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Golden Leaf accepting scholarship applications

The Golden LEAF Scholarship applications are now available at CFNC.org/goldenleaf. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 1, 2018. A total of 215 awards will be offered to first-time recipients to assist with tuition at participating institutions for the 2018-19 academic year. The awards are valued up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate education) for high school seniors and up to $9,000 for community college transfer students from qualifying counties who attend a participating North Carolina campus. Be on the lookout for an upcoming change in the application process. The Golden LEAF Foundation will soon be moving to an online only application process to increase …..

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RBA Viking Cheerleaders bring home awards from national competition

LELAND – The Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) Viking Cheerleaders once again returned victorious from Walt Disney World in Orlando, where they earned three National Championship titles at the 2017 Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships. Six teams attended the national event after solid victories at earlier qualifying competitions in Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington. The teams are comprised not only of current students from all four of the Roger Bacon Academy community of charter schools, but also of students that have graduated from its managed schools, which offer classes through 8th grade. All six teams placed in the finals culminating in live broadcast on ESPN, November 7th, 2017. …..

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Bladenboro Primary announces Terrific Kids winners for December

Bladenboro Primary School has announced their Terrific Kids winners and Terrific Kids drawing winner for the month of December. Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School Principal Deborah Guyton is Elijah McCollum, a fourth grader, 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 drawing at each of the Terrific Kid ceremonies for the school year. 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 …..

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WBHS FFA Participates in State FFA Livestock Evaluation Event

The West Bladen FFA Chapter participated in the 2017 NC FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development Event on November 28th, 2017. This event took place in Raleigh, NC and is sponsored by the NC Cattlemen’s Association. Team members were: Amelia Harris, Logan Lewis, Helen Lopez, MacKenzie Morris, and Sean Nunnery. At this event, students evaluated livestock based on breeding and market characteristics, defended their decisions to a panel of judges, completed a written test, and a team activity. Harris, Morris, and Nunnery are also members of the Bladen County 4-H Youth Livestock Team. Share:

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Max Dilello Wins Elizabethtown Christian Academy National Geographic Bee

Max Dilello, a 7th grade student at Elizabethtown Christian Academy, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Wednesday, November 29 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Thousands of schools around the US and in the five US territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Max, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then …..

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Bladen Community College welcomes middle school students for math and science day

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College welcomed middle school students to campus for hands-on activities and learning experiences in November. Department chair for Math and Science Lisa DeVane coordinated the event. “This is our fourth year of inviting public school students to the Math and Science Day at BCC,” remarked DeVane. “We hope to ignite an academic interest in science and math for students at a younger age.” Students from Clarkton School of Discovery and Bladenboro Middle School studied DNA structure, function, and extraction, pH, using biomarkers to detect cancer, and using the scientific method to design and build prosthetic hands while on the college campus. The event not only provides …..

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Bladenboro Primary Recognizes Top Sellers 

Thank you parents for helping to make our Fall Fundraiser a huge success.  Several children’s parents sold more than 29 items.  Pictured with Mrs. Guyton are Leea Wilkins who sold 61 items, Jeffery Burney who sold 51 items, Katelyn Robinson who sold 36 items, Jamie Harvey and Chloe Thompson who each sold 30 items, and Messiah Smith who sold 29 items.  They will receive double time on the bounce houses as part of their reward. Share:

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Bladenboro Primary Honor Roll

Bladenboro Primary School has released their honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period. 3rd Grade A Honor Roll: Brayden Bryan, Lukas McLean, Josey Pait, Connor Sykes, and Colin Willoughby. A/B Honor Roll: Kaiden Brooks, Chase Bryan, Peyton Burney, Kimberly Dowless, Karlee Gause,  Chase Grubbs, Ester Guzman,  Jamie Harvey, Lily Hester,  Ashten Johnson, Briana Johnson, DaShaun Leach, Kendell Lessane, Saniya Martin, JaNya McKeithan, Diyari McKoy, Alexis Norris,  Aurora Oldfield,  Kyrstin Owens, Brody Rhodes, Emma Singletary, Jewel Singletary, LeAnn Stanley, Brayden Steele, Shane Sykes, Hailey Tittle, and Jada Wright. 4th Grade Superindentent’s List: Jackson Pait A Honor Roll Akeira Barnett, Omarion Brown,  Juandiego Burga-Cupen, Gwen Cordle, Derrick Harvey,  Brenna Hester, Bryan Maldonado, Morgan Moore, Pateyn Pope, Emmy Schallert,  Nate Shutz, Natalee Sykes, Makenna Thurman, Leea Wilkins, and Faith …..

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Board of Education moving forward with Early College

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education will move forward with the establishment of Bladen Early College. The board met in a special session on Monday afternoon and voted to approve the new school. Board member Berry Lewis was absent from the meeting. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tanya Head addressed the board regarding the proposed early college. She told the board that Bladen County Schools staff have spoken with officials at The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) regarding early colleges. Head and board member Roger Carroll also told the board they had attended a session on early colleges during the recent School Board Association meeting and gained valuable …..

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Tar Heel Middle issues honor roll for first nine weeks

Tar Heel Middle School has released the honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period for the 2017-18 academic year. Fifth Grade “A” Honor Roll = Grades of 90+ in all classes Devyn Clanton, Lauren Douglas, Ryder Faircloth, Madison Holder, and Kasey Nichols. “A/B” Honor Roll=Grades of 80+ in all classes Destyni Blackwell-Lewis, Alina Chavez, Jaziyah  Daniels, Garrett Dunham, Yareth Garcia, Luis Garcia-Sanchez, Shandell Gonzales, Micah Hearn, Jeremiah Jacobs, Ah’leah Johnson, Aidan Jones, Christopher Knepper, Sawyer Landreth, Leslie Lemus-Basillio, Emily Lewis, Lidia Lopez-Garcia, Sherlyn Martinez,  Teasia McDowell, Zion McMillan, Angel Ramon-Reyes, Xha-tyiria Qe’yaria Rowdy, Yuridia Santant-Dominguez, Nolan Sessoms, Pablo Vasquez-Aguillar, Jessica Verdugo-Gomez, and Faith Noel Wil-Dey. Sixth Grade Superintendent’s …..

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Hayley Hall awarded Buckley Scholar

Contributed Hayley Hall of Bladenboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has been officially awarded and recognized as a Buckley Scholar. Hall is at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is a senior graduating from the School of Dentistry in May 2018. To qualify as a Buckley Scholar recipient, a student must perform a minimum of 300 hours of community service, participate in a number of leadership trainings, and maintain a high GPA in good standing with the University. Buckley students over the years have contributed millions of hours of service to Orange and Durham counties, UNC, statewide in North Carolina, in various underprivileged areas of the …..

