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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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Cooperative Leadership Camp accepting registrations

The Cooperative Council of North Carolina will conduct a Cooperative Leadership Camp (CLC) from June 18th through June 22nd, 2018, at the FFA Center at White Lake.  CLC is a five day four night summer camp that puts teens in the positions of Worker Owners of a T-shirt cooperative. The teens work through the week to elect a board of directors, design, produce and sell T-shirts for their cooperative. At the end of the week they have their Annual Meeting to hear about the week and vote to dissolve the cooperative. Sponsored teens will learn skills such as team building, the seven cooperative principles, and industry workshops as well as a …..

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BCC Graduates Associate Degree Nursing Students

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College graduated 30 nursing students in one of its larger associate degree nursing classes in a pinning ceremony in May. The service included inspirational remarks from graduate Lynn Rich Worrell. Summer Lynn Culbreth was selected by her fellow students to receive the Professional Nursing Award, for demonstrating strong leadership qualities and providing a worthy role model for others. The Florence Nightingale Award was given to Howan Muzette Smith, by faculty choice, as the student with the strongest theory and clinical application skills. Brianna Shanice Alston was recognized with the highest grade point average with the Outstanding Student Nurse Award. Marshalls for the occasion were Amanda M. …..

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East Bladen High Announces Junior Marshals

  Contributed East Bladen High School has announced their Junior Marshals for the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies. The Juniors pictured above were named to the Junior Marshals list. They are as follows: Kneeling: Spencer Scott Second row left to right: Alyssa Strickland, Ting Lin, Ashley Earl (Chief Marshal), Alayna Hester, Sarah Meares, Masae Coleman,  Dimery Britt, Olivia Hollingsworth Back row: Sarah Johnson, Katie Pontak, and Ethan Fletcher Not pictured: Ashley Hardin and Greyson Heustess and Constance Smith Share:

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Recovery Coach Academy offered in Sampson County

Contributed  Eastpointe MCO  is hosting a Recovery Coach Academy in Sampson County (Clinton) next week May 21st through May 25th. The class is from 9 a.m.until 4 p.m. All participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.  It is a Certification Board Approved Training Program. It is an innovative new approach to healing people’s lives that is unlike any other training. It offers participants the once-in-a lifetime experience to gain new knowledge, be challenged, and reap valuable rewards, providing the essential learning, tools and resources needed to become an effective recover coach. The class teaches the following foundational principals: *A Person is in recovery when they say they are. *There are many pathways to recovery. …..

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UNCW releases Dean’s List

Contributed The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has released their Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2018. Several Bladen County residents were named to the list. They are as follows: Bladenboro: Jenna McRae Dove Clarkton: Grey Wilton Caballero, Kimberly Nicole Shipman, Kayla Marie Thompson and Abigail Kennan Ward. Elizabethtown: Ryan Wallace Baxley, Lindsey Louise Bockover, Kenneth Austin Brown, Trinity Faith Carroll, Brittany Lynne Collins, Cassidy Bess Hill, Amanda Martin King, and Lauren Ashley Trivette. Harrells Emily Love Jones and Mikaela Ann Stroud. Kelly Billy-Gray Weatherly Share:

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Craven County School Leader Named 2018 Principal of the Year

Tabari Wallace, a Craven County school administrator who helped boost student performance at two middle schools in his district, was named Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year at an awards luncheon today in Cary. Now principal of West Craven High School, Wallace was chosen from a field of eight regional finalists named earlier this year. Under Wallace’s leadership, Craven County’s Havelock Middle School and H.J. MacDonald Middle School both achieved notable academic gains with student populations characterized by concentrations of poverty exceeding the district as a whole. Wallace credited teachers and students for the success at both schools. “I attribute these successes to my belief in my teachers’ …..

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Bladen County Board of Education to meet 

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education will meet on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education located on US 701 South, Elizabethtown.  The board will be asked to approve the agenda and approval of minutes of the March 12th meeting and the April 30th Special Called Meeting. The consent agenda will include fundraisers and overnight field trip requests.     Spotlights and Recognitions will include: *Sampson-Bladen Oil/Bladen County Schools Spelling Bee winners. *Junior and Senior Beta Club State Winners *Bladen Soil and Water conservation Winner *NC DOT State Bridge Building Winner *SkillsUSA State Winner *Teacher and Principal of the Year *Monthly attendace banners Items for information will include: *The April financial …..

