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Annual “A Robeson County Christmas” Show Set for December

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s annual holiday performance of “A Robeson County Christmas” Show will be held December 6-9 at the theater in downtown Lumberton, NC.  The show is a musical  revue for the entire family and features the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays. This year’s show features Lumberton’s own former Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels Lowry, X-Factor Top 40 selection Brent Tyler, Jef the Mime and featured singers as well as the beautifully staged dancing of “The Civettes” and adorable performances by the show’s youth cast.  The theater will be beautifully decorated for Christmas and there will be appearances by Frosty the Snowman and …..

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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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12th annual Beast Fest Brightens Weekend

While skies were overcast on Saturday morning, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the large crowd that attended the 12th annual Beast Fest in downtown Bladenboro. The event began on Friday night with the opening of the rides and games. The festival continued on Saturday morning with a moving tribute to NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner who lost his life in the line of duty. The tribute honored Trooper Conner’s life and sacrifice. Miss North Carolina Laura Matrazzo also performed during the festival. The Beast of Bladenboro made an appearance during the well attended festival as well, dancing his way through the festival and enjoying thrilling the children. For …..

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NCDOT at the State Fair

Fall is here, which means the North Carolina State Fair has arrived. In addition to enjoying the rides and deep fried everything, fairgoers should plan to visit the department’s booths for fun, as well as safety tips and helpful information on a number of topics. Visited by more than 100,000 people every year, the Safety City attraction, located near Gate 1, informs and engages visitors on things like the dangers of impaired driving and speeding, as well as railroad safety tips, plus seat belt and child passenger protection. Fairgoers can also receive driver license services from the north Carolina DMV at its booth between Dorton arena and the Jim Graham …..

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North Carolina Bluegrass band Sweet Potato Pie to perform

North Carolina Bluegrass band Sweet Potato Pie will perform November 1 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton. In partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council as part of its annual Bluegrass on the Blackwater series: Sweet Potato Pie has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with their classy blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music mixed together in a style they call “sweetgrass.” Radio and TV are well acquainted with their “angelic” vocals from appearances on PBS, the Food Network and worldwide radio broadcasts. Hailed as the “Lennon Sisters of Bluegrass,” their show revolves around their beautiful three-part harmonies, hard driving instrumentals and down home …..

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Grape Festival Provides Fun For All

By Erin Smith While the morning air had a crisp feel to it, the atmosphere at Lu Mil Vineyard’s NC Grape Festival Saturday was one of fun and laughter. The well attended event had plenty to offer from the soft sounds of jazz music to the laughter of the Grape Stomp event. Denise Bridgers estimated the crowd in attendance to be 2,500. “I’m just thrilled. I think everything went well,” said Bridgers. She explained that organizers changed the festival layout slightly, and it made a very positive impact. Festivities kicked off with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Dublin Boy Scouts. The day continued with a food truck round up …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Set to Reopen After Hurricane Florence Recovery

Currie, NC –  On Monday, October 15, 2018, Moores Creek National Battlefield will reopen to the public for the first time since Hurricane Florence hit the area nearly 1 month ago. Nearly 2/3 of the park flooded, with some parts receiving over 15′ of water in places. The park remained flooded for over two weeks. Park staff were able to get in last week and begin the long recovery process. The park’s Visitor Center, Administration Building, and Maintenance Building remained dry and did not receive any damage. However, the Patriots Hall Community Building received over 5′ of water in it. The boardwalk, a part of the History Trail that crosses over …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend will be filled with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fall weather. On Saturday morning  the Annual NC Grape Festival will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. No payment is needed to attend. Vendor spaces will be available and booth spaces are free. The Grape Stomp Competition will begin at 10 a.m. and there is no cost to enter. For more information, please either call  910-866-5819 or go to www.lumilvineyard.com. Also on Saturday, the Mother County Genealogical Society will be having a meeting at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. Terry Smith will be speaking about Colonel James Gillespie who was a delegate …..

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NC Grape Festival On Go for Saturday

By Erin Smith The annual NC Grape Festival is on go for this Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard. Admission to the festival is free. The band for this year’s event is the “Three to Get Ready” jazz band. “Jazz is a type of music we have not relied on before. We’re really excited about that (the jazz band),” said Denise Bridgers. She said the band will perform on Doc’s Deck, near the Grape Stomp competition. There will be a Super Yard Sale, and vendor spaces will be available. Booth spaces are free (call 910-866-5819). The local favorite, the Grape Stomp Competition, will …..

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12th Annual NC Grape Festival on tap

The 12th Annual NC Grape Festival at Lu Mil Vineyard is almost here and we are ready to celebrate! This year’s festival is Saturday, October 13, from 9 am until 3 p.m. After all the destruction to our communities recently, we are encouraging everyone to come spend some time with us for a free family fun day.  There is no fee to enter the festival. To kick off the day, there will be a Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Dublin Boy Scouts (7am until) at the General Store. “Three to Get Ready” jazz band will be entertaining on Doc’s Deck throughout the day along with the Lumber River Old Iron …..

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An Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) Still On Go

An evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) will be held at the Carolina Civic Center Historic theater at 7 pm Saturday, October 13. From recording her first song at the age of two years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her music. She is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. This past winter she received a four chair turn on NBC’s “The Voice” talent competition, with Miley Cyrus as her coach, charting on the iTunes top 10 week after week, and ultimately getting third place on the show’s 13th season. Originally from …..