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Terrific Kids Elizabethtown Primary

Contributed Elizabethtown Primary School conducted their first Terrific Kids award ceremony of the 2017 – 2018 school year,  Monday, November 20th, at 2 p.m. in the school cafeteria.   Fifteen students from the second grade classes were recognized as Terrific Kids for the months of September, October, and November.   The recipients were Heather Sandoval, Alton Brooker, Katie Singletary, Fox Sutton, Kamariah Rhodie, Emy Perez, Aireyell Graham, Lamont Tucker, Emanuel Velazquez-Perez, Aaron Ramsden, Zoey Barger, Abigail Miranda-Ventura, Ariana Acevedo-Portillo, Sy’Riah Edwards, and Arianna McKiver.  Presenting the awards were Dr. Lisa Bryan from the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and Elizabethtown Primary Principal Priscilla Brayboy.   The students also had family and friends in attendance.   Mr. Mike Aycock from the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club assisted with presentations and a drawing for the parents. For more …..

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Bladen County Schools Number 1 in NC

The Bladen County School board had a lot to celebrate on Thursday 16, 2017. Awards were given out for technology achievements, attendance, and certified certificates. However, the most impressive may have been the award for the second year in a row. Bladen County Schools obtained the top top in North Carolina by offering the most CTE (Career/Technical Education) courses to their students. CTE classes help students connect what they learned to the real world according to the state’s Ready Set Go website. It can help students gain key skills to help you get a job after you graduate. It’s also a great way to explore career options and meet the people …..

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Bladen Community College announces new paramedic to RN program

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is poised to begin a paramedic-to-RN program with the upcoming spring semester of 2018. The bridge will allow currently certified paramedics to earn an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Nursing. “This is a huge step forward for our nursing program,” remarked Director of Allied Health Programs Sharron Thomas. “We are one of only three community colleges in the state that can facilitate this transition from paramedic to registered nurse.” To qualify for the program, a student must have current registration as a paramedic with the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services or the National Registry, have scored at least a 58 on the TEAS …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Clarkton School of Discovery releases first nine weeks honor roll

Clarkton School of Discovery has released their honor rolls for the first nine weeks grading period. Superintendent’s List (Having a 96 or above​ in all ​classes) 6th Grade:  Addie Bowen, Lena Damasco-Trinidad, Caroline Kirby, Riley McIntyre, and Reagan Moore. 7th Grade:  Luke Barber, Cathleen DeVane, Andrew Dowd, and Karli Priest. 8th Grade:  Devin Avant,  Kayla Bell, Hannah Davis, Hailey Guyton, Aubree Jacobs, Kathryn Kirby, Merritt Martin, and Kayla Norris. “A” Honor Roll​ ­(Having all A’s in every class) 6th Grade:  Lee Barnes, Samuel Cain, Molly Evans, Divine Gardner, Rylee Garrison, Parker Greene, Jalil Hayes, Reese Hester, Cameron Jefferson, Rodney Lacewell, Emma McDuffie, Elise McKiever, Arayah McKoy, Autumn Nye, Savanna Orellana, …..

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West Bladen High School Honor Rolls for Q1 (1st Nine Weeks)

SUPERINTENDENT’S LIST – Grades of 96 and above and no more than 7 absences in each class. Elizabeth Allbright, Sarah Allen,Joshua Benson, Ciara Blanks, Morgan Brady, Autumn Brisson, Madison Bullard, Cierra Byrd, Janet Chavez, Glorimar Cruz Pagan, Bethany Davis, Caroline Davis, Marley Fletcher, Uriel Garcia Ortiz, Kyle Gause, Jennifer Gaytan Morales, Kyla Gore, Samaria Grant, Kacy Gunter, Makaylie Hammonds Amelia Harris, Ashley Hunsinger, Del’Vondra Johnson, Edgardo Lara, Callie Lewis, Richard Lewis, Stephanee Lewis, Anna Moser, Vanessa Nance, Alise Pait, Dalton Pait, Joseph Pait, Shelby Pharr, Channing Robeson, Amy Reaves, Janet Rivera, Channing Roberts, Tara Rogers, Marcos Rojas-Jacinto, Mohagany Rozier, Tristen Sadler, Atzel Salvador-Gonzalez, Olivia Sholar, Bethany Strickland, Abdiel Tapia, Jr., …..

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Bladenboro Middle School Releases First Quarter Honor Roll

Bladenboro Middle School has released the honor roll for the first quarter.   5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +) – Holland Davis, Erin Hewett, Deikan Moretz, Richard Severine, Navaeh Singletary, and Madison Wilkins. A Honor Roll (90+) – Cade Allen, Jerrah Basbson, Kallie Bass, Cole Dowless,  Laura Garcia-Martinez, Danny Chavez-Ortiz, Flor Jacome Duarte, Emmaleigh Dunn, Kara Gause, Chason Harris, Elizabeth Howell, Joshua Lennon, Nicholas Rich, Hillary Roblero Sandoval, Eileen Rojas Sandoval, Aiden Russ, Leigha Sellers, and Marissa Taylor. A/B Honor Roll (80+) – Jade Black, Hezekiah Blanks-Adams, Tucker Bordeaux, Caroline Britt,  Caleb Clark, Nathan Collins, Jack Combs, Alanna Dowless, Ashton Dowless, Jonathan Guijosa-Santiago,  Hailey Hunt, Lashantiana Jackson, Dallin Johnson, Noah …..

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Elizabethtown Primary School – 1st 9 weeks Honor Rolls

3rd Grade A Honor Roll: Kaylie Atkins, Mallory McDuffie, Brooklyn Skinner A/B Honor Roll: Nyasia Banks, William Borza, Emily Campos-Estrada, Nadya Colon, AviAnna Hamilton, Wilnelys Delgado Hernandez, Jaida Harrison, Ellie Kinlaw, Matilda Kinlaw, Tanaisha McKoy, Alize Robinson, Janice Alvarez-Nunez, Martha Quezada, Khyonna Ripley-Smith, Javonte Smith, Jaylen Smith, Alejandra Ventura, Kaylee Watson 4th Grade Superintendent’s List: Cabria Baldwin A Honor Roll: Colton Daly, Dajour Davis, Gavin Elks, Madison Franzeo, Destiny Gore, Noah Johnson, Isaiah Lee, Chelsea Lesane, Joseph Martinez, Chance Miller, Yureysy Ramos, Gabriela Ventura Rebollar, Hunter Simmons, Teagan Smith, Grady Starling, Max Tart, Ayden Williams, Niyah Wooten A/B Honor Roll: Alana Bell, MaKayla Caudle, Torrean Cogdell, Ariel Cromartie, De’Adra Dimery, …..

