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Bladenboro Primary School announces 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Bladenboro Primary School has announced its honor roll for the first nine weeks of the 2018-19 school year. 3rd Grade “A” Honor Roll Talon Bailey, Joshua Blackmon, Nicholas Hilburn, Norman Ramos George, Andrew Wren 3rd Grade “A/B” Honor Roll Jacob Britt, Makenna Bryan, Lucas Bryant, Isabella Cain, Venus Cortez Garcia, Alayiah Cromartie, Chloe Courtney, Cameron Heverly, Laken Johnson, Corie Joyner, Jayson Labra, Harley McCabe, Georgianna McLean, ShaMoni McNair, Tylar Moretz, Ryleigh Owens, Talon Storms, Chloe Walters, Carson White, Addison Wilcox 4th Grade Superintendent’s List Kimberly Dowless, Conner Sykes 4th Grade “A” Honor Roll Blake Britt, Chase Bryan, Peyton Burney, Ashton Davis, Kelsey Davis, Karlee Gause, Jewel Gregg, Jamie Harvey, Lily …..

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Public Meeting

Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s to Meet

The Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  A public body may close a session for the following purpose:  to establish, or to instruct the public body’s staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken by or on behalf of the public body in negotiating (i) the price and other material terms of a contract or a proposed contract for the acquisition of real property by purchase, option, exchange, or lease; or (ii) the amount of compensation and other materials terms or an employment contract or a proposed employment contract. The meeting will be held at Emereau: Bladen …..

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West Bladen Teacher Wins Statewide Donation Award

Contributed West Bladen High School teacher, Gaye G. Davis, has won the inaugural Donate Life NC Hero Award. Davis was nominated for the statewide prize for the work she has done educating and advocating for organ donation in Bladenboro and surrounding areas. Since 2016, Davis has worked on raising the organ donor registration rates in Bladen County, which previously had the lowest registration rate in the state. After speaking with various community groups, she made organ donation awareness the theme of her 2017 DREAM team, a group of high school athletes who focus on a single project throughout the year.  With her guidance, they had health fairs, bulletin boards, made …..

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Crusaders Celebrate Service and Sacrifice

Contributed On the morning of November 8th, Harrells Christian Academy welcomed two highly decorated Veterans into their midst in a celebration of service and sacrifice.  Retired Army General Dan Allyn and Retired Navy Captain Chuck Deleot shared their inspiring testimonies during HCA’s school-wide Veterans Day chapel service, an event that students and faculty always look to with reverence and utmost sincerity. Both speakers appeared on behalf of the Patriot Foundation where Captain Deleot serves as President and General Allyn serves on the Advisory Board.  The Patriot Foundation provides scholarship funding for children of killed, wounded, injured, or seriously ill soldiers from Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Campbell, KY, and Fort Carson, …..

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Lifestyles: Bladen High School Students contribute in outstanding numbers

Contributed The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown is a civic organization dedicated to serving our communities. The youth are a priority to the club. Each year the club donates up to five scholarships to local high school students, assists with heading up and maintaining Key Club(s) in the area high school(s) and offers assistance to the North Carolina Boys and Girls Clubs at Lake Waccamaw. This year the club’s discussions about the annual Can Food Drive acknowledged the great need of communities since Hurricane Florence. The local group decided to offer a friendly, healthy competition which challenged East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School to see which school could collect …..

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Bladen Community College announces four finalists in Presidential Search

Bladen Community College has selected four finalists in the search for the college’s next president. The search began earlier this year, when Dr. William Findt, president of Bladen Community College announced he would retire at the end of December 2018. Findt has served Bladen Community College with distinction for 10 years. Following Dr. Findt’s announcement, the Bladen Community Colleges Board of Trustees engaged the services of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist with the nationwide presidential search for candidates. The four finalists and their current positions are: Jewel B. Cherry, Ed.D., is Vice President for Student Services at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston Salem, NC. She …..

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Bladen Community College Receives Hurricane Emergency Funds for Students

Bladen Community College is one of 21 community colleges in the state to receive emergency funding for students impacted by Hurricane Florence. The State Board of Community Colleges approved the allocation of $5 million to help students affected by Hurricane Florence. The funding was made possible by the General Assembly in a special session in late October.  Of the $5 million, $4.9 million will be allocated for emergency grants to help students at 21 community colleges serving federally designated disaster counties, and $100,000 will be used by the NC Community College System Office for emergency grants for other eligible students. The funds will cover grants for eligible, currently enrolled students …..