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Bladen County Senior Center to Conduct Fall Festival

The Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown will conduct a Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be spaghetti plates available for a cost of $5. There will be vendors available offering crafts, jewelry, crochet, canned food, snacks, woven  baskets, ornaments, and much more!! Bladen County Senior Center is located at 608 McLeod Street in  Elizabethtown.   Share:

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Fall Classes offered at Cooperative Extension Office

The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located on Smith Circle  is offering classes free of charge for the community. They are as follows: *Straw Bale/Wine Bottle Decoration A fun little project using a small straw bale and three empty wine bottles. I will provide a straw bale and hot glue. You will need to bring three wine bottles, one string of 100 white Christmas lights and flowers or whatever you are using to decorate. This would be beautiful at the front door, on the dining room table or on the patio. When: September 26, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon Where: NCCE-Bladen County Center, 450 Smith Circle Dr., Elizabethtown, NC 28337 …..

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Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater presents an Evening with Brooke Simpson

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton presents an Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) at  7 p.m. Saturday, October 13. From recording her first song at the age of two years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her music. She is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. This past winter she received a four chair turn on NBC’s “The Voice” talent competition, with Miley Cyrus as her coach, charting on the iTunes top 10 week after week, and ultimately getting third place on the show’s 13th season. Originally from …..

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Camp Clearwater to host Harvest Party October 27

Camp Clearwater of White Lake will host a Harvest Party on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Vendors are being sought for the event. Reserve your vendor space for the 2018 Camp Clearwater Harvest Party. Spaces measure 10×10 and cost $20.00 each. To reserve your vendor space(s) please email the following information to kristy@campclearwater.com. *Name *Phone Number *Number of spaces needed *Items you will offer for sale The vendor fee is due the morning of the event when you arrive to set-up. Share:

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Annual McKee Reunion planned

It is almost time for the annual McKee Reunion.  Family and friends will meet at the Clarkton Presbyterian Church located at 10433 N. College Street, Clarkton, in the fellowship hall on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. to socialize and eat around 12:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite foods and any McKee family memorabilia you may have. If you will not be attending the reunion and would like to contribute money to continue the upkeep of the McKee cemetery, you may drop a check in the mail to:                                                     …..

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Events For Bladen County Residents: Grape Escape

By Dora Brogdon August 26: This Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. the Grape Escape will start and finish at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. Registration is $45 and riders can register online at https://www.active.com./cycling through August 24th. Anyone that still wants to attend can sign up onsite on the day at 11 a.m. Overnight accommodations are available at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery by calling 844-846-3386 or at Lu Mil Vineyard at 910-866-5819. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 entries and entry will include SAG stops. Share:

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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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North Tower to Return for Final Summer Sounds Concert

By Erin Smith The final performance of the Summer Sounds Concert Series featuring the North Tower band will take place Thursday, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown, starting at 6 p.m. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. The North Tower band plays a variety of beach music, funk and top 40 hits. The band is making an encore appearance after heavy rains and severe thunderstorms forced the show to be halted earlier this summer. Admission to the concert is free of charge, and no coolers are allowed. Sunset Slush of Bladen County will be available for …..

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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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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend promises to be a busy one for Bladen County residents. Tonight, (Thursday, August 16) beginning at 6 p.m. the final Sunset Jams Concert Series will be at Goldston’s Beach. The band that will be performing are called The Fantastic Shakers. The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. The concert will continue whether it’s rain or shine and admission is free. On Saturday, there will be a Back to School Blast from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The event will help parents to obtain the many items a student needs like: school supplies, free haircuts, …..

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Event: An evening with author Sam Quinones

Judge Lewis and The Brunswick County Treatment Courts are proud to announce an evening with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”.  This event will take place on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Odell Williamson Auditorium, located on the campus of Brunswick Community College.  Admission is FREE and the first 250 attendees will receive a free copy of the book (1 per family).  We would love for all to come! Share:

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Fantastic Shakers to Close out Sunset Jams Concert Series

By Erin Smith The final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive after Five” Concert Series featuring The Fantastic Shakers will take place Thursday, at White Lake on Goldston’s Beach, starting at 6 PM. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Regional Health. The Fantastic Shakers are well known for their soulful sounds. The band was formed in 1978, and is known for such songs as “I Still Do,” “Myrtle Beach Days,” and “Shakin’ the Shack.” The band has received numerous awards from various beach music organizations. Those awards have included Group of the Year, Album of the Year three times, and more. …..

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Legacy Motown Revue livens up the evening

By Erin Smith The Legacy Motown Revue drew a large crowd to the Cape Fear Farmers Market on Thursday evening. The free concert is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. The band from Kernersville kept the crowd entertained with such hits as “Carolina Girls,” “ABC,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Members of the band joined members of the audience for a sing-a-long and dancing. In addition to enjoying the soulful sounds of the band, the crowd engaged in line dancing and shagging to the beat of the music. The next Summer Sounds Concert will feature an encore performance by the North …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon Tonight (Thursday), the Legendary Motown Revue takes the stage at 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The concert is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. Admission is free and concerts are rain or shine. This Saturday, beginning at noon, the Mother County Genealogical Society will be meeting at Bladenboro Historical Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro. Albert Shaw will be there to discuss the Shaw family history and the early industries in Bladen County. Everyone is welcomed to come and attend the meeting. Share:

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New Hope MBC to celebrate Gospel Choral Choir anniversary

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Gospel Choral Choir will celebrate its 16th Anniversary on Sunday, August 12th at 3:00 pm. Please join Pastor and Lady A. Pabon, Sis. Jackie Hiliard, President and The New Hope Family as they Lifting up Jesus through song. The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church had its annual “Back to school hangout” on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The siblings of the late Samuel L. and Lillian Smith gave out at least 50 book bags full of supplies and Mr. Xavier Wooten received  the Samuel L & Lillian Smith Scholars Scholarship. The Smith’s moto is “If you come, we’ll give”, next year they are looking forward to seeing you. Share:

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Cub Scout Pack 600 visits USS Yorktown, Fort Sumter

Contributed Cub Scout Pack 600 of Elizabethtown spent the weekend visiting and learning about history at the USS Yorktown and Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Every year around fall/winter Pack 600 sells popcorn as a fundraiser for the Packs upcoming activities. As a reward the scouts whom sold are treated to a great Summer camping trip, this year we went to USS Yorktown. While visiting South Carolina, Pack 600 rode a ferry to Fort Sumter where they were able to learn about the Civil War. They also toured the historic site. At the USS Yorktown, Pack 600 met Scrappy, the mascot for the ship. The members of Pack 600 also …..

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East Bladen High School Class of 1988 Plans Class Reunion

The East Bladen High School Class of 1988 will conduct a  Class Reunion on October 19 and 20. The cost is $110 per couple and $60 for individuals. The cost includes the following: *Tailgate before the East Bladen High School Cougars home game *Premier Location for the tailgate “The Venue at Regal Resort” *Catered Dinner by Southern Smoke *Photographer *DJ playing all of the best ’80s songs *Open Bar The deadline for payment is September 1. Rich Glenn a Class of 1988 member and banker is collecting the payments for the class reunion and you can use the following methods to make your payment. CashApp – $RichCGlennJr PayPal – Richglennjr@hotmail.com …..

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Health Grades

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By Cheryl Thurston This year July was great for fun, food and celebrations. The summer weather was (plenty) warm enough, but we got the rain we needed too, so it seemed pleasant to me. I love summer. Its the time of year when folks go on vacation and either want to eat a cold sandwich or throw something on the grill and enjoy the great outdoors. People don’t mind cooking when they’re on vacation, but coming back from vacation is an adjustment to make. Some of us like to stop into local shops and delis to eat a lot of subs and grilled items after we return from the beaches, …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield to Host Informational Meeting on How to Become a Reenactor and Get Involved in Living History

Currie, NC –  Have you ever visited as historic site or event and wondered “How do I become a Re-enactor”? Join us on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for an informational meeting and orientation as to how to get involved with Living History- i.e. Reenacting and Storytelling in a historical setting. Staff and volunteers at Moores Creek National Battlefield will be providing a brief overview of volunteer opportunities offered in the park and how you can participate. Demonstrations will be provided and Question and Answer sessions will take place to assist you in getting the answers you need. Volunteer Living History opportunities include: Share the Stories of the American …..

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Clarkton Public Library will host a Harry Potter Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, July 31

Clarkton, NC — Attention wizards, witches, and muggles ages 10 & up! You are invited to join the Bladen County Public Library system for a free, magical fun-filled evening celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday on Tuesday, July 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Clarkton Public Library located at 10413 N. College St., Clarkton, NC 28433. Partygoers will enjoy Harry Potter themed entertainment, activities, games, refreshments, and crafts. Here are just some of the festivities guests can enjoy at the party: +Make a magical craft +Take a picture in our photo booth +Test your Harry Potter knowledge in our trivia contest* +Come dressed up and enter our costume contest* …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend there will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. Today (Thursday, July 19th), the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health will be sponsoring the annual Sunset Jams Concert Series at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. The event will begin at 6 p.m., whether it rains or not, and will end at 9 p.m. The band named The Big Time Party Band will be taking the stage and admission to the concert is free. On Friday at 1 p.m. a Beginning Genealogy group will be meeting at the Bladen County Senior Center, located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. Remember to bring a notebook and a pencil! …..

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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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Attend the Main Stage Series at Carolina Civic Center

TICKETS GO ON SALE NOON JULY 24! Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to our web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or with credit card or cash noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance. Masters of Soul 7 p.m. Friday, September 14 A regular sell-out show, Masters of Soul is a celebration of artists discovered in the Motor City in the 1960s. The show features …..

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Cotillion Expansion Plans Include Bladen County

CHARLOTTE, NC ──The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle school students, has announced plans to reestablish its national program in Bladen County. Says Charles Winters, President of the National League of Junior Cotillions, “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive territory for expansion.” The organization currently has directors operating hundreds of chapters in 30 states. Says Winters, “This program is making a positive impact on students across the nation and we are delighted to know that more young people in this area will have the opportunity for …..

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Bladen County Cooperative Extension and Community Association will host Christmas in July

Contributed The annual “Christmas in July” Bazaar and Salad Lunch will be held Friday, July 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center. Lunch includes chicken, pasta, vegetable and fruit salads, bread sticks and a beverage for $5.  Tickets can be purchased from any Extension & Community Association (“ECA”) member or at the Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown. Also available from ECA members are raffle tickets for the giveaway of themed baskets of goodies. Vendors, many of them local, will be selling a unique variety of items at the bazaar. The money raised by the ECA Ladies will be used …..