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Dublin Primary Teachers receive Bladen County Farm Bureau Grant

Bladen County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair Brenda Brisson presented recipients Denise White and Lynn Brisson third grade teachers at Dublin Primary School with the Bladen County Farm Bureau 2017 Grant during their annual membership meeting. This grant is awarded yearly to a deserving K-8 grade teacher to honor them for their desire to integrate agriculture into his or her classroom.  Grant applications are made available at the beginning of each school year. Share:

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SECU Scholarship Winners

Two Bladen Community College students have been awarded scholarships through the State Employees Credit Union Foundation. Pictured from left to right are vice president for student services Barry Priest, SECU representative Lindsay Chadwick, scholarship recipients Kayla Nunnery and Andrew Shepherd, and associate vice president for academic services Cynthia McKoy. For more information about student scholarship opportunities at Bladen Community College, contact Samantha Benson at 910 879-5567. Share:

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Two Elizabethtown teachers win Bright Ideas Grant

Congratulations to Melanie Wohlford (music teacher) and Whitney Hern (art teacher) at Elizabethtown Primary School on winning the Bright Ideas Grant from Four County Electric Membership Corporation.  Mrs. Wohlford was awarded $1,190 for her Makey Makey Music project.  Mrs. Hern received $1,080 for Baking Beacons.  Elizabethtown Primary is using 21st Century teaching techniques to ensure the success of our students according to their Facebook page. Share:

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy

Elizabethtown Christian Academy  Honor Roll

  1 st Quarter 2017-2018   3 rd Grade Headmaster’s List Hutchens Glenn Whit Gooden Ashley Melvin 4 th Grade Headmaster’s List Sarah Cain Jayden Dew Eliza Waters 5 th Grade Headmaster’s List Miriam DeVane Chandler Bordeaux Beckham Coates Coley Sasser 6 th Grade Headmaster’s List Thad Brisson 3 rd Grade Honor Roll Elena Espinoza 5 th Grade Honor Roll Anna Gooden Bella Smith 6 th Grade Honor Roll Andrew Lin Taylar McLaurin Clarence Norton 7 th Grade Honor Roll Max Dilello Travis Taylor 8 th Grade Honor Roll Olivia Hill Share:

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Board of Education to meet about early college

The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Bladen Early College.  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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BCC’s Burney, Kinlaw speak to Bladenboro Rotary Club

Linda Burney, the director of the Bladen Community College Foundation, and Cathy Kinlaw, the school’s public relations director, presented a program at the regular Monday night meeting of the Bladenboro Rotary Club. Burney (pictured, far left) gave an informative overview of the Foundation’s mission to support students, faculty and staff through financial grants and loans not covered by state funds. Kinlaw (pictured, left) addressed the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary, 1967-2017. The highlight of the program was the presentation depicting the school’s early years through photographs and trivia. This brought back memories for BCC alumni present at the meeting. Share:

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Ag’em Up Days held

Contributed Ag’em Up Days, a two day Agricultural Field Day Adventure for Bladen County 3rd graders, was held on October 4th and 5th, 2017 at the Bladen County Parks and Recreation field and picnic area located on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown, NC. Bladen County Cooperative Extension, Bladen County Farm Bureau, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Bladen County Livestock Association, Four County Electric, Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, Prestage Farms, Representative William and Brenda Brisson, NC Blueberry Council, Inc., Southeast Farm Equipment, Smithfield Hog Production, West Bladen High School FFA, East Bladen High School FFA and the Bladen County Board of Education worked together to create this annual …..

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Bladen County Schools approves next step in school consolidation

By: Charlotte Smith The board of Bladen County Schools met on Monday, October 9, 2017 with a full agenda. Awards, attendance banners, introduction to AYUSA Foreign Exchange Student, and the consolidation proposal were just some of the topics covered. Hi Wa “Eva,” the Knight family from Dublin and Ms. Connie Lawrence with AYUSA introduced the Foreign Exchange program. “We are all so excited to welcome Eva to Dublin and give her a taste of American life,” said Connie Lawrence, Ayusa Community Representative.  “Ayusa is committed to building bridges of understanding between cultures, and we can’t wait for Eva  to experience all the wonderful things that Dublin has to offer.” Class …..

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Bladen County Youth to Celebrate National 4-H Week October 1-7

Elizabethtown, NC (October 2, 2017) — For the 75th 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 plan to kick off this week celebrating with our Bladen County Commissioners as they present the official proclamation to our youth members and officers at their October 2nd meeting. You …..

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Golden Leaf Scholarship recipients announced for Bladen Community College

Three Bladen Community College students have received Golden LEAF Scholarships. Receiving scholarships are  from left Victoria P. Sullivan, Quinisha L. Herring, and Fabiola L. Taylor. The Golden LEAF Scholars Program has provided over 11,500 scholarships since its inception to help North Carolinians 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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Five CTE teachers recognized by Bladen Board of Education

By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Tuesday for their monthly session where they recognized five Career and Technical Education teachers and their classes for earning 100 percent proficiency. Mitchell Newkirk of East Bladen High School, Brandy Wilkins of East Bladen High School, Debra Kinlaw of West Bladen High School, Gail Marsh of West Bladen High School, and Mary Todd of West Bladen High School all had classes that earned the 100 percent proficiency rating. Additionally, Cedric Matthis, a now retired teacher from East Bladen, had a class that also earned the recognition. In related news, Bridget White, Instructional Management Coordinator for the CTE Program, later presented the …..

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School Grades Improve, Graduation Rate at Record High, but Challenges Remain as State Releases Accountability Data

In the fourth year of the state’s A-F grading system, the percentage of A or B schools (35.8 percent) continued to climb and the percentage of D and F schools (22.6 percent) fell compared to the 2015-16 school year, according to school accountability data released today to the State Board of Education. In addition, the state’s four-year high school cohort graduation rate continued its upward trend, moving to 86.5 percent from the 85.9 percent figure from the 2015-16 school year. North Carolina’s public schools have set a record graduation rate for a 12th consecutive year.   School Performance Grades are based 80 percent on the school’s achievement score and 20 …..

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Bladen County Students receive school supplies from Goodwill Community Foundation

Bladen County students will be able to get free school supplies September 7th, 2017, at the Bladen County Public Library’s Elizabethtown branch. The Goodwill Community Foundation will distribute supplies on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until supplies run out. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade must be present at the Elizabethtown Library to be eligible to receive supplies. Free School Supplies at Bladen County Library Share:

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North Carolina Education Lottery Funds For Bladen County

Since 2006, the beginning of the North Carolina Education Lottery, Bladen County has received a cumulative amount of $18,635,644. In comparing funds received by other southeastern North Carolina counties we find the following: Columbus $31,167,358, Brunswick $37,768,734, Pender $24,074,238, Sampson $37,030,859, Robeson $83,292,753. Share:

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Fall Enrollment at BCC Shows Boost in High School Students

DUBLIN – As Bladen Community College welcomes over 1,150 students to campus this fall, the student population will reflect a changing profile. Because of the Career and College Promise Program (CCPP), the campus will see its greatest influx yet of high school students who will complete college credits while still in high school. “We have an excellent collaborative relationship with the public school system,” explained Barry Priest, Vice President for Student Services. “High school students can take transferrable college credits while simultaneously receiving high school course credits.” Cierra Griffin, College and High School Programs Coordinator, remarked, “This fall, over 20% of our student enrollment will be high school students. With …..

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Bruce Lader to Speak at Bladen Community College

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College invites the public to hear poet and author Bruce Lader reading from his books and magazine articles on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11 A.M. in the Student Resource Center. Lader is the author of Fugitive Hope (Červená Barva Press, 2014), Embrace (Big Table Publishing, 2010), Landscapes of Longing (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009), and Discovering Mortality (March Street Press, 2005). In 2010, Lader won the Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition and was a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. His journal appearances include Poetry, New York Quarterly, International Poetry Review, the Southern Poetry Anthology, the Oxford Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poets, the Einstein …..

