarship …..

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Two NC Students Compete in National Braille Challenge

Two elementary school students from North Carolina will compete Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles in the final round of the Braille Challenge, a series of events culminating in a national competition for students who are blind or visually impaired.   The Braille Institute developed the Braille Challenge to motivate students to practice and hone their Braille literacy skills, which advocates of the reading and writing system consider essential to academic and employment success. All contestants in first through 12th grades who can read and write Braille are divided into five categories and tested on fundamental Braille skills such as reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs.   Winning North …..

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Bladen County Teachers, Staff Retiring

Congratulations to Bladen County Schools retirees. Over 370 years of combined service to the children of North Carolina.   They were treated to a retirement luncheon and recognition on Tuesday at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium.   “We had the retirees and their principals attend a luncheon and they received a plaque from the Board of Education for their years of service,” said Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton. Dr. Patricia Faulk, who retired from the Bladen County Schools, spoke to the retirees about the Bladen County Retired School Personnel and how they can join. Bladen County Board of Education Chairman Vincent Rozier thanked the group for their …..

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Local High School Student to Attend Workshop

Contributed Khalil McKoy, a rising junior from East Bladen High school, has been chosen as this year’s Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District representative to the annual Resource Conservation Workshop.  Students are selected by the District’s Board of Supervisors based in part on their interest in conservation and the environment.  Pictured with Khalil is Earl Miller, an agriculture teacher from East Bladen, who will serve as a counselor. The Resource Conservation Workshop is a week-long workshop and involves study and hands on participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed at NC State University campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors.  The primary objective of the …..

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Bladenboro Middle School 4th Quarter Honor Roll

5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +) Holland Davis, Erin Hewett, Deikan Moretz, Richard Severine A Honor Roll (90+) Cade Allen, Cole Dowless, Kara Gause, Chason Harris, Flor Jacome Duarte, Addison King, QuinAsia Lee, Joshua Lennon, Valeria Lopez-Martinez, Luke Pait, Alayna Parnell, Dorian Rivera, Hillary Roblero Sandoval, Eileen Rojas Sandoval, Aiden Russ, Leigha Sellers, Nevaeh Singletary, Marissa Taylor, Madison Wilkins A/B Honor Roll (80+) Jerrah Babson, Kallie Bass, Jade Black, Travis Campbell, Danny Chavez-Ortiz, Jack Combs, Alanna Dowless, Emma Dunn, Nicholas Forehand, Laura Garcia Martinez, Jonathan Guijosa-Santiago, Hailey Hunt, Lashantiana Jackson, Dallin Johnson, Noah Johnson, Josiah Lewis, Kylie Long, Faith Marlowe, O’Mara McDonald, Lamaiya Morgan, Issac Munoz,  Jackson Pait, Nicholas Rich, …..

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Campbell University releases Dean’s List for Spring 2018

Campbell University has released their Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester and several Bladen residents were named to the list. They are as follows: Madison Singletary of Bladenboro; Hannah Allison and Summer Cain, both of Elizabethtown; and Kathryn Alphin of Kelly. The requirements for the Dean’s List are as follows: *A minimum class load of 12 semester hours. *An average of 3.50 or better on work completed during a semester. *No grade below a “C”. *No more than one “C” grade. *No incomplete grades. *Satisfactory social standing. Share:

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UNC Chapel Hill issues Dean’s List for Spring 2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released their Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2018. Several Bladen residents were named to the list. They are as follows: Gabriel Barnes and Lesly Portillo Ramirez, both of Elizabethtown and Haley Hall and Lauren Norris, both of Bladenboro. Share:

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BCC Small Business Center offering June Seminars

The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering seminars during the month of June. Tuesday June 19, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Implementing a Social Media Strategy Implementing a Social Media Strategy is a straight-forward seminar for small business owners and entrepreneurs designed to answer all the questions that come with creating an online, social presence for your company. In just one hour, we’ll take the mystery out of launching and monitoring your social media plan. Click here to register. Thursday June 28, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Strategies for Better Engaging Your Employees Join us for an amazing one-hour as Dr. Bob Nelson, best-selling author of 1,001 Ways to Engage …..

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BCC Small Business Center offering June webinars

The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering webinars for the month of June. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Fueling Your Business Webinar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many leaders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available to North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the webinar will cover the Rural Center’s Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process. Click here to register Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Choosing …..