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Bladen County Schools not closing for Teacher Rally

By Erin Smith A rally for teachers planned for Wednesday, May 16, in Raleigh is forcing 19 school districts to announce closings. Bladen County Schools, however, is planning to operate on a normal schedule on May 16th. Bladen County Schools Public Information Officer Valerie Newton said that, as of today, 10 teachers in Bladen County have requested leave for that day, “which may or may not be related to the rally.” Organizers of the March for Students and Rally for Respect are anticipating thousands of teachers from throughout North Carolina to be in Raleigh on Wednesday. The rally is an effort to encourage the General Assembly to increase teacher pay and improve working …..

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Emereau: Bladen Kindergarten classes get lesson in aviation

Contributed The Emereau: Bladen kindergarten classes of Joanne Melvin and Peyton Shultz joined Tom and Kay Martin at the Elizabethtown Airport on Thursday morning for a hands-on aviation class. They were taught by Tom Martin, a retired Army Master Aviator with 48 years experience. Each student got to try the cockpit out for themselves. They had a short aerodynamics class and all passed the test with flying colors and all received a honorary pilot’s license and a glider for their awesome attention. Tom Martin did take the teachers, Ms Melvin and Ms Shultz, for a short flight around the airport. Emereau’s mascot is of course the Emereau AVIATORS so now for sure …..

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BCC faculty member Cliff Tyndall receives excellence award

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College history professor Cliff Tyndall has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at Caldwell Community College, where he teaches history and geography through an interactive television system in the Distance Learning Department. “I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” remarked Tyndall. The local chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) selected Tyndall from nominations submitted by students. NSLS is the nation largest leadership honor society, where top students nominated by their colleges come together to identify and achieve their goals. Caldwell Community College (CCC) student Sarah Estes nominated Tyndall. “Mr. Tyndall has really made a difference in my life,” she …..

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Bladen Community College students win at SkillsUSA

DUBLIN – Twelve students from Bladen Community College received awards at the Regional SkillsUSA competition in Greensboro in April, where 2,700 students competed for top honors. As a result, BCC was recognized as one of five chapters with the most growth and success in SkillsUSA. The winners are cosmetology students Tiffany Lowery, 2nd place in Job Skills Demo Open, Madison Cartrette, 4th place Cosmetology Beginner Skills, and Stacie Britt, 2nd place Customer Service. From welding, Savannah Schmidt won 1st place in Job Skills Demo A, Vincent Morris took 2nd place in Welding Art Sculpture, Webblon Rowe placed 3rd in Welding Art Sculpture, James Hunsinger took 4th place in Welding Art …..

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Driver Education Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

The Driver Education Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the State Board of Education meeting room, 7th floor, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Agenda items include the Driver Education Consultant’s report and a Subcommittee report on program administration, parental involvement and teacher certification. Alternative meeting access: Streaming audio – State Board of Education  Webinar – The meeting can be accessed from computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/281468773 Access by phone: +1 (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 281-468-77  (First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check)   Share:

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2018 Principal of the Year to be Announced at Friday Event

The 2018 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year will be announced Friday, May 11, during a luncheon at The Umstead Hotel, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. The actual announcement is expected to take place around 1:30 p.m.  The state’s top principal is being selected from a field of eight regional finalists chosen earlier this year following interviews and a rigorous portfolio review. The regional principals of the year are: Northeast: Michelle White, D.F. Walker Elementary (Edenton-Chowan Public Schools); Southeast: Tabari Wallace, West Craven High (Craven County Schools); North Central: Jonathan Enns, Fuquay-Varina High (Wake County Public Schools); Sandhills:  Jim Butler, Richmond Senior High (Richmond County Schools); Piedmont-Triad: Tracy Kimmer, Yadkin Early College …..