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Bladen native Dr. Jennifer Smith named superintendent in China

Bladen County native Dr. Jennifer Smith has been named a superintendent in Beijing, China. She is the daughter of Shirley Autry and the late Houston Smith. China’s education system has a great reputation and is considered one of the most challenging and competitive systems in the world, with accountability standards that exceed most countries. Smith has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in leading large international educational settings. Prior to taking the leap to work overseas, she was a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Smith left Charlotte to work overseas in South Korea, where she opened a new school as principal. While working in Asia, her expertise led her to the …..

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Bladen County Commissioners Support Work Ready Community Initiative

ELIZABETHTOWN – The Bladen County Commissioners have signed a resolution to support a work force development initiative in Bladen County. In collaboration with Bladen Community College, the Work Ready Community Initiative is a workforce development assessment that tracks local skilled workers and their workforce readiness. Participants are evaluated on reading for information ability, applied mathematics, and locating information. Using a system that identifies workers with bronze, silver, gold, and platinum certifications, the community college administers the assessments and enters the results into the national database as a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate. Business and industry employers can promote the initiative by preferring or requiring individuals to have career readiness certification …..

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Jennifer Haygood will Address Fall Convocation at BCC

Dublin – Bladen Community College will welcome fall semester students, faculty and guests to the 2017 Fall Convocation at 11 A.M. on August 29. The Convocation service provides an opportunity for students to commit to completion with encouragement from motivational guests. Jennifer Haygood, current Chief of Staff for the NC Community College System will address the assembly. Haygood is responsible for overseeing the internal operations of the NC Community College System Office and creating a fully integrated, highly performing System Office team that supports the System’s mission. Haygood served for eight years as the System’s Chief Financial Officer, leading the division that is responsible for managing approximately $1.5 billion in …..

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Bladen County business leaders offered classes at no cost

The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars in September. The seminars will be held on the college’s campuses in Dublin and East Arcadia. Some seminars will be hosted online.   Social Media for Churches and Non-Profits will be offered Sat., Sept. 16, from 9 A.M. until 12 noon on the Dublin campus in bldg., 2, room 207. The Entrepreneurs’ Academy will meet at the Dublin campus on Tuesdays starting Sept. 12, from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M. Participants who attend at least five of the seven-part series will receive a certificate. The series will meet on the following dates: Sept. 12 – How to …..

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Applications Being Accepted now for Bright Ideas Classroom Grants

Time is running out for teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from Four County EMC’s Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by September 18. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips and more information on the Bright Ideas grant website at www.ncbrightideas.com. “Since 1994, the Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $10.9 million for 10,400 projects benefitting more than 2.1 million students across North Carolina,” said Gay Johnson, Director of Corporate Communications of Four County EMC.  “Education is key in building and maintaining strong communities. At Four County EMC, we are proud …..

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School Bus Safety

Governor Roy Cooper signed into law Senate Bill 55 in July to help protect students from unsafe drivers and give parents and teachers added peace of mind when sending children to the school bus. SB 55 follows several instances of students being injured or killed by unsafe drivers while waiting for, or getting on or off, a school bus.  Now, North Carolina school systems will be able to use the same technology that catches drivers who run red lights to catch violators who pass stopped school buses. Cameras are being installed on buses to capture photos and video of drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Violators will be issued tickets …..

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SPT gives to Bladen County students

 Left to Right: Jim Borst, Sally Creasy, Karely Jiminez and Thomas Brooks (not present for photo, but helped, Shirleen Bryant). Bladen County Schools start back for the new school year next Monday, August 28th, 2017. Local businesses and organizations are helping the students prepare with donations. Specialty Product Technologies in Elizabethtown donated school supplies this week to the Bladen County Board of Education. Paper, pencils, tissues, binders, lunch boxes and more were just some of the items the local company donated. Excitement is beginning to mount as the days inch closer to a the new academic year. Open houses for schools are being held through out the county all week …..

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Basking In The Glow: ECA Eclipse Party

The lead up to Monday’s American Eclipse paled in comparison to the social media bonanza of eclipse memories, photos and videos across the country. As so many schools released early in the Bladen County area, Elizabethtown Christian Academy moved in the opposite direction – they threw a party. “Watching history with our ECA family was amazing,” said Lauren Thomas, PTO President. “Mrs. [LaDonna] Coates put together an awesome party with Moon Pies, straw rockets and TANG. This made a special day memorable for all ages.” The school-wide event provided eclipse glasses for the student body, teachers, staff, parents and friends that were in attendance to be able to safely witness …..

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Freshman Orientation held at West Bladen High School

By Amy Schumacher The incoming freshman class gathered today at West Bladen High School to spend the morning getting oriented with West Bladen and many of the faculty and staff that will be there to help them in their first year of high school. Students were welcomed by Rodney Smith, Assistant Principal, and then students divided into different groups where activities were available for them. Ursela Wooten, Assistant Principal, led a scavenger hunt that helped students learn to negotiate the new school, while other groups played a game of Clue to open locks that would offer prizes for their “critical thinking” skills. “We want to make connections with our new …..

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces Coding and Mobile App Development Grant application period

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Thursday that the Department of Public Instruction is now accepting grant applications for the new $400,000 Coding and Mobile App Development competitive grant program. The program will fund up to $40,000 per school to develop industry partnerships to design and implement computer science, coding, and mobile app development programs for middle school and high school students. “This is a great opportunity for schools to partner with technology companies and design innovative programs that will excite students and point them toward careers in tech, a sector that includes careers that require everything from a high school diploma to a master’s degree,” Johnson said. “I thank the …..

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Citing Safety, Charter Schools to Close Early for Eclipse

Leland, North Carolina – Out of concern for the safety of children and their parents during the upcoming solar eclipse, the charter schools managed by the Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) will observe a half-day schedule on Monday, August 21, 2017. RBA’s four tuition-free schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. Parents were also notified that the AlphaBEST daycare services on these campuses will not be offered after Noon on Monday. “We have advised parents that the four campuses will be closed to all students, teachers and staff after 12:30 p.m. on Monday,” said John …..

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Ayusa and Dublin, NC Welcome New Foreign Exchange Student to Community

Hi Wa Lee “Eva’ from Hong Kong to live with Knight  Family for 2017-2018 School Year   Dublin – Ayusa, a non-profit promoting global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students, is pleased to welcome Hi Wa Lee a high school student from Hong Kong to the Dublin community. Hi Wa “Eva,” will be living with the Thomas Knight  family and attending West Bladen High School for the 2017-18 school year. “We are all so excited to welcome Eva to Dublin and give her a taste of American life,” said Connie Lawrence, Ayusa Community Representative.  “Ayusa is committed to building bridges of understanding between …..

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Bladen Community College Website Receives Global Recognition

DUBLIN – The newly refurbished Bladen Community College website has received global recognition for design, creativity, and innovation through the Awwwards.com website design evaluation jury. In 2016, BCC began an extensive restructuring of the college website, engaging Springer Studios from Wilmington to redesign the internet presence. Working with the BCC website team members, Springer Studios launched a revitalized and comprehensive website in May of 2017. According to Phillip Pope, BCC assistant system administrator, “Awwwards.com searches for the best web designers, developers, and agencies in the world.  Jurors from countries around the world score websites based on an objective criteria evaluating design, usability, creativity, and content.” The college website committee and …..