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You’re invited to solve the case of ‘The Pin Stripe Murder’

A new stage production by Shug Productions will be presented on Saturday, August 18, at 5 p.m. at the Paul R. Brown Building in Elizabethtown. You can be present at the scene of the crime for “The Pin Stripe Murder.” Tickets cost $25 each and include dinner, dessert, beverage, and plenty of laughter. Come out and be a part of solving the crime. Prizes will be given to each person seated at the table that solves the murder. Tickets will be sold at the door from 4 until 4:45 p.m. and the show will begin promptly at 5 p.m. Actors will include Brenda Williams, Reginald Thompson, Joyce Britt, Marcus Jones, …..

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Summer Read and Hike Day at Jones Lake State Park

Contributed Bladen County will be receiving its first “Little Free Library in late July. There are plans for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and “Summer Read and Hike Day” for youth at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday, July 28th, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, according to Carrie Harmon. According to Harmon, the Little Free Library is a non-profit book exchange program with the mantra of “Take a Book. Share a Book”. The program has engaged communities around the world to promote reading and literacy. Historically, Bladen County has never had a Little Free Library until now! As part of a final project for a local educator’s North Carolina Environmental Education …..

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Sunset Jams concert series kicks off tonight

By Erin Smith The Sunset Jams Alive After Five concert series will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. featuring the Imitations at Goldston’s Beach in White Lake. The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. Admission to the concert is free and adult beverages will be available for purchase. No coolers or pets are allowed. The Imitations plays a variety of Beach, Soul and Rock N’ Roll music.  The band is from Wilmington and plays such crowd favorites as Shagging on the Boulevard, I Love Beach Music, and Carolina Girls. The Sunset Jams concert series began when the Chamber sponsored a concert at Goldston’s …..

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Madonna Thunder Hawk to Attend Inaugural Lumbee Film Festival with North Carolina Premiere of ​Warrior Women

Filmmaker Christina D. King will also be in attendance  Wilmington, NC — Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Lakota) is confirmed to attend the first ever Lumbee Film Festival with the film Warrior Women, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator. This inaugural festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States. Tickets are free, and guests are encouraged to RSVP at cucalorus.org/lumbee-film-festival/​. Since the 1970s Madonna Thunder Hawk has been an instrumental voice in the battles for Native sovereignty, and remains vocal in her advocacy for implementing self-determination in tribal youth and …..

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Gospel artist Euclid Gray to perform

The famous gospel artist Euclid Gray will be featured in the Blue & Silver Banquet on Saturday, July 14, at the Faith Temple Evangelist Center in Clarkton. Dinner will be served at the banquet but seating is limited for the event. Tickets will cost $20 and to purchase the tickets and for more info call LoWanda at (910) 988-4475. Formal attire required.   Share:

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Summer Learning program to take place at Bladen County Public Library system

The Bladen County Public Library will conduct a Summer Learning program, Libraries Rock, beginning July 9 and continuing through August 1. The Summer Learning program is open to children ages 2 to 12 years old. The Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro will conduct their Libraries Rock program on Mondays at 3 p.m. The Clarkton Library in Clarkton will conduct their Libraries Rock program on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. The main library in Elizabethtown will conduct their Libraries Rock program on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. You can contact the individual library to register your child. The registration period begins June 8. Share:

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Quilt exhibit in Bladenboro Historical Society Art Gallery

Contributed A display of fancy handmade quilts made by Mary Pittman is now on exhibit in the Bladenboro Visual Arts Gallery in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. Bladenboro Visual Arts Gallery hours are 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This exhibit will continue until July 29th. Mary Pittman was born in Bladen County in 1923, the daughter of William McCoy “Coy” Smith and Lilly E. Singletary.  Her quilts were made from 1945 through 1980.  The display of the quilts was prepared by Mrs. Pittman’s daughter, Mary Lou Davis Share:

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Final Weekend of “Into the Woods” at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s production of the musical “Into the Woods” will have its final performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for 65+ seniors and military, and $10 for students. Group rate is $17 per ticket with advance purchase of ten or more at same time, and are available by contacting the box office.  Tickets can be purchased in-person or by  telephone with credit card or cash noon-6pm pm Monday through Friday through the theater’s administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at 910-738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon This Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. the Mother County Genealogical Society will be meeting at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. Bonnie (Bridger) Mittelmaier will be the speaker for the event and will be talking about “Back To England, Digging Bridger Root”. Also on Saturday, the First Missionary Baptist Church will be hosting the Hammond Creek Fun Day. Saturday evening Hickory Grove Baptist Church and the Bladenboro Benefit Committee will be sponsoring a Chicken & Rice Plate benefit for Jessica Allen Ludlum. The fundraiser will begin at 11 a.m. and all proceeds will go to benefit Ludlum. Each plate will cost a donation and bake sale items will be available. Local talent …..

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Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater announces 2018-19 Season Schedule

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater has announced their 2018-19 Schedule. Tickets for the new season will go on sale beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 24th. Ticketing Information  Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased online by going to the theater’s web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or with credit card or cash from noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through the administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door (if available). Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour …..