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Schools and Communities across the State to Celebrate Bike to School Day

RALEIGH – Thousands of students, families, elected officials and community members across North Carolina will celebrate the joy of pedaling to school during National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9. This one-day event provides an opportunity for communities in North Carolina and nationwide to celebrate safe, active transportation and raise awareness to any changes needed to make bicycling safer. “Bike to School Day is a wonderful opportunity to bring schools, families and communities together and reiterate the importance of safe bicycling,” said David Howard, chief deputy secretary for the N.C. Department of Transportation. “While it’s wonderful to celebrate today, drivers should remember every day to give bicyclists at least four …..

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BCC celebrates National Nurses Week with new trends

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is celebrating National Nurses Week by showcasing remarkable growth of the curriculum over the past 10 years and an influx of non-traditional students. The additional curriculum and strong non- traditional student enrollment parallel a nationwide trend. According to the (2017) Kiplinger Report of the best jobs for the future, Nurse Practitioner opportunities are expected to increase by nearly 33% over the next eight years, with annual salaries averaging $98,000. That is more annual income than app developers, personal financial advisers, and computer systems analysts. And while the career choice is still dominated by females, the percentage of men entering the professional has grown steadily. According …..

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2018 Teen Summit Mock Trial

Contributed On April 13-15th, 2018 The Teen Summit Mock Trial which was hosted by the North Carolina Teen Court Association (NCTCA) was held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord NC. In the spring, the NCTCA hosts a Teen Summit that involves a Mock Trial Competition, educational workshops, a dance, and a fun opportunity for the Teen Court teen volunteers to meet other youth from around the state who volunteer with Teen Court. This event usually involves 150-160 teen volunteers and chaperones. The purpose of the Teen Court Summit is an opportunity for youth to engage in competition and apply the skills they have learned throughout the year as Teen …..

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East Bladen High School to hold Art Show

Contributed East Bladen High students have been working diligently on their art skills all year. The 2018 Art Show will be held on Thursday, May 10th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Media Center at East Bladen High School. There will be many interesting pieces of art on display. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the evening. Share:

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BCC Gets a Parade Float

East Bladen High School carpentry shop students have built a parade float for Bladen Community College. Pictured from left to right in the front row are carpentry instructor Lloyd Leggett, students Darrell Banks, Keyshawn Biddy, Joshua McKoy, Tamije Baldwin, Malcolm Kilpatrick, and principal Dr. Jason Wray. Pictured from left to right on the back row are Uriel De Jesus Delarosa, Ezequiel Arteaga, Bryan Monroe, Dennis Emmanuel Esparza, Zykiem Beatty, Alsup Landon Davis, and Parrish Rogers. Carpentry students not pictured are Andres Mota and Byron Bowen. Share:

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Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission Meets 

The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC) will meet Thursday, May 10, at 9 a.m. in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The agenda is available online.  The meeting will be audio streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Questions regarding this meeting may be directed to NCDPI Communications at 919-807-3450. Share:

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West Bladen FFA Participates in South Central FFA Regional Rally

On Friday May 4th, 2018, WBHS FFA members joined hundreds of fellow FFA members at Fayetteville Technical Community College for the South Central FFA Regional Rally. West Bladen High School FFA had over 20 FFA members competing in and helping with various Career Development Events (CDEs). WBHS FFA members competed in Agriculture Mechanics, Creed Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Job Interview, Nursery Landscape, Parliamentary Procedure, and Prepared Public Speaking CDEs. During the awards ceremony, WBHS FFA members were recognized for their performance in previously held CDEs. Those events were: Hunter Safety, Livestock Judging, and Poultry Judging. Pictured below are WBHS FFA members who attended the South Central FFA Regional Rally on …..

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HCA’s “Spring Fling” A Rainy Day Success

Harrells- The rain falling in Sampson County the morning of the 24th could accurately be called a deluge, so the parent organizers of Harrells ChristIan Academy’s annual Spring Fling event were understandably concerned that their event might have trouble beating last year’s $30,000 in funds raised for the school. They needn’t have worried: the Crusader community came out in droves for the annual BBQ dinner and auction to raise nearly $60,000 for the school. Headmaster Andy Wells had previously announced that any monies raised beyond last year’s total would be dedicated to improving campus security for HCA students and teachers. “I thought it was a great event for our HCA …..