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Superintendent discusses consolidation concerns with School Board

By Bethany Hall Stephens The Board of Education met Monday for their monthly session where they began by hearing a financial summary for both June and July from Sharon Penny, Finance Director. Penny explained that the budget was 98% finalized, and though there is an increase in the fund balance this year (which on the surface would appear to be a good thing), the increase was due to having several substitute teachers in lieu of certified teachers (who don’t make as much money but are also un-certified teachers). Valerie Newton, Public Information Officer, briefly gave the board an overview outlining instances during the last month where Bladen County Schools were …..

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Back to School fling to offer school supplies

By Erin Smith Back to school is an exciting and nervous time for many students across Bladen County. Some students will be starting school without the necessary supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. In order to change that, A Back to School Fling is planned for Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The event will feature giveaways of school supplies as well as plenty of games and entertainment. The event is sponsored by Ricky DD’s Party Entertainment, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and C. I. K. Kids Movement. Shaundra Todd, one of the event’s organizers said, “The …..

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Bladen Community College Registration in Underway

DUBLIN – Registration for fall classes at Bladen Community College is ongoing through Wednesday, August 9, 2017 until 7 P.M. The college offers 73 curriculum programs, associate degrees with college transfer options, certifications in skilled careers, and high school completion credentials. To register, visit the student services building (building 2) on the Dublin campus between 9 A.M. and 2 P.M. or between 3:30 P.M. and 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 9. For more information, call 910 879-5500. Share:

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HCA Senior Betas fare well in National competition

By Erin Smith The Harrells Christian Academy Senior Beta Club traveled to Orlando, Fla., this summer and represented North Carolina well in competition at the National Senior Beta Club Convention. Cameron Tyler, North Carolina Senior Beta Club Vice-President, gave a rousing speech as he campaigned for the office of National Senior Beta Club Vice-President. His campaign skit placed second. The HCA Senior Beta Club earned the People’s Choice Award for Service booth. The HCA Senior Beta quilt was being made by those that visited the booth and each visitor made a quilt square. There are plans in the works to donate the quilt. HCA also earned a 5th place with …..

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Bladen Community College Recognizes Employees

  DUBLIN – Bladen Community College recognized employees for their service to the college at the All-Campus Assembly in August. Pictured left to right are Donald Bryan with 5 years, Amy Cummings with 15 years, Mark Coleman with 10 years, Jeff Kornegay with 25 years, Robert Herring with 25 years, Twyla Davis with 15 years, Ginger King with 5 years, David Humphrey with 15 years, Edward Dent with 35 years, Brenda Malloy with 5 years, Tina Forrester with 15 years, Pauline Graham with 5 years, Lee Anne Bryan with 15 years, Roy Thompson with 5 years, and Barry Priest with 20 years. President William Findt stands on the right. Not …..

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Helpful Apps for Students

By: Dora Brogdon Everyone can admit that school is hard even with the Internet at our fingertips. But with technology advancing and something new coming out almost everyday, students now have an advantage that can help them overcome their demanding school life. The first out of many of these helpful apps is Alarmy: Sleep If You Can! This alarm can help those that love to hit that snooze button get to class on time. Now Alarmy isn’t your normal alarm app, this one requires you to do some activities. Some of these activities include taking a picture of a specific item or simply shaking your phone before the alarm stops. …..

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Second term for Gemma as Bladen Community College Trustee

DUBLIN – Retired physician Dr. Frank Gemma, has been re-appointed by the Bladen County Commissioners to another four-year term as a Trustee for Bladen Community College. Dr. Gemma has served as the Vice-Chairman of the local college’s Board of Trustees for two years. The General Statues of North Carolina provides the guidelines for the composition and tenure for Bladen Community College’s Board of Trustee in Chapter 115D Article 2 § 115D-12. Pictured from left to right are Bladen County Clerk of Court Niki Dennis, Dr. Gemma, and Chairman of the Board Dennis Troy. Share:

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Harrells Christian Academy Jr. Betas fare well at Nationals

By Erin Smith The National Junior Beta Club Convention was held this summer in Orlando, Fla. and students from around the region represented North Carolina well. The Junior Beta Club is for students in grades 4-8. Harrells Christian Academy’s Jr. Beta Club team did well. In competition Evan Boussias placed 2nd place Social Studies; 5th Place Black and White Photography went to Ella Campbell; 4th place in Painting was awarded to Rebekah Bryan; 2nd place Convention Invention Winners were Hudson Griffin, Rebekah Bryan, Daughtry Jackson and Eli Hardison. Hudson Griffin also placed 6th in speech. This was the first year Harrells Christian Academy took the fourth and fifth grade students …..

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Emereau:Bladen welcomes perspective parents, members of the community

By Erin Smith Emereau:Bladen was filled with the sounds of laughter, conversation and families wandering the hallways looking for their child’s classroom. Parents met with teachers, examined classroom materials, and learned about expectations for the upcoming academic year. Emereau:Bladen held an open house and ribbon cutting at the school on Thursday. The school officially opens on Tuesday, August 1. Kate Alice Dunaway said people were lined up at the school’s door beginning at 1 p.m. and the school had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. Some of the visitors were families of students who will be attending the school and other visitors included elected officials, business leaders and …..

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Bladen Community College Announces Scholastic Honor Students

DUBLIN – Full-time students who have demonstrated academic achievement at Bladen Community College for the summer 2017 term have been recognized. Students who have maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. for the term and have been named to the President’s List are Tayler Allen, Fernando Bautista, Amy Baxley, Kassi Boswell, Shacara Bridges, Jessica Gillman, Grace-Anna Glenn, Hillary Green, Amanda Hannon, Ashleigh Hunt, Courtney Nance, Reagan Powers, Tracy Quick, Katherine Rolocut, Quinn Singletary, and Taryn Strickland. Students who have maintained a 3.5 G.P.A. or above for the term and have been named to the Vice President’s List are Ashley Aubin, Amber Branch, Alyssa Britt, Amber Eddy, Tatianna Ford, Jasmin Ransom, Elisabeth Rojas Jacinto, …..

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Student receives Thurgood Marshall Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholarship

Ryan Jamar Henry of Durham is the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholarship. Ryan is the proud son of Dawn Henry of Durham, North Carolina and Robert Henry of Alpharetta, Georgia. His grandparents are Alice Richardson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lorraine Henry of Elizabethtown, North Carolina and retired Colonel Daniel (Pamela) McFadgen of Woodbridge, Virginia. His great-grandparents are Thelma Prescott of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Glendell (Mary) Robinson of Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court’s 96th justice and its …..