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Bladen County Smart Start offers Family Fun Time in June

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

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White Lake Water Festival still on go

The 40th annual White Lake Water Festival is still on go for this weekend. Tonight (Friday) Soul on the Beach will take to the stage at 6 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach. On Saturday, the festival continues with the parade beginning at 10 a.m.  “Our Water Festival Committee is hoping for a great weekend in spite of on and off showers to celebrate 40 years of the Water Festival,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard. The only events which have been cancelled are the Car Show and Tractor Pull which were scheduled to take place on Saturday on US 701 across form the Scotchman. All other events will go on as scheduled.  There are two …..

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Sponsorships available for Summer Concerts

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce is preparing for a busy summer. They will be offering the Sunset Jams Concert series at White Lake and the Summer Sounds concert series at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown.  Sponsorships are still available for both concert series, according to Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard.  The Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” concert series will feature the Imitations on Thursday, June 21st; the Big Time Party Band on Thursday, July 19th; and the Fantastic Shakers on Thursday, August 16th. All concerts will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake.  The Summer Sounds concert series will feature North Tower on Thursday, …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Celebrates Renovation Completion, Offers Free Event on April 28

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield is proud to announce that the park’s two main visitor use facilities, the primary Visitor Center and the recreational use Patriots Hall Community Center are now opened to the public.The center received a new metal roof and updated flooring that will help to extend the life of this 60 year old structure. The Visitor Center will resume normal operational hours: the facility is opened Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; it is closed along with the rest of the park on all Federal Holidays. Patriots Hall, another 1950’s structure, also known as a Mission 66 building, was in serious need of renovations and updates when Hurricane …..

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Some weekend events postponed due to weather

By Erin Smith Organizers for two events planned for this weekend have announced cancellations. Cara Osborne, co-facilitator for the Bladen County Chapter of the Autism Society, said the first annual Autism Awareness Festival scheduled for Saturday at the Elizabethtown Middle School has been cancelled. Osborne said organizers are hoping to announce a new date for the event soon. A second event, the Hope Abounds Relay for Life fundraiser, which was planned for Sunday afternoon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown, has been cancelled according to the event Facebook page.  No new date was announced. BladenOnline.com will have more announcements regarding postponements due to the weather as we receive …..

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3 Redneck Tenors to perform at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center  Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton, NC, presents “3 Redneck Tenors” 7pm Friday April 27. Tickets are $25 individual, $22 senior (65+) or military, $20 SRMC Privelages Plus members, $10 students.  Group rate is $17 for 10 or more tickets purchased at same time in advance. Go to www.carolinaciviccenter.com  for ticketing details and promo video. Conceived by friends and fellow performers Matthew Lord, Blake Davidson, and Johanthan Fruge, 3 Redneck Tenors is a fresh new take on the Three Tenors model. These classically-trained singers perform all styles of music from modern pop to opera, and everything in between. Trained at such prestigious institutions as the Julliard School of Music, and having performed …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By: Dora Brogdon There will be plenty to see and do in Bladen County this weekend. On Saturday, March 17, the United Way of Bladen County will be having a fundraiser at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. The event will begin at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. along with Jason Jackson and Randall Canady performing at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The joyous event will include live bands, face painting, carriage rides, corn hole tournament and, Sunset Slush. Everyone is welcomed to join and for anymore information call Christy Sasser at 910-991-6751. Also on Saturday, the East Bladen Booster Club will be hosting a fundraiser at the East Bladen High School in the cafeteria. The …..

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40th Annual Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Festival is March 16 – 17

The 40th Annual Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Festival is March 16 – 17 at Southeastern Community College. The two-day event, named in honor of Edwards, an acclaimed former Southeastern Community College music faculty member, includes piano competitions and recitals by students in kindergarten through college. The opening concert is Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m. in the SCC Auditorium. To celebrate the 40th anniversary, the featured artist is Dr. Sharyn Edwards. Guest artists include Lindsey Vickers Chattin and Miranda Conner. A native of Asheville, NC, Dr. Edwards holds the Doctorate of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina where she studied with renowned Raymond Dudley and …..

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Bladenboro Art Gallery Exhibit

Henry Singletary, Volunteer with the Bladenboro Historical Society Paintings, drawings and wood carvings by Mr. Bernard Frink will be on exhibit through May 27th in the Bladenboro Art Gallery, in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. Open hours are 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. During the 1930’s, Mr. Bernard Frink attended several years of school in what was originally the Bladenboro Farm Life School and now the Bladenboro Historical Society building. He graduated from high school in 1943. After a long working career away from Bladenboro, he returned “home” and into retirement.   The Farm Life School building was saved from destruction in 1992.  Mr. Frink is one …..

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Former Bladen County resident publishes first novel

By Erin Smith A former Bladen County has published his first novel. Lynn Welborn, who now resides in Wilmington, has released Crazy Beach: Disc One and a launch party for the book is scheduled for Monday, March 12, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Hell’s Kitchen in Wilmington. Welborn also has plans to be available to sign copies of his book during the 40th annual White Lake Water Festival as well. The book takes the reader on a journey of teenage adventure, lust and mischief all while exploring young life on an island. According to book synopsis, “An instantly entertaining trek embedding into your heart forever the soundtrack of …..