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Superintendent Mark Johnson Kicks Off Teacher Appreciation Week with Initiatives Created in Response to the Needs of Educators

State Superintendent Mark Johnson got Teacher Appreciation Week off to a great start by announcing new initiatives guided by needs he has heard from educators on his statewide listening tour. In addition to transforming the state education agency to better support schools, reducing over-testing, and working for school calendars that fit local needs, Superintendent Johnson today announced new programs focused on providing better professional development. “Earlier this year, we were able to devote $200 worth of materials to each K-3 reading teacher,” said Superintendent Johnson. “For Teacher Appreciation Week, we are excited to announce initiatives that will support every teacher and show how much we appreciate them.” Superintendent Johnson announced …..

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PEFNC Kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week by Celebrating All Teachers in NC

Raleigh – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the state’s leading voice for parental school choice, kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week 2018 by celebrating the more than 150,000 educators in traditional public, private, public charter, and home schools across the Tar Heel State. “Our great state has nearly 2,500 public schools, more than 700 private schools, almost 175 public charter schools, and an estimated 80,000 home schools,” said Brian Jodice, Interim President of PEFNC. “Our community of educators does so much to guide the next generation, and we’re thrilled to honor their hard work during this special week. Join me as PEFNC gives a round of applause to North Carolina …..

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Bladen Community College announces assist loan program for students

DUBLIN – The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees has approved the addition of the North Carolina Assist Loan to provide financial support for parents and students to bridge the gap between the cost of higher education and the currently available financial aid sources. The NC Assist Loan is a state-based loan program offered by College Foundation, Inc. (CFI). The foundation administers state grant programs and North Carolina’sNational College Savings Plan, and is a partner in the state-wide college access initiative, College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). The program offers parents and students the opportunity to borrow a low-cost alternative loan to finance educational expenses not covered by other financial …..

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Endometrial Ablation Procedure Performed at CFV

By: Dr. Allan Boruszak, OB/GYN Heavy menstrual periods, pain during your cycle? These are symptoms many women have during their lifetime. If can cause loss of work and income. It may limit your activities during the menstrual cycle. At times it can be heavy enough to lead to blood transfusions. In the past, this was treated with a surgical procedure known as hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). Hysterectomy is a major surgery, requiring an extended convalescence, and a risk of injury to the bladder or bowels. Nowadays, we have a simpler, safer procedure known as endometrial ablation. Endometrial ablation involves eliminating the endometrium, which is the part of the uterus …..

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State Board of Education approves report to General Assembly on operational review of the Department of Public Instruction

The State Board of Education today approved a report to the General Assembly on the results of an independent operational review of the Department of Public Instruction that includes 18 specific recommendations to help the department better support educators and students at North Carolina’s school districts and charter schools.   Under legislation passed in 2017, the state superintendent initiated a third-party review of DPI’s organizational, functional, and business-process operations. Ernst and Young (EY) was selected to perform the work. EY spent several months at DPI and interviewed more than 100 DPI employees and 100 external stakeholders, including superintendents, principals and teachers.   The EY team condensed what they learned into …..

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BMSBA Gets a Visit from the Cape Fear Heroes Arena Football team

  Bladenboro Middle School Bulldog Academy had some very special speakers on Monday. Corey McDowell, Jamar Tank Dials, Anson Yarborough, and Marcus Walls (players and coaches from Cape Fear Heroes Arena Football team) took time out of their day to speak to members of the Bulldog Academy. They spoke to them about obstacles they have overcame in life and how hard they have worked to become successful.  Recently the Young Men’s academy took a field trip to one of the arena football games to watch the Cape Fear Heroes play. The academy is under the direction of Mrs. Nicole Kinlaw.  Share:

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Top Local Schools Compete in Academic “Race of Champions”

The Roger Bacon Academy family of charter schools – Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport – will compete in a high intensity, NASCAR inspired “Race of Champions” on Friday – May 4, 2018. The competition – named “FASTAR” – sees students “race” to complete workbooks of 50 math problems and a reading passage at top speeds of two minutes. Separate competitions have already been held at the individual schools – the top students from each school are now competing in the “Race of Champions”. “FASTAR” stands for Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading …..