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BCC Trustee Given Oath of Office

  Governor Roy Cooper recently appointed Ricky Leinwand to an additional term of service for the Board of Trustees of Bladen Community College. Pictured from left to right are Leinwand and Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court, Nikki Dennis, as she administered the oath of office. Share:

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SCC to Host Family Movie Night

Southeastern Community College will host a free family movie night on Saturday, November 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m. (cash only). Bring  lawn chair  and your blankets and find the perfect spot on the front lawn of Southeastern Community College.   Share:

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Bladenboro Primary Announces October Terrific Kids Winners

Contributed Bladenboro Primary School has announced their Terrific Kids winners and Terrific Kids drawing winner for the month of October. Bladenboro Primary School Principal Deborah Guyton is shown with Merris Bedsole, a kindergartner, who was the winner of a $25 gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates $25 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.     Pictured above are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School. Every other month the students who are chosen as Terrific Kids are …..

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November 2018 Bladen Community College Small Business Center Seminars

The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering many great no-cost seminars and webinars this November. Postponed due to Hurricane Florence, the main campus hosts the useful seminar: “Quickbooks Hands-on for Small Business and Non-Profits” on Saturday, November 17, from 9 AM- 12 noon. “This hands on Quickbooks experience is built for non-profits and churches to get their hands into the program via a lab experience.” The Bladen County Public Library is hosting a returning seminar. On Thursday, November 8, from 6 to 8 PM, “How to Start a Landscaping Business” will provide budding entrepreneurs with key components to starting a landscaping business. “How to Get and …..

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Special Children’s Story Time Scheduled for Libraries

A special children’s story time is planned this week at branch of the Bladen County Public Library system. April Oxendine , Director with the Innovative Approaches Initiative, will read the book “Amazing Me: It’s Busy Being 3!” There will be a coloring sheet for children to do after the story and each child in attendance will receive a copy of the book to take home. The book is appropriate for preschool age children, program is open to children of all ages and their caregivers. For questions call 910-862-6990. Story locations and times are as follows: *Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro on Monday, October 29, at 3:30 p.m. *Clarkton Public Library …..

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BCC’s Linda Burney Receives Distinguished Service Award

Contributed Linda Burney, Executive Director of Bladen Community College, received the prestigious NC CORD Distinguished Service Award last week at the NC CORD annual conference recently held at Central Carolina Community College. The award recognizes those who have served the organization and the cause of resource development in NC Community Colleges for many years. It is only awarded when a candidate of merit is nominated. Recipients have distinguished themselves among their peers with innovations, mentoring, team building and meeting significant fundraising goals. Ms. Burney is a past president of NC CORD. Pictured with Mrs. Burney as she received the award is Bladen Community College President, Dr. William Findt. Dr. Findt …..

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CSD Beta Induction

Contributed by Sheila Nance Clarkton School of Discovery held its Annual Induction Ceremony to the National Junior Beta Club on October 17, 2018.Students are inducted into this prestigious group based on high academic performance. The Principal of CSD, Mrs. Stephanie Norris, along with Beta Sponsors, Mrs. Nancy Clark, Ms. Jennifer Marlowe, Mrs. Sheila Nance, Mrs. Linda Parnell, and Mrs. Brenda Storms, welcomed 22 new members. New members are: 8th Grade: April Huggins Martin Rojas Jacinto 7th Grade: Kaitlyn Edwards Arayah McKoy 6th Grade: Jerrah Michelle Babson Megan Nicole Byrd Garrett Kevin Dunham Jalen Demont Graham Daisha Graham Emma Catherine Gryczynski Georgia Lynn Hester Hannah Grace Heustess Erin Hewett Naihema Leach …..

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West Bladen High to Host Veterans Recognition Ceremony

West Bladen High School will host it’s annual Veteran’s Recognition Assembly on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., in the West Bladen High School gymnasium at 1600 NC Hwy. 410, Bladenboro, NC 28320. There will be a small reception for Veteran’s at 8:30 a.m. in the media center. If you plan on attending the assembly please RSVP with 1SG(R) John Gillespie at jegillespie@bladen.k12.nc.us or 910-862-2130 prior to October 31st. If you are a West Bladen High School alumni and would like to be added to the slide presentation email 1SG Gillespie a photo, full name, rank, branch of service, dates of service and year graduated from WBHS. Share:

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Student artists are invited to UNCSA Open House on Friday, Nov. 9

WINSTON-SALEM – High school and college students who are interested in careers in the arts are invited to visit the campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem for a day and discover why it is the place for exceptionally talented students to study and thrive. Fall Open House has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, for high school programs in dance, drama, music and visual arts and college programs in dance, design and production, drama, film and music.  Online registration is required. During the Open House, visitors will receive a guided walking tour of the campus that includes movie set facades, music and dance practice rooms, and stunning performance venues and screening spaces. They will also meet the deans, faculty, and current students, …..