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Bladen Community College Graduates Practical Nursing Students

DUBLIN –Bladen Community College graduated 22 Practical Nursing students in a pinning ceremony on July 20. Board chair Dennis Troy and college president William Findt provided greetings and welcomed students and attendees. Ms. Denise Davies, CNM, addressed the graduates with words of encouragement, stating, “this is the day you have waited for.” Student Kassi Boswell received the Practical Nurse Education Professional Nursing Award for Theory and Clinical Nurse Application. The student recognized with the Practical Nurse Education Professional Nursing Award for exemplifying the best role model of the professional nurse and excellence in leadership in the Practical Nurse Education Program was Whitney Packer. Shacara Bridges and Jessica Gillman were awarded …..

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Bladen County Schools new online services

Bladen County School system is now offering a secure website service from ScribOrder for former students, business entities, and educational institutions to request transcripts and student records online. ScribOrder is the only authorized service provider for Bladen County School’s transcript and records requests.  Visit the Bladen County Schools district website at www.bladen.k12.nc.us to access the ScribOrder Student Transcript and Records Request quick link. Any transcript and records request must be made using the ScribOrder online system and paid for online. Requests received by any provider other than ScribOrder will not be fulfilled. Credit cards, debit cards, and e-checks are accepted forms of payment for online requests. The district no longer …..

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Desmond Bryant gives back to Bladen County

This weekend the annual Desmond Bryant Free Football camp was held at East Bladen High School. Bryant, a 2004 East Bladen High School graduate gives back every year to Bladen County by hosting a free football camp. Bryant graduated from Harvard and currently plays for the Cleveland Browns. The nationally known football player has not forgotten the importance of giving back. Even though Bryant did not spend his whole high school career at East Bladen, he did play two seasons for the local high school Eagles and gives back to them every year. This summer marks the 6th year for Bryant’s football camp. According to Dr. Wray, East Bladen’s Principal, …..

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Empty Nester… When your babies start their journey from the nest

By Amy Schumacher Every parent see’s the great potential of their children from the moment they look upon their faces for the first time. We raise them to be strong and independent, to have compassion and show empathy, all knowing that someday they will fly from the family nest and start their journey… they begin living on their own, making their own decisions, and hopefully making their mark on the world. Where does that leave the moms and dads? What do we do once our nest, our comfortable, happy and safe nest is empty? Most students leave for college in August so the parents have that last summer to get …..

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Court Rules Against Status Quo

Mark Johnson, the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued the following statement regarding today’s Superior Court ruling on NC State Board of Education v. State. “For too long, the lack of clarity about DPI leadership has fostered a system of non-accountability,” said Johnson. “While this system is great for shifting blame and avoiding responsibility, non-accountability at DPI hurts North Carolina students. Last December, the General Assembly addressed this problem by clarifying the parameters set forth in the NC Constitution. Their efforts offered greater transparency to educators and parents across the state seeking to engage with DPI and greater accountability at DPI.” “Today, the Superior Court has affirmed the constitutionality of …..

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Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon This week on Thursday, July 13th, the Summer Sounds Concert Series will be taking place at Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting this concert featuring the Coastline Band, and the show will start at 6 p.m.  Friday, July 14th, the Bladen County Extension and Community Association will hold their annual Christmas in July event Friday, July 14th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Service Center. The Powell-Melvin Building is located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Lunch  will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Booth rental is $10 and lunch is $5. For an …..

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Bladen County hosts healthy summer recreation programs

Bladen County Health Department and the county’s park and recreation department has a goal of making our communities a healthier place. This summer the two divisions teamed up and has started offering the “Healthy Bladen Kids Summer Recreation Program”. The program is offered at five different sites Monday through Thursday starting at 9 am and lasting until 1 pm. Ages for the program are 6 years of age to 14 years of age. Find out more: Summer Recreation Program Flyer Share:

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Bladen County 4-H Member Attends 2017 Citizenship North Carolina Focus

A delegate of Bladen County 4-H members attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bladen County delegate returned home from three days in which more than 120 youth and adults representing 48 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen. Allayah Jarmon represented Bladen County at the June 12-14 conference. Allayah is a member of the Downeast 4-H Club that meets in Carver’s Creek.  She currently serves as photographer of our Bladen County 4-H County Council. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates, …..

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Two Bladen County Students awarded Golden Leaf Scholarships

Two Bladen County students were named by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority as recipients of scholarships valued at up to $12,000 from the Golden LEAF Foundation.  The students selected for the honor were Anna Long and Alanna Ludlum. According to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, Anna Long and Alanna Ludlum, each received a $3,000 scholarship. The scholarship may be used for up to four years of study at a North Carolina college or university. They are two of 215 students who were selected for these scholarships. The purpose of the Golden LEAF scholarship program is to increase educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural …..

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Additional West Bladen students receive CNA certification

Several West Bladen High School students that received their CNA certification in the fall of 2016 were inadvertently omitted from the list of 2017 CNA graduates. The students are: Kassidy Anderson, Hugh Clark, Selene Flores, Kristen Hunt, Amber Long, Brianna Nance, Kayla Nunnery, Kathryn Schultz, Destinee Singletary, and Sophia Singletary. Share:

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club gets visit from scholarship recipients

Each year the Elizabethtown Rotary Club awards scholarships to Bladen County students. On Wednesday, the Rotarians received a visit from this year’s scholarship recipients. The 2017 scholarship recipients are James Moore, Jacqueline Madden, and Marley Ketterer. In addition to these, the Club also decided to award a scholarship to one Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy student. Share:

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Retired educators have more than 500 years of service

On June 13, 2017 Bladen County School system honored it’s recent retirees at a year-end luncheon. Of the 15 retirees present, they served in education for 387 years. The total years served by all of this year’s 21 BCS retirees is well over 500 years. Ms. Katie Johnson, Bookkeeper of Plain View Primary School had the most years served with 42, all of which were at Plain View Primary School. Congratulations and well wishes to the 2017 Retirees: *Mary Adderley, Child Nutrition Assistant, West Bladen High School; *Kent Allen, Director of Transportation, Transportation Department; *Deborah Belle, Principal, Plain View Primary School; *Sarah Bourbeau, Bookkeeper, Bladenboro Primary School; *Susan Daniel, Teacher, …..

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Tar Heel Middle School releases honor roll

Tar Heel Middle School has released the honor roll for the final grading period. Fifth Grade A Honor Roll Sam Cain, Sarah Dillard, Zequon Hatcher, Julianne Hursey, and Josiah Lucero. Sixth Grade A Honor Roll Daniel Arellano, Charlie Cruz-Rodriguez, and Karla Dimas-Lopez. Seventh Grade A Honor Roll Olivia Allen Eighth Grade A Honor Roll Kenia Hernandez Velasquez, Kaylee Page, and Shelby Pharr. Sixth Grade A/B Honor Roll Estefany Bravo Verdugo, Evan Brown, Jose Cuc Reyes, Angie Garrido Perez, Hunter Guyton, Ian Hursey, Azillyah McDonald, Colman Page, Neida Pena Romero, Salma Sandoval, Johann Tapia, and Paulina Vasquez. Seventh Grade A/B Honor Roll Daliyah Carroway, Emma Elliott, Emily Epps, Haleigh Fields, Serenity …..