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Host families sought for exchange students

By Erin Smith Host families are being sought for foreign exchange students in Bladen County. Ayusa, a non-profit promoting global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students is seeking families in Bladen County who are interested in hosting international high school students for the 2018-19 academic year. Recently, Ayusa welcomed Hi Wa “Eva” Lee to Dublin, NC where she stayed with the Thomas Knight family and attended West Bladen High School for the 2017-18 academic year. If you are interested in learning more about hosting an international high school student in your home, contact Connie Lawrence at 919-612-5013 or via email at clawrence@ayusa.org. Share:

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East Arcadia School Class of 2018

Contributed East Arcadia School held an Eighth Grade Graduation Ceremony and Middle School Send Off for students this week. WECT’s Frances Weller served as the keynote speaker for the  graduation ceremony. The students are looking forward to summer vacation complete with carefree days before returning to the classroom in the fall. Share:

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Youth recognized during Juvenile Crime Prevention Council luncheon

By Erin Smith There was an air of excitement in the auditorium at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office in Elizabethtown on Thursday. Several Bladen County students were recognized Thursday afternoon during the Bladen County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council’s annual Youth Recognition Banquet. Several youth were unable to attend due to their class scheduling. The youth who were receiving recognition or graduating from programs were given certificates and backpacks to mark the occasion. The Life Skills award was presented to Hayden Munn, Alicia Moultrie, Ranier Simmons, Damonty Davis, Marcus Banes, Andre Cotten, Jordan Robinson, Damian Jackson, Micah Cromartie, and Wilson Norton. The Supportive Services for Students and Parents recognition went …..

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BCC writing center plans summer events

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is hosting online, no-cost, summer writing workshops for writers of all ages. Create Your Résumé is scheduled for June 19 at 10 A.M. Writing for Fun is June 20 at 1 P.M. ACT Prep is planned for June 26 at 10 A.M. Online workshops are open to the public and can be accessed at Zoom.us. Use meeting identification number 765-253-5826. The Bladen Community College Writing Center is located in building 8 on the Dublin campus. It is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 A.M. until 5:30 P.M., and can be accessed online on Saturday from 9:30 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., as well as Thursday through …..

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Youth Ambassadors host Rural Food Justice Summit

By Chelsea Dunlap President Of Youth Ambassadors For A Better Community The Youth Ambassadors for A Better Community hosted their first ever Rural Food Justice Summit in Fort Caswell North Carolina from April 20th through April 22nd, 2018. There were approximately 70 people in attendance and other youth groups such as A Better Chance A Better Community, Youth Empowered Solutions, and NC Field were also present. The event officially began on Friday evening with a few ice breakers and other engaging activities. Then on Saturday, the learning adventure began. Sessions on The Food Movement in North Carolina, Injustice in the Fields & the Farmworker Movement, Healthy School Food Policies, and …..

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The PBLA to hold Baccalaureate, Commencement ceremonies

Contributed   The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will conduct a Baccalaureate Service (Corps Only) on Friday evening, June 1, beginning at 6:45 p.m. followed by a Stone Ceremony at 7:22 p.m. A candlelight parade will begin immediately following the Stone Ceremony. On Saturday morning, June 2nd, the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will conduct their Commencement Exercise at 10 a.m. at Bladen Community College in Dublin. The public and underclassmen and their families are invited to attend the Stone Ceremony, the Candlelight Parade and Commencement. For the Commencement Ceremony, appropriate attire is requested. No oversized trousers and T-shirts, athletic attire, or workout attire will be permitted inside the auditorium. …..

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BCC Small Business Centers offers no-cost workshops

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost webinars and seminars in June. Parliamentary Procedures Made Easy is scheduled for Mon., June 11, from 6 until 8 P.M., at the East Arcadia Center in Riegelwood.   Implementing a Social Media Strategy is planned for Tues., June 19, from 2 until 3 P.M. in bldg. 2, room 202 on the main BCC campus in Dublin. Strategies for Better Engaging Your Employees is scheduled for Thurs., June 28, from 2 until 3 P.M. in bldg. 2, room 202 on the main campus. As part of a resource partner webinar series, participants can register online at https://www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75040&subloc=13 …..

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Bladen Community offers no-cost CPR classes

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is partnering with the Bladen County Opioid task force to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes for the community with no registration fee to participants. The classes will include a discussion about Naloxone, (sold as Narcan), a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially when an opioid overdose has occurred. Volunteer instructors will teach classes across the county at various locations. A CPR class is two hours long. Adults and children may be trained. Summer classes for children under the age of 16 will be scheduled in June and July. Participants who successfully pass the written and skills test can receive a CPR certification …..