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UNC-Wilmington Classes Cancelled for Thursday afternoon

Due to the projected path of Michael and the resulting tropical storm conditions, UNCW will cancel classes as of 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, and university offices will close at 1 p.m., when the campus begins operating under Condition 2 (Suspended Operations) of the Adverse Weather Policy. We anticipate resuming classes and reopening campus per usual as of Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 a.m., but a message will be sent to confirm this by 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. Information about this closure’s impact on the academic calendar, if any, will be sent in the coming days. Resident students will be expected to shelter in place as of 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. This means resident …..

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Bladenboro resident named to Sherman College Summer 2018 Dean’s List

Contributed SPARTANBURG, SC — Victoria Pait of Bladenboro, NC, has been named to Sherman College of Chiropractic’s Dean’s List for grades earned during the summer 2018 academic quarter. Dean’s List students have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the quarter. Sherman College of Chiropractic provides students with a comprehensive education, preparing them to enter the field as doctors of chiropractic who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. On its 80-acre campus in South Carolina, Sherman offers a first professional degree program unique in its approach to health care and known globally for the skill and art of chiropractic delivered by graduates. The college’s on-campus Health …..

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BCC Groundbreaking rescheduled

Bladen Community College’s  groundbreaking ceremony for the STEM and Advance Technology Training Center scheduled for Thursday, October 11 has been rescheduled for Monday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. due to the anticipated inclement weather of  Hurricane Michael. Share:

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Bladen County Schools to close on Thursday

Bladen County School’s Public Relations Director Valerie Newton announced with incoming rain tonight (Wednesday, October 10) and increased wind gusts expected throughout the day on Thursday Bladen County Schools will be closed Thursday, October 11, for students and staff; however, all identified essential personnel such as maintenance and transportation are to contact their immediate supervisor regarding their work schedule for Thursday. Additionally, Bladen County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for Friday. We will be checking road conditions on Thursday after the storm to ensure safe travel for everyone. Should we need to make any changes to Friday’s schedule we will notify you as soon as possible through an …..

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Public Meeting

Bladen County Educational Foundation to meet

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701, South, in Elizabethtown. This is an important meeting and all members and interested parties are urged to attend. Your presence at this meeting will be greatly appreciated and certainly needed, as we will attempt to elect new Officers and members of the Board of Directors, and will discuss plans for upcoming fund raising events, as well as …..

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Department of Public Instruction wins federal grant for pilot program to enhance substance abuse and mental health services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded an $8.8 million grant to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in support of NC Project ACTIVATE, a five-year program that increases mental health awareness for students, provides training for staff in recognizing and accommodating students with mental health needs, continues research into early prevention plans for substance abuse, and more.   The federal 2018 Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) grants are awarded to state education agencies with the goal to build or expand their capacity to oversee school-aged youth and local education agencies. North Carolina’s demonstration project will receive a total of $8.8 million …..

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Room for Improvement at Bladen County Schools

By Erin Smith Each year the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction issues School Performance Grades to schools across the state of North Carolina. These school performance grades are a part of the State’s accountability program. In Bladen County, East Arcadia School earned an F score and three others, Tar Heel Middle School, Elizabethtown Middle School and Booker T. Washington Primary School all earned a D score. Booker T. Washington School closed at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. The remaining schools in the county earned a C grade with the exception of West Bladen High School which earned a B grade. East Bladen High School earned a C …..

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Hurricane Florence Turns Local Teacher into Hero

Tom Tarrant, a middle school EC teacher at Columbus Charter School, became one of many local heroes during Hurricane Florence. Pedaling back and forth on his bicycle, Tom delivered medical supplies to neighbors who were stranded by high water. He also volunteered with The Red Cross during and after the storm. “This was my first hurricane, and it was a powerful experience. I stayed in town for the storm and helped my neighbors as I could,” stated Tom. He continued, “I picked up people’s prescriptions on my bike – mainly for those that were older and had no cars. I also picked up diapers and other small items for those …..