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Auditions to be held for My Time to Shine talent competition

Auditions are scheduled for the My Time to Shine talent competition. Auditions will be held February 9, 10 and 11 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton for two upcoming events at the theater. Auditions will be  held February 9 ( at 6 and 7:30 p.m.) and February 10th ( at 11 a.m.) for the theater’s annual My Time to Shine Talent Competition scheduled for Saturday, March 24.  The competition includes all categories of talent – from singing and dancing to juggling, instrumental and more, with contestants competing for a top prize of $1,000.  Applications for My Time to Shine auditions can be downloaded through the theater’s web site …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By: Dora Brogdon Tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 3) the Bladen County United Way will be conducting their annual Day of Caring. This event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Elizabethtown at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Knight at 910-876-1535 or via email at eeknightbk@yahoo.com. To contact the Day of Caring coordinator call 910-876-9843. On Saturday, an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. will take place at the White Oak Fire Department. The event will be taking place at the station itself and there is no charge to join. Saturday evening, a Turkey Shoot is planned to take place behind the Elizabethtown Baptist Church Christian Activities …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon This Saturday the Fall Festival will be held at the Jones Lake State Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The joyous event will be filled with games, face painting, crafters, hay rides, cake walks, and even animal exhibits. A Halloween costume contest will begin at noon. There are four different age groups: 0 to 3 years old, 4 to 6 years old, 7 to 9 years old, and 10 to 12 years old. Around 1:30 p.m. the winners of the costume contest will be announced. Each ticket will cost 0.50 cents or you can by a wristband instead to have unlimited participation in all games for only $5 each. Those who intend …..

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Smith named Miss Preteen Fayetteville State University

Contributed Miss Heavyn Armani Smith of Elizabethtown, daughter of Miss Carla D. Smith and granddaughter of Reverend Carl A. and Jewell L. Smith, was crowned Miss Preteen Fayetteville State University 2017-2018, on Saturday night, September 23rd, on the campus of Fayetteville State University in the Rosenthal Building.  Heavyn competed against another young lady in her age category and was crowned winner. Heavyn is a 6th grader at Elizabethtown Middle School.  “The crown came back to Elizabethtown.”  Last year’s 2016-2017 winner was Miss Necole McDowell of Elizabethtown, daughter of Reginald and Kendra McDowell and granddaughter of Mr. Lorenzo McDowell and Carolyn Trumilla McDowell. The pageant was sponsored by the Cumberland County Chapter of …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – October 15

1786 – Earliest 32 degree F recorded temperature in NYC. 1846 – Dr. William Thomas Green Morton 1st public use of ether. 1878 – Edison Electric Light Company incorporated. 1914 – ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) founded. 1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument. 1937 – Ernest Hemingway novel “To Have & Have Not” published. 1939 – LaGuardia Airport opens in NYC. 1946 – Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140) 1949 – Billy Graham begins his ministry. 1951 – “I Love Lucy”, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS. 1954 – Hurricane Hazel makes …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 30

  1659 – Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Daniel Defoe) 1787 – 1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston. 1841 – Samuel Slocum patented the stapler. 1846 – Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr. William Morton who extracts a tooth. 1867 – Midway Islands formally declared a US possession. 1898 – City of New York established. 1919 – Avery Hopwood’s “Gold Diggers” premieres in NYC. 1927 – Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary) 1935 – Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” premieres in Boston. 1935 – The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 6

1620 – The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World. 1716 – 1st lighthouse built in north America (Boston). 1869 – 1st westbound train arrives in San Francisco. 1899 – Carnation processes its first can of evaporated milk. 1901 – US President William McKinley is shot by Leon Czolgosz, and anarchist, while visiting the Pan-American Exposition in New York. 1909 – Word received that American Explorer Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole, 5 months earlier. 1916 – 1st true supermarket, the “Piggly Wiggly” is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee. 1935 – “Steamboat Round the Bend” film directed by John …..

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Events for Bladen County residents

By: Dora Brogdon This week there are several events for folks to enjoy. Things get started with three events on Thursday and two on Saturday. On Thursday, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Summer Jam will be taking place at the Lu Mil Vineyard with a 60s/70s theme with Albert Leach as the photographer. The host for this event is The Bladen County Division on Aging and Senior Center. If you plan on attending make sure you contact Carol Mitchell at 910-872-6331 and make your reservation for BARTS transportation. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the Let’s Build a Better World as Habitat Fixer Uppers will be taking place at the Bladen …..

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Senior Games Sports Clinics to be offered

The Bladen County Division on Aging is happy to announce that the Lumber River Council of Governments is offering Senior Games Sports Clinics in order to assess the interest and possibly add new games to the 2018 Senior Games schedule of events.  Any Bladen County resident 50 years of age or older is welcome to attend. The clinics are as follows: *Pickleball held at the Hoke County Senior Center located at 423 East Central Avenue, Raeford on Thursday, August 17, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. *Bocce Ball held at the Bladen County Park located on US 701 South, Elizabethtown on Wednesday, September 6, from 10 a.m. until noon. *Croquet …..

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Summer Jam planned for Seniors

The Bladen County Division on Aging and Senior Center is planning a Summer Jam for Seniors 60 and older. The event is a 60s/70s themed party and Albert Leach will serve as photographer for the event. There will be a nominal fee for photos. Summer Jam will take place at Lu Mil Vineyard on Thursday, August 10, from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. DJ Joseph Everett will play a selection of Motown hits for you to dance the afternoon away. Light refreshments will also be served. All Nutrition sites will be open and serve lunch as usual and BARTS will provide transportation to and from the event for current clients. …..