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Golden Leaf Scholarship Winner

Contributed West Bladen High School Senior Sean Nunnery has been awarded a Golden Leaf Scholarship for $10,000.00. Sean will also be involved in various other leadership activities through the scholarship. Nunnery will be attend NC State University. Nunnerys’ parents are Kristy Bullard and Mike Nunnery. Share:

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Bladen County Smart Start offers Family Fun Time in June

Bladen County Smart Start’s Lending Library presents Family Fun Time every Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. These fun and engaging family workshops will take place at the Bladen Smart Start Office located at 228 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown.  The Family Fun  Time is open to children ages birth to five and their care givers. There will be a new topic each day and plenty of fun for everyone. Each child that visits has an opportunity to win an educational prize pack. For more information or to register your child for Family Fun Time, call 910-862-3335.   Share:

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WBHS FFA Chapter Banquet Sees Record Attendance

Contributed On Thursday May 17th, 2018, West Bladen High School FFA held a very successful FFA Banquet. There were approximately 140 FFA members, parents, and supporters present. The evening events began with the FFA Opening Ceremony, presented by the 2017-2018 Chapter FFA Officers. A welcome was offered by West Bladen High School Principal, Peggy Hester. Next, Taylor Roberts, the 2017-2018 South Central Regional FFA President, gave inspiring words about her FFA journey. The meal was catered by Dowless’ Catering. FFA themed decorations were provided by Valerie and Allison Morris. Following the meal, FFA Members who participated in Career Development Events were recognized for their dedication and achievement this year. The …..

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Bladen Community College celebrates history graduates

DUBLIN – In today’s high-technology world, students are frequently encouraged to seek degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. But many students are inclined to enjoy the humanities, possessing great interests and talents in writing, art, music, religion, philosophy, and history. Bladen Community College transfer graduates Ingrid Bullard, Melissa Combs, and Levy Pait recently graduated from four-year universities with bachelor degrees in history, and are strategizing their futures with a commitment to the humanities. Ingrid Bullard graduated from Bladen Community College in 2015 with a college transfer degree. It was during her first semester with BCC history professor Cliff Tyndall that Ingrid decided she wanted to become a history major. …..

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BCC announces scholastic honor roll

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

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BCC honors successful high school credential students

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College honored 39 high school equivalency and adult high school graduates at commencement ceremonies on May 15. Vice president for continuing education Sondra Guyton, executive vice president and chief academic officer Jeff Kornegay, president William Findt, director for college readiness Travis Locklear, and chairman of the board Dennis Troy greeted the students and their families. High school equivalency student Brad Norton shared his testimony, stating that on three different occasions, he enrolled in various high school completion programs, but was unable to complete the diploma. “After my daughter was born, I recommitted to completing my diploma,” he told the audience. “BCC was different.” Retired Personnel Administrator …..

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Virtual Public School enrollment in NC now 2nd-largest in country

By Elisabeth Almekinder  After a regular school morning at Middle Creek High School in Cary, senior Connor Yungbluth, 16, takes his online Mandarin Chinese course at home through the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). When Yungbluth moved from New York, he wanted to continue the language studies he had begun there, but the local school in Wake County didn’t have a Chinese teacher. His curriculum is part of the blended, individualized instruction that virtual school in North Carolina can provide. In the afternoon, Connor takes two online courses through Wake Technical College to prepare for his future in engineering or medicine. Other students who have benefited from NCVPS include special …..

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BCC celebrates Emergency Medical Services Strong

BCC EMS students from left to right are Charity Taylor, Summer Locklear, Lylus Bonnette, Kasidi Larrimore, and Jennifer Inman. DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will celebrate Emergency Medical Services Strong during the week of May 20-26, in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). No one wants to need Emergency Medical Services (EMS); however, when the need is there, Bladen County emergency response personnel, many of whom are volunteers, bring to the scene the highest possible level of care. To supply this need for highly skilled EMS workers for the area, Bladen Community College trains students who successfully complete approximately 800 EMS certifications, diplomas, and degrees every …..

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Congratulations Graduates!

As your graduate prepares to receive their diploma, send them a congratulatory note to let them know how much their handwork and dedication are appreciated.  Just print out and complete the form and mail it with your payment. 2018 Graduation Form Share:

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