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Columbus County and other counties receive millions in school construction grants

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces $141 million in school construction grants to 13 districts North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced that $141 million in grant funds from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund will be awarded this year to school districts in Anson, Ashe, Caldwell, Caswell, Cherokee, Columbus, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Nash, Swain and Tyrrell counties. The grant awards will allow for construction of new school buildings in these economically distressed areas.   “Through these grants, we will help address our state’s need to replace old, outdated schools with better learning environments,” Johnson said. “This is the second year these funds have been made available to benefit our students …..

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North Carolina Education Leaders Promote “FAST NC” Fundraising Drive to Aid NC Public Schools 

A historic storm has devastated parts of North Carolina. In response, a historic, bipartisan coalition of current and former state education leaders presented their effort to aid schools to the State Board of Education, promoting Florence Aid to Students and Teachers (FAST NC) as an drive to help North Carolina’s public schools as students and educators struggle to return to normal. Hurricane Florence caused at least 1.2 million, or about 80 percent, of North Carolina’s public school students to miss some school. Many school buildings are damaged, and several school districts are still closed due to displacement, flooding and storm-related disruptions. Now, FAST NC has brought together an illustrious steering committee for …..

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UNCW NAMED 5TH MOST INNOVATIVE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN THE SOUTH, SETS ALL-TIME ENROLLMENT RECORDS

Wilmington, N.C.  – The University of North Carolina Wilmington was named the 5th most innovative public university in the South by U.S. News & World Report in September, tying with Georgia College & State University, the university announced today. UNCW also earned other laudable recognitions in U.S. News’ “Best Colleges 2019” guidebook, ranking 6th among public universities and tying for 15th overall with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on the list of Best Regional Universities in the South. As part of a total enrollment of 16,747, the university achieved a substantial 16% increase in graduate student enrollment. UNCW set enrollment records in a variety of other areas including international students, clinical research, computer science, business analytics and …..

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Bladen County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 7-13, 2018

Contributed by Stacie Kinlaw, Bladen County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Elizabethtown, NC — For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will be celebrating National 4-H Week during the first full week of October. Bladen County 4-H will leverage National 4-H Week this year by showcasing the incredible experiences that 4-H offers young people, and will highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them. Bladen County 4-Hers kicked off this week-long celebration with our Bladen County Commissioners as they presented the official proclamation to our youth members and officers …..

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Taylor selected as Superintendent of the Year

Bladen County Schools is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert P. Taylor has been selected as the 2018 Healthy Schools Superintendent of the Year by the North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport Management (NCAAHPERDSM). Dr. Taylor’s work to advance the belief that no child should go hungry has also been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the No Kid Hungry state and national organizations, and the North Carolina Governor’s Office of the First Lady. His leadership as the superintendent has ensured that every child in Bladen County Schools has the opportunity to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost every day. …..

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Eight North Carolina Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Honors

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized eight North Carolina schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. “I’m pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students’ accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”   The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and …..

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Superintendent of Moores Creek National Battlefield to Retire After 46 Years of Federal Service

Currie, NC –  On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Superintendent Ricardo Perez will hang up his Park Ranger Stetson and call it a career after 46 years of Federal service. Superintendent Perez has served as a Ranger in some of the most amazing places, from California to Oregon, from Washington D.C. to Puerto Rico. He has given programs on Alcatraz Island, assisted with hurricane cleanup in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and coordinated efforts during President Barack Obama’s inauguration. With a career that has spanned many decades, it is worth mentioning all of the great National Parks Mr. Perez has worked at and some of his roles and responsibilities while at these sites.  Mr. …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools Opening

Bladen County Schools is excited to welcome back students and staff on Monday, October 1. They will be operating on a two-hour delay to allow extra time for the sun to rise and give our bus drivers clear visibility of the roads. The two-hour delay is for students and staff. Bladen County Schools would like thank you all for your patience over these past couple of weeks as we recovered from Hurricane Florence. They have missed their students and staff and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.   Share:

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Three Schools Earn Recognition as Leaders in STEM Education

The North Carolina State Board of Education recognized three public schools earlier this month for exemplary leadership and instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. These schools are the latest schools to be recognized under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s STEM Recognition Program. Earning recognition as NC STEM Schools of Distinction were Greene County Middle School, Meadowview Magnet Middle School in Surry County and Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy in Davidson County. State Superintendent Mark Johnson commended the schools for attaining STEM Schools of Distinction recognition. “Students in all schools will graduate into a world where STEM skills already are highly valued,” Johnson said. “These schools are helping to lead …..

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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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