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Girls With PEARLS

Elizabethtown Middle School Girls With PEARLS recently had two guest speakers to share important tips about healthy nutritional choices and success. The first speaker was Mrs. Stacie Kinlaw, 4-H Youth Development Agent. She conducted a three day series using lessons from the Speedway to Healthy Curriculum developed by NC A&T State University. The nutrition focused lessons included information about applying the My Plate guide to meal planning; reading nutrition labels, importance of calcium for growing bones, choosing the healthiest milk, and eating and exercise for heart health.  In addition, funding through SNAP – Ed for the TRY HEALTHY Program at NC A&T State University was able to provide healthy snacks …..

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Commissioners get look at Board of Education budget request

By Erin Smith The work on the county budget continued on Monday night as the Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a third budget workshop. The Commissioners reviewed requests from the Board of Education and Bladen County EMS. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin told the board the Bladen County Board of Education and Bladen Community College have submitted budget proposals. Martin said representatives from the college and the Board of Education will present those budget requests at the next regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 7th. Martin began the evening by reviewing the budget request from the Bladen County Board of Education. He said the projections received from the Board of Education …..

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Bladen Community College Board of Trustees Meeting

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees has a called meeting on Wednesday, May 9, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of 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 Board of Education Approves 2018/2019 Budget Proposal

by Joy Warren The Bladen County Board of Education met Monday evening for a special called meeting.  The Board heard from Mrs. Sharon Penny, Finance Director, as she shared the proposed Budget for the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year.  Penny informed the Board that the State has not given the LEA any information concerning salary raises for certified staff.  She included a 5% raise which will increase next year’s budget by $150,000.  The proposal also shows a reduction of $100,000 from the Central Office and a decrease of $197,000 for 5 clerical and 1 custodial positions.  According to the Duke Power increase of 19%, the budget will increase by $160,000 for power.  …..

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Elizabethtown Middle students plant butterfly garden

By Erin Smith A group of students from the Elizabethtown Middle School spent Monday morning planting a butterfly garden at the Kuraray American Incorporated Logistics Center located in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. Mike Jackson, with Kuraray American, said this is the second year the company has partnered with the school to create a pollinator garden.  According to Janet Huggins and Pam Tatum, who were chaperones for the group, the students consisted of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who were selected to take part in the event.  Jackson said the students learned about the company as well as about the importance of pollinators.  “We put on a program for the local …..

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Bladen County Schools to offer Summer Feeding program

By Erin Smith Bladen County Schools is set to offer a summer feeding program this year. The program will consist of breakfast and lunch, according to Bladen County Schools Nutrition Director Amy Stanley. Stanley told the Healthy Bladen Collaborative the program is set to begin on June 18th and will continue through July 31st at Elizabethtown Middle School, Bladeboro Middle School, and West Bladen High School. Stanley said the West Bladen High School summer feeding program will most likely remain open until classes resume in August. Hours for the summer feeding program are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The meals are free of charge.  Stanley said if you are operating a summer camp, Vacation Bible …..

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Bladen Community College offers no-cost business seminars in May

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars in May: -Building a Local Presence: Livestream is a Google workshop designed to show consumer trends in local searches and best practices for using Google My-Business features. Seminars begin on Wednesday, May 2, from 12:00 noon until 1:30 P.M. in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. -How to Start a Drone Business is planned for Saturday, May 12, from 9 A.M. until 12 Noon in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. -Owning a Rental Property as a Business will be presented as part one of a two-part set of seminars …..

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State Library and NC DIT Receive Grant to Address K-12 Homework Gap Through Broadband Adoption

Raleigh, N.C. – Some North Carolina K-12 students without home internet access to complete assigned homework will soon receive assistance through a $250,000, two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant was recently awarded to the State Library of North Carolina and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT). Students who are assigned homework requiring access to the internet, but who do not have home internet access, fall into what is called the “homework gap,” which can limit students’ educational opportunities outside the classroom. The grant will fund a project to address the homework gap by equipping up to four North Carolina library …..

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New statewide map and database available to locate out-of-school time programs for youth

With the generous support of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the NC Center for Afterschool Programs [NC CAP] has developed a statewide, searchable database for out-of-school time programs. This new tool, made available for the first time at the 14th annual SYNERGY conference in Greenville, allows families, schools, communities and elected officials to locate programs across North Carolina that children can access before school, after school, summers, weekends and during school breaks. Programs can take place in schools, school-age child care centers, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, universities, libraries, museums, camps, and other locations. Using the database, users can search for information on program locations, activities, …..