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West Bladen High School Class of 2017

Photos by Gordon Kinlaw Graduation weekend is finally here for Bladen County’s Seniors. West Bladen High School conducted their graduation ceremony on Saturday morning in the school’s gymnasium. Speakers for the ceremony were Valedictorian Amber Long, Salutatorian Alanna Ludlum, Class President Morgan Schumacher, Superintendent of Bladen County Schools Dr. Robert P. Taylor, and West Bladen High School Principal Peggy J. Hester. Parents, friends, faculty and staff all gathered to help the Senior class celebrate the occasion. Share:

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East Bladen High School Class of 2017

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The moment Bladen County’s Seniors have been waiting for finally arrived this weekend. East Bladen High School conducted their graduation ceremony on Friday evening in the gymnasium. Ross Johnson welcomed everyone to the ceremony and Emily Scott gave the charge to the senior class. Parents, faculty, staff, family and friends all gathered to show their support of the Senior class as they turned their tassels. Share:

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High School graduation ceremonies to take place this weekend

Bladen County’s high school seniors will be graduating this weekend and BladenOnline.com will be live streaming the graduation ceremonies live on our Facebook page. East Bladen High School will conduct their graduation ceremony tonight  (Friday, June 16) at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. Once the ceremony begins, no one will be permitted to leave the gymnasium. Emily Scott will address the Senior class. There is no guest speaker for this year’s ceremony, according to Bladen County Schools. West Bladen High School is conducting their graduation ceremony tomorrow (Saturday, June 17) at 10 a.m. in the Knight Main Gymnasium and a live camera feed will be set up in auxiliary gymnasium. …..

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Bladen County Graduates in the spotlight

It is that time of year again. A new path begins for some of our Bladen County young adults. Graduations are being celebrated across our county. Local graduates will be in the spotlight in a couple different ways on BladenOnline.com. First, BladenOnline.com will continue to take graduation congratulations notes and photos of graduates to publish on our Lifestyle’s page. Information about the graduate  you would like to give kudos to should be emailed along with a photo to BladenOnline.com@gmail.com. Second we are excited to announce BladenOnline.com will be live streaming the graduations of our two local high schools on our Facebook page. Bladen Community College is the first graduation ceremony …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery Students Published

For the third consecutive year, CSD students participated and won the Bladen Community College Writing Contest. Students composed essays to the following prompt: “If you were given a chance to be an important personality from the past or the future, who would you want to be and why?” CSD is proud to house the overall winner Nick Norris along with school winners, Larson Cashwell, Amelia Harris, Katie Evans and Jacob Priest. Winners received a plaque and publication in the 2017 edition of The Ink Quill. Bladen Community College Vice President for Student Services Barry Priest presented the school library with a copy of The Ink Quill and all thirty participants …..

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Board of Education Meets for June Session

The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where they began by recognizing East Bladen High School’s History Club as they have been selected by the National History Club Organization as a National Chapter of the Year. East Bladen’s club is only one of 8 clubs in the nation to be given this honor. The club consisted of the following students and are advised by their teacher, Sunday Allen: Ross Johnson, Dylan Melvin, James Nance, Olivia Hollingsworth, Mariah Smith, Nekia Nixon, Hannah Allison, and Kate Bockover. Emily Scott, an East Bladen High School senior, was recognized for being nominated as a top finalist for the Pro Football …..

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Celebration of Bladen Community College’s 50th Anniversary 

The Bladen Community College Foundation hosted a celebration concert at Lu Mil Vineyard Saturday evening, June 10th, in Dublin. The weather was perfect according to Dennis Troy, Chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees. The event had live entertainment with a tribute to country music legend Johnny Cash, with the Johnny Folsom Four tribute band. The band performed many of Johnny Cash’s hit songs while college supporters enjoyed the music, drinks, dancing and the atmosphere. Troy welcomed the crowd and thanked everyone in attendance for supporting the college. Linda Burney, the college’s Foundation Director, introduced three new BCC Ambassadors and then t-shirts and other give-aways were shot out into the …..

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Bladenboro Middle School releases honor rolls

Bladenboro Middle School has released their honor roll for the fourth (4th) quarter grading period. 5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +) Jordan Hester A Honor Roll (90+) Malachi Barnett, Steven Batton, Corey Bonner, Katie Branch, Mallory Bryan, Mary Davis, Kinley Hilburn, Riley McIntyre, Ellise McKiever, Kaci Nance, Megan Pait , Kaelan Pittman, Amerie Smith, Emmee Ward A/B Honor Roll (80+) Ariana Carranza Toledo, Montserrat Castro Vergara, Benjamin Davis, William Durden, Madison Evers, Jesse Gause, Brennan Greene, Alexys Griffin, Mayra Guijosa Santiago, Shamaria Jackson, JaNathan Johnson, Winston Martin, Brandon McDonald, Riley McIntyre, Jenna McLean, Trinity Meares,Nicholas Phillips,Brookee Singletary, Taeonna Wilson, Summer Winebarger 6th Grade A Honor Roll: (90+) Raegan Blackman, Rylee …..

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Advocacy Organization Launches Exceptional Education for Exceptional Children Campaign

Raleigh, NC – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) launches a grassroots and digital advocacy campaign in support of North Carolina’s first-ever Special Needs Education Savings Account: Exceptional Education for Exceptional Children. The Personal Education Savings Account (PESA) is currently under review during the ongoing North Carolina General Assembly budget process, and if established would provide a state-sponsored scholarship to families with special needs students. “North Carolina has long been a leader in educational options for families. Despite all of our accomplishments, from public charter school growth to scholarships for low-income families and children with disabilities – there is more that needs to be done. For example, this …..

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You Decide: Are There Changes Ahead For State Pensions?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension My wife has now been retired for ten years. She taught elementary school for 32 years, usually putting in 12 to 14 hour days when classroom time, after-school grading and lesson plans are included. She was a teacher for so long that many times she taught the children of former students. She took pride in the accomplishments of her pupils, and even today is thrilled to see some of them – of various ages – about town. You can tell I am proud of my wife and happy she gets to pursue her hobbies and public service activities now that she is …..

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Elizabethtown Primary School releases honor roll for fourth nine weeks

The Elizabethtown Primary School has released the honor roll for the fourth nine weeks grading period. 3rd Grade A Honor Roll Danyelle Cotton, Dajour Davis, Destiny Gore, Melody Kulp, Joseph Martinez, Chance Miller, Aubrei Nixon, Jena Packer,  Zachary Sholar, Teagan Smith, Grady Starling, Maxwell Tart, Jah’Mir Thomas, Gabriela Rebollar- Ventura, Ayden Williams, Niyah Wooten A/B Honor Roll Leonel Arteaga, Cabria Baldwin, Ariel Cromartie, Erica Cupp, Colton Daly, DeAdra Dimery, Gavin Elks, Madison Franzeo, Madilyn Hall, Levi Harrelson, Adriana Howell, Isaiah Lee, Layla Lent, Chelsea Lesane, Mileigh Martin, Emily Martinez, Caleb McGough, Carly Nguyen, Alina Rabanales, Yureysy Ramos, Aldyn Ross, Hunter Simmons, Jackson Smith, Sa’Rheanna Smith, A’Marra Washington 4th  Grade A …..