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Upcoming Events for Bladen County

*From July 22nd all the way to August 31st, the Bladen Smart Start and School Readiness Center will be starting a new event called B. E. A. R. S. which will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The event will only take place Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays will feature Math Monday, Tuesdays will be Tech Tuesdays, and Thursdays will be called Tall Tale Thursdays. All of these activities will be taking place at the Bladen Smart Start office. To register your child, space is limited, call 910-862-3335, ext. 206. *The White Lake Baptist Church invites all to a Vacation Bible Study this Saturday from 9 a.m. until …..

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Jim Quick and Coastline Band open Summer Sounds Concert Series in Elizabethtown

The Summer Sounds Concert Series got off to a hot start on Thursday evening with temperatures in the mid-90s, but the crowd didn’t seem to notice as they danced into the evening to the sounds of Jim Quick and the Coastline Band. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley Hospital. Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard said, “We’re very pleased.” The well attended event saw 600 people gather at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The band played a variety of music including such songs as “Mustang Sally,” “Carolina Girls,” and “Low Rider.” Members of the audience took the time …..

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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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Dublin Motor Speedway Hosts Bell & Bell Vintage Series Saturday

Dublin Motor Speedway will host the Bell & Bell Vintage Series Saturday night plus racing in Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Super Street, Pure Stock and U-Car Divisons. It will also be “Fathers Day Honor” night at the Speedway. Pits open at 4 p.m. with grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Practice begins at 6:30 with racing to follow. Share:

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Ammon Blueberry Festival draws a crowd

Warm, sunny skies welcomed folks to the Ammon community on Saturday for the 2nd annual Ammon Blueberry Festival. The aroma of pancakes and the sounds of laughter and Gospel music filled the air throughout the day. One of the festival’s organizers, Marguerite Coble, said, “We are very pleased with the turn out.” The day began with a pancake breakfast held at the Ammon Volunteer Fire Department followed by a parade. The Bladen County Firefighters Association Honor Guard led the parade and presented the colors during the opening ceremony. The Dunn Clowns were a favorite with the crowd as they danced their way along the parade route. The Sudan TomCats of …..

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Ammon Blueberry Festival is today

If you are looking for something fun and exciting to do, come out to the Ammon Blueberry Festival.  The festival is held each year at the Ammon Community Building and there is plenty to see and do. Start your morning with a plate of hot blueberry pancakes and all the trimmings at the Ammon Volunteer Fire Department. Plates will be available from 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Following the pancake breakfast, a parade will take place at 10 a.m. followed by opening ceremonies and live entertainment on the stage. There will also be a blueberry auction, vendors, crafts, antique cars and trucks and more. The Dunn Clowns, a crowd favorite, …..

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2017 White Lake Water Festival

The White Lake Water Festival continued today with a parade at 10 am. The crowd gathered to enjoy the beautiful floats, firetrucks, clowns, cars, local school bands, and lots of candy. The streets were lined with families enjoying their weekend get-a-way and the yearly festival with live music, several vendors selling hand crafted items, and fair foods. The White Lake Fire Department also gathered to sell BBQ and Chicken plates to raise money for their annual budget. The crowds worked their way from the parade to the festival area and continued on to purchase from the Fire Department to support the cause. Many members of other local Fire Departments supported …..

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Cruisers and dance set the stage for White Lake Water Festival

 The 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival officially began on Friday evening, May 19, with a cruise-in and a street dance.  Helen Holt, a Meteorologist with Channel 3, was at White Lake a large part of the day for a spot light on the local television station.  About 15 vehicles showed up for the cruise-in while folks danced to the Southern Touch Band.  Tiina Mundy, Elizabethtown – White Lake Chamber of Commerce President said, “We have a variety of things going on at this year’s event.” She expects a large crowd tomorrow at the festival.  She explained, “There will be bands under two tents, arts, crafts, a car show, a tractor …..

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“Nunsense, the Musical” June 9-11 and 16-18 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton will be staging its own production of “Nunsense, the Musical” June 9-11 and June 16-18.  Directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook, Sister Julia, child of God, accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first-in-charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead …..

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39th annual White Lake Water Festival on tap

There is excitement in the air as business owners, residents and town officials are gearing up for the 39th annual White Lake Water Festival. The annual event is set to take place this weekend with plenty for everyone to see and do. The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with a Classic Car Cruise in at 6:30 p.m. and a street dance featuring the Southern Touch band from 7 until 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach. The Bladen County Firefighters Association Honor Guard will hold a pancake plate sale at the White Lake Fire Department from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $5. On  Saturday, the annual White Lake …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 15

1602 – Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold. 1672 – 1st copyright law enacted in Massachusetts. 1817 – Opening of the first private mental hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1862 – US Department of Agriculture created. 1905 – Las Vegas, Nevada founded. 1911 – Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil (Sherman Antitrust Act). 1928 – Mickey Mouse made his 1st ever appearance in silent film “Plane Crazy”. 1930 – Ellen Church becomes 1st female airline stewardess aboard a United flight from San Francisco to Cheyenne. 1940 – McDonald’s open …..

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Kids Appreciation Day event offers fun for all

By: Erin Smith Cool breezes and overcast skies couldn’t dampen the spirits of parents and children as they came to the 11th annual Kids Appreciation Day event at the Elizabethtown Town Hall.  Squeals of delight and laughter echoed across the soccer field as children enjoyed Bounce houses and games. Children of all ages could be seen on the lawn talking to Bladen County Schools’ “Buster the Bus,” enjoying games, and talking with police officers and fire fighters.  Activities included pony rides, sack races, a swing, and Bounce Houses. There were displays of fire trucks, an ambulance and an Elizabethtown Police Department patrol car. There was also a basketball toss and a homerun …..