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Dwight Cannon will provide BCC commencement address

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will welcome commencement speaker Reverend Dr. Dwight Bernard Cannon, Executive Director of the Department of Global Missions of the A.M.E. Zion Church, to the 2018 curriculum graduation on May 15, at 7:30 P.M., in the college auditorium. Dr. Cannon graduated with honors from the University of South Africa Pretoria with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious & Biblical Studies. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Livingstone College for exemplary service and outstanding work for the A.M.E. Zion Church in Africa. In 2012, he graduated magna cum laude from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury with a Master of Divinity Degree. He …..

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Dr. Patricia Faulk is guest speaker for college readiness graduation at BCC

Retired Bladen County School’s administrator Dr. Patricia Faulk will provide the commencement address for the high school diploma and college readiness graduation service on Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30 P.M. in the college auditorium. Dr. Faulk completed an associate’s degree in general education at Bladen Community College before receiving both bachelor and master degrees in education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Several years later, she received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University. In 1977, Dr. Faulk joined Bladen County Schools as a teacher and eventually served as an assistant principal, principal, and personnel administrator. She has worked at Bladen Community College as a part-time instructor in …..

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Special Session Announced for Bladen Board of Education

The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss fiscal year-end budget related issues and personnel matters, and to approve the 2018 budget request as per NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (1) and to consult with an attorney if needed, as per the NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (3). This is an official meeting and action items may be on the agenda. The meeting will be held at the Board of Education Administration Building located at 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC. Share:

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Report highlights where youth face greatest obstacles to success in NC

Contributed A new report released today by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and its NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) highlights large areas of North Carolina where young people are at risk of not succeeding. The report, Roadmap of Need 2018, was released today at the Center for Afterschool Programs 14thannual SYNERGY Conference in Greenville. First published by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and NC CAP in 2010, the Roadmap of Need uses data on health, youth behavior and safety, education, and economic development to take a whole child needs assessment of what young people living in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties must have in …..

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Bladen County Animal Shelter Waives Fee for May Adoptathon

Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the Adoption fees on all animals for the month of May. You will still be required to pay the $25-$30 dog and $15 cat vaccination fees. We also offer Micro-chipping for any animal adopted before it leaves the shelter for $15. May is Pet Adoptathon month and we hope that waiving the adoption fee will encourage more people to come out and adopt a shelter pet. The shelter will be open on Monday-Friday from 1-5:00 pm for adoptions. The shelter will be closed on Monday May 28th for the Holiday. These animals deserve a new loving home. So come on out and find …..

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Harrells 5th Graders Study Past and Present in Overnight Trip

By Judith Kunst Director of Communications Harrells Christian Academy Winston-Salem – To cap off their time as Lower Schoolers at Harrells Christian Academy, the 5th grade travelled as a class to Winston-Salem for a two-day exploration of Wake Forest University and Old Salem Museums & Gardens on April 10-11. Mrs. Jessica Sawvel, 4th and 5th grade Language Arts teacher, says, “This trip not only afforded our students a glimpse into the world of college athletics, a world many of them dream of one day becoming a part of, it also brought to life the customs and lifestyles of one of North Carolina’s earliest settlement communities, the Moravians.” On Tuesday, the …..

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N.C. Summer Nutrition Program Sponsors Win National Honors

Thirteen North Carolina Summer Nutrition Program sponsors are among 111 nationwide this year to receive Turnip the Beet awards, given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize outstanding providers who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing and nutritious. This more than triples the number of awardees from the state compared to 2016, when the award was first given.   Three Turnip the Beet award levels are available: bronze, silver, and gold. Three North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs won gold awards, four won silver, and six won bronze. Buncombe County Schools – Gold Kirk of Kildaire – Gold YMCA of Western North Carolina – Gold Caldwell County …..

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Bladen County Educator tapped for SkillsUSA honor

By Erin Smith A Bladen County educator was recognized as the Glenn Barefoot Educator of the Year at the Skills USA competition last week.  “It was incredibly humbling to be recognized by your peers in a humbling way,” said Graham Yarborough.  He added that he was unaware he had been selected to receive the honor until he was called to come onto the stage during the awards ceremony at SkillsUSA.  He first became involved with SkillsUSA in 1979 as an adviser and remained involved with it. Yarborough said he retired from teaching in 2010 but he and his wife both remain involved with SkillsUSA on both the state and national …..