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Bladen County officials discuss education cuts to public schools

The Bladen County Board of County Commissioners met with the Bladen County Board of Education on Tuesday, June 6th. Cuts to staff were part of the discussions during the meeting. A five percent raise was discussed along with the new Emereau: Bladen Charter school enrollment and its effect on the local public school system. BladenOnline.com recorded the whole meeting on our YouTube Channel. View it now: Share:

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West Bladen Cheerleaders to hold Cheer Camp

The West Bladen Varsity Cheerleaders will host their cheerleading camp June 27th-30th. (Tuesday-Friday) from 9 a.m. until noon with June 30th being the Parent Day. The camp is open to children ages 3 to 14 years old. Cost to attend the camp is $50 which includes a WBHS Cheer shirt and light refreshments. All participates will cheer at a varsity football game and the date for that is yet to be determined. Applications can be picked up at West Bladen High School or click here. The deadline for applications is June 19th, 2017. No refunds will be offered unless the camp is cancelled. Any questions, e-mail Mary Todd at mjtoddd@bladen.k12.nc.us …..

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Bladen County Schools welcomed Priscilla Brayboy

The 2016-2017 school year is coming to an end this week for Bladen County Schools. Before the year ended a new incoming principal was welcomed with a Meet & Greet on May 30th. Ms. Priscilla Brayboy will be the incoming 2017-2018 principal of Elizabethtown Primary School according to Valerie Newton with Bladen County Schools. Tuesday students and staff attended the introduction meeting. It was a great evening of support for Ms. Brayboy according to Newton. View more photos at: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPa56Q1UsNSKuoorUXRHVTZVMRbzm4w-lptP7y4aEX1O83_5q2Zu99ot6kkBADt_g?key=MkxaaDZzdUZPNUV3NEVHdDdqdlJpTGxCWmVjNGpR Share:

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Submit a photo and information for your graduate

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! As the academic year comes to a close, Seniors are anxiously awaiting the moment when they will be announced as graduates. BladenOnline.com is proud of all of our 2017 graduating seniors and would like to celebrate their accomplishments. You can submit photos of your graduating Senior to bladenonline.com@gmail.com and we will publish them to our Lifestyles page. Be sure to include the name of the graduate, their school, their accomplishments and a few words about them. Congratulations to all of our seniors! Share:

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Bladen Community College offers No-Cost Business Seminars

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars in June. Marketing for Events, Trade Shows, and Expos is scheduled for Thurs., June 8, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The workshop will illustrate how to plan and execute the best possible exhibit for your business. The class will meet in building 2, room 202, on the main campus in Dublin. Starting a Business in Bladen County is meeting on Tues., June 13, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library. The seminar will focus on useful trends, data, and information to start or grow a business in this particular business area. …..

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Line Dancing class available at Bladen Community College

Line Dancing class available at Bladen Community College.   The line dancing class starts June 12th through July 17th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm every Monday night.  The class fee is $30.00 and will be held at Bladen Community College in the auditorium.  Find at more by visiting Bladen Community College in Dublin.   Share:

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Summer Camps held at Bladen Community College

Bladen Community College has lots of summer camp opportunities to meet almost any child’s needs according to Stephanie Gonzalez, Coordinator for Community Service and Credentialing at the local college. Gonzalez said, “Use the summer to let your child brush up on their math skills, explore career areas of interest or discover their creative talents in a performing arts or art camps.” All the camps listed are available at BCC’s Dublin campus. Half Day Camp prices range from $55-$75. All Day Camp prices range from $110-$150 depending on which camp you sign up for. “This means your child could attend camp, receive breakfast and lunch Monday- Thursday 8:00 am-5:00 pm for as …..

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Johnny Cash Tribute Band at Lu Mil Vineyard

DUBLIN – The Bladen Community College Foundation is hosting a tribute to country music legend Johnny Cash, with the Johnny Folsom Four tribute band. The event is Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at LuMil Vineyard. Concert goers should bring a lawn chair.   Described by David Menconi with the Raleigh News & Observer as “a peerless tribute band to the late, great Johnny Cash,” the concert promises surprises and entertainment.   Tickets are available from the BCC foundation office, online, and at area merchants. Advance tickets are $15 each. Tickets at the gate are $18 each.   To hear the Johnny Folsom 4 tribute band, visit their website at …..

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State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship to East Bladen High School Student

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Tamara L Moore, a senior at East Bladen High School.  The scholarship was awarded for study at NC State University, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System. Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member Kate McVicker comments, “Through the SECU Foundation …..

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State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship to Area High School Student

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Amber Nicole Long, a senior at West Bladen High School.  The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC-Chapel Hill, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System. Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member Joey Todd comments, “Through the SECU Foundation ‘People …..

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BCC Host Youth Summer Science Classes

DUBLIN – On June 19, Bladen Community College will host an afternoon workshop for youth to build and blast Alka-Seltzer rockets into the sky. BioNetwork Engagement Technician Courtney Behrle will facilitate the science exploration class, which meets from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on the Dublin campus. On June 26, Behrle will return to teach a class on Prosthesis Thesis, a biomedical workshop in which students will build and test a below-the-knee prosthetic. This class meets from 1 until 4 p.m. on the Dublin campus. The workshops are open to students ages 14 – 17. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register for the workshops, contact Stephanie Gonzalez …..

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PBLA holds second commencement exercise

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy held their second commencement exercise on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Bladen Community College auditorium. The commencement speaker for the evening was Kevin Wendling Headmaster of the Robert Land Academy. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is the only military charter school in North Carolina. Share:

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Taylor to receive Friday Medal

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education is pleased to announce that this year we are honoring Innovative Superintendents of North Carolina Rural Districts with the 2017 Friday Medal. In collaboration with the NC School Superintendents Association we have selected the following seven superintendents to each receive the award, which we will present to them both for their own accomplishments in improving student learning and implementing digital-age approaches to teaching and learning, and as representatives of the many other dedicated and innovative rural superintendents who serve the students of the State. Darrin Hartness – Davie County Anthony Jackson – Vance County Jeff McDaris – …..

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Wondering What Your Kids Can Do For The Summer?

Bladen Community College has lots of summer camp opportunities to meet almost any child’s needs. Use the summer to let your child brush up on their math skills, explore career areas of interest or discover their creative talents in a performing arts or art camps. They’re all available at BCC for a very affordable price. Half Day Camp prices range from $55-$75. All Day Camp prices range from $110-$150 depending on which camp you sign up for. We are only excepting 10 – 12 students in each camp with exception to Dance, Baseball & Performing Arts. BCC summer camps are geared toward students ages 10 to 17. Students will have …..

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PBLA holds Memorial Day ceremony

Sunny skies and a light breeze greeted those who gathered at The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy on Thursday for the school’s annual Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony consisted of a review of the troops, a salute, and an inspection of the troops. “Memorial Day is the day we use, when we as a country, remember those service members who died in defense of this great nation,” said Col. Lloyd. He said Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was begun after the Civil War as a way to remember and pay tribute to those soldiers who died in the war. Col. Lloyd said debate remains to this day …..

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