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Bladen We Care gala set for tonight

The 28th annual Bladen We Care Gala will take place Friday, May 5, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. The theme for this year’s event is Fiesta. The gala is sponsored this year by Smithfield.  At the gala there will be a live auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available. The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, which is always a crowd favorite, will also perform. All of the funds raised through its two main fund raisers, the Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament and the Gala, remain in Bladen County to help Bladen County residents. Proceeds from the event, hundreds of thousands of dollars, are used to …..

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Sandra Cain

A Look at Brussels Sprouts

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living   Brussels sprouts are the newest member of the cabbage family. The leaves are on the top of the plant and the tiny heads completely surround the stalk. These heads resemble tiny cabbages. There are several types of cabbage: red cabbage; green, crinkly-leaved Savoy cabbage; green, smooth-leaved cabbage; and green-leaved Chinese cabbage. Nutrition Information The scientific name for the group of plants that includes Brussels sprouts and cabbage is cruciferous. Scientists use this term to identify plants whose blossoms resemble a cross. The group of vegetables that includes cabbage and Brussels sprouts may help prevent cancer. Both cabbage and Brussels sprouts are also good …..

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Drayton Road releases new video

By: Erin Smith A band with Bladen County ties has released a new video. Brent Underwood, of Tar Heel, announced the band Drayton Road, of which he is a member, has released a new video called “Danger, Danger.” The video was filmed outside of Tar Heel in an old family barn. The band will also release their new album “Danger, Danger” on Thursday, May 4. It can be purchased in advance on iTunes, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify and many other outlets. This will be the band’s first album release since joining Wendigo Records in Sanford. Underwood said the song “Danger, Danger” was written about 1 1/2 years ago after …..

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Glenn Miller Orchestra May 19 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater welcomes back a favorite touring big band that  perfectly complements the setting of a historic theater that first opened in 1928 – just 10 years before the original version of this famous big band was formed. The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present version of the Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the Orchestra’s present music director. Tickets can be purchased at any time on-line …..

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Methodist University to hold Spring 2017 Senior Art Exhibition “Untitled No. 5” beginning April 21

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Methodist University will host the spring 2017 senior art exhibition, “UNTITLED No. 5,” from April 21 to 28 in the David McCune International Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 21. This event is free and open to the public. The art show will feature the work of students Walter Barnett, Stephen Carroll, Deniel Cestero, Emily Brooke Highsmith, and Javahn Tyson. About the artists Walter Barnett was born in Indianapolis, Ind., son of Waltrina and Clifford Barnett. Walter spent all of his childhood in Portsmouth, Va., living there for 13 years. As a child, Walter found his passion for …..

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Opening Reception for “The Life of the Theater” Exhibit slated for April 20

The opening reception for “The Life of the Theater” exhibit at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton is slated for Thursday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. Join us for opening night of our newest lobby exhibit featuring historic and current photographs of our beautiful, and beautifully-restored, theater which first opened in 1928. Photographs of the theater’s stunning architectural details by Jody Johnson (PhotoRad Photography) will be on display and select prints will be available for purchase. Also on display will be archival photographs and articles from the theater’s history.  Complementary food, wine and other beverages will be served. This reception is free and open to the public. The Carolina …..

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Acclaimed Raleigh Ringers to perform April 9

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community hand bell choir based in Raleigh, returns to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater for a 3 p.m. Sunday April 9 performance. Since its founding in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers has been dazzling concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for hand bells. Under the direction of David M. Harris, The Raleigh Ringers has released five CDs, and a DVD of a holiday concert titled One Winter Evening at Meymandi. This same concert was also broadcast on more than 250 public television stations in 44 states. The group has performed in …..

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Dr. Stephen Beus is Piano Festival guest artist

Renowned pianist Dr. Stpehen Beus is the guest artist at the Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Festival March 16 – 18. He will open the recital on Thursday, March 16 with an artist recital beginning at 7 p.m. in the SCC Auditorium. The recital is open to the public and general admission is $12. In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon) and he was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis). As a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition Mr. Beus made …..

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Rozier named as Superior Court Judge for District 10B

A Bladen County native has been named to serve as a Superior Court Judge for District 10B in Wake County. Vinston M. Rozier Jr., formerly of Tar Heel, was named to the seat by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. Judge Rozier has served as an Assistant District Attorney, a District Court Judge and as an ombudsman to the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. Rozier is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vinston M. Rozier Sr.  of Tar Heel. He earned a bachelor degree in political science from UNC Chapel Hill while attending on a full academic scholarship. He earned his law degree from N.C. Central University School of Law.  He …..

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Music video with Bladen County ties

Brent Underwood, Co-Owner at Wendigo Records announced Wednesday, “Could Have Been” is the first single off of Nephilym’s upcoming self titled album to be released under Wendigo Records. The new video was shot in Tar Heel, North Carolina on the family farm of the band’s singer according to Underwood. The YouTube channel credited the video to Tony Murnahan with Stwrongtone Media Actors Brettania Bearly and Brian Haveman. The video story was written by Brent Underwood and the song was written by Nephilym. Audio not final master. The full video will be coming soon! Share:

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