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April Terrific Kid Gift Certificate Winner

Contributed Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School  principal Deborah Guyton is Jayden Ruffin, kindergartner who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates twenty-five dollars for the purchase of the Pizza Palace gift certificate to the winner of the monthly drawing at each of the Terrific Kid ceremonies for the school year. April Bladenboro Primary School Terrific Kids Ceremony Pictured are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School. Every other month the students who are chosen Terrific Kids are recognized at a ceremony where they receive a Terrific Kids certificate, bumper sticker, and pencil.  …..

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Tar Heel Middle School releases honor rolls

Tar Heel Middle School has released their honor roll for the third nine weeks grading period.   5th Grade Superintendent’s List  –  Grades of 96 and above in all classes Garrett Dunham “A” Honor Roll = Grades of 90 and above in all classes Devyn Clanton, Ryder Faircloth, Madison Holder, Aiden Jones, Kasey Nichols, Jessica Vergugo-Gomez “A/B” Honor Rolls = Grades of 80 and above in all classes Joseline Abreu-Lezama, Alina Chavez, Jaziyah Daniels, Lauren Douglas, George Felix Marroquin,  Jazmy Funez Aranda, Yareth Garcia Perez, Jeime Garcia-Lopez, Malik Hill, Ah’leah Johnson, Sawyer Landreth, Emily Lewis, Lidia Lopez-Cardona, Antuan Martinez-Sanchez, Teasia McDowell, Zion McMillan,  Lejend Murchison, Angel Ramon Reyes, Ashley Sanchez-Resendiz, Yuridia Santana-Dominguez, Nolan Sessoms, Khamani Shipman, …..

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Hagen Scholar Named at WBHS

WBHS Senior, Anna Moser, who will be attending UNC-Charlotte in the fall of 2018 has been named as a Hagan Scholar. The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. These students graduate from  public high schools located in counties having fewer than 50,000 residents. During the fall semester of the first year of college, each scholarship will help pay the unmet financial need of the recipient, up to $5,000 each semester. During the fall semester of the second year of college a $10,000 Schwab Scholar Account will be established for each scholarship recipient. During the fall semester of the third year of college each …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Clarkton School of Discovery Honor Rolls

Superintendent’s List (Having a 96 or above​ in all ​classes 6th Grade:  Lena Damasco-Trinidad, Caroline Kirby, Reagan Moore, Dyiamon Robinson, Keiara Stacker 7th Grade:  Luke Barber, Cathleen DeVane, Andrew Dowd, Jacie Kinlaw, Karli Priest, Morgan Tatum 8th Grade:  Devin Avant, Hannah Davis, Hailey Guyton, Heather Hardin, Merritt Martin, Jenna Stephenson, Skylar Suggs “A” Honor Roll​ ­(Having all A’s in every class) 6th Grade:  Addie Bowen, Jake Futrell, Levi German, Jalil Hayes, Reese Hester, Rodney Lacewell, Emma McDuffie, Riley McIntyre, Jair McElveen, Keyon McKoy, Octavio Morales, Autumn Nye, Nicholas Phillips, Kevin Rivera, McKenzi Storms,  Michaella Troy, Geniyah Wells 7th Grade:  Jamae Atkinson, Ahonesty Blake, Gianna Enloe, AnnaGrey Heustess,  April Huggins, Valencia …..

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NCDOT, UNC-Pembroke Break Ground on Road Makeover

PEMBROKE – State and local officials celebrated on Friday, April 20, the start of a much-anticipated project that will improve the safety and traffic flow of a University of North Carolina Pembroke gateway in Robeson County. James Trogdon, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, joined UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Pembroke Mayor Charles Gregory Cummings in a groundbreaking ceremony to reconstruct a mile of North Odom Street/Prospect Road along the campus. The university contacted the department about the safety of its students crossing the road, and state engineers investigated and recommended several roadway enhancements. “We collaborated with the university and the town to fine-tune what became an innovative …..

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